Arsenal Bellerin bemused by Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal squad divide claims Chris Burton 23:07 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal A. Sánchez Crystal Palace v Arsenal Crystal Palace Premier League Gunners legend Thierry Henry has suggested that uncertainty over the Chilean’s future has caused a split, with players now refusing to celebrate goals Hector Bellerin has offered a bemused response to accusations from Thierry Henry of Alexis Sanchez dividing the Arsenal squad.The Gunners legend offered his take on events at Emirates Stadium following a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.Sanchez netted twice in a Premier League win at Selhurst Park, but was said to have been snubbed during the celebration which accompanied his first effort. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Henry claimed that the rejection was a sure sign that Arsenal’s players are growing tired of the incessant speculation regarding the Chilean’s futur e, but Bellerin clearly does not buy into that.https://t.co/Fw1nrw4e2j — Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) December 29, 2017 He may not have said anything, but the Spaniard did not need to in order to get his point across.Bellerin has taken the opportunity to point out that Alexis was congratulated by at least one colleague after finding the target, with Laurent Koscielny acknowledging his effort.Henry, though, is unlikely to be convinced by one tweet from inside the Arsenal camp.The Gunners legend told Sky Sports : “There is a division in the team. He is asking them to come. ‘Why are they not coming? Don’t you want to celebrate?'”You’re not here for Alexis Sanchez, you’re here for Arsenal. Arsenal scored. Go and celebrate. Whoever does it, we don’t care about that, go and celebrate with your team-mate.”Maybe we are reading too much into it but I noticed it. Sanchez made me notice it. It was like he thought he was alone.”Arsenal will get another opportunity to prove that they are a united squad when they travel to West Brom on Sunday.They will take in that fixture perched sixth in the Premier League table, but within touching distance of the top four and the much-coveted Champions League spots.
Transfers Juventus accused of blocking approaches for Liverpool target Pjaca Tom Webber 20:54 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Juventus Serie A Premier League A permanent exit from the Serie A champions is out of the question for the winger, but his agent is angling for a loan move or more minutes in Turin Marko Pjaca needs a loan move to boost his playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup, his agent Marko Naletilic has suggested, with Juventus called upon to stop blocking approaches.Croatia international Pjaca made his comeback from eight months out with a cruciate ligament injury with the Bianconeri’s youth team in November, but is yet to feature for the senior side.The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from Allianz Stadium, but Naletilic denied he will depart permanently amid reports he could be included as part of a deal that would see Emre Can arrive from Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Massimiliano Allegri has hinted at a willingness to let Pjaca go out on loan, and the winger’s representative insists something needs to change with the World Cup fast approaching.”I receive calls from England, Germany, Italy, France but that is where conversation ends because Juventus will not even listen to offers,” Naletilic told 24sata.”We are aware it will be hard to get minutes and we will decide what to do shortly.”It could be a four-month loan or to stay in Juventus, but no permanent transfer is an option.”He needs minutes because of [the] World Cup. Primavera games helped him psychologically.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1: Salah overhauls Vardy strike as £75m Van Dijk looks on Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 12/31/17 Getty Images Jamie Vardy scored a seventh goal in his past five games against Liverpool but Mohamed Salah’s fine brace secured victory over Leicester. Mohamed Salah’s second-half brace sealed a pulsating come-from-behind 2-1 win for Liverpool over Leicester City at Anfield.Fourth-placed Liverpool are now unbeaten in 12 Premier League matches, a run that owes much to the brilliant Salah.The Egypt forward now has 23 goals in all competitions this season – more than the total mustered by eight Premier League clubs – and his inspiration was needed after a shaky start. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Virgil van Dijk, who will replace Salah as Liverpool’s record signing when his £75million switch from Southampton is completed, looked on from the stands as some abject defending allowed Jamie Vardy to score for the seventh time in his past five outings against the Reds inside three minutes.Claude Puel’s side, who remain eighth in the standings, were subjected to relentless waves of attack for their trouble and, although they held out manfully until the break, a deserved Liverpool win was sealed by Salah 14 minutes from time.He’s done it!goalsgames pic.twitter.com/Ce4bO7U6tW— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2017Such revelry was some way away when Jurgen Klopp’s men quickly offered a strong demonstration as to why Van Dijk has been made the most expensive defender of all time.Joel Matip’s pass out of defence sold Emre Can short and his lunging challenge did not fluster Vicente Iborra, with the former Sevilla midfielder clipping a fine pass into the path of Riyad Mahez to set up Vardy for a simple finish.Salah spearheaded the Liverpool response, thudding a low shot wide from inside the box before being hauled in by a brilliant last-ditch challenge from Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire.Any time Leicester’s pacey attack of Vardy, Mahrez and Demarai Gray were allowed a sight of Liverpool’s backline the hosts looked vulnerable. The thrilling solution to this for Klopp’s team was to select all-out attack as the best means of defence.Sadio Mane was ruled offside when he converted a left-wing Salah cross at the back post, while Liverpool’s top scorer floated a chip wide on the angle on another foray into the Leicester area after 20 minutes.City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could only shovel a low drive from Roberto Firmino back into his own box, where defender Daniel Amartey unconvincingly cleared behind.From another corner, in the 37th minute, Schmeichel failed to gather and Matip saw his resulting shot blocked by cluster of blue shirts.Any Liverpool goal promised to be something to savour and so it proved when Salah restored parity seven minutes into the second half.52: Lovely Mane flick composed @22mosalah finish! The Reds are back in this![1-1] pic.twitter.com/FXTPD4ndOq— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2017Can fired a pass to Mane, who spotted his team-mates run and spun a wonderful backheel into Salah’s path. Once in the area, the ex-Roma man negotiated a pair of challenges and drilled home a low finish.Leicester found themselves threatened with the second-half misery Swansea City endured at this ground on Boxing Day and Salah lifted an effort onto the roof of the net following a sumptuous Philippe Coutinho throughball.Mane was denied by the offside flag for the second time in the 66th minute, having scampered just beyond Amartey in anticipation of Salah’s pass.At the other end, a Christian Fuchs’ long throw caused consternation and Wilfred Ndidi rifled a sweet left-footed strike wide when Liverpool failed to effectively clear. Goalkeeper Loris Karius was rooted to the spot.Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot was too close to Schmeichel before the winner arrived in the 76th minute.It came from more slick Liverpool interplay, with James Milner accepting a pass from Firmino to apply the deft flick on that occasion, leaving Salah to turn the tireless Maguire and shoot unerringly past a helpless Schmeichel. Key Opta facts:- Liverpool have scored 77 goals in their 30 games in all competitions this season – their highest total at this stage of a campaign as a top-flight club.- Liverpool have gone 15 games in all competitions without defeat (W10 D5) – their joint-longest unbeaten run under Jurgen Klopp (also a 15-game run ending in November 2016).– After winning four in a row under Claude Puel, the Foxes have since gone four Premier League games without without a victory (D1 L3) and have lost consecutive league games for the first time since September.– Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 22 goals in 21 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season (17 goals, 5 assists).– Salah (23 goals) has scored more goals in all competitions this season than eight Premier League clubs (Crystal Palace, Burnley, Brighton and Hove Albion, Swansea City, West Brom, Huddersfield Town, Southampton and Newcastle United). read more
Transfers The top 30 targets of the January transfer window Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 15:45 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty composite Transfers Premier League Primera División Ligue 1 Bundesliga Serie A After a record-breaking summer, which players could be on the move in January? In no particular order, Goal presents 30 to keep an eye on…
