& # 39; I have the emptiness to have left a little early … I think I will go back & # 39 ;: Bernardo Silva opens the door to Benfica return … just two days after the ban on Manchester City Champions League was confirmed
- Bernardo Silva had just squatted Benfica's first team when he left in 2014
- Midfielder came first on loan to Monaco and then permanently a year later
- Now in Manchester City, Silva wants to return to Benfica later in his career
- He gave a & # 39; void & # 39; after leaving the Portuguese club so quickly
Silva spoke before City & # 39; s punishment for infringements on Financial Fair Play
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva admits he has a & # 39; void & # 39; feels after he Benfica & # 39; a little early & # 39; has left and hinted that he wants to play for the Portuguese club later in his career.
The 25-year-old midfielder left the Estadio da Luz after only three first appearances by the first team to sign for Monaco in August 2014.
After impressing in France international international Silva moved to Manchester City for £ 43.5 million in the summer of 2017.
He has since become an important part of Pep Guardiola's side and won ba ck-to-back Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup and two League Cups.
But Silva says he has a desire to return to Benfica, where he left the academy later in his career.
& # 39; I have said it several times: I have the emptiness that I left a little early, so I think I'll be back, "he told Eleven Sports as reported by Record .
& # 39; If they want me there, I think I'll be back. & # 39;
Silva contributed seven goals and seven assists this season in City for 34 games but the turbulent one times are waiting for the club.
UEFA's financial control authority announced Friday that City will be banned from the Champions League for two seasons after breaking the rules of the Financial Fair Play.
Appeal against the decision at the Arbitration Court for Sport, but the verdict has questioned the future of key players, including Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, and manager Pep Guardiola.
Silva made his comments prior to the latest news on Friday.
Manchester City and West Ham & # 39; may be forced to end the winter break early because Premier League plans to play a new game NEXT WEEK after postponing Storm Ciara & # 39;
- Manchester City and West Ham may have to immediately play their canceled draw
- The two teams couldn't platy because of the problems caused by Storm Ciara
- Premier League Chiefs have been discussing the option to play the draw next week
- The city now sees the prospect of three games a week in the next two months
The two sides would meet on Sunday, although heavy disruption caused by Storm Ciara, saw the game ceased for security reasons.
It means that a heavy stack is in the pipeline for Pep Guardiola & s side, as City now faces the daunting prospect of three games a week for the coming two months.
The city must find suitable dates for two games Premier League with an alternative week for the home conflict against Arsenal to be determined, considering their participation in the Carabao Cup -final.
Premier League leaders are locked up in talks about the best possible time to organize the revised contest and keep the campaign running.
Currently, the City players are on vacation and recharge the batteries before the domestic and Champions League tasks return.
A huge final 16 confrontation with Spanish giants Real Madrid is now on the horizon, which can be set to make or break the season.
West Ham has meanwhile also been given a five-day rest period by manager David Moyes, with most players taking the opportunity to go to warmer climbs with friends and family.
Rewind until a year ago, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was praised as a genius by the red half of Manchester and far beyond.
His controversial appointment as caretaker was followed by eight games and eight victories, and his opponents were silenced as they watched his team deliver the field.
Seated high in the stands, Ed Woodward looked on with a sour smile, and a few seats down, Sir Alex Ferguson, could not be dissatisfied either.
Last summer, despite an alarming malaise towards the end of last season, there were thora of positive stories from Old Trafford about how Solskjaer continued to turn his vision into reality.
He intended to return United to their glory days by filling his team full of youth and high energy, combined with a host of major signing sessions and having lively, challenging and offensive football play.
Twelve months after those intoxicating early days, and the wheels of Ole & # 39; s government are starting to let go. The last nine Premier League games have only achieved three wins, and defeats of players like Watford and Burnley.
The anger of the supporters in the United Kingdom has increased in recent weeks, despite the deteriorating results. That led to the emergence of a despicable song about burning the Glazers and the president on a bonfire, and the Woodward's house was attacked by villains.
