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Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player
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Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has slammed Ballon d’Or organizers for not including his fellow teammate, Edouard Mendy, in their 30-man shortlist released last week. Rudiger demanded an explanation for Mendy’s Ballon d’Or snub after his man of the match display against Brentford in Saturday’s Premier League 1-0 win. Recall that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included. Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount all made the cut. Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas ...
Man City labour past spirited Burnley
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Man City labour past spirited Burnley

Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne scored in each half as Manchester City laboured to a 2-0 victory over a spirited Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. Premier League champions City had beaten Burnley 5-0 in each of their last four home matches against the Clarets but made hard work of this latest encounter. Silva converted a close-range rebound to give City the lead on 12 minutes, but the floodgates did not open as they have done previously, and they needed De Bruyne's third goal of the season 20 minutes from time to seal the three points which lifts them up to second in the table. Things may have been different for Burnley had Maxwel Cornet and Josh Brownhill converted chances to equalise before De Bruyne's strike, but despite failing to claim a first victory of the season, Sean Dy...
Broja strike earns Saints first PL win of the season
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Broja strike earns Saints first PL win of the season

Armando Broja scored on his maiden Premier League start to earn Southampton a much-deserved first league win of the season, beating a below-par Leeds 1-0 at St Mary's. There was pressure on the Saints heading into Saturday's game, having drawn four and lost three of their opening seven league games of the season, while Leeds were looking to build on their first victory of the season against Watford before the international break. But Southampton dominated against a Leeds side who looked to be feeling the effects of Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips' absences. After having 12 shots in the first half, it looked to be the same story for Southampton, who have struggled to convert chances this term. But a superb break saw Chelsea loanee Broja slot home from Nathan Redmond...
Allegri has ‘great confidence’ in McKennie despite transfer rumours of Juventus exit
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Allegri has ‘great confidence’ in McKennie despite transfer rumours of Juventus exit

The coach has faith in the USMNT international to shine for the Serie A giants but recent reports suggest he could be set for a transfer Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists he has "great confidence" in Weston McKennie despite reports the midfielder could be sold. The 23-year-old has played seven times for Juventus this season but is still not sure of a place in the starting XI. Reports in Italy claim he could move in January, as Juve are said to be prioritising the signing of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco.  
What to expect from Watford vs Liverpool, Leicester City vs Man Utd, Brentford vs Chelsea
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What to expect from Watford vs Liverpool, Leicester City vs Man Utd, Brentford vs Chelsea

The international week went by pretty quickly. And the football we really want to watch is back! The English Premier League enters its eighth week, with Watford welcoming Liverpool. This fixture has recent history behind it. The Hornets famously stopped Jurgen Klopp’s men from going unbeaten, before they eventually won the title in 2020. Although, Liverpool went on to lose again before the season ended, Watford sort of laid down a marker and ripped their invincibility apart. The Reds will have that in mind when they take the trip to London. The two Manchester clubs will be in action shortly afterwards. United go to Leicester City, while City welcome Burnley. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without his first-choice central defenders, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire. But Marcu...
Pogba receives strong warning over his attitude at Man Utd
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Pogba receives strong warning over his attitude at Man Utd

Former Liverpool player, John Barnes, has warned Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, that he needs to improve his attitude when playing for the Red Devils. Barnes wants to see Pogba improve his performances for Man United to match his displays for France national team. Pogba has largely struggled to produce consistent form for Man United since his big-money return to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016. The 28-year-old star has only won two trophies with United since his return, claiming the Europa League and League Cup in his first season back at the club under Jose Mourinho’s regime. “Winning the World Cup in 2018 did not help Paul Pogba to win any trophies for Manchester United, “Barnes told Bonuscodebets. “Playing for France and Manchester United are two different...
Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title
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Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has said Chelsea will not win the Premier League title, because they don’t have enough goals in the team. The Blues are the current European champions, after they beat Manchester City in the Champions League final in May. Many have tipped Thomas Tuchel’s men to also give City a run for their money this campaign domestically. Chelsea currently top the table, having won five of their first seven matches of the season. But Scholes believes they will fall short. “I think Chelsea have got the manager to challenge. I’m just not sure, not convinced there’s enough goals in the team. “I think Romelu Lukaku will score goals but are there enough people around him to score goals. I’m not sure Timo Werner will. When he plays for Germany he sco...
Prove you are favourite to win title – Tuchel tells Chelsea stars
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Prove you are favourite to win title – Tuchel tells Chelsea stars

