Arsenal eye Zaha as Alexis’ replacement

Arsene Wenger is preparing for life without Alexis Sanchez and has identified Wilfried Zaha as the ideal replacement.

Crystal Palace’s attacker scored two goals in five Premier League matches this season. He has missed most of the beginning of the season with a knee injury. The Eagles are bracing themselves for interest in their player, but are determined to keep their star man at Selhurst Park, especially given the fact that he just signed a new five-year deal in the summer.

However, Arsenal will test Crystal Palace’s resolution with a £35m bid, according to The Sun, as Arsene Wenger sees the Ivory Coast international as the perfect solution to replace the departing Alexis Sanchez.

Having returned from injury, Zaha earned his team their only points of the season, scoring both the winner against Chelsea and the last-minute equaliser against West Ham United. Zaha has been continuously monitored by a number of clubs in England since his departure from Manchester United three years ago. TottenhamReport: Lukaku out of Barcelona game George Patchias – Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Inter Milan’s game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.Inter Milan face Barcelona tomorrow evening at the Camp…

Tottenham are one of the clubs keeping close tabs on the player. But it now appears that their north London rivals will move faster, as they have an acute need of replacing Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has already expressed his desire to leave and given that his contract is set to expire next summer, it’s just a mat上海419论坛ter of whether he will leave in January or next summer.

Wenger is also monitoring Yacine Brahimi from Porto, but Zaha’s proven track record in Premier League seems to tilt the balance in his favour for a transfer to Emirates. Crystal Palace are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table and it’s hard to believe that a player like Zaha would continue to play for the Eagles if they will be relegated to the Championship.

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What really matters for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has been struggling on the pitch, however the Portuguese claims he learned a lot about what really matters thanks to fatherhood

The Portuguese says that away from football things have never been better, despite his unusual goal draught on the pitch.

Ronaldo is already a father of Cristiano Jr, twins Mateo and Eva and the striker and his girlfriend are expecting the second daughter of the Portuguese. Along his businesses, the star has been expending his family as well.

The 32-year-old has been promoting the CR7 Junior Collection of his clothing line along his eldest son, Cristiano Jr.

The Portuguese talked to Spanish magazine Hola about the new collection and about his family.

He said his plans for the future don’t involve baby number five, as he can’t really find the time due to the duties of having 4 children and being one of the best football players in the world.Ronaldo scores in Juventus’ victory vs Bayer Leverkusen Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – With goals from Higuain, Bernardeschi, and Ronaldo, Juventus defeated Bayer Leverkusen in their second Champions League match.Juventus really needed a victory after the initial…

“I don’t see me having the time to have another child,” he said, “But seeing my family grow is honestly the greatest privilege I’ve ever had. I enjoy every second,” Ronal爱上海419do said.

Real’s attacker admitted fatherhood has given him a new perspective on life.

“Fatherhood has taught me things of love that I never knew existed – it has softened me up and given me a new perspective on what really matters in life,” he added.

Ronaldo claimed the new clothing line of his allows him and his first-born to spend more time together.

“Cristiano Jr. and me really enjoy dressing the same way and we like to go out with the same clothes – the new collection will allow many more parents and sons to do the same thing.”

“My son was enthusiastic in the photo shoot. He posed very naturally, and I was impressed to see him show off his collection and what he liked,” the Portuguese added.

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Arsenal coach wants Walcott to stay

Theo Walcott will get a chance in the Premier League, according to Arsene Wenger.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright this week told The Debate he believes it is time for Walcott to leave the club after becoming marginalised from the first-team setup, Sky Sports reports.

The 28-year-old Walcott has played only 48 minutes of Premier League football so far this season, and is probabl上海419论坛y not happy about it. However, Arsene Wenger promised the England international attacker will be given more first-team time on the field.

“I do not want Theo to move on,” Wenger stated, after saying he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s game against Swansea.

Wenger said his players were given a lot of minutes: “When you look at the number of minutes these guys have played it’s quite a big number.”

When asked about whether Walcott will get a chance to play or not, he said the striker will have his chances and that playing on a regular basis forced him to go with his rotation policy.

“His time in the Premier League will come. I’ve gone into a rotation policy because we play Thursday, Sunday most of the time so at the moment he has got less minutes in the Premier League than other competitions.”

Mesut Ozil’s and Alexis Sanchez’s contracts are going to expire this summer and there are still no official news about whether they will stay with the Gunners or not.Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

However, they have participated and performed at a high-level against Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Everton.

Prior to that victory, several sources stated that the German international midfielder has told his team-mates that he will be making a transfer move to Old Trafford in the upcoming winter transfer window.

