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Frank rates Chelsea’s chances of winning Champions League again this season
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Frank rates Chelsea’s chances of winning Champions League again this season

Former Chelsea defender, Frank Leboeuf, has warned Thomas Tuchel’s side that winning the UEFA Champions League again this season is ‘almost impossible’. Chelsea under Tuchel won the Champions League last season after beating Premier League champions, Manchester City, 1-0 in Porto, following Kai Havertz’s goal. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Brentford this weekend, Leboeuf told Ladbrokes, “Chelsea have been lucky enough to win the [UEFA] Champions League last season but it was kind of a miracle really. “[Thomas] Tuchel came in and changed some stuff and it worked and nobody expected Chelsea to win. “Right now an FA Cup would be nice for Chelsea and the Premier League or the Champions League would be absolutely fantastic. “The Champions League is the m...
Man City owner Vows to Sign Mbappe from PSG ‘at any Cost’
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Man City owner Vows to Sign Mbappe from PSG ‘at any Cost’

Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour, has issued a “mandate” to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain “at any cost”, SportsMail reports. Mansour wants Mbappe to join the Premier League champions as early as January. The France forward, who has one year left on his current deal, almost moved to Real Madrid this summer. Madrid failed with two bids for the 22-year-old before the summer transfer window closed on August 31. PSG stand to lose Mbappe who they signed on a permanent basis for £166m in 2018 for nothing next summer. However, City might be willing to stump up a fee during the winter transfer market. Guardiola wanted to bring in Tottenham striker, Harry Kane this summer, but the club was not ready to meet Spurs’ £150m asking price for the Englan...
Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta
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Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said the club’s current boss, Mikel Arteta, has a “quality” squad. Wenger, however, expressed sympathy over the Gunners’ difficult start to the new season. Arsenal faced both the reigning European and Premier League champions in two of their first three fixtures. Before Saturday’s narrow 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta’s side endured the club’s lowest point. The north London club went into the international break with a record of three games played, with zero points, zero goals scored and nine goals conceded. However, the victory over the Canaries lifted the Gunners off of the foot of the table and into 16th. Wenger told beIN Sport: “First of all, I like to usually say what I think – I believe in...
Transfer deadline day: Man United take final decision on Cavani, Martial’s Barca, PSG moves
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Transfer deadline day: Man United take final decision on Cavani, Martial’s Barca, PSG moves

Manchester United have taken a final decision concerning the future of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial at the club. Cavani is attracting interest from Barcelona but the former Premier League champions said they have no intention of selling the Uruguayan and Martial before tonight’s 11 pm deadline, according to The Athletic. With the transfer deadline fast approaching, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now be keen to keep hold of his star players. Manchester United have already allowed Daniel.James  join Leeds United for £25m but have a different approach to Martial and Cavani. According to The Athletic, he wants both players as part of his plans this year. Reports surfaced today of the Catalan giants opening talks with the Red Devils over a late deal for the Urugu...
Why I returned to Manchester United – Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Silence
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Why I returned to Manchester United – Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Silence

Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken for first time on his return to Manchester United as the club confirms his transfer. Ronaldo said he returned to Old Trafford because Manchester United have always had a special place in his heart. Early on Tuesday morning, Juventus confirmed that the Portugal international was moving to the former Premier League champions with United having agreed to pay €15million (£12.8m) plus €8m (£6.8m) in add-ons, payable over the course of the next five years. Manchester United have also confirmed the re-signing of the 36-year-old after 12 years away. Ronaldo said he is thrilled to be back at the club where he established himself as one of football’s greatest players. “Manchester United is a club that have always had a special place in my h...
Guardiola identifies player to play Kane, Ronaldo’s role at Man City after failed bids
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Guardiola identifies player to play Kane, Ronaldo’s role at Man City after failed bids

Manchester City boss has said that Ferran Torres can play the club’s top-9 role after the Premier League champions failed in their bid to sign either Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester City was all out to sign 28-year-old Kane from Tottenham but the England captain committed to his club. Reports in Europe as of Thursday all pointed to Ronaldo joining Manchester City until Friday when Manchester United announced that the 36-year-old was moving to the red half of Manchester. Now Guardiola has quickly moved on and he believes that Torres can play as a No.9 regularly after he starred in that position in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Arsenal. Ferran, a versatile attacker, joined Man City last summer from Valencia for €23 million. “In this position he makes ...
Ozil reacts to Arsenal’s embarrassing defeat to Man City
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Ozil reacts to Arsenal’s embarrassing defeat to Man City

