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Ozil unhappy with Fenerbahce bench duty as ex-Arsenal star tosses bib in front of coach
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Ozil unhappy with Fenerbahce bench duty as ex-Arsenal star tosses bib in front of coach

The World Cup winner was an unused substitute when Fener took in their latest outing, with Vitor Pereira opting not to introduce the German playmaker Mesut Ozil continues to generate headlines in Turkey, with the former Arsenal man sparking a bib-throwing debate on the back of Fenerbahce’s latest Super Lig outing. The World Cup-winning playmaker saw no game time in that contest, with Vitor Pereira opting against introducing the ex-Germany international as a substitute. Bench duty did not go down well with Ozil, despite the 32-year-old easing his way back from illness, and he appeared to vent that frustration in the direction of his manager at the full-time whistle.
Ex-Man City, Arsenal midfielder Nasir retires at 34
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Ex-Man City, Arsenal midfielder Nasir retires at 34

Ex-Man City, Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 34. The former France international announced his decision on Sunday on Canal+, a media outlet where he is now a pundit. Nasri came through at Marseille and transferred to Arsenal in 2008, spending three years at Emirates Stadium before he joined Manchester City. At Manchester City, Nasri won two English Premier League (EPL) titles, a League Cup and a Community Shield. He joined Sevilla on loan in 2016/2017 and seemed to have revitalised his career in La Liga, though the move was not made permanent. A short spell in Turkey with Antalyaspor followed, but Nasri mutually terminated his contract in January 2018, before he received a six-month ban from football by UEFA. This ...
Iwobi reveals his best position for Everton, Super Eagles
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Iwobi reveals his best position for Everton, Super Eagles

Alex Iwobi has said his best position at Everton is as a winger while he prefers to be either a number 10 or number 8 for Nigeria. The 25-year-old has been deployed into different positions since he left Arsenal in 2019 for Goodison Park. During his early days, Iwobi was compared with his legendary uncle, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, who was a playmaker in his active days. But Iwobi has told Everton’s official website: “I think playing different roles has helped me to understand the game a bit more, especially those defensive roles. I’m not going to complain – playing right wing-back, right midfield, left midfield, I’ll play anywhere and I’ll always give my best. “My aim is to get more goals and assists but if I’m asked to do it at right wing-back, then I’ll do it and try my best! ...
Europa League: Ex-Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil reacts after scoring first goal in three years
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Europa League: Ex-Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil reacts after scoring first goal in three years

Former Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil, has reacted after scoring his first European goal in three years after leaving the Gunners to join Fenerbahce. Ozil scored the only goal in Fenerbahce’s Europa League 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. The playmaker tapped in from close range with his weaker right foot after just 10 minutes at the Deutsche Bank Park, but Fenerbahce were unable to hold onto their lead, with Sam Lammers equalising for their German club shortly before half-time of the encounter. The 32-year-old’s early goal marked the first time he has scored in European club competition since September 2018, when he netted in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League group stages at Emirates Stadium. Reacting to the result after the game, Ozil in...
Messi backed to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’ as Riquelme makes bold prediction
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Messi backed to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’ as Riquelme makes bold prediction

Another iconic Argentine playmaker believes an illustrious fellow countryman could retrace steps to Camp Nou before hanging up his boots Lionel Messi is being backed to "win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona", with Juan Roman Riquelme suggesting that a fellow Argentine may not have ended his love affair with La Liga giants. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner severed career-long ties with Barca this summer after seeing financial difficulties at Camp Nou make it impossible for him to be tied to a new contract. An all-time great is now making a fresh start in France, as part of another star-studded squad, and Riquelme can see an illustrious countryman claiming more silverware at Parc des Princes before retracing his steps to Catalunya.       &n...
Grealish will never be England’s Zidane says Waddle as he warns of Le Tissier trap
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Grealish will never be England’s Zidane says Waddle as he warns of Le Tissier trap

The former winger says the Manchester City star is another playmaker who does not fit the Three Lions mould Jack Grealish will struggle to become England's version of Zinedine Zidane or Gheorghe Hagi says Chris Waddle, because the Manchester City star falls into the same trap that has swallowed up playmakers before him. Calls for a man who is now the most expensive player in British transfer history became the subject of public interest during Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate oversaw a run to the final, but Grealish was largely restricted to a bit-part role off the bench and Waddle fears a £100 million ($138m) talent could go the same way as Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier before him
Odegaard returns to Arsenal in £30m transfer as permanent deal is done with Real Madrid
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Odegaard returns to Arsenal in £30m transfer as permanent deal is done with Real Madrid

