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Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante as Chelsea prepare for Real Madrid crunch clash
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Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante as Chelsea prepare for Real Madrid crunch clash

Thomas Tuchel has spoken about the importance of N'Golo Kante ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. With Mateo Kovacic out injured, Kante has excelled in Chelsea's midfield alongside Jorginho. The 30-year-old has also helped his club in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League, as well as reaching the FA Cup final and latter stages in Europe. Jokingly, Tuchel says that his introverted France international has to accept that he is going to get a lot of hugs for his string of excellent displays.
‘It’s not good news’ – David Luiz injury spoiled perfect afternoon for Arsenal, says Arteta
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‘It’s not good news’ – David Luiz injury spoiled perfect afternoon for Arsenal, says Arteta

The Brazil international centre-back limped off early in the second half as he played his first match since March Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says that an injury to David Luiz spoiled an otherwise perfect afternoon as the Gunners won 2-0 at Newcastle in the Premier League. Goals from Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in either half allowed Arteta’s men to put a Europa League loss against Villarreal behind them and move back up to ninth in the Premier League standings. However, David Luiz left the field injured early in the second half as he made his Premier League return after around six weeks out.
‘He’s a model player for the club’ – Eustace’s delight for Queens Park Rangers’ Kakay
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‘He’s a model player for the club’ – Eustace’s delight for Queens Park Rangers’ Kakay

The Sierra Leone international got his maiden goal for the Superhoops, to the pleasure of his club’s assistant manager John Eustace has expressed his delight with Osman Kakay following his first goal for Queens Park Rangers. The Sierra Leonean defender was on target as the Superhoops secured a 2-0 away victory versus Stoke City in Saturday’s EFL Championship encounter. Charlie Austin had given the visitors a 17th-minute lead before the African sealed the win against Michael O'Neill’s team 20 minutes prior to full-time after profiting from a Stefan Johansen assist.
Osimhen scores and limps off as Napoli hold Cagliari
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Osimhen scores and limps off as Napoli hold Cagliari

The Nigeria international found the back of the net for the eighth time this season but could not complete the encounter Victor Osimhen scored before he was injured as Napoli played out a 1-1 draw against Cagliari in Sunday’s Serie A game at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The 22-year-old is gradually getting back to his best after struggling to make much of an impact for the Parthenopeans at the start of the season due to a number of factors including coronavirus-related problems. The forward was afforded his 12th league start of the season and utilized the opportunity to increase his tally before he was forced off in the second half after he suffered an injury.
Oshoala’s Barcelona reach second Champions League final after PSG triumph
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Oshoala’s Barcelona reach second Champions League final after PSG triumph

A second European final beckons for the Nigerian following the Calatans' semi-final victory over the French giants Asisat Oshoala was in action for Barcelona as they progressed to the final of the Uefa Women's Champions League, following a 2-1 semi-final, second leg triumph over Paris Saint Germain on Sunday. The Nigeria international had featured in the 1-1 first-leg draw against the French giants a week ago, following her return from a month-long period on the sidelines due to a foot injury. In Paris, Jenni Hermoso gave the visitors a 13th minute away lead but Marie-Antoinette Katoto levelled matters moments later to force a first leg stalemate at Stade Municipal Georges Lefevre.
Ganago strike not enough as Lens lose against Gueye’s Paris Saint-Germain
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Ganago strike not enough as Lens lose against Gueye’s Paris Saint-Germain

The Cameroon international found the back of the net but his effort could not save the Blood and Gold from defeat at Parc des Princes Ignatius Ganago was on the scoresheet as Lens lost 2-1 to Idrissa Gueye’s Paris Saint-Germain in Saturday’s Ligue 1 game. Ganago was afforded his 13th league start of the season and utilized the opportunity to increase his tally for the Blood and Gold. The Cameroon international’s effort was, however, not enough to help Franck Haise’s men continue their unbeaten run.
Salah to Leave Liverpool this Summer
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Salah to Leave Liverpool this Summer

  Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, could leave Anfield ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign. The 28-year-old has again been in fine form for the Premier League champions this season. Salah has netted 25 times in 40 appearances in all competitions, including 17 goals in 28 league outings. His current deal with Liverpool only has a little over two years left to run and he has again been speaking about a potential move to Spain recently. According to ESPN, there is a growing belief within the Liverpool squad, that the Egypt international could decide to seek pastures new during this summer’s transfer window. It is also understood that intermediaries who have worked closely with the Reds, feel a move could be possible in the upcoming transfer market.
Firmino back in training with Liverpool after knee injury absence
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Firmino back in training with Liverpool after knee injury absence