Mesut Ozil immediately took to Twitter to send a message to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal were hammered by Manchester City to leave them on the foot of the Premier League table. Arsenal lost 5-0 to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions, with Granit Xhaka seeing red in the first half for a lunge on Joao Cancelo. With fans fuming on Twitter after the loss, Xhaka’s former Gunners teammate Ozil used one of Arteta’s favourite phrases, to sum up the game. The German simply tweeted: “Trust the process” in a nod to Arteta’s unflappable belief that all will come good for the Gunners under him. Arsenal have now lost their first three league games and are yet to even score a goal with the pressure rising on Arteta with his side rooted to the bottom of the table. Arteta left the comfo...
Ronaldo accepts pay cut to join Man City, leaves Juventus training
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Ronaldo accepts pay cut to join Man City, leaves Juventus training

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a pay cut in order to fulfill his ambition of playing for Manchester City this season. Ronaldo will now earn half of his current wages when he signs for the Premier League champions. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, City are willing to offer the 36-year-old a two-year contract, worth €15M-a-year after tax. The Portugal superstar earns €31M-a-year after tax in Turin, so he could be taking over a 50% pay-cut to join City. On Friday morning, Ronaldo spent only 40 minutes at the Juventus training centre before driving away. The former Serie A champions are now expecting an official bid from City.
Details of Man City’s contract for Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed
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Details of Man City’s contract for Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed

Manchester City are ready to offer Cristiano Ronaldo between €14m-15m a year in wages to join them from Juventus, according to Italian transfer expert, Gianluca Di Marzio. The Premier League champions want to sign Ronaldo on a two-year deal. The 36-year-old is into the last 11 months of his current contract with Juve and wants to leave Serie A. City are now keen on the former Manchester United forward, after Harry Kane announced he is staying at Tottenham Hotspur this season. Pep Guardiola needs a striker in his squad following the departure of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona. City have until the transfer deadline on Tuesday to secure a striker. Ferran Torres, predominantly a winger, started as the central striker against Norwich on Saturday, with Gabriel Jesus...
Guardiola gives Condition to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo for Man City
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Guardiola gives Condition to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo for Man City

Manchester City will only sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, if manager Pep Guardiola allows Raheem Sterling to leave, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio. Ronaldo is believed to be very keen on a move to England and wants to sign for City. The 36-year-old is into the last 11 months of his current contract with Juve and is seeking a new challenge. It is understood that Ronaldo might not even consider a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, as he wants to play under Pep Guardiola. Juventus is ready to do a deal if City sends Gabriel Jesus as part of the deal. However, Guardiola will only sanction a move for Ronaldo if Sterling leaves. Sterling currently wears the no.7 shirt that Ronaldo favours for the Premier League champions. ...
Manchester City rejects deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo
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Manchester City rejects deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

Premier League champions, Manchester City have rejected the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to L’Equipe. This is despite Juventus demanding just €25 million (£21m) for the Portugal captain. Although the former Real Madrid star denied this in a statement last week, multiple reports in Europe are insisting that Ronaldo is pushing to leave the Italian club before the transfer deadline. Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is said to be currently in Manchester as he also represents City midfielder, Bernardo Silva, who is looking to leave Man City this summer. L’Equipe reports that Mendes is attempting to engineer a swap deal which would see Silva join Juventus, while Ronaldo heads in the opposite direction to City. However, th...
Robert Lewandowski’s possible next club revealed
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Robert Lewandowski’s possible next club revealed

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, is set to join Premier League champions, Manchester City. According to bookmakers, Betfair, Man City are favourites to sign Lewandowski ahead of Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea after it emerged today, he wanted to leave Bayern Munich. The Poland international is said to want a new challenge and is keen on a move away from the Bundesliga champions. Man City are keen to bring in a striker to replace Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona this summer. Pep Guardiola’s side have so far failed to strike a deal with Tottenham to sign their striker, Harry Kane Meanwhile, Lewandowski joined Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014 and scored 56 goals last season. His contract expires in 2023 and a move next summer i...
Cristiano Ronaldo Offered to Manchester City for Just £25m
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Cristiano Ronaldo Offered to Manchester City for Just £25m

