Why Forster needs to move
Fraser Forster recently racked up a record 1,256 minutes without conceding a goal, that’s nearly 14 games. And while he is in the England squad, he can never become England number one while he remains at Celtic.
There can be no denying that Forster is a talented ‘keeper but when you’re playing for a team that has complete hegemony over the rest of the league, it somewhat takes the gloss off his fantastic clean sheet record. Celtic’s toughest game in Scotland is Aberdeen, without trying to be negative but he doesn’t face world class opposition week in week out, something that current England number one Joe Hart does. It’s not hard to work out: the better the opposition the better you become, so if Forster want’s the number one jersey he needs to move.
More to it, Forster has come to the end of his Celtic journey. He has won everything there is to win there, and he won’t add any medals to his collection that he hasn’t already got. In Europe due to the club’s playing squad, escaping the group stages is classed as a success, what sort of success is that for a goalkeeper who is considered as one of the best in Britain?
Now there are no shortages of suitors for the 25-year-old, no more so than Manchester United who various football blogs have reported as interested. Other potential suitors are rumoured to come in the form of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. What’s more than just his England prospects, Forster deserves a move to a superior league. The Scottish top-flight is worse than the second flight in England and Forster is a stopper who deserves to be in the upper echelons of football. He needs and deserves competitive football and sadly Scotland cannot offer him that.
Celtic are a great club and their fans are second to none but surely they and everyone around them knows that Forster has to take that next step. If he rests on his laurels he’ll regret it for the rest of his career.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that he could be tempted to make a move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli this summer, admitting he would like the chance to work with a player he has previously managed at Inter Milan. While Mourinho and Balotelli endured a tempestuous relationship during their time at Inter, the Chelsea manager is rumoured to be keen to take the 24-year old to Stamford Bridge this summer, with a number of bets being placed with bet365 on the deal taking place.
Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League and favourites with bet365 for the title, but the Blues having recorded 21 less goals than third-placed Liverpool. The Chelsea boss only further fuelled speculation linking him with a move for the Italian by admitting he was keen to work with Balotelli for a second time.
“In football you never know the future. Balotelli is with a big club at the moment but you never know the future.”
“They want to keep the best players and want to keep the best Italian players. But Mario has already been in English football before. He’s a good kid and somebody I’d like to work with again.”
The Italy international is reportedly unhappy at Milan after a disappointing season for the club that sees them nearer the bottom of the Serie A table than the top. While Balotelli has enjoyed a successful season form a personal point of view, scoring 10 Serie A goals in 17 appearances, the Milan club are in real danger of not reaching either the Champions League or the Europa League next season.
Balotelli scored 30 goals in 80 matches during his spell in the Premier League with City before returning to Italy with AC Milan last year. Despite previously admitting he found it tough being away from Italy, Balotelli is now said to be looking to secure a move back to the Premier League this summer.