Raheem Sterling becomes the first Manchester City star to commit his future to the club despite the interest of Real Madrid after their shock of two years of the Champions League ban
- Manchester City launches a legal battle to destroy UEFA's ruling
- The news led to speculation that some of the club stars could leave
- The Raheem Sterling representative has confirmed that he continues to focus on the club
- Aidy Ward's comments will be a big boost for Pep Guardiola and City
The Etihad Stadium club launches a legal battle to overturn the UEFA ruling, thereby suspending the Champions League for two years.
The development has sparked speculation regarding a large number of top players from the club, who are tipped to leave because of their pending European exile.
Real Madrid – who are famous admirers of Sterling – is indeed already and be associated with a mega-money movement for the English star this summer.
Sterling, however, does not want the current uncertainty about the European future of City to derail its focus on the business end of the season.
The attacker will not be distracted by a talk about an exit this summer and is purely focused on trying to win the first Champions League title ever and to double a domestic cup.
CEO and founder of Colossal Sports Management Aidy Ward, who represents Sterling since he was in school, told Sunday night Sportsmail : & Raheem focuses exclusively on Manchester City and will focus on this cannot be distracted by transfers to a club. & # 39;
The news will be a huge boost for City and manager Pep Guardiola, who knows he needs Sterling fully committed to the club if they have a chance to cancel the Champions League this season.
Europe's elite clubs are already circling and City – who have been eager to tie Sterling to a new deal – are fully aware that they must fight to keep their top stars when they are two seasons are banned from the Champions League after being found guilty of violating the rules of Financial Fair Play.
City believe they can set aside the verdict and prepare to bring the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport – which earlier this season reduced the transfer ban of Chelsea on appeal from two to one.
MIKE BROWN: England must settle Eddie Jones' contract because all the noise about the head coach's future hurts the team
- It is frustrating because the RFU could close everything out of the noise relating to his future
- Jones, who led England to the World Cup Final, has a deal until August 2021
- If Eddie de The RFU man then extended his contract to the 2023 World Cup
One thing is inevitable if you are in the England camp is the outside noise. You sit around for dinner, take a quick look at your phone and something is wrong. A few years ago it was Sam Burgess, then the Ben Te & # 39; o incident and now it is the future of Eddie Jones .
Part of the noise is preventable and part of it is not. What is frustrating here is that the RFU could rule out all the noise around Eddie's future by making a decision about his contract.
The public asks: & # 39; Will he stay? & # 39 ;, & # 39; Will he go? & # 39; time that there is a poor performance, people will say: & it's because Eddie may be leaving next year, bla, bla, bla & # 39 ;.
It is impossible for the players not to hear these things. It's a distraction. In the past, you simply couldn't get a newspaper or avoid the sports news on TV. These days it's all on social media. And if you don't go on social media, you'll probably hear something about it in a WhatsApp message. Players talk. Behind closed doors they will say: & # 39; So does he stay? & # 39 ;, & # 39; Does he go? & # 39; You want clarity as a player because you want to know what you are working with.
If Eddie is the man of the RFU, give him a contract until the next World Cup today. If he's not their husband, or if he doesn't want to stay, change things now. Changing coaches halfway through the world cup cycle is not ideal. If Eddie just wants to see these two years, then that doesn't really work for the players. Players are human. If you think your boss is leaving, are standards going backwards? That's what happened in Manchester United when they thought Sir Alex Ferguson was leaving.
People will say that South Africa had made the switch with Rassie Erasmus before the last world championship, but they were having a hard time back then. The time is already ticking. Half of the team will be gone with the Lions next summer and before you know it you'll be a year away from the next World Cup.
After the game in Scotland, social media were filled with rumors that Erasmus might replace Eddie next year. There were even people who called for him to be fired by France immediately after the defeat. Sounds like this would not even occur if Eddie had a four-year contract. Take away the doubt and lose the noise. Get it cleared up. Work done.
Farrell can still be a man for England
It will be a funny feeling to see Andy Farrell and Mike Catt in the coachbox next week at Twickenham, but it doesn't surprise me that they both reached the top.
In addition to Stuart Lancaster in Leinster and Graham Rowntree in Munster, all four England coaches started working in Ireland from 2015 onwards. In a strange way, our implosion in 2015 has been to the advantage of Ireland. There is no doubt that all those coaches are better for that experience.