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, has reportedly offered the Juventus forward to Manchester City this summer. The Portuguese international has just 10 months left to run on his £25.5million-a-year contract at the Old Lady and his future in Turin is not certain, having been linked with moves to PSG, Real Madrid, and former club Manchester United in the past. Premier League champions, City are currently looking for a new striker after the departure of Kun Aguero. But Tottenham and England's Harry Kane remains their top target. Sportsmail revealed this week that Pep Guardiola's side are expected to make an improved offer on the £100m for Kane that was rejected earlier this summer, but Spurs are demanding £150m price tag. According to Corriere dello Sport, Ronaldo's repr...
EPL: Arsenal appoint new Coach
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EPL: Arsenal appoint new Coach

Arsenal have made more changes behind the scenes, with assistant first-team coach Andreas Georgson leaving the club while Nicolas Jover arrives from Manchester City. Georgson, who joined the Gunners in August 2020, returns to his native Sweden with Malmo. Head coach, Mikel Arteta, has moved quickly to bolster his backroom team, with a familiar face joining him from Etihad Stadium. Jover, who left City when his contract expired in June, replaces Georgson. He has been acquired as a set-piece specialist, having held a similar post with the Premier League champions. When coaching alongside Pep Guardiola, Jover got the opportunity to work with Arteta. Arsenal will begin their 2021/2022 campaign against Brentford on August 13.
Manchester City captain, Fernandinho agrees on new one-year deal with Brazilian midfielder set for his 10th season with the club
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Manchester City captain, Fernandinho agrees on new one-year deal with Brazilian midfielder set for his 10th season with the club

Manchester City captain, Fernandinho has agreed on a new one-year contract with the Premier League champions. The Brazilian international, 36, whose leadership played a pivotal role in reigniting City's season will now spend his 10th season with the club According to Jack Gaughan of the Mail, Fernandinho and Manchester City have reached an agreement over a one-year contract extension for the Brazilian midfielder. Gaughan states that Fernandinho is viewed as an 'invaluable member' of Pep Guardiola's first-team squad at Manchester City - which emphasises the club's insistence on retaining his services beyond the summer. The official confirmation of the contract extension will arrive before Manchester City begin their pre-season training ahead of the new campaign, with Guardio...
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...
Guardiola Accused of Stealing Champions League Trophy from Man City
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Guardiola Accused of Stealing Champions League Trophy from Man City

Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus, has accused Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola of stealing the 2020/21 Champions League trophy from the Premier League champions because of his questionable team selection for the final. Guardiola decided to field a non-recognized defensive midfielder and favoured a false nine as Man City lost this year’s Champions League trophy to Chelsea last Saturday. Germany international, Kai Havertz, scored the only goal of the match in the first half. Writing in his column for Sky Sport, Matthaus described Guardiola’s choices as ‘inexplicable and unforgivable and even claimed his time at Man City may now be over. Matthaus said: “He [Pep Guardiola] stole the Champions League from the club and the fans through his line-up, and he has to rightly hear...
Man City vs Chelsea: Wesley Sneijder Predicts Winner of Champions League final
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Man City vs Chelsea: Wesley Sneijder Predicts Winner of Champions League final

  Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, has predicted the winner between Chelsea and Manchester City when both teams clash in the Champions League final on Saturday night. Chelsea and Man City will face each other in Portugal on May 29 in what will be the first all-English Champions League final since Liverpool’s victory against Tottenham Hotspur in 2019. The Blues have not won the Champions League since their famous victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012, while Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to win a Champions League crown. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be desperate to win the Champions League after failing to beat Leicester City in the FA Cup final earlier this month. Providing his prediction, Sneijder backed Chelsea to beat Ma...
EPL: Guardiola Confirms Aguero’s Next club
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EPL: Guardiola Confirms Aguero’s Next club

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed that Sergio Aguero is close to signing for Barcelona. Aguero will leave Man City on a free transfer this summer after a decade at the Premier League champions. The Argentine striker scored twice in his final Premier League appearance for Man City as Guardiola’s men sealed a 5-0 victory against Everton on the final day of the season at Etihad. Speaking to BBC’s Match of the Day, Guardiola said that Aguero is likely to be linking up with his national teammate, Lionel Messi at Camp Nou next season. “Maybe I reveal a secret,” Guardiola said. “Maybe he is close to agreeing a deal for the club of my heart… for Barcelona. “He is going to be playing alongside the best player of all time, Messi.” “I am pretty sure he ...
I Want Strikers that can Score 50 Goals in a Season – Guardiola
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I Want Strikers that can Score 50 Goals in a Season – Guardiola

