Month: April 2018

  • Liverpool transfer news: see Italian target in action – worth a bid?

    As reported by talkSPORT, , but there is very little information on the player.That is because at just 17 years of age, he has yet to play a first team game for the Italian club.Indeed, he featured in only three of the Serie A side’s UEFA Youth League group matches, which mirrored the senior team’s Champions Leaguefixtures.We have found footage of Anastasio from the UEFA Youth League, however.Having played for the U19s in a win against Dortmund and a defeat at Arsenal, Anastasio was in the Napoli line up for thehome matnager Ralph Hasenhuttl.For the Dane, Hasenhuttl is the right manager for him - and the right man to take Southampton forward."It was mostly about some technical things, some positional details and some things about the team, with his assistant Danny ch againstMarseille.Take a look at the video below, to see Anastyeing Ecuador's rising star Jose Cifuentes.The midfield sensation made his first full start for the national side against Argentina last Sunday and impressed despite a 6-1 beating.The Sun says Cifuentes, 20, still plays in Ecuador for Universidad Catasio divert a goal-bound shot in the game…Unfortunately for Anastasio and Napoli, he was sent off late in the game acontent_imgnd his team lost 2-1 to a nine-man Marseille side.Serving a three-match ban, he didn’t feature in the remaining group stage matches, which Napoli successfully negotiated to claim second spot and a last 16 tie with Real Madrid.Liverpool may want to wait until then to see more of Anastasio before making any move for the player.
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  • Real Madrid agree deal with Monaco for Rodriguez

    Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Monaco’s James Rodriguez.The Colombia interna his future.Marca says Cazorla's contract with Villarreal comes to an end in the summer but he has yet to make a decision on his future.The next few weeks will serve as a period to contemplafielder Giannelli Imbula has joined Lecce on-loan.It's been reported there is a permanent option worth €4m and Lecce must buy him outright if they secure Serie A safety and he plays at least 45 minutes in 25 different games.Imbula flew in on Fridayte whether he wants to stay at the club or embark on a new ational has agreed a six-year contract with the La Liga giants and underwent his medical with the club on Tuesday morning.Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23-year-oldcontent_img, but reports suggest Madrid have paid in the region of 80 million euros (£63million), which would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.A Real Madrid statement read: “Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Monaco for the transfer of James Rodriguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons.“The player will be presented today, Tuesday 22 July, at 20:00 (Spanish time), in the Santiago Bernabeu’s presidential box.“Following that, James Rodriguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabeu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid shirt and will attend the media in the press room.”
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  • last ays they’re taking legal action against Corr

    ir shock 1-0 defeat at Levante.Zidane has urged his Real Madrid side to stay focused on the task at hand after dropping more points in the LaLiga Santander title race.After drawing against Celta Vigo last ays they're taking legal action against Corriere dello Sport.Conte was commenting after their 1-1 draw with Fiorentincontent_imga.The newspaper published an email from a Bologna fan noting he was “relishing" Inter's Champions League elimination, calling Conteweekend, Los Blancos were beaten by Levante o
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  • Football could learn a lesson from Warner, why Bale should quit Spurs and more in Adrian Durham’s weekly column

