Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Marquinhos plays down transfer talk; Chicharito happy at Man Utd

A.S. Roma centre-back Marquinhos has played down speculation linking him with a summer move away from the Stadio Olimpico.

A.S. Roma centre-back Marquinhos has played down speculation linking him with a summer move away from the Stadio Olimpico, Sky Sports understands.

Marquinhos, 19, joined Roma on a five-year deal from Brasileirão giants Corinthians for an undisclosed transfer fee last summer.

The Brazil youth international, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2017, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of Europe’s top club, including the likes of Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

However, Marquinhos is in no rush to leave Roma for pastures new when the transfer window reopens in July.

“I want to respect my deal with Roma,” the 19-year-old defender told Globo Esporte.

“I still have four years on my contract and I don’t think about the market.

“It is normal that offers and rumours come in please me.

“But I leave it to my agents. I think only to play.”

Marquinhos made 26 league appearances, including 22 starts, for Roma last season. He was sent off in a 4-2 win over AC Milan on 22 December 2012, but was not cautioned on any other occassion.

Monaco keen on Terry

French Ligue 1 moneybags AS Monaco FC are reportedly set to offer Chelsea defender John Terry a massive tax-free salary, which could match his current £150,000-a-week deal, in an attempt to reunite the player with former manager Claudio Ranieri, The Telegraph reports.

The newly-promoted club are willing to spend around £7 million to lure Terry to the Stade Louis II, giving Mourinho a realistic chance of offloading the 32-year-old, whose current contract expires at the end of next season.

Chicharito happy at Man Utd

The agent of Manchester United striker Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez, Eduardo Hernandez, has revealed the Mexico international is not preparing to leave Old Trafford this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Hernandez, 25, was the fourth-choice striker under Sir Alex Ferguson last season, behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and even Danny Welbeck, despite owning the best goals-per-minute record in English Premier League history.

With that said, the Mexico international did manage to bag 10 goals in 22 league appearances, including just nine starts, for the Red Devils in 2012-13.

“He is very happy at Manchester United. Javier has been there three years and has won the league twice. Not many can say they have achieved that,” said Eduardo Hernandez.

The 25-year-old talisman has been linked with moves to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Real Madrid in the past. At the moment, the Estadio Vicente Calderón seems to be his most likely destination following the exit of Radamel Falcao.

However, newly appointed Manchester United manager David Moyes might want to keep Chicharito should he decide to sell Wayne Rooney a second time, and rightfully so.


Shawn Etemadi



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