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Everton sack manager Rafa Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Norwich defeat
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Everton sack manager Rafa Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Norwich defeat

Everton have sacked manager Rafael Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The Toffees have won just once in the Premier League since September and are 15th in the table, six points above the relegation zone and on January 15 lost to lowly ranked Norwich. Benitez, a former manager of Liverpool (Everton's city rivals) was appointed Everton boss last summer but the Spaniard has failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful with his style of football or results. Everton fans displayed a banner calling for his exit during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The same banner was also unfurled at their 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Hull. Everton have lost nine of their past 13 league games, including a 4-1 home defeat by Merseysid...
Football legend, Andriy Shevchenko sacked as Genoa manager after just nine games in charge
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Football legend, Andriy Shevchenko sacked as Genoa manager after just nine games in charge

Genoa have sacked Andriy Shevchenko as their manager after just nine Serie A games in charge. The ex-Chelsea and AC Milan striker signed a deal until 2024 on Nov.7, but an extra-time defeat against his former club AC Milan in the Coppa Italia was the final straw after a dismal run of form. He had failed to win none of its league matches since he took over. 'Genoa CFC announce that coach Andriy Shevchenko has been relieved of his post,' the club wrote in a statement on Saturday. 'The club thanks the coach and his staff for the hard work they have done in recent months.' Shevchenko, who was previously Ukraine manager, has overseen nine league defeats, with his only victory in 11 games a 1-0 win over Salernitana in the Italy Cup. Former Genoa defender Abdoulay Konko has bee...
Juventus to decide on Arthur’s Future
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Juventus to decide on Arthur’s Future

Juventus are expected to make a decision on whether Arthur can leave on loan after Wednesday night's Supercoppa final against Inter Milan. Arthur is thought to be one of a number of midfielders Arsenal are looking at this month. Manager Mikel Arteta admitted last week Arsenal want to strengthen in midfield. The Brazilian is also understood to be willing to make the move to the Emirates. Juve boss Max Allegri is said to be unsure about letting him go, however. The club want to move some players out to fund other signings. They have a number of central midfield players including Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur and Manuel Locatelli. Arthur has made only seven Serie A appearances this season but played four out of six Champions League group games. ...
Man United star to join Rooney at Derby County
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Man United star to join Rooney at Derby County

Derby County is set to bring Manchester United star, Amad Diallo on loan as their manager, Wayne Rooney turns to his former club to bolster his squad this January transfer window, as reported by Daily Mail on Monday. Diallo joined Man United from Atalanta for a £25 million deal last year. His opportunities at Old Trafford have been very limited so far. The Ivory Coast international has featured just nine times in all competitions for Man United’s senior squad scoring one goal. The 19-year-old looked set for a loan move to Feyenoord last summer, but the deal never materialized after he sustained an injury that kept him out of action until the end of September. Diallo has also drawn the interest of Atalanta, Crystal Palace. His contract at Old Trafford runs until 2025, an...
Top Premier League manager laments after he’s asked to get out of club
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Top Premier League manager laments after he’s asked to get out of club

One of the most experienced managers in the English Premier League, Rafael Benitez has lamented the manner he is being treated by fans of the club. A banner was raised by the away fans during Everton’s FA Cup third round against Hull City on Saturday, telling the Spaniard to get out of the club. Benitez also received ‘sacked in the morning’ chants from Hull supporters, and Everton fans applauded in agreement as their side needed extra-time to narrowly beat the Championship strugglers 3-2. Despite this, the former Liverpool boss insisted he is not worried for his future at Goodison Park. Benitez told ITV, “No. What I said before – the problems that you try to fix are coming from a time ago. “I have experience to do it. I will try to do my best. If some fans understand that,...
Steven Gerrard pinpoints what Rangnick need at Old Trafford
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Steven Gerrard pinpoints what Rangnick need at Old Trafford

Aston Villa boss, Steven Gerrard, has pinpointed what Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, needs at Old Trafford. Rangnick has had a turbulent week after suffering his first defeat at Man United on January 3. The German watched as Wolves defeated Man United 1-0 in a Premier League tie at Old Trafford. Following the defeat, reports of dressing room disharmony emerged, with as many as 17 Man United players said to be unhappy at the club. Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of Aston Villa’s FA Cup third round tie against Man United on Monday, Gerrard said, Rangnick needs time to put his identity and philosophy on Man United’s squad. “I think everyone still respects the fact that Manchester United are a good team at Old Trafford,” Gerrard said. “They a...
Arsenal striker Aubameyang tests positive for Covid-19 just days before Gabon’s AFCON opener
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Arsenal striker Aubameyang tests positive for Covid-19 just days before Gabon’s AFCON opener

