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#1
Mikel Obi Finally Breaks Silence After Being Omitted From Super Eagles Squad
October 31, 2018 SPORT
 
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Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has stated that he remains fully committed to the national team and will make himself available for selection once he sorts out his ‘physical and fitness issues’.

The Tianjin TEDA midfield maestro, who has not been in action for Nigeria since the World Cup in June, emphasised that he will keep supporting the Eagles as they look to seal their place in the 2019 AFCON billed for Cameroon.

“I’m still not ready to come back yet. Still have some physical and fitness issues. I wish the team well and will always do.

“My commitment to the national team remains 100%; I still remain a part of the team and will always support the lads. The Nations Cup remains our ultimate goal for now and we are just one point away from reaching that target,” Mikel told AOIFootball.

Gernot Rohr had earlier revealed that Mikel’s exclusion from the team is down to his own decision and that the 31-year-old is to determine when he will return to international duty.
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#2
Manchester United ready to dump Alexis Sanchez
October 31, 2018 SPORT
 
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Senior officials at Manchester United have discussed selling Alexis Sanchez, the UK Sun reports.


Sanchez has struggled to hit top form, since his arrival from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Chilean was unhappy with Jose Mourinho, after he was dropped earlier this season and reports claimed last week that the 29-year-old is considering leaving Old Trafford.


Paris Saint-Germain is understood to be keen on signing Sanchez at the end of the season.

But the French champions will look to get United to agree a reduced transfer fee, due to the player’s £505,000-a-week salary.
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#3
How Aubameyang forced Dortmund exit to sign for Arsenal
October 31, 2018 SPORT
 
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Former Borussia Dortmund boss, Peter Stoger, has revealed how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced through a move to Arsenal in January.


In an interview with Bild, Stoger claimed that Aubameyang refused to run during training sessions.

The Gabonese forward joined the Gunners in a £56m deal to become Arsene Wenger’s final signing for the club and has scored an impressive 19 goals in 26 appearances across last season and the current campaign under new boss Unai Emery.


But Stoger says Aubameyang’s final days at Dortmund were far from professional.

“He left me no other choice. He trained well four days of the week. But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training.

“We did our best to keep him for at least another half a year, but Auba wasn’t ready for that,” he said.
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#4
Cristiano Ronaldo Equals 60-year-old Record At Juventus


Despite a slow start to life in Italy following his move from Real Madrid, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has now equaled a goal-scoring 60-year-old record at Juventus.

The Portuguese failed to find the back of the net in his first three matches in Serie A, before finally breaking his duck with a brace against Sassuolo last month.

Since then, Ronaldo has been among the goals regularly in Italy, adding another two to his tally in his side’s 2-1 win over Genoa on Saturday.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 33-year-old has now scored seven league goals in his first 10 matches for the Bianconeri, becoming only the second player to achieve that ratio at Juve since John Charles, who did so in the 1957/58 season.

Charles ended his debut campaign with the Italian giants with 28 strikes, a tally Ronaldo will be backing himself to better this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes most followed person on Instagram

A host of top names came close to the same feat for Juve, but fell short of the mark, including Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Filippo Inzaghi, who all managed six strikes in their first 10 Serie A matches for the club.

Meanwhile, Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet all scored five goals in their first 10 league outings for the Bianconeri.

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#5
Carabao Cup Quarter Final Draw Concluded [Full Fixtures]



The 2018-19 Carabao Cup draw has been concluded on Wednesday night.

Arsenal will play Tottenham in a mouth watering North London clash.

The Gunners defeated Blackpool last night 2-1 to advance to the next round of the competition.

Meanwhile, Spurs defeated West Ham 3-1 on Wednesday courtesy of goals from Son Heung-Min brace and Fernando Llorente volley.

However, Chelsea defeated Derby County 3-2 in a very exciting match last night and will now play Bournemouth in the next round.

QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

Arsenal v Tottenham 

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Leicester/Southampton v Manchester City/Fulham

Middlesbrough v Burton

The Fixtures will be played over the weekend starting from December 17.
     
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#6
Raheem Sterling set to be highest paid English footballer
November 02, 2018 SPORT
 
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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has verbally agreed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions, which doubles his wages.

Sterling has developed into one of England’s most exciting players since joining City from Liverpool in 2015.

The 23-year-old, whose existing terms were set to expire in 2020, will reportedly earn around £300,000 ($389,000) per week once he officially signs the improved contract, which would currently make him the highest paid English footballer.

