Olivier Giroud has dismissed the importance of The Best FIFA Men’s Player award and is adamant r for their respective World Cup exploits.FIFA revealed the three-man shortlist for their individual gong on Monday, with the three nominated.Many were surprised by the fact Lionel Messi and with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe perhapsparticularly unlucky given their strong respective seasons.Giroud was stunned, yet he does not feel FIFA’s award has any relevance in football, with”It is very surprising, but, to be honest, Giroud told ‘Le Parisien’. “I’m only interested in the Ballon d’Or. [who wins the Ballon d’Or]. If I could vote, I know which of my partners I would cher Curtis Jones.The Liverpool Echo says on only his second senior outing, Jones lit up the Reds’ League Cup third round 3-0 win at MK Dons last Wednesday and was named as Sky’s official man of the match.Three days later, the 18-year-old homegrown taloose, but I will not tell you.”and caught the eye with several impressive performances, particularly his two-goalessed his gratitude after making his Watford return. The Austrian started his first Premier League game since April 2018 in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.”It felt good personally, I’m blessed and glad to be back in competition at Watford,” he display in France’s 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina.And, for Giroud, the 19-year-old isWhen asked if he is continuously surprised by Mbappe, Giroud said:One wonders where he will stop.”At the same age, It’s never seen since, perhaps, Thierry Henry.”
Aiden McGeady grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Preston salvaged a 2-2 draw at Blackburn that keeps their Championship play-off hopes alive.All seemed to be going well for the visitors when Tom Barkhuizen expertly fired them into a 13th-minute lead, but Rovers battled back admirably through Elliott Bennett’s 30-yard piledriver in the 43rd minute and Craig Conway’s composed effort 13 minutes later.However, Simon Grayson’s men, who started the day six points away from the play-offs, grabbed a leveller they scarcely deserved on the balance of play through McGeady’s cool finish from 12 yards.It was harsh on Rovers, who stretched their unbeaten run under head coach Tony Mowbray to seven games. They do, however, remain in the drop zone.Preston’s winless run away from home now stands at seven games but they are within two wins of climbing into the top six, as things stand.Grayson named an unchanged side after the comprehensis’ move to VfB Stuttgart was influenced by manager Jurgen Klopp.Phillips, the son of Bolton Wanderers hero Jimmy Phillips, is on a season-long loan with VfB.”My relationship with Jürgen played a role in this transfer,” VfB sports director Sven Mislive defeat of Reading, while Blackburn handed a first start to Lucas Joao with Charlie Mulgrew returning after injury.The Lilywhites had the first chance and hit the front in the 13th minute thanks to a superb one-two between Barkhuizen and Jordan Hugill, the latter cushioning the perfect pass for the former to control and stab home his fifth Preston goal from six yards.McGeady lashed a thunderous volley over moments later as Grayson’s men sought to hammer home their advantage.At the other end, the in-form Joao was central to all of Blackburn’s best moments. First, he engineered space at the edge of the area but blazed over and then met a Derrick Williams cross but saw his header crash off a post.Rovers got the goal their endeavour deserved two minutes before half-time when Bennett received the ball 30 yards out and let fly with a sensational strike that arrowed into the bottom left corner.Preston regrouped at the break and had two early chances but Barkhuizen could not control a half-volley from Daryl Horgan’s cross.Then, McGeady’s delightful 50th-minute ball evaded everybody in the six-yard box, when any touch would do.And Rovers made them pay in clinical fashion in the 56th minute as Marvin Emnes controlled and produced the perfect pass for Conway, who kept his composure to slide home from 12 yards for his sixth goal this term.Mowbray’s team were in full flow by this point and youngster Ryan Nyambe almost got a third midway through the half after twisting and turning on the right, but his fierce drive whistled wide.Substitute Paul Gallagher saw a late effort saved and just when it looked like the hosts would prevail, Tom Clarke found McGeady 12 yards out in the tgue bonus as part of his Chelsea contract.The Chelsea-sealed.html”>Daily MailChelsea-sealed.html”>says Lampard is set to earn £4million-a-year to lead Chelsea – a significant amount less than a lot of other Premier League managers in the Champions Lhird minute of stoppage time.He showed nerves of steel to slot in his fifth for Preston, thus snatching an unlikely point.
