Transfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contractAlexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph . United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract. 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 Man Utd consider Darmian saleManchester United could sell Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window, with AC Milan and Valencia both showing an interest, reports The Independent . Darmian, who can play at right or left-back, has been unable to secure a regular starting spot at United, who are open to letting him go this month.According to Calciomercato.com , meanwhile, Juventus are keen on a summer deal for Darmian amid suggestions United could use the Italy international as part of a bid to sign Alex Sandro.Arsenal players want Alexis goneArsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.Barca start Umtiti contract talksBarcelona have told Samuel Umtiti and his representatives of their intention to reward the defender with a new contract, according to Mundo Deportivo . Umtiti’s current deal runs until 2021, but his €60 million release clause has led to reports of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.That has prompted Barca to take steps to remedy the situation, although the France international is happy to wait until the end of the season before negotiating a renewal.Alexis had Man City concernsAlexis Sanchez was worried about Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy before Manchester City pulled out of a deal to sign the Arsenal forward, reports the Manchester Evening News . City have scrapped long-held plans to bring in the Chile international and Goal understands Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich going back on his word was a key factor in the decision .However, though Sanchez was keen to work with his former Barcelona coach Guardiola again, he was concerned about how much playing time he would get with the Premier League leaders.Manchester United are now hoping to finalise a deal for Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to head to Arsenal.Goretzka agrees Bayern deal Bayern Munich have won the race to sign Leon Goretzka after agreeing a deal for the Schalke midfielder, according to Sport Bild . Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season and was reportedly a target for the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid.However, Bayern have convinced the Germany international to stay in the Bundesliga, with Goretzka to sign a deal at the Allianz Arena, subject to passing a medical after recently suffering from a lower leg injury.Mkhitaryan wants to be Arsenal’s highest earnerHenrikh Mkhitaryan wants to be the best-paid player at Arsenal as part of the swap deal between the Gunners and Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Record . As reported by Goal , the deal is already being held up over contract payments on the United end , and there are now apparently further complications with the Armenian demanding big money at Emirates Stadium.Aleix could clinch Liverpool or Man Utd moveBarcelona’s Aleix Vidal could seal a Premier League move in the current window after interest from Sevilla cooled, according to Estadio Deportivo .Vidal has found himself pushed down the pecking order this season behind Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo. And while Sevilla have been put off a loan move by what they deem an excessive purchase option, talks are still in place with Liverpool and Manchester United.Mourinho pressures Man United to keep FellainiManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is insistent that Marouane Fellaini must stay at Old Trafford, reports the Sun .Fellaini is reportedly keen to seek a new club and is holding out on signing a new contract. But the manager is desperate to keep him, and has told the United board to pull out all the stops to ensure he stays put.Conte won’t ‘waste words’ on AlexisAntonio Conte is refusing to comment on reports that Chelsea could swoop in for Alexis Sanchez in the current transfer window.”I like to [only] talk about a situation that could be real. You understand?” Conte said to reporters at Cobham Training Ground.“Now, this is not important to talk about Sanchez. Not important. Because he’s not our problem, so why do I have to waste words on nothing.”Read the full story here! Mourinho close to Man Utd contract extensionJose Mourinho is nearing a new contract as Manchester United manager, according to the Daily Mirror .The 54-year-old’s current £15 million-a-year deal runs out in 2019. But talks are in progress over extending his stay to 2021, which if fulfilled would mark the first time in his career that Mourinho has stayed at a single club for more than three seasons.
Omar Abdulrahman Omar Abdulrahman and Ali Mabkhout receive bans Mohammed Fayad Last updated 1 year ago 17:24 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Four-match bans for two of UAE’s best footballers Omar Abdulrahman and Ali Mabkhout have been on the receiving end of a four-match ban, subject to appeal, after confirmation of their escape from the UAE team’s hotel and breaking their curfew, the night before losing to Oman in the Gulf Cup Final.The UAE Football Association immediately investigated after the rumours emerged on the day after the final defeat, and it was found out that the duo exited the hotel at night alongside the injured full-back Mohamed Fawzi, who would receive a lesser punishment due to his unavailability for the match. 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 Abdulrahman and Mabkhout, in addition to their domestic bans, were fined Dh50,000 each while Fawzi only received a warning and a fine of Dh40,000. These punishments have led to outrage from club fans, who have asked why national team issues are affecting the club.Moreover, all three players tweeted their defences, and claimed that they would defend their rights against the “rumours” that were released against them.
