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Pogba picks Romelu Lukaku as best striker in Premier League

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has named his team-mate Romelu Lukaku, as the “best striker in the Premier League”.

Lukaku ended his goal drought which lasted seven club games last weekend, as United beat Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford.

The Belgium international scored in the same game Pogba made his comeback from injury.

It was his eighth goal in 12 Premier League games. However, he is only second to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the scoring charts who leads with nine.

Alvaro Morata, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Harry Kane and Lukaku all sit joint second with the same tally.

“It feels good when you come back and Romelu scores again? I like that, I like that,” Pogba told BBC Sport.

“No. We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of talented players. We have to trust each other.

“Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League. We know his quality. We know everything. We don’t worry about him. And at the end, we see the result.”

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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Real Madrid star Marco Asensio could join Chelsea in the summer

Asensio’s Real Madrid future has grown uncertain in recent weeks with the Spain international out in the cold over in the capital.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a stunning start to the season with two goals in the Spanish Super Cup aggregate victory over Barcelona in August.

But Asensio has found life at the Bernabeu tougher since with Zinedine Zidane often leaving the wonderkid on the bench.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon say that, such is Asensio’s anger with life in Spain, he is ready to join Chelsea unless the situation changes.

Real’s refusal to play Asensio more has stunned many fans and pundits.

Los Blancos are currently stuck in a rut, being 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of the table.

Cristiano Ronaldo is misfiring, Karim Benzema looks past his best and Gareth Bale continues to be plagued by injuries.

And Don Balon say Asensio is so frustrated he has even asked club president Florentino Perez for help.

Any team decisions, however, are likely to be made by manager Zidane.

And Chelsea are ready to pounce if the player decides to leave the Bernabeu.

Antonio Conte’s men are targeting marquee names at the end of the season after a nightmare transfer window this summer.

Despite shelling out on Alvaro Morata, the signings of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta have all split opinion.

PSG were, at one point, favourites to secure Asensio’s signature.

But it appears a move to Stamford Bridge could be in the works if Real do not bow to the player’s demands.

 

 

Source: Express.co.uk

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Buffon revealed who convinced him to become a goalkeeper

It’s been a rollercoaster few weeks for Gianluigi Buffon.

The Italian great was forced to hang up his international boots (and gloves) prematurely after Italy were stunned in their World Cup play-off last week.

And, after missing Juventus’ defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday because he wasn’t emotionally stable enough to play, it’s the small matter of Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Ahead of that mouthwatering clash in Turin, Buffon took part in an interview with Barca legend Andres Iniesta.

The 39-year-old was asked a number of intriguing questions, including if he had ever considered playing in another position.

Buffon admits he played as a midfielder until he was 12 years old – but was inspired to become a goalkeeper after watching the 1990 World Cup.

He said: “The turning point was the 1990 World Cup in Italy and all the support was for Cameroon.

“One of their main men was the goalkeeper Thomas N’Kono and I wanted to emulate him.

“It was my father’s advice and encouragement too.

“He’d watch me play a few times in goal and say: ‘You’re not bad at all!'”

Buffon senior wasn’t far wrong.

You can watch the full interview below:

 

 

Source: Dreamteamfc.com

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Edinson Cavani reveals what PSG have told him about Neymar feud

Neymar broke a world record when he moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for €222million this summer.

Not everyone welcomed the Brazilian’s surprise decision, and if anyone in the French capital has suffered from his arrival, it’s Edinson Cavani.

Although the Uruguayan is now part of one of the deadliest attacking forces in European football, there have been suggestions that he’ll gradually be phased out by Unai Emery.

The 30-year-old has scored an incredible 21 goals in all competitions already this season, so on paper, there’s no reason why he can’t work alongside Neymar and the young phenomenon Kylian Mbappe.

However, the forward was embroiled in a well-publicised spat with the former Barca superstar over who should take the Ligue 1 outfit’s penalties.

In September’s game against Lyon, Cavani stepped up to take the spot-kick before Neymar intervened.

Anthony Lopes ended up saving Cavani’s penalty, no doubt much to his team-mate’s anger.

It seems the matter has finally been closed once and for all, though, with the ex-Napoli man now revealing PSG have made a formal decision to avoid any future falling outs.

EMERY HAS MADE THE CALL

“The coach has decided that Neymar will take the next penalty,” he said, quoted via FourFourTwo.