Burnley 1 Liverpool 2: Klavan the unlikely last-gasp hero without Coutinho or Salah Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 01:02 1/2/18 Getty Images Liverpool made light of being without Philippe Coutinho or Mohamed Salah as Ragnar Klavan headed a dramatic 94th-minute winner at Burnley. Ragnar Klavan proved Liverpool’s saviour as his stoppage-time header capped a dramatic finale to secure a 2-1 win at Burnley on Monday.The Reds were shorn of two members of their ‘fab four’ at a sodden Turf Moor, with Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah missing while Roberto Firmino started on the bench as Jurgen Klopp sought to manage his resources amid a hectic festive schedule.Coutinho’s absence sparked further speculation surrounding his potential move to Barcelona although Klopp insisted the Brazilian had been ruled out with a thigh injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salah, who scored twice in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City to take his Premier League tally to 17, was missing with a groin problem although Liverpool described both his and Coutinho’s ailments as “minor” with the Reds due to welcome fierce rivals Everton to Anfield in the FA Cup third round on Friday.Sadio Mane’s stunning finish just past the hour put Liverpool ahead but it looked as though Burnley had secured a share of the spoils when Johann Gudmundsson stooped to head in at the far post in the 87th minute.But in the fourth minute of time added on, Dejan Lovren headed back across goal and Klavan raced in to nod home from practically on the goalline and ensure Liverpool were not left to rue their key absentees.GET IN!!!![1-2] pic.twitter.com/NJXSEL5vXi— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 1, 2018Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrated his first Premier League goal on Boxing Day but his mistake almost proved costly in the ninth minute here as Scott Arfield took up possession and slipped in Ashley Barnes, who blazed wide.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stung the palms of Nick Pope soon afterwards and only a superb last-ditch tackle from Adam Lallana – making his first start of the season – prevented Gudmundsson running clear on goal in an entertaining opening.Simon Mignolet saved comfortably from Arfield’s glancing header after Liverpool were again guilty of giving the ball away and the Canada international went agonisingly close in placing his effort narrowly wide of the left-hand post in the 38th minute.Liverpool improved markedly after the interval and forged ahead in the 61st minute as Alexander-Arnold’s cross deflected into the path of Mane, who turned and rifled an unstoppable drive into the top-left corner from the edge of the box.Pope was at full stretch to keep Alexander-Arnold’s rasping 25-yard effort out of the top-right corner as Liverpool turned the screw and forced a succession of corners.Barnes volleyed narrowly wide as Burnley sought to turn the tide before Oxlade-Chamberlain almost wrapped it up for the visitors, superbly denied at his near post by Pope.Sam Vokes’ header was well kept out by Mignolet diving low to his right but the substitute had more joy three minutes from normal time, glancing towards the back post for Gudmundsson to convert.But just when it appeared both sides would kick off 2018 with a battling point apiece, Lovren got his head to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s free-kick and Klavan stole in ahead of Phil Bardsley to send the visiting fans behind the goal into raptures. Key Opta Facts: – Liverpool have now gone 16 games unbeaten in all competitions (W11 D5), their outright longest run under manager Jurgen Klopp.- Burnley have conceded more goals in their last two fixtures at Turf Moor in the Premier League (five) than they did in in their first nine this season (three).- Ragnar Klavan scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool in his 34th appearance in the competition; it was the first goal by an Estonian in Premier League history.- Following Klavan’s goal, players of 97 different nationalities have now scored a Premier League goal (excluding own goals). read more
Arsenal Ryan Garry comes full circle with Arsenal and football Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 1 year ago 15:36 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal U17 Premier League An exclusive interview with Arsenal’s youth coach Ryan Garry on his shortened career, turning to coaching and the all-encompassing youth development. In recent times, Arsenal fans have been calling for the football club to bring home ex players back into the club for them to lead and guide the next batch of footballers. Ryan Garry might not be a household name like a Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp or even a Ray Parlour but he’s at the very least a former Gunner now working with the club he used to play for.Garry may not have an Arsenal career that endears him to many Gooners but he was one of those that came up through the ranks, right from the academy. Jack Wilshere is still held dear to many fans because he’s one of their own and in many ways, so is Garry.He joined the Arsenal academy at the age of eight having been scouted playing for a Sunday league team in East London, Garry progressed through the ranks until he was offered a professional contract with the club when he turned 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My personal goal was always try to be a professional footballer for Arsenal but I think at that stage, my younger years, it was always the case of trying to be the best player and trying to improve,” says Garry. “And I think year on year, I was able to do that with the help of the coaches and my family.“There were some fantastic coaches that I had on my journey. People like Don Howe, who was a very good coach. He was one of the youth team managers. There was Neil Banfield who is now with the first team. They were able to give me good advice on my development pathway.“I made my debut for the first team when I was 19 and that was three years after leaving school. That was a dream came true. Obviously you aim to play for the first team but you know there’s a lot of work to do to get there.“I was very happy to make my debut and I knew that I have to continue to work hard and listen to the coaches. By this time Arsene Wenger was the first team manager and you have to try to get selected for first team training. And when you are training with the first team, you have to try to impress him and try to take on all the information.”Arsenal had a solid if not spectacular bunch of youngsters coming through the age groups at that time, some of whom went on to have long careers from the Premier League level all the way down to the lower divisions.Steven Sidwell, Moritz Volz, Jeremie Aliadiere and Jermaine Pennant were one year older while the likes of John Spicer, Alex Bailey and David Bentley were part of the group that Garry came up with.Winning the FA Youth Cup along with the national under-17 and under-19 titles along the way meant that these players were catching a lot of attention not only from the people higher up in the Arsenal hierarchy but also scouts from other clubs.Just when things were looking on the up for Garry, disaster struck and precious time on the pitch was lost that also meant that he will have to depart from the club that he has been with for a long time.“Unfortunately, in and around the time when I made my first Premier League start, myself and the club didn’t really know how bad the injury was until it was fully investigated. And when it was investigated, we were made aware of how serious it was.“In the end, I had stress fracture in both of my shins. I was playing with sore shins and didn’t realised how bad it was until we had it x-rayed and doctors looked at it. So what happened was that after trying for the best of the season with no football, just rehab my bones to let it heal, it didn’t.“So I had an operation to put rods into both of my shins. Now, I already lost one year. I had that surgery done and I try to come back six months later but I was still facing some discomfort. So I had to wait a little while longer for the bones to fully heal.“While waiting, there were a lot of complications from the surgery. I developed compartment syndrome and by then I’ve already missed two and half years from when the injury was found out. I tried to get back fit, I remember I felt like I was getting my fitness and confidence back. Managed to get back on the bench for the first team but unfortunately a week later, I broke my leg in training.“This was the 2006-07 season and I was in my last year of contract with the club. I spoke to the manager and he said that he can’t offer me another contract but the club will offer the best help to get back fit. Then I had the opportunity to go on trial with League One, Bournemouth.“Kevin Bond liked what I did and they offered me a contract. Everything was going well in Bournemouth then I broke my leg again but in a different place. Went through another rehab cycle then I played four seasons with the club. It was another injury later that made me call time on my playing career and switch to coaching.”Bournemouth was the first one that provided the road for Garry to move into coaching but it has been a pathway that he has kept an eye on ever since his first big injury. The determination not to completely fall off the face of football became his driving motivation which ultimately led him full circle.The club from the south coast gave him a chance immediately with the first team rather than the younger age groups and the then 27-year-old Garry wasn’t going to turn it down. Despite the opportunity only lasting until the end of that 2011-12 season, it was a valuable experience gained.A year spent with Nike academy was next on the cards where Garry helped players released by Premier League clubs with 11 months of training to help them secure their next club before the call finally came from a familiar place.“When I took that role (Nike academy), I knew that it was only for one season. What happened was that, when I stopped playing, I would often go in to see the Arsenal academy train because it was fairly closed to where I lived. They asked me what I was doing at the moment, and they offered me the chance to do some part-time coaching, so I did.