Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is thrilled at the prospect of playing under new manager Jose Mourinho next season.
“I’m really excited to be working with Jose this season as he’s one of the best managers in the world,” Rooney told Inside United magazine. “And it’s an exciting time for Manchester United.
“I’ve always respected him both as a man and a manager, he’s a nice guy and one of the most successful managers of all time.”
“I like to think I’m always motivated as a player but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit more motivated when a new manager comes in. I’m sure all the lads will be happy to be working under Jose and also eager to impress.
“I’ve played against many Mourinho sides over the years and I can’t remember any easy games, so I think that says it all. His teams are always hard to beat, tactically disciplined and, most importantly, successful.
“He’ll bring all these qualities with him and I’m sure he’ll have his own ideas, but one of the biggest assets will be his experience.
“He’s managed a lot of successful teams throughout his career and all that experience will be vital.”
Jurgen Klopp has informed Mario Balotelli he will be sold. But hopes to help him rediscover his form.
The Italy footballer joined Liverpool from AC Milan. And after scoring just one goal in 16 appearances, he was loaned back to AC Milan.
The 25-year-old could only manage a goal on loan with AC Milan. And he also missed three months due to injury.
However, the German hopes to help build Balotelli’s confidence back up before sending him to a club where he can be a leading figure.
“Since he has been back here, he’s been a good guy and I can’t say anything different than that,” said Klopp.
“Everything’s been good, it’s all okay. And now he’s here, we will do everything we can to get him fit.
“We want Mario to become the player he was before his injury. The talent is still there – no doubt about it
“When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff, he’s been world class. But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position so it’s clear we need a solution.
“There will be a club around who would be happy to have a new Mario Balotelli, if you like. I have spoken clearly to the player about that.
“It’s now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario to get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens.”
Balotelli, who made 16 league appearances for Liverpool in the 2014-15 campaign before being sent on loan last term, is contracted to the club until June 2018.
Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has agreed personal terms with Premier League side Bournemouth ahead of a £15m move.
The fee is believed to have already been agreed between the two clubs, as Cherries boss Eddie Howe looks to strengthen his squad ahead of their second season in the Premier League.
It should be noted that Jordan Ibe only signed a new five-year deal at Anfield last May but has since struggled to secure a regular starting berth under German manager Jurgen Klopp, he looks to be on his way to the south coast.
Ibe is expected to undergo a medical at Bournemouth ahead of a proposed move on Wednesday.
Bournemouth has already been busy in the transfer market during the close-season, signing defender Nathan Ake on a season-long loan from Chelsea, midfielder Emerson Hyndman on a free transfer from Fulham and striker Lys Mousset from Le Havre in a deal worth £5.4m.
Nick Powell has rejoined Wigan Athletic after his contract at Manchester United expired at the end of last month.
Nick Powell passed a medical on Tuesday and has signed a three-year-contract at the club, for whom he scored 12 goals while on loan in the 2013-14 season.
The 22-year-old has joined the squad as they continue their pre-season training and manager Gary Caldwell is delighted with the acquisition. Powell was widely expected to be signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers on a deal worth £16,000 a week but their ongoing talks over the sale of the club has allowed ambitious Wigan to step in and Powell is expected to sign later today.
The former Manchester United Midfielder has also had interest from Hull City and Blackburn Rovers this summer.
Powell enjoyed a successful loan spell at Wigan under Owen Coyle in 2013 where he scored seven goals in 32 games.
“I really love my job and we will try to do our best. I know that Bayern have had a fantastic history in the Bundesliga. They have won a lot of titles in a row and have a fantastic history in the Champions League.
“We want to be competitive in all the competitions. A manager can control everything with the help of the club apart from the result unfortunately. If I could control the results I would be a magician, but I am only a manager.
“The Bundesliga is a really interesting championship to be in. With [Borussia] Dortmund and Wolfsburg, it is a competitive championship. What I like is the atmosphere that you can see every single time, at every match, in the stadium with no violence and this is a good image for football.”
“A lot of people ask about the pressure. I have had the luck in my career to coach top, top teams – [AC] Milan, PSG, Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid. I know every top club wants to win, but honestly I don’t feel a lot of pressure because I am used to it.”
Barcelona have announced the signing of France defender Samuel Umtiti from Lyon for €25 million.
Samuel Umtiti, 22, has agreed a five-year contract at the Camp Nou and his buyout clause stands at €60m.
