BREAKING: Joe Cole Retires From Football At 37

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Joe Cole Retires From Football At 37

Former West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool star Joe Cole has announced his retirement from professional football with an emotional statement issued on Tuesday morning.

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Cole, who turned 37 last week, now wishes to pursue a career as a coach, after making 716 professional appearances, scoring 104 goals for seven clubs, and completed his career with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League.

He said: “After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots. 716 professional games, 104 goals, for seven great clubs – West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry City and the Tampa Bay Rowdies – as well the honour of playing for England. It has been a dream come true. All of it.

“Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game.

“I feel I can offer a lot as a coach and have really enjoyed the opportunity to undertake some of these duties with the Rowdies.

“To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.”

He made 56 England appearances and appeared in three World Cup tournaments after making his debut aged 19 following an impressive start to his career at West Ham.

Cole joined West Ham at the age of eight and made 187 appearances, scoring 18 goals, in two spells, from 1998 to 2003 and 2013-14.

He made his debut as a 17-year-old in January 1999, graduating to become captain, leaving for Chelsea only after the Hammers’ relegation from the Premier League.

Cole won every domestic honour during his time at Chelsea, contributing to the Blues’ first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho.

European success proved elusive as Cole was in the Chelsea side beaten by Manchester United on penalties in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow.

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

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  • Manchester United players have begun to question Jose Mourinho over his reluctance to drop Nemanja Matic despite poor form.
  • Jose Mourinho feels Manchester United will sack him if United do not finish in the top four – with the club eyeing Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement.
  • Man City are lining-up a £50m move for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong despite potentially facing an investigation into their spending.
  • Cesc Fabregas could face some form of action after footage showing him moving referee Kevin Friend’s free-kick spray marking behind his back emerged on social media.
  • Borussia Dortmund are ramping up their scouting network in the UK to discover more undervalued talent like Jadon Sancho.
  • Samir Nasri’s move to West Ham is being held up over fitness concerns with West Ham likely to make a decision this week.
  • Antonio Conte will receive £11m from Chelsea because he has decided to wait until June to take another managerial post.
  • Rangers are set to escape with UEFA warning after being late for kick-off against Spartak Moscow in Russia.
  • Manchester United have begun talks over a new contract with midfield duo Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.
  • Senior England players have given Wayne Rooney the green light to wear the captain’s armband against USA on Thursday.
  • Jose Mourinho is prepared to cash in on Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly in order to bring in either Toby Alderweireld or Inter’s Milan Skriniar in January.
  • Manchester United fear they will not be able to sell Alexis Sanchez despite the player’s desire to leave Old Trafford.
  • Kevin de Bruyne is on track to return from his knee injury on December 4 despite initially being ruled out for six weeks.
  • Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson believes his role is more difficult than the club’s forward players.

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I Told ‘Diving’ Bernard To Get Up, Then He Head-butted Me – Antonio Rudiger

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Antonio Rudiger thinks that it was a joke for him to get booked after an incident with Everton’s Bernard was a ‘joke’.

Both The Chelsea defender and the Everton winger were booked by Kevin Friend after the incident, but the German defender felt extremely hard done by.

“He [Bernard] was diving and I told him to stand up. Then he came with a lot of speed and hit me with his forehead, so for me to get a yellow card – to me that’s a joke.” the former Roma player said after the game.

“It’s annoying because I don’t even tackle someone, do something and I get booked for being head-butted. Sorry, but that’s a joke.

“The referee didn’t see anything. Perhaps it’s the fourth official who was outside [the pitch], maybe he said something to him [Friend] that I had provoked [Bernard] or something, but I just said, ‘Stand up’.

“If there is VAR in England, then Bernard has a problem. He would be sent off.”

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Daniel Sturridge Responds To FA Charge On Betting Misconduct

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Daniel Sturridge denies ever gambling on football despite allegedly breaching Football Association (FA) betting regulations.

FA Charge Liverpool Striker Daniel Sturridge With Misconduct Relating To Betting

The 29-year-old was charged with misconduct by the FA after being accused of contravening rules E8(1)(a)(ii) and E8(1)(b) in January of this year. He has until November 20 to respond to the charge.

Liverpool insist the player has cooperated fully throughout the FA’s investigation and say he is adamant he has never bet on football.

“Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so,” a Liverpool spokesperson said on Monday.

“Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.

“As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”

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UEFA Warns FFP Cases Against PSG And Man City Can Be Re-opened Based On ‘New Information’

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UEFA have revealed it is prepared to re-open closed cases relating to Financial Fair Play if “new information” suggests such action is needed.

UEFA insists FFP has “without question” been successful in helping clubs avoid spiralling debts since its inception seven years ago.

However, UEFA has confirmed it would be prepared to examine former cases if it decides there was a clear abuse of the system, as shown by new evidence.

In a statement, it said: “FFP has led to a step change in the health of the finances in European club football. Seven years ago, European clubs had a cumulative debt of €1.7billion. Last year it was a profit of €600million. Without question, it has been a success for the game across Europe.

“FFP is a framework which clubs that wish to play in UEFA competitions agree to abide by. It relies on the cooperation of clubs to declare a complete and genuine financial position. While UEFA can test the information it receives, it relies on that information being fair and accurate reflections of a club’s finances.

“UEFA conducts an annual assessment of all clubs against the break-even requirements of FFP on a rolling three-year basis. This includes a thorough assessment of clubs’ financial positions on the basis of both the information disclosed by the clubs (based on their independently audited financial statements) as well as a number of compliance checks and analysis undertaken by UEFA (including independent external audits). If new information comes to light that may be material to this assessment, UEFA will use that to challenge the figures and will seek explanation, clarification or rebuttal from the club concerned.

“Should new information suggest that previously-concluded cases have been abused, those cases may be capable of being re-opened as determined on a case by case basis.

“This approach is applied universally to all clubs that apply for a UEFA licence and participate in European club competitions.”

FFP, which is designed to prevent clubs risking serious debts through spending more than they earn, has come under scrutiny following allegations by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks, reported primarily by Mediapart and Der Spiegel, relating to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Both City and PSG are accused of having extra money pumped into them by respective ownership groups through over-valued sponsorship deals, with former UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino alleged to have helped the clubs avoid severe sanctions.

The two clubs reached settlement agreements with UEFA in 2014 for FFP breaches, but it was claimed by Der Spiegel that City were allowed to come up with their own punishment, while PSG got off lightly.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Beats Wayne Rooney To MLS Newcomer Of The Year Award

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named the MLS Newcomer of the Year, ahead of DC United striker Wayne Rooney.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic edged out Wayne Rooney in the voting for the 2018 prize, which is awarded to the player with previous professional experience to have impressed the most in his first season in the United States.

Ibrahimovic joined Galaxy from Manchester United in March and scored twice on his debut against Los Angeles FC, including a spectacular strike from 40 yards.

The 37-year-old ended the season with 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances, earning 36 per cent of the votes for the Newcomer award, despite Galaxy missing out on the play-offs.

Rooney came second with 32 per cent, having inspired DC United to a postseason place after joining from Everton. Carlos Vela of LAFC came third.

The award is decided by votes from MLS club management, selected media, and current MLS players.

Rooney and Ibrahimovic were earlier named in the MLS Best XI for the season.

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Danny Welbeck Undergoes Successful Second Operation On His Ankle

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Arsenal have confirmed striker Danny Welbeck has undergone a successful planned second operation on his injured ankle.

Danny Welbeck was hurt during the Gunners’ Europa League draw with Sporting CP after falling awkwardly and manager Unai Emery confirmed on Sunday that the England international had suffered a break.

The 27-year-old had surgery on Friday and has since been operated on for a second time.

The club remain uncertain when Welbeck will be fit enough to return to action.

“Further to sustaining an injury last Thursday against Sporting CP, Danny has undergone a second planned operation on his right ankle,” Arsenal said in a statement.

“Both procedures went well, without complications. Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take.

“Everyone at the club will now be providing Danny with the best possible treatment and support in order to make him fit again as soon as possible.”

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Pep Guardiola Faces Potential FA disciplinary Action Over Referee Anthony Taylor Comments

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The Football Association has sought an explanation from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola following his comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to Sunday’s Manchester derby.

It is understood that the FA has contacted the Manchester City manager to request his observations and he has until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

Taylor’s appointment for City’s clash against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium had caused some disquiet among home supporters.

