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Former Super Eagles Star, Christian Obodo Kidnapped
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Former Super Eagles Star, Christian Obodo Kidnapped

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Christian Obodo, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Refinery Road, Warri in Delta State. Obodo, 36, was abducted by the gunmen when he stopped by to buy bananas on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, Onome Onovawakpoyeya. “Obodo was kidnapped at about 5pm on Sunday around Ishaka Hotel just along Refinery Road,” Onovawakpoyeya told The PUNCH. “He was with his girlfriend when he was abducted. They both stopped by the road to buy bananas.” She added that no demand has been made for his release. This is the second time the former Udinese midfielder has been kidnapped by gunmen. The former Nigeria international was abducted by unknown gunmen on June 9, 2012, on his way to church in Warri. But the day ...
‘Man Utd should’ve signed Jimenez over Cavani’ – Ince says Red Devils made £40m striker mistake
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‘Man Utd should’ve signed Jimenez over Cavani’ – Ince says Red Devils made £40m striker mistake

  The ex-United and Wolves midfielder believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed to complete a raid on Molineux, not snap up a couple of forwards in their 30s Manchester United made a mistake in snapping up Edinson Cavani over the summer and should have been investing £40 million ($52m) in Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, says Paul Ince. The Red Devils have been struggling to find a spark across the field in 2020-21. Their deficiencies were exposed again in a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side mustering just two shots on target.
Ceballos back in contention for Leicester clash as Arsenal provide injury update
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Ceballos back in contention for Leicester clash as Arsenal provide injury update

The Spanish midfielder missed the midweek trip to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League after taking a knock to his ankle Dani Ceballos has returned to training and is back in contention for Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Leicester City. The Spanish midfielder sat out the Gunners’ 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna in midweek after picking up a slight knock to his left ankle. On Saturday, an injury update from Arsenal confirmed Ceballos is “now back in full training and available for selection”.
“I Failed With Ozil” Arteta Says, As Excludes Ozil Totally From The Arsenal Squad
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“I Failed With Ozil” Arteta Says, As Excludes Ozil Totally From The Arsenal Squad

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he feels he has "failed" with midfielder Mesut Ozil after leaving him out of his 25-man Premier League squad. The German, who had also been omitted from the Europa League squad, can now only play for Arsenal Under-23s until his deal expires in summer 2021. The 32-year-old, who joined Arsenal for a then club record £42.4m in 2013, has not played for the club since 7 March. "My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair," said Arteta. "What I can say from my side is that it is just a football decision. My level of communication with him has been really high and we know what to expect with each other. "Obviously a player of that dimension, with the career he has had, everything that happens around him has a big impact. It has been...
PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera
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PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "has everything" to win the Ballon d'Or in the future, says former team-mate Ander Herrera. The Paris St-Germain midfielder is preparing to face his old club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday. Herrera, 31, who left Old Trafford in 2019, said: "There is no other like him - one on one, box to box. "He has everything to win the Ballon d'Or if his club fights for major trophies." World cup winner Pogba, 27, has made four appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the League Cup fourth round. Herrera moved on after winning four trophies in five years at United and the Spaniard says the current side is more "mature" than the one he played in. "There is a lot of talent, ...
AC Milan coach Pioli: We didn’t need Bakayoko
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AC Milan coach Pioli: We didn’t need Bakayoko

  AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli insists he had little say in their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Bakayoko, despite having a past loan spell with Milan, ended up at Napoli on deadline day in a temporary deal and made his debut in their victory over Atalanta. Asked about the midfielder, Pioli stated: "I have faith in the four central midfielders I have. I have never dealt with the economic aspect (of transfers)." Milan are currently top of the table after the first four games of the season. Pioli added: "We think we belong in our current place."
Zidane’s son Enzo set to join African giants Wydad Casablanca
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Zidane’s son Enzo set to join African giants Wydad Casablanca