So where did it all go wrong? Why has his master plan been unraveled at an alarming rate, leaving United 38 (yes, thirty-eight) points behind old Liverpool rivals and miles behind City?
Here, Sportsmail views elements of Solskjaer's dream, and how United & # 39; s demise has endangered his work …
The youth revolution
Youth has always been the key at Manchester United. After the Fledglings of Busby Babes and Fergie, all eyes were on Ole because he claimed that he would offer more of the same in the coming years.
United is far behind City and Liverpool in the rankings and Solskjaer's plan has always been to overhaul his team and lower the average age.
There were huge goals in the summer, such as Presnel Kimpembe, Sean Longstaff, and James Maddison, but none of that trio arrived.
However, it was not all bad news, as the club sprayed the money on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, for a combined release of £ 145 million. Ole could not complain that he was not backed up.
This became even more apparent in January with the arrival of £ 25 million from 25-year-old Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
But despite all their promises, it was far from just sailing. James, just 22 years old, has played far more minutes than many expected, and in reality he has been on the pitch for too long.
Thirty-five performances for club and country by the end of January is a punishment scheme for every player, let alone James, whose light frame means that he is beaten a painful amount of feet.
Maguire, 26, and Wan-Bissaka, 22, are pillars of defense, but refuge has not achieved their billing. Maguire has not yet justified its gigantic £ 80m price tag, and when there is an error in the United back line, the No. 5 is always on the screen.
Wan-Bissaka is defensively brilliant, as Crystal Palace fans have always indicated, but his obvious limitations stifle United during the break.
It is all good and good to give priority to the youth, and United should be praised for the confidence in the young side they have collected, but sometimes they can ask too much of them.
Outputs with big names
The arrival of a number of young asterisks of course meant the output of some high-profile names, both to balance the books and facilitate the transition to Solskjaer's vision of fast football.
While sending packages such as Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia did no harm, the departure of Romelu Lukaku is strongly felt, with the Belgians who now beat the goals for Inter Milan in the Serie A.
The truth is that they have released a bona fide scorer, a guaranteed 20-per-season man, and have not replaced him. The inevitable happened when the overburdened Marcus Rashford sustained an injury, threatening Anthony Martial to carry the goal scoring, an almost impossible task.
Odion Ighalo produced a scramble around on deadline day to boost the threat, but United is still weak in attack and that is only due to poor planning.
The hunt for the Old Trafford outfit for a striker who is desperate, and they only have a short-term solution for a long-term secured issue, another patch for a problem that only becomes apparent after a few months.
Solskjaer tries hard to make things work with his young players, but there is only so much he can do before sending them to battle. The likes of Diogo Dalot (20), Victor Lindelof (24) and Eric Bailly (25) all have youth at their side, but their performances, or the lack thereof, have left a lot to be desired.
Dalot delivered his first Manchester United goal on a Tranmere mud bath at the end of January, but there is a big difference between that and the Premier League. He only started one top flight competition this season, and that was a 1-0 defeat in Newcastle in which he became addicted after an hour.
Bailly has not played a game all summer after knee surgery during the summer, and even before that, 34 games were eliminated since his arrival in the northwest. It is devastating for the player, but United needs players they can trust.
The & # 39; youthquake & # 39; The one that was promised at Old Trafford has become more of a small quake, but it will certainly remain Solskjaer awake at night.
& # 39; He wants to avoid traffic and come home & # 39 ;: Gareth Bale & # 39; s agent Jonathan Barnett insists that fans of Real Madrid cannot & # 39; kill & # 39; for prematurely leaving the Bernabeu while watching from the stands
The 30-year-old was completely excluded by the Madrid squad for the Copa del Rey collision and watched from the stands while the leaders of [LaLiga were eliminated.
Bale was seen in his car and left the ground with eight minutes to play, missing Nacho & # 39; s injury time goal and a late red card.
He wants to avoid traffic, he wants to go home. He is not in the squad and he wants to go home, & Bale & # 39; s agent told Jonathan Barnett AS .
& # 39; You can't kill him for that. They lost and he was very upset. & # 39;
Bale & # 39; s relationship with Madrid fans shows no signs of recovery, with the winger also out of favor with boss Zinedine Zidane.
