“Nasri has played 129 games for City so far, scoring 22 goals including 11 last season – his best haul yet in sky blue.” Speaking to the club’s official website, Nasri spoke of his happiness at penning new terms. Upd. at 18:28 Didier Deschamps opted against calling him up to France’s World Cup squad, but Manchester City have shown some love to Samir Nasri by handing him a new five-year deal. The 27-year-old can now be seen in blue until 2019. CEST “I’m 27 now and if you listen to some of the best managers in the game, they say that a midfield player’s best years are between 27 and 30 so I hope that I will give my best years to City.” Sport EN “I’m really happy to have signed this contract and to have committed my future with City,” said Nasri. 10/07/2014 The Premier League champions, currently managed by former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini, confirmed the news on their website on Thursday. “The French play-maker, who joined the Blues from Arsenal in 2011, has committed his long-term future to the Club by penning a contract that will run until 2019.” they wrote.
Cilic will face Nishikori on Monday night; both men are going for their first ever Grand Slam title. Nishikori’s progression to the final is perhaps the most surprising. Federer was keen to play down the narrative of this being significant for men’s tennis, given how it has been bossed by the same players for a decade now. “It’s just an amazing feeling, beating the number one player,” the No.10 seed said. Upd. at 21:48 On that occasion Marat Safin beat Leyton Hewitt in the Australian Open final, while on Monday night at Flushing Meadows one of Kei Nishikori or Marin Cilic will have the chance to be crowned the US Open champion. In fact, the last Japanese man in to appear in a Grand Slam semi-final was Jiro Satoh at Wimbledon in 1933. CEST With Djokovic already out by the time Federer played, the Swiss would have been eyeing up his 18th major title, however he never got going in the New York heat. Sport EN “I hope it’s big news in Japan. I feel the support from Japan. It’s 4am in the morning but I hope a lot of people were watching.” The 24-year-old saw of Djokovic in four sets – 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 – and became the first Japanese player to ever reach a Grand Slam final. 07/09/2014 “You create your stories,” he said. “You said the same in Australia, everybody; then we know what happened at the French Open final and Wimbledon final. Standing in his way in the final will be Cilic, who crushed Federer in three sets – 6-3 6-4 6-4. “But this is another chance for you guys, so you should write what you want. I don’t think so.” For the first time since 2005 there will be a Grand Slam final involving none of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.
Marco Reus’ future is in the air. The pearl of Borussia Dortmund has a contract until 2017 but he has a clause that would allow him to leave for just €25million, which is a bargain considering his performances. Toni Juanmarti According to ‘BILD’, the destination of Reus will depend on whether the player makes the decision based on his heart or his head; for prestige or for money. The German newspaper says “his heart is in Dortmund”. Reus hasn’t forgot that he has grown as a player there and he has a great relationship with the fans. 05/11/2014 But “the head says Bayern”. Reus knows that in Josep Guardiola’s side he could shine even more without having to leave Germany. Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze have already followed this path and would like Reus to join them. Upd. at 18:42 However, Marco Reus has a weakness and that is Barcelona. ‘BILD’ suggest the forward has dreamed of dressing in azulgrana since he was little. On top of that, at Barça he would find his friend, Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The pair have a really good relationship. Elsewhere, if it is money he wants, Reus could go Manchester City, who would be prepared to offer a contract which other teams could not match. Therefore, Barça would be the player’s first option should he decide to abandon Dortmund. CET All of Europe is waiting on Reus’ decision, but it seems that if he does decide to leave Dortmund, Barça will be his first option. That, of course, depends on when Barça can sign players again…
“We need to add [to the squad],” the former Manchester United manager conceded. “What we miss more than anything is goals — creating goals as well — and we need to add that. Now he’s looking forward to what will be his first full campaign in La Liga and has conceded he needs to find a striker when the transfer market opens in the summer. “Hopefully can do that in the summer. We have been planning for a while. We are short of a goal scorer after having [Antoine] Griezmann last year… we have missed that, those goals.” His plan is to build a squad that can compete with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in time, although his immediate focus should perhaps be to cut the gap on teams like Sevilla and Villarreal. Moyes took over at the San Sebastián-based club in November with them in the bottom three, guiding them to safety recently, and with two games left they can afford to relax. Moyes is keen on persuading Burnley striker Danny Ings to take the plunge and try his luck in Spain, with the forward available on a free transfer this summer. With Burnley relegated from the Premier League on Saturday, Ings will fancy a move to keep playing top-level football, and Moyes would like to bring him to la Real. After going down to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Saturday evening, Real Sociedad boss David Moyes admitted he is thinking about next season already. CEST “We have taken steps forward and we are showing better intentions, playing better, working well with the players… but I have to admit [playing at Camp Nou] is a big step for any club, so it is a huge step for La Real. 10/05/2015 Sam Marsden “I want to come with a team that can challenge Barça,” Moyes stressed in his post-game press conference. Upd. at 13:06 “We hoped for another upset, after beating them at home, but if you’d told me we’d take three points from six against Barcelona, I’d have taken that.”
