Daily Archives: April 8, 2017
Max Allegri set to sign new Juventus deal
According to Turin-based newspaper La Stampa, the Serie A titleholders head coach Max Allegri is due to sign a new contract with Juventus until 2020. There has been speculation that the 49-year-old specialist could succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Nevertheless, it is reported that Allegri is set to extend his stay with Juventus.
Christian Fuchs: “Leicester their spark back”
Christian Fuchs says Leicester have their "spark" back and is enjoying playing under Craig Shakespeare. Having replaced Claudio Ranieri in February, Shakespeare appears to have revitalised the squad with six wins from six matches. Fuchs talked to Tubes on Soccer AM about whether he wants Shakespeare to stay on beyond the end of the season. "It feels good. The spark is there, the fire is there," he said. "I like working with him, but it was the decision of the owners to sack Claudio and it will be their decision with Craig. "He is doing a great job and we enjoy playing with him. Let's see what is decided. Personally I love working with him. He has been a great manager and great coach and nice person to talk to."
Premier League trio eye Atalanta midfielder
Franck Kessie has been repeatedly linked with a move to Roma, but a trio of English clubs have reportedly made their interest known in the Atalanta midfielder. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, his agent has admitted that Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all possible destinations. The 20-year-old has impressed this season in Serie A, weighing in with six goals and three assists, while establishing himself as a solid defensive force and earning comparisons to Yaya Toure.
Aubameyang might become first £100m player ever
Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to become the first player ever, who's transfer cost will reach £100 millions, Bwin researchers claim. The study was conducted to find the most expensive transfers of the future, and the model predicted the Dortmund striker to be the most likely player to cost more than £100m. The second in the list is Tottenham forward Harry Kane. The study used the player's age, position, club and many other variables while predicting the future transfer costs. The Gabon international has been mostly linked to Real Madrid, as the Spanish club put effort in strengthening the front line. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played in 35 games in all competitions of the current season, having scored 32 goals and assisted five times.
Mourinho: I made decision on Januzaj future
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confessed that he has already made a decision about his team winger Adnan Januzaj, but was not eager to share it. "I have decided but I am not telling you," Mourinho told his press conference on Friday. Adnan Januzaj has been an MU player since 2013, however, he has been lent on loan at first to Borussia Dortmund (2015-16) and then to Sunderland, where he currently plays. His contract with the Red Devils will expire in summer 2018. The 22-year-old has featured in 25 games in all competitions of the current season, having scored two goals and assisted three times.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid. Starting Lineups
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Spanish La Liga. Week 31 Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea, Spain Missing Players Real Madrid → Raphael Varane (injured) Atletico Madrid → Augusto Fernandez, Tiago, Sime Vrsaljko, Miguel Angel Moya (all injured) Starting Lineups Real Madrid (manager: Zinedine Zidane 4-3-3) → Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo Atletico Madrid (manager: Diego Simeone 4-4-2) → Jan Oblak; Juanfran, Sebastian Savic, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis; Saul, Koke, Gabo, Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco; Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres
Romario: Neymar better than Messi and Ronaldo
Brazil legend Romario thinks his compatriot Neymar is currently a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. "Nowadays, Neymar is our [Brazil's] biggest star. He's the best player in the world right now, with all due respect to Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - which, particularly, I believe has been much inferior to the other two," the World Cup winner told ESPN. "For what he's been doing both for Barca and Selecao, it's about time Neymar is elected the number one in the planet," Romario finalized. Neymar has played in 37 games in all competitions of the current season, having scored 15 goals and assisted 24 times.
Guardiola: First EPL season taught me a lesson
Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola shared his thoughts and emotions about his not so successful first season at English Premier League. "It's normal when you have seven, eight or nine years as a manager to have a season where you don't have as much success as before. It can happen. You learn about that," he told his press conference. "I never could imagine in Barcelona, Bayern or when I arrived here I would know absolutely everything. I tried to adapt as much as possible. I did it and I think we will be better. "We were good but not good enough. We have to be honest with ourselves. We were not good enough to compete for the Premier League," the Spanish specialist added. Manchester City are currently the fourth in EPL table with 58 points accumulated in 30 matches. It has been Josep Guardiola's first season to have six losses in the national league as a manager.
Wenger: Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims his team striker Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal, however the agreement is not yet reached with his agent. “I believe that he basically wants to stay and it’s down to finding an agreement with his agent,” he told The Telegraph. “The players have to first see whether they are happy at the club. The finances are involved in it,” the manager added. It has been previously reported that the Chilean international might join Chelsea during the summer transfer window. Alexis Sanches has featured in 40 games in all competitions of the current season, having scored 22 goals and assisted 18 times.
Allegri to extend Juventus contract
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is on the edge of singing a new contract with the Italian club, La Stampa informs. According to the source, the manager agreed on extending his current deal till June 2020, despite the huge interest from European grands. The Italian specialist has been linked to many big clubs, including Barcelona and Arsenal, however, it seems, he will be continuing working at the Turin side. Massimiliano Allegri took over Juventus in 2014 and in two and a half years has won two Serie A and two Coppa Italia trophies, also being the finalist in UEFA Champions league back in 2015.