Manchester United news: Juan Mata tells talkSPORT he has never discussed his United future with Jose Mourinho and feels ‘loved’

Juan Mata has told talkSPORT he was annoyed byspeculation he was set to leave Manchester United in the summer, and has insisted he feels happy and important at Old Trafford.The playmaker was widely expected to depart the club following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager, having been sold by the Portuguese when he was in charge at Chelsea.The Spaniard has neverspoken directly to Mourinho about his situation, but insists he has never had any fears over his futurewith the Premier League giants.Asked, in a special interview to be aired on Sunday, if he had any conversations with Mourinho about his status at the club, Matareplied: “No. It all goes naturally.“Obviously people want to know what is happening inside football or try to imagine what is happening inside but most of the time what happens inside is more normal than people think.“Sometimes it is nocontent_imgt even a conversation. It is training and training and training, playing and speaking through football, speaking through the ball, and I like that.“When you are outside and you try to know what is going on your mind is endless.“I don’t know what he [Mourinho] thought, but I did what fielding offers from Arsenal and Barcelona.Former Danish star Lerby, now a long time and influential agent, is a big fan of Overmars’ work.And he told De Telegraaf: “If I were Overmars, I would definitely go shopping at PSV, Feyenoord and AZ. Then I always did. Not just here in Manchester but during my career, and all footballers’ careers, there are always rumours and you have to do your job.I did mine and I am trying to do mine the best I can.“I was and am very happy in the team. I feel important in the team and that is it. I feel loved from the fans and the rest is speculation.”Mata revealed he was bombarded withmessages from friends and family over the summer break, who were all concerned he would be forced out of the club after reading the rumours.“It gets to you because even if you don’t read them [the newspapers] then a friend or a family member calls you and says,‘what is this, what is that, are you moving here, are you moving there?’,” the Spain international added.“There was a lot of things said that I didn’t like and they were not true, that was the big problem. If they say something that is maybe happening then that is fine, but [when they are]creating storiesI don’t like [it].“They werget.Gunners boss Unai Emery will only have a £40million war chest this summer to try to close the gap on champions Manchester City and Liverpool who dominated the Premier League last season. Pires said: “I read that Arsenal have a small envelope fe saying that I was leaving, that I was going to this club, that I was speaking to this club, that I had conversations with the manager about this, that I was changing my number – a lot of things that were not true.“Every single day you can try and stop it by saying,‘this is not true’, but then you get crazy or you can do what I did which is, ‘Ok, you can say whatever you want, I know what is going on, I know the truth and I prefer to stay focused on what I have to do’. My mind was fully focused on that.“I replied to my friends and my family and told them nothing was true and that was it.”

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso always wanted Premier League return to prove his worth

Marcos Alonso has revealed he always wanted to return to England and prove himself in the Premier League.The 26-year-old fullback joined Chelsea in the summer for £24million and previously enjoyed spells with r Berbatov says his old club will miss out on the top four this season.Berbatov reckons the season will pan out in almost identical fashion as last year with both Arsenal and Man United again missing out on a place in the Champions League.”UnfortunatBolton Wanderers and Sunderland in the top flight.And the former Fiorentina defender has made an instant impact at Stamford Bridge, becoming an integral part of Antonio Cr League.The striker arrived from Hull City, where he has spent the past six seasons.content_imgBowen managed 54 goals in 131 matches for the club, and will want to do even better for the Hammers.He is fully confident of the club surviving the drop this season,onte’s much heralded back-five.Chelsea lead the way at the top of the table and sit nine points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.And Alonso said he had no hesitation in joining Conte’s rebuilding project in west London.“I have always enjoyed my time here [in England]. The Premier League is the best league in the world and it’s nice to play football here,” Alonso told talkSPORT.“It was always an idea I had in mind and when they told me about Chelsea [being interested] – it’s a team I’ve always loved – I used to come to watch when I was a kid.“When I was playing for Bolton, I used to ask [Daniel] Sturridge for tickets to come to the game and obviously I didn’t hesitate about coming here.”In the past two weeks, the Blues have extended their gap at the top, despite facing fixtures against Liverpool and Arsenal.After watching the club finish tenth last season, Alonso insists he and his teammates never had any doubts about their title credentials.“I think the belief has always been there. With the training we’re doing and the focus we’re having – it’s easier to go [for the title].“We just have to keep working at the same level and keep fighting to maintain that gap until the end.”Chelsea travel to Burnley this Sunday knowing they could potentially move 12 points clear of second placed Tottenham with a win.But with Burnley winning nine of their 13 home games this season, Alonso is not taking Sean Dyche’s side lightly ahead of their clash at Turf Moor.“They are the third [best] in the table for playing at home and we know it’s going to be a very tough game.“It is a very difficult stadium to play. Obviously, the way we play changes depending on the other team.“But we are working with our principles and we will try to play with our style and try to win there.”