Sunderland have not even finished their doomed Premier League season and already clubs are circlingthe Black Catsin the hope of buyingJordan Pickford.The 23-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly being looked at by a number of big clubs and it seems like he has his pick. Arsenal were heavily linked with him in January, while Man Citign Digne as they freshen up their fullback options heading into the new season.Everton have put out their terms for Digne, which include England fullback Rose and cash in return for their Frenchman.According to the Mirror, Everton want to keep Digney, Man United, Everton and Liverpool are just a few Premier League teams currently said to be chasing him.It is likely Sunderland will want at least £20m for their academy graduate and cashing in on Pickford will definitely help fund the changes manager David Moyes will want to make in the Championship next season. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the player’s stats this season.Hugo Lloris: 77%Tom Heaton: 75%Jordan Pickford: 75%Petr Cech: 73%David De Gea: 73%Tom Heaton: 135 saves in 33 games =4.09 saves per gameJordanAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has announced he’s taking time away from social media.Morata made the decision a day after posting a picture of him and his dad at the Estadio Vicente Calderon for Father’s Day.”I’m leaving social media indefinitely,” Morata wrote on Instagram.”I hope everything passes quickly and that you’re all well. Hugs.” Pickford: 120 saves in 26 games =4.61 saves per gameLukasz Fabianski: 113 saves in 36 games =3.13 saves per gameArtur Boruc: 112 saves in 34 games = 3.29 saves per gameBen Foster: 105 saves in 35 games = 3 saves per gameTom Heaton: 81Artur Boruc: 65Petr Cech: 63Jordan Pickford: 62Lukasz Fabianski: 62Heurelho Gomes: 34 punchesLee Grant: 21Artur Boruc: 20Jordan Pickford: 19Simon Mignolet: 18All stats are from the 2016/17 Premier League season
Shkodran Mustafi has stressed the Arsenal players do not blame Arsene Wenger for the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford on Tuesday and the Germany international is desperate to return to winning ways against Chelsea on Saturday.The Gunners found themselves trailing by two goals after just 13 minutes and even though Alex Iwobi pulled one back er United midfielder Scott McTominay says he models his game on Michael CarriBalthazarck.The former United star now works as assistant for first-team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Asked by the club’s website who he models his game, McTominay said: “Carrick is thein the second half, they were unable to get a positive result.The defeat saw them fall nine points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title and Mustafi hopes to “make things right” when they meet Antonio Conte’s men.”The players are on the pitch, we blame ourselves before we blame the manager,” Mustafi told Sky Sports.”Personally I think the first thing you do is blame yourself. The most important thing is to look what you have done wrong in the game. Then blame others. We have to take that responsibility and then answer.”It can only be mental. We know we can play better and we were sloppy at the start. “It’s all about mentality, being there from the first minute and knowing the Premier League is a difficult competition.”We were not there, they ran all over us, and we cannot be happy with that at home. We have to bounce back, it is a big game against Chelsea, we will try to be there from the first minute to the last second.”We have to be really focused from start to finish because they have a good side, they have been playing well and they have a plan and identity of howrprised himself with his success in Holland.Ziyech will leave Ajax at the end of this season to join the Blues.He said, “I didn’t even dream of one day being voted the best player in the country.“When I was a kid in Dronten, I played my first gam they want to play. It is going to be difficult but it is an opportunity to make things right.”
