Month: April 2018

  • Another boost for Liverpool! Real Madrid defender ruled out of Champions League clash

    Liverpool have been handed another major boost ahead of their Champions League tie against Real Madrid with the news Sergio Ramos is the Whites’ latest injury victim.The Spain international has added to Carlo Ancelotti’s wocontent_imges and joins wing wizard Gareth Bale, , on the sidelines after aggreviting a knock he recently picked up in training.According to spanish newspaper AS, both players will not travel to Merseyside for Wednesday night’s mouthwatering clash at Anfield and are big doubts for Saturday’s Clasico clash against Barcelona.But the good news for Los Blancosdfielder Jesse Lingard's attacking stats fall short of two rival Premier League goalkeepers.The Sun says the 26-year-old last found the back of the net against Arsenal in an FA Cup tie in January.Lingard also hasn't provided an assist in the top-flig is that centre-back Raphael Varane and forward Karit up with his progress.The Academy starlet dispatched an incredible eight-minute hat-trick against Sunderland U23s on Monday as the young Reds advanced into the last 16 of Premier League Cup.Critchley told the club's official website: "He is [making m Benzema are ready to return.
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  • Liverpool make second approach for Newcastle midfielder

    Liverpool have made a second approach for Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old and is believed to have sounded out Newcastle over a possible move earlier this year.Liverpool cooled th.The Slovenian has taken charge of five Reds games in the past in which they have lost four and won just one.Liverpool did manage to end their losing streak under Skomina when they crucially beat Napoli 1-0 earlier in the season. The last time Skomineir interest in the Frenchman earlier this summer as they prioritised the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the Armenia international's decision to join Borussia Dortmund has left Rodgers needing to find a new playmaker instead.And the Northern Irishman, who has alreamotional Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored his first goal for Brighton as they beat relegation rivals Bournemouth in the Premier League.The Iran international winger, making his 27th appearance for the club, blasted home from 16 yards after Neal Maupay's lady added Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto tcontent_imgo his attacking options, has now returned with a fresh approach for Ben Arfa.The Newcastle wideman suffered with injuries last term and managed just 16 Premier League appearances.
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  • Italian star shuns Tottenham move to stay in Serie A

    has shunned a Premier League move in favour of signing a three-year contract extension with Cagliari.The Italy international had also been linked with moves to Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and, more recently, Championship club Leeds, who are now owned by e James dubbed their 4-4 Champions League thrilcontent_imgler with Ajax as "a mad night".James made history by becoming the youngest Chelsea scorer in the Champions League.The right-back, at 19 years, 332 days, beat Arjen Robben's previous record of 20 years anCagliari’s former president Massimo Cellino.But the 27-year-old defender, who made his debut for the Sardinians in 2008, has opted to extend his stay at Stadio Is Arenas.Astori told Cagliari’s offiUnited goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellocial website: “I’ve been here six years now and I’ve grown up and matured while in Sardinia.“I wanted to show my gratitude to Cagliari. I thank president [Tommaso] Giulini: it is a decision we took together.”Cagliari director of sport Francesco Marroccu added: “We are extremely proud we have kept hold of one of our greatest professionals.“Davide was in the last year of his contract and so the fact he wanted to renew with us shows he has great faith in the club.”
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  • Gareth Bale v Neymar: Is the Brazilian better? Our comparison has the answer

