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Nasri: Arsenal overplayed me – I’m better off at City

Samir Nasri has justified playing fewer games since his move to Manchester City by claiming he was overplayed at Arsenal. Speaking to Canal +, the France international reportedly said: "At Arsenal, I played too much. "I score less ch Zinedine Zidane is determined to find a ball-winning midfield signing.Indeed, Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on Elcontent_img Chiringuito, insists Zidane would prefer to sign TWO new midfielders. Chelsea hero N’Golo Kante and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndthan at Arsenal, but I don't have the same role." He went on to say that .Sky Italia says Leicester are looking to steal a march on Arsenal after Juve had turned down a bid in excess of £25.5 million from the Midlands club.Demiral has rarely featured since his summer switch to the Serie A giants, but has fought his way ihe has become a better player at the Etihad Stadium following his £24million move last summer: "I came here to win the title, play at the highest level and I'm improving."

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Just the job: Abramovich will be a doddle after Hicks and Gillett grins Benitez

Roberto Di Matteo’s final meal as Chelsea manager was on a jet plane. Rafa Benitez’s first saw him breaking bread with Roman Abramovich at a swanky Knightsbridge restaurant. But as the new Blues chief spoke to Abramovich for what he insisted on Thursday was the first time, Benitez was adamant that working for the man with the itchiest trigger finger in football was preferable to his last days at Liverpool. More than two years after being booted out of Anfield, Benitez has been installed back in the Premier League, confident that the seven-month deal he has agreed with Abramovich will just be the start of a long-term relationship, not a quick fling. And while Benitez knows he has to win over the querulous Blues fans and some doubtful figures in the dressing room, the Spaniard painted a stark contrast between life at Stamford Bridge and his final months on Merseyside. Benitez was caught up in the internal civil war between Tom Hicks and George Gillett. At Chelsea, everybody knows who calls the shots. “It was a difficult time at Liverpool,” said Benitez. “If you have two bosses who aren’t talking to each other, it’s difficult, even though we were still performing. “You go to the club and say ‘I want a striker’. One of them says, ‘yes’ and the other, ‘I don’t know’. “If the two of them don’t talk to each other, it causes problems. "Here I have an owner, a technical director and good staff. So this will be easier.” Benitez reiterated that Thursday’s meal with Abramovich was his initial contact with the Chelsea owner, although he has already been told what is required after replacing Di Matteo. He added: “I spoke to (technical director) Michael Emenalo and he explained to me what the club expects, what they want. He will be my link. “It is simple: win games, try to do it playing well, win trophies. That speech won’t change. “But he didn’t say I have to do this or that. He just said, ‘Listen, we trust you with anything you can do well, and you can do well with these players.’ “There was nothing about going against my principles. reportedly rejected to the chance to speak with Real Madrid about Gareth Bale.Real boss Zinedine Zidane does not want the Wales international at the Bernabeu next season.United have long been linked with four-time Champions League winner.However, ESPI have a lot of experience at this level and I do what I do to win. “I don’t know about the style he wants, but he’ll be happy with the team winning. You can play a passing game but also use long balls to get behind defenders.” That style of football, of course, was the one that Benitez utilised to get the best out of the enigma who has proven a task beyond the last three Chelsea managers. Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and now Di Matteo were all axed because they could not get Fernando Torres to replicate the way he performed under Benitez at Liverpool. The new Blues boss, whatever he may say, knows he is expected to recreate the Anfield version of the £50million striker, not the Invasion of the Body Snatchers Chelsea version. Benitez, who was unveiled at Stamford Bridge soon after completing his first Cobham training session with his new charges, said: “I spoke with Fernando, like I did with the others players. His attitude was really good. “Everybody was saying he wasn’t doing well. I was saying the same, [from]watching games. But his attitude was really good. "With this attitude, all the players will do well but it will be easier with Fernando than the others. “I know how good he can be. He is a top-class player and with his attitude, he will do it. He’s one of the important players in this team, and I’ll try and improve him like I will the other players.” Benitez, who said John Terry remains as skipper, knows that by taking over at Chelsea, he risks fracturing his bond with the many Liverpool fans who still idolise him for his achievements at Anfield. “I had a challenge to manage a top side,” he added. “This is a good club, a top side. I was waiting nearly two years for an opportunity like this one. “What I can guarantee is that a lot of Liverpool fans are wishing me all the best, obviously not against Liverpool, but other than that. The people who know you and how you work are happy if you can succeed. “It’s a greapool left-back Andrew Robertson may have deactivated his Twitter account.The decision could be connected to the Reds’ 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.Thecontent_img Scot gave away a late penalty when he was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon in the box, witht challenge. "I’m really pleased. I could have had a three- or four-year contract with a big salary on another continent, but my priority was to stay in the Premier League, at a top side that can fight and win trophies.”

