10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have held several conversations with imminent free agent Adrien Rabiot.The midfielder will be out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.Barcelona have reportedly been leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, despite the Spanish giants releasing a statement denying they had tapped up the 23-year-old.But according to French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are also seriously being considered by Rabiot, who has held talks with Jurgen Klopp and his team on a number of occasions.PSG have resigned to losing Rabiot and could sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faith

first_imgMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faithby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuke Shaw is determined to repay Manchester United’s faith in signing him to a lucrative five-year contract. A strong start to the season earned the 23-year-old a brand new contract.After falling out with Jose Mourinho towards the end of his rein, Shaw wants to become a regular contributor under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I signed a new contract and I want to be playing every game and trying to help the team as much as possible,” he said. “Hopefully I keep playing games and keep myself in the team.”I haven’t had many injuries recently so that’s good. I need to stay fit and keep helping the team and maybe win a cup this season.”We are not where we want to be and not where we should be, so we have a very important second half of the season. Our aim is to get back into the top four because United without Champions League isn’t good. That’s where we want to be and what we are fighting for.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNoble insists West Ham should be targeting top four

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Noble insists West Ham should be targeting top fourby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble insists they should be targeting a top four this season.Noble feels a win against United can show they are serious about playing in Europe next season.He said: “It’s easy to understand why we’re relishing the visit of Manchester United on Sunday. We’ve only lost once in our past nine League matches and been beaten only twice at home in 2019.“There’s a feeling that the chance exists for a change and at least one different club to break into the top six this season. I would even go one step further. I believe there is an opportunity for someone different to actually make it into the top four!“After that, you look at Arsenal, who could easily have lost at Watford last weekend; Chelsea, where Frank Lampard has done incredibly well to play young English players but are banned from signing anyone and have lost Eden Hazard; plus United, who are, let’s say, in transition. Even Wolves, who did so well last season, are finding it tough with their Europa League commitments.” last_img read more

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Solskjaer wants Man Utd players to ‘dominate games’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer would like his Manchester United team to ‘dominate games’ just like during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.The former Red Devils forward is in charge of the club on a temporary basis until the end of the season, but has seen his side score eight goals in two games since taking over from Jose Mourinho.United host Bournemouth on Sunday, with Solskjaer hoping his players can put in another commanding performance. He wants his players to express themselves on the pitch and go into each game with the belief they will pick up three points. 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? “I’ve been here for 15 years before and of course my football philosophy is driven by what I experienced here,” the 45-year-old told Sky Sports.”We do go and attack teams, try to dominate games and go into every game believing that we’re going to win, although we respect the opposition of course.”It’s not like we used to win 5-4 every time with the boss [Alex Ferguson]. When we had Jaap [Stam], Ronny [Johnsen], Rio [Ferdinand] and Vida [Nemanja Vidic] at the back, you knew that we could keep a clean sheet, so there is a fine balance there.”And I love seeing players express themselves. It probably comes down to that I experienced more in my football career than I ever believed, so I want other players to have the same feeling when they’ve finished their careers – that means we need to win.”Solskjaer has not had much time to change things at Old Trafford just yet, but believes he will have to make some tactical adjustments in January before United’s fixture list becomes more difficult.”Tactics is one side of it but we haven’t changed many of the tactics,” he explained. “We’ve just asked them to go out and express themselves because we need to see what they’re capable of as well for when we get to the bigger games.”Tactically, we’ll get time to work more, we get weeks now in January to work on the other side of it because it’s all been about us in the first couple of games.They’ve been games that we feel we can go and dominate and tweak it just a little bit defensively. No disrespect to those two teams that we’ve played, but now my job was to tell them about the mindset that Manchester United teams do have when they go into games.”After the visit of Bournemouth on Sunday, Man Utd face Newcastle away on Wednesday, January 2 and then host Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, January 5 before a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham eight days later.last_img read more

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U.S. youth international signs with Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich have signed United States youth international Taylor Booth to their youth academy, the Bundesliga side announced Thursday.The 17-year-old Booth joins the club on a three-and-half year contract, having been signed away from Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake’s academy.”I’m very happy with this next step in my career,” Booth said in a statement. “FC Bayern is one of the largest clubs in the world. 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? “Being here in Munich at the FC Bayern campus and taking the next steps in my development makes me very proud. “”We see a lot of potential in Taylor. He is a talented young player, and we look forward to working with him to develop his talent further,” FC Bayern Campus Manager Jochen Sauer said.The Utah-born midfielder has featured for the United States multiple times at the youth national team levels. He played in a pair of games for the U-17 side at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, including their 4-1 quarter-final defeat to England where he featured alongside the likes of Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah.Bayern announced Booth will train with the club’s U-23 side’s training camp in Dallas before linking up with their U-19 team for the second half of the season.Booth becomes the second American to officially sign with the club in recent weeks.Defender Chris Richards completed a $1.5 million permanent transfer to Bayern Munich from FC Dallas, signing a four-and-a-half year deal after having joined the Bundesliga champions on loan in the summer.Bayern also signed another MLS youngster in standout Canada teen Alphonso Davies, who made his Bundesliga debut for the club in a 4-1 victory over Stuttgart on January 27.Booth will also look to join the ranks of young Americans aiming to succeed in the German top-flight, following the likes of Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund and Weston McKennie at Schalke, as well as Tyler Adams, who moved from the New York Red Bulls and made his league debut for RB Leipzig against Dusseldorf last week.last_img read more

