Inter Milan’s Sulley Muntari is longing to play alongside Chelsea’s Michael Essien and is hoping that San Siro is the place that the two Ghanaians can play together.The 24-year old former Udinese star joined the Nerazzurri side during the summer from Portsmouth.Muntari has settled well into Jose Mourinho’s side scoring two vital goals for the Italian giants in the last two Serie A encounters against Juventus and Napoli.“Michael Essien is like a brother to me,” Muntari told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“When Inter made their interest known, he called me up and said I should accept without any fears, as I would find a great coach in [José] Mourinho.“Would I like to play alongside him? I already do that in the national side, but hopefully he will move here too.” Source: Ghanasoccernet
Upd. at 21:33 Valencia have completed the signing of Rodrigo Caio from Sao Paulo for around 16.5 million euros. The initial fee is reported to be in the region of 12.5m euros, with the other four million euros coming in potential add ons. CEST Sport EN 13/06/2015 After completing the permanent signing of Benfica’s Andre Gomes earlier in the week, Los Che moved quickly to tie up Caio, a 21-year-old who is represented by Jorge Mendes. Caio can play as a central defender or as a holding midfielder and was watched by Barcelona last summer. Barça’s then technical secretary Albert Valentin spent time in Brazil running the rule over Caio, but nothing ever came from his trip to South America. Instead, the Catalan side banked on experience, moving for Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen instead.
Upd. at 15:01 Jose MourinhoLost 5-0 in Barcelona on November 29, 2010 Carlo AncelottiLost 2-1 in Barcelona on October 26, 2013 No Real Madrid manager has won on their ‘Clasico debut’ for almost 10 years. Zinedine Zidane is looking to buck the trend, following in the footsteps of Bernd Schuster, who managed to do it in 2007. Here are the previous five attempts by Madrid managers to win their first Clasico: Sport EN Manuel PellegriniLost 1-0 in Barcelona on November 29, 2009 CEST Juande RamosLost 2-0 in Barcelona on December 13, 2008 Rafa BenitezLost 4-0 in Madrid on November 21, 2015 02/04/2016