Daily Roundup :Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta does not think Liverpool will sell Emre Can to his side in January, but confirmed a bid had been made in the previous transfer window. “We made an offer for him in the summer but the Reds didn’t sell him,” he said. “So I don’t think they’ll change their mind in the middle of the season.” (Premium Sport)

Inter Milan will try to sign Javier Pastore in January, after interest in Mesut Ozil cooled due to the possibility of the German’s high wage demands. The PSG midfielder’s contract runs until 2019, but the Italian club believe they will have a chance to buy him in January. (Calciomercato)


This could be Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s last season at Dortmund as he weighs up a possible move next summer. “I am happy to have stayed here, however, I don’t know what will happen at the end of the season,” said the Gabon international striker. AC Milan and Real Madrid are said to be interested. (Telefoot)

Samir Nasri has ruled out returning to his hometown club Marseille before he retires, but has said he may join the club’s staff in other areas in the future. “A return is never good. It is better to leave a good image, we never know how it happens,” he said. “I would like to coach, or be sporting director. Why not.” (Canal+)


Christoph Metzelder believes that Jurgen Klopp is the best man for the Bayern Munich job, after the Bavarian club parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti. The former Dortmund defender believes that the Liverpool manager is ready to take on the job, where as it might be too big a step up for someone like Julian Nagelsmann, the Hoffenheim coach who has been linked with the position. (SportBild)


Real Madrid have been keeping an eye on the progress of former Liverpool attacking midfielder Suso, who recently signed a new contract with AC Milan. (Marca)

Real Madrid are likely to face competition from PSG for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Florentino Perez has his sights set on signing the Slovenian next season, and while any potential fee will not be a problem, convincing the player to cross the Madrid divide rather than join PSG could be. (Don Balon)

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Mignolet: Liverpool Will Be Ready For United

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Liverpool goalie, Simon Mignolet says the club must quickly forget their disappointing draw against Newcastle and be ready for United.

The Anfield club went ahead thanks to a stunner from Coutinho, only to fall to an equaliser seven minutes later.

Liverpool have now won just one game out of seven in all competitions, but Mignolet insists the club will be ready for United.

“If you come away with a 1-1 result, that’s obviously a disappointing feeling. You start to look at what you could have done better,” Mignolet told the club’s official website.

“I think we played well, we deserved to get the victory; we created chances. But it is how it is at this moment in time, we have to take it.

“It’s disappointing and frustrating but we have to keep looking forward, keep our heads up and make sure when we come back after the international break we go again against Manchester United, which is a big game and something to turn things right for us.”

“Everybody will be away in another environment and when they come back we’ve got that one to look forward to,” Mignolet added.

“I’m sure everybody will be focused on their international duties now but when they are back they have a big game to look forward to. We will be ready for it.”

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Nigerians And The 2019 Question

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Nigerians And The 2019 Question – Umar Lukman

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As we approach the final laps to the 2019 elections, Nigerians are once again coming to terms with the electoral choices they have to make. From all indications, more than the elections in 2015, the coming 2019 elections promises to be far more complex in terms of which political individuals to vote for in specific cases and which party to choose in general.

This piece was written by Umar Lukman. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Unlike in the 2015 elections in which the choices were clear, Nigerians will be approaching the 2019 elections with a sense of cautious anger underlined by disappointment and disillusionment. Many Nigerians will be voting in 2019 with a sense of careful consideration not just to return a verdict on how the politicians they voted for in 2015 performed with the mandate given them, but more fundamentally to change the landscape of politics in Nigeria.

Let us begin the assessment with the ruling All Progressive Party. In 2015, the political status of candidate MuhammaduBuhari was the dominant factor in the elections. The irredeemably dismal performance of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic Party rankled Nigerians and gave impetus to give MuhammaduBuhari of the All Progressive Congress party the chance to rule the country. It would not have mattered much what name his party was called, Nigerians having decided on him against the incumbent President Jonathan were going for him. It also followed that with few insignificant exceptions all those who got elected into elective posts from State Houses of Assembly to Governors and the National Assembly under the APC platform rode on the Buhari bandwagon.

Two years on what really are the tangibles of that political development?