He has only had 12 LaLiga appearances in another season with injuries, but was contesting clashes against Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad by Zidane's own decisions.
After a failed attempt to unload Bale, Zidane put his faith in the winger, but their relationship was soured again.
According to Marca the legendary Frenchman is now also not impressed with Bale & # 39; s efforts on the training field, which could extend his spell beyond the sidelines.
Premier League sets deadline for transfer early summer TODAY
The Premier League will abolish early summer transfer deadline , according to The Sun.
The decision to close the Premier League transfer window three weeks earlier than most of Europe was taken two years ago, but it is now expected to be abandoned. , who wanted the deadline to be extended again to give them more time to complete their business.
The six best clubs now face a battle with the smaller clubs in the Premier League for new deadline rules.
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Wigan Warriors 16-10 Warrington Wolves: hosts take advantage of Chris Hill's early red card to win bruises Super League opener
- Warrington led Thursday through 8-0 via Ben Murdoch of Tonga – Masila
- The Super League opener, however, turned away from an incident in the 23rd minute
- Chris Hill was shown in red for visitors after he crashed into the head of Sam Powell
- Powell stood motionless on the grass as a penalty and a red card was then given
- Wigan then took advantage of the red in the bruises Super League opener
Chris Hill got a red card and Sam Powell became red picked up on a stretcher when Wigan won a bruising opener for the Super League campaign.
Warrington continued 8-0 – Ben Murdoch-Masila of Tonga scored the first attempt of the season – but the game depended on the incident in the 23rd minute.
Powell was about to come down when Hill bumped his head, leaving the 27-year-old scrum-half immobile on the grass when the TV referee made the verdict of a penalty attempt and a red one Map. Powell did not succeed in his assessment of the head injury, but was good enough to view the second half from the couch.
The first half continued in the same ferocious spirit and more controversy could come on Friday after Blake Austin Wigan & Morgan accused Morgan Smithies of gushing his eye.
Wigan was midway through 12-10 thanks to the penalty attempt and an earlier piece of magic by Bevan Frans, seemingly to pass and then to push through.
Warrington stopped despite the fact that he had been reduced to 12 men, but they were back to 11 after an hour when Frans was eliminated by Mike Cooper while walking down his own stairs.
Wigan received a second penalty attempt but Cooper was sent to the sin-bin. Shortly thereafter, Liam Marshall went into the corner to give Wigan breathing room and they survived a great late push from the 11 men of Warrington.
South Africa vs. England LIVE: hosts lose early wicket on day three of the fourth test after tourists are all out for 400
- England takes over South Africa in the fourth and final test in Johannesburg
- Visitors lead the series after winning the third test with innings and 53 runs
- England was on 400 for 400 thrown out and South Africa start the day on 88-6
England only needed five balls from the third morning to continue their domination of the batsmen of South Africa in the fourth test with the Wanderers.
After reducing the Proteas to 88 for six in response to their first 400 innings, England grabbed a seventh in a short time when Chris Woakes removed Vernon Philander.
The all-rounder had tried to turn the ball off his pads, but saw a big lead loop to Stuart Broad halfway through.
South Africa still left 307 adrift with its tail exposed and three wickets left behind.
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& # 39; I am very happy to be back as soon as possible & # 39 ;: Manchester City center back Aymeric Laporte happy with early return of his serious knee injury
- Aymeric Laporte was a surprise shot in Man City & # 39; s starting XI on Tuesday
- The Frenchman was not involved in the first team for nearly five months
- Central back requires surgery of his cartilage and lateral meniscus after surgery
- Laporte played 78 minutes while City Sheffield United defeated 1-0 in Bramall Lane
Manchester City Defender Aymeric Laporte admits that he has returned from his serious knee injury earlier than he had expected.
He had to undergo surgery after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during the home win of City against Brighton on August 31.
The comeback of Laporte lasted 78 minutes and he now looks forward to the rest of the season.
