Real Betis determined to keep Lo Celso

Real Betis are assured that Giovani Lo Celso will stay at the club just after his bank loan spell finishes next summertime.

The Argentine midfielder is getting a wonderful season with the Seville dependent aspect and observed that even more highlighted just after his effectiveness against Barcelona last weekend.

The 22-year-old not only scored but he also gave Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic a work for their money in the centre of midfield, supporting his team to a remarkable 4-3 win.

Obtaining joined Ligue 1 aspect Paris Saint Germain in 2016, Lo Celso had just one complete season with the club before currently being pushed out to the Benito Villamarin previously this yr in June.

The converse is now beginning to acquire shape around his future, with Betis eager to make the go long lasting and concur a deal with PSG before the wintertime crack in La Liga.

If Betis qualify for Europe this season, then they do have a clause in his existing bank loan deal that would let them have 1st refusal on the midfielder.

Jose Miguel Lopez Catalan, president of Betis, has been at the forefront of these options and has given a clear indication to Radio Marca of their options to sign the Argentine worldwide.

“It is extremely clear that Lo Celso is likely to keep at Betis,” Lopez Catalan advised Radio Marca.

“We are certain. We had been certain through the summertime. There is an obligatory buy possibility for €25million if we enter Europe. And if not, it is optional for us and obligatory for PSG, if we carry it out.”

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Zambia may camp in Europe for Nigeria clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 10:30

Football Association of Zambia’s president Andrew Kamanga says they might set up a training camp in Europe as they prepare for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.


The FAZ boss said 2017 had so far been an exciting year on the soccer calendar with national teams across the stream delivering results.

“We have only got four weeks before the Nigeria game, so we are looking at options in terms of where we can camp the team and get the best value,” said Kamanga.

“As you know some of the players are already in Europe, they did not come with us they have gone back.

“We may see it fit to camp the team in Europe so that it is easier to prepare the team adequately and it is actually shorter to go into Europe from Nigeria.

“We are putting in every effort to make sure that this team is adequately prepared as we face Nigeria, which for me is the do or die game whoever wins that game will be assured of going to Russia 2018.

“But most interestingly in this group, we are the only ones who have never been to the World Cup, but with the favour we continue to draw on we should be able to qualify, come November because we have the advantage of playing Cameroun in the final round.”

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Stuart Baxter surprised by mood in the Bafana camp – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 07, 2017. 15:00

South African senior national team coach Stuart Baxter says he is surprised by the team’s morale ahead of their crucial encounter against Nigeria.

The two African powerhouses are set to renew their rivalries in a 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday in Nigeria.

Although Baxter is faced with a number of injuries in players such as Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie, Tiyani Mabunda, Aubrey Ngoma and Rivaldo Coetzee, team doctor Thulani Ngwenya believes the players will recover in time for the clash.

However, the Bafana Bafana mentor says he doesn’t want to kill the vibe in his camp and will opt for uncomplicated match tactics.

“There is a buzz, they are sharp. I don’t want to kill that, I want to keep it bubbling and make sure we take that with us,” said Baxter to reporters.

“I think one of the important things is we retain energy, it’s been a long season for a lot of the players.

“This is a big game, we have to be fresh mentally and physically and we have to have a simple tactical game-plan.

“They don’t need a coach standing around throwing more and more information at that which makes them have to think every step of the way.

“They need to be fresh, go to Nigeria and be optimistic, play with energy. It is the situation we got, because I’ve just come in, so I don’t think it’s a wise move to make it overcomplicated.”

The clash in Uyo at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium will be staged on Saturday evening at 18:00 (CAT).

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