West Ham chief Sullivan fed-up with agents 'taking game to the cleaners' | Premiership News | Tribal Football

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan wants to introduce a new wage cap.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan wants to introduce a new wage cap.

Sullivan hopes the benefits of the new approach will be handed down to ordinary fans and help improve links with local communities on which clubs are based.

Sullivan told ESPN: “I cannot see any collective decisions, but there are quite a few clubs – for example Norwich City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion – who seem to be taking a more sensible approach to things and West Ham will be in that camp.

“We’ll pay good wages but not be taken to the cleaners by agents and players at the expense of our supporters. The increase in TV money next year will allow us to continue to freeze ticket and season ticket prices.

“Overpaying had virtually bankrupted this club and we are still burdened by £100 million of debt as a result of the excesses of the previous owners in giving too much to players.

“Many clubs are saddled with too much debt, for example Everton, and the restrictions imposed by their bankers will ensure there is a tighter control over wages going forward.

“I think next season a lot of clubs will look to not give all the new TV money to players and agents. On all previous occasions it has gone up, it has ended up with them; however, I feel on this occasion it might not happen.

“West Ham United are determined long term to be a viable, self-financing club.”

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Lindegaard opening as Man Utd pal De Gea named in Spain Olympics squad | Premiership News | Tribal Football

David De Gea has handed Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson a preseason headache.The Spaniard has been named in their Olympics squad.

David De Gea has handed Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson a preseason headache.

The Spaniard has been named in their Olympics squad.

Euro 2012 final goalscorers Juan Mata (Chelsea) and Jordi Alba (Barcelona) are also included in the European Champions plans ahead of the London Games.

Champions League winner Mata is joined by Chelsea colleague Oriol Romeu in the 21-man party to face Senegal and Mexico later this month.

De Gea’s selection opens the door to Anders Lindegaard establishing himself as United No1 going into the new season.

Napoli use Lavezzi cash to bid for Chelsea's Meireles | Transfers | Tribal Football

Napoli are confident they have the cash power to convince Chelsea to sell Raul Meireles.

Napoli are confident they have the cash power to convince Chelsea to sell Raul Meireles.

Flush with funds raised from the sale of Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG, Napoli are now planning a bid for Meireles.

Tuttosport says they hope to do business with Chelsea for around £6 million.

Hoffenheim boss Babbel admits Spurs, Liverpool target Sigurdsson close to decision | Transfers | Tribal Football

Hoffenheim boss Markus Babbel says Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to deciding his next club.

Hoffenheim boss Markus Babbel says Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to deciding his next club.

The Icelander, who spent last season on-loan at Swansea City, is mulling over offers from Tottenham and Liverpool.

“Gylfi Sigurdsson is nearing agreement with a Premier League club,” Babbel told Hoffenheim‘s official website. “It’s all about the final details. I am assuming that the transfer will be completed by the end of the week.”

Napoli rival Man City for Liverpool defender Skrtel | Transfers | Tribal Football

Napoli are lining up a bid for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.Tuttosport says Napoli are banking Marek Hamsik to influence his Slovakia teammate about a move to Italy.

Napoli are lining up a bid for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

Tuttosport says Napoli are banking Marek Hamsik to influence his Slovakia teammate about a move to Italy.

Skrtel is also being linked with Manchester City and has expressed hope of holding new contract talks with Liverpool this summer.

Why we're all hoping Tito gives Gerard Deulofeu his Barcelona chance | Premiership News | Tribal Football

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but next season, under Tito Vilanova, Gerard Deulofeu should finally get his first team chance at Barcelona.

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but next season, under Tito Vilanova, Gerard Deulofeu should finally get his first team chance at Barcelona.

More Ronaldo than Messi, 18 year-old Deulofeu has been marked for greatness since he was 12 years of age.

It was at that age when Nike came knocking, tying Deulofeu to a long-term contract, which included a yearly salary of €150,000 from 14 years of age. At 16, such was the buzz around the young winger, that Nike and Barca worked together to secure the midfielder to a new contract – an agreement unique to European football.

Along with a buyout clause of €20 million, on Barca’s insistence, Nike also made their influence count by including a penalty should he leave for a club sponsored by a rival – such as adidas’ Real Madrid or Chelsea.

Despite the deal, Barca’s directors have always been nervous about Deulofeu due to his family’s choice to go with Gines Carvajal as his agent.

Carvajal is more known for doing deals with Real Madrid than Barcelona and counts Raul among his long list of clients. Indeed, Barca’s fears were confirmed when last year Real came knocking for Deulofeu. It was claimed they were reacting to Barca’s cheeky bid for Castilla pair Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. Both deals came to nothing, but Barca’s card had been marked.

For his part, Carvajal is convinced Deulofeu can make it at Barca, where he was training regularly with the first team squad before promotion to the B team.

“Gerard is different from all other players. He has dribbling ability, speed and imagination. He has everything to make the step up, but he has not done anything yet,” said Carvajal.

New Barca coach Vilanova has hinted fans will see Deulofeu in senior action next season.

Vilanova knows all about the teen, having followed his progress since his first days breaking into the Barca B squad.

“Deulofeu is a very good player and can handle the pressure of playing for Barcelona,” he said. “But we must not add to that pressure by placing extra expectations on his shoulders.

“He must grow and improve working alongside the star players we already have. Then he can find his place.

“We can’t expect an immediate impact when he’s competing with some of the best players we’ve seen in Barca’s history.”

It’s a tag he’d like to avoid, but Deulofeu has been compared with Lionel Messi and for many observers of the workings at La Masia, he’s the best they’ve seen on the ball since the Argentine.

But standing at 6ft, Deulofeu is more similar to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and its that physique which has had English clubs making enquiries for the past two years. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all came knocking after seeing Deulofeu impress in Spain’s U17 European Championship final defeat to England in Liechtenstein.