“We played a great game today [in the 4-1 win over Nantes]. We knew we could put another two points between ourselves and Monaco. That meant we were super focused on getting this result tonight. We weren’t thinking about next weekend’s match against Monaco. We were purely focused on winning tonight.”

While he found the back of the net twice against Nantes, Neymar was relatively quiet, leaving the other goalscoring to Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore.

According to Le Parisien, PSG previously had to deny that they’d offered Cavani €1million to hand penalty duties over to Neymar.

What is obvious is that Emery must do whatever he can to keep his record signing happy.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the board backed him in the summer by going all out to procure the 25-year-old, so maybe they were always going to favour him.

Even if the dispute is resolved for now, Al-Khelaifi must be questioning his comments that signing Neymar would bring “positive energy” to the club.

 

 

Source: Givemesport.com

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PSG caught up in baby boom... nine months after beating Barcelona 4-0

It cannot be coincidence that, exactly nine months after the famous win against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain duo Lucas Moura and Marquinhos have each welcomed newborns into the world.

Both men played a part in the 4-0 first leg beating of the Blaugrana and few could blame Les Parisiens for celebrating the result.

FourFourTweet picked up on the interesting fact and it has since opened doors to more theories and speculations.

Marquinhos and Lucas Moura have both become new dads this week

9 months ago, PSG beat Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League.

 

 

 

Source: Marca.com

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Lukaku breaks Belgium scoring record after terror scare

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s leading scorer at the age of 24 when his goal gave them a 1-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Japan in a friendly in Bruges on Tuesday

.In a game that Belgian officials said was nearly called off after a terrorism scare, Lukaku scored with the easiest of headers at the far post from Nacer Chadli’s cross to take his tally to 31 goals in 65 appearances.

Belgium extended their unbeaten run to 15 games, their last defeat having come against Spain in a friendly in September last year.

The Belgian football association, quoted by public broadcaster RTBF, said that in the end there had been no danger to the public, although extra security measures, including metal detectors, meant many fans were late taking their seats.

Bruges police told local media they had been warned by the federal authorities shortly before the kick-off of a possible attack during the match, prompting the additional checks.

Belgium has been on high alert since Brussels-based Islamic State militants attacked Paris, including a France-Germany soccer friendly in the city, two years and one day ago. Brussels itself was attacked by IS suicide bombers in March last year.

 

 

 

 

Source: Marca.com

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Real Madrid offer Bale, Kroos to PSG for Neymar

Real Madrid has offered Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos to Paris Saint-Germain in their bid to land Neymar.

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez is determined to sign Neymar from PSG and will offer Kroos and Bale as part of a swap deal.

Neymar left Real Madrid arch rivals Barcelona to the France capital in a deal worth €222.

According to the report, an outright deal to land the Brazilian will exceed €400 million.

Perez feels he can replace Kroos and Bale with relative ease as he looks to minimise costs.

At present, PSG are in no mood to sell, but Madrid will not give up their pursuit of Neymar and are hopeful they can bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu within the next two seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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Victor Moses nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year award

Chelsea right-back, Victor Moses, has been nominated for the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.

The announcement was made on Saturday in London during a special live launch broadcast.

Other nominees are Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinea and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, and Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Moses is also on a 30-man shortlist for the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award along the BBC nominees.

The winger won the English Premier League with Chelsea last season, also leading Nigeria to the World Cup in Russia.

He could become the first Nigerian player to win the award since Jay-Jay Okocha emerged winner in 2004.

BBC will announce the winner of this year’s award on Monday, 11 December.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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Benzema admits Ronaldo is "more selfish than me

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says he has no problem playing as a support for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Benzema admits Ronaldo is “more selfish than me”, but insists he has no problem with that.

“Cristiano and I get along well, I like to play with him, he likes to play with the first touch, he’s more selfish than me, but that’s normal, it does not bother me, in the end it’s good for the team,” he said.

“I score goals, but when there is someone who scores 50 goals per season … Before, a striker scored 25 goals and was a good striker, now … I like football and winning titles. I am having fun.”

On criticism of Real fans, Benzema admits it can hurt him.

He told Canal Football Club: “I must give an example on the playing field, criticism, insults … it’s difficult, especially in Spain, where sometimes you do not understand everything, but it hurts a lot in France too, especially when it affects your family.

