TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Giroud: I do not accept this situationby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud admits he’s unhappy with his situation at Chelsea.The France international, who scored the only goal in Friday’s win over Iceland, has hinted at talks with Frank Lampard but insisted he would never seek to insult his manager.”Accept it? No, I do not accept it,” he told Le Pelerin.”You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.”But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.”
Giroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.The Manchester Evening News says Pogba has still not returned to the club’s Carrington training complex, having spent over a week in Dubai during the international break for some warm weather training.Pogba, 26, has missed four of United’s last six games with an ankle injury and flew to Dubai with a protective boot on, and United sources are pessimistic about the possibility of him recovering for the Liverpool game on Sunday.United are hopeful Anthony Martial will be fit to start for the first time since he suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on August 24.
REVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.
Derby County are hoping that they can convince Frank Lampard to remain with them although will not stand in his way if Chelsea finalise talks over appointing him as their new manager.According to sources familiar with Lampard’s situation at Derby, Rams owner Mel Morris has been delighted with the work the 40-year-old has done at Pride Park and is even planning to offer him a new deal to stay put.With Lampard in charge, Derby came close to securing a place in the Premier League for the 2019-20 season, narrowly losing 2-1 to Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the former Chelsea midfielder continues to be the front runner to replace Maurizio Sarri, with early talks having already taken place.Despite attempting to extend his contract, Derby are not expected to stand in Lampard’s way if the Blues firm up their interest and press ahead with talks to appoint him as their new manager.The Premier League club will, however, have to pay £3.5 million to buy him out his contract at Derby should they finalise a move for their legendary former player, with Sarri now all set to join Juventus.The Serie A champions have pushed hard to complete a deal for the Italian, with the west Londoners due to net between £2.7m and £4.5m in compensation.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia held face-to-face talks with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici in London last week over a two-day period and the Turin giants believe they’ve made decisive progress to secure Sarri.The likes of former Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Watford’s Javi Gracia and ex-Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc have all been considered for the top job at Stamford Bridge.However, Lampard is the favoured candidate as the Blues prepare to have to deal with a two-window transfer ban, likely meaning they will need to make more use of their loanees and youth players in the 2019-20 season.Chelsea opted not to ask for a freeze of the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after they were punished for misconduct in the transfers of under-18 overseas players.The decision to not ask for provisional measures is thought to be a strategic one as the Blues continue to deny wrongdoing and have appealed the ban as a whole. Their judicial hearing isn’t, however, going to be heard in time for them to sign new players.Elsewhere at the club, Willian has not yet signed a new two-year deal despite what has been reported in the media, with the winger focusing on his commitments with Brazil at Copa America and no announcement imminent.
Wilfried Zaha’s quality is not in doubt, but former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour is not convinced that he is the answer for Arsenal at £100 million ($127m).The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and the boyhood Arsenal fan is said to have pleaded with current club Crystal Palace to grant him a switch across London during the current transfer window.Unai Emery is, however, working with a limited transfer budget. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He is having to get creative in his recruitment and the general consensus is that he does not have the funds to make a move for Zaha, with other areas of his squad considered to be in greater need of strengthening.Parlour told Sky Sports when quizzed on whether Arsenal should be approaching a talented 26-year-old: “He’d be a good signing but it depends on how much he is going to go for.“Reportedly £100m, which is a lot of money. It’s a lot of money to splash out on one player.“You might look at other positions needing strengthening as well.“Depending on the budget, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s certainly a very good player, real quality.”Parlour is not the only former Arsenal star to have questioned the logic of Emery investing a sizeable chunk of his transfer kitty on Zaha.Ex-goalkeeper David Seaman feels the Palace star would be any unnecessary luxury in north London.He has reiterated that defensive additions should be prioritised this summer, with the Gunners already well-stocked for creative forwards.“There’s talk of Zaha coming in but that’s not really the position that we need, which is strange,” said Seaman.“I wouldn’t have thought [Wilf Zaha will be wearing the Arsenal shirt], I’d be very surprised if he did. I’d rather see a good defender wearing it!”Emery is in the market for reinforcements at the back.Sources close to a proposed €25 million (£23m/$29m) raid for Saint-Etienne defender Willian Saliba have revealed that transfer talks are open as Arsenal seek to beat arch-rivals Tottenham to the teenage centre-half.
