Inter Stun AC Milan, Kaka Talks About Lionel Messi’s Future and the Top Headlines Of The Day
Bayern want Firmino
The Bundesliga giants are preparing a £75m bid for Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino. Boss Hans-Dieter Flick believes the 28-year-old Brazilian is the ideal player to bring in to lead the attack with Robert Lewandowski who turns 32 this August.
No winter break for Mourinho
Jose Mourinho was in the crowd to scout Champions League opponents RB Leipzig as they took on Bayern Munich. The match finished in a 0-0 draw, but the trip was worth it for the Tottenham head coach.
“It’s very important. I can see small details. Even the warm-ups. I can see what TV and video don’t give me. To see the warm-ups and to see what the players do individually,” he said.
“Some skills that sometimes during the game are hidden. It’s a different intensity. It’s a different experience. I couldn’t miss the opportunity.”
Inter win derby with stunning comeback
Captain Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Stefan De Vrij and Romelu Lukaku all found the net as Inter rallied from a 2-0 half-time deficit to stun the Rossoneri and capitalise on a rare Juventus slip at Hellas Verona. Now Inter are level on 54 points with Juventus.
Kaka claims Messi could leave Barcelona
Brazilian legend Kaka has said that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona for England.
He said: “I think it’s not going to be a problem for him to play in the Premier League, or [to play] at a top club at the top three leagues in the world would be good for him.”
“But of course it depends on what he wants for his career. It’s hard to see him playing for another club, but it’s just … [he may feel,] It’s okay, it’s time for me to change and I’ll go to have another experience and I’ll be the best football player in the world for another team.”
Scott Mctominay back in training
The midfielder was an important player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the starting XI before suffering from an injury at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
The Scotsman on his return from an injury “I am feeling good, hopefully do my best to be back on the pitch as soon as I possibly can.”
Solskjaer revealed that the midfielder is on course for a quicker return than initially expected.
“Scotty has done better in his recovery than we thought, so we will take him with us.”
Dybala to stay at Juventus
Juventus are reportedly in talks with Paulo Dybala for a new contract as the number 10 is now set to be rewarded for his form following 11 goals in 29 games.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici on Paulo Dybala’s future “He’s the Juventus No 10,he is fundamental. We know what value he has and what he represents. In the coming months, we will talk to him.”
“We have already had some initial discussions before January and agreed to talk nearer to the end of the season” he said.
Bernardo Silva admits relentless Liverpool caused Man City to ‘Give Up’
The Portuguese said “I think we got to a point one month ago where we gave up a bit too soon and that’s why we’re twenty-something points behind now. We shouldn’t have done that and it was not on purpose.”
“It was in our head, everyone was disappointed to be already ten or 15 points behind and our heads went a bit down. It’s difficult because we’re a team used to winning and last season we won everything in England.”
“It hurts a lot because when you start a new season you always want to go for the Premier League. It’s the main competition, it’s the most important competition for the fans. No one expected us to be this far from Liverpool in January or February.”
Messi to leave Barcelona?
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport Barcelona star Lionel Messi could be on the move this summer after the recent issues with the sporting director Eric Abidal. La Gazzetta has named five clubs which could make Messi an offer if he decides to leave Barca – Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan. Messi has a release clause but he is in no rush to negotiate new terms with Barca, with whom he is under contract until June 2021.
Neymar: Mbappe can become one of the greatest in history
In an exclusive interview with FIFA the Brazilian was asked about the 21 year old young sensation Kylian Mbappe, he said, “Kylian is a phenomenon. He has the potential to become one of the best players in history.”
“To have him as a team-mate is a huge honour. We understand one another very well on the pitch and off it too. I love him!”
Jose Mourinho blasts VAR referees
The Tottenham Hotspur manager was asked about his verdict on VAR as he compared the VAR with playstation and said that, “I don’t accept mistakes made by the video referee. Because when I play Playstation I don’t make mistakes.”
“I only make mistakes when I’m on the touchline.”
“When I was with Gary & Gallagher at Sky [Sports], I never made a mistake.”
Mbappe or Sancho to replace Mohammed Salah?
Darren Bent believes Liverpool should replace Mohamed Salah with either Kylian Mbappe or Jadon Sancho.
The Former England international believes that Liverpool should sell Salah, as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are more valuable to the team. “Listen, we know he scores a lot of goals and he is a top, top player. Two Golden Boots, Player of the Season, Champions League winner, about to be a Premier League winner, the accolades are there,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“But when you look at his general play to say someone like Mane, I’d have to say Mane’s been better than him.”
