* ECA questions FIFA transparency in World Cup decision * Rummenigge wants fewer international matches * ECA happy with European competitions reform (Updates with more quotes, details) ATHENS, March 28 (Reuters) - The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the 2026 tournament is unacceptable, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday. The ECA, an organisation representing 220 soccer clubs, opposes the world governing body's decision which Rummenigge, the former Germany international who is also Bayern Munich's chief executive, has previously dismissed as "nonsense".
Mesut Ozil will begin talks over a new contract at Arsenal “soon.” The 28-year-old Germany international told Die Welt that he felt “comfortable” at Emirates Stadium and would start discussions to stay past 2018 shortly. Ozil has less than 18 months left on his current deal at Arsenal, where he has played since a transfer from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. “Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about a new contract] before he tells me? I know him differently,” Ozil said. “I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision. “My dream is to win the Champions League. Why not with Arsenal? Of course, we just have a difficult
Real Madrid are reportedly planning to make Eden Hazard the world’s first £100m footballer. The paper claims the Spanish giants have launched ‘Operation Eden Hazard’, which it transpires is a special operation in which they will try to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea and make him their next Galactico. Stage two will be where Chelsea say no thanks, we don’t want to sell him, and we’re not sure what happens after that.