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Newcastle make offer for Sevilla defender Carlos
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Newcastle make offer for Sevilla defender Carlos

Newcastle are continuing to push to sign Diego Carlos and are awaiting a response from Sevilla after submitting a bid for the defender. Signing a centre-back is Newcastle's primary focus after the arrival of striker Chris Wood from Burnley for £25m on Thursday. The Premier League side retain a strong interest in Benoit Badiashile, but a deal for the Monaco defender is now looking unlikely after he sustained an injury during his side's draw with Nantes. Another stumbling block is Monaco's asking price, with the Ligue 1 side looking for a fee in the region of €60m (£50m) for the 20-year-old. Carlos, who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics with Brazil in the summer, has made 27 appearances for Sevilla this season, scoring two goals. Lille's Sven Botman was ...
Afcon 2021: Nigeria will approach opponents with Egypt drive – Ola Aina
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria will approach opponents with Egypt drive – Ola Aina

The defender reveals the Super Eagles will take on other opponents at Afcon with the same resolve shown against the Pharaohs Nigeria will take on their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opponents with the same application they exhibited against Egypt, according to Ola Aina. The Super Eagles began their campaign in Cameroon on a flying note, defeating the Pharaohs 1-0 at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua. In the African classic, Augustine Eguavoen’s men proved their doubters wrong to down Carlos Queiroz’s men – with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the only goal.
Afcon 2021: Paderborn defender Collins joins Super Eagles ahead of Egypt clash
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Afcon 2021: Paderborn defender Collins joins Super Eagles ahead of Egypt clash

Paderborn defender Jamiliu Collins has arrived in Nigeria camp ahead of their opening game against Egypt at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Onboard with Super Eagles Jamilu Collins to Garoua. He'll be the last Eagle to arrive in camp for #AFCON2021 🇳🇬. Good news! pic.twitter.com/MtKvIASsSz — Shina Oludare 🇳🇬 (@sportingshina) January 10, 2022
AC Milan chief Maldini turns to Man City defender Ake
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AC Milan chief Maldini turns to Man City defender Ake

Manchester City defender Nathan Ake is on the radar of AC Milan.   Sky Italia says his impressive performances at left-back against Brentford and Arsenal and at centre-back against Swindon has caught the attention of AC Milan. The Serie A giants are looking to sign a defender this month, with City's Dutchman one of several options they are considering. Milan chief Paolo Maldini has concerns about the flexibility of their defensive options and regards highly Ake's ability to play at fullback and centre-half. Ake is in his second season with City after his move from Bournemouth.
Transfer: AC Milan to bring Man Utd star to San Siro as Madrid eye Arsenal defender
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Transfer: AC Milan to bring Man Utd star to San Siro as Madrid eye Arsenal defender

AC Milan have set their sights on Manchester United defender centre-back, Eric Bailly, Sky Italia report. The Serie A giants have focused their attention on the Ivory Coast international as they look to bring in a replacement for Simon Kjaer following his injury lay-off. AC Milan wants an initial loan deal for the 27-year-old similar to the one that saw them sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea last season. Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Cedric Soares is the subject of interest from Atletico Madrid, according to Nicolo Schira. Diego Simeone’s side are looking at Soares as they seek extra cover at the back following Kieran Trippier’s move to Premier League side Newcastle United. Soares, 30, is not the only player on Atletico Madrid’s list. The Liga champions also have RB Leipzig...
Pique hits back over Barcelona wage claims by posting bank statement
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Pique hits back over Barcelona wage claims by posting bank statement

The Camp Nou outfit have been mired in financial troubles over the past year and now their star defender has clapped back at critics over his wages   Gerard Pique has hit back at speculation over his salary at Barcelona, with the Blaugrana stalwart insisting that he has taken a substantial pay cut in order to help ease the club's financial woes. The Camp Nou outfit have been mired in financial troubles over the past year, with the club unable to re-sign Lionel Messi ahead of the current campaign, and several players forced to see their wages slashed in order to meet financial fair play rules. Stalwart centre-back Pique is one who reportedly took a major reduction, only for Cammedia reports to suggest that he had merely deferred his wages earlier this week - and now, the ...
Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy pictured for the first time as he’s released on bail
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Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy pictured for the first time as he’s released on bail

