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Ridiculous, pathetic, stupid – Shearer slams referee, VAR over penalty awarded to Liverpool vs Palace
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Ridiculous, pathetic, stupid – Shearer slams referee, VAR over penalty awarded to Liverpool vs Palace

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer tore into referee and VAR operator, Kevin Friend and Craig Pawson respectively, over their decision to award a penalty to Liverpool during their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace. Shearer described the penalty decision as ‘ridiculous, pathetic and stupid’, adding that match officiating has bad this season. Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had put Liverpool ahead in the first half but Palace halved the deficit through Odsonne Edouard and were hopeful to get a draw. But the hope of getting any from the match died for Patrick Vieira’s side after the Reds were awarded a controversial spot kick. Liverpool’s Diogo Jota was adjudged to have been brought down by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita despite the replay showing there was no contac...
Jamie Carragher reveals Lionel Messi called him a ‘DONKEY’ in an Instagram direct message after he suggested he would not be a ‘great signing’ for PSG
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Jamie Carragher reveals Lionel Messi called him a ‘DONKEY’ in an Instagram direct message after he suggested he would not be a ‘great signing’ for PSG

Former Liverpool star, Jamie Carragher has claimed Lionel Messi called him a 'donkey' after he suggested the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner would not be a 'great signing' for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season. Apparently, this didn't go down for the Argentine who wasted no time in letting the Sky Sports pundit know his feelings. 'It was on Monday Night Football and I got a private message on Instagram,' Carragher said on Friday Night Football after Watford's defeat by Norwich at Vicarage Road. 'From the man [Messi] himself. I will not be showing private messages but he basically called me a donkey.' As Carragher's co-pundit Gary Neville and presenter Dave Jones could barely contain their laughter, the former Liverpool defender continued: 'He [Messi] watches Monday Nig...
Vieira explains Crystal Palace transformation
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Vieira explains Crystal Palace transformation

The move started with a Joel Ward throw-in deep in Crystal Palace territory and ended, 58 seconds later, with Conor Gallagher firing an angled finish into the corner of the Brighton net. In between, the ball travelled through every Palace player, including goalkeeper Jack Butland. The patient, 20-pass build-up carved Brighton open and while the goal was not enough to win the game, the mention of it still prompts a smile from Patrick Viera a week later. "I knew it was a nice goal in terms of the build-up from the back, but I didn't realise in the moment that every player had touched the ball because I was too into the game," he tells Sky Sports. "It was good to see it back, because it shows the way we want to play." Vieira is speaking over Zoom from the club's Beckenham headqua...
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to face a 25 per cent pay cut next season should Man United fail to qualify for the Champions League
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to face a 25 per cent pay cut next season should Man United fail to qualify for the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo will have his £385,000 a week salary docked by 25 percent next season should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports. The Portuguese striker returned to Old Trafford this summer in a £20million transfer from Juventus, but both he and the club are struggling for form with United currently sitting in seventh place. The Ralf Rangnick's squad are two points behind fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand as they battle for Champions League football. And according to The Athletic, Ronaldo will see his salary docked if the club cannot breach the gap to fourth-place between now and the end of May. That would mean Ronaldo's £385,000 a week wage will be slashed below the £300,000 mark to £288,000 a week - which would be the ...
Carabao Cup: Klopp singles out one Arsenal player after Liverpool’s 2-0 win
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Carabao Cup: Klopp singles out one Arsenal player after Liverpool’s 2-0 win

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Arsenal forward, Gabriel Martinelli, despite his team winning 2-0 in their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night. Diogo Jota scored twice for the Reds as they qualified for the final where they will play Chelsea at Wembley. But Klopp singled out Martinelli as the Gunners’ player that impressed him the most. The 20-year-old was up against Trent Alexander-Arnold down the wing and Klopp was keen to highlight his quality despite not being asked directly about the youngster. He said after the match: “Martinelli by the way… everybody should remember that name. Outstanding player.” Martinelli has scored 16 times in 68 appearances for Arsenal, four of which have come this season.
Saudi Arabian Club Al Nassr offer to sign Aubameyang on loan
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Saudi Arabian Club Al Nassr offer to sign Aubameyang on loan

Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr have offered to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan until the end of the season. Rushhoursport News reported earlier this month Arsenal would consider offers this month for their former skipper, who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in December after a disciplinary breach. Reports have suggested Al Nassr's loan offer includes an obligation to buy. The 32-year-old has 18 months left on his contract and an exit in this transfer window would represent a saving of around £25m in wages for the rest of his contract. Aubameyang has recently returned to London from the Africa Cup of Nations for medical examinations after being diagnosed with heart lesions following a positive test for Covid-19. The Gabon international did not f...
Tottenham would’ve killed Arsenal – Mikel Arteta
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Tottenham would’ve killed Arsenal – Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has defended the Gunners’ request to postpone Sunday’s north London derby. The Spaniard said Arsenal would have been ‘killed’ if they had gone ahead with it – just as they were earlier this season. Despite that Arsenal had just one positive COVID case in their squad, they requested that the match be postponed and the Premier League agreed. “When we played the first three games of the season, while other teams were postponing matches, and we played and we tried to play, and we were killed because people said, ‘Don’t be naive, because if you have that many players out, don’t play with your kids!” Arteta told the press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool on Thursday “And now we postponed the match [against Spurs] for all t...
Paul Pogba’s preferred move revealed
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Paul Pogba’s preferred move revealed

Manchester United star, Paul Pogba wants a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season. According to The Star, Pogba, whose contract with Man United will expire at the end of the season, has apparently told Man United’s chiefs that he wants to move to Real Madrid in the summer. The France international is yet to sign a new contract with Man United as he looks set to call it time on his spell in the Premier League. Pogba has drawn the interest of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the past. The 28-year-old is free this month to speak to foreign clubs over a free summer transfer. Pogba joined Man United for the second time in 2016 after the Premier League giants shelled out a club record £89million to prise him away from Juventus. The midfielder had already...
Transfer: Luis Suarez in shocking Premier League return, to join Liverpool rivals
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Transfer: Luis Suarez in shocking Premier League return, to join Liverpool rivals

Luis Suarez could be on his way back to the Premier League in a shocking move to join Liverpool rivals, Aston Villa. The former Liverpool striker is currently considering a move to reunite with Steven Gerard at Aston Villa The Uruguayan has reportedly held talks with his Liverpool former teammate Gerrard. Gerrard has already brought back another former teammate, Philippe Coutinho to the Premier League this January transfer window on loan from Barcelona. Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, who interviewed Suarez on his Twitch channel in October, said Gerrard is trying to bring the striker to Villa Park and has made an approach to him. Romero said that the veteran striker, Suarez has received offers from three Brazilian clubs – Palmeiras, Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro – as ...
Man Utd ready to appoint Manager to take over from Rangnick
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Man Utd ready to appoint Manager to take over from Rangnick

Manchester United could appoint a new permanent manager before the end of the season, MEN reports. The Red Devils are still looking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement, although Ralf Rangnick has been put in temporary charge of the team. Rangnick’s contract as interim boss runs until the end of the season. Once a new full-time boss is found, the German will move into a consultancy role at Old Trafford alongside director John Murtough and Richard Arnold. United are now looking to secure their next manager before the summer transfer window opens July 1. The club are understood to believe “the sooner the better” with hiring a new coach after witnessing Tottenham’s long-winded attempt to replace Jose Mourinho last year. PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag r...
He had iPAD, watching Netflix during Aston Villa game – Parker slams ‘lost’ Man United star
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He had iPAD, watching Netflix during Aston Villa game – Parker slams ‘lost’ Man United star

Paul Parker has suggested Jadon Sancho is no longer at Manchester United and is totally lost. He said the former Borussia Dortmund forward may already be having doubts over his role at the club. United brought in Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million last summer and the England international has so far struggled at Old Trafford. Sancho has played 23 games for United this season, scoring only two goals and providing zero assist and was left out of the starting XI during Saturday’s Premier League clash at Aston Villa. He was later brought on with 12 minutes of the contest remaining for what was a disappointing cameo. Parker, a former Manchester United defender, accused the 21-year-old of not following the game going on in front of him. Parker told Talk of the Devi...
Benzema tells Real Madrid he will leave if Haaland arrives
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Benzema tells Real Madrid he will leave if Haaland arrives

