Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Mino Raiola is putting pressure on Manchester United to sell Paul Pogba to Barcelona, but the Catalan club do not think a transfer this summer is feasible. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barca will instead focus on trying to bring PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot to the Camp Nou for €50m (£44.9m). France international Rabiot, 23, has rejected PSG’s most recent contract offer and becomes a free agent next summer, meaning the Ligue 1 champions may have to reluctantly agree to a sale. Barca’s technical director Eric Abidal has already met with Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique and the board are “confident” a deal can be done before August 31. (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester City could make a shock emergency loan move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas following Claudio Bravo’s Achilles injury. Chilean international Bravo is out for an indefinite period leaving City without a recognised back-up keeper other than unproven 20-year-old Daniel Grimshaw. Although the Premier League transfer window has closed, City could apply for an emergency loan due to the nature of Bravo’s injury and Navas may be available following Madrid’s purchase of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea. (AS)

Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis has told the club he wants to leave for Paris Saint-Germain in a €30m (£26.9m) switch. PSG are poised to activate the Brazilian international’s release clause and Filipe is keen to move on after falling behind World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez in the pecking order at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 33-year-old is also out of contract next summer and is unlikely to sign a new deal. (AS)

Chelsea’s Willian has been offered to Real Madrid. However, the La Liga side have responded to say he is not the profile of player they are looking for at the moment. (Onda Cero)

Real Madrid are pushing for one more signing before the end of the transfer window but it looks unlikely to be Valencia striker Rodrigo. Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is a huge admirer of the Spain international but the club’s board are reluctant to enter negotiations over a player who has a €120m (£107.9m) release clause. Rodrigo played for Real Madrid’s reserve side before joining Benfica in 2010. (Marca)

Italy

Miralem Pjanic’s new contract at Juventus is worth €6.5m (£5.85m) per year making him the second-highest paid player at the club after Cristiano Ronaldo. Pjanic, 28, has extended his deal until 2023 after the midfielder has spent the summer linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City. (Corriere dello Sport)

Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Juventus over the availability of veteran midfielder Sami Khedira but the Italian champions expect the German international to sign a new contract. Khedira, 31, is on the verge of agreeing a one-year extension in Turin as he becomes a free agent in 2019. (Tuttosport)

France

PSG winger Julian Draxler has emerged as a transfer target for Sevilla but if the Spanish club can’t afford the German international they will turn to Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin. Draxler doesn’t fit in Thomas Tuchel’s plans this season although is under contract until 2021 and PSG want to recoup some of the €40m (£35.9m) they paid Wolfsburg in 2017. Saint-Maximin, 21, would still cost in the region of €20m (£17.9m) and would demand lower wages, although Real Sociedad are also interested. (France Football)

Aston Villa are expected to complete the loan signing of Lille’s Anwar El Ghazi after the Dutch winger has fallen out of favour under coach Christophe Galtier. El Ghazi is one of the higher earners at Lille and the club are keen to ease their wage bill, especially as they now have nine attacking players in their squad. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has declared his dream signings are PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard… if money was no object. Favre was asked who he’d like to sign the most out of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Robert Lewandowski and replied with Mbappe and Hazard as his “dream transfers”. Favre said, “When Hazard has the ball – oh la la.” (Sport Bild)

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Aston Villa Close To Securing Loan Signing Of Chelsea Striker Tammy Abraham

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Aston Villa are set to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan

Tammy Abraham spent last season on loan at Swansea City, scoring eight goals,

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is looking for reinforcements at Villa before the Championship loan window closes at the end of the month, and according to reports from ESPN FC, he is close to adding Abraham to his squad.

Tammy Abraham has experience of playing in the Championship, having scored 23 league goals in a loan spell with Bristol City in 2016-17 season.

Chelsea feel Abraham would benefit by going out on loan again this season to get regular first-team action under his belt so that he can continue his development.

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Former Chelsea Midfielder Steve Sidwell Announces His Retirement From Football

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Steve Sidwell has announced his decision to retire from professional football at the age of 35.

