TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes: Ronaldo only ever wanted Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Jorge Mendes insists Cristiano Ronaldo only wanted to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Mendes oversaw Ronaldo’s €112m move to Juve in August.“In January 2018, I and the few people who knew what was happening thought it would be very difficult to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve,” Mendes told Rai Sport.“However, I want to make it clear that the idea started with the player himself. Ronaldo told me he only wanted to play for Juventus.“That’s where it began and I was in talks with the Bianconeri directors for months, so we all know how those negotiations ended up.“Now Cristiano is happy with the club and his teammates, he is satisfied with Serie A and truly happy at Juventus.”Juve are top of the Serie A table and will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.“Many have asked me about Juve and the Champions League. It will take a bit of luck to win it too, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has certainly made Juventus stronger.“I’d say all of Italian football has benefited from his presence.”
Month: October 2019
10 months agoINSIDER: Klopp and Hummels reunited at Liverpool?10 months agoINSIDER: Klopp and Hummels reunited at Liverpool?
INSIDER: Klopp and Hummels reunited at Liverpool?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft can see Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels moving to Liverpool.With Hummels relegated to the bench and Liverpool suffering a spate of defensive injuries, Fjortoft can see the move happening.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is close to Hummels thanks to their success together with Borussia Dortmund.Fjortoft, now a popular pundit in Germany, stated:Will Liverpool take a centrehalf on loan now?Maybe Hummels. Not playing at Bayern. Klopp knows him of course— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 7, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
10 months agoChelsea face internal youth backlash over potential Hudson-Odoi sale10 months agoChelsea face internal youth backlash over potential Hudson-Odoi sale
Chelsea face internal youth backlash over potential Hudson-Odoi saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s potential sale of Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich could spark an internal backlash.The Mirror says there is growing discontent within the Blues’ youth ranks with several parents concerned about the message Hudson-Odoi’s potential sale sends out to their kids.A number of families back the 18-year-old’s insistence that he wants out and are themselves considering stalling on long-term contracts that could lock their youngsters into situations they too feel frustrated with.Confirming Bayern’s pursuit of Hudson-Odoi, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “He’s a very interesting player whom we absolutely want to sign. He has qualities that fit our game. His drilbbling, he’s fast and has a good move to goal.”Chelsea are also insistent that the pathway to the first team remains open for the players from their academy.They maintain the German giants’ pursuit is proof of their academy’s success at producing players capable of performing at the highest level. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
9 months agoCardiff eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki9 months agoCardiff eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazakiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City are eyeing unsettled Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki.The 32-year-old title-winner is ready to quit The Foxes over lack of game time.He’s out of contract at the end of the season and has told Leicester boss Claude Puel that he wants out.Now Cardiff have joined fellow relegation strugglers Huddersfield in expressing an interest in the Japan international.Okazaki’s wage demands are likely to push both clubs but the fact that he would be a free agent in the summer helps balance things up.
a month agoMourinho warns Chelsea fans against cheering courageous defeatsa month agoMourinho warns Chelsea fans against cheering courageous defeats
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho warns Chelsea fans against cheering courageous defeatsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has warned fans against cheering for courageous defeats.The Stamford Bridge crowd stayed to applaud their side off the pitch after they had been beaten 2-1 at home by leaders Liverpool.Though former boss Mourinho can understand why the Chelsea fans wanted to clap, he warns them not to just settle for effort and commitment.Mourinho, speaking on Sky Sports, said: “I hope they don’t get used to it, just because you’re team plays well and you accept defeat.“I think when you get used to it is when the big clubs, they stop becoming the big clubs.“So, I don’t think they’ll get used to it but I think it shows that people are ready for what the season is going to be for them.”He added: “These people are ready to support one of the best professionals that I have ever worked with.“A manager with potential and I think they are ready to accept what this is going to be because clearly you look today and part of the performance and result and the numbers are that Liverpool are ten-points ahead of Chelsea.“So let’s make it clear and objective, Chelsea aren’t going to fight for the title, so lets support what looks like their philosophy.”
25 days agoLiverpool wary rushing Alisson return to full training25 days agoLiverpool wary rushing Alisson return to full training
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool wary rushing Alisson return to full trainingby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are wary rushing Alisson Becker’s return to full training.They hope he will reappear this week, but await confirmation from the medical staff before the Brazil goalkeeper joins up with his team-mates, says the Liverpool Echo.The £65million shot-stopper hasn’t featured for the Reds since pulling up towards the end of the first half of the 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.A calf problem has kept Alisson sidelined since August 9, but after being placed on a specially-tailored training regime in the last international break, the former Roma star resumed action with the club’s goalkeeping staff last week.
