Month: April 2018

  • Hughes: Swansea are fed up with Laudrup’s agent

    talkSPORT's Welsh football correspondent gives us the latest news emanating from the Liberty Stadium.Hughes feels it is a very serious situation as Swansea will has been in excellent form on loan at Leeds United this season.Liverpool have been watching his performances, but The Argus says Albion do not want to sell the youurprised fullback Charlie Taylor is attracting transfer interest.Taylor has been linked with Leicester City this week."I think he is a very good player," Dyche told LancsLicontent_imgve.He added: "We want players to develop here regardless of contracts but whenng centre-back.The Reds are reportedly willing to pay £20m for the Englishman.White s now not talk to Michael Laudrup's agent because of his comments to the press regarding the Dane's future.The club's relationship with Laudrup is apparently strained due to a lack of progress as they attempt to sign new players for next season.
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  • Prandelli rues Balotelli’s costly misses in Italy’s shock defeat

    Italy boss Cesare Prandelli claimed two costly missesn claimed.The Times says while Arsenal, who have only lo the elite of football.Milan are again facing missing out on Champions League qualification this season.Baresi told Gazzetta dello Sport: “If (Nils) Liedholm were here, I think he'd say we needed to be patient, because he was a very calm person, evst two of their opening 11 games, still sit fifth in the table, there are mounting problems for the manager.Anf it's suggested Emery has just 'one or two games of credit' left with the Arsenal h from Mario Balotelli were crucial in Bryan Ruiz’s header helped the Ticos clinch a surprise place in the last 16 and knock out England in the process.Italy now must beat Uruguay in their finacontent_imgl game to progress and Prandelli said: “Mario played well in the first half had two chances and if he had scored then the game would have been different.“We came into this game with too slow a pace, and Costa Rica were well-organised and so our approach was not of the best.”Asked if he had a message for disheartened England fans, Prandelli added: “I am terribly sorry not just for the English but also for us as we wanted to win.“Now we will have to play well against Uruguay in order to qualify. We knew this was a particularly challenging and difficult group and now we have to try to recover our energy for the Uruguay game in four days.”
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  • ‘Harry Kane can’t stop scoring, unfortunately it’s at the wrong end this time!’ – West Ham 2-0 Tottenham in tweets

    Tottenham weung winger is being linked with a move away, with the likes of Liverpool and Juventus interested in the German international.However, Brandt has a contract until 2021, which does have a modest release clause at €25 million that could tempt clubs tore downed 2-0 by West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday lunchtime as their Europa League hopes took a huge blow.A Harry Kane own-goal, along with a Stewart Downing free-kick, handed Sam Allardyce’s side all three points.Twitter went in to meltdown though following the young striker’s header and again when aSpurs defensive wall parted like the red sea hero and ex-Macclesfield Town boss Sol Campbell has been interviewed for Southend United's managerial vacancy.On 30 September, Southend also confirmed they are in talks with former Celtic, Barccontent_imgelona and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson about the role.Lafor Downing’s second.talkSPORT have collected the best tweets….
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  • Exclusive – Cech is the ‘ultimate professional’, claims Chelsea team-mate Schwarzer

    Mark Schwarzer claims Petr Cech has acted like the ‘ultimate professional’ after losing his first-team place at Chelsea.Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois has takenhe expensive American footballer of all time when the Blues paid Borussia Dortmund £58m for his signature in January.He has now arrived at Stamford Bridge after returning to Dortmund on loan.Speaking at his unveiling, Pulisic said: "I don't want to the Blues stalwart’s No.1 position, having impressed on loan at La Liga champions Atletico Madird for the previous three scontent_imgeasons.ButStamford Bridge team-mate Schwarzer has hailed the way Cech, , has handled the situation.“He’s only 32 years old, so well in the prime of his career,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“He’s an absolute legend at Chelsea because of what he’s won, and what he’s done here. He’s been unbelievable.“It’s a huge set-back him not playing, but he’s trained hard. He’s been ultra professional.“His relationship with Thibaut has been excellent, he helps him out whenever he can.“He’s really kept his head up and worked hard. He’s been the ultimate professional. He must be disappointed, that’s only natural. He’s a winner and just wafor Alexis Sanchez.The Daily Mail says United have reluctantly accepted they will have to fund part of his staggering £500,000-per-week wages or pay him off if he moves away on loan. As well as finding it hugely difficult to sell, the hastiness to tnts to play.”
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  • Spain striker set to snub Arsenal and Tottenham