Steve Sidwell helped Brighton & Hove Albion gain promotion to the Premier League in 2017, but the midfielder was sidelined throughout the last campaign with back and ankle injuries.

That has resulted in Sidwell opting to hang up his boots, and the veteran has taken to social media to open up on his decision.

Sidwell said: “Inevitably all good things come to an end, and sadly today I close the chapter of my professional football career.

Sidwell retires having scored 63 goals from 512 appearances for Brentford, Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, Stoke City and Brighton

“I am so lucky and privileged to have lived every kid’s dream of playing football for a living, and to do that over a 20-year career is something I am extremely proud of, I am excited and ready for the next stage, which I will tackle head on, as I did throughout my career.

“Everything I have achieved would not have been possible without the support of my amazing family, the unconditional love from my wife Krystell, my four amazing children, my brother and sister, and most notably, my mum and dad. The sacrifices you made, and your commitment and belief in me helped to make my dreams a reality.

“For this, I will always be indebted to you, and my only goal throughout my career was to make you proud, and I hope I’ve done that. ”
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Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard Delighted After Completing Signing Of Kyle Lafferty

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he is delighted after completing the signing of Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty.

The Rangers announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have secured the services of Lafferty on a two-year contract.

Lafferty returns to a club which he represented between 2008 and 2012, and Gerrard has said that the Northern Ireland international was desperate to return to Ibrox.

Gerrard told the club’s Youtube channel: “He knows what this club’s about. There’s no risk in terms of him performing in front of the demand of this crowd and this club and the expectation.

“I believe we’re a young squad, so he brings vital experience to us. He’s a Rangers nut and he was desperate to come. I think he ticks all the boxes that I want as a front man. We know we’re quite bare up there without him, so that’s why we want him.”

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Manchester City Looking To Sign Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas On An Emergency Loan Deal

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Manchester City are reportedly looking to sign Keylor Navas on an emergency loan from Real Madrid.

Manchester City have lost back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to an Achilles injury that is expected to rule him out of action for around six months.

Youngster Daniel Grimshaw is City’s only other option, leaving Pep Guardiola facing a potential crisis if first choice Ederson is injured or suspended between now and February.

According to AS, plans are already in place to sign Keylor Navas, with the Premier League expected to sanction the loan deal if an agreement is reached between City and Madrid.

Navas future at the Bernabeu has been called into question following the recent arrival of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.

Barcelona back-up Jasper Cillessen is also being mooted, according to Spanish paper Sport.

City have already swooped for young Irish keeper Gavin Bazunu, but the 16-year-old cannot join until next season with the transfer window closed

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Pep Guardiola Hails Vincent Kompany As He Reaches Ten Years At Manchester City

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Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has described Vincent Kompany’s decade at the club as a “special” achievement and says that he is “proud” to work with the long-serving captain

Vincent Kompany is today celebrating 10 years since joining City from from Hamburger SV for £7.6m fee.

Kompany has played as big a part as anyone in City’s recent success, winning thee Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, an FA Cup and a couple of Community Shields.

Guardiola has praised the 32-year-old for reaching the landmark milestone, telling the club’s official website: “When one guy is with the same club for 10 years it’s because he is something special.

“So you have to be so proud like I am to work with you this period. Now will be our third year – thank you so much.”

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Danny Rose could leave Tottenham for a European club before the end of the month, despite returning to the squad for Saturday’s win over Fulham. Rose has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and he would be open to a move to the Ligue 1 champions.
Shkodran Mustafi believes Bernd Leno is the ideal “modern goalkeeper” and will thrive when given the opportunity to make his Premier League debut.
Toby Alderweireld, who also returned to the squad against Fulham, is expected to stay while Cameron Carter-Vickers will be allowed to leave on a season-long loan to a Championship club, with Swansea the favourites.
Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren hopes to sign two Premier League players before Saturday’s match against Wigan, after his side crashed to a fourth straight league defeat.
Roy Hodgson plans to loan out Crystal Palace captain Jason Puncheon as the midfielder aims to revive his career after almost eight months out with a knee injury.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United’s share prices have rocketed to a record high of £18.50 per share.
NAC Breda are not expecting goalkeeper Aro Muric to be recalled by Manchester City after injury to Claudio Bravo.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United’s Achraf Lazaar has revealed why his move to Genoa was called off at the 11th hour.
Siem De Jong is expected to sign for Sydney FC after an unsuccessful return to Ajax.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Aston Villa are expected to announce the double capture of Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi on season-long loan deals.
West Brom will step up the search for a technical director next month after the loan window closes.