Manchester City defender,  Benjamin Mendy was pictured leaving court today after being released on bail ahead of his rape trial. The French left-back, 27, had been remanded in custody since his first court appearance in August. The footballer had spent Christmas at top-security prison Strangeways after being moved from Category B jail HMP Altcourse. But Mendy, who is is accused of seven counts of rape and one of sexual assault against five women aged over 16, has now been freed on bail. He was pictured leaving Chester Crown Court in a yellow and green prison jumpsuit while wearing handcuffs. Judge Patrick Thompson released him during a private hearing today but imposed a list of "stringent" conditions. He must surrender his passport, live at his home address, and ma...
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.
​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move
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​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move

Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills believes that Ruben Neves should not go to Manchester United. The central midfielder is again being linked with a move to the Old Trafford club, given their midfield woes this season. Mills, who played for City and Leeds United, believes that moving to United is no longer a guarantee of silverware and success for players. "Wolves have got as much of a chance at winning the Carabao Cup or the FA Cup," he said on talkSPORT. "Manchester United aren't going to win the Premier League, and they're not going to win the Champions League. "Wolves might get into the Europa League, and they'll have a better chance of winning the Europa League than Manchester United will have at winning the Champions League."  
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva delighted with new contract
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Chelsea defender Thiago Silva delighted with new contract

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is delighted with his new contract. The veteran has extended his contract to the end of next season. He told the club's website: "I'm very good here. That's also thanks to the career I had at Milan, and PSG. It means I arrived at Chelsea as an experienced player. "Also, the supporters are always by my side. That's very important because they're there even if we're losing, and if they support it's also because I've been playing well. Now the club have given me this opportunity to continue to do this, and I'm going to give everything to keep playing at this level. "For me it's great, I never imagined that I would live this experience in my career. I felt it a bit at Milan, also in Paris, but here it's been like this since the first day. When you see ...
Liverpool warn Aston Villa off Gomez
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Liverpool warn Aston Villa off Gomez

Liverpool will not consider selling Joe Gomez this month. Liverpool defender Gomez is admired by Aston Villa and is on their radar, but a move in January is a no-go, reports the Athletic. While Villa are in need of defensive reinforcements this window, Liverpool aren't prepared to let him leave midway through the season. The report goes on to name Nat Phillips as a potential alternative. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to allow Phillips to depart this month.  
Thomas Tuchel Announces Delight at Chelsea’s Latest deal
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Thomas Tuchel Announces Delight at Chelsea’s Latest deal

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has expressed his delight over the club’s latest deal. Chelsea on Monday signed a new deal with Thiago Silva which would see the defender remain at Stamford Bridge until 2023. Silva joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020. Speaking on the development ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference: “He’s like Benjamin Button. Thiago Button the footballer!. “But I know how much work and professional attitude is behind that. It is a miracle, in a way, because he came to this league, with the schedule and the approach and the intensity on a daily basis at the very end of his career, which was very brave. “We are happy because th...
Ex-England Defender, Ashleigh Plumptre Cleared To Play For Nigeria
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Ex-England Defender, Ashleigh Plumptre Cleared To Play For Nigeria

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) spokesman, Ademola Olajire, made this known in an interview with BBC Africa on Monday. Olajire revealed that Plumptre can now play for the Super Falcons after her request to switch her allegiance to Nigeria was granted. He noted that Plumptre might get her debut when the Falcons face Ivory Coast in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations play-off in February. The NFF spokesman said the former England youth player personally approached the English FA to get the needed clearance before FIFA approved it. He disclosed that the 23-year-old defender, who had joined the Super Falcons since last year, is eligible to represent Nigeria because of her father’s Nigerian heritage. Olajire appreciated the Leicester City defender for her commitment a...
Rangnick names Man Utd star that did his job against Wolves
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Rangnick names Man Utd star that did his job against Wolves

Manchester United interim coach, Ralf Rangnick has identified defender Phil Jones as the player that did his job against Wolves on Monday night. Rangnick said Jones did exactly what he expected him to do against Wolves at Old Trafford. Jones, who has been out of action for two years due to injury, made a shock return to Man United’s starting XI against Wolves. The 29-year-old centre-back was impressive against Wolves as David de Gea was able to keep the game level until Joao Moutinho scored the winner with nine minutes left to give the visitors all three points. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Rangnick said, “I think he [Phil Jones] did well, not having played for two years at this kind of level. “We didn’t see that [effects of the absence] in the game. “He...
Transfer: Three players to leave Real Madrid, Chelsea suffer another blow as striker returns to Arsenal
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Transfer: Three players to leave Real Madrid, Chelsea suffer another blow as striker returns to Arsenal

