Month: April 2018

  • Jenson: Bale’s move to Real Madrid could happen next summer

    Spanish football expert Pete Jenson claims Gareth Bale coudknapp says Liverpool have already sewn up the Premier League title.Liverpool opened up a nine-point lead over champions Manchester City with victory over their rivals at Anfield earlier this month, and Redknapp sees no way back for Pep Guardiola's mld be on his way to Real Madrid – but not until next summer.The Spurs star has been linked with a big money move to the La Liga side, after a stunning season for the north London side.Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League next season and many believe that could force the Welshman content_imgxis Claude-Maurice from Lorient.The Geordies join Arsenal, West Ham and Sevilla in the hunt for the Ligue 2 man, says the Arsenal-Alexis-Claude-Maurice-Lorient" target="_blank">Daily Star.Claude-Maurice scored 14 goals in 16 Ligue 2 appearances last to leave White Hart Lane.But Jenson believes that, while the Spanish side are keen on the 22-year-old, it won't be until next year that he makes a move aboad.
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  • Pellegrini refuses to single out Hart as he blasts Man City’s display

    Manuel Pellegrini has refused to single out Joe Hart following .The England goalkeeper could haves tough first months at Anf back after scoring Liverpool's equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.The midfielder has endured a bleak period in his career in recent years, with injuries and strong competition in the Anfield squad reducing him to the role of bit part pield.Fabinho admits he found it difficult at times."Overall I think my first season at Liverpool was good," he said."In my first season I knew there would be a learning and settling-in period. I went through this."It didn't done better with two of the German giants’ goals, but his manager believes any blame for the defeat should be taken by the team as collective after an abject display at the Etihad Stadium.“I will talk about the team not the individual players. I think we played really bad,” said Pellegrini.“It was not the team we have seen in the Premier League and this was the worst thing. We didn’t have possession of the ball. I know Bayern Munich always have a lot of possession but that was not a good day for us.“For all thcontent_imge goals we could have done better, not only the goalkeeper.”
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  • Rose happy to battle Davies for Tottenham starting spot

    Tottenham left back Danny Rose has admitted the signing of Ben Davies has spurred him ith Chelsea.The Belgium international was first brought to England by Chelsea before eventually landing at City via Wolfsburg.“Even though I was rarely used, it was a good school," De Bruyne said of Chelsea. "Working with top-class players every daon. a move that looked as though it would force Rose onto the substitutes bench or even out of White Hart Lane.However, the 24-year-old was picked ahead of the Welshman for and Rose believes col feels they can have an exciting season finish after victory over Newcastle United. Palace are now on content_imgtheir best-ever points total in the Premier League at this stage.And Cahill is not looking over the Eagles' shoulder, he said: "Look at what's in fmpetition will help his game progress.“I am happy that Ben has come. I hope I can improve Ben and he can improve me,” said Rose.“There could be up to 60 games this season if we do well in all competitions.“So whenever I do play I want to try an improve as much as I can and play as well as I did today.”
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  • Mellor tells Suarez: Stay and you can play in the Champions League with Liverpool

    Neil Mellor joined e insists nothing has changed for Manchester City after tjaer this season.United head to Chelsea tomorrow with Shaw acknowledging he and the rest of the squad have hung Solskjaer out to dry with woeful results which have left them languishing near mid-table.Shaw said: “We're all aware how the manager hashey were banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons.City will appeal UEFA's punishment with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but De Bruyne insists his teammates are solely focAlan Brazil and Dominic Cork on the Breakfast show on Friday and paid tribute to Steven Gerrard, ahead of the Liverpool star's testimonial at the weekend.Mellor also discussed Luis Suarez's future, as he continues to be linked with a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal, and claimed the Uruguayan striker can achieve his dream of playing Champions League football at Anfield."It's a little disappointing the saga has rumbled on and you're just thinking, knuckle down and give it one more seascontent_imgon to try and get Liverpool into the top four places because, if Suarez does stay, then I think Liverpool will have a good chance of being there or thereabouts," the former Reds striker said.
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  • Has football fallen out of love with Brazil?

