EPL: Chelsea beat off Liverpool, Tottenham to sign £70m rated winger

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign £70million rated star, Christian Pulisic.

The Blues beat off competition from Liverpool and Tottenham and look set to sign Pulisic when the January window opens, according to Daily Mail.

The US international shone for his country against England on Thursday night.

He will be out of contract in 18 months and is being chased by a host of Premier League clubs.

Chelsea are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for a player who could command a £70million fee.

Chelsea are pushing to conclude the deal in January while the threat of a transfer ban looms over them.

The player had also spoken about moving to England before, saying, “The Premier League, is where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why one day I won’t play here.

“We are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that. Then when the time comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, that’s when those things will happen.”

EPL: De Gea loses Spain’s No 1 shirt to Chelsea’s Kepa

Spain coach, Luis Enrique has told Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea he can no longer guarantee him the No.1 shirt.

The former Barcelona boss is prepared to start Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga against Bosnia on Sunday, according to AS.

While De Gea has been incredible for his club side, in recent seasons, his form for the national team has been poor.

De Gea was widely criticised in his homeland during a disappointing World Cup outing earlier in the year.

The goalkeeper made another error on Thursday when he parried the ball into the path of Tin Jedvaj as Croatia sealed a 3-2 victory against Spain.

It marks the second competitive match in succession that De Gea has conceded three goals for La Roja.

AS reports that Enrique has told De Gea he no longer has his unwavering support.

He told De Gea he will give Chelsea record signing, Kepa the chance to impress against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kepa is expected to start in Las Palmas against Bosnia on Sunday and could put serious pressure on the No.1 jersey if he impresses.

‘I was a bit lost’ – Arsene Wenger Says After His Exit From Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has admitted he has struggled to come to terms with the extra time he had in his life after his departure as Arsenal manager last May.

Wenger’s 22-year reign at Arsenal ended on something of a low note as he left the club with most fans pleased to see his departure and ahead of what he promises will be his return to the game in 2019, the 68-year-old has told beIN Sports that he has felt lost with no games to prepare for.

“I was a bit lost because you have time in front of you, which was never the case before,” Wenger said.

“You always have a problem to sort out and when you have sorted it, there is another one coming straight away. The next game is always a target in your life.

“It’s very difficult, but I took it as a challenge. I don’t feel retired at all, I’m basically a competitor.

“The problem is that people want to put you always in cases; ‘retired’ or ‘finished’. As long as you have an appetite for life, you always want to be useful and do something which is useful.

“There are many things I don’t miss at all, like all the stuff around the game you have to deal with nowadays, but the day, the competition. The achievement that you can do it together, sharing emotions, sharing competitions, ups and downs – you miss that.

“The big advantage I ever – in the game 35 years without stopping – is sharing what I know with other people. If you don’t do that, life is a bit useless. If you cannot share what you’ve accumulated or, at least, try to give some of it to other people, everything you’ve done looks useless.

“You should not leave this world without trying to give something to other people. When I look at my life I had one quality: to listen to other people who had been there before me.”

Wenger has confirmed that he expects to return to the game in January and has been strongly linked with a move to Germany amid reports he turned down the chance to take over at Premier League side Fulham earlier this week.

Ribery Apologises for Slapping TV Presenter

Former France international Franck Ribery has issued a public apology to French television pundit Patrick Guillou, who he reportedly insulted and assaulted following Bayern Munich’s away defeat to Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

“I had a meeting with Patrick Guillou yesterday in Munich,” Ribery said in a video posted on Bayern’s website in German.

“We spoke for a long time about what happened after the game in Dortmund, it was wrong what I did and I was very emotional after the match.

I apologised to Patrick and his family, I hope the matter is now over and it was important for me, and for him too, to have this conversation.”

According to reports, Ribery “made abusive remarks and then physically attacked” Guillou, a commentator for sports channel beIn, on the Bayern team bus after Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.

German media claim the 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest.

According to Bild, Ribery was annoyed by Guillou’s critical comments about the veteran winger’s performance in the defeat, which left Bayern fifth in the league table seven points behind leaders and fierce rivals, Dortmund.

Ribery’s wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was “very tiring and useless” in the wake of the incident.

Dybala Takes Final Decision On Leaving Juventus For Premier League Club

Juventus star, Paulo Dybala has finally decided to remain at the Allianz despite reports linking him with a move away from Italy.

The 25-year-old, who still has over three-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract at Juventus, has recently been linked with a move away from the Old Lady to join Premier League giants, Manchester United.

The Argentine international said he is happy at the Turin club and he will pay no attention to speculation regarding his future with the Serie A few.

He insisted that he is only focused on helping Juventus to win more trophies this season.