Taylor hails from the Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, which because of its proximity to Old Trafford was an issue for some City fans. Yet he is a declared Altrincham fan and the Premier League had no issues handing him the high-profile fixture.

Guardiola commented on this when the subject was raised at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The FA has previously warned managers for speaking about referees before games.

Guardiola said: “He is going to try to do the best job, like we try as managers and football players.

“Mr Taylor is going to try to make a good time. I don’t think too much. The important thing is to focus on our game, of course knowing which opponent we are going to face, and that’s all.

“Hopefully they can make good decisions for both sides and (it will) be a good game – all England, all parts of Europe are going to watch us, that is the most important pleasure.

“The referee doesn’t want to make a mistake but he knows everybody around the world is going to watch him. He doesn’t want to make mistakes, that is pretty sure.

“But if he is a fan of United or City? Anybody can be a fan of whoever he wants. No problem.”

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Antonio Conte Rules Out Managing Real Madrid

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Ex Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he is not interested in the Real Madrid job as he does not intend to return to management until next summer.

Antonio Conte was sacked by Chelsea at the end of last season despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his two years at Stamford Bridge, is believed to have been approached by Madrid chiefs last month.

Los Blancos are on the lookout for a new boss after parting company with Julen Lopetegui on October 28, and out-of-work Conte emerged as an early contender for the high-profile position.

“Real Madrid? As I see it, it is better to wait until the end of the season than to take a train running now,” he is quoted as saying by Marca.

“I want to wait for June and start again with a new project. In three months I could change my mind and deny everything, but I’ve always thought of it this way.”

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FA Charge Liverpool Striker Daniel Sturridge With Misconduct Relating To Betting

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Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to rules against betting.

The Liverpool striker has been given until November 20 to respond to the charge, which alleges that he breached the FA’s betting rules in January of this year.

A Football Association statement read:

“Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018. He has until 6pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018 to respond to the charge.

Rule E8(1)(a) – a participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.

“Rule E8(1)(b) – where a participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.”

Sturridge is accused of breaking one rule, covering a period when he featured for both Liverpool and loan club West Brom, though no specific details of the charge has been published by the governing body.

A Liverpool spokesman said: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal co-operation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so.

“Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football. As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”

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

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FOOTBALL.LONDON
Arsenal may now move for in-demand Lille winger Nicolas Pepe in January after the ankle injury sustained by forward Danny Welbeck.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Tottenham’s Erik Lamela insists he wants to enjoy success at the north London club before thinking about a return to River Plate.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
New Man Utd midfielder Fred has been left out of the Brazil squad for their upcoming matches with Uruguay and Cameroon.
Man City are set to beat arch-rivals Man Utd to the signature of £50m-rated Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong next summer, according to reports.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita – who joined the club last summer – says manager Jurgen Klopp is constantly on his case at Anfield.
Everton are one of a number of clubs reportedly interested in Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback – who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest – has revealed his future at St James’ is looking “bleak” under current manager Rafa Benitez.
New Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon has revealed his future in the northeast is now firmly in his own hands.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Wolves reportedly face competition from Liverpool for the signature of Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester defender Filip Benkovic, who is currently on loan at Celtic, says he is in the dark over his immediate future in Glasgow.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland are preparing a bid for Arsenal youngster Joe Willock, according to reports.

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Massimiliano Allegri Awarded Best Manager In Italy Beating Maurizio Sarri And Simone Inzaghi

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was on Monday presented with the Panchina d’Oro (Golden Bench) award for the best coach in Serie A in 2017/2018 season.

Allegri beat Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who coached Napoli to second last season, and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi, following a vote by his fellow coaches.

Allegri received 17 votes with Sarri and Inzaghi both getting eight.

Allegri also won the award last season too while Sarri was named as the best Serie A manager for the 2016/17 campaign.

“I thank everyone but above all the team and the players, they are the ones who go on the pitch and win the games,” said Allegri.

“The goal is to try to win the eighth championship title in a row and this blessed Champions League, let’s see if we have a bit of luck on our side.”

It is the fourth time he has won the award, having also won with Juventus in 2015 and 2017, and Cagliari in 2009.

