Guardiola: City Cannot Go Unbeaten

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Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester City’s stunning start to the Premier League cannot be sustained.

Manchester City set a new record of 15 consecutive victories in the Premier League, opening a 11 points lead at the summit.

The Etihad Stadium outfit will face Tottenham on Saturday, and will hope to continue their umbeaten run.

But the City boss is adamant they will not be able to match Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04.

“That is not going to happen,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.

“That belongs to Arsene Wenger and his amazing Arsenal in 2004. We are going to lose games.

“Today is completely different with the intensity and a lot of games. Now, [our run] is an exception. It is not normal what we have done.

“We are so happy and we are going to fight to maintain it as long as possible. But people, teams lose games and that is going to happen.”

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Klopp: We Are All Fighting For Second

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has given up entirely on the title, as he believes they are all fighting for second place.

Manchester City have stormed to the top of the league, winning 16 out of their 17 games and drawing just one, scoring 52 goals so far.

Klopp believes they cannot chase the Etihad club, who are 11 points clear at the top of the table.

“This season nobody is really fighting any more for the title. I don’t think United are,” the German told UK newspapers ahead of his team’s trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

“We will all try to come as close as possible but if City doesn’t have any drop then they will probably win it so does that mean all the others have to stop?

“To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target. So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us for the last – I don’t know how many years – is probably third or second.”

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Conte: Luiz Has Serious Knee Injury

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Antonio Conte has revealed that the knee injury keeping Chelsea defender, David Luiz sidelined is a serious one, but hopes for a speedy recovery.

The Brazil international centre back has been in and out of the squad this season, due to a fluctuating form.

However, knee injury has ensured Luiz stays on the sidelines and Conte is hoping to have him back soon.

“David has an inflammation in the knee and we are trying to solve this situation with the doctor,” Conte told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Southampton.

“It’s important to assess the situation day by day and to try to solve this problem. I don’t know when he’s able to come back, but for sure we are trying to sort his situation.

“The player is working apart [from the rest of the team] and the last days he was outside and in the pool.

“Today he was swimming and out on the pitch to run a bit, but very slowly. This is a serious problem, but we hope to solve it as soon as possible.

“I think every player is frustrated when they don’t play, especially when injured. For sure, there’s a lot of frustration for the injury and because every player wants to try to put difficulty into the coach’s choices.

“I understand, I was a player and when I was injured I was very sad because you want to feel well and be ready for the competition and training. But injuries are part of the job.”

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Christoph Zimmermann Signs New Norwich Contract

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Defender Christoph Zimmermann has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with Norwich City.

He has made 20 Sky Bet Championship appearances since his opening day debut against Fulham.

Zimmermann told the club’s official website: “I’ve mentioned it before, but in the summer I was just happy to have the chance to come here and play for Norwich City. It’s the best thing that could have happened for me.

“I’m looking forward to having some more years here.”

Christoph Zimmermann moved to Carrow Road on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund II in the summer.

Head Coach Daniel Farke told the club website: “We are really happy with Christoph’s performances.

“He’s an intelligent guy. He’s adapted to Championship football very quickly.”

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Former Arsenal Midfielder Kim Kallstrom Retires From Football

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Kim Kallstrom, who won 131 caps for Sweden, announced on Friday that he is hanging up his boots aged 35.

The left-sided midfielder had returned to one of his first clubs, Djurgardens, in Stockholm, on a two-year deal before the recently completed Swedish season.

Kim Kallstrom won national league titles with Djurgardens and Lyon and also played for Rennes, Spartak Moscow, Grasshoppers and Arsenal.

Kallstrom insisted that he no longer has the energy or desire to train in between the ‘fun’ matches.

‘I feel I’m done, and I’ve done what I can on the field,’ the tearful Kallstrom told reporters at an emotional news conference in Stockholm.

‘It’s fun to play matches at the weekend, but you have to be able to do the work during the week. I feel I lack the energy there.’