Real Madrid are looking to offload three senior players this January transfer window. According to AS, the three players are Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are eager to free up squad space and funds during January, with Bale, Isco and Marcelo made aware that they are no longer figures in long-term plans at Santiago Bernabeu. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s contract extension talks with defender Andreas Christensen have stalled once again, Gianluca Di Marzio reports. The Denmark international is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as he continues to mull over his options after changing agent and learning of interest from Barcelona. In another development, Nikolaj Moller’s loan spell at German club Viktoria Koln has been cut short. The Arsenal ...
You need to bring more ideas – Luke Shaw tells Rangnick after United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves
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You need to bring more ideas – Luke Shaw tells Rangnick after United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves

Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw has said that manager Ralf Rangnick needs to bring more ideas of what he wants from the players on the pitch. The England defender also questioned the lack of desire and commitment among his teammates after their woeful display on Monday night that led to a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves. Ralf Rangnick’s side put up another dismal display devoid of any real quality or drive at Old Trafford and are now four points off the top four. Joao Moutinho scored a late winner for the visitors to hand Rangnick his first defeat since taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss. “Us players, we’ve been here for a long time, we played at home, we know what it is like when we have the intensity, you can feel the motivation is there,” the England inte...
Burnley defender Tarkowski eager to join Newcastle
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Burnley defender Tarkowski eager to join Newcastle

Burnley defender James Tarkowski is eager to join Newcastle United. The Telegraph says Newcastle have been knocked back in their approach for one of their top targets, Lille defender Sven Botman. However, Tarkowski 'wants to come' to St James' Park. The Burnley centre back is out of contract in the summer, so whilst the Lancashire club would surely rather not sell to a relegation rival, they may be forced to do a deal or risk losing him for free in the summer. Tarkowski is also on the radar of West Ham.  
Should Nigeria be worried by Troost-Ekong’s defensive failings?
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Should Nigeria be worried by Troost-Ekong’s defensive failings?

The Hornets defender has struggled of late and there are fears regarding his form ahead of a major tournament 2021 was something of a breakthrough year for William Troost-Ekong, after winning promotion with Watford and making his Premier League debut - seven years after leaving Tottenham Hotspur’s academy. The Nigerian also reached some memorable milestones for the national team. The defender hit 50 caps for the Super Eagles and was named captain ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. However, the final months of last year were not as rosy on the pitch.  
‘It’s a clear red’ – Azpilicueta & Tuchel fume over early Mane challenge in Chelsea draw with Liverpool
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‘It’s a clear red’ – Azpilicueta & Tuchel fume over early Mane challenge in Chelsea draw with Liverpool

The Blues were angered after the forward escaped an early dismissal for an elbow on the defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Thomas Tuchel both insisted that Sadio Mane should have been handed a straight red card for his opening-minute challenge in Chelsea's 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool. The Blues skipper was elbowed in the face by the Reds attacker almost immediately after the whistle went as the two jumped for a high ball, but Mane escaped with only a yellow card and subsequently netted the visitors' opener at Stamford Bridge. Mohamed Salah doubled the lead before Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic struck back to tie things up in a draw that damaged both teams' hopes of a title challenge against Manchester City.  
Watford on brink of triple defensive signing
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Watford on brink of triple defensive signing

Nice left wing back Hassane Kamara is close to moving to Watford.   The Daily Mail says Watford are close to agreeing a £4million deal for Kamara, a 27-year old Ivory Coast international, and are also signing KAS Eupen defensive midfielder Edo Kayembe, 23.   Claudio Ranieri also expects to bring in vastly experienced Croatia international defender Domagoj Vida, 32, from Besiktas. Watford had also asked about Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac but have opted against that deal to keep other domestic loan options open. They opened discussions about Kamara last month and know him from previous recruitment discussions when they tried to sign him from Reims prior to his move to Nice. Kamara is not involved in the African Cup of Nations
Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker secretly marries childhood sweetheart Annie Kilner
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Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker secretly marries childhood sweetheart Annie Kilner

