December 2014 - Soccer Wiretap

Frank Lampard To Remain At City For Remainder Of Season

Dec 31, 2014 7:43 PM

Frank Lampard will remain at Manchester City for the balance of the season to delay his move to New York City FC.

NYCFC confirmed that Lampard will miss the start of the MLS campaign, an absence that could extend into the summer, though the team said in a statement that Lampard's "exact starting date with New York City FC will be confirmed as the EPL and MLS seasons unfold."

 

NYCFC signed Lampard in July after he parted ways with Chelsea, the club where the England international enjoyed great success over 13 seasons, finishing as the Blues' all-time leading scorer with 211 goals in all competitions.

Richard Jolly, Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, New York City FC, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Gareth Bale Wants To Remain At Real Madrid

Dec 31, 2014 11:14 AM

Gareth Bale wants to remain at Real Madrid amid rumors of interest from Manchester United.

“Go to Manchester United? I am very happy in Madrid, a city, a climate and a club that I love,” he told Dubai TV.

“My contract ends in 2019 and I could sign a renewal. I am very happy at Madrid and I hope to win many more titles in the future. It has been a fantastic year for me. I wanted to come to Real Madrid to win titles and work alongside the best players and that is exactly what I have done in a single year. I hope that we keep improving, winning more titles and that I can keep giving my all.”

Bale has struck an important partnership with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real front line, with the trio contributing 57 goals to the Real cause so far this term.

“He [Ronaldo] is an impressive player,” Bale added. “Everybody knows what he is like – it is great to be playing alongside him. What he does so that the team can keep winning and improving is fantastic.

“The forwards we have are extremely good. The three of us really like playing together. We work very well together, as we demonstrated last season with the titles we won. The potential we have up front is fantastic and we want to keep improving.”

 

Press Association

Tags: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Arsenal To Target Central Midfield During January Window

Dec 31, 2014 11:12 AM

Arsène Wenger has identified central midfield as the area Arsenal will look to improve during the January transfer window.

Wenger already promised at least one signing with central defense likely the priority.

Wenger’s decision to exit the summer transfer window with only five senior defenders in the squad always seemed a risk and it has been exposed by injuries, most seriously to Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy. 

Wenger will be without Jack Wilshere until March because of ankle ligament damage while he continues to miss Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta because of thigh and ankle injuries respectively. With Abou Diaby also unavailable, Wenger was forced into the stop-gap measure of recalling Francis Coquelin from his loan at Charlton Athletic. Arsenal have been linked with a move for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko.

“If you look at the number of games some players played and the injuries we have with Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta, we are a bit short at the moment in midfield,” Wenger said, when asked to name where he would look to strengthen his squad in January.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, IQ, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Chelsea To Buy Andrej Kramaric, Loan Him To Vitesse

Dec 31, 2014 11:10 AM

Chelsea is finalizing a £7 million transfer for Andrej Kramaric, subject to a medical, with the player to be loaned immediately to Vitesse Arnhem.

The striker, who has scored twice in four appearances for the national squad, has been prolific for HNK Rijeka with 28 goals in all competitions this term and will join a trio of Chelsea players – Wallace, Bertrand Traoré and Josh McEachran – already on loan at Vitesse.

Kramaric had also interested Juventus and Leicester City.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Loan, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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United To Pursue £20M Transfer For Seamus Coleman

Dec 31, 2014 11:06 AM

Louis van Gaal has identified Seamus Coleman of Everton as a January transfer target.

A deal would be worth at least £20 million.

United believe it is more likely Coleman can be signed in the summer but are exploring what would represent the considerable coup of signing the 26-year-old next month.

 

Van Gaal wants to sign a high-class right-back as he has little faith in Rafael da Silva, the only established player in the position in his squad.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Everton, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Alan Pardew Leaves Newcastle For Crystal Palace

Dec 30, 2014 7:56 PM

Alan Pardew hopes to manage his first game with Crystal Palace at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day after finalizing the terms of his departure from Newcastle.

The 53-year-old was back on Tyneside on Tuesday, entering the club’s academy via a side entrance, to bid farewell to the squad who he had steered into mid-table in the Premier League after a dismal start. The announcement he has returned to Palace, his first professional club but a side languishing in the relegation zone, on a four-year contract worth around £2 million per season is anticipated on Wednesday.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Misc Rumor

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Tim Howard Out Up To Six Weeks

Dec 30, 2014 7:53 PM

Tim Howard will be out of goal for Everton for up to six weeks with a calf injury.

Everton will turn to Joel Robles with Howard out.

"Tim will be out for between five and six weeks," said Roberto Martinez. "It is an injury to his left calf. As a goalkeeper it's really unusual to get an injury by kicking a ball."

Everton's only other goalkeeping options are 18-year-olds Russell Griffiths and Jindrich Stanek, who have both never played a senior game for the club.

BBC

Tags: Everton, Injury

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Schalke Working On Deal For Matija Nastasic With City

Dec 30, 2014 7:51 PM

Schalke have confirmed they are working on a deal for Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic.

Nastasic, 21, joined City from Fiorentina in 2012 but, after a bright start, missed the majority of the 2013-14 campaign through injury.

