Sky Sports reports that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out any potential move to Manchester United for midfielder Samir Nasri.
Wenger told French radio station RTL that the 23 year old will not be heading to Old Trafford, after reports that fellow Frenchman and Manchester United left back Patrice Evra had been trying to persuade Nasri to sign with the champions. Nasri has only 12 months left on his current Arsenal deal and while Wenger has acknowledged the problems with contract negotiations, the French manager is adamant there will be no transfer.
Arsenal’s manager said: ‘One thing’s for sure: we’re not selling him to Manchester United. We are trying to extend the deal.’ Wenger has also re-iterated his desire to hold on to captain Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, stating: ‘He’s our captain. We’ve built the team around him. Of course we want to keep him’.
United are in the market for a creative midfield player after the retirement of Paul Scholes was announced earlier this week and Nasri was touted as the signing for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but Wenger’s words almost certainly rule out any move for the Frenchman.
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Owen gets new deal.
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has signed a one year contract extension at Manchester United. The Daily Mail reports that the veteran striker, whose contract was due to run out this summer, has taken the option to extend his playing career at Old Trafford.
The 31 year old has been on the fringes at Old Trafford ever since his move back in 2009, but he was picked ahead of fellow striker Dimitar Berbatov for the Champions League final against Barcelona and is seen as a goal-poacher, scoring 14 goals in his time at Old Trafford.
Owen spoke about the deal on his official Twitter page, @themichaelowen, and said: ‘Delighted to be staying another year. Thanks for all your messages.’
Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United striker Owen has only started one game for Manchester United this season and scored 5 goals in only 17 appearances for the Red Devils. However, there are rumours that this contract extension could spell the end for Berbatov at Old Trafford, as the Bulgarian has admitted that the omission from the final was ‘embarrassing’.
Edwin testimonial agreed.
Ajax have confirmed on their official website, english.ajax.nl, that they will be holding a testimonial against Manchester United for goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar.
Van der Sar won the Champions League with the Dutch side in 1995 and won the Champions League with United in 2008, so the two sides will meet on August 3rd at the Amsterdam Arena. The game will involve former teammates from both sides as well as the current crop of players.
The Dutch goalkeeper made 311 appearances in Amsterdam between 1991 and 1999, before his move to Fulham, and played in two Champions League finals, winning one and losing the other in 1996 against Juventus. Van der Sar then moved to Fulham and on to Old Trafford, where he played in three Champions League finals and lost in two of them at the hands of Barcelona in 2009 and his final game as a professional in 2011.
Whilst at Old Trafford, Van der Sar set the clean sheet record by not conceding a goal for 1,311 minutes in the Premier League. The 40 year old called time on his playing career after the 3-1 defeat to Barcelona at Wembley and will receive a warm reception when he returns to Ajax for his testimonial game.