Real Madrid star Toni Kroos slammed Celta Vigo starlet Gabri Veiga after the youngster agreed to join Saudi side Al-Ahli.
The Celta starlet is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Europe and attracted interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool along with reigning Serie A champions Napoli this summer. It was reported that Veiga was close to shifting base to Naples but he has performed a U-turn and will now fly to Saudi Arabia to sign with Al-Ahli.
His choice of club has drawn ire from Madrid’s midfield stalwart Kroos who has labelled the transfer as “embarrassing” on Instagram.
Kroos had recently explained in his podcast Einfach mal Luppen that he is “not a fan of” young players moving to Saudi Arabia for money.
“Everyone goes there for the money. You can find that good or not,” he stated.
“What I just roughly differentiate is, for example, a change from Cristiano (Ronaldo) or (Karim)Benzema, who are heading there towards the end of their career. They’ve won everything, have legendary status, achieved everything and then let their careers coast to a halt and take this unbelievable money with them.
“What I have a problem with are the 26, 27, 28-year-olds, who have absolutely top quality, play in top clubs in Europe and have the chance to achieve that in the next three or four years what others who are going there have already achieved. I’m not a fan of that. It’s an incredibly bad example for a lot of young youth players that the motivation is money.
I think it’s a pity for everyone who puts sporting thoughts to the back of their minds in the absolute top football age. That’s just not a good role model for me and a danger for the football of the future,” he added.
Celta boss Rafa Benitez has offered an update on Veiga at a press conference on Thursday.
“The boy has an opportunity, it is also an opportunity for his family,” he told reporters. “We cannot forget that. It is a decision he will have to make. The club did not want to sell him, and he is in a situation that can be advantageous with financial control limiting him.
“When important offers come in, you assess the financial aspect for the club and the interest of the player. At the beginning we thought he could go to a team playing Champions League football. Then the situation changed.”
Kroos and Real Madrid face Veiga’s Celta Vigo side next in La Liga on Friday. Benitez also confirmed Veiga will not be in the squad for the match
‘Rigged game!’ – Diogo Jota’s wife Rute Cardoso slams ‘clown’ officials
Diogo Jota’s wife, Rute Cardoso, claims Liverpool’s controversial clash with Tottenham was “rigged” by the “clown” officials taking charge.
The Reds suffered a dramatic 2-1 defeat in north London that threw up all kinds of talking points. Luis Diaz saw a goal wrongly ruled out for offside, leading to PGMOL issuing an apology for a “significant human error” and Jurgen Klopp’s side calling for an investigation into how these mistakes keep on happening.
Liverpool also had Jota and Curtis Jones sent off, with questions being asked of both red card decisions. Jones was dismissed for a supposedly reckless challenge, which saw his boot slide over the top of the ball, while Jota made little contact with Destiny Udogie when collecting two yellows in the space of 22 seconds.
Cardoso has now hit out at referee Simon Hooper, his team of officials and those in the VAR booth. In one post on Instagram, which includes the statement from PGMOL, she has added the text “rigged game” with a line through it. She has also stuck a giant clown emoji onto an image of her husband collecting the first of his bookings for clipping the heels of Udogie.
Liverpool face the threat of a fine from the Football Association for collecting more than five yellow cards in one Premier League fixture, while Alexis Mac Allister is at risk of sanction after airing his own complaints on social media – with the World Cup-winning Argentine suggesting that Spurs benefited from having “12 players”.
Martinez makes history after coming off bench to score four goals in Serie A
Lautaro Martinez scored four goals for Inter Milan against Salernitana- as a second half substitute.
The Argentine came onto the field in the 55th minute of the game with the scores level at 0-0. The World Cup winner scored four in the next 30 minutes, as Inter eventually ran out 4-0 winners.
Martinez subsequently became the first-ever player in the Serie A to score four goals in a game as a substitute.
Inter have bounced back from their 2-1 defeat against Sassuolo on Thursday, October 27 which saw them drop points for the first time this season. Thanks to Lautaro, Inter will maintain their spot as Serie A leaders.
Inter will now play host to Benfica in the second matchday of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, October 3.
JUST-IN: Tribunal Nullifies Kwara’s Youngest Lawmaker’s Electoral Victory, Orders Rerun
The Kwara State National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ilorin, the State capital, on Saturday, nullified the election of the youngest lawmaker in the State Assembly, Miss Rukayat Shittu.
Miss Shittu, 26, contested and won the Owode-Onire constituency seat of Asa local government area of the state under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
However, her closest challenger and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 18 election, Abdullahi Yinusa Magaji, filed a petition before the Tribunal to challenge the APC candidate’s victory.
The Tribunal, in its lead judgement delivered by Justice Ademola Enikuomehin, ordered a rerun in five polling units of the constituency in order to determine the actual winner of the legislative seat.
“The petitioners failed in 12 among the contested polling units while five have been proved. The results so far released are hereby cancelled, and the election inconclusive.
“In sum, the petition succeeded in parts and in consequence, I hereby order a rerun of the election in the above polling units to be conducted within 90 days,” the Tribunal ruled
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