World Football Gossip Roundup: Spanish Match-Fixing, Wesley Sneijder, Willian

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJanuary 16, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Spanish Match-Fixing, Wesley Sneijder, Willian

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    Will Spain be the next country hit with a match-fixing scandal?

    It's been more than a year since match-fixing rocked Italy, and now another controversy could be beginning on the other side of Europe. That story leads this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    Inside, we have less-depressing updates on Wesley Sneijder, Willian, Thibaut Courtois and more.

    Read on for all the details.

Spanish Official: Match-Fixing Happened in Spain

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    Javier Tebas, vice-president of the Spanish Professional Football League, has revealed "matches (in Spain) have been fixed" (via Marca).

    Tebas also said his organization is working to "expose the cheats" and that investigations are underway. "What happened in Italy can just as well happen in Spain," he said.

    As ESPN FC reports, some results from the end of last season caused concern. Included under suspicion at the time were Real Zaragoza, who escaped relegation with four straight wins at the end of the season. 

Wesley Sneijder in 'No Hurry'

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    Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder says he is in "no hurry" to sort out his future, whether it's at Inter Milan or elsewhere (via ESPN FC).

    Sneijder, 28, has not played for Inter since September after the two parties were involved in a contract dispute. Inter accepted a bid from Galatasaray for Sneijder's transfer, but no deal has materialized.

    "All players on the move in this transfer window must decide what to do and where to go by the end of January. I'll do the same," Sneijder told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I am in no hurry and I don't want to rush this decision."

    Liverpool are also thought to be interested, with Sneijder reportedly favoring a move to a top English club. 

Shakhtar Want £20 Million for Willian?

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    Shakhtar Donetsk will reportedly consider selling Willian to either Chelsea or Tottenham, but will ask for £20 million for the Brazilian midfielder (via The Independent).

    Shakhtar last week signed Taison from Metalist, perhaps suggesting Willian will be free to leave the club.

    Willian, 24, joined Shakhtar from Corinthians in 2007.

Thibaut Courtois Wants to Stay with Atletico Madrid Another Season

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    Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he wants to remain on loan with Atletico Madrid for another season (via talkSPORT).

    Courtois, 20, joined Atletico on loan in 2011 and helped the club to the Europa League title last season. Petr Cech remains Chelsea's No. 1, and Courtois has said he is happy to stay in Spain for now.

    I am Chelsea player, but I am happy here. I'll have to see what is best for them but I would be very happy if I stayed here for another year. I still haven't spoken to Chelsea though. If I can't play for them, then Atletico is the best club I can be at.

    It would be important for me and the club to make the Champions League next season. I am very happy here.

    Courtois has been capped seven times by Belgium's senior side. 

AC Milan Interested in Newcastle Duo?

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    AC Milan are interested in Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul and full-back Davide Santon (via Daily Mirror).

    Krul, 24, is under contract until 2017. Santon, 22, joined Newcastle in 2011. Santon has been capped seven times by Italy's senior international team.

    According to the Mirror, Milan would not be able to afford signing both players.