The 32-year-old forward now appears likely to miss out on his country's opening game of the tournament against Comoros Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for coronavirus just days before the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), GOAL can confirm, putting his participation for at least some of the tournament in doubt. Aubameyang has suffered a turbulent few weeks, losing his place in the Arsenal team after being dropped by manager Mikel Arteta due to a disciplinary breach. He was also stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta and, having played little football recently, was hoping to make a big impact at AFCON, which gets underway on January 9, when hosts Cameroon face Burkina Faso.
Man.City coach, Pep Guardiola tests positive for Covid with 21 members of the first-team now isolating
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Man.City coach, Pep Guardiola tests positive for Covid with 21 members of the first-team now isolating

Manchester City have been rocked by a major coronavirus outbreak after Manager Pep Guardiola and assistant Juanma Lillo tested positive with 21 members of their first-team bubble including seven players isolating ahead of Friday's FA Cup tie at Swindon Town. Despite the news, City expect their third-round tie at League Two Swindon – scheduled for broadcast on ITV - to proceed. First-team coach Rodolfo Borrell will take the team down to the County Ground. None of those isolating will be available for Friday's match. Guardiola confirmed last weekend that both Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko had tested positive. The pair are including in City's list of seven players. A City statement read: 'The City manager recorded a positive test on Tuesday along with assistant Juanma Lillo. ...
​Wages proving stumbling block for West Ham pursuit of Everton left-back Digne
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​Wages proving stumbling block for West Ham pursuit of Everton left-back Digne

West Ham United are among the teams with a serious chance of landing Everton left back Lucas Digne. The Frenchman wants to play European football and is not happy at the Goodison Park club. According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are continuing talks with Digne, but his £100k-a-week salary is a sticking point for any deal. Chelsea are also assessing the situation, while cash-rich Newcastle United reportedly put in a bid for Digne in recent days as well. Digne is out of favor at Everton under manager Rafa Benitez, with the club signing Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev recently.  
Rangnick under fire over decision on Mason Greenwood
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Rangnick under fire over decision on Mason Greenwood

Arsenal icon, Ian Wright, has criticized Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, over his decision on Mason Greenwood following the Red Devils’ Premier League 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night. Wright said he was left ‘baffled’ by Rangnick’s decision to replace Greenwood during Manchester United’s defeat to Wolves, insisting the German did not place enough trust in his young attacker. Man United was defeated at Old Trafford following Joao Moutinho’s second-half goal. While Man United struggled to get out of first gear for much of the game, Greenwood was their bright spark during a difficult first half. But the 20-year-old was replaced on the hour by Bruno Fernandes, a decision that drew boos from the home fans at the stadium. “I think that was a sacrifice because it i...
You need to bring more ideas – Luke Shaw tells Rangnick after United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves
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You need to bring more ideas – Luke Shaw tells Rangnick after United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves

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

Former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell has identified Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino as the right manager to succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford. Campbell believes Pochettino is ‘ready-made’ for Man United, adding that he will get the best out of the Red Devils’ squad. Rangnick was appointed as Manchester United interim manager last year following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German agreed to a six months contract before he will then take up a two-year consultancy role at the club and speculation surrounding his successor has already begun. “I think it is been geared towards Pochettino this whole time. Just the way he can get the whole club together and really galvanize the whole place, it would do Man United the world of good,” Campb...
Liverpool coach identifies Reds’ major problem during 2-2 draw with Chelsea
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Liverpool coach identifies Reds’ major problem during 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Liverpool assistant manager, Pepijn Lijnders has identified his side’s major problem during their Premier League 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Lijnders, who took charge of Liverpool team after the club’s manager Jurgen Klopp Arteta tested positive for COVID-19, said Liverpool’s problem was that they didn’t keep the ball for long enough in many moments against Chelsea during the encounter. Goals from Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ensured Chelsea and Liverpool got a point each. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lijnders was quoted by Liverpool’s official website as saying: “I don’t think the problem was defensive. “We corrected a few things at half-time, but I think the problem was we didn’t keep the ball for long enough in many mo...
Man United vs Wolves: It’s important to have Cavani in squad – Rangnick speaks on resting Ronaldo
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Man United vs Wolves: It’s important to have Cavani in squad – Rangnick speaks on resting Ronaldo

