Month: April 2018

  • Manchester City tracking Benfica starlet

    Manchester City are tracking promising Benfica star Joao Cancelo.The full-back, currently playing for the Benfica B team, is tipped as the next big thing in Portugal along with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.And , City are eager to snap up Cancelo.The 19-year-old has represented Portugal from Under-16 level to his current Under-19 team anager Mikel Arteta.Edu says his first conversation with Arteta about the job had him convinced."My first conversation with Mikel by phoneChelsea have agreed a loan extension for Nathan with Atletico Mineiro.The loan has been extended for another six months, accontent_imgcording to UOL.The 23-year-old's original loan expired on June 30.Nathan has also spent time on loan at Vitesse and Belenenses. was fantastic," Edu told Arsenal Player."To be honest we didn't talk about the squad, we talked about what I reand recently made his debut for Benfica’s senior team in the Portuguese Cup.
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  • A handy list of excuses for Jose Mourinho in case Chelsea lose at Liverpool

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been on the defensive in recent weeks – and that’s before considering his side’s tactics against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this week.The Portuguese is never, ever at fault if his team lose a game. Oh no, there is always an explanation that doesn’t involve his own fallibility, no matter how outlandish the theory.This weekend his Chelsea side head to Anfield for what will be a pivotal Premier League clash against Liverpool – Should the Blues fail to win, we’ve compiled a list of conspiracy theoriesMourinho can consult to absolve himself of any blame…Both Elvis Presley and Kenny Dalglish are known as the ‘King’. Coincidence? We think not! In 1977 Mr Presley passed away, which also happens to be the year in which Dalglish joined Liverpool. Blue Suede Shoes? Red more like!Some people claim Elvis is actually still alive, having faked his own death – if the world’s most content_imgfamous singer can pull off such a trick, fixing it for Liverpool to beat Chelsea 37 years later would be a doddle. Uh huh.The Uruguayan may be one of the world’s finest players, but he does show a tendency to go to ground easy. Why is he not punished for it? Because he’s a freemason, obviously.No manager is capable of taking a team from seventh to the precipice of Premier League title glory in the space of 12 months, not even the ‘Special One’ himself. How on Earth has Brendan Rodgers managed it? He is clearly an escaped alien from Roswell with special powers.CFCs are bad for the ozoangers-captain-James-Tavernier.html">Daily MailRangers-captain-James-Tavernier.html"> says Rangers are reluctant to lose the goalscoring right back but may have to consider offers around £8million for the 27-year-old.Newcastle have also checked on ane layer and, as such, the environment campaigners are punishingCFC. Clearly Greenpeace have an agenda against the Blues – Roman Abramovich didn’t make his money out of wind farms, did he?rpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he genuinely believed he would win the Ballon d'Or.The 28-year-old has revealed the disappointment he felt to be beaten to the title of the world's greatest player by Barcelona 's brilliant ­Argentine talisman L They hate Cole, too! Or maybe it’s coal they don’t like. Whatever, it’s a conspiracy.One of the most prevalent conspiracy theories and one even referenced in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove is the belief that fluoride has been added to public water supplies in order to control minds. How else can you explain Luis Suarez not doing anything controversial this season?Who do you think Mourinho will blame, should Chelsea lose to Liverpool? Comment below…
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  • Moreno to Liverpool update: Player to say goodbye to fans?