EXPRESS & STAR
John Ruddy’s attitude has been acclaimed as ‘fantastic’ by Nuno Espirito Santo – who says the keeper has a big role to play whether he’s in the team or not.

THE DAILY ECHO
Fraser Forster is running out of time and options to find regular football this season. Saints are allowing the goalkeeper the opportunity to leave on loan but so far the 30-year-old hasn’t taken any offers that have come his way.

WATFORD OBSERVER
Watford are reportedly set to send Obbi Oulare out on loan, with Belgian club Standard Liege said to be interested in securing his services.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie is on Sunderland’s radar but the Black Cats face competition from Aberdeen to land him on loan.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull head coach Nigel Adkins says the search for new signings remains a pressing concern as next week’s loan deadline looms increasingly large.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Despite making no secret of wanting to add to his squad – Tony Mowbray won’t be forcing anyone out of the door at Blackburn.

THE STAR
Sheffield Wednesday are still weighing up their options in the transfer market, with the deadline for loan deals now only 10 days away.

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Kimmich: Lewandowski Needs Us To Score

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Joshua Kimmich is with Robert Lewandowski following his diatribe at the club’s management, but says the forward needs the team to score goals.

Lewandowski slammed the club for not defending him, after he was criticised following Bayern Munich’s exit from the Champions League, saying he felt no protection and felt alone.

The Poland international flirted with the idea of leaving Bayern Munich, but says the club’s fans convinced him to stay and Kimmich is holding him to that.

“I don’t know what was said to Robert personally and what was said in public,” Kimmich told reporters.

“But if Robert says that he missed that [support from the club], I don’t know if it’s true, but you have to believe him.

“I think that appraisal can’t be defined on the fact what was said in public. It’s just about communication, and you confirm that by talking face-to-face to a player.”

“I’m sure, Robert knows how important he is for us,” said Kimmich. “It is almost certain that he scores 30 goals in a Bundesliga season.

“On the other hand, he has to realise that he won’t score all those goals without the help of his team-mates. He can’t do that on his own.

“So there is not only appraisal from the other players towards him, but there has to be some appraisal from Robert towards us, too.”

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Balogun: Brighton Hove And Albion Must Be Consistent

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Leon Balogun has challenged Brighton Hove and Albion to remain consistent, after they secured a 3-2 win over Manchester United.

Brighton lost their opening game of the Premier League to Wolves, but bounced back with a 3-2 home win over United.

Balogun was impressed with the seagulls performance and has called on them to continue their form.

“It’s an amazing way to get our first win of the season – we’ve set the bar really high now and we showed a great reaction from the Watford defeat,” Balogun told club website.

“This is the level we always want to achieve consistently, and it was a great afternoon for me.

“It’s too early to make predictions, we’ve had one good game and one bad game and still have some aspects to improve – it’s about consistency and if we can perform like we have on Sunday, then it will be a strong season.”

Balogun came off the bench in the 3-2 win over United to replace the injured Lewis Dunk after 20 minutes and says he had no problems slotting in.

“Psychologically it wasn’t the biggest challenge for me because I’m 30-years old and have a lot of experience in the game,” he continued.

“The biggest thing was adapting to the style of play within the side, because I came back in quite late after the World Cup during the summer.

“It’s different in competitive matches, in the first goal Romelu Lukaku was my man and I didn’t pick him up during the second phase of play – the ball got deflected and I didn’t anticipate – these are the challenges that I still have to get used to.

