& # 39; I can't talk about a player who is not mine & # 39 ;: Zinedine Zidane refuses to be signed on the left between Raheem Sterling and Real Madrid after Man City star posed with the iconic shirt of the club and them & # 39; fantastic & # 39; declared [19459003
Premier League champions face a two-year ban on Champions League football due to financial fair play offenses. If their appeal to UEFA fails, the future of Sterling will be at stake.
& # 39; I can't talk about a player that is not mine, & Zidane said. & # 39; He is a very good player, there is no doubt about it. & # 39;
Real was already planning to pay £ 180 million for the English star before the shock news broke out last week, according to The Sun and the ban would be a huge boost to their hope of landing. the Englishman.
City could be raided in the summer, but both Sterling and Pep Guardiola have calmed the fears of fans and insist that they intend to remain loyal on the Etihad side.
The Englishman will be the target of much of Europe & # 39; s elite clubs in the summer
& I am currently in City and I am really happy & # 39 ;, he told AS .
& # 39; But I say that Real Madrid is a fantastic club, when you see the white shirt, you know exactly what the club stands for, it's huge. But at the same time I now have a contract with City and I have to respect this. But it's a fantastic club. & # 39;
The La Liga leaders will take a close look at Sterling, with the sides facing each other in a monumental Champions League clash on the Bernabeu.
Sterling is only 25 years old and is under contract with City for another three years.
He has been sidelined by an injury since Tottenham's 2-0 defeat in early February, but has returned to training and will compete for the next two games against Leicester and Madrid as he is able to match his suitability prove.
After a sensational season that City has promoted to the league title, Sterling has already contributed 11 goals this time, and his return will be a relief for Guardiola.
LA Galaxy pours cold water on claims that they have made sensational approach to Barcelona star Lionel Messi after recent Nou Camp unrest
- LA Galaxy was associated with a movement for the Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi
- The American club insists, however, that they have not had any conversations with the 32-year-old
- Messi would like extend Nou Camp's stay despite the power to leave
MLS side LA Galaxy would like to sign a big name to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite bringing in the popular Javier Hernandez.
Reports had suggested that they were planning to make Messi a daring offer to lure the 32-year-old to California .
However, LA Galaxy boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto has suggested suggestions that his party could land his countryman.
Barros Schelotto said about a rumor chase of Messi: & # 39; Nothing. There is nothing to say.
& # 39; Of course [everybody would like to have Messi] and the fact that he has a certain relationship with him also offers the possibility, but there has been no approach recently. & # 39;
Messi can leave the Nou Camp for a free transfer in the summer if he chooses to exercise a clause to orchestrate his departure.
The Argentinian international has not been completely happy in Barcelona in recent months with the club captain who even clashed with sports director and former teammate Eric Abidal.
Messi made an exception with Abidal after the Frenchman said the players were guilty of looting Ernesto Valverde.
Not many football fans would have put Harvey Barnes in their England squad for Euro 2020 but the Leicester attacker comes from a family that knows everything about defying the odds.
Harvey & # 39; s father, Paul Barnes – a highly efficient goal scorer in the 1990s – inspired one of the most surprising results of the last century when he scored twice for York City – then in the third series – to lead them to a 3-0 win over Manchester United in Old Trafford, in a League Cup tie in September 1995.
Although the inclusion of Barnes in the team of Gareth Southgate would not give a shock to rival that result, it would still be a remarkably impressive rise: just over a year ago, the 22-year-old still waited for his first Premier League start.
HARVEY BARNES & # 39; 19-20 SEASON STATS
Premier League apps: 24 (6 as sub) )
Premier League minutes: 1,495
Premier League goals: 4
Premier League helps: 6
Success: 75.8 percent
When everyone is fit, it is difficult to look beyond Raheem Sterling and Jadon S ancho for the broad attacking roles in England's opening match against Croatia on June 14. But apart from the two, which of the other candidates has a stronger claim than Barnes? Marcus Rashford is on the sidelines with a long-term back injury, and Callum Hudson-Odoi has started only seven league games for Chelsea this period.
Even if Barnes does not come this time, his moment will certainly come. This is an impressive story of a player who was not a teenage superstar but through smart coaching at the Leicester academy, smart loan movements, a flawless attitude and rapid improvement under the coaching of Brendan Rodgers.
