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"Soccer has stopped for the moment and health is the most important thing. That’s very true. We are facing a great social problem that affects us all and not only the older generation"Goretzka concluded.
Jan Oblak will extend his contract with Atlético de Madrid until 2022 with a significant salary improvement and maintaining a termination clause of one hundred million euros. The agreement is closed and the signing will take place as soon as the Slovenian returns from his vacation.
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The rojiblanco club thus repeats the same strategy it used last week with Antoine Griezmann, who also renewed his contract for one more year to end Manchester United’s interest in the French forward.
Atlético, faced with the impossibility of registering footballers until 2018 by order of FIFA, at least tries to avoid a star leak.
Miha Mlakar, representative of Jan Oblak, had recently revealed that there were “several clubs interested in the best goalkeeper in the world, in particular two”.
Oblak had on the table a succulent offer from PSG, who was even willing to pay Atletico 75 million euros for the Slovenian goalkeeper. Even Manchester United would have been crazy if De Gea had ended up signing for Real Madrid.
Atlético, however, have steadfastly refused to sell the goalkeeper for less than the value of his release clause and Miha Mlakar has moved swiftly to improve his salary conditions.
“I’m fine here and I think I’ll continue playing with Atlético next season,” the Slovenian, who is on vacation in his country, told the Sportal website.
Unai Emery, PSG coach, wanted Oblak to join his second project in the Parisian team at all costs, but he has encountered the resistance of the mattress team to let go of one of its main pillars.
Emery is not happy with the performance that Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Aréola have given, and his wish is to transfer one of the two to bring in a guaranteed goalkeeper. In addition to Oblak, PSG has set its eyes on Italian Gianluigi Donnarrumma, who today rejected Milan’s renewal offer.
With this agreement to extend their contract, the rojiblanco club ensures a goalkeeper for a while, although as Oblak himself said, anything is possible in the world of football.
“In football you never know and until the last day of the market there are news, but for now everything indicates that my home will continue to be in Madrid,” insisted the Slovenian.
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Oblak arrived at Atlético as a perfect stranger three summers ago from Benfica to be Moyá’s substitute. After taking ownership months later, nobody imagines Atlético’s goal without the eloveno thanks to an evolution that now places him among the best goalkeepers in the world
Andoni Zubizarreta began with a few words addressed to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. "Yes, being a Barça goalkeeper is difficult, complicated, exciting. It is one of the great challenges in the world of football and we believe that you can face it". And then he explained what the new Barcelona goalkeeper is like. "He is a fast, agile, determined goalkeeper, with a good aerial game, a good one-on-one, who relates well to the defensive line when pressed up. It has a significant room for improvement. And he plays very well with his feet. They have personality and character, young, but experienced". Zubizarreta also wanted "thank you for your loyalty to us. Since we reached an agreement, many things have happened, such as the FIFA issue and he has always been by our side".
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The Barcelona sports director explained how they had "discovered" to the German goalkeeper. "The first time we saw him was the 2010-2011 season. Ricard Segarra, in charge of goalkeepers, watching Bundesliga matches saw a young man Ter Stegeny showed Unzue a video. We wanted to go see him and Borussia didn’t give us tickets. From there we have seen him many times".
Asked if Barça had considered the signing of Courtois on some occasion, Zubizarreta made it clear that "Our choice is called Ter Stegen, not Courtois and not from now but from two years ago.Courtoius is a great goalkeeper, but we wanted Ter Stegn and here he is".
‘Zubi’ also revealed the first thing he said to the new Barcelona goalkeeper. "I told Ter Stegen to be him, to play as he is. We know that when a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it is usually a goal, but you already assume that from a young age". And he was grateful to Víctor Valdés. "I want to acknowledge everything that Víctor Valdés has given us, overcoming one of his great challenges that they said was to replace me, although I don’t see it that way".
And he explained the process of signing the Borussia goalkeeper. "It all started in the last semester. We spoke with Borussia, we did the medical check-up, but not on the dates stated and from then on we have kept the agreement confidential because we understood that the time to do it was with the League finished".
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Finally, on the controversy over Ter Stegen’s youth, Zubizarreta made it clear that "the maturity of a goalkeeper depends on many things. He is a determined guy, a man made despite his youth. Gather everything you need to be in the Barça goal".
A week ago his ownership was more in doubt than ever. His song against Betis went around the world, but only six days later he had the opportunity to retaliate with a great performance against Athletic Club.
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Real Madrid has achieved victory in Bilbao. Benzema and Casemiro were the authors of the many Madridistas, but the true hero of the afternoon was Keylor Navas. The goalkeeper saved his team when it was worst. In the 63rd minute, with 0-1 on the scoreboard, the Costa Rican pulled out a sensational hand from a very close shot by Iñaki Williams. Only two minutes later, the locals tied the game in an action in which Navas could do nothing.
In addition to his most outstanding save, the goalkeeper intervened significantly on several more occasions. And most importantly, it has recovered, even for a day, a security under sticks that it had not offered for weeks.
Fiorentina on Tuesday appointed Stefano Pioli, former Inter Milan and Lazio coach, as the new coach of the Tuscan club for the next two seasons, with an option to extend their collaboration for one more year.
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"ACF Fiorentina announces that it has reached an agreement with Stefano Pioli, who will be in charge of the technical guide for the first team. The new coach will sign a two-year contract with an option for one more season", was the official statement from Fiorentina.
Pioli, who played 156 games in his playing career with the Tuscan team shirt, replaces the Portuguese Paulo Sousa, who did not renew his contract with Fiorentina and who left his position on May 28 at the end of the league season.
After being fired as Inter manager last May due to a seven-game winless losing streak, Pioli is preparing for a new experience at a club that faces next season with the aim of fighting for a European place.
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The owners of Fiorentina wished "the best satisfactions" to the coach for the new season, the club added in the statement.
PSG prepares 60 million euros to face the signing of Jan Oblak. According to France Presse, Antero Henrique, who in the coming days will become the new sports director of the French team, would have convinced Nasser Al-Khelaifi to do without one of the two current goalkeepers on the squad, the German Kevin Trapp and the French Alphonse Areola, and to focus his efforts on hiring the Slovenian goalkeeper for Atlético de Madrid.
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Miha Mlakar, representative of Jan Oblak, recently explained that "there are several clubs interested in the best goalkeeper in the world, in particular two". Although he did not want to reveal which teams it is, everything points to PSG, which for a long time has had the rojiblanco and Manchester United goalkeeper in its viewfinder, who is looking for a substitute for guarantees of Davi d De Gea, who is in the orbit of Real Madrid.
Unai Emery is not very happy with the performance offered so far by Trapp and Areola and would have given his OK to the possibility of Oblak joining his squad.
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What will not be easy is that the Parisian club manages to convince the managers of Atlético de Madrid, which could also lose Antoine Griezmann this summer, who could already have a pre-agreement with Manchester United. Oblak has a contract with the colchonero club until June 30, 20121 and his termination clause amounts to 100 million euros.