Borussia Monchengladbach ‘hopeful’ of keeping Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen beyond 2017

Borussia Monchengladbach are desperate to keep Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen beyond the end of this season.The 20-year-old is halfway through a are 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 ttwo-year loan spell at the German club, where he has caught the eye with some impressive displays.Chelsea are expected to integrate the Denmark international into the first-team when he returns next summer and the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge have high hopes for the youngster.However, Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director earcontent_imger says Manchester United must stick with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Reflecting on their defeat at West Ham, he wrote for The Sun: “I never felt at any stage that United were going to get anything from the game. West Ham deserved to win, no quesMax Eberlhasn’t given up hope of keeping Christensen a little longer.“It will be a hard task but I am hopeful that we can do it,” Eberl told Sky Deutschland.“We probably won’t buy him but maybe there’s another way. And even if he has only been with us for two years, that would be a great story.”

Southampton news: Sofiane Boufal to miss Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign due to mystery injury

Morocco have confirmed Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal will not tcontent_imgake part in the Africa Nations Cup because of injury.The 23-year-old has been released from his country’s training camp in the United Arab Emirates ahead of a friendly against Finland.A statement on the Morocco Football Association website confirmed Boufal “left the gathering place of the team following confirmation of his injury by the medical staff”.However, there was no further information about what the injury was or the extent of the problem.Morocco begin their cup campaign against DR Congo on January 16, with the tournament in Gabon set to run until February 5.Boufal joined Southampton from Lille in a club-record £16million transfer durum-term plan to try and lure the 23-year-old from the San Paolo to the Bernabéu next summer. The in-demand player has a contract with the Serie A side until 2023 and Madrid’s strategy is to make their interest apparent and attempt to exercise some iing the summer, but saw his debut delayed as he returned to full fitness.The midfielder has so far made 15 appearances, the mocountry ahead in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Malta last night after seven minutes, but the game was level at the break.Norway went on to win 2-1 thanks to an Alexander Sorloth effort, with King missing a second-half penalty in Ta’ Qali.But King didst recent in the 3-0 Premier League defeat at Everton on January 2, and has scored twice.

DONE DEAL? Crystal Palace agree signing of Galatasaray defender Lionel Carole – reports

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have agreed a deal in principle een the worst signing of the seasoder Tanguy Ndombele.L’Equipe says Spurs smashed their transfer record to buy Ndombele from the Ligue 1 outfit for £55.5m, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy playing a key role in the negotiations that landed the midfielder on a six-year contract.He heln.United signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £52 million in the summer.He was seen as the man to finish off their midfield alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba. However, he struggled for game time underto sign Galatasaray defender Lionel Carole, according to reports.Turkish outlet Aksam believe a fee in the region of £3million has been accepted for the French left-back and Palace are close to agreeing personal terms for the 25content_img-year-old.An official statement is expected in the near future as Sam Allardyce begins to stamp his authority on his struggling side.A major overhaul at Selhurst Park is expected this summer given the Londoners’ poor form in the league.Relegation remains a real threat but Allardyce is already beginning to bolster his squad with the intention of extending their stay in the Premier League.

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, September 25: Klopp wanted, West Ham set for shock Chelsea star bid, plus more

Here’s all the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers and online…German champions Bayern Munich want Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to be their next manager.West Ham will offer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, tChelsea are demanding a fee if Olivier Giroud is to leave in January.Off contract in June, Giroud is edging towards leaving Stamford Bridge during the winter market in search of regular first team football.Lyon, Marseille and Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are all keen.And l’Express says Chelsea will demand a cash fee to allow the veteran to leave.Chelsea are prepared to sell for €6m in January.he chance to stay in the Premier League if he cannot break into Blues boss Antonio Conte’s first team on a regular basis.Stoke City are considering appointing Steve Bruce as manager if their fortunes under Mark Hughes do not improve.Tottenham are preparing a move for Fiorentina and Croatia midfielder Milan Badelj, 27, in January.Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, turned down the chance to hold talks with Paris Saint-Germain this summer.Paris Saint-Germain are considering a January move for AC Milan’s Colombian striker Caan.The 19-year-old centre-back becomes manager Steve Cooper’s second summer recruit to the Liberty Stadium.Wilmot began content_imghis career at Stevenage, earning a call-up for England Under-19s after impressing in League Two.Premier League Watford paid £1.5mrlos Bacca, 30.