Make no mistake: Barnes did it the hard way. A promising athlete at school – he excelled in sprinting and running – Barnes has benefited from the guidance of a father who played for eight clubs in a 16-year career in the Football League.
& # 39; When you've been in the industry, you know it can always be ups and downs & # 39 ;, Barnes told senior Sportsmail . & # 39; People ask me why I am not his agent – I want to be his father. I want to be able to congratulate him if he does it right and be there for him if he doesn't.
& # 39; If we talk, I will always start with positive information. When we talk after a game, I ask him questions: "What about this? Could you have done better?" We discuss it that way. You always know when he wants to talk about something.
& # 39; At the age of 18 I wanted him to gain experience with full-time footba II, Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, playing with adult men, being kicked
& # 39 Harvey is someone who thrives and develops as soon as he feels settled. It may take him a month to settle somewhere, but his loans have always gone well.
& # 39; With his moves, I have always impressed him that once you join a club, in all respects. Buy what they do. Don't rush home after training; stay with the players and go out to dinner.
& # 39; When he was in Barnsley, he shared an apartment with David Brooks (Bournemouth winger), who was in Sheffield United. They knew each other from playing for England at the Toulon tournament in 2017.
In West Brom he would spend time with senior players such as Jake Livermore and Gareth Barry. It helps you develop that little bit of confidence for when you go back to a dressing room in the Premier League. & # 39;
Barnes made steady progress with both Milton Keynes and Barnsley, before taking a big step window put at West Bro last season. Given the freedom to express themselves by then Albion boss Darren Moore, Barnes delivered nine goals and six assists in 26 games.
When he was recalled by Leicester in January 2019, Albion feared – correctly – that it would derail their bid for promotion of the championship. Barnes himself would have been more than happy to stay with The Hawthorns throughout the campaign because he feared that his playing time would decrease under Claude Puel.
Looking back, however, it seems to be the best career move that Barnes could have made. By the time Rodgers replaced Puel last February, Barnes was firmly in the first team image after starting the previous four games.
And when Rodgers demanded more significant contributions from his broad players after a 2-1 win over Burnley in October, Barnes answered the call – he now has four goals and six assists in the league.
& # 39; He has clarity about his role, & # 39; said Rodgers. "He knows where he needs to be in terms of goals and creativity if he wants to be at the top of this competition in a team.
] & # 39; Everyone can see that his speed and walking power are phenomenal, but in tight spaces he has improved, and that is the element of his game that keeps getting better. He has good feet and he can tip, and there aren't many who can stay with him when he bursts in the box.
& # 39; That is development and improvement. It is what we must see. He does finishing exercises – left foot, right foot – and he will do video analysis, but he wants to improve and that is also important.
& # 39; He asks questions – "What can I do better? How can I improve?" ? "- and then he wants to do it. If you want to be at the top of the game, it's a constant evolution of your talent, and that's what we're seeing with him now. & # 39;
Intriguing is that those who know Barnes believe best that he may not stay on the left in the long run While playing youth football, his best work was done as an attacking midfielder or No. 10.
He moved wide when he joined Milton Keynes because he felt that he he did not have the physical status to play centrally in League One, but Barnes showed in West Brom the damage he can do when he enters from the flank.
& # 39; I don't think he will end up as a left-sided attacker, & # 39; his father added. & # 39; You'll see him come in more in the next two, three, four years. He will end up as a No. 10 or attacking midfielder. He can go up and down and break the lines.
& # 39; In school and provincial games, he always had a great ability to run the ball. He has always had a real love for the game, really enjoying football. I've never heard him say, "I don't want to go inside." He has always been enthusiastic about it. & # 39;
With Champions League football on the horizon and a place in England to fight for, Barnes' enthusiasm will not diminish quickly.
& # 39; No fire sale would be needed & # 39 ;: Manchester City will not be forced to sell star players if the two-year ban on the Champions League continues … and the ruling can financially benefit the club good ones
- Kieran Maguire, an expert in the field of football financing, says that Manchester City continues to hold star people
- FFP loss limits under UEFA amount to € 30 million over three years, compared to £ 105 million in PL
- As a result, City may have more financial breathing room to sign players
Manchester City Will Not are forced to fire their top players if a two-year Champions League ban continues to exist and could even benefit financially from their time outside of Europe, according to a top football finance expert.
City, who appeals against the judgment of UEFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, loses tens of millions of income for every season outside the competition.