Barcelona also futher announced on the club’s official website that he would arrive in Barcelona for a photo session on Thursday and undergo his medical on Friday morning before putting pen to paper on the contract.
Umtiti, who made 170 appearances for Lyon after making his debut for the club in the 2011-12 season, can play at centre-back or left-back.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu had confirmed last month that an agreement had been reached with Lyon for the player to join after Euro 2016.
Umtiti made his international debut in France’s 5-2 quarterfinal win over Iceland before featuring in the 2-0 semifinal victory over Germany as well as the 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final.
Barcelona has announced the signing of French defender, Samuel Umtiti from Lyon. The centre-back signs a five-year deal at the club.
The La Liga giants sign the defender for €25 million, with a buyout clause of €60 million.
Umtiti had his debut with Lyon in 2011, and has 170 appearances for the club. He has also won the Coupe de France and Trophee des Champions.
The France international also won the Under-20 World Cup in 2013, and has earned three caps for the senior team, playing 90 minutes against Iceland and Germany at Euro 2016 before featuring against Portugal in the final.
Umtiti will undergo a medical and sign his contract on Friday ahead of being officially presented as a Barcelona player.
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar on a four-year contract, the deal is now subject to international clearance.
The 22-year-old forward completed his medical on Monday and it has now been confirmed that he will join Harry Kane in the Spurs attack next season, for a fee understood to be £18.6m.
Vincent Janssen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer last season with 27 goals.
Mauricio Pochettino has been strengthening his squad this summer as he looks to build on last season’s third-place Premier League finish and had already signed midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton last month.
Vincent Janssen moved to Alkmaar for just £340,000 from Almere City in Holland’s second division.
The striker’s performances saw him earn the 2016 Johan Cruyff Trophy, awarded to the Eredivisie’s young player of the year, previously won by former Spurs playmaker Rafael van der Vaart and current star Christian Eriksen.
Chelsea are being linked with a swoop for two Euro 2016 stars and a former Man Utd target, while Everton are eyeing a £25.5m bid for a Juventus defender, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
CHELSEA POISED TO SWOOP FOR BIG-MONEY TRIO
Chelsea are being linked with moves for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario and Lazio winger Felipe Anderson – while they’re also tipped to finally launch an official bid for N’Golo Kante.
Mario has just returned to Lisbon following Portugal’s success at Euro 2016, and the midfielder is wanted by new Blues boss Antonio Conte this summer. Portuguese paper A Bola report the midfielder will be sold by Sporting – but only if a club matches their €60million valuation (£50.8million). However, reports elsewhere on Tuesday suggest the Blues are only willing to spend €40million for the player – which is just short of £34million.
It’s a similar story with Lazio winger Anderson – a player who was very much on Manchester United’s radar under the tenure of Louis van Gaal.
Reports in the Italian press claim the Brazilian, 23, has recently changed agents to Giuliano Bertolucci, who himself has close ties to Kia Joorabchian. Both Bertolucci and Joorabchian have what is described as “strong ties” at Stamford Bridge – and are currently talking with the Blues about a £30million swoop.
Meanwhile, both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph claim the Blues will launch an official bid for N’Golo Kante – and are prepared to go higher than the France star’s £20million release clause to beat a host of their rivals to the player.
That comes after Chinese club Shanghai SIPG launched a £35m bid for the player, and while the Telegraph claim the midfielder has ruled out a move to China, Chelsea will now have to negotiate a fee with Premier League champions after activating his clause. It is not anticipated they will have to go as high as £35million, however.
The 25-year-old has turned down a new £100,000-a-week contract at Leicester and Chelsea are hopeful they can now reach an agreement for the man widely regarded as the player of last season.
EVERTON TARGET RUGANI SWOOP
Everton have made an offer of £25.5m for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato say that the offer for the centre-back includes bonuses.
However, the same report states that Juve want to keep hold of the 21-year-old.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen to strengthen his defence, especially with John Stones’ constantly being linked with a move away from Goodison Park to Manchester City.
