Daily Archives: April 7, 2017
Fabian Delph is keen to stay at Manchester City
Fabian Delph is keen to stay at Manchester City next season despite a lack of playing time under Pep Guardiola, reports the Manchester Evening News. The 27-year-old, signed from Aston Villa in July 2015, has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot since Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini in the City hot-seat. “I’m working with the best management team in the world and the best players in the world as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “We’ve got great chemistry, a lot of the boys are very close, and of course I’d love to be a part of that. But we will have to see what happens at the end of the season.”
Filipe Luis: “We must keep hold of Theo Hernandez”
Atletico Madrid fullback Filipe Luis says they must keep hold of Theo Hernandez. Theo, who is on-loan this season with Alaves, is on Real Madrid and Barcelona radars. However, Luis says: "I'm delighted that he's back with us, that we'll make healthy competition, that we can grow together. "He's a good player, he's already demonstrated it and I want him to come back and be with us. Healthy competition is welcome and when I retire within 10 years I'll leave the left side in very good hands."
Griezmann wants Champions League football
Antoine Griezmann will turn down interest from Manchester United if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, reports The Sun. They claim the French international stiker is stalling over a potential £89m move as he waits to find out if the Red Devils clinch qualification. They are four points behind fourth-place Manchester City with nine games remaining but could also qualify via the Europa League if they win the competition. Note that Anderlecht are their quarter-final opponents.
Schmeichel does not have a buy-out clause in his Leicester contract
Kasper Schmeichel does not have a buy-out clause in his Leicester City contract, according to the Daily Mirror. The Denmark international has been linked with a summer move away from the Premier League champions after what’s been a testing campaign. Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United have all been linked with Schmeichel, who it is understood has no buy-out clause in his contract at the King Power Stadium. The Mirror claim the lack of a clause means Schmeichel’s would-be suitors would have to fork out a large sum to prise the Dane away from the Foxes.
Arsenal open talks with Juventus midfielder
Arsenal have opened talks with Juventus over midfielder Kingsley Coman, according to Telefoot. The 20-year-old is coming to the end of his two-season loan at Bayern Munich and is set to be at the centre of summer transfer tussle. The Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City are understood to have tabled bids in the region of £50m for the France international, which the Serie A titleholders have rejected. Nevertheless, Telefoot claim, the Gunners have since entered the race for Coman, who came through the ranks at PSG before moving to Turin in 2014.
Harry Kane back for Tottenham
Tottenham forward Harry Kane is back from ankle injury and has trained with the team ahead of the Watford clash on Saturday. The English striker has been previously warned to miss around two months, however the date of his recovery came much sooner than expected. The team's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was ill and midfielder Victor Wanyama (back injury) are still doubtful for the match. TEAM NEWS: @HKane (ankle) returned to first team training this week. Hugo (ill) & @VictorWanyama (back) to be assessed ahead of Watford. pic.twitter.com/9fwIK1X79E — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 7 апреля 2017 г. Harry Kane has featured in 29 matches in all competitions of the current season, having scored 24 goals and assisted four times.
Kante has revealed why he opted for Chelsea over Arsenal
N’Golo Kante has revealed why he opted for Chelsea over Arsenal when he left Leicester last summer. Arsene Wenger revealed in February that the Gunners were in the running to sign the France international following his title-winning exploits with Leicester. But the 26-year-old, in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, has explained Chelsea’s desire to sign him outweighed Arsenal’s, making his decision to move to Stamford Bridge an easy one. He said: “With Arsenal there was an interest but not a big as other clubs. That is why I didn’t go to Arsenal and went to Chelsea.”
Alves: Messi will reach World Cup
Juventus defender Daniel Alves is sure his former teammates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano will be able to win World Cup with Argentina national team. "Argentina will recover and they'll make it to the World Cup," Alves told FIFA.com. "They're one of the traditional powerhouses of the game, and history counts for a lot. And they've got great players too, of course. "It's hard to picture a World Cup without the best, and Argentina have got Messi, [Javier] Mascherano and many more. They'll be there," the defender added. Daniel Alves, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi played together at Barcelona between 2010 and 2016.
Zidane: Ronaldo’s ambitions make him great in big games
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane thinks Cristiano Ronaldo always shines in big games and will be in great use for Madrid derby scheduled on April 8. "He knows, as we all do, but even more so Cristiano, that in the big games he is always there," Zidane told his press conference. "I don't know if it is because he's accustomed to it, but his ambition makes him want to play well in the big games like every player. "That's what he trains for, he's been training very well. He's ready for the final stretch of the season," the Frenchman added. Cristiano Ronaldo has played in 35 matches in all competitions of the current season, having scored 26 goals and assisted 12 times.
Inter contact Luciano Spalletti
Inter Milan contacted Roma manager Luciano Spaletti for the next season, SportItalia informs. According to the source, Inter head coach Stefano Pioli's poor results resulted in the loss of the board's trust, and the Monday against Sampdoria (2-1) made his position even more shaky. Inter board contacted the Roma coach with an offer of heading the team for the next season, as his current contract with Roma expires in summer 2017. The capital city side are currently the second in the second in Serie A table with 68 points accumulated. It has been previously reported that Luciano Spalletti might join Juventus for the next season, which became a huge discussion topic in world football. The Italian specialist has not commented on the matter yet.