Tuesday, January 18

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Super Eagles to pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins
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Super Eagles to pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins

Super Eagles of Nigeria stars will receive $10,000 each for the victories over Egypt and Sudan at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. This comes after the Nigeria Football Federation and the Eagles reached an agreement over the mode of payment for wins and draw at the tournament. According to PUNCH, the meeting between the players and the NFF officials was held before the start of the tournament in Garuoa. The Eagles are expected to receive the sum of $5000 for a win and $2,500 for a draw following the meeting. “There is an agreement that the players will receive $5000 for a win and half of that for a draw, while they won’t get a dime for losing,” an Eagles official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. The players and officials of the team would be paid...
Rangnick takes decision on Ronaldo replacing Maguire as Man United’s captain
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Rangnick takes decision on Ronaldo replacing Maguire as Man United’s captain

Manchester United boss, Ralf Rangnick, has decided that Harry Maguire will remain as the club’s captain despite calls for Cristiano Ronaldo to take the armband after his rousing comments this week. Ronaldo had called on his Man United teammates to raise their game and secure a top-three finish in an interview with Sky Sports. The Portugal captain also suggested that the club’s younger players are struggling to accept criticism behind the scenes. Ronaldo’s words certainly impressed Man United fans, who now want Rangnick to make him captain on a permanent basis. Speaking on the development ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday evening, Rangnick said at his pre-match press conference as quoted by MEN: “Right now, I don’t see a reason to do that ...
Rangnick is outdated, old school – Man Utd players lament
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Rangnick is outdated, old school – Man Utd players lament

Manchester United players feel interim boss, Ralf Rangnick is “outdated and out of his time”, according to the UK Mirror. It is understood the German is unpopular in the dressing room. A source, who has a close connection to the United dressing room, revealed: “He is so unpopular, we don’t like him.” Rangnick arrived with a reputation as an innovative coach, who helped shape the careers of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. But it has been some years since Rangnick commanded a touchline. From 2012, the German has worked as director of football for both Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig, head of sport and development for Red Bull GmbH and finally manager of sports and development for Lokomotiv Moscow. Rangnick will move into a consultancy role at the end of the season on a t...
Afcon more important to African people than World Cup – Le Roy
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Afcon more important to African people than World Cup – Le Roy

The 73-year-old French tactician feels Afcon is not getting the respect it deserves from Europe Former Togo coach Claude Le Roy has underlined how important the Africa Cup of Nations is to the continent Ahead of the 33rd edition of the tournament in Cameroon, several teams complained of disrupted preparations since many clubs in Europe refused to release players until late on.
Owen reveals what’ll happen if Man United players keep ignoring Ronaldo
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Owen reveals what’ll happen if Man United players keep ignoring Ronaldo

Former Bayern Munich midfielder, Owen Hargreaves has urged Manchester United’s younger players to listen to Cristiano Ronaldo. He said if the players failed to listen to their superstar teammate, the results would get worse and the team would finish outside the top four in the league table. Hargreaves, who played some seasons for Manchester United, wants the players to take ‘ownership’ as he fears the club will miss out on a top-four position. A 1-0 loss to Wolves in their last outing in the Premier League means that the Red Devils are now six points behind fourth-placed West Ham and in seventh position in the league table. Ronaldo told Sky Sports during the week that the players just have to wake up and fight for a better position in the league rather than aim at finishing f...
AFCON Scouting Report: Why Man Utd should be watching Nigeria & Leicester ace Ndidi
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AFCON Scouting Report: Why Man Utd should be watching Nigeria & Leicester ace Ndidi

