Busquets: Football better than sex!

The midfielder joked of his preference for sport over bedroom antics and discussed David de Gea’s collapsed move to Real Madrid

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has concluded that football is better than sex – because happiness from sport can last days, but happiness in the bedroom can last just one minute!

The Camp Nou veteran is well versed in winning silverware, picking up three Champions League crowns, five La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey trophy three times so far in his career.

Just last season Busquests played a key role in Luis Enrique’s men winning the treble for the second time in Barca’s history, and he suggested football’s lasting happiness beats off any competition from lovemaking.

“In football, happiness lasts three or four days,” he told Spanish TV show El Hormiguero. “Sex, on the other hand, can last just one minute!”

Although Barca have enjoyed lots of success in 2015, Busquets knows all too well the downsides that come with being a professional footballer.

“After a bad game you just go home, shut the door and you don’t want to go out for three or four days,” he added.

“Fans don’t insult you after a bad day, but many of them remind you it was not your best one.”

Busquets also gave his thoughts on Real Madrid and Manchester United’s failure to get their David de Gea-Keylor Navas swap deal tied up before Monday’s deadline.

“It seemed a done deal – often players are the ones who suffer as they don’t know their future,” the Spain star said of his international team-mate, De Gea.

“I have little to say on the issue. He was ready to change Manchester United for Madrid but… David will be happy anyway.”

Busquets has featured in four of Barca’s five competitive games so far in 2015-16, missing only the Blaugrana’s shock 4-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.

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Ramos urges De Gea to bounce back after collapse of Real Madrid move

“Everyone has to take responsibility for his reality” – Sergio Ramos’ take on David de Gea’s Real Madrid move breaking down at 11th hour.


Sergio Ramos has urged Spain team-mate David de Gea to remain professional in the aftermath of the bizarre breakdown of his proposed move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

De Gea, who has not featured this season for United amid the Spanish giants’ pursuit of his isgnature, looked all set to join Madrid prior to Monday’s close of the transfer window in La Liga after a deal was brokered that included Keylor Navas heading in the opposite direction.

But the relevant paperwork was not completed in time and the two clubs issued statements on Tuesday pointing accusing fingers at each other for the collapse of a transfer that had been mooted for months.

Ramos, who was a target for United until he signed a new long-term contract in August, was coy when quizzed on the situation but thinks that a pragmatic approach is now required from everyone involved.

“I haven’t spoken to [De Gea] – sincerely, we haven’t spoken – and I don’t know what opinion he will have but. well, life is like that,” the defender told reporters while on international duty with Spain.

“Sometimes, in some moments, it’s our turn to experience it and deal with it in the best way possible. Everyone has to take responsibility for his reality and show his best level where he is.”

Ramos added: “I’ve had the day off and the truth is I’ve been a little disconnected.

“I can’t tell you anything. To talk about a footballer who isn’t a Real Madrid player would be a lack of respect to any of my team-mates and, in that sense, we have two great goalkeepers and it doesn’t depend on any Real Madrid player.”

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Costa Rica give Keylor Navas time off after Madrid's De Gea blunder

The goalkeeper was set to join Manchester United but club errors mean he will remain in La Liga, and his national side have given him a break

Keylor Navas has been given permission by Costa Rica to stay in Spain during the international break to “tend to his situation” at Real Madrid .

The goalkeeper has endured a topsy turvy 72 hours – despite starting the season as the Blancos’ No.1 following Iker Casillas’ sale, he was offered to Manchester United on Monday as part of a deal for David de Gea.

However, incompetence from the two Champions League rivals led to the deal not being completed before the transfer window deadline and both goalkeepers will remain at their current clubs.

Having gone from preparing to leave La Liga for the Premier League to being aware he is rooted to Madrid until at least January, Navas has been allowed to take some time off to gather his thoughts by Costa Rica’s football federation (Fedefutbol).

“Navas will not join up with Costa Rica,” Fedefutbol’s official Twitter account stated on Tuesday. “The federation and head coach Oscar Ramirez will give him space to tend to his situation with Real Madrid.”

Meanwhile Keylor’s father, Freddy Navas, has attacked the Spanish press for the way he believes they vilified his son, but believes Madrid fans are behind him following his penalty-saving performance in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Real Betis.

“The Spanish media want to have a Spanish goalkeeper at Real Madrid, they can’t accept a Central American player there,” he told Pasion Deportiva . “They know he’s the best, but they can’t accept it.

“Seeing him be cheered by the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday sent shivers down my spine and brought tears to my eyes. He has one of the most difficult tasks at one of the biggest clubs in the world. We are proud of him.

“Keylor tells me he has the support of the dressing room. Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez… They all love him because he’s quiet and humble.”

Navas, 28, shot to global stardom as Costa Rica’s shot-stopper during the 2014 World Cup, when the little-fancied Central American nation reached the quarter-final stage.

