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Football News: Review Of The Day 15th August 2019

Review Of The Day 15th August 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

AS Roma youngster Nicolo Zaniolo has signed a 5 year deal.

German defender Benjamin Hubner has been given a 3 year contract.

Real Valladolid winger Kuki Zalazar is now contracted until 2022.

 


Transfers

Sevilla have loaned defender Cristian Gonzalez to Mirandes. Sevilla have also loaned out former Swansea City midfielder Roque Mesa to Leganes and Carlos Fernandez to Granada. Joining Sevilla is Portugese winger Rony Lopes from Monaco for around £22.5m as part of the Wissam Ben Yedder deal. Ben Yedder has joined Monaco for £36m,

Raul Navas has joined Osasuna from Real Sociedad on loan.

Celta de Vigo have paid a £450,000 loan fee for Pape Cheikh on loan from Olympique Lyon.

Girona have spent £450,000 on Leganes midfielder Gerard Gumbau.

Sheffield Wednesday's Dutch defender Joost van Aken has moved to VfL Osnabruck on loan.

Real Betis have paid in excess of £25m for Spanish striker Borja Iglesias from Espanyol.

Former Arsenal youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide has joined Olympique Lyon for a fee of around £22.5m from Angers.

A loan fee of £1.35m has seen Montpellier clinch the loan signing of Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

Borussia Moenchengladbach have paid £7.2m for Algerian left-back Ramy Bensebaini from Stade Rennais.

Olympique Marseille have released Adil Rami.

Lecce have paid a £1.35m loan fee for Brazilian forward Diego Farias from Cagliari.

Aberdeen have allowed goalkeeper Danny Rogers to join Greenock Morton on loan.

Free agent midfielder Glenn Whelan has signed for Heart of Midlothian. Whelan was released by Aston Villa in the summer.

 


Barca Confirm Bayern Interest In Couts

A Barcelona spokesperson told Suddeutsche Zeitung that Bayern Munich are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho. The former Liverpool midfielder has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as a makeweight in a deal for Neymar Jr but, with no deal done, Bayern are attempting to beat the Parisians to the signing of the Brazilian international.

 


Defour Reportedly Close To Belgium Return

Belgian media are reporting that Burnley midfielder Steven Defour could be set to return to his home country. The 31 year old is said to be in talks with Royal Antwerp after a succession of injuries have made the club consider offloading him.

 


The World Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

The man once dubbed 'The World's Worst Coach' in his one and only disastrous attempt in the role, Gary Neville has left the football world much relieved after telling the BBC he has no interest in returning to coaching. Neville said: "There is not one single part of me that wakes up and thinks 'I want to be on the training field'." Which is remarkably similar to what the players at Valencia said about seeing him on the training pitch. "I had my foray into management in Valencia and it was probably one of the best learning curves I have ever had," Neville continued. "It was a clip around the ear, sometimes you need one in life. I'm more interested in the board room or in the business side of things. The football side I love. I love watching matches but I just don't want to be on the training pitch, I feel like I've done that part of my life and want to move on."

 


Former Players Respond To Macc Criticism

After Macclesfield Town released a statement naming the 6 former players who took the club to court in an attempt to reclaim unpaid wages, the players themselves have now hit back. Macclesfield claimed the players were trying to close down the club saying: "It was disappointing that the aforementioned players did not progress their concerns through the normal channels (eg. the PFA). [They] instead decided to try and close down our 145-year-old club through the courts. By taking this course of action, payment was actually delayed further and created a situation which was detrimental to both parties." The six, Shamir Mulling, Elliot Durrell, Rhys Taylor, Jamie Grimes, Ryan Lloyd and Keith Lowe had taken over a winding-up petition in July which has since been taken over by HMRC, despite the players petitioning to have it dismissed once they were paid. Their lawyer David Seligman told the BBC: "At no point did they want Macclesfield Town go out of existence, they just wanted what they were owed. They aren't Premier League footballers, they are earning very modest salaries, living month-to-month, paying rent, for food, for their children, and they couldn't afford it. They had basically exhausted all avenues, and they could not continue any more without being paid. Some players could not put fuel in the car, some couldn't pay their rent and some were getting letters from bailiffs. It was very a dire time for them, and as a last resort when they didn't know where to go, I said there was a petition live that they should join. Some of them are particularly upset, because they have good memories of playing for the club, winning promotion and keeping them in the Football League and did not want to see them wound up. But when it came down to putting in the petition it was the only way - and they were going to get a substantial amount of money. I'm sure Macclesfield Town fans can sympathise - they probably can't go three months without pay."

 


Sierra Leone Name New Manager

Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh has been appointed as the head coach of Sierra Leone, though the appointment has not been recognised by the country's sports ministry, who will be the one to pay Tetteh's wages.

 


Former President Gets Life Ban

Zimbabwe's FA (Zifa) have banned their former president, Philip Chiyangwa, for life for "bringing Zimbabwean football into disrepute." A Zifa statement accused Chiyangwa of "unilaterally submitting an incomplete bid document" to host this year's Cosafa Cup "without getting a government guarantee." Zimbabwe ended up reneging on an agreement to host the event and face a ban and hefty fine. Chiyangwa is the current president of Cosafa, the regional FA for southern Africa.

 


Adrian The Unlikely Hero

Stand-in goalkeeper Adrian, just two weeks ago training with his local 6th tier team in Spain, has become the penalty shootout hero as Liverpool win an entertaining European Super Cup 5-4 on penalties against Chelsea. While the build up had mainly focused on the female officials, it was VAR which hogged the limelight on the day, with goals ruled out for offside and an equalising penalty for Chelsea not overruled by VAR despite pictures making it look like the wrong decision. Chelsea, who looked a different side with the immense N'Golo Kante in it (and a clear man of the match), could probably feel themselves unlucky to lose in a close match.

Written by Tris Burke August 15 2019 06:24:49

 

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