‘No idea’ – Benitez remains in dark over Newcastle transfersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says he has “no idea” about the club’s January transfer plans. The Spaniard has expressed concerns over recruitment as he attempts to save Toon from relegation.The Magpies are currently five points above the drop zone. But with owner Mike Ashley looking to sell the club, it is unknown how much funds will be given, if any, to bolster Benitez’s squad. Asked after Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool if he was expecting to sign players late in the window, Benitez said: “I have no idea.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal chairman Keswick tribute to Hill-Woodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has paid tribute to Peter Hill-Wood, following his death at the age of 82.Hill-Wood was a former Gunners chairman and oversaw much of the Arsene Wenger era.Keswick said, “The contribution Peter has made to this football club will never be forgotten. “Peter was always a huge Arsenal fan and was chairman for 31 years, following his father Denis and grandfather Sir Samuel. His ambition was always to do what was right and best for Arsenal Football Club. He was a key figure in the formation of the Premier League and our move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium. Peter will be missed by us all. My thoughts are with his wife Sally and her family at this sad time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ajax legend Van Loen: Man Utd better for De Ligt than Juventusby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Mattias De Ligt should sign with Manchester United over Juventus, according to club legend John Van Loen.De Ligt is heavily favoured to sign with the Old Lady this summer. But Van Loen, who won the UEFA Cup with Ajax, says the 19-year-old is better suited to English football.”I think Manchester United is perfect for De Ligt,” the former striker explained to Goal.”I hope De Ligt rejects Juventus’ offer – Italian football does not suit him and the Premier league is much better and stronger.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: No cap for January signingsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not putting a cap on the number of signings the club will make this month.The Black Country club are still working on a deal to bring Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Aston Villa, to Molineux.But Nuno has hinted that that they might not be the only deal they complete this month.”There are no numbers,” he said.”It’s a squad and a shape you have, and you have to make the balance of who you have and what you want to build regarding the future.”It’s about who has made things well and we keep counting on, some other players not.”You have to make decisions. This is how we work, but there are no numbers.”It’s not about the system, it’s about the quality of the players.”A player can play in another system and be good for us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentumby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves wing-back Adama Traore says they can build momentum with a Carabao Cup win over Reading tonight.Wolves go into the tie on the gap of their draw with Crystal Palace.Traore told the club’s website: “It will be important to build momentum, but whether it’s against Reading or whether it’s against anyone else, we always want to win.“It was the same against Crystal Palace – we got a point, but for everyone, we wanted to win. In any game, and whatever is the team, we go out to work and win.“But even if we don’t win games, we always have a positive mind. We have no excuses not to win games, and this is why we fight and work to do it.”On showing character at Selhurst Park, he continued: “It was a tough game and we wanted more, but we stayed in shape, we worked hard, and we kept believing – that is the important thing.“We had a lot of chances to score, the first-half in particular, but we didn’t finish it, so we have to think about the positive things, but we have to keep working, we have to improve in our game and we showed we can do it.“When you have chances and the goalie does well or it’s not going in, you get frustrated, but you have to keep going, keep believing and even if we have one man less, two men less, we will keep fighting together.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mallorca veteran Sevilla and Morata exchange social media barbs after meltdownby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Mallorca veteran Salva Sevilla has dismissed the claims leveled by Alvaro Morata after the Atletico Madrid striker’s red card on Wednesday.Former Chelsea forward Morata was first carded for arguing with referee Alejandro Hernandez, before moving his head towards Xisco Campos and saw red in the 77th minute. Just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute, he was walking down the tunnel. Morata and Sevilla have engaged in a war of words since the final whistle, with the Atletico striker reacting angrily to questions on the topic, retorting: “Let him say it if he has b***s. I did nothing wrong.”Sevilla responded on Twitter: “At 35 years of age, I’ve always seen that what happens on the pitch has stayed there.”My words were “you’re a daddy’s boy”, as the video shows.”It was a mistake on my part and I apologise. What I will not allow is for it to be said that I made comments about his wife and children.”Morata fired back in a tweet of his own: “As soon as I stepped on the pitch, only you and I know what you said to me.”Indeed, the things that are said on the pitch remain there, so I won’t say a word about what you told me. Good luck in the future.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eibar coach Mendilibar: Barcelona should be happy with Valverdeby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was full of praise for his former teammate and Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde after their 3-0 loss.Valverde got the better of Mendilibar in this one and the Eibar coach reflected on Barcelona’s up-and-down start to the season.”It’s not normal for them to lose twice early on, when they usually lose just a couple of times over a whole season,” he said after the match.”They’re a great team and they have a great coach.”Don’t doubt him at any point because he’s the best Barcelona have.”