“It’s not about selling him and getting £100million and that’s it, but if you can replace him with Mbappe or someone like a Jadon Sancho, I think it’s worth thinking about,” he continued.
Marco Reus suffers another injury set-back
Borusia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has suffered a muscle injury in their match against Werder Bremen on Tuesday. Dortmund confirmed that their captain would not be fit to return to training until next month, ruling him out of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Lionel Messi-Abidal Clash
Abidal claimed that the players did not work hard for Ernesto Valverde before he was fired for Quique Setien, and Messi spoke out against the sporting director and responded that, “I honestly do not like doing these things, but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions. The players are responsible for what happens on the pitch and we are also the first to recognise when we’re not doing well.”
“Those responsible for the sports management must also assume their responsibilities and, above all, take ownership of the decisions they make. Finally, I think that when talking about players, names should be given. Because if not then we are tarred with comments that are said and are not true.”
Ighalo elated with Manchester United move
Manchester United signed Odion Ighalo on the deadline day of the January transfer window. In an exclusive interview with Manchester United he told that he had no hesitation in taking a pay cut to complete his dream deadline-day switch to Old Trafford.
“I’m very happy,” said Ighalo.
“First, I want say thank God for making this happen and it’s just like a dream come true for me. People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my teammates knew that I loved Man United, I support them. When I played against Man U, that emotion is there, because it is my dream.”
“When we were young back in Nigeria we used to watch the Premier League on TV a lot, when the likes of Andy Cole used to play,” Ighalo said.
“People support Man United a lot back there in Nigeria, so I developed that love, because all of my siblings, they are Man United fans. I never thought this was going to happen.”
Christen Eriksen opens up on his Tottenham exit
Former Tottenham star Christian Eriksen has spoken of his decision to leave the club and join Inter Milan as he felt the scapegoat for a lot of things at Spurs ahead of his exit.
He said that “I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there. To be honest, over the last few years, if anything came up, any player would think about leaving but I was the guy who said it publicly.”
Zidane opens up on Tuchel-Mbappe clash
Zinedine Zidane was asked about the clash between Tuchel and Mbappe in the press conference and he said, “I am not going to talk about others. In football, everything can happen. Players are never happy when they do not play.”
According to reports, Florentino Perez is ready to offer €300M to PSG for Kylian Mbappe.
The Tuchel-Mbappe clash
After the clash between Thomas Tuchel and Kylian Mbappe on Saturday against Montpellier the boss said
“There is nothing personal between him and me. These things happen.”
Tuchel said about his 21-year-old striker who reacted angrily to being substituted midway through the second half. “It was between a player who does not want to come off, and a coach who had his reasons for doing something, and who wanted to give a game to players who deserved it.”
Angel Di Maria on Tuchel-Mbappe clash “It is very difficult, nobody wanted to go off, everyone wants to play, that’s normal.”
“Kylian wants to score, but the manager decided that he was to come off, there are boys on the bench who want to come on and have the ability, he needs to get that.”
Premier League giants Manchester United set to play friendly in India
Last December, a delegation from Manchester United arrived in Kolkata to examine if they could play the exhibition match with East Bengal, on the occasion of the Red and Gold’s centenary celebration. They travelled to the Salt Lake stadium to inspect and were quite satisfied with the conditions. According to sources, Manchester United have already given a green signal to the game and they want the deal to happen quickly so the two teams can play against each other. However sources close to East Bengal said that
“They have given the green light. But we can’t finalise the dates as it involves a massive financial package which will be paid in two parts,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “We can’t confirm anything before the month of March but will try our best to get the deal done. But rest assured if United arrive in Kolkata then it will be the first team.”
Timo Werner keen to move to the Premier League
The 23-year old has already scored 20 goals in this season and he talked about the possible move to Premier League down the line. He said “When you score 20 goals as a 23-year-old in a season then, of course, there is interest. That’s clear. What do you say if a club comes knocking, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it.”
“I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be. I am open for everything.”
“There are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.”
Neymar Injured Again
Neymar has been ruled out of Paris St-Germain squad for their league match with Nantes due to a rib injury.
The Brazilian, who needed treatment during PSG’s victory against Montpellier on Saturday, celebrated his 28th birthday at a Parisian nightclub 24 hours later.
