Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marotta: Tevez likely to leave Juventus this summer

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed Carlos Tevez is likely to leave Turin this summer.

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed Carlos Tevez is likely to leave Turin this summer.

The Argentina international, whose current deal at the Juventus Stadium is set to expire next summer, has been linked with former club Boca Juniors, while Atletico Madrid are also interested in the player.

“The possibility that he leaves is quite high but I’m not going to give a percentage,” Marotta told Sport Mediaset.

“It’s more likely that he will leave than Andrea Pirlo. Tevez is a professional and we owe him a lot.

“But we cannot prolong Tevez’s situation for much longer. We must reach a conclusion as soon as possible.”

Tevez, who joined Juve from Manchester City for €10 million in 2013, bagged 20 goals and seven assists in 32 Serie A appearances for the Italian champions last season.

In other news, Marotta confirmed Alvaro Morata will stay at the club this summer despite reports linking him with a return to Real Madrid.

Marotta added: “Alvaro will continue at Juventus until at least 2016 and then we shall see.”

Schweinsteiger in no ‘rush’ to decide future

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed he is in no rush to sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena amid reported interest from English Premier League giants Manchester United.

The Germany international, 30, has one year remaining on his current deal and has been linked with a move to Old Trafford to reunite with former Bayern manager Louis van Gaal.

“I’ve agreed with [chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that we’ll have a chat this summer to see how the future looks,” Schweinsteiger told ARD television.

“I’ve still got a year on my contract so there’s no rush, and the summer’s only just beginning.”

Schweinsteiger, priced at 7/4 to sign for United, tallied five goals and four assists in 20 Bundesliga appearances, including 15 starts, for the German champions in 2014/15.

Hammers want Song

West Ham United  joint chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have not given up their pursuit of FC Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who impressed during the early stages of a season-long loan last season.

According to reports, Song, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal in a deal worth £15 million in the summer of 2012, has been told he can leave the Camp Nou this summer, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly keen on signing the midfielder.

“I can assure you we have not given up on Alex Song yet,” Sullivan told the club’s official webiste.

“Before Christmas, Alex was outstanding and if we believe we can get him back to that sort of form and maybe with a new manager we can, we would very much like Alex to come.

“We are very thin on the ground with midfielders. You do get injuries and you need back-up. We have got Europe and other games that we want to win.

“There was not enough competition for places last season and this year we don’t want the same again. If the players have a bad game they will have to fight for their position back.”

Song tallied three assists in 28 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last term.



Shawn Etemadi



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