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No Playing Guarantees For Islam Slimani – Claude Puel

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Leicester boss Claude Puel has offered no guarantees record signing Islam Slimani will stay with the Foxes.

The striker has played just 10 minutes since Puel was appointed manager in October. He has failed to impress since a £30m move from Sporting Lisbon in August 2016, netting 12 times in 41 games.

“Time will tell to speak about the January transfer window but he is in the squad,” Puel told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

“He was on the bench for the first game. He provides the same option as Ulloa because Ulloa works very well in the training session, harder.

“I think now Islam Slimani is working very well also. It is always difficult for me to make assurances with competition between the players.”

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has Arsenal fans dreaming of a January move for the Frenchman after he liked a post on Instagram which simply said: “Welcome to Arsenal.”
Diego Simeone’s revelation that Antoine Griezmann can leave Atletico Madrid has put Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United on alert.
Christian Benteke admits he is going through a “tough time” at Crystal Palace as his goal drought at the club continues.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Valencia are confident that Manchester United will not look to recall Andreas Pereira in January from his season-long loan move in Spain.
Manchester City’s hopes of signing Alexis Sanchez in January were dealt another blow after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said no player would leave in the next transfer window.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Sam Allardyce says potential transfers at Everton will be a “collective” decision made alongside director of football Steve Walsh and club owners Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Steve Bruce says John Terry should be back in first-team action in the next couple of weeks.
West Brom are among three Premier League clubs tracking Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian revealed Newcastle and Crystal Palace wanted to sign him in the summer, but the Hammers “didn’t open the door” to a possible move.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has ruled out a move for Bournemouth’s Lewis Grabban, who is currently on loan at Sunderland.

EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom winger James McClean admits it would be a “dream” to play for Celtic before he retires.

THE SENTINEL
“I don’t do relegation” – Those were the defiant words of Stoke boss Mark Hughes ahead of Saturday’s clash against fellow strugglers West Ham.

THE DAILY ECHO
Mauricio Pellegrino says he will only pick players “100 per cent committed” following their 4-1 loss at home to Leicester in midweek.

GET WEST LONDON
QPR directors Johan Raslan and Nazir Razak have handed in their resignation from QPR Holdings Ltd, the holding company for the football club, one year after joining.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Sheffield United are among a number of Championship clubs interested in former Derby loanee James Wilson.

EVENING GAZETTE
Middlesbrough’s 18-year-old winger Marcus Tavernier has signed a new deal with the club amid reported interest from Arsenal and Everton.

THE STAR
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is confident that Tottenham will not look to recall on-loan defender Cameron Carter-Vickers in January.

Interim Rangers boss Kenny Miller admits Kenny Miller is unlikely to face Glasgow rivals Celtic on December 30.

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Diego Maradona Wants Kylian Mbappe To Replace Gareth Bale At Real Madrid

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Diego Maradona has revealed that he told Real Madrid to offload Gareth Bale and replace him with Kylian Mbappe.

Maradona, who starred for Argentina when they won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, believes Real should cut their losses with Bale.

The Wales star cost Madrid a then world-record fee of £80m in 2013 but has missed the majority of this season through injury, while Mbappe is part of Paris St Germain’s prolific strike force that includes Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Maradona made his feelings clear in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS when he said: “Bale? Let them sell Bale or give him away, although (Real president) Florentino (Perez) is less likely to give him away… but I think they had to sign Mbappe.”

Bale has a chance to win over the Argentina legend when his Real Madrid side take on Gremio in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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Renato Sanches Not Returning To Bayern Munich In January

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Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes is surprised by reports that Renato Sanches could be returning from his loan spell at Swansea in January.

Renato Sanches has struggled since his move to the Premier League on deadline day, so far failing to score in 10 appearances and being unable to secure a regular role in Paul Clement’s side.

He has not played since coming off the bench for five minutes against Stoke City on December 2, not even making their bench for matches against West Brom and Manchester City.

There had been reports that Swansea and Bayern were in talks to terminate their loan agreement but Heynckes played that down and stated he is still full of belief in the 20-year-old’s ability.

