Jose Mourinho : Give Paul Pogba Time 

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs to be given time to readjust to the nature of English football, according to his manager Jose Mourinho.

Pogba has been criticised in some quarters for his lacklustre displays for the club so far this season, with many questioning the position he has been used in, but Mourinho has defended the 23-year-old.

The United boss thinks the issue is not so much where the versatile Pogba has played, or the tactical set-up he has been deployed in, but more that the world’s most expensive player is finding it hard to readapt to the game in this country.

“He can play in so many positions,” Mourinho said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Andy Burton ahead of United’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

“The problem is not the position. The problem is not the tactical system. The problem is, in my opinion, somebody that comes from a different style of football and needs this time to be at his best level in football that is really difficult to play, especially for midfield players.”

Mourinho has backed Pogba – who signed a five-year deal with United last summer – to come good over time, claiming his star man is improving with every game.

“I think it is really difficult to play or adapt from different realities, but he is a phenomenal player,” he said. “He has unbelievable potential. He has years and years to develop his game, so that expectation and investment from the club is based on that – a super player for the next seven or eight years.”

And while Pogba may have only scored once in the Premier League so far this campaign, Mourinho said he and United knew they were not getting the finished article when they re-signed him.

“He’s getting better and better and better at every level,” Mourinho said. “That’s our expectation. We don’t expect Paul to arrive here and the next day to be unbelievable. But the other thing is that we trust him so much that we pass to him this kind of feeling.

“He is a very self-confident boy too, so we are living well with the critics, if you want, and we know what the critics are.”

Going forward, Mourinho envisages Pogba having the all-round skills to be able to drop back and play as a centre back.

“He’s a top player and I think he could be a phenomenal central defender,” he said. “With the quality of his pass, with his aerial game, with his agility in such a big body, for his defensive side of the game, coming from the back with the ball, he would be a phenomenal central defender, too.”

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Roma Looking To Make Loan Bid For Memphis Depay

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Roma have been linked with a move for Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, accordng to Calciomercato.it.

The report suggests the Serie A club will try to convince United to let the Dutchman leave Old Trafford on loan.

Wolfsburg have also been linked with a bid after their disastrous start to the Bundesliga campaign, but Italian media outlet Calciomercato claims Roma are leading the race for Depay’s signature.

Ex-Chelsea flop Mohamed Salah is set to depart for the African Cup of Nations in January, and Luciano Spalletti is desperate to land a short-term replacement.

Depay has the same agent as Roma’s Dutch stars Kevin Strootman and Thomas Vermaelen, and a loan deal is also United’s preference after they shelled out £25million on him in 2015.

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Atletico Madrid Still Keen On Real Betis Midfielder Dani Ceballos

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Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos is Atletico Madrid’s main midfield transfer target, reports AS.

Atleti want to bolster their midfield options and they remain keen on Ceballos, who came close to joining the Spanish capital club during the summer transfer window.

Last season’s Champions League finalists were on the verge of signing him for €9m, but Betis coach Gus Poyet pulled the plug on the deal.

Atleti are expected to make another move for the 20-year-old when their FIFA-imposed transfer ban comes to an end.

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

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​Chelsea are preparing a £35m bid for Antonio Rudiger as they aim to beat Manchester United to the Roma defender’s signature.

Wayne Rooney will not leave Manchester United until he has topped Sir Bobby Charlton’s 40-year-old goalscoring record.

Disgraced former England boss Sam Allardyce told a court via videolink from his holiday in Thailand how he was conned in a £60,000 Christmas “hampers and champers” scam.

Arsenal are stepping up their chase of Juventus’ highly-rated 16-year-old striker Moise Kean.

John Terry is facing a fight to regain a regular starting place in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea’s back-three.

Pep Guardiola to keep faith in Man City youngsters in bid to inflict more misery on Man United.

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United can take advantage of vulnerable Manchester City – and their last clash proves it.

“It is not like we are playing Millwall” – West Ham boss Slaven Bilic downplays animosity for Chelsea game.

Michael Carrick ready to lead as Manchester United bid to “bounce back” in derby clash with City.

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs could be set for his first managerial job after being linked with Wigan to replace Gary Caldwell.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has pledged to fight England tooth and nail in the battle for Celtic’s teenage sensation Karamoko Dembele.

