Chelsea star Reuben-Loftus-Cheek Reacts to strong social media rumours

Inform Chelsea star Ruben Loftus Cheek has reacted to social media accusations claiming he is into a same-sex relationship,  the London forward has asked fans to disregard such an expensive joke, stating, in the end, I will overcome it all.

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The Englishman has been impressive this season for Chelsea scoring six goals English professional football star. There have been reports that the 22-year-old midfielder has told his teammates at Stamford Bridge about his status. But the England international has rubbished the claims but added that he will respect any Premier League player that chooses to go in the line of having a male lover. “Any player who came out as gay, they’d have my full support and respect. “But the rumor isn’t true.” Ruben Loftus explained on social media.

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Loftus-Cheek has impressive for the Blues when called upon by Maurizio Sarri this campaign, scoring six goals in 17 games in all competitions, but he is currently facing a spell on the sidelines with a back injury. Chelsea is currently occupying the fourth position on the Premier League standings with 47 points after 22 games played this season.

Spanish La Liga campaigners Atletico Madrid are reportedly in talks with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata over a return to Spain before the transfer window closes. The 26-year-old Spanish footballer is currently struggling for form this season at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is said to have lost faith in him. According to the latest report, Alvaro Morata was spotted in Spain on Sunday night, January 13, but a fee has not been agreed between the two clubs.

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Loftus Cheek has also been linked with a move to German outfit Bayern Munich but looks like the striker is keen on fighting for his place in Maurizio Sarri’s starting xi. following the departure of most prominent Chelsea players this Month. Reuben would face tough challenges when AC Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain arrives at Stamford Bridge but that might be for 6 months.

 

World Cup winner reveals Arsenal star Mesut Ozil wants to retire

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has revealed Mesut Ozil is already thinking of retiring saying the former German international does not enjoys football again.  Despite having committed to fresh terms with the Gunners less than a year ago, the World Cup-winning midfielder could soon be heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium.

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His agent has sought to quash talk of an imminent transfer, but Unai Emery continues to overlook him and offer little suggestion that the 30-year-old is an important part of his plans. Petit believes the German playmaker has fallen out of favour because he has achieved that all he set out to in a distinguished career, with a man who once graced the very top of the game now merely going through the motions. The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Mirror: “I think he lost his motivation and desire. He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement. “A player losing his motivation happens a lot. We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.

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“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good. “It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.

“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China? “I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen. “I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”

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While suggesting that Ozil needs to feel wanted in north London, Petit believes the issues which led to international retirement being announced in the summer of 2018 have contributed to the struggles of a player with undoubted ability. The Frenchman added: “What happened with the national team, has had a big impact on him.

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“I was following the story for weeks and weeks in Germany and Turkey and I thought to myself, ‘It’s far beyond the limits.’ Some people attack Ozil as a person, not as a footballer. “This is the life of a modern sportsman, you need to do that. You need to fight. “I don’t want him to leave Arsenal, I just want him to come back on the pitch and to do what he’s being paid for.”

Pochettino in trouble! Kane injured, Son gone, another star is out of Tottenham

Mousa Dembele has been presented as a Guangzhou R&F player after completing his transfer to China from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mousa Dembele has been unveiled as a Guangzhou R&F player after completing his £11m move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Chinese Super League

Photographs posted on the Chinese club’s website showed the Belgian midfielder posing with a club scarf in front of the Guangzhou crest after sealing his move. He was also given a tour of the training facilities by coach Dragan Stojkovic.

Dembele was officially unveiled as a Guangzhou player after completing his medical in China

Tottenham confirmed in a statement they had reached agreement with the Chinese Super League side subject to international clearance. The statement read: ‘We have reached agreement with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F for the transfer of Mousa Dembele, subject to international clearance. We wish Mousa all the best for the future.’

The Belgian midfielder, 31, has completed his switch subject to international clearance

Guangzhou have paid Spurs £11million for a player who made 249 appearances in all competitions for the London club since signing from Fulham in 2012. With just six months remaining on his contract, Spurs allowed the 31-year-old to leave and Guangzhou R&F pipped Super League rivals Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande to his signature.

Dembele was given a tour of the Guangzhou R&F training facilities by coach Dragan Stojkovic

He has only appeared 13 times this season, with the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko earning more playing time. Dembele has also not played since suffering an injury and being substituted after just seven minutes in their victory at Wolves on November 3. The midfielder has made 82 appearances for Belgium during a 12-year international career, and has featured at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 2016.

Dembele will undergo pre-season training with Guangzhou before the season starts in March

The midfielder said in an interview shown on Spurs’ Twitter account: ‘I’ve always had a good experience here. I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. You always want this, because you have a long period at a club, you have a lot of love for the club but sometimes you separate in a bad way and I don’t feel that way.

