Napoli midfielder seeks Premier League move
Brazilian midfielder, Allan, will push for a move to the Premier League at the end of the season after becoming dissatisfied with his lack of playing time with Napoli so far this campaign. The 26-year-old joined the Partenopei in 2015, but of his 21 appearances this season, nine have come from the bench and Tuttomercatoweb.com have confirmed that both Watford and Leicester would be interested in his services. Allan came off the bench as a substitute for Napoli against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg match, where his side lost to the Spanish giants despite scoring the first goal of the match.
Napoli dream of signing Ibrahimovic
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be his "dream signing". The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal with United last summer, with an option for a further 12 months. He said recently that "nothing is done" with regards to his future, even though he has fulfilled the option needed to extend. If the Swede doesn't sign, then Napoli president De Laurentiis has suggested he would be keen on his signature. "My dream signing? I always try to go forward with what I have," he said in an interview with journalist and former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. "One that I would like, though, is that giant who is at Manchester United now. I had him as a dinner guest in Los Angeles and he's incredibly nice, even though he always seems angry. "You know the one I'm talking about, right?"
Nadal: I’m ready to play tennis with Sergio Ramos
Rafael Nadal was present at Santiago Bernabeu stadium yesterday evening, as Real Madrid defeated Napoli with 3 goals to 1. Speaking to the media after the game, the Australian Open runner-up answered to Sergio Ramos's call of playing a tennis match. "Tell me where and when you want the game, and I am ready to play that game. It will be a nice initiative," the Spaniard said. What about Real Madrid - Napoli game, Nadal was happy with Los Blancos' performance, "I think Madrid have played a really good game. They could even have scored another goal, but even this result is a positive one. I think Madrid played well". Also, Nadal was satisfied with Karim Benzema's and James Rodriguez's football, "Both Karim and James played a complete match, they are players who always play well in big matches. They had good pace and intensity".
Zidane happy with victory but cautious ahead of next game
Real Madrid managed to complete a comeback and defeat Napoli 3-1 in the first leg match of UEFA Champions league round of 16. The Whites' head coach Zinedine Zidane was satisfied with the victory, though he is cautious ahead of the visit to Italy. "We put in a great performance, possibly our best. We made a great start, the disappointment was the goal that we conceded. We recovered soon after going behind and got a goal and I'm happy with the result, we deserved this outcome. The scoreline doesn't matter, we now have to go there and go again. It'll be tough and we'll be made to dig in. The tie isn't over yet. We need to go there and finish the job with this 3-1 advantage," the Frenchman said during the press conference. Talking about Sergio Ramos's injury, Zidane assured it's nothing serious, "Ramos picked up a knock but as the game went on he recovered. In the end, I took him off because of the knock and the fact he was on a yellow, I didn’t want to risk it. It was just a slight knock, nothing more". Real Madrid conceded an early goal from Lorenzo Insigne, whose sensational shot caught Keylor Navas in a wrong position and ended up with a goal. However, Karim Benzema leveled the score first, and then Toni Kroos gave a lead to Los Blancos early in the second half, right before Casemiro's superb volley.
Champions League: Real Madrid 3 : 1 Napoli – all goals and highlights
Real Madrid 3 : 1 Napoli - all goals and highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 1:1 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 3:1
Sarri: We have to believe in ourselves against Madrid
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri shared his expectations ahead of the Champions league away first-leg against Real Madrid. “Tomorrow I will study Real Madrid carefully. We have to be in good shape and believe in ourselves," Sarri told Mediaset Premium. "The team is starting to develop a stronger mentality, locking out what’s going on elsewhere. Tonight they were focused entirely on Genoa, otherwise we wouldn’t have got the points. “The players are eager to see what level they are at against these giants of the sport. We won’t be presumptuous, but will have that pinch of audacity you need in these situations,” the manager added. Let's recall that Napoli are to face defending champions Real Madrid within the boundaries of Champions League round of 16 first-leg.
Real Madrid eye Napoli fullback
Real Madrid are chasing Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam for the summer market. According to Todomercadoweb, the La Liga club manager Zinedine Zidane wants cover for Marcelo and has Ghoulam on his radar. Nevertheless, they're not alone, as Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain also monitoring the 26-year-old's situation. The Algeria international is tied to the Serie A side until 2018 and rated at around €15 million. Ghoulam has made 22 appearances during this season. Note that Ghoulam made his professional debut on 22 September 2010 for AS Saint-Étienne coming as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a Coupe de la Ligue match against Nice.
“Southampton is a dream”, says Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiani is happy to make one of his dreams come true after joining the English Premier League side Southampton. The Italian international has finally sealed his move to the Saints for a reported fee €17m. “I come here with a great ambition as a person, as a player and for the squad,” Gabbiadini told Southampton’s official website. “I will do my best for the team and I don't want to disappoint anybody. I want to play to the best of my abilities. I am very, very happy. It was a month that I have been waiting for this moment to arrive and I can't wait to start. Since I was a kid, one of my dreams was to perform in one of the biggest leagues in the world, so now that it's happening I can't wait to start playing", Gabbiadini said.
Southampton closing on Gabbiadini
Southampton hope to sign Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli by Monday, according to the Daily Mail. The 25-year-old striker could move for £15m up front with add-ons before the close of the transfer window on Tuesday night. Gabbiadini has made 19 appearances this season and scored five goals.
Brilliant quotes from the football world
Players get famous not only due to their amazing performances but also for their memorable and unique quotes. Here are the best ones! "You’re on your own out there … With ten mates… Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.” Michael Owen “People who know me, love me. People who don’t know me love me too… or they hate me.” Mario Balotelli “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” Diego Maradona “An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I definitely want my son to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” David Beckham "Predictions just at the end of the match." João Vieira Pinto "First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “We lost because we didn't win.” Ronaldo "Messi may have 4 golden balls but I don't have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine." Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.” Diego Maradona “Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.” Jose Mourinho “Finally my shirt brought Paul Pogba back to Man United.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” Mark Viduka “This season I picked up 14 yellow cards, but I earned only 8 of them. The remaining 7 are because of the referees.” Paul Pogba “I don’t blame Beckham, but we’ve lost because of him.” Ian Wright Rafael van der Vaart blamed Zlatan on intentionally getting an injury. “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as a coach. I approached the fourth official and said: 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it's 15, you have one more." Jurgen Klopp "I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona." Mark Draper