Arsenal contract BOOST! Olivier Giroud reveals he is close to signing new deal

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed he is poised to signed a new contract at the club and keen to “continue the adventure” at the Emirates Stadium.The 30-year-old France striker has returned to the side and to form in recent weeks to score four goals in as many games.Giroud’s last-minute goal helped the Gunnethe way he left for Bordeaux.Wright was angered by the nature of Koscielny’s social media video unveiling at Bordeauxcontent_img.In the clip, Koscielny, who left Emirates Stadium after nine years on Tuesday, pulls off an Arsenal shirt to reveal his new team’s trs beat Preston in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, which came after he netted in stoppage time to secure a dramatic 3-3 comeback draw at Bournemouth.And just two days before that, he stunned fans with his “scorpion kick” effort in the win over Crystal Palace.While still having around a 18 months left on his current deal, the forward hopes to been speaking with Roma director Franco Baldini for some months about the young Italy international.And Tuttosport says Levy has now acted by tabling an opening bid.Spurs have offered €20m cash plus Toby Alderweireld in exchange for Zaniolo, with soon tie-up his long-term future with the Gunners.In an interview with French broadcaster Telefoot, Giroud said: “We are about to reach an agreement for an extension [to my contract].“It was also a gesture of confidence, I want to continue the adventure here in this family of Arsenal. I feel good here.”Giroud added: “When I spoke to the coach, he always told me that I was an important player.“I know what I am capable of. I just needed to be patient, to work in training and wait for my hour to come.”Arsenal are also looking to negotiate new deals with key men Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, although their reportedly high wage demands are proving a stumbling block.Manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has himself yet to announce any plans for past the end of his current contract, which expires this summer.

Coral Daily Download – Australia expected to win at Trent Bridge and level Ashes series

Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the lhe end of the season.The 20-year-old Dutchman appears unlikely to renew his contract at Old Trafford, and his representatives have remained locked in talks with their Italian counterparts to reach an says Chong will sign watest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman previews the fourth Ashes Test, which begins today, and says Australia are slight favourites to win at Trent Bridge despite England holding a 2-1 series lead.He also turns his af praise for Manchester United defender Axcontent_imgel Tuanzebe after their promotion back to the Premier League.United loanee Tuanzebe started alongside Tyrone Mings again at the centre of the Villa defence as they secured a deserved 2-1 win to return to the ttention to the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League season, and says champions Chelsea, who face Swansea at Stamford Bridge, are 1/3 to begin with a victory.

Allegri sets Juventus 96-point title target

Juventus content_imghead coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team will need a 96-point haul to retain their Serie A title this season.Juve are chasing a seventh consecutive Scudetto but find themselves second in the standings, a point behind Napoli at the halfway stage this time around.The excellent form displayed by Maurizio Sarri’s side has convinced Allegri that Juve will need their best points total since a Serie A record of 102 in 2013-14 to prevail come May.”What is certain is that to go through, we cannot repeat the performance we put in at Verona,” said Allegri at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia derby against Torino.”We have to get through the quarter-final and then win at Cagliari [on Saturday]. Coming up are two games that we cannot get wrong.”We cannot afford to lose any more points to Napoli. We must stay in their wake or try to surpass them.”If we have to recover it will become more difficult in season where, at the moment, the projection for winning the Scudetto is 96 points.”Allegri confirmed Paulo Dybala will remain in the Dahliastarting line-up for the Turin derby after his match-winning ea midfielder Mason Mount appreciated being able to play with Ashley Cole last season at Derby County.The Blues legend hung up the boots after a short spell with the Rams last term.Mount told “I was lucky to play with Ash last season abrace in the eventual 3-1 win at Verona, with one of Mario Mandzukic or Gonzalo Higuain set to be rested.Daniele Rugani and Claudio Marchisio could start in defence and midfield respoors.The Premier League has suspended matches until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic.It has been suggested the remaining nine games of the season could be played behind closed doors.Burn told Sky Sports: “From a personal point of viewectively, while veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (calf), defender Benedikt Howedes (thigh) and winger Juan Cuadrado (pelvis) remain sidelined.Full-back Mattia De Sciglio is back in training and could be in line for a return at Cagliari – Juve’s final fixture before the mid-season break.

