Manchester City boss rules out Frenkie de Jong approach in January

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out the prospect of signing Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong in January as he remains content with the current options at hand. The Ajax ace has been constantly tipped to pursue a fresh challenge and most recently, City were tipped as favourites to acquire his signature.

Speaking to reporters, Guardiola was asked about a possible purchase at the turn of the year to which he clarified the club’s stance saying: “We are not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad, and people are coming back, so no, no. When we created the squad at the beginning of the season, it was not to go to the January unless we have problems. But I have a deep squad, and a lot of players cannot play even though I trust them a lot. They believe I don’t like them but that is not true. I trust a lot in all the players, all of them. It’s a joy to be with them but it is what it is.”

Will Robin Van Persie Return to England as a Manager?

Despite enjoying some fine form in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord this season, there is no disputing that Robin Van Persie’s footballing career is winding down.

The 35-year-old has made a name for himself as one of the greatest strikers in football, but can he continue his legacy after he hangs up his boots? The Holland legend spent over ten years playing in England, and there is a chance he may want to return there as a manager.

Virgil van Dijk would recommend Matthijs de Ligt to Liverpool

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has said that he would recommend compatriot Matthijs de Ligt to the Reds, should the club ask his opinion on the Dutchman’s qualities. De Ligt has earned rave reviews since making the jump to the Ajax first-team two years ago and he has since progressed to become a regular at the heart of the Netherlands backline alongside Van Dijk.

Speaking after the Nations League game against France, Van Dijk suggested that de Ligt will surely be on the radar of several elite clubs across Europe and he would recommend the Dutchman’s signing to Liverpool, should they hold an interest, he quipped: “He will be on the lists, because they have enough scouts at the club.But the best scout still stands next to De Ligt in the center of Orange? No, but if they need my opinion at Liverpool, I’ll give it.”

Ronald de Boer believesAjax duo would start for Barcelona

Former Barcelona star Ronald de Boer believes Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have the quality to start for the Blaugrana. The Dutch pairing were heavily tipped to pursue a fresh challenge from Amsterdam last summer but ultimately, they stayed put with Ajax failing to receive suitable offers for either player.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, De Boer hailed the qualities of De Jong, who has been making the headlines with Ajax over the past year. He added that he is unsure whether the midfielder would make the switch to the Camp Nou, though he and compatriot De Ligt are capable of starting regularly with the reigning Spanish champions.

Robin van Persie won’t say no to another Netherlands call-up

Former Arsenal and Manchester United star Robin van Persie has indicated that he would not refuse another call-up by the Netherlands, though the prospect of that happening appears bleak. The 35-year-old has made a strong start to the season with four goals from just five matches for Feyenoord but this has created the buzz of him making a probable Dutch comeback.

Speaking to reporters, Van Persie admitted that he would not turn down the prospect of making a national team comeback but the opportunity remains unlikely with Ronald Koeman recently citing the veteran may never be selected, he said: “I have said before: I will never say thank you (refuse a call-up), but the coach has been pretty clear in the media. It is going to be a very difficult story, in which he is clear. I do not assume that I’m being called, because he has clearly indicated it. I’m open to it, if he calls me, we’ll have to watch how he sees it. See if it suits me at that moment, based on which we have to make a choice.”

Davy Klaassen criticises the Premier League after Werder Bremen move

League shortly after making his Bundesliga debut for Werder Bremen. The Dutch midfielder made the switch to Everton from Ajax during the summer of 2017 but he could not make much impression during the 2017/18 where he was restricted to just a handful of Premier League appearances.

With another change in management this summer, Klaassen decided that it was time to make way from the Toffees and he has now taken a dig at the Premier League by citing that ‘it’s all about the money’, he said: “In England, it’s all about the money – because it’s just there. Basically, the clubs can shop as they want. In Germany, this really big money is not there. The clubs are more concerned with developing an idea, a philosophy. For me, the move to Bremen is also something of a change back to the roots of football.”

Patrice Evra Mocked Robin Van Persie after Manchester United Move

Patrice Evra says that he used to mock Robin van Persie for staying at Arsenal for an extended period. Robin Van Persie and Evra played together at Manchester United but it was only for a brief spell. This is after Van Persie was signed by Manchester United for a fee of around £ 22 million. Sir Alex Ferguson convinced Arsenal to let go of one of their star assets for a cheaper transfer fee since Van Persie only had a year left on his contract. The move became an instant hitVan Persie was able to score an incredible 30 goals in his first campaign with United. This almost single-handedly helped Manchester United to the 20th league title.

Patrice Evra has now spoken about the situations that forcedVan Persie to make the jump from Arsenal to Manchester United. He claims that it was a jump similar to making a move from a baby team into a professional football team. Arsenal have been criticised for several years for the lack of progress under Arsene Wenger. The change has finally come for the gunners with Unai Emery coming in as the new manager in place of Wenger, who has stepped down after more than two decades in charge of club. Evra claims that he initially used to mockVan Persie in the first few weeks at United.

Edwin van der Sar hails the qualities of Daley Blind ahead of Ajax move

Ajax general manager Edwin van der Sar has described Daley Blind as a ‘fantastic player’ ahead of his anticipated return to the club from Manchester United this summer. The Netherlands international has been with the Red Devils for the past four seasons but his stay is expected to come to an end in the coming days after Ajax agreed on a £14m deal to acquire his services.

In a report covered by De Telegraaf, Van der Sar said: “I think Daley is a fantastic player. He's multi-functional, can be a left-back, centre-half and a defensive midfielder. For Netherlands and for Manchester United, he played many good games. I think it's no secret that we [Ajax] are still looking for a central defender and, if possible, it would be a great addition for Ajax to have a player with the quality of Daley to fit in the team.”

Patrice Evra mocks Arsenal over Robin van Persie sale

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has mocked Arsenal over the signing of Robin van Persie six years ago. The Netherlands international made a shock move to Old Trafford from the Emirates during the summer of 2012 and Evra has spoken about what he said to the Dutchman following his arrival.

Speaking on ITV’s World Cup podcast, he quipped: “I give you an example when Robin van Persie joined Man United. First of all when he came I said ‘welcome to a proper team, a man team, not a baby team’.And he laughed, but he understood straight away because I remember him saying ‘Patrice, to be fair, I just feel like now I’m playing for a big team because all of you win many trophies, many medals, and you still go in the gym before training, going in the gym after training’”.

Robin van Persie to stay at Feyenoord for another season

Dutch outfit Feyenoord have confirmed that Robin van Persie has decided to prolong his stay with the club for another season at the least. The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker re-joined his hometown club during the winter transfer window and managed to contribute impressively with seven goals and one assist in just 14 appearances.

Despite this, Van Persie admitted that he would assess his future at the end of the campaign and Feyenoord have now confirmed that the Netherlands international will remain at the club for another campaign at the least, their statement read: “Robin van Persie has agreed to add one more season to his playing career at De Kuip. The club recently made it known through technical director Martin van Geel, head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst and others that Feyenoord wanted to keep hold of the striker. The 34-year-old has now said that would like to play for one more season.”

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