Football Headlines: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Chelsea will step up their bid to sign Romelu Lukaku next month after making the Belgium striker their first-choice target ahead of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
  • Chelsea have received a further boost in their pursuit of Tiemoue Bakayoko after the Monaco midfielder ruled out a move to Paris St Germain.
  • Christian Benteke is trying to persuade Mamadou Sakho to stay at Crystal Palace.
  • Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to “improve” Tottenham ahead of next season after recording the club’s best top-flight finish since 1963.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Patrick Roberts has the quality to make it at Manchester City – and is a better option than Raheem Sterling , according to John Collins.
  • Josh Harrop is expected to sign a new Manchester United contract after his goalscoring debut against Crystal Palace.
  • Wayne Rooney is due to address his Manchester United future after the Europa League final.
  • Pep Guardiola will not leave his Manchester City players out of contract waiting for too much longer.
  • Yaya Toure wants to end his career at Manchester City…and say a proper farewell to the fans with a trophy.
  • Two Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in signing Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Daniel Sturridge has dropped the biggest hint yet he wants to stay at Liverpool next season.
  • Everton target Sandro Ramirez wants to stay in Spain and join Atletico Madrid this summer.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • The bookies have sensationally linked Troy Deeney with a move to Birmingham City.
  • Robbie Keane has emerged as a potential transfer target for Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Newcastle are looking to add anywhere between seven and 12 players to their squad, including Michy Batshuayi.

EXPRESS & STAR

  • Richard Stearman has said goodbye to Wolves after eight years at the club and declared: “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
  • Aston Villa are confident of netting significant fees for Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout this summer with increasing interest from clubs on the continent helping to drive up the price.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Welsh midfielder David Vaughan is the latest Nottingham Forest star to commit his future to the club.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

  • Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to keep former Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant, who has been linked with Crystal Palace, Watford and Brighton.
  • Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Brighton have reportedly joined the race to sign £10-rated Manchester City midfielder Aaron Mooy.

THE DAILY ECHO

  • Claude Puel insists Saints will look at the season as a whole rather than just the final few games as they plan the way ahead.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

  • Fernando Llorente has followed in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s footsteps by insisting he is happy to remain at Swansea City next season.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

  • Tyrone Mings faces disciplinary action after the Bournemouth defender was spotted on a night out in Dublin.
  • Eddie Howe guided Cherries to their highest finishing position in club history – and then conceded it had looked “a long way off a couple of months ago”.

THE STAR

  • Glenn Loovens has given his full backing to Carlos Carvalhal and hopes he will remain at Sheffield Wednesday.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

  • Rovers head coach Tony Mowbray will fly out to India tomorrow to meet ‎the club’s owners to discuss his future at Ewood Park.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare says the City squad needs strengthening this summer, whoever is in charge.
  • Leicester City will be on alert after former transfer target Francesco Acerbi announced he was leaving Italian club Sassuolo.

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Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust Approves Michael Eisner’s Takeover Proposal

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The Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust have voted in favour of Michael Eisner’s proposed takeover of the club.

Fresh from watching Pompey claim the Sky Bet League Two title, the Trust have opted to sell their 48.5% shareholding to the former CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

PST chairman Ashley Brown said “This is true fan ownership and democracy at work.”

“Our fans decided who the next owner of our club would be – and it will be Michael Eisner and Tornante.

“We believe he understands the importance of the custodianship of Pompey and will be an owner all fans will be proud of.”

Eisner’s takeover would mean the removal of the PST’s three representatives from the club’s nine-member board.

However, he has pledged to form a heritage board which would protect the club’s name, colours, badge and guard, while also preventing relocation to a ground more than 15 miles from Portsmouth city centre.

The statement read: ‘Over the last two weeks, 2,272 PST shareholders have cast their vote to determine the outcome of the Tornante bid for Portsmouth Football Club.

Following a 93.6 % turnout, 1,825 shareholders voted to sell the PST shares.

On Saturday, the PST Secretary informed Portsmouth FC of the outcome of the vote and the wish to sell the PST’s 48.5% shareholding to Tornante.