The Norwegian playmaker, who enjoyed a successful loan spell in north London last season, is back in familiar surroundings Arsenal have completed the £30 million ($41m) signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, with the former loan star brought back to Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis. The Gunners took the talented Norway international on a short-term deal during the winter transfer window of 2021 as they sought to bring added creativity into their ranks. Odegaard caught the eye during his short time in England and, having been unable to force his way into Carlo Ancelotti's plans at Santiago Bernabeu, is now ready to commit to the Premier League heavyweights.
Arsenal-linked Maddison ‘the same’ as £100m Grealish
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Arsenal-linked Maddison ‘the same’ as £100m Grealish

The Gunners remain in the market for another creative playmaker, but luring an England international away from the Foxes could be costly Arsenal continue to be linked with Leicester midfielder James Maddison, but any deal there will not come cheap as Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers considers a star turn in his squad to be "the same" as Jack Grealish - who has just joined Manchester City for £100 million ($139m). Some big numbers have already been discussed when it comes to Maddison's future, with there plenty of speculation to be found regarding an imminent move away from the East Midlands for a highly-rated 24-year-old. Leicester, though, are reluctant sellers and have suggested that they would demand a figure close to the British record free that took Grealish from Aston Villa to the E...
Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash
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Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash

The 2021/2022 Premier League season will be heralded by Saturday’s Community Shield game between Leicester City and Manchester City. The Foxes defeated Chelsea to win the FA Cup, while Pep Guardiola’s men stormed to the league title. Today’s fixture will mark the return of capacity crowds at Wembley, as the UK returns to some normality post-pandemic. With six substitutes permitted, there will almost certainly be a stop-start feel to the second-half as both managers try to build match fitness. City have been boosted this week by the arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in a British record transfer. But the playmaker is likely to start from the bench. The game kicks off 5.15pm WAT and will be beamed live on ITV and ITV Hub. Guardiola will be trying to c...
Ngcobo must be released – Nengomasha urges Kaizer Chiefs to sell starlet amid Al Ahly links
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Ngcobo must be released – Nengomasha urges Kaizer Chiefs to sell starlet amid Al Ahly links

The former Amakhosi vice-captain believes Mosimane would groom the left-footed playmaker into a top player Kaizer Chiefs legend Tinashe Nengomasha has urged the club not to block Nkosingiphile Ngcobo from joining his reported admirers, Al Ahly. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with the Egyptian football powerhouse after he helped Amakhosi reach the Caf Champions League final where they lost to Al Ahly. His exploits are believed to have caught the attention of Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane, who was in charge of Mamelodi Sundowns between 2012-2020.
Allegri backs Premier League-linked Ramsey to be a ‘really important player’ for Juventus
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Allegri backs Premier League-linked Ramsey to be a ‘really important player’ for Juventus

The Bianconeri boss talked up the talents of the Welsh playmaker after seeing him star in a friendly victory over Monza Massimiliano Allegri has backed Premier League-linked midfielder Aaron Ramsey to become a "really important player" for Juventus, while playing down talk of a potential return to Turin for Miralem Pjanic. Much was expected of Ramsey when he joined Juve on a free transfer following his departure from Arsenal in the summer of 2019, but he has since struggled to prove his worth amid persistent fitness issues. The 30-year-old only played 22 Serie A games for the Bianconeri in 2020-21 and is now being tipped to head back to England, with Tottenham and Wolves reportedly interested in his services.
Solskjaer: Fernandes is ‘catalyst’ for ‘next step’ in Manchester United trophy bid
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Solskjaer: Fernandes is ‘catalyst’ for ‘next step’ in Manchester United trophy bid

The Red Devils boss says the Portuguese playmaker has helped to nudge his side closer to long-awaited major silverware Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes has been the "catalyst" for Manchester United as they look to take the "next step" and bring a long wait for major silverware to a close. The Red Devils were treading water when the Portuguese playmaker was snapped up from Sporting CP during the winter transfer window of 2020. He has quickly become a talisman at Old Trafford with 40 goals in 80 appearances, and the 26-year-old has made no secret that he wants to bring a five-year trophy drought for Solskjaer's side to an end as quickly as possible
‘Not many players would dare to do that’ – Arsenal star Saka has Ozil’s ‘respect’ after Euro 2020 penalty
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‘Not many players would dare to do that’ – Arsenal star Saka has Ozil’s ‘respect’ after Euro 2020 penalty

