MESSI RUMOURS

In the past few weeks Lionel Messi has been bombarded with rumors concerning his unhappiness in Barcelona as it was reported that the Argentinean wanted to have an increase in his salary and desired a renewed contract as the Brazilian Neymar who arrived some months ago to the Spanish team one of the biggest salaries.

Some weeks later, it was believed that Messi had a dispute with the vice-president Javier Faus after being denied with an improved contract and deal.

"Faus is a person who does not know anything about football," Messi told RAC1.

"He tries to run Barcelona like a business, but this is a football club. Barcelona are the best club in the world and should also have the best directors in the world’’.
Messi also shut down claims about him wanting to have a renewed contract as the Argentinean superstar said that it was nothing but rumors as he has never asked for a new contract with the team or any of his representatives.

DONOVAN WANTS MORE

Landon Donovan recently took a year-long sabbatical in order to get over his burnout issue. The striker had been playing continuously for the last few years, which had been affecting his quality.

He has only recently returned to first team action, but US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has said that the LA Galaxy star should consider playing at a European club during the MLS off-season in order to retain his fitness levels. This will be the World Cup year and the US are expected to be part of it. There is a lot of competition for places in the US national team.

NO MAJOR SIGNINGS

AC Milan have not made any huge signings in this transfer window. Andrea Poli and Riccardo Saponara are the two players brought in to the club during the summer.

Despite the lack of transfer activity, Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri remains confident that the team will be able to achieve a good season. He has said that the players could benefit from playing as a team. He is in favour of this tactic over bringing in a big-money signing, although this could be largely down to the financial difficulties faced by Milan in the last few years.

This has forced them to sell the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kaka. Even though they have brought in the likes of Mario Balotelli, the team looks understrength when compared with the likes of Juventus, who have won the title in the last two seasons.

RAPIDS BEAT GALAXY

Colorado Rapids recently managed a 2-0 win over LA Galaxy during the weekend, which helped them move to the third place in the table. They are just three points behind the leaders Real Salt Lake, but it was yet another disappointing performance for LA Galaxy.

After the match, manager Bruce Arena said that he could not have any complaints about the defeat because they were totally outplayed by Colorado in all areas of the pitch. He has said that they were physically better than LA Galaxy, and it proved to be the main difference.

DONOVAN BACKS MOYES

USA soccer star Landon Donovan has said that Manchester United have made the correct decision in going for David Moyes as the replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be stepping down after 26 years in charge of the club.

Donovan has played under Moyes in two different spells at Everton. It is thought that Moyes was one of the key reasons in bringing Donovan to Goodison Park. The 30-year-old recently returned from his self-imposed sabbatical, which saw him lose his place in the national team. Moyes spent the last 11 years at Goodison Park creating a long-lasting dynasty.

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