The latest edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is underway, and some of the world's best players are on show. Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are leading the line for Egypt and Senegal respectively, while Manchester City creator Riyad Mahrez and Paris Saint-Germain wing-back Achraf Hakimi will be hoping to lead Algeria and Morocco to glory.   With the January transfer window also open, the tournament will act as a shop window of sorts for other players. Nigeria and Leicester City ball-winner Wilfred Ndidi will be one of those players. The 25-year-old is considered one of the finest defensive midfielders in the Premier League, and he has recently been linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid. Here we will analyse the player's game and why the transfer rumours mak...
Tennis star, Stefanos Tsitsipas slams Novak Djokovic for ‘making Australian Open players look like fools and playing by his own rules’
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Tennis star, Stefanos Tsitsipas slams Novak Djokovic for ‘making Australian Open players look like fools and playing by his own rules’

Greek Tennis star, Stefanos Tsitsipas has slammed his colleague Novak Djokovic for making Australian Open players 'look like fools' and 'playing by his own rules.' The attack comes after Australia's Immigration Minister is making plans to revoke his visa for a second time and throw him out of the country over his exemption to get vaccinated. On Thursday November 13, Djokovic was paired with compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round in draw, but he could still be deported after admitting incorrect information was included on his paperwork to enter Australia. The 20-time Slam champion, who has not been vaccinated, faces questions now only in Australia but also in Spain and his homeland of Serbia after breaking Covid rules last month. Djokovic has now come under fire from ...
Carabao Cup: I’m not happy – Thomas Tuchel slams Chelsea players after 1-0 win over Tottenham
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Carabao Cup: I’m not happy – Thomas Tuchel slams Chelsea players after 1-0 win over Tottenham

Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he was not happy with his Chelsea team after they defeated Tottenham in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi final on Wednesday. The German stated that the players needed to play ‘much better. Chelsea defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the first leg with Antonio Rudiger’s first-half header deciding the second and enough to book them a spot at Wembley against either Arsenal or Liverpool. Antonio Conte’s side saw two penalties ruled out and a goal disallowed after VAR checks. And Tuchel was far from happy with the performance of his players. The German boss was asked if he was unhappy after the game and he replied, “Yes. It’s about our standards, not about getting results. “We can close spaces much better. We can control the match better. “We...
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 Utd icon, Patrice Evra claims there are at least two gay players at every club after some opened up to him
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Man Utd icon, Patrice Evra claims there are at least two gay players at every club after some opened up to him

Patrice Evra has claimed there are at least two gay players at every team in football after some of them opened up to him during his career. In an interview with French publication Le Parisien, the Manchester United legend made some stunning revelations about some of the views he encountered about homosexuality. 'When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality,' Evra explained. 'Some of my colleagues said "it is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club" and other comments. 'At that time, I said, "shut up". I played with players who were gay. Face to face, they opened up with me because they are afraid to speak otherwise. 'There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world o...
‘I’m not asking for crazy stuff’ – Footballer, Mo Salah says as his negotiation for mammoth £300,000 per week salary with Liverpool continues
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‘I’m not asking for crazy stuff’ – Footballer, Mo Salah says as his negotiation for mammoth £300,000 per week salary with Liverpool continues

Liverpool and Egypt forward, Mohamed Salah says he is not asking for "crazy stuff" in any new contract he signs with the club but wants the deal saying he has made a huge contribution at Anfield. The Egypt international has fewer than 18 months remaining on his current deal and has reiterated his desire to sta . According to Salah who is looking for a weekly salary of more than £300,000 ($408,000), whether he stays or goes remains in the hands of Liverpool. Salah has won the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool and if given the deal it would smash the club's wage structure and would represent a significant policy change by the club. The club's board is reluctant to hand out lucrative contracts to players once they reach 30, and Salah will be 30 in June. Salah, w...
FA Cup: Rangnick reveals only way Man Utd can become top team
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FA Cup: Rangnick reveals only way Man Utd can become top team

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has told his players to step up their work-rate and intensity levels if they want to be a top team. Rangnick, in charge of the Red Devils until the end of the season, has struggled to make an impact since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November. United have won just three of their six matches under the German, losing 1-0 at home to Wolves in the Premier League a week ago. The 63-year-old has now warned his squad they will never be a top team like Manchester City and Liverpool, unless they embrace his methods and are prepared to work hard. “This is the only way we can compete in this league and at that level. “Whenever you watch games, even if it’s not the top teams, they play with intensity, they play with physicality, th...
What Edinson Cavani told me about leaving Manchester United – Rangnick
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What Edinson Cavani told me about leaving Manchester United – Rangnick