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is going nowhere.

Ex-Manchester United striker Andy Cole doesn’t believe Wayne Rooney is finished at Old Trafford just yet.

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his biggest regret in 27 years as manager of Manchester United was not reaching the Champions League final in Glasgow in 2002.

Antonio Conte admits the potential for crowd trouble at the London Stadium tonight will not stop him whipping up Chelsea fans.

South American hitman Agustin Davila is reportedly interested in linking up with Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola will use his reserve players to humiliate Jose Mourinho as Man City prepare for EFL Cup trip to United.

Jose Mourinho sends tailored text messages to Manchester United stars ahead of big games as he looks to arrest slide in EFL Cup clash with City.

Former Olympiacos manager Marco Silva in line to replace Walter Zenga at Wolves on agent Jorge Mendes’ advice.

West Ham United have begun training at the London Stadium in an attempt to make their players feel more at home there.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s ability to cope with the physical demands of English football prompted doubts among Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United coaching team over his suitability for the Premier League.

Wigan are ready to offer Karl Robinson a quick return to management – after sacking Gary Caldwell.

A Premier League winter break is unlikely for another eight years following a new deal to show the FA Cup overseas.  

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Wenger Lauds Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Work Ethic After Sending Arsenal To EFL Quarterfinals

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Arsene Wenger is certain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hard work on the pitch is starting to pay off after he netted a brace in the EFL cup against Reading.

The English winger was the lone scorer in the 2-0 win over the League One club, sending Arsenal to the quarterfinals of a competition Wenger is yet to win.

And speaking after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inspired performance, the Arsenal boss hailed his player’s attitude.

“His concentration is sharper, he is more determined and he has worked very hard in training,” he told reporters. “That is now showing on the pitch.”

Wenger also had praise for the other stars of an experimental side, with Carl Jenkinson – returning to the team after two years out on loan – among them.

“It’s fantastic to see Carl back,” the Frenchman added. “He did well and had no fitness problems at all, which shows that he prepared well.

“I felt Rob [Holding] did well, Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] played some nice passes and Jeff [Reine-Adelaide] had a good game, too.”

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Spurs 129-100 Warriors: Leonard, Spurs Ruin Durant’s GSW Home Debut

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Kawhi Leonard had the game of his career on NBA Opening Night against Warriors, leading Spurs to a 129-100 points win over the reigning Western Conference champions.

I’m Always Fine With My Role In The Team, Says Draymond Green

Kawhi notched a career high 35 points, which was made possible due to his 100% from the free throw line. He made all 15 from the line.

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It will be a night to forget for Durant, who notched 27 points and 10 rebounds in his home debut for the warriors. It is a night a Warriors fan will not want to remember.

Curry, last season’s first unanimous MVP, scored 26 points but was just 3 for 10 from 3-point range. Draymond Green had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Klay Thompson was limited to 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

The star-studded Dubs were sloppy, making 16 turnovers at the Oakland Arena in front of a sellout crowd, most of the fans were long gone before the final buzzer.

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I’m Always Fine With My Role In The Team, Says Draymond Green

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Let’s face it, Golden State Warriors will not have to worry about losing too many matches this season, all you have to do is check out their roster. However, will their stars be able to coexist? Green seems to think he will be able to.

The stars of the Oakland outfit will have to find ways to coexist on a team of superstars. They will have to accept different roles than they’ve become accustomed to. Hopefully, this won’t become their undoing.

So far, they’re saying the right things. This could be good media coaching. Time will tell.

“I’m going to always be me,” Draymond Green told Michael Lee of The Vertical. “I’m always fine with what my role is on this team. And everybody may not like that role, but at the end of the day, I think, that helps win.”

“I’m all about winning. That’s what I’ve always been about my entire life. And that’s what I continue to be about. You don’t really expect everybody to understand that. I know everybody won’t understand, but that’s not really my job to help them understand that.”

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Pochettino On Liverpool Debutant: He Should Have Been Sent Off

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Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino believes Liverpool debutant Trent Alexander-Arnorld should have been red-carded in the EFL cup at Anfield.

The youngster was only given a yellow card for a dangerous challenge on Ben Davies by referee Jon Moss, in a match Liverpool won 2-1 thanks to a brace of goals from Daniel Sturridge.

