LONDON, Sep. 7 (Xinhua) -- Everton have confirmed the signing of Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid for 20 million pounds (26 million U.S. dollars).
Slovakia lost three players to injury on Friday and three more had to return to their league clubs or face quarantine, forcing coach Pavel Hapal to ring the changes.
The German club was afraid that the striker would have to be quarantined after he returned to Berlin. In consequence they made an official request to PZPN to let Piatek not play against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica on Monday. According to Hertha, the PZPN agreed.
As the match seemed headed for a goalless draw in the second half, Shijiazhuang broke the deadlock in the 88th minute with a cross from Brazilian forward Matheus Leite Nascimento, helping midfielder Chen Pu to score an open goal.
PZPN gave a quick response to these accusations. "It's true Hertha wanted Piatek returning to Germany instead of playing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but we didn't give a green light. They even contacted FIFA, who claimed that there is no rule that allows clubs to demand such things from national teams," said PZPN's spokesman Jakub Kwiatkowsi to the local media on Monday.
The 33-year-old confirmed his U-turn in an interview with Goal.com, which comes 11 days after he rocked the footballing world by informing Barcelona that he wanted to leave the club he first joined 20 years ago.
The players are to resume the camp on Sept. 15 to begin preparations for their upcoming international assignments.
Zaniolo picked up an injury after a challenge with Donny van de Beek in the UEFA Nations League fixture between Italy and the Netherlands, and the result may cast a shadow on the star's future.
LONDON, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chelsea have completed the signing of German international midfielder Kai Havertz on a five-year contract, the Premier League club confirmed on Friday.
It was also a disastrous race for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen retiring from the midfield with engine trouble, and Alex Albon finishing down in 15th after a scrappy performance in which he received a five-second penalty for impeding Romain Grosjean's Haas.
"I've been playing well the past couple of weeks, training well, focussing on the right things, maintaining that level of performance and hoping for the best. I'm feeling confident about my game and taking that to every match I play."