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Mutiu Adepoju Hails Samuel Chukwueze On His 100th Appearance For Villarreal
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Mutiu Adepoju Hails Samuel Chukwueze On His 100th Appearance For Villarreal

Former Nigeria and Real Sociedad Midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has congratulated Samuel Chukwueze after becoming the youngest player to reach a century of games for Villarreal. Chukwueze made his 100th first-team appearance for Villarreal in their 4-1 Copa Del Rey win over Zamora CF on Tuesday. The winger surpassed the record set by Mateo Musacchio, who reached a century for the team aged 21-years, 11 months and 20 days. “Dear @chukwueze_8, becoming @Eng_Villarreal youngest centurion ever is a very beautiful accomplishment from you. Well-done on this and I hope this unlocks other hidden potentials in you. Wishing you greater successes ahead.” Adepoju wrote on Twitter. Since his debut for the Yellow Submarine in 2018, the Nigerian has 79 in La Liga matches, 13 in the Europa Leagu...
Villarreal Hail Chukwueze As ‘unstoppable’ After Netting First Goal Of Season
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Villarreal Hail Chukwueze As ‘unstoppable’ After Netting First Goal Of Season

Nigeria international, Samuel Chukwueze has been labelled an ‘unstoppable player’ by Villarreal with the LaLiga side appearing to be impressed with Chukwueze finally putting an end to his La Liga Santander goal drought as the Yellow Submarine overpowered Real Valladolid 2-0 in a game at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Monday night. The 21-year-old had gone on a twelve-month scoreless run, having last netted against Celta Vigo in November 2019, but he rediscovered his scoring form against Valladolid. His 21st minute strike following a low cross from Alfonso Pedraza helped the Yellow Submarine to secure their fourth victory of the 2020-21 Spanish top- light campaign. After an impressive day in the office, Chukwueze was replaced by on-loan Real Madrid player, Takefusa Kubo in the 6...
Man United, Leicester & Everton Are All Interested In Nigerian Winger, Chukwueze
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Man United, Leicester & Everton Are All Interested In Nigerian Winger, Chukwueze

Manchester United, Leicester and Everton have joined a growing list of clubs interested in Villarreal and Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze, a player who has already caught the attention of three other Premier League clubs and many more across Europe. Chukwueze only turned 21 earlier this year but has been part of the Villarreal first-team since 2018 after he was scouted by the Spanish side playing at youth level in his native Nigeria. Chukwueze is valued at more than £80m by Villarreal Chukwueze is considering his future in Spain as he looks to take the next step in his career, with the main interest coming from England. United, Leicester and Everton are the latest clubs to begin monitoring him, while Chelsea - who were watching prior to the signing of Kai Havertz earlier th...
Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Need one win to Clinch Title
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Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Need one win to Clinch Title

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said he was a delighted man after his side’s 2-1 win over Granada on Monday night. Ferland Mendy opened the scoring for Los Blancos with a fine solo effort, before Karim Benzema doubled their advantage. However, after the break, Darwin Machis pulled one back for the hosts. Real had to hold on for an important win, which opens a four-point gap at the top ahead of rivals Barcelona. “I let out a shout because I was happy and because in football you have to suffer. “I shouted out loud because the three points were very important and I wanted to tell my players that they had played a superb game. To win this league you have to suffer a little bit and we dug in as a team. You have to be proud of this team,” Zidane told the media about ...
Real Madrid One win Away from Title after Defeating Granada
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Real Madrid One win Away from Title after Defeating Granada

Real Madrid are one win away from winning their 34th LaLiga title, after a battling 2-1 victory over Granada on Monday. Los Blancos took an early lead through Ferland Mendy, who finished off a solo run with a goal in the 10th minute. It was 2-0 minutes later, after Karim Benzema curled an exquisite strike past Rui Silva. Granada halved the deficit at the start of the second half through Darwin Machis. However, Real held on for three crucial points, with Sergio Ramos sweeping a goalbound effort off the line late on. The victory restored their four-point lead over Barcelona in the table with just two games left to play. A home win for Real against Villarreal on Thursday can put the title out of reach.
‘He is such an exciting player!’ – Adepoju in awe of Chukwueze’s performance against Celta Vigo
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‘He is such an exciting player!’ – Adepoju in awe of Chukwueze’s performance against Celta Vigo

