Mino Raiola reveals Paul Pogba’s future amid Manchester United uncertainty

Mino Raiola has finally lifted the lid on the future of Paul Pogba at Manchester United amid uncertainty surrounding the Frenchman’s future. 

Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with Pogba, but Raiola believes the midfielder will remain at United since his “heart” is still at the club.

“Paul has always respected Manchester United, as long as Manchester United has respected Paul,” Raiola told Sky Sports.

“The only one that talks for Manchester United and Paul is Ole. I go by what he says; he will not move. That’s OK and we are good with them.

“Paul is struggling a little bit with his injury and that’s our main interest now. There’s one objective that Paul has and that is to perform as well as possible with Manchester United.

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“He’s a top pro and I think that his heart is in the right place with Manchester United.”

However, Raiola also maintained that Pogba should be at a top club fighting for trophies.

“Yes I can (expect Paul to be at United for the foreseeable future), but in a club that I hope fights for the league and hopefully the Champions League.

“Is that strange? Am I the only one that’s worried? Is the owner not worried? I think that everybody that is in love with Manchester United is worried about that.

“I’m worried about that for my player. I’m not a fan of Manchester United but I have a very direct interest.

“As long as Paul is in Manchester United, he wants to win trophies with Manchester United. That’s the kind of player he is and he will not act differently.

“Like Ole’s saying, it’s a work in progress now this club. He’s says he’s working on a team for next year. Let’s hope that it goes well for him because the world needs Manchester United on the top.

“Clearly they are not where they think they should be.”

Karim Benzema to extend Real Madrid contract till 2022

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring Real Madrid's first goal during the UEFA Champions League 2017-18 Final against Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018.

Karim Benzema will remain at Real Madrid till 2022 at the very least after the club reached an agreement with the Frenchman to update the terms of his contract.

Benzema has been an integral member of Los Blancos’ squad under Zinedine Zidane, and has won multiple La Liga and UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophies along the way.

Marca are reporting that the contract is signed until 2022 because Benzema himself does not want to be in a position where he signs a long term deal but can’t give his best to the club.

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The French striker shares a great relationship with Madrid President Florentino Perez as well as his compatriot and coach Zidane, and is well respected around the club and backed to bring more success to the Spanish giants in the coming seasons.

The 32-year-old is also expected to get an increased wage in the new deal that will be signed officially in the coming summer, and will ensure that other clubs get nowhere near the former Lyon striker.

Despite falling out with the France national team in controversial circumstances, Benzema has been unstoppable and sometimes undroppable for Real Madrid, and will now continue his connection with the Galacticos till at least 2022.

Reports: Manchester United dealt major blow as Juventus agree deal for Serie A star

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Manchester United appear to have fallen short in the transfer window once again as one of their midfield targets has reportedly agreed a deal to sign with Juventus.

Reports from Italy suggest that despite strong interest from huge clubs such as Inter Milan and Manchester United, Dejan Kulusevski will join Serie A Champions Juventus.

The agreement has been made with Atalanta which suggests that Kulusevski will join Juve for €35m with a further €9m in bonuses and will add an extra dimension to the Bianconeri midfield.

The Swede is on loan at Parma till the end of the season, but is expected to complete his move to Juventus in June 2020 and should be an important member of Maurizio Sarri’s side from next season onwards.

Though there was no formal offer from United, the Red Devils were linked with Kulusevski, especially after their failure to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg recently.

Inter Milan also made an offer of €25m plus bonuses for the talented Kulusevski, but the Old Lady have come up trumps.

Reports: Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Real Madrid star to Everton as first big name signing

Carlo Ancelotti has taken over the reins as new Everton boss, and exciting times await the Toffees. The Italian comes in with a huge amount of experience and an ability to attract some of the biggest players in the world. That seems to be taking effect already.

Transfermarkt expert Nicolo Schira is now reporting that Ancelotti being named Everton head coach means that players from some of his former clubs might come to Goodison Park, and one of them could be arriving soon.

Schira reports that James Rodriguez is one of the players that is being considered, especially since the Colombian has found it difficult to break into Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the most part.

The midfielder spent time on loan at Bayern Munich, only to be brought back to the Santiago Bernabeu with no guarantees of playing time.

