• Transfers: Ouasim Bouy signs for Panathinaikos

    (PAO.GR) Panathinaikos FC is in position to announce that he signed Ouasim Bouy on loan from Juventus for one year.

    «I am delighted that I have the opportunity to play for such an important Club as Panathinaikos FC, so I am very motivated and I will give everything to help the team achieve its goals in the end of the season, but also to improve in personal terms», said Bouy after signing his contract.



  • EPL: Taarabt told to get in shape

    (Team Talk) Harry Redknapp has urged Adel Taarabt to 'get himself in shape', if the playmaker wants to have a future at Queens Park Rangers.

    Taarabt spent the first half of last season on loan at Fulham before taking in the second half of the campaign with AC Milan.

    The Moroccan has been linked with a permanent move to Milan, but no deal has yet been agreed with the Serie A club.

    The former Tottenham youngster was left out of QPR’s pre-season tour to Germany due to a lack of fitness, but Redknapp feels Taarabt can still be an asset for the club if he is in the right shape.

    "The first day back training he wasn't fit and hasn't been fit to train since," Redknapp is quoted by Get West London.

    "Then he said he was going to Milan last week. He hasn't gone so what we need to do with him is get him fit. He's got to train morning, noon and night really, whether he stays here or goes somewhere else.

    "I've got a lot of time for Adel. He needs to get himself in shape, like the other lads have done. If he does that he will be a great asset to us I’m sure.

    "He's got fantastic ability and a point to prove really in the Premier League.

    "He went to Fulham last year and it didn't go for him. He went to Milan and did great. If he was here he would be a big asset to us. We need him fit and ready to play."



  • Transfers: Never say never! Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs boosted in Medhi Benatia chase

    (Daily Star) ROMA president James Pallotta has indicated that the club could sell Mehdi Benatia if the price is right with Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all tracking the defender.

    Speaking on the Serie A club's tour of the USA, Pallotta tried to defuse the transfer talk but warned "never say never in football".

    Asked about the Moroccan international's future, Pallota said: "Benatia? He's never been on the market. He's our player and is important for the team and this season.

    "You never say never in football. That said, it's not our intention to lose our best players."

    The 27-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign for Roma last season as they finished as Serie A runners-up.

    All four of the Premier League clubs credited with an interest in the £30m rated Benatia are in the market for a defender.

    Roma gaffer Rudi Garcia last week attempted to dismiss the transfer speculation.

    Speaking to the club's official website he said: "For me, it’s clear. He’s under contract and he will be a Roma player this season.

    "Fortunately the president makes a point of speaking with the players, he likes talking with everyone – he hasn’t just spoken with Mehdi, he’s spoken to them all.

    "The only thing is that for you, the chat he had with Mehdi is more interesting than the ones he had with the others.

    "In my opinion Mehdi is relaxed, he’s motivated and he will play tomorrow.

    "There’s no problem."

    Benatia moved to the Italian capital from Udinese 12 months ago in a deal worth around £8m.



  • Transfers: Madrid consider Benatia if…

    (Football Italia) Real Madrid are reportedly ready to come in with an offer for Mehdi Benatia, should Pepe be sold this summer.

    There have been slight suggestions in the Spanish media this summer that Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be willing to cash in on their Portuguese centre-back and bring in a replacement.

    Il Tempo take up on this theory and suggest that a viable candidate to come in would be Roma’s Benatia.

    Whilst talk of an exit has cooled in recent days amid the suggestion that the 27-year-old may be in line for renewal talks at the Olimpico, the Rome publication indicate the club would be open to negotiating his exit for bids of €35m to €40m.

    Benatia and the Giallorossi will meet with Real Madrid in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Dallas as part of pre-season tournament the International Champions Cup.



  • NT: Morocco to host Qatar and Libya friendlies ahead of 2015 Afcon

    (Goal.com) The Lions of the Atlas will play warm up matches against the Al-Annabi and the Mediterranean Knights in September

    Hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco have been exempted from the qualifying campaign, but the Royal Moroccan Football Federation has scheduled two important friendly matches for their team in early September when the final round of qualifying will kick off.

    On September 3 in Casablanca, Morocco will play Qatar before facing Libya four days later in Marrakech.

    Officials say they will likely play two or three more friendlies before the final tournament.