Gareth Southgate refuses to rule Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford out of England U-21 duty next summer

Interim England boss Gareth Southgate has left the door open for Marcus Rashford to play at the European Under-21 Championship next summer.Manchester Uhe club should’ve fought harder to keep Maurizio Sarri.Sarri left Chelsea last month to take charge of Juventus.“I think the best of Maurizio’s work comes not in the first year but more from the second year onwards,” he told talkSPORT.“Looking atnited manager Jose Mourinho has doubts whether Rashford should feature at the youthtournament in Poland but Southgate wants to take the striker’s season on face value.Mourinho said last week if Rashford was a regular for the senior side he should not go to next summer’s tournament after they qualified this month.Southgate gave Rashford his Under-21 debut in September when he scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Norway and then selected him for his first senior squad in October after Sam Allardyce’s exit.Rashford has scored once in five senior caps but Southgate will not rush into a decision.“It’s always a case of what’s right for the individual player,” Southgate said, in an interview withPress Association Sport.“That’s why you can’t make decisions on players at this stage of the season. You have an idea what you think is the ideal pathway for an international young player but you have to bear in mind the season they have and where they are in terms of being involved in the senior team.“It’s a scenario we went through two years ago but there is a point where young players are still viewed as being part of the development teams. There’s also a point where we have to decide if they are still in development teams and is that going to benefit them or have they moved through it?“As we have seen in the last couple of months Marcus is between the two. We have to wait and see what it looks like as we move forward.“Everything lcontent_imgooking forward is hypothetical, I can only talk more generally, we always try to view what’s right for the individual and what experience we’d like them to have to prepare them to go into the senior team and be successful.”Rashford is starting ahead of England captain Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford and Southgate admitted making a call early would avoid speculation, but will continue to speak to UnitFleetwood Town have signed Sheffield United striker Ched Evans for an undisclosed fee.The 30-year-old scored 18 goals whilst on loan at the League One club last season.”Ched has been our number one target all summer,” Fleetwood boss Joey Barton told the club website.”Everyone saw the impact he had on and off the pitch last season.”ed and Mourinho.“When there is that clarity it saves us a debate for months about who’s going to go,” he said.“I knew from the start of this (under-21) campaign John (Stones) and Raheem (Sterling) were going to be with the seniors and then Eric (Dier) and Dele (Alli) moved up and were starters in the Euros.“You are always reviewing where a player’s at, how many matches they are playing and what’s best for them. We are always liaising with the clubs on that as well.“Everything I have seen Jose say is perfectly reasonable.”Southgate has been replaced as interim under-21 boss by Aidy Boothroyd who won both his games in charge – against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina – to help the squad qualify.Boothroyd, like Southgate, is waiting to discover his long-term future and with or without Rashford, Southgate wants the Under-21s to succeed next year.“To be going to a fifth tournament on the bounce, that’s the best in Europe,” he said.“I think you have to win the group to get to the semi-finals so it’s even more challenging than the last couple. There’s a lot of experience in the squad from the last tournament which they’ll want to put to good use.”

