There have recently been a number of rumors that have been launched which links C.Ronaldo with his former club Manchester United. C.Ronaldo is believed to have an unhealthy relationship with the owner of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez and that the Portuguese star is interested in making his return to Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal said that he would love to have C.Ronaldo in his team and that a transfer is actually possible but unlikely as Real Madrid just aren’t thinking about selling him.
The Dutch coach of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal said: “It’s always a discussion in the papers. I don’t think the media will buy Ronaldo. When it is possible, it is what I have always said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection, to the team, but I don’t think Real Madrid will sell him.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has never been shy in demonstrating his emotions and love towards his former club, Manchester United as it was the first club where he managed to win major trophies including the Premier League and the Champions League pieces of silverware.
“I love Manchester. Everyone knows that I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I hope I can come back one day.” C.Ronaldo told reporters as he responded to questions concerning his future and the possibility of him making a return to the Premier League.
The Portuguese midfielder has a contract with Real Madrid that runs up until 2018 where he will be earning a salary around €17 million and the Spanish club included a buyout clause for him of €1 billion. All of those reports linking C.Ronaldo with a move away from Real Madrid are nothing but rumors and nothing official as the future of the Portuguese is tightly wrapped around the Spanish club.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted at a potential offers for Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, who continues to be linked with a move away from the Spanish club. The Argentine was one of the best players for Madrid last season, as they won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It was a historic campaign for the club because it was the 10th European trophy. However, it is highly expected that di Maria may be sold in order to raise money. Madrid recently brought in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez for close to £90 million.
It would have a severe dent on the club’s ability to meet the financial fair play regulations set by UEFA if they do not sell a couple of players to neutralise this figure. As one of the valuable players in the team, Madrid are reportedly prepared to sell di Maria. French giants Paris St Germain are also thought to be interested in the player, but were recently ruled themselves out of contention citing the transfer fees demanded by Madrid. The Spanish club valuable player in excess of £ 50 million, but because PSG recently brought in Chelsea defender David Luiz for a similar figure, they are unable to sign him.
Van Gaal says that United will be interested in a player like di Maria, as they continue rebuilding the team after a disappointing season.
“It is a strategy of Manchester United to do that. At this moment, we have five No.9s and four No.10s – and we don’t have wingers to give us attacking width. Or, I should say, we don’t have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that. So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary,” said Van Gaal.
Mexico have extended the contract of coach Miguel Herrera after he was extremely impressive in helping the team almost reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. Mexico barely managed to make it into the World Cup after a very poor qualifying campaign. The arrival of Herrera to the national team manager role brought about a seachange in the fortunes, as they dominated the play-offs and reached the finals. Despite being in the group containing Brazil and Croatia, Mexico managed to qualify for the last 16 round.
They came up against a very good Netherlands team, but the brilliant tactics from Herrera almost resulted in a shock victory for the American team. It was only because of controversial refereeing decisions that Netherlands reached the quarter-finals at the expense of Mexico. It seems that the Mexican football Federation have been extremely happy with the work of Herrera that they have decided to offer a four-year extension to his current contract. Herrera will now be charge of the national team until the Russian World Cup in 2018.
Mexican soccer Federation president Justino Compean revealed that the negotiations with Herrera have been going on for the last few days. He expects an agreement to be reached soon because the understanding is that the manager calls wants to extend his stay.
“We’re renewing Miguel Herrera’s contract so he stays as coach of the national team for Russia 2018. We’re going with him and hopefully he lasts. His work was extraordinary (in Brazil). We’re pleased because in the short time he had to work, he did it very well, achieving very good results in the style of play and in what the national team transmitted. He’s in favor of continuing and us too,” said Compean. Mexico suffered only one defeat at the World Cup 2014.
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as the deputy to Steven Gerrard for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next month.
The England hero has been the vice captain for the team on a consistent basis, taking on the role of skipper when the captain goes off or is not selected in the starting eleven and he will fulfill that role once again in what could be his last major tournament at international level.
And Hodgson believes Lampard holds a key to England and their chances of progression as they line up against former world champions Italy and Uruguay along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in a difficult group in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
The England boss said that Lampard has been vice captain for a long time and he has stepped up and done a great job in the absence of Steven Gerrard as well. He added that he always considered the Chelsea man to be a key member of the 23 man squad because of his experience and the kind of play he brings to the team.
Hodgson said that he also brings other qualities in terms of his qualities and character to the team as well.
Lampard has won three Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League and four FA Cups during his time at Chelsea and he is also the club’s record goal scorer with over 200 goals from midfield but is out of contract at the Stamford Bridge club this summer.
Although he has played a much reduced role for Chelsea this season, he was still one of the automatic choices for the big games and more often than not, he has delivered for his team and Hodgson will be hoping for much of the same in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who is preparing his team to take on Manchester United, has refused to criticise the duo of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes for the troubles faced by the Premier league outfit this campaign. Manchester United have lost the invincible aura that they have had some last two decades. This was primarily developed by Ferguson, who led the club to an incredible 35 trophies during his time at the club. Since the arrival of Moyes in the summer, United have been a constant decline.
They have slipped to seventh place in the table and on course to missing out on Champions League as result of it. United and Bayern Munich have faced each other on a number of occasions, but both teams have almost an identical record in the Champions League. Guardiola was mentioned as one of the potential successors to Ferguson, but the club decided to go for the inexperienced Scot after the advice from Ferguson himself. It has so far proven to be a disastrous appointment by the club, as Moyes has struggled to cope with the enormity of the job at hand.
Guardiola, meanwhile, has taken Bayern Munich from strength to strength and the recently said the league title with a record seven matches remaining.
“Sometimes many, many things happen that are difficult to understand. I don’t know how Sir Alex Ferguson can have a bad influence on this club. I think it’s completely the opposite. This club was the best club in England thanks to him. He re-organised the club and put the club on another level in this country. It’s good for the Champions League next season. But I am pretty sure Alex Ferguson was the most important person in this club’s history, at least in the last half-century,” said Guardiola.