Chelsea have revealed John Terry is set to leave the club at the end of the current Premier League campaign.Since the annoucement on Easter Monday, many have paid tribute to the centre-back, praising him for a superb two decades of service at Stamford Bridge.Ex-team-mate Frank Lampard claimed, in a heartfelt tribute, Terry was ‘the greatest defender in Premier Leah Joe Cole says they need to sign a top class striker this month.Cole thinks Chelsea should only sign a forward to compete and support Abraham, not take his position.“Well, you certainly don’t need to replace him,” Cole said on BT Sport. “I thinkgue history’, but where does the Blues star rank?Here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at every current top-flight team’s best cson has given his verdict on the club’s current manager Steve Bruce.Williamson is remembered fondly by Newcastle fans for his outstanding and calm displays in the heart of their defence for several seasons.The English centre-back played for the Magpientre-back during their spells in it, and rated them from worst to first.So, is Terry top of our list? Click the right arrow above to find out…
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted he was disappointed by his team’s performance against West Ham but revealed the club’s fans are frustrating him.After seeing their team stumble to a stalemate, supporters at Old T2018, but the arrival of Julen Lopetegui has put his future at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in doubt.”The reality is that I’m one of the players who could leave,” Mesa told La Provincia.”If a club comes in for me and Sevilla are satisfied, then rafford jeered their players off the field.And while the Dutch boss agreed with their sentiments about the men on the field, he was annoyed about their constant demand for attacking football.“The fans are disappointed,” the United manager said. “I know that because I am also disappointed and so are my players.“They want to score every minute of the game but it’s not possible.“But I don’ock has revealed how Steven Gerrard had tipped Curtis Jones to be successful long before his winning goal against Everton on Sunday.The 18-year-old scored with a stunning curled effort to dispose of Liverpool’s rivals in the FA Cup third-round.And Wa;t understand that they are shouting ‘attack, attack, attack’ because we are the attacking team and not West Ham.“It is in every game like that because we are more dominating than our opponent.“[The booing fans] don’t like the style of play from Manchester United, but everyone knows in advance that all the teams of Louis van Gaal is playing like that.“So when you have that question, then I say, okay, in Barcelona or Bayern Munich or AZ we have played like that.”
Arsenal should sack Arsene Wenger NOW and make Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri his successor at the Emirates Stadium, former midfielder Stewart Robson has told talkSPORT.The Gunners’ embarrassing slide this sea season on loan at Championship club Derby County, has long been tipped for a bright future by those at Stamford Bridge.“It’s a massively proud moment for myself and my family,” said Mount.“I’m really looking forward to the coming season now and son hit a new low on Monday night The result also sparked the biggest calls for Wenger’s head yet, as supporters were seen surrounding the team bus following the game hurtling abuse at their long-term manager and their below-par players.Former Arsenal star Robson has spoken out against Wenger’s leadership of the club throughout the past decade – with the team claiming just two FA Cup titles dock Origi for his Champions League final appearance.Pirlo says only Origi’s goal against Tottenham could redeem him for his poor performance.”Tottenham showed no character, there were players like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen who didn’t want the buring that period – and again gave a scathing assessment of the team following the dreadful performance at Selhurst Park.And he believes the club should act quickly to get rid of Wenger once and for all and secure his ideal replacement.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Robson said: “I’ve wanted Wenger to leave Arsenal for about seven or eight years.“There’s an article dated 14 April 2008 of me saying exactly that and my views have not changed.“I said they should go and get Antonio Conte, because I’d seen all the Juventus games and I said he was the best coach in Europe, but everyone laughed and said: ‘No, he can’t come from Juventus to Arsenal’.“Now, I’d go and get Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus.“He’s done a really good job after Conte and I think he’d suit Arsenal well.”
