Thursday, April 26, 2018

PSG president lobbies for Ancelotti stay; Forster keen on BPL move

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has confirmed manager Carlo Ancelotti will return to the Parc des Princes next season if he so wishes.

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has confirmed manager Carlo Ancelotti will return to the Parc des Princes next season “if he so wishes,” ESPN Soccernet understands.

Ancelotti, 53, has PSG in pole position to win Ligue 1. With 11 matches remaining, Les Parisiens are five points clear of second-place Olympique Lyonnais, with OL having a game in hand.

Olympique de Marseille are eight points adrift of the league leaders following back-to-back away defeats to PSG in the league and Coupe de France at the end of February.

Moreover, PSG have already booked their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League following their 1-1 draw with Spanish side Valencia CF in midweek.

An equaliser from Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 66th minute secured a draw for Les Rouge-et-Bleu, who were second-best to their Spanish counterparts for much of the night.

The 53-year-old has Paris-Saint Germain contending for every major trophy this season: the Coupe de France, Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League.

“If he so wishes, he’ll still be here. He’s doing excellent work. It’s been difficult at times because he’s under pressure, just as in any job, but he’s come through it well. Carlo is one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best,” said club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

“I think he’ll continue, but we’ll take stock at the end of the season. We’ll also do the same for me. That’s normal, that’s how it works in any company. We’re in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France and the Champions League and we’re league leaders. What more can you ask for other than to touch the sky?”

Al-Khelaifi also took a moment to play down speculation linking Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho with PSG.

Forster keen on BPL move

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has revealed his desire to become a No. 1 shot-stopper in the Premier League, ESPN Soccernet reports.

Forster, 24, has impressed many clubs and scouts across Europe this season with fantastic displays in the Champions League.

The 24-year-old’s impressive form  earned him a first call-up to the England squad earlier this season.

“With the quality of the players we’ve got in the squad, a lot of them will move on at some stage and I’m no different,” Forster told the Times. “I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League and hopefully I’ll get the chance to do that.

“For me, I need to be playing. I’d be a nightmare as a No.2 goalkeeper because I want to play so much. It’s important that I’m a No.1 and I won’t be leaving to go and sit on a bench somewhere.

“It’s tough for goalkeepers as there are only 20 in the Premier League and some of those clubs have great keepers as well.”

Forster, formerly of Newcastle United, joined the Scottish Premier League giants on a permanent deal in August 2012 after spending two seasons on loan at Celtic Park.



Shawn Etemadi



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