Liverpool loanee Wilson injured in Derby drawby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has suffered another injury setback.The 21-year-old scored within three minutes in Derby County’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on New Year’s Day.However, his afternoon was blighted by a hip injury suffered during the second half.Despite the knock, Rams boss Frank Lampard remains hopeful that it is nothing serious.”He has got a problem with his hip, an impingement on his hip which I think is good news, I hope, because it is not a muscle,” Lampard said.”So he will be assessed over the next couple of days and we will see if he is available for the weekend.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Agent of AC Milan midfielder Locatelli says he’s happy at Sassuoloby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli says he’s happy at Sassuolo.Locatelli joined Sassuolo on loan last summer with an obligatory purchase option.“He had the courage to leave Milan,” Stefano Castelnovo told Gazzetta dello Sport.“It wasn’t a choice for everyone, but in my opinion it was a winning one. He’s grateful to his former team, but it was right to look forward.“Sassuolo will buy him for €12m. After that we’ll see, but I really believe he’ll stay for at least another season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace players all good friendsby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWilfried Zaha has hailed the spirit inside the Crystal Palace squad.Palace have enjoyed a sudden run of positive results.And Zaha says: “We have a really good morale in the team. We are all very good friends and we work hard for each other.”The victory over West Ham showed how strong a character this team has. It will not always run as easily as you would like, so sometimes you have to dig deep.”This match showed that we can dig deep and get the victories we need.”
Man City boss Guardiola: Fixture bosses must be Liverpool fansby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has joked the Premier League fixture compilers must be Liverpool fans.City accused the Premier League of threatening the “sporting integrity” of the competition after handing the champions a fixture schedule that could give rivals Liverpool a big advantage in the title race. City’s chief operating officer, Omar Berrada, claimed the fixture scheduling undermined the integrity of the Premier League, with Guardiola joking the authorities were not fans of the double champions.“Maybe the broadcasters are fans for some clubs,” joked Guardiola.“We have meetings with Premier League, managers, UEFA, they are so glad, nice pictures, it doesn’t matter, we have to play.“It is what it is. Since I came here, every season it’s the same, the broadcasters are the bosses, it’s not about us.“But I love to play boxing day, when the families go to the stadiums, the players travel, but the system does not protect the players too much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield likes to dance. In late May, a video was posted of the Oklahoma quarterback showing off his “Whip.” It wasn’t bad. The OU quarterback was back at it recently. This time, he was dancing inside the Sooners’ Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Again, he was impressive. Also here’s a fun video I took of Baker Mayfield and friends. So, BOOMER. @BM_ShakeIT11 pic.twitter.com/b23VQ50G2e— Caroline Kemp (@caroline_kemp) July 18, 2015If Mayfield’s QB skills are anything close to his dancing skills, he’ll probably be Bob Stoops’ starter this fall.
Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City stars they can take days off when they are retired as the Premier League champions chase success on four fronts.City, third in the table, four points behind leaders Liverpool, travel to struggling Newcastle United on Wednesday night.And, with their trip to Everton rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6 because of their involvement in the Carabao Cup final, City face a congested and challenging fixture list. 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? The Goodison Park visit comes between home clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea and Guardiola says his players – also in the hunt for the Champions League and FA Cup – should treat the flood of games as ‘a privilege’.Asked about the possibility of his players resting, Guardiola said: “We have a lot of games, so no way.”It is what it is. But at the same time I tell them it’s a privilege. If you believe it’s a handicap, that’s a big mistake. It’s a privilege.”When you are 35 years old you can have long holidays. No problem, you will be retired. Take a year for holidays. But for now it’s a privilege. Take it, enjoy it. Next one, win again.”The competition doesn’t matter. Friendly game? Win again. Play good, prepare well. That’s the only way. After, you work for the next season.”Guardiola, who saw his side brush aside Burnley to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend, is not taking the clash with Newcastle lightly, despite their preilous position one place above the relegation zone.The Catalan insists the game could be a ‘banana skin’ for his side if they are not fully focused.“I think no team is safe going to Newcastle,” said the City manager.“We will go there first and then it’s time to think about Arsenal [on Sunday]. Next game is the important one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A proposed return to Barcelona for Neymar has the support of Juninho, with a former Brazil international saying of a fellow countryman: “If I was the owner of a football, I’d want to have him too.”Those at Camp Nou are said to be piecing together plans to bring a South American star back to Camp Nou.Neymar departed Catalunya for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, but is said to be looking for a way out of Parc des Princes after two seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Barca are open to the idea of re-signing the 27-year-old, but only if certain criteria – such as apologising for leaving and lowering his salary demands – are met.Juninho can understand why the Liga champions are prepared to consider wiping the slate clean with Neymar as he remains one of the top talents in world football.The ex-Atletico Madrid midfielder told EFE: “If I was the owner of a football club, I’d want to have Neymar too.“He’s one of the best players in the world. Who wouldn’t want a player like that in their team?”While Neymar boasts an impressive record from a previous stint at Camp Nou, international team-mate Philippe Coutinho has struggled to prove his worth with Barca.He has, however, impressed during Brazil’s run to the Copa America final and Juninho believes the 27-year-old has plenty to offer.“He had the opportunity to create space for other players. His role is very important for the national team,” added the 2022 World Cup winner.Juninho feels Brazil are well placed to claim a Copa crown on home soil this summer.They edged out arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 in the semi-finals, with a professional performance seeing them keep Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero quiet to secure another clean sheet.“We had a very good performance with individual players playing very well, like Gabriel Jesus, Daniel Alves and also Alisson, who was very confident,” said Juninho.“I think they make a difference, it is important that in competitive matches we look at the finer details to win.”Brazil, who have been without the injured Neymar since seeing him pick up an unfortunate pre-tournament injury, are set to face Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday.
