Howard to take leave from USA duties








21 August 2014
Last updated at
22:12













Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has announced he will take a year’s break from playing for the USA in order to spend more time with his family.

The 35-year-old, capped 104 times, said he would not be available again until September 2015 which means he will miss next year’s Concacaf Gold Cup.

“Making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard, who impressed at the World Cup.

“I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”









Howard’s feat at World Cup

He made 15 saves in the 2-1 defeat by Belgium – more than any other player has made at the World Cup since records started being taken in 1966


National team coach

Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted: 

“Spoke a lot with Tim Howard and totally respect his position. Looking forward to watching him at Everton and having him available next fall!”

The former Germany coach, who led USA to the second round at Brazil 2014, added: “This gives us a huge opportunity to see (Aston Villa’s) Brad Guzan and (Real Salt Lake’s) Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the number one spot.”







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Di Maria wants to leave Real Madrid








21 August 2014
Last updated at
12:56













Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the La Liga club.

Di Maria has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with manager Louis van Gaal reportedly keen to take the 26-year-old to Old Trafford.

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Di Maria rejected the offer of a new contract at the European champions.

“Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club,” said Ancelottin at a news conference.

“The player has to look for a solution. If when the transfer market closes he’s still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem.”

More to follow.







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

‘No reason to leave’ Royals – Morrison








19 August 2014
Last updated at
16:50













New Cardiff City defender Sean Morrison says his exit from Reading was a “shock to the system”, following his transfer.

Morrison, 23,

signed for the Bluebirds on Friday

after starting the Berkshire side’s opening two games of the season.

“I had no reason to leave, I was genuinely happy at Reading,” Morrison told

BBC Radio Berkshire.

“It was my life and I loved it there. I met some good people and it is a fantastic club. It was a shock to the system when it did happen.”

Morrison joined the Royals from Swindon in 2011 and had two spells on loan at Huddersfield Town before establishing himself in the Reading first team.

In total, Morrison made 38 league appearances for the Royals, and even scored in this season’s Championship

opening day 2-2 draw with Wigan.









Sean Morrison on Reading’s promotion hopes

“Reading is part of me, I will always support them and nothing will make me happier for Reading and Cardiff to get promoted at the end of the season.”


Explaining how the transfer came about, he said: “I got a phone call on Wednesday saying the bid had been put in and that the club were happy to do it.

“I then went in on Thursday, trained, spoke to the manager and came up for my medical. The bid had been accepted by the board or chairman and it was done.”

Morrison had emerged as a popular figure at the Madejski Stadium with fans and he paid tribute to their support.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you,” added Morrison.

“It took a while for me to break into the team, but when I did they took to me and were fantastic the whole time. They had nothing but love for me and I’d like to show that back and say thank you.

“Reading is part of me, I will always support them and nothing will make me happier for Reading and Cardiff to get promoted at the end of the season.”







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Wenger says Vermaelen may leave








1 August 2014
Last updated at
14:48













Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested club captain Thomas Vermaelen may leave the Gunners.

The Belgian defender, 28, has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Wenger said: “Vermaelen is injured. It is a possibility that he goes.”

Vermaelen made 14 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season.

More to follow







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Bendtner to leave Arsenal this month








27 June 2014
Last updated at
00:13













Nicklas Bendtner will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of this month, the club have confirmed.

Bendtner, 26, made 171 appearances and scored 47 goals after joining the Gunners from Copenhagen in 2004.

The Danish international striker also had loan spells at Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus.


He was fined by Arsenal in March

for making an unauthorised trip home to Copenhagen, with his final appearance for the club coming on 2 February.







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Ferdinand and Ramsey leave Tottenham








19 June 2014
Last updated at
10:04













Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have left their roles as first-team coaches at Tottenham.

The pair were part of Tim Sherwood’s coaching team but have departed White Hart Lane after

Mauricio Pochettino replaced Sherwood as manager.

Ramsey, 52, joined the club in 2004 and previously oversaw the under-21 side and development squad.

Ferdinand, 47, has worked at Tottenham in various roles since joining the club in 2008 as a specialist striker coach.

Former England striker Ferdinand played for Tottenham between 1997 and 2003, scoring 39 goals in 146 appearances.

Sherwood, who promoted Ramsey to work with the first-team following

his appointment as manager

in December 2013 on an 18-month contract,

was sacked at the end of last season.

Pochettino, 42, resigned from Southampton in May to take the Tottenham job.