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The most unpredictable league in the world? Why Serie A is still must-watch football

People often wonder ask why anyone watches Serie A anymore. Is the quality really there still? Is the title winner a foregone conclusion? The answer is: unpredictability, and bags of it. Serie A has fiery presidents, bunga bunga politicians, ever-evolving formations, tactical versatility, stunning youth and more drama than a Bollywood movie. With all that, how can anyone not watch Serie A? This weekend alone we saw a Fiorentina side that played without a holding midcontent_imgfielder and with only passers of the ball destroy 2010 treble winners Inter 4-1. We saw Parma demonstrate courage by converting from a 3-5-2 system to a 4-3-3 to have their trident attack charge at Milan. We saw a group of Cagliari fans stand outside a prison to support their incarcerated club president accused of fraudulent activity. And finally, we saw the mighty, Celtic-crushing Old Lady brought down to her knees by 36-year-old Francesco Totti who still scores the most beautiful goals – on this occasion the ball he struck travelled at 71mph. Yes, the only thing predictable about Serie A is it's unpredictability. Considering Juventus lost to Roma on Saturday night, one would have expected the chasing pack to jump at the chance to close in. Instead, Napoli, Lazio and Inter all lost to keep the league leaders with a 4-point gap at the top of the table. Coming off a heinous defeat to Viktoria Plzen in the Europa league midweek, Napoli were unable to recover as they faced a well-organised and determined Sampdoria outfit. Ask them to take the initiative and Edinson Cavani and co stutter. Walter Mazzarri’s men have been figured out. Force them to play and they choke. The pressure to win becomes unbearable for a side that has recently been unable to rely on talisman Cavani to score on the big occasions. With apparently no individual quality to depend on on the night and a coach who often resorts to the same tactics when under pressure, Napoli look less and less like worthy title contenders. Once again, Mazzarri decided to throw on more strikers in hopes of overcoming a well-assembled Sampdoria back-line but on this occasion, his top heavy formation failed to yield the necessary results. Over in Tuscany, Lazio lost 3-0 to a Siena side experiencin goals from Philip Billing, his first in the Premier League for the club, and Nathan Ake deservedly had the hosts in the ascendancy at the break.But after Jefferson Lerma had seen red for picking up a harsh second yellow card, the pendulum swung in fg a mini revival under coach Beppe Iachini. Since his arrival at the club, Iachini has picked up 10 points from a possible 24. Not bad when you consider his predecessor managed only 17 from a possible 51. Under the new coach’s tutelage, the side has now managed to thrash Lazio and Inter while managing another win against Iachini’s old club, Sampdoria. Whilst the coach ought to be applauded, on Monday night the star of the show was once again Innocent Emeghara who has now managshown new signing Moussa Djenepo that he will motivate him to improve.The 20-year-old striker joined Saints from Standard Liege on Thursday in a deal reportedly worth £14million.He told the club’s website: : “I analysed the situation a lot – I taled four goals in three starting appearances – that’s as many as Mario Balotelli, who cost €20m, don't forget. The pace of Siena simply overwhelmed Lazio and their horrified back-line that faltered repeatedly in the face of such pressure. Unable to even catch their breath, the home side’s accuracy, effectiveness in front of goal and ability to exploit the strength of their players saw them prevail. Meanwhile Inter proved shockingly poor against an aesthetically pleasing and oh-so-brave Fiorentina side on Sunday night. Playing without a holding midfielder, the Viola relied on the technical qualities of their central midfielders to pass rings around an Inter team that boasted little creativity and few striking options. It was the battle of Serie A’s youngest coaches and while Vincenzo Montella’s star keeps rising, there is now an exceeding amount of pressure on Inter’s Andrea Stramaccioni. The latter’s decision to deploy a narrow midfield played right into Fiorentina’s hands whilst Inter’s incapability of pressing the ball allowed the Viola to play the ball out from the back comfortably. By positioning Stevan Jovetic high up the pitch alongside the technically gifted Adem Ljajic, the Fiorentina duo roamed freely to uncover space and score a brace each to put the side firmly back in contention for third place in Serie A. With no really challenger to Juventus, will they win Serie A by default?

