Leicester determined to keep Mahrez

first_imgTransfers Leicester determined to keep Mahrez from Liverpool and Arsenal, insists Puel Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 08:25 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Riyad Mahrez Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Liverpool Premier League African All Stars The Algeria international has been linked with the Reds and the Gunners, but the Foxes manager is confident of keeping the Algerian winger Leicester City are committed to keeping Riyad Mahrez at the club beyond the January transfer window, according to manager Claude Puel.The Algeria international, a key member of the Foxes’ title-winning side of 2015-16, has been in a rich vein of form recently, directly contributing to eight goals – five goals, three assists – in his last 10 Premier League appearances.Mahrez’s contract runs until 2020, but he has been linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks. Both clubs are looking to replace departed, or departing, stars, with Philippe Coutinho having joined Barcelona and Alexis Sanchez set to move to Manchester United ahead of Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Puel is committed to retaining Mahrez’s services, and believes the Algeria international is “enjoying his football” at the King Power Stadium.“He has a fantastic influence on the team, a valuable player for the team,” Puel said, per The Guardian. “We can see he is enjoying his football and is happy with his team-mates and with us. It’s important for us to keep our best players.”The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season. He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it’s important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball, with it. He is making progress. It’s a good thing of course, (if) he continues all season with us.”Mahrez has not yet made any moves to agitate for a transfer, and Puel is unworried about the prospect of him doing so.“It’s not a question in our mind. All the noise is just speculation,” he added. “Of course we are in the transfer window and it’s normal for all the best players [to be linked with transfers], but I’m not afraid about this because there’s a fantastic spirit and good attitude in this squad.“I have confidence in Riyad. We spoke a lot with him, [about] different things, and often about football, because he likes football a lot. He is now with good maturity, good experience of life, and we can see this in this game.”last_img read more

Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Mascherano to leave Barca Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Mascherano to leave BarcaBarcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano is to depart the club, with the Argentine expected to move to Hebei in the Chinese Super League.The veteran is expected to depart for a fee in the region of €10 million, having fallen down the pecking order in recent months.Get the full story right here! Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca in pole position to sign BallouBallou Jean Yves Tabla Montreal ImpactBarcelona are the front-runners to sign Montreal Impact attacker Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, according to The Washington Post. The 18-year-old Ivorian-Canadian impressed with the Impact in 2017, making 21 appearances and scoring two goals in league play. The Impact have confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with an unnamed European club over a transfer for the teenager.Sevilla can’t agree Vidal feeAleix Vidal Barcelona 2017Sevilla are struggling to agree a fee with Barcelona to bring Aleix Vidal back to the club, according to Mundo Deportivo .Vidal signed for Barca in the summer of 2015, but will be allowed to leave Camp Nou in January, with Sevilla leading the chase for the right-back.However, Barcelona want €12 million for the 28-year-old, with Sevilla hoping the price will be dropped after offering €8m up front plus €2m in add-ons so far.Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with an approach for Vidal, but only a huge financial offer is expected to tempt him to the Premier League.Madrid & PSG battle for CourtoisThibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are both interested in signing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the summer, reports Het Laatste Nieuws .Courtois has been offered a new contract by Chelsea , which would make him the best-paid keeper in the world, but the Belgium international has yet to sign the deal.Kepa Arrizabalaga’s decision to sign a new contract at Athletic Bilbao means Madrid are now back in the hunt for a new keeper and are focusing on Courtois, who has just 18 months left on his current deal.PSG are also keen on the former Atletico Madrid loanee, although financial constraints could scupper their prospects of agreeing a deal for Courtois.Man Utd push for Seri dealJean Michael Seri NiceManchester United will aim to follow up the signing of Alexis Sanchez by agreeing a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, claims The Sun .Alexis completed his move to United from Arsenal on Monday , and now Jose Mourinho wants an agreement in place to sign Seri, either this month or in the summer.Seri is also an option for Manchester City, although the Ivory Coast international is viewed as a back-up to prime target Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred .Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have all previously shown an interest in Seri, but Mourinho hopes United can beat their rivals to the signing of the 26-year-old.Neymar wants Madrid move with Griezmann & HazardNeymar PSG Paris Saint-GermainNeymar is willing to sign with Real Madrid if Los Blancos also make moves for Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard, according to Diario Gol .The Paris Saint-Germain star has reportedly made it clear he does not want to play with Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi, who have been linked to Madrid as well.But the potential of linking up with Griezmann and Hazard is enough to tempt Neymar to return to Spain and join Barcelona’s arch-rivals, with the Brazilian said to be uncomfortable in the PSG dressing room.Hazard having second thoughts about Madrid moveEden Hazard ChelseaEden Hazard regrets coming to a verbal agreement with Zinedine Zidane to join Real Madrid, claims Don Balon .The Chelsea star reportedly has grown concerned by Los Blancos’ erratic form in La Liga this season, leading him to have second thoughts about fulfilling his long-time dream of playing for Madrid.Man City could pay Laporte release clauseAymeric Laporte Athletic ClubManchester City are considering meeting the £60 million release clause for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to the Sun .Pep Guardiola is a long-time fan of the 23-year-old French centre-back, who reportedly has also drawn interest from Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.Revealed: Top 20 richest clubs in the worldPaul Pogba, Everton vs Manchester United, 17/18The 2016-17 Deloitte Football Money League rankings have been announced, with Manchester United retaining top spot. But who else makes the top 20?Read the full story on Goal right here! Kepa signs new deal with €80m release clauseKepa Arrizabalaga Athletic ClubKepa Arrizabalaga has brought to an end to rumours linking him with Real Madrid by committing to a new contract with Athletic Bilbao which includes an €80 million release clause.The fresh terms will keep the highly-rated goalkeeper in his current surroundings until 2025.Goal revealed on Sunday that the 23-year-old was set to commit to a new deal and quash links to Madrid.Read the full story on Goal right here!last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal couldn’t afford Evans

