Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil ‘shoulLeague return today against Tottenham.Smith said: “He is a top player, the best I have coached, and I really enjoy working with him.“He is an Aston Villa supporter and he is team captain while James Chester has not been in the team and has taken d be’ fit for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Chelsea next week.The German playmaker missed the north Londoners’ due to a They certainly missed the 16-assist midfielder’s creativity in the hard-fought point at the Britannia.With a full week to recover, Wenger says Ozil will be ready to go for Sunday’s Emiratesmeeting with the Blues.The French boss told talkSPORT: “I think so, he should be alright.“He was not 100% because of an inflammation of his foot, nothing too bad and he should be rValencia captain Dani Parejo says they deserved victory at Champions League opponents Chelsea.Los Che won 1-0 in London thanks to Rodrigo Moreno’s effort.Parejo said, “It is a difficult field, against a complicated opponent, in the first-half it may eady.”
Manchester City have appointed Txiki Begiristain as their new director of football.The Premier League champions have drafted in the 48-year-old, who was previouslyart of their game against Atletico Madrid.The players and Klopp were walking into the pitch through the tunnel, where some fans were extending their hands for a high five.But Klopp, who is more than aware of the recent coronavirus outbreak, was furio with Barcelona, as they look to recruit and develop the world’s best players.Begiristain worked at Barcelona from 2008 to 2010 and City confirmed he would “take responsibility for supporting the first-team manager, , in first-team recruitment and operations”.City also confirmed Brian Marwood, currently the club’s football administrator, would take on the role of managing director of the new City Football Academy when it opens at the start of the 2013/14 season.He will be responsible for the recruitment, development, training and management of up to 400 players.Begiristain, who played for Real Sociedad and Barcelona during his career, told the club’s official website: “I am very pleased indeed to have been offered such an exciting opportunity.”The progress and on field achievements at Manchester City are plain for all to see and I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to its future success.”I am very much looking forward to working with Brian Marwood, Roberto Mancini and Ferran Soriano in continuing to build a football team and philosophy which will serve Manchester City well in thst keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wednee near and long term future.”
Fulham are planning to open negotiations over a move for Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh.The 26-year-old, who started out at Ajaxdesperate to bring in a striker with Wesley out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.Le 10 Sport says Giroud is Villa’s preferred option to fill that void, with the Frenchman possessing a wealth of Premier League experience.Off contract in June, Cape Town in South Africa he wasn’t angry after Liverpool blew a three-goal lead against RB Salzburg.Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a comfortable lead after 36 minutes.Hwang Hee-Chee grabbed one back from the visitors on 39 minutes, an, has been a peripheral figure in Amsterdam this season and has only managed three league appearances.Martin Jol worked with him during his time as Ajax manager and is keen to reunite with him in west London.And the Dutch club have confirmed that discussions are set to be held today over the midfielder’s switch to Craven Cottage.Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars told De Telegraaf: “Negotiations should begin. But nothing is certain.”
Wigan are weighing up a loan move for Mexican striker Aldo De Nigris.Latics boss is keen to add another striker tr Argentina coach Cesar Luis Menotti helped Barcelona sign a young Diego Maradona from Boca Juniors, it has been revealed.Menotti produced a report on Maradona in 1978 and delivered it to Barcelona, who were interested in signing his compatriot.His ro his ranks to boost their battle to beat the drop with Arouna Kone, and having mustered just ten Premier League goals between them this season.To make room for De Nigris, talkSPORT understands Martinez is looking to offload Boselli. The Argentinian striker has failed to make any impact at the DW stadium since his £7m move from Estudiantes back in 2010.De Nigris, 29, has won the Mexican league twice with Monterrey and scored forout his desire to play in a Manchester United cup final, having missed out two FA Cups, an EFL Cup and Europa League final because of injury and selection,”It is a massive ambition for me,” said the Manchester United defender.”I was there for the Eur his club in their defeat to Chelsea at the FIFA World Club Championship in December.The Mexican hitman is keen on a move to the Premier League and a work permit should not be an issue as he has won 20 caps for his country since making his debut in 2010.