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick has said that it is more important to have Edinson Cavani in his side’s squad when they tackle Wolves in a Premier League tie on Monday night. Rangnick said this while speaking on resting forwarding, Cristiano Ronaldo for Man United’s clash with Wolves at Old Trafford. The Devils boss, who said he doesn’t see any reason why Ronaldo shouldn’t be able to play against Wolves, explained that it would not be a problem at one stage if Man United needed to rest the Portugal captain. Asked if he has concerns about Cristiano Ronaldo playing for the third time in seven days [against Wolves], Rangnick was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying at his pre-match press conference: “Today I didn’t see any reason he shouldn’t be able to play a...
Man Utd boss Rangnick makes clear to Van de Beek transfer stand
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Man Utd boss Rangnick makes clear to Van de Beek transfer stand

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has announced he doesn't want to lose Donny van de Beek. The midfielder was blocked from joining Everton in August, but has remained on the outer despite a change of manager. Ahead of Monday night's clash with Wolves, Rangnick had a message for Van de Beek: "Just work hard. So far, as I have got to know him, he has got a top mentality. He works hard in every training session. "He is a team player through and through. There will be games where he will get his chance to play, I am sure. I also had a long conversation with him last week about that and again, of course it is difficult for him right now because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team, he wants to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar and in order to do tha...
EPL: Rangnick reveals Man Utd player he ‘desperately’ wants to stay at club
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EPL: Rangnick reveals Man Utd player he ‘desperately’ wants to stay at club

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has pleaded with Edinson Cavani not to leave the club this month.   The 34-year-old striker has been linked with Barcelona and a few South American clubs. But Rangnick is ‘desperate’ for Cavani to remain at Old Trafford. “We had quite a few conversations in the last couple of weeks, probably the player with whom I have spoken most,” Rangnick said. “I told him from the very first day that, for me, he is a highly important player. “And, as I said, his professionalism, his work ethic is just amazing and I told him that I desperately want him to stay until the end of the season. He knows that. He also knows how highly I rate him and how highly I respect him. We spoke and he knows that I will definitely not let him go. “...
Man City has won Premier League title, Agbonlahor hints, names teams to finish top four
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Man City has won Premier League title, Agbonlahor hints, names teams to finish top four

Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped West Ham to finish within the top four of the Premier League this season. Agbonlahor believes the race for the top four this season has been ‘the most exciting in years, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham all battling for the Champions League spot. Four points separates Arsenal from fourth place and Manchester United in seventh and that gap could close by the end of the weekend. Mikel Arteta’s side was beaten by Manchester City on Saturday but looks the best they ever have for years. Tottenham and West Ham both won hard-fought games to pile on even more pressure. And Agbonlahor said ”you can forget the title race because it has already been won by Manchester City, adding that the battle for the to...
Tottenham to hijack Arsenal’s first January signing
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Tottenham to hijack Arsenal’s first January signing

Tottenham Hotspur are set to hijack Arsenal’s first January signing, Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho, who currently plays for Barcelona, is all but set to arrive at Arsenal after their manager Mikel Arteta gave the green light to pursue the deal. Coutinho’s representatives are traveling to London to conclude talks with Arsenal. But according to El Nacional, Tottenham could offer to take Coutinho off Barcelona’s hands. Antonio Conte’s side are considering trying to persuade the Catalan club to let the Brazilian join Spurs on a free transfer before the January window closes. However, it remains to be seen whether the Premier League side will be willing to match Coutinho’s current £370,000 per week wage. Coutinho has played in the Premier League before during his time at Liver...
Tuchel considers dropping Lukaku out of Chelsea’s squad for Liverpool clash
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Tuchel considers dropping Lukaku out of Chelsea’s squad for Liverpool clash

The Blues striker could sit out the upcoming clash at home to Jurgen Klopp's side after his controversial interview Thomas Tuchel is considering dropping Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea's squad against Liverpool after the striker conducted a controversial interview behind the club's back that was published this past week. Tuchel will reveal his squad to the team tomorrow and the Belgian may not even be on the bench even after he was judged to be criticising his manager's tactics. It has since emerged that neither the club nor the player's representatives knew of the interview beforehand. It appears to have arranged directly with the Sky Sport journalist in London.
You need to be smarter – Albert Stuivenberg tells Arsenal star after defeat to Man City
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You need to be smarter – Albert Stuivenberg tells Arsenal star after defeat to Man City

