WATCH VIDEO: Ronaldo Finally Speaks On Rape Allegations

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Ronaldo Finally Speaks On Allegations That He Raped An American Woman

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that he sexually assaulted an American woman – describing the allegation as “fake news”.

It was gathered that his lawyers are also set to sue German news magazine Der Spiegel, which published the allegations.

Ms Mayorga, 34, had told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The magazine reported that the two reached an out-of-court agreement which involved her remaining silent on the alleged rape and him paying her $375,000 (£275,000).

But speaking in an Instagram Live video to his 142 million followers hours after the claims were reported, Ronaldo, 33, slammed the reports as “fake news.”

In the Live video, Ronaldo answered a question from a fan and said: “No, no, no, no, no – what they said today [is] fake, fake news.

“They wanna promote by my name, it’s normal.

“They wanna be famous to say my name, yeah, but it’s part of the job.

“I’m a happy man and all good.”

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel reported that Ms Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has filed a civil complaint to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

He told the magazine: “The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries.”

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WATCH VIDEO: Ronaldo Finally Speaks On Rape Allegations

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Ronaldo Finally Speaks On Allegations That He Raped An American Woman

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that he sexually assaulted an American woman – describing the allegation as “fake news”.

It was gathered that his lawyers are also set to sue German news magazine Der Spiegel, which published the allegations.

Ms Mayorga, 34, had told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The magazine reported that the two reached an out-of-court agreement which involved her remaining silent on the alleged rape and him paying her $375,000 (£275,000).

But speaking in an Instagram Live video to his 142 million followers hours after the claims were reported, Ronaldo, 33, slammed the reports as “fake news.”

In the Live video, Ronaldo answered a question from a fan and said: “No, no, no, no, no – what they said today [is] fake, fake news.

“They wanna promote by my name, it’s normal.

“They wanna be famous to say my name, yeah, but it’s part of the job.

“I’m a happy man and all good.”

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel reported that Ms Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has filed a civil complaint to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

He told the magazine: “The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries.”

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NLC Calls Off Nationwide Strike

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NLC Calls Off Nationwide Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its ongoing nationwide strike following promises by the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on national minimum wage on October 4.

The NLC leaders, on Sunday, revealed that they had resolved to discontinue the nationwide industrial action which started last week because of the Federal Government’s decision to reopen the tripartite negotiation on a new national minimum wage.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, said government had formally extended its invitation to the organised labour unions to the tripartite meeting on minimum wage holding on Thursday.

Wabba said the meeting, scheduled to reconvene on Oct. 4, would enable the committee to conclude work on the minimum wage after the Federal Government must have given a figure on what it could afford for workers.

“Indeed on Thursday morning, the strike action commenced and was observed across the country.

“We similarly commend the members of the press for their vigorous and comprehensive reportage of the strike; we thank all Nigerians for their support.

“We have received a firm and formal invitation to a reconvened meeting of the tripartite committee scheduled for Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, 2018.

“We demand that this shall be the final session of the committee and that a final report will be submitted to Mr President immediately.

“In order to avail the committee the necessary conducive environment to hold this crucial meeting and conclude its work, organised labour has after obtaining the mandate of their necessary organs, decided to suspend the strike with effect from today, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018,” Wabba said.

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Ambode Says Sanwo-Olu Unfit To Rule Lagos, Was Arrested In US For Spending Fake Dollars

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Ambode Says Sanwo-Olu Unfit to Rule Lagos, Was Arrested In US For Spending Fake Dollars
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has disclosed that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his opponent in the race to secure the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 is not fit.
Speaking at a press conference at government house, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, Ambode said Sanwo-Olu was arrested for fraud in the US.

“We have never responded to the campaign of calumny on social media. We have one family in APC. The aspirant being put up to compete against us is not a fit and proper person to take this job,” he said.“I have done everything in the last three and half years to serve people selflessly and to serve the poor.”

“This particular aspirant is somebody that has been arrested for spend fake dollars in a nightclub in America, and he has been detained for months.