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he wants to sign a prolific striker ahead of next season. The Premier League champions are believed to have narrowed their choices to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. A striker is top of Guardiola’s wishlist this summer, with Sergio Aguero leaving the club. Guardiola, speaking ahead of their final home game of the season against Everton, admitted he wants a front man who can get him up to 50 goals a season. “I’d love to have a striker who got 50 goals a season, honestly. “At the same time, I don’t like to put all the pressure on one player. “In Barcelona, Lionel Messi, every season since he was born, scored 50 a season. “Thierry Henry scored a lot in the first season a...
UCL final: Man City’s Phil Foden names Toughest Chelsea Player
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UCL final: Man City’s Phil Foden names Toughest Chelsea Player

Ahead of their Champions League final clash in Porto, Manchester City forward, Phil Foden has named Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante as his toughest ever opponent and a ‘great’ midfielder. Foden has notched in 15 goals for Pep Guardiola’s star-studded City side this season, helping them win the Premier League champions. The 20-year-old England international is widely tipped to feature in this year’s Premier League team of the season and looks certain to appear in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad. However, the Englishman said he finds life difficult whenever he comes up against Kante. Both players will meet again on May 29 when Man City take on Chelsea for Champions League glory at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao. “It’s probably the most obvious one but Kante, man!” he told Sky Sports ...
Leicester Beat Man Utd to hand Man City Title
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Leicester Beat Man Utd to hand Man City Title

Leicester breathed life into their Champions League qualification bid with a 2-1 victory at Manchester United which confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions. Luke Thomas' sumptuous first Premier League goal saw Leicester strike first against a much-changed United, who were playing the second of three games in a congested five-day period. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made 10 changes, but his makeshift United side hit back five minutes later as Mason Greenwood continued his red-hot form with an instinctive equaliser. Leicester improved drastically in the second half and deservedly regained the lead through Caglar Soyuncu's towering header, and, despite introducing Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, there was no way back for United. United's defeat c...
Comeback Kings Man Utd Delay City Title with Win at Villa
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Comeback Kings Man Utd Delay City Title with Win at Villa

Manchester United once again fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park, meaning Manchester City must wait to be crowned Premier League champions. City still need three points themselves, or for United to drop three points, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team made it 31 points from losing positions, the most of any Premier League side. Villa took the lead midway through the first half as Bertrand Traore turned and produced a fine effort into the top corner (24), though questions will be asked of Victor Lindelof's defending. When can City win the league? If United lose to either Leicester (Tues) or Liverpool (Thurs), or drop points in both games, City will be crowned champions. And even if United go on winning, City can still win the title by taking matter...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: How Man City Could be Crowned EPL Champions on Sunday
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: How Man City Could be Crowned EPL Champions on Sunday

  Manchester City could be confirmed Premier League champions, 24 hours after they beat Crystal Palace. Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres both scored for the leaders, as they claimed a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The victory leaves them on the verge of reclaiming their crown from Liverpool. City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace has taken them to 80 points, 13 clear of closest rivals Manchester United. United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Super Sunday. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can only get a maximum of 82 points if they win all their remaining fixtures. If United lose to Liverpool, Guardiola’s men would regain the Premier League trophy with four games left. A United draw would also effectively secure the title for City, because Solskjaer’s s...
EPL: Failing to Qualify for Champions League Won’t Affect Transfers – Klopp
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EPL: Failing to Qualify for Champions League Won’t Affect Transfers – Klopp

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted that their summer transfer plans will not be affected if they fail to qualify for the Champions League qualification. The Premier League champions are four points off the top four after recent draws against Leeds United and Newcastle United. After the draw against Newcastle last week, Klopp said the team did not deserve Champions League football. But ahead of the trip to Manchester United this Sunday, the German said the club’s transfer strategy will not change if they don’t make the top four. “The Champions League is massive, especially financially for the club. “If we cannot make that, that is not good. Definitely not. “But I don’t think it will change anything. The situation was difficult before and it is diff...
Super League: Glazers final decision on selling Manchester United revealed
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Super League: Glazers final decision on selling Manchester United revealed

  Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, will not be selling the club but will remain committed to staying at Old Trafford for the long-term, according to Daily Mail. The club’s supporters want the Glazers out after Joel Glazer, United’s co-chairman, was set to become vice-chairman of the European Super League. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham were among the twelve big clubs in Europe that planned to breakaway from UEFA and formed the Super League. But the clubs’ supporters stood against the plan mainly hatched by the clubs’ owners leading to its collapse Joe Glazer apologised to United supporters on Wednesday, admitting that the club misjudged the mood of fans by deciding to join the Super League. Following th...
Why I Subbed off Rashford for Pogba at half-time – Solskjaer
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Why I Subbed off Rashford for Pogba at half-time – Solskjaer

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he substituted Marcus Rashford for Paul Pogba during their 1-0 win against AC Milan in San Siro. According to him, Rushford had a “little twinge” during the game on Thursday night, adding that he hopes it’s nothing serious. Rashford was subbed off at half-time, with Paul Pogba taking his place and the Frenchman went ahead to score the decisive goal a few minutes after his introduction off the bench. The goal helped the former Premier League champions advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. United will now face a nervous wait on whether Rashford is fit for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester. “He had a little twinge,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference. “W...
Steven Gerrard Opens up on Replacing Klopp as Liverpool Manager
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Steven Gerrard Opens up on Replacing Klopp as Liverpool Manager

  Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard, has admitted it would be his “dream” to become Liverpool manager, but added he wants Jurgen Klopp to remain in charge for years to come. Klopp’s future has become a source of speculation in the last weeks, following the poor form of the Premier League champions. The Reds currently sit in eighth place and are in danger of missing out on the Champions League. Gerrard has been linked with a sensational return as manager to Anfield, following his Scottish Premiership title triumph with Rangers. When quizzed on his aspirations to manage his Liverpool, Gerrard told ITV: “We should not talk about this, we have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute, I love him. I hope he stays for a few more years. “Liverpool is my club. ...
EPL: Ozan Kabak’s Shirt Number at Liverpool Revealed
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EPL: Ozan Kabak’s Shirt Number at Liverpool Revealed

Liverpool’s new signing, Ozan Kabak’s shirt number at Anfield has been revealed. Kabak will wear the No.19 shirt at Liverpool after completing a loan deal to the Premier League champions from Schalke 04 on transfer deadline day (Monday). The 20-year-old will spend the remainder of the 2020/21 season with Jurgen Klopp’s side. Kabak completed the formalities of the switch in Germany and will travel to Merseyside later this week. The player arrives at the Reds after two years in the German Bundesliga, where he represented VfB Stuttgart before joining Schalke in July 2019. He has seven caps for the Turkey national team.
Serge Aurier Reportedly Left Stadium At Half Time After Substitution
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Serge Aurier Reportedly Left Stadium At Half Time After Substitution

  Tottenham Hotspur players were involved in an argument at half-time as things 'kicked-off' following Roberto Firmino's goal, ending with Serge Aurier leaving the stadium. Jose Mourinho's side looked to have got to half-time against the Premier League champions at 0-0 on Thursday night, despite several chances for the Reds and a goal ruled out by VAR for Spurs. However just as the sides looked to be going to the break level, Sadio Mane got in behind the Spurs defence, squared it for Firmino and the Brazilian tapped home. When the sides came back out for the second half Harry Kane was subbed off due to an ankle injury he picked up and Aurier was replaced by Harry Winks, in a change of formation. The full-back didn't take his place back in the stands and, according to th...
Liverpool Injury Crisis Worsen As Gomez Join The Injury List
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Liverpool Injury Crisis Worsen As Gomez Join The Injury List

Liverpool’s injury crisis in defence deepened on Wednesday with the news Joe Gomez is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in England training. The Premier League champions are expected to be without talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after the Dutchman suffered cruciate ligament damage last month. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the next month after picking up a calf injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City, while Fabinho — who had deputised at centre-back since Van Dijk’s injury — is also recovering from a hamstring problem. “I can’t tell you how serious it is because he is yet to have scans. What was upsetting was he was in a fair bit of pain and nobody was around him when the injury happened,” said ...
Liverpool Must Stay In Trophy Hunt For Injured Van Dijk, Says Henderson
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Liverpool Must Stay In Trophy Hunt For Injured Van Dijk, Says Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says the loss of Virgil van Dijk is a “big blow” but he wants the Premier League champions to use his absence as an added incentive to stay in the trophy hunt. Defensive talisman Van Dijk requires surgery after suffering knee ligament damage during Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton. Manager Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to put a timescale on the Dutchman’s return but admits he faces a lengthy absence after being clattered by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw. Henderson is confident Liverpool can cope in Van Dijk’s absence, even though he has been a pivotal player since he joined the club in 2018. “It’s a tough one. It’s a big blow for us,” Henderson told the club website. “For him personally, obviously. But for us as a ...
Liverpool Set Premier League Record After Aston Villa 7-2 Hammer
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Liverpool Set Premier League Record After Aston Villa 7-2 Hammer