celona.Valverde is under pressure at Barca after their stunning Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.And y beating Toronto FC 3-1 in front of a record crowd at Century Link Field.In a remarkable second-half blitz, the home side stormed to victory thanks to goals from Kelvin Leerdam, Victor Rodriguez and Raul Ruidiaz.Jozy Altidore scored a consolation deit’s emerged that his new deal, which runs to 2020, includes a break clause that both parties can trigger at the end of the season. V
The agent of Chelsea target Senad Lulic has played down talk of the Lazio midfielder leaving the club.Lulic, 26, has become a key player for the Serie A side since joining from Swiss side Young Boys lasd a full trophy cabinet to prove his quality.Klopp has restored Liverpool to a place few could have envisaged them having the stability to sustain, yet he has still failed to lift a trophy with the Anfield club, something which Ramos doesn’t bew.The Foxes could use some of the money generated from the sale of England international Harry Maguire to Manchester United over the summer.The Telegraph says Leicester are expected to reignite their interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Burnley’slieve t year.Chelsea, along with the Champions League group opponents Juventus, have been linked with the Bosnia international since the summer.Despite such reports, the player’s representative Kevin Fioranelli insists he has no desire to leave Rome.”I believe that there is nothing concrete behind these rumours, because Lulic is very settled in Rome and has a great relationship with the coach,” he told calciomercato.it.
West Brom have named Roy Hodgson as their new manager.The former and boss has agreed a deal until the summer of 2012 to replace , who was sacked at the weekend.Hodgson, who only left his post at Anfield last month, will take over after this weekend’s relegation clash with .”West Bromwich Albion are delighted to announce they have appointed Roy Hodgson as the club’s new head coach,” read a statement on the club’s official website.”The 63-year-old former Inter Milan, Switzerland, Fulham and Liverpool boss has this morning committed himself to the club until June 2012.”, who was appointed caretaker head coach on Sunday after Roberto Di Malopp admits Liverpool face a tough task advancing to the Champions League last-16.ce that Erling Haaland will have to be sold in January.Salzburg chief Christoph Freund cannot rule out Haaland leaving over the New Year – an opinion shared by many on the board, says VG.Freund said earlier this week: “At the moment there is no bid oThe Reds must draw or beat RB Salzburg in Austria to quality after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Napoli on Tuesday.”In [the Napoli] dressing room they feel liktteo was relieved of his duties, will remain in charge for the West Ham game.”
will make signing his first priority this January, talkSPORT has learned.The new Newcastle manager is desperate to win over the fans incensed at the sacking of Chris Hughton and sees tying Ben Arfa down to a permanent deal the best way to get them onside.French star Ben Arfa exploded on to the scene early in the season with a string of eye catching displays and a stunning winning goal at .But he broke his leg in a tackle wa short-term contract until the end of the season.The 28-year-old, who has been a free agent since leaving Blackburn in the summer, has been training with Sheffield United since December.He was criticised for the way he came across in the Netflix serith Manchester City hardman in September and has been ruled out for the seaer Luca Toni says Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi can succeed with Juventus.Toni insists Icardi and Juve ace Cristiano Ronaldo can play together.“Ronaldo and Icardi are two finishers,” Toni told Tuttosport.“CR7 is a champion, while Mauro’s a greson.Marseille allowed the 23-year-old to go to St James’ Park on loan in the summer but Pardew will now press ahead with plans to make the move permanent in the New Year.