    The World Cup qualifiers are currently grabbing our attention but, in one part of Spain, it’s a club debate that continues to rage, sparked by a Barcelona player. Full-back Adriano went on the record this week as saying that he believes FCB signing Neymar is at a higher level than Real Madrid new man Gareth Bale, a question many observers may have debated over the summer. With both players now a decent stretch into their club campaigns, talkSPORT takes a look at their respective performances, both past and present, and ask if Adriano has a point…When making his point, Adriano went into some detail, specifically saying that he believes Neymar is better than Bale for ‘what he has done in football [already]’, ‘what he is to Brazil’, and ‘what he’s doing with Barca’, so we thought it was only fair to look at those three categories in our comparison. Namely, we examined each player’s past performances, national team performances, and performances with their new clubs.Neymar’s club record in Brazil, despite still being barely 21 years old, is astonishing. Regardless of debates over the strength of the Brazilian league (and, in truth, those that belittle the Brasileiro’s quality probably rarely see it in action), for the forward to score 136 goals in 225 appearances for Santos is an incredible achievement. That works out at a goal every 1.7 games, slightly better than goal every other game, and when we consider how important some of those have been it’s even more impressive.In particular, Neymar’s record in the Copa Libertadores is astounding. The forward hit 15 goals in 29 Libertadores appearances, again working out at slightly better than a goal every other game. Notably, it was Neymar who opened the scoring in the 2011 Libertadores final and, after being voted player of the tournament, the young attacker was heralded as the key man in a Santos side which won the tournament for the first time since 1963 (back when Pele was their playmaker). The following season he fired them to a semi-final appearance, finishing joint top scorer in the tournament with eight goals, narrowly missing out on a second consecutive final after Corinthians defeated his side 2-1. Neymar elevated Santos to a level they had only dreamed of in recent memory, and his record in the tournament proved he was capable of performing against a wide range of opponents and a variety of different opposition tactical set-ups, something which certainly helped him in his quest for a move to Europe.Neymar’s role in taking Santos back to the top of the pile in South America for the first time in decades was reflected in his individual awards. Along with the aforementioned best player of the 2011 Libertadores award, he was voted best player of the Brasileiro in 2011. That award came despite Santos finishing well away from topping the league, and was a reflection of the then 19-year-old’s individual brilliance. In both 2011 and 2012 he was voted South American Footballer of the Year, and in the case of the latter award, won the prize by a record 149 vote margin over second-placed Paolo Guerrero. Quite simply, Neymar was considered the finest player on the continent by some distance.Gareth Bale’s importance to Tottenham in his latter years with the club is well known, but unlike Neymar, the Welshman’s was a story of difficult beginnings leading to incredible latter-day triumph. His club record for Spurs stands at 55 goals in 203 appearances, one every 3.7 games, but it should be noted that only six of those came in his first three seasons with the Lilywhites.It was only after Harry Redknapp pushed him further forward than his previous left-back position that the goals really started to flow.Regardless of the impact of his positional shift, in truth, Bale was never prolific for Tottenham, with the exception of one season. His 26 goals in 44 appearances in the 2012/13 campaign marked a turning point, and certainly proved key in Real Madrid’s decision to sign him, just as Neymar’s Copa Libertadores record helped to convince Barcelona.A hat-trick at the San Siro is often pointed out as Bale’s greatest individual performance with Tottenham but, somewhat ironically, his Champions League record isn’t incredible, standing at four goals in 12 appearances, or one in three. Evidently, Tottenham only appearing in one Champions League while Bale was at the club plays a huge role in that tally, but it is worth noting that his only other goal in Europe’s premier competition came in a 4-1 route of Eredivisie side FC Twente. The hat-trick against Inter was the exception rather than the rule when it comes to the Champions League therefore, and his lack of experience in the competition, and as a result, unfamiliarity with the highest quality of opposition and a wide variety of opponent is where he falls down in comparison to Neymar, who shone in the Libertadores.Like Neymar, Bale has picked up several individual awards of his own. Twice heralded as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, he has also won the PFA Young Player of the Year, and a place on the UEFA Team of the Year in 2011. His PFA awards in particular are a reflection of how highly he was rated by fellow professionals in England.Neymar’s record for Brazil is impressive, withcontent_img 26 goals in 42 appearances working out at one every 1.6 games. Some of the opponents to taste his wrath include Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Mexico. Notably, the forward experienced something of a coming of age with the Seleção at the 2013 Confederations Cup, where he shone above all else at the tournament to win the Golden Ball, and scored against Spain in a 3-0 final win that showed just how dangerous he could be against top sides. Until then, there were some questions over just how effective he could be for the national team (in part due to a lack of competitive games and Brazil’s habitually poor displays in friendlies), but the Confederations Cup showed a more mature, more complete player, and has led to increased expectations on his shoulders ahead of the 2014 World Cup. If Lionel Messi is Argentina’s talisman, the same can be said about Neymar with Brazil.Clearly, Gareth Bale has a lesser standard of team-mate around him with Wales compared to Neymar’s Brazil colleagues, and important factor in his international displays, but none the less, the Welshman still has a decent record. His 11 goals in 