However manager Thomas Tuchel said his team selection would not be influenced by the timing of the party. “I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white,” he told a news conference.
“Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst thing in the world? No.”
Gary Neville’s verdict on VAR
Gary Neville insists VAR must change, and believes English football thought it could ‘do it better’ than others. Neville reveals he had concerns in the summer about the way English football was planning to use VAR, and insists referees should start by going to the pitchside monitor more, which should in-turn improve the fan experience.
Atletico and Roma interested in Lingard
Manchester United could decide to let Jesse Lingard go amid his poor run of form with Roma and Atletico Madrid reportedly ready to snap up the midfielder. Lingard has just 18 months remaining on his current contract, though United have the option for a further year. The player is now represented by Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Bale agent reveals truth over Tottenham bid to seal sensational return
According to his agent Jonathan Barnett Spurs had ‘no chance’ of signing Gareth Bale in January.
He said, “No. [Levy] may have [visited Madrid], it’s not for me to say whether he did or didn’t. Gareth is very happy over there. And let’s be realistic: for most clubs he is out of their league, financially.”
“I think people don’t know anything about what’s going on. People write articles, make comments and they have no idea what they’re talking about, and they themselves probably wouldn’t do it [leave Real Madrid].”
Mourinho criticises VAR despite win
Jose Mourinho was asked in the press conference about his verdict on VAR
“I am so pleased for the boys. We were a bit lucky in a couple of situations, but the other perspective very, very unlucky the VAR did not decide for a Raheem Sterling red card.
He added: “It was a clear red card and completely different game if we played for 75 minutes against 10 men.
The three generations of Maldini
The 18 year old Daniel Maldini made his debut in Serie A with A.C Milan. The Maldini dynasty continues as he becomes the third generation to represent the club. Cesare Maldini made his debut in 1954 and Paolo Maldini in 1984.
Cesare Maldini made 412 appearances for the club and won 6 trophies while Paolo Maldini made 902 appearances for the club and won 25 trophies.
Liverpool go 22 points clear
Klopp’s men are 22 points clear of City and it’s just a matter of time until they secure the title. Liverpool eased past Southampton on Saturday, winning the match 4-0 at Anfield. Liverpool are unbeaten in 42 Premier League games, closing in on Arsenal’s record of 49 in 2005.
Odion Ighalo: Manchester United move a dream come true
The ex-Watford striker on his move to Manchester United
“It’s been crazy. I’m obviously happy to be in Manchester. This is a great opportunity for me.
“It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid I’ve followed and dreamt about Manchester United a lot.
“I’m grateful to God and my agent and to the coach that gave me this opportunity to be here.”I am happy to be here to work hard with the team and finish the season very well.”
Solskjaer’s squad are due to head off to Spain during the forthcoming winter break and Ighalo will be a part of the squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo on fire
Cristiano Ronaldo hits another landmark in Italy as he becomes the fastest player to reach 50 goals in 70 appearances for the club. Also in the match against Fiorentina he netted in his 9th consecutive Seria A game.
Conte: The new angry rant man
Antonio Conte talked about his time as Chelsea’s manager “ I won the Premier League in my first year and the FA Cup in my second. Klopp is in his fourth year in England and hasn’t won anything yet there with Liverpool. Guardiola did not win any titles in his first year with Manchester City.”
Fati breaking records in Spain
The 17-year-old Ansu Fati becomes the youngest player in Spain to score a brace. Fati scored 2 goals in two minutes for Barcelona in the first half as they defeated Levante 2-1, keeping the defending champions within three points of leader Real Madrid. Fati got his record brace at the age of 17 years, 94 days. That beat the previous mark established by then Malaga striker Juan Miguel Jimenez in 2010 at 17 years, 115 days.
He said“I have watched (Messi) for many years and to play next to him is a dream come true,” “I have to thank my teammates and my coach. My teammates have made it easy since the first day I came into the changing room.”
Klopp in awe of Jordan Henderson
Jurgen Klopp has described the desire driving Jordan Henderson after the skipper inspired Liverpool a step closer to a first title in 30 years. Henderson was an outstanding performer as the Reds moved 22 points clear in the Premier League with a 4-0 home win over Southampton on Saturday.
The manager was in full praise of the captain
“Henderson is one example. There are plenty of others. But did he look like the captain of a team that is 19 points ahead?”
“Not for a second. It looked like if we lose, we are relegated. That is the only way for us to win a game.”