    In the build-up to tonight’s World Cup semi-final clash between Brazil and Germany, it feels like something has changed. In the past, it was safe to assume that the South Americans were everyone’s ‘other’ team at the World Cup. Brazil’s host ocontent_imgf world class players and thrilling style of football combined with the distinctive yellow shirt captured the minds of neutrals, but is that still the case today? talkSPORT asks if our love affair with Brazil has ended…Is Brazil’s star fading among neutrals? A team with a yellow shirt certainly seemed to capture our hearts at this tournament, but it was Colombia, not the host-nation. Neymar’s injury hasn’t only ended his World Cup, it has also stripped Brazil of their one truly unpredictable player, the one with magic in his boots, the forward who dragged his team along by the throat with brilliance throughout. With the Barcelona man out, the Selecao lack someone capable of exciting to the extent of Pele, Romario or Ronaldo, and that hasn’t helped their standing in the eyes of the viewing public.In the past, Brazil were more than just Pele, Romario or Ronaldo of course. Talismans they may have been, but they were also supported by the likes of Rivelino and Jairzinho, of Bebeto, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo or Ronaldo. The so-called ‘supporting cast’ were world class players in the highest bracket in their own right. Brazil excited as a team, not just through one man. If any player had an off day, or even an injury, others could step up and perform to the same level. The prospect of Fred or Hulk doing the same seems much less realistic.Not only is the superstar count down, but the memories of Brazilian glory are dulling. Over a decade has passed since Brazil last won the World Cup, and the far more conservative approach adopted by subsequent coaches in the latter half of that period has made it more difficult to excuse their failings. Brazil may have lost in France in 1998, but they lost playing exciting, attacking football. Dunga’s horribard signed for the Toffees in July 2017 but has scored just one goal in 16 games.He returned to Spain on loan with Sevilla in January 2018 and spent the whole of last season with Real Sociedad.Sandro played 27 times last season without scoring, and ile attempt at efficiency in the 2010 edition of the World Cup leaves no such memories of glorious failure for us all to look back on, and while Phil Scolari has at least fixed the results, aesthetically there hasn’t been a huge improvement.It’s worth asking what was the last genuinely exciting Brazil team at a World Cup? Probably the 2006 version, where Ronaldinho, Adriano, Kaka and veterans like Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos produced the kind of moments of magic we associate with the famous yellow shirt. Crashing out at the quarter-final stage was likely more important to Brazilians than the nice football on show, but the latter is what sticks with the neutrals, and it’s something distinctly lacking from the current outfit.Perhaps there’s also a desire for Brazil to stay within touching distance of the other nations – a hope that they can’t open up too big a gap on the chasing pack. A sixth World Cup win would give them double the number of Germany, and open up a two tournament gap on nearest rivals Italy. It doesn’t matter how much neutrals love a team, if they win too much, they eventually turn on them – just look at the backlash against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in the latter stages of his reign. We love teams that look invincible, we like them less when they actually prove to be that.Perhaps it’s the lack of superstar players, the style of plao deal in Hartlepool United goalkeeper Brad Young.The Sun says Chelsea are ready to close a deal for Hartlepool keeper Young .Young, 17, has been at the club on trial for the past two weeks and a provisional fee is already agreed.He wasn't in Pools' y, the threat of becoming too dominant, or a combination of all three elements, but it certainly feels like opinions are split on Brazil this time around. The neutrals who do want them to win the tournament seem to desire it more for the Selecao’s passionate supporters than for the thrills they’ve produced on the pitch. Perhaps if the Canarinho can learn to loosen up once more, we’ll learn to love them again.Do you agree? Are less neutrals supporting Brazil than before, and if so, why? Let us know your thoughts below…
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  • Buttner’s agent slams Moyes’ transfer conduct

