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Ajax Cape Town head coach Roger de Sa has explained the reasons behind the termination of Simba Sithole’s contract.
The Urban Warriors signed the Zimbabwe striker in January on a two-year deal, after a convincing campaign at the African Nations Championship.
De Sa has since confirmed that they have released Sithole, who failed to score a single goal during his short stay at Ikamva.
“Simba (Sithole) you saw that he didn’t really crack with us,” De Sa told reporters at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“He never really produced anything and I think both parties agreed it was best for him to go. He realised that himself and obviously he moved on to greener pastures where he is going to get game-time.”
He added: “We could have kept him and he would’ve not played too much, and to keep a foreigner like that is not suitable for anybody.
“It was amicable and obviously he’s left to find a club to play for and get more game-time.”
Transfer Rumour Gossip: Liverpool To Move For Milan Star Balotelli, Blues Ponder Torres Swap Deal, United Weigh Up Alonso Move And Gunners Rule Out Striker Sale
Thursday’s transfer rumour gossip.
Liverpool’s bid for former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 24, collapsed after AC Milan refused to sanction a ‘good behaviour’ clause in the deal – (Daily Star)
Striker Fernando Torres, 30, could leave Chelsea after they held talks with Roma about a swap deal involving 23-year-old Mattia Destro, regarded as one of the most coveted forwards in Europe - (Times – subscription only)
Arsenal have told Galatasaray they will sell forward Lukas Podolski, 29, but not the Turkish side’s other target, 22-year-old striker Joel Campbell - (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are considering a bid for Real Madrid’s former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32 - (Daily Express)
And United have accelerated negotiations with Real for Angel Di Maria. The 26-year-old Argentine winger could travel to England in the next 48 hours - (Mundodeportivo)
Liverpool are to make a £12m loan bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 28, who is also a target for Manchester United and Juventus - (RMC)
Arsenal are ready to fend off late interest from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 28 - (Daily Star)
Arsenal could also scupper Everton’s move for Paris St-Germain midfielder Clement Chantome, 26, as they close in on his team-mate Adrien Rabiot, 19. The French side will not let both players leave - (Talksport)
Monaco are planning a move for Petr Cech, 32, after the Chelsea goalkeeper started the season as number two to Thibaut Courtois, 22 - (Daily Mirror)
Hull boss Steve Bruce is considering a move for Blackburn’s £12m-rated striker Jordan Rhodes, 24, after Robert Snodgrass was ruled out for six months - (Daily Mail)
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 24, says he rejected a “tempting” offer to join Manchester United - (Lefigaro)
Meanwhile, Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer says Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, would be a perfect signing for the Bundesliga champions - (Bild)
Corinthians central defender Cleber, 23, has arrived in Germany to join Hamburg in a £2.4m transfer - (Bild)
Arsenal are ready to ramp up their interest in William Carvalho and Sami Khedira after captain Mikel Arteta was ruled out for the next few weeks – (Metro)
Napoli have signed Holland midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a permanent transfer from Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee – (Sky Sports)
Marcos Rojo has been confirmed as a Manchester United player on a five-year deal and the club’s fans have taken to Twitter to welcome the Argentine – (Metro)
Norwich have completed the transfers of Cameron Jerome for an undisclosed fee from Stoke and free agent Carlos Cuellar – (Sky Sports)
Liverpool have joined Galatasaray in holding an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez, but the player himself will not be drawn on quitting Borussia-Park – (Inside Futbol)
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has revealed that the club have pulled out of the race to sign Samuel Eto’o after losing patience with the striker – (Goal.com)
West Ham have made an enquiry for Fiorentina defender Facundo Roncaglia, according to reports in Italy – (talkSPORT)
Arsenal have been given a boost in the hunt for Marco Reus after Borussia Dortmund refused to rule out selling their vice-captain – (Metro)
Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that the club are in contract talks with midfielder Paul Pogba – (Sky Sports)
Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea are battling it out for highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva – (Daily Star)
Hull boss Steve Bruce is making an audacious bid to sign Blackburn goal machine Jordan Rhodes to fill Shane Long’s boots – (Daily Mirror)
Real Madrid’s Croatian playmaker Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with the Spanish giants – (Sky Sports)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that the club might go into the market for a midfielder following the injury to Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard picked up an ankle injury in the first leg of the Champions League qualifiers against Besiktas on Tuesday and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Gunners, who are currently 11/2 in the football betting to win the Premier League, have been linked with a host of midfielders during the current transfer window, including Sami Khedira, William Carvalho and Adrien Rabiot, but have yet to make any concrete moves in the market.
However, the injury to Arteta may force Wenger’s hand and the Frenchman admitted that he would not be against making midfield signings.
“If it’s a long-term injury [for Arteta] that puts us in a position where we have to be creative,” the Frenchman has been quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
“We are not in an emergency case but we are open to any opportunity to strengthen our defensive department.”
When asked specifically about the chances of adding a defensive midfielder, Wenger added: “We are not against that, no.”
Galatasaray, meanwhile, have been linked with a sensational move for both Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell before the transfer window slams shut, but Wenger says Arsenal have yet to receive any bids.
