Michel Salgado

CHANCE TO IMPRESS

The absence of Fernando Torres and David Villa give the opportunity for new Manchester city signing Alvaro Negredo to impress Spain manager Vicente del Bosque in the recent friendly match against Ecuador.

The former Sevilla striker completed a £ 27 million move to the Etihad stadium, and he is expected to compete for a starting spot against the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. He has been one of the consistent goalscorers in Spanish football over the last few years, but he has been unable to get a regular place in the national team due to the low profile Sevilla.

He believes that playing for a big club like Manchester city will help him get on the national team more often than not. Spain won the match 2-0 in difficult circumstances after they have crossed the Atlantic. Negredo scored one of the goals with a beautiful touch. It was a difficult finish, but the 27-year-old has said that he had to go for it because otherwise the chance would have gone. Santi Cazorla created a goal for his compatriot. Del Bosque has been favouring a striker less formation for Spain in recent years, but Negredo showed the reasons for having the penalty box specialist.

"I saw the keeper was diving and it was the only way I could find to shoot. I have tried to make the most of the opportunity. The boss has given me minutes and I am pleased," said Negredo. His finish also got the praise of the manager. "We expect a lot from Negredo and I like the way he moves in the area. Today he has been very good. Negredo finished with a small problem, nothing serious, and I hope he will be able to play for his club this weekend," said Del Bosque.

GOALIE UNSURE

The manager of the Spain national football team, Vicente Del Bosque, has not disclosed who will be the goalie for the World Champions in their opening Confederations Cup match against Uruguay on Sunday.

There are three goalkeepers in the Spanish squad for this competition. They are Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina.

Casillas has been the first choice goalkeeper for Spain in the last 5 years and he has performed brilliantly in big tournaments. But, he has been out of competitive football since the last 5 months. He had injured his hand playing for Real Madrid in the second half of the last season. Although, he got fit in March, but, Jose Mourinho didn’t give him any playing opportunities in the remaining part of the season and preferred Diego Lopez ahead of him.

So, Casillas is clearly short of match practice and that’s why, the experts are saying that he should not be included in the starting XI for the match against Uruguay.

When asked who will be the goalie for Spain in Sunday’s match, Bosque said, “I haven’t decided that yet. All the goalies in the squad are class acts. They play for big clubs and they are the first choice goalkeepers there. It’s hard to choose one out of them.”

When asked about Casillas having a tough last season, Bosque said, “Yes, he has struggled in the last few months, but, he is a tough guy and he won’t take too long to regain his form.”
Casillas had also talked to the reporters earlier in the day and when he was asked whether he thinks he will get a playing chance on Sunday, he had said, “I have no idea. It will be manager’s decision. Let’s see what he does. If he gives me a go, I will go out there and give my 100%.”

SALGADO HEADS TO DUBAI

Dubai Sports City conducted its first-ever youth football tournament, and it has proven to be a major success as more than 400 children took part in it. They were broken up into 40 teams, and they comprised of kids ranging from eight years old to 16 years old.

The majority of the matches were conducted from the morning till the evening, but the finals were played under floodlights. The former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado was one of the high profile names watching this event. The Spanish coaches Inaki Beni and Pablo Coira were also present at the event.

Salgado along with the coaches have brought presents and prizes to the participating teams. As a result of this huge success, it is expected that this tournament will become a regular fixture at the Academies Campus. The Spanish defender Salgado was impressed with the quality of football on display. He has praised the facilities at the Dubai Sports City Academies Campus by saying that it gave the children a huge buzz. He has said that the enthusiasm amongst the children looks extremely promising, and the future of UAE football can be built from this base.

Dubai is one of the hottest regions in the world, but the indoor artificial pitch at the Academies Campus allows football to be played even during the summer months. “The fact the children were able to take advantage of playing at such a great facility as the Dubai Sports City Academies Campus gave them a huge buzz – I saw that first-hand. In the past month the same pitches have been used by Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala and Swansea City, the English Premier League side that won the League Cup at Wembley," said Salgado, who has now retired from playing professional football. His professional career saw him play for the likes of Real Madrid and Blackburn Rovers.

