Interesting! Dutch star reveals how club director punched me

Jonathan De Guzman launched an extraordinary attack on Napoli, accusing the chief medic of derailing his career and director Cristiano Giuntoli of punching him.

Now at Eintracht Frankfurt, the 31-year-old was owned by Napoli from 2014 to 2017, but spent much of that on loan to Carpi and Chievo.

He ultimately made only 36 competitive appearances for the Partenopei, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.

In a remarkable interview with Dutch site De Voltkskrant, De Guzman reveals a series of shocking incidents during his Napoli tenure.

In March 2015, he started to feel a strange bulge in his stomach that felt painful, so went to chief medic Alfonso De Nicola – who is still at the club.

I was put on a diet, had my carbohydrates cut and told to take a rest, but the pain kept coming back. Rafa Benitez told me to go see another doctor, but that was not allowed by the club, because De Nicola had the power.”

That summer, Benitez moved on to Real Madrid, while Coach Maurizio Sarri and director of sport Giuntoli arrived. Despite his struggles, De Nicola passed him fit to train and a harsh judgment was inevitable.

I am a player who can run 10km in a game, but if I can only manage 6km and doing that at half-strength, then of course a Coach isn’t going to want me in the team.

Napoli didn’t believe I was hurt. I could walk and run, but I couldn’t turn or shoot properly. They thought I’d made it up, that it was all in my head. That was said to me so often that I started to doubt the signals my own body was sending to me. It was sick.”

As the transfer window was coming to a close in August, De Guzman was sent to a hotel in Milan where he could negotiate for a move away.

Talks were held with Sunderland and Bournemouth, but “I wanted to be fit first. Giuntoli was really angry and his assistant told me that if I didn’t sign for someone else, my career would be dead in Naples. I would not be allowed to play anymore.

This went on for the whole day until Giuntoli had to leave to make other deals.”

After flying to the Netherlands to consult with his agents, De Guzman decided he wanted to regain his fitness at Napoli before moving on.

However, when arriving back at the training ground in Naples on September 1, after the transfer window had shut, he met a furious Giuntoli.

I was in the locker room and he called me over as a ‘piece of ****’ to go into the players’ lounge. He said I had promised to leave, but I did no such thing.

He suddenly hit me in the face. Then I went crazy. We started fighting, chairs were knocked over. My teammate Camilo Zuniga dived in and pulled us apart. He told me to take my things and go home.

As I was going, I passed by De Nicola. I said: ‘What the hell did you do? I’m not fit because of you!’ The next day, the fitness coach told me I could only jog around the training ground.

I tried to call President Aurelio De Laurentiis, but there was no reply. Edoardo De Laurentiis, the son of the President who I had a decent rapport with the year before, came in and told me: ‘You’re not going anywhere, so you stay here and you’re dead to us.’ I thought I was now completely lost.

The players didn’t help me. If they tried, the club would criticise them. I wanted to train by myself, but where could I go? Everyone knows the players in Naples.”

After four months of this and weeks of begging, De Guzman was allowed to see another Italian doctor, Americo Menghi, who diagnosed a sports hernia and suggested surgery – an option rejected by De Nicola.

The player and his agent eventually flew to Denmark for a consultation with specialist Per Holmich.

It took 10 minutes! He needed just 10 minutes to figure out it was a sports hernia and needed an operation. But De Nicola again said no, that he didn’t believe in the surgical option and didn’t want to be the one who destroyed my career.”

Come January, after six months of inactivity, De Guzman was loaned out to bottom of the table Carpi and they finally allowed him to have the operation in Munich.

The pain was gone quickly, but my body was so weak that I just lurched from one injury to the next. I returned to Napoli in 2016. Sarri said I could prove myself. He is a good Coach, he’s proving that now at Chelsea.

Everything was top at Napoli, from the supporters to the facilities, all except for a few men. Football is a business and business is tough, I understand that, but this treatment was inhumane.”

After another dismal loan spell at Chievo, he was sold to Eintracht Frankfurt, having first rejected a big money move to Asia, and won the German Cup last season.

Italian Soccer Serie A – Milan vs Napoli – Milano – San Siro Stadium – 14/12/2014. Jonathan de Guzman – napoli – fotografo: Fabrizio Forte

Napoli was a dark chapter and I want to put it behind me with this interview. I love this game so much, otherwise I wouldn’t have run around an empty training ground for six months at the age of 28.