The Gunners teenager missed from the spot in a final shootout with Italy, but a former team-mate is tipping a "great talent" for the top Mesut Ozil has aired his "respect" for former Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka, with the former Gunners playmaker saying "not many players would dare" to take a penalty in a major international final. A highly-rated 19-year-old did just that at Euro 2020, but saw his spot-kick saved as England suffered shootout heartache against Italy at Wembley Stadium. Inevitable criticism has come Saka's way on the back of said outing, despite all that he achieved in the tournament prior to that, but he continues to be backed by current and ex-colleagues to reach the very top of the game.
Arsenal set to sign five new players after Tavares, Ben White
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Arsenal set to sign five new players after Tavares, Ben White

  Arsenal is ready to splash cash this summer and could bring in five more players, according to The Athletic. Nuno Tavares is the only confirmed arrival for the Gunners so far after they agreed to a £6.8 million deal with Benfica. Reports claim they have also agreed to a £50 million fee with Brighton for Ben White. Mikel Arteta is now said to be looking to add Sheffield United’s goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale and Norwich City’s defender, Max Aarons, to his squad. Having conceded 39 goals in 38 games in the last campaign, Arteta believes Ramsdale’s shot-stopping qualities could benefit Arsenal next term. Arteta is also said to be in the market for a new right-back to replace Hector Bellerin, who could leave the club this summer. The Spaniard is likely to leave after ...
Man Utd don’t worry, he will arrive even better’ – Bruno Fernandes trains with ‘first love’ Boavista
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Man Utd don’t worry, he will arrive even better’ – Bruno Fernandes trains with ‘first love’ Boavista

The Portuguese playmaker is back in his homeland after competing in Euro 2020 and is looking to keep himself sharp in pre-season Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes is stepping up his pre-season training at "first love" Boavista, with the Portuguese side vowing to return the classy playmaker to Old Trafford "even better" than he was before. The 26-year-old midfielder is supposed to be taking in a summer break on the back of his efforts with Portugal at Euro 2020, but he is already itching to resume competitive action. Fernandes is working with a side he spent eight years with as a youngster and is being tipped to head back to England in peak condition for 2021-22.
Southgate explains subbing Grealish on and off in England Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark
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Southgate explains subbing Grealish on and off in England Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark

Aston Villa playmaker has become a fan favourite, but his manager hauled him off when defending their narrow lead at Wembley on Wednesday night Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to sub Jack Grealish on and off in England's Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark. The Aston Villa playmaker has become a fan favourite, with calls for him to be handed a more prominent role in the Three Lions' plans intensifying with each passing game. He has, however, started just one fixture at this summer's European Championship and was denied the chance to see out the 2-1 victory over the Danes on Wednesday as, having been introduced in the 69th minute, he was hauled off shortly after Harry Kane slotted home the rebound to his missed penalty in extra-time
Eriksen and medical staff who saved him invited to Euro 2020 final
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Eriksen and medical staff who saved him invited to Euro 2020 final

It is unknown if the Inter playmaker, who collapsed during his country's opening game of the tournament, will attend the festivities this weekend Christian Eriksen, his wife and the half-dozen medical staff who attended to him following his cardiac arrest have been invited to the Euro 2020 final by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. The Denmark playmaker collapsed during the first half of the Group B opener against Finland and was rushed to hospital after resuscitated on the field at Parken Stadium. It is currently unknown whether Eriksen will make the trip to Wembley Stadium from his home country, where he continues to recover, though the six medics are expected to attend as guests on Sunday. Editors' Picks
Christian Eriksen spotted in public for first time since cardiac arrest
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Christian Eriksen spotted in public for first time since cardiac arrest

The Inter man has kept a low profile since he left hospital on June 18 but has now been seen out and about after he was photographed with a fan Christian Eriksen has been pictured in public for the first time since he was discharged from hospital following his cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 clash with Finland. The Inter playmaker was rushed to Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen after he collapsed during the Group B clash at Parken Stadium, where he was fitted with a cardioverter defibrillator. Having been discharged on June 18, Eriksen has kept a low profile since returning home to continue his recuperation with his family, but has now been spotted out and about for the first time since the incident after he was photographed with a fan.
I’ll have to Wait Another Year to take Mata’s shirt number – Bruno Fernandes Laments
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I’ll have to Wait Another Year to take Mata’s shirt number – Bruno Fernandes Laments