The APC has been all about President Buhari and very little else. In terms of direction of the government and the party, President Buharis shadow loos overwhelmingly large. True there has been attempts by the APCs National Assembly members to try in some instances to toe a different line from what President Buhari and the APC wanted. But that does not and cannot be construed to mean it constitutes either a direct leadership challenge against President Buharis control of the party or a tendency towards a deliberate breaking up of the party. Indeed it is observed that even in their act of “rebellion” against the party, the APCs National Assembly members were always at pains to explain and demonstrate with some conviction that their actions were merely in accordance with the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution and not necessarily as a direct challenge to party supremacy.

APCs reliance on President Buhari is a double edged sword. On the one hand his credibility and change agenda rubs off positively on the party giving it the shine it presently basks in. On the other hand as clear as can be seen, giving the Presidents seriously challenging health issues, can the APC run the risks of presenting him for re-election in 2019? Can the president withstand the rigours of 2019 electioneering and be fit enough to run through the challenges and demands of governance beyond 2019 if he wins the election? Are we assured that the president will not suffer another prolonged health relapse as happened twice within the past two years and in the remaining months of his first term? If he somehow manages to weather the health challenges and win the 2019 elections can we be assured that he won’t spend more time on the treatment bed than in effective governance for which Nigerians would have elected him to office?

Although as humans we must show sensitivity to the health challenges of the president, we must also show an even greater sensitivity to the health of the nation. Against the hindsight of what happened in a similar situation with late President Umaru Yar’adua the nation cannot afford a repeat of the constitutional and legal anxieties that occurred. In the overarching interest of the Nation it is expected that the APC should constitute a strong contingency in case this issue becomes urgent challenging.

Waiting in the wings is the People’s Democratic Party. Having been rejected in 2015 on the grounds of its incompetence and its derailment from the principles of internal democracy which saw many of its leading lights desert it in 2015 and which saw some of its rank and file members work against it in 2015, PDP had never been the same since. In its current state of hibernation inflicted by the defeat it suffered in 2015, the PDP has not offered anything to convince Nigerians to turn back to it as an alternative to the APC.  Having no selling points of its own either in terms of personalities with qualities to rally round, or programmes that could appeal to Nigerians disappointed by the APCs less than stellar performance, the PDPs only hope is to capitalize on whatever it sees as APC’s failures. But the party itself can hardly claim to be immune from internal problems. Yes it has managed to see off a tough potentially destructive internal infighting. But it is clear to discerning political observers that more trouble lie ahead for the PDP. How is it poised to cope with the challenge of managing the presidential ambitions of its northern would be candidates? Who will emerge and how will the process be managed so as not to leave behind dangerously wounded egosthat could potentially split the allegiances and loyalties of party faithful. But more fundamentally even if the PDP manages to emerge from all this without a serious body blow, how can they hope to convince the Nigerian people to forget the party’s ugly recent past which is still fresh in the memory?

The indications are clear that the stakes in the 2019 elections are quite high. A lot of political careers of political individuals stand to be either uplifted or rested. The two mainstream political parties, APC and PDP face serious challenges that could decide their fates.

For Nigerians, the choice is to look through political fog that will come with the 2019 elections. First of all the issue should not be about which party to vote for. If experiences and lessons of 2015 is anything to go by, Nigerians should not repeat the mistake of voting for a party wholesale. We have seen how individuals who hardly merited being elected in the first place opportunistically got elected on the bandwagon effect only to turn round regrettably to do something else against the interest of the people who voted them in. Secondly, Nigerians should also know that as in 2015, the power to change things politically lie in their hands. The change that Nigerians started in 2015 should continue and run its full course.

Lukman wrote this piece from Abuja.

This piece was written by Umar Lukman. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Matic To Rivals: I Will Only Get Better

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Nemanja Matic has settled in quite well at Old Trafford and has warned the club’s rivals he will only get better.

The Serbia international midfielder linked up with former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, joining the club for £40 million.

Matic has adapted quite well at Manchester United, filling a holding role and has promised to only get better.

“I didn’t have pre-season,” Matic told reporters on his summer.

“I trained alone. I can feel it in some parts of the game! My body is not ready yet and I have some difficulty, of course, but I try to hide that and to play simple. I will be better.

