So Felipe Melo has extended his contract with Fiorentina after coming back from the Confederations Cup in South Africa. Which means the the news of Marseille allowing the release of Lorik Cana their inspirational captain becomes rather more interesting. Lorik Cana is a 25yr old Albanian who is my kind of no nonsense defensive midfielder who would never bow his head when we face the bully boy tactics of the lower placed teams. Especially when those opponents who feel that Arsenal are the sole top four team that they can get a result from. It would restore the “fear factor” . Just think of
Tony Adams, Paddy Vieira and Gilles Grimandi all rolled into one and you will understand why some Marseille supporters call him the “Destroyer”.
It is intriguing to contemplate the reasons why Cana would suddenly jump ship having almost led Marseille to the french title last season. The defeat by Lyon which meant that Bordeaux snatched the number one spot with one game to go, was painful but at least it guaranteed Champions League Football this year. This video shows his combative nature, yet despite the impression that he is out of control, the last three seasons saw him collect only 16 yellow cards and 1 straight red.
Jose Anigo the Sporting Director at Marseille announced in L’Equipe at the weekend that Marseille would be open to offers for their captain.
José Anigo a ouvert la porte à un départ de Lorik Cana. Selon nos informations, l’international albanais a fait part à ses dirigeants de son envie de quitter le club phocéen. «Ce n’est pas qu’il ait manifesté son envie de partir, c’est simplement qu’à un moment donné, Lorik, ça fait quatre ans qu’il est ici et qu’il est en droit de vouloir découvrir autre chose, nous a répondu le directeur sportif de l’OM. Aujourd’hui, c’est ouvert, s’il se passe quelque chose, on écouteraConcernant le latéral droit, Laurent Bonnart, Anigo se veut catégorique : «Il n’a jamais été question qu’il parte». Le joueur figure notamment sur les tablettes de Hambourg, Wolfsburg et Everton.
». Reste que l’Ancien Manceau, dont le contrat avec Marseille expire dans un an, a vu sa demande de prolongation refusée par ses dirigeants. «Ça ne sert à rien de parler pour l’instant, on verra à la reprise», reprend Anigo.
“It’s not that he expressed his desire to leave, it’s just that at some point, Lorik, it’s been four years he’s here and he is entitled to try to discover something else Today it is open, if something happens, we will listen. There was never any question of him leaving voluntarily. So there is nothing to say for the moment, we will see at the beginning of pre-season.”
The Marseille player’s contract expires in one year, and his demands for renewal were not met by the new leadership at the club.So Marseille are hoping to cash in with many teams hopeful of clinching his signature. Wolfsburg Champions of the Bundesliga, Premiership rivals Liverpool and their Merseyside neighbours Everton as well as the scum Tottenham just to mention the likely contenders. One wonders if Arsenal could take advantage of the good the contacts with the French Club after the transfer of Samir Nasri?
He is not a prolific goalscorer having only scored 6 in his 122 appearances, but what he would bring to our midfield when the going got tough would be defiance, passion and a desire to win. He left Kosovo and joined the Paris St Germain team for four seasons before making a controversial switch to the deadly rivals of PsG, Marseille in August 2006.
Arsenal have been linked with him before, but then he was refused a visa, and now as an established player, Now having played successfully for his home country as well as in the French League, he should be able to play in the Premiership. I have no idea if Arsene Wenger is still interested in the player, but deep down the disappointment of losing Melo would be eased by the prospect of Cana surely?
July 27 1983 – 25yrs
Born in Prishtina, Kosovo
Right footed Defensive midfielder