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has urged his players to prove they are favourites to win the Premier League title this season. Tuchel wants Chelsea players to take risks and play with freedom when they face Brentford this weekend. The former PSG manager said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Brentford on Saturday. Tuchel’s men are currently on top of the Premier League table ahead of the Brentford clash. “We want to prove that we deserve to be the favourites [to win the Premier League title] and we need a certain mentality to do so,” Tuchel said. “If favourite means things will be easy, we can’t be more wrong. If being the favourite means we still expect a tough one, then that is what we have to expect. “We have to take ris...
Victor Osimhen names three players who inspired his football career
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Victor Osimhen names three players who inspired his football career

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has named three football legends that inspired him to become one of the best young strikers in the world. According to Osimhen, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, and fellow Nigerians, John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, inspired him to reach greater heights. The 22-year-old is enjoying his best start to a Serie A season after joining Napoli from Lille in the summer of 2020. The Super Eagles forward has so far scored nine goals for both club and country this season and has now explained his inspiration, how it feels to play in one of the world’s top leagues. “It feels good, it all started like a dream, boyhood dream from the slum,” Osimhen said in a chat with an international teammate, William Troost-Ekong, on the latter’s YouTube channel. “I just w...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Lewandowski backed to win ahead of Messi, Jorginho
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Lewandowski backed to win ahead of Messi, Jorginho

Bayern Munich manager, Julian Nagelsmann, has backed Robert Lewandowski to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. Nagelsmann made the pick ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. “Robert deserves to win it, because in my view he has been more unbelievably consistent than any other player,” Nagelsmann told Munich newspaper Abendzeitung. “He is so dynamic, he doesn’t get injured and he can train a lot. I back him to continue playing at the top level for a few more years yet.” Lewandowski is hoping to win his first Ballon d’Or next month after winning FIFA’s rival award for men’s player of the year in 2020. The 33-year-old has been nominated alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. With seven goals already this season, Lewand...
Pedri signs Barcelona deal with 1 billion euro release clause
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Pedri signs Barcelona deal with 1 billion euro release clause

Barcelona have confirmed their player, Pedri, has agreed a contract extension that will see him remain at Camp Nou until 2026. The LaLiga giants also said that Pedri’s deal has a 1 billon euro release clause. Barcelona disclosed this in a statement via their website on Thursday. “FC Barcelona and the player, Pedro González ‘Pedri’, have agreed a contract extension up to 30 June 2026. The release clause is set at 1 billion euro. “The new contract ties down the player from the Canary Islands for the rest of this season and a further 4 years. The official signing will take place on Friday 15 October,” Barcelona’s statement partly read. Pedri, 18, joined Barcelona from Las Palmas in 2020.
It was not my decision to leave Arsenal – Wenger finally opens up
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It was not my decision to leave Arsenal – Wenger finally opens up

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has hinted that he was sacked by the club in May 2018. Wenger, in his new documentary, said “it was not really” his decision to step down after 22 years in charge. The Frenchman also described his Arsenal exit as “a funeral”. During his stint with the Gunners, Wenger won three league titles and seven FA Cups, including league and cup doubles in both 1998 and 2002. Wenger also oversaw the ‘Invincibles’ season back in 2004, when Arsenal went the entire Premier League season without defeat. But the final years of his reign were marred by fan protest after some disappointing campaigns. A few days after announcing he was stepping down, Wenger hinted that the call was “not really” his decision. And it now appears he could be about to ...
Nigel Winterburn predicts where Man Utd will finish this season
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Nigel Winterburn predicts where Man Utd will finish this season