The Brazil international sat out games with Fulham, RB Leipzig and Wolves on account of injury Roberto Firmino is under consideration for Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal after returning to training. The Brazil international has been absent from Liverpool’s past three games on account of a knee injury. However, he was pictured taking part in a team session at Liverpool’s training ground on Monday.
Watkins aiming to stake claim for permanent England role after maiden call-up
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Watkins aiming to stake claim for permanent England role after maiden call-up

The Villa star acknowledges that it will be tough to unseat first-choice forward Harry Kane but he is delighted to be part of the national team New England call-up Ollie Watkins wants to stake a regular claim to a place in the Three Lions squad as he enjoys his first taste of international football. The Aston Villa striker, 25, was selected by Gareth Southgate for England's opening World Cup qualifiers in March. It is a reward for the fine season Watkins has had in the Premier League as he continues to impress in attack for the Birmingham side.
‘I have to be Pedri’ – Barcelona starlet plays down Iniesta comparisons
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‘I have to be Pedri’ – Barcelona starlet plays down Iniesta comparisons

The talented teenager is determined to focus on his own game as he celebrates his first senior international call-up Barcelona wonderkid Pedri is delighted to be involved in the Spain national team set-up, but played down comparisons with club legend Andres Iniesta. Pedri, 18, received his maiden call-up in March for the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. Having represented Spain at every level from Under-17 to U21, he now has a chance of making his senior bow in the coming days.
Former Super Eagles Striker, Barnabas Imenger is Dead
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Former Super Eagles Striker, Barnabas Imenger is Dead

Former Super Eagles striker, Barnabas Imenger is dead. The team manager of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Lobi Stars died on Sunday night, March 21 after battling an undisclosed sickness. Imenger who has reportedly been in and out of hospitals since January 2021 made a name playing for BBL Hawks Makurdi, BCC Lions Gboko, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and a number of clubs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He is the only former international whose son has played for the Super Eagles. Barnabas Nanen Imenger jnr made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2012 in the international friendly match with Angola in Abuja.
Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Skip International Break
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Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Skip International Break

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that Edouard Mendy will not be going on international this week. Tuchel said this after Chelsea defeated Sheffield United 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final tie on Sunday. According to him, Mendy will remain at Stamford Bridge because he has an operation on his tooth. The German noted that the Senegalese goalkeeper needs to see a dentist. “Edou Mendy will stay because he has an operation on his tooth,” Tuchel told a post-match press conference while providing an update on his squad ahead of the international break. “He needs to see the dentist because it needs to be done. It’s why we do it now.” Chelsea’s next match is against West Brom on April 3 after the international break.
None of you will get noticed till I retire – Bobrisky tells transgender Buchi Alexandra
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None of you will get noticed till I retire – Bobrisky tells transgender Buchi Alexandra

Bobrisky has clapped back at self-acclaimed transgender, Buchi Alexandra, who accused him of giving the transgender community in Nigeria a bad image. LIB had earlier reported that Buchi in a video released asked Bobrisky to stop with the poor image he is giving the Nigerian trans community. Reacting via his IG page this afternoon, Bobrisky shared a screenshot of a purported direct message Buchi sent to him seeking his support for an international transgender competition. He in wrote in his caption; ''Hey baby !!!!! I noticed you have been in my dm begging me to get noticed but sad I guess have got too much messages and too busy to read dm. Going around to clout chase with my name to get noticed is bad thou... you should have waited till d day I will noticed you maybe then I can ...
Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers
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Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers

The midfielder is back in the international fold for the first time since his big-money move to Tottenham two years ago Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been rewarded for his upturn in form with a recall to the France squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Les Bleus since the summer of 2019 but now has the chance to add to his six international caps in matches against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other notable returnees include Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar, who hasn’t featured since November 2019, while Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, a member of their 2018 World Cup-winning squad, is back for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
Chukwueze bags assist as Villarreal beat Dynamo Kyiv to reach Europa League quarter-finals
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Chukwueze bags assist as Villarreal beat Dynamo Kyiv to reach Europa League quarter-finals

