On this day: Hulk - 'I love the Premier League', RVP slams Uefa and Suarez will stay

Hulk playing for Brazil

On the 21st March 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 21st March 2014, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 21st March 2013…

Buying in Hulk

Hulk was eyeing up a transfer to Chelsea after becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

He had only signed for the club in a whopping £40 million deal a few months earlier but had become disillusioned with his time at the club - and the perception of anti-foreign factions of the club’s support.

And he admitted the Premier League was something that appealed to him:

“My future? I love the Premier League. The Premier League is a great competition with great clubs. If I have time, I watch the matches on television.”

A year later and he is being linked with a move once again - however this now looks unlikely - as his former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas is now in charge at Zenit.


Robin van Persie laid into Uefa over their decision not to overturn the red card handed out to Nani in the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid.

The red-card dished out by Turkish referee Cuynet Cakir seemed harsh at the time - given after Nani had seemingly kicked out at Alvaro Arbeloa in a mid-air challenge.

RVP stated:

“That red card was heavily unjustified. It was not even a yellow card or a free kick. Nani couldn’t do anything about it, he hardly touched Arbeloa. The worst thing is that Uefa supports Cakir. That’s cowardly, because I really don’t understand it.”

Clearing the Ayre

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insisted that Luis Suarez would stay at the club. The previous day saw the Uruguayan suggest he might be on his way out of the club in the summer should a Champions League side take notice.

But Ayre insisted that…

"Yes, absolutely [he will stay]. [His comments] may have been a bit lost in translation. We love Luis being at Liverpool, he loves being at Liverpool and we fully expect him to be at Liverpool next season."

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