After a loan spell with the Old Lady in 2012-13, Rugani joined them permanently last year.He made 17 Serie A appearances last season, with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini ahead of him in the pecking order.Calico Mercato claim that Juventus have told Rugani that he will get more first team football next season should he stay.AND THE REST
The FA will speak to Hull City boss Steve Bruce about the England manager’s job this week (Daily Telegraph)
Sam Allardyce has quit Sunderland’s Austria training camp to fly home for England talks (The Sun)
Allardyce is ready to mentor a successor if he is appointed England manager (The Guardian)
Manchester City are hoping for a breakthrough this week in their efforts to sign Leroy Sane (Daily Telegraph)
Celtic are weighing up a third bid for Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair (Daily Telegraph)
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho faces a fresh legal battle over his doping verdict (Daily Telegraph)
Midfielders Juan Mata, 28, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, and defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind (both 26) have all been deemed surplus to requirements by new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (Daily Record)
Villarreal have joined Everton in the race to sign United midfielder Mata (Daily Express)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is targetting Atletico Madrid star Lucas Hernandez (The Sun)
Veteran former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger could make a shock move to Liverpool
Roberto Di Matteo is ready to axe the deadwood from his bloated squad, with Brad Guzan, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Leo Bacuna and Gabby Agbonlahor all facing uncertain futures (The Sun)
Colombian forward Marlos Moreno, 19, will sign for Manchester City on a five-year deal, but will then spend next season on loan in La Liga at Deportivo La Coruna (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace transfer target Christian Benteke, 25, is not on the brink of leaving Liverpool, according to the striker’s agent (London Evening Standard)
David Beckham has written a message to Marcus Rashford on the back of a Manchester United shirt (The Sun)
Inter Milan have put a £43m price tag on 23-year-old forward Mauro Icardi, who is a target for Tottenham (AS)
Pep Guardiola left Carlo Ancelotti a good luck message in the Bayern Munich manager’s office (Daily Mirror)
West Ham chairman David Sullivan fears the transfer market has “gone barmy” and is spiralling out of control (Daily Mirror)
Martin Skrtel is due to arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday to complete his £5.5m move to Fenerbahce (Daily Mirror)
Leicester full-back Danny Simpson is a shock £4m target for Sunderland (Daily Mirror)
Graziano Pelle’s move from Southampton to Chinese side Shandong Luneng has made the 30-year-old striker the sixth-best paid player in the world on £260,000 a week (The Sun)
Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to sign West Ham wonderkid Reece Oxford (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea have sent coach Andy Myers on loan to Dutch link-club Vitesse Arnhem (Daily Mirror)
West Ham have told their Euro 2016 sensation Dimitri Payet he is going nowhere this summer, even if he tells them he wants out (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are lining up a bid for either of Barcelona’s two goalkeepers Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Claudio Bravo (Daily Mail)
Wolves are leading the race to sign former Manchester United youngster Nick Powell (Daily Mail)
Tottenham have not made an approach for Mario Gotze, contrary to reports in Germany (Daily Mail)
Liverpool are out of the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, leaving Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund to compete for the 24-year-old (Liverpool Echo)
Aston Villa are interested in Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia, 26, who scored 20 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season (Birmingham Mail)
Burnley have suffered a double blow after failing with bids for Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick, 24, and Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens, 26 (Daily Mirror)
Graziano Pelle Is Now The Sixth Highest Paid Player – If anyone wondered by Graziano Pelle left Southampton for the Chinese Super League, the answer is a whole lot of money.
The Italian striker signed for Chinese side Shandong Luneng last week, and he reportedly signed a bumper contract worth £260,000 per week. The deal makes him the highest paid Italian ever, and he currently sits comfortably in the top 10 of the highest earning footballers today.
Only Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Shanghai SIPG’s Hulk and Barcelona’s Neymar earn more money than Pelle.
The Chinese Super League has been offering huge contracts to European stars in order to get them to come over, and so far it’s been working, with players like Ramires and Jackson Martinez all quitting Europe for big pay outs.
José Mourinho has stated he wants a lot from the Manchester United fans. As he is looking to start an aggressive campaign.
The two-time Chelsea boss has started his three-year contract. He replaces Louis van Gaal at the helm.
United have finished seventh, fourth, and fifth since SAF left In 2013. And the Portuguese manager is asking for the immediate backing of the fans.
He told adidas Front Row: “I am not humble when I talk about targets, I’m quite aggressive on that.
“I want everything and everything is to win matches, play well, score goals, don’t concede goals – everything. I want everything.
“I know that we are speaking about a hypothetical situation which is very difficult to reach but I want everything.”
He added: “I understand that they expect a lot from me but I also expect a lot from them.
“There is no chance we will be happy if we are not together and I think the passion [they have] for this club is really amazing.
“It’s a new chapter in the club’s life. Always when you change a manager, I feel it is a sad moment but it is a new chapter now.