“But the team made it quite easy and we talked a lot in defence and that helped me settle in quite fast – it’s normal that it might take a while.”

Brighton take on Liverpool in their next league game on Saturday, and Balogun already hinted on his expectation from Jurgen Klopp’s men.

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Guardiola Hails Special Kompany After 10 Years At City

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has described captain Vincent Kompany as special, as he celebrates 10 years at the club.

The Belgium international joined Manchester City on August 22 2008 from Hamburg, for £7.65 million and has won three EPL titles, three league cups, an FA Cup and two community shields.

The 32-year-old has faced injury problems since Guardiola joined City, notching 28 appearances in two years he has spent at the club.

But the City boss paid tribute to Kompany’s achievements over the last decade and said he was proud to work with the Belgium international.

“When one guy is with the same club for 10 years it’s because he is something special,” he told CityTV.

“So you have to be so proud like I am to work with you this period.

“Now will be our third year – thank you so much.”

Kompany’s team-mates joined the celebration of his decade at City, with Claudio Bravo saying: “Very few players have the privilege, to have a career like you have, with this club.”

Benjamin Mendy added: “You were born with this club!

“You are a great guy, a good man, a good captain with a lot of experience.”

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Jenas: Ballon d’Or Should Go To Kante Or Modric

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Jermaine Jenas believes the ballon d’or should go to either Modric or Kante, as he feels they have overlooked creative players due to their focus on Messi and Ronaldo.

The ballon d’or has gone to Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade, with Kaka the last player to have won it outside the two.

Jenas believes that World Cup winning players in deeper role deserve to be part of the discussion too and he thinks that with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi having never won it, it may be hard for players in deeper roles to get their ultimate recognition.

“You would like to think so [that others can compete for the Ballon d’Or],” BT Sport pundit Jenas told Goal. “I feel like we are in an era where there is a lack of respect to other footballers, even in light of what Messi and Ronaldo have done.

“What they have done is amazing but I feel like at the start of the season we just say whoever is best out of Messi and Ronaldo, gets the award. When you consider that players like Andres Iniesta or Xavi never won the Ballon d’Or then no one can.

“These two players, Messi and Ronaldo, don’t seem human and have had great seasons but if you really look at others players. Like Modric this year, [Franck] Ribery for Bayern a few years ago could have got it and he didn’t get a sniff.

“Now Kante is in that scenario, no matter what he does, he will get some recognition but never THE recognition for what he does. Even off the back of winning the World Cup, someone like Paul Pogba will get more plaudits. He had a great World Cup as well, but there’s a popularity thing as part of it.”

“I just watch football but the personality side of it is big too. [Paul] Pogba announced with Stormzy upon signing for Manchester United and the haircuts, I loved all that stuff. I came from an era where that would be unacceptable, where you kind of got told what to do.

“He puffs out his chest and he says, this is me, this is my style. You look at Kante, he looks like the shyest man in the world and from what I know from people who know him, he is extremely humble. There’s a lot to like about both but when it comes to getting noticed then Pogba is always going to be at the front.

“Pogba sells more shirts and he is big on social media. Kante has had great credit so far, but I don’t think he will ever win the Ballon d’Or.”

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Ronaldo: I Want My Son To Be A Footballer Like Me

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Cristiano Ronaldo says his dream is for Cristiano Jr to become a footballer just like him, as he has inherited his competitive nature.

The 8-year-old has impressed with his freekick and tricks, which Ronaldo posts on his social media.

And the Juventus star believes his eldest child will continue to follow in his example as he has the same motivation.

“He’s very competitive, like me when I was young, and he doesn’t like to lose,” Ronaldo said on his unveiling as DAZN’s Global Ambassador.

“He will be like me I am sure, 100 per cent. I hope that with my experience with my motivation, my goals, I can teach him some stuff, but you know he is going to be whatever he wants.

“I’m always going to support him, but of course I want Cristiano to be a football player because I think he has that drive.

