Wednesday, May 23, 2018

United confirm Janko capture; Zubizarreta ‘delighted’ with Barca squad

Manchester United have announced the signing of Saidy Janko from Swiss Super League side FC Zurich for an undisclosed fee.

Manchester United have announced the signing of Saidy Janko from Swiss Super League side FC Zurich for an undisclosed fee, according to the club’s official website.

Janko, 17, is David Moyes’ third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Guillermo Varela from Peñarol and Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

“Manchester United made a second signing ahead of the deadline by agreeing a deal with FC Zurich for teenager Saidy Janko,” read a statement on

Janko, a right-sided player, impressed United’s scouts at the FIFA Blue Stars Tournament this summer, with Zurich winning the competition for the second consecutive year.

The English champions decided to complete the signing of the 17-year-old right-back following a successful trial at the Aon Training Complex.

Janko is expected to feature for United’s reserves and/or Under-18 side this season.

Zubizarreta happy with squad

FC Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed he is ‘delighted’ with the Spanish champions’ squad despite the failure to bring in defensive reinforcements prior to the close of the summer transfer window.

The Catalans were expected to add a centre-back and a goalkeeper this summer, with uncertainty surrounding the long-term futures of Carles Puyol and howler-prone goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

However, the club only made one signing this summer, Neymar, while losing David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) and Eric Abidal (AS Monaco).

Zubizarreta has insisted he is happy with the squad, but perhaps naively so.

“I’m delighted with the squad we have,” said Zubizarreta.

“The team is competing extraordinarily well. You don’t just find cups in the museum. You have to go out and win them … This team has always wanted to get better and think we’re making an effort to do that.”

Bitter rivals Real Madrid have added a number of players this summer, including Asier Illarramendi, Casemiro, Daniel Carvajal, Isco and Gareth Bale, in order to regain La Liga supremacy.

With that said, Los Blancos sold Gonzalo Higuaín and Mesut Özil to S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal respectively.

Now then, speaking of Arsenal, Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he is ‘disappointed’ to be staying at the Emirates Stadium after a proposed deadline day move to Crystal Palace fell through, but insists he will give ‘everything’ for the club, Sky Sports understands.

The Denmark international, who joined Arsenal from Danish side Kjøbenhavns Boldklub in the summer of 2004, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Sunderland (2011/12) and Juventus (2012/13).

Bendtner bagged eight goals in 30 appearances in all competitions while on loan at the Stadium of Light, but failed to score for the Bianconeri despite making 10 appearances last term.

The 25-year-old striker last played for the Gunners on 20 August 2011 after replacing Theo Walcott in a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates.

“I still feel very strongly about Arsenal Football Club and, following positive talks with the manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help to the team and the manager fulfill our objectives and ambitions this season,” said Bendtner.

“I’ve learnt a lot from my loan experiences at Sunderland and Juventus, and I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.”


Shawn Etemadi



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