Manager Pep Guardiola and CEO Ferran Soriano are both convinced that City will be in the Champions League again next season.
And it is claimed that working according to different rules for financially fair play in the Premier League will remove the need to sell players. "No fireplace is needed," said Kieran Maguire of the University of Liverpool Sportsmail .
& # 39; They will benefit from not being in Europe because the FFP limits under UEFA are € 30 million losses over three years, compared to £ 105 million under the Premier League limits. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has given up hope of winning the title of City 2014 after his Liverpool side finished in second place
He said: & # 39; It's real away. It doesn't change anything. It does not take away from what we did. & # 39;
Former England rugby star James Haskell makes MMA debut with Bellator on May 16 in Wembley Arena
- James Haskell announced last year goodbye to professional rugby
- ] He then revealed that he is entering the world of professional MMA with Bellator
- Organization matching him with opponent on May 16 in heavyweight division
Former England rugby union international James Haskell makes his professional mixed martial arts debut on May 16.
Haskell called his 17-year rugby career in May 2019 before signing with the American MMA promoter Bellator three months later.
] The former Wasps and Northampton flanker, who won 77 caps for England, will be on Bellator & # 39; s London card
He will act in a heavyweight fight against an unnamed opponent held at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The former Wasps and Northampton back-row forward has trained with London Shootfighters gym.
Haskell will fight on the card with the head of James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor in a bantamweight competition that has been moved for the third time.
& # 39; They always want more! & # 39; Liverpool star Fabinho reveals the famous trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah arrive EVERY DAY an hour earlier in the gym while spurring the title charge
- Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has the dedication of his husband revealed teammates
- He said that Roberto Firmino Sadio Mane and Mo Salah arrive an hour before training
- He complimented the team if they try to deliver the league title
- Jordan Henderson and James Milner help motivate the players, he has added
The men of Jurgen Klopp sail to a first Premier League crown in 30 years in an undefeated season so far that only one point has fallen, and the Reds have left the field See that they are ready to give anything to secure the title.
And Fabinho has shed light on how much work behind the scenes has gone into the record-breaking Liverpool season.
& (39) (Jordan) Henderson and (James) Milner know how to pass on motivation & # 39 ;, he said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais . & # 39; The team is receptive because it is very professional.
& # 39; But it is unbelievable for the team that their three stars, Mané, Salah and Firmino, are inexhaustible. They are in the gym an hour earlier every day. They always want more! & # 39;
The Brazilian also reserved praise for Liverpool & # 39; s two offensive backs Alexander Trent-Arnold and Andy Robertson for their heroic deeds this season, saying that he is trying to offer them coverage so that they can bomb ahead and help the team.
FABINHO IN 19-20
Performances : 17
Start : 12
Minutes : 1175
Objectives : 1
Starts : 6
[6 Assisted : 1
Trophies won : UEFA Super Cup
& # 39; With the quality they have, they can (push up)) as much as they want because I will protect (them). They always help us a lot in games. Both in the construction of the plays and with assists and goals.
Their (crosses) have great precision and they spend 90 minutes coming and going. My role is to cover them.
& # 39; If we attack the left, I take care of Robertson's back; and when the ball is on the right, I take care of Alexander-Arnold.
& # 39; If I don't have time, it is central. The three left behind must make these decisions based on how we see the game. & # 39;
Fabinho has played 26 times this season in all Liverpool matches despite missing 13 matches after damage to his ankle bands in November.
He has made a total of 67 appearances for the Reds since he signed for Monaco in 2018 for £ 40 million.
The Brazilian started both the Champions League final against Tottenham and the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea as h and helped the team to lift both trophies.
& # 39; What did you expect from someone conceived in a dressing room? & # 39 ;: Friend of Alf-Inge Haaland joking with scoring sensational son Erling was the result of a romantic encounter in the Leeds dressing room Elland Road
- Erling Haaland performed his burning goal scores in Borussia Dortmund
- The Bundesliga giants fought against competition across Europe for the starlet
- A good family friend joked that Haaland was conceived in the dressing room
- Jan Aage Fjortoft played with Haaland senior in both England and Norway
The Norwegian youth has continued to make headlines since moving from RB Salzburg to Dortmund by achieving one of the most impressive score records in the history of Champions League
Now, after breaking Paris Saint Germain hearts in an exciting 2-1 comeback during the first round of the last 16 bands, a family friend from Haaland has released a comic revelation.