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Samir Nasri Expected To Join West Ham After His Doping Ban Is Lifted

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Samir Nasri is in line sign for West Ham when his doping suspension ends, according to the London Evening Standard

The Standard said Samir Nasri , who played under Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, is undergoing a medical prior to signing a short-term contract with London club West Ham.

While the former France international’s ban means he is unable to play until January 1, the terms of Nasri’s suspension allow him to train with any club from this month onwards.

In February, Nasri was given a six-month suspension after taking a multi-vitamin booster in contravention of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

Nasri had the drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic two years ago while he was on loan at Sevilla from City during the 2016/17 season, prompting the Spanish anti-doping agency to open an investigation.

He retroactively appealed to UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), but his request was refused by European football’s governing body.

August saw UEFA extend Nasri’s doping ban from six to 18 months, his suspension backdated to July 1, 2017 although he has played since then.

A move to West Ham would see Nasri reunited with former Arsenal colleagues Jack Wilshere and Lukasz Fabianski, as well as ex-City teammate Pablo Zabaleta. He would also be working once more under his old City boss Manuel Pellegrini in east London.

In total, Nasri has played 215 Premier League games to date, scoring 36 goals and providing 42 assists since his debut in English football in 2008.

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Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeneß Promises Wholesale Changes To The Squad Next Summer

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß has promised that there will be wholesale changes at the club next summer he has however ruled out making any big money signings in the January transfer window.

Bayern Munich lost further ground in the title race on Saturday, as Paco Alcácer’s winning goal saw Niko Kovač’s side slump to a 3-2 defeat against league leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich are now sitting fifth in the Bundesliga table, seven points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund

Speaking after the disappointing loss, via Sky Sports, Hoeneß said: “No, we definitely will not undertake any activities in the (January) transfer market. We’re getting (Kingsley) Coman back before Christmas and Thiago will be able to play again, too, in two or three weeks. Next year, when the second step of the revolution comes, we will definitely change the face of the team.”

He added: “Im less angry, sad and dejected today than a few weeks ago when we lost to Gladbach at home. The Bundesliga is really fun again. Now people should be happy that it’s exciting.”

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Barcelona Midfielder Sergio Busquets Hands Real Betis Boss His Signed Jersey Despite 4-3 Loss

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets gave his signed shirt to Real Betis manager Quique Setién following his side’s shock 4-3 loss to Los Verdiblancos on Sunday

The 60-year-old is a long-term admirer of Sergio Busquets , and was caught on camera asking him for his shirt after the game before kick-off.

Despite Barcelona’s shocking defeat , Busquets duly obliged, and handed over his signed shirt complete with the message: “To Quique with appreciation and admiration for the way you see football. Kind regards.”

The thrilling encounter saw the visitors storm into a shock 2-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Junior Firpo and Joquain. A Lionel Messi penalty midway through the second half saw Barcelona claw their way back into the game, only for Giovani Lo Celso to make it 3-1 soon after.

Arturo Vidal pulled it back to 3-2, before Sergio Canales scored to re-establish his side’s two goal cushion. Messi scored again late on, but Barça were unable to push for an equaliser, and now lead La Liga by just one point with the likes of Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and Alavés hot on their tails.

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Naby Keita Speaks About His Recent Struggles To Adapt To Life At Liverpool

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keïta has revealed that manager Jürgen Klopp’s constant encouragement has been key to helping him settle into life at his new club, and that he is working hard to overcome the language barrier.

Naby Kieta joined the Reds from German club RB Leipzig in the summer for a hefty fee of £52.75m, but has so far struggled to make the desired impact in six appearances, with injuries and a lack of game time hampering his progress.

The Guinea international, however, is adamant that he is learning from his teammates and noted the impact of his manager, who he said is always telling him what to do.

“I am really, really happy to play with my team-mates and I am learning from their experience,” said Keïta, according to the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m training with them every day and I am trying to get them better, to learn from them.

“I watch them and of course the coach is always speaking to me, saying ‘you can do this better, you need to do this’.

“He makes me feel like I want to do better and I want to progress so I feel lucky and happy to train with him and the players here.”

Kieta started from the bench in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday and although he initially speaks French, Keïta also revealed he has been taking English lessons and hopes to be able to give interviews in the language in six months’ time.

