Football latest – Mikel Arteta: “I feel back home” – Eurosport.com
Rolling coverage of Friday’s football news as Arsenal appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
Video –‘Guardiola taught me to be ruthless’ – Arteta
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21:00 – League Two match postponed after stadium served “zero-capacity notice”
Macclesfield won’t be hostingPlymouth Argyletomorrow after the club were served a “zero-capacity notice” – meaning they have not yet proved that the stadium fulfils the necessary safety criteria.
They were docked six points on Thursday for non-payment of wages and failing to fulfil a previous fixture.
The EFL said that “despite making significant progress, the SAG is not satisfied all its requirements have been met and have maintained the capacity of the stadium at zero”.
18:55 – Guardiola’s workrate is incredible, says Arteta
In his first press conference as Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta also gave his thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s work ethic.
“What I’ve learned (from Guardiola) is you have to be ruthless and consistent and have to fit every day the culture of the club to get a winning mentality,” he said.
“To sustain it is even harder so every day is important. Every act is important. His workrate is incredible.”
Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City celebrates with Mikel Arteta the assistant head coach / manager of Manchester CityGetty Images
When asked whether interim coach FreddieLjungbergwill be part of his coaching team, Arteta said: “I need to sit down and have a proper conversation with him.
“We might need eight hours to explain the situation, see what are his aims and what he’s seen from the players. We will grab a coffee – maybe a bowl of coffee – and make the decision.”
17:55 – Rodgers: Playing City is a real test of Leicester’s title credentials
“They (City) play at a fantastic level, it’s a great opportunity for us to show our level,” Rodgers told a news conference.
“At the beginning of the season nobody really expected us to be in the position that we’re in. The players have been absolutely first class throughout the season… we have a belief in our work and how we work.
“People will look at it at this stage of the season and try and say thatLiverpoolhave maybe won the title and Manchester City won’t, or will Leicester do it again? (But) there is still so much football to play.”
17:15 – Arteta: “I feel back home”
“I feel back home. I am extremely happy and proud to be given the opportunity to be manager of this football club,” says Arteta. He says he knows what the club deserves, and cannot wait to get started.
“I’m sensing a good energy today since I walked in at London Colney. I feel so happy. I can’t say any other thing.”
He says being Arsenal manager has always been a dream for him, and said he wouldn’t have come back if he didn’t think he was ready for the job.
He adds that the culture of the squad needs to change, and their confidence needs to increase – and the team needs to engage the fans more.
“We need to plug these two things together,” he says.
“I’m so excited…I’ve had many conversations with the senior people at the club…I have a good feeling.”
He says that, from the outside, he senses that the club has lost its way a little bit, but he wants to see for himself what’s been happening.
17:00 – Arteta’s first Arsenal news conference
Let’s see what the new Gunners gaffer has to say.
16:20 – Silva a doubt for City clash with Leicester
“Aguero and Stones had training sessions. Silva, no,” he told a news conference.
15:50 – Klopp says Liverpool want to win Club World Cup
Think Jurgen Klopp sees the Club World Cup as an irritating diversion? Not a bit of it.
“This situation is different for Flamengo and for us,” he said before the final tomorrow.
“Flamengo got sent here from their continent with a clear order to win it and to come back as heroes. We got told, ‘Stay at home and play the Carabao (League) Cup’. That’s a massive difference.
“We cannot change that. But we are here and we – my team – want to win the competition, even when we know it is very difficult because the other team is really, really good, but that’s how it is with the big competitions.”
15:30 – Haaland’s whereabouts unclear
This morning it was reported that Erling Haaland was on his way to Manchester, with the implication being that he would be negotiating a move to United.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed to know that Haaland was on his way elsewhere – and why would he know? – and now Haaland’s father Alfie has tweeted this:
15:00 – Mourinho looks forward to Chelsea clash
Jose Mourinho has held his pre-match press conference as he prepares to take on his former employer, Chelsea.
Mourinho spent two spells at Stamford Bridge and won the Premier League during both his tenures. However he claims he is now fully focused on Spurs.
” For me, it’s a game. I am 100 per cent Tottenham, 100 per cent my club always , all my career, he said. No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them. Everything. I kept nothing.”
“I gave everything but they are my previous clubs. I give everything to my club – my club is Tottenham. It’s so easy for me to play that game. Difficult because of Chelsea’s quality but not difficult from an emotional point of view.”
14:55 – Stones and Aguero back in training
Unsurprisingly, Pep Guardiola spent most of his press conference chatting about the chances of Mikel Arteta joining Arsenal, something he managed with more patience than most would have mustered.