“He doesn’t have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do. This is somebody that has gone for rehabilitation before. The records are there at the Gbagada General Hospital. We don’t want to go to far. Our leadership should have a rethink.

“I plead with our leaders to have a rethink, It is not about me, it is about the opportunity that APC has.”

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Deschamps On PSG’s UCL Chance: Tuchel Is Not A Magician

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Didier Deschamps does not believe Thomas Tuchel’s managerial expertise will be enough to help Paris Saint Germain win the UCL.

PSG have dominated the domestic league, winning five of the last six titles and already hold a sizeable lead this season.

However, their dominance in France has not translated to continental success, with Tuchel brought in to rectify a series of early exits.

“[Tuchel] has a high level of social skills, works meticulously, has authority and at the same time has a certain closeness to the players,” Deschamps told Bild.

“[But] there is a lot going on Paris. He’s not a magician.

“They play in a league where they win most of the games even with the handbrake on and then suddenly find themselves in the Champions League again, against an opponent where the quality and aggression is completely different.

 

“The squad is not used to that.”

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Di Maria: Mbappe Is A Future Ballon d’Or Winner

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Angel Di Maria has backed his Paris Saint Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe to win the Ballon d’Or in the future.

The youngster, who won the World Cup with France is expected to be shortlisted for the prestigious award come October 9.

However, Mbappe is not expected to win the award this year, he has been backed by Di Maria to win it in coming years.

“If he continues at this level, he can win it in any year,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’ program. “We see in each of his matches the potential that he has – he exploits it every time, even if he is only 19.”

“I am very happy here, so I can only wait to see what will happen,” he added.

 

“The coach immediately came to talk to me, he made me understand that he was counting on me, that I was important to the team. I think he has come to win the Champions League … and we have a good chance of winning because we have Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. The best!

“The club knows what I want, we’ll see. I’d like to continue here, but I have always said that I would like to finish my career in Argentina. I hope that my last club in Europe will be Paris.”

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Lagos 2019: “I Won’t Step Down” – Ambode Dares Tinubu

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Lagos 2019: “I Won’t Step Down” – Ambode Dares Tinubu

The battle for the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for Lagos State took a new dimension on Friday as the State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode boldly informed a meeting of leaders of the party that he will not step down for their preferred candidate in the 2019 governorship race in the state.

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Ambode reportedly made this at the Bourdillon, Ikoyi home of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

A reliable source at the meeting told Saturday Sun that:

“Ambode was told in plain terms that the party will not support his second term ambition and as such should step down for the candidate the party members are clamouring for. But throughout the whole discussion and till the meeting ended, the governor stood his ground, explaining why he must run and that he will run if APC desires to win the state.”

The governor was said to have listed his achievements to convince the party leaders who equally failed to shift ground.

“He was busy speaking grammar when no single member at the meeting supported him. We wish him luck”, the source added.

The meeting chaired by Tinubu and called under the banner of Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) the most powerful clique in Lagos APC also had in attendance outgoing governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, his newly elected successor, Gboyega Oyetola, Ambode and other members of the 22-member council.

Conflicting Reports Emerge On Ambode, Tinubu Rift

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VIRAL VIDEO: Reactions As Oshiomhole Makes ‘Pain Of Rigging’ Blunder

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Reactions As Oshiomhole Makes ‘Pain Of Rigging’ Blunder

The National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has been trending on social media over a blunder he made during a press conference on Friday.

The APC chair made the gaffe while commenting on the Osun governorship rerun election which was won by Gboyega Oyetola, his party’s candidate.

The former Edo governor said: “I think that for democracy to flourish, only people who can accept the pain of rigging, sorry defeat, should participate in an election, because there must be a winner and there must be a loser.”

