TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sarri plays down Chelsea move for ‘wonderful player’ Higuainby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would not be drawn on a possible move for Gonzalo Higuain.The Blues have been linked with a striker all season, with the Higuain rumors coming from the Italian press.But Sarri denied to speak about such a possibility during his latest press conference.When asked about Higuain, Sarri said: “I like him very much, he is a wonderful player and man. “But I don’t want to talk about Higuain. “I have two and a half strikers at the moment, Higuain plays for Milan.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal next? Keylor Navas drops big Real Madrid exit hintby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas has dropped a big hint he is leaving Real Madrid this month – with Arsenal tipped to be his next destination.Navas has not been happy playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois this season at Real Madrid.And on his instagram page the keeper has posted a picture of him shaking hands with Real Madrid fans with the caption ‘thanks for everything’.Now Sport says he’s on the way to Arsenal in a £14m deal.The ‘goodbye’ picture was taken as 8,000 fans came out to watch the squad train at Valdebebas – with many believing it’s his farewell picture.
Solbakken: Solskjaer surely winning his Man Utd auditionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the Manchester United job after victory at Tottenham. Solskjaer outshone Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino last night as they both compete for the permanent Old Trafford post.FC Copenhagen coach Solbakken said, “It’s not that I don’t think Pochettino can handle both clubs, but there is actually a difference between the demands made by United and Tottenham.”I think Solskjaer can actually get the job. If United shows stability and great progress, playing steady battles against the best and beating some of them at home, then I think it’s a strong application. They may have a plan ready and have him as a B or C choice. Or they have no plan yet, see how it goes and give him the chance to show that he is the right man.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Di Francesco happy for Schick after 2-goal Coppa blastby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco is pleased for Patrik Schick after his brace against Virtus Entella.The striker hit a double as Roma won 4-0 in the Coppa Italia round of 16.”He had a good game, even though he always satisfies me,” said Di Francesco.“He could’ve scored more goals, so he must keep working on becoming more clinical in front of goal, even in training. He mustn’t be satisfied.“Now he’s turned the page, playing regularly and giving the right performances. He’s growing. Some players grow at different rates.“He plays for a club where it isn’t easy to do so, with the weight of his transfer fee on his shoulders.“You can’t have everything right away, but he’s shown some important qualities in training and matches. Now he must keep improving and attack our opponents’ goal more.”
Chelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was full of pride after his contribution for their 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role, Gilmour grew into the game, and in the second half was arguably the standout performer. “It was a really good feeling to make my full debut, and it was really good to get the win,” said Gilmour to chelseafc.com.”It was breathtaking. It was a great night to walk out in front of all the Chelsea fans. And the boys performed really well. You could see the attacking threat we had with the goals.”The gaffer has come in and wants to play the youth. It’s been really good experience for us and the we’re gaining confidence from it. I have worked hard for this so it wasn’t a shock, but I had to step up and show what I’m capable of. I think I played well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City midfielder Jarrod Bowen is high on Newcastle United’s January shopping list.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle plan to support Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James’ Park.Steve Nickson has begun the process of compiling target lists with United looking at midfield options and also potential forward additions.One name fed into summits is Bowen, who is entering the final year of his contract. But the Tigers have an option to trigger another year, which they plan to do.Bowen would tick every Newcastle box and is understood to be open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park – but whether United would extend to the reported £20million fee is another matter. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mason Greenwood pens new Man Utd dealby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood has signed a new deal with Manchester United until 2023.The striker also has the option of a further year.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Mason has progressed through our outstanding Academy and we are delighted with the progress he has made. At such a young age, he already has great pace and intelligence and he is such a natural finisher.“Since he came into the first team, he has really impressed everyone with his drive and attitude. He has all the attributes to become a top player. Mason is learning every day in training and, with his work ethic, there is no doubt that he has an excellent future ahead of him.”Greenwood has been at the club since the age of seven and has made nine appearances this season, scoring twice.He said: “Having grown up as a Manchester United fan, playing for the first team is a real dream come true. I know that, when I play for this club, I represent the whole Academy and I want to repay the faith that my coaches have shown in me with my performances on the pitch.“I am learning all the time from the manager and his coaching staff and I know that this is the perfect club to help me reach my potential.”
