Daily Archives: April 15, 2017
Kolasinac agrees to join Arsenal
Arsenal are refusing to deny reports that Sead Kolasinac has agreed a pre-contract with them to move to the Emirates Stadium this summer. The Schalke left-back has reportedly agreed to join the Gunners, according to The Guardian. The Bosnia international is available on a free transfer, and as he's out of contract in June, he's been able to talk to clubs outside Germany since the New Year. He had been linked with Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino: “A move for Morata unrealistic”
Mauricio Pochettino admits a move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is unrealistic. The striker’s future is reportedly unclear at Madrid. "The reality was that he sent a text to me when I was manager at Espanyol,” Pochettino said. "He contacted me - it is possible to give so advice and then we kept our relationship, a good relationship. "He's a great kid and a very good player but it's not realistic that situation - thinking Morata [is] for us."
Arsenal will not break the bank to keep Alexis Sanchez
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not break the bank to keep Alexis Sanchez at the club. The Chile forward has a little over a year remaining on his current contract and his form this season has seen the likes of Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City linked with his signature. "You have many different opinions there," he said. "Some people tell me 'just give him what he wants', but then you cannot respect anymore any wages structure and you put the club in trouble as well.”
The Sun banned by Everton for Barkley remarks
British newspaper The Sun is officially banned from activities in Everton home stadium Goodison Park, after disrespectful remarks made about midfielder Ross Barkley. The magazine's journalist Kevin Mackenzie compared Barkley to a gorilla and also assumed he has been involved in drug dealing in Liverpool. Everton's official website and social media pages announced the fact that The Sun will now be restricted from attending any of the Everton clashes, despite the apologies and immediate Mackenzie dismissal. Club Statement: pic.twitter.com/xDkptbbamk — Everton (@Everton) 15 апреля 2017 г. The columnist himself did not accept allegations in racism towards the player, claiming that he had no idea of the player's African background (Barkley's grandfather was Nigerian).
Wilshere can’t imagine Arsenal without Wenger
Arsenal midfielder, who currently plays for Bournemouth on loan admitted that he cannot imagine Arsenal without the current boss Arsene Wenger. It hurts me to see Arsenal faltering, I wouldn't say it hurts me to see Tottenham rise. They've always been there or thereabouts," Wilshere told Sky Sports. "It might change this year but it hurts me more to see Arsenal struggling. "He [Wenger] has always been great for me. He put me in at a young age which you don't see a lot at top clubs with all the pressure for trophies. "He stuck with me and showed faith in me. So for me he's great and I can't imagine Arsenal without him. He has been great for me and that's all I can say," the midfielder concluded. Arsene Wenger has caused dissatisfaction among the club's fans after the team made the chances of top-four finishing little if existent and left out UCL in round of 16 (1-5, 5-1 from Bayern Munich).
Edmilson: Messi will consider Juve as personal challenge
Former Barcelona midfielder Edmilson commented on Barcelona's Champions League quarterfinals first-leg loss against Juventus (3-0). "It's natural not to be at a really high level and not play well in every game. It's not normal to play two games in the Champions League as badly as Barca, either," he told Radio Barcelona. "I don't know what the atmosphere is like but those who are on the inside are working to find solutions in order to finish the season well. While asked to Lionel Messi's role in the second-leg scheduled on Wednesday, April 19, Edmilson noted: "Messi is a player who has made the difference in the last 10 years in the world. He'll possibly score against Juve because it's a personal challenge. He wants to win another Champions League with Barca," the legend concluded.
Atletico to join race for Chelsea midfielder
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has become an object of interest for Atletico Madrid, Eurosport confirms. According to the source, the Spain international's lack of playing time at the London side has opened talks about his possible transfer to other European clubs. Italian grands Milan and Inter are other clubs interested in the player's serves. The 29-year-old's contract with the Blues expires in summer 2019. Atletico are currently restricted of signing players by FIFA because of violation of the rules in signing young players for the academy. However, the Spain side have come to an agreement with the major international football organization, and will get away from the restriction for not appealing to CAS.
Ronaldo denies rape allegation
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent released an official statement denying all he rumors about a girl raped by the Portuguese international back in 2009. Der Spiegel has previously reported that Cristiano Ronaldo paid €365k to a woman in order to keep her away from allegation in rape to the football star. Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes' sport management company Gestifute has launched an official statement, denying all the rumors on the matter and calling them "journalistic fiction." "The article is nothing but a piece of journalistic fiction. The alleged victim refuses to come forward and confirm the veracity of the accusation," the statement read. "The newspaper has based their entire narrative on documents which are unsigned and where the parties are not identified, on emails between lawyers whose content does not concern Cristiano Ronaldo and whose authenticity he cannot verify, and on an alleged letter that is said to have been sent to him by the so-called victim, but was never received by Cristiano. "An accusation of an act of rape is disgusting and outraging, and he will not allow it to hang over his reputation," the statement added.
Ramos: Pique doesn’t have bad opinion about Madrid players
Real Madrid defender and captain Sergio Ramos commented on the controversial attitude Barcelona and Spain international Gerard Pique shows towards Madrid side players. "When Pique attacks Real Madrid, our club, our crest, our colours it does have an impact," he told Universo Valdano. "These are things that can be avoided and which should not be done but sometimes when everything is calm and quiet, Pique needs to cause a stir and have that extra hustle and bustle in his life." "I don't think that Pique really has any bad opinion about any of my Madrid teammates though," the Spain national team captain added.