Speaking about his future with Juventus, Dybala told The Mirror: “I’m not thinking about the transfer market.

“Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.”

Dybala has scored 73 goals for the Serie A champions since joining the club in 2015 from Palermo.

EPL: Premier League to start using VAR next season

The English Premier League, EPL, have agreed in principle to start using the Video Assistant Referees, VAR, in the 2019/20 season.

The decision was made after a vote from all the twenty clubs in the English topflight league on Thursday.

A statement on the Premier League’s official website read: “Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season.
"At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season.

“Key learnings from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and other leagues across the world, were discussed in detail

“The Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.

"The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season.”

LaLiga: Messi returns to Barcelona training

Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday, after missing Barcelona’s wins over Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the last week.

Messi did some fitness training at the club’s training ground.

The 31-year-old was also able to do some ball work for the first time, since breaking a bone in his arm on October 20.

Barcelona face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, before travelling to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.

Messi will not be available for either game, but his return to training has led to hopes he could return for next Tuesday’s game at Inter.

LaLiga: Barcelona’s first-team star demands to leave club

Barcelona attacker, Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira has told the club he wants to leave in January.

He asked the club manager, Ernesto Valverde to let him leave the club if he would continued being left out of the team, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The player, who is unhappy at the club, is being closely monitored by Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter Milan.

The Brazilian joined the Catalan outfit in a £36.5million-deal over the summer after Spanish giants hijacked Roma’s transfer at the last minute.

The Brazilian has played just 25 minutes of action since moving to Camp Nou, and is yet to start a match for his new club.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the player came back from international duty with Brazil and immediately asked for a meeting with Valverde in which he made it clear that he needs more playing time.

The Barca boss, however, told Malcom that he had been training well, behaving professionally and is simply not in the team because other players are ahead of him in the pecking order.

Malcom, in response, requested that he be allowed to move to another club in January if the situation does not change.

Hopefully, the player will start for the first time on Wednesday night in the Copa del Rey against Segunda Division B side, Cultural Leonesa.

Patrick Obahiagbon Writes Condolence Letter To Late Anenih’s, But They Might Not Be Able To Read It

Nigerian politician, Patrick Obahiagbon pays his tribute to former works minister and elder statesman, Tony Anenih who recently passed on.

He wrote a letter to the bereaved family to express his sincere condolences, though there is a great doubt if the family will understand the letter or spare time from mourning to check word meanings in the dictionary.

The letter reads;

“My sincere condolences goes to the family of late Chief Tony Anenih who has gloriously transited to empyrean ensconcement.

“Chief Tony Anenih’s transition is indeed a colossal loss to all, as he was a great personage not just to us in Edo but the nation in caboodle.

“He will be greatly missed for constantly promoting the good people of Edo state in highly exalted positions in Nigeria’s political atmospherics.

“In fact, his solid political interventions in the corpus of our pax Nigeriana shall remain coruscatingly etched in the Nations encephalon and non pareil. He truly emblematized a savoir-faire predilection in his political peregrination.

“Even as we mourn his transition,let us also be consoled because he lived a very productive life.His presence was felt as the Iyasele of Esan land and a bridge builder for Edo State and Nigeria.

“I pray that the Great Geometrician of the Universe grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss”.

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Call For Peace After Hours of Intense Fighting Online

Singers, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have finally settled their dispute as they appear to have put an end to weeks of mutual insults culminating in a day of back and forth that began with an altercation at a New York Fashion Week party in September. Video from the event hosted by Harper’s Bazar appeared to show Cardi being escorted out by security with a large bump on her head after she reportedly threw a shoe at Minaj. Since then, the pair have been trading barbs over social media, radio and in the press.

But now they have agreed to take a break from the spat, with Minaj tweeting Tuesday morning that she wanted to focus on “positive things only”:

Cardi then posted the tweet to her Instagram, adding her own pledge to be positive.

The dispute had reached dramatic proportions late on Monday, with Cardi posting ten videos of herself on Instagram in which she accused Cardi of leaking her phone number in the wake of the Fashion Week encounter.

She also suggested she was considering suing Minaj for “defamation of character” after her claims that Cardi had bought her way into charts by paying radio stations to play her songs.

EPL: Sarri gives update on Hazard, Pedro’s injury

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has provided update on the injuries of forwards, Eden Hazard and Pedro.

The Italian gaffer suggested that Hazard will be available in his side’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

According to him, he doesn’t know when Pedro will be available for the Blues, adding that the Spaniard was having a strong stomach ache.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Derby County on Wednesday, Sarri was quoted by Football London as saying: “I want Eden as soon as possible. I want him every match if possible because we have a lot of good players.

“I’m not sure for Wednesday, but hopefully for Sunday. Hazard offers something different.