    The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be held from January 17 to February 8 in four Moroccan cities, namely Rabat, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier.

    Morocco is hosting the competition for the second time after the 1988 edition, which was won by Cameroon.



  • Transfers: El Hamdaoui heading back to Holland?

    (Forza Italian Football) Fiorentina outcast Mounir El Hamdaoui looks certain to leave the club this summer with Feyenoord ready to move for the striker.

    El Hamdaoui joined Fiorentina from Ajax in 2012 and went on to make 20 appearances in a disappointing season before he was loaned out to Malaga last summer, but it appears his stay in Italy may finally be coming to an end.

    With seemingly no future for the Moroccan international in Florence, TuttoMercatoWeb report that the striker may return to the Netherlands, where he had a wonderful spell with Ajax before joining Fiorentina, to replace Italian striker Graziano Pelle at Feyenoord.

    Having been born in Rotterdam, a return to the city would appeal to El Hamdaoui but wages may be a problem given Feyenoord’s strict wage structure.

    Any fee Fiorentina receive would be nominal given the player’s erratic form over the past few seasons, but the chance to get the player off the wage bill would certainly appeal to the Viola.



  • Transfers: Roma consider Benatia renewal

    (Football Italia) Roma are reportedly ready to begin negotiations with Mehdi Benatia on a new contract, cooling talk of his exit.

    The centre-back ended an impressive first season with the Giallorossi by declaring his discontentment at an apparently ‘disrespectful’ offer a new contract, which was backed up by his agent.

    Whilst subsequently linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City, the €30m-rated 27-year-old saw rumours of his departure fuelled when training alone in the first week of pre-season.

    However, on from Rudi Garcia asserting that the defender ‘will play with Roma this season’ come reports that a contract renewal is on the cards.

    Sky Sport Italia suggest that talks over an improved deal could begin once the club return from their pre-season tour of the United States and that it will present Benatia with an increased salary he has been seen as angling for from May.



  • Transfers: Fulham snap up Adil Chihi following successful trial

    The Dusseldorf-born midfielder has been looking for a new club since leaving Cologne this summer and Craven Cottage boss Felix Magath, who has an extensive knowledge of German football, offered him a trial with the west London club and he impressed enough to earn a 12-month contract, which includes the option of a second year.

    Chihi, 26, made 130 appearances for Cologne, scoring 20 goals, and has featured twice for the Moroccan national team.

    Read more at http://talksport.com/football/fulham-snap-moroccan-winger-following-successful-trial-140723103412#gUHgQ4eUfL7GbDQE.99



  • Garcia: 'Benatia stays at Roma'

    (Football Italia) Rudi Garcia assured Manchester City and Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia “will play with Roma this season.”

    The Moroccan international defender is in the squad that travelled to Boston for their US tour, which began today.

    “Mehdi is under contract and will play with Roma this season,” said Coach Garcia in his Press conference.

    “Fortunately the President manages to speak to all the players and yesterday he talked to everyone.

    “Tomorrow Benatia will play against Liverpool.”

    The Giallorossi are due to face Liverpool in a friendly at Fenway Park on Wednesday evening, kicking off at 23.30 UK time (22.30 GMT).

    Garcia was also asked about rumours Adem Ljajic is on the market following the arrival of Juan Manuel Iturbe.

    “For me the primary transfer strategy is to keep our most important players and Adem is one of them. He takes a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and I like that.

    “We have to be wary of not putting too much pressure on Iturbe. He can improve and will be important in attack, but it’ll take a while before we see him at his best in our system.”



  • Transfers: Medhi Benatia staying at Roma

    (ESPNFC) Manchester City target Medhi Benatia has joined Roma on their preseason tour of the U.S. and ruled out a move away from the Italian capital this summer.

    Benatia, 27, has been targeted by clubs in England -- most notably the Premier League champions -- while Barcelona have also been linked with the Morocco international.

    However, after having a prohibitive valuation of 61 million euros placed on him by the Serie A club, he is now resigned to staying at the Olimpico.

    "I'm staying here, definitely," Corriere Dello Sport quotes Benatia as saying to Roma fans as the team departed the city's Fiumicino airport on Monday.

    Benatia signed for Roma from Udinese in 2013 and went on to start all but four Serie A matches for the Giallorossi last term in a campaign that saw them go unbeaten throughout the entire first half of the season.



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