Month: April 2019

  • Renato Sanches set for Man United in £40million deal as Old Trafford club close in on Benfica teenager

    are closing in on the signing of Benfica and Portugal starlet The youngster is one of the mosand PSV Eindhoven have agreed terms over a fee for Steven Bergwijn.The Holland attacker missed PSV's 1-1 draw with FC Twente yesterday as negotiations continued between the two clubs.However, AD says a fee has now been agreed, with just the method oft sought afesisted a return to England to sign a new deal with PSV Eindhoven.The former Tottenham prospect joined PSV 18 months ago and has played his way to a new deal through to 2024.De Telegraaf says Madueke's impact in Holland did not go unnoticed in Englanter midfielders in Europe and Red Devils scouts have watched him on a number of occasions this term. The report United chief Ed Woodward has been putting in the groundwork ahead of a summer bid to secure Sanches' long-term future. Sanches made his senior debut for Benfica last October and has gone on to establish himself as a first-team regular. The 18-year-old has a powerful shot and vision and has grown in stature in recent months. He was a product of Benfica's youth system, having joined them as a nine-year-old in 2006. The club fast-tracked him to the senior ranks and were so keen to keep him - or at least ensure a big payday if he were to be lurcontent_imged away from the Estadio de la Luz - that they gave him a contract last November with an escape clause set at £35m. United are keen to get him to Old Trafford and are ready to trigger that clause to keep him out of the hands of other suitors around Europe. Renato is a client of Jose Mourinho's superagent Jorge Mendes. It is reported that Mourinho wanted to sign the central midfielder for Chelsea in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. Man United fans! Would Renato Sanches be a good signing?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could start against Chelsea in Sunday’s Etihad showdown

    could make his first start of the new campaign for in Sunday's showdown with at the Etihad. Aguero came off the bench at West Brom for the last 27 minutes of Monday's comfortable win as Manuel Pellegrini eases him back into action after his late return because of the Copa America. Sources claim Aguero has looked fantastic in training and Ption after the latest deal to buy the club collapsed, reports BBC Sport.The League One side has until 17:00 BST on Tuesday to complete the sale or offer reasons for an extension, or face expulsion from the EFL.But administrators say the 145-year-old ellegrini says he is considering starting last season's 32-goal top scorer against Chelsea. "Sergio worked the whole week without any problems so maybe he is not 100 per cent fit because it is better for the plrom Nice.The Magpies have completed the club record purchase of Joelinton from Hoffenheim.The Brazilian attacker will lead the line for Bruce's team in the coming season.But that does not mean their interest in Saint-Maximin has cooled."I don't thinkayer to do a long pre-season," said the City boss. "But now we are already in the Premier League and Sergio doesn't have any problems." In pictures: City start with an emphatic win at West Brom Pellegrini steered clear of the controversy at Chelsea surrounding Jose Mourinho's fall-out with his medical staff. "I cannot give you an opinion about what happens at acontent_imgnother club," he said. The Chilean did say he would no problem shaking Mourinho's hand, despite the Portuguese calling him "Pellegrino" last season in an attempt to wind him up. "I said from the first day I arrived here, I have had my differences with him, but I will always shake hands with him," he said. City failed to beat Chelsea in their two league meetings last season, despite being the better side. Pellegrini admits it is an important game, but played down the match's significance coming so early in the campaign. "We are not thinking about the title in the second game, but we are thinking about trying to win our points at home," he said. "Especially as we are playing against the champions and what was the best team last season and especially also against one of the teams that has a lot of chances to win the title, the same as Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, all the big teams. Gallery: Chelsea drop points against Swansea "So to try and win the three points at home is very important for our team." Pellegrini also refused to get excited about the chance to open up a five-point lead over Chelsea should they win. "It means we start very well the season," he smiled when this was put to him. Pellegrini also revealed that Fernando and Fabian Delph will be out on Sunday, while Gael Clichy is doubtful. Manchester City vs Chelsea: Who wins?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford set to be subject of tug of war as agents do battle

