& # 39; I'm very attracted to England & # 39 ;: Patrik Schick considers Premier League move after impressing RB Leipzig, despite rejecting Everton and Crystal Palace last summer
- Patrik Schick has revealed his intentions to move to England in the near future
- The 24-year Roma loan closed in September
- on the Bundesliga side . RB Leipzig knocks Tottenham out of the Champions League
- Leipzig can sign Schick for £ 27 million if they qualify for the Champions League
Patrik Schick is moving to the Premier League after impressing RB Leipzig this season.
The 24-year-old Roma mercenary joined the Bundesliga Bundesliga in September for a seasonal deal.
& # 39; When I left the Czech Republic, it was my dream to play in Italy and I achieved that & # 39 ;, he told iSport.cz . & # 39; Frankly, I am very attracted to England.
& # 39; Leipzig was definitely the right choice for my career. I had also spoken to Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke here in Germany.
& # 39; In England there were Everton and Crystal Palace, plus Valencia in Spain.
& # 39; I just felt that Leipzig wanted me more, and I was also attracted to the playing style of coach Julian Nagelsmann. I am sure I made the right choice. & # 39;
The Czech international has scored seven times in 19 games this campaign and has scored three goals for his teammates in Leipzig.
Leipzig have a clause in Schick's contract meaning they can make the deal permanent for £ 27 million if they qualify for the Champions League.
Time will tell whether Schick will extend his loan agreement beyond June, when it would expire when the Bundesliga season ends.
Tottenham enthusiastic about Chris Smalling after impressing on loan to Roma, with Jose Mourinho eyeing reunion with Manchester United defender
- Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen his defense in the summer transfer window
- Mourinho remains a fan of Chris Smalling after working with him at Man United
- Smalling may be available after spending the season on loan at Roma
Smalling made an impression during a seasonal period at Roma, but is to agree on a permanent move to the club because the Series A side negotiates his transfer fee.
The Daily Express claims that Roma wants to pay £ 14 million for Smalling to ensure that they do not violate Financial Fair Play rules, but United is holding £ 17m.
If the two clubs do not reach an agreement, then Tuttosport Tottenham report is ready to To steal a march and bring him back to the Premier League.
Mourinho worked with Smalling at the head of Old Trafford for three years and believes he could be the man to strengthen his rear.
Spurs are likely to lose Jan Vertonghen in the summer, with the defender's contract ending at the end of the season.
However, Smalling could still choose to stay in Italy after he admitted that he accepted the challenge of adapting to a new culture.
He told Sky Sports last week: & # 39; When I first came, it was exciting but also daunting because you're not sure what to expect, & # 39; Smalling told Sky Sports .
& # 39; New country, new experience. But given the way I settled in, the love I felt, especially from the fans but everyone in Rome, it will be an interesting decision to make.
& # 39; Some other players said that if you really got started, the love you can have in this city is incredible. That is really what I have felt and my family too. Long may it continue. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; When I spoke to them (United), there was & # 39; let's have a good season, hopefully everything goes according to plan, the team is successful and I am successful & & # 39; and go at the end of the season we sit.
& # 39; That was the plan at the start of the season and we are clearly not ready yet so come at the end of the season that we & # 39; I'll see what the plan is.
& # 39; I would lie if I said I hadn't thought about it & # 39 ;: Luke Shaw eyeing spot in England for Euro 2020 after impressing Manchester United
- Luke Shaw hopes that his improved displays will give him a place at Euro 2020
- The Manchester United left back has not been seen in the last 15 games of England
- ] The 24-year-old missed the Euro 2016 and 2018 world cup squadrons
- Shaw took the challenge despite the emergence of Brandon Williams
- Gareth Southgate & # 39; s side view Italy and Denmark end of March
Luke Shaw hopes for his improved performance for Manchester United will bring him a recall to the English team in time for Euro 2020.
But after missing the Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup squadrons, the 24-year-old defender hopes he has done enough for United this season to regain a place in the Southgate squad. England face Italy and Denmark in friendly games at the end of March.
& # 39; I would lie if I said I hadn't thought of it & # 39 ;, Shaw admitted. & # 39; But you know, I have to keep working hard, keep my head down and whatever happens, happens. It is of course everyone's dream to be involved in the euro.
& # 39; I'm just going to keep my head down, keep working. At the end of the day it is not up to me, it is of course up to Gareth and I will respect what he decides. & # 39;
Despite fierce competition for his place in the back left of Brandon Williams this season, Shaw has taken up the challenge. He also performed well on the left of a back-three and, against Watford on Sunday, filled both roles with Dan James alternately winger and wing-back in a 3-0 win.
