AS Roma midfielder Danielle De Rossi’s bluntly revealed his relief that his protracted transfer to Premier League reigning champions Manchester United didn’t happen this summer.
The Italian midfielder could’ve easily been suiting up at Old Trafford but the Red Devils bid came too late for the Italian giants to consider as they’d already agreed to keep De Rossi.
“It was a good thing that I didn’t go to Manchester, now I would have committed suicide!” De Rossi told Corriere dello Sport.
Quite often quotes from foreign stars are lost in translation.Let’s hope that’s the case with De Rossi.
Safe to say De Rossi is a relieved man that he didn’t switch his hometown team for Man United’s struggles in the Premier League season. That said, he could’ve worded his relief much better. The industrious Italian international midfielder has been at the heart of Roma’s resurgence this season, as Rudi Garcia’s side sit second in Serie A after leading the way for most of this season.
From the question he was asked, it was unclear whether De Rossi was referring to United’s poor form this season, or the fact that he would’ve been missing Roma’s return to the top after so many seasons of struggle. De Rossi, 30, has been with the capital club his entire career and would’ve obviously been devastated to miss their upward spiral. Here is the Guardian’s take on this story, as what De Rossi said clearly could have been taken differently given the context.
Plus he may have also been referring to his own form, which has catapulted considerably after a few less than illustrious campaigns at the heart of the Giallorossi‘s midfield. Now De Rossi is back in the frame for a pivotal role in Italy’s 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, as the Azzuri aim to get back to the form that saw them become World Champions for the third-time in 2006.
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.