Arsenal’s assistant manager, Albert Stuivenberg, has admitted that defender, Gabriel, needed to be ‘smarter’ after being sent off during his side’s Premier League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Stuivenberg, who took charge of Arsenal team after the club’s manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19, said this during his post-match press conference after Man City defeated Arsenal at Emirates. Gabriel was then sent off for a second yellow card during the encounter as two goals from Riyad Mahrez and Rodri ensured Man City defeated Arsenal. “We are very frustrated with the outcome if you play a game like this against one of the best teams in the world,” Stuivenberg said at his post-match press conference. “At the end to have zero points is frustrating beca...
They were better, we had no energy – Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal
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They were better, we had no energy – Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has reacted to his side’s Premier 2-1 win over Arsenal on New Year’s Day. Guardiola said that Arsenal were better against Man City at Emirates Stadium, adding that his side had no energy during the encounter. Bukayo Saka put the Gunners in front before Riyad Mahrez leveled through a penalty. However, Rodri scored a late goal to ensure Man City defeated Arsenal to go eleven points clear on top of the English Premier League table. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Guardiola said, “Arsenal were better,” he said. “We face a team that in recent years has struggled to be in the top four. They start this season at the bottom and are now in the top four. “They had six days after beating Norwich, we had two-and-a-half days. It was ...
Arsenal’s first January signing set to arrive North London
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Arsenal’s first January signing set to arrive North London

Former Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho is all but set to arrive Arsenal after manager Mikel Arteta gave the green light to pursue the deal, according to Sport. The player’s representatives are travelling to London to conclude talks with the Gunners, according to the report. Coutinho left Liverpool in January 2018, joining Barcelona for £142 million but has failed to meet expectations. The 29-year-old’s time at Barcelona has been blighted by injuries, constant changing of managers and a loss of form. The former Liverpool star became available for transfer, with Arsenal in pole position to bring the Brazilian back to England. And the report says he is one step closer to joining Arsenal after Arteta gave approval for a transfer to go on. Spanish newspaper Sport said that...
Guardiola names two teams that can catch Man City despite going 8pts clear
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Guardiola names two teams that can catch Man City despite going 8pts clear

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has claimed Chelsea and Liverpool can still catch his team despite opening an eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League. The champions claimed a narrow 1-0 win at Brentford on Wednesday night, while Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Brighton. However, Guardiola says both the Blues and Liverpool have “exceptional” quality and he cannot be too confident City are on course for a fourth Premier League title in five seasons. “We won the game, are in a good run, but it is the end of December, so there will be many games like this. “Yes, we are eight points in front, but there are 54 more points to play for. “54 points to play. 54. We were 4-0 up against Leicester and then in 20 minutes, it was a 4-3. Thanks for the nice word...
Pep Guardiola names 3 teams that could defeat Man City after 1-0 win over Brentford
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Pep Guardiola names 3 teams that could defeat Man City after 1-0 win over Brentford

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has identified Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal as one of the top teams in the Premier League right now. Guardiola said this following Man City’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Brentford on Wednesday night. Man City defeated Brentford, thanks to Phil Foden’s first-half goal. Asked whether Manchester City were in control of the title race, Guardiola told Amazon Prime: “There are 54 points to play for. It is not expected to have this distance for eight and nine, but Liverpool play one game less. “But it is 54 points. In December, no one is champion. We are going to lose games. I see in my mind Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton coming. “54 points to play… 54.” He added, “We have a game in London against Arsenal, maybe one of the top teams right no...
Use Conte’s method or you won’t get the best out of me – Lukaku tells Tuchel
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Use Conte’s method or you won’t get the best out of me – Lukaku tells Tuchel

Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has come out to publicly ask manager Thomas Tuchel for “a bit of clarity” about his role. Lukaku, speaking with ESPN Brazil, outlined how the experience at Inter Milan with Antonio Conte “added qualities to my game.” The Belgium international netted over 30 competitive goals per season in his two seasons under Conte. The 28-year-old then sealed a return to Stamford Bridge in a €115m transfer this summer. Since then, Lukaku has scored only six goals with two assists in 17 matches for the Blues. “Me and the coach, we had a couple of conversations about whatever he wanted from me. “Obviously I told him I’m multidimensional. It’s just about having a bit of clarity about how he wants to use me. And then whatever he wants from me, I can do what...
Mbappe reveals club he will never play for ‘in his life’
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Mbappe reveals club he will never play for ‘in his life’

