John Brooks has become the most expensive US footballer in history after making the move from Hertha Berlin to Wolfsburg for a reported €20m ($22.5m). The previous record belonged to Jozy Altidore, who moved from AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland for €10m in 2013.
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The defender was born in Berlin to an American father and German mother, and has played for Hertha for his entire career but reportedly requested a transfer. “It wasn’t an easy decision to leave my hometown, but after the talks with [sporting director] Olaf Rebbe and [coach] Andries Jonker I wanted to join Wolfsburg because both soon convinced me of their plans for VfL,” Brooks told Wolfsburg’s official website. “I want to contribute my share so that Wolfsburg can live up to their earlier success.” Christian Pulisic: 'It was scary – you’re not http://www.ramsofficialsonline.com/Michael_Brockers_Jersey_Cheap thinking about football that night or the next day' Read more Hertha finished sixth in the Bundesliga this season and qualified for the Europa League, while Wolfsburg ended up just one place above the relegation zone, and had to win a playoff to avoid dropping down a division. However, Wolfsburg are wealthier than Hertha and reached the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2015-16 season, where they lost narrowly to eventual champions Real Madrid. Brooks also received criticism in the Berlin press for his performances over the past season. Brooks is already a veteran for the US national team at the age of 24. He has 30 caps and played at the 2014 World Cup, scoring the winner against Ghana in the US’s opening gameWolves have appointed the former Porto manager Nuno Espírito Santo as their new head coach. The 43-year-old becomes the club’s fourth manager in just 10 months after replacing Paul Lambert. Owners Fosun turned to Nuno after Lambert’s exit on Tuesday. Championship: fans from all 24 clubs review their season Read more Wolves’s main director Jeff Shi said: “I first got to know Nuno two years ago, and, at that time, we hadn’t taken over Wolves. But when talking to him, I was impressed by his football tactics. Since the very beginning of the Wolves project, Fosun has been very clear on our strategic thinking and philosophy, and has huge ambition and confidence to achieve our goals. “In a sense, we are very glad to find Nuno with a football philosophy that is similar to ours. He has an impressive track record in the top divisions Mo Alexander Womens Jersey in Spain and Portugal, and took Porto to the knockout stages of the Champions League last season. We are all looking forward to working with Nuno and his staff, and are excited about what he can achieve with Wolves as we go into the new season and beyond.” No details have been given over the length of contract but Nuno has been joined by assistant Rui Pedro Silva, goalkeeping coach Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias as fitness coach. He left Porto earlier this month halfway through a two-year deal having finished second in the Primeira Liga. It was Porto’s fourth straight season without silverware and they were also knocked out of the Champions League in the second round by Juventus. He also managed Valencia between 2014 and 2015, finishing fourth in LaLiga in his only full season in charge. Nuno joins with a bloated squad which Lambert was preparing to overhaul following last summer’s poor business with only Helder Costa, who scored 12 times, being a success.
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Lambert left just six months after joining, following a club review of football operations which took place at the end of the season. The Scot had only joined in November but was unhappy at Wolves’ stance on new signings with super agent Jorge Mendes, a close associate of owners Fosun, having a large say in dealsI have been playing with a lot of pain. Even when I came back, I http://www.authenticflyerstore.com/authentic-27-boyd-gordon-jersey.... was taking tablets to get through games and training. There have been moments when I have had to consider other things with my ankle.” Advertisement Bale did not clarify what he meant by “other things”, whether that suggested more radical treatment, or perhaps even more difficult decisions, but he did say: “It has just been difficult to come back from the ankle operation. Obviously, any surgery is difficult, but in the middle of a season is always that bit more difficult. “You want to come back as soon as possible. In hindsight, I should have stayed out a bit longer and let it heal and strengthen. But obviously that wasn’t the case, I’ll live and I’ll learn, and now I can concentrate on [the injury]. “I have had to work tirelessly hard, double sessions, being away from my family a lot working hard on it. It has been difficult, physically and mentally, but the most important thing is to try and get myself to be ready at some point for the game, whether that is starting or coming off the bench. “It has been difficult for sure. It has been difficult since coming back from my operation, but it is one of those I have really worked hard towards. Even if it wasn’t the Champions League final I would have been working hard to get back as much as I can, but obviously this is a massive game: we ultimately want to win the Champions League. And it is massively special for me personally, as it is where I was born, where I grew up. Any Champions League final is special, but this is a little bit extra special. “I always dreamed I’d play a Champions League final, but never in my home town. At the time there was not a stadium big enough, I don’t think.” Luka Modric said of his Madrid team?mate: “He was one of the best players at the start of the season and it’s not nice for him that he has suffered since. The second half of the season was all injuries for him and we are now Brayden Schenn Youth Jersey really pleased to have him back because he has shown before that he is a player for the finals. “Gareth is very honest and I’m sure that he will talk to the manager and they will come to a conclusion based on what is best for the team. We are very happy to have him back with us. And we have shown all season that no matter who plays, he plays well