“Then an opportunity came when someone left. I applied but didn’t get that job. But another role came up and I was very fortunate to get that. That role was basically to be the head coach of the Under-15s and assist the other age group. “Football is now such a growing sport because of the money and resources. What you want to try and make sure happens for the best interest of the club is to hold on to its tradition and values. Sometimes that can be a player, a staff member who has been there a long time, someone who can share what has gone on in the past.“If you look at a club like Manchester United, they have a way of passing a message on from generation to generation. I think that certainly players that have played for the club can do that. It also could be someone from the medical department or the recruitment department.“If you look at Arsenal now, someone like Steve Bould who was a fantastic player with the first team, who spent 10 years with the academy and now is with the first team. A real Arsenal man for many many years. So it’s important to have that so that the boys who are trying to make it through, they understand that the tradition and the values of the club.”The challenges when working with young kids is a completely different thing compared to working with elder professional. Education remains a big part of the process in the lower age groups and that is something which resonates deeply with Garry as well.“Obviously the study is very important because we realise that not all of these players are going to play for Arsenal. I myself am a big fan of making sure that the boys have an all-round education and that they don’t neglect their schoolwork.“At Hale End, we have U9s to U16s. So if you’re with the U9s, you come in 3 times a week for training and you have a game at the weekend. When the boys get to U12s, we start a different education program so the boys will miss one day at school in the week where they come in to do education and training. When they get to 15 or 16, they do two half days.“We have a head of education who organises those lessons. What we feel is best for them is that they have their own friends at their schools near home because it gives them a well rounded understanding of schools.“We believe that if you were to come out of your normal schools and just being around footballers, that isn’t necessarily helpful. If you have friend who are footballers and maybe like art, that would be good. Not just football, football, football. So that’s how we work. But I believe there’s no right or wrong way, it has to be the way that the staffs feel is the best way.”Youth development in football requires attention to details from many aspects and it becomes a tough juggling act. In trying to produce players capable of filling spots in the first team, youth coaches like Garry are looking to do it with a more holistic approach. It’s not just about producing the most technically brilliant player but also ones with strong willpower.“Arsenal play in the Premier League and it’s known around the world as one of the toughest league because you have players from all over the world. Because of that, the competition is very high. You take that in and see what we need to prepare the young boys for.“We need to prepare them for a league that is very strong, played by elite players in all positions. When you’re looking to provide for that level, all the things have to be the best it can be. I don’t think there’s one single thing that we can think that’s the most important.“You have to have the technical level but I think you can’t be just be a technician now, you have be a very good athlete in whatever position that you play. The psychological element of football is going to be massive in years to come. Everyone is going to be a good technician. I think everyone would be a good athlete.“The players would be tactically aware so the psychological element could be maybe the biggest area to improve. If the player psychologically is in a good place, he’ll probably give a good performance.“What we certainly try to do with our players is that it isn’t always about winning at a young age but where they want to go, it is. So when they go along the pathway, you need to develop them to understand that they have to win.“By the end of the day, if I was to say that win a tournament, it would be great for the boys. But it doesn’t mean that they are going to play in the Premier League. You can’t think that you have to win at a young age but a developing player has to experience winning at that age but also to experience losing.“So it’s getting that balance. You have to explain to the boys and their parents. You learn a lot in life sometimes when you’ve lost and you’re not playing well. Hopefully along the journey, you get them to the point where it comes together and they understand about winning.”Garry took his Arsenal Under-15 team to Kuala Lumpur for the 2017 Super Mokh Cup in late December and his team went all the way to win the tournament, winning all five matches that they played in. It was an experience treasured by Garry and the players particularly when they got to play the final in the fantastic Bukit Jalil National Stadium that can hold a capacity of close to 90,000 spectators.“It’s was fantastic. Back in the UK, we don’t experience these conditions like the heat. Players this week have had to play in conditions that they don’t normally play in. They get the pressure of trying to get out of the group stage, the pressure of a semi-final.“They’ve got different oppositions, different ways of playing and different food at the hotel. All of these things are new experiences. We’ve been very happy with the tournament because it’s been new learning for the boys.“That will give them the opportunity to think that they’ve gone away from home and travelled halfway across the world, the heat, the conditions, the referees and the oppositions –if they haven’t gone through it, they wouldn’t have bits of learning. The tournament has been terrific.“One of the reasons why it was attractive to Arsenal was because of the location. There was an element that this could be something new for the boys and the staffs. We gather round every night and talk about the new experiences that we’ve learnt. It’s been a great learning for football but also stuffs off the pitch.”In the tournament, Garry was seen using a four-man defence formation which is different from what Wenger does with the first team. Admitting that it was necessary to expose the system that the first team use to all the age groups, it wasn’t one which they strictly needed to adhere to.“At the back end of last year, he (Wenger) used a different system. I know that the U23s, U18s and U16s and my group the U15s; at times this year we’ve gone three at the back as well. To be honest with you, it’s probably due to the conditions here (Kuala Lumpur) that we’ve played four. And also as well it is a combination of my age group and a younger age group.“I spoke to the boys and we decided as a staff that maybe four at the back was best. But it’s not a strict policy top down. You have to try and make sure that your youth team play like the first team does. Then that way they have a better understanding of how they need to play. This year, those older age group have that experience by using the same system.”When Garry was told back in 1999 that he will be offered a professional contract with Arsenal, it wasn’t a decision made to many of his fellow friends from the academy. It has now been a responsibility entrusted into the hands of Garry to make the same calls and it’s the toughest part of the job.“Very difficult. When you’re in this role and you’re trying to develop players, it’s very difficult when you have to sit down and say to someone that you’re not good enough. And the challenges are as well when as a group of staff that you have that discussion and decide that someone isn’t good enough – it doesn’t mean that you’re right.“Ideally, you’re making the correct decision. What I say to players that I have to release is that – I’m not saying I’m right. This is the decision that we have to make at this time. We still want you to have success even if it’s not at Arsenal. We hope that we’ve given you a lot of good information that you could go on and use. And we want you to prove us wrong. We want you to play at the highest level that you can.“And you have to make sure that you can help and support the boy and his family because for some, they have been there since the age of nine and they are getting told when they are 16 that they are not getting a contract. Sometimes the boy will get told that decision when they are 18 or 19; whenever you get told, it isn’t nice.“But the challenge is whether you can produce a player for Arsenal but if not, can he be someone for another Premier League team. There’s example of that with Isaac Hayden at the moment with Newcastle. He left Arsenal but he’s playing now in the Premier League.“Last year, once I knew that some players were to be leaving us, we would as a club contact clubs local to where the player lives. And we would give them any information that we hold, asking the recruitment people at the club to come in and have a look.“Ideally when you’re saying to a player that he’s going to be leaving us, you’ve got options to give them. Because we want to help them stay in football, if they want to. It’s helpful to give these young people the next step in keeping their dreams, even if it’s not at Arsenal. You want them to still have that dream and desire to be a footballer. Whether it’s a Premier League club or somewhere lower, it’s still a success in our eyes.