“You must be professional and give an example to the youngest, to the young, to all, football has an impact, it is difficult, I can contain myself, what is more difficult is when the criticism comes from your own fans, it is really difficult.

“Normally, they’re there to cheer you up, in (Patrice) Evra’s case, I do not know what insult he got, but it must have hurt him.”

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Tribalfootball.com

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Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler is adamant Neymar is unhappy at PSG.

The former Barcelona star has denied claims he is already planning to leave Paris.

But Bechler told Onda Cero: “There are a lot of high-ranking players in the dressing room, such as [Edinson] Cavani and [Angel] Di Maria, and they have found Neymar’s behaviour in these first month strange.

“The relationship between Neymar and [Unai] Emery is distant, as it is with some players.

“Yet PSG are clear that anybody else would have to leave before Neymar goes.”

He added: “It would be easier for him to go to Real Madrid than return to Barcelona.

“[Neymar] wouldn’t consider that a betrayal.

“But right now this is just speculation.”

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Tribalfootball.com

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Fernando Alonso Says Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Messi

Even Formula 1 stars are wading into the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi argument, with Fernando Alonso throwing his weight behind the Real Madrid star.

The McLaren man is a huge football fan and is a big supporter of Los Blancos, being officially presented as an honorary member of the club this year, despite actually being bestowed with that title in 2012.

Due to his scheduling problems, he only managed to make it to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in September for the presentation and has now discussed his love for the club with Globoesporte.

“I was born to be a Real Madrid fan,” he said in an interview, while attending the Brazilian Grand Prix.

“For me, Cristiano is better than Messi. Of course, Messi is an incredible talent but as a Real Madrid fan, I’m only interested in Los Blancos players.”

Alonso, who revealed he still tries to play the game as much as can, also stressed that he has a soft spot for Real’s Brazilian contingent and labelled the Selecao as the team to beat at next year’s World Cup.

“I still love football a lot and try to play it sometimes too but above all, I most enjoy watching on TV,” he continued.

“As I said, I’m a big fan of Real Madrid and really like Marcelo and Casemiro, two great Brazilians who play for the club.

“It is difficult to know who will win the World Cup but right now, I think that Brazil are the favourites.

“Spain can be strong too and it would be beautiful if they played each other in the final. Brazil and Spain are the best teams.”

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Marca.com

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Tottenham coach wanted by Man Utd and Paris St-Germain

Mauricio Pochettino is at the centre of a tug of war between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Tottenham boss appears on the wanted list of both clubs in what could become a managerial merry-go-round this summer.

PSG are understood to have told their Spanish head coach Unai Emery that his job is under threat if he doesn’t reach at least the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Emery is already believed to have fallen out with world record signing Neymar and the Basque coach could be out of a job even if he brings success to the French capital.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho last week made it clear that he would be interested in coaching PSG and is their first choice to replace Emery.

But if he opts to remain in Manchester PSG have been quick to take notice of the work Pochettino has been doing in North London.

And he is very much on their wanted list while United also have him on the list of candidates they are looking at should Mourinho decide to move on.

Pochettino’s stock is rising rapidly especially after Spurs 3-1 Champions League victory over Real Madrid before the international break.

The Argentinian, 45, spent two years playing for PSG and is a former captain and would be a popular appointment with PSG fans.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Express.co.uk

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Wayne Rooney's son Kai sported a Barcelona jacket as he posed for a photograph with his father

The 32-year-old striker shared the photo with his 11.6milllion Instagram followers…and it raised a few eyebrows.

The photograph was met with mixed responses from football fans, with one stating: “Wow. Barca…Rooney go to Barca.”

While a furious fan added: “Why you letting him wear that?”

Followed by: “His son prefers Barca to Everton.”

Despite being an avid Toffees fan, the eight-year-old signed for the Manchester United youth development squad last year.

However, it appears that Kai has always kept a place in his heart for Barcelona after meeting a handful of their biggest stars in 2015.

The Everton fanatic spent time with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and former Manchester United ace Gerard Pique.

Rooney made a switch back to his beloved Goodison Park this summer, but the striker was concerned that Kai would ruin the move.

The retired England skipper told his Toffees mad son that he was considering a return to Everton, before panicking that he would spread the gossip on the playground.

