Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDonis Avdijaj plans to leave Willem II at the end of the season.Off contract in June, Avdijaj has refused to consider talks about a new deal with Willem, says Soccernews.nl.Instead, the attacker is ready to leave in June – a decision which has attracted the interest of two of Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal and Juventus are both eyeing Avdijaj for a Bosman transfer.Avdijaj, 22, joined Willem II in the summer from Schalke, signing a 12 month deal.
Carragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decisionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on-loan to Bournemouth.Speaking about Clyne to Sky Sports, Carragher explained what the defender will bring to the Cherries.“(He will bring) consistency,” Carragher. “He played in the FA Cup game, didn’t go too well for them. I’m not sure how he played individually.“But I was surprised Liverpool let him go, I must say that.“I know he hasn’t been involved for a long time, but Liverpool have got young players there.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez. He’s a bit more experienced.“He played that one game against Manchester United and he was outstanding, considering how long he’d been out.“So I was quite surprised he’d gone.“But maybe Klopp sees him every day on the training pitch, hasn’t been easy for him, and a player at that age obviously must want to play as much football as possible.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenalby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellow top-four hopeful at home, and De Gea knows they will rue not being able to get all three points.”This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games,” De Gea said to reporters.”We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it.”We had a lot of good chances – of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones.”We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debutby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium manager Roberto Martinez praised Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet as he continued his good form with an assist on his full international debut.Making his fifth appearance but his first start for the Red Devils, Praet delivered a perfect cross to set up Michy Batshuayi for Belgium’s first goal in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstan on Sunday.”What pleases me as a coach was to see that Dennis was ready,” said Martinez. “He was desperate to be on the pitch, that’s what I want to see in the players.”He played technically, it was a pleasure to see him play. Much of the game went through him and at the end I was happy to see that he had enjoyed himself. He played extremely well.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp claims Man Utd set up to defend when they play Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is a fact that Manchester United are set up to defend against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Red Devils almost pinched a win over their rivals thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.Adam Lallana rescued a point for the visitors, with Klopp insisting he wasn’t frustrated by United’s tactics.The German said: “Why should it frustrate me? I’m not the person who should be frustrated by Man United’s style.”It’s just a fact, when we come here, this year, last year, year before, they just defend. That’s how it is, that’s OK, it’s no criticism, it’s just a fact. It’s not the usual way you think United plays against Liverpool, you would think both teams are trying like this.”Again, the quality, we are the one team everybody is on their toes when United plays against us. It’s no excuse, we need to do better, we can do better, but you cannot play against each team like this, how they played today.”We are a good team, and when we play against somebody it is normal for them to say: ‘How can we stop them?'”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastleby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he’s turned down Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the Premier [League] but I am in the right place.”I want to play one day in the Premier [League] but now I am happy here. “I had an option to go to Newcastle on last year, I’m happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying.”
Yes, it’s still just February, meaning that college football is over six months away. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start making predictions on some opening weekend contests. 5Dimes has released spreads on eight of the best games from the opening week’s slate. Auburn vs. Louisville, which is set to take place in Atlanta as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officially has a line.The Tigers, behind what we’re sure will be a potent offensive attack, open as 10-point favorites over the Cardinals, who will face a difficult non-conference schedule in 2015.Auburn’s rival, Alabama, opens as a 13-point favorite over Wisconsin too. Will both get off to a hot start?
Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have expressed their support for sacked Monaco boss Thierry Henry, with both admitting they would welcome him back to the Belgium fold with open arms.The 41-year-old left his post as the right-hand man to Roberto Martinez in the Red Devils set-up to take the reins at the Ligue 1 club in October.But following a disappointing three months in charge, the Frenchman was dismissed after mustering only four wins in 20 games, to be replaced by the man he himself succeeded, Leonardo Jardim. 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? Speaking in the wake of his exit however, Chelsea striker Hazard and Manchester United forward Lukaku, both of whom worked with Henry at last year’s World Cup in Russia, have offered high praise of the former Arsenal star’s coaching skills.Belgium defied expectations to finish third at the showpiece tournament, topping Group G before knocking out Japan and Brazil en route to the semi-finals.Though they suffered a slim defeat to eventual champions France in the last four, they rallied to claim the bronze position in the third-place play-off against England.Speaking to Eleven Sports after victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final, Hazard was effusive in his assessment of Henry’s abilities.“He did good [work with us] at Belgium,” the 28-year-old stated. “Monaco was not doing well this year, he was in trouble. He tried to get things right.“He did not succeed [but] he has my full support. I do not worry, I know he’ll be a great coach in the future.“We [would] welcome him. If he wants to come back, we’re here.”Manchester United striker Lukaku also expressed a desire to see Henry return to the Belgium set-up.“It’s a pity he lost his job in Monaco, but now I hope he’ll be back in the national team,” the 25-year-old told reporters.“He’ll come back, because we need him.”Belgium have only lost once since the World Cup, against Switzerland in the last match of their Nations League A Group 2 games – but that defeat cost them a place at this year’s finals in Portugal.They next begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in March, against Russia in Group I, with games against Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino also in the pipeline.
If any club has expertise to call upon when it comes to world-class left-backs, it is Real Madrid.For years, the club has called upon Marcelo, widely recognized as the best attacking full-back the game has to offer. He’s won it all during his time in Madrid, including four La Liga crowns and four Champions League titles.Although the search for a long-term replacement has likely taken Real Madrid to all four corners of the globe, the club has not had to look too far for the man who has emerged as a top target for the summer. That search has seen the club swoop for Ferland Mendy as the long-term answer for the club going forward. 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? A professional since 2015, when he broke through the ranks at Le Havre – the same club as the likes of Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra and Riyad Mahrez were fostered – the 23-year-old has emerged as a key figure for Bruno Genesio’s side.Mendy’s rise has been astronomical. At the age of 21, he had made just 12 league appearances, all in the second tier for Le Havre. Two and a half years later, he finds himself a full international for France and having played a starring role in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition throughout Lyon’s Champions League push before a round of 16 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.“It’s true that everything’s happened very quickly since Le Havre, but I tell myself that it must go quicker!” he told France Football in January. “I have to continue with this dynamic.”Mendy spent time in Paris Saint-Germain’s youth ranks but was released due to a form of arthritis in his hip, forcing him to miss a good deal of football when he was aged 15, while he also lost his father at a young age.“I’ve not had an easy journey, it’s true, but I’ve never given up,” he added. “Now I’m here. This burning desire to succeed, it’s in my character. I’ve always been like that.”Although a self-assured individual, sometimes branded as arrogant, Mendy is not someone who habitually speaks to the media. Instead, he expresses himself on the field, where he is a tireless piston down Lyon’s left flank.Perhaps inevitably, given his name and role, he is compared to Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who broke through at Le Havre in the two campaigns before his namesake arrived in Normandy.He offers a similar willingness to attack and comparable quality in the final third, even if this aspect of his game is not quite as polished as that of his compatriot.His marginal deficit in terms of his final ball – and it is marginal – is made up for with greater tactical awareness and solidarity at the other end of the park. And in some regards he is technically sounder, possessing a particularly capable right foot“He’s the Kylian Mbappe of the left-back role,” experienced agent Yvan Le Mee told France Football. “Contrary to popular belief, the left-back position is the most requested after that of a striker because they’re very difficult to find.“Mendy is good offensively and defensively, which is very rare. Balanced guys, who are exciting going forward and very strong at the back, are very rare. At his age, there’s no-one better.“Apart from Andy Robertson, who won’t move from Liverpool, there’s no such talented player in that role available, especially as Lucas Hernandez has a different profile.” He has already proven he can cut it against the best, shining as Lyon defeated Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium in September and turning in a level of performance that arguably made him the best left-back in the group stage of the Champions League.Now, he faces up to the challenge of eventually replacing a legend and becoming another building block for a Real Madrid team looking to reinvent itself by bringing in the club’s next great full-back.