Inter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti doesn’t doubt the commitment of Mauro Icardi.Icardi’s future is again under question over the relationship between Inter and his wife and agent, Wanda Nara.But Spalletti says: “Team not scoring enough barring Icardi? He’s played more and he must be the element that finishes off our moves.“I agree the goals also have to come from other players so we can move further up the table.“Rumours about his renewal? They haven’t created problems. Everyone is thinking about their work and doing well.“The news doesn’t concern what we do on the field and our attitude to stay in the game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Brighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was happy to have Lewis Dunk back for their 1-0 win over Everton.Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Perez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajaxby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax striker Kenneth Perez could see his old club being interested in Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.However, Perez says Ajax would not have the spending power to convince Brighton to sell.”Do you really think they could just pick up a boy like that?” quizzed Perez on FOX Sports.”He played one year in the Premier League at Brighton (in fact two years). He did very well.”What would Brighton not ask for him?”He had a good year at Brighton. There is a good chance that another English club would also be interested. For example, Everton laughs and pays thirty, forty, fifty million euros for a domestic transfer.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delivers huge Alisson boostby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Alisson Becker is ready to return.The Brazilian keeper has been sidelined for seven weeks with a calf tear he suffered as the curtain came up on the new season.But he has trained fully for the last 10 days, and has now returned to squad training, and crucially, Klopp confirmed he has done all the defensive drills with the first team.That is the biggest hint yet that he will make his comeback against Leicester on Saturday, with the manager clearing the way when agreed he could play the keeper with no risks: “It’s different for keepers, yes. Alisson has been training for 10 days, now he is in team training.“If yesterday was his first training session, we would not have to even think about it, but I have to talk. Yesterday he trained with the team for the first time and looked really good.“Ali has been doing all the training already for 10 days and is now team training. He has done important stuff. We could take him out of the general team stuff and do work of much higher intensity than he could do in just a five a side, so he is there.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax chief Van der Sar: De Ligt just like Juventus teammate Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax chief Edwin van der Sar has sung the praises of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt left Ajax for Juve last summer.“His mentality, that of someone who always tries to improve, makes him want to be the best in the world,” the Bianconeri’s former No 1 told ESPN.“I’ve already seen some players like him. One of them plays for his own team and it’s Cristiano Ronaldo.“I played with him at Manchester United and saw the same desire to work hard and be the best.“He has the same desire and hunger as De Ligt. Matthijs is only 19 years old. He was fantastic with us at Ajax: he was our rock and captain.“In Italy he must learn a new language, he must get to know his new teammates. “Chiellini’s injury helped him get into the team right away but maybe put more pressure on his shoulders.”
This past March, Duke football scored a huge get, landing the services of four-star linebacker Ellis Brooks. Friday, Brooks announced that he’s changed his mind. Brooks, a product of Richmond, Virginia, took to Twitter to decommit from the Blue Devils – thanking the team’s coaching staff in the process.Brooks is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound player for the class of 2017, according to 247 Sports. Hereby reopening my recruitment after careful consideration with my family pic.twitter.com/wcKlhEidkX— Ellis Brooks (@EllisBrooks35) May 20, 2016Brooks currently has offers from over a dozen schools, including Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
Jose Gimenez hopes to be able to play alongside Diego Godin at Atletico Madrid for a long time as the veteran defender continues to be linked with Inter.Godin is out of contract at the end of the season and the Uruguay centre-back has been tipped to join Serie A outfit Inter in July.The 32-year-old, who turned down a move to Premier League giants Manchester United at the start of the campaign, has called Atletico home since arriving from LaLiga rivals Villarreal in 2010. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Gimenez wants international and club team-mate Godin to remain in the Spanish capital.”There is a lot of talk of team-mates and I want everyone to do well in their careers,” Gimenez said following Atletico’s 1-1 draw at Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday.”But I want them with me because they are great players and we need them.”I hope everyone stays, I love them all personally. The club also loves them and will do their best for everyone. I hope Diego is my partner for a long time.”Gimenez is not alone in wanting to Godin to stay with Atleti either. | PRESS CONFERENCE @JoseMaGimenez13 analyses our 1-1 draw against @GironaFC https://t.co/fRtguQ9CnN #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/yEDzXZSNal — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 9, 2019 Ahead of Wednesday’s match midfielder Koke also backed the defender to stay on, saying he believes the club will be able to reach an agreement with the Uruguayan and that Godin would want to stay around. “Godin? I think he will want to stay on with us,” he told Marca . “He will have to talk with the club but I am sure they will find an agreement. “Many clubs are interested in Atletico Madrid players, it is also up to the player to choose.” Godin played a major part in Atletico’s La Liga triumph in 2013-14 and had been regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe as part of Diego Simeone’s side. Atletico, having earned 1-1 draws in each of their first two matches of 2019, return to the pitch Sunday to take on Levante in La Liga.