‘Man Utd players should police themselves’ – Higginbotham

The former Manchester United and Stoke City player told ‘Sky Sports News’ that with this in relation to the Pogba- Mourinho.”A manager like Sir Alex Ferguson had the but he also had playeed Declan Rice could leave the club this summer.20-year-old Rice has made 34 appearances this season ancontent_imgd is a target for Manchester United and Manchester City.”It’s impossible, I cannot know the future,” Pellegrini told reporters. “He is, of course, rs in the dressing room who would be the manager on the pitch, the dressing room and the training ground.”You can speak about all the, we know them from all the different clubs. In the last six or seven years you could name four or five players from each club.”Football is changing now, they have to man a lot more things now whereas before the players would take care of it.”Higginbothamsympathises with Mourinho, as in the modern game today.”I think now the manager’s jobthan it has ever been,” he added.”The type of player that can control the dressing room, making sure everything is right and everyone is , those days are slowly but surely coming to an endthat his hat-trick against Athletic Bilbao at the weekend will prompt talks of a contract renewal.The 38-year-old had Betis leading 3-0 inside 20 minutes with the first treble of his career and he’s not showing signs of slowing down in Andalusia.”It’.”That means that players wiDaltonll do certain things and no one will say anything to them, not because of fear, but

Manchester City FC team news: Predicted XI to face Liverpool in the Premier League

With a Champions League defeat to Monaco fresh in the memory for Manchester City players and fans, manager Pep Guardiola will be doing all he can to get a response against Liverpool.The two-time Premier Leagester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira on a season-long loan deal.The Swiss-born 23-year-old moved to content_imgOld Trafford in 2012 and has made three appearances for United.A Portugal U21 international, he has been loaned to Belenenses and Vitoria Setubal and ue champions currently sit third in the table, one point ahead of the Reds, and will want a victory to keep themselves in the top four.Guardiola’s men are in an excell his involvement in the Europa League with Celtic can lead to an England recall.The goalkeeper is on loan at the Scottish giants after falling out of favour at Southampton.Forster said: “I’d love to be a part of the England squad.”I’d never close thaent position to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but won’t want to let anything slip as they host Jurgen Klopp’s side.Man City have no new injuries to deal with following their tie in the south France, but have the option to recall Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi.Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester City XI to face Liverpool, in squad number order…

RIAA Sues 717 More Over File Sharing

The Recording Industry Association of America has fired off another round of lawsuits against purported file-sharers. The lawsuits finger a total of 717 indivicontent_imgduals, 68 of which belong to universities. This action is the RIAA’s first mass litigation since November, when it sued 761 users of “unauthorized” peer-to-peer software.The RIAA considers its lawsuits to be an “educational tool,” which have the affect of reminding music fans about the law while encouraging the broad adoption of leys Barca want that price if they are to part ways with the France international, a fee which would see them recoup the initial amount they paid Dortmund.There is also an additional €40m of add-ons included in the current agreement between Barca andgal alternatives. The tactic of using legal pressure to force change appears to have been adopted by the Motion Picture Association of America, which filed suit its second round of lawsuits against motion picture filengham Mail says Villa have fined Drinkwater two weeks wages, but could still cut his loan deal short, according to reports.The on-loan Chelsea midfielder was sent home from training on Tuesday for an alleged head butt at Bodymoor Heath.There were rep-swappers on Wednesday.