Former Arsenal defender, Nigel Winterburn has predicted the position Manchester United will finish this season in the English Premier League, EPL. Man United are currently in the 4th position on the Premier League table with 14 points after seven matches. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished second on the Premier League table last season behind champions Manchester City. But Winterburn expects Man United to miss out on the Premier League title this season. According to him, the Red Devils are likely to finish behind Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the table. Speaking with Paddy Power, Winterburn said of Man United: “They are a bit slack when they lose the ball and make it too easy for the opposition. That is something a manager must instil in a team and Mancheste...
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...
Cavani told to leave Man Utd in January because of Ronaldo
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Cavani told to leave Man Utd in January because of Ronaldo

Former Chelsea star, Gus Poyet, has advised Edinson Cavani to leave Manchester United in January following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has seen Cavani’s game time restricted to just 115 minutes of Premier League football in the current campaign. Not only did the Portugal captain take the Uruguay striker’s place in the squad, he also took Cavani’s No. 7 shirt. Despite scoring 17 goals in 32 games for United last season, Cavani looks set to play second-fiddle this campaign. Poyet has urged his compatriot to move on, as the situation at Old Trafford is affecting his international career. “He was unlucky, because without Ronaldo coming in, he was playing as the main striker. “The decision of Juventus, Man City getting involved, incredi...
Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero joins Serie A side Venezia on a free transfer until the end of the season
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Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero joins Serie A side Venezia on a free transfer until the end of the season

Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Sergio Romero has joined Italian side Venezia on a free transfer until the end of the season. The 34-year-old has been a free agent since leaving United in the summer and has held talks with a number of clubs, but decided to sign for Venezia who are 17th in Serie A, just above the relegation places. The Argentine has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season with the option of a further year if all goes well. Venezia announced the move on Tuesday morning, with a club statement that read: 'Venezia FC is pleased to announce the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 34, on a free transfer. 'Romero is Argentina’s all-time most-capped goalkeeper and last played for Manchester United. Welcome, Sergio.' The Argentina inte...
Newcastle told to appoint Conte as new manager
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Newcastle told to appoint Conte as new manager

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has advised Newcastle United to appoint Antonio Conte as their next manager. The Magpies will reportedly sack Steve Bruce as their head coach this week, after the club was taken over by Saudis last week. Names like Lucien Favre, Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the job. Former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Conte is the standout available candidate. The Italian has rejected several clubs since he left the San Siro at the end of last season including Tottenham Hotspur. Conte is believed to be reluctant to join a club that will take several years of rebuilding, but Ferdinand claims “money talks” and has encouraged Newcastle to go after Conte. When asked who he would appoint, Ferdinand said on his Vibe ...
‘I played through pain for 11 months ‘- Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rashford says after recovering from surgery
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‘I played through pain for 11 months ‘- Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rashford says after recovering from surgery

23 year old Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rashford has revealed he spent 11 months playing through pain for Manchester United and England before finally having surgery on his injured shoulder. Rashford, who helped the Red Devils to the Europa League final last season and England to the final of Euro 2020, is closing in on a return to football action. He went under the knife in August, but only after spending the best part of a year playing in pain Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Rashford said: "My recovery is - I wouldn't say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it - but I'm in a much better place physically and mentally. "Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September and gradually it got that little bit worse,...
Keep Pogba at Old Trafford on one condition – Paul Scholes tells Man Utd
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Keep Pogba at Old Trafford on one condition – Paul Scholes tells Man Utd

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has given the club one condition to keep midfielder, Paul Pogba, at Old Trafford beyond next summer. Pogba’s current contract with Man United will expire next summer. The France international is yet to sign a new deal with Man United. And Scholes believes Man United should offer Pogba a new long-term deal if he can show the form for his club that he does with his country’s national team. “Everybody is a little bit unsure because he doesn’t do it week in and week out,” Scholes told the Webby and O’Neil Show. “I think there is a big debate. You would probably say half of the people want him, the other half would not be that bothered if he went. “I think the middle of the pitch is a little bit of a problem for us. If he is on song an...
Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince
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Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince

Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince, has insisted that manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is ‘blatantly lying’ to midfielder, Donny van de Beek, about his role at Old Trafford. Ince believes that Solskjaer is not telling Van de Beek the truth that he is not in his plans at Man United. Van de Beek has endured a difficult spell at Man United, falling out of Solskjaer’s team. The Netherlands star is yet to start a league game for Man United so far this season. He joined Man United in the summer of 2020 but played just 511 minutes in the Premier League last season. Speaking on Van de Beek’s situation at Man United, Ince told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “If I am going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, “Am I going to play? Where do yo...
Blind reveals Man Utd’s biggest problem under Solskjaer this season
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Blind reveals Man Utd’s biggest problem under Solskjaer this season

The former Netherlands international, Danny Blind, has revealed Manchester United’s biggest problem this season under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Blind, who is currently Louis van Gaal’s assistant with the Dutch national team, said Man United’s major problem under Solskjaer is that they struggle to dominate their opponents. According to him, the Red Devils have been struck by the lack of organisation, especially in an attacking sense. “What is the identity of this Manchester United team? What is his plan? It’s exactly what’s missing with Solskjaer,” Blind was quoted by Metro UK as saying. “There isn’t a tactical plan. His team aren’t able to put pressure on their opponents like Manchester City. It doesn’t always have to be full pressing but we don’t see any of it – e...
BBNaija: Ebuka reveals housemates that could have won instead of WhiteMoney
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BBNaija: Ebuka reveals housemates that could have won instead of WhiteMoney

Big Brother Naija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, has named some of the housemates on the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ edition that would have won if WhiteMoney didn’t land the grand prize. WhiteMoney emerged winner ahead of Liquorose, Pere, Cross, Angel and Emmanuel on the final day of the show. He walked away with N30million in cash and prizes adding up to N60million. However, in a chat with the BBNaija official channel, Ebuka was asked which other contestants stood a chance. “There were a lot of strong people this season. Liquorose was very strong right from the get-go. So I knew she was one to watch. “Cross was very entertaining. I thought he brought a lot to the show. “There are people who I thought left too early. I don’t know if she would have won, but it would have been nice to see ...
I was told to leave Barcelona – Messi makes fresh revelation
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I was told to leave Barcelona – Messi makes fresh revelation

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has insisted that he was “told” to leave Barcelona after he returned to Camp Nou following his Copa America triumph with Argentina. Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The 34-year-old’s contract at Barcelona had expired, but there was an expectation Messi would sign fresh terms with the LaLiga giants. “I came back to Barcelona (from the Copa America in July) to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra days of holiday that the coach (Ronald Koeman) had given me,” Messi told France Football. “I had in mind to sign my contract and to start training right away. I thought that everything was settled and that all that was missing was my signature (on the contract). “But whe...
Paul Scholes exposes Man Utd’s major weakness under Solskjaer this season
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Paul Scholes exposes Man Utd’s major weakness under Solskjaer this season

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has revealed the club’s major weakness under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this season. Scholes believes Man United’s lack of balance in midfield is their major weakness this season, adding that it may cost them the Premier League title because their two title rivals play more ‘aggressive’ systems. He also backed Man United midfielder, Scott McTominay, to play in the holding role in Solskjaer’s midfield. “You mention McTominay, I think he is the best one for that role out of the four of them, I would definitely go for him,” Scholes told Webby and O’Neill. “I think he has got everything, he is athletic, he can get around the pitch, he has got great ability as well. He is capable of sitting in that position. “Ole doesn’t seem to...
Your job now on line due to two Man Utd stars – Paul Merson tells Solskjaer
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Your job now on line due to two Man Utd stars – Paul Merson tells Solskjaer

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has told Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that his job is now on the line because of how he has handled Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek so far this season. Merson believes Solskjaer cannot get away with it anymore, adding that the only way to get the best out of Sancho and Van de Beek is to keep playing them. Van de Beek has played just two matches for Man United this season, while Sancho is yet to hit the ground running since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund. But Merson believes Solskjaer must continue to give both players opportunities instead of having them sitting on the bench during Man United matches. “Time wasn’t so long ago when playing poorly and having two players you forked out £110m for on the bench was a recipe...
Kirby, White nominated for Women’s Ballon d’Or
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Kirby, White nominated for Women’s Ballon d’Or