Manchester United playmaker, Bruno Fernandes, has said he will have to wait one more year before he gets the no 8 shirt from Juan Mata. Mata has agreed a contract extension with the club. The Red Devils confirmed on Friday that the 33-year-old had agreed to stay at Old Trafford until June 2022. Fernandes previously wore the No 8 shirt at Sporting Lisbon and has worn the No 18 since arriving in Manchester. “I guess I’ll have to wait for the number 8 another year. “Congrats brother!! Well deserved! An example and an inspiration on and off the pitch,” Fernandes tweeted. Mata has made 273 appearances for United, scoring 51 goals in all competitions. However, in recent seasons he has become more of a peripheral figure; featuring in just 18 games last season.
Arsenal warned Smith Rowe sale would be ‘complete disaster’ as Winterburn reacts to Aston Villa bids
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Arsenal warned Smith Rowe sale would be ‘complete disaster’ as Winterburn reacts to Aston Villa bids

The former Gunners full-back is hoping to see the promising playmaker stay put, and doubts Ruben Neves will be signed from Wolves Arsenal allowing Emile Smith Rowe to leave would be a "complete disaster" says Nigel Winterburn, with Aston Villa having two bids knocked back for the 20-year-old. The Gunners have a prized academy graduate tied to a contract through to 2023 and are hoping to put fresh terms in place this summer. Those plans are being disrupted by unwelcome attention, with Premier League rivals Villa pushing hard to get another creative influence onto their books.
Jorginho responds to talk of Ballon d’Or bid as Insigne puts Chelsea & Italy star in contention
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Jorginho responds to talk of Ballon d’Or bid as Insigne puts Chelsea & Italy star in contention

The classy playmaker has continued to catch the eye at Euro 2020, but he says collective success means more to him than individual recognition Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has played down talk of him coming into Ballon d'Or contention, with the Italy international prioritising collective success over individual honours. The classy playmaker is currently chasing down Euro 2020 glory with his country and has helped the Azzurri to book a quarter-final showdown with Belgium in that competition. If Roberto Mancini's side were to claim a presitigous continental prize, with Jorginho figuring prominently in that triumph, then a 29-year-old star from Stamford Bridge could force his way into the picture for a Golden Ball.
Xavi Simons: Will the PSG wonderkid be able to live up to the hype?
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Xavi Simons: Will the PSG wonderkid be able to live up to the hype?

The 18-year-old has a huge following on social media thanks to his time at Barcelona, and made his first steps into first-team football last season In the aftermath of Paris Saint-Germain's narrow 1-0 win over Caen in the Coupe de France back in February, most of the talk surrounded one major issue. Despite the game coming just a week before PSG's meeting with Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino had opted to start Neymar against lower-league opposition, only to see the world's most expensive player pick up an injury that would rule him out of facing his former club. That the majority of the attention fell on one ex-Barcelona playmaker meant that a momentous day for another former Blaugrana attacker could have been overlooked.
Arsenal reject £30m Aston Villa bid for Smith Rowe as Premier League rivals make second attempt to sign winger
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Arsenal reject £30m Aston Villa bid for Smith Rowe as Premier League rivals make second attempt to sign winger

The Gunners have reiterated that the 20-year-old playmaker is not for sale after the midlands club raised their initial offer by £5m Arsenal have rejected a second offer from Aston Villa for Emile Smith Rowe. The Gunners knocked back an initial bid of £25 million ($35m) from Villa for their young playmaker two weeks ago and made it clear that he was not for sale. Tthat stance has not put off the midlands outfit, who have now returned with an improved offer for the 20-year-old.
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Chelsea centurion Mount baffled by his own progress after becoming England star & Champions League winner

The talented playmaker admits success has been a bit of a blur after bursting onto a senior stage at Stamford Bridge Mason Mount admits to being left baffled by his meteoric rise to prominence at Chelsea, with the England international now a Blues centurion and Champions League winner. Scaling such heights appeared a long way off when the 22-year-old spent time on loan at Vitesse and Derby between 2017 and 2019. He was, however, to be handed a big break by Frank Lampard - who worked with him at Pride Park - and has not looked back while racing to the very top of domestic and continental games.
Odegaard confirms Real Madrid return to end Arsenal hopes for permanent transfer
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Odegaard confirms Real Madrid return to end Arsenal hopes for permanent transfer