“We have brought a few new faces in, we will keep some others but, in the end, it doesn’t matter who the manager is, who the new players are or who is staying or leaving, it’s Man United and Man United is much more than any one of us.
“The passion the fans have is for the club and I feel that I am a club man.
“When I arrived, I wore the [United] shirt immediately and this is the kind of club and the kind of shirt that I am very proud to represent. I am going to do my best to be happy and to make the people happy.”
“We’ve been fortunate over the years to represent UFC and a number of its remarkable athletes,” WME-IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell said in a statement. “It’s been exciting to watch the organization’s incredible growth over the last decade under the leadership of the Fertitta brothers, Dana White and their dedicated team. We’re now committed to pursuing new opportunities for UFC and its talented athletes to ensure the sport’s continued growth and success on a global scale.”
UFC was previously owned by brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who bought the organization for $2 million 16 years ago.
“We’re confident that the new ownership team of WME-IMG, with whom we’ve built a strong relationship over the last several years, is committed to accelerating UFC’s global growth,” Fertitta said in a statement. “Most importantly, our new owners share the same vision and passion for this organization and its athletes.”
“Old Trafford… well, even as a kid I was imagining that I could be a top-club manager and I always had this historical connection of Old Trafford being the Theatre of Dreams,” he explained.
“The first time I managed there it was exactly a dream for me because it was on the way to winning the Champions League with Porto. We scored a goal in the last minute at Old Trafford and made history for myself and my country. So for me there was always that connection that anything is possible, it’s the Theatre of Dreams.
“I did it with Porto, I won there with Chelsea, I won there with Real Madrid, so why can’t I do it with Man United, playing at home with the fans in the stadium behind us? I am waiting for that.”
“I’ve had so many years in football at a high level, so obviously I am not nervous, I feel very calm and I know that I am ready for the job, but to go into the stadium as Man United manager… I’m sure that will be special.
“It’s a stadium where you have a 50-metre walk [from the tunnel to the dug-out], which is different to my previous clubs. In all my previous clubs the tunnel was connected with the bench; there wasn’t that space to feel good or bad feelings, because when things go well you normally feel the good feelings and when things go wrong you feel the bad feelings.
“I think the 50-metre walk will give me a few seconds where I will have the chance to feel it.”
Duncan was drafted by San Antonio in the 1997 NBA draft, and throughout his career, the team never missed the playoffs, always finishing with a record above .600. He’s the only player to record over 1000 wins with a single NBA team, and the 3rd player in history to reach the milestone.
Duncan also has a slew of personal records, and is the second player in history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career, following the legendary Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Duncan ends his career with averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks per game. He has the most all-time All-NBA and All-Defensive team selections, with 15 nominations for each in 15 seasons. He also won the rookie of the year, back to back NBA MVPs in 2002 and 2003, and NBA Finals MVP thrice in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
Together with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan holds the record for most wins by a trio in both the regular season and the playoffs.
Spurs Tim Duncan will be retiring after 19 long years on the court. He won five NBA titles, and two NBA MVP award.
The power forward announced on Monday he’ll be retiring from the sport, after 19 years with the spurs.
His last game for the Spurs will be the loss to OKC Thunders in the NBA playoffs. The sixth round.
Duncan finishes his career with averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).
One of the league’s top defensive players during his career, Duncan made the NBA All‐Defensive First Team eight times. He is only the third player in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish are the only players with more career victories.
Blaise Matuidi has stated that France will leave the Euros with huge regret. They lost to Portugal in the final.
The midfielder played the full 120 minutes, as Portugal stung in the extra time. It was substitute, Eder that got the winning goal.
And Matuidi want the boys to get back on their feet. “A lot of regrets, a lot of regret obviously,” he told reporters. “When you lose in a final you can only have regrets.
“It is too soon to speak about how to recover yet. The main feeling is the disappointment. We need to forget about it first and then we will see what happens.
“Obviously we will need to act fast because there are the [World Cup] qualification matches in September. We will need to be ready then.
“It is very difficult because we have done the job in order to play the final and win it. It is always very tough to lose in a final. It is also what football is about. We will have to bounce back, go on holiday and then prepare for 2018.”
Matuidi felt that while France were lacking in energy on Sunday, they still had enough possession and chances to beat Portugal and win the tournament.
Indeed, Les Bleus had 18 shots to the 10 from Fernando Santos’ side, but they could not find a way past goalkeeper Rui Patricio and the Selecao’s resolute back-line.