75% of the Presidents have voted to sell their respective stakes in the club. Together with the PST`s 48.5%, this means 81.4% of the club`s equity holding is in agreement with the sale. The threshold to approve a sale, as laid down in the shareholders` agreement, is 75%

Discussions around the sale will now begin with Tornante representatives and the timeline will be managed by Tornante.

PST Chairman Ashley Brown said “This is true fan ownership and democracy at work. Our fans decided who the next owner of our club would be – and it will be Michael Eisner and Tornante. The Trust board would like to wish Michael the very best of luck. We believe he understands the importance of the custodianship of Pompey and will be an owner all fans will be proud of. We look forward to working with him, his family and Tornante for many years to come”

Throughout this process, the PST board have strived to provide the membership with factual information to enable them to make an informed decision. During negotiations, PST presented matters and issues previously discussed with the membership and are pleased that some have been included in the Tornante offer. We will shortly begin a new era at Fratton Park and the Trust will continue to be an influential and relevant body in the club’s future. We will have three board members representing the PST on the Heritage and advisory board and we will be happy to help the Eisner family in any way we can to ensure the long term success of Portsmouth FC.

Our Trust Directors on the PFC board will remain in place during the transition period and will be working to find ways to enable Michael Eisner to assist the coaching staff in their close season planning ahead of the deal closure. After such a tremendous season, we would like to thank Paul Cook, his coaching team and the players for the fantastic job they have done, and wish them all the very best of luck in League One. The board would also like to thank Iain McInnes for his passionate and focused leadership as Chairman of Pompey.

Most importantly, we would like to thank you, the shareholders, fundraisers, syndicate members and fans whose incredible support allowed a fan owned club to recover from a perilous state to become Champions of League Two.

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Gonna Be Hard To Relace Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso- Carlo Ancelotti

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Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti admits it will be tough for the club to replace the recently retired duo of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso.

Lahm, 33, and Alonso, 35, both played for the final time on Saturday in Bayern’s 4-1 defeat of Freiburg.

Ancelotti praised the pair for their respective careers and stated that Bayern will have a tough job finding replacements for the defender and the midfielder.

“It has been an emotional day for [Philipp] Lahm and [Xabi] Alonso, I want to thank them both for everything they have given to the club, their season has been fantastic like their careers have been extraordinary,” he is quoted as saying on TMW. “Now we have to look forward and look for good replacements, which will be difficult.”

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Leeds United Manager Garry Monk Wanted By Middlesbrough

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Leeds United manager Garry Monk has reportedly emerged as a potential target for Middlesbrough.

Garry Monk is currently out of contract at Elland Road – despite talks being held with the club’s hierarchy – and the uncertainty at the Yorkshire giants has allegedly led to interest from elsewhere.

According to The Sun, Middlesbrough want to hold discussions with Monk as they look for a new boss ahead of their return to the Championship.

It has been claimed that caretaker manager Steve Agnew has not done enough during his time in the dugout after replacing Aitor Karanka, leading to chairman Steve Gibson assessing other potential targets.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been linked with the vacancy at the Riverside following the departure of Aitor Karanka in March.

Monk has won 25 of his 53 games in charge of Leeds in all competitions.

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Petr Cech Wants Alexis Sanchez And Mesut Ozil To Remain Arsenal Players Next Season

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Petr Cech has said that it is ‘vital’ for Arsenal to keep their “exceptional players” when discussing the futures of key duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal missed out on a spot in the top four, meaning that there will be no Champions League football at the Emirates Stadium next term.

Both Sanchez and Ozil are believed to be keen on leaving Arsenal this summer as they prepare to enter the final 12 months of their contacts, but Cech has urged the duo to pen extensions in North London.

“Alexis has been brilliant, scoring a lot of goals. (Him and Mesut) are both exceptional players and obviously you always want to keep your exceptional players,” Cech told reporters.

“That’s the main thing is we need to keep the team together and try to strengthen it in the areas where the manager would like to, and then we will be ready to go again.