    Check out Ad's thoughts on the events of the past week and let him know what you think by leaving a comment below.Why sorry seems to be football’s hardest wordI lost count of how many times Aussie boozer David Warner apologised in his press conference this week.While my Drivetime colleague Darren Gough chose to point the finger at Joe Root and ask why he was wearing a green and gold wig and drinking until the early hours in an Aussie bar after England had thrashed the Australians (he has a point), Warner held his hand firmly in the air and accepted responsibility.We all make mistakes (yes, even me!). Warner has made a lot. A twitter row followed by abuse of a journalist cost him a fine from his Aussie cricket bosses. He’s a character and that’s being diplomatic.But watching him at the press conference you could see sincerity. The ambitious cricketer within the flawed man desperately wanted to play in tctory over Genoa.Duvan Zapata hit a screamer in injury time for the 2-1 win."It was a hard-fought game, we were up against a very impressive Genoa," Gasperini told DAZN.“However, Atalanta did enough to deserve the victory. Duvan Zapata's goal was, he Ashes and acknowledged the mistake he made when he smacked that cheeky scamp Root.What a shame apologies are only noticeable by their absence in football. Not since Tony Adams showed the world he was a man in the 1990s by admitting he had a serious alcohol problem has a footballer made any attempt to publicly acknowledge what he has done wrong, or, heaven forbid, apologise for it. Not with the sincerity Warner showed this week, that’s for sure.John Terry limping on with his legally clever, but realistically flawed defence in the disgraceful Anton Ferdinand row. No sincere apology.Luis Suarez guilty of racial abuse, then biting an opponent. No sincere apology.Joey Barton beating someone senseless, fighting with players on the pitch, using expletives and abusing people on twitter. No sincere apology.Ched Evans, convicted rapist. No sincere apology.And when I say sincere content_imgapologies, I’m referring to Warner-style apologies. Not an apology on twitter. Not an apology on a club website (sickeningly written by a press officer). I mean an apology where he looks you in the eye and you can see for certain he means he is sorry.Some footballers are man enough to drive big cars, get tattooed up, swear at people on twitter, and sleep with whoever they want to. But it seems they haven’t got the guts to apologise for their mistakes. You have to be a real man to do that.Tahiti farce means FIFA get the tournament they deserveHaving just returned from Rio de Janeiro, I am really looking forward to the Confederations Cup. The city was getting excited about the tournament, and why not? It’s where the serious countdown to the World Cup truly begins, and there are some brilliant teams to watch, continental champions and some of the world’s best footballers.And Tahiti.Yes, Tahiti are there. FIFA have messed up badly. Australia were allowed to move football federations from Oceania to Asia – bizarre in itself. They hide behind the laughable reason that the competition is tougher and therefore the quality of Aussie football will improve in the long-term.The reality is that FIFA offer up half a World Cup place (via a play-off) for Oceania, and they offer four and a half places for Asia. Clearlin League One last week.The winger, who spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Ipswich, has endured injury problems in recent times, but came off the bench at AFC Wimbledon seven days ago for the final 14 minutes of what turned out to be a gy Australia moved to guarantee they get in the World Cup every four years. Next year they look set to represent “their” continent in Brazil with South Korea, Japan and Uzbekistan. Yes, Uzbekistan.Meantime, Oceania is left with Tahiti winning the continental title, beating New Caledonia in the final. New Zealand were third. Remember New Zealand at the last World Cup? All those players who suddenly developed a passion for all things Kiwi when they realised they could get to the World Cup.Oh, and how neutrals celebrated when the Kiwis drew with Italy and were unbeaten in all three games. These people were the champions of the underdog. Not football lovers. NZ killed football in South Africa. They didn’t even try to win their games, even the game they needed to win to go through.And now FIFA’s gerrymandering to benefit Australia leaves the Confederations Cup with Tahiti as a participant. What a shambles.Please don’t celebrate if Tahiti scrape a draw. It’s easy to destroy in football, not so easy to create.Gareth should Bale out of SpursImagine you’re Gareth Bale. Real Madrid or Manchester United come to you with a massive offer – big salary, huge house, family’s needs totally taken care of, and you will become the most expensive footballer the world has ever seen.You know, as a Welshman never likely to reach a major tournament, you have only club football as a stage for your talents.And heading towards your 24th birthday next month, you face another season in the Premier League with a club who are in the Europa League again, who won’t challenge for the Premier League title, who will have a battle to finish in the top four, and who are unlikely to attract the kind of players needed to become serious contenders.So what do you do? What should Bale do? It’s a no-brainer.And if I was a Spurs fan I’d wonder why Bale hasn’t already come out and killed the speculation stone dead.Do you agree or disagree?
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  • Bundesliga star wanted by Newcastle and Tottenham interested in move to Italy

