RUUD CALLS FOR ROONEY MOVE
In the wake of Wayne Rooney’s transfer request at Manchester United, his former team-mate at Old Trafford, Ruud van Nistelrooy, believes there is no point Rooney being there any longer if he wants to move away.
The Dutchman said “if he is not fully committed it is probably best to move on.” Advertisers have even got in on the act with an electric hoarding at last night’s England v Brazil game adorned with the words “Desperate to get away like Wayne?”
The likelihood appears to be a move abroad with Paris Saint-Germain ready to pay Rooney up to £300K a week wages.
If he stays in England Arsenal could be one destination with Arsène Wenger reported to be interested in the possibility of taking him to the Emirates next season.
JOSE GOES WHERE HE IS LOVED
Jose Mourinho finally sought to confirm what was becoming football’s worst-kept secret last night. He told Spanish football programme Punto Pelota that he “will go to London and between Monday and the end of the week I will be the new coach of Chelsea.”
This comes a day after the Premier League mistakenly announced on its own website that the Portuguese is taking the vacant post at Stamford Bridge.
Neither Mourinho nor Chelsea have officially confirmed the details of his appointment, and the Premier League had to apologise after reporting an ‘x-year deal’ was signed by him.
ENGLAND EARN DRAW IN BRAZIL
Joe Hart produced a magnificent display to limit Brazil to two goals and, despite thoroughly outclassing England at the new Maracana, they let their guard down to grant the visitors a 2-2 draw.
In a first half where England barely saw the ball, Hart had to be at his cat-like best to deny efforts from new Barcelona star Neymar and imposing striker Hulk.
Fred opened the scoring for Brazil on 57 minutes before England’s surprising fight-back, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drilling home a well-placed shot from outside the box before Wayne Rooney’s deflected 25-yarder left England looking at an unlikely win.
Paulinho dashed those hopes on 81 minutes, however, volleying Brazil’s deserved equaliser.
ON THE CONTINENT
Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States beat Germany 4-3 in a friendly in Washington DC.
Real Madrid have re-signed Spanish right-back Daniel Carvajal after an impressive season with Bayer Leverkusen.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has ended his four-year spell at Bayern Munich and returned to Zenit St Petersburg.
Fulham look to have pulled off a transfer coup in the signing of Dutch No.1 keeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma.
Craig Bellamy has revealed in his autobiography that he was bound to sign for Everton in 2005 but David Moyes’ system of rules and regulations put him off.
Robbie Keane, already Ireland’s all-time top goalscorer, has drawn level with Shay Given to become joint-top international caps holder on 125. The Dubliner made it 35 international goals with a brace as Ireland thrashed Georgia 4-0 at home.