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.
Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez hopes that he will be like a new signing when he makes his long awaited return from injury, but he has called on fans to have a little patience and not to expect too much too soon from him.
Gomez joined Fiorentina from Bayern Munich last summer but has so far made just five appearances for the club.
Unfortunately for Fiorentina and Gomez, he picked up a knee ligament injury against Cagliari back in September and has been absent from the starting line up ever since. Now, however, he claims to be pain free and can’t wait to come back.
Andrea Pirlo has made it clear he is hoping to sign a new contract with Juventus despite being linked with a number of European giants in recent weeks. The Italian midfielder is nearing the end of his current deal with Juve, leading some to speculate the 34-year old could be on his way in the summer, with former club AC Milan rumoured to be battling it out with Real Madrid should Pirlo decide to leave Juventus.
The 2006 World Cup winner has been a key part of Juventus’ success this season, proving he is still one of Serie A’s best midfielders by playing an important role in the club sitting nine points clear at the top of the table and heavy favourites with Betfair to win the title for a third straight year.
Inter Milan started the season in bright fashion and they were even contenders for the title at one stage in the campaign. However, it has all disappeared in the last few months, as they have slipped out of contention even for the top four positions.
This has put intense pressure on manager Walter Mazzarri, who saw his team get beaten 1-0 by Genoa. After the encounter, the former Napoli manager said that his team did not deserve to lose. He is aware that this is a very difficult time for the club, but it will soon pass off.