There are football players who are completely broken. From the outside, you can’t see what’s going on. A player who doesn’t play is no longer of interest to anyone. The clubs have their way of communicating. Now it’s my turn.”

De Volkskrant point out they contacted Napoli for this story, but that the club refused to comment.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has increased Juventus number of Crosses in matches

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Juventus number of Crosses in matches has gone more than double since Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo arrived from Real Marid. As reported by Gazzetta Dello Sport, in addition to the number of shots increasing, the crossing statistic of the Turin-based team has also been positively influenced: In last season’s Serie A campaign, Juventus has 157 crosses after 12 matches, while this year it is 255. This is an increase of 62% with Ronaldo, who has 22 crosses, just under two per game.

Meanwhile, Portuguese manager Fernando Santos has rebuffed rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo is not part of the National team anymore after seeing his team qualify for the nations league semifinal without their star man.

Image result for Ronaldo Portugal and SantosRonaldo 33 has not played for Portugal since the team crashed out in the second round of the World cup in Russia.  But Santos said there should be no questions that the Juventus star is still an important part of his squad. “There is no doubt. If you still have doubts, I don’t know,” he told a news conference. “But Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this team.”

Image result for Ronaldo PortugalRonaldo is Portugal’s all-time leader in both goals (85) and appearances (154), while only Iran’s Ali Daei (109) has netted more times in internationals.

La Liga: 5 Important Reasons Why James Is Needed In Real Madrid Squad

James Rodríguez Real Madrid future is up in the air. Los Blancos sent the Colombian attacking midfielder out on loan for two years to German Bundesliga gaints Bayern Munich in 2017, meaning the deal is up this coming summer, with the Germans having a unilateral purchase option if they want to keep the player. That’s to say, Bayern Munich decide.

Related image

If the German outfit want to keep James they’ll need to shell out 42 million euros to Real Madrid. Up last summer their intention was to pay up and keep him, but according to Kicker the thinking in the executive suite has changed and Rummenigge, Hoeness and company are now more of a mind not to execute the purchase option. If that’s the case, then James will be back at Real Madrid next summer, with a contract running through to 2021.

Image result for James in bernabeu

This outcome isn’t one bosses at Real Madrid are averse to – with there being several arguments in favour of accepting James’ return to the Bernabéu. The arrival of Solari, the current lack of goals from the team and the affection of the fans for the Colombian are just some of the reasons suggesting that if James is returned by Bayern, he’ll stay at Madrid.
Here are five (5) important reasons why James Rodriguez can comeback into the Real Madrid squad:
1. Zidane’s gone and Solari’s in charge

Image result for James and Zidane'
Zidane was the main reason James left. Although they got on well together personally, the French coach never truly believed in the player, leading to James asking to leave. In his last season under the orders of Zizou James only played 34% of his possible minutes and of Real Madrid’s 59 games he only took part in 33. However, with Solari on the bench to 2021 the Colombian would be coming back to a coach who appreciates his football. The Argentinean has said he’d be delighted if James came back and the player would be more than happy to play under him.
2. James dreams of returning to Real Madrid

Image result for James and Zidane'

James realised his dream when he signed for Real Madrid in 2014 and now he’s dreaming once again: this time of returning to the Bernabéu. In fact, this summer past Lopetegui was made aware that the Colombian would be delighted to come back. However, the operation never came to fruition because James was firmly in Bayern’s plans for this season. James loves the Spanish capital and tries to get back whenever he can. What’s more he’s a huge fan of LaLiga and watches most games.
3. James is a midfielder who scores

Image result for James and Zidane'
James scored 36 goals and set up 46 in his 111 games for Real Madrid. And the fact is Real Madrid are lacking goals since Cristiano Ronaldo left. Madrid have only managed 20 goals in LaLiga so far, 14 less than Barcelona and four less than Sevilla. The return of James would add to Real Madrid’s attacking threat.
4. Troubling times for Isco, Asensio and Bale

Image result for Isco, Asensio and Bale

The poor spells Isco, Asensio and Bale are going through right now, each for their own reasons, is leading Real Madrid manager Florentino Pérez to consider selling one, two or all three of them. The return of James would be an easy, effective way of bolstering the squad without having to go into the transfer market and open the club’s wallet.
5. James: loved by the Bernabéu

Image result for James in bernabeuThe Colombian has always had a good connection with the Real Madrid faithful. HIs coming back would mean the return of one of the most beloved players at the club in recent years. What’s more, having James (and with Solari in charge) would allow Real Madrid to boost its connection to South America, a market where the club have lost popularity since James went to Bayern.

