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Manchester United accelerated its
recruitment drive this offseason by signing
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger
and France international Morgan Schnei-
derlin yesterday, as the team revamps its
Having already brought in Italy right back
Matteo Darmian and Netherlands winger
Memphis Depay, United has reportedly spent
£40 million (US$62 million) on a pair of
United manager Louis van Gaal oversaw
a spending spree of about £150 million (then
US$250 million) last summer as the 20-
time English champions looked to recover
their lofty status after a woeful season under
David Moyes in 2013-14, when the team
And United is spending big again a year
later. Schweinsteiger signed a three-year
deal for a reported £15 million (US$23 mil-
lion) after leaving Bayern Munich, where
he spent the first 17 years of his career.
British media are reporting Schneiderlin will
cost about £25 million (US$39 million), after
he signed a four-year contract with the
option of another year.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at
Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible
journey and I didn t take the decision to
leave lightly," said Schweinsteiger, who won
the German title eight times and the Cham-
pions League with the Bundesliga giants.
"Manchester United is the only club that
I would have left Munich for."
Schweinsteiger will provide United with
experience and leadership in midfield and
will be reunited with Van Gaal, who pre-
viously coached Bayern.
Schneiderlin is less well known. He joined
Southampton from French club Strasbourg
in 2008 and spent years in the English lower
leagues. He has played nine times for France.
"Once I learned that United were inter-
ested in signing me, it was a very easy deci-
sion to make," Schneiderlin said.
Michael Carrick was United s main central
midfielder last season, although he had
Van Gaal often resorted to using striker
and captain Wayne Rooney as a midfield-
er.Van Gaal is expected to also sign at least
one striker this offseason, having released
Radamel Falcao after a season-long loan
and with Robin van Persie set to join Fener-
bahce in Turkey.
That leaves United with just two genuine
strikers, Rooney and youngster James Wil-
MADRID---Real Madrid gave
Iker Casillas a belated official
send-off at the Santiago Bern-
abeu yesterday a day after the
former captain and goalkeeper
broke down in tears in a soli-
tary farewell before the press.
The club and its president
Florentino Perez came under
criticism for what many saw as
a heartless way to brush aside
a player who had spent 25 years
at Madrid and helped it win
three Champions League titles
and five Spanish leagues.
Perez acknowledged "maybe
we did things badly" and there
had been confusion, but insisted
it had been Casillas who had
chosen to leave Madrid for FC
Porto and had wanted "an aus-
tere and simple" farewell.
Casillas said he was sorry "if
there had been discrepancies"
and that he left Madrid as "just
Porto officially announced late
Sunday that Casillas had signed
a two-year contract with an
option to extend it for a further
season. Perez said drafting the
contracts that enabled Casillas
to leave Madrid and join the Por-
tuguese club had been "regret-
tably protracted" and "things
could have been done better."
Around 500 fans had arrived
at the Bernabeu for the hasti-
ly-convened ceremony that had
been announced barely three
hours before. Many shouted:
"Florentino resign" and cheered
Casillas as he posed for photo-
graphs next to 19 trophies he
helped the club win.
"I can barely believe the shab-
by way Casillas has been treated
by the club s directors," said fan
Sandra Asecio, 27, as she queued
in 37 C (98.6 F) heat to enter
the stadium to say her personal
"I would have liked him to
end his career here, but I respect
his decision," Perez said, adding
that "no one leaves Madrid
through the back door."
Perez said that Madrid would
negotiate with Porto to secure
a date when Casillas could return
to play a tribute game at the
Constant speculation that
Perez was interested in replacing
Casillas with Manchester Unit-
ed s David de Gea may have
prompted the 34-year-old goal-
keeper, who joined Madrid aged
nine, to look for another club.
However, De Gea has been
named in United s squad for
their tour of the United States
and there is uncertainty regard-
ing his future.
"We will have to see who
comes to Madrid to replace Iker,"
Perez said. Keylor Navas, who
deputized for Casillas last sea-
son, is recovering from an
Achilles heel injury that is likely
to see him miss the first few
matches when the league
restarts in August.
Having spent most of last sea-
son on the bench while Casillas
played, it is not clear whether
Navas would want to remain as
Madrid s second-choice goal-
keeper should Perez succeed in
signing De Gea.
Another option open to Perez
would be the return of former
youth player Kiko Casilla, who
was sold to Espanyol. However,
Spanish media has reported that
negotiations between Perez and
Espanyol president Joan Collet
have stalled. (AP)
BANGKOK---Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers insisted yesterday that there are
no hard feelings between him and Raheem
Sterling after the club agreed to sell the
winger to Manchester City.
Liverpool arrived in Bangkok yesterday
on its pre-season trip to Thailand, a day
after the club reached a deal with City to
sell Sterling for £49 million ($76 million).
