vendredi 1 juillet 2011

Ganso: I will not force my European dream move

Santos midfielder Ganso has acclaimed suitors AC Milan, while declaring he will not decide his future until the end of Copa America and insists he will not force a "dream" move to Europe.

The Brazilian youngster has been strongly tipped to join AC Milan after becoming an instrumental piece in Santos' set-up over the last year.

Ganso, who is currently with the Brazil national squad ahead of Copa America, has paid tribute to the Serie A champions, but stressed he is not thinking about his future right now.

"AC Milan are a great team, Italian football is attractive," the midfielder admitted at a press conference.

"Perhaps I'll think about playing in Europe later. Now, my mind is completely on Copa America."

The 21-year-old star stated he harbours desires of moving to Europe at some point in his career, but only if Santos agree to let him go.

"Playing in Europe is every Brazilian player's dream, every child's dream. But things have to happen naturally, you cannot fight to leave, nothing can be forced," Ganso concluded.

vendredi 24 juin 2011

Ganso plots Milan switch

Santos star Ganso has revealed he wants to secure victory in the Club World Cup and then seal a move to AC Milan in January.

Ganso, 21, is rated as one of the finest young talents in Brazil and has for some time been linked with both Milan clubs.

With Santos having secured success in the Copa Libertadores this week, though, he wants to remain at the club until the end of the year to compete against Barcelona in December's Club World Cup before securing a switch to the Rossoneri.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "My dream is to beat Messi's Barcelona in the FIFA Club World Cup and then join AC Milan in January."

Santos are asking around €50 million for Ganso, and there have been indications that Milan's interest has cooled as a result of his price tag and injury record.

mercredi 22 juin 2011

Young Santos stars lead Libertadores win

Having wrapped up the Copa Libertadores title for Santos on Wednesday, talented Brazilian youngsters Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso are already eyeing off their upcoming challenges.

Ganso helped set up Neymar’s goal that opened the way for Santos’ 2-1 victory over Uruguay’s Penarol on Wednesday, giving the Brazilian club its third title in the Latin American competition, the first since Pele was its biggest star in the 1960s.

On Thursday, the pair will travel to Argentina to join the Brazilian squad preparing for the upcoming Copa America, where the Selecao will be aiming for a third straight victory in the continental championship.

“It’s time to go after my third South American title,” said the 19-year-old Neymar, who earlier this year led Brazil to the continental under-20 title.

Then, at the end of the year, the talented young Brazilians could be facing the might of European champion Barcelona in the Club World Cup.

“We still have a few months to go before we get there, but it’s going to be interesting,” Neymar said.

Santos coach Muricy Ramalho is hoping both players choose to stay with Santos for an encounter with the likes of Lionel Messi, even though it will be hard for both club and player to resist the huge transfer offers from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“It will be difficult to play against Barcelona even with these two guys in the team, imagine without them,” he said.

Since emerging as teenagers a couple of years ago, Neymar and Ganso helped the club win the Brazilian Cup in 2009 and back-to-back Sao Paulo state championships in 2010 and ’11. The Copa Libertadores was the major title missing.

“This title puts this generation in the history books,” the 21-year-old Ganso said. “We are making history with another title, with a groups of young winners, young fighters who honor Santos’ jersey.”

Ganso returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday after more than a month sidelined because of a right thigh muscle injury. He started the play that led to Neymar’s goal with a nifty back-heel pass to midfielder Arouca, who then found Neymar inside the area.

Santos became known for the first time because of Pele, and more recently it exported young talents such as Robinho and Diego to top teams across the world. The team led by Robinho in 2003 lost the Copa Libertadores final to Boca Juniors of Argentina.

“We have to thank these young guys for giving us this title,” Pele said, with tears in his eyes as the players celebrated around him.

samedi 18 juin 2011

Always alive the interest for Ganso

Ac Milan continue to be the favourite one in order to sign Santos winger, Ganso. According to rumors coming from England, seems that also Chelsea are interested in the player. Blues have asked information about the player.

vendredi 10 juin 2011

Ganso out of Copa Libertadores because of injury

Santos playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso will miss the rest of the Copa Libertadores because of a right thigh muscle injury.