It was finals day at the 2005 Asics Seniors NTL today and thankfully the sun was out. Any of the seniors are looking like the walking wounded, but they’re still out there running, stepping, diving over the line and the finals promised plenty of top class action. A big congratulations to the Crusaders Womens 30’s, who claimed their division and a history making title for the Crusaders! (Pictured here.) Here is a summary of each division’s play-offs, semi finals and grand finals: MENS 30’s: The Crusaders recorded an easy 9-4 win over the Cyclones in their play-off for 8th and 9th and will go through to the play off for 7th-8th against the Warriors. They then continued on to beat the Warriors 10-8 in a high scoring and exciting affair, claiming 7th position. The Southern Suns finished 5th after a 5-4 win over the Rustlers in a drop-off. In the semi finals the Scorpions and Mets played out an absolutely amazing all-Sydney affair. Down 6-3 the Scorpions looked lost, until a second half comeback saw them tie the scores at 6-6. Unfortunately for the Scorpions, the 9-8 final score saw them just short of the grand final berth. The Mets will face the South Queensland Sharks in the grand final, who ran all over their Queensland opponents, the Brisbane City Cobras 11-1. The grand final started with a bang, the Sharks scoring through Andrew Willet on their first set of six touches, before the Mets hit straight back on their first set to even the game at 1-1 after just one and a half minutes. It then became 2-1 as Mets’ Captain, Garry Sonda, dived past two Sharks’ defenders to score for his side. Just before half time Willet struck again for the Queenslanders to take it to 2-2, before the Mets struck back for a 3-2 half time lead. The Mets pulled away in the second half, winning 7-4 and winning their third title in a row. Grand Final: Sydney Mets (7) def South Queensland Sharks (4) Scorers: Mets (Sonda 2, Danswan, Farhat, Ryan, Burnard, McLeod) Sharks (Willet 2, Hope, Foster) Player of the Final: Garry Sonda (Mets) Player of the Series: Jason Yee (Mets) MENS 35′: The Warriors qualified for the play off for 7th, after a 7-2 win over the Rustlers in the 8th-9th play off and will now face the Suns. The grand final for the Mens 35’s will be between traditional rivals the Sydney Mets and the Sydney Scorpions, who both qualified for the grand final after comfortable semi final victories. The Scorpions beat the North Queensland Cyclones 8-4 and the Mets held off the Sharks 7-3. The Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions have contested the past three grand finals with 2002 and 2004 going to the Scorpions. The Mets won in 2003 and repeated that this year, when they defeated the Scorpions 6-5 in today’s final. The Scorpions were 6-3 down with just over five minutes to go, but fought back to bring the score to 6-5 and gave themselves a chance to win but were unable to cross the Mets’ line again for the game saving score. Grand Final: Sydney Mets (6) def Sydney Scorpions (5) Scorers: Mets (Latoa, Velo, Hatti, Moujalli, Negus, Ferro) Scorpions (Biskup 2, Duguid, Stergio, Mahony) Player of the Final: Paul Forbes (Mets) Player of the Series: Andrew Yiangou (Mets) MENS 40’s: The Rustlers qualified for the play off for 7th-8th after a 7-3 win over the Warriors. The semi finals in the Mens 40’s were both fairly comfortable, the Scorpions recording a 6-2 win over defending Champions the Northern Eagles and the Sharks running in a 10-4 win over the Southern Suns. The Sydney Scorpions, led by ex-NRL legend Cliff Lyons, the Sorpions grabbed an early lead, with the Sharks quick to respond. There was no more than two touchdowns separating the sides at any time and it was often scored on a one for one basis. The final score was 5-4, a win for the Scorpions to erase the memories of their runner up finish in 2004. Grand Final: Sydney Scorpions (5) def South Queensland Sharks (4) Scorers: Scorpions (Cheung 2, Collins, Gillard, Meuller) Sharks (Shaw 2, Womersley, Groth) Player of the Final: Jeff Cheung (Scorpions) Player of the Series: Wayne Moore (Sharks) MENS 45’s: The ACT Men made it through to the play off for 7th after beating the Sharks 4-3 in a drop off. In the semi finals of the Mens 45’s, the Sydney Mets and Scorpions fought their match right into a drop off, the Mets emerging eventual winners 5-4. They will face the Cobras, who scraped through to the grand final 3-2 over the Northern Eagles. With both semi finals being so close, it is obvious the Mens 45’s has been one of the toughest divisions at the 2005 NTL. The