Carlos Marchena, in the news today for the wrong reasons...(Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Villarreal are being linked with a couple of players. Javi Mata reports we have an interest in Vicente Rodriguez--yes, the ex-Valencia man, now in England at Brighton and Hove Albion. Given his history, maybe we could pay him only for games in which he actually is fit to appear? Anyhow, here is the link:Vicente Rodríguez está en la agenda del Submarino - Superdeporte
The past couple of days Diego Colotto's name has come up as a potential target. He has turned down a deal from Depor and would give us some experience and depth in the defense: Futvillarreal.com: Diego Colotto podría venir para reflotar al submarino a primera.
Bruno says he isn't going anywhere; well, he would consider Barcelona or Real Madrid: Bruno Soriano no se irá del Villarreal si no es al Barcelona o al Madrid | Fichajes .NET
News of ex-Villarreal man Javier Matilla, Betis's 'big signing' who hardly played last year. He's been told he needs to be loaned somewhere: Matilla aceptaría salir cedido, pero quiere regresar
Joselu, meanwhile, wants to leave, maybe via loan or else permanently, and would love to play for his hometown club of Recreativo: Joselu: "El Recre es mi casa, estaría encantado"
while Nicki Bille hopes to figure in Villarreal's plans, having bid farewell to Elche fans via twitter: Futvillarreal.com: Nicki Bille vuelve al Villarreal ¿Tendrá sitio en el primer equipo?
Meanwhile, Sr. Llaneza returned from his Italian trip and attended Manolo Preciado's funeral. He did speak with EPM and said the season ticket subscription campaign has gotten off to a slow start and is not doing as well as expected:
I'm sure some of this is due to the fact that the fanbase has been spoiled by European football, Barca and Real Madrid at El Madrigal, so Segunda football is quite a comedown, but there's also the increasingly worrying Spanish economic situation to contend with. If a Spanish rescue is needed, household incomes could be reduced further; this article suggests working Spaniards should plan on a reduction of 30% in their income, which doesn't appear to leave a lot of room for season tickets to the football, does it?
Let's hope things aren't that bad. Some tasty Eurocopa games on tap today, and tomorrow Spain begins the defense of its title against Italy. Enjoy those matches, and your weekend. Endavant Villarreal!!