The 25-year-old midfielder looks poised continue his development with the Stade Mohammed V outfit Enzo Zidane, the eldest son of Real Madrid legend and manager Zinedine Zidane, is hoping to join Botola Pro 1 side Wydad Casablanca, according to his agent Roberto Carlos. The midfielder played for Juventus, Liceo Frances, San Jose before joining the Blancos youth team in 2004 and spent 10 years in the academy. Zidane featured for Real Madrid teams C and B, before he made his first-team debut in 2016 in a Copa del Rey clash against Cultural Leonesa.
Bruno Fernandes happy to pass on penalty duty at Man Utd despite boasting perfect record
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Bruno Fernandes happy to pass on penalty duty at Man Utd despite boasting perfect record

The Portugal international midfielder has got plenty of practice in from the spot since joining the Red Devils, but others are allowed to step up Bruno Fernandes boasts a perfect penalty record at Manchester United, with eight efforts converted from as many attempts, but the Portuguese claims he would move aside if others wanted to step up. The Red Devils knew they were acquiring a dead-ball specialist when putting a deal in place with Sporting during the January transfer window. Fernandes slotted seamlessly into the fold at Old Trafford, with free-kicks and corners immediately falling under his remit.
Man City’s Illkay Gundogan To Miss Season Opener Against Wolves, After Testing Positive For COVID-19
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Man City’s Illkay Gundogan To Miss Season Opener Against Wolves, After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Manchester City Midfielder, Illkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third player in the team to test positive since the start of the pandemic, causing him to miss the season opener against Wolves on Monday. He is the latest victim of the virus in the squad after Laporte, Mahrez, both tested positive and have since recovered from the disease. Former City playmaker, Silva also tested positive before joining Real Sociedad. He has also recovered playing in the season opener against Real Madrid on Sunday night. Gundogan will be seat out the season opener with teammates like Laporte, Aguero due to injury with Phil Foden coming back to the squad after being dismissed from England national team during the UEFA Nations League due to a breach in the coronavirus ru...
Vidal set for Inter medical as Barcelona sanction €1m sale
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Vidal set for Inter medical as Barcelona sanction €1m sale

The Chilean midfielder will travel to Milan tonight ahead of his move to Serie A from La Liga for what looks to be a bargain price Arturo Vidal will today travel to Milan ahead of a move from Barcelona to Inter for just €1 million (£900,000/$1.2m) plus bonuses, Goal can confirm. The midfielder will complete a medical in Milan on Monday and could be confirmed as a player for Antonio Conte's side later that day, as he swaps La Liga for Serie A. An agreement has been in place between the clubs for a few days and Vidal has been waiting to fly out to Italy, but issues with the contract took longer than expected to resolve. Now, however, the path has been cleared for the Chilean international to move to Inter on a two-year deal.
Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig
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Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig

The Spaniard is viewed as a future prospect at Camp Nou but his short-term future could lie elsewhere Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he should leave the club on loan. Puig, 21, has been linked with a move from Barca, and played no part in Saturday's 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at Camp Nou. The young midfielder joined La Masia in 2013 and made his La Liga debut in early 2019 before making 12 appearances in all competitions for the first-team last season.  
Obinna Nwobodo: Goztepe sign Nigerian midfielder
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Obinna Nwobodo: Goztepe sign Nigerian midfielder

The Nigeria youth international has become the latest acquisition by the Gursel Aksel Stadium outfit after successful medicals Turkish Super Lig side Goztepe have announced the signing of Obinna Nwobodo from Hungarian club Ujpest. The former Nigeria U20 midfielder has signed a three-year deal with the Gursel Aksel Stadium outfit after successful medicals with the club. Nwobodo will link up with his compatriot and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner Brown Ideye, who also arrived at the club this summer.
Lampard says Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea and won’t be sold amid Inter rumours
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Lampard says Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea and won’t be sold amid Inter rumours

The France midfielder has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but the Blues boss isn't interested in such speculation Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante is ‘fundamental’ to Chelsea’s plans going forward and he has no intention of selling him. Inter have been among the teams linked with a move for Kante, amid rumours Chelsea were looking to sell him to fund a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. Chelsea have been heavily involved in this summer’s transfer dealings, but Lampard says Kante isn’t on the market.
Not everyone can spend millions and millions’ – Solskjaer
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Not everyone can spend millions and millions’ – Solskjaer

