Friday 19 January 2018

Capello: I'll make Russia a top team

former England manager Fabio Capello vowed to turn Russia into one of the world's top teams after signing a two-year contract as national coach yesterday.

The Italian replaces Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose tenure ended following Russia's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, where they failed to advance past the group stage.

"I'm very proud to be the coach of the Russian national team. Russia have great potential. I will live and work in Moscow," he said.

"I will maintain close ties with (the Russian Football Union), update them on all my plans on a weekly basis.

"I have many ideas how to make Russia a much better team."

"I hope to teach Russian players a winning mentality. We have to work towards the 2014 World Cup."

Capello, who had success coaching Real Madrid, Milan, Roma and Juventus, also promised to blood new players into an ageing team, something his predecessor failed to do in his two years in charge.

Aquilani desperate to prove worth with Reds

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani says he is puzzled by his past treatment at Anfield but he remains hopeful of proving himself to Brendan Rodgers.

Aquilani (28) is back with the Reds after two seasons in Italy on loan. "How can you pay £20m for a player and this player is never taken into consideration?" he asked.

"I never asked to leave but I was always pushed by the club. I am here and I would like to play for Liverpool but it doesn't depend only on me."

Aquilani played the first half of Liverpool's friendly defeat by his former club Roma in Boston on Wednesday, and new manager Rodgers said he is still considering whether he has a future at the club.

But the Italian international, who has two years left on his contract and is keen to stay at Anfield, says his initial meetings with Rodgers have been encouraging.

Everton sell Cahill to New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls have announced the signing of midfielder Tim Cahill from Everton, subject to international clearance.

The Australia international will join the Major League Soccer club pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

The fee has not been disclosed but is believed to be around £1m.

Cahill will join fellow Premier League players Thierry Henry and Teemu Tainio in New York, while former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez also plies his trade at the Red Bull Arena.

They are currently top of the Eastern Conference and the 32-year-old is desperate to help his side claim what would be their first title.

"I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls," Cahill said.

Irish Independent

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