“He has a good body, he’s fast, he has skills, he can shoot, but as you know he’s going to make his decision and he’s so young, I’m not going to pressure him. But that is of course a dream, to see my boy a football player.”

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Chelsea ‘Offer’ Willian To Real Madrid

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Shocking reports coming from Spain have it that Chelsea offered Willian to Real Madrid ahead of the Spanish transfer deadline!

While the transfer window may have closed in the Premier League and Serie A, it remains open in other European countries – Spain, France and Germany – as top clubs within these nations look to strengthen their squads before the August 31 deadline.

Sequel to this, there are reports that Chelsea’s Willian has been offered to Real Madrid.

Mundo Deportivo which first reported this, however claimed that Los Blancos have rejected the offer though and are looking elsewhere to strengthen their squad ahead of the deadline.

Bear in mind that the Brazilian was linked with a Chelsea exit this summer following an unhappy finish to last season due to his hostile relationship with Antonio Conte.

“My will is staying at the club, unless they want to sell me,” Willian said after the Community Shield loss to Man City at the start of the month.

“We never know, but I have been always clear about my wish of staying here. My head is here at the Chelsea, but we never know about tomorrow. I hope to remain at the club.

“I have always been clear about enjoying playing for Chelsea, I have never (said) that I wanted to leave the club, but some situations that have happened with the other coach left me upset.

While new boss Maurizio Sarri is also happy to keep Willian, he was not too happy with his timekeeping earlier this month.

“I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness, not about his future,” said Sarri.

“It was a very positive conversation. I am happy about it. There is not a Willian problem.

“Yes, I do (think he will stay). Very confident.”

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Henry Agrees To Manage Bordeaux

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Reports have it that Thierry Henry will take over the managing role at Girondins de Bordeaux, with the final decision on his appointment resting on General American Capital Partners (GACP) the club’s new owners.

The Arsenal legend is eager to take up the role, after Gus Poyet was suspended following his diatribe at the club over their transfer policy.

However, Poyet is still contracted to the club, but has been pushed out of his role at the club, with Bordeaux looking to fill the role.

Jurgen Klinsmann and Laurent Blanc were linked with the role, but Henry has emerged as the frontrunner for the job.

Bordeaux tried to offer Zinedine Zidane the opportunity to cut his teeth as a coach in the Gironde but now GACP, who take control of the club in September, will now make the final decision over whether to appoint Henry.

The Frenchman, who is currently an assistant coach with the Belgium national team, is very interested in the challenge, but only gave the green light to take to the role after certain conditions were met.

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Nasty C Launches Own Label ‘Tall Racks Records’ – Signs First Artist

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Nasty C Launches Own Label ‘Tall Racks Records’ – Signs First Artist

Months after announcing that he had signed a record deal with Universal Music Group,  Local rapper Nasty C has announced that he has just become the owner of a new record label called ‘Tall Racks Records‘.

The Jungle rapper, who took to social media to share the news, also announced the signing of his first artist Rowlene.

360Hawt: Nasty C Ft. A$AP FERG – King

He shared: “PROUD TO ANNOUNCE IM A RECORD LABEL OWNER. MY FIRST ARTIST IS THE AMAZING @rowlene_sa. TALL RACKS!! Coz that’s the agenda.”

“It’s official, I’m about to reign on them hoes JK love you guys,” she also wrote on Instagram, following the announcement. 

artist RowleneIn urban slang racks is referred to as one thousand cash within a rubber band, not be confused with a stack.

10 racks equals a stack. 100 racks equals one book. 1000 racks equals one bible.

The South African rapper also said he named the company Tall Racks because “that’s the agenda.”

Nasty C Launches Own Label ‘Tall Racks Records’ - Signs First ArtistAt the age of 21, the King hit-maker  has achieved quite a lot. He already has two solid albums under his belt, Bad Hair, released under Mabala Noise, and the latest, Strings and Bling, released under Universal Music Group.