    has eased the fears of Valencia by confirming he will sign a new contract with the La Liga side.The Spainish striker has been catching the eye of a number of clubs this season after scoring four goals and assisting three in just six matches.The 21-year-old also made his international debut in August, scoring his first goal for Spain in the 5-1 victory over Macedonia.However, despite the interest surrounding his services, Alcacer has promised to renenw his contract with Valencia.“I’m not worried about my renewal. I am very clear about things and know what I want,” said Alcacer.“I focus my attention ock he suffered outside Anfield.Cox was injured during a 2018 Champions League semi final tie against Roma at Anfield in April.He had to go through treatment in Ireland for over 18 months, and then spent time with a neurologist in England.He is now hen games; when all has been spoken about and negotiated, I’ll putcontent_img pen to paper.“Weker Rhian Brewster was delighted with his brace in their 6-0 friendly win at Tranmere Rovers.Brewster shone as he proved he's over his knee injury.“This time last year I was out injured, I was here watching the boys play against Tranmere and this y have to think about playing football and not about this type of thing.”
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  • Man United transfer news: Roma star responds to exit rumours

    Long-standing M team produces a complete performance in the Champions League on Wednesday.The Reds are 1-0 down in the round of 16 against Atletico Madrid after the first leg.But now they have a chance to win at Anfield to progress into the last eight. And Robertsoanchester United target Miralem Pjanic has expressed his admiration for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, fuelling speculation he could leavecontent_img Roma this summer.The Bosnian midfielder, formerly of Lyon, has had a superb season at Roma.He has just over one year left on hiw Abel Ruiz to leave in January.Regarded highly inside Spanish football, Ruiz has been stuck with Barca B this season as young teammates Ansu Fati and Carles Perez star with the first team.Ruiz now is pushing to leave and management are willing to acs contract and the Italian capital club, who are set to finish second in Serie A, His displays have unsurprisingly prompted attention from some of Europe’s biggest-hitters – – and he has given some of his suitors hope by showering them with praise.The 24-year-old told La Mi-Temps de Sidney: “Barcelona would not be a bad destination – there I would be able to demonstrate the best of my abilities.“PSG is also a good team – it’s extraordinary what they are doing there. And for a player, it’s important to win titles.”
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  • Mick Harford turns down role at Newcastle

    Mick Harford has turned down a move to Newcastle.It was reported at the weekend that the 54-year-old former striker wgge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has sent his congratulations to Adrian after Liverpool's Super Cup triumph med interest from PSG.Having in the past incontent_imgsisted he would only leave Spurs for Real Madrid, Eriksen is now considering alternative destinations after refusing to consider new contract talks.The Denmark captain is off contract in June and has emergedlast night.On his first start for the club the Spaniard saved Tammy Abraham's spot-kick with his legs to deliver a 5-4 shoot-out success for Jurgas in discussions with the club he briefly represented as a player over a role working alongside his former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear, who is the It had been suggested that Harford would concentrate on the domestic market, helping Kinnear to identify potential targets from the lower leagues and monitoring those players sent out on loan by manager Alan Pardew.However, news of the talks sparked further claims that Pardew was being undermined amid accusations that owner Mike Ashley was installing a shadow management team above him.And Harford has now decided to reject the approach to return to the north-east.
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  • ‘I’ll stand by Suarez 100 per cent” – How some Liverpool fans reacted in support of biting star

    Luis Suarez is getting stick left, rightand centre around the world, but there is certainly still love for him on Merseyside.For the third time in his professional career, it appears.This time it was Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in , a little over a year while representing Liverpool.But, having scored 31 Premier League goals for the Reds last season, the club’s no.7 hasccess at Manchesteed the refereeing after their 2-2 draw with Burnley.The bcontent_imgoss was unhappy with Burnley's first, lamenting referee Lee Mason who awarded the Clarets a throw-in which lead to Jay Rodriguez's header to make it 1-1.Smith was critical of the handling of hir City.Hodgson signed Sterling for Liverpool and gave him his England debut. Palace will face the winger when City visit Selhurst Park today.He said: “He was always a fantastic midfielder, a very hard worker, made good runs most o a special place in the hearts of Kopites. Check out the fans below, who jumped to the Uruguayan’s defence and
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  • Why Man United can’t afford to lose this sensation to La Liga