While the deal has yet to be finalised,
Rodgers confirmed that it "will go through"
after Sterling undergoes a medical.
Liverpool initially said it would not sell
Sterling even after the winger turned down
a new deal during last season. Sterling then
refused to go on the Thailand trip as he
agitated for a move.
Rodgers, however, said there was nothing
personal about the move.
"Raheem and I remain very strong in our
relationship and have been right up until
we left," Rodgers said.
"There s no issue, no problem. He will
Rodgers does have new signings James
Milner, Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne
with him on the trip as Liverpool prepares
to take on Thailand All Stars today.
With Steven Gerrard having left the club
for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Jordan Hen-
derson having taken over as captain, Rodgers
has plenty of work to do to get the team
ready for the start of the Premier League
"Obviously we are very pleased with the
players that we brought in. We wish to be
much stronger and more competitive than
the last season," Rodgers said.
"And that will have to rely on everyone.
At the start of the season in terms of this
first week, the focus has been very strong."
TURIN---Juventus made Carlos Tevez s transfer to
his hometown club Boca Juniors official yesterday,
and announced that it is getting options on four
players in return.
Juventus sold Tevez for €6.5 million ($7.2 mil-
lion)---although the European runner-up won t see
That s because Juventus is paying Boca €3.5 million
($3.9 million) to acquire forward Guido Vadala on a
two-year loan, plus €1 million ($1.1 million) each for
the rights to midfielders Rodrigo Bentancur Colman,
Franco Sebastian Cristaldo and Adrian Andres Cubas.
Juventus can purchase Vadala s full rights for €9.4
million ($10.5 million) by April 2017.
The 31-year-old Tevez is due to be presented by
Boca at the club s Bombonera stadium later Monday.
He was a fan favourite when he played for Boca from
2001-2004 and has repeatedly said he wants to end
his career with the Buenos Aires club.
Tevez left Boca to play for Brazil s Corinthians,
then West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester
City in England, before joining Italian champion
Juventus two years ago on a three-year contract.
While scoring 50 goals for Juventus over the past
two seasons, Tevez often celebrated by displaying
undershirts bearing the names of different Buenos
The deals for Colman, Cristaldo and Cubas foresee
these players joining Juventus starting with the 2017-
18 season. Juventus can then purchase their full rights
for three separate agreed fees. (AP)
ROME---Italy international Stephan El Shaarawy is
close to completing a transfer from AC Milan to
The 22-year-old forward is undergoing a medical
with the French league club yesterday.
He tells Italy's Sky Sport that "I had to make a
decision in 24 hours. But I think I made the right choice
for my career."
The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Monaco will
pay Milan a €16 million ($18 million) transfer fee and
that El Shaarawy will sign a five-year deal worth €3
million ($3.3 million) per season.
In 2012-13, El Shaarawy was Serie A's top scorer at
the season's midpoint with 14 goals but then struggled
the second half of the campaign after Mario Balotelli's
arrival. He was slowed by injuries the past two
Arshavin signs for Russia's Kuban
MOSCOW---Former Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin
joined Russian Premier League team Kuban Krasnodar
on Monday after leaving Zenit St Petersburg.
The 34-year-old Arshavin won his third Russian title
with Zenit last season but was a fringe player in Andre
Villas-Boas' team and departed when his contract
expired at the end of the campaign.
He joins a Kuban team which struggled last season
with a below-expectations 10th-place finish in the
league amid reported financial problems.
The club is backed by the regional government and
Arshavin met with the acting governor before signing
Arshavin has 75 caps for the Russian national team
but last played for Russia in 2012 when he was booed
by fans during coach Fabio Capello's first game in
Begovic joins Chelsea
LONDON---Chelsea has signed goalkeeper Asmir
Begovic from Stoke, with the Bosnia-Herzegovina
international set to be the backup to Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea says Begovic has signed a four-year
contract. The transfer fee wasn't disclosed.
Petr Cech joined Arsenal last month after becoming
disillusioned at being the second choice to Courtois
last season. Begovic is Chelsea's second signing of the
offseason, following the arrival of striker Radamel
Falcao on a season-long loan. (AP)
United signs midfielders
Rodgers says no hard feelings toward Sterling after exit
Real Madrid relents, gives Iker Casillas official farewell
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas poses with some of the trophies he won
as a Real Madrid player after a press conference at the Santiago
Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. Casillas appeared
with the club's president a day after he gave an emotional press
conference alone putting an end to his 25 years as a Real Madrid
goalkeeper. Casillas will now play for FC Porto. AP PHOTO
El Shaarawy nearing transfer from AC Milan to Monaco
Tevez to Boca
...gets 4 players in return
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