He is also one of a few Mzansi rappers who are internationally renowned.

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Robert Lewandowski Reveals Why He Might Have Considered Quitting Bayern Munich

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Robert Lewandowski says he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich this summer, but has explained why the thought might have crossed his mind.

Speaking to Bild, he said: “In April, May, almost everyone shot me. I felt no protection from the club. I felt alone. I scored no goals in two or three important games and suddenly everyone was thinking: ‘Free shots at Lewandowski!’

“I did not see anyone who was behind me at the time. Nobody was behind me, neither [Karl-Heinz Rummenigge or Uli Hoeness] defended me.

“I felt I had just spent a season at Bayern and had zero credit from the club. That’s why I thought about a move.

“Now, I’m back at Bayern with my whole heart. I noticed here in Munich how the fans are behind me and I realise that they still want me. I would never go on a strike or mess with the club. I’m not wasting any thoughts about moving away anymore.”

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Ronaldo: I Joined Juventus Because Of Overhead Kick Applause

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that the standing ovation from the Juventus faithfuls, after he scored an overhead kick against them last year in the Champions League played a role in his decision to join the Turin side.

The former Madrid star scored a stunning goal in the first leg of the quarterfinal clash against Juve last season. The goal was so exquisite, he was applauded by the home fans.

Those fans wouldn’t have known it at the time, but their ovation would be a major factor when Ronaldo decided to move from Madrid to Juventus in the off-season.

“The small details make the big difference at the end of the day so … I would say what I saw in the stadium helped [the transfer],” Ronaldo said on his unveiling as DAZN’s first Global Ambassador.

 

“Not 100 per cent of course but some parts make you think.

The 33-year-old said his strike, which has been nominated for the UEFA Goal of the Season prize, produced a reaction from away fans that he had never seen before.

“[It] was in my opinion one of the best goals of my career so far,” Ronaldo said.

“And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘wow’.

“[It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so [it] was [an] unbelievable moment.”

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Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic Feels Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah Was Not Honest About Penalty Decision

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Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic believes that Mohamed Salah should have told referee Michael Oliver that the decision to give the penalty in their match With Liverpool was wrong.

Liverpool were given a penalty just before half-time at Selhurst Park, after former Red’s defender Mamadou Sakho appeared to trip Mohamed Salah as he looked to have a shot on goal.

The Reds went on to win the game 2-0 as Sadio Mane’s injury-time goal on the counter-attack sealed the three points for Liverpool

Speaking to the Telegraph, Milivojevic does not feel that VAR should be introduced into the Premier League, although the presence of video technology may have convinced Oliver to change his decision.

“I do not want VAR in this league,” he said. “In my opinion in this country, you have the best referees in the world. That is my opinion and I do not think VAR will help. They are human beings, and they make mistakes sometimes.”

Milivojevic was very close to the game-changing incident in which Liverpool took the lead through a James Milner penalty, and in his opinion Palace was robbed.

“He fell down and for the referee, it was a penalty,” he remarked. “I did not see the contact on Salah. For me, it was clear, it was not a penalty.

“I told him [Salah] ‘say to the referee it was not a penalty’. But he said ‘it was’. From his point of view, it was a penalty as well.”

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Report: Barcelona Midfielder Denis Suarez Turned Down Opportunity To Sign For Chelsea

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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez reportedly turned down the chance to move to Chelsea earlier in the summer, preferring to stay and fight for his place at the Camp Nou.

According to Spanish outlet El Partidazo de COPE, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was eager to bring Denis Suarez to London, having previously failed to sign him while managing at Napoli.

However, the Blues’ advances were firmly rebuffed by the 24-year-old, who is reportedly hellbent on establishing himself as a star with the Catalan giants.

Suárez began his career in the Celta youth academy, before moving to Manchester City to continue his development. After failing to break into the star packed side, the tenacious midfielder then moved to Barcelona B, before impressing on loan at Sevilla. After a solid season with Villareal, Barcelona brought Suárez back in 2016.