Does James have a place in this present Real Madrid squad?

SHOCKER!!! The Full Details On How Messi Signed His First Barcelona Contract Unfolds

Argentine star Lionel Messi have stayed at Barcelona all through his football club career in European football. after so many years at the Blaugrana, the truth behind his first contract at the club unfolds.
On a small rectangular piece of paper to clean the mouth and hands was written one of the most important documents in the history of sport. Messi’s ‘contract’ was signed with Barcelona 18 years ago on a napkin, but where is it now? And who owns it?

Related image

In September of 2000 Lionel Messi, at only 13 years of age, arrived with his family in Barcelona thanks to the Argentine representatives Fabian Soldini and Martin Montero, and his contact in Spain, Horacio Gaggioli. The youngster dazzled everyone with the ball, and the Messi family returned to Rosario with the promise of a contract offer.

Related image

Joan Gaspart, president of Barcelona at the time, thought it would be risky to go through with any deal but Gaggioli threatened the Catalans by suggesting that he would offer Messi to other clubs, among them at Real Madrid.

On December 14, some three months after the initial contact with Barcelona, Gaggioli played tennis at the Pompeia del Montjuic club with the ex-football player and Technical Secretary of Barcelona, Carles Rexach.

Image result for messi and Gaggioli

After the game they stayed for lunch in the club’s cafeteria, where Josep Maria Minguella, a player agent who had brought many players to Barcelona, joined them. Gaggioli and Minguella pressed Rexach to make a decision about Messi, a young player who promised so much.

It was then that Rexach took a paper napkin and wrote:

‘In Barcelona, on December 14, 2000 and in the presence of Messrs. Minguella and Horacio, Carlos Rexach, Technical Secretary of F.C.B. is committed under his responsibility and despite some opinions against signing the player Lionel Messi as long as we maintain the agreed amounts.’

The napkin was signed by Rexach, Minguella and Gaggioli. A week later, Gaggioli and Rexach themselves gave official validity to that document before a notary and Messi’s story finally began with the Blaugrana.

But what happened to that famous napkin?

Where is the napkin that constitutes Leo Messi's first 'contract' with...
As Infobae has reported, it’s in the hands of Gaggioli, who today lives in Andorra and has it stored in a safe of the Credit Andorra bank. Gaggioli is still dedicated to the representation of players, and he presently advises Marco Asensio among other players.
The agent has received numerous millionaire offers from around the world for the document where the signing of Messi was forged.

“I think the napkin should be in the Barcelona museum,” he’s reported as saying. “That piece of paper changed the modern history of the club.”

Image result for messi and Gaggioli
Gaggioli
He still isn’t planning on selling it, only loaning it to the FCB museum.
“I think it should be there, in a preferential place next to Messi’s Ballon d’Or’s,” he continued.
Years ago the museum contacted Gaggioli, but the conversations were frozen when the club told him that it was a “confidential contract” and that they preferred not to expose it to the public “until Messi retires or leaves the club.”
Today, he is the captain of the team and has achieved every title with Barcelona on a collective and individual level. It’ll be a few years yet before the safe in Andorra can be prised open…

Do still see Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona in the future or he will end his football career in Barcelona?

Man United want world class defender for £25.4m

Manchester United are reportedly planning to revive their interest in world class center back Toby Alderweireld when the transfer window reopens in January, and are hopeful of landing the Tottenham Hotspur centre-back for just £25.4m.

United were heavily linked with the Belgian during the summer, but Spurs refused to budge on their £60m asking price and ultimately held on to the player.

Football Soccer Britain – Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – Premier League – White Hart Lane – 27/8/16 Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld
Reuters / Dylan Martinez Livepic
EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

However, Alderweireld’s contract situation at the club remains uncertain and he would be available for just £25.4m next summer should no new deal be agreed before then.

The Evening Standard reports that Ed Woodward is confident they can strike a deal for the 29-year-old in January by offering Spurs a compromise.

United manager Jose Mourinho has made signing a new defender his top priority in the transfer market after being left frustrated by the club’s failure to bolster their ranks during the summer.

Mourinho watched Alderweireld during Belgium’s UEFA Nations League win over Iceland, while United are also understood to have an ongoing interest in Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.

Fernandos Santos reveals what next for Ronaldo after Portugal qualified without him

Portuguese manager Fernando Santos has rebuffed rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo is not part of the National team anymore after seeing his team qualify for the nations league semifinal without their star man.

