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Bale Stalls On New Real Madrid Contract

bale-trophyGareth Bale would said that we would like to stay at Real Madrid, but he and his agents appear to be in no rush to sign a new deal with the Champions League holders.

With a FIFA transfer ban hanging over their head, the Spanish giants have been busy recently signing new deals with their stars.

Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have recently renewed their contracts, committing their future to the club until 2020 and 2022 respectively while Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to have also agreed to a contract extension too.

welcometomanchesterpepPep Guardiola has taken the blame for Manchester City’s Champions League defeat in Barcelona, but says he will quit and go home to Spain before changing his ways.

City were beaten 4-0 in the Nou Camp after Guardiola kept Sergio Aguero on the bench and then saw Claudio Bravo, the goalkeeper he signed to replace Joe Hart, sent off for deliberate handball.

It means that Guardiola has failed to win in four games for only the third time in his coaching career, and has brought his methods into question for the first time.

Wenger Says Arsenal Finally Ready To Win Title

arsene-wenger-afcArsene Wenger says Arsenal are finally in a position to win the Premier League title. The Gunners have won seven games on the bounce and look like they could go the distance this season.

Arsenal haven’t won the title since 2004 but Wenger – who has described the Premier League as a ‘jungle’ – believes this team is finally ready to end that drought.

“We are consistent at the moment and I feel there is more to come out from our team,’ Wenger said at his pre-Middlesbrough press conference on Friday.

Neymar Signs New Five-Year Barcelona Deal

neymar-barcelonaNeymar signed his new five-year contract at Barcelona on Friday with a buy-out clause that will eventually rise to £225m.

The 24-year-old sat down with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to put pen to paper on an agreement that keeps him at the club until 2021.

His buyout clause was set at £171m on his original deal but now rises to £180m in the first year, £200m in the second and £225m for the last three years.

With the deal’s completion Barcelona hope they have finally managed to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain and the Premier League.

paul-pogba-newestJose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba requires more time to readjust to English football after the France international scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce.

The world’s most expensive player, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer, opened the scoring with a penalty before claiming his second with a long-range strike after Anthony Martial had doubled the lead with another spot-kick.

Jesse Lingard added the fourth early in the second half, prior to a consolation from former United forward Robin van Persie.

Speaking about Pogba, Mourinho told BT Sport:

Guardiola Tries To Defend Bravo

bravo-mcfcPep Guardiola defended his tactics and team selection after his Barcelona homecoming ended in a nightmare 4-0 thrashing for Manchester City.

The City manager’s decision to leave out Sergio Aguero backfired while Claudio Bravo, the goalkeeper in whom he has invested much trust, was also sent off in a Champions League mauling at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi took full advantage to help himself to a hat-trick while Neymar, who also missed a penalty, added the fourth goal late on.

Asked if the defeat was his worst in football, Guardiola said:

Arsenal Show Class In Champions League Romp

ozil-goalArsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s confidence has helped his side overcome the psychological struggles from previous seasons after they thrashed Ludogorets 6-0 in the Champions League.

Mesut Ozil stole the show with a second-half hat-trick after Alexis Sanchez and in-form Theo Walcott put Arsenal 2-0 up.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also got on the scoresheet as the Gunners stretched their unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions, now with seven straight wins.

As one-sided as the scoreline was, Arsenal were put under pressure during the first half and after edging past Swansea last weekend, Wenger believes his current crop of players are better equipped to deal with tricky spells in the Premier League and Champions League than previous years.

Klopp: We Lost Patience Too Early

sad-kloppJürgen Klopp felt Liverpool were guilty of ‘losing patience’ too early when in possession and trying to break down Manchester United at Anfield on as the teams played out a goalless draw on Monday night.

The Reds saw much more of the ball than their opponents, but were not able to recreate the kind of forward play that has seen them plunder 26 goals already so far this season.

Nevertheless, only two excellent David de Gea saves in the second half from firstly Emre Can and then Philippe Coutinho prevented the hosts from taking all three points in a hard-fought contest.

Mourinho: We Controlled Anfield Emotion

mourinho-mufc1Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seemed pleased after his side’s goalless draw against Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night. Below are the key points from his first post-match interview…


“I think it was a very difficult game for us and for them, but I think it was more difficult for them than for us. We kept control of the game for long periods. In the second half David had two great saves that were isolated from the context. But the game was completely under control, not just from a tactical point of view but also an emotional point of view. We influenced the atmosphere in the stadium.”

alex-oxlade-chamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he might have to reconsider his Arsenal future in a bid to play first-team football.

The England international has failed to play more than 30 games in the Premier League in any of his five full seasons at the Emirates. While he has featured six times in the league this season, half of those appearances have come from the bench.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was linked with a move to other Premier League sides in the summer, but decided to stay with Arsenal. However, he revealed that he would have to evaluate his situation at the club next summer and consider a switch elsewhere.