& # 39; Normally it would have been later, but I spoke to the manager and tried it today (Tuesday) and he told me that I would play, so I am very happy to be back as soon as possible and have minutes to help and the team, "Laporte said.
" It was very important for me to try to be involved with the team. It was a good fitness test. The game was difficult because they are very strong, a good team.
& # 39; I think we did well, so I am very happy to win this game and be back with the team.
& # 39; It was hard for me (out of his), my teammates see me suffering. But now I can help the team and do my best and I hope I will play more time and help more. & # 39;
The city looked suspicious at the back in the absence of Laporte and, apart from an early fear when Billy Sharp came behind, his return brought some stability back to the defense, because the knives were largely arm length on Bramall Lane.
After the game, Guardiola admitted that his team had missed the 25-year-old and described him as the best left-sided central defender in the world.
Laporte said: & # 39; It's great to hear that from this manager, because he's one of the best in the world, if not the best. I am very happy to hear that, but I have to work to stay there and keep going. & # 39;
Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough: Early Anthony Knockaert attack ensures victory while Scott Parker's men move within four points of the top two championship
- Anthony Knockaert turned the cross of Joe Bryan in while Fulham had an early lead
- Middlesbrough almost led when Hayden Coulson's cross hit the bar
- The hosts were denied a second when Denis Odoi & header was sidelined
- Boron had dismissed an appeal for late fine when Ashley Fletcher fell on the grass
There is never a good time to turn your 18- losing goal leads scorer for three weeks to an ankle injury.
Fortunately for Fulham, the other members of their free-flowing attack seem ready and able to compensate for the absence of Aleksandar Mitrovic and continue their promotion.
Here against Middlesbrough the opportunity was hit by Anthony Knockaert and the Frenchman did not miss.
FALL: Rodák, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Cairney (Johansen 68), McDonald, Onomah (Arter 79), Knockaert (Mawson 90 + 2), Cordova-Reid, Knight
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Christie, De La Torre, Stansfield
Objectives: Knockaert (6)
MIDDLESBROUGH: Pears, Howson, McNair, Fry, Spence, Clayton (Nmecha 80), Saville (Fletcher 80), Coulson, Roberts, Tavernier (WIng 61), Gestede
Subs not used: Mejias, Johnson, Wood, Liddle
Referee: David Webb
His sixth-minute input brought Fulham back into third place and inside just four points from Leeds United in the second automatic promotion spot. If Leeds loses at QPR on Saturday, things can become very interesting.
Suddenly, the top two of West Bromwich Albion and Leeds do not seem that far away from the pursuit package in their rear-view mirrors.
Fulham should have won with much more, but Knockaert & # 39; s touch with Joe Bryan & # 39; s left cross asked the provider sufficiently. In the absence of Mitrovic, the impressive Knockaert really made the difference.
Perhaps a better side than Middlesbrough would have punished Fulham's wasted chances, but Scott Parker's side had done the job without the top scorer of the championship.
In the absence of Mitrovic, it was Bobby Decordova-Reid who played the role of the center striker, flanked on the left by Ivan Cavaleiro and on the right by Knockaert.
It wasn't long before Fulham settled in their familiar rhythm and improvised with Middlesbrough in the back with four injured defenders, the chances flew fast.
Knockaert already had a curled effort high and wide by the time he started and ended the move for the opening goal in six minutes.
The Frenchman gathered the ball wide on the right, pushed a pass infield towards Tom Cairney and continued running. Cairney chose Bryan on the left with a diagonal pass and he turned and turned into a crossing position.
Knockaert cleverly kept himself in the middle and when Bryan fizzed the ball over the six-yard box, one leg had to stretch and tap home.
Boro was undone in the early minutes by Tottenham in their FA Cup replay on Tuesday night and there was a real sense of resignation here when Fulham hit the ball with impunity. Ridder wasted a golden opportunity and shot in a one-on-one situation with Pears after a smooth one-two with Reid.
Onomah was then guilty of stepping back after Boro's inexplicable defenders left him unnoticed on Knockaert's color ner.