& # 39; We worked a lot on it during the training, the new form that allows us to be more compact and stronger in defense, & Shaw added. & # 39; I am really enjoying it right now and I like to play wherever the manager wants me to play.
& # 39; I really enjoy that sort of left of the three, but I play everywhere and the most important thing is , you know, help the team and enjoy football.
& # 39; I think I learn different things in that back-three role. Sometimes things that you don't really get left behind, maybe because you're a bit wider, but I'm more central.
I was fairly central to Watford. We worked on that, for me to be more central and Jamo to play that wing roll back, but clearly less defensive when they had the ball. & # 39;
To the Williams competition, he added: & # 39; We have shown that we can also play together and I like to play with him. We have played a few times now and we have played well together. I learn what he does and he knows what I do, so it's a good partnership to play.
& # 39; But of course we all love competition and we all love to push each other and I & # 39; I will help him as much as possible to develop into a great player that he can be. & # 39;
Shaw also became a father for the first time in November when his partner Anouska Santos gave birth to son Reign.
Referring to the lack of sleep, he said: & # 39; It has been hard sometimes, as everyone knows! But I would not want to change it for the whole world.
& # 39; It is the best feeling ever to be older and he has a wonderful mother who takes care of him. I'm pretty much gone and I have quite a few games, so she does it all but she did it brilliantly.
& # 39; We have a great family around us and we have a beautiful maternity nurse who sometimes comes over and does the nights. Everything is really good and it is the best feeling in the world with a child – I love it. & # 39;
THE SECRET SCOUT: Derby & Louie Sibley is a powerful midfielder who takes responsibility on the field … if he maintains consistency, he can become the next star to appear in Pride Park
Our scout is a top football expert who attends games every week looking for the next star.
This week they give Sportsmail a low point on the 18-year-old Derby County midfielder LOUIE SIBLEY, which is valued at £ 600,000.
This is why the youngster draws attention with the championship side.
LOUIE SIBLEY PROFILE
AGE: AGE: 18
CLUB: Derby County
POSITION: Attacking Midfielder
] V ALUE: £ 600,000
WHAT HAS HE GOT?
A lo Cal boy, this young person joined the club at a young age. He played in an academy game as a powerful midfielder and immediately impressed me with a bunt past two players as he accelerated toward the goal.
Sibley has a strong frame, strong upper body and square shoulders. He uses this power for good and looks like he is not going to & # 39; easily & # 39; to play. He is the type of player looking for an end product. It is obvious that he has it in mind to attack from the midfield and he can enter the field and quickly confront the back line of the opponent.
Sibley keeps it simple and his movement to make himself available to receive the ball after a throw-in is a good example. He is not complicated, always keeps calm and retains his possession, unlike some of the players you see running around, tightly marked, just to try and receive the ball.
In physical challenges, Sibley also emerged. His competitiveness is not in doubt and he seemed responsible when possession was lost, his midfield took shape and was in a good position to try and win the ball back.
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
All young players need patience, but his attitude looks good.
I have been told that he has been a consistent performer for the Derby academy team. Very left footed he gave me the impression that he is progressing in Pride Park.
I wondered what his downside could be. As an attacking midfielder, does he score enough goals? But a knowing viewer told me that was no problem. He seems to have the basics – strength, a nice left foot and a reasonable range of steps.
His club has a good reputation for developing young people and it would not surprise me to see him play in the first team soon.
Burnley rewards Lukas Jensen with a new contract after impressing in the Clarets Under-23s
- Goalkeeper Lukas Jensen has signed a new contract with topflight Burnley
- ] The 20-year-old Dane made an impression in the line-up of Clarets Under-23s
- Jensen is still behind in Turf Moor's pecking order but was pleased to
Burnley has a new one contract for young Danish goalkeeper Lukas Jensen, who tied him to the club until 2021 with the option of a following year.
The 20-year-old signed a short-term deal in the summer and has now been rewarded for a number of impressive performances for the Clarets & # 39; Under-23s.
& # 39; It is brilliant to have my first & # 39; permanent & # 39; contract, & Jensen said on the club's website.
& # 39; It has been a long journey, but we are finally here and it is best feeling ever.
& # 39; I am very happy that I signed this with Burnley. It's a big dream to do it with a Premier League club. It is as if a childhood dream came true. & # 39;
Jensen remains in the pecking order with Turf Moor, with Nick Pope the established number one, and Joe Hart, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Adam Legzdins also in the books.