Sterling played a key role in City’s record-breaking title triumph last term and this season has netted four goals in eight Premier League appearances in all competitions.

His future at the club has been a hot topic since the start of the season.

Coach Pep Guardiola, who has managed to get the best out of Sterling during his time at the Etihad Stadium, said before August’s Community Shield match against Chelsea that there was “no doubt” City wanted him to stay.

Guardiola left the situation in the hands of Sterling’s representative and City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain and it appears the protracted negotiations have now been successful.
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#7
Cristiano Ronaldo Honoured After Scoring 400 Goals Across Europe (photo)


On Saturday night, Cristiano Ronaldo was honoured for scoring 400 goals across the Seria A, La Liga and Premier League.
Before Juventus' home game with Cagliari, Andrea Agnelli, the president of the Italian club presented the Portuguese striker with a celebratory Jersey to celebrate his new milestone. Ronaldo also already added two goals, taking his tally to 402 so far.
The Portugal superstar, 33, reached the tally as he scored against Genoa in the 1 - 1 football match last week.
Ronaldo scored 84 in the Premier League for Manchester United, 311 in La Liga for Real Madrid and he has seven in Serie A for Juventus so far.
Argentine legend Lionel Messi is currently second on the list with 389 goals for Barcelona in La Liga.
Spurs legend Jimmy Greaves is third on the list with 366 goals in his 529 appearances from 1957-71 and Bayern Munich icon Gerd Müller is fourth with 365 goals in 427 appearances from 1965-79.

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#8
Lacazette salvages Arsenal’s unbeaten run, Liverpool shattered
Sunday, November 04, 2018 SPORT
 
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Alexandre Lacazette extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 14 games and dealt a blow to Liverpool’s quest to win the Premier League for the first time in nearly three decades by salvaging a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Saturday.

James Milner’s opener just after the hour mark looked set to send Jurgen Klopp’s men three points clear of champions Manchester City, who host Southampton on Sunday, at the top of the table.

However, that lead is now a solitary point as Lacazette struck eight minutes from time to give the hosts a well-deserved point from an enthralling encounter.

After a baptism of fire in defeats to City and Chelsea in his first two matches as Arsenal’s first new manager for 22 years, Unai Emery has impressively put his stamp on the Gunners.

However, in a run of 12 wins and a draw before Liverpool’s visit, Arsenal hadn’t faced any side that finished ahead of them in Arsene Wenger’s last season.
In contrast to their last visit to the Emirates when they conceded three times in five minutes, Liverpool needed to show their new-found defensive resolve as a confident Arsenal started the brighter.
Alisson Becker spread himself well to block from Lacazette before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deflected effort from the edge of the area flew just wide.
Granit Xhaka fired too close to Alisson from a well-worked corner, but the Brazilian international was fortunate when he rushed from his goal and was beaten to a floated cross by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose header drifted inches wide.
However, Liverpool also had plenty of chances in a thrilling first half that somehow lacked only goals.
A dubious offside decision denied Sadio Mane the opening goal and Virgil van Dijk twice should have scored when he was first repelled by Bernd Leno and then flicked a header against the post with the German ‘keeper caught flapping.
Leno didn’t get so lucky with his next mistake as he palmed Mane’s dangerous cross back into the heart of the box and Milner drilled into the unguarded net.
However, Leno made amends with a fingertip stop to again deny Van Dijk and Liverpool a crucial second following a towering header from a corner.
And Emery’s decision to sacrifice Aubameyang rather than Lacazette with his substitutions was vindicated when the French international kept his composure to brilliantly curl into the far corner after being forced wide by Alisson.
Both sides poured forward in a frantic finale, but Klopp’s decision to withdraw Mohamed Salah for Joel Matip in stoppage time showed the German was happy to protect Liverpool’s unbeaten league start.
A return of five points from a possible nine from visits to Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal is already a drastic improvement on Liverpool’s record of a single point from away games against top six opposition last season.
Yet, even that upturn may not be enough to keep pace with a City side showing no let-up after romping to the title with 100 points.
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#9
Thierry Henry still winless at Monaco
Sunday, November 04, 2018 SPORT
 
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Thierry Henry is still waiting for his first win since taking charge at Monaco after his team fell to a seventh league defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss at Reims.

A cool finish on 24 minutes from Mathieu Cafaro gave Reims all three points and left Henry without a victory in four matches following his appointment as Monaco coach.