Despite these rumours, the French coach says he never doubted the commitment of either Ozil, or Sanchez.

“What people question is their commitment. I didn’t.”

Asked if the German midfielder was back to his best, Wenger replied: “He’s in very good shape, physically, motivated, focused, so I would say yes.”

Furthermore, after the two players’ performances on last weekend’s game, Wenger’s faith in Ozil and Sanchez staying in London has only grown stronger.

“What happened on Sunday reinforces my belief even more.”

Arsenal will face Swansea in the Premier League’s next round in the Emirates, as the Gunners continue to fight for their 14th league title.

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Carabao Cup: Tottenham are out, while Chelsea made it through

There were two other matches to be played in order to find out which teams will be able to reach the Carabao Cup quarterfinals – while Tottenham were eliminated after a huge comeback from West Ham, Chelsea managed to beat Everton 2-1 at home.

The Hammers boss Slaven Bilić has been under enormous pressure recently but he managed to guide his side to the quarterfinals. West Ham were 2-0 down against Tottenham but they managed to turn the game around in the second half thanks to the brace from Andre Ayew.

It looked like an easy job for the Spurs’ players as they were leading 2-0 after goals by Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli but the second half went terribly wrong for Tottenham. Striker Andre Ayew managed to find the net twice and Angelo Ogbonna scored the winner to stun Mauricio Pochettino’s side. It was a huge win for West Ham as their results have not been not so good lately and Slaven Bilić’s job was considered to be in jeopardy.Jamie Carragher puts Chelsea over Manchester United and Arsenal Nedim Maric – In an uneventful derby, last night, Manchester United and Arsenal both got point each.Top four-fight this season looks like it’s going to be between…

In上海419论坛 the second fixture of the evening, Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to the second goal of the game scored by Willian. David Unsworth’s debut wasn’t a successful one but he can be proud of his players as they were able to put the home side under pressure in some passages of the match.

Chelsea took the lead thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s header but Everton were dangerous in the first half too – but a shot from Kevin Mirallas was saved and Adema Lookman hit the bar. In the end of the match, Willian netted the second and the late response by Dominic Calvert-Lewin just wasn’t enough. But it was a promising start for David Unsworth as his side outshot the home team 13 to 11 and they were close to making this evening even harder for Chelsea.

The draw for the next round takes place live on Twitter at 16:00 BST on Thursday.

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Preview: AS Roma – Crotone

AS Roma are fifth in Serie A, with 18 points in 8 matches, while their visitors from today are 17th, with only 6 points after having played 9 matches.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Roma have made a decent start to their Serie A (SA) campaign so far, picking up 18 points from a possible 24 after winning 6 of their opening 8 league matches.

There have been at least 3 goals in 6 of Roma’s last 7 home games in SA, while there have been at least 3 goals in 3 of Crotone’s last 5 away games in the league.

Roma have scored at least 1 goal in 34 of their last 35 home games in SA, with the only exception being a 1-0 defeat against Napoli in their most recent outing at the Stadio Olimpico.Ronaldo opens up about reti爱上海419rement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

Crotone find themselves in the relegation zone with just 6 points after winning only 1 of their opening 9 matches, which was a 2-0 home victory against bottom side Benevento a month ago.

Having failed to win any of their last 5 away matches in SA, Crotone are in desperate need of some form. They have scored just 2 away-goals and conceded a total of 15, which is an average of 3 goals per game – relegation form.

Missing players

AS Roma: K. Manolas (thigh injury), Emerson (doubtful), F. Fazio (doubtful)

Crotone: A. Tonev (injury), M. Tumminello (knee injury), O. Kragl (doubtful)

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Caballero knew Courtois would be great years ago

The former Manchester City goalkeeper faced the Belgium international at an early stage and knew he would become a world class player.

Chelsea’s backup shot-stopper Willy Caballero revealed that he was aware of Courtois’ potential after he faced the Blues’ number one back when he was just 18 years of age. Back at that time, Courtois was on loan from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, while Caballero was still playing for Malaga before joining the Citizens in 2017 for a fee of £4.4 million.

The Argentine has not been able to see much playing time, starting only twice for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. However, he revealed he had no problems playing beside what he considers to be the best goalkeeper in the world right now.Jamie Carragher puts Chelsea over Mancheste爱上海419r United and Arsenal Nedim Maric – In an uneventful derby, last night, Manchester United and Arsenal both got point each.Top four-fight this season looks like it’s going to be between…

“I saw him in his first season [at Atletico] and he was fantastic,” the Argentine told the club’s programme. “I couldn’t believe he was just 18 years old, with the kind of saves he was making and his personality.”

