Ajax closes the transfer of former Babel sportsman

first_imgAjax seems to have everything closed to have Babel again. The Dutch, club squad since the age of twelve, arrives on loan until the end of the season from Galatasaray, for which he signed this summer. Although he is undisputed holder in Turkey, the club is going through a bad financial moment and Babel has agreed to leave reducing part of its record. In this way, both clubs win and Ajax gets a wardrobe for a team that has suffered a lot when the injuries of Promes, Neres and Labyad have coincided. Erik ten Hag’s team is on a stage in Qatar, taking advantage of the winter break of the Eredivisie, but Babel will join directly in Amsterdam. It will be his third stage at Ajax, after leaving Liverpool in 2007 and returning during the 2012-13 season. You can play against Getafe in Europa League.last_img read more

Hazard: “Zidane loves his players, the group is happy”

first_imgIs it an attraction? “After the 2018 World Cup I wanted to come to Madrid. Chelsea said no” Frankly, it does something. He has this power over me. It didn’t break my head in the whole Euro. He simply told me he was following me. “We will see you one day if you come to Madrid,” he said. It always stayed in my head.Humanly, what kind of coach is he?He does not talk too much. It is simple. Come talk to you before the game with a short sentence so you feel comfortable. The first two or three months were not as I wanted. He told me to stay calm. “Treat yourself,” he repeated. He is a normal guy. He doesn’t complain about anything. He goes straight to the point. He loves his players. Keep this emotional side. You feel that the group is happy that he is the coach. Even those who do not play. Is essential. This is where you see that he understands what the players feel because he was on this side.What does it give you?Our training is always with the ball. The pleasure of playing, especially. The movements, the parties … When you meet Italian coaches, like me (Conte, Sarri), you have much less pleasure. It is more framed, repetitive. You find pleasure in victory. I was three years with Italian trainers. Rediscovering this pleasure does me good.He signed for 100 million euros. Did you have an adrenaline rush during your presentation?I discovered another world. In Chelsea, one of the best clubs in the world, it was easier in the presentation. On the plane, when I came with my brothers, they asked me what I was going to do. “Be careful, if you fail, everyone will make fun of you!” Thorgan said. Even at Chelsea, they insisted: “We’re not going to watch your games, just your presentation!” When they asked me to speak …I had not prepared anything …Nothing at all. I thought to do something in Spanish. But since I don’t speak Spanish … It would have been seen. I wanted to be spontaneous. I said to myself: OK, in French. It is still a good memory.Despite his injury, he played half of the team’s matches …I did the whole preseason. Two or three days before the first game in Vigo I felt pain in my thigh. I often have pain before games. I thought it would happen. The next day, it was still. Zidane asks me if I want to get a scanner. The doctor insists. We do it and see a small injury. The coach did not want to take a risk at the start of the season. Once the wound was healed, I continued. But he had stopped three weeks. I had to find the rhythm. The first game against PSG was waiting for an easy match. And it went wrong. What does playing in Madrid represent?When you are little, you see this club as a dream. When you arrive, when you enter the buildings, there is security everywhere. The training center is already super large. The first time, I reached the other side by car. I drove two or three minutes to get to the players training center. I saw the fields. I never tried to count them. It was the players hotel. You tell yourself that if this club is so efficient, it is also thanks to these work tools. The best players, the weight of the story … You enter the locker room, you feel that the players are only there to win. You meet fans who tell you every day that you have to win the Champions League. It is a culture.Zidane was his model …We do not have the same style. Technically, it was above me. But what I like is that when you look at him, you have the impression that he always has fun, that makes others play. Soccer, for me, is nothing else. When I looked at Zidane, I never said to myself: he wants to dribble everyone, play just for him. I played for the team. I like those who have fun. I am not looking to shine. Of course, I am happy if I do, but this is not my goal.Did you seek to emulate Zidane gesturally?It was hard to copy it. But when you looked at their controls, their passes, it was elegant. Not only did he look at him. There was also Thierry Henry. My generation watched many YouTube videos. Then, I went to the garden to try to do the same thing as Zidane with my brothers, in a game. My attraction was to him, as an identification.It is a powerful, almost emotional relationship …I didn’t talk much with him. The first time was in the 2016 European Championship in France. He called me. He said: “It would be good if you came.” When Zidane calls you, it’s serious! He talked about his weight and said he had gained weight. It is true?It is true. I will not hide it. When I am on vacation, I am on vacation. He had taken five kilos in summer. I am one of those who catch quickly and lose fast if I pay attention. When he was 18, in Lille, he weighed 72 or 73 kilos. Then, when I gained muscle mass, I