10 months agoArsenal next? Real Valladolid defender Fernando Calero in London

first_imgArsenal next? Real Valladolid defender Fernando Calero in Londonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Valladolid defender Fernando Calero is in London sparking Arsenal transfer rumours.Calero, 23, has been tipped to join the Gunners in January, says The Sun.And last night he shared a snap of himself in the capital, staying at the H10 Waterloo hotel on Southbank.Centre-back Calero played in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao and hopped on a plane to England shortly after.Earlier this month, the Gunners were linked with the young defender, as they currently sit in the midst of a defensive crisis.As well as Rob Holding – out for the season – Unai Emery is currently missing FIVE other defenders for the festive schedule. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Ben Davies: I know all about Cardiff

first_imgTottenham defender Ben Davies: I know all about Cardiffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Ben Davies says he knows all about today’s opponents Cardiff City.A Swansea boy until his move to Spurs in 2014, the now 25-year-old has played in South Wales derbies opposite Cardiff for as long as he can remember.”It probably has been that long!” smiled Davies as it was put to him that he would have been as young as eight years old when he first took to a football pitch against Cardiff.“Swansea-Cardiff is obviously a derby so I’ve been playing them for years really, but I’ve only played a couple of times against them professionally so I’m looking forward to this one.“They were regular fixtures when I was younger, we played against them a lot but as far as memories go… it’s one of those things in youth football where some days you win, some days you don’t, but we won a Welsh Youth Cup final against them at Under-18 level which was a nice feeling.“For me, there’s obviously that Swansea-Cardiff rivalry but also playing for Wales… I’ve played there (at the Cardiff City Stadium) loads of times now and always got a good reception from the Welsh fans, but I’m not too sure what reception I’ll get after being at Spurs for quite a while now!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoPalmeiras hope to tempt Chelsea defender Luiz back home

first_imgPalmeiras hope to tempt Chelsea defender Luiz back homeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePalmeiras are watching David Luiz’s situation at Chelsea.The Brazil defender, off contract in June, is in dispute with Chelsea as they refuse to offer him more than a rolling one-year deal as he’s over 30 years of age.”We will see what the future will bring us. I like this club, everyone knows that I want to stay,” said Luiz.However, despite his words, the defender is putting plans in place for next season with a return to Benfica considered.Palmeiras are also in the mix, says Fox Sports Brasil, with an approach now being prepared. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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21 days agoNabil Fekir’s ex-agent lifts lid on Liverpool collapse: I was ashamed

first_imgNabil Fekir’s ex-agent lifts lid on Liverpool collapse: I was ashamedby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe former agent of Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir has come clean on why a move to Liverpool fell through.Jean-Pierre Bernes has revealed to Canal Plus that a third party had been at fault for the failed transfer.He said, “Nabil was Liverpool’s priority. I worked for four months with the Liverpool representatives, with Jurgen Klopp, Jean-Michel Aulas, everything was ready. “Nabil was already aware of his future contract, which would have seen him earn around €45m over five years. “And on the day that the contract was supposed to be signed, at Rambouillet, we saw a lawyer and Nabil’s brother-in-law arrived who said: ‘Stop everything, discussions have to start all over again’. It was surreal. We thought that we were in a Walt Disney film.”He added: “There were two elements. The player’s medical was negative and the second element was that when you want to sign for a big club like Liverpool, you need a certain attitude. “When the Liverpool guys witnessed this cinema, they immediately… Sometimes when a player has an injury representatives can make an effort to make it work.”The brother-in-law of Nabil all of a sudden acted like a player’s agent. He wanted a commission, everyone knows, it is fashionable these days. “[Fekir] was on a cloud, he seemed to have transformed, he didn’t even greet the Liverpool representatives. “He arrived after the medical, everyone was looking at each other, the Liverpool representatives were wondering where they were. I was ashamed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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19 days agoDavid Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say David Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bidby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says a rift with manager Frank Lampard led to him leaving Chelsea.The 32-year-old joined the Gunners on deadline day for £8million, with the Brazilian claiming he “didn’t think twice” about signing for the North London giants.Asked by Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar about why he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge, Luiz explained how the lure of Arsenal proved to be too much.He said: “It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.”It’s hard for rivalry, yes, but I couldn’t help but live a new story, in a new place, in a big club just because of the rivalry.” last_img read more

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Alabama Quarterback Blake Sims Confirms NFL Combine Invite

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Blake Sims put up stellar numbers (3,487 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions) in his lone year starting in Tuscaloosa. He also set the Crimson Tide record for single-game passing yardage.Still, his lack of prototypical size and background as a running back — where he played as a freshman at ‘Bama in 2011 — led to some speculation he would switch positions at the next level.Sims put that talk to rest last week, and this morning confirmed a report from yesterday that he had received an invite to the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine to showcase his throwing skills Invited! #blessedandthankfulA photo posted by Blake Sims (@_bsims6) on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:44am PST Despite his decorated final collegiate season, Sims didn’t produce sterling numbers at the Reese’ Senior Bowl last weekend, completing just 4-of-11 passes for 50 yards. He did add 23 yards rushing on three attempts.The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine will be held inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17-23. Should he accept his invitation, the event would serve as the next step for Sims to try and prove he can be a quarterback at the highest level.last_img read more

