Chelsea not open to Ampadu loan offersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are not willing to lose Ethan Ampadu.The 18-year-old has many clubs after his signature, including Cardiff and Derby.But Goal reports that Chelsea have stated that Ampadu is not available this month, unless there is a late change of circumstances.He has only played twice this season, but Cesc Fabregas leaving could give him more opportunities.One player who is close to leaving is Gary Cahill, who will complete a switch to Fulham. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool youngster Cain overjoyed with first professional contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJake Cain says it’s a dream come true signing his first professional contract with Liverpool.The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the club since the age of nine, penned terms earlier this week.”It’s a dream come true really,” Cain told Liverpoolfc.com.”It has been one of my aspirations all my life and it has finally happened. I’m buzzing with that and all my family are made up as well.”I was at the Academy and Alex [Inglethorpe] called me into his room and offered it to me. I was over the moon to get it signed.”
Man Utd, Liverpool informed of price for Bayer Leverkusen whiz Havertzby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen whiz Kai Havertz is attracting big Premier League interest.The Daily Express says Manchester United and Liverpool have been told they must pay £90million to sign Havertz.German midfielder Havertz is expected to be one of next summer’s hottest transfer properties after he said he could be on the move next summer.Speaking to Sportbuzzer, Havertz said: “I am happy to stay at Leverkusen for one more year. What happens next summer will be experienced in the future.”The 20-year-old has been linked with interest from United and Liverpool as well as Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.And while he is contracted to Leverkusen until the summer of 2022, it is believed the Bundesliga club are ready to cash in. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silvaby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss reportedly lost his temper with one of the senior members of his squad.Guardiola reportedly laid into his countryman, midfielder David Silva.The manager is said to have accused Silva of not running enough in their recent home defeat to Wolves in the Premier League.It is a result that puts two-time reigning Premier League champions City eight points behind Liverpool.Guardiola has reportedly tried to remain calm throughout the season, as he does not want to add further anxiety to the City squad.But he laid into Silva after the Wolves game, per the Daily Mail. He allegedly told the midfielder: “David, you didn’t give us enough running. Where were the legs?”Silva is in his last season at the club and is seen as one of City’s greatest ever players.
Michigan The VictorsMichigan’s “The Victors” is one of the most recognizable fight songs in college football, but we’re not sure if it’s ever been performed quite like this. This video emerged over the weekend, and it features 22 Michigan musical theatre grads doing their own rendition of “The Victors” at a graduation party. The footage was posted by Scott Orr yesterday. This version of the song is very different, and pretty impressive. Listen to this! What happens when 22 talented UMich musical theatre grads sing their version of the University of Michigan fight song at their graduation party. Awesome!Posted by Scott Orr on Sunday, May 3, 2015
ANN ARBOR, MI – FEBRUARY 3: Tom Brady, former Michigan Wolverine and current NFL quarterback talks with Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines during the Michigan Signing of the Stars event at Hill Auditorium on February 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh, Tom Brady played catch before today’s Michigan-Colorado game, and the interwebs exploded shortly thereafter.Brady, the former Michigan legend, is the Wolverines’ honorary captain this afternoon. He’s still serving his four-game suspension from the NFL so he’s away from the New England Patriots.Here’s Brady and another ex-UM quarterback, some dude named Jim Harbaugh, playing catch before the game.Tom Brady and coach harbaugh playing catch before the game! #goblue pic.twitter.com/bD7oEKrgQO— Jason Henrickson (@jhenrickson32) September 17, 2016Tom Brady is playing a game of catch with Jim Harbaugh at pregame in Michigan stadium. pic.twitter.com/2FFydDdloL— Patrick Barron (@BlueBarronPhoto) September 17, 2016What is more American than two Michigan men tossing a football around on a fall Saturday?The 2-0 Wolverines, ranked No. 4 in the nation, will face off against Colorado at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says the club have no plans to sell Jiri Pavlenka despite reports linking the goalkeeper with Liverpool and Juventus.The 27-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga following his arrival from Slavia Prague in the summer of 2017.That has sparked rumours of a potential transfer, with Liverpool linked with a move for the player as they seek a back up to Alisson. 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? It was claimed the newly crowned European champions were considering a player-plus-cash deal involving fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius.Karius hasn’t played for the Merseysiders since his disastrous performance in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season, when he gifted Los Blancos two goals in their 3-1 victory.The German is unlikely to have a long-term future at Anfield and was sent out on a two-year loan at Turkish side Besiktas last summer. It has been speculated that the 25-year-old could be recalled back to Merseyside in order to be included in a part of the deal for Pavlenka.As well as Liverpool, Italian champions Juventus have also been credited with an interest as they seek competition for Wojciech Szczesny and Mattia Perin.However, those reports appear premature with Bremen chief Baumann insistent that the club have received no bids for Pavlenka and have no interest in selling him this summer.”We plan with Pavlenka for the new season,” he told Weser-Kurier. “There is no offer from Juventus or Liverpool for Jiri Pavlenka.”The 27-year-old began his career at Banik Ostrava in 2012, spending three-and-a-half seasons at the club before joining Slavia Prague in January 2016.He went on to make 41 appearances for the club and was part of the side that won the 2016-17 Czech League title.Pavlenka has since made 77 appearances for Werder Bremen since joining from Slavia Prague for around €3 million in June 2017.After an impressive first season for Florian Kohfeldt’s side, he signed a new contract last summer keeping at the club until 2021.He made his international debut for the Czech Republic in a friendly against Denmark in November 2016 and has gone on to make nine appearances for the national team.
