Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ghilas flattered by Everton interest; Kondogbia focused on Sevilla

Moreirense F.C. striker Nabil Ghilas will decide his long-term future at the end of the season.

Moreirense F.C. striker Nabil Ghilas will decide his long-term future at the end of the season amid reports linking him with Everton and Olympique de Marseille, Sky Sports understands.

Ghilas, 22, joined Moreirense from Stade Olympique Cassis Carnoux in 2010.

Recent reports have also suggested Portuguese giants Sporting CP are interested in Ghilas. However, it is believed that the 22-year-old would favour a move abroad.

The 22-year-old earned his first call-up to the Algeria national team for the for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Benin on 26 March.

Ghilas remained on the bench throughout the game as the Greens defeated an over-matched Benin side by a score of 3-1 at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida, Algeria, with Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF), Saphir Taider (Bologna F.C. 1909) and Islam Slimani (CR Belouizdad) on target for the home side.

The French-born striker could make his competitive debut for Algeria against Benin on 7 July.

“There is interest from clubs but I will decide at the end of the season,” said Ghilas.

“Everton? I have heard about that in the papers. They are a very good team and a big club so it is flattering. Let’s wait and see if it is real interest at the end of the season.

“Marseille would also be fantastic but let’s wait and see.”

Ghilas has scored 11 goals for Moreirense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this season.

Kondogbia focused on Sevilla

Sevilla FC midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has insisted he will not lose focus despite ongoing speculation linking him with a number of Europe’s top clubs, ESPN FC reports.

Kondogbia, who joined Sevilla from French side RC Lens last summer, has been on impressive form for the Spanish La Liga side this season.

The France Under-20 international, currently valued at around €8 million, is reportedly attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale Milano, Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

“This happens to many other players too,” said Kondogbia. “I do not like to look too far ahead. I am just concentrating on the next game, and do not want to get distracted with these things.”

Recently, Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido spoke publicly about the club’s need to raise capital by selling players in the summer, and Kondogbia is certainly one of Los Rojiblancos most valuable assets.

However, any deal for Kondogbia will require approval from the the Doyen Group, a group of third-party investors who reportedly own a 50% share in the 20-year-old’s registration.

According to reports, the Doyen Group helped pay RC Lens €1.5 million to finalise Kondogbia’s transfer to Sevilla last summer.

Kondogbia has scored one goal in 29 competitive appearances for Sevilla this term.


Shawn Etemadi



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