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Cruyff: Barca may sell Alves to Manchester City

Johan Cruyff, Barcelona’s honorary president, has indicated the club could be ready to sell £25m-rated Dani Alves to Manchester City.The attacking full-back is nearing the end of his contract at the Catalan club and the Dutch hero thinks they might cash in while they can.”Barca are a sensational team with or without Dani Alves,” Cruyff said.”Is it better to have him with us? Sure. Manchester City are interested though and it may be better to sell him than wait for his contract to end next year and leave on a free.”The three-time Ballon d’Or winner drew comparisons – when writing his column in the Catalonian El Periodico – betwees with Sporting CP for Bruno Fernandes.Sport says Fernandes could become a Manchester United in a matter of hours.And the Portuguecontent_imgse’s seemingly imminent arrival from Sporting could also be accompanied by a further addition in midfield.Should £150m-n the deal Barca reached with City over Yaya Toure and the possible move for Alves.”If he goes, negotiations will be simple. We will say: ‘Thanks, goodbye chester United midfielder Scott McTominay says he’s proud to maintaining the club’s academy traditions.United also fielded the youngest starting line-up in the Premier League this season, with the side that beat Brighton 3-1 last month boasting an avand good luck’. But it is exactly the same as the case of Yaya Toure. Guardiola wants Alves to stay, as he did with Toure, but what cannot be, cannot be.”

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Hodgson targets three points for Premier League survival

West Brom manager has claimed his side need just three more points to secure Premier League football next season.Speaking after a 3-2 win against which extended the unbeaten run to seven games and moved them to tenth place in the Premier League on 39 points, Hodgson claimed that they are not yet safe from relegationrhas opened the door to signing a new midfielder this month.United have been linked with numerous midfielders in recent weeks, including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester’s James Maddison and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, as well as several current City midfielder Bernardo Silva has urged teammates to forget their dramatic win over Leicester City.The Etihad was a nervous place with 20 minutes to go against Leicester, the game goalless and the title-race momentum swinging to a Liverpool side w.But he believes that if his side continue the form that has seen them beat and draw with in recent weeks then they will get their reward.“I don’t know that 40 will be sufficient this year,” Hodgson said. “It’s more likely to be 42. That’s the amended judgement from the experts for the number of points that will be necessary [to seal survival]. I will be very disappointed if we get 42 points and went down.“We’ve got six games to get those three points and if the players can continue giving me what they’ve given me these last six matches then I’m pretty sure we’ll find those three pocontent_imgints somewhere and these players who really do deserve another season in the Premier League will get what they deserve.”

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Murphy hails Hodgson ahead of Fulham’s trip to West Brom

Fulham captain hopes his side’s inside knowledge of will becontent_img enough to plot his downfall when host the on Saturday.Hodgson guided Fulham through the most successful period of their history during his two-and-a-half years in charge, culminating in their run to the 2010 Europa League Final.And Hodgson will face his former side for the first time with both in the relegation zone after taking three points from their first five games.Murphy says it’s vital Hodis.The People reports Benitez has snubbed a potential return to Spain after Real Betis made an approach.With Benitez’s future at Newcastle uncertain, the La Liga club are said to have contacted Benitez’s advisers asking if he would be interested in tgson’s knowledge isn’t lost to the game – while hoping Fulham can prosper at the Hawthorns.”It will be a little bit strange to come up against Roy as we spent so much time with him,” said Murphy. “It will be nice to see him, thouLeicester City defender Filip Benkovic could be on the move next month.The Telegraph says Derby County have launched a bid to sign Benkovic in January.The Rams are set to table a loan offer for the out of favour centre-half for the rest of the season.The Croatian is yet to feature in the Premier League this term.Benkovic has been with Leicester since 2018 and spent last season on-loan with Celtic.gh. I have great memories of Roy and his time with us, though on match day we will be looking to put one over on him.”And I think we’ll have an idea of how they’re going to play. They will be well organised, work hard and have a good shape. I am just glad he is still in the game – he is a man of wisdom.”

