A-League clubs ignore Keane, Anelka

EXCLUSIVE | The former Premier League stars have been offered to five A-League teams but not one has responded to the initial contact Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Keane have been shopped around the A-League as potential guest players but no clubs have shown any interest in the January transfer window. Goal Australia has been told the two veteran strikers have been presented as possible signings to Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix but their Australia-based …

Martinez: Top four more important than cups

Roberto Martinez is prioritizing a top-four finish over cup success, despite the club’s 21-year wait for silverware. Everton might be in the midst of a 21-year wait for silverware, but manager Roberto Martinez said his priority is Champions League qualification. Martinez believes that qualifying for the world’s biggest continental club competition will prove more important in convincing young stars like John Stones and Romelu Lukaku to stay at Goodison Park. Everton takes on Manchester City in the first leg of the League …

Guardiola: I want to manage in the Premier League

The 44-year-old insists he has not yet decided on his next destination but claims he needs a new challenge after Bayern Munich. Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will not renew his Bayern Munich contract as he “wants to manage in the Premier League.” Guardiola will leave Bayern at trhe end of the season with Carlo Ancelotti already signed up to take his place at the Allianz Arena. The Catalan’s next club remains shrouded in mystery, despite strong links with Manchester City, but it seems…

Fans flock to watch Zidane’s first training session as Real Madrid boss

Valdebebas was awash with anticipation as the French coach took charge of an open training session after being named as Rafael Benitez’s replacement. Thousands of Real Madrid fans filled the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium to watch Zinedine Zidane start his new job on Tuesday. Madrid was holding its annual open training session at Valdebebas ahead of this weekend’s game against Deportivo La Coruna.   Zidane, who had previously been managing Madrid’s B team, Castilla, was named as the club’s new manager on Monday following the dismissal of Rafael Benitez.  He was given a rousing reception as he …

Boateng officially completes Milan return

Kevin-Prince Boateng had been training with AC Milan since September after his Schalke contract was terminated last month. AC Milan has re-signed midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a free transfer. Boateng’s return the San Siro – believed to be on a six-month contract until the end of the season – was confirmed via the Serie A on Monday. The 28-year-old German-born Ghanaian, who first represented Milan between 2010 and 2013, had been training with Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men with a view to a deal since September, though his Schalke contract was …

David Villa reveals why he left Barcelona

New York City FC striker David Villa has spoken about why he decided to leave the all-conquering Barcelona. David Villa has revealed a decreasing amount of game time saw him make the decision to leave Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in 2013.  The Spaniard was purchased by Barcelona from Valencia in 2010 and spent three seasons at the club, winning a total of eight trophies.  However, a number of substitute appearances in 2012-13 under Pep Guardiola saw Villa decide to leave the Camp Nou.  “I had a contract at Barcelona, and they wanted me to continue, but I felt like I…

The latest on the MLS Generation Adidas class of 2016

Major League Soccer is set to unveil the first members of the 2016 Generation Adidas draft class on Monday. Here is a closer look at how things are shaping up. Major League Soccer is expected to unveil the bulk of its Generation Adidas class on Monday afternoon, and the league is working to finalize as many of the deals as possible ahead of the MLS combine, which kicks off on Friday. A class of between 5-7 players is expected to be signed to the program MLS uses to integrate college underclassmen into the MLS draft. The league …

Klopp won’t risk Sturridge for League Cup clash

Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson remain fitness concerns for Liverpool’s League Cup semifinal against Stoke City. Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are set to sit out Liverpool’s League Cup semifinal clash with Stoke City on Tuesday. The England international recently said on Twitter that he was fully fit after suffering a hamstring injury a month ago, but the Liverpool manager left him out of the squad for the weekend’s defeat to West Ham. Klopp has now confirmed that Sturridge …

Stoke likely to appeal Cameron red card

A Jonny Evans goal in stoppage time sealed a 2-1 win for West Brom over a 10-man Stoke City on Saturday. Stoke City confirmed they are likely to appeal Geoff Cameron’s red card in the club’s 2-1 loss to West Brom. Cameron was shown a straight red card for pushing Claudio Yacob in the back of the neck and is set to face a three-match ban if Stoke fail to overturn the suspension.  Stoke manager Mark Hughes claimed Yacob “made a meal of it” after the game and said the club will look…

Rangel admits to Old Trafford dive

Angel Rangel was shown a yellow card for diving in Swansea City’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Swansea City defender Angel Rangel admits he deserved his yellow card for simulation in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday.  Rangel went down in the box from a Matteo Darmian challenge just after the hour-mark as Swansea pushed for an equalizer against United.  Referee Jonathan Moss booked the Spaniard for diving, which Rangel admitted after the game to doing.  “I had a bit of a fight …