However, he hopes that the new deal will give him time to develop and rise.
& # 39; Hopefully I can continue to learn from all the top keepers on Burnley and start from here & he said.
& # 39; It makes me smile & # 39 ;: Coventry defends Sam McCallum admits he & # 39; happy & # 39; is to be connected with shock movement to Liverpool after impressing in League One
- Coventry defends Sam McCallum has admitted he & # 39; happy & # 39; is with Liverpool left
- McCallum, 19 this season impressed the Sky Blues in League One
- He joined Coventry in 2018 after a brief period at Jamie Vardy's & V9 Academy
- McCallum played the rumors and insisted on his focus with Coventry
McCallum, 19, is impressed by the Sky Blues this season with 16 League One games and scored twice. Championship side Leeds United are reportedly also interested in the defender, who joined Coventry after a spell at Jamie Vardy's & V9 Academy.
He could not hide his smile when asked about his ties with the side of Jurgen Klopp who had not been shy in signing young players in recent transfer windows, but the chances were small played a movement that would soon take place, reported The Mirror .
Sam McCallum has admitted that he is affiliated with Premier League side Liverpool
& # 39; It makes me smile, & # 39; he explained.
& # 39; I have seen that and I suppose it does not get much bigger than that, but I said it is just in the background and nothing has happened.
Sam McCallum career
2018/19: 8 appearances, 0 goals
2019/20: 24 appearances, 3 goals
& # 39; I feel happy but you clearly don't know what is true and what isn't, so … & # 39;
McCallum broke into the first team at Coventry in the 2018/19 season and appeared seven times. Since then he has been a permanent figure in the side who is looking for automatic promotion to the championship.
Sky Blues fans don't have to worry about an ex, however, as McCallum has insisted that his & # 39; head be anywhere else & # 39; is between rumors.
& # 39; It's only in the background and until something comes up, I'm just focused on Coventry. My head is nowhere else at the moment. I just want to get minutes in Coventry.
& # 39; I have one year after this season and hopefully they will just use me more and see me as an asset that I can create and create opportunities and score more goals. & # 39;
Altem could still run at Kempton's Christmas meeting after impressing trainer Nicky Henderson
The Upper One could still run at the Kempton & # 39; s Christmas meeting despite not appearing between the seven entries for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Trainer Nicky Henderson said he would speak with owner Patricia Pugh about running Altior in the Desert Orchid Chase 24 hours later after seeing tangible signs that the gelding is bruising defeat due to Cyrname in Christy & # 39; s 1965 Chase has withstood Ascot.
Altior easily won last season's Desert Orchid Chase with 19 lengths from Diego Du Charmil.
on Friday Henderson said: "I could run Altior (in the Desert Orchid Chase. I will talk to the owners tonight. His work is this week has been miles better than last week. "
Henderson had virtually excluded Altior from King George last weekend after missing his usual mojo in a training session with jockey Nico De Boinville. His presence in Kempton would be an important interpretation indicate day two of the bee arrival.
leads the seven King George entries alongside his Paul Nicholls-trained stablemate and 2018 King G eorge winner Clan Des Obeaux.
Colin Tizzard-trained duo Lost translation and Thistlecrack, the winner of 2016, form an opposition that also includes Venetia Williams-trained Aso, Willie Mullins-trained Footpad and Warren Greatrex-trained La Bague Au Roi.
Henderson was successful on Ascot on Friday with the impressive Angels Breath, who defeated some rival Mont Des Avaloirs 23 lengths in grade two Jacquart Noel Novices & # 39; Chase.
But it was a bittersweet victory with Angels Breath to leave the horse ambulance track after a disturbing cut near the tendon in his front leg.
Henderson said: & The most important thing is to clean it up. There is a lot of mess there. He was fantastic. It is too cruel for words if it will knock him out. & # 39;
Chelsea considering moving to Ben White in January with Brighton Center back on loan to Leeds
- Chelsea considering moving to Ben White in January's transfer window
- Brighton defender White is on loan very impressively this season in Leeds
- Although Brighton is reluctant to sell, they were able to accept a £ 25 million bid
This season the talented center back is very impressive on loan from Leeds from Brighton .
White & # 39; s deal in Brighton runs until the summer of 2022 and the seagulls are reluctant to lose it, but, as reported by The Sun they could make an offer of £ 25 million if Chelsea are willing to pay so much.
Chelsea has awarded 25 goals this season in the Premier League and 22-year-old White is seen as a possible option to help the Blues become more resilient at the rear.
