Real Madrid will only sign Christian Eriksen if they offload fringe players

first_imgREAL MADRID will only land Spurs wantaway Christian Eriksen if they can offload their fringe players, according to reports.The La Liga side are keen admirers of the Danish international whose time at Tottenham is appearing to come to an end.2 Christian Eriksen may have to reconsider his futureCredit: PA:Press AssociationEriksen’s contract expires at the end of the season and unless Spurs sell him in January, he will leave for nothing next summer.It is believed that the 27-year-old is holding out for a move to the Bernabeu despite a host of European clubs monitoring his situation.But he may need to reconsider his options with the pursestrings tightened at Real Madrid.According to AS, Zinedine Zidane will have his hands tied when it comes to signing players in the New Year unless they flog those struggling for game time.Isco, Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz are just three players thought to be on the transfer list.Real spent around £258million on transforming their squad in the summer including the big-money arrivals of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Chelsea, Newcastle and Liverpool vs Spurs scores this coming week and win £100most 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsReports in Spain also suggest that Real could offer Isco as a makeweight for Eriksen’s arrival.The Spaniard has made just two league starts this season and is concerned that his lack of first-team football could impact his role at Euro 2020.Both Manchester City and Arsenal have been linked with moves for the playmaker in the past and AS further write that a loan move is the most likely option with a view to a Premier League switch.2 Isco is one of the names that could be heading for the exit doorCredit: AFP or licensorsGalatasaray vs Real Madrid FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clashlast_img read more

Pochettino ‘accomplished objectives’ at Spurs as he sends farewell to fans

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has thanked Tottenham fans for their support and claims he “accomplised the objectives” set out for him at the club.Poch, 47, was sacked eight days ago and promptly replaced by Jose Mourinho.3 Mauricio Pochettino was sacked eight days ago and replaced by Jose Mourinho as Spurs managerCredit: AFP or licensorsBut the former Argentina defender has backed his tenure, despite failing to win a trophy or the Champions League final.And fired a warning that he is sure he will meet Spurs again — probably in an opponent’s dugout.In a statement through the League Manager’s Association, Pochettino has spoken for the first time since his sacking.He said: “I would like to thank Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy for giving me the opportunity to be part of Tottenham Hotspur’s history.”I would like to thank also everyone I met at Tottenham, all the club staff and the football players during these 5½ years.”Finally, I would like to give a special mention to the fans who make this club so great with their fantastic support.”I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives I was asked for in our first meeting.”There were equally tough challenges as exciting success.”Best wishes for the future, I am sure we will cross paths again.”3MOST 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsPochettino’s son Maurizio still plays for the North London club and played in their 1-0 Uefa Youth League win over Olympiakos.He also still has a flag adorning one of the walls inside the new Tottenham Stadium.Manchester United have been hotly tipped as the club who could hire Pochettino next, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to struggle getting results.3last_img read more

Spurs kid Parrott denied loan because of his BIRTHDAY in bizarre Uefa rule

first_imgTROY PARROTT was blocked from landing a loan move from Tottenham because of his BIRTHDATE.Spurs discovered there was no point in allowing the Irish international striker because of a bizarre Uefa rule relating to their rule on home-grown players.1 Troy Parrott has been blocked from leaving Spurs on loan due to a bizarre Uefa ruleCredit: Getty Images – GettyParrott, 17,who has played twice for the first-team this season, was wanted for the rest of the season by Burnley, Charlton, FC Twente in Holland and also Den Haag, now managed by Alan Pardew.To qualify for Uefa’s Champions League B list as a home-grown player, Parrott has to complete two uninterrupted years at Tottenham.Because he signed from Irish side Belvedere on his 16th birthday – February 4 2018 – Parrott’s two years will not be completed until he turns 18 on Tuesday.If he had left for another club yesterday, even in England, he would have fallen short of the full two years and there would have been a total reset.On his return to Spurs in the summer, he would have been required to have played another two years at Spurs to qualify as a home-grown player on the B list in the eyes of Uefa.This will disappoint Irish national boss Mick McCarthy, who gave Parrott his senior Irish debut  in November in a 3-1 win over New Zealand. He was also keen for the player to get some games under his belt.Parrott made his senior Spurs debut in the Carabao Cup tie at Colchester in September and played in the Premier League for the first time in Tottenham’s 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in December.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerIn both the Champions League and Europa League, clubs must submit two lists – A and B – to their national associations at the start of the season.On the A list, there is a maximum of 25 players. There must be a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for ‘locally trained players’ who have been in that country for three years aged between 15 and 21.Teams can have as many home-grown players on their B list born after January 1 1995 but they must have been at the club for two consecutive years.last_img read more