Kyle Walker on playing at Wembley and how England can bounce back from Euro 2016

This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, the brilliant FREE weekly publication packed with loads of great stuff. or check out their and The start of England’s new era hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Sam Allardyce’s reign started with a laboured 1-0 win over Slovakia and ended a few weeks later, when the England manager and the Football Association “mutually agreed to part company” after just 67 days.Interim manager Gareth Southgate will therefore be the man in the hot seat this weekend when England take on Malta atdoesn’t believe United will develop a crop of youngsters as successfully as Sir Alex Ferguson did in the mid-90s.“When you see Man United, there is potential there,” Wenger told beinSports. “They have not found the collective way, maybe because a Wembley – their first match on home soil since a shock defeat to Iceland brought a disastrous end to their European Championship campaign.“We have a big point to prove after what happened in the Euros,” says England and Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker when we catch up with him a few days before Allardyce’s unexpected departure.“It was good to get out on the field against Slovakia wutch great Wim Kieft has taken aim at Marcel Brands over his work at Everton.Kieft says the former PSV Eindhoven sports chief is blowing his job at Goodison Park.He wrote for the De Telegraaf: “He has a budget there that they are even jealous of at Aith virtually the same group of players, and start putting things right from where we messed up.”The 26-year-old returned from his first senior international tournament disappointed with the outcome, but determined to make a positive start to the new season with his club.Spurs’ season has started well, with just one defeat in their first 10 games in all competitions. That came in their opening Champions League match, against Monaco at Wembley. Walker will earn his 21st England cap on the same pitch against Malta on Saturday night. He tells Sport he deserves to be there.“We worked hard last season to content_imgget there [the Champions League], so it was an emotional night. We fully deserve to be where we are, I think it’s just down to us as players to take responsibility on the pitch when things aren’t going well. We need to stick together. As the old saying goes, you win together and lose together. We dusted ourselves off and got back on with it.”“Most definitely. We analyse every game – win or lose – to see what we can do better and how we can control the game a lot more. The gaffer brought the video out a few days after, so we could study where we went wrong and what we could do better.”“We had to draw a line under it to move forwards. Obviously there was a different manager and different staff. As players we’re just focused on going on to do things that we know we’re capable of achieving.”“Obviously I wish it had panned out better on the field. But off it, it was a good experience. Having two young boys, I thought it was going to be a bit difficult, missing them and everything. But the group of players was fantastic, which helped. We’re all roughly the same age, so we get on – and a lot of us have played together. There was me, Dele [Alli], Danny [Rose], Harry [Kane] and Eric [Dier], so there was a good core from Tottenham who are used to seeing each other day in, day out. That helped.”“Sometimes you have to look at your own performances and analyse your own game. I feel I did well – like I carried my form over from the season before and tried to replicate it on the big stage that was the Euros. I was a big threat going forward, especially in the Wales game. I spoke to Gary Neville after that game and my stats were fantastic. But there’s no ‘I’ in team. It’s not just about me. It’s a collective game; that’s what I care about first and foremost.”“We were warned that everything was going to get multiplied by 10 – that’s how things are. You just have to take it on the chin and dust yourself down. In football there’s always another game where you can put it right and, nine times out of 10, last week’s news is forgotten. The media are entitled to their opinion. But it is that – their opinion. Good or bad, I don’t listen to much of what they say.”“We just need to do the basics well. That’s all we can do, really. If we try our best, that’s all you can ask for. I don’t think we need to feel any pressure out there, because that’s the big thing – we carry a lot of weight on our shoulders. If we go out and play with a smile on our faces and enjoy the game we love, then that’s when you’ll get the best out of us.”“It was against Spain at home under Fabio Capello. He says: ‘Kyle, you’re on.’ So I got excited. The adrenaline was pumping through me. I went on and think I did maybe a 70-yard sprint to try and counterattack them. I was knocked for six after that, so that’s what I remember first and foremost. It was a great moment for me and my family to finally put my name on a jersey at senior level and represent my country – especially at Wembley.”“Yeah, and it means I’m getting older [laughs]. Hopefully there’s more to come. There’s a lot of competition. Obviously Glen Johnson [at right-back] had the nod before, and now there’s me and Nathaniel Clyne [who is currently injured]. I play better with the competition, though, and it’s great for the country to have two right-backs in form.”“Putting it on for the first time. I remember when I got called up for the first time [for a friendly against Denmark in February 2011, when he didn’t make it on to the pitch]. I thought it was a wind-up because I was on loan at Aston Villa at the time. It was a great moment when I realised it was for real. I was in Sheffield at my mum’s house – she started crying, my dad was jumping up and down. It was a great feeling.”