The 31-year-old midfielder has not played since suffering injury at Wolves in November

‘Even the reaction I’ve had from the supporters, everyone is positive with me. They’ve wished me a lot of luck and happiness. The club is part of my family now.’ Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen said: ‘You have to ask the players who have played against Mousa or with Mousa to get the appreciation he deserves. Sometimes it made me angry a bit that people talked about the best midfielders in the Premier League and haven’t named Mousa, but I feel like he got that appreciation over the last two years.’

Dembele has appeared just 13 times for Spurs this season after falling down the pecking order 

Liverpool star explains why Klopp has excelled in Premier League this season

After guiding the club back to the Premier League’s top four and among Europe’s elite in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp has received praise from Reds midfielder Fabinho for his man-management style, with the Brazilian also stating that the German knows what is best for his players’ development.

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Klopp has earned wide acclaim ever since joining Liverpool in 2015, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss introducing an entertaining brand of football and overseeing a notable improvement in team who lead Premier League champions Manchester City by four points at the top of the table. He has also been praised for his impact on the players themselves, with Klopp putting trust in youngsters and ensuring others have improved.

Fabinho is one of those to have made significant strides, as the Brazilian struggled to get in Liverpool’s team initially after joining from Monaco for a reported £44 million in July. There were reservations about Fabinho’s positioning and suitability to Klopp’s system, but he has become a more regular starter in recent months and he saluted his manager’s influence.

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“The relationship with the coach is good,” the midfielder told Liverpool’s official website. “He has a different way of speaking to each player. He understands things about us, things we need to improve on. He’ll tell you what he wants you to do on the pitch concerning movement, so that when we’re on the pitch we understand the best options for us. The relationship I have with him is very good.”

With Liverpool enduring something of a defensive injury crisis, Fabinho had to fill in at centre-back in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion and he felt comfortable there. “I’d already played the previous game as a centre-back against Wolves,” he added, referring to the Reds’ 2-1 defeat in the third round of the FA Cup. “I think it went well, I had a good understanding with Ki-Jana Hoever [against Wolves], the communication was good.”

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The former Monaco man added: “Regarding positioning, I improved throughout the game in this aspect. I did well, and in the last game against Brighton, I think I played well. Playing alongside [Virgil] Van Dijk helped, he’s really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot. I had good communication with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and also with Hendo [Jordan Henderson]; they were the players closest to me on the pitch. In general, I think it was a good game. In this position, which I haven’t played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on. If I were to play in this position more, I’d improve on these things, but that’s natural.”

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Liverpool come up against Crystal Palace this weekend looking to, at least, maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Tottenham set to sign Liverpool forward to replace Kane

London side, Tottenham Hotspur are considering Liverpool striker Divock Origi as a temporary replacement for Harry Kane, reports the Daily Star.

The England captain has been ruled out until March with an ankle ligament injury sustained in Spurs’ defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Kane’s injury leaves Spurs short of attacking options, Lucas Moura injured and Son Heung-min is away at the Asia Cup. It means Mauricio Pochettino could pursue a short-term deal for Belgium international Origi as he desperately looks for reinforcements.

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Sad news for Valencia as Manchester United are reportedly plotting a move for this right fullback

According to Metro, Manchester United are reportedly plotting a move to sign Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wan-Bissaka only made his Premier League debut last February but the 21-year-old right-back has burst onto the scene with a string of accomplished performances for Palace this season. Roy Hodgson is aware of the growing interest in Wan-Bissaka and is determined to keep hold of the young Englishman who is tied into a deal at Selhurst Park until the summer of 2022. According to the Daily Mirror, United and Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race to sign the defender.

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The Red Devils are on the hunt for Antonio Valencia’s replacement, with the 33-year-old full-back out of contract at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. While Diogo Dalot has impressed since his move from Porto in the summer, United are keen to bring in more cover at right-back. Chelsea are also interested in Wan-Bissaka as Davide Zappacosta prepares to leave the club in the coming months.

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Asked about City’s reported interest in Wan-Bissaka back in November, Hodgson replied: ‘I’ve got absolutely no idea if there’s any truth to the subject at all. ‘You’d have to ask Pep Guardiola and I very much doubt whether he’d give you an answer anyway. ‘But it’s good I suppose that there are people out there writing stories, who see the quality of Bissaka and appreciate what he’s been doing and linking [him] with another club. ‘But as far as we’re concerned of course we have him as our player, he’s under contract with us and we have no desire or intention of selling him so it’s certainly not anything which occupies my waking moments or sleeping moments either for that matter.’

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Will he be a better replacement for Antonio Valencia if Manchester United finally submit an official bid for him?

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde makes a huge Denis Suarez U-turn

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is trying to convince Arsenal target Denis Suarez to stay at the club but Brazil player Malcom can  leave.  Malcom, 21, was set to join Serie A side Roma from Bordeaux until Barca swooped in with an eleventh-hour bid to take him to Camp Nou. However, coach Ernesto Valverde appeared to suggest he didn’t want the player by labelling him “a signing made by the club.”