White was released by Southampton at the age of 16, but was offered a scholarship from Brighton and gained experience on loan in Newport County and Peterborough. He has two senior appearances for Brighton, both of whom entered the League Cup in 2016.
Although he feels most at home in the heart of the defense, the youngster can also play back right if necessary.
Chelsea would certainly benefit from an additional center to add Frank Lampard's existing options to that of Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.
Lampard's side suffered a defeat on Saturday with 1-0 from Bournemouth and lost four of their last five league games.
The week before a general election, Jeremie Frimpong sits on a wooden bench along the walls of dressing room two in Celtic Lennoxtown training center.
He has a soapbox, a loud hailer and the only people who listen to Sportsmail, a club worker, his agent and his older brother Geoffrey.
In measured tones, the teenager silently sets out his manifesto for greatness. A long-term plan to become the best football player in the world.
I want to be the best player there is, he says when he talks about the weather. & # 39; I want to play for the biggest team ever.
& # 39; I want to win the Champions League. I want to keep the World Cup.
& # 39; I want to win as many trophies as possible. & # 39;
On the internet and on the pages of the newspapers, images of Lionel Messi, Ballon D & # 39; Or winner of a record sixth time, are everywhere. But the new sensation from Celtic is more interested in the number two in the photo next to the big man.
& # 39; Look at Virgil Van Dijk & # 39 ;, he adds, & # 39; there is the example. Played for Celtic; four years later he almost won the Ballon D & # 39; Or in Liverpool. He was so close.
& # 39; Can I therefore be the best player there is? Yes I think. Celtic can help me with that. The history here is crazy. They are so good – one of the biggest teams there is.
& # 39; So I hope I can be the best here. But that only comes with hard work and dedication and that is what I am going to produce to make it happen. & # 39;
Hard work and dedication are only a small part of his story. In itself, his mother's sacrifice deserves a small trophy.
Concerned that her hatch of seven children would be dragged into their father's gangland violence in Amsterdam, Benice Frimpong started a new life in Manchester in 2008.
The Clayton area was the first home of Manchester United, but felt less suitable for a young family.
Work as a cleaner was tight. But the promise that her seven-year-old son showed with boy clubs AFC Clayton and Clayton Villa made the purchase of each new pair of football boots an investment in the future.
Frimpong & # 39; s older brother tells Sportsmail's amateur coaches to hand the young protégé £ 10 and £ 20 bills to keep him fed and watered and to score goals. The real turning point came when AFC Clayton reached an amateur cup final.
& # 39; I scored a hat trick and I remember playing very well & # 39 ;, the new Bhoy remembers. "I won the best player of the tournament and they gave me a trophy.
" I played so well that I suddenly had Liverpool, Man City, Bolton and Blackburn after me. They all spoke to my parents and it was very important for a young child.
I first went for a Bolton trial. Then I went to Liverpool and signed for them. But traveling was difficult and expensive from our home in Manchester. We didn't really have the funds and Man City was more local. I went there for a six-week trial period and that was it. & # 39;
When I joined the Manchester City Academy at the age of nine, I had to go from school to training and return home at 9 p.m.
on Bank Street were so poor that the family moved to Openshaw, with the Frimpong brothers and sisters missing some of the basic principles to promote their brother's potential career.
In exchange, he had to make one or two of it himself. At St. Matthew & # 39; s High School in Moston he showed early promise as a sprinter at 100 meters and 110 m hurdles.
He said: & # 39; I have always been fast by nature. Was athletics a serious option for me? Yes, 100 percent. & # 39;
Things changed when Manchester City moved him to St Bede & # 39; s College, a partner school for the club's academy program. From that moment on the instruction was to focus on football and nothing else.
& # 39; I was dedicated to athletics, but I never thought about it the way I thought about football, & # 39; he says. & # 39; It was never in my mind to become an Olympic athlete or something. Football was in my head day and night. & # 39;
At 5ft 4in, his lack of length has always made his coaches a few frown lines.
Manchester City started his life as a winger and kept him in the shadow, humming and crying about his build. Change cam when he scored twice against Middlesbrough & # 39; s academy team and earned a promotion to the top team for his age group.
Shortly thereafter, the regular right back was wounded and filled in Frimpong as a substitute. After the game, academy coach Alan Wright spoke the four words that changed the course of his life.
& # 39; Alan said to me: "This is your position." He said, "You could be one of the best right backers in the world if you mastered it."
& # 39; At first I wasn't sure. I didn't immediately say yes. I thought about it and thought: & # 39; Let's try it. & # 39;
Where others were concerned about his shape, Frimpong never did that. He used his athletic skills to overcome every obstacle. He said: & # 39; I never worried about height. I just went to play. I know I'm not the tallest. But on the field I will never be the weakest either.
