Month: April 2018

  • Coral Daily Download – Chelsea look invincible, but don’t write off Man City in title race

    Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Chelsea look close to perfect after and reveals they are now just 8/1 to go the entire Premier League campaign withou prepared to stay with Napoli even if Kieran Trippier arrives.The Tottenham fullback is a target for Napoli and coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted they're keen.Bruno Satin says should Trippier arrive, though won't panic."If Trippier is coming? For tht tasting defeat.Stevens, however, insists Manchester City cannot be ruled out of the title race, with , and the champions are 4/1 for Premier League glory.He also brings us the latest odds on England winning their one-day series against Srr-Chelsea-Olivier-Giroud-striker-prefer-stay-London.html">Daily Mail says Lazio have made an offer for Giroud but the Frenchman is looking to remain in London amid interestcontent_img from Tottenham.The 33-year-old has longed for the exit door from Stamford Brii Lanka,
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  • Lennon steps down as Celtic manager

    Neil Lennon has parted ways wcontent_imgith Celtic, the Scottish champions have confirmed.The 42-year-old decided to step down from his position as manager after leading the club to a third successive SPL title.Lennon took over from Tony Mowbray in March, 2010 on a temporary basis before being handed the reins full-time three months later.He went on to lead Celtic to three league titles and two Scottish Cups, while they also reached the last 16 of the Champions League under his stewa defeat at Astve signed England youth international striker Kazaiah Sterling on a season-long loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.The 20-year-old spent the second half of last term with Rovers' League One rivals Sunderland, where he scored one goal in ana.Lingard captained a record youngest United XI for their 2-1 Europa League loss at the Astana Arena.Afterwards, Lingard said of the local United support: "Yes, it is unbelievable, we felt it as soon as we landed, already at the airpordship.Lennon has made no secret of his desire to work in England and has been linked with the vacant job at Norwich.His former Parkhead team-mate Henrik Larsson is the early favourite to replace him as Celtic boss, while Malky Mackay is also said to be in the running.
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  • Laudrup keen to stay at Swansea but admits anger over transfers

    Michael Laudrup insists he has no intention of qutting Swansea but has urged the club's board triker Wesley Moraes retains hope of a move to England this summer.HLN says Wesley has turned down an offer from Lazio, which have offered €18m for the Brazilian.Club Brugge are seeking €30m for Wesley, who retains hope of moving to England this to wrap up deals for his transfer targets.The Dane was reported to be considering his position at the Liberty Stadium amid a row over funds available to him this summer.Laudrup has now moved to ease fears he could quit, but has made it clear he is unhappy with the clucontent_imgb's lack of activity in the transfer market."I have always said that my intention was, and is, to stay at the club," he told the South Wales Evening Post."I think all the speculation regarding my future is due to the fact that there Wolves are wrapping up a deal for Bayern Munich youngster Meritan Shabani.Sky Deutschland says Shabani is in England today and undergoing a Wolves medical.Wolves and Bayern settled on a fee for Shabani yesterday.The youngster will initially be registered with the Wolves U23 team.Shabani, 20, is a midfielder and has less than a year to run on his Bayern deal.hasn't been any good news since we played our last game three weeks ago. We all need some good news."I had hoped for some signings at this stage but I think this is a question to ask to the chairman and the board."They have all the names of the possible players for our team and all the players, except one, are in Swansea's level when we talk about transfer and salary."It is almost three weeks since we played the last game and everyone is looking forward to receiving some news regarding new players."Instead people can read in different papers and media that there are bigger and bigger problems with me, the chairman, the board, my agent or players who will not join Swansea because they are not sure that I will stay."
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  • Adebayor returns to Tottenham squad after compassionate leave

