Reports: Manchester United star rejects loan offer from former club

Reports: Manchester United star rejects loan offer from former club

According to sources, Feyenoord will not be able to sign Tahith Chong on a loan offer as previously reported, because the Manchester United star has apparently rejected the Dutch club’s offer.

It is Voetbal International that reports that Chong will not be returning to the Netherlands anytime soon, as he is keen to make it to the first team at Old Trafford under their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In case you did not know, Chong is a former Feyenoord star – and he played for their youth teams between 2009 and 2016, before joining Manchester United’s under-18 team.

The 19-year-old Dutch international currently plays for United’s under-23 team and made his debut for the senior team as well last season.

So far, Chong has featured in four matches for the Red Devils – and he is likely to start more games for the club this season, according to the Dutch news agency.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Feyenoord wanted to increase the attacking options in the selection and hence expressed interest in Chong. But according to journalist Erkan Alkan, “Tahith [Chong] does not want to be left out at United, instead, he is keen to fight for his chance at the club. He is also preparing well, to prove that he belongs to the better attackers of the club.”

Reports: Lionel Messi wants Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus teammate at Barcelona

Reports: Lionel Messi wants Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus teammate at Barcelona

According to reports, Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to sign wantaway Juventus star and Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate, Daniele Rugani.

This is according to CaughtOffside.com, who reports that Rugani may find first-team minutes hard to come by this season given that the Italian giants have recently acquired the services of Matthijs De Ligt to add to their already impressive options at centre-back.

The English news agency further claims that Rugani himself is aware of the above situation and that he wants to leave the Bianconeri as a result. Messi, meanwhile, has apparently gotten wind of the situation at Turin, which is why he has demanded that the Italian international should be signed by Barcelona ahead of the upcoming deadline-day in the summer transfer window.

The report also states that Rugani could be included in a swap deal that would see Barcelona youngster Juan Miranda head to Turin, in the opposite direction.

Meanwhile, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde’s primary options in defence currently include Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet only – and with the club ready to go all the way in the Champions League and Copa Del Rey, having extra options to pick from in the centre of defence will definitely come in handy.

Ballon d’or winner claims Coutinho left Barcelona because of Lionel Messi

Ballon d'or winner claims Coutinho left Barcelona because of Lionel Messi

Barcelona legend and former Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo has revealed that he is disappointed at Philippe Coutinho’s exit from Barcelona – and also pointed his finger at Lionel Messi for being the reason why the Brazilian left the club.

“I always believed that Philippe Coutinho had the ability to succeed at Barcelona, but things were taking too much time and both parties agreed on a transfer to Bayern Munich,” Rivaldo told Betfair in a recent interview.

“I’m a little disappointed about his failure in gaining a regular place in the first team, but perhaps he was no longer confident about it and unhappy, so he opted for a move to another big club trying to finally recover his best football from his time at Liverpool,” he further added, before making the following point:

“It’s never easy to find your space in a team where Lionel Messi constantly takes all the credit and responsibility.”

“There are few players in the world capable of reaching such situation and imposing themselves, and maybe Coutinho didn’t have enough patience to find his spot in the team,” he explained, before concluding:

“The Argentinian star is the team leader and will keep playing at his best level for about three or four more years, so it is difficult to see other players shining at their best at Barcelona.”

Philippe Coutinho joined the Blaugrana from Liverpool in January 2018, for a transfer fee of €140million.

He failed to create much of an impact in the 2018-19 season – having scored only eleven goals in 53 appearances overall – and was eventually shipped to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on loan.

Quotes via Mirror.

Manchester United stars’ Fantasy Premier League teams leaked

Manchester United stars' Fantasy Premier League teams leaked

Apparently, Manchester United stars follow the Premier League and that some of them even play in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) – as we now know from some images that leaked online on Wednesday. The pictures reveal that not only do the Manchester United play in the FPL, but they also have their own mini-league!

The information was initially revealed on Reddit, where it was reported that a user discovered that Manchester United players have their own FPL mini-league.

Nine members of the squad –  namely, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Joel Pereira, Harry Maguire, Ashley Young. Lee Grant, Daniel James and “Tiki Taka Legend” who is actually Andreas Pereira as per GiveMeSport – are part of the mini-league named “The MUFC Tiki-Taka Fantasy”, as you can see in the image below:

As you can see, Smalling is the current leader of the lot – and he is followed by Jones, Shaw, Joel Pereira and Harry Maguire.

Ashley Young, Lee Grant, “Tiki Taka Legend” and Daniel James occupy the bottom half of the table.