England stars Fran Kirby and Ellen White, plus a host of Women's Super League players, are on the list of nominations for the Ballon d'Or. A total of 20 players have been nominated, including four members of the Barcelona team which secured victory in the Women's Champions League last season and another - Irene Paredes - who has since joined the all-conquering Catalan side. But there was no place on the list for the reigning champion, USA superstar Megan Rapinoe, who took the prize when it was last handed out in 2019. Losing Champions League finalists Chelsea also have five players on the list - Magdalena Eriksson, Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Kirby. As well as Man City striker White, one of the stars for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, there was also a nomina...
Arsenal hero, Ian Wright snubs Ronaldo, Messi, names best player in Europe
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Arsenal hero, Ian Wright snubs Ronaldo, Messi, names best player in Europe

Arsenal hero, Ian Wright, has snubbed Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and named Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the best player in Europe on current form. Wright believes Salah is “probably” the best player in Europe on current form following his sparkling start to the new season with Liverpool. Salah has been impressive for Liverpool so far this season. The Egyptian international is currently the joint top goal scorer in the Premier League with six goals alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. The former Chelsea star was also named among the 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Asked if Salah is the best player in Europe on current form, Wright told Optus Sport: “Probably at the moment with his form you could put him up ther...
EPL: Arsenal tipped to finish in top four this season
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EPL: Arsenal tipped to finish in top four this season

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has said Arsenal are the outsiders to watch in the race for the Premier League’s top four this season. Despite the Gunners starting the campaign with three straight defeats, Carragher feels they are still in contention for Champions League spots. Before the season began, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United were tipped to finish in the top four. But Carragher believes Arsenal should be “watched closely”, as they have recovered with victories over Burnley, Norwich and Tottenham, before drawing with Brighton before the international break. Mikel Arteta’s side are in 11th place, having taken 10 points from their first seven games. “We can already see which are the top four strongest Premier League teams. “The team that...
You’ll miss him – Glen Johnson issues warning to Chelsea over Rudiger
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You’ll miss him – Glen Johnson issues warning to Chelsea over Rudiger

Former Chelsea star, Glen Johnson, has warned the club to sort out the future of Antonio Rudiger as the clock ticks down on the defender’s contract at Stamford Bridge. Johnson believes Chelsea will miss Rudiger if they allow him to leave the club on a free transfer next summer. Rudiger has been a regular first-team player under Thomas Tuchel and has started all seven of the Blues’ Premier League games so far this season. His current contract with Chelsea will expire at the end of the season. Asked about the prospect of Rudiger leaving Chelsea next year, Johnson told bettingodds, “It would be a loss. “He’s clearly revamped his Chelsea career under Thomas Tuchel and when he’s playing the way he has been, then he’s a great asset to Chelsea, so if he was to go on a free contra...
Luis Suarez brutally slams Ronald Koeman over the 40 seconds phone call which ended his Barcelona career
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Luis Suarez brutally slams Ronald Koeman over the 40 seconds phone call which ended his Barcelona career

Luis Suarez has brutally criticised Ronald Koeman, accusing the Barcelona coach of 'lacking personality'. The former Liverpool striker was allowed to join Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million transfer from the Catalan giants last year following a phone call with the then newly-appointed Dutch boss. The 34-year-old Uruguayan came back to haunt his former club last weekend, scoring the second goal to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Barcelona. Suarez denied that the phone call gesture after scoring was directed at Koeman, but he has now criticised the 58-year-old publicly, insisting the Dutch coach did not make it clear if it was him or the club who wanted him gone. The Koeman phone call to tell me that he was not counting on me lasted 40 seconds, it is not the ...
Arsenal confirm Jack Wilshere’s return
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Arsenal confirm Jack Wilshere’s return

Arsenal have confirmed that ex-England international, Jack Wilshere, has been training with the club. The 29-year-old has been without a club since he left Bournemouth at the end of last season. However, Wilshere is looking to keep fit, with the hope of getting a new club soon. Until then, the Gunners have allowed their former midfielder to work on his fitness at the Colney training ground. “He is going to be training sometimes with us, he is going to be around the place. “He is going to be continuing his coaching badges that he is very interested in, try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is great influence to have around,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.
You’re trapping him at Old Trafford – Agbonlahor begs Man Utd to sell Van de Beek
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You’re trapping him at Old Trafford – Agbonlahor begs Man Utd to sell Van de Beek

Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has urged Manchester United to sell Donny van de Beek in the January transfer window. Agbonlahor claimed that Man United are trapping Van de Beek at Old Trafford, adding that the midfielder’s situation at the club is ‘turning into a joke’. Van de Beek joined Man United from Ajax for £40m in the summer of 2020. The Netherlands international has endured a difficult spell at Man United, falling out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. He is yet to start a league game for Man United so far this season. Asked whether he thinks Man United will let Van de Beek leave in January, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “I think they will. “It’s turning into a joke now. United need to just let him go and play football. You are trapping him at th...
Shearer, Lineker reveal how many goals Ronaldo will score for Man Utd
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Shearer, Lineker reveal how many goals Ronaldo will score for Man Utd

Former Premier League strikers, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, have revealed how many goals Cristiano Ronaldo will score for Manchester United this season. Ronaldo joined Man United from Juventus in the summer transfer window. The Portugal captain has netted five goals in six appearances in all competitions for Man United. But Shearer and Lineker believe the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will exceed the 20-goal mark this season. “When you look at his [ Cristiano Ronaldo] career, and particularly his career at Man United, he started there, started with very raw but unbelievable talent and you could see that from the beginning,” Shearer said on the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast. “And where he’s got to… him and [Lionel] Messi have taken goal scoring to another level. I...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi to be Announced Winner, Clinch record-extending Seventh award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi to be Announced Winner, Clinch record-extending Seventh award

Lionel Messi now wears the colours of Paris Saint-Germain. The 34-year-old left Barcelona as a free agent this summer after over two decades at the club. In another month, Messi is expected to win his record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or. The Argentina captain is the only player to have won the award six times. His eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo has five gongs to his name. After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barca last season, Messi is widely expected to win the prize. Messi boosted his chances by winning the Copa America with his country, after a 1-0 win over Brazil in the final. With his move to PSG, you can expect that he will continue to win trophies and be in the conversations for next year’s award at this least. ...
You must Buckle Down to Save your Career at Man Utd – Yorke warns Martial
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You must Buckle Down to Save your Career at Man Utd – Yorke warns Martial

Former Manchester United striker, Dwight Yorke has warned Anthony Martial that he must ‘buckle down’ to save his career at the club. Yorke believes Martial needs to prove his ‘immense talent’ in order to find his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team at Old Trafford. Martial was handed his first Premier League start of the season in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Everton last Saturday and justified his selection by scoring his side’s only goal of the encounter. But with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani ahead of Martial in Solskjaer’s pecking order of forwards and Marcus Rashford set to return from injury, the France international is struggling for game tim “When you play for this club [Manchester United] and you are not doing the business and your form...
Roy Keane rates Chelsea, Liverpool’s title chances this Season
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Roy Keane rates Chelsea, Liverpool’s title chances this Season

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has given his verdict on Chelsea and Liverpool’s Premier League title chances this season. Keane believes Chelsea and Liverpool “will do well” to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the Premier League title this term. He, however, said that Man City are the team to beat this season ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool. Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with a point ahead of Liverpool (second position) and two points ahead of Man City (third position). “It’s about the managers as well, Pep Guardiola’s track record is mind-boggling, he knows how to win football matches, ” Keane told Sky Sports. “They are a hard team to beat. Liverpool will no doubt be in the mix because they have lots of goal scorers. ...
Cavani breaks silence on Solskjaer’s decision to drop him, Ronaldo’s arrival
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Cavani breaks silence on Solskjaer’s decision to drop him, Ronaldo’s arrival

