Higuain focused on Argentina

June 5, 2010


Higuain focused on Argentina Real striker’s mind at ease after signing new contract extension

By Richard Bailey

Gonzalo Higuain admits he can go into the World Cup with a clear head now that his Real Madrid future has been resolved.

The Argentina forward is thought to have signed a new contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2016.

Despite being Madrid’s top scorer for the past two seasons, rumours were rife that Real were set to cash in on the 22-year-old following a bust-up with team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

However that speculation has been laid to rest and Higuain admits he is now focusing solely on Argentina and the World Cup.

“I’m the happiest man in the world with my renewal,” he said.

“To continue at the best club in the world is what I wanted, I couldn’t be happier. Obviously I’m calmer now. Now I’m focused 100 per cent on Argentina and thank God I don’t have to worry about anything else.

“I’m at a World Cup, I play in the best team in the world…everything is perfect. Now I need to help my national team.”

Competition for places

Argentina have arguably the most talented pool of strikers to choose from at the World Cup with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito and Martin Palermo all contesting with Higuain for a place in the starting XI.

However the competition for places does not faze the former River Plate ace and he is just looking to enjoy the whole experience.

“The first thing is to help the team in any way I can,” he told Marca.

“Be it playing 90 minutes, 15 or nothing, I’ll be doing what I can to help the team win the World Cup. This tournament is a unique experience and I’m enjoying every moment as much as possible.

“I’m living a dream. To be in the World Cup with Argentina, with all these team-mates, with (Diego) Maradona as coach…I’m expecting something unique.”

Barcelona interested in Ansaldi

May 26, 2010


Barcelona target Rubin Kazan left back Cristian Ansaldi

Spanish newspaper Sport reports this morning that Barcelona are interested in signing Rubin Kazan left back Cristian Ansaldi.

Ansaldi, who can also play on the right, or in midfield, impressed against Barcelona in two matches in the Champions League group stages.

The 23-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Manchester City and is contracted to Rubin Kazan until 2012.

Pep Guardiola is reportedly looking to provide competition for Maxwell and Eric Abidal on the left hand side of the Barcelona defence.

Benfica interested in Carrizo

May 25, 2010

According to a report in Clarin, Benfica has contacted Juan Pablo Carrizo’s agent to begin negotiating a possible transfer.

The former Lazio GK Carrizo is currently on loan to Real Zaragoza.


Los portugueses ya dieron el primer paso al contactarse ayer con el representante del arquero.

Ese sueño que tiene casi todo River de que Juan Pablo Carrizo vuelva a ser el arquero titular del futuro equipo que armará y conducirá Angel Cappa, vive una coyuntura de pesadilla: ayer se supo que el poderoso Benfica, de Portugal, saldrá firmemente al cruce de objetivo.

Tanto es así que las autoridades del Benfica, donde juegan argentinos prestigiosos como Angel Di María, Javier Saviola y Pablo Aimar, han iniciado contactos con su pares del Lazio, de Italia, que posee los derechos deportivos del guardavallas, aunque Carrizo haya terminado la temporada jugando en el Zaragoza de España.

Lo de la prestigiosa institución portuguesa va tan en serio que ayer mismo se pusieron en contacto con el empresario Pablo Sabbag, quien atiende los intereses de Carrizo, para conocer las condiciones para así empezar a pisar en firme sobre la futura contratación.

Atletico Madrid president insists Aguero will stay

May 25, 2010


Atletico Madrid president insists Sergio Aguero will stay

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has insisted that the Europa League winners will do all they can to keep hold of Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine striker, who has a 60 million euro buyout clause, has been linked with a host of major clubs including Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Cerezo told the Atletico Madrid official website: “He has a contract with us, we want him to stay and he is happy here. Only if someone comes in to pay his buy-out clause would we then have to see what he decides.”

The Atletico president continued: “I would be surprised if he wasn’t here next season. It’s not in our plans to sell any player who is important to us.”

In 2009/2010, Aguero scored 18 goals and provided seven assists in 47 appearances.

Milito & Samuel arrive in Argentina

May 24, 2010

Diego Milito & Walter Samuel speaking with reporters upon arriving in Buenos Aires.

Inter interested in Mascherano

May 24, 2010


Inter Milan join Chelsea in the race for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano

Treble winners Inter Milan have joined the race to sign Liverpool defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano , according to a report in Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

Yesterday Chelsea were linked with Mascherano who has long been tipped to leave Liverpool with Barcelona reportedly interested last season.

Inter Milan are also after Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and also have also been rumoured to be interested in Rafa Benitez to replace Jose Mourinho who seems set for Real Madrid.

The midfielder made 47 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League and European competition last season, scoring one goal and picking up 11 yellow cards. His contract is up in two years.


May 23, 2010

In Diego Milito’s first season with Inter, he is the team’s top goal scorer, scoring game winning goals in the Coppa Italia, Serie A and Champions League.

The biggest goals of them all, his two outstanding goals to deliver the European Cup to Inter for the first time in 45 years.

Diego Milito.

Inter Hero Forever.