Vunipola out of Lions tour

first_imgVunipola had been nursing the injury throughout the Aviva Premiership while playing for Saracens.England backrower James Haskell will replace Vunipola and will join the camp following the Premiership final this weekend.Vunipola, who was born in Australia, has played 34 tests for England and was expected to be the starting number eight for the Lions in their three-test series against the All Blacks.Lions coach Warren Gatland said he was disappointed for Vunipola, who had been looking forward to joining the squad”He has been carrying an injury and feels he wouldn’t be able to contribute fully to the Tour and needs further medical treatment. We really appreciate his honesty in making this decision and wish him luck with his recovery.”We have called up James to the squad, we wish him all the best next weekend and look forward to welcoming him into camp before we depart.”last_img read more

Gutsy Manly scrape past Roosters

first_imgThe win was Manly’s second on the trot, but it could come at a cost with Jamie Buhrer leaving the field in the first-half with a suspected broken thumb while star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans came off with an ankle sprain late in the game.Saturday night’s loss was the fourth in a row to start the year for the Roosters, but coach Trent Robinson would have to be pleased with the improved effort.Shaun Kenny-Dowall had a night to remember, capping off his 200th game in the NRL with two tries, 192 metres and two line breaks. The early signs weren’t great for the Roosters as they fell behind inside the first five minutes. A Latrell Mitchell error gifted the Sea Eagles tremendous field position, and courtesy of a Feleti Mateo speculative floater and some terrific hands from Jorge Taufua, Manly crossed out wide for an early 6-0 lead. After conceding 103 points in their opening three games, the famed ‘Bondi Wall’ was seemingly back and ensured that would be the last time their line was breached in the opening half, with Manly’s only other points coming via a penalty goal in the 25th minute.After falling behind, the Roosters swiftly lifted their intensity and were rewarded in the 11th minute with the milestone man Shaun Kenny-Dowall finishing off some classy work from Blake Ferguson to score his 113th try for the Tricolours. The hosts then levelled the game four minutes later via the boot of Sio Siua Taukeiaho, before Lyon’s penalty goal allowed Manly to retake the lead. Having crossed earlier in the game, Kenny-Dowall turned a solid milestone game into one he’ll never forget. After watching Bulldogs centre Josh Morris celebrate his 200th game with a first-half double on Friday, the Roosters winger followed suit, leaping high to snatch a Jackson Hastings kick to cross in the corner.It was just rewards for the Roosters, who had only moments earlier had a chaotic try to Sio Siua Taukeiaho disallowed after he lost possession in the process of scoring.  The second half couldn’t have started any differently for both sides, with Taufua spilling a Hastings kick on almost the same blade of grass as Mitchell’s error to start the game. A few plays later Hastings linked up with Ferguson, who dummied to Kenny-Dowall, fended away from Brown and scored to increase the hosts’ lead. It looked like the home side would run away with it after a brutal set of six saw them march 70 metres down field, but a poor kick from skipper Jake Friend killed any hopes of more points.The Roosters would rue that missed opportunity, as Manly piled on 14 points in six minutes to take back the lead. The first came with Daly Cherry-Evans finding Dylan Walker out the back before the Manly No.6 put on the afterburners to race 20 metres and score his second try of the season. A penalty goal to Lyon levelled the scores with 23 minutes to play, before the Manly skipper combined with Tom Trbojevic to score a breathtaking try down the right touchline to reclaim the lead. Suddenly down by six, the Roosters needed a spark and got one through their 200-game-man. Having put his side in good field position with a strong run, Kenny-Dowall watched on as his teammates threw the ball around hot-potato style, before Daniel Tupou toed through a stray Latrell Mitchell offload to score.Hastings had a chance to level the scores, but couldn’t slot what was a very difficult sideline conversion. With six minutes remaining it looked as if the Roosters had stolen their first win of the season with an apparent try to Mitchell, but the Bunker intervened, ruling Mitchell Aubusson offside in the build-up.The Roosters had a couple of late chances, but couldn’t produce the special play required to get the win.Sea Eagles 22 (Jorge Taufua, Dylan Walker, Jamie Lyon tries; Jamie Lyon 5 goals) defeatedRoosters 20 (Shaun Kenny-Dowall 2, Blake Ferguson, Daniel Tupou tries; Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Jackson Hastings 1 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Half-time: 10-8 Roosters. Penalties: 9-4 Roosters. Crowd: 12,271. Injuries: Jamie Buhrer (broken hand) and Daly Cherry-Evans (foot).last_img read more

