Spain | - 4
Guardiola will not go for Rakitic
Manchester City will not be launching a bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Sky Sports. Pep Guardiola decided not to go for his former club's midfielder. The 28-year-old was left out of the Barcelona squad for Sunday's 1-1 draw at Villarreal, prompting speculation in his homeland of Croatia that he could be set for a January switch to City. But Sky Sports reports that City are not interested in making an offer for Rakitic, with Barca manager Luis Enrique also playing down talk of a move away for the Croatia international following the stalemate at El Madrigal. When asked about Rakitic's future at the Nou Camp, Enrique said: "It's up to me to decide the squads and the teams. That's my job. What's been published has nothing to do with that. Only 25 per cent of things are true, be it in the Croatian, Spanish, England, Italian media."
Valencia director resigns
Valencia's spiralling crisis claimed a new victim on Saturday as sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch resigned. The club are without a permanent head coach after former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli quit last week with Los Che outside the La Liga relegation zone only on goal difference. Pitarch had been heavily criticised for his role in the club's decline since being hired a year ago.
Leo Messi scores superb free kick golazo vs Villarreal
Lionel Messi scored a superb top-corner golazo from a free kick to save Barcelona from defeat against Villarreal.
Dybala considers summer switch
Paulo Dybala is weighing up whether to leave Juventus in the summer or spend another season at the Serie A club, reports Marca. The Argentine forward is reportedly wanted by a number of European giants and Juve are fully aware of this situation. As such, they have arranged a meeting with his agent next week. The Old Lady would like to offer the 23-year-old a contract extension. Real Madrid and Barcelona are the top destinations for the Argentinian in case of leaving Turin. It's also reported, that Dybala would prefer the Madrid-based side over other options.
Real Madrid not interested in Dele Alli
Real Madrid have no intention of moving for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, according to Guillem Balague. The 20-year-old’s sensational recent run of form has fuelled speculation linking him with world and European champions Real. But, while acknowledging Madrid’s attention has been perked for Alli’s performances, Balague insists the England international is not on their radar at this moment in time. “What a potential Dele Alli has!” he told Sky Sports. “He is watched by everybody of course, but Real Madrid, at this point in time, have got no intention to go for him. “Let's see how he develops in the next few years but Pochettino has created such an atmosphere at the club that nobody wants to leave.”
Jovetic close to joining Sevilla
Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is closing in on a loan move to Sevilla, according to Corriere dello Sport. The Montenegro forward has made just five Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season and is edging towards the San Siro exit door. Having rejected offers from China, it is understood Jovetic has reached an agreement with Sevilla over a short-term loan. The Spanish side will also have the option to sign the 27-year-old permanently at the end of the season.
Valencia chase former Man Utd defender
Valencia are interested in signing former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, according to CV Radio. Valencia sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, recently traveled to Italy to negotiate the signing of West Ham loanee Simone Zaza with Juventus officials. According to CV Radio, Garcia Pitarch took advantage of those negotiations to discuss the prospect of signing Evra from Juventus too. The 35-year-old, who has not been a first-team regular this season, has recently been linked with a return to Manchester United.
Boca Juniors eye Atletico Madrid striker
Boca Juniors could revive their interest in Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa, according to sources in Argentina. Boca were keen on the 21-year-old last summer, but Atletico rejected their proposal to sign him on loan. It is believed Boca will make another attempt to sign Correa this month, although Atletico are unlikely to sanction his exit.
Las Palmas 0-2 Atletico Madrid. All goals and highlights (video)
Copa del Rey. Round of 16. First-leg Venue: Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera Goals: Koke 23' (0-1), Griezmann 51' (0-2)
Johan Cruyff (1947-2016): Heaven’s new playmaker
The legend JOHAN CRUYFF (1947-2016) Heaven has a new playmaker In March 2016, the world was shocked by the sad news of Johan Cruyff’s death. He was not just a legend at Barcelona, Ajax or the Dutch national team. He was the greatest legend of the entire world of football. The “Flying Dutchman” struggled with cancer for a really long time, but after all failed attempts Johan Cruyff passed away at the age of 68. His football philosophy is reflected in strategies of such renowned European couches like Frank Rijkaard, Josep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup, Arsene Wenger, Eric Cantona. Thanks to the refined tactics of Johan Cruyff, Spanish football has reached unprecedented heights in the world of football. The Dutchman has not only changed the approach and method of training but also became the first player who: Made the great “Cruyff’s feint” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTZAu_Ub3UY Do you remember feints that are called after other famous football players? Was recognized as the “Best player” 3 times Indeed, Messi has got 5 Golden balls, Ronaldo – 3 Golden balls. But when Johan Cruyff became the first player who managed to get 3 Golden balls, those Spanish stars were not even born yet. Was worth more than 2 million dollars Nowadays this amount sounds ridiculous because the biggest transfer of the football player is 100 million euro, but back into 1973, Cruyff’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona was worth more than 2 million – a fantastic amount of money for those times. Received a red card in the Dutch national team Even though it’s hard to classify as his achievement, Johan was that player who destroyed the stereotype about the Dutch in the match against Czechoslovakia in 1968. The “Flying Dutchman” managed to get a red card in the 2nd game in his national team. So far, the only player recognized as the best footballer in Europe in the 20th In 1992, the “Flying Dutchman” was recognized as the best European football player of the 20th century by the IFFHS organization. This says it all. Quotes Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is. Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring. Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal. If you can’t win, make sure you don’t lose. I always threw the ball in, because then if I got the ball back, I was the only player unmarked. Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes. I’m ex-player, ex-technical director, ex-coach, ex-manager, ex-honorary president. A nice list that once again shows that everything comes to an end. There’s only one moment in which you can arrive in time. If you’re not there, you’re either too early or too late. If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible. If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.