Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tevez talks up Ligue 1 move; Courtois wants to stay at Atletico Madrid

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has admitted he would welcome a move to Ligue 1.

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has admitted he would welcome a move to Ligue 1 amid reported interested from AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, Sky Sports understands.

Tevez, whose current contract expires at the end of next season, could be sold by the English Premier League runners-up this summer in order to not lose him on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.

The Argentina international has bagged 17 goals and 10 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions for Manchester City this season.

When asked about the possibility of joining Ligue 1 newcomers AS Monaco, Tevez told French television station Telefoot: “For me, Monaco is one of the largest French clubs, and any player would go there.

“I have a one-year contract left at City and I am happy, and I love playing in the Premier League – but a project like Monaco I really like.

“I know [Claudio] Ranieri and he has proven he is a great coach so for me this would be great.”

In addition, Tevez also talked up a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, who were close to signing the 29-year-old Argentine last season.

“There was interest from PSG for me, and we talked with Leonardo, but we could not reach an agreement,” added Tevez.

“But it remains an interesting option as the French championship is moving very fast. If Leonardo called me, it’s not a problem for me to come, really no problem to come to Paris and France.”

Manchester City striker trio, consisting of the aforementioned Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, have all been linked with summer moves away from the Etihad Stadium ahead of the summer transfer window.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, City, and Real Madrid, are monitoring the current situation of S.S.C. Napoli ace Edinson Cavani.

Courtois wants to stay at Atletico Madrid

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, has revealed he wants to stay on loan at the Estadio Vicente Calderón next season, according to Sky Sports.

Courtois, 21, joined Chelsea from Jupiler Pro League side K.R.C. Genk and has spent the past two seasons on loan in Madrid.

The Belgium international needs first-team football in order to go to the 2014 World Cup, and he is unlikely to get it at Chelsea.

Staying at Atletico would also guarantee UEFA Champions League football for the 21-year-old shot-stopper, who has been tipped as the long-term replacement for Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.

“I know Chelsea are a fair club. The board are smart people and know I need to play,” said Courtois.

“I like the Chelsea project with young players very much.

“In two or three years Chelsea will have a team to win everything.

“I want to stay. I’d rather play in La Liga than be a substitute in the Premier League.

“There’s a World Cup and I want to go. Here I will be able to play in the Champions League and there’s no better place to play than here. At Atletico I have progressed a lot.”

Courtois has made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Copa del Rey winners this season.


Shawn Etemadi



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