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Transfer: Nigerian star joins Atletico Madrid
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Transfer: Nigerian star joins Atletico Madrid

Nigeria international, Rasheedat Ajibade, has signed a new contract with Spanish Primera Iberdrola, Atletico Madrid. The Super Falcons star has signed a deal that would keep her at the club till 2025. Ajibade joined Atletico Madrid in January, 2021 from Avaldsnes II in Norway and has featured 21 times for Spanish side. She was part of Nigeria squad to the Women’s World Cup in 2019, and has also featured for the country in the U17 and U20 World Cups. “I am very happy to renew for three more years with Atlético de Madrid and to be able to continue defending these colors,” she said.
Newcastle to make new offer for Lille defender Sven Botman
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Newcastle to make new offer for Lille defender Sven Botman

Newcastle United are ready to make a new offer for Lille defender Sven Botman.   Newcastle have already had one proposal of €35m turned down by LOSC, but are ready to try again, reports The Athletic. Botman is tied to Lille until 2025 and was key to last season's championship triumph. The Holland international is unsure about a move to Newcastle given their current relegation battle. Newcastle made their first signing for the winter market today in Atletico Madrid fullback Kieran Trippier.
Trippier Seals £12m Newcastle move from Atletico
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Trippier Seals £12m Newcastle move from Atletico

Newcastle have signed right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for £12m, plus add-ons. The England right-back has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the option of a further year. Trippier flew into Tyneside on Wednesday in a private jet following the conclusion of smooth and positive talks between the two clubs on Tuesday. The club are paying £12m plus add-ons to make the 31-year-old the first signing under Newcastle's Saudi owners. Atletico hoped Trippier would stay, but the former Tottenham defender made it clear he wanted to return to England. Magpies boss Eddie Howe worked with Trippier while in charge of Burnley, signing the right-back from Manchester City in January 2012 after an impressive loan spell at Turf Moor. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid...
Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]

UEFA has conducted a fresh draw for the Champions League round of 16. The European football governing body was forced to declare Monday morning’s process void, after a series of mistakes. Manchester United had been handed a mouth-watering last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain but only after being erroneously paired with Villarreal in the first instance and then mistakenly left off the list of possible opponents to face Atletico Madrid. The Red Devils will now take on Atletico, while PSG plays Real Madrid. Chelsea retain their tie against Lille, Inter Milan face Liverpool and Manchester City have been paired against Sporting Lisbon. Draw in full: Salzburg vs Bayern Munich Sporting vs Man City Benfica vs Ajax Chelsea vs Lille Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd Vi...
Champions League round of 16 draw confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Champions League round of 16 draw confirmed [Full fixtures]

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 has been conducted on Monday. Holders Chelsea have been paired against Lille in the first knockout round. In other games, Manchester City will take on Villarreal, Salzburg face Liverpool and Juventus play Sporting Lisbon. Real Madrid will clash with Benfica, Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich and Inter Milan face Ajax. Draw in full: Benfica vs Real Madrid Villarreal vs Man City Atletico vs Bayern Munich FC Salzburg vs Liverpool Inter Milan vs Ajax Sporting vs Juventus Chelsea vs Lille Man Utd vs PSG
Partey rates his Arsenal career ‘4 out of 10’ as £45m star admits to losing focus too often
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Partey rates his Arsenal career ‘4 out of 10’ as £45m star admits to losing focus too often

The Ghanaian midfielder has offered an honest assessment of his first year at Emirates Stadium Thomas Partey has rated his Arsenal career so far at just "4/10", with the £45 million ($60m) star admitting that he is guilty of losing focus too often on the pitch. Arsenal spent big money to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid in October 2020, bringing to an end his successful five-year stint at Wanda Metropolitano. However, the 28-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations in his first year with the Gunners and has now conceded that he has yet to show his best level.
Saul not giving up at Chelsea
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Saul not giving up at Chelsea

Saul Niguez is determined to make a success of his Chelsea career. Saul came off at half-time in Chelsea's 2-1 win against Watford. Both his Premier League starts have now ended with him being taken off at the interval. His loan deal included a £30m option to buy but Atletico Madrid sources expect him to return next summer. With injury issues in midfield and a busy spell coming up Saul is hopeful of further opportunities to try and prove his worth, says the Daily Mail. Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday with additional concerns over Reece James, who missed the Watford game with an ankle injury, and Trevoh Chalobah, who came off with a suspected hamstring injury.  
Ex-Chelsea star, Cundy slams ‘disgraceful’ Liverpool fans for booing Suarez
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Ex-Chelsea star, Cundy slams ‘disgraceful’ Liverpool fans for booing Suarez