& I will enter into every fight. If I am defeated, I will be defeated, but I will never avoid trying. & # 39;
To prove it to Manchester City, he knelt down. His mother's savage survival instincts were in his genes.
& # 39; My friends went out and I was like: & # 39; Sorry, I have to sleep because I have soccer in the morning & # 39; My sister got engaged to get married and I had to miss the engagement party with the family because I had a competition the next day.
& # 39; I felt sad about that but if you want to be a footballer, Neil Lennon saw him play the highest level you go, the less you see of your family. & # 39;
Neil Lennon saw him play for the Manchester City team under 23 in a friendly win over the development side of Celtic in Lennoxtown last season £ 350,000 deal – rising to £ 1 million with add-ons – began to take shape.
& # 39; I had a good season with the Under-23 & # 39; s, but I didn't want to do that again because I had already done it & he said.
& # 39; I wanted football in the first team and if that didn't happen City then it had to be somewhere else. It was not easy for me to leave, I had been there all my life But I had to try If you are passionate and serious about ball, you can't stay the same.
& # 39; You cannot stand still. You have to go higher and higher and higher and strive for the top. And if you are there? You still can't stop. & # 39;
Some sacrifices were more difficult than others. Where Manchester was wet, Glasgow felt wet and cold. Where the parental home was loud and noisy, his new apartment was quiet in the morning.
To help break the silence, his agent moved for two weeks while his siblings were regular visitors.
When he turns 19 on Tuesday, his Ghanaian mother will spend the big day – and most of December – catering for his nutritional needs.
& # 39; Oh, I miss my African food, & # 39; he grins. & # 39; Her specialty is this African dish called Jollof rice. Or else there is Fried Yam, which is really nice.
& # 39; I don't have to say anything, she just knows. I can make pasta and stuff. But mama makes the sauce and leaves me worth weeks to get me through. A little chicken and I am a happy man … & # 39;
The acclimatization process was helped by a fast lift to the first Celtic team. In the minds of supporters, his explosive pace and invention right behind the man made by Kieran Tierney yesterday.
Still, £ 7 million Rangers winger Ryan Kent is expected to be the biggest first-team test of his defensive skills tomorrow. & # 39; I have never played against Ryan Kent in England & # 39 ;, he admits. & # 39; But I was with Brandon Barker in Manchester City. It doesn't worry me. I have always had faith in big games. I think I still have to do work on everything, but especially defend it.
& # 39; I am confident in one-v-ones, but you can always improve. & # 39; His brother speaks of a game under 23 when he held Chelsea & # 39; s English international star Callum Hudson-Odoi. Like most things, Frimpong took it up. & # 39; Don't be afraid & # 39 ;, he explains, & # 39; it's just another game. Go play. I suppose that's really my approach to life. & # 39;
There was only the shortest fear last week and it was unrelated to football. He did not take his driving test for the first time.
& # 39; It was my fourth time I tried it, "he laughs. & # 39; I drove very well and the tester was really happy with me. I have three minors. If you get serious, you fail, but you can have three minors – and I passed. & # 39; Three months into life as a rising Celtic star, Frimpong has already thrown away the L-plates. A new test awaits tomorrow in Hampden.
Philippe Coutinho would like to stay & # 39; in Bayern Munich after being impressed during the spell on Barcelona, while German champions are considering whether to spend £ 102 million to sign Brazilian star
- Coutinho impressed during his loan to Bayern Munich this season
- Bayern has the option to buy it for £ 102m in the summer
- And Coutinho wants to stay in Bayern if they want to keep him next season
Brazilian loaned star from Barcelona has so far three goals and five assists
Coutinho has scored three goals this season and five more in the Bundesliga and Champions League, impressive despite Bayern & # 39; s inconsistent start to the season.
Bayern has the option to buy Coutinho outright from Barcelona for € 12 million (£ 102m) in the summer
& # 39; I feel very comfortable, & # 39; said Coutinho. "I intend to stay here for a year and I am focused on my time here.
" If everything fits, I would like to stay. "
Bayern had a surprise house defeat to Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend causing them to drift four points from the current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach.
It was the first defeat suffered by interim manager Hansi Flick, who came in after firing Niko Kovac.
And Coutinho is impressed by the changes that Flick had made since the acquisition.
& # 39; We understand his way of training and playing well, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; Flick makes everyone feel important and we are happy, but we know there is a lot of work to do. & # 39;