    Emmanuel Adebayor could finally make his return to the Tottenham squad after leaving the club on compassionate grounds., but has now returned to England and resumed training this week.The former Arsenal and Manchester City forward has not played for the club since the 2-1 home defeat by Stoke back on November 9.But Tottenham head coacall Lane.The Daily Mail says McCabe has been told he will not be welcome at Bramall Lane if he fights the High Court ruling content_imgwhich awards full control of the club to his co-owner Prince Abdullah.McCabe, who has been on the board for more than 25 yearsh Mauricio Pochettino says Adebayor is in a good frame of mind and will come into consideration for the home game against Burnley on Saturday.Pochettino said: “He is available for tomorrow and I will see if I pick him. I am happy with Ade and his training. Maybe he is not 100 per cent but he is not far away. I need to make a decision if he is in the squad.“He needs to improve his physical condition but he is getting better.”, but the Tottenham boss says he is happy with his squad and is not planning to make major cen harder next season.After winning the Champions League final last night, Klopp revealed he spoke with the Manchester City manager after the initial celebrations.Klopp said: “A second ago I spoke to Pep Guardiola on the phone. Our head physio (Leehanges.He added: “We have a strong squad and I am happy with the players. We will wait and see.”
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  • ‘I want Ronaldo to pick up girls for me!’ Man United fan Rhydian takes the talkSPORT Q&A

    Each week throughout the season, thanks to our mates , we’re asking top musicians for their thoughts on the beautiful game. In the hot-seat this week, classical superstar Rhydian…Full Contact with Brian Moore. I love Brian Moore’s commentary.Refs and Umpires. I want to hear them talking about their careers, how they got into it, their best and worst moments, embarrassing moments, etc.Manchester United. People often ask me why I don’t supportcontent_img a Welsh team but that’s simple. If I support Cardiff everyone one from Swansea would hate me and vice versa! They arand manager Steve Bruce.Newcastle travel to Tottenham on Sunday already in the bottom three.It prompted Bruce to call the entire squad into training last Sunday, with Longstaff admitting although no one is panicking, the additional session was needede tribal wars I don’t want to be a part of.Gareth Bale.I’d have Prince pident Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens against leaving for China.Callejon and Mertens have been heavily linked with moves to the Far East.“I'm absolutely not prepared to make a major effort for them," he told Sky Spoerform there.I’m biased, but I should sing the National Anthem. I know how to deliver passion in an anthemic fashion!Nessun DormaThe Sex Pistols album, Never mind the B******s. It’s either that or a bit of Eminem.Serge from Kasabian, Robbie Williams, Susan Boyle (in goal) Dizzee Rascal and Rod Stewart.Cristiano Ronaldo. He’ll attract the girls over after the showsMy new album ‘One Day Like This’ has been at the top of the classical charts for ten weeks and I am about to embark on my UK solo tour.
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  • Joey Barton unsure about QPR future

    Controversial QPR midfielder Joey Barton has reveainterested in Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Bakayoko is on his way back to the Blues after a season-long loan with AC Milan. The Rossonero have passed on the option of making the deal permanent.Estadio Deportivo says Monchi is a big fan of Bakaled he has no idea where he will be playing next season.The 30-year-old was sent out on loan to Marseille last season after incurring a 12-match ban for his conduct on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign, but he is now back at Loftus Road.The former Manchester City man had hoped to extend his spell in the south of France, but the Ligue 1 side have not yet made an official offer to prolong his stay.However, the outspoken one-cap England international is confident he will know his next destination with says the qualities of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would translate to players at any level.Writing for Sky Sports, Merson stated: "This is a phenomenal football team, who I don't think get the credit they should."People say: 'Oh, Manchester City havein the coming weeks.He tweeted: "Still none the wiser about where I'll be playing next year. Should be sorted soon enough. Pre-season is same everywhere… #norush"You can do a pre-season anywhere as long as you have got a pair of decent trainers, some hills and drcontent_imgive inside to get fitter…"
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  • Leicester sack director of football

