David De Gea asked the club not to play him in the
season opener against Tottenham Hotspur last
week, Louis van Gaal has revealed to the press on
The goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a
move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and a transfer
may be confirmed before the window closes.
Ahead of United’s visit at Villa Park, Louis van
“Frans Hoek [United’s goalkeeper coach] has a
meeting with David de Gea and he asks him, ‘Do
you want to play?’ ” said Van Gaal.
When asked what David De Gea responded, the
Dutch manager simply replied with “no”.
“Then I have to take the decision. It is a process.
We had been observing him in preparation. He was
not so good, he was not the same David de Gea as
before. He was my best player last season.
According to the fans, he was the best of the last
“He was fully agreed with our decision. I have one
assistant coach and another assistant coach so we
speak about that kind of thing. We have a
goalkeeping coach. I’m not doing everything
MATCH REFEREES; NIGERIA VS UGANDA Wednesday 25th March, 2015 Venue: Akwa Ibom International stadium (Natural grass pitch) Time: 6pm local time, 8pm in Uganda Live on 102.1 FUFA F.M with timely updates on fufa facebook page & on twitter @OficialFUFA Referee: William Agbovi (Ghana) – Center Referee 1st & 2nd Assistants: Dawood Ouedraogo (Ghana), Paul Atimaka (Ghana) 4th Official: Ferdinand Aniete Udoh (Nigeria)
Garry Monk says Swansea will not sign
replacements to fill in for Ki Sung-yueng and
Wilfried Bony in January.
Ki will captain South Korea at the Asian Cup
whilst Bony will play for the Ivory Coast at the
African Cup of Nations.
The pair could miss as many as six games
after the game at QPR on New Year’s Day.
“When Bony and Ki are out for that period it’s
for someone to step up to that level,” Monk
“We’ve got a very good squad and I’m not
going to be making wholesale changes at all.
“There are certain positions we will look to
strengthen and if we can get the right player
to fit into the squad that’s the only time I’ll do
“Other than that we’ll go with what we’ve got.
“I’ve got full confidence in the squad right now
and it’s just adding quality to accompany
what we’ve got.”
Midfielder Ki, who spent last season on loan
at Sunderland, has been an ever-present in the
Premier League this campaign.
Wilfried Bony scored twice for the Ivory Coast
at the 2014 World Cup
Striker Bony is top scorer with eight goals so
far this season and signed a one-year
contract extension with the Swans in
Swansea go into Saturday’s Premier League
game at Hull City having lost their previous
two games against West Ham away and at
home to Tottenham.
Monk’s side lost 1-0 at Hull in April and they
have failed to score on their three previous
visits to the KC Stadium.
Hull have won only once at home all season
go into Saturday’s game against ninth-placed
Swansea, having not won a Premier League
match since their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
on 4 October.
“Every team in this league is a different
challenge, the way they set up and the
different personnel and styles they have,”
“It’s getting your team to concentrate on
themselves but adjust enough to know where
the threats are from the other team.
“I would imagine they’re looking at this game
to turn around their form.
“They’ve got a very experienced manager who
will be looking at how to get them back to
winning ways and we expect a very difficult
“Hull will be different to what we’ve played
before, so the challenge for us is to perform
well enough to take the points.”
Super Eagles Assistant Coach Daniel
Amokachi has named 24 players from the
domestic scene for the upcoming friendly
games between Nigeria and Ivory Coast as
well as Mali in Abu Dubai.
Top on the list are Gombe United goalkeeper
Chigozie Agbim, Kingsley Sokari, Emem Uduok
and Gambo Mohammed.
Others are Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves);
Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars), Solomon
Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Idris Aloma (El-
Kanemi FC); Chimma Akas (Sharks FC);
Nelson Ogbonna (Heartland FC); Azubuike
Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Erhun Obanor
(Bendel Insurance); Bright Esieme (Enyimba
FC) and Umar Zango (Kano Pillars).
Also on the list are Ammel Angel Wilfred (Kogi
United); Joseph Nathaniel (Sharks FC);
Charles Henlong (Giwa FC); Stanley Dimgba
(Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars);
Chinedu Udeaga (Enugu Rangers); Emem
Eduok (Dolphins FC); Kingsley Sokari
Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan
Salami (Warri Wolves); Osaguona Christian
(Enugu Rangers); Gambo Muhammad (Kano
Pillars) and Christian Obiozor (Enugu
Meanwhile, all the players invited are expected
to report at the Bolton White Apartments,
Abuja on Sunday, 28th December with their
international passports and four passport
Barcelona complete £16m signing of Jérémy Mathieu from Valencia Frenchman signs four-year contract with €50m buyout clause Mathieu is most expensive defender of all time aged over 30 Jérémy Mathieu’s move from Valencia to Barcelona makes him the most expensive defender of all time aged over 30. Photograph: Heino Kalis / Reuters/REUTERS Tags: Barcelona, Valencia, Transfer window Guardian staff Wednesday 23 July 2014 11.33 BST Barcelona have completed the signing of French defender Jérémy Mathieu from Valencia for around £16m. The 30-year-old has signed a four-year deal after Barça agreed to meet his release clause. Mathieu becomes Barça’s fifth new recruit of the summer after the signings of Luis Suárez, Claudio Bravo, Marc-André ter Stegen and Ivan Rakitic. “FC Barcelona and València CF have reached agreement for the transfer of the French player, Jérémy Mathieu,” read a statement on the Spanish club’s website. “Jérémy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more. The cost of the transfer is €20m and the buyout clause will be €50m.” The deal means Mathieu becomes the most expensive defender of all time aged over 30.