However, he did find time to tell the assembled hacks that John Stones and Sergio Aguero are back in training and will feature over the Christmas period. He will also not be brining in a new member of staff to replace his departing assistant manager.
14:50 – Pogba to stay at United?
Paul Pogba‘s agent Mino Railo has told the Telegraph that he believes that his client wants to stay at United, but needs more support.
He said: “Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that withManchester United.”
14:45 – City displeased by Arteta announcement
Relations between Manchester City have never been great, with their previous pursuit ofTheo Walcottnot going down too well, but things may flare up again now.
The club are reportedly miffed that Arsenal went ahead and announced Arteta’s arrival without letting City know of their plans. It seems a repeated complaint from City since the time Arsenal made their move.
14:35 – Late Arteta conference planned
Mikel Arteta is due to take his first press conference as Arsenal manager at 5pm tonight.
14:25 – Arsenal confirm Arteta appointment
Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their permanent replacement forUnai Emery.
Freddie Ljungberg is set to take charge atEvertonwith the Spaniard set to start work on Sunday. He has been given a deal that runs until 2023 and there will be a further annoucement on his backroom staff.
Arteta is due to take a press conference later today.
Hereis our developing story.
11:20 – Klopp unsure if Van Dijk will play
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is unsure if Virgil van Dijk will be fit to play against Flamengo in the Club World Cup final tomorrow evening.
He said: “We will see. Virgil was part of training today, Gini has had a session today, so we will see how it will look at the end,”
“We have no new injury concerns. It was Wednesday when we played and now it is Friday.
“We use each hour for recovery so that is what we did. We will see who can line up tomorrow.”
10:35 – Solskjaer: Pogba will not be sold
It has been a morning of denials for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer. At his press conference he had to express his ignorance over Erling Haaland’s flight to Manchester, and he also denied the club are preparing to sell Paul Pogba in January.
He said: “He’s not getting sold in January.”
However he also played down the chances of him featuring for the club again in 2019, saying: “It was something that really needed sorting but I don’t think I should give you all the medical information.
“But he’s now feeling good and getting better. It’s worked.
“When he comes back and plays well, with a smile on his face, and does what he did a year ago when I came here… Paul has been fantastic and we’ve got one of the best players in the world.”
10:05 – Alderweireld signs new Spurs deal
Having looked set to leave the club at the end of the season,Toby Alderweireldhas commited his future to Tottenham.
10:00 – Solskjaer plays down reports
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to give a particularly convincing denial over Haaland’s trip:
Diogo Dalot is set to feature in an under-19 game vAC Milantonight.
9:30 – Haaland en route to Manchester
According to reports in Norway, RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland is on his way to Manchester to discuss a move. Here is our breakingreport.
8:30 – Where’s Mikel?
Good morning everyone. We’re all waiting for Arsenal to announce the capture of Mikel Arteta as manager, but we’ve been saying that for most of the week.
For now, read theWarm-Upon what Arteta will be dealing with when he finally turns up.
22:00 – A bright new era at Everton?
We’re nearly off but here’s something to titillate before bed – we’ve got the experts from Eurosport Italy to give us the lowdown onCarlo Ancelotti, where it went wrong in Italy and where it could go right at Everton. There’s a couple of very tasty transfer rumours in there as well.
We’ll see you tomorrow and we’ll do it all again!
21:00 – Ozil’s future
One of those problems that Arteta will surely have to solve at Arsenal is Mesut Ozil, the perennial enigma whom Unai Emery seemed to give up on completely at one point.
Now the Daily Mail claim that he is closing in on a loan move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, something that will presumably need the sign-off of Arteta first.
Ozil was born inGermanybut is of Turkish descent and the country’s president was his best man, meaning the move would represent something of a homecoming, and perhaps the resurrection of a badly stalling career.
19:45 – What will Arteta need to do?
It’s not going to be a short to-do list for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, where he is expected to be unveiled tomorrow, so we’ve had a crack at the five most pressing issues at hand. You’re welcome, Mikel. Invoice is in the post.
17:45 – Ronaldo’s ‘forehead like a sledgehammer’
16:45 – Ancelotti to have the weekend off
Duncan Ferguson will have one last dance as Everton manager – before Carlo Ancelotti starts work at Goodison on Monday.
The Toffees face Arsenal on Saturday and according to the Daily Star, Ancelotti will be in the stands to watch them before starting his new job on Monday morning.
