Tuesday, January 26

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Emile Smith Rowe’s Highlights vs Newcastle Prove He’s The Player Arsenal Have Needed For A Very Long Time
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Emile Smith Rowe’s Highlights vs Newcastle Prove He’s The Player Arsenal Have Needed For A Very Long Time

  You know what they say; when one door closes, another one opens. For many Arsenal fans, the departure of Mesut Ozil was a disappointing one. For years, the club have needed a playmaker to link play, create chances and score goals - and at one stage, the German provided that must-needed creative spark. In the 2015/16 campaign, Ozil picked up 19 assists in 35 Premier League matches. On his day, he was one of the best in world football but those days became few and far between towards the end of his time in North London. He struggled to maintain a place in the club's starting line-up and the rest is history. Ozil has now departed for pastures new and in his place, 20-year-old Emile Smith Rowe has come in and taken his opportunity with both hands. Gary Neville compared hi...
Buendia can be ‘very clever signing’ for Arsenal, says Campbell amid talk of transfer raid on Norwich
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Buendia can be ‘very clever signing’ for Arsenal, says Campbell amid talk of transfer raid on Norwich

Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia would be a “very clever signing” for Arsenal says Kevin Campbell, with the Gunners urged to invest in another creative influence. Mikel Arteta has been short of inspiration in the final third at times this season. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have not been firing on all cylinders, while wide men Willian and Nicolas Pepe have struggled to find a spark. Mesut Ozil has been frozen out of the first-team picture, with faith now having to be shown in youth. Emile Smith Rowe is among those to have stepped up and delivered, but alternative options to the talented 20-year-old are wanted at Emirates Stadium.
Bentaleb speaks out after indefinite suspension from Schalke 04 squad
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Bentaleb speaks out after indefinite suspension from Schalke 04 squad

Last month, the Algerian midfielder and Morocco's Harit were ordered to train individually until further notice by the German top-flight club Nabil Bentaleb has expressed his disappointment following his suspension from Schalke 04's first-team without any reason from the club. The Royal Blues were forced to take make tough decisions as a result of their poor winless run in the Bundesliga since January, with Bentaleb and Morocco playmaker Amine Harit ordered to train individually until further notice and Vedad Ibisevic's contract has been cut short to expire at the end of the year. Bentaleb who has been at Schalke since 2016, took to social media to share his recent struggles at the Veltins-Arena and he appreciated the support he has received from the Algeria Football Federation and ...
Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad
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Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad

The Argentine attacker has struggled to get going this campaign and will use the upcoming international break to rest Andrea Pirlo backed Paulo Dybala, defending the playmaker's attitude after Juventus were held by Lazio. Dybala came off the bench as Juve were pegged back late in a 1-1 Serie A draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo had put Pirlo's men ahead, but Felipe Caicedo scored a 95th-minute equaliser after a tremendous run by Joaquin Correa.
Maguire delighted for ‘big character and big leader’ Bruno Fernandes after Man Utd playmaker’s dominant display at Everton
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Maguire delighted for ‘big character and big leader’ Bruno Fernandes after Man Utd playmaker’s dominant display at Everton

  The Red Devils captain praised the ability of the midfielder to respond to adversity following criticism of recent performances   Manchester United captain has hailed the excellence of playmaker Bruno Fernandes as he helped the Red Devils secure a 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Portuguese had been the subject of criticism for his display in the shock 2-1 Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek but bounced back impressively as United recorded their third Premier League win of the season. Fernandes scored twice in the first half, although there was some debate as to whether striker Marcus Rashford had touched the ball en route to the net for the second, before setting up Edinson Cavani to score his first goal for the club.
‘More complicated with Emery and Arteta’ – ‘Maestro’ Ozil backed by ex-Arsenal captain Koscielny
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‘More complicated with Emery and Arteta’ – ‘Maestro’ Ozil backed by ex-Arsenal captain Koscielny

The former Germany international has been given support by a former team-mate who played alongside him under the Arsene Wenger era at Emirates Stadium Estranged Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been defended by former Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny. The former Germany international playmaker is presently out of the picture at the Emirates Stadium, having been left out of the Premier League squad and the Europa League squad by manager Mikel Arteta. He has been involved in a very public battle with the club, notably offering to pay the wages of sacked mascot Gunnersaurus having refused to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus crisis. As the club’s highest earner, his case has been regularly debated in the media, and Koscielny has backed his former colleague.
Arteta dazzled by Willian’s ambition to succeed at Arsenal as Premier League season nears
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Arteta dazzled by Willian’s ambition to succeed at Arsenal as Premier League season nears

