United: Rojo And Ibrahimovic Sustains Knee Ligament Injury

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Manchester United have finally revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rojo sustained significant damage to their knee ligament in the win over Anderlecht.

Rojo was substituted after just 23 minutes and Ibrahimovic didn’t end the match. Both players are expected to miss the remainder of the season.

United did not give a timetable on their return, but has stated they will see specialists.

A United statement said: “Detailed investigations on the injuries sustained by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Thursday’s Europa League match have confirmed significant knee ligament damage in both players that requires specialist opinions over the coming days.

“Estimations of time to full recovery will only be possible once definitive treatment plans have been decided after these consultations.”

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Modric Hopes To Console Rakitic After Clasico

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Luka Modric is hoping he gets to console his international team mate, Ivan Rakitic after the clasico.

Barcelona visit Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Blancos three points clear with a game in hand.

Modric is yet to win the Spanish La Liga with Madrid since joining in 2012, but hopes to end that this season.

“I have not spoken to Rakitic, we are all preparing for the game in peace,” Modric told Sportske novosti.

“We will hug and talk after the match – hopefully I will have to console him.

“We never get enough tickets for El Clasico, everyone wants to come and watch this match.”

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Dyche Says Rooney Can Replace Injured Ibrahimovic

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be filled by Wayne Rooney.

Ibrahimovic sustained a serious knee injury in the quarterfinal Europa League win over Anderlecht, and is believed to be out for the season. However, no official statement has been released by the club.

Burnley host United at Turf Moor on Sunday and Dyche is backing Rooney to step up for the Swede.

“They’re not short of options, without a shadow of a doubt,” Dyche told reporters.

“The one everyone thinks is not that good anymore, I think he’s decent – the boy Rooney, I always think he ain’t bad. I certainly think if they chose to play him, I don’t think he would let anyone down.

“You get to an age where you’re questioned regardless of performances. He’s a top-class player; you can’t achieve what he’s achieved in the game and not be a top-class player. You can’t cheat the system. Whatever his journey forward is he will remain a top-class player in my eyes.”

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Afobe Dedicates Goal To Late Ehiogu

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Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe scored against Middlesbrough and dedicated it to the late Ugo Ehiogu.

Afobe removed the black armband all the players were wearing in tribute to the former England international and pointed to the sky.

Before kickoff both teams observed a minute silence in honour of Ehiogu, who passed away on Friday.

Afobe’s 16th minute strike was the second of four goals for the home side, who easily defeated Boro 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium.

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Klopp: Playing In The Champions League is making Liverpool Attractive To Players

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Jurgen Klopp has stated the prospect of Liverpool playing in the Champions League makes them attractive to transfer targets.

Liverpool will be playing in the champions league again next season , the last time they were in the competition was 2014-15.

Liverpool are third on the table and two points ahead of fourth placed Manchester City.

But Klopp believes Liverpool have become a much more attractive option for players.

“I think that Liverpool at this moment is a really interesting project for players. It’s a fantastic club, it’s a good situation where we really can see the progress of the team,” he said.

“The talks we’ve had so far are very positive. That doesn’t mean it will all work out, but they are really positive, and they all see the progress. That’s good.

“We cannot say 100 percent that we will play Champions League football next year. I’m not sure, but I would say together with Tottenham, the average age of the team is such that there’s still a lot to come.

“We feel in a good way, and if a player wants to be part of this way, then it’s easier to make this decision this year than last year.”

Klopp’s Liverpool play host to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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Pochettino: I Dream Of Winning Trophies

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Mauricio Pochettino believes he has been successful as Tottenham’s manager and will love to win trophies.

Tottenham finished third on the table last season and are second on the table, four points behind Chelsea.

Tottenham will play Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinal and Pochettino will very much like to win a trophy with Spurs, but believes a top four finish is success enough.

“Here at Tottenham is a massive success,” he said ahead of Saturday’s cup clash. “Yes, you can win titles. But with which teams? It is normal to win titles with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, maybe Juventus, Porto in Portugal.

“With a big team, you are already very close to winning. Look at Barcelona with Pep [Guardiola], with Tito Vilanova, with Frank Rijkaard, with Luis Enrique – all different managers, but with the same group of players and they were successful.

“Success for me is to finish in the top four like last season. It was a big success for Tottenham and means maybe more than winning one title with Barcelona.