Former professional footballer became expert Jan Aage Fjo rtoft once played with Haaland & # 39; s father, Alf Inge, and has since remained in close contact with both his former international teammate and his son.
Fjortoft played in English football at the same time that Haaland senior practiced his profession with Leeds United, when the young Erling was actually born in Yorkshire.
In an interview with Paolo Condo, a popular expert Fjortoft recently spoke of the joke as a light-hearted statement as to why Haaland is so good.
& # 39; What did you expect from ie basket conceived in a dressing room? ”Fjortoft said when asked to see dictation about the development of 19-year-old Haaland, as a report Sky Italia .
Haaland senior spent three years with Leeds United from 1997 to 2000, following his introduction to English life with Nottingham Forest
Nine months prior to the birth of his son, Haaland senior played in a thriller with five goals on Elland Road and came as a 78-minute replacement, while Leeds overthrew Newcastle with a 3-2 win.
Alf Inge would later continue to Manchester City after his spell with Leeds, during which time he created a fierce rivalry with Roy Keane of United.
The two men collided on the field several times, resulting in Keane who put on vengeful horror equipment on the Norwegian who watched him leave, banished five games and fined £ 150,000.
Erling Haaland left behind Keane & # 39; s former team United to sign for Dortmund in a mov last month and that already seems to be bearing fruit .
In 10 Champions League games this season, Haaland found the net seven times in the back.
After having played only five Bundesliga games, Haaland already had eight goals that started with a sublime hat trick on his debut, despite coming up as a substitute.
Ireland turns to U2 singer Bono to give them The Edge, while Andy Farrell and his players are visited by rugby fans and proud Irishman before England clash on Twickenham
Ireland is hoping for a beautiful day when they travel to Twickenham on Sunday, inspired by a visit from U2 signer Bono.
The 59-year-old came to the Irish camp to give a rally speech to Andy Farrell's team for their Six Nations clash with England.
Farrell wants his side to reconnect with their Irishness and bring an emotional performance to anesthetize Eddie Jones men this weekend. And he greeted Bono's impact.
J Larmour; A Conway, R. Henshaw, B. Aki, J Stockdale, J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Haring, T Furlong, I Henderson, J Ryan, P O & # 39; Mahony, J Van Der Flier, CJ Stander
Replacements : R Kelleher, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, D Toner, C Doris, J Cooney, R Byrne, K Earls
& # 39; We were blown away that he gave his time to come and see us, & # 39; said the Englishman who led Ireland to two wins of two so far in the championship.
& # 39; We invited him, he was at the top of the wish list. He is clearly a proud Irishman, so he spoke a bit about Irishness. He loves his rugby, he is a big fan. His wife Ali also came and she is a bigger fan of rugby.
& # 39; She was in the game with The Edge at the weekend and apparently Bono can't play with her because she screams very loudly. in the stands! His sons also play rugby.
& # 39; We wanted to ask him to sing, but nobody had the guts to do it! We had hidden the guitar around the corner!
& # 39; We asked him to come in to be able to ask some questions to come forward with a little learning what needed to be successful as long as he staying at the top and being the icon of the music world – it was fantastic for him to give up his time. & # 39;
Scrum-half Conor Murray has only won twice in nine Tests against English, but does not think the Irish will experience dizziness in London.
& # 39; Want to give us a sense of our identity, & he said. "He does that through our training, but also through things like talking to Bono and last night he spoke about Irishness, what it means to be Irish and what is special about it.
& # 39; The fear factor that going to Twickenham is not as big as it used to be, but there is respect from the English side.
& # 39; It is difficult to perform there and requires a huge amount of preparation and mindset & # 39;
Farrell had the opportunity to return to England in 2018 by Jones after being released by the Australian in 2015 – but he rejected it, and two years later, now as Ireland's head coach , he wanted to emphasize that he had not entertained the switch to Twickenham for too long.
& Eddie asked the question, but I still had a good job, so that was that, & Farrell said & # 39; It was just that. Eddie was a consultant at Saracens when I came to work there and it was a year later took over and signed me again, for which I was grateful.