Both sides finished with 10 men as Alaixys Romao was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Youssef Ait Bennasser, before Monaco saw Guinea-Bissau international Pele sent off for two bookings.

“It wasn’t about the tactics tonight. The desire wasn’t there,” said Henry. “Reims won the battles on the pitch and when you don’t win them, you can’t win whatever the level or league.”
Monaco, who won the French title in 2017, remain second from bottom after an alarming run that has yielded just one win in all competitions this season.
They will drop to the foot of the table if Guingamp, unbeaten in their past five league outings, avoid defeat at Nantes on Sunday.
“It’s more worrying than the defeat at Strasbourg,” added Henry, referring to the 2-1 loss he suffered in his first game at the helm last month.
“Little of the play, not many chances and lots of duels lost. We were 11 against 10 but then we punish ourselves with the red card. We’re not managing these types of things well at the moment.”
Henry will now briefly switch his focus to Monaco’s flagging Champions League campaign, with one final chance to revive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase when they host Club Brugge on Tuesday.
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#10
Real Madrid grabbed a fortunate victory against Real Valladolid in Santiago Solari's first La Liga game in charge - their first league win in six games..
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Sergio Ramos' last five La Liga goals have all been penalties
Real Madrid grabbed a fortunate victory against Real Valladolid in Santiago Solari's first La Liga game in charge - their first league win in six games.
Valladolid hit the crossbar twice in the second half before a late deflected strike gave Madrid the lead.
Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr cut in from the right wing and hit an effort that was going well off target until it hit defender Kiko Olivas.

And Sergio Ramos chipped in a late penalty after Karim Benzema was fouled.
European champions ride their luck
Real had only picked up one point from their previous five La Liga games, including last Sunday's 5-1 thrashing by Barcelona, a result which cost boss Julen Lopetegui his job.
Solari, the club's reserve-team coach, has taken temporary charge and led them to a 4-0 win at third division Melilla in the Copa del Rey during the week.
But this was his first big challenge - taking his ninth-placed team to a club sixth in the league and owned by former Real and Brazil striker Ronaldo.
In truth, they were unimpressive and should have lost. Their fans whistled them off at half-time and then when they came back on after the break.
Valladolid's Ruben Alcaraz hit the crossbar with a deflected shot from 25 yards, and Toni Villa did the same with a sweet strike from a similar distance.
Solari's changes prove key... just
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Vinicius Jr scored four goals in five games for Real's B team under Solari this season
Nobody knows if Solari will end up in permanent charge - with Mauricio Pochettino the bookmakers' favourite - but the former Real winger's arrival has not brought an immediate improvement in the team's performances.
He had to play an unfamiliar backline, with three of the regular back four unavailable, and 21-year-old left-back Sergio Reguilon, on his La Liga debut, had a decent match.
In the 55th minute, Solari brought on Isco - an attacking midfielder - for defensive-minded Casemiro, and Valladolid almost took advantage of gaps at the back on several occasions.
Gareth Bale was pretty anonymous, a couple of headers aside, and was replaced by Lucas Vazquez in the second half.
But it was their other sub, Vinicius Jr, who helped change the game. The 18-year-old, a £38.7m summer signing, had previously played 12 minutes in La Liga, with Real fans keen to see more of him.
He gave Real the lead - with a goal initially awarded as a Kiko own goal, before eventually being given to the Brazilian. In celebration, he kissed the badge, bowed in front of the crowd and hugged Solari, a man he made five appearances for in the reserve team this season.
Valladolid were deflated and the game was already over when Fernando Calero fouled Benzema and Ramos chipped in a cheeky Panenka penalty.
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#11
Arsene Wenger To Replace Gennaro Gattuso As AC Milan Coach


Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to be appointed as AC Milan manager, his first role since departing Arsenal at the end of last season. 

According to France Football (h/t ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson), the Frenchman, who spent over two decades in charge of the Gunners, will replace Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro.

Gattuso has been in charge of the Rossoneri for just under a year.

He oversaw a sixth-place finish in Serie A last term, and after 11 matches of 2018-19, Milan sit fourth.

Milan's recent form has been good, with three victories in a row propelling them into the UEFA Champions League qualification spots.

See tweet below..


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#12
Kylian Mbappe Named Most Valuable Footballer In The World At £190m (Full List)


France and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe has been named as the most valuable footballer in the world after his rise to the top of world football. 

