TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martinez urges Hazard to choose Chelsea stay over Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has told Eden Hazard to stay with Chelsea.Martinez believes a move to Real Madrid wouldn’t work for the Belgian.“I do not know if a new challenge would be good for him. He knows how much they love him at Chelsea and there’s chemistry between Sarri and him. Besides, he is enjoying his time at Chelsea, where he has reached an exceptional level,” said the Spanish coach in an interview with HLN.“It’s uncertain that a new project will suit him. I am convinced that he can reinvent himself at the club.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Ramsdale hugely impressiveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed the performance of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for last night’s win at Southampton.The England under-21 international produced a stellar performance to help Cherries deliver their first ever win in an away fixture against Southampton. Howe told the Daily Echo: “He did really well. He was hugely impressive.“His distribution was good, he was brave, which we want him to be and he made a couple of really good saves in that second half.“He is growing all the time. He has adapted very well to Premier League life.”
Lawyer admits Ronaldo joined Juventus due to favourable financial environmentby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer admits Spain’s tax laws contributed to his decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Ronaldo left Real over a year ago for the Turin giants.And legal rep José Antonio Choclan told AS: “In the thinking of a player when making his decision, he does not think only of the sporting aspect, the element of taxation also counts. “The Italian tax system is very attractive. I guess that’s not the only reason a player decides to go. In Spain, it is difficult to assume such a flexible system, but they are trying to change it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer accuses Liverpool striker Mane of divingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer has accused Liverpool striker Sadio Mane of diving to win an injury-time penalty in their 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.Mane went to ground inside the area under pressure from Marc Albrighton, with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot. VAR upheld Kavanagh’s original decision and James Milner converted from the spot to extend Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to eight points.After the game an angry brawl unfolded between both sets of players, as Leicester vented their frustration at their late defeat and Shearer felt they were right to feel aggrieved.”I don’t think it’s a penalty, I think it’s a dive,” said Shearer on Match of the Day. “It’s a contact sport. Mane takes a touch against Albrighton and then decides to go down.”
Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.
N’Golo Kante is pleased with the news that Chelsea have secured the £58 million signing of Christian Pulisic, amid a run which has seen the goals dry up for the Londoners and their forwards fall to injury.Pulisic will have to wait until next season to make his Chelsea debut as he spends the rest of this season on loan at Dortmund.Meanwhile, Kante has been one of Chelsea’s goal-scorers in a barren run which has seen Chelsea score only 11 goals in their last 10 games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Understandably, Maurizio Sarri is hoping for an attacking option to boost his misfiring forward line which is also beset by injuries – as Willian joined the likes of Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in recent spells on the sidelines.Kante says that Pulisic is a good signing for Chelsea and admits that his side missed too many chances against Southampton, in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw.”We know he’s a good player. He’s doing well for Dortmund and we are glad to welcome him to Chelsea,” Kante said at Stamford Bridge, before outlining the issues against Southampton. “It was a little bit difficult. We didn’t complete our objective at home.”We played against a very compact Southampton team, we had some chances but we didn’t score. I think we defended very well in this game. We tried to keep the ball in the first half, in the second half we continued with our plan.”We had more spaces and we tried to find a way to score but I think we missed some chances, the keeper made some saves and they fought until the end and got the point.”Chelsea are now preparing to play in the competition they won seven months ago, as the FA Cup winners welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the competition.Kante insists that Chelsea aren’t looking to get back to playing in the league to right the wrongs against the Saints and the beginning of their cup trophy defence. “No, no we want to do the best we can in every competition,” Kante added. “The FA Cup is coming, we won it last season and we are ready to play.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Maurizio Sarri should think twice before going public with criticism of his Chelsea players, Ruud Gullit has warned.The Italian questioned his team’s mentality after last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal, but Thursday’s penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final represented a telling response.After that game, Hazard was asked about Sarri’s comments and insisted “I don’t care”, with Gullit suggesting it was a bad idea for a manager to speak negatively about their squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? “It is very, very risky to criticise your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right,” Gullit wrote in a BBC Match of the Day column.”Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.”But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.”What you really don’t want is a situation that plays out in the media like the one we have just seen at Chelsea. The only people who benefit when that happens are the newspapers.”On the subject of Sarri’s specific criticism of star man Hazard and the Belgian’s response, Gullit was unequivocal, telling Sarri to “shut up”.