The Norwegian playmaker spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan with the Gunners, but he is heading back to Spain Martin Odegaard has confirmed that his immediate future lies with Real Madrid, with Arsenal seeing any hope of a permanent deal brought to a close. The Norway international midfielder spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Emirates Stadium after finding regular game time hard to come by with his parent club. There has, however, been a managerial change at Santiago Bernabeu, as Carlo Ancelotti replaces Zinedine Zidane, and the 22-year-old playmaker is ready to wipe the slate clean in Spain
Rio Ferdinand Advises Christian Eriksen not to Play again after Collapse
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Rio Ferdinand Advises Christian Eriksen not to Play again after Collapse

Former England defender, Rio Ferdinand has advised Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen not to think about playing football again after he suffered a cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro 2020 1-0 defeat against Finland last weekend. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch before the end of the first half of Denmark’s clash against Finland on Saturday. The Inter Milan playmaker was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distress before he was taken to the hospital for a further check-up. The Danish Football Federation said that Eriksen is “stable” and he remains in hospital. But Ferdinand feels Eriksen should now only focus on his family and getting healthy, not his football career. Asked if he thinks Eriksen will play again, Ferdinand said on his Vib...
Mourinho reveals what he did when Christian Eriksen collapsed
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Mourinho reveals what he did when Christian Eriksen collapsed

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed he ‘prayed and cried’ after seeing Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen, collapse during Denmark’s Euro 2020 1-0 defeat against Finland at the weekend. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch before the closing stages of the first half of Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday. The 28-year-old playmaker was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distress before he was taken to hospital. The Danish Football Federation had said on Sunday morning that Eriksen is “stable” and he remains in hospital. Speaking on the development, Mourinho, who was Eriksen’s manager at Tottenham Hotspur for two months, said it is a day to celebrate after the positive news about the player’s condition. “Today ...
Christian Eriksen Breaks Silence after Cardiac Arrest at Euro 2021
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Christian Eriksen Breaks Silence after Cardiac Arrest at Euro 2021

Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen, has broken silence following his cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro 2021 opener against Finland on Saturday. The 29-year-old collapsed on the pitch shortly before halftime in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat to Finland. The Inter Milan playmaker was given Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR, before being taken to hospital. However, In a statement via his manager to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Eriksen said: “Thank you, I won’t give up. “I feel better now – but I want to understand what has happened. “I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.” Meanwhile, Sanjay Sharma, a professor of sports cardiology at London’s St George’s University who worked with Eriksen during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, said footbal...
Euro 2020: Denmark Doctor Reveals Christian Eriksen was gone after Suffering Cardiac arrest
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Euro 2020: Denmark Doctor Reveals Christian Eriksen was gone after Suffering Cardiac arrest

  Denmark team doctor, Morten Boesen, has revealed that midfielder, Christian Eriksen, suffered a cardiac arrest and ‘was gone’ before he was resuscitated on the pitch. Eriksen had collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. The Inter Milan playmaker was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distress. The former Tottenham Hotspur star was conscious when he was stretchered off before they resumed their match, but Denmark eventually lost 1-0 to Finland. Meanwhile, Danish FA on Sunday morning provided the latest update on Eriksen. Speaking on the development, Boesen said at a press conference on Sunday, “We don’t have an explanation for what happened. “I didn’t see it live, I saw it on the screen...
Real Madrid set €30m asking price for Brahim Diaz as Milan hold talks over permanent deal
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Real Madrid set €30m asking price for Brahim Diaz as Milan hold talks over permanent deal

The Spanish playmaker impressed on loan at San Siro last season and the Rossoneri are now aiming to sign him outright Goal can confirm that AC Milan are in talks to sign Brahim Diaz on a permanent deal, with Real Madrid setting a €30 million (£26m/$37m) asking price for the midfielder. It appears unlikely that Milan will be able to secure the 21-year-old on a deal that would cut all ties with Madrid. It's more likely that Diaz would join Milan on another loan, or Madrid would sell the Spaniard to Milan but include a buy-back clause.
‘Cristiano has had bad games’ – Man Utd star Fernandes reveals how Ronaldo inspired him
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‘Cristiano has had bad games’ – Man Utd star Fernandes reveals how Ronaldo inspired him