A hat-trick from new signing Ollie Watkins and a Jack Grealish double saw Aston Villa hammer reigning Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2 on Sunday. Liverpool are now the first defending champion to concede seven goals in a Premier League game. It is now three wins out of three games played so far for Villa while for Liverpool it is a first defeat in the league this season. This is the second time Villa will score seven goals in a Premier League game since a 7-1 versus Wimbledon in 1995. Also this is the first time Liverpool have conceded seven since a 7-2 league defeat at Tottenham in April 1963. Watkins is the 10th player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Liverpool, and the first since Dimitar Berbatov in September 2010. He is the first English-born player to do so...
Liverpool To Complete £45m Signing Of Diogo Jota From Wolves
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Liverpool To Complete £45m Signing Of Diogo Jota From Wolves

Liverpool have agreed a £45m deal for Wolves forward Diogo Jota, with the 23-year-old set to head to Melwood on Saturday to undergo a medical before completing the deal. The move comes just hours after the Premier League champions secured the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a deal that could be worth up to £25m. Jota's arrival at Anfield could be made easier by Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever moving to Wolves in a deal worth £10m, plus add-ons. Jota left Molineux before kick-off against Stoke in the Carabao Cup on Thursday and was an unused substitute at the weekend in the 2-0 win at Sheffield United . The Portuguese international forward has agreed a five-year deal and will follow Thiago Alcantara in moving to the Premier League champions The Portugue...
Blow for Man Utd, Chelsea as CAS Overturns Man City’s Ban
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Blow for Man Utd, Chelsea as CAS Overturns Man City’s Ban

Manchester City will play in the Champions League next season, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned their two-year ban from European football. UEFA’s club financial control body handed City the suspension in February, over “serious breaches” of club licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The former Premier League champions strongly denied any wrongdoing and appealed the decision at CAS last month. After hearing evidence over the course of three days in June, CAS has now overturned the suspension. A statement from City on Monday read: “Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications ...
Michael Owen, Charlie Nicholas Predict EPL Clash Btw Aston Villa and Man Utd
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Michael Owen, Charlie Nicholas Predict EPL Clash Btw Aston Villa and Man Utd

Former England striker, Michael Owen and former Arsenal forward, Charlie Nicholas, have predicted tonight’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park. Man United head to the game after beating Bournemouth 5-2 in their previous match, while Aston Villa lost 2-0 against Premier League champions, Liverpool. Providing his prediction, Owen wrote in his column for BetVictor: “Aston Villa actually played well at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday but came away with nothing for their efforts. “They are now without a win in 10 games, and things do not get any easier as far as their fixtures are concerned. “Manchester United have won eleven of the last 13 Premier League meetings between these two sides, and I cannot see beyond another stroll in...
Man Utd to Move for Raheem Sterling if Man City Receive Champions League Ban
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Man Utd to Move for Raheem Sterling if Man City Receive Champions League Ban

Manchester United are plotting a shock move for Raheem Sterling, if Manchester City fail in the appeal against a two-year ban from the Champions League, the UK Independent reports. UEFA imposed the punishment on City in February, after finding the Etihad club guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. However, City will begin their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from Monday, June 8. City risk losing some of their big players, if they lose their appeal and their suspension is upheld. Sterling is one of such players that could dump the Premier League champions and has already been linked with a move to Real Madrid. While a transfer appears unlikely, United are also monitoring the situation and would make a move for the 25-year-old if he ...
Man City Will Only Let Riyad Mahrez Join PSG For £80M And Nothing Less
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Man City Will Only Let Riyad Mahrez Join PSG For £80M And Nothing Less