Former Chelsea star, Jason Cundy, has branded the Liverpool fans who booed Luis Suarez upon his return to Anfield with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night as a ‘disgrace’. Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid in the Champions League clash at Anfield, thanks to two goals from Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. During the encounter, when Suarez was subbed, he was booed by some sections of the home crowd as he made his way off to be replaced by Hector Herrera. Reacting to the development, Cundy told talkSPORT: “Liverpool fans booing Suarez, I couldn’t work it out. I thought I would miss something in the match. “Why are Liverpool fans booing Suarez? He was an absolute legend and hero and nearly single-handedly dragged them to a Premier League title under Brendan Rodgers. “Why? What’s the...
I hate what I did to Sadio Mane – Klopp admits
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I hate what I did to Sadio Mane – Klopp admits

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he ‘hated’ subbing off Sadio Mane during their Champions League win over Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday night. The German tactician decided to pull out Mane at half-time with the Senegalese already on a yellow card having seen Atletico’s Felipe sent off in a dramatic opening 45 minutes. “The referee was [in control] but I really hate the moment when I had to take off Sadio Mane,” Klopp told reporters after the game which saw Liverpool qualifying for the knockout stage. “I hated it more than you can imagine but my worry was with any challenges, if any of them roll around, then Sadio is off. “I didn’t like it but in the end, you have to do it.”
Messi names clubs that can win Champions League this season
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Messi names clubs that can win Champions League this season

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi has snubbed Barcelona and named the clubs that can win the Champions League this season. According to Messi, PSG, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid are clubs that can win the Champions League this term. The Argentine captain stated this ahead of PSG’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig on Wednesday. “I decided to come to PSG because of winning possibilities because they have a great team. I want to continue to grow as a player, to win the Champions League after so many years of trying. That is why I decided to come here,” Messi told Sport. “Paris is betting on its desire to win the Champions League for a long time. In recent seasons, they have been very close. “We are one of the candidates, altho...
Atletico Madrid v Liverpool: You acted cowardly – Lescott slams Simeone for snubbing Klopp
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Atletico Madrid v Liverpool: You acted cowardly – Lescott slams Simeone for snubbing Klopp

Former Manchester City defender, Joleon Lescott has blasted Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone for refusing to shake hands with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Liverpool defeated Atletico 3-2 in the tensed and drama-filled encounter in Spain. The Reds took the lead at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita scoring to give the Premier League side a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes. But Atletico drew level thanks to a quickfire brace from Antoine Griezmann who was later sent off for a high foot on Roberto Firmino. Salah scored his second of the night from the spot after Mario Hermoso floored Diogo Jota with a clumsy foul inside the box in the 78th minute. Lescott was surprised at Simeone’s decision to...
UCL: You let yourself down – Peter Crouch slams Diego Simeone for snubbing Klopp’s handshake
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UCL: You let yourself down – Peter Crouch slams Diego Simeone for snubbing Klopp’s handshake

Peter Crouch has blasted Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone for snubbing Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Liverpool defeated Atletico 3-2 in the tensed and drama-filled encounter in Spain. The Reds took the lead at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita scoring to give the Premier League side a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes. But Atleti drew level thanks to a quickfire brace from Antoine Griezmann who was later sent off for a high foot on Roberto Firmino. Salah scored his second of the night from the spot after Mario Hermoso floored Diogo Jota with a clumsy foul inside the box in the 78th minute. Crouch, who was on BT Sport monitoring the game, was flabbergasted as Simeone ran straight down the tun...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone has explained his reason for snubbing a full time handshake with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday night. Simeone refused to have a handshake with Klopp following Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool and has now claimed that “it’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser.” Atletico Madrid lost in front of their home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah scoring a decisive penalty in the 78th minute after Antoine Griezmann was shown a red card to reduce the Spaniards to 10 men. Before receiving a red card, Griezmann had cancelled out two early goals from Salah and Naby Keita in the opening 13 minutes. Simeone’s behaviour at the full-time whistle dominated discussion after t...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone has explained his reason for snubbing a full time handshake with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday night. Simeone refused to have a handshake with Klopp following Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool and has now claimed that “it’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser.” Atletico Madrid lost in front of their home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah scoring a decisive penalty in the 78th minute after Antoine Griezmann was shown a red card to reduce the Spaniards to 10 men. Before receiving a red card, Griezmann had cancelled out two early goals from Salah and Naby Keita in the opening 13 minutes.
UCL: You let yourself down – Peter Crouch slams Diego Simeone for snubbing Klopp’s handshake
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UCL: You let yourself down – Peter Crouch slams Diego Simeone for snubbing Klopp’s handshake