Transfers Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Blues lodge Ronaldo offer Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:42 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Chelsea Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blues as the January transfer window heats up Offer lodged for Real’s RonaldoChelsea are one of three clubs to have tabled an offer for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, reports Don Balon.The Portugal international is unhappy at Real’s continued pursuit of Brazilian star Neymar and is planning a move away from Santiago Bernabeu.A return to England is a possibility for the ex-Manchester United forward, but Chelsea face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and the LA Galaxy. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Courtois close to new contractThibaut Courtois has said in the Evening Standard that he is “close” to agreeing a new contract at Chelsea.The Belgian goalkeeper’s current deal expires in 2019 and he has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.Read the full story on Goal! PSG eyeing ConteParis Saint-Germain already consider Antonio Conte as their frontrunner to replace head coach Unai Emery, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.The Ligue 1 leaders will sack the Spaniard in the summer and will replace him with the Italian boss, with the French side impressed with the way the Italian led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season.Conte, meanwhile, remains unsettled at Stamford Bridge.Juve set to keep SandroJuventus are determined to keep Alex Sandro this January, preventing the left-back from moving to Chelsea or Manchester United, according to the Independent .The Blues are now more likely to explore different full-back options this transfer window, while the Red Devils could wait to see if Sandro is available in the summer.PSG target summer move for ConteParis Saint-Germain are set to move for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Despite sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 and having flown through the Champions League group stages, the Parisiens’ hierarchy are not happy with Unai Emery.And they believe they can take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge to tempt him to the French capital.Conte: ‘I’ve rarely been given players I asked for’Antonio Conte said he does not aim high with his transfer requests and has “rarely been given the players I asked for” after the Chelsea boss was questioned about his January plans.Conte added via Sky Sport Italia : “I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme.”Read the full story on Goal! Real still chasing CourtoisReal Madrid are still chasing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, claims Diario Gol . Despite having the club reportedly being set to sign Athletic Club’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, Madrid are still interested in bringing in the Belgian, with the report claiming that the 25-year-old is keen on a move to Madrid. The Blues star spent time on loan with Atletico and his ex wife and children still live in the Spanish capital. Chelsea cool Dembele interestChelsea’s interest in Celtic star Moussa Dembele has cooled off, with the club looking to Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Boakye to strengthen the attack, according to the Evening Standard . Dembele has been on Chelsea’s radar since his time at Fulham, but the Blues have been scared off by Celtic’s asking price and won’t be making a bid for him. Lemar is thought of more as a wide man who could help the attack, so the club are also looking at Boakye as a front man with Antonio Conte still not having trust for Michy Batshuayi. Conte hints at Luiz & Batshuayi exitsChelsea manager Antonio Conte has hinted that David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.The pair have slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season, and could be at risk of missing out on playing at the World Cup this summer.Conte has confirmed that players who are concerned on not making the cut for the tournament in Russia could be let go if he is able to sign replacements first.Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea to make €35m Trigueros moveChelsea are set to make a €35 million offer for Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros, according to El Gol Digital . The 26-year-old has impressed in La Liga this season, with many of Europe’s biggest clubs monitoring his progess.But Chelsea are set to make the first move, though any deal is unlikely to be completed until the end of the January window.Conte keen on signing Alexis & VidalChelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted he would be interested in signing Chilean duo Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.The Blues have been heavily linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal while Alexis looks set to leave Arsenal with his contract up at the end of the season.The former Juventus boss feels both players are among the best in the world, and he sees no reason why he would not want them at Stamford Bridge.Read the full story on Goal!
Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Arsenal turn to Aubameyang Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:18 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal turn to AubameyangArsenal will look to make a January move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Alexis Sanchez leaves during the transfer window, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Alexis continues to be linked with Manchester City as his contract continues to run down at the Emirates Stadium.And the Gunners have started making contingency plans, with Aubameyang their primary target given his willingness to leave the Bundesliga giants. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal to move for young Spanish starArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on a move for Dinamo Zagreb’s Spanish attacker Dani Olmo, according to 24 sata. Olmo, 19, has represented Spanish youth national teams, but recently gained Croatian citizenship. Spain will reportedly call him up to their U-21 side in the near future to avoid the teenager pledging his international future to Croatia. Wenger will face competition for Olmo, with three other English sides reportedly interested. Jardim says Lemar won’t be sold in JanuaryMonaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his side will not allow Thomas Lemar to leave the club this January.The 22-year-old is a long-term target of Liverpool and Arsenal, but Jardim says Lemar won’t be leaving Monaco until summer at the earliest.”Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It’s our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here,” Jardim said.Read the full story here.Puel insists Mahrez is happy at LeicesterLeicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.Many of Europe’s biggest clubs have been monitoring the Algerian attacker, who handed in a transfer request this summer that ultimately went unfulfilled. “He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing,” Puel said.Read the full story here.City willing to pay £35m for AlexisManchester City are ready to open the January bidding for Alexis Sanchez at £25 million but will go as high as £35m, claims the Daily Mail.The Arsenal forward continues to run down his contract, with Goal revealing that the Chilean is eager to push through a January switch to the Etihad.Liverpool eyeing shock Alexis moveLiverpool are considering a shock move that would see them sign Alexis Sanchez to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Don Balon .The Reds are on the verge of selling Coutinho to Barcelona, and while Alexis seems poised to join Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s side reportedly are prepared to make a last-minute bid for the Arsenal star.West Ham join Walcott raceWest Ham are the latest club to show an interest in Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Express .The England international has barely featured for the Gunners in the Premier League this season and looks set to depart in January.Everton and Newcastle are also keen on signing him, but Sky Sports report Southampton are leading the way to sign their former academy graduate.Alexis agrees Man City moveArsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has verbally agreed to join Manchester City, according to Marca .The Chile international almost joined City last summer and looks set to run his contract – which is up at the end of the season – down at the Emirates Stadium.A number of European clubs have tried to make approaches for the former Barcelona man, but they have been told Alexis is only interested in joining City having spoken to Pep Guardiola.Man Utd & City set for Evans battleManchester United and Manchester City are set to battle for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, according to the Daily Mirror .West Brom are prepared to sell their captain this month if he does not commit to a new contract, and the Red Devils reportedly are now willing to pay £20 million to fend off City and bring Evans back to Old Trafford.Arsenal also are monitoring the situation, though Evans is said to prefer a move to Manchester.Arsenal complete Mavropanos signingArsenal have completed the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from Greek side PAS Giannina, Goal understands.The Gunners’ new chief scout Sven Mislintat has close ties to the 20-year-old centre-back, who has also attracted interest from Olympiakos, and the Premier Leaguehave snapped him up in a deal worth £1.8 million.Read the full story on Goal! Lemar decides to join LiverpoolMonaco star Thomas Lemar has decided to join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, according to Yahoo Sport . Arsenal tried to sign Lemar last summer, but failed to finalise a €95 million deal on deadline day which, in turn, prevented Alexis Sanchez from joining Manchester City.Liverpool were also interested in Lemar in the last transfer window and are ready to make a renewed push to sign the France international in January, with Barcelona trying to agree a deal for Philippe Coutinho.Manchester United have also been linked with Lemar, but the winger has decided he wants to join Liverpool and he could become the replacement for Coutinho at Anfield.Arsenal set Alexis priceArsenal are willing to sell Alexis Sanchez for a fee of over £25 million, according to the Daily Mirror .The Chile international has attracted serious interest from Manchester City, and is keen to move to the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal are subsequently ready to acquiesce to his desires, provided they receive an acceptable offer, though any bid will be a major hit on what they were offered in the summer.Indeed, City were ready to pay over £60m on deadline day, but no deal could be struck.