Rio Olympics: Daniel Smith overcomes addiction to join swimming team

first_imgSmith was a talented junior swimmer and won a string of Australian Junior Championships, but in his late teens ice pushed his life off the rails and he was soon living on the street.”It was difficult, but I guess the pain that I suffered, the pain that I dealt with has actually put me in a position now to give back to others,” he said.”That’s what my life’s all about now. I’m all about giving hope to the next generation and giving hope to other people who are addicted to drugs.”Smith said his five-year drug and alcohol addiction not only affected his swimming career, but his family relationships as well.”I destroyed my family and they’re still healing now from the whole situation,” he said.”You can understand what it’d be like watching your son literally destroy his life.”His mother Julie Smith said it was a difficult period for their family.”We felt for him because we knew it wasn’t him,” she said.”We just didn’t know what to do.”We saw psychologists and psychiatrists, everything, and nobody could give us an answer on how to help him.”Smith said it was his love of the pool and his faith that helped him get his life back on track.Earlier this year he finished fourth in the 200 metres freestyle at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide to secure his spot in the relay team in Rio.Smith’s long-term coach Dennis Cottrell said it was an incredible achievement.last_img read more

Costa accelerates and already runs on tape

first_imgThe goal is Liverpool. Arrive by then. Be prepared. Again this winter, like last, that is the signing of Cholo, for the team and especially for the front. His presence in the eleven against Juventus, then, was the letter with which the rojiblancos assaulted the Italian team in the first round of the Champions League. Operated on Thursday, November 21, two months have passed since a recovery which was estimated at two and a half-three and the Spanish-Brazilian accelerates in its recovery: it already runs at a good pace on the tape. Diego Costa himself showed it this noon on his social networks, once rojiblanco training was finished. Since his operation, the striker has worked in the shadow of the gym but within the deadlines. Four days ago I walked. He is running today. In the next few weeks he will jump on the grass again, getting closer to what the Cholo so much desires, the return of The beast. The Hispanic-Brazilian, priority of SimeoneAlthough since his return to Atlético, he returned to play in January 2018, they have not been those of the Costa who left, less this season (two goals in 15 games, with three assists), his presence always intimidates the rivals. Rooted in the name of Cavani in the signing of ‘9’, a commitment of Cholo as it was in his day the return of Costa, the Argentine coach has not lost faith in the Hispanic-Brazilian and his plan is clear: to play as soon as he is ready. There is little left.last_img read more

Kenin, the Kournikova fan who came from the cold and challenged Roddick

first_imgSofia Kenin (Moscow, 21 years previous) might have been the successor of her idol, Anna Kournikova, in Russia if her dad and mom, Alexander and Lena, had not determined to maneuver to the United States when their daughter was just a few months previous. That they had lived a number of years earlier than in New York in 1987, however they returned to their homeland in order that different members of their household might assist them deal with the youngster. After they determined to return to America, to Pembroke Pines (Florida), they did it with little cash, however they survived. And Sofia, or Sonya, as his family members name him, might begin taking part in tennis with solely 5 years, at the request of his father, who had practiced as an novice.Rick Macci, a prestigious coach who had taken Roddick, Capriati, Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, amongst different stars, observed the lady. He educated him till age 12 (now his father does). “It was a scary little creature, it had a formidable coordination and a terrific means to hit the ball as quickly because it bounces, though his racket was greater than her, ”Macci mentioned. And it was true. When she was seven, she mentioned she would be capable of subtract a serve from Roddick, in a video that went viral and the one which was seen utilizing the identical racket with which Andy performed, which was primary in the world in 2003 and 2004. The previous rescued these photos final Thursday to congratulate Kenin. A photograph of Sofia was additionally made well-known at the moment when she is worked up in Kournikova’s arms. She quickly turned a baby prodigy and came to take part in an exhibition with Jim Courier towards Venus Williams and Todd Martin. As junior he received the Orange Bowl, though his best success in Grand Slams was to be a finalist in the 2015 US Open. That 12 months he participated in the senior workforce, though he didn’t go the first spherical. Actually, his explosion has been late and he arrived final 12 months, when he received his first three titles, in Hobart, Mallorca and Guangzhou, and was a finalist in Acapulco, successes that positioned him in the top-20 (he’ll go away Melbourne at the least ninth, seventh if he lifts the title) and took the prize to the participant of better development of the WTA. In doubles he received alongside Genie Bouchard in Auckland and with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Beijing. In Roland Garros it didn’t go eighth, its cap till then, and half a 12 months later it’s in the last of the Australian Open, the youngest that reaches it in additional than a decade. He loves films, going out with pals, music, his iPhone, touring and taking part in along with his sister and his pals. That is Sofia Kenin, the lady who went from the cold of Moscow to the warmth of Florida … and Melbourne.last_img read more

