On thin ice? Liverpool misfit tweets support to Raheem Sterling

first_img1 Mario Balotelli risked the wrath of Liverpool fans by tweeting a supportive message to former team-mate Raheem Sterling after his debut goal for Manchester City.Sterling, who left Anfield for City in a £49million deal last week after an acrimonious transfer saga, struck inside the first three minutes of a pre-season friendly against Roma in Australia.Liverpool supporters were angered by some of Sterling’s conduct in the months preceding the move and Balotelli, a former City player, risked inflaming tensions with a congratulatory tweet.“Well done @sterling31! Best answer. Keep it up,” the Italian wrote.Balotelli, who had a difficult first season at Liverpool, later attempted to clarify his remarks after receiving some abusive replies.He tweeted: “Liverpool fans are amazing but i [email protected] will play at his best because he deserve it. He’s a good guy young and talented…..“….support him Like you always did. He gave everything to this club and respect it so i’m sad to see this. YNWA, Liverpool is a family ALWAYS.”The Italian himself is a divisive character at Anfield and is expected to leave the Reds this summer after the arrivals of Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, plus the prospected deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Mario Balotelli last_img read more

Worried? These Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United players can leave for nothing in January

first_img 2. Michael Carrick – Manchester United – The England international put pen to paper on a contract extension in March, but this deal will expire in June 2016. Carrick remains an integral member of the Manchester United squad; however, his fitness is a major concern. What’s more, with a plethora of options in the centre of the park for Louis van Gaal, the former Netherlands manager could consider the 34-year-old dispensable. 10 8. Mathieu Flamini – Arsenal – Despite scoring in the League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the end of September, Flamini’s second spell in north London looks to be reaching its conclusion. The Frenchman has been handed just 75 minutes of Premier League action by Arsene Wenger, and is likely to continue to be used solely in cup competitions – unless injuries force his inclusion. His contract is up next summer and he could confirm his future intentions in two months’ time. 10 6. Samir Handanovic – Inter – The Slovenia goalkeeper was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, but opted to remain at the San Siro, despite having just 12 months remaining on his contract. Reports recently claimed he was closing in on an improved deal until 2019, however this is yet to materialise. Handanovic, therefore, will be available to speak with clubs in the winter window. As arguably one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe, there could be plenty of offers for his signature. 10 There is less than two months until the winter transfer window opens and January could see some major players agree their summer exits.If a players’ contract is set to expire at the end of the current season, they are able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the New Year.Premier League veterans from Man United and Chelsea may decide to seek a new challenge.Take a look at 10 players, across Europe, whose contracts expire at the end of this season and can therefore begin negotiations in January, by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 10 10 10 10 5. Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – As with Terry, Ivanovic could leave Chelsea next summer. The Serb has been sidelined since the previous international break, and such has been his woeful form, he has not been missed by the Blues faithful. Nonetheless, having been with the club since January 2008, his presence could be a huge loss in the dressing room. His agent recently toyed with the media, suggesting his client could renew his contract, but also addressed the rumour that Inter are interested in his signature. His response was typically cryptic, ‘In football, anything is possible’. 10 3. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich – Despite having established himself as a key player under Pep Guardiola, Alonso could leave the Allianz Arena next summer, with time running out on his current deal. At the age of 33, many players begin to consider moving to Major League Soccer, but the Spaniard looks far from finished at the top level of the game. 7. Gregory van der Wiel – Paris Saint-Germain – Van der Wiel will become a free agent at the end of the season, and having lost his place in Laurent Blanc’s starting line up to Serge Aurier, an exit may suit all parties. With Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic’s contract also expiring next summer, the Dutchman could be the ideal replacement – and reports claim Jose Mourinho has the defender on his wish list. 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain – Zlatan leaving on a free transfer? This surely couldn’t happen. If the Ligue 1 giants opt not to offer the Sweden international a new contract, the striker may address his options in January. Recently, he has been talking up Serie A; could a return to AC Milan, therefore, be on the cards? 10. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Paris Saint-Germain – Lavezzi is another player that was widely tipped to move to a new club in the summer, particularly with Laurent Blanc having recruited Angel Di Maria. It was therefore a surprise that the Argentina international decided to remain at the Parc des Princes, despite reports suggesting there was much interest in his signature. He has made just three Ligue 1 starts this season, and at the age of 30, it’s difficult to envisage Les Parisiens offering the winger a contract extension. In terms of business, the French side could be wise in agreeing a transfer in the winter window. 10 9. Charlie Austin – Queens Park Rangers – Such was his excellent form in the Premier League last season – despite the Hoops’ relegation – Austin was expected to make a swift return to England’s top flight. While reports suggested he received plenty of offers in the summer, the striker opted to stay put at Loftus Road. Nonetheless, Austin’s contract is still set to expire next summer, with no extension having been signed. Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT at the beginning of the week, the 26-year-old voiced his happiness at QPR, but refused to rule out a move in the winter window – if it’s ‘right for myself and my family’. 10 1. John Terry: Chelsea – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more players who could agree to leave their clubs in January – Towards the end of their title-winning campaign last season, the Blues skipper penned a 12-month contract extension. He may, however, may struggle to earn a new deal at the end of this term. Over the past few years, club icons Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech have moved on to pastures new, but it’s difficult to envisage Stamford Bridge without John Terry. Nonetheless, this could very well be the case next summer, particularly if the club do not turn their form around. last_img read more