Kai is a Toffees season ticket holder and can regularly be spotted in the crowd supporting his father.

The youngster is no stranger to the spotlight, having acted as a mascot with his father at several matches throughout his prolific career.

He has two brothers – Klay Anthony Rooney and Kit Joseph Rooney.

 

Source: Thesun.co.uk

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South Africa coach boasts Bafana Bafana better than Nigeria, Senegal

Coach of Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Stuart Baxter has insisted that his team is better than World Cup bound Nigeria and Senegal.

While Nigeria qualified for the World unbeaten, Senegal defeated South Africa in front of the home fans on Friday to cement their place in Russia.

Baxter, addressing reporters shortly after his team suffered a 2-0 deficit in the hands of Senegal, which ended their World Cup hopes, said both the Super Eagles and the Taranga Lions are inferior to his side.

The coach said although Nigeria and Senegal could boast of better players, his team are not far off as they are only lacking in application of some basic ideas.

He said, “My mandate was never about ‘qualify for the world cup or you go home’, I wanna make sure that we’re making progress. I’ve seen some of the performances that we need to move more quickly.

“We need to make progress. We need to have everyone’s backing in the country, including SAFA and that’s the only way we’ll get better”, he said shortly after their loss to Senegal.

“Maybe I’m blue-eyed but I don’t think this team [Senegal] or Nigeria are better than us. They may have the big names but with the right sort of application we can certainly move forward.”

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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Julio Cesar Says Neymar is the best in the world

Julio Cesar has hailed Neymar as the best player in the world, but still thinks Lionel Messi is better.

Neymar came third in this year’s FIFA Men’s Best Player award, behind runner-up Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star has been tipped as a future Ballon d’Or winner after finishing behind the Barcelona and Real Madrid heroes in 2015 as well.

The 25-year-old is in fine form this season since his €222 million move from Barcelona with 11 goals from 12 games in all competitions, while Messi has 16 from 17 so far this term.

And former Brazil goalkeeper Cesar believes Neymar would be taking over as football’s No.1 this year if not for the Argentine superstar.

“For me, Neymar is the best player in the world today,” he said of his compatriot to ESPN. “Messi? I said the world; Messi is from another planet! But I think this is Neymar’s moment now.

“The whole world is following him and seeing how he does, even people who don’t follow football are interested in Neymar

“They admire him, not only for what he does on the pitch but for how he carries himself off it. I’ve got a lot of respect for Neymar and I’ve had the pleasure of playing with him, of winning with him and, like a friend, I wish him all the best to win the Ballon d’Or.”

The 38-year-old goalkeeper took time to praise another fellow Brazilian and former Benfica team-mate Ederson. The 24-year-old shot stopper has impressed for Manchester City since moving in the summer and Cesar expects him to become one of the best.

“He’s a goalkeeper who is improving all the time,” he added. “He’s ready to play in the World Cup and he’s got all the ingredients to be the best goalkeeper in the world. He’s already a complete goalkeeper who is really strong coming off his line. People enjoy watching him.

“I like Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid; he’s been excellent working with a team which does not concede many goals.

“Ederson, who I’ve mentioned, is formidable. And I have to mention [Gianluigi] Buffon, who is still playing at the highest level at his age, playing in two Champions League finals in three seasons. He’s older than me! And finally I must mention Manuel Neuer, another one of the best who takes my attention.”

 

 

Source: Today.ng

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Wenger demands Julian Draxler in PSG bid for Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen on a swap involving PSG attacker Julian Draxler.

The Daily Star says Wenger is willing to sell Alexis Sanchez to PSG in January — if they offer Draxler in return.

Wenger has long been an admirer of the Germany international, who has struggled for first-team football since arriving in Paris at the beginning of the year.

He will renew his interest in the playmaker should Sanchez want to depart the Emirates when the window reopens.

Draxler, who has made 14 appearances for PSG this season, may be tempted by the move considering competition for places in Paris is fierce following the big-money arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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Mikel Obi reveals why He dumped Manchester United for Chelsea

Agents are known for their unscrupulous conduct in football as the story of John Obi Mikel’s protracted a controversial transfer move to Chelsea in 2006. The Former Chelsea midfielder revealed how a mysterious agent representing an anonymous club attempted to lure him to sign as a youngster with a briefcase loaded with money.