According to reports, the CIES Football Observatory crunched the numbers of a complex calculation that takes into account performance, age, marketability, and their current contract length, among other factors, to come up with the very specific values.

After playing a crucial role in helping France to win the 2018 World Cup this summer, 19-year-old Mbappe came ahead of Tottenham star, Harry Kane in the rankings to top the list.

The Paris Saint-Germain star is now valued at £189.3million with Kane, who won the World Cup Golden Boot with England at £172.5m.

Third is Brazilian and PSG forward Neymar (£172.2m), who became the world's most expensive player when he joined PSG for £198m in 2016. Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is next on the list and is valued at 151.2m.  



See the top 10: MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

Quote:PLAYER                       VALUE (£) 

Kylain Mbappe                189.3m

Harry Kane                      172.5m

Neymar                            172.2m

Mohamed Salah               151.2m  

Philippe Coutinho             149.8m

Lionel Messi                      149.2m

Raheem Sterling               143.9m

Romelu Lukaku                 143.7m

Dele Alli                             142.9m

Antoine Griezmann            137.9m



Source: https://www.dailynaija.com/post/full-lis...ld-at-190m

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#13
Man United stun Ronaldo’s Juventus as City, Madrid win big
Thursday, November 08, 2018  SPORT



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Manchester United produced a stunning late comeback to beat Juventus 2-1 on Wednesday in what could be a turning point in their Champions League campaign, while a Gabriel Jesus hat-trick helped Manchester City all but secure a last-16 berth.

Pep Guardiola’s City crushed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 on a night which saw Real Madrid also win big, as Bayern Munich closed in on a place in the knockout stage.

Juventus were within seconds of confirming their spot in the last 16 after Cristiano Ronaldo put them ahead in Turin with a superb volley in the 65th minute.

The hosts had already hit the woodwork twice before that and should have been out of sight before Juan Mata equalised from an 86th-minute free-kick.

The turnaround was completed in the 90th minute when Leonardo Bonucci scored an own-goal, and United boss Jose Mourinho delighted in taking to the field at the end, cupping an ear towards the home support.

The former Inter coach said it was a response to insults from Juve supporters, and United are now two points behind the Italians in Group H.

“In a beautiful Italian city, they insulted me for 90 minutes. I didn’t insult them. I just made a little thing,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

“It is a big victory for us, not just because we needed the points but because it was away from home against an amazing team.”

The result was a blow for Valencia, who are still two points behind in third after beating Young Boys 3-1 at Mestalla.

Santi Mina scored twice either side of a Roger Assale goal, before Carlos Soler sealed the win. Young Boys, who had Sekou Sanogo sent off, cannot now qualify.

There was less drama at the Etihad Stadium, where City — whose financial dealings have come under scrutiny in a series of Football Leaks allegations — eased to their biggest win in the competition.

Goals from David Silva and Riyad Mahrez bookended the victory. In between there was a stunner from Raheem Sterling, who was also awarded a penalty for kicking his own foot into the turf in the box.

Jesus scored the spot-kick, the first of two penalties in his hat-trick. City will head to Lyon later this month requiring a draw to secure a last-16 place.

“Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level,” said Guardiola, whose team play United on Sunday.

City would have been through already had Lyon not squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to 10-man Hoffenheim.

Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele had the French club 2-0 up at the break, and the Germans had Kasim Nuhu sent off early in the second half.

But Andrej Kramaric pulled one back and Lyon missed chances to secure the victory before Pavel Kaderabek’s stoppage-time equaliser.

Reigning European champions Madrid had no trouble against Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic, with Karim Benzema scoring twice in a 5-0 win.

Real were four ahead at the break, Benzema’s goals taking him to 200 for the club. Casemiro and Gareth Bale also netted in the first half, and Toni Kroos completed the scoring with a delicious chip.

Santiago Solari has now overseen three victories, all with clean sheets, since being put in charge of Madrid, and the Spaniards are level atop Group G with Roma.

The Italians won 2-1 away to CSKA Moscow, Kostas Manolas and Lorenzo Pellegrini scoring their goals either side of Arnor Sigurdsson’s equaliser.

CSKA, who had Hordur Magnusson sent off, still have a slim chance of qualifying, but Plzen are out.

Meanwhile, Bayern require just one more point to advance in Group E after Robert Lewandowski netted twice — the first a penalty — on his 100th European appearance in a 2-0 home win over AEK Athens, who are eliminated.

