Carles Gil arrives at Villa Park


Carles Gil is one of the latest names to arrive at Villa Park. The attacking midfielder has moved to Aston Villa for a fee of around £ 3.5 million from Spanish outfit Valencia. He has decided to leave the prospect of Champions League football next season in order to get regular first-team football.

Paul Lambert is expected to provide Gil with a major boost straightaway as he has confirmed that the 22-year-old is in his plans to start against Liverpool. Villa are without a Premier League victory since the start of December and they have only a few points separating them from the relegation zone. Continue reading ‘Carles Gil arrives at Villa Parkrgb’

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Antonio Di Natale created history by scoring 200 goals


Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale managed to create history by scoring his 200th goal in the Italian Serie A against Chievo. The Udinese forward was believed to be on the verge of retirement at the end of last season. However, he went back on his decision in order to try and break Roberto Baggio’s long-standing record in Italian football. The former great managed to score 205 league goals during his time in Italian football. Di Natale has been inching forward towards this incredible tally. He moved one step closer by scoring in the 1-1 draw against Chievo.

Speaking after the match, Di Natale said that he is extremely happy to have achieved this record, although the disappointment of not taking three points remains for the former Italian international. The 37-year-old is regarded as one of the finest Italian players in recent years, but he has always resisted the lure to play for clubs other than Udinese. He has been at Udinese since 2004 and has featured in more than 300 appearances for the club. His career with the Italian national team is less stellar after managing only 42 matches. This is widely regarded to be the effect of Di Natale not playing for the likes of AC Milan or Juventus.

“It’s a shame [we didn't win], Chievo were organised and we had taken the lead, but they scored a great goal. Against a tough team like that, it’s a good point. I want to thank all the team-mates and coaches I’ve worked with over the years, my wife, my children and my parents, who are watching me from up there.Matching Baggio is my next objective,” saidDi Natale. Former Italy international Roberto Baggio represented clubs like Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan during his stellar career. He also scored 27 goals for the Italian national team.

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Everton’s Faith Resists Barry From Switching Clubs


When everybody is speculating about Gareth Barry’s move to another club, the English player has been really strong about his post at Everton. He turned down the offer from NY City citing no retirement intentions at present.

It was Everton coach Robert Martinez who suggested him not to leave Everton alerting that a move to NY City might mean the conclusion of his career. “America has been quite a treasured option and I even had conversations regarding it”, stated the defensive midfielder. “However, when I sat with coaches in my team, they stressed- ‘if you’re getting there, you’re retiring’.”

“It was all in head. Certainly, I didn’t agree to retire but then I agree that it would mean going to some league which is up & coming & not as huge as Premier League. I understood their point. It would have been massive going there (America) & experiencing it. In fact, I had discussions regarding it in mu home- the very idea of taking to a completely different culture & going through another interesting learning curve seemed really appealing.”

“I’m pretty sure that I would’ve been able to relish it & there’s a very strong argument pushing me to shift. But then, the season we had in Everton in 2013, pushed me not to move & the club extended a 3-yeatr contract that showed how much faith Everton had in me.

“Around 3-4 Premier League squads approached me, 2 teams from abroad also showed interest yet I am very happy here”, emphasized the committed Everton man. “Whilst I can still play at Premier League matches, I really don’t wish to fly abroad. In fact, I was not even contemplating to hang my boots”.

Everton’s 3 year contract deal is quite an achievement for Barry as such a prolonged contract is little unusual, for a 33-year-old player.