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Wenger refuses to be drawn on Henry rumours

has refused to confirm or deny rumours that Arsenal legend Thierrirector Dimitri De Conde has confirmed the interest of Liverpool and Napoli in Sander Berge.Berge has been linked with the Reds this month, having impressed both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his players in last week’s Champions League defeat.Any Henry could make a return to the club on a short-term loan deal.The New York Red Bulls striker has been linked with a return to the to bolster an ailing frontline which is threatening to derail the club’s hopes of a top four finish in the Premier Leagucontent_imge.But following a 1-1 draw with struggling , which highlighted the reason why bringing the 34-year-old club legend back could improve Arsenal’s attacking options, Wenger refused to be drawn on the chances of a deal being struck.“There is no story and if wester United have made a move for veteran Napoli striker Dries Mertens.TMW says Mertens will be a free agent at the end of the season and is therefore likely to join those moving on with United among the clubs interested.Inter Milan and Borussia Dorte sign anybody we will inform you,” he said. “If you want to write a story I cannot stop you.“I am 15 years in England and I never told before I signed somebody the name of who I would sign. If we sign anybody we will inform you, I cannot tell you much more.”

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Shocking Nikica Jelavic v Andy Carroll stats

Apartmeyang has postponed talks over a contract extension as he explores Barcelona’s interest.The Catalan club have been linked with a move for Aubameyang, who is out of contract at the Emicontent_imgrates in 2021.The Gabonese striker has stalled on signing a new co from creating more chances, Carroll has been outdone in every other category. Although Carroll has made more passes, a higher number of Jelavic’s reached their target. Also, despite Carroll’s 100% dribble completion rate, it’s less impressive when you consider that he’s made a grand total of two dribbles anransfer window.That is according to his agent, who believes the youngster will fight for a first team position this season.Chong was reportedly wanted by former club Feyenoord, but he rejected a return to Holland.Per Erkan Alkan, the player’s agent, d runs in the second half of the season. The cherry on top, is that Jelavic has achieved these figures with two fewer games under his belt.Which striker do you think will come out on top at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Everton? Let us know below…

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Tottenham confirm Younes Kaboul to be out for another six weeks

defender is facing another six weeks on the sidelines, the club have confirmed.Kaboul, 26, has only played once all season after undergoing surgery on his injured knee in August.It was initially predicted that the France intere Two side Swindon Town on a season-long basis.The 19-year-old signed a new deal with the Premier League club at the end of the past secontent_imgason, having played three EFL Trophy games.Ballard has played under-18 and under-23 games for the GEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford admits the players top six remains their ambitions.With £200million spent in the last couple of seasons on Richarlison, Moise Kean and others, Everton expected to be where this afternoon’s opponents Leicester are – in the top six.”That’s the aspiration and where we want to be,” insists Pickford, using his status to front up. “We’ve dropped points where we shouldn’t have. We need to stop Leicester in their tracks and it is a great opportunity.”I believe in this squad. The talent and ability we have top to bottom is very good and can match any team in the Premier League. We have a lot of international players.”unners, and was national would miss four months of action but he is still nowhere near ready to return.And Tottenham No.2 Steffen Freund has revealed that it is unlikely that the defender will return for another six weeks.Freund said: “He has been put on a six-week programme. We hope to have him back in mid-February.”

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Silva out of Dortmund clash and doubt for Manchester derby

has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund and could be doubtful for this weekend’s derby against .Manager confirmed the Spaniard has not travelled to Germany with the rest of the squad for the final Group D match due to a hamstiss out on Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert.The Arsenal-set-miss-Markus-Schubert-German-goalkeeper-poised-join-Schalke.html”>Daily MailArsenal-set-miss-Markus-Schubert-German-goalkeeper-poised-join-Schalke.html”> says Schubert is poised to jring injury.”It’s a hamstring. We don’t know if he can recover for the derby. We will try,” said the City boss.”We have brought here all the players that are available. The other players that stay at home are injured.”Theungster will likely replace teammate Ryan Kent at Ibrox, with the Gers likely to miss out on signing the 22-year-old permanently.Aston Villa have reportedly priced Rangers out of a move for Kent, with the Daily Record suggesting Ojo will be brought i players that are here will content_imgdo everything to win this game.”

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Ancelotti refuses to concede defeat in Premier League title race

won’t give up on Chelsea’s hopes of defending their Premier League title.The Blues currently trail leaders by nine points, having played a game more, but the Italian says his side can fight their back into contention.He said: “I have trust and confidence in my players that we’ll move on and be competitive for the rest of the season.”The gap at the top is not easy to close but we have to stay focussed. It’s a fantastic motivation for us to continue the fight for the Premier League.”Ancelotti is under pressure after Chelsea’s recent run of results which has seen them pick up just 10 points from their last 11 matches, but he insists he retains the support of everyone at the club.He added: “It’s important to have the support of the club, the players and of the fans. It’s the right way to move on quickly. The most important thing is to stay together and I can see everyone is doing their job as best they can.”The problem is not my relationship with the club, or the owner or players. The problem is the team is not doing well. We’ve lost confidence and that’s the problem. We have to stay focussed on that.”I’ve spoken to the staff to try to find a solution, but it’s on the pitche dominated Ucontent_imgEFA’s Fans Team of the Year vote.Liverpool enjoyed a stellar year in 2019 as they won the Champions League and Club World Cup – and their players have continued to receive the plaudits for their efforts.eason.The young midfielder is expected to start in Wednesday’s El Clasico at Barcelona.”We have found Valverde at Real Madrid,” said Zizou.”He is someone that is doing very well and that is the value of this club, we’ve always had the best players.”LSadio Mane was named African Playe not off it that we need to do that. The support of the club and fans is important, but the most important thing is to find a solution on the pitch.”

