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Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has claimed that he wants to feature for the England national team in the future. The midfielder was known for its hard tackle nature, while he has been one of the top receivers of yellow and red cards in the last few years. The defensive midfielder, though, brings a lot of strengths to the team and one of them is the ability to stop the opponents from playing. He is the kind of a player that England have been without for several years now. There has been a suggestion that England manager Roy Hodgson should consider Cattermole after his good performances this campaign.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to international football after having featured at the under 21 level for the England national team. The retirement of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the last few months coupled with the Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick being on the verge of announcing his retirement has resulted in several new midfielders trying to stake a claim in the England midfield. Of course, Cattermole will have to overcome pressure from the likes of Jack Wilshere, who will continue to be an important part in the England setup going forward. However, the 26-year-old believes that he has enough quality to appear for the national team.
England manager Roy Hodgson stated that he is ready to offer new players a chance. “In recent years, it’s not been something for me to get too interested in because of the names that were playing like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. There was never any disappointment. But now, you see the lads getting opportunities and for me, that has got to be a motivation. That is something we probably would not have been able to do in the past. We’ve got a few English lads at Sunderland and I’d like to think Roy Hodgson would come up and have a look,” said Cattermole.
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‘’Toni Kroos’ performance was perfect; he was quick and clear in everything he did. The new players showed their quality. We’re more confident than we were this time last year – and that’s rubbed off on the team.’’
That was the statement released by Carlo Ancelotti after Real Madrid defeated Sevilla and lifted their first title of the season. The Italian coach praised the work of his entire squad but it was a special kind applause towards one of his latest signing, Toni Kroos who majestically dictated the midfield of the team.
There are some players that need to be flashy or score goals in order to stand out but Toni Kroos is another kind of breed, a player that is silent throughout the majority of the field but it does not lower in any way the influence that the German is making for his team. Simple but precise passes is how Kroos manages to standout in his own way as he made his debut for Real Madrid during their match against Sevilla and it was a superb debut.
The Colombian James Rodriguez also made his debut with Real Madrid but he seemed to be out of place and was eventually removed from the pitch at the 72nd minute.
C.Ronaldo was hand down the star of the match as he went on to score both goals for his team but this does not lower down the impact of Toni Kroos, a player that Real Madrid managed to sign for €20 million which is considered to be an incredibly cheap price taking into consideration that Kroos is 24 years old with his entire career ahead of him.
Even at his fairly young age of 24, Kroos has already lifted the World Cup, Super Cup, Bundesliga and Champions League titles.
Real Madrid already was considered to have one of the best squads in the entire world but now with the addition of Toni Kroos, they are being taken into serious consideration of securing all the trophies in the next season with the German midfielder expected to turn into one of the main figures for Real Madrid.
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1 month ago Xavi Hernandez revealed to the public that he decided on leaving Barcelona after making over 700 appearances for the Spanish club. The midfielder was believed to be on his way on joining Qatar but that transfer has stalled and nothing has been done; now Barcelona has given the veteran midfielder the opportunity to return to the squad if he wishes to.
The Sporting Director of Barcelona, Andoni Zubizarreta stated that if Xavi wants to return and play once more with his lifelong club, the opportunity is open.
Barcelona’s Andoni Zubizarreta said: “We’re constantly in conversations with him. Xavi has the right to analyze all his options. At the moment, he’s our player. With Xavi, any news would be good. The time he’s had to think and reflect is something he’s earned, given everything he’s done for Barca. We spoke with him before the World Cup and we’ll do so again when he’s back from his holidays. Then we’ll decide what’s best for him and for Barca.”
Xavi Hernandez currently has a contract with Barcelona which extends for 2 more years and if indeed he does decide to leave Camp Nou, Xavi will be the 3rd player to depart the club after Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol announced their farewell from Barcelona.
During the 2014 World Cup, Xavi made 1 appearance as he represented Spain against Netherlands in the match that saw the Spanish side crumbling down and losing 5-1. His presence has been fading away and Barcelona has already even signed a player who will be playing as his replacement with Ivan Rakitic making his way to Camp Nou. Even if Xavi does remain to stay with Barcelona, it’s doubtful if he will continue playing a central role for his club.
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Real Madrid is increasingly confident that they have won the race for the signature of German international midfielder Toni Kroos.
The Spanish giants have offered a salary upwards of € 5 million per year to leave Bayern Munich, a pay package that the German side is not willing to match.
According to a respected German publication, Bayern have offered the Germany international a salary ranging between € 4 million and € 6 million, before tax. Kroos had been fevesirshly tracked by Manchester United when David Moyes was in charge at the club but incoming manager Louis van Gaal deems his former player unessential for his squad overhaul and this leaves the player with only Real as a logical option for a move.
Toni Kroos has also made contradictory statements regarding his future in recent months. When he was first linked to United, he had mentioned that he belongs to Bayern but the following week, amidst reports of contract talks breaking down, he mentioned that he cannot rule out anything in the future.
Kroos has been demanding an astronomical pay rise that will put him on equal footing with the likes of Philip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger but Bayern has refused to be held to ransom and with few clubs chasing his signature, things are in their hands.
And having paid a minimal sum to bring the player to the club, they wouldn’t be worried too much about Kroos running down his contract and leaving the club for free next summer.
Real Madrid are looking as an alternative to the ageing Xabi Alonso as a midfield general with Asier Illaramendi failing to live up to his price tag and have turned their attentions to Toni Kroos and have already held several meetings regarding a transfer with the Bayern hierarchy in recent weeks.