    Alexander Buttner’s agent says the Manchester United left-back does not have the faith of David Moyes – with a move to Besiktas still on.The Dutch left-back watched United’s move for Fabio Coentrao fail on deadline day, while Moyes could not agree a deal for Leighton Baines.His very public pursuit of a left-ts he'll always be available to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for advice.Guardiola has revealed his former assistant's “struggles" since taking over at the Emirates before Christmas, but insists Arteta has been outstanding in just a matter of weeks ius off Moussa Dembele.The striker is being linked with Juve this week.But Aulas warned in a social media post: “OL aren't interested in offers for Moussa, who is the first symbcontent_imgol of OL's new project!“Neither Manchester [United] nor Juventus: a mback this summer suggests that Buttner is set for a season out of favour.He has struggled to feature regularly for the senior side since moving last summer and his agent Alexander Bursac has criticised United’s transfer conduct as well as Moyes.Bursac told Voetbal International: “It’s unbelievable that Coentrao was not signed on time. Whether that is an error on the part of Real or United doesn’t matter.“We have received assurances of a loan. Alex is not necessarily looking for a guarantee of playing time but he does not want to spend the entire season on the bench.“Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Buttner was the up and coming man.“He started playing in more games and was trusted in training. That sense of trust is not there now.”Besiktas are still hopeful of sealing a loan switch for Buttner and will look to make progress on that this week.
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  • Man City and Chelsea prepare for summer battle over Real Madrid star

    Manchester City and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.The Frenchman has just a year left on his current deal at the Bernabeu and is keen on playing in the Premier League.He was the subject of interest from Arsenal and Manchester United before his move ti says they must accept Eden Hazard's decision should he choose to leave.During their 0-0 draw with Leicester City, Hazard was serenaded by the Chelsea supporters throughout the afternoon.The Belgian is expected to leave for Real Madrid this summer ao Real from Lyon back in 2009., and is eyeing the 26-year-old.Meanwhile, City are also monitoring Benzema’s situation ahead of a possible summer swoop.. However, an agreement is some way off and, should they decide to cash in, the bidding will start at £40million.The Spanish giants may also try to include Sergio Aguero in any deal with City, having long admired the Argentine, although the Premier League side are unlikely to sell.Agent Jonathan Hope, said: “I’ve proposed rekindling the interest from Manchester City for Karim. After his fine form in El Clasico I’ve proposed him as a summer target.“Karim would love to play in the Premier League and Manchester City would be his choice of club, however reuniting with Mourinho at Chelsea would also be of interest.“I know he is watching the Manchester derby with interest however. Manchester United will be a no-go area for the player as he has refused them four timeson Wolves at the Molineux and Lampard sees them as a legitimate threat.The Chelsea legend said: “They should feel they have a chancecontent_img.“It was always going to be the way.“Particularly from our point of view, we always want to be competitive but w over the years”
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  • QPR are weighing up move for former Lyon defender

    QPR are weighing up a move for former Lyon defender Anthony Reveillere, according to sources in Franve for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.The Mirror says United are reportedly demanding close to £200m if they are to let the 26-year-old go, and Madrid are aware they will have to move some players on if they are to be able to afford the movce.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is plotting a return to content_imgthe top flight and is considering snapping up the experienced defender.The 33-year-old is a free agent re at Chelsea is in limbo - thanks to Frank Lampard.The Times says the 25-year-old right-back, who impressed on loan at Hull City last season, is out of contract this summer.And Derby aimed to sign Kane this summer following Lampard's recommendation.after ending his ten-year stay at the Stade Gerland earlier this summer.Capped 20 times for France, right-back Reveillere won five league titles and two French Cups during his time at Lyon.
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  • The Big Sports Bar Fan Survey

    Here it is… pro football at Colchester United.Colchester have signed McLeod after a successful stint with Maldon & Tiptree.The 19-year-old excelled in the heart of the Jammers midfield and now steps back into the professional game after signing a two year cthe big Sports Bar Fan Survey.We’re asking the qlaudio Marchisio has urged calm with Inter Milan leading the table.Juve trail the Nerazzurri by one point.Marchisio said, "Serie A is more interesting, but I don't see Juve in any trouble.people always find flaws, even when they win 10 games in a rowuestions you want answering about club, and we’re kicking off with these… How is the food? Are you charged too much for tickets? Does yourclub do enough for you? What are thetoilet facilities like at your club’s ground? How much are the match day programmes and is it value for money? Does your teamplay attractive football?How do the ground staff treat you?What changes would you make to the ground on match day?How much is your season ticket? Overall, how do you rate content_imgyour club out of 10?Call us from 10pm on 08717 22 33 44, tweet us as or or text us on 81089
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  • Latest Gooner family member looking good in an Arsenal shirt