The internet wont stop talking about the costly gaffe.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Rafa Benitez wants to bring SPAL defender Francesco Vicari to Newcastle in January. The 24-year-old centre-back, a former Italy Under-21 international, has featured in all seven of SPAL’s games this season. (Sport Mediaset)

Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, but insists he isn’t looking to leave the Serie A side: “Fiorentina are the ideal club for a young player to grow up and I am very satisfied with my choice to play here.” (Tuttosport)Genoa will attempt to re-sign teenage sensation Pietro Pellegri on loan when the transfer window reopens. The striker, then just 16 years old, joined Monaco from Genoa in January for a reported fee of €25m. But he’s only made six appearances for the club and could make a return to Serie A to play regular first-team football. (Sport Mediaset)

Aleksandar Kolarov felt it would only be a matter of time until he made history in the Rome derby. After netting in Roma’s 3-1 win over Lazio last night, the Serbian became just the second player to score for both clubs in the Derby della Capitale. He said: “I always try to do my best, I knew sooner or later I would score a goal for the Giallorossi in the derby, so it was bound to happen.” (Sky Sport Italia)

Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo says the overhead kick he scored for Real Madrid against Juventus in last season’s Champions League was more beautiful than Mo Salah’s strike against Everton which earned the Egyptian the Puskas Award. On a live Instagram video, the Portuguese star said: “Salah deserved to win the Puskas award, it was a good goal. But let’s be honest, let’s not lie to ourselves, my goal was the most beautiful.” (Sport)

Gareth Bale was taken off at half-time of the Madrid derby as a precaution, Real boss Julen Lopetegui has confirmed. The Welshman didn’t feature after the break in the 0-0 draw and the Los Blancos boss said: “Gareth had discomfort in the break in his abductor and as a precaution did not come out in the second period. We are going to do some tests tomorrow and we will see [what the problem is].” (El Mundo)

Luis Suarez says Barcelona can’t rely on Lionel Messi to “solve everything” after the La Liga champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Bilbao. The Argentine started the game on the bench but, with Barca trailing, was introduced in the second half to help his side claim a point. “We cannot depend on Messi solving everything,” Suarez said. “Many of us are here because of what we did in other teams.” (AS)

After Messi and Ronaldo snubbed The FIFA Best Awards in London this week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has instructed the federation’s legal team to find a way to ensure attendance by nominated finalists from now on. (AS)

Germany

English starlet Jadon Sancho leads the top five European for assists despite having only played 124 minutes of Bundesliga action. The 18-year-old claimed his fourth and five assists of the German top-flight season in Borussia Dortmund’s win over Bayer Leverkusen. “The opponent knows that we have a real weapon in action as soon as Jadon enters,” Marcos Reus said. “We are glad that we have such an ace up our sleeve.” (Bild)

France

Manchester United have held early talks with Zinedine Zidane about replacing Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. United have made their worst start to a Premier League campaign, claiming just 10 points from their opening seven matches. Zidane is available after leaving Real Madrid in the summer, but may not be keen about taking over at United mid-season. (Le Sport 10)

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Leah Sharibu’s Mom Weeps After Boko Haram October Threat To Kill Daughter

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Leah Sharibu’s Mom Weeps After Boko Haram October Threat To Kill Daughter

The mother of Leah Sharibu, the only abducted Dapchi schoolgirl still in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents, Rebecca Sharibu, broke down in tears at a press conference on Saturday, appealing for the release of her daughter as she recalled the October deadline given to the Federal Government of Nigeria to act to save her life.

“I am here on behalf of my family, particularly me and my husband to plead with the entire world, most especially the federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, and the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), to please do whatever they can to ensure that Leah is released,” Rebecca said.

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“A threat has been sent out that with effect from October 2018, Leah Sharibu would be next in line to be killed. I am pleading with the Federal Government to do whatever they feel should be done to release Leah before the expiration of the ultimatum.

“Monday will be October 1. It is our desire that anybody that can do anything to free Leah should do that. We thank the entire world, most especially Nigerians for standing with the family and for their prayers on our behalf.”

Nathan, Leah’s father, said he does not know if the government and the insurgents have reached an agreement.

“They said the federal government did not respond to their demand; but we didn’t know what it is all about,” he said.

“Since this thing happened, the federal government has not listened to them. So, we don’t know what they mean about that one.”

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He pleaded with the government and international community to ensure the release of his daughter.