Eddie Nketiah has joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Arsenal, it has been confirmed.The 20-year-old impressed during the Gunners’ pre-season tour and coach Unai Emery suggested that the forward would be given a chance in the Premier League in 2019-20.Bristol City had also been keen on a temporary move for the highly-rated striker, who suggested last month he was open to a temporary switch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Leeds eventually won out in the race, having stepped up their interest after Kemar Roofe left Elland Road to join Belgian side Anderlecht.”Leeds United are delighted to announce the loan signing of Eddie Nketiah,” a statement on the Championship club’s website read, adding that the youngster will wear the No.14 shirt this season.New season. New Challenge! Can’t wait to get started with @LUFC. God is great! 🙏🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/u5ZV1su0vd— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) August 8, 2019Nketiah joined the north London side from Chelsea in 2015 and has made 19 appearances for the senior team after excelling in the youth system.The England Under 21 international made his debut in a Europa League clash against BATE Borisov in September 2017. In his next game – a Carabao Cup clash against Norwich – he scored just 15 seconds after coming off the bench and then netted a second in extra-time. Nketiah played nine times for Emery’s team last term and scored in the final Premier League game of the season as they beat Burnley 3-1.He is Leeds’ sixth signing of the transfer window, as Marcelo Bielsa’s team have already landed Jack Clarke, who rejoined on loan from Tottenham, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and Ben White.His move to the Championship club was announced on a busy deadline day for Arsenal, who also agreed an £8 million ($10m) deal for Chelsea defender David Luiz and have finalised a move for Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The Europa League runners-up have already signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a club-record deal, William Saliba from Saint-Etienne and Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, while Dani Ceballos joined on loan from Real Madrid.
It has been six seasons since Michigan defeated Ohio State. Before that 2011 Wolverines win, the Buckeyes captured seven straight in The Game. Michigan vs. Ohio State is a historic rivalry, but it is ridiculously one-sided right now. That’s not okay with Charles Woodson.The former Michigan superstar has been very active around his alma mater as of late. Late last month, he served as the school’s commencement speaker. His speech went viral around the college football world for one specific declaration.The rivalry came up in his address to his newest fellow alumni. In his speech, he guaranteed a win over the Buckeyes in 2018.“But I’m telling you here today, 212 days from now, your Michigan Wolverines team will go down to Columbus, march into that stadium and we will beat you know who to bring back that familiar feeling of victory back to The University of Michigan again.”Charles Woodson had more to say about Michigan vs. Ohio State today.Woodson attended the ChadTough Gala, an event held in memory of Chad Carr. It benefits research towards fighting pediatric brain tumors.During the event, he said that he thinks the program has lost focus on the Ohio State rivalry. From The Detroit News:“To be quite honest I really feel like over the years, in recent years, there hasn’t been the emphasis that I’m used to being put on that game,” Woodson said.“Every game has been out on the same level of that game and that’s not the way we were brought up, that’s not the way we were raised around here. And we had no shame in saying it.”Woodson played at Michigan from 1995-1997. The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes in those three seasons, the last time the team claimed three games in a row against its archrival.He won the 1997 Heisman Trophy, and went on to become the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He retired after the 2015 season, and is a very likely Hall of Famer.[The Detroit News]
WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The college football world was well-represented in last night’s midterm elections, on both sides of the political aisle. Two former stars were elected to Congress.Former Ohio State standout wide receiver and NFL first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez was victorious in Ohio’s 16th congressional district. A Republican, Gonzalez defeated Democrat Susan Moran Palmer.Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten selection in 2006 before being chosen in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.He recorded 1,307 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 99 receptions during his NFL career, which was unfortunately limited by injuries.Thank you!Read full statement here: https://t.co/dDK8WBRFNS pic.twitter.com/YtKTvUTyPH— Anthony Gonzalez (@anthonygonzalez) November 7, 2018Gonzalez wasn’t the only ex-football player to claim victory on Tuesday. Down in Texas, former Baylor linebacker Colin Allred won the seat in Texas’ 32nd district.A Democrat, Allred defeated Republican Pete Sessions.This victory would not have been made possible without you. This people-powered campaign has made history tonight and North Texans made their voice heard. Now the real work begins. Thank you North Texas! #TX32— Colin Allred (@ColinAllredTX) November 7, 2018Allred starred for Baylor from 2002-05 before playing in 32 games for the Tennessee Titans from 2007-10. He recorded 41 career NFL tackles.Congrats to both men on their victories. Best of luck serving in Congress.