Alonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcos Alonso has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelsea and ignore Bayern Munich.Although Bayern are regarded as one of the heavyweights of European football, Alonso feels Chelsea can match them if Hudson-Odoi is prepared to be patient and wait for his chance.”He is a good player, but he is very young,” he said. “He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.”That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.”Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona sensation Carlos Perez: They compare me with Pedroby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Perez is delighted with his breakthrough at Barcelona.The winger has been a big revelation this season and admits he had lucrative offers to leave Barca at 16.Perez told Radio Catalunya: “There are people who are guided more by money, I respect all decisions, but I always say that I want to succeed here. “Money always arrives and for me being here is the most important thing and not leaving for €1.5m at 16 years of age. “My dream is to succeed here.”He added: “They have told me that I look like Pedro, they have also compared me to (Arjen) Robben. I would sign to have Pedro’s career.”
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas bid a tearful farewell to the Stamford Bridge crowd on Saturday as he closes in on a move to Monaco. The 31-year-old started against Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup third-round tie, wearing the captain’s armband for the Blues. Fabregas had the perfect opportunity to sign off with a goal, but he saw a 30th-minute penalty saved by Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele. 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? Nevertheless, Alvaro Morata scored a brace to give Chelsea an advantage heading into the game’s closing stages. With Chelsea up 2-0 late in the game, Fabregas was given a chance to say farewell to the Blues faithful as he was subbed off by manager Maurizio Sarri. Fabregas embraced team-mate David Luiz before taking his time exiting the pitch, applauding the Stamford Bridge crowd. An emotional farewell for Cesc Fabregas 👋😢pic.twitter.com/zR0cRNaywy— Goal (@goal) January 5, 2019The Spaniard was seen holding back tears as he made his way to the bench for the last five minutes of Chelsea’s victory. The emotion Fabregas displayed seemed to confirm his impending move to Monaco, which Goal reported was nearing on Tuesday. Fabregas saw his playing time diminish this season, as Sarri prefers to use Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic ahead of the Spaniard in his system. After moving from Barcelona in 2014, Fabregas has spent four and a half seasons with the Blues, winning two league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. He will join a Monaco side managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. The principality side is in the midst of a difficult season, sitting second from bottom in Ligue 1.
Stoke City have sacked manager Gary Rowett after just eight months in charge.Rowett left Derby County to take over at the bet365 Stadium in May, with Stoke having been relegated from the Premier League.However, things have not gone as planned for the 44-year-old, and the Potters have failed to win any of their last four games. 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? The final straw for Rowett came following the disappointing 1-1 draw with League One side Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.Stoke were only saved from a humiliating exit by a 78th-minute Peter Crouch goal.The club have stated they intend to appoint Rowett’s replacement ‘as swiftly as possible’ but have placed Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy in charge of first-team affairs in the interim.A club statement read: “Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett.”Members of his immediate coaching staff have also left the bet365 Stadium.”The club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.”It has been a subpar showing from Stoke for much of this season, and they immediately struggled adjusting to their first campaign back in the Championship for a decade, taking just two points from their first four games.Yet results improved through October and November, leading to renewed hope at the Bet365. A disappointing December and early January, however, has seen the former Birmingham City receive the sack.Stoke sit 14th in the Championship, eight points adrift of the play-off places and 14 away from a spot in the top two.The Potters were one of the pre-season favourites to gain promotion, and with established names such as Jack Butland, Joe Allen and Ryan Shawcross many have been shocked by the extent of their troubles this campaign.Next up for a Rowett-less Stoke is a trip to Griffin Park to face Brentford on Saturday, before they host Shrewsbury in the FA Cup replay three days later.As for Rowett, he is left looking his fourth managerial job in as many years. His first senior coaching position came with Burton Albion in 2012, before moving to manage Birmingham.He helped steer the Blues as high as seventh in the table before being sacked in December 2016. A few months later he took up the reigns at Derby. He managed the East Midlands club for 14 months and left after a Play-Off semi-final defeat to Fulham in May 2018.