The Brazilian still has the desire and ambition to be a driving force at the top level, according to his new manager Mikel Arteta believes Willian is the player who can drive Arsenal towards a push for more silverware and a top-four finish. Willian, 32, signed a three-year deal with Arsenal in August after leaving Chelsea as a free agent. The playmaker – who joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 – scored 37 goals and provided 33 assists in 234 Premier League appearances for the Blues.
‘Sancho isn’t doing it & England missed a trick with Grealish’ – Waddle questions Southgate selection calls
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‘Sancho isn’t doing it & England missed a trick with Grealish’ – Waddle questions Southgate selection calls

The former Three Lions star believes an Aston Villa playmaker should have been given more minutes on the back of his first senior call-up Jadon Sancho "is not doing it" for England at the moment and Gareth Southgate missed a trick in not giving Jack Grealish more minutes during Nations League clashes with Iceland Denmark, says Chris Waddle. The Three Lions have opened their latest quest for international honours. Four points and back-to-back clean sheets have been taken from two games on the road, with Southgate having to get creative at times after seeing injuries and misdemeanours restrict the options available to him.
Modric: Zidane told me that I could win Ballon d’Or one day!
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Modric: Zidane told me that I could win Ballon d’Or one day!

  The Los Blancos playmaker revealed his manager gave him the confidence to win football's biggest individual honour Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told Luka Modric he was a player capable of winning the Ballon d'Or, giving the Croatian confidence to go on and win the award. Zidane provided the inspiration to Modric when he was appointed Los Blancos coach in 2016 and the midfield star went on to lift the famous individual award at the end of 2018. In that year, Modric was part of the Madrid team to win a third successive Champions League, while also spearheading Croatia to a first-ever World Cup final in Russia.
Juventus must be patient with Rabiot but he will reach the top, says Blanc
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Juventus must be patient with Rabiot but he will reach the top, says Blanc

A man who worked with the French playmaker at Paris Saint-Germain wants to see him fulfil his potential at the Allianz Stadium Juventus must be "patient" with Adrien Rabiot, according to Laurent Blanc, who has described the midfielder as a "great talent". Rabiot completed a free transfer to Juve last summer after an acrimonious departure from Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old was ostracised at Parc des Princes after refusing to sign a new deal, and ultimately decided to continue his development in Italy after months of speculation over his future.
Arteta Gives Ozil Conditions to Play for Arsenal Again
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Arteta Gives Ozil Conditions to Play for Arsenal Again

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has told Mesut Ozil that he will be restored to the team, when he “can give his best”. Ozil was dropped for the Gunners’ trip to Manchester City on Wednesday night. Before the COVID-19 enforced break, the German playmaker featured in all games since Arteta took over in December. Arteta, who claimed Ozil was left out of his squad for the 3-0 defeat for tactical reasons, told a press conference on Thursday, that he is always open with the player. “A lot has happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the timing of every player. Sometimes they need a little bit of time. “It has been difficult preparation in the last two months to get players ready. “Again, I am the first one who wants Me...
Havertz future still to be decided
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Havertz future still to be decided

The playmaker is a target for several major clubs across Europe and his current side are hoping for a solution to make everyone happy Bayer Leverkusen are aware of the huge interest in Kai Havertz and are unsure what will happen regarding the Germany international’s future. Havertz has enjoyed an outstanding season for the Bundesliga club and has been linked with a big-money move when the transfer window reopens. Premier League trio Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest in the recently-turned 21-year-old, while Real Madrid have also been mentioned as suitors.
‘Cut-price Coutinho a no-brainer for Liverpool’ – Barcelona flop wanted back at Anfield by Nicol
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‘Cut-price Coutinho a no-brainer for Liverpool’ – Barcelona flop wanted back at Anfield by Nicol

