Wenger: Nothing happening with Auba

first_imgTransfers Wenger adamant ‘nothing happening’ in Arsenal’s Aubameyang hunt Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 02:14 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Getty Transfers Arsenal Arsenal v Crystal Palace Premier League Borussia Dortmund Manchester United Bundesliga Arsène Wenger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang A. Sánchez African All Stars Alexis Sanchez is set to leave north London, but the Gunners has played down talk of an apparent bid being lodged for Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Arsene Wenger has claimed “nothing is happening” when it comes to Arsenal’s potential move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.On a day where Alexis Sanchez was left out of Wenger’s matchday squad for the second week running ahead of an impending move to Manchester United, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke claimed the Gunners had made a €50 million bid for Aubameyang.Arsenal were far from distracted by any transfer talk at Emirates Stadium as Crystal Palace were swatted aside 4-1, but Wenger insisted the Gabon international’s absence from the Dortmund squad was nothing to do with their reported interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aubameyang e1“Aubameyang no, nothing is happening,” he said after Saturday’s victory.”He can be left out of the Dortmund team for different reasons, certainly not for transfer reasons at the moment.”January has been difficult for us, destabilising. We have had big players concerned with moving away which causes uncertainty.”Wenger also claimed that Sanchez’s switch to United will only go through if Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves in the opposite direction, while the Frenchman is expecting a resolution to the situation within the next two days.Amid all the speculation surrounding Sanchez and Aubameyang, one man who made a timely return to form was Alexandre Lacazette, who netted his first goal in 10 games against Palace.”Not scoring had played on Lacazette’s mind, it was starting to get heavy for him so that is a relief,” Wenger said.last_img read more

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‘Man Utd are second best – in a good way’

first_imgManchester United Hargreaves explains how second best is a good thing for Man Utd Chris Burton 23:25 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Huddersfield Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho The ex-Red Devils midfielder believes only Manchester City boast a better squad than Jose Mourinho, with there plenty of positives to take from that Manchester United have the “second best squad in the Premier League”, says Owen Hargreaves, with there cause for optimism within that.The Red Devils have faced some difficult questions over recent weeks, with Jose Mourinho once again seeing his tactics and team selection thrust under the microscope.United have been unable to maintain a Premier League title bid with those currently at their disposal, which has sparked talk of another elaborate spending spree being taken in on over the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hargreaves, though, believes that solid foundations are already in place, with Mourinho’s squad already better than top-four rivals such as Chelsea and Liverpool and only playing catch-up with Manchester City.The former United midfielder told Radio 5 Live: “I think Manchester United have the second best squad in the Premier League, just in terms of individual talent.“City have got the best one. Chelsea don’t have a stronger squad than United.“They’ve got the best goalkeeper [David de Gea] in the country have United.“They’ve got Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – two of the most dynamic young players in Europe.“Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are brilliant players in their position. That is an incredibly gifted group of players.”United remain second in the Premier League table at present, but could slip to third before they are next in action if other results go against them.Mourinho’s men will, however, have the opportunity to cement that standing on Sunday when they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford.That contest will see the Red Devils looking to establish some momentum after a run of results which has seen them come unstuck against Newcastle and Tottenham and held by Sevilla – with Huddersfield the only side they have beaten, in league and FA Cup competition, in their last five games. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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The MLS stars who will be at the World Cup

first_imgMLS The MLS stars who will be at the 2018 World Cup Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 02:58 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos MLS LA Galaxy 08062017 Troy Wayrynen MLS World Cup The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia dimmed plenty of the excitement stateside for this summer’s tournament.It also meant far fewer MLS players would be taking part in the summer showcase. The league elected to take a shorter break for 2018 than it did for the tournament four years ago. Yet, there are still plenty of MLS-based players fans can follow in Russia. Most are from the CONCACAF region, where nations like Costa Rica and Panama have seen big benefits from players going to MLS and facing tougher competition than in their domestic league.There also are players who are set to represent teams in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Scroll down to see who some of the familiar faces will be at this summer’s tournament.last_img read more

