Van Ginkel coy on future amid Chelsea interest

The 20-year-old Vitesse midfielder, who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, insists he will decide his future after he has had a summer holiday

Vitesse midfielder Marco van Ginkel remains coy on his future amid interest from Europa League winners Chelsea.Goal exclusively revealed in May that the 20-year-old is likely to be one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings at Stamford Bridge this summer, with a deal already in place between the Dutch club and the Europa League holders.

Van Ginkel’s European Under-21 Championship campaign with Netherlands ended on Saturday following their 1-0 semi-final defeat to Italy, and the midfielder reiterated that he will consider his future after his holiday.

“My future? Now I have a vacation and I’ll concentrate on that. After my holiday, we will see, maybe,” Van Ginkel told Sky Sports News Radio.

When told of reports suggesting David Moyes is also interested in him, Van Ginkel replied: “Manchester United, I didn’t know. I have two more years at Vitesse. It’s a club who’s growing, so I’m also happy there.”

Van Ginkel made 41 appearances in all competitions for Vitesse last season, scoring 12 goals and bagging a further 12 assists as the Arnhem-based outfit finished fourth in the Eredivisie.

Sneijder rules out summer Chelsea switch

The Galatasaray midfielder won the treble under Jose Mourinho at Inter, but dismissed a reunion with the Portuguese boss this window – though could be open to a move in January

Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has played down reports linking him with a move to Chelsea, and says he is happy to remain with the Turkish giants.

The 29-year-old moved to the Istanbul-based outfit in January 2013, scoring three goals as Galatasaray claimed the Super Lig title.

Recent reports have linked the Netherlands international with a move to Stamford Bridge to link up with former manager Jose Mourinho, but the Dutchman has refuted those claims.

“I have a special relationship with Jose Mourinho and enjoyed working with him, but I can’t leave Galatasaray in the lurch or the fans that I admire,” Sneijder told Turkish newspaper Milliyet.

“I want to play till January at least and help my team. I love Istanbul so much.”

Sneijder cost Galatasaray a fee in the region of £6.3 million, and the former Ajax and Real Madrid star feels he has an obligation to remain with the club.

“I’ve met a new country and a new culture. It would not be easy to leave and turn my back [on Galatasaray],” he continued.

“My club have expectations of me. The board worked so hard for my transfer. I can’t go anywhere because I owe them.”

Ayew courts Premier League interest

The Ghana forward made no secret of his admiration for English football and issued a thinly veiled hint that he would be open to a move to England and particularly to Liverpool

Andre Ayew has expressed his desire to play in the Premier League “if interested clubs have the number of Olympique de Marseille president Vincent Labrune.

The striker scored nine goals in 35 Ligue 1 games last season as the southern France outfit claimed the runners-up spot, 12 points behind winners Paris Saint-Germain.

However, speaking to French programme Telefoot on Sunday morning, the 23-year-old was open about his enthusiasm for the Premier league, strongly suggesting that he would accept an offer from an English club if one arrived this summer.

“It’s a league I always think of,” the Ghana international acknowledged.

“I am Ghanaian and an English speaker, and the English league is the one most watched in Ghana. I have a strong preference for England. I am not seeking to leave but if interested clubs have the number of [Marseille] president [Vincent] Labrune.”

Ayew, who was named BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2011, also spoke of his affection for Liverpool, the club he supported as a child.

“As for Liverpool- yes, I have followed them since I was young.”

Ayew is contracted to Marseille until June 2015.

Biglia relieved to catch Lazio 'train'

The Argentina midfielder expresses his delight at his move to the Biancocelesti, hoping that the competitive environment of Serie A can help satisfy his career ambitions

Lucas Biglia has revealed his relief at catching the Lazio “train” after finally realising his goal of playing in one of Europe’s top leagues.

Biglia spent seven years at Anderlecht, scoring 16 times in 287 games for the club, and revealed that the move was a culmination of a long time spent asking for a transfer from the Belgian champions.

“In January, I sat down with the heads at Anderlecht and they finally understood my desire to play in a more competitive league,” the 27-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“After seven seasons in Belgium, I needed it. I knew about Lazio’s interest, but I was in the national set-up and I did not want to talk about my future so as to avoid distractions.

“I was always very interested. I wanted to get to a more important league and a more competitive team. Lazio is perfect. I did not want to miss this train.”

Biglia also spoke of overcoming his personal demons, after admitting ealier this season that he was on the brink of depression.

“In January I was close to depression and closed myself off for 10 days in a dark room. My head was bursting, I do not know how many medicines doctors have prescribed me. Anti-depressants too, but I told my wife that I would not have ever taken them.

“I realised that life does isn’t just about football. But now here Lazio and Argentina are calling me, giving me a burst of energy. The train can call on you when you least expect it.”

No contact over Cardozo, insists Benfica

The Aguias have refuted suggestions that the Paraguay international is set to leave the club

Benfica have denied holding talks with other clubs over the sale of Oscar Cardozo, with Fenerbahce rumoured to be interested in signing the striker.

The Paraguayan scored 17 goals in the Primeira Liga last season, but saw his club endure a torrid end to the campaign, losing Europa League and Portuguese Cup finals to Chelsea and Vitoria Guimaraes respectively- as well as surrendering the league to Porto by a single point.

A host of clubs have been linked with a possible transfer for the former Newell’s Old Boys striker but Benfica have moved to quash rumours of an imminent exit.

“We would like to inform you that Oscar Cardozo is a Benfica player,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“And at this time there has been no contact with any other club about him.”

Cardozo was recently forced to apologise after shoving coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-1 Portuguese Cup defeat to Vitoria Guimaraes, but the Lisbon-based outfit have stressed that there is no desire on their part to see him leave.