Simeone confirms Griezmann leave possibility
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone commented on Antoine Griezmann's possible leave during the next summer transfer window. "Could Griezmann leave this summer? Yes because there is a release clause and there are no guarantees. From here on in, I don't know what can happen,” Simeone told AS. "I spoke to him in the summer holidays, we spoke a lot and he stayed - he told me that he would stay if I stayed. He then spoke to his agents to sign the [contract] documents," the manager concluded on the topic. Important to note that the French striker is believed to be Manchester United's primary target for summer. Antoine Griezmann has featured in 40 games in all competitions of the current season, having scored 22 goals and assisted 11 times.
Man Utd and Chelsea will battle for Atletico fullback
Chelsea and Manchester United have launched a battle to sign Atletico Madrid fullback Jose Gimenez. According to AS, both English clubs are in contact with the 22-year-old defender, who has welcomed their approach. The Uruguay international has seen his career stall this season as Atletico manager Diego Simeone has chosen other options to partner Diego Godin at the heart of his defence. Red Devils head coach Jose Mourinho, particularly, has been in regular contact with Gimenez's camp and there's a belief Atletico will be ready to sell this summer.
Man Utd lead Liverpool in Gimenez race
Manchester United are leading Liverpool in the chase to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez, reports AS. Both Premier League clubs want Gimenez to bolster their defence and they have informed the player’s representatives of their interest in his situation. Gimenez has slipped down the defensive pecking order at Atleti and wants to play more. The Uruguayan’s buyout clause is set at €45m. Note that Gimenez has made 19 appearances during this season.
Sir Alex: I tried to sign Maldini for Manchester United
Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he tried to sign AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini. “I did try but, when I met his father, he was quite formidable," Sir Alex said in New York, when asked if he ever wanted Paolo to play for United. “I got a shake of the head and that was all. He said 'my grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I am Milan and my son is Milan... forget it!'. The good part about it is that he [his father] has never talked to me about it. There was no chance though!"
TOP 5 facts about Cristiano Ronaldo you might have not heard about
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in modern football. There are many speaking points about the Portuguese star who has literally won everything during his playing career. There are many well-known facts about him, but you may have still missed some of them. We have collected the TOP 5 facts about Ronaldo. 1. He could join Juventus instead of Manchester United in 2003 The Portuguese youngster who was thinking about leaving Portugal in 2003 could have moved to Italy instead of England. Sporting Lisbon directors had already reached an agreement with Juventus and as a compensation, Juventus had not only to pay a significant amount of money but also to transfer Marcelo Salas to the opposite direction. Ronaldo had passed the medical tests and even packed his luggage when the Turin-based side called to Sporting and told that Salas decided to reject the move to Portugal. The contract was canceled and Ronaldo transferred to Manchester United weeks later. 2. Ronaldo was named after former US president Ronald Reagan Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. This is Ronaldo's full name. His second name was given after the US president Ronald Reagan. It may seem a strange choice, and the initiator of this idea was Cristiano's father who was a big fan of Reagan's talent. It's a well-known fact, that Reagan was a Hollywood star before he runs for the presidency. 3. Taboo on tattoos Everybody knows that Ronaldo is strictly following his body shape and his look. Many people even say that he spends more time on his body than on football. And the most interesting thing is that he doesn't have any tattoos. An explanation to this surely exists. Ronaldo is a blood donor. He has even become the face of Red Cross and shoot a social advertisement with a slogan "I don't have tattoos because I cannot be a donor if I have them". 4. Heart surgery For his successful sporting career, Ronaldo owes not only to his talent and hard work but also to Sporting Lisbon doctors. A tachycardia (heart rhythm disorder) was detected when he was just 15 years old. Even thought about becoming a professional player could have killed him given the fact of this kind of a heart problem. However, the professional approach and the fast reaction of the medical staff let him not only overcome the illness but also become the player that he is now. 5. Ronaldo threw a chair at his teacher Ronaldo moved to his home city of Madeira in 1997, where he had to continue his education in Sporting academy. He was in middle school then. Ronaldo was popular with other students at school – but not with the teachers. He was even expelled from school at the age of 14 when he threw a chair at his teacher after the latter disrespected him and made fun of him.
Schweinsteiger “sad to leave” Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger has admitted that he feels "sad to leave" Manchester United. "I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United, but I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire," Schweinsteiger told the club's official website. "I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester. "I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it."
Jose Mourinho: Manchester United squad lacks “super personalities”
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he brought Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United last summer as the club no longer have a list of "super personalities" to call upon. The 54-year-old specialist admits that the influence of Ibrahimovic in the dressing room is just as important as his footballing ability on the field, citing Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney as the "last faces" of United's glory years of the past. "Manchester United no longer has the super personalities that were Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or Roy Keane," Mourinho told France Football. "You have to adapt to the reality of the club, its needs and its demands. It is called being intelligent. The priority is to establish relationships of peace and love in a group in order to create stability. There is a new group of players that has to adapt to United. There is Rooney and Carrick, who are the last faces of this generation. That is why it was important for me to get Zlatan. In this team he had – without being English and without knowing the club's culture – the personality and profile to be more than just a player. Mind games, which involve trying to manipulate someone psychologically through the media, are a way to create a state of thinking, but they're most effective when you have a team full of personalities who are ready to take that kind of talk on board."
Real Madrid plan a bid for David de Gea
Real Madrid are planning a swap bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. According to ABC, Real Madrid are ready to offer James Rodriguez or Isco in an attempt to land De Gea. The 26-year-old keeper is firmly at the top of Real head coach Zinedine Zidane's wishlist with the Spaniard thought to be keen on a move to the Spanish capital. And the La Liga side are ready to offer the Red Devils £43m for his services. However, if a cash deal doesn't tempt Jose Mourinho into selling, the report suggests Rodriguez or Isco could be used as part of the deal to land De Gea.
Everton calm over Lukaku future
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has no concerns over Romelu Lukaku’s attitude despite the uncertainty over his future. “Everybody knows he is a professional and will do everything for the club until his contract is ended and nobody knows what will happen in the future,” Koeman said. “We like to keep our best players because we need them to make the next step.” Lukaku is yet to sign a new long-term contract at the club. The 23-year-old has made 30 appearances during this season, scoring 22 goals,
Mourinho: Europa League trophy better than EPL top-4
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho prefers winning Europa League title over finishing in top-4 in English Premier League, as he thinks the European title brings more glory to the club. "But I prefer to win the Europa League because it gives us the same - Champions League football - but also a trophy, prestige, and a European Super Cup," Mourinho told his press-conference after Middlesbrough clash (1-3). "But maybe we don't win, so we have to fight until we can to try to finish fourth, which is what we did today, without many players. We had a fantastic attitude and desire from all the boys. It's a massive victory for us," he concluded. Manchester United are now the fifth in EPL. They have accumulated 52 points in 27 games played and lack four points for top-4.