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World Cup woe as England handed group of death, 2am kick off and jungle rumble

England could suffer a stumble in the jungle after a nighe Nketiah “underestimated” Leeds United by thinking he would walk into a starting spot. That is according to Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa, who has criticised the 20-year-old for his expectations upon arriving at Elland Road.Nketiah returned prematurelytmare draw for the football World Cup Finals in Brazil. There were groans up and down the country as fans watched the Three Lions picked out of the pot with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Seconds later, the FA chairman Greg Dyke added to the gloomy outlook when he was seen making a “throat-slitting” gesture in reaction to the Group D draw. Manager Roy Hodgson had a chuckle at Dyke but said afterwards: “I am not jumping for joy.” He suffered a further blow with England’s campaign kicking off , where temperatures can reach up to 30C. Hodgson, 66, last week indicated he would like to avoid playing deep in the Amazon jungle. But now Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Co face their first game there against European champs Italy, nearly 2,000 miles away from their base camp back in Rio. Although a late kick-off will mean cooler temperatures for the team, it will see England fans back home staying up for a 2am start on June 15. England learnt their fate for the tournament at a glitzy ceremony. Hat-trick hero and World Cup winner in 1966, Sir Geoff Hurst, had the misfortune of plucking out his national team’s ball from the pot. Italy, four-times winners of the trophy who knocked England out of the Euros in 2012, are seventh in the FIFA world rankings. England are 13th. Uruguay, who boast on-form striker Luis Suarez, are sixth while Costa Rica are 31st. Only the top two teams can progress from the group stages to the knock-outs. Gaffer Hodgson added: “It’s a tough group, there is no doubt. With Uruguay and Italy we have almost got two No1 seeds. "We know how good Italy are because we lost in penalties in the quarter-finals at the Euros. “The game we have got in the north which will be tough climatically.” The world’s most expensive footballer, Real Madcontent_imgrid star Gareth Bale, tweeted: “Tough group for England.” Mirror columnist Robbie Savage said: “I think England will get through in that group finishing 2nd.” England fans alry.But Inter have not been deterred and will look to sign the defender next summer, says the Daily Mail.Inter are planning to sign Vertonghen for free when his contract runs out in June, and could make an approach the Belgium international in the newso responded to Dyke’s gesture. David Tonks tweeted: “Dyke shows a lot of confidence after the draw.” And Oliver Ostacchini added: “Greg Dyke’s reaction to the draw… how reassuring.” Before the draw, bookmakers had England as 22-1 to lift – but within an hour it was 33-1. Hodgson said before the draw this week: “The topicality of Manaus is the problem. It is the place to avoid.” The mayor of Manaus, Arthur Virgilio, responded with a Facebook rant: “We would prefer that England doesn’t come. "We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more sensible and polite.”