The former Reds defender believes Jurgen Klopp should be looking to do a deal for the Brazilian playmaker if the price is right Landing Philippe Coutinho in a cut-price deal would be a no-brainer for Liverpool, says Steve Nicol. The Reds parted with the Brazil international when he completed a big-money move to Barcelona in the January window of 2018. The switch to Camp Nou was considered to be a dream for the South American playmaker, but it has quickly become a nightmare.
Grealish wants to be a Gerrard, but Man Utd hard to ignore’ – Aston Villa exit likely, admits Phillips
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Grealish wants to be a Gerrard, but Man Utd hard to ignore’ – Aston Villa exit likely, admits Phillips

The ex-Villans striker feels the club’s current captain would like to stay put and be a one-club man, but interest in his services continues to build Jack Grealish would like to be “one of those Steven Gerrards” and spend his entire career at Aston Villa, says Kevin Phillips, but interest from Manchester United is expected to be too good to turn down. A big-money transfer is said to be in the offing for the talented 24-year-old playmaker when the next window swings open. Having proven himself on a Premier League stage, Grealish is considered to be ready for a step up English football’s grandest ladder.
James is a ‘real player’ but hasn’t capitalised on his ‘advantages’ at Real Madrid, says Mendieta
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James is a ‘real player’ but hasn’t capitalised on his ‘advantages’ at Real Madrid, says Mendieta

A former Liga star doesn't think the Colombian playmaker has made the most of his opportunities in the Spanish capital Gaizka Mendieta has described James Rodriguez as a "real player", but says the Real Madrid star hasn't capitalised on his "advantages" since joining the club. James played a starring role in Colombia's run to the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, attracting attention from a number of Europe's top clubs in the process. Madrid won the race for his signature later that summer, tying the midfielder down to a six-year contract after agreeing a £71 million ($90m) deal with Monaco.
‘Arsenal have to spend big on a new No.10’ – Arteta needs creativity & goal threat, says Parlour
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‘Arsenal have to spend big on a new No.10’ – Arteta needs creativity & goal threat, says Parlour

The ex-Gunners star is looking for another playmaker to be added to the ranks, while he is also hoping that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be retained Arsenal need to be spending “big money” on another No.10, says Ray Parlour, with Mikel Arteta considered to be in need of greater creativity and goal threat from those that line up behind proven strikers. The Gunners have continued to lean heavily on the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette when it comes to inspiration in the final third of the field. Sizeable investment has been made behind Gabonese and French frontmen, with Nicolas Pepe a £72 million ($91m) club-record signing and Mesut Ozil a World Cup winner.
James needs to be patient; Zidane respects him’ – Roberto Carlos hoping Colombian remains at Real Madrid
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James needs to be patient; Zidane respects him’ – Roberto Carlos hoping Colombian remains at Real Madrid

The legendary former Blancos defender remains a big fan of a fellow South American and believes he will get regular game time in Spain Roberto Carlos has urged James Rodriguez to be patient at Real Madrid, with the Colombian told that Zinedine Zidane “has a lot of respect” for him despite a lack of game time sparking further rounds of transfer talk. The South American playmaker returned to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 after completing a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich. Having impressed in Germany, the expectation was that James would be welcomed back into the fold by the Blancos.
Chelsea remain ahead of Arsenal in Coutinho loan battle
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Chelsea remain ahead of Arsenal in Coutinho loan battle

Chelsea remain favourites to land Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, despite new attempts from Arsenal. The Daily Express says Chelsea have emerged as favourites to land Brazilian playmaker Coutinho after Bayern Munich opted not to exercise an option to buy. The former Liverpool man has spent the second half of this season on loan at the German giants, but they aren't interested in meeting the £110million asking price. Barca are willing to take a massive hit on the £105m they paid upfront for the 27-year-old and could accept as little as £80m. But the coronavirus crisis means that few clubs will be willing to invest such large sums in players after being starved of income for almost three months. Frank Lampard is in the market for a big-name signing and Coutinho is a pl...
Philippe Coutinho’s Preferred Move Revealed
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Philippe Coutinho’s Preferred Move Revealed

Bayern Munich attacking midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, wants a move to Chelsea this summer transfer window. DAILY POST recalls that Coutinho had drawn the interest of Chelsea in the past few weeks. The Brazilian international is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona until the end of the season. Coutinho has struggled to find his top form since his £142million move to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018. But according to Mundo Deportivo, the 27-year-old has the preference to join Frank Lampard’s side despite the interest from several other Premier League sides. Barcelona could demand between £72million to £81million for the playmaker, and they would be willing to accept offers from any interested clubs. Coutinho has scored nin...
Man Utd-linked Grealish will ‘100 per cent’ leave Aston Villa if they are relegated – Merson
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Man Utd-linked Grealish will ‘100 per cent’ leave Aston Villa if they are relegated – Merson

