SCHMEICHEL WILL STAY

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has said that he has no worries about staying at Leicester City for the upcoming season. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club, but he has said that he is only concentrating on the pre-season right now. Players like Schmeichel and Wes Morgan are extremely important to the club in their hopes of getting promoted to the Premier league, but manager Nigel Pearson revealed a few weeks ago that the club had received a few offers for these two players. The manager, though, has confirmed that he has no intention of allowing them to leave the club.

He has said that the presence of these players are extremely important because it is possible to build a team around them. Since moving from Notts County, Schmeichel has been an integral part of the team. He has made almost 50 appearances in all competitions last season. This helped Leicester finish in the final play-off position last season, but they were unable to make it into the play-offs final after suffering a heartbreaking exit at the hands of Watford in the semifinals.

Schmeichel, though, is of the belief that Premier league promotion is possible in this campaign.

“We are fighting very hard to keep our best players and build a better side. They have both been key performers for us over the last year or so. Wes has been here 15 months and performed exceptionally well all the way through that period, as has Kasper. They are really key players, there is no doubt about that. It is important we try and keep our best players. There have been bids and that was going to happen and I would have been surprised if that wasn’t the case,” said the Leicester City manager Pearson about keeping his important players.

AGGER LINKED TO BARCA

The future of Liverpool’s Danish defender Daniel Agger has constantly been on the speculation in the last few months. He has been linked with a move to Barcelona, who are looking for a replacement for Carlos Puyol. The 34-year-old is coming to the end of his stellar career and he has been suffering a number of injury problems in recent years. Barcelona do not expect him to carry on playing at the top level for more than a couple of seasons. As a result, they have been targeting several defenders like Daniel Agger and Thomas Vermaelen.

Playing as a defender for Barcelona requires a unique set of skills like being able to bring the ball out of defence. Agger is one of the best defenders at this task and it is not a surprise to see him being linked with a £ 15 million move to the camp Nou. Liverpool and Barcelona have already done business with each other in recent years after the transfer of Javier Mascherano. Yet, Agger has said that he does not want to leave the Merseyside club. He still has three years left on his current contract and he intends to fulfil it.

This will come as a major boost for manager Brendan Rodgers especially in the wake of the Martin Skrtel rumours.

“I still have three years left and I intend to fulfil them. There are always rumours, but who is creating them? I don’t know. It is not a bad thing to be linked with top clubs but you have to take 70% of the speculation off and then you have the reality,” said Agger, who has just had a great season with Liverpool. Liverpool are on course to finish in the seventh position in the first season at the club for Brendon Rogers.

DENMARK RUS MISSED CHANCES

Denmark’s chances of playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup almost ended after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in the recent World Cup qualifying match. Denmark gave themselves a huge hope of qualifying for this major tournament by beating Czech Republic 3-0 only a few days ago. This would have helped them to at least make it into the play-offs. However, this two dropped two points against Bulgaria may prove to be extremely costly after the team sit a massive four points behind Bulgaria in the table.

Bulgaria occupied the second place, which is the final position that will help teams qualify for the World Cup through the play-offs. The group is dominated by the 2006 World Cup winners, Italy. Denmark came into the match with high hopes due to the recent win over Czech Republic, but they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage. Bulgaria took the lead in the second half through a goal from Manolev in the 51st minute. Even though Czech Republic were able to come back into the match through a penalty from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, they were unable to get the crucial winning goal that would have put them just one point behind Bulgaria on the table.

“We are not satisfied and we should have won this game in the first half. We have the chances, especially in the first half but we don’t capitalise and the second half becomes a messy affair,” said Morten Olsen. “It wasn’t good enough. We needed more today and we should have gotten more. We let them score an easy goal. We could have maintained a 1-0 lead, which was what we aimed for,” said Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. The team’s next match will play against Armenia, but that match will not be until June.

OKORE SET TO QUIT

The Danish international Jores Okore, who currently plays for the Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, has revealed that he will be quitting the club in the summer in order to play for a major club across Europe. Okore has been one of the new finds in European football after impressing with his club in the group stages of the Champions League. He was especially good in the matches against the European champions Chelsea. He was linked with a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window, but it failed to materialise. However, he is extremely confident that he will leave Nordsjaelland in the summer to play for either Chelsea or Manchester United.