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Kevin Durant (L) #35 and DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors share a laugh as they sit on a baseline during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Nik Stauskas spent just one season in Sacramento, Calif., but it was a pretty entertaining one. There was the creation of his own hot sauce, “Sauce Castillo,” the “popcorning” of his apartment, the bet he made with Draymond Green, and a lot more. The former Michigan star is off to Philadelphia, as part of a trade the Kings made to open up some cap space. DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings’ best player, shared (and later deleted) the text conversation he had with Stauskas after the trade was made public. It’s a pretty cool insight into the life of an NBA player. We’re not sure why Cousins opted to delete the Instagram post, but it’s nice to see the Kings’ big man wish his former teammate well in Philadelphia.
eli apple asked if he likes menIt’s well-documented that coaches of NFL teams come up with some strange questions to ask NFL Combine participants. Ohio State’s Eli Apple may have been asked the strangest of all.Friday morning, Apple, appearing on CSN Philly’s The 700 Level, revealed that a coach on the Atlanta Falcons staff asked him if he likes men. Here’s the quote, via CSN Philly:“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird. I was just like, ‘no.’ He was like, ‘if you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here, you’re going to have to get used to it.’ I guess he was joking but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.” The Falcons, for the record, have already released a statement on the matter. In it, they apologize to Apple.You can see video below. Apple at first isn’t sure whether to answer the question truthfully – but obviously, he does.Your browser does not support iframes.Clearly, this isn’t a good look for either the Falcons or the NFL. We’ll see if there is any more fallout.
Philippe Coutinho has been unlucky, according to Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, and could be in line for more playing time alongside Ousmane Dembele.Just over a year ago, Coutinho made a much-awaited move to Camp Nou from Liverpool, coming to La Liga with a £107 million ($138m) price tag from Anfield.Unable to feature in the Champions League, Coutinho nonetheless managed eight goals and five assists in 18 La Liga matches last season, helping the club to the title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This season has been much more of a struggle as he’s managed five goals and four assists across all competitions and has not started a Liga match for the club since early December.Meanwhile, Dembele, Coutinho’s primary competition for a spot in the team, has shaken off concerns over his off-the-field and training habits to stake a strong claim to a place in Valverde’s XI.Dembele has scored nine goals and added four assists across all competitions this season, with four goals and three assists coming in his last nine games.Both men started Barcelona’s midweek Copa del Rey match against Levante, which Barca lost with Valverde electing to rest many starters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.The defeat heaped more pressure on Coutinho though he scored his team’s lone goal in the 2-1 defeat, from the spot after a penalty won by Denis Suarez.However, Valverde downplayed any issue with Coutinho, saying he is focused on his strengths and noting that the Brazil international has been unlucky.“Over the season the games come thick and fast and in some games you aren’t so lucky,” he told reporters. “Coutinho has played some great games with us and we hope he will continue to do so.“I look more at what he does well, the same with Dembele or Arturo Vidal. It was a tough match the other day in which we lost, sure, but has to help us take a step forward.”Despite being in competition for a spot frequently, Valverde has featured Dembele and Coutinho together prior to the first-leg loss to Levante, using the pairing at times in the Champions League.Though it is not something he has done frequently, it is an option that Valverde says he could turn to again.“He and Dembele can play together, it is a possibility,” Valverde added. “I try to play with balance. If I go through the games they played together, they did it in Milan or against PSV.”Barcelona are next in action Sunday against Eibar, looking to maintain or extend the five point edge they held in La Liga going into the weekend.They will then look to overturn their first-leg loss to Levante when they meet again at Camp Nou on Thursday.