February 8, 2011
Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda have admitted that he would like to finish his playing career within the Brazilian football league, admitting that he had childhood dreams of playing for Brazil after being born in French Guiana, an overseas region of France which is situated in South America.
Malouda was one of a number of names that has been linked with a move away from Premier League champions Chelsea during the summer as the club looks to claim back some of the £75m that the club spent during the winter transfer window.
The midfielder who turned 30 years old in June will be about to turn 31 as the transfer activities start over again and it seems that should there be any interest from the South American region, he could be open to a move following admitting that he still has family ties out there.
Whether Chelsea will still consider the player as a suitable sale in a bid to claw back some of the money that has been recently spent has still to be seen but the player has issued no official interest to leave the club just yet, but has said that a chance to play in Brazil would be very appealing.
February 4, 2011
Nigel De Jong is well known throughout the football community following a series of rash, poorly timed challenges have left rivals with broken bones and injuries.
De Jong, who is contracted to Premier League club Manchester City has been linked to another injury, this time it was a team mate who was on the worse end of the encounter, but for a change, De Jong was not at fault.
Right back Micah Richards was playing for the club during their Wednesday night fixture which saw the club play host to Birmingham City, during the game Richards tried to clear a high ball in the air but on getting his jump wrong, was left falling into team mate De Jong as he came to the ground.
The incident saw both Richards and De Jong being thrown to the ground but it was Micah Richards that was to be on the worst end of the encounter, seemingly clashing heads with his team mate before he laid motionless on the ground.
Now this is some leap!
Doctors rushed onto the field of play to deal with both players, De Jong was sent to have a head bandage fitted before he could continue the fixture but Richards was given oxygen before being taken to the hospital for further checks to be made.
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.
January 18, 2011
They may have entered the semi-finals of the Carling Cup and in the process relegated Manchester United to their only defeat of this season, but West Ham United are clearly struggling in the English Premier League. They are currently at the last position and a relegation looks almost a certainty unless a miracle can be worked out.
All this means that the pressure has been on the coach Avram Grant with some critics pointing to an early ouster for the manager. However, West Ham United management has some good news for Grant and his fans – they are planning to retain the manager for a longer time and not fire him for the poor performances so far.
This will allow the side to go in a tad more settled manner when they take on Birmingham City in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-finals at St. Andrews. West Ham United had already won the first leg game 2-1 and will need only a draw to enter the final.
“The club are committed to retaining Avram Grant as manager and have identified potential transfer targets to give us the best possible chance of retaining Premier League status“
Question is was this the right move ?