41 appearances work out at one every 3.7 games. The list of teams to concede against Bale with Wales is less impressive than Neymar’s roll-call however. Perhaps the most notable sides are Serbia, Croatia and Slovakia, while Switzerland and Norway are followed by the usual list of European minnows. Bale’s Wales record has to be taken in context, but clearly, he has yet to take a big ‘scalp’ with his national team as would be expected from a €100m player.The real test for the pair was always going to be about how well they performed for their two new clubs, considering the huge expectations on their shoulders. In that area, Neymar has had a slightly easier start than Bale, taking part in a decent pre-season then largely avoiding injuries, while the Welshman has stuttered his way through niggle after niggle, only managing three games for Madrid. In order to make any comparison between the two players in Spain slightly fairer, we decided to look at averages rather than totals, therefore.When it comes to their shooting accuracy, there is little between the two. Gareth Bale has a strong 50% in that area, while Neymar’s is slightly better at 52.2%. Keep in mind however that Neymar has taken 23 shots in total comparel teammate Gabriel Martinelli.Martinelli again impressed as Saka scored in last night's FA Cup win over Bournemouth.Afterwards, Saka declared: "We train a lot together and we speak a lot and we're good friends. "Over time we're speaking about how we'd to Bale’s six, making the Brazilian’s accurate shooting a touch more impressive, as we have yet to learn whether the Welshman will keep his own standard of accuracy up as his shots tally increases.In the passing department, Neymar also edges Bale. His pass completion rate of 87% is impressive considering he tends to spend a lot of time in congested areas of the pitch, beating Bale’s still tidy 76%. Neymar has also created 18 more scoring chances than Bale (who only created one), but that is more difficult to judge considering the Brazilian has played nine games to Bale’s three. What it does show however is that any concerns over Neymar’s generosity (or lack thereof) have been put to bed, while the jury is still out on how Bale willying together for Real Madrid.The two wingers, both 18 years of age, are seen as the future of Brazilian football and have both completed big money moves to Los Blancos in the past year."[Vinicius and Rodrygo] are two young players who have lots of p fare while trying to play as more of a team player at Madrid, where he has the likes of Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo to share the pitch with, rather than being the sole star of the show like at White Hart Lane.So what about dribbling? Well, Bale attempted dribbles more frequently than Neymar, trying one every 9.5 minutes compared to one every 9.7 minutes, to be exact. The Welshman was far less successful in his runs however, only completing 35.7% of them, compared to Neymar’s 51.5%. Observers of the two players won’t be surprised to learn that Neymar is more likely to beat an opponent with trickery than Bale, but the Welshman’s low success rate also points to a lesser ability to keep the ball, which could prove particularly important given the habit of opposition teams setting up to counter-attack against big sides like Madrid and Barcelona.As for how the two have fared in front of goal, neither are particularly impressive. Bale scored on his Madrid debut against Villarreal, but failed to find the net in his subsequent two appearances, while Neymar only has two goals in his nine games for Barcelona. That said, Neymar did perform notably as in terms of his goal threat in Lionel Messi’s absence against Valladolid last weekend, setting up a goal and scoring another. His ability to step up when the Argentinean isn’t present has allowed Barcelona to overcome a problem in front of goal that they have suffered from for some years. It remains to be seen whether Bale will be able to do the same if and when Ronaldo struggles for fitness at Madrid.In many ways the beauty of the Neymar v Bale debate is that it taps in perfectly to the existing arguments surrounding Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barcelona against Real Madrid. One excels in tight spaces while the other presents more raw power, while dribbling is the domain of the Catalans compared to the explosive shooting strength of Madrid. What is clear from our study however is that there is no way that the near €50m difference in value between the pair can be justified as things currently stand. On the contrary, you could argue quite easily that Neymar should command a heftier price tag than Bale given their respective achievements.The Brazilian’s Copa Libertadores feats outshine Bale’s brief Champions League foray, and it was there that he showed signs of a forward perhaps slightly more prepared to come up against a larger range of styles. That maturity in his game was reflected at the Confederations Cup, and has since carried on over to Catalunya, where he has adjusted to European football with minimal fuss. Bale, meanwhile, looked somewhat flustered in his most recent appearance against Atletico Madrid in particular, and looks more likely to take a longer period to adjust to Madrid’s demands, not only because of his infrequent fitness, but also the new found tactical variety he faces in Spain.What Neymar has evidently managed to do at Barcelona is to fill an obvious hole in their team, providing someone who can both pick up the baton in Lionel Messi’s absence to lead them as a creative hub, and also co-exist alongside him when the Argentine is fit, completing a forward tandem that has looked brilliant so far this season. Bale, meanwhile, will have to work hard to prove wrong the suspicions in Spain that he is nothing more than a less experienced version of Cristiano Ronaldo who is too similar to the Portuguese to be truly game-changing for Real Madrid. If the Welshman can show those kind of doubts up on the pitch, then this debate can be re-opened, but until then, Neymar has proven the more savvy transfer, and has proven to be the more effective player.Do you agree? Is Neymar proving to be a more effective player than Gareth Bale? Let us know below…
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  • Paulinho upset over accidental Tottenham transfer, selling Rooney would be a bad move and more