Here are the latest transfer tales from talksport.co.uk…Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan has caught the eye of Liverpool scouts, who are now monitoring the 23-year-old Argentine international. Real Madrid’s two-goal hero Emmanuel Adebayor has hinted at an immediate return to England when his loan stint in Spain ends this summer, with Newcastle the latest club to be linked to the Manchester City star. Real Madrid are believed to be monitoring ‘s contract talks with Everton and could launch a bid for the midfielder in tder says they’re determined make the most of their FA Cup run.United travel to Reading next week for the fifth round.A win over the Royals will put them into the last eight of the FA Cup – a competition they have not won since 1925. Wilder said: “Whe summer if the deal collapses. West Ham are lining up a surprise £1.5m bid for Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork. says will only sell for “daft” money and has quoted a figure of nearly £35m. goalkeeper hasves boss Nuno says they’ll be ready for tonight’s Europa League clash at Olympiakos.Wolves failed in an appeal to have the match postponed after it emerged the Greek club’s owner, Evangelos Maranakis, had contracted coronavirus. Nuno said: “We are filed a lawsuit demanding compensation from Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese for claiming the 41-year-old belonged in the ‘Muppet Show’ and suggesting he had mental health problems. striker will blame the swearing incident that has left him facing a two-match ban on a Sky cameraman at a Football Association disciplinary hearing. Under-pressure manager has surprisingly turned to former West Ham, and Norwich boss Glenn Roeder to help Aston Villa beat the drop. Roma are ready to battle Arsenal and Manchester United for the services of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
boss is weighing up a January move for Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths.Griffiths, who is on loan ag of Real Zaragoza prospect Alberto Soro.Soro was in Madrid early in the morning to pass his mandatory medical examination and sign his contract with Real Madrid.Real Zaragoza will receive €2.5m up front, plus a similar amount in bonuses.Soro will t Hibernian from Wolves, has been in red-hot form this season, notching 13 goals in 14 SPL matches.His g Mattia Caldara says he’s determined to succeed with AC Milan.The 25-year-old has yet to play a Serie A game for the Rossoneri since his arrival from Juventus in the summer of 2018 due to first an Achilles problem and then an ACL injury.But Beppe Risood form resulted in senior international recognition earlier this month as he made his Scotland debut in their 2-1 win in Luxembourg.The 22-year-old began his career at Livingston, where he made his first-team bow at just 16, before moving to Dundee.His form there earned him a transfer to Wolves in 2011, but he has managed only ten minutes of action at the Molineux club.He has, however, thrived at Hibernian and Norwich could now look to hand him a chance to shine in the Premier League in January.
Chelsea boss has hailed new boy Oscar as a “fantastic signing.”The Italian is expecting big things of the 20-year-old Brazilian, who completed his move to Stamford Bridge earlier this wrnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He seek in a deal reportedly worth £25million.Oscar, who is part of Brazil’s squad for to ESPN FC, the Gunners want to add a younger defender to ease the burden on their older centre-backs.With transfer funds tight amid missing out on a Champions League spot, the Gunners will look at Upamecano, 20, as a gettable target.They have not mLondon 2012 and played in the 2-0 warm-up victory over Team GB last Friday, can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder and is viewed as one of his country’s most exciting talents.And Di Matteo is backing the new arrival to thrive in the Premier League.”He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to the Brazilian national team and he will be a fantastic signing for us,” Di Matteo told the club’s website.”Oscar is a very exciting young talent, a creative midfield player who scores goals. He will add a lot of options and solutions for us in midfield.”