“I dream of lifting trophies the way I did with Espanyol: two Copa del Reys – with Espanyol! That is why I admire Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. It is so difficult to win with Atletico Madrid. He deserves more credit maybe than some others.”

Pochettino retains a desire to win trophies, though, and said Spurs have the ambition to do so.

“At Spurs, you always like a manager and a player who lifts the trophies,” he said. “We will arrive there, we are ambitious.

“But for me success is not only to lift a trophy. How you arrive in a position to lift trophies is more important.

“I have not changed my desire to lift trophies from when I was at Espanyol. And as a kid playing for Boca Juniors or River Plate, it was normal to win – not playing for [former club] Newell’s Old Boys.

“But I liked that challenge. If you are there but are not spending the money and are still challenging, that is what I like the most.

“If we can achieve in the end maybe the Premier League or the FA Cup, or the top four again, I think it’s a massive achievement for the team.”

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The Sun Publishes Apology To Everton’s Ross Barkley After Disgusting Barkley Column

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The Sun has now published an apology to  Ross Barkley over a column by Kelvin MacKenzie in which he compared the midfielder to a gorilla.

The piece, headlined ‘Ross Barkley: Sun apology’, appeared after the April 14 opinion piece in the paper sparked uproar and accusations of racism.

Alongside the column, which made disparaging remarks about the star, was was a photograph of a gorilla’s eyes below a close-up of the eyes of Barkley, whose grandfather was born in Nigeria.

The apology on page five of Saturday’s newspaper read: “On April 14 we published a piece in the Kelvin MacKenzie column about footballer Ross Barkley which made unfavourable comparisons between Mr Barkley and a gorilla.

“At the time of publication the paper was unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage and there was never any slur intended.

“As soon as his background was drawn to our attention, the article was removed from online.

“We have been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Ross Barkley, who has made a formal complaint about the piece.

“The Sun has apologised for the offence caused by the piece.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise personally to Ross Barkley.”

MacKenzie wrote the column after Barkley, 23, had been punched in a Liverpool bar the previous weekend.

In his column, MacKenzie wrote: “Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.

“There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home.

“I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physique is magnificent but it’s the eyes that tell the story.”

The columnist was later suspended by the newspaper over the column.

Everton went on to ban Sun reporters from their Goodison Park stadium and training ground.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson also reported the columnist to Merseyside Police for what he said were “racial slurs”.

Speaking after his suspension, MacKenzie told the Press Association: “I had no idea of Ross Barkley’s family background and nor did anybody else.

“For the mayor of Liverpool and a handful of others to describe the article as racist is beyond parody.”

MacKenzie’s suspension was announced on the eve of the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

MacKenzie was editor of the Sun when it published a front-page article headlined ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’ in the aftermath of the 1989 disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium.

The article claimed Liverpool fans were to blame for the tragedy. MacKenzie apologised in 2012.

Culled from Teamtalk

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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MOURINHO WANTS REAL MADRID SWAP

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will ask Real Madrid for Raphael Varane and Alvaro Morata in exchange for David De Gea, according to an exclusive on Saturday.

Mourinho will play “hardball” with his old club this summer in a bid to get as much as he can from the La Liga giants.

Real are believed to be desperate to secure the signing of De Gea this summer and they are willing to pay as much as £60million to get hold of the 26-year-old.

They almost landed the former Atletico keeper two years ago for £30million, but the deal fell through on transfer deadline day when a dodgy fax machine was blamed for De Gea staying at Old Trafford.

And last summer Real did not activate a £30million get-out clause in De Gea’s, which expired in June 2016,

Now The Sun report Mourinho will ask for Morata, 24, and Varane, 23, with the aim of getting “at least one player thrown into the bargain”.

The prospect of landing former Juve striker Morata is a more real one than that of landing Varane, who is rated very highly in Madrid.

 

CITY CHASE GRIEZMANN

Manchester City have placed Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann at the top of their summer wanted list, according to a report.

Pep Guardiola wants the France international to team up with Gabriel Jesus with the future of Sergio Aguero in doubt, report the Daily Mail.

United are rumoured to be in pursuit of Griezmann, 26, who has been guarded over his future after a penning a new deal last June that runs until 2021.

Griezmann is believed to have a €100million buyout in his Atletico Madrid contract but that will not put off either of the two Manchester clubs or Chelsea, who are also rumoured to have an interest in the striker.

