Transfers Mahrez ‘will cost more than £100m’ in the summer, claims Leicester boss Puel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Foxes’ manager has hinted at the steep price tag attached to his star midfielder as Arsenal and Liverpool appear interested in a move Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes star attacker Riyad Mahrez could “cost even more than £100 million” in the summer transfer window.Mahrez, 26, has been linked with a move away from the Premier League side, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those reportedly interested.The Algeria international has recaptured some of his best form this season, scoring seven times and assisting seven in 23 league games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Puel believes Leicester will keep Mahrez through January despite the reported interest from rivals, and the price tag could be big if they sell him next summer.”Maybe in the summer he will cost even more than £100m,” Puel told reporters. “It’s just rumours, noise about him. “We can see Riyad smile, enjoying his football, enjoying to play with his team-mates.“After the training session he continues to play, I wanted him to stay rested, but it’s perfect.”Mahrez claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award in 2015-16, when he helped Leicester to a fairytale title success.Puel said the attacker was nearing his best once again and he expects it to continue.”The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season,” he said.”He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it’s important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball [and] with it.”He is making progress. It’s a good thing of course, [if] he continues all season with us.”
Milan AC Milan boss Gattuso surprised by ‘complete’ Calhanoglu Ryan Benson 00:02 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Milan SPAL v Milan SPAL Serie A The Turkish forward’s start to life at the San Siro was rocky, but his improvement since a change of coaches has impressed his current manager Gennaro Gattuso is surprised Hakan Calhanoglu has stepped up to become “such a complete player” since Vincenzo Montella was sacked as AC Milan coach in November.Calhanoglu joined Milan as part of a significant recruitment drive in pre-season, with the club paying a reported €22 million for him after emerging as a rising star at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.But Montella – who ultimately lost his job – struggled to get his newly assembled squad to gel during the first few months of the season, with Calhanoglu among those to endure a difficult time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Things have been better for the Turkey international since Gattuso took charge, though, with Calhanoglu highlighting at the end of January that a change in formation has helped him, as has his new coach’s man-management skills.And Gattuso has been pleasantly surprised by the impact he has had on Calhanoglu, who turned 24 on Thursday.Speaking to reporters at his pre-match news conference before Saturday’s trip to SPAL, Gattuso said: “The whole team has improved, in my opinion.”But honestly, I didn’t expect Hakan to step up the way he has. He is only 24 years old, I like him a lot and he has impressed me. I didn’t expect him to be such a complete player.”I always try to field the best team. I’m very pleased with my players, with their commitment and desire they show on the pitch.”We need to keep up the momentum because when you win it’s easier to prepare for the next match. It’s a must to continue getting positive results and to give playing time to as many players as possible. This way we also administrate our energy levels.”While Gattuso will be hoping Calhanoglu can continue his recent resurgence against SPAL, Nikola Kalinic will have to watch from home, with the Croatian striker to be rested after only recently recovering from a thigh problem.”We decided not to risk Kalinic and to give him three to four days of rest to avoid losing him for longer,” Gattuso added.”We have Patrick Cutrone, Andre Silva and Fabio Borini who can also play up front, in my opinion.”
Olympique Marseille ‘I’d do it again tomorrow’ – No regrets for Payet after injury ends World Cup dream Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 00:35 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid UEFA Europa League As he prepares to watch the World Cup from afar, Dimitri Payet admits he was “fully aware of the risks” of his Europa League involvement. Dimitri Payet has no regrets about risking his fitness in the Europa League final despite the decision costing him a spot in France’s World Cup squad.The Marseille skipper left the pitch in tears after just half an hour of Wednesday’s crushing 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Lyon.Payet, who had been troubled by a muscle problem in the lead-up to the match, sustained a fresh hamstring injury that France boss Didier Deschamps confirmed as the reason for his exclusion from the 23 for Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 31-year-old former West Ham playmaker took to social media on Saturday to offer his support to the national team, while insisting he would not hesitate to make the same call again.”When you are a professional player, the France team is above all, it’s true,” Payet wrote on Instagram.”But [Marseille] is in my heart and if it is necessary to do it again tomorrow, after tomorrow, in six months, in one year, I would do it without question.”I repeat, I love this club and I am ready to make sacrifices for it… I was fully aware of the risks I was taking and I fully assume the consequences.”I am and I will be the first supporter of Les Bleus for this World Cup. I will heal and start preparing for next season. You can count on me.”
