Sneijder urged to quit Galatasaray

Wesley Sneijder has been advised by The Netherlands national team boss Louis Van Gaal to quit Galatasaray and join English giants Chelsea if he wants to have a long future with the Dutch national team.

Van Gaal has also told his star player to snub the advances of Manchester United, who has been trying to lure him to Old Trafford since his breathtaking displays for Holland in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and rekindle his partnership with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

According to the latest reports, the Dutch midfielder was the subject of a big late in the summer transfer window by Manchester United but it was rejected by the Turkish giants as the price they were offered didn’t meet their valuation of the player.

Sneijder was also the subject of interest from Chelsea who remains keen to take the Galatasaray midfielder to England with Jose Mourinho preferring him thanks to their brilliant partnership which won Inter Milan the treble in 2010. And Van Gaal thinks this is a step that his star player should take because it was under the Portuguese tactician at Inter Milan that he enjoyed his most productive spell.

But the question remains with Chelsea being overloaded with so many midfield players, where will Sneijder fit in? On the other hand, he will be a straight choice in a Manchester United side that is crying out for a creative midfielder at the centre of the park and it remains to be seen what the Dutchman does in January.

It is expected both Chelsea and United will return to Galatasaray with an offer for the midfielder. However, a lot will depend on whether the Turkish champions manage to qualify for the next round of the UEFA Champions League as well which will put off any transfer till the summer.

EBOUE COMES BACK

Arsenal sold Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Eboue a few years ago to Turkish club Galatasaray. It appears that the defender is open to the possibility of returning to Arsenal after he has admitted that he is still in touch with the club.

He was an Arsenal player for six years after arriving at the club in 2005. Initially, he impressed everyone with his versatility and efforts on the pitch. However, the club sold him only a few years ago to Galatasaray after a few seasons of mediocre performances from the player.

After winning the Turkish league championship last season, Eboue is once again on a high. Arsenal fans showed a lot of negativity towards Eboue, but the defender has revealed that he still loves the club very much. Players like Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna are in touch with him regularly, while Eboue also revealed that he speaks with manager Arsene Wenger occasionally. Eboue was speaking on the occasion of Galatasaray possibly taking on Arsenal in the Emirates cup. They will be playing at the Emirates stadium as part of the pre-season preparations.

Eboue will be returning to his former stamping ground and he is very much looking forward to the occasion. He hopes that the fans give him a good reception.

“I still speak to several of the guys regularly - Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby for example - and sometimes Arsène Wenger too. I always want to hear news from the club because I am a big supporter of them. I’m a Galatasaray player now, but I am still in love with Arsenal and I always watch their games. The club only did good things for me, and I never had any trouble from anybody. My only bad day was that game against Wigan, but that was something you must be ready for as football player," said Eboue.

Galatasaray announce new sponsorship deal

Turkish giants Galatasaray have completed a new sponsorship deal with Indian technological giants HCL for their ME branded tablet which will see the Indian conglomerate adorn the famous red and gold strips of the Turkish League champions.

The club is the biggest name in Turkish domestic football and in terms of success, no other club comes even close to it in the country and it has also been the country’s main flag bearer in European competitions over the years and also supplies the majority of stars for the national team. The club boasts of the largest fan base in the country and the club even claims it has fans spread all over the world in countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, in several parts of Asia as well as Africa.

Their fans have been votes as one of the most passionate fans in the world and the Indian technological giants see this is an opportunity to break into the huge fan base that Galatasaray boasts of and promote their brand by breaking new grounds.

The agreement with HCL follows from the end of the club’s sponsorship agreement with Japanese camera manufacturers Nikon and will see the HCL ME logo adorn the shorts of the club for the entire duration of the 2013/14 season, both at home and in Europe. As per the agreements of the deal, HCL will also be designing a special limited edition club branded version of the ME tablet that will be sold in the club shops all over the country.

Various sources have estimated the value of the deal to be around $ 1.5 million and not only the football team, the HCL ME logo will also adorn the logo of the volleyball team of Galatasaray, which will wear the company branded arm bands.

CHAMPIONS

Galatasaray became the champions of Turkish Super League by winning a home match against Sivasspor on Sunday. Galatasaray won the match by 4-2.