first_imgTransfers Arsenal couldn’t afford Evans, admits Wenger 20:38 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonny Evans West Brom Michael Steele Transfers Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Manchester City West Bromwich Albion Arsène Wenger Premier League The centre-back was courted by the Gunners and Manchester City in January, but the Frenchman confirmed his side could not match the asking price Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could not afford to buy Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion in January.The Gunners appeared to be the frontrunners to sign the 30-year-old, though Manchester City were also interested.Although Alan Pardew conceded during the transfer window that  Evans would be available for the right price , Evans ended up staying at The Hawthorns after West Brom rejected Arsenal’s late approach, which was far off of the valuation . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having already decided to spend a club-record £55 million on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger says the north London side simply could not afford to pay what West Brom wanted while big-spending City were in the race.”I said many times that we did what we wanted to do but not all that we wanted to do,” he told  BT Sport when questioned on their failure to land the ex-Manchester United player.”He was not available for what we could afford.” Asked why he did not request more money from Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, he added: “If Kroenke gives you £200m, Man City then get £400m.”Arsenal are sixth in the table ahead of Saturday’s north London derby match with Tottenham, who sit four points ahead of them in fifth.last_img read more

The top 10 teenagers in the USA talent pipeline

first_imgNxGn Adams, Weah and the top 10 teenagers in the USA talent pipeline Ives Galarcep Last updated 1 year ago 04:15 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Tyler Adams New York Red Bulls CONCACAF Champions League Vincent Carchietta NxGn United States World Cup As part of the NxGn series, Goal takes a look at the most promising young players in the U.S. national team talent pool The U.S. national team youth movement is in full swing, and we have already seen some teenagers break in early as they look to help the United States rebuild after failing to qualify for the World Cup.The battle for playing time in Major League Soccer for teenage players continues to be a point of contention, with more and more fans calling for teams to “play their kids.” Tyler Adams is leading the charge on that front as one of the New York Red Bulls’ top players, while D.C. United’s Chris Durkin has started to earn minutes with his club after making his MLS debut earlier this season.Tim Weah earned his first U.S. cap in Tuesday’s friendly win against Paraguay, capping a whirlwind start to 2018 that saw him make his first-team debut with Paris Saint-Germain. The 18-year-old forward has seen his stock rise considerably since impressing at last year’s U-17 World Cup. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie set to leave the teenage ranks with birthdays later this year, here is a look at the best American prospects born after 1998.last_img read more