There is very little substance to the latest report, but if City do lose Aguero in the summer then they will no doubt spend big to bring in a replacement.

Griezmann has scored 26 goals in 50 games for club and country this season.

 

AND THE REST

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, could be out until 2018 amid fears the former Sweden captain ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in the Europa League. (Various)

Ibrahimovic’s injury is so bad that his career could be over. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are set to re-sign 24-year-old England defender Michael Keane – two years after selling him to Burnley. (Daily Express)

Burnley are prepared to let Keane leave for nothing when his contract expires in 14 months’ time if the right deal is not forthcoming this summer. (Burnley Express)

Luke Shaw finally won over Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho following his performance against Anderlecht in the Europa League. (Sun)

Chelsea have joined the race for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe after sending scouts to watch the hotshot on Wednesday.  (Sun)

Manchester City’s chase for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has gathered pace as they line up a world record defender fee for the Italian.  (Sun)

Arsenal are closing in on the £20m signing of Barcelona’s Turkey midfielder Arda Turan, 30, to replace 28-year-old Mesut Ozil, whose contract expires in 2018. (CNN Turk, via Sun)

Manchester United will now step up their bid to beat Chelsea to the signing of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in light of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s season-ending injury. (Star)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos have told Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 28, to join them at Real Madrid. (AS)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will use the prospect of Champions League football next season to try and lure the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon to Anfield. (Daily Mirror)

Everton want Anderlecht’s Belgian 19-year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans but face competition from Monaco for the £20.9m-rated player.(Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea are also interested in Tielemans, but Ligue 1 side Monaco are close to finalising a deal. (Le 10 Sport)

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, 27, with West Brom also interested.(Daily Mirror)

Defender John Terry, 36, is irreplaceable for Chelsea as the long-serving captain prepares to leave Stamford Bridge, says team-mate Cesc Fabregas.(TalkSPORT)

Bournemouth are refusing to rule out a move for Terry – with Cherries boss Eddie Howe saying “age is not a barrier”. (Daily Echo)

Southampton have lined up Toulouse centre-back Christopher Jullien, 24, as a potential replacement for Virgil van Dijk, who is a £50m target for Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool. (Sun)

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Juventus Confirm Signing Of Rodrigo Bentancur For £8million From Boca Juniors

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Juventus have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan teenager Rodrigo Bentancur.

The midfielder, who was linked with Real Madrid in the past, will join Juve in the summer after the Serie A giants struck a deal, worth €9.5m, with Boca Juniors.

A statement on Juventus’ website read: “Juventus are pleased to announce the completion of the transfer of Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca Juniors, the Uruguayan signing on a five-year deal from 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2022.”

Rodrigon Bentancur, penned a five-year-deal at the Turin club and will officially become a Juventus player on July 1.

Juventus negotiated a purchase option on Bentancur when striker Carlos Tevez returned from Italy in June 2015.

Boca will receive 50 per cent of any future transfer fee for the Uruguayan playmaker, who is a product of the team’s academy, as part of the deal.

‘The purchase value may increase in the course of the duration of the contract on achieving given conditions based on a certain number of official games played by the player,’ Juve confirmed on their website.

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Jurgen Klopp Keen On Signing Hull City Defender Andy Robertson For £8million

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Liverpool could complete an £8million deal for Hull  Andy Robertson this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen the full-back position having had to play midfielder James Milner there for the majority of the season.

Should the Andy Robertson transfer go ahead it will be good news for Robertson’s old club Dundee United, who are thought to have insisted on a 10 per cent sell-on clause when Robertson joined Hull for £2.85m in 2014.

Jurgen Klopp, who has been linked with Real Betis’s Riza Durmisi, may look to add another left back this summer.

Jurgen Klopp also has revealed talks are already underway with top European stars as the prospect of Champions League football makes his summer recruitment drive easier accirding to David Maddock.

The Liverpool manager intends to strengthen his squad with up to seven new players as the Reds prepare to spend big to sustain a viable double assault on the Premier League and Europe next season.

 

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Mourinho After Ibrahimovic Injury: We Are In Trouble

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Jose Mourinho has conceded Manchester United are in trouble after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo sustained knee injuries.

Both players sustained their injuries in the quarterfinal match against Anderlecht and are expected to be out for the season.