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema has informed the club that he will leave if Erling Haaland arrives from Borussia Dortmund this summer. The LaLiga club is one of the many clubs interested in signing Haaland whose release clause becomes active at the end of the season. Benzema would be happy to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu if the club signs Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe. The France international will not push for a way out of the club because he has a good understanding with his international team-mate. However, El Nacional reports Benzema has notified president Florentino Perez that he will be forced to quit if they land Haaland. Real are looking to sign both Haaland and Mbappe this summer.
LaLiga: Xavi feels ‘cheated’ by Dembele
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LaLiga: Xavi feels ‘cheated’ by Dembele

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez feels cheated by Ousmane Dembele, who is now looking likely to leave the club this year, the UK Mirror reports. Dembele’s current contract with the LaLiga giants expires in the summer. However, negotiations to extend his deal have reached an impasse. Xavi sounded optimistic recently when asked on Dembele’s future, by claiming that he could accept a reduced terms deal, but the mood appears to have changed. With less than six months remaining on the player’s deal, he has been free to discuss pre-contract terms with clubs outside of Spain since the start of the year. The 24-year-old has spent five years at the Nou Camp, but now looks set to leave either as a free agent at the end of the season or in a cut-price deal this month. Barca paid ...
Chelsea interested in signing PSG’s Kurzawa on loan
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Chelsea interested in signing PSG’s Kurzawa on loan

Chelsea are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa on loan, with the 29-year-old currently out of favour at the French club. Chelsea are looking to sign a left-back this month, with Ben Chilwell set to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury while Lyon have reportedly rejected Chelsea's offer to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan in France. The Blues also cannot recall left-back Ian Maatsen from his loan at Coventry as the Dutchman has exceeded the number of games played as per the terms of the loan agreement. The 19-year-old has played in 21 Championship games this season and will remain at Coventry until the end of the season. Chelsea have now turned their attentions to Kurzawa, who has made only one appearance for PSG this sea...
Transfer: Brazilian star Surprised by Chelsea as Pogba vows to leave Man United
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Transfer: Brazilian star Surprised by Chelsea as Pogba vows to leave Man United

Brazil international, Kenedy has said that his sudden recall to Stamford Bridge by Chelsea came to him as a surprise. Kenedy, who was on a season long loan at Flamengo, was brought back to help the Blues sort out their defensive crisis following injuries to some key players. He said he was ‘taken by surprise,’ adding that everything happened so fast. “I was taken by surprise. I found out on Wednesday night around 11pm. Everything happened very fast,” the Brazilian told reporters at Rio de Janeiro airport before jetting off for London. “Chelsea had a contract with Flamengo. They asked me to present myself and I’m presenting myself. “It was Flamengo that told me. I’m just fulfilling the contract.” Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has vowed to leave Old ...
Raheem Sterling wins Premier League Player of the Month for December
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Raheem Sterling wins Premier League Player of the Month for December

Manchester City striker, Raheem Sterling, has been voted the Premier League Player of the Month for December. The England international had scored five goals and provided one assist  last month, where City won all seven Premier League games. I t's the first time in three years Sterling will be winning the EPL player of the month award. He won the award ahead of team-mate Joao Cancelo, who was also nominated. He’s the first City player to win the award this season. “I am delighted to win this award again – but December was an amazing month for the whole team,” he was quoted by City’s website. “The Premier League is the most challenging competition in the world, so to win all seven of our league games throughout the month of December is incredible. “Contributing to...
Juan Mata’s next possible club revealed as Ronaldo hints on playing in Brazil
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Juan Mata’s next possible club revealed as Ronaldo hints on playing in Brazil

Manchester United midfielder, Juan Mata’s possible next club has been revealed. Mata has had an informal meeting with Real Sociedad president, Jokin Aperribay, over a possible switch to Spain. According to Cadena SER, the Spaniard could join Real Sociedad at the end of the season. The 33-year-old’s contract with Man United will expire on June 30, 2022, and he has not featured regularly for the Red Devils this season. Meanwhile, Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he could play in Brazil in the near future. Ronaldo said this ahead of Man United’s Premier League tie with Aston Villa this weekend. The Portugal captain joined Man United from Juventus in the summer of 2021. “It’s a country I have a lot of respect for, I know a lot about Brazil. No...
Genk striker Onuachu becomes first Nigerian to win Belgian Golden Shoe
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Genk striker Onuachu becomes first Nigerian to win Belgian Golden Shoe