Klopp blasts Nations League as ‘senseless’

after drawing 0-0 with leaders Manchester City on Sunday.Manager Klopp was pleased to see the back of a hectic schedule of games, that saw his side play seven times in 23 days.However, he revealed that “If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list, ‘” Klopp said.”The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games – !” and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this.”It’s tough times for the boys, eh? “Somebody asked me, ‘?’ – already in the question there is criticism (suggesting) it could have been better if you were fresher.”If you want to see fresher, gipact in the Europa League final.The 30-year-old has had an inconsistent campaign in Emery’s debut season at the club.But the Spaniard says the Gunners will need the playmaker firing on all cylinders to hurt Chelsea in Baku next Wednesday.”Ozil has veve them a summer break – for Jordan Henderson it was exactly two weeks, which is funny. But that’s how it iscontent_img.”That’s why I say going away is not a big problem but nohampton Wanderers are Balthazaremerging as an option for Sheffield United defender John Egan this summer.The Premier League club are the latest to show an interest in the 27-year-old.Egan has been very impressive for the newly promoted club, with Everton alsow you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says, .”

HP buying Palm is like Ke$ha marrying John McCain

Exactly, what do they have in common? HP-Palm is a merger of necessity. HP needs to jumpstart (for the umpteenth time) its mobile strategy and Palm needs to be bought by anybody or . Hey, there is anybody and then there’s anybody else would be better. In a parallel universe the situation is different. HP is doing : , and .Perhaps I’m missing something about things in common. While I was writing this post, : “HP and Palm both share that has-been entrepreneurial spirit.” Ouch! Get the ! And a Band-Aid! poured salt on the wound. In a response to me at FriendFeed: “They both sell mobile devices…just no one knows that HP sells mobile devices.” Whoa, put away that baseball bat, Alex!Adam Hall sees the glass as being half full (as opposed to my half-empty — OK, nearly empty — perspective). He : “Isn’t it what Palm and HP don’t have in common that makes this interesting? I see potential, but can they realize it?” HP must realize something to plunk down $1.2 billion. Hey, there is one more thing in common. : “Interestingly enough, the other thing they share in common is Tom Bradley, former CEO of Palm and current VP of HP’s PC group.” When I think HP, enterprise comes to mind. When I think Palm — at least its latest post-PDA life — I think consumer. HP: Stodgy handheld/phone design reminiscent of my college roommate’s first calculator. Can you say black and grey? Palm: Curvy, round smartphone that reminds of a make-up compact. HP: Builds the hardware, licenses the software from Microsoft. Palm: Delightfully designs hardware and software. Ultimately, I worry that craggy old business-oriented HP will suck all the vitality out of the fresh, new Palm — at least as run (or run into the ground) — by Jon Rubinstein. Think: lifeforce-sucking Wraiths from cancelled TV series .” Yes, HP sells to consumers, and, I must admit, does a good job marketing to them. The Palm PDA once was an enterprise mainstay of 1990s business users. Maybe Hall is right and these differences mean something. Certainly they mean the end of Palm as everyone knows it. Look what happened when HP gobbled up Compaq, which was a huge brand at the time. Now Compaq is the name HP sticks on its cheapest-sners are only helping Liverpool’s confidence.Sadio Mane scored deep in stoppage time to seal a comeback win over Aston Villa last weekend.The Reds followed that up with a resilient 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday, taking them eight points cleaelling notebooks and keeps around because in some dark corner of the IT world there are people desperately clinging to the Compaq name. Say, it’s the 21st Century, dude. You can let go and move on now.It’s not rocket science to see why HP would want a Palm merger. The smartphone market is so smoking everyone wants a whiff. Late last year, IDC rightly predicted that major PC manufacturers would move aggressively into the smartphone market this year. Well, — names evocative of the smoking smartphone market and the PC manufacturer’s determination to scorch it. HP has chosen to buy rather than build. The smartphone and other mobiles are destined to replace the PC as the dominate Web-connected device, by 2015, . I believe. Do you?Anyone thinking HP can do much right by Palm should look no further than the waylaid Compaq brand, current HP PDA/phone lineup or disastrous iPod distribution deal. What? You don’t remember that HP once sold iPod, right alongside Apple? Your memory answers just how badly it went (You can be sure Apple CEO Steve Jobs wishes everyone would forget that deal). I’ve read absolutely nothing about the HP-Palm shotgun merger other than the press release, so I wouldn’t be influenced by anybody else’s thinking. But I expect to read lots of punditry about how much Palm handsets and software will benefit from HP’s huge retail channel. Oh, yeah? It did for iPod. Apple had to build out its own channel.HP is a great technology company, as is not conceded a Premier League goal since the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on November 23.”As a goalkeeper, we knew what we were getting and yes he has made steps,” he said. “As a person, he has exceeded expectations becontent_imgcause he is just an outstandings Palm. HP needs to jumpstart its handset strategy, and Palm needs a white knight. In fairytales, the princess must kiss a frog for him to become her prince, her white knight. In fairytale mergers, the princess’ kiss turns one — or both — into a frog.[ For closeted, out-of-touch geeks, here is the relief from your confusion. is a hugely successful, 23-year-old party-girl rock star. is a 73-year-old, war hero and US Senator who ran for president in 2008.]

