BIG TEAMS ARE HAVING HOTS FOR OLD MULLER

Sometimes you are the lily of the valley, sometimes you are just another brown shrub that needs to die for new ones to live.Home boy Thomas Muller is beginning to come to terms with making a decision he hardly fathomed he would be making throughout his career: leaving Bayern Munich. Which means that finding another Franscesco Totti in modern day football, to do what he did for Italian football, is getting slimmer by the day.

Manchester United were reported to have wanted to sign him 2 years ago and both Bayern and Muller told them no. Why not? They were having the best of marriages and no trouble seemed to be on the horizon enough to threaten the paradise.

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Everton boss reacts after the arrival of Moise Kean from Juventus

Everton manager Marco Silva has expressed his delight following the arrival of Moise Kean from Juventus. The Merseyside outfit had prioritised the recruitment of a new striker this summer and they managed to acquire the signature of Kean from the Serie A champions amid competition from some of Europe’s elite clubs.

Speaking to Everton TV, Silva spoke about the qualities of Kean, who has alreadyrepresented Italy at the senior level, he said: “A striker was one of our priority signings this summer. Moise is strong, fast, with many good qualities as a striker and he is just 19 years old. He has talent and he is ready to work, ready to improve our squad and gives us different solutions. Of course he was at a big club, now he’s come to another big club and is ready to fight for this challenge and to give everything to Everton Football Club.”

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Moise Kean’s father says the striker would like to play for Inter

The father of Moise Kean has said that the forward has supported Inter Milan from his boyhood days and the youngster would be open to the prospect of joining the Nerazzurri. The 19-year-old has been with the Bianconeri since the beginning of his professional career and he made his breakthrough during the previous campaign where he notched seven goals from 17 appearances.

Speaking to reporters, Kean’s father said that the teenager has a special bond when it comes to the Nerazzurri and would find it hard to turn down an approach from the San Siro giants, he told: “At home almost all his brothers support AC Milan. One of his brothers and I, are Juventus fans, and he resisted ‘No, I support Inter.’ It all started when we were walking through a street market and I told him to choose a shirt.

“He did not doubt, immediately choosing Obafemi Martins’ shirt. He grew up wearing Obafemi Martins’ shirt, Inter is his home, he chose them as a child, growing up like a real Nerazzurri fan, so I’m sure he would like to play there. Then it depends on the offers that arrive, but for me he will go to Inter.”

Kean got some gametime during the backend of the previous season where the Bianconeri had pretty much sealed the title. However, there are question marks whether he could make a mark under new boss Maurizio Sarri next season, considering the Italian has generally preferred to go with experience rather than youth from the starting XI.

Irrespective of this, the Bianconeri don’t seem to be looking at the prospect of sanctioning his sale and a loan move could be the best option, should the marksman receive no assurances of regular gametime. Kean has made a stunning beginning to his senior career with Italy with three goals from just two caps.

Mancini pleased to have Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo with Italy

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he is pleased to work with the likes of Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo, who have enjoyed breakthrough seasons with their respective clubs this term. Kean has played his part in Juventus’ eighth successive Serie A title this term while Zaniolo has been crucial to Roma’s push for the top four during the second half of the season.

In a report covered by Tuttosport, Mancini said that he has been pleased with the development of the duo and suggested that the national team requires such kind of players, he told the publication: “Risk that Kean is not injured? He knows the way: work hard and work hard. He is a good boy, he has quality and he was lucky enough to emerge at a time when the national team needs young people like him or Zaniolo. Zaniolo? We are the people of genius, of inventiveness and of great discoveries. I like to explore talent and now I am lucky not to have to buy anyone, but I can choose, discover and punt.”
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According to Roberto Martinez, Euro U21 is Important for Espoirs

‘Espoirs’ the team of Johan Walem is currently busy in Euro U21 tournament final stage preparation. The final stage of the tournament will take place in the month of June and will be held in Italy. This is really an important moment because the team of Belgium has not come so far in the championship after 2007.  This positively can see them to qualifying for the upcoming Olympic Games that will take place in Tokyo.

