Footy Extras

World-Class No.6 Was On The Verge to Leave PSG, Amid Chelsea Transfer Rumours

Chelsea and Manchester United long-term target Marco Verratti never really wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. He just wanted a new contract from his current club.

That is the opinion of Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, who was his former manager at the Parc des Princes. The Italian initially signed him for the club.

Verratti is considered as one of the best central midfielders in the world and was heavily linked with a move away from PSG during the summer.

The Premier League giants like Chelsea and United were said to be interested in signing him. A move to Barcelona always seemed most likely.

In the end, Verratti stayed at PSG and was rewarded with a lucrative new deal in the French capital.

Now Ancelotti, whose Bayern Munich side take on PSG in the Champions League this week, says that his compatriot never really wanted to leave.

Ancelotti stated in the interview with Le Figaro: “I don’t like those things, that kind of behaviour.

“Many players want to leave their clubs when the transfer window is open, but I don’t know if they want to leave just improve their contracts.

“Verratti? He wanted a better contract. I know him well!”

Antonio Conte Drops Huge Hint Over His Future at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will return to Italy when he leaves the west London club. It is claimed that he rejected heading the big-money move Chinese Super League.

The Italian manager won three Seria A titles with Juventus. He also managed the Italy national team before joining Chelsea last year. Conte was the second Italian who won the Premier League title in his first season in England.

There were rumours in the summer that he was considering an offer from Inter Milan, but in the end, Conte has remained committed to his project at The Blues.

The former Juventus player and manager admitted that he misses his homeland and will return to Italy after his time at Chelsea will be over in the future.

Conte said in the interview with the radio Anch’io Sport: “As far as I am concerned, I have nostalgia towards Italy and that is beyond doubt as it’s my country.

“The experiences away from home are beautiful and important, but I will return to Italy.

“I don’t know when, but I will return.

“China? No. Spain? It is always difficult to predict the future.

“The job of being a coach is the most precarious job ever.”

The Chelsea manager has stressed that his stint in England has helped him to improve some areas of his coaching and he admits that he could look towards different roles other than coaching once he returns to Italy.

“The experience in England has enriched me greatly, and it has helped me to improve in many ways.

“In the future, I would also like to change, to be able to be a director, for example.”

Chelsea boss drops massive hint regarding his future

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will return to Italy when he leaves the west London club. It is claimed that he rejected heading the big-money move Chinese Super League.

The Italian manager won three Seria A titles with Juventus. He also managed the Italy national team before joining Chelsea last year. Conte was the second Italian who won the Premier League title in his first season in England.

There were rumours in the summer that he was considering an offer from Inter Milan, but in the end, Conte has remained committed to his project at The Blues.

The former Juventus player and manager admitted that he misses his homeland and will return to Italy after his time at Chelsea will be over in the future.

Conte said in the interview with the radio Anch’io Sport: “As far as I am concerned, I have nostalgia towards Italy and that is beyond doubt as it’s my country.

“The experiences away from home are beautiful and important, but I will return to Italy.

“I don’t know when, but I will return.

“China? No. Spain? It is always difficult to predict the future.

“The job of being a coach is the most precarious job ever.”

The Chelsea manager has stressed that his stint in England has helped him to improve some areas of his coaching and he admits that he could look towards different roles other than coaching once he returns to Italy.

“The experience in England has enriched me greatly, and it has helped me to improve in many ways.

“In the future, I would also like to change, to be able to be a director, for example.”

Chelsea set to launch massive offer to bring Serie A’s best full-back at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest in Juventus defender Alex Sandro in January, and reportedly it will take a bid of €60m more to sign him.

The Brazilian ace was on the Blues radar in the summer, but transfer to Stamford Bridge failed to materialise as he stayed in Turin.

According to The Daily Star, the west London club are ready to try again for the Sandro in January, but it will take a bid of €60m+ to prise him away from the Old Ladies.