    would be keen on a return to Italy in the future amid interest from Roma, according to his agent.Both Newcastle and Spurs failed to sign him last summer when he joined German giants Borussia Dortmund instead.He had a relatively successful first season at Signal Iduna Park, scoring 13 league goals despite starting only 21 of his 32 Bundeslinchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces missing out on a reunion with RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland.United havecontent_img had the Norway forward, who Solskjaer coached at Molde, scouted during his impressive start to the season.However, theyga outings, but Roma are keen to add him to their attacking options this summer.The Gabon international’s representative Oscar Damiani has revealed the Italian capital club’s interest but admits the 25-year-old, Atlanta United youngster Efrain Morales after recent trials at Carrington.The 15-year-old shot-stopper travelled to Manchester in January on an initial eight-day training programme after club officials made a request to the MLS side to take a closer who started his career at AC Milan, is unlikely to head back to Serie A this time around.He told TMW: “[Roma’s sporting director Walter] Sabatini likes him, but it would be very difficult to lure him away from Borussia Dortmund because he has a long contract. However, he would like to return to Italy.”Aubameyang, who is under contract until 2018, could have a more prominent role at Dortmund next season , although manager Jurgen Klopp has moved quickly to snap up attackers Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos.
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  • ‘Sunderland are becoming too easy to beat’, admits Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has admitted his side are becoming too easy to beat, The Wearside outfit remain rock bottom of the Premier League after Spurs came from behind to seal a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho’s strike and an own goal from John O’Shea ruling out Adam Johnson’s opener.Sunderland started brightly and netted shortly before the break, but they held onto their lead for a matter of minutes before Tottenham struck back, and following recent losses to Chelsea and Stoke, Poyet has lamented his side’s inability to learn from their mistakes.“It’s becoming too easy to play against Sunderland,” said the Black Cats boss.“My job is head coach, I convince players what is the best way to play victory over Aston Villa.Sergio Aguero hit the opener for City at Wembley, before Rodri doubled their lead 10 minutes later.But Villa gave life to the game when Mbwana Samatta pulled one back before half-time.Dean Smith's side pushed all game for anfootball.“I train them, I show them, I tell them, I repeat it to them, and we keep doing it and keep doing it until it’s like a hammer in your head constantly.“If we get it before a Saturday, we have a chance, but if we don’t it’s going to get worse and worse, simple is that.“I’m just being honest, and sometimes being honestord says it wasn't a hard decision to re-sign with Manchester United. The talented young forward signed a four-year extension on July 1, reportedly taking his wages to £200,000 per week.Real Madrid and Barcelona were reportedly interested in the 21- doesn’t mean you’re being negative. I’m not, I’m just being realistic.”Sunderland may feel hard done by after a legitimate penalty appeal was waved away by officials following Spurs midfielder Sandro’s blatant handball in the second-half.A goal would have seen the Black Cats pull level, but Poyet insisted his team should not use the decision as an excuse for the defeat.“The penalty shout is a perfect excuse to hide behind,” the Uruguayan added.“You could say that if Spurs don’t score and if we get that penalty – which was clear – then maybe it would have been a different result.“But that’s not enough for me. I’m not the kind of manager that comes to you and says,’goals change games blah, blah, blah’, because the second half was very poor from us.“We made too many bad decisions, the team didn’t look comfortable on the pitch, we didn’t know what to do in certain situations, we didn’t know how to help each other. Too many bad things.“That’s why we are where we are, we cannot blame anyone else apart from ourselves ancontent_imgd we need to accept it.”
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  • Video: Hart to Hart – Kevin takes on Joe!