Mou: De Gea knows mistake was bad

first_imgSpain ‘That happens to the best’ – Mourinho backs De Gea after World Cup blunder Dejan Kalinic 10:12 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David de Gea Sergio Ramos Spain Portugal World Cup 2018 ADRIAN DENNIS Spain David de Gea José Mourinho Portugal v Spain Portugal World Cup The Manchester United boss said his star goalkeeper would be well aware of the enormity of his mistake in Spain’s draw against Portugal Spain goalkeeper David de Gea will know his error against Portugal was a “bad mistake”, according to his club manager Jose Mourinho.De Gea fumbled a tame Cristiano Ronaldo strike into the net late in the first half of the enthralling 3-3 World Cup draw between the teams on Friday.That goal completed Ronaldo’s brace and the Portugal star sealed a hat-trick with a stunning 88th-minute free-kick to earn his side a draw in the Group B clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Mourinho – who was helped to a second-place finish in the Premier League by De Gea’s heroics at Manchester United – said the 27-year-old would be well aware of his error.”De Gea is my boy,” he told RT .”It hurts me to say it but he knows it was a bad mistake. It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us at Manchester United because he was named player of the season for fantastic performances.”But that happens to the best.”Despite leading thanks to a Diego Costa double and Nacho Fernandez’s fine strike, Spain were forced to settle for a draw after Ronaldo’s late heroics.Spain face Iran next Wednesday before closing Group B play against Morocco.last_img read more

Ausport Online

first_imgAttached is Ausport Online, the Australian Sports Commission’s monthly newsletter that keeps you up to date with all of the latest news and events in Australian sport.Touch Football Australia’s Technical Coordinator Tara Steel is even quoted about her involvement in the ASC Coaching and Officiating Workshop.Related Filesausport_online-pdflast_img

Invite for 2012 WA State Championships Referees

first_imgTouch Football Western Australia (WA) is welcoming nominations from interstate and international referees to attend the 2013 WA ‘Be Active’ State Championships early next year. The event will be held from Friday, 15 February until Sunday, 17 February 2013 at UWA Sports Park, McGillivray Oval, Perth. Please see the attached flyer for more information or contact Sport Program Coordinator, Karon Boston by emailing karon@touchwest.com. Related Filesreferee_invite_2013_state_champs-jpgRelated LinksWA State Champs Refslast_img

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stoneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he needs to consider where his squad needs to be strengthened ahead of the market opening next month.Simon Francis is out for the season with a knee injury.Asked whether his captain’s setback would impact on his thinking ahead of the upcoming transfer window, Howe replied: “I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t and I have had those conversations but we will wait and see what happens.“Nothing has been decided we have made no moves in the market at all at the moment. I think it’s a case of still seeing what options we have available to us.“It would be foolish of me to make that promise and pledge but we are looking at what we can do.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: I remember Hodgson from Inter Milan and Udinese

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: I remember Hodgson from Inter Milan and Udineseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is full of praise for Crystal Palace counterpart Roy Hodgson.The two teams meet on Sunday.Hodgson worked in Serie A with Inter Milan and Udinese while the Chelsea boss was working in the minor Italian leagues.He said: “He was and is a very good coach. I remember him in Italy in Inter and the second time in Udine.”I remember very well and he was a very good coach. I saw his team during the season and they are improving a lot I think.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro: There’s no excuses