The Norwegian says he is "happy" with his current squad but is always on the lookout for players that fit "all the right criteria" Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered a transfer update amid Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho, insisting that "not everyone can spend millions and millions". United have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, having only spent £35 million ($46m) to date on Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, who moved to Old Trafford from Ajax at the start of the month. They have, however, been linked with several other high-profile targets, with Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho a priority for Solskjaer ahead of the new season.
Atletico star Saul Niguez admits to being ‘very flattered’ by Man Utd transfer links
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Atletico star Saul Niguez admits to being ‘very flattered’ by Man Utd transfer links

The Spanish midfielder says rumoured interest from the Red Devils serves as solid evidence that he is doing things well at Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has admitted to being "very flattered" by recent Manchester United transfer links. United were reportedly planning a summer swoop for Saul earlier this year, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aimed to strengthen his options in the middle of the park at Old Trafford. Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand was among those to endorse a potential move for the 25-year-old, as he said on Instagram Live: "I think he’s a major player. Composed, calm, great left foot, lovely conductor, he can score goals, tactically he’s very aware.
Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho
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Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho

The Brazilian was asked about the Ligue 1 team's star midfielder and claimed the Spanish coach was interested Lyon sporting director Juninho said Pep Guardiola "likes" Houssem Aouar amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Aouar has reportedly emerged as a target for Guardiola's Premier League giants City and Ligue 1 champions PSG following his exploits for Lyon. The 22-year-old French midfielder – also linked to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal – played a key role in Lyon's memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019-20.  
Zaniolo suffers suspected knee injury in Italy win over Netherlands
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Zaniolo suffers suspected knee injury in Italy win over Netherlands

The medical staff - and the player himself - are concerned about a new knee injury sustained in the win over the Dutch Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has suffered a serious-looking knee injury, according to the Azzurri's doctor. Zaniolo limped from the pitch in obvious discomfort after an innocuous collision with Donny van de Beek in Italy's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Monday. The 21-year-old had only recently recovered from surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament tear sustained in January, making eight appearances for Roma in the closing weeks of the prolonged Serie A season.
‘Foden’s a beautiful player to watch’ – Southgate ready to hand England debut to Man City talent
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‘Foden’s a beautiful player to watch’ – Southgate ready to hand England debut to Man City talent

The young midfielder is in the senior squad for the first time and could see himself pitched straight into the starting XI England boss Gareth Southgate says he is ready to give Phil Foden his Three Lions debut against Iceland on Saturday, describing the Manchester City midfielder as a “beautiful player to watch”. The 20-year-old has been included in the senior squad for the first time as the Three Lions kick off their Nations League campaign in Reykjavik on Saturday before taking on Denmark on Tuesday. Though he began last season on the fringes of the Manchester City first team, Foden ended the campaign as a regular in the side, particularly during the restart.
Chelsea midfielder Gallagher undergoes Crystal Palace medical
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Chelsea midfielder Gallagher undergoes Crystal Palace medical

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has completed a medical at Crystal Palace. Multiple outlets in the UK have claimed Gallagher will pen a new contract with the Blues before joining their Premier League rivals. The 20-year-old was impressive on loan at Charlton and Swansea City last season. Gallagher featured in the 1-1 friendly draw with Brighton at the AMEX. Roy Hodgson will be delighted with Gallagher's signing, having already recruited talented midfielder Eberechi Eze from QPR last week.
Van de Beek’s father labels Man Utd move ‘dream come true’
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Van de Beek’s father labels Man Utd move ‘dream come true’

Van de Beek's father labels Man Utd move 'dream come true' has described his son's move from Ajax to Manchester United as a "dream come true". The Netherlands midfielder has completed a medical with United ahead of a £40m deal, expected to be completed after the international break. "This is a dream come true," Andre van de Beek told Omroep Gelderland. "Our local village is very proud. "It's the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club, but Ajax will always remain in our heart. "A lot of clubs were interested, but Donny took this decision himself."
‘De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world’-Xavi
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‘De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world’-Xavi

