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Local flavour has Exeter and Sparkes looking to go one step further | Ben Fisher | Football

Thirteen games in, only an inferior goals-for column keeps Exeter City off the League Two summit. Having finished ninth in May, two places and one point below the hallowed dotted line following successive play-off final defeats at Wembley, they are well versed in fine margins. Like last season, they have made a barnstorming start – Exeter have lost one league game and are a point shy of where they were 12 months ago – but the aim is to go one step further under Matt Taylor this time around. Depending on which way you…

Real Madrid prepare N’Golo Kante transfer package to tempt Chelsea with James Rodriguez | Football | Sport

Real Madrid are preparing a mega transfer package in an attempt to persuade Chelsea to let them sign James Rodriguez, reports claim.Los Blancos are in desperate need of a new central midfielder with Luka Modric getting on and Kante is their No 1 transfer target for the position.According to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Real Madrid are preparing an offer of £86million plus James Rodriguez for the Frenchman.In the eyes of the Bernabeu hierarchy, Kante is the best holding midfielder in the world and would help take the team…

‘The best is yet to come’ – Jorge Mendes gives Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi verdict | Football | Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo is “the best player in the history of football” but he hasn’t even reached his peak.That’s the verdict of Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes.The Portuguese superstar scored his 700th career goal on Monday as he scored a penalty in his country’s 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifier.The 34-year-old notched his 95th international goal as he looks to become the highest national team goalscorer of all time, with Iran’s Ali Daei the current leader on 109 strikes.Juventus forward Ronaldo is just the…

Marko Grujic details his plan for Liverpool return & shows why he’d be a great addition to squad

Marko Grujic is enjoying another productive loan spell at Hertha Berlin this season, but has his mind firmly set on breaking into the Liverpool side in future. The Serbian 23-year-old has played 14 times for the Reds, but the past two seasons have been spent in the Bundesliga, gaining game time and experience. A powerful all-rounder in the centre of the park, he has bossed big games, shown his ability in both halves of the pitch and looks a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp‘s side—if, of course, he continues to improve,…

Andrea Radrizzani replies Leeds United fan who fears Eddie Nketiah could leave Elland Road in January

Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah grabbed a hattrick for England’s under-21 in the 5-1 win over Austria last night, and as expected, fans called for his inclusion in manager Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up. The Arsenal kid is yet to start a Championship game for the Elland Road outfit since arriving on a season-long loan on summer transfer deadline day. Nketiah has two goals in seven league appearances for Leeds and two others in as many League Cup games. However, Patrick Bamford remains Bielsa’s…

Controversial team news claim as Leeds United prepare for Birmingham City – reports

Eddie Nketiah will not start against Birmingham City , according to reports. Website Football Insider claim ‘a Leeds source’ has told them Marcelo Bielsa will not drop Patrick Bamford in favour of the in-form Nketiah. The Arsenal loan youngster scored a hat-trick for England Under 21s against Austria on Tuesday night. Afterwards he spoke of his belief that he is good enough to start games for Leeds, something he is yet to do in the Championship. This is your round up of all things Birmingham City; the one-stop shop

Report: One reason Man Utd are delaying DoF appointment

Date published: Wednesday 16th October 2019 10:00 A report has revealed one reason for Manchester United’s inability to appoint a suitable director of football. There were rumours in January that the Red Devils wanted to appoint a director of football before appointing their next manager. That didn’t materialise but the club are still reportedly committed to bringing in the right candidate for the role with Edwin van der Sar the latest name linked. And The Athletic have information…

David de Gea to miss Man Utd v Liverpool clash – but he’s not out long-term

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been ruled out of Sunday's clash with Liverpool. The shot stopper suffered a groin injury whilst playing for Spain against Sweden. The setback is not understood to be a long-term injury, but will rule him out of this weekend's fixture with Liverpool. Sergio Romero is likely to take the gloves in his place, with third choice Lee Grant on the bench. Read More Latest Man Utd news De Gea picked up the knock in the first-half, but played on, receiving treatment during half-time.

Tottenham in contact with Mourinho as Man Utd’s Poch interest mounts

Date published: Wednesday 16th October 2019 9:34 Tottenham have contacted Jose Mourinho about replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Manchester United’s interest in the Argentine growing, according to reports. Despite enduring a poor start to the season with Spurs following last season’s run to the Champions League final, numerous reports have indicated that Pochettino is keen to stay in North London. However, the Daily Express says that with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing uncertainty over…

LaLiga: Spain’s seven tasks for the next seven months

Spain have officially qualified for the 2020 European Championships, but the work is not over yet for Robert Moreno's men. Rodrigo's late goal in Sweden ensured their place in next summer's tournament but several facets of La Rojas's game needs improving while certain big decisions also need to be taken by the coach.As evidenced in the two recent draws against Norway and Sweden, Spain lack firepower. Against Norway, it was Saul who popped up with a goal from distance and against Sweden, Rodrigo was on hand for a…

Arsenal first-team coach Freddie Ljungberg handed Roy Keane advice by Lee Dixon | Football | Sport

Freddie Ljungberg has been warned by his old Arsenal team-mate Lee Dixon not to be too stubborn when he eventually becomes a manager.The Swede began his coaching journey in July 2016 when he was appointed as the Gunners’ Under-15s coach.After a brief spell coaching the junior Gunners, Ljungberg became assistant manager of Wolfsburg, serving as Andries Jonker’s No.2 for six months before they were given their marching orders.Ljungberg returned to Arsenal’s coaching set up in June 2018, taking charge of the Under-23s before…

I know just how much racist abuse hurts – ban nations who do it – JERMAINE JENAS | Football | Sport

Racism was rife on England duty. I could pick half a dozen games where it stood out and we thought: what the hell is happening here? But one night in my England career stands out.Playing against Spain in the Bernabeu in November 2004 was a shocking experience. We lost 1-0 but the noises that came down from the terraces were terrible and condemned right up to the level of Prime Minister Tony Blair.Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Cole, and in other games, Emile Heskey, would be the ones who got targeted the most. You would…

‘Never’ Leeds United starlet reveals frustration as Birmingham City loom

Eddie Nketiah admits he is not happy with his current role as Leeds United’s super sub. The striker scored a hat-trick in England Under 21s 5-1 hammering of Austria on Tuesday night, taking his goal tally in the international break to four. That’s as many as he has scored for Leeds since joining them on loan from Arsenal in the summer. It’s also as many as first choice striker Patrick Bamford has netted. This is your round up of all things Birmingham City; the one-stop shop that will keep you updated on the latest

Marko Grujic lifts lid on future plans and bid to break into Liverpool side

Date published: Wednesday 16th October 2019 9:44 Marko Grujic insists he wants to use his time at Hertha Berlin to make big improvements to his game and become good enough to force his way into the Liverpool squad in the not-too-distant future. The Serbia international was the first signing Jurgen Klopp made as Liverpool boss, joining in a £5.2million switch from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016. However, unlike the vast majority of Klopp signings, Grujic has struggled to make an…

Man Utd involve ‘spying firms’ while scouts watch ’38 matches per day’

Date published: Wednesday 16th October 2019 9:39 Manchester United scouts watch 38 matches per day as they look to identify the best talent in world football, according to a report. The Red Devils splashed out on Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer as the club looked to take a different direction on recruitment. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to bring in young and hungry players that would provide the foundations of a side for years to come. West Ham’s Declan…
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