Ronaldo to stick with Madrid, will Wenger stay at Arsenal?
Portuguese striker reassures Real Madrid fans he's staying put, but Wenger has yet to commit to Arsenal
PORTUGUESE poseur Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged his troth to Real Madrid, putting to bed rumours that a move back to Manchester United might be on the cards.
When Ronaldo said last week he was “sad” at the Bernabeu, the rumour mill went into overdrive with a return to United being the favoured move for the prolific forward. Russian parvenus Anzhi Makhachkala were also said to be monitoring the situation.
Now it seems they’re all wasting their time. The Daily Mirror reports that Ronaldo has taken to Facebook to reassure Real fans he’s staying put. “I would like to reaffirm, without worrying about contracts, that my focus is on winning every game and every trophy with my team-mates and all Madridistas,” wrote Ronaldo.
Meanwhile there’s more good news for Arsenal fans with the claim from Insidefutbol that Roma are taking an interest in Johan Djourou. With Gooners still hoping that the thigh injury Robin van Persie sustained playing for Holland on Tuesday is “nothing minor”, now comes the possibility that they could finally be shot of Djourou.
The Swiss defender – if that’s not a breach of the Trade Descriptions Act – played for his country against Albania earlier in the week, and Insidefutbol reports that Roma “sent scouts” to check out the 25-year-old. Apparently Djourou is being seriously considered by the Serie A side even though in recent seasons he has been reduced to a bit-part player at the Emirates.
Another player who could be off to Italy in due course could be Theo Walcott. The Metro has confirmed rumours that Juventus are circling the erratic winger and are planning a £10m bid for the player in January.
Meanwhile, anyone wondering why Arsenal seem to have so many problems with players entering the last year of their contracts need look no further than manager Arsene Wenger, who has revealed that like many of his star players he has yet to open discussions about a new contract with the club, when his old one expires in 2014.
Asked if he would stay on the Frenchman told the BBC: "I will assess my own performances and then make a decision."Talksport reports that Manchester City are about to “enter the running” to land Internacional striker Leandro Damiao. In the past the Brazilian star has been heavily linked with Tottenham but that was before the Lilywhites lost their way under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Now it appears the Sky Blues fancy a bit of the action and Talksport claims to have it on good authority that an offer will be made in January. City boss Roberto Mancini is reported to be a fan, but then these days Mancini seems to be a fan of most people.
Intriguingly, Talksport allege that Manchester United might also join a New Year bidding war for the 23-year-old Damiao now that they realise Van Persie is an ageing and injury-prone Dutchman.
Finally, the agent of Liverpool keeper Pepe Reine has rubbished suggestions the Spaniard feels the time is right to leave Anfield. Reina, who’s in his eighth season at Anfield, has made a series of howlers this season and that’s prompted speculation he could soon be on his way out.
But in an interview with Italian website Calciomercato, agent Manuel Garcia Quilon said: “There is no problem.”
Asked whether he was aware of stories linking Liverpool to Swansea shotstopper Michel Vorm, Quilon replied: “Pepe has played many games in the Liverpool shirt and is used to all kinds of rumours… But this will end when he returns to form. He still has four years to run on his contract and rumours of [him] leaving Liverpool are just that - rumours." ·