Brisbane Cobras have been the side to beat in the Mens 45’s all week. They only allowed seven touchdowns to be scored against them in the round matches. However, in the grand final they jumped to a quick lead against the Mets and held on for a 6-3 win. Grand Final: Brisbane City Cobras (6) def Sydney Mets (3) Scorers: Cobras (Young 4, Thoars, Baartz) Mets (Brennan 2, Snook) Player of the Final: Bill McLean (Cobras) Player of the Series: Gary Simmons (Scorpions) MENS 50’s: In the Mens 50’s the Southern Suns finished 7th and the Cyclones 8th after a 6-5 win in their play off. The Rustlers claimed 5th spot, leaving the Cobras in 6th spot after a close 3-2 win in their play off. The Mets will face the Hornets in the grand final, after the Hornets won 4-1 over the local Northern Eagles and the Mets had a close 7-5 win over the South Queensland Sharks. Grand Final: Hunter Western Hornets (4) def Sydney Mets (1) Scorers: Hornets (Wondergem, Flowers, Healey, Grant) Mets (Foxe) Player of the Final: Len Blakeney (Hornets) Player of the Series: Michael Gallagher (Hornets) WOMENS 30’s: In the Womens 30’s, the Suns and Mets qualified for the semi finals after beating the Cobras and Rustlers in the qualifying finals. The Crusaders qualified for the grand final after a 6-4 win over the Southern Suns and the Scorpions will be their opponents after a 3-1 win over the Mets. The Crusaders and Scorpions drew in the round matches and it will surely be a cracker of a grand final. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Scorpions found themselves on the back foot, down 4-2 just after half time. With the scores at 5-3, the Scorpions gave everything to bring it back to 5-4 before the Crusaders survived the final onslaught to hold onto the title. A history making effort for the Crusaders! Grand Final: Crusaders (5) def Scorpions (4) Scorers: Crusaders (Lang, Field, Dracup, Briscoe, Savvoudis) Scorpions (Collins 2, Hornery, Steinhardt) Player of the Final: Tracey Frith (Crusaders) Player of the Series: Jody English (Scorpions) WOMENS 35’s: The Hornets and Southern Suns are through to the grand final after the Hornets ended the run of the Cyclones 7-2 and the Suns beat the Sharks 3-0. The Hunter Western Hornets made it two titles for the Hornets cheer squad, after winning the Mens 50’s they followed it up with a 3-1 victory over the Southern Suns. They scored inside the first two minutes and had control of the match from there on in. Grand Final: Hunter Western Hornets (3) def Southern Suns (1) Scorers: Hornets (Howard, Ross, Allard) Suns (Mounsey) Player of the Final: Debbie Potts (Hornets) Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets) WOMENS 40’s: In the play off for 5th the Hornets easily accounted for the Rustlers 8-0 and it will be a Scorpions v Cyclones grand final after the Scorpions had a 7-1 in over the Cobras, while the Cyclones won a close match 3-2 over the Northern Eagles. It was a disappointing end for the Eagles, 2004 runners up. First time grand finalists the Cyclones faced defending champions the Scorpions in the Womens 40’s grand final. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they were not strong enough to match the defending champions, losing 4-1. The Cyclones evened the scores at 1-1 mid way through the first half but were unable to match them in the second half. Grand Final: Sydney Scorpions (4) def North Queensland Cyclones (1) Scorers: Scorpions (Forlonge 2, Patterson, Rose) Cyclones (Wilcox) Player of the Final: Carol Forlonge (Sydney Scorpions) Player of the Series: Michelle Smidt (Sydney Scorpions) By Rachel Moyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The NTL has always been about the Touch Football community uniting in the spirit of competition to test themselves against the best from around the nation on the field, then enjoy the opportunities for camaraderie and friendship off the field.With this concept firmly in mind, the 2008 X-Blades NTL is themed “The Best of Enemies”.For more information see the NTL website
