Samir Nasri is a piece of work.
Merely 24 hours after Roberto Mancini’s comments that he would like “to give [Samir Nasri] a punch” tore through the footballing world, the French winger took to Al-Jazeera’s beIN Sport network to respond. After expressing his discontent over Mancini’s comments and claiming that he plays with more than the 50% effort that Mancini claims he does, Nasri pulled one of the more fantastic verbal 360’s in recent memory by expressing his undying love for Arsene Wenger.
“Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach I’ve worked with,” said Nasri. “If I’d worked with Wenger at Manchester City, maybe I would have avoided some problems.”
“Arsene Wenger is the one who understood me most, with whom I had the greatest affinity. I’m very grateful to him as he signed me after perhaps my worst season at Marseille when I had a bout of meningitis. He played a huge role in my career.”
The comments may come as a shock to Wenger and Arsenal fans, who Nasri left beaten and bleeding in 2011 when he skipped his way out of the Emirates and into the Etihad. The comments will likely make Gunners supporters wonder – If Nasri felt close to Wenger, then why leave? Or perhaps – If Wenger truly was the man ‘who understood [you] the most’ why would you stab him directly in the back?
But do yourselves a favor, Arsenal fans. Don’t waste precious brain power on such thoughts. Because Nasri’s words and this entire situation have nothing to do with Wenger or Arsenal. This situation is about Samir looking out for Samir – as has always been the case when it comes to the Frenchman. So despite how adamant he is that his move to City was “purely for sporting reasons,” there’s no denying that the four-year, $263,000-a-week contract that he signed with City more than doubled what he was earning at Arsenal.
Does Nasri miss Wenger? Possibly. But the only reason why Nasri is crying out for his old teddy bear is because he’s been wounded by Mancini’s comments. It’s a defense mechanism of the weakest form. And it’s truly pathetic.
MADRID (AP) Jose Mourinho’s agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros ($27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.
The information was made public on Tuesday by Gestifute, a company run by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
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The Portuguese company has been releasing details about its clients’ tax declarations after European media outlets published what they claimed were details of apparent tax arrangements made by top soccer players and coaches, including Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Gestifute, which also has Ronaldo as a client, has already published documents allegedly showing that Spanish fiscal authorities have certified that Mourinho and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are “up to date on … obligations.”
Mourinho coached Real Madrid from 2010-13 and took charge of United this season.
This is going to turn out to be one of the most exciting years of Matt Hedges’ life.
The FC Dallas man lead one of the best back lines in Major League Soccer to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.
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He’s also likely set for a chance to return to the USMNT fold under new coach Bruce Arena, as Hedges is one of the best players to be largely ignored by Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hedges, 26, was named the MLS Defender of the Year and made the Best XI, and now he’s inked a new long-term deal with FC Dallas.
The four-year deal will keep Hedges in Dallas through his 30th birthday. Capped once, Hedges has 159 appearances with 11 goals for FCD.
Christian Pulisic is one of the most exciting young prospects in the world.
It’s a statement that isn’t often said without hyperbole when it comes to American standouts, but the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund man has seen his names in the gossip pages a few times this year.
While Liverpool has often been the destination, Italian site Calcio Mercato says Premier League interest is wider than Merseyside. The clubs? Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
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Dortmund doesn’t want to sell the youngster, who is locked up through 2019. The whispered price has been $31 million at a minimum, but perhaps BVB would be tempted given their wealth of young attacking options.
Pulisic has made 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, nabbing four goals and six assists. He has 11 caps and three goals for the USMNT as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been linked with massive tax evasion, but Real Madrid would ask you to kindly go back to treating him like a king now that he’s proven his innocence.
In a move usually reserved for politicians aiming for high office, Ronaldo’s agent released some of his tax documents to prove everything’s above board.
It all looks good, unlike what befell Neymar and Lionel Messi, so back off, huh?
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From Real Madrid:
In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.
Only the utmost for CR7.
Real Madrid hosts Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a match which will decide Group F of the UEFA Champions League.