The former Barcelona playmaker has heaped praise upon the man who picked up the Premier League Player of the Year award last season Kevin De Bruyne is the "best midfielder in the world", according to Xavi, who says the Manchester City star is "on another level" to his peers. De Bruyne has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier league since completing a £55 million ($73m) move to City from Wolfsburg in 2015. The 29-year-old has hit 57 goals in 222 appearances for the Blues, while also providing a staggering 89 assists, 20 of which were recorded in the top-flight last season.
Brescia star Tonali wanted by Milan and Inter, confirms Cellino
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Brescia star Tonali wanted by Milan and Inter, confirms Cellino

With the two Milan clubs interested, the midfield star wants his future sorted imminently Brescia president Massimo Cellino confirmed Milan were interested in Inter target Sandro Tonali. Tonali, 20, has been heavily linked with a move away from Brescia after impressing enough to earn three Italy caps. Inter, Milan and Juventus are all reportedly interested in the midfielder, who made 35 Serie A appearances in 2019-20 as Brescia were relegated.
Gareth Barry retires from football at 39
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Gareth Barry retires from football at 39

Former Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has retired from professional football at 39. Barry - who made a record 653 Premier League apperances - played his final game in March this year, when he featured in West Brom's 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Newcastle United at the Hawthorns, one of six games he played for the Baggies last season. Those matches took his number of senior games to 833, in a career spanning 23 years but one which has now come to an end. He scored 67 goals in that time. Barry spent the first 12 years of his career with Aston Villa before a £12m move to Manchester City, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League the following season. After being a regular in England youth teams, Barry made his senior debut against Uk...
Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez closing in on €35m move to Everton
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Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez closing in on €35m move to Everton

The Colombian midfielder looks set to reunite with former Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez is closing in on a €35 million (£31m/$41m) move to Everton. Goal has learned that Goodison Park is the most likely next destination for James, with Carlo Ancelotti eager to bring the 29-year-old to Goodison Park ahead of the new season. The David Beckham-owned MLS franchise Inter Miami had previously submitted an offer for the Colombia international, but he is now expected to embark on the next stage of his career in the Premier League.
Chelsea move for young gun Paul Ibahadon after Aston Villa move collapse
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Chelsea move for young gun Paul Ibahadon after Aston Villa move collapse

Chelsea are moving for whizkid Paul Ibahadon. The Birmingham Mail reports that Ibahadon, 15, was due to sign for Aston Villa earlier this season, but that fell through. All Nigeria Soccer claim that international clearance issues prevented it happening then. But now Chelsea are set to show their hand, and have reportedly invited him to the academy for a trial. Ibahadon was born in Italy and was part of the Atalanta academy before a family move to the UK. He is described as "ball-playing central defender who is composed, strong and quick, Ibahadon can also be utilized as a holding midfielder".
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago agrees 4-year Liverpool contract
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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago agrees 4-year Liverpool contract

Wantaway Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has agreed personal terms with Liverpool. RMC says the Reds have agreed a four-year deal with Thiago. Jurgen Klopp's side are on track to complete a £27million move for the Bayern Munich star. Thiago has already said his goodbyes to his team-mates in Germany. The source states that the 29-year-old has even already found somewhere to live in England. Liverpool and Bayern Munich now have to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan
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Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan

Atletico Madrid are launching a bid for Napoli midfielder Allan. Marca says Atletico Madrid are prepared to fork out 40 million euros to secure the services of Napoli midfielder Allan. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who has been with Napoli since 2015, is also subject to interest from Everton and Paris Saint-Germain. Everton are even understood to have tabled an offer exceeding 40m euros, with current Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti an admirer having managed Allan during his recent stint in Naples. Allan has seen his pitch time dwindle in Naples of late, with Gennaro Gattuso preferring other options in the middle of the park.
Europa League: Bruno Fernandes Leads Goal Scoring Chart as Lukaku Breaks two Records
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Europa League: Bruno Fernandes Leads Goal Scoring Chart as Lukaku Breaks two Records

