Argentine winger Jonas Gutíerrez took to Twitter on Saturday to say his goodbyes to his club and its fans, apparently confirming the 30-year-old is set to leave Newcastle United. In his sixth year at the club, “Spiderman” has only made two appearances for Alan Pardew, with that lack of playing time seemingly precipitating his departure.
This season’s sparse usage is a dramatic decline from last year, when Gutíerrez made 34 league appearances for Pardew and the Magpies. In his five seasons since arriving from Real Mallorca, the 22-time Argentina international had never made fewer than 30 league appearances, scoring 10 times in 175 games since the summer of 2008.
Yet after being unable to win time from Moussa Sissoko or Yoan Gouffran this season, Gutíerrez’s time on Tyne appears to be over. Responding to fans who had inquired about his future with the Magpies, Gutíerrez confirmed his impending departure, wishing his former club and teammates luck through the remainder of their 2013-14 campaign:
The Magpies have yet to make any official announcement about the potential departure, but if the Gutíerrez does depart, his most-likely landing spot appears to be the Argentine Primera, where the Torneo Final starts on Feb. 8. His original club, Vélez Sársfield, opens that tournament at Olimpo.
Gutíerrez originally left the Buenos Aries club in the summer of 2005, embarking on a three-season stay at Mallorca. After five goals in 96 La Liga appearances, el gal go moved to United, where he was part of a Football League Championship winning side in 2009-10.
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High-flying left back Benjamin Mendy‘s Manchester City takeoff has been delayed by a thigh injury.
Pep Guardiola revealed Thursday that Mendy is doubtful for City’s Aug. 12 Premier League opener at Brighton and Hove Albion despite passing a medical to push through a $68 million move from Monaco.
Saying Mendy is “a little bit injured,” Guardiola said to expect an absence of two to three weeks.
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The depth chart behind Mendy is incomplete, though City has added two right backs this offseason in Kyle Walker and Danilo.
The latter would be the front-runner to start in Mendy’s place, as he did in a 3-5-2 as Man City beat Real Madrid 4-1 on Wednesday.
Man City follows its opener at Brighton with a visit from Everton and a trip to Bournemouth.
Hard-nosed midfielder Rajda Nainggolan has been linked to Manchester United and Chelsea for some time, but Thursday linked up long-term with his present club.
Nainggolan, 29, signed a new deal with AS Roma through the 2020-21 season, putting the Belgian box-to-box mid at the heart of i Lupi‘s plans to chase down Juventus.
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Nainggolan has been in the last two Serie A Best XIs.
The 29-times capped Belgian has six goals for his national team, and has 255 Serie A appearances between Cagliari and Roma. Nainggolan has 31 goals and 18 assists in those matches, scooping 62 yellows and two send-offs but never being handed straight red.
While it’s a perceived blow for his Premier League suitors, it’s a welcome retention for Roma. He’s arguably the reason Roma was ready to part with Michael Bradley in 2014, and you can see why: He plays right up to the line but knows right where it lies.
ST. VEIT, Austria (AP) Local authorities in southern Austria have called off Sunday’s friendly match between Udinese and Hannover as the estimated number of spectators exceeds the capacity of the stadium.
The city of St. Veit says about 4,000 fans, including 280 potential football hooligans, were expected for the game at the ground of local amateur club FC Alpe Adria, which has a capacity of 2,430.
St. Veit mayor Gerhard Mock says “it’s a shame … but security comes first.”
It’s not immediately clear whether the match between the Italian and German top-flight teams can be moved to a larger venue. Both Udinese and Hannover are having their preseason training camps in the province of Carinthia.
Wayne Rooney will play his first competitive game for Everton in 13 years.
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That storyline will dominate Everton’s return to Europe as they kick off their 2017-18 UEFA Europa League campaign in front of a packed house at Goodison Park on Thursday.
The Toffees welcome Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok for the first leg of the third qualifying round as they aim to make it back to the group stage for the first time since 2014-15.
Click on the link above to follow not only Everton’s game but all of the Europa League qualifiers going on across Europe this afternoon with the likes of AC Milan, Fenerbache, PSV, Marseille and Athletic Bilbao all in action.
If Ronald Koeman‘s side successfully navigate their way past Ruzomberok then they will be in the play-off round which is the final hurdle before the group stage.