Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer. This is despite the poor form he showed at the World Cup 2014 by just scoring just one goal for Argentina. Higuain is thought to enjoy a good relationship with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. After their pursuits to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero came to an end, Barcelona reportedly turned towards Higuain in order to ensure that Messi remains happy at the Camp Nou. However, it appears that the 26-year-old may not be joining Barcelona since he feels happy at Napoli.
Napoli signed Higuain only last summer for around £ 36 million. Even though he finished as one of the top scorers in Italian Serie A, he was not consistent enough. This meant that Napoli were unable to mount a title challenge and eventually finished third. They were a whopping 24 points behind eventual champions Juventus at the end of the season. Due to the inconsistent form, it has been reported that Napoli may prefer to cash in on the 26-year-old. Higuain has also revealed that the transfer rumours linking him with Barcelona are true and that means he tried to convince him while he was playing for Argentina.
“Did I want to go to Barcelona? I always told the truth and that is that I wanted to think only of the World Cup and then I would return to Napoli. So I kept quiet and I had nothing to fear, because there was nothing to comment about. Messi said certain things and I can only be flattered by them. I believe that every player would love to play alongside a great champion like him, but that does not mean that I ever wanted to leave,” said Higuain about the transfer rumours linking him to Barcelona.
Manchester City midfield lynchpin Yaya Toure will hold crunch talks with the club hierarchy over his future at the Premier League champions.
According to reports, the two parties are set to hold the meeting during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States of America as City sweat on sorting out the future of the talismanic Ivory Coast midfielder.
The 31 year old had been involved in a very public spat with high ranking City officials after claiming that the club management had not given him the recognition he deserves after leading the club to two Premier League titles in three years apart from ignoring him on his birthday. He also claimed that the City officials did not allow him to spend time with his cancer stricken brother Ibrahim who was admitted in a Manchester hospital. Read more »
Ivory Coast were knocked out of the World Cup 2014 in the most dramatic circumstances after conceding a late goal at the hands of Greece. Ivory Coast were winning the match 1-0 going into the last few minutes. Had this match finished with the same score, they would have reached the last 16 of the World Cup. However, they conceded an injury time goal to draw the match 1-1. Because of the previous matches in which they failed to get the necessary points, Ivory Coast have been knocked out of the tournament.
The exit also brings a huge fallout with the national team as they will not be without the Golden generation from here on. The likes of Didier Drogba and Kolo Toure may have played their last for the national team. Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi is also widely expected to announce his resignation from the post after this early exit. Ivory Coast came into the tournament still as one of the strongest teams from Africa. Players like Yaya Touré continue to dominate the headlines when it comes to club football.
Ivory Coast have not been able to make use of this talented generation, as they have not won a major trophy for more than two decades. The wait must go on after this draw.
“Still I am very disappointed. I think we could manage our game, but we we very naive collectively. We were not smart and we all are sinking. I think I could have done better, the team could have done better, but we were very naïve,” said the Liverpool defender Kolo Toure. Toure has already experienced pain in the form of missing out on the Premier league with Liverpool. He would have been the first player to have lifted the league title with three different teams in England.
Liverpool defender Kolo Toure was a major doubt for the World Cup 2014 after suffering a bout of malaria just before the start of the tournament. He was absent from most of the warmup friendly matches, but his presence was imperative for the national team since he remains as one of the quality defenders available for selection. Manager Sabri Lamouchi was hoping that Toure will recover from the malaria problem sooner rather than later. It seems to have been the case after the former Manchester City and Arsenal man has just returned to first team training.
He is expected to be fit for Ivory Coast’s opening match of the tournament against Japan. They come into the tournament on the back of an inconsistent form that has raised doubts about their aspirations of reaching the knockout stages. This is seen as the final hurrah for the Ivory Coast team with stars like Didier Drogba and Kolo Toure approaching the end of their careers. Toure has stated that the malaria issue certainly proved to be a major scare, but he is now fully behind the problem and has never felt better.
The 33-year-old previously suffered this disease back in 2008 when he was playing for Arsenal. He has since recovered sufficiently to play at the top level.
“I feel great. The malaria was just for two days. Obviously we have the medical department that knows malaria very well and they gave me tablets. I was in bed for two days. When they heard the news everyone was talking. I had a phone call from my club, from people around the world. I’m absolutely fine because my body is used to that kind of sickness, it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last,” said the 33-year-old defender, who moved to Liverpool last summer.