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes is now the leading goal scorer so far in the Europa League with seven goals (five with Sporting Lisbon, two with Man United). The Portugal international scored the only goal in Man United’s 1-0 victory over Copenhagen after 120minutes in the last-8 final tie on Monday night to qualify Man United to the semi-final, where they will face the winner between Wolves and Sevilla. Since the beginning of the 2019/20 Europa League, Fernandes has had a direct hand in 21 goals (13 goals, eight assists) in the tournament – more than any other player this term. Meanwhile, Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, broke two Europa League records after scoring a goal in his side’s 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the last-8 final tie on Monday nigh...
Europa League: Teams Man Utd, Inter Milan will Face in Semi-finals Revealed
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Europa League: Teams Man Utd, Inter Milan will Face in Semi-finals Revealed

Manchester United will face the winner of the Europa League quarter-final tie between Wolves and Sevilla in the last four. The Red Devils on Monday night defeated a spirited FC Copenhagen side 1-0. The only goal of the match came in the 97th minute of play, after both teams failed to score within regulation time. Inter Milan emerged as the second semi-finalist in the other game of the night. Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku gave the Serie A side a two-goal lead within 23 minutes. Although Kai Havertz pulled one back before the break, the match ended without any more goals. Inter await the winner between Basel and Shakhtar Donestk.
New Juventus Manager, Pirlo told to Sign Man Utd Star Immediately
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New Juventus Manager, Pirlo told to Sign Man Utd Star Immediately

Former Bayern Munich striker, Luca Toni, has urged new Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, to sign Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba this summer transfer window. Pogba played alongside Pirlo during their team at Juventus. But Toni believes the France World Cup winner would be the “ideal gift” for Pirlo to start building Juventus midfield ahead of next season. “Knowing Andrea, he will start building from midfield,” Toni told Tuttosport. “The ideal gift would be Pogba. I do not know if that is possible, but it would certainly be the best option. “Andrea will not be a coach who focuses on defending and counter-attacking. “He loves to dominate the ball and will want to impose that on his team. “I do not know what system he will use, and I do not think it matte...
Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea
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Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea

Arsenal board have decided to sell utility player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, this summer despite a plea from manager, Mikel Arteta, to keep the 22-year-old, according to The Telegraph. Arteta had appeared to deem Maitland-Niles surplus to requirements but the player’s end-of-season form, where he featured in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, convinced the Spaniard that he had a future at the North London club. The former Man City assistant coach made this point to Arsenal hierarchy, but the club is under pressure to raise cash this summer and have overruled his decision by putting Maitland-Niles up for sale. Arteta is believed to have also made the case that Maitland-Niles could prove crucial for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign next season. However...
‘Man Utd is in My Blood’ – Jesse Lingard Reacts to Europa League Victory
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‘Man Utd is in My Blood’ – Jesse Lingard Reacts to Europa League Victory

Manchester United midfielder, Jesse Lingard, has reacted to his side’s Europa League 2-1 victory over LASK on Wednesday night. Lingard and Anthony Martial scored for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they defeated LASK on 7-1 aggregate to qualify for the Europa League quarter-final. The England international said the club is in his blood, adding that he loves playing for the Red Devils. “Of course, you take confidence from goals,” Lingard told BT Sport. “I wanted to add goals this season, and I started and scored, so hopefully now I can carry on throughout the rest of the Europa League. “When you are not in the right mental state, football takes your mind away from everything. “I love playing football, enjoy football and, of course, Man Utd is in my blood. I love playin...
Kane tipped to follow Bale’s lead by Jenas with Spurs star expected to consider transfer
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Kane tipped to follow Bale’s lead by Jenas with Spurs star expected to consider transfer

The former Tottenham midfielder hopes the England captain can be persuaded to stay put, but believes personal ambition will see his head turned Harry Kane could soon follow Gareth Bale’s lead and start mulling over a move away from Tottenham, says Jermaine Jenas, with the north London outfit considered to be heading in the opposite direction to their star striker. A big-money transfer for the England captain has been mooted for some time. With his reputation established as one of the most fearsome frontmen in world football, Kane has no shortage of suitors in the global game. Jenas believes that could lead the 27-year-old away from Spurs – following the likes of Bale and Kyle Walker who have gone chasing trophies elsewhere in the past – with there only so long that a player w...
Liverpool star, Fabinho’s home burgled while he celebrated the club’s’ Premier League title win at Anfield
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Liverpool star, Fabinho’s home burgled while he celebrated the club’s’ Premier League title win at Anfield