Everton are yet to confirm the formerNapoliboss as their new manager, with the final details reportedly still being sorted out.
15:40 – Bristol Rovers fined
Bristol Rovers have been fined £7,500 and ordered to implement an action plan after some of the English third tier team’s supporters chanted homophobic abuse, the Football Association said on Thursday.
The incident occurred during League One Rovers’ 2-1 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup second round on August 27.
Rovers admitted a charge of failing to ensure that its supporters refrained from using “abusive and/or insulting words, which included a reference, whether express or implied, to sexual orientation”.
As part of the action plan, Rovers must continue its investigation into the offenders responsible for the discriminatory chanting and also improve their steward deployment plans at the Memorial Stadium.
15:15 – Rodwell training with Sheffield United
Former Everton and Manchester City midfielderJack Rodwellis training with Sheffield United and Blades manager Chris Wilder is exploring the possibility of recruiting him in the January transfer window.
Last year, David McGoldrick was invited to train with Sheffield United when he was without a club, and the striker was offered a contract.
For now, Wilder said he will continue to monitor Rodwell’s progress on the training pitch.
“It’s not a trial. Jack is in for a few days,” Wilder told reporters on Thursday.
“As you’ve seen in the past, David McGoldrick came in for a few days and Jack is looking at us and we are looking at Jack.
“He is obviously a very, very talented player who obviously should be playing in the Premier League regularly…he’s looking for a home and it’s something that might develop along the way.”
Wilder revealed he is looking to add a few defensive-minded players in the midfield – a position where Rodwell has played for the majority of his career.
“People will try and put two and two together,” said Wilder.
“Defence and midfield are the main areas, just to strengthen and boost the squad for the second half of the season.“
Sheffield United have been the surprise package on their return to the Premier League this season and they head into the weekend seventh in the table, just four points off the Champions League qualifying spots.
The Blades are hoping to extend their unbeaten run away from home in the competition when they face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
14:45 – Belgium named FIFA team of the year
Belgium were crowned FIFA’s Team of the Year for the second straight time after retaining top spot ahead of world champions France in the latest world rankings released on Thursday.
Belgium, who finished third in the World Cup in Russia last year, won all 10 of their competitive matches in 2019.
Englandmoved up a spot to fourth place below Brazil, while Uruguay are fifth.
Argentina (ninth) and Colombia (10th) entered the top 10 this year displacing Switzerland (12th) and Denmark (16th).
Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup, were the biggest movers in a year in which they won the AFC Asian Cup, moving 38 places to sit 55th after gaining 138 points.
Algeria(35th) were close behind moving up 32 spots while Japan (28th) climbed 22 places this year.
13:59 – Part of the family
13:40 – Watt gets the Minamino shirt out
FormerCelticand Charlton striker Tony Watt now plays for CSKA Sofia and they played RB Salzburg in a friendly back in July.
13:30 – Compensation holding up Arteta deal
Manchester City will not stand in Mikel Arteta’s way as he look set to become Arsenal boss, but negotiations have reportedly stalled over as City are demanding a compensation fee believed to be £2 million.
13:08 – Competition for Lautaro Martinez
Video –Premier League giants set to beat Barca to Lautaro Martinez signing – Euro Papers
12:25 – Arteta says his City goodbyes
It appears Mikel Arteta really is on the move…
11:30 – Solskjaer promises to mix it up against City
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will have a new tactical master plan to beat Manchester City when the pair meet in the League Cup semi-final.
United beat City 2-1 earlier in December in the league but Solskjaer says he will mix it up when the sides do battle for a spot in the final of the League Cup.
“You won’t beat City twice in a row or three times with the same tactics, so we’ll have to do something better than we did last time because I’m sure Pep will have his team fired up,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve looked at that game and we’re very pleased with the result, and parts of that game. There are things we need to do so much better … we’ve got to stamp our authority more. There aren’t many that can do but we have to aim for that.“
“They can out-football you. So we need to get our game heads on and be ready for them again, but we’ve shown them as well we can cause them problems.”
11:00 – Zidane praises Real players, takes aim at Barca after Clasico showdown
Video –‘My Real Madrid players were better than Barcelona’ – Zidane
10:30 – Ronaldo leap dominates Serie A coverage
A superb, brutal Cristiano Ronaldo gaveJuventusa 2-1 win against Sampdoria to send them three points clear at the top of the league.
The 34-year-old’s leap of 2.56m has dominated the coverage across Europe.