The following images reveal how each United player picked their fantasy XIs for the recently-concluded Gameweek Two:

Chris Smalling

Phil Jones

Luke Shaw

Joel Pereira

Harry Maguire

Ashley Young

Lee Grant

Daniel James

“Tiki Taka Legend” / Andreas Pereira

Some of the choices made above by the Red Devils are quite interesting, to say the least.

For instance, Daniel James picked himself and later, had to regret his choice.

Only one player – Chris Smalling – has picked David de Gea as his goalkeeper while the other United stars chose to snub their own teammate. Ouch.

Smalling and Jones lead the charts simply because they broke the bank to fill their midfield with the best names – both teams feature Raheem Sterling and Mohamed Salah, two of the most expensive purchases in the FPL this season.

Images via GiveMeSport.

Cristiano Ronaldo claims he could be most-expensive footballer ever

Cristiano Ronaldo claims he could be most-expensive footballer ever

Juventus star and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the best footballers the world has ever seen.

His five Ballon d’Or awards are adequate to prove that the above fact is true, as Lionel Messi is the only other footballer who has achieved the same feat so far.

One often forgets the fact that Ronaldo is thirty-four years old now – he was thirty-three years old last June, when he completed a €112million-worth switch from Real Madrid to Juventus.

And now, the player himself has revealed his opinion on the highly-inflated transfer values these days.

Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo believes that a 25-year-old version of himself could be worth up to €300million in today’s transfer market.

“Today there is a lot of focus on potential and the football industry is different,” he told Portuguese broadcaster TVI in a recent interview.

“I will put the case of Joao Felix aside. Nowadays any player is worth €100m, even without proof. There is more money in football. Central defenders and goalkeepers are worth €70million, €80million,” he further said, before adding:

“I do not agree with it, but this is the world we live in. The market is like that, we have to respect it.”

The former Manchester United star was then asked how much he would have been worth, if he was aged 25 in modern terms – to which he replied: “It is hard to calculate.”

“If a goalkeeper is worth €75million, a player who has done what I had must be worth three to four times more. Easy.”

“But I have no such illusion,” Ronaldo concluded.

Quotes via OneFootball.

Reports: Chelsea star to become highest-paid teenager in Premier League

Reports: Chelsea star to become highest-paid teenager in Premier League

Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly close to agreeing terms on a new record-breaking five-year deal with the club – and according to reports, he could earn up to £52million in the next five years.

It is Daily Mail that reports that Chelsea are in advanced talks with the player and that they are ready to hand him a new five-year deal worth up to £200,000-per-week.

This, in turn, amounts to £52million in five years – which could make him the highest-paid teenager in the Premier League.

The English news agency further reports that the 18-year-old’s new contract will be worth at least £180,000-a-week, which could rise to £200,000-per-week with bonuses.

Hudson-Odoi emerged as one of England’s best young talents after impressing for Chelsea during the 2018-19 season.

He made 23 appearances for the Blues during the season and scored five times and set up five more goals, before forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England international squad.

Soon, he made his debut for the Three Lions as well and later, attracted huge interest from Bayern Munich who were looking to replace Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, their ageing wingers.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Franck Lampard has revealed that Hudson-Odoi is an important part of his plans this season.

“With Callum, of course, I want him to sign and stay here. He’s a player who’s come through the academy, he’s a player who can be a big player for Chelsea and England,” he said, before adding:

“We as a club as a whole want him to stay, for sure. I think he knows he has a manager here who wants to work with him to improve, and that takes hard work.”

OFFICIAL: Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery joins Serie A side on two-year deal

OFFICIAL: Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery joins Serie A side on two-year deal

It’s official – Bayern Munich legend and French superstar Franck Ribery has joined Fiorentina, according to information from the Serie A club itself.

Fiorentina made the announcement on Wednesday, via their official Twitter account. Check out their tweet right here:

Earlier, on Tuesday, Calciomercato reported that Ribery will sign a two-year deal with Fiorentina – which in turn would see him remain with the Serie A club till 2021 June.

Ribery joined Bayern Munich from Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille in 2007, as a 24-year-old – and went on to stay with the Bavarians for twelve straight seasons, during when he featured in 425 matches for them. He scored as many as 124 goals and assisted 182 times and also won a massive 23 trophies with the club, before deciding to bid adieu to his time in Germany this summer.

Ribery was also named the UEFA Player of the Year in 2013, and finished third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the race for Ballon d’Or the very same year.

The 36-year-old apparently follows the path of VfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez, who also left Bayern Munich to join Fiorentina earlier.

Gomez played at Bayern between 2009 and 2013 and then left to join the Serie A club, where he played for another three years.

