After a brilliant campaign with Lazio, manager Stefano Pioli has extended his contract with the Italian Serie A outfit. The team almost managed to finish above their arch rivals Roma in the league table.
This was an extremely commendable achievement, but the real bonus comes in the form of a qualification to the Champions League. The 49-year-old replaced Vladimir Petkovic as well as a manager last summer. He had arrived from a brilliant campaign with Bologna, but Lazio were not expected to reach the third place by any means. Aside from this league position, Lazio also reached the Coppa Italia final where they were beaten by Juventus.
The club have confirmed that the contract of the coach has been extended until 2018. Previously, his deal was set to expire in two years. This is seen as a huge reward for his work. Lazio could have also qualified for the Champions League next season automatically if they had taken more than two wins that they managed in the last five matches. After having extended the contract of their manager, the club will now shift to the focus towards retaining the top players like Felipe Anderson. The 22-year-old has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea. Continue reading →
Alexandre Pato is playing for Sao Paulo on a loan deal which extends until 2015 but the Brazilian club is rumored to be attempting to keep the 25 year old player on a permanent deal. Corinthians is the club where Pato will be returning to at the end of the season but things could change if Sao Paulo is truly interested in keeping him.
The Brazilian attacker has scored 6 goals in 9 appearances for Sao Paulo for this season as he started this year in superb fashion after managing to score twice when his club played against Audax. Pato also managed to secure a hat-trick when Sao Paulo faced off with Capivariano.
So far, it has been a very impressive start of the year for AlexandrePato and this is one of the main reasons on why Sao Paulo is expected to sign the player with an extended contract.
Pato recently has even been attracting the attention from England as Everton and Hull City are reportedly interested in signing the Brazilian forward on a loan deal.
The Premier League side Everton is in search of a player that can replace Samuel Eto’o and AlexandrePato popped up in the watch-list of Roberto Martinez. The main issue that emerged in attempting to sign the Brazilian forward was his high wages as he earns around £60,000 each week and this salary might just be too steep for Hull City or Everton.
The first and only major European club that AlexandrePato joined was Ac.Milan back in 2007 when the Italian club signed Pato when he was just 17 years old and the club even had to wait for almost a year before they could utilize him in official Serie A matches. Continue reading →