Liverpool Klopp hints at delaying Van Dijk’s Liverpool debut Jamie Smith 23:42 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Everton Everton FA Cup Jürgen Klopp The Reds boss has suggested that the club’s record-breaking £75 million signing may not make his bow in an FA Cup third round derby date with Everton Virgil van Dijk may have to wait for his Liverpool debut after Jurgen Klopp hinted the club’s record signing could be left out for Friday’s FA Cup tie with Everton.Van Dijk was not eligible to play against Burnley on New Year’s Day after formally completing his protracted move from Southampton for a fee of £75 million on that day – a world-record for a defender.The Reds will be without star attackers Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho for the Merseyside derby, but Klopp reiterated that Van Dijk may need to be patient. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Mo and Phil are not available, with Virgil it’s different, we have to see,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday. “He’s healthy but I have to make a decision for this game, we’ll see what we do with him.”Centre-half is a position that needs to be tuned to the rest of the team. I imagine everyone is desperate to see him on the pitch but there is no rush. It’s more important for him to play good games for us than a lot of games.”We have to wait a little bit for updates on each player then we make the line-up. The line-up will show all the respect we have for the FA Cup. A few people said I don’t show enough respect for cups but that isn’t the truth. Maybe we make it more obvious.”Yeah [it will be Liverpool’s strongest side]. It’s nothing to do with the [Manchester] City game [on January 14] to be honest. We always try to do that, by the way, or try to do it. Afterwards we can get judged but that is our life. It will be the strongest line-up, for sure.”Loris [Karius] will start. I think Wardy [Danny Ward] will be sub, so Simon [Mignolet] has a little break.” Behind the scenes with our new No.4… More exclusive footage of @VirgilvDijk on @LFCTV GO: https://t.co/RA201a2Vhx pic.twitter.com/3GyabIkvVo — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 4, 2018 With Salah and Coutinho ruled out – although Klopp stressed neither player has “big injuries” – 20-year-old forward Dominic Solanke could be given another chance to impress in Liverpool’s forward line.”Each game for Dom is very important,” Klopp added. “He was busy against Burnley, I think he ran 12.5km which is very rare for a striker.”Very lively and he will score in the future, no doubt. He gets experience. A player like Dom, for him it is perfect to play as much as possible. That’s really important.”pic.twitter.com/hnVroFUhCr — Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) January 1, 2018 Everton claimed a point in December’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, Wayne Rooney’s penalty earning a 1-1 draw despite a highly defensive display from Sam Allardyce’s side, but Klopp believes Everton will show more attacking ambition in Friday’s cup tie .”Sam is not long enough at Everton that I can judge [his tactics] well,” Klopp added. “But they have had more offensive actions [in other games] than against us.”Was it because of our strength? I don’t know. But yes, they will look for a chance and go to score a goal. Otherwise we might have to play again. It’s not important what Everton do because we have to concentrate on our own game. Even if they want to play, we will have more possession. If they had more possession, it would be a surprise.”They have a big counter-attack threat, [Yannick] Bolasie is back and that is a big boost for them. They have a good squad, had a good run in the league before their last two games but that is not important. A cup competition is isolated from the season, there is more opportunity than pressure. There are no real favourites in a cup competition but playing at Anfield is a big boost for us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Transfers Batshuayi, Di Maria & 10 benchwarmers who need a loan or transfer to make World Cup squads Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty composite Transfers World Cup Chelsea PSG Manchester United Arsenal Barcelona Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Michy Batshuayi David Luiz Olivier Giroud Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A With the finals just six months away and the January transfer window open, several big names are in need of regular football to earn a trip to Russia
Transfers Emre Can is a ‘talented’ player – Juventus boss Allegri fans transfer speculation Ryan Benson 21:05 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Juventus Cagliari v Juventus Liverpool Premier League Serie A The Germany international’s contract is only six months away from expiring and the Italians have been linked with a Bosman move Massimiliano Allegri has done nothing to distance Juventus from speculation about a potential move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, speaking of his admiration for the “talented” German.Can has entered the final six months of his contract at Liverpool and can now open discussions with other clubs regarding a free transfer at the end of the season.Liverpool have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to tie the former Bayer Leverkusen man down to a new deal, despite their best efforts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Can has long been regarded as a potential target for Juventus and, although Allegri was not willing to discuss “the transfer market”, the Italian did not hide his feelings about the player.”We’re all aware of Emre Can’s qualities,” Allegri told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cagliari.@OfficialAllegri : “We’re all aware of Emre Can’s qualities. He is a young, talented player who forms a part of an extraordinary midfield for Germany. However, I’m not going to talk about the transfer market.” #CagliariJuve — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 5, 2018 “He is a young, talented player who forms a part of an extraordinary midfield for Germany. However, I’m not going to talk about the transfer market.”Allegri will be without several first-team players for Saturday’s match, with Gianluigi Buffon still missing due to a calf problem, as Allegri sees no need to risk him.”Mattia [De Sciglio], Gigi [Buffon] and [Juan] Cuadrado are out of the match,” he said. “I’ll evaluate [Claudio] Marchisio and [Stefano] Sturaro, who took a blow to the knee today in training. We will see, but Mario Mandzukic is in great shape. The whole team is in good condition, generally.@OfficialAllegri : ” @MarioMandzukic9 is in great shape. The team as a whole are in good condition.” #CagliariJuve pic.twitter.com/emdvglc9Ea — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 5, 2018 “Buffon is working towards a recovery from the injury he sustained against Napoli. It makes no sense risking him before the break.”
Premier League Who will win Champions League, Ballon d’Or and World Cup in 2018? Football Manager Predicts Paul Rayment 00:56 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Goal Premier League UEFA Champions League Serie A UEFA Europa League World Cup Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División WTF Goal simulated the calendar year and there were plenty of shocks and surprises when the major prizes were won With 2017 behind us, Goal is looking ahead to predict the winners and losers in 2018, by using Football Manager 2018.What will be the big shocks, who will win the major tournaments and can Cristiano Ronaldo claim another Ballon d’Or? All will be answered.Premier LeagueConsidering Manchester City’s actual dominance, it was a surprise to see Arsenal finish the 2017-18 season as Premier League champions. The Gunners amassed 81 points to finish nine points clear of runners-up Liverpool, while City were only fourth, a further point back. Of course, on the simulation Arsenal didn’t have to overturn City’s early-season form, with Pep Guardiola’s team failing to top the table at any point of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, probably a bigger shock than Arsenal lifting the Premier League trophy was Watford’s Troy Deeney topping the goalscoring charts with 21 goals.Fast forward to the end of 2018 and Manchester United are top of the Premier League on goal difference from Liverpool and Chelsea, with all three on 34 points after 16 games. Alexis Sanchez, now playing for Manchester City following a free transfer, is leading the scoring charts with nine goals.La Liga2018 saw Atletico Madrid crowned La Liga champions, topping the table with 96 points and a massive +62 goal difference. Barcelona finished in second spot with 88 points and Real Madrid were third with 83. Despite his team finishing third, Ronaldo was the league’s highest scorer with 25 goals. Real Madrid’s poor league position saw Carlo Ancelotti return to the Santiago Bernabeu as coach to replace