Manchester City defender, Kyle Walker has secretly married his childhood sweetheart Annie Kilner. The Manchester City right-back, 31, reportedly tied the knot with his girlfriend of 12 years in a small ceremony at the end of November. Kyle met Annie when he was 18 while he was playing at his hometown club Sheffield United when the model was 16. The couple are parents to three children - Roman, Riaan, and Reign. In June 2020, the Mirror reported that Kyle had popped the question to Annie with an epic floral proposal at her home. Kyle also shares son Kairo, 14 months, with ex Lauryn Goodman. Although, he has never confirmed or denied that Kairo is his child.
You need to be smarter – Albert Stuivenberg tells Arsenal star after defeat to Man City
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You need to be smarter – Albert Stuivenberg tells Arsenal star after defeat to Man City

Arsenal’s assistant manager, Albert Stuivenberg, has admitted that defender, Gabriel, needed to be ‘smarter’ after being sent off during his side’s Premier League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Stuivenberg, who took charge of Arsenal team after the club’s manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19, said this during his post-match press conference after Man City defeated Arsenal at Emirates. Gabriel was then sent off for a second yellow card during the encounter as two goals from Riyad Mahrez and Rodri ensured Man City defeated Arsenal. “We are very frustrated with the outcome if you play a game like this against one of the best teams in the world,” Stuivenberg said at his post-match press conference. “At the end to have zero points is frustrating beca...
Barcelona eyeing Man City defender Laporte
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Barcelona eyeing Man City defender Laporte

Barcelona are eyeing Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte. Laporte, 27, was unhappy at losing his regular place last season to John Stones. But the Spain international has reclaimed a starting berth during the first half of this campaign. However, Barca hope to get another cash injection next summer and make a move for him after signing Ferran Torres, says The Sun. The Nou Camp giants announced the £55m capture of the 21-year-old Man City star earlier this week. The cash-strapped side had to take out a loan to afford the attacker. And they expect to get more money next summer to be able to afford new signings.  
Eric Bailly reveals change Ronaldo made in Man Utd dressing room
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Eric Bailly reveals change Ronaldo made in Man Utd dressing room

Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly has opened up on the big influence Cristiano Ronaldo has had in the dressing room since he returned to the club this summer. According to Bailly, United players no longer eat dessert during meal times because of the example set by the 36-year-old. Ronaldo is renowned for his stunning physical condition, which is thanks to a strict diet and rigorous training regime. “No, we’ve stopped [eating dessert]. All the players stopped because it’s good, you need to change sometimes. “Ronaldo has been the best for a long time, why? Your body, you need to take care of it,” Bailly told Poet & Vuj. Ronaldo is United’s top scorer this campaign with 13 goals in 19 appearances.
Newcastle planning bid for Lille defender Sven Botman
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Newcastle planning bid for Lille defender Sven Botman

Newcastle are planning to bid for Lille defender Sven Botman. The Magpies are planning to splash the cash in the New Year following their Saudi-backed £300million takeover in October. Lille star Botman, 21, is understood to be their No1 priority, though it is understood that the Dutch youth international could cost up to £40m. And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle have contacted Ligue 1 outfit Lille about bringing him to St James' Park. He tweeted: "Newcastle are planning to sign one or two centre backs in January. "Dutch defender Sven Botman is still top of the list, waiting for an answer from Lille about final price tag." Romano then stated that Howe is also aiming to sign a full-back in the upcoming transfer window. He added: "Newcastle are also ...
Chelsea to allow Thiago Silva leave Stamford Bridge on one condition
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Chelsea to allow Thiago Silva leave Stamford Bridge on one condition

Chelsea will allow defender, Thiago Silva, leave Stamford Bridge on one condition. According to football transfer expert Duncan Castles, Chelsea will allow Silva to leave the west London club only if the Brazilian wishes to quit the club. Silva’s current contract with Chelsea will expire at the end of the season. The Brazilian centre-back is yet to sign a new deal with the club. The 37-year-old joined the Premier League giants from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020. “I would be surprised if Chelsea allowed him [Thiago Silva] to leave easily,” Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast. “Obviously, if the offer is so substantial that it’s difficult for them to match and they put it to Thiago Silva that you are going to have to take less money if you want to remain ...
Man City defender Benjamin Mendy hit with another count of rape, his seventh so far
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Man City defender Benjamin Mendy hit with another count of rape, his seventh so far