“If you have one odd year in 20 years, it is not a problem. I think the club has a strong foundation, a strong organisation and everything to be one-year out and come straight back in, like Chelsea did last season.

“Obviously, it helped them not to be involved (in the Champions League) this season because they could keep all their energy for the league.”

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Isco Confirms He’s Staying At Real Madrid

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Isco has confirmed that he will stay at Real Madrid after helping the club land the La Liga title.

Isco will see his current deal at the Bernabeu expire next summer, and it had been claimed that he would move on at the end of the 2016-17 campaign after struggling for first-team football in the early stages of the season.

The Spaniard has been a constant feature of Zinedine Zidane‘s XI in recent weeks, however, and the midfielder has revealed that he is ready to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu.

“Do not worry the fans of Real Madrid. I will stay,” Isco told reporters. “Yes, it was difficult for a while, but I have remained strong psychologically and I have received the support of everybody.

“It’s been some time coming, but it’s a dream come true to have won the title here, with my family and friends in my city. I’ll be forever grateful for the affection they’ve shown me. It’s a very sweet moment and you have to enjoy it. We’ve shown that we were capable of using the whole squad.”

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Monaco Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev Not Interested In Selling Kylian Mbappe

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Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev wants Kylian Mbappe to stay for at least another season.

The 18-year-old is being tracked by the big boys in Europe.

Kylian Mbappe  scored  26 goals and gave8assists and has played a solid role in helping Monaco to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years and into the Champions League semi-finals

“The plan is to do everything to prolong him [Mbappe] and to do everything so that he stays a minimum of one more year with us,” Vasilyev told The Telegraph

“Our wish is to extend Mbappe’s contract, that’s a certainty.

“We’ve said to all the players that we won’t talk about the future before the end of the season.

“I insist no player has talked about his future, not one. We’ve all been focused, otherwise, we wouldn’t have won this title.”

He’s enjoyed an incredible breakthrough at Monaco and unless a club plays an enormous fee for his signature, there’s a slim chance we’ll see him leaving Monaco this summer as he continues his development as a player.

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‘My Arsenal Shares Are Not, And Never Have Been, For Sale- Stan Kroenke

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Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke says his shares in the club “are not and never have been for sale”.

KSE UK – The holding company for the American’s interest in Arsenal, issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange on Monday following media speculation concerning its commitment to the Premier League club, who have missed out on the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years.

The Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, who owns 30% of the club, made a formal £1bn bid to buy Arsenal, but Kroenke has no intention of relinquishing any of his 67% holding.

A statement to the London Stock Exchange read: “KSE UK, Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms its shares are not, and never have been, for sale. KSE is a committed, long term investor in Arsenal and will remain so.”

Kroenke has a 67% stake in Arsenal. Usmanov owns 30% but is not part of the board or decision-making at the club.

The Uzbek-born Russian said in April that Stan Kroenke must “bear huge responsibility” for the club’s failures on the pitch.

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Interest For Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho Increases

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West Ham, Leicester, Everton, West Brom, Dortmund and Hoffenheim are all lining up a bid to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, according to The Sun.

Iheanacho, who has scored 21 goals for City in two seasons, has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Iheanacho has found first-team opportunities limited following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January and could fall further down the pecking order this summer as coach Pep Guardiola looks to add to his squad.

The 20-year-old has played just 111 minutes in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

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Iniesta: Madrid Were Better This Season

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Andres Iniesta has congratulated Real Madrid on their triumph of winning the La Liga title, taking the trophy from Barcelona .

Barcelona came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against Eibar, but Madrid’s 2-0 win over Malaga secured the title for Los Blancos.

“Well, we won. We did our homework, but Real Madrid were better than us. Congratulations to them,” said Iniesta, who rejected the notion Barca had initially been so wasteful in front of goal because they were distracted by Zinedine Zidane’s side having taken an early lead.

He added: “No we didn’t miss because of that. We won. All the rest is irrelevant. It’s a shame it wasn’t enough.

“We knew [the Madrid score] at half-time, but we didn’t know apart from that. We did the job, but we couldn’t depend just on ourselves, it was out of our hands.”

