Milan midfielder Diaz unsure over his future as he targets Spain World Cup call-up

By Sports Desk October 10, 2022

Brahim Diaz has no idea if he will return to Real Madrid at the end of the season as he tries to force his way into Spain's World Cup squad by starring for Milan.

Diaz is in his third season on loan at San Siro and scored his second goal of the campaign in a 2-0 win over Juventus on Saturday.

The Serie A champions would reportedly have to pay €22million to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis.

Diaz is unsure where he will be playing beyond this season and the 23-year-old is not thinking about his future as he strives to win more trophies for the Rossoneri. 

He said: "Now I am focused on Milan. What happens later, that has to happen. The future will be seen, we don't know what can happen tomorrow, I'm at Milan and I want to perform and give 100 per cent.

"The fans love me a lot. I'm at a great club and I'm focused on the next game and focused on Milan."

Diaz scored in his only senior appearance for his country in a 4-0 thrashing of Lithuania last year and has not given up hope of playing in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

He added: "I have no plans in November. I am very much looking forward to it.

"Going with the national team is a pride and it is one of the objectives. It would be amazing to go to Qatar.”

Related items

  • We will keep working: Gilbert says 1-5 loss to Chile a part of learning curve for new-look Reggae Girlz We will keep working: Gilbert says 1-5 loss to Chile a part of learning curve for new-look Reggae Girlz

    Though disappointed by their hefty defeat to Chile in their opening friendly contest, interim Head coach Xavier Gilbert maintain that his youthful senior Reggae Girlz outfit will learn from the setback, as he anticipates an improved performance in the second encounter on Tuesday.

    In fact, Gilbert is confident that the more his new-look team plays, the better the performances will be, as they continue to introduce and expose players to the senior programme, mainly due to the current standoff between the World Cup players and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

    The Chileans through goals from Michelle Olivares (12th), Maria Jose Urrutia (22nd), Yestin Jimenez (61st), Yenny Acuna (70th) and Paloma Duarte (88th), outclassed their Jamaican counterparts at the Juan Pinto Duran Stadium in Chile on Friday. Chinyelu Asher (77th) with her seventh international goal, pulled one back for the Jamaicans.

    “I don’t think we were good enough to be honest, we started off really shaky and allowed them too much space to play despite what we said we wanted to achieve and how we wanted to approach the game. We were a little bit tentative on the back foot and they exploited those areas that we left opened,” Gilbert told SportsMax.TV.

    “We were much better in the second half, so we will look to build on that because it is a learning process, and so we will see how best we can carry that momentum over into the next game,” he added.

    Along with the lack of preparation heading into the games, Gilbert pointed out that niggling injuries also marred their performance, as a number of the college players are just getting back into season, while former Liverpool midfielder Jade Bailey is still gradually working her way back from a knee surgery.

    “It was difficult because some players are recovering from injury and some college players are just heading back into season, but it is what we have to work with, and we just have to put a better showing in the next game. The more we play oppositions like these, the better we will get. As I said before, this is new for a lot of them on the international stage, so the more we play, the more competitive we will be,” Gilbert reasoned.

    Still, with the next game scheduled for Tuesday, the veteran tactician is keen on using the remaining time in Chile to work on certain aspects of the team’s game, with hopes of conducting more intensive work when they next assemble for the April window.

    “But for now we are just going to recover and assess the game, look at where we went wrong and improve some things that we could have done better. There are some areas that needs more work than what we will be able to fix here, but we are going to ensure we have good defensive organisation,” Gilbert declared.

    “So, we are going to give a few other players some minutes to get back into fold and we are going to continue to work to make sure that defensively we are solid, and also tighten up on how we match up against opponents like these, so we should give a better account of ourselves in the next game,” he ended.

  • Carlo Ancelotti urges Real Madrid to press home LaLiga advantage Carlo Ancelotti urges Real Madrid to press home LaLiga advantage

    Carlo Ancelotti has urged Real Madrid not to “slip up” in Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

    Victory for Ancelotti’s table-topping side will take them one step closer to reclaiming the league title.

    And the manager wants them to bounce back from last week’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano.

    “LaLiga is in our hands, we can’t slip up so every game is important,” Ancelotti told a press conference.

    “We need the points to make the most of the advantage we’ve got.