Fox Sports 1.Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart revealed his two “most complete” teams in the country through Week 6.Fox Sports college football analyst Matt Leinart revealed the two teams he believes are most complete in college football through 6 weeks. Leinart, a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for USC, said he believes Washington and Ohio State are the most- complete teams in the country.IMO Washington and Ohio State are the two most complete teams in CFB! @SiriusXMCollege— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) October 13, 2016Leinart chose Washington and Ohio State over a few notable teams, including Alabama, Michigan, and Clemson. According to ESPN’s Team Efficiency rating, which rates each team’s unit (offense, defense, special teams) based on point contributions, Alabama, Clemson, and Michigan are all ahead of Ohio State. Only Michigan is ahead of Washington in the Team Efficiency rating.Ohio State is in the top three of scoring offense and scoring defense in country. The Washington Huskies are in the top six of both of those categories.The Buckeyes and Huskies are ranked No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, according to the AP Poll. Both Ohio State and Washington are off to a great start this season, and have their eye on a conference championship. Ohio State’s road is a little tougher, as they will have to go through Michigan to win the Big Ten.The Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers in a matchup of top 10 teams this weekend. The Huskies host Oregon State in a conference game.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the impact made by his fringe players in Thursday’s friendly victory, but warned there was more to football than just scoring goals. The Reds got back to work with a bang at Prenton Park as they thrashed Tranmere Rovers 6-0. Nathaniel Clyne, Curtis Jones and Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan all hit the scoresheet, as did Rhian Brewster who scored two goals before half time.. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Klopp, however, was keen not to raise expectations too high on Brewster on the back of a single brace.”First and foremost we are in 2019, we should stop talking about the player who scored two goals and overlooking what others do in the other 89 minutes,” the manager fired to reporters.”Rhian Brewster I love the boy, he is fantastic player but one of the goals I would have scored.”He played a really good game and I saw other good performances – Harry [Wilson] and Ryan [Kent] in the first half and then in the second half incredibly strong. We knew Rhian was a good player before.”Why should I play it down? I just don’t want to talk after a game about the guy who scored two goals. I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player. We can talk about him no problem. I don’t want to play him down or it down.”Brewster is yet to make his competitive debut for the Reds, but Klopp suggested if he works hard he could figure in his first-team plans this season.”One hundred per cent [it is a big season] but it depends on him as well. Divock Origi stays which is good news, Bobby Firmino is still there,” he added,”Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him. We will see. He has to play different positions as well – the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure, “Rhian Brewster, Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t play last year, all the young boys didn’t play for us last year. The transfer market is open. We will see what we do, but I don’t think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time.”They should be happy and get confidence from it, but it is not like we are running around saying we are Champions League winners 24 hours a day. It looked tonight like they are all confident. During the season we have to go for winning something new and not look back. We want to play the best season we can play.”It is a difficult pre-season for us – Sadio [Mane] is the [African Cup of Nations] semi-final which means he has two more games and will come late, the Brazilians have finally finished a 13-month season. We will not have a pre-season together just a week before we start the games. We looked tonight like we can find some solutions. It was a good sign for us, but we have to be better than last season.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Zlatan Ibrahimovic always has plenty to say. The LA Galaxy forward has certainly made his mark on the United States, both as a player in MLS and as a personality off the pitch. With 13 goals and three assists across 16 matches played this season, the lucrative new designated player contract the big Swede signed in the offseason is paying off for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Galaxy sit third in the Western Conference, though the gap to the team on top of the standings, cross-town rival LAFC, is a massive 12 points through 20 games. Those two sides will meet on Friday in a derby match that has the look of a must-win for the Galaxy if they want to climb back into the race for top seeding in the playoff picture. While that game will be the focus on the pitch for the league this weekend, Ibrahimovic made sure his words would catch plenty of headlines ahead of El Trafico. In an interview with ESPN, the 37-year-old made clear once again the gap he feels there is between himself and all those around him in MLS. “MLS is not the level of Europe, to be honest,” he said. “Before, I played with players either on my level or close to it. Which makes the game connect easier.”Here, I am like a Ferrari among Fiats. And it can happen that the Ferrari can become the Fiat, or the Fiat can become the Ferrari.”I had the same issue with the national [Swedish] team, though not as much. I said, ‘I don’t accept it. I don’t accept when the ball doesn’t arrive, or arrives too late. I want them to come up to my level.’ All of this makes me slow down a bit. The game here [in America] could be so much faster, so much more tactical, so much more rhythmic.”Ibrahimovic is clearly among the top players in the league, but Friday’s showdown will see him face off against another player who has taken the league by storm over the last two years in LAFC’s Carlos Vela. Vela is on pace for a record-setting year. He leads the league with 19 goals and is tied for the lead in assists with 12. His club is also top of the table, thanks in large part to the Mexican star. Vela is the front-runner for the MLS MVP award this season, and Ibrahimovic is one of the few in a position to run him down in the scoring race. But the Galaxy star isn’t worried about the Golden Boot chase, as long as he’s helping his side find results. “If the team goes good, you do good as individuals, but I’m not focusing on [the Golden Boot chase],” he said to the league website. “As long as I can help my team in the best way, I will try to score the goals to help the team.“That’s part of my responsibilities, part of my job. I’m trying, but a race against him? That is not important.”