Liverpool midfielder, Fabinho's home was reportedly burgled on Wednesday night as he celebrated the club's Premier League title win.   The break-in is said to have happened between 3pm on Wednesday afternoon and 4am on Thursday morning while no one was at home.   It's believed the thieves entered his home while the 26-year-old was at Anfield celebrating the club lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in 30-years following their 5-3 victory against Chelsea..   Police said a number of jewellery items were stolen in the Formby burglary, while a grey Audi RS6 was also taken and later discovered and recovered in the Wigan area.   The occupants, that include Fabinho and his family, discovered the house had been broken into as they entered...
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Southampton vs Man Utd: Pogba Clashes with Lindelof in Training

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has shown off a minor wound to his face following a clash with team-mate Victor Lindleof in training. The Red Devils are preparing for their Premier League game against Southampton on Monday night and were put through their paces at Carrington on Sunday. The session involved some 1v1 drills, with Pogba selected to face off with one half of United’s centre-back pairing. It seems the Frenchman came off the worse, after uploading a video to Instagram showing off a small cut above his top lip, as well as a bloodshot eye. His caption read: “Victor you destroyed me! Look at this bro, look at this. Oh my God!” He also included a caption on his video which said: “That’s what happens when you do 1v1 with the ice man Victor Lindelof.” U...
Brendan Rodgers Explains Why he Substituted Iheanacho in Leicester 4-1 Loss to Bournemouth
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Brendan Rodgers Explains Why he Substituted Iheanacho in Leicester 4-1 Loss to Bournemouth

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has explained why he substituted Kelechi Iheanacho at halftime leading to their 4-1 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday. He said Iheanacho’s substitution which was pivotal in the defeat, was a tactical one. Leicester headed to the break leading Bournemouth 1-0 after several missed opportunities to kill off the game. The Foxes came into the second half without Iheanacho who played a big part in Jamie Vardy’s opener. Iheanacho was withdrawn at half-time at the Vitality Stadium, with Rodgers tweaking his system to bring on Dennis Praet. Leicester had controlled the first half, but Rodgers said he felt the need to swap a striker for a midfielder to provide more defensive security. The manager’s plan did not work, as his team ende...
Matic: Man Utd’s maturing starlets must improve for Premier League glory
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Matic: Man Utd’s maturing starlets must improve for Premier League glory

The Red Devils' form since the winter has led to whispers of a resurgence but the midfielder says that the club is not getting ahead of itself Nemanja Matic says that he believes Manchester United's young stars have matured over the past few years but that he believes more improvement must be made if the club is to challenge for Premier League glory once again. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are unbeaten across all competitions since late January, fired in no small part by the performances of their youthful talents, including academy breakout Mason Greenwood and former Sporting starlet Bruno Fernandes. United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season at the helm in 2013 but whispers have started to grow that the Red Devils may be finally poised to return ...
Chelsea Confirm Deal for 25-year-old Midfielder
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Chelsea Confirm Deal for 25-year-old Midfielder

Chelsea has confirmed that their 25-year-old midfielder, Mario Pasalic has joined Serie A side, Atalanta on a permanent deal. The Blues disclosed this in a statement via their official website on Monday. The statement read: “Atalanta has today exercised their option to sign Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal. The midfielder is currently spending his second year on loan at the Italian side and will now join them permanently ahead of next season.” Pasalic joined Chelsea in 2014 from Hajduk Split in his native Croatia. After signing for Chelsea, Pasalic’s first loan was to Elche in Spain. Pasalic subsequently spent seasons on loan at Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow. He has represented the Croatian senior side 12 times, most recently in...
Dimitar Berbatov Identifies Manchester Utd Seasons Player
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Dimitar Berbatov Identifies Manchester Utd Seasons Player

