Barcelona boss tight lipped over Neymar to Man United rumours

first_img1 Barcelona manager Luis Enrique refused to discuss speculation linking Brazilian star Neymar to Manchester United as the Catalan club began their La Liga title defence with a 1-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao.Recent reports have claimed the Red Devils are pursuing a deal for the 23-year-old superstar and are willing to wait and complete the deal next summer if it can’t be finalised before the September 1 deadline.The global superstar is thought to be attracted by United’s history and the Premier League and is reportedly open to making the switch.Louis van Gaal was quiet on the reports when asked following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle, and Barca boss Enrique was similarly tight lipped.“It doesn’t interest me to talk about rumours, nor these types of situations,”  he said at his post-match press conference:“I only want to focus on what’s happened to my team.”Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty but Luis Suarez’s 54th-minute volley gave the Spanish and European champions all three points just six days after their opponents had defeated them 5-1 on aggregate in the Super Cup final. Barcelona star Neymar with Lionel Messi last_img read more

Tottenham blow! In-form summer signing Son sidelined with foot injury

first_imgTottenham have been dealt a blow with news forward Heung-Min Son is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his foot against Manchester City.The 23-year-old South Korea international has settled impressively at White Hart Lane after making the £22million move from Bayer Leverkusen last month.Son has netted three goals in five Spurs appearances to date and would have had another was it not for the offside flag in the brilliant 4-1 win over City on Saturday.He was replaced by Clinton Njie with 13 minutes of the match remaining and Tottenham have confirmed the forward picked up an unspecified foot injury during the White Hart Lane encounter.An official club statement read: “Heung-Min Son sustained a foot injury in a challenge during Saturday’s win against Manchester City and has spent the past few days being reviewed.“Our medical staff will monitor his progress during his rehabilitation in order to determine when he will be fit to return to training.”Tottenham face Monaco at the Stade Louis II in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son 1last_img read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provides fitness update on key attacking duo

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed striker Christian Benteke will return to the Reds’ squad for the trip to Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.The Belgium international was rested for the Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth because of a knee niggle but has trained since and will go back into the side.The Merseysiders will continue to be without Daniel Sturridge, however, who is still struggling with an unspecified knee injury.Defender Kolo Toure is out with a hamstring injury sustained in midweek, midfielder James Milner returns from suspension while forward Roberto Firmino is pushing for a starting spot.Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino, Lallana, Benteke, Bogdan, Lovren, Allen, Brannagan, Ibe, Coutinho, Origi, Randall, Teixeira.Jurgen Klopp: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ‘is a nice guy…unless you’re a journalist or a referee!’Will Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea be the scourge of Liverpool again? 1 Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge last_img read more

Gareth Bale to miss Wales’ friendly with Holland

first_img1 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale will miss Wales’ friendly against Holland on November 13.The Real Madrid star has not played since October 17 after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury following the October internationals.The 26-year-old featured in the first half of Real’s 3-0 victory over Levante four days after Wales’ Euro 2016 qualification party in Cardiff.Bale was criticised by some Madrid journalists and fans for playing in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Andorra after previously being sidelined for nearly three weeks with a calf strain.Wales boss Chris Coleman was also criticised by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for playing Aaron Ramsey against Andorra with Wales having already qualified for next summer’s European Championship.Ramsey subsequently picked up a hamstring injury on Arsenal duty and also misses Wales’ first Euro 2016 warm-up game at the Cardiff City Stadium.Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu and Fulham defender Jazz Richards are other absentees through injury.Newcastle defender Paul Dummett and Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw have been called into the squad.Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Dummett (Newcastle), Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Huws (Wigan), Allen (Liverpool), Ledley (Crystal Palace), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), J Williams (Crystal Palace), Cotterill (Birmingham), Lawrence (Leicester), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley), Bradshaw (Walsall).last_img read more