    Manchester United striker could spark a battle between some of football's top agents. The youngster, who has burst on to the scene this season with seven goals in his first 13 appearances for is still represented by his family. Super agent Jorge Mendes, whose most high-profkel Arteta risks overseeing a massive exodus this summer.Strikers Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are two players Arsenal fans are worried about losing, with speculation constantly linking them to other clubs.However, Merson says Arile client is Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, is heading the charge, according to The Times. Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford is also apparently interested, as icontent_imgs controversial figure Aidy Ward, who was the man behind Raheem Sterling's high-profile switch from Liverpool to Manchester City. Rap star and music mogul Jay Z has also declared his interest in signing Rashford to his sports agency company, Roc Nation Sports. In pictures: Manchester United training Along with World Cup winner Boateng, US boxer Andre Ward - the unbeaten world super middleweight champion - is also a client of Roc Nation Sports. Rashford is set for fresh terms in the summer having burst on to the scene this term, and is considered by some to have an outside shot of a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad. A new contract at the end of the season could see the forward earn £15,000-a-week at Old Trafford. Will Marcus Rashford be Man United's tosays it's important to stay grounded amid all the success he's enjoying.He told Sport360: “I'm no hero. Nah. It's an amazing moment for me, for football, but I just need to keep that humbleness and keep going.“It's always nice to hear good thingsp goalscorer next season?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Champions League final would be “perfect” says Steven Gerrard

    Patriot games aside, Steven Gerrard has already set his heart on the Champions League final everyone wants to see. suffered a knee injury playing for Barcelona at the weekend that will keep him out of action for around seven weeks, while was thwarted in his pursuit of a 500th career goal by a rare case of Real Madrid’s Galacticos firing blanks. But , who admits Messi and Ronaldo were the only players who "scared" him because they were unstoppable, wants the ultimate El Clasico final at the San Siro in Milan next May. The former England captain believes we are witnessing an era comparable with Pele and Diego Maradona playing for bitter rivals and raising the bar to unprecedented heights. And after – three defeats out of four, with Chelsea the only winners in their opening group stage fixtures – Gerrard fears it may prove more than a blip for our crusaders in Europe. But if Premier League envoys on the continent come up short, Gerrard – now a pundit on BT Sport’s coverage of every game – already knows the final the whole world would like to watch. “We’re livingttacking options, Pedro's minders have made contact about re-signing their former winger.The Spanish veteran is off contract in June and also has offers from Vissel Kobe and Sevilla, but a return to Barca is favoured.Sport says Barca management consi in an era where Messi and Ronaldo are taking forward play to a level we’ve never seen before,” said the LA Galaxy midfielder. “Choosing between them is like having to choose between Pele and Maradona, because they are recording numbers that are incredible — more than 800 goals in club football between them alone. “Years ago, a striker who scored 30 goals in a season in all competitions was recognised a world-class player, but these two are doubling that. “To split them is almost impossible. "If I was forced to pick one, I would probably go for Messi but that’s only because he’s slightly more of a team player – he might just provide more assists or final passes, but it would be 51 to 49 per cent in my mind. If that. “We are all blessed that we are seeing these two in the same era. "They are the only two opponents I’ve been afraid of in my career, because they are the only two who have been operating on a different planet to everyone else. The reason I was scared of them is because they are deadly in the final third of the pitch. “To sum him up in one word, Messi is a genius with the ball at his feet. "You often have to make an impossible choice - either you have to foul him or acontent_imgccept he’s going to go past you, and he scores goals from all angles. “Ronaldo is deadly from set-pieces, deadly in the air, scores from long-range right down to the six-yard box and he’s got a physique to die for. “Although they are both out of this world as talents, they are different – and that’s why it’s so fascinating trying to split them. “Any manager in the world can set up his team to stop these two, and it might not be enough. With the right tactics, every other mere mortal can be stopped, but more often than not you can’t keep Messi made his second appearance of the seasonin the 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.Bellerin has returned from a knee injury he sustained in January and believes the experience improved him as a footballer.He told BT Sport: "It's one of the best or Ronaldo quiet. “I don’t think Messi has ever scored against Chelsea in the Champions League, and with a manager who is cagey enough to set his team up as a defensive unit they are probably the best-equipped English team to stop him right now. “We all want English clubs to do well. "After last season’s disappointing performance by our clubs in Europe I thought it was just a blip. But after three defeats out of four in the first week, maybe it’s more of a problem than I thought. RONALDO vs MESSI: THEIR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE STATS Appearances 120 100 Goals 81 77 Most goals in a season 17 (2013-14) 14 (2011-12) Hat-tricks 3 5 Final wins 2 4 “Now that I’m looking from outside England, even though I want our teams to win it, a Barcelona-Real Madrid final would be a phenomenal showpiece for everyone to enjoy. “I might be proved wrong, but I look at the records these lads are breaking and we may never see two incredible talents going head-to-head again. “We might see a single player emerge to become the world’s best, but to have a pair of them taking the game to new levels at rival clubs is a unique situation. “Enjoy them while you can because I would be surprised if their figures are ever repeated.” If it IS a Messi vs Ronaldo Champions League final, who will you want to win?0+ VOTES SO FAR * BT Sport is the home of Champions League football, showing every game exclusively live.
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  • Sergio Ramos made Champions League history with his goal against Atletico Madrid