After Catty was told that he was not being held, he called me and we talked for more than an hour about what had gone well and what had gone wrong. He wanted feedback from players so that he could become better as a coach.
Lanny was guaranteed to do well in the right role. He was probably in the wrong job with England. He has always been a great coach, which he has shown with Leinster. But with England he had a director of rugby role, which meant that he spent more time on things like the media than actual coaching.
As far as Farrell was concerned, he was always destined for a position as head coach. He is a great character who inspired boys in the way he talks. I'm sure they would all have worked well under Eddie, but it was essential to be released after 2015 because there was so much luggage. Because he was associated with that campaign, which was such a disaster, Eddie just had to start over. John Kingston came in to Harlequins and kept all coaches out of loyalty and we got worse and worse.
Perhaps we will see one again with England one day. Who knows It's a tricky one, because they might be too proud to return to a union that let them go. If you are fired from your job at HSBC, then start killing it at Lloyds … you are not going to run back to HSBC if they want you back?
But maybe they still have an emotional bond. People talk about having an English coach one day and they all tick that. It would be a great boost for the English game. But above all, people want a winner. The football team has Gareth Southgate, but if they don't win, people don't say: & Oh, but he's English and he buys his suits at Marks and Spencer & # 39 ;.
So it will be interesting to see how they are. I'm pretty sure they will do well. They will be with Ireland for the next cycle, but who knows what will happen next?
Mauricio Pochettino & # 39; in pole position to replace Pep Guardiola & # 39; by the future of the Manchester City boss after doubt after a two-year ban from the club from Europe
- Mauricio Pochettino is the favorite to be the next Manchester City boss
- City may lose Pep Guardiola this year if UEFA enforces its European ban
- The club may not play in Europe for two years after FFP infringements
- Pochettino is strongly linked to a move to Manchester United this year
- But City could blow their rivals to Pochettino's signature if Guardiola chooses to
UEFA banned the citizens from the European competition for the following two seasons for violating the rules of Financial Fair Play (FFP). .
With the Champions League the only trophy that has escaped the city since the rival of Pep Guardiola, the future of the Spaniard in the Etihad Stadium is seriously clouded.
And in the event of the event, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino was drafted to succeed Guardiola , according to the Sun.
The Argentinian has been unemployed since he was fired by Spurs in early December, just six months after leading the club in North London to his very first Champions League final.
Pochettino has been strongly associated with a move to Manchester in the last 12 months – but many believed that this move will be one Manchester United given the increasing pressure on current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
The 47-year-old was caught on camera alongside United Neil Ashton's new PR contact in the midweek during a championship game between Brentford and Leeds United.
The city is reportedly ready to step in and get their rivals under the signature of Pochettino, despite the fact that until 2022 they cannot guarantee Champions League football at Etihad Stadium.
Despite UEFA's announcement that the club city has been banned from competing in Europe for the 2020/21 and 2021 / seasons, City has said it will appeal the ruling that the rate of the immediate future of the club in Europe.
Not only would the ruling eradicate their chances of winning the Champions League in the near future, but it could also cost the club up to £ 170 million in revenue during this period.
Moreover, sweat and the club not only about the future of Guardiola – but also about their umas ts to hold on to their key players – such as Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero – if they lose their license to play in Europe.
The Spanish manager of City is currently odds-on (1/2 – Ladbrokes) to leave the club at the end of the season, depsite him with a contract until 2021.
Pochettino is priced at 5/2 to become the new City manager, while Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers (9/2) and RB Leipzig manager (7/1) are also names in the frame.
Other names associated with the role are former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, while Giovanni van Bronckhorst – Guardiola & # 39; s teammate in Barcelona during his match days – received internal access within the club earlier this season. .
Pep Guardiola & # 39; to consider his future in Man City if the two-year ban on the Champions League is not destroyed & # 39; … because bookmakers let the Spaniard ODDS-ON run before the ball is kicked next season
- ] Pep Guardiola will consider his future if the Manchester City ban is not destroyed
- City is banned from European competition for the next two seasons
-  Guardiola costs now 1/2 to leave City before the start of the next campaign
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On Friday, City was banned from the European competition for the seasons 2020-21 and 2021-22 after serious breaches of the rules for financial fair play.
