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19 Dec 18
talkSPORT
Athletic Club have just extended the contracts of Mikel Balenziaga and Oscar De Marcos until 2021, and if you’re fan of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Bayern, you should be sitting up and paying attention. Or a fan of any European super club, for that matter. One player is a 30-year-old left-back, the other a 29-year-old right-back, and neither looked likely to go elsewhere any time soon. So why is their extended stay in the Basque city of any significance? It’s reasonable to ask. The answer can be found in the key detail of the deals they inked. Oscar De Marcos is one of a number of Athletic players who excluded a buyout clause in their new contract The important point is that both chose to exclude a buyout clause from their contracts. It’s the third time in less than a month an Athletic player has chosen to do so, following on from Iker Muniain, who extended his contract until 2024 in late November and eliminated the buyout option when doing so. For the last decade, the buyout clause has been the method used by Europe’s powerhouses to poach Athletic’s best players, much to the annoyance of their fans. The Basque-only policy at the La Liga side means a large part of their survival at the elite level relies on having a remarkably high success rate at taking footballers not quite considered strong enough for the big boys and turning them into the real deal. Kepa Arrizabalaga became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when Chelsea paid his £71.6m release clause in the summer But the omnipresence of buyout clauses means that quite often their hard work nurturing players into top class superstars benefits sides in the Premier League, Bundesliga or elsewhere before Athletic can reap the rewards. Athletic don’t negotiate, but regardless, Manchester City were able to snap up Aymeric Laporte, Manchester United got Ander Herrera, Chelsea took Kepa and Bayern brought Javi Martinez to the Allianz. In all four cases, the Basque club could not stop them leaving, whether they wished to or not, because the buying clubs deposited fees with the Spanish football authorities that automatically released the players from their deals – the clauses in their contracts made that route possible. Man City paid a club record £57m for Laporte in January 2018 Without the presence of those clauses, some of the transfers would have been far more expensive. Some may never have happened at all, with big consequences: Martinez for example was key in Bayern’s treble under Jupp Heynckes. Laporte will be vital if Manchester City are finally going to succeed in sealing a Champions League title. You get the idea. That’s in the past and the past cannot be changed, but the future can be. If the three recent contract renewals are the sign of a broader change in strategy from Athletic, the knock-on effect will be to the detriment of bigger sides. Comments from Balenziaga upon his renewal suggest others may be considering following the lead: “Iker (Munian) has opened up a positive path for the club and for the players. Considering Athletic’s philosophy, it could be a good way forward in the future”. Iker Muniain extended his contract in November and eliminated the buyout option when doing so The real test will be if younger, more appetising players in the market decide to follow the lead of Balenziaga, De Marcos and Muniain. If someone like 24-year-old forward Iñaki Williams were to sign a new buyout clause-free deal, then it would really be time to sit up and pay attention. His most recent extension from January 2018 included a record €80m release clause, showing what Athletic think he is worth. Another development the European powerhouses will be keeping an eye on is the upcoming presidential elections at Athletic. The three recent extensions were signed under Josu Urrutia, who leaves his job this month and will not stand for re-election. Will his successor continue down the same road? Williams extended his contract in January, but it includes a record €80m release clause One of the two men competing to take his place, Alberto Uribe-Echevarria, has suggested he would follow Urrutia’s change of direction, noting that contracts without buyout clauses are “a huge advantage” and mean that “de facto, it’s practically impossible for an exodus of players to happen”. “It’s a very interesting route that should be developed,” he added. The irony is that even if Athletic do move towards eliminating the buyout option from the deals they sign their players to, they will be hoping other clubs in La Liga don’t follow suit. The Basque giants are in solid financial condition, and pay excellent salaries to their best players that are closer to the level of teams who make regular European appearances like Valencia or Sevilla, than the other mid-table teams they generally compete with. [article-rail-section title=”Most Popular Football News” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] That makes the San Mamés a very attractive option for players who fit the Basque-only conditions and are looking for a move up the pay ladder. Such was the case with Iñigo Martínez, who Athletic brought in from arch rivals Real Sociedad to replace Laporte last January. How did they make it happen? By paying his buyout clause, of course.
19 Dec 18
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19 Dec 18
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19 Dec 18
GEISSBLOG.KOELN

Armin Veh ist zufrieden, aber skeptisch. Der Sportchef des 1. FC Köln glaubt, dass die Geissböcke in die Bundesliga zurückkehren werden, sollten sie die Ergebnisse der Vorrunde wiederholen. Der 57-Jährige sieht auch gute Gründe für einen Erfolg, will den Tag aber nicht vor dem Abend loben. Nach dem 3:0 über Magdeburg sprach Veh über… …die Hinrunde […]

