TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva insists Davies in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists Tom Davies is in his plans.Davies made a bright start to the season and was made captain by Silva for Everton’s game with Arsenal in September but he has not played a minute in the Premier League since coming off in the 2-1 win at Leicester on October 6. When asked if he would allow Davies to move in the New Year, Silva replied: “No way. Impossible. No way. Tom is part of our squad. He is an important player for me and an important player for us as a club. He is the present and the future of our club.”I know Tom is not playing the last few games but that is not his fault. It is because the players in that position are playing very well. When I changed to start with Andre (Gomes) for the first time against Crystal Palace, Tom’s performances were improving.”He did very well in the game before at Leicester but I took the decision to change – not because of Tom’s performance but because of how I expected Crystal Palace to play, and they did play that way. Tom is working hard and is ready to play, if that is what I decide.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina coach Pioli pleased to see off Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina coach Stefano Pioli was pleased with their 3-1 win over Empoli.Both Kevin Mirallas and Giovanni Simeone were on the scoresheet for the Viola.”This was a very challenging game, but we were driven and we gave it everything we had,” said Pioli after the match.”After Juventus, Empoli are the team that picked up the most points over the last four games. Considering the context, we did really well.”What I liked the most was our never-say-die spirit. We did not give in after the opponents took advantage of our mistake and scored a goal. We wanted a victory, and we earned it.”
Man Utd make opening bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have failed with a bid for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.RAI Sport says United have submitted a €60m (£54m) offer for Juventus star Douglas Costa.United have tabled a bid with the Italian giants as they look to prise the Brazilian away from Serie A.However, initial reports claim Juve have knocked back the opening offer with his current contract running until June 2022.The 28-year-old winger would provide caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or the new manager in the summer, with further choice on the flanks with Alexis Sanchez failing to live up to expectations.
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lloris hellbent on ending Tottenham’s barren trophy runby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris is determined to end Tottenham’s barren trophy run.Spurs haven’t won a piece of silverware since the league cup in 2007/08.Lloris said: “This [winning silverware] is what we work for.”We know we are in the Premier League and there are a lot of contenders, big teams, big players, and that is why we are excited to be here.”We are in the most competitive country, so we keep working with the same mentality and do our best.”We have shown in the past that Tottenham is very competitive and we are reducing the gap with the best.”
Real Madrid defender Varane: Areola could be our No1by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaphael Varane has welcomed France teammate Alphonse Areola to Real Madrid.The PSG goalkeeper has joined Real on a season-long loan.Varane said, “If I have spoken with Areola on his arrival? “A little bit, and he is very happy to come to Madrid. We do not know what can happen to the starting places. In football, everything goes very fast. “In Madrid, we are fortunate to have two very good specialists. We’ll see…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sean Longstaff says Newcastle away support deserved betterby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff says the away support deserved better after their thrashing at Leicester City.Longstaff hailed the travelling fans who still cheered even after Leicester’s fifth went in with Newcastle down to ten men with Isaac Hayden having been sent off.“The away fans travelled again. We should never put them in the position where they’re cheering just for the sake of it,” said Longstaff. “It’s a tough one. The first half, we go a goal behind, but we’re still getting into some all right positions. The sending off kills the game, but still, the second half is embarrassing.“It’s hard for the fans to take. It’s a Sunday night, late game, miles away from home. They were still singing at the end. We can’t thank them enough for what they bring.”
Twitter/@UMichEarlier today, Chris Balas of Rivals’ Michigan site TheWolverine.com broke the news that Michigan would not renew its partnership with adidas, and would instead be signing with Nike as its apparel and shoe partner. Now, Michigan has confirmed the move, via Twitter.Reunited and it feels sooo good. http://t.co/ZCpmchtZMV #URecord pic.twitter.com/MPguZr2oPg— UniversityofMichigan (@UMich) July 6, 2015Michigan’s press release about the move has more:The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with NIKE to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership will commence August 1, 2016 and will see NIKE supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and NIKE also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was NIKE,” said interim director of athletics Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is about more than Michigan athletics; at the core, it is about our University community and it is about two great names reuniting for an opportunity that speaks to more than uniforms and apparel. “NIKE is a recognized leader in its field when it comes to product innovation and we look forward to future collaboration.” Michigan aspires to unlock new possibilities for the entire U-M community with the partnership including student internships at NIKE headquarters and community events. The agreement includes use of the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” apparel and footwear for men’s and women’s basketball.At the time it was signed, Michigan’s adidas deal was the most lucrative in college athletics. We’ll be interested to see what this new Nike partnership looks like for the Wolverines.