Janssen pulled one back for Spurs from the spot, only for another penalty appeal to be waived much to the dismay and annoyance of the Spurs dugout.

Asked if he felt Alexander-Arnold should have been shown a red card, Pochettino replied: “I think yes. It was a little bit strange at the end of the game.

“Their bench started to complain about us, about the referee for two actions, when in the first half the full-back Arnold should have been sent off for the tackle, the bad tackle on Ben Davies.

“But again it’s strange when a bench starts to complain with another bench – they should stay calm. It’s the referee who has the authority to decide whether it is or isn’t a penalty.

“We need to concentrate on the game. For them it was strange at the end of the game for one action which was just a normal foul.”

Both managers made a host of changes from their regular starting line-ups, but Pochettino claimed he was not too disappointed to see his team fail to reach the quarter-finals.

“I’m pleased with the performance, but not the result,” the Argentine added.

“We fought until the end and created chances.

“It was a great experience and we can take a lot of positives. This will improve our confidence for the future.

“Our project is completely different to Liverpool’s.”

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Montella: Loss To Genoa, Is Just ‘A Bump In The Road’

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AC Milan suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat against Genoa, but that doesn’t seem to bother Vincenzo Montella, who says it is just a bump in the road for his calm young side.

A win for Milan would have sent them to the top of the table for at least 24 hours, before Juventus played Sampdoria.

However, goals from Ninkovic, Pavoletti and a Kucka own goal gave Genoa all three points. Milan’s Gabriel Paletta was however handed a straight red for a two-footed lunge early in the second half.

But Montella stressed his team can learn from the chastening defeat and feels they should still be proud of the run of form which saw them go six league games unbeaten.

“You in the media created expectations of Milan, but we have always been calm,” the coach told Mediaset Premium.

“It was just a bump in the road and these things can happen. At times a defeat can help you grow more than a victory. The growth process continues and the players should be proud of what they have done. Obviously we can do more.

“The real Milan was seen over the last 10 games and we are happy with the way the season is going.”

Montella added that the sending off of Paletta made it more challenging for Milan to get back into the game.

“It was a difficult match, which we expected,” he continued.

“In the first half our tempo was too slow, but I don’t remember a genuine Genoa shot on goal, so the result did not reflect the performances.

“In the second half I liked the team much better. We didn’t want to lose and tried to fight back, but the red card made everything more complicated.”

Milan host Pescara at San Siro on Sunday.

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Pogba’s Agent Mino Raiola Got Paid £24 Millon For World Record Transfer

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Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola was paid £24m for brokering the France star’s world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United in the summer.

The Italian club’s director general Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the total of Raiola’s payment from a transfer that fetched a world-record £94m fee.

Speaking at Juve’s AGM on Tuesday, Marotta said: “We made around €95m. Mino Raiola, his representative, will be paid €27m (£24m). The profit on Pogba is around €72m (£64.5m).”

“We didn’t want to sell him. We wanted him to put roots down at Juventus. He arrived from United and after four years with us he decided to return to England. He wanted to leave at all costs.”

Pogba – a Manchester United academy graduate who joined Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 – has made 11 appearances since his return to the club, and scored three goals.

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“Marco Verratti Won’t Be Leaving Paris Saint-Germain” – Player’s Agent

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PSG midfielder Marco Verratti will not be joining either Juventus or Milan, according to the player’s agent.

The Italian midfielder was withdrawn from a recent goalless draw with Marseille after just 59 minutes and reacted badly when returning to the bench.

After sharing a quick word with Emery on the touchline, Verratti approached the goalkeeping coach Nicolas Dehon, asking him: ‘What does that mean, that I did badly? A bad game?’

Verratti would have no shortage of suitors if he did decide to seek a new challenge. AC Milan and Juventus have both been credited with an interest in the Italy international while La Liga and Premier League clubs would also be alert to the situation.

However, his agent Donato Di Campli has come out fighting for his client, insisting Verratti is committed to the cause at PSG and will not be looking to leave in the near future.

“Is there any hope for Juve and Milan?” the Italian’s representative Donato Di Campli told Premium Sport.

“Marco wants to win the Champions League in Paris, for now he absolutely won’t move.”

‘What bothered me was the reaction of the French radio and television commentators, not the club which has put him at the centre of their project and not the coach.