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe has said he would never play for Tottenham Hotspur in his life. Mbappe stated this in an interview with Jonathan Veal. The France forward is being linked with a move to Real Madrid next year, having failed to force a move out of PSG in the summer of 2021. The 22-year-old has also been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United. However, one Premier League club he won’t feature for is Spurs. “I’m sure Spurs will make something good this season with Antonio Conte, because he’s a great manager. “So it’s good for them, but I don’t think I will play for Tottenham in my life,” Mbappe said. Mbappe’s current deal at Parc des Princes expires in June 2022.
Manchester United will not Sign Unvaccinated Players – Manager, Ralf Ragnick
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Manchester United will not Sign Unvaccinated Players – Manager, Ralf Ragnick

Manager of Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick has hinted that the club will not sign unvaccinated players, claiming there are fears unjabbed players could miss games. Last week, the Premier League revealed that 16 per cent of players are yet to receive any form of vaccination against the coronavirus, with Covid and especially the new variant spreading in players dressing rooms across the country. The recent surge in cases has triggered debate as to whether clubs will sign unvaccinated stars, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp saying he would not sign anyone who refuses to be jabbed. The last two weeks United have been hit by a Covid outbreak of their own, resulting in the postponements of their games against Brentford and Brighton, and interim boss Rangnick has shared Klopp's concer...
Redknapp names one player that’ll help Chelsea win title this season
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Redknapp names one player that’ll help Chelsea win title this season

Former Liverpool star, Jamie Redknapp has insisted that Romelu Lukaku is key to Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes this season. He also believes that the Belgian ‘singlehandedly’ dragged the Blues back into the title race on Boxing Day after the striker came off the bench to help the Blues beat Aston Villa 3-1. Reece James’ own goal had put the home side in front but the Blues went into the break on equal terms thanks to Jorginho’s 34th-minute penalty. But Lukaku came on after the break to score the second for the west London side when he found space and headed past Emiliano Martinez in the 56th minute. The Belgian was then brought down by Ezri Konsa inside the box allowing Jorginho to step up again to score his second from the spot. The win mean that Chelsea are now lev...
Ralf Rangnick Identifies Player Manchester Utd should sign
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Ralf Rangnick Identifies Player Manchester Utd should sign

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has identified Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Florian Wirtz, as a transfer target the Red Devils should sign. According to The Sun, Manchester United are’ leading the chase for the £60million-rated German youngster Wirtz’. Wirtz is regarded by many as a generational talent and made his Bundesliga debut for his club just after his 17th birthday. The 18-year-old has played for the Germany national team. Man United will no doubt face competition for Wirtz, with a number of Europe’s elite sides interested in signing him. Wirtz is an attacking midfielder and it would be interesting to see where he would fit in Rangnick’s squad that has the likes of Bruno Fernandes already nailing down that role. His current contract with Bayer Leverkus...
John Terry in Shock return to Chelsea
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John Terry in Shock return to Chelsea

Chelsea legend, John Terry, is set for a shock return to the club after five years away from Stamford Bridge. Terry is expected to take on a coaching role with Chelsea’s academy. The 41-year-old left Chelsea in 2017 and has sought to carve out a career in coaching. The former defender spent three years at Aston Villa as assistant to manager Dean Smith, before leaving Villa Park last summer. Terry stepped away from his role at Aston Villa to tour Europe in order to study other coaching styles and has been waiting to see if other head coach roles become available. According to The Athletic, the former England international will return to the west London club to assist the youth development side of Chelsea. The report added that Terry had registered an interest in a number...
I would sign De Bruyne, Son Heung-min for Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold
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I would sign De Bruyne, Son Heung-min for Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has revealed his two dream signings if he was manager. Alexander-Arnold is in fine form for the Reds this season and has registered eight assists already. Yet the England international, when asked to take the managerial hot seat, admitted he would sign Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min. “De Bruyne and Son. “De Bruyne because I admire him a lot as a player. His vision, his technique, his accuracy. “Outstanding player. The assists and the chances created he does is frightening. “Son, again, an outstanding player. The speed, finishing and composure,” Alexander-Arnold told the Premier League’s Uncut YouTube show.
Manchester United boss Rangnick praises ‘highly-talented’ Tunisian ahead of Afcon tourney
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Manchester United boss Rangnick praises ‘highly-talented’ Tunisian ahead of Afcon tourney