Worried? These Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United players can leave for nothing in January

first_img 2. Michael Carrick – Manchester United – The England international put pen to paper on a contract extension in March, but this deal will expire in June 2016. Carrick remains an integral member of the Manchester United squad; however, his fitness is a major concern. What’s more, with a plethora of options in the centre of the park for Louis van Gaal, the former Netherlands manager could consider the 34-year-old dispensable. 10 8. Mathieu Flamini – Arsenal – Despite scoring in the League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the end of September, Flamini’s second spell in north London looks to be reaching its conclusion. The Frenchman has been handed just 75 minutes of Premier League action by Arsene Wenger, and is likely to continue to be used solely in cup competitions – unless injuries force his inclusion. His contract is up next summer and he could confirm his future intentions in two months’ time. 10 6. Samir Handanovic – Inter – The Slovenia goalkeeper was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, but opted to remain at the San Siro, despite having just 12 months remaining on his contract. Reports recently claimed he was closing in on an improved deal until 2019, however this is yet to materialise. Handanovic, therefore, will be available to speak with clubs in the winter window. As arguably one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe, there could be plenty of offers for his signature. 10 There is less than two months until the winter transfer window opens and January could see some major players agree their summer exits.If a players’ contract is set to expire at the end of the current season, they are able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the New Year.Premier League veterans from Man United and Chelsea may decide to seek a new challenge.Take a look at 10 players, across Europe, whose contracts expire at the end of this season and can therefore begin negotiations in January, by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 10 10 10 10 5. Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – As with Terry, Ivanovic could leave Chelsea next summer. The Serb has been sidelined since the previous international break, and such has been his woeful form, he has not been missed by the Blues faithful. Nonetheless, having been with the club since January 2008, his presence could be a huge loss in the dressing room. His agent recently toyed with the media, suggesting his client could renew his contract, but also addressed the rumour that Inter are interested in his signature. His response was typically cryptic, ‘In football, anything is possible’. 10 3. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich – Despite having established himself as a key player under Pep Guardiola, Alonso could leave the Allianz Arena next summer, with time running out on his current deal. At the age of 33, many players begin to consider moving to Major League Soccer, but the Spaniard looks far from finished at the top level of the game. 7. Gregory van der Wiel – Paris Saint-Germain – Van der Wiel will become a free agent at the end of the season, and having lost his place in Laurent Blanc’s starting line up to Serge Aurier, an exit may suit all parties. With Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic’s contract also expiring next summer, the Dutchman could be the ideal replacement – and reports claim Jose Mourinho has the defender on his wish list. 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain – Zlatan leaving on a free transfer? This surely couldn’t happen. If the Ligue 1 giants opt not to offer the Sweden international a new contract, the striker may address his options in January. Recently, he has been talking up Serie A; could a return to AC Milan, therefore, be on the cards? 10. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Paris Saint-Germain – Lavezzi is another player that was widely tipped to move to a new club in the summer, particularly with Laurent Blanc having recruited Angel Di Maria. It was therefore a surprise that the Argentina international decided to remain at the Parc des Princes, despite reports suggesting there was much interest in his signature. He has made just three Ligue 1 starts this season, and at the age of 30, it’s difficult to envisage Les Parisiens offering the winger a contract extension. In terms of business, the French side could be wise in agreeing a transfer in the winter window. 10 9. Charlie Austin – Queens Park Rangers – Such was his excellent form in the Premier League last season – despite the Hoops’ relegation – Austin was expected to make a swift return to England’s top flight. While reports suggested he received plenty of offers in the summer, the striker opted to stay put at Loftus Road. Nonetheless, Austin’s contract is still set to expire next summer, with no extension having been signed. Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT at the beginning of the week, the 26-year-old voiced his happiness at QPR, but refused to rule out a move in the winter window – if it’s ‘right for myself and my family’. 10 1. John Terry: Chelsea – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more players who could agree to leave their clubs in January – Towards the end of their title-winning campaign last season, the Blues skipper penned a 12-month contract extension. He may, however, may struggle to earn a new deal at the end of this term. Over the past few years, club icons Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech have moved on to pastures new, but it’s difficult to envisage Stamford Bridge without John Terry. Nonetheless, this could very well be the case next summer, particularly if the club do not turn their form around. last_img read more

