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Transfer balls: the 38 players Arsenal were going to buy this summer (and didn’t)

arsenal1 Transfer balls: the 38 players Arsenal were going to buy this summer (and didnt)

TRANSFER Balls: Time to look at what players the Press have told us Arsenal are going to buy this summer. With the transfer windows closing, this is the list in full. Arsenal have bought no-one:

Luis Suarez: did bid but no success.

Gonzalo Higuain: did bid then backed off when price rose. The Sun, however says that “GUNZALO” is an Arsenal players. Napoli, for whom he signed, should take issue with that report.

Yohan Cabeye: Arsenal bid then went cold on the deal. The Newcastle; United man went on strike, and, erm, didn’t.

Real Madrid players: Benzema, Kaka, Ozil, Casillas and Di Maria (whom TalkSport say they bought)

Wayne Rooney

Joshua Guilavogui

Julio Cesar

Lars Bender - bid rejected

Juan Mata (see him in the Arsenal kit)

Javier Mascherano

Jefferson Montero 

Toby Alderweireld

Paul Pogba

Solomon Kalou

Fabio Quagliarella

Julian Draxler

Jermain Defoe

Luis Muriel

Michu 

Micah Richards

Ashley Williams

Kiko Casilla

Emiliano Viviano

Asmir Begovic

Diego Capel

Pepe Reina

Mario Gotze

Victor Wanyama

Etienne Capoue

Stevan Jovetic 

Wesley Sneijder

Luiz Gustavo

Demba Ba 

Javier Pastore

PS: Arsenal only spend big when the season tickets are up for renewal

Posted: 31st, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jose Mourinho names himself 11 times in Chelsea’s first team that beat Bayern Munich (morally)

 

17455101 Jose Mourinho names himself 11 times in Chelseas first team that beat Bayern Munich (morally)

THE journalist asks Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho before his team took on Bayern Munich in the Super Cup:

“You have played Guardiola’s teams 15 times and only won three times. Why is it so difficult to beat his teams?”

Mourinho’s answer was great:

“Your statistics are wrong. Very wrong. Very wrong, because – but I don’t want to discuss that because it’s not important. I’ll just say it’s wrong. Go there and see what happened with Inter in the Champions League semi-final. The league records in Spain. The Copa del Rey in Spain. The Super Cup in Spain. You are very, very wrong. But it’s not important.”

Ok. Whoaaah, Jose. We get it . It is unimportant. No need to go on…

“This is not me against him, it’s club against club. That’s not important. I just know that I won the Champions League semi-final with Inter Milan. I won the Spanish Cup final in Valencia. I won the Super Cup in Spain. I was champion in Spain. I won the match of the title in Barcelona with Real Madrid. Maybe you are right and I am wrong, but I don’t care. It’s not important for me.”

About those stats:

Guardiola v Mourinho: 15 matches; Guardiola wins: 7;  draws: five;  Mourinho wins: three. Journalist:1; Mourinho: nil.

So. How did the game go? Well, Guardiola’s Bayern won. Eight wins for him now, then.

Says Jose about it being about the club not him, with reference to a red card awarded to Chelsea’s Ramires:

I have a fantastic experience of playing with 10 men in Uefa matches. I have a great experience. So I could react. I could coach my players in a way where, even with 10 men, even very, very tired, they could compete and find an opportunity to score a goal. In the end of the game, with everybody absolutely tired, they gave absolutely everything. I think my experience of playing with 10 men gave us a hand.”

I played two or three times with 10 men against Barça. I went to Inter and played a Champions League semi-final, one hour, with 10 men against Barcelona. I go to Real Madrid, I played again a Champions League semi-final with 10 men.

“Now I come back to Chelsea and played a Super Cup final with 10 men again, and go to analyse the actions and make your conclusions. I’m unlucky. Just that.”

How many “Is” in Mourinho’s Chelsea team? A first XI of them…

Posted: 31st, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Willian loves Liverpool, loves Chelsea and only used Spurs for the free medical

TRANSFER Balls:  Willian has signed for Chelsea. It was ever his dream move to play for the Blues.