Appliance support site takes a tumble at social networking

If any given piece of slang is dead when kids hear their parents using it, it’s possible that social networking’s stake in the heart is in place now that household appliances are getting into the act.In a sense the situation’s even worse than you’d think from that news. (After days of heavy rain in Seattle, this reporter would be thrilled if her sump pumps would communicate civilly with the storm sewers.) No, Moms Like Us, which Samsung advertises as “a social network for their Washers and Dryers that celebrates ‘Life, Laundry and the Pursuit of Cleanliness,'” is demoralizing not because the machines are talking, but because of the view it takes of the humans who are in theory the boss of those machines. Despite the name, apparently one need not have produced live offspring to view the site, though the circle-skirted woman on the site’s front page appears to have delivered one and might be be in the Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is enjoying his time in Liverpool.Ancelotti quit Naples for Merseyside last year.“It’s an informal city,” he told Corriere della Sera.“It’s not big, the people are friendly. I get on well because I don’t like formal cities. “London and Paris offer more choice for things to do but in Liverpool, like in Madrid, you don’t have to dress up for dinner.”process of gestating another. (She’s also not only barefoot but but sporting a bit of what the tabloids these days call a “bump.” Barefoot, maybe-pregnant, and next to a poll asking what sort of bribery it would take to coerce one’s husband to do the laundry — this isn’t a social-networking site, it’s a time machine.)In theory, the core of the site — four “Samsung Family Moms” (are there non-family moms?) take home a high-end washer-dryer set and report back — is appealing, and the periodic contests to win a new washer-dryer set is nice too. Expert information is helpful too, so if the Laundry-Pedia section weren’t currently offline, that might be useful for those seeking help with strange stains, or advice when fabric-softener abuse has waterproofed one’s towels.But they have a name for information troves like that: They call those Web sites. And they call laundry a task you do to facilitate living a real life, not something that presents a networking opportunity. They also don’t always call the people who do that task “moms.” (This reporter was wondering why the revered and lovely title of “mother” has been universally language-demoted to the one-syllable whine of “mom,” but that’s another screed.) Even some of the 17,000 people who have registered with Moms Like Us are appalled by what Samsung hath wrought, and the most popular thread on the site castigates the company for assuming that fathers, childless folk, and even children themselves don’t perform basic household functions. If the site’s not a time machine, maybe it’s from Cheesy Commercial Land, where kids are too sassy to do chores and husbands are dead stupid about basic household tasks.On the whole,content_img though, the entire prospect is just depressing — not because not enough people are included ilanning a January move for the former Manchester United attacker, Koeman says the Dutchman should be considering his options.He said, “The fact that he does not play for the biggest team in the world obviously has no consequences for his place in then the site’s title, but because Samsung’s corralled some 17,000 people who derive so much of their identity from owning and operating an expensive but ultimately boring household appliance. MySpace may be chaotic and Facebook full of silly gadgetry, but at least they don’t assume that your status line is eternally set to “washerwoman.”

Can you live a week without Google Reader?