In the fourth edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Nathan Norford, who played for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. After two years playing for QSST, Nathan Norford’s final National Youth Championships was a chance to play for his permit, North Queensland, for the first time at the NYC level.And it turned out to be an impressive performance from the Tropical Cyclones 18’s Boys team, making it to the semi finals of the event. Norford hopes that his experience and leadership at this year’s NYC helps the side for years to come and hopes he can continue to help the side in other roles in the future. “Further down the track I’d love to coach these boys and mentor them. I’ve got my little brother playing in the side and he played really well and all the young boys, it’s a good chance for them to play on a bigger stage,” he said. Norford had his chance to play against QSST on day one of the NYC, and says that he was ‘a bit nervous’ but enjoyed playing against his former team. “We played them early in the tournament, we came out and matched them for close to 10 to 15 minutes and then Queensland kept their same intensity and we couldn’t match it for the whole game I guess,” Norford said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever played for Cyclones, everyone likes to play for their region. At the same time, you’ve got a little bit of rivalry between the New South Wales and the Queensland teams. It’s a little bit of pressure on yourself to stand up to that.”Norford has plenty of fond memories of his time at the National Youth Championships over the past three years and says that he is ‘pretty disappointed’ that it has all come to an end, but knows there is plenty to look forward to in the future. “You always love coming away to these championships, and it’s a good way to test out your ability but there’s still 20’s and there’s still Open’s, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”“Probably the biggest thing I enjoy about Youth Champs is playing a good standard of Touch. Week in, week out we probably don’t get that as much in Townsville or North Queensland compared to the southern areas. (I also enjoy) meeting new people, seeing some many people, and you’re all here for the same passion.”
Please click on the following links to read about what has been happening around Australia.Old Boys Have Still Got ItAs their name suggests, they are getting on in years, however the Coota Hotel Old Boys continue to defy the aging process in pool three of this year’s men’s touch football competition. Last week Old Boys accounted for Globe Benders 5-1 to give them an amazing 15 tries in their last two outings.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/news/local/sport/other/old-boys-have-still-got-it/2012895.aspx Orange High Girls Finish Second In StateOrange High School have stormed through the NSW All Schools Touch Football finals in Penrith, finishing second to Kiama High in the final in sweltering heat last Friday. The school’s Year 7 and 8 girls went down 3-0 in the final after sweeping all before them in the preliminary rounds, winning all four of their matches.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/orange-high-girls-finish-second-in-state/2012976.aspx Pup Leads The Way For BulldogsRising Bulldogs star James Western is snapping at the heels of two of the biggest names in Rockhampton Touch Football.When it comes to the scoring touchdowns in Rockhampton’s top men’s competition, Dan Withers and Ian Shuker are the leaders, but Western isn’t far behindhttp://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2010/12/03/pup-leads-the-way-for-bulldogs-touch-football-/ Mangrove Jacks Eye Titans’ TitleDarwin Touch newcomers Mangrove Jacks will be doing everything they can to wrestle the title from Titans in the women’s division one grand final to be played at Fannie Bay tonight. The Jacks have taken the competition by storm in their debut season, but they’ll have to knock off the reigning premiers if they want the crown.http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/12/03/198371_ntsport.html Karley To Try Again For Mum Pat Banks had a lot of sayings for her daughter Karley.If Karley failed at something she would tell her to “suck a lemon and try again next time” and if life was really looking bleak, she would say; “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”http://caboolture-shire-herald.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/karley-to-try-again-for-mum/ The Ultimate ShowdownThe best up-and-coming Touch Football talent from Australia and New Zealand will go head to head in January 2011 when they compete in the Youth Trans Tasman Test Series.Canberra is set to host the 2011 clash between New Zealand and Australia where boys and girls of various ages fight it out for the ultimate title. To view this story, search for page 30 after clicking on the following link:http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1q4bb/NepeanNews2December2/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http://www.yudu.com/item/details/255211/Nepean-News-2-December-2010-Issue-38%3Fedit_mode%3Don