August 16:  Willian loves Liverpool:

 “There are conversations, and I am hoping in the next few days for an offer from a club like Liverpool. If it is Liverpool, then they are a great club.”

August 22: Willian has a medical at Tottenham. He passes.

Former Anzhi Makhachkala coach Rene Meulensteen days of his former player:

“He’s very versatile, he can play in different positions, he’s a very creative player and an excellent professional with a very good personality.”

August 28: Willian becomes a Chelsea player:

“It’s been my dream to come to play here. Finally it’s become a reality, and when the offer came I never gave a thought to anybody else, I said to myself that I would run here, and I’m happy to be here now. Chelsea were always my first choice.”

Get a loaf of that personality.

Posted: 30th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye strikes a blow for Arsenal

cabeye strike Transfer Balls: Newcastle Uniteds Yohan Cabaye strikes a blow for Arsenal

TRANSFERS Balls: Is Yohan Cabeye on his way from Newcastle United to Arsenal? What says the Daily Mirror?

August 30, Daily Mirror:

Alan Pardew has confirmed that he expects Yohan Cabaye to play for Newcastle against Fulham this weekend, that’s good news for the Toon Army. Pards has left Cabaye on the sidelines while Arsenal were sniffing around, and the fact he’s bringing him back might mean that the danger from Arsenal is now over.

August 24,Daily Mirror:

Yohan Cabaye has gone on strike at Newcastle after refusing to play in Toon’s opening matches of the season, writes The Sunday People. Sunday People Sport can reveal that Cabaye was named in the team to face City on Monday but refused to play and returned home to Tyneside instead.

When is a strike not a strike?

 

Posted: 30th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal’s next manager says Spurs Bale isn’t up to much

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IT’S been a busy summer for former Arsenal captain Tony Adams. He’s been talking about Arsenal:

August 20:

Telegraph:

”One hundred per cent I’d like to be Arsenal manager,” Adams told Zapsportz.com. “Of course my heart says ‘yes, yes, yes’, but my head says ‘can I win with this current team?’ My answer is no, I can’t and I am not sure anyone can. I would want assurances if I walk through the door, those assurances meaning I’m given the go ahead to build a new team. I would get my teeth into building a new team but to achieve that, you would need to spend.

August 29:

Daily Mirror:

But after a penalty shoot-out with fellow north London legends Ian Wright, Ledley King and Les Ferdinand in Trafalgar Square to launch Vodafone’s 4G network, the former England captain took Le Professeur to task…

Adams said: “It’s not Arsene’s style to pay top dollar and gamble huge sums of money on a single player, but my main criticism of him is that I would do things differently…They need someone to lock it up when it breaks down, and I would be scouring Europe for the next Gilberto. I must have been the only person in the country doing somersaults watching Manchester United and Chelsea keeping clean sheets the other night – two fantastic, organised, solid sides giving nothing away. That wasn’t a boring game for me, because I was wishing Arsenal could do that more often.”

The Mirror says Adams is working not only as the boot of a mobile phone company but as a “consultant to Azerbaijan club FC Gabala”.

Tony Adams was the club’s manager. He opined:

“Wherever you take yourself in this world, you’ve got to take yourself with you.”

Digital Spy:

Arsenal icon Tony Adams has said that the club must stop selling its top players if it is to challenge for trophies, but added that it is impossible to “buy success”.

So says Tony who earlier advised “you would need to spend”. But having told us that you cannot buy success, Adams goes on to say:

“It’s always a risk, however much you pay. You can’t just buy success. I love the policy that Arsenal’s got. We try to give younger players opportunities. It’s a simple philosophy for me. You’ve got a squad of players and if you’ve got players in your youth team or reserves that can come into your first team squad, then great.If you haven’t then you try to recruit from outside. It’s really simple – however much they cost, whether it be £3 million or £30 million, it’s kind of irrelevant.”

August 30:

The Sun: “TONY ADAMS has revealed how he told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger NOT to sign Gareth Bale because he wasn’t up to much as a defender.”

