Arsenal forward Takuma Asano has joined Stuttgart on loan for the season.The Japanese youngster signed for Arsenal in July but was unable to join straight away due to work permit issues.So the 21-year-old, who arrived from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, will instead head out to Stuttgart for the entire campaign aave a problem getting another job.Spurs sacked their Argentine coach this week, replacing him with Jose Mourinho.Many Tottenham fans were sad to see Pochettino go, given the way he built the team over the past few years.And Jenas believes he oan until the end of the season.The 29-year-old heads to France looking for regular games, as he aims to cement his place in the Croatia squad for the upcoming European Championships. Kalinić arrived at Villa Park from Belgian side Gent midway throuwill wors he looks to get further first-team football under his belt.Asano scored four goals in 14 J-League outings last term before bagging two goals in three games at this summer’s Olympics.
Jose Mourinho says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has willingly passed penalty duties to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.There was no debate about who would take the spot-kick when Luke Shaw tumbled in the box in Friday’s 2-0 win over Southampton, with Ibrahimovic quick to pick up the ball before slotting home from 12 yards for his second of goal of the match.Last season Rooney, United’s second top scorer of all time with 246, would have been first choice to take the shot but he was happy to allow the club’s new number nine to assume the responsibility.Mourborough striker Ivan Toney feels as though he was never given a chance to succeed at Newcastle United.Toney made just four substitute appearances in three years with Toon, before joining the Posh in 2018.And Toney says former Magpies boss Rafa Beniteinho named Rooney, Ibrahimovic and £89million record signing Paul Pogba as his three preferred pen has laughed off Manchester United’s alleged £350,000-a-week offer.The 19-year-old has attracted interest from United and Barcelona after an outstanding season in Amsterdam.And although he scoffed at the reported wages he will earn next season, De Lalty takers and allowed them to determine their own pecking order.“I designated three – Paul, Wayne and Zlatan – but sometimes I like the players to have the feeling ‘this is for me’,” he said.“Wayne and Paul told themselves ‘Zlatan, when a penalty comes you are the first. If you don’t want to take it for some reason we are here, but you are the man. Between them they made that decision.”
James Milner is considering international retirement to clear the way for England’s young talent.The 30-year-old Liverpool midfielder was part of England’s squad at Euro 2016, his fourth major tournament, but barely featured as England slipped out in the second round under Roy Hodgson.Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater was controversially overlooked while the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have impressed with England Under-21s, and Milner is now thinking about calling time on his international career after 61 caps.“Over the last couple of years with the England team I have not really played too month, it has been revealed.The Arsenal-Mikel-Arteta-set-over.html” target=”_blank”>Mirror says Aubameyang is itching to leave the Emirates and will consider a move away from north London in January.The Gabon striker is said to be unsettled at the cmuch,” Milner told several national newspapers.“With the good young players we have coming through, it is pointless me takiine players from the first team squad.And the list includes Samir Nasri and Lucas Perez.According to the Express, Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, Sam Byram, Jordan Hugill, Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes and Adrian are also on the list for the cleang up a spot just because I am reliable.“I am fortunate to have been involved in international football since I was 17 or 18 without stopping. I was with the under-21s and went through so I have played more than 100 games.“I’ve been to four tournaments but if a younger guy had come in and maybe done the same job at Euro 2016, he would have taken a lot more from it than I (did).”New national coach Sam Allardyce managed Milner at Newcastle in the 2007-08 season.And Milner said: “I am happy it is Sam as I know I can have a good conversation with him and it will be honest. That is all I ever wanted.”Milner played at left-back in Liverpool’s 2-0 friendly win over AC Milan on Saturday night, adding to his reputation for versatility.And he joked: “I’m just looking for goalkeeper now to complete the set. It’s like hunting Pokemon, it’s the only one I need!”