Antonio Conte accepts some Inter fans might object to his appointment as coach due to his Juventus background but he insists he is the right man to lead them because he shares their “fearlessness”.Following Thursday’s announcement of Luciano Spalletti’s dismissal, the hiring of Conte looked a formality after prolonged speculation.Inter confirmed Conte’s arrival on Friday, with the ex-Italy, Juve and Chelsea coach signing a three-year contract at San Siro. 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? Despite Conte’s successful track record, some Inter fans are less than enthusiastic due to the 49-year-old’s strong ties to bitter rivals Juve, whom he represented for 13 years as a player and later coached to three Scudetti.But Inter released a video shortly after the announcement in which Conte explains why he is a good fit for a “club that’s not for everyone”.I’m here, Inter. # WelcomeAntonio #ForzaInter #FCIM #NotForEveryone pic.twitter.com/aIprrGciUD — Inter (@Inter_en) May 31, 2019 “Finally, it’s time to get back to it,” he began, referencing his season away from coaching. “I have many reasons to do so, perhaps even too many and just as many challenges are ahead of me.”But I can’t wait. A club that’s not for everyone, with its fans who will be wondering, why me exactly?”Because we share the same ambitions, fearlessness, hunger and determination. Now it’s my turn. I’m here, Inter.”Conte’s main priority will be turning Inter into a title-winning side again, having not claimed the Serie A crown since 2009-10.The Nerrazurri finished fourth in the top flight this season, 21 points behind eventual champions Juventus, who have now won eight successive league crowns.Major changes are expected at San Siro this summer, with the transfer window now open and a number of high profile stars have been linked with an Inter transfer since Conte emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Spalletti.
Steve Clarke believes there were plenty of positives for Scotland to take after Oliver Burke’s late winner against Cyrpus.In his first game as Scotland boss since replacing Alex McLeish in May, Clarke’s team looked to be heading for a lacklustre draw, with Ioannis Kousoulos’ 87th-minute header having cancelled out a stunning strike from Andrew Robertson.But substitute Burke came to the rescue two minutes later to lift Scotland onto six points in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I. 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? Group favourites and leaders Belgium are up next for Clarke’s side, who sit third, level on points with Russia after three games played.And though he acknowledged that Scotland’s play – which was at times sluggish and toothless – will not change until he has had more time with the team, Clarke is feeling buoyant ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Belgium.”The way we showed character to bounce back gives us good hope for the future,” he told Sky Sports.”I’ve only had seven training sessions, so it won’t change overnight. I’ve given the lads a lot of information and I think some of them have taken it on too literally.”It was a game we couldn’t afford to lose and we handled that pressure.”I thought we did okay. At 1-0, I thought we were comfortable but we switched off from a set play. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves but the players showed great resilience and that’s a good sign.”I’m confident we have a group players who will certainly make it a difficult night for Belgium. A lot of things to be pleased about and a lot of things to work on.”Meanwhile winning scorer Burke was delighted to be the one to secure a vital three points for his side.”It was made for me to make an impact, coming on,” he said. “Conceding so late, it drove us on in search of the second goal and I think we deserved it.”