Mikel transfer was one of the most interesting transfer sagas in recent time, ending in a year-long court issue, leaving Manchester United losing the Lyn Oslo midfielder

John Obi Mikel was a youngster in demand 15 years back, he had just shone for Nigeria at the U17 World Cup, winning the Silver Ball award for the tournament’s second best player after Lionel Messi.

Mikel speaking to ‘The Sun’, reveals one particular offer that was hard to turn down:

“I had agents promising me everything,” he explained. “One approached me in the hotel with a briefcase full of cash.

“I can’t remember what club he claimed to represent — but I do remember the briefcase. “It was crammed with $70,000 (£53,000) and he offered me that to sign some contract before adding: ‘Sign here and you’ll get a lot more’. “I was temp­t­ed. I’d never seen so much money but I told the Nigerian FA secretary who was looking after me.

“He told me to ignore this agent but promised I would join the best club. After the tournament, I went home to my family and then saw the secretary again in Abuja

“That’s when he told me: ‘You’re going to United. They want you and you’re leaving tomorrow’.

“My dad was so happy but mum was crying because I was moving abroad at such a young age.”

Mikel had been called to Old Trafford by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson for a one-month trial and despite his tender age, he was thrown straight in at the deep end.

“I trained with the first team,” he recalled. “Roy Keane was my bodyguard “Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt always tried to kick me but couldn’t when Roy was there because he’d have killed them.”

Mikel left a big impression on Ferguson, who was eager to snap up the youngster.

“Sir Alex called me Obi-Wan (after the Star Wars character),” Mikel stated.

“He called me into his office one day and said: ‘Obi-Wan, do you know what Keane, Scholes and all the senior players have told me? They said you have to sign that boy’.

“I couldn’t believe it. Here was I, a schoolkid from Africa, training with some of the best in the world.

“Sir Alex really liked me. He made me feel really comfortable and encouraged
“He would call me into his office after training, the point at the players’ plush cars in the car park and say: ‘If you work hard, next year you’ll be driving one of those. You are going to play for this club and you are going to be rich’.

“I didn’t know what to say. I was still at school so I didn’t even have an agent.

“I went home again and Sir Alex used to phone a hotel near our house when he wanted to speak to me.”

When United failed to get back with the player over a move, Mikel went about his life, briefly training with the Stamford Bridge outfit, before signing a professional contract with Norwegian side Lyn Oslo. That prompted a visit from Ferguson himself.

The whole thing was so confusing, “I thought I had something with Chelsea but United told me they had been looking for me and then Sir Alex visited me.

“He said: ‘We want you, we don’t want to lose you again’.

“Before I knew it, a contract had been sent to Lyn Oslo. United was offering me £1.5m for three years. I spoke to my dad, who told me I should just go for it.”

Mikel signed a deal with United and was photographed wearing a United shirt, something which did not go down well at Stamford Bridge.

[b] “Chelsea saw it on TV and went crazy. I later discovered they had an agreement with Lyn Oslo not to sell me to any other club.

“Then John flew to Oslo to speak to me. My friends were calling me and then I thought, maybe I had been manipulated.

“All this was very hard for me. I was so young “We flew to London. I remember thinking: ‘I’ve signed for United but now I’m flying to Chelsea!’.”

A lengthy legal battle ensued between the two sides before a meeting organized by Roman Abramovich convinced Mikel that Chelsea was indeed the right place for him.

“Once there, Jose told me: ‘The boss really wants you. I’ll play you and make you what you want to be’. That really helped as there were times when I thought: ‘Have I made the right decision?’.”

“It was surreal,” admits Mikel. “I was at school but had Chelsea and Manchester United — two of the world’s biggest clubs — trying to sign me. I’ll never forget that second meeting with Sir Alex. I’d signed a deal at United but had to tell him: ‘Sorry, I want to play for Chelsea’.

“He really liked me but I could see how angry and disappointed he was.

“Some things he told me made me think about changing my mind but I was thinking about Jose, too.

“I had these two great managers wanting me and I did not know what to do.

“Fergie told me: ‘Why would you turn down United? It’s the biggest club in the world. You cannot do that. You have to say Yes. If it’s money, I can give you what you want’. “But it was never about the money.

“I had Barca waiting to pounce if the legal wrangle couldn’t be sorted, but felt obliged to sign for Chelsea as they’d looked after me.