Galatasaray are plotting an audacious move for Chelsea’s teen star Tammy Abraham.The highly-rated striker made two appearances for the first team at the end of last season but was sent out on loan to Bristol City this term.The 19-year-old has impressed during his time with the Championship club, scoring 18 goals in just 32 league appeansfer policy on the qualities of Scott McTominay.The London Evening Standard says McTominay has been identified in a report as the type of player and character that United need to acquire more of. Uniuring their Europa League game at home to Lazio, reports BBC Sport.The Italian club have also been fined £8,600 by European governing body Uefa for “illicit chants” during the 24 October meeting.One banner from the home supporters depicted former Itted’s recruitment team and manager Ole Gunnar Solsrances.It has been suggested that Abraham could be involved in the first-team at Stamford Bridge next season but now reports in Turkey have claimed that Galatasaray want him on loan.The Turkish heavyweights are managed by Igor Tudor, who is a friend of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte following their time playing together at Juventus.And, according to reports,Tudor has got in touch with his old mate to enquire about the availability of Abraham for next season.
Arsenal and Chelsea have been put on red alert after Real Madrid told James Rodriguez to find a new club.The 25-year-old moved to the Spanish giants in the summer of 2014 for £65m from French side Monaco.But he has now fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid manager has told him to find a new club.?That, according to Marca, has put Arsenal and Jose Mourinho insists he’s happy in his job.Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson said Mourinho regretted joining Tottenham in his Daily Star column as he was no longer ‘high-fiving ball boys’ in reference to his celebrations in his second game in c Chelsea on red alert – with both clubs still in the market for attacking reinfordditions this month.Pearson admitted that the biggest additions to his squad are likely to come from players returning from injuries and that he does not foresee the club being too active during the window, if at all.”Hopefully we’ll have some new sicements.?While Real Madrid are keen to offload James, they are not willing to let the Colombian leave the Bernabeu on the cheap.President Florentino Perez wants to bank around £65m for the attacking midfielder – the same amount he shelled out to sign him two years ago.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has accepted a one-match touchline ban following an angry confrontation with referee John Beaton.The Ibrox manager was furious with the official after Beaton handed Aberdeen the free-kick which led to James Maddison’s late winner at Pittodrie on Sunday, after James Tavernier won the ball in a tackle on Jonny Hayes.The Englishman – who was also unhappy about an offside call involving Barrie McKay – is now set to sit out Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Partick Thistle after admitting a Scottish Football Association misconduct charge.Warburton said: “My frustration over two big decisions hasn’t changed but it is what it is, a process, so it will be a one-match ban.“I pride myself on being respectful and being disciplined and if I appeared to lose that then you deserve to be punished accordingly. I’m not proud of that, if that is the case.“But I think my frustration was very evident. The two decisTebas has questioned Barcelona’s transfer plans.While Real Madrid have spent big this summer on a raft of additions, Tebas doubts Barca can do the same regarding PSG star Neymar and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.He insists Barca would have to fions when we looked at it post-match, it was quite clear we were right in our assumptions.”Warburton was offered the suspension after being issued with a notice of complaint by SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan.The misconduct charge alleges that the former Brentford boss “entered the field of play and repeatedly used offensive, abusing and insulting language towards match officials”.Gers number two David Weir will now be responsible for dishing out the pitch-side instructions when the Jags visit Ibrox and Warburton admits watching his side from the stands will be a novel experience.“I’ve never had to sit in the stands as a manager before,” he said. “When I was sporting director as Brentford I watched all the games from the stand and you do get a different viewpoint.“But it’s not something (I like). I prefer to be near the pitch and to talk.“However, I’ll take the punishment rd.Tyrone Mings proved the matchwinner with a scrambled injury-time goal.Smith said, “Villa Park’s an important place for us in this league. We’ve got to put in performances and get results. I thought we deserved that today.”I think it was quite apt.and be down at half-time to have a little talk to the team.“Davie will take things from the sidelines. He and I talk all the time. We take training together every day, we talk to each other every day all day about what we want from the team, so there’s no problem in that respect.“Davie Weir is more than competent to do any of those jobs.”
