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The former Leicester City player Gordon Banks believes that it would not be easy for the Foxes to retain their place in the English top tier.
Leicester City, having finished at the top of the table in the Championship last season, earned promotion and would play in the Premier League this summer, but, many people doubt if they are good enough to survive at the top level and Banks is also one of those doubters.
According to Banks who won the World Cup with the Three Lions 48 years back in 1966, Leicester’s chances depend a lot on their shot stopper Kasper Schmeichel.
Banks who himself also was a goalkeeper is believed to be a fan of Schmeichel, the Denmark international.
Schmeichel has recently put pen on a new deal with the Foxes. He will now remain at the King Power Stadium till the summer of 2018.
Banks expressed his surprise at the fact that no other Premier League team tried to grab the services of Schmeichel this summer.
Speaking in an interview of his, Banks said, “It’s really good on Leicester. Kasper will be the key for them in the league. He is class apart.”
“It’s a little bit surprising that there’s been no interest for him from either of the teams.”
“If they (Leicester) are over dependent on Kasper, that’s trouble because he will have a few off days. The other players will also have to lift their game as they are going to play in the league now.”
When asked if he thinks Leicester would be there in the League next season too, the 76-year old said, “I would be hoping so, but, it isn’t likely to be honest.”
Banks featured for the Foxes in 293 matches.
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Ever since the season finished, rumors and speculation has been building up concerning who will be the coach of Ac.Milan in the next campaign as Clarence Seedorf took charge of the Italian team when Massimiliano Allegri was sacked and removed from his position in the club and even though the Dutchman did fairly well, reports are linking Filippo Inzaghi as the man to take up the hot seat.
Inzaghi stated that he is focused on his current task at hand as he is the coach of the youth team of Ac.Milan but that if he is given the chance on managing the main team, he would be more than happy to do it.
“I’m here at the Vismara training ground because I am the coach of the Primavera youth team, I have a contract with the club until June 2016, and I haven’t been notified of anything. Of course, it gives me a lot of emotion to read what has been reported in recent days. I am at the club’s disposal. I have had no other communications about it until now, other than what has been written. I am a Milan employee. Of course, if Milan call and ask me to fulfill another role I will be very happy, but if not I will remain to coach the Primavera as I have always done.” Inzaghi revealed.
Seedorf has a contract with Ac.Milan which expires in 2 years but that does not secure his position with the Italian club for the upcoming season as anything can change at any minute.
It would be a good decision for the board members of Ac.Milan to publicly announced whether or not Clarence Seedorf will remain in charge of the squad for the next season as this will give the Dutchman time to prepare the team for the upcoming campaign as other teams are busy and active in the transfer market, Ac.Milan cannot afford to stay quiet in the transfer window while others are improving their squads.
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England manager Roy Hodgson has suggested that his team will be more wary of the threat posed by Andrea Pirlo rather than Mario Balotelli. England will be coming up against 2006 World Cup in Italy in the group stages of the World Cup 2014. Uruguay and Costa Rica are the other opponents for England.
Hence, they need to be at their best in order to progress past the group stages. Balotelli has been in impeccable form for the national team over the last few years. Cesare Prandelli has been able to get the best out of him. Continue reading →