No wonder Mourinho had troubles with the players during his time at the Bernabeu.
Spanish media outfit AS has published a report saying that last season, while Jose Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid, Manchester United and AC Milan both submitted bids for Kaka, but they were immediately rejected by Mourinho.
The boss had apparently told the Brazilian legend he would only sanction a move away from Europe, to China or Russia for example.
This enraged Kaka, who would like to make the Brazilian 2014 World Cup squad and therefore wanted to keep his level of play at a high level, something a move out of Europe would most likely not allow.
The 31-year-old barely played at Real Madrid as well, having made just 27 appearances over all competitions last season, and sitting in many of the most important matches.
AS quotes a source close to Kaka as saying, “Mourinho did not want him at the club and wanted to use him as a bargaining chip, but was afraid to send him elsewhere in Europe under a big suspicion that he would succeed. He wanted to sell to Russia or China, but Kaka did not want to go there.” The source also claimed Mourinho “boycotted” Kaka last season on the pitch.
The report also quotes another source that “there was never a fight or argument between Kaka and Mou, but the relationship was not good.” Not surprising.
With Kaka reportedly considering a move to Major League Soccer when his contract with Madrid runs out, he is also apparently ruled out a move home to Brazil, with reports of Sao Paolo or Flamengo in the mix for his signature.
NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.
Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.
If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.
The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.
Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.
Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.
Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.
Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.
Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.
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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.
Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.
The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.
Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.
The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.
In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.