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Capello on collision course after slamming FA over Terry decision

Fabio Capello last night publicly condemned his FA employers over the sacking of England skipper John Terry. In his first statement since Terry was stripped of the captaincy by FA chairman David Bernstein on Friday, Capello refused to toe the party line. “I completely disagree with the FA about the John Terry decision. I have told that to the chairman,” The England boss is reported to have told Italian state television. Even more remarkably, he then added: “I considered and still consider Terry the England captain. I think we first should wait for the trial conclusion. “It cannot be sanctioned until it is properly judged by competent bodies.” Capello’s dramatic intervention comes with sources close to the Italian suggesting he is on a collision course with his employers. Bernstein announced on Friday Terry would not be allowed to captain the England side until after his July 9 trial at which he will be accused of racially insulting Anton Ferdinand in the defeat at QPR on Octobehas had a breakout season for the Newcastle Jets—about her first season as a full-time starter, her stunning goal from 40 yards out that she scored last week and her future career goals. We also review the first two rounds of games for the 2020 CONr 23, although he is still available for selection. The England boss was not consulted until the decision had effectively been made by Bernstein and the FA boarFenerbahce are attempting to sign Salomon Rondon, according to Takvim. The club’s sporting director Damien Comolli has scheduled talks with the Venezuelan striker’s agent.The West Bromwich Albion hit-man dazzled on loan for Newcastle in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring 12 goals across all competitions.Toon want to keep Rondon permanently, but Wolves have also shown an interest.d and told Terry on Friday that he was angry at what hacontent_imgs transpired but not able to do anything about it. Last night the FA were anxious to get in touch with Capello and attempt to clarify his words. Bernstein was already due to hold a meeting with Capello when he returns to his Wembley office after an overseas break this week. But such a public act of insurrection towards the FA will put huge question marks over Capello’s fitness to stay in his job given the nature of the allegations against Terry. Capello made clear his stance that the Chelsea man was “innocent until proven guilty” when he won his battle to name Terry in the squad for the November friendlies with Spain and Sweden, with the Blues skipper captaining against the Scandinavian side. Yet with a number of senior players known to be uncomfortable about Terry’s presence in the squad in the light of the allegations against him, Capello’s position risks splitting the entire squad in the build-up to the tournament. And his astonishing statements last night could see moves begin which would see the FA considering whether Capello has made his own position untenable.

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Manchester United get behind calls for safe-standing terraces to be introduced in the Premier League

Calls for standing terraces to become a fixture of English football again were given a huge boost by the news that Manchester United are open to the plans. All-seater stadiums have been compulsory in the Premier League following the Taylor Report's recommendatiocontent_imgn after in 1989. The current restrictions have been in place since the 1994-95 season, but there has been a clamouring for safe-standing areas to be allowed for fans. According to the Daily Mail, has indicated that are open to the idea safe-standing at Old Trafford. A source from the Red News fanzine told the Mail: "Ed Woodward confirmed that the club now supports the principle of safe sil Bath, Chelsea’s academy boss, will be saying as much to his staff when they sit down to watch Manchester United tonight…And they will be watching. How could they miss it? Yet another one of their own, having come through the system at Cobham, istanding, and will argue for it at pertinent meetings. "They are still looking into the coststiano Ronaldo has become the most prolific goalscorer in Euro qualifying history.He scored four goals for Portugal against Lithuania for the 5-1 win, taking his tally for the national team to 93 goals in 159 caps.And the 34-year-old surpassed former of running a trial at Old Trafford, assuming the authorities permitted it." The Premier League are still officially against the idea, but the news that arguably the most powerful club in England are open to the subject could cause the situation to come under review. Aston Villa, Hull and Swansea have been three clubs that have been most vocal about getting the current position changed. at their Ashton Gate ground in a bid to promote the safe-standing areas.

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Real Sociedad may be a bold move but it’s the right fit for David Moyes after Man United hiccup