Sandro has settled himself as a key figure for Juve, as he is offering real quality in the left wing-back position. That’s what Antonio Conte is still keen to add to his squad, as he’ll need competition for places with Marcos Alonso and rotate his team.

It is also claimed that Manchester City are interested in the Brazilian wing-back too, despite the fact that Pep Guardiola brought in Benjamin Mendy and had also used Danilo on the left so far this season.

Evidently, that’s not enough strength in depth for the Spanish tactician, and he could rival Chelsea for Sandro in January.

It’s difficult to see Juve negotiating halfway through the campaign for such an important player though, and so it’s more than likely that both Chelsea and City will have to wait until next summer to have another crack at him.

Nevertheless, he’s certainly worthy of a move, and he may well consider a new challenge at the end of this season if Juve continue to dominate domestically but fall short in Europe.

Chelsea given hopes of signing world-class No.6 midfielder

Manchester United and Chelsea have been given hope of signing Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti.

Verratti has made 205 appearances for PSG since his debut for the Ligue 1 giants back in 2012 but the 24-year-old has consistently been linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes in recent seasons.

United, Chelsea and Barcelona have expressed a strong interest in the €54m-rated Italy international, regarded as one of Europe’s top midfielders, and his representative, Mino Raiola, has spoken out over his future.

‘Verratti will stay at PSG, at least for the moment,’ Raiola, who took over as the Italian’s agent this summer, told La Domenica Sportiva.

Raiola, who also works with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, admitted that Verratti could leave PSG in the future.

He added: ‘I can’t say about the future, because I am not a magician.’

Verratti is expected to feature as PSG take on Celtic and hopes his side banish the memories of their dramatic last-16 defeat to Barcelona last season.

He said: ‘It’s a match I’ll never forget. I hope it will serve as a lesson for everyone.

‘The days following Barcelona’s match were almost a nightmare. I was struggling to understand what had happened to me.

‘But from that day on I became more determined to win. Moreover, football, like life, is made of ups and downs.

‘And sometimes it takes some disappointments to make you understand and learn.’

World-Class No.6 Was On The Verge to Leave PSG, Amid Chelsea Transfer Links

Chelsea and Manchester United long-term target Marco Verratti never really wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. He just wanted a new contract from his current club.

That is the opinion of Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, who was his former manager at the Parc des Princes. The Italian initially signed him for the club.

Verratti is considered as one of the best central midfielders in the world and was heavily linked with a move away from PSG during the summer.

The Premier League giants like Chelsea and United were said to be interested in signing him. A move to Barcelona always seemed most likely.

In the end, Verratti stayed at PSG and was rewarded with a lucrative new deal in the French capital.

Now Ancelotti, whose Bayern Munich side take on PSG in the Champions League this week, says that his compatriot never really wanted to leave.

Ancelotti stated in the interview with Le Figaro: “I don’t like those things, that kind of behaviour.

“Many players want to leave their clubs when the transfer window is open, but I don’t know if they want to leave just improve their contracts.

“Verratti? He wanted a better contract. I know him well!”

Antonio Conte Drops Huge Hint Over His Chelsea Future

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will return to Italy when he leaves the west London club. It is claimed that he rejected heading the big-money move Chinese Super League.

The Italian manager won three Seria A titles with Juventus. He also managed the Italy national team before joining Chelsea last year. Conte was the second Italian who won the Premier League title in his first season in England.

There were rumours in the summer that he was considering an offer from Inter Milan, but in the end, Conte has remained committed to his project at The Blues.

The former Juventus player and manager admitted that he misses his homeland and will return to Italy after his time at Chelsea will be over in the future.

Conte said in the interview with the radio Anch’io Sport: “As far as I am concerned, I have nostalgia towards Italy and that is beyond doubt as it’s my country.

“The experiences away from home are beautiful and important, but I will return to Italy.

“I don’t know when, but I will return.

“China? No. Spain? It is always difficult to predict the future.

