Leicester City play maker Riyad Mahrez has confirmed that Arsenal didn’t just want him this summer, they submitted an official bid.
He claims he remained at the King Power Stadium to avoid a “conflict.” The Algerian who was awarded the PFA Player of the Year mentioned that he wanted to leave the Premier League champions in July during contract negotiations. Leicester had offered him a new deal worth £80,000 weekly, but he had turned it down.
“There was contact with Arsenal but Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive. I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in,” said Mahrez. The club owners were determined to keep the player despite the huge interests he attracted. The 25-year old player eventually agreed to a four-year deal.
Mahrez reportedly agreed to remain with the club following a “gentleman’s agreement” that he would be allowed to exit in the coming season if a worthy offer comes in. Arsenal are believed to have submitted a bid of £35 million. Leicester would have made a killing for a player acquired for just £375,000 from Le Havre. Continue reading MAHREZ CONFIRMS ARSENAL BIDED FOR HIM
For a fee of €90 million, Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain as the Argentine attacker made a move from Napoli to the Italian outfit in a transfer that has shaken the world of football as the transfer fee is incredibly high for a player that is reaching the 29 year old mark.
When it comes to signing new players, the traditional option that clubs like to go with is to add performers who are fairly young. If a club signs a young player it basically secures the services of that youngster for a long period of time as that performer will probably be performing for the next few years of his career with the club.
Juventus on the other hand splashed out €90 million in a player who exploded in the previous season of the Italian League as he scored 36 goals in 35 appearances, which was way more than any other player of the top tier League.
Even though Gonzalo Higuain spent more than 6 seasons as a player of Real Madrid, he never managed to lift the UEFA Champions League which is widely considered as the most prestigious and difficult piece of silverware to acquire but this is exactly what Juventus is hoping that Higuain can help to accomplish.
Continue reading Juventus decision to sign Gonzalo Higuain is a huge gamble
Lionel Messi is no stranger to analysts going into intricate detail regarding his goal scoring form and style of play – there’s just so many goals to analyse!
Despite being one of the most consistent players of our generation and throughout the whole of history there have been concerns regarding this seasons form in comparison to previous. This is largely due to injury but this may be one season where Messi is outscored and outshined by not just Cristiano Ronaldo, but teammate Luis Suarez. So just how does he compare to other seasons?
La Liga goals
Despite not starting as many games as he would have liked in La Liga, Messi has still accumulated 25 goals in 28 games with an impressive 13 assists, more than everyone but Luis Suarez. Compared to last season however this isn’t as impressive. Messi managed to start all but one game in La Liga last season and score 43 goals, making 18 assists. Both are inherently great records to have despite criticism of Messi this season.
Messi featured in every European game leading up to their final win against Juventus last season (13 games) and managed to score 10 goals – not a bad record. This was accompanied by 4 assists. However, before their exit to Atletico Madrid this season Messi only managed 7 games due to injury although he scored 6 goals making full use of his game time in the Champions League – assisting with one goal.
Copa Del Rey Continue reading How does Messi’s statistics compare to last year?
The America head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reckons it’s high time the match officials, who are on duty on the pitch, should be allowed to take the help of technology if they want, while making marginal decisions especially the ones related to penalties.
The increase in the frequency of errors made in decision making by referees is something which is discussed a lot. But, still, technology, which can solve the problem, has been kept away from playing any part.
Actually, not a lot of sports have this sort of approach regarding technology as Football has. There is ample use of technology in most of the other sports which are popular around the world and it’s logical
If there is something which can help you in getting your decision right and if that decision can ensure a fair result of the game comes out, why would you not like to bring it into play? Why would you necessarily want to rely on naked eye?
One argument against the use of technology in soccer is that with the current system of the referees passing their verdict on their own and that too instantly, it keeps the excitement factor in the game which would go out if the replays dictate the decision making. Continue reading Jurgen Klinsmann backs using Technology for Matches
Mark Noble says that he has not given up hope of featuring for the England national team. The 28-year-old has played in almost every level of youth national team.
However, he has not been able to feature for the senior team even once in his career. This comes as a major surprise given that Noble has been one of the consistent performers for West Ham since his debut in 2004. As one of the experienced Premier League names, Roy Hodgson may decide to call upon the West Ham star for the upcoming Euro 2016. This is due to a number of injuries especially in the midfield.
The latest squad announced by the England manager for the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands does not feature Noble once again. However, the West Ham United midfielder is unconcerned about this aspect and says that he still believes that a door will open for him in the future. Time, though, is fast running out for the player at 28. Noble’s inclusion to the national team has been supported by names like Tony Gale, who is a former West Ham star. In the past, England have been able to get performances out of Scott Parker, who is similar in playing style to Noble. Continue reading Mark Noble still trying to Feature in English National Team
Vicente Del Bosque, the La Roja boss, reckons that the slightly longer 2015-16 La Liga season is going to harm his team’s preparations for Euro Cup.
With Barcelona having had an additional competition to take part in i.e. Club World Cup, some of the games of La Liga have been rescheduled and the league is going to be a week longer this time around.
This hasn’t amused Del Bosque a single bit.
According to the 64-year old, some of the players of the national squad who are playing in the leagues in other parts of Europe will get free of their club duties earlier and then, they will have to wait for the La Liga guys. It means the whole squad would not be able to have that many training sessions together.
In the words of Del Bosque, “It appears nobody bothers to take La Roja’s interests into account.”
“I don’t have the authority to speak on behalf of federation. But, as manager, I must say the way this rescheduling has been done, it concerns me.”
“Nobody came to me and asked for my views. My answer would have been a big no if that had been the case.”
“It’s not just about a week. The players would actually not get as much time as they could have to gel.” Continue reading Vicente Del Bosque reckons La Liga longer bad for his Team
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has warned Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling against taking any bad advice from agents.
The 20-year-old has made it clear to Liverpool that he wants to leave the club. A number of top clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are thought to have made their interest clear to Liverpool. Arsenal are also interested in signing the player, but the prospect of having to part away with almost £ 40 million may prove to be a stumbling block. Arsenal legend Henry has admitted that he would like to see Sterling play for the gunners.
The 20-year-old has attracted intense criticism over the last few months. It has increased after widespread reports amongst the media stating thatSterling had publicly told the Liverpool board and its manager that he wants to leave. The player was named as the young player of the season during the awards ceremony held by the club, but he was booed by his own supporters as he went to collect the award. Henry says that it is up to the player to decide to leave or stay, but he should have kept the decision in close quarters rather than go to the media. Continue reading Thierry Henry has warned Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling against taking any bad advice