Messi breaks Pele’s record – the little magician has done it again. After breaking Gerd Muller’s record of total number of goals for a club in a season last season, he has taken a step closer to breaking yet another record. The total number of goals scored in a calendar year for club and country. Gerd Muller tops this log with 85 goals while Pele was second with 75 but the diminutive Argentine has moved ahead of the Brazilian legend to 76 with the brace he scored last weekend against Mallorca. Now, he is just 7 goals short of equaling the German’s record and 8 short of setting a new one as he scored 2 more goals yesterday against Zaragoza. Who can stop Messi, can’t think of any now.
Jenkinson signs new Arsenal contract – when fans are complaining of Arsenal’s sloppy start to the new season with some players yet to sign new deals, one of the positive lights of the new campaign, Carl Jenkinson has committed his future to the Gunners by penning a new 5 year deal. What does this portend to the club? It means Arsenal’s right back position seems secured, with Sagna and Jenkinson, Arsenal have arguably the best right back pair in the Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo : Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has told journalists that he is in regular contact with his former player Cristiano Ronaldo and that there is a chance of him actually leaving Real Madrid in the summer. Asked whether he will consider bring him back to Old Trafford, Ferguson told a number of journalists: ‘I’d like to think it would be but I don’t think it will happen. ‘You’re talking about incredible amounts of money now. ‘What would you think his value would be? He’s definitely unbuyable.
Lewis Holtby : Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has denied reports the club is trying to rush Lewis Holtby into making a quick decision on his Schalke future. The Germany international midfielder has just under a year left on his current deal and has been linked to a move to the English premier league with Arsenal and Liverpool said to be the most interested clubs.
Marouane Fellaini : Everton boss David Moyes has sent a warning signal to all clubs who may be interested in his Belgian star Marouane Fellaini. Marouane Fellaini according to Moyes would not be prevented from moving to another club but any club that would sign him should be ready to pay huge amount of money. Meanwhile Marouane Fellaini himself has admited he will like to play for one of the big clubs but insists he is prepared to wait for the right time to make the move.
Zaha arrives – It seems Arsenal are getting to terms with likely exit of English winger Theo Walcott. Wenger has moved swiftly to plug the likely hole by winning the race to sign Crystal Palace highly rated forward. With many top clubs racing for his signature, Arsenal seemed to have stolen a march on their rivals to acquire the highly sought after youngster. What Zaha lacks in top flight experience, he has abundantly in skills, potentials and confidence. The lad believes only Messi and Ronaldo are better attackers than him and he is not scared to face any full-back.
Still On Zaha : Several media outlets are reporting that Arsenal target and Crystal Palace’s sensation Wilfried Zaha is now wanted by Manchester United’s Sir Alex. It is been reported that Sir Alex is now ready to launch a bid for the Ivorien after getting good reports from his scouts and his son Darren. It is believed Sir Alex’s son Darren who manages Peterborough has recommended Zaha to his father after his Peterborough team was ripped apart by Zaha a few weeks ago and all the scouts sent to watch Zaha have only positive things to say about the lad so far.
Mario Balotelli : Mario Balotelli’s agent has moved to deny reports that his client is set to leave the Etihad Stadium in January. Several newspapers have reported that the Italian has been told to look for a new club as Roberto Mancini looks to offload him in order to raise the money needed to sign Athletico Madrid’s Falcao.
Luis Suarez Not Off To City : Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers has come out to dismiss reports linking is star striker Luis Suarez to a move to Manchester City. During the week, several English newspapers have reported that City manager Roberto Mancini is preparing a £50m January deal for the Uruguayan. It is believe City officials decided to shift their attention to Suarez after it became obvious that their main target, Athletico Madrid’s Falcao would be moving to Chelsea instead.
Fernando Llorente : Athletic Bilbao have told whoever cares to listen that their striker Fernando Llorente, will not be leaving the club during the January transfer window as he is seen as a key player to the team. Fernando Llorente who is wanted by Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Juventus according to reports is in the last year of his contract and has ignored all approaches from Bilbao for a new deal.
Barca Signs New Shirt Deal : Spainish gianst, FC Barcelona have announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways that commences from the start of next season. Qatar Airways will now replace Qatar Foundation on Barcelona’s club kit. The statement announcing the deal on Barcelona website reads “Barcelona and Qatar Sports Investments announce that they have agreed, under the terms of their contract, that Qatar Airways will appear on the club shirt from the 2013-2014 season as the new main global sponsor.
“The contract signed with QSI (in 2010) permits the possibility of including a new logo on the shirt from the third season of the agreement.”
Sagna’s contract stalls – while Gunners are celebrating the commitment and loyalty of Carl, a blow came in the mould of Sagna’s contract deadlock. It was peddled in the media that the Frenchman has stalled on the new contract offered him by Gunners’ hierarchy. While am satisfied by Jenkinson’s massive improvement this season, I still believe he needs an older head to pilot him through for now. It is high time Arsenal stop loosing key and top players every season. The exodus must stop! Inter are sniffing around to nick him but I sincerely hope he stays a Gunner.
No EPL move for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar : Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s agent has denied his client has signed an agreement with an unnamed EPL club. The Dutchman’s current deal with Schalke expires next summer and has refused to sign a new deal with Schalke prompting rumours about his future. Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea are some of the clubs he has recently been linked to.
Written by Abayomi Aje (1984)