“We know what we have to do because we are Manchester United and we are focused just on the next game. Always the next game is the most important, so game by game we have to collect points and next May we will see. It’s a long way to go.”

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ICYMI: Rickie Lambert Announces Retirement From Football

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Rickie Lambert has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old striker has been without a club since leaving Cardiff after Premier League spells with Southampton, Liverpool and West Brom.

Rickie Lambert scored three goals in 11 appearances for England and announced his decision to stop playing in a statement on Monday.

Lambert’s statement began: “I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have. I have had some ups and downs in my career but to have represented clubs like Southampton, Liverpool and playing for my Country in a World Cup were beyond my wildest dreams.

“Playing and scoring for England is probably my proudest professional moment and I will look back at every aspect of how I got there with fond memories.”

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Hummels Says He Never Turned On Ancelotti

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Mats Hummels has slammed rumours that he turned on sacked Bayern Munich manager, Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Real Madrid manager was relieved of his duties, in the wake of the 3-0 thrashing to Paris Saint-Germain in the UCL.

President Uli Hoeness later suggested that five senior players were unhappy with Ancelotti and due to the fact that that Hummels was left out of the match. It has been suggested he was one of the five.

“I had no conversation with anyone to say I was dissatisfied because I didn’t play in Paris,” he told Bild.

“Five players were talked about and I cannot speak for the other four, but I haven’t had a conversation about being unhappy because I wasn’t playing or anything like this.

“To be called a ‘king slayer’ is out of order. I don’t know how this information originated or if it was written because I did not play. I don’t like it. I just wouldn’t do that.”

Hummels admits it has been difficult to adjust to the departure of Ancelotti, along with his backroom staff.

“It’s the first time I’ve experienced a change in coach during the season,” said the Germany international “It’s a really strange feeling not having him around, but also the four other guys are no longer there.”

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AC Milan Confirm Vincenzo Montella Won’t Be Sacked For Now

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Vincenzo Montella’s position as AC Milan coach is safe for the time being, according to the club’s director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli.

Milan have dropped to seventh following back-to-back Serie A defeats, with goals from Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi earning Roma a 2-0 win at San Siro on Sunday.

The big-spending Rossoneri are already nine points behind early leaders Napoli, with pressure mounting on Montella – especially with former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti available following his sacking by Bayern Munich last week.

Reports in Italy suggest Montella will be axed if he loses his next match – the Milan derby against Inter after the international break.

But Mirabelli told Sky Sports Italia that Montella will be given time to get Milan climbing up the table.

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Netherlands Recall Virgil Van Dijk

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has been called up to the Netherlands squad for their crucial World Cup Qualifiers this week.

The defender, who was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, was overlooked when head-coach Dick Advocaat named a 24-man squad for the final Group A matches, against Belarus and Sweden, on Friday.

However, Van Dijk got a last-minute call-up on Monday after starting for Southampton for the first time this season in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Stoke City, playing the full 90 minutes.

The Netherlands are third in Group A, four points behind France and three points adrift of Sweden, and fighting for a place in Russia next summer.

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Football Papers :All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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West Ham’s board will continue to back manager Slaven Bilic until the end of the season, despite an indifferent start to the Hammers’ Premier League campaign.
Alvaro Morata is confident he will return for Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace on October 14 despite withdrawing from Spain duty with a hamstring injury.
Harry Kane’s development at Tottenham echoes that of Gareth Bale, according to Ben Davies.

Talk of Ivan Perisic joining Manchester United has died down following the improved performances of Anthony Martial.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic must only return to action for Manchester United “when he is fully fit”, according to his surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu.

Juventus confirmed they saw a bid rejected for Liverpool’s Emre Can in the summer, but the Serie A champions have ended their pursuit for the German.
Everton’s summer signing Michael Keane insists the players must shoulder some responsibility for the poor start to their season.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez praised the returning Jonjo Shelvey for his display against former club Liverpool on Sunday.

Birmingham City are considering a £2m bid in January for Jonny Williams, with the Crystal Palace player currently on loan at Sunderland.

Ross McCormack admits his time at Aston Villa has been a “disaster” as he looks to start a loan spell in Australia for Melbourne City.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has backed striker Salomon Rondon to return to form following his goalscoring exploits on the weekend.

