Bolt will be judged as a footballer - Usain not just a marketing campaign

By Sports Desk August 09, 2018

Dave Mitchell former A-League manager of Perth Glory speaks about the Usain Bolt deal.

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    Militao only signed for Porto in August 2018, but goalkeeper Casillas has no doubt that his team-mate will go on to be a success at his former club.

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    "They've taken a very good player with a huge future. I'm convinced he'll succeed at Real Madrid."

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    "He's very noble and wants to do things the right way, I'm just a little afraid for his adaptation because in Spain it's different.

    "I always tell him that when he arrives in Madrid, he'll realise what it means."

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    Icardi has not played since he was stripped of the captaincy in February, as talks over a new contract reportedly broke down.

    Marotta has since held positive talks with Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara, although the Inters striker remains sidelined with a supposed knee injury.

    But Marotta believes that the situation is close to a resolution, insisting that the decision to hand the captain's armband to Samir Handanovic was not a punishment for Icardi.

    "I hope the situation can mend itself," Marotta told reporters.

    "We're a family and parents must make decisions for the sake of their children, but they're not punishments. They're made so the kids can grow and get better.

    "That's how our decision should be interpreted. I hope we can mend this rift as quickly as possible because Icardi is a good lad who has given a lot to Inter and can still give us so much.

    "Now he's struggling with a knee problem. We hope it heals as quickly as possible and that he returns to the group after rehabilitation."

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