Several clubs have been linked with Rodriguez, but perhaps his asking price of €42m may have been a barrier for most. However, armed with some monetary backing, Everton could actually be frontrunners to sign James pretty soon.

Arsenal told that Chelsea star will be willing to join them if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves

Arsenal fans may well be seeing a familiar face back at the Emirates Stadium if transfer expert Ian McGarry is to be believed after his claims point to the fact that Olivier Giroud could be heading back to North London.

It is being reported by The Express that Chelsea have offered Giroud plus cash to Lyon for the services of their striker Moussa Dembele, and while that transfer is being pondered, things may change closer to home.

The future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in serious doubt after the recent troubles faced by the Gunners, and should he end up leaving, Chelsea may choose to send Giroud back to Arsenal.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s representatives have made it very clear to Arsenal that their client wants to leave Arsenal in January,” McGarry revealed on the Transfer Window Podcast.

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“Aubameyang has the type of personality that he would certainly agitate for a move if that were the case that he needed to.

“There’s definite interest from Real Madrid and also Barcelona for the 30-year-old who is the second top scorer in the Premier League.

“Now, that would mean Arsenal are short of a striker.

“Who do you go for? Oh look, there’s Olivier Giroud over at Chelsea, he’s a former Arsenal player, he knows the team, he knows the club, maybe he would be open to coming back.

“It’s not the biggest stretch of imagination and I understand that Giroud would be open to moving back to Arsenal and staying in London.

“That wouldn’t necessarily affect Chelsea’s interest in Dembele. Dembele’s valued at around €60m, they certainly have that money to spend.

“Of course they had no incomings last summer because of the transfer ban which has now been lifted, so Chelsea are willing to spend.

“I believe Lampard would not be averse to letting Giroud going to Arsenal, after all they allowed David Luiz to go there last summer just at the end of the transfer window.

“There’s reasonable relations between the clubs so there’s no history that would prevent them selling Giroud to Arsenal.

“He’s going to be cheap, probably around £5m, in the last six months of his contract. So I can see Giroud moving south to France or north London.”

Reports: Manchester United put Everton striker on top of their list after Haaland snub

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Manchester United may have failed in their efforts to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in the upcoming transfer window, but have quickly shifted focus to within the Premier League.

The Sun are reporting that the Red Devils still believe they need to strengthen their attack, and for that purpose are looking at Everton for one of their top strikers.

The report says that Dominic Calvert-Lewin has impressed the powers that be at United, and that after missing out on Erling Haaland, he might well be the man they turn to.

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A first look at the English striker would suggest that he would fit perfectly into the plans of the English giants, considering his attributes are similar to the kind of player manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for.

The Norwegian has specified in the past that he is keen on building his squad around “young and hungry” players, and Calvert-Lewin fits that bracket better than anyone else in the Premier League.

However, the 22-year-old would cost somewhere in the region of £50m and would be difficult to purchase considering that new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to build his own side around Calvert-Lewin.

Other European clubs are also in the running to sign him, so United better move fast if they are to secure the deal soon.

Mino Raiola attacks Manchester United, reveals real reason why Erling Haaland rejected them

Reports: Manchester United may miss out on Erling Braut Haaland signing despite matching his asking price

Manchester United have failed to sign Erling Braut Haaland when it seemed for all money that the deal was going to happen, and the Norwegian’s agent Mino Raiola has now come out publicly and explained why.

According to Raiola, United need to take a long and hard look at themselves and find out why one of the hottest young talents in Europe felt that moving to Borussia Dortmund was a better option for his career.

“The club that he had the most direct contact with him was United,” Raiola told The Telegraph.

“They spoke to him the most. Everybody had the chance to talk to him in person. We let that happen especially when he knows Ole.

“Clearly he felt that at this moment it was not the right step in his career. There is nothing against Manchester United or Ole.

“He chose Borussia Dortmund ahead of them and other clubs and I’m very happy because he is going to the club he wanted to go to and that is best for him right now.

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“If he wanted to go to Manchester United I would have been obliged to take him to Manchester United, but he did not.

“When you are 19 then maybe you prefer not to go to the Premier League. The offer from Manchester United was good.

“It was not about the economics. It is just the player chose Borussia Dortmund at this stage of his career.”

Raiola further expanded on claims that perhaps he was the reason that the Red Devils were hesitant in signing Haaland.