David Moyes has returned to work, following in the footsteps of Chris Coleman. Had this been two months ago, while Felix Magath's reign of terror was plunging Fulham to the depths of the Championship, you could have believed that that meant heading to Craven Cottage. Instead, after his dismal nine month spell at with and subsequent seven-month absence from the game, the Basque country, and Real Sociedad. Coleman took a similar step after his sacking by the Cottagers in April 2007. That summer he moved to Sociedad, recommended by another Welshman who had managed at San Sebastian (three times!), John Toshack. had just been relegated into the Segunda Division and Coleman was setting about a promotion bid back to the top-flight. In January 2008 they sat fifth, having lost just once in 11 games. Coleman resigned on the 16th of that month, citing a difference in vision for the club with a newly-elected president. Moyes will hope that similar problems don't cause his tenure to come to a brief end. He has signed an 18-month deal at the Anoeta. However, the word in Spain is that his arrival has already caused internal conflict; Moyes is the chosen man of president Jokin Aperribay, but Pepe Mel was the choice of the club's sporting director. Fortunately for Moyes, he has the backing of the main man. That in itself is a good start. Although, you could argue Moyes moves to Spain after a spell at United which always felt an ill fit. Here was a manager who had done an exemplary job at Everton, continually leading the Toffees to punch above their weight, despite financial restrictions. Moyes' side revelled in their role as underdogs, challenging the Premier League's elite. But the move to Old Trafford Here was someone used to building a side who would battle, scrap and play their hearts out week in, week out. A manager who would make tactical changes to negate an opposition threat in a bid to win matches. What he wasn't was someone who had the knowledge and experience of putting out a side who would dominate football matches and blast away 'lesser' sides with aplomb. Or if that wasn't happening, someone who could make attacking adjustments to ensure that a tough 0-0 ended with a late goal and three points, something was famous for. Simply, beder Manchester United radar, according to The Sun.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given significant transfer kitty for the summer transfer window even though the club failed to qualify for the Champions League.But the Norwegian doesn’t plan to continue ing bold and heading out on the offensive hasn't been his go-to move. He's a man who gives you a chance of winning matches; not Championships. But Moyes has taken a bold step with his move to Spain. And Sociedad need someone who can win matches. Philippe Montanier did it brilliantly, putting together a side who finished fourth in 2012-13, to reach However, the Frenchman left for Rennes, leaving the club in the hands of his former assistant Jagoba Arrasate. His 16 month spell couldn't see the club remain at those high levels, star man Antoine Griezmann departed over the summer and Arrasate was dismissed last week with the club in the relegation zone. But a weekend win over Atletico Madrid has reignited the club's season and shown that despite just two league wins in 11 games – against the reigning Spanish and European champions no less – there is still plenty for their new manager to work with. Lat his side will not make it easy for them on Saturday.The Reds face off against the Magpies as they look to put the pressure on Manchester City in the title race.While Newcastle are managed by a former Liverpool boss in Rafa Benitez, Lascelles says ast season this squad was being spoken about as the best in la Real's history. The quality remains. Carlos Vela is the star man content_imgand the Mexican winger tore Atleti to part at the weekend. He's only found the net twice this term, having notched 16 league goals last season. Unlocking that consistency again will be key. Imanol Agirretxe is a bull of a striker, excellent in the air and smart in holding up the play. Esteban Granero and Xabi Prieto offer brains in midfield, Sergio Canales was once Spain's brightest young talent while Inigo Martinez is a Spanish international centre-back with a keen eye for a cross-field pass. Now Moyes must pull their best again, to return to the terrific work of Montanier. A club that likes to play with intensity, to be in opponents faces, attacking with pace, width and directness – a certain degree of Britishness. That's the Basque side's way and that was Moyes' way on Merseyside. His time at Old Trafford didn't go to plan. Now he has an opportunity to remind people that he remains a very good football manager at a football club for whom he appears a good fit. He's taken the first step on his road to redemption. In pictures – David Moyes's Manchester United reign: Will Moyes succeed at Real Sociedad?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Man City skipper Vincent Kompany PRAISES Eliaquim Mangala after new boy’s Hull horror show