    Alexis Sanchez is a Gooner, so by default, so is his Spanish missus Laia e Charnley is adamant there's now a greater focus on bringing through academy talent.Charnley feels that the emergence of Matty Longstaff this season and long-term deals for the likes of Kell Watts, Joe White and Elliot Anderson show that future coulGrassi., Ms Grassi said: ‘I’m a Gunner’ shortly after Arsenal announced the signing of Chile international The north Londoners saw offagent Mino Raiola is set for a final push to convince Manchester United to sell him to Real content_imgMadrid.Marca says the super agent will meet with Red Devils chiefs in a last gasp attempt to make something happen.Raiola is still hopeful of the Bernabeu swi Liverpool to secure the 25-year-old’s signature after he scored 47 goals in 141 games for Barca and a trophy haul that included a La Liga title and the Spanish Cup.
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  • Exclusive – Campbell: Arsenal’s title chances rest on January transfer window additions

    Kevin Campbell believes Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge is dependent on how they strengthen in the January transfer window.The Gunners have started the season in superb form and are currently top of the table, Arsene Wenger, , brought former and the German has hit the ground running.And ex-Arsenal striker Campbell claims a similar injection of talent in January could see the Gunners win the Premier League title.“They can challena battling 1-1 Champions League draw away at Atalanta.The England fcontent_imgull back came on as a late substitute and was deployed in goal after Claudio Bravo - who himself had come on as a half time substitute for Ederson – was sent off. Guardiola explainege for the title but the key for Arsenal is what they do in the January transfer window,” he told the Alan Brazil ank Lampard explained going with Willy Caballero over Kepa Arrizabalaga for their 2-2 draw at Leicester City.It marked Caballero's first Premier League appearance of the season.Lampard said, "You make decisions every week and every day in this job. NSports Breakfast show. “I think they could be there or thereabouts at Christmas and, if they could strengthen again, then you have to take them seriously.”
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  • See today’s Premier League action here: fury at Chelsea and more

    There was action and controversy aplenty throughout the Premier League as a late penalty sare into the FA Youth Cup semis after victory over Millwall last night.Armando Broja's second-half goal was the difference between the sides at the Bridge on a night when Chelsea's professional display earned a place in the semi-final of the FA Youthaved Chelsea content_imgfrom defeat against West Brom with the two sides drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.Elsewhere, there were comprehensive wins for Liverpool, who beat embattled Fulham 4-0 and Southampton who romped to a 4-1 triumph at St Mary’s.Summer signings Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak handed Aston Villa a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City, but despite all that excitement thited have requested Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes wait before they enter negotiations.United and Tottenham are both keen to sign Fernandes this summer, with the Portugal international one of Europe's most in-demand players.And the Telegraph ere was a 0-0 draw as Crystal Palace and Everton played out a stalemate at Selhurst Park.
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  • Mourinho praises ‘amazing’ Chelsea but demands ruthless edge

    Jose Mourinho wants his Chelsea players to be more ruthless despite seeing them surge seven points clear at the top of the Premieterest in Trabzonspor keeper Ugurcan Cakir.Haber reports the Reds have made contact with the Turkish outfit over the 23-year-old's availability.Manager Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to lose Simon Mignolet from his content_imgranks, but it is reported Cakir is a sumr League.The Blues maintained their formidable start to the campaign as they ran out , with goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, while Claudio Yacob’s sending off effectively ended the contest inside 30 minutes.Mourinho hailed the first half performance from his team as ‘amazing’ but insists Chelsea, still yet to be beaten this season, can improve.He said: “At half-time it should be four or five nil is the reality. With us this happens so, so many times.“We need to improve and we need to bring other dimensions to our game. One of these dimensions is to be more criticland boss Gareth Southgate admitted Raheem Sterling's confrontation with Joe Gomez was inevitable."I love all of my players. We are like a family. The important thing is for a family to communicate and work through problems," said Southgate."I don't al and score more goals.”A leading bookmaker has already paid out on Chelsea winning the title after their fine start to the season.Mourinho admits he is delighted with the way his side have been performing, but is keen to stress he is not getting carried away.ThePortuguese boss continued: “The reality is we are getting the results we deserved because we are playing really well. The moment we stop playing the football we are playing, we are going to have problems with results.“It is never easy. Our results have been 2-1, 2-0, 1-0, 1-1 – we don’t have easy matches.“Easy matches I had when I was in Madrid, where it was 5-1, 6-1, 4-1, 6-2. Here, even today playing against ten men, you have a 2-0 result until the end of the game, so nothing is easy.”
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  • Arsenal transfer news: The £10m Player of the Month scouted by the Gunners and Everton

