News of the Day: November 26, 2009

I realize that it’s Clásico week. I don’t know if you noticed that I have been posting some things about it. Don’t think that’ll stop, but here’ a quick News Hit for today, before I return to my turkey and family.

The Yaya has returned to training after recovering from the super bug ebola-leukemia-Swine. Obviously he defeated it by thinking up a cure for this awful disease that has afflicted, well, just The Yaya because any mere mortal who caught it would be immediately incinerated. He was cleared by the medical staff and returned to full participation.

-Three players trained individually with trainers: Alves for an ankle knock he sustained against Inter and Ibra and Messi for their respective injuries. No word yet on their expected fitness levels for Sunday, but I imagine they’ll both start since they were on the bench against Inter.

Abidal renewed his contract, extending it through June 30, 2012 and upping his buyout clause to €90million. Congratulation, Le Greyhound!

-The club has apparently agreed to a contract extension with Don Andres Iniesta. EMD reports that the deal will last through June 30, 2015 and will have a buyout clause of €200million. Two hundred million euros. Holy…Make of that what you will, of course, but €200million? That’s a large amount of money…

-Both of these contract renewals bring me to the inevitable question of why hasn’t The Yaya renewed? Is he asking for too much money? Are we no offering enough? Are there even negotiations going on? I want to know, dammit!

Xavi points out the obvious: RM is a victim of Barça’s successes last year, meaning they, RM, have had to spend astronomically in an attempt to reach our level. Whether they have or not is apparently debatable, though in my world, I agree with Johann Cruyff that Barça plays a thousand times better. Damn right, The Johann.

-Remember, I’ve extended the deadline of the Logo and Banner Design Contest until Thursday, December 3. I’ve received some great submissions, but I’m sure there are a lot of great ideas left out there (cough Corrine cough).

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24 Comments

  1. Maximus
    November 26, 2009

    Didn’t Yaya renew last season?

    • November 26, 2009

      He did, but from all the report I read then and what I’ve been reading now, it doesn’t appear that it’s long term or for big money.

      If it turns out that I’m wrong about that, I apologize.

      • Aeneas
        November 26, 2009

        Yea but if he wasn’t satisfied why did he agree to the deal?

        • Kari
          November 26, 2009

          I can’t help but think(more like know) that this is just BS from British tabloids that have somehow invaded the Spanish (read: mostly Marca and AS) newspapers. Unless it comes out of Yaya’s mouth that he is unhappy with the deal and ‘would like a better one, but the one I have is (not) fine’ then I won’t pay any attention to it.

          That said this whole thing only really caught steam when Kolo Toure made the switch to Citeh. And everyone would want to leave their Triplete-winning, serious La Liga and CL contenders team for a team with an unhappy Brazilian, an obnoxious and overated Togolese, Richard Dunne, and boatloads of cash.

          That said, I respect the Yaya. if he would like to play with his brother, who wouldn’t? I’ve got no qualms with that, but he can leave only after 13430340543 x 10^25 years. Or 2 more Triplete winning years in a row. I think that’s a reasonable demand for (in my opinion) the best and most versatile DM in the world 🙂

  2. Helge
    November 26, 2009

    Abidal also upped his salary 😉

  3. Hilal
    November 26, 2009

    Didnt Yaya just renew like a few months ago?

  4. Kari
    November 26, 2009

    *http://www.justin.tv/clip/38e2fecac7afdbfe

    Part 1/8 of last years 2-6 in English with RayRay and Phil Schoen. Rest of them are also on the right hand side of the page.

    I suggest watching the whole thing before El Clasico 😛

    • Blow-Granite
      November 26, 2009

      Priceless clips!!! I was having a hard time figuring out what i was gonna do besides looking into this blog till the classico.!!! BTW: I will be in Ottawa this Friday night!

        • Kari
          November 26, 2009

          BTW: I should have put a disclaimer

          Warning: Watching the following videos will expose you to excessive Phil “so Madridista it’s not even funny” Schoen and Ray “reduced to 1 syllable screams” Hudson. Viewer discretion is advised.

          Actually RayRay is not so bad (since he’s actually PLAYED the game and has an honest love for Spanish football), Phil on the other hand, kills me. You should see the BS he was sprouting during Higuain’s first goal (Barca on the mat bleeding!!!!) and his rant after the goal. Puh-lease.

          Then Henry scored 2 seconds later and all was good in the world (save Sergio Ramos’ goal). 🙂

  5. Cesc Blanc
    November 26, 2009

    Yaya is earning something around 6 Million Euros with a contract until 2012 if I’m not wrong.

  6. BA
    November 26, 2009

    i’ve found the solution to anyone who thinks we have a holding central midfielder problem. one of my all-time favorite players is starting to sound willing to make a move in the January window, and i’d LOVE to see him in the blaugrana.

    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/feedarticle/8828704

    that’s right. Gennaro Gattuso. the guy who, pertinently, in the Champion’s League semis in 06/07 bitchslapped Cristiano Ronaldo around and around the San Siro. great player, and there’s no tougher competitor in European football.

    • November 26, 2009

      But he’s not that good anymore. And he gets red cards like it’s his job. Those are my problems with him…

  7. Annie
    November 26, 2009

    ESPN 2 is broadcasting it right? I can’t find it on the listings…

    • November 26, 2009

      I believe GolTV is broadcasting it, actually. Don’t think it’ll be available in HD.

  8. Kari
    November 26, 2009

    OMG.

    199 fans on Facebook. Will you guys make it, or will you all be destined to stay at that number?

    Only time will tell.

    Dun, dun, dun, dun.

    (I’d love that rate after this post, someone becomes a fan)

  9. PM
    November 26, 2009

    If Ibra Messi both are fit whom do we play from Keita, Henry and Pedro? Seems like a difficult choice to me 🙁

    • Kxevin
      November 26, 2009

      It’s why I think we start with the same front line as va Inter, then sub, probably Messi for Pedro and Ibra for Keita. Henry moves to the left, and stand back.

      • Kari
        November 26, 2009

        It’s what we’d LIKE to happen. But seriously, against EE with Kaka’ and Thong Boy in the lineup, no way Messi and Ibra’ll be on the bench. That said Henry will probably start on the left (c’mon, will they really leave out Titi in a match of superstars?), but with Pep you never really know. He may somehow convince Henry that he’s supersub and Pedro!’ll start

        • Blow-Granite
          November 26, 2009

          I predict the same lineup against EE as was for Inter. Ive noticed that Pep likes to take his time introducing injured players. Messi and Ibra could be subs. I am kind of concerned regarding the whole Dani Alves ankle problem though. It would be fun to see how Pepe and Albiol handle BANGS.

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