The former Villans midfielder admits that the talented playmaker will need Premier League football in order to earn the England spot he craves Jack Grealish will “100 per cent” head for the exits at Aston Villa if Dean Smith’s side are relegated, admits Paul Merson, with the reported Manchester United target needing Premier League football in order to keep his England dream alive. The 24-year-old playmaker has made no secret of the fact that he wants to break into the senior Three Lions fold, with one eye on a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship in 2021. In order to keep himself in contention, Grealish will need to be rubbing shoulders with English football’s elite on a regular basis.
Premier League would be great destination for James’ – Cordoba wants move for Real Madrid star
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Premier League would be great destination for James’ – Cordoba wants move for Real Madrid star

The former Inter defender believes the fellow Colombian deserves more opportunities than he is getting at present, with England a good fit for him James Rodriguez has been told that the Premier League would be “a great destination” for him, with Ivan Cordoba aware of the need for his fellow Colombian to find a way out of Real Madrid. The 28-year-old playmaker was welcomed back into the fold at Santiago Bernabeu during the summer of 2019 after taking in a two-year loan at German giants Bayern Munich. His creative qualities have never been in doubt, but Zinedine Zidane has offered the South American just 13 appearances in the current campaign.
Thierry Henry Hits Back at De Bruyne Over EPL Record
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Thierry Henry Hits Back at De Bruyne Over EPL Record

Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has hit back at Kevin De Bruyne after the Manchester City playmaker warned him he was coming for his Premier League assists record. De Bruyne was just four behind Henry’s tally of 20 assists before the coronavirus crisis saw English football take a break. The Belgium midfielder has made no secret of his desire to break Henry’s record, which was set in the 2002/2003 season. However, Henry speaking with De Bruyne’s team-mate, Aguero, for PUMA Football, made it clear that the City star must also score more goals. “When you see Kevin [De Bruyne]… because the other day he told me that he’s willing and trying to provide more than 20 assists. “He has 16 already, right? Yeah, that’s right, 16, and the record in a season is 20. And I hold th...
Arsenal in Swap Deal with AS Roma on Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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Arsenal in Swap Deal with AS Roma on Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Arsenal are negotiating a swap deal with AS Roma about the possibility of attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, joining the Serie A giants permanently this summer transfer window. According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal is ready to cut ties with the Armenian international to raise funds for coach Mikel Arteta to make his own signings this summer. Mkhitaryan has spent the current campaign out on loan in Roma. Roma has repeatedly made it clear that they would like Mkhitaryan back at the Stadio Olimpico next season. Mkhitaryan has a year left on his current contract with Arsenal, and the Gunners will be keen to sell the playmaker at a high fee. Arsenal value Mkhitaryan at around £10million, but Roma’s valuation is even lower than that. The North London club and Roma h...
De Ligt didn’t want to be a €75m defender
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De Ligt didn’t want to be a €75m defender

The highly-rated Netherlands international is still learning his trade at 20 years of age and admits he initially wanted to be a creative midfielder Matthijs de Ligt has become one of the most highly-rated centre-halves in world football, but the Dutchman admits he never wanted to be a defender and saw himself as more of a creative midfielder. The 20-year-old was a talented playmaker within the youth system at Ajax until being forced into a positional change at the age of 15. He was not overly keen on that switch, with there a desire on his part to impact proceedings in the final third – rather than contain the threat of opponents at the opposite end of the field.
Thierry, I’m coming for you’ – De Bruyne fires warning to Premier League assist king Henry
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Thierry, I’m coming for you’ – De Bruyne fires warning to Premier League assist king Henry

The Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is keen to overhaul the Frenchman's Premier League assists record if the season resumes Kevin De Bruyne has told Thierry Henry he is gunning for his Premier League assists record. The Manchester City midfielder had laid on a remarkable 16 goals in England's top flight this season before the campaign was placed on hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak last month. The Belgium international reached 18 during the 2016-17 season and, in an interview with The Athletic's Ornstein & Chapman podcast, joked he was irked not to be on 17 already this time around – referencing Raheem Sterling's goal in a 3-0 December win at Arsenal that came courtesy of his slightly deflected cross.
Man City star Sterling: Messi’s shirt the one I really want
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Man City star Sterling: Messi’s shirt the one I really want

