'JFF has been very transparent, we have nothing to hide' - JFF General Secretary

By July 11, 2019
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    AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has repeated his praise of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but insists the Serie A club are not yet focusing on new signings.

    Ibrahimovic has been linked with a return to Milan, where he spent two seasons between 2010 and 2012 before moving to Paris Saint-Germain, after the 38-year-old left MLS club LA Galaxy.

    Pioli has previously lauded Ibrahimovic, however, he insisted it was too early to talk about the upcoming transfer window in January.

    Milan's coach was pressed for his thoughts on Ibrahimovic - who is now reported to be a target for new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho - ahead of Saturday's clash with Napoli, but Pioli reiterated the Rossoneri are not yet focused on January arrivals.

    "I have already explained what I think, he is a great champion for his technical skills and his professionalism," Pioli told a news conference.

    "I end it here, our present is too important.

    "With the team I have to think only of the field and tomorrow's match. For judgments on the market, I will do it later, we are only in November.

    "We are focused on the difficult and very important match of tomorrow. We have to give 200 per cent and that's what I expect from the team."

    Milan sit 14th in Serie A, having taken just 13 points from their opening 12 matches of the season.

    However, Pioli believes Milan's display in a 1-0 defeat to Juventus before the international break gives his side a platform from which to build on.

    "It starts from the performance in Turin, which was against one of the best in Europe," Pioli added.

    "We now play against a strong team like Napoli which is equipped for the Champions League and to win the Scudetto. Napoli are strong but we are not far behind."

  • Suarez 'very happy' at Barcelona but MLS switch a possibility Suarez 'very happy' at Barcelona but MLS switch a possibility

    Luis Suarez is "very happy" at Barcelona but admits he is open to the possibility of joining a Major League Soccer club.

    The Uruguay international is in his sixth season at Camp Nou and has another full campaign left to run on his current deal.

    Suarez, who turns 33 in January, has been touted as a possible target for David Beckham's Inter Miami franchise ahead of their MLS debut next year.

    Several established stars have made the switch Stateside in recent years, including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, while talented youngsters have been lured from South America.

    "MLS is a competition which has grown a lot in the last few years and you can see that with the young players that have moved there in the last two years, above all the South Americans," Suarez told ESPN FC.

    "That shows that the league wants to grow and not just bring in players of a certain age that are going to retire there. They look for that mix to make the league better."

    Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro said earlier this month that international team-mate Suarez has discussed the possibility of joining him in MLS.

    The former Liverpool striker confirmed those talks took place and is not ruling out a move further down the line, describing the thought of playing in America as a "nice possibility".

    "I didn't commit to anything [with Lodeiro]," Suarez said. "I had a conversation with him. MLS is a league that any player would be interested in and I asked him about the competition and about his team-mates.

    "I have a contract with Barca and I am very happy here. In the future you never know, it's an attractive league.

    "Given that I have been lucky to have had success at the top level for a long time, what I would look out for next is stability for my family and the well-being of my children.

    "They would all make the decision along with me and the United States is a nice possibility."

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    Ernesto Valverde has no qualms with Gerard Pique's Davis Cup commitments but warned his star centre-back he will not play against Leganes if his focus is not on Barcelona.

    Pique has spent a large portion of the week travelling to Madrid due to the involvement of his company Kosmos in the revamped competition of tennis' premier international team event.

    LaLiga leaders Barca make the trip to rock-bottom Leganes on Saturday and Valverde has been speaking with Pique about his extra-curricular activities.

    "I have talked with him about this issue and I see him as being focused," head coach Valverde said.

    "If I don't think he's focused enough someone else will play. If he arrives in condition, he will be on the list. He has issues outside of football. Players are always blamed if they don't do anything else and only know football."

    Asked if Pique has permission to travel to Madrid again on Friday, Valverde replied: "If he travels, you will see if we gave him permission. We have to leave him alone, Saturday we have an important game."

    Valverde also insisted he is happy with the work of close-season signing Antoine Griezmann after it was suggested he performs better for France than for Barca.

    Griezmann has four goals and three assists for Barca in 11 LaLiga appearances this term and Valverde says the forward is offering plenty to the team.

    "I look at my team, what matters to me is how I see the team," he added. "I know there are many eyes on Griezmann but he is giving us many things in terms of work, goals and clarity of play. We think he can give us more."

    Ousmane Dembele has had a stop-start season for Barca but was involved against Slavia Prague and Celta Vigo before the international break.

    Valverde wants to see the exciting France forward get a long run of games under his belt.

    "I think it's important he has continuity in his daily work and gets playing time," he said. "Since his first injury last season against Getafe, trying to get him back quickly has been counterproductive. 

    "He's had several relapses or different episodes with different muscular injuries and hasn't been able to perform the way he would have wanted. 

    "We hope we can start getting some regular rhythm."

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