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Madrid deny Coentrao his wish to leave

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Fabio Coentrao will not leave Real Madrid after Carlo Ancelotti and company decided not to allow the left back to leave the Bernabeu.

“Fabio Coentrao is staying,” Ancelotti said. “He had said he wanted to leave, but I did not want that. Everyone – the players, the coaches, the club, is very happy with this decision.”

There has been a lot of white noise surrounding Coentrao this summer.  Rumors swirled that he could be used as bait in the Gareth Bale deal, to Manchester United for David Moyes, or that he could go to Arsenal whose defense has been depleted by injuries and suspensions.

It will be interesting to see if he gets playing time now, and if he does, how he performs given that he had asked to leave and was denied.

This has been going on for a while as well.  Back on August 19 Ancelotti confirmed that the 25-year-old had requested a transfer. “Coentrao has asked to leave,” Ancelotti said. “He will not be in tomorrow’s game. Nothing more, all the other players are happy to be here.”

Coentrao has not featured for Madrid yet this season, and made just 16 league starts last year.

Madrid are dealing with Mesut Ozil’s displeasure as well.  The German was left out of the squad entirely against Athletic Bilbao this weekend, and Ancelotti remarked on Ozil’s unhappiness.

“It is normal that he [Ozil] is unhappy,” Ancelotti said. “I do not like players to be happy on the bench. It was a technical decision to put in Di Maria [against Athletic Bilbao], who has a lot of rhythm and intensity, nothing more.”

Ozil has been heavily linked with Manchester United, with the 24-year-old’s father even speaking out saying his son isn’t happy.

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.