    Most of the fino from Chelsea.The French midfielder has returned to Monaco on a season-long loan.He left the Ligue 1 club for Chelsea in 2017 and spent last season at AC Milan.And Bakayoko views playing for Monaco as an opportunity to reignite his career."There wasal pre-match talk was about how - if at all - Real Madrid could break down their rock-solid arch-rivals, Atletico Madrid. Well, that and But it took just 15mins for a questionably-offside Sergio Ramos to brush Gareth Bale's flick-on into the back of the net and In doing so, Ramos made Champions League history. He became the first defender in his to keep hold of Rodrigo Moreno.The striker came close to joining Barcelona last week before Friday's winter market deadline.Celades said, "The fact that Rodrigo remains is a huge satisfaction for us. "Last week, he made a great effort to play againstory to score in TWO Champions League finals. Of course, his other strike was , also against neighbours Atletico, where they eventually ran out 4-1 wcontent_imginners. Who needs Ronaldo, eh?
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  • Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis reveals lack of education left him feeling “shame” and “inferiority”

    has revealed he felt “shame” and “inferiority” early in his career because of his lack of education. But a searingly honest interview with L'Equipe TV , the striker said his parents had given him the principles which have guided his career. The France forward, now 30, said: “I stopped my schooling after Year 10. I miss something, I have regrets. You want to exist, to be more than jucontent_imgst a footballer. When I started, during my first interview I found it difficult to express myself. "I had a feeling of shame, of inferiority. If I have one regret, it is not being able to invest 100% in my education. My father was angry with me about this for a long time.” Watford vs Swansea: Best pictures Gomis revealed his parents did not know how to read and write. “You have to understand. My father didn't study much. It was hard for him to supervise my homework from the start. "When you have to work, get up at 6 o'clock in the morning, come back very late, and on top of that you have a lot of children, it is hard. I understand my parents. They still gave me the chance to be born in France. It is a chance. “My father was born in Africa. He couldn't go to school. He had to work to help his family. When I was lucky enough to go to Senegal when I was 15 or 16, I knew I was going to succeed. I knew I had to be harder. "I had to suffer a little bit more, be a bit less lazy and accept criticism sometimes even if sometimes it is not fair. To accept injustice. But I had a goal: to succeed and be honest.” Gomis holds faint hope ofey've already bypassed Pyunik in the Europa League.The Molineux outfit are 4-0 ahead on aggregate heading into Thursday's second-leg at home.Asked if he had one eye on Monday's big game against Manchester United at Molineux, Nuno replied: "No, not at returning to the France squad after missing the 2014 World Cup because he was frozen out by his former club Lyon. He added: “In football, there is no place for weak people. I have always believed in myself. I still do. The 2014 World Cup is among my regrets, especially as I left the France team over a fallout with my old club. But it is important to have principles. I have them. And I didn't want to abandon them, even if it meant giving up the France team.” After a difficult start to his Swansea career last season, Gomis scored in the first four Premier League matches this season to push his claim to play at Euro 2016. “I don't believe, no,” he admittAjax sports chief Marc Overmars admits he urged Matthijs de Ligt to join Barcelona.The former Ajax captain has started the season at Juventus on the bench.Overmars, once of Barca, told SER Catalunya: "Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus? It's a decision of the player. "For my part, I always talked to him about FC Barcelona."I'm always positive about Barca."ed. “But I have become pickable again. When you are 30, you see things differently. But my priority is to play well for my club. That doesn't mean to say that I no longer believe but I know what I would have to do to go back.” What's your 2015-16 prediction for Swansea?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Jurgen Klopp is ideal to reawaken ‘the Anfield morgue’ says former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann

    Dietmar Hamann says is the ideal man to transform Liverpool's fortunes and bring happiness back to Anfield - a place the German says has become "like a morgue". Klopp, 48, is the No.1 choice among the club's hierarchy According to Hamann, the man who likened his football philosophy to heavy metal is the ideal candidate and would be an inspired appointment. “He is the ideal candidate for the job. He is the one I would pick," said Hamann. “The expectations and the mood couldn't be any further down than it is at the momident Florentino Pérez is willing to hold fire on the future of coach Zinedine Zidane.It's been suggested Zidane will be sacked this week if Real, after defeat at Mallorca on Saturday, lose to Galatasaray in thes from AS Monaco.The Portuguese international was not a regular for the Saints under Ralph Hasenhuttl last term.Foot Mercatosays it appears that Soares may still have his work cut out to get a first team chance.The source believes that he could be te Champions League.But AS says Florentient at Anfield so it is a great time to come. In pictures - Everton 1-1 Liverpool: "I don’t think with his appointment Liverpool will become title contenders overnight but you need to have a lift from somewhere and I think he can do this," added Hamann, speaking to talkSPORT. “The place has been like a morgue for a long time now and it needed a lift from somewhere and that’s why the change of manager was a logical thing to do. Maybe it should have been done in the summer, but better late than never. is a working class club, a working class town, and you need somebody that the fans take to. It is very important at a club like Liverpool that the fans take to the manager." Meanwhile Hamann says he believes that the Reds’ transfer committee will NOT be a problem, despite mentions to the contrary. The winner says he believes such a structure is common place in Germany and that Klopp has already worked under a similar regime at his former club. “I think it’s a common theme in Germany” declared Hamann. “In for example he worked with Michael Zorc [sporting director] and Hans-Joachim Watzke [Chief executive]. These three would decide on players between them. “There was a story that the transfer committee could be a stumbling block, but it is exactly the opposite. “He has made it clear in the past that he doesn’t want to speak to agents, he doesn't want to deal with agents. He wants to concentrate on the football.” Klopp will arrive in England having left Die Borussen in May, following a seven-year spell featuring two Bundesliga titles. The 48-year-old is yet to experience working outside of Germany - having previously spent all his playing and coaching career with Mainz. Yet for Hamann, it is now a perfect time for him to be heading to England and Anfield. “I think its a good time to take over Liverpool, after only one league cup in nine years. “He managed the second biggest club in Germany and transformed them into a very successful club again. "I don't think he's got a problem to take on the challenge. He's been at a working class club before and I think that's important.” In recent years under the Fenway Sports Group, the Reds have made a noticeable change to their recruitment policy, looking for younger footballers who can grow and mature at the club - while also growing their value. The Reds have a number of promising young players, such as and According to Hamann, youngsters won’t be played for the sake of it - they’ll have to earn their spurs. “He got quite a few players involved from the youth team at Dortmund; the left back, Marcel Schmelzer, then Erik Durm, and he went and ended up being a World Cup winner. He doesn’t mind working with young players, he likes to work with young players - but he won’t play them for the sake of it. “But content_imgif they’re good enough, they’re old enough.” Friday LIVE: Klopp unveiled Is Jurgen Klopp the right man for Liverpool?31000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • John Swift glad he ditched Chelsea for Reading – ‘I wanted a team that played good football, that suited my style’