Manchester United interim boss, Ralf Rangnick has opened up on his talks with Edinson Cavani concerning the player’s future at Old Trafford. The Uruguayan’s deal runs out at the end of the season and there has been speculation he will leave this month. Barcelona were said to have shown a keen interest in the 34-year-old to use him as a replacement for Sergio Aguero who resigned suddenly over health issues. The striker has, however, only started four games this season but Rangnick admitted he was “desperate” to keep him. “He told me that he will definitely stay,” reveals the interim boss during his press conference on Sunday. He hailed Cavani as “the perfect role model,” saying, “I told him that if it was up to me I would want him to stay and I had a conversation with him. ...
I could have signed elsewhere – Harry Maguire
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I could have signed elsewhere – Harry Maguire

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire says he ‘could have signed elsewhere’, with Ralf Rangnick’s side in crisis. Maguire signed for Manchester United from Leicester City in an £80million deal in 2019, rejecting Manchester City in the process. In less than six months after joining the club, the England international was made club captain but he’s come under severe criticism this term for his performances, which have suffered a dramatic dip. Reports in England suggest there’s deep-rooted divisions in the Red Devils dressing room, with some players, including Maguire himself questioning the influence on Cristiano Ronaldo in the team. Maguire said he could have moved elsewhere instead of joining Red Devils, in comments that are unlikely to go down well with supporters. ‘I c...
AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions
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AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the weekend announced new rules on number of players and substitutions. CAF said teams participating in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, must play their fixtures if they have at least eleven players who have tested negative for COVID-19. It also said that in case there are no goalkeepers available in the squad, an outfield player will be required to play in goal. “A team that does not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2,” CAF’s statement read in part. “In exceptional cases, the organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will take the appropriate decision. “The organisers said teams will be able to make five substitutions per match and an a...
AFCON 2021: I’m not happy with you – Geremi Njitap hits out at Jurgen Klopp over comment
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AFCON 2021: I’m not happy with you – Geremi Njitap hits out at Jurgen Klopp over comment

Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Cameroon midfielder, Geremi Njitap has hit out at Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp over his comment about the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Klopp had in November, while talking about the lack of international breaks for his players from then until March, told the press that there was a ‘little tournament in Africa’ coming up in January. In another press conference, the Liverpool boss said he was quoted out of context, insisting he did not mean it the way it was understood. However, Geremi has refused to forgive the German and has explained just how important AFCON is to him and Africans. “When Jurgen Klopp described the Africa Cup of Nations as a ‘little tournament’ I was far from impressed,’ Geremi wrote for the Daily Mail. “A lot of fans from ...
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen names two players to replace Odion Ighalo in Super Eagles squad
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen names two players to replace Odion Ighalo in Super Eagles squad

Super Eagles interim boss, Austin Eguavoen has named two players to replace Odion Ighalo in the squad for Cameroon 2022. According to the former national team captain, either Hammarby winger, Akinkunmi Amoo or Silas Nwankwo of Nasarawa United would take Ighalo’s place if CAF permits more late changes. As Eguavoen confirmed, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has been trying to convince CAF to let the Super Eagles handlers add one more player to their squad after Ighalo’s Saudi Arabian club side refused to allow him travel for the tournament. CAF rules only allow such late changes on health grounds. Eguaoven told NFF TV on Thursday evening, “Yes. We spoke, we exchanged text messages and from his response he’s doing everything possible to come and I thought of replacing him, I g...
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FIFA 22 best Icons: Legendary players to use in Ultimate Team

Which legendary players provide the best value for money in FUT? Icons are always the most popular players in FIFA Ultimate Team. Their versatility means they can be used in almost every squad, even if they have no real connection to the rest of the team. For example, Brazilian striker Ronaldo will still have excellent chemistry in a Premier League squad despite never playing in England's top flight during his player career.
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. ...
​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move
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​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move