The Nigeria international played a vital role as the Yellow Submarine progressed in the European competition Samuel Chukwueze provided an assist as Villarreal defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in the second leg Round of 16 of the Europa League game on Thursday night. The fleet-footed winger was handed his sixth appearance in the European competition and delivered an impressive performance to help his side advance into the quarter-finals of the tournament on 4-0 aggregate. Chukwueze started the encounter along with Étienne Capoue, Dani Parejo and Manuel Trigueros in the midfield.
Ajax goalkeeper Onana training alone on amateur pitches ahead of doping ban appeal
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Ajax goalkeeper Onana training alone on amateur pitches ahead of doping ban appeal

The Cameroon international failed an out-of-competition test and cannot play football of any kind at the moment, with the Dutch giants having appealed Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been banned from all football for the next year after he was found to have the banned substance Furosemide in his urine sample, but he continues to fight for his future. The Eredivisie club are expecting their appeal will be heard in the next two months at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with the ban also preventing Onana from training with the club. The club have already made public their claim that their No 1 accidentally took medicine prescribed for his wife. Meanwhile, the Dutch Association of Professional Footballers (VVCS) has condemned the length of the ban given to Onana as “dispro...
I Can Play as Goalkeeper for Guardiola – Ilkay Gundogan
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I Can Play as Goalkeeper for Guardiola – Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan has declared that he would be happy to play as a goalkeeper or a fullback if manager, Pep Guardiola so desires. Gundogan has been playing in a more advanced role for Manchester City this season from where he has been scoring goals. Manchester City secured a 4-0 victory on aggregate against Borussia Monchengladbach to cruise into the last-eight with Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogan on the scoresheet on Tuesday. City now join Real Madrid, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Porto in the quarter-finals line-up. Gundogan’s goal was his 15th for Manchester City this season in all competitions and after the match, Guardiola was left ‘delighted’ with the Germany international’s latest contribution. The midfielder said tha...
Chelsea Identify Christian Pulisic’s Replacement
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Chelsea Identify Christian Pulisic’s Replacement

  Chelsea have reportedly identified Bayern Munich winger, Kingsley Coman, as Christian Pulisic’s replacement at Stamford Bridge. Pulisic, who has fallen out of favour under manager, Thomas Tuchel, is yet to start a game under the Blues boss. The United States international only joined Chelsea in 2019 from Dortmund. According to the Daily Mail, Coman tops Chelsea’s list of possible options to take Pulisic’s place at the West London club. Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the France international for some time. Coman has two years left on his current deal with Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old, who scored the winner in last season’s Champions League final, is believed to be keen on a transfer away from Bayern Munich and has not expressed any interest in extending ...
Gunmen attack Nigerian WBF boxing champion, Ridwan Oyekola shortly after he received N10m cheque from Governor Makinde
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Gunmen attack Nigerian WBF boxing champion, Ridwan Oyekola shortly after he received N10m cheque from Governor Makinde

The current World Boxing Federation, WBF, International Super Featherweight Champion, Ridwan Oyekola popularly known as Scorpion, has survived an alleged attempt on his life by unknown gunmen. It was gathered that the Oyekola was attacked by the gunmen shortly after receiving a cheque of 10 million from the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde at the state Secretariat on Thursday evening, March 4. Oyekola had defeated his counterpart from Argentina, Lucas Montesino at Ilaji Sports Resorts, Ibadan in December 2020 and he was decorated as the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Featherweight Champion. Governor Makinde had presented the check to Oyekola for making the State proud with his victory over his Argentine counterpart. Narrating his experience, Oyek...
Champions League Clubs to be Banned From Signing Players From Each Other
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Champions League Clubs to be Banned From Signing Players From Each Other

European football clubs are looking at new rules that would ban Champions League sides from selling players to each other. The Idea was raised by Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Clubs Association, following the organisation’s 25th General Assembly. Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Juventus, said that this creates a more competitive balance in European football. Answering a question following the ECA meeting about salary caps, Agnelli talked about finding alternative ways to secure financial fair play within football. “Clubs qualifying to specific tiers in international competitions would not be allowed to buy each other’s players. “That would improve indirect solidarity towards other clubs. So, no triple figure transfers among Champions League participatin...
Iheanacho and Amartey lead Leicester City past Brighton & Hove Albion
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Iheanacho and Amartey lead Leicester City past Brighton & Hove Albion

gThe Nigeria and Ghana internationals helped the Foxes secure a comeback victory against the Seagulls on Saturday night Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amartey powered Leicester City to a 2-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. Leicester move above Man Utd for now... pic.twitter.com/acVDinLqtl — Premier League (@premierleague) March 6, 2021 The Seagulls had taken a first half lead at the Falmer Stadium, nevertheless, the African duo found the net in the second half to inspire the Foxes to victory. Graham Potter’s men came into the English Premier League tie with the ambition of ending their poor streak, while visitors were aiming to brighten their Champions League ambition.
‘Someone else needs to win it sometime’ – Fernandes trolls Shaw over Man Utd Player of the Month prize
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‘Someone else needs to win it sometime’ – Fernandes trolls Shaw over Man Utd Player of the Month prize