Coleman suffered a broken leg in a challenge collision with Neil Taylor in the qualifiers against Wales. The horrific injury meant that he had to watch his , and their aspirations for the World Cup were shattered.Having made, Coleman play for more than 60 minutes in the friendly against Turkey. The 29-year-old said that he ”that was the hardest part of the whole injury, to not be able to play a part and help the lads get over the line.”The Everton right-back said that he didn’t know if he could’ve made the difference, but he was ”If I was fit, you never know what could have happened, but it wasn’t to be,” he added that the opportunity had since passed and that ”we started tonight to build for the next campaign.”When asked about how it felt to represent his country, Coleman was elated, ”it was brilliant, a brilliant feeling to get the shirt back on. Obviously it was disappointing not to get a result, but I was . I’m very committed to the Ireland jersey and long may that continue.”Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill chose to debut more emerging talent against Turkey. In fact, Coleman was one of only a handful of players who haveexperience on the international scene. The defender was , he praised the 19 has confirmed Liverpool have made contact with Nicolas Pepe.While Merseyside media sources have insisted the Reds aren’t interested in the Ivorian, Lopez is adamant the European champions are keen.On Liverpool, he tolHallied RMC: “I know there have been d-year-old, saying ”he was fantastic. He’s a great lad first and foremost…I was delighted to see him play so welegend Steve Nicol insists Lille striker Nicolas Pepe isn’t worth pursuing as a transfer target.Nicol isn’t convinced the 24-year-old Frenchman is cut out to play for Liverpool in the top flight.Speaking on ESPN, Nicol said: “I really don’t get this ll there tonight. I thought he was …he drove us on a lot of the time, so long may that continue as well.”O’Neill’s squad will reconvene in May, ahead of upcoming friendlies against France and the United States.
After the victory at the Vicente Calderon, Luis Suarez and his team-clared Nemanja Matic as the best player he faced.Toure clashed with Matic when the Serb was with both Chelsea and Manchester United.Speaking to The Times, Toure said: “Nemanja Matic was complicated. He’s not quick but he’s so strong, clever.”All the mates exit the stadium. A little fan was waiting outside with his shirt and wanted the Barcelona star tosenal great Sol Campbell has quickly put his backroom together at Southend United.Campbell has been appointed the new Southend United manager, signing a deal until the end of the 2021-22 season.He is followed to Roots Hall by Andy Cole who takes the sign hit.Take a look at the video:
We love it when a goalkeeper scores.Check out this clip of Dartford FC goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim netting a free-kick from his own half in theNational League South encounter.The shot-stopper could not believe his luck as his set piece floated past his opposite number – even without bouncing.It helped put his side on their way to victory as midfielder Alex Brown soon doubled their lead, but this 70-yard strike stole the show.Hungerford Town’sGeorge Legg may want to look away noad as they navigate the Premier League.The newly promoted side got a famous win against Manchester City at the weekend, despite several first team members being out with injury.Byram believes that aside from quality coaching and preparation, the camaw…Ibrahim was not alone eitherhester City are facing a serious fixture pile up in the second half of the season.The Citizens had another game postponed this weekend.The Premier League champions could not play their home game against West Ham United due to poor weather.City now ha. Check out this stunner from Spennymoor’sDan Lowson in the first round of FA Cup qualifying against Radcliffe Borough at the weekend.From a goal kick, the balltook a fortunate bounce to beat the Borough goalkeeper –
The Premier League leaders face Stoke City next at Stamford Bridge on Saturday aiming to secure a 13th consecutive league win in a run that started in the wake of a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.But while forwards Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, together with inspirational midfielder N’Golo Kante, have attracted most praise in recent weeks, Courtois says the revamped back-line has laid the foundations for the upturn in form.He believes the defence has been transformed by Conte’s decision to switch to three following the Arsenal loss.”Letting in only two goals is amazing,” Courtois told Chelseafc.com.”After that Arsenal game we had to build a new thing and we did it well, and there is a lot of hard work in training. It was not just that we did a new formation and it will work.”As a goalkeeper it doesn’t change much but now we are more solid at the back than at the beginning of the season, it is harder for people to break us down, and when they do try to score a goal I try to save it.”Some other teams tried to defeat us as well with that formation but if it is well-worked like we do it, it is hard to break down and every day in training we do it a lot.”That is why we have this run at the moment and we just try to keep it going and we will see in few weeks and months where we are standing, and hopefully we will be there in the race for the championship.”