Peter Crouch has blasted Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone for snubbing Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Liverpool defeated Atletico 3-2 in the tensed and drama-filled encounter in Spain. The Reds took the lead at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita scoring to give the Premier League side a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes. But Atleti drew level thanks to a quickfire brace from Antoine Griezmann who was later sent off for a high foot on Roberto Firmino. Salah scored his second of the night from the spot after Mario Hermoso floored Diogo Jota with a clumsy foul inside the box in the 78th minute. Crouch, who was on BT Sport monitoring the game, was flabbergasted as Simeone ran straight down the tunne...
UCL: Owen predicts Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, Club Brugge vs Man City games
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UCL: Owen predicts Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, Club Brugge vs Man City games

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has predicted today’s UEFA Champions League, UCL, fixtures between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Owen also predicted Manchester City’s away Champions League clash with Club Brugge. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “This won’t be an easy one for Liverpool, that’s for sure. “Simeone’s side remained as difficult to beat as ever and knocked Liverpool out two seasons ago. The Reds are playing well though, and in Mo Salah, they have got maybe the best player in the world right now. “I don’t think Liverpool will win this, but I can’t see them losing either. I’m going for a 1-1 draw.” Commenting on the Club Brugge vs Manchester City match, Owen said, “This is a big game for City after losing in Paris i...
France defender, Lucas Hernandez faces prison term in Spain
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France defender, Lucas Hernandez faces prison term in Spain

France defender, Lucas Hernandez, must appear before a Madrid court next week and faces six months in prison, a justice spokesman confirmed on Thursday. The Bayern Munich star is to tell the court on Tuesday where he will serve the sentence that was handed down on Wednesday for violating a restraining order in 2017. The 25-year-old had violated the order while playing at Atletico Madrid. He has 10 days before the prison term begins. The restraining orders were originally imposed on him and his girlfriend after a violent argument in 2017. They were then caught returning to Spain together after getting married before the six months were up. In Hernandez’s case, this was deemed a violation of the restraining order. His now-wife reportedly got away with it because the or...
LaLiga: Real Madrid, Atletico matches postponed
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LaLiga: Real Madrid, Atletico matches postponed

The Spanish Superior Sports Council (CSD) has upheld LaLiga’s request to postpone Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid fixtures this weekend. The two clubs had made an appeal for the games to be moved, after learning that Brazil and Argentina intend to keep their Europe-based players for Thursday’s matches. This would have effectively ruled them out of contention to play this weekend. Atletico are due to visit Granada, while Madrid take on Athletic Club. “In light of previous considerations, and using the attributes which are legally conferred on me I have resolved to grant the injunction requested by [La Liga president] Javier Tebas Medrano Lopez, representing the National Professional Football League (La Liga),” CSD president Jose Manuel Franco Pardo explained in a statement rel...
Tuchel explains Saul snub after Chelsea midfielder was hooked at half-time in nightmare debut
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Tuchel explains Saul snub after Chelsea midfielder was hooked at half-time in nightmare debut

The Blues snapped up the Spain international from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, but have handed him just 45 minutes of Premier League time Thomas Tuchel has explained why Saul Niguez has not played for Chelsea in the Premier League since being hooked at half-time during his nightmare debut for the Blues against Aston Villa. The Spain international midfielder was brought to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day on an initial loan agreement from Atletico Madrid. Saul was thrust straight into Tuchel’s starting XI against Villa on September 11, but saw just 45 minutes of action and has played only 76 more since then against the same opponents in the Carabao Cup.  
Yaya Toure ‘available for Barcelona’ should they need ex-midfielder
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Yaya Toure ‘available for Barcelona’ should they need ex-midfielder

