Marouane Fellaini has admitted that he may have to leave Everton in order to play Champions League football.
The Belgian has been instrumental in the Toffees’ superb start to the season, and has been targeted by Chelsea amongst a host of other top European sides, as exclusively revealed by Goal.com in September.
“I hope to win something here, with Everton,” he told the BBC’s Football Focus. “When I came here, I played an FA Cup final against Chelsea, I lost. Last year I played [a] semi-final [and] lost, and so I hope to win something this year.
“But also I want to play [in the] Champions League, if it’s possible with Everton. But if not, with another team. But I want to play [in the] Champions League.”
When asked whether he would be forced to move in order play for a Champions League side, Fellaini said: “Maybe, but not now.”
David Moyes signed Fellaini from Standard Liege for £15 million in 2008. The 24-year-old has since made 119 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 20 goals in the process, including five goals in nine games this season.
Real Madrid youngster Denis Cheryshev could be on his way to his homeland to join Zenit St Petersburg, the player’s father, Dmitri, has revealed.
The 21-year-old joined Los Blancos in 2002 after spending seven years following Cheryshev senior through clubs like Sporting Gijon and Buros.
The winger has been so far unable to break into Real Madrid’s first team, and his father has revealed that the player might be tempted to jump ship in search of regular football.
“We will wait and see what happens next. If talks between the clubs progress and we receive a contract offer, we will have to look at it before deciding what to do,” Dmitri Cheryshev told Izvestia.
“Of course, it is a great honour to be linked with Zenit. All I have heard is that Zenit are very interested in Denis.
“However, I must admit there have not been any talks or concrete offers yet.”
The Della Valle brothers are responsible for Riccardo Montolivo’s departure from Fiorentina to AC Milan, the player’s agent has revealed.
According to the midfielder’s representative, Carlo Pallavicino, the owners of La Viola did not communicate properly with the player, and that subsequently drove him away.
“The fact is that we lacked a direct contact with the Della Valle brothers. The first alarm bell sounded when [Montolivo”s other agent] Giovanni Branchini was at the Viola headquarters and was told that Montolivo would play as holding midfielder,” Pallavicino told the Corriere dello Sport.
“On his way back to Milan, Branchini turned on the radio and heard that Fiorentina had signed Gaetano D’Agostino, which is something that he was not informed of.
“The relationship cracked from that moment, but certainly not because of D’Agostino himself. Branchini tried to open negotiations with AC Milan and Atletico Madrid over a transfer, but Fiorentina did not want to hear about it.”
Despite the fact that the player intended on leaving the club, Montolivo’s former boss at Fiorentina Delio Rossi stated that the midfielder was always professional.
“I did not like the situation that had surrounded him, but I kept picking him because he has great feelings for Fiorentina.” Rossi told reporters.
“He was always a leader in the dressing room, it was just some details on his contract that kept him from staying.”
Wolfsburg player Diego has announced that Atletico Madrid have not approached him regarding a transfer to La Liga and reiterated that he wants to concentrate on helping the German side improve.
The 27-year-old’s career at the Wolves seemed all but over after he had a huge falling out with then-coach Felix Magath, and was sent on loan to Los Colchoneros last season.
He was widely expected to jump ship in the summer after the trainer made clear that Diego is not part of his plans, but a move never materialised.
Following, Magath’s exit from the club, however, the Brazilian has integrated back into the team and stated that he is completely focused on Wolfsburg.
“We hear a lot about me in Spain, but I can confirm I have not had any contact with Atletico,” Diego told Kicker.
“I am at Wolfsburg and very grateful for my situation. I just hope I have a good season.”
The attacking midfielder made it clear that he is prepared to fight to keep his club away from relegation, but also has hopes that his side will eventually climb up the league into one of the top positions.
“We are prepared to fight to avoid relegation,” he added.
“I hope we can get into the top four, but we know our situation is complicated. We have to go step by step.”
Sofiane Feghouli has stated that he has no intention of leaving Valencia anytime soon, amid reported interest from around Europe.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are believed to have shortlisted the 22-year-old Algeria international, who netted twice in the 4-2 victory over BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Wednesday.
However, Feghouli insists he only has eyes on staying at his current club and does not believe the ongoing uncertainty surrounding a contract extension should be interpreted as a sign of disloyalty.
“I understand that the fans want to know if I will sign a new contract,” he told reporters.
“What I know best is how to play football and off the field I leave things to my agents, who I trust completely. I am very happy here and I want to play for this team as long as possible.”
He then went onto comment on his team’s poor away form since the start of the Liga campaign, stressing what they must do in order to improve.
“It is true that away from home we are not doing as well as we would like, but we must keep working,” he insisted.
“I think it is a mental problem, because we have the quality to beat many teams. We must respect all teams, but on paper Valencia are superior.
“Valladolid will come out at 200 per cent, they will pressure us and will be highly motivated. We must be at our best because there are no easy games in La Liga.”
Valencia currently sit ninth in the league table and are preparing for their next fixture at Valladolid on Sunday.