Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dortmund tell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he is not leaving this summer

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Borussia Dortmund have reportedly informed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.

Aubameyang, who scored 31 league goals in 32 games last season and won the Bundesliga golden boot had been expected to move to either China, the Premier League or Milan in Serie A but he has been told that he will continue his career in Dortmund.

Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga table last season had allegedly gave him a deadline for him to complete a move beforehand, and that with the deadline now passed club officials will move to restrict any possibility of a deal to sign their player.

The Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said on Sunday that they had given the 28-year-old, who joined Dortmund in 2013, “a few days” to make his mind up and the German magazine Kicker reported on Tuesday that the deadline has now passed.

“The timing was decisive in the end,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc added. “We have decided that “Auba” will stay with Borussia Dortmund. The transfer window is closed as far as he is concerned.”

Chelsea were mooted as possible suitors despite the fact that they need to find a replacement for the departing Diego Costa. The Blues never submitted a formal bid to Dortmund and their priority is still understood to be Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Aubameyang, incidentally, faced Milan, one of the clubs interested in signing him, in a pre-season tour of China and scored twice in a 3-1 win.

The new Borussia Dortmund coach, Peter Bosz, said after the game: “I am glad that he is in my team. Aubameyang was fantastic today. He played just the way we want him to play.”

Antonio Cassano joins Verona, but retires and then un-retires

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Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has sensationally “un-retired” from football a few hours after telling his Verona team-mates that he was missing his family too much and wanted to quit the game.

Cassano, 35, who joined Verona only eight days ago and made the decision to leave the club and retire from football early on Tuesday.

However, after Verona have promised that they they will ensure that his family move closer to him, he held a press conference in the afternoon to tell the media that he had reconsidered and was now looking forward to “having a fun season” with his new club.

“This morning I had a moment of weakness,” he said. “A ‘fall’, but then I thought about it again. If I had decided to go through with this gut-feeling it would have been a catastrophic choice and I’ve gone with my gut-feeling too many times in my career.”

“I had a sudden feeling of missing my family and I got too emotional. But now I want to have a fantastic season. I’ve already lost seven kilos and I am fully motivated. Don’t be irritated by all this, in two games’ time we will forget all about this.”

Cassano began his professional career at Bari in 1999 and played for, among others, Roma, Real Madrid, Milan and Internazionale. While considered by many as one of the most talented players of his generation, he missed Italy’s World Cup triumph in 2006 after a poor season with Real.

But since joining last week, the veteran had already played in two friendlies for Verona and impressed in both, before Tuesday’s series of events.

Verona, who won promotion back to the Italian top-flight after a brief season in Serie B, will now hope he can form a productive partnership up front with Giampaolo Pazzini, whom he played with at Sampdoria.

Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to claim record eighth Wimbledon title

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Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with straight sets victory (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) over Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Federer, 35, claimed his second grand slam of the year along with becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club, and was able to finish the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.

The gap in experience between Cilic and Federer showed from the early stages, with The 28-year-old Croatian national striking a forehand which bounced before the net on the opening point as the nerves appeared hard to shake off.

Although Federer conceded a couple of early double faults but there was a sense of inevitability about the first break, which came in game five after Cilic fell heavily chasing down a drop shot, and then sent a backhand into the net. The Swiss then reached set point in game nine and Cilic duly double-faulted, ending the set with a 49% first-serve percentage that hardly troubled the Swiss.

When Federer blazed to 3-0 in the second set, a tearful Cilic sat in his chair as the doctor, tournament referee and supervisor attended to him.

Before the start of the third set, another medical time-out was taken although this time strapping and padding applied to Cilic’s left foot. But even as a first retirement in a men’s singles final since 1911 appeared likely Cilic struggled on, while Federer probed for the break that would surely end his wait for a Wimbledon title.

It came at 3-3, when Cilic netted a backhand and successive forehands, although fourteen years on from his first victory, there were signs of nerves when Federer served for the title for the first time since 2012.

His first championship point disappeared with a wayward forehand, but an ace down the middle followed and it was the celebrating Swiss who was now tearful. “It’s magical,” Federer said courtside. “I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today for my eighth title. I hope to be back to defend it next year.”

Nolito joins Sevilla after brief year in Manchester City

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Sevilla have confirmed that Manchester City forward Nolito will join them on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £7.9m.

Nolito, 30, arrived at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday morning and underwent medical tests, after of which he met with club president Jose Castro to sign the contract that will keep him in Andalusia for three years.

A legend at Celta Vigo after making 100 appearances for the club, Nolito moved to the Premier League in 2016 but a brief year in England.

While he started off strong last season with three goals in his first three matches, Nolito’s form took a sharp dive as he failed to score a single league goal for the Blues since a December defeat to Leicester City.

But the future looks bright for his time with his new club, as Nolito may already have great rapport with Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo, after working together with him for two years at Celta.

Nolito and the Argentine defensive midfielder Guido Pizarro were reportedly two of Berizzo’s top targets in the market, with the coach hoping to have both in his squad during the upcoming season.

Berizzo and Sevilla also hopes that his arrival will help offset the departure of Vitolo, who is headed back to Atletico Madrid after completing a loan spell because of Atleti’s transfer ban.

With his move, Nolito now becomes the fourth summer signing for Los Rojiblancos, with the team also set to count on Ever Banega, Pizarro and Colombian forward Luis Muriel.

He is set to travel to Madrid to arrange his travel documents for a trip to Japan, where he’ll arrive Tuesday to join up with the team for their preseason.