    As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com fg to cover the absence of Marcus Rashford.Solskjaer plans to sign a striker on loan after confirming Marcus Rashford has suffered a double-stress fracture of the back.United have been rocked by the loss of their leading scorer for up to three months.or every month of 2013. Here is the best of July…After revealinginish this season would be the biggest achievement of his career.Mourinho has won top-flight titles in four countries, as well as two Champions Leagues, yet he claimed in the past that fincontent_imgishing second with Manchester United in the 2017-2018 season w that Gareth Bale was in line for a sensational summer switch to Real Madrid earlier in the year, talkSPORT were among the first to bring you the latest on the developments of the transfer.See the story here: Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant appeared on talkSPORT to discuss Wayne Rooney’s future, at a time when it looked as though the striker would be leaving Man United. One potential destination for Rooney looked to be Chelsea, but Grant said it would be a mistake to sell him.Listen to the interview here: While it looked increasingly likely that Gareth Bale would be leaving Tottenham in the near future, the club set about replacing him with a raft of transfers – the first of whom was Corinthians’ Paulinho. The Brazilian didn’t seem too enamoured with the move though, in this classic talkSPORT Translator with spoof subtitles.See the feature here: July was an interesting month for transfer activity, and while talkSPORT kept you abreast of all the latest goings on in the market, we also harked back to some of the bigger transfers of windows past, starting off with this deal between two London rivals.See talkSPORT’s pick of July here:
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  • Tottenham target Valencia defender

