De Bruyne driving City’s trophy charge

There have been moments this season when Pep Guardiola, the orchestrator of Manchester City’s landmark season, has been left open-mouthed by the excellence of his on-field conductor Kevin De Bruyne.

“I have no words…” spluttered the City manager after watching De Bruyne engineer the 4-1 destruction of Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in December. Continue reading De Bruyne driving City’s trophy charge

Neymar will be world’s best – PSG coach

Neymar is back in full training after missing two matches, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Friday before heaping praise on the Brazilian.

Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more affection after he was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record. Continue reading Neymar will be world’s best – PSG coach

Arsenal ‘target’ faces rap over video

Bordeaux striker Malcom, reportedly a target for Premier League club Arsenal, was Wednesday ordered to appear before a club disciplinary committee over a video showing him joking after a defeat.

The 20-year-old Brazilian made a social media video laughing and exchanging jokes with teammates Jonathan Cafu and Otavio and friends outside Bordeaux’s stadium following the club’s 2-0 home defeat to Caen on Tuesday. Continue reading Arsenal ‘target’ faces rap over video

‘CR7 leaving Real beyond imagination’

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday he cannot foresee Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, despite various reports in the Spanish media saying he is in the middle of a stand-off with president Florentino Perez over a pay dispute.

Ronaldo, 32, signed his last deal with Real in November 2016 until June 2021, but is reported to be demanding another new contract to bring his salary in line with Lionel Messi and Neymar, the top two earners in world soccer. Continue reading ‘CR7 leaving Real beyond imagination’

Van Persie heading home to Feyenoord

Dutch striker and record goalscorer Robin van Persie is heading home to rejoin his boyhood club Feyenoord, Dutch media reported on Friday.

“Not everything is completely sorted out yet, but it seems to be moving in the right direction,” a club official told the ANP news agency.

Van Persie is expected to undergo a medical at the weekend, Dutch media added. Continue reading Van Persie heading home to Feyenoord

‘Sanchez would be great for United’

Jose Mourinho said on Monday it would be “great” if Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez became a Manchester United player as Manchester City’s interest in the Chilean reportedly came to an end. NaijaBet

Sanchez, 29, looks to have played his last game for Arsenal, with manager Arsene Wenger saying on Sunday that his move could be confirmed “in the next 48 hours”.

A layer of uncertainty as to whether he would opt for the blue or red half of Manchester appeared to end on Monday when, with United en route to a 3-0 home win over Stoke, City let it be known they were no longer interested in signing the forward, although there were reports that Chelsea might enter the bidding. Continue reading ‘Sanchez would be great for United’

Manchester United see off Stoke

Manchester United took time off from their pursuit of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez to coast to a comfortable 3-0 victory against Stoke at Old Trafford on Monday.

Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial in the first half, and Romelu Lukaku after the break, were on the scoresheet as Jose Mourinho finally beat struggling Stoke as United manager at the fourth time of asking.

But this performance, and numerous missed chances, still gave Mourinho plenty of evidence he needs to add Sanchez to his squad during the January transfer window, despite cutting neighbours Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to 12 points after their unbeaten league run was ended by Liverpool on Sunday. Continue reading Manchester United see off Stoke

Mahrez worth over £100m to Foxes – Puel

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez could be worth even more than £100 million (112 million euros) if he leaves Leicester City at the end of the season, Foxes manager Claude Puel said on Monday. NaijaBet

“It is speculation and we cannot respond to all the speculation with information,” Puel told a press conference. “Perhaps, in the summer he will cost even more than £100m. Continue reading Mahrez worth over £100m to Foxes – Puel