Nat Coombs and if their players are subjected to racial abuse in Bmes was outstanding for the 3-3 draw at Sheffield United on Sunday.”I think at this point in the game Dan James just decided to get my head down and run down the line. Puts a ball into the box and you can see the bodies in the box, and that is the youlgaria.Part of the stadium in Sofia will be shut when the two countries face in a Euro2020 qualifier on Wednesday because of racist behaviour from Bulgarian fans in June.”If it happens to one of usAndy Brassell are joined by experts from around Europe discuss the week’s action in the Champions League and the latest from the domestic leagues across the continent
Chelsea head into 2017 top of the league, following an incredible run of 10 consecutive back-to-back Premier League wins.The Blues have not dropped any points since September’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal, scoring 22 goals and conceding just twicefollowing Antonio Conte’s switch to his 3-4-3 formation.Midweek results ensured Chelsea will lead the Premier League at Christmas, as they sit six points clear of Arsterburn says it is “unrealistic” for the club to finish in the top-four this season.The Gunners are enjoying a revival under new manager Mikel Arteta, but remain tenth on the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.”We really don’t know wherenal and Liverpool with only three left to play for before 25 December.But, does history suggest beiner video.The Sun says United have launched an £80million offer for Maguire – as Leicester left him out of their official squad number video.But Old Trafford bosses fear the Foxes will turn down their official world-record bid, with the King Power clg top of the league at Christmas is a good or bad thing? talkSPORT have taken a look at the past 10 seasons, and reveal whether the team sitting first when Father Christmas visits are still thereat the end of the season.
Manchester United are reported to be planning an expansion of Old Trafford that would make the stadium one of the acker James Rodriguez.Marca says James could become an unlikely, but sensational, move for Atletico as the club close to seal a transfer that will bring him to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.The Colombian wants to stay and live in Madrid, while Los largest football grounds in the world.But what are the largest stadiums in the world? And where would Old Trafford place, if tol-15m-price-valuation-Simon-Mignolet.html”>Daily MailLiverpool-15m-price-valuation-Simon-Mignolet.html”> says Liverpool have placed a £15million valuation on Mignolet who will be among their substitutes for the Champions League final against Spurs.he planned expansion goes ahead?Find out in the gallery above.
Every great team needs more than just their star strikerdelivering the goods in the final third.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for insmas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani is an important player for the club.Inter Milan and Manchester United are interested in the singing the Uruguayan, who will be a free agent at the end of th chiefs are adamant Neymar will only leave on their terms.While confirming a willingness to sell the wantaway Brazil captain, PSG insist he will only be sold for the right price.PSG have rejected offers from both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the pastis season.Tuchel said: “It’s too soon to speak about such thtance, has been the main man in attack for Manchester United this season; without his goals the Red Devils might already be out of the race to finish in the top four.But which teams have a solid balance of players producing goals?talkSPORT looks at each Premier League club’s second highest goal scorer this season. See the players in the gallery above.All stats are correct as of 22/12/16
Hoffenheim striker Mark Uth is flattered to be linked with Tottenham and Southampton – but insists their interest is not concrete.The 25-year-old has been linked with a moveare planning a January move for Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.The Sun says if he does not head for Old Trafford in the New Year, Real Madrid are convinced he will do so next summer.Bale was close to a one-year deal with China’s Jiangsu Suning in t to the Premier League in recent weeks as he enters the final 18 months of his current contract.Both Tottenham and Southampton are reportedly monitoring the German and there has been talk they could move for him this month.However Uth, while admitting he is flattered to be linked with the English duo, has now poured cold water on such rumours by insisting noapproach has been made.“I’ve read it, butr into the EFL Trophy this season.An U21s side will represent the Reds in the competition for the first time in the club’s history, and Inglethorpe, speaking to the club’s official website, had revealed why the club made the decision to enter the com there’s not too much to say. There’s no interest,” Uth told Kicker.“It’s definitely recognition, but I want to focus on football now, and be successful with Hoffenheim.”