As reported by The Telegraph Guardiola can leave City at the end of the season if the ban remains in place.
Guardiola now has a chance to leave City before the start of next season, with Ladbrokes estimating such a scenario at 1/2.
Meanwhile, it is 33/1 that Guardiola will be the next Premier League manager to leave.
Guardiola took charge of City in 2016, with its current contract until the summer of 2021.
During his time in City Guardiola, he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.
& # 39; He volleyed a ball in training and has not been the same & # 39 ;: Mystery injury casts doubt on Andy Carroll's Newcastle future with club uncertain about what the problem is or when he will return
- Sportsmail revealed that Andy Carroll suffered from a problem with his ribs
- That has since been Steve Steve Bruce's manager & # 39; called hip & # 39;
- Bruce now says the injury is not his hip and they have not been diagnosed
- Carroll has now been sidelined for a month and will now be sidelined miss Sunday's trip to Arsenal
A mysterious injury has cast doubt on Newcastle's Andy Carroll in Newcastle future with the club unable to determine what the problem is or when he will return. labeled as a & # 39; hip & # 39; issue by boss Steve Bruce.
Bruce now says that the injury is not his hip and despite his efforts, they have failed to make a diagnosis.
Carroll returned from a short lay-off to play in December and early January in seven games, but has now been sidelined for a month and missing the trip from Sunday to Arsenal.
& # 39; The frustration for all of us is that, just as we thought we would get Andy back with those seven games, unfortunately he volleyed a ball in training and was not the same, "Bruce said , who has just hit striker, one-goal Joelinton.
& # 39; We couldn't really get a diagnosis for him, which is frustration, I don't think it's actually the hip itself. I knew what it was …
& # 39; The big problem for us is that Andy is still not right.That's a concern for the future, we don't set a timetable, that's just the way it is. & # 39;
Carroll joined his birth club on the August deadline and signed a stimulated pay-as-you-play deal ending in the summer
The 31-year-old told Sportsmail in December that he was determined to win a new contract and. That statement came in the midst of a series of impressive starts and groundbreaking cameos from the bank.
Manager Steve Bruce says the injury is not his hip and they have no diagnosis
But Bruce says that any conversation about a new deal has been suspended for the time being.
& # 39; The most important thing is to get him fit and see, & # 39; he added. & # 39; Let's hope we can get it right. Let's hope he can be two or three weeks, but we can't set a timetable for it because we thought Arsenal would be fine, but then unfortunately he had a setback.
& # 39; It is frustrating for all of us, especially Andy, who is disappointed about something that you think is nothing. But again, sometimes it's the complicated ones. & # 39;
Carroll & # 39; s career has been plagued by an injury and Bruce said: & # 39; Unfortunately, Andy has received a cruel hand, and certain players continue their careers this way.
& # 39; But there was a time before Christmas when he made a few assists and started a few, and that's exactly why we brought him in. & # 39;
He earned Liverpool £ 145 million when he left Anfield for Spain and it felt like Barcelona brought in another superstar who would fit seamlessly into their team.
Instead, he left for Bayern Munich in the summer and failed to set fire to the world there. It is now thought that the buy-out clause in his loan is unlikely to be activated.
Er also seems to have little future for him in Barcelona, and they seem willing to accept a huge loss on him.
So where exactly could the 27-year-old end after the end of the season? Sportsmail has viewed its options.
Barcelona hoped that Philippe Coutinho would settle in Bayern Munich and that the Germans would have the buyout option of € 120 million (£ 100 million) in the summer. activate. Although he is happy in the city, there is little faith now that they will pay that price.
It's not that Coutinho has had a terrible season – seven goals in 27 games are not a bad return for a midfielder. Instead, the issue is that the Brazilian has not justified that price tag.
They could offer an escape from the Nou Camp by paying less if Barcelona accepts it, but it is still unlikely.
Instead, Coutinho could be in the same position as James Rodriguez, who spent two seasons in spent on loan at Bayern to return to Real Madrid at the end without a move.
It is now up to Coutinho to show the kind of shape that would tempt Bayern to make a big bid – if he wants to stay in the Allianz Arena after this summer.
More goals, more assists and a major contribution to keeping Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga until the end of the campaign would go a long way.
Yet there is a feeling that it is unlikely that they will move for him.
When Barcelona broke Coutinho in January 2018, it felt like the right move for a player who has been shining for years in the Premier League for Liverpool.