After 32 minutes, Eliaquim Mangala looked more like Frank Spencer than Britain’s most expensive defender. The produced two “Ooh, Betty” moments – which would have been at home in the TV sitcom from the 1970s – to wipe out Manchester City’s 2-0 lead over Hull and turn what should have a straightforward afternoon into a difficult one. He headed Liam Rosenior’s cross into his own net before fouling Abel Hernandez to concede the penalty from which the Uruguayan striker equalised. At that moment, he bore the look of a man who wished the ground would open up and swallow him. Yet Vincent Kompany was impressed by how his new defensive partner reacted to the setbacontent_imgcks. Kompany says Mangala regained hiswinger Yannick Carrasco is wanted by Crystal Palace.The Mirror says Palace are eyeing a sensational loan swoop for Carrasco.The Belgium international, who currently plies his trade for Chinese side Dalian Yifang, has previously been linked with a mov composure to . “I always look at the reaction and we saw it from him in the second half,” he said. “It could have been so dangerous because it had gone to two-all, you’ve got time to think about it in the dressing room, bs leaving Liverpool after 17 years with the club.Randall is available on a free transfer this summer and is currently considering a number of offers from clubs in the Football League and the Scottish Premiership, says the Liverpool Echo.The 23-year-out he just got on with it and stood up to the task. “The rest of the game, he played well, he stayed professional. You could not have asked for more. The main thing is to stick to your job, ­sometimes you get half an hour like this. “I’ve seen in him a great reaction and in the second half he was spot on. It will happen again and there is nothing you can do.” Kompany believes own goals and conceding penalties comes with the territory for defenders, citing his own YouTube moment when he sliced a clearance past Joe Hart. “I can mention the own goal I scored at Fulham,” he said. “I think that is still on a few trailers for Sky Sports. “It’s part of being a defender. If your children ever choose to play football, sign them up as strikers then this won’t happen to them!” Although Kompany could smile afterwards, Mangala’s gaffes transformed a game looked like winning at a canter when they went 2-0 up after 11 minutes through Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. But resolute Hull made it hard for them with Hernandez’s trickery, Tom Huddlestone’s drive and Mohamed Diame’s tenacity. Dzeko finally made the breakthrough after 68 minutes with his fourth goal in three days. The clinical finish was as classy as his first strike from outside the area. And not to be outdone, substitute Frank Lampard scored his fourth goal in six days to seal a vital win for City. Is it inevitable that Manchester City will win the European Cup?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Redknapp rules out combining Spurs job with England role

Harry Redknapp today admitted managing England would be the "ultimate" accolade for his career – but insisted: "Spurs are my prioge players on notice.Klopp has hinted that the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren may be in line for fiksen.Sport says Real Madrid have cooled their interest in the 27-year-old after the two clubs realised that their valuations of the player are poles apart.Tottenham are not willing to sell the playmaker for anything less than £105million, but Madriirst-team action in the coming weeks.“Every year is the same and always in the same moment at the beginning of the season,” Krity." Speaking in full for the first time since being cleared of the tax evasion charges that had dogged him for five years and the resignation of Fabio Capello, Redknapp admitted he had been taken away by the nationwide calls for his elevation. Redknapp said: "Of course I'm flattered that people are saying I should be England manager. "It's nice that people think I have got a chance of getting the job and flattering that other managers are saying nice things about me. "As far as I'm concerned, managing England has got to be the ultimate job. "You have to look at the whole thing and realise what a difficult job it is, because nobody has a magic wand, a lot of top-class managers have taken the job full of hope and found it very difficult. "But if course I would have to consider it, I'd have to consider everything. I have to do what is right for me, now. "Whichever decision I take, my family will come first now. If the opportunity comes, I will look at it." The issue which forced Fabio Capello out, of course, was John Terry and the England captaincy, and understandably Redknapp declined to add his views in depth. He said: "Wcontent_imghat's happened with John Terry is a difficult one – you're trying to get me out of the job before I get in it! "Fabio Capello stood up for what he believed in, so I'm not going to criticise him. "Apart from the World Cup he has been a great manager – look at his record. He is one of the world's great managers and that shows how difficult the job is." Redknapp returned to the training ground for the first time in nearly three weeks this morning, admitting the whole saga has taken a big toll on him. "What happened knocked me for six and I haven't felt too good for the last couple of days," he revealed. "Ever since this thing started it has been hanging over my head, even when things were going well in football, but thankfully now I can move on. "Wednesday was an amazing day. I had the most worrying thing I've ever been through in my life and then Fabio resigning. You couldn't have written the script. "My only focus is Tottenham and the game with Newcastle. I have great players here and an excellent team, things couldn't be going better. "It would be difficult to combine the two jobs – it's hard enough a club let alone a country. I can't take my eye off the ball here at Tottenham. That wouldn't be fair to anyone. "So far I've not spoken about that with anyone. Daniel Levy has just said I've got a job to do to. I have a fantastic job here and it wouldn't be easy to leave it, not at all. "But if the opportunity comes, I'd have to consider it. I'd have to make the decision that's right for me." 'Arry for England: All the latest news, opinion and features  EXCLUSIVE: Spurs to charge FA £5m for Redknapp

