Manchester United legend midfielder Paul Scholes has announced his retirement from football on Tuesday and also said that he will join the club’s coaching staff.
French midfielder Herold Goulon has been signed by the club Blackburn Rovers for two years on a free transfer with an option for a further year’s extension after a successful trial with Sam Allardyce’s team in September.
Goulon, 22, who had a previous spell in English football with Middlesbrough, was able to join Rovers outside the transfer window because he has been a free agent since leaving French club Le Mans during the close-season.
Goulon told Rovers’ official website: “My first game at Middlesbrough I was 18 years old, so I wasn’t really mature and wasn’t working as hard as I should. Now I’m 22 years old so I do understand what I have to do to be on the pitch every week. I always wanted to come back to England because I think this is the best league in Europe, in the world.”
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s statement, that Wayne Rooney has an injured ankle and it will take him two to three weeks to return to fitness, The Manchester United star claims that he has always been fit.
‘I’ve had no problems with my ankle all season,’ said Rooney. ‘I have been (100 % fit), yeah.’
He gave a wry smile and said ‘don’t know’ in response to why Alex Ferguson mentioned the injured ankle.
Ferguson had ruled Rooney out for up to three weeks after the 2 – 2 draw at Bolton. Subsequently The English striker was left out of the Manchester United squad that travelled to Spain for their Champions league match.
Wayne Rooney has locked himself on a collision course with Sir Alex Ferguson by claiming he is not injured and has not been injured all season.
Rooney rubbished Ferguson’s story that the Manchester United and England striker had been struggling with the ankle he damaged in April and would need a three-week break. It was then that Sir Alex Ferguson explained Rooney’s Injury.
‘Two to three weeks maybe, it depends,’ he said.’He’s a strong lad and he’s done quite well in recovering from injury in the past. Nobody likes to be injured. He’d rather be here playing with us but he’s not.’
Rooney’s claim that he hasn’t been injured suggests that Ferguson might be offering the striker a chance of a breather following his poor World Cup Finals performance and the allegations afterward involving a prostitute.
Ferguson dropped Rooney from the Everton game, after the allegations. This was probably to shield Rooney from abuse.
However, it is clear that Rooney doesn’t want to hide behind an injury ruse and wants to play his way out of this rough time.
‘Towards the end of last season I was injured,’ said Rooney. ‘But during the World Cup I trained in every session and had no problems fitness wise. I’ve been training for the last two months. I haven’t missed a training session. So I’ve got no problems with my fitness. I want to keep playing consistently and working hard and I’m sure the goals will come. You need games to get your fitness in. I played a few games and felt I was getting sharp but then missed three or four and then didn’t feel as sharp as I thought I would. You need to play because, if you’re not in full fitness, it’s difficult to break teams down.’
This coupled with rumors of foreign interest, particularly from Spain could trigger an unlikely move away from Old Trafford for Wayne Rooney.
The former Argentina coach Diego Maradona has shown his interest to become the new coach of Aston Villa.
The controversial football legend’s official European agent, Walter Soriano, has revealed Maradona wants to manage in England.
Maradona is now out of work after being sacked as Argentina coach last month, while Premier League side Aston Villa are also currently coach- less.
Maradona’s agent said, “He is very attracted to English football and the way of life in your country and I know he would be very willing to move there.”
Soriano added: “If the Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner wants to make him a serious offer, I am sure he would get a very positive response.”
However Maradona is currently talking with a number of clubs in Europe and looking at his options carefully.
To join as a coach in a club like Aston Villa can be a great offer for him. This club is now not having any permanent coach but they have already got a great victory against West Ham in this Premier League opener and from last three seasons they are just playing great.
Maradona wants the Aston Villa job and they are also looking for a permanent coach and for that this legend have to compete with Ajax boss Martin Jol and USA coach Bob Bradley.
Will Aston Villa like to offer Maradona as their next new coach??
Well, Time will say…