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Verratti: “My future is not tied to Ancelotti’s”

With Real Madrid continuing to plot its assault on the transfer market this summer, Marco Verratti has been widely touted as a possible addition to add depth in midfield.

The Italian starlet, who has spent the last season working under Carlo Ancelotti at PSG, is currently away at the European Under-21 Championship, but has sought to brush off the talk of a move. “I heard about Ancelotti a few days ago and I think he’s going to leave. If this is the case, I’ll be happy for him because he’d be going to a big club. But my future isn’t tied to the coach’s. I am very happy in Paris; we’ll see what happens in the future, but for now I want to stay at PSG”, he claimed.

Verratti’s agent, Donato di Campli, has acknowledged Real’s interest in the youngster: “Next week I will meet with PSG to talk about his future. Real Madrid is interested”, he told ‘SportMediaset’.

Luis Cavani: “My son wants to join Real”

Edinson Cavani’s name continues to be touted as a summer transfer target for Real Madrid. Luis Cavani, the Napoli striker’s father, spoke on MARCA TV programme ‘Futboleros’ about the offers the player has received outside of Italy and said that interest from ‘Los Blancos’ was the most appealing.

“Edinson would like to play for a team like Real Madrid. That’s what he wants to do and is open to a move. Our son told the family in private that he wants to play for Real Madrid, but if he publically states his desire to leave it will not be well-received at Napoli”, the player’s father revealed.

The Uruguayan forward’s parent went on to add that contact had already been made: “There has been contact with the Real Madrid lawyers and we are waiting for the clubs to speak to each other”.

Luis Cavani knows full well that it will be difficult for a deal to go through, due to Napoli’s high asking-price for the striker, despite the player’s willingness to leave: “It would be great if it happened and the clubs could meet as soon as possible to agree everything. Who wouldn’t want to play for Real Madrid? But it’s not only down to Edi. We’re talking about €65 million and Napoli won’t take anything less. But the player’s wish is not to stay”.

Signorini: “There is a risk Messi won’t be 100% at the World Cup”

Fitness coach Fernando Signorini, who formerly worked with the Argentina national team, has stated that Lionel Messi desperately needs a rest, otherwise he could suffer from burnout ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“Before, in the 60s and 70s, players would play 80-90 matches a year, but [Messi], the number one in the world, is playing over 120 if you count Barcelona and the national team”, he stated.

“Messi had gone three years injury-free, but two and a half months ago he strained a muscle just before the first leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich in Germany, and he was put back on the bench for the return leg. Then he got injured again and now he is being reduced to second-half cameos”, he added. Continue reading Signorini: “There is a risk Messi won’t be 100% at the World Cup”

Pelé: “Neymar needs to get to Zidane’s level”

Pelé believes that “faced with Neymar’s indecision about whether to go to England or Spain, the best option for him was Barcelona”. Talking about the differences between the Brazilian player and Messi, “They are different players that make everything look simple. Messi was trained in Europe from 14 or 15 years old and has more experience. Neymar’s style is different, both are very skilful and both make their team very strong”, he added.

For Pelé, Neymar’s joining Barça will give him considerable experience ahead of the World Cup. “European football is different to Brazilian football. They are stronger, they mark more closely, and that’s going to be Neymar’s biggest challenge”, he pointed out. Continue reading Pelé: “Neymar needs to get to Zidane’s level”

PSG joins the Bale trail

Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Gareth Bale have taken a knock. According to the ‘Daily Mail’, PSG is prepared to offer Tottenham some £85 million (almost €100 million) to sign the Spurs winger.

The sheikh and president of the Paris outfit, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, wants the Welshman to form the cornerstone of his new project at PSG and is willing to beat any offer which Real Madrid comes up with to snatch the Premier League’s 2013 Player of the Year.

PSG are also considering bringing in Villas-Boas to replace Carlo Ancelotti, which could boost Bale’s chances of ending up in the French capital.

Cavani’s mother admits to Real and City talks

Edinson Cavani is one this transfer window’s big scores. The Uruguayan striker is leaving Napoli, and the bids to sign him have begun.

The latest reports pointed to Chelsea as the frontrunner, but the footballer’s mother has provided an unexpected twist with respect to her son’s future. “Edi is in talks with Real Madrid and Manchester City.”

Cavani’s mother did not hold back in her statements to a Montevideo radio station, and assured that her son’s future will be settled very soon.

“He’ll decide where he’s going in two weeks. Napoli will always be in my heart. The Napoli president talked to us about an offer from Chelsea, but there is nothing certain yet,” she revealed.