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LFC Enter Heinze Race

June 30, 2007

Liverpool are reportedly ready to rival Juventus for the signature of Gabriel Heinze, but the Manchester United defender is remaining tight-lipped about his future until after the Copa America.

The uncompromising full-back is currently representing Argentina in Venezuela but on his return to Manchester, it does look likely that he could be set for a move away from Old Trafford.

Heinze has cultivated a cult status amongst the United faithful since arriving at the club from Paris Saint Germain, but last season, was more of a peripheral figure due to Patrice Evra’s emergence as first choice left-back.

Juventus and Real Madrid are known to be keen on recruiting him for next season, but it has now emerged that United’s Premier League rivals Liverpool are also suitors.

Sir Alex Ferguson would likely be loath to sanction Heinze’s departure to Merseyside, but should Rafa Benitez outbid foreign interest then a deal could yet be concluded.

Heinze, though, is concentrating his thoughts on matters on-the-field, rather than off it.

“I know some clubs are interested in me,” he told the Sun. “My head is with the Argentina team to play the Copa America.

“After that and a holiday, I will know better where I will play next season.”



June 18, 2007
Jimmy Rice 18 June 2007
George Gillett has revealed the club is about to enter “phase two” of its summer strengthening process – bringing players in.
The Liverpool co-owner says securing extended deals for current stars like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina and Xabi Alonso was phase one.

Gillett explained: “I sense that kind of pressure building from the media. I think the fans know that we have huge regard for Rafa. He has a number of initiatives and concepts and plans under way.

“We’re not going to do something just to try to prove something. I can assure you that we are working on different things.

“The first part was identifying a number of our existing star players whom Rafa wanted to sign on long-term contracts.

“That was the first step and it has been done. Now we’re moving on to phase two, which is bringing players in.

“For Tom and me, this really is about trying to win championships, and that takes commitment, no matter what sport.

“We are pleased with Rafa and his strategy. It’s not dissimilar to what he outlined to us in February. His belief is to look for players with the proper chemistry to enhance the team.

“We support Rafa. He has a programme under way and, as that unfolds, that will be the time for us to be judged, not now.”

Gillett’s son, Foster, will arrive later this summer to work with Anfield chief executive Rick Parry.

His father added: “This is a very fast-changing sport, where decisions often need to be made very quickly.

“There was substantial concern on Rick and Rafa’s part as to how, with the time differences, we could guarantee quick decisions and communication. This is a way of doing that.”

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