Mexico will look to make it a winning start in pursuit of returning the Gold Cup to their home when they face Cuba in their opening fixture of the 2019 tournament in California.Gerardo Martino’s side fell short at the semi-finals two years ago after winning in 2015 and will hope to claim glory once again when they kick off their campaign at the Rose Bowl.Raul Mederos’ team meanwhile did not qualify in 2017 but were quarter-finalists on both of their last appearances in their best-ever Gold Cup finish. 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? The odds will be firmly stacked against them in Pasadena – yet with only one loss in their last five, they may fancy their chances of springing a surprise. Game Mexico vs Cuba Date Sunday, June 16 / Saturday, June 15 Time 3:00am BST / 10:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Univision and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision / Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports TV UK, though it will only be available for streaming through CONCACAF’s official website. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports TV UK CONCACAF GO Squads & Team News Position Mexico squad Goalkeepers Ochoa, Orozco, Gonzalez Defenders Moreno, Reyes, Gallardo, Araujo, Salcedo, Alvarez, L. Rodriguez, C. Montes, Sanchez, Navarro Midfielders Guardado, J. Dos Santos, L. Montes, Pineda, Gutierrez, Alvarado, C. Rodriguez Forwards Jimenez, Pizarro, Vega Mexico have been hit by a spate of injuries ahead of their campaign, with Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun just two of the big names missing in action.Even so, they still have enough depth and quality in the squad, lead by talismanic captain Andres Guardado, to get the job done.Potential Mexico starting XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, C. Montes, Moreno, Sanchez, Guardado, L. Montes, Dos Santos, Jimenez, Pineda, Antuna Position Cuba squad Goalkeepers Pozo, Johnston, Sanchez Defenders Espino, Lopez, Martinez, Morejon, Piedra, Riza Midfielders Abreu, Alvarez, Baquero, Caballero, Hernandez, Kindelan, Morris, Perez, Portal, Rodriguez, Saez, Santa Cruz Forwards Paradela, Reyes Raul Mederos’ side is a relatively inexperienced one – their midfield’s total number of caps is less than a hundred, 56 below Guardado – and features very few recognisable names.Defender Yasmany Lopez is the most-capped player in their squad, at 29 appearances but despite this, they are on something of a roll, with a defeat to Haiti their only recent blemish on record.Potential Cuba starting XI: Sanchez, Rizo, Lopez, Morejon, Piedra, Baquero, Hernandez, Santa Cruz, Portal, Abreu, Reyes.Betting & Match Odds Mexico are heavy favourites to win this match with bet365 and are priced at 1/33. Cuba can be backed for the reverse, at 33/1, while a draw is available at 14/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview With four wins from four to keep his perfect start intact, the pressure is only slightly off Tata Martino.The Argentine has gone undefeated since he left Atlanta United, where he won the MLS Cup, to take the reins of the Mexico national team.However, with their Gold Cup campaign kicking off against Cuba this weekend, he has been struck by a number of injury woes that have reduced his options ahead of what is arguably a must-win tournament for the nation.The outright leading country in terms of tournament victories, their failure to register consecutive titles in 2017 following a shock semi-final defeat to Jamaica was a shock to the system for a side typically, rampantly dominant in this competition across recent years, alongside the USMNT.Martino cannot call upon former stalwarts of this competition like Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun however after they were injured ahead of their first game at the Rose Bowl, the site of their humiliating late loss two years ago.But he is able to include young, fresher blood in their absence, with up-and-coming talents like Jorge Sanchez and Roberto Alvarado surely set to give him a boost.In addition, he still has captain Andres Guardado, the Golden Ball winner in their triumphant 2015 campaign and a man whose 155 caps brings a sheer wealth of experience to the fore.It’s an issue that opponents Cuba have to contend with, thanks to a lack of chances for international football compared to many other countries in the mix at the Gold Cup.Raul Mederos, who enters the tournament for the first time after his nation missed out in 2017, know that their chances of success are slim – but he will hope that the experience proves fruitful for his side, particularly with their Nations League games against Canada and the USMNT looming later in the year.
