Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beauvue set for summer exit

En Avant de Guingamp striker Claudio Beauvue has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

En Avant de Guingamp striker Claudio Beauvue has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Beauvue, 27, is reportedly attracting interest from English Premier League sides Everton and West Ham United, having tallied 14 goals and three assists in 32 Ligue 1 appearances for Guingamp in 2014/15.

“The deal I had with the club president was that I would leave in the event of a beautiful season,” Beauvue told French radio station RMC.

“The season has been very beautiful, so it is sure that I will be playing my football elsewhere next season.

“I don’t know whether it will be in France or abroad, I do not have a priority. It is true though that I am very attracted to the Premier League.

“We’ll see what happens when I get back from holiday in the summer.”

Guingamp (13-4-17), currently in 11th-place in the league table, will host Stade de Reims (10-8-16) at the Stade du Roudourou on Saturday.

Agent: ‘No interest’ in Benteke

The agent of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, Eris Kismet, has played down reports linking the player with a potential big-money summer move away from Birmingham.

The Belgium international, 24, has been the subject of reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United in recent times, but the 24-year-old still has two years remaining on his current deal at Villa Park.

“At the moment, there is no interest,” Kismet said.

“Every player and staff member is concentrated on avoiding relegation, anything else is just a distraction.

“I know everyone wants the same thing because I watch the games and I think Aston Villa are playing the best football in England right now.”

Despite a recent surge of form from Benteke, Villa, who have already booked their place in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, are just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Benteke has scored nine goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for Villa, and the club will surely need him to keep finding the back of the net if they wish to stay in England’s top-flight next season.

On the plus side, three of Aston Villa’s final four league fixtures will be played at Villa Park against the likes of Everton, West Ham, and Burnley.

However, Villa have actually won more points away from home (17) than they have won at home (15) in the Premier League this season; thus, only time will tell whether Tim Sherwood can help the club stave off the drop. 


Shawn Etemadi



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