Johnson rewarded with new Norwich deal

14 February 2013 23:38

Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson has signed a new deal with the Premier League club, extending his contract to the middle of 2016.

Johnson, 25, joined the Carrow Road outfit in July 2011 on a free transfer from Leeds United, where he had been for three years.

The Englishman has made 57 appearances for Norwich, scoring three goals, and has missed just one league game this season.

He told the club’s official website: “As soon as I heard that the club wanted to sit down and sort a new deal I just wanted to get it done and I’m delighted that it has.

“I think I’m playing the best football of my career and I’m playing in the best league in the world. I think this is a club that is moving forward and I want to be a part of that.

“We’ve proved that we’re good enough to be here and we know how hard it is to stay in this league, but we work as hard as we can to do exactly that.”

The deal completes a memorable few weeks for the player, following the recent birth of his child.

He added: “It’s been a good month for me. I had the arrival of my baby boy three weeks ago and now I’ve signed a new contract.”

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said: “I’m absolutely delighted we have secured the services of Bradley Johnson.

“He has been a tremendously consistent performer for us in midfield not just this season, but since he joined the club from Leeds United.”

Success key to Seedorf longevity

14 February 2013 21:51

Clarence Seedorf says his love of winning is why he is still playing for Botafogo at the age of 36.

The former Netherlands international left AC Milan last year and opted for a new challenge in Brazil after a hugely successful career in Europe.

“When you win, you never get tired. If I want more, I have to maintain this pattern, this professionalism,” Seedorf told the Botafogo website.

“I love to win, because that’s where you can grow. If I try something and it works, then I keep doing it.”

Seedorf, who has lifted the Champions League on four occasions, also revealed his dedication and discipline in ensuring injury does not put a halt to his career as he looks to prolong his playing days.

“It’s my life philosophy, I do that because I want to feel good about myself,” he said.

“With time, you realise that your body has needs, and that you should be disciplined in order to fulfil them. I don’t wait for the problems to come, I try to prevent them.”

The midfielder also praised his coach at Botafogo, Oswaldo de Oliveira, and even went as far as to liken him to Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti – two of his most high-profile former coaches.

“It’s a pleasure working with him, and to have found someone with his competence,” said Seedorf.

“It’s unnatural to find someone like him around, I guess Ancelotti and Hiddink are similar in the way of talking to players and asking what is expected of them.”

Klopp tips Frankfurt to maintain form

14 February 2013 19:55

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is not expecting Bundesliga surprise package Eintracht Frankfurt to fall away any time soon.

Dortmund host Frankfurt on Saturday, and Klopp believes his team will face a tough challenge from an opponent unexpectedly sitting fourth in their first season back in the top flight.

“Frankfurt’s game works very well. They are physically strong and play strongly,” Klopp said.

“They’ve got (Pirmin) Schwegler and (Sebastian) Rode in midfield, and Alex Meier in the best form of his career, and they’ve got (striker, Srdjan) Lakic as well. The central defence is good and the wingbacks are strong.

“They are simply a good team. I know there are many people who think this team will collapse at some time, but I don’t see that. They’re very steady and so will be very difficult for us.”

Dortmund are looking to put last weekend’s 4-1 battering at home to Hamburg behind them, but will have to recover from a draining midweek trip to the Ukraine.

Klopp admitted he would only have one light training session with his side before the game at Signal Iduna Park, following Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.

“For us it is not that important who we play against or how we play. Now we, and especially the players, have to take their time to regenerate,” he said.

“We do have one last training session before the match, but not much will happen there. In the evening we do have a meeting where we prepare the team for Eintracht Frankfurt. At that point it starts for us.

“It is just important how we go into the match. We are able to be and want to be an unpleasant opponent – at home as well as away. At the moment I assume that we will be.”

Simeone hoping to coach Inter

14 February 2013 19:25

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has revealed his desire to return to former club Inter Milan as coach.

The Argentine is making a name for himself in charge of Atletico, who are second in La Liga, but it would appear he is already thinking about his future away from the Vicente Calderon.

Simone enjoyed a successful few years with Inter as a player from 1996 to 1999, and has now set his sights on managing at San Siro.

“Sooner or later, one day, I will be the coach of Inter,” the 42-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

“I left many positive memories as a player at Sevilla, Lazio and Inter. This makes me believe that some day I could also be coach of these teams.

“After all, it happened with Atletico Madrid. I did well here as a player and now I must do well as a coach. We’ll see what destiny has to say.”