Bournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe says he has no interest in reports linking him with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The Bournemouth manager is well regarded due to his work with the south coast club.He has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, should their current manager Mauricio Pochettino join Manchester United at the end of the season.”It’s not for me to comment on speculation,” he said when asked if Pochettino was a good fit for United.”I’ve got no interest. My focus is on Brighton.”Asked if he saw himself staying at Bournemouth in the long term, Howe replied: “Hopefully. I’m as committed as I’ve always been to the job, trying to make the team better, trying to make the club grow.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton rules out loan departure for Gyokeresby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton has ruled out a loan departure for Viktor Gyokeres.Gyokeres has battled to make a breakthrough this season, but Hughton feels the Swede’s development is best served by keeping him close.There has been talk of Gyokeres being loaned out this month, but Hughton has shut that down.”Right now we’re leaning on keeping him instead of loaning him,” said the manager.Gyokeres could see action in the FA Cup this weekend against Bournemouth.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicatedby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits the relationship between Isco and coach Santiago Solari is “complicated”.Isco invited more controversy when ‘liking’ a social media post disparaging of Solari after their Copa del Rey victory over Leganes.Asked about the pair, Ramos said: “Reverse the situation between Solari and Isco? It is complicated. In Madrid, everyone wants to play and this decision making is complicated for the coach. “But it’s Madrid and the questions are always who plays or does not play, if he misses an attacker, who is the keeper…? “We must feed the press.”
Lille striker Loic Remy has no Liverpool regretsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille striker Loic Remy has no regrets over his failed Liverpool move.The Frenchman was all set to replace Luis Suarez at Anfield only for the Reds to pull the plug on a deal after the striker failed his medical, with him later joining Chelsea.He recalled: “I was supposed to sign for Liverpool. I went for the medical in Boston, then apparently I failed the medical.”For me, everything happens for a reason, which means at the end of the day, Chelsea. We had a fantastic season.”This year Liverpool had been in trouble, it was not the Liverpool of the previous season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle icon Shearer gives glowing praise for Longstaff brothersby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer was full of praise from the Longstaff brothers after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United. Playing alongside brother Sean in midfielder on his debut, Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal to cap off a memorable day at St. James’ Park.”What an amazing day for the Longstaff family. Well done and congratulations,” Shearer wrote on Twitter.Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer added: It had energy, it had legs in midfield, it had good shape and dangerous at times on the counter attack but the stars of the show were the two brothers in midfield, Sean and Matty. Wow!”From the first minute Sean got stuck in, won the ball and put Newcastle on the front foot. It’s what they did. It got the crowd up, (it gave them) a little bit of energy that was obviously missing last weekend and it was a sign of things to come (in the first minute).”Matty wasn’t frightened to have a go at all. Look at his brother before he hit the bar saying ‘Go on, have a shot Wor Kid – just hit it!’ And he did! Steve described it as the enthusiasm of him and his brother spraying the ball around – both of them can do that, no problem at all if you give them time on the ball.”Sean’s long ball to Almiron, a lovely weighted pass – he didn’t need to take that touch, just hit it now. But the pass from Sean was fantastic. They linked well together, they understand each other’s game and it was keeping Newcastle going forward.”His goal: what a moment for him, what a moment for his family. What an unbelievable strike and momen for him. It will stay with him for his whole life.”The two of them were fantastic and his Dad should be very, very proud. What an unbelievable day for them and a great day for Newcastle, because they needed that result.