Transfers Man Utd target Hysaj staying at Napoli ‘regardless of Sarri’s future’ Matt Dorman 23:51 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Napoli Serie A Premier League The Red Devils are reportedly keen on signing the Albania international defender this summer, but his agent claims the full-back is going nowhere Elseid Hysaj has no intention of leaving Napoli and could soon sign a contract extension with the Serie A outfit, according to his agent.Manchester United are reportedly readying an offer for the highly-rated right-back, who followed in the footsteps of Maurizio Sarri by joining Napoli from Empoli in 2015.Hysaj’s future has been clouded by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Sarri’s position at the club, with the Partenopei boss yet to confirm whether he will remain at the helm for a fourth season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 However, the situation appears unlikely to impact the Albania international’s desire to stay in Naples.”Hysaj is and will remain a Napoli player regardless of Sarri’s future,” his agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio CRC.”We started talks with the club about a contract extension, but they were put on hold because the Scudetto was the priority.”If someone wants to send him away I don’t know, but I don’t think that will happen.”Giuffredi did suggest goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, another of his clients, would depart Napoli in search of first-team football.
Chelsea ‘I don’t think I have done enough’ – Boga concedes he is yet to fulfil Chelsea potential Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 15:21 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Birmingham City Premier League The Blues loanee is still battling to reach the levels that he believes he is capable of as he prepares to take on the latest challenge in his career Just 18 minutes into his Chelsea debut in August, Jeremie Boga was hauled off in a tactical change following Gary Cahill’s dismissal against Burnley. The Blues would go on to lose their opening match of the 2017-18 Premier League season – a sign of things to come in a campaign which ended in a disappointing fifth-place finish. Boga joined Chelsea at the age of 16 after being scouted in a non-professional game. His dribbling ability and box of tricks made him one of the most exciting players to watch in his age group, and his senior bow was the culmination of years of hard work. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Now 21, Boga spent the majority of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Championship side Birmingham City, having completed a move at the end of August. Though Boga admits that he was left down about the length of his only appearance in a Blues shirt to date, he is still proud that he has been able to achieve something that few have managed.”Yes, it was very surprising for everyone including me to start that game,” Boga told Goal.”In pre-season, I went with the first team and for me it was just to add numbers. But I said to myself, ‘I will train hard and you never know, I might get that opportunity.’”In the Arsenal game [in China] that is what happened because [Pedro] got injured. It was unlucky for him, but it was an opportunity for me. I went in and after that I got more game time. Then when we came back to England I was training well, because I knew there was a player out with a red card so it was an opportunity to take.”Luckily, I got my 15 minutes. I think on the day and the day after, I was really sad. I think that is a normal feeling because, for me, I was waiting for that chance for a long time. After that, I got back up and trained as hard again because I couldn’t keep staying down about it. You have to make sure when the next opportunity comes that you are ready.”Everyone knows how hard it is to play for Chelsea, so for me, whether it was just one minute or two minutes, I don’t care. It was really a proud moment for me and my family. I now look back on it with pride, yes.”Boga spent a third successive season out on loan, this time at Birmingham. The Midlands side struggled throughout 2017-18 and only narrowly avoided relegation, but Boga earned a creditable 34 appearances to take him to 92 over the course of spells with Rennes, Granada and now Birmingham.Harry Redknapp signed Boga for Birmingham, but the attacker would go on to play for three more managers, with Lee Carsley, Steve Cotterill and finally Garry Monk coming in. Boga believes his versatility helped him to be of use to different bosses.”I played in all different positions. With Redknapp, at the beginning, everyone was happy because I was playing as a number 10,” Boga added. “I was high up the pitch and working in a second striker position, where I played throughout my Chelsea youth. So for me, that was important.