Burak Yilmaz and Selcuk Inan were the stand out players for Galatasaray in that match. Both of them found the back of the net twice and secured the title victory of their team.

This is the 19th time that Galatasaray has won this title. No other team has won this competition so many times. At no. 2, it’s Fenerbahce which has won the league 18 times.

The two African players (Emmanuel Eboue and Didier Drogba) who played a major role in Galatasaray’s success this season talked to the reporters after the match against Sivasspor.

When Eboue was asked how he is feeling, he said, “I would first like to thank the almighty. He has been really kind to us. It feels really good. We have done this for the second successive time. It’s a huge moment.”

“I would like to thank the fans of the club as well. They have been superb. They have given us incredible support throughout the season and we are really thankful for that.”

When asked about the manager of the club Fatih Terim, Eboue said, “He is a very nice person and a brilliant manager. He can be strict at times, but, all he does is for the good of the team.”

Drogba who had signed for Galatasaray during the mid season transfer window was also looking pretty happy in the press conference. The Ivorian International said, “This is my first season for the club and we have won the title. I can’t express in words how happy I am right now. I couldn’t have had a better debut season than this.”
Drogba has featured for Galatasaray in 11 matches this season and has found the net 5 times. He has also assisted 6 goals.

RUMOURS DENIED

The Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has categorically denied rumours that former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, who is one of the star players of the team, is set for being sold in the January transfer window.

The Ivory Coast international moved to Turkish football only a few seasons ago and he has been one of the first-team regulars at the club. However, there have been reports that the 29-year-old could be sold after the manager has apparently held talks with the player. This has been dismissed by the President Unal Aysal, who has said that Eboue is one of the important members of the team because of his quality and experience.

The 29-year-old had six seasons at Arsenal before moving to Galatasaray. Even though he was not highly successful in terms of trophies with the Premier league club, he had a reputation for being one of the versatile defenders around. Eboue was consistently deployed as a right midfielder and holding midfielder by the manager Arsene Wenger when he was playing for the English club. The Galatasaray coach Terim has recently held talks with the player according to the president. The player has so far been part of the team in 16 matches. Galatasaray are top of the table after the recent win over rivals Fenerbahce.

"There is definitely no such thing to be spoken about, even if it already has been. I do not want anyone to go, Eboue is a very experienced name and a major contribution to the team. Fatih has started the talks on the phone and the things that we do. We (will) mutually decide (what to do) before we play our cards," said the president of the club in a recent interview. Galatasaray recently managed a 2-1 win over arch rivals Fenerbahce, a match in which Raul Meireles was sent off.

EBOUE WANTS MATCH

The defender of Galatasaray, Emmanuel Eboue, has said that he wants to be included in the starting line up for the Champions League match against Manchester United which is going to be played on 19th of September at Old Trafford.

Eboue has quite a lot of experience of playing in English conditions. He served Arsenal for six year between 2005 and 2011, playing alongside both Patrick Vieira and Theo Walcott.

The Ivorian defender thinks that his experience would come in handy in the match against United. As per Eboue, many players in the Galatasaray squad haven’t played in England before and they are quite unfamiliar with the English conditions. So, it would be good for the team if an experienced player like him is included in the first XI.

Eboue had joined Galatasaray last summer after leaving Arsenal. Eboue’s tenure at Arsenal was quite successful. He produced some amazing performances for the Gunners. After Eboue’s brilliant performance in a match against Aston Villa in April 2006, Arsene Wenger had said that Eboue reminded him of the former Brazilian winger Garrincha which was a huge complement for Eboue.

The Ivorian defender had to struggle with ankle injuries in the latter half of the 2006-07 season. In May 2007, his contract was extended by Arsene Wenger and he proved the manager right by finding the net for the first time in the Premier League against Bolton Wanderers. Eboue kept on doing well in the next two seasons, but, in the 2010-11 season, his performance deteriorated and he struggled throughout that season. He was sold to Galatasaray in August last year.

Eboue said that he is delighted to be back in England again. It’s a wonderful place to play football. He has spent so much time playing football in England and he missed the excitement of the Premier League in the last season. The match against United is going to be a great learning curve for the Galatasaray boys and hopefully, the team would do well in that match.

EBOUE SLAMS RVP

The Galatasaray defender, Emmanuel Eboue, has called the former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie a “Dutch Donkey” in one of his tweets.

