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Has he got the time to sit there and wait?’ – Rio Ferdinand hints Lionel Messi could consider Barcelona exit after 8-2 Bayern humiliation

 

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Rio Ferdinand, has suggested Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi may consider leaving the club following their 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich on Friday night in the UEFA Champions League.

 

Messi’s contract expires next year and he has yet to sign a renewal, leaving many including Ferdinand to think the curtains may be closing on the superstar’s time at the club.

 

According to Ferdinand, he wonders if Messi has the patience to stay at Camp Nou and watch the club start from scratch.

 

 

“The question is what is Messi thinking? What is he thinking going home tonight?” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“The level of performances that club has given and how the squad is looking at the moment in comparison to other teams around Europe. That’s the big question he will be thinking about.

“Has he got the time to sit there and wait? Football comes and goes very quickly in your life so these next two years, where he is going to have power to influence games the way he does.

“Is he going to want to do that not competing for the big titles? I don’t know.”

 

Owen Hargreaves, a former Manchester city and Manchester United star added that Barca do not have the talent around Messi like they did during the times of Pep Guardiola when Xavi and Iniesta were pulling the strings from midfield and Puyol holding the defence.

“[Luis] Suarez and Messi are looking round thinking ‘I miss Iniesta, Xavi, I miss [Carles] Puyol’ because those guys aren’t there any more,” Hargreaves said.

“Ansu Fati came on and he looked great, but he’s a 17-year-old kid.

“The gap between Messi and who’s going to be next, you can’t [see them being successful].”

Victor Moses shines in Europa League, helps Inter beat Leverkusen to qualify for Semi-finals

D05CB7AD-8A8C-400D-BC01-D21492316BF6Victor Moses was in action for Inter Milan who beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the quarter-final of this season’s Europa League on Monday in Dusseldorf, Germany, Completesports.com reports.

The game was Moses’ third appearance for Inter in this season’s Europa League after he replaced Danilo D’Ambrosio in the 59th minute.

Goals from Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku in the 15th and 21st minutes respectively, helped Inter progress into the semi-final.
Kai Havertz, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, got Leverkusen’s goal in the 25th minute.

Manchester City unveils ace defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in a £41m deal

8BDA4BB5-D817-4178-80F3-47A410226DDDManchester City have completed the signing of Bournemouth defender, Nathan Ake in a £41m deal.

The Holland international, 25, who has since undergone a medical and penned a five-year contract, completed the move on Wednesday, August 5.

‘City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,’ Ake said on his move.

‘Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.

‘Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.

300BE8DB-5D0F-4803-A247-846D2F7D059B‘I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.’

The Dutch centre-back’s arrival comes just a day after City announced their first deal of the summer transfer window after signing winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

Odion Ighalo praised by coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

 

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United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has praised Odion Ighalo  after scoring for him club in FA cup on Saturday.

Ole said that the club truly values him And he made his comments in reaction to Ighalo’s predatory instincts after the on-loan striker netted against Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday evening. 

Ighalo continued his goalscoring form in cup competitions with the opener as Manchester United beat Norwich 2-1 in Saturday’s quarter-final.

Ighalo’s goal was his first shot of the game, prompting praise from his manager.

“It is great to have the option to rotate,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport on Sunday. “Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant, but Odion gives me a chance to rotate.

“He’s a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals,” the Norwegian coach continued.

“He is a great person to have around the dressing room too.

“Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room; he’s a goalscorer, a poacher, he’s strong, we can play the ball into him, he showed for the second and Paul [Pogba] found him.”

“It was very important (to keep him at the club), that was important for me and we worked hard to do it,” Solskjaer concluded.

Trending : FA Cup Semi-Final Fixtures: Manchester United vs Chelsea and Arsenal vs Manchester City

 

Screenshot_20200629-093914~2Chelsea , Arsenal  are the last clubs to reached home semi-finals of the FA Cup tournament last night .

Manchester United will take on Chelsea and Arsenal will play holders Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

Manchester United won it late as they defeated 10-man Norwich in extra time at Carrow Road on Saturday, while Arsenal won 2-1 against Sheffield United after an injury-time goal from Dani Ceballos secured their qualification into the semis on Sunday.

Chelsea also joined them as they beat Leicester City 1-0, before Manchester City defeated Newcastle United 2 – 0 to advance to the next stage.