“We have had no offers for anyone to leave,” he continued.
“Joel Campbell has not had his chance yet but he will get it. We have young players, that means every year they can get better.”
Podolski and Campbell aside, Arsenal will be relying on Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez for goals, with the pair both rated at 22/1 to finish as the league’s top goal-scorer.
Tottenham play AEL Limassol of Cyprus in Larnaca in the 1st leg of the Europa League Play-off Round. Spurs will be hoping for a positive result to ease any pressure ahead of next week’s return game at White Hart Lane. This will be the second time Tottenham have been involved in a competitive match in […]
FIFA’s decision to uphold the transfer ban against Barcelona has led to complications with their proposed deal for Sao Paulo right-back Douglas.
The Brazilian is close to signing for Barca, who saw their appeal over a two-window transfer sanction rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday.
Tricolor vice president Ataide Gil Guerreiro has confirmed that an agreement is in place with the Catalan outfit, but their hopes to bring Douglas back to Morumbi on loan have been scuppered by FIFA.
The Blaugrana are prohibited from any activities in the transfer market from January 2015, which means that the 24-year-old would not be allowed to return to the Nou Camp any time soon if he is loaned back to his former club.
Guerreiro told Radio Globo: “We’ve agreed everything, but the contract hasn’t been signed. A little problem has arisen.
“We’d asked Barcelona if they could loan Douglas back to us for a year after they’d bought him but now that they have been punished with this ban, they cannot.
“Our lawyers are looking for a way to solve it. Yet the deal is agreed and he will be a Barcelona player.”
Douglas is expected to challenge compatriot Dani Alves for a spot on the right side of defence for the Spanish giants this season should the transfer go through.
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Andros Townsend looking forward to Tottenham facing AEL Limassol in Cyprus, the country where mother’s family from
Andros Townsend will play for the first time in Cyprus, the island where his mother’s family hail from, as Tottenham face AEL Limassol in their Europa League play-off
Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber admits the Bundesliga season opener against Wolfsburg will be a tough game.
The defending league champions will kick-off the new campaign at the Allianz Arena against Die Wolfe, who finished fifth last term.
Badstuber missed a large chunk of last season with a serious knee injury, but has returned to action in pre-season and is in line to feature on Friday evening.
“I’ve worked towards this for a very long time and I’m looking forward to it!” he was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
“Wolfsburg are dangerous, because they’ve brought in a lot of potential in recent years. They have plenty of hungry players who are aiming high.”
Bayern are not without their injury and suspension concerns, with Jerome Boateng (ban), avi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara (all knee), Rafinha (ankle) and Franck Ribery (knock) all set to miss out.
Red Devils keen to bring midfield ace on board.
Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to be leading the charge to sign highly-rated Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva, according to the Daily Star.
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However, the pair are still facing competition from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and current La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for his signature.
Silva starred for Brazil’s Under-20 side at the Toulon Tournament over the summer, and now the Premier League trio are keen to spring out the reported £12m to secure his signature before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
Although he is a defensive-style player, he scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over England’s Young Lions in the group stages as Brazil went on to lift the trophy.
He was recently selected to link up with the Brazilian under-21 side and has previously been on the radars of both Barcelona and Inter Milan.
However, English sides may face a stumbling block in the shape of a work permit, as it is believed he may find it difficult to obtain one.
But that could be saved by the fact that he may be considered as a ‘special talent’ having appeared for every age group for his country.
New Borussia Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile has revealed that Antonio Conte wanted him to return to Juventus during the current transfer window.
Immobile was the top-scorer in Serie A last season for Torino, who part-owned the Italy international along with the Bianconeri.
And the 24-year-old says Conte had been keen for him to return to the Juventus Stadium, before resigning and taking the Italy national team job.
“I spoke with Conte and he wanted to take me back to Juventus,” Immobile told La Repubblica.
“However, Juventus then reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund. In the end, they were the ones who made the final decision.”
Immobile added that he has already adjusted to life in Dortmund and is happy to be playing for acclaimed tactician Jurgen Klopp.
“I have settled in very well at Dortmund,” he said. “Klopp really likes the way I pay and fight for every ball. He sees me as a true warrior. Klopp is a coach with a lot of charisma.”
Where have Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham sent their players
With a host of stars to choose from, the Premier League’s top clubs are deciding to loan out more and more of their talented youngsters.
There will be no swap deal involving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Roma forward Mattia Destro, according to the Italian player’s agent.
The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations of misconduct against former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody.
The pair were sacked by the Bluebirds last year, with Mackay sent on his way two months after Moody had left the Welsh outfit.
Mackay had been the favourite to reunite with Moody at Palace, filling the post vacated by Tony Pulis, but following Cardiff’s claims of misconduct, the Scot is no longer in the running for the position.
City have reportedly presented the FA with a document which outlines allegations of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages exchanged between Mackay and Moody.
“The FA can confirm it is currently investigating this matter,” said an FA spokesman.