Marcos Alonso has shut down speculation suggesting that he could leave Chelsea this summer, with the Spaniard “very happy” at Stamford Bridge.A return to his homeland has been mooted for the 28-year-old left-back.Barcelona have been long-standing suitors, and remain in the market for competition to Jordi Alba, while Atletico Madrid are looking for a successor to the departed Filipe Luis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Alonso could be a good fit for either of the Liga heavyweights, but he is committed to a long-term contract in west London that he signed in October 2018.He claims honouring those terms is his priority at present, telling reporters when asked if he expects to remain at Chelsea for the 2019-20 campaign: “Of course. I signed a new contract last year and I’m very happy here.”I don’t know if there’s been any contact, you will have to speak to Marina [Granovskaia] about that.”Alonso added: “I have four more years here and I’m very happy.”The last three years have been amazing and I want more of that. I want to keep playing and winning things.”Alonso found himself slipping down the pecking order at Chelsea towards the end of last season.Maurizio Sarri began to favour Emerson Palmieri at left-back, with the Italian coach opting to try something different amid questions of a usually reliable Spaniard’s form.Alonso was an unused substitute in a Europa League final win over Arsenal as a result, with his absence from the Blues side sparking further speculation regarding a switch elsewhere.Sarri has, however, been succeeded by Frank Lampard this summer and Alonso is looking forward to embracing a “fresh start” for all concerned.He added: “I think it’s a fresh start for everyone.”Last year is part of the past and now I just want to keep working, enjoy playing and to help the team win and get better.”Of course I would love to play every minute and to always be in there. Things happen like this and now it’s a new season.”I’m very happy, training very well and looking forward to the start of the season.”Alonso joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 and has taken in 120 appearances for the club, netting 18 goals along the way.
Newcastle have completed the £5 million capture of Sweden international defender Emil Krafth.The 25-year-old right-back has penned a four-year contract with the Magpies are sealing a switch from Amiens.He had only linked up with the Ligue 1 outfit on a permanent basis earlier this summer after enjoying a productive loan spell with the club in 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Newcastle have swooped in to steal him away from France on the back of that agreement and will be hoping to see him complete a seamless transition to life in the Premier League.Krafth, who has previously spent time with the likes of Helsingborgs and Bologna, is looking forward to starting a new adventure in England.He told NUFC TV: “It feels really good. It’s been a busy couple of days, but finally I’m here. I’m very happy to sign for Newcastle and I can’t wait to start training with the guys. “When a Premier League team wants to sign you, of course you are happy. I know Newcastle is a big club, so I’m very happy to sign here and to be here right now.”It’s a good moment in my career to take a step forward. The plans Newcastle had for me, I felt like they was fitting me perfectly, so that was why I chose Newcastle.”Introducing our 4️⃣th signing of the summer, Emil Krafth.#WorKrafth #NUFC #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/0mQ2jw7Lwv— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 8, 2019Krafth has become Newcastle’s fourth signing of the summer and first on transfer deadline day.He joins fellow new boys Joelinton, Jetro Williems and Allan Saint-Maximin on Tyneside.The Magpies have also brought in a new manager this summer, with Steve Bruce delighted to have got another fresh face over the line as he seeks to make his side competitive in 2019-20.Bruce said of Krafth: “We’re pleased to bring him here.”He turned 25 last week and has great experience, with more than 20 caps for Sweden and having played in the top flight in three different countries”He’s a good height for a full-back, speaks excellent English and is a very good player. He’s a really good acquisition.”It could be that more arrivals are welcomed to St James’ Park before the deadline passes, with Newcastle looking to bolster their ranks ahead of a Premier League season opener against Arsenal on Sunday.
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is nearing a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor.Goal can confirm that the 29-year-old is travelling to Turkey on Wednesday for talks with the club, who are prepared to offer a two-year contract with an option for a third.The contract is thought to be worth around €3 million (£2.8m/$3.3m) per season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sturridge has been a free agent since departing Liverpool at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, and his potential move to Turkey would see him join a Super Lig side that finished in fourth place last season.That finish was good enough to qualify for Europe, and Trabzonspor have the second leg of a Europa League play-off set for Thursday against Sparta Prague, with the first leg having finished at 2-2. Sturridge struggled with injuries during his time at Anfield after joining the club from Chelsea in January 2013. The striker scored 21 goals in a memorable 2013-14 campaign, but since that season has failed to start more than 11 league matches for the Anfield outfit. In his final year with Liverpool, Sturridge made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals, and was an unused substitute in June’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham.Overall, Sturridge scored 67 goals in 160 appearances during his time with Liverpool. “Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website upon confirmation of his departure.”He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.”Sturridge began his career at Manchester City before joining Chelsea in 2009. The 29-year-old was reported to have suitors all over Europe, though remaining in the Premier League appeared an increasingly unlikely option.Real Betis, Bologna, Marseille and Besiktas were mentioned as potential destinations for Sturridge, along with MLS side D.C. United as well as clubs in Qatar. But it appears the veteran is set to continue his career in Turkey, as Trabzonspor looks for its first league title since the 1983-84 season.