Aston Villa has been hit by the financial fair play penalty, and it is believed that the manager will only be given £1million in order to build a team that can push for promotion.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has been informed of the decision after a meeting with the owners, and it appears that the club will have to be respecting strict guidelines imposed by the football association.
The club will have to generate cash for transfer by selling current players, and Steve Bruce has been informed of the decision of the owners.
It is believed that the manager will be given a fixed amount of money to secure loan deals only and that the only way he can manage to sign new players will be to sell.
Steve Bruce said that he is disappointed with this situation, but he said that he would need to find a ways to strengthen the team. He said that Aston Villa has been put into this situation because of poor financial management and that they will need to find a solution to this problem. …
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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.
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’’
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.
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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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.