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

Manchester United have been told to sell Cristiano Ronaldo immediately to let the younger players lead the line next season. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa’s former striker, believes that the Portugal legend’s arrival at Old Trafford has done more harm than good to the club’s development. Ronaldo has netted 14 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season but much has been made of his return. Ronaldo has been strongly criticized for his attitude when the goals are not coming his way. Agbonlahor is of the opinion that the system doesn’t work with Ronaldo and Cavani leading the line and believes the likes of Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford would do a better job. “Ronaldo looks like he’s using a yard of pace every time he plays,” he told Footb...
Hakim Ziyech reveals how Chelsea players reacted to Lukaku’s interview
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Hakim Ziyech reveals how Chelsea players reacted to Lukaku’s interview

Hakim Ziyech has revealed how Chelsea players reacted to Romelu Lukaku’s controversial interview with Sky Italia. Ziyech said that Chelsea’s players rallied around the under-fire Belgian striker after he talked himself into trouble. The Belgium international was dropped from Chelsea squad for their crucial Premier League game against Liverpool after giving an interview to Sky Italia, in which he said he was not happy at Stamford Bridge, among other things. The former Inter Milan striker was forgiven after he held talks with the manager and apologized. He was restored to the squad on Wednesday for the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Spurs. Asked about how the players treated Lukaku following the interview, Ziyech told Viasport: “The only thing we can do is suppor...
Redknapp names one Man United star that’ll not make it under Rangnick
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Redknapp names one Man United star that’ll not make it under Rangnick

Former Liverpool midfielder, Jamie Redknapp has said that Manchester United wingers, Jadon Sancho will continue to find life difficult with the new formation under Ralf Rangnick. Rangnick is trying to make United players play a 4-2-2-2 system at least for the next six months he will be in charge at Old Trafford. While their struggle to win matches have been obvious, the team managed to get victories and draws but suffered their first defeat under the German gaffer on Monday when Wolves came to Old Trafford and beat them 1-0. Redknapp thinks that Sancho is most at risk from the formation. The England international was brought in last summer from Borussia Dortmund. The 21-year-old came with huge expectations, but so far, he has failed to live up to them. “The way Rangnick se...
Manchester United players regret appointment of Rangnick, demand new manager
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Manchester United players regret appointment of Rangnick, demand new manager

Manchester United players have admitted that the club should not have appointed Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager. A section of the squad is of the opinion that the club made a huge mistake in not bringing in Tottenham’s boss, Antonio Conte as their new manager. Reports in England said another crisis is brewing in the club’s dressing room under Rangnick. The German is currently facing a divided dressing room at Old Trafford, with his own methods and tactics being questioned. The Sun reports that behind the scenes, the German has developed a reputation for being ‘aloof and overconfident’. The players are regretting the missed opportunity to bring in Conte before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. Rangnick was appointed to take charge at Old Trafford until the end...
Man Utd determined to make midfield signing
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Man Utd determined to make midfield signing

Manchester United are seeking a new midfield addition this month. Sky Sports says United are in the market for a midfielder. Marseille's Boubacar Kamara and Wolves' Ruben Neves are two of a number of players they've been looking at. Kamara is out of contract in the summer and can now sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside France. Newcastle United and Roma are also interested. Neves is under contract at Wolves until 2024. United's priority remains on the summer transfer window but are open to doing business this month if a long-term target becomes available.  
Ray Parlour predicts where Manchester United, Arsenal will finish this season
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Ray Parlour predicts where Manchester United, Arsenal will finish this season

