World Football Gossip Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa, Wilfried Zaha
Galatasaray want to be Wesley Sneijder's first choice, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to see out his contract at Real Madrid and Tito Vilanova wants David Villa to stay at Barcelona.
Will everyone get what they want? That's the question in this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Inside, we also have updates on Hatem Ben Arfa and Wilfried Zaha's (pictured) misadventures in social networking. Read on for all the details.
Galatasaray Manager Wants Club to Be Wesley Sneijder's First Choice
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Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim has told Wesley Sneijder that he must make Galatasaray his first choice if he is to join the club (via ESPN FC).
Sneijder, 28, has been linked with a transfer to Galatasaray after the Turkish champions reportedly agreed a deal in principle with Inter Milan. Sneijder has not played for Inter since September because of a contract dispute.
Liverpool are also thought to be interested, and Sneijder reportedly prefers a move to England's Premier League.
Terim said: “This club is not anyone’s plaything. Those who play here do not see Galatasaray as an alternative, but as a first choice. Otherwise, one must step aside.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Wants to Play out Contract at Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to play out his contract with Real Madrid (via FIFA.com).
French club Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in Ronaldo, but the 27-year-old Portuguese international is under contract with Real Madrid until June 2015.
"I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid: I’m very clear about that," Ronaldo said. "After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future."
Tito Vilanova: David Villa Not Leaving FC Barcelona
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FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has reaffirmed that Spain international forward David Villa will not leave the club in January (via The Guardian).
Villa, 31, has seen limited action in Vilanova's team this season and has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
After Barca's league win over Málaga on Sunday, Vilanova said Villa would be staying.
"David is not going to leave," he said. "We are very happy with him."
Hatem Ben Arfa Dreams of PSG?
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France international midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa says signing for Paris Saint-Germain would be "a childhood dream" (via Daily Mirror).
Ben Arfa, 25, currently plays for Newcastle United in the English Premier League. He joined the club from Marseille in 2011.
Speaking of PSG in an interview with Le Parisien, Ben Arfa said:
The fans are great too. Once we have saved the club, you never know. To sign for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study it with interest.
If there is a proposal. The "if" is important.
Wilfried Zaha Tweet Adds to Manchester United Speculation
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England international forward Wilfried Zaha has sparked further speculation that he is heading to Manchester United after sending out, then deleting, a cryptic tweet on Twitter (via Daily Express).
Zaha, 20, currently plays for Crystal Palace in the English League Championship, but has been linked heavily with a move to Manchester United.
Zaha's Twitter output fueled those rumors further on Sunday when he tweeted: "Looks like I'm on my way to the top of the Premier League."
Manchester United currently lead the Premier League table by seven points. The tweet was later removed and replaced with another coy message:
I don't know remember tweeting no such thing so I don't know where the tweet came from #Confused— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) January 13, 2013