Paulo Dybala has had a chance to share the space with Cristiano Ronaldo inside the Juventus locker room and he reckons that the aura that surrounds the Portuguese talisman when he is on the ground, it doesn’t exist when he is off it because in the locker room, his behavior is like that of a normal player and talking to him, it doesn’t seem like such a personality who is one of the Football’s greatest of all time is sitting in front of you.
According to Dybala, nobody was expecting this signing to happen, not even the Juventus players themselves expected that Cristiano was going to be joining them. When the speculations first began, they thought that it’s just one of those catchy headlines that the media houses often use linking a big player to a big club, but it indeed happened and having spent time with Cristiano and having observed him from close quarters now, he can say that the man doesn’t have any arrogance or ego and he is a very, very easy going personality. Continue Reading
Former Inter Milan star Dario Simic has praised the talents of Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic while stating the desire to see Luka Modric join them in the summer. The duo have been key performers for the Nerazzurri over the past few seasons and the club are currently on course to finish in the top four for the second season running.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Simic spoke fondly about the talents of Perisic and Brozovic, who have been regulars from the starting lineup through the current season, he said: “Inter have two excellent players from our national team in Marcelo Brozovic and Perisic and in the future I would like to see Luka Modric, who is a great player, in Milan too. I do not know what has been going on at Inter recently.”
England manager Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Raheem Sterling, who was the star performer during the country’s 5-0 rout of the Czech Republic in the opening game of their Euro 2020 qualification. The attacker has looked lively for club and country over the course of the campaign and he continued his good run of form with a stunning hat-trick at the Wembley Stadium.
Speaking after the game, Southgate hailed the performance of the Manchester City star, who has begun realising his potential with the national team after a few years of struggle, he said: “I thought Raheem was electric all night. He has looked like that all week in training. I’m pleased for him, it is a special night for him. I think Raheem has really matured as a person and a footballer. He’s hungry for goals and hitting things instinctively without thinking too much.”
Hearts manager Craig Levein has urged Steven Naismith to resist the option of heading to Major League Soccer as that could squander his prospects of earning a berth with Scotland, should they qualify for Euro 2020. The veteran recently made a national team comeback after 18 months after the good form at Hearts and he managed to make amends with goals against Albania and Portugal.
Speaking to reporters, Levein stated that Naismith could be better off staying with the Scottish Premiership side next season in order to realise the ambition of featuring for Scotland at the European Championship, should they progress, he said: “Through his efforts at Hearts he has got himself back into the Scotland squad and scored important goals at that level.
Spain national team coach Jose Enrique has acknowledged that Isco may no longer be an automatic pick with La Roja after struggling for gametime at Real Madrid this term. The Spaniard has not started a league game for Los Blancos since October 28 and this has coincided with the appointment of Santiago Solari as the club’s head coach.
Speaking to Movistar, Enrique has admitted that Isco may not make the squad for the forthcoming internationals against Norway and Malta until he can get more minutes under the belt at the club level, he said: “Right now, I do not know if I will call him up, we will treat each case individually. Continue Reading
There have been a lot of speculations in recent months over the future of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, as his future at the club continues to remain uncertain.
A number of elite European clubs have shown interest in the Croatian and it continues to seem increasingly likely that the player will be exiting Barcelona in the summer.