The Portuguese playmaker has become a talismanic presence at Old Trafford, as he follows in the footsteps of an iconic countryman Bruno Fernandes admits to taking inspiration from all areas of Cristiano Ronaldo's game, with the Manchester United midfielder following in illustrious footsteps at Old Trafford. A fellow countryman started out on his path to superstardom with Premier League heavyweights, with the first of five Ballons d'Or and as many Champions League crowns secured while in England. Ronaldo has gone on to cement a standing as an all-time great, with Fernandes taking important lessons from the 36-year-old when it comes to seeking continuous improvement and shrugging off any setbacks.
Aston Villa leading Arsenal in race for £40m Buendia after tabling ‘very good’ offer
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Aston Villa leading Arsenal in race for £40m Buendia after tabling ‘very good’ offer

The Norwich playmaker continues to attract plenty of interest, with the battle to secure his signature starting to hot up Aston Villa are leading Arsenal in the hunt for Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia, Goal can confirm, with Dean Smith's side putting a "very good" offer on the table. The 24-year-old, who has made Argentina's senior squad for the first time during the latest round of international fixtures, has seen his stock rise since arriving in England back in 2018. It is not known if the Gunners have tabled an offer for Buendia, with Villa now seen as the front runners to sign him having made their move.
De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Salah and Kane make the PFA Team of the Year (See full list)
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De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Salah and Kane make the PFA Team of the Year (See full list)

Premier league Golden boot winner, Harry Kane, Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes and Liverpool’s Mo Salah  have made the Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) Team of the year. Premier League champions Manchester City have dominated the 2020-21 PFA Team of the Year with six members of Pep Guardiola’s squad voted into the side by their fellow professionals. Goalkeeper Ederson, defenders Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and John Stones and midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan were the players included after City finished 12 points clear at the top of the table. Ederson won the Premier League’s Golden Glove award for the second consecutive campaign after keeping the most clean sheets (19) and the Brazilian was assisted by his defenders, including Dias who was na...
Champions League final: Rio Ferdinand, Fabregas hail Mount
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Champions League final: Rio Ferdinand, Fabregas hail Mount

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand and ex-Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, were full of praise for Chelsea’s Mason Mount, after his assist set up Kai Havertz to score the winner in the Champions League final. Havertz rounded Ederson to score in the 42nd minute against Manchester City in Porto on Saturday. Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “The way that Mason Mount turns on this ball, faces the game and just sees it. “It’s a good run from Havertz, the ball from Mason Mount is absolutely on the money, but it’s lazy defending from Zinchenko.” Former Blues playmaker Fabregas tweeted: “What a ball!! Mason Mount that’s what I’m talking about!” This is the second time Chelsea are winning Europe’s biggest prize, after they lifted it in 2012....
Bruno Fernandes to ouble his wages with new deal
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Bruno Fernandes to ouble his wages with new deal

Manchester United playmaker, Bruno Fernandes, is close to signing a new contract with the club, the UK Mirror report. It will see the Portugal international double his current wages, after he agreed a deal worth £200,000-per-week. Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford in January 2020 and has become one of the club’s most important players. This season, the midfielder leads United’s goal scoring charts with 28 goals and has also provided 18 assists. His current deal still has four years left to run, but United are eager to reward Fernandes after an excellent season where he played a pivotal role in sealing second place in the Premier League. The club is confident of wrapping up Fernandes’ new deal before the Euros start with the midfielder’s agent Miguel Pinto flying into Man...
Tottenham striker Kane drops Man City hint while ruling one out transfer option
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Tottenham striker Kane drops Man City hint while ruling one out transfer option

The England captain admits that he would love to play with a Belgian playmaker, but has no desire to make a move abroad Harry Kane has hinted that a move to Manchester City would appeal to him, as he is eager to play alongside Kevin De Bruyne, but has ruled out taking on a new challenge outside of England if he is to leave Tottenham. The 27-year-old frontman is expected to push for a transfer away from north London this summer , with one of the most prolific strikers in world football eager to start chasing down the medals that his undoubted ability deserves. Various landing spots have been mooted, but Premier League rivals appear the most likely to launch a raid on Spurs as City, Manchester United and Chelsea lead the chase for a sought-after signature.
Toni Kroos to miss Real Madrid’s must-win season finale against Villarreal after testing positive for Covid 
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Toni Kroos to miss Real Madrid’s must-win season finale against Villarreal after testing positive for Covid 