‘I assume that Hasan Salihamidzic [Sporting Director] talked to him on the phone,’ he is quoted as saying to Bild. ‘I’m surprised. I’m not worried about getting him back to Bayern.

‘You also have to see if that makes sense. In midfield, we have no need.’

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Mohamed Salah Wins Player Of The Month Award For November

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Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has won the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for November.

Mohamed Salah currently sits at the top of the goalscoring charts in the top flight, and the Egyptian has been rewarded for netting seven times during November

The summer signing netted doubles against each of West Ham United, Southampton and Stoke City, while he also netted an important goal in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

In total, Salah has contributed 18 goals and four assists in 23 appearances since moving to Anfield from Roma ahead of this season.

Earlier on Friday, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola picked up the managerial accolade for the third successive month.

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Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson Hoping To Keep Yohan Cabaye At The Club

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is keen to keep midfielder Yohan Cabaye at Selhurst Park.

Yohan Cabaye is in the final months of his contract, having arrived in south London from Paris Saint-Germain for £10m in July 2015.

Palace risk losing him on a free transfer over the summer but Hodgson feels he has improved after a period of inconsistency, leaving the former England boss keen to utilise his talents as they bid to avoid relegation.

“If you say to me would I like Yohan Cabaye to keep working here with me, then of course the answer is ‘yes’,” he said.

“I’m a big admirer of his and he’s doing a fantastic job.

“But his situation with the club will be discussed with [director of football] Dougie [Freedman] and the chairman [Steve Parish] and then they’ll bring me in on the discussion at the appropriate time.

“There’s no doubt he’s one of the players we have who are bonafide, quality, Premier League players who can keep us in the league, and that group needs assisting by being boosted, not pruning down in any way.

“I’d be surprised if the people who watched us play weren’t impressed by his performances in the middle with Luka Milivojevic; they’ve been very, very good together.

“I’m pretty certain he won’t go anywhere this season and at the moment that’s the only thing in the forefront of my mind: the 2017/18 season, keeping us in the league.

I can’t allow my energy or my enthusiasm for the job to be dented in any way by thoughts of 2018/19.”

Cabaye has only missed three league games for Crystal Palace this season and has established a formidable partnership with Milivojevic at the heart of their midfield.

The Eagles are unbeaten in six games and only find themselves still in the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Antoine Griezmann Allowed To Leave Atletico Madrid – Diego Simeone

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Diego Simeone has confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid.

The 26-year-old is reported to be a target for a number of Europe’s largest clubs, with Manchester United linked with a move for the France international last summer.

Antoine Griezmann is expected to remain at Atletico for the remainder of the season, but it appears he has been given the all clear by Simeone to leave the club in the future.

‘Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way (Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave,’ he told L’Equipe.

‘I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful.

‘If a player comes to me and says, ‘Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave’. If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I’ll say it’s no problem. I know that he needs to grow.

‘Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave.’

Griezmann wrote in his autobiography that he would be open to a move to United.

‘It all depends on various factors. Manchester United is a possibility. I have nothing against England – except for the weather’.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma Responds To AC Milan Fans After They Slammed Him

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Gianluigi Donnarumma has denied he was put under pressure to sign his most recent AC Milan contract.

The young goalkeeper has been under renewed fire from supporters after a report claimed he felt ‘forced’ to sign a deal worth more than £5m a year.

Milan fans, some of whom threw fake money at him in the summer, unfurled a banner in the San Siro this week that read: ‘psychological violence by giving you €6million-a-season and signing your parasite brother? It’s time to leave… our patience with you is over!’

Gianluigi Donnarumma posted on Instagram on Friday: “It was a bad night, and I didn’t see it coming.

“I never said that I had any moral violence when I signed the contract. Despite everything I look forward and head to the next game. Forza Milan!”