That’s the question I will answer this week, for myself, as I kiss off RSS subscriptions, press relcontent_imgeases and the like in favor of social media and honest to goodness live interaction. The moratorium includes Google News, which I rarely look at anyway (although some of my colleagues are obsessed with it). Press releases, blog posts, etc. that I see on social networks (including blog comments), or someone refers me to, are fair game. The objectives are simple: To see if RSS feeds are antiquated and to increase my social engagement, which too often is limited to coworkers and the stories I manage. Hey, I work at home, where the grind makes dust of real interaction unless it is pursued. Aggressively. Surely many of you already live this way now. Your main news and information comes from the sites and social networks you already frequent — maybe all of it. Others work for companies that prohibit services like Facebook. My social haunts for the coming week will include Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and Twitter — all places I need to increase engagement. I also will do Reddit and Pinterest, where I have accounts but little activity. There’s a limit to how far anyone can spread his or her online social interactions. We’ll see where mine stop. Different online communities appeal for many reasons, with community around common interest principal among them.According to Pew Internet report ””, 59 percent of the 79 percent of online Americans use social network services like Facebook. That works out to about half of US adults. Not surprisingly, engagement varies by age. Eighty-three percent of 18 to 29 year olds use social networking sites, compared to 70 percent of 30 to 49 year olds, 51 percent of 50 to 64 year olds and 33 percent for those 65 or older.Pew used “Kony 2012” — the recent viral video that surely you heard about or viewed — as . In March, a week after Invisible Children, a group based here in San Diego, released Cup in December.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are top of the Premier League after nine games, might end up playing in the Club World Cup final on December 21 in Qatar before facing Leicester City on Boxing Day.A statement read: “Liverpool is to participathe video, Pew explained:Those ages 18-29 were much more likely than older adults to have heard a lot about the “Kony 2012” video and to have learned about it through social media than traditional news sources. Indeed, a special analysis of posts in Twitter showed that it was by far the top story on the platform.Forty-eight percent of Americans heard nothing about the video, while 40 percent of 18-29 years olds had “heard a lot”. “A national phone survey in the days following the video’s release shows that 58 percent of young adults said they heard about the video”, according to Pew. Thirty-six percent of this young group heard about the video on the Internet — 27 percent from social networks. That compares to 10 percent from traditional media sources. Just 20 percent of 30-39 “heard a lot” about the video.Circling back to Google Reader, I won’t use it thisnada have snapped up Manchester City attacker Yangel Herrera.The Venezuela international arrives at Granada on a season-long loan, having spent last term with Huesca.Granada have revealed the deal for Herrera also includes a permanent option.City sna week. Got to ask: From where do you get most of your news and information and with whom do you engage where? Do you use Google Reader or another RSS app?It’s increasingly difficult not use Google Reader somehow, given how many popular standalone RSS apps sync with the service. My fav, which I primarily use on smartphones and tablets is . But not this week. I seek inspiration through interaction.

Use jAlbum 10.4 to create photo websites

Swedish web album creation tool, , is now available, boasting a number of major new features. Version 10.4 now supports building entire websites rather than simple photo albums, promises up to 40 percent faster page processing on multi-core CPUs and adds support for transparent PNG images and the ability to scale individual images to different sizes.jAlbum, which is free for personal use and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux, makes it possible to create online photo albums quickly and easily via drag, drop and edit. Pick a template and publish — either to jAlbum’s own  or your own website. Version 10.4’s headline new feature is support for generating an entire website as opposed to a standalone photo album. This functionality is currently supported in just four of the built-in templates — Turtle, Gallerina, Minimal and Base — and is configured via the skin’s own settings button. Both Turtle and Base skins have also been updated to take advantage of this new feature, adding support for custom pages as well as top and bottom navigation bars.Other new features include support for transparent images and PNG writing, meaning that both imported GIF and PNG files are written as PNG files. Images can now be individually resized by overriding the max image size variable, while you’ll be able to view uploaded, published albums via the preview button by [Alt]-clicking it.Some enhancements have been made with an eye to future versions — for example, album projects missing a ‘directory’ entry will now pick the image directory path from the project file location in anticipation of allowing users to create truly portable photo albums. jAlbum also keeps track of dates and locations of albums for future use too.One feature that’s been removed due to the amount of side-effects it caused is the “Generate search engine friendly file names”. It’s envisaged this will be reintroduced in a future release when its bugs have been ironed out.Performance has also been improved on multi-core CPUs, with jAlbum claiming it can deliver up to 40 per cent faster page processing speeds on these machines.A number of other minor features and tweaks have also been added, including the ability to drag and drop ICO files into the album, plus support for orienting images in any direction. The update is rounded off by a number of bug fixes, described in dsked about rumours linking his client with AC Milan. Currently on loan at Besiktas, reports have stated Milan could be interested in signing Elneny in January.”I can’t talk about the renewal of the Milan negotiations to sign Elneny during the next tretail in the program’s . is a free-for-personal-use download fordy for an England call.Ings, who won his sole England cap in 2015, has been backed to break into England manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 after scoring 14 Premier League goals in 22 appearances this season.”Gareth will want a certain st Windows, Mac and Linux. Albums generated in the free version are ad-supported — these are removed on purchasing a Standard (€19) or Pro (€39) license depending ocontent_imgn the intended use of the program.

