Day: May 28, 2012

Valencia sign Andres Guardado from DeportivoValencia sign Andres Guardado from Deportivo

Valencia have agreed to sign Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado from newly promoted Deportivo La Coruna on a four-year contract.

The Mexican arrived in Europe in 2007 for a  €7 million fee from Atlas.

“Since my childhood I wanted to play in the Champions League and my move to Valencia will fulfill my dream”, said the new Valencia player.

Ivory Coast appointed Sabri Lamouchi for coach jobIvory Coast appointed Sabri Lamouchi for coach job

The Ivory Coast made a surprise coaching switch on Monday, naming former France international Sabri Lamouchi as their new boss after sacking Francois Zahoui five days before their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier.

A brief statement from the Ivorian Football Federation announced the change and thanked Zahoui for his work but gave no the other details of the swift and unexpected change.

Adding to the surprise is the fact that the 40-year-old Lamouchi has no previous experience as a coach.

The former Inter Milan midfielder, who is of Tunisian descent but won 12 caps for France, has been a television pundit since ending his playing career three years ago.

Carlo Ancelotti: PSG will sign three playersCarlo Ancelotti: PSG will sign three players

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted the pressure will be on the Ligue 1 runners-up next season, but reiterated his club’s ambitions extend beyond the domestic competitions and into the Champions League.

We will be playing in the Champions League, we are a big club, with ambitions for the future, so a lot of players want to join PSG. We will look for players with a certain character and international experience.”

“The ideal scenario would be to sign a defender, a midfielder and an attacker. I don’t think there’ll be a revolution in terms of the playing ranks because the spine of the squad is already in place,” he said.

PSG begin their preseason training with a camp in Austria before heading to North America for a pair of international friendlies against UCL winners Chelsea and Scudetto champions Juventus in late July.