“The job of being a coach is the most precarious job ever.”

The Chelsea manager has stressed that his stint in England has helped him to improve some areas of his coaching and he admits that he could look towards different roles other than coaching once he returns to Italy.

“The experience in England has enriched me greatly, and it has helped me to improve in many ways.

“In the future, I would also like to change, to be able to be a director, for example.”

Chelsea Could Have Earned £18m More If They Had Agreed to Sell Spanish Star to PL Rivals

Chelsea could have received £18m more in their sale of want-away Diego Costa. Everton wanted him as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Romelu Lukaku.

According to The Mirror,  The Toffees were willing to hand over £70 million, for now, Atletico Madrid player, after selling star man Lukaku to The Red Devils for £75 million.

It is reported that Costa turned down the Merseyside club, making it clear that he was only interested in signing for Rojiblancos.

An agreement was reached last week for the transfer of Costa to the Madrid side, and the 28-year-old attacker is expected to be unveiled as an Atletico player this week. The Spaniard joining the club on loan before the deal becoming permanent at a later stage.

The 28-year-old striker has not been without his controversies Chelsea though. In March 2016 he was accused of bitting former Everton player Gareth Barry during a match and in August 2015 he slapped and pushed Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny.

Costa played in 135 games and scored 64 goals for Atletico Madrid before he went to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 for £32m. He won La Liga with the Rojiblancos.

Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, he has made 120 appearances, scoring 59 goals. The Spain international won the two Premier League and League cups with The Blues.

Revealed: Ligue 1 Ace Rejected Offer From Chelsea

According to HITC Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Rennes defender Joris Gnangon. The north London club are set to face stiff opposition from Inter Milan in the race to sign the 20-year-old,

The Argentinian boss Mauricio Pochettino is still eager to bolster his defensive options despite their broken transfer record to sign Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez in the summer. The club already having Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vergtonghen and Eric Dier at the club, who are all capable of playing at the back.

Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea reportedly failed with a move for the player in the summer, with the player turning down a move to Stamford Bridge because of his playing time.

“It happened very quickly. Two years ago, I was in CFA [French amateur league].

“I played my first season [at Rennes], then the second. I hear we’re talking about Chelsea and many other top clubs, for sure it’s very flattering. I was happy.”

“After that, I had to look the truth in the face, that is, if I went to Chelsea right away, I was not sure I would be playing. You’re going to Dortmund, and you’re not sure you’re playing either. Whether I went to the right or left, I was not sure I was playing.”

Gnangon, who is known for his ability in the air, is reportedly valued at £14M by his club report HITC, with it remaining to be seen whether Spurs will be up to their pursuit of the Frenchman.

Chelsea Ready to Break the Bank For In-Demand South American Star

Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest in Juventus defender Alex Sandro in January, and reportedly it will take a bid of €60m more to sign him.

The Brazilian ace was on the Blues radar in the summer, but transfer to Stamford Bridge failed to materialise as he stayed in Turin.

According to The Daily Star, the west London club are ready to try again for the Sandro in January, but it will take a bid of €60m+ to prise him away from the Old Ladies.

Sandro has settled himself as a key figure for Juve, as he is offering real quality in the left wing-back position. That’s what Antonio Conte is still keen to add to his squad, as he’ll need competition for places with Marcos Alonso and rotate his team.

It is also claimed that Manchester City are interested in the Brazilian wing-back too, despite the fact that Pep Guardiola brought in Benjamin Mendy and had also used Danilo on the left so far this season.

Evidently, that’s not enough strength in depth for the Spanish tactician, and he could rival Chelsea for Sandro in January.

It’s difficult to see Juve negotiating halfway through the campaign for such an important player though, and so it’s more than likely that both Chelsea and City will have to wait until next summer to have another crack at him.

Nevertheless, he’s certainly worthy of a move, and he may well consider a new challenge at the end of this season if Juve continue to dominate domestically but fall short in Europe.