Zinedine Zidane, who was sacked at the end of the season.At the end of 2018, Real Madrid sit top of the table, with new signing Cenk Tosun, who joined from Besiktas for £12.25m, having scored nine goals in six games. Zidane, meanwhile, found a new job as coach of Benfica.Serie AIn Italy, it was a dramatic finish to the Serie A season, as Juventus beat Inter to claim their seventh consecutive Scudetto. The Bianconeri clinched the title on the final day of the season after beating Benevento to leapfrog Inter, who could only draw with Sassuolo. Mauro Icardi and Andrea Belotti finished the season as joint top-scorers with 18 goals. At the end of 2018, Napoli narrowly lead the way, with AC Milan a close second. Parma are back in Serie A but sit bottom of the table.Ligue 1In France, PSG held top spot for 19 weeks out of 38, but eventually finished second, two points behind Monaco. The Ligue 1 champions were only top for the final two weeks of the season. PSG’s end-of-season capitulation saw Unai Emery replaced as coach by former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.Topping the scoring charts at the end of the 2017-18 season was Jimmy Briand of Guingamp, with 24 goals. Edinson Cavani took second spot, with PSG team-mate Neymar finishing the season with 18 goals in all competitions.At the end of the year, PSG sit top of the table, with Monaco five points behind in second. Kasper Dolberg, signed from Ajax for £20m, now leads the line for PSG, with Cavani on the bench.BundesligaBayern Munich dominated in 2018, maintaining first spot from week 19 until the end of the season. RB Leipzig finished second and their striker Timo Werner was top scorer with 19 goals.At the end of the year, Bayern are once again leading in Germany, with RB Leipzig a close second. New signing Belotti now takes up the central striker role for Bayern, with Robert Lewandowski playing on the right wing.Champions LeagueIt was an all-Manchester Champions League final and one which will go down in history as a classic.Manchester United led 2-0 going into the final 10 minutes only for goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva, who equalised in the last minute, to take the game into extra-time.Paul Pogba was sent off five minutes into extra-time for picking up a second yellow card after a foul from behind on Silva. With the match heading for penalties, an Antonio Valencia own goal saw City win their first Champions League crown.Europa LeagueThe Europa League was a tense affair, with AC Milan beating Arsenal on penalties in the final after a 2-2 draw and Leonardo Bonucci scoring the decisive spot-kick.World CupThere was heartache for England in Russia, as Gareth Southgate’s team managed to reach the World Cup final, only to lose to France on penalties.A 90th minute penalty from Daniel Sturridge took the game into extra-time following Kylian Mbappe’s opener for France, who had seen Pogba sent off after just eight minutes. France were reduced to nine men when Kurt Zouma was shown a red card on 95 minutes, but England failed to capitalise, and penalty misses from Dele Alli and Jordan Henderson in the shoot-out cost them World Cup glory.England, who had won all three group games, had made it to the final by beating Brazil 1-0 thanks to an injury-time winner from Raheem Sterling. France needed goals in the 89th and 91st minute to claim a 2-0 win over Belgium in the semi-finals.Antoine Griezmann and Gonzalo Higuain finished as joint-top scorers with five goals each, while Sterling was named the player of the tournament.Ballon d’OrDespite Real Madrid failing to win any trophies in 2018, the 2018 Ballon d’Or was awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo, with Luis Suarez second and Alexis Sanchez finishing third. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Man Utd target Dybala told he ‘can’t play centre-forward for a big club’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:48 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Barcelona Juventus Serie A Primera División Premier League Paulo Dybala Massimiliano Allegri has questioned the Argentine’s ability to lead the line, but Giuseppe Marotta intends to keep him in Turin for “a long time” Paulo Dybala has been told by his own manager that he “cannot play centre-forward for a big club”, but Juventus intend to fend off admiring glances from Manchester United and Barcelona.The Argentine forward sparked interest from big-spending sides across Europe on the back of his efforts at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.As comparisons were drawn to iconic countryman Lionel Messi, a union with the Camp Nou talisman was mooted – along with a possible switch to Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dybala has endured a dip in form since then, with talk of a breakdown in his working relationship with Allegri unlikely to be curbed by an admission from the Juve coach that the 24-year-old is not ready to lead the line at a heavyweight outfit.Allegri told reporters of the South American’s role: “He cannot play centre-forward for a big club, where the distance to goal is much shorter.“Just look at his best goals for Juve, they’re often when he’s running from deeper positions.”Allegri has previously stated that high praise of Dybala has been detrimental to his form, with it too early to place him alongside the very best in the business.He said: “The comparisons which were made at the start [of the season] were damaging for Paulo, but fortunately he’s a smart lad and he understands you can’t compare a lad of 24 to two sacred monsters of football [Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo], who have won 10 Ballons d’Or.”While Allegri is eager to keep Dybala grounded, general manager Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that it is Juve’s intention to retain the talented frontman’s services for the foreseeable future.Responding to the ongoing speculation surrounding the Argentine, he told Rai Sport: “We want Dybala to stay with us for a long time.“At the start we invested a figure that might not have been adequate for that time, but the player has shown to be in tune with our valuation and has represented enormous value.“He has had some difficulty, but that is normal for a young player. We are patient with him and I am sure he is going to repay our trust, but we are not expecting extraordinary things from him every Sunday.“We want to continue with Paulo for a long time.”Despite his struggles for consistency this season, Dybala has still managed 17 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions – with the target found three times in his last three outings.
Transfers ‘Keeping Kane away from Real Madrid & Man Utd will be difficult’ Chris Burton 19:03 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Primera División Premier League The striker continues to be heavily linked with a big-money move and former Spurs star Christian Ziege thinks he may be tempted to leave Tottenham may see their hand forced by Harry Kane at some stage if Real Madrid and Manchester United rumours persist, Christian Ziege has warned.The England international striker continues to see his profile rise around the world on the back of his remarkable goal-scoring exploits at Spurs.Having forged a reputation as one of the Premier League’s finest frontmen, with back-to-back Golden Boots secured, Kane is a now a superstar on the global stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His efforts in 2017 saw him better Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi with 56 goals for club and country, and Ziege believes mounting interest will spark the 24-year-old’s curiosity at some stage.The former Germany international, who spent three years at White Hart Lane in his playing days, told ESPN FC: “Obviously, he’s scoring goals for fun.“He’s a strong striker and it depends a bit on him and if he wants to leave.“He has the option to change [clubs] in the Premier League or if he wants to have experience away from the Premier League. At some stage, if he wants to move on, it will be difficult to keep him.”While warning that Kane could be tempted to leave, Ziege remains confident that Tottenham – as Premier League title hopefuls and regulars in the Champions League – could find a suitable successor.He added: “You should always think that one player does not make a club. Obviously, he’s a good player, but it’s always the same story. For example, you can lose a fantastic goalkeeper and then all of sudden, you find a new one.“In this case, Spurs might lose a great striker and then find a new one. There’s always coming and going and a chance for the next one who’s coming.”For now, Kane – who has also been heavily linked with Manchester United in recent transfer windows – is fully focused on events in north London.He already has 24 goals to his name this season, including 18 in the Premier League, and has a World Cup to look forward to in the summer – with it possible that he could head to Russia as England captain.