Brighton have completed the signing of Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from Argentinos Juniors.The 20-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Seagulls but will stay in the Superliga for the rest of the season.Argentinos confirmed in a statement Brighton have paid $9 million (£6.9m) for their 90 per cent share of Mac Allister’s economic rights. 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? Brighton boss Chris Hughton feels Mac Allister, who has made nine league appearances for Argentinos this term, will be a good addition to his squad for the 2019-20 campaign and beyond.”Alexis is an exciting young player that we have brought in for the future, and he has already made a big impact playing in Argentina,” Hughton told Brighton’s website.”It is in the best interests of all three parties to allow him to return to Juniors, as he will be able to continue playing regular first-team football in a very competitive league.”We will keep a close eye on his development over the coming months, and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the football club.”Who’s that man fromIt’s not Leo – but Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from @AAAJoficial. Breaking news brought to you by @eToro.#BHAFC — Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 24, 2019Mac Allister is glad of the chance to see out the season in Argentina before trying to prove himself in the Premier League.He said: “The main reason I signed was because they came to Argentina looking for me, and they seemed very convinced about me.”They made a big effort, told me about their project and their ideas to keep growing in this league, and I liked their ideas. I liked what they said. We kept in contact with [head of recruitment and analysis] Paul [Winstanley] and I was eventually able to come and sign everything.”I watch a lot of football and for me the English league is the best in the world. It is above all the other leagues. That’s the challenge for me, to be able to perform in that league and to bring my contribution to this team. I feel I am a player who really likes to get on the ball, that is my style.”I am really pleased I can go back for six months and help Argentinos, and these six months will help me a lot. I will keep progressing with my team and be calm in my head. I’ll be able to enjoy playing for the club which has given me everything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kieran Trippier wants to stay in England, with the Tottenham defender generating talk of interest from Serie A giants Juventus and Napoli.The 28-year-old is among those who could be heading out of north London this summer as Mauricio Pochettino is finally freed to make adjustments to his squad after two windows of no movement.Trippier concedes that his performances in 2018-19 were not good enough, with his standards slipping on the back of a memorable World Cup campaign with England. 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? He has already stated a preference to remain with Spurs, but accepts that decision may be taken out of his hands.Italy could be one potential landing spot for the right-back, but he is eager to continue his career in the Premier League.Quizzed again on his future in the wake of a Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, Trippier told reporters: “I don’t know.“I go home now, spend time with my family, just recover after a long, difficult season. Everybody’s got a decision to make, no matter what.“Obviously this club has been very good for me over the last few years but I’ll enjoy my summer, come back in pre-season and that’s when I’ll sit down with the manager and have a talk about my future.“I see a lot of speculation about me not being here. I give everything, 100 per cent every game, win lose or draw. So we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”Trippier, who has been left out of England’s squad for the Nations League finals, added on the rumours of a switch to continental Europe: “I want to stay in England. But what can you do?“I’ll see what happens and what the club wants, most importantly.“I give everything for this club – training sessions, games – so we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”Trippier has been with Tottenham since joining from Burnley in the summer of 2015.He has made 113 appearances across four seasons, with the right-back berth having been made his own in Pochettino’s plans since England team-mate Kyle Walker headed to Manchester City in 2017.
Gianluigi Buffon’s agent said a return to Juventus is “just an idea” for now as he seemingly admitted negotiations are underway to bring the legendary goalkeeper back to Turin.Buffon is a free agent after leaving Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain following one season in the French capital.The 41-year-old swapped Juventus for PSG in 2018-19 but Buffon could be set for a return to the Serie A champions, where he won the Scudetto nine times. 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? Responding to reports that Buffon is in talks to become Wojciech Szczesny’s understudy before taking up a role as a director, Silvano Martina told SportItalia : “For now, it’s just an idea.”Buffon spent 17 years at Juventus after arriving from Parma for a then-world record fee 2001.The Italian great added five Supercoppa Italiana and four Coppa Italia titles to his collection, while he was a Champions League runner-up on three occasions.Buffon then moved to PSG in 2018, winning the Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions in his only season with Thomas Tuchel’s side.The legendary goalkeeper has been noncommittal when talking about his future to date, hinting earlier this month that he might even take the year off to decide on the next move in his career.”PSG told me five months ago that I would be the second goalkeeper next season,” Buffon told Corriere dello Sport . “I had plenty of time to think about it and I came to the conclusion that this was not for me, so I gave up a lot of money and a one-year option.”Their request was absolutely legitimate, understandable and was an attractive offer. “However, at the age of 41, I have this almost physiological need to feel sensations. Emotions translate into energy, dreams, the feeling of being part of something.”Today I find myself in a situation like last summer, in an extraordinary state of serenity, in a state of total relaxation where everything is open and it could all end in twelve months or in fifteen days. “Some good proposals have arrived, but if I don’t have the right motivation I can decide to take a year all for myself, all mine. One year of education.”