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Kane Happy To Win Golden Boot Again

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Harry Kane has delighted in retaining the Golden Boot, after his haul of 29 goals in 30 games won him the crown.

The prolific goalscorer scored four goals in the hammering of Leicester City, before sclring three in the battering of Hull City.

Kane has been sidelined on two different occasions this season, due to injury, but beat Lukaku and Sanchez to the boot.

“To win 7-1 away from home is a great end to a great season for us,” Kane told BBC Sport after becoming the first player to retain the top-scorers’ gong since Robin van Persie in 2013.

“It’s massive to win the Golden Boot again. I said to retain it would be special with the injuries I’ve had but to score 29 goals in 30 games is something I feel proud of.

“Finishing the season with seven goals in two games is perfect, hopefully I can continue it at the start of next season. When you look at the players behind us, we have a fantastic team.

“We are delighted with the way we finished.”

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Conte Names Arsenal Favourites For FA Cup

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Antonio Conte believes Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, will serve as motivation for their FA Cup final clash.

Arsrnal missrd out on the prestigious competition, after Liverpool won to cement fourth position, meaning Gunners finish fifth and qualify for Europa League.

Conte on the other hand led Chelsea to the League title in his first season in England and is looking for a double this weekend.

However, the Italian has warned his team to be prepared for a motivated Arsenal, thatll want to salvage a poor season.

“If you ask me who you think the favourites are now, I think it’s Arsenal,” he told a news conference. “They only have this possibility to find a good season after a win in the FA Cup.

“For this reason we must find motivation and find in ourselves the right anger. The game will be very difficult, above all for this reason.

“Arsenal have missed out on the Champions League for the first time in I don’t know how many years, so we must prepare in the right way. I’m not talking tactically. I’m talking about motivation, the right fire in our soul and our hearts.

“If we have this in the same proportion as Arsenal in that respect, we have the possibility to do the double and win. Otherwise we risk a lot.”

“This is the real danger for us,” he added. “To think that this season is finished and if you win or lose it doesn’t change the situation. We must think as winners, not as losers.

“It’s important to celebrate as we did today, enjoying this moment with our families and fans, and celebrate this title because it wasn’t easy, this season.

“But as of tomorrow, I’ll try and push a lot to explain that this season will be great. If we hadn’t won the title, this season would have been good. Having won it, it’s become great.

“Now I think this season can become fantastic if we are able to win the FA Cup. We must find the right motivation.

“At this level, with Chelsea and Arsenal at the same level… we lost 3-0 in the league, won the other one 3-1, so we have an opportunity to play the third game with Arsenal.

“It’s important for us to celebrate but then to find the right fire in our soul to work very hard this week and ‘feel’ this game.

“It’s a great opportunity to win and do the double.”

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Simeone Confirms He’s Staying At Atletico

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Diego Simeone has stated he will remain as manager at Atletico Madrid come next season after their final match at the Vicente Calderón ended 3-1 against Bilbao.

Simeone has been a successful coach at Atletico since he joined in 2012, but his future has come under doubt.

His recent deal expires in June, but hes certain he’ll be the man in the dugout come next season, at the new stadium.

“I am staying here,” he told a post-match news conference after a brace from Fernando Torres and a late Angel Correa effort sealed the points.

“I am going to stay because this club has a future and the future is all of us together.”

“We are finishing the season now, and for sure on Monday we will meet with Miguel, Andrea, to discuss what could be waiting for us in the future.