Caballero was certain that Courtois would become one of the world’s best since very few players can play at such high level when they are only 18 years old: “He was fantastic and in that moment I saw he was going to be a great goalkeeper for many years, because not too many keepers can play at 18 years old for a big club and do it properly. You had to have character to play in goal for a club like that at that age.”

Chelsea’s backup goalkeeper also shared that the relation between him and the Belgian was good and they try to support each other: “Now I am working with him every day I see he is even better and we have a good relationship. We are laughing all the time, enjoying every day. I try to support him when he plays and he’s a fantastic guy.”

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Dyche fully focused on Burnley despite Everton rumours

Sean Dyche is considered to be one of the main candidates for the Everton job but he insisted that he is only thinking about his job at Burnley as he is still in charge of this Premier League side.

There were a lot of speculations saying that Dyche is about to move to a bigger club in England after being successful with his current team but the manager himself said that he doesn’t really care about these rumours as he is still responsible for his side’s results.

The Burnley manager said, according to Sky Sports: “I’ve just continued to get on with what I do here, and that’s the focus. I’ve had the experience of those sorts of links at various times – more so in the last couple of years. You’re always flattered because it recognises the work that myself, my players, my staff do.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

Regarding his huge success at Burnley, he said that he is really surprised by that: “It has surprised me. When I first came here, it was a club regaining control financially. There was a lot of上海龙凤419 trimming to be done, a lot of reorganising. We got the first promotion against all odds. In the Premier League, we reorganised the club off the pitch.”

He also added: “Then to come back up after going down is a marvellous achievement. To take the title after going 23 games unbeaten is something I’ll look back on for many years to come.”

And it wasn’t the only thing that has surprised him so far: “In the modern world of football, I’m surprised I’ve been here five years. There are so many differentials now that you never know. The demands now are far higher. The biggest thing is the misalignment of expectation. There’s such a divide at clubs between reality and what they think is the reality. When I first got here, I worked really hard through the media to tell the truth against the perception of what the club was.”

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Real Madrid monitor Kepa

Real Madrid are again looking into the future and they want to secure the goalkeeper position for the long-term future.

According to Marca, Los Blancos have started to monitor one of the most talented goalkeepers in La Liga – Kepa Arrizabalaga, from Athletic Bilbao. The 22-year-old’s contract with Bilbao expires next summer and Real are looking to bring him to Bernabeu for free.

Kepa is not on Real Madrid’s list for the first time. Two years ago, the S爱上海419panish champions wanted to sign him in order to incorporate him in the second team of the club.Real Madrid injury update ahead of Champions League clash Nedim Maric – Atletico and Real Madrid played the Madrileno derby last night which finished in a bore 0-0 draw.In the absence of Marcelo and Ferland Mendy,…

Kepa Arrizabalaga is a product of Bilbao’s youth academy and came to light last season in La Liga, when he was handed his debut for Athletic. Previously, he was loaned out to Ponferradina and Valladolid.

Kepa’s market value has increased considerably after the European U21 Championship in Poland this summer, where the young goalkeeper reached the final of the competition with his country, Spain.

Athletic Bilbao have been trying to extend Kepa’s contract since January, but no development has occurred. The club want to increase the goalkeeper’s transfer release clause from €10m to €65m. If successful, Kepa will have the joint-highest release clause in Bilbao’s team, the same as the one of the French central defender, Aymeric Laporte.

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Verratti never wanted Barcelona, according to Ancelotti

The Italian manager insisted that the midfielder only wanted a better contract from Paris Saint-Germain.

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti claims that Marco Verratti never really considered joining the Catalans, but only wanted an improved offer from his club.

The midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window, but ultimately remained in Paris. Carlo Ancelotti, who was the one to bring Verratti to Parc des Princes, admitted that he did not approve of the midfielder’s conduct in putting pressure on his superiors.

“I don’t like those things, that kind of behaviour,” the Bayern Munich boss told Le Figaro.

“Many players want to l上海419论坛eave their clubs when the transfer window is open, but I don’t know if they really want to leave just improve their contracts.

“Verratti? He wanted a better contract. I know him well!”Victor Lindelof’s agent confirms Barcelona interest Andrew Smyth – Victor Lindelof’s agent confirmed that Manchester United blocked a move to Barcelona for his client during the summer transfer window.

When it comes to the clash between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, the Italian coach added:

“PSG-Bayern? I’m excited. I’ll find a Paris Saint-Germain side that have changed a lot from when I left in 2013.

