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David Moyes has stated that he is thankful of the support shown by the fans during his troubled times at Manchester United. He has said this in an emotional letter ahead of the club’s trip to West Brom on Saturday. This match precedes a difficult run of fixtures, which will see United take on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in the next five matches. Moyes is under a lot of pressure after losing the first leg against Olympiakos. As a result, the club are in danger of being knocked out of the Champions League for the second consecutive season at the last 16 stage itself.
There were beaten by Real Madrid at this stage last season, but this defeat will be much more embarrassing since United were expected to comfortably progress to the quarter-finals. Further, they have been struggling in the league throughout the season and they are currently seventh in the table. The prospect of United finishing in the top four looks very unlikely and it would be the first time they miss out on the competition in a very long time. There have been the fans turning against Moyes, as he has been able to get just three wins since the turn of the year.
Moyes, though, is looking to win back the supporters with this emotional letter ahead of a major month.
“While I knew that this job would be a challenge when I took it on, the difficult season we have experienced was not something that I envisaged, which I am sure is the case as well for you supporters – and my players, staff and I are desperate to compensate for that. You are accustomed to seeing a successful Manchester United and the backing you have given the players and me throughout the season has been incredible,” said Moyes.
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Alberto Aquilani is a professional footballer from Italy and he represents the Italian national team and the Italian club Fiorentina. Aquilani is an attacking midfielder and playmaker and is known for his long range shooting and fast and penetrative passing. His style of play allows him to perform different midfield roles and he can also play as a playmaker operating deep in the field.
His career started with Roma after a short spell of play with Triestina and became a regular with the club during season 2005-06. After an injury break spanning several months he moved to Liverpool for 2009-10 season. The same year he switched to Juventus on loan due to non-availability of playing time and remained with them till the end of 2010-11.
He came back to Liverpool as Juventus did not attempt to buy him and he again went on loan to Milan for 2011-12. His international career took off when he earned the under-16 cap in 2001 for the European U-16 football championship qualifier. In the Italy’s 2003 UEFA European U-19 championship win, he scored once and was then graduated to U-21 and participated in the European U-21 football championship qualifier.
Aquilani’s senior career was made against a friendly with Turkey in November 2006. His first goal for his country was against Montenegro in the world cup qualifier on 15th October 2008 and he finished with 3 goals in the game. Between 2006 and 2013 he had played 33 times for Italy and scored twice. His overall statistics for clubs show that he had played 337 games and scored 35 times. Aquilani dons the number 10 jersey for on the field. On the personal front Aquilani is married to the beautiful Italian actress Michela Quattrociocche since 2012 and has a child Aurora Aquilani from the marriage.
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The agent of Nacer Chadli has said that the Belgian international is keen to take a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.
It would really have surprised some people because Chadli has been at White Hart Lane since the last few months only. He was signed by Andre Villas-Boas in July.
Before making his way to England, the winger was playing for the Dutch club FC Twente.
Tottenham had spent quite a few bucks to secure the services of Chadli and he was expected to feature regularly for the club from the beginning of the season. But, that didn’t happen and Chadli’s poor fitness has a lot to do with it.
The 24 years old player has featured only 13 times for Tottenham in the Premier League so far and he is yet to open his goal account.
The FIFA World Cup will be organized in a few months and if Chadli has to bring himself in contention to be selected in the Belgian squad, he needs to play matches and put up performances of high standard, but, at Tottenham, that’s not happening because he hasn’t been getting playing chances regularly there.
However, there is not much possibility of Chadli being signed by any club on a permanent basis during this mid season transfer window, but, he can be placed on loan.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Chadli’s agent said, “With the World Cup nearing, everyone wants to play and Nacer is no different. Being placed on loan might be ideal for him at the moment. However, we are yet to have a chat with Tottenham about that.”
“Nacer has been asked to play at an unfamiliar position at Tottenham and that’s the main reason why he has not managed to give his best. He is not somebody who plays wide.”
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