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Barca calm over Messi amid Argentina fears

first_imgLionel Messi Barca calm over Messi amid Argentina fears for captain at World Cup Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Lionel Messi, Argentina training Getty Lionel Messi Barcelona Sevilla v Barcelona Spain v Argentina Sevilla Spain Argentina Primera División Friendlies World Cup The forward missed international friendlies against Italy and Spain over the past week, but should return to action for the Catalan club on Saturday Lionel Messi had seen enough. After Spain’s sixth goal at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night, the Barcelona forward stood up from his seat and walked inside. His team were being thrashed, and this time he could do nothing to prevent it.The 30-year-old had expected to be on the pitch and was even confirmed fit the previous day in the pre-match press conference by Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli, but after feeling discomfort in his hamstring and adductor the night before the game, he and the coaching staff decided it was not worth the risk.It was that same problem that kept the five-time Ballon d’Or winner out of the 2-0 win over Italy in Manchester four days earlier. But instead of returning to his club, Messi was keen to stay with the group in their preparations for the World Cup — and he was eager to start against Spain in Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On the day of the game, however, it was confirmed that he would miss out. And that was a big blow for Sampaoli, who had spoken at length on Monday about trying out his team with its star player at the core.That will have to wait and with only two friendlies left for Argentina ahead of the World Cup in June (against Ukraine and Israel), it is a concern. Messi, meanwhile, cut a forlorn figure as he was snapped staring blankly into space during the heavy defeat.”He had a really good week of training with us,” Sampaoli said of Messi after the loss. “But he still had some discomfort in his leg. After that last session, he felt fatigue. He couldn’t play, but he accompanied the team. He accompanied them in the dressing room. He is really involved ahead of the World Cup.”Had the match been an important qualifier or a World Cup clash, Messi would have played. But given that it was a friendly, there was no need to take a risk, and although there was frustration at not being able to field their best player, there is no question that it was the correct call.”If he doesn’t feel at 100 per cent, there is no point risking him,” AFA president Claudio Tapia told TyC Sports afterwards. “Why should we risk? It seems to me to be unnecessary. If he is not right, it is not convenient for him to play.”Lionel Messi BarcelonaJust five days later, however, Messi looks likely to feature for Barcelona in La Liga against Sevilla — although the Argentine will probably start on the bench at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.”After the game against Athletic Club (prior to the international break), he had some pain,” Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said on Friday. “I would like him to be without any discomfort at all. But the players are used to dealing with these type of problems. We have to take it into account. A muscle tear would be much worse.”Indeed it would. But Valverde is not one to take risks with his players and with an 11-point lead in La Liga, he can rest his star man when necessary to keep him fresh for the bigger games, especially in the Champions League (in which Barca face Roma on Wednesday).La Liga ends on May 20th, with the Champions League final to take place in Kiev six days later. And if Barca are in it, that will mean scarce rest time for Messi ahead of the World Cup, which starts on June 14th.Jorge Sampaoli España Argentina 27032018Before that, Argentina face Ukraine in a friendly on June 4th in Buenos Aires and travel to Israel for another five days later. And should he play in those, Messi will have hardly any rest at all.Hamstring and adductor problems only go away with extended periods of rest, so it will be a case of managing the player properly between now and the end of the season. With the issue only a minor one, though, Barca are confident they can do that and avoid a more serious injury for their number 10.In Argentina, fingers are already being crossed. Having seen their team well beaten by a World Cup contender with Messi missing on Tuesday, the fans cannot contemplate travelling to Russia with their star player blighted by injury. Fortunately, it shouldn’t come to that.last_img read more

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Premier League Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Alli & Sanchez stand out after inspiring victories Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:13 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Dele Alli, Alexis Sanchez Getty Premier League Manchester City Crystal Palace v Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City Watford v AFC Bournemouth Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town West Ham United v Southampton West Bromwich Albion v Burnley Manchester United v Swansea City Everton v Manchester City Arsenal v Stoke City Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Crystal Palace Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Watford Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Southampton West Ham United West Bromwich Albion Burnley Stoke City Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea The England midfielder helped Spurs get the better of Chelsea while Alexis orchestrated a victory over Swansea, earning their places in the latest XI Dele Alli and Alexis Sanchez are the highlight names in this week’s Premier League team of the week after helping their respective sides to important wins.Alli was the star for Tottenham with two goals as they came from behind to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. His first, aided by his wonderful first touch to control a Eric Dier pass before beating Willy Caballero, stunned the onlooking crowd before he put the game beyond doubt to all but secure his side’s place in the top four at the Blues’ expense.Alexis, meanwhile, shook off his early struggles at Manchester United to fire them to a win over Swansea City. With a goal and an assist, he gave Jose Mourinho’s men a two-goal lead within 20 minutes to keep them in second place. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Check out the full team below…last_img read more