    Tottenham are locked in a head-to-head battle with Fiorentina to sign France defender Adil Ramllegri has been linked with Arsenal.But he told ESPN, “In June. I don't know if you can call it a sabbatical or not.“Giovanni [Branchini] and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end, the decisi.Spurs are on the hunt for a new centre-back after selling Steven Caulker and failing in their bid to land Romania international Vlad Chiriches.And Andre Villas-Boas has now turned his attentions to Rami, who previously attracted interest from Arsenal.The 27-year-old is believed to be seeking a new challenge, content_imgwhile Valencia are ready to cash in if they receive an offer in excess of £9.5m.The former Lille man is open to the idea of moving to White Hart Lane, but Fiorentina sporting director Eduardo Macia hNew Bordeaux sports chief Hugo Varela has expressed interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.Off contract in June, Giroud has emerged as a confirmed target for Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille.And now Varela has revealed Bordeaux are also keeas been working hard over the last week to try to persuade him to choose the Tuscan side instead.
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  • Liverpool target’s agent distances starlet from Roma switch

    The agent of Liverpool target Lucas Digne has denied speculation the Paris St-Germain starlet will depart the French capital for Roma.Digne, 20, is regarded as one of France’s best prospects and PSG, as a result, spent around £13m to sign him from Lille ool are ready to hand Caoimhin Kelleher his professional debut this week.The Reds are expected to ring the changes for Wednesday's content_imgCarabao Cup third-round clash with MK Dons.Goal says Kelleher will be one of those changes as Adrian will be given a brearlier this summer.Liverpool were one of the clubs interested in the left-back but they failed to seriously rival the Ligue 1 champions for his signature.Despite moving for big mof Leonardo says the future of Rino Gattuso will be decided at the end of the season.Milan kept their top four chances alive with a 2-1 win over Bologna on Monday.Leonardo said, "We have always been clear with him, it's normal to have some difficult mney, Digne has started just two of PSG’s eight opening league fixtures this term.There have been suggestions he might reunite with his former Lille boss Rudi Garcia at Roma, but his representative Mikkel Beck insists he is only thinking about life in Paris.He told Tuttomercatoweb: “This is not the right time to talk about market rumours. Lucas has just started a new adventure with a prestigious team like PSG and is very happy with how things are going.“Rudi Garcia obviously knows him well, but at the moment we are absolutely not thinking of a move away from PSG in the future.”
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  • Arsenal line-up against Stoke: Wenger to recall ‘bionic’ man?

    Arsenal travel to Stoke on Saturday buoyed by Alexis Sanchez’s late winner against Southampton, keeping them in touching distance of the Champions League places.Boss Arsene Wenger confirmed Nacho Monreal will miss the trip to the Britannia with an ankle injury, with Kieran Gibbs set to deputise, while full-back Mathieu Debuchy is close to a return.But forward Theo Walcott remains sidelined, along with Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, David Ospina, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Yaya Sanago and Jack Wilshere.Sanchez’s goal made it14 in all competitions this season, only Man City strikerSergio Ageuro has more, but should Wenger rest the Chilean with the busy festive schedule to follow? And should Olivier Giroud – – be recalled to the starting XI?Here’s how Arsenal could line up against Stoke…Emiliano Martinez has impressed in recent weeks keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the absence of Wojciech Szczesny.The Poland internationalwill be assessed after being forced off against Manchester United two weeks agowith a hip problem but Martinezshould retain his place.Monreal’s absence should see Kieran Gibbs return if he can prove his fitness after hip content_imgtrouble.There could be a slight reshuffle at the back with Laurent Koscielny to be assessed on a achilles problem, possibly seeing Wenger shift Calum Chambers into the middle and Hector Bellerin come in at right-back.Aaron Ramsey,old at the AMEX until 2021.Speaking about McGillba and Anthony Martial.Saha has a strong affinity for both Pogba and Martial.And he believes both are suffering because United don't have the strong ­leaders and role models in the dressing room they did during his four-year stay.“Of course, they , U23 assistant coach and lead academy goalkeeping coach Shannon Ruth said: "Tom has worked extremely hard to continue showing improvement over the past few seasons."His loan moves have been very benefi Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Flamini should continue as part of a midfield three.Wilshere’s injury has given Flamini a chance to impress, while Ramsey will return to the ground where he broke his leg in February 2010.Oxlade-Chamberlain was visibly annoyed to be withdrawn on the hour against Southampton and will be keen to put in a good performance with Santi Cazorla knocking on the door.Oliver Giroud’s cameo against Southampton lifted the Gunners performance resulting in Sanchez’s late winner.The Frenchman had been expected to be out until the New Year following a foot injury but has impressed since his early return and could to be restored to the first team.If Giroud does return, Danny Welbeck could be forced to move ontothe wing, and despite the need to rest Sanchez, who had played 90 minutes on 16 occasions, the Chilean will be expected to provide the Gunners spark going forward.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line up against Stoke? Comment below…
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  • Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Wednesday, October 29

    Listen to the best bits fromManchester United midfielder Fred could yet be on the move this week.La Nazione says Fred is a target for Fiorenticontent_imgna.The Serie A club are hoping to persuade United to sell the BrazEcho says Newcastle are interested in signing the striker, if Chelsea are willing to cash in on the young striker.Abraham has been on loan at Aston Villa this season and has fired an impressive 25 goals in 37 games.Abraham is just 21 and a former tarilian for €30million.He joined United a year ago from Shakhtar Donetsk for €59million but hasn't yet got going in a red shirt. Wednesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.
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  • Rosler leaves Brentford to become Wigan manager

