Monday, May 21, 2018

Ibrahimovic wants Beckham stay; Carroll considering summer options

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged David Beckham to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged David Beckham to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes in order to help the French Ligue 1 giants win the UEFA Champions League next term, Sky Sports understands.

Beckham, 37, signed a five-month deal with PSG in January, with recent reports suggesting the club — including the owner, manager and players — want the midfielder to stay in Paris next season.

According to Ibra, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid superstar has had an immeasurable impact on the club and its players.

The 37-year-old has made 11 appearances, including three starts, in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain this season.

“We are going to win the Champions League – and David is going to be part of it,” said Ibrahimovic.

“The owners want him to stay, the coach wants him to stay, the players want him to stay, and that is why I am sure he will commit to at least another season in the summer.”

At the same time, PSG captain Thiago Silva has encouraged Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to join the French super-club in the summer.

“If he is thinking of a new challenge there is no better place to be than here,” said the Brazil international defender.

“This team will win the Champions League in the next three or four years. It is the most exciting project in football.”

Rooney, who has been linked with a summer move away from Old Trafford after being left on the bench at the start of the Red Devils’ UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid, has bagged 12 goals and nine assists in 23 English Premier League matches this season.

Carroll considering summer options

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who is currently on loan at West Ham United, will decide his long-term future at the end of the season, Sky Sports reports.

Carroll, 24, joined Liverpool from Newcastle United for a reported fee of £35 million in January 2011.

However, the England international has failed to live up to the hype since arriving at Anfield, and was subsequently loaned out to West Ham in August 2012.

When questioned about his future, Carroll said: “I have just got to wait and see, really. We’ll see what happens at the end of the season.

“Obviously I don’t know what is happening so we will just have to wait and see.

“It has been great here and every minute has been fantastic. The lads have been great, the gaffer has been great and the fans are unbelievable.

“We will have to wait and see. It is obviously a great club and I do not see why not.”

Carroll has scored six goals in 18 league matches, including five in his last seven appearances, for the Hammers in 2012-13.

The 24-year-old has likely played his final game for Liverpool, with the Reds seemingly willing to cut their losses and part ways with the troubled striker.


Shawn Etemadi



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