Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The PSG Rumour Mill: Not so super Tuesday

For me there’s something a bit wrong about one of the defining moments in the race to elect the leader of the free world being named Super Tuesday. Whenever I hear the event mentioned I half expect Simon Cowell to appear and start critiquing Rick Santorum’s speeches or something. Personally I think they should just throw Obama, Romney et al out the window and elect David Palmer (above) from 24. Except that he’s fictitious and dead, so that might not work.

So far it hasn’t been a particularly super Tuesday over in Paris, as nothing much seems to be happening at the PSG . But in the absence of any real news, the rumour mill is still functioning correctly.

Over in Italy, Napoli’s Marek Hamsik may or may not be fluttering his eye-lids at PSG.

Depending on which website’s spin you believe, the Slovakian playmaker has expressed his admiration for PSG/re-iterated his commitment to Walter Mazzarri’s team.

“Even though I am at Napoli, all I can say is that I admire Paris St Germain,” he said in an interview with TF1. 

“They have new owners and a very ambitious side. I haven’t been contacted directly by them, but I have great respect for sporting director Leonardo.

“They are doing some excellent things with Carlo Ancelotti as boss. PSG have a great future ahead of them.”

All I can say that I admire cheese. And bread. And bread and cheese, mmm.

At least this rumour is vaguely more believable than the one which surfaced the other day linking us with a €67million move for Barcelona’s midfield maestro Xavi. Apparently PSG were preparing to take advantage of the uncertainty surround Pep Guardiola’s future to persuade Xavi to tika-taka his way to the French capital.

Leaving aside the fact that there is no particular uncertainty surrounding Guardiola, spending such a phenomenal amount of money on an increasingly injury-prone 32-year-old is illogical even by the standards of the men who thought David Beckham would be a good purchase.

Fortunately Xavi’s agent has poured cold water on the story, so hopefully this one will die a quick death: "Xavi is under contract until 2014 with the club and leaving the Catalan club is not among his plans," saidthe player’s agent Ivan Corretja.


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