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Guillem Balague on Pompey 'target' Thiago Motta

Thiago Motta, the Brazilian midfielder formerly with Barcelona, but now with Atletico Madrid is being strongly linked with Pompey. Guillem Balague - the Spanish fella who does the football on Sky - has shared some opinions on the player on his website.

He says that Motta is currently on trial with Pompey but he is not sure if it is worth us taking a punt on him as he is a player with a shady past: 'we are talking about a player, after all, who has been injured more often than he has been fit, has - to put it mildly - a relaxed attitude to training, a love of the nightlife and who's ill discipline has seen him get sent off far too many times at vital moments in key fixtures: even Motta himself has admitted that he has been very unprofessional. It's perhaps even more frustrating because Motta could have been a very good player.'

To see more of what Balague said click here.

He has played for Brazil at international level, so as much as plenty do manage this he cannot be a mug, and holds an Italian passport - so no worries with a work permit - but do we really need a player like him here? Maybe Harry Redknapp could tame him, but if not then we could end up with a fella on very good money who might rock the boat...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 25 2008

Time: 3:47PM

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Could be another dodgy character for HR to take on!!
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25/08/2008 16:08:00

He loves them. Look at his CV.
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25/08/2008 16:39:00

Yeah...Paolo di Canio anyone?
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25/08/2008 17:21:00

"HR"'s has a reputation for taming wild players. "HR" is so easy going on some disciplinary matters, I wander who pulls the strings.
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25/08/2008 17:31:00

could potentially be an awesome siging if he couls stay injury free. i beleive he is only 25 as well. anyone got any idea about what sort of fee he would command ?
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25/08/2008 17:42:00

Never been a fan. I hope we put our good money elsewhere.
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25/08/2008 22:05:00

apparently they are prepared to let him go on a free but he is on something like 60k a week...
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26/08/2008 12:20:00

The Brazillian version of sick note, but with more aggression!
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26/08/2008 13:54:00

Smells like a whole lotta trouble!!!
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26/08/2008 16:10:00

im in 2 minds over this guy because his wage salary , injuries and temperment puts me off but then again he much have some talent to play for barcelona and athletico madrid or is harry just buying him to be a squad player ?
stfc ballboy
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26/08/2008 16:27:00

couldnt we sign this guy on a basis of if he Fu#%$ up just once.. hes out? like a probation clause or sumthin
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27/08/2008 00:25:00

Apparently he has passed a medical!! More to follow no doubt.
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27/08/2008 11:10:00


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