Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola wanted to coach Brazil at last year’s World Cup, says defender Dani Alves. The Barcelona full-back said his former boss at the Nou Camp had a plan to make the hosts world champions again. But Alves claimed Brazilian football officials were afraid of hiring a foreign coach for the national side. “Pep said he wanted to make Brazil a World Cup champion and had an entire strategy to make us a world champion,” the 32-year-old told ESPN Brasil. “They didn’t want it, because they said that they didn’t know if Brazil would accept a foreign coach.”
Tottenham sign defender Toby Alderweireld on a five-year contract from Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old was on loan at Southampton last season and the Saints had an option to make the deal permanent for £6.8m. However, they have lost their battle to sign the Belgian. “I’m very proud to be a Tottenham player. I’m happy to be here and hope to have a wonderful time with this team,” he said. Alderweireld made 26 Premier League appearances for Southampton last season, and was also reported to interest Manchester City.
Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi has joined Cardiff on a season-long loan deal after signing a new two-year contract at St James’ Park. The 23-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of last month, put pen to paper on a two-year deal before heading for South Wales. Sammy’s older brother, Shola Ameobi played for the Super Eagles at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Sunday Oliseh is reportedly in advanced talks with the Nigerian Football Federation over becoming the new Super Eagles coach. The 40-year-old former midfielder, who captained Nigeria and won 63 caps, is set to be appointed in the coming days. The NFF have acted quickly to fill the vacancy following the sacking of Stephen Keshi on Saturday.