Svitolina sweeps Rus and will play the title against Bouzkova

first_imgThe favourite Konta, sixteenth of the world rating, began effectively, however discovered a solution in Bouzkova who risked with community rises and in the sixth recreation made a break to win the first set 6-3.In the second once more the battle was closed; Bouzkova maintained good effectiveness in his service and in the ninth recreation he broke a tie 4-4 to take benefit with a break that confirmed minutes later with what secured his go to the last.The Monterrey event takes place on the onerous courtroom with a prize pool of $ 275,000, of which the winner of this Sunday will take 43,000.Though for its situation of first sown and its place in the rating, the seven, Svitolina is designated as favourite, the Ukrainian should present her finest tennis to take the title against a motivated rival as a result of she is in her first WTA last after defeating one in all the finest tennis gamers of the second.The Monterrey Open serves most of the most important draw gamers in preparation earlier than dealing with the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments, WTA Premier Premier tournaments. The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina wanted solely 55 minutes to beat the Dutch Arantxa Rus on Saturday 6-0, 6-1 and qualify for the last of the Monterrey Tennis Open that will play against the Czech Marie Bouzkova.In one in all the most dominating matches in his skilled profession, Svitolina, first favourite, imposed situations along with his service in the first set in the that broke in the three alternatives of serve of Rus to prevail by 6-0.The Dutchwoman appeared to enhance at the begin of the second spherical; he maintained his service, nevertheless from the third recreation he was overwhelmed once more and He fell 6-1 with what the Ukrainian signed his go to the last by which he will face Bouzkova, 21.This Saturday the Czech was correct with a break in every set to get rid of the British Johanna Konta, second preclassified, 6-3, 6-4.last_img read more

