|James Rodriguez needs freedom on the pitch in order to flourish at Real Madrid, according to Portuguese coach Andre Argentina Authentic jersey Villas-Boas.|
Following his exploits at the World Cup, Colombia international Rodriguez completed his blockbuster transfer to Real from Monaco on Tuesday, signing Arsenal jersey 2015 a six-year deal believed to be worth €80million.
Prior to playing for big-spending Monaco in Ligue 1, Rodriguez spent three years with Portuguese giants Porto - then led by Villas-Boas, who is now coaching Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia.
In his time at the Estadio do Dragao, Rodriguez won eight trophies - including three Primeira Liga titles Germany Autentic jersey and a UEFA Europa League crown - playing as an attacking midfielder behind the likes of countryman Radamel Falcao and Hulk.
Villas-Boas said he believes Real will get the best out of the 23-year-old if his played in a similar position in Madrid.
"A creative player like him has to have freedom of movement on the pitch," Villas-Boas told Marca.
"In my opinion, the best position for James is in the number 10 spot, where he feels most comfortable. From that position not only can he finish the move himself, but he can also link up with a better-placed team-mate."
Villas-Boas is confident Rodriguez will settle quickly among a star-studded dressing room that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos.
"He has all the qualities to adapt to Real Madrid's requirements. I say this on account of his natural disposition and calm," the former Tottenham coach said.
"I think this will help him settle in. Plus he's very courteous and I'm sure he'll be well received in the squad - something that will undoubtedly help him."
|Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina confirmed his desire to retire in Spain, but committed his immediate future to the Anfield club.|
Reina, 31, began his career at Barcelona, before a stint at Villarreal preceded his move to the Premier League.
A loan spell at Serie A outfit Napoli last season - when he linked up with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez - put a question mark over his Liverpool future, with Simon Mignolet assuming the number one spot in goal.
However upon his recall to Merseyside, Reina said he wants to be a factor in Brendan Rodgers' squad as they prepare for a UEFA Champions League assault, before eventually heading back to Spain.
"It's normal though that over the years you want to return to where you came from," Reina told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.
"When Rafa Benitez signed me at Liverpool in 2005, I accepted and said Chelsea authentic jersey 2015 that I would be back a little later in Spain."
Reina said he while he has not discussed his position with Rodgers, he remains confident of playing a role in the 2014-15 term.
"I have Bayern Munich jersey 2015 a contract to respect with Liverpool," Reina said.
"I'm training well and I am perfectly fine with my team-mates.
"I am here to stay.
"I have not talked to Brendan Rodgers, I've been here for only four days and I am just thinking of training to my best and getting Manchester United jersey 2015 back into shape."
|Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Luke Shaw's excessive wage demands were Real Madrid jersey 2015 behind the club's decision to end their pursuit of the left-back.|
Shaw - a boyhood fan of the London club - had been in a tug-of-war between Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United for much of the close-season before making the move to Old Trafford from Southampton in a big-money deal.
Mourinho eventually opted for cheaper alternative Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis, claiming the 19-year-old England international's arrival would have "killed" the club due to UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.
The Portuguese boss also highlighted the unrest Shaw's transfer would have caused within the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
"If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead," said Mourinho.
"We kill our stability with financial fair play. We kill the stability in our dressing room.
"Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid — a Manchester City jersey 2015 good player, a fantastic player — but when you pay that amount of money, the next day the players knock on the club's door.
"They would have been saying 'How Barcelona N98 jacket is it possible I play for this club 200 games and won this and that; how come a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?' It would kill immediately our balance and we don't allow that."
Mourinho added: "Sometimes you have to make decisions. I don't criticise the other clubs for paying it. They can pay what they want.
"I don't have any comment about it. But for my club, we can say it would be very negative for us."
|Andy Carroll was once flatteringly described as a rare breed of England striker, a throwback centre-forward whose aerial dominance and physical strength made defenders fear him.|
At his best during those thrilling early performances for Newcastle United, Carroll looked unplayable. Just three years after Liverpool spent £35? million to lure him away from Tyneside, Carroll is still unplayable following a £15?million switch to West Ham United, but only because he is rarely fit enough to be selected.
Neither have got value for money from a player who, at the age of 25, is giving the impression his best years are already behind him.
Whether Carroll’s constant breakdowns are purely down to bad luck or due to a failure to look after himself properly is a moot point. Regardless of why they have happened, Carroll’s injuries are ruining him as a footballer.
Since leaving Newcastle, where he scored 33 goals in only 60 starts for his Real Madrid jersey 2015 sale hometown club, Carroll has rarely looked the same player. His statistics make miserable reading, seven goals in 22 starts for Liverpool, nine in 35 for West Ham. Since turning a successful loan spell Messi jersey at Upton Park into a long-term move 12 months ago, Carroll has managed to play in just 14 games.
