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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pedro to Arsenal FC? Liverpool FC to sell Balotelli? Di Maria dismisses Man Utd money claims

Mario Balotelli (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
- Angel Di Maria has dismissed claims that his decision to join Manchester United during the summer was motivated by money.

"I have these amazing feelings about having moved to Man United," United's record signing told the Daily Mirror.

"I'm so proud of myself, you know. It's hard to explain it and put it in words.

"I wanted to wear this shirt. And it is so nice for me to wear the number seven shirt. It was worn by some of the greatest players in the club's history and I do know that it is a huge thing for all Man United fans.

"I think people here are happy with me. So I must honour this shirt. I must confess that I had all these expectations - but Man United have exceeded my expectations. It has all been perfect for me so far."

- Arsenal are moving closer to a deal for Barcelona star Pedro, according to the Daily Express.

- Arsenal are still in the hunt for West Ham defender Winston Reid, according to the Daily Mirror.

- Mario Balotelli could be offloaded by Liverpool in 2015, according to bookmakers.

Bookmakers bet365 make the forward just 5/6 to be on his way out of Anfield before the end of the 2015 summer transfer window in their Mario Balotelli To Leave Liverpool market.
bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said: "Liverpool took a punt at £16m and the early signs could point to a brief spell on Merseyside."
- Mario Mandzukic has revealed he rejected a move to the Premier League during the summer before signing for Atletico Madrid.
"I had better offers than from Atletico," Mandzukic told Sportske Novosti.
"There were calls from the UK that interested me, but I believe that their style of football is simply not my way. There were also interest from Italy and some concrete offers from Russia.
"I'm very pleased with everything. I couldn't choose a better path after leaving Bayern Munich. The fans here accepted me immediately.
"Atletico was the best possible decision for me at this stage of my career."
- Bayern Munich are in discussions to sign former Brighton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, according to the Daily Mail.
- Clint Dempsey is ready to make a Premier League loan return in January, according to the Daily Mirror.
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool next season, says Jamie Carragher

Former Liverpool players Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness question why Mario Balotelli was signed by Brendan Rodgers.

Mario Balotelli swapped shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe as he wandered down the tunnel at half-time
Mario Balotelli swapped shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe as he wandered down the tunnel at half-time
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher does not believe Mario Balotelli will remain with the club next season, and has labelled the controversial forward a panic buy.
Balotelli joined the Reds from AC Milan for £16million over the summer but has offered little thus far to suggest he can make a lasting impression at Anfield.
He was hauled off at the interval during the Merseysiders' 3-0 humbling defeat to Real Madrid, suggesting manager Brendan Rodgers' patience is already wearing thin at the Italian's lacklustre displays.
Balotelli earned further ire by swapping shirts with Real defender Pepe at half-time and Carragher, who thinks Liverpool rushed in to sign the 24-year-old as a replacement for Luis Suarez, has suggested the striker could soon find himself surplus to requirements.
"I'd be surprised to see him here next season," said the former centre-half, who made over 500 appearances for Liverpool in 17 years.
Carragher added: "It was just a panic; they needed someone. They left it too late and they've bought different players in different positions instead of maybe going out, not spending the whole Suarez money on one player, but buying two or three big players.
"A lot of the players have come in and done a decent job here and there, but nobody's really done anything.
"They bring in Balotelli late on - it's obviously a panic."
Other former Liverpool players in Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness have questioned why Balotelli was signed at all, given his track record of falling out with high-profile managers at his other clubs.
"I don't blame Mario Balotelli - I blame Brendan Rodgers for bringing him here," Redknapp said. "How he thought he could turn around a player that (Jose) Mourinho, (Roberto) Mancini, (Cesare) Prandelli have all washed their hands of...
"There's a reason when you go to the supermarket and things are half price. Why on earth they went for him, I'll never know.
"They should have just left him alone. The fact he went and got him, it just doesn't make any sense to me."
Souness, a former player and manager of Liverpool, backed up his fellow pundits, adding: "It was a really, really brave decision to take him into that football club, given the quality of managers and the quality of clubs that have said 'thanks but no thanks'."
The Telegraph

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Vine: Did Ed Woodward call one of his players a f*****g waste of money?

Ed Woodward didn't look too happy as he watched Manchester United struggle to a 2-2 draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns.


The United supremo cut a frustrated figure in the stands and was caught on camera either saying: "F*****g waste of money", or "f*****g hell, what's the point". You decide.
We are not sure who the comment was directed at. It certainly wasn't Maroune Fellaini who scored a cracker. And there are plenty of big money signings wearing the red of Manchester United. Jaun Mata is a better guess as the Spaniard struggled to make any impact before being taken off.


The Independent

Monday, 20 October 2014

Liverpool transfer news: Victor Valdes won't be signing, says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers says he won't be making any Spanish signings in the near future, ruling out move for Victor Valdes.
Victor Valdes has been a free agent since leaving Barcelona in the summer Photo: GETTY 
“I’ll probably improve when I work in the country one day. For most people, when they travel to a country their language becomes better. I speak to the Spanish players that we have in Spanish. I’m only 41 which is very young and there are lots of things I want to achieve here at Liverpool. It’s an incredible club and I hope to be managing here for another 20-odd years. One day hopefully it can take me to Spain and I can experience a wonderful country, culture and as I said, some wonderful football club.”

On the daunting prospect of facing the European champions, Rodgers said: “They are as strong a team now as they have been for many years. They have everything; big experience, big players, speed, technique, they have a fantastic team and a great manager in Ancelotti, a good man who works with players and who is a good person.

“They have amazing talents all over the field. The have the technique to play in small spaces and when the space opens up there is no one better on the counter-attack because in Ronaldo and Bale they have two players that could be in the Olympic 100 metres final.

“Ronaldo is an amazing player, his evolution over the last few years into becoming a goal scorer has been incredible, but the team as a whole is incredible. You have Modric, Kroos, wonderful technicians who can play short and long. I’m also a big admirer of Sergio Ramos since his young days at Sevilla. I like him a lot.”

The Telegraph