Mark Hughes is confident Stoke striker Saido Berahino will break his goalscoring duck after missing a penalty against Southampton on the weekend.

Virgil van Dijk has been recalled to the Netherlands’ national side despite playing 90 minutes just once in the past eight months for Southampton.

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky wants his side to stay on an attacking front after their 6-1 mauling of Birmingham City on the weekend.

Jeff Hendrick says Burnley are starting to lose their long-ball tag following an impressive win at Everton.

Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani have been dropped from Algeria’s squad for the game against Cameroon as the nation can no longer qualify for the World Cup and want to field a younger side.
Craig Shakespeare insists Jamie Vardy’s commitment to both Leicester and England should never be questioned.

Swansea’s squad fear the Liberty Stadium fans will begin to turn on them if their poor home form continues.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic wants to arrange a match during the international break to test the fitness of players who have barely featured for the first team.

Curtis Davies says Joe Ledley has brought “Premier League quality” to Derby since joining as a free agent.

Phil Parkinson insists he will remain as Bolton manager despite the club’s worst start to a campaign in 115 years – they currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.

Reading fans are beginning to lose patience with manager Jaap Stam following their home defeat to Norwich City.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is confident record-signing Jose Izquierdo will improve as the Premier League season goes on.

Midfielder John Lundstram says Sheffield United’s main goal in the Sky Bet Championship is no longer survival following their impressive start to the season.

Huddersfield Town’s Mathias Zanka says the club will rarely come up against a player of Harry Kane’s ilk after the striker’s match-winning performance at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Callum Wilson “looks really good” as the striker bids to return to action following a knee injury which has kept him out since February.

Jim McIntyre is the early favourite to become Kilmarnock manager after Lee McCulloch left his post.

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360Gospel: Mike Abdul – Shout About

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Mike Abdul releases a new single titled “Shout About” off his “Korede” Album officially released in 2016.

The Spaghetti Records boss shares this awesome song in light of Nigeria’s 57th year Independence celebration. Mike prays that:

“May NIGERIA Succeed, May Our Efforts Count, Hard work is Good; Teamwork is Better. I wish you all Happy Independence Day.” – Mike Abdul

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Lacazette Says PL Refereeing Is Dangerous

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Alexandre Lacazette is still trying to gel with the Premier League and believes the officiating in the league is dangerous.

A lot of critics worried if he would be able to continue his stunning goalscoring from from his Ligue 1 days to the Premier League, due to how physical the EPL is.

Lacazette has gone on to score four goals in seven games, but still gets shocked at some of the tackles that the referees let slide.

“I have not totally adapted yet, there are things that still surprise me, but I am trying,” the 26-year-old Frenchman told SFR Sport. “I’ve watched quite a few matches to understand English football.

“I watch quite a lot of my matches with Arsenal and when I look back and see what I didn’t do right, I try to learn from it, which hopefully facilitates my progression.

“The refereeing decisions [still surprise me]. Sometimes I think it is a bit dangerous.
“But then I see that nobody is shocked, so I tell myself it must be normal.”

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7 Killed In Cameroon As Anglophones Declare ‘Independence’

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At least seven people were killed in Cameroon’s restive anglophone belt at the weekend as a separatist group made a symbolic declaration of independence.

The separatists chose October 1, the anniversary of the official reunification of the anglophone and francophone parts of Cameroon, to declare independence for “Ambazonia”, the name of the state they want to create.

Since November, the anglophone minority has been protesting against perceived discrimination.

The government deployed security forces at the weekend in English-speaking regions, notably Buea in the southwest and Bamenda, the main town in the northwest and a hub of anglophone agitation.

Several people were admitted to hospital in Bamenda Sunday after clashes between demonstrators and police, according to a medical source.

“At least one person was injured by live fire” in Bamenda, where the situation was “very tense”, a source close to the local authorities told AFP.

The “security forces had to resort to tear gas and sometimes to shots to disperse the protesters”, the source said by telephone.

Bamenda residents contacted by AFP reported “shooting” by the security forces without giving further details.

– ‘Real bullets’ –

One of the leaders of the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF), Joshua Osih, told AFP the security forces were “firing real bullets at the protesters” but stressed that he was not a supporter of the secessionist movement.