Former Arsenal midfielder, Ray Parlour has predicted the positions Manchester United and the Gunners will finish in the Premier League table this season. Arsenal are currently in the fourth position in the Premier League table, with West Ham United one point behind Mikel Arteta’s side and Tottenham Hotspur a further point behind. Manchester United, meanwhile, are in the seventh position and are four points behind Arsenal. However, Ralf Rangnick’s side have a game in hand following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday night. But Parlour believes Man United will finish in the top four positions, while Arsenal will finish outside the top four. “If he [Rangnick] can get that little bit of a buzz around Manchester United again, they have got better players proba...
Maguire, Cavani, Greenwood angry over Ronaldo, as crisis rocks Man United dressing room
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Maguire, Cavani, Greenwood angry over Ronaldo, as crisis rocks Man United dressing room

Three Manchester United players are not happy with Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the Old Trafford dressing room. Captain Harry Maguire, Edinson Cavani and young Mason Greenwood are no longer comfortable with Ronaldo’s ‘undroppable presence’ and are finding it problematic. Ronaldo’s presence is causing tension with these players concerned over the Portuguese influence over sections of the squad. United manager, Ralf Rangnick is currently facing a mounting crisis at the club with reports in England claiming that the dressing room is now divided with a number of cliques forming among the squad. After their dismal display against Wolves on Monday night, defender, Luke Shaw hinted there were serious problems in the camp. The Daily Express report that Maguire, Cavani and Green...
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...
AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash
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AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash

Head coach of the Egypt national team, Carlos Queiroz has given an insight into how he prepares and selects his squad ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Queiroz has already named a 25-man squad for the tournament in Cameroon. The Pharaohs’ opening match will be against Nigeria on January 10. Queiroz has left out the likes of Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed and Al Ahly’s Mohamed Magdy Afsha. According to KingFut, the Portuguese coach said: “After 40 years of experience in my career, during which I coached many teams, I learned that the team is more important than the players, we bring the best solutions, the best group of players,” Queiroz said in his press conference “My responsibility is to choose the best team, so I have to choose the players to form one player, whi...
Lionel Messi, three other PSG players test positive for COVID-19
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Lionel Messi, three other PSG players test positive for COVID-19

Lionel Messi and three of his Paris Saint-Germain teammates have tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by the Ligue 1 club on Sunday. PSG confirmed the affected players are in isolation and subject to the appropriate health protocols. “The four players that tested positive for COVID-19 are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala.“They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol,” a statement said. PSG also disclosed that Neymar is three weeks away from returning to training following injury. The Ligue 1 leaders play Vannes away from home in the Coupe de France on Monday.
Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision
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Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has said it is “crazy” that this weekend’s match against Mallorca will go ahead, despite a COVID-19 outbreak at the club. The Catalan side has 10 confirmed positive cases among their first-team squad. Also, a further seven players are either suspended, injured or are a doubt for the game at San Moix. However, LaLiga rules stipulate that fixtures must be played if clubs have at least five first-team players fit and available and can name a 13-man squad, with at least one goalkeeper, by drawing on the reserve team. “We will turn to the B team and we will go there to win the game, but we have 17 players missing. “I am worried. It seems crazy to me that [LaLiga] won’t suspend it. It makes no sense to play. We’re at the very limit. Common sens...
Arsenal hero Campbell pleas: Don’t let Saka contract to run down
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Arsenal hero Campbell pleas: Don’t let Saka contract to run down

Arsenal hero Sol Campbell has urged the club not to let Bukayo Saka to run down his contract.   Saka's current deal runs out in 2024, but there's concerns Arsenal will let his deal run down rather than extend it given his current form and influence. “When you get young players who just come out and do really, really well, you've got to protect them, you've got to secure them," the Invincibles legend told talkSPORT. “They're the lifeblood for the fans, for their country, England, and especially Arsenal. “You can't allow top, top players to run their contracts down and move on because you're taking too long. “It's happened before but that was all about big, big money, it took a long time to secure their contracts – why? “When a club takes so long to secure the fut...
Manchester United players aren’t happy – Cristiano Ronaldo
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Manchester United players aren’t happy – Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United ace, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he and other players are not happy with what they are achieving at the club. Ronaldo said this in a series of posts via his Instagram account on New Year’s Eve The Portugal captain also urged Ralf Rangnick’s side to work harder and put Man United where they belong in the New Year. “2021 is coming to an end and it was far from being an easy year, despite my 47 goals scored across all competitions. “My return to Old Trafford will always be one of the most iconic moments in my career. “But I am not happy with what we are achieving at Man United. None of us are happy, I am sure of that. We know that we’ve to work harder, play better and deliver way more than we are delivering right now. “Let’s make this New Year’s Eve a...
Ralf Rangnick names four players who helped Manchester United defeat Burnley
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Ralf Rangnick names four players who helped Manchester United defeat Burnley