    The ending to one of football’s unce for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.Cadena SER says Coutinho has told the Catalan club he wants to be sold this summer.The 26-year-old is upset things haven't gone as well as he expected and he is ready to leave Barcelona as a result.The longest running soap opera cliffhangers – Alberto Moreno’s move to Liverpool – is almost upon us.Or is it? Here, talkSPORT brings you the latest news on the young Sevilla left-back’s protracted transfer…Spanish publication say the reason a deal has not been officially completed yet is because of Sevilla’s Super Cup clash against Real Madrid. Moreno has the chance to lift a second trophy following the Europa League win with his boyhood club ancontent_imgd the clash in Cardiff will be his final farewell where he can say goodbye to the fans in style. also claim he will play one final game for Sevilla and the Reds will pay £14m for the left-back and send Spanish youngster Suso in the opposite direction.Sevilla chairman Jose Castrohave offered Christian Eriksen a bumper new contract.The Daily Mail says Spurs are willing to stump up the cash to try and convince him to stay amid interest from Atletico and Real Madrid.Eriksen - who trained alone in Singapore this week - is unders, has cast doubt on the transfer, “If Liverpool decide to pay the price we want then Alberto Moreno will go, otherwise he will remain with us,” he said.“We made a deal eight to 10 days ago, but nowadays we do not have an agreement.” Apparently Sevilla want £16m.With Sevilla exhausting the Liverpool hierarchy over their demands for Moreno, the Reds may target Argentina and Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo instead claim the . However, if they do want him, they will apparently face
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  • World Cup day nine: Thomas Muller is effective but lacks Ozil’s technical excellence

    A visit to talkSPORT’s Copacabana studios from German football expert Rafi Honigstein set the tone for the day. He’s supremely knowledgeable of course, and he’s good company – I loved working with him all those years ago on talkSPORT’s cult classic “Football First In Europe” Monday night show.But he’s the very definition of a smug German football fan. It made even harder to bear later that day.The regulars on that Monday show were – who I was with when Italy won the World Cup in 2006; , who I was with when Spain won the World Cup in 2010; and . Please don’t let this happen again! Or does that mean it’s England’s turn? After all I was the host of that shoez has been named new coach of Brescia.He replaces Eugenio Corini, who was fired after a run of just two points from the last six games.Corini had already been dismissed on November 3, but he was recalled on December 2 because replacement Fabio Grossw. I’m being ridiculous now.Thomas Muller’s hat-trick led to people tweeting me about , and that technically he’s lacking the excellence of, say, Mesut Ozil. Of course, my in depth analysis of Muller’s talents was translated by football bozos as me saying he’s rubbish. Some of those people even suggested the Portugal game proved Muller is better than Ronaldo. I kid you not. Did they even see the hat-trick? A penalty and two tap-ins that the ‘keeper messed up?I love a good football chatart of the season.Bruce says his first aim is to survive through the October and November international breaks, when clubs often wield the axe if their side under-performs. Newcastle host Bournemouth today looking for back-to-back wins to lift them t, but most of the time Twitter isn’t the place for intelligent football debate. is.There are a lot of football bloggers and tweeters who are thoughtful and insightful. There are others who can’t be bothered to work hard at a career in sports journalism, so decide the best way to get ahead is to try and bring down those content_imgwho have.Reassuringly, the majority of emails and messages I get ask for advice on how to get into sports media. I am only too happy to take the time to reply to those. “Work hard to make opportunities happen,” is my fundamental piece of advice. Or sit in your bedroom on social media all day and abuse people whose job you’d love to have until your mum calls you down for tea. See how that goes, yeah?Football is tribal I guess, and in this game you’re bound to get abuse. But when those who have aspirations to get into sports journalism get abusive, it makes me wonder how they think that’s a good idea!Then there are the hilarious ones, like the guy who tweeted me complaining that this diary is too self-indulgent.Today was another day I didn’t leave the studio. Mondays are busy – there’s a show to prepare and present, a diary to write and another weekly column to write. And today there was a problem to sort out: at the weekend my email account completely locked down, which work-wise has been a nightmare. So I spent most of the morning tackling that. A long, expensive phone call to the USA finally resolved the problem. Technomare.In the middle of all that I found time to Skype my woman. And the rumours are true – she is an Arsenal fan. And she is an AKB. I’ve learned to deal with this situation. So has she.Back to the World Cup: even before Shola Ameobi came on. He played well actually, and nearly scored with a header. That would have given him a better World Cup scoring record than Wayne Rooney. If that doesn’t spark Rooney into action on Thursday, I don’t know what will.And then the . Another German victory – Jurgen KIinsmann in charge of the Americans, of course.I’m still typing at 4.36am UK time, we’re four hours behind here in Rio de Janeiro and everyone else has gone to bed. Just seen highlights of Messi’s goal at the Maracana and still smile about having been there for that moment.England, Thursday. Nerves have already kicked in.BREAKING NEWS – just came out of his bedroom to have a go at me because he heard my phone ringing. I suspect he’s sleepwalking because my phone is on silent as always. He didn’t hang around for an explanation, he just went back to bed. Love that guy!! Stuart Pearce (it still feels like he’s going to hit me) came up with a great point after watching Germany and, by the time you read this, he may have mentioned it on this morning. Pearce’s under 21s lost in the final of the Euros in 2009 to Germany. Six of that German side that night in Malmo were in the starting line up against Portugal at this World Cup. That’s how seriously the Germans take the under 21s – the progression is clear.None of the England under 21 side from five years ago started against Italy in Manaus. The only one in the squad here in Brazil is James Milner. That’s embarrassing for the Football Association.In fairness, Theo Walcott was in the under 21s line up back then, but is injured for this World Cup, and Joe Hart is our number one, but he was suspended for that 2009 final.So two of our under 21s from five years ago are regulars in the starting line up for the seniors now, compared to six for the Germans.Read into that what you will.
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  • Former Man City and Leicester midfielder joins Stade Rennais

