Eriksen ‘rejects all offers’ from Spurs as he holds out for Real transfer

first_imgMauricio Pochettino claims Christian Eriksen ‘always happy’ at Spurs despite CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will reportedly reject every offer Spurs place on the table – to force through a move to Spain.The Tottenham playmaker, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season.1 Christian Eriksen will reportedly reject all offers Spurs make to try and convince him to stayCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd after the Champions League final, he admitted he was ready for a new challenge.Spurs could not convince him to extend his deal this summer nor were they able to sell him, with Real Madrid pursuing other options in midfield.And now reports in Spain suggest his agent is in contact with the 13-time European champions.It is thought the Bernabeu club have spoken to the player but are yet to submit a formal bid.Real were linked with a move in the summer transfer window.But they prioritised the pursuit of other targets instead, with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy coming in.Paul Pogba was also linked with a move but a deal could not be agreed with Manchester United – who may have turned to Eriksen as the Frenchman’s replacement.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaThe Danish international will be able to arrange a pre-contract agreement in January to join the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona for free when his contract expires in North London.Eriksen moved to Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and has been a key player for them over the last six years.His 50 goals and 60 assists in 211 Premier League appearances prove his worth to them, helping to establish themselves in the Champions League consistently.last_img read more

Lamps beats mentor Jose but Blues win overshadowed by ugly racist chants

first_imgCHELSEA strolled to a 2-0 win away at 10-man Tottenham in a game shrouded with allegations of racism.Willian scored twice to ensure Frank Lampard got the upper hand against his old mentor Jose Mourinho.9 Willian is dwarfed by his jubilant team-mates after firing Chelsea into the leadCredit: Reuters9 Willian showed terrific poise to ping his side into an early leadCredit: AFPSpurs star Heung-Min Son saw red after VAR adjudged that he had kicked out at Blues defender Antonio Rudiger on the hour mark.But it was what happened in the aftermath of this that will make all the headlines.Rudiger alleged that one or more Tottenham fans had racially abused him. He told his captain Cesar Azpilicueta who then told referee Anthony Taylor.Chelsea keeper Kepa was also pelted with bottles from a fuming home crowd.The official then headed to the sideline where he spoke with Spurs boss Mourinho and Chelsea manager Lampard.9 Antonio Rudiger was seen to claim he had been racially abused by one or more Spurs fansCredit: Sky Sports9 The allegations of racism came just moments after this happened – Son kicked out at Rudiger and was sent offCredit: Sky Sports9 Referee Anthony Taylor brandished the red card to Heung-Min Son after VAR ruled he had kicked out at Antonio RudigerCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Chelsea keeper Kepa was also pelted with bottles as Spurs fans vented their angerCredit: Sky SportsA stadium announcement later made an announcement saying: “Racist behaviour amongst supporters is interfering with the game.”And the same message was broadcast to the crowd in the final few minutes of the game.Spurs were forced a third time at the death to remind their own fans: “Please remember that in football there is no place for racism.”In terms of the actual game, it was one-way traffic for much of the game.GAZZANIGA BLUNDERWillian opened the scoring with a beauty on 12 minutes, receiving the ball from Mateo Kovacic and curling past Paulo Gazzaniga.The Spurs keeper was then making his own headlines when just before half-time he launched himself at Blues defender Marcos Alonso in the area.The referee had originally awarded Spurs a free-kick, but VAR overturned that completely and rightly gave the visitors a penalty.Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville went so far as to describe it as “an assault” and was flabbergasted why VAR was needed to award it.Referee could have nipped Rudiger incident in budBy MARK HALSEYANTHONY TAYLOR is in a really poor run of form and he was off the pace again in Chelsea’s win at Tottenham.There were two big decisions in this London derby, the first-half penalty for Frank Lampard’s side and a red card for Son Heung-min in which Taylor initially called both incorrectly and got bailed out by VAR.A referee of his calibre on the Uefa elite list should have made the right decision in the first place.I was amazed he gave Tottenham a free-kick when Paulo Gazzaniga endangered the safety of Marcos Alonso with a serious foul play challenge.VAR got it spot on by reversing the decision to award a penalty but I felt they should have also advised Taylor that Gazzaniga should have been sent off.I was also stunned when Taylor missed Son’s act of violent conduct on Antonio Rudiger in the second half.Son can have no complaints on his red card because the Tottenham striker kicked out but Taylor was looking straight at the incident and it was an easy decision to call.In recent weeks, Taylor has needed VAR to help for both Marcus Rashford’s penalty in the Manchester derby and a clear spot-kick for Leipzig against Lyon in the Champions League.Taylor is one of our better referees but I’m sure he will be disappointed with his performances this month.9 Gary Neville described Paulo Gazzaniga crashing into Marcos Alonso as ‘an assault’ – and a penalty was awardedCredit: AFPUp stepped Willian to score his second of the game to put his team firmly in control.And 15 minutes into the second half, Mourinho was left watching it all fall apart when Son was given his marching orders after aiming a kick at Rudiger while on the floor.The South Korean appeared angry that he had not been given a foul on him by the defender.But with his dismissal went any chance of Mourinho’s boys getting anything out of the game.While a loss will hurt, the wider world of football will be feeling similar pain over the racism allegations.Speaking after the game, Chelsea captain Azilicueta said: It is made very clear to us all that if we have heard any racist incident to report it.”Toni [Rudiger] came to me and told me he was listening to racist songs towards him so I reported it to the referee.Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”We are very concerned and aware of this behaviour. Altogether we need to make it stop.”I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible.”It‘s an issue not just in football but in life.”9 The two old friends, Mourinho and Lampard, embraced at the endCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Chelsea boss Frank Lampard then let his emotions out to celebrate with the visiting fansCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltdlast_img read more

