Perez slams United as 'inexperienced'
LONDON • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hit back at Manchester United over the failed David de Gea transfer deal, describing the English Premier League club as naive and inexperienced.
Speaking to radio station Cadena Ser, he blamed the naivety of the United chief executive Ed Woodward for the collapse of the deal. It fell apart because the paperwork was not signed in time for Monday's deadline .
"I think what they lack is experience... what is surprising is that someone wants to do a deal and only starts the process 12 hours before," he said. "It's the inexperience of the new people in charge."
Bayern rejected 'very high' Mueller offer
LONDON • Bayern Munich turned down a "very high" bid for versatile attacking midfielder Thomas Mueller this summer, president of the German club, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has said.
The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils throughout the summer.
United's last offer for the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner was thought to be in excess of £70 million (S$151 million), according to British media reports.
Politics for Pacquiao after one more fight
LOS ANGELES • Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says the Filipino boxer is ready to hang up his gloves after one more fight in 2016 and then make the switch to being a full-time politician.
Arum told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the 36-year-old Pacquiao wants to get on with his political career and run for the Senate in the Philippines.
Villas-Boas slapped with 6-match ban
MOSCOW • Andre Villas-Boas' future as manager of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg appeared to hang in the balance yesterday after the Portuguese was handed a six-match ban.
On Thursday, the Russia Football Union disciplinary panel punished the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham coach for pushing the reserve referee during Zenit's league game with newly-promoted Samara. Zenit lost 1-3.