StoryMikel stunned by the growth of Mohamed Salah

John Obi Mikel is taken aback by the growth of Mohamed Salah who was his former player in Chelsea. They had spent a couple of years with each other in Chelsea when Salah was transferred from Basel on 2014.

StorySergino Dest’s agent dismisses Barcelona transfer talk

The agent of Sergino Dest has stressed that Barcelona have not reached a transfer agreement to sign the United States international from Ajax. The 19-year-old has enjoyed an impressive debut season with Ajax and his progress has caught the eye of elite European clubs including the Blaugrana and Bayern Munich.

StoryIan Wright pleased with Odion Ighalo’s impact at Manchester United

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has heaped praise on Odion Ighalo, who has made a quick impression following his loan move to Manchester United. The Nigeria international made the move to the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua during the dying stages of the January transfer window and there were definitely doubts whether he can live up to the expectations.

StoryMaddison says Leicester midfielder is the best defensive midfielder

Leicester City playmaker James Maddison has said that teammate Wilfried Ndidi is the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League this season. The Nigeria international has been in top form since the beginning of the campaign and he is currently the top tackler in the Premier League with 61 while he has also made the most recoveries in the process (37).


As such, he has been lauded by several fans and pundits and Maddison has no doubts regarding his teammates’ abilities on the playing field, he told Football Daily: “I think he’s the best in the Premier League at tackling and winning the ball back, bar none. I know [N’Golo] Kante is a brilliant player and there are players like that. But actually winning the ball back and taking the ball off the opposition, I don’t think there is anyone better than Wilfred. Sometimes you get a player like that and what he does doesn’t get on the back page of the papers, doesn’t get talked about on Match of the Day.”

StoryTomori reveals why he chose to play for England

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has said that it was difficult to ignore a call-up from the England national side after they came calling for his services. The centre-back has been a revelation for the Blues since making the breakthrough under Frank Lampard this term and he is currently regarded as an undisputed starter in the league and Europe.

StoryQatar Spend Big on World Cup

The sugar daddies of the beautiful game are mostly found in the Middle East for a reason: they have money and they are looking for where to spend it. From France to England they have taken over one or two clubs and caused disruption as far as footballing power dynamics go.

Among the money bags though, Qatar is setting a precedent by hosting the most expensive World Cup ever. Last year’s world cup did hold that title for a while when it was revealed that Russia spent $15 billion to make sure Putin got to show the world that Russians do eat and take shits this same way the rest of the world does. Qatar did decide to raise the standard by a tiny bit: they are spending $220 billion.

StoryFrank Lampard impressed with Christian Pulisic’s involvement in training

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that he has been impressed with the determination of Christian Pulisic since joining the team in pre-season training. The United States international was initially expected to join the squad towards the end of the month after the Gold Cup exploits, but he has chosen to cut short the holiday by a couple of weeks.

Speaking to Goal.com, Lampard acknowledged that he has been impressed with what he has seen of Pulisic over the past few days, but the attacker would still require time to adapt to the new league, he said: “Good, he has been here a couple of days really in terms of training, so have been really impressed. He’s comfortable on the ball and I think he should have had a penalty towards the end of the game. He wants to try to take people on, the sort of player the fans are going to like so we have to give him a little bit of time to adapt slightly. But the way he has trained, the way he has come in with his personality looks great so I am really pleased to have him.”

StoryEmerson names Chelsea midfielder who can become one of the world’s best

Chelsea left-back Emerson has said that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has the credentials to become of the world’s best in the future. The England international barely featured for the Blues during the first half of the season, but he has been more prominent in the latter part where he has commanded a regular starting role.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Emerson said that he has enjoyed playing alongside Loftus-Cheek and Eden Hazard on the left side of the field since becoming a regular choice for the league duties. He added that the latter can become one of the most important footballers in the world and will surely make progress in the forthcoming years.

StoryTony Pulis unperturbed by the growing fan criticism at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has said that he has no concerns with the ongoing criticism from the club’s faithful and he is only focused at the job at hand at the club. The Riverside outfit have recently gone through a run of five successive defeats which have dropped them out of the playoff positions, and this has resulted in growing anger from the supporters, who want Pulis to be dismissed from the head coach role.

Speaking in a press conference, Pulis has indicated that he has no concerns regarding the fan outburst, given they are obliged to voice their opinions on the club’s poor run of form. He added that his focus only remains on the players at the moment and he is optimistic over a turnaround during the final seven games of the season.

StoryMaurizio Sarri cannot explain Chelsea’s disappointing league defeat at Everton

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that he cannot explain the Blues’ disappointing league defeat at Everton on Sunday. The Blues were widely fancied to pick up the three points to enhance their top four pursuit but they could not manage to do so with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring for the Toffees in a strong second half performance.

Speaking after the game, Sarri indicated that he has no idea regarding the club’s disappointing second half performance after dominating the proceedings at the beginning. He added that the result has nothing to do with motivation or tactics and the players may have suffered a mental block after watching the Toffees increased workrate in the second period.

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