Monday, April 23, 2018

Allegri casts doubt on Pirlo future amid MLS rumours

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri refused to say whether Andrea Pirlo will return to the club next season.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri refused to say whether Andrea Pirlo will return to the club next season.

Pirlo, 36, joined the Bianconeri from AC Milan on a free transfer in the summer of 2011 and has since won seven trophies, including four consecutive Italian Serie A titles, with Juve.

Recent reports have suggested Pirlo will end his 20-year stint in the Serie A and move to the MLS, but Allegri failed to comment on the future of the 36-year-old midfielder.

“As far as Pirlo is concerned, I can’t give you an answer I’m afraid,” Allegri said.

“As for Juventus, I think we can improve still. Not necessarily results because that would mean winning all three trophies.

“What we can improve is the quality of our game. We can consolidate and strengthen our way of playing and stay among the top eight teams in Europe on a regular basis.

“This is the most important objective for the club.”

Pirlo tallied four goals and five assists in 20 league appearances for the Italian champions in 2014/15.

Adebayor happy at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has insisted he is looking forward to next season with the North Londoners despite rumours linking him with a summer move to Turkey.

This week, reports in Turkey quoted Mehdi Isik, a man claiming to be Adebayor’s new agent, as saying the former Arsenal striker was interested in joining the Turkish Süper Lig.

“For the record, I have seen some articles regarding a transfer to teams in Turkey,” Adebayor tweeted.

“I can confirm I have never heard of Mehdi Isik who has said he is my agent and have never discussed any move to Turkey.

“I am very happy with Tottenham and look forward to the next season with them.”

It seems rather surprising that Adebayor, 31, is ‘very happy’ at White Hart Lane after starting just nine English Premier League matches under Mauricio Pochettino last season, but apparently he is.

Hazard hoping Chelsea sign Benteke

Chelsea F.C. star Eden Hazard has revealed he would be the ‘happiest man in the world’ if the club were to sign Christian Benteke this summer.

Benteke, 24, is expected to leave Aston Villa when the transfer window re-opens in July, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United competing for his signature.

“If Christian signs with us, I would be the happiest man in the world,” Hazard told reporters in Belgium.

“I have a great relationship with him and would like nothing better than to play with him. Christian is 25. He is at an age where he has to make a good career choice.

“Not that Aston Villa is a small club but he has already played many great games and can now play in the Champions League.”

Benteke scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for Villa last season.


Shawn Etemadi



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