Louis van Gaal has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Daley Blind will be sidelined for six months. The Dutch international recently suffered a major injury while on international duty. It is yet another problem for Van Gaal, who has had to deal with a sea of injury troubles since the start of the season. Since his arrival to United, the Dutchman has never had a fully fit squad to choose from. It has been mentioned as one of the reasons for the club’s poor showing this campaign. In recent weeks, though, the injury situation appeared to finally come good with a number of players like Michael Carrick returning to action.
The latest international break has wreaked havoc into the United team with as much as three new players likely to miss the upcoming matches for the club. David de Gea and Michael Carrick are major injury worries for the weekend’s match against Arsenal, while Daley Blind is definitely ruled out.
Dutch national team boss Guus Hiddink said thatBlind was likely to be sidelined for around six weeks after injuring his ligaments. United’s official Twitter account made an error and quoted the recovery time as six months much to the shock of United fans.Van Gaal has cleared those statements by confirming that Blind is likely to return before the start of 2015.
“[Blind] is not ready, he has a brace on his knee. It’ll be 10 days’ rest, then we’ll have another scan and say more about his injury.It’s not as bad as the doctors thought after the match, but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something like that.We have to wait for tomorrow’s training session to decide if [some players] are back.My philosophy is that you have to train at least one week with the squad, better two,” said Van Gaal.
Leicester City has reportedly re-signed in Andy King this October. The talented midfielder is on a 4-year contract with the club which continues till the year 2018.
It was a remarkable birthday celebration for King who had an unforgettable 26th birthday signing renewal agreement with the premier English football club.
The Wales star came to East Midlands right from the academy in the year 2006. He has made 283 1st team-appearances & scored 54 goals during his tenure till now. Andy’s previous contract is about to terminate by the termination of coming season- however Leicester has announced about contract extension this Wednesday given the stellar potential of the player.
King is delighted to maintain his pace in his old club and has even expressed this desire to stick to Leicester till his last playing days.
“I am completely buzzing”, said an excited Andy while speaking on the official site of his club. “To reach so far by now with this club & to be able to take part in Premier League is like dream coming true for me. To be capable of committing my future here & for my club to show this much of confidence in my play is a huge boost – thus I am just looking forward to shoot on now.”
“I have always played for this club post my academy years & it is looking more & more as if they are the sole squad that I would ever score for”, he continued with deep passion and commitment for Leicester. “I would really love it in case that goes the case.”
“I have always said that right from my first debut in 2007 against Wolves, the fans have always been really amazing with me-thus, a huge Thank You on my part for them. They have been a great support all through my career & I am hopeful for such a similar fate so on.”
Luis Nani completed his return to Sporting Lisbon as the Portuguese winger was used as bait in order to lure in Marcos Rojo into Manchester United. Rojo signed a 5 year long contract with Manchester United meanwhile Nani will only be performing with Sporting Lisbon on a season long loan deal.
There is a rather surprising twist to this deal as Nani is only playing with Lisbon during one season in the few months that he performs with the Portuguese, his wages will still be paid by Manchester United. Nani is going to be paid around $8 million in wages to perform for another club; this is a sign of just how much Louis van Gaal wanted to sign Marcos Rojo.
After everything was completed United had to pay €16 million in transfer fee to secure the services of Marcos Rojo as well as having to continue paying Luis Nani his normal wages even though he is performing for a different club.
Rojo is a versatile defender who is capable of performing in the left-back position and in the heart of the defence as a centre-back. This is great news for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United as they have to find a back-up option for Luke Shaw who is out injured for one month.
Luke Shaw missed out of Manchester United’s opening match of the season due to a hamstring injury but the young defender is not expected to rejoin the squad for a few more weeks as he has been struggling with fitness ever since the 2014 World Cup came to an end.
Facing defeat in the opening match of the season and losing one of their most promising signings of the transfer window is not the way that Louis van Gaal wanted to start the season but the Dutchman has a chance of recovering from the early setbacks and kickoff his charge for the league title.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have widely been regarded as the best footballers on the planet for the last five years. The question of choosing between them has been put forward to several great players over the years. It has become a major topic of debate. Messi has won for FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, while Cristiano Ronaldo is close on his heels with two. He is the current holder of the coveted title from FIFA. Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff, who is regarded as one of the greatest players and managers, says that it is difficult to choose between the two because they are both unique.
Cruyff says that he enjoys watching Messi and Ronaldo at the same time. According to him, Barcelona superstar Messi is much more technical and is able to use this low centre of gravity to his advantage. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is a much more physical player, who is also extremely adept at the technical game. Cruyff, who is known around the world for his opinion on various things related to football, says that he will not be able to choose between either of them and he will enjoy watching both of them at their best.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter recently stated that he would prefer Messi over Ronaldo. “Messi and Ronaldo are the two most beautiful players now and with distinctive styles. One is purely technical while the other is physical as well. And I like to watch both of them since this tells you clearly how different the game can be. Football is such a wonderful game because of its variations and its acceptance of every style. I like watching both at their best,” said the former Barcelona manager, who used to work as an advisor to several clubs around the world. He introduced the brand of total football.