Dzagoev: Playing for Zeman would be a dream

CSKA Moscow youngster Alan Dzagoev says he would like to play under Roma coach Zdenek Zeman at some point in his career.

The Russian was in impressive form for his nation during Euro 2012, and is eager to make the move to Serie A in the future.

“Roma have a great young team with a great future and I think it’d be a great opportunity for me,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Just thinking about it seems like a dream. Everyone knows who Zeman is. They know he likes football, and his style would suit me as I’m an attacker.

“I like Italian football, I think I would fit in very well. I can play on both wings, I think I know how to combine technique and vision.”

Russia is currently home to two Italian coaches, Luciano Spalletti of Zenit and Fabio Capello of the national team, and Dzagoev went on to voice his respect for both.

“Spalletti is a great coach. He has brought his wealth of experience and adapted well to our football,” he said.

“I’ve been working with [Capello] for four months. It soon became clear that he’s a coach of the highest level.”

Centurion ignores Porto and Benfica interest

Ricardo Centurion insists that he is ignoring transfer interest from European clubs, and is focused on playing well for Argentina.


The Racing midfielder, who was recently called up to Alejandro Sabella’s Albiceleste squad, has reportedly attracted Porto and Benfica’s attention ahead of the January transfer window.

Speaking to Goal.com Argentina, Centurion dismissed any possibility of leaving South America in the foreseeable future.

The 19-year-old said: “I’m not aware of what is happening.

“I don’t think about my future, just about my present.

“I try not to watch TV or read newspapers because I want to keep my attention on the Argentina national team.”

Anzhi rubbish rumours of €250 million bid for Messi

Anzhi Makhachkala have rubbished rumours linking them with a staggering €250 million bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Reports in Mundo Deportivo had suggested that the Argentina international had rejected earning €30m a season with the Russian club, after his buy-out clause was allegedly met.

However, their marketing consultant German Tkachenko quashed the story as totally false, and insisted that the side do not operate that way in the transfer market.

“There isn’t a shred of truth in it,” he told Russian newspaper Sport-Express.

“Asking a question about this, let alone writing about it, shows a lack of understanding about how Anzhi’s sporting model is designed and what its principles and priorities are.”

Spanish media reported that Messi not only dismissed the Russian offer, but duly signed a new contract tying him to the club until 2018.

Former Camp Nou striker Samuel Eto’o, who played with Messi at Barca, made the switch from Spain to Russia, and is currently the highest paid footballer on the planet, on a reported €20m per year.

Insigne had an incredible year, says agent

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent has saluted the strides that the striker has made at Napoli this season.

The attacker, 21, made his debut for the Italy national team in September against Malta, and has helped fill the gap for the Partenopei this campaign after the summer departure of Ezequiel Lavezzi.

“It’s been a great year for Lorenzo Insigne, both in professional and personal terms,” Antonio Ottaiano, who represents the forward, told Kiss Kiss Napoli on Friday.

“The striker has achieved incredible results with Napoli and the Italian national team.”

Lorenzo’s younger sibling, Roberto Insigne, is also on the books at Stadio San Paolo, and Ottaiano revealed that a loan move for his client will ideally be lined up next campaign.

“Roberto Insigne? Loan requests are there for him, but Napoli is going to try and make big strides in the league, and so it will be difficult for the club to dispose of him,” the agent added.

“[But] he will definitely go on loan into next season.”

Kahn: Schalke should target Mainz coach Tuchel

Germany’s former No. 1 goalkeeper Oliver Kahn believes that Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel would be an ideal coach to take over at Schalke.

The Gelsenkirchen club sacked Huub Stevens after seeing the side fall away from the leading pack in the Bundesliga after a strong start, and having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Mainz are among the surprise packages in the German top tier this season, and Kahn believes Schalke could do a lot worse than bringing Tuchel on board at the Veltins Arena.

“Mainz clearly have a very good coach who has brought the team consistency using a systematic approach, and he has made his mark,” the former Bayern Munich shot-stopper told Bild.

“A coach like Tuchel could do very well for Schalke, I imagine.”

Kahn highlighted Bavarian attacker Franck Ribery as his star of the Bundesliga so far this season, but also hailed the signings of Javi Martinez, Dante and Borussia Dortmund starlet Marco Reus.

“The single player that stands out for me is Franck Ribery,” he continued.

“Among the top transfers are, for me, Reus, Martinez and Dante.

“Of the goalies, [Rene] Adler and [Roman] Weidenfeller have shown the most excellence.”