Image result for Ronaldo Portugal and SantosRonaldo 33 has not played for Portugal since the team crashed out in the second round of the World cup in Russia.  But Santos said there should be no questions that the Juventus star is still an important part of his squad. “There is no doubt. If you still have doubts, I don’t know,” he told a news conference. “But Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this team.”

Image result for Ronaldo PortugalRonaldo is Portugal’s all-time leader in both goals (85) and appearances (154), while only Iran’s Ali Daei (109) has netted more times in internationals. Portugal won League A Group 3 after a scoreless draw with Italy.  The reigning European champions entered Saturday’s match with Italy simply needing a result to guarantee their place in the semis with a game remaining. A defeat would not have ended Portugal’s chances of winning the group, though it would have come down to the final day against already-relegated Poland. But that match is now dead rubber, as Portugal are set to contest the semi-finals in June 2019.

Image result for Ronaldo Portugal
As a result, Portugal will now host June’s inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals, pending a formal appointment by the UEFA Executive Committee at their meeting in Dublin on December 3. Portugal were joined by Italy and Poland as nations looking to host and, with Saturday’s result, with the requirement being two stadiums with a net seating capacity of at least 30,000.
The original bid proposed Porto’s Estádio do Dragão and the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes as host venues.

Man Utd Fans Will Be Happy About What Enrique Said About De Gea

In Spain’s 3-2 defeat against Croatia, one of the main talking points in the aftermath of the game has been the goalkeeping position, but Luis Enrique has defended the Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The coach pointed out that any goal conceded by the shot-stopper is the responsibility of the entire team.

Image result for de gea and enrique

“You need to accept [criticism], but when it is directed at an individual player it is strange,” he said of the discussion about De Gea’s performances for the national team at a press conference on Saturday evening.

“Criticism should be for all and for the coach. “When it’s focussed on one person then that’s unfair. “Goals aren’t scored against a goalkeeper just because of him, the other positions play and matter too.

Image result for de gea and enrique

“A goalkeeper can’t make a mistake if the ball doesn’t reach him. “I won’t talk about my preferences, as my actions speak louder than my words.

“I won’t put a player on trial. “I evaluate things in a general sense. “At no point will I hold a public inquest for any of my players.

“Spain play differently from Manchester United and maybe we can work on this, from the psychological aspect. “This could be a good starting point.

Image result for de gea and enrique

“You need to understand me and, if not, then I don’t mind anyway. “I defend all of my players.”

The Asturian went on to talk about the state of the Spain team in a more general sense.

“The team is fine and yesterday [Friday] we trained and analysed the previous match,” he explained. “There are good spirits and there is a desire to turn things around in the next match.

“It’s a friendly and we won’t be back together until March, but this is an interesting test to see the players as part of the national team. “I’m trying to find and have a squad of 23 players. “Players have come and gone and we are analysing the options.”

Luis Enrique

Sergio Ramos and his physical condition was also brought up, with Luis Enrique admitting he was aware of the risks of playing the centre-back against Croatia.

“He arrived with pain in the adductor and we doubted whether he should play or not against Croatia,” the coach said of Ramos. “There was no sense in having him for the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina. “He accepted the risks against Croatia and now he is back with his club.”

Finally, the coach was also asked about Dejan Lovren’s comments, but said he hadn’t read them.

“I think the declarations discredit themselves,” he said on the matter.

Can we still say David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world?

Top 5 Fearsome Penalty Takers In The History Of EPL (No 1 Has The Same Accuracy Has Messi & Ronaldo)

The English Premier League records are there to be broken but most of them remain intact today. Top in that list is, of course, the penalty numbers. The record is staggering and no current player is even in the chasing pack.

England international Harry Kane is becoming a penalty specialist. He has netted 14 spot-kicks so far. The Tottenham Hotspur striker is only 25-years-old, this means he is the man who can beat all the following guys in the top five if he continues playing in English football for at least a decade.

Today, let us recognize five most fearsome penalty takers in the English Premier League since the name was changed in 1992.

5. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)- 23 Penalties

Image result for henry penalty kick
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has several special records at the club. The penalty record is just one of them. He took a total of 25 penalties and scored 23 of them. The Frenchman is the all-time best scorer in the history of the club with 228 goals in 376 appearances. He scored all types of goals an achievement that any other player will struggle to match.

