Takayuki tops Dinamo’s shortlist
- Astra’s Japanese midfielder will be under observation until the end of the season, after the good start of season and his solid reputation, built in the few years spent in Romania. His quality as a player and work ethic recommend him for such a move, as the Red Dogs are looking to add some character to a talented, but very unprofessional team, which also means that Ousmane N’Doye has little chance to extend his deal, which expires in the summer. Although other clubs could become interested in Taka’s signature, Dinamo has no worries about the current press reports, given their friendship with Astra’s owner Ioan Niculae, a declared fan of the Bucharest side.
Mark Wotte gets the first public criticism since his arrival in Romania. One of the best Romanian players of all times, former Universitatea player and coach, Ilie Balaci (currently coaching Al Kazma, in Kuweit), accused the Dutchman of not knowing well enough his roster. Balaci states that Craiova has players suited for a 4-3-3 and that the team’s topscorer Florin Costea cannot perform at his best in a 4-4-2, as he likes to play as a left forward. In 2010, Universitatea earned 1 point out of 9 and is sitting on a relegation spot, while top scorer Florin Costea is yet to score a goal this year, after netting 8 in the first half of season.
- Steaua refused to let Bogdan Stancu (22) play for Romania’s U23 against Italy, announcing that the player is injured, yet today the club’s owner stated that it was just a lie and that the striker is fit. “Stancu is a well known player, has nothing else to prove and we need him in the league”, said Becali.
- Rapid should part ways with no less than 10 players at the end of the season! 7 are currently on loan: Sapunaru, Varga, Balan, Ciz, Gauracs, Helder and Iordache. Although Ciz, Gauracs and Helder have buying options, club owner George Copos says that he can’t find ways to keep any of them unless the team wins the league. Ionita has already been sold to FC Koln (the Goats already paid 1,5 million euros), while goalkeeper Marinescu and the once very impressive winger Cesinha will run out of contract, with no chances to get another deal.