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Sergio Ramos has made it clear that there hasn’t been any veiled text sent from his side to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo had said in some of his interviews of late that he wasn’t pleased to see the Real Madrid hierarchy let players like Alonso and Di Maria go.
According to the rumours, Ramos didn’t like that particular act of Ronaldo and texted the Portugal talisman telling him to follow the rules of the club.
Ramos, however, denied the rumours of text completely yesterday, but, the Spanish defender did say that all the players should respect the calls made by the board.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Spain’s friendly match against France, he said, “The news of me texting CR7 is false. I would like to suggest the club fans not to pay too much attention to that. I never did anything like that. Not only is Cristiano a teammate for me, he is one of the best buddies as well.”
“As far as selling of the players is concerned, it’s up to the board. They decide what needs to be done in that regard and being the contracted players, I think we should respect the decisions that they come up with.”
When asked about the France game and also about the Vicente Del Bosque who has been retained as manager despite the poor World Cup showing, the 28-year old had this to say, “A fresh era is going to start. So, there is a bit of excitement. We have our ambitions for the future. We are not thinking about past at all.”
“About Gaffer (Del Bosque), I can only say that he is a great man and he’s surely the right choice for managing the team at the moment.”
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Mauricio Pochettino will be going through his debut season in charge of Tottenham Hotspurs as he replaced Tim Sherwood who could only last 5 months as the head coach of the Premier League club. Pochettino is experiencing a fairly successful transfer window having already signed a number of highly rated young players such as: Eric Dier and Ben Davies. Mateo Musacchio is also expected to join the club at the White Hart Lane.
It was only a few days ago that Tottenham confirmed signing Eric Dier from the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. Upon making his arrival to his new club, the 20 year old defender Dier expressed his joy on signing with the English club.
Eric Dier said: “It has always been my ambition and my dream to come back to England and play in the Premier League I’ve watched a lot of Tottenham Hotspur and I’ve always enjoyed the way they play, their attacking football. I think, coming from Portugal, that suits me and this season I just want to adapt really quickly to the Premier League and do the best I can.”
The defensive division of Tottenham is what Mauricio Pochettino is focusing to reinforce vibrant and energetic players that can stay with the club for the years to come and now the Argentine manager is setting his sights on Mateo Musacchio from Villareal.
The head coach of Villareal, Marcelino García Toral is well aware of the importance that Mateo Musacchio has for his club and will not allow the player to leave on a low fee.
“Things will change quite a lot for this team. The quality and level of Musacchio will make it difficult to find a replacement. It won’t be easy to replace him but the solution, for better or worse, will be found soon. Mateo is a very important player for Villarreal. He’s an excellent player and will be a difficult loss to cover, especially as he plays in a tough position to reinforce.” Villareal boss Marcelino Garcia said as he talked about the role that Musacchio has in the squad.
Pochettino could face an obstacle in his quest of signing Mateo Musacchio from Villareal as the Spanish club will have to offload a substantial amount of money to his former club River Plate if the transfer does indeed happen and this is something that the manager of Villareal Marcelino Garcia might not be happy to do as he will have to lose a promising young player and not have a big cash reward for doing it.
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Newly appointed Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is getting ready to stamp his authority on the White Hart Lane club as he readies bids for at least three new players in a £ 44 million triple swoop.
The North London club is in advanced negotiations with the players’ agents as the club seeks to bring in the new players to the club as soon as possible in order to give them ample time to gel with the squad.
The former Southampton manager has privately admitted defeat in his pursuit of his former charge Morgan Schneiderlin, the French defensive midfielder and has instead turned his attention to another two of his former players. Read more »
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Ben Davies, the Swansea City defender, is expected to be the first player who would be signed by Mauricio Pochettino, the new man in charge at White Hart Lane.
Davies who is in his early twenties at the moment has rose in the pecking order of defenders at Swansea in the past couple of years. Currently, he is the no. 1 left back there.
As per the reports, Pochettino had approached the Swans and had placed a bid of close to 10 million Pounds which got accepted and now, the Spurs would get in touch with the player himself to reach an agreement about salary and other stuffs. If nothing goes wrong from here on, very soon, a formal announcement about Davies’ arrival to Tottenham would be made.
Davies is a Welshman who is a product of Swansea City Academy. He spent his youth career at Liberty Stadium only before making his debut for the senior team of the Swans in 2012.
The youngster has so far featured for Swansea in 70 league games in which he has found the net on 3 occasions.
Davies has played a bit of international football too. He has made 10 appearances for the senior team of Wales.
The Spurs’ campaign in the Premier League last season was disappointing. They had begun the season as one of the contenders for the top-4 place, but, they couldn’t live up to the expectations under Andre Villas Boas who got axed eventually.
The final position of Tottenham in the league table last season was 6 and that was a bit below par considering the team that they had. They would hope to make it to the Champions League this time around under the new manager who is known to be very strict.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has refused to name the players who had openly admitted that they did not like playing for the England national team. England suffered the embarrassing exit at the World Cup 2014 after losing the first two group matches. The last time they failed to get past the group stages was in 1958. The fallout from this poor World Cup campaign has been huge and Redknapp has added fuel to the fire by stating that some Tottenham players expressing their desire to be left out of the England squad.
Redknapp came close to being the national manager to replace Fabio Capello, but the job was eventually awarded to Roy Hodgson. After hearing the comments from Redknapp, England captain Steven Gerrard urged the QPR managed to pinpoint names. This would humiliate them and bring out the black sheeps within the national team according to Gerrard. When put forward with such a request, Redknapp refused to name them because it would not be fair on the players who had trust and said such a thing.
Redknapp, however, admitted that every manager knows the situation including Roy Hodgson. Gerrard said that every player he knows with the national team wants to give the 100%. As much as 10 players from the Tottenham managed by Harry Redknapp have played for the national team. “I understand Steven’s concern but I don’t want to get into naming names because it wouldn’t be fair to the players. Every Premier League manager past and present knows what I’m talking about. Probably even Roy Hodgson. But sadly this attitude is not unusual these days,” said Redknapp.
England are expected to fill a much changed line-up for the final group match against Costa Rica with several youngsters like Ross Barkley being given a run out to improve their experience.