1 Video: Roberto Soldado scores on his Villarreal debut After we all had a laugh at his Villarreal unveiling, Roberto Soldado scored on his debut for the Spanish club.The striker made the move from Tottenham earlier in the transfer window and when meeting his new fans, failed to find any of them when kicking footballs into the stands.But on La Liga’s opening day, Soldado put his side ahead in their 1-1 draw with Real Betis. He spent two seasons at Spurs, but found goals hard to come by and claimed he lost his confidence during his stay.Check out the goal below.
Month: December 2019
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks to Alan Brazil and John Hartson about the recently revealed Champions League draw, with Barcelona 3/1 favourites to be the first team ever to retain the European crown.Chelsea have the shortest odds from all the of English sides, with the defending Premier League champions 9/1 to claim their second European Cup, while Manchester City – who have never progressed past the last 16 – are priced at 12/1.Three-time winners Manchester United are 16/1, with Arsenal 22/1 for the victory. Can there be a repeat of the all-England final of 2008? It’s 16/1 for two Premier League sides to face off at the San Siro, while it’s 11/4 for an English winner.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £65m plus David De Gea in exchange for Gareth Bale in a last-ditch bid to lure the former Tottenham star to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)And Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of more ins and outs at Manchester United before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. United have been linked with late moves for Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Gareth Bale and Felipe Anderson. (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba wants a contract worth an astonishing £82.5million over five years from Chelsea. And the Stamford Bridge club are set to have to pay a mammoth £72m if they are to bring the French international to Chelsea before Tuesday’s transfer deadline – which would mean an outlay of some £154.5m. (Daily Express)Chelsea are set to give up their attempt to sign John Stones after Everton turned down their latest £38m bid and plan to instead take Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour in a deal worth £15million. (Daily Mail)Celtic manager Ronny Deila is set to land Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett on a season-long loan on Saturday. And the Norwegian looks set to add a second name to his squad before the transfer window closes after a £500,000 bid for Inverness Caley’s attacking midfielder Ryan Christie was tabled on Friday night. (Daily Mail)Bayern Munich have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of young winger Kingsley Coman from Juventus. (Daily Express)Newcastle remain interested in signing £10m-rated Wolves striker Benik Afobe – despite Steve McClaren denying his interest in the former Arsenal youngster. (Daily Mail)Emmanuel Adebayor will hold talks over a loan move to West Ham with boss Slaven Bilic this weekend. The out-of-favour Tottenham striker, 31, has been holding out for a move to Upton Park following his aborted switch back in January. (Daily Mirror)Desperate Dick Advocaat is considering a move for ex-Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan. Sunderland boss Advocaat is keen to bolster his squad and 33-year-old Nolan is a free agent after being released by West Ham. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘I think you’ve got to let him go’ – Joey Barton tells talkSPORT Everton should let John Stones join ChelseaChelsea transfer news: Chinese Sergio Ramos reveals he is on verge of Stamford Bridge switchWest Brom agree fee with Manchester United for Jonny Evans as Joleon Lescott nears Aston Villa moveManchester United launch £22m move for Felipe Anderson but Lazio will fight to keep star manDeal done! Tottenham complete £22m signing of Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung MinExclusive: Everton reject Seamus Coleman bid from Paris Saint-GermainEverton transfer news: Ukraine star confirms Toffee interest but rules out move this summerConfirmed! Swedish forward Ola Toivonen joins Sunderland on season-long loanFabio Borini latest: Watford lining up late deal for Liverpool outcastExclusive: Kevin Nolan going to stay in London following West Ham exitAston Villa rival Sampdoria for Serbian midfield star Adem LjajicSunderland snubbed as Dutch midfielder closes in on £5m Bournemouth moveSunderland striker target Moussa Sow set to make £12.5m Middle East moveWatford hoping to hijack Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic’s Fenerbahce loan‘His mentality isn’t right’ – Leeds owner Massimo Cellino calls deal off for Watford’s Fernando Transfer rumours and paper review 1
