Tito Vilanova & Seydou Keita
Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. Seydou Keita (born 16 January 1980) is a Malian footballer who plays for Dalian Aerbin F.C. in the Chinese Super League. /5
Tito Vilanova Seydou Keita Dani Alves Alex Song Cesc Fabregas Camp Nou Alexis Sanchez New Barcelona Marc Bartra Leo Messi Ibrahim Afellay Cristian Tello Isaac Cuenca Andoni Zubizarreta Xavi Hernandez Carles Puyol Van Persie Pedro Rodriguez Robin Van Persie
Song: “I've adapted very quickly” Alex Song, the second signing of the Vilanova era, comes to FC Barcelona looking win his first major honours. Having been helped to settle by Cesc, the former Gunner is now ready to triumph at “the best club in the world” On May 17, 2006, two young 18 year olds passed each other in the corridors of the Saint-Denis, venue of the Champions League Final between Arsenal and FC Barcelona. Their names were Leo Messi and Alex Song, but neither of them played in that match. The Argentinian had failed to recover in time from an unfortunate leg injury, and the Cameroonian, still in his first year under Arsène Wenger, had not been named in the squad. Six years later, and the two of them meet again at Barça. The former is now considered the best player in the world, and the latter is the second new arrival of the Tito Vilanova era, a player brought in to provide extra height and depth to an area of the field where a void has been left by the departure of Seydou Keita. Song ...
Song told me he wants to join Barcelona, says Malaga's Kameni Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni believes his compatriot Alex Song would 'fit in at Barcelona', claiming he learnt of the Arsenal midfielder's desire make the move to Spain while the two were on vacation together. The Blaugrana have been strongly linked with a move for the Cameroon international following Seydou Keita's move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin earlier this summer. Song's international team-mate thinks the 24-year-old would be a smart acquisition for the Liga runners-up, and has said that Song has told him he wants to join Tito Vilanova's side. "We were together on vacation. He [Song] would like to go to Barcelona, any player would like to. Barcelona are not one of the best in the world, but the best," Kameni told Cope Catalunya. "[Song would] fit in at Barcelona," he continued. "He has all the features to play there. We all know what kind of player Barcelona like and he is one of them. Kameni spoke of how the Gunner bears ...
Song admits Barcelona interest but is happy at Arsenal Alex Song insists his priority is to stay at Arsenal but has refused to close the door on a move to Barcelona, a club he describes as ‘the best team in the world.’ Barcelona are on the look-out for a new midfielder enforcer after the departure of Seydou Keita and the Catalan club view Song as the ideal player to fill this role. Tito Vilanova has remained cAlm on the subject but Barca defender Gerard Pique made no secret of his desire to see the Cameroonian move to the Camp Nou. “Song is a great player with an impressive physical ability and good technique,” said Pique. “If he comes, which, from what I’ve read looks like it could happen, we are happy to welcome you.” However, Song, who made his debut for Arsenal in 2005, has not let the possibility of a move to Spain distract him and remains committed to the club. Song has two years left on his contract and, unlike other Arsenal players in recent years, he has not demanded to leave now ...
Song close to Barcelona switch as Arsenal line up Kouyate Alex Song is closing in on a move to Barcelona as Arsenal prepare to launch a bid for Anderlecht star Cheikhou Kouyate a Squeaky Bum Time source tells us. The Cameroon international was one of the Gunners star performers last season and caught the eye of Tito Vilanova with the new Barca boss after striking up a productive understanding with Robin Van Persie. Vilanova is keen to reinforce his sides defensive strength having allowed Seydou Keita to leave earlier in the summer and has made Song his priority target. There is no suggestion that the 24-year-old is angling to leave the Emirates Stadium but we’re told a deal isn’t far away from being completed amid reports the Spanish giants have submitted a £12.5 million bid. And Gerard Pique has added further fuel to the flames acknowledging the midfielder would be a welcome addition to the Catalan ranks telling El Mundo Deportivo: “I have followed his career and he has become a very good player. ...
Also after the exit of Seydou Keita, the priority of new coach Tito Vilanova continues to be the transfer of a centre back. [sport]
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has urged Seydou Keita to choose glory over cash.
New Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says the club is looking to reinforce its defence and hopes to hold on to Dani Alves and Seydou Keita.
Seydou Keita is desperate to stay at Barcelona, revealing that his dream is to finish his career at the club. The Mali international still has two years to run on his current contract with the Blaugrana but he will be free to leave Camp Nou at the end of June having failed to feature in at least 50 per cent of the Catalans' official outings last season. However, new boss Tito Vilanova has expressed his interest in holding onto the midfielder and the player himself is now very open to extending his stay in Catalunya. "I am yet to speak with the club to sort out my future," Keita is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo. "But I want to continue; this is my desire. I would like to retire at Barcelona, so I hope that can be the case. "We must talk and see what they offer and what they want. But my family is happy in Barcelona." Keita has been previously linked with Serie A giants AC Milan, as well as big-spending Liga outfit Malaga.
Vilanova admits Barcelona must buy this summer New Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova admits they're seeking defensive signings this summer. Vilanova confirmed they'll be buying during the transfer window. "It's true that we want to bring in defensive reinforcements, we've had problems there and we've had to adapt players," he said. "We want a left-back and a centre-back. Up front we don't expect to bring in anybody else. This year Villa, Alexis and Pedro have suffered injuries, but next season we hope that will be ok. We also have Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca." Vilanova also dismissed speculation linking Dani Alves with a move away from the club, describing the Brazil full-back as "one of the most important players in the squad" and said they are not looking to move on midfielder Seydou Keita either. My Take Reassuring words from Tito, Alves stays, yes!
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova and sports director Andoni Zubizarreta have settled on their squad restructuring for the summer market. Sport says 15 players have been deemed off limits in terms of sales: Víctor Valdés, José Manuel Pinto, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Carles Puyol, Xavi, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Leo Messi, Thiago, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Isaac Cuenca. Another five home-grown youngsters, Cristian Tello, Martin Montoya, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa and Jonathan Dos Santos will be promoted to the senior squad. Those players up for sale are: Dani Alves, Adriano, Seydou Keita, Ibrahim Afellay and Spanish youngster Andreu Fontas.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has been told he has €25 million to spend this summer. Sport says Barca will make €25 million available to Vilanova plus any money he generates from sales. Seydou Keita, Adriano, Ibrahim Afellay and Dani Alves are among senior players who could be sold to boost Vilanova's transfer kitty
Barcelona will consider offers for all but seven of current squad - including Cesc, Pedro Barcelona chiefs have made just SEVEN of their first team squad untouchable for the summer market. Sport says Barca are prepared to shake-up their roster to help fund major signings for next season. Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi are those off limits for interested clubs. However, interestingly, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez can be prised away for the right price, along with Dani Alves, Pedro Rodriguez, Ibrahim Afellay, Adriano Correia and Seydou Keita. Young Barca B graduates Martin Montoya, Oier, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marc Bartra and Marc Muniesa are also being made available as new coach Tito Vilanova doesn't want to work with a blown out squad. My Take Is this coach not looking for trouble?
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