‘There wasn’t any serious Barcelona contact’ — Dani Olmo explains RB Lepzig move

The former La Masia youngster said that The Red Bulls were the only club to show serious engagement for his talents during the winter transfer window.

Dani Olmo said his decision to join RB Leipzig is fully justified, as the club reacted swiftly in order to get his services and their project was a very exciting one, while also denying that Barcelona came close to signing him. The Spaniard joined the Bundesliga side this January from Dinamo Zagreb in a deal worth €20 million (£18m).

Seeing as he began his first football steps in Catalonia, it was only natural that a Barca return would be mooted as a possible next step. However, according to Dani, the Spanish giants never really contacted him in the first place.

“A lot of things were written in the media concerning Barca but I always repeated that I was happy in Croatia and that I was waiting for the right opportunity. Then Leipzig happened, the club showed great interest in signing me and their project was the most appealing, the way they support the youngsters here is just amazing.”

Dani Olmo on Barcelona contact
The Spanish midfielder says Barcelona didn't have concrete offers for him. Copyright: imago images / Christian Schroedter

Top News 2: 'Completely distasteful' - Fabio Capello is appalled by Milan dealings with Boban and Maldini

Fabio Capello criticized Milan's handling of club legends
Fabio Capello launched a scathing attack at the Italian giants. Copyright: imago images / Pacific Press Agency

The veteran Italian coach has expressed his disgust at the way the Rossoneri have dealt with the club legends, and also took aim at Giorgio Chiellini after the Juve defender sparked a lot of rage and outburst with his autobiography.

AC Milan made a lot of backroom changes during last summer in an attempt to reinvigorate the squad and get back to winning ways. Famous names like Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini were appointed as chief football officer and technical director, respectively.

But the club has recently made a mess of both appointments, with Boban quitting and Maldini soon set to follow suit with rumours of discontent at how Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis is running the club. Capello leapt at the defence of both icons, explaining: “I can totally understand them, particularly Boban after he quit. I would have done exactly the same, they are both loyal and honest and the way they are being treated is not fair at all.”

He also made a comment on Chiellini’s impending autobiography: “I’ve always thought that football belongs to the field and not in book stories.”


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Top News 3: 'I need to close the 100-goals book!'

Djibril Cisse dreams of a return to Ligue 1
Djibril Cisse is still dreaming of reaching 100 Ligue 1 goals. Copyright: imago images / PanoramiC

Djibril Cisse, the flamboyant former French forward has lifted a lid on his career-long dream, with the controversial figure eager to reach a century of goals in the French top flight.

Former Liverpool attacker Cisse, 38,  is still holding out hopes in reaching 100 goals in Ligue 1, and he’s even willing to come out of retirement to achieve his “wish”. During spells with Auxerre, Marseille and Bastia, Cisse has amassed a tally of 96 goals, so he is 4 short of achieving his mission.

In an interview with L’Equipehe opened up on his dream and even intends to play for free if given a chance by one of the teams. “All of this started as banter, but now I am working hard and I am hoping that I’ll have the chance to reach the famous number and close this book. Then I can finally be at peace!”

“I may not be a first-team player anymore, but I can provide something to the team. Regular football is not my goal, I will not lie, but I’m eager to try everything to achieve this dream.”

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