Cardozo set for Benfica stay
Paraguayan striker Oscar Cardozo no longer wants to leave Benfica, according to his close friend Juan Araujo.
The experienced forward looked set to leave the club after clashing with boss Jorge Jesus at the end of last season, and he was on the verge of joining Fenerbahce.
However, having failed to change clubs during the summer transfer window, Cardozo seems to have come to terms with remaining at Estadio da Luz.
The highest scoring foreign player in the history of the club has had a change of hearts and now wants to spend the remainder of his career at Benfica.
“He apologized to the president, the coach and everyone. Now everything is quiet,” Cardozo’s friend and former coach Juan Araujo told Record.
“He feels very good at the club and told me that he wanted to finish his career at Benfica.”
Oscar Cardozo, 30, has spent last six seasons with the Eagles, scoring a total of 105 goals in 161 league appearances.
Nice sign Bodmer
Paris Saint-Germain have announced on their official website that midfielder Mathieu Bodmer has made a switch to Nice.
The Saints agreed to rescind the player’s contract, allowing him to join les Aiglons outside the transfer window.
Bodmer will now embark on a new chapter in his career having experienced several difficult years at Parc des Princes.
The experienced midfielder surprised everyone when he left Lyon to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2010, and he amassed a total of 59 Ligue 1 appearances for the Saints in the first two years at the club.
However, after featuring in mere four league fixtures in the first part of last season, Bodmer joined Saint Etienne on a six-month loan, scoring 2 goals in 14 appearances at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
The 30-year-old has now decided to leave PSG in search of first team football and is set to be reunited with his former boss Claude Puel at Nice.
Zenit eyeing Ajax stopper
Zenit are keeping close tabs on Ajax defender Niklas Moisander, Russian newspaper Izvestia has learned.
Luciano Spalletti aims to sign a central defender in the January transfer window, and he seems to have made the Finnish footballer his number one target.
According to Izvestia, Zenit are closely monitoring Moisander’s performances with a view of luring him to Saint Petersburg.
Niklas Moisander came through the famous Ajax youth academy, but left the club in 2006 without making a single appearance for the senior squad.
After spending next six years at PEC Zwolle and AZ Alkmaar, the 27-year-old returned to Amsterdam Arena, and is now considered a key member of the side.
However, having sold Toby Alderweireld in the summer transfer window, Ajax chiefs won’t be too keen on cashing in on Moisander as well.