Silly Season rumors!

 

AC Milan has announced on its official website that Thiago Silva has agreed a new five-year contract with the club.

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Arsenal and Liverpool targets Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca have been told they will not be allowed to leave Barcelona this summer.

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba confessed that he was happy at having made the return to Barcelona after nearly five years away from the club.

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Liverpool are reportedly ready to renew their interest in Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay.

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Liverpool are exploring the possibility of signing France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as Pepe Reina continues to interest AC Milan, according to reports in France.

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Chelsea are said to be leading the race to sign Inter Milan full-back Maicon.

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Paris St Germain have completed the signing of winger Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli, the French club confirmed.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has extended his loan spell at Atletico Madrid as he seeks to become Belgium’s first-choice No1.

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Juventus have confirmed the double signing of Udinese midfielders Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah, both on co-ownership agreements.

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Italian and European giants Milan have completed the signing of 14-year-old attacking midfielder Hachim Mastour.

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Tottenham is interested in signing Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev from CSKA Moscow according to the player’s agent and father.

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Italy boss Prandelli will fight on

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli intends to remain on the Azzurri bench to mastermind their World Cup 2014 bid – after last night’s 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.

La Nazionale crumbled in Kiev as the reigning European and world champions collected a comfortable victory.

There had been fears on the eve of the finale that the game could have been Prandelli’s last in charge, but he’s intimated that he will see out his contract which expires in the summer of 2014.

“I did have certain thoughts at times, but the project won’t stop and we’ll move ahead,” he stated. “We have the strength and the objective is to continue.

“My relationship with the Federation has always been good and I’ll talk with the President. This is a fascinating and difficult project, but it would be impossible to leave like this.”

Spain quickly took control of the tie against an Italy side who looked sluggish after energetic wins over England and Germany in the previous week.

“You could see from the start that Spain were fresher physically,” Prandelli lamented. “We didn’t have the time to recover this week. We needed to contain them, but we needed to be at 100 per cent fitness wise.

“The only regret is that we didn’t have a few extra days to prepare, but then Spain are a great side and there was no game when we went down to 10-men.”

Some have suggested that Italy were punished for fancying their chances against Vicente Del Bosque’s team. But Prandelli has defended his troops from that accusation.

“It was impossible that we could think we were stronger than we were. The truth is that we had no energy. We didn’t underestimate them.

“The result was a severe punishment. We didn’t make any tactical mistakes in the first half. We struggled physically and to play a certain brand of football you have to be fit.”

Although the tournament ended negatively, the former Fiorentina boss has praised all of his Azzurri for their efforts.

“It has been an extraordinary championship,” he continued. “Now we have to grow over the next two years.

“This side deserves an eight out of 10. We played some great games. These players have showed that they have a great group spirit, that they want to play football without making calculations.

“We went through some hard times by staying united. We also showed that we can lose with dignity.

“I’ve complimented the players. We need to grow and arrive at competitions like this with the right amount of time to recover from the strains of the championship.”

Italy progressed to the Final thanks to a Mario Balotelli brace against Germany in the semi-final, but there were only tears at the end for the young striker.

“I told Mario that he has to accept defeats, that these experiences are to be used in the future. This is sport.”

Official: Botafogo signs Seedorf

Brazilian club Botafogo have had to find over €7m to secure the signature of Milan legend Clarence Seedorf.

The Dutchman has signed a two-year deal with the Rio De Janeiro outfit after bringing his 10-year stay at San Siro to an end.

The Gazzetta dello Sport is today suggesting that Botafogo paid the midfielder, 36, a €600,000 signing-on fee.

They also assured him a monthly salary of around €300,000. He was available on a Bosman free transfer.

Brazilian Striker Claims Tottenham Approach

Leandro Damiao Internacional

Internacional striker Leandro Damiao has revealed Tottenham have made an approach to sign him, according to talkSPORT.

The report claims that Spurs have been tracking the 22-year-old for some time and failed with a £14m bid last summer, when then boss Harry Redknapp was on the look-out for a front man.

Emmanuel Adebayor eventually ended up at White Hart Lane but wage demands are preventing a permanent deal from being agreed and it looks like this has forced Spurs in to an approach for Damiao once again.

The player claims he has a proposal from Tottenham on the table but has turned down the move at the advice of his club, and revealed he will now remain with Internacional until the 2014 World Cup.

“I’ve got Tottenham’s proposal, but Internacional thought I’d better stay,” he told UOL.

“I will try to reach the World Cup playing for Internacional. But have to wait for the window to pass and close.”

Damiao is quoted as saying by talkSPORT

The striker has scored 22 goals in 54 appearances for Internacional since breaking in to the side in 2010 and has forced his way in to the Brazilian national team set up, earning eight caps and scoring 1 goal so far.

But it seems Damiao will remain in Brazil meaning Tottenham’s search for a striker goes on.

Arsenal & Tottenham Enter Race For Young Stopper

Arsenal and Tottenham will rival Man City to the signature of goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that Manchester City are eager to pair the Birmingham City stopper up with fellow England keeper Joe Hart at the Etihad Stadium next season. However, the Premier League champions will face stiff competition from north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, who are also keen on the 19-year-old.

Arsene Wenger is likely to lose both Lukas Fabianski and Manuel Almunia this summer so is on the look out for an understudy to number one Wojciech Szczesny, while Tottenham need a long-term successor for the ageing Brad Freidal.

Butland has enjoyed a whirlwind summer so far after being thrust into the limelight by Roy Hodgson after being called up to replace the injured John Ruddy in England’s Euro 2012 squad.