UEFA Champions League ‘Messi and Ronaldo in a different orbit!’ – Ramos not buying Salah comparisons Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi African All Stars Ahead of the Champions League final, the Real Madrid captain has quashed the claims of a Liverpool forward to be counted among the world’s best Mohamed Salah is a “great player” but remains far from the rarefied air of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.Salah’s playing style has been compared to Messi and he will have the chance to measure himself against the Barcelona star’s long-time rival Ronaldo when Liverpool meet Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.The free-scoring Egypt international has been the driving force behind the Reds’ unexpected run to Kiev, netting 10 goals since the beginning of the group stage in an extension of his Premier League Golden Boot-winning form. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Madrid captain Ramos has been impressed by those returns but says it is wrong to suggest he is closing in on two players who have shared the Ballon d’Or for a decade.”To compare players with Cristiano, Messi… they’re in a different orbit, a different stratosphere,” Ramos said.”It’s obvious Salah is a great player. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if they want to compare to Cristiano they can.”[Salah has] got another chance to show what he can do tomorrow and he has a lot of seasons ahead to show he is as good as Cristiano and Messi.”Salah is expected to again line up alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a fleet-footed front three that has proved instrumental in firing Liverpool back to European football’s biggest stage.Ramos, however, insists Liverpool are a fine team beyond just the attacking trio, which would make a third successive Champions League triumph all the sweeter.”Playing against great teams makes victory more valuable,” he said.”We have eliminated great teams like Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich and now we need to finish the job.”It’s not just three players, [Liverpool are] an entire team who know how to suffer and survive during games, dig deep.”It doesn’t really bother us, the team that is in fashion or that is being talked about the most. Whatever praise or criticism we receive doesn’t really matter.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
By BEN HARRISQueensland Chiefs and New South Wales Mets lead the way in the Elite Eight women’s and men’s opens divisions respectively at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.Both sides remain undefeated as they knocked off their nearest rivals on day two of competition.The Chiefs shared top spot with the NSW Scorpions after day one but are now the outright leaders of the competition.In their two matches today, the Queenslanders defeated NSW Rebels 7-2 and kept out the Scorpions 5-2.Australian representative and Queensland women’s opens skipper Peta Rogerson picked up two touchdowns in the match.It was a disappointing day for the NSW side as they lost both of their matches.Defending champions, the Mets, occupy second position following an 8-5 win over the Scorpions and a 10-1 mauling of the Queensland Country Outlaws. The Alliance are in fourth position but they have NSW Country Mavericks on their backs. Only four touchdowns are separating the Scorpions, Alliance and the Mavericks.The Queensland South Stingrays and Rebels have to win their two remaining matches and hope other results go their way to make a tilt at the semi-finals.The Outlaws, unfortunately, are out of contention.In the men’s, the Mets lead the way on 20 points.They had two thrilling wins against the Scorpions (8-6) and the Outlaws (8-5).It’s the Outlaws’ only loss of the tournament but they can still finish first if the Mets slip up tomorrow.The Mavericks and the Stingrays are third and fourth respectively. They have a four-point advantage over the Scorpions who are in fifth spot after they scored their first win of the tournament.The Alliance slipped down the ladder following their two losses; they are on six points alongside the Chiefs.The Rebels are out of contention and have yet to post a win.Rounds six and seven will be played tomorrow with the play-offs held on Saturday.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksElite Eight day two