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Utah DT Viliseni Fauonuku Calls BYU A “Dirty Team” On Stage Ahead Of Las Vegas Bowl

first_imgViliseni Fauonuku says BYU is a dirty team.viliseni fauonuku says byu is dirty teamUtah vs. BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, given the rivalry between the two over the years, was already shaping up to be one of the most entertaining postseason contests of the season. Utes defensive lineman Viliseni Fauonuku kicked things up a notch Wednesday night, however.In the below video, which was shot by Jeremiah Jensen of KSL 5 TV, Fauonuku takes the microphone on stage during the event’s dance-off and tells the Cougars that they’re a “dirty” team. The microphone was eventually taken away from him. Check it out:Video: Utah DL Viliseni Fauonuku had a message for BYU at tonight’s dance-off #BYU #Utes #LasVegasBowl pic.twitter.com/A39yaLqR6L— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) December 17, 2015 Utah DT tells BYU “You’re a good team but a dirty team. Don’t start nothing and there won’t be nothing.” https://t.co/XRJXhPq1vR— KYLE F GUNTHER (@GuntherKFAN) December 17, 2015 The Utes and the Cougars are set to kick off at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday. Add this one to your “must-watch” list.last_img read more

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Salah retains CAF African Player of the Year gong

first_imgMohamed Salah has been named African Player of the Year for the second time in succession.Salah defended his crown after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018.He finished as the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot winner with 32 goals. 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? Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the three-man shortlist for the award.The nominees for the main award made up the front three in CAF’s Africa Best XI of the year, with Guinea’s Naby Keita providing further Liverpool representation in a midfield completed by Atletico Madrid and Ghana’s Thomas Partey and Manchester City and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez. K I N G M O @MoSalah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for the second successive year. pic.twitter.com/ySmqzO4Xbq — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 8, 2019 The back-four was split between Serie A and the Premier League, with Juventus and Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia alongside Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – an international colleague of Mane’s.Ivory Coast duo Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly won approval thanks, in part, to their displays for Tottenham and Manchester United, while Uganda’s Denis Onyango of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns was recognised as Africa’s best goalkeeper.Africa’s best XI #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/FQhnsncR0d — CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019 Salah’s second Player of the Year prize means that Liverpool players have now won the award on a total of three occasions.El-Hadji Diouf was the previous Red to receive the honour prior to Salah, lifting the CAF award in 2002 in recognition of his exploits at that year’s World Cup with Senegal.Yaya Toure and Samuel Eto’o, meanwhile, remain the all-time most successful players in the continent, having won Player of the Year four times each.The Ivorian managed the feat in four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014, while Eto’o won the prize in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Cavani: Solskjaer brought a change of energy to Man Utd

first_imgEdinson Cavani acknowledged that Manchester United’s appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought “a change of energy” to the club ahead of a Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.Manchester United parted ways with Jose Mourinho after a difficult start to the Premier League campaign, replacing him with the former Red Devils striker.Under Mourinho, though, Manchester United still did enough to secure advancement to the Champions League knockout stages, where they will face PSG in the round of 16. 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 two sides are set to meet in Manchester on February 12 for the first leg of their clash and, speaking exclusively to Goal, Cavani says he’s seen a big improvement in Man Utd under Solskjaer’s leadership.”Manchester, we have to think of ourselves and not the other teams,” Cavani said.”We have to think about what we have to do as a team, know our qualities and our faults to get to the next match ready, in the best and most fit way.” “We know that Manchester United has gone through a rather negative period, the coaching change has brought a change of energy too, different. They have started to have positive results.”It creates more motivation and that’s normal. But we will study them more specifically at the time of the match, not before.”While Manchester United continues to find form and chemistry under Solskjaer, Cavani has been developing his own relationship with stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar since the two joined the Ligue 1 club.Cavani, who dismissed links connecting him with Chelsea, says that relationship continues to develop, although the three feel very comfortable playing alongside one another with PSG.”It’s all about time, work, availability wth any football player, one or more, and I think everyone reacts differently in the group,” he said.”The energy is different and I think that, with time, this connection has developed.”PSG return to against Guingamp on Saturday after battering Amiens 3-0 this past weekend behind goals from Cavani, Mbappe and Marquinhos.last_img read more

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Madrid idol Raul to take charge of Castilla

first_imgReal Madrid great Raul will take over Los Blancos’ Castilla side next season, the La Liga giants have confirmed.Raul had been in charge of youth sides Cadete B and Juvenil B, and will now take on the top job in Madrid’s famed academy.Castilla – Los Blancos’ B team – currently play in Segunda Division B – Group 1, having lost out to Cartagena in the promotion play-offs last season. 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? Current Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also started his senior coaching career with Madrid’s Castilla side, with Santiago Solari having followed a similar path.”Raul Gonzalez Blanco will coach Castilla for the coming season,” Madrid revealed in a statement released on Thursday.”Raul, who this season was trainer of the Cadete B and Juvenil B, will begin a new professional spell in Real Madrid.”A legend in Madrid, Raul played in the Real Madrid first team for 16 seasons, in which he won three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups, one UEFA Supercup, four Ligas and four Supercopas.”An academy product himself, Raul was a key figure in Madrid’s first team between 1994 and 2010, becoming the homegrown symbol of the Merengue in an age dominated by expensive imported Galacticos such as Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham and, towards the end of his time at the Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo.His link as a player with the Merengue ended with a move to the Bundesliga with Schalke, where he spent two seasons and lifted the DFB Pokal trophy. Raul’s professional career ended with stints in Qatar with Al Sadd and at North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos, before he finally hung up his boots at the age of 38 after delivering a treble for the club.He remains Madrid’s second-highest goalscorer with 323 strikes in official competition, with only Cristiano netting more in club colours than the 41-year-old.last_img read more

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