The 33-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career, particular in his four years at Inter, and a return to the club where he began his career looks on the cards
By Fabrizio Romano
Inter striker Diego Milito has revealed that he could be tempted by a return to former club Racing Avellaneda.
The 33-year-old started his career at the Argentinian First Division side between 1999 and 2003, before earning a move to Genoa in Serie A, and it is believed he would like to end his career there.
The peak of Milito’s career came in his debut season at Inter in 2009-10, where he played a decisive role in their treble-winning campaign. He scored the winning goals in the Coppa Italia final against Roma, the 1-0 win over Siena on the final day of the league season and both goals in the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.
He is currently sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury he suffered in February, and it is highly likely he will not feature again until the start of next season.
The four-year-deal that he signed with Inter in 2010 runs out at the end of next season, and it is likely he will leave the Nerazzurri and potentially join Racing when his contract is close to expiring.
The Argentine scored 37 goals in 148 appearances for Racing, while at Inter he has found the net 73 times in 152 games.
The former Marseille attacker is only focussed on his current club, and has backed the side to return to Europe in the future after a disappointing campaign this year
Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa has committed his future to the club following speculation linking him with a move away from St James’ Park.
The France international’s season has been disrupted by a series of hamstring injuries but the winger made a return to the squad as a second-half substitute during Thursday’s Europa League tie with Benfica.
And the 26-year-old attcker is adamant that he is still happy at Newcastle, dismissing rumours that he could leave the club in the summer.
“I want to stay here,” Ben Arfa told The Evening Chronicle. “It is only journalists who talk about that [leaving Newcastle].
“Me and my agent have not talked about that. I am focused on Newcastle and 100% Newcastle. I hope to stay here.”
With Newcastle sitting just five points above the relegation zone and having crashed out of the Europa League, they won’t be featuring in Europe next year.
But Ben Arfa is eager to compete on the continent in the future, and has backed the Toon’s “great team” to secure qualification next season.
“We have a great team. I’d love to play for this team in Europe again,” continued Ben Arfa.
“We won’t next season but after that we can maybe go again. Everything is here. It is a great club. We have a great squad, big ground and great fans.”
The Frenchman says that the Russian will decide on his future when his contract runs out at the end of the season, but doubts that he will stay due
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Andrey Arshavin will leave the club this summer, stating that the winger will decide on his future when his contract expires.
Reports had suggested that the Russian could be ready to retire from football at the end of the season, and Wenger hinted that the winger would not be offered a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.
“He is at the end of his contract at the end of the season and then he will decide what to do, but I don’t think he will stay here because he doesn’t play enough,” Wenger told reporters.
“I must say publicly that I give him credit. He is working absolutely every session 100 per cent commitment and he is an example to everybody because he has been questioned about his commitment.
“If you see him every day, you would respect him for his commitment.”
Wenger also insists he still has confidence in club captain Thomas Vermaelen, despite the Belgium international losing his place in the side recently with the coach preferring a duo of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
“Thomas is a great man and a fighter. His attitude has been marvellous,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Wenger gave his verdict on the recent breakthrough in goal-line technology after Hawk-Eye won the battle to provide the Premier League’s electronic system, with the 63-year-old coach seemingly supportive of the idea.
“What you want is the right decision to be made,” he added.
Director of football Edu Gaspar has quashed speculation over a move for the Argentine, stating that his side have “no interest” in the forward
Corinthians director of football Edu Gaspar has quashed rumours linking Carlos Tevez with the Brazilian side, claiming the club do not need the Manchester City striker and have “no interest” in signing him.
The former Manchester United and West Ham forward has been a controversial figure in England, exiled from City’s squad for much of their Premier League winning campaign last season after a dispute with manager Roberto Mancini.
However, while the World Club champions have been linked with a move for the Argentine international, whose contract runs out at the end of next season, Gaspar insists the club don’t need the 29-year-old.
“At this moment we have no interest in Tevez, we’ll sign players for the positions we need,” he told Lance!
“We don’t seek a player because he is or might become important. If we need a player and we see that is someone who we need, we go after him. We will fight to sign him.
“Our idea is to keep the club always on the top. If we are not the best, we have to fight to be among the best.
“Many people said that Corinthians didn’t need to make signings, but we brought in three great players – [Alexandre] Pato, Renato Augusto and Gil.”
The PSG owner is satisfied with the job the Italian is doing at Parc des Princes, with the club having now established themselves in Europe
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has admitted his admiration for Jose Mourinho but reiterated his faith in Carlo Ancelotti.
The Real Madrid boss is rumoured to be ready to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the current campaign and the Portuguese has been linked with a move to the Parc des Princes.
However, Al-Khelaifi insists that PSG have no interest in making a move for the two-time Champions League winner, at least not while current coach Ancelotti is still around.
“Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world,” the Qatari businessman told Marca TV. “But we love Carlo and he still has another year left on his contract.”
Indeed, Al-Khelaifi has nothing but praise for the Italian, who has transformed PSG into a force to be reckoned with, as evidenced by their away-goals defeat by Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this week.
“We are very pleased to be part of the eight best teams in Europe but the aim now is to win the championship and the Coupe de France,” he added.
Al-Khelaifi’s comments were echoed by Ancelotti, who knows his troops will have to put their European heartbreak to one side as quickly as possible.
“I told the players we had no time to dwell on our elimination,” the Italian is quoted as saying by Le Parisien.
“We have an important match on Saturday against Troyes and there are two competitions in France that we want to win.”