World Football Gossip Roundup: Andre Villas-Boas, Sepp Blatter, Daniele De Rossi
Take heart, AVB fans. Everyone's favorite three-named manager might be coming to a London club near you.
Or maybe not.
For Set Piece readers who have felt a hole in their lives since Chelsea's sacking of Andre Villas-Boas back in March, today's edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup bears good news and bad.
Villas-Boas is reportedly in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over their vacant managerial position. But reports indicate that the 34-year-old Portuguese is upset about something.
All the details await inside, along with updates on goal-line technology, Mark van Bommel, Rangers, Daniele De Rossi, Pep Guardiola and more.
AVB Is Jealous
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Andre Villas-Boas sure is jealous for someone who doesn't have a job yet.
According to The Guardian, AVB is upset with Tottenham Hotspur for holding talks with other candidates. The 34-year-old Portuguese is reportedly threatening to walk away from his own talks with the club.
Tottenham sacked Harry Redknapp earlier this month. According to The Guardian, France manager Laurent Blanc and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez are also being considered for the vacant position.
Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea in March, less than a full season on the job.
Blatter: Goal Tech a Necessity
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After the latest goal-line controversy, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated his support of goal-line technology via Twitter.
Tuesday's Group D match between England and Ukraine featured the latest in a series of blown goal-line calls. Ukraine's Marko Devic had a shot go over the line, but the officials ruled that England's John Terry had cleared the ball in time.
On Wednesday, Blatter took to Twitter to throw even more support behind goal-line technology (which he called GLT).
Blatter only recently reversed his stance (via The Sporting News) on the issue after opposing the technology for years. The English Premier League has also expressed willingness (via BBC Sport) to adopt the technology.
Wednesday's tweet was the strongest indication yet that Blatter is behind goal-line technology. He called it a "necessity."
After last night’s match #GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity.— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) June 20, 2012
Van Bommel Quits
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Van Bommel, 35, started and served as captain for Holland's first two matches. He did not play in the Group D finale against Portugal.
He won 79 caps for the Netherlands from 2000-12.
Rangers and Bury?
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Scottish club Rangers are interested in buying English League One side Bury and playing in England, according to The Sun.
Rangers officials, however, have denied the report (per The Guardian).
Rangers went into administration last season and have been left out of the Scottish Premier League's fixture list while the club's finances are sorted out.
A consortium led by Charles Green took over Rangers last week. The entity is now referred to as a "newco" because the previous club was liquidated and sold to Green's consortium, known officially as The Rangers Football Club Ltd.
De Rossi Likes England?
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Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi has created a stir by claiming football in England is "more interesting" than in Italy.
De Rossi, a versatile 28-year-old midfielder and defender, has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United in the past.
From The Independent:
I have received many offers from English football. And I must say that I feel attraction for it. I like English football very much. I think now it's probably more interesting than Italian football. There are lots of outstanding and talented players, as is the case for Spain as well.
Guardiola Not Going to Bayern?
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Pep Guardiola's agent has denied reports that Guardiola has held negotiations with Bayern Munich (via ESPNSoccernet).
German reports indicated Guardiola, who managed Barcelona from 2008-12, would take over Bayern in 2013.
Milan Want Aquilani After All?
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AC Milan have not ruled out signing Alberto Aquilani permanently, according to The Independent.
On Wednesday, reports quoted Aquilani's agent as saying the midfielder had received no offers and would return to Liverpool for the upcoming season.
Aquilani, 27, spent last season on loan with Milan from Liverpool.
City Want Skrtel?
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Big-spending Manchester City are planning a £20 million bid for Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel (via the Daily Mirror).
City reportedly want a defensive option cheaper than AC Milan's Thiago Silva, who is rated at £35 million.
Hair Like Carroll
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Wayne Rooney, according to Metro, has used a bit of teammate Andy Carroll's hair product in search of the perfect hairdo following his hair transplant last year.
Because, you know, Carroll's hair looks so good.
If you were wondering, yes, someone has photoshopped Carroll's hair onto Rooney's head (via the Daily Telegraph).