The forward keeps a large collection of opponents' shirts hidden away, but plans to look at them with fondness when his career ends Raheem Sterling admits he wants to get his hands on one of Lionel Messi's shirts, even if he might not rush to put it on his wall. Manchester City forward Sterling is building up a collection after swapping his jersey with star opponents following big games, but he keeps them locked away. The 25-year-old says he is waiting until the end of his career before bringing together his silverware and framing his shirt collection. Sterling intends to make sure "a couple" of City team-mate David Silva's shirts adorn the walls of his house in Jamaica. "I am a shirt collector but I don't put any shirts on my wall as of yet," Sterling told BBC Radio 5 Live....
‘Pulisic has overcome adversity to star for Chelsea’ – USMNT coach Berhalter sees improvement in playmaker
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‘Pulisic has overcome adversity to star for Chelsea’ – USMNT coach Berhalter sees improvement in playmaker

The United States international linked up with the Blues in the summer of 2019 and has made impressive progress across his debut campaign in England Christian Pulisic has had to “endure adversity to overcome struggle” at Chelsea, says United States coach Gregg Berhalter, with the 21-year-old considered to have raised his game in English football. The Blues pulled off quite the coup when luring a highly-rated playmaker away from Borussia Dortmund in 2019. A deal was done there before the Premier League giants were stung with a transfer embargo, meaning that Pulisic became the only fresh face arriving at Stamford Bridge in the last summer window.
Samir Nasri ‘set to be sacked by Anderlecht’ after going AWOL during lockdown
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Samir Nasri ‘set to be sacked by Anderlecht’ after going AWOL during lockdown

Former Arsenal and Manchester City ace Samir Nasri is reportedly set to be sacked by Belgian side Anderlecht after failing to contact them while in lockdown. According to Belgian outlet Derniere Heure, Nasri fled to Dubai but has not spoken to club officials at all. Anderlecht asked all of their players to let them know of their whereabouts while in lockdown but Nasri appears to have gone AWOL, with the 32-year-old the only one who has ignored the club's wishes. Anderlecht are now contemplating axing the playmaker, who joined the club on a free transfer at the start of the season after a short stint at West Ham United. Nasri has made just five appearances, with his time in Belgium badly affected by injury problems. Speaking back in February, Anderlecht's sporting director Mi...
Fernandes proving to be the leader Man Utd need on and off the pitch
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Fernandes proving to be the leader Man Utd need on and off the pitch

Despite the suspension of all football due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Portuguese playmaker has continued to prove himself the ideal signing One word keeps cropping up whenever anyone talks about Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes: leader. The Portugal star has had an instant impact at Old Trafford, making an impression on his team-mates, manager, st aff and former players – though not just with his on-the-field performances. Yes, the 25-year-old has impressed on the pitch. He has brought creativity and a spark to the midfield that had been lacking and created more chances, played more key passes in key areas, taken more shots and secured more assists than any of this team-mates since arriving in January, but it is the smaller details that have made him standout even ...
‘Maddison good enough for Man Utd move’ – Leicester star could play for any of the top clubs, says McInnes
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‘Maddison good enough for Man Utd move’ – Leicester star could play for any of the top clubs, says McInnes

The Aberdeen boss, who worked with the England international after taking him on loan from Leicester, is not surprised by mounting transfer talk James Maddison is more than good enough to play for Manchester United, says Derek McInnes, with the Leicester midfielder capable of representing “any of the big clubs in England”. Transfer talk has been building steadily around the 23-year-old for some time. Having stepped up to the Premier League with ease at Leicester, the talented playmaker is said to be attracting admiring glances from Old Trafford.
Coronavirus: De Bruyne Calls For Premier League To Be Canceled
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Coronavirus: De Bruyne Calls For Premier League To Be Canceled

Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has called for the Premier League season to be canceled. We recalls that the Premier League had been suspended due to the spread of Coronavirus across the world. Manchester City are 25 points behind league leaders, Liverpool on the Premier League table. But, De Bruyne believes players’ safety should come first, as COVID-19 continues to affect sporting events. “I have no idea if we will still play,” the Belgium international said as quoted by Football London. “In England, they want to wait as long as possible with a decision. “But, as a footballer, that is not evident. You’re idle for six weeks, and normally you need preparation of three to four weeks. “If we restart immediately, everyone will be injured after a few games....
Controversy as VAR Chief Claims Lo Celso Should Have Seen Red Card Against Chelsea
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Controversy as VAR Chief Claims Lo Celso Should Have Seen Red Card Against Chelsea

