Former Argentine international Esteban Cambiasso has defied links to Tottenham Hotspur and River Plate by landing with one of the Premier League’s newcomers. Months after the 34-year-old’s contract expired with Inter Milan, Cambiasso has landed a one-year deal at Leicester City, with the Foxes announcing the surprising signing via the club’s web site on Thursday.
The defensive midfielder leaves the San Siro after a 10-year career with the Nerazzurri, who he joined in 2004 after two seasons at Real Madrid. During his time in Milan, Cambiasso won five league titles, four Italian Cups, one UEFA Champions League, and one FIFA Club World Cup, serving a crucial role in the team’s league-cup-Europe triumph in 2009-10.
It’s a résumé that makes Cambiasso’s signing a coup for Leicester, who’ve relied on Dean Hammond and Andy King in midfield through the first two rounds of the season. Though Cambiasso is 34 years old, he is coming off a season where he made 32 starts, scoring four times in his first season under head coach Walter Mazzarri.
During his decade at Inter, Cambiasso averaged 31.5 appearances per season, adding 41 league goals from defensive midfield.
While it will be strange to see the 52-time Argentine international in something other than Inter’s black and blue, it will be equally inexplicable to see the slick scalped icon in a side playing second division soccer a year ago. But credit to Leicester for managing to lure one of the last decade’s best defensive midfielders to the East Midlands. Even at 34 years old, Cambiasso should make a major difference in the Foxes’s quest for survival.
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.