Monday, May 21, 2018

Blanc admits Rabiot could leave PSG; Samaras to West Brom

Adrien Rabiot

Paris Saint-Germain F.C. boss Laurent Blanc has revealed midfield starlet Adrien Rabiot could leave the Parc des Prince this summer amid reports several top European clubs are keen on the player.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Milan and Roma have been linked with the France Under-21 international, who has already turned down a lucrative offer from PSG.

The big-money arrival of Yohan Cabaye in January forced Rabiot out of the side, and with his deal set to expire in 12 months, the 19-year-old could be on the move before the transfer window closes.

“We appreciate the boy. He has a great opportunity at PSG and I believe he has the qualities to play here,” Blanc told L’Equipe.

“But his entourage doesn’t agree and takes advantage of his contractual situation.

“I know he had a very good offer from PSG. But he doesn’t seem attracted.”

Rabiot completed 90.5 percent of his total passes attempted in Ligue 1 last term and was named ‘man of the match’ on separate occasions.

Samaras to West Brom

West Bromwich Albion F.C. have completed the signing of Georgios Samaras on a two-year deal.

The Greece international, 29, becomes the club’s ninth signing of the summer transfer window after leaving Celtic as a free agent in July.

Samaras brings a wealth of experience to the Hawthorns, joining new arrivals Andre Wisdom (on loan from Liverpool), Brown Ideye, Chris Baird, Craig Gardner, Cristian Gamboa, Jason Davidson, Joleon Lescott and Sébastien Pocognoli in the West Midlands.

Albion manager Alan Irvine is delighted with the capture of the 29-year-old forward, and rightly so.

“We’ve signed a player with vast experience and I’m delighted to welcome Sami to the club,” the Baggies head coach told the club website.

“He has played a lot of football at the highest levels – Champions League, European Championships and World Cups – and the feedback we’ve got on him, from people like Neil Lennon, states he thrives on the big occasion. He will certainly play in plenty of those in the Premier League.

“Georgios has played in big games for a Celtic team that have often had a lot of the ball and have had to work hard to break the opposition down but he has also shown another side to his game in other matches when they haven’t seen as much of the ball.

“We have now got four strikers with different qualities who can be used in different ways. That’s great for us, because we need to have flexibility, the option to approach games in different ways and cover for injuries. I’m absolutely delighted with the four strikers we have.”

Samaras, who scored one goal in four starts for Greece at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, bagged 11 goals in 33 competitive appearances for Celtic last season.



Shawn Etemadi



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