Fellaini rejects Spurs move & Jose reunion as he insists he’s happy in China

first_imgLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic5But it appears now Mourinho will have to look elsewhere if he is to secure a midfielder who provides the physical strength and Premier League experience of the Belgian international.Another top transfer target for Mourinho and Spurs in January is Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi.You can follow all the latest transfer news from Spurs on The Sun’s live blog.5Credit: Getty – Contributor5Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions League MAROUANE FELLAINI has shut down rumours he could be moving back to the Premier League to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.The former Manchester United man left England to join Chinese side Shandong Luneng in January after being deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.5 Fellaini has scored 12 goals in 32 appearances so far for Chinese side Shandong LunengCredit: Getty – Contributor5 Fellaini and Jose had a special bond at UnitedCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd it was reported just a few days ago that Mourinho had made contact with Fellaini, sparking rumours of a potential transfer for the Belgian.But, while speaking to Eleven Sports, the 32-year-old was quick to shut down any rumours.He said: “Jose is special for me. We text each other, we call each other from time to time.”He’s taken over at Spurs and he’s doing well. I wish him all the best, but I am good where I am now.”Fellaini spent three years under Jose at United and was often used as a more direct plan B if things were not going well.He played 47 times as the Red Devils won the League Cup and Europa League in Mourinho’s first season.That included the assist for Paul Pogba’s opener in the final versus Ajax.last_img read more

Mourinho was considered for Liverpool job in 2004 but Reds preferred Rafa Benitez

first_imgJAMIE CARRAGHER revealed how Liverpool considered appointing Jose Mourinho in 2004 but instead opted for Rafa Benitez.The Reds were in the market for a new manager after former boss Gerard Houllier left by mutual consent.4 Jose Mourinho was considered for the Liverpool job in 2004Credit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho had just stunned the football world by winning his first Champions League title with Porto.He had also guided the Portuguese side to the league title as his stock in world management rose rapidly.Benitez, on the other hand, had also exceeded expectations by guiding Valencia to a historic double with the league and Uefa Cup titles.Carragher, a senior squad member at the Reds in that time, revealed how a select few players were being kept up to date in the managerial search.And he claimed how the club opted against the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss because of his erratic behaviour in the dugout.Speaking to Sky Sports, the 42-year-old said: “Gerard Houllier had lost his job, and (chief executive) Rick Parry had interviewed Rafa Benitez at some stage.”He was just keeping the senior players informed about where they were up to, and he did mention Jose Mourinho.”I knew much more about Rafa Benitez because of the Spanish football and what he’d done, and it looked that (appointing him) was quite far down the road anyway.”But I think the feeling was that Jose Mourinho couldn’t be a Liverpool manager.”Possibly because of the way he conducted himself at times.”I think even that run down the line, even though it was great, at Old Trafford, the feeling was at the club and maybe from certain players that it wasn’t really the Liverpool way of doing things.”So I always thought we’d go for Rafa with him being a little bit more standoffish.”4 Liverpool instead opted for Rafa BenitezCredit: Getty – Contributor4most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Benitez instantly achieved success at the Reds by lifting the Champions League in his first season in charge.He also won the FA Cup a year later before eventually for Inter Milan in 2010.Spurs boss Mourinho instead went to Chelsea which gave birth to the ‘Special One’ tag before winning back-to-back league titles.4 Jamie Carragher revealed how Liverpool almost appointed MourinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettySpurs boss Jose Mourinho helps put together care packages in Enfield to help out coronavirus relief effortslast_img read more