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Boko Haram Slaughters Own Commander Who Attempted To Escape With 300 Captives

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Boko Haram Slaughters Own Commander Who Attempted To Escape With 300 Captives

A high ranking Commander in Mamman Nur, a Boko Haram faction, Ali Garga, has been killed by his own colleagues after his acts of Treachery; his secret plan to surrender was discovered by some of his colleague.

Sources closed to the development disclosed that his colleagues were more angered after they discovered that he planned to surrender to the military and escape with about three hundred captives from their camp.

He was subsequently arrested and killed by other commanders still loyal to the Mamman Nur faction of the terrorist group.

The Punch quoted the source as saying on Saturday that Garga was killed on Thursday by other commanders loyal to Mamman Nur’s faction who got wind of the plan.

Garga, a Fulani man from Taraba State, was forced to join Mamman Nur three years ago after his cows were seized by Boko Haram on the fringes of the Lake Chad.

The source added that Gaga became a very priceless asset for the because of the extraordinary geographical knowledge of the busy terrain in the northeast that he possessed as a herdsman.

The source said: “The terrorist group trained Garga on how to fight and engage in combat operations.

“He also possessed an extraordinary ability to know the terrain because he was a herdsman. This made him reach the level of a commanding officer at the Mamman Nur faction.

“Garga was not interested in holding captives for ransom like others. What was paramount to him was getting his livestock back and continuing the life of a herdsman and being allowed to reunite with his family.”

The source said before Garga was killed, he was in touch with a foreign influencer who planned to rescue him and others.

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Independence Day: Nigeria Declares October 1 Public Holiday

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Independence Day: Nigeria Declares October 1 Public Holiday

The federal government of Nigeria has declared Monday, October 1, as public holiday to commemorate the country’s 58th Independence Anniversary.

The declaration was made known in a statement issued by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Umar.

Mr Dambazau, who congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary, urged them to sustain President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts at maintaining and strengthening the unity and peace of the country.

He emphasised government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth, social and political development based on democratic principles.

The minister added that in the past 58 years, Nigeria had made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on the lives of its citizens but also on infrastructure development as well as international relations.

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Ancelotti: Ronaldo Still At A Top Level

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Former Real Madrid coach and current Napoli coach, Carlo Ancelotti believes Juventus ace, Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at the level he was playing when he coached him.

The Portugal international assisted two goals and had a hand in the third, as Juventus beat Napoli 3-1 at the Allianz Stadium.

Ronaldo has scored three goals in seven appearances for the Serie A giant, with his red card in his UCL debut for Juve the only blot on his young Juve career.

“I’ve seen the usual Ronaldo, a player very important for his side,” Ancelotti said.

“He is constantly in the game and always a danger for opponents. He is always present in attack and, as I said before, he adds extra value to Serie A.

“It’s a pleasure to watch him playing in Italy.”

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Griezmann On Ramos Spat: He Is My Little Friend

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Antoine Griezmann has described Sergio Ramos as his little friend, after the Madrid captain publicly questioned his ambitions.

Ramos urged Simeone to teach the Frenchman some values, after the France international talked up his chances of claiming a Golden Ball.

Griezmann, a world cup winner with France, believes he is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi, prompting a reply from Ramos. The pair were on opposite sides on Saturday in the goalless Madrid derby.

Asked about Ramos afterwards, the Atleti man said: “He’s my little friend, I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s an example for the kids and a great centre-back.

“For me, this is a game, I like to have fun with my team-mates and with players from other teams.

“Sometimes I’m ‘poking’ and this time I was ‘poked’.”

Ramos also discussed Griezmann following the clash and the Spain international told Movistar Plus: “I have not spoken with Griezmann, regardless of the opinion of each other, one must always have the utmost respect for a fellow professional.”

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Vinicius Junior: Madrid Debut An Unforgettable Experience

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Real Madrid starlet, Vinicius Junior has described his senior debut for the UCL champions, as a day he will never forget.

The 18-year-old completed his €45 million transfer from Flamengo to Madrid in the off-season.

He came on in the 87th minute, replacing Benzema to be the first player born in the 2000 to line up for the Los Blancos.

