Five goals were scored as Portmore United and Waterhouse score victories in Tuesday's RSPL semis

By April 09, 2019
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    Renato Sanches' public criticism of Bayern Munich for apparently not letting him leave the club has been met with bafflement by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

    The 22-year-old joined Bayern to much fanfare in 2016 after impressing with Benfica and Portugal, establishing himself as one of the world's most promising teenagers.

    But things have not gone to plan for Sanches in the Bundesliga, struggling before and since an unsuccessful loan spell at Swansea City in 2017-18.

    Niko Kovac's appointment at Bayern last year appeared to provide Sanches with hope of kickstarting his career in Germany, but again his impact was underwhelming.

    After a five-minute cameo in Friday's 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin, Sanches complained about his playing time and questioned why the club had twice refused to let him leave, much to Salihamidzic's confusion.

    "Renato has played three times since the start the season," Salihamidzic told reporters during the presentation of new signing Mickael Cuisance, midfield challenger to Sanches' place in the squad.

    "Against Borussia Dortmund he was subbed on, in the DFB-Pokal he started and this weekend, although it was only for five minutes, he was also subbed on.

    "Therefore, I didn't really understand why he had to make these remarks. We will see [if he stays], I already explained on Monday that we'll keep all our options open until September 2 [when the transfer window closes].

    "Other than that, I don't want to say much more about it."

    Cuisance, 20, will be hoping to not fall short of expectations at Bayern like Sanches, with Salihamidzic revealing the club to be long-time admirers of the France youth international talent, who joins from Borussia Monchengladbach for a reported €12million.

    "We always tried to get him to Bayern," Salihamidzic said of Cuisance. "He is a player who can play all positions in midfield.

    "He is a very creative player with a very good left foot. He is very creative and feels comfortable in a small spaces. Even under pressure, he has no problems and has great technique.

    "He has a very good idea of the game, which has been seen in the French youth teams. He also showed this in his first year in Monchengladbach, so he is very interesting for our team.

    "We expect him to develop further here and I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun with him."

  • Demiral looking to learn from 'idol' Chiellini at Juventus Demiral looking to learn from 'idol' Chiellini at Juventus

    Merih Demiral wants to live up to the example of his idol Giorgio Chiellini during the early stages of his Juventus career.

    Turkey international Demiral joined Juve from Sassuolo in an €18million deal last month – the centre-back having impressed following his move to Serie A from Alanyaspor midway through the 2018-19 season.

    The 21-year-old's style has been compared to former Juventus and Uruguay favourite Paolo Montero.

    However, despite arguably posing a threat to the club's much-vaunted old-guard at the back along with standout close-season recruit Matthijs de Ligt, Demiral insists he need only look to the likes of Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for inspiration.

    "To be compared to Montero is an honour for me," he said on Tuesday.

    "I hope to be able to show the fans that I'm a strong defender and live up to that expectation. My real idols are the players that I'm playing with now, like Chiellini.

    "Chiellini and Bonucci have been helping me a lot to settle in here as well as the other players, I hope to learn a lot from them.

    "[Head coach Maurizio] Sarri looks over the defensive side of play personally and this allows me to train in the best possible way and work on my weaknesses."

    Demiral is the first Turkish player to sign for Juve, something he described as an "absolute honour", although he is grateful for the presence of Emre Can in Turin – the Germany midfielder of Turkish descent having helped him adjust to new surroundings.

    "Emre Can is helping me a lot to settle in both on and off the pitch and I'd like to thank him publicly for that," he added.

  • Fazio pens Roma extension Fazio pens Roma extension

    Federico Fazio has signed a two-year contract extension with Roma, the Serie A club have confirmed.

    The centre-back's fresh terms at the Stadio Olimpico run until June 30, 2021.

    "It's my second renewal with the club and I am incredibly pleased," said the 32-year-old Argentina international, who moved to the Italian capital on an initial loan deal from Tottenham in 2016.

    "From the very first day here I have felt that the club has confidence in me, something that is important to every player. 

    "I've sensed that belief from everyone who works at Trigoria [Roma's training ground] – a place I want to stay at for the long-term."

    In three seasons with the Giallorossi, Fazio has made 135 appearances and scored 11 goals.

    "Federico is a key player within our squad, and because of that we are delighted to be able to extend his contract," said Roma's sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.

    "We will be relying on his ability and his experience, qualities which will also be hugely important in the growth and development of our younger players.

    "Federico will be a mentor for our defence and for our lads."

    Roma open their Serie A campaign at home to Genoa on Sunday following a busy close season under new head coach Paulo Fonseca.

    Pau Lopez, Bryan Cristante and Amadou Diawara are among those in line to make their competitive debuts.

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