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been charged with a seventh count of rape. Mendy, 27, has already been accused of a series of sex offences totaling seven but was charged last week with a further count of rape. The charge wasn't reported last week due to court restrictions caused by covid-19 restrictions, on Wednesday, December 22, the new charge was revealed. On Wednesday Mendy appeared at Chester Crown Court for a hearing ahead of his trial next year. The new rape charge comes from a new complainant and is alleged to have taken place in July this year. Mendy is now accused of eight offences against five different women, including seven counts of rape relating to four women. The earlier charges are three counts of rape, alleged to have happened on October 11...
​Real Madrid register showing interest in Liverpool stopper Gomez
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​Real Madrid register showing interest in Liverpool stopper Gomez

Real Madrid are assessing the situation around Liverpool's Joe Gomez. The center back is out of favor at the club, given the form of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip, and the summer signing of Ibrahima Konate. Gomez is coming back to full fitness, but may find it difficult to get regular game time at the club. According to the Daily Mail, Real are assessing Gomez, along with Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, Villarreal's Pau Torres, and Sevilla's Jules Kounde. The La Liga giants are determined to sign a top class defender in the summer. And given the potential shown by Gomez at Anfield, Carlo Ancelotti is convinced he could thrive in Spain.  
​Napoli challenging Chelsea for Fenerbahce defender Szalai
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​Napoli challenging Chelsea for Fenerbahce defender Szalai

Napoli are pushing to close a deal for Fenerbahce's Hungarian centre-back Attila Szalai. The Italian side want to sign a defender after Kostas Manolas left for Olympiakos. That deal will go through in January, and Calciomercato.com suggests that Napoli want Szalai as his replacement. The soon to be 24-year-old has 23 senior caps for Hungary, and has impressed this season for Fenerbahce in the league. He has 24 appearances for the Turkish club this term, providing two assists to his teammates.  
Cesar Azpilicueta’s new club revealed as Chelsea captain set to leave Stamford Bridge
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Cesar Azpilicueta’s new club revealed as Chelsea captain set to leave Stamford Bridge

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s possible new club has been revealed as the defender is set to leave Stamford Bridge. Azpilicueta’s current contract with Chelsea will expire at the end of the season. Despite his status as Chelsea skipper, Azpilicueta has seen his contract at the west London club run down to its final six months. Chelsea are currently preoccupied with sorting out the contract situations of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen. That has left Azpilicueta at risk of Chelsea, with the two parties currently a distance apart in negotiations. According to The Athletic, Azpilicueta is hoping to be offered the security of a multi-year contract by Chelsea, but such an offer would go against the Blues’ traditional contract structure, with the Premi...
Classy, top Performance – Jermaine Jenas Singles out Chelsea star after draw with Wolves
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Classy, top Performance – Jermaine Jenas Singles out Chelsea star after draw with Wolves

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, has singled defender Thiago Silva for praise following Chelsea’s Premier League 0-0 draw with Wolves at the weekend. Jenas described Silva’s display against Wolves as ‘classy and top performance’, adding that the Brazilian did really well against the host. Chelsea fell further behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race as they failed to beat Wolves at Molineux on Sunday. Chelsea’s starting XI was strong, but Thomas Tuchel’s side failed to create many clear-cut chances, with Wolves having an early goal ruled out for offside. Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, Jenas said: ‘It was a game that stunk of a 0-0 from the moment it kicked off really. “But this guy [Thiago Silva] was so ...
Chelsea legend, John Terry welcomes Lewandowski to Premier League
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Chelsea legend, John Terry welcomes Lewandowski to Premier League

Chelsea legend, John Terry has welcomed Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, to play in the Premier League someday. Terry uploaded a video on his Instagram story about Lewandowski scoring one of his two goals for Bayern Munich against Stuttgart on Tuesday night. Recall that Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart 5-0 in the Bundesliga encounter. The former England defender captioned the film, “I would love to see this man in the Premier League.” His verdict comes after Chelsea reportedly tried to tempt Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window while journalist Ian McGarry has said that the player’s agent has offered his services to Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, in the past. “It is certainly the case that he (Zahavi) has offered Lewandowski to ...
Ex-Man City Star Nicolas Otamendi Victim of Violent Robbery as ‘Belt put Round his Neck’
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Ex-Man City Star Nicolas Otamendi Victim of Violent Robbery as ‘Belt put Round his Neck’