Real Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid fullback Michel Salgado says management must find a way to rebuild Isco’s confidence and commitment. After being dumped to the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano on the weekend, Isco feels there’s no way back for himself under coach Santiago Solari. As such, he is now planning to quit Real next month.However, Salgado says: “Solari has to organise a meeting with Isco to find a solution to this problem.”They have to fix this problem as soon as possible!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Beye warns PSG of improving Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle and Marseille fullback Habib Beye has warned PSG over new-look Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16 and Beye says United are a different proposition after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He told Canal+: “Manchester United remains a big European club. The truth of today will not be that of February. It is true that this team has changed coach. We must not forget the material it has available. “If tomorrow, these players come back to their best levels, we are facing a very high level team. Alexis Sanchez, (Marcus) Rashford or (Romelu) Lukaku are not at their best. Plus defensively, if they cannot solve their problems, it is a team that is fragile and always will be, even changing coach.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was upset for Pape Souare after an injury setback in their FA Cup win over Grimsby.Hodgson hopes the injury isn’t serious.He said, “I’m very disappointed for him. I’ve worked with him for over a year and he’s done so well to get back from a horrendous injury, and he’s been out there every day in training trying his very best to get better and show me that he’s a good player. Unfortunately, he’s found a guy like Patrick van Aanholt in front of him.“Today was the day that I was hoping to get him on the field of play and show what he shows us in training and come off the field victorious and happy. To come off injured was a bitter blow, and it was an unfortunate thing where he was bowled over, fell awkwardly and picked up a shoulder injury. I can only hope that he can recover quickly, but it’s not a minor injury; it could keep him out for weeks.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuben Neves admits he’s enjoying playing with Joao Moutinho in the Wolves midfield this season.It has been a thrill for Neves to partner his compatriot after growing up a fan and ball boy at Porto, where Moutinho starred.Neves told the Mirror: “It was really special when he signed here. When I was younger I saw Moutinho playing and he was very good.“He was a reference for me as a ball boy and now to play with him, it is unbelievable.”Swapping Champions League football for the English second tier may have seemed an unusual move but he had his reasons: “The Championship allows you to grow as a player. It is very competitive.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Christensen: Let’s get Spurs back to our placeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Andreas Christensen is confident they can take care of Tottenham in the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal.Spurs hold a 1-0 lead after victory at Wembley.But Christensen says: “t was a tough result. “I felt as though, especially in the second half, we had a good spell in the game.”We played good and had chances, and we probably feel as though we should have at least got a draw from it.”After we went 1-0 down it was good that we didn’t just think it was over, we kept going and we knew we just had to stay in the game because it’s over two legs.”We’re still in it and we think we can decide the game at home.”
It’s getting a bit intense inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Early in the second half of No. 1 Kentucky’s game against No. 8 Cincinnati, Wildcats’ freshman forward Trey Lyles got into it with Bearcats’ forward Octavius Ellis. There was some shoving and trash talking; Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison was called for a technical foul during the mini-scrum. Former Louisville guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the program earlier this month, recommends Lyles not mess with Ellis. Trey don’t want those problems lol foreal— Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) March 21, 2015Jones really isn’t in a position to be giving advice about anything, but this is something Lyles might want to listen to. One of the few things that could doom Kentucky is a lack of composure.
Nick Chubb’s CousinNick Chubb is a freak of a football player. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman for Georgia in 2014. He should be one of the country’s top players this fall. The Cedartown, Ga., native certainly has some good genes. So it would make sense that he’s not the only member of his bloodline to be great on the gridiron. Meet Harlem Diamond, a 9-year-old cousin of Chubb who is already showing out on the football field. Georgia already seems to be recruiting him (to an extent). The Bulldogs’ Twitter account sent out the following tweet this afternoon.#homeGrown #ChubbStrong #CommitToTheG https://t.co/Pcw1dR9Kr9— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) May 15, 2015Bulldogs’ fans would certainly be happy if he eventually decides to #CommitToTheG.
Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed his burning ambition to play for Paris Saint-Germain, with a return to Stamford Bridge on the cards this summer.The France international signed for the Blues from Monaco in 2017 but failed to live up to expectations during his first season in the Premier League.The 24-year-old was shipped out on a season-long loan to AC Milan last summer and he racked up 31 Serie A appearances in total despite enduring a fractious relationship with now-departed head coach Gennaro Gattuso. 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? Bakayoko is due back at Chelsea for pre-season duty, but he has been linked with a permanent move elsewhere while Milan still have the option to buy the midfielder for €35 million (£31m/$40m).Bakayoko has three years remaining on his existing deal at the Bridge and his agent has insisted he will remain with the Blues ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.However, he has his sights set on a transfer to PSG in the coming years, having been born in the French capital.“Yes, for sure, one day I would like to play in Paris,” he told L’Equipe.”I cannot lie about it. It’s big for me and my loved ones. We are real Parisians.”Bakayoko went on to confirm he will go back to Chelsea for the time being, adding: “My future? Yes, I will go back to Chelsea. I still have a three-year contract.”I have no choice. I don’t know what will happen after that but I have to go back to Chelsea. It is the only thing I know.”The ex-Monaco enforcer helped Milan finish fifth in the Italian top flight last term, but he found himself at odds with Gattuso at regular intervals.The pair were involved in a tense confrontation on the sidelines after the Rossoneri beat Bologna 2-1 in May, with Bakayoko reportedly telling his manager to “go to hell”.He went on to admit that he never saw eye to eye with Gattuso, before insisting that some reports over his behaviour had been exaggerated.”I had difficult moments [at Milan], especially at the start,” said Bakayoko. “I’m sad to go away but this is life. Gattuso? I had a complicated relationship with him, we didn’t understand each other. I don’t really want to talk about him.”It is difficult to hear certain things, especially when they are false. It didn’t go the way it was told but we know the current world, a piece of news is enough to analyze the situation.”
Jill Ellis admitted she does not think the United States women’s national soccer team will receive an invitation to visit the White House, despite claiming their second straight World Cup crown.Goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle saw the USWNT see off the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final in Lyon, allowing the U.S. to not only defend their 2015 title but also claim their record fourth World Cup.It had been customary for U.S. champions to visit the White House, and the U.S. president, but Rapinoe claimed in a video from May she would not “go to the f*cking White House” due to Donald Trump’s presidency. 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 Rapinoe re-iterated her stance on Saturday, and was echoed by teammate Alex Morgan who claimed a decision to go to the capital would be made after the final but that media probably already knew the answer.Snubs by champions have occurred before since Trump’s election, with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors notably refusing to attend the White House after their titles in 2017 and 2018 as athletes protest his racist, sexist and homophobic rhetoric and policy.But Ellis suspects the rather open nature of the Rapinoe and her teammates’ criticism of Trump will leave them without an invite to turn down.When asked if they would turn down an invitation after the final, Ellis suggested one wouldn’t be coming. When further pressed that it would be, Ellis replied: “I wouldn’t bet on that.”Rapinoe’s war of words with Trump only seemed to elevate her play during the tournament, as she scored five of the USWNT’s eight goals in the knockout stage to finish level with Morgan and England’s Ellen White and win the Golden Boot, as well as the Golden Ball for best player.And Ellis was full of praise for Rapinoe in the victory, hailing her honesty and her ability to handle the spotlight.“Megan was built for these moments – built to be a spokesperson for these moments,” Ellis said. “She speaks well, speaks from her heart. “We need people in the game, to be honest, to call things as they are. I think the bigger the spotlight the more she shines. I think the spotlight can burn people but for Megan they show what she is.” Ellis herself has faced much criticism despite having now taken the USWNT to a pair of World Cup crowns, with the most vocal coming after their surprise loss to Sweden in 2016 Olympics. But the coach has dismissed that talk, saying she knew what she had to do after that defeat and made the changes necessary. “I don’t care and I never really read what people thought,” Ellisa said. “I knew after 2016 we had to deconstruct this and reconstruct it. My bosses bought into that, we had to continue to evolve and do more things in terms of how we play, deepening our squad, giving more people opportunities, vetting people. “I don’t have to talk about critics I don’t care. People out here know a tenth of what we do. I’m very proud of these players.”