went to 75. On a bad day, 77. This summer I gained 80 kilos. I lost everything in ten days.How do you judge your start of the season?The only bad thing is the statistics. I scored once, gave an assistance and provoked a penalty (at the time of the interview). People just remember that. The first two months, what I proposed was not enough. I said to myself: I can do better. I really felt better after. I take the ball, bargain, accelerate and try to make others play well. I don’t do everything right, but I try. The first two months, I said to myself: you are new, be simple. And I tried to make too many passes. People expected me to dribble … Eden Hazard granted an interview to the magazine Sport / Foot Magazine in which he takes stock of his first months at Real Madrid. The Belgian player, who is still recovering from the microfissure in the ankle suffered after an entry from his countryman Meunier on November 26 against PSG, he said that Madrid is “a dream”, he acknowledged that he arrived with several kilos more and launched flowers to Zidane … Below we publish an excerpt from the interview.Was it his dream to play in Madrid?Yes, a dream. When I started playing in the home garden it was always the club I supported. Zidane was my idol. The stadium, when I saw it on television, was magical. The white shirt, impeccable, for me was exceptional. A myth. We often went on vacation, with family, to Spain. Never to Madrid. It is too far from Belgium by car. Everyone talked to me about Real when we were playing soccer on vacation. We were watching their matches.Did you get frustrated for not signing for Madrid?No, because throughout my career I have done very well where I have been. But it was logical to sign one day for this club. I could have signed there before.center_img “Madrid told Mariano:” You have to give Eden the 7 “. Why didn’t it happen?Already when I was in Lille this possibility existed. But I wanted to try in England. It was easier to go to England than to Spain. He was only 21 years old. It’s hard for a 21 year old to come here.But could he come to Madrid two years ago?Every year there was talk of my arrival in Madrid. I have never had contact, not even my surroundings, with the club. The contacts began two, three years ago, when I got injured with the national team. After the 2018 World Cup I wanted to come. Chelsea said no. It was necessary to spend a year with Sarri.But Zidane’s desire to recruit him could have been stronger, right?I do not know. Nor did he want to leave Chelsea badly. I have always been clean with all my clubs. As I did in Lille. My last year at Lille (2011-2012) I didn’t want to do it. My surroundings made me understand that it was necessary to stay a season. The same thing happened at Chelsea. In the summer of 2018 I received a call from Marina Granovskaia (general director of Chelsea). He told me: “Don’t go, Sarri comes to train you.” I tried to do my best. Zidane told me in 2016: “It would be good if you came.” When he calls you, he’s serious! “ It is often said that Madrid’s costumes are difficult. How are you?I am someone who is not looking for problems. I am open Perhaps the partners, given what I have done before in France or in England, also respect me. I do not arrive with 21 years with everything to prove. They know me.He wears number 7, which was owned by Cristiano Ronaldo …At first it was from Mariano. I didn’t want to go ask him. Is not my style. I knew that 10 was Modric. In Chelsea, I took the 17. Lucas Vázquez has it. I was free on 16 but I didn’t want to. In LaLiga, you can’t beat 25. I said: “Give me 50”. And the club told Mariano: “You have to give Eden the 7”.Who helped you the most?Of course, Courtois. There is also Greg Dupont, the physical trainer. Integration is easy because there are many who speak French (Varane, Mendy, Benzema …). The staff is Francophone. For me it is perfect.last_img read more

“Modric is mentalized to be in Madrid in 2021”

first_imgPedja Mijatovic has reviewed the news of Real Madrid in the microphones of “The spar”. The former white player gave his opinion on Modric’s future and the substitutions and priorities of Bale. Modric: “I see Modric in Madrid. He has one more year of contract and what I have talked to him is that he is mentalized to be here next year.”Bale: “I am not surprised that he does not enter the calls. Bale is a player that I have always liked because of his football conditions, but Zidane is counting on him. I have to be cautious with what I say about Bale, I said one thing months and look at all the one that got together, but I think the team is working well without him. He will play when he sees fit. “ Real society: “It is a team that is playing very well. It is a team that intends to win everything that can be won. The Cup is an interesting trophy. You have to be careful because the Real plays very well. It will not be easy but it will take advantage of play in your field. “The other Madrid of Zidane: “I liked Zidane’s Madrid from his first stage. He won three consecutive Champions. The players are a bit older. Madrid is a serious candidate to win everything that can be won.”Order of priorities: “I continue with the ones I said a while ago.”PSG: “It is not easy to leave the PSG, but everything is possible”Mbappé and Tuchel: “Perhaps the smartest thing is to talk things in the locker room, in football there are many cameras.”Barcelona: “They go through a difficult time and these frictions, which exist in all teams, must be solved in private mode. Both were wrong (Messi and Abidal).”last_img read more

