TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diazby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz has joined Real Madrid from Manchester City to Real Madrid, in a deal worth £15.5m, and could rise to £22m with add-ons.Real confirmed the signing on Monday, several hours after Diaz had completed a medical.”I have arrived at a club that I dreamed of playing for as a child,” an emotional Diaz said. “I could not have received a better Christmas present than wearing the Real Madrid jersey.”When I decided that it was time to leave Manchester City, I only put three options on the table.”The first, to play for Real Madrid; the second, to play for Real Madrid; the third, to play for Real Madrid.”I never wanted to go anywhere else, it is impossible to go to a better club. I promise to give 100 per cent from the first day and to pay back the faith you have put in me.”The 19-year-old signing a six-and-a-half-year deal, which includes a clause that Manchester City will receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee, which will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: I’ll be proud to lead out this teamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he’ll be “proud” leading them in the Champions League against Valencia.Lampard is looking forward to his first Champions League game as a manager.”I will be proud to do it,” he says of the prospect of managing in the competition for the first time later today, “because I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, and it is the ultimate in club football for me.”There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music. There are memories I have and we have here as Chelsea people and I want to experience it on this [the managerial] side of the fence.”So I will be proud to take the team out, very aware that what matters is results, what matters is starting the group well against tough opposition but yes, I am excited.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I can’t risk gambling with kidsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he can’t risk gambling with his kids.Guardiola has delivered back-to-back Premier League titles, successive Carabao Cups and the FA Cup to the Etihad over the last two seasons.But success has come at a price – with City splashing more than £535million in the transfer market during the Catalan’s reign to strengthen a squad that already included the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandino.“We have to compete every single day to fight with the best teams in England and Europe,” said the City boss.“And for that we need the David Silvas and Kevin de Bruynes and the Sergio Agueros and Fernandinhos.“We need all these type of players because with young, young, young players you cannot do it.“The young players can be help for the other ones, of course, but if the basis of the team is young then it is just not possible.“This team needs to win titles and prizes – and the process for the young players means they need time.“The best way for them is step by step.“The demand from the club is not to win the Champions League, but we must be there every time in all the competitions.“And, for that, we need the players we have. What can I say?”
Takefusa Kubo: Why I chose Real Madrid over PSG, Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTakefusa Kubo says he’s happy with his choice of joining Real Madrid.The Japan international is currently on-loan with Real Mallorca.He told Marca: “Why did I choose Real Madrid when Barça and PSG followed me? “I really liked Real Madrid’s sporting intentions, the plan they had for me for the next few years, what they thought for me in the future. “Real Madrid demanded me with a lot of insistence. That convinced me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/Ohio State FootballOhio State football hosted its final team scrimmage of summer camp on Saturday.The team put out highlights from the scrimmage via YouTube, featuring the Buckeyes getting after it to the 2016 song “Feel Invincible” by Skillet, which features Ohio State fan Seth Morrison on lead guitar, according to the video description on YouTube.Tight end Jake Hausman makes a nice one-handed grab along the sideline, Rashod Berry shows his speed coming off the edge, and offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh has a huge pancake block during the highlights. The reel also features a nice red zone grab against tight coverage by wide receiver Austin Mack for a touchdown.Now, the Buckeyes move on to game week. Ohio State opens the 2016 season at home against defending MAC Champion Bowling Green on September 3. The game is set to kick off at noon on Saturday, September 3 from Ohio Stadium, and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.[Eleven Warriors]
Felix Sanchez says Qatar are not at the Copa America to take selfies with Lionel Messi as the tournament guests look to stun Argentina and qualify for the quarter-finals.Qatar and Argentina – Copa runners-up in 2015 and 2016 – will meet in Porto Alegre on Sunday, with a quarter-final berth on the line.Asian Cup champions and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar have one point from two games and are ahead of Argentina on goal difference in Group B, with third spot potentially enough to progress to the knockout phase. 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? The pressure is on Messi and Argentina to avoid a group-stage exit and Qatar head coach Sanchez insisted his side will not be overawed by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”It’s true we are not very well known in South America, but we have super-professional players and we’ve come to compete, not to take photos with Messi,” Sanchez told reporters.”They’re the favourites and are obliged to win. We’ll try to compete against a great team who have the best player in the world.”We have a chance to qualify and that’s what’s exciting, not the fact we could knock out a monster like Argentina.”Messi scored in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay following a 2-0 loss to Colombia to open their Copa America campaign.Qatar, meanwhile, overturned a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Paraguay before suffering a late 1-0 loss to Colombia on matchday two.Sanchez added: “Messi can be decisive in any game due to his quality, hundreds of coaches have spent ages trying to stop him but there’s no magic formula, it all depends on Leo’s feet.”However much you focus on it it’s very difficult to stop him, but we’ll try to prevent him from getting involved in the play in the final third of the pitch.”Qatar are one of two teams from the Asian Football Confederation invited to compete in the Copa America this year, with Japan needing a result against Ecuador on Monday to be left with any chance of making the knock-out stages.