Eric Dier has been ruled out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai having undergone an operation on an unspecified injury. The England international featured in the Three Lions’ penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off on June 9, and had been hoping to play a full part in Tottenham’s preparations for the 2019-20 season. But the club have confirmed that, while the procedure to correct Dier’s injury was successful, the 25-year-old midfielder will not travel with the rest of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad when they visit Singapore and Shanghai for matches against Juventus and Manchester United. 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? Dier has been troubled by a groin injury in recent months, and he started just 18 of Tottenham’s 38 Premier League matches in 2018-19. Prior to last season, he started at least 30 league matches in each of the previous three seasons, and Pochettino will hope he returns to full fitness ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa on August 10. A statement on the club’s official website said: “Eric Dier has undergone a medical procedure to correct an issue detected during medical assessments on the first day of pre-season training. “Following the successful procedure Eric will now undertake a short period of rehabilitation. He will therefore not travel on the club’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai.” Prior to the start of the new league campaign Spurs will also take part in the Audi Cup, where they will take on Real Madrid in a semi-final clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich on July 30. The club will also take on Inter in London as part of the International Champions Cup on August 4. Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League last season, finishing the season behind champions Manchester City, runners up Liverpool and third-place Chelsea, but inside the Champions League places yet again. Dier was also part of the side that made a run all the way to the Champions League final last season, losing out to Liverpool 2-0 in the showpiece. The midfielder did not start the final, but did come to replace a struggling Moussa Sissoko in the 74th minute. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over a move for Dani Ceballos.There has been significant interest in the attacking midfielder from Premier League clubs this summer, with Tottenham long thought to be his most likely destination.But Arsenal are pushing to get a deal done for the 22-year-old and talks are progressing over a season-long loan. 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? Gunners boss Unai Emery is a fan of Ceballos, who wants to get out of Madrid to secure regular first-team football.The Spanish giants have yet to fully agree to the move, but it is believed manager Zinedine Zidane will not prevent the Spain international from leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.Should Zidane give the green light for Ceballos to complete the transfer, it should be finalised relatively quickly – with Arsenal keen to wrap up a deal.The potential move coincides with comments from Arsenal director Josh Kroenke – the son of owner Stan Kroenke – telling fans to be excited about what could come before the close of the transfer window next month.“I would say ‘be excited’,” Kroenke told Arsenal.com. “There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep. “Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future. “Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.”Ceballos joined Real Madrid for £15 million ($19m) in 2017 from Real Betis, but has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot at the Bernabeu.The Spanish outfit are reluctant to lose him on a permanent basis, however, which is why a loan move to the Emirates looks the likely outcome from the talks between the two clubs.Arsenal would have to pay a loan fee to take him for the season, while also covering his wages – which are thought to be around £2.7m ($3.3m) a year.Meanwhile, the Gunners are expected to return to Celtic with a third bid for left-back Kieran Tierney.The Scottish champions have knocked back two offers for the defender so far, with the latest being rejected over the weekend.The offer totalled £25m ($31m), which is understood to be Celtic’s asking price, but it included a number of instalments and add-ons which were deemed unacceptable.There is confidence at Arsenal that they will eventually get their man, but Hoops boss Neil Lennon has warned that Celtic will not be bullied by the Premier League side.”We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England,” he said.”£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.”He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly.”So, disrespectful is the wrong word, but we’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations and we’re in a very strong position with regards to a number of our assets in the team.”The club’s valuation of Kieran has not been met and until then we don’t have a discussion.”
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Brett Rypien #4 of the Boise State Broncos throws against the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 38-28. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Marquee non-conference matchups are part of what makes college football awesome. Getting to watch teams prove themselves in matchups we don’t typically see is always fun.Boise State and Oregon announced the scheduling of a three-game series today. The two programs have played three times before.The three future games are scheduled for 2024-2026. The 2024 and 2026 meetings will be at Oregon, while Boise will host the 2025 contest.Boise State and Oregon announce a three-game series. Two in Eugene (2024, 2026) and one in Boise (2025).— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 9, 2018Boise State announces a 3-game football series with Oregon. Dates:Sept. 24, 2024 (Eugene, Ore.)Sept. 13, 2025 (Boise, Idaho)Sept. 5, 2026 (Eugene, Ore.)— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) August 9, 2018Back in May, we named Boise State-Oregon as a game we’d like to see become a yearly rivalry. It goes to say we are pretty happy to see these Northwest powers play each other.Boise State has captured all three previous matchups against Oregon, most recently last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, which they won 38-28.In 2008, the Broncos won a 37-32 thriller in Eugene. The following year, Boise State was victorious at home in a game most famous for LeGarrette Blount’s infamous post-game punch.This series should be an entertaining one.