The ex-Blaugrana midfielder is hurting with recent inconsistent results posted by his former team this season Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure has stated he is readily available to help Barcelona at any given time if he is contacted to do so. The Blaugrana have been inconsistent this season, and have suffered back-to-back defeats in all competitions, the latest one coming on Saturday when they fell 2-0 to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. Barca have won just once in their last six matches in all competitions, losing thrice and drawing twice. It is a run that is hurting the club's faithful, and it is for this reason the former midfielder has offered himself to help the team if needed.  
LaLiga: Koeman reveals conversation with Laporta after Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona
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LaLiga: Koeman reveals conversation with Laporta after Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has revealed his conversation with the club’s president, Joan Laporta, following their 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in a LaLiga clash on Saturday. Koeman said he had spoken with Laporta about his position at Camp Nou and believes more certainty about his future will help improve Barca. According to him, Laporta told him that everything is perfect. Barcelona lost to Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following goals from Thomas Lemar and Luis Suarez “It went well because before, there was no clarity,” said Koeman in his post-match press conference after the game. “We [I and Laporta] spoke last night on the phone, then again this morning, about the club, the team, about me. “Clarity is very important, for th...
Suarez pleads for forgiveness after netting first goal against former club Barcelona
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Suarez pleads for forgiveness after netting first goal against former club Barcelona

The Uruguayan was reluctant to celebrate as he put his old team-mates to the sword at the Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez pressed his hands together to ask forgiveness after deepening Barcelona's crisis with his first goal against his former employers on Saturday. The Uruguayan hit late in the first half to put Atletico 2-0 up over the struggling Catalans at the break, which turned out to be the final score. Suarez remained respectful of Barcelona's plight, refusing to celebrate even as his team-mates mobbed him in jubilation. He did, however, also offer a gesture that could be interpreted as a shot as his ex-manager Ronald Koeman.  
LaLiga: Stop Leaking Stories about me – Koeman Blasts Barcelona amid sack rumours
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LaLiga: Stop Leaking Stories about me – Koeman Blasts Barcelona amid sack rumours

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has suggested the club’s hierarchy is leaking stories about his future to the media. Koeman held what might prove to be his final press conference as the club’s coach on Friday. The pressure on the 58-year-old has increased following the 3-0 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. Local media suggest he will be fired after Saturday’s league game at Atletico Madrid, regardless of the result, while president Joan Laporta has stepped up the search for a replacement. “The club have said nothing to me. I’ve learned that the president was [at the training ground] this morning, but I have not seen him. “We’re preparing for Saturday’s game. I can’t say anything. But I have eyes and ears and I know a lot of things have...
There is war in Barcelona – Xavi warned not to replace Koeman as manager
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There is war in Barcelona – Xavi warned not to replace Koeman as manager

Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, has warned his former teammate at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, not to return to the club as manager. Ronald Koeman is under pressure at the Nou Camp following a poor run of results. A 3-0 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night, left Barca bottom of Group E without a point, or even a goal to their name after two matches. The team, however, remains unbeaten in LaLiga but sit in sixth place, having been held by the likes of Granada and Cadiz. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, is reportedly considering the likes of River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo, who has replaced club legend Xavi, currently the head coach of Al Sadd, as the frontrunner. Suarez who left the Catalan club last summer having been deemed surplus to require...
Kayserispor ace Mensah to consider returning to Ghana’s Black Stars
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Kayserispor ace Mensah to consider returning to Ghana’s Black Stars

The former Atletico Madrid man opens up on his time away from international duty with the Black Stars Kayserispor midfielder Bernard Mensah has thrown more light on circumstances surrounding his premature retirement from Ghana duty but indicates he may reconsider his decision. The 26-year-old took a break from international assignments last November, stating he wanted to concentrate on his club career “for now”. At the time, CK Akonnor, who has now been replaced by Milovan Rajevac as Black Stars head coach, was at the helm of affairs.  
UEFA to drop legal action against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus over attempted breakaway
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UEFA to drop legal action against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus over attempted breakaway

