Julen Lopetegui, the man in charge of the Portuguese club FC Porto, refused to make any sort of statement regarding the rumours of the club management trying to grab the services of the young Belgian player Adnan Januzaj on loan.
Januzaj had broken into the senior team of Manchester United the previous season under David Moyes and he continues to be in the frame this season too.
But, the teenager hasn’t quite managed to produce the returns to impress the current Manchester United management and there’s a word going around that the Red Devils are looking to place him on loan to an overseas club for the rest of the season. Read more »
FC Porto secured a late equaliser against Shakhtar Donetsk and it helped them finish top of their Champions League group. Winger Ricardo Quaresma said after the match that the never say die attitude of the Porto players was a crucial element in helping them rescue a point in the match. Porto were feeling confident of topping the group given that they have not suffered any defeat in the group stages this season. Shakhtar Donetsk were seen as their biggest threat, but they finished their campaign with nine points – six behind Porto.Stepanenko opened the scoring for Shakhtar Donetsk in the 51st minute.
Just when it seemed that the Ukrainian outfit were heading for a victory that would push them closer to Porto, Aboubakar equalised in the 87th minute. The 22-year-old said that he was extremely satisfied by the goal and it shows that the club are on a good path. Aboubakar has not been a regular first-team player largely because of the brilliance of striker Jackson Martinez. The forward has been prolific this season and has already scored 16 goals. However, Aboubakar believes that this good showing against Shakhtar Donetsk will reward him with opportunities going forward. Quaresma says that he is extremely happy with the way Porto continued chasing the equaliser even late on.
“We’re a side who always has faith until the end, and that’s what happened today. We equalised just before the 90 minutes were up and could have scored a second but didn’t manage to.We deserve congratulations. We gave it everything we had.Our goal was to finish first in our group, and we did. Now we have to continue working and think about our next game,” said Quaresma. “I’m satisfied. I scored a goal and we’re on the right path,” said the 22-year-old,Aboubakar.
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Ricardo Quaresma began making a name for himself and impressing clubs around Europe during his time as a player of Porto which was way back in 2004 until 2007 before the Portuguese winger was sold to Inter Milan and subsequently to Chelsea but his tenure with these 2 titan clubs did not go well.
After signing with Inter Milan he was awarded with the Bidone d’Oro which is recognition given to the worst footballer in the Italian League. Later on with Chelsea, he struggled trying to impress the coach Jose Mourinho and this led to the Portuguese player being offloaded to Besiktas, Al Ahli until making his return to Porto.
On January of the ongoing year, Quaresma returned to Porto but his time playing with the Portuguese club could be reaching its end according to rumors and reports which are claiming that the head coach of the club, Julen Lopetegui does not have Quaresma in his plans.
Quaresma was dropped from Porto’s Champions League qualifying matches against Lille and did not make an appearance in the league game against Pacos de Ferreira. It seems like the influence of Quaresma in the club is not as much as some time ago as he is apparently getting fewer time and making less appearances for Porto as Lopetegui is trying to utilize other players instead of the 30 year old former Inter Milan player.
At one point in time of his career Quaresma was even hailed to be the next Luis Figo for Portugal but things just couldn’t work out for him and now his future at Porto is starting to look less and less assured. Throughout his career, Quaresma has displayed the abilities of being able to play on either side of the wings as well as demonstrating tricks such as: Rabona and Trivela but his temper is a factor that has troubled him. Similar to Mario Balotelli, another player that has all the skills necessary to become one of the best in the world but anger and disciplinary are limiting him on turning into a world-class player.