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Since then, Valverde has offered Malcom very few opportunities to prove himself at Barcelona. He has made just 10 appearances in all competitions, with six of them coming as a substitute. His last appearance came in last week’s 2-1 loss to Levante in the Copa del Rey, when he was taken off in the second half after missing a one-on-one earlier in the game. Valverde has not picked him since and he was a surprise exclusion from Barca’s squad for Thursday’s second leg against Levante, with the Catalans needing to come from behind to reach the quarterfinals of a competition they have won in each of the last four seasons.

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Even Denis Suarez — who is pushing for a move to Arsenal — has been included in the 18-man squad. Valverde is campaigning for the midfielder to stay.

However, Valverde’s reluctance to take a similar stance on Malcom means the club are willing to sell before his value starts to decrease. Before moving to Barca, Malcom drew interest from a range of English and Italian sides, including Roma, Tottenham and Arsenal. Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League are also mooted as potential suitors. Sources close to Malcom have always maintained to ESPN FC that the winger wants to stay put but they are now finally admitting that he may have to leave this month.

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“I think he could leave [in January], yes,” a source told ESPN FC. “But it depends on Barcelona.” There are no complaints from Barca about Malcom’s attitude. Despite various setbacks — he has been omitted from various match day squads and has suffered two hamstring injuries — he has never complained and has always prioritised working hard to earn his place in the side.

Things looked to have turned around when he scored against Inter Milan in the Champions League in November, but an injury sustained soon after in a cup game set him back once again. Moving to Barca last summer was a dream come true for Malcom, but circumstances may have to force him to reconsider his next move if the La Liga leaders receive an offer which matches their asking price this month. A move to China could even happen up until the end of February.

Firmino position under serious threat as Liverpool set to sign Lazio top striker

Liverpool have expressed tentative interest in Lazio star Ciro Immobile. The Italy international, says Il Messaggero, has emerged as a target for the Reds and contact has been made with the Romans. This move has put Firmino under intense pressure, because if the deal pulls through the strikers postion will be under threat because of the level of competition Immobile brings the team.

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Chelsea have also registered their interest, but will only move if a deal for Juventus-owned striker Gonzalo Higuain falls through. And Liverpool enjoy an advantage thanks to their strong relationship with Lazio.

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In recent years, Liverpool have allowed both Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto to move to Lazio, where they have thrived. Liverpool will have scouts at the San Paulo on Sunday to see Lazio’s visit to Napoli to watch Immobile, who worked with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

BIG NEWS: Manchester City close to completing second January transfer

Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal with Hajduk Split to sign midfielder Ante Palaversa for a fee in the region of £7m, Sky Sports News understands. The 18-year-old holding midfielder is believed to be viewed by City as a signing for the future rather than immediate competition for Fernandinho. Palaversa is yet to graduate to the Croatian senior side, but is captain of their U19s, and has scored three goals in 11 caps.

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He has broken into the Hajduk Split first team during the 2018/19 season, making 17 appearances and scoring twice for the league’s sixth-placed side. Palaversa looks set to become City’s second signing of the January transfer window, following the arrival of 21-year-old Japanese defender Ko Itakura from Kawasaki Frontale on Monday.

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Meanwhile, according to Richard Dunne, John Stones has the potential to be ‘world class’ after his impressive performances this season. England international Stones has appeared 26 times for Pep Guardiola’s side this term on the back of a positive showing at the World Cup in Russia.

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And Dunne, who played over 300 times for City, believes that the centre-half is now well on his way to becoming one of the world’s best. “I think he has the potential [to be world-class],” Dunne told the club’s official website . “When he’s playing with England, they’re helping him by building a side around him.”

 

Leeds Boss reacts to Frank Lampard’s Derby County spy allegations

Frank Lampard’s Derby County will lodge a complaint to the League football management, after discovering a Leeds United staff spying around  the club before their Championship League match on Friday 11 January 2019

Spy busted sneaking around Derby training-ground identified as Leeds staff member ahead of game

Frank Lampard, had his training session rudely interrupted when it surfaced that a spy, later identified as an employee of Leeds, was busted lurking around the Moor Farm Complex.

Guardian (UK) reports that Police officers entered the Moor Farm complex and later on apprehended the suspect who had a binoculars, a change of clothes and pliers in his possession. And according to a statement by the football club, the man was acting suspiciously outside the premises and the club was now in discussion with Leeds club officials concerning the matter. “Derby County Football Club can confirm that officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County Training Centre at around 11:20 am on Thursday 10th January 2019 following reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the premises,” the statement read.

The Argentine tactician said that he has used the tactic in the past, especially when coaching the Argentina national team, from 1998 to 2004. “It’s true, there was somebody from Leeds United. The responsible person is me,” Bielsa said before the game. Bielsa however said he spoke to Lampard and the former Chelsea star helped him understand that he did not comply with Fair Play rules and expressed remorse.

“I have a different point of view on it, but what’s important is what Lampard and Derby County think,” he said. It is also understood that Derby will issue a formal complaint to the Football League and are confident they can link the man with their opponents tonight.

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