UEFA is dropping legal action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three remaining clubs who are still insisting on the European Super League. The football body is informing the Madrid commercial court that it will no longer pursue legal action, according to Sky Sports. The three clubs had argued in court that the attempt to punish them for setting up a breakaway league was against European competition law. UEFA will also reach out to the other nine clubs involved in the attempted breakaway and inform them they will no longer have to pay the fines imposed on them for trying to set up the Super League in April. The nine clubs are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan. In May,...
Brazilian footballer, Hulk expecting his 4th child with his ex-wife’s niece
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Brazilian footballer, Hulk expecting his 4th child with his ex-wife’s niece

Brazilian striker Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, better known as Hulk is expecting his fourt child with the niece of his ex-wife. The Atletico Mineiro striker made the announcement on Instagram, sharing photos of him and his ex-wife's niece, Camila Sousa kissing and holding up ultrasound photos. Hulk and his ex-wife, Iran Angelo split in July 2019 after 12 years of marriage. Hulk was an uncle to Camila throughout the marriage with Iran. In December of that year, there were rumours of him being in a relationship with Iran's 32-year-old niece, Camila. They eventually got married in September 2020 while the 35-year-old footballer was still playing for Chinese side Shangai SIPG following his split from the mother of his two sons and daughter. Announcing that he and and Camila ...
Saul Niguez names Chelsea players that impressed, supported him
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Saul Niguez names Chelsea players that impressed, supported him

Chelsea star, Saul Niguez, has identified Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner as the Blues players that have impressed him during training at Stamford Bridge. Niguez also named Thiago Silva as the Chelsea player that supported him after his disappointing debut performance for Chelsea against Aston Villa last weekend. Recall that the midfielder joined Chelsea in the summer from Atletico Madrid. Asked which Chelsea players have impressed him, Niguez told Fabrizio Romano on Twitch on Thursday, “[Romelu] Lukaku and [Timo] Werner.” He added: “After my poor performance in my first match [Chelsea vs Aston Villa], Thiago Silva, in particular, supported me a lot. “My first game with Chelsea was much worse, believe me, and don’t worry.” Niguez will now hope to feature for Chelsea in th...
It wasn’t what I Expected – Saul Niguez Reflects on Poor Chelsea debut
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It wasn’t what I Expected – Saul Niguez Reflects on Poor Chelsea debut

Saul Niguez has admitted his Chelsea debut did not go according to plan, after he endured a difficult 45 minutes on Saturday. The midfielder, on loan from Atletico Madrid, was included in the Blues’ starting XI for the visit of Aston Villa. But Saul had a poor debut, which led to Thomas Tuchel taking him off at half time and bringing on Jorginho. The 26-year-old was guilty of giving the ball away too many times, failing to press and dallying in possession and being caught out. Several times, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva had to bail him out. “Wasn’t the expected debut,” Saul wrote on social media, along with a picture of him with his new teammates. “Really happy with my first game and victory with the team. Incredible to see Stamford Bridge full of Blues....
Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Saul Niguez made big mistakes – Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Saul Niguez made big mistakes – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted that Saul Niguez made “big mistakes” during his debut against Aston Villa on Saturday. Tuchel included the on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder from the start of the game. However, Saul was taken off during the break with the Blues leading 1-0. “I had the feeling that he struggled. There were some big mistakes, passing mistakes, and he struggled with the intensity. You could see he isn’t fully adapted. “It’s completely my responsibility. I had the feeling he could jump in for us and play at that level. I [then] thought it was maybe better to change him, but it doesn’t change anything [about how I see him],” Tuchel told Sky Sports. The head coach later added: “It’s very hard. You can either do it or not do it. I told him before it ...
Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to sign Kounde before transfer window closed
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Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to sign Kounde before transfer window closed

The Blues ultimately fell short in their pursuit of Sevilla's France international, but did sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed his side aimed to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde prior to the close of the summer transfer window. The Blues ultimately failed to prise the 22-year-old away from Sevilla, with the Liga side holding on to their highly-rated France international. Chelsea did manage one deadline-day addition from Spain, signing Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on loan.
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Griezmann’s deadline-day move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid was a b*tch – Koeman