So. There you have it Arsenal fans. It could be worse. Tony Adams could be the club’s manager…

 

Posted: 30th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal lose Di Maria, find Guilavogui and wonder what Chelsea’s Mata wants

TRANSFER Balls: A look at the latest media experts news on which players Arsenal are buying today. Can the experts produce an entire new XI?

Arsenal Insider: “Wenger signs Flamini and plots to capture Guilavogui

Who he?

He’s a 22-year-old £8million-rated midfielder at St Etienne.

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Posted: 29th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer (Real) balls: Arsenal sign Angel Di Maria, Manchester United pay £10m too much for Ozil and Benzama’s parting shot

TRANSFER Balls: Are Real Madrid stars Karim Benzama, Angel Di María and Mesut Ozil leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal? Let’s see what the experts in the media have been saying today:

Mesut Ozil 

Daily Mirror:Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil transfer hopes boosted as the Real Madrid star throws a strop - Midfielder tipped to be sold to help pay for Bale storms down tunnel, showers and goes straight to the bus after being subbed” – 27 Aug 2013

Says Ozil on August 28:

“I want to be successful. A lot has been written in the media about other teams, but I have a contract with Real Madrid and I am staying here.  I have the coach’s confidence and I feel very good. Also, I have a contract until 2016. I have a very good understanding with all my team-mates and it is a pleasure and an honour to play for Real Madrid. When you play for a team as important as Real Madrid, you have to win titles and we will do everything possible.

“We will work hard. We are a club that has special players and I am convinced that we will win titles this year. We have our aims and each of us has a role and we will try to win all of the titles on offer. That’s one of the big reasons for me being here.”

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Posted: 28th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Spurs’ Gareth Bale dresses as a pink dick to say goodbye in Madrid

bale1 Transfer Balls: Spurs Gareth Bale dresses as a pink dick to say goodbye in Madrid THE Daily Bale, a look at the Spurs star in the news:

The Sun, August 28:

“GARETH BALE has told pals his Tottenham career is over – and that is why he failed to turn up at training yesterday.”

That’s an “exclusive”.

The Sun, August 3, 2013:

“SPURS players asked Gareth Bale to autograph their shirts in an emotional farewell.”

So. Bale’s already said goodbye to his teammates a few weeks ago. Was that not a clue that he wouldn’t be training with them again?

Bale missed the friendlies against Monaco and Espanyol. He has also missed Premier league games against Crystal Palace and Swansea,and a Europa League tie against Dinamo Tbilisi. Why? Because he has a bad foot, so they say.

In other news, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says he could fine Bale for his no-show:

“He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid and in the end if it happens, we wish him all the best, but the fact that he hasn’t turned up is not the correct behaviour. That is the position [Bale] chose to take and it’s up to the club to decide if it’s a fineable offence. I gave the player the weekend off, Monday was a day off for the squad.”

That from the man who said the Spurs chairman has given him the “guarantee” that Bale would not be sold.

Photo: Bale dresses as a big phallus in Madrid.

 

Posted: 28th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Spurs sell Bale to Madrid and AVB stuffs his guarantee

TRANSFER Balls: Is Gareth Bale leaving Spurs for Real Madrid? Yes.

The Telegraph says Bale is on his way to Real for £85m.

Barcelona’s manager, Gerardo Martino, says the fee is “a lack of respect to the world in general”.

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Posted: 24th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Liverpool will talk about Luis Suarez for 11 more days

TRANSFER Balls: Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers does love to talk. And the more he talks the more he seems to tie himself in knots. Mostly, Rogers has been talking about Luis Suarez, the player who is now definitely not heading to Arsenal.

That would be the same Suarez of whom the BBC reported on August 7:

Suarez, 26, plans to submit a transfer request this week if a move to Arsenal is blocked.

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Posted: 23rd, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Moyes says ‘disgusting’ Manchester United are trying to ‘destabilise’ Everton over Baines and Fellaini

TRANSFER Balls: How’s David Moyes getting on at Manchester United? Well, he’s after Everton’s best players. The BBC reports:

Everton have described Manchester United’s £28m joint bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines as “derisory and insulting”.

