Posts Tagged ‘Champions League’

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has confirmed that he expects his client to honour his contract at Manchester United. Speculation had been mounting that the striker could leave Old Trafford this summer.

After being left out of the Champions League final and making most of his appearances as a substitute for United it was thought that Berbatov was frustrated at Old Trafford and would seek a move away.

Alex Ferguson has previously stated that he would understand if the Bulgarian would want to leave Manchester United this summer, but the player’s agent Emil Dantchev has played down the speculation that he will leave and says the 30-year-old will remain with the Premier League champions.

He told tuttomercatoweb: “Berbatov away? I don’t want to comment on what the newspapers write, these are just words.

“There is only one truth: Berbatov is a Manchester United player… and he will not leave before the end of his contract.”

“I repeat: Berbatov will stay at Manchester.”

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Carlos Tevez has once again reiterated that he wants to leave Manchester City, the South American has struggled to settle down at Eastlands and has asked the fans to understand the reason he wants to leave.

Tevez has always insisted that he finds it hard being so far away from his family and that me misses his daughters immensely who live back home in Argentina, in December Tevez submitted a transfer request to the club but shortly after he decided against the decision after clear the air talks were held with the club.

His long term future was always subjected to speculation, but it was inevitable the striker would leave at the end of the season.

Tevez who is currently on international duty with Argentina in the Copa America and he has claimed that when the tournament is over. He doesn’t want to return to Manchester.

“It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City  of my wish to leave the club,” he said in a statement.

“I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner, Sheikh Mansour, who has been nothing other than respectful to me.

Tevez has always insisted that he was 100% committed to the club, but after spending time with his family over the summer. The front man has now declared that he needs to leave the club to be closer to his family.

“I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family.

“Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me.

“Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them.

“I need them to be happy because my life is about them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt.

Tevez made 86 appearences while scoring 53 goals at City and he played an important part in City winning the FA Cup and securing a Champions League place for the club this season.

“Being captain of Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League, winning the FA Cup and finishing as top-scorer last season has made me very proud.

“I hope that most of the City fans will understand that I have given them my all on the pitch and that my dedication to the City cause has been 100% on the pitch.

“I hope I have done my bit to help City continue their progress towards their ambition to be champions of England and to advance in the Champions League.

“I have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve great success in the future.”

Tevez has done his best for the club and always gave 100% to the City cause.

Anyone with children can fully understand that the Argentine player wants to be closer to his daughters. He has been away from home for long periods of time without seeing his family and his decision should be respected by the fans. Tevez has more than paid back the City faithful with his goal ratio for the club.

Croatian and Spurs midfielder Luka Modric as admitted that he is not sure if he will still be at White Hart Lane next season, Modric has insisted that he has now caught the bug of Champions League football after the experience from this season.

But Spurs have failed to qualify for the tournament this time and the Croat is unsure of his future.

The midfield ace says he is happy at Spurs and is not thinking of leaving White Hart Lane and he is focusing solely on Croatia’s up-coming Euro 2012 qualifier with Georgia on Friday.

But Modric believes a transfer is always possible in football and he admits he would like to play in the UEFA Champions League again.

Luka Modric said; “I’m trying to stay calm as my national team has a really important match coming.
“But of course, if there will be an offer which will be good for Tottenham and for me also, then a transfer is of course possible.”

“So I will tell you the same as all ways – my club status is the same as it was before.
“But of course, if there will be an offer which will be good for Tottenham and for me also, then a transfer is of course possible.

“That doesn’t mean that I’m bothered with leaving Tottenham – I’m not thinking about that every hour and every minute.

“I’m happy at White Hart Lane – my status is great, the fans like me and I do have everything I need.
“But then again – when you experience playing in Champions League, you want to keep playing in this tournament.”

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has today confirmed that he will be retiring from the game with immediate effect; Scholes was part of the squad that lost the Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday and has now called time on his colourful career.

The 36-year-old helped his club to a record-breaking 19th league title this season, but his last appearance was in the UEFA Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

Scholes will now remain at Old Trafford as a member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff from the beginning of next season.

But Ferguson was full of admiration for Scholes, as he told United’s official website: “What more can I say about Paul Scholes that I haven’t said before.

The Scot also went on to add; We are going to miss a truly unbelievable player. Paul has always been fully committed to this club and I am delighted he will be joining the coaching staff from next season.

“Paul has always been inspirational to players of all ages and we know that will continue in his new role.”

Scholes said: “I am not a man of many words but I can honestly say that playing football is all I have ever wanted to do and to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United has been a real honour.

“This was not a decision that I have taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing.

“To have been part of the team that helped the Club reach that 19th title is a great privilege.”

Manchester United winger Nani has pleaded with team-mate Dimitar Berbatov to stay at Old Trafford, the striker was dropped from Alex Ferguson’s squad who were defeated against Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley last Saturday.

Sir Alex Ferguson selected Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in his starting XI, with Michael Owen on the bench, leaving Berbatov conspicuous by his absence among the non-playing members of the squad

It is thought that the striker is weighing up his options and feels disappointed about being left out the squad; the Portuguese international has urged Berbatov not to turn his back on United.

He said: “I don’t know what he has in mind but everyone knows he’s a fantastic player.

“He has scored a lot of goals for us, finished as the top scorer in the league, and I would like him to play for Manchester United again next season.”

Pep Guardiola has insisted that he intends to honour his contract at Barcelona, after watching his side take Manchester United apart in yesterday’s 3-1 victory in the Champions League final.

The Spaniard feels that his side are untouchable after watching his young side show the world how the game should be played.

It was suggested that Pep could leave the Catalans this summer after Johan Cryuff hinted that Guardiola had been worn down by the psychological strain of managing the Catalan giants, but last night Guardiola said;

“I have one year of the contract, yes.”

The Barcelona boss believed his side had put in one of their best performances to lift the trophy for the second time in three years.

“It is one of the best performances because sometimes you make for performances in important games but not important games like this one,” he said.

Guardiola also added; “So we are so happy to win, of course, but we are so, so happy to show to the world our way to play, to keep the ball, to try to attack in front of absolutely one of the best teams of the world,” he said.

Sepp Blatter will be investigated

David Cameron has backed calls for Fifa to suspend its presidential election next week after the two rival candidates were accused of breaching rules.

Current president Sepp Blatter and his challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam are due before the world governing body’s ethics committee on Sunday to answer the charges.

Bin Hammam is accused of bribing Fifa officials in the Caribbean to win votes while Blatter is accused of failing to probe bribery allegations.

Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is also facing bribery claims. All three deny any wrongdoing and have issued statements protesting their innocence.