It has been rumoured that the former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel personally recommended Okore to the manager Sir Alex Ferguson. As a result, United have been keeping tabs with the player for a while, while Liverpool have also shown interest in the player over the last couple of weeks. It is expected that any one of the big clubs from England will be making an official offer in the summer. Okore has confirmed that it is his desire to leave Nordsjaelland to play for the club, but he is hoping that the club accept his desire.

“This summer I should leave. That is the time when I have the biggest chance and I certainly hope that it will happen. It is still FCN who decide, but it is my plan to leave this summer. I had certainly hoped that I would be able to move right now. I want to prove myself on a higher level. But it is also difficult to join a new club in the middle of the season. I believe that it was not FC Nordsjaelland’s plan that I should leave during this transfer window,” said the Danish national.

ERIKSEN SOUGHT AFTER

The Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has been one of the sought-after midfielders in recent times, with the clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea showing interest in the player for a long time. It is widely expected that the youngster will be moving away from the Dutch club Ajax in the summer. However, the Danish national team manager Morten Olsen thinks that he should not be tempted by a move to the club and should stay with Ajax for a few more years. There have been numerous cases of highly talented youngsters moving to bigger clubs at young ages only to falter.

The lack of regular first-team opportunities in the club limits the development of a young player according to Morten Olsen. He has said that due to the fact that Christian Eriksen is only 20 years of age he still has a long time to move to a big club. Olsen has recalled that Eriksen has managed to play at the top level with the Ajax team for the last three seasons, while he has been part of the national team in 25 occasions. Due to the fact that Ajax are regularly competing for the title and playing in European games, Eriksen should consider staying with the Dutch team for a little more time.

“He’s still only 20 years’ old, but he’s a player who is developing all the time. He’s played two, three years and been a champion a couple of times, he’s played over 25 internationals and been in a lot of Champions League games. A move would be a bad idea. There are many positives (with Ajax), they play for the title, they’re at the top, they’re regularly in the Europa League playing big games,” said the manager, who is under pressure after a winless run of seven matches.

MTIGLIA BOWS OUT

The Denmark national team manager Morten Olsen has confirmed that the defender Patrick Mtigila has played his last international match of his career. The 31-year-old defender was not selected as the starter by the manager Morten Olsen in the match against Milan. As opposed to the experienced Patrick Mtigila, the manager opted for Simon Poulsen. It has brought out the worst in the 31-year-old Patrick Mtigila after he refused to warm up in the match following the injury to Simon during the warmup. The Denmark national team manager Olsen said that he immediately asked the FC Nordsjaelland defender to leave the dressing room.

He has also confirmed that he will not be picked for the national team again as long as he is the manager. He has also despised the attitude of the player by saying that he had not seen any such incident in the 40 year long management career he has enjoyed. Denmark then went on to lose the match 3-1 after goals from Mario Balotelli, Ricardo Montolivo, and Daniele de Rossi helped them to comfortably beat the Danes. As a result of this victory, Italy now top the group with 10 points on the board compared to the two points of Denmark.

“I have been in football for 40 years but I’ve never experienced anything like this. He let his team mates down. I asked Patrick Mtigila to warm up but he was so disappointed by our decision (to start Poulsen) that he said he couldn’t play an international match. I immediately asked him to leave the dressing room and he has played his last international,” said the Denmark coach Morten Olsen. Denmark have not won a single match in the last five encounters, while they can only boast of draws against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

AGGER MIGHT BE FIT

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that the Danish defender Daniel Agger could be fit for the match against Norwich city during the weekend. Daniel Agger was recently stretchered off in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. This was a match that certainly did not go according to plan for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. Despite taking the lead in the match on a very emotional day, Manchester United managed to win the match after scoring two goals following the goal from Steven Gerrard. Even more worrying was the fact that Daniel Agger had to be stretchered off in the match.

It appeared like the injury was extremely serious and that Daniel Agger could miss the next few weeks of the campaign. However, the defender has made a miraculous recovery in their efforts to stop the Liverpool season from collapsing further. It has already been a very difficult new season for the club after they have secured just two points from their opening five matches. Fabio Borini is also likely to be fit for the match according to the manager. The former Roma striker has not been at his best in the opening few matches, but Brendan Rodgers this is hoping that he will hit his top form against Norwich.

“Daniel probably has a good chance and Fabio is 50-50. They haven’t trained this week but we’ll see how they go over the next 24 hours. They are responding well. He’s been fantastic for me since I’ve come in, so it’s really unfortunate that he’s got the injury. If he does [play again this season], it will certainly be towards the end of the season,” said Brendan Rodgers ahead of the match with Norwich during the weekend. Martin Kelly has been ruled out for the next six months due to the anterior cruciate ligament injury.

