Silva: Ronaldo’s French Will Help Him At PSG

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva believes Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will join the French giants next year. 


The Brazilian insisted the addition of Ronaldo would be great for the French champions, adding that the forward’s ability to speak French would help him settle in quickly.

“I do not know if Ronaldo will sign, but it is fun playing with such major players,” he told RMC.

“Ronaldo is the best player in the world. If the club wants him, of course the PSG squad would be happy.

“He is a very good player, technically essential for all teams in the world and especially for PSG, who have a big dream to win the Champions League with great players.

“I think Ronaldo will come. I do not know what happened with Blanc after the game because he did not say, but I hope there were positive talks between the two.

“He speaks French very well, perhaps better than me, and if it happens next year he will have no difficulty speaking with the media.”

There is a lot of speculation surrounding Ronaldo’s future, with many believing this season could be his last in Spain.

The 30-year-old has scored 13 goals and assisted a further two strikes in 15 matches for Real this season.


Ibrahimovic: Ronaldo took the credit for Rooney’s work

The 34-year-old says the striker’s efforts were key to the success of the Real Madrid star during his time at Manchester United

Ibrahimovic: Ronaldo took the credit for Rooney's work

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Cristiano Ronaldo took the credit for Wayne Rooney’s unselfish work during their time together at Manchester United.

The pair helped fire United to Champions League glory in 2008, with Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or the following January for his efforts the previous season.

However, Ibrahimovic feels Ronaldo would not have been able to shine if it wasn’t for Rooney’s hard work.

“These great players, they have their moments over one to three years. But to continue over five years, for 10 years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure everyday playing for a big team,” Ibrahimovic told the BBC.

“He runs a lot, he fights a lot, he sacrifices a lot,.

“When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo all the work was done by Rooney, but he didn’t get the credit because Ronaldo was scoring all of the goals.

“I’d prefer to have him in my team than play against him. I’ve not been lucky enough to play with him but I enjoy seeing him on the pitch – if I cannot play with him, I will watch him.”

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Martial flies in ‘to seal Manchester United move’

The 19-year-old striker has been given leave by Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps to travel to England to finalise the details of a move to Old Trafford

Martial flies in 'to seal Manchester United move'

Manchester United appear to be closing in on a deal for Monaco striker Anthony Martial after the French Football Federation confirmed the 19-year-old had left the national team in order to travel to England.

Signing a new striker is Louis van Gaal’s top priority before the close of the English transfer window on Tuesday, with Javier Hernandez widely reported to be in advanced talks with Bayer Leverkusen.

And Martial, who scored nine goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco last season and was linked with Tottenham this summer, has risen to the top of United’s wishlist after Chelsea snatched unsettled Barcelona forward Pedro from Van Gaal’s grasp earlier this month.

A statement from the FFF read: “Anthony Martial was presented Monday at 11:00 at the gathering of the France team at Clairefontaine. He requested from Didier Deschamps permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United.

“Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has acceded to the request of the player.

“Anthony Martial left Clairefontaine Monday at 12:00. He will return on Tuesday morning.”

Martial has come to be regarded as one of Ligue 1’s brightest attacking talents since joining Monaco from Lyon in the summer of 2013 and has represented France at every youth level.

He would become United’s sixth signing of a busy summer, joining Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian at Old Trafford.

Why Pogba’s No.10 shirt could be pivotal moment for player, Juventus & the transfer market

The Bianconeri hope that making the Frenchman their new No.10 will let Barcelona and Manchester City know that the midfield ace will remain in Turin for years to come

Why Pogba's No.10 shirt could be pivotal moment for player, Juventus & the transfer market

Earlier this summer, Sir Alex Ferguson advised Juventus to cash in on Paul Pogba. “I would sell him,” the former Manchester United boss told Tuttosport. “It’s true I let him go before but I would let him go.”