    Former Manchester City and Leicester midfielder Gearca reports Neto suffered the injury during the Blaugrana's most recent training session.The goalkeeper will undergo more examinations on Monday to further determine the severity of the injury, and then an estimated recovery time will be known.Neto lson Fernandes has joined French side Stade Rennais.Fernandes has joined the Ligue 1 side from German club SC Freiburg, for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.2million., with Lorient leading the chase at that time.However, Rennais have beaten off their rivals to secure Fernandes’ signature, making him their ninth summer signing.Rennais are now also the ninth club of the Switzerland internationacontent_imgl’s career and his sixth since 2010.The 27-year-old has signed a four-yeas record-breaking Champions League moment on Tuesday night as he was coaching Hanworth Villa's U18 side to an FA Youth Cup victory over Gillingham.James became the youngest Chelsea player to score in the Champions League with their crucial fourth goar contract with Rennais, who were runners-up in last season’s French Cup.
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  • Marcotti on Brazilian protests and the Confederations Cup

    The football expert joins talkSPORT to chat about the latest news as public unr the summer.The Algerian winger often finds himself a bench option for Pep Guardiola's side.It means that he is searching for a club that will allow him taxy winger Romain Alessandrini is being linked with a Premier League move.Alessandrini comes offcontent_img contract at the Galaxy this month.The Daily Express says he's attracted interest from Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford and West Ham United.o play regular first team football.It appears PSG could offer the solution, as the French club iest engulfs the country.Marcotti also discusses the action from the Confederations Cup so far and admits Spain are likely to win but he insists the hosts are beginning to show some form.
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  • Video: Henry’s heroic display for Arsenal against Real Madrid

    lsea midfielder Kyle Scott hopes to put down roots at Newcastle United.The free transfer spent the first half of last season on loan at Dutch side Telstar, Scott believes the experience has helped him as he sets his sights on playing regular footballThierry Henry produced so many outstanding displays during his time at Arsenal it’s almost impossible to pick out the crème de la crème.The Frenchman, , was an inspirational goal machine who fired the Gunners to the Champions League final in 2006.On the way to that nightlsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley.Moyes wants a reunion with the schemer he nurtured at Everton after his progress through the Toffees' youth teams, says the Mirror.Chelsea are so far refusing to loan Barkley with the club insistent that he re in Paris he produced a stunning match-winning display at the Bernabeu as his goal just after half time saw Arsene Wenger’s side run out 1-0 victors.And you content_imgcan see the highlights of this performance above…
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  • Third place and a trophy for Arsenal? Gunners fans give us their realistic expectations

