Cesc Fabregas snubs Chelsea team-mates in his dream five-a-side team

first_imgAdvertisement Cesc Fabregas snubs Chelsea team-mates in his dream five-a-side team Comment Cesc Fabregas picked a star-studded five-a-side team (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas didn’t name a single Chelsea player in his dream five-a-side team from players that he’s played with during his career.The Spaniard’s enjoyed a glittering career that’s been spent at elite European clubs such as Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea.Added to that is the hugely successful international career that Fabregas has enjoyed with Spain, where he’s won two European Championships and a World Cup.But some of Fabregas’ best football was played at Stamford Bridge, where he inspired the Blues to the Premier League title in his debut campaign in west London in 2015.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, despite playing with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Fabregas didn’t name a single Chelsea player in his dream five-a-side team and packed it instead with Spanish players and Thierry Henry.Speaking to Henry on Instagram Live, Fabregas said: ‘I need a goalkeeper, I’m an offensive coach but I need a goalkeeper. For what we experience together and the big moments we had together I will go with Iker [Casillas].‘He was incredible in big moments. I think Iker in important moments, the moments where it is history, I think I have to go for him. ‘By the way you’re [Henry] up front obviously, you’re in my all-time XI. ‘I would have to have Lionel Messi 100% because I think between you and him we’d score a few goals. Casillas is the player that will save them. Fabregas remains close friends with Messi (Picture: Getty)‘I have to say this is a player that a player in England everyone talks about him now but I played with him when I was 16 years old and it’s David Silva. I always had this understanding with him. There’s players that you never talk about as best in the world but I had special feeling with him. ‘We had a career with Spain growing up and then winning everything together. Iniesta and Silva are the two players that I always felt ‘wow’ I’m enjoying so much in midfield, they can pass and move. They have the intelligence that when I move forward they can drop to get it. You don’t need to be in the same position, you can change because other players are intelligent to fill the hole for you. I love that. ‘Silva and Iniesta have to be there for me. I don’t have any defender but I don’t care. I will have a goalkeeper that can save everything, two magicians in midfield and two GOATS [Greatest Of All Time] up front.MORE: Cesc Fabregas reveals he upset Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu in very first training session Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 9:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShareslast_img read more

Fellaini wants Di Maria to stay

first_img French television programme Telefoot tweeted a quote from Fellaini in which he said: “Angel di Maria would be a good signing for PSG. He is a world class player.” But the Belgian insisted that was not an accurate reflection of what he had said. Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has said he was misquoted after reports suggested he had talked up the possibility of team-mate Angel di Maria joining Paris St Germain. “Seems I have been misquoted from @telefoot_TF1 interview !!!!” Fellaini tweeted. ” I said that Di Maria would be a good signing for any club as he is a great player. I also said if I were him I would STAY at @ManUtd”. United broke the British transfer record when they signed Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer for £59.7million, but though the 27-year-old Argentinian made a strong start to life in the Barclays Premier League his form dipped significantly in the second half of the season and he lost his place in the side. That has led to speculation that he could leave Old Trafford after only one season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

A look at the Angels’ payroll now that the free-agent market is open

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The free-agent season officially opened Tuesday, which means Angels fans can officially start salivating over Gerrit Cole and any number of other players who they believe can help stop the team’s four-year streak of finishing with a losing record.But first, it’s important to understand the Angels’ payroll. So, here’s the definitive explainer of how to do the math.For starters, the Angels insist their payroll is always based on their revenues, not the luxury tax. So it’s not right to view the luxury-tax threshold as their payroll limit. This isn’t the NFL or NBA where the salary cap is at a point at which every team is expected to hit it. In baseball, only a few teams each year get to the luxury-tax threshold. Still, we’ll get to that.The Angels’ actual payroll, which is what they have budgeted in terms of actual cash flow, is normally around $170 million to $180 million. Arte Moreno said this year it would go up, but he didn’t say how much. It could be $5 million or it could be $30 million. We don’t know. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Regardless, here’s the math of what they’ve already spent.The Angels have five players with guaranteed salaries for 2020: Mike Trout ($36 million), Albert Pujols ($29 million), Justin Upton ($21 million), Andrelton Simmons ($15 million) and Zack Cozart ($12.75 million). That’s $113.75 million.They also have nine remaining arbitration-eligible players, after they let go of Justin Bour, Luís García and Nick Tropeano. MLB Trade Rumors has arbitration estimates for them that look like this: Andrew Heaney ($5 million), Hansel Robles ($4 million), Tommy La Stella ($2.9 million), Cam Bedrosian ($2.8 million), Brian Goodwin ($2.1 million), Kevan Smith ($1.3 million), Noé Ramírez ($1 million), Max Stassi ($800,000) and Keynan Middleton ($800,000).That’s $21.7 million worth of arbitration salaries.So far that’s only 14 players, though. The Angels will have 26 active players at all times. So they need 12 other spots, plus accounting for the fact that there will be players on the disabled list or in Triple-A getting paid big-league salaries. So, estimating around $600,000 average for about 18 spots, that’s about another $10 million.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter So, although it gets there in a different way, it’s also about $146 million.  The luxury-tax threshold is $208 million.If you want to figure what the Angels have to add to get there, remember the difference between actual salary and average salary. Say they sign Cole to a seven-year, $245-million deal. That would be an average of $35 million, but maybe in 2020 they pay him only $28 million. So it adds $28 million to the actual payroll, but $35 million to the luxury-tax payroll.Now that you’ve got all of that, you can dream away about what the Angels should, or can, do this winter.ALSOThe Angels on Tuesday lost infielder Kean Wong on waivers to the San Francisco Giants. Wong was just claimed on waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays in the final week of the regular season. Add those three numbers, and you get $146.25 million toward what has been a limit of around $175 million. Moreno said it would be higher this year, though, so it’s anyone’s guess how high it goes.The luxury-tax threshold is a little different.It uses the average annual value of multiyear contracts. In the cases of Trout, Upton and Cozart, their 2020 salaries are about the same as their averages, but Simmons has an AAV of $8.3 million and Pujols has an AAV of $24 million. Both are significantly lower than what they’re actually being paid in 2020.Assuming all of the arbitration-eligible players sign one-year deals, their figures will all be the same, so the current total of salaries as it relates to the luxury tax is actually about $132 million. For the luxury tax, you also have to count bonuses and benefits, so that’s about another $14 million or so.Related Articleslast_img read more