In Ndop, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Bamenda, two people were “shot dead”, according to sources, while one was killed in Kumbo on the sidelines of the protests, city mayor Donatus Njong said.

Also in Kumbo, three prison inmates were shot and killed trying to escape while security forces were mobilised for the deployments in anglophone regions, a source close to regional authorities said.

A young man was shot dead by security forces on Saturday in the southwest town of Kumba, known as a rebellious city since the start of the protests, sparking clashes between security forces and the local population.

“They fired at him during a security operation,” a nurse who requested anonymity told AFP. The incident was confirmed by a security source and several local residents contacted by phone.

Cameroon’s long-serving president, 84-year-old Paul Biya, took to social media Sunday to condemn “all acts of violence, no matter where they come from or who is responsible.”

The European Union called on all sides to be responsible and “respect the rule of law and avoid any act of violence.”

The crisis provoked by the protests, which was exacerbated at the start of 2017 when internet access was cut for three months, has intensified in recent weeks with the push to symbolically proclaim independence of the English-speaking regions.

On September 22, “between 30 and 80,000” people demonstrated across Cameroon’s anglophone regions, according to estimates by the International Crisis Group (ICG).

– ‘No longer slaves’ –

The symbolic declaration of independence was made Sunday on social media by Sisiku Ayuk, who describes himself as the “president” of Ambazonia.

“We are no longer slaves of Cameroon,” he said.

“Today we affirm the autonomy of our heritage and our territory.”

Ahead of the declaration, Cameroonian authorities announced a temporary curb on travel and public meetings across the Southwest Region, adding to a curfew in the neighbouring Northwest Region, also English-speaking.

Internet access has been disrupted since Friday, according to an AFP journalist, despite government assurances that there would be no cutting of access in the anglophone areas.

The majority of Cameroon’s 22 million people are French-speaking, while about a fifth are English speakers.

The legacy dates back to 1961, when a formerly British entity, Southern Cameroons, united with Cameroon after its independence from France in 1960.

The anglophone minority has long complained about disparities in the distribution of Cameroon’s oil wealth.

Since November, the anglophone minority has been protesting against perceived discrimination especially in education and the judicial system, where they say the French language and traditions are being imposed on them, even though English is one of the country’s two official languages.

Most anglophone campaigners want the country to resume a federalist system — an approach that followed the 1961 unification but was later scrapped in favour of a centralised government run from the capital Yaounde. A hardline minority is calling for secession.

President Biya opposes any such changes.


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Chelsea Confident Alvaro Morata Will Return In Time To Face Crystal Palace

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Chelsea are reportedly confident that Alvaro Morata is not facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and the striker could be back for their next Premier League outing.

Alvaro Morata hobbled off the pitch in the defeat to Manchester City with 10 minutes of the first half left to play after complaining of a slight hamstring issue.

Conte revealed after the match that it was more of a precautionary measure to withdraw Morata and, according to the Daily Mail, he is expected to be fit for the October 14 clash with Crystal Palace.

It is suggested in the same report that the in-form striker could even feature in the second of Spain’s two World Cup qualifiers, which sees them travel to Israel next Monday.

Morata has scored seven goals in eight appearances for Chelsea since joining from Real Madrid in the summer, as well as netting three times for his national side.

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Gini Wijnaldum Speaks On How Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona Saga Affected Liverpool Players

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Philippe Coutinho’s summer transfer saga ‘left team-mates caught in the middle’, according to Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.

Coutinho was the subjected of a final offer of £118million from Barcelona that was snubbed by the Reds after the Brazilian had submitted a transfer request.

“It was difficult,” Wijnaldum told the ECHO. “Phil is a really good person and we understood why he wanted to make the move.

“On one side we would have been happy for him if he could have gone as he really wanted to make the move, but on the other side as team-mates you want him to stay because you know with Phil because we’ll be better.

“There were two thoughts in your head. You can see it from both sides. Someone was going to be disappointed at the end of the transfer window and it was Phil.”

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Reece Oxford Disappointed After His Borussia Monchengladbach Loan Move Was Cut Short

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Reece Oxford has expressed his unhappiness at the decision to curtail his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, according to The Sun.

