West Ham defender Reece Burke has signed a new four-year contract.The 19-year-old spent last season on loan with League One Bradford but played for the Hammers in last week’s Europa League play-off round first leg against Astra Giurgiu.Burke told his club’s official website: “Obviously as a West Ham fan as well as a player, itManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recognises he has a massive job ahead of him.But despite admitting he’s facing a major rebuild to make a club that hasn’t won the league since mentor Alex Ferguson’s 2013 retirement competitive again, Solskjaer insists he wouldn’t be anywhere else. “It might be the toughest – but it’s the best job in football. I can’t imagine any better place to be and any club with more potential,” the former United striker said ahead of their finale at home to already-relegated Cardiff.“Yes, we are behind what we have been used to. We have had some years like that now. But the year before last, Jose Mourinho won the Europa League. Then we were second in the league last season.“I look at it as a great chance to start rebuilding.“If you meet some hurdles, do you want to creep under them or jump over them?”217;s fantastic to be involved with the club during this period.“It’s still sinking in to be honest, the move and the changes here. Over time, I really believe everything will settle in, and it will feel like home very, very soon.”He continued: “This season for me, another loan move may happen.“I think I’m going to try and do Championship – the next step – and see how the seasonague defeat of Slavia Prague.Lautaro Martinez (2) and Romelu Lukaku were Inter’s goalscorers on the night.“They are improving together and I did say compared to the first meeting with Slavia Prague, we were much more of a team. I got angry after th goes hopefully playing Championship football and I’ll hopefully get another load of games under my belt.“I want to build on that experience and come back next year even better, just similarly building like I did last season.”
Chelsea target Milan Badelj is ‘waiting for offers’, according to his agent.The midfielder’s contract with Fiorentina expires in under 18 months time and hVilla face the reigning champions at the Etihad this Saturday.”I think so, yeah,” Hourihane said when asked if the pressure if off for the trip to Tottenham are lining up a bid for Norwich City fullback Max Aarons.Sky Sports says Tottenham are considering an offer for Aarons.Norwich are believed to be willing to let Aarons move on if their £30million valuation is match.Arsenal are interested in the defender, as well as Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.the champions.”I suppose you go into those two games, starting with City, high on confidence. We will se is ready to leave for a new challenge.Chelsea have been linked with the Croatian over the past six months, while he is also a target for AC Milan and Roma.And now the 27-year-old’s agent, Joksimovic, has revealed he will be standing by his phone waiting for bids as the transfer deadline draws ever closer.“Over the last two days of the transfer window I will be in Milan waiting for offers, but at the moment there is nothing concrete,” Joksimovic told ForzaRoma.info.
The Premier League is back – as is talkSPORT’s Premier League Preview Show!This week, the former Arsenal winger and Premier League tactics expert Adrian Clark with Cristiano Ronaldo this season.Ronaldo helped Juve successfully defend the Scudetto at his first attempt.“A player must always be focused. Being mentally strong is crucial for a top-level player,” explained Pjanic.“An example is Cristiano Roe is our first guest of the series… and he’s back having to defend Arsene Wenger’s lack of investment at the Emirates Stadium!We’re also talking the title chances of United, City, Tottenham and Chelsea.Elsewhere, the former Hull City midfielder Craig Fagan says he can’t remember a side ever starting a season in as much disarray as the Tigers. Craig also assesses the chances of theFormer Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny took a massive pay-cut to move to Bordeaux.Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.He also angered fans with his unveiling vide other newly promoted clubs.
Sunderland have joined LiverpoChelsea as a big match performer.The Portuguese says games against fellow top six teams have shown weaknesses in Frank Lampard’s young side.But Merson told Sky Sports: “I think that’s a bit harsh, Mourinho.“The Man United game at the start of the sol and Tottenham in the race to signake a significant offer to tempt Newcastle into selling Dwight Gayle.The striker spent the past season on loan at West Bromwich Albion.Despite impressing on an individual basis, he did not do enough to help his team gain promotion to the Premier Leag Porto hitman Moussa Marega.The Mali international has scored 10 times in just nine league games on loan at Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes so far this term – and Porto are now bracing themselves for January interest., Liverpool and Spurs have been keeping a close eye on his form in the Portuguese top flight and New Year bids could be forthcoming.But now, according to A Bola, Sunderland have also emerged as potential buyers as they bid to steer clear of relegation this term.The Black Cats are desperate to ease the goalscoring burden on Jermain Defoe, who has scored six of their nine goals in the Premier League so far this season.And they could turn to Marega when the transfer window opens – although they will have to hold off the attention of title chasers Spurs and Liverpoolin order to land him.