Manchester United interim boss, Ralf Rangnick has identified four players for special praise after his side’s Premier League 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night. Man United defeated Burnley at Old Trafford, thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Ben Mee (OG) and Cristiano Ronaldo as Aaron Lennon’s goal was not enough for the visitors. Rangnick was pleased with his side’s performance after the game and picked out Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for praise, insisting that their work rates were amazing. “As expected, it was a very tough physical game against a team who plays very physically,” Rangnick told Amazon Prime. “We also showed the qualities we have in our team. It was important today to raise the energy level. “The whole team’s performance...
Thierry Henry names four best Manchester United players this season
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Thierry Henry names four best Manchester United players this season

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has named four best Manchester United players so far this season. The Frenchman is of the opinion that goalkeeper, David de Gea has been just as important as Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United this season. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table following their 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night. Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net, alongside a Ben Mee own goal to give Ralf Rangnick’s side all three points Henry lauded De Gea, as well as Bruno Fernandes and Fred for their displays at the halfway stage of the campaign. “Still I think, Bruno Fernandes can be in there,” the Arsenal legend told Amazon Prime when asked who has delivered for United this season alongside Ronaldo and De Gea. “Fre...
He’s playing within himself – Thierry Henry slams Man Utd star
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He’s playing within himself – Thierry Henry slams Man Utd star

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has hit out at Jadon Sancho following Manchester United’s Premier League 3-1 victory over Burnley on Thursday night. Henry said Sancho was ‘playing within himself’ during the encounter as the England international forced a Burnley own goal during the tie. The former Barcelona striker criticized Sancho, a £73million, who is yet to really impress at the Red Devils. Man United defeated Burnley at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Ben Mee (OG) and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the studio as an analyst for Amazon Prime, Henry said: “Those are the types of players you want to watch, but he [Sancho] is playing within himself. “When you are in a one-on-one, you should take a player on. But it was Luke Shaw who was forcing him to take on those...
Foden shines as City beat Brentford to go eight points clear
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Foden shines as City beat Brentford to go eight points clear

Phil Foden marked his return to the Manchester City side by scoring the only goal as Pep Guardiola's side opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brentford. Foden hadn't started since Guardiola had warned his players about their off-field behaviour after both he and Jack Grealish were reportedly pictured in a nightclub and then dropped for the clash at Newcastle. But he was vibrant throughout a tight contest at the Brentford Community Stadium, and struck the crucial blow on 16 minutes as he met Kevin De Bruyne's cross to tuck home from close range, and survive a VAR review for offside. Brentford ended 2021 with another dogged performance against the defending Premier League champions, and had chances to break the deadlock ...
Take a look at yourself – Chelsea legend slams Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester
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Take a look at yourself – Chelsea legend slams Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester

Chelsea legend, Jason Cundy told Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp he needs to look at himself too and not put all the blame on his players following their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City. Liverpool displayed what their central defender, Virgil van Dijk described as a strange performance on Tuesday night, with Mohamed Salah missing a spot-kick and heading the rebound to the cross bar. Sadio Mane also wasted a couple of clear chances before substitute Ademola Lookman struck to give the home side a 1-0 win. And Jason Cundy believes Klopp needs to look at himself too, adding that the German got his substitutes wrong. “It’s always difficult when you get a microphone thrust in front of your mouth when you’ve seen City get an extra three points on you and your results are starting to look ...
Klopp Blames his Players as Liverpool open 6-point gap between Man City
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Klopp Blames his Players as Liverpool open 6-point gap between Man City