The Algerian star may want to depart the Etihad Stadium for the French giants this summer, however he will only be allowed to go for the proper price. Manchester City will not prevent Riyad Mahrez’s move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The Parisians are reportedly making an attempt to lure the 29-year-old away from the reigning Premier League champions. Having scored 9 goals and supplied 14 assists in 37 appearances throughout all competitions this term, it is understandable why the Parc des Princes giants would choose him. Nevertheless, the Citizens have disclosed that they would no longer stand in the way of the ex- Leicester City man should he want a move, if the price is right. According to Goal’s Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith, Guardiola will n...
Sergio Ramos Gives Real Madrid two Options After Losing to Man City
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Sergio Ramos Gives Real Madrid two Options After Losing to Man City

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos has given Zinedine Zidane’s side two options following their 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday night. The Los Blancos were defeated by Pep Guardiola’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu, after goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne. Isco’s lone strike was not enough to give the home side a draw in front of their supporters. Ramos, who was sent off during the encounter following a foul on Jesus, wants Real Madrid to either think about their yesterday’s defeat against the Premier League champions or work for tomorrow’s victory. In reaction, Ramos, in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Thursday wrote: “After a very hard night, I see two options: we can think about yesterday’s ...
Joe Hart Not Happy with Guardiola’s Tactics
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Joe Hart Not Happy with Guardiola’s Tactics

Former Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart has questioned the club’s manager, Pep Guardiola’s tactical approach after the Premier League champions defeated Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash on Wednesday. City came from one goal down to hand the LaLiga giants a shock defeat last night. Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne scored for the visitors after Isco had given the hosts the lead. The Spanish gaffer made several surprising changes to his lineup, with Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Fernandinho all on the substitutes’ bench. He had decided to start Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne switched in seemingly strange roles up top in a move that surprised Hart. The former England No.1 told BT Sport, “I think a convent...
Guardiola Claims There is Proof Man City Won’t be Banned
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Guardiola Claims There is Proof Man City Won’t be Banned

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has claimed he has seen proof why they should not be banned from European competitions. City have been handed a two-year suspension, after UEFA found the Premier League champions guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. The Etihad club have already moved to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Speaking at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, ahead of their Champions League last-16 first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola said: “We were under suspicion for a long time, we have the right to appeal and I trust the people in my club. “They explain the reasons, they showed me the arguments and the proofs. We are optimistic that finally if we deserve to be in the Champions League we can do it next season, if finally,...
Gary Neville Predicts Man City Will Win Appeal Against Two-year Ban
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Gary Neville Predicts Man City Will Win Appeal Against Two-year Ban

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has predicted Manchester City will win their appeal, to overturn their two-year ban from European football. The punishment was meted out to City by UEFA, who found the Premier League champions guilty of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule breaches. City have confirmed they will appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). “I think City will beat FFP. I have no confidence in UEFA to be able to do the right thing. I think it will be overturned. “I have no faith in them whatsoever, I think they are hopeless organisation who just apply erratic disciplinary sanctions. “I think City will beat them in the courts. It will get stuck in the courts for some time, but I think City will win in the end,” Neville told S...
Wenger Reacts to Man City’s Champions League Ban
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Wenger Reacts to Man City’s Champions League Ban

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has backed UEFA’s decision to ban Manchester City from European competitions for two seasons. UEFA announced the punishment on Friday and also fined City £25m. The Premier League champions have been suspended for a breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. “It is important for the clubs to work with the natural income they have. The rules have been created. “I am convinced there is an evolution to be made in the way the rules are. But they are what they are and you have to respect them. ‘ “People they don’t respect them by trying to get around the rules in more or less legal ways have to be punished. If it’s proven that this has been done on purpose it cannot be left unpunished,” Wenger said according to the UK Metro. City...
Sam Allardyce Reveals Pep Guardiola’s Next Club
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Sam Allardyce Reveals Pep Guardiola’s Next Club

Former England manager, Sam Allardyce has said that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola should be heading to the Italian Serie A to take up the challenge at Juventus next season. Guardiola’s future with the Premier League champions has been cast in doubt after the club was banned from the Champions League until 2022 by UEFA. There is speculation now suggesting that the Spaniard’s move to Juve is very much on the cards. Allardyce, a former Bolton Wanderers boss, said the move is possible, adding that Guardiola’s determination to prove his managerial worth in a number of countries makes the switch a suitable one. “I think so. If you look at Pep, we were all surprised he left Barcelona,” Allardyce told the Mirror. “He’s a Barcelona man, he’s born and bred and he has been...
Football Leaks hacker Rui Pinto is still in prison in Portugal after tireless work to expose Premier League champions
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Football Leaks hacker Rui Pinto is still in prison in Portugal after tireless work to expose Premier League champions