LaLiga ambassador Mutiu Adepoju has described Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze as “exciting” following the Yellow Submarine’s 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo at the Estadio de Balaidos on Saturday night. Javier Calleja’s men came into the encounter with the ambition of returning to winning ways – having lost three successive league games before the coronavirus pandemic placed Spanish football on a hiatus. After a hard-hitting first half, super-sub Manuel Trigueros sealed all points at stake for the visitors in the 90th minute. Chukwueze who replaced Gerard Moreno in the 56th minute played a key role as he added a greater threat to Villarreal’s frontline. For his contributions in 32 minutes, he recorded two shots, one shot on target, 14 passes and a 64.3 passing accuracy. Even a...
‘He must become a little bit more decisive’ – Kanoute tasks Villarreal’s Chukwueze
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‘He must become a little bit more decisive’ – Kanoute tasks Villarreal’s Chukwueze

The Sevilla legend feels the Nigeria international can be imposing in future, nonetheless, he must do more in terms of goal-scoring Frederic Kanoute believes the future is bright for Samuel Chukwueze but urged him to work on becoming more decisive for Villarreal. Having impressed for the Nigeria U17 team at the 2017 Fifa U17 World Cup in Chile, the Nigerian was signed by the La Liga side from Diamond Football Academy. Chukwueze impressed for the Yellow Submarine’s reserves in the third tier and that led to his promotion to the senior team by manager Javi Calleja. Since making his debut in a Europa League game against Rangers – coming in as a replacement for Nicola Sansone - the youngster has been a regular in the Villarreal squad which earned him a Super Eagles call-u...
Villarreal Deny Match-fixing Claims
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Villarreal Deny Match-fixing Claims

Villarreal have responded to allegations that several of their players received payments to throw the match against Getafe on the final day of the 2018/19 season. The name of Getafe forward Jorge Molina featured in WhatsApp conversations between Carlos Aranda and Paco Esteban, two of the main figures of the match-fixing scandal known as 'Operation Oikos'. "Seven Villarreal players have been given two million [euros]," Esteban says in one of the messages to Aranda. However, Villarreal have moved to quash those claims through a statement. "Both Villarreal CF and the first team want to show their absolute rejection of the accusations made in the last few hours and emphatically deny the alleged implication of match-fixing in the game played against Getafe (2-2) at the Coliseum Alfo...
From Man City midfield to university homework, Rodri is making the most of lockdown
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From Man City midfield to university homework, Rodri is making the most of lockdown

The club's record signing is studying for a business degree during Premier League shutdown as the Spain international plans for life after football While most Premier League players are waiting for football to restart, Manchester City midfielder Rodri is using the time to study for his university degree. The 23-year-old returned to Spain to be with his family when football was shut down by the Covid-19 outbreak, staying in touch with the Premier League champions and maintaining his fitness. But the Spain international, who lived in student accommodation when he was breaking into the game with Villarreal, has also used the enforced break to continue his work on a business administration and management degree.
Lampard Steps Up bid to Bring Samuel Chukwueze to Chelsea
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Lampard Steps Up bid to Bring Samuel Chukwueze to Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has stepped up efforts to land Samuel Chukwueze from Villarreal this summer, OneFootball reports. The Blues boss is looking for wingers to replace Pedro and Willian. The two players are likely to depart Stamford Bridge when their current deals run out. Chelsea have also been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s England star Jadon Sancho. But Dortmund are likely to demand around £120m to sell Sancho, which could be too much for the Blues to pay. Villarreal reportedly rejected a €35m bid from Liverpool to sign Chukwueze in January.
Arsenal Set to Bring Cazorla Back
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Arsenal Set to Bring Cazorla Back

Arsenal are exploring ways to give Santi Cazorla one last run out in the club’s colours, according to FourFourTwo. Cazorla played for the Gunners for six years and won two FA Cups during that time. The Spaniard, who was a fan favourite amongst the Emirates Stadium faithful, was hit by a career-threatening injury late in his Arsenal career. Cazorla eventually moved back to Spain, where he currently plays for Villarreal. The 35-year-old has previously expressed how sad he was, to have not had a chance to properly say goodbye to Arsenal. The club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi, speaking at a fans’ forum, said he is close to Cazorla’s agent and that they are talking about a possible return.
Fans Blast Messi Over Barcelona’s Copa del Rey Exit
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Fans Blast Messi Over Barcelona’s Copa del Rey Exit