The injury problems is a point of worry for Mourinho, who is also missing Smalling, Mata and Phil Jones.

“We are in trouble,” Mourinho said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley. “We are in trouble.

“In this moment, Eric Bailly played six matches in a row, and we lost Marcos Rojo, we don’t have Jones or Smalling, we are in trouble and now we lose Zlatan too.

“But in attack, we have options and [Wayne] Rooney is coming, and let’s see if Mata can also return before the end of the season, let’s see what happens.”

United are fifth in the Premier League, four points adrift of rivals Manchester City with seven matches remaining.

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Conte: It Will Be Hard To Replace Terry

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Antonio Conte believes finding a replacement for outgoing Chelsea captain, John Terry will be a tough task.

John Terry announced on Monday he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, ending the 22 years he has spent at the club.

The veteran defender won 14 major honours with the blues, including four league titles and the champions league.

“It is not easy, because don’t forget that, this season, some players [who have left] have been very important for this team,” Conte told a pre-match news conference ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

“They brought a lot of history to this club and I’m talking about [Branislav] Ivanovic, [John-Obi] Mikel and, next season, also John.

“It’s not easy to find the right replacement and it’s for this reason that I continue to speak about how we have to build something important, to replace players that have been here for many years. They achieved a lot of great results for this club.

“Now we have to find, together, the new players to replace these great players and write the history for this great club and I hope everyone understands this.”

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Conte On Costa’s Form: He’s Saving His Goals For The Season Finale

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Antonio Conte has not lost faith in Diego Costa, as he believes the striker will lead Chelsea to glory.

The 2-0 loss to Manchester United precedes Chelsea’s clash against Tottenham in the FA Cup.

The league loss is the sixth league game Costa has gone without scoring, his longest goal drought in a Chelsea shirt.

“No, no [I am not worried about his form].” Conte said at a press conference Stamford Bridge “I think he is keeping the goals for the finale of the season. It is the right moment to score.

“The pressure is normal in our job. When you arrive at the end of the season and you are in a good position to reach a good target, or a fantastic target, because a good target is to reach the Champions League and a fantastic, extraordinary target is to win the league.

“It is normal to have this pressure, but I prefer to have this pressure instead of fighting for sixth, seventh, eighth place and to have this pressure.”

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Conte: Ake Is Ready To Take Over From Cahill

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Gary Cahill will miss the FA Cup clash against Tottenham on Saturday, with Nathan Ake stepping up to take his spot.

Cahill has been ruled out sick with a virus after falling ill at the Cobham Training Centre and had to be rushed to the hospital. The defender could miss the match against Southampton.

Ake has not played since February, but has been playing Cahill’s role in training and Conte feels he is ready.

“Ake thinks he deserves to have this chance to play,” Conte said. “He is showing me his all in this period, always great commitment. He worked very hard. His behaviour was great, was fantastic, and he never told anything.

“Don’t forget that Ake was playing every game with Bournemouth, and he wanted to come and to stay with us to try to work together and to help us to fight for the title.

“I think he’s a good player, I think he’s ready to have this opportunity, to have this chance, he deserves this opportunity and I trust him. I have no problem to take this decision.

“I think for this position Ake has the right characteristic to be the substitute for Gary.”

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“Monaco Wants Revenge Against Juventus”

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Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyez says the Ligue 1 side are out for revenge when they play Juventus.

The semifinal of the UCL has pitted the best defence against the best attacking side in competition.

Monaco faced Juventus in the 2014-15 of the champions league in the quarterfinal stage and lost 1-0 on aggregate.

Vasilyez knows Juventus are better than they were two years ago, but says Monaco have also progressed.

“It will be a matter of revenge, clearly,” he told reporters. “We’re better than two years ago, no doubt about it.

“At this level of competition, we knew we were going to play a big team. All teams are on top.

“We played Juventus two years ago in the quarter-finals and since then they have strengthened themselves.

“It is only the happiness of being at this stage of the competition. We will do everything to qualify. Juventus can defend but we know we score goals.

“Our team sets no limits, they are young, talented and not afraid. We lack a bit of experience because it will be the first semi-final for all of our players.”

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Southgate: Ugo Ehiogu One Of The Best I Played With

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England manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to his former teammate, Ugo Ehiogu who passed away earlier today.