Guardiola ready to give up ribbon protest for Man City

Pep Guardiola , while the prospect of a touchline ban would also persuade him to seek a resolution with the Football Association (FA).The FA charged Guardiola with breaching their regulations by wearing a political message lastFriday.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss began wearing the ribbon last year to draw attention to the plight of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, who were placed in custody as part of the crackdown that followed – a poll the national government in Madrid deemed to be illegal.Despite the charge, Guardiola still wore his ribbon on the touchline durcontent_imging City’s 3-0 EFL Cup final win over Arsenal on Sunday, with thousands of City fans also wearing their own in a show of solidarity.Speaking in the aftermath of December’s Manchester derby, Guardiola suggested he was willing to be suspended by the football authorities over the matter but, with the FA having invited him to provide observations by March 5, the 47-year-old was in a seemingly more placatory mood ahead of the Premier League leaders’ trip to Arsenal on Thursday.” Guardiola replied when asked whether he would heed a call from City to end the controversy by removing the ribbon.”It is more important what happens in the team than what is, in this case, , of course.”I think that is not going to happen but if it happens they are my bosses and of course I am going to accept. On doNice chief Jean-Pierre Riviere admits they took a close look at Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.Howevever, Riviere concedes a move was dropped after learning the wage demands of the World Cup winner.”He’s an interesting profile,” he said. “We were able to look at him at one point, but he is not a current file for us.”Giroud is expected to leave Chelsea this week for Antonio Conte’s Inter likewise to avoid being barred from the dugout, he added: “Of course, I don’t want to damage my team. not at all.”Guardiola has been a vocal proponent of Catalan independence but insists the ribbon protest is one beingacked his old boss Dean Smith to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League this season.Villa are currently at risk of relegation, despite securing a place in the EFL Cup final on Tuesday, sitting just two points clear of the drop zone with 14 matches st made on humanitarian rather than political grounds – attempting to draw parallels with other causes that are openly supported in English football.. It is for breast cancer; it’s not about the riDahliaght or left, democrat or republican,” he said. “If I bring a red ribbon it is to support the people who have AIDS, it is not right/left.”It is like how I wear the pin for prostate cancer. We have a lot of ribbons during the season. The idea is the same. The personal opinion is not a political opinion.”The people with yellow ribbons in Catalonia, some of them might be independence people but most of them, maybe not. – the rights of the people who want to vote, it’s not talking about that.”I am pretty sure there are people in Catalonia who do not agree about being independent but they do not agree either with people being in preventative jail for more 140 days.”Of course, , to express what I expressed the last day and today.”

England legend Peter Shilton urges Manchester City outcast Joe Hart to return to the Premier League – LISTEN

Joe Hart should return to the Premier League this summer, according to legendary former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.Hart, ostracisedby Manchester City boss battling it out for Real Betis midfielder Victor Camaictory over Brighton.The Scotland international’s shot deflected off Davy Propper and into the net in the 19th minute, before the strike went down as an own-goal from the Brighton midfielder.But United successfully appealed the award of the goal, whirasa.The Spaniard enjoyed an impressive season with Cardiff City despite the club being relegated to the Championship.Having since returned to Sevilla, 24-year-old Camarasa is waiting to see if Be PepGuardiola in the summer, is coming to the end of a season-long loan spell at Torino. but Shilton believes his long-term international prospects could be harmed if he doesn’t return home.Shilton, England’s most-capped player, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He would be better off playing in the Premier League, there is no doubt about that.“It is the place to be, he is from this country and he is in the shop window every week.“Football in Italy is a terrific standard – it has not affected him. [Gareth] Southgate is still picking him. He made him captain in the last game, so his international carer hasn’t suffered,content_img but I think he would be better off playing in the Premier League.”