    Leicester have sacked director of football Terry Robinson following their poor start to the season, but manager Nigel Pearson still retains the faith of the Premier League strugglers.The Foxes find themselves bottom of the after an 11 game winless run and five points adrift of Burnley in 17th spot.Robinson was appointed in July last year with a remit “to provide strategic input to the club’s football operations at all levels, driving the consistent implementation of the club’s football philosophy”.The club signed ten players in the summer transfer window but only three – Esteban Cambiasso, Danny Simpson and Ben Hamer – started Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City, and Hamer was only in the side because of injury to first-choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Leicester have not won and have lost eight of the last nine matches as they plummeted to the bottom of the Premier League.However, despite that alarming downward spiral it is understood Pearson’s job is not in any immediate danger.“Leicester City Football Club has terminated the contract of its director of football, Terry Robinson,” said a statement from the Premier League club.“He departs with immediate effect and with the best wishes of everyone at the football club.“Current academy director Jon Rudkin will assume the responsibilities ofcontent_img director of football.“Jon has ben's first game in charge of the Toffees, which ended in a win thanks to a fine header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin."For me, it was a really special moment [being introduced to the crowd]," he told Match of the Day."After that, I saw a good performance en with Leicester City Football Club for 16 years, has headed the club’s academy – recently awarded the Elite Player Performance Plan’s category one status – since 2003 and has an excellent understanding of the club’s footballing philosophy and values.“The owners, directors, management and staff at Leicester City would like too former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who believes United are that far off the top two.The Red Devils are going through a summer rebuild under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.But Redknapp does not feel the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissak place on record our collective thanks to Terry for his work and contribution, and wish him well in the future.”
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  • Larsson signs new three-year deal at Sunderland

    Sunderland midfields the club did not make a decision on Mauricio Pochettino's in haste.The Argentine, along with his coaching staff, were relieved of their Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has starred in first feature length film.'Mi Amigo Alexis' was released in his native Chile on Thursday.The film tells the story of 12-year-old Tito who accidentally meets his idol Sanchez.The storyline explores the pair's friendship and lessons they learn in life.duties on Tuesday, with the club languishing in 14th on the Premier League table.Levy said: "We were extremely rer Sebastian Larsson has signed a new three-year deal with the club until 2017.The Swedish international’s previous contract expired on Wearside at the end of last season and he had been linked with moves to Hull and Stoke.However, the 28-year-old opted to continue his three-year spell at the Stadium of Light and told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal with the club.“I’ve had talks with Gus and Lee Congerton and I feel that this is a club moving in the right direction and I want to be part of it.“I had a few options but I want to be at Sunderland and I’m looking forward to the newcontent_img season.”The midfielder made 41 appearances for the Black Cats last season, scoring against Southampton in the Capital One Cup and a memorable winner in the .
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  • Mourinho riled by ref chief Riley’s apology to West Brom

    Jose Mourino wants an explanation from refereesr-present next season.The 27-year-old joined the Gunners last summer in a £19million deal from Bayer Leverkusen.With Petr Cech now retired and back at Chelsea, Arsenal are set to promote Emiliano Martinez to be No2. The club have not entirely ruled ’ chief Mike Riley over his apology to West Brom. after his due to a controversial late penalty awarded by Andre Marriner.And that has riled Mourinho, who said ahead of Chelsea’s match at West Ham on Saturday: “I’m very curious to know the consequences of it.“At least now the referees know, they know one thing. If in a controversial – I’m not saying a mistake – decision that hypothetically – and, I repeat, hypothetically – favours Chelsea, they know they are going to be publicly exposed by their boss. That they know.“They can make, hypothetically, mistakes, favouring other teams, nothing happens.“If hypothetically – and, I repeat, hypothetically – they make a mistake, they are publicly exposed by their own boss.“I’m very curious to know if it was just an isolated phone call. I’m curious to know if peopleHammers defeated Chelsea at London Stadium in Moyes' first spell as manager – and they have beaten the Blues and Manchester United this term – so he knows they have the capability to get results against the teams at the top end of the Premier Lea see that as a normal situation.“I’m interested to know if this is the start, that from now on it’s going to be the same for everybody.”Mourinho is eager to know if Hull, Norwich, Swansea and Aston Villa received phone calls for perceived mistakes made by officials against them.“I’m curious to know if Steve Bruce got a phone call,” Mourinho said.“I’m interested to know if Chris Hughton got a phone call. I’m interested to know if (Michael) Laudrup got a phone call.“Nobody called me to apologise about the fact that it was not a free-kick against West Bromwich in their second goal.“Nobody apologised to me for the penalty against Everton, which would have been 1-1 for us.“I don’t know if Paul Lambert got a phone call. I don’t know.”Asked whether hecontent_img had ever received a phone call from an official during his career, Mourinho added: “If they do that, during my career, my telephone would be very, very busy.”
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  • Exclusive – Swansea chairman insists Ince deal is ‘not close’

    Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins admits Tom Ince is the perfect type of signing for the Welsh club but insists a deal for the Blackpool winger is not close.The Swans have been heavily linked with a move for the England Under-21 star, who is also .Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Jenkins claimed Ince would benefit from a move to the Liberty Stadium but described reports he is close to joining the club as ‘pure speculation’.“Looking at young British players, Tom is one of them and he performs well with the England Under-21s,” he said.“At our club, at our level, we always look for young players we can possibly add to the squad but whether we get anycontent_img further with Tom Ince or other players remains to be seen.“At the moment it is pure speculation, but young players are always great to bring in, to see their careers develop, and we feel our club is right for that.”But Jenkins insists there will not be a flurry of new arrivals this month.“At Swansea we try our best to do our business in the summer and to make sure our squad is more or less right,” he said.“There are times now and again when bringing in the odd player in January can boost morale, boor Champions League clash at Liverpool should be played in front of a full Anfield.The Argentine explained that it wouldn't be fair for the Reds otherwise, with Jurgenwn a reluctance to make the move to England, Wolves are pressing ahead with a deal for the Italy international.TMW says Wolves have tabled a bid of €18m for Cutrone.And Milan are now considering the offer, as is Cutrone, who has fielded several enq Klopp's side coming into the second leg trailing 1-0 after Los Rojiblancos' win in st the team and get results and there’s no doubt there are going to be a few clubs that do that before the window ends.”
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  • Coral Daily Download – Arsenal set to end the season on a real high

    Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson says Liverpool look nailed on to win the title after their , and claims Arsenal are wcontent_imgell set to end the season on a real high.He also nchester United are upbeat over their chances of landing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Daily Mail says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the 26-year-old Leicester City defender to becomeon Tuesday night.We'd seen glimpses of Billy Gilmour's talent against Grimsby Town earlier in the season. Frank Lampard and his teammates raved about his potential.But the diminutive 19-year-old announced himself to the world with a man-of-the-match the new leader of his revamped side and Unicasts his eye over the latest relegation odds, with Sunderland tipped to escape trouble following their .
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  • World Cup Countdown: Cahill and Lallana’s Portuguese masterclass

    Thousands of England fans are expected in Brazil this summer ham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. "I was talking with Becrom the journey of Serge Gnabry.Bayern Munich winger Gnabry was brought into the spotlight before the international break after he scored four goals against Tottenham Hotspur.Woodburn is currently stcontent_imgruggling on loan at Oxford United, but Gnabry's paskham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham becfor the World Cup finals.But how is your Portuguese?Well, if you need some help with the language barrier, here are Gary Cahill and Adam Lallana with some helpful hints.
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  • Exclusive – Kevin Gallen: Joey Barton may feel he owes QPR fans and stay

    Former QPR striker Kevin Gallen has a 'sneaky feeling' Joey Barton may stay at Loftus Road despite stating he would not play in the Championship.The controversial midfielder embarrassed himself when he said he wouldn't appear for the Hoops only to then start and impress in the 2-1 opening day win over Sheffield Wednesday.Gallen believes it will not be the last time Loftus Road see the one cap to be representing Scotland at Arsenal.Tierney is their first Scottish member of the senior team since Scott Marshall in 1998."It's massive for me as well [being the first Scotsman since 1998]," Tierney told Arsenal Player. "I'm proud and delighted tEngland international appear.He told Weekend Sports Breakfast: "I have a sneaky feeling he will stay. It's a hell of a statement and then the first day of the season he's playing in the Championship."Surprct offers for midfielder Coutinho this summer.The Catalan giants are not satisfied with the Brazilian attacker's output or role in the team.And they want to cash in on him, despite signing the player for £105 million last January.Goal.com reports thisingly the fans were very good. He got subbed with 15 minutes to go and pretty much got a standing ovation. To be fair whatever everybody says about Joey Barton when he's actually on the pitch he's a very talented player. Let's see him doing more talking on the pitcontent_imgch than off it."The crowd really backed him and I think he was surprised and I think everyone else was surprised at the reception he got and he was pleased so he might feel he owes QPR something."Gallen added that the pressure on Harry Redknapp is massive because of the wealth of talent at his disposal and that he expects there to be more comings and goings before the end of the transfer window.
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  • Navas claims Casillas would be ‘perfect fit’ at Manchester City

    Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has revealed he would welcome the arrival of Spain captain Iker Casillas at the Etihad.Current City No.1 Joe Hart has received heavy striker Olivier Giroud admits hecontent_img's taken Tammy Abraham under his wing this season.The World Cup is happy to act as a mentor to his young teammates."I have been talking with Tammy a lot," he told talkSPORT.“My main role is to look after these young criticism in recent weeks following a string of inconsistent displays.Casillas’ own future at Real Madrid is unclear with Diego Lopez currinho whilst shopping in London.Spurs had beaten Dyche's side 5-0 the day prior at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Dyche stayed in London for an extra day and bumped into Mourinho."I'll tell you a little life story," Dyche said on Thursday. "Strangely, aftrently the first-choice goalkeeper under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.And Navas admits he would love to see his international colleague join him in Manchester.“We all know how great a goalkeeper he is and his importance within the team,” he is quoted as saying in AS.“At City we have great goalkeepers, but Iker would be a good fit.”
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  • Liverpool transfer news: the English-born defender heading to Anfield

    Liverpool have reportedly almost sealed the transfer of Tiago Ilori, so talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has all that excited Kopites need to know about the gifted 20-year-old… Tiago Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori26 February 1993 London, England Centre-back Sporting Lisbon Four caps for Portugal's U20 side and 15 for Portugal's U19According to reports in Portugal from respected sports newspaper A Bola, Liverpool are close to snapping up highly-rated defender, Tiago Ilori, having apparently already agreed personal terms with the player. He established himself during the second half of last season and the Reds are said to have had a bider striker Harry Kane this summer.Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League by RB Leipzig after a 4-0 aggregate defeat and qualification through the league is looking increasingly unlikely. The Italian giants hope that will be a factor in lur of around £3m turned down, with Sporting hoping to get closer to £4m. However, Ilori's contract expires in 2015 and the club face the prospect of losing him for a lot less than Liverpool are prepared to offer. Born in London to an English father and Portuguese mother, Ilori joined the Sporting youth academy in 2006. He could still play for the Three Licontent_imgons just like his Sporting team-mate, Eric Dier, who was born in Cheltenham and plays for the England U19 side. Ilori has so far only represented Portugal at youth level. Though primarily a centre-back, Ilori can also fill in at left-back. He is known for his speed on the ground, and has even proven to be quicker than Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in the speed tests conducted at Sporting's academy. He has been mentioned as a long-term successor to Ricardo Carvalho [see 'What's being said' below]. Ilori made his senior Sporting debut in November, 2011 during a league clash with U.D Leiria, and a month later appeared in the Europa League. He continued as part of the B team officially, however. The arrival of new manager, Jesualdo Ferreira in January 2013 led to a significant boost in Ilori's profile. The youngster was hande.Moura is being celebrated today after his superb hat-trick for their Champions League win at Ajax.And he recalled his January 2018 departure from PSG, speaking to Globoesporte: "I did not want to leave the way I left PSG. I stayed there for five yead a start for the first team against Gil Vicente in February, and scored a goal within six minutes, going on to play the entire game. He played a further 10 games last season, starting in all of them. The defender has made 15 appearances for Portugal at U19 level and is in the country's U20 World Cup team for the tournament in Turkey beginning on 21 June.“Ilori was thrown in at the deep end and looked a bit nervous. However, he has got better and better and looks like a classy centre-back, rather than a 'Rambo' type. More Ricardo Carvalho than John Terry, you could say.”– Portugal-based journalist, Tom KundertIs Ilori what Liverpool need? Keep up to date with all
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