The Bianconeri refused to listen to the Scot, no doubt reluctant to take the advice of a man who had allowed the most promising midfielder to leave Old Trafford for nothing. Ferguson may not appreciate Pogba’s value, even now – but Juventus certainly do. Hence, Thursday’s announcement that the Frenchman will be their new No.10.

The jersey holds a mythical status in Turin. Omar Sivori, Fabio Capello, Liam Brady, Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, Carlos Tevez – the players to have worn the Bianconero No.10 essentially reads as a shortlist of the most influential players in the club’s history. Thus, deciding who should wear the shirt is never taken lightly. It is a carefully considered move – and it has been no different this time around.

Pogba, as has been well documented, is one of the most sought-after individuals in world football. Barcelona, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain – all of the game’s richest clubs have an interest in signing the 22-year-old. Indeed, so intense is the competition, so high are the stakes, that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that even the Roman Abramovich-funded Blues have no chance of landing Pogba.

“I think everybody has an interest in Pogba,” the Portuguese told reporters on July 19, “but there are things you can do and things you cannot do. I love the Eiffel Tower but I can’t have the Eiffel Tower in my garden. I can’t even have the Eiffel Tower of Las Vegas!”

Mourinho may have had a not-so-hidden agenda in that instance, cheekily suggesting that Abramovich needs to loosen the purse strings once more in order to land the game’s elite players, but his appraisal underlines just how highly Pogba is regarded. Indeed, while Dutch icon Johan Cruyff may not believe the hype surrounding Pogba, dismissing Barca’s €80 million bid as “absurd”, but Juve fully appreciate his value to Massimiliano Allegri’s team – and the club’s marketing department.

After arriving in Turin in 2012, Pogba quickly set about proving himself one of the most promising young talents in the world, forcing then-coach Antonio Conte to start experimenting with Claudio Marchisio as a trequartista because the new arrival had become undroppable, an integral member of Juve’s midfield three.

Pogba’s influence has only increased in the intervening years and now, following the summer departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Tevez, the Frenchman is now undoubtedly Juve’s most important player. Giving him the No.10 jersey only reinforces that impression; reinforces that fact. Indeed, Pogba was a pivotal player even with the No.6 on his back but now he will be clearly identifiable as the team’s lynchpin, their star man – and the Bianconeri are going to sell many more Pogba shirts as a result.

It is also a significant switch for the midfielder on a personal level. This is not a man who runs away from pressure but embraces it; seeks it out.

Even before it was announced that he would be given the No.10 shirt, Pogba spoke openly of his desire to fill the void left by Vidal, a prolific presence in the Juve midfield. He wants more responsibility. Now he has got it.

The change of shirt number will not necessarily mean a change of role, though.

Massimiliano Allegri has toyed with the idea of deploying Pogba as a trequartista at regular intervals since succeeding Conte at the helm last year but he wants a specialist No.10. Hence, Juve will continue their pursuit of a classic attacking midfielder, with the club set to step up their bid to sign the versatile Julian Draxler from Schalke after their Supercoppa Italiana showdown with Lazio in China.

In that game, though, all eyes will be on Juve’s most prized possession.

The Bianconeri have made a clear statement of intent, sent an unequivocal message to their rivals: Pogba is Juve’s new No.10 – and will be for many years to come.

Verratti: Messi more beautiful to watch than Ronaldo & Hazard

The Italy international thinks the Argentine is the toughest opponent he has faced and says he would love to emulate Andrea Pirlo in his career

Verratti: Messi more beautiful to watch than Ronaldo & Hazard

Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti says Lionel Messi is the toughest player he has faced and the most captivating to watch, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard.

The Ligue 1 champions have faced Barcelona three times in this season’s Champions League alone, with Messi helping the Catalans to a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Though he missed that match through suspension, Verratti is in no doubt that the Argentine is the best opponent he has ever faced, ahead of Real Madrid sensation Ronaldo and Chelsea favourite Hazard, formerly of Lille.

