Cristian Tello is a player who is highly sought after by a number of European clubs, given his potential and the fact that he only has a €10 million release clause. Liverpool is one of those clubs.
It already tried to pick him up last summer when Barcelona was considering the possibility of a loan. The English club would have no problem paying his release clause. The player does not want to leave Barcelona, but he is waiting for the club to confirm its intentions.
If Cuenca remains at Ajax, it looks like Tello will not leave.
Sir Alex Ferguson has announced he will retire as Manchester United manager at the end of the season. The most successful manager in English football history will bow out after the West Bromwich Albion game on 19 May and join the football club board.
Announcing his decision to retire, Sir Alex Ferguson has said “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so”.
“Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future.”
Finally he has thanked United fans: “To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United”.
Everton coach David Moyes, who Ferguson is a vocal admirer of, is believed to be the United manager’s preferred choice to replace him.
Amidst the confusion and internal and public reprimands at Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez’s intervention was crucial. With only 12 days left until the Spanish Cup final, the club’s president isn’t going to put up with any more in-fighting.
The players, particularly the captains want a truce that re-establishes social and sporting harmony at the club. Winning the only title they are still playing for is important, not only for the players’ self-esteem, but also so that the club’s hierarchy can confirm that they have enough quality in the squad not to warrant a wholesale clearout in the summer.
The mutiny inside the Real Madrid dressing room began on Friday. José Mourinho vented on the eve of the game against Valladolid, pointing a finger at Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo, which was seen as both scornful and disrespectful to the club’s two talismen.
The game against Valladolid captured the anxiety, nervousness and tension that have built up inside the coach. Mourinho, who remained seated in the dugout throughout the game, did not speak to his players. Neither did he do so at the break. He delegated that to Karanka, whilst he left the dressing room prematurely for the second half. He appeared disillusioned, indifferent and aloof.
Ronaldo now back in Madrid following international duty for Portugal has little time to spend being as he put it sad knowing that his team face an important match away to Seville.
Already five points behind leaders Barcelona who are expected to win their match against Getafe this weekend Jose Mourinho’s team know that they cannot allow the gap to get any wider than it already is for them to have any chance of regaining the title.
“I would like to reaffirm, without being concerned about contracts, that my focus is solely on winning every game and every available trophy with the essential company of my teammates and all Madridistas,” Ronaldo said in a statement on Wednesday, when he trained with his teammates.
The La Liga BBVA worst-kept secret was affirmed as the Spanish star Jordi Alba concluded his switch to Barcelona following about six months of teasing. The Valencia full-back passed his medical in Catalunya and will finish an incredible bargain deal of €14million.
Sevilla have verified an interesting South American signing who is the young Chilean starlet Bryan Rabello from Colo Colo , but have refused that this deal will be to substitute Spain international Alvaro Negredo who is having offers from Champions League new boys Malaga.