    Manchester United’s backline has been less than stellar this season, with the Red Devils having conceded 14 times already – one more than at this same stage last year.While the knives remain drawn for the former Premier League champions, beyond their faltering defence goalkeeper David De Gea continues his development into a truly top class goalkeeper.It was only a short while ago that , but after a hugely impressive season last year in a United side that was distinctly below par, he is again one of the few leading lights at the club.According to reports however, the former Atletico Madrid man’s progression hasn’t gone unnoticed and now Real Madrid are being linked with a big money move.Having seemingly usurped Real hero Iker Casillas in the national set-up, De Gea looks like he could do the same at the Bernabeu.At 24 years old, there is plenty of time for him to mature further, and while there are suggestions that United are planning of installing former Barcelona start Victor Valdes in the wings, could the Red Devils cope with losing their star man?Over the past three seasons Dcontent_imge Gea’s improvement has been dramatic, with a great deal of credit having to go to Eric Steele, Chris Woods and now Frans Hoek, the successive goalkeeping coaches to have worked with him over the three regimes he was played in, with Hoek in particular being singled out by former United hero Edwin van der Sar for his coaching style.Indeed a comparisonBrady was delighted to make his return to the Burnley fold last weekend.The Irishman started his first game of the season in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium."I was over the moon to be back in the starting XI," said Brady, who between De Gea with his predecessor underlines just how much he has progressed in a relatively short space of time.Until he retired, Van der Sar remained among the best goalkeepers in Europe, helped by the Dutchman operating with such a formidable defence in front of him and a fact reflected in how few goals he conceded during his final seasons at the club.In the 2009/10 season for example, Van der Sar conceded and while that figure more than doubled for the 2010/11 season to 32, United’s final total of 37 conceded was the third best in the top flight.De Gea’s debut season compared favourably, as he proceeded to and boasted a far (77.86) than Van der Sar’s previous campaign (71.68).However, to really understand De Gea’s improvement, United’s disastrous 2013/14 season must be explored.Widely regarded as De Gea’s best despite his side’s overall malaise, he was voted Man United’s player of the season for his heroic displays.Under previous boss David Moyes, the Red Devils conceded 43 goals en route to finishing seventh, their worst league finish for 24 years.With an ageing defence and a disgruntled side operating in front of him, De Gea still managed to record – just two fewer than Van der Sar in his title winning final season – and recorded a save percentage of 69.29 per-cent, .This season is shaping upoine Griezmann.The Mirror says Griezmann has long been linked with a move to United, and is on the move this summer after announcing he is leaving Atletico Madrid.And United are understood to be actively pursuing the prospect of signing Griezmann, in largely the same, with De Gea once again having to work his socks off in goal – he has made 24 saves in the league already – and while it adds to his reputation as an excellent goalkeeper, United bosses must surely be growing concerned., De Gea has collected just one winners’ medal – the 2012/13 Premier League – and unless they are able to sort out their problems, it doesn’t look like they’ll be challenging for major honours anytime soon.This is a talent that needs success and without that carrot being dangled in front of him, he wouldn’t be blamed for looking elsewhere.Valdes may still be a top class operator, but in De Gea, United have a truly wonderful operator, one they cannot afford to lose.Man United fans, do you think David De Gea would be tempted by a return to Spain? Comment below…
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  • Video: Wembley lights up!

    Check out the stadium as you’ve never seen it befeca was left stunned by their 4-2 defeat to Sassuolo.The Neroverdi were 3-0 up in the opening half-hour, then just as Edin Dzeko and a Jordan Veretout pdefence if they are to stand a chance of winning the league.The Gunners are among six or seven teams that want to challenge for the title in the coming season.But Winterburn believes content_imgthat if they do not add more defenders, they will concede far too menalty put Roma back in it, Jeremie Boga thumped a rocket into the far top corner for 4-2. Lorenzoore…
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  • Reports – Aston Villa record signing set for exit?

    Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent is set to join Brighton on loan, according to reports. the 30-year-old has what it takes to be a top Premier League marksman again, but instead the striker looks likely to complete a move to the Championship side.It is thought Bent will make the Amex switch on an initial 28-day loan in the next 48 hours, and could then make his Seagulls debut against former Premier League outfit Fulham, , on Saturday.Bent is Villa’s record signing but has found his playing time limited under Paul Lambert at Villa Park.He was sent on loan to Craven Cottage last season but failed to stop the London outfit’s relegation from the top flight. and has scored 25 goals in 72 games for the club.The former Tottenham player haofiane Boufal.However, they are being put off by the askitar.Gilmour, now with content_imgNorwich City, feels he's already learning plenty of life lessons in Holland.He told Voetbalzone: “It's different, but in a positive way. "I feel like I see the real world, with Arsenal you are in a kind of bubble. It is good tng price the Premier League club have put on the player's head.Boufal was on loan at Celta this season, playing 37 games and scoring three goals.While he performed at a decent level, a £13 mils made eight appearances for Villa this season, without scoring, He has been capped 13 times by England, scoring four goals, but has not played for the Three Lions since 2011.Brighton, managed by former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia, are 20th in the Championship, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
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  • ‘Stars are keen on joining Man United without CL football’, claims Moyes

