World Football Quotes of the Week: Nasri's Girlfriend Abuses Deschamps
The Premier League season is over now, but there are still plenty of talking points this summer.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has already raised temperatures on social media, with one footballer’s girlfriend sending an expletive filled message to the France national team following the exclusion of her other half.
Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic issued a parting shot to former manager David Moyes which hinted that the players weren’t happy with the Scot’s style of play following his short-lived spell at Old Trafford.
There’s also the matter of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho demanding more of Eden Hazard after the Belgian scooped the Chelsea Player of the Year award.
So what’s been said in the last seven days? Here we review the World Football quotes of the week.
Suarez Doesn’t Rule out Real Madrid or Barcelona Move
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez kept his cards close to his chest when asked about a potential summer move to Real Madrid or Barcelona this summer.
As reported by Sky Sports, Suarez said:
“I am already focused on the World Cup. I had a great season with Liverpool but other feelings don't matter now.” And when asked if he’d consider a move to one of the Spanish giants, he said: “I don't want to answer. I try to avoid press speculation. I know what I want and what my agent says is good for me, but I don't want to comment on speculation."
The Uruguayan has done everything in his power to keep the door open to a move, while keeping Liverpool supporters happy who aren’t reading between the lines. He failed to rule out a move and instead shifted the focus onto the World Cup this summer. Nice try, Luis. Worth keeping an eye on his movements this summer.
Girlfriend of Samir Nasri Issues Foul-Mouthed Tirade at Didier Deschamps
Following the news that Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri had been left out of the France squad for this summer’s World Cup, his girlfriend, Anara Atanes decided to vent her feelings on Twitter, as reported by the Daily Star.
She abused France manager Didier Deschamps, while disrespecting the national team and ruling out Nasri’s chances of ever making the French side again in the future.
According to the report, Deschamps is now planning to sue following the attack.
Vidic: ‘Everyone Lost Belief’ in Moyes
Long-serving Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic issue a parting shot to former manager David Moyes by suggesting the players lost their belief in his abilities as a boss following the worst Premier League campaign in their history, as reported by the BBC Sport (via The Guardian).
The players were being questioned, the manager was being questioned, the club was being questioned. Everyone lost belief in the team.
Leeds Owner Massimo Cellino Criticises Brian McDermott for Going on Holiday
Following the news of Leeds manager Brian McDermott going on holiday at the end of the season, owner Massimo Cellino was publicly critical of his decision to leave when the club are in need of work this summer.
Speaking to ITV (via Sky Sports) he said:
I think at this moment the club is not managed by anybody. Who's managing this club? Brian. Where's Brian? I send a letter to Brian - help us. He's on holiday to get some rest. He was tired I can understand. But why this kind of reaction?
When asked what he said in his letter, Cellino added:
Just let me know what he's planning for pre-season. What he's thinking for the future. What's his plan? What are his ideas? Where are the people that we pay wages to every month gone? Who gave them the permission? Who organised that? He's the manager.
Based on Cellino’s comments, McDermott’s decision to quickly go on holiday following the close of the campaign now seems a lot clearer.
Mourinho Wants More from Hazard
Despite handing him the Chelsea Player of the Year award, manager Jose Mourinho is not fully satisfied with Eden Hazard‘s performance this season. He’s demanding more from the Belgian for 2014/15 and doesn’t want the winger resting on his laurels, as reported by ITV Sport.
"Next season we want more from you," said Mourinho, before adding "you win the kid (Hazard)"
Wilshere Seeks Advice of Paul Scholes
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere recently admitted he’s taking advice from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes. Scholes was critical of Wilshere when speaking back in March on Sky Sports, via the Daily Mail.
Wilshere said of his chat with Scholes, as reported on BBC Sport.
He was right in a certain way. We had quite a good chat. He explained it a bit better and told me what he thought I should work on. When I first burst onto the scene there was all this noise and then I got injured. There comes a time when you stop being a kid and I think that's what Scholes is referring to. People say 'he's young, he's got all this potential'. You have to start putting that potential in (to practice).
Eto'o Calls Mourinho a Fool
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o indirectly called manager Jose Mourinho a fool when speaking in an interview about his future plans in football.
As reported on African Football, the now 33 year-old striker said:
Thanks for informing me that it will be my last World Cup. Today, I am 33 years old. And it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it. And you may have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters.
Mourinho was critical of Eto’o in a private interview that was secretly taped, according to BBC Sport. The Chelsea boss was heard suggesting Eto’o was not truthful about his age and was older than he suggests.
Eto'o had the last laugh by making a funny geriatric celebration following his goal against Tottenham in the league.
Sepp Blatter Admits World Cup 2022 in Qatar Was a Mistake
While speaking to Swiss TV station RTS, via the Guardian, FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted that in hindsight, awarding the World Cup to Qatar was the wrong decision.
Yes of course, you know everyone makes mistakes in life. The technical report into Qatar said clearly it was too hot but the executive committee – with a large majority – decided all the same to play it in Qatar.
It has not yet been decided whether the tournament will be moved to the winter months, but Blatter has said it is unlikely to be held in the summer.