Ajax remain well placed to progress too. They are second, four points clear of third-placed Benfica, after a 1-1 draw in Portugal. Jonas put Benfica ahead before Dusan Tadic equalised.
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#14
Giroud 'very important' for Chelsea - striker ends drought as Blues reach knockout stages



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Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for 794 minutes to put Chelsea into the last 32 of the Europa League
Maurizio Sarri says Olivier Giroud is "very important" to Chelsea after the forward's first goal since May put the Blues into the last 32 of the Europa League.
The France international, who had not scored under Sarri, headed in Emerson's cross at the near post early in the second period to maintain the Blues' 100% Group L record.
"I'm pleased for him," Sarri said. "I know strikers want to score. And so for his confidence, I think it's very important.
"I don't want him to be worried about scoring, because for us he's very important, a very, very useful player for the team."
Chelsea are now six points clear of Hungarian side MOL Vidi, who moved up to second in the group with a win over PAOK Salonika.
Despite the chilly conditions in Belarus, a white-hot atmosphere had greeted Sarri's side at a tightly-packed Borisov Arena.
And it was the hosts, who had confirmed their 13th consecutive Belarusian league title on Sunday, who initially went on the offensive.
During a 60-second period, Bate twice carved out opportunities with Dmitri Baga's rasping drive hitting the post and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga athletically saving Stanislav Dragun's header from a corner.
But as Chelsea grew more assured, the hosts retreated, and Giroud finally registered his goal.
That prompted a strong response from Bate who created a glut of chances to level.
But Nikolai Signevich struck the left post, Aleksey Rios blazed over and Baga again hit the post from close range as the Blues held on to win.
Giroud off the mark
Despite France's exploits in winning the World Cup in Russia in the summer, it was hardly a vintage tournament for Giroud who ended it without registering a single shot on target in 546 minutes of action.
And the prospects of an early-season pick-me-up were hardly assisted by his late return to training six days before the Premier League campaign started.
As a consequence, the 32-year-old has struggled for sharpness and to integrate into a style of play that is evolving under Sarri.
However, in his 12th match of the campaign and 794 minutes from his last goal in Chelsea colours, against Liverpool on 6 May, Giroud made a decisive contribution.
Tellingly, the 6ft 3in forward delivered it with a textbook downward header from Emerson's pinpoint left-wing cross to underline the value his aerial prowess offers in tight games.
Hazard toils on return
While Sarri made seven alterations to the Chelsea team that defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday, Eden Hazard was his most notable inclusion.
The Belgium international had missed three matches with a back problem before being introduced from the bench against Palace.
And this appeared the perfect opportunity for Sarri to give Hazard a match-sharpening run-out ahead of their weekend fixture against Everton.
The 27-year-old, making his first start in the competition, was given just over an hour and, in truth, struggled, perhaps justifying Sarri's desire to put more minutes into his legs.
Though Chelsea enjoyed almost 74% of possession, Hazard was largely anonymous, making 46 passes and touching the ball 65 times before he was withdrawn.
Man of the match - Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
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Ross Barkley helped Chelsea control possession with 94% passing accuracy from 113 passes
'One more point needed' - what they said
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri: "I think the first target in this competition was to qualify and now the second target is to win our group, so I think we need one more point [to top the group].
"It's very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target."
'Sarri's group stage pedigree' - the stats
  • Bate have lost on each of the three occasions they have hosted an English side in Europe (also 1-2 vs Everton in Oct 2009 and 2-4 vs Arsenal in Sep 2017).
  • Chelsea have won four consecutive games in European competition for the first time since April 2012, when they went on to win the Champions League.
  • Sarri has won all 10 of his Europa League group-stage games as a manager, with his sides scoring 28 goals while conceding just four in return.
  • Three Englishmen started for Chelsea against Bate (Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill, Ruben Loftus-Cheek), the most for the Blues in European competition since April 2014 vs Atletico Madrid (Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry).
  • Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea since netting against Liverpool in May - he had gone 14 games, 793 minutes and 24 shots without scoring.
What's next?
Chelsea return to domestic action on Sunday 11 November when they host Everton in the Premier League (14:15 GMT). The Blues host PAOK Salonika in their next Europa League fixture on Thursday 29 November (20:00 GMT).
Bate Borisov travel to Shakhtyor in the Belarusian league on Wednesday 21 November (15:00 GMT). They return to Europa League action on Thursday 29 November when they host MOL Vidi (17:55 GMT)
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#15
Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward signs three-year contract extension
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Raheem Sterling has signed a three-year contract extension at Manchester City, committing him to the club until 2023 in a deal worth up to £300,000 a week.
The 23-year-old England forward's previous deal at Etihad Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season.
It is understood the new contract will make Sterling one of the best-paid English players in the Premier League.