The youngster impressed the United boss in his one training session after returning from Arab Cup duty with Tunisia Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has given Tunisia's Hannibal Mejbri a morale-boosting assessment ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The Carthage Eagles are set to participate in the tournament that will be held in Cameroon early next year and Rangnick, who could miss the youngster, has hope the 18-year-old will be a regular member of Manchester United's first team in the near future.  
Manchester United blames Watford for Solskjaer’s sack
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Manchester United blames Watford for Solskjaer’s sack

Manchester United football director, John Murtough has blamed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sack on their 4-1 loss to Watford earlier in the season. He also insisted the Red Devils’ board did not approach another manager before sacking Solskjaer and expected the Norwegian to turn things around. Solskjaer was shown the exit door at Old Trafford in November after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road that came after a series of bad results. “After the promising early-season results, things went off plan. As a club, we felt Ole had earned the right to be given the chance to turn things round, but didn’t get a reaction after the international break, and the Watford game made it clear change was needed “Out of respect for Ole, we did not approach other managers before he...
Chelsea get Ziyech boost as winger is left out of Morocco squad for AFCON
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Chelsea get Ziyech boost as winger is left out of Morocco squad for AFCON

The Blues will not be losing the forward to international competition in January following a falling out with the manager Chelsea will not lose Hakim Ziyech to the Africa Cup of Nations in early 2022 as an ongoing feud between player and international coach has led to the winger being left out of Morocco’s squad. The Blues have found themselves short on numbers at times during recent Covid-19 outbreaks and faced being left further shorthanded next month. Thomas Tuchel’s side are chasing down honours on multiple fronts, and have been boosted by the news Ziyech will be available.  
Man City boss Guardiola confirms Torres on way to Barcelona
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Man City boss Guardiola confirms Torres on way to Barcelona

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Ferran Torres is being allowed to leave for Barcelona. Leroy Sane chose to leave City for Bayern Munich in 2020 and now Torres is set to make a return to his homeland, with City having agreed a deal to sell the 21-year-old forward to Barcelona after he told manager Guardiola he wanted to leave in order to secure more regular first-team football. "I want happiness in my players," said Guardiola. "If you are not happy, you have to leave. "We are not a club where presidents and chief executive say 'no, you have to stay'. The players and clubs have to agree, this is business. "But if the player wants to leave, they go."  
I’ll play for free, don’t pay me salary – Chelsea star begs to stay at Stamford Bridge
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I’ll play for free, don’t pay me salary – Chelsea star begs to stay at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea forward, Charly Musonda has said that he offered to play for the club for free. He took the decision in a desperate attempt to remain at Stamford Bridge, asking the club not to pay him. The Belgian joined the Blues as a 15-year-old in 2012 and has gone on to make only seven senior appearances for the club. Now 25, the attacking midfielder has not played for Chelsea’s first team since suffering a serious crucial ligament injury while on loan at Vitesse in 2018. In November, the player tearfully confirmed he would be leaving Stamford Bridge in June 2022 when his current contract expires. However, Musonda’s offer to play for free was turned down by club’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, who made him understand that he is not in charge of contract talks but only a coach. He...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Antonio Conte reacts as Tottenham draws Chelsea
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Antonio Conte reacts as Tottenham draws Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has said that it will be ‘nice’ for his team to play against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Conte said this while reacting to his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final draws against Chelsea. The Italian believes that the Carabao Cup semi-final draw against the Blues proves that it is ‘very, very difficult’ to win a trophy in England. Conte’s side booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night after beating West Ham 2-1. Meanwhile, Arsenal will play Liverpool in the other semi-final fixture. “I think it is good for Tottenham to reach the semi-final of this competition,’ Conte said at his post-match press conference after the match. “You can see the names of the teams who have reached the semi-final – Liverpoo...
Makengo: Why I want to repay Cioffi at Udinese
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Makengo: Why I want to repay Cioffi at Udinese

The DR Congo prospect has revealed the main reasons why he wants to recompense the Little Zebras’ interim manager Jean-Victor Makengo is eager to pay back the faith shown in him by Udinese interim manager Gabriele Cioffi. The former France youth international has been a key member for the Little Zebras since the Italian tactician took over from Luca Gotti on a temporary basis. Makengo scored his first Serie A goal for the club in their 4-0 triumph over Cagliari on Saturday night. He put Udinese ahead in the fourth minute – putting the ball beyond goalkeeper Alessio Cragno - after he was set up by Nigeria prospect Iyenoma Udogie.  
Liverpool’s second goal should have been cancelled – Conte
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Liverpool’s second goal should have been cancelled – Conte