10:00 – Arsenal move press conference
Arsenal have moved their pre-match press conference ahead their match with Everton. Freddie Ljungberg was due to speak to the press on Thursday afternoon but that has now been put back until Friday.
The club are said to be in talks with Mikel Arteta and the Daily Mail report that the former club captain could be announced as boss before the weekend.
09:30 – Liverpool confirm Minamino signing from RB Salzburg
Liverpool have announced the signing ofTakumi Minamino from RB Salzburg.
The 24-year-old passed a medical on Wednesday and will join the Merseyside club on a four-and-a-half year deal on January 1.
Minamino told Liverpool’s official website: “It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player. And I’m so excited that the moment has come true.”
17:00 – Follow Liverpool v Monterrey
There’s live coverage of Liverpool v Monterrey in the World Club Cup with Daniel Harrishere.
That’s it for Football Live tomorrow, and we’ll be back in the morning.
16:15 – Spurs ready to sell Eriksen in January
Following rumours that rumours will come in for Christian Eriksen this winter transfer window, because he is running down his contract,Daniel Levytold the Evening Standard:
‘We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals.
‘My view is really simple. For a player to sign a new contract, not only have the conditions got to be right but the player has got to want to do it.
‘It is up to those players whether they want to stay at Tottenham and we’ll see
‘I don’t want to comment on individual players too much. I actually think it is unfair. Every circumstance is different.
‘There may be a player who wants to stay, there may be a player we don’t want to stay.’
16:00 – Hong Kong fans boo Chinese national anthem
In light of the furore created by Mesut Ozil’s criticism of China and their treatment of Uighurs, and the lack of defence for the player from Arsenal, there’s an interesting story in South Korea from Reuters:
“Hong Kong football fans booed as the Chinese national anthem was played on Wednesday before their team’s clash with China in South Korea as the political turmoil that has gripped the former British colony spilled over to the sports world.“
“The Korea Football Association said it had taken steps to ensure there were no banners bearing political messages at the Busan Asiad Stadium, where nearly 200 Hong Kong fans chanted and banged drums to drown out a tiny pocket of Chinese supporters.“
11:25 – Wenger tips Arteta for bright managerial future
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta might lack managerial experience but has a bright future should he take on the Gunners job.
“He (Arteta) is intelligent, he has passion, he has knowledge, but [Freddie] Ljungberg (does) as well,” Wenger added.
“I believe that Arteta has certainly a great future, he has certainly learned a lot in his first position as an assistant coach and after that as well he will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level and he will have to get surrounded well.”
Arsene Wenger with Mikel ArtetaGetty Images
He added that the club needed to be smarter in their transfer dealings.
“When I left the club was in a very strong financial position and they bought many players in-between, they have not all worked out,” he said.
“I believe that it’s not a question of time. The change can be very efficient very quickly, it’s just about the right decision-making and that’s all that it’s about in football, it’s about good players.
“We speak about the success of Liverpool, of course they have a great manager, but you have to say as well that in the last three-four years, they bought the right players.”
9:25 – Minamino to have Liverpool medical
Red Bull Salzburgwinger Takumi Minamino is set to have a medical with Liverpool today – with a view to joining the club on January 1.
The Japan international has scored nine goals so far this season – including one against the Reds at Anfield in the Champions League in October.
The BBC report that the 24-year-old has a release clause of £7.25m.
8:45 – Wijnaldum to miss Club World Cup semi-final
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been ruled out of Wednesday’s FIFA Club World Cup semi-final against Mexican side Monterrey due to a muscle injury.
Wijnaldum was injured in Liverpool’s 2-0 Premier League win over Watford on Saturday but travelled with the squad to Qatar.
Klopp said that the 29-year-old’s problem was not as serious as initially feared but that they would monitor how it responded to treatment over the coming days.
“Gini was not as serious as we thought in the first moment, so he’s here doing the first recovery and then we have stuff what is necessary,” Klopp told reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ll see day by day, but for tomorrow night (Wednesday) he’s not involved.”
8:20 – Tottenham have the momentum, says Kane
New manager Jose Mourinho has given Tottenham the momentum they need going into Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, saysHarry Kane.
“We have the momentum at the moment. But next weekend is the big one,” Kane told British media.
“If we can win and push into the top four, we have fixtures over the Christmas period we feel we can definitely win.”
8:05 – Guardiola expects quick Arteta decision
Good morning to you and welcome to our rolling coverage of all the biggest stories from the football world.
We begin today with the news that Pep Guardiola expects a “quick decision” from his current assistant Mikel Arteta, who is in talks to take over at Arsenal.