The manager's plans for the season could have been quite different had two last-minute moves fallen through Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that the hectic business carried out by the club on deadline day was “a b*tch”. Owing to their crippling levels of debt, the Blaugrana spent the majority of their transfer window attempting to lower their wage bill. The cost-cutting exercise continued through to deadline day, with Antoine Griezmann departing the club and Luuk de Jong being brought in at the last minute.
Barcelona did not need Griezmann, he does not fit our system – Laporta
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Barcelona did not need Griezmann, he does not fit our system – Laporta

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has said Antoine Griezmann was not the player they needed. According to him, Griezmann did not fit into their system, which has led to Griezmann being sent back to Atletico Madrid on loan. The France forward arrived at the Camp Nou in 2019 for a fee around £108million. However, he failed to recapture his best form for Barca, although he managed 35 goals in 102 matches. This summer, the club became eager to cut his £300,000 a week salary off their wage bill and sent him back to his former club. Laporta told Onze: “We know what kind of player he was and is, he’s a great player. I think he didn’t fit in our system, but I think he showed a very good attitude. I sent him a message wishing him well, because he’s always had the correct attitude....
Saul Niguez reveals Promise Tuchel made to him before Chelsea Move
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Saul Niguez reveals Promise Tuchel made to him before Chelsea Move

Saul Niguez has revealed that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, promised he will play in his preferred midfield role if he joins the club. The 26-year-old arrived on a one-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day. During his time under Diego Simeone, Saul was deployed in various positions across the pitch. The Spaniard has been used as a No.10, wing-back and almost everywhere in between. Speaking on Twitch, Saul said: Chelsea has promised me to train in my position [midfield], but to play we will see. To return to certain roles that I do not play in now – that is the most important reason for my decision. “This transfer is a step out of my comfort zone for me. I believe that you will see a new Saul in a new [better] place.” ...
Alonso gives Verdict on Saul Niguez’s move to Chelsea
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Alonso gives Verdict on Saul Niguez’s move to Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso has given his verdict on the club’s new signing, Saul Niguez. Chelsea completed their loan deal to sign Saul from Atletico Madrid on deadline day. They also have the option to make the Spain midfielder stay at Stamford Bridge permanently for £30 million next summer. Saul is in line to make his debut for Chelsea against Aston Villa after the international break, having already trained with some of his new teammates. Saul helped Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team win the LaLiga ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona last season. The 26-year-old Spain international is slightly out of favour in Simeone’s team and so, had to jump on the opportunity to leave the club on loan. “I know Saul from the national team, and also we shared a ma...
Why Man City turned down Opportunity to Sign Chelsea star
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Why Man City turned down Opportunity to Sign Chelsea star

It has been revealed that Manchester City turned down the chance to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid before Chelsea did. The Spain international eventually joined Chelsea on loan on transfer deadline day with an option to make the deal permanent for £30m at the end of the season. According to Daily Star, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola was not interested in bringing Saul to his squad, so the deal was rejected. According to the newspaper, Guardiola’s side were approached by Atletico Madrid, who proposed a swap involving Bernardo Silva in a player-plus-cash move. But the deal was of no interest to Man City as they were looking for £40m for Silva. And this made it very easy for Chelsea to get their own deal done and now Saul will be competing for a plac...
Solskjaer names Man Utd’s biggest title rivals this season
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Solskjaer names Man Utd’s biggest title rivals this season

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rated Chelsea as their biggest rivals for the title this season, ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City, according to the UK Sun. Solskjaer is desperate to lead the Red Devils to league success for the first time since 2011. In a bid to win the league, United have added Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer. Solskjaer’s men finished second last campaign, 12 points behind champions, City. So far, in the 2021/2022 season, they have taken seven points from their first three games. Even at this early stage, it appears as though United, City, Chelsea and Liverpool, are a level above the rest. But Solskjaer privately fears Thomas Tuchel’s team more than City and Liverpool. Under Tuchel, the Blues ...
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Aisha Buhari Cup: Barcelona’s Oshoala headlines Super Falcons squad

The reigning African queens have named a strong squad for the competition billed to be held in Lagos this month Nigeria women’s national team coach Randy Waldrum has invited 23 players for their Aisha Buhari Cup campaign. The Super Falcons will face Morocco and Mali in Group A of the preliminary round of the championship. Towards a successful outing, Waldrum has picked a strong squad made up of 18 foreign-based professionals and just five players who ply their trade in the Nigeria Women Football League. Making the cut is Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala alongside Atletico Madrid’s Rasheedat Ajibade, Sevilla’s Tony Payne as well as Madrid CFF’s Rita Chikwelu. Also in the team are veteran defender Onome Ebi, Minsk FC’s Regina Otu, Houston Dash’s Michelle Alozie with 34-year-old...
Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic retires from football
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Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic retires from football