Real Madrid playmaker, Toni Kroos will miss will his club's final game of the season after testing positive for Coronavirus. Real will face Villarreal on Saturday to close out the campaign and must win, hoping Atletico Madrid loses away at Valladolid for them to be crowned champions of La Liga. Kroos, who has been one of Zinedine Zidane's most important players this season, got infected with the virus after coming into direct contact with someone who had coronavirus. "Real Madrid announce that our player, Toni Kroos, tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent today,' a club statement said '"Kroos has been in isolation since Friday, May 14, after having come into direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19." "There is no suggestion that he is suffe...
Man Utd & Chelsea-linked Calhanoglu offers future update as AC Milan contract runs down
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Man Utd & Chelsea-linked Calhanoglu offers future update as AC Milan contract runs down

The Turkish playmaker is due to become a free agent in the summer, but he is not ruling out a new deal with Serie A heavyweights Hakan Calhanoglu is heading towards free agency, with Manchester United and Chelsea said to be among his many suitors, but the AC Milan playmaker is not ruling out fresh terms at San Siro. The Rossoneri remain in the hunt for Champions League qualification, which could go a long way towards determining whether key men agree to stay put - with Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma another of those yet to commit to an extension. Calhanoglu insists European competition will have no impact on his decision, with a door being left open to Premier League admirers, but says no definitive call on his next move will be made until the 2020-21 campai...
EPL: Bruno Fernandes Opens Up on his Biggest Man Utd Regret
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EPL: Bruno Fernandes Opens Up on his Biggest Man Utd Regret

  Manchester United playmaker, Bruno Fernandes, has admitted his biggest regret at the club, is not being able to have a conversation with legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Fernandes has become a key player for the Red Devils since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. But he has said he would like to sit down with Ferguson to discuss how he can reach an even higher level. When asked if he has had the opportunity to chat with Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during his 26-year reign at Old Trafford, Fernandes told Inside United: “So, that is one of my biggest regrets in the club until now. “I met him already but never had the chance to speak with him like I would like to do. ”I think everyone who watched Manchester United in the past remembers Sir Ale...
Ziyech: Chelsea like to play against strong teams after confidence-boosting win over Man City
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Ziyech: Chelsea like to play against strong teams after confidence-boosting win over Man City

  The Blues put in a brave performance on Saturday as they fought back from a goal deficit to claim maximum points against Pep Guardiola's men Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech claims they like facing ‘strong teams’ after their 2-1 comeback victory against Manchester City in Saturday’s Premier League outing. Following Raheem Sterling’s first-half opener for the visitors at Stamford Bridge, Ziyech inspired the Blues’ fightback with his equaliser in the 63rd minute and Marcos Alonso scored the stoppage-time winning goal. Saturday’s leveler was Ziyech’s second goal against City having scored the match-winning goal that knocked them out of the FA Cup on April 17.
Lingard told he can become a ‘God’ like Di Canio at West Ham as Noble airs transfer hope
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Lingard told he can become a ‘God’ like Di Canio at West Ham as Noble airs transfer hope

The England international has been enjoying a productive loan spell in the East End from West Ham, with a permanent deal being mooted Mark Noble is hoping to see Jesse Lingard remain at West Ham beyond the end of his loan spell from Manchester United, with the England international told he can join Paolo Di Canio in securing "God" status with the Hammers. The 28-year-old playmaker has been endearing himself to the East End natives with his efforts since arriving in London, with nine goals and three assists recorded across 12 appearances. There is no purchase option in his current deal, but Noble is eager to see David Moyes explore the option of keeping a rejuvenated performer in his current surroundings.
Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker
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Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker

  The former Tottenham star has faced plenty of challenges in Italy, but he is now thriving under Antonio Conte and is a Serie A title winner Christian Eriksen claims to be feeling "really happy" after coming through a testing start to his spell at Inter to now be a Serie A title winner under Antonio Conte. The Danish playmaker headed for the exits at Tottenham in January 2020 as a new challenge was sought after almost seven years in England. Adapting to new surroundings proved problematic, as the 29-year-old saw another move mooted, but Eriksen has played his way back into form and is now a champion in Italy after embracing the methods of a demanding coach.
Arteta ready to discuss Smith Rowe deal at Arsenal and is braced for ‘crucial’ summer window
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Arteta ready to discuss Smith Rowe deal at Arsenal and is braced for ‘crucial’ summer window

