Coloccini recall pleases Pardew

6 August 2012 21:12

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is delighted that Fabricio Coloccini has been recalled to the Argentina squad.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella named Coloccini in the squad for the friendly against Germany in Frankfurt on August 15, just three days before Newcastle’s first Premier League fixture of the new campaign.

The former AC Milan centre-back has not played for his country since the 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland nearly two years ago, and Pardew is pleased that the 30-year-old’s consistent displays at the heart of the Magpies defence are finally being rewarded.

“We all know at Newcastle how good he is and he should never have been out of the Argentinian squad,” Pardew told nufcTV.

“They’ve got a new manager and probably that’s something to do with it.

“It’s difficult for us because he’s going to have to do a lot more travelling but on a personal level I’m absolutely delighted for him.”

Further games could be added to Coloccini’s schedule with Newcastle’s upcoming campaign in the Europa League.

Pardew’s team qualified for the tournament by finishing fifth last season.

Laudrup set for Allen talks

6 August 2012 20:55

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will hold crunch talks with midfielder Joe Allen when he returns to training on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, who was a mainstay of the Team GB midfield which reached the Olympics quarter-finals, is a 15 million pounds target for former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

Allen made a brief appearance at the club’s training ground on Monday and Laudrup expects to discuss the Wales international’s future soon enough.

“Joe Allen showed up today at the training ground, he did not train but I had a small chat with him, but we did not touch the subject right now,” the former Mallorca coach said.

“I did not think it was the proper moment, but we will have to talk about that with the player to see what he wants so we can say something official, otherwise the rumours will go on until August 31, which is not in anyone’s interest.

“On Wednesday he will be back in training with the other two guys who have been at the Olympics and then we will have some talks so it does not go on until the last day of the transfer window.”

While speculation continues over Allen, other Swansea players who were so impressive during the club’s Premier League debut last season are also rumoured to be attracting attention from elsewhere.

However, Laudrup has been quick to deny that there will be an exodus of the Welsh outfit’s best players before the end of the summer.

“There is always rumour; one day it’s Joe Allen, one day it is Ashley, the next it’s Taylor or it’s Leon (Britton) or (Danny) Graham,” added the Dane.

“It’s normal, you look at it as normal and it says we must be doing something good.

“But you need a competitive team to play in the Premier League so of course we will not sell all our best players because what is the point of being the best club in the Championship?”

Laudrup, who has already added highly-rated midfield duo Jonathan de Guzman and Michu alongside Spanish defender Chico Flores to his squad, is also keen to make further acquisitions.

“I have two players in mind for two positions, I can’t say more than that right now but at the moment that is my intention,” he said.

“If something happens to one of the regular starters like Joe Allen, if he leaves we would need to find a replacement but the best situation for us would be to have two players for each position.”

Higuain looks for big Real season

6 August 2012 20:03

Gonzalo Higuain is aiming to feature more for Real Madrid this season.

But the former River Plate striker realises his chances of securing a regular first-team berth are down to him.

Higuain played a key role as Real won their first league title in four years last season, scoring 22 times in 35 Liga appearances, despite having to compete with Karim Benzema for a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting 11n.

The 24-year-old has been in among the goals on the US pre-season tour and netted the opener in the 5-1 win over Los Angeles Galaxy on August 3.

“On a personal level I’d like to play more,” the Argentine told Major League Soccer’s official website.

“I want to score more goals than I did last season, but that is in my hands and nobody else’s.

“We had a great league last season, setting new records along the way, but the main thing is to keep it up or even go one better.”

Higuain also spoke about his older brother Federico, who recently joined MLS side Columbus Crew.

“I’m very happy because it is a change for the better and I hope it all turns out well for him.

“Federico is really looking forward to it, especially moving to such a great city.”

Real Madrid’s next match on their US tour is against AC Milan at the Yankee Stadium in New York City on August 9.

Heskey rejects Blackpool move

6 August 2012 18:11

Emile Heskey has turned down the chance to play in the Championship with Blackpool.

Manager Ian Holloway has confirmed that the potential move is now ‘dead and buried’.

The out-of-contract striker has been looking for a new employer since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season, and has been training with former club Wigan in recent weeks.

The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to a host of second-tier clubs, including Blackburn, Ipswich and Hull City throughout the summer transfer window.

But Tangerines manager Holloway has revealed that his efforts to sign the former England international during his time in the North West have failed.

“Unfortunately he has got other things in the pipeline and he is not interested in coming to us. So that is dead and buried,” he told reporters.

Heskey made 72 appearances for Aston Villa in all competitions, scoring 15 goals.

Hutton´s Villa future uncertain

6 August 2012 18:04

The future of Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton remains in the air.

Manager Paul Lambert said the defender could leave before the end of the transfer window despite a lack of enquiries for him.

The 27-year-old, signed by Lambert’s predecessor Alex McLeish at the start of last season, has bore the brunt of much criticism from the Villa Park faithful since his arrival from Tottenham.

Hutton was left out of the Villa squad that travelled to the United States for a pre-season tour, with Stoke City rumoured to be interested in taking him to the Britannia Stadium.

However, Villa are yet to receive an offer for the former Rangers player, and Lambert isn’t sure whether he’ll remain at the club for the forthcoming campaign.

“Will he be a Villa player before the transfer window closes? I don’t know, I’m not so sure,” Lambert told reporters.

“But there have not been any enquiries for him at the minute. He’s shown a good attitude in training so there are no qualms on that front.”

The former Norwich City boss still hopes to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window, and will sit down with owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner to discuss new targets.

“As manager you always want to bring in one or two more players,” he said.