On Tuesday reports from Germany suggest all is not well with Marco Reus.
Apparently the 25-year-old attacker has rejected a new deal with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and he is now being pursued by a host of European giants.
Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all said to be keen on sealing a $48 million deal for Reus, as the German international has that as his release clause in his contract. That’s not too much for a player who had delivered domestically, in the UEFA Champions League and internationally.
According to German newspaper Bild, Reus doesn’t want to stick around any longer at the Westfalenstadion after scoring 21 goals in 39 games during the 2013-14 season. He is refusing to extend his current deal past 2017 and wants a move away. Take all of this with a pinch of salt, but it seems like Reus will follow the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski out of the door. Both of those players joined Bayern Munich from Dortmund and if Reus followed them it would be a killer blow to BVB’s chances of trying to wrestle the Bundesliga title from Munich’s grasp for the foreseeable future.
Reus should have been part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad but injured his ankle ligaments during the warm up games and missed out on heading to Brazil. His power and pace often see him get in behind defenses but his creativity and vision from deep-lying roles mean he is also a creator. Reus can play across the front line and would slot in at United, Barca or Bayern seamlessly.
Not it seems as though he’s willing to make up for lost time and announce his talents at some of the biggest clubs in the world. Which one will dip into their pockets to sign Reus?
Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is embroiled in a bizarre investigation into the extortion of a sex tape.
The 34-year-old French striker has been arrested by French police who have confirmed that are investigating attempts to bribe another international footballer.
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Unconfirmed reports from France claim that the individual in question is France and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a former teammate of Cisse at both Marseille and with the French national team.
According to Reuters news agency, Cisse was questioned because he was familiar with the people involved and in total four individuals were arrested as it is alleged they plotted to ask for money from Valbuena for the sex tape to not be released. It is unclear if the tape is of Valbeuna and his partner Fanny Lafon, or if other individuals are involved.
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Cisse won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and scored 24 goals in 79 games during his three-year stay at Anfield until 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, while he is currently out of contract after being released by Ligue 1 side Bastia following nine goals in 41 appearances. Cisse is due to appear on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the coming months.
Further reports from France say that Cisse is expected to be “exonerated” and that the existence of the video is “not proven” at this point.
Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.
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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.
Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:
“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”
That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”
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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?