The 27-year-old has been rewarded for his outstanding goalscoring record in the Belgian top-flight last season   Genk striker Paul Onuachu has become the first Nigerian player to win the Belgian Golden Shoe. Onuachu was crowned at a ceremony on Wednesday night as he beat off Club Brugge duo Noa Lang and Charles Des Ketelaere to the award. The 2021 award recognises the Super Eagles star's performances for the 2020-21 season where he finished as the First Division A top scorer with 33 goals in 38 matches.
Newcastle make offer for Sevilla defender Carlos
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Newcastle make offer for Sevilla defender Carlos

Newcastle are continuing to push to sign Diego Carlos and are awaiting a response from Sevilla after submitting a bid for the defender. Signing a centre-back is Newcastle's primary focus after the arrival of striker Chris Wood from Burnley for £25m on Thursday. The Premier League side retain a strong interest in Benoit Badiashile, but a deal for the Monaco defender is now looking unlikely after he sustained an injury during his side's draw with Nantes. Another stumbling block is Monaco's asking price, with the Ligue 1 side looking for a fee in the region of €60m (£50m) for the 20-year-old. Carlos, who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics with Brazil in the summer, has made 27 appearances for Sevilla this season, scoring two goals. Lille's Sven Botman was ...
Cristiano Ronaldo reveals when he will retire from football
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Cristiano Ronaldo reveals when he will retire from football

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is aiming to continue playing football until the age of 42. The 36-year-old is currently United’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions this season. Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford last summer and signed a two-year deal with the option for one extra year. He is now looking to play for up to six more years at the top level. “Genetically I feel like I’m 30 years old. I take great care of my body and my mind. Something I’ve learned recently is that after 33, I believe the body can deliver if you need it, but the real battle is mental. “Going through many things with the focus on the end goal of staying at a high level is the hardest thing, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years. I’ve been working and fo...
Ronaldo’s stern message to Man Utd: I don’t accept anything less than top three
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Ronaldo’s stern message to Man Utd: I don’t accept anything less than top three

The Portuguese superstar has grown accustomed to being successful and admits that he is not at Old Trafford to finish “in sixth place”   Cristiano Ronaldo has warned those around him at Manchester United that he will not accept anything less than a top-three standing this season, with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner pointing out that he is not about to settle for “sixth place or seventh place”. A modern day superstar has grown accustomed to competing for major honours over the course of an illustrious career that has delivered trophy triumphs aplenty in England, Spain and Italy. The Portuguese icon will be turning 37 on February 5, with many starting to slow down by this point, but ambition burns as bright as ever for an all-time great and he is urging his team-mates at O...
You must not let him leave – Ashley Cole, Redknapp warns Chelsea over ‘best player’
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You must not let him leave – Ashley Cole, Redknapp warns Chelsea over ‘best player’

Chelsea legend, Ashley Cole and former Liverpool star, Jamie Redknapp have told the Blues not to allow Antonio Rudiger to leave Stamford Bridge. Cole said he hopes the club does everything to keep the Germany international who has been Chelsea’s best player so far this season, adding that there are not many centre backs like him in the world at the moment. Rudger’s current deal runs out at the end of the 2021/22 campaign and the 28-year-old is free to speak to rival European clubs over a possible move. Top European clubs such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Manchester United are all interested in signing the defender on free transfer. However, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel is hopeful Rudiger will commit his long-term future to Chelsea. “I played with him at...
Transfer: Brazilian star, Melo to become Arsenal’s first January signing
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Transfer: Brazilian star, Melo to become Arsenal’s first January signing

