VERMAELEN REVEALS HE REGRETS SIGNING FOR BARCELONA

Former Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that one of the biggest mistakes he made in his career was choosing to sign for Catalan giants Barcelona. The former Belgium international defender left Arsenal in the summer transfer window of 2014 and sealed a £15 move to the Camp Nou. Following his arrival at the Camp Nou, the former defender was then starkly deprived if game time and was mostly on the substitutes’ bench.


In a bid to try and revive his already sinking career, Vermaelen completed a loan move away from Barcelona to Italian Serie A giabts AS Roma but things did not stop going bad for him. When he returned to Barcelona, he had several opportunities to seal a switch away from the club with many top European clubs showing interest in signing him but he chose to stay out. However, according to his recent interview, staying behind at the Camp Nou is what he regrets doing. Continue reading VERMAELEN REVEALS HE REGRETS SIGNING FOR BARCELONA

VERMAELEN REVEALS DISAPPOINTMENT AT VAN PERSIE ARSENAL EXIT

When Robin Van Persie was at Arsenal, he was a clear fan favorite. Also, he was loved even in the Arsenal dressing room and amongst his then Arsenal teammates. With Theo Walcott earlier this week declaring his likeness for the former Gunners’ striker, another former Arsenal star has now come to make some positive comments about the former Netherlands striker.

This time it is the Nortth London club’s former defender Thomas Vermaelen who has come into the spotlight to make some raving comments about Van Persie. Vermaelen has revealed that he was a huge fan of the former Feyenoord striker and expressed his disappointment at the fact that he had to leave the club in 2012.
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WHEN WILL VERMAELEN LEAVE VISSEL KOBE?

Japanese top division club Vissel Kobe increased the European contingent in their squad when they signed veteran Belgian utility player Thomas Vermaelen at the end of his time at Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen had an injury-filled career at Barcelona while he was at the Nou Camp outfit for five years. Thomas Vermaelen made the move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014 after the Catalan giants paid £15m for his services. He left Arsenal to join Barcelona after five years with the Gunners.


Surprisingly, Thomas Vermaelen has been free of injuries for most of his time at Vissel Kobe in Japan. He linked up with Vissel Kobe on a free transfer in the second half of 2019. Thomas Vermaelen and Spanish football legend Andres Iniesta were teammates at Barcelona and he went to join the Spaniard at VisselKobe. Ex-Belgian national team player Thomas Vermaelenis a utility defender who can play on the left or right side of the central defence. The 35-year-old can also play as a left-back as he did on several occasions at Arsenal and for the Red Devils of Belgium.
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VERMAELEN NAMES HIS TOP 4 LEGENDS

 

Vissel Kobe defender Thomas Vermaelen has mentioned his top four legends with one ex-player from his native Belgium making his list. Thomas Vermaelen was asked about his top legend in each position from Goalkeeper to Defender to Midfielder to Striker during his time at Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.


Thomas Vermaelen opted for compatriot Michel Preud’hommeas he revealed that he was impressed with the former Belgium national team shot stopper for his performance for the Red Devils at the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament in the United States of America. Michel Preud’homme was part of the Belgium team that got to the second round at USA ’94 before they were eliminated by then world champions Germany. Continue reading VERMAELEN NAMES HIS TOP 4 LEGENDS

VERMAELEN DEFENDS HAZARD, SAYS HIS INJURY CRISES NOT HIS FAULT

When Eden Hazard opted to leave Chelsea and fulfill his dream of playing for Real Madrid over signing a contract extension at Stanford Bridge, while Chelsea fans were in tears that their talismanic forward was leaving, Real Madrid fans were in high spirits as they knew who was coming.


However, it has been more of a nightmare than the expected fairytale for Hazard upon his signing for the Spanish giants. During the summer in which Hazard moved to Madrid, the Belgian forward joined his new teammates appearing overweight, and that’s where all the criticism started from. Continue reading VERMAELEN DEFENDS HAZARD, SAYS HIS INJURY CRISES NOT HIS FAULT

THOMAS VERMAELEN MAKES STRANGEST TRANSFER LIST

 

Vissel Kobe defender Thomas Vermaelen has been named on the list of the strangest transfers as compiled by renowned media portal Bleacher Report. The former Ajax Amsterdam and Arsenal player made the list for the top 11 strangest buys.


The Belgian international was 11th on the list for his transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona in the summer of 2014. The Spanish giants paid £15m for the 34-year-old left-back cum centre back despite the fact that he was recuperating from surgery to correct a thigh problem. He had sustained the thigh injury during the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
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Tielemans names Belgian compatriot as Premier League’s best midfielder

 

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has named compatriot Kevin de Bruyne as the best midfielder in the Premier League. De Bruyne has built his reputation as one of the most consistent players in the English top-flight and he has been in superb form this term with nine goals and 16 assists from 27 league games.


He is on his way to potentially breaking the Premier League assist record (20) held by Thierry Henry and Tielemans has no doubts regarding his countryman’s quality, he told The Athletic: “I think the best in the Premier League is De Bruyne. He stands out. He is the complete midfielder. He is physical and runs a lot. Technically, he keeps it very, very easy. Tactically, he is very good as well. He’s got everything.”
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Youri Tielemans heaps praise on Belgian compatriot Kevin de Bruyne

 

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has heaped praise on Kevin de Bruyne, who has enjoyed a superb season on a personal level with Manchester City. The Belgium international endured a frustrating 2018/2019 campaign with injuries, but he has been able to make amends during the current campaign with numerous goalscoring contributions.


Tielemans has played alongside his compatriot for the national side on a number of occasions and hailed the Belgian as an ‘unbelievable player’, he told: “He’s an unbelievable player. It’s pretty obvious what he accomplished at this club and I’m not trying to compare myself to that. What’s important for me now is winning games and having an impact for my team. I’m really happy I can do that as of recent and my style is always going to continue to be that very attacking-minded and creative kind of player. I’m happy I can help the team any way I can.”
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Lukaku insists Inter Milan need to prepare well for Europa League semi-final

 

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has said that the team must prepare well for the semi-final clash of the Europa League. The Belgium international was on the scoresheet in the 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the last eight of the competition, but the margin of victory could have been greater, had the Nerazzurri taken the chances at hand.


A number of chances were squandered over the course of the 90 minutes but ultimately, they managed to seal the victory which sees them into the last four of the competition. They are scheduled to face either Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel in that game and prior to that, Lukaku feel his team must be ready with good preparation.
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Martinez suggests De Bruyne could leave City because of European ban

 

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes Kevin de Bruyne could consider a fresh challenge away from Manchester City, suppose the club fail to overturn their two-year ban on European club competitions. The Citizens were imposed with the embargo earlier this year after they were deemed to have breached UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.


Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to appeal against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport this month but there are suggestions that the ban may not be completely overruled. In such a case, the Citizens may be without Champions League football for the 2020/21 season and Martinez believes De Bruyne could consider his future with the club.
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