Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ochoa happy at Ajaccio; Lescott to consider summer options

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has insisted he is happy at Ajaccio amid ongoing speculation linking him with Liverpool.

Mexico international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has insisted he is happy at AC Ajaccio amid ongoing speculation linking him with a summer move to Liverpool, Sky Sports understands.

Last month, Ochoa revealed Liverpool as well as a number of clubs from Germany, Italy and Spain attempted to sign him during the January transfer window.

With the future of Pepe Reina uncertain, the Mexico international shot-stopper continues to be linked with a move to Merseyside.

“I only know what is said sometimes in the press,” Ochoa told Mediotiempo.

“I have heard in Mexico that there is a type of interest from Liverpool but I have to let things happen.”

Ochoa, 27, has started all 29 Ligue 1 matches for Les Corses this season, with his impressive form reportedly catching the eye of numerous European clubs.

However, the 27-year-old goalkeeper remains happy at Ajaccio (8-11-10), who are currently in 13th-place in the Ligue 1 table.

“Ajaccio are getting better each day and we all feel that we are doing our work correctly in the first division,” added Ochoa.

“I feel very well, in the professional and sporting way. Physically, I am also very well.

“I am happy with my team, things are getting sorted out in the correct way and the team is advancing.”

Ochoa was in between the sticks for Mexico on Friday, when the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions gave away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Honduras in San Pedro Sula in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Lescott to consider summer options

Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott will address his future at the end of the season in an attempt to rescue his World Cup dreams from Davy Jones’ Locker, according to Sky Sports.

Lescott, 30, has fallen out-of-favour with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini this season after starting 30 Premier League matches for the eventual champions last term.

In recent times, Mancini has preferred Kolo Touré and Matija Nastasic over Lescott, casting a shadow of doubt on the future of the former Everton defender for both club and country.

When asked about his chances of earning a place in the Three Lions’ 2014 World Cup squad, Lescott said: “Sitting here now, if you’d asked me that last year then I’d have said, ‘yeah, pretty good’.

“But you don’t know. If I can play more regularly at club level, then I think I’ll be there. Towards the end of the season, I’ll address that.

“But for now, I’m fully focused on England.”

According to fresh reports, Lescott and City team-mate Scott Sinclair are being linked with a summer move to Aston Villa, with any deal surely reliant on Villa avoiding relegation to the Championship.


Shawn Etemadi



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