    “The team has worked well and we’ve had time to prepare for the match. I hope we can show our best tomorrow. We have built up a lead and we want to make it count.”

    Madrid have lost just once in the league this season, against city rivals Atletico in September.

    And Ancelotti called on his players not to let their levels drop now.

    He added: “The form we have to show against Sevilla is what we’ve been doing all season long.

    “We’ll have to be a solid, hungry and motivated unit. Sevilla are a team who will demand the best from us because they’re on a good run in the second half of the season.

    “Two weeks ago I said we were moving towards the 80-point mark, which brings us closer to the title. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll win it because we know we need more points than that. But we’re close.”

    Sergio Ramos, who spent 16 years at Madrid, will face his former club.

    Ancelotti hailed Ramos’ leadership during a glowing career with the LaLiga giants which yielded 22 trophies.

    He added: “Ramos comes back tomorrow and the Bernabeu will give him the warmest of welcomes. He deserves it because he’s a club legend. He’s been a wonderful captain, an example, with his immense character and personality.

    “I’ve worked with captains like (Paolo) Maldini and (John) Terry too. These guys help create a fantastic atmosphere among the squad.”

  • West Brom’s grit impresses boss Carlos Corberan after draw at Hull West Brom’s grit impresses boss Carlos Corberan after draw at Hull

    Carlos Corberan highlighted West Brom’s defensive resilience after fifth-placed West Brom secured a 1-1 draw at fellow promotion chasers Hull.

    The Baggies looked up against it after 35 minutes when Fabio Carvalho scored an elite goal from distance that swerved into the top-left corner.

    But Corberan’s men responded manfully and equalised after 43 minutes after Darnell Furlong’s header off Jed Wallace’s corner looped over Ryan Allsop.

    Corberan said: “A point was the fair result for what both teams created on the pitch.

    “We both had similar types of chances and a similar number of chances.

    “When you don’t win the game, it’s important not to lose.

    “I think that the quality of players Hull has right now made it difficult for us and we needed to concentrate in defence to get something.

    “Our defence was key to getting something out of the game, but we need to improve in two key parts: don’t concede possession and create chances.”

    Sixth-placed Hull had won their last three games and would have moved above West Brom in the table with victory.

    But, perhaps surprisingly, the visitors were quicker into their stride and struck the crossbar after 20 minutes through Jed Wallace.

    Carvalho’s dipping opener, which did goalkeeper Alex Palmer for pace and zip, therefore came as a shock to Corberan.

    But the Baggies retained a healthy tempo before the restart and equalised when Furlong evaded his marker and powerfully headed home.

    Both sides struck a post after the restart, but Corberan conceded that a draw was a fair result.

    He said: “We tried to be aggressive and to stop them playing from the back and we did that well.

    “We had some good possibilities that could have given us something else (more goals), but they had a big chance in the second half, too.

    “It was important not to lose, but it was also important that the players gave everything.

    “They have a lot of quality players, and Carvalho showed the danger that he has.

    “In open play we were fantastic, but we still need to increase our levels of concentration.

    “We are going to work even harder, keep improving and increasing the details.

    “This year the competition for the play-off positions is going to be very tight. I think there are four very strong teams that have made a gap, but the key for me is to keep going and to keep improving.”

    Counterpart Liam Rosenior was unhappy by the manner in which West Brom scored and challenged his players to become more streetwise in key moments.

    He said: “I just want to win every game that we play, but if you can’t win, don’t lose – it doesn’t matter at what stage of the season.

    “We put ourselves in a strong position against a really organised team, but these games are about fine margins.

    “We are a young team but with two minutes before half-time we should have kicked the ball out into touch – and then we conceded a corner.

    “That period between Fabio’s goal and their goal, we were in control of the game, but in football it is about managing moments and we didn’t do that, which was frustrating.

    “We just need to learn from the mistakes, but I can’t fault players in terms of engagement, energy levels and commitment.

    “If that continues, I think we’re in a really strong position.”

    Rosenior added: “I love the expectation, but we have to remember where we came from.

    “It’s a process, and we’re not going to get it right every week.

    “We just need to keep moving in the right direction and stay calm.

    “We’re in are really good spot. We need to stay consistent, stay calm and ignore the noise.

    “We’ll keep playing the way we believe – this could be a really good point for us.”

© 2023 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.