‘Marco deserves respect.’

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Pep Guardiola Wants Sergio Aguero To Remain At Manchester City 

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he wants Sergio Aguero to stay at the club “for a long time”

The Manchester City striker has scored 11 goals this season but was surprisingly left out of the starting lineup for the Champions League clash with Barcelona.

It led to speculation that the 28-year-old could be on his way out of the Etihad, although Guardiola insisted it was a tactical decision.

The City boss insisted after their defeat in the Nou Camp that Aguero was firmly in his plans and, after confirming he could play against United at Old Trafford, Guardiola said: “I want to be clear again – I am so happy with Sergio.

“Hopefully he can stay for a long time here. I want, from deep in my heart, that he can stay here and play with us.

“He is a special player, he is a striker who scores millions of goals in his career. I know for strikers it depends on the moment, but we cannot forget how many goals he scores for us.”

Guardiola said he had not yet decided on his line-up to face Jose Mourinho for a second time this season, but did confirm he would rotate the team following injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta.

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Gabriel Barbosa Linked With Leicester City Again 

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Leicester City are monitoring developments at Inter Milan following reports Gabriel Barbosa is unhappy at the club.

The Leicester Mercury cites Italian sources that claim Barbosa is unhappy at a lack of playing time at the San Siro – he has played just 16 minutes of league football this season.

The Brazilian only moved to Inter in the summer, for a fee in the region of £25m. Chelsea have also been mentioned as potential suitors should he become available.

City were repeatedly linked with the 20-year-old during the summer, although Claudio Ranieri said it was agent talk.

“It is speculation,” he said in August. “For two months this Barbosa is wanted by all the world and in those two months no one buys Barbosa. I don’t understand, why?”

Inter have no plans to let Barbosa leave in January but he may force a move if his situation does not change.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Sack Manager Walter Zenga After Barely Three Months In Charge

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​Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked manager Walter Zenga after less than three months in charge.

Wolves have lost four of their last five games, drawing the other, leaving them 18th in the Championship. First team coach Rob Edwards has been put in temporary charge.

In a statement the club said: “Wolves have announced that Walter Zenga’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.

“Stefano Cusin, assistant head coach has also left the club. Wolves will be conducting a thorough process to recruit a new Head Coach and won’t be revealing any timescales associated with this important task.

“Rob Edwards, first team coach, has been placed in interim charge of the first team, supported by U23s Coach, Scott Sellars.

“The club would like to extend their thanks and best wishes to Walter and Stefano for their contribution to Wolves during the season so far. Wolves will be making no further comment at this stage.

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Manchester United Had Doubts Over Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Manchester United were put off signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan under Louis van Gaal due to concerns over his adaptability to the Premier League.

According to The Independent, Van Gaal and his coaching staff had reservations about the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker’s suitability, fearing a repeat of Shinji Kagawa’s difficulties at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan has struggled to adapt since moving in the summer, and was left out of the recent squads that faced Fenerbahce and Chelsea.

Mourinho is yet to explain his reluctance to hand the 27-year-old a chance to redeem himself following his poor performance against City, when his failure to close down defender Aleksandar Kolarov was cited as a key factor in Kevin De Bruyne’s opening goal for the visitors.

Despite impressing for Dortmund during the German club’s dramatic Europa League defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in April, key figures within the United coaching team under Van Gaal were wary of pursuing a move for Mkhitaryan.

Although Shinji Kagawa made a bright start at United after arriving from Dortmund in the summer of 2012, the Japanese midfielder struggled to sustain his early performances and found the physical demands of English football too great before being sold back to the German outfit two years later.

And Kagawa’s struggles led to fears that Mkhitaryan would suffer the same problems due to the perception that players signed from the Bundesliga are ill-equipped for the Premier League.

With players afforded more time and space in the more technical German league, those arriving from the Bundesliga are often taken aback by the greater physicality in England and requirement to tackle and win personal duels with an opposite number.

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Wigan Sack Gary Caldwell

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Just months after winning the League One title, Wigan have sacked manager Gary Caldwell.

Caldwell has not been able to replicate his League One success in the Championship, winning only 2 of 14 games.

The decision was announced by chairman David Sharpe, who said the club were now looking for a manager who would have an instant impact.

