Bruce Arena Confirms Nigel De Jong’s Talks with Galatasaray

Bruce Arena has confirmed that midfielder Nigel de Jong is almost set to leave the club, as LA Galaxy have given him permission to talk with Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

De Jong has been one of the most criticised players in the MLS since his move from AC Milan. The Dutch midfielder may come from a country renowned for playing beautiful and attractive football, but he has a reputation for creating very poor tackles that often result in being injuries to the opposition. After having received quite a number of red and yellow cards in his LA Galaxy career already, it is fair to say that he is not a favourite amongst MLS fans.

De Jong will forever be remembered for his tackle on Xabi Alonso in the World Cup 2010 final, but this horrific challenge does not seem to have put off Galatasaray in the pursuit of the player.De Jong may have played only 18 matches for LA Galaxy since joining the club during the off-season, but he has had a lasting impression on many of the MLS players. Bruce Arena confirmed that the midfielder is currently in talks with the Turkish outfit, but he claimed that there was no confirmation about the move yet.

“Nigel is pursuing an opportunity with our blessing. It either happens or it doesn’t. We have the greatest respect for Nigel. He’s been a terrific addition to our team. He’s a great professional and a great teammate. When healthy and given a chance to play in this league, he’s been good. His game against Vancouver was exceptional. Nigel's a very good player. We don't have an educated public to understand what he does, but he's been an important member of our team. If we lose him, then we use our depth,” said Bruce Arena.


Serie A giant AC Milan are keen on strengthening their team with new Uruguayan target Rodrigo Bentancur this summer.

Reports in Italy say that former owner of the club Silvio Berlusconi gave the new ownership €10-15m to sign a talented player before the transfer window close. AC Milan want Fiorentina player Milan Badelj but the club is not willing to allow the deal. The price range for Roma player Leandro Paredes exceeds the budget of the club and Juan Cuadrado would be a dream signing if only Chelsea will allow.

Sky News report that Milan are budgeting €10-12m for the 19-year old Boca Juniors player Bentancur. When Juventus allowed Carlos Tevez return to Argentina, they included an option to get the player, but they are not interested in exercising that right now. The vice president of Boca Juniors has even admitted that the club would find it difficult to keep the player if Milan bring in over €10m. Reports regarding the issue are still developing, but La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that AC Milan have offered Bentancur a l five-year contract worth €1.5 million annually in a bid to lure him. They also report that the club have submitted a bid of €15 million for the player, but no comment has been received from Boca Juniors. The Italian club would have to hasten negotiations in the bid to complete the deal as soon as possible.

Another AC Milan target Jose Sosa as the club confirmed on their official website that they would be adding the player back to the squad. It seemed like a deal that would go through as the player left the training camp when the club refused to budge and allow the player move away from the club. After Milan got Gustavo Gomez, there were issues that they might be keeping the non EU spot for Chelsea’s Cuadrado but only time will tell.

Nigel A Key Player Of LA Galaxy

We have been seeing a lot of LA Galaxy this season as the team has been doing well in the consecutive games and moving up the ranks in the MLS.

The recent game that was much focused upon being the game they were scheduled to play last weekend against Seattle. There have been certain changes that have been introduced into the lineup of players in the game. For instance, Nigel de Jong and Ashley Cole are players who have been key players for the team, but they were not to play the match against Seattle Sounders. Many might have wondered why the team would not be having them play in the match against Seattle Sounders.

It has been said that Nigel de Jong, along with other players in the defense have played well for the team and helped to build the defense for the team. It would definitely be a more difficult task for the team to keep off players like Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris off their back when their defense would miss players like Nigel.

The reason that Nigel could not play the match against Seattle is that he received a red card in the last match that the team played against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The challenge he took up was reckless on his part, though he did that in the spirit of the game and to defend his team. However, key players like him need to be more pragmatic in their approach and cautious in their behavior on the field. That is because the success of the team depends on these crucial players and their absence from the team can impact their performance in future games. With experience and more games to play, it is hoped that Nigel will rise to the occasion and prove to be a more reliable team member of the club.

Nigel de Jong states that he is happy to be playing again

LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong said that he was happy to be playing again after his injury. Indeed, the Dutch player has missed the last 5 games because of suspension and injury.

He said that it was a good thing to be playing again and that he will be doing his best to help the team.

He returned for the game against San Jose Earthquakes but unfortunately could not see his side hold on for the victory. LA Galaxy conceded a late goal in order to draw the match.

