Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that he made a mistake by bringing midfielder Ross Barkley too soon after the player spent close to 3 weeks on the sidelines. Barkley was recently introduced back to the first-team in the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool. Since then, Everton’s form has nosedived and they lost against Aston Villa in the subsequent match. Martinez has admitted that it was a mistake to reintroduce Barkley in matches without much recovery time. He also said that the game of Liverpool’s magnitude was also not the right for a player who had spent the last few weeks on the sidelines. (more…)
Raja Nainggolan’s performances with Cagliari have attracted the interest of Serie A clubs including Juventus, Ac.Milan and Napoli but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport he will be making his move to As.Roma.
All of those clubs are believed to already have made offers and bids for Nainggolan but he is set to sign a contract that will see him transferring to As.Roma for 4 years on a deal worth around €9 million.
While Nainggolan is likely to be seeing his way into As.Roma, Miralem Pjanic might be making his way out of the club as Manchester United are determined on signing the player and are preparing a bid of around € 25 million for Pjanic.
Manchester United’s midfield crisis is not a secret to anyone and the addition of Pjanic to the Premier League side will help solve some of their problems or at least that is what Moyes believes. The Sporting director of As.Roma has already confirmed the interest of Manchester United as well as other clubs that are attempting on making a move for the midfielder.
Before the start of the season there was predictions on which side was going to make a title charge and As.Roma had lost Marquinho and Erik Lamela in the past summer and they weren’t expected to be doing so well as they are doing now.
The signings of Mehdi Benatia, Kevin Strootman and Gervinho proved to be good additions to the team and are good enough to fight for the Scudetto as they are topping the Serie A alongside Juventus and Napoli.
The addition of Nainggolan from Cagliari and their other target Marco Parolo might just give As.Roma the boost they need to claim the top spot of Serie A back from Juventus.
Bayern Munich managed to extend their unbeaten run in the league after a comfortable 3-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday. This win means that last season’s treble winners have gone 37 matches unbeaten in the league, while they only recently went past record that had been held by Hamburg for several decades. It has been a great season so far for the club under the new management of Pep Guardiola. The fact that Borussia Dortmund lost their match against Wolfsburg means that by Munich going to the international break comfortable at the top of the table.
Franck Ribery, who is one of the players on the shortlist to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, has said that this victory was extremely essential because it helped Bayern Munich to extend their advantage at the top of the table during the international break. It is also very crucial because Bayern will be facing their arch rivals Dortmund when the league resumes in a fortnight.
“We started well and the early goal made it easier, but we didn’t play so well after that. It was better in the second half; we controlled the game and created a number of big chances. Now I hope my players come back fit after the international break,” said Guardiola.
Jerome Boateng scored after just four minutes on the clock, which helped settle any nerves amongst the Bayern team. Ribery goal just before half-time gave them a 2-0 lead, while Thomas Müller penalty in the 90th minute was enough to give them a convincing win.
“The second goal was important for myself and the team. We did well, were very aggressive and played better than last time out. The next game against Borussia Dortmund is vital for us. It’s a great chance to build a lead at the top and extend our record,” said Ribery.
Bolton Wanderers have managed to complete the signing of Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing, who has been one of the best players for the club. He has been on loan at the club for an entire season. Even though Bolton did not have the best of seasons last time around, Spearing was excellent. He made 39 appearances for the club and he also won the player of the year award from the club. Spearing was sent out on a loan deal due to the lack of regular first-team opportunities at Liverpool. The arrival of new signings like Joe Allen restricted his opportunities at Liverpool.
After impressing at Bolton, the player will now be spending the next few years at the club. He has decided to make the move permanent for an undisclosed fee. He has signed a four-year contract with the club. Spearing came through the academy at Liverpool and made 55 appearances for the five times European champions. Bolton manager Dougie Freedman was especially delighted after announcing the signing. He has revealed that Spearing was one of the top targets for the club especially after the way he performed last season.
The club will be looking to get back into the Premier league after failing to make a promotion challenge last time around.
“Jay was my top target. He’s got the potential to be a very, very good player. What I like about him is that he comes in every day with the attitude to get better. At my last club [Crystal Palace] that’s what it was all about – the younger players coming through the system and making sure they apply themselves in the right way. That’s what struck me about Jay – not only was he a fantastic football player with a great pedigree coming from Liverpool, but his hunger and desire to get better was really the thing that struck me,” said Freedman.