Sharpe said on the club’s website: “It’s undoubtedly the toughest decision I’ve had to make since becoming chairman.

“We deservedly won the League One title last season. However, we have not managed to carry on that momentum into this season and, after careful consideration over a period of time, I feel that we need to act now in the best long term interests of the club.

“We thank Gary for all the hard work he has put in and wish him all the best for the future.

“We need to identify a new manager who can have an immediate impact and deliver success in the long term.”

Caldwell also won  as a player with Wigan, lifting the FA Cup trophy in 2013.

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Kevin De Bruyne To Miss Manchester Derby

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will miss the side’s EFL clash against Manchester United.

The Belgian playmaker picked up a calf injury in City’s 1-1 draw against Southampton, and had to be taken off at half time.

“He had a knock on the leg and he cannot play,” Guardiola said, before casting doubt on De Bruyne’s participation in City’s matches over the coming week.

“Hopefully [he can face] West Brom and Barcelona [but] he’s a doubt even next weekend.”

Guardiola added that full back Pablo Zabaleta was also unavailable, with captain Vincent Kompany was a game day decision.

“Pablo, I think not [will not play against United],” the manager added. “Vincent, I think he can but I don’t know if he will.”

“A derby is a derby,” he said. “It’s always special and so we are going to play a game like a game.

 

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Manchester United Scouting Benfica Duo Alex Grimaldo And Goncalo Guedes  

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Manchester United are tracking Benfica teenager Goncalo Guedes, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

The 19-year-old – dubbed the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ – has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal.

But the latest reports in Portugal claim United scouts have been watching the winger in action this week.

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Meanwhile Grimaldo, an attacking left-back, continued his fine start to the season by scoring in the 2-0 win.

The 21-year-old, who joined Benfica from Barcelona in January, has now bagged two goals and provided four assists in 12 appearances across all competitions this term.

Manchester United also took out time to scout the defender.

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West Brom To Make £4 Millon Bid For Leeds Defender Charlie Taylor

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis is keen to sign Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor in January, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The Baggies head coach will reportedly bid £4m for the left-back, who has rejected a new deal at Elland Road.

West Brom made an offer for the 23 year-old in the summer after his written transfer request was rejected, while Burnley manager Sean Dyche also failed to sign him.

But Pulis is ready to return with a second bid for the former England U19 international after being given the green light for new signings by owner Guochuan Lai. Albion sent a senior member of their recruitment department to watch Taylor in Leeds’ game at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Albion are still short of a genuine left-sided defender and Pulis has used right-back Allan Nyom to fill the position.

Pulis held talks with Lai and chairman John Williams last week as the club plot their strategy for the January window, with another striker thought to be a priority.

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West Ham Considering €30 Million Mauro Icardi Bid 

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West Ham are considering a 30 million euros bid for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Icardi recently extended his contract at the San Siro until 2021, but has fallen out with a section of the club’s supporters after insulting them in his autobiography.

The Argentine criticised the club’s fanatical fans in his autobiography Sempre Avanti, and the Inter faithful reacted by cheering his penalty miss against Cagliari last week.

With Simone Zaza struggling during his season-long loan from Juventus, and Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll both sidelined with injury, West Ham might dip into the transfer market for a striker this January.

Tuttosport now claims West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is weighing up a big-money offer for the controversial South American marksman.

Bilic spent a club-record £20.5 million on bringing in Ayew from Swansea in the summer, but the ex-Marseille forward suffered a thigh injury in August and is not due back for a couple of weeks.

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The NBA Is Back!

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It’s been three months since the Cavaliers came from 3-1 down in the finals to win the NBA title against a 73-win Warriors team, but it’s felt like forever.

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June 19 2016, we watched the Cavaliers defeat the Warriors by 93-89 and win the title in a thrilling Game 7 ending a 52-year long city-wide championship drought. On the back of a bunch of amazing performances from ‘The King’ Lebron James , the Warriors were defeated even though they had won the most games in an 82-game season in NBA history.

Now, it’s time for the madness to start all over, all that happened in the 2015/16 season doesn’t matter anymore.

The new season is here.

The season opens up early Wednesday morning with The Cavaliers at home against Carmelo Anthony and the new look New York Knicks, the Cavaliers will be given their championship rings before the game starts so you might want to check that out.