Carter admits to Lions naivety

first_imgPhoto: REUTERS (Dan Carter attempting to escape the clutches of former Lions flanker Lewis Moody) The All Blacks great, who values the tour alongside playing at the World Cup, destroyed the Lions, scoring 33 points and crossing for two tries with a masterclass at first five-eighth to win the second test 48-18 in Wellington to secure the series.Carter had just 18 tests to his name prior to that Lions series and admits he didn’t appreciate the significance of the tour until facing questions from British media.”I remember it started in 2004 when the All Blacks toured the northern hemisphere in the autumn series [in November and December],” Carter told ESPN.”Doing media before a test match, normally it’s about the game that Saturday, but a lot of the questions were about the Lions series the following year.”All of a sudden, I realised how big a series it was going to be.” Carter, who top-scored in the 2005 series with 44 points, played in the first and second tests but missed the third through injury as the All Blacks won the series 3-0.The Lions have their first chance in 12 years to avenge that series defeat when the first All Blacks test of their 2017 tour starts at Eden Park on Saturday.”Something I was a little bit naive about was exactly how important and how much of a following these Lions series got. I didn’t really understand the intensity of the series,” Carter added.As a member of two All Blacks World Cup winning squads, Carter fulfilled a dream that all rugby players hope to achieve in their careers.But he rated playing the Lions alongside featuring at a World Cup, with the All Blacks having won the last two tournaments in 2011 and 2015.”I was extremely grateful to play in a Lions series early on in my career,” Carter said.”As much as people talk about how big and important the Lions series are as they only happen every four years, for us it’s even more so as it’s once every 12 years in our country.”It’s definitely ahead of anything you play as an All Black, except potentially a World Cup because there’s a lot of history that goes into a Lions series, which makes it a lot more exciting.”last_img read more