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Steve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull says they were deserved winners at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “A lot has been said about City’s shortcomings on the day by pundits.”But that was not the story. The story was how good Wolves were against Pep Guardiola’s side.”Wolves set up to stop City from playing – to harass them – and they carried out the plan flawlessly.”It is amazing what a week can do in football, isn’t it?”It can knock you down or have you on cloud nine, and, thankfully, we have had the latter after Wolves’ wins at Besiktas and City.”We are playing at the tempo that was there so often last season again.”We didn’t have many chances against Besiktas, but the never-say-die attitude shone through.”Then at City, we were thinking it was the toughest fixture we could’ve asked for, but the lads went there in a positive frame of mind and got exactly what they deserved. To a man, they were fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollickingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice says a past rollicking from former manager David Moyes was deserved.Moyes was questioned for pointing the finger at the rookie after his mistake against Arsenal opened the floodgates to a 4-1 defeat in 2018.”You know what, he was right to hammer me,” said Rice. “I ducked for the ball and it’s gone in the back of the net. It was one of my early league starts [his 10th] and he absolutely grilled me in front of the lads.”I just sat there and took it but looking back on it now I think you need those moments, something to make you realise you have to get better. You can’t be thinking after a few games that you’re in.”You are going to get hit with something, and when I made that mistake against Arsenal it was kind of a reality check.”It was tough when Moyesy was grilling me in the dressing room, it hurt. But it was the right thing to do because I needed to be told.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Aleksandr Golovin has no intention of leaving Monaco in the January transfer window, according to the player’s agent.The Russia international has only been with the Ligue 1 club for six months following a €30 million (£27m/$34.3m) move from CSKA Moscow in the summer.The 22-year-old arrived in the principality with a burgeoning reputation after four successful seasons in the Russian capital. 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 big-money move was also no doubt aided by his participation at the World Cup, where he helped hosts Russia reach the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time since the break up of the Soviet Union.However the midfielder has struggled to replicate that form in a Monaco shirt, his cause not helped by an ankle injury that saw him miss the opening month of the season.Since returning to fitness in September he has gone on to make 14 appearances in all competitions so far, but has yet to score and has registered just two assists.To make things worse for Golovin he was sent off in a 3-0 defeat at Lyon earlier this month.In his defence, Golovin isn’t the only player to have struggled in a Monaco shirt this season. It has been a difficult campaign for Les Monegasques, with the club currently 19th in Ligue 1 with just three wins from their first 18 league games.They also finished bottom of their Champions League group without winning a game.Even the arrival of Thierry Henry as manager in October has failed to spark much of a revival, with the former Arsenal striker winning three and losing nine of his 14 games in charge in all competitions.With the transfer window due to open next week, a number of Monaco players have been linked with a move away as Henry seeks to reshuffle his struggling squad.Golovin was among those players to be linked with an exit; with speculation suggesting Zenit St Peterburg could take him back to Russia.Those rumours have been given short shrift by the player’s agent, Oleg Artyomov though.Speaking to Russian website Championat, he said, “All thoughts of Alexander are connected with performance in Europe. He will play in Monaco.”
Jose Mourinho “has done a lot” for Manchester United, says Romelu Lukaku, with the Portuguese deserving respect for the job he oversaw.Having been handed the reins at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, a proven coach delivered three trophies in his debut campaign.He was left empty-handed in his second, but returned United to the Premier League’s top four as they finished as runners-up behind record-breaking champions Manchester City. 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? Mourinho was expected to build on that platform, but endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign and was relieved of his duties in December.