Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of forcing Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United, adding that “you have to ask him” about a potential move to China.
The United captain has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with a number of clubs reportedly hopeful of convincing him of completing a switch before next Tuesday’s Chinese transfer deadline.
Mourinho, speaking at a news conference ahead of United’s Europa League clash with St Etienne on Wednesday, said he is not the person to ask about the speculation, but insisted that he does not want his captain to depart the club. Read more... (385 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger praised National League side Sutton United following the ‘quality’ display they put in against Arsenal on Monday evening.
The non-league club were beaten 2-0 by the Gunners in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott scoring in each half to set up a quarter-final clash against another non-league side, Lincoln City. Walcott’s goal was his 100th for Arsenal, making him just the 17th player in club history to reach that milestone
However, this was more about Sutton on Monday night that Theo, and the non-league side did threaten at times, with former Arsenal trainee Roarie Deacon striking the bar, and they never looked overawed by their big name opponents. Read more... (362 words, 1 image, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.
But on Sunday, Barcelona’s starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.
What happened to the famed La Masia’s production line that produced the likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi? Read more... (421 words, 1 image, estimated 1:41 mins reading time)
Neymar has lost his final appeal against corruption charges and will stand trial. The charges relate to his move from Santos to Barcelona four years ago and could see him jailed for two years. However a more likely sentence for the Brazil international, whose father will also stand trial, isa fine of up to €10 million.
Both Santos and Barcelona lost their own appeals and will also stand trial with prosecutors seeking a fine of €9m from the Spanish side and €7m from the player’s former club. Read more... (188 words, 1 image, estimated 45 secs reading time)
We are 500 days into the Jurgen Klopp reign at Anfield and the Liverpool boss insists that the club have a bright future ahead of them despite enduring a wretched start to 2017.
Last month was torturous for the Reds as they won just one of the nine games they played, fell further behind in the Premier League title race and were knocked out of both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. That was followed with a league defeat to Hull early this month.
However, Klopp is determined for Liverpool to use that miserable run of form as a learning experience. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
According to The Mirror, former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is on the shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager if the Gunners long-term boss decides to call it a day at the end of this season.
Benitez is reportedly one of four names that have been identified by the Arsenal hierarchy as suitable for the job, along with Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim.
Benitez is said to be interested in having Gunners’ legend Thierry Henry on his coaching staff and the current Newcastle United boss refuses to rule out replacing Wenger the Emirates on Friday saying: Read more... (283 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keeping quiet over a potential summer switch to Barcelona. The Argentine has impressed since taking charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last summer, with his side sitting third in La Liga, just three points off leaders Real Madrid.
Barca were humbled in midweek, thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, and most Barca fans expect that Luis Enrique will walk way from the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.
Sampaoli leads his side into Champions League last-16 action against Leicester this coming week, and the ex-Chile boss has been mentioned as a potential successor, with some members of the Camp Nou hierarchy having pinpointed him as the No.1 choice. Read more... (274 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge as Manchester United have been drawn away to Chelsea in a mouthwatering FA Cup quarter-final tie.
Lincoln City’s reward for being the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in over 100 years will be an away tie against either Sutton United or Arsenal. Imagine if Sutton upset Arsenal on Monday and we have two non-league sides meeting for the right to play an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley?
Millwall will travel to Tottenham in a London derby after Neil Harris’s side got past Claudio Ranieri’s hapless Premier League champions Leicester City. Read more... (322 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
When he signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer all the so-called football experts unanimously called Zlatan Ibrahimović a wasted signing. That the then 34-year-old striker was past his prime and that he would struggle to get 10 goals in the best league in the world.
Yet here we are in mid-February and Ibrahimović has 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in his last 20 games. In the last four days he has single-handily kept United’s treble dreams alive by scoring a hat-trick against St Etienne on Thursday in the Europa League and the winner against Blackburn in the FA Cup on Sunday. Read more... (305 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
The list of sides competing in this summer’s International Champions Cup is slowly trickling out.
The latest side to announce is Spanish giants Real Madrid, who will be based in the Orlando area and play at least once game at the Camping World Stadium in 2017.
We are also starting to see club teams announce their preseason tours where they will play MLS opponents. Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt is the first to announce and they have lined up games with the Sounders, Earthquakes and Crew. Read more... (469 words, 1 image, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)