- ‘Things go really fast’ -Hazard declared the current team could be better than the Chelsea side that won the title un martial arts helped his football career.The all-action central midfielder has impressed in the Premier League since arriving at the start of last season.The 20-year-old spoke about how he learned karate as a boy, because his father was a martial artder Jose Mourinho two seasons ago.But Courtois warned the six-point advantage could quickly disappear.”In the Premier League things go really fast so we just have to keep the focus on ourselves and play game by game and then we will see,” said the 24-year-old Belgian international.”Stoke at home will be hard and then we go to Tottenham, to Leicester, they are all tough games, and after we have Hull, Liverpool and Arsenal.”So it is an important moment for us and then we will see where we stand in February.”Bojan Krkic could feature for Stoke after being told he has a future at the club by manager Mark Hughes.The 26-year-old former Barcelona and Ajax midfielder has only featured eight times in the Premier League this season, scoring three times.But with Wilfried Bony, Mame Biram Diouf and Ramadan Sobhi all departing for the Africamie Vardy.City face Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night and Vardy has proved a pest for Guardiola’s side in the past.Asked at his pre-match press-conference on Friday why Vardy thrives against City, Guardiola said: “We play 40 metren Cup of Nations in January, Hughes has assured the Spanish striker he has a future at the club.”Bojan’s people came in and we had a discussion because he hasn’t had many starts of late,” said Hughes.”I want to give him more opportunities and he will get more opportunities from now until the end of the season.”We’ve got three attacking players leaving in January so if he gets that opportunity he will probably stay in the team.”
Aitor Karanka is convinced he retains the backing of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson despite a run of 10 Premier League games without a win.Boro have slipped into the bottom three as a result of their barren run and Karanka held talks with Gibson ahead of Saturday’s home FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City.Just as worryingly for Boro is a dry spell in front of goal that has seen them fail to score in four straight league games, but under-fire boss Karanka is not feeling the pressure as he seeks to orchestrate a turnaround in fortunes.”I don’t need to hear critics because even when everybody said I was the best, I was my first critic,” Karanka told reporters on Thursday. “I am starting my career and every situation is new.”I have to learn, modify and know the things I can improve. Now I have to try and bring the best from my players and I have to give them all my confidence.”Just days to go until our quarter-final against ! — Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) Karanka met with Gibson following a 2-0 loss at Stoke City last weekend, but insists talk of the FA Cup was their main priority.”We spoke about the amazing opportunity to go to Wembley,” Karanka said. “This is a positive thing. We need to think about the positive things, like being in the Premier League and to be in the semi-finals. ThBabettee most difficult moment for chiefs want Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech to take Christian Eriksen’s place in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.The Liverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”>Daily Express says a January deal is now under consideration.Eriksen is set to me was when I arrived here but he was the first one who transmitted his confidence. I don’t need to feel that [confidence] every day.”I need to work on the confidence so I’ve shown the players videos of them playing really well, like the Arsenal game. We had a lunch with the players and all the staff. The main thing is everybody is on board.”Focused on our next FA Cup game. A really good opportunity to get our confidence back and go to Wembley. — Aitor Karanka (@Karanka) Karanka suggested the switch from league to cup action will be a boost for his out-of-form side, who have only reached the final of the FA Cup once, in 1996-97, when they were beaten by Chelsea.”I think we have a really nice game to play on Saturday because it’s the cup, not the league,” Karanka said. “We have to remember how good we were two weeks ago and keep going, keep believing.”I think the last two weeks have been really bad. Before those weeks we played for example against Everton and competed. We had the chances to win the game. We need to recover that nsideration ahead of the summer market.Tuttosport says Chelsea are eyeing a €50m (£43m) move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and have lined up Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali as a back-up option.The young duo are also said to be of interest to Julevel.”To be in the Premier League and in the quarter-finals is an amazing position. Yes, we’re in the relegation zone but only for the first time this season.”