As Man City shake off their title hangover, talkSPORT’s Premier League season review continues. Part three features both Manchester clubs plus two surprise packages – Newcastle and Norwich.There are several stand-out candidates here. , the City supporte United.Anderson, who lives in Whitley Bay, agreed terms with the Magpies after turning 17 on Wednesday and has been involved in the under-23 squad this term. “I’m delighted to be signing a professional contract with Newcastle United,” the teenager ers’ 2011 Player of the Year has led by example once again, ‘s invention lit up the club’s early season charge while Yaya Toure is arguably the Premier League’s most complete midfielder since Patrick Vieira. Instead, we’re opting for Sergio Aguero, who scored twice on his debut against ea and adapted instantly to the English game during Carlos Tevez’s self-imposed absence. Aguero’s 22 league goals fired City to within touching distance of Premier League glory, but his superb 23rd against QPR on the final day of the season secured the trophy. It’s been a remarkable campaign for the Argentine.Granted, there have been a few lows, mostly in domestic and European cup competitions, but they are far outweighed by scintillating Premier League memories. Two moments spring to mind – the most recent, of course, when Sergio Aguero’s 94th minute winner against QPR snatched the title from Man United’s grasp in the most incredible, unforeseen circumstances. The other came back in October 2011 when City claimed an astonishing 6-1 victory at Old Trafford, inflicting the ‘ worst home defeat since 1955. Some of City’s fast-sweeping attacking movement that afternoon was simply too much for a Man United side completely blown away like never before under Sir .An historic triumph. City’s first English title in 44 years reduced their supporters to tears of joy, seconds before they wiped away tears of sorrow when witnessing what they thought would result in the most humiliating last day collapse against Premier League strugglers QPR. They underachieved in Europe given the strength of their squad and must find a way to prevent complacency seeping in after picking up just five domestic points out of 15 in March and April. worked wonders after shelving retirement plans to return for Man United in January, while Johnny Evans was superb during ‘s untimely injury lay off. Once again, though, it was who dragged Man United through games they had no right to win, dropping deep to link up with midfielders, surging forward to bag a mind-boggling 34 goals in all competitions and setting the example with his tremendous work rate. England’s best player this year by some distance.A below par season yielded no silverware for the first time in seven years at Old Trafford. There were, by Sir Alex’s high standards, far more lows than highs yet one afternoon did offer early promise for a team destined to fall flat in the Premier League title run-in. It arrived on bank holiday weekend on August 2011 when United stunned Arsenal and by hammering his 8-2.A season to forget for Man United. Dumped out of Europe in the group stages for only the third time in 17 years, knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round by bitter rivals and pipped to the Premier League title in cruel fashion by mega rich neighbours Man City. United had their hands on the trophy following their 1-0 win at , but City’s late, late show against QPR meant the title was quite literally gone in 60 seconds.In 2011, scored 14 goals in his first 17 league games for Newcastle then in the new year dropped a little deeper to accommodate new arrival Papiss Demba Cisse, who bagged 13 goals in his first 12 outings. As a result we’re allowing these two Senegal internationals the honour of sharing an award. What a lethal partnership.Beating both Chelsea and Liverpool by two goals would ordinarily represent season highs for a Newcastle team languishing in the Championship two years ago. Not this time, though. Four days into 2012, the Magpies stunned Man United with a dominant home showing and a couple of stunning goals from Demba Ba and and a last minute own goal from helped Newcastle to a 3-0 victory. It reignited hopes of European football on T interest in taking charge of Arsenal midseason.Goal says former Juventus coach Allegri doesn’t want to return to management until next summer at the earliest.That rules out the Italian replacing Emery at the Emirates if Arsenal sack the Spaniard in yneside and dented Man United’s title dreams.Newcastle were tipped to struggle this term, but came within a whisker of Champions League qualification – quite remarkable considering the lack of support his appointment received last season. Holding on to the ‘s best players and making another three or four shrewd acquisitions this summer might just secure those Champions League aspiration next season. For now, Europa League football is a big step in the right direction for a refreshingly cash savvy club.Cries of ‘Holt of England’ have reverberated around Carrow Road all season and why not? The 31-year-old, who was playing for in League Two during the 2008/09 campaign has notched 15 top flight goals for the , second only behind Wayne Rooney as the league’s top English marksman. An England call may be beyond the bullying striker, but he’s played a huge part in consolidating Norwich’s Premier League status.Arriving at White Hart Lane following a draw with and away defeat to , the yellow army of travelling support dreamt rather than expected three points against a side chasing Champions League football. But Norwich matched Harry’s boys from start to finish and it was ‘s unstoppable 66th minute strike that sealed a 2-1 victory in April.A remarkable year for Norwich. How many people expected them to finish in 12th spot? Certainly none of us here at talkSPORT Towers, that’s for sure. followed up successive promotions from League One and the Championship by holding his own against Arsenal, Spurs and co. Crucially, he’ll need to avoid second season syndrome and ensure next year doesn’t result in a relegation scrap.Missed part two? and check back here on Thursday for part four.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has hailed the “phenomenal perfomance” of the club’s players in Tuesday night’s epic encounter with Barcelona.The Blues snatched a 2-2 draw with the Catalan giants at the Nou Camp, despite having captain sent off in the first half, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win and a place in the Champions League final.Real Madrid or Bayern Munich await in the final in May and Gourlay admits the stunning victory over last year’s champions is a huge boost to the club’s coffers.”It inager Frank Lampard.For all the vital work Lampard has done with the emerging talent this season, it seems he has also relished trying to get the best of Kovacic.”It’s been nice, nice of course,” Kovacic told the club’s website.”Now I see why he was s a phenomenal performance because not many pCrystal Palace.The Belgian striker wants to get into the Belgian first team for Euro 2020.But he knows that he will struggle to nail down a starting spot if he is a bench warmer at club level.He scored two goals for his national team against Cyprus ieople gave us a chance,” said Gourlay, speaking to the club’s official website.”Going 2-0 down, it made it seem as if things were not going our way but the guys dug in fantastically well and I am very proud of the performances.”To find ourselves in the final has given the club a fabulous lift, and the fans as well. Financially, as well, it is a big boost for the club.”It helps us continue our investment in the team as we go forward but we still have the challenge of making sure we are in this competition next year, and that is very important.”
