Reus rubbishes Bayern rumours

Borussia Monchengladbach starlet Marco Reus has dismissed rumours of a potential move to Bayern Munich.

The 22-year-old has scored five goals this season and been a stand-out star for Lucien Favre’s side, and Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently revealed his side’s interest in him.

However, Reus is not interested in discussing his future and has instead committed himself to Gladbach.

“I’ve had enough. On the topic of Bayern and speculation, I have already made my position clear. Much has been written about it, now it should be over,” he told Kicker.

“The fact is that I have a contract until 2015. I feel totally comfortable. Currently, I am not at all concerned with a transfer, no matter where it is to.”

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl also weighed in on the matter, noting that Munich might not be the ideal destination.

“Marco is young, talented, and a national team player, but must every such player move to Bayern? There are in (Jan) Schlaudraff, (Marcell) Jansen and (Lukas) Podolski plenty of players who have failed there,” the Gladbach sporting director told Bild.

Reus penned a contract extension with Gladbach in November that will run until 2015. However, the deal is reported to include an 18-million-euro buyout clause that will take effect in the summer of 2012.

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Biglia sidelined for four months

Anderlecht captain Lucas Biglia will undergo surgery this week to treat a shoulder problem, the club’s official website has confirmed.

Biglia, who emerged as a transfer target for both Liverpool and AC Milan in the off-season, missed Wednesday’s Belgian Cup loss to Rupel Boom and will now be absent for a further four months as he recovers from the operation.

A statement on the club’s website reads: “The Argentine has been struggling for a while with his shoulder, and surgery was inevitable.”

The 25-year-old will return to his homeland for the procedure and will also complete his rehabilitation there.

Anderlecht sit top of Europa League Group L, and host Sturm Graz on Thursday knowing victory will ensure their progression to the knockout stages of the tournament.

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Tymoshchuk tips success

Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk said the German giants have what it takes to win both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

The Bavarians currently sit top of the Bundesliga table with a four-point lead over second-placed Schalke, while they also lead Group A of the Champions League having taken seven points from three encounters.

“At Bayern, anything other than a victory is considered a failure. We’re top of the Bundesliga and on course to reach our goal, but it’s very tight at the top of the table and we have some big challenges ahead,” Tymoshchuk told fifa.com.

“The Champions League is another tournament we could win, but everyone knows how difficult that is.”

The former Zenit St Petersburg man also stated that he is happy at Bayern for now, before adding that he is likely to return to one of his former clubs in the future.

“I haven’t thought about it just yet. At the moment I’m happy at Bayern. I haven’t thought about ending my career either because I feel I still have a lot to offer,” the Ukraine international said.

“But as I’ve said several times in the past, I think it would be fitting to see out my playing days with one of the clubs I enjoyed success with in the past.”

Tymoshchuk has a contract with Bayern until the end of the season.

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Marco Reus not moved by Bayern Munich interest

Borussia M’gladbach star Marco Reus says he is not moved by the speculations linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.

The young midfielder has been in impressive form at the start to the season, and even made two appearances for Germany national team.

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently revealed that the Bavarians were interested in the 22-year-old, but the player says that he is currently happy at Moenchengladbach.

“I’ve had enough. On the topic of Bayern and speculation, I have already made my position clear. Much has been written about it, now it should be over,” Reus told Kicker.

“The fact is that I have a contract until 2015. I feel totally comfortable. Currently, I am not at all concerned with a transfer, no matter where it is to.”

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Suarez a serial diver, says Scharner

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner has become the latest football figure to accuse Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of diving.

Suarez won a spot-kick early on in his side’s 2-0 win over the Baggies on Saturday after going down under a challenge from Jerome Thomas.

Scharner, who was close to the incident at the time, believes the Uruguayan made the most of the contact with Thomas and that he routinely cons officials into awarding penalties.

“It was a nice dive for the penalty,” the Austrian told reporters.

“He’s very good at winning penalties. He’s one of the best on the planet, in fact.”

“I had a good view of it. If that’s a penalty, then you will find 1,500 penalties are given in every match.”

Scharner’s comments echo those of teammate Billy Jones, who revealed members of his side had warned each other of the dangers of tackling Suarez in the penalty area before the match.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also accused the Liverpool striker of diving earlier in the season, prompting Kenny Dalglish to come out in defence of the player.

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Manchester United keeping tabs on Yohan Cabaye

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has shown interest in Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to The People.

The Scottish manager is not entirely satisfied with his options in central midfield and is reportedly looking for a new addition to the centre of the park.

As The People reveals, Sir Alex Ferguson is keen on Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and has instructed his scouting team to compile a report on the Frenchman.

The 25-year-old only arrived to St James Park in the summer from Lille, but he didn’t need a lot of time to attract attention from big European clubs.

Cabaye has been one of the key player’s in Newcastle’s impressive start to the season that saw Magpies climb to fourth place in the standings.

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Di Natale: It´s Messi´s d´Or

Udinese attacker Antonio Di Natale has tipped Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to win this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or.

FIFA will reveal the official list of candidates for the award on November 1, but a report in El Mundo Deportivo last week suggested that Di Natale is the only Italian to have made the cut, much to the experienced forward’s satisfaction.

“I support Messi to win the Ballon d’Or, because he is absolutely extraordinary. He can decide a match at any time with a moment of brilliance,” Di Natale said.