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Claudio Marchisio Posts Incredible Heartfelt Message After Leaving Juventus

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After joining Juventus at just 7 years and spending 25 years at the club, last week Claudio Marchisio and the Turin based club decided to mutually part ways

Claudio Marchisio, 32, released a statement on his Instagram on Wednesday regarding his recent departure from the club. The Italian international spoke of his love for the club and revealed he will forever be connected to the “two colours”:

Marchisio came through the academy of Juventus and made his first team debut in 2006 aged 20. He then joined Empoli on loan the following season

He won seven Scudetti, three Supercoppa Italiana titles and four Coppa Italia trophies while playing for the Italian giants.

“No matter what will be the next steps of my personal or professional life, it would appear therefore pointless or unfair to deny my heart and DNA will have forever just two colours.”

“The first time I put on the Juventus shirt I was seven and since then I have never taken it off, not for a second. I grew up following its philosophy.

“Firstly I tried to absorb it and then I tried to become an ambassador, both on the field and in everyday life.”

Marchisio also wrote in length on Juve’s ‘winning isn’t important, it’s the only thing that counts’ motto, and how it can relate to not only his life but also his football, outlining the different stages of his career to which it applies:

“Winning isn’t important, it’s the only thing that counts. When you honour the deal with yourself to do everything in your power not to disappoint the supporters, the most loyal and sincere supporters in the world.”

“When you realise that the last 25 years of your life suddenly will no longer belong to your present, there is only one way to keep winning: I am aware I won’t lose my memories because they are part of me and I’ll always be part of them, wherever I will be. Best wishes, Claudio.”

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West ‘Set To Welcome Fourth Child’

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West ‘Set To Welcome Fourth Child’

There are strong indications that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are preparing to welcome baby number four, just eight months after having baby Chicago West via gestational carrier.

According to US Weekly, the couple will choose the surrogacy route again, planning to implant their last remaining embryo “soon.”

The news outlet quoted a source as saying that the embryo is male, which would mean two boys and two girls for the West family.

“The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, and the Grammy winner, 41, plan to have the embryo implanted in a gestational carrier “soon,” a second insider said.

The reality star has long expressed her desire to have a big family – which also includes North, Saint and Chicago – revealing that she would like just one more baby. 

“I don’t think I could handle more than that,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians told Elle  U.S. in April.

“My time is spread really thin. And I think it’s important that in all couples, the mom gives the husband as much attention as the kids.”

Bear in mind that the couple hired a surrogate to carry Chicago because the reality star suffered from placenta accreta during her previous pregnancies.

“It’s a really tricky thing,” she recalled of the process. “What sex do you put in? I just said, ‘Which one is the healthiest? Pick the healthiest one,’ and that was a girl.”

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Pastor Murdered As Gunmen Kidnap His Wife In Kaduna

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Pastor Murdered As Gunmen Kidnap His Wife In Kaduna

Reverend Hosea Akuchi, a pastor of a Baptist Church, Guguwa, Nasira, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, has been killed by gunmen while attempting to resist abduction.

It is understood that moments after killing the cleric, the suspected bandits abducted his wife, Mrs. Talatu Hosea Akuchi, and placed a N5 million ransom on her head.

A source in the troubled area had said the attackers invaded the church premises at about 1:00a.m. on Monday and forced their way into the apartment of the clergyman, shot him and took away his wife.

Yesterday, the source said:

“The abductors said we need to pay them N5 million before they can release her to us.”

“They call a family phone line to tell us that heartless talk after killing the reverend in cold blood.

“How can this injustice continue in a country like Nigeria without any serious measures in place to check the activities of these people.”

“You can imagine that they now have the gut to walk into people’s home, kill and abduct and also have an effrontery to demand for ransom. Where and how can we get that money?”

“How can we become prisoners in our own country as law abiding citizens?”

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo said that the clergyman was shot while struggling with attackers whose intention may be to abduct him.

“In the early hours of this morning, information reaching us that some armed men storm the house of Reverend Hosea and attempted to kidnap him,” he said.