19 Dec 18
The Irish Sun
BAYERN MUNICH lead the pursuit of Roma’s Cengiz Under amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, according to reports. ESPN FC understand the Bundesliga champions are now the front-runners to acquire the Turkey international, who appears destined to leave the Italian capital next summer. Under has a host of Europe’s heavyweight sides on his tail Arsenal and Spurs have both registered an interest while Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all be noted with having an interest. Under has enjoyed a fruitful second season with Roma, scoring five goals and contributing six assists in 20 appearances in all competitions. But with the Giallorossi outside the Serie A top six, Under might soon feel a move away might be best for his hopes of winning major silverware on a regular basis. Despite being pursued by clubs from across Europe’s major leagues, the winger appears to favour moving to the Premier League. [article-rail-topic title=”Most read in football” term_id=”881″ posts_number=”8″ /] Monchi says Roma are yet to make a decision on Under’s future However, with Roma valuing the player at £45million it remains to be seen whether any potential suitor can be tempted into matching that price, with Arsenal having only submitted an offer of around £29million. Roma themselves must decide whether to cash-in on the player or retain him in the hope his worth swells further in the coming years. And director of football Monchi stated last month that decision has not yet been made. He told Sky Sports Italia: “We haven’t decided anything for Cengiz Under yet. He is very young, he is improving. Robben’s time at Bayern is coming to an end “But this is not the right moment to discuss a new contract and he must continue the growth process. “Let’s leave him in peace to mature at his own pace. What needs to come will come in good time.” Interest from Bayern comes as the club look to prepare for life after Arjen Robben, whose days at the Allianz Arena is coming to an end. The 34-year-old’s contract runs until the end of this season and talks have already been held between the Dutch wideman and PSV Eindhoven over a return to his homeland. [bc_video video_id=”5979761993001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Arsenal vs Tottenham: Live-stream, kick-off time and tv channel for Carabao Cup showdown “]
19 Dec 18
The Sun
BAYERN MUNICH lead the pursuit of Roma’s Cengiz Under amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, according to reports. ESPN FC understand the Bundesliga champions are now the front-runners to acquire the Turkey international, who appears destined to leave the Italian capital next summer. Under has a host of Europe’s heavyweight sides on his tail Arsenal and Spurs have both registered an interest while Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all be noted with having an interest. Under has enjoyed a fruitful second season with Roma, scoring five goals and contributing six assists in 20 appearances in all competitions. But with the Giallorossi outside the Serie A top six, Under might soon feel a move away might be best for his hopes of winning major silverware on a regular basis. Despite being pursued by clubs from across Europe’s major leagues, the winger appears to favour moving to the Premier League. [article-rail-topic title=”Most read in football” term_id=”881″ posts_number=”8″ /] Monchi says Roma are yet to make a decision on Under’s future However, with Roma valuing the player at £45million it remains to be seen whether any potential suitor can be tempted into matching that price, with Arsenal having only submitted an offer of around £29million. Roma themselves must decide whether to cash-in on the player or retain him in the hope his worth swells further in the coming years. And director of football Monchi stated last month that decision has not yet been made. He told Sky Sports Italia: “We haven’t decided anything for Cengiz Under yet. He is very young, he is improving. Robben’s time at Bayern is coming to an end “But this is not the right moment to discuss a new contract and he must continue the growth process. “Let’s leave him in peace to mature at his own pace. What needs to come will come in good time.” Interest from Bayern comes as the club look to prepare for life after Arjen Robben, whose days at the Allianz Arena is coming to an end. The 34-year-old’s contract runs until the end of this season and talks have already been held between the Dutch wideman and PSV Eindhoven over a return to his homeland. [bc_video video_id=”5979761993001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Arsenal vs Tottenham: Live-stream, kick-off time and tv channel for Carabao Cup showdown “]
19 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
BAYERN MUNICH lead the pursuit of Roma’s Cengiz Under amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, according to reports. ESPN FC understand the Bundesliga champions are now the front-runners to acquire the Turkey international, who appears destined to leave the Italian capital next summer. Under has a host of Europe’s heavyweight sides on his tail Arsenal and Spurs have both registered an interest while Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all be noted with having an interest. Under has enjoyed a fruitful second season with Roma, scoring five goals and contributing six assists in 20 appearances in all competitions. But with the Giallorossi outside the Serie A top six, Under might soon feel a move away might be best for his hopes of winning major silverware on a regular basis. Despite being pursued by clubs from across Europe’s major leagues, the winger appears to favour moving to the Premier League. [article-rail-topic title=”Most read in football” term_id=”881″ posts_number=”8″ /] Monchi says Roma are yet to make a decision on Under’s future However, with Roma valuing the player at £45million it remains to be seen whether any potential suitor can be tempted into matching that price, with Arsenal having only submitted an offer of around £29million. Roma themselves must decide whether to cash-in on the player or retain him in the hope his worth swells further in the coming years. And director of football Monchi stated last month that decision has not yet been made. He told Sky Sports Italia: “We haven’t decided anything for Cengiz Under yet. He is very young, he is improving. Robben’s time at Bayern is coming to an end “But this is not the right moment to discuss a new contract and he must continue the growth process. “Let’s leave him in peace to mature at his own pace. What needs to come will come in good time.” Interest from Bayern comes as the club look to prepare for life after Arjen Robben, whose days at the Allianz Arena is coming to an end. The 34-year-old’s contract runs until the end of this season and talks have already been held between the Dutch wideman and PSV Eindhoven over a return to his homeland. [bc_video video_id=”5979761993001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Arsenal vs Tottenham: Live-stream, kick-off time and tv channel for Carabao Cup showdown “]
19 Dec 18
GOONER OF STEEL