Juventus midfielder, Arthur Melo wants to move to Arsenal on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal want to add to their midfield options this January transfer window and Mikel Arteta has made this clear. And potential additions include Bruno Guimaraes, Yves Bissouma and Gini Wijnaldum, who are all heavily linked with moving to the Emirates in recent days. Arsenal are said to be focusing their attention on Arthur and want to have the Brazilian on a temporary deal. A move to Arsenal has become a realistic escape route for the out-of-favour midfielder and discussions are now at an advanced stage. Sky Sports reports that Arthur is willing to secure a six-month switch to the Emirates to boost his minutes. The 25-year-old is hopeful a successful loan spell in England could ...
25-year-old Brazilian star returns to Chelsea
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25-year-old Brazilian star returns to Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have brought back Brazil international, Kenedy from his loan at Flamengo. The club took the decision following an injury crisis in the full-back positions. Kenedy, 25, has played just 15 Premier League games for the Blues, with his last coming in 2016. Goal Brazil reports that the Brazilian is now heading back to London after loan spells at Watford, Newcastle, Getafe and Granada. According to the report, Flamengo ‘fought’ to keep the player at the club but Tuchel wanted to bring him back to be part of the squad. Marcus Aloso is currently the only fully fit full-back for Chelsea as Ben Chilwell is out for the season. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta was also withdrawn early from the 2-0 victory over Tottenham last week with an injury. In recent m...
Man Utd’s Skinner and Toone win WSL December awards
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Man Utd’s Skinner and Toone win WSL December awards

Manchester United manager Marc Skinner and forward Ella Toone have won the Women's Super League (WSL) Manager and Player of the Month awards. December's Manager of the Month Skinner oversaw two wins out of two in December, beating Brighton 2-0 and thrashing Aston Villa 5-0. A good first half of the season under Skinner has taken United up to fourth in the WSL table, two points above rivals Manchester City. Skinner, who previously managed Birmingham City, joined United in the summer from US side Orlando Pride, replacing the outgoing Casey Stoney. December's Player of the Month Toone played 90 minutes in the win at Brighton and scoring twice as United put five past Villa. The 22-year-old forward has been in impressive form this season,...
Mourinho in Showdown talks with Roma owners after worst start in 43 years
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Mourinho in Showdown talks with Roma owners after worst start in 43 years

Jose Mourinho held showdown talks with Roma owners on Monday, following their 4-3 loss to Juventus last weekend. The hosts were leading 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico, before they conceded three goals in seven minutes. Juve even had Matthijs De Ligt sent off with less than 10 minutes left, but Roma were unable to draw level. The defeat was Mourinho’s ninth in his 21 games in charge thus far. Pressure is beginning to mount on the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss, who now has eight points less than predecessor Paulo Fonseca had at this stage last season. The Portuguese tactician has now presided over Roma’s worst start to a season in 43 years. However, Roma chiefs have no intention of sacking Mourinho at the moment, according to Football Italia, despite me...
AFCON 2021: Real reason Akpeyi lost his place in Super Eagles – Rohr
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AFCON 2021: Real reason Akpeyi lost his place in Super Eagles – Rohr

Former head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed why Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi lost his starting spot in the national team. Since 2019, Akpeyi has been a reserve keeper, falling behind Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho. He was on the bench for six of Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Akpeyi was again overlooked for the 1-0 win over Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opener, with Okoye given the nod. “He never lost his place in the national team as one of our three goalkeepers,” Rohr told iDiski Times. “He lost the number one because he had some injuries and was ill at times, giving the others a chance to play and play well. “Francis Uzoho also came back, who was the youngest goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup with 18 years. Maduka also pl...
Arsenal star to leave Emirates as Tottenham takes decision to sell Dele Alli
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Arsenal star to leave Emirates as Tottenham takes decision to sell Dele Alli

Arsenal star, Folarin Balogun will join Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season. Balogun will undergo his Middlesbrough medical on Tuesday. This was disclosed by transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Monday. He tweeted: “Folarin Balogun joins Middlesbrough on loan from Arsenal, done deal. Balogun will undergo his medical tomorrow and then will be announced as new Boro player. “Arsenal have also accepted final details and clauses. Talks started five days ago and are now completed.” Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have decided to listen to loan offers for Dele Alli, Sky Sports reports. Tottenham are prepared to let Alli leave Spurs this January transfer window in a bid for him to get a new challenge away from the north London ...
What Edinson Cavani told me about leaving Manchester United – Rangnick
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What Edinson Cavani told me about leaving Manchester United – Rangnick

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

AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on Sunday, finally matched a European top-five league 21st-century record, set by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo last December, after scoring a goal in his side’s Serie A 3-0 win over Venezia. The 40-year-old tucked in from close range inside two minutes at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo on Sunday. His goal against Venezia was his eighth Serie A goal of the season and his first of 2022. It means Zlatan has now found the net against 80 different clubs across Europe’s big five leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, LaLiga and Ligue 1). Since 2000, the only other player to have achieved that feat is Ronaldo, who reached the milestone with a goal in Man United’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021. Zlatan has ...
Transfer: Chelsea suffer major blow as Liverpool star leaves Anfield for new club
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Transfer: Chelsea suffer major blow as Liverpool star leaves Anfield for new club

