February 3, 2011
Aston Villa winger Ashey Young seemed to be a likely target for a number of Premier League clubs but with no movement within the January transfer window, it seems that it will be summer that the club’s resolve will be tested.
News reports are claiming that Manchester City contacted Aston Villa late on in the transfer window in order to enquire about the availability of the winger but nothing materialised from that interest.
Pundits and writers within the football community are now saying that they believe that it will be the summer transfer window when there will be a large amount of interest in the player and it seems that the Manchester clubs could well be going to battle again, this time over Young’s signature.
It is not yet known whether Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will look to Young during the close season as he looks to bolster his squad with younger talent, but Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini seems to be dead set on trying to capture the winger at the next possible opportunity.
With the news that first choice goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar will retire from the game at the end of this season, Manchester United are being forced to seek a long term replacement for the former Dutch number one but they have suffered their first blow this week.
Reports claimed that Manchester United have compiled a shortlist of suitable, top level replacements for Van der Sar but today one of those targets have publicly removed himself from the running.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar has told Manchester United that he is happy at Inter and is not seeking a move away from the Italian club, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson with one less option that he thought he might have been able to interest.
February 3, 2011
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has received praise from Liverpool caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish after the striker scored his first goal for the club on his debut last night.
Scoring in the 2-0 victory over Premier League rivals Stoke, Suarez seems to be pushing Liverpool fans through the pain of losing Fernando Torres to Chelsea last month and the fact that the £23 million purchase from Ajax was on the score sheet was made a little more special after Dalglish admitted that the player had not even trained with the team since completing his move.
“He had not even had the opportunity to train with us because of administrative stuff which had to be sorted out, when he starts training with the lads I think we might see an improvement.” said Dalglish.
Suarez was always an exciting purchase for Liverpool but the fact that he was able to get a goal in his debut game without the chance to train with his team mates has sparked a new level of expectation on the striker but with the coolness of the finish that Suarez displayed last night, you have to think that he will be more than willing to take on the challenge.
Suarez scored as he rounded Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and fired a shot goalwards, a shot that Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson could only deflect off the post and into the goal.
Fans and pundits alike are raining praise on the young striker and it seems that should he continue to find the form once he has joined up with the squad properly, this could be a new contender for Premiership Player of the Year.
Expect many more goals with the legendary celebration
February 3, 2011
Manchester United defender Gary Neville has announced that he will be drawing his football playing career to a close at the end of the season and hanging up his boots.
The decision isn’t one that the player has taken lightly and it was one that the club were expecting as the player was slowly dropping down the selection process at the club.
With Neville soon to leave playing the game behind him, the club have told Neville that they would like to offer him a coaching role at the club but that job offer has been rivalled by Sky Sports who have approached the player to become one of their pundits.
The Daily Mail has laid claim that the decision for Neville to hang up his boots and stop playing the game, came after he was told that he had failed to make the 25 man squad which was named by the club to complete in the UEFA Champions League.
It is not yet known whether Neville will look to take up the coaching role at the club or become a Sky Sports pundit, but if money is set to speak the language, you would expect Neville to be seated in the Sky Sports hotseat at the start of next season.
February 2, 2011
Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho has been regarded as one of the best players in the world of football but with all of the media spotlight that seems to follow the former World Footballer of the Year, it seems that once again his efforts have been beaten by a fellow fellow countryman, Falcao.
Recently a video was brought into the public eye of Ronaldinho showing his true talent, scoring a goal on the training field from behind the net after signing for Flamengo.( see it here)
The video caught the eye of many admirers of the former Brazilian all-star shared the video on websites across the internet but it seems that there will be another video that will be watched widely across the internet.
Brazilian Falcao took the leading role as a video was produced showing the player perform a ‘rabona’ from behind the goal and the ball making its way into the net, a more complex version of the attempt by Ronaldinho.
Check out the magic from Falcao…over to you Ronaldinho.