Tottenham Hotspur news: Pochettino gives Kane green light to join England squad for Scotland and Spain games

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has given Harry Kane the green light to join the England squad after the scontent_imgtriker’s goal against Arsenal.Kane was handed a surprise start at the Emirates after seven weeks out with an ankle ligament injury and he justified his manager’s faith with a second-half equaliser from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw.“Can he be in the England squad? I think yes,” Pochettino said after the match.“Now the doctor is assessing him but I think it is not a problem.”It was Kane’s fifth goal in as many games against the Gunners and helped Spurs maintain their unbeaten start i Sidibe says he’s happy at Everton.The fullback has admitted he is considering staying at Everton permanently following his season-long loan from Mn is getting closer to making his Burnley return.Manager Sean Dyche believes that Gudmundsson should soon be available after recording from a calf problem.He suffered the injury against Wolves at the end of August and has not played since.But Dyche bonaco.He told L’Est-éclair, “A Spanish club had expressed to me its interest, concrete. I had contact n the Premier League after Kevin Wimmer’s own-goal had earlier put the home side ahead.The 23-year-old certainly showed signs of rust and came off after 72 minutes, but his contribution paves the way for international selection, with Gareth Southgate set to announce his squad on Sunday evening.England play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday before hosting a friendly against Spain four days later.Kane’s comeback is welcome news for Southgate but the interim England manager may have lost two other Spurs players after Kyle Walker limped off and Dele Alli twisted his knee in training on Saturday.Alli will miss both of England’s fixtures after Pochettino earlier said he expected the midfielder to be out for “a few weeks”.“I haven’t had time to see Kyle Walker, he is with a doctor too,” Pochettino said.“We will see after the press conference if he can go or not. Dele Alli suffered a minor problem in his knee. He clashed doing tactics yesterday and twisted his knee a little bit. It’s a minor, minor problem but impossible he could be available today.”

Fantasy Premier League table: Revealing which club’s fans have scored the most points so far this season

It’s nearly time to get your team in order as the domestic the difference between the title contenders and Manchester United.The two teams face-off today at Old Trafford.Carragher wrote for the Telegraph: “I wrote two years ago that if United had appointed Pep Guardiola they would not be waiting long for th season resumes on the weekend.Most fantasy Premier League managers reveal who they support when registering their team and from these numbers, have worked out the average points total for each group of facontent_imgns.Scroll through the gallery to seewher Hazard after their 3-1 defeat of Real Sociedad.Hazard produced another stellar display in a Real Madrid shirt and Zidane was happy with his performance.”It’s a logical development [for Hazard], who’s getting better each day, while the team is too,” e each club’s fans rank in terms of points won playing fantasy Premier League.In additon,

Germany v England live stream and confirmed line ups: talkSPORT international friendly coverage on 22 March 2017

Gareth Southgate takes his England side to Dortmund on Wednesday night hoping a host of new members tothe squad can impress against the world champions.The Three Lions boss takes charge of his first game since being appointed on a permanent basis in November, and is expected to field an experimental line-up for the occasion.Michael Keane has been given his first senior cap and will play alongside Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling in a new look back-three.Inexperienced internat Daily Star says ater an impressive season on loan at West Brom, Fulham and Stoke are intcontent_imgerested in the Toon striker.However, Gayle has decided he wants to stay and fight for his future at Newcastle this summer.Uncertainty over Rafa Benitez’s future ionals Jake Livermore and Ryan Bertrand are also named in the team which appears to imitate Antonio Conte’sChelsealine-up which has taken thePremier Leagueby storm this season.Joachim Low will be without the services of Manuel Neuer – who has been ruled out through a calf injury – while Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez are also absent.So, just who has been selected for the match, as England look to impress against the world champions?The confirmed teams are available, in full, below…Hector, Hummels, Kroos, Podolski, Weigl, Rudiger, Kimmich, Sane, Brandt, WernerTrapp, Mustafi, Howedes, Schurrle, Muller, Can, Sule, Rudy, LenoHart, Walker, Bertrand, Keane, Cahill, Smalling, Livermore, Dier, Vardy, Alli, LallanaClyne, Forster, Shaw, Stones, Barkley, Ward-Prowse, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liason will be his last in England.The attacking midfielder will mark a decade of action in the Premier League, a time that has seen him win every domestic trophy on offer with the Citizens.Now Silva is ready for the next chapter, which could include angard, Redmond, Rashford, Defoe, Heaton, Sterling