"Yes, we are after him," Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies said. "Our coach, Roberto Di Matteo, has him in his plans. Also, the player absolutely wants to come to us."

Schalke would initially seek a loan arrangement for Nastasic, who is under contract until 2017.

ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, FC Schalke 04, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Barcelona's Appeal On Transfer Ban Denied

Dec 30, 2014 11:37 AM

Barcelona will not be allowed to sign any players in 2015 after their appeal against their transfer ban was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Spanish club turned to Cas in August after FIFA rejected their appeal to overturn a two-window ban, which was handed to them by world football’s governing body in April due to concerns over the “international transfer of minors.”

But their quest hit a further dead end on Tuesday, meaning they will be unable to bring in any new blood until January 2016.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by FC Barcelona against the Federation Internationale de Football Association regarding the decision issued by the Fifa appeals committee on 19 August 2014,” a statement from Cas read.

“In such decision, the Spanish football club was sanctioned with a transfer ban for two periods, a fine of CHF 450,000 and a reprimand after it was found to have infringed the Fifa regulations with respect to the registration of a number of minor players.”

Press Association

Tags: Barcelona

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Gedion Zelalem Becomes U.S. Citizen

Dec 30, 2014 11:29 AM

Gedion Zelalem has finalized the naturalization process to become a citizen of the United States.

Zelalem, 17, must now await FIFA approval, but that is believed to be a perfunctory exercise.

Zelalem played six years of youth soccer in the Washington D.C. area before signing with Arsenal in 2013.

Steven Goff/Washington Post

Tags: Arsenal, United States

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Ancelotti: Sami Khedira To Stay At Real Madrid Through Current Season
Should Sami Khedira depart, his place in the squad may be taken by Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva.

ESPN

Kevin De Bruyne's Agent Denies Links To Bayern
Kevin De Bruyne has been a key part of Wolfsburg's rise to second in the Bundesliga and his play has caught the attention of Bayern and Manchester City.

PA Sport

EPL Chief: England Youth 'Lagging' Behind Germany
Richard Scudamore maintains that the English top flight is still the most attractive league in Europe due to their financial resources.

BBC

Allardyce Looking To Wenger For How To Transition To New Stadium
Sam Allardyce and West Ham are set to move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

Ewan Roberts/Goal.com

Lucas Silva: Real Madrid Move Would Be 'A Dream'
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Real Madrid's interest in Lucas Silva.

Alec Fenn/Goal.com

Van Gaal Continues To Decline Comment On United's Transfer Targets
United have been linked with a number of potential new signings ahead of the turn of the year.

Harry Sherlock/Goal.com

Chelsea Working On €10M Bid For Andrej Kramaric
The 23-year-old Andrej Kramaric has scored 27 goals in 26 matches this season.

Hrvoje Tironi/Goal.com

Liverpool Rules Out January Loan Of Mario Balotelli
Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the possibility of Mario Balotelli returning to Italy on loan in the new year.

Paul Wilson/The Guardian

Chelsea To Extend John Terry's Contract Into 18th Season
John Terry turned 34 earlier in December and remains part of José Mourinho's plans.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Luka Modric Confident Of Mid-February Return
Luka Modric won't rush back from his thigh injury, but he expects to be ready by mid-February when Real Madrid resumes its Champions League play.

FourFourTwo

Mancini Not Expecting Expensive January Transfers For Inter
Roberto Mancini expects new additions to Inter Milan in January.

FourFourTwo

Real Madrid Wouldn't Even Accept €300M Bid For Gareth Bale
Manchester United has reportedly been preparing a €150 million offer to Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.

Jamie Kemp/Inside Spanish Football

Crystal Palace Fires Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock has been fired as manager of Crystal Palace, becoming the first Premier League sacking of the 14-15 season.

Neil Warnock/The Observer

Atlético Interested In Samu Castillejo Of Málaga
Samu Castillejo is already attracting the attention of Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid at the age of 19.

Jamie Kemp/Inside Spanish Football

Mendes: Ronaldo Started Transformation Of Real Madrid
Jorge Mendes even said that Real Madrid could very well end up retiring Cristiano’s ‘7’ shirt when he retires.

Tom Conn/Inside Spanish Football

Olivier Giroud To Miss Next Three Matches After Headbutt
Olivier Giroud responded after being shoved by Onuoha and referee Martin Atkinson issued the card.

Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Neymar Doubts He'll Ever Be As Good As Ronaldo, Messi
Neymar has been one of the world's best young footballers for several seasons.

Peter McVitie/Goal.com

Stoke City Interested In Sergi Roberto To Continue Barça Pipeline
Stoke City are interested in acquiring midfielder Sergi Roberto on a six-month loan deal following the success of Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa from Barcelona's youth academy.

Tom Conn/Inside Spanish Football

Koke: Nothing Has Changed Despite Overhaul Of Atleti's Roster
Atlético Madrid underwent a summer of change, but Koke insists nothing has changed with the club.

Tom Conn/Inside Spanish Football

Agent: Lucas Moura Will Soon Be In Same Category As Messi, Zlatan
Lucas Moura is having the best stretch of his career with Paris Saint-Germain and his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, believes he will soon join the true elite.

Joe Wright/Goal.com