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Long’s historic double caps stellar USMNT outing

first_imgSix weeks ago, Aaron Long suffered a hamstring injury that looked like it might put his place in the Concacaf Gold Cup in jeopardy, but his two-goal performance in the U.S. national team’s 6-0 romp over Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday provided the best evidence to date that the New York Red Bulls defender is back to his best. The reigning MLS defender of the year scored the first goal and last goal in the Saturday’s victory, becoming the first USMNT defender to score twice in the same match. He also led the U.S. defense to its second consecutive shutout, delivering the kind of complete performance that strengthens Long’s status as the USMNT’s most important defender. “As he gets more fit, he’s a dynamic player,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said of Long. “We rate him highly. We think we have four good center backs in camp, and together with Walker [Zimmerman] they formed a good pairing in these first 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? Pre-tournament injuries to John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin, along with the more recent loss of Tyler Adams, threatened to leave the U.S. defense in shambles, making Long’s return from a hamstring injury that much more vital. Long’s comeback endured a rough start, with his first game action after the injury coming in the USMNT’s 3-0 pre-Gold Cup loss to Venezuela. Long struggled to deal with powerful Venezuelan striker and Newcastle United standout Salomon Rondon, and left at halftime with the Americans trailing 3-0. “It’s definitely not how I envisioned my first 45 minutes back, especially with the national team, you get three goals scored on you in 45,” Long said. “And to know that before the game started that I was only going to play 45 minutes. so to have to come off at halftime when I wanted to go back out there was tough, but yeah, you need those moments. You need to grow from that. We’ve watched so much film on that stuff, we’ve been through the film so many times as a team and now we’re flying so it feels good.” Long is key to the USMNT’s defensive organization because of his ability to handle tough strikers one-on-one, and the one-time midfielder’s improving passing range has him looking comfortable in Berhalter’s possession-based system. He has formed a solid partnership with Zimmerman, providing the mobility and man marking to go with Zimmerman’s aerial dominance. USA TAKE THE LEAD! 🇺🇸Pulisic sets up Aaron Long who heads it home and puts the USMNT on 🔝 #GoldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/m9qINBZvxl— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2019Long is also a threat to score, as he showed on the opening USMNT goal, as we as on the game-ending tally that saw him venture forward and join the attack to chest home a rebound of a saved shot, to the surprise of some of his teammates.GOOOOOOOL CAYÓ EL SEXTO Y SE ACABÓ EL PARTIDO⚽️⚽️🇺🇸 Estados Unidos 6-0 Trinidad y Tobago🇹🇹🔴Mira el partido EN VIVO por: https://t.co/b32be0uL5U#TuCopaOro pic.twitter.com/aXxtV1Qczi— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 23, 2019″I probably shouldn’t have been up there to be honest,” Long joked. “Walker was freaking out and screaming at me after the goal. Tim [Ream] and me switched spots for that play so I was just caught up on the wing.” With Long rounding into form, he should be a fixture in the U.S. defense when the knockout rounds of the Gold Cup begin, and it will be up to Berhalter to decide whether to keep Long in the lineup for Wednesday’s group finale against Panama, or rest him while giving someone like Matt Miazga or Omar Gonzalez a start, in order to have Long ready for the quarterfinals. After two straight starts, and shutouts, Long sounds like a player who is ready to play every minute of the tournament, and keep building on performances like Saturday’s gem. “I feel great. As the games go on you get more confident,” Long said. “You get in the groove. Scoring goals helps with that for sure. Confidence is getting higher, for me and for the group.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid sanction Sevilla loan for Reguilon