“The club have improved, they have more experience and have spent a lot of money. Now they’re a great club.

“I’m happy to go back to Parc des Princes and see the fans and players like Thiago Silva, Rabiot, Motta, Verratti and Pastore again.

“We had a good relationship and I miss them. I’m always in contact with President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.”

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Pep Guardiola confident in City’s improvement

The Citizens spent £220m during the summer and are currently looking like the team to beat in England.

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola insisted that his squad is getting closer and closer to the level set up by Chelsea last year. The Catalans believes that the summer spending spree has brought the club to a whole new level after coming up short in Premier League’s last season.

The Citizen brought Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Douglas Luiz to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.

The fresh-looking squad of Manchester City has kicked off an almost perfect campaign so far with just one draw against Everton in five games, with their latest feature being a 0-6 hammering over Watford.

When questioned about City’s chances to challenge for the silverware, Guardiola stated:

“We will see. But I think we’ve made a step forward in terms of last season.” The Catalan said as quoted上海龙凤419 by DailyMail.

“My feeling now is that everybody knows what we have to do, the players know what they have to do, with, without the ball in transition. And that’s so important.

“We weren’t good enough last season, Chelsea and Tottenham were better. You have to accept it.Neville: Pep Guardiola knows Man City aren’t good enough Andrew Smyth – Gary Neville has quashed Pep Guardiola’s claims that Manchester City won’t buy in January as they can’t challenge for trophies without defensive cover.

“You have to accept sometimes the opposition is better. Then you analyse what to improve for the future.

“In an athlete’s career there are maybe 10 or 15 percent happiness moments – you lose more than you win. So you’ve got to enjoy it when you win.”

Yet, Pep remained firmly on the ground and insisted there is always room for improvement in any team.

“Even if it looks like we cannot improve, of course we can improve.

“There’s still movement, there are still actions we can improve.

“The full-backs are so important. They offer energy to go up and down so that means we can put more players in the middle, to play, to pass the short passes.

“I like it when we play short passes through the middle, five, six metres, that gives us continuity. We create the spaces behind the press.”

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‘Madrid never doubted themselves’ insists Fernandez

Nacho Fernandez assured that the players were always confident in their ability.

Real Madrid ended a rather worrying streak with their Saturday’s 2-1 win over Alaves. Despite creating a serious number of chances, Los Blancos had to fight hard in order to seal the th爱上海419ree points as they could not materialize on their efforts. Yet, Fernandez insists that the only thing his team lacked during the game was the final touch in front of the goal.

“We’ve never had any doubts,” the defender said after the game as quoted by Football Espana.

“We’ve worked very well all year round, last season was perfect but we don’t have any doubts now. We’re a committed team.Real Madrid injury update ahead of Champions League clash Nedim Maric – Atletico and Real Madrid played the Madrileno derby last night which finished in a bore 0-0 draw.In the absence of Marcelo and Ferland Mendy,…

“Lack of goals? Doubts have been talked about, but it’s not because of that. We’ve lacked the killer touch [in front of goal].

“We found it easier to score in previous seasons, but we have pretty much the same squad and we have the best players up top. That’s why we don’t have to worry.”

Zinedine Zidane’s side has certainly started off the season in a way nobody expected. Real Madrid are currently sitting 5th in the table with 7 points adrift of Barcelona, who have been flawless since the start of the season with six wins and six games.

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Barcelona went behind Liverpool’s back to contact Coutinho

The Catalans tried to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool as a replacement for Neymar Jr.

Even though the English club made it clear that they have no intention of selling the Brazilian midfielder, Barcelona still decided to send a contract to the player, according to Footbal上海龙凤419l Leaks.

According to the report, Barcelona’s management sent a 25 pages contract to Coutinho’s representatives. The deal was valid until 31st of August and concerned a 5-year contract. The amount promised by the Catalans was €113m.

Football Leaks revealed that the player was set to receive more than €22m per season for each year spent at Camp Nou. Furthermore, the player’s agent would have received a €11m bonus if he would have managed to persuade Liverpool’s representatives to sell the player for less than €100m.Robertson: Liverpool can’t win 4-0 or 5-0 every single week Andrew Smyth – Andy Robertson defended Liverpool’s sluggish win at Sheffield United by pointing out they can’t always ease to victory every week.

Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, confirmed the fact that his club’s offer was no higher than €100m: “The proposal made to Liverpool’s management for Coutinho was never higher than €100m. They asked for the player €200m, but Barcelona knew they cannot enter this game. With add-ons included, our offer would have gone to €120m.”