4. Matt Le Tissier (Southampton)- 25 Penalties

Image result for Matt Le Tissier penalty
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier remains one of the most lethal penalty takers in Premier League history. The former attacking midfielder scored 25 out of 26 penalties he took. The goalkeeper who saved that one spot-kick deserves an accolade too. He netted a total of 209 goals in 541 matches in his career.

3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)- 32 Penalties

Image result for Steven Gerrard penalty
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was a massive success during his time at Anfield. The former Reds Captain helped the club lift every trophy available in club level part from the elusive Premier League medal. The current Rangers manager scored great goals over the years. He was also a master from 12 yards. He netted a total of 32 penalties out of 41 he took. He retired in 2016 after a 2-year spell with LA Galaxy. He will now try to dethrone Celtic coached by his former boss Brendan Rogers.

2. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)- 43 Penalties

Image result for Frank Lampard penalty
Chelsea all-time record goalscorer Frank Lampard was a specialist in spot-kicks. The Blues legend netted a total of 43 penalties out of 50. The predatory midfielder was always present in the box to benefit from what the strikers missed. He retired in 2017 after a glorious career at West Ham, Chelsea, Manchester City, and New York FC. He lifted all trophies available in Club level at Stamford Bridge. Derby County has given him a chance to start off his journey in Coaching. His job is to try to help them get promoted to the Premier League next season.

1. Alan Shearer (Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers)- 56 Penalties

Image result for Alan Shearer penaltyPremier League all-time record goalscorers Alan Shearer also leads the penalty charts. The former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers star scored 56 penalties out of 67 he took in total. This is a wonderful accuracy if you compare it with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo percentages. He holds all-time League goal record with 260.

Image result for epl players

Which current EPL player do you feel can break into this fearsome penalty takers in the history of EPL? Drop your view at the comment box… Thanks

Liverpool’s Van Dijk calls Sergio Ramos a great defender but…

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has called Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos a great player but said he is not his kind of central defender and Ramos teammate Raphael Varane is the World best defender.  This comes after Van Dijk Centre back partner Dejan Lovren called Ramos weak after Croatia’s win over Spain.

Image result for Van DijkLovren has made his opinion of Ramos clear since the Spaniard injured Mohamed Salah’s shoulder in the Champions League final in May. Liverpool felt aggrieved and that Ramos’ actions were deliberate, something Lovren is still smarting about. He was critical of Ramos prior to Croatia’s Nations League game with Spain on Thursday night and carried on the insults after the beaten World Cup finalist’s dramatic 3-2 victory.

The Real Madrid skipper injured Salah's shoulder during the Champions League final

‘Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They are a bunch of p******,’ Lovren said on a live Instagram story, before adding that he ‘elbowed him good’ in Croatian.’ Now Van Dijk has added further fuel to the flames by backing up Lovren’s assertion that Raphael Varane is on a different level to his centre back partner at Real.

Van Dijk has agreed with Lovren's opinion that Raphael Varane is a better player than Ramos

‘He is a great player and I respect what he has achieved but he is not the best, he is not my type of central defender,’ Van Dijk told De Telegraaf. ‘Ramos’ team-mate at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane is my favourite. He is an excellent defender and has already won a lot.’  Van Dijk insisted he did not know if the challenge on Salah was deliberate, but his suggestion that Real’s game-plan altered immediately after he was taken off speaks volumes.

Image result for Van Dijk

‘I do not know if it was deliberate but mentally something changed when Salah came off,’ the Dutch defender added. ‘Suddenly, Marcelo, [Karim] Benzema and [Cristiano] Ronaldo all appeared at Trent and released the entire right side. With Salah they never dared to do that. ‘The match could have been different. I sometimes think about the match but I hope to be in the final again and on the right side of the score.’

AC Milan want €15m off chelsea flop Bakayoko

AC Milan want €15m off chelsea flop Bakayoko

There are reports Milan will only purchase Tiemoue Bakayoko outright from Chelsea for €25m and not the original €40m agreement.

The Rossoneri paid €5m to take him on a one-season loan and have an option to buy in June 2019 for another €35m.

However, Tuttosport suggest his performances have been too poor to warrant such a large spending spree.

Instead, they are demanding a discount of at least €15m on the original price-tag.

Chelsea had wanted €40m in total because that is how much they shelled out to Monaco in the summer of 2017.

So far this term, Bakayoko has been given 12 appearances for Milan between Serie A and the Europa League, but many of them were down to an injury crisis.