If there is one game which has become a staple of modern day football training, it is the rondo.Also known as piggy in the middle, the game has risen to prominence due to videos showing the best teams in the world playea career next season.He started in Leipzig’s 1-0 win at Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 first-leg clash – just the second time he has been named in Julian Nagelsmann’s starting XI.”I am always watching Chelsea and seeing what is going on,”ing it.And Real Madrid are the latest side to have been filmed doing a rondo in training, with thelikes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos proving their talent with a superb display of quick and precise passing.With players like thoseinvolved itshould not be a surprise their rondo is excellent, buuld any manager be able to get a tune out of this lot at Manchester United…?With international week comes the sack talk. Partly due to the need to fill the vacuum left by a barren league programme. But also due to the growing belief inside boardroot it is still a joy to watch.So, feast your eyes on the impressive feat by watching the video above…
Borussia Dortmund will not sell Arsenal and Manchester City target Pierre-Emerick Aubamey Perez admits he doesn’t know why he’s yet to hear from Spain.Perez is still waiting for his first cap with La Roja.He told MarcPaolo Fernandes is a target for new Kilmarnock boss Angelo Alessio.The Scottish Sun says Alessio is keen to make the Spaniard one of his first signings.Fernandes has spent the past two seasons on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda.City are happy to loan hia: “Well, I would like to know it too. “I don’t know, obviously I hope my opportunity comes. I think 2019 has been a beautang to Bayern Munich – but will discuss an offer from Barcelona or Real Madrid.The striker has already bagged 25 Bundesliga goalsthis season to go with the 39 he scored in all competitions last year.The 27-year-old’s lethal finishing has made him one of the most wanted forwards in Europe and Arsenal and Manchester City have been keeping tabs on him.Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with the Gabon international, who has previously hinted at his desire to play in Spain.However, one place Aubameyang won’t be ending up is Borussia Dortmund’s arch rivals Bayern Munich.The German champions have previously poached the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, but Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke will not let that happen this time.“I think he will stay with us,” Watzke told Sport1.“But if Real Madrid or Barcelona come with a big offer, then we have to discuss it. We will not sell him to the Bavarians.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted he dreams of coaching former club Barcelona, but insists he is committed to the ‘exciting’ challenge of getting the Toffees into the Champions League first.The former defender, who spent six years at the Nou Camp between 1989 and 1995, has regularly been linked with a return to his old club afi Silva has emerged this season as one of the best performing goalkeepers in LaLiga. We caught up with Granada’s No1 about his form this season, being inspired by Vitor Baia and that stunning win against Barcelona.Question: Well Rui, how’s it going ater Luis Enrique announced he was stepping down at the end of the season.Koeman, in the first season of a three-year contract at Goodison Park having arrived from Southampton last summer, has previously dismissed the Barcelona links and stressed he has a job to do on Merseyside.he club’s managing director Lee Charnley said earlier this week that he felt the first team has good strength in depth, and that he believed Bruce was happy with the players at his disposal.”Our philosophy has been, since I walked through the door, tHowever, that has not stopped him admitting his ambitions stretch to a return to the Spanish giants.“Everyone knows that I am from Barca, they know my love for a club where I grew up as a player and as a person,” he told Catalan newspaper Sport.“In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed.“In my life as a professional coach I have two dreams to fulfil. One, coach the selection of my country, Holland [he was previously assistant to Guus Hiddink for the 1998 World Cup]“My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That’s the truth.“I now owe to Everton. We have a very powerful and exciting project and we will reinforce our best to try to reach next season the Champions League.”
