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Sevilla Fútbol Club - Los Rojiblancos

Started on 3 June 2014 by LFC
Latest Reply on 24 June 2014 by Fmmalta
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Sevilla Legend Returns to Replace Emery

Liga BBVA side Sevilla have announced the departure of Spanish manager Unai Emery, but have brought a new manager in with immediate effect. Emery, who only joined Sevilla in January this year leaves the club following what he calls a "huge disappointment" of a season. When Emery took over from the sacked Míchel, Sevilla sat in 12th place in the table - today Emery tells Spanish sports newspaper MARCA that he had hoped to push the team up the table to challenge for a UEFA Champions League spot. This was not achieved, and Emery cites this as his reason for leaving the club.

Ultimately, the season ended with Sevilla finishing in 9th place, and scraping UEFA Europa League qualification. Emery questioned the attitude of the squad in his interview with MARCA, accusing the team, nicknamed Los Rojiblancos, or The Red and Whites, of "going for the easy options" rather than trying to push on for a better league standing.

He leaves on good terms with the chairman, but not with the squad. Captain Ivan Rakitić hit back at the Spaniard, querying his managerial techniques in an interview with the BBC.

"Unai is clearly very bitter about the half season that he spent with us. I think that he has no right to tell the media about our attitude when he has spent so little time with us. If he had not gone to speak with the media, not one week after the end of the season, then I would have the respect that I had for him while he was with us, but because of what he has done, I lose respect for him."

"If he can be bitter, then so can we. We feel that, although he did a good job in the rise of our league position, his tactics weren't right, he relied on other staff for advice on training, and was generally lacking in professionalism. I'm sorry to say this, but he has insulted us, and we are offended."

Sevilla have acted very quickly to resolve the situation - hiring Brazilian striker and club legend Luis Fabiano as Emery's successor. This marks the end of the 33-year-old's playing career, which spans sixteen years. Fabiano spent six years as a player at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, and arrived back on a plane this morning from Brazil after a tearful farewell to his employers São Paulo, with whom he had two spells with.

Fabiano refused to speak to the media in his first day in the job, with his reason being that he would like to ease in to his first managerial role and get to know the club and players again before giving any interviews. The club spokesman tells us that the new man is not intent on spending big, and will instead opt to utilize the squad he has available to him, with a few exceptions.
Great start LFC, I will be following!
Great start. Nice choice of manager.

Offers Rejected For Captain Rakitić

Rakitić has been an important figure at the club since joining in 2011

Sevilla have announced that four offers for club captain Ivan Rakitić have been rejected. All four offers came from top European clubs, including a £27.5 million bid from Barclays Premier League side Chelsea. New manager Luis Fabiano has told that he will not sell the Croatian midfielder if he can help it - but the 25-year-old has a release clause in his contract, and if one of the four teams who are interested (Chelsea F.C., Arsenal F.C., AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain) were to raise their bid to match this release clause of £34 million, then the Brazilian would not have a choice in the matter and Rakitić would be free to discuss contract terms with these clubs.

Fabiano has reassured fans that their beloved captain remains happy at the club, despite the lure of Europe's elite. This news reinforces Fabiano's intentions to keep his current squad, with no additions or departures. The 33-year-old says that the chance to cash in on his star player and lure a few big name signings was tempting, but he is determined to stick to his transfer policy. Could we see an improved bid for the Croatian, or will interest be dropped? We'll be finding out in the next few days, so watch this space for any developments on the saga.
YAY a LFC story, you know this will be good!

Atlético Madrid's Juanfran Joins Sevilla

Adiós: Juanfran has left Atlético after two years

Atlético Madrid's Spanish defender Juanfran has departed the club, signing a four year contract with Sevilla. The 28-year-old had been placed on the transfer list by Argentinian boss Diego Simeone, but had played big parts in the squad beforehand.

He has spent his entire career in his home country, playing for the likes of Real Madrid and Osasuna, and it now looks like he will also end his career in Spain, with the contract he signed taking him up to his 32nd birthday.

Signed by Atlético Madrid for £3.6 million in 2011, he played 76 league games for the club, scoring twice. Capped five times by the Spanish national team, he joins Sevilla for a fee of £3.2 million, Atlético making a slight loss. He helped his former employer on the path to winning the 2011-2012 UEFA Europa League, and featured in the Final against fellow Liga BBVA team Athletic Bilbao.
What a great signing! 3.2 million?! :o

Rakitić Agrees New Deal But Interest Remains

Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitić has agreed to a new four year deal worth £3,000,000 per year. The deal involves a wage rise from his previous contract, as well as a higher release clause, meaning that if Rakitić was to be sold, it would have to be a very high fee for them to have to accept it.
The 25-year-old and his agent were spotted meeting with Sevilla manager Luis Fabiano in local restaurant, Restaurante Egana-Oriza on Wednesday evening to discuss terms, and the three parted fairly quickly, with Fabiano wanting to wrap up the deal swiftly.

This should have meant that interest was dropped, but two teams, Arsenal and Chelsea, still maintain major interest in the Croatian, and Arsenal have had another bid rejected by Fabiano since the new contract was signed. The new minimum release clause is now £40 million. Interest from PSG and Monaco has been dropped but this saga is far from over.
Nice job getting him to sign a contract, hopefully he won't leave!
Adam, Juanfran is an excellent signing and tying Rakitic down to a new contract is practically signing a player also. Good luck.
Great start LFC :D
Juanfran is a great signing especially for so cheap and good to see you tie Rakitic down to a long contract!
great start mate!
Loving this!

Argentine Midfielder Joins Fabiano's Sevilla

Sevilla manager Luis Fabiano has announced the signing of Argentinian midfielder, Leandro Luis Desábato, from Argentine Primera División side Vélez Sarsfield, for a fee of £1.3 million. The 23-year-old is uncapped by Argentina at any level, and has spent the entirety of his three year career with Vélez Sarsfieldon, playing thirty-six league games in total, and helping them to win two titles and a cup, scoring one goal in the process.

Desábato has spoken to MARCA about his delight at being able to transfer to a Spanish side with players at the club whom he could speak to, with Spanish being his native tongue. The players' agent, Eduardo Sanchez, also noted that this was one of the key reasons for the deal going through. The Santa Fe born midfielder is thought to be earning a wage of around £7,500 per week.

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