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.
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.
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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.
Everton icon Lee Carsley has stated that Ross Barkley should avoid the same mistake as Jack Rodwell and chose to stay at Everton rather than join the club right now. Barkley is seen as one of the most talented youngsters in the game. He has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the last few months. United are also thought to have an interest in the player, but the appointment of Louis van Gaal appears to have shifted their attention elsewhere. Rodwell was one of the last Everton midfielders to make a big-money move to a top club.
However, the lack of regular gametime has worked to the detriment of the player and he is now on the fringes of the City game. Rodwell has been heavily linked with a return to Everton in the summer. In order to get game time, he was even spoken about a potential loan signing for Everton in the January transfer window. That it did not materialise because Everton already had Gareth Barry on loan from City and Premier League clubs can only sign on loan player from a club. Barkley is seen as one of the high-profile transfers in the summer, but Carsley says that Everton provide the best platform for Barkley to improve as a player.
“Roberto Martinez is spot-on to suggest that Goodison Park is the perfect place for Ross Barkley. He’s an Evertonian, the fans love him and the club stuck by him during his injuries which I’m sure he’ll always be grateful for. Obviously if Ross makes a big impact with England at the World Cup this summer we’ll get all the inevitable transfer gossip rumours but the truth is that Ross would be better off staying at Everton and I reckon he’s clever enough to realise that. The grass is not always greener,” said Carsley.