Southampton are reaping the benefits of going Dutch in the transfer market under manager Ronald Koeman, according to defender Maya Yoshida.The Japan international spent two years at VVV-Venlo before he moved to St Mary’s in 2012 and he has now been joined by a number of players from the Eredivise.“There are so many players here now who played in the Dutch Eredivise league so I know a little bit about guys like Elijero Elia, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and now Filip Djuricic, also,” said Yoshida.“I can understand the differences and I understand what they need with houses, cars, etc.“We do have more support on that front now, but I do try to help them as well where I can, and I thinkhster United are eyeing Napoli fullback Elseid Hysaj.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a new fullback signing this summer and Hysaj is under consideration.Sky Italia says United have made contact with Hysaj’s minders about his ava it is much easier now for players here than whencured 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 U I arrived.”
Chris Sutton says it is a ‘disgrace’ if player power really did get Claudio Ranieri the sack at Leicester City., just nine months after leading them to the Premier League title., the decision to dismiss the Italian was taken after a group of senior starsmet with chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and demanded a managerial change.And Sutton says, if it was a dressing room revolt that did for Ranieri, then the players could come to regret their actions.Sutton, aPremier League title winner with Blackburn, told the Weekend SportLeice Eriksen staying.Eriksen, 27, admitted publicly over a month ago that he wanted a “new challenge” and it is believed that Real Madrid and Manchester United are both keen on signing him. Speaking at the British Grand Prix over the weekend, the Argenster City midfielder Andy King is on the verge of joining Rangers. The Welshman has flown up to Glasgow for talks with Steven Gerrard over the loan move, according to Leicestershire Live.The 30-year-old looks unlikely to get game time under Brendan Rodgers.He spent the second-half of last season on loan at Derby County.s Breakfast: “If it was player power whichgot him the sack, well then thatis an absolute disgrace.“This is fundamentally a group of players who have failed this season, who have been really dismal this season.“A new manager coming in may want to change these players in the summer so the players should be careful what they wish for, if they did out Ranieri, as some reports suggest they did.”Sutton, however, insists he could understand the decision to replace Ranieri if it was based purely on results, and not due to player grievances.Leicester have lost their past five Premier League games and are sitting17th in the table, justone point above the relegation zone.He said: “If itwas because the owners felt that he wasn’tgetting the results, which he wasn’t, and felt they needed a change to keep them in the Premier League then that is understandable.” andvisited
Brid Silva and Sergio Aguero tried to convince him to stay with Manchester City over the summer.The Belgian led City to the Premier League title last season before leaving to take on a player-manager role with Anderlecht.In his new book, ‘Treble Triumpighton have been ‘absolutely magnificent’ this season and should feel no shame in not winning theChampionship title.That’s the view offormer Seagulls boss Alan Mullery, who called into talkSPORT on Monday to hit out at suggestions the players had somehow ‘failed’ by losing out on top spot.Chris Hughton’s side sealed promotion to the Premier League on April 17 and were well poised to finish top, having moved seven points clear of Newcastle with three games remaining.But they were unable to get the three points required from any of their last three games to take the trophy and were agonisingly leapfrogged by the Magpies on the final day of the season.Mullery, however,insists everyone at the club should feel nothing but pride for their efforts.“They were far more disappointed last season by missing out on promotion toMiddlesbroughon goal difference of one goal than they will ever be now,” he said.“That [winning promotion]was a cloud lifted offthe players. They have been absolutely magnificent for 90-odd games.“If you have played 92 games over two seasons and you have not been out the top three and then you gain promotion a season later with threeher are understood to be unimpressed with both the financial terms and development pathway offered by Barcelona on a new three-year deal, reports the Daily Record.Both Newcastle and United are in contact with the player’s family.According to a source games to go, the heavy weight that they have had have over the past few seasons has fallen off their back.“They have been magnificent this season from start to finish.You have got to give creditto Chris Hughton and all the players.”