“I also want Messi to win it because he’s Argentine, just like my idol Diego Armando Maradona.”

“I was quite emotional when I heard that I’ve allegedly made the list. I felt like it was just a dream for the first two days, but then I actually realised that I deserve it.”

The 34-year-old played a major role in Udinese’s qualification for the Champions League play-offs by scoring 28 league goals last season.

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Victory just the tonic for Vermezovic

Vladimir Vermezovic said Kaizer Chiefs’ win over Platinum Stars on Saturday ended the problems in their camp.

After a week full of drama in Naturena, including the axing of captain Jimmy Tau and football manager Bobby Motaung’s contentious remarks about the Motaung family, Chiefs showed character on the pitch, and Vermezovic was full of praise for his players.

“It’s not easy to be calm after all the things that happened last week,” he said at a press conference.

“But the players are professionals and sometimes these things happen in football. We found the right way to fix our problem by winning the match and we showed character today.”

After league leaders SuperSport United won 1-0 away at Wits University, Vermezovic said it was important for his side to win to keep pressure on the Tshwane-based team, who are current favourites to win the title.

“We didn’t play so well in the first half but we managed to score the goal. We scored another goal through (Bernard) Parker, which I didn’t think was offside. But never mind,” he said.

“These are very important three points after a turbulent few days. We have got to thank (Arthur) Bartman for his saves and Jimmy Tau for clearing the ball off the line from the last corner kick.”

“It was very important for us to win this match because SuperSport won. I watched their game. It’s vital that we stay close to them.”

“We have to look to the future now. We got Maritzburg United next (on Tuesday) and that will be a difficult game for us. We have to do our best in that match.”

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Hazard signals Lille departure

Eden Hazard says he is ready to leave Lille for a bigger club, but insists he will not move to Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

The 20-year-old has been linked with clubs such as Bayern Munich, Inter, Arsenal and Chelsea, but Lille academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme recently admitted the midfielder’s likely destination is Stamford Bridge.

Hazard signed a contract extension until the end of the 2014/15 earlier this year, but the Belgium international is now prepared to leave France.

“I am ready to move on and make the next step in my career at a bigger club,” Hazard told L’Equipe.

“I wanted to stay with Lille this term, because I still had things to prove here. I now feel ready to move to a bigger club though. I am ready to make an impact at a foreign club.”

Recent reports from France suggested that PSG are ready to offer 50 million euros for Hazard, but the attacking midfielder has made it clear that he will not sign for another Ligue 1 side.

“Paris is magical and I’m definitely attracted to the city. It’s not for now though. I don’t want to join another French team and strengthen one of Lille’s rivals. That would be the wrong thing to do.”

Hazard has netted four goals and provided four assists in 12 Ligue 1 appearances so far this term.

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Hazard ready to leave Lille; Samuel Eto’o drops PSG hint

Hazard ready to leave Lille

Lille winger Eden Hazard has revealed that he is ready to leave France at the end of the season.

The highly rated youngster is courted by a number of big European sides and everything suggests that he will be leaving Lille next summer.

Real Madrid, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are just some of the club showing interest in the Belgian wonderkid, and the player admits he is tempted by the prospect of joining the Saints.

“Paris is a no go for now,” Hazard told L’equipe. “Paris is magical, as they say. But, for the time being to go there, no.”

“In France, I don’t want to reinforce Lille’s rival club. It would be inconsistent. People would not understand.”

The player, however, believes he is ready to make a step up in his career.

“I am ready to go the next level in a big club. I stayed in Lille this season because I still had things to prove.

”But now I am ready. I feel ready to continue my career abroad.”

Samuel Eto’o drops PSG hint

Anzhi striker Samuel Eto’o has failed to rule out a possibility of joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan in January.

The Cameroonian made a shock switch to Anzhi in the summer, but with the Russian Premier League set for the winter break, he is exploring other options.

Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest in signing the forward on loan in January, and Eto’o is coy on the transfer talk.

“Right now, it is not possible,” Eto’o told Canal Plus. “We’ll see if the opportunity arises.”

The Cameroon international has a very good relationship with PSG sporting director Leonardo, who is keen on signing the former Inter star in January.

Leonardo recently met with Eto’o, but the player says no transfer was discussed.

“We have kept a very good relationship. But, we did not address this issue. Before reaching an agreement, there are a lot of things (to be sorted).”

Eto’o has enjoyed a good start to his career in Russia, scoring five goals in eight league games.

Juventus keen on Serie A star duo

Juventus are showing interest in Serie A stars Gaston Ramirez and Josip Ilicic, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Old Lady has enjoyed a great start to the season following heavy summer spending and they are currently leading the title race in Serie A.

Boss Antonio Conte is eager to keep his side on the right track and he wants to sign a couple of reinforcements in January.

The Bianconeri are actively looking for Milos Krasic’s replacement, and have reportedly set their sights on Gaston Ramirez and Josip Ilicic.

The 20-year-old Uruguayan has four more years left on his contract, but recent reports suggest that Bologna plan to cash in on him as early as January.

Josip Ilicic, on the other hand, has been unable to hold on to a regular starting place and he could decide to leave Palermo if the situation doesn’t improve.

With both players tied to long-term deals at their respective clubs, Juventus chiefs would have to delve deep into their pockets in order to sign one of the two players.

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