NEW CLUB SOON FOR NICKLAS

Arsenal and Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner has sent his agent to various clubs in the league in order to potentially seal an exit from Arsenal in the last few days of the transfer window. Arsenal have said that they will demand just £ 5 million for the 24-year-old, who has been angling for a move away from the Emirates stadium for quite a while now. Nicklas Bendtner has already said that he would not like to play for Arsenal again, but with only a few days of the transfer window remaining, his future has been uncertain. Nicklas Bendtner spent the last season on loan at Sunderland, but he decided not to make the move permanent.

It is thought that Nicklas Bendtner’s agent will be discussing terms with the likes of the AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina over the possibility of a potential move. The player is currently on £ 50,000 per week at Arsenal, while his looking at £ 70,000 per week when signing his new contract. However, he is unlikely to get the deal that he wants due to the lack of interest from other clubs. Nicklas Bendtner had a brilliant Euro 2012, but it seems to have vanished into thin air in the memories of the potential clubs due to the baggage that he may bring to the dressing room.

Nicklas Bendtner is regarded as someone with a massive ego and potential clubs have not shown an interest in the player, despite the Danish international scoring three goals at the Euro 2012. Other than the Italian clubs, only West Ham United have shown interest in the player. It remains to be seen if Bendtner will want to play for West Ham given that they were only recently promoted. Only AC Milan have shown an interest in the player up until now.

OLSEN BACKS GERMANY

The Denmark national team manager Morten Olsen has said that he is of the opinion that Germany will win the Euro 2012. Germany are one of the favourites to win the Euro 2012. However, they are not the only team that are the favourites to lift the title because of the presence of the Spanish national team. Germany have made it into the semifinals of the major tournaments in the last three occasions, with many regarding this tournament to be the final tournament in which they will get a trophy to show for their efforts. Germany will be facing Italy in the semi-final stage of the competition.

Denmark were in the same group containing Germany and Portugal. They were expected to finish as the bottom of the group, but they defied all the expectation by finishing in the third positions ahead of Netherlands. As a result, there has been glowing praise for the 62-year-old national team manager Morten Olsen. He has already faced Germany in the group stages. He has said that he has seen enough of Germany to convince him that they will win the tournament this time around. Even though Spain are one of the favourites, they have not been at their best so far.

“I would say that Germany are going to win the Euros. The Spaniards have been convincing as far as possession of the ball is concerned, but the Germans create chances more easily. Both teams have incredible offensive qualities, but Germany’s game is more dynamic. I have to say that Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have been playing very well. Together with Mats Hummels and Daniel Agger, they have been the best defenders of the tournament,” said Morten Olsen. The 62-year-old is expected to continue as the national team manager of Denmark.

Denmark Start Twitter ban

The Danish Football Association has banned Denmark’s players from tweeting and using other social media websites whilst on international duty. The move, ahead of the forthcoming Euro 2012 championships is aimed at limiting communication with the media and fans outside of official statements and interviews.

Lars Berendt, head of communications at the Danish FA announced that “We have an agreement with players that they weill not be active on social media sites during the European Championships”. Players communication with fans will therefore be limited to officially designated press conferences, interviews and statements to the press issued by the team or the DFA.

The DFA confirmed that the ban on players using social media sites had been in place since the use of them emerged as a major tool on the internet. The original ban was implemented by the national team coach, Morten Olsen. The ban, will not be a popular one with the Danish football supporting public, nor with the players. Nicklas Bendtner (like Luis Suarez) for example has over 48,000 followers on Twitter and regularly ‘tweets’ about his life in England whilst playing for Arsenal FC.

It has been revealed, by people studying their twitter accounts, that Bendtner and goalkeeper, Thomas Soerensen have previously been active on the site whilst on international duty with Denmark, either for training camps or for international matches.
Nicklas Bendtner has told Danish television that “I do not agree, but do respect” the DFA’s decision. It would appear that whilst the ban has been previously not been enforced particularly heavily there will be an increase in severity of punishment for the duration of the Championships.

Denmark face a tough task if they are to get out of their group with games against Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal making their group something of a group of death. They will need full focus and unity to get out of the group and must be at the very top of their game to get anything from their matches.