Rangers will finally bring ‘the Joey Barton Saga’ to an end on Wednesday after agreeing a severance deal with the controversial midfielder, according to reports.The Light Blues are desperate to offload the £20,000-a-week summer signing – who has not been seen at the club for a week after being signed off with stress – after watching his Ibrox switch turn sour.Barton’s representatives will meet with the club for showdown talks on Wednesday afternoon to confirm an agreement to end his ill-fated four month spell in Scotlan Smith insists his squad should be deep enough to handle injury absences.Villa have lost influential duo John McGinn and Tyrone Mings to injury in recent weeks and Smith says the onus must be on others to step up.“I have a squad of 22 players who nd.It is understood the 34-year-old former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR man intends to kick-start his career as soon as the January transfer window opens.Former club Burnley, whom he left to join Rangers in the summer, is looking his most obvious destination, with the former England international still believing he is good enough to cut it in the Premier League.Barton has not been seen in a Rangers kit since their humiliating 5-1 thrashing by rivals Celtic back in September.He was involved in furious bust-up with team-mate Andy Halliday and boss Mark Warburton as the shell-shocked Gers squad held a training-ground post-mortem into their Old Firm humiliation.Warburton was left furious when Barton refused to apologise after questioning his manager’s methods – specifically his acid-tongued criticism of Rangers’ defensive set-up – in front of the entire Gers squad and banished him from the club’s Auchenhowie training ground.That suspension was eventually strung out for eight weeks as Rangers chiefs examined whether they had grounds to sack the ex-Marseille midfielder, who further enraged Warburton when he gave an unauthorised radio interview with talkSPORT to react to his exile.Barton was eventually allowed to return to training last Thursday, but it was made clear he would not be rejoining the first-team group as he was instead ordered to train with the club’s Under-20s team.Areas like the training ground gym were even ruled off-limits when the rest of the first-team were present.The soap opera did not stop there, though. On Tuesday it emerged Barton’s return had lasted just one day before he was signed off with stress.Bueports Ratcliffe, the billionaire heavily linked with a Chelsea takeover, is in advanced talks to sign French club Nice.Ratcliffe has made significant progress in his attempts to buy the Ligue 1 side.He has reportedly tabled a bid in excess of €100t it now seems enough is enough for the troubled Ibrox outfit – they are already 11 points behind Celtic just 12 games into the season – and chairman Dave King’s board are now set to draw a line under the episode by agreeing a settlement package.Barton is understood to be “gutted” that his Ibrox move has turned into such an unmitigated disaster.He turned down a £35,000-a-week offer at Burnley, where he was named the Claret’s player of the year after their triumphant Championship campaign last term, in order to seal his switch to Glasgow on a two-year contract.Never shy to give his opinion, Barton claimed he would prove himself to be the best player in Scotland, while also insisting he would dominate Celtic skipper Scott Brown when the two went head-to-head.But he never came close to delivering on those promises in the eight appearances he made for Warburton’s team.He looked short of fitness after a rushed pre-season and was left chasing shadows as a Brown-inspired Hoops line-up ran amok in the first Old Firm derby of the season.Despite failing to perform in Scotland, however, Barton remains as convinced as ever that he retains the quality needed to play in the top-flight south of the border.And a return to Burnley appears to be his most likely move once the transfer window reopens. Turf Moor manager Sean Dyche has already refused to rule out a return for the Liverpudlian after being asked about a possible reunion last month.
Arsenal have recovered from their blip to Liverpool on the opening day of the campaign in style.The Gunners are undefeated in all competitionssince , quietly going about their business in the Premier League and Champions League.But should such a start to the season lead to excitement over what this season could bring?With this question in mind, we’vetaken a look at how Arsenal’s position now compares to this time last term…: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool, Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal, Watford 1-3 Arse Xabi Prieto admits he’s been quickly won over by Martin Odegaard.The midfielder has been outstanding this season, having joined La Real on-loan from Real Madrid last summer.And Prieto told AS: “Martin has surprised me, he had very go the Club World Cup as being “sensationally organised”.The Reds take on Monterrey in their semi-final this week amid a hectic travelling schedule. And Klopp has now taken aim at the tournament being held at one stadium.”All the games are on one pitchod references fonal, Arsenal 2-1 Southampton, Hull City 1-4 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea, Burnley 0-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United, Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool, Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City, Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal, Leicester City 2-5 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United:Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Basel, Arsenal 6-0Ludogorets RazgradDinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-3 Olympiacos, Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb, Olympiacos 0-3 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona (Round of 16), Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (Round of 16)So Arsenal may have got off to a brightstart, but it’sa little too early to get excited…
Ander Herrera has been called into the Spain squad for the first time.The Manchester United midfielder has been drafted in by bossJulen Lopetegui for tssful fullback.Irwin was asked about the modern day fullback.He told Sporting Life, “When you play for a top club who are going to be on the ball a lot you’ve got to be able to defend, in my day first and foremost you had to be able to defend becausehe World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albaniaafter Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez was forced to withdraw.Herrera has played for Spain at various youth levels but has yet to appear fove.The former Borussia Dortmund star made his Blues debut last week in defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.He will be learning from manager Frank Lampard, who certainly knows a thing or two about being an effective attacking midfielder in the Premier League,r the senior side.The 27-year-old has gotthe call on the back of some impressive performances for United this season.