The semi-finals of the FA Cup are scheduled for the weekend of 18 and 19 July. The final will take take place on August 1

Photos: What you missed from Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd draw in EPL return

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Tottenham and Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Friday night in a behind closed doors match due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tottenham’s January signing, Steven Bergwijn, opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho’s side against Manchester United with a well-taken strike after a counterattack that left Harry Maguire clueless as he failed to track down, before United star boy Bruno Fernandes levelled from the penalty spot towards the end of the match.

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Why Odion Ighalo stands out at Manchester United-Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs explains what makes Odion Ighalo stand out at Manchester UnitedFootball legend and former Manchester United, Ryan Giggs, has praised Odion Ighalo’s impact at the club since joining in January while explaining what differentiates him from other strikers at the club.

Last week, the Nigeria striker’s loan deal at Manchester was extended until January 2021 after his impressive three months of playing at the club after joining on an initial five-month loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Giggs who won 13 Premier League titles with the Red Devils before becoming a coach first at Manchester United then at Wales, is delighted Ighalo will be staying at Manchester United for the next six months.

“He’s different, he’s a centre forward whereas the other players can play out wide,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“He gives you something extra off the bench when he’s not starting. Centre forwards always want to score goals, he’s done that everywhere he has gone.

“It’s positive that he is able to stay because he has done well. He makes an impact when he’s on the pitch.”Ryan Giggs explains what makes Odion Ighalo stand out at Manchester United

Trending: Real reason Ighalo wants to return to Super Eagles

Man Utd relaxed over Odion Ighalo transfer issue because of one ...Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed he is considering returning to the Super Eagles over one year since his retirement.

Ighalo, announced his retirement from international duty with Nigeria after his five-star performance at the Africa cup of nations.

He said having to travel the distance between China where he played for Shanghai Shenhua to Nigeria for national duty was affecting him so he had to retire to allow the young ones take over.

Ighalo moved to England in January, joining Manchester United on loan and
recently extended his loan deal with the Old Trafford outfit until January 2021.

Since his retirement, Victor Osimhen has been leading the Super Eagles attack with the forward scoring three goals during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho.Ighalo has now revealed that he has not given up on returning to the Super Eagles team.

“I am still in contact with Gernot Rohr and Amaju Pinnick, and they congratulated me on my loan deal,” Ighalo told Brila FM.

“I am still thinking about returning to the national team, but right now I want to concentrate on my club career.

“I left the national team because of the distance between Nigeria and China, but now that I am in Manchester and just like life and in my career, you never can tell.”

Odion Ighalo is appy to extend Man U contract until January 2021

Finally! Manchester United officially confirm Odion IghaloManchester United have officially confirmed that Odion Ighalo’s loan deal has been extended until January 31, 2021 after they reached an agreement with his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua.

In a statement, the club said: ‘Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.  Ighalo’s tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts – against Club Brugge, Derby County (2) and LASK. Today’s confirmation is a timely boost for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he continues to prepare his squad for this month’s resumption of competitive football.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also thanked Shanghai Shenhua for allowing the 30-year-old to remain in Manchester longer than previously agreed.  “They [Shanghai Greenland Shenhua] have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club,” Solskjaer said. “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.” 

Odion Ighalo, who signed for Manchester United on a short-term loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua back in January transfer window, has scored four times in eight appearances in all competitions before the suspension of the Premier League.

Who will safe Valencia team from coronavirus infection? 35% of squad confirmed positive

?Spanish club, Valencia confirms 35% of squad and backroom staff have tested positive for coronavirusIt has been reported that spanish club, Valencia have confirmed that 35% of their squad and backroom staff have tested positive for the coronavirus but that all cases are currently asymptomatic.

The La Liga club had already reported five cases of coronavirus on Sunday, with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay and France’s Eliaquim Mangala among those who had contracted the virus.

Addressing the coronavirus outbreak at the club, the La Liga side said in a statement: “Several further tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus amongst Valencia coaching staff and players have come back positive,”

“Despite the strict measures adopted by the club after their Champions League game … these latest results show the exposure inherent to such matches has caused a positive test rate of around 35%,” Valencia added.

“All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan.”

Globally, the coronavirus has infected almost 180,000 people and killed over 7,000.

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