Guardiola said Arteta will be at Oxford United tonight for City’s League Cup quarter-final but seems to expect that he will take the job at the Emirates.
“I think it (the decision) is going to happen quick,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by the BBC. “Why not [go]? It’s a good argument.”
Former Arsenal captain Arteta has been linked with the Arsenal job since Unai Emery’s departure, and on Monday the Gunners’ chief executive Vinai Venkatesham was pictured outside the 37-year-old’s house.
19:00 – Follow Aston Villa v Liverpool
That’s it for the evening here, but head over to our live blog for the League Cup tie between Liverpool and Aston Villa.
Liverpool have named their youngest ever XI…
18:00 – Klopp: Liverpool are ‘challengers not favourites’ for Club World Cup
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looked ahead on Tuesday’s to the European champions’ FIFA Club World Cup semi-final meeting with Monterrey, and the club’s League Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa.
Video –Klopp: Liverpool are ‘challengers not favourites’ for Club World Cup
17:12 – Man Utd working hard to get ‘ill’ Paul Pogba match-fit
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Paul Pogba’s absence ahead of their quarter-final against Colchester on Wednesday evening.
Video –Man Utd working hard to get ‘ill’ Pogba match-fit
16:50 – Toure: Ozil ‘wrong to speak out’ over Uighur issue in China
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure told SNTV that his fellow Muslim believer Mesut Ozil “was wrong” to speak out over the persecution of the Uighur community in China.
Video –Toure: Ozil ‘wrong to speak out’ over Uighur issue in China
15:18 – ‘We don’t fly 3,000 miles not to show up’
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side are completely focused on winning the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time, but wants the tournament to be rescheduled in future.
Klopp has travelled to Qatar with his strongest squad possible ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final against Monterrey, while the club’s youngsters will take to the pitch just 24 hours earlier against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
“If, however, you asked me if there should be a Club World Cup in the middle of our season, I would say no. I speak constantly about this kind of competition. We are here so, for us, it is the most important competition in the world. But can it be bigger? I don’t know.”
“We are here so, for us, it is the most important competition in the world.“
14:56 – Guardiola: ‘Incredible’ Arteta to travel to Oxford with City
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed his assistant Mikel Arteta is in talks with Arsenal but will still travel to Oxford on Wednesday night for their Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Arteta took part in City’s training session on Tuesday, but it is understood that talks with Arsenal are progressing well and he could be in charge for the game at Everton on Saturday. What an encounter that promises to be with Mr Ancelotti in the rival dugout!
Guardiola said: “He’s an incredible person, work ethic, and that’s why he’s with us. He is talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what’s going to happen. Now it happens with Mikel that teams want him. He knows exactly what we would like but at the end the decision is personal.”
14:44 – Merson: Arsenal ‘clueless’ in Arteta gamble
Mikel Arteta: Look away now! Arsenal legend Paul Merson has issued a damning assessment of the Spaniard and says ‘clueless’ Arsenal would be taking a big gamble if they appoint the Manchester City assistant as their new manager.
“This is a big, big gamble putting someone that has never managed before in charge of a club the size of Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s all well and good saying he’s worked under Pep Guardiola, but let’s be honest, Guardiola would struggle managing this Arsenal team. Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp would struggle!”
13:30 – Sky report Ancelotti appointed Everton manager
Wow, that didn’t take long! No sooner had he finished his lunchtime pasta and Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a four-and-a-half deal to become Everton’s new manager, according to Sky Sports.
Ancelotti’s son, Davide, will be his assistant at Goodison Park alongside current caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson.
More on this story throughout the afternoon….
13:04 – Arteta talks at ‘sensitive stage’
While Carlo Ancelotti is chewing over a move to Everton this lunchtime, Mikel Arteta also has much food for thought as he considers the chance to become Arsenal’s new manager. Negotiations between the Manchester City assistant manager and the Gunners are at a “sensitive stage”, according to Sky Sports News.
12:42 – ‘They may have Messi, but we also have weapons’
Zinedine Zidane is in confident mood ahead ofReal Madrid‘s trip to Barcelona for the Clasico, insisting his side have ‘weapons’ to dismantle their rivals.
Wednesday night’s match was initially scheduled to take place at the end of October but was postponed due to political demonstrations in Barcelona.
Zinedine ZidaneGetty Images
“I’m not worried about the Clasico. I’m happy to be able to play a game like that.“
“We know that we face a great team and that they have Messi, but we also have our weapons,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“Going to the Clasico together is something … different. I remember when I was a player. You live for these kind of matches.
