Real Madrid captain Ramos: We don’t miss Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists they do not miss former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Real in August for Juventus.Preparing for their Club World Cup defence, Ramos insists they don’t miss the Portuguese.”I think that on the field there will not be much difference, despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a decisive player for us, but we are going to compete with the same philosophy as always in the club: to win,” explained Ramos.”We have good memories of this competition, because we have been successful on previous occasions, it is a short competition and there is no margin for error, there is a semifinal and then a final, and we want to take the cup back home.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Youngby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are prepared to sign Manchester United veteran Ashley Young on a two-year deal.Young, 33, is out of contract with United at the end of the season and negotiations over an extension have stalled.The Englishman is holding out for a longer contract than the one-year deal put on the table by United.He could get that longer deal from Inter Milan, according to The Sun.Inter’s Serie A rivals Roma are also interested in the fullback, with Young free to negotiate with foreign clubs this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri hints he’d like to work with Pulisic immediatelyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has hinted he’d like to work with new signing Christian Pulisic immediately.The club paid £58million to sign the American sensation, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. But he will not arrive at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season as he has been loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of the current campaign.However with injury concerns for Willian and Pedro, Sarri was asked if the club should have brought him in immediately: “I don’t know.“As I said before I am not in charge of the market, it is difficult for me to talk about the market or the deal of Pulisic.“Willian’s injury I think is not very serious. The doctor said it was not serious for Pedro as well.“Pedro in one week can train. Of course this match was difficult as Pedro, (Callum Hudson-) Odoi, (Olivier) Giroud were out.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves chasing Juventus fullback Rogerioby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are chasing Juventus fullback Rogerio this month.Sky Italia says Wolves have approached Juventus for Rogerio, currently on loan at Sassuolo.The Brazilian turns 21 next week and can play as a left-back or in a more advanced left wing-back role.Wolves are willing to offer €8m for Rogerio in the coming days.But Sassuolo would need to give the all-clear, as his loan with them runs until June 2019.
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi insists he’s fully committed to PSGby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi insists he’s fully committed to the season at PSG.Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda Nara hinted a move to Napoli could happen in January.He said, “I came here to play.“If you arrive with an option to buy, you know the player has to give his best to ensure the club decides to purchase him outright. We’ll see what happens next summer.“I was in my seventh year at Inter and my dream was to play in the Champions League with Inter, which I did last season, but we never won anything.“I thought the time had come for me to go to a winning club, one that could challenge for and win titles. It’s time for me to start winning.“The truth is that PSG is a squad full of champions and that is what I wanted.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner hails Jones and young teammates: They’re pushing usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner fears the club’s top kids are set to send him into retirement.Milner explained he and his senior team-mates are constantly pushing the likes of Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Ki-Jana Hoever and Rhian Brewster to step up into the first team.“They showed how good they are and the more games they get they will only get better and better,” he said of the performance at MK Dons.“They’re pushing and that is what the senior boys need – competition for places. That’s what we want, and hopefully we can help push them and they can keep pushing us.”On Jones, Milner said: “I’ve seen a massive difference in Curtis in the last year. He’s always had that ability but seems a bit more mature now; [he’s] defending well, getting his angles right when he’s defending.”There are times when you need to encourage but also times where you need a rocket as well. Like I say, over the last year I’ve seen that difference in him. I think he’s realised as well that if you want to play for Liverpool, that’s as important as the stuff on the ball.”Not only that, he’s got so much ability and skills and tricks, and it’s about using them in the right area. I think he’s learning that more and more now – you don’t want him doing it on the halfway line, you want him getting hold of it in the final third.”That’s where you do your tricks and get people in the box. I said to him before the game, ‘I wouldn’t want to defend you in the box, so get them in there and drive at them’. He’s got great ability.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City, Liverpool target Dani Olmo won’t force Dinamo Zagreb exitby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDinamo Zagreb wing-back Dani Olmo says he won’t force a move away this season.The Croatia U21 star was blocked from leaving this summer amid interest from Manchester City and Liverpool.He told AS: “I always said that in the future, I would like to play in one of the big leagues. “I am in a big club like Dinamo Zagreb, playing in the Champions League.”I only want to achieve this goal and continue to give my club the maximum, where I am very happy.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Raul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul has been asked about Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati following his latest match in charge of Real Madrid Castilla, a 2-1 win over Pontevedra.Raul expressed excitement at the new generation that is breaking through, while also calling for patience.”There are young players who appear and there’s a need to have patience and to enjoy them,” Raul said when asked about the Barcelona teenager.”It’s good for football that there are players with this quality and this youth.”I am the kind of person who has patience with this, but he’ll earn what he does on the pitch.”
