Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Van Wolfswinkel deal dependent on BPL status; Madrid keen on Draxler

Sporting CP striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel will not join Norwich City in the summer if the club are relegated this season.

Sporting CP striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel will not join Norwich City in the summer if the club are relegated this season, Sky Sports understands.

Last month, Norwich announced they had agreed an £8.5 million transfer fee for Van Wolfswinkel, with the highly-rated Dutch striker having signed a four-year deal with the club.

However, we have now learned that the deal is dependent on Norwich maintaining their Premier League status.

“There is a special clause in the deal accepted by all parties that stipulates if Norwich leave the Premier League then the future of Ricky van Wolfswinkel will be open again,” Van Wolfswinkel’s representative Louis Laros told A Bola.

“That is the reality, but we are confident in the ability of the English club to remain in the top division.

“For now Ricky is only thinking about Sporting and helping them to get results. At the end of the season he will start to focus on Norwich.”

At the moment, the Canaries are just four points above the relegation zone with five league games remaining on schedule.

The Canaries’ remaining English Premier League fixtures:

20 April: Norwich City v Reading (Home)

27 April: Stoke City v Norwich City (Away)

4 May: Norwich City v Aston Villa (Home)

12 May: Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion (Home)

19 May: Manchester City v Norwich City (Away)

Of theses five league fixtures, Norwich will fancy their chances in all three games at Carrow Road.

Chris Hughton’s side have posted a 6-7-3 record at Carrow Road this season, but are just 1-7-9 away from home.

As a result, the Canaries’ future in the Premier League and their ability to sign Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting CP in the summer will surely depend on their performances in their next four matches.

 Madrid keen on Draxler

FC Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler is flattered by reports linking him with a summer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, Sky Sports reports.

Draxler, 19, has previously been linked with a number of Europe’s top football clubs, including the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

The sought-after Germany international, whose current contract at the Veltins-Arena expires in the summer of 2016, has bagged 11 goals and four assists in 35 competitive appearances for Schalke 04 this season.

“Real Madrid are one of the world’s great clubs, it makes me proud that they like my style of play. I would be a dream to play at Real Madrid,” Draxler told Marca.

“I’ve always said that I would like to play in Spain. Every weekend I try to see the matches involving Madrid and Barcelona. I never miss the Clasicos.”

However, the 19-year-old, who made his international debut in Germany’s 5–3 loss to Switzerland on 26 May 2012, remains happy with life in Gelsenkirchen.

“Right now I’m with Schalke and I have a contract until 2016,” added the Germany international.

“I’m having a very good season and I’m doing very well, I’ve scored eight goals in the Bundesliga and I feel very happy.”


Shawn Etemadi



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