World Football Gossip Roundup: Yann M'Vila, Gareth Bale, Balotelli and Beckham
Yann M'Vila loves Arsenal (maybe), Gareth Bale loves Spain (possibly) and Mario Balotelli is crazy (definitely).
Monday's gossip roundup is full of intrigue, from the usual transfer gossip to dressing-room bust-ups on both sides of the Atlantic. And then there's the case of team mutiny in the English lower leagues.
Oh, and don't forget Andy Carroll's profanity-laced tirade. That's definitely not to be missed.
Ready? Let's get this week off to a good start.
Yann Hearts Arsenal
We already (reportedly) knew that Arsenal want Yann M'Vila.
Apparently, the feeling is mutual.
According to several reports, including this one from The Independent, the 21-year-old French holding midfielder would welcome a move to North London.
He told Canal+: "Inter, Arsenal, Real... I will take the fun everywhere!
These are great clubs. If the coach calls you and tells you he wants you to make you play, especially a French coach, it changes everything.
The important thing for me is getting playing time for the France team."
M'Vila has three years left on his contract with Rennes.
Bale Bats His Eyelashes
Now the Welshman is (reportedly) saying he'd have a hard time telling either team no. That's according to Metro.
"If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, then it's a bit like Harry [Redknapp] and England, it's a once-in-a-lifetime dream," he said.
"If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real would they turn it down? Probably not.
If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.
But that has not happened so, at the moment, I'm just concentrating on Tottenham."
Fair enough, I suppose.
Spurs to Sign Ecuadorian Left-Back?
With Bale (reportedly) interested in leaving White Hart Lane, Spurs are apparently lining up a deal for…
…wait for it…
…teenage left-back Christian Ramirez.
Apparently, Ramirez, an Ecuadorian "in the Roberto Carlos mould," will be signed for £1.5 million the moment Ramirez turns 18.
By now, you've probably heard about the bust-up between Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure in the Manchester City locker room at halftime of their draw with Sunderland.
If not, let the Mail Online enlighten you:
Balotelli and Toure had to be separated by Yaya's brother Kolo as they squared up in front of stunned team-mates at the Etihad Stadium.
It is believed Balotelli took exception to the midfielder's criticism about his behaviour during the match.
It is just the latest in a long line of rows between City stars this season as they head towards finishing the campaign without a trophy - despite massive investment by their Abu Dhabi owners.
If you're a Manchester City fan, I apologize in advance. This is hysterically funny to everyone else.
You might not have heard about this bust-up, but it's potentially twice as nice.
From ESPN Soccernet:
David Beckham was hauled-off at half-time of Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 home defeat to New England Revolution following a dramatic bust-up with team-mates Sean Franklin and Marcelo Sarvas.
Both Beckham and Brazilian Sarvas were removed at half-time although Bruce Arena insists the change was purely tactical.
Sure it was, Bruce.
Beckham makes approximately 370 times more money than any of his teamamtes (barring Landon Donovan), so it doesn't boggle the mind to imagine how there might develop some slight resentment among the rank and file.
The Galaxy, by the way, are second-last in the MLS' Western Conference. Nice work, fellas.
Andy Carroll Freaks out
As funny as the idea of Beckham in a fight might be, this is even better.
According to The Sun, Liverpool's misfiring striker, Andy Carroll, unleashed an F-bomb-filled tirade on Reds manager Kenny Dalglish and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew during Liverpool's 2-0 loss at Newcastle over the weekend.
Carroll could not contain his anger as he was taken off, screaming: "It's a f****** joke, f*** off" at Dalglish before disappearing down the tunnel while ripping off his shirt.
Earlier, he had also abused his former Toon boss Alan Pardew, who accused him of diving to try to win a penalty.
He shouted at Pardew: "I did not dive, you f****** c***."
So in other words, it was a normal day for Andy Carroll, right?
Mutiny in the North End
Finally, I leave you with the best example of club dysfunction currently in England. And considering the opposition from Liverpool and Manchester City, that's saying something.
Anyway, here's Preston chairman Peter Ridsdale confirming that Preston's lineup and tactics were leaked to Sheffield Wednesday during a recent match by Preston's own players.
From The Telegraph:
"What (manager) Graham (Westley) said after the game on Saturday was true," Ridsdale said. "It was almost said in the heat of the moment after the disappointment of a defeat, and it was disappointing that our pre-match preparations were known to the opposition in advance.
I'm aware categorically where the information came from, although I don't think it was done maliciously.
It's unfortunate that it happened, but it's time to draw a line under it and move on in order to focus on our game against MK Dons on Saturday."
What? No F-bombs?