Croatia winger Ante Rebic has decided to extend his stay at Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of the 2021-22 season.
The 24-year-old had been linked with a move to a number of top European clubs, including Eintracht’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Premier League giants Manchester United.
But Rebic, a stand-out performer during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, has instead committed to the club he joined permanently only this summer after two seasons on loan from Fiorentina.
Eintracht sports director Fredi Bobic told the club’s official website: “Ante is certainly one of the most positive phenomena of the World Cup, and we do not have to hide the fact that it awakens greed.
“It speaks for Eintracht Frankfurt that we have managed to keep such a strong player, who can certainly be described as a whizz kid.
“Ante was wooed by some of the top clubs and had one or two better overseas offerings, but staying with us shows that he has the eagle in his heart and that we are on the right path with our plans.”
Tottenham became the first Premier League team not to sign a single player over the summer since the transfer window was created in 2003.
Mauricio Pochettino claims that Brexit has made things too costly for a club that has just built a new stadium and training ground. Spurs could now be getting ready for ‘Dexit’ (or Rexit?) as speculation surrounds left-back Danny Rose.
The England defender has long fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham, with Ben Davies now the established option on the left, leading Bundesliga side Schalke to enquire about a loan deal earlier this month.
Though the Premier League deadline has come and gone, there’s still three weeks left in the European transfer window to thrash out a deal – likely on a loan basis.
It does seem unlikely, however. Rose at the very least is a fine back-up and, given that Tottenham have not signed anyone, may need to hold on to him just for homegrown rule purposes.
Yerry Mina believes he can fight for trophies with Everton after putting a line under his brief stint with Barcelona.
The Colombia defender made just four La Liga starts, including a poor display in Barca’s shocking 5-4 defeat to Levante, but had done enough to turn the heads of the Toffees.
Indeed Mina was part of a water-tight Colombian backline at the World Cup alongside Tottenham centre-back Davinson Sanchez, while scoring three goals from four matches.
While his game needs refining, the Toffees have shelled out €30.25m for the 23-year-old – almost triple the fee that the Blaugrana paid to pluck him from Palmeiras in January.
But Mina is confident he can flourish in the Premier League.
“It is important that the club want to fight for something,” said Mina, who will also be joined by former Barca team-mate Andre Gomes at Everton. “This is why I am here.
“I have watched the Premier League for a long time. It is the best league in the world. This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to competing here.
“I know about Everton’s players and I look forward to being able to play with my new team. I have spoken a lot to the coach and I know his passion for Everton and determination to be successful. I am also determined to do my best for Everton.
“I worked hard during my holiday and now I am ready to play and do important things with the club.”