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Allegri tells Juventus Chief, Agnelli to Sell Cristiano Ronaldo
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Allegri tells Juventus Chief, Agnelli to Sell Cristiano Ronaldo

  Former Juventus boss, Max Allegri, told the club’s chief, Andrea Agnelli, to sell forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, before he departed from the Old Lady in 2019. Allegri was the manager of Juventus for five years, from 2014 to 2019. The 53-year-old won five Serie A titles in a row as well as four Coppa Italia trophies. The Italian worked with Ronaldo for a season, in 2018/2019, following his move from Real Madrid. According to Italian outlet, La Repubblica, in Allegri’s last meeting with Agnelli before his departure from Juventus, he encouraged the Turin club to sell Ronaldo as he was stalling the growth of the team. The report added that, in Allegri’s view, Ronaldo’s presence blocked the pathway for the club’s young players to progress into the first-team squad and ...
Tottenham vs Man Utd: I’m Really Sorry – Son Heung-min
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Tottenham vs Man Utd: I’m Really Sorry – Son Heung-min

  Tottenham Hotspur forward, Son Heung-min, has said that he was really sorry for his side’s 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday. Son, who scored a goal against Man United, said he felt bad because he really wanted to win the encounter. Man United defeated Jose Mourinho’s side, thanks to goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood. The defeat against Arsenal means Tottenham are now six points behind fourth-placed West Ham with seven games remaining. “It’s a really sad afternoon. I am really not bothered about the goal,” Son told Tottenham’s website. “I really wanted to win, especially after the last game [at Newcastle] when I came on, back from injury, we were leading and drew. “I don’t know what to say – I’m reall...
PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games
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PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday. This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced. Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, who was also dismissed. Neymar and Djalo were given three-match bans, but with one of those games suspended. PSG’s defeat against Lille means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now three points behind Christophe Galtier’s side on the Ligue 1 table. Meanwhile, Neymar was impressive for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-2 victor...
Solskjaer adds Anthony Elanga to Man United’s Squad to Face Granada
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Solskjaer adds Anthony Elanga to Man United’s Squad to Face Granada

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has added forward, Anthony Elanga, to his side’s squad to face Granada in the Europa League quarter-final, first-leg tie in Spain on Thursday night. Man United disclosed this in a statement on the club’s official website on Tuesday. The Red Devils head to the game following a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday. The statement read, “The Reds are due to fly to Spain on Wednesday for the quarter-final first leg, and Elanga is the latest youngster in contention for a place as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to show his faith in youth. “Clubs are allowed to add homegrown players to their B list for the competition if they meet certain criteria. “The reigning Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year is fit again a...
Man Utd Suffer Big Injury Blow after Brighton win Ahead of Granada Clash
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Man Utd Suffer Big Injury Blow after Brighton win Ahead of Granada Clash

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted he was forced to withdraw Marcus Rashford during their 2-1 victory over Brighton due to an injury concern. Rashford made it 1-1 after former United forward Danny Welbeck gave Brighton an early lead. Mason Greenwood sealed the comeback win with an 83rd-minute header, but Rashford was already off the pitch having been replaced by Daniel James. Speaking after the victory, Solskjaer said: “I’m not sure. He got caught with a tackle so he had to come off. “Let’s see how he goes again. Marcus doesn’t want to miss any games or any minutes, but he had to come off. “It’s one of them again. Your fingers are crossed and you hope he’s going to recover from it. He had to come off but he’s a tough one.” Rashford...
I’m Better Than Ronaldo, Messi – Mbappe
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I’m Better Than Ronaldo, Messi – Mbappe

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has said he tells himself he is better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe has widely been hailed as the player to take over when Messi and Ronaldo finally hang up their boots. The 22-year-old, however, admits he already ranks himself above the two football superstars. “Every time I go on a pitch, I always tell myself that I’m the best, and yet I have played on grounds where there was Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “They are better players than me, they have done a billion more things than me. “But, in my head, I always tell myself that I’m the best because that way, you don’t give yourself limits and you try to give your best,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
Rashford Names best African Player in Premier League
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Rashford Names best African Player in Premier League

Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has named Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, as the best African footballer in the Premier League. Rashford stated this on Monday during a Q&A session with his Twitter followers. When specifically asked about the best African player he’s faced since making his Premier League debut in 2015. “I think there’s some great African talent in [the] league at [the] moment. Mane particularly,” he replied. Since Rashford burst onto the scene, he has faced top footballers from the continent like Yaya Toure, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. During that time, 28-year-old Mane has won both the league title and the Champions League with Liverpool, while clinching the Golden Boot in the 2018/2019 season when he scored 22 goals. While Ma...
Prepare Yourself For not Making it at Manchester United – Rashford tells Players
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Prepare Yourself For not Making it at Manchester United – Rashford tells Players

  Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has advised youngster players to prepare themselves for not making it at the club. According to the England forward, this will help them not to get too down if they fail to make it at Old Trafford. Rashford has been in fine form for United this season, scoring 18 goals and providing 12 assists in 45 appearances. He made breakthrough in the United first team in 2016 and has now scored 90 goals in 273 games. Speaking to Jay Shetty’s podcast for #ILoveUnited, the 23-year-old gave an insight into his own mind. “Just to try and improve every day,” Rashford said. “But making it at United is different to making it as a footballer. As a youngster, you have to prepare yourself for not making it at United, just in order for no...
Juventus takes final decision on Pirlo, Ronaldo leaving club
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Juventus takes final decision on Pirlo, Ronaldo leaving club

  Juventus has taken a final decision on the teams manager, Andrea Pirlo and forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving the club. Recall that call for Pirlo’s sack grew in Italy earlier this month after Juventus crashed out from the Champions League against FC Porto, while Ronaldo was linked with a return to Real Madrid. However, Juventus vice-chairman, Pavel Nedved, has now decided that Pirlo and Ronaldo will not be leaving the Serie A champions at the end of the season. According to Nedved, Pirlo will continue his role as Juventus coach, while Ronaldo will see out the rest of his contract. “For me, Ronaldo can’t be touched,” Nedved told DAZN. “He has a contract until June 30, 2022, and will stay. What happens after that remains to be seen. “Cristiano, both technically...
Obi Mikel Opens up on Eden Hazard’s Approach to Football amid battle with injury
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Obi Mikel Opens up on Eden Hazard’s Approach to Football amid battle with injury

  Chelsea icon, John Obi Mikel, has opened up about Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard’s approach to football amid the Belgium international’s latest battle with injury. Hazard has endured a torrid time at Real Madrid since joining Zinedine Zidane’s side from Chelsea in 2019. The 30-year-old has been dogged by persistent problems with his left ankle, which has restricted him to just 14 appearances for Real Madrid this season. Speaking on the development, Mikel, a former teammate with Hazard during their time together at Chelsea, believes the Real Madrid No. 7 is not dedicated to the game, adding that he doesn’t train well. “He [Eden Hazard] said it himself sometimes: ‘If I want to be as good, I can be as good. Not as good as [Lionel] Messi because he is from a differen...
World Cup qualifiers: Michael Owen Predicts England, Italy, Belgium, other Matches
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World Cup qualifiers: Michael Owen Predicts England, Italy, Belgium, other Matches

  Michael Owen, a former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward, has predicted some of this midweek’s World Cup qualifiers. Belgium will host Wales at the King Power at Den Dreef Stadion on Wednesday night, while England will tackle San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Thursday night. Italy will host Northern Ireland Scotland at Ennio Tardini in Parma on Thursday night, while Scotland will face Austria. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “We must go back to 2016 when these two last met. Belgium ended Wales’ epic Euro 2016 run with a 3-1 win in the quarter-finals. “Since then, Belgium has stayed in and around the summit of the world rankings, and I get the feeling that if they are to win a trophy, it will come in the next couple of years. “Romelu Lukak...
Iheanacho Breaks Drogba’s Record with Brace against Man Utd
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Iheanacho Breaks Drogba’s Record with Brace against Man Utd

Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has broken the record set by former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, after he netted twice against Manchester United on Sunday. Iheanacho’s brace saw the Foxes eliminate United from the FA Cup and qualify for the semi-final where they will face Southampton. In doing so, the Super Eagles star has now scored the most goals by an African in the competition. Drogba netted 12 goals in the FA Cup before leaving Chelsea in 2012. Apart from Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Iheanacho is the only other player within the English game to have netted 20 or more goals across the two domestic cup competitions since his debut for Manchester City in August 2015.
Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent
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Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent

  Neymar’s former agent has hinted that the Paris Saint-Germain forward will play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona again. There are rumours about Messi moving over to PSG having refused to sign a new contract with Ronald Koeman’s side but Andre Cury believes Neymar will return to Barcelona instead. Cury, Neymar’s former agent, is backing Joan Laporta to arrange a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou. Cury thinks there is a far greater chance of the Brazilian star returning to the Catalan outfit than Messi leaving for PSG. “Neymar has an open door at Barcelona, their fans know he made a mistake and even he recognised it some time later,” Cury told Argentine publication El Litoral. “Two years ago, Neymar formally asked me to return to Barcelona,” adding that re-elected p...
Top 5 Highest Paid Footballers in Europe Emerge
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Top 5 Highest Paid Footballers in Europe Emerge