The ten rules of soccer unknown to the fan

first_img5- Play with less than seven footballersThe regulation stipulates that if a team has less than seven players on the pitch, the match is won directly by their rival. However, if Osasuna suffers four expulsions and Roberto Torres has to go out to the band to change boots, in no case would he lose. In that case, there is an important nuance: the referee should not let the game continue until the midfielder returns with his teammates, but he must not stop it if he leaves with the ball in motion.6- Goals and unauthorized presencesNerves can Simeone, who occupies a small space on the field when Álvaro Morata scores in a heads-up with the rival goalkeeper. The referee sees it and not only must he tell the Argentine coach to get into his technical area, but, according to the regulations, he must cancel the goal regardless of the impact of Cholo on the play. Yes, it would validate both if it is Klopp who is in the box when the Atletico striker beats Adrián San Miguel. An even stranger situation. Maxi Gómez is substituted before a corner in favor of Atalanta and withdraws from the pitch for his baseline. The Italian team dribbles the corner kick and, after a couple of rebounds, has a free ball to score. At that time, the Uruguayan forward, already substituted, decided to enter the area to save the rival goal on the line. He succeeds and in a rejection, Papu Gómez scores. The referee must validate the goal.7- The unknown ball to the groundIn current football, the concept of neutral pot (now the ball on the ground) has disappeared and it is the referee who leaves the ball next to the team that had it controlled at the time the game was stopped. If when throwing the ball it touches a footballer before falling to the ground, it is repeated. Also if after the boat he leaves without anyone touching him. More striking is the goal after a neutral pot. The situation: the referee leaves the dead ball to Frenkie de Jong in front of the area. He decides to shoot directly into the goal and his shot ends at the bottom of the net without anyone touching him.. The result of that action would be a goal kick for the Blaugrana rival.8- Goal kickIt seems impossible, but have you ever wondered if a goal would be valid in the kickoff? If the ball enters the rival goal it would be. Of course, in no case could a goal be scored in one’s own goal. Here’s the situation: Real Madrid take off center and Karim Benzema gives the ball back to Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian slips and the ball enters the white goal without any footballer having touched it. The goal does not go up and the referee must signal a corner in favor of the rival team.9- Long pants on goalkeepersFootballers must wear their team’s shirt, pants, socks and all underwear must go together to avoid confusion. Goalkeepers also have the added bonus of being able to wear long pants if they require it. An advantage only allowed for them.10- Indirect free kickAlso called a barrier penalty, it is an unusual move in today’s football. It can be pointed out by assignment, dangerous play, iron … and also by two strange situations that hardly occur or, failing that, are never called. For the video game fan, when a goalkeeper blocks the ball with his hand, he has a series of seconds to set it in motion. In case of not doing it, the machine responds automatically and hits a long ball. In reality, the referee should signal free indirect. The same would happen if a footballer insults another with the ball in motion. Nothing is further from reality, these actions are usually left in anecdotes.Check all the rules of the game. Every year, the International Football Association Board, known to all as the IFAB, publishes the rules that govern soccer worldwide. From season to season, small arrangements are introduced such as only one man at the kickoff, allowing the fourth change in overtime… Looking ahead to the next campaign, there are also issues under debate such as the protocol of the VAR in the offside or the possibility of introducing temporary substitutions in case of shock. However, in the published document there are hundreds of immovable rules and some of them are hardly known even by the protagonists themselves. Curiosities, situations not covered … Diez somewhat strange nuances and that you may not know before reading these lines.1- Throw-insSomething as simple as a throw-in has a number of nuances in the regulation that are not as popularized because of their improbability. If in a shot a player gets the ball into his own goal without anyone touching it, it will be a corner kick for the rival, just like in a free kick. If a goal is scored in favor of this same method, the opponent would enjoy a goal kick. Furthermore, if a footballer takes a throw-in and the ball fails to enter the field, the throw should in principle be repeated.2- The goals and the sticks7.32 meters wide, 2.44 meters high … The dimensions of the goal do not cater to interpretation. However, the posts do not have to be round. They can also be square, rectangular or elliptical in shape as long as they remain standing, they are white and have the same width and thickness.3- From goal to goal …The typical phrase of the school playground is valid in the royal regulations. If a goalkeeper, with his hand, scores a goal in the rival goal, the goal will be canceled and a goal kick will be awarded. If you do it with your foot, however, it will go up to the scoreboard. Another curiosity in goals: if the referee scores a goal and the ball does not enter the goal, he should logically cancel it. The regulations do not include the option of whistling for a goal, not entering, but in rejecting the ball it does end up inside the rival network.4- Penalty kicksA relatively frequent situation, but not too well known. The IFAB Laws of the Game state that if in a penalty shoot-out a team has ten players and another with eleven, the one who has no numerical inferiority must be compared to his rival. In other words, in the Super Cup final, Atlético de Madrid could only count on ten pitchers in the round, the same as Zidane’s team after the expulsion of Fede Valverde. Before the start of the round, Simeone had to inform the referee which of his players would not shoot. Although it seems the opposite, from this circumstance the one who has eleven footballers benefits, since the least experienced will get rid and the specialist will pitch along with one of the rival’s best pitchers.Something rare, but more widespread among soccer fans is that if Iago Aspas takes a penalty on the post, goes for the rejection and scores, the goal would not go up to the scoreboard. The regulation does not allow the maximum penalty thrower to collect the rebound, as long as his shot hit the club and the goalkeeper did not intervene.Before penalties, the best example is given that the rules are not always strictly observed. The rules of the game impose a maximum minute of rest between the first part and the second part of extra time.. On a day-to-day basis, on rare occasions it stays in just 60 seconds of refreshment. Although the respite is minimal, it is usually longer. That yes, the regulation gives power to the referee to extend it whenever it considers it necessary.last_img read more