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo wants Lionel Messi’s Barcelona teammate to join Juventus

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo wants Lionel Messi's Barcelona teammate to join Juventus

The latest word around the rumour mill is that Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded the signing of Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic – and that Juventus’ Sporting Director Fabio Paratici is already at Barcelona, where he is negotiating deals to sign the midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window.

It is Marca that reports that Ronaldo is keen to see Rakitic in Juventus’ colours after the Croatian impressed for his national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the beginning of last season.

In case you do not remember, Rakitic was a part of the Croatian team that reached the finals of the tournament – where they suffered a heartbreaking loss to France and finished as runners-up.

The 31-year-old also scored in the most-recent El Clasico game between Barcelona and Ronaldo’s former team Real Madrid, in the La Liga in March.

Meanwhile, Marca has also reported that Juventus are offering Emre Can in exchange for Rakitic. The Serie A champions are also reportedly willing to part ways with striker Mario Mandzukic, as part of an agreement with the Catalans.

The Spanish news agency also claims that it will not be surprising if Barcelona agree a deal with Juventus for the midfielder – sources say that he has fallen out of favour with the club after a serious dip in form over the past few months.

Real Madrid star signing responds to exit claims amid interest from Serie A giants

Real Madrid star signing responds to exit claims amid interest from Serie A giants

Real Madrid’s summer signing and star striker Luka Jovic has finally responded to media reports that claimed that he is close to joining AC Milan on loan.

As expected, the former Eintracht Frankfurt star dismissed the rumours and said that he would remain at Real Madrid itself.

The 21-year-old joined Los Blancos in July in a big-money deal after months of negotiations – and it has been estimated that the transfer cost Real Madrid a fee of about £62million.

The Serbia international enjoyed a magnificent 2018-19 campaign in the Bundesliga, notching 27 goals for Frankfurt – and it was hence expected that he would continue with his goalscoring form at the Santiago Bernabeu as well.\

But unfortunately, that has not happened so far and reports had previously suggested that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is unhappy with the poor progress of the forward.

But Jovic feels otherwise.

“[Zinedine Zidane] believes in me and his story has not changed during this time as we work together,” Jovic told Novosti in a recent interview.

He further added: “I am learning from him day by day, which I am very pleased with, because he, as a player and as a coach, is at the very top of world football.”

“[The media] always make me laugh. [They] will always deal with such stories [about me leaving Real Madrid]. I have been used to all kinds of comments since the beginning of my senior career, I have come to terms with the fact that there can always be those comments. Time will tell what is true,” he then said, before concluding:

“Through work and effort, I will reach my goal. I am pleased with the way the [club] have accepted me, I wish I could have scored at the start, but I am in no hurry. I know my [time] will come.”

Quotes via Mirror.

Reports: Barcelona’s sponsorship decision proves they are close to signing Neymar

Reports: Barcelona's sponsorship decision proves they are close to signing Neymar

According to reports from Spanish media, Barcelona are preparing for the imminent arrival of Neymar Jr. from Paris Saint Germain (PSG) – by commissioning Nike to produce extra replica kits so as to prevent them from getting sold out fast.

It is Catalunya Radio that reports via Express, that Barcelona are keen to ensure that Neymar returns to the Nou Camp this summer – two years after he left for Paris in a £200million deal. The English publication further claims that the La Liga giants are reportedly so confident about completing the signing soon – that they have even ordered extra replica kits from Nike – expecting to sell more when his signing is announced.

Meanwhile, according to Catalunya Radio, Barcelona have also prepared an announcement video to be shared on the club’s social media channels as soon as the signing is completed. But sources suggest that they are still far away from agreeing terms with PSG, over a prospective deal for the 27-year-old.

PSG had originally asked for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele in exchange for Neymar, but the player’s agent confirmed on Tuesday that the Frenchman will not leave the club.

“Evolving in a club as prestigious and ambitious as FC Barcelona involves a competition that will advance and sublimate any player,” Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko was quoted as saying.

“In any case, it is the point of view rooted in Ousmane’s mind. He is Barcelona and he will remain 1,000 per cent with the firm desire to honour the colours of the club,” he concluded.

Reports: Barcelona to impose fine on star for hiding key details about injury

Reports: Barcelona to impose fine on star for hiding key details about injury

Reports suggest that Barcelona may impose a fine on Ousmane Dembele for hiding key details about his fitness. The Frenchman is currently injured and is ruled out for five weeks.

It is the Spanish journalist Alfredo Martinez who revealed on Wednesday, that Barcelona is evidently angry with Dembele for hiding that he injured. He further added that the La Liga giants are also considering to slap a penalty on the 22-year-old.