Chelsea football chief Michael Emenalo is a big admirer and has asked Barca to keep him informed of their plans during a recent visit to La Masia.

But in Vilanova, he has a fan and just as Thiago Alcantara and Cristian Tello saw more action than was expected last season, the same scenario is tipped for Deulofeu for the coming campaign.

Why Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea believe right time to go for Real Madrid wonderkid trio | Transfers | Tribal Football

The three best young players never to play for Real Madrid?

The three best young players never to play for Real Madrid?

Okay, technically Jese Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Joselu have all made the first team breakthrough at Real. But for all their hype, the trio face a near impossible task of repeating the success of legend Raul and establishing themselves as outright first teamers direct from the Castilla.

Amid celebrating promotion back to the Segunda Division, Morata, Jese and Joselu are also contemplating offers from home and abroad to launch their top-flight careers.

Since the end of the season, Benfica and Arsenal have asked after 19 year-old winger Jese, striker Morata has attracted enquiries from half the Primera Division and West Ham United have held a round of talks over a fee for centre-forward Joselu.

At 22, Joselu appears the most likely to move on.

Signed from Celta Vigo, where he made his first team debut, Joselu has now been with the Castilla for three years and struck an impressive 26 goals last term in their promotion winning campaign.

Standing at 6ft 3in and with pace to burn, its little wonder he’s long attracted interest from England. West Ham remain locked in talks for Joselu, though the idea of a guaranteed buy-back option for Real is putting them off. Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley is also a fan.

For his part, Joselu insists he’s in no rush to quit Real and says he’s committed to playing in the Segunda Division next season. But after three years running around Segunda B for the Castilla with little encouragement for first team promotion, the chance to play at the top in England has turned his head.

Like Joselu, Alvaro Morata has also benefitted from the tutelage of Castilla coach Alberto Toril. Known primarily as a centre-forward, Morata has added more to his game under Toril and has visibly improved when in possession over the last 12 months.

Real coach Jose Mourinho rates the 19 year-old highly and has told Toril he plans to add the youngster to his senior squad next season. The stumbling block for Mourinho, however, is that his roster is already over-loaded and there remains the very real possibility of being simply no room for Morata.

Past enquiries from Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been rebuffed by Real, where many in the football department regard Morata as the best chance of a Castilla striker making it since Raul.

“I want to stay in the Castilla,” Morata insists. “We’re in the Segunda, which is a step closer to Primera and I want to stay here.

“I want to continue and if it’s the club’s desire, I’ll be here for another five years.”

Of the three, Jese is regarded as the most talented.

The 19 year-old winger has been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo and attracted enquiries from across Europe.

After the success of Castilla graduate Rodrigo Moreno, Benfica have been pushing Real about Jese since the end of last season. But should there be any indications of a sale, the Portuguese can expect competition from across the continent for his signature.

At 14, Jese was making his senior debut with the Castilla and last season Mourinho handed him a first team chance in the rout of Real Sociedad.

As temperamental as he is talented, it is hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the teenage winger. Jese had to work through a 15 match ban for attacking a referee as a junior player and also has been left out of games by Real coaching staff for disciplinary problems.

United chief scout Martin Ferguson made a personal check earlier this year and the thought of dealing with Jese’s volatile character is unlikely to put off manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has no doubts about the midfielder’s ability: “He’s a powerful guy, fast, distinguished by his change of pace. He is clever. He can play as a playmaker, but also on both the left and right flanks.”

Such is the expectations around Jese that he even attracted a cheeky offer from Barcelona last year.

Real football chiefs know its now crunch time for their Castilla trio. Will Mourinho find room? Can he convince them to hang on for another season in the stiffs?

Manolo Sanchis, the Real icon, summed up the situation recently:

“It’s a misconception that the problems the club is having has only happened recently. It’s not been only in the last two years, it’s not only Mourinho’s fault. There are generations that have been lost.

“There is a very simple explanation: the youth teamers can only become first team players if the coach believes in them. If the coach cannot rely on them, as has happened in recent times, the kids have it really tough.”

Villas-Boas confirmed as new Tottenham boss | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed new manager of Tottenham.

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed new manager of Tottenham.

The 34 year old returns to football on a three-year contract less than four months after his dismissal at London rivals Chelsea.

Spurs revealed the news via their official Twitter account.

“The club is delighted to announce Andre Villas-Boas as head coach,” Spurs tweeted.

 

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Western Sydney reveal Nike as kit sponsors | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

A-League newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers FC have announced a new multi-year kit deal with Nike, reports Sports Pro.

A-League newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers FC have announced a new multi-year kit deal with Nike, reports Sports Pro.

Under terms of the agreement, financial details of which were not released, Nike will supply the newly-established, Sydney-based soccer club with a range or playing and training kit throughout the deal’s five-year tenure.

“Football is a core focus for Nike and our commitment to the sport is long-standing,” said Nike Pacific managing director Paul Faulkner. “We are extremely proud to build on our existing support of the FFA and A-League with the sponsorship of the Wanderers.”

The Wanderers will make their A-League debut against the Central Coast Mariners on 6th October.

 
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Aussie Spiranovic in demand by Al-Sailiya | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

Newly-promoted Qatari Stars League side Al-Sailiya are poised to move for Australia’s Matthew Spiranovic, currently out of favour with J-League outfit Urawa Red Diamonds.

Newly-promoted Qatari Stars League side Al-Sailiya are poised to move for Australia’s Matthew Spiranovic, currently out of favour with J-League outfit Urawa Red Diamonds.

The centre back has made only seven appearances this season – his third year with the Reds after his switch from Nurnberg.

The 24 year old and is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

 
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