Reflecting on his first senior appearance, having starred for Madrid’s Castilla side, Vinicius told Real Madrid TV: “I’m really pleased to have made my first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt.

“I want to thank all of the players who help me to improve in every training session and [Julen] Lopetegui too.

“It was a really happy moment for me.

 

“Right from a young age, I dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, the best team in the world.

 

“I’m really grateful for the support from all of the fans. It’s a day I’ll never forget. There are no words to describe this moment.

“We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn’t manage to convert our chances.

“We dominated the play but we now have to switch our attentions to the Champions League.”

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Simeone Slams VAR For Missing Casemiro Handball

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Atletico Madrid gaffer, Diego Simeone has hit out at the Video Assistant Referee for missing an obvious handball by Casemiro.

Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by the Rojiblancos, but it could have been a different issue had the handball being penalized.

Despite VAR being available in La Liga this season, the incident was not reviewed and Atletico were denied a great opportunity to take the lead, leaving Simeone irritated.

“What do you want me to say,” Simeone said in his post-match news conference.

“There are four of them [officials] for VAR up there, four [officials] down [on the ground]. They can make mistakes, as they were all wrong.

“I guess they did not stop the play because they saw it in a normal play, because it’s interpretable.

“Last year with [Samuel] Umtiti [against Barcelona] the same thing happened, they said it was involuntary, but what do you want me to say? The ball went towards the goal.”

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Ronaldo: I Deserved To Win Puskas Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo believes the puskas award won by Mohamed Salah, should have gone to him.

The former Madrid international netted a stunning overhead kick last season in the UCL against Juventus.

Ronaldo was nominated alongside Bale and Salah, with the Liverpool man winning the award.

Ronaldo did not attend the awards night but in an question and answer session via his Instagram account, he reacted to being snubbed by world football’s governing body.

“Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal,” the 33-year-old said.

“But let’s be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most beautiful.

“I’m not disappointed, it’s life, sometimes we win and others lose.

“What interests me is that in fifteen years of career I managed to maintain the same level of performance.”

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Real Madrid Boss Julen Lopetegui Claims They Were Better Than Atletico Madrid In Goalless Draw

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Real Madrid were held by city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but boss Julen Lopetegui still thinks his side were vastly superior.

Julen Lopetegui is adamant Real Madrid were the better team “by far” in their 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

“We were the better team by far, but if you don’t score a goal, then, obviously, you can’t win,” he told reporters.

“The goals will come, I don’t have any doubts about that. We created a lot of chances, and if we keep doing that then I’ve no doubt the goals will flow.

“Atletico are a great team. They have joined the elite with some magnificent signings, they have a spectacular squad.

“They are contenders to win everything, so I’m happy because we were better than a great team.”

Lopetegui and Madrid suffered the blow of losing Gareth Bale to a thigh injury at half-time, but his replacement Dani Ceballos injected some much-needed craft and the coach applauded his impact.

“Gareth felt something in his adductor in the first half,” Lopetegui added. “He came off as a precaution and will have tests tomorrow, so we will see what he actually has.

“Dani came on today and did fantastic. He played very well when the team was more balanced and playing better in the second half.

“That meant we won the ball back a lot in their half. Dani showed the personality and character he has, his physical and technical gifts.”

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Report: Zinedine Zidane Learning English As He Prepares For Manchester United Job

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With Manchester United are in turmoil on and off the pitch at the moment, it looks as though Zinedine Zidane is fully preparing to take over the reigns at the club, according to a report

Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Man Utd has not been an easy one at any point, and the pressure seems to be at an all-time high at the moment.

The ‘Red Devils’ have had a terrible week, after throwing away two points to draw with Wolves and then losing to Derby County in the EFL Cup in mid-week, they embarrassingly slumped to another defeat in the Premier League when they lost to West Ham on Saturday

Added to that, the feud between Mourinho and Pogba has gradually escalated in the last week, with no resolution between the two in sight.

Rumours that Zinedine Zidane has been keen on taking over at Old Trafford are not new but seems as though the former Real Madrid manager has now stepped up that interest.