The West Ham midfielder failed to make a single appearance for the Bundesliga club during two months in Germany, finding himself an unused sub on several occasions.

Oxford spent last season on loan at Reading, and a source close to the 18-year-old has revealed he was dissatisfied being overlooked at Gladbach.

“Reece hoped the move to Germany would work out better than it has, but it’s time to come back,” the source told The Sun.

“Monchengladbach play a certain way and had a system in place before they signed Reece, and for some reason he has not fitted into what they are doing. If he’s not going to feature after they were hammered 6-1, then when will he?”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Doctor Issues Warning On His Fitness

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s surgeon has warned the Swede must only make his Manchester United return ‘when he is fully fit’.

Dr. Freddie Fu believes his former patient needs as much time as possible to ensure he comes back totally recovered from the setback.

“I have no worries about his injury as it always takes time to fully recover,” he told the South China Morning Post.

“In fact the EPL has just started and I am sure Manchester United would not need the player urgently for any crucial game either in the league or European competitions.

“He is very strong but soccer is still a combative sport. As a doctor, of course I want to see him return as slow as possible, only when he is fully fit for the game. There have been many cases of a player returning prematurely with bad consequences.”

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AC Milan Already Regret Signing Leonardo Bonucci – Pierpaolo Marino

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AC Milan are already regretting the signing of Leonardo Bonucci, according to former Napoli and Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino.

Marino believes the Serie A club now wish they had invested the £35million in a ‘top striker’ instead, with Bonucci struggling to adjust to life in Milan.

“I think Milan already regret buying Bonucci,’ Marino told Rai Sport. “Montella didn’t want to switch to a three-man defence, but he found himself forced to change his plans by the arrival of Bonucci, but even that is not enough.

“I think that if Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone could go back in time, they’d spend that money to buy Bonucci on a top striker instead.”

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Manchester United And Liverpool Interested In Signing 20-year-old Trabzonspor Midfielder Yusuf Yazici

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Trabzonspor attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici is on the radar of Manchester United and Liverpool, according to Turkish media outlet Fanatik.

Trabzonspor reportedly want €14m for the 20-year-old starlet, who is also being monitored by Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

Yusuf Yazici, who has one Turkey cap, scored six goals and gave 10 assists in 22 games last season, catching the eye of Liverpool and United.

Last season Yazici established himself in Ersun Yanal’s first-team plans after stepping in during Mehmet Ekici’s injury lay-off.

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Chelsea Set To Give Eden Hazard £300,000-a-week Contract

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Chelsea are ready to make Eden Hazard a new £300,000-a-week contract to ward off interest from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.

Eden Hazard has put the ankle injury which ruled him out of the first month of the season behind him, but he is yet to reach full fitness.

The national newspaper claims Los Blancos are still monitoring the situation with a new deal reportedly needed in order to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard earns £220,000 a week and is contracted to the Stamford Bridge club until 2020.

And in August he admitted he was “waiting” to sign a new contract but insisted there was “nothing” to report yet.

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Everton Owner Farhad Moshiri Backs Underfire Manager Ronald Koeman

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Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has given underfire manager Ronald Koeman his support after Burnley’s 1-0 victory at Goodison Park on Sunday.

It’s what is seen as the dreaded vote of confidence, with the Sun reporting that the Dutchman is on the verge of being sacked, while the Mirror claim his future is out of his hands.

Everton have just seven points from as many games in the 2017/18 season and the pressure is increasing on Ronald Koeman and his expensively assembled squad.

“We’re in a bad moment – but these are early days and Koeman has my total support,” billionaire Moshiri told Sky Sports News presenter Jim White.

Asked why results did not reflect the £142million spent this summer, Koeman snapped: “It is not in my hands but I try to get the best out of the players.

“If there is no commitment and no aggression that is maybe a reason to think about my future but I thank the players for their commitment today.

“I can’t complain about my players today, they did everything. Maybe we could create more but it is not so easy against Burnley.”

The Toffees were booed off by their fans at half-time and at the end of the game, which was won by Jeff Hendrick’s 21st-minute strike.

That leaves Everton two points and two places above the bottom three.

Koeman added: “It’s difficult to take for the players because they gave everything and it’s difficult to take for the fans. I understand whistles by half-time.”