Gooner Of Steel brings you Arsenal latest News , Injury update, match analysis, transfer news, top Stories and rumors from trusted News outlet around the world. Arsenal lost ground with their rivals in the race to finish in the top four after losing to Southampton. On-loan Liverpool forward, Danny Ings, scored his first Premier League […]

19 Dec 18
AUSTRIAN CULTURE CHANNEL

Throughout his career, there were always more versatile teammates. From his beginnings at Hannover 96 as a teenager, observers doubted whether he would ever make it. That long dude obviously lacked pace and technical skills. Some even claimed that Per Mertesacker was only in the squad because his dad was their coach. However, they all […]

19 Dec 18
Dream Team FC
Just the other day I was thinking – if I ever tried a Panenka, I’d definitely clip it over the bar. To pull off the footballing equivalent of yanking someone’s loose jogging bottoms down you must be relaxed. If you’re too tense you’re likely to put too much on it. How to do it right Lo and behold, Thorgan Hazard and Raheem Sterling both did exactly that on Tuesday night. First, Eden’s brother squandered the opportunity to put Borussia Monchengladbach ahead against Nurnberg… Then Man City’s No7 put his side’s League Cup hopes at risk when their quarter-final against Leicester went to a shootout… Same thing, right? And these are hardly no-hopers we’re dealing with. Hazard and Sterling are both in contention for their respective leagues’ Player of the Year awards. When everyone’s calling you the best player in Germany but you’re not even the best player in your family The missed Panenka is a unique entity. While it’s a perfectly legitimate method of trying to score a penalty, everyone acknowledges there is an element of audacity about it. A successful Panenka not only ensures a converted penalty, it somewhat degrades the keeper and interferes with their mindset — reference: Andrea Pirlo on Joe Hart at Euro 2012. However, this works both ways. If you fail to embarrass the keeper then you must shoulder the shame. It is almost impossible not to yell ‘AHHHHHHH YOU TW*T!’ in such situations. Foxes keeper Danny Ward couldn’t resist mocking Sterling instantly… Memeable Hazard too copped some stick from a Nurnberg defender and the visiting fans. However, going too hard, too early when it comes mocking the unsuccessful penalty-taker can we risky. Hazard scored two minutes later from open play as Gladbach won 2-0 to stay within touching distance of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. While Arijanet Muric’s heroics ensured Man City’s place in the League Cup semi-finals, leaving Ward somewhat red-faced. Told it was memeable More Panenkas please, be they successful or not. READ MORE: Kidnapped and driven to the brink of homelessness and extinction — what next for Coventry City? A three-point plan which can restore Man United to their former glory Ranking every Premier League club by how much of a one-man team they are
19 Dec 18
New Delhi Times

Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf stunned Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 win on Tuesday, dealing the leader its first Bundesliga loss of the season. Goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Jean Zimmer in either half cut Dortmund’s lead to six points over Borussia Moenchengladbach, which earlier defeated Nuremberg 2-0. Bayern Munich is three points further back ahead of […]

19 Dec 18
New Delhi Times

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left German soccer champion Bayern Munich’s supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal. The club said Tuesday that the 71-year-old Winterkorn left on Monday after nearly 16 years as a member. It said Winterkorn, as former CEO of Volkswagen unit Audi, […]