Former Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli would prefer to join AC Milan over Inter.The striker was released from Anfield on a free during the summer but he has rekindled jungberg says he would have no problems settling into his previous role at the club.Ljungberg is one of the candidates to take the role full-time after Unai Emery was sacked last week.But the Swede says he’ll be happy to return as assistant should thhis best form at Nice this season.It has led to speculation the Italian coulrged this week that Messi’s contract carries a break clause for the end of every campaign where the Argentine can leave for free.And contacted by El Chiringuito, a family member has confirmed his deal expires at the end of this season.While it’s beend once again be on the move, with Inter reportedly keen to bring him back to the San Siro.However, the former Manchester City man has now quashed those rumours and instead revealed he would prefer to head to AC Milan.“I’ve always been a Milan fan, even though I played for Inter,” Balotelli told Rai.“Never say never, but Inter is very complicated. If I return to Italy I’d think of Milan.”
There is a very good reason why neither Manchester City nor Fernandinho are rushing through a contract extension – his current deal doesn’t actually expire until 2018.It is widely believed that Fernandinho is one of seven City players whose contracts expire at the end of the season, and indeed that he is the only one of the seven to be offered a new deal.But there had been some concern among City fans that he could speak to other clubs about a free transfer from January 1.It had even been rumoured in Italy last weekend that Juventus were ready to pounce given the supposed uncertainty surrounding his future.But the Brazilian signed a five-year deal when he joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and he still has 18 months to go before it expires.It is understood that all parties are keen for the midfielder to extend hisor Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.The Times says Everton are facing tough competition to keep hold of Barcelona loanee Gomes.Midfielder Gomes starred for the Toffees during a season at Goodison Park from the Nou Camp.Barca are happy to allow Gomes stay at the club, and that a new deal could be finalised in the New Year, but there is no rush to conclude talks.City are likely to say goodbye to Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure when their deals expire in the summer, and all men will be free to speak to prospective new clubs at tCadehe turn of the year.ys Manchester United teammate Mason Greenwood has been working hard on the training field.17-year-old Greenwood grasped his first-team opportunities with both hands against Astana on Thursday night, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over OlBut Fernandinho, who has proven so important to Pep Guardiola’s plans so far, will not be joining them.
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits he is flattered to be linked with a move to Real Madrid as he continues to wait for a move away from the Championship club to materialise.The 26-year-old impressed for France at Euro 2016 and Real Madrid are in need of midfield reinforcements and Sissoko’s ability to play in a number of positions reportedly makes him an attractive proposition.l, which could prove to be a stumbling bock for any potential deal.But as talk of a move to Real Madrid grows, Sissoko confesses it is pleasing to be linked with such a big team.“Who would not be flattered? Real Madrid are one of the best clubs in the world. It is nice to be a player who interests great clubs,” Sissoko told Foot Mercato.“For the moment, I am still a Newcastle player. I am waiting. And if it is Real Madrid, then great. It says Brentford will demand a fee in the region of £25 million for Watkins, who has excelled in the Bees’ front-line since switching position to replace Neal Maupay over the summer.Crystal Palace look set to rival the Blades for the 23-year-old, witis true that Real Madrid are difficult to refuse.“But as I have said, there will be lots of things to take into account. We will have to think about it. I will make a decision with msse Lingard insists he accidentally posted a video from his summer holiday that angered many fans and former players. The United midfielder filmed himself shouting and swearing in his Miami hotel room in July, while also sharing a clip of one of his y agent.“We will have a discussion. Whatever the club, we will decide together and make the best decision.”