Martinez revealed the news in the radio programme El Transistor of Onda Cero, a Spanish radio network. Check out their tweet below:

Earlier, AS reported that Dembele was not completely honest with Ernesto Valverde the manager of Barcelona and the club’s medical staff after the game against Athletic Bilbao.

According to the Spanish news agency, Barcelona team doctor Xavi Yanguas asked the forward if he felt any discomfort after the game and was assured by the player that nothing was wrong, despite facing problems with his hamstring.

He then took a flight to Senegal, where he spent two days with his family before returning to his club’s training on Monday. Initially, he was able to join his teammates in doing some light work – but as the sessions became more strenuous, Dembele was forced to pull out and that was when everyone came to know of his injury.

Statistics show Manchester United star does not deserve his place in the team

Statistics show Manchester United star does not deserve his place in the team

Manchester United are well on their way to try and challenge strongly for the 2019-20 Premier League title, but they may not be able to do much if they continue to field Jesse Lingard in their starting eleven – if statistics of the past one year can be trusted.

The Englishman disappointed yet again, in a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Sunday – after his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to field him as Manchester United’s number 10 player.

Lingard was decidedly uncreative throughout the match – much to the ire of fans who have already begun rallying against the 26-year-old for his behaviour both on and off the pitch.

The only note-worthy comment that was made about Lingard after the Wolves game was definitely not a positive one, with sportswriter Duncan Alexander posting a viral statistical data about him.

According to what he found, the English forward has neither produced a goal nor an assist in the Premier League in 2019 and December 2018 is the only month in which he has actually done both, since the start of the previous season.

In other words, Lingard has not contributed to a single goal in 12 of the last 13 months of competitive Premier League action. Take a look at the tweet down below:

If nothing else, the data simply goes on to suggest that Solskjaer could get more goals and more wins by playing somebody else in Lingard’s place – and that could be crucial for Manchester United by the end of the 2019-20 season.

Reports: Lionel Messi’s Barcelona teammate ‘waiting’ for Serie A giants to sign him

Reports: Lionel Messi's Barcelona teammate 'waiting' for Serie A giants to sign him

Barcelona star Arturo Vidal is apparently “waiting” for Inter Milan to come and fetch him before the summer transfer window shuts down in September.

This is according to the Italian news agency SempreInter.com, who reports that Vidal, a former Juventus star, has expressed interest in reuniting with his former manager Antonio Conte, who is now the boss at Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, the Nerazzurri have absolutely no intentions to meet Barcelona’s €20million valuation for the midfielder – however, they are still interested in the player and are hence preparing a loan offer for him, as per the Italian publication.

SempreInter.com further reports that Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio are “working patiently” for Vidal in the hope that Barcelona will accept a loan move in the upcoming final week of the transfer window.

The 32-year-old Chilean previously played for Bayer Leverkusen (2007-2011), Juventus (2011-2015) and Bayern Munich (2015-2018) before signing for Barcelona last summer, for a transfer fee of €18million.

He has since scored three goals and made seven assists, in 53 appearances across various competitions for the Catalans.

The Italian publication has also claimed that the midfielder could find himself reuniting with his national teammate Alexis Sanchez at Inter Milan, as the Manchester United forward is also close to agreeing terms with them.

Former Real Madrid manager passes verdict on Lionel Messi’s ‘GOAT’ status

Former Real Madrid manager passes verdict on Lionel Messi's 'GOAT' status

As the debate about whether Lionel Messi is actually the greatest footballer of all time rages on, former Real Madrid manager Jose Antonio Camacho has made his verdict official – unless Messi wins the World Cup, you cannot call him the ‘GOAT’, according to Camacho.

Camacho admitted that he does admire the Argentine footballing legend, but went on to opine that he is one important trophy shy of being deservedly hailed as the greatest footballer of all time – the World Cup trophy.

“He [Lionel Messi] is a very good player, but you can’t be the best in the world – let alone in history – if you are an Argentinian and you have not won a World Cup,” Camacho said in an interview with El Mundo.

He further said, “There are countries with lesser tradition when it comes to world football – where winning the World Cup is not as significant an achievement as in other countries – but Argentina is a dominant force,” before adding:

“No, without a World Cup, Messi can’t be the best.”

“A World Cup is the best you can aspire to and Argentinians will always demand it,” Camacho further explained the reason for his take.

Despite feeling that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is yet to earn the title of ‘GOAT’, Camacho admitted that Messi is still a legend and that he is an admirer of the forward.

“He can decide a game at any time,” the ex-Spain coach explained. “There can be a total balance between two teams but he is Lionel Messi and he can break that balance suddenly,” he concluded.

Quotes via Marca.