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Daniel Sturridge is the fittest he has been for 18 months. The England forward, whose career has been interrupted by injuries in the last 18 months, returned to full training with the rest of the squad this week after recovering from a hip operation in May.He will not be ready for Saturday’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford but his return will boost a squad which has scored just two goals in four matches and none in their last two.“There is no timeline as to when he will be fit to participate in a game but he is obviously back in training, which is good,” said Rodgers.“He looked really sharp in training, probably the best he’s looked fitness-wise for 18 months, and it will be really good when he gets back.“I can never say that (he is over the worst of his injuries) because I don’t want to sit here and something happens in a couple of months’ time.“I can only look at what I see and from my experiences in the past I don’t want to put any timeline on him coming back.“I am grateful for the work done in America, for our own medical team who have done a brilliant job to do everything they possibly could to get Daniel back to a level of fitness.“He has worked hard. He has joined in with the group and we will take it from there, day-by-day.” Daniel Sturridge 1
Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring for England’s U21s 1 Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has been called into the England squad ahead of Tuesday’s game against France.The 22-year-old will join up with the squad on Sunday to help bolster Roy Hodgson’s ranks after two players were forced out through injury.Lingard’s Old Trafford team-mate Michael Carrick was carried off in the last minute of England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain on Friday.Carrick has returned to his club and will not be available for England’s final game of the year.Meanwhile Jamie Vardy, who sat out the game in Alicante with a knock sustained in Leicester’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Watford last weekend, will also miss Tuesday’s match with the French.England returned from Spain on Saturday and, following the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, it was decided that the meeting with France would go ahead.As planned, Hodgson’s squad dispersed for 24 hours shortly after landing on home soil and will regroup at their Hertfordshire base on Sunday evening.It will be Lingard’s first time with the senior squad, though the former Birmingham and Brighton loanee has made 11 appearances for the under-21s.He made his debut at under-21 level as a substitute against Scotland when Hodgson took charge of the team in August 2013.
Here are the top football headlines in Monday’s newspapers, with the Premier League sack race dominating the back pages…Chelsea could sack manager Jose Mourinho whether or not they beat Porto to stay in the Champions League this week. The Blues’ hierarchy are set to take action after the team’s EIGHTH Premier League of the season at the weekend. (Daily Mirror)It is claimed owner Roman Abramovich may act if the Blues lose to Porto and then against surprise league leaders Leicester next weekend. (The Sun)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal’s job is NOT under threat should they exit the Champions League on Tuesday, despite the miss-firing Red Devils playing out a sixth 0-0 draw of the season on Saturday. (Daily Express) However, United will start their search for Van Gaal’s successor at the end of the season if, as expected, the Dutchman confirms he will retire at the end of his contract in 18 months. (Daily Telegraph) Yet, the club will still sit down with the Dutch manager in the New Year to determine whether the 64-year-old wishes to depart in 2017 or sign a fresh contract. (The Guardian) Meanwhile, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola could be prepared to take a 12-month break from football to make sure he lands the Manchester United job. (The Sun) Swansea have opened talks with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes about taking over from Garry Monk, who will be sacked after a run of seven defeats in 11 league games. (Daily Mirror) Alternatively, if Swansea decide to sack Monk, they could turn to former manager Brendan Rodgers, who has been out of work since his October departure from Liverpool. (Sun) The Reds Devils are planning a £50million swoop for Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the summer transfer window. (Daily Star)Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned off any potential interest for Hugo Lloris, insisting the goalkeeper is key to the future of the club. (Daily Express) ?Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires has called for the Gunners to sign Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, who he believes is “world-class material”. (Evening Standard)Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot, 20, has requested a loan move away from Paris Saint-Germain as he struggles to get game time at the Ligue 1 leaders. (L’Equipe) And here are the top talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United transfer news: Latest on Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Oxford rumoursRemi Garde reveals Jack Grealish will return to Aston Villa first-team training this weekSanti Cazorla undergoes knee surgery and could be facing four-month layoffJurgen Klopp accepts Newcastle fully ‘deserved’ victory over disappointing Liverpool side‘The responsibility for the bad moment is mine’ – Jose Mourinho concedes top four may now be beyond ChelseaJoe Hart refuses to blame Vincent Kompany’s absence for Manchester City’s shock defeat to StokeHugo Lloris demands Tottenham improvement after ‘tough’ West Brom drawChris Smalling admits Manchester United are ‘just as frustrated as the fans’ following dreary West Ham drawVideo: Franck Ribery scores but Bayern Munich’s unbeaten Bundesliga record left in tatters