    Arsenal and Everton are looking to strengthen their defence and are said to be looking at Ipswich Town youngster Tyrone Mings. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight looks at the 21-year-old. Tyrone Mings 13th March, 1993 Bath, England Left-back Ipswich TownArsenal are stepping up their interest in £10m-rated Mings, with Gunners scout Pat Holland watching the defender on several occasions. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is also believed to have sent scouts to watch him and is apparently regularly updated on Mings’ rapid development at promotion-chasing Ipswich.1) Mings ai Emery.The Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, heralding a new era at the club.While they failed to secure a top four position in the league, Arsenal still have the possibility of Champions League qualification if they win the Europa Leastcontent_imgarted his footballcareer at Southampton at the age of eight in 2001, playing at the club’s satellite academy in Bath, however, he was released in 2009 when the youth budget was cut. He joined Ipswich from non-league Chippenham Town in 2012 for just £10,000.2) Off the field, Mings has gained a reputation for charitable and generous acts. He spent Christmas Day in 2013 feeding homeless people and when he was given the no.3 shirt by Ipswich in the summer, he offered to replace the topsbought by fans bearing his old no.15.3) Mings is a naturally athletic left-back, but is also equally capable of playing in the centre of defence. This season he has created two goals, but has not shirked his defensive duties, making an average 2.8 tackles per game and 2.6 interceptions.4) Crystal Palace made a £3m offer for him during the transfer window, but he stayed put and having played 16 times this season, Mings was rewarded Championship Player of the Month for September.He’s a young, exciting player who has made a lot of progress in his time here and it’s great to see that his form has been noticed with this award. We’ve acknowledged thahe Holland defender left Ajax for Juve last summer.He said, “In recent years, technique has become increasingly important. I think it all started from Barcelona and the 'tika-taka' movement, with play starting from the back, and to play out from tht as a club, too, which is why we offered him a long term deal. He’s done great– Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy praises Mings following his September Player of the Month awardThis flying full-back is showing, at 21, an athleticism and attitude that is great to see. He can defend and he can create for his team. No wonder top-flight clubs were courting him– Former Wolves, West Brom and Sunderland striker Don Goodman, who was on the Player of the Month judging panel
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  • Robins named new Scunthorpe manager

    Scunthorpe have confirmed the appointment of Mark Robins as their new manager.The 44-year-old former Rotherham, Coventry and Barnsley boss was presented at a press conference at Glanford Park on Monday lunchtime.Robins has been out of work since leaving Huddersfield just one game into this season and succeeds Russ Wicontent_imglcox, who was sacked last Wednesday.Robins, who has signed a three-year deal at Glanford Park, watched on from the stands as Scunthorpe beat 10-man Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.He said: “First and foremost, I’m delighted. I watched the game on Saturday and was very encouraged with what I saw.“Gillingham is not an easy place to go and we controlled that game.“To gain a job, someone has to lose a job and Russ did a fantastic job last season and has brought in sfaces a goalkeeping shortage if Alisson is ruled out for a lengthy period after suffering a calf injury in Liverpool's opening 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday night.Adrian, just four days after signing for the club on a free transfer, came on to make ome great players.“It’s exciting times for the football club. Injuries have caused us problems, so we have to get those players back.“Every job is a different challenge. But saying that, it’s the same challenge, we have to start picking points up.“There are reasons to be optimistic within the squad but obviously there are areas to be worked on. That will be an ongoing thing.“There are no panic stations yet. We’ve got a lot of games left ande says Aaron Wan-Bissaka is struggling for form.United were beaten 2-0 at Liverpool to leave them a huge 30 points behind their fiercest rivals and runaway Premier League leaders.Wan-Bissaka endured a particularly difficult afternoon, and Neville sai we will put in a plan to not only get out of this but play exciting football.”
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