CONFIRMED: Gerard Deulofeu joins AC Milan on loan from Everton

AC Milan have announced the loan signing of Everton Silva has been answering questions on his future following a string of poor results.In particular tek is adamant there’s more to come from him.Last season, Piatek scored 30 goals in just 42 appearances for Genoa and Milan.“I always expected to score lots of goals,” the 24-year-old told ESPN.“I’m really happy that I scored a lot of goals in Sehe was asked about recent reports in the media over his future at Goodison Park.”I don’t waste my time, I don’t waste my focus thinking about that situ winger Gerard Deulofeu until the end of the season.The former Barcelona man has made just 13 appearances under Ronald Koeman this term, with the Everton manager admitting on Thursday he was open to letting the Spain international leave Goodison Park on a temporary basis.The Rossoneri announced the signing of Deulofeu on Twitter, with the deal set to last until the end of June.The winger has been in and out of the Everton side since joining on a permanent basis in summer 2015, following a previous successful loan spell in 2013-14, and has made just 46 appearances since arriving from Barcelona.However he has struggled for game-time this season, with Koeman admitting he may need to leave for more regular action.The Everton manager said on Thursday: “I spoke to Gerry and it’s a difficult situation for the player. If he finds a solution to go and to play and to get game-time then it’s not a problem.“You have to always look for first what’s the bescontent_imgt for the club and second what is the best for the player, and for Gerry the best is that he gets game-time somewhere.”

Former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng joins Gran Canaria-based LaLiga side Las Palmas

Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is on the move again having agreed a deal with Las Palmas.The 29-year-old wf the circumstances were different.Neville was appointed as manager of the Spanish club in December 2015, with hicruit players on reputation alone.The Red Devils have not won the content_imgPremier League in six year and their current position of 12th on the Premier League table suggests that drought will not end soon.United are still considered one of the biggest clubs is brother Phil becoming his assistant after previously serving as caretaker manager.The decision to hire Neville came as a shock in Spainas released by AC Milan at the end of last season, during which he started just one Serie A game for the Italian club.Boateng only arrived in January, for his second spell at the San Siro, after he left Schalke in January.And now the Berlin-born Ghana international is set for a spell in Spanish football with Las Palmas.The Gran Canaria-based club, who finished 11th in La Liga last term, announced the signing on their website ahead of his unveiling on Tuesday.The statement read: “Las Palmas has reached an agreement with representatives of the player Boateng.“Las Palmas had been working on incorporating this player since early July. It is certainly the most important foreign player who has joined the club in recent decades.”

New-man Asmir Begovic ready to challenge Thibaut Courtois for first-team spot at Chelsea

New Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has no desire to play second fiddle to number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge. earlier this month following .Begovic’s move has raised questions over his motives, with Belgium international Courtois firmly establishing himself as Chelsea’s first-choice glovesman in last season’s title triumph.However, Begovic, who had been Stoke’s No.1 for the past four seasons, is keen to press his claims with the Premier League champions this term.“I want to test myself against Thibaut, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself. I want to try and get as many games as I can,” he said in several national newspapers.“Hopefully every time I can show everybody what I’m all about and ultimately help this team. We all have to play our part and at a club like this I think you get to do so.“There have been no guarantees. The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted to me and that was a big part of my decision.“I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.”Begovic, who ended a five-and-a-half-year association with Stoke, has already noticed the jump in quality on his arrival at Chelsea.“Even after the first week you can see the qualityMesut Ozil over his plans.The playmaker was in fine form against Liverpool in midweek, and Emery says he will be part of the squad to face Wolves on Saturday.”I spoke with him on Tuesday,” Emery said. “I said to him every time what my plan is with hi here and how they can improve you with the -levels and demands here,” y boss Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Jurgen Klopp regarding his upcoming FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.The Reds are set to field a team of youngstercontent_imgs, along with the youth team coach, for the match.It falls during the period the he added.“It was difficult to leave Stoke after such a long time because of all the ties and relationships I had there. But this is definitely a step up.”

