In today's news, the agent of Jeremy Toulalan reveals that while his client is trying to leave Malaga, Barcelona are not interested in securing his talents, which is a shame really. Elsewhere, Valdes talks about holding the #1 spot at the club, and about Neymar, while Real Madrid have been busy, beating LA Galaxy 5-1 (should have been included yesterday), telling Nuri Sahin he can leave, and by meeting up with UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum. No surprise to hear Pepe was involved in some way...
"We have confirmation that Malaga cannot continue with its fantastic project," Manuello said. "To save itself, the club must sell players, and it looks like Jeremy is one of them. We will think about what is best for Jeremy and his family, who are very happy in Malaga," he said. "Barcelona are not interested in Jeremy Toulalan."
"I have never felt that I'm the number one choice and I never will do," he told club website, www.fcbarcelona.com. "I have seen everything and until the very last day I come to the Ciutat Esportiva, I won't feel assured of my place". He was speaking on his first day of training after his return from UEFA EURO 2012. Valdes said he was impressed with the condition of the players. "I'm calm. I'm slowly getting my shape back," he said. "The most important thing is to get back into rhythm for the season. We have to take things step by step."
Valdes has been watching Neymar in the tournament, and feels that the Santos striker has the ability to play in any team and compete at any level. "I have discovered Neymar by watching the Olympics," he said. "I always said that a player with a special talent can fit into any team. He does things that only he can do. This is valuable for any team and especially for a team like Barcelona."
José Mourinho has told Arsenal he will not stand in the way of their attempt to sign the midfielder Nuri Sahin. The London club want Sahin from Real Madrid on a season-long loan, with an option to make the deal permanent, and they are confident he will become their second acquisition of the summer from La Liga.
The Spanish champion scored early and often to open its four-game U.S. tour, outclassing the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-1 in an exhibition game that drew 30,317 to Home Depot Center, a stadium record for soccer. Angel Di Maria fed Gonzalo Higuain's opener after just 85 seconds and made it 2-0 nine minutes later for Real Madrid, which added goals through Jose Maria Callejon in the 36th minute, Alvaro Morata four minutes into the second half and Alex Fernandez near the finish.
Vila, 23, had been due to sign a season-long loan deal, with Valencia having the option to make transfer permanent. However, Los Che discovered a pelvic injury during medical tests and have called the deal off despite Milan waiving the loan fee.
Malaga's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon has not joined rest of the squad on a pre-season tour to Italy because he is negotiating his exit, the La Liga club said on Saturday. "The player remained in the capital of the Costa del Sol because he is immersed in negotiations after an offer was received in the offices of the Rosaleda stadium," Malaga said in a statement on their website
"But this is just pretend because he does hit hard," joked Iker, who was then joined in the conversation by Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal. The pair also shared some time with the UFC fighter. This is the second time in a row that Real Madrid and UFC spend some time together during the summer. In 2011 Caín Velásquez and Cristiano Ronaldo started this tradition.
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