“Obviously we will look for the best for the club and for everyone. We will speak about the growth for our future. The base is there, solid, with six years competing in an extraordinary way. The tremendous stadium we enter in September will make further demands, we all need to take another step to match it.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Zinedine Zidane has made signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante a Real Madrid transfer target this summer. The French international has made his interest in the newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year clear to Real president Florentino Perez. (Don Balon)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has confirmed he will sit down with the club’s board to discuss his future on Monday. The Argentine has been in charge since 2011 and led the club to the La Liga title in 2014, as well as reaching two Champions League finals. (Sport)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is determined to make a major statement this summer by signing both Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez and Juventus star Paulo Dybala. (Don Balon)

Italy

Outgoing Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta was offered to AC Milan but the two clubs failed to reach an agreement, paving the way for the Argentine to join West Ham for free. Zabaleta, 32, signed for City in 2008 and helped them to two Premier League titles. (Calcomercatoweb)

AC Milan will launch an ambitious bid to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The Rossoneri are prepared to place a big-money bid to try and lure the former Juventus forward back to Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

France

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is expected to re-join Marseille this summer after a disappointing season in England. The Premier League side are demanding £4.2m (€5m). (L’Equipe)

Portugal

Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign highly-rated Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo. Semedo is also a Manchester City transfer target and would cost around £34.3m (€40m). (O Jogo)

Germany

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he will settle his Borussia Dortmund future next week after edging out Bayern Munich rival Robert Lewandowski for the Bundesliga Golden Boot. (Bild)

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Sacked Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka Hoping To Stay In England

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Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has told Goals on Sunday he wants to continue his managerial career in England. 

Karanka, who has been linked to the manager’s job of Wolves in the Championship, says he is keen not to rush into a decision and make the right personal choice ahead of the 2017/18 season.

“I said when I left Middlesbrough I would like to stay in England,” he said.

“I know this football and Spanish football. I have been involved in this football and enjoying it so I would like to stay here.

“I need to take the right step. When I went to Middlesbrough I thought it was a perfect first step. At the time I showed I did it right. Now I need to do it right again but, again, I would like to be here in England.”

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Sacked Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka Hoping To Stay In England

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Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has told Goals on Sunday he wants to continue his managerial career in England. 

Karanka, who has been linked to the manager’s job of Wolves in the Championship, says he is keen not to rush into a decision and make the right personal choice ahead of the 2017/18 season.

“I said when I left Middlesbrough I would like to stay in England,” he said.

“I know this football and Spanish football. I have been involved in this football and enjoying it so I would like to stay here.

“I need to take the right step. When I went to Middlesbrough I thought it was a perfect first step. At the time I showed I did it right. Now I need to do it right again but, again, I would like to be here in England.”

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Galatasaray Open Talks With Valencia To Sign Alvaro Negredo

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Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergun has revealed that the club have held talks with Alvaro Negredo over a summer switch from Valencia.

The 31-year-old is soon to return to the Mestalla after spending a season on loan with Premier League side Middlesbrough, where he has so far netted 10 times in 36 appearances.

Negredo is unlikely to stick around at Valencia for too much longer, however, as discussions have already begun with Turkish giants Galatasaray and a move could soon be finalised.

“Yes we held talks with Alvaro Negredo but revealing too much information harms us,” Ergun is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo. “These types of players are highly regarded. It is important to announce such moves when it’s time.”

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Galatasaray Open Talks With Valencia To Sign Alvaro Negredo

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Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergun has revealed that the club have held talks with Alvaro Negredo over a summer switch from Valencia.

The 31-year-old is soon to return to the Mestalla after spending a season on loan with Premier League side Middlesbrough, where he has so far netted 10 times in 36 appearances.

Negredo is unlikely to stick around at Valencia for too much longer, however, as discussions have already begun with Turkish giants Galatasaray and a move could soon be finalised.

“Yes we held talks with Alvaro Negredo but revealing too much information harms us,” Ergun is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo. “These types of players are highly regarded. It is important to announce such moves when it’s time.”

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Jan Vertonghen Discusses How Tottenham Can Improve Next Season

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has called on his side to improve their away form next season.

The North-London side were arguably one of the standout performers of the season, but still fell short of eventual winners Chelsea who claimed the title with two games to spare.

Though Mauricio Pochettino’s side were unbeaten at White Hart Lane all season, their away form was not as impressive, and they end the season having not beaten a top-six side on their travels.

“Why we fell short is obviously a difficult question to answer. I think we had a run in October, November, where we didn’t win in a series of games, and that obviously hurt us at the end of the season,” said the centre-back, according to Sky Sports News.

