18 December 2007

Valencia set their sights on £4m Liverpool defender Riise

Last updated at 11:40am on 18th December 2007

Valencia boss Ronaldo Koeman has launched a £4m bid to prise John Arne Riise away from Liverpool.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is determined to keep 27-year-old Riise but Koeman told the Daily Mirror: "He is a player with experience and would offer options to our game."
Valencia sporting director Miguel Angel Ruiz added: "We want to improve our squad."

Valencia are already out of the Champions League and are rebuilding.
They see Riise as a vital part of that and will not be put off an initial rejection from Anfield.


utusanLFC says :
Although it is fair to say, Risse nowadays doesn't really the player we have known him all this years. Everyone of us would remember his scud shot to the left post and put Fabian Bartez in not only helpless but also embarrasing situation... and those memories remain. However, of late... Risse seems to lose his powerful shot. In the last Man.U games, how many shots that he let flew towards the stand? hmmm... one too many. The interest from Valencia come as no suprise as it is well documented also that Rafa needs to offload some of the existing player before he can buy some more and in the case of Javier... to retain. I'm thinking hard and try to separate my emotions when it concerns players like Risse. He has been a good soldier. Has been there most. He was our player in most of the finals. Who can deny it. But football is a game mix with the requirement to achieve high, i.e winning the game. In this context, you need a player who can win you a game. Risse could be passing his prime. hmmm... I wish he'll stay. And even if Rafa decided to part with him, I won't be too sad. I know Rafa will bring in a fresher player of his calibre. Hopefully!...

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