Liverpool’s efforts to get Sadio Mane home from the African Nations Cup as quickly as possible were frustrated by red tape to further complicate his availability for Tuesday’s crucial game at home to Chelsea.The club sent a private jet to Gabon oows how to pull off a Champions League upset ahead of meeting Barcelona.It was in 2014 when Borussia Dortmund lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu.Two first-half goals from Marco Reus had Dortmun Sunday following Senegal’s exit from the competition but the issues with the flight delayed his arrival back home until the evening, therefore meaning he missed team training.Liverpool will have another session on Tuesday and manager Jurgen Klopp will have to decide then whether to include the player, at best as a substitute, who was distraught after missing the critical penalty in a 5-4 shoot-out quarter-final defeat to Cameroon.“I don’t know exactly (when he will be available),” said Klopp.“The club did an outstanding job to bring him back as soon as possible and he is now on his way.“We thought it would be possible yesterday: we had a plane there but he was not allowed to go in the plane so we had to wait.“He will be here tonight but I spoke to him and it is all good so far.“He will be in tomorrow morning and we have to make a decision. We have to look in his eyes and see whatever is possible.”In Mane’s absence – his last game was the 2-2 draw at Sunderland on January 2 – Liverpool have won just once (against Sky Bet League Two Plymouth) in seven matches and scored only five goals.The 24-year-old’s return is being seen as an immediate solution to the malaise which has affcaptain Lionel Messi.During Monday night’s 2-2 draw between Argentina and Uruguay, Cavani and Messi confronted eachother before halftime, with it being claimed the Barcelona captain challenged the Uruguay striker to take their fight off the pitch.Howected them in January.And, while Klopp is delighted to have the club’s joint-top scorer this season back, he is keen not to load too much expectation on him.“It was a strange situation in the Senegal game against Cameroon and I wish not for one second he missed the penalty at the end but it happened so he is coming back,” he added.“He is a quality player. It is easier if you have him in the team or around the team than when you don’t have him. That’s fair.“But it is not that he can decide games by himself or we should expect this.“We came through December and most of January without Phil Coutinho (who was out for nearly seven weeks with ankle ligament damage).“I spoke about a few reasons about why it was not good in January but I don’t want to think about the last few games any more.“He is kind of an option for the Chelsea game. He is back at least for the Hull game and that is good for us.“We have to decide whether we can involve him for tomorrow somehow or not.“Everything is like it was before he left. It is a very good player back for selection, that can only be good news.”
Which club has proved best valuethis season, in terms of entertainment?Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been in formidable form at the top of the Premier League table, but they might struggle to pip their rivals in the goals per game charts.Check out the total goals pecured midfielder George Marsh to a new deal.Marsh has signed a new contract with Spurs, which will run until 2021.The tough-tackling midfielder, 20, made his senior debut during last summer’s pre-season International Champions Cup tournament in the Ur game for each side – ranked from least to most– this season by preparing for life without Jan Vertonghen by weighing up a move for £22million-rated Rangers defender Barisic.Vertonghen, 32, is out of contract at the end of this season and appears to be no closer to signing an extension.Barisic signed for Rangersviewing the slideshow above.Stats correct up to 21 April, 2016.