The Gunners boss admits one home-grown star has earned the right to talk terms, with plans being drawn up for further additions Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal are ready to enter into contract talks with Emile Smith Rowe, while a "crucial" transfer window is fast approaching for the Gunners boss. Home-grown talent has been tied down on a regular basis at Emirates Stadium this season, with Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun among those to have committed to the club. Smith Rowe may be next, with the 20-year-old playmaker - who is currently working on a deal through to 2023 - about to be presented with an improved offer.
Lionel Messi Reportedly Buys £5m luxury Miami apartment with 1,000-bottle Wine Cellar
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Lionel Messi Reportedly Buys £5m luxury Miami apartment with 1,000-bottle Wine Cellar

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has reportedly splashed out £5million on his second apartment in Miami, fuelling speculation he might head to MLS this summer. The Argentine playmaker previously said he would like to play in the United States one day and his contract at Barcelona expires this summer. It’s believed the 33-year-old already has a £7.25m apartment in Miami’s Porsche Design Tower but has purchased the entire ninth floor of another luxury apartment in Florida that boasts all the facilities for £5m. According to The Real Deal, the remarkable property sits on Sunny Isles Beach with beautiful views of the ocean. It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 360-degree views, and even a 1,000-bottle wine cellar in 511 square metres of indoor space. As well as hi...
Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard ‘Too Expensive For Arsenal To Sign Permanently’
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Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard ‘Too Expensive For Arsenal To Sign Permanently’

Arsenal will not be able to afford to sign Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis, according to journalist Christian Falk. The Norway captain has been nursing an ankle problem in recent weeks, but he has made a positive impression in North London since arriving on loan in January. The Gunners have understandably been linked with a permanent move for Odegaard as they look to bolster their creative options, but Falk does not expect the 22-year-old to don the red and white jersey next season. Speaking to BILD, Falk explained that Arsenal would "probably like to keep" Odegaard at the club beyond the end of the current season, the playmaker would prove "too expensive" for the Gunners to keep. As a result, Falk adds that Arsenal could instead turn their attentio...
De Bruyne Takes Swipe at Leicester after Manchester City’s 2-0 Victory at King Power
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De Bruyne Takes Swipe at Leicester after Manchester City’s 2-0 Victory at King Power

  Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has taken a veiled swipe at Leicester City following his side’s Premier League 2-0 victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. De Bruyne said Man City’s match against Brendan Rodgers’ really defensive Leicester side was basically a “one team playing” game. According to the Belgium international, Leicester only had one chance that was offside during the encounter. Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Leicester, thanks to goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus in the second half of the encounter. “I thought it was really good today, especially the first half, which we totally dominated,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “They had the one chance that was offside with [Jamie] Vardy but basically, it was ...
‘Someone else needs to win it sometime’ – Fernandes trolls Shaw over Man Utd Player of the Month prize
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‘Someone else needs to win it sometime’ – Fernandes trolls Shaw over Man Utd Player of the Month prize

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

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named playmaker Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Dan James and Edinson Cavani, as the biggest threats in Manchester United’s team, ahead of Sunday’s Derby. Guardiola feels United are “so strong in all departments”, but named Fernandes and Cavani as players to watch out for. Both Manchester clubs face each other with City looking to maintain their 28-match unbeaten run. United, however, are on a 21-match unbeaten streak in away Premier League matches. “They are so strong in all departments. “Defensively. Bruno Fernandes, the speed upfront with [Dan] James, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial. “The experience of Cavani, a player I admire the most for what he’s done with his career. It’s Manchester ...
Football Star, Ronaldinho’s Mother Dies Aged 71 After Contracting Covid-19
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Football Star, Ronaldinho’s Mother Dies Aged 71 After Contracting Covid-19

Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho reportedly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19. Dona Miguelina, aged 71, was hospitalised after testing positive for the virus in December 2020, in their home city of Porto Alegre. Ronaldinho’s former club Atletico Mineiro confirmed her death on Twitter on Sunday, February 21,  with a message of condolence. “It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Doña Miguelina, mother of Ronaldinho Gaúcho,” read the club statement. “The Atleticana Family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol. May God receive you with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal ace.” Ronaldinho is yet to make an official statement over the rep...

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