first_imgReal Madrid have sanctioned a loan move to Sevilla for Sergio Reguilon, but have made a point of leaving a purchase option out of the agreement.Sources close to the discussions have revealed that a deal between two La Liga rivals is close and the 22-year-old will therefore form part of the squad refresh being overseen by Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Blancos are eager to get bodies off their books, with Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic having already been moved on, while Theo Hernandez is closing in on a switch to Serie A giants AC Milan. 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 Reguilon will be the next to head for the exits, but he continues to be held in high regard by those in the Spanish capital.He impressed when providing cover for Marcelo in the 2018-19 campaign and has earned the trust of Zidane.Real have, however, added Ferland Mendy to their ranks this summer and are eager to avoid stunting the progress of an academy graduate.The initial plan was for Reguilon to head away from Spain and test himself outside of his homeland, but Sevilla have managed to convince all parties that they are the best option at this stage.A promising defender will therefore compete domestically against his parent club before returning to Madrid in 2020.It has already been revealed by Goal that Reguilon has committed to fresh terms with Real, despite no announcement being made public.They have no intention of parting with him and expect him to form part of their future plans.Sevilla will help to aid his development before more opportunities present themselves at the Bernabeu.Julen Lopetegui knows Reguilon well from his brief spell in charge of the Blancos and was impressed by what he saw.The ability to land him on a season-long loan means that no sizeable outlay is required by Sevilla – who have already been busy tying up additions elsewhere.Reguilon also meets the criteria laid out by Monchi when it comes to recruitment at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.He has made it a top priority to lower the average age of the Sevilla squad and bring in more Spanish players with home-grown benefit to the Andalusian outfit.last_img read more

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I’d love to see Coutinho back at Liverpool – Carragher

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed he would love to see Philippe Coutinho rejoin the ranks at Anfield.The Brazil international midfielder left the Reds for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million ($201m) but he has failed to settle at Camp Nou and is rumoured to be on the market this summer as Barca potentially try to fund a move for Neymar.Carragher, who now works as a pundit, said Coutinho would offer the Reds a different option as a creative midfielder. 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? “I still think they could add a creative player,” Carragher told Pundit Arena.“I said it before, I’d love to see Liverpool bring back Coutinho if that was possible in any way. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out for him at Barcelona. I just think he would be a great addition.“You’ve got [Adam] Lallana and [Xherdan] Shaqiri in those positions, but they’re not Coutinho. He would give something that they don’t have compared to [Manchester] City.”The Premier League title went to City last season despite Liverpool amassing 97 points, and only losing once all season against the champions in January.And Carragher acknowledges that catching City is going to be a hard task for his former team.“I mean, only losing one league game was a phenomenal achievement,” he continued.“Ninety-seven points was a phenomenal achievement. So, in some ways, if Liverpool got 90 points, I don’t think they’ve gone backwards, because it’s so difficult to do again.“But they’ve got to hope that City come back as well, a little bit.”Mohamed Salah Champions League 2018-19 LiverpoolLiverpool did lift the Champions League trophy last season, something Carragher also achieved in a career that saw him appear 508 times for the Merseysiders, across 17 years.The native Liverpudlian thinks the team is in their best position for three decades, and finally have the financial muscle to compete with the big clubs in the Premier League.“Now, everyone has so much confidence in the club,” the 41-year-old added. “They know exactly what they’re doing.“The other era was Gerard Houllier, but you never felt we could really compete with [Manchester] United at that time.“Right now, it just feels like Liverpool, if they need to spend big, they can. They’ve got one of the top managers around, a great squad, the stadium now, the stand.“It’s probably the best place Liverpool have been in over 30 years.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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New Report Reveals The Raise Zach Smith Received After 2015 Season

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A new report from college football insider Brett McMurphy has revealed some of the details of the contracts/raises now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith received during his time at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.According to the new report, Smith, who was fired earlier this summer, received a much-smaller raise following the 2015 season than he did in other years.McMurphy’s bombshell report last week revealed 2015 domestic violence accusations against Smith.From the report:Zach Smith’s annual base salary only increased $6,600 – by far the lowest annual raise of his career – following the 2015 season, the year he was investigated for domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith.The $6,600 increase was the lowest in his six-year career at Ohio State, according to documents provided by the school.By contrast, he received his largest raises of his career the season before the domestic violence investigations – $50,000 before the 2015 season – and also the year after the investigations – $73,400 before the 2017 season.It’s unclear, of course, if the smaller raise had anything to do with the domestic violence accusations against Smith in 2015.McMurphy also reports that “personal matters” were listed under the “work on” section of a 2017 performance review.You can view the full report here.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave. Ohio State announced on Sunday night that the investigation is expected to be completed in two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases A New Football Power Index Top 25

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re one game away from the conclusion of Week 1. Florida State is set to host Virginia Tech in Tallahassee, Fla. tonight in the final game of the week. It should be a good one.It’s already time to start looking back on the opening weekend of the 2018 college football season, though.What times are looking primed for a College Football Playoff run? What teams are looking like they’re going to disappoint?We’ll get an updated Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll on Tuesday, but for now, we have a new ESPN Football Power Index.Here’s the latest top 25:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateOklahomaNotre DameWashingtonGeorgiaAuburnMichiganStanfordWisconsinPenn StateMichigan StateMississippi StateTexas A&MFloridaFSULSUUSCOregonOklahoma StateMiamiIowaBoise StateBoston CollegeYou can view the full FPI rankings here.last_img read more

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