Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had declared ‘’ fake news’’ the rumors he is heading to AC Milan to replace the current manager, Gennaro Gattuso.
“The only thing I can say is that it’s fake news. If I would sign somewhere I would tell you but it is wrong news,’’ said Wenger on beIn Sports last November 7th, quoted in a report of British newspaper The Independent.
“I cannot master the rumors, I can only master what I do in my life,’’ added the decorated mentor.
“What I will do at the moment, I cannot tell you because I don’t know. I will work next year again, where, honestly – you know I will tell you the truth – I don’t know.’’
Report of Wenger joining AC Milan begun to circulate last November 5th after France Football magazine reported that Wenger is negotiating with the Italian club ‘’ for weeks’’ and his arrival is already a ‘’ deal’’.
“I don’t know what I will do. I personally don’t know. I don’t want to lie and that’s why I can’t give you any information,’’ Wenger uttered.
AC Milan is currently fifth in the current Italian Serie A season with 21 points, as the arrival of Wenger looks a dream for now. It also means that Gattuso will stay as manager of the Italian club for now.
Former AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim consider for Real Madrid coaching gig
After firing former Spain coach Julen Lupetegui due to a slow start on their La Liga campaign, Real Madrid is now looking for a permanent head coach and it could be former AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim.
According to the report published in ESPN.com last November 6th, the management of Real Madrid is now looking on the possibility of appointing Jardim as the new permanent mentor of the Spanish club since La Liga rules don’t allowed interim coaches to handle the team after the international break.
According to ESPN.com report, ‘’La Liga rules state that (Santiago) Solari cannot remain as temporary coach past the upcoming international break – so he must either be confirmed until the end of the season at least, or a new permanent coach be appointed.’’
Solari, currently the head coach of Real Madrid B is currently calling the shots for the main team in an interim basis.
Aside from Jardim, Real Madrid also considering former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino for the vacant job.
If Jardim is selected as new Real Madrid head coach, it will be a redemption after AS Monaco fired him last month due to a slow start of the latter on their current French Ligue 1 campaign.
Jardim was replaced by former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on his post.
The Portuguese guided AS Monaco to French Ligue 1 title in 2017 and UEFA Champions League semifinals stint in the same year. He was also named as coach of the year of French Ligue 1 the same year, he guided AS Monaco to the championship.
Didier Drogba retires from football
Former Chelsea striker and veteran international campaigner Didier Drogba played his last game as a professional football player after his current team Phoenix Rising FC lost to Louisville City FC 1-0 in the finals of United Soccer League.
Drogba indicated prior to the playoffs that he is playing his last few games as a professional football player.’’ But the truth is, this is my last season. And now the playoffs are just days away. That cup that Berke texted me a photo of years ago is within sight,’’ said Drogba on a letter posted on the team’s official website last October.
Drogba joined Phoenix Rising FC, a club playing for United Soccer League- the second –tier league in North America system last April 2017. He also acquired a stake in the club.
Prior to joining Phoenix, Drogba played for Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer (MLS) but, he will be remembered the most while playing for Chelsea, which he won four Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League crown , four FA Cup championships and three Football League Cup(Carabao Cup) trophies on his two stints for the English club from 2004 to 2012 and 2014 to 2015.
The 40-year-old also played for French club Marseille and Turkish club Galatasaray among others.
He also helped Ivory Coast to achieve their first-ever FIFA World Cup appearance back in 2006 and played once again for his home country in the 2010 and 2014 edition of World Cup.
Drogba scored 65 goals on 104 appearances for Ivory Coast.
He also indicated that after playing his last game for Phoenix, he will remain with the team in other capacity to achieve its goal to become a Major League Soccer (MLS) team.