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The Warriors also play as Kevin Durant takes the court for the first time with his new team for an official regular season game against a San Antonio Spurs team without Tim Duncan for the first time since 1997.

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The final game for opening day involves last season’s surprise package the Portland Trailblazers defending home court against the Utah Jazz.

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If you plan to catch any of the opening games, either online or NBATV or SuperSport, here are tip off times…

NY Knicks vs Cleveland Cavs – 12:30am

SA Spurs vs Golden State Warriors – 3:30am

Utah Jazz vs Portland Trailblazers – 3:00am

I’m excited about this new season and you should too, no matter the team you support (Well, except you support the Miami Heat).

Happy NBA Eve.

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Mike Phelan : Hull City’s Confidence Is Crumbling 

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Mike Phelan accepts confidence has crumbled in his Hull City ranks after a fifth consecutive defeat dragged the Tigers into the Premier League’s bottom three for the first time this season.

Since beginning the campaign with back-to-back wins, City have now taken just one point from the last seven games to rapidly slide down the table.

A 2-0 defeat at home to Stoke City on Saturday was the latest damaging set-back. Xherdan Shaqiri’s spectacular brace was enough to earn the Potters a first away win since March and a crowd of just 18,522 voiced their frustrations at the full-time whistle.

Phelan stood by a team selection that began with Will Keane playing as a lone front man but admitted his side are deep in a rut ahead of travelling to Bristol City in the EFL Cup tomorrow night.

“Defeats are hard to take. We have to put it into perspective, we are new at this level, really new,” he said.

“We have to take everything on the chin and that’s difficult. Confidence is, I think, a little bit low. We’re probably finding our feet a little bit. Maybe all of us have got carried away with the start we’ve had. Our reality has come about and we all have to understand that it’s going to be difficult. We find ourselves now up against it but there’s a long way to go.”

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Kevin De Bruyne : I’ve Answered Jose Mourinho

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Kevin De Bruyne believes his form for Man City has answered Jose Mourinho’s criticism that he was incapable of fighting for a first-team place.

De Bruyne made just two Premier League starts for Chelsea before leaving for Wolfsburg, and his former Blues boss Mourinho questioned his ability to compete for a starting spot.

“I couldn’t say anything before as I wasn’t playing,’ De Bruyne told the Daily Mail. “If he says something to the press they are going to believe it because at that moment it was the only thing they had to listen to — the only evidence there was.

“But I don’t think I am like he said. I always want to play. I have played hundreds of times in my career and I am only 25. So I think I have answered it quite well.”

DE BRUYNE’S CAREER SO FAR

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“Steve Mandanda’s The Signing Of The Summer” – Crystal Palace Chairman 

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish believes goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is the “signing of the summer”.

Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser, Parish said: “He allows us to play the way we are playing – he is a football goalkeeper.

“Maybe he wasn’t ready before and he was an icon at Marseille, but we picked our moment and there was a lot of hard work that went into it.”

“We got good ones in first – the Dwight Gayle and Andros Townsend deals were good for both really.

“Mandanda was good and then James Tomkins was one that Alan Pardew definitely wanted to do.”

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Report : Arsenal Crazy About 16-year-old Juventus Wonderkid Moise Kean 

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Arsenal scouts are flying out to Italy shortly to watch Juventus talent Moise Kean, according to Calciomercato.

The 16-year-old midfielder, who was born in 2000, has been tipped to make his Serie A debut against Sampdoria tomorrow.

Man City and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the Italy youth international.

It’s reported the Gunners will have representatives at Juve’s clash with Sampdoria on Tuesday, as well as the showdown with title rivals Napoli on Saturday.

Scouts were also said to have been at the San Siro for the Bianconeri’s battle with AC Milan last Saturday, with Kean on the fringes of the first team.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri has hinted recently that Kean isn’t too far off making his bow for the first team:

“Maybe tomorrow there will be a place for [Moise] Kean, you never know!” Juve boss Max Allegri on playing a 16-year-old v Milan! #MilanJuve

Even so, according to the report, the forward is someone Arsenal have been following for a while, having tracked his progress in the under-15s and under-17s with Juve already. The Italian champions are said to be intent on getting Kean tied down to an extended contract, with agent Mino Raiola handling negotiations.

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