Danny Kelly is joined by Andy Brassellto take a look at all the big football news from the continent.They discuss CArsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed with Besiktas.The Egypt international has joined Besiktas on-loan to the end of the season.Elneny, 27, had little future under Unai Emery.Transferrrrrr No: #6 pic.twitter.com/k3mmbu90BU— Besiktas JK (@Besiktas) Besiktas/status/1167753923345752064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>August 31, 2019ristiano Ronaldo’s new bumper contract–take in action from Italy,Germany and France, and look at potential Premier League transfer targets.This week’s European cult hero is the former one-cap French internatan be good for Manchester United. As could be Jack Grealish. But neither player can be thrown into the Eric Cantona class – as they have this past week.Neil Warnock, the former Cardiff City manager, prefaced his claims by admitting he didn’t want theional Steve Savidan, and there’s also a preview of this week’s international matches as the big European nations announce their squads.Listen above, or .
Jack Wilshere was in danger of falling out of love with football as injuries took their toll, but his surprise loan switch from Arsenal to Bournemouth has revitalised body and mind.Handed his club debut at 16 and his England bow within two years, the outrageously-talented midfielder’s progress has been stunted by a string of setbacks.Last season, like so many others, proved highly-frustrating as a broken leg kept him out for the majority of the campaign, taking his time lost to injury to an eye-watering two-and-a-half years.Nobody was more aware of that dent in his career than the exasperated Wilshere, who took the bold decision to leave the comforts of boyhood club Arsenal to join Bournemouth on a season-long loan.Being omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first – and ultimately only – England squad was a catalyst to that move, so too the realisation that his love for the game was waning.“It was for myself, for my head,” the 24-year-old said. “I wanted to get back playing week-in, week-out, being involved in the Premier League.“I have missed a lot of football and I missed the fight of the Premier League, being involved in big games and making a difference for a team. I wanted to feel that again and almost fall back in love with the game.“When you are injured, and you’re injured for a while, it is hard. You have to go to the training ground and go and watch everyone go out a play, go to the Emirates and watch them play. It was difficult. I felt like I needed it for myself.”Wilshere did not fall out of love with football at any point, but “nearly did” given the burden of rehabilitation instead of training and doing “the best job in the world”.“I know what it takes when you are injured to get back to the level of the Premier League,” he said. “Even for me, I am just getting back to that level now. It has taken four or five months of me being back.”Such comments make former England boss Roy Hodgson’s decision to take him to Euro 2016 all the more bewildering, although Wilshere is keen to move on from a period that ended so excruciatingly against Iceland.Interim boss Gareth Southgate is also focusing on the future after giving the midfielder an England recry is a concern after their FA Cup defeat of Wolves.Juan Mata chipped over Wolves keeper John Ruddy to settle the third-round replay after being put through on goal by Anthony Martial.Solskjaer said: “I think you can see it was two teams towards the all for the first time since the summer, with a glamour friendly against Spain following Friday’s mouth-watering World Cup qualifier at home to Scotland.“I believe in myself and my own ability,” Wilshere said. “If I am playing games and fit, then I have got the confidence that I can make a difference in the England t says Andy Robertson is an invaluable member of Liverpool’s dressing room.The Scotland international has established himself as one of the world’s best left-backs over the past 18 months.And Milner says he has also had a brilliant impact on the playieam.”