“I am following English courses and I am really, really motivated to speak English,” he said. “It is really important to me.

“I want to be able to speak to the coach and I want to be able to speak to the other players in the team so I am really working hard.

“I hope that in six months I will be able to give interviews to you in English (instead of through a translator).

“I am finding the Liverpool accent a bit difficult to be honest, but I am trying my best. I don’t know much Scouse yet, but I have been told ‘boss’ means good.”

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Real Madrid To Appoint Santiago Solari As Permanent Manager, RFEF Confirms

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Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent boss on Monday after overseeing an impressive upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace sacked Julen Lopetegui.

“Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated.

Solari has led Real to four wins out of four since being installed on a caretaker basis following Lopetegui’s abrupt sacking last month.

And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager.

After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.

The good form has left Los Blancos only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.

Solari, who spent five years playing for Real, was promoted from his role in charge of Castilla, the club’s B team, after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included just one victory in seven games.

The last of those, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, proved the final straw for club president Florentino Perez but the team have rebounded under their new coach.

“He has done excellently,” Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno said on Sunday night. “We are very happy with how things have gone.

Few, however, could argue with the results, which have now earned Solari the chance to prove himself over a longer period. He indicated in his opening press conference that he was open to keeping the job full-time.

“It’s a great opportunity and it’s a great club,” Solari said. “I don’t just say that now as coach of the first team. I’ve been here with other teams, I’ve played and sweated in the shirt of this club.

“Madrid is bigger than all of us but it touches us all with its greatness. I want to be a part of it.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Manchester United showed an interest in Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini during the summer. The 22-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in the past and may well emerge as a United transfer target when the window reopens in January. Pellegrini rejoined Roma in 2017 from Sampdoria having started his professional career in the Italian capital. (Calciomercato)

Leonardo Bonucci was ‘surprised’ not to start in Juventus’ win over AC Milan on Sunday night. It would have been the veteran defender’s first time facing his old club after an unsuccessful one-year spell at the Rossoneri last season. “To be honest, I was surprised too when the coach gave the line-up,” the 31-year-old said. Juve beat Milan 2-0 to move six points clear in Serie A, with Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo getting on the score-sheet. (Sky Sport Italia)

Milan, meanwhile, are hoping to bolster their ranks in January by signing at least one big-name player. While the club are currently working to bring in Leonardo Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg, the Rossoneri are also exploring the possibility of pursuing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who incoming chief executive Ivan Gazidis knows well from his time at the Emirates. (Corriere dello Sport)

Serie A trio AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sampdoria are chasing Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini. The 26-year-old has struggled for goals at St Mary’s of late, with just five in 33 games last season and one in 10 appearances in the current campaign. (Calciomercato)

France

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tried to keep news of Paul Pogba’s injury secret ahead of the club’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. The Portuguese boss knew the World Cup winner would not be available for selection after sustaining a knock in the win over Juventus. Both Mourinho and Pogba are ‘pessimistic’ about the injury, placing doubt over the 25-year-old’s potential involvement with France during the international break. (L’Equipe, via Sport Witness)

Juventus are plotting a possible reunion with Arturo Vidal. The Chilean, who won four Serie A titles in as many years in Turin, is reportedly unhappy after a difficult start to life at Barcelona. Vidal moved to the Camp Nou from Bayern Munich in the summer but has struggled to nail down a spot in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI with just two La Liga starts to his name. (Le10Sport)

Under-fire Monaco manager Thierry Henry admitted there was a gulf in quality between his side and Paris Saint-Germain after falling 4-0 at home to the runaway Ligue 1 leaders. Edinson Cavani completed a hat-trick before Neymar’s penalty completed Henry’s misery, leaving the Arsenal legend winless after six games in charge. Monaco are second from bottom with just seven points. They travel to fellow strugglers Caen following the international break. (L’Equipe)

Spain

Real Madrid have identified a trio of key transfer targets as the club continue their recovery from a tumultuous start to the season. Caretaker boss Santiago Solari has led Los Blancos to four straight wins, steadying the ship, as the work continues behind the scenes. Santos star Rodrygo is one player expected to arrive at the Bernabeu and he could be joined by River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios. Real are also keeping close tabs on defender Mario Hermoso, who has impressed for Espanyol this season. (Marca)