“I can also play on the wing and did that a lot this season. I can also play as a striker. I have learned to play as a striker. I think it helped me survive, especially this season, because if I could only play as a number 10 then I think I wouldn’t have lasted long in this team with their problems.”Though he does have experience at the highest levels in France, Spain and England at the age of 21, Boga concedes that he should be further along in his development. “For me, I have done some good things in my career, but for the talent that I think I have I don’t think I have done enough,” the one-cap Ivory Coast international said. “I think I need to go much higher, I want to keep working to reach my goals at my national team and clubs I play for. I have a lot more work to do.”Boga is cautious about his next move and a summer meeting at Chelsea will decide what he does next. The midfielder does think that Chelsea’s loan system is beneficial to many players, and that several of his fellow 36 loanees have what it takes to make it.”The best feeling was one against Hull City because I played against Ola Aina. We did everything together ever since I came to Chelsea,” Boga said. “From the Under-16s we grew up together, but it wasn’t such a fun experience because we lost 6-1. However, it is nice to see how well he is doing and to exchange shirts, it was a proud moment for us.”I think Ola can be a top player in his position. The same goes for Charly Musonda and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. I hope Loftus-Cheek gets his chance soon and Musonda is a talent.”Boga has now worked under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. With the Italian likely to depart Chelsea this summer, Boga hopes to experience being coached by a world-class manager once again in the future.”There is not a lot of differences because they are both top managers at the top of their game,” Boga said of the pair. “Mourinho was very good as well with me also. He gave me a lot of confidence. I did pre-season with him as well and he was always talking to me. I think they both are good coaches and are really focused on what they do. They notice every detail and don’t let anything get past them.”
World Cup U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 18:56 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images World Cup United States Canada Mexico The three nations will share hosting duties, and secure qualification for each nation, meaning Canada will compete in their second ever tournament The United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup, after the joint bid of the three countries beat Morocco.The North American bid earned a total of 134 votes, while Morocco garnered 65.It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties. 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 Three countries have never shared the duties before. The US, however, hosted the country on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986.The move is significant for both the United States and Canada, with each team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which gets underway on Thursday.USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.The African nation also received the boost of US-governed territories Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands abstaining from voting due to a perceived conflict of interest.Spain also did not vote. Luis Rubiales was not present at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, the RFEF president instead in Krasnodar to deliver the news that Julen Lopetegui had been sacked as coach just two days before their opening game with Portugal.The winning bid had been seen as the safer option given the standard of facilities and number of stadiums available, while a FIFA evaluation report had called Morocco’s bid “high risk”.”On behalf of our United Bid, thank you so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.”The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the USA surprisingly finished fifth in a group of six countries in the fifth round of qualification, only ahead of Trinidad & Tobago.Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round.The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.Mexico, meanwhile, finished top of the qualification pool and will face Germany, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.
Argentina ‘I missed five penalties and was still Maradona’ – Diego comes to Messi’s defence after spot-kick fiasco Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 07:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Croatia Croatia The Argentina captain missed a chance to take victory for his nation, but he has the backing of one of the Albiceleste’s heroes Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has leapt to Lionel Messi’s defence after seeing the star err from the penalty spot against Iceland. With Saturday’s World Cup Group D opener poised at 1-1, Messi had the chance to restore Argentina’s advantage when Maxi Meza was shoved in the area. Iceland’s goalkeeper and part-time film director Hannes Halldorsson, however, had other ideas, keeping out the penalty with a strong save to ensure a share of the points. 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 But Maradona pointed out that even the best players can make mistakes from 12 yards out – including himself. “I missed five penalties in a row and I was still Diego Armando Maradona,” the 1986 World Cup winner explained to Telesur. “The game and the two points lost by the team are not down to his penalty.”He showed his face and gave everything he had to give. The ‘kid’ did his duty.”Seeing him on the field, he was pretty pissed off. Just like I would have been. It was all him, he always had to shrug two players off and when he did, there was no pass open.” Maradona has focused criticism on coach Jorge Sampaoli, whom he believes should not return to Argentina if the team continues to struggle. But the colourful former Albiceleste boss nevertheless believes that his nation can turn things around – with a bit of help from up above. “Whether you win, lose or draw, it is always 11 players on the pitch. But you have to see how you win, lose and draw,” he added. “We are closer to losing the coming games. We are in big trouble, but we still believe in God and that we can improve. I hope the lads get better.”
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