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Diego Forlán heading to Major League Soccer?


It’s one of those rumors that has popped up in the past.

But this time, it has more solidity.

Diego Forlán has found his way back to South America for the last few years of his career with Internacional but speaking on a local radio station, Forlán professed his love for MLS.

“I would like to go to MLS. There have been no offers in the past. I have been their on holiday many times. It is a country I like a lot and would love to go there.”

Well now, that is interesting.

Obviously some emphasis may be lost in translation. But we get the main point. Forlán is open to a move to MLS.

So that begs the question: Would the 2010 World Cup player of the tournament have a similar impact to other veteran strikers in Thierry Henry or Robbie Keane? Or would he be another Freddie Ljungberg or Rafael Marquez?

What do you think?

Personally, I haven’t seen him play recently and don’t know what shape or form he is in. But what I do know: the guy is a workhorse who can finish. He went through a long barren spell at Manchester United when he first arrived in the EPL. But then he couldn’t stop scoring.

Then at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid he elevated himself into one of European soccer’s leading marksmen.

If that is the Diego Forlán on offer, then any MLS team should snap him up.

His salary would demand DP status. So there are a few clubs that spring to mind where Forlán would perhaps not fit in. His current salary in Brazil equates to roughly $2.5 million. An offer around that would be incredibly feasible for most MLS sides who are looking for a Designated Player.

Watch this space.. And oh yeah, watch this video below of his best moments from the 2010 World Cup.

Would love to see the long blonde locks of Forlán in MLS. Let’s hope this isn’t just silly season getting slightly out of hand, and it’s something more substantial.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?

Olivier Giroud: “I must harden myself” to unseat Walcott

Olivier Giroud, France
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Is it just me, or does the press really only ever get noteworthy quotes from players during international breaks?

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I suppose it’s not surprising, given Premier League players get away from the mean ole British press, go back to their respective homelands and speak with journalists they’ve likely known since their early playing days, thus feel more comfortable opening up about key issues.

Anyway, today we have Olivier Giroud essentially calling himself out for having lost the starting striker’s job at Arsenal because he’s been outplayed of late by Theo Walcott. As discussed before, this is bad news for Giroud because he’s now falling down the depth chart for France with next summer’s European Championship on the horizon.

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Giroud, on losing his place at Arsenal — quotes from the Guardian:

“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.

“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.

“I was in [Walcott’s] place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.”

Giroud goes on to cast into doubt his own confidence, stating in very certain terms he needs “to believe more in [his] abilities.” Giroud’s always come across as a bit of an existentialist, but it’s always strange to hear players publicly call themselves out — particularly their confidence — as if that’s not going to increase the pressure currently weighing down on them.

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The next eight months are going to be monumentally important in Giroud’s career, as the 29-year-old attempts to prove he’s worth keeping around at Arsenal and deserving of a place in the national team squad for next summer’s EUROs, which are to be played in France.