Russia set for stern test ahead of home World Cup

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov lined up to of living up to Vladimir Putin’s expectations on home ground.The absence following foot surgery of Brazil star Neymar should take little glitter off matchups that still feature the likes of teammate But Russia armes has already gone through ankle surgery after his injury against Tottenham.Gomes seriously hurt his ankle after a Heung-Min Son tackle led him to awkwardly collide with Serge Aurier.But the club says he has gone through a procedure and is now recoe who have already lost their starting forward and a pair ofd AC Milan scouting chief is well aware of talk of Messi becoming unsettled at the Nou Camp.Braida told Radio Anch’io Sport: “Leo is an extraordinary player, we all know that. In Barcelona he is doing too well, he as well as his family, and it is ver key defenders for the June 14 to July 15 World Cup finals.All three went down while that last month gripped Europe and turned some Russian pitches into sandpits.”The way things are going, Cherchesov said ahead of Friday’s clash in Moscow with Brazil and Tuesday’s encounter in Saint Petersburg with France.”Now our job is to end all the moaning about our losses and have to see Russia’s home World Cup be the one where they progress past the group stage for the first time since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.Cherchesov took over Russia’s reins after theyand drew scorn from the media in Moscow.His rebuilding effort is culminating with a flurry of matches against some of football’s most storied nations.Russia were but showed resolve in in November.Those results left fans in a group that includes Saudi AFabirabia and Egypt.The hosts and Uruguay are favourites to make the last 16.But the air was sucked out of the team when Zenit Saint Petersburg strikers in a Europa League match last week.The very same injuries also sidelined — the heart of Russia’s defence.Brazilian-born right-back for an unknown duration because of a thigh strain.Yet Russia’s biggest problem has been quality finishing and Kokorin’s shattered knee may be particularly costly for the coach.The 26-year-old has netted and is the trusted partner of forward Fyodor Smolov.The former Dynamo Moscow teammates have and Kokorin was playing some of the best football of his career.Moscow’s Sport Express called him Cherccontent_imghesov’s options without Kokorin are limited and there is little time to try out formations other than his preferred Brazil and France were meant to be Russia’s big test before Cherchesov fine-tunes his lineup against Austria and Turkey around two weeks before the World Cup kicks off.Now Russia will now play them withYet not all is doom and gloom for the hosts.Cherchesov’s squad have a reputation for raising their game according to the competition and they enter the final stretch with seemingly little to lose.They will further be bolstered by new stadiums packed to the rafters with fans hungry for glory. Russian Football Union President Alexander Alayev said.

Benitez: ‘We need to forget about the summer’

The , with the player’s briefly striking, the manager refusing to sign a new contract and the fans being outraged at the club’s transfer policy.Now with the season well under way, and with the ‘Toon’ , Rafa Benitez is keen for the off-field dramas to be left behind.”I have to put everything into training sessions. For now, .” the former Real Madrid and Napoli manager said.” and we must be sure that we can compete and be sts chief Fabio Paratici insists the club are looking at multiple options to replace Max Allegri.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is the frontrunner and revealed on Tuesday that he was missing Italy.But Patrici says there is more than one candidate beingronger for the future. Hopefully it will be more than one point after five games, but I would still be confident we can do well.”All the things that happened during the summer, .”His Newcastle side face a toumanent deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.AS says Real Madrid and CFabihelsea are now very close to reaching an agreement for the Croatian’s transfer.Sources close to the negotiations have confircontent_imgmed that a meeting point has not yet been reachegh run of fixtures, as they before playing