Saturday, March 24, 2018

Afobe staying put; Ramos signs new Real deal

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. manager Kenny Jackett has insisted forward Benik Afobe is not for sale amid speculation linking the player with a move to Aston Villa.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. manager Kenny Jackett has insisted forward Benik Afobe is not for sale amid speculation linking the player with a move to Aston Villa.

The former England Under-21 international, who joined Wolves from Arsenal for around £2 million in January, bagged 32 goals and eight assists for MK Dons and Wolves last season and has already scored two goals in three appearances in 2015/16.

“However long he has been here we are looking to keep our best players and try to build round them and try to improve. That’s the curve we want to be on,” Jackett said.

“He is happy here, he works hard and has a central role and place in the team. A lot of people ask me about him and about his future but we bought him to Wolves to work with him and for us to be successful.”

Afobe, 22, is priced at 6.00 to open the scoring when Wolves host Queens Park Rangers at Molineux on Wednesday night.

Ramos signs new Real deal

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has ended speculation regarding his long-term future by penning a new five-year deal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

The Spain international, who joined Real from Sevilla in a deal worth €27 million in the summer of 2005, has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United this summer.

However, Ramos has insisted his heart never swayed from the Spanish capital.

“I know this renewal has taken a while but my heart and head have always been with Real Madrid so I couldn’t be happier,” Ramos said.

“I’ve never spoken about my renewal. With a contract that had two years to go, whatever the press want to say I respect but the reality is a bit different.

“My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I’m thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team. The priority is always Real Madrid, keeping our fans happy and winning titles.

“I’m being honest I never said I wanted to leave, I was quiet. I never said anything out of respect for my team-mates and the president, I never rang the office to ask for more money. I’m just very happy that I have renewed.”

Ramos, who has won 128 international caps for his country, scored four goals in 27 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid last season.


Shawn Etemadi



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