Ehiogu was in charge of the U23 team at Tottenham and suffered a cardiac arrest, and Tottenham released a statement saying the former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender passed away today.

Ugo and Southgate partnered in the centre back at both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and won League Cups at both teams. The England boss praised the contribution of his former teammate on the field of play and is devastated by his demise.

He said: “I’m stunned and deeply saddened by Ugo’s passing and clearly my initial thoughts are with his wife Gemma, his children and his family.

“I know that football will be grieving because he was so highly respected by everybody he worked with and losing him at such a young age is difficult to come to terms with.

“Most importantly, he was a gentleman and he is one of those characters that people would find it difficult to have anything bad to say about him.

“I probably played more games with Ugo than anybody else in my career and while in many ways he was a gentle giant away from football, he was a colossus on the pitch. It felt like a true partnership with Ugo because we were prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other.

“We shared highs, lows and won a couple of trophies together with Villa and Boro and it’s those memories that I will always cherish when I think of Ugo.

“He was one of the most professional people I played with in terms of how he applied himself to his job and it was great to see him progressing though the coaching pathway with that thirst for learning.”

“I’ve spoken to several of our former team-mates today and there’s just a sense of disbelief that we’re having these conversations,” he said.

“Ugo was a credit to football, a credit to his family and he will be missed by everybody who was lucky enough to know him.”

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Conte: Terry Will Be Missed

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Antonio Conte says he respects John Terry’s decision to leave, but admits the veteran defender will be sorely missed.

The 36-year-old Chelsea skipper announced on Monday he would be ending his 22-year relationship with the Blues at the end of the season.

Terry has won 14 major titles throughout his stay at the club, but has slipped down the pecking order under Conte, with Azpilicueta, Luiz and Cahill favored in the back three.

“I am not surprised about this [the reaction]. I am repeating that John, for me in this first season, is very important. He is helping me on and off the pitch,” Conte said.

“He is a great captain, the problem is that John wants to play regularly and for this reason we have to respect his decision. I was a footballer and when you arrive at this point of your career, and your body tells you to continue it is right to.

“We have to respect his decision. If you ask me if next season it is a serious loss…yes, I think so. I am seeing what John is doing this season in the changing room. We are building a foundation and he is important to this.”

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Hearn: Joshua Wants To Keep Fighting For A Decade

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Eddie Hearn has revealed that British boxer, Anthony Joshua is looking to keep fighting in the ring for the next 10 years.

The unbeaten Brit will face the experienced Klitschko come April 29 at the Wembley stadium in front of 90,000 fans.

Eddie Hearn is not looking past the fight against Klitschko, but says Joshua wants to leave a lasting legacy on the game.

“Everything is just on the line on April 29,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “AJ talks about having 10 years left in boxing, so part of me doesn’t want to rush, but we’re rushing into the Klitschko fight. Why not keep going?

“Deontay Wilder will be ringside – that’s a natural fight. Joseph Parker is another fight as well. It’s all about winning, but he certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years.”

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Luiz On Tottenham Clash: It Is Ugly Guys Vs Monsters

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David Luiz is prepared for a physical battle he expects from the most physical team in the league, when Chelsea play Tottenham on Saturday.

Chelsea go into the match on a low note, having lost 2-0 to United, with Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth closing the gap at the top to four points.

Luiz sees no toxic relationship between the rivals, but has conceded Pochettino’s squad is monstrous.

“For me, they are an amazing team with an amazing coach,” said Luiz. “I think it is the best physical team in the league. All the XI guys are monsters. I love that team. It will be a difficult game for us.

“We need to be ready to play against one of the best teams in this league. It will be a nice game because it is a semi-final. Chelsea also has some monsters, some ugly guys like a monster. Some guys who play like a monster, like [N’Golo] Kante.

“Different kinds of monster. No [I joke], it will be a fantastic game. Two teams in amazing shape. It will be top quality to watch and we have to play top quality to win.”

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Hoffenheim Manager Julian Nagelsmann Warns Striker Sandro Wagner Against Bayern Munich Move

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Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has revealed star striker Sandro Wagner could follow in Seb Rudy and Niklas Sule’s footsteps and switch allegiances to Bayern Munich this summer.