“Yes, the toughest and the most beautiful to watch,” he told L’Equipe when asked if Messi was his sternest adversary.

“I have played against greats, like Ronaldo and Hazard. But I love watching Messi’s touch of the ball, his style.”

Verratti has regularly been earmarked as Italy’s long-term successor to Juventus stalwart Andrea Pirlo and the 22-year-old says he would love to emulate the playmaker’s career.

“Our style of play is still a bit different,” he said when asked if he agreed with the comparisons.

“Pirlo has won everything: the World Cup, the Champions League… it’s a great honour to be compared to him. I hope to have his career.”

The former Pescara youngster also admits is habit of attempting to play out of danger has landed him in trouble with his team-mates in the past.

“There are times when it is worth taking risks,” said Verratti. “That’s my style of play. If you lose the ball in those few seconds, it’s dangerous, but if you succeed you can damage your opponent.

“At the beginning, yes [they reproached me]. Thiago Silva, among others. But now they often tell me to keep doing it because it helps the defenders or attackers retrieve the ball.”

Finally, Verratti said the backing from PSG’s supporters has left him convinced he made the right decision to join the club in 2012 – but refuted the idea that he has already become ‘the boss’ of Laurent Blanc’s midfield.

He continued: “In football today, there is no boss. Football has changed – you need a great team, not just one player. No one can make the difference alone.

“I didn’t expect it here because there are great champions here and I’m abroad. When you hear your name like that, in the stadium, it makes you think you made the right choice to sign. The best way to thank the fans is to play as much as possible and stay as long as possible.”

David Luiz’s mum defends under-fire PSG man

The Brazilian was left red-faced by the brilliance of Luis Suarez on Wednesday but Regina Celia has told him to stay positive

David Luiz's mum defends under-fire PSG man

David Luiz has been given public words of encouragement following his disastrous game for Paris Saint-Germain this week – by his mum.

The Brazilian was given a torrid time by Luis Suarez as Barcelona won 3-1 in France in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, suffering the ignominy of being nutmegged for each of the Uruguayan’s goals.

Regina Celia has since taken to social media to offer support to her son and urge him to keep his head up for the remainder of the campaign.

“We are proud of you, David Luiz,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I’ll always have you as a son, keep your head up. God knows everything! Jesus fights for us, who are we to judge!

“I will always love you, in good games and much more when things are not going so well.”

David Luiz, who joined from Chelsea in a €50 million deal last summer, has made 38 appearances in all competitions for PSG this season.

‘If Messi scores 40 goals, he’s had a bad season!’ – Blanc

The Barcelona forward has been in prolific form in the last three months, though the PSG coach is wary of only concentrating on nullifying the Argentine

'If Messi scores 40 goals, he's had a bad season!' - Blanc

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has described Lionel Messi as “unstoppable” ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tussle with Barcelona.

The Argentine forward has been in incredible form in 2015 and has scored 45 goals in 44 games so far this season to propel the Catalan club to the top of La Liga and into the final of the Copa del Rey.

Messi scored in both clashes with PSG last year, although Blanc is wary of putting all of his defensive eggs in one basket when there are also the likes of Luis Suarez and Neymar to worry about.

“Lionel Messi is unstoppable,” Blanc told reporters. “If he scores 40 goals, he’s had a bad season!

“But we can’t just focus on him. The solution must be collective, man marking doesn’t work.

“We will need to be aggressive defensively but in the good sense of the term, to be able to stop their attackers.”

The coach also piled praise on PSG forward Javier Pastore, who was described by France legend Eric Cantona as better than Messi or Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday.

“Pastore has huge potential and is becoming an important player for us,” he said of the Argentine. “He has matured enormously in the last six months.”

PSG will be hoping they can replicate their win over Luis Enrique’s side at Parc des Princes in the Champions League group stage in Wednesday’s tie, with the return leg at Camp Nou to be played six days later.