Soccer

OjukwuRNApril 10, 2018
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Liverpool are keen to sign Marouane Fellaini and have offered the Manchester United midfielder a three-year deal, according to a stunning report from L’Equipe.

Belgium star Fellaini has endured a mixed spell at Old Trafford since signing from Everton in 2013, winning the FA Cup and Europa League but failing to win over a large number of United fans.

His spell at the Theatre of Dreams appears to be drawing to a close, however, and he is expected to leave the club in the summer after rejecting multiple offers to extend his contract.

A number of European and Chinese clubs are said to be interested in securing his services, but L’Equipe claim Liverpool have moved for the 30-year-old and offered him a deal.

Fellaini did not play a single game for United in February due to injury and has missed the last two games because of what is believed to be a knee problem.

Reports in France say French giants Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are keen to sign Fellaini but will face major competition from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Speaking earlier in the year, Mourinho said he ‘wanted’ Fellaini to stay at Manchester United but conceded he could leave.

‘Is he going to stay or leave? I don’t know,’ Mourinho said. ‘I want him to stay, the club want him to stay.

‘The process, the negotiations, the numbers, the distances between the offer and what he wants, I really don’t know.’


OjukwuRNApril 10, 2018
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The agent of Gareth Bale has responded to rumours that the forward could be set to switch Real Madrid for Manchester United.

Bale has scored 81 goals in 181 games for Madrid since his £85million move to the Bernabeu back in 2013 but the 28-year-old has been heavily linked with the Red Devils in recent seasons.

The Welshman has been reduced to a bit-part role under Zinedine Zidane this term, with injuries and form hampering his progress in Spain.

Some reports suggest Madrid will consider selling Bale for £88million in the summer but the attacker’s agent has rubbished recent speculation.

‘Gareth is a Real Madrid player and loves Real Madrid and Real Madrid love Gareth,’ Jonathan Barnett told ESPN FC.

‘All this talk about leaving is written by reporters who have no idea what is going on and who need to write something and don’t care if it is true or not.’

It’s claimed that Bale’s entourage are warning the Wales international off a potential move to Old Trafford.

Bale’s representatives also look after the interests of Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho’s treatment of the left-back has created friction.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out a move for former Spurs star at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

‘Of course, he’s a fantastic player. I saw him in Madrid when we played there,’ said in December.

‘He’s always kept in contact with the people who worked here in the past.


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Bayern Munich have made formal contact with Chelsea with regards to signing Kenedy, as they look to find long-term replacements for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, reports claim.

The Brazilian winger has impressed under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle since arriving on loan in January, and with his future at Stamford Bridge unclear, several top clubs are eyeing a move for him.

European giants Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Chelsea chiefs to ask to be informed if there’s any possibility of signing the 22-year-old.

However, they face competition from a host of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle, for his signature.

It remains unclear if Chelsea are willing to cash in on Kenedy, who has scored twice in eight appearances at St James’ Park, and there are no formal bids on the table as of yet, according to Sky Sports.

With Antonio Conte’s future in doubt, the attacker is thought to be keen on biding his time over any exit decision.


OjukwuRNApril 9, 2018
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“The game against Benevento was a complicated match for many reasons. Firstly, because we had to play it in-between two important Champions League matches, secondly it was also the first time we played in an intense heat this season, and finally we were facing opponents who play good football and had nothing to lose.

“We managed to gain an important victory because now there are fewer games left, so each point gained becomes more and more important.”

“For long stretches of the first leg we would have deserved much more than a draw but instead we found ourselves two goals down and a man less. We’re not crying about what happened, and we go to Madrid with the desire to play a good game.

“In football and in life you never know what can happen, and to go there and put on a good display even in view of next year would be important. We’ll treat it like a marathon, not a sprint and we’ll need to go into the game with a level head.”


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Roma are refusing to surrender in their Champions League tie against Barcelona
Coach Eusebio Di Francesco insisted they can recover from the 4-1 first leg loss
Roma have reached the quarter-finals three times before and lost their last two
Roma are refusing to give up the ghost in their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona despite facing a three-goal deficit in Tuesday’s second leg.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco pointed to their 3-0 group stage win over Chelsea as he insisted they can still recover from last week’s 4-1 defeat, even though their opponents’ superior pedigree suggests otherwise.

But he said his side needed to show more guile and cynicism than they have been doing recently.


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Manchester City let a two-goal lead slip as they fell to a 3-2 defeat against Man Utd in the Premier League.
Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City should have been ‘more cautious’ after Manchester United came from behind to spoil their Premier League title party.

The City skipper headed in a brilliant opener to set City on their way with Ilkay Gundogan doubling the lead before the break.

However, title celebrations were postponed as Paul Pogba bagged a brace and Chris Smalling fired in the winner for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Kompany was reluctant to blame the Blues’ busy fixture schedule as a contributing factor in the defeat.

“You know probably the second half you can look at a team which has had seven days to prepare and we’ve had a three day turnaround, so no complaints there,” Kompany told Sky Sports.

“But maybe that’s what went wrong for us in the second half. That’s why we should have either buried the game in the first half or maybe realised we had to be a little bit more cautious in the second half. Whichever way, but fair play to them.

“No blame to anyone but the reality of this game is we should have buried it
“It would have been special for the fans, but okay we’re still in a good position to get over the line as first and that still remains the main ambition.

“The only thing which matters is who gets over the finish line first, we’ve missed an opportunity but this game was a good game like most games we’ve played this season.