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, February 14: Tottenham target Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford stalling on new Manchester United deal and MORE

Here arethe top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Tottenhamare tracking Anthony Martial’s uncertain situation atManchester United. Spurs are aware thatFrance forward Martialis not a regular under Jose Mourinho ancontent_imgd could offer him an escape in the summer. Marcus Rashford is stalling on signing a new contract at Manchester United and will consider his position at the club at the end of the season. The striker is frustrated at the lack of regular game time he has had this season and has concerns about whether he will ever be given an extended run in the first team by José Mourinho. Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Torino star Andrea Belotti. The 23-year-old has impressed for the Serie A outfit this season, smashing home 17 goals in 21 games. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez for a £40m summer raid. The City chief is a huge admirer of the defensive duo, and has been watching them over the past six months.Malcolmis set to be in the middle of a summer transfer tug of war between Manchg Besiktas.Hurriyet reports Besiktas have made an approach to City for Mangala.The 28-year-old defender has been frozen out at the Etihad, and Besiktas want to sign the Frenchman on a loan deal.However Besiktas have first demanded to see medical repoester United and Liverpool. The Bordeaux striker, 19, has been scouted by both teams but is under contract in Ligue 1 until 2020. (The Sun)Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he tried to bring Virgil van Dijk toLiverpoolduring his time at Anfield but was knocked back by the club’s scouts. The Southampton defender is now wanted by numerous clubs. Huddersfield&anger.England full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sold to Manchester United for £50m in the summer while Wilf Zaha stayed despite big interest from other clubs.Asked if the sale of Wan-Bissaka represented a success for the South London club, the Eagles #8217;s Elias Kachunga has fired himself onto the transfer shortlists of three Premier League clubs. Forward Kachunga is being tracked byEverton, Watford and Middlesbrough ahead of a potential summer move. Federico Fernandez is close to penning a new deal at Swansea City. The Argentina international has confirmed talks are nearing a conclusion to complete a quick turnaround after he came close to a January exit from south Wales.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon praises ‘wise’ Zinedine Zidane over his managerial style

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has hailed the management style of curto build on his goalscoring breakthrough this season.The 30-year-old has scored four goals this season, already a career-best tally for a single campaign.”I have improved at my movement attacking set-plays,” said Azpilicueta.”For most of my career I rent Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane.The French legend took over from Rafa Benitez lcontent_imgast season and guided the Spanish giants to their 11th Champions League trophy.In this campaign Real Madrid are again in the Champions League semi-finals, .They also currently sit three points clear of Barcelona, at the top of LaLiga, ahead of Sunday’s El Clasico.Zidane’s previous managerial experience came with Real Madrid Castilla but, talking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Calderon has praised the way the iconic midfielder has adapted to his role.“In my opinion what he’s done has been very wise,” he said. “He came from a team with no experience, coming from the third tier in Spain, and he knew he lacked the experience.“But he knew, also, that all the players respected him and admired him.“He knows how to build a dressing room full of stars because he was one of them so he decided to be one more.“Not bullying – he’s working with them as one more in the team. I think that’s a very good idea.”Calderon also spoke about Welsh star Gareth Bale who has suffered with injuries this season.The £85.3million 2013 signing has shone on occasion for Real and the ex-president hopes the winger stays for the rest of his career.“I hope so. Unfortunately he’s having problems with an ankle but I think he is happy too,” he added.“He’s had a very difficult time and he came with more money paid than Cristiano [Ronaldo].“That was a handicap and he dealt with that very well. He’s proven to be a fantasPalace confirmed their relegation.Bamba has missed the latter part of the season through injury.He said after the 3-2 loss: “Yeah it’s obviously a big disappointment. He feels like we missed a trick but it’s a long season of 38 games. It isn’t just ttic player.”