Christian Eriksen offered a cryptic answer in response to the latest questions surrounding his contract situation at Tottenham, amid talk of interest from Real Madrid.Reports have claimed that Madrid have been advised they will need to pay a mega £225 million ($287m) fee if they are to land the Dane from Spurs.The 26-year-old is under contract at the north London club until 2020, with Spurs keen to tie him to a new deal to follow the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli in committing his future to the Premier League side. 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? Madrid have been mooted as a potentially interested party, though, with Eriksen telling TV3 Sport that Spurs “know what I want” in relation to the talks over a new deal.He said: “[The future is] not something I’m thinking of. I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about which must be won.”Responding specifically to Madrid’s apparent interest, he added: “It is not the first time that there have been rumours, and when the newspapers write something, it is not something we are masters of. If there is nothing concrete, then I just comment on rumours.”I think people know what I want, and I know what they [Tottenham] would like. There is a nice dialogue so there is nothing [new] there.”If reports are to be believed, Madrid are in the market for a new creative midfielder having struggled for goals in the 2018-19 campaign to date.Santiago Solari’s position as manager has been called into question after a disappointing first half of the season in the league, with Madrid 10 points behind Barcelona having suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad last time out.Eriksen, meanwhile, was in action as Tottenham beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley on Tuesday night.Harry Kane’s penalty, awarded by VAR, was the difference between the two sides, with Chelsea having the chance to respond in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on January 24.Next up for Spurs is a meeting with Manchester United at Wembley, with Pochettino’s side currently third place in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester City in second.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is of the opinion that players are not more powerful than they used to be, contradicting claims by predecessor Jose Mourinho on Thursday.Speaking publicly for the first time since his sacking from Old Trafford in December, Mourinho told beIN Sports that the balance of power has shifted at football clubs in recent times.“Sir Alex Ferguson used to say the day a player is more important than a club, goodbye,” Mourinho said. “Not any more. The manager ought to be there to coach the players, not to keep the discipline at any cost. 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? “You need a structure to protect the manager and keep everything in place, so that the players do not arrive in a situation where they feel more powerful than they used to be… Everything good I did with players is not news any more. News in modern football is when you have problems.”But Solskjaer believes the natural order remains, so long as the values of the team are considered sacrosanct.“I wouldn’t say more powerful but it’s different because you know with the social media and the world and society younger players grow up in compared to what I did; I sound really old now but it is such a different era and now everything’s just on Twitter or Facebook or whatever it is straight away,” Solskjaer told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Brighton.“As long as it’s not malicious, that’s just the reality we live in. But they still have to have the values of a team, they want to have to improve because I have to say no one deserves to be in a better team than what they would give to the team, if you know what I mean.“If they want to help the team they deserve to be here, if they don’t want to help the team they don’t deserve to be here. So those values and beliefs and principles don’t change.”Meanwhile, Solskjaer has warned that the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez may have to get used to being part of a rotating front line as the Norwegian comes to grips with having six star attackers to fit into just three positions and Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard currently in favour for the starting spots.“Lukaku’s a big part of the squad definitely, with his personality around the place. There’s no one scoring as many goals as him in training so I have the three that have played the most but then you have got Rom, you’ve got Juan [Mata], you’ve got Alexis, so I’ve got a front six there that I can rotate with. And Rom is definitely going to be playing games.“I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two, and now we have six forwards and we play with three most of the time, so it’ll be ok to be able to rotate and there’s enough games and playing time.“It’s about taking your chances when you get them and to be fair Rom has scored three already, but Marcus has scored four and Paul Pogba has scored four since I came so it’s up to the strikers to pip them.”United will be looking to extend their six-game winning run under Solskjaer when Brighton visit on Saturday afternoon, with a 15:00GMT kick-off. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.