Touch Players Compete in NZBeing picked to play for their state meant a lot to Hervey Bay junior touch football players Sophie O’Toole and Lauren Scholl, so they weren’t about to let the opportunity pass them by.The two travelled to New Zealand to compete with the under-16 and under-14 junior representative teams after impressing selectors at the Sunshine Coast touch football carnival in Maryborough in August.http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2010/12/09/giving-it-their-all-sophie-orsquotoole-and-laur/ Students Show Magic Touch Fast breaks, cut-out passes and sliding defences were on display for all to see by the top teams contesting the 17th St Candice’s Regional Invitational Touch Football Competition on Friday, November 26. The Blue Mountains’ showcase primary school level touch football annual event was a roaring success with 10 schools from Lithgow to Springwood registering 46 teams and 460 players.http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/news/local/sport/other/students-show-magic-touch/2020180.aspx Second-Half Blitz By JacksMangrove Jacks consumed women’s Darwin Touch grand final opponents Titans in one swallow in a one-sided season decider at Fannie Bay last Friday night. A tight 2-1 half-time turned into a 6-3 second-half rout for the Jacks.http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/12/08/199401_ntsport.html Buckaneers Finish Season In StyleBuckaneers Red star Claire Orford has given herself and team-mate Addison McKenzie the fairytale finish they deserve while the pair brought Emmaus’s fairytale run to an end.Orford’s player-of-the-final performance, combined with a McKenzie double in the showdown, helped Buckaneers Red keep their unbeaten record against Emmaus intact, running out 3-1 winners in the final.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2010/12/09/buckaneers-season-finish-claire-orford-addison Buckaneers Win TitleA first-half master class from star Dan Withers gifted Buckaneers the 2010 Men’s Premier League title.Withers had the ball on a string and his opposition in a spin, combining with young gun Jayden Benbow to inflict a 5-3 win over Bulldogs in the men’s final in slippery conditions on Tuesday night as part of the Rockhampton Touch Association’s grand finals.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2010/12/09/buckaneers-premier-league-title-2010-men Cougars Take Down Their PreyThe rain abated and Emerald’s Open Touch finals were under way at the racecourse touch fields on Wednesday night.Barely a hair could separate the score in the A-grade women’s final between In2Design Cougars and Nunchuckers.http://www.cqnews.com.au/story/2010/12/13/cougars-take-down-their-prey/ Finals Fever Strikes Touch PlayersThe fields of Jubilee Park will be teeming with action tonight as the Wagga Touch Association (WTA) grand finals get underway. Expectations of an explosive contest are running high, following a season of dynamic performances and close matches from the top billings.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/general/finals-fever-strikes-touch-players/2024888.aspx World Cup May Be Within ReachThe world’s best Touch Footballers could be coming to a field near you.The 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup will be held in Australia and Rockhampton could be in the running to host the event.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2010/12/17/2015-touch-world-cup-may-be-within-rockys-reach/ Three Wagga Touch Stars Make The Australian Youth Trans Tasman Series TeamThe Wagga Touch Football season may have drawn to a close last week, but the excitement is only just building up for the sport’s finest. Three of Wagga’s brightest stars have reached another level of success following the announcement of the Australian Youth Trans Tasman Series team.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/three-wagga-touch-stars-make-the-australian-youth-trans-tasman-series-team/2031230.aspx If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survivalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle will need a “miracle” to avoid relegation this season. Toon are currently 15th on the table, five points ahead of the drop zone.Benitez said: “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.”For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, ‘Oh, you finished 10th…’, but with a couple fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle.”If we do the same this year with teams spending even more money than last year, it will be a miracle.”