Nigel de Jong said that he was disappointed with the result but that the team will have to pick themselves up for the next games. He stated that you cannot concede a goal in the closing stage of a match and that as a team you should remain focus until the end of the game. The team will have to discuss what went wrong and found a way to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Nigel de Jong made an impressive appearance though and looked to be quite in form. His energetic display help protects the LA Galaxy defence, and he was instrumental in controlling the play from midfield.

Steven Gerrard said that it was the presence of Nigel de Jong that helped them defensively and that he is pleased that he is back in the team. He believes that with more training as well as more games he will be able to gain some fitness and become even better in midfield. The former Liverpool midfielder said that de Jong is a top player and that it always good to have talented and experienced players in the team.

De Jong said that it was unfortunate that they could not win the game, but they will have to regroup for the next match.

Sinisa Mihajlovic discredit removal of Manager

Sinisa Mihajlovic does not seem to be in appreciation of the fact that people and media operate with extreme emotions and they go from praising a manager to all of a sudden asking for the removal of him.

Mihajlovic was quite irritated that the talks of his removal have started to surface again post the Sassuolo match. He reckons it is not beneficial for the team if the manager is put under this constant pump.

Mihajlovic didn’t try to defend himself though and neither did he try to explain that particular Sassuolo defeat with different excuses. He, in fact, accepted that there’ve been mistakes committed by him on certain occasions in his stint.

But, according to him, whatever ideologies he has looked to implement or whatever he has done, there have been ambitions behind that. Yes, not everything has worked, but, professional Football is a difficult environment to be in and patience is the key at times.

Mihajlovic was in the company of the Milan chairman Mr. Berlusconi for a couple of hours the other day and he came out of that meeting wearing a nice, positive expression on his face.

It is assumed Mr. Berlusconi might have echoed his thoughts regarding where the team is and how it should go forward and might also have given him some much needed security about his job.

While, Mihajlovic did not talk in detail as far as that meeting was concerned, he did say that the Sassuolo game was discussed a little bit.

Mihajlovic also added that he has been long enough in the game to understand how it works and that is why, he is not too restless. He intends to regard the contract that he had signed initially and would like to complete it.

Anthony Hudson claims that he is happy with the performances of the team

Anthony Hudson claims that he is happy with the performances of the team in recent matches, and he is hoping to utilise the two-week camp in order to claim success in the Oceania Nations Cup.

This camp will be of massive importance especially considering that New Zealand do not have any matches scheduled in the month of March. As a result, there is a danger of the team being short of match fitness. The tournament will start in Papua New Guinea towards the end of May. One of the disadvantages for New Zealand comes about in this regard since their opponents do not have any shortage of matches in the next few months.

This is largely because they are involved in World Cup qualification. New Zealand have been on a brilliant run of form for the last few months. This has raised expectations of the national team, but Anthony Hudson is yet to prove himself in a major tournament. New Zealand have not been involved in a competitive match for almost 7 months. The lack of a proper match experience cannot be replaced easily with just a two-week training camp learning Yacht Charter Croatia. Even then, Hudson remains confident of doing well in this tournament.

"We've only qualified, I think, at three out of the last seven or eight [Nations Cups]. That just goes to show.We have no divine right to just turn up and qualify. It is going to be very tough.I believe we have enough [to win the tournament] and I believe we've got the ability, the quality and the mentality, but the key is the preparation.In all of this, the biggest bit of hope for me is we have a really good group of players that are committed and honest.The last Nations Cup is still really fresh in everyone's mind and the players want to make sure we put that right,” said Hudson.

Nigel de Jong wants out of Ac.Milan

Ever since Siniša Mihajlović was appointed as the head coach of Ac.Milan back in June of 2015, Nigel de Jong has been getting less time on the playing grounds and it has reached a point where the Dutch midfielder is simply not happy being in the Italian club and this is mainly due to his lack of playing time.

Seeing Nigel de Jong on the sidelines of Ac.Milan is a huge surprise as the Dutch midfielder was a huge star a few seasons ago when he was a constant starter in San Siro. Nigel de Jong has made a huge impact in the Italian club with his tireless work rate and no fear of tackling down an opponent, there was a point in time when he was being labeled as: ‘’The New Gennaro Gattuso’’

Nigel de Jong wants to get more playing time in the pitch but it doesn’t seem like its going to happen as Siniša Mihajlović has other things in mind and the Dutchman is not expected to renew his contract with the Italian side. This is the opportunity that Leicester City to sign Nigel de Jong.

Leicester City has already shown interest in signing Nigel de Jong and now that the Dutch player is not satisfied in his current club, this the moment for the Premier League club to swipe in and secure the services of their target which might happen in the winter transfer window.

