World Football Gossip Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, Roberto Mancini
Cristiano Ronaldo may indeed complete a move back to Old Trafford in the near future, Jose Mourinho could surprise the masses by moving back to Chelsea and Robert Mancini’s Manchester City future is in major doubt.
That news headlines Saturday’s edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, but you can also expect developments on Michael Laudrup’s situation at the Liberty Stadium and Paolo Di Canio isn’t leaving Swindon Town quietly.
Read on for more.
Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City Journey Nearing Its End?
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Roberto Mancini has said that should Manchester City go three seasons without winning silverware, he’ll step down as manager of the side voluntarily (via Independent).
Speaking in a recent press conference, the Italian stated:
"If you change the manager every two or three years, it is difficult but, if I didn't win anything for two or three years, I would say to the club: 'I don't want to stay.' After two or three years of not winning, I would leave. I couldn't continue to stay here. It would be impossible for my mind to think like this."
This came in conjunction with rumours that Manuel Pellegrini is set to take over as boss at Manchester City, rumours which Mancini didn’t take so well (via Telegraph).
Michael Laudrup the Man for Gunners’ Salvation?
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According to football pundit and former Arsenal great Ian Wright, Michael Laudrup could be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager if the Frenchman were to leave the club this summer.
Speaking to The Sun (h/t Daily Mail), Wright blamed the Gunners’ current difficulties on Wenger, saying: "Everything that is happening is down to the manager. He is to blame. Laudrup could, maybe, step in."
It’s no secret that Laudrup has been a marvel at Swansea City since taking over from Brendan Rodgers over the summer and has led the Welsh outfit to their current spot of challenging for top six honours in the Premier League.
That being said, Wenger recently attended an Arsenal board meeting where his future was not on the agenda (via BBC Sport), giving the impression that the Frenchman’s job is secure for now.
Manchester United’s 'Ronaldo Return' Saga Gaining Momentum
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A story to have arisen on a regular basis even when the player was first leaving England is that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s eventual return to Manchester United, and the Portuguese superstar is once again in the transfer speculation.
Having left the Red Devils for £80 million back in 2009, the forward has now been linked with a £55 million transfer in the opposite direction by the Daily Star.
The report claims that Manchester United’s impending sponsors, Chevrolet, will have to agree a deal that will account for a portion of Ronaldo’s wages so that the club can comply with the Financial Fair Play rules, set to come into force next year.
Such a move would obviously be of great value not only to Manchester United but the Premier League as a brand, but one can expect there’ll be a multitude of twists and turns to overcome before this particular deal comes to fruition.
Jose Mourinho Set for Sensational Stamford Bridge Return?
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Another comeback story for the history books would be if Jose Mourinho, who left Chelsea on unsavoury terms it’s understood, were to return to Stamford Bridge as a manager once more.
However, former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit says that’s far from a possibility and will in fact come to pass in the near future.
Voicing his opinion on the matter, the Metro report Gullit as saying:
I have a feeling that he was meant to come back after the Champions League final but then when Chelsea won it, I think he thought better of it. It’s no coincidence that right after the final, he signed a new contract with Real Madrid.
Chelsea want him for next season. That is my feeling, if it’s right I don’t know. I have no proof of that and I said it already before the [Champions League] final.
Without said proof, Gullit’s claims admittedly sound like speculation at best but perhaps the retired Dutchman boasts premonition powers similar to that of Paul the Octopus.
Di Canio Still Causing Waves at Swindon
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It’s never easy saying goodbye, but Paolo Di Canio certainly appears to be taking the whole bad-breakup thing to orbital heights after some more controversy unfolded this week.
The aggressive Italian recently fell out with the Swindon Town board and quit the League One side as a result before then staging a midnight break-in at the club, taking down photographs chronicling his successes there (via Mirror).
But now, there’s whispers that Di Canio will attend this weekend’s match against Preston as a fan in an attempt to rouse support from the crowd in his bid to return to his former post.
As a player, Di Canio was never too far from the headlines for some controversial on-the-field antics, but even in his more seasoned years, the manager is proving to be a handful for some.