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Guidetti open to loan move; Madrid not planning to replace Khedira in January

Shawn Etemadi in General Soccer News 18 Nov 2013


Manchester City striker John Guidetti has revealed he would be open to leaving the Etihad Stadium on loan when the transfer re-opens in January.

Manchester City striker John Guidetti has revealed he would be open to leaving the Etihad Stadium on loan when the transfer re-opens in January, Sky Sports understands.

Guidetti, 21, has not featured in a competitive match since the 2011/12 season, while on loan at Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord Rotterdam.

The Sweden international, who netted 20 goals in 23 league appearances at De Kuip in 2011/12, is eager to find regular first-team football after spending 18 months on the sidelines.

“I want to play football. Whether that is at Manchester City or somewhere else, I don’t know,” Guidetti told TV4.

“Right now, it’s a matter of training and fighting. Then, in January and onwards, it’s time to show.”

The 21-year-old ace, currently valued at around £5 million, has been linked with a sensational January move to Anfield amid reported interest from Ligue 1 title contenders AS Monaco FC and Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.

In other news, recent speculation has suggested Trabzonspor are preparing a €20 million bid for Al Ain FC striker Asamoah Gyan.

Gyan, 27, joined Al Ain from Sunderland on a permanent deal — paying him in excess of £140,000-a-week after taxes — in July 2012 following a season-long loan deal, which cost the UAE-based club £6 million.

Madrid not planning to replace Khedira in January

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed the club are not planning to replace injured midfielder Sami Khedira in the January transfer window.

Khedira, who joined Madrid from VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee in July 2010, suffered a serious knee injury in Germany’s international friendly against Italy on Saturday.

As a result, the Germany international, 26, may miss next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil, and unfortunately so.

Real Madrid will receive about €2.5 million in compensation for the loss of Khedira, as dictated by the FIFA Club Protection Programme.

With Khedira likely sidelined for the rest of the season, Los Blancos’ midfield options include Asier Illarramendi, Casemiro, Isco, José Rodríguez, Luka Modric, Pepe and Xabi Alonso.

“We don’t have any plans to sign anyone during the winter transfer window,” said Ancelotti.

“We have two options. One is to use a player with a similar style and the other is to change our system.

“I think I need to think about this, and we have players who at the moment have not played, but are in good shape like Casemiro.

“Isco has played some matches in the middle of a three-man midfield, although he is more comfortable playing behind the forwards.

“I might be able to go with two midfielders and Isco a little further forward. Pepe and [Sergio] Ramos are central defenders.”

Madrid will take on top-flight newcomers UD Almería at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos on Saturday, 23 November 2013.

Almería (17/2); Real Madrid (2/7); Draw (9/2)


Shawn Etemadi



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