The ‘Sun’ claim that he has started taking English lessons, so that he will be able to communicate sufficiently should he be called upon by Man Utd to take over from Jose Mourinho.

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Paul Pogba Can’t Help Manchester United Win On His Own – Dider Deschamps

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France coach Didier Deschamps heaped praise on Paul Pogba amid his struggles at Manchester United.

Didier Deschamps insisted Paul Pogba cannot win games for Manchester United on his own as he defended the star midfielder and his leadership qualities.

Pogba helped France to World Cup glory in Russia but he has struggled to replicate that form at United in the Premier League amid a tense relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho stripped Pogba – who was substituted in Saturday’s shock defeat to West Ham – of his vice-captaincy responsibilities, while the pair were involved in a training-ground confrontation on Wednesday.

Asked about Pogba’s performances for France compared to his displays at United, Deschamps said: “For Paul, it depends not only on him but also the team he is in, the collective way of playing. It is not a case of one player who makes the team win.”

Deschamps added: “There are a few things people ought to know. First of all, there is an image of Paul that doesn’t correspond to who he is. Maybe it is because he is a bit eccentric, a bit demonstrative.

“He has been with me since 2013 – that is five years now – and the way he functions is not about him for himself, it is him as part of the group. That is really important.

“His image in the media makes everything quite complicated. The amount of the transfer to Manchester United is ridiculous … it wasn’t easy to manage.

“During this World Cup, he managed to get a normal image back. The fact he talks, it liberates him a bit, but the most important thing is that Paul came to this World Cup with a very precise idea: he wanted to prepare himself to be world champion. That is what he had in his mind.”

Deschamps also praised Pogba and his leadership within the France squad, saying: “He has taken many things upon himself. He has been a leader. Each time he had to talk and express himself it was always very positive. It’s the words he uses and the atmosphere and the feeling that comes across.

“He is not the only one but he is one of the leaders who took it upon himself because the group needed it. On the pitch, he did what needed to be done as well.”

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Vinicius Junior Pleased To Make His Real Madrid Debut

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Vinicius Junior has spoken about the excitement of making his first senior appearance for Real Madrid on Saturday.

Vinicius came off the bench in Madrid’s goalless LaLiga draw with Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The 18-year-old, who finalised his €45million transfer from Flamengo in the off-season after agreeing on a move to Madrid last year, replaced Karim Benzema in the 87th minute to become the first player born in 2000 to play a competitive game for the Spanish club.

Reflecting on his first senior appearance, having starred for Madrid’s Castilla side, Vinicius told Real Madrid TV: “I’m really pleased to have made my first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt.

“I want to thank all of the players who help me to improve in every training session and [Julen] Lopetegui too. It was a really happy moment for me.

“Right from a young age, I dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, the best team in the world. I’m really grateful for the support from all of the fans. It’s a day I’ll never forget. There are no words to describe this moment.

“We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn’t manage to convert our chances. We dominated the play but we now have to switch our attention to the Champions League.”

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I Haven’t Retired From Football Yet – Shola Ameobi

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Shola Ameobi insists he has not retired from football and would consider signing for a club if the right offer came up.

Shola Ameobi,36, is a free agent after being released by Notts County at the end of last season.

“I’m doing bits and bobs,” Ameobi told Soccer AM. “I made a decision with the family that I wanted to be closer to Newcastle, which obviously limits the clubs you can look for.

“I’ve kept myself fit and I haven’t retired officially. It would have to be the right club. It’s not something I’m actively pursuing but if something came up I’d definitely be ready.”

Since his release from Notts County, Ameobi has continued coaching at Newcastle’s academy, the system where he developed into a professional.

Should a playing contract fail to materialise, Ameobi says he would explore coaching opportunities.

“I’ve had to think about the future,” he added. “I’ve done all of my coaching badges and A Licence.

“I’ve been coaching with the academy for years now since I was at Newcastle. I enjoy passing on what I learnt because I grew up in that academy and have a lot of experiences.”