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AC Milan want Man City striker to replace Ibrahimovic

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri will push ahead with a move for Manchester City striker as enigmatic Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic edges ever closer to the San Siro exit.Ibrahimovic is poised to complete his transfer to free-spending French side PSG in the next few days, forcing Allegri to sign a new forward before the start of next season.And according to Italian TV station Mediaset, the Milan boss will Jose Mourinho after their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.Mourinho reckoned Lampard picked the wrong players and claimed the Blues did not even do the “basics”. He also accused his old team of being “too soft” and “not aggressive” enough.Lamparpursue Dzena.That is the opinion of Mitchell van Bergen.The latter knows mount from their time at Vitesse in the Dutch League, where Mount was on loan during the 2017-2018 season.He scored 13 goals for Vitesscontent_imge, and impressed the likes of van Bergen.”I look at ko, who has failed to establish himself as ‘s first-choice forward since arriving from Wolfsburg in 2011.Mancini is thought to be keen to keep hold of the Bosnian, who bagged 14 league goals last season, but could he be forced to sell as City look to comply with UEFA’s financial fairplay regulations.And Milan are confident that a bid of £24m will be enough to prise Dzeko away from the Etihad Stadium.

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Benitez: I didn’t hear any Chelsea fans booing

New Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez insisted he did not hear any boos during his side’s dull goalless draw against Manchester City.Benitez was placed in temporary charge at Stamford Bridge this week and Blues fans were quick to make their feelings known as boos rang out round the stadium and former boss Roberto Di Matteo’s name was chanted.However, Benitez told talkSPORT his focus was solely on the game and a positive clean sheet.He said: “I was not listening to anything, I was just focused on the game, I just focused on my job.”There’s not anything I can do. I can understand some people will not be happy because of the rivalry between Chelsea and but it icontent_imgs part of football.”All the clubs are the same, if you win the fans will be happier. They know from the first press conference I want to win and they want to win, so we’ll win together.”Chelsea produced little in the draw with title rivals City but the Spaniard said he was pleased with the performance which saw them record a first clean sheet in 11 games.”[It was] a tough game against a tough team. I try to think about the positives, a clean sheet, the team were organised. We had some chances, we didn’t concede too many. Still in possession though we could improve.”You can win but again with Tottenham.Isa is a member of KFF’s U16 team.”It is of course very huge to have this opportunity. I have felt a certain nervousness about going there but I just take it as it comes and see it as a fun thing.”Hopefully I can bring a lot of lessonst this team you have to do everything well, if you make a mistake you can pay for this. So, I’m pleased with the clean sheet.”The response of the players was very good, you could see how they were working from the first minute to trs he has played for in his career.The German central midfielder has enjoyed playing under both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.Gundogan was managed by Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, before eventually going to City.And the German is full of praise for bohe last minute.”

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QPR 1-0 Tottenham: Taarabt boosts Rangers’ survival hopes

Ten-man Rangers put a three point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone as they beat 1-0.Rangers have .James, after a two season-long lid doubts over his future in Naples.“Yes, there were negotiations with other clubs,” wrote Younes on social media.“There was interest both from within Italy and abroad, but I didn’t want to change just so that I could be moved on. I didn’t want toan with Bayern Munich, is available from Real and a confirmed target for Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.However, Okdiario says nothing is agreed with the Azzurri and instead is eager to hear from United.For tnow beaten Chelsea, and at Loftus Road in a late rally to beat the drop.But the win against ’s side will be viewed as vital, giving them breathing space at the bottom of the Premier League with just three games remaining. struck the killer blow in the 23rd minute with a curling 25-yard free-kick which deceived Spurs goalkeeper .Tottenham had their chances to reply through , and but they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.Taarabt offered his former side a route back into the game when he was given his marching orders in the 78th minute for a second yellow card.But ’ side held on to claim all three points and ease their relegation scrap.That defeat leaves Spurs fifth wcontent_imgith a sorry return of just two wins in 10 games.