Ganso was hurt in Santos’ 0-0 draw with Corinthians in the first leg of the Sao Paulo state championship on Sunday, and exams showed he will need to be sidelined for six weeks.

The 21-year-old midfielder was injured in the final minutes of the first half at Pacaembu stadium and had to be substituted at halftime.

He will miss the return match in the Sao Paulo state final and the rest of the Copa Libertadores, which ends on June 22.

Santos is in the quarterfinals of the Latin American competition, facing Colombia’s Once Caldas.

Ganso and Pato to play for Brazil in Copa America

Paulo Henrique Ganso and Alexandre Pato have been included in Brazil’s squad for next month’s Copa America despite injury concerns.

Coach Mano Menezes named them Tuesday among a squad of 22 players headed to Argentina. Pato had been nursing a right shoulder injury and Ganso a right thigh muscle ailment.

“I’m taking into consideration the potential of these players,” Menezes said. “I’ve said before that Ganso is the more complete player for the position to organize the team the way I want, and there will be a lot of time for him to get ready and play well.”

Neymar, Robinho, Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Elano and Fred also will be in Brazil’s squad which will try to win the South American championship for the third straight time.

“It feels great to be back in the team for an important competition like the Copa America,” said Fred, a member of Brazil’s 2006 World Cup team.

Menezes announced his squad after Brazil’s 1-0 win over Romania on Tuesday, a match that marked Ronaldo’s farewell with the national team.

The coach, who replaced Dunga after Brazil’s elimination in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, had called up 28 players for the final two friendlies before the Copa America.

Among those who played in those friendlies but didn’t make the cut for the Copa America squad were Manchester United’s Anderson, Villarreal’s Nilmar and Flamengo’s Thiago Neves. The others left out were Fabio, Jefferson, Henrique, and Leandro Damiao.

Brazil drew the Netherlands 0-0 on Saturday, and under Menezes’ coaching, it has yet to be beat a major team, having lost to Argentina and France while recording wins over the United States, Iran, Ukraine, Scotland and now Romania.

“We are first trying to give some balance to the team,” Menezes said.


Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Victor (Gremio).

Defenders: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Inter Milan), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Adriano (Barcelona), Lucio (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Milan), Luisao (Benfica).

Midfielders: Lucas (Liverpool), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham), Elias (Atletico Madrid), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Jadson (Shakhtar), Elano (Santos), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos).

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), Neymar (Santos), Fred (Fluminense), Robinho (Milan).

dimanche 5 juin 2011

Thiago Silva: Ganso must be signed now

AC Milan defender Thiago Silva has urged the club's board to sign Santos' Ganso this summer, amid rumours the side are willing to bide their time in their pursuit for the player.

The Serie A champions have been linked with a move for the highly sought after attacking midfielder for several months, but face competition from city rivals Inter.

Ganso looks set to leave Brazil after the Copa America tournament in Argentina, with the 21-year-old hoping to recover from a muscle strain in time for the competition which begins July 1.

Thiago Silva hopes his compatriot will join him at Milan in time for next season.

"I have read that the deal has come to a stop. I have read that he may arrive in December, but that's no good, Ganso must be taken now. This is the right time," the defender told Gazzetta dello Sport.

The centre-back was also keen to talk about his club's chances of success next season, while stating the importance for Massimiliano Allegri's side to sign the right players.

"To me, it seems like Milan have very clear ideas on how to strengthen the squad. Next year we will try to win everything. With the right purchases, we won't feel envious of Barcelona. That's why I said that we must not lose any time with Ganso," he added.

"I want to lift the Champions League trophy. It is a dream that I've had ever since I was a little child."

Thiago Silva has enjoyed a superb season with Milan and signed a contract extension until June 2016, cooling rumours of a potential summer switch to Spain.

"Finally Real Madrid and Barcelona have understood that I want to stay with the Rossoneri for the rest of my life," he concluded.

The Brazilian international made 33 apperances in Serie A this season for Milan, scoring one goal in the process.