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Neymar and Brazil held by Switzerland

first_imgBrazil 1 Switzerland 1: Zuber pegs back below-par Selecao Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 6/18/18 stevenzuber-cropped Getty Images Philippe Coutinho’s curling strike was cancelled out by Steven Zuber’s second-half header as Brazil were held to a draw by Switzerland. Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites underperforming as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov.Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring.Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland’s rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the possession and space the underdogs were afforded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The five-time winners failed to extend their lead and were punished early in the second half when Steven Zuber lost his marker at a corner and equalised – a goal that might have opened the game up had Brazil been at their best.But Tite’s side remained somewhat subdued by their own high standards, with Neymar a shadow of his usual talismanic self having only recently recovered from a fractured foot, and their remaining group games with Costa Rica and Serbia now come with more pressure than would have previously been anticipated.Switzerland can reflect on an excellent start to their campaign, having claimed a point from the most difficult of their group matches and improved their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the second consecutive tournament.#HoppSchwiiz #HopSuisse #ForzaSvizzera #HopSvizra #BRASUI #WM2018 #CM2018 pic.twitter.com/GNcoG4HMuE— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018Vladimir Petkovic’s side began on the front foot, Xherdan Shaqiri sending a bouncing cross towards Blerim Dzemaili that the Bologna midfielder fired over the crossbar with a shot on the turn.Their promising start could not last and soon Switzerland were sitting back as Brazil passed the ball crisply around the pitch, almost finding a breakthrough when Paulinho dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post with 10 minutes played.Just 10 minutes later, Switzerland were reeling from a piece of sublime, quintessentially Brazilian skill.Marcelo’s cross from the left bounced back out of the box to the feet of Coutinho, who took a touch to control it before unleashing a shot that curled spectacularly around helpless goalkeeper Yann Sommer and in off the post.VOLTAMOS AO JOGO!1-0 | #BRAxSUI pic.twitter.com/IvN6vskWFX— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 17, 2018Having taken the lead, Brazil slowed the pace of the game down and frustrated Switzerland, whose only subsequent attacking foray before half-time ended disappointingly with Zuber firing a shot straight into Thiago Silva, who headed narrowly over the crossbar at the other end just before the interval.Switzerland drew level only four minutes into the second half when a corner from Shaqiri found Zuber unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and he had the simple task of heading the ball beyond Alisson and high into the centre of the goal.Neymar fired into the side-netting from inside the penalty area and Fernandinho hit a speculative long-range shot wide to the left of the target as Brazil probed for a goal to restore their lead, but their attacks lacked the necessary urgency.Coutinho had another chance to score with 20 minutes left but his neat control was followed by a wayward drive, and Gabriel Jesus saw a penalty appeal waved away when he was challenged by Manuel Akanji in the box.Two late chances fell to Brazil substitute Roberto Firmino, but the Liverpool forward lashed the ball over before drawing a reaction save from Sommer with a close-range header, and Miranda almost made amends for his failure to mark Zuber earlier but fired wide from 18 yards as Switzerland held on for a deserved point that was secured when a Fabian Schar block prevented Coutinho from having the final say.Key Opta stats:- Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014.- Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017.- Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win.- Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3).- Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four different World Cup finals – he also appeared in 2006, 2010 and 2014.- Brazil have won only one of their last seven World Cup matches against European opposition (D2 L4), a 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup.  read morelast_img read more

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World Cup Day Four

first_imgThe Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Senior Mixed teams will continue their round games on day four, before playing semi finals on Sunday morning. The Mixed Open team will play their qualifying final on Saturday afternoon, as will the Men’s 35’s. The Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s will both play their last round games on Saturday morning before playing their respective semi finals that afternoon. Saturday games:Men’s Open – 8.00am (5.00pm AEST) Australia v EnglandWomen’s Open – 8.00am (5.00pm AEST) Australia v South AfricaMen’s 30’s – 8.00am (5.00pm AEST) Australia v GermanyMen’s 40’s – 11.00am (8.00pm AEST) Australia v ScotlandSenior Mixed – 11.00am (8.00pm AEST) Australia v New ZealandMen’s 35’s – 1.00pm (10.00pm AEST) Australia v South AfricaMixed Open – 3.00pm (12.00am AEST) Qualifying FinalMen’s Open – 5.00pm (2.00am AEST) Australia v Cook IslandsWomen’s Open – 5.00pm (2.00am AEST) Australia v FranceSenior Mixed – 5.00pm (2.00am AEST) Australia v EnglandMixed Open – 7.00pm (4.00am AEST) Semi finalMen’s 30’s – 7.00pm (4.00am AEST) Semi finalMen’s 40’s – 7.00pm (4.00am AEST) Semi finallast_img read more