The Portuguese playmaker has become accustomed to collecting individual honours at Old Trafford, but February’s award has gone elsewhere Luke Shaw has landed Manchester United’s Player of the Month award for February, with the Red Devils left-back revealing that Bruno Fernandes has begrudgingly accepted that another individual gong has not come his way. The Portuguese playmaker has become accustomed to landing prestigious prizes across his time at Old Trafford and had been in the running for another as a result of his efforts over recent weeks – with Daniel James and Scott McTominay the other contenders. Shaw topped a supporter poll, for the first time since March 2019, but the England international left-back has had to justify that success to an ambitious colleague that likes to hog...
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...
Unai Emery, Mata Gushes About Super Eagles Intl, Samuel Chukwueze
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Unai Emery, Mata Gushes About Super Eagles Intl, Samuel Chukwueze

  Villarreal boss, Unai Emery has described Super Eagles international, Samuel Chukwueze’s return to form as great news for the club. According to the former Arsenal boss “Chukwueze’s return is news for the future of the team in this final part of the season.” The Spaniards added that the team were “beginning to see the Chukwueze that most fans knew and that this year for some reasons we had not seen.” The Super Eagles attacker overcame a groin injury, which needed surgery after it compromised his performances over time. And despite the Yellow Marines’ defeat to Atletico Madrid at the weekend, the Nigerian forward was the most dangerous player on the pitch. Also speaking about the player, popular sports figure, Javier Mata of AS newspaper pointed out that Chukwue...
Leicester City vs Arsenal: I Really Wanted to Stay at Chelsea – Willian
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Leicester City vs Arsenal: I Really Wanted to Stay at Chelsea – Willian

  Arsenal winger, Willian, has revealed he ‘really wanted to stay at Chelsea’ but was forced to leave the West London club due to a disagreement over his contract. The Brazilian international said this ahead of Arsenal’s away Premier League clash against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. Recall that Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer last summer transfer window. The 32-year-old, who played 339 times for Chelsea, won two Premier League titles and a Europa League title during his seven years at Stamford Bridge. “It was difficult to make that decision,” Willian told UOL Esporte. “Because the rivalry between the two clubs is very big, it was well thought out talking to my wife and even the agent many times. “I didn’t leave the club with a fight. I left th...
Ronaldo is Best Player in History – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Ronaldo is Best Player in History – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Former Swedish International and Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has named Brazil legend Ronaldo as ‘the best player in history’. Ibrahimovic expressed his admiration towards the former Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSV, Inter and AC Milan star. He put the World Cup winner ahead Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are believed to be the greatest of all time. Ibrahimovic, 39, believes Ronaldo Nazario, who led Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002, transcended the game of football with his unique talents. Speaking with Discovery Plus, Ibrahimovic who has won over 30 trophies, said, “I don’t need to describe Ronaldo, ‘The Phenomenon’. “I always say you have the players that play the game, and the players that are the game. “For me, Ronaldo is the game. When you watch him play, ever...
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...
Mourinho Hails Dele Alli’s Performance in Tottenham’s Victory Against Wolfsberg
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Mourinho Hails Dele Alli’s Performance in Tottenham’s Victory Against Wolfsberg