Cook runs into NSW Origin contention

first_imgCook shot himself to the front of the queue for NSW hooking duties this year with a sublime performance in the 26-14 win over the Roosters on Thursday night, carving through the Tricolours ruck for 127 running metres as arguably the quickest dummy-half in the game.Along with Manly’s Apisai Koroisau and former Souths teammate Cameron McInnes, Cook is piling the pressure on incumbent Blues rake Nathan Peats, who toils tirelessly in defence but is yet to show off strike power to match the likes of Cook and co.The Rabbitohs No.9 had plenty of opportunities to get on the front foot thanks to his big men, with the Burgess brothers Tom and George rattling up 332 metres, 26 runs and eight tackle busts between them.While Souths remain some way off the famed and feared power game that secured the 2014 title, there are shades of Luke’s livewire streak in Cook’s ability around the ruck.Reluctant to be drawn into the endless Holden State of Origin speculation, Cook paid tribute to his forwards after their plundering through the middle, allowing him to do the same against a backpedalling Roosters defence.”My first focus is the No.9 jersey and keeping that week in week out and playing consistent footy,” Cook said.”The forwards, they’re going well, they bring me into the game and if those representative honours come with that, it’s obviously a goal of mine and I would love the opportunity.”I’ve got to thank the big boys up front, I think Jason Clark and the Burgess boys really set the platform and the bench forwards come on and really lifted as well.”I think the easy metres they’re making and running hard like you saw them do tonight just brings me into the game and I just worry about the quick play the balls.”Cook’s rapid start to 2018 has seen him make more line breaks (four) dummy-half runs (41) and tackle busts (21) than any other hooker in the Telstra Premiership so far.It’s the type of impact around the ruck sorely missed by the Bunnies since Luke’s departure to the Warriors at the end of 2015.Cook’s impressive figures make it easy to forget that he only landed his starting spot at Redfern this year, after Anthony Seibold delivered some home truths when he took charge of the club.His previous two seasons have seen him yo-yo between the No.9 jersey and the bench, battling first McInnes and then Robbie Farah for a gig, with the latter’s arrival at Souths prompting Cook to seek a release to join Cronulla.Out the other side of so much uncertainty, with the Rabbitohs choosing to extend rather than release him, Cook is steering clear of the growing hype around his rep footy chances.”To be honest I try and stay out of it and keep my focus here on South Sydney and I feel like I’m doing that well at the moment, trying to block that out,” he said.”I think that’s the best way to do it and if I keep playing well here those things come off the back of that.”I’d love the opportunity but my first focus here is Souths.”last_img read more

Bog snorkelling in Llanwrtyd Wells alternative games

first_imgActivities also include wife carrying, husband dragging, gravy wrestling, Russian egg roulette, backward running, worm charming and ditch racing.The games, in Llanwrtyd Wells, continue every weekend until 29 August.Bog snorkelling has taken place in the town for 31 years and in 2012 other activities were added as a Wales-focused alternative to the Olympics.Economy Secretary Ken Skates said it was “a credit to Wales” which “puts a smile on faces”.There will be 60 different activities and the bog snorkelling takes place on 28 August.last_img read more

Cifuentes saved Cádiz “in extremis” three points this season

first_imgThe old rockers never die, and this expression not by manida ceases to be applicable and in force to the most veteran goal of the League. At forty, Alberto Cifuentes is still a kid, something that shows match after match. For the Second leader, the good work of the Manchego goal has directly reported three points this season. Before Málaga and, more recently, this past weekend against Ponferradina, his interventions in the last two matches saved a victory and a draw. Without these stops, Almería would lick the cogote to the yellow team, to the point of being only two points out of the five that it now enjoys.True is that Álvaro Cervera has brought his maxim to excellence that a good attack always implies a better defense. His team has built a very difficult framework to overcome for their rivals. Only Huesca follows in rhythm in conceded goals, 19 each, but we must bear in mind that four of them were received by Cádiz in the match against Numancia. Cifuentes does not usually get burdened in matches, but when he intervenes it is usually providential, as happened in Malaga and Ponferrada. Cifuentes seems to have no end. Keep training as you play, with unusual freshness and security. For this reason, it is normal for the club to renew until 2021 in the past month of September. Along the way, an ascent to Second and another that is working towards First with providential interventions. He has rope for a while. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 6, 2020center_img Before the pupils of Víctor Sánchez del Amo, he saved his team in the ’93 minute of losing a win sure after a great intervention in front of Keko. And last saturday against Ponferradina, he had several important stops but none like the one he made to Yuri in the ’89 minute, which was undoubtedly one of his most spectacular interventions in the 188 games he has played to date with the elastic of Cádiz.last_img read more

Reinier: “I will learn a lot from Raul”

first_img“It has been difficult to get here. It has been many hours, training, and now continues with a lot of work and dedication. I try to listen to the advice of people who have been in the club for a long time and I am very happy for the opportunity, “he added.Reinier revealed that his compatriot Rodrygo was in charge of teaching him his new house to train, the Ciudad Real Madrid, and was grateful for the reception given by the Brazilians of the first Madrid team.“They are great people and great players. Rodrygo showed me the facilities and he welcomed me very much. I was also with Casemiro, Marcelo, Vinicius and Militao. It has been a very nice welcome, with much love “highlighted.Finally, he defined himself as a footballer highlighting his virtues. “I really like playing short, making walls, shots, getting to the area and driving. I like to finish off, and most importantly, make goals and give assists.” Brazilian midfielder Reinier Jesús assured after his first training in the discipline of Real Madrid, that he will “learn a lot” from his first coach, Raúl González Blanco, with which his adaptation to Spanish football has begun in Castile.“I am very excited to have Raul as a coach. I will learn a lot with him. You can tell he is a great person and a great coach and I know that it will help me a lot as a player and as a person, “he said in an interview broadcast by Real Madrid. Reinier highlighted the greatness of his new team and the dream he is making come true. “There is nothing that resembles Real Madrid, it is the best. It is the biggest club in the world, the team of which I am a follower. It is a dream come true”.Having fulfilled his desire to reach the Madrid team, Reinier remembers the sacrifice he delivered on the road. “When I was little I left my mother and sister to try to be a soccer player. I went to Rio de Janeiro from Brasilia, to a new city and it was very difficult. After two years they came with me and everything was easier. “last_img read more

