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Ronaldinho: Coutinho will join Barcelona

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Coutinho was the subject of three huge bids from Barcelona this summer and handed in a transfer request to try and force his way out of Anfield.

However, Liverpool played hardball and eventually managed to keep hold of their star man, and he could now make his first appearance of the season for the Reds against Manchester City on Saturday.

Ronaldinho, one of the biggest names in world football and former Barcelona midfielder himself, said of Coutinho:

‘He made it clear that he wanted to join Barcelona this summer – he will be disappointed as it is a dream for players to want to play for Barcelona – but I am sure he will still get that chance.

‘They made it clear how much they wanted him and I am sure they will come back for him.’

After a summer of speculation raising doubts over the 25-year-old’s future at Anfield, there are rumours that Coutinho could go on strike.

Ronaldinho insists this will not be the case and has given some reassurance to Liverpool fans.

He added: ‘This season they will see him give everything for the club – that is the sort of player he is.

‘Also no player is going to refuse to play when it’s the World Cup at the end of the season.

‘The Liverpool fans have nothing to worry about – I do not believe any of the stories about him refusing to play for the club. I know him and that is not his way.’

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Inter-Milan back for long-term target Godfred Donsah

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Inter-Milan have revived their interest in Ghana international Godfred Donsah.

The Italian giants are ready to trigger the release clause of the midfielder in the January transfer window.

Bologna refused to release the 21-year-old in the summer transfer window but could be tempted to allow the player make a switch following the persistent interest from the Nerazzurri.

AS Roma and Juventus are also in pursuit for the former Ghana U20 ace but Inter looks the most favorite to land a deal with the talent.

Joined Bologna on a four-year deal from fellow Serie A Club Cagliari in 2015, the player has since grown to become an important figure in the Bologna team.

Inter-Milan will be expected not to pay less than £4.5m before luring the midfielder from Bologna.

Talks between the two sides (Inter-Milan and Bologna) is said to be in progress hence a deal could be struck in the coming weeks.

By Frank Darkwah

 

Source: www.ghanasportsonline.com

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Robinho sentenced to 9 years in jail for sexually assaulting Albanian girl

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– Robinho will likely spend nine years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl in 2013

– The Brazilian allegedly committed the offence during his time at AC Milan

– Five others were also found guilty of the offence alongside Robinho

Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he and five others were found guilty of sexually assaulting an Albanian girl in a Milan nightclub on January 22, 2013.

According to The Sun, Robinho committed the offence during his time at AC Milan.

However, the 33-year-old, who now plies his trade in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro will have an opportunity to appeal the judgment.

Robinho sentenced to 9 years in jail for sexually assaulting Albanian girl

Robinho in Man City’s jersey. He played for The Citizens from 2008-2010. Photo: @ManCity

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This comes on the heels of reports that the Italian law system gives room for several levels of appeal before enforcing a sentence.

But should Robinho lose his appeal, he would have to serve jail time in Italy.

Robinho played for teams in Europe like Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan before deciding to return home and play for Atletico Mineiro.

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In 2009, he was accused of sexual assault after he joined Man City for a then British transfer record of £32million.

He was however cleared of the charges later.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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Messi-Higuain-Dybala, the picture became viral

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The three compatriots were all smiles after the draw between Juventus and Barça.

Exhilarating by its content, the draw between Juventus Turin and Barca seems to have made only happy. The Catalans have indeed validated their qualification for the knockout stages and the Old Lady is still in favorable bidding before moving on the lawn of Olympiakos on behalf of the last day of the group stage.

Turin and Barcelona were in any case counting to meet. Evidenced by the sweet words of Jordi Alba or Ivan Rakitic on the eve of the match and the happy faces posted by the Argentineans Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain

If the five-fold Ballon d’Or has been stuck on the bench, a first for four years, he has not shunned his pleasure to meet his compatriots. The three men were surprised in the halls of Juventus Stadium while smiling. A cliché obviously immortalized the scene and ignited the social networks, especially in Argentina, already all turned towards the next World Cup. The photo has indeed been « liked » not less than 600,000 times on the Facebook page of Lionel Messi.

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