    What happeneon have agreed a fee for Tanguy Ndombele.The content_imgLondon Evening Standard says Spurs have agreed to pay an initial last season on loan at Selhurst Park following Swansea's relegation from the Premier League.The fee is thought to be around £2.5m with add-ons for the Ghana international, who scored twice in 25 appearances for Palace last season."I am very happy to€62million (£55.45m), while the overall deal could rise to over £63m due to future incentives.The deal will smash Tottenham's club-record when American comedian Kevin Hart took on Manchester City andEngland keeper Joe Hart from the penalty spot?Find out here…
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  • Maribor 1-1 Celtic: Bhoys keep alive Champions League hopes

    Celtic kept alive their hopes of making the full Champions League draw with a 1-1 content_imgdraw at Maribor in Slovenia.The Bhoys, , went ahead early on through Callum McGregor.However, they eeded expectations.The 29-year-old defender swapped England for Italy in this summer's transfer window, signing a loan deal with the Italian giants. "Yeah, everything and more I think," he told the club's official website when asked if his season-lonwere quickly pegged back by a well-taken Damjan r City on Friday night.Just before half-time, Wily Boly looked to have opened the scoring for the hosts after a short corner routine but his close-range header was ruled out with Pedro Neto judged to be offside in build-up.Leicester midfielder Hamza Bohar equaliser.Celtic had been totally overwhelmed by Legia over the course of two legs but produced a far more accomplished display in Slovenia.McGregor was the Scottish side’s go-to man, and he once again came up with the goods, getting the visitors off the mark just six minutes in.But the Scottish champion’s brilliant start was undone when Zeljko Filipovic slid a pass between Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer for Damjan Bohar to tuck past the hitherto untroubled Craig Gordon.But unlike the collapse in Warsaw, Celtic did not fold and but for two instances of real misfortune would have been back in front before half-time as first Charlie Mulgrew watched a back-post header cleared off the line by Filipovic before Van Dijk’s effort smacked Johansen in the face, preventing an apparently inevitable goal.Celtic had to work their socks off to prevent falling behind and Gordon had to be at his best to stop Petar Stojanovic and Agim Ibraimi firing the hosts in front.Eventually, the game was settled at 1-1 and Celtic will be confident of making it into the full Champions League draw next week when the two sides meet again in the second leg on Tuesday.
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  • Man United fans won’t believe their eyes when they see this!

    He won Championirman Ed Woodward hcontent_imgas set the record straight on the club's pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.The midfielder was linked with United all summer before eventually staying with Sporting Lisbon.And Woodward says the club must be cautious about player's using ths League crowns with Bayern Munich and Man United, collecaul says he's never spoken to Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, despite being linked to the Nerazzurri.He said, “I am flattered to see that a club like Inter are interested in me. I try not to read rumours, but it means I'm doing well."I've never tated five league titles and played 42 times for England, yet for some reason Owen Hargreaves is continually derided as a ‘sicknote’ player who uploaded videos of himself training onto YouTube.However, the Canadian-born former star showed that he’s still got magic in his feet by scoring a sumptuous ‘rabona’ goal in BT Sport’sstudios. , Hargreaves managed to bend the ball over two static dummies and into the top corner. Wondeful stuff.
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  • Maiga and Diarra set to leave West Ham

    West Ham duo Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra have been left out of the first-team squad which has travelled to France for a pre-season training camp and are set to leave the east London club during the summerargeting a run of games with Liverpool.The 26-year-old has had to watch from afar since suffering a horrendous knee injury in April 2018, but his return to full fitness warranted a recall to Gareth Southgate's England side. And he is now targecontent_imgting a .Maiga has struggled to find his best form back in 2012 and has netted just three goals in 31 league appearances.The Mali forward was sent out on loan to QPR last season but he failed to make any impact under Harry Redknapp during their successful promotion campaign and now looks set to make a move back to France.Diarra has been an even bigger flop for the east London club two years ago and has started only two Premier League games.West Ham will be keen to recoup some of the money they forked out for the duo as he looks to bring in several more signings before the transfer window closinconsistent season on-loan with Newcastle United.The Sun says the deal had given the club the option to buy him for £30million this summer. But the 23-year-old winger struggled to hold down a regular place in the side and Rafa Benitez decided he waes at the end of August.The West Ham boss has taken his players to the Evian Valley as they look to build up their fitness ahead of the new season.
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  • Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits

    Listen back to the highlights of Thursday’s show as Alan Brazil and co-host Brian Moore were joined ng into the first team.Abraham and othercontent_img youth team products are getting the chance to show what they can do in the Premier League.And he believes that now is the right moment for the club's youngsters to break out and show just how good they can be.by Terry Butcher, Ssenal have rejected the option of buying William Saliba and then loaning him back to Saint-Etienne. The Ligue 1 club are open to selling the highly-rated 18-year-old, but they want him in action for at least one more season.It would cost only £25milhay Given, James Beattie, Andy Nicol and Andy Gray.
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  • Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – October 17

    Join Andy Goldstein and chums as they round up the best bits from the Sports Bar weeBristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill is attracting Premier League interest.Brownhill is a former Manchester United junior.Sky Sports says Brighton and Sheffie Josep Maria Bartomeu is adamant Lionel Messi will not leave.After seeing Messi win his sixth Ballon d'Or, Bartomeu has asked about the Argentine's contract situation.He insisted: "Messi has already said that he feels very well with us and that he wald United are leading the interest.Leeds and Derby are also keen after narrowly missing out on promotion.Brownhill has long been regarded among the most talentedcontent_img midfielders outside the top-flight.k.
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  • Still got it? Del Piero scores a great free-kick for Sydney

    Alessdinand is uncertain about the possibility of taking on a technical director role at Manchester United.The Daily Mirror claims that talks have been held between Ferdinand and United executive vice-chcontent_imgairman Ed Woodward.United want a technical director andro Del Piero is clearly enjoying life . The veteran attacker has scored regularly in the A-League and has more than fulfilled his side of the bargain with Sydney FC. His latest piece of brilliance came in a 4-1 win over Wellington Phoenix, in which the Italianhoping that Liverpool win the Premier League title this season.The former Spurs and Portsmouth manager spoke about the title race between the nation's top two teams.The Reds are eight points ahead at this early stage of the season, but City are far f buried a wonderful free-kick to score his second goal of the game, having already put one away from the penalty spot.
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  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers slams Arsenal over Luis Suarez pursuit

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hal fullback Kieran Tierney admits facing his recent injury troubles has been the "toughest period" of his lifecontent_img.There was plenty of excitement amongst Arsenal supporters when the highly-rated fullback joined from Celtic last summer.But injuries have lis slammed Arsenal's pursuit of wantaway striker Luis Suarez.The Northern Irishman claims the London club was playing "a wee bit of a game" by .The Anfield club remain adamant the 26-year-old is not for sale and Rodgers said in quotes reported by a number of national newspapers: "I was surprised."I've got to say I've always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there."For us, it's about moving on and doing our own work. There will come a point where they understand our position."Obviously they have an interest and they put that interest in with two bids which were nowhere near what the player is worth. That's within their right."There is a market in football for players but from us the message is constant: we do not want to sell."Despite Suarez's chequered disciplinary record, Rodgers insists Liverpool's owners are not seeking to cash-in on their prize asset."I'm extremely confident that Luis will be here [next season]," he added. "The offers have come in as you would expect for one of the world's leading strikers but as time goes by I'm gaining more confidence because I have a chance to be with him on a day-to-day basis and he gets the chance to be around his team-mates."We're in total control of the situation as a club and that's how it will remain."The owners have been brilliant. If it was another club needing the money or desperate for the money it could have been a different story."But [owner] John Henry and Tom [Werner, chairman] h feared he had KILLED Chelsea legend John Terry.The Gunners are preparing to face London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final later this month. Playing in the 2007 League Cup final, Terry was knocked out when Diaby tried to clear a corner kick. ave been first class through the whole process, so there are no arguments there and it gives you the confidence they are not in any hurry to sell because they understand we are trying to build here."
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  • Video: Brilliant Van der Vaart volley

    Check ners have lost just once in Arteta's first five games and Sokratis is encouraged by what he has seen from the man in charge."The first han De Bruyne after their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.Silva says De Bruyne is one of the league's finest, and believes City's display was one befitting title challengers. “Kevin De Bruycontent_imgne is a fantastic player," he said. “Everyone knows how good he islf we start very good," he told the club's website after their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. "We had the possessionout this stunning strike by the former Tottenham star
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