Eredivisie The next Van Dijk? 10 Dutch youngsters who could be stars Peter McVitie Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Eredivisie Premier League Chelsea Ajax Manchester City After the Netherlands international’s £75 million move to Liverpool, Goal takes a look at the next Dutch stars tipped for big things Although their game is struggling to compete with the world’s best at international and club level, Netherlands have shown they are still producing players capable of reaching the top of the game after Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender in history,The £75 million Liverpool paid to sign the centre-back from Southampton generated a lot of debate, with many insisting the Reds had overpaid. But the 26-year-old will certainly boost a defence in need of strength and stability and got off to a great start with a debut goal in the FA Cup win over Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Van Dijk’s journey to the top has come as no surprise to those who watched him excel at the beginning of his career with Groningen, playing a key role as the Eredivisie side challenged for a place in Europe.It serves as a reminder that bright talents are still blossoming in the Netherlands, and here Goal takes a look at some youngsters tipped for big things.FRENKIE DE JONG | AJAXHe has made just 21 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax, but Frenkie de Jong is already seen as one of Netherlands’ brightest prospects. The Amsterdam side moved quickly to extend his contract to 2022 after his impressive displays in the centre of midfield.New coach Erik ten Hag will likely make good use of the Netherlands Under-21 international, who is expected to play a key role in the club’s futureHe is only just securing his place in the starting XI, but he has even convinced his opponents that he is on his way to stardom, as PEC Zwolle star Ryan Thomas sang his praises recently.”Recently I saw an Ajax game, and I was busy with Frenkie de Jong for 90 minutes,” he told Voetbal International .”He’s three years younger than me, but so incredibly good, and he’ll one day play at Barcelona or Real Madrid.”You could now ask me how David Neres or Justin Kluivert played that game, but I have no idea, I only watched Frenkie.”How he walks, how he turns, where the space is. He’s the youngest on the field, but everyone gives him the ball, that is the greatest compliment for a footballer.”PERR SCHUURS | AJAXIt has been just over a year since he made his professional debut at the age of 16, but Perr Schuurs has already taken over as captain of Fortuna Sittard and earned a big move to Ajax.The centre-back has enjoyed an incredible rise and has even been hailed as “the future of Dutch football” by ex-Ajax coach Henk ten Cate after seeing him in a friendly last summer.”I did not know what I saw. He had everything,” he added.The armband was given to him at the start of this campaign and he has continued to look flawless for a side who have made it to the top of the table under Sunday Oliseh.He has already scored five times in 17 league displays this season, including an incredible free-kick against RKC Waalwijk.Ajax and PSV had already been lurking and the Amsterdam side soon lured him with a contract until 2022.He will spend the remainder of the season with his hometown team, though, allowing Fortuna fans to enjoy the exploits of a special talent in their colours for a bit longer.KIK PIERIE | HEERENVEENA young talent determined to reach the top, Kik Pierie is proving he has the talent to back up his ambitions as a regular starter for Heerenveen at just 17.The centre-back, who is the son of former Netherlands international hockey player Jean-Pierre Pierie, has only made 19 appearances for the Eredivisie side, but he does not expect to be there for too long.”It would be nice to play at a big club in the Champions League one day. Now I am focusing on Heerenveen. It’s great that I play so many Eredivisie matches at my age,” he told Leeuwarder Courant .”I’ve renewed my contract with the club this year until 2020, but perhaps a dream club will come over with a good plan. I have no idea how long I will stay at Heerenveen.”A quick defender who is comfortable on the ball, Pierie is one of Heerenveen’s top passers this season and is already making appearances for Netherlands Under-19s.MATTHIJS DE LIGT | AJAXA Europa League finalist at the age of 17, Matthijs de Ligt has been making quite the name for himself across the continent, despite making his Ajax debut just over a year ago.The classy centre-back has made himself a mainstay in the heart of the defence and is developing well in a promising side.Already a three-time Netherlands international, the 18-year-old is gearing up for a fantastic career and is said to have attracted interest from Barcelona among other top European sides, but he insists he has no interest in leaving any time soon.”It’s a nice compliment, they are one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he told Het Parool , “But as long as it is a rumour, I don’t think about it.”Such a big move may be premature at the moment, but it looks certain that De Ligt will be on the receiving end of some big offers in the future.DONYELL MALEN | PSVHe is just 18 years old, but Donyell Malen has already had spells at Ajax, Arsenal and PSV. The young striker came through the Amsterdam side’s youth academy before being snapped up by Arsenal, but spent just two years in London before PSV lured him back to his homeland.Starring for Jong PSV in the Eerste Divisie this season, he has shown why the demand for him has been so high at a young age. He had impressed for Arsenal Under-18s and was a regular in the UEFA Youth League, and his eye for goal looks even sharper in the professional league.He already has eight goals in 15 games for Jong PSV and is flourishing with Netherlands Under-21s, generating a lot of excitement already.PSV coach Phillip Cocu rewarded him by including him in the senior team’s January training camp in the United States, suggesting he could be set to make his debut for the Eredivisie leaders.RICK VAN DRONGELEN | HAMBURGRick van Drongelen needed just one season in the Eredivisie with Sparta Rotterdam to earn a move to another league.After helping Sparta get promoted to the Dutch top flight and then stay in it, the centre-back was lured to the Bundesliga by Hamburg and impressed right away to make his debut while still just 18.He recovered from an injury and went on to put in a solid display against Bayern Munich in October, earning the praise of coach Markus Gisdol despite the 1-0 defeat.”The boy is really fun,” he said. “It’s easy to forget that he’s only 18 because of his game. “Rick is a guy who takes things in his hands, who wants to take responsibility. I do not have to tell him, he’s coaching, he’s loud, and he does it on his own.”The strong, confident defender has chosen a good role model, too: he is an admirer of Giorgio Chiellini’s “ruthless, hard, fearless” defending style and ability to stay calm in frustrating situations.DONNY VAN DE BEEK | AJAXWith 65 Ajax appearances under his belt, Donny van de Beek is experienced for a 20-year-old. The midfielder rose through the club’s youth system to make his Eredivisie debut in November 2015, he had been in and out of the team before nailing down his place this term.He has looked bright in the midfield alongside Frenkie de Jong and Hakim Ziyech to make himself a key player, scoring six goals in 18 league games.Van de Beek has excellent control and a great eye for a pass as he links up with the attack and is dangerous as he makes runs into the box.Ajax recently gave him a new four-year contract to ensure he continues his development in his homeland, and his progress remains exciting to watch.DAISHAWN REDAN | CHELSEAThe outrage that Daishawn Redan caused when he fled Ajax’s famous youth academy to join Chelsea in 2017 suggested the Amsterdam side had lost a special talent.The prolific goalscorer accelerated through the age groups at both Ajax and the national team, quickly attracting offers from Premier League teams.The Blues snapped him up ahead of Manchester United and he has impressed for the Under-18s already.Redan has been captain of Netherlands Under-17s since last March and has netted an incredible 14 goals in 18 games.Making the switch to England at such a young age was a risky decision, however, as many Dutch talents have struggled after embarking on a similar path, but Redan will be hoping to follow Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Nathan Ake into first-team football in the Premier League.The youngster is sure he made the right call, however, as he feels he is becoming a better player in London.”If I play a game now, I feel like I can run for the whole game, that’s not normal,” he said. “I learned a lot at Ajax, technique, tactical insight, everything actually. I look back on it with a positive feeling, but at Chelsea I can develop even further to the level I want to reach.”I want to develop myself into one of the best strikers in the world.”JAVAIRO DILROSUN | MANCHESTER CITYAnother player who left Ajax for one of the Premier League big guns without making a first-team appearance, Javairo Dilrosun has made a big impression at Manchester City.The 19-year-old arrived at the Etihad Stadium side in 2014 and is currently developing with the Under-23s in the Premier League 2.According to reports in England, City have a fight on their hands to hold on to the promising winger as Liverpool, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are among the teams looking to snap him up.The Premier League side have big expectations of him, however, and will be hoping to persuade him to stay.ARMANDO OBISPO | PSVAlready captain of Jong PSV and awaiting his debut for the senior side, Armando Obispo is looked upon as one of the Eindhoven club’s brightest talents.The 18-year-old defender has risen through the youth system since the age of six and has become one of the most important players for the reserves this season.He has been described by former PSV and Ajax coach Aad de Mos as a player with “unimaginable” potential and PSV have moved quickly to extend his contract until 2021 with an option for another year.Sitting on the fringes of the first-team, he will be one to watch when he gets the nod from Phillip Cocu. 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PSG Exiled Cavani and Pastore offered no guarantees by PSG boss Emery Dom Farrell 21:45 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP PSG Nantes v PSG Nantes Ligue 1 The South American duo are in contention to face Nantes, but their manager is yet to decide whether he will bring them back into his plans Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is yet to decide whether top scorer Edinson Cavani and midfielder Javier Pastore will return to the side for Sunday’s Ligue 1 trip to Nantes.Cavani and Pastore were not in the squad as PSG beat Amiens 2-0 in midweek to reach the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals following their late return to training after the mid-season break.The South American duo were also omitted from the 6-1 Coupe de France rout of Rennes last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Emery told a news conference ahead of the Ligue 1 resumption that Cavani and Pastore were in contention but would not offer any guarantees, with his prime concern that his league-leading squad do not lose focus.”Cavani and Pastore are recovering,” he said. “They continue to work.“We’re going to see their work and decide later for their participation in the Nantes match.”I want to win on Sunday in Nantes and I want to prepare this match with the players who are ready.”The group is strong mentally. It is not disturbed by this case. The players are smart, the club has plenty of experience and so do I.”We want to maintain peace inside and outside the group. I am happy with all the players in my group.”Veteran midfielder Thiago Motta (calf) remains out, while Yuri Berchiche is set to keep his place ahead of Layvin Kurzawa at left-back as PSG aim to bolster a nine-point advantage over Monaco at the summit.”At the moment, I prefer to continue with Berchiche because Kurzawa was sick last week,” Emery added. “The competition for this position is good.”