In an interview, when Roberto Martinez was asked about this, he said, after entering in tournament’s final stage we are really glad, as it is a huge as well as important in the career of young players. “For over ten years, Belgium has not come to the final stage. Now, when it comes to this level, this has become a unique chance for young players in the team and it is crucial for their future as well. The team has to learn to be competitive in such big tournaments”, this the national coach of the team said recently.
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Nicolo Zaniolo Called up by Roberto Mancini for Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Nicolo Zaniolo has been able to emerge as a key player for Roma in the 2018-19 campaign. The 19-year-old was first spotted with Virtus Entella in 2016. From there, he started making a lot of impression amongst the top clubs and this led to the move to Inter Milan in 2017. However, the decision to switch to San Siro was not fruitful for the player, who do not make an appearance with the Nerazzurri and ended up leaving the club just after a year. Roma grabbed him for around €4.5 million and the faith in the player also made them insert a 25% resell clause.

Since his debut for the team in the loss against Real Madrid back in September,Zaniolo has been able to come a long way. The 19-year-old has now been able to get a spot in the Euro 2020 qualifiers for the Italian national team. While Roberto Mancini has decided to go with this young asset, Balotelli was left out of the squad completely. It should be noted that Zaniolo is not been called up for the national team action for the first time, as he was included in the squad even back in September. However, the midfielder failed to make an appearance in the games against Finland and Liechtenstein.
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Fabio Quagliarella Recalled Back to the National Team for Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella has been a player reborn in the last few months, as he has been scoring goals for fun. Interestingly, the striker is at the tail end of his career at 36 years of age. The incredible form shown by the forward in the 2018-19 Italian Serie A campaign has not only seen him go toe-to-toe with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot title but it has also resulted in the striker being an impressive choice for the Italian national team ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Italy have two major qualifying matches coming up in March and Roberto Mancini has decided to include Quagliarella much to the surprise of fans.

This marks a return to international football for the 36-year-old after almost a decade. He was last seen with the Italian national team back in 2010 and this can provide a very short spell with the national team for the striker, as he only featured for three years since making his debut in 2007. The forward made only 25 appearances for the national team with a return of seven goals. The striker has been well travelled throughout his career and he has represented clubs like Sampdoria, Udinese, Napoli, Juventus, and Torino. However, he has been making his name only in his second spell with Sampdoria.
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MINNESOTA UNITED SIGNS FORMER ITALY U21 INTERNATIONAL

Minnesota United on Sunday announce the signing of formal Italy u21 international, goalkeeper Vito Mannone on a season-long loan from English Championship side Reading. The 30-year-old who once represented Arsenal was expected to supplant Bobby Shuttleworth as the Loons’ No. 1, and allow No. 7 overall pick in the Major League Soccer (MLS)  2019  SuperDraft and national champion at University of Maryland Dayne St. Clair to potentially go out on loan in search of first- team minutes.

Speaking to reporters MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath said the most important thing is they have added another player who is very experienced in the game, and has played at a really high level in the Premier League, the Championship, which are very difficult leagues to play in.
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Aidy Boothroyd, U21s Boss Says He Would Have Paid Happily To Watch Their Win In Italy

Aidy Boothroyd has admitted that he would have been more than happy to pay for a ticket in order to watch England defeat Italy in U21s. A Dominic Solanke had proven to be enough help for the Young Lions to get a 2-1 win in the game in Ferrara in first preparation games of England for the summer’s Euro Finals to take place in Italy.

The host having pushed his side and then equalizing the great goal of their own Moises Kean, Aidy Boothroyd felt that every person in Stadio Paolo Mazza enjoyed their time.
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Stephen Kenny takes Charge of Games against Italy and Sweden U21s

Stephen Kenny has been handed a difficult group with regards to the euro qualifiers since the Republic of Ireland under 21 team will be placed alongside the Italy under 21s and the Swedish under 21 team. Kenny has been placed as the successor for Mick McCarthy for the senior managerial post in 2020, but he will be gaining ground as the under 21 manager for most of the campaign. The former Dundalk manager will also be preparing his team to take on the likes of Armenia, Iceland, and Luxembourg in the qualifying group. Kenny replaces Noel King after an incredibly successful in his time at Irish domestic football.

Ireland will be quietly confident about reaching the finals, which will be hosted at Hungary and Slovenia in 2021. The qualification campaign starts in March. There are nine group winners who will be able to reach the finals automatically, while the runner-up from each group will have to reach the finals after a play-off. Even though Kenny will be enjoyed of the under 21 national team only for two matches before he starts work with the senior set up, this time it is expected to be invaluable for both manager and players. After having excelled in domestic football, it is a great opportunity for Kenny to make his mark on the international game.
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