Manchester United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all reported to have shown at interest in the 18-year-old Donnarumma, who is represented by renowned agent Mino Raiola.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

An injury to Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano’s desire to leave the club during the winter window may force Barcelona to go shopping next month. The La Liga leaders are interested in bringing Stefan de Vrij and Manchester United’s utility man Daley Blind to the Nou Camp. The Dutch left-back is a long-term Barcelona transfer target with the club being linked to him back in 2014. (Marca)

Barcelona have cooled their interest in Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, rumoured to be a Manchester City transfer target, because they’re trying to save money for the Philippe Coutinho deal. At €32million, Martinez wouldn’t be cheap and there are better value for money defenders on the market right now. (Marca)

Diego Maradona has revealed that he encouraged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Kylian Mbappe during the summer transfer window: “I told Florentino to sign Mbappe. I told him when we saw each other at FIFA. But he told me you know I have Cristiano [Ronaldo]’”. (AS)

Malaga are struggling in La Liga and are currently just a single point off the foot of the table. They’re looking to bring in reinforcements during January and have identified Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente as a possible target. The midfielder would be available on loan after failing to break into the first team under Zinedine Zidane this season. (Marca)

Italy

Super-agent Mino Raiola wants Gianluigi Donnarumma to sign for Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus. A deal to take him to the latter has been in the works for some time due to the fact Pavel Nedved, the vice-president of the Turin club, is a former client of Raiola’s and still maintains a good friendship with him. Juventus would be prepared to offer €50m for the 18-year-old shot-stopper as well as sending Wojciech Szczesny to the San Siro. (Calciomercato)

Inter Milan want to bring in Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij. The 25-year-old was expected to put pen to paper on a new deal in the Italian capital but it’s not materialised just yet and his current contract expires this summer meaning he’s able to talk to clubs next month ahead of a free transfer. Luciano Spalletti, the Inter Milan head coach, wants to bolster his defensive options. (Corriere dello Sport)

Germany

Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to sign West Ham United’s Reece Oxford on a permanent basis. The defender is on loan with the Bundesliga side and has made just one start, fuelling speculation he could be returning to his parent club this January. But Max Eberl, Gladbach’s sporting director, revealed on Thursday that talks are already underway as the club look to buy Oxford. (Kicker)

Johannes Geis, currently on loan at Sevilla, has suggested he might not return to Schalke in the summer: “If Sevilla is satisfied and wants me, why not? Schalke was important for me as a development step, I learned a lot there, even though it did not go so well in the end at the end of the day.” (Kicker)

France

Former Newcastle United midfielder Florian Thauvin is wanted by Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old versatile midfielder has impressed this season having already netted eight goals. The German giants want to add options to their attack with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben not getting any younger while Atletico see him as a potential replacement for Antoine Griezmann. (L’Equipe)

Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer. The Belgian’s current contract expires in the summer and he’s yet to agree a new one with the Old Trafford club. The Ligue 1 leaders are prepared to offer the 30-year-old a four-year deal to bring him to the Parc des Princes. (Le10Sport)

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Klitschko: Joshua Can Unify Heavyweight

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Former heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua can unify the heavyweight division.

The Nigerian born British boxer is undefeated in his professional fights and holds the IBF and WBA ‘super’ titles.

Joshua is poised to face WBC holder Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO belt in coming months and Klitschko believes he can hold all belts.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I have passed the torch to the younger lion.

“I wish, from the bottom of my heart, he continues to carry this torch for a long time and is very successful just like I was.

“Joshua is capable of unifying the division, absolutely.”

Klitschko said: “I’d say the more Joshua shines, the better I shine. If I lost, I want to make sure I lost to the better man.

“It was an incredible fight. We both had fun, the fans had fun. It was win-win for all of us.

“It doesn’t feel like a loss. I won a lot of respect that I never had, even when I won my world titles.

“My ego wanted to win. But to experience what I did, I wouldn’t change the end result. It opened doors and made my sporting life more colourful.”

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Winks: Spurs Want To Outplay City

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Tottenham midfielder, Harry Winks has revealed that they intend to take the game to Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola and his men are currently on a record 15 consecutive wins and lead the EPL with 11 points, after 17 games in the league.