Casemiro: “I wanted Neymar to come to Real Madrid”

first_imgWhat has improved the most?I don’t play the same now than at 21 when I arrived. The soccer player, until he retires, keeps learning, every day we learn a new lesson.It’s humble and simple, but now everyone talks about you and everyone talks well …I know the importance I have for this club and I know how important I am to Zidane, but I never forget where I come from. I never forget my neighborhood in Brazil, I don’t forget my family, my mother. Those are the values ​​that I take with me.Who was Morera?It was my first coach, with 5 or 6 years, who almost forced me to play. He gave me clothes, boots to play and let me play without paying, because we had no money. As a child I always liked to play football, no matter the position. For me the goal is to steal a ball and the Bernabéu celebrates it the same way.After playing a year with Ancelotti, he decided to leave for Porto. What was the use?I have a lot of love for Lopetegui, I think he is a great person and a great coach. In Madrid he did not go out because this is football and the results did not come, but for me he is a great coach. The simplest thing in football is to change the coach, but we know that the players are also guilty of everything that happens on the field.Do all the kids who arrive in Madrid recommend leaving on loan?I made the decision to leave and it went well, but everyone decides with their future. We trust all the players who are in the first team of Madrid.What changed after the defeat in Mallorca?The most beautiful thing about football is that, you don’t understand what happens.Did the fact that thieves came into the house with his wife and daughter inside him? Are you one of the players with the most carats in the team?We are all important, some play more than others, but we are all important … I notice that I have gallons because I am one of the three players who have played more this season … I want to play, I want to continue working. It is a sensitive issue that I cannot talk about. It was very sad.Tell me about Valverde.He is a great player but he is going to be much better than he is now. It is growing a lot. We have one of the best 8 in the world for the next 12 years.What happened to them in the Cup?In all the matches in which I am not suffering much. Zidane has always made it clear that we are all important here, and that is a very good mentality. I don’t think I missed that game. To win titles we have to be all prepared.Has Zidane evolved as a coach?Very much.He said he gives more credit to winning the League than the Champions League.It is that the League is what marks the regularity of the whole year. But when the Champions League anthem plays at the Bernabéu, Madrid is different. I prefer the Champions.Do you usually talk to Neymar?I speak almost every day with Neymar. Is a crack.Does he prefer to go to Barça?That has to ask him. I wanted him to come to Madrid.Do you prefer Neymar over Mbappé?They are two great players, but they are very different.Are you surprised by what is happening in Barça?I don’t know what’s going on at Barça … I have a friend there, Arthur, but I don’t know what’s going on there.Aren’t you going to end up very tired if you play the Copa América?I want to play, I am a soldier.How’s Hazard?It’s very good, of the players that surprised me the most, it has something that nobody has, thinks ahead of the rest and has a lot to give us.Is this Madrid stronger with four midfielders or with three strikers?We have to do well whatever the system.How about Bale leaving before the end of the game?I am a defender of Bale, he is a huge player. He only talks about things he does wrong, but he doesn’t talk about what he does well, the goals that have given us titles. What I do outside the field doesn’t matter to me. He is a great player.When he hears that Zidane has a flower …I laugh. He is making history. For us it is an honor to have him as a coach, he is the best.Would be eliminated before the City would be a failure?Madrid is always obliged to win.What do you think of Casillas being present at the Federation elections?I have had him as a partner and he is a great person. I wish you all the luck in the world.Would you introduce yourself to those in Brazil?I’m 27 years old … Now I can’t think about that.Who is the player that has impressed you the most?Marcelo and Hazard. In Brazil Coutinho, Neymar, Vinicius, Rodrygo … I play in the best team and the best team in the world.Why did you choose 14?By Guti and Xabi Alonso.Do you still miss Cristiano?How can we not miss a player like Cristiano … He is a great player.Will Vinicius end up triumphing at Real Madrid?Definitely. It is a great game to which we do not have to give so much responsibility. Last year was the best team with Benzema.And do you see Odegaard already in Madrid?Madrid has always believed in him and is having a great season. I have to congratulate him because he is doing an incredible year, but it is not for me to say if next year he has to play in Madrid. 14 When Zidane arrived, at first I put you less, he disappeared a little from the team … Has he changed a lot about that boy who came with 21 years?Zidane talked to me and gave me a lot of peace of mind. Now it’s different, I’m 27 years old, I have more games. But the desire to work and succeed in this club remains intact, I am increasingly looking forward to success here. Of course I am not the same as I came with 21 years, but that happens everywhere, not only in football, it happens in all professions, the experience is important.What do you think has made him take hold in Madrid?It’s a bit of everything, work, talent, humility. Especially the work, I think that when you work you get the results. Work is my strength.last_img read more