Inaki Williams late goal in injury time was enough to knock out Catalans giant Barcelona from the quarter final of Copa del Rey. Barcelona were expected to capitalize on rival Real Madrid's elimination from the competition but the Catalans were unable to defeat Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames . Barcelona's coach Quique Setién left French forward Antoine Greizmann in substitution bench and opted to use Lionel Messi as a false nine while being flanked by teenager Ansui Fati on the left and Sergi Roberto on the right. Barcelona struggled to find the back of the net for the entire duration of the game with Barça's best chance coming in the 88th minute when Arthur slots the ball into the part of Lionel Messi but the Argentine shot was blocked by Athletic Bilbao's goal keeper. Inaki Willi...
Dortmund Sign Germany Midfielder Emre Can From Juventus
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Dortmund Sign Germany Midfielder Emre Can From Juventus

Borussia Dortmund beefed up their midfield on transfer deadline day by signing Germany international Emre Can from Juventus, the Bundesliga club confirmed Friday. The 26-year-old, who can play as a defender or defensive midfielder, will initially join on loan as cover for injured Danish player Thomas Delaney until the end of the season. However, the transfer will then become a permanent move, “provided that agreed parameters are met”, according to a statement on the Dortmund website. “In Emre Can, we are getting a German international who can play in different systems in several positions in both defence and central midfield,” said Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc. “He is a player who also brings his physicality to bear and has a strong will to win.” Accordi...
Ex-Man.U striker Javier Hernandez Becomes Highest-paid Player in MLS
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Ex-Man.U striker Javier Hernandez Becomes Highest-paid Player in MLS

Former Manchester United and Mexican striker, Javier Hernandez is now the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer after agreeing a three-year deal worth £103,000 a week to join LA Galaxy from Sevilla. According to Mail Online Sport, the deal is worth £8million - £3m more than Galaxy paid Villarreal for Giovani dos Santos in 2015. The deal comes days after Galaxy boss Dennis te Kloese told Spanish newspaper Marca that he was interested in the 31-year-old. Kloese said: 'We are going to try seriously to sign him, it would be a good deal for us. After signing the Mexican today, Galaxy boss Dennis te Kloese in a statement said: 'Javier has consistently scored goals in top leagues throughout the world and has been his country’s most successful player over the last decade. 'He i...
Samuel Chukwueze’s Goal Not Enough As Villarreal Fall 3-1 To Celta Vigo
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Samuel Chukwueze’s Goal Not Enough As Villarreal Fall 3-1 To Celta Vigo

A second-half effort from the Super Eagles forward was not enough for the Yellow Submarine to end their winless run in the Spanish top-flight Samuel Chukwueze ended his six-game goal drought in La Liga with a goal in Villarreal's 3-1 loss to Celta Vigo. Chukwueze, who last scored a league goal on September 27 against Real Betis, cancelled out Pione Sisto's opener in the 59th minute after he was played through on goal by Xavi Quintilla. Sunday's effort increased the 20-year-old's tally to three goals after 13 league outings in the Spanish top-flight this term. His equaliser was not enough for Villarreal to grab their first win since October 25 as Iago Aspas' brace condemned them to defeat. Chukwueze was in action from start to finish alongside Cameroon's Andre-Frank Zambo Ang...
Super Eagles youngster, Samuel Chukwueze nominated for top international award
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Super Eagles youngster, Samuel Chukwueze nominated for top international award

Super Eagles youngster and Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze has been nominated for for the second edition of the Kopa Trophee. The 20-year-old was named by France Football on Monday night (Oct.21) in a shortlist of 10 players contending for the award. The award named after former French footballer Raymond Kopa is presented to the best performing player under the age of 21. France supersar, Kylian Mbappe won the maiden edition last year. See complete list of nominees below: João Félix -Atletico Madrid Jadon Sancho -Borussia Dortmund Moise Kean -Everton Samuel Chukwueze -Villarreal Kang-in Lee -Valencia Matthijs de Ligt -Juventus Vinicius Jr -Real Madrid Kai Havertz -Bayer Leverkusen Mattéo Guendouzi -Arsenal Andreï Lounine -Real Valladolid
Golden Boy Award: Samuel Chukwueze Snubbed As FIFA Releases Nominees
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Golden Boy Award: Samuel Chukwueze Snubbed As FIFA Releases Nominees

The Governing Body for International Football has released a shortlist of 20 man footballers Under-21 Years for the prestigious Golden boy award. This Award is given to the most promising and exciting young talent talent of each year and surprisingly, Nigerian Most Exciting young talent who plays for Spanish side. villareal has been Excluded from the list. This seems to be a great surprise to many as Samuel Chukwueze has been electrific for his side Villarreal. The list Contains Barcelona's youngster Ansu Fati, Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi, Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and other Amazing Young talents. See List Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus, Holland) Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada) Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, Italy) Ansu Fati (Barcelona, Spain) Philip Foden (Man City, E...
” It Will Be Unwise To Play Marcelo Against Chukwueze ” Carlos Warns Tite
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” It Will Be Unwise To Play Marcelo Against Chukwueze ” Carlos Warns Tite

Top Brazilian Journalist Jeremiah Carlos has warned Tite, the coach of the Brazilian team not to play Real Madrid left full back Marcelo against Super Eagles pacy winger Samuel Chukwueze when both teams meet on the 13th of October in Singapore. The friendly game will enable both teams prepare for their upcoming competitive engagement and Carlos believe if the coach plays Marcelo against Chukwueze they could pay heavily for it due to his focus which is mostly on overlapping Carlos said a pointer to how Marcelo will probably struggle against the 20 year old Nigerian was last season game between Real Madrid and Villarreal where Chukwueze proved to be too much for the Real Madrid defender. ” It’s a friendly game with a little bit of edge here. We all know what Nigeria can do if you’re...
Laliga: Chukwueze Bags Assist In Villarreal 2-0 Home Win Against Valladolid
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Laliga: Chukwueze Bags Assist In Villarreal 2-0 Home Win Against Valladolid

Chukwueze started the game on the bench and took the place of Moi Gomez in the 66th minute. Veteran Spanish midfielder, Santi Carzola put Villarreal ahead from the spot in the 7 7th minute. Javi Ontiveros netted the second goal a minute from time with Chukwueze providing the assist. Chukwueze has so far scored once and recorded an assist in four league appearances for the Yellow Submarines. Villarreal’s next league game is against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday
Liverpool scouting Samuel Chukwueze
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Liverpool scouting Samuel Chukwueze

Liverpool are scouting Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze, a player who came close to joining Arsenal back in 2017. The 20-year-old sensation has become a regular in the Villarreal side over the last year, also making his Nigeria debut in that time and becoming one of the most sought-after young talents in world football. Chukwueze joined the Spanish side from Nigerian team Diamond Football Academy in 2017 and was already well known to scouts across Europe. Goal.com report that Arsenal almost beat Villarreal to his signing at the time, while the likes of Porto, Sporting, PSG and Salzburg were all also interested in his services. Now the winger has become a first team regular in Spain he is alerting even more interest and Liverpool have been scouting his progress at Estadio de l...
Peter Okoye Of PSquare Visits Super Eagles Player Samuel Chukwueze In Spain
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Peter Okoye Of PSquare Visits Super Eagles Player Samuel Chukwueze In Spain

Nigerian musician, Peter ‘PSquare’ Okoye of the former Psquare group was at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday to watch Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze confront Granada’s Ramon Azeez in a thrilling Laliga match that ended 4-4. Peter PSquare met Chukwueze at the ground after the game and was presented with a Villarreal’s jersey with his full name inscribed at the back. The photos were shared on Villarreal's Facebook page
Nicolas Pepe Becomes Africa’s Most Expensive Player
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Nicolas Pepe Becomes Africa’s Most Expensive Player

Ivorian international player Nicolas Pepe, the new addition to Arsenal’s fire power becomes Africa’s most expensive player at £72 million eclipsing Cedric Bakambu who moved from Villarreal to Beijing Guoan for £65 million. Lille finished second in the French top flight last season, thanks largely to the form of Pepe, and the club have been resigned to the prospect of losing him this summer.
Rodri: I’m strong enough to cope in the Premier League
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Rodri: I’m strong enough to cope in the Premier League

The Spanish midfielder cuts a strapping figure and says he is ready to lead Manchester City as they seek to improve on a domestic treble Manchester City’s record-breaking signing Rodri Hernandez says he is strong enough to cope with the demands of the Premier League after moving from Atletico Madrid. There were concerns that the midfielder was moved on from Atleti as a teenager owing to his size, but his development in the intervening years have put an end to suggestions that he couldn’t mix it physically. Having excelled under Diego Simeone for only one season in the Atletico first-team having been re-signed from Villarreal, the 23-year-old says he is now ready for the rigours of English football.
Gareth Bale To Get £1Million Per Week If He Goes To This New Club
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Gareth Bale To Get £1Million Per Week If He Goes To This New Club

Beijing Guoan are ready to make Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale the highest-paid player in Chinese football history, by offering him a route out of Real Madrid, the UK Telegraph reports. Real manager Zinedine Zidane has revealed the club are working on Bale’s departure, which he expects to happen in day. His comments prompted the Welshman’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, to call Zidane “a disgrace”. Barnett also suggested there could be a surprise in terms of where Bale goes next and it is understood Beijing Guoan have already expressed their interest in taking the 30-year-old. Guaon are not the only club interested in Bale, but they are one of the few who want to to match or even increase his £600,000-a-week Real wages. It is believed they are willing to pay the Welshman an eye-w...
Samuel Chukwueze Is Youngest Player To Score At AFCON 2019
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Samuel Chukwueze Is Youngest Player To Score At AFCON 2019

He was young enough to participate at this year’s Under-20 World Cup, but Samuel Chukwueze is assuming a far greater role as a future Nigeria lynch-pin with his country attempting to capture a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title. At 20 years and 49 days, Chukwueze became the youngest scorer at this year’s tournament as he grabbed his first international goal for the Super Eagles in the quarter-final win over South Africa. It has been a meteoric rise for the youngster, signed by Villarreal in 2017, following a strong debut season in Spain’s top flight which included a goal in April’s thrilling 4-4 draw with Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and a match-winning strike against Girona that lifted his side out the relegation zone for good. While he may not be cut from the same cloth as the A...
Liverpool Legend Sends Message To Super Eagles Star Samuel Chukwueze
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Liverpool Legend Sends Message To Super Eagles Star Samuel Chukwueze

Liverpool legend, Don Hutchison, has heaped praises on Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze following his outstanding display in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over South Africa at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, quarter-final on Wednesday. Samuel Chukwueze, who won the Man of the Match award of the encounter, gave Gernot Rohr’s men a 1-0 lead before the break thanks to an assist from Alex Iwobi. However, South Africa levelled in the second half, courtesy of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision. With the match looking to head into extra time, William Troost-Ekong forced the ball over the line in the final minute of play at the Cairo International Stadium. Reacting to Chukwueze’s performance against the Bafana Bafana, Hutchiso stated that the Villarreal youngster is destined for ...
Moreno agrees Villarreal switch following Liverpool release
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Moreno agrees Villarreal switch following Liverpool release

The 27-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Liga club after his departure from Anfield following the end of last season Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno on a five-year contract. The left-back returns to La Liga after spending the last five years at Anfield, where he made 141 appearances and scored three goals before his release at the end of his contract in June. The 27-year-old has passed his medical with the Spanish club and is set to be presented to the press at 12:30 CEST on Wednesday, after his first training session, with only his contract left to be signed.
How Chukwueze Reacted to Reported Interests From Liverpool, Man City
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How Chukwueze Reacted to Reported Interests From Liverpool, Man City

Villarreal forward, Samuel Chukwueze has reacted to reports linking him to Liverpool. The winger, who is currently in Super Eagles camp for the African Cup of Nations in Egypt, insisted that he was not distracted by the speculations. Chukwueze had an impressive season for the Yellow Submarines scoring 8 goals in 38 appearances for the first team in all competitions. Liverpool and Manchester City have been reported to be pushing for the signature of the 20-year-old. Chukwueze told Tribalfootball, ”I just keep my head focused on my career. I don’t want any distraction from my football. Coverage in the media is good but my focus is on my football. “I just want to keep on working hard and continue to improve. Me generating coverage in the media does not get into my head. ...
‘I had cancer but surgery saved me’ – Layun reveals health battle
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‘I had cancer but surgery saved me’ – Layun reveals health battle

The Mexico international has revealed how a check-up showed he had a cancerous tumour that has now been removed by surgeons. Mexico defender Miguel Layun had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour and has been given the all-clear, he has announced. The 30-year-old, who joined Monterrey from Spanish club Villarreal in January, had a brief spell in England with Watford earlier in his career before moving to La Liga via a stint with Porto. He revealed that a routine check-up showed he had cancer but that it was caught at a stage where it could be removed by doctors.
‘I want to set an example’ – Cazorla keen to show Spain hunger at 34 years old
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‘I want to set an example’ – Cazorla keen to show Spain hunger at 34 years old

The former Arsenal man has come through years of painful surgeries to reunite with the national team set-up Santi Cazorla is eager to set an example for other experienced players as he prepares to make a stunning international comeback for Spain after injuries threatened to bring a premature end to his career. The midfielder was told he might never be able to walk properly again after having reconstructive surgery and a skin graft to address the effects of two bouts of Achilles tendonitis towards the end of his five-year spell at Arsenal. He missed the entire 2017-18 season before signing for Villarreal on a free transfer, where he completed a remarkable return to fitness and made 35 appearances in La Liga in 2018-19.
It’s still sinking in – Cazorla revels in remarkable Spain recall
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It’s still sinking in – Cazorla revels in remarkable Spain recall