“But after struggling with them, they shot him and took away his wife. It is quite unfortunate that while we are keeping the peace we are enjoying in Kaduna, some criminals are doing this to sabotage our collective efforts.

“We have visited the scene of the unfortunate incident and we are trying our best to get to the root of this incident and as soon as we get more information, I will get back to you”

However, Sabo, who earlier confirmed the killing of the reverend, told newsmen that no ransom was placed on the abducted woman.

According to him “The assertion that a ransom is been placed on the women is not true. This rumour of N5 million has started going wild, even before establishing contact with them.”

“Investigation is still in progress and if there is any updates regarding the incident, it will be made known to the press,” the PPRO added.

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Pastor Murdered As Gunmen Kidnap His Wife In Kaduna

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Pastor Murdered As Gunmen Kidnap His Wife In Kaduna

Reverend Hosea Akuchi, a pastor of a Baptist Church, Guguwa, Nasira, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, has been killed by gunmen while attempting to resist abduction.

It is understood that moments after killing the cleric, the suspected bandits abducted his wife, Mrs. Talatu Hosea Akuchi, and placed a N5 million ransom on her head.

A source in the troubled area had said the attackers invaded the church premises at about 1:00a.m. on Monday and forced their way into the apartment of the clergyman, shot him and took away his wife.

Yesterday, the source said:

“The abductors said we need to pay them N5 million before they can release her to us.”

“They call a family phone line to tell us that heartless talk after killing the reverend in cold blood.

“How can this injustice continue in a country like Nigeria without any serious measures in place to check the activities of these people.”

“You can imagine that they now have the gut to walk into people’s home, kill and abduct and also have an effrontery to demand for ransom. Where and how can we get that money?”

“How can we become prisoners in our own country as law abiding citizens?”

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo said that the clergyman was shot while struggling with attackers whose intention may be to abduct him.

“In the early hours of this morning, information reaching us that some armed men storm the house of Reverend Hosea and attempted to kidnap him,” he said.

“But after struggling with them, they shot him and took away his wife. It is quite unfortunate that while we are keeping the peace we are enjoying in Kaduna, some criminals are doing this to sabotage our collective efforts.

“We have visited the scene of the unfortunate incident and we are trying our best to get to the root of this incident and as soon as we get more information, I will get back to you”

However, Sabo, who earlier confirmed the killing of the reverend, told newsmen that no ransom was placed on the abducted woman.

According to him “The assertion that a ransom is been placed on the women is not true. This rumour of N5 million has started going wild, even before establishing contact with them.”

“Investigation is still in progress and if there is any updates regarding the incident, it will be made known to the press,” the PPRO added.

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Lionel Messi And Sergio Ramos ‘To Lead Protest Against La Liga Games In United States’

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Barcelona Captain Lionel Messi is to lead the 20 La Liga club captains in fighting the league’s plans to play an overseas game in the United States.

Last week plans were announced by league officials to play a match across United States as part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevant.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and their 18 other peers will be at the headquarters of the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) this Wednesday to oppose the move, according to AS.

AFE President David Aganzo will deliver their stance against La Liga president Javier Tebas amid claims they were not consulted and that the Spanish Football Federation were also kept in the dark.

Exact details of the proposal have not yet been revealed, but there has been speculation that the deal could come into effect as early as this season.

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Lionel Messi And Sergio Ramos ‘To Lead Protest Against La Liga Games In United States’

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Barcelona Captain Lionel Messi is to lead the 20 La Liga club captains in fighting the league’s plans to play an overseas game in the United States.

Last week plans were announced by league officials to play a match across United States as part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevant.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and their 18 other peers will be at the headquarters of the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) this Wednesday to oppose the move, according to AS.

AFE President David Aganzo will deliver their stance against La Liga president Javier Tebas amid claims they were not consulted and that the Spanish Football Federation were also kept in the dark.

Exact details of the proposal have not yet been revealed, but there has been speculation that the deal could come into effect as early as this season.

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