United have already seen a £12m bid of Baines rejected earlier in the summer. And Fellaini was reported to be worth in excess of £24m, once his buy-out clause expired (which it has, apparently).

“Those bids were rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting,” said director of communications Alan Myers.

Not too far back (August 2009), when Moyes was manager of Everton, Manchester City were after the club’s Joleon Lescott:

David Moyes’s irritation with Mark Hughes erupted again yesterday when he accused Manchester City of seeking to destabilise Everton with their “disgusting” pursuit of Joleon Lescott. He also insisted City’s handling of the transfer saga had destroyed any chance they had of signing the England international this summer…

Lescott signed for City, of course.

Moyes has complete control over transfer strategy at Everton and was therefore incensed…

“The dialogue has not taken place with Manchester City and Everton in the way that it is said to be. If it was, the dialogue would come to me,” he said. “There has been no contact with me. I’m the person here who makes the decisions. I’m in control of Everton Football Club. There has not been one call. It’s disappointing. We have got a player who we really value and we want to keep. We think the world of him and he can play two positions. We don’t want to lose him. Yet he is being continually put in a position like he is at this moment in time.

“The way it has been handled is disgusting and all it has done is disrupted our club.”

The Everton manager admits Lescott’s “head has been twisted” by the prospect of doubling his £40,000-a-week wage at City… Moyes is unhappy with the size of the bids from City and their timing..

Moyes believes City have refused to respect his stance on Lescott in the hope of destabilising Everton…

Such are the facts…

Posted: 23rd, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal want Defoe from Spurs, Benzema from Real, Manchester City’s Richards and three goalkeepers

arsenal are shit Transfer Balls: Arsenal want Defoe from Spurs, Benzema from Real, Manchester Citys Richards and three goalkeepers

TRANSFER Balls: Having told its readers that Arsenal had bought striker Gonzalo Higuain, the Sun was soon proved wrong as the Argentine signed for Napoli. That scoop remains live on the paper’s website. It’s not easy, of course, to identity an Arsenal signing before it happens. This is because Arsenal play their cards close to their chest and seem to have a short list of targets that runs into the low hundreds. A look at this week’s press delivers some scoops.

Before the names, here’s Arsene Wenger:

“Yes, I’m confident that we’ll make the signings we need because of the desire of the players to join us.”

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Posted: 23rd, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Top 12 tunes from the Golden Age of Pop that continue to be sung at British football grounds to this day

doris day football The Top 12 tunes from the Golden Age of Pop that continue to be sung at British football grounds to this day

A NEW season, and a new chant.

Yes, Manchester United supporters have hailed the arrival of the Moyesiah with a new song: “So Come on David Moyes, Play Like Fergie’s Boys. We’ll go wild, wild, wild!”

And where did they get the tune? From Seventies chart giants Slade, and their straight-in-at-number-one-for-the-first-time-since-the-Beatles classic Cum On Feel The Noize…

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Posted: 22nd, August 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal leave Suarez, Rooney and Higuain out of squad

arsenal are shit Transfer balls: Arsenal leave Suarez, Rooney and Higuain out of squad

TRANSFER Balls: Reader comment of the day:

Bold move by Wenger to leave Suarez, Gustavo, Fellaini, Bernard, Cesar, Higuain, Fabregas, and Rooney out of the squad today. 

Ha-ha. More media experts views on future Arsenal players every day…

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: referee Antony Taylor ‘started refereeing in Aston Villa League’

THAT was quick, internet. No sooner has referee Anthony Taylor and his whistle helped Aston Villa record an unlikely win over Arsenal on the Premier League’s opening day than a look a his Wikipedia page turns up some interesting ‘facts’:

anthony taylor Arsenal balls: referee Antony Taylor started refereeing in Aston Villa League

 

Football’s back…

Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez desperate to be part of the Arsenal apology

17344403 Transfer balls: Liverpools Luis Suarez desperate to be part of the Arsenal apology

IS Luis Suarez heading to an average Arsenal from an average Liverpool?