His assistant Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez also left Southampton to join him at White Hart Lane.







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Bony ‘will only leave for top-six’








16 June 2014
Last updated at
17:53













Wilfried Bony’s agent says the Ivory Coast striker will only leave Swansea City this summer for a top-six club.

The 25-year-old was the Welsh club’s top-scorer last season following his record

£12m move from Vitesse Arnhem.

Dalibor Lacina said Bony, who is at the World Cup, is interesting English, Spanish and French clubs but any bid would need to be around £20m.

“He should move only to a top-six club or to a big club because Swansea is a very good club,” Lacina said.

“We have received interest from a couple of clubs and I have already informed Mr Jenkins [Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins].

“It’s too early to talk about concrete names and, from the business point of view, it wouldn’t be correct.

“Let’s see what will happen in the future but we have no pressure because Bony is happy in Swansea.”

The Ivorian, who scored 25 times for the Swans last season, became the first player at any Welsh club to score at a World Cup finals since Ivor Allchurch in 1958.


Bony scored Ivory Coast’s first goal as they came back to

beat Japan 2-1 in their Group C opener in Brazil.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs who have been linked with him but the striker

said in May he would be happy to see out the remaining three years

of his contract with the Welsh club.

“He appreciates very much the chance which Swansea gave him to play in the Premier League,” Lacina added. “Everything depends on the decision of Swansea City.

“On the other hand, every player has his own ambition and, after such a successful season, Bony is ready to take the challenge he can receive. But this challenge must be only from a really top club.

“He has no other reason to leave Swansea – only if some big club with ambitions to play Champions League will come.

“His transfer price is logically really high and only a big club can pay this amount because Bony’s ambition is to play at a top club.

“If there will be no offer from a top club there will be no reason to leave Swansea City.”







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Lallana wants to leave Southampton








2 June 2014
Last updated at
20:54














Southampton captain Adam Lallana has told the club he wants to be allowed to leave St Mary’s when he returns from the World Cup in Brazil.

The midfielder has not put in a transfer request but has made his feelings known to Southampton.

Liverpool

have made a £25m offer

for the 27-year-old Saints captain.

Southampton and England team-mate

Rickie Lambert moved to the Anfield club

on Monday for a fee of about £4m plus add-ons on a two-year deal.

Saints had previously stated that no player will be sold until a replacement is appointed for coach Mauricio Pochettino,

who joined Tottenham on 28 May.

Lallana scored nine goals in 38 Premier League appearances in 2013-14 and is hopeful that Southampton will appoint a new manager this week, allowing him to move before the World Cup begins.

He played 73 minutes of

England’s 3-0 friendly win over Peru

at Wembley on Friday, his fourth senior appearance for his country.

He is currently in Miami with the England squad and manager Roy Hodgson has made it clear that he wanted all of the squad to have resolved their futures before the tournament gets underway in Brazil.

Lallana joined the Southampton academy as a 12-year-old and has progressed through the ranks as the club fought their way back from League One.







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Goalkeeper Gomes to leave Spurs








22 May 2014
Last updated at
20:41













Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will leave the White Hart Lane club when his contract expires next month.

The Brazil international, 33,

joined the club for £7.8m

in 2008 from PSV Eindhoven and made 135 appearances.

However he has not played a game for the club since November 2011 with Brad Friedel and then Hugo Lloris becoming Spurs’ first choice.

Gomes spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on

loan at Hoffenheim,

making nine Bundesliga appearances.

A statement on Tottenham’s official website said: “Heurelho Gomes is to leave the club at the conclusion of his contract next month and we would like to wish the popular goalkeeper all the best for the future.”







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Albrighton & Delfouneso leave Villa








20 May 2014
Last updated at
22:04













Aston Villa academy graduate Marc Albrighton has been released after 16 years with the club.

The winger, 24, joined Villa as an eight-year-old and became a first-team regular in 2010 but leaves having played 101 times, scoring nine goals.

“We wish Marc the best in his future career and acknowledge the contribution he has made to the club,” said club boss Paul Lambert.

Striker Nathan Delfouneso, 23, has also been released after playing 50 times.

After making his debut at 17, he managed nine goals for Villa, but spent the 2013-14 season on loan at League One side Coventry City.

Albrighton – who began to feature regularly in 2010 and won eight England Under-21 caps as a result – played 21 times during the 2013-14 campaign in addition to four loan appearances for Championship team Wigan Athletic.







This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.