“It was very close – we got chances even if we were not very fresh, not physically at our very top,” said Matuidi.
“Despite that, we had chances to score. We got the possession. They also got chances but I think less than us. Then we were also tired in a way and that is to be taken in account close to the end of the game.
“The Portuguese team has the merit to trust until the end that they can do it and they have been rewarded for that.”
The crushing defeat, , has not left Matuidi without a sense of perspective over the positive effect France’s performances over the last month have had on the host nation.
He continued: “We can have regret but also be proud of what we achieved in the tournament. It was good, even very good.
“We were able to unite the French population and there was a lot of passion from them. We gave some happiness to people who love football and maybe some who were not a big fan of football previously are now starting to like it.”
All The EURO 2016 Player Awards – The individual player awards have been announced following the conclusion of the UEFA EURO 2016.
Antoine Griezmann may have lost with the team in the final match, but went home a winner after being named the Golden Ball winner for the best player of the tournament. Griezmann’s 6 goals scored in the tournament also meant he was top scorer, and he also took home the Golden Boot award.
Portugal’s young star Renato Sanches started the tournament off the bench, but came into his own later on and superb performances in the knockout stages earned him the tournament’s young player of the year award over teammate Raphael Guerreiro and France’s Kingsley Coman.
Finalists France and Portugal contributed 3 players each to the team of the tournament, with Germany, Wales and Italy filling the remaining 5 spots. The players were: Hugo LLORIS (Keeper), PEPE, Leonardo BONUCCI, Jerome BOATENG (Defenders), Toni KROOS, Aaron RAMSEY, Renato SANCHEZ, Dimitri PAYET (midfielders), Cristiano RONALDO, Gareth BALE, Antoine GRIEZMANN (Forwards).
Milos Raonic might have played his best game against Andy Murray. But the Brit was up to the task.
The Canadian could not get the best of Murray, who won the Wimbledon in straight sets, beating the 25-year-old in his first Grand Slam final.
Murray broke Milos only once, but never lost his own serve and dominated both tiebreakers to win 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), securing his second Wimbledon title and third major championship.
”This one’s going to sting,” Raonic said after accepting the runner-up trophy.
”I tried to put the things together,” Raonic said. ”I tried coming forward, putting pressure on him. He was playing much better than me off the baseline. He was more effective there. I was keeping up with him. But then when it counted, I wasn’t able to get on top.”
However, Portugal used Ronaldo’s injury as motivation as they were finally crowned champions of Europe, having lost the Euro 2004 final on home soil against Greece.
“This was tough as we lost our main man and we had all our hopes on him because he can score a goal at any moment,” said Pepe, who lifted the Champions League trophy alongside Ronaldo for Real Madrid in May.
“When he couldn’t go on I tried to tell our team-mates that we had to win it for him.
“The coach set us up very well, the subs came on at the right time too. We poured our blood, sweat and tears into this.
“We’ve written a brilliant page in the book of Portuguese football history.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Belief In Portugal Team – Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his delight after Portugal’s surprise UEFA EURO Championship triumph.
The Real Madrid star’s night was cut short early after a tackle from France’s Dimitri Payet in the early minutes on the game, leaving the field in tears. Ronaldo however came back to the touchline, continuing to be an inspiration to his teammates.
“I am very happy. I have been looking for this for a long time, since 2004,” Ronaldo said, per BBC. “I asked God for another chance at this because we deserved it. Today I was unfortunate, I was injured but I always believed that these players, together with the strategy, would be strong enough to beat France.
“This is one of the happiest moments in my career, I always said I’d like to win something with Portugal. For me this is an amazing unique moment for all Portuguese.”
Portugal however held on, and a magnificent strike by Eder in the second half was enough to break the hearts of the home nation.
“There are no words, the disappointment is immense. It will take time to digest it,” he said to M6 and beIN Sports after the match.
“Even if we were missing a little bit of energy tonight, it’s not an excuse, we had opportunities, the last was Gignac. After that we continued, it was a very tight match and we had our chances even if the Portuguese had their own opportunities as well.
“They scored, unfortunately. It’s very disappointing, we can’t throw it all out but we missed a big chance here. Maybe not unique, but a very big chance to be champions of Europe.
“We won together, we suffered together and today we lost together. We know we’ve got the French excited, it would have been amazing to offer them this trophy at home, but unfortunately it’s not to be.”