Transfer mistakes! Five players Man United let go who are thriving away from Van Gaal

first_imgA glance at the Premier League table would suggest Manchester United’s season is on track.But all is not well at Old Trafford. A disharmony in the squad, coupled with a hugely disappointing premature exit from the Champions League at the group stages has left Louis van Gaal teetering on the brink.Struck by a series of debilitating injuries, particularly in defence, it is alarming how restricted Van Gaal’s options are currently. At Bournemouth on Saturday, he was forced to field Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at full back while Anthony Martial is still just 19 and shouldering most of the goalscoring burden.It raises some serious questions about the Dutchman’s transfer policy. Several established stars have been shown the Old Trafford exit in the last two summers because they didn’t fit into Van Gaal’s philosophy. Many of them are now enjoying much happier times away from Manchester.So which ones have moved on to brighter pastures? talkSPORT takes a look…Will Van Gaal live to rue any of these sales? 6 4. Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) – Kagawa initially left United in the same week Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arrived and has reignited his career at Dortmund again since. This season, in particular, the Japanese international has become a key cog in Dortmund’s insatiable attacking unit alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus. He certainly wouldn’t swap his current situation for the sorry state of affairs at Old Trafford right now. 6 2. Patrice Evra (Juventus) – Evra’s transfer u-turn in summer 2014, not long after Van Gaal arrived, signalled a breakdown in trust between player and manager. The arrival of Luke Shaw in late June indicated the beginning of the end of Evra’s Red Devils career but he has hardly looked back. The Frenchman became an integral part of Juventus’s double winning side in Italy last season, while only Barcelona’s brilliance in the Champions League final denied him a third trophy in his debut campaign. 3. Angel di Maria (PSG) – Possibly the most high profile recruit England has welcomed to its shores in the last five years struggled immensely with Van Gaal’s stoic, stifling approach. When United decided to cut their losses on Di Maria in the summer many felt the club would live to regret the move. Seven goals and ten assists in 13 games for PSG would suggest they do, particularly with creativity lacking so glaringly in the current Red Devils side. 1. Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – 15 goals in his 12 games, including a quick-fire hat-trick at the weekend, is an astonishing return for ‘Chicharito’. United fans feel hugely aggrieved about his departure, particularly for as little as the reported £7.3m, as their attacking department is looking severely strained as Wayne Rooney’s struggles continue. The Mexican’s knack of being in the right place at the right time would surely have taken some of the responsibility off Anthony Martial? 6 6 5. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Zaha was billed as English football’s next big thing when United swooped for his signature in January 2013 but his Red Devils career never got off the ground. It seemed his career needed a step back to make any progress forward and a return to Palace last summer has restored his confidence. He has now forged a devilish partnership with Yannick Bolasie on the Eagles’ flanks, terrorising Premier League defenders on a weekly basis. 6 6 Click the yellow arrow to see the five stars who have flourished away from Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Another crazy Leeds story as Cellino BANS Sky Sports staff from Elland Road

first_img Massimo Cellino Leeds United’s controversial owner Massimo Cellino is attempting to prevent his side’s Championship clash with Derby on Tuesday from being televised.Staff from Sky Sports were denied entry to Elland Road on Monday as they arrived to set up for the match.Cellino, currently on a Christmas break at his home in Miami, is claimed to have threatened Leeds staff with disciplinary action if they allow any members of the Sky Sports team in.The Italian businessman, who has courted controversy throughout his Leeds reign, believes live TV coverage undermines his club’s attendances and commercial income.Leeds have already been shown nine times on Sky Sports this season, resulting in a number of kick-off and date changes.A TV black-out would be embarrassing for the Football League, who are attempting to convince Cellino not to follow through with the ban.“The League has been made aware that Sky personnel have been unable to access Elland Road today as previously arranged,” a Football League spokesman said in a statement.“We have contacted Leeds United to remind the club of its obligations to our broadcast partner and to ask them for their observations.“As yet, we have not received a response from anyone in authority at the club, but are hopeful that the matter can be resolved swiftly once the club does engage.”Former Cagliari owner Cellino is currently waiting for an appeal date as he fights a second Football League ban for breaching its Owners’ and Directors’ test following a tax evasion conviction in Italy.He will not be present at Elland Road on Tuesday and has left the enforcement of his ban with other staff. 1last_img read more