There was more Video Assistant Referee (VAR) controversy on Saturday, as Tottenham Hotspur’s Lo Celso escaped a red card for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta. VAR official, David Coote, decided that the playmaker had accidentally stepped on Azpilicueta. It led to an angry reaction from Blues boss, Frank Lampard and the crowd inside Stamford Bridge. However, VAR chiefs have now admitted Coote got the big call wrong. “We have been speaking to Stockley Park who have admitted they got the decision wrong and Lo Celso should have been sent off,” BT Sport pundit, Jake Humphrey, tweeted. Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso scored for Chelsea before Spurs halved the deficit. Thanks to an Antonio Rudiger own goal.
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Barcelona Star Phillipe Coutinho Offered To Juventus As Bayern REFUSE To Pay £100m

Barcelona midfielder Phillipe Coutinho has been offered to Juventus by his agent, with current club Bayern Munich refusing to sign him on a permanent basis. The 27-year-old is on loan with the Bundesliga club, who have the option to sign him for £100million this summer but with Bayern unwilling to pay the fee, Coutinho will return to Barcelona at the end of the season. According to Spanish Newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho's agent will try to secure a future transfer to either Italy or Paris Saint-Germain. Mundo Deportivo claims that Juventus were interested in Coutinho last summer, but failed in their attempt after both Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain remained at the club. And with Coutinho set to depart Bayern Munich in the coming months, the Brazil international's rep...
Ozil’s near deadline exit from Arsenal
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Ozil’s near deadline exit from Arsenal

    Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil, almost left the club on transfer deadline day, the UK Mirror reports. The German had an offer from a Qatari club, but the deal fell through with the Gunners blocking his exit. Although Ozil was ready to consider leaving the Emirates, Arsenal felt the timing was too short. It is also understood that manager Mikel Arteta, was willing to let the 31-year-old go, especially as the suitor was going to foot his huge salary. But the timing of the proposed switch left the Gunners with little time to source any source of replacement. Ozil, who was frozen out under Unai Emery, has started every game under Arteta. The former Real Madrid man appears to be enjoying his football again, with Arteta allowing him to play in his favourite ...
Barcelona Insist “No Coutinho Return”
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Barcelona Insist “No Coutinho Return”

The Liga giants have debunked speculation suggesting that the Brazil international playmaker could be returned to Camp Nou. Barcelona have no intention of bringing Philippe Coutinho back from a loan spell at Bayern Munich, with a club spokesman branding reports to the contrary “made up”. It had been suggested that the Liga giants were preparing to cut short a season-long agreement with fellow European heavyweights. A move to Germany was sanctioned for Coutinho ahead of the 2019-20 campaign and he was allowed to head out of Camp Nou after struggling to prove his worth across 18 months in Catalunya.
What Conte, Lukaku Said About Conte, Lukaku after Inter Milan’s win Over Fiorentina
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What Conte, Lukaku Said About Conte, Lukaku after Inter Milan’s win Over Fiorentina

Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte has hailed winger, Victor Moses and playmaker, Christian Eriksen for ‘fitting straight’ into his squad following his side’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia encounter on Wednesday. Moses and Eriksen both came from the bench in the second half of the encounter to feature against Fiorentina. Inter Milan defeated Fiorentina to qualify for the semi-final of the competition, thanks to two goals from Antonio Candreva and Nicolo Barella at San Siro. Moses left Chelsea on loan to join Inter Milan last week. Eriksen left Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent transfer to join Inter Milan earlier this week. Speaking to Inter TV after the game, Conte said: “We’ll keep going and prepare for a tough game in Udine, but we can a...
Rohr Reveals why Victor Moses Dumped Super Eagles, Identifies Ighalo’s Replacement
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Rohr Reveals why Victor Moses Dumped Super Eagles, Identifies Ighalo’s Replacement

    Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, the has claimed Victor Moses retired from international football for football and age reasons. Rohr stated this in an interview with French radio station RIG 90.7FM. The German also pointed to Victor Osimhen as the replacement for Odion Ighalo, who retired from the national team after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. “We no longer have a big star, because John Obi Mikel retired, that Victor Moses also retired for family and age reasons in particular … and even our top scorer, Odion Ighalo, declared his retirement after the AFCON 2019. “We managed to find a scorer with Victor Osimhen and other playmakers: we have Samuel Chukweze who plays at Villarreal, the little Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux who plays very very wel...
‘I’m Not an Idiot’ – Mourinho Reveals Tottenham Player not Performing Well
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‘I’m Not an Idiot’ – Mourinho Reveals Tottenham Player not Performing Well

  Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has claimed that playmaker, Christian Eriksen is not performing at his highest level for the club. Mourinho said this ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. DAILY POST had reported that Eriksen continues to eye the Spurs exit door, with his contract expiring next summer. The Denmark international was keen to join Real Madrid last summer, but the Los Blancos manager, Zinedine Zidane was only interested in adding Manchester United star, Paul Pogba to his midfield. He has recently drawn interest from Manchester United and Inter Milan. But Mourinho believes now that he has been in football for many years to know when a player in Erisken’s position is not giving his all for the club, adding ...
Liverpool Told to Sign Christian Eriksen
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Liverpool Told to Sign Christian Eriksen

Former Liverpool striker, Dean Saunders has urged the Reds to sign Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, Christian Eriksen. Eriksen’s current deal at Spurs will expire at the end of the season. The Denmark international has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Inter Milan in the past few weeks. But Saunders believes Eriksen will perfectly fit in Jurgen Klopp’s squad after his brilliant display in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday. “They (Liverpool) could spend it maybe… I think Eriksen could slot into Liverpool’s team,” Saunders told talkSPORT. “That type of player who will make their midfield a bit more productive.”
What Mesut Ozil Said after Arsenal Failed to Beat Crystal Palace
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What Mesut Ozil Said after Arsenal Failed to Beat Crystal Palace

Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil has expressed disappointment after Mikel Arteta’s men failed to beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday. Arsenal played a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first half goal. Jordan Ayew scored the equaliser in the 54 minute of the encounter for Roy Hodgson’s men. Reacting to the result, Ozil took to his official Twitter page after the match and wrote: “Slightly disappointed with the final score. “We were fighting all together to get the away win, but it wasn’t meant to be. “Let’s stay positive and keep believing, Gunners.” Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture is against Sheffield United on January 18.
Rashford Grabs Brace as Man Utd Crush Norwich
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Rashford Grabs Brace as Man Utd Crush Norwich

Marcus Rashford marked his 200th appearance for Manchester United with two goals that restored some much-needed confidence in a 4-0 Premier League victory over bottom side Norwich. Anthony Martial and impressive teenager Mason Greenwood were also on the mark as Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s team maintained their hopes of qualifying for next seasons Champions League. Not for the first time this season, it was Rashford, who has now scored 19 times in his past 23 games for United and England, who was his team’s key performer. Rashford struck in the 27th minute after largely unrelenting United pressure with an instinctive finish, although the goal owed everything to a fantastic assist from Juan Mata. The Spanish playmaker received a long pass from Victor Lindelof and, after Todd Cantw...
De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd
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De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd

  f Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has said Pep Guardiola spent only 15 minutes preparing the false-nine tactics, that helped to blow Manchester United away in the first half of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie. City went 3-0 up in 38 minutes during the semi-final first leg at Old Trafford, thanks to Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal. Marcus Rashford then pulled a goal back for United after half-time. Pep Guardiola often used a false nine, when he was in charge at Barcelona but has rarely done so at City. But despite their lack of experience with the tactic, De Bruyne told Sky Sports: “We did 15 minutes on it in the morning, that’s about it. “We didn’t train that but it’s not like we never did it before – we did it sometimes agains...
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Lionel Messi shows off his 6th Ballon d’Or trophy as he poses with his family

Last night, Lionel Messi became the first-ever player to win sixth Ballon d’Or trophy after edging out Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award in Paris. Taking to his Instagram page hours ago, the Barcelona and Argentine playmaker shared a family photo of himself posing with his new trophy alongside his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo and their sons, Thiago and Mateo.
Levante Stuns Barcelona
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Levante Stuns Barcelona