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Italy coach Antonio Conte receives death threats after injury to Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio

Italy coach has received death threats in the wake of an injury to midfielder . The Juventus star has been ruled out for the rest of the season ahead ofcontent_img Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria. That means Marchisio will miss the latter stages of Juve's Champions League campaign, as well as their Serie A run-in. And some supporters have laid the blame at the feet of Conte, according to Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian football federatior Fernandez was thrilled to feature for Newcastle United U23s in their friendly defeat of Rotherham.The Spanish forward suffered a heel injury in August 2018 before picking up a hip problem which resulted in the 21-year-old missing the rest of the 2on. “I saw him shaken this morning,” Tavecchio told Radio Rai. “After yesterday’s controversy, he received death threats on the internet. “I spoke with Conte for a long time and he is not calm. All these things have been said on social networks and he feels vilified for something that is not his fault." will also have to do without Roma's Alessaninishing behind Manchester City with a record total of 97 points, the Reds managed to get themselves up to win the Champions League final over Tottenham earlier this month.And Wijnaldum sees the success as a natural part of the club’s progression.”Wedro Florenzi and Fiorentina full-back Manuel Pasqual against Bulgaria after both picked up knocks. The former could be back in contention to face England, however. Who will win on Tuesday?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan ‘on verge of penning new Borussia Dortmund deal’

could be about to snub by signing a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund. The German midfielder is displaying signs of his best form after returning they’re “going for” the FA Cup this season.Lascelles says manager Steve Bruce has demanded a change in attitude towards the FA CupHe said, “The manager told us before the Rochdale that we have to really go for it this year in the cup.“We have a bro Dortmund's first-team squad in October following 14 months out with a back injurycontent_img. Gundogan's current deal expires in 2016 and, when asked about the possibility of a new deal, he hinted that talks were underway. "I don't want to say anything about it,&quoger, 24, is on Liverpool and Manchester United’s summer hitlist but also has a big offer from the Bundesliga champions.Bayern are ready to swoop in a £70million deal for the Ivory Coast international after struggling to agree a fee for Manchester Cit; German newspaper Bild reported him as saying. "Things are looking good." recently put an end to speculation surrounding his future by penning an extension at the Signal Iduna Park. And Gundogan, 24, says that has been a contributing factor in Dortmund's recent upturn in form. "Marco's signature has made us all euphoric," Gundogan said. and move up to 12th in the table. Will Ilkay Gundogan join Manchester United?10000+ VOTES SO FAR

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West Ham’s James Tomkins admits he shouldn’t have gone to ground after Kevin Mirallas push

West Ham defender James Tomkins has admitted he was wrong to act theatrically after being pushed by Everton's Kevin Mirallas. Tomkins fell to the ground clutching his face after Mirallas had pushed him in the chest dcontent_imguring defeat last month, and has now conceded he shouldn't have reacted in the way he did. He said: "As a player, I'm against what I did and I wouldn't have wanted it to happen to me. "It happened quickly and I reacted but, thankfully, the player didn't get sent off which would have made it worse. "He did catch my chin when he put his hands up but I wasn't best pleased with my reaction, to be honest. I wouldn't want to do Solskjaer has spoken about his ideal United team.The Red Devils manager has long spoken about the character and personality he wants to see in his players.And he has tried to recruit players that fit that image, which has not proven easy.He spoke atanything like that again. "I've taken plenty of stick about it but it's behind me now. At the time I probably did want to get him sent off but, looking at it now, I shouldn't have done it." has already been slammed by Sam Allardyce for the incident, with the ex-Bolton boss branding the fall as 'silly'. "We all make mistakes and those who become better pe Solskjaer has no regrets over his summer market work.He made that clear when asked if he regretted not replacing those who departed in the summer, like strike duo Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer said: “I have not thought, ‘Oh, I wish I ople and better players are the ones that don’t make those mistakes again and learn from it," Allardyce said. "So it’s a big challenge to James now, whether he has learned from it and whether he is maturing now as an adult. "It was rather silly what James did. He understands that. He knows what he did was not right and ultimately he shouldn’t be getting involved in the first place. “It was not the type of reaction you want to see from your players.” Mirallas stopped short of calling Tomkins a cheat in the aftermath of the match, but was understandably upset. He said: “I hope what Tomkins did doesn’t become a permanent feature of English football." Should players be retrospectively punished for simulation?500+ VOTES SO FAR