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10 months agoDown & dejected: Why Higuain ideal for Chelsea & Sarri

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Down & dejected: Why Higuain ideal for Chelsea & Sarriby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: “Chelsea don’t buy 31 year-old players.” So says Gennaro Gattuso, the AC Milan coach. But they will, Rino – if the price is right.It was glaring. Obvious. Chelsea’s main problem. Maurizio Sarri’s great dilemma. It was there for all to see on Saturday as Leicester City – via Jamie Vardy (oh, the irony) – walked away with the three points.With Olivier Giroud on the bench. And Alvaro Morata nowhere to be seen. Sarri again went with Eden Hazard as his ‘false nine’. Which is just fancy lingo for hoping Hazard can make up for what others are failing to do – score goals. And he was close. Twice being denied by Kasper Schmeichel either side of the break – and smacking the Leicester goalkeeper’s crossbar in the first-half. But Sarri knows this can’t be a long-term solution. It’s not even working now. Both as a goalscorer and a creator, Hazard is far more effective in a deeper role. But Chelsea also need a centre-forward capable of more than being a mobile wall for Hazard to bounce his passes off.Sarri knows. It’s not just the confidence of his strikers that are taking a hit with every passing game. That lack of self-belief has a way of filtering throughout an XI – especially in midfield. With every fluffed chance. With every glaring miss. Whether it’s Giroud or Morata. Every time an opportunity fails to be converted it’s a subtle dent at the belief of those behind them. When they see Giroud free, do they play him in? Or keep the ball and maintain possession? If Morata is alone at the back post, do they swing one in? Or, again, play the percentages hoping Hazard can get himself free? This is knocking at Chelsea’s momentum. At the progress of Sarri’s team building. And the way he wants his players to perform.So step forward Gonzalo Higuain. Dejected. Rock bottom. Experiencing the worst goalscoring drought of his career. And, as his manager at AC Milan just highlighted, now the wrong side of 30. But he’s the centre-forward Sarri wants. The one the Blues manager is convinced can bring it altogether. Just as Jorginho has done for his midfield. Sarri is rock solid sure the Argentine can do the same for his attack. And on the player’s side of the table, the feeling is mutual. Indeed, inside Milan, they believe Higuain already has his heart set on a January move to London. And for their part, the Rossonero would be open to negotiation. With Financial Fair Play casting a heavy shadow over their transfer dealings, Milan must make every signing count. Having committed €18m for the 12-month loan of Higuain, with an obligation to pay Juventus a further €36m to make it permanent, Milan would welcome the chance to rip it up and look elsewhere. And if Chelsea are willing to include Morata as compensation all the better. That Morata and wife Alice own a house in the Castella region makes things all the more easier.But what of Higuain and his spiraling form? Like with Jorginho, Sarri believes his intuition deserves respect – and support in the transfer market. It was this issue that was at the heart of his problems with Aurelio de Laurentiis, Napoli’s movie mogul owner. He doesn’t demand total control of transfer policy, but when he makes a request Sarri expects to be backed.At Milan, the Italian has reasoned with friends back home, Higuain doesn’t have a midfield behind him as he would at Chelsea. And he certainly doesn’t have a player of Hazard’s quality to work with. More importantly, however, Sarri would not demand from Higuain what Milan have sought from the Argentine this season: leadership. Sarri understands Higuain’s mentality. He isn’t a locker room leader. He isn’t a force of personality. Think N’Golo Kante. Sure of his ability. His qualities. But not one for rousing speeches. This is what Milan, with a team still in it’s early phase of rebuilding, had hoped for from Higuain. But Sarri knows, that’s just not him. And the message has already been relayed: We’ll be signing you for goals, not speeches.No-one at Milan have complained about Higuain’s professionalism. He’s always on time. He has always made weight. But he isn’t a player to carry a team on his shoulders – particularly one with the multitude of problems that Milan currently have. At Chelsea, Higuain will find himself with better players and leading the line in a system that brought him career best statistics for the time he and Sarri were together in Naples.Both men believe Higuain still has the goals. The world class ability. He just needs a better environment to bring it out of him.And as Saturday proved against Leicester, there’s no team better set up – and in greater need – for the finishing of Higuain than Sarri’s Chelsea. last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona chiefs assure Jordi Alba over contract plans

