Martinez to Barcelona not a possibility – Inter Milan chief

first_img Loading… Read Also: JUST-IN: Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona until 2021The Serie A side have been linked with Arturo Vidal as Barca hold something of a fire sale, and Ausilio says the midfielder is an option for Inter if the price is right.“We like Arturo Vidal for sure but he’s a Barcelona player right now,” he said. “If they’ll let him go under the right conditions, we’ll consider signing him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Martinez had a release clause in his contract until July but following its expiration, Inter consider the Argentina international to be untransferable. “There was an approach for the player from Barcelona, ​​but we never started a negotiation,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia. “There was a clause that was never triggered and from the day it expired we considered Lautaro out of the market.” But that is not to say Inter will not be doing any business with Barca. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All TimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio confirmed Barcelona made an initial approach for Lautaro Martinez but the striker is now “out of the market”. Martinez had been strongly linked with a move to Barca earlier in the year, particularly during the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Speculation was rife during that period, with media reports claiming Barca saw Martinez as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. But such has been the in-house turbulence at Barca over the past couple months, especially after Lionel Messi asked to leave, links between the Catalans and Martinez have gone quiet.Advertisementlast_img read more

Smith resting was ‘well thought out’ – Lehmann

first_imgWHILE acknowledging that Steven Smith “took some convincing” to sit out the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour in order to rest and re-charge for Australia’s forthcoming fixtures, coach Darren Lehmann has strongly defended the move as being in the team’s best interests.“We just wanted to make sure that he’s fresh and ready to go for South Africa and then the big summer ahead,” Lehmann told reporters in Colombo. “It was well-planned and well thought out, and that’s what we’re doing.”Australia are due to tour South Africa for 5 ODIs in September-October, before hosting them for three Tests in November. That will be followed by home series against New Zealand and Pakistan. Australia will then tour New Zealand and India early next year.Despite leaving the tour early, Smith has emphasised his desire to continue captaining Australia in all three formats, and Lehmann backed that sentiment.“He wants to keep doing that and we’re very happy with the way he’s leading the side,” Lehmann said.Smith’s departure will give David Warner the opportunity to captain his country for the first time. Warner’s captaincy experience so far is limited to leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s IPL season and a lone match as captain of Sydney Thunder in an earlier edition of the Big Bash League.“If Steven happened to get injured then we need David to have some experience,” Lehmann said. “So that’s another opportunity and that’s important for us to get him that experience. They’re a great leadership duo together and David’s been exceptional over the last couple of years, coming through some difficult times and now playing really well.“Obviously we’d like him to make a few more runs in this tour but, having said that, with the leadership, he did really well with the IPL side (Sunrisers Hyderabad) so we’re confident he’ll do a good job for us.”The move to send Smith home midway the ODI series in Sri Lanka has been criticised by a number of former players. Michael Slater tweeted that “the captain should be there to the end”, while Dean Jones and Michael Clarke felt that, if Smith had to be rested, it should have been done before the ODI series began, rather than halfway through it. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

My Coach Didn’t Want Me To Play For Nigeria – New Super Eagles Star

first_imgNew Super Eagles sensation Brian Idowu has narrated how his club coach tried to discourage him from playing for the team.Idowu, 25, revealed that Amkar Perm coach Gadzi Gadzhiyen wanted him to play for his place of birth (Russia) adding that the Russian tactician told him to wait and see whether he would be invited to the Russian national team.He made this known in a chat with ESPN, Brian Idowu said: “Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr contacted me and told me that he was following me.”“He wanted to invite me to the squad, but that was impossible because I didn’t have a Nigerian passport.“Gadzhiev said that such a call is not incidental, and I should keep progressing. He advised me to wait and see if I get called by Russia as well. I don’t see why I can’t play for Russia if I keep getting better, but they have good players like Mario Fernandes in my position. They don’t miss me.” he concluded.Brian Idowu made an instant impact in an international friendly for the Super Eagles on Tuesday night as he scored minutes after coming on as an halftime substitute for Ola Aina to edge Nigeria 3-2 ahead before the outstanding Alex Iwobi finished the team’s opponents and long time nemesis Argentina off to give the team a 4-2 win. [tps_header][/tps_header]RelatedRohr Undecided On Leftback SpotMarch 31, 2018In “National Team”New Sensation Brian Idowu Faces Sanction For Eagles AppearanceNovember 16, 2017In “National Team”Argentina Win Fallout: Rohr Singles Out Two Players For PraiseNovember 15, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more