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Afternoon Ticker: Casillas denies City, Crespo looking elsewhere and Trezeguet ponders France return

Iker Casillas (AFP)


It appears that Iker Casillas is not a firm believer of the old cliche "money can buy happiness".

Casillas, 27, publicly came out and squashed reports linking him to Manchester City. The talks sprinkled out earlier this week and claimed that The Blues were prepared to dish out 150 million euros to Real Madrid for his services. City, which has found its trust funds sky rocket thanks to the Abu Dhabi United Group, were also willing to pay the Spanish goalkeeper approximately 13 million euros annually.

Casillas told Madrid's website that he is uninterested.

"I don't want to talk about (a move to Manchester City) because I'm very happy in this team," said the European Champion. "I've been here (in the first team) for nine years and this is bigger than anything else, this is where I'm happy."

Though he insists that he's happy with Los Merengues, we'll see if money talks in the coming weeks.

Crespo's agent: "We will evaluate the possible offers"

According to his agent, Hernan Crespo, a veteran of two World Cups, may be on his way out of the San Siro.

El Valdanito has had a tough time finding minutes during Inter's 2008 campaign and has only amassed three appearances thus far. Crespo's agent has said that once the winter transfer window rolls around, he and Crespo will seek other alternatives.

"He is a very great professional and he will continue to make himself available for Inter and for Mourinho, but when the transfer window opens again we will evaluate the possible offers. Up until now he's had a few from abroad but Crespo prefers to stay in Italy where there has not been direct contact."

Trezeguet to possibly come out of International retirement

Earlier this year France forward David Trezeguet hung up his international boots. Five months later, he's thinking twice about a decision which he stated to be "irreversible".

"Now I think the 2010 World Cup could be an objective for me," said Trezeguet. "I don't forget it. I have always missed Les Bleus and I still miss them today."

Though his relationship with France manager Raymond Domenech is shaky at best would the Juventus forward's decision to unretire be a wise one? It's tough to imagine him seeing much playing time being on a roster that already includes the likes of Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Karim Benzema.

Do you see Casillas inevitably making a move to Manchester City? What club could you see Crespo latch on to? Think Trezeguet and Domenech can work things out?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Trezeguet won’t be back, but thats not to say that France doesnt need him. Remember this past summer? Nasri, Anelka, Henri, Benzema? What did all that ‘scoring prowess’ yield France? ONE goal in THREE games thats what.

    Meanwhile last years runner up for top goal scorer (20 goals on the season) in Serie A, arguably one of the hardest leagues in the world to score goals, wasnt even named to the team.

  2. ko’d you’re scaring the hell out of me.

    I actually had the same thought of Crespo coming to MLS cross my mind after submitting my post earlier today. He would be great for the league especially in Chicago. :O)

  3. Crespo to MLS.

    Haha. Sorry, couldn’t resist saying what I figured someone would say eventually.

    AL17–I’m sorry–i don’t have anything critical to say about your post.

  4. In order for you to return, they have to call you back. Putain Trezeguet!!! Don’t need him. He hasn’t done squat other than complain. Who is he going to replace on Les Bleus? Benzema? Anelka? Henry? Govou? He’ll remain retired, Domenech won’t call him back and he doesn’t need him nor should he be recalled back into Les Bleus unless he deserves the honor. Right now – NO WAY.


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