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They want to take Jurgen Klopp away from Liverpool
As Real Madrid and Barcelona got their standards lower in this season and there are worries that their status as European powerhouses are depleting, they are now ready to fuck over each other, but try to get the remarkable duo “Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk”.
The German manager has taken the Reds to the next level after winning the Champions League last season. As for Van Dijk, the Dutchman arrived at Anfield for a then-world record fee for a defender at £75m.
Drama often follows Real and Barca and sacking their head coaches early in the season is not outside of their realms. However, it is highly unlikely that Liverpool would ever entertain an offer for either man – let alone both of them.
Come on kids, get along now or how Liverpool’s teammates have communication problems
The whole buzz was because Sadio Mane felt underrated by his teammate Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian forward opted to shoot rather than pass to an open Mane during the Reds’ 3-0 win at Burnley. But we’re guessing that Klopp is good not only in the mechanical part of the football team but also the emotional and there you go, Sadio and Mane are friends again. As Mane wisely said “These are things that happen in football. Sometimes you have to say things face to face. Sometimes it happens that I am not given the pass.”. We’re all a bit Mane, aren’t we?
David De Gea gets hands on a record deal
Manchester United have made David de Gea the Premier League’s best-paid footballer to convince him to sign a new long-term contract, writes Duncan Castles. The Spain goalkeeper’s improved four-year deal is worth an after-tax £13.5m a year. According to sources familiar with negotiations, United have agreed to waive the 25% deduction clause applied to the salaries of other first-team players for failing to qualify for this season’s Champions League. As a result, De Gea’s earnings from the club will exceed those of record signing Paul Pogba. In contrast to the lucrative deal De Gea agreed with United in September 2015, the new contract does not contain a defined release clause. There is, however, a unilateral option in the club’s favor, allowing them to extend the contract.
Gary Neville gives an honest answer when asked if he would take up Manchester United manager job
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed he would ‘run a mile’ if he was ever offered the managerial position at Old Trafford.
Neville certainly always talks a lot of sense when he is commentating on games or analyzing them alongside old foe Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football, but his one stint in management did not go to plan.
The former United captain was surprisingly appointed to his first – and only – management job by prestigious La Liga side Valencia in December 2015 but wouldn’t even see out the rest of the season.
He took charge of the team for 28 games and only managed to win 10 of them, drawing seven and losing the other 11, although he did manage to oversee impressive draws against both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
A football pundit who made a racist remark about Romelu Lukaku has been banned from appearing on an Italian television channel.
In Italy racism never gets old. Just kidding, hope I won’t get banned like Luciano Passirani who has been barred from working for TopCalcio24 in the wake of his comments, with station director Fabio Ravezzani quickly apologizing live on air.
Passirani said of Lukaku, who has impressed since leaving Man United for Inter: “I don’t see in the Italian league a player like Lukaku in any team, not in AC Milan, Inter, Rome, Lazio.
Passirani words were: “He’s one of the strongest and I like him a lot because he’s one of the strongest, he’s at least twice as strong as [Duvan] Zapata from Atalanta. These players have something more than the others, these are the guys who make the goals and drag the team. If they go one-on-one with you you’re dead, you fall to the ground. You’re alright if you have ten bananas to give him to eat, otherwise…”
The station director wrote on Twitter: “Only a part of the transmission was spread widely, cutting off the guest’s subsequent apology that he had a moment of unpredictable confusion while trying to make a joke.”
Christian Eriksen looks set to run down his Tottenham contract as he targets a move to Real Madrid.
Christian Eriksen is snubbing every new Tottenham contract put in front of him as his agent facilitates a move to Real Madrid in the summer, according to reports in Spain.
Eriksen is in the final year of his Spurs contract which expires in June 2020. The Denmark international has blossomed into one of the finest playmakers in Europe during a six-year stay at Spurs. After the Champions League final loss to Liverpool in June, Eriksen admitted he was looking for a new challenge.
Tottenham believes he will join Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are claimed to have snubbed a chance to sign him for €120m (now £107m) in 2018.
Eriksen said after the European transfer window closed earlier this month: “I wish I could decide myself as you can do in the [computer game] Football Manager, but I can’t do that sadly.”
Tammy Abraham has threatened to play for Nigeria if Gareth Southgate doesn’t hurry up and pick him again for England.
Well, somebody sure knows something about threatening. Abraham appeared to have committed to England when he snubbed Nigeria to make his senior Three Lions debut in a friendly against Germany in November 2017.
However, he hasn’t featured in the 22 months since and was overlooked again by Southgate for last week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. He is well aware of the Super Eagles renewed interest in him and, after scoring a stunning hat-trick against Wolves, refused to rule out making a shock switch.
“I have heard the talk,” he confessed.“When the time comes, the time comes.”
Asked if he still had to make a major decision on his international future, Abraham replied: I have not really focused on that yet. I’m focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories.
“We never know. You can never say never … whatever comes first really.”