Ryan Babel is one of those players who had a bright future but after every season and year passed by; the Dutch performer could never live up to the initial expectations of his younger years.
It was because of these expectations of having a promising career that the English Premier League club opted to offload €11 million in securing the services of a player who at that time was 20 years old, this was 11 year ago and at that point in time, Babel was the 3rd
most expensive signing ever.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Loris Karius to become a good hit with Besiktas after joining them on a two-year loan deal. The Germany international had become the club’s back-up goalkeeper shortly after Alisson Becker’s arrival during the summer and he has now been allowed to head to Istanbul to better his chances of regular gametime.
Speaking after the Reds’ win over Brighton, Klopp was complimentary of Karius despite his recent shortcomings and believes the German can become a success during his time with the Black Eagles, he said: “I really think Loris is a fantastic goalkeeper at a very good age. A lot of people spoke to me about our improved defensive things, but as good as Alisson has been in the last three games, he was not here for the games before that, it was Loris in goal and he did a lot of good things. Besiktas have quite an experienced team so I think they have a good chance to win the league in Turkey, so that’s cool.”
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Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has backed Daley Blind to make a potential return to Ajax during the ongoing transfer window. Both Alderweireld and Blind played together at the Amsterdam-based club and the latter has been heavily tipped to rejoin his former side after falling out of favour at Manchester United.
Speaking to De Telegraaf, Alderweireld heaped praise on ex-teammate Blind and admitted that it would be nice if the Dutchman makes a comeback with the Capital outfit, he said: “Daley is a great guy. We did not just play together, but also went to school together. He is a proper Amsterdammer. It is nice for both parties involved that he has said he would be open to a return – if it happens.”
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Germany striker Lukas Podolski has dismissed speculation that he is looking to retire from international football. The 29-year-old striker has been in and out of the international team due to the presence of players like Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller ahead of him in the pecking order. Podolski has also been struggling for gametime at club level with Arsenal recently signing Danny Welbeck to act as the backup for Olivier Giroud. This puts Podolski as the third choice striker at the club, but the former Bayern Munich continues to have a great record at international level.
After having made his debut for Germany in 2004, Podolski has appeared in 118 matches and scored 47 goals. This goal record is extremely impressive considering that he has been used as a substitute in most of them. Germany recently saw a number of their top players like Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, and Per Mertesacker announce their retirements. Their reasoning was that they could not go out of international football in a much better position after having recently won the World Cup. Podolski says that he is not the kind of person to turn his back towards the national team at any stage.
Even though he has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, Podolski says that he will continue to make himself available for Germany. “I’m still as hungry as ever. My next big goal is the European Championship. I still enjoy playing for Germany and it’s a pleasure to be part of it all. I don’t need to be afraid of anybody in the national team. And I’m not here just because I’m the joker Podolski who raises everybody’s spirits. I’m here because I deserve to be here. I’m part of this team and I will get my games,” said Podolski.
With the transfer window reaching its last few weeks before it officially shuts down, some managers have already successfully completed signing all of their desired players while others are rushing to have it done within the next few days. Having already signed Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, many fans were expecting Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid to not have any more new players but recently the Spanish club has been heavily linked with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
Liverpool is believed to be in the process of increasing the wage and salary of the 19 year old Raheem Sterling as a way to steer off interest from Real Madrid. Now that Brendan Rodgers will be without the services of Luis Suarez, it is critical that he can keep promising players at the club and this is why Liverpool would be willing to increase the salary of Sterling up to 4 times what he is currently earning.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Sterling as he talked about the youngster during a press conference and said: ‘’this kid is only going to get better. He’s way above the level from when he first came in. Tactically, technically, and what has been beautiful to watch with Raheem has been his maturity. He’s turning into a beautiful young man, with all the responsibility. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent’’
Raheem Sterling has a contract with Liverpool that expires in 3 years but the club wants to keep him on an even long period of time and the Premier League club is believed to be willing to increase his current deal of £30,000-a-week to £120,000-a-week in order to keep him tied up with the club on a long term contract and keep him away from the interest of other teams such as Real Madrid.
At a certain period in time Liverpool were favorites on winning the previous season as they were only a few points away from claiming the league title but a series of disappointing results saw the team of Brendan Rodgers falling to 2nd place as Manchester City got ahead of them.
It still was a fairly impressive season for Liverpool as they secured a Champions League spot but Rodgers revealed that the squad still needs significant strengthening needed to be done before the start of the next season which kicks off in August.
Some of the major targets of Rodgers in this summer Barcelona’s Pedro and Southampton’s Adam Lallana.
Luis Enrique was revealed to be the new coach of Barcelona and he stated that a number of changes will be done in the squad which means that the future of certain players is in doubt.
Enrique said: ‘’the players must know that you cannot let a year pass at Barca. If they are not at the level required then there will be changes. We will reinforce the team in the best way possible, to be as competitive as possible. There is a market there teams ask a lot of money for players. You must manage it all. We will reinforce, maybe in all lines of the team, to have the best players for the club and for me’’.
Pedro Rodriguez played an important role in the last season of Barcelona which is why it will be more difficult for Liverpool to secure his services however with the arrival of Enrique into the club, just about anything can happen.
Adam Lallana from Southampton is on the wish list of Brendan Rodgers as he is going to have meetings and discussions with the player as well as his agent in the next few weeks when the summer transfer window officially opens.