“I’m not worried about the Clasico. I’m happy to be able to play a game like that. There’s a lot of talk … but what people want to see tomorrow is a good game.”
12:21 – Ancelotti in London for Everton talks
More on our top story today….Carlo Ancelotti has arrived in London and will be holding talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri this lunchtime about becoming the Toffees’ new manager.
As we revealed this morning, Ancelotti reached an agreement in principle to become Marco Silva’s successor on Monday following talks on Merseyside.
Everton have confirmed that caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson – who has four points from matches against Chelsea and Manchester United – will continue for their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester on Wednesday.
12:08 – ‘Ill’ Pogba’s comeback delayed
Paul Pogba has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury after falling ill, Manchester manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.
Solksjaer revealed the news after confirming that Pogba will not feature in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final againstColchester Unitedat Old Trafford.
“Of all things he’s been struck down ill now,” the Norwegian said. “He’s been off for two or three days – three days probably – so that’s not beneficial. That’s probably set him back quite a bit.”
Solksjaer had given Pogba, who has been sidelined for two and a half months with an ankle injury, permission to attend his brotherFlorentin‘s wedding in France on Friday.
To add extra intrigue to the revelation about his ill health, the Frenchman and his family have posted videos of the midfielder dancing at the wedding.
11:15 – Neymar: Why would I leave?
One star who insists he won’t be leaving France isParis Saint-Germainforward Neymar. The Brazilian superstar has endured a difficult time at PSG since his move in 2017, despite lifting consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
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But Neymar says he has no plans to go anywhere, telling France Football: “Why would you want to leave here? I still have two years on my contract, the team is continuing to progress.
“We have to stay focused on this season to do things well and win as many titles as possible. This season, the goal is the Champions League. My priority is PSG, with maximum involvement each week.
“The goal is to always win the next game. In every game, we have to fight for the club. That’s how I see it.“
11:09 – Real Madrid eye Camavinga swoop
Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly intensified their interest in Eduardo Camavinga, despiteRennesslapping a €100million (£84m) price tag on the teenager.
Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)Getty Images
The 17-year-old midfielder scored his first goal for the club when he netted a late winner atLyonon Sunday. And Real Madrid made initial contact with the Ligue 1 side this week, French publication L’Equipe have reported.
10:49 – Monterrey relishing Liverpool clash
Mexican side Monterrey may be huge underdogs for tomorrow’s Club World Cup semi-final against Liverpool in Qatar, but coach AntonioMohamedwas in bullish mood at this morning’s pre-match press conference.
“We have full respect to Liverpool, one of the best sides in the world,” he said. “But we should be concerned with ourselves. We have great drive to win, we didn’t come to test ourselves and lose.
“We will enjoy the match, but we are here to win. There’s nothing impossible in football.”
09:24 – Arsenal set for further talks with Arteta
More manager chat!
Arsenal are in talks with Manchester City over the availability of coach Mikel Arteta. Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham was pictured outside the Spaniard’s home after both flew north following City’s 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. City boss Pep Guardiola says he would not stop Arteta if he decided to leave.
The saga continues…
08:38 – Ancelotti ‘set for Everton job’
A very good morning and welcome to our live updates of all the biggest stories in football!
And a massive one to start with as Carlo Ancelotti is set to be confirmed as Everton’s new permanent manager at the end of the week.
The Italian will be able to take charge of Everton’s weekend match when Arsenal visit Goodison Park, potentially under the new management of Mikel Arteta.
Ancelotti reached an agreement in principle to become Marco Silva’s successor on Monday following talks on Merseyside. Everton have confirmed that caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson – who has four points from matches against Chelsea and Manchester United – will continue for their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester on Wednesday.
Ancelotti is no stranger to the Premier League, having won the title during his time at Chelsea, as well as the FA Cup, while he is also one of the few managers ever to have won three Champions League titles.
19:30 – Time for Palace v Brighton
Our rolling news coverage will resume tomorrow morning, but in the meantime follow our live asCrystal Palacehost Brighton in the M23 derby.
18:15 – How will Liverpool watch Liverpool?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will gather with his players on Tuesday in their Doha team hotel — to watch Liverpool in action back in England in the League Cup.
The bizarre situation has come about because the European champions are in Qatar ahead of Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Mexico’s Monterrey. But a fixture clash means another Liverpool team, made up of youth players, will be facing Aston Villa around 24 hours earlier.