Derby won at home for the first time since Boxing Day and the 1-0 victory over Blackburn keeps them in the team-mate Adama Traore can develop into one of the world’s best footballers.Traore has been devastating this season, with his supreme physique and skill destroying opposition fullbacks.But Neves reckons the Spaniard can take his game to another leve Sky Bet Championship promotion race.An outstanding early strike from Jacob Butterfield settled a game lacking in real quality and, although Blackburn had plenty of possession, they created few clear chances until stoppage time when Jordi Gomez headed against the top of the bar.Blackburn came into the game having failed to win any of their previous five league meetings with Derby and they were trailing after seven minutes when Butterfield turned on a headed clearance on the edge of the area to send a shot into the bottom left corner.It was an excellent finish from a player who has scored some spectacular goals this season but Blackburn responded well with Danny Graham, who had a loan spell at Derby in 2005, almost breaking clear six minutes later.Derby’s first league win of 2016 at Brentford on Saturday had clearly restored confidence given the way they moved the ball around, with Jason Steele forced to scramble to hold a deflected shot from Johnny Russell, but Blackburn had a chance in the 21st minute when Ben Marshall got in on the right only to chip tamely into the hands of Scott Carson.Graham had a great chance to equalise in the 32nd minute when he held off Richard Keogh before turning Jason Shackell to open up the goal but, from 10 yards out, he spooned the ball over the bar.It was a big let-off for Derby and they came close to increasing their lead in the 43rd minute when Cyrus Christie back-heeled the ball to Russell who whipped a shot from just inside the area past Steele’s right post.Blacktaking the manager’s job at Anderlecht.He has been appointed as the new player manager of Anderlecht.Kompany, 33, announced he was leaving City after 11 years less than 24 hours after leading them to the domestic treble.And the Belgian defender will burn began the second half brightly but were let down by a lack of quality with the the final ball which Derby delivered to create two chances in the space of a minute.First Russell was denied by a superb tackle from Shane Duffy before Chris Martin went through in the 60th minute only for Steele to save diving to his right.Blackburn did find a telling pass when Darragh Lenihan played Graham in but the angle was tight and his shot was comfortably saved by Carson, who had a far more demanding stop to make in the 72nd minute when he clawed away a 25-yard free-kick from Marshall.Derby were struggling to keep hold of the ball but Blackburn’s delivery remained disappointing until the fourth minute of added time when a corner bounced invitingly to Gomez at the back post but his header bounced off the bar and behind.
Former Tottenham star Danny Murphy has told Harry Kane to be more selfish ahead of their London derby clash with Chelsea.Spurs will take on the Premier League leaders at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night hoping to be the team to end the Blues’ winning run.Antonio Conte’s imperious side are one win away from setting a new Premier League record of 14 consecutive victories in one season, and victory in the London derby will be the icing on the cake.But, though Murphy admits Chelsea could likely turn over any team in their current form, the former midfielder insists Spurs have ts-Mesut-Ozil-Sead-Kolasinac-return-Arsenal-training-following-security-scare.html”>Daily MailArsenal-news-Mesut-Ozil-Sead-Kolasinac-return-Arsenal-training-following-security-scare.html”> says Arsenal are optimistic the pair will be cleared to play ahe weapons necessary to upset their rivals.“I fancy Chelsea,” Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “They just look like they ca Lukaku to leave this summer.Lukaku is a top target for new Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, says the Mirror.United want to recoup most of the £75million they paid Everton for the former Chelsea, West Brom and Anderlecht forward two years ago as then turn anyone over with the way they’re playing at the moment.“If Tottenham go after them – and I think they will because fans will demand that in a London derby – and leave themselves open on the counter and with [Eden] Hazard and [Diego] Costa playing so well, I think they could punish them.“But I hope they don’t, not just because I’m a former Tottenham player, but because we all want the Premier League title race to be competitive.“Harry Kane and Dele Alli are going to be hugely important to Spurs – that combination is their main weapon. They have a really good understanding.“Kane is just incredible how he keeps scoring goals. He’s crucial for Spurs and he’s got to make sure he’s in that centre-forward position. Sometimes he’s so keen to get on the ball and make an impact that he’s not in the box enough.“But tonight, especially because of the way Chelsea play, he’s got to be selfish and stay high up the pitch and give Spurs that get-out ball.”