17 days agoEx-Tottenham defender Caulker in frame for Scotland call17 days agoEx-Tottenham defender Caulker in frame for Scotland call
Ex-Tottenham defender Caulker in frame for Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScotland assistant coach Steven Reid has confirmed Steve Caulker is being considered for a shock call-up to the national side.Caulker, 27, is currently enjoying a productive spell in Turkey with Alanyaspor and qualifies for the Tartan Army through his grandmother.After struggling with alcohol, gambling and depression, Reid says the ex-Liverpool and Tottenham centre-back has caught the eye of manager Steve Clarke.Reid said: “I’ve spoken to Steven Caulker and he’s been in good form for his club, and is doing well in the Turkish league.”Steven has made it clear he’d like to be considered for Scotland. We’ll monitor the situation, watch the games, and hopefully get out and see him.”The key point is he’s gone out of his way to make it clear he wants to play for us. He phoned me directly, so there’s an interest there. He’s had a promising start over in Turkey.”It seems like Steven’s in a really good place at the minute, he’s enjoying his football and life again.”I know him and played against him a few times. He played for some big sides in England and got some big moves.”I think it’s well-documented Steven’s had his difficulties.”But he’s found a place now out of the spotlight, and it looks like he’s really enjoying his family time and his football. Steven could be an asset. We definitely can’t discount it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
5 days agoKlopp demanding Man Utd victory from ‘big b***s’ Liverpool5 days agoKlopp demanding Man Utd victory from ‘big b***s’ Liverpool
Klopp demanding Man Utd victory from ‘big b***s’ Liverpoolby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is demanding victory at Manchester United today.Klopp has challenged his stars to play with the “biggest b***s” to earn the German a first-ever win at Old Trafford as Kop boss.He said, “Winning there would be a big next step. It’s not a step we have to make otherwise we cannot develop, no. But, of course, for our own history with me it is obviously something we have not achieved yet.“This team wrote their own story and made their own history and this would be another step. But we cannot make it by simply talking about it.“We have to go there and play the best football we can play, with the biggest b***s, being ready for each challenge, fighting for every ball, all that stuff. That is what we have to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Former Ohio State WR Mike Thomas Is Trolling Jim Harbaugh On TwitterFormer Ohio State WR Mike Thomas Is Trolling Jim Harbaugh On Twitter
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Urban Meyer after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State AD Gene Smith may be at the point where he’s apologizing for yesterday’s back-and-forth with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, but it looks like former Buckeyes wideout Michael Thomas is just getting started. Tuesday night, Thomas followed up on Ezekiel Elliott’s trolling to take things to a new level.Thomas, in a series of tweets, poked fun at Harbaugh and Michigan for their loss to the Buckeyes last November. He included a Drake quote and a Bart Simpson meme. #Twitterfingers #shhhh https://t.co/9Pe5RsAUsQ— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 23, 2016#shhhh pic.twitter.com/Mrw7RXCAFG— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 23, 2016— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 23, 2016If Harbaugh ever returns to the NFL, it’ll be interesting to see if he winds up coaching any former Ohio State players.
Virgil van Dijk has emerged as a real leader at Liverpool and brings out the best in his team-mates, Emile Heskey says.The centre-back has been a mainstay in defence for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who sit four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.Van Dijk has been forced to play with various defensive partners in recent weeks amid a series of injuries, even supporting midfielder Fabinho in the heart of the back line at one point. 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? But ex-Liverpool and England star Heskey believes the 27-year-old is a rare calibre of centre-back and the type of leader they have been looking for since Jamie Carragher retired in 2013.”When you look at Van Dijk, and when you look at Liverpool, in essence they haven’t had that leader I would go as far back as Jamie Carragher,” he told Sky Sports .”Someone who really commands a defence. Someone who really stands out and is counted for. Someone who is marshalling people around. Now Van Dijk has come in and he seems to be that man.”He’s a great defender, he’s quick, he’s good in the air, he barks out orders. So, what more do you need? It seems that everyone who plays alongside him, [he] always brings out the best in them as well.”The 41-year-old has also been impressed by Fabinho, who has established himself in the Reds’ first team despite a slow start to life at Anfield after his summer arrival from Monaco.”A young lad coming from abroad, coming into the English game, coming into the Premier League and the frenetic way that we play – it’s difficult for them,” he added. “So, you have to give these players time.”He seems to be enjoying it now and coming into his own. So, the squad is bigger, the squad is more compact now and they know what they are capable of doing. So, these games coming up will be good for them.”As well as Premier League contenders, Liverpool are expected to go far in the Champions League again this season and face a last-16 tie against Bayern Munich.Although Heskey believes a big challenge awaits them over two legs, he is confident they can get the better of the Bundesliga giants.”Fireworks, always… but a bit of a chess game as well,” he said. “You don’t want to lose that [two-legged] game.”You want to go in and I’m guessing the tactics have got to be right and, when you’ve got [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino up front, then you have always got a chance.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web