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Cardiff’s Andrew Taylor admits festive period will be crucial in the battle for Premier League survival

Cardiff’s Andrew Taylor knows their top-flight status could be decided in the next two weeks with three of their next four games at home. And ’ need for points could not be greater ahead of a daunting January that includes trips to Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. Defender Taylor said: “It’s icharlison.PSG sports chief Antero Henrique is eager to take the Brazil international to Paris this summer.And Le 10 Sport says Henrique aims to take advantage of Everton’s interest in Thomas Meunier by including the fullback in their offer.However, a big month. Last season we won all our games over Christmas and that put us in a great position to win the Championship. “The games come thick and fast and a decent run means we could start the new year higher up the table.” Cardiff and West Brom are both feeling the heat and the losers could tonighcontent_imgt find themselves in the relegation zone. added: “It’s hard not to realise the significance of the game. “It’s a big game for both clubs because we’re so close in the tablerophy campaign has been a valuable experience.The Irons are out of the tournament after defeat to Exeter City.“It was a really tough one for us, a really tough game,” Halajko told whufc.com. “We struggled to get going, while they dominated the ga.”

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Bournemouth vs Liverpool recap: Reds join Spurs in Capital One Cup semi-finals

ommitment cannot be questioned.Warrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was encouraged by Christian Benteke’s performance in defeat at Everton.Benteke’s goal, his first sinccontent_imge scoring in the win away at Arsenal in April 2019, provided some good news for Hodgson on another difficult afternoond-Prowse struck in defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.Speaking to the Southampton FC website, Ward-Prowse said: “You can’t question the lads’ commitment.“Obviously, I’m with the team every day and I know them

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West Brom season preparations in disarray due to Brown Ideye transfer red tape and injuries

West Brom boss Alan Irvine’s plans for the start of the Premier League season and injuries. Record £10million buy Brown Ideye and are both facing a race to be fit for Albion’s opener at home to Sunderland on August 16. And regulars Gareth McAuley and James Morrison are also struggling, having not yet played in a pre-season friendly. Nigerian Brown has finally got his visa and is due to fly in this week – despite compl not make the mistake of underestimating opponents this season.The Reds blew their Premier League lead to Manchester City last season with some poor results against smaller clubs.Asked if Liverpool could underestimate an opponent, he said: “No, we pleting his switch from Dynamo Kiev last month – but is unlikely to be match-ready. Lescott broke down with a knee problem 35 minutes into his Baggies debut in a 1-0 deh Christophe Galtier has spoken of the friendship he’s struck with former Manchescontent_imgter United boss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho has been a regular at LOSC games this year thanks to good pal Luis Campos, the club’s sporting director.And Galtier told France Fofeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. And to make matters worse, new Belgium defender Sebastien Pocognoli limped off four minutes from time at the City Ground. Irvine said: “We completed Brown’s deal quite a while ago now and we have still not seen him.” On defender McAuley (calf) and Morrison (knee), added: “Clearly the longer it takes and the more pre-season matches and training they miss, the less likely they are going to be ready for the start of the season.” Will West Brom be relegated next season?0+ VOTES SO FAR Who's in your squad? – FREE to play – £50K in prizes up for grabs – Set up your own mini-leagues – Upgrade to the Pro League for more prizes and the Mirror Cup .