Scott Parker became increasingly animated in his technical field and wondered how we were all, how Fulham had not disappeared from sight. He had previously seen the script where Fulham owns 75 percent and had every chance to just put the game to bed
As if on a cue, and as if they were experiencing a great hallelujia moment where they were not three or four behind Middlesbrough came out of their defense bunker.
Their physical presence in the penalty area caused problems for Fulham keeper Marek Rodak of a few Paddy McNair turns, with Rudy Gestede on his way.
Hayden Coulson then shot to the left and let fly, seeing his shot off the boot of Denis Odoi and possibly Rodak & # 39; s gloves and gun bounce off the crossbar before he bounced freely to Fulham & # 39; s clear relief.
The second half was scrappier and had few highlights. Boro saw more possession and was more positive, with Gestede on the road again from a corner.
There were optimistic handball shouts from the traveling fans when Odoi's low cross cleared Indo's chest in the box from Odoi
But Fulham rally, with Knockaert shooting narrowly. I then thought he had arranged it and nodded at home from Knight & # 39; s free kick on the left. After performing some stylish backflips in the celebration, Odoi looked pretty devastated to see the flag of the linesman lifted.
Boron had created little after the break, but still had a late alarm. McNair & # 39; s free kick curling from the left required Rodak to push the ball over the crossbar.
& # 39; I want to round up in the couch & # 39 ;: Conor McGregor says he is NOT an early KO against Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone in Las Vegas will track down
- Conor McGregor says he has won & # 39; chasing an early KO against Donald Cerrone
- The Irishman said he would like to give his opponents the best payday of his career
McGregor is adamant that he will get the best from Cerrone this weekend
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The Irishman drove at UFC headquarters in a Rolls-Royce truck but spoke calm and thoughtful tone that has been a feature of his appearance during the week .
& # 39; It will be good to fight the cowboy. The Notorious vs the Cowboy, I looked at the artworks and things the fans did, very exciting, he said.
& # 39; I just want to go, I go in, not in a hurry, I want to get a round. I'm going to put pressure on Donald and I'm going to hurt him, but if he can keep it up I will be happy and then I can build on these rounds.
& # 39; Make no mistake, I am coming with all my intention and all my skills to put Donald away. & # 39;
Despite his promise to send Cerrone, the Irishman was happy to give his opponent the best payday of his career.
& # 39; Let's face it, it's the McGregor fight club of millions of dollars. Donald is next, this will be a multi-million dollar payday for Donald.
& # 39; Talk about the records and the number of times this man has taken that walk and he has never reached the seven digit and he is about. to his multi-seven figure brand. I am very happy with that and very proud of it. So you best believe that all their eyes light up when the & # 39; Notorious & # 39; is called, & he continued.
Regarding the following, McGregor confirmed his desire to stay busy, but has planned a massive rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia later this year.
& # 39; Regardless of the result between Ferguson and Khabib, I think I should probably face both men, I'd like to face both. Of course we have to make the rematch with Khabib, I insist on the Moscow match, I would really like to do that.
& # 39; I know everyone asks who is next, what is next, for me it's just me next. I'm next. I want to be fresh, ready, prepared and looking to compete. & # 39;
When asked how he dealt with the bizarre world of world fame and fame, McGregor added a dose of perspective that he may have lacked in the past. .
& # 39; I think that one day I'll just log out and back out because it's a wild game and sometimes difficult, but I'm very grateful for the support and position I'm in.
Fame can feel like sometimes a witch hunt, but I'm cool with it, it's my family and things like that when it gets tough sometimes. But I understand that it is a necessary evil.
& # 39; And I understand that people have real problems. I rolled up in a Rolls-Royce truck, my son is playing in the pool at our Vegas house. People have real problems and I am very, very blessed. & # 39;
So counting McGregor's blessings and Cerrone's money satisfaction seems to be the order of the day.
On Saturday, however, all the backward and courteous respect will go out the window and both men will all go out to separate each other from consciousness.
BT Sport Box Office will show Conor McGregor & # 39; s return to the Octagon, exclusively live on Saturday, January 18, competing against Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone
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