Archive | August 2014

Di Maria: I didn’t want to leave Real Madrid

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Angel Di Maria has revealed after completing his move to Manchester United that he did not want to leave Real Madrid and blamed his departure on the Spanish club’s board.
The Argentina international completed a British record €84 million transfer to Old Trafford on Thursday and immediately expressed his joy at joining “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.
However, Di Maria has now admitted in an open letter that he wanted to stay at Madrid and is bitterly upset that he was made out to have been holding the club to ransom over his demands for a new contract.
“My cycle at Real Madrid has come to an end,” the winger wrote in a letter published by Marca. “It’s impossible to capture everything I’ve experienced here in a few lines, but I hope this letter communicates what I feel at the moment.
“I had the honour to wear this shirt for four years and I feel nothing but pride for what I went through and achieved with my team-mates.”

Moses in line for Stoke debut – Hughes

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Victor Moses is primed to make his Stoke City debut in Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Portsmouth.
The Nigeria international has yet to feature for the Potters since joining on loan from Chelsea but the 23-year-old will get the chance to press his claims for a first-team place in the second-round clash at the Britannia Stadium.
And manager Mark Hughes has challenged Moses, who spent last season on loan at Liverpool, to make the most of the opportunity against the League Two side.
“[Moses] will start the game for us,” the Stoke boss told the press on Tuesday.
“It is important for him to get the shirt on and get out there because he hasn’t had as much game time as he would have liked over the past 12 months.
“He is a very good footballer and somebody that we are very happy to have here.”

Ogbonna can leave Juventus – but only for €15m

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Fabio Paratici has admitted that Juventus would be willing to sell Angelo Ogbonna – but for no less than €15 million.
The Italy international has struggled to nail down a regular berth in the Bianconeri line-up since joining frmo city rivals Torino in 2013 and has been linked with a move to Sevilla in recent weeks.
Paratici, though, says that they have received no offers for Ogbonna and declared that the versatile centre-half will only be allowed to leave if a club meets their non-negotiable asking price.
“We have never thought about giving Ogbonna up [to someone] on loan and we have never taken the idea of releasing him into consideration,” the Juve sporting director told Estadio Deportivo.
“If someone wants him, they will have to present us with an offer of €15 million. [But] Sevilla have never called us. We have not had any contact [from anyone] in relation to the player.”

Di Maria will need time to settle at Manchester United, warns Van Gaal

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal warns that Angel Di Maria will need time to adapt to the Premier League and will not be able to solve the club’s problems overnight.
The Argentina international sealed a British-record €84 million transfer to Old Trafford on Tuesday, shortly before the Red Devils were thumped 4-0 in the League Cup by third-tier MK Dons.
The Dutchman told Sky Sports after the match: “[Di Maria] shall contribute very much in our way of playing. He is also a creative player. I can change the system with Di Maria because he can also play on the wing and in midfield.
“I think that he can contribute and that’s very important but we don’t have to expect that from tomorrow.
“He has to adapt to the culture of England and the Premier League and to the philosophy of Manchester United.”

Van Gaal defiant after MK Dons debacle: I regret nothing

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said he had no tactical or selection regrets after Tuesday’s humiliating League Cup exit at the hands of MK Dons.
The Red Devils were routed 4-0 by their League Two opponents, with Will Grigg and Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe each bagging a double on a sorry night for the visitors’ Dutch coach, who remains without a win after his first three games in the hotseat.
However, Van Gaal made no apologies for the embarrassing loss, defiantly insisting that he was right to pick a team full of youngsters and fringe players.
“I have no regrets,” he told Sky Sports. “We have to analyse the problem and you have to change your methods. We have done that and I think our methods were good.
“It is very difficult to come back from 2-0. [In the] second half we created chances but didn’t have luck to score – but we created a lot of chances.”

Barcelona confirm Douglas deal

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Barcelona have agreed a transfer fee with Sao Paulo for Douglas that could rise to €5.5 million.
The Brazilian club announced last week that the right-back was bound for Camp Nou and the Blaugrana have now confirmed the 24-year-old’s imminent arrival in Catalunya.
“FC Barcelona and Sao Paulo FC have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of the player Douglas Pereira,” read a statement on the Liga side’s official website.
“The cost of operation is €4 million plus €1.5m in variables that are dependent upon games played.
“Douglas will travel to Barcelona later this week to undergo a medical. He will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next five seasons.”

Marchisio: Conte exit in everybody’s best interest

Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Claudio Marchisio believes Antonio Conte’s decision to step down as Juventus coach was in everybody’s best interests.
The successful coach stepped down earlier this summer over a dispute about the Serie A champions’ transfer policy, despite signing a one year contract extension months before, having guided the club to a third consecutive league title.
And Marchisio feels the current Italy boss made the right call as he no longer felt committed to the cause.
“I respect Conte’s choice. He explained to me why he left, but that stays between the two of us,” Marchisio told Tuttosport.
“He tried to keep going at the start of the season because he’s a Juventino, but he then realised that it was in everybody’s best interest to go separate ways.”