Sunderland FC news: David Moyes ‘set to quit as boss before end of the week’ following club’s relegation from the Premier League

David Moyes is reportedly ready to quit as Sunderland boss following the club’s relegation from the PremierDejan Lovren says he wants to move to Roma.All three parties are locked in talks over a deal.“Lovren is very open to joining Roma and I think that’s obvious, seeing as we are talking about a great club,” season. Over the past year, Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into what many believe to be the best team in the world.They’re miles ahead of every other team in the Premier League and possibly even in Europe. Liverpool pretty much already have FIFA agent Alessandro Lucci told Tuttomercat League.The former Everton and Manchester United manager has endured a torrid spell at the Stadium ofLight since replacing Sam Allardyce last summer.The Black Cats have won only fivcontent_imge league games under Moyes this season and were consigned to the Moyes refused to commit his future to the club following the match and now, , the 54-year-old is on the verge of walking away.Their report claims he held a crunch meeting with chairman Ellis Short in London on Tuesday about his future.And, with fans turning on the Scot, he is poised to quit his post – and may do soby the end of this week.

‘Slaven Bilic is the ONLY man for West Ham’ – Former captain Kevin Nolan backs under-pressure boss

Former West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has thrown his support behind under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic.Despite receiving only a weekago, it was after a torrid run of five straight league defeats and seven without victory.But the Hammers halted that run with – a result which lifted them eight points clear of the bottom-three and dumped the 18th placed Swans further into the mire.And Nolan insists Bilic is the right man to lead the Hammers forward.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, Nolan said: “Listen, Slav is a great fella and he is the man to get them out of it. There’s no one else.“I sper Manchester United.The teenager broke his senior team duck with an content_imgimpressive strike in a 1-0 win over FC Astana.United created many great chances against their Europa League opponents, but could not finish those moments.Eventually, a stunning narroak to the lads quite regularly and they’re disappointed by what’s going on at the minute, but he’s had a lot to deal with as a manager.“Changing stadium and training ground – that does affect you, it changes things. The stadium move has had a massive influence this season.“The West Ham board are not ones to hire and fire, they do ry.The young centre-back has joined Villa from Brentford and is looking forward to being coached by assistant manager Terry.Konsa, 21, said: “I can’t wait to get started with Dean again and especially John Terry. Me and Dean had a good relationship.”back their managers and I’m hopeful and quite positive that the two David’s will stick behind Slaven.“I’m sure he’ll get them out of it and next year we’ll see a different animal in West Ham.”

Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty fined £23,000 over betting charge

Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty has been fined £23,000 and warned over his future conduct after accepting a Football Association betting charge.The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international broke FA rules by betting on a match in February.The governing body said in a statement: ”Kyle Lafferty has been fined £23,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he accepted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.“The Norwich City forward breached FA Rule E8 in respect of a bet placed on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition on 20 February 2016.”Lafferty, who fell out of favour at Norwich last season and is expecting to move to another club later this summer, was an unused substitute in their 4-1 victory over Blackburn on Saturday.He made just three appearances for the Canaries last term and after being linked with a move to Leeds among other clubs, joined Birmingham on loan in March.The former Burnley forward startcontent_imged in two of Northern Ireland’s matches at the Euro 2016 finals in France in June and stepped off the bench in another as Michael O’Neill’s side reached the knock-out stages.Lafferty started his career at Burnley ierney has suffered a shock injury setback that has forced him to withdraw from the Scotland squad.He was set to be included in the Scottish squad for the double-header against Russia and San Madefeat to Manchester City.City thrashed the Irons 5-0 on Saturday in London.“I was saying to the new lads it probably won’t get harder for you than this first game,” said Wilshere.“Wherever they go they have a plan and stick to it. They have grearino, which will be announced by boss Steve Clarke todayand made over 80 appearances before Rangers paid £3million for him in June 2008.He spent four years at Rangers, scoring 38 goals, and had spells at FC Sion and Palermo before joining Norwich for an undisclosed fee in June 2014. He also spent time on loan with Turkish club Rizespor at the end of the 2014/15 season.

