Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has revealed that he expects midfielder Jack Rodwell to get even better in the coming weeks once he gets his full fitness back. The former Everton midfielder was signed by the north-east club for £ 10 million from Manchester City in the transfer window. Rodwell was once spoken of as the next big thing in the England international team, but the 24-year-old has suffered from a string of injuries in the last few years. Keen to revive his career, Rodwell moved to Sunderland in the expectation of regular first-team football.
The Internazionale boss, Walter Mazzarri, has admitted that his team’s upcoming fixture versus Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is going to be a difficult one, but, he is optimistic and believes that his team would manage to get over the line.
Mazzarri’s teams have historically had a hard time while playing against the clubs from Ukraine.
When the Italian was in charge of Sampdoria 5 years back, he saw defeat against Metalist Kharkiv. And, then, he saw another defeat during the 2012-13 Season. At that time, he was the manager of Napoli and the opposition side there was Dnipro.
So, it’s something which would be playing in Mazzarri’s mind when he leads the Inter boys into the arena later this week in Kiev.
It is understood that Liverpool have received an offer from Turkish club Trabzonspor for defender Kolo Toure. After coming to Anfield only last summer on a free transfer from Manchester City, Touré went on to make 24 appearances in all competitions. He also created two goals as well.
However, first-team opportunities became very limited in the second half of the campaign after Brendan Rodgers decided to use Martin Skrtel along with Sakho. The return of Daniel Agger has also increased the competition for Touré.
Former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba has been one of the best midfielders in the Italian Serie A since his arrival from the Premier league outfit a few years ago. However, there have been several transfer rumours linking him with a return to Premier League or even with Spanish giants Real Madrid. This is because of his all-round nature to be able to dominate the midfield. Pogba not only acts as a defensive shield, but he also joins the attack and scores goals as well.
Stephen Keshi, the Nigeria boss, has hailed Lionel Messi for his phenomenal soccer abilities.
According to Keshi, the 27-year old striker seems to have come from a different planet.
Keshi was answering the questions of the reporters yesterday night. When he was asked about Messi, he said, “He is an absolute beauty. I can’t praise him enough. The Argentinean team has got some other highly talented guys as well, but, Messi is class apart. You’ve got to give it to him. I reckon he has come from some other planet.”
Napoli are looking highly unlikely to sign Pepe Reina on a permanent basis after the player’s agent revealed that the Italian club are not looking to meet the asking price of Liverpool. The Spaniard spent the last season on loan at Napoli due to his good relationship with Rafa Benitez. He has since returned to Liverpool after his loan spell came to an end. However, he is unlikely to stay at Merseyside for long due to the former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet being the first choice at the club.
Italian club Juventus have confirmed that manager Antonio Conte will remain at the club into the next season as well. The future of the 44-year-old has come under intense speculation given that he has not signed a new contract yet. His current contract runs out next summer and due to the demand for quality managers, he has been linked with several big jobs over the last few months. Conte led the club to a third successive league title, which is an impressive feat considering that he also helped them get back from the second division.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has come out in praise of coach Antonio Conte after the latter led the club to a third successive league title without even kicking a ball this weekend. Conte was given the job of taking Juventus back to the Italian Serie A when he was appointed as the coach of the team in 2011.
However, none would have imagined that he would have led the club to 3 successive titles apart from getting promoted back into the Italian top division. Juventus are one of the most successful clubs in Europe, but they are relegated after the match fixing scandal a few years ago.
AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf has urged the players to perform exceptionally well and get a win against Chievo during the weekend. The future of Seedorf has already been thrown into doubt just a few months after he took over at the club.
He has been unable to get results and the team have been slipping to the second half of the table under his management. After failing to win for several matches in a row, Milan only recently managed a victory against Fiorentina. This morale boosting win has helped Seedorf get some time.
It looks like Roma will be finishing yet another season without a trophy to celebrate after they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia 5-3 on aggregate against Napoli. This coupled with their significant points difference between them and title rivals Juventus mean that it will be a disappointing season for the club from the capital.
However, manager Rudi Garcia has widely transformed the club by making them title contenders at a time when they were looking rank outsiders to finish in the top three. He arrived at the club only in the summer and signed a contract until 2015.