A lot has been written over the last few days about how Oklahoma State should have lost in Austin. I don’t disagree. But the inverse could also be true. That is, it feels like OSU should have also won that game by two or three touchdowns.Since 2003, there have been over 9,000 college football games played. In only 3 percent of those (277) have two or more defensive touchdowns been scored by the same team as Texas did against Oklahoma State on Saturday.That’s what statisticians like to call “an outlier.”AdChoices广告There’s a randomness to turnovers in general. Even more so when they turn into touchdowns. And it’s not like Mason Rudolph has a reputation for tossing the ball all over the yard. Think about how much differently that score looks if Rudolph doesn’t pull a Landry Jones or throw the pick-six.We’re singing the praises of Glenn Spencer’s defense instead of bemoaning this offense for not being able to outscore itself.Ifs and buts and such but 3 percent is 3 percent, and the plan from the beginning of the season hasn’t changed (and won’t, in my opinion). Sure, the running game needs to get better — Chris McCulloch outlined that here — but the philosophy of this Mike Gundy team is going nowhere and, like Texas fans, we’re just going to have to deal with it.“People think if you don’t score 40 points now, you’re not a successful team,” Gundy said on Monday. “That’s not true. They say ‘Well if you play Oregon last year, you can’t win.’ Well, that’s not who we were playing last week, that’s not the situation. Each week is different. It’s OK for the defense to play good and us to win because the defense is making plays.The good thing is … it can still work (I think). This defense appears to be one of Gundy’s best to date and Gundy seems intent on letting it win games on its own.“We live in a society where it is offense vs. defense but it is a team game. It’s OK if defense is playing good, to let them win the game. People think if you don’t score 40 points now, you are not a successful team, but that’s not true.”See what I mean about philosophy? This team wants to win fistfights, not shootouts.This is a 35-14 team. That is, it wants to score between 30-40 every game and hold opposing teams to 10-20. That’s exactly how it wants to win. It doesn’t want to put up 70 or even 50 a game. Look at its seven games since Mason Rudolph took over on offense.28 points38 points30 points24 points32 points69 points30 pointsThe seven-turnover UTSA game is the only thing resembling an explosion and that was mostly because the defense couldn’t stop scoring. Mike Gundy probably has this statistic taped to his ceiling so he can stare at it before he goes to sleep.Dating back to 2005, the Cowboys have won 22 consecutive games when not committing a turnover.And maybe all of this is smart because instead of trying to score 50 a game as fast as you can, you let an already-deep defense get even more rest to unleash the fury of 1,000 warrior poets on the TCUs and West Virginias of the world.We keep talking about how great that 2012 offense was (and it was) but that squad also went 7-5 and wasn’t super competitive in most of its big games. Maybe Gundy actually is on to something here.The bigger questions are how to make a bad running game at least average and whether playing with fire (i.e. not letting your offense unload) is going to fare well at the top of the league (spoiler: I’m concerned). We’ll look at those things later on.But for now, I’ve talked myself into that sad affair in Austin being a one off (because of the defensive TDs) and Oklahoma State being a team that can still roll with anybody in the Big 12 on any given week. Until it doesn’t anyway. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Emmanuel Ogbah is Oklahoma State’s most important player.I guess that should have been obvious coming into the season, but sometimes these things can be overthought. No. 38 will be the best college football player on the field in pretty much every game OSU plays this season, and he doesn’t need any preseason awards anymore to prove it.Kyle Boone wrote a nice post on how immense the defensive line has been so far this season and Ogbah is its anchor. Its stalwart. He is all over the field. He’s in the backfield chasing QBs. He’s downfield chasing RBs. He’s everywhere.Ogbah had six tackles, two and a half tackles for loss and two sacks against Texas. That led to Big 12 Player of the Week honors for him on the defensive side. He now has 19 tackles, seven TFLs and five and a half sacks in four games. Both his TFL and sack per game averages are in the top six for Big 12 linemen.Ogbah has now had at least one sack in every game this season and at least one sack in 10 of the last 12 games. But it goes beyond the sacks. Watch how much attention Texas has to pay attention to him here.Watch how he gets doubled here and frees Ryan Simmons and Miketavius Jones to chase Jerrod Heard 20 yards in the wrong direction (and Ogbah nearly gets in on the action at the end!)This is a gift for Glenn Spencer.The craziest part is that it seems like everyone has just grown to expect this. I looked for a quote or two from Spencer or Mike Gundy to throw in here about how good Ogbah was on Saturday. Maybe there’s something out there, but I couldn’t find it.No. 38 has done this for so long, it’s become commonplace (which it isn’t). If the Pokes even remotely contend for the Big 12 crown this year, it will be on the broad shoulders of their best NFL prospect in years. I think he’s probably capable of handling it.
Oklahoma State-Kansas State games in Stillwater usually get pretty weird, and I expect this year’s version to be no different.PorterPlayer of the game: James WashingtonBold prediction: Rudolph throws 40 passesFinal score: Oklahoma State 33 | Kansas State 21OSU Yards Per carry: 2.9Rushing leader for OSU: CarsonAdChoices广告With their RBs banged up, OSU has to let Rudolph find his bevy of wide receivers, right? Right?! I hope this is the case and I hope to satiate their immense craving for conservative play, they dink and dunk with No. 2 just to prove that playing that style can work the rest of the year.Score early, stay consistent on offense and let your defense prove why it is one of the three best in the Big 12.OSU should not lose this game.BoonePlayer of the game: Kevin PetersonBold prediction: Mason Rudolph drops 4 touchdowns and passes for 350Final score: Oklahoma State 42 | Kansas State 38OSU Yards Per carry: 4.5Rushing leader for OSU: Jeff CarrOklahoma State must establish a run game, but I don’t think they are capable of doing that without throwing downfield. My only concern is the matchup with the OSU offensive line and a stout defensive line for the Wildcats. Can they protect Rudolph long enough to stay comfortable in the pocket and make plays downfield? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It sounds like it’s going to be Jeff Carr and Raymond Taylor going it alone at running back this week. That’s … not good.Gundy confirmed early that Childs is not going to play.On Cowboy Radio Network, Gundy says, “If Chris can’t play, we’ll use Jeff Carr and Raymond Taylor.” Sounds like Childs is definitely out.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 3, 2015Then later, it was revealed that Carson probably won’t either. Yikes.AdChoices广告#OKstate Chris Carson is warming up in full pads, but Robert Allen reports via RB coach Marcus Arroyo it’s doubtful he’ll play today.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 3, 2015