Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal ‘bad news for me' says Ronaldo
Ozil provided Portuguese striker with 27 assists at Real - 11 more than Giggs produced at Man Utd
THE SECOND most expensive player in football history is not a happy camper, and it's all down to Arsenal. The Daily Mirror reports that Cristiano Ronaldo, currently on duty with Portugal ahead of this week's round of World Cup qualification matches, has told his international team-mates that he is "unhappy" about the sale of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.
The Mirror has as its source Spanish sports daily Diario AS, which quotes Ronaldo complaining: "The sale of Ozil is bad news for me. He is the player who knows best my movements in front of goal. I am very unhappy about the sale." The Mirror adds that, while at Real Madrid Ozil, provided 27 assists for Ronaldo - 11 more than Ryan Giggs managed when Ronaldo was at Manchester United.
There's more positive news on Ronaldo, however, from Spanish broadcaster Punto Pelota, which claims that the Portuguese prima donna, far from being disgruntled at the departure of Ozil and the arrival of Gareth Bale, is delighted to pledge his allegiance to Real with the signing of a contract extension.
Apparently "terms over the new contract have been agreed" and Ronaldo will sign the deal when he returns to Spain from Portugal. Punto Pelota reports that the deal will be worth €15m a year and will keep Ronaldo at Real until 2019.
Elsewhere, caughtoffside.com reports that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is to cast an eye over Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic when he turns out for Serbia in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Croatia.
The Blues have been trailing the highly rated Serbia international all summer but Mourinho wants more time to look him over before making an offer for the 25-year-old. Matic left Chelsea for Benfica two years ago but Mourinho believes he could be a boon at the Bridge and an offer is likely to be forthcoming in January.
BBC Sport says Newcastle midfielder Romain Amalfitano has joined Dijon on loan for the season. The 24-year-old Frenchman arrived on Tyneside last summer on a free transfer from Reims, but he failed to make it as a Magpie and consequently he's been farmed out by manager Alan Pardew to the French second division side.
Finally, the Daily Mail reports that West Ham United are being linked with a move for former Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz. The 31-year-old, dubbed 'Khalid the Cannibal' by team-mates, is a free agent after his release by Sporting Lisbon and it's claimed the Hammers could take him on loan for the rest of the season to shore up their leaky defence. ·