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Sporting greats who have failed to win big: Luke Donald, Fernando Torres, Jimmy White and more

Yes, we know the Chelsea striker has World Cup and European Championship winner’s medals with Spain, but the £50m man, now 27, has never won a major trophy at club level, despite being one of the world’s best strikers. Torres’ only taste of silverware with a club was the Spanish second di a penalty just minutes after coming on in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa last night.He and Harvey Barnes scored twice each as Leicester returned to form, with Vardy’s double representing his first two goals in 10 games.Vardy held his nerve for the fvision title he won at Atletico Madrid as a baby-faced 17-year-old in 2001, which is a poor return for a player of such talent. With Atletico way off the pace in Spain, Torres moved to in 2007, a year after the won the FA Cup and months after they had narrowly failed to repeat their jaw-dropping 2005 Champions League final victory over AC Milan. It seemed like a safe bet, then, that Torres would pick up a few medals at Anfield, but Liverpool failed to win a trophy in the three-and-half seasons Nando spent at the club. Worse still, in his last full season Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League semi finals by… Atletico Madrid, who went on to win the trophy. So Torres opted for a big-money move to Chelsea in January, which has so far been a disaster, but with a new manager and (fingers crossed) a few more goals, he will once again be hopeful that his time will come at club level.Wales’ finest athlete Colin Jackson picked up enough gold to fill a stack of Cash4Gold envelopes, but the one that mattered more than anything evaded Jackson: Olympic gold. The 110m hurdler came second in the 1988 Seoul games, after being beaten by the reigning champion and hurdling legend Roger Kingdom, but at the age of 21 it seemed surely his time would come. Sure enough, two Commonwealth, three European Indoor, one World Indoor, four European and two World Championship gold medals did follow, not to mention the world record. Somehow, though, despite his dominance Jackson just couldn’t get his hands on that precious Olympic gold. At the Barcelona Games in 1992 a minor injury was blamed when Jackson finished in seventh. “This was the worst race of my career,” he recalled. “I was in incredible shape that season, far better than I was in 1993 when I broke the world record. But I picked up an injury at the wrong time.” By the time Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 rolled around, Jackson could ‘only’ finish fourth and fifth. It beggars belief how such a brilliant athlete could sweep all before him, but never quite get it all content_imgtogether for Olympic gold.Women’s tennis bears striking similarities to men’s golf – not that Rory McIlroy wears short skirts and grunts a lot, but the number one slot is often occupied by a player that has never won a major. The current top ranked female is Caroline Wozniacki, but the Dane has never won a grand slam and has only reached one final – the US Open in 2009, when she was beaten by Kim Clijsters. Speaking of Clijsters, the Belgian became the first female to be crowned world number one without winning a grand slam back in 2003, before she eventually won the US Open in 2005. Others to have completed this strange feat include Dinara Safina, who spent 26 weeks as number one in April 2009 and is now on a sabbatical after an injury; as well as Amelie Mauresmo (World number one in September 2004, but won the Australian Open in 2006) and Jelena Jankovic (number one for a week in 2008).The Whirlwind is one of the most famous faces in snooker thanks to his fast-playing style and character. White might be one of the best to have played on the green baize, he has never won the World Championship title. In fact, he lost an incredible six Crucible finals, four of which were against his fierce rival Steven Hendry. Hendry also dominated the world rankings as White peaked at number two, although White did pick up two major titles, the Masters in ’83/84 and the UK Championship in ’92/93, and he was crowned ‘The People’s Champion’ by an adoring public. Still, who cares about those world title defeats when he gave us magic like this… doesn’t have a winners medal in his cabinet. Le Tissier might have had a plane, an apartment block and a hospitality suite at his former club named after him, but he was never part of a trophy winning side thanks to his loyalty to a club that has rarely challenged for the game’s honours. Le Tissier did become the first midfielder to score 100 Premier League goals and plenty of those were absolute belters. Le God, as he is known down south, will always be remembered for his cracking penalty-taking skills and the wonder goals, including two specials in one match against .The New Zealand rugby union team have won the World Cup, but that was the first, low-key event back in 1987, before the professional era began in 1995. Since the new rules were defined 16 years ago, the All Blacks have won the Tri-Nations ten-times and dominated the world rankings, but failed to lift the one t defeat of Armenia yesterday.His father recently gave an interview where he said the 19-year-old was wrong to join Everton.The player fired back at his dad on Instagram but claims he gave his best answer on the pitch as he helped Italy to a 6-0 win.”rophy they crave. They had reached the semi-finals in every tournament until 2007, when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by France, which caused a furore back home. The Kiwis host the tournament this year and have their best chance to date. If they can’t win it on home soil, the aura surrounding the All Blacks will be well and truly consigned to the history books.