The Villarreal midfielder has earned a recall to the team after a three-and-a-half year absence Santi Cazorla has acknowledged he found it hard to imagine ever playing for Spain again after injuries threatened to cut short his career. Cazorla was a surprise inclusion in Spain's squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Sweden, with the former Arsenal playmaker returning to the national team for the first time since 2015. The final years of Cazorla's time at Arsenal were blighted by injuries, but the 34-year-old has enjoyed a resurgence for Villarreal this season, scoring seven goals in 45 appearances across all competitions.
Villarreal Says Samuel Chukwueze Cannot Play In Both AFCON And U20 World Cup
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Villarreal Says Samuel Chukwueze Cannot Play In Both AFCON And U20 World Cup

Samuel Chukwueze faces a dilemma after being offered the chance to play for Nigeria at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and Under-20 World Cup. However his Spanish La Liga side Villarreal have told the 19-year-old that he cannot play in both. The Under-20 World Cup ends in Poland on 15 June with the Nations Cup in Egypt starting six days later. "It is a little dilemma that we must try to fix and hopefully there will be a good solution," Rohr told BBC Sport. "I understand when the club say it is impossible for him to play in the Afcon and youth World Cup. "Chukwueze has good qualities and we already see why he plays at the top level in Spain." The winger has scored in La Liga, Europa League and Spanish Cup this season despite only earning promotion to the first team ...
Eric Bailly Takes Decision on Leaving Man Utd for Arsenal
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Eric Bailly Takes Decision on Leaving Man Utd for Arsenal

Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, is determined to stay at the club and fight for his place, according to the Manchester Evening News. Bailly has struggled to get game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, making only seven Premier League starts this season. Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, is a big fan of the Ivorian defender and is keen to bring him to the Emirates, having made the 25-year-old his top summer target. Tottenham Hotspur and Lyon are among the other sides linked with a move for the former Villarreal man, who has not featured for United since the second leg of the Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain at the start of March. It’s believed he has been fit to play in recent weeks, but left out of the side by Solskjaer. But Bailly is determined to win his...
Arsenal vs Valencia: Marcelino Predicts Winner of Europa League Semi-final Clash
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Arsenal vs Valencia: Marcelino Predicts Winner of Europa League Semi-final Clash

Valencia manager, Marcelino has insisted the pressure will be on Arsenal when his side take on the Gunners in the Europa League semi-finals. Valencia made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League by beating LaLiga rivals Villarreal on Thursday. They now set up a clash with the Premier League giants. Toni Lato and Dani Parejo were on target for Los Che as they beat Villarreal 2-0 on Thursday night to secure a comfortable 5-1 aggregate success in the last eight. The Valencia boss had been less than impressed by his side’s showing in the first leg, but was rewarded by a dominant display at Mestalla. They now face Arsenal who are led by three-time Europa League winner and former Valencia boss Unai Emery. However, Marcelino maintained ...
Arsenal Beat Napoli, Chelsea Win
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Arsenal Beat Napoli, Chelsea Win

Arsenal defeated Napoli 2-0 on Thursday night, to secure decent advantage for Unai Emery’s men, ahead of the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash. The Gunners were favourites to win the first leg at the Emirates and dominated the Serie A side from start to finish. Aaron Ramsey opened scoring after a fine team move, before Lucas Torreira’s shot cannoned off Kalidou Koulibaly into his own net. Although Arsenal had a host of chances after the break, they failed to add to their tally. In other fixtures, Chelsea won 1-0 at Slavia Prague, Benfica played out a six-goal thriller with Frankfurt, winning 4-2. Valencia also won 3-1 at Villareal.
Chukwueze’s Release Clause Set at N25.4b
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Chukwueze’s Release Clause Set at N25.4b

Samuel Chukwueze was one of the best players on display at La Ceramica on Tuesday night between Villarreal and Barcelona. The young Nigerian, who was named as the best youngster in his home country just days before, drove Barcelona defenders insane with his speed, dribbling ability and threat on goal. Without doubt, he is one of the best emerging talents in LaLiga this season and it’s not going unnoticed by scouts and agents. The rumours of interest in the attacker are ramping up as Villarreal fans fear the worst. The only silver lining is that his release clause is much higher than previously reported and the club might be able to replace him if, and potentially when, he does leave the club. Chukwueze renewed this past summer when he signed a professional deal with a relea...
Title Race Drama at The Camp Nou to Highlight another Exciting Laliga Weekend
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Title Race Drama at The Camp Nou to Highlight another Exciting Laliga Weekend