It is believed that Cardiff have also served Moody and Mackay with a notice of pending legal action for their role in Cardiff’s leaked team list prior to their clash with Palace last season, a match that the Bluebirds lost 3-0. Both men have denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
Bidvest Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi insists that his side will fight to the end as they prepare for the second leg of their MTN8 semi-final against Orlando Pirates.
The Clever Boys head into the encounter under heavy pressure, having lost the first leg 2-0, and they now travel to the Orlando Stadium looking to pull off an unlikely comeback.
However, Vilakazi says his troops are confident that they can come out on top.
“As it stands Orlando Pirates are favourites,” Vilakazi was quoted as saying by the official PSL Twitter account.
“At the end of the day it’s all about believe against Orlando Pirates. We can turn it around on Saturday.
“We will go out to Orlando Stadium and fight for everything.”
Eduardo Vargas’ agent has revealed he is holding talks with a London club amid suggestions the Napoli forward could join Queens Park Rangers on loan.
The Chile international, who helped his country reach the round of 16 at the World Cup in Brazil recently, is not expected to be a part of Partenopei coach Rafael Benitez’s plans for the upcoming season.
Vargas arrived at Stadio San Paolo in January 2012 from Universidad de Chile in his homeland, but has managed just 28 appearances for the Naples outfit in two-and-a-half years.
The 24-year-old was previously sent out on loan to Gremio and most recently Valencia, where he spent the second half of the 2013/14 campaign, and could be heading to England soon after his representative, Cristian Ogalde, admitted he is negotiating a potential loan deal with a club from the capital, thought to be QPR.
Ogalde told Chilean radio station Cooperativa: “We are studying the possibility of a loan move. I am in London and I will see how the negotiations progress.
“I am holding talks with Napoli, seeing what we are going to do with him (Vargas) and if we reach a final agreement or not. We are on the right path.”
Vargas would link up with compatriot Mauricio Isla at Loftus Road after the right-back was signed from Juventus on a season-long loan deal earlier this month.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has declared his intentions to win the Europa League and secure Champions League qualification next season.
The Argentine tactician had criticised the Europa League during his tenure as Southampton boss, calling it a “competition for teams that are not good enough to be playing with the best”.
Pochettino has since changed his mind as he prepares to guide Spurs through the gruelling campaign, following UEFA’s announcement that the 2015 winners would qualify for the following season’s Champions League.
“The Europa League is now a different competition,” Pochettino said ahead of his side’s play-off clash against AEL Limassol on Thursday.
“Why? Well, if you won it last year you basically got nothing. Just a trophy. Now the Europa League gives you the opportunity to play in the Champions League. That is a big challenge for us.
“We have a very strong squad and we have plenty of players. The only thing now that was difficult was the World Cup, and we need to manage this squad. But I think and we believe that we have a very strong squad.”
Are Tottenham in Cyprus for the first time? No, the Spurs match against AE Limassol will be their third visit to Cyprus but the second for a competitive game. They previously toured Cyprus in 1968 and played a UEFA Cup game in 2007. Tottenham In Cyprus 1968 Tour In the summer of 1968 Tottenham went […]
Lukas Podolski’s agent claims there is serious interest in the Arsenal forward amid suggestions he could be sold during the current transfer window.
The Germany international, who was part of Joachim Low’s World Cup-winning squad in Brazil recently, has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium following the club’s purchase of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona last month.
Podolski managed just 20 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last term and will see even more competition for places in attack this season, with Joel Campbell having returned to Arsene Wenger’s squad after impressing for Costa Rica during the World Cup.
The 29-year-old still has two years to run on his contract with the north London outfit, but reports in England suggest Wenger is willing to let him leave.
According to the German media, Podolski is a target for Galatasaray, with their new manager Cesare Prandelli keen to strengthen ahead of their UEFA Champions League campaign.
However, the player’s representative, Nassim Touihri, says the former FC Koln star is also attracting interest from elsewhere, with Spain, Germany and the United States believed to be possible destinations.
Touihri told Bild: “There have always been enquiries. But now there is also concrete interest from other clubs. But Lukas feels great in London.”
Every season the same thing seems to happen to Tottenham over and over again. Promises of a fresh start and a top four finish never seem to materialize, and a new head coach is brought in. From the likes of Juande Ramos, to Harry Redknapp, to Mauricio Pochettino now, I truly have almost lost confidence […]
Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has ruled out the possibility of signing a player with “major profile” during the current transfer window.
The Bianconeri have been heavily linked with a loan move for Colombian forward Radamel Falcao, who is reportedly unsettled at Monaco.
However, Marotta insists Juve are looking at bringing in someone with less hype to bolster to their attacking options.
“We’re lacking a forward, a second striker in a compartment that already gives us many certainties, but it will not be a (player with) a major profile,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“We will not make big investments. But (one player) could arrive in the final hours of the window.”
The Serie A champions are also rumoured to be interested in Benfica captain Luisao, but Marotta rejected the reports saying: “We have never contacted the player. But this is the world of football.
“(Andrea) Barzagli is recovering quicker than expected (from injury) and (Luca) Marrone has shown himself to be comfortable in defence, so we could stay like this.”