The man who exposed Manchester City's breaking of Financial Fair Play rules - remains in prison awaiting a court case.   Pinto hacked his way into club emails from his Portugal home in 2015 and then passed them on to the media and sparked the investigation into City's finances. Despite being widely praised by the football world, Pinto was arrested and sent to prison, and will face a trial for 90 different counts of hacking, sabotage and fraud. Pinto was denied an appeal on Thursday and has been in jail since last March, while awaiting a verdict by the Lisbon Court of Appeal. News of UEFA's decision to ban City from the Champions League for the next two seasons saw Pinto's name start trending with the hashtag #freePinto on Friday night. Borussia Dortmund fans even h...
Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in UCL
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Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in UCL

Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in Champions League than any other team… and it could be Barcelona for Spurs A football fan has run 50 million simulations for the upcoming Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, with a probability rating given for every possible outcome. BayernForum.com did the experiment based on the assumption that Ajax get past APOEL Nicosia in the final play-off this week - and it though it took a lot of time and effort - it makes for very interesting reading. Champions League holders Liverpool are most likely to be paired with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid from pot two, much like Premier League champions Manchester City and Europa League winners Chelsea, also in pot one. But Spurs, the only other English tea...
Our Rivals Are Jealous Of Our Success – Man City Chairman
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Our Rivals Are Jealous Of Our Success – Man City Chairman

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says some of their rivals are jealous of the club's success. City became the first English side to win a domestic treble when they beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final, yet the achievement has been accompanied by criticism of the amount it has cost to put Pep Guardiola's squad together. However, in his annual assessment of the campaign on City's internal media, Mubarak said he will not accept his club "being used as a diversionary tactic on poor investment decisions". Premier League champions City do not have a player in the top 10 most expensive signings. English rivals Manchester United have two - £89m Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, bought for an initial £75m - and Liverpool one in £75m Virgil van Dijk. City's record signing is Riya...
Manchester City Qualify for Carabao Cup semi-Finals
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Manchester City Qualify for Carabao Cup semi-Finals

Champions, Manchester City have qualified for the the Carabao Cup semi finals, after they defeated Leicester City via penalties on Tuesday night. Pep Guardiola’s men took the lead in the first half, after Kevin De Bruyne was allowed space and time to shoot from outside the box. However, the hosts fought back and equalized after the break, with Marc Albrighton slamming home. There were no further goals and the tie had to be decided through spot kicks, where the Premier League champions came out on top. In the other quarter-final clash played on the night, Burton Albion saw off Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside. READ ALSO! Manchester City beat Everton to reclaim EPL top spot When is the Carabao Cup semi finals draw? The draw takes place on Wednesd...
Marital Issues Affected Me Last Season At Leicester City – Musa
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Marital Issues Affected Me Last Season At Leicester City – Musa

Super Eagles and Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa says he is looking forward to a better season in England than the one he had last season after marrying his new wife Juliet Adeh last month. Musa struggled for form and consistency following his big money move from CSKA Moscow to the former Premier League Champions, and at a point failed to make the matchday squad in some of their games. The 24 year old puts it’s down to issues in his marriage, and after divorcing his wife of four years and mother of his two kids Jamila, Musa told Complete Sports that he is once again happy following his marriage to Juliet. “Marriage is not new to me but I believe it was a right move to make when I did. The past remains in the past. I’m happy now and I think well and I can focus on my game which s...
Chelsea’s Hazard Out For Three Months After Ankle Operation
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Chelsea’s Hazard Out For Three Months After Ankle Operation

Eden Hazard will be sidelined for about three months after undergoing surgery on a broken ankle on Monday, the Premier League champions announced. Hazard, 26, suffered the injury during a training session while on international duty with Belgium on Sunday. He returned to Cobham to be assessed by Chelsea’s medical staff, who concluded that an operation was required. Hazard is now almost certain to miss the whole of Chelsea’s preseason programme, which includes fixtures in China and Singapore, and faces a fight to be fit for the start of the new Premier League season in August. He scored 16 goals in 36 Premier League appearances as Chelsea became champions for the second time in three seasons, and was voted the club’s Player of the Year. The injury is also likely to put an end to pers...

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