“I heard nothing from United after my trials but Chelsea looked after me and my family. I had a loyalty to them.

“Sir Alex did shake my hand on one visit to Old Trafford. I remember what he said when asked how it felt to lose me: ‘He is still going to play for me one day’.

 

 

 

 

Source: Thebreakingtimes

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Roman Abramovich could bring Didier Drogba back to Chelsea as Michael Emenalo successor

Chelsea are on the hunt for a new technical director following the departure of Michael Emenalo, who this week decided to his seven-year spell at the club.

And according to The Telegraph, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could look to bring Drogba back to the club as Emenalo’s replacement.

The 39-year-old joined United Soccer League outfit Phoenix Rising as player-owner earlier this year with the view of moving into a sporting director role once he retires.

Drogba has had two previous spells at Stamford Bridge as a player, winning 14 honours including four Premier League titles and the Champions League.

The former Ivory Coast international admitted earlier this year that he hopes to return to Chelsea at some point in his career.

“Chelsea is my home,” Drogba told Sky Sports when asked about a potential Stamford Bridge return.

“So even if I travel, at the end of the day you always come back home. And I hope one day I will come back home.”

When asked if he’s been in contact with Conte, the striker added: “Yes, I’ve spoke with him many times.

“I played against him when he was at Juventus, so he remembers me. We spoke many times and he’s really doing a good job.”

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Dailystar.co.uk

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Manchester United convinced Jose Mourinho is set to quit for PSG… because they cannot compete with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City

Manchester United directors fear Jose Mourinho is on his way to Paris St Germain.

There is an increasingly belief among the Old Trafford top brass that their manager is ready to quit next summer and take over the filthy-rich French outfit.

SunSport revealed this week that Mourinho’s representatives have held talks with PSG.

And while the official line from Mourinho’s camp is that their man is committed to United, senior sources are alarmed at the way he has openly flirted with the Qatar-funded club.

The fear among United’s hierarchy is that, despite his immensely self-confident persona, Mourinho fears he cannot compete with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – either this season or in the future.

Mourinho is demanding further backing in the transfer market despite a £300million investment since he took over in the summer of 2016.

When he first made public comments praising PSG, United directors simply believed Mourinho, who is almost midway through a £45million three-year contract, was agitating for a substantial pay rise.

But now there is a feeling that the 54-year-old’s time at Old Trafford could be short-lived – despite winning the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season at the club.

As well as an astronomical pay deal, Mourinho would also fancy his chance of becoming the first manager to win the European Cup with three different clubs if he moved to the French capital.

Mourinho could even end up in a scrap for the PSG job with his bitter rival Antonio Conte, who is not likely to be at Chelsea next season.

 

 

 

Source: Thesun.co.uk

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Eden Hazard has told Real Madrid he will sign if assured game time

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has reportedly told Real Madrid he will only sign for them on one condition.

Hazard has been tipped to join Real Madrid from Chelsea for years, ever since signing for the Blues back in 2012.

The Belgium international is widely regarded as one of the best players in world football, having helped Chelsea win the Premier League title twice in the last three years.

And, with Real Madrid always looking to sign the biggest and best players on the planet, a move to the Bernabeu could be on the cards at the end of the season.

However, Spanish website Don Balon claims Chelsea forward Hazard has told Real Madrid that he will only move if guaranteed a status as one of the club’s untouchables.

Real already have a formidable attacking arsenal at their disposal.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains the club’s talisman, despite enduring a nightmare start to the season with just a single La Liga goal to his name.

Los Blancos also have Gareth Bale – though injuries have hampered his time in Spain in recent years – as well as Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.

There has also been talk they could be set to raid Tottenham for Harry Kane when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

But Don Balon claims Zinedine Zidane’s top target remains Hazard.

Yet the Chelsea star, it appears, still needs persuading to swap west London for sunny Spain.

Despite the plethora of attacking stars at the club’s disposal, Hazard wants assurances that he will be a regular in Zidane’s line-up.

At Chelsea he is their no1 star, despite Antonio Conte also having the likes of Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian at his disposal.

Any move to Madrid for Hazard would likely spell the end of Bale’s time at the club.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea have all been linked with moves to bring him back to the Premier League.

But the Welshman has been hampered with injuries at the Bernabeu, which may put off any suitors.

 

 

 

Source: Express.co.uk

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