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov has identified midfielder, Fred, as the club’s player of the 2019/20 season. Fred has become a regular starter under Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so far this season, following a rocky start to life at Old Trafford. But Berbatov believes the Brazilian international has been Man United’s standout performer this campaign. “At first, Fred had a difficult time at Manchester United, getting used to the tempo, with the speed of the games and the challenges,” Berbatov told Betfair ahead of Man United’s away Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. “It is not easy, coming from a different league, and sometimes he spent too much time on the ball and lost possession ea...
Super Eagles Star, Wilfred Ndidi Celebrates his Wife on her Birthday with Lovely Photos
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Super Eagles Star, Wilfred Ndidi Celebrates his Wife on her Birthday with Lovely Photos

Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder, is celebrating his wife, Dinma, who is a year older today, June 19, 2020. Taking to Instagram to share these lovely photos of he and his wife, the 23-year-old football star wrote: 'Happy birthday my crown, as you turn a year older today. I pray that the Lord will make of you a great nation, HE will bless you and make you great and you shall be a blessing. HE will bless them that bless you and in you shall the families of the earth be blessed... LOVE YOU MY GUY.'   More photos below.
What Mourinho said about Bruno Fernandes ahead of Tottenham vs Man Utd clash
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What Mourinho said about Bruno Fernandes ahead of Tottenham vs Man Utd clash

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has hailed Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United since his arrival. The Red Devils sealed a deal for Fernandes in January transfer window. Since then, the midfielder has scored three times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and laid on a number of assists. Mourinho welcomes United in a Premier League clash on Friday night. Addressing the media today ahead of the game, he said about his compatriot: “He’s a good player, he plays in a good team in a big club. And normally good players, sooner or later, they adapt and they perform. “In this case he arrived and he found the team also in a good period, a good period of results. I think he’s doing very well.”
Super Eagles Player Ogenyi Onazi Buys Multi-million Naira Home in Lekki
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Super Eagles Player Ogenyi Onazi Buys Multi-million Naira Home in Lekki

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Denizlispor of Turkey player, Ogenyi Onazi, has acquired a multi-million naira home in Lekki, Lagos. The former Lazio midfielder who lived on the mainland previously, acquired the property in anticipation of his 4th wedding anniversary. A photo and video of the mansion was shared on Twitter by Sports Journalist Shina Oludare on Wednesday night. Onazi reportedly earns € 50,000 weekly in Turkey... Congrats to him! https://twitter.com/sportingshina
Chelsea youngster Gilmour can become a ‘world-class’ player, says former Rangers boss
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Chelsea youngster Gilmour can become a ‘world-class’ player, says former Rangers boss

A man who tried to persuade the teenage midfielder to remain at Ibrox before he turned professional is excited to see him progressing with the Blues Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has the potential to become a "world-class" player, according to former Rangers boss Mark Warburton. Gilmour was enjoying a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge before the coronavirus pandemic stopped play in March, having been promoted into a first-team role by Blues boss Frank Lampard. The 19-year-old has featured in seven games in all competitions, with his standout display coming in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Thomas Partey Receives Triple Wages Offer from Arsenal
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Thomas Partey Receives Triple Wages Offer from Arsenal

Premier League giants, Arsenal have offered to triple Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey’s wages, Goal reports. Partey, who has a £44.5million release clause in his current contract with Atletico, had drawn the interest of Arsenal in recent weeks. The Ghanian international is now weighing up his options after receiving a huge contract offer from the Gunners. Arsenal is prepared to triple the wages Partey currently earns at Atletico if he agrees to join Mikel Arteta’s side this summer. Atletico has so far rebuffed Arsenal’s advances for Partey, but Diego Simeone’s side is now open to cashing in on the 27-year-old whose current contract at the club expires in 2023. Partey had said in the summer of 2018 that he was hopeful of playing in the Premier League, on...
Man Utd Close in on £50m Nigerian Star as Van de Beek’s Alternative
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Man Utd Close in on £50m Nigerian Star as Van de Beek’s Alternative