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has blamed his players for their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday. Liverpool lost 1-0 to Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes on Tuesday, and are now six points behind league leaders, Manchester City. Mohamed Salah’s penalty was saved and his follow-up header hit the crossbar, while Sadio Mane scuffed a one-on-one over the bar at the start of the second half. The Reds were then punished by Ademola Lookman when he burst into the box and fired past Alisson at his near post. Speaking on why his team lost against Leicester, Klopp said, “It was a very strange game. We were just not good enough. We still had enough chances. “What we did with the balls was just not right. We played a really bad game, so it was well deserved [for Leicester]. “Our decision-...
Gary Neville blasts Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Maguire after 1-1 draw with Newcastle
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Gary Neville blasts Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Maguire after 1-1 draw with Newcastle

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville has hit out at three players in the current squad, following a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night. The Red Devils had to fight back to take one point at St James Park, after Alan Saint-Maximin gave the hosts an early lead. Substitute Edinson Cavani prodded in the equalizer in the second half, although United had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank, as his saves prevented Newcastle from winning. Neville, speaking on Sky Sports after the game, singled out Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire for criticism. He said: “It’s annoyed me for about two months. The best players in your team, it’s devastating when they’re showing that look and body language to the younger ones. They have to help them. They have to b...
You Shouldn’t be Playing with Ronaldo, you’re Off Track – Parker slams Rashford
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You Shouldn’t be Playing with Ronaldo, you’re Off Track – Parker slams Rashford

Former Manchester United star, Paul Parker, has hit out at Marcus Rashford, insisting that the England forward is ‘way off track’ at Old Trafford. Parker said more intelligent players like Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood should play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Ralf Rangnick’s squad instead of Rashford. According to him, Rashford should choose if he wants to become a politician or a footballer. Recall that Rashford has been vocal on several issues and challenged the British Government over its handling of child poverty in England. The 24-year-old missed the start of the current Premier League season due to an injury he sustained while playing for England at Euro 2020. Speaking to Bretfred TV, Parker said: “If you have got [Cristiano] Ronaldo at your club, I think you ...
Another Chelsea star to join Giroud, Tomori at AC Milan
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Another Chelsea star to join Giroud, Tomori at AC Milan

Chelsea star, Hakim Ziyech is being linked with a move to AC Milan in January. According to Calciomercato, Chelsea are ready to sanction a loan exit for Ziyech, with Milan emerging as a potential destination for the Morocco international. Ziyech is expected to leave Chelsea on an initial loan deal, with Milan to have an option of buying him permanently. The winger has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter at Chelsea since joining the club from Ajax in the summer of 2020 for a €40 million deal. The 28-year-old has scored only two goals so far this season in 12 appearances across competitions for Chelsea. His struggle for game time under Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is expected to continue despite the club’s injury crisis. Recall that Chelsea have a good ...
He’ll make Arsenal fans happy – Gabriel Magalhaes hails Gunners attacker
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He’ll make Arsenal fans happy – Gabriel Magalhaes hails Gunners attacker

Arsenal centre back, Gabriel Magalhaes has tipped his teammate Gabriel Martinelli to make fans and players of the club happy. Magalhaes praised the 21-year-old praise for his form so far after he struggled to break into the Arsenal starting XI at the start of the season. The Brazil youth international has started Arsenal’s last five Premier League matches, scoring three goals in their last top flight two games against West Ham United and Leeds United. “I am very happy for him. He has many great traits in a player, I’m sure it’s just beginning and he will make many Arsenal fans happy and he will make us happy as well,” he told Arsenal website. Arsenal face bottom table Norwich on Boxing Day as they look to extend their fine run of form.
AFCON equals any European Championship, I’ll never stop African players – Patrick Vieira
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AFCON equals any European Championship, I’ll never stop African players – Patrick Vieira

