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Football News: Ronaldinho In Near Miss, Football Leaks Reveals Arsenal And Real Madrid Deal And More

Ronaldinho In Near Miss, Football Leaks Reveals Arsenal And Real Madrid Deal And More
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1. James says players listen to Zidane
Colombian superstar James Rodriguez has backed Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Real Madrid manager. James has admitted that the players pay more attention to the new man. "I think today I was good. Now we will train more and that helps me a lot. The change of coach was good. Everybody listen more to the new coach," Rodriguez told reporters on Sunday. This despite James being out of favour initially in Zidane's reign, as reports circulating criticising the lifestyle he leads. Criticism he admits upsets him: "The talk really bothers me. Everyone who is close to me knows how I act and that I always look to take good care of myself," he was quoted as saying by Dailymail. "I'm a great professional. What's been said about me going out a lot at night is a lie. It p****s me off that people doubt me and say I am fat," the 24-year-old said.

2. Matty Kennedy chose Vale because of Page
Young winger Matty Kennedy chose to sign for Cardiff City from Everton, rather than go on loan to Port Vale, but he has now been allowed to join Port Vale on loan from the Welsh capital club, despite making 16 appearances this season. He admits that it was the Bluebirds coaches, who backed Vale manager Rob Page to get the most out of him, that made him choose to join them. Kennedy explained: "I knew Rob Page was interested in me before I went to Cardiff. Vale have been trying to get me on loan for a while and it is the club that showed the most interest, of a few clubs that wanted me, so I am just happy to be here. He knew a few of the coaches at Cardiff. They were saying he is probably the best manager to bring the best out of me so hopefully he can do that." Kennedy is a Scotland U21 international who likes to play on either wing and has joined on an initial month-long loan.


3. Ronaldinho escapes injury as traffic light falls over
Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldinho has narrowly escaped being hit as a traffic light falls over in front of his car while on a visit to India. The former Barcelona and PSG star is visiting India to publicise a football tournament that is being revived there after a gap of 21 years.

4. Falcao to cost £38m if Chelsea sign him permanently
After a failed loan move to Manchester United last season, it was a surprise that the AS Monaco player got another chance in the English Premier League this season, even more surprising that it was the reigning champions, Chelsea, that took him on loan during the summer. 11 appearances later and he has added just one goal for the stuttering champions, as they flounder in the bottom half of the table, and details emerged of the transfer, via the Football Leaks website. They have revealed that the loan move was without any fee whatsoever, which may go some way to explaining Chelsea's willingness to take a chance on him, but a fee of 50m Euros (roughly £38m) is agreed in the unlikely event of Chelsea wishing to take him on a permanent deal. The Londoners have until 29th April 2016 to notify Monaco in writing, if they do wish to sign Falcao permanently. The Colombian striker, once the most feared in Europe, has struggled to recover after a bad knee injury.


5. Phil Neville loving life in Spain
Valencia made a surprise move in the summer, appointing the younger Neville brother, Phil, to the coaching staff, only to turn surprise into shock later in the season by appointing the older one, Gary, to the head coach role. Now the younger one has admitted he would love to stay with the club for the long term, though I am not sure he will have the choice unless results improve. "My life is great to be honest," he said. "It's been a massive challenge because I had never moved from Manchester. To move from my family, from my roots, somewhere I had lived all my life, that was probably the biggest challenge. We came out here and uprooted everything; we moved our lives to Spain. Our children are in school and we are loving it. You wake up every day - the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the culture is fantastic. We have embraced the lifestyle and at the moment I can't see myself coming home for a long time."

6. Former Birmingham assistant manager becomes Villa assistant manager
Eric Black was working as Rotherham United assistant manager, but has left the role to take up the same job at Aston Villa. Remi Garde was working with Reginald Ray as his assistant, but wanted a more experienced assistant. 52 year old Black has previously worked with Steve Bruce at Birmingham City, as well as Sunderland and Wigan Athletic. Now he will be tasked with providing a buffer between the French manager and his players as Villa look to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.


7. Milan expect Nocerino to head to the MLS
With Major League Soccer already having two high profile Italian players in Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo, AC Milan's CEO has told reporters that he expects Antonio Nocerino to become the third. Nocerino has spent a fair amount of his time since joining Milan in 2011 out on loan, with West Ham United, Torino and Parma. This season he has made just 3 appearances for Milan. "Antonio Nocerino? He's the only player heading out, we're expecting an offer from MLS to arrive and that could be a solution," said Galliani. Orlando City are being linked with a move for Nocerino as the former Italian international played with Orlando captain Kaka at Milan in 2013.

8. Real Madrid have first option to buy Ozil
The website Football Leaks has now revealed the deal between Real Madrid and Arsenal to buy Mesut Ozil includes an option to buy him back, if the Gunners decide to sell him. Interesting points:
Clause 2.2 gives Real Madrid an extra 1m Euros for each time that Arsenal qualify for the Champions League group stages for the first 6 years following the transfer.
Clause 2.4 states that Real Madrid are responsible for any and all Solidarity Levy payments.
Clause 4.1 states that Arsenal have to inform Madrid in writing if they intend to sell Ozil.
Clause 4.2 gives Madrid the right to buy Ozil back, if they receive notice from Arsenal as laid out in clause 4.1
To see the contract yourself click here.


9. Transfer round up
Andrea Petagna, Atalanta to Ascoli, on loan
Ali Ahamada, Toulouse to Kayserispor, free
Benito Raman, KAA Gent to Sint-Truiden, on loan
Alipio, Tombense to Vitoria, on loan
Eduardo, Criciuma EC to Atletico Paranaense, undisclosed fee
Ricardinho, Parana to Criciuma EC, free
Leandro Damiao, unattached to Real Betis
Christian Atsu, Chelsea to Malaga, on loan
Fernando Belluschi, Cruz Azul to San Lorenzo, free
Nick Proschwitz, released by SC Paderborn
Anton Karachanakov, Slavia Sofia to Cracovia Krakow, £105,000
Rob Schoofs, Sint-Truiden to KAA Gent, £1.75m
Steve Sidwell, Stoke City to Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan
Ognjen Vranjes, released by Gaziantepspor
Par Hansson, Helsingborgs IF to Feyenoord, free
Izu Uzochukwu, Amkar Perm to Odense BK, £490,000
Fagner, Salgueiro to Mirassol, free
Giulio Donati, Bayer Leverkusen to 1. FSV Mainz 05, undisclosed fee
Marafona, Pacos Ferreira to Braga, undisclosed fee
Renato, Fluminese to Avai, on loan
Manuel Arteaga, Palermo to Hajduk Split, on loan
Jaime Gavilan, Atletico Kolkata to Suwon FC, free
Alexis, Getafe to Besiktas, £1.05m
Andrea Petagna, AC Milan to Atalanta, £700,000
Foxi Kethevoama, FC Astana to Gazientep Buyuksehir Belediyespor, free
Moussa Marega, Maritimo to FC Porto, undisclosed fee
Jose Sa, Maritimo to FC Porto, undisclosed fee
Markus Neumayr, FC Vaduz to FC Luzern, £64,000
Stanislav Kritsyuk, Braga to FK Krasnodar, on loan
Derek Boarent, unattached to Rayo OKC

10. What on earth?
Can someone please explain to me how this is a sending off for Andy Halliday for Rangers?

Written by Tris Burke January 26 2016 05:39:19