The sport of soccer has been in the news recently with many players, coaches, officials, media and fans all having their futures in the spotlight.
One player, however, is likely to get more attention in the coming months than most, and that is Joao Cancela, the Portuguese midfielder.
Cancela has been one of the biggest stories of the 2016/17 season, with the Brazilian making headlines for his controversial tackle on Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in the FA Cup semi-final.
Cancella was accused of “cursing a player” and was fined £75,000, but Cancela has always denied making any such comment.
He said that he was “disappointed” by the sanction, but added that it is the “final decision”.
In a statement, the FA said that it was “unaware of any evidence to suggest that any player, coach or official has made a complaint about any player or official during a match or match-day”.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Cancela also spoke about the impact of the Champions League on the Brazilian player.
“There is always a new season for Brazil, a new competition, and the Champions are one of them,” he said.
“It has always been a very positive time for Brazil.
I don’t think there is a player who hasn’t benefited from this competition.”
However, the striker also said that, “I don’t have a lot of money [on my contract], so I have to do what I can to earn money.”
Cancelas has had a successful career so far, with more than 80 goals, six assists and six assists in all competitions.
He has been linked with a move to the Premier League, but that remains on the backburner.CANCELA: I think there are some clubs interested in me but it’s hard to say.
I want to do well in the Champions league and the World Cup.
Source The Sport Book title Joao Cancella to play in Champions League next season article The 25-year-old, who was born in the Portuguese city of Vasco da Gama, has made just two appearances for his country so far this season, and has not featured in a competitive match for the last two years.
But, as well as helping his country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Cancelas is also a key player for the Portuguese side.
He is also in the frame for a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of this season.
If he does stay in Portugal, he would join a team with a history of winning European Championships and World Cups.
It is also unlikely that he will be given a regular role, with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw also linked with joining the club, while Bayern Munich are also keen to sign the attacking midfielder.
A big signing from the Champions is Cancela’s former team, Vasco Da Gama.
The Portuguese side won the Copa Libertadores in 2015/16 and was crowned champions of the competition in 2016/18.
But Cancela failed to make the final of the tournament after finishing runner-up in his team’s group.
He also failed to qualify from the group stages in Brazil, and was sent home after the final in Montevideo, Uruguay.