Former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi was reportedly assaulted and robbed of money and jewellery at his home in Portugal on Monday December 13. Otamendi, 33, who now plays for Benfica was attacked in Lisbon after his team's match against Famalicão on Sunday. Four attackers are alleged to have assaulted Otamendi, placed a belt around his neck before taking money and watches. The Argentine's wife, Michele, and their son were said to have been at home during the time of the attack. The report by Correio de Manha details how Otamendi was met by the intruders when he arrived home, having been away for Benfica's 4-1 match against Famalicão. He was assaulted before a belt was placed around his neck. Otamendi was reportedly led into a room where his 'panicked' wife an...
Nobody is bigger than Chelsea – Tuchel warns Rudiger
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Nobody is bigger than Chelsea – Tuchel warns Rudiger

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned centre-back, Antonio Rudiger, that ‘nobody is bigger than the club, amid the player’s current contract situation at Stamford Bridge. Rudiger has been impressive for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January. The defender has started 14 of Chelsea’s opening 15 Premier League games so far this season. But his contract at Chelsea will expire at the end of the season and he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign teams from January 1, 2022, if an agreement with the Blues over a new deal is not reached by then. Talks over a new deal for Rudiger have hit a stumbling block because Chelsea are believed to be reluctant to meet his demands of a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week. Speaking during his pre-mat...
Norwich stopper ​Zimmerman tells Aarons benefits of Bayern Munich move
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Norwich stopper ​Zimmerman tells Aarons benefits of Bayern Munich move

Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann suggests that teammate Max Aarons should move abroad. The German, who is currently out with an ankle injury, was asked about the constant transfer speculation surrounding young Aarons. The right back has been linked to nearly every major club in Europe during the past 12 to 18 months, including the likes of Bayern Munich. "First of all, I'm quite happy we've got him here but he's got all it takes to play in any of the top five leagues," said Zimmermann, per Evening News 24. "Just speaking for myself, I can say for me, it was very good to have the chance to play in a different country because it really has helped to improve my career. "I think just sometimes leaving your comfort zone and taking a step into the unknown, going abroad a...
Rio Ferdinand names Ridiculous talent in Chelsea’s Squad after 3-3 Draw with Zenit
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Rio Ferdinand names Ridiculous talent in Chelsea’s Squad after 3-3 Draw with Zenit

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has identified defender Reece James as a ‘ridiculous talent’ in Chelsea’s squad following the Blues’ Champions League 3-3 draw with Zenit at St Petersburg on Wednesday night. A brace from Timo Werner and a strike from Romelu Lukaku ensured Chelsea played a draw against Zenit. However, Claudinho, Sardar Azmoun and Magomed Ozdoyev did score for the host in Russia. During the encounter, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, featured right-sided defender, James in an unusual central midfield role, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic injured and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rested. But Ferdinand believes James was dominating, passing and breaking things up during the encounter. Speaking about James, Ferdinard told BT Sport, “He’s a ridicul...
West Ham manager Moyes confirms plans to fill two positions in January
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West Ham manager Moyes confirms plans to fill two positions in January

West Ham United manager David Moyes has confirmed he will try and sign a defender and forward in January.   The Hammers are reeling after Kurt Zouma joined fellow centre-back Angelo Ogbonna on the long-term injury list. And Moyes says he will target a replacement when the window opens next month. "Kurt has been very good for us. Everybody has been impressed. He has the experience from Chelsea and he's a big miss," said Moyes. "But other players helped us get into Europe last year. They are ready to play. Hopefully they will be good. "We have been looking to add to the forward players. We tried in the summer for a forward but there was nothing. Now we have to consider looking for a defender if possible. "I'll see what we think the recovery time of players coming ...
Champions League: Rangnick adds six new players to Man United’s squad
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Champions League: Rangnick adds six new players to Man United’s squad