All eyes will be on the Camp Nou on Saturday evening for a top of the table clash which could either strengthen Barcelona’s hold on top spot or throw the LaLiga Santander title race wide open. Leaders Barça go into the weekend eight points clear at the top of the table after blaugrana captain Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute free kick in Tuesday’s dramatic 4-4 draw at Villarreal. Second-placed Atletico de Madrid have kept up the pressure with seven victories in their last eight La Liga games, with Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano. Ernesto Valverde and Diego Simeone’s teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture last November – with Diego Costa and Luis Suarez on the scoresheet – but Atletico really need...
La Liga: Barcelona’s squad against Villarreal revealed [Full list]
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La Liga: Barcelona’s squad against Villarreal revealed [Full list]

Barcelona have released their line-up that will tackle Villarreal in today’s La Liga fixture at the Estadio de la Cerámica Stadium. Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde released a list of 18 players through the club’s official Twitter page. Barcelona head to the game following a 2-0 victory over Espanyol in their last La Liga fixture on Saturday. Below is Barcelona squad against Villarreal: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Pique, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Arthur, Suarez, Messi, Malcom, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Prince, S.Roberto, Alena, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen and Inaki Pena The kick-off time for the match is 8:30pm.
Arsenal Draw Napoli, Chelsea Face Slavia Prague In Europa League Quarter-Finals
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Arsenal Draw Napoli, Chelsea Face Slavia Prague In Europa League Quarter-Finals

Arsenal will face Napoli in a clash of two of the favourites to win the Europa League after being drawn together on Friday. The Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague, while near-neighbours Valencia and Villarreal will face off in an all-Spanish tie. The two Premier League sides could now meet in May’s final in Baku after being place in opposite sides of the semi-final draw.
Ex-Man Utd Star, Fortune Hails Chukwueze
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Ex-Man Utd Star, Fortune Hails Chukwueze

Former Manchester United and South Africa midfielder Quinton Fortune has heaped plaudits on Super Eagles forward Samuel Chukwueze following his goalscoring feat for Villarreal against Levante on Sunday evening in a 2-0 win. Villarreal are in danger of being relegated this season in the La Liga which is in contrast with their impressive Europa League form. “That’s what you ask from a team that has played some great football. Samuel Chukwueze has been playing well for Villarreal. “Oh wow, that’s great, good steps,” Fortune said. but an inspired performance means they sit in the 17th place. Working as analyst for La Liga TV, Fortune said at the half-time of Valladolid versus Real Madrid. As he admired the dance steps of the Nigerian whilst he celebrated his 90th minute g...
Spanish La Liga Results
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Spanish La Liga Results

Spanish La Liga results on Saturday: Espanyol 3 (Iglesias 1, Hermoso 55, Wu Lei 65) Real Valladolid 1 (Alcaraz 17) Saturday (GMT) Villarreal v Alaves (1515), Huesca v Sevilla (1730), Real Madrid v Barcelona (1945) Sunday Eibar v Celta Vigo (1100), Real Betis v Getafe (1515), Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid (1730), Valencia v Athletic Bilbao (1945) Monday Leganes v Levante (2000) Played on Friday Rayo Vallecano 0 Girona 2 (Stuani 30, 85)
Crunch La Liga Fixtures to Be Broadcast On DStv, GOtv
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Crunch La Liga Fixtures to Be Broadcast On DStv, GOtv

A bumper weekend awaits fans of the prestigious LaLiga, the top tier of Spanish football, as matches involving league leaders and defending champions, Barcelona; title chasers, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as well as other encounters will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers. Barcelona, encouraged by their hard-earned 1-0 victory over  Valladolid last weekend, travel to the south of Spain to confront Sevilla who, at a stage this season, topped the table. Sevilla’s title aspirations have since floundered and they currently lie fourth. They slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the hands of relegation threatened Villareal last weekend and will be occupied by the thought how to shut out an in-form Lionel Messi...
Crunch La Liga Fixtures Live on DStv, GOtv
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Crunch La Liga Fixtures Live on DStv, GOtv

A bumper weekend awaits fans of the prestigious LaLiga, the top tier of Spanish football, as matches involving league leaders and defending champions, Barcelona; title chasers, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as well as other encounters will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers. Barcelona, encouraged by their hard-earned 1-0 victory over Valladolid last weekend, travel to the south of Spain to confront Sevilla who, at a stage this season, topped the table. Sevilla’s title aspirations have since floundered and they currently lie fourth. They slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the hands of relegation threatened Villareal last weekend and will be occupied by the thought how to shut out an in-form Lionel Messi from adding to...
Barcelona, Real Madrid Matches Live on DStv, GOtv
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Barcelona, Real Madrid Matches Live on DStv, GOtv