MOU WANTS PREM RETURN

The manager of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, has said that he would like to be the manager of a Premier League Club after leaving Real Madrid.

Mourinho was the manager of Chelsea for three years between 2004 and 2007. Chelsea’s performance was brilliant under his guidance and the Blues went on to win two consecutive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

After leaving Chelsea, Mourinho joined Inter Milan. His tenure over there was wonderful as well. In 2010, he guided Inter Milan to win the Italian Cup, Champions League and the Serie A title.
Mourinho left Internazionale in 2010 and joined Real Madrid. Under his guidance, Real Madrid won the La Liga title in the last season.

The amount of success that Mourinho has had over the years suggests that he is one of the best football managers going around at the moment.

But, the Real Madrid team hasn’t managed to perform that well in the ongoing La Liga so far and it is 18 points behind the arch rivals Barcelona in the points table. Also, there have been reports that a few Madrid players are not happy with Mourinho. His decision of dropping Iker Casillas recently has also been questioned by the experts.

According to a survey conducted recently, almost 75% of the members of Real Madrid think that Mourinho has brought negativity to the camp. All these things have put a question mark on Mourinho’s future at Madrid.

Mourinho is reported to be linked with Paris Saint Germain and a few English clubs as well.

When asked if he would want to return to England in future, Mourinho said, “Yes, I would like to do so. England is a great place to be a manager. I had great times with Chelsea a few years back. In England, the passion for the game is outstanding. You wouldn’t find that kind of passion anywhere else in the world.”

REAL WIN MADRID DERBY

Real Madrid has defeated Atletico Madrid in a La Liga match played at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Real Madrid won the match by 2-0. This was the ninth victory for Real Madrid in the competition.
It was a high profile encounter and approx. 80,000 people were out there in the stadium to cheer for their favourite players. But, the match didn’t turn out to be a close one. It was a pretty one sided match and Real Madrid dominated for the most parts of the match.

Even after winning this match, Real Madrid is still at no. 3 in the points table. Real Madrid currently has 29 points in 14 matches.

Real Madrid earned a free kick in the 16th minute of the match and Ronaldo took the free kick. The great Portuguese rarely misses out on such opportunities and he delivers once again. It was a fabulous strike which flattened the Atletico goalkeeper. He put the dive in, but couldn’t manage to get a hand on the ball. The ball flew past him into the bottom corner and Real Madrid got ahead by 1-0. This was Ronaldo’s 13th goal in the League.

The lead of Real Madrid was doubled in the 21st minute of the second half. Cristiano Ronaldo set up the goal by giving Mesut Ozil a fabulous pass inside the penalty area. Ozil put the ball into the post with a half-volley from a distance of 12 yards.

In the post match press conference, the manager of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, hailed Ronaldo. Mourinho said, “It was another match winning performance by Ronaldo. He is a manager’s delight. He is such kind of a guy who lifts the spirit of the whole team.”
Real Madrid will play its next match against Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday.

REDKNAPP MIGHT FOLLOW SALGADO

The former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he would be delighted at the opportunity to manage an MLS team. The former Portsmouth and Tottenham manager is currently out of work after leaving Tottenham by mutual consent at the end of the season.

He has had an extraordinary spell with Tottenham over the last three seasons when he has managed to guide the team to the fourth place finish twice. Due to the fact that he is coming to the end of his managerial career, he has said that he will be open to the possibility of managing a MLS team. Harry Redknapp has been linked with the managerial job at the New York Red Bulls.

Due to the poor performances of the current manager Hans Backe, it is thought that the club will be open to the possibility of searching for a replacement. They have identified the former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp as the ideal candidate. So far, only players at the end of their careers have been moving to the MLS. If Harry Redknapp does sign up to manage New York red Bulls, then it would be the first time a major coach has joined an MLS team showing the improvement in the league.

"Out of respect, Harry wouldn't express an interest in any position while someone else is currently in the job," said a close source in an interview to a British tabloid. The New York Red Bulls currently have the star names in the form of the former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and the former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill. It is also rumoured that they will be looking to sign the Brazilian midfielder Kaka in the January transfer window. It is expected that Harry Redknapp would be offered around £ 2 million per season in order to manage New York Red Bulls.