    John Swift could have opted for life in the comfort zone last summer. wanted to keep the gifted midfield player and if he had accepted the offer, he might well have been at Wembley next Saturday at the FA Cup final against Arsenal. As a spectator. Instead, the 21-year-old will appear at the national stadium two days later in the game tagged as the richest one in football – the play-off final. Swift has played a major part in helping Reading to the clash with Huddersfield and there will be another key role for him on May 29. “We are confident going there,” said the midfield player who was an FA Youth Cup winner with Chelsea in 2012 and part of the England Under-21 squad that triumphed in the prestigious Toulon tournament last summer. Swift wanted to impress in that tournament because his contract was up at Chelsea and he wanted to move on to secure regular football. “I could have stayed at Chelsea but I had three loan spells while I was there and I wanted to be involved week in, week out,” said Swift whose team beat Fulham 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final. “I could have stayed at Chelsea but I didn’t want to go out on loan again,” he recalled. “I wanted to sign for a tcontent_imgeam and do well for myself. Toulon was good for me. I wasn’t signing for Chelsea so I wanted to go out there and do well. I had a good season at Brentford on loan and I was hoping I could find another club.” He found it at Reading. There were other offers but it was the lure of playing for Jaap Stam at Reading that sealed the deal. “As soon as I heard Jaap Stam was interested in taking me to Reading, that had brizio Sarri has finally departed London for Turin after Chelsea and Juventus came to terms with a compensation packet. And the Chelsea-manager-official-approach-Derby-County-Maurizio-Sarri-Juventus">Daily Express says the Blues aren't waiting any loneen interested straight away,” said Swift. “You look at his background and he was such a great player. At Ajax, they play good football, football that I want to play. I wanted to go to a team that suited the way I like to play. “I met Jaap before I signed and I made my decision straight away. It was easy.” This season ? “ My confidence is growing now, it has been a great season.” Now comes Wembley – and Swift is hoping for a better experience than on his last visit. While on loan at Swindon, they reached the League One play-off final to play Preston in 2015. One problem – Swindon were packed with loFlorian Thauvin.Sky Sports says the former Newcastle United winger could be set for a stunning Premier League return this summer.Thauvin is now said to be in Emery's sights, with Marseille reportedly ready to sell some of their biggest names to complanees and Swift was the one to miss out because of the restriction on the number who could play. “I had to sit in the stand and watch,” he said. And he had to watch his adopted club lose 4-0. He is hoping for a different outcome next Monday.
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  • Former Man United star remembers Ryan Giggs’ Manchester derby screamer – when Man City defender TOLD him to shoot