After spending last season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham, Butland could now not only find himself in the national team set up but also mixing it in the Premier League next campaign.

Birmingham are in financial trouble and would likely cash in on one of their prized assets should they receive a tempting enough offer.

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Newcastle interested in Boenisch

The Magpies are apparently looking into the possibility of bringing the former Werder Bremen defender to the club, having monitored his performances for Poland at Euro 2012.

Newcastle United are interested in signing free agent Sebastian Boenisch, according to German newspaper Bild.

The 25-year-old full-back, who was released by Werder Bremen at the end of last season, was expected to sign for Stuttgart, who confirmed their interest earlier in June.

However, a late approach from the Magpies could well see the Polish defender plying his trade in the Premier League next season.

Alan Pardew’s side enjoyed a successful 2011-12 campaign after signing less heralded players from various European leagues, something they will look to continue with the potential acquisition of Boenisch.

The left-back has impressed this summer with three assured performances for Poland at Euro 2012.

Ruddy agrees new Norwich deal

John Ruddy is looking forward to working with new Norwich manager Chris Hughton after agreeing a new four-year contract at Carrow Road.

Ruddy, 25, impressed for the Canaries on their return to the Premier League last season, earning himself a call-up into England’s squad for Euro 2012, which he then had to miss after breaking a finger in training.

The former Everton stopper helped Norwich to promotion out of the Championship following his arrival in July 2010, and believes it is an exciting time at the Norfolk club, who are now under the guidance of new boss Chris Hughton after Paul Lambert left for Aston Villa.

”It has been a non-stop rollercoaster since I joined, with a lot more highs than lows, thankfully, and hopefully that will continue over the course of the next four years,” Ruddy said on the club’s official website.

”I love the atmosphere around the place and it’s a fantastic Club to play for.

”We have a new manager coming in too, who I am looking forward to working with.”

Ruddy got married in June and added: ”I have never wanted to leave Norwich since I have been here,

”The main thing for me is that my family are really settled here as well. My lad starts school in September, so it’s nice to get a bit of security for them too.

”I have had a great two years so far, and I can’t wait to be a part of it for the next four years.”

Hughton has already moved to tie up versatile Scotland defender Russell Martin on a new deal, while midfielder Andrew Surman also this week penned fresh terms.

The former Newcastle and Birmingham boss was due back at Carrow Road this week after a holiday in Florida, and is now set to make sorting out the future of captain Grant Holt – who handed in a transfer request at the end of the season – his top priority.

Hughton believes Ruddy can continue to develop into one of England’s best with the Canaries.

”John has been a key part of the club since he has arrived,” said Hughton.

”He has made some fantastic progress over the past couple of years here and is an integral part of the club’s future.

”His great work over the past couple of years has seen him work his way into the England squad with his call-up this summer and hopefully he can continue his great progress now for years to come.”

Hughton, meanwhile, could be set to raid former club Newcastle for striker Leon Best, and has also been linked with a swoop for Birmingham trio Chris Burke, Jack Butland and Curtis Davies.

There is almost nothing better than scoring at the Euros, says Reus

 

The Dortmund forward was overjoyed at converting for die Mannschaft as they marched into the last four of the competition, and revealed that cramp hampered his celebrations.

Germany attacker Marco Reus could not hide his delight after finding the net in the 4-2 victory over Greece in Friday’s Euro 2012 quarterfinal, and thanked coach Joachim Low for telling him to go out and play his natural game.

The Dortmund man started for his nation for the first time in a major tournament and struck in the 74th minute to secure die Mannschaft’s passage into the last four, after their opponents had briefly threatened to stage a comeback in an entertaining second half. Germany also recorded a record-breaking 15th consecutive victory in competitive games in the process.

Speaking to reporters after the final whistle, Reus admitted that he was overjoyed to score in such a prestigious competition.

”It was a great day in my career. It’s my first time at a European Championship. I got to play from the start and it was really great. In the first three games I did not play. Then I play my first game, scoring my first goal and we win. There is almost nothing better,” the 23-year-old explained.

Reus continued to talk about the motivation he received from Low as he made his Euro bow, revealing that he was expected to make a nuisance of himself among the Greece defense.

”What Joachim Low told me? I should play my way, as I always play. I want to play naughty, that is what the coach gave me for my European journey.”

Still beaming, the youngster finished on a light hearted note by stating that his only regret was a relatively low-key celebration.

”My first thought after the goal? I had a cramp and could not celebrate. I wanted to celebrate with Jerome [Boateng], but that did not really happen. Now we must look to the semifinals. I still try to do my best, everything else you need to ask the coach.”

Germany will meet either England or Italy on June 28 as it bids to reach a second consecutive Euro final.

Didier Drogba confirms move to Shanghai Shenhua

Didier Drogba to leave Chelsea

The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Wednesday confirmed his long-expected move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. The 34-year-old, who confirmed his intention to leave Stamford Bridge following Chelsea’s Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal reportedly worth £200,000 a week with the Chinese Super League side.
 ”I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but I feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time,” said Drogba in a statement on his website. ”I am looking forward to a new challenge and to experiencing a new culture, and I am excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League. When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans.”

Drogba’s move to Shenhua has been predicted for months. He had also been approached by Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates, coached by Diego Maradona, but their bid is believed to be less than Shenhua offered.

Shenhua’s owner, Zhu Jun, has already hired former the former Argentina coach Sergio Batista and another former Chelsea player, Nicolas Anelka.