“It’s good. Tomorrow night we start with watching the other semi-final live in the stadium, I think it should be possible. And then we will leave there a bit earlier and sit here in front of the television and watch that game,” said Klopp.
“It will be absolutely exciting. I’m really delighted for the boys.”
16:35 – Ancelotti to Everton?
Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly arrived on Merseyside as Everton look to enter talks with the Italian regarding replacing Marco Silva, according to Sky Sports News.
16:25 – Ozil invited to visit Xinjiang
China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Mesut Ozil’s criticism of the treatment ethnic Muslims in the country was “deceived and misled”, and said that the Arsenal footballer was welcome to visit the far western Xinjiang region to witness the situation for himself.
Video –Ozil invited to visit Xinjiang by Chinese government official following Muslim crackdown allegation
15:50 – King hoping experience will pay off for Spurs
“Having been a club that’s been in the Champions League for the last five or six seasons, I’m hoping that we can use that experience to get through tasks like this against a team that are relatively new in the Champions League,” King told BT Sport.
“It will be a tough task, but I’m quite confident that we can get through. The manager’s been and done it, he’s won the Champions League, and his experience will rub off on the players and hopefully help them through.”
15:30 – Lampard excited for Bayern test
Frank Lampardhas acknowledged that his Chelsea side have drawn one of their toughest potential opponents in Bayern Munich but is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s a tough draw, but a good draw. We knew that when we get through the group stages, you’re generally in with some big teams and we have certainly drawn one.
“We have history with them, of course, but these will be games in themselves that will be very testing. We will be ready for the challenge.”
15:15 – Euro Papers – Napoli set to swoop for Lucas Torreira
Video –Euro Papers: More misery for Arsenal as Napoli swoop for midfielder
15:00 – Atletico won’t relish Liverpool tie – Klopp
Jurgen Klopp believes that Atletico Madrid andDiego Simeonewill be far from happy after drawing his Liverpool side in the round of 16.
“It’s an interesting draw, Before the draw I actually thought it would be Madrid – either one of the two clubs – and that’s the way it is.” Klopp said.
“It’s a tough one, but if you go through all of the draws, there are pretty much four or five potential finals already in the last 16. So, really, really good; a good draw. A difficult game like it should be, but how we most of the time think and say, I don’t think Mr Simeone is running through his living room and is happy that he got Liverpool.”
14:45 – Bayern wary of Chelsea youngsters
“Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic have qualities but football is not about individuals, it’s about team performance. We are relatively confident, I feel pretty good with the draw.”
14:30 – ‘City have money, but we’re Real Madrid’
Emilio Butragueno is not fazed by the prospect of his Real Madrid side taking on Manchester City in the next round of the Champions League.
“All teams are difficult at this point,” the club director told reporters. “City are a very powerful opponent. It will be an exciting tie and we have to prepare well. They will demand the best from us.
“They have invested a lot of money, but we are Real Madrid and we are in a position to face anyone. We are accustomed to these types of matches and it will be great for the fans.”
Meanwhile, City director Txiki Begiristain is viewing the tie as an opportunity for his club to prove their pedigree.
“It’s a difficult one, of course,” he told BT Sport . “Real Madrid have won [the competition] 13 times, so they’re the best.
“We want to be the best, so we want to beat them. It is always a pleasure to go to Real Madrid and play in a big stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu.”
14:15 – Haaland has made up his mind – Solskjaer
Manchester United boss believes that Erling Braut Haaland, whom he coached at Molde, has decided his future after his spectacular scoring streak for RB Salzburg has seen him top the wish clubs of many clubs, including reportedly the Old Trafford outfit.
“He knows what he wants to do and knows what he is going to do,” said Solskjaer.
“I don’t have to offer any advice to other teams’ players.”
13:45 – Ancelotti set for Everton?
Everton have made Carlo Ancelotti their top choice to succeed Marco Silva as manager, Sky Sports report.
Duncan Ferguson has been in temporary charge on Merseyside and has overseen an upturn in form and would remain on the first team coaching staff.
13:00 – Arsenal execs pictured leaving Arteta mansion
Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham and chief negotiator Huss Fahmy were pictured leaving Mikel Arteta’s Manchester mansion in the early hours of Monday morning as speculation intensifies that the Spaniard could be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at the Emirates.
Pep Guardiola admitted after his Man City side’s 3-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday that his assistant could leave for his former club. “If it happens, it will happen. When he wants to talk we are open to talk but it’s private, I don’t want to make things uncomfortable.”