“The call from Florentino Pérez is the one that surprised me the most”

first_imgHow do you carry out so much change of city ?: “We have been changing cities a lot. He bought his house in Madrid when he came to Atlético.”Did you miss the benches ?: “He wanted to enjoy the grandchildren, but the last team he coached was three years ago. In China he really enjoyed it. He had many offers, but he didn’t want to train any more.”He was a very soccer man: “I don’t know if there is anyone in the world who watched more soccer games than him. There were times when he watched three games at once.”Thanks: “At this moment I am at a loss for words to thank all the expressions of affection. I am sorry that he left so soon and that he could not be fired as he deserved. When all this happens, he will have the tribute and funeral he deserves.”Pantic: “Radomir’s house was open 24 hours”Along with Dusan Antic, he was also Milinko Pantic, player that his father signed for Atlético de Madrid and who was very close to the Serbian coach personally.Pain after loss: “I lack words to describe what he has done for me, thanks to him my family and I are here. He was a very different person in everything, not only in soccer. He was very intelligent. Apart from a great coach, he was a great father and friend of Everyone. His house was open 24 hours for everyone. A happy guy who infected you. He had no enemies. “First contact with Antic: “We met in ’85 in the Partizán. He was a scout and I played as in Segunda B here. Thanks to him, the Partizán signed me. We had a friendship of many years.”Arrival at Atlético: “It was not an easy decision because he was very happy in Greece. He was a God there, although he was a small team. It was a challenge when he called me. I wanted to work with him. We met a bit late but he could not sign me for Zaragoza Perhaps it would have been better to arrive for me with four years younger, but I think I did what he asked. “What do you miss most in the absence of the mister ?: “I am missing everything from the mister. We were very close. The last time we were with him was December 19, but I have been many times with him in the hospital until he entered the ICU. I was convinced that he was going to save himself, because it was not a disease to die for, although it was serious. Then it got a little complicated and it is a shame because it left us very soon. He was a person who never complained of pain. I never heard him say this or that hurts me Once he injured his ankle and he could not foul with me and it was the only time I heard him and it was because he could not foul. “Role in Atlético: “He was a very smart guy. He knew how far he could go. He had it clear, I sent him a video with my goals and he was clear that he wanted this type of player to supply balls to Kiko and Penev. He worked using his head, but things in life, I scored my most important goal with my head “. Dusan Antic, son of the recently deceased Radomir Antic, passed this Wednesday by the microphones of The Stringer of the SER Chain to talk about the figure of his father, the only coach who has trained Atlético, Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​among others. Were you surprised by the love for your father ?: “The displays of affection have been incredible and from everywhere, not only from fans, but also from other types of people. I lack words to thank the words they have had towards my father. It would be unfair to mention some and not others. My father He was sick, but it didn’t seem serious. He was improving a lot, but he got a bacterium that is only found in hospitals and it left us in two days. “Any calls that especially surprised you ?: “I did not expect Florentino Perez to call me. He promised me that he would receive the Bernabéu recognition because it was Real Madrid’s history and he showed his affection to the whole family. He is very grateful. At first, when everything happened, Butragueño called and people who had more to do with my father. Ceferin sent a telegram to the family. We were also contacted by a lot of players, but it would be unfair to name just a few. “The emptiness that Radomir leaves: “You cannot imagine the incredible emptiness that has left us. We are at home with my mother, but my father has left a void that you cannot imagine. With my father we have gone to the Camp Nou or the Bernabéu and he never had problems with no fan. He stopped to sign autographs and take pictures. “Disease: “He had improved a lot, but they put him in the ICU to protect him from the coronavirus. They moved him and that made him feel bad and in two days he left us. He caught a bacteria on Saturday and on Monday he left. We couldn’t say goodbye to him as we wanted. “Atlético de Madrid: “I know that he had a great relationship with Enrique Cerezo and with many people from Atlético. When all this happens, I suppose they will contact us to do anything. My father would have been 25 years old as an Atlético partner this year. My father was of football, he has never said it belonged to any team. He really likes the new stadium, but the collapse of Calderón did not go well for him. “Milinko Pantic: “Pantic for him was not a footballer, it was as if he were his son. He always counted on him for all the events at home.”Was it very familiar ?: “He always had time for his grandchildren and said that it was a privilege to enjoy them. My children also went to see them play soccer, but less because I did not want to put pressure on them. I enjoyed the children very much. He was a better father than a coach, that’s for sure He went to all the Atlético matches with us because we are all partners. “last_img read more