Moral fiber lacking in halls of Congress

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. – The Fresno Bee There was quite a scene in the Capitol rotunda (last) week: President Bush and many members of Congress honoring the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, with the Congressional Gold Medal. China is terribly upset with the United States over the award. But the honor is certainly warranted; the Dalai Lama is a compelling figure in the global fight for justice. That came on the heels of stories about some members of the House of Representatives scuttling away from earlier support for a nonbinding resolution acknowledging the Armenian genocide. They fear Turkey’s wrath, and want to protect military supply routes to Iraq that run through Turkey. So the president is willing to anger China, a world power, and members of Congress jostle each other to get a photo-op with the Dalai Lama, but they don’t want to risk making Turkey mad over historically established events that cost the lives of 1.5 million Armenians. ? The United States has been willing to condemn past and present genocides, including ? atrocities in Cambodia, Darfur, Ukraine and Bosnia. But not, apparently, in Armenia. ? This has turned into a serious test of the moral fiber of the House. ? How will it fare? last_img read more

Family of slain teen to mark his death

first_imgBy Larry Altman STAFF WRITER The mother and twin sister of a Carson teenager will light candles and say prayers Thursday to mark the sixth anniversary of his shooting death. The Oct. 18, 2001, killing of 14-year-old Dwayne Jackson remains unsolved. A $50,000 reward still stands for information that leads to his killer. Dwayne, a Carson High School freshman, was not a gang member. The city of Carson has offered a $10,000 reward and Justice for Murdered Children is offering $40,000 for information that leads to the killer’s conviction. Dwayne’s sister, Denisha, came up with the idea to light a candle at the minute he died – 6:49 p.m., Jackson said. Mother and daughter, who have since moved away, will pass out fliers “to let him know his mom and his sister are not going to give up trying,” Jackson said. They invite anyone to join them by placing flowers or lighting a candle at the site. Dwayne would have been 20 years old. “He would probably be in college, playing football, something he wanted to do,” his mother said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We need the witnesses to come forward,” said Dwayne’s mother, Jackie Jackson. “No parent should have to go through this at all. Who would have ever thought I would have to bury my 14-year-old son behind the senseless war we have going on in the streets?” Dwayne was killed outside his home in the 1400 block of Fernrock Street by a gunman in a white Chevrolet Caprice with a taxi sign on it. Dwayne, who was on his bicycle, had moved close to the car when the person inside said something to him. A gunman inside then shot him. last_img read more

Liner strikes ice, takes on water off Antarctica; all 154 passengers, crew rescued

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A Canadian cruise ship struck submerged ice off Antarctica and began taking on water, but all 154 passengers and crew, Americans and Britons among them, took to lifeboats Friday and were plucked to safety by a passing cruise ship. No injuries were reported, although passengers reportedly endured subfreezing temperatures for several hours as they waited in bobbing lifeboats for a Norwegian liner that took them to a Chilean military base in the region. “The ship ran into some ice. It was submerged ice and the result was a hole about the size of a fist in the side of the hull so it began taking on water … but quite slowly,” said Susan Hayes of G.A.P. Adventures of Toronto, which owns the stricken MS Explorer. “The passengers are absolutely fine. They’re all accounted for, no injuries whatsoever.” Hours after the pre-dawn accident near Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, Chilean aerial photographs showed the ship listing heavily, its white superstructure and red hull starkly visible against the gray, choppy waters and overcast skies. Argentina’s coast guard said it was in danger of sinking. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHayes said 91 passengers had been aboard, including at least 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians. The ship also carried nine expedition staff members and a crew of 54. The group calmly abandoned ship when the captain’s order came and pumps helped keep the ship stable for an orderly evacuation, Hayes said. Arnvid Hansen, captain of the Norwegian liner Nordnorge, said his ship ferried the passengers and crew to a Chilean air force base on King George Island in Antarctic waters near southernmost South America. “The rescue operation ran very smoothly,” the 54-year-old captain told The Associated Press by shipboard telephone from the Nordnorge. G.A.P Adventures is a tour company that provides excursions with an environmental focus. The Explorer was on a 19-day circuit of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.last_img read more