It was expected that he would replace fellow countryman Neymar and restore that bond with Luis Suarez who had both served so well at Anfield. There was probably even hope that he would take away some of the burden from Lionel Messi.
Instead, after short flashes at the start that helped them win La Liga and Copa del Rey, he struggled. He only scored 11 goals in 54 games for them in 2018-19 and there was little to justify keeping him close.
He did not fit under Ernesto Valverde and there might be a slight hope for him that Quique Setien sees a place for him in his system. It is also worth saying that if Barcelona foresees too much of a fall in the price they have paid for him, they might keep him around.
But it is preferable to move him and for a considerable amount. There have been reports that they would be willing to lose £ 60 million, given its declining reputation.
This would help them pay for the reconstruction that must clearly convince the team to continue Messi's end of his contract.
While Liverpool was one of the clubs offered to him when he moved to Bayern, a return to Anfield is almost a complete non-starter.
Speaking in recent days about how Liverpool has been doing since his departure, Coutinho commented: & I am so happy for them because I have so many friends there, former teammates, so I'm just so happy for them, but that's all.
& # 39; I am not looking back. I took a different path and now I am on a different journey, just like everyone else. I am completely focused – just like them – on achieving my dreams. I am happy with what I have done in the past and now I can only look ahead. & # 39;
The Liverpool hierarchy sees things the same way. Chief executive Peter Moore also said: “If you remember when he left two years ago, it was a complete change of playing style and we lost a match over the balance of the season.
& # 39; No respect for Philippe, but he had a different playing style … The money came in and the money we got from Barcelona , helped Alisson finance Becker. & # 39;
A return would not make sense for the reds. They have basically become a much better side without Coutinho. They have fixed the backbone of their team and – more importantly – completely changed their form from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3.
The latter fits Jurgen Klopp much more and it is arguably the sale of Coutinho that has made them champion-elected. With this they could sign Virgil van Dijk and Allison. Overall, selling him two years ago must be one of the best things someone has done in recent seasons.
Bringing him back would just be stupid.
Juventus thought to be interested in Coutinho last summer on the assumption that Paulo Dybala or Gonzalo Higuain left the club.
But both remained and there was no movement of the Italian champions to bring him in from Barcelona.
He has been offered to them again since then. Juventus has too many variables to pass judgment now.
The future of Maurizio Sarri, their own success in the Series A and whether the will of Pep Guardiola to take over, are all problems that must be solved before any summer plans.
Still, it remains a possible option for him. A club of Juventus & # 39; size will always look at players like Coutinho to improve their team. And Coutinho would undoubtedly be interested in such a switch.
An option for Barcelona if they fail to send Coutinho for a fee is to include him in any company that they want to close in the summer
They still want to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain – which would be especially useful in their quest to keep Messi. Coutinho can be used as a makeweight to catch a player who will demand a huge compensation.
PSG was previously also interested in one of Europe & # 39; s star players.
There could also be a return to the San Siro for Coutinho if Barcelona progresses in their attempts to sign Lautaro Martinez, which they see as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez.
Coutinho played for Inter between 2008 and 2013, his first spell in Europe, and would certainly be comfortable returning to a club he knows well.
chooses HIS RECENT RECORDING
2014-15: 52 apps, 8 goals
] 2015-16: 42 apps, 12 goals
2016-17: 36 apps, 14 goals
2017-18: 42 apps, 22 goals
2018-19 : 54 apps, 11 goals
2019-20: 27 apps, 7 goals
The Premier League
The the truth is that there will always be a willing buyer in the Premier League for a player like Coutinho.
Whether it would be a great side to rejuvenate their team or an upward mobile team that keeps an eye on a player who can tip them over, a step back to England would certainly be a player of his talents to suit.
But there is no current indication that someone in the division regards him as a possible arrival. It is about the finances involved.
Spurs rejected the opportunity to sign it in the summer. Manchester United gives priority to Jadon Sancho and Arsenal would not want to pay as much as Barcelona wants.
Realistically speaking, it is too expensive for most Premier League parties.