‘Claudio Ranieri should NOT lose his job as Leicester manager’, former Foxes star Neil Lennon tells talkSPORT

Claudio Ranieri should NOT be sacked as Leicester City manager and should remain in his post at least until the end of the season, Neil Lennon has told talkSPORT.The Italian is under pressure in the King Power Stadium hotseat following the Foxes’ dramatic fall from grace from league winners to relegation contenders.At the time of writing, Leicester sit just one point above the bottom three and are in very real danger of becoming the first English champions since Manchester City in 1937 to suffer the drop the very next campaign. amid reports he could be sacked, but results have not picked up since their publcontent_imgic backing.Leicester have claimed just one league win in their last ten games, and are currently on a run of five straight defeats.Yet, when asked if he backs Ranieri to continue leading the club, former Foxes star Lennon told talkSPORT host Jim White: “150 per cent!“He may not keep them up, but I don’ Eriksen did not leave before Monday’s transfer deadline.Eriksen will remain at Spurs until at least January after failing to secure a move before the summer shut.Asked if the squad was relieved he had stayed, team-mate Winks said: “Yes, of course.t think he should lose his job.“What he did last year was remarkable. I think they’ll stay up anyway.”Ranieri has received criticism from his own fans for sticking with largely the same title-winning team throughout this campaign, with many saying the players are simply suffering from burn-out.But Lennon insists under-performing Leicester stars ‘need to look at themselves’ and should take a greater responsibility for their domestic slump.He said: “With the criticism that’s going the manager’s way, I think the players need to look at themselves and ask, ‘how can we be so good and play at such a ie can see Liverpool dominating the Premier League.Despite missing out on the title this season, Van Persie believes the Reds will recover.“Now you have Manchester City, who are doing unbelievable. To win back-to-back titles is very special – that high level consistently last year and suddenly lose our game?’“Have they got lazy or complacent?“Ranieri hasn’t changed his side or methods all that much, but the players sure aren’t performing to the level they were last season, for one reason or another.”Leicester’s one cause for celebration this season has been their form in Europe.Through to the last-16 in their first ever Champions League campaign, Jamie Vardy came up with what could be to boost their hopes of progression.Lennon added: “They produced a performance last night. It was a great result and they’ve given themselves a great chance of getting into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.“But a lot of people were scratching their heads thinking, ‘where’s that been for the majority of this season?’”

Ranking every Premier League club’s back-up goalkeeper this season – from 20 to 1

No player wants to act as back-up, but every club needs options in reserve.Being a second-choice goalkeeper is perhaps the most frustrating of all, with pla surgery.Allegri revealed the news ahead of Sunday’s game with Sampdoria.He said, “Szczesny has a knee problem and will have keyholill rake in acontent_imgn amazing £69 MILLION from his seven-year contract at Manchester United.The England star confirmed his whopping £85m move to Manchester United yesterday after agreeing an initial six-year contract. United also have the option to extende surgery over the next few weeks, but he is available for tomorrow. Cristiano Ronaldo is not making the trip, as he neying time often limited to cup competitions.But their role is crucial, as every coach knows they might need to be called upon instantly.So we’ve decided to rank each Premier League team’s back-up goalkeeper right now, from 20 to 1.Scroll through the gallery above to find out who we believe is the finest number two in England’s top flight.

Premier League changes 2016/17: Which side has made the most alterations to their line-up this season?