Philippe Coutinho 1 Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has travelled with the squad for their final Europa League group game against Sion in Switzerland.The Brazil international has missed the last four matches with a hamstring injury but trained with the rest of the squad at Melwood before the team departed.Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Alberto Moreno also trained but have not made the trip, with Jordon Ibe not taking part or travelling because of illness while striker Daniel Sturridge has already been ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring strain sustained in Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle.LIVERPOOL PLAYERS PICTURED TRAINING AFTER LATEST INJURY BLOWMoreno’s absence could mean a start for 21-year-old left-back Brad Smith, whose future at the club looked to be over after he rejected a new contract in the summer.The club stood firm in their stance, holding on to his registration, and Smith and his representatives relented and agreed a new deal in November.Manager Jurgen Klopp’s other alternative is to play right-back Nathaniel Clyne on the opposite flank and play Connor Randall on the right as he has done in the past.As the team were preparing to fly out from Liverpool John Lennon Airport the club announced Randall – and third-choice goalkeeper Ryan Fulton – have signed new contracts which extend their stays until the summer of 2019.
Teen defender Matty Foulds has completed his move from Bury to Everton after the transfer window opened on Saturday.The two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the Shakers’ academy graduate back in November and Foulds is now officially a Toffees player.Foulds signed his first professional contract with League One side Bury in February and made two first-team appearances for David Flitcroft’s side, in the Capital One Cup clash with Leicester and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Accrington.Since the move was agreed, Foulds has appeared on a trial basis for Everton’s Under-18 and Under-21 sides. Matty Foulds in action for Everton’s Under-21s 1
Andrej Kramaric Leicester have allowed club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to join Hoffenheim on loan for the rest of the season.Much was expected of the 24-year-old when the club beat Chelsea to the striker’s signature last January, with the Foxes paying Rijeka £9.5million for his signature.However, Kramaric has struggled to find his feet at the King Power Stadium and now will spend the rest of the season with the side bottom of the Bundesliga table.The Croatia international told Hoffenheim’s official website: “I’m very excited about this chapter with TSG and the Bundesliga and want to play my part in keeping the team up.”Kramaric has made just five appearances this season for the high-flying Foxes, with his only goal coming in a 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Bury.Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri understands the striker’s desperation to get first-team football, especially with Croatia playing at Euro 2016 this summer.“Andrej has the European Championships to think about this summer, so it’s important for him that he has the opportunity to play,” he said.“He is a fantastic player and a great professional but, in this moment, we have other strikers that are playing well.“I spoke with him to understand what he wants to do and a loan is a solution that works for everybody. We will watch him closely at Hoffenheim.” 1
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has warned his squad they have no chance of beating Liverpool unless they raise their game.Villa host the Reds on Sunday buoyed by last weekend’s 2-0 win over Norwich – just their third Barclays Premier League victory of the season.They head into the weekend having lost only twice in their last seven matches in all competitions but still eight points from safety, and with Garde acknowledging improvements must be made against Jurgen Klopp’s side. “If we are playing the same game against Liverpool (as against Norwich), we will have no chance to have points,” he said.“Against Norwich we deserved the win but in the second half they created many opportunities and if we were unlucky we would have drawn the game.“My job is to say ‘well done lads for the victory and three points but the football we played won’t be enough to take points from the Liverpool game’.“When you get three points it’s very important. We don’t have to waste too much time or energy on winning and everything is okay.“We won the Norwich game but not in the best way we could have done it. I was not completely happy the game we played.” 1 Remi Garde