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has commented on midfielder, Dele Alli’s performance following his side’s Europa League last-32 second-leg tie on Wednesday night. Alli scored an overhead kick as goals from Carlos Vinicius (2), and Gareth Bale ensured Tottenham qualified for Europa League last-16 ahead of Wolfsberg. Tottenham had won the first-leg 4-1 last week. Speaking on Alli’s display, Mourinho said at his post-match press conference that the England international played well against the visitors. “The goal I don’t need to speak because all the people around the world will see it,” Mourinho said. “For me, around the goal, he [Alli] played very well. You can see he is not fresh, but in this moment where we are going to play every three days, he will be important...
Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey
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Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed that centre-back, Rob Holding, will miss the Gunners’ Europa League last-32 second leg tie against Benfica on Thursday. Arteta also provided the latest injury update on Midfielder, Thomas Partey ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Benfica at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Arteta said Partey is ‘very close’ to a return from the treatment room. According to him, the Ghanaian international is in contention for the upcoming fixtures against Benfica and Leicester City on Sunday. Recall that Partey picked up an injury during Arsenal’s Premier League 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this month. “Thomas [Partey] is very close, he’s got a final test today in training, and if he is feeling good, he will be available,” Art...
Romelu Lukaku Names Best Player in World Football
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Romelu Lukaku Names Best Player in World Football

  Inter Milan star, Romelu Lukaku, has named Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as the best player in the world currently. The Belgium international believes Lewandowski, who won the 2019/20 Ballon d’ Or, is a true professional. Lukaku made this known on Tuesday night during a Question & Answer session with fans on his official Twitter handle. He was responding to @sportbible who wanted to know the best player in the world presently. The Twitter user asked, “Who is the best player in world football right now?” And in response, Lukaku said: “Robert Lewandowski. I love his work ethic and his game! True professional.” Lukaku has been impressive for Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan so far this season. The former Manchester United and Chelsea star has scored 17 S...
Lukaku Breaks Silence on ‘God’ Celebration Aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Lukaku Breaks Silence on ‘God’ Celebration Aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has finally reacted to his ‘God’ celebration reportedly ‘aimed’ at AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Recall that tensions between Lukaku and Ibrahimovic have raged since a clash in last month’s Coppa Italia, during which both strikers nearly came to blows. Inter Milan thrashed their rivals AC Milan 3-0 in a Serie A derby clash at San Siro last Sunday and Lukaku scored their third goal. The 27-year-old ran to the corner flag and shouted: “Dio, diooo,” which means God, in reference to Ibrahimovic, who has frequently referred to himself as a ‘God’ throughout his illustrious career. However, the Belgium international has now addressed the drama in a Twitter Q&A with fans on Tuesday night. Lukaku, who remained quiet on what was a...
Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala Snubs Nigeria For Germany
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Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala Snubs Nigeria For Germany

  Bayern Munich winger, Jamal Musiala, has confirmed his decision to play for Germany on the international stage. Musiala previously starred for England’s under 21 but was eligible to play for Nigeria. The 17-year-old was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and British-Nigerian father. He moved to England at seven, where he played for the Chelsea academy. Musiala then moved back to Germany to join Bayern Munich in July 2019. The teenager played two games for Germany’s U16 side in 2018. He has now told The Athletic: “What is best for my future? Where do I have more chances to play? “In the end, I just listened to the feeling that over a long period of time kept telling me that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the land I was born in. Still, it ...
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,” ...
Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount
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Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount

  Chelsea star, Mason Mount, has revealed why he took the penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. Mount’s penalty and Takumi Minamino’s strike ensured both Chelsea and Southampton shared a point each at St Mary’s. Jorginho has been a regular penalty-taker for the Blues, but the Italy international was off the pitch, while Tammy Abraham, who was ahead of Mount in Chelsea’s queue of penalty-takers, was replaced at half-time. But Mount is now saying that he took the penalty during Chelsea’s clash with Southampton on manager, Thomas Tuchel’s advice. “Tammy was actually taking the first one but obviously he went off at half-time, so it was either me or Timo [Werner],” Mount told Chelsea’s official website. The manager said...
“Wetin Man Go Do” By Burna Boy is my Best Song – Antonio Rudiger
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“Wetin Man Go Do” By Burna Boy is my Best Song – Antonio Rudiger

German international footballer and Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has opened up on his love for Nigerian music superstar and Grammy nominee, Burna Boy and his music. During an interactive interview with Chelsea official website, Rudiger who was about his taste for music disclosed that he gravitates to rhythm and beat of a music than lyrics. When asked who he would love to watch perform live, he said: “I would prefer Travis Scott because his concert are more likely.” According him, his go to song is ‘Wetin Man Go Do’ by Burna Boy as he reveals it is his best song now and it is the song he jams to ahead of every football game.  
‘Arteta gives great advice’ – Saka trying to learn as much as possible from Arsenal Boss
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‘Arteta gives great advice’ – Saka trying to learn as much as possible from Arsenal Boss

