Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 27
Hodgson Confirms That Mascherano Wants Out Of Liverpool
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the rumors that Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool.
“He wants to leave the club,” Hodgson said. “He has made that perfectly clear. I think he wanted to leave a year ago. He wants to leave now but he is contracted to Liverpool so whether he leaves or not will be our decision.”
Mascherano, who signed a four-year deal in 2007 after switching to Liverpool from West Ham, is rumored to be trying to reunite with Rafa Benitez, who was recently appointed manager at Inter Milan. It is widely expected that Liverpool would be willing to concede Mascherano in order to retain Fernando Torres.
The Spanish striker has been linked with massive transfers to Chelsea and Manchester City but has told Hodgson he is looking forward to playing for Liverpool this season.
Drenthe Facebook Page Was A Fake, Not Coming To Liverpool
Yesterday, the internet was abuzz with news that Real Madrid full back Royston Drenthe had confirmed his intentions to play at Liverpool via his “official” facebook page.
Turns out the facebook was a fake and Drenthe’s agent has confirmed his client will be staying at Real Madrid. “Royston does not have a Facebook page, a Twitter page or a MySpace page. We will be taking legal action against the person who set up this false Royston Drenthe account,” Drenthe’s agent told the BBC.
Bellamy Might Be Leaving City After Summer Spending Spree
The always-contentious Craig Bellamy might be looking for a new club after Roberto Mancini admitted he might not have room for the Welshman.
Mancini is concerned about complying with the FA’s new 25-man roster rule. Under the new guidelines clubs may only name 25 players to the full-time roster from Sept. 1 to January and the City roster is becoming crowded after a tear of new signings.
Bellamy has been linked with a move to Tottenham but nothing official has been announced.
England Falls To Spain In U-19 Euro Championship Semi-final
England’s quest for the U-19 Euro Championship has come to an end with a 3-1 defeat to Spain.
Spain jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a 12th minute goal by Daniel Pacheco and a stellar goal 15 minutes later from the Spanish captain Keko. England brought one back three minutes later with an absolute laser from John Bostock.
Spain iced the victory with a second-half goal from Sergio Canales and advanced to the final. It’s another solid tournament for England’s youth teams who saw their U-21 squad advance to the Euro Championship finals last year where they suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Germany.
Latest Transfer Rumors
The Mail is reporting Liverpool is looking to send Maxi Rodriguez to La Liga side Espanyol.
The Sun is reporting Chris Brunt has signed a three-year deal with West Bromwich Albion (confirmed).
Emanuel Adebayor is being pursued by Juventus and Marseille.
Bolton have poached Real Madrid full-back Marcos Alonso.
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