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Juventus Rule Out Move For Emre Can In January

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Juventus’ chief executive has ruled out a January move for Emre Can after failing to sign the Liverpool midfielder during the summer.

Beppe Marotta doesn’t believe Liverpool will allow Can to leave mid-season, despite the German international’s contract expiring at the end of the season.

“We don’t think we are going to make a big signing in January,” Marotta told Premium Sport.

“Our team is absolutely competitive and we have some very interesting midfielders like [Rodrigo] Bentancur who has already showed his qualities.”

“We have faith in this team and in these lads. As for Emre Can I don’t think Liverpool will sell him in January.

“We made an offer for him in the summer but the Reds didn’t sell him so I don’t think they’ll change their mind in the middle of the season.”

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Football Papers :All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Liverpool are showing a keen interest in Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks.
  • Roy Hodgson is lining up a shock move for ex-AC Milan star Alberto Gilardino to solve Crystal Palace’s crisis up top.
  • Entrepreneur Amanda Staveley took in Newcastle’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday and has emerged as a possible candidate to be involved in a takeover of the Premier League club.
  • Harry Kane wants to be England captain again but will get behind whoever Gareth Southgate selects to lead the team in the last two World Cup European Qualifiers.
  • Emmanuel Eboue is trying to resurrect his career and has joined Northern Cypriot club Turk Ocagi Limassol.
  • Slaven Bilic will get until the end of the season to prove he is the man to take West Ham forward.
  • Pep Guardiola has sparked a backlash from Tottenham fans after referring to the north Londoners as “the Harry Kane team”.
  • Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio does not expect Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal in January and says his side’s scouts are looking at “every kind of player”.
  • Chelsea are optimistic the injury suffered by star striker Alvaro Morata during their defeat by Manchester City is not too bad and that he should return for their match against Crystal Palace after the international break.
  • Anthony Knockaert has closed his Twitter account after being abused by trolls over his revelation that he needed counselling to get over the death of his father.
  • Gerard Pique says playing in an empty Nou Camp was the worst experience of his career and hints he will quit playing for Spain over the Catalonia referendum protest.
  • Craig Shakespeare believes Leicester’s Jamie Vardy will return to the England squad with renewed vigour as he sits out the forthcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Juventus confirm they made an offer for Liverpool’s Emre Can over the summer but don’t expect to go back in for midfielder in January.
  • Ronald Koeman believes his players are still behind him after Everton slipped deeper into early-season crisis.
  • Diafra Sakho insists he could still quit West Ham in January if he does not get more playing time.
  • Peter Crouch says Stoke forward Saido Berahino will get his scoring touch back.
  • Everton will not make a renewed bid to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in January.
  • Jose Mourinho said he has complete trust in all of his Manchester United players after his side beat Crystal Palace 4-0 for a fifth consecutive victory without the injured Paul Pogba.

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Another “Fleeing” Boko Haram Suspect Captured In Ondo

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The Ondo State Police Command has confirmed the capture of one Mohammed Basha, suspected to be a member of the dreaded Boko Haram in Isua Akoko, Akoko South-East Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, disclosed on Sunday that the suspect was arrested while he was “loitering” along Isua-Ifira Akoko road by the officials of the anti-crime patrol of the command.

The PPRO further said the suspect’s strange movement and behaviour gave him away as one who is new and trying to master the area.

He said: “You know, when a person comes into a new place, there is a way he behaves, so the suspect was behaving suspiciously and that drew the attention of our men and he was picked up.”

“When the suspect was arrested, he was interrogated and he confessed that he was a member of the Boko Haram sect.

“He said his father is from Niger Republic while his mother is from Maiduguri in Borno State.

“He said when Maiduguri was hot for him he ran to Nasarawa last month and he left Nasarawa yesterday (Saturday) and came down to the South-west to hide here.

“He also confessed that one Daffo is his team leader while Shekau is still the overall leader of the group.”

While the suspect was in the protective custody of the command for further investigations, Mr. Joseph further said some items suspected to be charms were recovered from him.

The police spokesman added that the suspect would be handed over to the military when the police conclude their investigations.

The arrest is coming less than a week after the capture of Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, while trying to evade arrest.