    As defensive decisions go, it was among the worst in Premier League history. Back in 1996, if you were a defender, Ryan Giggs running at you was among the most terrifying sights in the game. Around that time, left-winger was one oigning Sepp van den Berg with Virgil van Dijk.The Reds beat Bayern Munich to the 17-year-old's signature, signing him from PEC Zwolle in a £1.3m deal.Van't Schip, who handed van den Berg his senior debut at Zwolle, believes it in incorrect to comparf the most dangerous attacking players on the planet. Which is why the decision defender Keith Curle made during a dramatic Manchester derby was particularly ridiculous. It's also why we need to thank former United defender David May for reminding us about it. In the clip above - a video ahead of Thursday night's showdown at the Etihad - a series of former United stars and high-profile fans are asked for their favourite derby moments. May has no hesitation. He goes for the moment at Maine Road, in April 1996, when Curle dared Giggs to shoot… and instantly regretted it. With the score at 2-2 in one of the best derbies of the modern era, Eric Cantona gave the ball to Giggs. There were little more than 10 minutes left. A good 20 yards out and out of the left-hand side, Giggs turned to face up to Cua have a deal in place for Real Madrid midfielder Take Kubo.The Japan international will play the season on-loan with the LaLiga new boys.The player traveled to the island on Thursday, passed his medical examination with the Balearic club and will sirle. Curle, confident that Giggs could be no danger from that position QUITE LITERALLY dared him to shoot. The result? Giggs obliged… and unleashed an absolute screamer into the top corner, sealing a famous 3-2 win for The Red Devils. The questiocontent_imgn is… if Marcus Rashford has the ball in a similar position at The Etihad, will Vincent Kompany dare him to shoot? Who will win Thursday's Manchester derby?4000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Tearful Papiss Cisse leads memorial service for Cheick Tiote in China before Ivorian’s body is transported home

    Papiss Cisse fought tears as he spoke about his friend and former Newcastle United team-mate during a memorial service in Beijing on Tuesday. Tiote's Beijing Enterprises team-mates paid tff.The game was meant to kick off in Turin on Wednesday at 20.00 GMT, but the decision to cancel was made with just 24 hours to spare.Milacontent_imgn had already travelled to their hotel by bus, remained for a couple of hours and then went back home.It was decheir respects on Tuesday to the Ivory Coast star, who died in hospital last week after collapsing during a training session. The 30-year-old's family had also flown to China after Tiote's tragic death and attended the ceremony. They will accompany his body back to the Ivory Cnager Ralph Hasenhuttl.For the Dane, Hasenhuttl is the right manager for him - and the right man to take Southampton forward."It was mostly about some technical things, some positional details and some things about the team, with his assistant Danny oast on Wednesday, where a private funeral service will be held for family, including 50 brothers and sisters, and friends. Senegal star Cisse and Brazilian Gervinho, who plays for Hebei China Fortune, joined the Beijing Enterprise players for an emotional tribute, along with his agent Emanuele Palladino. Fans also paid their respects outside the memorial venue, with an impressive R.I.P banner showing Tiote in a range of kits from his colourful career. Tiote's loved ones and friends are still waiting for official confirmation of the cause of the former Anderlecht, FC Twente and Newcastle midfielder's death. The news sent shock-waves around the football world and prompted a tide of tributes, most notably from former managers Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew. Fellow Ivorian dedicated his goal for the on his debut at the club to his former national team mate. "I want to dedicate this win to Cheick Tiote who passed away a few days ago while doing what he loved, playing football," he wrote on Instagram. "My thoughts and condolences go to his family."
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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he has ‘missed Old Trafford’ during his suspension

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is desperate to return to action and admitted he has missed playing at Old Trafford during his suspension. The 35-year-old was handed a three-game ban for elbowing Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings in the head last month.a Manchester United won just one of the three games played in Ibrahimovic's absence and Saturday's goa Norwich City.Hodgson watched the Finland international when he was starting his career at KTP.He was in charge of the Finland national team between January 2006 and November 2007 before he left to take over at Fulham."I remember him coming through. lless draw with West Brom highlighted how reliano teen Gustavo Maia.Now 19, Barca have been following Maia for the past two years and this week have decided to enter negotiations with Sao Paulo.Barcelona have already paid €1m to take control of the operation. The transfer would be validated if tt Jose Mourinho's side have become on the Swede. But the former Barcelona man is back available for selection and is set to start against Everton on Tuesday evening. Ibrahimovic admitted it had been tough watching his team on the sidelines, but insisted that was not because he does not trust them. "I feel good," he told . "I missed Old Trafford and the games with my team, but finally I am back and hopefully I come back with positive vibes. "I’m better at it than I used to be [at watching from the sidelines]. Before I was more emotional and deep into my feelings, now it’s more that I look at the game and I have trust in my team-mates, I have confidence in them. "It’s part of the game, you can’t always play. Sometimes you are out for injuries or suspensions like in my case or for other reasons. You learn from everything." United are currently in fifth, five points behind rivals Man City and six behind Liverpool. Mourinho's side do, however, have games in hand and Ibrahimocontent_imgvic is confident third place is still achievable. "One game can change a lot — suddenly you can be third, fourth, fifth, sixth," he said. "First is too far away, second probably also. But otherwise it’s very tight and if you succeed in winning two or three games in a row then you’re in the Champions League spots."
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  • In pictures: Raheem Sterling enjoys summer break as Manchester City transfer talk continues