Juventus forward Ronaldo: I’m not obsessed with individual awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo denies being obsessed with individual awards.Ronaldo says he doesn’t live to break records and leaving the national team was his decision, although he will return in 2019.”I’m not obsessed with individual prizes,” said Ronaldo. “The important thing is helping the team, always, and therefore the rest arrives naturally.”I don’t hide that I’m happy when I win but it’s not the end of the world if it can’t happen.”He added that “leaving the national team for a while after the Russia World Cup was the best decision” although he said he would be ready to come back in 2019. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
West Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham’s two goal Marko Arnautovic praised their team spirit after drawing 2-2 with Brighton.But the 29-year-old was disappointed he and his teammates could not take the win in Wednesday’s match but was satisfied with how the side fought back from going behind. “I’m very pleased that we’ve come back from two goals down,” Arnautovic said. “I think we didn’t play the football we wanted to play and we know that Brighton are a threat from set-pieces. We lost two goals from set-pieces but we kept believing. After those two goals, it was a good performance. “I don’t know what we started so late but we started to play good football, started to attack and press them high, and scored two goals. I think we had some chances to win the game but we couldn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff striker Gary Madine explains Sheffield Utd moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City striker Gary Madine insists he’s happy to move to Sheffield United on-loan.The 28-year-old was with United’s city rivals Sheffield Wednesday between 2011 and 2015.In February 2017, Blades boss Chris Wilder accused Madine of “a lack of respect” after the forward was filmed criticising striker Billy Sharp.Madine has failed to score in 20 appearances for the Bluebirds.He told the Sheffield United club website: “There were other teams interested, but believe it or not when I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance.”I’ve played with some of the lads and against them too, I was dying to make the move happen.”Some people have this perception I don’t like Sheffield United, but that’s not true. I’ve had over 20,000 supporters booing me when I’ve played here before, it’s an intimidating place to come and some players would crumble.”But I’ve always thought I wouldn’t mind being part of that and it is certainly a club on the up, one who play some excellent football.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE! Hudson-Odoi delighted to sign £180k-a-week Chelsea extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.After year-long negotiations, the 18-year-old winger has signed a £150k-per-week, but with performance add-ons could end up totalling £180k-per-week.”It’s an amazing feeling,’ Hudson-Odoi said. “It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.”I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well.”As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January and was the subject of four rejected bids from Bayern Munich.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl talks Adams, Ings formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says Che Adams retains his confidence.Adams appears to be suffering a slight loss of belief as his wait to open his Saints account continues. Hasenhuttl said, “He also tried to help the team and was working hard but still he is not getting the goal so far but I think it will come.” On Danny Ings after his brace in the Carabao Cup win against Portsmouth.“It’s important for every striker if you score,” said Hasenhuttl of Ings.“He is fit now and he showed he can help us massively and I am very happy for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Juventus boss Sarri admits Man Utd target Mandzukic not training with squadby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri admits Mario Mandzukic is not training with his first team squad as he prepares for a January exit.The Croatian striker has been tipped to join Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens and bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options. “Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club,” the Juve head coach told a news conference on Friday.”If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.”Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed talks with Mandzukic over his future this week.”With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Paratici said.”Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January. We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.”It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth captain Francis: Howe would suit Englandby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth captain Simon Francis says manager Eddie Howe can coach England in the future.Francis is one of those who have made the journey from League One with Howe, who he believes would make a perfect successor to Gareth Southgate as England coach. But not yet.He told the Daily Express: “Eddie would be suited to the England job – but further down the line.“His sole aim right now is to be as successful as he can with Bournemouth. We were 9th a couple of seasons ago – and this squad is much better.“He will know that. He still has targets in mind, where he wants us to finish, what he wants to do before he thinks about going.“Eddie deserves a chance. I would love to see him one day – not anytime that I am still here – go and manage a top team, because he would be successful. He has everything.”