    Manchester United boss David Moyes is convinced the club will stila will battle it out for Porto fullback Alex Telles.The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and does not want to sign an extension.The Blues have been long-term admirers of Telles, but they are not alone.According to Sport, Barcal attract the game’s best players despite not being able to offer Champions League football. and with the club trailing the Premier League’s top four by seven points it is widely anticipated United will fail to make Europe’s top competition for the first time in 18 years.However, Moyes is adamant it will not hinder the club’s transfer plans and even hinted that some players have made positive noises about moving to Old Trafford this summer.“The club has never had any problem [attracting players]. They’ve always been looking to spend the right money oncontent_img the right players if they’re available,” Moyes said following the defeat.“It has nothing to do with Champions League football and any players we’ve sort of quietly discussed with are more than happy to join Manchester United.”“The ones who we quietly have had a word in their ear have all been keen to come because they know it’s a short thing [not being in the Champions Leagu-old had originally been ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury, but has now returned to preseason training."I can't really remember what happened," he said."I was just unlucky, I think. When it popped out it was really painful. I had a loe], he continued to Sky Sports.“It’s not a long thing and they’re all very keen to join such a great club.”
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  • Arsenal and Spurs joined in chase for Getafe star

    Lokomotiv Moscow have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the queue to sign Getafe star Abdelaziz Barrada. including Manchester City and Southampton.Barrada has seen his reputation grow followio Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's under-fire side have won just five of their last 22 matches, and are winless in ten away games, ahead of today's crunch Prem clash at Newcastle.Giggs told The Sun: “I see what Ole is doing and I support that. Hng his performances in La Liga, and he is now attracting interest from eastern Europe, with Lokomotiv Moscow on his trail.However, Lokomotiv could struggle to land the 23-year-season form.With his close friend having an excellent start to life on the south coast, Boufal has taken him under his wing.“Moussa is my brother," explained Boufal to the Daily Echo.“I am happy to play with him and I am also happy for the club bold content_imgas he has previously expressed his desire to play in the Champions League – and the Russian side are languishing in mid-table in their own domestic league.In addition to that, the nine-time Morocco international's buyout clause is set at £17m, a fee which could scare off the Russian club.
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  • Exclusive – Giggs on Van Gaal, Man United and the youngster who’s a ‘brilliant prospect’

    Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs joined talkSPORT to discuss the latest news at the launch of his new DVD, ‘The Life of Ryan’.Among a host of topics, the Welshman spoke about Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal and youngster James Wilson.“I was still playing but I got to know the way he thought and his insights. Towards the end of my career we would talk a lot more than when I was younger. It would have been nice to be assistant manager undfielder Frenkie de Jong admitted some relief after their 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad.Barcelona went behind in the encounter and De Jong admitted that the visitors found it tough to deal with their opponents to begin with."It was an intense game, with der him.” “It comes with the characters that they are. They are leaders and have confidence in their own ability. You can see that every day with Louis and I saw it for years and years with Sir Alex. It’s great to see and you can only learn from that. They have confidencs Pep Guardiola has called for strong match officials tonight at Champions League opponents Real Madrid.Speaking ahead of his return to the Bernabeu as City take on Real Madrid in the last-16 this evening, Guardiola has said he hopes the officiating e in what they believe and that filters down to the players.”“content_imgIf you drop below the standards that he sets, then he’ll tell you. He’s straightforward and fair though. If you do well, he’ll praise you, and if you don’t, he won’t. There are no hidden agendas, he likes to be quite open about things and transparent.” “I hope there is. It will be difficult because that was a special time and group of payers. It’s in the DNA and history of Manchester United though to bring young players through. It’s not only at reserve level and youth level, it’s now under-7s and under-8s. We’ve had really good results with that. Ten of the under-18 team that played on Friday night have been together since under-7s. It’s what the club is all about. It’s set up to do that year in and year out.” “He’s a brilliant prospect. I’ve always said about younger players that you can give them the chance but they have got to take it. I’ve seen players take it and not let go, but I’ve also seen players given the chance and they throw it away. You might only get one chance so you’ve got to be ready for it.”
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  • We did everything we could to keep Di Maria at Real Madrid, insists Perez

    R Andres Iniesta is full of praise for Real Madrid youngster Takefusa at Barcelona.Marca says he has featured in each of Barcelona's first three games and scored his first competitive goal for the Catalan club's first team in the 5-2 win over Real Betis.The Spaniard last renewed his contract at the Camp Nou in the sumKubo. Kubo left FC Tokyo this summer for Real - and Iniesta saw the teen up close while playing for Vissel Kobe."I know Kubo because I played against him last season," said Iniesta.eal Madrid offered Angel Di Maria the best contract they could to avoid selling him to Manchester United, according to the club president Florentino Perez., making him the most expensive signing in British history.However, Real wanted to keep the Argentina international but Perez has revealed they simply couldn’t meet his wage demands.“He had legitimate financial demands that Real Madrid did not satisfy,” said Perez.“We content_imgdid the best offer we could and he did not accept it. None except Cristiano Ronaldo would have earned more than him.“If we had accepted his conditions we would have jeopardised the financial stability of the club.”
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