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Daily Nation : January 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 Mata signing the first of many, says United’s Moyes London Manchester United manager David Moyes said yesterday that the club-record acquisition of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata from Chelsea would be the first of many new signings this year. United completed a move for Mata on Saturday for a reported fee of £37.1 million ($61.2 million, 44.8 million euros), eclipsing the £30.75 million that they paid Tottenham Hotspur to sign Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. Desperate season Moyes hopes that Mata will help to transform a desperate season that has seen the reigning English champions fall 14 points off the pace in the Premier League and crash out of both domestic cup competitions. United have also reportedly opened talks with striker Wayne Rooney over a new contract and Moyes says that efforts to improve the squad will continue over the months ahead. “This is the first, and there will be many more to come in time. I want the quality of Juan to be the start of it,” Moyes told United’s in-house television channel, MUTV. “I don’t think we will have any more (new signings) in January. I’m still working on it and looking to do so. “But hopefully it will be the first of some new signings, some new players who will arrive, more likely in the summertime.” Mata arrived at the end of a week that saw United beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in the league and dumped out of the League Cup in the semifinals by Sunderland, and Moyes said it had improved the mood at Old Trafford. “Undoubtedly we could all do with a bit of a lift,” said the Scot. (AFP) Sport 55 BRIEFLY BAYERN Dortmund’s Jakub now confirms injury Borussia Dortmund’s Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski confirmed yesterday he has torn his cruciate knee ligament and is expected to be out for six months. “Unfortunately, the worst fears have been confirmed: it’s a torn cruciate ligament,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I have the operation on Thursday and straight away the fight for my comeback begins!” The 28-year-old suffered the injury FOOTBALL | Third-placed Napoli also held at home against Chievo as race wears on Rampant Roma now close gap on Juve to six Skipper Totti nets late winner for his team at Verona to underline Scudetto ambitions Milan C aptain Francesco Totti scored late from the spot to cap a crucial win for Roma in a 3-1 rout away to Verona which helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to six points yesterday. Juventus had to settle for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw away to Lazio on Saturday when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and left the champions with 10 men for much of their encounter at the Olympic Stadium. Napoli, in third, were also held on Saturday at home against Chievo meaning Roma remain second but are now six points behind Juve with Napoli in third at a further six points off the pace. Totti was quick to underline Roma’s scudetto ambitions when he told Sky Sport Italia: “After Juve’s slip-up yesterday we put pressure on ourselves to take the three points. “I think we’ve fired a warning shot with re- gard to the championship fight. We’re on a par with Juve.” Scored first Roma scored a first blow against Juve with a 1-0 win over the champions in the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup in midweek. Coach Rudi Garcia left Mi- ralem Pjanic and Totti on the bench for the start of yesterday’s game, while the hosts had striker Luca Toni return to the starting line-up after a bout of flu. Roma started positively and when Douglas Maicon’s cross was deflected it almost wrongfooted Rafael in the FILIPPO MONTFORTE | AFP AS Roma forward Francesco Totti kicks the ball during their Italian Serie A football match at Rome’s Olympic stadium on January 12. 3-1 AS Roma’s win over Verona in their Italian Serie A match yesterday Verona goal, while Mattia Destro and Ljajic both spurned early chances. Destro saw a shot fly over the cross- bar from close range, while the hosts suffered a blow when captain Domenico Maietta was stretchered off with a suspected thigh injury. Roma finally found the break- through in first-half injury time when Gervinho powered down the left and pulled back for Ljajic to tap home from close range. Verona got right back in the match minutes after the restart, thanks to the good work of Juan Iturbe who held off a number of challenges to help set up Emil Hallfredsson to beat Morgan De Sanctis with a powerful drive. Maicon and Ljajic both had chances, but Roma pulled in front on the hour thanks to a superb Gervinho strike from just inside the area after the Ivorian had danced past a number of defenders. At the other end Hallfredsson’s fierce drive from distance tested De Sanctis. But the game turned in the visitors’ favour when they were awarded a questionable penalty after Alejandro Gonzalez was deemed to have fouled Vasileios Torosidis. Totti, who had replaced Destro on 76 minutes, stepped up to beat Rafael to all but secure Roma’s third consecutive win since the wake-up call of a 3-0 away to Juve earlier this month. (AFP) just two minutes into Borussia’s 2-2 draw at home to Augsburg on Saturday. He is the the second Dortmund star sidelined with a long-term knee injury this season after centre-back Neven Subotic suffered the same fate in November. LISBON Argentine Lucho to quit Porto for Qatar Argentine international Lucho Gonzalez is leaving FC Porto for a lucrative contract with a Qatari side, it was reported yesterday. Paulo Fonseca, manager of the Portuguese club, confirmed the player was quitting his team, without specifying the identity of his new employers. “FC Porto were sensitive to the wishes of the player who wants to go in a separate direction,” Fonseca told local media. The 33-year-old midfielder joined former European champions Porto from Marseille in 2012 having already played for the side from 2005 to 2009. MANCHESTER City’s Pellegrini praises Aguero after Cup win Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini underlined the importance of Argentine international striker Sergio Aguero following his hat-trick in the 4-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Watford. Aguero took his goal tally to six in four games since his month-long layoff with a calf injury as City came from 2-0 down to overcome the Championship club on Saturday and book a place in the fifth round. With a place in the League Cup final secured and a last-16 tie with Barcelona in the Champions League on the horizon, City remain on course to win four competitions in Pellegrini’s first season at the club. NEWCASTLE Toon Army reject PSG bid for star Cabaye Newcastle United have rejected a bid for their France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye from bigspending French champions Paris Saint-Germain, according to British media reports yesterday. PSG coach Laurent Blanc has I think we’ve fired a warning shot with regard to the championship fight. We’re on a par with Juve” Francesco Totti, Roma captain described Cabaye as a “target” and Britain’s Press Association claims that Newcastle have turned down a £14 million ($23.1 million, 16.9 million euros) offer for the 28-yearold from the French giants. Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille for £4.3 million in 2011 and has regularly been linked with a move away from St James’ Park, with Arsenal reportedly having a £10 million bid for him rejected last August.
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