Marouane Fellaini’s contract with Manchester United extends until June of 2018 and even though the English Premier League club has offered the Belgium midfielder a number of extensions, Fellaini has turned them down as it seems like the player is not interested in penning a deal renewal.
Jose Mourinho has recently outlined his thoughts and details involving the current situation of Fellaini and the Portuguese tactician appear to be worried as Mourinho said “Yes I am worried that he won’t be here. I have done nothing; it’s a discussion between the player and the board. I’m not involved in contracts in deals, and I respect both, I respect the player because he has the right, has the right to decide his future, and I respect the board because the decisions and the discussions are under control so I just wait wishing they will have an understanding but it’s out of my control.” Continue reading Is this Fellaini’s last season at Old Trafford?
Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has backed Aaron Ramsey to become Arsenal’s talisman for the 2017/18 Premier League season.
The Wales international has had a series of niggles during the course of his Gunners, but Redknapp feels that the 27-year-old will have a great season in what is a crucial campaign for the north London giants.
“What Arsene Wenger should have going for him is Aaron Ramsey, who had a great European Championship last summer and then stuttered,” Redknapp told The Sun. But Aaron should be recovered now and I think he can have a great season. Arsenal are going to need players like him to stand up because they have to be back up there this year. The problem is that it is tougher and tougher at the top so a lot of questions are going to be asked of a lot of people — this is a crucial campaign for them.”
Meanwhile, the former Tottenham Hotspur also feels Alexandre Lacazette would hit the ground running following his move from Lyon for a club-record fee. The France international has netted over 20 goals in each of his last four seasons with Les Gones, and he is expected to reduce some of the goalscoring burden on Alexis Sanchez on whom the Gunners were so reliant on last season. Continue reading Harry Redknapp backs Aaron Ramsey to become Arsenal’s star man next season
His name has flashed through arguably every soccer site, paper or magazine across the world, got tossed in phonetic battles as football fans from different cultural background found themselves mouthing his name from newspaper stands to neighbour gatherings.
The name is KylianLottinMbappe. The latest teen sensation to germinate from the rich and historically reliable nursery bed of talents that have been tendered for decades in the tiny Principality of Monaco.
Thierry Henry, Patrice Evra, and in recent memory Anthony Martial all stand out amongst the impressive lot of teenagers that got their first basic footballing education in the billionaire’s playground and later on went on to be world beaters.
After last season’s sensational run to the Ligue 1 title and a likewise decent run to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League – beating Pep Guardiola-led Manchester City along the way – it was only a matter of time before the eagles would come for the chicks.
Bernando Silva was one of the first to get poached while Mendy seems close to following the Portuguese footsteps on route Manchester City. As defensive midfielder Bakayoko and others like Fabinho keep on getting wooed, the youngest of them all – Mbappe – was never going to have a quiet summer. Worst still when Real Madrid decides to join the army of clubs searching for the French man’s signature. Continue reading STAYING AT MONACO SERVES MBAPPE MORE
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sit out the game against Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday, according to reports.
Coach Zinedine Zidane seems resilient on his rotation policy as it is the third straight away match that the Portuguese star is missing.
Despite the recent loss to Barcelona in the El Clasico, Zidane continued with his policy. The loss means Real are under pressure to win all their games in order to get the La Liga title that has eluded them since 2012.
The team produced the needed result against Leganes and Sporting Gijon without Ronaldo. They should do the job again against Deportivo without Ronaldo. Continue reading RONALDO TO MISS DEPORTIVO CLASH
According to the head coach of Real Madrid ZinedineZidane, his club will have an extremely difficult task in trying to win the Spanish League as every other team are extra motivated when they face off with Real Madrid.
“We know that we can and should improve, always. For the teams who play against Real Madrid, it’s the game of the year. And that’s normal, it’s an extra motivation, it’s something we have to take into account. “It’s getting more difficult. They’re a very good opponent, well organized defensively. It’s good for us to play on Sunday, after the defeat on Wednesday, so we can try to put it behind us’’ ZinedineZidane said as he talked in a press conference after his team suffered a surprising 1-2 defeat against Valencia on February 22. Continue reading Zinedane Zidane believes that Real Madrid will have a hard time in La Liga
Barcelona skipper Andres Iniesta says the famed Barcelona philosophy must never be relegated to the background no matter what temptation of getting results without playing well does.