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro: There’s no excusesby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro admits they fell well short of standards in their thrashing at PSG.Real slumped to a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.”The truth is that we didn’t play well,” Casemiro told Movistar. “They took control of the game and we know that it’s always very difficult here.”They’re very strong, they have great players and there is no excuse.”We’re going to keep working… there’s still lots of time to change this.”We always try to be aggressive, but when the result is 3-0 we know that things are noted more.”We know that if you don’t play a pretty much perfect match here, you don’t win.”There’s lots of time to change this.”Los Blancos posed very little attacking threat and weren’t able to find a way past Keylor Navas in the PSG goal.”We had chances,” Casemiro said. “We scored two goals that didn’t stand, but I don’t think there’s an excuse right now.”We didn’t play well. It’s a delicate moment to speak, but we’re working and we have time to change this.” last_img read more

4 days agoNewcastle watching Lille star Victor Osimhen

first_imgNewcastle watching Lille star Victor Osimhenby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are watching Lille star Victor Osimhen.Osimhen, 20, has scored eight goals and provided two assists in 12 appearances this season having arrived from Belgian side Charleroi for £10million in July.The Chronicle reports Newcastle are keeping tabs on the Nigeria international.And it’s suggested that manager Steve Bruce will have funds to spend in January to complete the deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video Surfaces Of Dak Prescott Attack, Culprits May Have Boasted Online About Act

first_imgDak Prescott celebrating in his Mississippi State uniformSTARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Monday night, it was reported by a number of sources that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and at least one of his teammates were attacked outside a Waka Flocka Flame concert in Panama City, Florida while on spring break. Tuesday morning, video of the incident has surfaced. The alleged perpetrator might have also boasted on his Twitter account about his involvement.In the below clips, both Prescott and one of his teammates are brutally attacked by a group of men in a parking lot immediately following the concert. Prescott can be seen struggling to get up after the encounter. The Bulldogs signal-caller suffered a number of cuts and bruises, but according to the school, he does not have any significant injuries.One Twitter user, @str8fam_dwilson, reportedly took to social media after the incident to boast about attacking Prescott and his teammates. He’s since deleted the tweets, but a number of users screenshotted them. We can’t confirm that he was involved.So these are the ignorant fools, @str8fam_dwilson, that allegedly jumped on @DakPrescott? Just stupid @Yep_ItsCheryl pic.twitter.com/DTTTPBiINk— JoeAMorton (@theJunebugg731) March 10, 2015@BettaCuffYoMain @str8fam_dwilson pic.twitter.com/Pg5RvkaUtw— James Thurman (@coachthurman) March 10, 2015Luckily, none of the players were seriously injured. But it’s still clear that this was a scary situation for all.last_img read more

Vine: Hampton Coach Edward Joyner Pretended To Call Jesus To Ask About Team’s Odds Against Kentucky

first_imgHampton head coach Edward Joyner on his phone.Vine/CMTomlinYou can’t accuse Hampton head coach Edward Joyner of not having a sense of humor about his team’s chances against undefeated Kentucky. During today’s post-game press conference following the Pirates’ win against Manhattan, Joyner pretended to call Jesus to ask about his team’s odds against the Wildcats. Apparently, Jesus went chalk in his bracket.Hampton’s coach just pretended to call Jesus about their odds against Kentucky and Jesus hung up on him. https://t.co/hr87mfqoG0— C.M. Tomlin (@CM_Tomlin) March 18, 2015During a media session earlier in the week, when asked about a possible match-up with Kentucky, Joyner said “you’ve got to hope you’ve got Jesus on speed dial”. This is your second installment of “Hampton is your new favorite 16 seed.”last_img read more

Map: Where The Most Notre Dame Football Fans Are Located

first_imgA fan sitting in the stands dressed as Notre Dame's mascot.2 Nov 1996: The University of Notre Dame Leprachaun mascot leads the crowd during the Fighting Irish 54-27 win over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORTEarlier today we showed you the 2016 College Football Fan Map created by users on Reddit’s college football page. The map shows the most-popular college football team in every county in the United States. You can view it here.Along with the overall map, team-specific maps have been created. Here’s where the most Notre Dame football fans are located throughout the country.Notre Dame clearly has a huge fan base that spreads throughout the United States. It’s hard to find another fan base that covers as much ground.last_img

