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Lerner Making Cutbacks

Lerner Making Cutbacks

The owner of Aston Villa, Randy Lerner put up to sale the Premier League club but hasn’t received any real offers of anyone interested of controlling the club. As a way to cut up some of the wage bills of players, Lerner delivered orders to slash the wages of certain players including: Shay Given, Darren Bent and Alan Hutton.

Alan Hutton had been loaned out to Bolton Wanderers, Notthingham Forest and Mallorca for 2 seasons but now he has been given the chance to reignite his Premier League career as he was featured in the opening match of the season for Aston Villa and indeed the Scottish defender played an important role in his clubs’ victory against Stoke City.

The experienced defender neutralized almost all the threats that arrived from the right wing as he helped Aston Villa picking up their first away triumph since New Year’s Day.

Despite having his wages slashed and not playing an important role in Aston Villa as well as having to spend a few seasons on different clubs, Alan Hutton says that he only wants to focus in the future and forget about everything that has happened.

Alan Hutton went on saying to the media that certain things that happened was out of his control and he couldn’t do anything about it: “Was I a victim of politics? Yeah, but at the end of the day football is also a business and you need to respect the decisions which come from high above.

“It’s one of those things which happen in football, and you can only keep your head down and keep working. Because it was beyond my control there was nothing much else I could do – I just went in and trained every day, kept going and kept my head up. I’ve got a family behind me who supported me all the way and that was really a plus. I was always in touch with the manager, even when I went out on loan, and there was never anything bad between us. It was just a situation we were in’’

United Turn Aim Towards Schweinsteiger

United Turn Aim Towards Schweinsteiger

Manchester United have reportedly ruled themselves out of the running to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Instead, they are ready to turn their attention towards German international Bastian Schweinsteiger, who offers a wealth of experience at 29 years of age. Schweinsteiger has been playing with Bayern Munich throughout his career, but it is thought that he may consider a move should a great offer come from a club like Manchester United. He is ready to go down the route of Michael Ballack, who came to the Premier league around the 30 mark.

Kroos has been a United transfer target for the last few months, as the Premier league club are thought to be ready to take advantage of his contract situation. The 24-year-old will be a free agent next summer. As a result, United are willing to take him for around £ 20 million – a steal considering that he offers a lot to the team. Fabregas were subjected to a couple of weeks from United last summer, but Barcelona were unwilling to sell him. A lot has changed in the last 12 months and it is thought that the player would consider a move back to the Premier League.

However, new Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has reportedly vetoed both the moves, as he wants to sign a player like Schweinsteiger. It is understood that Bayern Munich will be willing to listen to offers in the region of £ 10 million for the midfielder. Schweinsteiger came through the ranks at Bayern Munich and has gone on to make more than 450 appearances for the club in all competitions. He has also won every major title including the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup as well. United are keen on revamping the midfield.

WHAT NEXT FOR NEWCASTLE

WHAT NEXT FOR NEWCASTLE

Newcastle United is safe from the bottom relegation zone but the 2nd half of the season has not been an enjoyable one for the club as they are going through a series of consecutive defeats which is building up the pressure upon the club but especially on Alan Pardew.

The former West Ham United coach has even revealed that he is not feeling safe and his role in the club.

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Barca Interest In Chelsea’s Luiz

Barca Interest In Chelsea’s Luiz

After Barcelona captain and club legend Carles Puyol announced that he will be quitting the club after the current season, the Catalan club has renewed its interest in Chelsea’s David Luiz. It is expected that Barcelona will be placing a bid of 30 million Euros (24.7 million) for the 26 year old Brazil international.

According to sources, the Barcelona bosses are hopeful that they will be able to close the deal swiftly before the World Cup finals kick off in the month of June with the Chelsea player being a key figure in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazilian squad.

Last summer Barcelona had made a formal bid on the Brazilian star but the bid was rejected after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho adamant that Luiz is not up for sale.

Although Luiz has not been agitating for a shift, according to reports he will be more than pleased to work out a contract with Barcelona and after Mourinho’s plans of recruitment-wherein he has acquired Kurt Zouma, the French central defender from Saint-Etienne from 12.5 million pounds and also Benfica’s holding defender Nemanja Matic for 21 million pounds-he may consider selling.

Earlier Mourinho did not want to let go off Luiz as the coach wanted to give the Brazilian some more chances following his not-so-great performances but it seems that Luiz has not been able to impress his coach much.

Luiz is extremely popular with the fans of the club but according to sources some of his Chelsea teammates agree with Mourinho that Luiz is too showy and casual and this is not helping the team’s cause. Though Mourinho agrees that Luiz is extremely talented he feels that the rugged edges that he likes in his central defenders is missing with Luiz and therefore he is not a very good option in the midfield.

OUT OF ACTION

OUT OF ACTION

Aston Villa’s Jores Okore will be out of action for 3 months as he crushed his anterior cruciate ligament when playing his 4th match for Villa when facing off against Newcastle United. This is certainly not good news for a club that is fighting to stay in the middle section of the Premier League standings.

This isn’t the 1st time that Aston Villa has seen some of their defenders out injured for a significant amount of time as Rob Vlaar, Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark have also had similar incidents in the past.

Jores Okore is one of the latest additions that Aston Villa has had in their injury list. Libor Kozak is the most noteworthy player of the club that will be missing out from the remainder of the season after picking up a leg break.

Libor Kozak’s injury gives the chance for the Danish stiker Nicklas Helenius to step it up and make his claim at the forward position of Aston Villa. Helenius made an impressive season when he played in Denmarked scoring 16 goals and providing 7 assists as he was even named as the Superliga’s player of the year.

Despite having made those fairly impressive accomplishments, Helenius has not earned the trust of Paul Lamber who almost always preferred playing with Libor Kozak and the Danish forward had to settle with a place on the sidelines of the team but things may change for him now that Kozak will be out for the remainder of the season due to injury.

If there is anything that Aston Villa needs to improve this season it’s their attacking department as they have lost 4 out of their last 5 matches with the main reason being their lack to score goals when needed and hopefully the introduction of Helenius into the main team will change it.

VILLA IMPROVING

VILLA IMPROVING

After a difficult start to the season, Aston Villa’s form has been slowly improving and it has been reflected in the table. They are 11th in the table after taking 14 points from the opening 11 matches. Villa used to spend big during the days of Martin O’Neill, but they have been very prudent in the last few transfer windows. This is expected to be the case in the upcoming January transfer window as well according to manager Paul Lambert. The team managed to win their first match in five during the weekend against Cardiff.

The 2-0 win lifts the pressure on Lambert, who has changed the team a lot since taking over almost 2 years ago. Christian Benteke started the season in flying fashion, but he has gone off the boil in recent weeks. Lambert’s main work will be to get Benteke scoring goals once again. After a difficult first half against Cardiff at Villa Park, Villa scored two goals in the second half to seal three points. This was the first win since the famous 3-2 win over Manchester city in September.

Lambert has said that they will not be looking for big-name signings, but it will be bargain deals that will be the talk of the town.

“Randy has been great and (chief executive) Paul Faulkner has been great but we won’t be able to do what you would call a massive signing. We won’t be able to go out and buy the big type of players. We have to look at the market, the young lads. We give them an opportunity and hopefully they take it. If you look at the side we put out against Cardiff you’ll see we have lots of injuries at the moment, nearly half a team out,” said Lambert after the Cardiff match.