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has said he will never stop his players from representing their countries in the forthcoming African Cup of Nations. The Frenchman noted that the competition is as important as the European Championship. Some managers of top European clubs with African players have criticised the timing of AFCON and with the fourth wave of COVID-19 creating more fears. Vieira will see three of his Palace top stars, Wilfried Zaha, Cheikhou Kouyate and Jordan Ayew leave for the competition as they join Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana respectively. Despite their plans to go home, the former Arsenal skipper, who is a Senegalese-born, said he will never prevent the players from travelling to Cameroon. “I respect and I understand the passion and importance ...
Mbappe, Haaland want to play for Real Madrid – Ancelotti
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Mbappe, Haaland want to play for Real Madrid – Ancelotti

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has claimed Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland want to sign for the club. Mbappe is out of contract in June 2022, while Haaland’s 66m release clause becomes active in the summer. Both players have been linked with the LaLiga giants. When asked by AS if he believes both Mbappe and Haaland would want to play for Real, Ancelotti declared: “Of course they do, but the future of this team has already been written. “I don’t know what the players will do and hopefully the coach is the same as he is today. “But it is the same because the future of Real Madrid is already written with the current team and with other young people who will arrive. “There is no doubt that Real Madrid will compete at the top for a long time.”
Mount finds a new ‘dream team’ as seriously ill children game against Chelsea hero
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Mount finds a new ‘dream team’ as seriously ill children game against Chelsea hero

  The Chelsea and England midfielder will be competing with children on Christmas Eve for the charity Together for Short Lives   While most Premier League players will be enjoying a quiet Christmas Eve with family, Chelsea star Mason Mount is spending the day locked in competitive action. But the England international is not taking to the field on Friday. Instead, he is swapping his football boots for a controller. Mount is giving four families a Christmas Eve they will never forget by taking them on in some festive gaming fun.
Take a look at yourselves – Guardiola calls on players to go on strike, slams FIFA
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Take a look at yourselves – Guardiola calls on players to go on strike, slams FIFA

Manchester United boss, Pep Guardiola has called on players to embark on strike in order to force football authorities take their welfare more seriously. The Spaniard wants the players to understand that the world football governing body, FIFA, the Premier League management, the TV and other broadcasters only care about the business and not their welfare. Guardiola revealed he would not attend the managers’ meeting because the only way to protect players was to strike, but swiftly added that the strike would not happen because clubs want to keep playing. “I don’t think (a strike will happen) because we want to play. But when people say more competitions, more games and more games and less holidays… we played the first two or three games without players this season,” the Spaniard...
I Will Pack my Bags and go – Arteta threatens Arsenal over Aubameyang
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I Will Pack my Bags and go – Arteta threatens Arsenal over Aubameyang

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said he will pack his bags and leave the club if he cannot demand respect and commitment from his players. The Spaniard also insisted he is not being “dictatorial” in how he’s handling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s saga. Aubameyang was removed as captain of the Gunners earlier this month after his latest disciplinary breach. Since then, the Gabon striker has sat out the last four fixtures against Southampton, West Ham United, Leeds United and Sunderland. The 32-year-old will also continue to train apart from the first team before leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations next month. Arteta has now defended his handling of the situation. “I don’t establish my authority by being dictatorial or trying to be ruthless. “I just ask for one thing...
Manchester Utd gives condition to sell Pogba
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Manchester Utd gives condition to sell Pogba

Manchester United has given a condition to sell midfielder, Paul Pogba, in the upcoming January transfer window. The Red Devils will only sell Pogba if he confirms he wants to leave the club in January, ESPN reports. The report added that Man United expects Pogba to remain with the club beyond January and will not consider any offers to sign the former Juventus star in the summer unless the player himself states an intention to leave at the end of his contract. Pogba’s current contract at Manchester United will expire at the end of the season. The Frenchman is free to discuss terms with clubs outside the Premier League in January. Pogba is believed to be still deciding his future at Old Trafford and has not ruled out signing a new deal at Man United. The 28-year-old is ...
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.  

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