    ol chiefs only want to buy readymade starters this summer.Goal says Jurgen Klopp has been told the Reds will not spend big money on players who will not immediately start for the club.Liverpool chiefs have made a policy decision which means they are has been enjoying a holiday in Ibiza as his continues backcontent_img home. have had two known bids rejected for the England international - and are expected to come back in with another offer in the near future. Sterling has been enjoying time on the Spanish island of Ibiza with his friends over to Leicester.The Foxes followed up a goalless first half at AMEX Stadium on Saturday with two efforts after the interval, courtesy of Ayoze Pérez and Jamie Vardy.Potter said, “I thought we started the second half really, really well and if anythinghe past week. His activities included water sports, moped riding and a cheeky trip to Burger King. But he appears to have taken a trip home on a private jet, as he could be looking to finalise his move to two-time Premier League winners City. It is the second known holiday that Sterling has taken this year, after taking time off during the Premier League season when He was allowed that holiday due to tiredness. Check out his latest trip abroad in the gallery below... How much would YOU sell Raheem Sterling for?6000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Antonio Conte is getting plenty of credit but deserves MORE – as Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso show

    Thursday will be the sixth anniversary of a pretty unremarkable FA Cup fourth-round replay at a sparsely populated DW Stadium. Only 7,515 people showed up to watch Owen Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers edge p says he will undergo a medical at Tottenham ahead of completing his £8.5m move from Leeds.The 18-year-old winger has been granted permission by the Championship club to speak with the Premier League giants.And the starlet will head to Spurs' Enfielast Wigan Athletic and Roberto Martinez, thanks to a second-half goal from Ivan Klasnic. It was a tough night for the immensely likecontent_imgable Sam Ricketts, who ruptured his Achilles trying to close down a Wigan ­substitute just before the hour-mark. That substitute was who had appeared as a 43rd-minute replacement for the injured Callum McManaman. The replacement for Ricketts was Fast forward to 2017 and that substitute combination is a key element to Chelsea’s inexorable progression towards the Premier League title, their worth encapsulated in the first goal against Arsenal last weekend. Moses with the cross, Alonso with the finish after Diego Costa’s header hit the bar. This hugely unlikely pairing, operating on opposite flanks, but in perfect tandem, is just one manifestation of Antonio Conte’s coaching brilliance. Conte is getting plentto stay.The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and, although Solskjaer confirmed he had been offered a new deal, Chong had yet to sign it."There are players we want to get signed, of course," Solskjaer said. "And Tahith is a playy of credit, but probably deserves more. Look at the players he has improved. Considering their dismal campaign last season – they are currently 30 points better off than they were at the equivalent stage of 2015-16 – it is bound to look as though players have improved. But it is hard to remember Gary Cahill, who also played in that 2011 Wigan-Bolton game, by the way, performing with such authority for a long time. Even Thibaut Courtois appears to have benefited from his latest manager’s input. Eden Hazard, meanwhile, has responded to Conte’s carrot rather than Jose Mourinho’s stick. If he performs, Hazard can have the freedom of the park without fear of reprisal. It was a telling insight last week when Conte was talking about players being uneasy watching video re-runs of matches. The implication was that they feared the coach would simply point out mistakes. It took Conte a while to convince them constructive advice was the only thing he was looking to impart. When you are cruising at the top of a league, there is bound to be a ­feel-good factor at the training ground, but talk to any of the staff behind the scenes and only ­positive feedback is garnered. Conte’s general handling of Diego Costa has gone down well, the squad has bought into a stricter fitness regime and the extra tactical analysis has grown on them. For his part, Conte is relishing the challenge of the Premier League and life in London and England. Which does make you wonder if Conte will finally be THE one to grow old with the owner. Roman Abramovich has not kept the same manager for longer than three years and a couple of months – Jose ­Mourinho, first time around. But there have been strong suggestions that he is tired of the hire-and-fire routine, especially as it tends to cost him a fortune. Conte knows Carlo Ancelotti well, so will be fully aware that ­first-season success does not necessarily mean long-term security. Conte, in the first of a three-year deal, might only fancy a short stint here. But Chelsea and Abramovich would do well to find out. Because if they do want someone to create a modern dynasty, Conte is shaping up to be the man. Will anyone catch Chelsea now?4000+ VOTES SO FAR
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    mouth.The Bosnia keeper, 32, has fallen down the pung player on Cesar Cruchaga.Cruchaga spent his entire career at Osasuna, where Azpilicueta broke through"He was a central defender. Tough," Azpilicueta told chelseafc.com. "He helped me a lot when I was young and I broke content_imginto the first team. I rememecking order under Eddie Howe, who left him out of his thinking altogether for Sheffield United last week.Aaron Ramsdale played in the 1-1 draw with the Blades, while Artur Boruc was on the bench and
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  • Chelsea 4-2 Stoke player ratings: Who was YOUR Man of the Match at Stamford Bridge?