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has insisted that Liverpool’s second goal in their 2-2 draw on Sunday, should not have stood. Conte claimed members of his coaching staff saw Mo Salah handle the ball, before Andy Robertson headed the ball in to put the Reds ahead in the game. “My staff said to me the second [Liverpool] goal was a clear handball. Clear, a clear handball. “I think it’s not right to comment on refereeing decisions after the game. I don’t know if Jurgen wanted to comment on this, but I can tell you my staff said to me it was incredible to give the second goal and not to disallow it, because there was a clear handball from Salah. “But it was an exciting game with great emotions for the people who saw it and I don’t like that we have to speak about referee...
What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni
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What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni

An ex-international, Wahidi Akanni, on Sunday, said that the success of Austin Eguavoen, the interim Manager of Super Eagles, is hinged on the level of support given to the coach by stakeholders. Akanni, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, added that all hands should be on deck, with barely a month to the Nations Cup. NAN reports that the Nigeria Football Federation recently announced that Eguavoen would replace Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach on an interim arrangement. “With his wealth of experience, I believe he’d bring something fresh to the team because he has been around; he has gone to these tournaments as a player and as a coach. “With NFF’s real support, he’d be able to achieve so much; the tournament is about four weeks and the...
Pep Cancels Media Plans after Inconclusive Covid test
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Pep Cancels Media Plans after Inconclusive Covid test

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has cancelled his media activities on Friday after returning an inconclusive coronavirus test. He is awaiting the results of a PCR test ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle in the Premier League - live on Sky Sports. As things stand, that game is expected to go ahead. Former Barcelona head coach Guardiola travelled to Catalonia this week to attend Sergio Aguero's retirement news conference at the Nou Camp. If his PCR test comes back positive he will have to isolate for 10 days and miss the trip to St James' Park on Sunday. But if it comes back negative, he can take charge of the team. An isolation period of 10 days would mean Guardiola is also unavailable for the Boxing Day visit of Leicester City in the Premier League.
You’ve not been fair to Aubameyang – Haibeh Slams Arsenal manager, Arteta
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You’ve not been fair to Aubameyang – Haibeh Slams Arsenal manager, Arteta

Somali national team manager, Said Abdi Haibeh has hit out at Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta. According to Haibeh, Arteta is showing that he is in charge of Arsenal but has not been fair to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. On Tuesday, Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy armband due to a ‘disciplinary breach.’ Prior to the latest development, the Gabonese international was dropped from the Arsenal’s squad that defeated Southampton 3-0 last weekend. “Aubameyang took over as captain in November 2019 and he is by far the best player that Arsenal has. His form has dropped dramatically after he signed the new deal,” Haibeh told GOAL. “However, it’s difficult when your captain is struggling to lead the team. The best interest for the team could have been supporting their...
Mikel Arteta breaks silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal captaincy
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Mikel Arteta breaks silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta has broken his silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy in what he described as a "really unpleasant situation". A few minutes ago, the Gunners announced that Aubameyang would no longer be club captain and that the forward will not be considered for selection against West Ham on Wednesday night. Aubameyang was axed from Saturday’s Premier League 3-0 win over Southampton for what manager Mikel Arteta said was a “disciplinary breach”, which reportedly concerned a late return from an approved trip abroad last week. The Gabonese striker had traveled back to France last week Wednesday to go collect his sick mum and bring her back to England. He took to Instagram last week thanking fans for offering support. He wrote: 'M...
Mark Lawrenson predicts outcome of Chelsea vs Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, others
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Mark Lawrenson predicts outcome of Chelsea vs Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, others

Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the outcome of some of the Premier League match-day 17 fixtures. Chelsea will host Everton on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal will face West Ham on Wednesday at Emirates. Leicester City will host Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, and Liverpool will clash with Newcastle United. Manchester United’s match against Brentford on Tuesday night was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 within the visitors’ squad. Providing his prediction, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Arsenal don’t seem to have the same problems at Emirates Stadium as they do on the road – along with Manchester City, their home form is the joint best in the Premier League with six wins, a draw and a defeat so far. “The H...
It’s too early for you to captain Arsenal – Perry Groves tells Saka
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It’s too early for you to captain Arsenal – Perry Groves tells Saka