Action resumes in the LaLiga this weekend with league leaders, Barcelona, and their eternal rivals, Real Madrid, both in action. The games involving the two big timers and other encounters in the LaLiga will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers. Barcelona, the defending champions, will, on Saturday, seek to recover from their disappointing goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao when they host struggling Real Valladolid. The match will be broadcast on SuperSport 7 to DStv subscribers and SuperSport Select 4 for GOtv subscribers at 8.45pm. Valladolid, with just one win in their last 10 games across all competitions, are mired in the 15th position. Real, who are brimming with confidence arising...
DStv, GOtv Set to Showcase Laliga Big Games
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DStv, GOtv Set to Showcase Laliga Big Games

Round 21 of the 2018/19 La Liga season will, again, offer Atletico Madrid the chance of putting pressure on leaders Barcelona, while Real Madrid will hope to bridge the gap between them and their table-topping rivals. The matches will be live on DStv and GOtv. Atletico play at home to sixth-placed Getafe on Saturday evening (4.15pm on SS7 & SelGo4), while Barca will be in action away to Girona on Sunday (4.15pm on SS7 & SelGo4). Diego Simeone’s side will, on the evidence of the 3-0 thumping of Huesca last week, fancy their chances of picking up all three points and move within two points of Barcelona, who will seek to restore their five-point advantage against Girona. Real Madrid will hope to see their two rivals slip up, as they bid to revive their ...
Chukwueze’s Goal Can’t Save Villarreal in Copa Del Rey
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Chukwueze’s Goal Can’t Save Villarreal in Copa Del Rey

Samuel Chukwueze scored again, but it was not enough for Villarreal to advance to the last eight of the Copa Del Rey in Spain as they crashed out to Espanyol. Chukwueze was on target after 42 minutes, when he fired home from inside the box. The 19-year-old ‘Samu’ has now scored five goals in all competitions for Villarreal. However, Villarreal were eliminated 5-3 on aggregate after they lost 3-1 Thursday night at Espanyol. The La Liga clubs of Super Eagles stars Kenneth Omeruo and Moses Simon, Leganes and Levante respectively, have also been sent packing in the Round of 16 of the Spanish cup competition.
Bale Injury Not Expected To Be Serious – Solari
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Bale Injury Not Expected To Be Serious – Solari

Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale controls the ball during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 28, 2018. LLUIS GENE / AFP Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari believes the calf injury that Gareth Bale sustained against Villarreal on Wednesday is not serious.  Bale will undergo tests on Saturday to diagnose the extent of the problem after being forced off at half-time at the Estadio de la Ceramica, where Real Madrid drew 2-2. “We think the injury is not too serious,” Solari said at a press conference on Saturday. “He will go through tests today and we all hope he is back with us quickly.” Expectations were high for Bale this season following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer but...
Chukwueze Attracts Premiership Interest
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Chukwueze Attracts Premiership Interest

Samuel Chukwueze Nigerian international Samuel Chukwueze is attracting interests from the English Premier League. According to the Leicester Mercury, both Arsenal and Leicester City are keen on landing the Villarreal attacker in the January transfer window. Atletico Madrid has also expressed interest in the winger. Chukwueze has scored four goals in 13 matches across all competitions for the Spanish club this season, after breaking into the first team following an impressive string of performances in the Segunda division. The 19-year-old won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup with Nigeria, earning a move to the Spanish LaLiga club from Nigeria’s Diamond Academy in the aftermath. Chukwueze made his debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly match against Uganda last month. Both Ars...
Nigeria Liverpool Loanee in Showdown with Gerrard
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Nigeria Liverpool Loanee in Showdown with Gerrard

Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria is about now holding showdown talks with Rangers coach Steven Gerrard over his future at the Scottish Premiership side. The former Golden Eaglets invitee was not in Rangers’ travelling party to the Austrian capital for the Europa League matchday six fixture against Rapid Vienna fuelling speculation that all is not well with the player. Sky Sports has suggested that Ejaria is not in the good books of Gerrard because he turned up late for training in the build-up to the Group G clash against Villarreal at Ibrox a fortnight ago. ”Ovie is slightly unsettled at the moment, I spoke to him a couple of days ago,” Gerrard said ahead of Thursday’s match against Rapid Vienna. “We decided it was best to leave him at home and the plan is to talk to Ovie on Fri...