“Sarri spoke about Hazard, calling him an individual and not a leader, and then Hazard responded by basically saying he does not care what his manager thinks, he is still going to do his thing – so shut up,” he said.”That is already a sign of what can go wrong when you call your players out.”I have never really felt like Sarri’s job was at risk through all this but, if they keep talking about each other then, as a manager, he is in trouble.”That has nothing to do with the power of the player involved, either.”Yes, Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and they rely on him too much, but it is the whole dressing room that Sarri has to handle here and keep happy, not just an individual.”Chelsea host Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday and will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@NiceKicksJim Harbaugh, what are you doing? Michigan isn’t sponsored by adidas anymore.So Michigan used to be sponsored by adidas, but on April 26 of this year the Wolverines signed a new deal with Nike. It wasn’t just any deal either, it was worth $173.8 million through 2031. Michigan’s football team also became the first “Jumpman” school in the country, but Jim Harbaugh does what he wants.The Michigan head coach obviously kept a few things he had with the adidas logo on it and didn’t think anyone would notice:.@UMichFootball traded Adidas for @jumpman23, but @CoachJim4UM is still rocking with the Adidas belt. pic.twitter.com/EXyfPfZTzj— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) September 25, 2016So are Nike belts just not good enough for Harbaugh? A plain black belt with the Jordan logo just doesn’t have that same feel to it as the adidas belt?Who knows, but regardless it is a bit strange that Harbaugh was rocking an adidas belt. The head coach of a Nike sponsored school and the first Jordan branded football team in the country should maybe stay loyal to those brands.Darren Rovell hit the nail on the head by saying that there is no way he gets away with this again.We’ll keep an eye on Harbaugh’s belt for you next weekend.
Arturo Vidal holds no concerns about Barcelona pursuing Neymar as the Brazilian’s return to Camp Nou reportedly edges closer.Reports in Spain indicate the two parties are growing increasingly optimistic of pushing through an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.The 27-year-old enjoyed four successful seasons in his first stint at Camp Nou but questions have been raised about the wisdom of a reunion. 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 Ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola pondered whether Neymar would return as the “same person” but midfielder Vidal, who is away on Copa America duty with Chile, is not about to question his club’s decisions.”I am already playing with the best in Barcelona, and if Barcelona want Neymar that is none of my business,” Vidal said.”I am focused on the national team, on trying to win this tournament, then to get some rest.”There are people in Barcelona in charge of those matters.”Vidal and Chile, winners of the past two Copa America tournaments, are preparing for a crunch semi-final date with Peru in Porto Alegre.The dynamic former Bayern Munich man and team-mate Charles Aranguiz will have to be on their best behaviour after each picked up a yellow card in the quarter-final victory Colombia.Another on Wednesday would mean a suspension for the final, should favourites Chile overcome their less experienced opponents.Vidal said: “Neither me nor Charles are worried about our bookings.”If we have to give our lives out there, if we have to risk another yellow card we will do it.”Our most important goal is to produce the best game in this tournament for the team so we can reach the final.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hopeful last season’s treble winners can add another centre back before the new season starts while also admitting that he hopes to see Leroy Sane remain with the club.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager addressed speculation surrounding the future of the German winger, who has been linked with Bayern Munich for a majority of the summer.Former Germany star Lothar Matthaus says that he believes Sane can be the new face of Bayern Munich, while Guardiola has already stated that he thinks Sane’s career would best be served by staying at City and is hoping to keep hold of the winger if possible. 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? “We want him to stay. Hopefully he can stay this season and another one and another one, that’s why we offered him a new contract,” Guardiola said.”I want him. He has special qualities, we play wingers and we need specific wingers. But it is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”City have made two signings this off-season with Spanish midfielder Rodri joining for a club-record £63 million and full-back Angelino returning to the club from PSV Eindhoven.Last season’s Premier League champions are set to face Wolves on Saturday in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.Manchester City took down West Ham United by a 4-1 scoreline to book their place in the finale of the pre-season tournament while Wolves cruised past Newcastle 4-0 in their semi-final. The Citizens are in the market for a new defender after club captain Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad following 11 seasons at the club.Kompany, who had been with City since 2008, has returned to his boyhood club Anderlecht as the Belgian side’s new player-manager.City has been linked with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, as has Manchester United, and while Guardiola refused to discuss the England international specifically, he acknowledges that they are looking at transfer targets.”We will see,” Guardiola said when asked if City needed to replace Kompany. “But yeah, we are looking for some names.”At the same time, we have three centre-backs who can play there and we have two young players in the second team who can help us.”We shall see if the market is possible and if the club believes we can spend that money. But if they don’t, we shan’t spend it.”