    racked up their 13th straight Premier League win in dramatic circumstances against The Blues twice took the lead at Stamford Bridge but were pegged back on both occasions before goals from Willian and Diego Costa finally put the game to bed. Antonio Conte's side go into the new year six points clear at the top after Liverpool's win over Manchester City later in the day narrowed the gap slightly. Our man Adrian Kajumba was at the Bridge to watch the match and he thought Cesc Fabregas was the game's standout star. Here are his ratings for each and every player... Chelsea - Exposed for goal and, aside from one air kick, a calming presence. - Gave away free-kick for equaliser and then lost Stoke scorer Indi. - Couple of risky passes but also made a number of decisive interceptions. - Scored opener but was beaten in the air by Crouch before Stoke goal. - Stayed out of trouble after early booking and helped set up winner. - Ran the show with an excellent all round midfield display. - First to every loose ball and never lost possession when he had it - Got forward well all game and was a regular outlet. - Came to the fore in the second half with two well taken goals. - Led line expertly and got a deserved goal out of nothing. - Not as eye-catching as against Bournemouth but still grabbeanager Steve Bruce lamented a short spell which allowed Aston Villa to claim a 2-0 victory on Monday night.Goals from Anwar El-Ghazi and Conor Hourihane scored two goals in four minutes in the first-half at Villa Park."The first half in particular wed an assist. Matic (Fabregas 75) 5 Ivanovic (Moses 82) 5 Chalobah (Willian 84) 5 Stoke - Conceded four but would have been much worse without him. - Covered his fellow centre-backs well and helped out to control Hazard. - Off the mark too late and beaten in air by Cahill for opener. - Scored but bullied way too easily by Costa for fourth goal. - Put in a shift as right-wing back but had little impact going forward. - Started brightly but his influence faded as game wore on. - His set pieces caused problems but s Madrid.Barca had chances through Jordi Alba, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to win the game, but in the end settled for a 0-0 draw."We know all about these type of games, they're really hard work," Rakitic said. "Real Madrid had chances in the first hhould have scored first-half header. - Posed problems with his forward runs but forced back eventually by Willian. - Some nice touches and dangerous passes but not enough impact. - Impressed in second half. Set up one and scored another. - Worked hard but didn't see enough of ball to have attacking impact. Bojan (Shaqiri 61) 5 Imbula (Afellacontent_imgy 61) 5
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