Three second-half goals condemned the Liga champions to a first loss in eight with their Argentine playmaker the only bright point on a miserable day Barcelona have occasionally been accused of Messidependencia over the years - reliance on their captain and talisman Lionel Messi - but it now seems truer than ever. Ernesto Valverde’s side, in the coach’s third year in charge, are reliant on the Argentine and appear to have little else up their sleeve. That was explicitly clear in their 3-1 defeat at Levante on Saturday in La Liga, ending a streak of seven consecutive victories.
Eriksen situation is hurting him and Spurs – Pochettino
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Eriksen situation is hurting him and Spurs – Pochettino

Neither the playmaker nor his team-mates are being helped by the uncertainty surrounding his future with Tottenham, according to the manager Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Christian Eriksen’s on-going uncertainty is detrimental to the player and the club and hopes everyone involved can make “the best decision” regarding his future. Eriksen’s future has been in doubt since the end of last season, as he enters the final year of his contract with Spurs while rejecting extension offers from the club. Reports have suggested Eriksen is interested in a move to Real Madrid, but the La Liga giants have not made a move for the Denmark international. And while a transfer to Manchester United had been rumoured, that is impossible in the short term after the close of the Engl...
Chelsea star Mount reveals Ronaldo motivation after Man Utd trip
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Chelsea star Mount reveals Ronaldo motivation after Man Utd trip

The Blues youngster watched in awe as Ronaldo scored against his boyhood team in 2008, and would love to make similar headlines at Old Trafford today Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has revealed he took inspiration from a trip to Old Trafford to see Cristiano Ronaldo as a nine-year-old, and he is hoping to have a similar impact when the Blues take on Manchester United on Sunday. As a boyhood Portsmouth fan, Mount made the trip to the north-west with his father shortly after signing schoolboy forms with Chelsea. What he saw that day has remained with him ever since. Today, the midfielder heads to the same stadium with a very different mission in mind as he looks to force his way into Frank Lampard’s starting XI and forge his own reputation as a playmaker and influencer in the middl...
‘Ask Florentino Perez’ – Mendes unsure of James’ future
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‘Ask Florentino Perez’ – Mendes unsure of James’ future

Linked to Atletico Madrid and Napoli, the agent gave nothing away regarding the Colombia international James Rodriguez's agent Jorge Mendes does not know what the future holds for the Real Madrid playmaker, though he just wants the best for the player and La Liga club. Linked to Atletico Madrid and Napoli, James took part in Madrid's 2019-20 pre-season training for the first time on Monday. La Liga rivals Atletico and Serie A side Napoli are reportedly vying for James' signature after the Colombia star spent the past two seasons on loan with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Napoli still want James even if club-record transfer for Pepe is completed
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Napoli still want James even if club-record transfer for Pepe is completed

Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of his desire to sign the Real Madrid playmaker, even if they spend big on Lille's much-wanted winger Napoli will still try to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez even if they pull off a club-record deal for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, sources tell Goal. Rumours have been circulating on Friday that Carlo Ancelotti is among the host of managers around Europe wanting to sign Pepe, with a reported agreement around the €80 million (£71.9m/$89m) mark. That would be roughly double the club’s current record transfer – the €40 million outlay to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid six years ago.
Liverpool-linked Fekir completes transfer to Real Betis
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Liverpool-linked Fekir completes transfer to Real Betis

After nearly moving to Anfield in the summer of 2018, the France playmaker will head to Spain to compete in La Liga France international Nabil Fekir has completed his move from Lyon to Real Betis, the Liga club have announced. Fekir, who nearly completed a move to Liverpool a year ago, has signed on with Betis on a four-year deal, making the move for a reported fee of around €20 million (£18m/$22m). Another €10m is rumoured to be possible in incentives, with Lyon receiving a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Dembele could edge Firmino out at Liverpool’ – Murphy favours Barcelona winger over Coutinho
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Dembele could edge Firmino out at Liverpool’ – Murphy favours Barcelona winger over Coutinho

The former Reds midfielder believes that any raid on Camp Nou this summer should be bringing in a French forward, not a familiar Brazilian playmaker Ousmane Dembele would be a “fantastic signing for Liverpool”, says Danny Murphy, with the Barcelona winger considered to be a better option for the Reds than Philippe Coutinho. A raid on the ranks at Camp Nou continues to be mooted for those at Anfield. Some 18 months on from agreeing to part with Brazil international Coutinho, it has been suggested that the 27-year-old could be brought back to Merseyside.