July 22nd, 2014
For the past few weeks Thomas Vermaelen has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as the Belgium defender is a summer target of Louis van Gaal but the transfer has been stalled. In the previous season Arsene Wenger opted to play with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for the majority of the campaign which forced Vermaelen on having to sit on the sidelines of the team for a significantly long period of time.
Following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic from Old Trafford, the new coach of Manchester United wants to reinforce his defensive department and Thomas Vermaelen has turned into a top target. The Belgium defender can be used as a left-back or at the heart of the defence as a centre-back and that’s one of the main reasons on why Louis van Gaal is attempting to secure his services.
Having already signed Luke Shaw just demonstrates the importance that Van Gaal is setting into the backline of his team and a versatile player such as Vermaelen will improve it even further.
If Vermaelen does remain being an Arsenal player for the upcoming season, he will likely have to settle once more on a place in the sidelines of the squad considering the superb partnership of Mertesacker and Koscielny which allowed Arsenal on having one of the best defences of the previous season having only conceded 41 goals.
A move to Manchester United will allow Vermaelen to play a pivotal role in the club at Old Trafford as a first team player but the transfer will ultimately depend on whether or not Arsene Wenger is going to allow the Belgium defender on joining a rival club and how much Louis van Gaal is prepared to offer for his summer target.
June 23rd, 2014
AC Milan are set to make former striker Filippo Inzaghi as the next manager of the club. This is likely because Clarence Seedorf is expected to be sacked from his role at the end of the season. Said offers appointed as the manager of Milan only a few months ago, but he has struggled to live up to their expectations. He failed to take Milan into the European qualification positions. Milan will be without both Champions League and Europa League next season. Seedorf has been at loggerheads with the club’s board over the last few weeks.
Former Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, who recently won his third Champions League title as a manager, stated that he believes Inzaghi will be a good manager for Milan. Ancelotti knows Inzaghi and Seedorf extremely well after having managed both players during his time at the club. Both these former players do not have much managerial experience, but they know the club extremely well after having played for several years. If Seedorf is expected to leave the club in the next few weeks, Inzaghi will be a good appointment.
Ancelotti has also stated that he is interested in becoming the manager of Italy at some point in the future because it is the dream of every manager from the country.
“Pippo has an extraordinary enthusiasm, a great desire, and has prior experience in the youth area. He certainly has all the features to [do well at Milan]… If he becomes coach, I wish him good luck. Coaching your country’s national side is always a goal. But [for the time being] I still want to be on the [training] field every day, I very much enjoy the daily relationship with the team. When I am no longer having fun … I’ll call the Italian Football Federation [FIGC]. When Prandelli’s contract expires [in 2016],” said Ancelotti.
June 2nd, 2014
Botafogo captain Jefferson has stated that current Milan manager Clarence Seedorf was a huge influence on his club during the short time he spent at the Brazilian outfit. Seedorf finished his playing days playing for the Brazilian club Botafogo. He had arrived in Brazil with a big reputation of having won numerous trophies with big clubs like Real Madrid and AC Milan. Botafogo, meanwhile, were struggling to assert their superiority in the domestic league. Following his arrival, Seedorf reportedly did several changes to the club and this started with minor aspects like the dressing room chair layout according to Jefferson.
Jefferson admitted that Seedorf tried to change things a little too quickly, but he said that Botafogo did improve a lot and became much more of a professional club after he arrived. The club have been struggling in the league since Seedorf left the club a few months ago. The Dutchman took over at AC Milan as the manager of the club. He had played for Milan for almost a decade during which time he won league titles and Champions League. As far as their relationship goes, Jefferson stated that it had always been very professional.
He has thanked Seedorf for the time spent at Botafogo.
He said: “Our relationship has always been very professional. Seedorf arrived here at Botafogo and revolutionised us with his attitude and professionalism. The motivation in him at times was very strong. He sometimes tried to change things too fast. I think in three or four months he tried to change things that would last maybe years. Seedorf certainly added a lot to the Botafogo, Botafogo has grown with his arrival.”
“Seedorf has changed our way of getting to the locker room, we could not have music, the chair had to be the way he thought it had to be, things like that he wanted to change,” said the captain.
May 1st, 2014
Ricardo Kaka announced a few days ago that he would like to play in the United States and the Brazilian is even considering his future with Ac.Milan and will happen at the end of the season.
The former Real Madrid player has a contract with the Italian club which runs up until 2015 but there is a clause in his contract which will allow him to make an early departure away from Ac.Milan if they are unable to qualify for the Champions League.
The Champions League is out of the reach for the club which means that if Kaka truly wants to settle in the last few years of his playing career somewhere where there is less pressure, he has a chance of doing just that during the summer.
The captain of the club, Riccardo Montolivo is hoping that Kaka remains with Ac.Milan for a few more seasons but it will ultimately depend on the Brazilian’s decision.
“Kaka will evaluate his situation but only at the end of the season. We will try to qualify for the Europa League in order to give him a further motivation to remain at Milan, even though I’m certain that he is aware of the prestige this club has.” Montolivo told Milan’s website.
Kaka arrived from Real Madrid in September of 2013 after playing with the Spanish club for 4 seasons but his time in Spain was limited with just a few matches on the actual playing grounds as he had to settle with plenty of time on the sidelines of Real Madrid and even with the departure of Jose Mourinho, things didn’t change for the Brazilian midfielder.
When Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as the successor of Jose Mourinho, there was an air of expectations and changes involving a few Real Madrid players such as Kaka and Casillas but unfortunately for the Brazilian, he still had to settle with more time on the sidelines than on the pitch and he ultimately decided to leave and return to Ac.Milan.
April 30th, 2014
The manager of AC Milan, Clarence Seedorf, doesn’t know at which position his team is placed in the Serie A points table. He says he doesn’t have a look at the table and he won’t have a look at it until the ongoing season gets over.
As per the Dutchman, rather than viewing the points table, it’s important for him to think about the next game. He reckons if you are consistently performing well, you don’t need to worry about your position in the points table because it will take care of itself. Read the rest of this entry »
March 25th, 2014
AC Milan were left humbled after a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Atletico Madrid on aggregate in the last 16 Champions League outing of the season. Milan came into the second leg with hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals, as they trailed the Spanish outfit by just one goal. However, things quickly turned sour after Diego Costa scored just two minutes into the second leg. Milan got one goal back through Kaka’s header, but it was not enough to prevent the club from capitulating in the second half.
Seedorf has laid the blame for this performance in the second half on the hands of former manager Massimiliano Allegri, who he thinks did not keep the fitness levels within the players at an optimum level. The club conceded two goals in the second half to give the scoreline a flattering look towards the Spanish club, but Seedorf reckons that the competition was much more even over the course of two legs. He has also said that the decision to become the manager of Milan is something that he does not regret because he is confident that the club can regain its former status pretty quickly.
Seedorf has managed just one win in the last five matches. He says that the club would have done extremely well have a qualified for the quarter-finals, which would have paid huge dividends economically.
“You could see after the second goal that the team struggled psychologically to react, as they often do. The second goal turned off the light and sapped the energy from the team. We analysed the situation together. Obviously the Champions League was an important objective for us and economically for the club. We had played well in the first leg and showed in the first half tonight we could play on a par with Atletico, but couldn’t be consistent for the whole game,” said the manager.