    Last season Arsenal ended a nine-year trophy drought .The dust was brushed from thecabint frustrated by Club Brugge after failing to complete the sale of Victor Wanyama.Het Laatste Nieuws says Wanyama's excontent_imgit from the north London club was scuppered due to Club Brugge signing Eder Balanta from Basel.The 26-year-old Colombian defensive miet and as they celebrated wildly in north London and .The morale boosting triumph, coupled with some excellent summer signings, has got the Gunners fans dreaming of more silverwaon trial with the Blades since the start of July and has impressed manager Chris Wilder enough to convince him to reward the 26-year-old with a one-year-deal."Ravel is an undoubted talent and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suire.Andwhen we asked Gooners on what their realistic expectations for the campaign ahead are, some suggested fourth (again), while others were a little more bold…
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  • Portugal star ruled out of the World Cup

    Portugal defender Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a thigh injury.The Real Madrid full-back pulled up sharply during the second half of and was replaced by Andre Almeida.Coentrahman publicly expressed interest in the post, Vieira says he never heard from his old club as they appointed Mikel Arteta new manager on Friday.He said, "If I have been contacted? No. Is it possible one day? I am under contract with OGC Nice. "Seeingo underwent scans on the injury on Tuesday and the Portuguese football federation confirmed afterwards that the 26-year-old would play no further part in the tournament.An FPF statement read: “According to the tests, Fabio Coentrao is unfit for competition for a period exceeding the duration of the World Cup.”Striker Hugo Almeida (hamstring) and goalkeeper Rui Patricio (thigh) also underwent scans on injuries picked up in the match but neither have been ruled out of the tournament yet.Portugal’sdnesday boss Steve Bruce admits he's in talks with Newcastle United.An angry Wednesday fan confronted Bruce on the touchline during his side's 3-1 friendly win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank on Saturday.After the match Bruce told the Sheffield Star: heavy defeat to Germany,content_img which saw Pepe sent off in the first half, has left them bottom of Group G with matches against the USA and Ghana to come.
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  • Picture: Is this Cheick Tiote’s fake driving licence?

    Cheick Tiote has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting to possessing a fake driving licence, after the Newcastle United midfielder admitted buying a fake licence for £12,800.“The licence was a very good forgery but there were a number of features thaanned from playing golf.Bale's love for golf is well known but, according to Del Corral, that could be a reason behind his tendency to pick up injuries, particularly to his back."If I were the head of Real Madrid Medical Services, I would onardo Bonucci admits this Juventus team are experiencing something new as they find themselves in a genuine title fight.The 32-year-old says the Old Lady are using the festive period to “recover" after defeat in the Supercoppa and trailing at the ban Bale frt showed it was a forgery,” explained the prosecuting barrister.See if you can spot the features descontent_imgcribed in the picture above.DISCLAIMER: The picture above is a fake of a fake.
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  • Schalke star opens door to Premier League switch

    Schalke to a return to London at West Ham.After his six-month loan with Chelsea, Higuain has kicked off preseason with Juve where he is working under new coach Maurizio Sarri.Tuttosport says Higuain is happy with West Ham's interest, but they need to get se star Julian Draxler admits he wants to play abroad – but has ruled out a move away from the Bundesliga side this summer.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all keen on the 19-year-old, who only signed a contract extension until 2018 at the end of lascontent_imgt season.But, while the youngster has committed himself to another season in Gelsenkirchen, he claims the situation could change in a year's time."I've still got to work a lot on myself and improve," he told the club website. "I'm staying here because I see the chance of playing frequently. I'm going to try to do that as much as possible and then we can reconsider in the new year."A move to Spain or England could then be on the agenda again after the player confirmed the offers he had received this summer came from those two countries."I don't want to nas potential at Old Trafford.Berbatov, who played for United from 2008-2012, played with Martial at Monaco in the 2014-15 season when the Frenchman first made his mark in Ligue 1.Berbatov told the Express, "I am slightly bias, but I think Martial can me any clubs, but the countries are correct," he said. "And I don't think any country but these two would make sense for me anyhow."Draxler last season became the youngest Schalke player to reach 50 top-flight appearances and had no hesitation in deciding to stay on."To be honest, there was not too much to consider," he said. "It was never my primary consideration how much money I could earn."I may have turned down a great deal of money, but it's not as if I am only living off bread and water at Schalke."It would have been an attractive challenge and you never know if such a chance will come around again, but I am certain I've made the right choice."On the one hand, it was from the heart and a gut feeling – I have everything I need at Schalke."This is my club and it always has been. I went through everything in my mind and am very pleased with my decision."
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  • Nasri agrees new five-year Manchester City deal

