Connect with us

Sports

Man City reject Barcelona’s last-gasp £16m transfer bid for Eric Garcia leaving LaLiga giants with defensive crisis

Published

on

man city reject barcelonas last gasp 16m transfer bid for eric garcia leaving laliga giants with defensive crisis scaled

MANCHESTER CITY rejected Barcelona’s deadline day move for Eric Garcia leaving Ronald Koeman with a defensive crisis.

The Catalan side made a late £16million move to bring the Spaniard back to his boyhood club.

Barcelona missed out on signing Eric Garcia on deadline day

1

Barcelona missed out on signing Eric Garcia on deadline dayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Despite having just a year left on his contract, City turned down the offer and wanted £20m to let him leave.

Barca, who are facing a financial crisis due to the pandemic, could not stump up the asking price and the club are forced to wait a year before landing him for nothing.

It means Barcelona boss Koeman only has three first-team centre-backs at his disposal including veteran Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Ronald Araujo.

Araujo, 21, has only made eight first-team appearances after he was recently promoted from the Barca B side.

Garcia played once in the league this season that came in a shock 5-2 home defeat with Leicester.

He recently said of his future: “It is true I have told the club I do not intend to extend my contract beyond 2021.”

It was a disastrous transfer window for Barcelona who also missed out on Memphis Depay.

RR SPORTS GRAPHIC BARCA v5

Koeman was chasing his fellow Dutch compatriot throughout the campaign.

But Ousmane Dembele’s loan switch to Manchester United collapsed meaning Barca failed to raise the funds needed to sign Depay.

The club did bolster their ranks with the additions of Miralem Pjanic, winger Trincao and young right-back Sergino Dest from Ajax.

Man Utd seal deadline-day transfer as young Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri joins from Penarol

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

Man Utd news LIVE: Nobby Stiles tributes pour in after 1968 legend dies at 78, fans and players mourn World Cup winner

Published

on

By

man utd news live nobby stiles tributes pour in after 1968 legend dies at 78 fans and players mourn world cup winner
BLOG Nobby Stiles Man Utd

MANCHESTER UNITED is in mourning after the death of legendary midfielder Nobby Stiles.

The 1968 European champion and 1966 World Cup winner has passed away at the age of 78.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

Continue Reading

Sports

Nation fell for Nobby Stiles as he danced with dentures in hand.. no 1966 hero will be remembered with greater affection

Published

on

By

nation fell for nobby stiles as he danced with dentures in hand no 1966 hero will be remembered with greater affection scaled

HE was the self-styled half-blind dwarf who conquered the world in dentures.

And if Nobby Stiles was not the finest footballer of England’s 1966 World Cup winners, then few of Sir Alf Ramsey’s history men will be remembered with greater affection.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder has passed away after a long illness

14

The ex-Manchester United midfielder has passed away after a long illnessCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images
Nobby Stiles played for Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Preston North End

14

Nobby Stiles played for Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Preston North EndCredit: Reuters

The image of a 5ft 6in Stiles deliriously jigging around the Wembley touchline with the Jules Rimet Trophy in one hand and his false teeth in the other, is a glorious snapshot of that golden summer of 54 years ago.

It is immortalised in Skinner and Baddiel’s Three Lions – ‘Bobby belting the ball and Nobby dancing’.

That line mentions the only two English footballers ever to have won both of football’s greatest prizes – the World Cup and the European Cup.

Those defeats of West Germany in 1966 and against Benfica at the same venue two years later, were both shared with his Manchester United team-mate Bobby Charlton.

Stiles was just 24 when England won the World Cup yet he looked a decade older.

To modern eyes, still shots of Stiles make him appear anything other than an elite footballer.

Yet watch video footage of Stiles in his pomp and it is clear he would have been an outstanding player in any era.

Toothless but ruthless, Stiles was so much more than a hard-tackling midfield destroyer – he was a wonderful passer of the ball with a box-to-box engine.

Bobby Moore and Nobby Stiles with manager Alf Ramsey after the 1966 win

14

Bobby Moore and Nobby Stiles with manager Alf Ramsey after the 1966 winCredit: PA:Empics Sport
England team-mates Nobby Stiles and Alan Ball after the 1966 World Cup final

14

England team-mates Nobby Stiles and Alan Ball after the 1966 World Cup finalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Nobby Stiles with the European Cup back in 1968

14

Nobby Stiles with the European Cup back in 1968Credit: PA:Press Association
The former Manchester United player has passed away, aged 78

14

The former Manchester United player has passed away, aged 78Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Ramsey was so fiercely loyal to Stiles that he threatened to resign as England manager midway through the 1966 campaign when the FA ordered him to be dropped after a hatchet job on France’s playmaker Jacques Simon in the group stage.