first_imgBarcelona chiefs assure Jordi Alba over contract plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chiefs have assured Jordi Alba they want him to stay.Marca says initial contact between the club and the player’s entourage has already taken place about a new deal. Alba’s current contract runs to 2020.Both parties are in agreement on one thing and that is that negotiations will not be quick.”We must be respectful of the time that it takes to negotiate,” is the word from within the Camp Nou.Their positions are a little way apart as things stand, but the intent is positive and the club do consider the left-back to be an important player for the future, despite the fact that he will turn 30 in March. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoDyche delighted with Burnley ‘mentality’ for Huddersfield win

first_imgDyche delighted with Burnley ‘mentality’ for Huddersfield winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was delighted with their 2-1 win at Huddersfield.Ashley Barnes grabbed the winner for the visitors.Dyche said, “We showed a good mentality towards the game. We were 1-0 down and there was no panic.”We had calmness and the belief is growing again in what we do. We scored a really good goal and then the sending off changes the feel of the game. Then it is difficult. It is game of patience and believing we will break them down and we did.”We stayed focussed, shifting the ball and eventually scored with a really fine move.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri warns Hudson-Odoi against Bayern Munich: But I haven’t spoken to him…

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri warns Hudson-Odoi against Bayern Munich: But I haven’t spoken to him…by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has warned Callum Hudson-Odoi against joining Bayern Munich. But the Italian admitted that he was yet to speak to the 18-year-old about his future at the club.When asked whether he thinks joining Bayern would be a good move for Hudson-Odoi, Sarri told reproters: “I don’t think so, because he’s an English player, he’s very young.”He has the future and I think he has a very great future here, with the national team and with Chelsea. I think to stay here is better for him.”I know, for me, he is a very important player. He’s young, but he’s improving. He played really well in the last match.”He was in trouble against Watford, but only because of a hamstring problem. He is improving, I’m very happy with him. I don’t know the situation with the club, but I’m happy with the player.”Asked if he had spoken with Hudson-Odoi, Sarri added: “No, because I’m not in charge of these things [transfers]. I don’t want to talk to a player about things that have nothing to do with me.”I want to only talk to him about the pitch, movements in the defensive phase and I’m very happy, because he’s improving in the defensive phase a lot in the last months.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoHodgson says Crystal Palace on track for top ten finish

first_imgHodgson says Crystal Palace on track for top ten finishby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes they’re on track for a top ten finish.Hodgson is preparing Palace to face Watford today.He said, “We believe a top 10 finish is a distinct possibility, at least it’s got to be a goal for us. We know that every time we play against a team that is certainly not one of the ones that no one gives us any chance of beating, at home we need to take full advantage of that and win the game.”The pressure is there, it always will be, but the players I think are capable of assuming that responsibility.”And then the manager turned his attention to this week’s opposition, insisting that they are a talented side who will be prepared to bring a strong game to Selhurst.”I think they’re a very good football team,” he remarked. “I think they’ve got some very good players, I think that they work very hard. They show the correct amount of aggression when they lose the ball to try and win it back just as we try to show the right amount of aggression when we need to win the ball back. So I don’t go along if you like with the theory that tomorrow all of a sudden we’re playing an intimidating team.”All you can do as a football manager, all Javi Gracia can do as a football manager, is to prepare his team as I have to prepare mine to play a good game of football and a correct game of football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoChelsea cite Pulisic with asking price for Real Madrid target Hazard

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea cite Pulisic with asking price for Real Madrid target Hazardby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea will accept nothing less than £100m for Eden Hazard if the Belgian wants to join Real Madrid. Hazard is out of contract in 2020 and has left the club hanging over whether he will sign an extension.The club have offered him a contract believed to be worth £300k-per-week.But should reject the deal and express a desire to join Real Madrid in the summer, the Telegraph says Chelsea will still demand a fee of £100m.Chelsea recently paid £58m for Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, who was also down to the last 18 months of his contract. And the Stamford Bridge club believe Hazard must be worth double Pulisic’s fee due to his status of one of the world’s best footballers. last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk has fulfilled world-class potential