Gustavo Matosas knows Mexican football well – very well in fact. The Uruguayan has two Liga MX titles with Leon and also win the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League at the helm of Club America.Yet when Matosas enters the technical area of NRG Stadium on Saturday, coaching Costa Rica in a Gold Cup quarterfinal against Mexico, he won’t be all that different from any other manager trying to knock off El Tri by outsmarting current coach Tata Martino.”I don’t think it’s an advantage,” Matosas said at a pre-match news conference Friday. “There are a lot of new players and the manager’s style is always going to change. I think when (Juan Carlos) Osorio was there, I knew a bit more. Now Martino it’s just what I’ve seen. 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? “I don’t think knowing the players has a lot do with it. What it does have to do with, for me, from my point of view, is all the years I lived in Mexico I learned the characteristics of the Mexican player. This could be an advantage. But, beyond that, a lot of times you know what a player can do but you can’t stop him.”With players like forward Raul Jimenez, attacker Rodolfo Pizarro and midfielder Andres Guardado in his ranks, Martino has a number of players who can prove difficult to stop even if the opposing players have seen plenty of tape. Matosas personally coached right back Fernando Navarro, whose current Leon teammate Joel Campbell is on the Costa Rica squad.In today’s modern game, Martino said, managers and players can find information and video clips on nearly any opponent they’re likely to face – negating any advantage Matosas may have had.”What I think is today with all the ways us managers have to have news, knowledge of future opponents, to have managed in the country you’re playing is really relative,” Martino said. “I think we all have the chance to know future opponents in detail, both at the collective and individual level.”Martino said he was a bit surprised to see Matosas’ side so early in the tournament but considered the Ticos one of the candidates to lift the Gold Cup. It would be the first-ever title for the Central Americans.The two teams meet at 9:30 p.m. ET with the winner moving on to the semifinal in Phoenix.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has insisted that keeping Rafa Benitez at the club proved to be an “impossible” job, and has accused the Spaniard of being “money first.”Benitez, who managed the Magpies from 2016 up to the end of his contract in June this year, recently left England to take over the reigns at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang on a reported £12m-per-year deal.His departure from St. James’ Park provoked a furious response from the club’s fanbase – many of whom accused Ashley of not doing enough to keep the 59-year-old on Tyneside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, in an interview with the Daily Mail, Ashley has hit back at suggestions that he didn’t want to keep Benitez at the club, and even claims he floated the idea of an eight-year contract at the end of last season.He also says Benitez had Newcastle’s administration “cornered” when it came to negotiating a new deal, and that he was “out-manoeuvred” by the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss.“If you come out and say the things he did you would think it was football club first, Rafa second, money third,” says Ashley. “I’d say it was money first, Rafa, then the club last. “He took the totally soft option, took the money and went to China. That disappoints me. If he’d gone back to Real Madrid, or a top six club in the Premier League, I get it. But it was about money and all he had to do was say that from the beginning.“My view always was we had to keep Rafa. For my own personal safety we had to keep Rafa. I thought he had us offside, he had us cornered, it wasn’t fair, it wasn’t right. “I’ve been totally out-manoeuvred, I probably shouldn’t own a football club, it’s ridiculous, but I’m a big boy. “Yet every time with Rafa it was impossible – there was always another thing, and the next thing, and the next thing.“He asked for a 50 per cent pay increase and I think he did that because he knew it couldn’t work. And if we had agreed to that, I think it would have been something else. “Everyone thinks we lost him because we wouldn’t pay a couple of quid more. He had the microphone and we didn’t.”Ashley insisted that he was happy with the job Benitez did as manager, with the Magpies having won the Championship and then finished 10th and 13th in the Premier League in Benitez’s three full seasons in charge.“I’m not disappointed in him as a manager – he did an excellent job. It puzzles me why any fan thinks I wouldn’t want him. I’m not the thickest person on the planet. “Why wouldn’t I want excellence? Why wouldn’t I want this manager? Accuse me of many things, but not that. We couldn’t have done any more.“At one stage they were talking about a one-year extension and I said my preference would be for an eight-year contract. That’s what I have to do in business when I invest. I have to take a medium to long-term view.“Looking back, though, it doesn’t really matter what Rafa asked for because I think the Chinese thing was done. He had talked about what he could earn in China previously. We were not even slightly surprised by that move.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.