Oliver Kragl describes former boss Zenga, Lingard reveals how he overcame knock-backs and more

The German midfielder, now plying his trade at Benevento in Serie A, revealed that he was largely disappointed from Inter icon Wanter Zenga during their six-months together at Crotone in 2017.

Oliver Kragl certainly didn’t mince his words when describing Walter Zenga, branding his former boss as “a real a*sh*le”. He played under the legendary Italian goalkeeper at Crotone, but it proved to be a brief spell as he departed to Foggia on loan just six months later.

Zenga enjoyed a distinguished football career, spending 16 years at Inter and playing in 328 Serie A matches. He has since taken the coaching path, managing clubs in Italy, USA, Turkey and Romania, among others.

During an interview with Goal, Oliver Kragl was asked about his relationship with Zenga. He revealed his frustrations: “Zenga kept promising that I was going to get my chance, but he was just kidding me. It’s not as if Crotone had Franck Ribery on the left wing that was keeping me from playing!”

Former Crotone midfielder says Inter icon Walter Zenga broke several promises to him
Walter Zenga spent a sole season at the helm of Crotone. Copyright: imago images / AFLOSPORT

Top News 2: 'I just kept believing' - Lingard reveals early hurdles

Lingard reveals how early career struggles motivated him to push further
Jesse Lingard has been criticized for his lack of contribution. Copyright: imago images / Sportimage

The Manchester United midfielder went on to describe the several career setbacks he had to overcome, eventually making it through United’s youth ranks to the first team.

Jesse Lingard says he appreciates everything that has happened to him so far, especially the journey towards the United’s first team, as it has helped shape him and prepare him for the highest level.

The England midfielder, 27, went on on loan to four different clubs in the Championship before being deemed good enough to feature for the Red Devils. He’s now racked up 202 overall appearances for the Old Trafford side, but he maintains that it was a rocky road to get here.

“I always try do work hard, do the right things and things find a way to work themselves out eventually. I battled for my place at United, going out on several loans, suffering a 6-month injury setback, but I just kept believing and I kept working hard, so that was crucial for me to work my way up,” he explained on The Official Manchester United Podcast.


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Top News 3: Lopetegui says La Liga is not yet ready for a return to action

Sevilla coach thinks that La Liga clubs will need more than a month to be prepared for a return to action
Julian Lopetegui's side have starated the season in excellent fashion (Image Copyright: imago images / Alterphotos)

The former Real Madrid and Spain boss Julen Lopetegui is worried that there will not be enough time for Spanish clubs to prepare for a return to La Liga action.

The La Liga‘s indefinite suspension is still ongoing since it was officially announced on March 23, but a slow recovery has started to show in Spain, and several influential figures have already expressed interest to get the ball rolling once again, such as league president Javier Tebas.

With return dates yet to be announced, Sevilla coach Lopetegui was approaching cautiously on the matter, saying that a period of adaptation is necessary for Spanish clubs to prepare as best as they can for the season restart.

“These are extraordinary circumstances, as we are all aware. The end of the season is going to be an experiment of sorts as no one knows what will happen for sure. Either way, public health is our number one concern at the moment. But I think that every club will need around five weeks to get in shape and be ready to finish the season.”

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