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk has fulfilled world-class potentialby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that Virgil Van Dijk has fulfilled his potential.The Dutchman was a big money acquisition from Southampton in January 2018.Many questioned the massive fee the Reds paid for his signature.But Klopp believes that Van Dijk has repaid his transfer fee and then some.”I cannot say that I watched him for the last six years and thought ‘ahh I wait a little bit longer and then I get him’ but the two years he played at Southampton before he got injured, that was really incredible,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.”I saw something of him at Celtic, but I didn’t see this world-class player, already. I saw a very-good centre-half, but I didn’t need one at that time.”And then when we needed him in the moment, it was clear, he can make the next step with us. The way we play, where everyone is responsible for everything, it gives defenders the chance to improve a lot because it is not like they are alone a lot of times on the pitch and have to sort it for you.”There are moments but it doesn’t happen a lot because we defend really as a unit. That makes life a bit easier but anyway, he has gone from a world-class potential to a world-class player. There’s still a step to go but he made this step and he deserves all these awards, that is how it is.”There was no one really who was better and it is nice.” last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Barcelona reach agreement with Ansu Fati over new deal

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Barcelona reach agreement with Ansu Fati over new dealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have reached an agreement with the minders of Ansu Fati over a new deal.After the 16 year-old’s stunning impact this season, Barca have moved quickly to secure him to a new deal.Radio Catalunya says the agreement will run to 2022, with an option for another two years. His salary will also begin at €300,000 and rise to €600,000 by the fifth year.Should he be registered with the first team at the age of 18, his salary would jump to €1m and rise to €1.5m by the fifth year.Fati’s buyout clause will also be set at €100m. last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool U19 draw with Napoli thanks to Layton Stewart

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool U19 draw with Napoli thanks to Layton Stewartby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U19s drew 1-1 with Napoli in Tuesday’s UEFA Youth League opener. Layton Stewart’s 86th-minute equaliser earned the Reds a point.Liverpool, who fell behind to Andrea Mancino’s goal just before the half-hour point, dominated the second half of the Group E fixture at a sweltering Stadio Pasquale Ianniello and had hit the woodwork twice prior to Stewart’s late intervention.Neco Williams struck the crossbar with a header not long before Mancino’s opener, and Leighton Clarkson blasted against the post as Barry Lewtas’ team streamed forward in search of a leveller after the break.And it was substitute Stewart who finally provided the elusive goal on the occasion of his European debut for Liverpool, the 17-year-old sliding in a fine improvised finish at the back post after good work from Harvey Elliott. last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool close to £75M-a-year agreement with Nike

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool close to £75M-a-year agreement with Nikeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are closing on an agreement with Nike over a new kit deal.The Telegraph says Liverpool are closing in on a club record kit deal with shirt manufacturers Nike, effective from the start of next season.Liverpool have offered no guidance as to how much the next deal will be worth beyond confirmation it will be one of the most lucrative in world football.It will comfortably eclipse the £45 million a year Liverpool currently earn from their arrangement with New Balance, which is in its final season.Liverpool have been seeking to get closer to the £75 million a year earned by Manchester United, which was signed in 2014 to run for ten years. last_img read more

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9 days agoLiverpool place Salah on individual training regime to make Man Utd clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool place Salah on individual training regime to make Man Utd clashby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have placed Mohamed Salah on an individual training regime.The Reds are looking to speed up his fitness ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester United.Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season, winning their first eight matches – already sitting eight points ahead of Manchester City, says the Mirror.Salah suffered an ankle injury late on in the last-gasp 2-1 victory against Leicester last time out following a crunch challenge from Hamza Choudhury at Anfield.The Reds have put the Egyptian through special training sessions to ensure he is fit for the short trip to Manchester on the weekend. last_img read more

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2 days agoGiggs on ex-Man Utd teammate Ronaldo: One day it all clicked

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Giggs on ex-Man Utd teammate Ronaldo: One day it all clickedby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Ryan Giggs admits that having Cristiano Ronaldo in their team made the Red Devils change their tactics.Ronaldo emerged as one of the best players in the world at United, with his rise starting after the 2006 World Cup.The Red Devils went on to win three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League before Ronaldo departed for Real Madrid in 2009.And Giggs spoke about the tactical tweaks they made due to Ronaldo’s presence.”You could never forsee him being one of the greatest goal scorers ever, you just couldn’t,” he told beIN SPORTS.”We’d just played against him in pre-season and seen the talent.”His first game against Bolton, he delighted the crowd, but there was a dip.”When to pass, when not to, too many dribbles, a bit of diving – it was a tough start for him at United.”All of a sudden, everything just clicked.”It was a case of get the ball to Cristiano.”Even in a United team with [Carlos] Tevez, [Paul] Scholes, [Wayne] Rooney – he was the one who could make the difference.”He was the one who would get you out of difficult situations and became a goal scorer.”He became a match winner on the biggest stage.” last_img read more

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