  Europe’s highest paid top footballers have been revealed with Barcelona’s Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo taking the lead. Messi is however, earning astonishingly more than twice the wages of his rival. Recall that Messi’s Barcelona contract details were leaked earlier in the year and it was the biggest deal in sporting history. And now French outlet, L’Equipe reports that the Argentina International’s salary breaks down to an incredible weekly wage of £2.1 million which is about £108.2 million yearly income. Ronaldo is second on the list with £900,000 weekly from Juventus, according to L’Equipe and earns £46.7 million per year. This is less than half of Messi’s salary. Brazilian international and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, occupies the third...
Juventus CEO, Fabio Paratici Drops Comment on Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘exit’ from Club
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Juventus CEO, Fabio Paratici Drops Comment on Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘exit’ from Club

Juventus CEO, Fabio Paratici, has ruled out any possibility of forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving the club this summer. Reports had emerged last week that Ronaldo was set to leave Juventus for a return to his former club, Real Madrid following their elimination from the Champions League. The 36-year-old, who had little impact during his side’s Champions League defeat to Porto, was heavily criticized for turning his back on Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick, which ensured the Portugal giants eliminated Andrea Pirlo’s side from the competition. Reacting to the development, Paratici said he would do everything possible to ensure the Portugal captain remains at the Allianz. He also insisted that Ronaldo represents the future of Juventus. “It makes me smile. I never imagined Rona...
Mbappe Snubs Swapping Shirts With Messi after 1-1 Draw
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Mbappe Snubs Swapping Shirts With Messi after 1-1 Draw

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, opted not to swap shirts with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, following their 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Mbappe had opened scoring from the penalty spot, before Messi fired in a stunning equalizer from long range. However, the result was not enough for Barca, who had lost the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou. After the game, Mbappe asked Barcelona youngster Pedri for his jersey. Pedri had played 78 minutes before he was replaced by Miralem Pjanic. But he made his way back onto the field after the game and was approached by Mbappe, who had already removed his PSG jersey. The duo hugged and spoke to each other for a few seconds before Mbappe asked the 18-year-old for his shirt. Pedri respon...
Del Piero Blames Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus’s Exit
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Del Piero Blames Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus’s Exit

  Juventus legend, Alessandro Del Piero, has slammed forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, over his performance against FC Porto in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Tuesday night. Juventus were trailing 2-1 from the first-leg in Portugal and went 1-0 down early on in Turin. But Federico Chiesa replied with a brace, and Mehdi Taremi was sent off for Porto to put Andrea Pirlo’s side firmly in the driving seat. However, the Serie A champions were stunned late in extra time when Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick beat Wojciech Szczesny to end Juventus’s dreams of Champions League glory for another year. Reacting, Del Piero said Ronaldo must take some blame for Juventus’s exit, adding that the Portugal international wasted the header that should have given the host adva...
Fabio Capello Blasts Ronaldo for Turning Back as Porto Eliminate Juventus
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Fabio Capello Blasts Ronaldo for Turning Back as Porto Eliminate Juventus

  Former Juventus manager, Fabio Capello, has slammed forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, over the way he failed to defend FC Porto’s free-kick in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Tuesday night. Ronaldo was in the Juventus wall but turned his back at a key moment, allowing Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick from a distance to go under as Porto knocked Andrea Pirlo’s side out of the Champions League. Juventus were eliminated on a 4-4 aggregate, having lost 2-1 in the first-leg in Portugal. Reacting, Capello was not impressed with Ronaldo as he called the 36-year-old’s error ‘unforgivable’. “Certain goals cannot be conceded,” Capello said in his role as Sky Sport Italia pundit. “Cristiano Ronaldo jumping and turning in the wall… whoever is in the wall cannot be ...
Anita Joseph’s Husband Replies Nigerians Saying She has ”Used his Head”
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Anita Joseph’s Husband Replies Nigerians Saying She has ”Used his Head”