“I do not know if Manchester United are briefing this but if they are then they are covering their own loss and that I find strange and disappointing,” he said.

“There was no fall-out between me and [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward. It was just a normal negotiation and the player has chosen a different path.

“If they want to blame someone then fine, blame me, but the player is happy. He has made his choice and we went through a normal process.”

Stats show Mesut Ozil created more chances than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo this decade

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil

He may be on the decline in the minds of most, but Mesut Ozil has actually had a pretty phenomenal decade. From moving to Real Madrid to winning the World Cup to shifting to North London, the German has done it all. Perhaps even more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in one case.

Opta have done the homework and found out that Ozil actually created a lot more chances than even the mercurial Messi in the 2010-2019 decade, beaten only by Dimitri Payet.

Payet is currently at Marseille but featured often for West Ham United and his national team France in this decade, and has created an impressive 974 goal scoring chances, more than any other player in the top five European leagues.

Payet is followed closely by Ozil who has 916 to his name, while Eden Hazard is third with 830. David Silva of Manchester City has 812, while Lionel Messi wraps up the top five with 789.

Ronaldo features nowhere in the top 10 per this list, but it is pertinent to note that CR7 and Messi were both banging in the goals throughout the decade while their teammates were probably busy making chances for them.

WATCH: Sir Alex Ferguson’s surprised reaction to Solskjaer’s decision against Burnley

Manchester United beat Burnley 2-0 away from home to continue their good work since their last away game where the Red Devils were beaten by Watford. One decision by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however did come under the scanner.

Legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at Turf Moor, and when the decision was made by Solskjaer to take off Anthony Martial with the score at 1-0, Fergie didn’t seem too excited.

The cameras cut to the Scotsman while the substitution was being made, and a surprised Ferguson looked on as Martial departed the pitch.

It turned out to be the right call in the end, as United kept a clean sheet and even managed to score a late goal to make it 2-0 as Daniel James broke forward and squared the ball to Marcus Rashford who did the rest.

The seemingly defensive decision to bring on Luke Shaw for Anthony Martial might have had something to do with protecting the scoreline, but it needed to be done in order to keep the latter fit for the English giants’ next Premier League game away at Arsenal on New Years’ day.

Reports: Manchester United turn to Portuguese midfielder after failing to sign Erling Haaland

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Manchester United failed to sign Erling Braut Haaland when it seemed like the deal was done, but the Red Devils have now turned their attention to filling the midfield role, and have their sights set on one Portugal International.

Sky Sports are reporting that United are interested in Gedson Fernandes, who is currently playing at Benfica. The midfielder may not be one of the high profile names that the club has been linked with recently, but he seems to have enough quality to keep the big names interested.

The 20-year-old has reportedly fallen out of favour with Benfica coach Bruno Lage, and the player’s representatives are keen to find him a club in England that would cost any team somewhere in the region of £34m after a loan spell.

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The report also says that Fernandes has a release clause worth a whopping £102m, but Benfica believe that realistically they aren’t in a position to demand that much money for a player who hasn’t featured in the last seven games.

It remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would take a gamble on another Portuguese player after the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani did so brilliantly at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.

5 reasons why Manchester United can still make the top four this season

Manchester United have endured a rather miserable start to their Premier League season this time around despite the optimism surrounding the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis towards the end of the last campaign. While things aren’t ideal, there is enough reason to believe that the season can still turn around for the Red Devils.

#5 The emergence of Mason Greenwood

Manchester United have always been a club that puts its faith in youth, and the emergence of Mason Greenwood is proof that the club is moving in the right direction.

At a time when forwards have been at a premium, Greenwood’s goals are a breath of fresh air for the Red Devils and his finishing ability is perhaps the best of all that the club has its disposal at the moment.

Regardless of whether a new striker comes in during the January transfer window, United’s push for the top four will need Greenwood to continue firing.

#4 The signing of Erling Haaland

It still looks as if United will be able to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January despite the interest from Juventus, and this could prove vital to their top four push.

Solskjaer has the experience of coaching Haaland before and his goals in the Champions League appear to suggest he could be the perfect fit in this squad, and would be essential for breaking down smaller teams.

With Daniel James, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and now Mason Greenwood the only other options, an injury to any one of those could release Haaland and make him the go-to man for United.