Barcelona tried their best to sign the player, but were met with refusal every time. Liverpool’s sporting director, Michael Edwards, made it clear that his club have no intention of selling the Brazilian midfielder: “Unfortunately, Philippe Coutinho cannot be sold for any price, and as you might know, he just recently signed a new deal with us”, was Edwards’ answer to the Catalans’ enquiries.

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Bayern Munich with a record DFL Supercup win

It took penalties to decide the winner between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Ancelotti’s side won the DFL Supercup in Germany as they faced off their big rivals Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park. The full time of the game saw no winner as BVB took the lead twice, but Bayern managed to come back into the game. During the penalty shoot-outs Bayern were the more fortunate team as they clinched their first trophy of the 2017-18 campaign.

The first good opportunity of the game was for Bayern Munich. In the 10th minute of the game, Robert Lewandowski had a great opportunity but his shot went over the cross bar. Just two minutes afterwards Borussia took the lead through Pulisic, who took advantage of his opponents’ mistake and got himself into a 1v1 position against the keeper as the American calmly put the ball past Ulreich to open the score.

The Bavarians’ response did not take long as Robert Lewandowki was at th上海龙凤419e right place at the right time following a through ball from Kimmich to put things back to level, 1-1. Bayern were the better team for the rest of the first half, but they never managed to materialize their efforts. They also lacked a bit of luck as Müller’s header in the 35th minute hit the crossbar.

Dortmund started off much better during the second half as they did not let the Bavarians completely take over the game. In the 71st minute Ancelotti’s side organized a well-crafted attack, but their key pass in the opposition’s  box was crossed by Borussia’s defense. That led to a quick counter attack, which saw Aubameyang left with a lot of space as he elegantly chipped Bayern’s goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

In the last minutes of the game, Bayern managed to score one back following a huge goalmouth scramble in front of BVB’s goal, which led to an own goal by Roman Burki.

The full-time ended with a 2-2 draw, which sent the game to penalties. The Bavarians were the stronger team mentally as they clinched their first trophy of the season.Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen Boro Tanchev – Borussia Dortmund will welcome Werder Bremen to the Signal Iduna Park tonight at 18:30 (CET) in the sixth Bundesliga round this season.

Full time:

1:0 Pulisic (12) 1:1 Lewandowski (18) 2:1 Aubameyang (71) 2:2 Piszczek (88) OG


0:1 Lewandowski 1:1 Dembele 1:2 Ribery 2:2 Philipp 2:2 Kimmich – miss 3:2 Aubameyang 3:3 Rudy 3:3 Rode – miss 3:4 Vidal 4:4 Castro 4:5 Suele 4:5 Bartra – miss

You can see the penalty shoot-outs below.

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Guardiola warns his players

The Citizens head coach has a number of talented midfielders and he will have to bench some of them.

Manchester City players have been warned by their manager that they must accept the fact here will eb a lot of rotations this season. Pep Guardiola is well-known for constantly experimenting and rotating his squads as he warned his footballers they will have to watch some of the games throughout the season.

The Catalan coach believes that the talent at his disposal will help Manchester City achieve the playtyle he is trying to establish at the Etihad Stadium.

“If they are not a little bit generous and a little bit kind it will be difficult. There are a lot of games and everybody is going to play,” he told reporters, according to Goal.

“If you want to play in a certain way that I like, to monopolise the ball, you need talent and we’ve got it. Our midfield position is really good.Pep Guardiola rules out January signings for Manchester City Andrew Smyth – Pep Guardiola revealed that Manchester City don’t have the cash to go out and buy new players in January despite his limited defensive options.

“Yaya, for example didn’t play because of Fernandinho but [Ilkay] Gundogan is coming back soon, with Kevin, with Silva, with Bernardo; Rash can play in that position, Phil Foden played outstanding in the pre-season.

“All of them have a lot of q爱上海uality. When a player has the ball and doesn’t lose the ball I love that. They keep it well and all of them are going to play.

“Last season I rotated the team a lot and this season it’s going to happen again. After that it depends on them, whether they accept my decisions or not.

“If they don’t accept it will be their problem, not mine.”

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Mourinho admits he was surprised to see Mati\u0107 go

The Serbian midfielder completed a move to Old Trafford and has been impressive during his time on the pitch.

José Mourinho admits that he did not really expect to lure Nemanja Matić from Premier League rivals Chelsea, given the quality and the experience of the player.

Manchester United hammered West Ham 4-0 in their opening game of the season in England and Matić player a brilliant game for Mourinho’s side.

“[It] depends on what was happening behind [closed] doors,” the Portuguese said, according to Goal.

