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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale ‘has no interest in Premier League return’

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale reportedly has no interest in returning to the Premier League during the summer transfer window. Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly been dealt a blow regarding the potential signing of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. The Wales international has found himself in and out of the starting lineup at Real for a number of seasons, and it has recently been suggested that the Spanish giants are prepared to sell the former Tottenham Hotspur man. However, according to AS, the 29-year-old has little interest in leaving Real for a return to the Premier League in the summer window. The report claims that Bale is settled at the Bernabeu and with life in Spain, and that there is currently no desire to look for a new challenge despite an indifferent campaign at t...

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez ‘not keen on Premier League move’

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez – currently on loan at Bayern Munich – is reportedly against a future move to the Premier League. Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez has reportedly decided that he has little interest in a move to the Premier League. Rodriguez is currently nearing the end of his two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich, and it has resulted in frequent speculation regarding the Colombia international. Arsenal have been linked with a potential move for the attacker but according to Marca Clara Colombia, the Gunners are likely to fail with any approach for the 27-year-old. The report suggests that Rodriguez is keen on spending at least another year at the Bernabeu, although it remains to be seen whether the player will be in their plans going forward. Bayern also h...

Bernd Leno: ‘Arsenal ready to claim fourth spot in Premier League’

Bernd Leno says that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any errors from Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to finish in fourth place in the Premier League. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has claimed that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any mistakes from the club’s rivals in the race for fourth position in the Premier League table. Arsenal have endured an indifferent top-flight campaign, but the Gunners find themselves just one point adrift of Manchester United with 13 matches remaining. Chelsea are also in the hunt for the final Champions League spot, but Leno has backed the North London outfit to outlast their nearest rivals. The German stopper is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “It is a good competition between all the teams. Chelsea played Manchester City a...

Jimenez warns Newcastle’s Almiron that coming to Premier League is ‘big step’

Mexico international Jimenez has scored 11 goals for Wolves this season. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has warned Newcastle’s record buy Miguel Almiron he must adapt quickly to be a Premier League hit. The Magpies broke their 14-year-old transfer record to sign attacker Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United last month. The Paraguay international is available to make his debut against Wolves at Molineux on Monday. Mexican Jimenez has been an instant success for Wolves since moving from Benfica on loan, scoring 11 times, and has told Almiron the Premier League is a level up. He said: “It’s a very big step, it’s very, very different. I wasn’t in the MLS but it’s more or less like Mexico and I think it’s a very big step for him. “(To be a success yo...

Benitez: Almiron mentally ready for Premier League challenge

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is confident record signing Miguel Almiron is mentally ready to be pitched into the heat of Premier League battle. The Paraguay forward, who turned 25 on Sunday, completed a deadline day switch from MLS side Atlanta United as Benitez’s pleas for financial support from owner Mike Ashley finally paid dividends. Benitez knows it will take Almiron time to adapt to a very different brand of football and he is equally aware of the physical demands that will place upon a player who is rich in talent, but slight in stature. However, the Spaniard is confident the playmaker is ready to take on the challenge, starting with a possible debut at Wolves on Monday evening. He said: “When you talk with him, he is ready, mentally he is ready and he says he wants to ...

Benitez urges Newcastle to focus on themselves rather than Premier League table

Rafael Benitez has told Newcastle to ignore the Premier League table as they prepare for Monday night’s tough trip to in-form Wolves. The Magpies headed into the weekend sitting in 15th place in the table and two points clear of the drop zone after back-to-back league victories over Cardiff and Manchester City before last weekend’s narrow defeat at Tottenham. However, that had changed significantly by Saturday evening after wins for Cardiff and Burnley saw them drop two places and remain clear of trouble by virtue only of goal difference, although Benitez had already urged his players to concentrate only on what they could affect. Asked about the difficulties of playing on a Monday evening, he said: “When you have this situation for a while and you know it will be like th...