The England international hailed his manager's influence on his game behind the scenes after scoring in a Europa League draw with Benfica Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has admitted that he's "trying to learn" as much as he can from Mikel Arteta, who he credits for giving him "great advice" on how to improve. Saka found the net after being teed up by Cedric to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 encounter against Benfica on Thursday night. The 19-year-old expressed his gratitude towards Arteta after the match, revealing the influence the Spaniard has had on his game behind the scenes at Emirates Stadium.
Canadian Singer Raymond Levesque Dies at 92 after Contracting COVID-19
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Canadian Singer Raymond Levesque Dies at 92 after Contracting COVID-19

Canadian singer-songwriter Raymond Levesque is dead at the age of 92 after contracting Coronavirus. Before his death, the poet, novelist, playwright and actor composed hundreds of songs that became part of the fabric of Quebec's cultural life. His best-known work remains the 1956 pacifist hymn "Quand les hommes vivront d'amour" ("When Men Live by Love"), which was written partly in reaction to the Algerian war that France was waging at the time. The international hit has been covered by a variety of Canadian and French singers including Celine Dion and Eddie Constantine. The singer who died on Monday February 15, had been committed to the idea of independence for Quebec and refused the Governor General's Award when it was offered to him in 2005 because it represented the B...
Beverly Osu, Denola Grey, VJ Adams, Sound Sultan and others join Odion Ighalo In #DettolCoolDabChallenge
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Beverly Osu, Denola Grey, VJ Adams, Sound Sultan and others join Odion Ighalo In #DettolCoolDabChallenge

It appears that this is the time for multiple social media trends across the country. Nigerian actors, comedians, VJs, reality stars, and musicians have joined international football star and Dettol Cool ambassador, Jude Odion Ighalo, on a social media challenge called the #DettolCoolDabChallenge. The challenge which began over a week ago to promote physical fitness and activity among Nigerians has been jumped on by celebrities. Media personalities, Adams ‘VJ Adams’ Ibrahim and Denola Grey; comedians, Kehinde ‘Kenny Blaq’ Peter, Josh 'Josh2Funny’ Alfred; actors, Bolanle Ninolowo, Beverly Osu, Yvonne Jegede, and many more, have jumped on the trend. Denola Grey was seen cycling before dabbing, Ninolowo hit the gym tension us with his sexy biceps, while Beverly Osu chose a very pla...
Nwakaeme receives third career red card in Trabzonspor win over Gaziantep FK
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Nwakaeme receives third career red card in Trabzonspor win over Gaziantep FK

The Nigeria international was sent off but the Black Sea Storm managed to secure all three points at Senol Gunes Akyazi Stadyumu Anthony Nwakaeme received his third career red card in Trabzonspor’s 1-0 victory over Gaziantep FK in Saturday’s Super Lig game. The 31-year-old was handed his 20th league appearance, starring behind centre-forward Djanini Tvaris along with Ghana international Caleb Ekuban and Tasos Bakasetas. The Nigeria international did not, however, completed the encounter as he was given his marching orders for indiscipline.
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: Joe Cole predicts Arsenal vs Leeds, Man City vs Tottenham, Leicester vs Liverpool
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EPL: Joe Cole predicts Arsenal vs Leeds, Man City vs Tottenham, Leicester vs Liverpool

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has predicted some of this weekend’s Premier League games. Leicester City will host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Manchester City will face Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium, while Arsenal will host Leeds United on Sunday at Emirates Stadium. Providing his prediction on the Man City vs Tottenham game, Cole told All to Play For from Joe and Coral: “I’m going to go draw, dress rehearsal for the cup final, I still fancy Jose can get a draw up there, so I am going to go draw.” Speaking on the Arsenal vs Leeds game, Cole said, “Leeds is the hardest team to back, you just don’t know what you’re going to get. I’m going to go Arsenal.” Asked to predict the Leicester vs Liverpool game, the former England international ...
West Brom vs Man United: Solskjaer Confirms Player that will Miss EPL Clash
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West Brom vs Man United: Solskjaer Confirms Player that will Miss EPL Clash