Gonzalo Higuain is a favoured option of new Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, but the Bianconeri are still eager to move him out of the club this summer.A striker who once boasted a fearsome reputation in Serie A has attracted little interest from those in the Italian top flight and Juve have no suitable offers on the table at present.Higuain is under contract at Juve through to 2021 and a switch to China has been mooted, but the Argentine is reluctant to head for Asia at this stage of his career. 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? He is only 31 years of age and believes he still has plenty to offer in Europe, although he has not been proving that in the final third of late.A loan switch to AC Milan at the start of the 2018-19 campaign delivered only eight goals in 22 appearances.Sarri then took him to Chelsea in January, but he managed only another five strikes in 18 outings.He has done little to convince those back in Turin that he is deserving of a second chance.Serie A champions Juventus would prefer to bring in another frontman, with Higuain’s fellow countryman, Mauro Icardi of Inter, a favoured option.An exit will be required in order to free up space for any arrivals, but Higuain’s current deal, which is worth €7.5 million per season, is presenting a stumbling block in efforts to find a buyer.Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici is the man charged with the task of making future calls and, unless forced into a corner, he would like to get Higuain out of the Allianz Stadium.There is acknowledgement that the South American has flourished under Sarri before, particularly at Napoli.The pair enjoyed a productive partnership in Naples, while the new Bianconeri boss rated Higuain highly enough to take him to Stamford Bridge when in need of more firepower.Juve are, however, concerned that an experienced forward has become a fading force.In an ideal world, a clean slate will be presented to both the Italian title holders and Higuain before the next deadline passes, but there is much work to be done before reaching that point.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has admitted he is baffled by the decision to send off Lionel Messi during the Copa America third place play-off and questioned the use of VAR in two key games for his side. Messi lasted just 36 minutes of Saturday’s clash against Chile before he saw red along with Gary Medel when the pair clashed on the field . Medel showed more aggression during the stand-off, striking the Barcelona star with his head and shoulders while Messi stayed motionless – but despite Argentina’s protest referee Mario Diaz de Vivar had no hesitation in expelling both of the players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Argentina went on to win 2-1, scoring through Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala before Arturo Vidal cut the deficit with a penalty after the red card incident. But Messi refused to return to the Arena Corinthians pitch after full time to receive his medal for third place, and in heated comments to reporters hit out against alleged “corruption” and claimed the Copa is “all set up for Brazil” . And while Scaloni did not go quite as far as his captain, he nevertheless had some harsh words for the standard of refereeing on Saturday and in the Albiceleste’s semi-final defeat to hosts Brazil. “I still don’t understand what it is Messi did to get sent off,” he fired in a press conference. “I feel that we should be playing the final right now, but we got the consolation prize of winning the third-place game, which is the least we had to do. “We believe that when one of us is hit we all are, in a football sense. You cannot look away when a team-mate is mistreated. “We saw it with Leo and with others too. We built a team through our unity.” Scaloni also turned his attention on VAR, after suggesting before the match Argentina played “against eight men in black” in reference to the officials during the Brazil match. “The sensation from the game today is even stranger than the other day. I still don’t get the criteria for VAR in this Copa,” he added. “Either the criteria is wrong, or [the referees] cannot agree on anything. I think that they still are unsure about the VAR system.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A new tweet from Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is going viral on social media before his final game with the Buckeyes.Meyer, one of the best coaches in college football history, will be calling it a career following Ohio State’s Rose Bowl game against Washington this afternoon.Ohio State’s fan base sent Meyer out with quite a pregame pep rally on Monday evening.Meyer spoke in front of a massive Ohio State crowd in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, addressing Buckeye Nation one final time.The Ohio State head coach took to Twitter following his rally.“Thank you Buckeye Nation!!!” he tweeted.Thank you Buckeye Nation!!! pic.twitter.com/XznXRjHnSp— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) January 1, 2019Meyer is expected to remain at Ohio State following his retirement as head football coach. The three-time national champion will be an assistant athletic director, working closely with the football program, and he’ll be teaching a class in the business school as well.Ohio State and Washington, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The college football transfer market has become flush with talent over the past few days – specifically at the quarterback position. Arguably the top quarterback in the transfer portal is Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts – who officially put his name in the portal earlier this week.Now, Hurts placing his name in the portal doesn’t guarantee he’s transferring from the program, but it is likely. This has been the expected move since Tua Tagovailoa took over as the starting quarterback.Earlier this week, he followed one head coach on Twitter: Miami’s Manny Diaz.Now, a top program has followed him. Washington State football’s official Twitter account followed Hurts on Thursday night.? pic.twitter.com/gckzCvcYOE— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 11, 2019Mike Leach and company “stole” Gardner Minshew from Alabama before the 2018 college football season and he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Hurts doesn’t exactly fit the mold of an air raid quarterback, but Leach tends to play to the strengths of his quarterbacks.Stay tuned.