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick has added six new young players to his side’s squad ahead of their Champions League tie with Young Boys on Wednesday night. Manchester Evening News reports that the six Manchester United academy prospects are in contention to make their debut against Young Boys in the Champions League tonight. The players are defender Bjorn Hardley, midfielders Charlie Wellens, Sam Mather, Charlie Savage, and Zidane Iqbal and forward Shola Shoretire. The Man United Under-19s have already qualified for the knockout stage of the UEFA Youth League, so they could start against Young Boys at Leigh Sports Village. Savage, 18, is the son of Man United academy graduate, Robbie Savage, while Mather, 17, turned professional earlier this year. Shoretire, 17, m...
Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger commits to Real Madrid move
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Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger commits to Real Madrid move

Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger has committed to a move to Real Madrid.   That's according to the Independent, which reports the LaLiga giants have reached an 'informal agreement' with the defender. Rudiger is represented by his brother, Sahr Senesie. Former Borussia Dortmund attacker Senesie apparently met with Madrid in November. He is understood to have reached an agreement with Florentino Perez and co. But nothing has yet been signed. Rudiger, 28, will be eligible to sign a pre-contract with a new club in January 1.
Attila Szalai transfer to Chelsea a ‘done deal’, claims Hungary coach Rossi amid £20m move rumours
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Attila Szalai transfer to Chelsea a ‘done deal’, claims Hungary coach Rossi amid £20m move rumours

The Blues have been heavily linked with the Fenerbahce defender over recent weeks amid talk of an imminent move Speculation regarding a move to Chelsea for Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai has been building over recent weeks, and Hungary boss Marco Rossi claims that a January deal has been agreed. The 23-year-old only moved to Turkey in the winter transfer window of 2021, but another switch could be on the cards 12 months on. Rossi, who coaches the highly-rated centre-half at international level, is not surprised to see the Blues swooping in as Szalai would not look out of place in any of Europe’s top divisions.
‘These moments made me’ – Mertesacker on what Man Utd can expect from ‘amazing role model’ Rangnick
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‘These moments made me’ – Mertesacker on what Man Utd can expect from ‘amazing role model’ Rangnick

The German has hailed his compatriot for having a huge impact on his early career development Per Mertesacker has offered an insight into what Manchester United can expect from Ralf Rangnick, with the ex-Arsenal and Germany defender describing the head coach as an "amazing role model". Rangnick is preparing for his first game in charge of United's first team against Crystal Palace on Sunday, having been drafted in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis earlier this month. The German has arrived in England with a reputation as a master tactician and motivator, and Mertesacker is the latest high profile figure to give him a glowing endorsement.
West Ham vs Chelsea: We want to make Tuchel’s men suffer – Kurt Zouma
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West Ham vs Chelsea: We want to make Tuchel’s men suffer – Kurt Zouma

West Ham defender, Kurt Zouma, has said they can make former club Chelsea suffer when they meet in a London Derby on Saturday. David Moyes’ side is looking to end a run of three games without a win against the Premier League leaders. Zouma left Stamford Bridge to join the Hammers in a £29.8 million deal in the summer, after seven years and 151 appearances for Chelsea. The Frenchman has made an impressive start in East London but expects a tough afternoon against Thomas Tuchel’s men. “It will feel special in a way because I’ve been there for so many years. “I want to beat Chelsea because I want to beat everybody. I play for West Ham now and I’m very happy to be here. It’s going to be a tough game as we know they have a lot of strength, but we have to use our strength to mak...
EPL: Thiago Silva reveals player that’s future of Chelsea
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EPL: Thiago Silva reveals player that’s future of Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has identified Trevoh Chalobah as the ‘future of Chelsea’. Silva believes Chalobah will be a mainstay at Chelsea for years to come. Chalobah has quickly established himself as a first-team regular player under manager Thomas Tuchel, making 12 appearances in all competitions for the west London club so far this season. Recall that the 22-year-old centre-back impressed Tuchel during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign and was given his first-team debut against Villarreal in the Super Cup in August 2021. “He [Chalobah] is a player despite being so young who plays like an experienced professional,” Silva told Chelsea TV. “And that makes me really happy because I am there alongside him playing the same position and I can see how he is performing, how he ...
‘He has to walk the talk’ – Onus on Christensen to commit to new Chelsea deal, says Tuchel
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‘He has to walk the talk’ – Onus on Christensen to commit to new Chelsea deal, says Tuchel

