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Review Of The Day 13th April 2018
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Review of the Day


Deal Or No Deal

Hannover 96 are set to lose Senegalese defender Salif Sane at the end of the season after he used an opt-out clause in his contract to get an early release and sign elsewhere, though his new club has so far not been revealed. A Hannover statement read: "Salif Sane will not play for Hannover 96 in the coming season. His big dream is to play again Champions League - and he gets the opportunity in the upcoming season. He makes use of his opt-out clause, although it is not yet possible to officially announce which club he will change to." Schalke 04 have since revealed that he will be joining them for next season, signing a 4 year deal.

Fellow Bundesliga club Hamburg have announced the free agent signing of Rangers defender David Bates. The 21 year old will move to Germany at the end of the season after his contract ends.

There have been a slew of loan moves in Brazil which include Cleber Rels from Santos to Parana, Thallyson from Sport Recife to Boa Esporte, Wallyson from ABC to EC Vitoria, Rodrigao from Santos to Avai, Arnaldo from Botafogo to Ceara, Leandro Donisete from Santos to America-MG, Jeferson from Ponte Preta to EC Vitoria and Matheus Galdezani from Coritiba to Atletico-MG.

Brazilian side Sport Recife have been busy as Capa returns from his loan to Avai, Pedro Castro leaves for Avai and Carlos Henrique comes in from Londrina.

Atletico-PR veterans Pierre and Emerson Silva have left on free transfers and signed for Joinville.


Carvalhal Denies Man Utd Contact Over Mawson

Recently newspaper rumours have linked Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson with a move to Manchester United but Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal has denied any knowledge of talks between the two teams. Carvalhal said: "I'm not (aware of any interest). As you know I have a relationship with Mourinho and Mourinho never talked with me about that. If Manchester United are interested in him, or City, or Chelsea, or Liverpool, to me it is not a surprise because he is a very, very good player. But I look to this in a positive way not negative, I am very happy about that, if the big, big clubs are interested in our players... of course I am happy about that, I'm not worried, I am very happy."


Man Utd Shelve Plans To Expand Old Trafford

In recent years Man Utd have considered a number of different plans to redevelop the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand at Old Trafford, which has been held back by a mainline railway track running directly behind it. With capacity set to be lowered to 73,300 for next season, due to a requirement to accomodate higher numbers of disabled supporters, the plans were once more examined. While building over the railway line is no longer necessary, due to technological improvements, the rebuilding would see the club have to play elsewhere while the work is done, as Tottenham Hotspur have done with Wembley. For the forseeable future plans have been shelved.


Baggies Aiming For Excitement

West Bromwich Albion have replaced technical consultant Nicky Hammond with Giuliano Terraneo as they look to change the club's culture to bring excitement to fans on the pitch. Chief executive Mark Jenkins said: "I want to assure our supporters that we're leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to ensure we recover from this very disappointing campaign. From my discussions with the owners already, I know there is a genuine desire to build a team with greater goal power and attacking threat which can capture the fans' imagination."


Stoke Struggle With Disciplinary Problems

Paul Lambert is facing up to a tough task in trying to get his Stoke City players in line as the players' lack of discipline is disrupting preparations for the relegation battle ahead. Jese, on loan from PSG, has been AWOL for a couple of days after failing to return from compassionate leave as he spent time with his sick son. While that is understandable, the winger has to be in turmoil over his child's sickness, it is just another symptom of a malaise within the club that had already led to Ibrahim Afellay being ordered to stay away from the club because of his disruptive influence. Erik Pieters has been fined for breaking a curfew and Saido Berahino has been banished to the under-23s for turning up late to a reserve game.


Cologne To Part Ways With Ruthenbeck

Bundesliga side Cologne have confirmed that Stefan Ruthenbeck will leave the club in the summer, whether the club avoids relegation or not. Ruthenbeck took over after Peter Stoger was sacked in December with the club still to win a game in the Bundesliga. Since then they have picked up 18 points in 15 games but it is not enough for Ruthenbeck to have his stay extended.


Bolt Set For Extended Dortmund Spell

Usain Bolt is still intent on achieving his dream of becoming a professional footballer as the Jamaican sprint legend has agreed to have another spell training with Borussia Dortmund. Last month Bolt spent 2 days training with the Bundesliga side and now he will return for 3 more weeks to try and earn a contract. Bolt said: "For me, it's a big deal. Everyone feels like I'm just kidding around, just joking, but I'm serious. I'm actually going back to Dortmund in a couple of weeks to work with them for three more weeks just to assess myself at a better level [and] to see what level I'm at or what I need to do or if I can. That's something I'm focused on doing and I'm looking forward to the challenge because that's what I want. I want a new challenge in life and that's my focus."


Gills Manager Gets New Contract

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell has agreed to sign a new contract after leading them out of the League One relegation zone. Lovell took over on a caretaker basis in October after Andy Pennock was sacked. He is now committed to the club until 2020.


Glenavon Announce Leeds Tie Up

Northern Ireland's Glenavon have tweeted an announcement of a tie up with English Championship side Leeds United. The tweet confirmed a 'performance partnership' between the two clubs.


Akpom Shows A Sense Of Humour

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom has shown he has either a great sense of humour or a complete ignorance of football in England after he said in Belgium's Sport/Foot: "For me, Jack Wilshere is the best English footballer of all time. From Arsenal's academy, he made it to the Premier League, and he became my idol. Jack is a natural talent, with an elegant control of the ball." Brilliant, just comedy genius. Unless he actually truly believes that, in which case he needs help, lots of help!

Written by Tris Burke



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