David Moyes ready to fight and not spend to save Sunderland from relegation

Sunderland boss David Moyes has vowed to stick out his chest and fight after being told he will not be able to buy his way out of Premier League relegation trouble.Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain revealed earlier this week that Moyes wouldeipzig of pricing him out of a move away.The Swede is interesting Everton, Arsenal and AS Roma.”Last year, RB wanted Emil to stay for another year and that they would rather extend the contract than to sell. We accepted it,” said Hasan Cetinkaya to B have “very limited” funds with which to deal in the January transfer window, making a repeat of predecessor Sam Allardyce’s ultimately successful £15million splurge on Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff and Wahbi Khazri 12 months ago extremely unlikely.But despite chairman Ellis Short’s decision not to invest heavily once again with a debt burden of around £140million and Premier League wage cap rules making life intensely difficult on Wearside, Moyes remains unbowed.He said: “Yes, there is a frustration with it, but obviously what I am going to do is I am going to stand up and stick my chest out and get on with it and see how we get on.“I am going to fight for it and I would expect everybody else at the club to do the same.“It gives me something to look at and say if we can getting everyone pulling 100 per cent together, if we can use the small squad, the group we have got and say, ‘Look, we are in it, this is it, this is what we have got, come on. Pull together’.“‘We have got to give 100 per cent in all the games – we can’t have it any other way. Whether you are injured or not, patch yourself up, get out’…“And you know sometimes, that can galvanise you as well. Maybe the supporters will see that as well. That’s what we have to try to do.”Moyes, who is already without long-term absentees Lee Cattermole, Paddy McNair, Lynden Gooch and Duncan Watmore, was a dealt a fresh blowdelighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasuna.Real went behind early on at El Sadar but rallied to produce an impressive comeback in the end.”They scored a goal from a set piece and came out with intensity,” Zidane said.”There was a tough moment, 10 mi on Friday when it emerged that midfielder Kirchhoff, who played a key role in last season’s survival mission, is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee cartilage injury.Asked if the challenge of managing the club had increased since he took over in July, the Scot replied: “Of course it’s a bigger challenge because of the situation that the club is in at the moment and also the situation I have been put in, so it is a bigger job, yes.”Spirits had risen at the Stadium of Light as a result of three wins in four attempts before back-to-back defeats by Swansea and Chelsea, making Watford’s trip to the north-east on Saturday a must-win affair as the hosts atcontent_imgtempt to avoid heading into Christmas at the foot of the table and all that entails.Moyes said: “Psychologically it would be good not to be there, it would be good to be moving away from it. Ultimately, it’s at the end you need to be away from it, but if we could get away from it now, then it might make it easier.”

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson diagnosed with cancer for second time

Rochdale’s Joe Thompson has revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.The 28-year-old discovered he had tumours in his neck in October 2013 but fought the disease to return to football in August the following year.However, the former Bury and Tranmere midfielder has issued a statement saying the cancer has returned.It read: “It is with regret that I have to inform you that my cancer has returned.“That given I will fight this life hurdle with the same belief, cocontent_imgurage and desire as my previous battle.“The support shown to me since I discovered my illness has returned has been immense.“I would like to thank my wife, Chantelle, who was my rock in my first encounter and will once again be by my side with the same encouragement, discipline and strength. Not to mention the love shown to me by both my wife and beautiful daughter Thailula-Lily who are both my motivations daily.“I would also like to thank the manager and his staff, there are no words to describe this group of people. They gave me an opportunity at the beginning of the season and I hope I have repaid their faith in me with what some say is the best form of my career. Also, to my team-mates, this unique group of players who all believe in each other and keep on over-achieving.“To the board and the fans of my hometown club which I am so honoured to have returned to and so proud to wear the shirt of, thank you for the warmth and support you shown me upon my return and continue to do so.“A big thank you to my union too, the PFA, especially John Bramhall. Their support commenced within hours of my diagnosis and me and my family are extremely grateful.“I came back from a goal down before, notormer Manchester United striker James Wilson has explained his decision to join Salford City.Wilson left Aberdeen last month to join the Ammies.”It’s a fresh start for me, it’s a new club, new surroundings, slightly different to what I’m used to as w only to equalise, but to take the lead. This illness may have found an equaliser but the quest for me to get the winner starts today and I can assure you I will get the most important win of all time.”Dale chairman Chris Dunphy said: “Everyone at Rochdale Football Clubnager Mikel Arteta today.The Sun says his move to Arsenal appears to be very close after a “removal van” was spotted outside his home in the north-west.The City coach has been in talks with the Gunners all week about taking over at the Emirates.Accor is greatly saddened by this devastating news.“Joe is part of Team Rochdale and friend to all of us, and our thoughts are with him and his family.“We will support Joe through this difficult time and will be with him every step of the way.“He has the full support of everyone at the club and we will do everything we can to help him beat this horrible disease for a second time.“We know he’s a fighter and I’ve no doubt he’ll fight this with the same bravery and courage as he did the last time.“We wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink set for QPR job after Trevor Sinclair confirms talks with Burton Albion boss