Michael Fisayo Olagunju aka MC Fish, the husband of actress Anita Joseph, has replied Nigerians who are fond of stating that his wife has ''used his head,'' meaning he lives according to her dictates. In a post shared on his Instagram page, MC Fish asked the actress to continue to please use his head as he is moving forward in his life. ''Dem don use him head ! Dem don use him head !!. Truth is if they are using ur head and ur moving forward in life my brother set ur head well make dem use am well . What is the point of having a non used head if it is not making money or moving forward in life . @anitajoseph8 my wife , my love in whom I’m well pleased use my head dey go abeg.''
Salah vs Mane: Michael Owen Accuses Liverpool Star after 1-0 Defeat to Chelsea
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Salah vs Mane: Michael Owen Accuses Liverpool Star after 1-0 Defeat to Chelsea

Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has histrionically accused the club’s forward, Sadio Mane, of avoiding winning penalties as he doesn’t want teammate, Mohamed Salah to score. Owen made the claims after Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the Premier League on Thursday night at Anfield, thanks to Mason Mount’s strike. Recall that Salah, who is Liverpool’s first-choice spot-kick taker, looked set to be handed another golden chance to increase his goals tally to 18 this season from 12 yards when Mane gave the Chelsea goal. Andreas Christensen dangled out a clumsy leg but Mane got to teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball first. There may have been enough contact for Mane to win a penalty, but instead, the Senegalese star attempted to meet his heavy touch to score. Mane...
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Under Attack for Substituting Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Under Attack for Substituting Mohamed Salah

  A former Arsenal and Liverpool winger, Jermaine Pennant, has criticized manager, Jurgen Klopp, for substituting forward, Mohamed Salah, during the Reds’ 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night. Pennant described Klopp’s decision to take off Salah, who can produce magic as ‘silly’. Recall that Klopp made a surprise decision to replace the Egyptian international with Diogo Jota after just 62 minutes during the match at Anfield. Salah was clearly sad with Klopp’s decision as the 28-year-old shook his head on Liverpool’s bench. “I am concerned that you are bringing him [Salah] off. You do not bring off a player of that stature,” Pennant told Stadium Astro. “Not because he is bigger than the club, but because of what he can do on the pitch...
Wenger Predicts Mbappe’s Future
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Wenger Predicts Mbappe’s Future

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has predicted that Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, will take home the Ballon d’Or prize at least once within the next five years. He also believes Mbappe will be playing for Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain. The 22-year-old’s contract with PSG expires at the end of next season and top European clubs are monitoring his situation. PSG may be forced to cash in if they cannot get him to commit to a new deal. Wenger thinks he will remain in Ligue 1 or move to Madrid. “In five years’ time, Kylian will be on top of the world. On top of the world in Paris or Madrid,” Wenger told Le Parisien. “And I hope he will have won one or several Ballon d’Or. Kylian must not place any limitations on himself.”
Arteta Warns Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal Defeated Leicester City 3-1
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Arteta Warns Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal Defeated Leicester City 3-1

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has warned forward, Gabriel Martinelli, that he needs to keep working hard to get back to his best following his side’s 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday. Arteta also explained why he continues to overlook the 19-year-old Brazilian youngster in recent Arsenal’s matches. Martinelli has been an unused substitute in Arsenal’s last five recent games, including against Leicester City as goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe gave Arteta’s side all three points against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium. Asked why Martinelli was left on the bench yet again, Arteta said at post-match: “Well, he needs to keep working and make it difficult for us [to leave him out]. “He’s a player that is going to give us a lot, but he...
I Advised Lautaro Martinez not to Join Barcelona – Crespo
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I Advised Lautaro Martinez not to Join Barcelona – Crespo

  Former Inter striker, Hernan Crespo, has revealed that he advised the club’s forward, Lautaro Martinez, not to join Barcelona last summer. Crespo, who is currently the coach of Sao Paulo, said he urged Martinez not to accept Barcelona’s offer but to remain at the Nerazzurri for the 2020/21 season. Recall that Barcelona was interested in signing Martinez from Inter last summer transfer. But the Argentine international ended up staying at Antonio Conte’s side. “I have known Lautaro for a long time,” Crespo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Last summer, I advised him to not accept Barcelona’s offer and stay at Inter, and in the end, I was right. “Lautaro is lethal in the box, and his moves are always directed to shooting at goal. “He is strong with his head. He...
What Chelsea Have Done to Me – Timo Werner
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What Chelsea Have Done to Me – Timo Werner

  Chelsea forward, Timo Werner, has admitted that he has been humbled by the difficulties he has had to face at the club since joining last summer. The German admitted that his struggles at Stamford Bridge have brought him down to earth. Werner said he can no longer be considered a “super striker”. The forward joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig for a fee of £47.5 which means that much was expected of him but he has so far failed to live up to that hefty price tag. The Germany international knows he has fallen short of expectations in his first few months with the Blues. “At the beginning, I had this self-image that I can go on doing my thing here, but in the last few months I have been brought down to earth. It’s the way in England that you never have a quiet game,” ...
Pochettino Gives Fresh Update on Mbappe’s Future at PSG
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Pochettino Gives Fresh Update on Mbappe’s Future at PSG

  Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has provided an update on forward, Kylian Mbappe’s future at Le Parc des Princes. Mbappe, who led PSG to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 first-leg tie at Camp Nou earlier this week, is yet to sign a new contract with the French Ligue 1 champions. The France international’s contract at PSG will expire in the summer of 2022. Providing an update on Mbappe ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 clash with Monaco this weekend, Pochettino said the 22-year-old’s uncertain future would “be clarified soon” following reports linking the player with a move away from PSG this summer. “PSG can give Mbappé all the tools he needs to be happy,” Pochettino told Catalunya Radio program Tot Costa. “I think it’ll be clarified soon.” ...
Champions League: Neymar Facing Two-match Ban after PSG’s 4-1 Win at Barcelona
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Champions League: Neymar Facing Two-match Ban after PSG’s 4-1 Win at Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, is facing a possible two-match ban in the Champions League, for his foul-mouthed outburst on social media, after Barcelona took the lead against his team on Tuesday evening. Neymar, who was ruled out of the game, was angry about a penalty awarded to his former side after Frenkie de Jong was judged to have been clipped by Layvin Kurzawa The 29-year-old wrote on Twitter “this penalty is a joke” and then wrote “s*** goal”, as Lionel Messi made it 1-0. He quickly deleted the first tweet but was not quick enough for it to be picked up by eagle-eyed fans. It could cost him if UEFA decides to sanction him for it, according to SportsMail. The UEFA disciplinary code prevents “insults or other conduct that violates the basic rules of conduct.” ...
EPL: I’m Disappointed – Harry Redknapp Reveals What Gareth Bale Needs Under Mourinho
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EPL: I’m Disappointed – Harry Redknapp Reveals What Gareth Bale Needs Under Mourinho

  Former Tottenham Hotspur coach, Harry Redknapp, has revealed that the club’s forward, Gareth Bale, needs confidence under the current manager, Jose Mourinho’s team. Redknapp, who expressed disappointment over the signal Bale has been getting from Mourinho, believes the Wales international needs somebody to believe in him at Spurs. Bale has made just two Premier League starts for Tottenham under Mourinho since he re-joined the Premier League club from Real Madrid on loan last year. The 31-year-old was left out of Tottenham’s squad that lost 5-4 against Everton in the FA Cup fifth-round tie on Wednesday. “At the time I thought Gareth Bale would be an amazing signing,” Redknapp said on Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast. “I could see that forward line, Son, Bale and Kan...
EPL: Arsenal Transfer Chief, Edu to Avoid Cristiano Ronaldo Mistake in Tomas talks
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EPL: Arsenal Transfer Chief, Edu to Avoid Cristiano Ronaldo Mistake in Tomas talks

Arsenal transfer chief, Edu, is close to sealing a transfer deal to sign highly-rated teenage striker, Tiago Tomas, from Sporting Lisbon. According to The Sun, Edu is in direct talks with Sporting’s director of football, Hugo Viana and is close to finalising a deal for Tomas. The report added that with the current economic climate Arsenal are said to be hopeful of landing Tomas,18, for around £20m. Edu has made it clear he does not want to repeat the same mistake the Gunners made when they failed to sign Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 with Tomas. Recall that former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger famously came close to signing Ronaldo from Sporting in 2003 before the then 18-year-old star joined Manchester United. Edu and Arsenal manager...
Liverpool: Dejan Lovren Drops Hint on Salah’s Future at Anfield
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Liverpool: Dejan Lovren Drops Hint on Salah’s Future at Anfield

  Former Liverpool defender, Dejan Lovren, on Thursday, backed forward Mohamed Salah to remain at Anfield despite rumours linking him with a move away from the Premier League champions. Recall that Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, had said earlier this week that it would be “an honour” if Salah joined the Bundesliga champions. Salah had since hinted at a desire to play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona in the future. However, Lovren, who remains close friends with Salah, feels the Egyptian international could even see out his career with Jurgen Klopp’s side. “I’m still in communication with Mo Salah,” the Zenit Saint Petersburg defender told talkSPORT. “We are still the best buddies, even outside football, and we talk about everything. “Individually...
I Can’t Promise Another 20 Years in Football – Cristiano Ronaldo on 36th Birthday
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I Can’t Promise Another 20 Years in Football – Cristiano Ronaldo on 36th Birthday

  Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, on Friday, promised to continue giving his 100 per cent until he eventually decides to hang his boots. Ronaldo also said he was sorry he couldn’t promise his supporters another 20 years at the top. The Portugal captain said this while celebrating his 36th birthday and 20th year as a professional footballer. The Juventus number 7, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game, posted a heartfelt message to his 260 million Instagram followers to mark the occasion. Ronaldo said: “36 years old, unbelievable! It feels like it all started yesterday, but this journey is already full of adventures and stories to remember. My first ball, my first team, my first goal… Time flies! “From Madeira to Lisbon,...
Pellistri Leaves Old Trafford, Solskjaer Reacts
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Pellistri Leaves Old Trafford, Solskjaer Reacts

Manchester United has confirmed that winger, Facundo Pellistri, has left Old Trafford to join Spanish club, Alaves on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season. Man United made the announcement in a statement via its website on Sunday ahead of their Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday. The statement read in part: “We wish Facundo all the best for his spell with Alaves in Spain, and look forward to following his progress.” Pellistri, 19, signed a five-year contract with Man United in the summer of 2020. He made a series of impressive appearances for Man United’s Under-23s side over the last few months. Reacting, Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, told Man United’s official website: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe tha...
Neymar Jnr Begs Mbappe to Stay at PSG
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Neymar Jnr Begs Mbappe to Stay at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has urged his fellow teammates, Kylian Mbappe, to remain at the French Ligue 1 champions amid transfer interests from Real Madrid and Liverpool. Neymar said he has a brotherly relationship with Mbbape, adding that he likes to play together with the France World Cup winner. Mbappe has 18 months remaining on his current contract with PSG and has drawn the interest of Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past few weeks. “I have adapted. I feel calmer, and I am very happy here,” Neymar told French television channel TF1. “I want to stay at PSG, and I hope Kylian [Mbappe] will stay too. “Of course, that is the wish of every PSG supporter. With Kylian, we have a relationship of brothers … We really like to play together. “We want PSG to be a...
‘It’s my job to get Werner smiling again’ – Tuchel explains how he can fix Chelsea’s downtrodden striker
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‘It’s my job to get Werner smiling again’ – Tuchel explains how he can fix Chelsea’s downtrodden striker

The Blues forward has lost his way in recent weeks and his new manager is aware of some solutions he can use to fix the problem Chelsea's new manager Thomas Tuchel has said it is his job to get out-of-form striker Timo Werner smiling again. Frank Lampard was sacked this week after a run of five defeats in eight league games saw the Blues plummet from first to 10th place, with Tuchel hired as his replacement. Chelsea's poor run has seen goals dry up for their forwards, particularly Werner, who is currently on an 11-game goal drought in the Premier League.  
“We Look Forward To Working With You” – Buhari, Others World Leaders Congratulates Biden, Harris
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“We Look Forward To Working With You” – Buhari, Others World Leaders Congratulates Biden, Harris

President Muhammadu Buhari warmly welcomes inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of the United States of America on Wednesday, expressing hope that their presidency will mark a strong point of cooperation and support for Nigeria as well as the African continent. President Buhari congratulates the leaders, and entire country on the successful transition, which marks an important historical inflection point for democracy as a system of government and for the global community as a whole. “We look forward to the Biden presidency with great hope and optimism for strengthening of existing cordial relationships, working together to tackle global terrorism, climate change, poverty and improvement of economic ties and expansion of trade. “We hope t...
FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan
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FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan

The Federal Government has asked the acting Chairman of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar Abba, to make available details of all cases concerning former first lady, Patience Jonathan. A presidency source revealed that Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, gave the direc­tive and extended it to include rela­tives of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to the source, the direc­tive may be ominous but Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Feder­ation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, has communicated the government’s position to the EFCC. The source told Daily Indepen­dent that the EFCC is expected to give a comprehensive update of investigation into cases involvi...
Pochettino Tells Mbappe to Improve as PSG Fails to Beat Saint-Etienne
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Pochettino Tells Mbappe to Improve as PSG Fails to Beat Saint-Etienne

New Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has called on forward, Kylian Mbappe, to improve his game following his side’s 1-1 draw against Saint-Etienne in a Ligue 1 tie on Wednesday. Romain Hamouma scored for Saint-Etienne in the 19th minute, before Moise Kean equalized just three minutes later for PSG. The result means PSG remain in the second position on the Ligue 1 table with three points behind Lyon. “Kylian needs to improve, like everybody else,” Pochettino said during his post-match press conference. “He should feel disappointed as we did not win, and he can always do better. However, his attitude was good. I am happy with what he did.” PSG’s next Ligue 1 fixture is against Brest on Saturday at Le Parc des Princes
Tinubu Has The Vision, Political Sagacity To Move Nigeria Forward– Lagos APC Chairman
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Tinubu Has The Vision, Political Sagacity To Move Nigeria Forward– Lagos APC Chairman

Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, has the vision and political sagacity to move Nigeria forward. Alhaji Tunde Balogun, the State Chairman of the party, also rejected the opinion by Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum who said Tinubu, a two-term governor of Lagos state is “destined to be a kingmaker and not a king”, implying that Tinubu can install president but cannot become a president himself. According to Yerima “People like him (Tinubu) are not needed in 2023. I see him as one of those elder statesmen who have made positive impacts in the lives of the younger generation. So, take it or leave it, he has done his bes...
Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger
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Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger

The former Arsenal boss believes the France international forward is being held back by being played out of position at Camp Nou Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Antoine Griezmann is unable to express himself with Barcelona because he is overshadowed by Lionel Messi. Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, having established himself as one of the world's best forwards while winning the World Cup with France. After firing at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) fee required to bring him to the club. The forward has yet to score in four appearances for Barca this season, all in La Liga, but W...
Premier League Betting: Calvert-Lewin 2/1 to outscore Salah ahead of Merseyside derby
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Premier League Betting: Calvert-Lewin 2/1 to outscore Salah ahead of Merseyside derby

The Everton forward has already scored six goals in just four games but bet365 still make him odds-against to best the Liverpool man this season The Premier League season is just four games old and already Dominic Calvert-Lewin is staking a claim for the Golden Boot. It has been a remarkable start to the season for the Everton forward, who has scored six league goals, including a hat-trick against Tottenham. He also netted a treble in the Carabao Cup against West Ham and struck on his England debut against Wales. Calvert-Lewin’s tally has already equalled his second-best Premier League haul and bet365 offer 2/1 (3.0) that he outscores Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.
Awaziem Looking Forward To Successful Campaign With Boavista
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Awaziem Looking Forward To Successful Campaign With Boavista

Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem is delighted to seal a move to Boavista and has set his sights on yet another impressive 2020/2021 campaign. The former El Kanemi Warriors defender joined the Portuguese outfit on a season-long loan, with the option to buy from FC Porto last Friday. Awaziem has spent the three seasons away from the Estadio Dragao, haven had a spell with French side FC Nantes, Turkish side Rizespor and CD Leganes of Spain. While speaking on his latest move, the 23-year-old said, he’s excited about the challenge and he’s looking forward to a wonderful season with Boavista. “I feel happy and excited to join Boavista; it’s a new challenge and I hope to have a wonderful season,” Awaziem told AOIFootball. Awaziem who has two years remaining on his contract w...
LaLiga backs Barca, says Messi’s Barcelona contract still valid
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LaLiga backs Barca, says Messi’s Barcelona contract still valid

The 700m euros (£624m) release clause in Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract is still valid, La Liga has said. Messi, 33, informed the club on Tuesday that he wished to leave and did not attend a pre-season medical on Sunday. The Argentina forward plans to invoke a clause that would allow him to depart the club for free but Barcelona argue the deadline for that has expired. “In compliance with the applicable rule, La Liga will not approve a request to be de-registered as a player with the Spanish football federation, unless the amount in the release clause has been paid,” the body said in a statement. Messi was due at Barcelona’s training ground at 10.15am local time on Sunday but did not attend. The player’s lawyers plan to exercise a clause in his four-year contract, signed...
Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed
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Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, has released a 24-man squad to tackle Manchester City in Friday’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Zidane excluded forward, Gareth Bale in the squad to face Pep Guardiola’s men. The Frenchman announced the list in a post through the club’s official website. Zidane’s men head to the game after losing 2-1 in the first-leg encounter a few months ago. Real Madrid squad against Man City: Goalkeeper: Courtois, Areola and Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Mendy and Javi Hernández. Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović, Asensio, Brahim, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo. The match is scheduled for 8 pm. ...
Rohr Clears air over alleged Invitation to Bournemouth Midfielder to Play for Nigeria
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Rohr Clears air over alleged Invitation to Bournemouth Midfielder to Play for Nigeria

Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed that he never asked Bournemouth midfielder, Philip Billing, to play for Super Eagles. According to Rohr, it was Billing’s agent, who called him and said his client was interested in playing for Nigeria because he doesn’t play as much for Denmark. Speaking in an interview with ESPN, the German tactician, who recently signed a two-and-half-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said Billing, 23, told him he wanted some time after he asked the player few questions about the Nigerian team. Rohr said: “Billing’s agent called me and said he was interested in coming to Nigeria because he doesn’t play as much for Denmark. “So he wanted me to call Billing. I said I didn’t have his number, so he gave it to me. When I calle...
Martial to Leave Man Utd on one Condition
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Martial to Leave Man Utd on one Condition

Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial, could leave the club if they sign a world-class striker this summer transfer window. This claim was made by former West Ham United goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop. The likes of Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner have been linked with a move to Man United in the past. But Hislop now feels Martial should be accessing his options. “I can see [Martial] departing Old Trafford,” Hislop told ESPN. “At times he’s cut a forlorn figure and not looked happy with his football. “The challenge is, I don’t see why Manchester United let him go right now. “Manchester United don’t have an awful lot of world-class talent in that dressing room, and Martial is one of their brightest talents. “So u...
Barcelona cannot afford Inter star Martinez, claims Zamorano
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Barcelona cannot afford Inter star Martinez, claims Zamorano

The forward has been strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou, but the ex-Nerazzurri star is certain the striker will remain in Italy Barcelona cannot afford to sign Inter star Lautaro Martinez, according to former Nerazzurri striker Ivan Zamorano Argentina international Martinez is reportedly a target for Barca and La Liga rivals Real Madrid after scoring 18 times in 33 appearances this campaign. Inter are rumoured to have already considered Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani as a replacement, but Zamorano "has no doubt" Martinez will still be at San Siro next season due to the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie says some former coaches of the national team were player managers
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Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie says some former coaches of the national team were player managers

Osaze, who made his debut for the Eagles in May 2002, added that these coaches preferred weaker players in the squad to better players during matches. “Some picked a weaker player over a stronger one who played in a better club because they wanted to market their player,”Osaze told the Super Eagles media team in an interview via Instagram Live. “Some of our coaches did get involved in a bit of player management, they had management companies. Shuaibu Amodu for instance had a management company. “He was in and out as a coach and an agent, but he was a great man. I used to talk with him whenever I could about it. I loved Amodu. . “We used to fall out at times with him when they changed our hotels to a very poor one in Abuja. I would raise questions because it was disgusting and downgr...
Ferdinand backs Man Utd to move for ‘playground footballer’ Sancho
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Ferdinand backs Man Utd to move for ‘playground footballer’ Sancho

The former Old Trafford centre-back has sung the praises of the 20-year-old forward and wants to see him in red next term Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has given his backing to the club to move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. The young English attacker, who came through the youth ranks across the town at Manchester City, has been in the viewfinder of the Red Devils for several months after critically acclaimed displays in the Bundesliga. The return of top-flight football in Germany on Saturday is set to see Sancho thrust into the spotlight further, particularly as his BVB side kick off with a derby encounter against Schalke as they seek to chase down league leaders Bayern Munich.
More controversy as another Former Super Eagles Player Makes Claims of Bribe Payment
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More controversy as another Former Super Eagles Player Makes Claims of Bribe Payment

Former Super Eagles centre-back, Godfrey Oboabona, has rubbished claims of former Schalke 04 forward, Chinedu Obasi, that players were told to pay a certain amount of money in exchange for making the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad in Brazil. Recall that Obasi had a few days ago claimed that he was dropped from the late Stephen Keshi’s team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil because he refused to pay a bribe. Oboabona, who was then a player at Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Sunshine stars, disclosed that players were selected based on merit by the late Keshi. According to the 29-year-old defender, the late Keshi was only very keen on selecting disciplined and well-dedicated players. “I don’t know why such accusations are coming out,” Oboa...
COVID-19: Juventus Forward, Dybala’s Second Coronavirus Test Results Out
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COVID-19: Juventus Forward, Dybala’s Second Coronavirus Test Results Out

Italian Serie A giants, Juventus, have announced the result of forward Paulo Dybala’s second Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests. Juventus, in a statement on its website on Wednesday, disclosed that the follow-up tests for Dybala returned negative. “The player made a double-check, which failed,” a club’s statement read. “Paulo Dybala performed, as per protocol, the double-check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for the coronavirus (COVID-19). “The exams failed. The player is therefore healed and no longer subjected to the home isolation regime.” DAILY POST recalls that Dybala became the third player of the club to test positive for coronavirus last month, after teammates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi. The Argentine international and his girlfriend, Oriana S...

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