Saturday, June 23, 2018

Reid signs new deal; Kondogbia dreams of playing for Real Madrid

West Ham United centre-back Winston Reid has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Upton Park.

West Ham United centre-back Winston Reid has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Upton Park, according to Sky Sports.

Reid, 24, joined the Hammers from Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed transfer fee in August 2010.

Over the past two seasons, the New Zealand international has become a first-team regular in central defence for West Ham. The 24-year-old oftentimes features alongside Wales international James Collins.

“I’ve really enjoyed being here,” said Reid. “It’s a good club and we’ve done really well over the last couple of years. Now, I’m looking forward to the next two years.

“I think I have played some good football over the last two years but that goes for the whole team as well. Hopefully we can continue that. Of course we now plan to build on the last two seasons.”

Reid has scored one goal in 33 English Premier League matches for West Ham (11-9-15), who are currently 10th in the league table, this season.

Thanks in large part to the Reid-Collins Partnership, the Hammers have let in fewer goals, 49, than their fellow promotees in 2012-13, with Reading (5-10-20; 20th place) and Southampton (9-12-14; 13th place) having conceded 65 and 57 respectively.

West Ham are scheduled to host Tyneside strugglers Newcastle United at Upton Park on Saturday, 4 May.

Kondogbia dreams of playing for Real Madrid

Sevilla FC midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal, has revealed his ‘dream’ of playing for Real Madrid, Sky Sports understands.

Kondogbia, 20, joined Sevilla from French Ligue 2 side RC Lens last summer.

The France Under-20 international has impressed many managers and scouts, including Arsene Wenger, with a number of fine performances since arriving at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

When asked about the Gunners reported interest in Kondogbia, Wenger said: “I don’t really want to talk about Kondogbia too much because everyone’s after him at the moment.

“When you ask ‘Are you also interested?’ what do you expect me to say?”

However, Kondogbia, who made his profession debut for Lens against French giants Olympique Lyonnais in November 2010, would prefer a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, and rightfully so. After all, he has dreamed of playing for Real Madrid since he was a boy.

“My preference? Real Madrid has been my dream since I was a small boy,” revealed the France youth international.

“It is always great to see that clubs are following you and want you. On the Real Madrid thing that would be a dream come true. But it is only a rumour at the moment.

“With that type of team I could play regularly in the Champions League.”

Kondogbia has made 32 competitive appearances for Sevilla this season, netting one goal.


Shawn Etemadi



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