“I am very happy as the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard. That’s a good sign.”

On Pedro’s injury, Sarri said: “I don’t know exactly when he will return.

“I spoke with the doctor for a few seconds and he said it was a very strong stomach ache.”

Lampard names his ‘world best’ footballer

Chelsea legend and Derby County manager, Frank Lampard has identified his ‘world best’ footballer.

According to Lampard, Chelsea star player, Eden Hazard is his world best footballer.

The former England international, who played alongside Hazard during his time at Stamford Bridge, believes the Belgian star is the world best footballer due to his current form.

Hazard has been in stunning form so far this campaign under Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri.

The 27-year-old has scored eight goals in eleven appearances for the West London club so far.

Speaking ahead of Derby County’s clash with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, Lampard told reporters at his press conference, as reported by Derbyshire Live: “On current form, I think Hazard is the world best player.

“Of course, that can change but I love watching him and he’s in his prime.”

“He is an absolutely outstanding player in world football,” Lampard added.

“Let’s hope he wants a rest!

“I think he’s scared of coming up against my team!,” he joked.

Lampard continued, “It will be a special occasion for myself, as well as Jody Morris and Chris Jones.

“I’m excited for the game and looking forward to seeing 40,000 ‘friends’ in the stadium.

“Walking out at Stamford Bridge will be very special for me.”

Ballon d’Or 2018: Ronaldo names player that deserves to win award, three-man final shortlist

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has named himself as the player that deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award ahead of other contenders.

He also named the likes of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane or Paris Saints-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe as players that he feels should make the three-man final shortlist for the biggest individual prize.

Recall that Ronaldo was shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award earlier this month.

Ronaldo is looking for his sixth Ballon d’Or crown, while fellow five-time winner, Lionel Messi is looking to do the same.

The pair had won incredible five awards each in that time frame, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last year.

“I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession,” Ronaldo told France Football magazine.

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has named himself as the player that deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award ahead of other contenders.

He also named the likes of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane or Paris Saints-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe as players that he feels should make the three-man final shortlist for the biggest individual prize.

Recall that Ronaldo was shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award earlier this month.

Ronaldo is looking for his sixth Ballon d’Or crown, while fellow five-time winner, Lionel Messi is looking to do the same.

The pair had won incredible five awards each in that time frame, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last year.

“I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession,” Ronaldo told France Football magazine.

“And I do not ask the question in these terms. I already know, in my heart of hearts, that I am one of the best players in history.

“Of course I want to win, this sixth Ballon d’Or. It would be a lie to tell you the opposite.

“I work for that. As I work to score goals and win games without being an obsession. I think I deserve it.”

When asked who would be his closest challengers, the 33-year-old said: Salah, Griezmann and Varane or Mbappe.

“The same as usual, even if I don’t know if Messi will be on the podium this time,” Ronaldo added.

“So, let’s say Salah, Modric, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Raphael) Varane, (Kylian) Mbappe – the French in general because they are world champions.

“But I will wait and see if all these players are still at the top in 10 years, like Messi and I have done, and like we continue to do.”

The 2018 Ballon d’ Or award ceremony will take place on December 3, 2018 in Paris.

Neymar supports PSG manager’s decision to drop Mbappe

Neymar says Paris Saint-Germain manager, Thomas Tuchel, was right to drop Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot for “failing to respect” team schedules, after they arrived late for a meeting.

Mbappe and Rabiot arrived late for a team briefing ahead of the Ligue 1 clash with Marseille on Sunday, with Julian Draxler called in to replace the teenage forward.

However both players redeemed themselves, after coming on as second-half substitutes, both scoring in the final three minutes of a 2-0 victory.

“This is between them and the coach. Yes, they have to respect the schedules, and they ended up failing in that part.

“They know, they are great players, important to our team, and we end up suffering because of it. But this is an inner thing. Then Kylian came in and ended up winning the game for us,” Neymar said according to L’Equipe.

EPL: FA fines Chelsea coach £6,000

Chelsea coach, Marco Ianni, has been fined £6,000 by the Football Association, after admitting to an improper conduct charge, in his over-exuberant celebrations against Manchester United.

Maurizio Sarri’s second assistant coach sparked a touchline fracas, after celebrating Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in front of José Mourinho.

An FA statement read: “Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been fined £6,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge.

“It concerned his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game against Manchester United on 20 October 2018.”

The FA reminded Mourinho, Chelsea and Manchester United of their responsibilities in the aftermath of the incident, which occurred at the end of the 2-2 Premier League draw.