Ameobi made nearly 400 appearances for Newcastle during a 14-year association for the north-east club.

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

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  • Senior sources at Manchester United have dismissed claims the club have approached Zinedine Zidane over the prospect of replacing Jose Mourinho.
  • Pep Guardiola wants to make a record £200m January bid for Kylian Mbappe.
  • John Terry is set to become manager of Chelsea – with the U23 team.
  • Alvaro Morata is fighting for his place in Maurizio Sarri’s long-term plans at Chelsea.
  • Sergio Aguero is struggling to be fully fit for Manchester City’s top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool next week.
  • Joe Gomez is being tipped to become an England cornerstone by boss Gareth Southgate.
  • Manchester United staff believe Jose Mourinho could be sacked by the end of this week.
  • Steven Gerrard won’t under-estimate Premiership shock troops Livingston – and has already watched them four times before Rangers’ trip to West Lothian.
  • Manchester United could be stuck with Paul Pogba until the end of the season if he sets his heart on a move to Barcelona.
  • Chelsea are set to revive their interest in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
  • Paul Pogba has told Manchester United team-mates that he will not back down in his battle of wills with Jose Mourinho – and is even prepared to state that he no longer wishes to play for the Old Trafford manager should their conflict further escalate.
  • Jose Mourinho reportedly reprimanded Alexis Sanchez in front of the entire Manchester United squad before dropping him against West Ham.
  • Chelsea has joined the hunt for Eden Hazard’s kid brother Ethan.
  • Didier Deschamps has defended Paul Pogba’s leadership qualities during a week when he was told by Jose Mourinho that he would never captain Manchester United again.
  • Rangers star Graham Dorrans says he is ready to face Livingston on their artificial surface after his injury layoff.
  • Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers insists he will never park the bus in Europe to get a result.
  • Odsonne Edouard is a doubt for Celtic’s Europa League clash against Salzburg after limping off against Aberdeen.

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Sarri Lauds Hazard’s All Round Performance Against Liverpool

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Maurizio Sarri has praised Chelsea star, Eden Hazard for his defensive showing in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

The Belgium international scored a solo effort against the Reds in midweek, before netting the opener on Saturday.

Sarri has hailed his intensity in the encounter, as Hazard scored his seventh goal of the season.

“I’m really very happy with the defensive performance of Hazard today, especially in the second half,” Sarri told a post-match news conference.

“I think at the end of the season we can have four, five players over 10 goals. And so it’s not only Hazard.

“Of course, Hazard is the first, but I think Pedro, Willian, [Alvaro] Morata, will be able to score more than 10 goals in a season.”

“I am disappointed because they scored in the last minutes,” Sarri added.

“But at the end I am really very happy – first of all with the performance and I think also a draw is the right result. The match was wonderful.

“I think [Manchester] City and Liverpool are a step ahead of us. It’s very difficult. I think we can fight for the Champions League places.

“Here it’s very difficult to arrive in the first four. There are six, seven top-level teams, top in Europe, not only in England.

“It’s not easy to get in the Champions League. We have to try of course. We have to try to stay very close on the table with the top-level teams. And we have to try to improve.”

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Carabao Cup Draw: Frank Lampard Returns To Chelsea With Derby County

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Frank Lampard will make a return to  Chelsea as his Derby County side drew his former club from his playing days in the Carabao Cup fourth-round draw

Less than two months into his first season as Derby manager, Lampard’s reward for winning at Manchester United in the previous round is a trip to Stamford Bridge, where he spent most of his playing career.

In his time at Chelsea from 2001-14, Lampard became the club’s record scorer with 211, made 649 appearances, and was the heartbeat of teams that won three English Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, the Champions League once, and two League Cups.

The other big clubs left in the draw largely avoided each other as Manchester City will host Fulham and Arsenal are at home against Blackpool, while Tottenham will face a derby away to West Ham.

Fourth-round ties to be played the week of Oct. 29:

Manchester City v Fulham
Bournemouth v Norwich City
Arsenal v Blackpool
Leicester City v Everton/Southampton
West Ham v Tottenham
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Derby County
Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest

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