CONMEBOL have handed Lionel Messi a $1500 fine for his inflammatory comments claiming that there was “corruption” within the federation relating to the Copa America tournament.Additionally, the Argentina star will serve a one-game suspension for the red card he received against Chile in the competition’s third-place match.The Barcelona forward clashed with Gary Medel in the first half of the match, with both players given their marching orders after coming together and the former appearing to aim a headbutt at his opponent.Messi sounded off against the South American federation earlier this month, but they have responded with a negligible fine and no further suspension beyond the automatic one-game punishment for a red card. 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? After being sent off against Chile, Messi skipped the Copa America medal ceremony, clearly still upset about his red card in the third-place game and what transpired in his nation’s semi-final defeat to host country Brazil.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi claimed in relation to the controversial VAR decisions that went against Argentina in the semi-final loss to Brazil.”I hope the VAR and referees don’t play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.“I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”Brazil would go on to defeat Peru 3-1 in the final to lift the Copa America on home soil.CONMEBOL responded to Messi’s comments with a withering statement of their own, accusing the Barcelona star of a “lack of respect”.”In football sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and accepting the outcome of a match with loyalty and respect is a fundamental pillar of fair play. Same goes to the refereeing decisions, that are human and will never be perfect,” the statement read. “Said accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the football players involved and the hundreds of professionals of CONMEBOL, an institution that since 2016 has been tirelessly working to professionalise and develop South American football.”If Messi was bothered at all by the fine he received on Tuesday he wasn’t showing it. Immediately after the punishment was announced he posted a picture on Instagram showing how he was enjoying his summer time off with his family and friends.
A serious injury to Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio “could be bad news” for Arsenal’s hopes of signing Dani Ceballos, according to Gunners boss Unai Emery.Asensio lasted just 20 minutes of Madrid’s International Champions Cup clash with Arsenal, scoring Madrid’s second goal in a 2-2 draw and 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory before he was taken off with an apparent knee injury and taken to hospital.Zinedine Zidane admitted the injury looked “worrying”, and Emery conceded his side might struggle to complete a season-long loan for Ceballos if Los Blancos are short of midfielders. 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? Talks between the Gunners and the Spanish giants progressed in the build up to the clash in Washington and a deal was expected to be wrapped up this week .Asked whether the injury would affect the prospective deal, Emery told reporters: “I don’t know.”Our target also was not to take injuries in that match, and they maybe have with Asensio.”It [could be] bad news, for them and also for us. I don’t know if it can change something.”Emery was asked about the future of club captain Laurent Koscielny, who refused to travel to the United States for Arsenal’s pre-season tour and has been linked to Lyon, Bordeaux and Borussia Dortmund.Koscielny has one year left on his Arsenal contract and the coach indicated he feels he has done all he can to keep the 33-year-old at Emirates Stadium.”I’ve spoken about him, with respect to him,” said Emery. “I tried to be with us in the position here and continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us.”When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him.”He decided to be out. I respect him but I have a responsibility, he has a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility. Now it’s one issue only for the club and him.”My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here.”