Consistent team selection can bring results – and it is statistically proven.Antonled he’s been trying to buy the club for three years.Commisso bought Fiorentina from the Della Valle brothers for approximately €170m.“I was moved at the Stadio Franchi, yes,” Commisso told Sky Sport Italia after he was greeted by around 8,000 faio Conte’s side lead the way in the Premier League this season and look set to regain the crown having made the fewest changes to their side.The Blues have been fortunate wicontent_imgth injuries and Conte’s first XI has settled to a p the scoresheet for France’s victory over Moldova.Giroud struck from the spot in the 2-1 Euro qualifying win.Afterwards, the veteran said: “I was keen to shoot because I tried a lot tonight (Thursday). “We missed a bit of realism and a bit of successoint where their strongest XI is clear for all to see.On the other hand, Pep Guardiola is yet to name an unchanged team with fourth-placed Manchester City, while a number of other sides seem to make alterations to their starting XI week after week.So who has made the most changes altogether this season?

Manchester United news: ‘If only every player had such a fantastic attitude and desire’ – Fan favourite Ander Herrera praised after interview

Ander Herrera continues to endear himself to Manchester United fans.The Spain midfielder is a firm fan favourite at Old Trafford andcontent_img he has broken into Jose Mourinho’s first choice XI after starting the season on the bench.The 27-year-old, who willmiss the Red Devils’ home clash with Arsenal due to suspension on Saturday, has praised his new boss in an Herrera claims to have a ‘very good relationship’ with the Portuguese, insisting Mourinho’s reputation ant of a playing return after the international break.The 18-year-old ruptured his Achilles during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Burnley in April, and missed the remainder of the season as well as England’s Nations League campaign.He underwent successfuls a defensive coach is ‘a myth’.The former Athletic Bilbao man is set to earn his first Spain cap whenappy with their transfer policy.United have restructured their recruitment department, adding 45 scouts since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, while greater forward planning means next summer’s transfer targets will be identified by January.If any of those the 2010 World Cup champions travel to Wembley to face England on Tuesday and, ahead of the clash, his thoughts have made a positive impression on United fans.

Every Premier League club ranked on the ‘balance’ of their team – from worst to first

Every manager craves a strong defence, midfield and attack.While n Panzo was happy to be part of England U21’s win over Turkey.Panzo left Chelsea last year for ASM. He is currently on-loan with Club Brugge.”It’s the communication,” the former Chelsea man said. “Even off the pitch, mingling together and things, to on Tuesday night, they haven’t always managed to come out on the right sidcontent_imge of theresult this season.Plenty of teams suffer from a lack of balanc-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.The Gunners were successful away from home in the Europa League in what may have been their toughest game in the group.Saka, who recently turned 18, scored a vital goal and grabbed two assists as well. And Willock was e in their team, with Pep Guardiola’s troops a prime example.So we’ve decided to rank each Premier League club on how balanced their side is, from worst to first – scroll through the gallery above to check out our assessment.