Chelsea have suffered a major blow in their first approach to recall Emerson Palmieri from Lyon this January transfer window. This was disclosed by football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter at the weekend. Emerson is currently on loan at Lyon from Chelsea. “Chelsea are still trying to recall Emerson Palmieri as left back, Tuchel wants him. OL turned down first approach but Chelsea are pushing again – prepared to offer compensation. “Lucas Digne deal now looking very unlikely. Nothing advanced. Everton ask for permanent move,” Romano tweeted. Meanwhile, Liverpool academy goalkeeper, Liam Hughes, has left the club to join Stalybridge Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season. Liverpool confirmed this in a statement via their website. Hu...
Transfer: AC Milan to bring Man Utd star to San Siro as Madrid eye Arsenal defender
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Transfer: AC Milan to bring Man Utd star to San Siro as Madrid eye Arsenal defender

AC Milan have set their sights on Manchester United defender centre-back, Eric Bailly, Sky Italia report. The Serie A giants have focused their attention on the Ivory Coast international as they look to bring in a replacement for Simon Kjaer following his injury lay-off. AC Milan wants an initial loan deal for the 27-year-old similar to the one that saw them sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea last season. Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Cedric Soares is the subject of interest from Atletico Madrid, according to Nicolo Schira. Diego Simeone’s side are looking at Soares as they seek extra cover at the back following Kieran Trippier’s move to Premier League side Newcastle United. Soares, 30, is not the only player on Atletico Madrid’s list. The Liga champions also have RB Leipzig...
Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles Completes Roma Loan Move
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Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles Completes Roma Loan Move

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has completed a loan move to Roma from Arsenal until the end of the season. The Arsenal academy graduate, whose contract expires in the summer of 2023, has started just two Premier League games this season but will hope he can kickstart his career under former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho in Italy, alongside former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. "I am just delighted to be here and can't wait to crack on. I want to help the team and show what I can do as a player," England international Maitland-Niles said. "Thank you to the fans for the support they have already shown me - I hope we can go on to do something great by the end of the season." Mourinho will be hoping the utility player, deployed at wing-back and central midfield, can make an impact a...
Pogba clears air on Man United making him highest-paid player in Premier League
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Pogba clears air on Man United making him highest-paid player in Premier League

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has dismissed reports that the club has offered a mammoth £500,000-a-week deal to make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League in order for him to remain at Old Trafford. Reports had emerged on Friday that the Man United hierarchy had made one final attempt to convince Pogba to stay and were prepared to make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League. Pogba’s contract with Man United will expire in the summer of 2022. The Frenchman, who is widely expected to leave Man United at the end of the season, is free to hold talks with foreign clubs this January transfer window. The World Cup winner has drawn the interest of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. However, a spokesman for Pogba has now denied the clai...
Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski shortlisted as final three for FIFA Best Awards men’s player of the year.
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Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski shortlisted as final three for FIFA Best Awards men’s player of the year.

Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, and Robert Lewandowski have been announced as the final three nominees for the FIFA Best Awards men’s player of the year. The award is voted for by a jury made up of current men's national team coaches and captains, one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team, and fans registered on FIFA.com. Paris St Germain's superstar, Lionel Messi finally ended his wait for major international silverware in 2021 as he helped Argentina to win the Copa America. Liverpool striker, Salah is the Premier League's top goalscorer so far this season, with 16 to his name, and is arguably in the best form of his life. Bayern Munich striker, Lewandowski enjoyed another spectacular year at club level for Bayern, scoring a Bundesliga record ...
Chelsea captain Azpilicueta assures fans: I’m really committed here
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Chelsea captain Azpilicueta assures fans: I’m really committed here

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has assured fans of his commitment as his contract runs down.   The Spaniard recently passed 450 Blues appearances and started his 300th Premier League game in the draw with Brighton last week. He has said his focus is fully on achieving his short-term goals at the club, which includes winning silverware this season. "As I always said, I feel I have the trust and confidence of the club and now I am focused on every game," Azpilicueta told the club's website. "They are very tough games, and I am enjoying the moment. Eventually the moment will come, but I am fully focused on hopefully getting as many trophies as we can and then we will see. "I cannot say anything more than that I am really committed and have a lot of things ahead in the...
Man Utd willing to offer £500,000-a-week package to convince Pogba
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Man Utd willing to offer £500,000-a-week package to convince Pogba