IG/drewroc5Coming out of high school, Aaron and Andrew Harrison were known as physical, athletic guards who could dominate most of the competition at the college level. Many analysts don’t believe the twins will have the same advantages as they head to the NBA. Draft Express‘ Andrew Harrison profile says his “athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness.” Apparently Harrison is taking the critique pretty seriously, and he took to Instagram to try to change that reputation. We’re not sure if this will shake up any perceptions about Harrison as an athlete, but it looks like he has pretty impressive ups. Draft Express currently has Harrison going No. 32 to the Houston Rockets.
Barcelona have made contact with the representatives of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata as they weigh up a move for the Spain international.Goal understands Barca are interested in bringing Mata to Camp Nou this summer, with the 30-year-old available on a free transfer at the end of the season as his contract at Old Trafford runs down.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in the former Chelsea star, meaning there is likely to be a battle for his signature should he fail to sign a new deal with the Red Devils. 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 understood that Man Utd remain in discussions with Mata relating to a new deal but there has yet to be a positive conclusion reached, though they remain hopeful they can persuade the Spaniard to remain at Old Trafford beyond this summerThe club triggered a one-year option in his current deal to keep him until July 2019, but interest from elsewhere could see his head turned.Mata’s current contract sees him earn £140,000-a-week, but the fact that his signing would involve no transfer fee means Barca see him as a bargain among an ever inflated market.The Blaugrana have already secured the services of one midfielder for next season after completing the €75 million (£65m/$85m) capture of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong on Wednesday.They continue to be linked with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, who is also set to be available on a free this summer, with Ernesto Valverde keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Having joined Man Utd in January 2014, Mata has made 208 appearances for the 20-time champions of English football, scoring 44 goals and contributing 35 assists.He has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth under any of his three permanent managers at the club, with just nine of his 15 league appearances this season coming from the start.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s sacking Mata has found himself on the bench more often than not, with the Norwegian coach prefering a front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.As such it is difficult to see him having a medium to long-term future with the club, and a move away might be in his best interests.Mata did come through the Real Madrid youth system before moving to Valencia at the age of 19, and a potential move to Catalunya would mark his first return to Spain since leaving Mestalla for Chelsea in 2011.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning achievements have left fellow Portuguese Paulo Futre calling for “new adjectives in the dictionary”, with “legend and myth” the only words he considers to be suitable.At 34 years of age, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to raise the bar of individual excellence.Over the course of his remarkable career, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been the only man to match him. 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? Ronaldo has collected league titles in England, Spain and Italy, while also securing five Champions League crowns across spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.With Portugal, he has become a European Championship and Nations League winner, while scoring 88 goals in 158 appearances.A standing among the all-time greats is already safely secured, with many of the records he has set expected to stand for many years to come.When reflecting on his career to date, and looking ahead to what may still be to come, Futre admits it is nigh on impossible to find the right superlatives.The former Portugal international, who began his own career at Sporting, told reporters of a legendary countryman: “I have already said many times that they will have to invent new adjectives in the dictionary, other fantastic words, because Cristiano Ronaldo has used all of them.“I would stay with two words that I do not get tired of, legend and myth.“All the rest: genius, fantastic, phenomenon, extra-terrestrial, wonderful, unique, I’m tired of saying them.”Ronaldo’s debut campaign at Juventus in 2018-19 saw him claim a Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana.He netted 28 times in 43 appearances and now has 601 goals at club level to his name.A record-setting tally of strikes in Champions League competition continues to rise, with his remarkable haul taken to 126.Both Ronaldo and Juventus will be hoping that there are many more to come, with the Bianconeri having acquired an iconic figure in an effort to end their long wait for European glory.