“Bayern is a matter of the heart for Sandro, but I also know what makes him tick. He doesn’t like to sit in the dugout,”

“He has to decide for himself, but I would not do it in his place,” Nagelsmann is quoted by SportBild. “And I also do not think he would be incredibly happy there…if he always sits next to Carlo Ancelotti.”

Rudy and Sule has already agreed to join the Bundesliga champions at the end of the season and reports suggest Bayern boss carlo Ancelotti is keen to sign Wagner too.

Hoffenheim are just two wins away from securing Champions League qualification, though they face a battle for third with Borussia Dortmund.

Nagelsmann said: “I’m not putting too much pressure on us to be third or fourth now. Of course, it would be better for us if we were third – that is clear.

“The season is already a victory for the club, for the region, for the team.”

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Antonio Conte Hints John Terry Might Not Start For Chelsea Against Tottenham

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has dropped a  hint that club captain John Terry will not start against Tottenham this weekend.
Gary Cahill is a doubt for the game at Wembley on Saturday after being taken ill during the week, which was revealed on Friday to be down to gastroenteritis, leaving club captain Terry as seemingly the obvious choice to step in.

Terry, 36, has struggled for game-time this season, making only ten appearances in all competitions

The Chelsea boss told a press conference on Friday: ‘This is a semi-final and in this season we try to have in every position two options – the player that usually players and another.

‘When John plays it is more central, but that is David Luiz. I have to think about the right solution.’

Chelsea’s other options in central defence could be Kurt Zouma, or Nathan Ake, who is still yet to play for the first team after being recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth in January.

Conte confirmed that Thibaut Courtois should be fit to face Tottenham after picking up an ankle injury which saw the goalkeeper miss the defeat to Manchester United.

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ICYMI: United Draw Celta Vigo And Ajax Play In The UEL Semifinals

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The Europa league semifinal has pitted Manchester United against Celta Vigo and Lyon against Ajax.

Manchester United had to battle in exttatime to beat Anderlecht, with Rashford scoring the winning goal.

Celta Vigo beat Genk 4-3 on aggregate to qualify for the next round , after drawing 1-1 away.

Ajax came out on top against Schalke, to win 4-3 on aggregate, and will be playing Lyon for the first time.

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We All Respect John Terry’s Decision To Leave Now- Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte says he understands and respects John Terry’s decision to leave Chelsea but insists the defender will be a “serious loss” to the club. 

The Blues and the 36-year-old skipper both announced on Monday that he will leave Stamford Bridge after 22 years when his contract expires in the summer.

John Terry has expressed a desire to remain in the Premier League and Swansea boss Paul Clement has already suggested he would be willing to offer the veteran defender a deal, if the Swans avoid relegation.

“I am not surprised about this [the reaction]. I am repeating that John Terry, for me in this first season, is very important. He is helping me on and off the pitch,” Conte said.

“He is a great captain, the problem is that John wants to play regularly and for this reason we have to respect his decision. I was a footballer and when you arrive at this point of your career, and your body tells you to continue it is right to.

“We have to respect his decision. If you ask me if next season it is a serious loss…yes, I think so. I am seeing what John is doing this season in the changing room. We are building a foundation and he is important to this.”

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Claudio Pizarro Set For New Contract Talks With Werder Bremen

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Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro is preparing to enter talks over a possible contract extension with Werder Bremen, according to German newspaper Bild

The 38-year-old striker has enjoyed four separate spells with the Bundesliga club, although his current deal is set to expire on June 30.

Former Werder Bremen club president Willie Lemke has urged Pizarro to leave the club on a high note this summer.

He said: “The perfect time would be in the summer. It would be the glorious parting of a great time.

“Claudio is one of the great players in this club’s history. He is a superstar like Johan Micoud, Rune Bratseth or Rudi Völler ”

Pizarro,  has scored 190 Bundesliga goals for both Bremen and Bayern Munich — more than any other foreigner in the league’s history.

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Arsenal’s Nathan Tella Finally Completes Move To Southampton

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Southampton have completed the signing of Nathan Tella from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The 17-year-old winger has spent the majority of his youth career with the Gunners but has now made the switch to the Saints.

“I am delighted to have signed here,” explained Tella.

“It’s just a relief to know that I have found a place that I can settle down and crack on with my future.”

Nathan Tella arrived at Arsenal 10 years ago, but in February he was told that his deal at the club would not be extended. He then headed out for a trial with Southampton

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