There is concrete interest in Jordy Clasie – Feyenoord

The Eredivisie side confirmed that the midfielder will not feature in their upcoming friendly matches as he looks to discuss a possible summer transfer

Feyenoord have announced that Jordy Clasie will miss their upcoming friendly matches in order to allow the midfielder to explore transfer options.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked to a move away from De Kuip this summer after another stellar campaign in the Eredivisie.

Southampton are said to be the main club interested in acquiring the Netherlands international, though there has been reported interest from other clubs in England, Italy and Germany.

“Jordy Clasie will not play against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday. The reason is that concrete interest has been shown for the captain from another club,” Feyenoord tweeted from their official account.

“The club and player have therefore agreed that he will not play as long as talks on a possible transfer are ongoing.”

Clasie scored two goals and set up a further five in 31 Eredivisie appearances last season for the Rotterdam club.

'Remember me as a good person' – Casillas in tears as he bids farewell to Madrid

Iker Casillas bid an emotional farewell to Real Madrid on Sunday as he confirmed he is now a Porto player.

The goalkeeper brings an end to 25 years at the Santiago Bernabeu side to join the Portuguese outfit after a deal was agreed on Saturday night.

And a tearful Casillas thanked the club’s fans for all the support they have shown him during his trophy-laden spell at the club, and says he is looking forward to continuing his career. 

“I have come to this great stadium today to say goodbye to all of you,” he said. “Especially to the Madrid fans. As of Saturday I’m no longer a Real Madrid player, now I’ll be a Porto player.

“I am moving to Porto for many reasons. Firstly I am joining Porto because of the excitement that the coach has transmitted to me.

“Secondly, because of their affection, they have won me over. I’ll do everything I can to not disappoint them and fight as hard as possible to win as many titles as I possibly can there.”

Struggling to get his words out, the World Cup winning goalkeeper spoke of the influence Madrid has had on him as a person and an athlete, urging the fans to remember him as a “good person” instead of a goalkeeper.

“This club didn’t just teach me how to be a sportsman, it taught me how to be a person.

“I’ve learned a lot form all of my coaches. They have been a fundamental part of my development and my career.

“Every day we’ve been forming a part of Real Madrid and they’ve always supported me.

“I want to say thank you to my parents and all my family. 

“Thank you to the Madrid fans for their support, helping me lift every cup, every triumph, for being with me in the good moments and the bad moments.

“For giving me a hand when I needed lifting up. I don’t want to be remembered as a good goalkeeper or a bad goalkeeper, I just want to be remembered as a good person, with my faults.

“Thank you. Thank you. A thousand thank yous. Wherever I go, I will always shout ‘Hala Madrid’.

“I’m sure in the future we’ll see each other. I’m not going to say goodbye, because it’s not goodbye. I hope to see you soon. Thank you, to all of you.”

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I expected Bayern fans to jeer Schweinsteiger move – Rummenigge

The club CEO says he was prepared for the reaction from the club’s fans when the midfielder was absent from the club’s unveiling of their new kit

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits he was not surprised to hear the club’s fans jeer the transfer of Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United.

The CEO announced that the midfielder was set to join Old Trafford club, meaning he was absent from the club’s unveiling of their new kit for the coming season as it was modelled by their star players in a packed Allianz Arena.

The Bayern fans did not take the news well and voiced their anger as the new strips were unveiled on Saturday. 

“I don’t know if they were booing Bayern Munich or just the transfer itself,” the 59-year-old admitted to Bild.

“But I expected this reaction, and was prepared for it. You have to explain something like this sensibly.

“An explanation was owed of the fans, and I think we did a good job, if you saw the reaction of the supporters afterwards.”

The former Germany international stressed that it was the midfielder’s choice to leave the club.

“We had a very serious and detailed discussion with Schweinsteiger and we have complied with his request.”

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Materazzi on Darmian: Man Utd have signed the best wing-back in Italy

The 25-year-old defender sealed a switch to Old Trafford on Saturday and the former Inter centre-back urges him to take his big chance with Louis van Gaal’s side


Former Inter defender Marco Materazzi has praised Manchester United’s acquisition of Matteo Darmian, arguing that he is the best wing-back in Italy.

The full-back officially signed for Louis van Gaal’s side on Saturday, with United having decided to move for the Torino star after cooling their interest in Nathanial Clyne, who eventually joined Liverpool on July 1.

Darmian, who has been capped 13 times by Italy, is expected to go straight into Van Gaal’s starting XI for the new campaign, with Rafael having failed to sufficiently convince the Dutch coach of his abilities, and Materazzi expects big things.

He told Goal: “Darmian plays very well. In the World Cup, he was maybe not the best player but more or less did a good job.

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“He has a big opportunity with Manchester United to grow because he’s a good player, he’s playing for the national team and now for United. I think he’s the best wing-back in Italy.”

Materazzi, who spent 10 years with Inter, also discussed Roberto Mancini’s return to San Siro and believes that it is exciting times for all connected with the club.

He said: “It’s a very good time for Inter because Mancini wants and is getting his players but I think he signed in the middle of the last season because he has a guarantee for this year to get back to winning.

“Out of three, four, five, six new players maybe one or two – Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri – cannot play well but it’s normal. This is football.”

Beckham 'sad' about Casillas' Madrid departure

The former Real Madrid player hailed the goalkeeper as a true legend, while Gareth Bale admitted that spending two years in the same team was “an absolute honour”

David Beckham has said that he is “sad” to see Iker Casillas leave Real Madrid for Porto.

The goalkeeper is set to bring an end to 25 years at Madrid when he completes his move to Porto, after the Spanish club announced that a deal had been made.

And Beckham, who played with the legendary Madrid and Spain goalkeeper for four years in the Spanish capital, hailed him as a “true legend” and an “amazing person”.

“What more can be said about this man?” Beckham posted on Instagram. “I’m sad to see Iker leave a club that he adored and gave everything to for so many years. 

“He is a friend an amazing person and one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game. A true Real Madrid legend… Gracias Amigo.”

Meanwhile, Blancos winger Gareth Bale paid homage to the 34-year-old on Twitter, saying that the two years he spent playing in the same team as him was “an absolute honour”, before wishing him good luck.

Been an absolute honour playing alongside @CasillasWorld the past 2 years. A true legend of the game and I wish you all the luck my friend!

— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 12, 2015

After joining the club’s youth system in 1990, Casillas went on to win five league titles and three Champions League crowns with Madrid, while he has also won two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain.