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Landon Donovan remains as one of the few North American players to have represented Bayern Munich. The German club are regarded as one of the biggest in the world and they have a huge fan following across the globe. Donovan is regarded as the best North American player to have come in the last few decades. His undoubted talent resulted in him playing in European leagues, albeit for a short period. The 32-year-old has largely been playing in the MLS for LA Galaxy.
His first stint in European football came with Bayer Leverkusen after he signed for the German club in 2004. This was after playing for the second string team for several years. He has also represented the likes of San Jose earthquakes on loan spells. His big move, though, came in 2009 when he moved to Bayern Munich on a loan spell. Even though the loan spell did not last long and he made only nine appearances for the Bavarians, it was a thoroughly enjoyable spell according to Donovan. Subsequent loans spells to the Premier League with Everton followed, but Bayern Munich remains the biggest club he has played in his career.
Donovan will be part of the MLS all-star team that will be taking on Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly match. He says that he is looking forward to meeting his former teammates like Philipp Lahm.
“They’re just so talented. When you have a chance to play with guys like Phillip Lahm and [Franck] Ribery, you learn a lot about the game and what it takes to get to that next level. Obviously watching the World Cup and how Germany just dominated their way through it was impressive, so there’s a lot we can learn even at this age from watching those guys and seeing how they do things,” said Donovan.
Prime English Footballers Movie Score: 4 / five
Premier League champions Manchester City are pondering a move for young Everton midfield work horse Ross Barkley as a replacement for the wantaway Yaya Toure.
City have no intentions of selling the Ivory Coast international who has been pushing for a move to France or Spain but have been planning for the future and Barkley, at 20 years old, presents an investment into the future.
City desire to bolster the home grown players’ quota in their side and that has thrown up the possibility of bringing in one of the biggest talents in world football to the Etihad Stadium – Paul Pogba from Juventus. Read more »
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There have been several reports in England stating that Manchester city are almost certain to sell Jack Rodwell in the summer after failing to see the best of the former Everton star at the Etihad stadium. Rodwell moved from Everton to City in 2002 for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £ 15 million. The transfer fee could have been significantly higher had Rodwell not suffered from several injury problems prior to his move. Once regarded as the best young midfielder for the England national team, his career has not progressed in the last few years.
This has been due to a combination of injuries and competition in the Manchester City team. Whenever he has been injured, he has found it tough to get back soon. And when he has been fit, he has been unable to get regular first-team football due to the form of players above him in the pecking order. As a result, he has made just 16 appearances in the last two years. City are reportedly ready to cut their losses by selling the player in this transfer window. They have already signed a replacement for him in the form of Fernando from FC Porto.
The midfielder, who has been a long-term transfer target for the club, comes for a transfer fee of £ 12 million. He is expected to be the reserve defensive midfielder behind Brazil’s Fernandinho. City won the title last season, but they are set to improve this campaign by strengthening some key areas. Signing another central defender will be high on the agenda after Joleon Lescott looks set to move away from the club. Micah Richards is also another English player link with an exit from City. Rodwell has been linked with the likes of West Brom in the last few weeks.