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, has opened up on what has been a tough start to the season for him. Cavani made his first start this term in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo. The Uruguayan, who became United’s first-choice striker last season, has now slipped down the pecking order following Ronaldo’s arrival. Cavani even gave up his no.7 shirt for the 36-year-old Ronaldo. “In football, you have to always be ready. It’s one of the keys at the top level. “Sometimes you play more, sometimes you play less, managers make decisions, but that doesn’t stop the work to always be competitive. “The league has just started and I need to be, not quite like last year, but I’m there to be a part ...
Former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri confirmed as new Watford boss
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Former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri confirmed as new Watford boss

Watford have confirmed the appointment of Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri as the club’s Head Coach. Ranieri has signed a contract until the end of next season and will be joined at Vicarage Road by assistant coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia, along with fitness coach Carlo Spignoli. He is now tasked with trying to keep Watford in the Premier League after their return to the top-flight. Confirming the news, Watford said that they were pleased to welcome their new Head Coach to Vicarage Road. “Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new Head Coach, on a two-year contract,” a club statement read. “The Italian arrives at Vicarage Road boasting a wealth of experience in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs,...
Man Utd loanee Andreas Pereira facing potential six-game ban for allegedly breaching quarantine rules in Brazil
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Man Utd loanee Andreas Pereira facing potential six-game ban for allegedly breaching quarantine rules in Brazil

The midfielder, who is spending the season at Flamengo, could be punished after failing to complete a full self-isolation period Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira is facing a six-game ban for allegedly breaching quarantine rules in Brazil. Pereira has spent the last seven years of his career on United's books, having initially graduated to their senior squad as a teenager back in 2014. The Brazilian has never been a regular in the Red Devils' starting XI, though, and was sent out on loan for the fourth time as Flamengo arranged a deal for the midfielder in the summer transfer window, but it has been claimed that he broke Covid-19 protocols upon his return to his homeland.
Man Utd outcast Van de Beek still interesting Everton as Brands refuses to rule out January raid
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Man Utd outcast Van de Beek still interesting Everton as Brands refuses to rule out January raid

The Toffees’ director of football has confirmed that efforts were made to get a deal done for the Dutch midfielder during the summer transfer window Marcel Brands, director of football at Everton, has confirmed that the Toffees made efforts to prise Donny van de Beek away from Manchester United over the summer and may reassess that situation in January. A talented Netherlands international midfielder continues to struggle for regular game time at Old Trafford, with just five minutes of Premier League action taken in this season. Rafa Benitez had been hoping to offer the 24-year-old Dutchman a clean slate during the last transfer window, but efforts to do a deal with North West rivals proved problematic.
Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri agrees to become new Watford head coach
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Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri agrees to become new Watford head coach

Claudio Ranieri has arrived at Watford's training ground after agreeing to become the club's head coach. According to Sky in Italy, Ranieri is expected to sign a contract to take over at Vicarage Road on Monday. The Italian, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role as Sampdoria manager at the end of last season. Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club 14th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening seven games. Spaniard Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and guided the club to automatic promotion from the Championship last season. Munoz's last match in charge was a defeat against Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday, with Ranieri set to become Watford's ...
Salah makes bold Liverpool title declaration despite draw against Manchester City
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Salah makes bold Liverpool title declaration despite draw against Manchester City

  The Red forward believes they have the resources to reclaim the trophy they lost to the Citizens last season Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has boldly stated the Merseyside charges have what it takes to win the 2021/22 Premier League title after the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday at Anfield Stadium. Despite managing just one shot on target in the first half that was hugely dominated by the champions, the Reds upped their tempo after the break. The Egypt international went past his markers, before setting up Sadio Mane for the opening goal after 59 minutes.  
Carragher names best player in Europe after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Man City
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Carragher names best player in Europe after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Man City

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has named Mohamed Salah as the best player in Europe. He urged the club to do whatever they can to tie the Egypt international to a new contract. Carragher was speaking after Salah netted a dazzling goal against Manchester City in a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Salah, who also set up Sadio Mane’s opener, has scored in seven consecutive games for the Reds, equalling his longest scoring streak and becoming only the fourth player to reach 100 Premier League goals for Liverpool in the process. “I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment. “His record at the start of this season has been absolutely outstanding. “You can never really question him for what he’s done at Liverpool – if at all – but r...
BBNaija: Pere reveals future plans, last words to Maria
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BBNaija: Pere reveals future plans, last words to Maria