Subsequently, he secured a €10 million move to Real Madrid from Levante – with whom he had become one of the most reliable goalkeepers in La Liga – as competition for club captain Casillas.

Navas remained rooted to the bench for much of 2014-15, featuring 11 times in all competitions, but Casillas’ exit to Porto has led to him becoming Rafa Benitez’s first choice ahead of summer signing Kiko Casilla.

Costa Rica play two friendlies in this international break without Navas: first up is a clash with Brazil on Saturday September 5 in New Jersey, followed by a home tie against Uruguay three days later.

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Real Madrid still can't accept Barcelona beat them to Neymar – Bartomeu

The Catalans’ chief has suggested his tax evasion trial over the Brazilian’s move to Camp Nou is motivated by Blancos bitterness

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has taunted Real Madrid by suggesting the club remain bitter that Neymar chose Camp Nou over the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Catalans beat the Blancos and the rest of the world in the race to sign the 23-year-old in May 2013 and he has gone on to become one of the world’s best players at the club.

The cost of Neymar has remained a contentious issue in Spain and Brazil, however, with Barca’s official figure of €57 million questioned – 20 months ago it was estimated he actually cost them €86.2m.

Bartomeu is currently awaiting trial amidst allegations of tax evasion and fraud regarding Neymar’s transfer from Santos and he has hinted that the charges are being motivated against him by an embittered Madrid.

“In Madrid they still don’t understand Neymar chose Barca and they are trying to create difficulties for the club and for him,” he told RAC1.

“Let’s see how the trial finishes, but I will never get tired of defending club and player interests.”

There had been rumours that Neymar was attracting transfer attention from Manchester United this summer, although the World Cup 2014 star ultimately rejected any possibility of departing the Liga club.

Bartomeu – who was re-elected as president in July – has reiterated his stance that he wants the Barca No.11 to retire at the club.

“We haven’t started negotations with Neymar for his renewal but he is a very important player to us and we hope he retires from football at Barcelona,” he added.

Neymar’s current deal at the Spanish club – who won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey last season – expires in June 2018.

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Man Utd hit back and blame Real Madrid for De Gea deal collapse

The Liga giants claimed they had done “everything necessary” to complete the deal, but the Red Devils have contested that suggestion and say los Blancos are at fault


Manchester United have hit back at Real Madrid after being accused by the Spanish club of being responsible for the collapse of David De Gea’s move.

The Liga giants released a lengthy statement earlier on Tuesday in which they insisted they had done “everything necessary” to complete a deal, instead blaming United for the last-minute hitch.

But the Red Devils have offered a different version of events and believe they fulfilled their side of the deal, with the transfer actually failing to get over the line because Madrid did not upload De Gea’s documents to either the TMS (Transfer Matching System) or Spanish league on time.

United also refute suggestions that they only opened negotiations on Monday, instead saying that Madrid’s deadline day offer was the first official bid that had been made throughout the entire summer.

Despite the messy saga, and despite coming so close to replacing De Gea with Keylor Navas, the Red Devils were keen to stress that the Spanish shot-stopper is still very much a part of the first-team scene at Old Trafford and are “delighted” he remains at the club.


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MANCHESTER UNITED’S STATEMENT IN FULL:

Manchester United notes Real Madrid’s statement on the attempt to sign David De Gea and sell Navas to Manchester United. The Club feels compelled to provide some clarification with the following facts.

• Manchester United did not seek contact from Real Madrid for the sale of David. David is a key member of our squad and the club’s preference was not to sell.

• No offer was received for David until yesterday.

• At lunchtime yesterday, Real Madrid made its first offer to buy David. A deal was agreed between the clubs, which included Navas being transferred to Old Trafford.  The deals were dependent on each other.

• In the last several hours of the process, with Navas at the Real Madrid training ground, Real Madrid were controlling the documentation processes of David, Navas and Real Madrid. Manchester United was in control only of the documentation of Manchester United.

• Manchester United sent transfer documents for both players to Real Madrid at 2042 BST.  David’s documentation was returned by Real Madrid to Manchester United without the signatory page at 2232 BST.

• At 22:40 BST, minutes before the deadline, major changes to the documentation came through to Manchester United which immediately put the deals at risk.

• Only at 2255 BST were the documents that are needed to cancel David’s contract received by Manchester United from Real Madrid.

• At this point Navas’ documentation was still not returned by Real Madrid.

• At 2258 BST, the transfer agreement was sent back by Manchester United, uploaded onto TMS and accepted – all before the deadline.

• It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because:

– Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS in time (Manchester United did)

– Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents to the Spanish league in time, per reports it seems some 28 minutes after the deadline

• The fact that Manchester United filed the papers on time was acknowledged by the Football Association, who offered to support that claim in any discussions with FIFA. The Club offered this assistance, as well as its own timestamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.

• Manchester United acts appropriately and efficiently in its transfer dealings. The Club is delighted that its fan-favourite double Player of the Year, David de Gea, remains a Manchester United player.

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