Meanwhile, Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has praised Solari’s work as caretaker boss after overcoming Celta Vigo 4-2 on Sunday. “The truth is that we are very happy with him,” Butragueno said. “There is no doubt that he came at a very particular moment and has been able to achieve very good results.” Having revived Madrid’s season, the Argentinian is now firmly in contention to get the job on a permanent basis. (Marca)

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has been told to improve his attitude after being dropped for turning up late for training. The Frenchman was dropped from the squad for Barca’s defeat to Real Betis on Sunday, leading club director Guillermo Amor to criticise the player’s attitude. “All the professionals have to give extra. They have to live the profession and work hard every day to play. At Barcelona, you have to prove yourself every day, in matches and in training.” (Sport, via Sport Witness)

Germany

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery was involved in a physical altercation with a French journalist following the club’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The 35-year-old clashed with TV reporter Patrick Guillou following the game and looks set to be sanctioned by the Bundesliga champions.

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Nemanja Vidic Wants To Become The Manager Of Manchester United

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Nemanja Vidic has revealed his desire to become the manager of Manchester United in the future

Nemanja Vidic currently works as a television pundit and has not yet entered the world of management since hanging up his boots two years ago

The Manchester United legend admitted that the club are not currently reaching the heights they came to expect under previous boss Sir Alex Ferguson following Sunday’s 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City.

“If you’re speaking about the Sir Alex Ferguson era and comparing now the last three, four years, definitely Manchester United is not on the level fans [are] expecting,” Vidic told beIN Sports.

“We have to believe the club is going forward. To be honest, in the future, I would like to be the manager.”

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I Have Always Enjoyed Myself At Chelsea – Eden Hazard

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has insisted that he has “always enjoyed” his time at the club, and the Belgium international is “happy to play at the moment”

Eden Hazard was continually linked with a move to Real Madrid during the recent summer transfer window, and hinted on a number of occasions that his future would be at the Bernabeu.

Eden Hazard had scored eight goals and has four assists in 14 appearances in all competitions.

Hazard has said that there has not been a period where he has been unhappy at Chelsea, but stopped short of committing his long-term future to the club.

“For the last seven years with Chelsea, I have always enjoyed myself. When I am on the pitch I try to give happiness, first to me and then to the fans who are watching the game,” Hazard told talkSPORT. “At the moment, we are doing well and that’s why I am doing well. So I am happy to play at the moment.”

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Thierry Henry Not To Blame For Monaco’s Poor Form – Thiago Silva

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Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has defended Monaco manager Thierry Henry

Thiago Silva believes Thierry Henry is “the least guilty” for Monaco’s desperate plight after the Ligue 1 champions inflicted a 4-0 defeat upon their beleaguered rivals.

Edinson Cavani scored twice in the first half and completed his hat-trick after half-time, before Neymar added a fourth from the penalty spot to maintain PSG’s 100 per cent league record this season.

Monaco are without a win since the opening day and Henry has picked up just one point from his four Ligue 1 games in charge since replacing Leonardo Jardim in October.

Silva offered a sympathetic view of Henry’s predicament and backed the former France forward to turn the club’s season around despite Monaco’s squad being ravaged by injuries.

“Monaco’s situation is complicated,” Silva told reporters. “People talk a lot about the head coach. But I think the coach is the least guilty of all this.

“For two years [since] they won the championship, players have left and they cannot easily replace them. This makes things harder, this replenishment.

“Henry is going to have a lot of work to do to get the team back on the road to winning. If I’m not mistaken he has not won yet. But he has a history in football, a winning story.

“I’m sure he’ll do good things for this group and get out of this situation. But it will not be an easy situation, if I am not mistaken there are 12 injuries or more. It is a very difficult situation.”

Henry was critical of his side’s failure to take the chances that fell to them when the game was in the balance but pledged to continue working hard to reverse the club’s fortunes.

Monaco face a trip to Caen in Ligue 1 on November 24 before taking on Atletico Madrid away in the Champions League four days later as they seek a first win in over three months.

“We knew it was going to be hard against Paris,” said the 41-year-old. “We’re not looking for excuses.

“We played against a team of another level. When they have the ball it’s not easy.

