Man Utd deny meeting Guardiola

 Posted by at 7:40 AM
Jan 222016

Manchester United have denied that they met with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola about the possibility of him replacing current boss Louis van Gaal.

France Football  says the meeting took place last week in Paris, but United insist the story is not true.

Guardiola, 45, will leave Bayern Munich this summer and he said he has several offers from English clubs.

Manchester City are favourites to recruit the Spaniard, but Chelsea and United have also been linked with him.

Bayern Munich held a training camp in Doha during the Bundesliga winter break and will resume their campaign in a league game at Hamburg on Friday.

Guardiola, whose contract at Bayern expires in the summer, has previously talked of his wish to “experience a new city and work in England”.

He added: “I have several offers from England but I haven’t signed anything yet.

“I have an opportunity to work in England. I’m at the right age and I feel it is the right move for me.

“That is the reason I have taken this decision.”

Guardiola’s comments increased the speculation about his possible destination and he recently apologised for putting managers under pressure with his announcement.

“It was not my intention to offend anybody,” he said. “Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot.”

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Jan 222016

Aston Villa are in their worst “crisis” for decades, according to the club’s new chairman Steven Hollis.

The Midlands club are bottom of the top flight and 10 points from safety.

“In football terms, this is a crisis. This is the worst position this club has been in for many a decade,” Hollis told BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy.

Hollis insisted the “chequebook hasn’t been locked away” if manager Remi Garde wants to sign players and also defended club owner Randy Lerner.

United States-based Lerner, who bought Villa in 2006, announced at the end of last season he was
looking to sell the club and has been criticised by some of their fans.

Hollis pointed out that the club were “in the top six where the owner has put the most money in”, in a league including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

“Randy has actually put more than £200m in player signings, new money, coming into this over the last 10 years,” added Hollis.

The Villa chairman said “spending big cheques” was not going to help ease the club’s predicament and instead believes stability is the key.

“Five different managers in five seasons, how can new players coming in or existing players hired by the previous manager know what the game plan is?” he said.

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Jan 222016
Zarate joins Fiorentina from West Ham

Striker Mauro Zarate has moved from West Ham to Italian club Fiorentina.

The 28-year-old joined the Hammers from Velez Sarsfield in summer 2014 struggled for first-team football last season before going on loan to QPR.

Argentine Zarate scored five goals in 21 appearances this season for the Upton Park club.

“West Ham would like to thank Mauro for his efforts in claret and blue and wish him all the best in his future career,” said a Hammers statement.

Mauro Zarate Twitter

Mauro Zarate posted a goodbye message on Twitter following his exit from West Ham

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Valdes nears Standard Liege move

 Posted by at 1:34 AM
Jan 222016

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is expected to sign for Belgian club Standard Liege until the end of the season.

Valdes, 34, signed an 18-month contract when he joined United a year ago.

However, the former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper has featured just twice for Louis van Gaal’s side.

He was left out of the club’s pre-season American tour with Van Gaal claiming the keeper had refused to play in a reserve game.

Valdes, who won the Champions League three times with Barca and was part of the Spain squads that lifted the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 trophies, has not trained with United’s first team since his fall out with the manager.

And, after a proposed move to Besiktas
fell through in August, the player’s agent indicated Valdes
would move on in January.

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