Tottenham just got back into the top four after a win over Brighton Hove and Albion and are 18 points behind the leaders, however, Winks has confidence in his squad’s ability.

“We’re confident in our ability. We think we can go there and match them,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.

“Obviously it’s down to the manager the way we play, but we’ll go into the game the way we go into every game: positive and on the front foot. We’ll try to out-possess them and outplay them.

“We know what we’re like as a team, we know how good we can be, how good we are. It’s a good place to set a standard and make a marker and a point.

“There’s no point in going into a game and not thinking you’re going to win. We’re a positive team, we like to think we’re one of the top teams in the division. We have to go there and prove that. We’re confident at the moment, obviously on the back of two wins and we’ll go there with full confidence and try to win.

“It’d be nice to go there and get the win, first and foremost to get the three points. But to end their run would be nice as well, it’ll be a good incentive to try to get that as well.

“I know it’s going to be tough, I know they’re a good side and you have to respect them. There’s going to be times in the game when you have to adapt and play a bit differently and that’s down to the way the manage
r wants us to play.

“They’re a good side, they’re showing how good they are but so are we. We went there last year, performed well and got a good [2-2] draw. We’re going to go into the game confident on the back of two Premier League wins. Who knows?”

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Hughes: I Do Not Care About Relegation

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Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes has insisted he does not think about relegation, assuring the fans they will not go through a survival battle.

Stoke City sit 15th on the table and three points from the relegation zone and face lowly placed West Ham in a crucial fixture.

The potters have only managed to get one win from five last games, but Hughes believes relegation battle is the last thing they will face.

“I don’t do relegation,” Hughes said. “There are a lot of managers who have a badge of honour that they’ve never been relegated.

“I’ve never been relegated because I’m too busy trying to get in top 10s. I’ve never been near it so I’m not going to start now, am I?”

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Donnarumma Sticks With Milan

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Gianluigi Donnarumma has dismissed claims that he is asking for his new contract to be cancelled, after feeling pressured to sign it.

Following a long drawn out battle, the teenage goalkeeper signed an extension in July till 2021, but his agent Mino Raiola claimed he wanted the contract annulled after feeling pressured to sign it.

Donnarumma was in tears prior to the 3-0 win over Verona after he was abused by fans, and has conceded he is focused on the club.

“It was a bad evening, one I did not expect,” Donnarumma wrote on Instagram.

“I have never said or written that I suffered moral violence when I signed the contract.

“Despite everything I look forward with my head focused on the next game. Forza Milan!”

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Davide Calabria Signs New Contract Extension With AC Milan

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AC Milan defender Davide Calabria has committed his future to the Rossoneri by agreeing a new contract extension.

Davide Calabria’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of next season but will now take the youngster through to June 2022.

Calabria has been given a chance to impress this season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered by Andrea Conti, who had joined from Atalanta BC in July.

The defender’s new deal was announced on Thursday by Milan chief executive Marco Fassone and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli at the Rossoneri youth team Christmas party.

“Davide Calabria has renewed his contract with the Club through to 30th June 2022,” Milan confirmed on Twitter, alongside a picture of the player holding a 2022 shirt.

Calabria has made six appearances in Serie A so far this campaign and also played the full 90 minutes as Milan beat Verona 3-0 on Wednesday to book a place in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

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Barcelona Have Coped Well With Neymar – Ivan Rakitic

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Barcelona’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic has claimed that the club have coped with Neymar’s departure through “collective work” and stated that “sometimes the best players in the world don’t make the best team”.

Barcelona sit comfortably top of the La Liga table having gone 15 games unbeaten, and are also in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

“[Neymar] is one of the best players in the world, but sometimes the best players in the world don’t make the best team,” Rakitic told Sportske Novosti.

“We have overcome his departure with collective work. We have worked as hard as possible and have been able to win.”

