Transfers Balotelli says he knows ‘nothing’ about future Goal 01:54 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Nice France v Italy Italy France Friendlies Mario Balotelli The striker said he is focused on the week ahead, and has no idea what his future holds. Mario Balotelli says he prefers not to think too far ahead in regards to his future, and does not know what is ahead for him.The Italy international has made a strong go of it the past two seasons with Nice, scoring 33 goals in Ligue 1 over that span.His strong form in France, along with the ascension of Balotelli’s former manager Robert Mancini with Italy, has seen the striker return to the national team and score a goal against Saudi Arabia in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But while his Italy future seems to be improving, Balotelli’s club outlook remains murky as he nears the end of his contract with Nice.The striker has been linked for a move away from from the Ligue 1 side, with his agent Mino Raiola hinting at a possible move back to Serie A with Napoli, though the club dismissed he was on their radar. However, in an interview with Nice’s club website, Balotelli admitted he does not know what the future holds and that his focus is on a week-to-week basis.“I never really think about [the future],” Balotelli told the club’s website. “I don’t want to think too far [ahead].“I want to concentrate on what comes during the week. Next week, I will think about next week. After, I will think about the week after.“To be honest, I know nothing about my future.”One thing Balotelli did say was that he did not feel he needed to go to a place where he was the biggest name. Instead, he pointed to his experience with star studded sides as proof he is content playing second fiddle.“I always play in teams where there were a lot of stars,” Balotelli said. “I think it’s nice to [be the star of the team], but it’s not so important to me.”Balotelli and Italy will be back in action on June 1 against France and then round off their summer friendlies against the Netherlands on June 4.
Transfers Man Utd need to find a Kroos and Ferdinand – Giggs offers transfer advice to Mourinho Chris Burton 04:15 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils legend has urged those at Old Trafford to use the summer transfer market to bring in a new creative midfielder and physical centre-half Manchester United need to bring in a Toni Kroos type midfielder and a Rio Ferdinand-esque defender this summer, claims club legend Ryan Giggs.The Red Devils are expected to be busy during the transfer window, with two deals already in place.Teenage full-back Diogo Dalot has signed from Porto, while a £52.5 million ($70m) fee has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk for Brazil international Fred. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Those additions will help to bolster the ranks at Old Trafford, but Giggs is hoping to see more funds invested in proven performers who can address obvious deficiencies in Jose Mourinho’s squad.The former United winger told the South China Morning Post: “I think up front we’re fine. With the firepower we’ve got [Romelu] Lukaku scores goals, [Alexis] Sanchez, [Marcus] Rashford, Jesse [Lingard]. You’ve got a lot of options up front.“In midfield I’d like to see, we’ve been saying it for a long time, we thought [Paul] Pogba would be that attacking midfielder I would like to see.“They don’t grow on trees unfortunately, a [Luka] Modric, a Kroos type who can keep the ball.“And also I think a centre-half we need.“All the successful United teams over the years – [Gary] Pallister, [Steve] Bruce, Jaap Stam, Ferdinand, [Nemanja] Vidic – they’ve always had top class centre halves.“Again, they don’t grow on trees. Who do we get? I don’t know, but I think a midfielder and centre half are vital.”Giggs believes there will be plenty of activity at Old Trafford over the coming weeks, both in and out, but acknowledges that a number of the club’s Premier League rivals will also be making market moves – including reigning champions Manchester City.The current Wales boss added: “I think United, there will be a lot of players going. There will be a lot of players coming in.“Whereas City will probably just tweak, which is always a good thing if you’ve got a settled side and then you can bring in two big hitters who can just make that difference and take you up to the next level.”