Claudio Ranieri will face competition from Manchester City as Manuel Pellegrini is believed to also be interested in signing Nigel de Jong as he has displayed some impressive capabilities in the pitch. Having Nigel de Jong in your squad is like having an extra layer of defence who isn’t afraid to go down and steal the ball away from the opposition and this is what Ranieri as well as Pellegrini both want to add into their respective squads.

Manchester United are reportedly preparing an offer forInternacional star Rodrigo Dourado

Manchester United are reportedly preparing an offer forInternacional star Rodrigo Dourado.

They appear to have inside knowledge on the player after one of their former name – Anderson – has spoken highly of the 21-year-old. United have not had much success comes to signing Brazilian players over the last few years. Anderson was amongst the recent arrivals, but he did not have much better after a couple of seasons of good form. Rafael Da Silva and Fabio Da Silva also have failed to shine at Old Trafford. Yet, the scouts for the Premier League team are keen on completing a deal forDourado.

It is reported that the 21-year-old will cost around £ 20 million, which would make him an expensive proposition. However, Anderson believes that he is fully with this exorbitant figure since he has shown excellent qualities in his short spell as a teammate atInternacional. After starting out his career with the Brazilian outfit, the midfielder has gone on to represent the team in 25 appearances to date. He has been extremely promising and this has earned him a call up to the Brazil under 17 team. He has not featured for the under 20 or the senior team in recent years.

"Dourado will at some time play for the national team. He's a quick player, outstanding. He plays it simple but allows players such as myself to attack. He's a new kid, but soon will leave Inter. He is a European player," said Anderson, who recently completed a permanent move away from United following years of poor form. Since moving to the Brazilian club, he has been a first-team regular, although most of his appearances have come in other competitions. Anderson has featured in only four league outings forInternacional until now. The 27-year-old once cost United close to £ 20 million.

Manchester United target Nigel de Jong will be staying with Ac.Milan for 3 more years

One of the summer targets of Manchester United was the Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong and unfortunately for the Premier League club, they will not be able to sign him as the experienced player decided to sign a contract extension with Ac.Milan which will be keeping him in San Siro at least until 2018.

Ac.Milan is going through a very difficult period of time as the Italian club has had 4 different managers taking over the squad since 2014. MassimilianoAllegri was sacked back in January of 2014, Mauro Tassotti turned into the interim manager before Clarence Seedorf emerged as the new coach but was replaced soon after.

Following the sacking of Seedorf, Milan appointed FilippoInzaghi but was also sacked after a number of disappointing results and now the current manager SinisaMihajovic has the task of bringing back the glory days of Ac.Milan.

Due to all these changes with managers and mediocre results, it was rumored that Nigel de Jong was going to leave Ac.Milan and join a club where his chances of competing in the Champions League are better but it did not happen as the Dutch midfielder decided to continue playing with the Italian side despite their recent slump.

Nigel De Jong’s contract extension with Ac.Milan is hugely important for the Italian club as they need a player with the capabilities as the Dutch midfielder who can provide support to the defence which has been struggling so much in the past few seasons. Jong is a player who isn’t afraid of delivering harsh tackles whenever it may be needed.

The veteran Dutchman was signed as a player who can succeed and follow the footsteps of GennaroGattuso who also used to be an absolute beast in the midfield with endless runs and tackles which helped out Ac.Milan in so many matches and Nigel de Jonh has turned out to be an excellent signing that can continue helping out the Italian club especially now in these difficult times that Ac.Milan is going through.

Manchester United could move Nigel de Jong

Manchester United could make a move for former Manchester City star Nigel de Jong in the summer, as the Dutch midfielder is currently locked in a contract deadlock with AC Milan.

The 30-year-old encountered some controversial moments during his time at City. He was at the club for three years from 2009 to 2012.

During this period, he was part of the Manchester City team that finally ended the league title drought by lifting the Premier League while also managing to become successful in the FA Cup. Since the move to Milan,de Jong has failed to win any major trophy.

More importantly, his contract comes to an end in the summer and Milan are not ready to offer him the same £ 70,000 per week wages that he earns now. This has led to an impasse in the contract negotiations and United are looking to take advantage of it by offering him a new deal. Even though the club have signed a defensive midfielder in the form of Daley Blind only in the summer, it is understood that Louis Van Gaal is left concerned about the club’s defensive players amidst poor form this season. After strengthening the attack significantly, the club will be focusing on reinforcing the defence with signings like de Jong.

United are not the only club looking to sign the Dutch midfielder, as it is believed that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri also wants a reunion with the player who he brought from City when he was the Milan manager. Van Gaal knowsde Jong extremely well from his time at the Dutch national team.De Jong is understood to be looking at only around £ 50,000 per week in wages and a three-year contract. This should prove attractive for a top club like United with massive financial power.

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