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Scott McTominay Now A First Team Player For Manchester United – Jose Mourinho

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Scott McTominay is now a fully-fledged first-team player at Manchester United, according to his manager Jose Mourinho

Scott McTominay, 21, who came through the ranks at Old Trafford, made his first Premier League start of the season in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Mourinho heaped praise on McTominay following his performance against the Cherries and insisted that the academy product is no longer an up-and-coming player.

“I didn’t realise that he was young Scott,” the Portuguese told the Manchester Evening News. “For me he is not young Scott anymore – he is just Scott, a player from the first team squad.

“Scott played this season 90 minutes in three different competitions, played against Swansea in the cup, tonight and Benfica and for the three times he played 90 minutes, not 87, 89 or 85. Why? Because in every match he was playing really, really well.”

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Everton’s Young Trio Of Jonjoe Kenny, Dominic Calvert-Lewin And Mason Holgate Sign New Contracts

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Everton have announced that new long-term deals have been signed by Jonjoe Kenny, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate.

Jonjoe Kenny and Holgate have committed to the Toffees until the summer of 2022, while forward Calvert-Lewin is now under contract until June 2023.

Manager Sam Allardyce is delighted to have tied down all three academy products, describing them as the future of Everton and backing each player to continue developing in the years to come.

“We’re delighted that these young men have committed long-term to the club and there’s no doubt in my mind that they will play big roles at Everton for a long time to come,” he told the club’s official website. “The depth of young talent in our squad is very encouraging, a clear sign that we do things right as a club in our development of young players and Mason, Jonjoe and Dominic epitomise what we are trying to accomplish with young players here at Everton.

“I’ve made the point before that Jonjoe’s decision-making for such a young man is very impressive and part of the reason he makes the game look simple. He is also an excellent defender, very grounded as an individual and he has an innate desire to succeed. He’s hungry and his choice of ball possession is first-class for a young man.

“He is an outstanding young man at full-back. For me, Mason Holgate’s potential is becoming a reality. He has set his standards in these past number of games he’s been involved in and it’s a matter of him maintaining those standards, continuing to work hard on his game and then he can become a really top player in the Premier League.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin, too, is a really exciting talent, he’s improving all the time and he has the athleticism and attributes to become a top player in his position. Working so closely with a player like Wayne Rooney can’t fail to help him in the role he plays in the team and, collectively, these three players will all have big parts to play here in the years ahead.”

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The FA Ask Jose Mourinho To Explain His “Dive” Comments

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is facing Football Association action after being asked to explain comments he made ahead of last weekend’s Manchester derby.

Jose Mourinho appeared to accuse rivals Manchester City of gamesmanship prior to the clash at Old Trafford, which the Citizens won 2-1 to move further clear at the top.

Speaking two days before the match, the 54-year-old told reporters: “They have lots of good things. If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot, it’s that they lose balance very easily. A little bit of wind and they fall.”

Mourinho, who is likely to face a fine if punished by the FA, has been given until 6pm next Monday to respond to the governing body’s request.