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Antonietta Collins

first_imgTwitter/AntoniettaESPNTwitter/AntoniettaESPNESPN revamped its flagship program SportsCenter towards the beginning of 2016, adding some new faces along the way. One of those new faces – Antonietta “Toni” Collins – has done a terrific job since stepping in as one of the newest anchors on SportsCenter, also providing ESPN Now news updates within the weekday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. editions of the ESPN news and information program. Collins, a graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, is a rising star at the Worldwide Leader of Sports, looking to follow in the footsteps of her mother María Antonieta Collins, a television reporter for more than 40 years in Mexico and the U.S.Where is she from? How did she get her start? Is she single? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Antonietta Collins >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

‘Keita & Lallana not up to the job for a title-winning team’

first_imgLiverpool must avoid playing Naby Keita and Adam Lallana in the same midfield, says John Aldridge, with the pair having shown that they are “not up to the job for a title-winning team”.Jurgen Klopp shuffled his pack on Monday night for the trip to West Ham in the Premier League.AdChoices广告He saw his side take the lead at the London Stadium through Sadio Mane, but Michail Antonio restored parity in another 1-1 draw for the Reds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That result opened the door to Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola’s side moving to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Everton.Liverpool must now plot a response and a former frontman has urged them to favour other options in midfield after seeing two inconsistent performers fluff their lines on their latest audition.Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “Klopp’s side dropped more points at West Ham, but a bigger issue for me in both games has been the performance or lack of it from Liverpool’s midfielders.“[Mohamed] Salah, Mane and [Roberto] Firmino will give you a cutting edge if the balance of the team is right, but the players sitting behind them at West Ham failed to produce the goods and it cost Liverpool.“I know Klopp was forced into changes due to injuries, but Adam Lallana and Naby Keita cannot play together in midfield again, as they are just not up to the job for a title-winning team.“My first impressions of Lallana when he came to Liverpool were not positive and while he proved me wrong to an extent with some good performances before his recent injury problems, it looks like he is struggling to get back to those levels once again after so long in the treatment room.“As for Keita, he has not settled at Liverpool and has failed to deliver the performances we were expecting from him, with Klopp and his coaching staff fighting to get him up to speed and still waiting to see if he will be good enough to play in this team.”Lallana has been ravaged by fitness issues in recent times, with a string of injury problems restricting him to 15 appearances last season and 11 in the current campaign.Keita has been handed 23 outings across all competitions, but has made only 11 Premier League starts and is yet to justify the £52.75 million ($68m) transfer fee that was required to secure his services from RB Leipzig. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Real Madrid to launch women’s team

first_imgReal Madrid have decided to launch their own women’s team, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.Real Madrid have agreed to buy CD Tacon, a Madrid-based team promoted to Liga Iberdrola – the domestic women’s top-flight – at the end of last season.Spanish news outlet El Mundo reports that Madrid president Florentino Perez has sanctioned a deal worth around €500,000 for Tacon’s licence to be transferred to Real, with the re-branded team to take up their place in the league next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Confirming the arrangement, Rafael del Amo, president of the RFEF Women’s Soccer Committee, told Efe: “The Federation has had something to do, we thought it was very important that the best national teams have a female team.”I always jokingly told my Real Madrid friends that they would not be great without a female team. I can say they are great.”The arrangement apparently only covers the first team, with a decision on an academy dependent on development. The women’s team will train and play at Real’s Ciudad Real Madrid complex in Valdebebas.Tacon were founded in 2014 by the management company of ex-player Ana Rossell, AR10, with the idea of ultimately becoming part of the fold at Real once they had reached the top level.Real now shed their tag as one of elite European soccer’s last clubs without a women’s team, with the Tacón acquisition allowing the club to invest in an existing side.Barcelona, are the top-spending club in the Spanish women’s top-flight, spending close to €4 million (£3.6m/$4.5m) a year, but most club’s operate on a budget closer to €500,000.The news comes shortly after the RFEF announced that next season there will be about €20m ($23m/£18m) allocated for women’s soccer, of which €6.5m will go to the national team and the rest to club competitions.Of the club allocation, the national soccer body will only contribute roughly seven per cent, according to Palco23, while the rest will come from commercial rights.Last season’s Primera Division was dominated by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona as both teams completed the campaign more than 30 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Levante.Meanwhile, Barcelona won their second straight Copa de la Reina and reached the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Lyon.last_img read more