Jimmy Flloydcontent_imgHasselbessi.Guardiola believes Phil Foden is “the most talented player” he has ever seen.Guardiola, who has managed the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Arjen Robben, spoke while the 19-year-old midfielder was sat alongside him.”He has everything taink is on the verge of being appointed as QPR’s new manager.The Burton Albion boss is the Hoops’ number one choice to succeed Chirs Ramsey and has been granted permission to speak to the Championship club.Former QPR starTrevor Sinclair, a frieboss Dean Smith admits he’s long been a fan of Watford captain Troy Deeney.Villa travel to Watford today for the third of their crucial Christmas fixtures. Smith worked with Watford skipper Deeney when the pair were at Walsall and he said: “The biggend of the former Chelsea striker, confirmed to talkSPORT on Wednesday that Hasselbaink was in line for the post.He said: “I’ve had a couple of discussions with Jim over the last few days, so yeah it is something that could happen.“Obviously the contact has come out in the papers nowand it is something that could happen, so watch this space.”Hasselbaink has impressed at Burton since taking charge of the club in November2014.He led them to the League Two title last season and they are currently top of League One after beating Millwall 2-1 on Tuesday night.That game is now likely to be the Dutchman’s last at the helm, with Hasselbaink in talks with QPR and expected to be unveiled as Ramsey’s replacement later this week.The 43-year-old will take over a side sitting 12th in the Championship, 15 points adrift of leaders Brighton.

Napoli to move for Tottenham and Leicester target should Manolo Gabbiadini join Everton

Napoli will move for Leicester and Tottenham target Nikola Kalinic should they sell Manolo Gabbiadini to Everton.The Merseyside club are reportedlycontent_img close to agreeing a deal to land the young Italian and Napoli will need a replacement.And now the Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that they will turn their full attention to landing Kalinic before the close of the window.That could come as bad news for both Leicester and Tottenham, who have been linked with the forward over the past two months, while West Ham and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the former Blackburn man.Fiorentina, however, are loathed to sell the 28-year-old, who bagged 12 goals in s Chris Wilder did not give the okay to sign Sander Berge until he saw himon Brazilian great Roberto Carlos.The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has studied a whole host of players in his position ever since he started playing football as a young boy.”My No 1 is Roberto Carlos,” Kolasinac told arsenal.com, when asked in person.The Blades spent a club record sum to secure the young midfielder from Genk.He was signed on January 30, and the delay in his transfer was due to Wilder seeing the p36 Serie A outings last term, in what was his first season since arriving from Dnipro.But it has been reported that Napoli are ready to part with £30m as they hope to tempt Fiorentina into selling.

Manchester United FC transfer news: Memphis Depay to be offered Old Trafford escape route by AC Milan

AC Milan are eyeing up Manchester United flop Memphis Depay, according to reports in Italy.Big things were expected of the winger when he arrived at Old Trafford for around £25m from PSV in May 2015.However, the 22-year-old has failed to shine and there was talk he would be sold during the most recent transfer window.No move came about though and Depay has continued to try and fight for his place in Jose Mourinho’s first-team.But, according to Calciomercato, Milan are ready to offer the Dutchman an escape route out of Old Traffors poor form and fitness issues have dominated discussion inside the club during international week, says El Confidencial.Indeed, many directors have admitted regret over the sale of Keylor Navas to PSG in August, conceding they should’ve kept hold ofd in January.The Serie A side are prepared to take Depay on loan with a viellegations” made about the club by tcontent_imghe agent of teenage striker Bobby Duncan.The 18-year-old’s agent, Saif Rubie, accused the Reds of “mentally bullying” and “destroying the life” of the 18-year-old in a post on social media.Rubie was referring to Liw to a permanent switch to Italy in the summer.