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- Ashley Young
- Juan Sanchez Mino
- Left backs
Hamburg are in the running to sign veteran Crystal Palace and England wide man Ashley Young.
Boss Marsden said, ‘We came very close to signing Ashley last week, it was only Mark[ Deadman, Palace manager]’s scouting trip to Outer Mongolia that prevented it.
‘By the time Mark found a phone signal, he reckoned Youngy had “improved” overnight, and was now worth considerably more.
‘Now he wants someone “younger”. Anyway, our offer is in, as are those from Rubin, Levante and Leicester.
‘None of which have the Reeperbahn. I think Youngy would like the Reeperbahn.’
Juan Sanchez Mino
Hamburg completed the signing this morning of Argentine left-sided player Juan Sanchez Mino from Lanus.
Heading the other way will be defender Papy Djilobdji and Panamanian starlet Ismael Diaz.
‘Papy has done well for us whenever called upon,’ said Marsden.
‘I didn’t really want to let him go, and I could say the same for young Ismael, who has bags of potential for the future.’
‘But we needed to create some room in the squad as a whole. And Juan offers us at least decent prospect of cover at left back in the future.’
‘Lots of managers have been complaining recently, again, about how difficult it is to sign full-backs, and left-backs in particular,’ the Hamburg gaffer commented.
‘Having been through countless left-backs – Rui, Emerson, Santos, Monreal, Laxalt, to name a few – I can assure my erstwhile colleagues that it’s not that difficult.’
‘Same old England, almost, wasn’t it?’ said Marsden after last night’s win opening World Cup win against Tunisia.
‘We we all rooting for our own Wabhi Khazri, obviously, and our former players Sliti and Skhiri.
‘England were going to win the World Cup for ten minutes, weren’t they? They should have had the game wrapped up, but all those missed chances!
‘You could see the confidence draining out of the players after Tunisia equalised, and as the second half wore on. Where have we seen that before? Then it looked like panic stations towards the end, with Maguire playing on the left wing, Stones as a midfield playmaker, Walker as a libero. Barmy!
‘Still, we got there in the end, which is all that matters. Bring on Panama!’
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