Inter Milan manager and former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has today spoken to the Daily Mail about Newcastle’s long term target Russian midfield player Andrei Arshavin.
Andrei Arshavin – does he have the stamina to play in the top leagues?
Jose has hinted that he will probably not enter the race to sign the Zenit St Petersburg player Andrei Arshavin, who was outstanding in his first two matches at Euro 2008, but then disappeared in the third match – the semi-finals against Spain.
Arsene Wenger has already come out and expressed doubts about Andrei’s stamina, when he said last week at a media conference in Russia:
“That Arshavin is a top-level talent is beyond doubt,”
“The only issue is related to the fact that the leading leagues in the world mean you must be at the highest level of physical readiness throughout the season.”
“Can he show his full potential every three days that happens every season the same in England and Spain?”
“In the semi-final meeting with the Spaniards, in which Arshavin looked to be exhausted, has forced me to ask this question.”
Mourinho, it turns out, has similar doubts about whether the 27-year-old can perform regularly at the highest level.Â He went missing completely in the crunch game against Spain in the semi-finals of the European Championship.
Mourinho told the Daily Mail today:
“Arshavin is a fine player. But is he mature enough to play in the strongest leagues?”
“At the Euros he showed a lot of inspiration against Sweden and Holland. But he looked like he was absolutely switched off in the next match against Spain.”
“At Inter we are looking for players who are capable of playing to the highest of standards not for two to five games in a row, but the entire season.”
OK, here is the scenario – all the top teams like Barcelona and others, who are now in for Arshavin, become wary of his stamina, and see the comments of Wenger and Mourinho, two of the world’s top managers.
Jose and Arsene are also probably two of the very best managers at judging just how good players really are, and we know Wenger is almost a genius at that.
And of course the current fee on Andrei of Â£20M, is just way too high.
But he would still be worth Â£10M, and if these other clubs pull out, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle could still end up with Arshavin in a few weeks.Â Â Â 😀
We do agree however, that the scenario is very improbable.
But we can still hope that Andrei may arrive at Newcastle in the summer, after all the hype of the Euro 2008 games has died down.
Hey, like any dedicated Newcastle fan, we live in the perpetual hope of miracles happening at Newcastle – this would be one.