Manchester United's board remain desperate to keep hold of Paul Pogba.   The midfielder comes off contract at the end of the season. The Sun says United are preparing a gigantic offer in order to persuade him to stay on at the Theatre of Dreams. They report that the club are willing to offer him £400,000-a-week basic salary, with add ons likely to take him to the half-a-million mark. It is thought to be £100,000 more than any offer he is likely to receive on the continent. Pogba is currently allowed to talk to other clubs outside of England on signing a pre-contract, with the 28-year-old's current deal havnig less than six months to run. He has yet to play under interim head coach Ralf Rangnick, having been ruled out with a hamstring injury he picked up on internat...
Transfer: Another Man United star leaves Old Trafford as Arsenal midfielder completes medical with new club
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Transfer: Another Man United star leaves Old Trafford as Arsenal midfielder completes medical with new club

Manchester United star, Axel Tuanzebe has already completed his medical tests as a new Napoli player on Thursday. Napoli will officially announce Tuanzebe’s deal in the coming days. This was disclosed by transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano. Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter handle, said Tuanzebe will join Napoli on loan until the remainder of the season. This is coming less than a week after another Manchester United star, Teden Mengi, left Old Trafford to join Birmingham City on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 season. He tweeted, “Axel Tuanzebe has already completed his medical tests as new Napoli player on Thursday. Deal sealed with Manchester United on straight loan. “Official announcement in the next few days. Confirmed. @SkySport.” Tuanzebe had left Man Unit...
Zinedine Zidane’s next managerial job finally revealed
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Zinedine Zidane’s next managerial job finally revealed

Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane’s next managerial job has finally been revealed. According to RMC’s Daniel Riolo, Zidane is the one who will take Mauricio Pochettino’s place at PSG. However, Zidane won’t do it immediately as the club has decided to allow Pochettino finish his season with the club. The Frenchman will arrive in Paris at the start of next summer to coach Lionel Messi and Neymar and co. Zidane has been heavily linked with a move to become manager of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and France national team in the past. Following the glorious spell at Real Madrid, Zidane decided to take a sabbatical but returned to Santiago Bernabeu when they landed themselves in trouble again. His second spell did not see him win another Champions League, ...
Transfer: Man United top star agrees to leave Old Trafford
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Transfer: Man United top star agrees to leave Old Trafford

Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial has become the first among many top stars said to be willing to leave the club this winter transfer window. The Frenchman has reportedly agreed to join Sevilla on loan despite that Manchester United are still not happy with the Spanish side’s offer, according to French TV station, Telefoot. About two other European giants have also declared interest in the Frenchman. Martial is keen on leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window so as to find playing time elsewhere in order to secure a place in France team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho last summer. The forward has started just two league games for United...
Afcon 2021: Egypt’s Salah has quality and I have mine – Guinea-Bissau’s Mendy
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Afcon 2021: Egypt’s Salah has quality and I have mine – Guinea-Bissau’s Mendy

The 27-year-old maintains he has his own skills capable of containing the marauding Liverpool forward at the continental competition Guinea-Bissau defender Fernandy Mendy believes they have a team capable of stopping Egypt forward Mohamed Salah when they face off in the Africa Cup of Nations. The Djurtus have been drawn in Group D of the 33rd edition of the African competition alongside Egypt, Nigeria, and Sudan. Despite opening their campaign with a game against the Falcons of Jediane on January 11 at Roumde Adjia Stadium, their game against the Pharaohs is already taking centre stage with the Liverpool forward dominating the headlines. Guinea-Bissau will face Egypt in their second group match on January 15 and according to Mendy, who turns out for Alloa Athletic in Scotland, ...
​Man Utd outcast Van de Beek must find loan club to cover wages
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​Man Utd outcast Van de Beek must find loan club to cover wages

Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek can go on loan in January, on one condition. The Dutchman is out of favour at the Old Trafford club, having been reduced to a bit part role under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick this term. According to ESPN, van de Beek can leave on loan, provided he finds a club that can cover all his wages. Manager Rangnick wants to keep him until the end of the season, but the club may be flexible if they receive a suitable loan offer. Van de Beek was close to joining Everton in the summer, but that loan move was blocked by then boss Solskjaer.  
​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move
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​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move

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

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

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is delighted with his new contract. The veteran has extended his contract to the end of next season. He told the club's website: "I'm very good here. That's also thanks to the career I had at Milan, and PSG. It means I arrived at Chelsea as an experienced player. "Also, the supporters are always by my side. That's very important because they're there even if we're losing, and if they support it's also because I've been playing well. Now the club have given me this opportunity to continue to do this, and I'm going to give everything to keep playing at this level. "For me it's great, I never imagined that I would live this experience in my career. I felt it a bit at Milan, also in Paris, but here it's been like this since the first day. When you see ...
Mikel Arteta picked to replace Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
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Mikel Arteta picked to replace Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

Manchester City want Mikel Arteta to replace Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. The Citizens are monitoring Mikel Arteta’s situation at Arsenal with the Gunners yet to extend contract of the former midfielder. The Spaniard’s current deal ruians aout at the end of next season, the same period as Guardiola’s. tptizens The Premier League leaders, according to The Athletic, are looking forward to replace Guardiola with his former assistant at Man City, Arteta. The 39-year-old swapped Manchester City for the Arsenal two years ago to take his first steps into management. Before joining Arsenal, Arteta was seen as a long-term option to succeed Guardiola. And City have maintained their interest in him since his move south, according to the report.
They’ll always be inconsistent – John Barnes snubs Man Utd, names clubs to finish top-four
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They’ll always be inconsistent – John Barnes snubs Man Utd, names clubs to finish top-four

Former Liverpool player, John Barnes, has snubbed Manchester United and named the clubs that would finish top-four in the Premier League table this season. Barnes said Man United will always be inconsistent, adding that Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur will finish ahead of Ralf Rangnick’s side. “It’s going to be very difficult for either of them [Chelsea or Liverpool] to catch Man City now,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets. “You never say it’s over, but for City to drop that many points and for Liverpool and Chelsea to get so many points will be difficult. “I have to praise Chelsea because they played really well [against Liverpool] under difficult circumstances. After the whole Lukaku situation and then going 2-0 down, it could have been a disas...
Real reason Real Madrid gave up on signing Rudiger from Chelsea
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Real reason Real Madrid gave up on signing Rudiger from Chelsea

Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea due to his wage demands, Marca reports. Rudiger is reportedly asking for £200,000 per week – a price Real Madrid won’t pay given the success of current centre-backs, David Alaba and Eder Militao this season. Real Madrid have been in the running to sign the Germany international when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2022. The LaLiga giants recently cooled their interest in the Germany international. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will instead prioritize a renewal for Militao, with talks over a new five-year contract worth €8.5 million per annum set to begin in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, apart from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also interested in signing Rudiger....
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen snubs Iwobi, Iheanacho, names Super Eagles star that will play no.10 role
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen snubs Iwobi, Iheanacho, names Super Eagles star that will play no.10 role

Interim Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has dropped a strong hint that he will hand Chidera Ejuke the No.10 role in the team at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament holds from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon. Ejuke, who plays for CSKA Moscow in Russia, is one of the 13 debutants in the Eagles squad for the tournament. The winger has been outstanding for his club this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 13 games. According to CIES Observatory’s latest rankings, the 24-year-old is the third-best dribbler in the world and Eguavoen believes he can help solve the team’s lack of creativity in midfield. In the past, Gernot Rohr has played with Alex Iwobi of Everton or Leicester City’s Iheanacho behind the main striker. But speaking at ...
You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal
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You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright singled out Scott McTominay for blames for the role the midfielder played in Wolves’ goal against Manchester United on Monday. Manchester United were beaten for the first time since the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager thanks to Joao Moutinho’s late strike. Wright blamed the Scot for failing to close down Moutinho with the Portuguese given time to find the back of the net. “We can nitpick and say where the header from Phil Jones should have gone but at the same time you have got to be more aware of where you, the holding midfielder are going in defensively to try and stop him [Moutinho],” said Wright, according to Metro. “Look how much time he [Moutinho] has got – McTominay is the one who is closest to try and get to him. If he is in t...

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