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The newly formed Indian Super League has been attracting a lot of attention with its ability to attract a number of former great players like Nicolas Anelka. The league is set to take place only for a few months from October. Since it will not be taking place over a period of 10 months like other major leagues, it has attracted the attention of several former players like Robert Pires. Despite being out of retirement for three years now, Pires returned to football by signing this short-term contract with Goa FC. Anelka has moved to Mumbai FC and the former Chelsea striker will be looking to continue his goal scoring prowess.
The Indian Super League, at one stage, where confident of attracting former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho, who was available on a free transfer, before he decided to move to Mexican league. The latest acquisitions are the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre. Mutu famously failed a drug test while he was a Chelsea player and he is still being sued by his former club for money in the tune of £ 14 million. After a stellar career in the Premier League by playing for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, Silvestre has been signed by South Indian franchise Chennayin.
This team will be managed by former Italy defender Marco Materazzi, who will also play for the team. The former Inter Milan man is one of the high profile players for Chennayin after having lifted the World Cup title in 2006. Mutu is reportedly close to signing for Pune FC, who have a partnership with Italian club Fiorentina. Mutu is well-known for having represented Fiorentina before recently playing for French club Ajaccio. At 35 years of age, the former Romanian international is one of the younger players to sign for the Indian Super League.
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Petrolul Ploiești manager Razvan Lucescu has claimed that the Romanian national team should consider recalling the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu. After a career that been spanned by controversies, Mutu is currently playing with the Romanian club Petrolul Ploiești. He helped them qualify into the Europa league group stages by stunning opponents Viktoria Plzeň from the Czech Republic. Due to the much higher club profile, Viktoria Plzeň were the overwhelming favourites to beat Petrolul Ploiești in the two legged qualifying match and progress to the final stages of the competition.
The first leg finished in a 1-1 draw at home for the Romanian club. As a result, the Czech Republic team went into the second leg with a lot of confidence of progressing to the next round due to the backing of the home supporters. However, a 4-1 thrashing meant that they were knocked out 5-1 on aggregate. Mutu scored a sensational goal in the second leg to help the team win the tie 5-1 on aggregate. It has been one of the shocks of the tournament. After the match, a delighted Lucescu said that he is extremely happy with the outcome.
He also says that the performance of Mutu has been extremely satisfying and that the 35-year-old striker should consider playing for the Romanian national team once again. Mutu retired from international football in 2013 after 77 appearances and 35 goals for the Romanian national team. “Mutu is a fantastic player that makes the difference. It has a special motivation when playing holder, and they enter the field as a reserve. Effort, struggles, make a difference. Certainly must be the national team, it is my opinion,” said Lucescu after the match. “I had a very good week with 13 goals in 3 matches. This is life. I’d like to be called to the national team,” said Mutu.
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The Colombian defender Juan Cuadrado has been one of the standout players of the World Cup and even before the worldwide competition had initiated, he already had attracted the attention of top clubs around the globe and now Fiorentina will have their work cut out trying to keep the Colombian star in the club.
“We will do everything possible to keep hold of Cuadrado, It is a difficult situation, but my first aim is to keep Cuadrado in Florence. There are no firm price-tags set, nor have I spoken to any clubs. I must admit, Cuadrado’s performances and visibility in the World Cup are not helping.” The co-owner of FIorentina, Andrea Della Valle stated.
Cuadrado has a contract with Fiorentina which runs up until 2017 but after a series of impressive performances by the 26 year old defender in the World Cup might tempt clubs on launching offers that could be just too hard to resist.
The defender of Fiorentina revealed to the public that he is only trying to focus on the World Cup and when it end, he will then discuss about whether or not to remain with the Italian club or join another club.
“I reiterate that my family and I are happy in Florence. I will only think about my future after the World Cup. Right now I’m living in a dream. This is just the beginning as we have not seen the real Cuadrado.” Cuadrado said.
Recently Barcelona and Bayern Munich are some of the football destinations that have been linked with the Colombian defender and both of those clubs are able to not only meet with the €40m buy-out clause that Fiorentina placed on Cuadrado but it will ultimately depend if the star of Colombia decides to leave the Italian club.
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Inter Milan wrapped up the previous season by sealing the 5th spot of the Italian League, Serie A and it has already been confirmed that Walter Mazzarri will continue being in charge of Inter Milan for the next campaign. Mazzarri and the president of Inter Milan, Erick Thohir want to improve the squad hoping that it can allow them fight against some of the best teams of Europe in the Champions League which is why they are expected to have a busy transfer window with a large number of players in the radar of the Italian club.
Erick Lamela is one of the priority players of Mazzarri as the 22 years old Argentine player enjoyed going through impressive back to back seasons when he played for As.Roma and attracted the attention of Tottenham as they were willing to pay €25.8 million for Lamela but ever since he made his move to the Premier League club, he suffered a dramatic loss of form as well as suffering from injuries which disabled him from performing at his peak.
Mazzarri is now seeing this as a chance for him to sign Erick Lamela and restore his former glory days but he will have to race to secure the services of the Argentinean winger as he is also in the wish-list of other clubs such as: Fiorentina and Napoli.
Lamela was brought into Tottenham at White Hart Lane as a way to fill in the boots of Gareth Bale who was already transferred to Real Madrid. His disappointing debut season with Tottenham was one of the main reasons on why Alejandro Sabella decided not to put him in his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Javier Hernandez and Tom Ince are some of the other players which have been heavily linked with Inter Milan. Mazzarri wants to rejuvenate the squad by bringing in young players while some of the veteran and senior players of the squad are already seeing their way out such as Javier Zanetti.