Atlético – Villarreal | Correa dances, João returns

first_imgGoals0-1, 15 ‘: Alcacer, 1-1, 39 ‘: belt, 2-1, 63 ‘: Koke, 3-1, 73 ‘: João Felix The day invited. To win for Atlético was to be third. If he lost, he stayed out of Europa League. Villarreal, who won if he won the Champions League positions, was already news from the booth: in his eleven only Spaniards, Rare avis in modern football beyond Athletic. He left tight in his field, forcing Atlético to look for cracks in the bands. And the intensity of the rojiblancos had remained on Tuesday. I didn’t squeeze or bite. Much less threatened as much as he had the ball. Between the lines only cement was bumping. How much it costs the Cholo to always gnaw the yellow bone.A Cholo watching from the distance of the box. The coat of the Monkey Burgos took his place on the bench. From up there, Simeone could see that Calleja had pulled a green mirror to his method. Battleship survived comfortable Villarreal, turned their footballers into wasps to run if they stole. At the first they had, they found the goal. Alcácer did it, one of the names that were shuffled in the Metropolitan to prop up the front of the Cholo and that ended up changing Dortmund for Vila-real. Under the watchful eye of the Cholo, an unstoppable volley was taken that was like a howitzer from the front to the Oblak network. It took a few minutes for Atlético to start the scare from the body, drowning all its transitions in the yellow pressure. Cazorla imparted a masterclass soccer, Trigueros moved and moved. Ahead, Gerard Moreno created spaces and Alcácer attacked them. Lodi was not Tuesday, Felipe and Vrsaljko were running for nothing and at the end of each play the rojiblancos always ran into Asenjo. He took two impossible stops. First before a half scissors of Morata and, in the rejection, before a header at Vitolo’s header. They had been Cholo’s starting lead. Atlético did not grow until Correa did not step forward, undoing that plan. CardsReferee: Ricardo de Burgos BengoetxeaVAR Referee: Santiago Jaime LatreRubén Peña (24 ‘, Yellow) Saul (60 ‘, Yellow) João Felix (89 ‘, Yellow ChangesJoão Felix (56 ‘, Vitolo), Trippier (57 ‘, Vrsaljko), Samuel Chukwueze (63 ‘, Gerard Moreno), Javi Ontiveros (74 ‘, Iborra), Marcos Llorente (82 ‘, Morata), Franck Zambo (84 ‘, Moi Gómez)center_img Not leaving in summer has been the best signing. The Argentine has sewn the gals to the shield and to dance. Your chaos is the blessed madness. He smelled the goal on a ball that looked like nowhere in Vrsaljko and over there to find Villarreal the loophole. Albiol and Pau opened the door, messy. The game was going to rest 1-1. At that time Atlético had managed to box Villarreal for real although Morata was all fight and zero success. The blows of Koke and João FélixSimeone from his box went up to the game with two returns, João Felix for an unfortunate Vitolo and Trippier for a Vrsaljko that is not yet for Tuesday-Sunday. Atletico kept squeezing, Villarreal waited. Alberto Moreno, who had gone from the direct infirmary to eleven, knocked down Correa in the area to raise the decibels to the stand, which requested a penalty. But another day neither the referee nor the VAR saw what the stand was asking for. Correa took revenge on the next play, now lining his assistance boot. His catalog of tricks is infinite.Back to the right by the entrance of João Félix, the play was initiated by the Portuguese with an opening to Trippier. The English looked for the Argentine and the Argentine found Koke, who broke into the area with the soul of 9 to send that ball with the toupee to Asenjo’s network. Deserved award to the captain, life with him is always better, he always smiles. Villarreal was only a memory in the game, the memory of a time that was gone. His only news in the second part, a shot at Moreno’s point of mouth, was broken by Oblak’s miracle hand.In the other area, João Félix was reunited with football and also with the goal. He took advantage of another failure at the exit of Villarreal, now Chukwueze, to make another hole for Asenjo. The game had begun to play whatever their boots wanted. Villarreal raised the white flag. Meanwhile, spring has been installed in the Metropolitan this February. Fantastic week. The infirmary empties, hit Liverpool in the Champions League and again third in the League. Gnawed to that bone. The always difficult Villarreal.last_img read more