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

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  • Man Utd target Antoine Griezmann has been told he can leave by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
  • West Ham are planning to swoop for Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud.
  • Gareth Bale has settled on a pre-agreement with Manchester United to leave Real Madrid in the summer, according to a report in Spain.
  • Pep Guardiola is determined to land a new centre-back next month – with Virgil van Dijk and Jonny Evans still high on his shopping list.
  • Old Trafford chiefs fear Zlatan Ibrahimovic may never be the same player following his horror knee KO.
  • Danny Rose insists he will feel enmity but no envy when he faces up to Kyle Walker on Saturday.
  • Barcelona are reportedly interested in Manchester United star Daley Blind.
  • Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery had his transfer planning documents stolen when burglars made away with around £18,000 worth of valuables from his apartment.
  • Barcelona legend and 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldinho wants to join the Brazilian senate.
  • Jose Mourinho is ready to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer – to pave the way for the signing of Mesut Ozil as his replacement.
  • Wilfried Zaha has hit back at the diving accusations levied against him by claiming he is a targeted victim of his Premier League opponents.
  • Liverpool’s hopes of signing Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij have been boosted after Barcelona ended their interest in him.
  • The majority of West Ham’s squad face a 50 per cent wage cut should they stay at the club if it is relegated this season.
  • Real Betis are interested in taking Stoke’s Jese Rodriguez back to Spain on loan – he has been out of their squad after returning to Spain to be with his seriously-ill prematurely-born son.
  • Aston Villa will soon open talks with Manchester United over turning their loan move for ‘keeper Sam Johnstone into a permanent stay.
  • Sam Allardyce has admitted Ross Barkley’s future is out of his hands and indicated Everton’s hierarchy will determine if he stays beyond January.
  • Manchester United have made enquiries for Chelsea midfielder Willian but the Premier League champions are reluctant to sell in January.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are closing on a loan move for Manchester United striker James Wilson.
  • Nathaniel Chalobah is using England’s St George’s Park base for his rehab from a knee injury.
  • Everton and West Ham are among the teams showing an interest in Lille defender Adama Soumaoro.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan will seek showdown talks with Jose Mourinho about his Manchester United future.
  • Danny Rose says Spurs are ready to end Manchester City’s record-breaking run – again.
  • Crystal Palace’s on-loan defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah faces an absence after injuring his hamstring against Watford.
  • Arsenal face more contractual issues next season after failing to reach early agreement with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck on new deals – both are out of contract in the summer of 2019.
  • Manchester City will look to Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez if they miss out on Virgil van Dijk and other defensive targets.
  • A report has shown 58 per cent of FA Women’s Super League players are considering quitting for financial reasons, with 88 per cent earning less than £18,000 per year
  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been accused of a lax approach to match-fixing dating back to his time as UEFA general secretary when there was a scandal within the Turkish game.
  • Rangers are set to be without midfielder Graham Dorrans for up to three months.
  • Morocco ditched plans for a pre-World Cup friendly against Scotland because their style is nothing like Spain and Portugal, who they will face next summer in Russia.

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

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LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool could face renewed competition for Virgil van Dijk, with reports claiming Manchester City have made him their first-choice centre-back target next month.
Summer signing Dominic Solanke admits he was gutted to be denied a dramatic late winner in Liverpool’s Premier League stalemate with West Brom at Anfield.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Jack Wilshere has revealed he is still waiting to hold talks with manager Arsene Wenger over a new Arsenal deal.
Willian insists he will not be leaving Chelsea during the January transfer window, despite his lack of first-team action this season.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Pep Guardiola hopes to land two defenders in January after convincing Txiki Begiristain he needs reinforcements to maintain Manchester City’s stunning start to the season.
Jose Mourinho insists Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not as deserving of a squad place as Manchester United’s other attacking players.
Manchester United have confirmed that talented teenager Angel Gomes has signed a new contract.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Rafa Benitez headed into a crunch transfer meeting on Thursday having offered little in the way of fresh news on Newcastle United’s protracted takeover saga.
Sunderland are interested in signing Peterborough United’s Jack Marriott next month. The striker has scored 17 goals in 30 games this season.

THE SENTINEL
Stoke City stars are uniting behind Mark Hughes as the manager comes under increased pressure ahead of a must-win game against West Ham.

THE DAILY ECHO
Claude Puel insists his one season at Saints helped him become a better manager at Leicester City.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City are reportedly interested in a January transfer deal for Chelsea starlet Kyle Scott who has 18-months left on his deal at Stamford Bridge.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea City boss Paul Clement has moved to allay any fears over Wilfried Bony’s fitness despite admitting the striker asked to come off in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Cardiff City are one of a number of clubs keen on a move for out-of-favour Wolves star Ben Marshall.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
West Brom midfielder James McClean has revealed he dreams of one day playing for Celtic.
Nuno Espirito Santo has insisted Wolves will only enter the transfer market in January if they can add a player that can improve the squad.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby boss Gary Rowett believes that his Birmingham sacking made him a better manager.

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