Jamie Redknapp: ‘Paul Pogba is Premier League’s best player’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is fast becoming “the best Premier League player”, says pundit Jamie Redknapp. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is fast becoming “the best Premier League player”, according to pundit Jamie Redknapp. Pogba has been in outstanding form for United since Jose Mourinho departed in December, with the Frenchman playing a key role in his team’s turnaround over the last couple of months. The 25-year-old has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, while he has 13 goals and nine assists in 30 games for United in all competitions this term. Redknapp has lavished praise on Pogba’s recent form, crediting the change in mood at Old Trafford as a key reason for the midfielder’s current success. ...

Sissoko confident Spurs have what it takes to win the Premier League title

Moussa Sissoko insists Tottenham can end their trophy drought by winning the Premier League. Spurs head into the weekend’s Premier League fixtures five points behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who welcome Leicester to Wembley on Sunday, have a game in hand on City. “If people want to talk about Liverpool and Man City then it’s better for us,” France midfielder Sissoko said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “For me, I prefer that. It means we can just do our job. We will fight to the end and anything can happen. “And, yes, I think we can win the league because we have a good team. “There are 13 games to the end so there are a lot of points left. But each game will be massive and hopefully we can win every one of them.” Spurs have...

Solskjaer believes United can challenge for Premier League title in two years

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United back fighting on all fronts and believes two years is enough to become serious Premier League title challengers, even if he is not there to fulfil the vision. Poor performances and background issues led Jose Mourinho to lose his job in December when the Old Trafford giants surprisingly decided to turn to the fan favourite for the remainder of the season. Solskjaer has confounded the doubters by winning nine of his first 10 matches in all competitions and being named January’s Barclays manager of the month – the first United boss to win the award since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the favourite to get the Manchester United manager’s job on a full-time basis (John Walton/PA) Now the bookmakers’ favourite to take the job on a ...

Benitez insists Almiron will need time to adapt to physicality of Premier League

The Paraguay international is confident his price-tag will not be an issue. Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has warned record signing Miguel Almiron he will have to deal with the physicality of the Premier League if he is to make his name in England. The 24-year-old Paraguay international could make his debut for the Magpies at Wolves on Monday night after starring for Atlanta United in the MLS. However, Benitez knows Almiron will never have experienced anything quite like the ferocity of English football and has urged people to give him time to adapt. The Spaniard said: “He is fine, his training has been good. He is fit and is a player with good stamina and pace. He is mobile and quite dynamic. “The question now is what will happen with the physicality of the Premier League – that is the ma...

Lossl: We had to make changes to try and stay in Premier League

Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl believes former boss David Wagner and the club chose the right time to part company. Wagner ended a spectacular three years in charge when he left by mutual consent last month and fellow German Jan Siewert has taken on the daunting task of preserving the Terriers’ Premier League status. “I do think that since David and the club’s mutual decision to split up, I think they also agreed that something had to change, that we had to try something to save this,” Lossl said. “I’ve had the question before to compare the two managers and always said out of respect for both of them I wouldn’t because what David did for this club and also for me personally, I have the biggest respect for him.” Wagner transformed Hudder...

Result: Van Gerwen starts bid for fourth successive Premier League crown with victory

The Dutchman beat Michael Smith in a repeat of last year’s final. Michael Van Gerwen‘s quest for a fourth consecutive Premier League title started with a 7-5 win over Michael Smith in Newcastle. With a back injury forcing Gary Anderson to withdraw from the tournament earlier this week, Smith was seen as Van Gerwen’s closest challenger. Smith had a year to remember in 2018, reaching the Premier League and World Championship finals, but was beaten on both occasions by Van Gerwen. CRACKING GAME | Michael van Gerwen beats Michael Smith 7-5 with a 105 match average. ?#Unibet180 pic.twitter.com/NnDHLwBUsi — PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) February 7, 2019 And the world number one continued his recent dominance over Smith on the opening night of the new campaign, averaging 104.98 and h...

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