Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez believes Kevin De Bruyne can reach Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo level. The former Wigan and Everton Coach says that the midfielder only needs to be consistent to achieve the same results. Lionel Messi has finally opened up about Neymar departure last summer.
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3. ‘It was a good Idea to snub Barcelona’- Jean Michael Seri
Nice Jean Michael Seri has changed his mind about last summer transfer saga that ended his hope of playing for Barcelona. The Ivory Coast International was set to join the Catalan giant last summer but the deal failed in the last minute. He blamed the Ligue 1 side for blocking the deal with high fee demand.
However, he has now decided to let bygone be exactly that and focus on his career. He feels a move to Camp Nou could’ve have limited his playtime due to competition.
“At Nice, I am loved but in Barcelona, I might not have been guaranteed first-team football,” Seri told France Football.
“I know my own capabilities and qualities so it is important for me to be showing this on the pitch every week and whilst I dreamed of Barca, the message from the club was clear.
“At Nice, I am a priority and not a complimentary player so it was easy for me to continue playing here and totally regain my full focus on the club.
“I don’t have to prove myself to anyone but for Nice, I want to show that I am playing here because this is the club I want to be at and not out of spite, I am very happy here.”
2. ‘Neymar never told me he is leaving’- Messi
Lionel Messi has finally opened up about Neymar departure last summer. The five times World player of the year says the Brazilian never really told them he was leaving until the last minute. The Argentine says some players knew more but he only found out the truth on the last day of the US pre-season tour.
When asked whether he had an idea Neymar was leaving, Messi said; “Honestly, no,” he said to ESPN
“Until the last day of the tour we were talking and we didn’t know anything. He said that he still wasn’t clear what to do and he didn’t know what he was doing. Others said they knew. But right until the last minute, we were speaking to him.”
The other MSN partner Luis Suarez spoke of how they tried to convince the 25-year-old to remain at Barcelona.
“We tried to get him to stay but at no time did we say ‘Ney, don’t go because you will not be happy’,” he told Sport.
“We told him we didn’t want him to leave, for us, but if he wanted to leave, he was free to make the decision he wanted. Because of the friendship we have, it was painful that he left.”
1. De Bruyne can REACH Messi and Ronaldo LEVEL-Possible?
Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez believes Kevin De Bruyne can reach Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo level. The former Wigan and Everton Coach says that the midfielder only needs to be consistent to achieve the same results.
So when asked whether the Manchester City creative midfielder can reach CR7 and Messi level, he said
“Absolutely [he can],” Martinez told ESPN FC.
‘I think when you see the players that you mention [Messi and Ronaldo], obviously, you [have to] become consistent with your performances in order to reach that level. That happens over the course of a few seasons.’
“The level of performance that Kevin is having this season [and] the level of performance he had last campaign shows you that he has the potential of reaching those highs. And there are not many players that you could say that about.”