“We also didn’t win an away game against a top-six team all season, so you can always improve there, and I think we will. We will learn a lot from this year; obviously, we have this unbelievable home record, which we can count on, and we want to build an away record as well.

“I think this year we had a couple of injuries that weren’t very helpful for us, a couple injured for maybe four to eight weeks, Harry [Kane] and Toby Alderweireld in particular, but the guys who came in did very well. If this squad stays the same into next year I will be very happy.”

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Jan Vertonghen Discusses How Tottenham Can Improve Next Season

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has called on his side to improve their away form next season.

The North-London side were arguably one of the standout performers of the season, but still fell short of eventual winners Chelsea who claimed the title with two games to spare.

Though Mauricio Pochettino’s side were unbeaten at White Hart Lane all season, their away form was not as impressive, and they end the season having not beaten a top-six side on their travels.

“Why we fell short is obviously a difficult question to answer. I think we had a run in October, November, where we didn’t win in a series of games, and that obviously hurt us at the end of the season,” said the centre-back, according to Sky Sports News.

“We also didn’t win an away game against a top-six team all season, so you can always improve there, and I think we will. We will learn a lot from this year; obviously, we have this unbelievable home record, which we can count on, and we want to build an away record as well.

“I think this year we had a couple of injuries that weren’t very helpful for us, a couple injured for maybe four to eight weeks, Harry [Kane] and Toby Alderweireld in particular, but the guys who came in did very well. If this squad stays the same into next year I will be very happy.”

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Youth Players Unlikely To Get Into West Ham First Team – David Gold

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West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has admitted that the club’s youth players are unlikely to break into the first team in the coming season.

West Ham are looking to improve considerably in the summer transfer market after a poor season under Slaven Bilic, and Gold expects their side to be one full of “seasoned internationals”.

Promising youth players such as Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen have been shipped out on loan this season and Gold was forced to respond to fan complaints after celebrating Cullen’s part in the League One playoff final with Bradford City.

He said on Twitter: “I think we all have to (accept) that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a (Premier League) team full of seasoned international(s).

“Playing teenagers doesn’t guarantee success. Hull came fifth (in number of youngsters played) and got relegated. Chelsea came last and won the league.

“Sam (Allardyce) played the teenagers at Nottingham Forest (in 2014) and we got beat 5-0. Teenagers gain experience by going out on loan to the first (or) second division and the Championship.”

West Ham’s academy has provided dozens of players who became fully-fledged internationals over the years, including England stars Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrickand Glen Johnson.

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Youth Players Unlikely To Get Into West Ham First Team – David Gold

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West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has admitted that the club’s youth players are unlikely to break into the first team in the coming season.

West Ham are looking to improve considerably in the summer transfer market after a poor season under Slaven Bilic, and Gold expects their side to be one full of “seasoned internationals”.

Promising youth players such as Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen have been shipped out on loan this season and Gold was forced to respond to fan complaints after celebrating Cullen’s part in the League One playoff final with Bradford City.

He said on Twitter: “I think we all have to (accept) that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a (Premier League) team full of seasoned international(s).

“Playing teenagers doesn’t guarantee success. Hull came fifth (in number of youngsters played) and got relegated. Chelsea came last and won the league.

“Sam (Allardyce) played the teenagers at Nottingham Forest (in 2014) and we got beat 5-0. Teenagers gain experience by going out on loan to the first (or) second division and the Championship.”

West Ham’s academy has provided dozens of players who became fully-fledged internationals over the years, including England stars Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrickand Glen Johnson.

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Report: Tottenham To Sell Kyle Walker For £40 Million

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Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly ask for £40m for right-back Kyle Walker should the player leave White Hart Lane during the summer.

Kyle Walkker is thought to be a target for both Chelsea and Manchester City and the 26-year-old’s place in Mauricio Pochettino‘s starting XI has looked increasing uncertain following the emergence of Kieran Trippier.

According to The Mirror, recent talks between Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy have led to Walker’s departure becoming more likely come the end of the season.

Alongside Chelsea and City it is also thought that Bayern Munich could be keen on a move for Walker, following the retirement of veteran defender Philipp Lahm.