Trent Merrin denies Panthers player unrest claims

first_imgMerrin defended the club’s decisions to let both Cartwright and Matt Moylan go over the summer break, indicating they were not on the same page with the rest of the squad.Cartwright’s exit at the Panthers was considered months in the making, and Merrin said modern day rugby league players were professional enough to adjust to sudden departures and arrivals regardless of when it occurs.”Within the playing group there is a lot of clarity there,” Merrin said ahead of the club’s trial with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.”We’re a tight group of boys all heading in the right direction and when a few players don’t feel like they’re heading in that same direction then the club needs to make a decision.”Obviously the club did what they thought was the best thing for the club. Those players that have left was best for their career.”Both the decisions were made from the player [perspective] and best perspective from the club as well.”The 28-year-old threw his support behind head coach Anthony Griffin and the coaching staff leading into the new season, re-iterating there was no reason to suggest the side wasn’t capable of improving on their semi-final finish in 2017.”There’s no issues within the group, the fans should be happy with that,” Merrin said.”It’s one of the tightest groups I’ve been a part of. Every club has their own individual issues and get on top of them their own ways and that’s what has happened at our club.”You ask any one of these players here and they’ve got full belief and respect of the staff and officials we have at this club to make the right decisions moving forward.”When those decisions were made obviously you have a friendship base at the club and they’ll never be lost, but at the end of the day the club and player has to do what’s best for themselves.”Merrin was confident any remaining off-field distractions will vanish if the Panthers can fix an irritating habit of making sluggish starts their Telstra Premiership campaigns, having done so for the past three seasons.The side have won only two games in their opening five clashes in each season dating back to 2015 – including last year’s tough two-wins, seven-loss record from their first nine fixtures.”It’s something we need to work on and talk about, to start fast coming into these trials and round one,” Merrin said.”We’ve put a lot of emphasis on starting our games fast and building the consistency on the back of that.”The boys are anxious to get out on the field and pass the ball around, get some contact and play some footy. That’s the main thing about trials – to get the timing right off the ball and defensive structures right and get used to the players left and right of you.”We’re all looking forward to it.”Griffin has not mucked around for the pre-season hit-out on Saturday, naming new recruit James Maloney alongside Nathan Cleary in the halves with Merrin, James Tamou and James Fisher-Harris to lead the forward pack.All NRL squads for trials and World Club Challengelast_img read more

PNG lead Fiji 42-41 at half time

first_imgA close encounter as both teams fight to stay ahead.PNG was leading in the first quarter 24-21 but Fiji bounced backIn the second quarter, there was strong attack and great footwork from Captain Dia Muri.Wright brothers James and Allan continue to show class, putting Fiji’s defenders under pressure.The sellout home crowd continues to give all their support to the home teamlast_img

PNG through to Gold medal play off

first_imgWebb and Morove defeated New Caledonia’s Fabian Dinh and Sylvaine Durand in the first semi-final match, 2 sets to nil.The Webb-Morove combination won the first set 11-8 and 11-9 in the second set securing the Gold medal play-off spot.They will now wait for the winner of the second semi-final match between PNG’s Madako Suari and Lynette Vai and New Caledonia’s Laurent Guepy Kareen Hamou.Pictured is a happy Eli Webb after the match.More squash updates to come later.last_img

Hunters team named for Mackay clash

first_imgThe round 24 clash will see utility Noel Zeming brought back into the centres after being rested last weekend.Ase Boas will be rested with Atte Bina expected to take his place and start at halfback with Roger Laka on the bench to share the responsibilities.Nickson Borana will take the field in the run on side as he joins Kato Ottio in the back row.The Hunters will arrive in Port Moresby on Thursday from Kokopo and fly to Cairns the same day. They then board a bus for the 12 hour drive to Mackay.The team:1. Stargroth Amean, 2. Oti Bland Tony, 3. Noel Zeming, 4. Thompson Teteh,5. Adex Wera,6. Israel Eliab (c), 7. Atte Bina, 8. Henry Wan, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Nickson Borana, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai. Interchange:14. Lawrence Tu’u, 15. Roger Laka, 16. Willie Minoga, 17. Edward Goma, 18. Warren Glare, 19. David Lapua, 20. Enock Makilast_img read more