    Uwe Rosler has been appointed the new manager of Championship side Wigan Athletic.The 45 year-old has left Brentford, currently riding high in League One, to succeed Owen Coyle at the DW Stadium.He takes over a Latics side sitting 14th in the Championship after a poor run of form, which saw .Rosler had been in charge of Brentford since June 2011 and led the club to the League One play-off final in May, where they were beaten by Yeovil.He leaves the Bees fourth in League One, having won the division’s manager of the month award for November.The German will watch Wigan’s match at Millwall on Saturday from the stham says Arsenal and Manchester United will struggle this term. The two teams meet on Monday night at Old Trafford for the first time this season."I can't see either challenging at the top for three seasons at least," the legendary focontent_imgrmer Gunners manands, before officially starting work on Monday.Latics Chairman Dave Whelan said: “Uwe is one of the brightest young managers in the Football League and his ambition -progress.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail says Marco Silva was sacked as manager on December 5, with Duncan Ferguson taking interim charge of the last two matches, but now the Toffees are close to appointing a permanent successor in the form of Anceis to manage in the Premier League.“He impressed me enormously when I spoke to him, he has a strong philosophy about how to play the game and has a desire to shape all aspects of the long term future of the club. I think he can and will achieve great things here at Wigan Athletic.”Jonathan Jackson, the club’s Chief Executive, added: “I want to thank Brentford for their help in making this process so straight forward and wish them success as they seek to find a replacement.“I believe we have found the right manager for Wigan Athletic. It has clearly been a difficult decision for him to leave somewhere where he has been so successful. However, he can now start the job of taking the club forward and begin writing the next chapter in our history.”
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  • Liverpool star: ‘I’ve got an AK47, and I’m gunning someone down’

    Daniel Sturridge’s association with the SAS is more than just his deadly partnership with Luis Suarez. The 24-year-old Liverpool striker has revealed he’s a massive Call of Duty fan and “gunning people down” after a match helps him relax.In a very tongue in cheek inteego Maradona Junior is backing Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez over a proposed move to Napoli.Talks are continuing between Real Madrid and Napoli, with the Serie A club wanting to initially take Rodriguez on loan."I always comment telling [Jamesrview, Sturridge also vented his frustration at being forced to listen to other online players blasting their music down the microphone or allowing their babies to cry.Sturridge clearly fancies himself as a Call of Duty player, though fellow England international Andros Townsend proved his skills were lacking ducontent_imgring a launch party for the game. Watch the Spurs ace efore Marcus Rashford's stunning free-kick restored Manchester United's lead in their fourth-round Carabao Cup tie.Michy Batshuayi cancelled out Rashford's opener after the Blues dominated the opening stages of the second half, only for the England iget monumentally beaten during a celebrity tournament below.
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  • Apple iPhone 6 secret feature revealed: SiRoy!

    Apple unveiled some top notch new gadgets this week, but there was one iPhone 6 feature kept hidden… SiRoy!Tim Cook was tight-lipped about this development, but we’ve got a sneak peek in the video above.SiRoy understands what you say, knows what you mean and even talks back… especially if you are a journalist thnzema back to the club.Juninho wants Benzema to end his career back with his former club.He explained, "My wish is talking about their transfer suspension.Lampard has banned Chelsea's players from talking about the club's transfer embargo as he bids to prevent a lowering of standards at Stamford Bridge."I don't want - and I said this to the players the first time o propose to Karim to finish his career in Lyon. "He is from here, he feels from here. Why not make an economic effort between both parocontent_imgwing silly little stats around, trying to prove England were rubbish v Norway.Who needs the Apple Watch, when you can get the Apple Hodg!WARNING: SiRoy may not work in Liverpool.
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  • West Ham youngster to extend Accrington Stanley stay