Evicted Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Pere has revealed his plans outside the house. Pere was evicted as the fourth housemate tonight at the season six finale eviction show. When asked of his plans after the show, Pere told Ebuka on stage that he would love to go back to Nollywood and also take chances in music. Pere said: “It was really crazy for me in the house but Nollywood is what’s next for me. “I’m also open to other big things like music.” When asked to say his last words to Maria, Pere said “ I love you.” Meanwhile, Pere known as ‘The General’ before his exit from the house won a brand new car from Innoson.
BBNaija: I’m surprised I made it this far – Emmanuel says after eviction
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BBNaija: I’m surprised I made it this far – Emmanuel says after eviction

Evicted Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 finalist, Emmanuel has said he’s excited following his eviction. Emmanuel scaled through to the finale as one of the top six housemates after securing the ultimate veto power. He was, however, the first out of the six housemates to exit the house tonight. Speaking with Ebuka on stage, Emmanuel said he’s excited to be out of the house despite not winning because he didn’t expect to make it this far. “I’m surprised I made it this far in the show. I’m just excited because I made it this far. When asked about his relationship with Liquorose outside the house, Emmanuel told Ebuka: “We’ll find out when we’re out of the house.” On his future plans outside the house, Emmanuel said he’s out for anything in the fashion and lifestyle indus...
Watford in Ranieri talks after sacking Munoz
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Watford in Ranieri talks after sacking Munoz

Watford are in talks to appoint Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach after sacking Xisco Munoz. Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role as Sampdoria manager at the end of last season. Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club 14th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening seven games. Ranieri, who will turn 70 later this month and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham, is known very well by the Watford owners and Sky Sports Newshas been told he was a candidate for the managerial job in the past. One source has told Sky Sports News that if Ranieri is appointed he will sign a two-year deal at Vicarage Road. Watford are expected to have a new boss i...
Yaya Toure ‘available for Barcelona’ should they need ex-midfielder
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Yaya Toure ‘available for Barcelona’ should they need ex-midfielder

The ex-Blaugrana midfielder is hurting with recent inconsistent results posted by his former team this season Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure has stated he is readily available to help Barcelona at any given time if he is contacted to do so. The Blaugrana have been inconsistent this season, and have suffered back-to-back defeats in all competitions, the latest one coming on Saturday when they fell 2-0 to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. Barca have won just once in their last six matches in all competitions, losing thrice and drawing twice. It is a run that is hurting the club's faithful, and it is for this reason the former midfielder has offered himself to help the team if needed.  
EPL: He only thinks about goals – Blind blasts Cristiano Ronaldo
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EPL: He only thinks about goals – Blind blasts Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Netherlands coach, Danny Blind, has slammed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. Blind said Ronaldo only thinks about goals and hopes his Man United teammates will conquer the ball during a match. He said this while launching a scathing assessment of Ronaldo’s impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Blind believes Man United are not playing in their familiar pattern so far this season because of Ronaldo despite his goals for the Red Devils. Ronaldo, 36, returned to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in the summer window in a £13million move from Juventus. “Ronaldo doesn’t really need to play an active role,” Blind told Sportnieuws. “Like: ‘take your time’. You also see the other players looking at you like, ‘how are we going to solve it t...
Paul Merson agrees with Conte over comments on Lukaku, Tuchel
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Paul Merson agrees with Conte over comments on Lukaku, Tuchel

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has agreed with former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte over his comments on Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Tuchel. Conte, who managed Lukaku during their time at Inter Milan, had criticized the way Chelsea coach Tuchel uses the striker in the Blues’ attack so far this season. The Italian gaffer had said that Chelsea, under Tuchel, are “yet to figure out” Lukaku after his return to the Premier League giants from Inter in the summer. Reacting, Merson, in his column for the Daily Star, said, “Antonio Conte is right about Chelsea – they are not getting the best out of Romelu Lukaku. “Conte was saying this week that his old club are still trying to figure things out with Lukaku and I think he’s right. “I think the Chelsea players are looking fo...

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