Former Arsenal midfielder, Perry Groves has ruled out Bukayo Saka’s chances of becoming next Arsenal’s captain. Groves pointed out that the England international is too young to be named captain at the Emirates. Current captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped from the matchday squad by manager, Mikel Arteta due to a disciplinary breach. Aubameyang’s actions in recent weeks have been heavily criticized with several calls for him to be stripped off the armband. Many players are being suggested to take over the position with 19-year-old Saka also mentioned. “It’s probably too early for Saka”, Groves told talkSPORT. It remains to be seen whether Aubameyang is stripped of the captaincy after Arteta revealed he was dropped for the Southampton game for a disciplinary br...
Arteta has fallen out of love with Aubameyang at Arsenal – Martin Keown
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Arteta has fallen out of love with Aubameyang at Arsenal – Martin Keown

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has ‘fallen out of love’ with the captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This claim was made by Arsenal legend, Martin Keown. According to Keown, Arteta doesn’t believe in the Gabonese international to solve Arsenal’s problems currently. Recall that Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Everton last Monday as Alexandre Lacazette led the attack line. He was also left out of Arsenal’s squad as the Gunners defeated Southampton 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to three goals from Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel. “[Arteta] He’s fallen out of love with the player [Aubameyang], he doesn’t quite believe in him,” Keown told talkSPORT. “OK, you have given him a new contract six months i...
You’re an Absolute Disgrace – Tim Sherwood Slams Arsenal captain
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You’re an Absolute Disgrace – Tim Sherwood Slams Arsenal captain

Former Premier League star, Tim Sherwood has labelled Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a ‘disgrace.’ This was after the Gabonese was left out of the Gunners squad to play Southampton due to disciplinary reasons. Mikel Arteta dropped Aubameyang from the matchday squad after reportedly missing training on Friday. Speaking before the match, boss Mikel Arteta said: “Unfortunately (Aubameyang isn’t playing) due to a disciplinary breach.” And Sherwood hit out at the 32-year-old for his actions, describing him as ‘an absolute disgrace.’ “I think the manager is under huge pressure, but what he can’t suffer is players throwing the toys out the pram and thinking because I’m sitting on the bench at Everton I can do whatever I want and not curb with the rest o...
Barcelona list ‘untouchable’ players as Xavi plans to overhaul squad
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Barcelona list ‘untouchable’ players as Xavi plans to overhaul squad

Barcelona have identified the ‘untouchable’ players at the club as their manager, Xavi Hernandez, plans to overhaul the squad in the upcoming transfer window. According to Catalonian television channel Esport3, the untouchable players at Barcelona currently are Ansu Fati, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez. Fati, Gavi and Gonzalez are the only players who have their places guaranteed at Barcelona, while the rest will have to prove their worth in Xavi’s squad between now and the end of the season. This is coming less than five days after Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League. Xavi’s men are currently in the seventh position on the La Liga table, with 16 points behind league leaders Real Madrid. The report added that the Barcelona hierarchy knows they need to make bold dec...
Gerrard should celebrate ‘like a crazy devil’ against Liverpool – Klopp
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Gerrard should celebrate ‘like a crazy devil’ against Liverpool – Klopp

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said Steven Gerrard should celebrate “like a crazy devil” if Aston Villa score against them on Saturday. Gerrard returns to Anfield for the first as manager and will be in the away dugout. It will be an emotional return for the former England midfielder and Klopp has urged him not to hold back. “Stevie is an experienced coach and manager and knows exactly how to approach games. “When you go somewhere it is easier to be very competitive. I could handle it, Stevie will handle it. “He’s a great guy and he will come here and want to win the football game and after I shake hands we will go full throttle. “I remember when we scored for Dortmund at Mainz, I forgot all about my story at Mainz and celebrated like a crazy devil. He [Gerrard] i...
Glen Johnson advises Man Utd against signing Chelsea star
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Glen Johnson advises Man Utd against signing Chelsea star

Former Chelsea defender, Glen Johnson, has advised Manchester United against signing Chelsea’s Timo Werner. Johnson wants Man United to forget about signing Werner, adding that his move to Old Trafford would also be problematic for the German forward. Man United have been linked with a shock move for Werner since Ralf Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager about a week ago. Rangnick is believed to be an admirer of his compatriot, Werner. Werner, 25, has endured a turbulent spell at Stamford Bridge since joining the club from RB Leipzig in 2020. “I don’t think that is a good move for either party [Man Utd and Timo Werner] to be honest,” Johnson told BetttingOdds. “I don’t think it’s a good move for Manchester United and I don’t think it’s a good move for Timo ...

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