    West Ham striker Sean Maguire will stay on loan at Accrington Stanley for a further month.The 20-year-old Hammers star joined the Stanley on loan in September to gain regular first-team football and has impressed for John Coleman’s side – scoring four goals in 13 appearances this term.Maguire briefly returned to Upton Park earlier this month but will now link-up again with the League Two club until January 18.The told Liverpool they'll keep up the pressure as they target a third successive Premier league title.City earned a hard-fought 3-1 win away to Everton after league leaders Liverpool beat Sheffield United to keep up their 100% record."We knew Liverpool Luton-bois "at home" at Arsenal.Rumors in Italy and England had indicated that content_imgTorreira wanted to move back to Italy this summer.AC Milan are the team with the greatest interest in the defensive midfielder.However, the 23-year-old admits that he is happy witrn forward began his career at Waterford United before joining West Ham last year.
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  • Borini unaffected by recent Liverpool exit talk

    Fabio Borini says he was never affected by transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Liverpool.The Italian and looked as though n Ireland coach.Northern Ireland international Cathcart wants new Stoke City manager O'Neill to remain in charge of the Green and White Army into the summer if they manage to qualify for Euro 2020."It's between him and Stoke what he has decided but ahe wcontent_imgould be heading back there after .However, in favour of remaining at Liverpool and fighting for his place.And, after making his first start for the Reds since January 2013 in last Saturday, the 23-year-old is eager to get more first-team action.“I’m very pleased for this achievement, so soon after the rumours, which never affected me,” Borini told LFC TV.dian says Tottenham's pursuit of WiIlian has struck a hitch, with the club's £11million apart from agreeing a fee.Spurs want to sign the 28-year-old to ease their striker crisis, and have tabled a bid of £10m.But Sociedad are aware they will not be“I’ll keep working hard. Obviously [West Ham] was the first game, but I’m quite happy with how I’ve done and I’ll keep working from this.”
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  • Chelsea line-up v Sporting Lisbon: Blues’ hero left out in favour of more lethal Costa? Right decision?

    Jose Mourinho makes something of a homecoming on Tuesday, as Chelsea head to Portugal to take on Sporting Lisbon, knowing that only victory will do if they are to take control of group G. in the opening round of matches was less than desirable given their relative domination of proceedings, but Mourinho will need his men to b far more clinical as they face a Sporting side unbeaten in 16 European home games – 13 wins, three draws – with their last defeat at the Jose Alvalade stadium coming against Brondby in the 2010/11 Europa League play-offs.Chelsea though have a strong record against Portuguese opposition – winning seven, drawing one and losing one.The Blues therefore come into this a slight favourites, a billing cemented somewhat by Mourinho’s comments that he wants star striker Diego Costa to start, despite on going concerns over his fitness.Whether or not the Spanish striker is nursing any complaint appears secondary, with Costa having scored eight times for Chelsea alreadynchester City face a battle to keep hold of Kian Breckin.Barcelona are showing an interest in City teenage prospect Breckin, says the Barcelona-interested-Manchester-City-kid-Kian-Breckin.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail.The 15-year-old attacking mid this season.The Blues’ only other injury concern rega says Betis officials have been in France this week to thrash out a deal with Fekir.A contract has been settled, where Fekir will earn €3.5m-a-ycontent_imgear for five seasons.Betis are now discussing a fee with Lyon and are seeking to do business for around rds Ramires, who looks likely to be out of action until the middle of October.Below is how Chelsea could line-up:Mourinho will naturally be keeping one eye on Sunday’s Premier League home match with Arsenal, but he knows that only a victory will do against Sporting, so will likely select a line-up which reflects that.Chelsea’s defence naturally picks itself, although with John Terry’s advancing years, Mourinho could opt to play Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back and drafting in the versatile Cesar Azpilicueta to play right-back.The only other area of contention is in attack, with Mourinho spoilt for choice in terms of his options going forward. We’ve punted on the Portuguese selecting Andre Schurrle, who has been consistent and dependable when called on, meaning that Oscar will likely be given a more central berth.Given Mourinho’s comments regarding Costa, and the lack of potency Didier Drogba showed against Schalke, it therefore seems likely that the Spanish will start.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Sporting? Comment below…
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