Jadon Sancho has admitted that he has no plans to leave Borussia Dortmund any time soon amid speculation that he would make a swift return to England.The 18-year-old has hit the ground running since his arrival in Germany, lighting up the Bundesliga with his quick feet and trickery as well as scoring seven goals and providing 10 assists for his new team-mates across all competitions.The youngster’s success with Dortmund led to an England call-up for the starlet, leading many fans to wonder how quickly a Premier League side would move for his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? For Sancho, though, he is right where he needs to be, learning the language, culture and footballing style of a new country as he continues his rapid progression.Asked by reporters if he plans to stay in the Bundesliga, he said: “I will. I just want to play football and I’m getting that opportunity here. I’m happy right now.“[The language barrier] worried me quite a lot, but when I came and everyone started speaking English I got more comfortable. My German isn’t the best but I’m learning, I have to learn.“I’ve adapted really well. Obviously when I first came it was a bit difficult because I’m not around the corner from my house. But my family have helped me with that – and the club also.“Going abroad wasn’t really a big deal. Since I was young I’ve always been away from home so I was comfortable. I thought ‘why not Germany?’ and look what’s happened now.“There were some people that said they weren’t really sure because it’s a big step moving away from home and everyone that I’m close to but I think it’s worked out really well.”Sitting at the top of the Bundesliga, four points ahead of Bayern Munich, Lucien Favre’s side continue to produce good results on a consistent basis and have fans dreaming of their first league title since 2011-12.Despite the gap, however, Sancho is keen not to slow down, knowing that taking their foot off the gas could see Bayern swiftly take advantage.“My aim for the second half of the season is just to maintain and try to get points because we know Bayern are right behind us and other teams are looking to take points off us,” he said.“We just need to keep on working hard. Obviously last season wasn’t the best season for us so we knew that this season we had to prove a point to our fans.“It was a stage that we just weren’t at our best – now we are and we’re top of the league. Everyone gives their best – we fight til the end.”
Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy has a fan in Mia Khalifa with the former adult film actress listing the Huddersfield Town star as one of her favourite footballers.Khalifa, who is a mad West Ham supporter, revealed her admiration for the 28-year-old Socceroo, alongside legends David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.She likened Mooy to Toronto Raptors NBA star Kawhi Leonard who also shies away from media but is the most vital part of his team. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “[Aaron Mooy] is like the Kawhi Leonard of football. He acts like him – he’s kind of camera shy, he’s a little goofy but you never see it,” Khalifa told Arsenal Fan TV.”I don’t know, he reminds me of him. Kawhi Leonard is a good guy.”Mooy is currently out injured until the start of February with a knee complaint and is missing Australia’s Asian Cup title defence in the UAE.Huddersfield could use green and gold playmaker’s talent currently as they sit bottom of the table in the Premier League – eight points adrift from safety with 16 games to play.The ex-Melbourne City midfielder joined Huddersfield on loan from Manchester City in 2016 before making the move permanent a year later. He’s gone on to make 105 total appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.Huddersfield’s coach David Wagner resigned on Monday despite snapping an eight-game league losing streak with a draw in their last match at Cardiff City.