Real Madrid Sacks Julen Lopetegui After Embarrassing Loss To Barcelona

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Real Madrid manager only four months into the job that cost him his chance to lead Spain at the World Cup. Earlier in June, Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Football Federation after the RFEF president, Luis Rubiales, claimed to have found out only five minutes before the appointment was made public and two days before the tournament began; now he has been dismissed by Madrid just a day after Real Madrid suffered a humiliating 5 – 1 defeat in El Clasico clash against Barcelona. The club’s Castilla coach, Santiago Solari, will take over on an interim basis starting on Tuesday.

The statement reads:

“Real Madrid’s board met today on 29 Oct 2018 and has agreed to end the contract linking coach Julen Lopetegui with the club. This decision has been taken to change the dynamic in which the first team finds itself, when all the objectives for the season are still achievable.

“The board understands that there is a big difference between the quality of Real Madrid’s squad, which has eight players nominated for the next Ballon D’Or, something without precedent in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date. The club thanks Julen Lopetegui and all his staff for their effort and the work done, and wishes them all the best in their professional careers.”

Cardi B comes for Nicki Minaj again, threatens to beat and sue her

Cardi B has come for Nicki Minaj again. This time, she’s threatening to not only physically assault her, but also to pursue legal action against her.

Cardi ripped into Nicki on Monday during a social media tirade. This comes after Nicki went on her Queen Radio show and spilled more details about their New York Fashion Week fight which left Cardi with a knot on her forehead.

During the expletive-filled tirade, Cardi B called Nicki a snitch for claiming Rah Ali beat Cardi up during the fight. The new mother said she’s tired of the back and forth and invited Nicki to settle the fight with their fists.

Nicki is offering $100k to anyone who’s willing to leak footage of the altercation between her and Cardi at the NYFW, adding that she’s willing to take Cardi to court. But Cardi said she should sue Nicki for defamation.

EPL: Conte turns down Real Madrid job to await Mourinho’s sack at Man United

Former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte does not want to move to Real Madrid because he wants to takeover at Manchester United.

This is according to Italian journalist, Govanni Guardala, who claimed that although Real Madrid are tempting the former Juventus boss, he wants a move to Man United.

Real Madrid confirmed yesterday that the club has agreed to terminate the contract of head coach, Julen Lopetegui, after just 14 games in charge of the club.

Lopetegui was temporarily replaced with 42-year-old Real Madrid Castilla manager, Santiago Solari as they keep searching for a manager.

United boss Mourinho has been tipped to leave the club following their poor start to the new Premier League season.

Conte, so far, has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to take over the reins at Real Madrid.

But Guardala claimed that the Italian has instead cooled his interest at taking over because he likes the prospect of managing United.

“There are many rumours about his future,” Guardala told Sky Italia.

“Real Madrid is tempting him but Manchester United is a team that Antonio Conte really like

“There are players like Paul Pogba, whom he coached at Juventus, or Alexis Sanchez, Herrera and Lukaku, three players he’s always wanted to sign.

“At the moment nothing is decided with Real Madrid.”

EPL: Mourinho handed £100m to sign 2 players

Manchester United have handed Jose Mourinho £100m to sign two players.

The Portuguese was also told to sign defenders, Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham with the fund.

United’s Executive Vice-chairman, Ed Woodward is said to have opined that either of the player represented value for money.

Mourinho missed out on several key defensive targets in the summer.

Mourinho has consistently warned the club’s hierarchy and fans to expect a difficult season after he missed out on a number of his primary transfer targets over the summer.

Toby Alderweireld was wanted by Mourinho in the summer while Nikola Milenkovic was recently scouted by Portuguese during the international break.

He also had interest in Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, who rejected a move to Untied

Mourinho’s first choice, has, however, been Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

The Guardian, UK, reports that Mourinho has been handed the funds to ensure he is not left empty handed in January.

Mourinho is also said to be searching for a goalscoring forward with Romelu Lukaku currently out of form and Alexis Sanchez still struggling to adapt.

LaLiga: Barcelona tell Dembele to leave club

Barcelona have told French winger, Ousmane Dembele to look for another club in the January transfer window, according to RAC1.

Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in landing the forward.

The World Cup star has featured more prominently for the Barcelona this season after a difficult debut campaign in La Liga.

According to the reports, several senior players in club’s dressing room are unhappy with Dembele’s attitude as he is regularly late to training and have complained to manager Ernesto Valverde

Valverde dropped Dembele for Barca’s 2-0 win over Inter in the Champions League last week after arriving 20 minutes late for a pre-match meeting.

Barca’s hierarchy discussed Dembele’s situation after the game against Inter and are now considering the possibility of selling the 21-year-old in the January transfer window, according to the sports news outlet.

The Catalan giants have decided to let Dembele go and have told him that he can look for potential new clubs in the upcoming window.