Arsène Wenger says:

“The issue is that the club sometimes does not want to sell at any price. And in the example of Suárez and you are Liverpool, you have to calculate if you want to get into the Champions League, who are our rivals and do we want to sell to them? Unless they need the money or they have a clause or things like that, things [do not always work] just because you put the money up.”

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Moyes complains about imagined anti-Manchester United conspiracy

16560625 Moyes complains about imagined anti Manchester United conspiracy

WHEN David Moyes was announced as the new Manchester United manager, many wondered if he’d be the perfect fit for the club. Thanks to his complaints about an imagined conspiracy against the Red Devils, it is clear that he’s a dream appointment.

Moyes has hit out at United’s opening fixtures, hinting that this is all a deliberate ploy by the Premier League to give them a tough opening.

In amongst their first five games, the champions have to play Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. Of course, they’d have to play them at some point anyway and they should quit whining, but there you go.

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russian athlete defends anti-gay laws

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RUSSIA’S anti-gay laws are, clearly, bloody preposterous. Quite why Putin & Co would be so worried about who-fancies-who is beyond any logic or reason. Making the whole thing weirder and worse is that small matter of the Sochi Winter Olympics, a tournament steeped in corporate bon homie and a woolly notion of oneness and togetherness.

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR boss Harry Redknapp sets about talking up the opposition

2327996 QPR boss Harry Redknapp sets about talking up the opposition

TALKING Balls with QPR boss Harry Redknapp.

Says Harry of his side’s big match win the Championship against mighty Huddersfield Town:

“Huddersfield are a big club. I remember them being in the top division and doing well.”

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Posted: 14th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lionel Messi signs for English club

 Lionel Messi signs for English club

PUT a dream football team together and, chances are, a few of the same names will crop up. Pele, Maradona and Messi will inevitably appear as people argue about formations with pepper pots, squabbling about who should sit behind the forwards in a free role and whether or not to play a midfield sweeper.

This isn’t the stuff of fantasy though.

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Posted: 14th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez will be off to Arsenal in the January sales

TRANSFER Balls: Is Liverpool’s Luis Suarez going to Arsenal?

The Reds’ owner John W. Henry goes on the record:

“We are not going to sell Luis… “I’m unequivocal that we won’t sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is.”

The man’s word is his bond. No price is right for loveable Luis.

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Posted: 14th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ten landmark innovations that shaped football

AS Hawk-Eye is launched at the Emirates, bringing goal-line technology to the Barclays Premier League at last, we look back on ten landmark innovations that have shaped the game we know and love.

Goal posts

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Long before jumpers, there were goal posts. Their raison d’être was to indicate where the goal was, but they served another purpose too: a notch was ‘scored’ on them after each goal, hence the phrase ‘score a goal’.

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Posted: 10th, August 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Suarez’s hand balls turned Manchester United’s Evra into a history book hero

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TRANSFER Balls: Eurosport has a question about Liverpool’s loverly Luis Suarez:

Do Arsenal really want a player with a rap sheet as long as Luis Suarez’s? Let’s take a look.

That look features 6 of Suarez’s most heinous acts.

6. Uses his hand to stop a certain goal against Uruguay in the World Cup

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Posted: 8th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal offer £51m for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers just won’t shut up

TRANSFER Balls: News of Liverpool’s soon-to-be-former striker in the news media:

The front and back pages:

The i says Liverpool have told Suarez to train with the stiffs. How’s that for building team unity? On a positive note, the reserves will get better results.

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Posted: 8th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (46) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez wants Arsenal and Spurs teach Liverpool how to strike a deal

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TRANSFER Balls: Liverpool and that Luis Suarez saga continues:

Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger has been talking to Al Jazeera Sport:

“At the moment the situation is on standby. I really don’t know what will be decided by Liverpool. I don’t know what has been said, what has been promised and what has been written. That is the story between Suarez and Liverpool. Only Suarez and Liverpool can decide that. It’s nothing to do us. We have been told the player wants to leave Liverpool and that’s why we’ve acted. We try and get what we want, if that doesn’t work we will look somewhere else.”

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Posted: 7th, August 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0