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Signs point more and more towards Leighton Baines staying with Everton

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After David Moyes was appointed manager at Manchester United, it was almost a foregone conclusion that dangerous and valuable left back Leighton Baines would follow.

Patrice Evra is now 32 years old, and while he still plays at a high level, United would have the chance to cement the position for the foreseeable future as well as cash in on Evra before he runs out of value.

Now, it seems like Baines is more likely to remain at Everton and become a leader at Goodison Park.

In what would absolutely be considered a coup for Roberto Martinez, the 28-year-old English international stated his excitement to start anew under Everton’s new manager.

“He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment,” said Baines. “He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward.”

Following Baines’ comments about Martinez – comments that certainly would have been held back had negotiations been ongoing – it was widely reported by many news outlets that Manchester United had a £12 million ($18.5 million) bid rejected by Everton for the defender.

This proves the Toffees are willing to fight for arguably their roster’s best player, and will mean unless Moyes decides his former playmaker is worth a bid well above market value – one Everton couldn’t refuse – then for now Goodison Park will greatly benefit from Baines’ presence.

Ferguson still being asked about Moyes: “We chose a good football man”

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In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.

Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.

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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.

In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.

From the BBC:

“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.

“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”

The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.

What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.

Tax evasion charges against Messi dropped; Case vs father continues

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Barcelona F.C. star Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court to answer questions in a tax fraud case in Gava, near Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Messi's father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of 4 million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
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Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.

Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.

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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.

From the BBC:

Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.

Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.