JUST BANTER

The Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has said that the celebration by the winger Morten Gamst Pedersen after scoring in the 2-1 win over Leicester City is nothing but a bit of dressing room banter. The global advisor of the club, Shebby Singh, recently criticised Morten Gamst Pedersen by saying that he was like a pensioner. However, the Norwegian scored an important goal in the match against Leicester City to give Blackburn Rovers all three points. After scoring the goal, Morten Gamst Pedersen celebrated by working with a walking stick in reference to the comments made by the global advisor.

However, the manager Steve Kean has said that this celebration should not be taken in the wrong way, but it should be thought of as a dressing room banter. After the 2-1 defeat, the Leicester City manager Neil Warnock was extremely critical of his players and the way they should improve the finishing. As a result of this victory, Blackburn Rovers have now picked up seven points from the three matches the have played. As a result, they are now with the third position in the table and it looks like they will be up for a promotion challenge this season.

"It is a little bit tongue in cheek and dressing room banter. I don't know where he got that from or if he pre-planned it with our kit man but it's just a bit of tongue in cheek and it should be taken the way it's meant to be. I felt at certain times when you have the quality we have in the side, if you have a Gomes or Pedersen with the technical ability they have, they can produce something special," said the manager after the match. Blackburn will be facing Milton Keynes Dons in the league cup in the next match.

SALGADO BACKS WALKER

Former Blackburn Rovers defender Michel Salgado has said that Tottenham defender Kyle Walker would be a great signing for Real Madrid, who are in the market for a new right back. The former Sheffield United defender has impressed in his first full season with the club. He scored a spectacular goal in recent match against Blackburn Rovers.

Ever since moving Sergio Ramos to the centre of defence, Real Madrid have been without a good quality right back. They recently have the Liverpool defender Arbeloa Arbeloa doing the job at the right side of defence, but it is thought that Jose Mourinho would be interested in bringing a young high-quality defender.

The former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado has said that Kyle Walker would be a perfect fit for Real Madrid. The 35-year-old Michel Salgado was recently released from Blackburn Rovers after an agonising six months of hatred within the club. Michel Salgado had announced six months ago that he intended to leave Blackburn after the end of the season to go and play MLS football with David Beckham.

Immediately after his announcement, he was forced away from the first team by the manager Steve Kean. Even though he has been appalled at the way he has been treated in the last six months, Michel Salgado insisted that he has no regrets.

"He (Walker) moves up the field like a bullet. He is really quick and he does a lot of damage in attack, while he is better at the back. For me, he is the best, but his price could make a transfer impossible. Brazilian full-backs are all the same. Spectacular while moving up the field, but they create problems to any team in defence. It is impossible to create damage in attack and defend at the same time. You have to see what Mourinho wants," Salgado told Man Utd News.

SALGADO MAY MOVE TO MLS

Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado could be set for a reunion with his former teammate David Beckham at LA Galaxy after it was revealed that the player was considering an offer from the MLS club.

The 36-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the season, and has already revealed that he will leave Blackburn at the end of the season. Blackburn are struggling down near the bottom of the table and are likely to be relegated to the Championship this season. Ever since revealing that he would leave Blackburn, Michel Salgado has not been selected for the matches by manager Steve Kean.

The 36-year-old recently revealed that LA Galaxy are one of the clubs showing interest in signing him. This would mean that it is very much possible that Salgodo will be reunited with his Real Madrid teammate David Beckham at LA Galaxy. Salgado has won the Champions League two times in his illustrious career, but is now coming to the end of his career during which time he has won many trophies. Salgado is thought to have been extremely disappointed at the way the club have treated him since his decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

“Michel felt he could have helped the team, but he was told before Christmas that he could not play. He was prepared to rip up his contract and agree to leave in the summer, but they said no. The club wanted him to go in January, but he didn’t want to uproot his children before the end of the school year. Now he is considering offers from the Middle East and Qatar,” said a close source of Michel Salgado. The player is also thought to be interested in a move to the Middle East.

SALGADO ON HIS WAY

English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers defender Michel Salgado looks all set to leave the club after he was told by the officials of the club that he does not have a future at the Lancashire club over disagreements during contract talks.

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