Nick Ames, of the Guardian, reports that the Gunners were hoping to give Ljungberg until May before making a permanent appointment but a run of only one win in five under the Swede has forced their hand.
12:40 – Europa League draw in full
12:28 – last draw sees Rangers face Braga
We’ve had the last names out of the hat, with Rangers facing Braga, who have already faced British opposition this season in the form of Wolves.
12:28 – Roma draw Gent
Another one of the biggest clubs have learned their opponents – Roma will take on Gent.
- Shakhtar Donetsk v Benfica
- Wolfsburg v Malmo
12:25 – Inter Milan to take on Ludogorets
Ludogorets have got the dreaded draw in the form of Serie A leaders Inter Milan. Meanwhile there’s an intriguing clash as Salzburg meetEintracht Frankfurt.
12:24 – Manchester United to face Club Brugge
Manchester United have got a favourable draw, in the form of Club Brugge.
- AZ v LASK
12:22 – Arsenal draw familiar foes in Olympiacos
Arsenal will face a team they have plenty of experience of coming up against in Olympiacos. Here are some other ties meanwhile.
- APOEL v Basel
- Cluj v Sevilla
12:19 – Celtic to take on Copenhagen
12:17 – Ajax draw Getafe
Last season’s Champions League semi-finalists draw Getafe. Meanwhile, we’ve got Sporting Lisbon v IstanbulBasaksehir.
12:14 – Wolves first out of the hat, take on Espanyol
Wolves are the first team out in the Europa League round of 32 draw and they trip to Barcelona to face Espanyol.
11:50 – Europa League draw up next
Stay tuned for more as the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Ajax and Inter learn their next Europa League opponents. You can watch that live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player too!
11:25 – Chelsea v Bayern, City v Real Madrid headline Champions League draw
11:21 – Barca set for Napoli test
Barcelona will probably be happy as they get the out of sorts Napoli in the next round. But never underestimate the San Paolo!
11:20 – Spurs get Leipzig
Tottenham have the draw they wanted as they get RB Leipzig in the next round.
11:19 – Lyon to meet Juventus
Juventus have been drawn against Lyon.
11:18 – Chelsea dealt Bayern draw
It’s a repeat of the 2012 final as Chelsea take on Bayern Munich.
11:17 – Atletico take on Liverpool
Liverpool will return to the Wanda Metropolitano, where they won the Champions League last term, to take on Atletico Madrid. Spicey!
11:16 – Atalanta v Valencia
One of Atalanta and Valencia will be in the last eight.
11:15 – Real Madrid face Man City blockbuster
Is this the tie of the round? Real Madrid take on Man City!
11:14 – Dortmund v PSG first out of the hat!
We have our first round of 16 tie and it’s a cracker, withBorussia Dortmundfacing Paris Saint-Germain!
10:50 – Champions League draw imminent
The Champions League draw kicks off in 10 minutes and you can watch the drama on Eurosport 1 or Eurosport Player!
10:15 – Napoli rule out Ibrahimovic move
“We thought about Ibrahimovic when Ancelotti was in charge, as he would have taken a certain role. Now before thinking about him, I have other priorities, as this is a team that must play in a different system.”
09:45 Allardyce angling for Arsenal job
Carlo Ancelotti? Mikel Arteta?Massimiliano Allegri? None of the above would sort out Arsenal’s defence as well as Sam Allardyce, according to the man himself.
“I could come and work on Arsenal’s defence and make them better tomorrow, not a problem whatsoever. I’ve done it everywhere I’ve been –Newcastle, Blackburn,Bolton, West Ham Crystal Palace, Everton, I’ve done it all there.
“But what you can’t do is get the front line performing that much better, you’ve got to hope you’ve got good quality players up there, and Arsenal have.”
09:30 – Gacinovic accepts Nubel apology after horror challenge
Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel came into the spotlight at the weekend for this horror challenge on Frankfurt midfielder Mijat Gacinovic, who has subsequently accepted his opponent’s apology in an Instagram post showing his war wounds.
09:00 – Ronaldo creates history at Juve
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Juventus’ 3-1 win overUdineseon Sunday, and became the first man to reach double figures in one of Europe’s top five leagues in 15 straight seasons.
08:30 – Champions League draw on its way
Good morning and welcome to another week of football, which features the small matter of a Clasico on Wednesday, updates on Arsenal’s manager situation, and a blockbuster Premier League clash between Chelsea and Tottenham, of course now managed by the former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Monday, however, sees the draws for the next round of Champions League and Europa League action, with nine British clubs in the hat, with all of them progressing from the group stage.
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