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Newcastle strike sensation admits Champions League dreams

Papiss Cisse says he is desperate to win the Champions League – and has also spoken of his admiration for Real Madrid.The striker has been a revelation for Newcastle since signing from Freiburg in January, scoring an incredible 13 goals in 13 games.His second goal at Chelsea recently will go down as one of the season’s best and Cisse’s performances have ensured Newcastle are in with a shout of qualifying for the Champions League.And Cisse, who cost just £9m, says he is desperate to win Europe’s premier tournament – and although he admires Madrid, he is happy at Newcastle for now.”My goal, long term, is to play in the top teams and win the Africa Cup of Nations,” Cisse told L’Equipe.”Also, I’d like to win the Champions League. Since I was little, I have liked Real Madrid but today I am in Newcastle. Even if it’s not or Manchester City, it’s still a great club.”Cisse has stolen the limelight from , who was the season’s succ against FIFA’s two-window transfer ban.The only change to the ban, which was given for breaching rules for signing foreign players under 18 years of age, is that the west London club can sign U16 players from the UK during the suspension period.The ess story before his strike partner arrived from the Bundesliga.Ba has 16 goals this season but none in ague.The Scottish manager has not been involved in the top division since he left West Ham United.And it appears that he could head back to one of his former clubs, per Sky Sports News.Both Everton and West Ham could be on the brink of sacking tcontent_imgheir his last 13 matches – but Cisse says he can rediscover his goalscoring touch.”Is he (Ba) mad at me for having stolen the show? No, no – not at all,” Cisse added. “He is a great striker. He has already scored 16 goals this season.”The team is here today thanks to him. It is a bad patch, but he will find the net I am sure.”

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Exclusive – Parlour: ‘Whoever beats Manchester United will win the league’

Ray Parlous has tipped as big favourites in the Premier League title race but insisted it is far from over.The ex- winger, who won the title three times as an Arsenal player, claimed that when United’s unbeaten run is ended is when the measure of their side is found.He told Matchday Live: “It’d be a magnificent achievement if Manchester United could go unbeaten this season.“Sir is not interested in that at tRoma have warned they must cough up big to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Taisoncontent_img.The Brazilian, 31, wants to join his former Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Roma.But agent Diego Dornelles told RomaPress: “The situation is stalled by Shakhtar’s refusal to negotiate.”They want the buyout clause paid. Another Italian side even tried to negotiate but they were unsuccessful.“The clause is €30med whether Gareth Bale will start against Champions League opponents PSG.Bale is still trying to win the Madrid fans over after his indiscretions over the international break and Zidane knows the significance of his next performances.”Tomorrow is an .”he moment. All he’s interested in is winning that Premier League this season, if they go unbeaten that’s a bonus.“They are a force to be reckoned with but it’s one of those situations where if they do lose it’s how they bounce back quickly. When you lose a game you suddenly start doubting yourself but they’ve got so much experience.“People like , and have all been there and done it. They know how to win a championship so they’re going to be favourites. Whoever beats Manchester United in the league will win the league.”Parlour also refused to rule out a late rally from Chelsea after the signings of and for a combined fee in excess of £70m.“I did say Chelsea can’t win it,” he added, “but now they’ve brought in two massive players.”With two signings that can give you a boost in the dressing room, it’ll be competition for places and you might see [Didier] Drogba now thinking ‘I’ve got to start performing a bit’.“[Nicolas] Anelka has got to start saying, ‘I might not be playing now, with Torres coming in’ so I’ve got to improve’. Sometimes it can give you a boost and a kick up the backside. But Chelsea have to win every game now. They can’t afford any more mistakes.”

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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has criticised the decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender equality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in motorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought about having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of girls now who are out of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of s take the England midfielder to Goodison Park is edging closer with the transfer fee expected to be in the region of £9m.The veteran has also fielded interest from Galatasaray.Delph made 11 top-flight appearances for City last season, as Pep Guardiotance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motorsport series that take place during Grands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy outfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about gri.Phelan, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man during three Premier League title wins, left Old Trafford six years ago following the Scot’s retirement.He said: “I never wanted to leave in the first place. I had left the club, I think we had wod girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the content_imgcrowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supported by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It is a different world we live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –