MILAN, Italy – Diego Forlán has no plans to leave Italian power Inter Milan after arriving from Spain’s Atlético de Madrid last year, his father, Pablo Forlán, said.
Pablo Forlán’s announcement may end speculation that his son was going to transfer to Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro, which had inquired about the Uruguayan star. “For the time being there is no negotiation with any club," Pablo Forlán told Inter Milan’s official website.
“As it is now, he will remain at Inter. He has one year left on his contract with Inter.”
Forlán had two goals in 18 appearances with Inter Milan this year.
FC Barcelona signs 6-year-old Brazilian
Spanish power FC Barcelona signed 6-year-old Brazilian Artur Miani after the boy was impressive during a tryout in May.
Miani is expected to join the team’s youth squad in September.
“He played against kids he had never seen before,” Artur’s father, Adilson Miani, told Globoesporte. “He even dealt with the jet lag and the long trip. I am very happy. My son has been approved by one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have not yet sent any info, or said if they will help with the costs, but we are already thinking about how we will cope with this.”
Adilson said Artur’s mother will likely accompany the boy while he’s in Spain.
Lionel Messi says he’s going to be a father
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi confirmed that his girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo, is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Messi had refused to comment for weeks on rumors that Roccuzzo was expecting, even when he tucked a soccer ball under his jersey – making it look like he was pregnant – after scoring a goal in a recent victory over Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier.
“We did not want to say anything because we never talk about our private life,” he told the sports publication Olé. “But we were constantly asked about it, so we wanted to share our joy."
As for the baby’s gender, Messi, 24, made a prediction.
“I think it will be a boy,” he said.
Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuaín to remain with Real Madrid
Argentine Gonzalo Higuaín said he has no interest in leaving Real Madrid after helping lead the Spanish power to the La Liga title.
Higuaín, who played behind forwards to Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabéu, had been targeted by France’s Paris Saint-Germain, Italy’s Juventus and England’s Chelsea.
“I’m fine at Real Madrid,” Higuaín told Fox Sports. “I am happy in Spain and I want to stay with Madrid to realize my dreams. I have matured a lot since leaving my country five years ago, now I feel like a complete player and an important element for Real Madrid.”
Higuaín, 24, joined Real Madrid in January 2007 after leaving Argentine power River Plate.
“Each player aims to experience new countries and play in different leagues,” he said. “But for now I’m fine in Madrid, I am happy and satisfied.”
Maradona to remain as coach of Al Wasl
Argentine Diego Maradona will remain as the head coach for Al Wasl next season after the United Arab Emirates-based squad’s setback in the GCC Champions League title game that led the team’s board members to tender their resignations.
“Maradona is the head coach of Al Wasl and has the complete authority for the program,” Al Wasl Club chairman Mohammad Ahmad bin Fahad told reporters. “He will continue with us. There is no change in his position.”
Maradona, who signed a two-year deal with the team this past May, guided the squad to an eighth-place finish in the 12-team league.
After Al Wasl lost in the championship game to Bahrain's Al Muharrah on June 10, the team’s board members resigned on June 15.