"I'm delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible," said Sterling.
"I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It's paid off and I'm really grateful."
Sterling, who has scored seven goals for the club this season, joined City from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015.
He scored 23 goals last season as the Blues won the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Capped 46 times by England, he scored twice against Spain last month - his first international goals for three years.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "This is a significant moment for the club. Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons and is now one of the Premier League's best attacking players. His statistics tell their own story.
"He's quick, strong and excellent in front of goal - everything a modern-day forward needs to excel."
The new deal comes in the week that German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged City overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
City said they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation had been "organised and clear".
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Sterling joined Manchester City for £49m from Liverpool in 2015
Sterling on scoring, team-mates on the future
In an interview with the club's City TV, Sterling talked about aspects of his game.
Scoring: "With time and watching myself over on clips, I started to realise what I was doing in front of goal. I stopped rushing, took my time and started being more ruthless and not thinking about it too much and do what you do every day on the training pitch."
Team-mates: "It's a club where you are expected to challenge on all fronts, you know you are expected to win stuff. You enjoy that but at the same time it is a bit of pressure. Players like David [Silva] and Sergio [Aguero] have done it year in year out, not just for their club but for their countries."
Life at City: "It's massive, that's one of the reasons I came here - seeing the vision. Playing against City in the past the way they moved the ball then was scary. The vision the club gave me sold me straight away. How we've developed with Pep with and without the ball, it's always nice for attacking players to have as much possession as possible, It's been a real joy."
The future: "There's definitely a lot more (to come), there's stuff I'm still working on, there's never a time where I feel this is where it stops, I always want to get better and get my numbers up, score more goals and get more assists. If I'm producing and other players are producing that will only help the team."
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Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward signs three-year contract extension
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Sterling alongside Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain after signing his new deal
Raheem Sterling has signed a three-year contract extension at Manchester City, committing him to the club until 2023 in a deal worth up to £300,000 a week.
The 23-year-old England forward's previous deal at Etihad Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season.
It is understood the new contract will make Sterling one of the best-paid English players in the Premier League.

"I'm delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible," said Sterling.
"I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It's paid off and I'm really grateful."
Sterling, who has scored seven goals for the club this season, joined City from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015.
He scored 23 goals last season as the Blues won the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Capped 46 times by England, he scored twice against Spain last month - his first international goals for three years.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "This is a significant moment for the club. Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons and is now one of the Premier League's best attacking players. His statistics tell their own story.
"He's quick, strong and excellent in front of goal - everything a modern-day forward needs to excel."
The new deal comes in the week that German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged City overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
City said they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation had been "organised and clear".
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Sterling joined Manchester City for £49m from Liverpool in 2015
Sterling on scoring, team-mates on the future
In an interview with the club's City TV, Sterling talked about aspects of his game.
Scoring: "With time and watching myself over on clips, I started to realise what I was doing in front of goal. I stopped rushing, took my time and started being more ruthless and not thinking about it too much and do what you do every day on the training pitch."
Team-mates: "It's a club where you are expected to challenge on all fronts, you know you are expected to win stuff. You enjoy that but at the same time it is a bit of pressure. Players like David [Silva] and Sergio [Aguero] have done it year in year out, not just for their club but for their countries."
Life at City: "It's massive, that's one of the reasons I came here - seeing the vision. Playing against City in the past the way they moved the ball then was scary. The vision the club gave me sold me straight away. How we've developed with Pep with and without the ball, it's always nice for attacking players to have as much possession as possible, It's been a real joy."
The future: "There's definitely a lot more (to come), there's stuff I'm still working on, there's never a time where I feel this is where it stops, I always want to get better and get my numbers up, score more goals and get more assists. If I'm producing and other players are producing that will only help the team."
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#17
Danny Welbeck May Never Play Football Again: Medical Expert


Welbeck required lengthy treatment and oxygen on the Emirates pitch after landing awkwardly when he had gone up for a header in the Sporting box.

And he was carried off on a stretcher with his leg heavily strapped before being rushed to hospital to assess the damage properly.