Bournemouth sign Billing in £15m deal

first_imgBournemouth have signed Danish midfielder Philip Billing from relegated Huddersfield Town for a reported £15 million ($18m).The 23-year-old has signed a “long-term contract” with the Premier League club.A former Denmark Under-21 international, Billing has shown promise since joining Huddersfield six years ago and successfully made the transition from the academy to the first-team squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He played a rotation role as the Terriers earned promotion from the Championship in 2016-17, and eventually became something of a regular last term, featuring 27 times in the Premier League, scoring two goals.Can we have the bill please? pic.twitter.com/BbzrqjM5y2— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) July 29, 2019A physically imposing yet technically gifted midfielder, Billing was one of few standout performers for Huddersfield as they finished 10 points adrift at the bottom of the top flight.He fell out of favour towards the end of the campaign and was less than complimentary about Town boss Jan Siewert in May, calling the German “arrogant” and suggesting he lost the respect of the players within a week of being appointed as David Wagner’s successor in January.Billing is Bournemouth’s third signing of the transfer window after Jack Stacey and Lloyd Kelly in an attempt to strengthen at the back.The Cherries will be looking to kick on from last season and push for a top-half finish in the Premier League, having finished 14th last term.Eddie Howe’s side were good going forward, with the goals of Callum Wilson and the assists of Ryan Fraser but had the third-worst defence in the division, conceding 70 goals, a total better only that relegated pair Fulham and Huddersfield, who allowed 81 and 76 goals past them, respectively.Huddersfield, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce straight back following their relegation to the Championship, having added Tommy Elphick and Reece Brown on free transfers as well as goalkeeper Kamil Grabara on loan from Liverpool.Right-back Herbert Bockhorn has joined from Borussia Dortmund, as well as Josh Koroma and Isaac Mbenza, from Leyton Orient and Montpellier, respectively.last_img read more

Watford complete club-record €35m Sarr signing

first_imgWatford have completed the signing of Rennes forward Ismaila Sarr in a deal worth a reported club-record fee of €35 million (£32.3m/$39.2m) including add-ons.The 21-year-old has been a target for the Hornets throughout the summer and was part of the Senegal team that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.He becomes the second attacking arrival at Vicarage Road in as many days following Danny Welbeck agreeing a three-year deal with the Premier League club following his release from Arsenal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sarr has signed a five-year contract with Javi Gracia’s side after a superb campaign in France during which he scored 13 goals and laid on 11 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.Those performances helped Rennes secure the Coupe de France as well as enjoy a run to the last 16 of the Europa League, where they were knocked out by Arsenal.Sarr becomes the fourth major signing of the summer by Watford, with Craig Dawson and Tom Dele-Bashiru joining Welbeck in committing their futures to the club over the summer.Last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists are looking to improve on a campaign that saw them finish 11th in the Premier League having previously flirted with a potential European finish.And, with no major first-team players having departed the club during the transfer window, the hope will be that a top-half finish can be secured in 2019-20.Sarr, who plays predominantly on the right-hand side but has figured on the left and through the middle as a central striker, will be key to helping them reach that aim.He joined Rennes from Metz in the summer of 2017 and made a total of 77 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.Sarr has also made 18 appearances for Senegal, and forms part of a fearsome frontline alongside Liverpool star Sadio Mane.He may not be the final arrival at Watford on deadline day, though, with Tottenham full-back Danny Rose having been linked with a shock move to the club where he enjoyed a loan spell earlier in his career.last_img read more

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