& # 39; It is inevitable & # 39 ;: UFC star Jon Jones admits that in the future he & # 39; dream & # 39; will make to switch to WWE
- Jon Jones has described a possible switch to WWE as a & # 39; dream & # 39;
- The UFC champion has admitted & # 39; it's inevitable & # 39; that one day he will work with WWE
- Jones has recently retained his UFC title with points victory Dominick Reyes
The 32-year-old successfully defended his light-heavyweight world title with a controversial victory over Dominick Reyes on UFC 247 on Saturday night.
The victory saw Jones extend his record to 15-0 in title fights – more wins than anyone in the history of the UFC.
Although Jones still has ambitions to keep fighting in the octagon, he has revealed that it is very likely that one day he will make the switch to WWE.
& # 39; I think it is inevitable, & # 39; Jones told Sports Illustrated . "I have always respected WWE and I feel that the sports can look so similar."
If Jones ever switched to WWE, he would follow in the footsteps of various UFC hunters – including Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar, against whom he has long been pursuing a fight in the octagon.
Although Jones is one of the largest and most valuable stars in the UFC, with a strong attraction for generating pay-per-view purchases, the WWE can be reluctant to to work with him given his checkered history.
The American hunter has driven him under the influence of cartoons, was involved in an incident and has not passed several drug tests in the past.
Jones is convinced, however, that he has the capacity to be successful in the industry if given the chance.
He added: & # 39; I have the size and athletics to switch really well. Getting the chance to just appear, even as a special guest, would be a dream come true. & # 39;
Andriy Lunin is not sure what the future holds for him in Real Madrid next season after the keeper was sent out in as many years as a third loan
- Andriy Lunin has had no effect on Real Madrid after being signed in 2018
- The Ukrainian keeper has been sent on three loan spells in as many years
- He is currently playing his football for Spanish second division side Real Oviedo
Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, currently on loan to Real Oviedo, admits that he does not know what the future holds for him next season.
After joining Zorya Luhansk in Madrid in a £ 6.3 million deal in the summer of 2018, he was immediately lent to Leganes, but only started four LaLiga games for the club.
He then loaned to Real Valladolid in August 2019, but was unable to move goalkeeper Jordi Masip and failed to play a single league game.
The Ukrainian now plays his football for the Spanish second-division team Oviedo, for whom he regularly performs. And since then he has revealed that he does not know what role Madrid will play for him next season.
When asked if the Spanish giants had given him any indication about his role next season on Onda Cero, he replied: & # 39; Not yet, but we are talking – I am in contact with the goalkeeper coach and the directors.
& # 39; It is my priority to play and continue to play and at Real Oviedo that is the case, so I am happy to play in this club. & # 39;
& # 39; We greeted Wanda Nara's comments with a pinch of irritation & # 39 ;: Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta irritated after Mauro Icardi & # 39; s wife claims that outcast striker has rejected large cash offers
- Inter Milan have been trying to unload striker Mauro Icardi all summer
- But the Argentinian has rejected several approaches from Napoli
- Icardi was told by Inter he wouldn & # 39; t is part of their plans for the season
- But his wife Wanda Nara says Icardi believes he still has a future with the club
Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta has expressed irritation with comments by the wife of the outcast striker Mauro Icardi.
Last week in a television program, Wanda Nara claimed that Icardi continued to reject Napoli's forwarding offers because he still believes he can save his Inter career.
The Argentinian striker was told at the beginning of the summer that he was not part of Inter's plans and would not be included in their team.
Icardi was frozen out of preparations for the season by the new manager Antonio Conte and was stripped of his No. 9 sweater to make way for new arrival Romelu Lukaku.
Yet he has repeatedly rejected offers from Napoli and insisted that he leave the San Siro only for reigning champions Juventus.
Last week Nara said on the Mediaset show Tiki-Taka that Icardi & # 39; does not believe it is over at Inter & # 39; and that & # 39; there were offers that no one in the world would have rejected, but he said no to Inter. & # 39;
But Marotta reacted angrily to the comments and said: & We greeted Wanda Nara's comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.
& I can also categorically deny that someone at the club told Icardi that at tay at Inter, especially not president Steven Zhang.
& # 39; The strategy that Inter has followed is precise and we clearly communicated it in the right timeframe.
& # 39; We will continue to end this way and no one at Inter can change this common approach that is shared by everyone. & # 39;
With the Italian transfer window closed on Monday, the time runs up for Icardi to secure a relocation of Inter set as a miserable campaign on the sidelines if he does not change his position .