The Monte Carlo Masters value their celebration behind closed doors

first_imgThat is the assertion of the Monegasque event: “Expensive spectators and followers, following the provisions of the Monegasque and French authorities of Monday 9 March on the group of the subsequent sporting occasions, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters Directorate needs to guarantee the general public that each effort is made to undertake the higher options to the epidemic of Covid-19. If the event takes place behind closed doors, the Administration confirms to its spectators that each one tickets bought will probably be refunded. in line with a process that will probably be specified later. Sincerely, the deal with “.Within the absence of affirmation of the measures taken by the group of the event within the coming days, plainly the beginning of the clay courtroom tour in Masters 1,000 can have destructive penalties. The Depend of Godó, which is performed the next week to Monte Carlo, and the Mutua Madrid Open (second Masters 1,000 of clay from Might three to 10) they continue to be with out exception measures, for now … The COVID-19, higher often known as coronavirus, advances relentlessly on the world of sport. Particularly, tennis has just lately suffered the results of the unfold of this virus with the cancellation of Indian Wells, first 1,000 Masters of the course that ought to have began this Wednesday and concluded on March 22.And at this time no modifications are dominated out within the close to future with regard to extra tournaments of the identical nature. It’s the case of Monte Carlo Masters 1,000 (April 12-19) whose group plans to carry it behind closed doors. It’s not confirmed, however in an official assertion issued this afternoon, the event admits to assessing this chance. Given this case would be the French and Monaco well being authorities who value essentially the most applicable options to undertake earlier than the unfold of the virus.last_img read more

Atlético follows Issa Diop

first_imgIt is not the first time that his name has flown over Atlético’s future plans. The one of Issa Diop, French with Senegalese nationality of 23 years and 1.94 of height, who militates in West Ham. With the present frozen by the coronavirus crisis, the rojiblanco club does not stop thinking about what is coming, beyond the resumption of competitions when the crisis passes. And one of those names is once again Issa Diop, according to the English press. The center-back is being one of the great sensations of the Premier League this season. He has played 2,226 minutes, 26 games, and has scored three goals. Undisputed, stands out for his physique and his forcefulness in the cut and in the aerial ball and would serve Simeone to prop up a defense that this season trembles in some games with set pieces, when it rains lateral centers. And that has Felipe, his best signing of the summer, who cuts every ball that flies over the area, but does not reach everyone, it is impossible, and he is 30 years old. Diop’s are seven less. His physique is overwhelming. It imposes. And Cholo seeks that for the next Atlético in a line that, although now stable, has also suffered injuries throughout this season, with the losses for months and games of Giménez, called to be the head of defense without Godín, and de Savic.last_img read more

Simeone and his major challenges after the competition

first_imgThe other big challenge is trying to win the Champions. Atlético eliminated Liverpool against all odds and are among the top eight clubs on the continent. Now the squad does believe that anything is possible. Atlético is two rounds away from playing a new European final and Simeone is a specialist in playing these types of rounds. The squad has conspired to do something very important in Europe.Another great challenge is to get the most out of the players. João Félix He has performed quite well after returning from his injury and has played a few games at a good level. Simeone knows that he is a different player, he needs him and he wants the Portuguese to finish as a figure. Lemar’s case seems complicated. The Frenchman has had many opportunities to perform at a high level, but he has not taken advantage of them. His future seems far from Atlético, although Cholo does not give up. We will see if he can get the most out of him in these remaining games.There are other challenges at the individual level. Oblak struggles to be the goalless goalkeeper for another year from the league competition and take a new Zamora Trophy. And Atléti wants to continue making Wanda Metropolitano an almost impregnable stadium. Only Barcelona have won there And the idea is to keep making people enjoy the team in home games. Simeone knows that outside she has to improve a lot if she wants to secure that fourth place. Simeone has two major challenges once the competition resumes, both domestically and European. The great challenge of the season is for the team to finish LaLiga in the top four. On the other hand, once Liverpoool was eliminated, the rojiblanco team has conspired to try to storm the Champions League again. It seems almost an insult to talk about it with the serious crisis of COVID-19, but Simeone challenges when the ball begins to roll.The first great objective is for Atlético to finish the league tournament in the top four. Sevilla, with 47 points, is third, and Real Sociedad, with 46, is fourth. Getafe is also 46 and Atlético is sixth, with 45 points. Wiping out two points to Seville does not seem impossible with eleven days ahead, but Simeone’s team cannot relax. It is at stake that the club can maintain its current status and from an economic point of view it is vital that the team finish in the top four.last_img read more