Thiem resumes his training without a defined goal

first_imgAustrian Dominic Thiem, present quantity three in world tennis, He resumed his training on Tuesday after greater than a month of confinement, though without a particular goal for the remainder of the season resulting from the potential for ending all tournaments as a result of coronavirus epidemic.After the approval of the Austrian Authorities in order that the sports activities professions can return to the training courts, Thiem started his routine with the racket at a Vienna facility, along with his Austrian Davis Cup teammates, Dennis Novak (85 ATP), Sebastian Ofner (163) and Jurij Rodionov (166).Wolfgang Thiem, Dominic’s father, coordinates the training of the 4 professionals. “Essentially the most troublesome factor now could be to have a goal, since it’s not clear how we’re going to proceed”, Thiem Sr. stated in remarks to the APA information company. The gamers “can’t be training till the tip of the yr and never play any sport,” he added. So Wolfgang Thiem talked about the potential for his son taking part within the exhibition competitors introduced by the Mouratoglou Academy in France for mid-Might.In line with Thiem, gamers such because the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (quantity 6 on the earth rating) and the Belgian David Goffin (10), who prepare at that academy, might take part in that occasion.On the prospect of the ATP circuit returning after the break introduced till subsequent July 13, Wolfgang Thiem was skeptical. “I don’t suppose you may play the American tour, that’s my feeling”, he stated concerning tournaments in Toronto, Cincinnati and the USA Open in New York.“There are such a lot of questions. I can think about that this yr there may be nothing, I might not be too shocked however it could be loopy,” concluded Dominic Thiem’s ​​father.last_img read more

“I have a contract with Milan, we will see if and how it will end”

first_imgIbrahimovic also spoke about the removal of his statue that remained outside the Malmoe stadium, his first club, because his history as a footballer “will always remain“. “It’s a shame. They want attention and they want the media to write about it: they’re at a kindergarten level, but I’m bigger than all of this“said the Swedish striker, in statements collected by Europa Press.“It is sad,” he said in statements to Eurosport’s ‘Dplay’. “The statue was what it was, but having disappeared does not mean that my story disappears. My story stays forever, “added Ibrahimovic, who has sparked this controversy after becoming an investor in Hammarby, a rival club to Malmoe. ‘Ibra’ acquired 25% of the entity and some Malmoe supporters did not like the idea. The former FC Barcelona also defended itself against this. “I have given that club 10 million euros, “he explained in relation to the FIFA training right for being his club of origin and playing before turning 21. Asked if he would like to see a new statue in the future, the AC Milan forward said no. “What happened, happened, is not important to me now. Today there are bigger things, we talk about the health of the world. This statue does not mean anything in the current context. I know what I did and what I contributed to, “added ‘Ibra’, 38. Zlatan Ibrahimovic He returned to green and did it his way: scoring goals. The Swede played a friendly between his Hammarby and Frej, who finished 3-1, making the first goal of the confrontation. The tip, which will continue training in Sweden until there will be no official date for the return to training of the Serie A teams., spoke of his future in Sportbladet: “I have a contract with Milan and we will see if and how it will end. I said I want to play soccer as much as possible, but you never know what will happen“The point ends contract with the rossoneri at the end of this season, but at the moment it is not clear if the club will try to renew him for another year. Ibra stated: “I want to help the team, I don’t want to play just because of what I did and what I am. If you are part of a group, you must contribute something. We will see“last_img read more