 

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Report: Tottenham To Sell Kyle Walker For £40 Million

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Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly ask for £40m for right-back Kyle Walker should the player leave White Hart Lane during the summer.

Kyle Walkker is thought to be a target for both Chelsea and Manchester City and the 26-year-old’s place in Mauricio Pochettino‘s starting XI has looked increasing uncertain following the emergence of Kieran Trippier.

According to The Mirror, recent talks between Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy have led to Walker’s departure becoming more likely come the end of the season.

Alongside Chelsea and City it is also thought that Bayern Munich could be keen on a move for Walker, following the retirement of veteran defender Philipp Lahm.

 

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

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  • Jose Mourinho is seeking a £35m reunion with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.
  • Manchester United and Liverpool have both made enquiries for Chelsea target and Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko.
  • Everton have been dealt a blow after being told to forget about signing Anderlecht midfield prodigy Leander Dendoncker.
  • The Blues are also reeling at the £30m price-tag on keeper Jordan Pickford and will now target Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.
  • Manchester United are after Portuguese teen Pedro Neto – after deciding against signing him last year.
  • West Ham are in talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for striker Michy Batshuayi.
  • Everton have vowed to only listen to offers of £100m for Romelu Lukaku.
  • Tottenham are ready to offer £12m for Fulham teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon and have also joined a seven-way scrap for Manchester City’s Nigerian attacker Kelechi Iheanacho.
  • Southampton are ready to smash their transfer record to sign £25m-rated Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic snubbed a new multi-million pound Manchester United deal before getting injured.
  • Wolves are ready to make an official move for Jose Couceiro to become their next boss – with Paul Lambert’s days numbered.
  • Swansea have joined the race for Anderlecht centre-back Kara Mbodji.
  • Manchester United’s plan to offer Jose Mourinho a new contract hinges on him taking them back into the Champions League.
  • Tottenham are prepared to sell Chelsea and Manchester City target Kyle Walker – but want £40m for him.
  • Newcastle are eyeing a double swoop for Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Pires and Andre Gray – but face competition from Tottenham for the Burnley man.
  • David Moyes is on the brink of quitting Sunderland after losing the dressing room.
  • Tottenham are planning to ditch £11m French flop Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
  • Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero is hoping Pep Guardiola will reward his patience with a new contract.
  • Bournemouth are preparing a £40m bid for Chelsea duo Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake.
  • Daley Blind wants to stay at Old Trafford despite Manchester United’s silence over a new deal.
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a £12m deal for Leicester’s Demarai Gray.
  • Manchester City are front-runners for Monaco defender Fabinho and have also been linked with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
  • Chelsea are eyeing 20-year-old Russian attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin to supplement their title-winning squad.

  • Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen is leaving the club.
  • Zinedine Zidane has asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
  • Juventus striker Paulo Dybala is reportedly a target for Manchester United.
  • Arsenal chiefs are divided over whether Arsene Wenger should stay as manager.
  • Tottenham have rejected a £50m approach for Eric Dier.
  • Manchester City are closing in on a £35m deal for Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
  • Manchester rivals United and City are fighting it out for Benfica right-back Semedo.
  • Chelsea will collect the Premier League trophy this afternoon but they are struggling to keep hold of manager Antonio Conte.
  • Neymar is set to spark a £100m tussle between Manchester United and City after his father urged him to quit Barcelona for the Premier League.
  • Roberto Mancini last night put West Ham on alert after admitting that he is ready to end his year-long break from the game.
  • Watford were forced into sacking Walter Mazzarri after a dressing-room revolt allegedly saw some players threaten a pre-season strike.
  • Jose Mouriniho could use Luke Shaw as bait to snatch Kyle Walker from under the noses of arch rivals Manchester City.

  • Manchester City are interested in signing Kasper Schmeichel – and are prepared to offer Joe Hart to Leicester as part of any deal for the Denmark international.
  • Arsene Wenger expects to stay on at Arsenal, having told associates a new deal for him will be announced after the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday.

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