Football News: Lescott Challenges Critics To Meet Him At The Training Ground, Williams Touts For A New Team, Zidane To Make Madrid Better Than Barcelona And More

 

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Lescott Challenges Critics To Meet Him At The Training Ground, Williams Touts For A New Team, Zidane To Make Madrid Better Than Barcelona And More
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1. Transfer round up
Bare, Ventforet Kofu to Gloria, free
Patrik Ingelsten, GAIS Goteborg to IS Halmia, free
Maranhao, Ventforet Kofu to Monte Azul, free
Lei Quan, Qingdao Jonoon to Nei Mongol Zhongyou, free
Diogo Fernandes, Francana to Sao Luiz, free
Hamza Younes, Tractor Sazi to Chiajna, free
Soren Christensen, FK Haugesund to Slaven Belupo, free
Vagiz Galiulin, UFA to Tosno, free
Mehmed Alispahic, FK Sarajevo to HNK Sibenik, free
Eric Bicfalvi, Liaoning to Dinamo Bucharest, free
Oleg Veretilo, Dinamo Minsk to Podbeskidzie, free
Vitinho, Gaz Metan to Itumbiara, free
Valentin Munteanu, Pandurii Targu Jiu to Farul, on loan
Christos Provatidis, Panserraikos to Kampaniakos, free
Diego, America to Formiga, on loan
Adrian Putanu, Viitorul to Rapid Bucharest, on loan
Andreazzi, Botafogo to Cabofriense, on loan
Tudor Sbarcea, Targu Mures to FCM Baia Mare, free
Matej Hradecky, TPS to SJK, free
Igor Szopa, Chrobry Glogow to Sola Oswiecim, free
Razvan Negrila, Pandurii to Farul, on loan
David Yurchenko, UFA to Anzhi Makhachkala, on loan
Andres Mendoza, Maldonado to Cerro Largo, undisclosed fee
Lys Gomis, Torino to Poli Tomisoara, on loan
Georgi Milanov, CSKA Moscow to Grasshoppers Zurich, on loan
Zuqing Luo, Henan Jianye to Meizhou Hakka, undisclosed fee
Tinga, Gremio to Bahia, on loan
Adrian Liberacki, Casarano to Stal Mielec, undisclosed fee
Hjortur Hermannsson, PSV Eindhoven to IFK Goteborg, on loan
Denis Davydov, Spartak Moscow to Mlada Boleslav, on loan
Dominic Szyszka, Wigry Suwalki to Bron Radom, on loan
Tim Cahill, released by Shanghai Shenhua
Leo Fortunato, unattached to UR Trabalhadore
Tamati Williams, unattached to RKC Waalwijk
Antonio Nocerino, released by AC Milan
Diego Augusto, released by Ypiranga
Diego Hoffmann, released by Lajeadense

2. Tony Pulis will love this lad
Arsenal youngster Donyell Malen has shown he could be perfect up front collecting hoof balls from the defence:





3. Cicinho backs Zidane to make Madrid better to watch than Barca
Former Real Madrid full back Cicinho believes Zinedine Zidane will turn his former club into the most watchable team on the planet. "Zidane is the perfect coach for Real Madrid. No matter if they concede two or three goals they will probably score more," Cicinho said. "With Zidane, Real Madrid will play better. They will play the most beautiful football in Spain, like Barca do it now. Zidane is a calm and professional guy. He will tell his players what the coach wants from them on the pitch."

4. Cohen gets contract extension
Nottingham Forest have handed a one year contract extension to Chris Cohen on his return from a long term injury lay off. The 28 year old has been out of action for almost 15 months, before making his return on 2nd January, as a substitute versus Charlton Athletic. Cohen's new contract is incentive-based, as his career has been blighted with fitness issues since he joined the Tricky Trees from Yeovil Town in 2007. Cohen told the club's official website: "The amount of support I've had from the club, the chairman especially, has made me desperate to stay. As I'm sure the club will agree, these negotiations were very easy. I came on my own to one meeting with a realistic idea of what I wanted. I've been very injury prone over the years so the terms of the deal are more based on me playing football, which is only right. It's not a sympathy year from the club. The chairman and manager see me as being a part of the team, which is important for me. I'm here to play games. I feel like I'm training really well, getting stronger every week and I'm waiting for my opportunity, after the boys have been doing so well, to get back into the team. I really couldn't be happier and tonight I'll celebrate with my wife and little boy. As predictable as it may sound, since I first started playing football I always wanted to stay at a club for 10 years."