“We could have put them in trouble at the beginning of the game. We had a big chance to get back to 1-1 and we didn’t even shoot.

“I will continue. It has not always been easy. We must stay positive. We play the game, we do not play anything else.”

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Franck Ribery Reportedly Slapped German Journalist After Bayern Munich’s Loss Vs Borussia Dortmund

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Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery allegedly attacked ‘beIN Sports’ journalist Patrick Guillou after their loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday,according to Bild

The club’s sporting director, Salihamidzic, confirmed there was an altercation.

The Frenchman, who ended the game well, had an altercation with a journalist of ‘beIN Sports’, Patrick Guillou, confirmed Salihamidzic. “He told us about an altercation with his compatriot, whom he has known for many years. We agreed with Guillou that we would talk at a meeting about how to address this issue,” the Bosnian said.

‘Bild’ went further and pointed out that Ribéry even slapped the journalist, something that was not confirmed by the alleged assailant. Other media asked him about the incident, but Guillou preferred to ignore them. Ribéry also reportedly gravely insulted his compatriot.

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Wolverhampton Manager Nuno Santo Proud Of His Players Display Vs Arsenal

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Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo says he is “proud” of his players’ dogged display that earned them a point against Arsenal at.

Ivan Cavaleiro’s early goal for Wolves was cancelled out by a late Henrikh Mkhitaryan equaliser, as the two sides shared the points in a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.

Despite going close to securing a famous win at the Emirates, Espirito Santo said he keeps his feet on the ground and he has seen improvements in his team’s performance following three defeats on the bounce.

“Coming to the Emirates to play the way we played, I think we should be proud,” he said. “The result is another thing that we should speak about among ourselves.

“It was a very good performance, I’m very happy with the improvement. We were better defensively, very good at creating many chances.

“Even after Arsenal got the draw, the best chances were ours and they were asking for more time to the referee.

“If we would have got more time we could have had another chance and maybe we could have been luckier [to score].

“Coming here and behaving and performing the way we do, we should be very proud. We stay humble, we came from the Championship last season so we keep our feet on the ground.”

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Manchester United Won’t Be Relegated – Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is unconcerned by the fact his side are as close to the Premier League’s bottom thre3, joking he doubts his team will be relegated.

The Red Devils lost Sunday’s Manchester derby 3-1 to City at the Etihad Stadium, meaning they end the day 12 points above 18th-placed Cardiff City and trailing the pacesetters by the same margin.

“I think we’re not going to be relegated,” the Portuguese coach said in his post-match news conference.

Mourinho was also adamant that United did not put in a poor display at the Etihad, highlighting his team had gone into the match on the back of a more gruelling week than their hosts.

While he also dismissed the importance placed on statistics, convinced he will be content with the display even if data suggests he should not.

“One team [City] started the season strong and are still strong, another team [United] didn’t start well and is improving a lot,” he added.

“If you focus on the game, it was open for 80 minutes. I think no one left the stadium before the third goal because the match was open.

“In a week City played three matches at home, we played three away. They had 6-0 wins, no pressure, relaxed.

“Our second game [against Juventus] was like a final for us, against one of the best teams in Europe, demanding everything we had to give from physical and mental perspective.

“So, when I analyse the game – you can go for stats, that’s the way people who don’t understand football analyse, with stats – I don’t go for stats. I go for what I felt, for what I saw in the game.

“I consider the performance to be one with mistakes, it’s different to a bad performance. We were punished, but the performance, mentality, togetherness, belief, fighting until the end, is something we are building. We won’t lose that because of a defeat.”

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

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  • Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi is wanted by three Premier League clubs – Newcastle, West Ham and Everton.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson was pictured leaving Stamford Bridge wearing a protective boot after the Everton star picked up an unknown knock.
  • The FA is investigating claims of racism against the sacked Southampton technical director Martin Hunter.
  • Scotland have handed Hamburg defender Bates a maiden call-up as Alex McLeish replenishes his depleted squad.
  • Swindon are likely to turn to Richie Wellens after sacking first-team manager Phil Brown.
  • Kyle Walker quickly deleted a tweet mocking Manchester United shortly after Man City’s derby day victory.
  • Tottenham’s Juan Foyth has revealed that Rio Ferdinand was his boyhood footballing hero.

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