Some poor recent results for Liverpool have led some people to complain that Anfield’s favourite son is escaping the criticism that dogged his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, thanks to the former’s past achievements. While no one, least of all Dalglish, wouldn’t accept that Liverpool should have more points on the board at this stage of the season, a little perspective is needed when assessing how the club is progressing during his second spell in charge.The stats above show that King Kenny has improved ‘s fortunes in the Premier League since taking over, lifting the club from mid-table mediocrity to genuine Champions League place challengers again. That may seem the limit of Liverpool’s ambitions, but how many times in the past 22 years have the actually pushed for more than a top four place?Yes, Dalglish has spent more money than though it should not be forgotten that the Scot has also lowered the club’s wage bill and sold under-performing players to the tune of £74.5m.Dalglish also stands on the brink of taking Liverpool to their first Wembley final in 16 years, while Hodgson oversaw a depressing defeat to League Two at Anfield in the same competition.While Liverpool have struggled to score goals under Dalglish, they were similarly poor in front of goal under the management of Hodgson and, crucially, with the Scot in charge the quality of footba Dembele has no regrets digging in his heels at Barcelona this summer.Barca wanted to use the World Cup winner in a swap to bring Neymar back to the club from PSG. But Dembele refused to be part of the exchange, despite pressure from club directors.All played by the Reds has arguably improved greatly from the tactics employed by his predecessor.Liverpool aren’t as good as they hope to be, but progression takes time.Just over a year ago, Dalglish took over at short notice from Hodgson, 24 hours before the Reds faced Man United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, with most Kopites fearing an embarrassing thumping if Woy remained in charged. A ten-man Liverpool lost 1-0 that day ster City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Frand this Saturday they face the same opposition in the fourth round, on this occasion at Anfield, with every expectation that they can beat their old foes. What a difference a manager makes.Agree? Let us know by leaving a comment below…
Chelsea will face another lower league test if they beat Birmingham City in their FA Cup fifth round replay after beingh Louis van Gaal says they must select their strongest line-up in today’s Dutch Cup final against Willem II.The match is held just days before the return-leg of Ajax’s Champions League semifinal against Tottenham.With Ajax leading the aggregate score picked to face in the draw for the quarter-finals.Andre s-Boas’ side struggled to a 1-1 draw with the Midlands outfit and now face a replay on March 6, and if they beat them they will host the Foxes who were victorious against Norwich City.Tottenham Hotspur, who also face a replay after stumbling to a frustrating stalemate with Stevenage, could take on Bolton Wanderers.’s reward for thrashing Brighton 6-1 is a home tie against City and in the other tie of the round sees Everton take on Sunderland at Goodison Park.Liverpool v Pep Guardiola is delighted Ilkay Gundogan is staying.Gundogan has signed a new contract extension with City, committing him to the Club until 2023. Guardiola said, “I spoke I think once with him and said: ‘I hope you can stay because you’re a play Stoke CityChelsea or v Leicester CityStevenage or Hotspur v WanderersEverton v