    Samir Nasri has signRoderick Miranda has been included in Wolves' squad for their trip to China.The Express & Star says the 28-year-old's days at Wolves appeared to be numbered when he was sent on loan to Olympiakos last season.However, after making just 11 appearances, the Greek side elected not to sign the centre-half – and now it appears he'll get a chance to force his way back into Nuno's plans.There is no room in the 26-man squad, though, for striker Leo Bonatini. Matt Doherty misses out with a minor injury and Bright Enobakhare also won't travel to the Far East, where Wolves will face Newcastle United and either Manchester City or West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy.ed a new five-year contract with Manchester City.The 27-year-old France midfielder has committed his future to the club until 2019 after enjoying something of a re-birth under Manuel Pellegrini last season, when he scored 11 goals.“I’m really happy to have signed this contract and to have committed my future with City,” Nasri said on yern Munich job.The 70-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to replace Niko Kovac, who content_imgwas sacked on Sunday following their 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. But Desailly believes Wenger is no long suited to life in the dugout. "No, he should not the club’s website.
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  • Soldado ‘has ice in his veins’: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham in tweets

    eatening Barcelona's deal for Coritiba fullback Yan Couto.Globo Esporte says City have offered Coritiba THREE TIMES what Barca have bid for stay.Juventus want tcontent_imgo make the Italian their new manager and Sarri has said he is homesick.But The Sun says there is a current stand-off, with Chelsea wanting Sarri, 60, to reconsider his future after he delivered a third-place finish in the Premierthe teenager.Barca and Coritiba had come to an agreement over a €5m fee for Couto, however with no contract
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  • Exclusive – Liverpool are in for a real test at Bournemouth, claims ex-Red

    Ray Houghton insists Brendan Rodgers has to field his strongest possible team against Bournemouth tonight.The Reds travel to the south-coast for their Capital One Cup quarter-final tie to face a side unbeaten in 12 games and riding high at the top of the Championship.And former Anfield midfield favourite Houghton claims an anxious Liverpool side will be in for a real testunners chiefs are plotting a huge summer clearout, but have so far found it difficult to move on big-earners such as Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.However, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers are among those likely to leave the Em against the Cherries – and it’s a test they can’t afford to fail.“There have to be nerves,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Liverpool have to tighten up. First and foremost you have to be hard tTottenham Hotspur will not look to be "kings of content_imgthe market" next month.The Portuguese was speaking after Spurs lost to Southampton on New Year's Day.Asked if he needed to strengthen during the January transfer window, Mourinho told BT Sport: "Come ono play against, so they have to make sure that defensively everyone is working for each other. Too many are working as individuals and that comes down to a lack of confidence.“It will be tough for them, and Brendan [Rodgers] has to put out a strong team. If Brendan loses this games and then loses to Arsenal on Saturday it will heap more pressure on him.“It will be a real test for Liverpool to see how good they are and how they react to adversity.”
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  • Noble in race against time to be fit for West Ham’s clash with QPR

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for the London derby against QPR on Sunday.Noble was forced to miss last weekend after he suffered a calf injury in training.The experienced midfielder has been one of the star performers for the east London club this season and is playing some of the best football of his career.There were hopes that Noble would be fit for t in charger.Several rumors in the British press have suggested that one of Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could depart the Gunners.It is believed that Arsenal will sell one of the strikers to raise funds for defenders and a winger.However, We of his young players.Chivers feels the Blues legend will be cut plenty of slack due to his cult-hero status in west London.He told brightonandhovealbion.com: “They're definitely in a transitional stage, but tcontent_imghey will be fighting tooth anhe televised game on Sunday but his chances of playing remain 50/50 as he receives more treatment in the build up to the game.If Noble fails to make it, teenage midfielder Diego Poyet could be handed another chance to stake his claim for a first-team place alongside at the heart of the West Ham midfield.
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