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West Ham thought they were getting far more for their money than a striker whose body already looks like it is unable to cope with the demands made of it. When cheap Barcelona jersey 2015 he has played, he has tended to look rusty and bereft of sharpness.
If Sam Allardyce, a manager renowned for his meticulous approach to sport science, can’t keep him in shape, Carroll is in trouble. If he continues to live a lifestyle that does not befit a professional athlete, the injuries will continue to plague him and he will be playing in the Championship by the time England have another crack at a World Cup.
For those of us who enjoyed seeing an old fashioned No9 bulldozing his way through startled defences, Carroll’s failure to maintain those standards is a terrible waste of a messi jersey 2015 player that could have given England something unique.
There are very few players of Carroll’s type who are so effective and while the hipsters may scoff at the idea that a retro centre-forward is still relevant in the era of false nines and fluid, flexible formations, there is nothing wrong with starting a new fashion by taking inspiration from the past.
According to Xavi, the Barcelona and Spain midfielder, England need to play to their strengths rather than try to hide their weaknesses.
He argued England’s best weapons are their wingers and if you are able to open teams up on the flanks, it makes sense to have a striker who can get on the end of the crosses they deliver.
There are few signs we are getting any closer to mastering the intricate short passing game of Spain or the irresistible blend of power and skill that turned Germany into World Cup winners, so why not look at what we are good and pick the players best suited to it.
Carroll would enable England to change their approach if they needed to, but such thoughts are pointless while he continues to spend so much time injured or trying to recover.
Few teams focus their offensive play down the flanks because few of them have a striker who can beat a centre-back in the air, or worry them enough for space to be left for others to exploit.
Both England’s goals at the World Cup came from crosses, yet neither Wayne Rooney or Daniel Sturridge were asked to play in a way that benefits from this sort of delivery. England regularly had merely one player to aim for in the area, making it easy to defend crosses. One centre-back attacked the ball, the other stuck tight to the striker. Rooney and Sturridge aren’t bad in the air, but it is not one of their great strengths either.
Carroll is different, but it’s difficult to know when he last played well for a prolonged period. There have been the odd games here and there, but nothing consistent enough to suggest he deserves to be back in the England side.
West Ham were keen to stress Carroll had done everything asked of him in pre-season but instead of reigniting his career, he has broken down again and will miss four months of the new season after an operation to repair ankle ligament damage. He also missed the first six months of last season with a heel problem.
West Ham have said they will sign a striker to replace him and they do not necessarily mean only while he is injured. Although nothing has been said publicly, West Ham were open to the idea of selling Carroll this summer.
Newcastle, as they have been ever since they lost him, have been mulling over whether to make a bid, well aware of how popular the move would be among fans who love to see one of their own playing in black and white stripes.
However, they were already wary of Carroll’s poor fitness record and will only consider buying him after another lengthy rehabilitation for a significantly reduced price. West Ham may well prefer to persevere with their club record signing rather than cut their losses.
Carroll is happy in London, his agent made that clear when rumours of a return to Newcastle began to circulate earlier this month, but perhaps it is time for the Geordie to go back to familiar surroundings.
There was a time when Carroll needed to get away from Newcastle’s nightlife, but moving away from his family and friends has arguably given him even more distractions in his life. Perhaps the only way for Carroll to return to his best is to return to the club where he once looked like the future of English football.
|Jose Mourinho has claimed that signing left-back Luke Shaw would have “killed” Chelsea.|
Shaw became the most expensive teenager in football after joining Manchester United for £27million from Southampton and signing a four-year Chelsea jersey 2015 sale contract worth over £100,000 a week.
Chelsea had been willing to rival United for the signing of Shaw, with the 19-year-old thought to favour a move to the Stamford Bridge club that he grew up supporting.
But Chelsea manager Mourinho backed away from a deal once he felt the figures started to spiral out of control and instead signed 28-year-old Filipe Luis for £15.8?million from La Liga champions Atlético Madrid.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we cheap Manchester united jersey were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are Messi argentina jersey dead,” said Mourinho. “We kill our stability with financial fair play. We kill the stability in our dressing room.
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“Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid — a good player, a fantastic player — but when you pay that amount of money, the next day the players knock on the club’s door and say, 'How is it possible I play for this club 200 games and won this and that; how come a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?’ It would kill immediately our balance and we don’t allow that.”
Brazilian Luis is understood to be earning just under £80,000 a week at Chelsea. During four years at Atlético, he won La Liga, the Europa League, the Copa del Rey and reached last season’s Champions League final. Shaw made 67 first-team appearances for Southampton and has won three England caps.
Mourinho added: “You can say Luis is much less expensive. He played for Brazil, won titles in Spain, won a European competition, played in the Champions League final, Bayern Munich jersey sale this guy is much cheaper than an English young lad.
“And is he good for our average wages, yes he is.
“Sometimes you have to make decisions. I don’t criticise the other clubs for paying it. They can pay what they want. I don’t have any comment about it. But for my club, we can say it would be very negative for us.”
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