Stiles later recalled: “By all accounts the [FA selection] committee told him in no uncertain terms I couldn’t play, that England needed to make an example of me. I was a liability, they said.

“Alf told them he’d resign if he couldn’t pick who he wanted. He was prepared to resign in the middle of a World Cup over me. I never found that out till he’d died, Alf. What a man.”

Ramsey won his power struggle and Stiles played his full part in the quarter-final victory over Argentina – a full-on war of a match in which England could easily have succumbed without their little combat hero.

Stiles’ man-marking job on Eusebio in the semi-final nullified the threat of the Portuguese talisman – as was so often the case, Stiles relished the dirty work while his United team-mate Charlton grabbed the glory with two goals.

“My job was to win it, give it to Bobby and let him get on with it,” said Stiles.

With 28 international caps, Stiles was the least capped of Ramsey’s glory boys – he scored his only England goal against West Germany in 1966 but in a friendly five months earlier.

Stiles played 395 times for United, winning two league titles as well as the European Cup, then played for Middlesbrough – where he would briefly partner a young Graeme Souness in a midfield that had little time for compromise.

Nobby Stiles pictured with former team-mate Bobby Charlton in 1968

14

Nobby Stiles pictured with former team-mate Bobby Charlton in 1968Credit: Rex Features
Nobby Stiles played for Manchester United from 1960 until 1971

14

Nobby Stiles played for Manchester United from 1960 until 1971Credit: Getty Images – Getty

He later played for and managed Preston, had a brief spell as boss of West Brom and coached at United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Yet he was happy to admit he would always be chiefly remembered for 1966, friends of his grandchildren asking him: “Hey, you, you’re the fella with no teeth who danced round Wembley, aren’t you?”

Stiles’ death at the age of 78 means just four of Ramsey’s World Cup winning starting eleven are still with us – Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst., Roger Hunt and George Cohen.

During the last two and half years alone we have lost Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton and now Stiles.

And English football did not look after its greatest heroes as it should have done.

Like many of his team-mates, Stiles auctioned off his medals and memorabilia to aid his family – he had three children with wife Kay, the sister of another midfield legend, Johnny Giles.

In his later years, Stiles suffered from prostate cancer as well as dementia, his family critical of the lack of support for this condition, so heavily linked with the heading of heavy old-school footballs.

Now Stiles will be honoured with silences in an era when football stadiums are too silent always.

The legendary midfielder pictured receiving treatment on his knee

14

The legendary midfielder pictured receiving treatment on his kneeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The ex-England star with fellow legend Eusebio in 2005

14

The ex-England star with fellow legend Eusebio in 2005Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Nobby Stiles was a key part of England's World Cup winning squad

14

Nobby Stiles was a key part of England’s World Cup winning squadCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He deserved greater aid from the football family in times of illness.

And he deserves the roar of the crowds in packed stadiums to properly commemorate him.

Because Stiles was English football’s great cult hero – the earthy, unlikely-looking man-of-the-people, the ‘heart and soul’ of that 1966 team, according to Hurst.

He tackled like thunder, he danced like a madman and he brought untold joy to all England.

Not bad for a myopic midget with dodgy dentistry. Not bad at all.

Nobby Stiles made 311 appearances for Manchester United

14

Nobby Stiles made 311 appearances for Manchester UnitedCredit: PA:Press Association
The Three Lions icon was well known for his missing teeth

14

The Three Lions icon was well known for his missing teethCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images
Nobby Stiles left the Red Devils in 1971

14

Nobby Stiles left the Red Devils in 1971Credit: Getty Images – Getty
England World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles has died aged 78 after long illness

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

Continue Reading

Sports

6.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil blasted as Arteta says ‘I tried my best’, Szoboszlai transfer alternative to Aouar

Published

on

By

6 30pm arsenal news live ozil blasted as arteta says i tried my best szoboszlai transfer alternative to aouar
ozil arteta

MIKEL ARTETA has taken a final dig at Mesut Ozil by saying “I tried my best”.

The German has been excluded from both Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads this season with the Gunners looking to sell him.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.