& # 39; He is a wise coach and has been through a lot. I always enjoyed drinking coffee with Eddie and talking to him about his experiences. When he came to England in 2015, I had worked for Stuart Lancaster. Stuart had left and I would have done exactly the same if I were Eddie. & # 39;
Farrell made only one change to his squadron for the England game and brought back rower Caelen Doris on the bench for Max Deegan and knows that his former side will be desperate for the win.
We are in a good place, he said. & # 39; We are two of two. We know that our performance must be better to win there.
England has won one, one lost, so I assume this is their championship. So you would say they have a head start on their game. We probably also need a little more for that. & # 39;
Juventus & Consider Movement for Bayern Munich Star Thiago Alcantara as Paul Pogba Alternative & # 39; playing hard with Man United during transfer talks
The Manchester United the future of the midfielder in Old Trafford remains uncertain after an injury-hit season and an ongoing dispute between agent Mino Raiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba & # 39; s former club is one of a number of interested parties with Real Madrid also excited about the 26-year-old's signing.
But competition and Uni ted & # 39; s asking price means that Juve may weigh their options with [1 9459039] Tuttosport reporting that they could instead focus on Bayern & # 39; s Thiago.
The Spaniard's contract with the German club expires at the end of next season and, with a costly renewal that is unlikely, they may be open to selling the midfielder in the summer.
With three goals in his last five games, the 28-year-old is a crucial part of the Bayern team, as they are looking for an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and making progress in the Champions League.
Juventus is expected to recruit a central midfielder at the end of the season after Emre Can can join Borussia Dortmund .
Raiola told the chances that Pogba returned to Turin and claimed that his client would be open to re-join the club.
The midfielder has only a year on his contract in July and although United has the option to extend it, there is a sense that it would do well to recoup the £ 89 million he gave them cost in 2016.
Madrid was once the favorite to sign the Frenchman, but it is thought that he appreciates him for no more than £ 50 million and United may be forced to accept a lower fee if relations continue to deteriorate.
Solskjaer admitted the player is & # 39; nowhere near & # 39; and returns to training while continuing to recover from the ankle surgery he had in January.
& # 39; They celebrated as if they managed to win the draw & # 39 ;: Andy Robertson warns Atletico Madrid that they should be at their best to have a chance to win Anfield after winning 1-0 over Liverpool's first leg have revealed
Liverpool Defender Andy Robertson has warned Atletico Madrid that their full-time parties may have come prematurely because he promised that the men of Jurgen Klopp would make it well in the second stage & # 39;
] Atletico drew first blood in the Champions League last-16 clash when Saul Niguez & # 39; s lonely strike in Madrid gave the hosts a slim lead to take back to Anfield.
Despite Liverpool that many of the Atletico placed a typical haunted display on the back after he had scored early to stop the men from Klopp and retain their advantage with one goal.
The players of Diego Simeone were understandably happy with cla iming the scalp of the world champions and the winners of last season's Champions League but Robertson was quick to remind them that the band after the final whistle was not over yet.
& # 39; They celebrated as if they won the band after the game so let's see, "the international Scotland told BT Sport.
" We have a few weeks and Premier League activities to take care of. They are coming back to Anfield, we know our fans will be there, we know we will be there, it's up to them to be there.
& # 39; They can fall over and try to get under our skin the way they did, I think we handled it well while they fell over quite easily, we could just continue it.
& # 39; We put down a decent performance tonight, but we know we can b and better and luckily we have a second leg to to put it right. & # 39;
BT Sport expert Rio Ferdinand agreed with Robertson that things are going well and insisted that Atletico did not give Liverpool cause for panic.
He added: & # 39; It's not just about statistics, you have to get another team to defend and have a finished product with possession. I love the tone of Robertson's interview.
& # 39; They see the manager, see the other team animated, rub it in your face, fans and players over celebrate, the band is not over, they have to come to us, there is still too much play.
& We said before the game that the team of Simeones is resolu to, well defended, organized, well prepared, yes lost backbone of their team in the summer, but he is a fantastic coach who gets the best out of all his players and his teams and today he did exactly that.
& # 39; They had the goal early in the game and said that if we get a goal, we can fight it and they made it difficult, they fought, they made it nasty, they were aggressive, all the things you would expect from a Simeone team
& # 39; This is no reason to panic for Liverpool, they know what they are capable of in Anfield. This is not at all what will derail them. & # 39;
Klopp & # 39; s men welcome Atletico in Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League draw on March 11.