“And we don’t know. The only thing we know, of course with Chelsea爱上海 money, I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities. Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

“And since I left I always thought he could be a perfect player for us. But I didn’t disturb him. I didn’t disturb Chelsea. I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening. 

“And it looked like something was happening. Because his agent told me ‘you can have him, you just have to pay’.

“So we have him, and we are very happy with that. 

It is also reported that Antonio Conte was quite frustrated with the departure of Matić.

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Lemina pledges to keep Juve in his heart

Mario Lemina recently completed a record deal as he signed for Southampton for €20m.

The 23-year-old has promised to always keep Juventus in his heart. He fell out of favour in Turin as he was unable to fulfil his potential, which saw him leave the Serie A side for Premier League team Southampton. However, the midfielder has thanked his former club for everything and promised he would always carry them in his heart.

“Two years ago, I decided to join Juventus. I learned technical rigour, tactics and the professionalism of a historical club,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

“I want to thank the supporters who have always been extraordinary with me, the leaders and my coach for their support.

“I wish my teammates, the best! Thanks to you, I discovered the top level and I gained titles. You will all remain in my heart forever!Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

“I would like to thank my relatives who have accompanied me since the beginning of my career, my parents, my sister, my brothers, my cousin and my son who are my strength. Without them, I would not be what I am.

“Today, a new page turns for me. Far from Italy. In England, in Southampto上海419论坛n. A new challenge, a new country, a new football.

“I can’t wait to get under my new colours. Ready for the fight!”

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Manchester City close to signing Kyle Walker from Tottenham

Kyle Walker is a top priority for Manchester City after they failed to sign Dani Alves, who moved to PSGWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, July 13, 2017.

Manchester City are getting closer to a deal over the transfer of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker, according to BBC.

The 27-year-old is expected to have a medical and complete the transfer tomorrow after the two clubs have agreed on a deal worth up to 50 million pounds today.

Walker will miss the start of Tottenham’s pre-season training on Friday as he is expected to travel to the USA with his new team on Monday.

Manchester City have released three full-backs at the end of last season. Two of them were playing on the right side- Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.Report: Pallister urges United to sign Maddison. George Patchias – Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has urged his old club to sign James Maddison from Leicester City.Pallister formed the first great defensive partnership…

Pep Guardiola missed out on the signing of the free agent Dani Alves as he completed his move to Paris St-Germain yesterday.

Walker joined Tottenham from Sheffield United in 2009. He made 183 Pre爱上海419mier League appearances for Spurs and he has won 27 national team caps with England.

He was selected in the 2016-17 Premier League team of the year.

If the deal goes through, Walker will become City’s third summer signing, after the arrivals of the midfielder Bernardo Silva from Monaco and the goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica.

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Bakayoko admits Drogba and Makelele helped him choose Chelsea

Tiemoue Bakayoko has said Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele were two great influencers.

Bakayoko recently joined Chelsea from Monaco for a fee of £40million. The player already might be a fans’ favourite after his kind words towards the club, and his latest statement is no different.

‘Makelele helped me greatly,’ Bakayoko told

‘Drogba has had a stellar career and he managed to do so many great things, first at Marseille and then here at Chelsea,’ said Bakayoko. ‘He is definitely an example I wish to follow, be it the footballer or the person himself. He showed the whole world what he was and I saw that and admired it.

The player also shared his first impressions of Chelsea:Chelsea need owner Abramovich back at the Bridge George Patchias – Chelsea football club apparently上海419论坛 is missing their owner Roman Abramovich, and his return is key to the team’s success.That the theory from former Chelsea…

‘Kante has proved it all. He was the best player in the Premier League last season in the middle of the pitch and that is not easy. To play alongside him would be something very good for me and it can help me progress,’ he added.

‘I’ve played a match with him for the French national team so we know each other very well and I hope we can do beautiful things together this year.

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Donnarumma says he never intended to leave Milan

The 18-year-old agreed on a new four-year contractWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, July 12, 2017.

Gianluigi Donnarumma has stated that he never intended to leave AC Milan and betray the fans after agreeing to sign a new four-year contract with the Italian side.

The 18-year-old made his debut for Milan’s senior team at the age of 16 and is already considered as one of Italy’s top goalkeepers.

He stunned Milan’s supporters last month when his agent Mino Raiola came to the club and said that the young goalkeeper doesn’t want to continue his career there.

But, after a month of negotiations and speculations, Milan said yesterday that Donnarumma would stay at the club until 2021.Report: Pallister urges United to sign Maddison. George Patchias – Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has urged his old club to sign James Maddison from Leicester City.Pallister formed the first great defe上海龙凤419nsive partnership…

“I was raised at this club and I never had any doubts in my head about staying,” Donnarumma told reporters. “I’m very happy and proud to be with Milan.”