The 32-year-old made the call after La Blaugrana’s
friendly match win over Qatari side Al Alhi on ksksk
This comes off the back of voices recently raised against Coach Luis Enrique’s tweaks in Barca’s style of play. Many believe it has made the Catalans drop most of the identity that embodied their famous tiki-taka. Since the former Celta Vigo’s coach’s return to Camp Nou – this time in the capacity of team manager as against his former youth coach post- in the summer of 2015, the Catalan side have been observed to have dropped the intensity with which they possess the ballthroughout the 90 minutes. They are now more eager to play long balls – very rare prior to now – and are less bothered about opponents having the ball to themselves.
Iniesta however debunked such views and maintained that: “It is not enough to just win but how you do it, and how often you do it. It is not winning in any waypossible.” Continue reading INIESTA INSISTS ON PRESERVING BARCA’S PHILOSOPHY
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been tying their players down in a bid to fend off interests from the Premier League, according to a report by Sky Sport Spanish football columnist, Guilem Balague.
The La Liga giants announced new contracts for their top stars in recent weeks and are set to tie more players down. Neymar and Gareth Bale are two superstars that renewed their deal in recent weeks. The improved deals saw a bump in salaries for both stars.
However, the buy-out clauses for the players were pushed up enough to deter any other club from poaching the players.
Balague opines that the buying power of Premier League clubs is one of the top reasons why the La Liga sides offered their players eye watering deals.
“It’s interesting why it is happening. Real Madrid are spending €31 million more on wages for the next season in their budget to stop Premier League poaching those players.
Continue reading MADRID AND BARCELONA FENDING OFF EPL INTERESTS
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he was “gutted” by the late equalizer from Dortmund when they faced off at the UEFA Champions League group game this week.
Real Madrid were almost sure to garner the three points from the game until a late Andre Schurrle equalizer forced them to share the proceeds with the German club.
Madrid played a 2-2 draw despite being on course for a first-ever win at Westfalenstadion. Zidane was pleased that his men remain joint top of Group F with Dortmund.
“I am gutted for the players, we didn’t deserve that. In the end, it’s not a bad result but playing like that, gutted. We are, I am, frustrated. We played a good game in attack and defence and it was a great effort from everyone. We played the game we wanted,” said Zidane.
The Real Madrid legend added that he was frustrated as the players deserved the victory for the work they put in. He said it was just a bad run as was normal in football. He claimed the club would get through it, even though it was difficult in telling the players that.
Continue reading ZIDANE UNHAPPY WITH DORTMUND’S EQUALIZER
English Premier League side West Ham have been sensationally linked with a move for Real Madrid player James Rodriguez.
The Columbian captain has suffered from active football action at Real Madrid of late, especially since current coach Zinedine Zidane took over. The player impressed at the World Cup prompting the Spanish giant to sign him for 80 million Euros
Since 2014 the player has had mixed spells at the club and is believed to be increasingly frustrated at his lack of playing chances. Despite the European success the club attained, the player didn’t contribute much as he was left on the bench during the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. The player is understood to be willing to leave the Bernabeu as his place at the club is not certain.
A lot of clubs are interested in signing the player and the player is likely to accede to any of the clubs as he is not guaranteed first team football even in the forthcoming season. Manchester United, Chelsea and even Paris St. Germain have been linked to the player but popular sports news publication Marca claims that West Ham have now joined in the expanding list of clubs keen on the services of the player.
Continue reading WEST HAM LINKED WITH SUMMER TRANSFER MOVE FOR JAMES RODRIGUEZ
Spanish giant, Real Madrid have begun transfer discussions with Juventus to land Paul Pogba this summer, according to reports.
The agent of the youngster, Mino Raiola confirmed. However, since Pogba is widely desired by various clubs, Juventus want a huge deal for the deal to go through, especially since they know Real Madrid have a history for breaking the bank whenever they really want s player.
Raiola wants a huge wage and Juventus are reported to have quoted €120million for the deal to go through. Raiola told Marca :
“We’re in the first stages of negotiations [with Real]. Paul admires Real and Zidane and these two aspects can be very important in his decision.”
While Real Madrid want the deal to go through, there are concerns about the huge requirement of the player. Raiola wants a deal of at least £350,000 per week for his client while Juve will only release Pogba is Madrid meet their world-record €120million fee. The wage will set him at equal pay packet with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the two superstars at the Bernabeu. There are now reports circulating that Real Madrid might opt for far cheaper Leicester City midfielder, N’Golo Kante. They could swoop the player for €25million and offer him a far cheaper weekly wage. Continue reading REAL MADRID BEGIN TRANSFER TALKS WITH JUVENTUS FOR POGBA