It was later confirmed that Babawo was one of the most wanted members of the terror group whose activities have caused over 100,000 deaths in Northern Nigeria since 2009.

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Police Kills “Most Wanted” Armed Robber In Imo State

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The Imo State Police Command has said that its officers have shot and killed the state’s ‘most-wanted’ armed robber identified as Ihechi Nwankwo.

It was gathered that there was jubilation at the Command headquarters in Owerri after the corpse of Nwankwo was brought from Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

Speaking with Southern City News, the spokesman for the Imo State Police Command, Andrew Enwerem, said that the 27-year-old armed robber, who hailed from Amaumara in the Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, had been on the wanted list of the command for a long time.

According to him, Nwankwo had been involved in a series of criminal operations, including robbing a bank customer of N8m at Access Bank at Ahiara Junction on August 8.

The slain suspect was also said to have robbed one Jovita Enwerem of N650,000 at gunpoint at Ahiara Junction on June 21.

Enwerem said: “On September 28, the state police command control room was alerted to a robbery attack along Wetheral Road, Owerri.

“A customer of the Wetheral Road branch of Zenith Bank had gone to the bank to withdraw N50m. On their way, along Wetheral Road, they were confronted by a daredevil armed robbery gang operating with a grey colour Toyota Corolla with number plate ABJ 951AA that blocked the convoy and immediately opened fire on the police escorts.”

The police spokesman stated that the robbers engaged the cops in a gun duel but they were overpowered by the police.

He said three policemen, however, sustained gunshot injuries and were already being treated in the hospital.

He continued: “The criminals escaped from the robbery scene but their vehicle was riddled with bullets. We, however, contacted police in the neighbouring states to be on the lookout.

“Subsequently, the criminals were intercepted in Umuahia, Abia State, where they engaged the operatives in a gun duel. One of the gang members was gunned down while the others escaped with bullet injuries and the ash coloured Toyota Corolla car was also recovered.”

The police spokesman said investigation by the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives revealed that the elder brother of the slain robber, one Chibuike Nwankwo, 42, and Chukwudi Obinwanne, a native of Ugiri in Isiala Mbano LGA of the state, were being held at SARS cell for bank robbery cases.

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#NigeriaAt57: What Buhari Told Troops During Maiduguri Visit (PHOTOS)

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday was in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, to celebrate the 57th independence anniversary with the country’s troops.

Independence Day: What Buhari Told Nigerian Troops During Maiduguri VisitDuring the visit, he told the troops on the frontline of insurgency in the north-east that if Nigeria ceases to exist, nobody will take another general to preside over his country.

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The president added that complete loyalty was expected from the armed forces in the face of agitations from various sections of the county.

Independence Day: What Buhari Told Nigerian Troops During Maiduguri VisitHe told the Operation Lafia Dole troops that he was in Maiduguri to address and commemorate the independence anniversary with them.

He said: “I thought the only honour I can present to the military and other stakeholders on this great day is to come and address you, who are on the frontline. I am pleased with the nation and responsible opinions from all over the world, congratulating this administration for the progress we have made”

“Even for selfish reasons, your loyalty ought to be to the centre, first The security of this nation is in the hands of God and in the hands of the security.

“If you don’t stand firm, I assure you if Nigeria doesn’t exist, the first to be insecure are the security agencies because no matter how many parts Nigeria will be divided, nobody will take another general to preside over his country.”

Buhari described those agitating for separation as noisemakers, adding that  having participated in the 30-month civil war, he knew much about the nation.

He continued: “I was involved in the civil war for 30 months, I know much about this country.”

“Those making noise about the stability of this country were not born then. They don’t know what it means to be a nationalist.”

“I expect in return from you to be loyal and loyalty is from the bottom upward, from private to lance corporal, corporal, up to sergeant, generals, service chiefs, otherwise the centre will not hold.

“But this centre is determined to hold.”

President Buhari was accompanied to the occasion by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State. They were received by the service chiefs led by the CDS, as well as the state Commissioner of Police and heads of paramilitary agencies in the state.

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Independence Day: What Buhari Told Nigerian Troops During Maiduguri VisitThe president, aided by topmost dignitaries, and the Shehu of Borno, cut the 57th anniversary cake.

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