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has impressed as his successor, overseeing eight successive victories, but Lukaku is reluctant to be drawn on the differences between the manager who signed him for £75 million ($99m) and the one currently at the helm.The Belgium international striker told Eleven Sports: “I’m not going to compare the two managers.”I believe that Mourinho has done a lot for this club.”He won trophies, so I have a lot of respect for him.”He is the coach who signed me.”Lukaku was almost guaranteed game time when fit with Mourinho at the helm, with the 25-year-old boasting the full support of a boss who had unwavering faith in him.That is no longer the case under Solskjaer, with Marcus Rashford having starred as a central frontman under a new regime.Lukaku is yet to start a Premier League game under United’s interim manager, but he is enjoying being part of a squad chasing down Champions League qualification once more and potential success in cup competitions.He added: “Solskjaer has just started his story here.”I hope that all goes well. I just hope we finish in the top four and that we win a trophy.”Lukaku was included from the off in his most recent outing, as he delivered two assists in a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win away at Arsenal.He will be hoping that his display has given Solskjaer food for thought, with United back in Premier League action on Tuesday when Burnley pay a visit to Old Trafford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
“I hope people do not think that I will score 46 goals again in the Under-19s,” 14-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko told Ruhr Nachrichten after being promoted to Borussia Dortmund’s Under-19 squad. “I have to get there first and see what happens there.”The forward made his competitive debut at U-19 level last weekend, starting up front for Borussia Dortmund against Wuppertal, where he netted a 28-minute hat-trick en route to a six-goal afternoon which helped the Black-Yellows start their season with a 9-2 win in the U-19 Bundesliga West.Cameroon-born Moukoko has been a revelation at every age group he has played in, scoring 40 times in 28 games as a 12-year-old for Dortmund U-17s in 2017-18 and then breaking the league record with 46 goals the following season. This earned him a call-up to the Germany U-16 squad, making his debut as a substitute against Austria before scoring twice in his first start against the same opponents in September 2017. Two more cameo appearances followed, with another goal coming off the bench against Belgium. 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? Despite being four years younger than many of his team-mates, Moukoko was promoted to the Borussia Dortmund U-19s this season, where head coach Michael Skibbe has high hopes for the teenager. He believes he will become a top talent, claiming that all the off-field pressure does not affect the striker on the pitch.”The boy will one day become a professional. That’s as guaranteed as an amen at church. Only injuries could stop him,” Skibbe told RevierSport. “Youssoufa is a totally relaxed guy, who handles his hype extremely well. He has established himself very well so far and was an excellent fit in our team.”Bundesliga rules mean that Moukoko’s rapid ascent through the age groups will be halted at U-19 level for another few years, as he will not be eligible to play in Germany’s top flight until the 2021-22 season. DFB rules state that a player must be at least 17 on January 1 to be able to line out for his club and Moukoko will not turn 16 until November 20, 2020.Off the pitch, Moukoko has had to deal with doubts over his age. These started when he was a prodigious talent at St Pauli, even before he moved to Dortmund as a 12-year-old. However, his father worked tirelessly to prove his son’s age and received a German birth certificate in 2016 which matched his Cameroon documentation. Borussia Dortmund academy director Lars Ricken was forced to respond to age claims after he joined the club, telling reporters: “He is 12. That is simply a fact; there is no doubt about it.”The striker hopes to follow in the footsteps of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the lightning-quick forward who rose to stardom at Dortmund. Aubameyang took the wonderkid under his wing while he was at Westfalenstadion, and continues to be in contact with Moukoko, offering him advice on how to improve his game.”He’s like a big brother to me, he gives me tips, tells me what’s good, but also what’s not so good,” Moukoko told Sport Bild.Whereas Aubameyang has established himself as an elite forward, Moukoko wants to go a step further and become the world’s best player. “My goal is to become a professional with Dortmund, win the Champions League with Borussia and to win the Ballon d’Or,” he continued.Is @BVB wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko the next CR7?He’s already copying that celebration! 🔥pic.twitter.com/CMkrmWvgxD— Goal (@goal) June 7, 2019After scoring a double last season with Dortmund’s U-17 side (something he did on 12 separate occasions), Moukoko celebrated in the style of another of his idols – Cristiano Ronaldo. The pose guaranteed comparisons to the Portugal icon, but the German teenager is already paving his own path in his adopted country.Moukoko has already had an instant impact at U-19 level and with six goals on his debut, it would be difficult to bet against him reaching the 46-goal tally again – even after making the step up. His next goal of becoming a professional should be guaranteed in the next couple of years and if he can keep finding the net with the same proficiency, his other ambitions of a Champions League and Ballon d’Or do not look that outlandish.