Spain international Jordi Alba has committed his long-term future to Barcelona by signing a fresh five-year extension. The left-back’s previous deal with the Blaugrana was due to expire at the end of the campaign and this had recently linked him with the likes of Juventus and Manchester United ahead of the summer.
However, the speculation has now been put to bed with the Spaniard penning a new five-year deal with the Spanish champions. A statement on the club’s website read: “Barcelona and Jordi Alba have reached an agreement to renew his contract for the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024. The buyout clause is set at €500M. Over the course of the next few days, we will announce when the official signing of the new contract will be held.”
Former Barcelona forward David Villa has joined up with the Vissel Kobe squad for the first time as the club continued their preparations for the new season. He was greeted by a few familiar faces as he walked onto the training pitch.
Villa joined up with former teammate Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski for his first training session at the Japanese League outfit. The trio posed for pictures after the session as the Spaniard enjoyed his first training in Japan.
The star from the Athletico Madrid team is quite disappointed with the fact that he finished in the third place after Modric and Ronaldo in spite of having a great season with both the country and the club. He expressed being sad over the fact that he could not win one of the most coveted trophies in football for any individual but he was happy to put the upcoming world cup in its place.
Griezzmann has been instrumental in setting up France to be the world champions in the recently concluded World Cup in Russia and has also been a part of the campaign in the Europa League where Athletico Madrid emerged as winners.
Mexico international Javier Hernandez has paid tribute to Juan Carlos Osorio shortly after it was confirmed that he has stepped down from the managerial role with El Tri. The 57-year-old had been with the national team for the past three years where he produced a number of impressive results including a shock win over Germany at the World Cup. Despite this, Osorio snubbed the prospect of a contract extension with El Tri and he has now decided to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Amidst this, Hernandez has taken his time to praise Osorio via his Instagram account and believes the Mexican was one of the best managers he has worked under during the course of a nine-year international career, he penned: “Thank you for these three years, profe. Thanks for so much. There are mixed feelings. The thankfulness is what sticks out the most because our paths crossed.
Scottish football heavyweights Celtic are reportedly close to completing a deal for Liverpool teen star Rhian Brewster. The Scottish Premiership side are keen on acquiring the services of the teenage sensation.
Brewster is a top rated youngster at Anfield and the Reds are open to allowing him go out for further development. He played a key role as England won the Under-17 World Cup last year and was part of the young players’ former Reds coach and now Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers signed. Rodgers signed Brewster from Chelsea and is keen on working with him again at Parkhead.
Since ZinedineZidane took over Real Madrid as the head coach back on January of 2016, the French manager has gone off to lift the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish League, La Liga as well as many other pieces of silverware.
This is a very impressive accomplishment for a manager who really isn’t as experienced as other tacticians but despite his lack of time at the helm of a world class squad, Zidane has still been able to secure some of the most coveted trophies in the sport.
However, even though ZinedineZidane has already shown that he is capable of working alongside top players and has found a way to put his team together which is able of winning some of the most prestigious and difficult football competitions, the biggest obstacle of his managerial career is about to begin.
Real Madrid are the current champions of the Spanish League, La Liga as well as the UEFA Champions League and now their task is to try to defend these trophies which is a very tough thing to accomplish. Read more
The former Manchester United forward Louis Saha shared with the newsmen what he called “Life After Football”.
He explained that it is crystal clear that footballers make a lot of money, meanwhile, many footballers have forgotten that away from the glitzy, glamorous lifestyle, the reality for many players after retirement is just a new world.
Many footballers find it rather challenging as financial issues could be lurking around the corner after few years.
He noted that the path to bankruptcy for many is often complicated but a pattern can be traced, he believes it is rarely due to a failed business, but is frequently down to over-spending, poor investment choices and a failure to keep the taxman tuned.
The former France international spoke further that the combination of young and rich has an allure for those wishing to sell investments that pay a huge margin, be it investments that dubiously promise to reduce tax bills or simply property that is wildly over-priced. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo, KarimBenzema, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Isco are just a few of the more renowned and highly rated players that play a huge role in the squad of ZinedineZidane.
It’s because of all these world-class performers that Real Madrid is considered to be as one of the best football clubs right now, maybe even the best team that is performing and they have proved it by reaching the UEFA Champions League finals where ZinedineZidane and his squad have to face off with Juventus on June 3.
Even though Real Madrid has so many top footballers, Zidane stated that at least from his own point of view, the Spanish club are actually not the favorites of winning the UEFA Champions League as Juventus has their own merits which has helped in them reaching the finals as they overcame Barcelona in the quarter-finals and As.Monaco in the semifinals as well as many other top clubs along the way. Read more
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is set to make his return to action in the game against Espanyol in the La Liga on Saturday.
The Welshman has been on the sidelines after he picked up ankle tendon damage in the champions League game against Sporting Lisbon last November.
The club manager Zinedine Zidane said he hoped the player would return before their clash with Napoli in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Real won the game but would now have him available for the return leg on March 7.
The 27-year old former Tottenham Hotspur player has returned to full training and he is now preparing for the clash with Espanyol.
“He will be in the squad and the plan is for him to have some minutes. We’re keen and he’s keen as well. Bale is a very important player for us. We know the quality and speed that he has, and the damage he can cause the opposition. He’s very happy to return to the team, to be with us, and be able to play again,” Zidane said ahead of the clash. Read more
Fifth-placed English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are not strangers to having their priced jewels scooped away from their cradle.
Luka Modric and Gareth comes to mind – and from the looks of it, perennial hunters Real Madrid, a club that hardly takes “no” for an answer, doesn’t seem to be done with carting away spurs’ best players as they are reported to have been monitoring the progress of White Hart Lane’s newest golden boy Dele Alli.
With his development chart indicating of a player that have progressively grown in leaps and bounds since last season’s debut, the European sharks, the oliver-wants-some-more of club football are said to have started laying ground works to lure the young Spur out of North London, the first point of call being a massive jack-up of his current £60,000 per-week deal.
Ligue 1 defending champions PSG are also said to be interested in securing the services of the Nigeria born England international. Tottenham however are said to have strong faith in Alli’s staying put no matter how fat the bone dangled about him is. Still, there remain silent fears of the 20-year-old being tempted by the double package of playing amongst la crème dela crème of European football while doing it on a bumper pay check. Read more