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that midfielder, Paul Pogba, will miss the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday at Hawthorns. Pogba sustained a thigh muscle injury during Man United’s Premier League 3-3 draw against Everton at Old Trafford last weekend. The France international missed Man United’s FA Cup 1-0 victory against West Ham United on Tuesday. ”Paul [Pogba] is still out [for the game],” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. He added, “We have had a rare opportunity to do a bit of training and actually some recovery. “You have got Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and not a game until Sunday. That has been a rarity for us really.” The kick-off time for West Brom vs Man United is 3 ...
I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje
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I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that he believes his counterpart in Kaduna state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai does not understand the issue of insecurity very well. Reacting to El-Rufai's comment of North West Governors not winning the fight against insecurity in the region because they are fighting differently, Ganduje recalled speaking with El-Rufai and the governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity.   In the interview on Radio France International on Thursday February 11, Ganduje said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. He said; “First of all. the talk about lack of synergy, I don’t see where this statement is coming from. Secu...
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...
Manchester United Striker, Edinson Cavani Handed Two-match International Ban
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Manchester United Striker, Edinson Cavani Handed Two-match International Ban

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani has been slapped with a two-game international ban for his horror tackle on Richarlison during Uruguay's defeat by Brazil last November. The 33-year -old forward will now miss Uruguay's upcoming games against Argentina and Bolivia after he landed a two-match ban for a challenge on Richarlison last year. In the World Cup qualifier, Cavani was dismissed following a mistimed tackle in the 71st minute after he landed squarely on the Everton forward's ankle. Initially, the referee gave him a yellow card but was advised by VAR to check again on the pitchside monitor. He was then given his marching orders and Uruguay went on to lose the qualifier 2-0. "I think it was a ball dispute, he went over the top," Richarlison said after the game. "...
Liverpool Striker, Diogo Jota and Partner Rute Cardoso Welcome their First Child, a Baby Boy 
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Liverpool Striker, Diogo Jota and Partner Rute Cardoso Welcome their First Child, a Baby Boy 

Liverpool striker, Diogo Jota and his partner Rute Cardoso have welcomed their first child together, a baby named Dinis. The 24-year-old Portuguese international took to Twitter to announce the birth of their newborn son. Sharing a lovely photo of his partner holding their newborn's hand, he wrote: "And we are already 3. Together forever .Proud of you Ru." Shortly after, Rute took to Instagram to reveal they have named the child, Dinis.
Zaha out as Eze headlines Crystal Palace squad for Leeds United
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Zaha out as Eze headlines Crystal Palace squad for Leeds United

The Cote d’Ivoire international will play no part when the Eagles take on the Peacocks on Monday evening Wilfried Zaha has been ruled out of Crystal Palace’s Premier League clash with Leeds United on Monday night. The 28-year-old limped off in the 58th minute of the Eagles’ 2-1 triumph at Newcastle United owing to a hamstring injury that will rule him out for weeks. "We don't know how long it's going to keep him out but he certainly won't be available for this game and it could even be much longer than that,” manager Roy Hodgson told the media.
Hazard: I want to play for another five or six years
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Hazard: I want to play for another five or six years

The Belgium international suffered another muscle problem last week as his Real Madrid career continues to stall due to injury Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard hopes to keep playing football for another six years if his body holds up. The 30-year-old has been plagued by injuries since he joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in 2019. Hazard has been limited to just 35 competitive appearances for Madrid and only 13 this season.
Timo Werner Speaks Out on his New Role Under Tuchel
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Timo Werner Speaks Out on his New Role Under Tuchel

Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, has spoken about his new position in manager, Thomas Tuchel’s formation. Werner said he is benefiting from his new role as a left number 10 in Tuchel’s squad, adding that he now has more space for runs in the middle and can play behind a striker. The German international, who was unable to find his form under former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard’s formation, impressed as the Blues defeated Sheffield United 2-1 on Sunday night in the Premier League. He created both goals as Mason Mount and Jorginho scored for Tuchel’s men at Bramall Lane. “Every manager is different in how he wants us to play. He gives us a lot of ideas,” Werner told Chelsea’s official website. “Now I play as a left number 10, not a left-winger, so I’ve more space for my runs...
EPL: Chelsea Reach Agreement to Sign Boateng
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EPL: Chelsea Reach Agreement to Sign Boateng

Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Bayern Munich defender, Jerome Boateng, according to Todofichajes. Boateng will join the Blues at the end of this current season. The Premier League have agreed a deal in principle with agents of the 32-year-old Germany international. He is now set to move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. Boateng, who has previously featured in the Premier League with Manchester City, has played 17 Bundesliga games for Bayern this term. The defender will work under compatriot Thomas Tuchel, who recently replaced Frank Lampard.

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