Former Chelsea Player And England Superstar, Joe Cole Announce His Retirement
Joe Cole, announced his retirement from professional football, following a spell with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The 37 year old player has enjoyed an excellent career at all levels, winning a lot of trophies during his days in Chelsea and also playing for his country, England at two World cups.
Cole, who presently plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies, confirmed that he will be hanging his boots, with the club 12th in the United Soccer League in America.
He spent his youth career at West Ham, where he had won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999, this got attraction from Chelsea who sealed a transfer with him when Roman Abramovich took over at the club.
Cole won three Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, as well as two FA Cups and the League Cup, prior to a move to Liverpool in 2010.
He was unable to collect any winners’ medals at Anfield, though he enjoyed a productive loan spell with Lille in 2011-12. A return to West Ham and a move to Aston Villa followed in quick succession, before a move to Coventry City.
Manchester United Player, Alexis Sanchez Offered To Real Madrid
Spanish television show El Chiringuito has revealed that Manchester United forward, Alexis Sanchez has been offered to Real Madrid by his agent.
The former Arsenal man, has being struggling since his arrival at Old Trafford in January, and is now looking like he wants a way out of the club to seek for playing time.
Sanchez, who once played for Barcelona could be heading to Spain in the winter window as Madrid seek to add to their attack line.
Simpson Signs New Bournemouth Deal
AFC Bournemouth defender, Jack Simpson, has signed an extension to his contract at Vitality Stadium. The 21 yeard old latest deal will keep him with the Cherries until the summer of 2021.
He joined the club at age eight, and became the first academy graduate to start in the Premier League for the club, when he played for the club against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last December.
He has played for his team three times in the Carabao Cup this season.
After signing his new deal Simpson said: “At the start of September they told me they wanted to give me an extension on what I already had, I was delighted about that.
“Now we’ve been through the process of getting it sorted and signed and I’m very happy to have signed another new contract.
“It’s great that the management believe in me and it’s great to have the opportunity to play here.”
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) November 13, 2018
Manchester United Players, Mata And Herrera In Contract Talk
According to Sky Sports News, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are presently in talks with Manchester United over new contracts at the club.
The two Spanish midfielder’s contracts will expire at the end of the 2018/2019 season, giving them the chance to leave the club as free agents.
Former Manchester City Defender, Zabaleta Ready For Retirement
According to Spanish publication Sport, former Manchester City defender, Pablo Zabaleta, who presently plays for West Ham, is ready to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old Argentine is preparing to head into retirement at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Andres Iniesta Speaks On Neymar Joining Barcelona.
Andres Iniesta, in a statement recently, stated that he is expecting that Neymar returns to Barcelona, but concedes that he could move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Iniesta, claimed that a reunion with Barcelona would be difficult for the superstar player, he claimed that a switch to Real Madrid wouldn’t hurt players at Camp Nou.
Neymar has been linked to La Liga since his record breaking €222 million (£193m/$250m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.
Madrid are reported to have led that pursuit, as they seek another ‘Galactico’ addition, but a second spell in Catalunya has also been mooted.
Iniesta told Cadena Ser: “I think it’s difficult.
“Obviously, Neymar continues to be one of the best and in any team he would make a difference. But it’s not easy to return.”
With Barca unlikely to make an approach, the path could be cleared for Madrid to lure Neymar to the Spanish capital.
Crossing the Clasico divide is difficult for any player, but Iniesta believes no grudges would be held by those at Camp Nou if a deal is done.
He added: “It wouldn’t hurt me because they are decisions that, if they happen, happen. Madrid would reinforce themselves with a unique player.”
The Blancos remain in the market for a suitable successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, with Neymar considered to be one of the few players capable of filling such a void.
Source: Naija News