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, this summer’s transfer window. This is as reported by a British newspaper, Daily Express on Monday. Man United view Ndidi as a viable alternative to Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, one of their priority targets for this summer. The Red Devils are seriously looking at Ndidi as manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, plots to add strength to his midfield this summer ahead of next season. Ndidi has drawn the interest of Man United in the past. The Nigerian international, who has also drawn the interest of PSG in the past, is expected to cost around £50million. The 23-year-old’s current contract at the Foxes will expire in 2024. Speaking on his future recently, Ndidi insisted that he is d...
Ronaldo’s Goals and Character Missed at Madrid, Says Modric as Croatian Aims to Finish Career with Real
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Ronaldo’s Goals and Character Missed at Madrid, Says Modric as Croatian Aims to Finish Career with Real

The midfielder has eulogised over the qualities of his former team-mate, who left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo always motivated Real Madrid to win and Los Blancos miss his goals and character, says Luka Modric. Portugal great Ronaldo became Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer during nine prolific and trophy-laden seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2018. Madrid sanctioned a big-money sale to Juventus after winning a third Champions League title in as many years, and fourth in five seasons, and Los Blancos stumbled in their first campaign without their talisman in 2018-19.
Muller backtracks over Bayern-Havertz transfer rumour comments
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Muller backtracks over Bayern-Havertz transfer rumour comments

The vice-captain of the Bavarian giants has dismissed talk of a dispute with the club's hierarchy after making some controversial comments Thomas Muller has clarified his controversial comments about Bayern Munich’s transfer policy, insisting that his initial words, which led to a public rebuke by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, were taken out of context. Muller caused a stir on Wednesday when he spoke about the “paradox” in the club’s finances amid rumours of a big-money bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz. Speaking after Bayern’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal semi-final win over Eintracht Frankfurt, the 30-year-old questioned the logic of being linked with a player like Havertz, who could cost up to €100 million (£90m/$113m), while at the same time current players are being as...
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli to Miss Tottenham’s Clash Against Man Utd
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli to Miss Tottenham’s Clash Against Man Utd

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli, will miss his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on June 19. Alli was handed a one-game ban by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday over a video he posted on social media mocking an Asian man for supposedly having COVID-19. The England international had in February posted a video on Snapchat from an airport while wearing a face mask, seemingly suggesting an Asian man in the terminal could be infected with the coronavirus. He turned the camera to the man and then to a bottle of hand sanitizer, adding the caption: “The virus gonna have to be faster than that to catch me.” However, Alli has now been banned for one match, fined, and will have to undergo a re-education course. “Dele Alli has been suspend...
Opportunity Widens for Chelsea as Barcelona Reduces Coutinho’s Price Tag
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Opportunity Widens for Chelsea as Barcelona Reduces Coutinho’s Price Tag

Barcelona has reduced the price tag on midfielder, Coutinho to £44.5 million amid interest from Chelsea, according to Spanish newspaper, Sport. DAILY POST recalls that Coutinho had drawn the interest of Chelsea in the past few weeks. The Brazilian international joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 for £142 million. Coutinho is currently on loan at Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich until the end of the season. He is expected to leave Barcelona this summer after failing to find his top form at the Camp Nou for the past two years. Coutinho, who turns 28 tomorrow, was initially valued between £72million to £81million.
‘Fred is one of the great stories of Man Utd’s season’ – Schmeichel hails Brazilian midfielder
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‘Fred is one of the great stories of Man Utd’s season’ – Schmeichel hails Brazilian midfielder

A former Old Trafford favourite has talked up the impact of a midfielder who has blossomed after a slow start to his career in English football Peter Schmeichel has described Fred as "one of the great stories" of Manchester United's season, while insisting the Brazilian has been "instrumental" in the club's recent revival. Fred arrived at Old Trafford from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £52 million ($62m) in the summer of 2018, and was initially hailed as the man to add "another dimension" to United's midfield by Jose Mourinho. The 27-year-old failed to hit the ground running in Manchester, however, and quickly fell down the squad pecking order amid persistent form and fitness issues.