“I say sorry to the fans, I repeat that I have never had the intention of betraying them and I thank them for all the support they have given me in these two seasons.”

Donnarumma already has 68 Serie A appearances on his account and he became the youngest goalkeeper to play for Italy’s national team as he made his debut as a 17-year-old against France last year.

Today, AC Milan have announced the signing of another member of Donnarumma family as they signed Gianluigi’s older brother Antonio, who is also a goalkeeper.

The 27-year-old has not enjoyed the same success as his younger brother as, so far, he has made only one Serie A appearance with Genoa.

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Barcelona still on the market for a right-back

Barcelona’s top priority this summer would be to address an issue that has long caused them problems – the right-back position.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. May 20, 2017.

Since the sale of Dani Alves to Juventus, the Catalans found it very difficult to find a reliable replacement. Every transfer window, Barcelona looked for a transfer to fill in the gap in their squad, but nothing materialised.

Hector Bellerin remains the top priority for the Blaugrana club. Bellerin is a youth product of Barcelona, but at 16 decided to join Arsenal in England. Barcelona regretted the decision to let him go and have tried very hard to bring the player back to Camp Nou in the last two years.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

If the Catalans won’t manage to bring the 22-year-old back, they have another backup solution in Premier League. Cesar Azpilicueta has recently attracted Barcelona’s interest. Azpilicueta had a great season with Chelsea, winning the title in Premier League and displaying a great 爱上海versatility in the process. The Spanish international played as right-back, left-back and centre-back during the season and did it exceptionally good.

Azpilicueta just signed a new contract with Chelsea, that tied him to Stamford Bridge until 2020. He came to Chelsea from Marseille in 2012, for €8,8m and is currently valued at €25m.

The third option for Barcelona would be Real Sociedad’s defender Alvaro Odriozola. Although Odriozola’s market value is around €1m, he has a release clause of €30m in his contract. And Sociedad are currently negotiating with him, offering him a wage increase, as well as an increase in the release clause, from €30m to €40m.

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Perez to Zidane: ”You were the best player in the world and now you are simply the best coach in the world”

Title celebrations have begun.Written by – Nikolay Nikolov, May 22, 2017.

As a first official stop on the day of title celebrations tour, Real Madrid’s players and staff members paid a visit to the Madrid City Council early this morning.

The first speech was from the club’s president – Florentino Perez. He expressed his delight and declared Zinedine Zidane as the best coach in the world.

“Zizou is one of the symbols of our history, thank you for everything you have given to us, you were the best player in the world and now you are simply the best coach in the world,” he said.

Los Blancos main focus right now is to bring the Champions League trophy home, giving Zidane the opportunity to become the first person, since Arrigo Sacchi, to retain the title.

Perez made it clear that the final game is very important and that he is confident the players and the staff are ready to enter the game with 100% devotion.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“This team has demonstrated the values of the club. We dream of returning here on June 4th and I know that this group of coaches and players will give everything to win the double.”

“We have w爱上海419on the most difficult and competitive league in the world with a lot of effort and humility, these players are already part of the history of this club and there is a great spirit amongst the group,” he added.

After the speech from the president, Zidane also gave a short one, talking about his favourite moment of the season.

“I enjoyed the last game, it was a decisive match and we played very well,” he said.

The event finished with the team handing a replica league trophy to Manuela Carmena, the current Mayor of the city. Then the squad went on to their next stop of the celebratory tour of the city.

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Malaga will receive \u20ac1 million if Real Madrid wins La Liga this season

Real Madrid are currently the clear favorite to win La Liga, and a peculiar detail in Isco’s contract means Ronaldo and co. can already taste the silverware.Written by Christian Møller Poulsen. May 18, 2017

When Isco moved to Real Madrid from Malaga, a specific detail was, according to El Desmarque, incorporated in the contract which means that Malaga will receive €1 million from Real Madrid, every time Los Blancos win La Liga with Isco.

Real Madrid are currently clear favorites to win the Spanish league, as they only need one point to be crowned as champions, and with Malaga to be played in the last game, speculations have been that Malaga would lose the game on purpose. The Andalusian club has nothing to play for, and 爱上海419both the former Real Madrid player, and current coach of Malaga, Michel, and the owner of Malaga have made some controversial quotes lately, stating their dislike of FC Barcelona.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Dissatisfaction with the planning of the La Liga games has occurred, and especially in the Catalonian area of Spain, where they believe Real Madrid have been given a hand by the board of La Liga who planned the schedule.