The Blues boss says he has no good news yet when it comes to the defender's contract talks   Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says it is on Andreas Christensen to "walk the talk" and commit his future to the club with a new contract. The Blues offered Christensen a new four-year deal with a significant pay raise in August, but the two sides have been at a standoff since as the defender has not yet signed a new contract. Tuchel says there is no imminent good news and contract talks are now all up to Christensen.
Blow for Gor Mahia as two players isolate in Congo after ‘testing positive’ for Covid-19
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Blow for Gor Mahia as two players isolate in Congo after ‘testing positive’ for Covid-19

The former league champions explain why two of their players will not be available for the return leg clash against the Congolese outfit in Nairobi Gor Mahia will face AS Otoho d’Oyo in the return leg of their Caf Confederation Cup play-off without two players – striker Jules Ulimwengu and defender John Ochieng – who remained in Congo to quarantine after allegedly testing positive for Covid-19. The two players missed the first leg meeting at the Alphonse Massamba-Debat Stadium in Brazzaville which the Congolese outfit won 1-0 courtesy of a 63rd-minute strike from Roland Okouri.  
Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d’Or triumph after first PSG start together
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Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d’Or triumph after first PSG start together

The defender backed his new team-mate to claim the individual prize after many years as rivals Sergio Ramos says that he wishes Lionel Messi "all the luck in the world" ahead of this week's Ballon d'Or ceremony, and hopes that his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate can bring home the honour once more. The former rivals-turned-clubmates at the Ligue 1 giants helped inspire a comeback win against Saint-Etienne this weekend on the Spaniard's full debut for the club, with the Argentine notching up a hat-trick of assists in a 3-1 win. Any previously shielded mutual respect looks to have broken free of its confines between the two players now however after their link-up in the French capital - and as Messi goes for a record seventh victory in the contest to be crowned the world's great...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Patrice Evra confirms winner of award this year
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Patrice Evra confirms winner of award this year

Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi is all set to win his seventh Ballon d’Or at the gala on Monday. Evra disclosed this in a post via his Instagram account on Sunday. According to him, Messi is set to get his hands on the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ahead of the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and others. He wrote, “Congratulations to @leomessi for winning another ballon d’or. Also the people who do not understand me when I speak that sucks my djudju.” The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to take place on the 29th of November. The former Barcelona captain led Argentina to a historic Copa America 2021 triumph. Messi is...
Michael Carrick includes Forgotten Man United star in squad against Chelsea [Full list]
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Michael Carrick includes Forgotten Man United star in squad against Chelsea [Full list]

Manchester United Caretaker boss, Michael Carrick has recalled defender, Phil Jones into the squad for their Premier League game against Chelsea. Carrick added the 29-year-old in the matchday squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash with high-flying Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. Jones has not made an appearance for the Red Devils this season after a long time on the side line due to injury and has only been named as a substitute in the defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup in December. The England international has been working to recover fully and find his way back to the team by playing for United’s Under-23s. He could make his first senior Premier League appearance for the first time in 22 months. The England star was also the traveling team for their Champions ...
Chelsea dealt another injury blow as Chilwell faces lengthy layoff
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Chelsea dealt another injury blow as Chilwell faces lengthy layoff

The England international will not play again until 2022 Chelsea face a nervous wait to see if Ben Chilwell requires surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury that will sideline the defender for at least six weeks. The England international suffered the injury during the first half of Tuesday’s Champions League thrashing of Juventus at Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed Chilwell does not need to go under the knife straightaway, though that may change if the injury fails to recover sufficiently.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted his brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in a World Cup qualifier last week was a deliberate act and that he would do it all over again. The 40-year-old AC Milan striker sent the Chelsea captain flying after slamming his shoulder into the back of Azpilicueta in the closing stages of Sweden's 1-0 defeat against Spain in the World Cup qualifier on Sunday. As a corner was swung into the box, Ibrahimovic smashed Spain's right back, flooring him on the spot. Speaking to The Guardian, Ibrahimovic explained the brutal shoulder charge was entirely deliberate to put the Chelsea defender in his place for 'acting big' against a younger Sweden player earlier in the game. 'The other day in the national team, I gave a tackle to [Cesar Azpilicueta]...

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