Manuel Neuer has left the door open to a move to Manchester United. United need a new number one as Edwin van der Sar looks set to retire at the end of the season. The German goalkeeper is apparently on the shortlist at United.
He has been heavily linked with Bayern Munich, but declared in the Daily Mail, “My future is open, I’ve always said that in any case I will play at Schalke until the end of the season.”
The 24 year old established himself as Germany’s number one at the World Cup, and has recently suggested he is unhappy at Schalke.
Macheda apologises for calling Rooney a ‘Chav’.
Federico Macheda has apologised and explained himself after his controversial comments yesterday to Italian sports daily la Gazzetta dello Sport about Wayne Rooney.
The Telegraph reports that he said, “Rooney is a really great person, he always gives me advice, but he’s a bit working class and vulgar.” although the closest English translation of the Roman slang word that he used, Coatto, would be Chav.
Macheda, quoted in the Telegraph, said: “I did not mean any offence, all I meant is he is down to earth and friendly.” Friends of the Italian have also suggested that he used the terms as it also could be used to describe Macheda himself. A source for The Sun said: This isn’t as bad as it sounds because Macheda is a chav himself. His dad’s an odd-job man and his mum’s a cleaner so he’s hardly from middle class stock.”
Record loss for Utd.
Manchester United are due to reveal their financial figures today, and the full effect of the Glazers bond issue are set to be revealed.
According to The Guardian, “the results will reveal the club’s operating profits topped £100m for the first time, thanks to increased match day, broadcasting and commercial revenues.”
However, the paper also reports, that the “net loss will have grown further from the £66.5m figure reported three months ago.”
United’s owners are deeply unpopular and the reaction of groups such as the Manchester United Supporters Trust is not expected to be good. The club are “braced for further protests.”