Ander Herrera says that he is embracing the idea of being ‘hated’ as he gets set for his first season with Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder joined PSG this summer via a free transfer, having left Manchester United after five-year stay with the Premier League club.Herrera, who made 189 appearances for the Red Devils, won the Europa League, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield during his time at Old Trafford. 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? Now a member of PSG, the Spaniard has joined a club that tends to dominate in France, having already won the Trophee des Champions this season.And Herrera understands that frequent success brings criticism and animosity, and he’s fully prepared to embrace that as he begins life in Ligue 1.”[The club’s reputation is] that of a giant! A club that is respected, that is classy,” he told France Football.”A club where three or four of the best players in the world play. I know too that it is one of the most hated clubs in France, and I like that.”The move to PSG brings Herrera to the fourth club of his career, having played for Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao before heading to Old Trafford.He was free to join any club this summer, but Herrera says that staying in the Premier League was not an option while also stating that he still holds plenty of love for his first club, Real Zaragoza.”First of all, [I joined PSG] for the project. The club has a classy and glamorous side that I like a lot. Then, because I wanted to continue to play for a big club,” he said.”And, honestly, I could not see myself playing in another English club. When you have played for Manchester United, it is difficult to go elsewhere.”PSG, they have a project that is progressing incessantly. The way that PSG approached me was impeccable. I felt wanted. Thomas [Tuchel] called me multiple times to talk. He is someone who helps players become better. At 29, I still want to improve.”He added: “I was happy to play for Athletic Bilbao, another club that is dear to me, and for Manchester United, the biggest club in the United Kingdom, where I felt loved. Today, I am happy to be at PSG, the biggest club in France.”I have always given everything to the clubs I have represented and I represent. But I cannot lie to you: the club of my heart is still Real Zaragoza, who I have supported as a child and where I started my career.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Alabama took down Missouri on Saturday by a final score of 39-10 to move to 7-0 on the season. Despite the win, Crimson Tide fans everywhere were left with one question after the game: is Tua Tagovailoa okay?The star quarterback left Saturday night’s game against the Tigers after re-aggravating a knee injury he suffered earlier in the season. Tua entered the game tonight with a brace on the knee to help deal with the injury.After the win, Nick Saban gave an update to Tua’s injury. Saban didn’t seem to be too alarmed after he revealed Tua “got the same injury he had before.”Here’s the full comment from Saban.Saban to ESPN on Tua’s injury: “Tua’s OK. He’s got the same injury he had before. We just didn’t put him back in. Jalen did a nice job.”— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) October 14, 2018It’s good news for the Crimson Tide as Tua has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country through the first seven weeks of the season.Up next for the Tide is a game against former Alabama defensive coordinator and current Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have never faced the UConn Huskies on the football field, but they are scheduled to face off for the first time in 2021. However, a recent change is poised to delay the first-time meeting between the two schools.The UConn Huskies football website recently updated to indicate that their game against Clemson has been moved from September 11, 2021 to November 13, 2021.The change was made to accommodate UConn’s addition of the Purdue Boilermakers to the team’s 2021 schedule. UConn is now scheduled to take on Purdue on September 11th instead.The Clemson Tigers have not yet updated their own schedule, so it is unknown at this time if the team will be playing a different opponent or have an early bye.UConn at Clemson in 2021 has been pushed back from Sept. 11 to Nov. 13, per UConn’s official website.Date change was made to accommodate the newly scheduled UConn-Purdue series.— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) November 28, 2018According to FBSchedules, Clemson has a full schedule for the 2021 season: UConn, Wyoming, FCS school South Carolina State, and rival South Carolina.The South Carolina State does not yet have a date, per the site, so that could slide into the new Sept. 11 opening, as could an ACC match-up.Next year the Tigers are slated to play Texas A&M, Wofford, Charlotte, and South Carolina.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon the Purdue Boilermakers and Auburn Tigers met in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Unfortunately, only one team truly showed up to play on Friday afternoon.Auburn has dominated the game on both sides of the ball. The Tigers are on pace for nearly 800 yards of total offense and 112 points after racking up 397 yards and 56 points in the first half.Auburn’s 56 points at the half are the most in any first half of a bowl game in college football history. The scoring total passes West Virginia’s 49 points in the team’s first half against Clemson in the Orange Bowl in 2012.Auburn has officially set the FBS record for most points in one half of a bowl game (56).Previous record was WVU’s 49 vs. Clemson in 2012 Orange Bowl.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 28, 2018That same West Virginia program set the all-time scoring mark for a bowl game at 70 points – which was matched this season by Army in the Knights win over Houston.Auburn is on pace to crush that record, though we’ll have to wait and see if the Tigers field their starters in the second half with the game in hand.Stay tuned.