Quick tidbits on a rainy Friday here in California:
Another article praising Rodri. Sort of bittersweet since he’s leaving us, but gotta be happy for the guy. And he will be a fixture of the Spanish NT for many years, no doubt about that.
The Alfred N’Diaye update: He’s long since fulfilled the playing requirement for Wolverhampton Wanderers to buy him, or else pay us a €2.5m “penalty fee”. Wolves are essentially a lock to be promoted to the EPL, as they are nine points clear at the top of the English Championship. However, N’Diaye has only started 13 of their 40 matches, so will Wolves sign him, or pay the penalty? Or will they wait until after the World Cup to see how N’Diaye does there for Senegal?
Meanwhile, Villarreal’s match with Athletic Bilbao on Monday has resulted in the postponement of the election to replace Angel Maria Villar as head of the Spanish FA. Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish players’ union, had asked for the match to be moved so the election could go ahead as planned (one of the electors is Oscar De Marcos, players’ rep who plays for Bilbao), but in true Spanish fashion, the vote is being delayed instead.
Rumors: AC Milan for Castillejo—maybe: https://forzaitalianfootball.com/2018/04/villarreal-standout-on-ac-milans-radar/
Villarreal (and Everton, Betis and Eibar) are interested in Ivorian international Wilfried Kanon: http://the4thofficial.net/2018/04/everton-plotting-summer-move-24-yo-eredivisie-defender-right-man-solve-defensive-woes/
That’s all I know :)