Sevilla have reached an agreement with Ukrainian forward Yevhen Konoplyanka, subject to a medical and closing a deal with his club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. 03/07/2015 The Dnipro winger played against Los Nervionenses in the Europe League final in Warsaw, which ended 3-2 to the Spanish outfit. He plays as a left winger, but can use both feet and has spent all of his professional career playing in his native league. The player arrives in Andalucia on a free transfer, after his contract with Dnipro expired last Tuesday. He has agreed a four-year-deal with Sevilla, which will include a minimum fee release clause of 35 million euros. Konoplyanka is 25-years-old and has 20 caps for Ukraine, as well as being one of the great players to watch in European football and one of the most sought-after players on the continent after a good season with Dnipro. A season which saw him become a star player in the Europa League final against Sevilla, scoring 8 goals in 42 games. Sport EN Upd. on 04/07/2015 at 12:00 CEST Konoplyanka becomes the fourth addition to Sevilla’s squad this summer, after Danish central midfielder Michael Krohn-Delhi, French forward Gael Kakuta and central defender Adil Rami.
Pep Guardiola has called on Manchester City fans to fill their stadium in the Champions League, as they do in the Premier League. “We have to be so proud to play in this competition. Coming here in three or four weeks are coming the best football players ever with Luis Suarez and Neymar and Barcelona and we have to enjoy it. The Catalan coach took advantage of the comfortable win over Borussia Monchengladbach in this season’s first European game to ask for more support from the fans. 15/09/2016 “City’s fans must know that we play for them. In the Premier League everyone comes, but not in the Champions League and we need them to compete against the best in the world,” he said. “Today the stadium is not completely full so the only thing we can do is play good so the people at home say ‘wow next time I will be there’. Guardiola repeated the message again: “With the fans with us we are stronger. And with what the players have done until now, the team deserves a full stadium. “The people are listening so I am sure they are going to do that.” Pol Ballus CEST Upd. at 11:39
13/03/2017 IN SPORT.ES Atletico Madrid have struck a deal with the council to buy the land they are building the Wanda Metropolitano stadium they will use from next season onwards. El Atlético compra La Peineta por 30 millones Sport EN The land, which used to be for Estadio La Peineta, is now exclusively Atletico’s and they will not have to host Olympic Games events there should Spain host the event in the future. They have played in the Vicente Calderon for over 50 years but move north-east to augment their capacity from 55,000 to 67,000. They will pay 30.5 million euros, plus undertake building work of 30m more, as well as creating 4,000 parking spaces for public use. Upd. on 14/03/2017 at 13:11 CET
As Cavani and Neymar were about to come to blows, though, Brazil defender Thiago Silva stepped in between his two team-mates to avoid anything more serious happening. 19/09/2017 Upd. at 11:28 Thiago Silva evitó una pelea entre Cavani y Neymar Cavani and Neymar disputed who should take free-kicks and penalties during the game and were both very visibly seen putting their case forward to the other. Now, according to French paper L’Equipe, it’s been revealed the relationship between the Uruguayan and the Brazilian has been deteriorating for weeks, with things bubbling over in the Lyon game. Frederic Martin CEST Thiago Silva broke up a fight between Edinson Cavani and Neymar in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room on Sunday after the two forwards had fallen out on the pitch in their side’s win over Lyon. Speaking after the game, Unai Emery said the two players need to sort it out between themselves to avoid him stepping in and making a decision. Hours later, Cavani claimed there were no problems between him and Neymar, but it seems crystal clear that the two don’t get on. IN SPORT.ES After arguing over who should take a free-kick, and later a penalty, the debate spilled into the dressing room at the Parc des Princes.
Gabriel Jesús regresa a Barcelona para tratar su rodilla IN SPORT.ES According to Sky Sports, the 20 year old will be examined by Dr Ramon Cugat, who has treated other Man City players including Ilkay Gundogan and Benjamin Mendy. Upd. at 22:19 EFE/Sport EN Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus, Man City striker, will travel to Barcelona to treat his knee injury which he suffered against Crystal Palace a couple of weeks ago. CET 09/01/2018 Jesus left the field against Palace in tears and has not featured since. Pep Guardiola confirmed he would be out for over a month.
Other cases to highlight are Maxi Rolon, in Coquimbo, Chile Division 1B, and Juan Manuel Garcia Rey, in Liverpool’s reserves. A good generation who weren’t able to make it at Barca… hopefully some of the new generation can. 23/04/2018 Josep Capdevila Upd. at 21:29 CEST Barcelona’s youth team beat Chelsea to win the UEFA Youth League @josepcapdevila Munir scored two and Rodrigo Tarin the other. It was a good looking generation, on a team and individual level. Rodrigo Tarin is currently at Barca B, but Gerard Lopez doesn;t count on him, unfairly. The other player still at the club is Sergi Palencia, who didn’t play in this final but is currently captain of the B team. IN SPORT.ES The one player who made it at a high level in Spain is Munir, currently on loan at Alaves, with nine league goals. Among the others are Onana, goalkeeping for Ajax, while Jose Aurelio Suarez is at Girona. There are various in academies, Xavier Quintillà (Villarreal); Roger Riera, the captain that day, (Villarreal); Alex Corredera (Almería) and Kaptoum (Betis). On April 14, 2014, Barcelona won the first edition of the UEFA Youth League, effectively the Champions League for young players. The team led by Jordi Vinyals and Pep Munoz (currently coaching in China’s second division) beat Benfica 3-0, the same as Garcia Pimienta and Pau Marti’s side beat Chelsea in this year’s final. Los campeones del 2014, una generación mal aprovechada RELATED STORIES