Football sex abuse claims: ‘There is a lot more to come, it could blow the game apart’, claims Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT there is a ‘lot more to come’ following the revelations of sexual abuse that have rocked football in the past week.Two former Crewe youth players, Andy Woodward and Steve Walters, were the first to break their silence over the abuse they suffered at a young age at the hands of their former coach, Barry Bennell.Former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Paul Stewart and ex-Manchester City and England attacker David White have also come forward to reveal their own childhood traumas.Murphy, who began his career as a youngster at Gresty Road, insists this is just the tip of the iceberg, but believes long-standing boss Dario Gradi ted with Watford’s stand over Dimitri Foulquier.Foulquier was outstanding for Getafe last season, helping them to a stunning fifth place finish.Watford called back Foulquier over summer and Marca says they refused to send him back to Getafe for a newknew nothing of the horrors unfolding at the club.“I’m very saddened by it all,” he said on the Jim White show. “There’s a lot more to come. I don’t think it stops with Crewe. That would be ridiculously naïve.“This is going to be blown apart and I encourage anybody listening to speak out because why try to hide anything, even if it’s negative? Put it out there, let’s get to the bottom of it.”Murphy’s association as a youngster with Bennell at Crewe was brief, but he admits he was not surprised by the recent revelations.The former Liverpool and England star added: “When it first came out, sadly, no, I wasn’t shocked because obviously Barry had already been to prison many years ago for the same crimes he’s been accused of now.“I was a bit surprised by who it was [who’d been abused] because I knew him. He was a bit older than me, but I played with him at Crewe, Andy [Woodward].“I know his sister was married to Barry for a while so it was kind of even more of a shock in a way, but the more I thought about it and remembered back to my time [at Crewe] it made sense.“My cross over with Barry was quite quick. I went to Crewe when I was probably 12, 13, and he left soon after. I had probably only a year, if that, with him and in and around him. Some of the lads he’d coached were five, six, seven years before that. So he knew those lads a lot better than me.“Strangely, the guy himself was quite charming, a good coach, quite well liked with the lads because of his great skills and the sessions he put on, but there was a certain side to him that was aggressive and he was a bit of a bully to certain victims – within the coaching, I’m talking about. So he did have two sides to him.“It was only really after he left and I got to know some of the lads that I started hearing little whispers and rumours if you like, but when you’re 14, 15, 16 at a football club with a lot of lads, things do get said and you don’t really have the intelligence to takn striker Richarlison doesn’t expect him to be allowed to leave this summer.The Brazil international is a target for Inter Milan.”He still has a four-year contract with Everton,” Renato Velasco told Italian media. “I think there will be some officie them in, process them and think of a bigger picture.“I took stick myself from some of the older lads because I stayed with [manager] Dario [Gradi] for many years off and on, as in weekends here and there because I couldn’t afford to travel backwards and forwards to play the games. I used to get stick – ‘oh, you’re one of Dario’s boys’, all that stuff – but it goes over your head a bit.“I feel sad that my fantastic memories of Crewe – and I think there will be other lads in my boat – aren’t shared by all of those I thought they were shared by. It was a fantastic environment for young kids to be in. Families and parents were welcomed in, there were lots of family days.”Gradi is yet to speak publically following the claims about Crewe, the club he has been synonymous with for more than 30 years, but Murphy is convinced his mentor has nothing to hide.He added: “Dario was like a second father to me, a perfect gent, a brilliant coach and somebody I still look up to. I sincerely believe that if he had any indication of anything going on he would have done something about it. Well, I have to believe that. That’s the relationship I had with him.“So I’m sad he might be tarnished and the club is tarnished because it did so much good work and still does, but unfortunately when you get something like this, the questions have to be asked.“Crewe have to open the doors now to the authorities and answer anything that needs to be answered and just put it all out there because the problem has been people keeping quiet about it, not talking about it, not opening up.“Let me tell you how some of these things happen, and it’s not difficult. [Football] is an easy breeding ground for someone like Barry Bennell.“There are lots of football tournaments, not just for professional clubs, but Sunday League clubs, amateur clubs all across the country. They go away and play in tournaments, in the UK and abroad. And you get 15-20 lads, sometimes four or five different age groups, going with four or five coaches staying in average accommodation where everyone crams in. That’s what happens.“I went to a tournament in Blackpool. Barry took the team. I think we were four or six to a room, a little pokey room, and later on I heard he would oversubscribe the amount of people to the room, and that was another opportunity for him to get close and stuff like that, that’s what I was told.“I didn’t experience that so I can’t say for sure, but those are the type of things you started hearing as you got older but, to get back to the point, the opportunity to be around children continually is easy for a football coach, and now looking back it makes absolute perfect sense that that’s what he would do. It’s all about accessibility.“And the other key, which is what Andy Woodward was talking about, is all these children are desperately seeking guidance to become a footballer.And that particular coach, if he does it right, becomes your shining light. He becomes the one that can make it happen for you.“Luckily for me, when I was at Crewe, Dario was that man, [along with] Kenny Swain, Alex Gibson. For a lot of those lads who were there, it was Barry. He could make or break them. He had the power.“It’s the power of, ‘I can make you a good player or not’. And then [tcontent_imghere is] the fear of children, of course.”