And Wilson, who holds multiple degrees in sports medicine and has worked for three football clubs, provided a devastating verdict on the potential severity of the injury the England international suffered.

"Injury to #Welbeck. Possible fracture dislocation of ankle which could [be] career ending," Wilson wrote on Twitter.

"Structures within the ankle which could [be] injured [are] the medial, lateral, anterior & posterior ligaments, tibia, fibula & talus bones as well as chondral surfaces. Will need [to be] imaged #AFC."

Wilson then went into detail on the specific tests Arsenal doctors will conduct to assess Welbeck’s injury.

"X-ray will [be] used as 1st line of imaging [to] assess integrity of bones: tibia, fibula, talus, calcaneous & other smaller bones in foot especially - 5th [metatarsal]!" Wilson wrote.

"He will also [have an] MRI within next 24-48 hrs [to] assess soft tissue structures such as ligaments muscles tendons & chondral surface."

Wilson added: "High velocity impact and landing from a height - the forces involved can be comparable to a road traffic collision."

Welbeck’s Arsenal team-mates were visibly shaken by seeing the forward in so much agony.

And Unai Emery revealed they were quick to seek out an update on his condition after the full-time whistle.

"When a player has an injury like that the players look and in your mind you feel for the player," Emery said.

"Then the players concentrated on the match and we forgot.

"When we finished the match the first thing was to ask about him."

Welbeck’s injury means he is definitely out of England’s squad to face the USA and Croatia next week.

Arsenal play their final match before the international break when they take on Wolves on Sunday.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football...nal-Injury

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#18
Ballon D’ Or 2018: Samuel Eto’o Reveals Player To Win Award



Samuel Eto’o, former Cameroon and Barcelona forward, has tipped Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah to win this year’s Ballon d’ Or award.

Recall that Salah was shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award last month.

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award in the past decade.

The pair had won an incredible five awards each, with Ronaldo equaling Messi’s tally last year.

But Eto’o, who played alongside Salah at Chelsea, has backed the Egyptian international to compete for the Europe topflight individual prize.

“I hope that Salah remembers the day we were together in Stamford Bridge dressing room after he’d had a poor performance,” he told Qatar’s Al Kass Sports Channel.

“I asked him to be patient and told him ‘You are a good player and you will become a great player’.

“Salah has turned into that big player and will write his own story through persistence and strong desire.

“The whole thing depends on Salah himself, he has unbelievable skills and is currently performing at a top level that’s allowing him to compete for Ballon d’Or.”

The 2018 Ballon d’ Or award will take place on 3rd December, 2018.

https://www.mcebisco.com.ng/2018/11/ball...veals.html

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#19
Arsenal Star Aubameyang Wins PL Player Of The Month


Arsenal star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named Premier League Player of the Month for October, becoming the first Gunners player to land such an award since Olivier Giroud in March 2015.

The Gabonese striker was on fire in front of goal, recording five strikes and one assist in just three league outings.

Aubameyang is in his first full season at Arsenal after arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January and the forward has played a key role in the club's strong start to the campaign.

He is currently the joint-top goalscorer in the league with seven efforts to his name alongside Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Manchester City talisman Sergio Aguero.

And Aubameyang also had a hand in another award as Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey scooped the Goal of the Month gong.

More below:

https://zenithnaija.com/arsenal-star-aub...e-month-2/

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#20
Wenger Predicts What Will Happen To Thierry Henry At Monaco




Arsene Wenger believes Thierry Henry can succeed, if he is given time at Monaco, despite a poor start to his managerial career.

The former Arsenal and France legend took over with Monaco in a 10-game winless streak across all competitions, that saw Leonardo Jardim lose his job.

But Henry has not been able to muster any sort of turnaround, with the new boss winless in his first five games at the club.

Monaco host reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, with PSG perfect in the league this season.

But despite the poor start to his time at Monaco, Henry’s former manager at Arsenal, Wenger, believes the ex-striker has all the tools he needs to succeed if given the time.

“He has the right understanding, he has the right knowledge,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“But, there’s always two aspects when you come in as a new manager.

“The first impact is physiologically positive and then you can work.

“So at the moment the bad luck for him is that the first impact has not worked so he will have to be given time.

“That is the most important thing. He will get it right if he’s given time.”

Monaco are mired in 19th place in Ligue 1, with their only win coming back in August against Nantes.

https://www.mcebisco.com.ng/2018/11/weng...en-to.html

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