Figo will ‘debut’ with Real Madrid

first_imgLuis Figo will debut again at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Portuguese end went for the first time to the white coliseum with Sporting in Lisbon in September 1994 (1-0), as a Real Madrid player, he played for the first time in the European Super Cup against Galatasaray and today, he will feel a ‘ First time ‘in the Castellana. The Portuguese will debut as a commentator for DAZN at Real Madrid-Real Sociedad tonight at the Santiago Bernabéu whose narration Rubén Martín will command. This platform, which will broadcast the meeting of whites and txuriurdin exclusively in Spain, will feature in this match with also former Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka. The Portuguese, the Basque and Martín will team up with Carlos Martínez, Lucía Villalón and Marcos Gumiel.In the 21:00 game, Athletic-Barcelona, ​​there will also be two illustrious Spanish soccer players to offer their comments on the San Mamés match. Javier Saviola (Barça, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Málaga) and Gaizka Toquero (Athletic, Eibar, Alavés and Zaragoza) will accompany Fran Guillen in a match that will be offered in both DAZN and Cuatro.last_img read more

15 years after the purchase of United by the “invisible brothers”

first_imgAbsent owners and bad management with Sir AlexIn addition to an already known absence of the Glazers, this newspaper assures that the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson became traumatic at Manchester United. Behind the, Only Jose Mourinho enjoyed a project with some results: a second place in the League and a Europa League in his best campaign. 15 years ago, the Glazers took over Manchester United. Americans more than a decade later are in a delicate situation. Red devils have lost and for a long time the dominance of English football in recent years and the fans are already organized for years against such a disastrous and absent management except for the dolphin, Ed Woodward.Daily Mail has compiled several of the aspects that have led to a situation that seemed difficult to believe at the beginning of the decade when United came from being European champion and reigned regularly in the Premier. They say that one of the keys to the club’s success was the relationship between Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, Executive Vice President of the club, which was replaced by the unpopular Woodward. Gill and Ferguson met every Friday morning to assess the status of the equipment and maintain a fluid line of information between field and offices. In summer, Gill went to the market knowing the needs and the players that Sir Alex wanted and who was responsible for making performance.“A period of Woodward with Gill would have helped him to know how the club worked,” he says. This newspaper as a solution afterwards.Transfers: a lot of expense and little performanceThe focus is also on the signings. The club signs more than before and also, with players that offer worse performance. The lack of control when managing this plot is clear in the hiring of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes. Daily Mail points out how United stretched the rope in search of a rebate that it failed. In the end, both players arrived for a fairly high figure and later than they could do the first time.The team continues one more year adrift. United is qualified for the Europa League qualifiers and is the eighth place in the Premier League, six points behind European positions.last_img read more

“I don’t see positive being a tennis player, I only play tennis for money”

first_imgBublik highlights the demand that has led him to skilled tennis and criticizes the very fact of enjoying so many video games in a brief time period. “I love this sport, I can’t say the other, I love hitting the ball. When I end my profession, I’m certain I’ll maintain hitting balls. I suppose I will die enjoying tennis. However Being a skilled tennis participant and enjoying video games every single day even when you have ache in every single place may be very troublesome. You possibly can’t say “I don’t really feel effectively, I don’t play.” It doesn’t matter if you happen to separate out of your girlfriend or get divorced, you must play. And if you happen to lose, everybody asks you why you misplaced. Leap on the monitor if you are able to do higher than me. That’s the a part of tennis that I hate. “ Alexander Bublik made some controversial statements in an interview with the French newspaper L’Équipe whereas enjoying this week the Open 13 Provence of Marseille. The Kazakh tennis participant revealed that he doesn’t like skilled tennis and it was clear when explaining the the explanation why he’s nonetheless on the circuit.Bublik stated that if he performs tennis it’s only to earn cash. “I hate tennis with all my coronary heart. I hate the times I should play. If I’m trustworthy, I don’t see something positive in being a tennis participant. I only play for cash. If there was no cash at stake, I would depart it instantly. I haven’t earned sufficient but, in any other case I would have already retired. “Bublik’s explanations are additionally mirrored in one of many tattoos that the Kazakh tennis participant has on his physique. “I have seven tattoos and each is said to a particular second in my life. The one I have associated to tennis, which is a skeleton that has a tennis ball in its hand, It jogs my memory that I should endure this sport filth every single day. “last_img read more