Iconic Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who scored the winning goal against England in the semifinals of the World Cup in 2018, has retired from the game, three years after playing his last international. The 35-year-old announced his decision in a post on Instagram, which included a photo of a pair of boots, on Friday night. “While you put on these boots for the first time, you can’t even imagine what you will get to experience in football,” he wrote in a message in English addressed to his young self, “Dear little Mario”, and signed “Your big Mario”. “You’ll recognize the moment to retire, to put these boots in a cabinet and you’ll have no regrets.” Mandzukic appeared 89 times for Croatia scoring 33 goals, he also played Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juv...
I told Kepa to speak to me in English’ – Chelsea new boy Saul aiming to settle quickly in Premier League
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I told Kepa to speak to me in English’ – Chelsea new boy Saul aiming to settle quickly in Premier League

The midfielder is counting on his fellow Spain international to help him learn the language and get used to the culture New Chelsea signing Saul Niguez says he is hoping for a quick adjustment to life in London and has already asked compatriot Kepa Arrizabalaga to only speak to him in English. The midfielder made a deadline day switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid in a loan deal that could become permanent at the end of the season. Saul, 26, says he always wanted to experience playing in the Premier League and hopes to pick up the language as quickly as possible.      
Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number
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Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number

The Spain international midfielder, who has joined the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid, takes a jersey last filled by Mateo Kovacic Chelsea have officially announced Saul Niguez's squad number at Stamford Bridge, with the Spain international midfielder taking the No 17 jersey in west London. The 26-year-old has arrived in English football on a deal that includes the option for a permanent transfer in 2022. Saul takes the shirt that has been vacated by Chelsea's new No 8, Mateo Kovacic.
Chelsea’s new loan signing Saul Niguez Unveiled at Cobham
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Chelsea’s new loan signing Saul Niguez Unveiled at Cobham

Chelsea's deadline-day loan signing Saul Niguez has been unveiled after making the switch from Atletico Madrid. The midfielder completed a temporary move to the Blues on Tuesday August 31, just three minutes before the transfer window closed. After landing in England, he posed for some photos with the club's home shirt having arrived at the club's training ground in Cobham. The Spaniard scored 53 goals in 447 appearances for Atletico Madrid in almost a decade with the first team. Saul won the Europa League twice, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups, and last season the league title at the Wanda Metropolitano. He missed just five LaLiga matches in the 2020-21 title-winning campaign. Chelsea have the option to make Saul's move permanent next summer after ...
Chelsea talks for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul stall as Sevilla say Kounde will cost €80m
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Chelsea talks for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul stall as Sevilla say Kounde will cost €80m

The Blues look unlikely to make any late deadline day signings unless there is a remarkable late bid for a key target Chelsea's hopes of a late transfer window signing have been rocked by the news surrounding both Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Sevilla's Jules Kounde. Having set out the terms for Saul, Atleti have had little response to their demands to add in a £34m (€40m) obligation to buy the 26-year-old. However, there remains a glimmer of hope if Chelsea meet their demands before the close of play. Meanwhile, in a press conference in Seville, club director Monchi has confirmed that Chelsea have missed an important deadline and must now pay the €80m (£68m) release clause for Kounde.
Transfer deadline day: Griezmann completes shock return to Atletico Madrid
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Transfer deadline day: Griezmann completes shock return to Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann has left Barcelona for a return to Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day. It is however a one-year loan deal, with an option for Atleti to buy Griezmann for €40million. This was confirmed by transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, in a tweet on Tuesday night. France forward, Griezmann reveals where he will finish his career Romano wrote: “Antoine Griezmann back to Atletico Madrid, HERE WE GO! Agreement now completed with Barcelona. Loan until June 2022 with buy option for €40m. ️ “Griezmann has an agreement for a two years contract plus one option. He’s BACK at Atléti. Shocking move of the day.” Griezmann joined Barca in 2019 for €108m in a controversial deal that saw their LaLiga rivals institute a legal case which was eventually thrown out....
Transfer deadline day: Chelsea sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez
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Transfer deadline day: Chelsea sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez

Chelsea have finally agreed a loan move with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez before the close of the transfer window. Chelsea have been chasing the 26-year-old Spain international with Atletico Madrid making the deal difficult for the Champions League holders. But with just a few hours left of the summer transfer window, an agreement has been reached and the player is set to move to Stamford Bridge on loan with an option to buy next year. Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano said that a fee of €5m (£4.3m) has been agreed for the season-long loan. Niguez’s contract at Atletico Madrid expires in the summer of 2026 but has fallen slightly out of favour under Diego Simeone. The midfielder still started the first two La Liga games of the season for Atletico, but only ...
Atletico Madrid give conditions to allow Saul join Chelsea before deadline
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Atletico Madrid give conditions to allow Saul join Chelsea before deadline

Atletico Madrid have demanded a compulsory £34 million purchase clause from Chelsea as the only condition to allow Saul Niguez join the Champions League winners. Chelsea want to bring in the Spain International before transfer deadline day and have held talks with Atletico. Although LaLiga Champions are open to allowing the midfielder go, Chelsea have faced competition from Manchester United. According to Goal, the Blues are looking to secure an initial loan deal for Saul, but are reluctant to agree to the Spanish side’s demand to make the move permanent for £34m at the end of the season. Thomas Tuchel side are looking to strike a similar deal to the one they agreed with Real Madrid for Mateo Kovacic in 2018. Chelsea initially signed Kovacic on loan before deciding to make...
Atletico Madrid reject Barcelona’s Felix bid as transfer deadline approaches
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Atletico Madrid reject Barcelona’s Felix bid as transfer deadline approaches

The last-ditch attempt to add attacking reinforcements underlines the Catalan club's difficult market position Atletico Madrid have rejected a loan bid from Barcelona for forward Joao Felix, Goal understands, and have refused to enter negotiations on the eve of the transfer deadline. The offer was made through agent Jorge Mendes, with the Blaugrana expressing enormous interest in a player they have targetted before. But Atletico Madrid do not need to sell, and they consider Felix to be the crown jewel of the future of the club and are therefore not thinking of letting go of a player of his talent - even less so 24 hours before the market closes.
Chelsea to block Hudson-Odoi Dortmund loan move after Saul & Kounde transfer setbacks
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Chelsea to block Hudson-Odoi Dortmund loan move after Saul & Kounde transfer setbacks

The Blues have been trying to sign two players from La Liga but they've found the goal posts have been moved ahead of deadline day Chelsea have told a host of players, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, that they cannot seek loan moves after encountering issues negotiating for both Sevilla's Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez. In the case of Saul, the Blues are keen to do a deal if it can be done as a straight loan but the Spanish champions want a clause that makes it likely to become a permanent deal for £34 million ($47m). The 26-year-old is keen to move to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, for Kounde, Chelsea have found Sevilla have taken a non-negotiable stance and are requesting €65 million (£56m/$77m). The Blues have arguably weakened their negotiating position by selling K...
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona, PSG groups confirmed
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UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona, PSG groups confirmed

The draw for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League have been confirmed. Manchester United will take on Atalanta, Young Boys and Villarreal in Group F. Holders Chelsea are in Group H along with Zenit, Juventus and Malmo Paris Saint-Germain will take on last season’s finalists Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A. The fixtures begin September 14/15 this year. Group A: Manchester City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, FC Porto, AC Milan Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donestk, Sheriff Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys Group G: Lille, Sev...
Atletico Madrid sign Cunha from Hertha in €26m deal
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Atletico Madrid sign Cunha from Hertha in €26m deal

The Brazilian striker, who was also linked with Leeds earlier this summer, has committed his future to the Liga champions through to 2026 Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Matheus Cunha from Hertha Berlin for a reported €26 million (£22m/$31m) fee. Goal reported earlier this week that Atletico had turned their attention to Cunha after failing to strike a deal for Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic, with Diego Simeone eager to add a new striker to his ranks before the August 31 transfer deadline. The Liga champions have quickly managed to reach a final agreement with Hertha for Cunha, which reportedly includes a 10 per cent sell-on clause for the German club, with the Brazilian committing to a five-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.  

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