The game will be played Sunday at 20.00 at La Rosaleda, and Malaga is the only team who could prevent Real Madrid from winning the title, however, it would cost the Andalusian club €1 million.

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Arsenal still in the top-four fight after a 4-1 away win against Stoke City

Olivier Giroud netted two, Sanchez and Ozil also on the scoresheetWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, may 13, 2017.

9th min: The first chance came early in the 9th minute when Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal rose high after a corner kick to head the ball at goal, but his effort was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper. The ball went out for another corner for Arsenal.

18th min: Nacho Monreal had a good opportunity after he headed the ball after a cross from the wing, but his header from the six-yard box wasn’t accurate enough and the ball went away off the left post.

28th min: Yellow card was shown to Shkodran Mustafi after he brought down an opponent

34th min: Close effort from Alexis Sanchez! He received a pass on the edge of the box and took a shot but the ball went wide of the left post.

42nd min – Goal: Olivier Giroud found himself some space inside the box and got on the end of a pass from Bellerin, sending the ball low into the middle of the net. The score was 0-1.

Nothing interesting happened and we saw the last whistle of Michael Dean for the first half.

Arsenal continued their domination in the start of the second half.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

55th min: – Goal! Alexis Sanchez scored with a chipped finish to make it 0:2

60th min: Stoke made two changes bringing in Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino

68th min: – Goal! After a perfect pass from Marco Arnautonic, Peter Crouch, who jumped the highest steered a close-range header into the roof of the net. 1:2

76th min: – Goal! Hector Bellerin provides Sanchez with a nice pass inside the box. It allows him to finish爱上海 with a precise effort into the bottom left corner. 1:3

77th min: Alexis Sanchez suffered an injury and Wenger was forced to make an unplanned substitution bringing Aaron Ramsey in.

78th min: Yellow card for Rob Holding for a bad tackle.

80th min: – Goal! Ramsey was in a good shooting position, but he saw Giroud free and passed to him. He took it nicely with a shot into the middle of the goal to make the score 1:4

Until the end of the game, there was only one strong chance, where Cech received the ovations from the crowd. He managed to block a first-time effort from Geoff Cameron, whose strike from the edge of the box was headed towards the bottom left corner.

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Wenger reminds his critics – We are not fighting relegation battle

Arsene Wenger is being criticized from all angles, as some fans are turning their backs against their managerWritten by Christian Møller Poulsen. April 6, 2017

In the build-up for last night’s game against West Ham, Arsene Wenger came back at his critics, reminding the fans that they are still in the running to finish off the season well.

The French manager slammed talks of a protest at the London Colney training grounds on Tuesday describing the situation as being no more than a few people, saying ‘’Good they could waste their day like that’’.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

The Arsenal faithful have seen their team go through a rough time lately, leading more fans to grow increasingly impatient with the long serving manager after seeing Arsenal fall short of the title race every year.

Arsene Wenger who believes fighting to end the season well and maybe break back into the top four is a ‘’Good Challenge’’ is yet to decide, if he will stay on after his contract expires in the summer with the number of protests against him rising week after week.

However, the Frenchman might won a little more trust yesterday, as爱上海419 Arsenal won 3-0 against West Ham.

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Xabi Alonso almost signed for Barcelona

The former Real Madrid start almost joined up with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona before they worked together at Bayern MunichWritten by Bertel Østergaard. April 17, 2017

Xabi Alonso says he almost joined Barcelona before he decided to join Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old midfielder left Liverpool back in 2009 and joined Real Madrid. Here he won La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana before joining Bayern Munich back in 2014.

Although, all this could be very different – had it not been for Sergio Busquets.

Xabi Alonso told El Pais following about a possible Barcelona move back in 2009.

–  It happened not long before I left for Real Madrid. Liverpool told me that they wanted to sell me, Rafael Benitez too, and Pep showed an interest in my situation.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

– He wanted to sign me because, as he told Rafa, I was the type of player who would fit his playing model. But he had doubts because Busquets had just come through and had the makings of a tremend爱上海419ous player.

– Guardiola chose him, and he wasn’t proved wrong.

Xabi Alonso then joined Real Madrid instead and later on linked up with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich years later.

Xabi Alonso is set to retire from football at the end of this season. He has made 23 appearances in this Bundesliga campaign as they are eight points clear in the top of the table.

Xabi Alonso will play his former side in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday with kick off at 20:45 CET.

Bayern Munich lost the first leg 2-1 and needs a victory at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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