In that tweet, he wrote that he has no respect for Robin Van Persie in his heart. Van Persie has done wrong by leaving Arsenal. As per Eboue, Van Persie has disturbed the balance of the Arsenal team by leaving the club all of a sudden. He shouldn’t have done that. By doing this, he has proved what kind of individual he is.

Eboue himself was an Arsenal player and he played alongside Van Persie for quite some time. He played for Arsenal till the end of the 2010-11 season. But, in the last season, he was bought by Galatasaray. The Turkish club had to pay 3.5 million Euros for buying the Ivorian defender. Eboue joined Galatasaray on a contract of four years.

The Arsenal fans are disappointed by Van Persie’s sudden exit from the club. Van Persie was the best player of Arsenal in the last season. He had scored more than 40 goals in the last season. Many players of Arsenal have clearly admitted that it would not be easy for the club to win the matches without the Dutch striker. The manager of the club, Arsene Wenger, also has the same opinion. But, Eboue has a different thought.

According to him, Van Persie can’t give consistent performances and he would never be able to repeat the stuff of the previous season in his career. He is not one of the fittest blokes around and he tends to get injured more often than not. So, he would not have made a lot of difference for Arsenal in this season. Arsenal has got many talented players and the team would not miss Persie much in the upcoming season.

EBOUE WANTS DROGBA AT GALA

Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue has said that he is hoping that fellow Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba will join him at the Turkish club.

Didier Drogba is out of contract at the end of the season. He wants two year deal from Chelsea, who are preferred to offer him only a one-year deal. The 34-year-old striker will be out of contract in a matter of few weeks, but he has already helped Chelsea win their first Champions League crown. In the past, he has been linked with a move to China where his former Chelsea team mate Nicolas Anelka waits.

However, Emmanuel Eboue has said that he is extremely confident that Didier Drogba will make the move to Turkish football at the end of the season. Eboue has been a huge hit at Galatasaray after his move from Arsenal in the summer. He has helped the club win the Turkish league by some distance this season. Yet, it remains to be seen if Didier Drogba will want to move to Turkish football due to the fact that still there are a number of big clubs interested in him. Only a few weeks ago, it emerged that Barcelona are interested in signing the Ivory Coast international.

"I'm very happy here. I would like another African player to join us. I've told Drogba a lot about life here, but I don't know what will happen in the future. Taking the Uefa Cup in 2000 by beating Arsenal shows how big of a club Galatasaray are. I searched the Internet, read the newspapers, and I decided to come here. Our direction has been very important to me since the first day," Eboue told Galatasaray TV. Eboue also said that he wants Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, who is also out of contract, to come to Galatasaray.

RACISTS ABUSE EBOUE

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has become the target of racial abuse while playing for his club Galatasaray. It is thought that fans of Besiktas racially abused it Emmanuel Eboue while their team was playing against Galatasaray.

Adding further evidence to the situation, the video has been released that clearly shows Emmanuel Eboue being pelted with various missiles including objects like a plastic water bottle and a lighter. There has been no comments from the Turkish football Federation about this incident. NTV said in their sure that there was clearly racially abuse in the frustration vented against Emmanuel Eboue.

It is thought that Besiktas fans turned ugly against Emmanuel Eboue after the Ivory Coast defender feigned injury in order to waste time. "The treatment Emmanuel Eboue was given by Besiktas fans on Sunday has nothing to do with racism. Similar treatment was given to a Turkish player during the game as well, the sole motivation for the act was Eboue's theatrics aimed at deceiving the referee," Besiktas spokesman Mete Duren said. If found guilty, Besiktas could face a fine from the Turkish football Federation. This is clearly an act of failing to control the supporters and it is very likely that Besiktas would be receiving a fine in the future.

This is the first game since the decision against bringing away fans to the grounds was taken recently. Matches between the Turkey's top sides like Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besikitas, and Trabzonspor will not be featuring away fans. There has also been a number of anti-hooliganism laws introduced in recent times in Turkey, but it seems that they have failed to control some aspects of racism in Turkey. Emmanuel Eboue, though, has been known for feigning injury a lot during his Arsenal days itself, and it may not be surprising to know that his abuse was caused as a result of it.