Posts tagged: Manchester

Geoffrey Kondogbia claims that he turned down the opportunity

Inter Milan’s major signing in the summer, Geoffrey Kondogbia, claims that he turned down the opportunity to move to the Premier league or to AC Milan in order to join Roberto Mancini’s team.

Kondogbia has signed for a mammoth transfer fee and it is a surprise that Inter have managed to sign him amidst interest from a number of other parties. One of the major factors appears to have been former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who had reportedly advisedKondogbia to join Inter Milan. Further, there was interest from rivals AC Milan – according to the player himself – but that was turned down even with a larger contract offer.

Both Milan clubs have struggled immensely in the last couple of years, but Inter’s situation is seen as being slightly better than that of AC Milan. Roberto Mancini failed to get the club even into the top six of the table despite massive investment in the January transfer window. He will hope to avoid the mistake of the same nature in the upcoming season. Failure to reach any form of European football would be catastrophic for the prestige of the club. Inter, however, will see the lack of Europa league football as a blessing in disguise. Read more »

Patrice Evrawants Paul Pogba to step it up

Paul Pogba continues to attract the attention of all the major clubs from around the world. In these past few weeks, there have been offers being launched for the young Frenchman in the region of €50 million and it has even increased further than that as managers want to secure the services of Pogba into their respective squads.

The 22 year old French player Paul Pogba joined Juventus back in July of 2012 and Patrice Evra believes that the youngster needs to step it up as he still hasn’t made a true impact in the Italian outfit despite having joined the club over 3 years ago.

Patrice Evra told reporters: “The younger players must understand that Juve want to win, always.”Pogba wants to be decisive and I told him that he’s not a youngster anymore and has already been at Juve for four years. He has to provide the breakthrough during difficult games.”

Pogba is only 22 years old and he is already being hailed to be the new ZinedineZidane of France and the media is building up so much which has increased the value of the player. There is no doubt that Pogba is a brilliant and promising young figure but Juventus has placed a price for him of at least €70 million. Read more »

Patrice Evra admits his feelings about leaving Manchester United

5 Premier League and 1 Champions League titles are just some of the major pieces of silverware that Patrice Evra secured during his time as a player of Manchester United after spending 8 years with the English club.


Patrice Evra was reaching an age where it was just too much for the Premier League outfit and Louis van Gaal wanted to replace the French defender with some younger figures, which is why Evra was offloaded to Juventus for a bargain price of €1.2 million in a transfer that was completed on July 21st of 2014.


So far it has been a successful transfer for Patrice Evra as the French defender has turned into a regular starter for MassimilianoAllegri at Juventus. During his debut season with the Italian club, Evra made 21 appearances and was also featured in the Champions League matches of his new club.


Even though Patrice Evra still continues playing at a high level with Juventus and has lifted more pieces of silverware to his closet, the experienced defender has admitted in saying that making a switch away from Old Trafford was not an easy one and he believes that leaving a club with the caliber like Manchester United, it’s always a wrong decision to make. Read more »

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for four matches

PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for four matches after his comments appeared to insult French football.

The 33-year-old striker seemed to be extremely upset with the referee’s poor performance when Paris St Germain played against Bordeaux recently. He branded France as a country not worthy of playing top-level football by using derogatory terms. This cost a huge uproar in France and the disciplinary committee of the league has found the player guilty of trying to tarnish the reputation of the league. He has been given a four match ban, which will be a major blow to PSG’s hopes of retaining the league title.

The Swedish striker is one of the important players at the club. In his absence, Laurent Blanc will have to utilise Edinson Cavani as the striker but the Uruguayan has not scored the goals that have been required to keep PSG at the top of the table. Despite the season coming to a close with only a couple of weekends remaining, the French league is extremely close when it comes to the battle for the title. The top three teams are separated by only four points with PSG having recently taken control of the table with a narrow one-point advantage over Lyon. Read more »

Paul Scholes claims Evra as greatest Coach

Paul Scholes has claimed that former French international Patrice Evra is one of the greatest fullbacks to have represented Manchester United. Evra came to United as January 2006 signing along with Nemanja Vidic.

Little did the Premier League know that these two players were to become key members of a United team that lifted several league titles along with one Champions League trophy. Even Scholes says that the United squad did not think Evra was good enough to play for a club like United, but after a few months of settling in, the French defender started to show his immense character.

More than just being a footballer, Evra was seen as a leader in this later led to him becoming the captain of the team. After joining Juventus in the summer, he looks on course to winning the Italian league title. Read more »

Juventus Defender Out 30 Days With A Thigh Strain

Patrice Evra, the defender for Juventus is a French International, shall be missing out on two very important and critical matches of the Champions League game.

There have been confirmations that he would not be playing and shall be sitting out for almost a month because of injury. The injury is most probably a strain in the hamstring.

Patrice is 33 years old and was free transferred from Manchester United to Juventus. The player has made his appearance for 4 out of 8 Serie A matches with Juventus and two of three Champions League games. He has only played for Juventus six times in this season. He has also suffered an injury last week during training because of which he was unable to make it to the game over Palermo where they won 2-0. A club statement recently read that Patrice was not being present in the group for training, because of an injury that he had sustained late the week before.

The Frenchman, Patrice had undergone some tests and medical supervision that has revealed that he had an hamstring injury. It has revealed that he had a pull in some muscle because of which the strain had been caused. It has been estimated that he will be able to make a fresh start in the game in a period of 30 days.

The way Asamoah was seen performing against Palermo was commendable. And now a lot of people think that it might have as well been like some true blessing that they needed that time. You can definitely expect Asamoah to be playing much more frequently now in the absence of Patrice for the coming month. There have been long lists of players who have been missing out on matches due to some or the other kind of injury incurred during a match.