WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP!!!
ROONEY RETURNS TO MANCHESTER, TO TAKE ON MACHESTER CITY ON MONDAY
Manchester City must not give Wayne Rooney time to think when they host Everton, according to midfielder Fernandinho. Fernandinho is well aware of the threat Rooney poses to any defense.
CHELSEA PLAYERS SUPPORT ANTHONIO CONTE, SAYS GARRY NEVILLE
Gary Neville says Chelsea’s win over Tottenham at Wembley proves the players are behind manager Antonio Conte and supports him.
ERNESTO VALVERDE FIXES MESSI TO THE FALSE-9 POSITION
Starting off with the classic 4-3-3 in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana, the coach was inclined to shift to a 3-5-2 after the 3-1 defeat but found no greater luck in that nor in the 4-4-2 that he ended up on at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
MACHESTER UNITED READY TO SIGN ALREADY FIGHTING FIT ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new deal, and the striker has been taking out his injury frustrations.
ROONEY’S “SWEET MOMENT” SCORING HIS 200TH PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL
Wayne Rooney says it was a “sweet moment” to score his 200th Premier League goal against Manchester City.
REFEREE STOPS MATCH PREMATURELY TO CATCH A FLIGHT
The first half between Hangzhou Greentown’s reserve side and Meixian Techand lasted only 40 minutes, while the whistle blew 38 minutes into the second because the referee feared he would miss his scheduled flight.
MESSI COULD LEAVE BARCELONA LIKE NEYMAR SAYS AGUSTI BENEDITO
It has emerged that Lionel Messi is in no rush to formally sign his contract extension, leaving long time critic of the Barcelona board Agusti Benedito worried that a club will pay his release clause, just as Paris Saint-Germain did for Neymar.
BARCELONA ON A FOURTH BID FOR LIVERPOOL’S COUTINHO AT £138M
Barcelona is preparing a fourth bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho that could rise to £138m
Contrary to reports suggesting Barcelona and Coutinho are giving up hope of securing a move before the summer window closes, the Catalan club are preparing to test Liverpool’s resolve once more with an initial payment of £101m up front – with £37m in bonuses.
RONALDO WILL PLAY IN SANTIAGO BERNABEU TROPHY AGAINST FIORENTINA
Cristiano Ronaldo will play the full 90 minutes of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match with Fiorentina on Wednesday, head coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.
SARRI EYES MAN UTD AS NAPOLI MAKES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP
Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri is hoping to face Manchester United in the group stage of the Champions League.
The Serie A side progressed from their play-off tie with Nice on Tuesday after a 2-0 victory in France sealed a commanding 4-0 aggregate win.
WENGER AFFIRMS ALEXIS SANCHEZ IS READY TO PLAY AGAINST LIVERPOOL
Arsene Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez is “ready” to be involved in Arsenal’s match with Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Premier League, this weekend.The Chile international has yet to feature this season as his future remains shrouded in uncertainty, but his manager says the striker’s refusal to sign a new contract has not affected his focus.
PAUL POGBA SAYS NEMANJA MATIC MAKES HIM PLAY THE WAY HE LOVES TO
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hailed the impact of new signing Nemanja Matic, claiming his team-mate allows him to play his more natural game. Pogba pointed it is easier to play the way he wants to now that Nemanja Matic is alongside him in Manchester United’s midfield.
REAL MADRID FLOURISHES AS RONALDO SCORES IN SANTIAGO BERNABEU TROPHY MATCH
Real Madrid Flourishes as Cristiano Ronaldo helped defeat Fiorentina 2-1 on Wednesday night in the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Jordan Veretout gave the Italians an early lead, but that was answered by youngster Borja Mayoral and then by a sizzling strike from Ronaldo, who put in a 90-minute performance for Los Blancos.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC RETURNS TO MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United announced on Thursday that they have re-signed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract. The 35-year-old Swede joined United on a one-year deal as a free agent last season and scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side before suffering a knee ligament injury in April.
COUTINHO & DEMBELE PRICE INFLATED BY NEYMAR’S SALE
Apparently, Neymar’s sale has affected the football market inflating the prices of coutinho and Dembele with Barcelona still having a lot of strings to pull with Coutinho and Dembele. Gerard Pique believes Barcelona’s pursuit of big-money targets Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been held up due to the high prices being demanded following Neymar’s sale to Paris Saint-Germain.
MANCHESTER CITY DISTANCES FROM LIONEL MESSI PURSUIT.
After Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record deal, the prospect of Barcelona’s most cherished talent departing in a similar deal was a deeply worrying one for the Camp Nou club.
Reports had broken earlier in the week that Lionel Messi’s 300 million euro release clause is under threat from Manchester City, but the Premier League club have distanced themselves from such a move.