#3 A fit and firing Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is fit again and that is music to the ears of every Manchester United supporter. The Frenchman picked up an injury towards the end of September and has since been struggling to find his fitness since.

However, two substitute appearances against Watford and Newcastle were proof that he still has his best footballing days ahead of him, and his ability to score goals and provide assists would be crucial for a push into the top four.

#2 The inconsistent form of Spurs and Chelsea

Man United have been accused of being inconsistent this season, but the form of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur isn’t much better in truth. Spurs fell to defeats against both United and Chelsea, and look susceptible against attacks from other teams too.

Chelsea suffered defeats at home against Bournemouth and Southampton recently, and their poor form at Stamford Bridge has allowed teams below them to look up to the top four with lots of interest. Should this continue, consider United favourites for making it in very soon.

#1 The ability to win big games

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

They may have certainly struggled against the smaller sides in the Premier League this season, but Manchester United were victorious against the likes of Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in exciting fashion, showing that they aren’t too far away from the pack.

While inconsistency remains a concern, what will please Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the fact that his side have the mental aspect of the game sorted out against the big teams, and with half of the season still to play, this could be crucial.

Three points against teams fighting for the top four places would propel the English giants into a position of power which they can build on and make a push for further glory by the end.

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi in highest earning sportspersons of the decade

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi tore it up on the football pitch this decade, and it appears to have shown in their bank balance by the end of 2019 as well.

Forbes has listed the ten richest sportspersons of the 2010-2019 decade, and Cristiano Ronaldo has made it to second spot, beating his long time rival Lionel Messi along the way.

But he isn’t the richest sportsperson in the last ten years, as that honour belongs to boxing’s greatest ever competitor in terms of a win-loss record in Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The top ten begins with six-time Formula 1 (F1) World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who has earned a whopping $400 million in this decade owing to his high speed success, while the likes of NBA star Kevin Durant and boxing great Manny Pacquiao make the list too.

The top five sees Roger Federer feature with a cool $640 million to his name, while LeBron James rakes in $680 million and occupies fourth place on the list.

Then it gets interesting, as Lionel Messi enters the fray with a total of $750 million to his name, which is narrowly beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo who earns $800 million largely through his social media game.

But right at the top is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, with an unbelievable $915 million that comes largely from two high profile fights with Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.

Fans troll Lionel Messi for hilarious Christmas day outfit

Lionel Messi is obviously a family man through and through, and his recent Christmas day outfit is proof that he will do anything to make his family happy.

The Messi family dressed up and took photos along with the Christmas tree recently, and the outfit worn by the family (well, most of it anyway), has got fans talking.

The Argentine magician’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo took to Instagram to share a lovely picture of the family on Christmas where the couple and their kids all line up for a photograph of the ages.

While Messi looks content to be around his family on Christmas, his outfit was certainly one that caught the eye.

 

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The photo drew some interesting responses from fans, and 90min picked out the best out of the lot.

“Messi’s wife forced him to wear this,” one fan said.

Another went with: “Messi looks like a McDonald’s mascot.”

While a third responded with: “Messi to Atletico Madrid”.

A fourth made it about the Premier League leaders: “So Messi is a ​Liverpool fan.”

 

Lionel Messi reveals key advice given to him by Barcelona great Samuel Eto’o

Lionel Messi may be banging in the goals now for Barcelona, but that wasn’t always the case. The Argentine felt that he was starting out slow in his career at the Blaugrana, until some advice from a teammate changed everything.

Messi revealed that some calming advice from Samuel Eto’o worked wonders for him mentally, and allowed him to score goals more freely.

“I remember many times Eto’o told me, ‘the day you start scoring goals, you’re going to be…'” Messi told La Liga, per Marca.

“Because he had a lot of chances and he didn’t score [at the start of his career].

“Until one day everything opened up, [then] they went in and all started going in.”

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The superstar forward then explained what it means to be the highest La Liga scorer.

“Being La Liga’s top goalscorer, with what La Liga in Spain means, is special,” Messi said.

“Actually, I think it’s one of the more beautiful records that I have.”

He also spoke about his deadly free-kick ability.

“Yes, in the last few years I began to look and see if the goalkeeper moves before I hit the ball,” Messi went on.

“[To see] if he takes a step or not, how the wall is placed.

“I study it more now. And I started improving the way I hit the ball during training.”