5. Williams asks interested clubs to give him a call
Middlesbrough club captain Rhys Williams has touted for a move in the most blatant way possible, while speaking to SBS. The Australian utility player has made it clear he is interested in a return to his native land: "Sometimes you need to start again and it might be a good option. If somebody wanted to take me there and it would be good for my future and my family, I'd definitely look at it. The league is growing and going there is something I've been discussing with my agent. We've had a few chats with different people and the thought appeals to me. Being at home in the nice environment and playing for a manager who believes in me could be the best way to move forward again. Sometimes in life, you have to take a different route to go where you ultimately want to go - and if I were to go back to Australia and be a big part of a team there, then why not? Come the (northern) summer I would be able to head back home, so if anybody is interested they should give me a call!"

6. Marseille post up club initiations from new signings
First off there was Steven Fletcher, who has joined on loan with Olympique Marseille from English Premier League side Sunderland AFC:

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby had to follow that:




7. Norn Iron to face Belarus
Northern Ireland have confirmed that they will face Belarus at Windsor Park on 27th May, in their final home fixture before Euro 2016. Michael O'Neill will take his team to Austria for a training camp after the match, then a friendly with Slovakia on 4th June at the City Arena Stadium in Slovakia. They open their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland, in Nice, on 12th June. "Belarus have had a solid season so far and they will provide a good test for us as we build towards our first game in France," said O'Neill of their first ever international against Belarus. "The game, of course, will also act as a send-off for the team so I'm sure there will be a great atmosphere in the stadium, which the players will really appreciate."

8. Lokomotiv and Tarasov charged by UEFA
Both Lokomotiv Moscow and its player Dmitri Tarasov have been charged with improper conduct by UEFA. Tarasov revealed a picture of Russian premier Vladimir Putin wearing a Russian navy cap and the message "The most polite president" at the end of a 2-0 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League, in Istanbul on Tuesday. With tensions high between Turkey and Russia at the moment, the clash had already been marred as the Lokomotiv team coach had been hit by bottles thrown at it en route to the stadium. UEFA rules prohibit political statements at matches.



9. Rooney ruled out for two months
Manchester United have been hit by yet another injury blow, as fans wonder about the wisdom of Louis van Gaal's decision to decimate the squad. With no fit first team full backs available to him already, the last thing van Gaal needed was another injury to an experienced first team regular. Worse for the Dutch manager, it is not just any first teamer, it is his captain, Wayne Rooney, who has been ruled out for two months with knee ligament injury. "We have 13 players injured and Wayne is one of them," van Gaal told MUTV. "You can never say [how long he could be out for]. He has a knee problem so we have to wait and see. He scores a lot of goals so he is very important for us. We know that but we have to cope with that."

10. Lescott asks critics to 'meet him at the training ground'
As if it was not bad enough that he tweeted a picture of a flash car after the 6-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool, then admitted that he and his team-mates had not tried hard enough in that match, Aston Villa's veteran defender has now taken to challenging his critics to meet him at Villa's training ground. The 33 year old has turned from apologetic to aggressive, though, if his on pitch performances are anything to go by, he will no doubt go missing the moment someone does turn up. Still, I am not sure picking a fight with fans is going to go well, when you are an over the hill, average defender who is letting them down. You can get away with it when you are a hero, when you have done good things to win a place in the hearts of the fans, but not when you are a part of the worst Villa team that those fans have probably ever seen. This kind of response will only make you hated: "I'm at the training ground tomorrow. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come down and try. FACT YOU WONT." Perhaps if he trained a bit harder, so he was not in a condition to meet people afterwards, the fans might not be quite so upset with him. Effort is something that seems to be completely beyond him, except when arguing with fans. Still he did describe Stan Collymore to a tee when talking about his car tweet on Instagram: "That Tweet got more press than our performance. That div Stan Collymore getting involved like he never made a mistake, he's a complete tool."

Written by Tris Burke

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