Will Chamakh Leave To Bordeaux?

Bordeaux President Jean-Louis-Triaud has admitted having tried to re-sign Marouane Chamakh in January, but has played down the possibility of the striker’s return this summer.

The 28 year old Moroccan international moved on a free transfer from the Ligue 1 side to Arsenal in the summer of 2010 but has failed to produce the same form in the Premier League. The striker found himself relegated to the bench most often and was used primarily as a substitute. But the arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud has cast a spell of doubt over the Moroccan’s future at the club and many believe that Chamakh could very well be heading out of the Emirates this summer.

If the striker looks for a way out, Bordeaux would remain interested given the terrific form he had shown during his stay there. But their club President has ruled out a move for the striker as of now.

“It is not worth making things up. I tried to contact him six months ago when the transfer window was open,” Triaud told Sport 10.

“Since I crossed paths with him at the Parc des Princes, he was able to tell me he was very happy in London, loved Arsenal and was fine where he was.

“We’re talking about things which do not exist.”

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Krkic Rules Out Liverpool Move

Former Barcelona forward and currently Roma player, Bojan Krkic has ruled out a move to Liverpool amidst reports that the Spanish striker is close to agreeing a move to Anfield.

After moving to Stadio Olimpico in the summer of 2011, Krkic struggled to make an immediate impact in the Serie A. The 21 year old, who has a mandatory buy back clause in his contract in 2013, managed only 7 goals for the Italian outfit the whole season. However, the young star isn’t keen on a move and wishes to stay at Roma and continue his growth as a player snubbing advances from Liverpool in the process.

“I will return to Rome because I think is the best option,” Krkic told Spanish radio station RAC1.

“I am very happy and satisfied with my first year there. Everything depends on the season I have this year.

“It will be the highlight of my career. I want to focus on Serie A, which is quite hard, and to do my best.”

Liverpool have a new manager Brendan Rodgers who is keen to bring in a few fresh faces to convert the Merseyside club into title contenders next season. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been mooted as a possible signing while several players might be shown through the exit door.

Wenger Claims Van Persie Was The Best At Euro. Was He Watching?

Arsene Wenger has lashed out at Robin Van Persie’s critics claiming the Dutch striker was ‘the best striker in the Euro Championships’.

The 28 year old had a memorable last season at Arsenal where he ended the season as the Premier League’s top scorer and almost single handedly guiding the Gunners to a top four finish. He went into the Euros with a lot of expectations from fans and critics alike but failed to make a mark in the tournament as the Dutch bowed out in the group stages itself. But according to Wenger, Van Persie is still the best striker in the world.

The Frenchman said: “Robin van Persie deserves more credit in Holland than he gets. I think he was still the best striker at the European Championships.

“I watched all his games. If you look at the runs he made, his passing, everything really, was very good.

“He did not take some of his chances but that was down to tiredness. Robin is a class above other strikers. A class above (Klaas-Jan) Huntelaar.”

He added, “Robin is not just a great striker or a great player, he is an exceptional player.

“He did not have to prove himself here. I can understand he wanted to prove he can score goals for Holland. That is an obvious ambition because he is so intense, he loves the game so much.”

The Gunner manager had just a few days back cleared the air over Van Persie’s future and was extremely vocal about the amount of pressure the top players have to deal with these days.

“This is caused by the society we are living in. The speed of mass media, social media and internet creates a situation where incidents or things are spread within five minutes to millions. And it leads to opinions from millions of people.

“Players and coaches are under so much more pressure. The emotion has taken over analysis,” said Wenger.

“Players are fighting for their place in the team under this pressure and they care more about themselves than about the team.

“Twenty years ago there was a ‘we’ culture, now there is the ‘me’ culture.”

Nobody knows what games Wenger was watching, but the reality is that Robin Van Persie missed a bunch of top chances. His goal was amazing, but he did miss way too much for a striker with his class.

Ivanovic Asks Modric To Join Chelsea. Should He?

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has urged Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric to join him at the Stamford Bridge this summer amidst increasing speculation about the Croat’s impending move to Spain.

The 26 year old has spent 4 years at White Hart Lane and or the second time in as many years is demanding a move away from the club. Chelsea were extremely close to signing him last summer but Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy was adamant in keeping hold of the midfielder. But it is believed that after losing out on the top four finish yet again, the North Londoners are willing to let go of Modric.

Manchester United have already had a bid rejected for the Spurs playmaker and Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be preparing for another bid close to £30m to bring him to Old Trafford. But with Chelsea in the fray, this race could get hotter as Modric has always preferred a move to the Blues.

Speaking to Sportske Novosti, Branislav Ivanovic said, ‘I know there was interest in the transfer window before.’

‘Chelsea as a team have needed a player with these qualities. He would fit in quickly and strengthen the squad. He has been in England a long time and knows about the way football is played on the island and the mentality of the players. He has exceptional quality, and moving to a bigger club is necessary for him to take the next step in his career,’ he added.

‘I think at Chelsea he would adapt instantly and become a better player. He should come to Chelsea – it won’t go wrong!’

 

It was widely reported earlier this week that Tottenham and Real Madrid have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of Modric. However, the reports have emerged to be hardly true as it would now be a three horse race to land the highly sought after playmaker.

Arsenal’s Giroud Makes Shocking Chelsea Statement

New Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud has revealed that he snubbed Chelsea’s interest and chose their London rivals Arsenal because of the French connection.

Giroud, aged 25, had a terrific last season for Montpellier where he ended as the joint top scorer along with Nene. The Frenchman has joined the Gunners recently for a sum of £13m and confessed his love for the North Londoners. He admitted that the fact Arsenal have plenty of French players in their squad influenced his decision as it would be easier for him to adapt to life at the Emirates.

Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Giroud said, Why did I choose Arsenal rather than Chelsea? Because it is a club I love. And I thought it would be easier for my adaptation.

‘Arsenal is a great club, the facilities are wonderful, but I feel it is a club that takes big care before signing a player, notably considering human values.

‘There are French players. There is also Arsene Wenger who let me understand he really wanted me.

‘Chelsea is very nice, it is a great club, but I am not convinced (coach Roberto) Di Matteo knows who I am.’

The left footed Frenchman also spoke highly of his new club captain Robin Van Persie and rejected suggestions that he has been signed as a replacement.

‘When you make the decision to join a great club, you know there is already a great forward,’ he added.

‘I know what to expect.

‘Van Persie is a fantastic player who was outstanding last season. He has been at Arsenal for eight years, I hope I will have time to adapt and improve.

‘Anyway, I don’t go there to take his place.’