TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Ryan Bennett has agreed terms over a new two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux.The centre-back had 18 months left on his old deal but will commit his future on improved terms until 2021, says the Daily Star.He has impressed in Wolves’ return to the Premier League with the club sitting 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.Bennett joined on a free transfer from Norwich in 2017 and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the Championship last season.He has made 49 appearances for Wolves, scoring once, and has played in 15 of the club’s 16 top flight matches this term.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says they must build on victory at Southampton.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.“I’m happy,” Pellegrini said. “When you start with zero points in 12 then it’s always difficult to recover your position in this way. “In this moment, we are in the top ten. We will continue fighting and improving and, with 27 points, in the second round, we continue improving with our winning mentality, and we try to finish the season as near the top of the table as we can.”He continued: “I thought we played a very good game. From the first minute, we had the intention of winning the game and I thought we were very balanced in the whole game. “We worked most parts of the game in our opponent’s side and we defended very well. They didn’t have many options. “The important thing [when Southampton scored] is we continued to play in the same way, draw the game immediately, and then we scored the winning goal.”
Chelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. The defender made his return from a long-term injury in Saturday’s win over Wolves.But Lampard says he suffered a groin injury in the clash and could potentially be out long-term once again.”Toni is injured,” Lampard confirmed. “At the weekend he bothered a small groin problem that he has been carrying the last couple of weeks so he is out. “He will have a scan later today to see where he is at. Hopefully it is not long-term.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Atletico point doesn’t mean a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was left frustrated with their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Los Blancos went into this weekend as LaLiga Santander round as leaders and Ramos wanted them to prove their strength by beating Los Rojiblancos.”These games against Atletico are very physical,” he said to Movistar afterwards.”It’s one of the most difficult stadiums we have to visit throughout the season and it’s important to keep a clean sheet.”But in attack it’s hard to create chances because they don’t leave much space.”This point doesn’t mean a lot because we wanted three.”Madrid have improved at the back in recent weeks, and Ramos admitted it’s something they’ve been aware of.”It’s something we’ve been working on, being forceful,” he explained.”Everything adds up and I think we’re enjoying a good spell.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Dele Alli insists Spurs players behind Pochettinoby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli believes that everyone at the club is firmly behind their manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs are struggling for confidence and form, especially in the Premier League.It has seen them slip in the top four race and prompted talks about Pochettino’s future at the club. But Alli insists every one of Spurs’ players is behind the Argentine coach.He told reporters: “Yeah, 1,000 per cent [players are behind Pochettino].”A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him.”We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.”When things are not going our way, it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players.”We’re doing that and we are going to keep working hard.”
Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.
Georgia State, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, just ended the game on a 13-0 run to shock No. 3 seed Baylor, 57-56. Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter, the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter, hit the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown with 2.8 seconds remaining.Hunter struggled much of the day, scoring just two points in the first half. His dad coached the whole game in a rolling stool after tearing his left achilles tendon celebrating the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship last week.This is what happened to Ron Hunter when R.J. made his game-winner. March Madness is amazing.
Barcelona confirmed that midfielder Denis Suarez joined Arsenal on loan for the remainder of 2018-19, before quickly deleting the announcement from their website.The deleted post confirmed that prior to departing Barca, Suarez extended his contract by one year to take him through the 2020-21 season. In addition, the announcement confirmed that the Gunners would retain an option to buy Suarez, and would be paying his salary for the rest of the season. 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? Goal reported earlier this week that a breakthrough had been made in talks between the two sides, with the 25-year-old set to join the Gunners for the rest of the current campaign. On Tuesday, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed that a deal was nearing completion. “I know Denis was in this situation. It’s not official yet and we have to wait a little,” Valverde told a news conference.”It was a possibility that everyone valued, and we hope that things go well.”With manager Unai Emery confirming his side would only be targeting loan deals in January, Suarez was identified as a player who could help the Gunners on the flanks. Suarez has been brought in to compete for playing time with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury. The midfielder has played 71 total games with Barca since re-joining the club in 2016, but has been scarcely used in the current season.Suarez has just two La Liga appearances this term, to go along with six appearances combined in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. In his time with the Blaugrana, Suarez has scored eight goals and has won five trophies: one La Liga, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.Talks between the clubs have been ongoing for weeks and initially broke down after Barcelona insisted on an obligation-to-buy clause being inserted in the loan agreement.Suarez will be reunited with Emery at Arsenal, with the Gunners boss having managed Suarez during a loan spell at Sevilla in 2014-15. At the international level, Suarez has earned one cap with the Spanish national team, which came in May 2016.
Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Bould will both take on new roles at Arsenal this summer as part of a reshuffle to the club’s coaching staff.Ljungberg only returned to the Emirates Stadium last summer following a spell in Germany as Andries Jonker’s assistant at Wolfsburg.The Swede took over as Under-23s coach and guided his team to an impressive second-placed finish in Premier League 2, ending the season just four points behind champions Everton. 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? But Goal understands Ljungberg will now make the step-up to first-team duties where he will work closely alongside Unai Emery and his assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo next season.The switch is part of a wider restructuring at the club aimed at realigning staff with key skills and objectives.As part of that, Bould – who spent last season as one of Emery’s assistants – will also take on a new role at the Emirates Stadium this summer.The club stalwart was one of the few members of Arsene Wenger’s coaching staff who remained at the club following the Frenchman’s departure last summer.But his involvement with the first-team this season has always seemed somewhat limited, with Carcedo taking the predominant role in training sessions and on a matchday.There have been suggestions that Bould could end his long association with Arsenal this summer and look to move elsewhere, but Goal has learned that the Gunners do not want to lose the 56-year-old and view him as an essential part of the club’s future.He will instead take up the role of Under-23s coach vacated by Ljungberg as well as working closely alongside academy manager Per Mertesacker focusing on the development and progression of the club’s youth players.Before replacing Pat Rice as Wenger’s assistant manager in 2012, Bould enjoyed a hugely successful time in charge of Arsenal’s Under-18s, winning the Premier Academy League on 2009 and 2010.Bould, who made 372 appearances for the Gunners between 1988 and 1999, also led Arsenal to an FA Youth Cup victory in 2009 and had an excellent record in bringing players through who went on to play a big part in the first-team set-up.And that will be a key emphasis on his new role within the club’s highly-rated youth set-up. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised the contribution of Christian Pulisic after the winger finally made his first appearance for the club in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.The 20-year-old American joined the Blues from Borussia Dortmund back in January this year for a fee of €64 million ($73 million/£58 million), but was immediately loaned back to the Bundesliga outfit for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.As such, his Chelsea debut has been on ice since he completed his move to west London, but all that changed on Friday during a pre-season clash with their J-League opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Lampard was quick to commend the Pennsylvanian-born wide-man after he was introduced from the bench in the 65th minute in Yokohama – particularly given the fact he only joined up with his new teammates earlier this week following his involvement with the USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.When asked about Pulisic’s performance after his first defeat as Chelsea manager, Lampard said: “Good. He has only been here a couple of days really in terms of training, so I have been really impressed. “He’s comfortable on the ball and I think he should have had a penalty towards the end of the game. “He wants to try to take people on – the sort of player the fans are going to like – so we have to give him a little bit of time to adapt slightly.“But the way he has trained, and the way he has come in with his personality looks great, so I am really pleased to have him.”Despite the end result, which saw Kawasaki Frontale snatch a late victory thanks to former Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, Pulisic himself was pleased to finally get his debut under his belt.And with Barcelona up next in the J-League World Challenge, his fitness is set to be tested even further over the coming days and weeks.“I’m really happy to be here with the team, and to get an actual match for the first time feels really good,” he told Chelsea TV. “We wanted to come out with a win, but I’m definitely happy.“They were very good opponents. As you saw, they tested us for 90 minutes and scored a good goal in the end. It was a tough one, but that’s why we’re training and getting ready for the season.“We want to try and progress in every game and get more and more match fit, and I think that helped us out today.“It’s been tough getting into things, but I’m feeling really good. It’s great to work with the coach and all these guys – it has tested me and I’m having a great time so far.“I grew up watching him (Lampard), so to have him here giving me pointers and helping the team – it’s awesome to have him around. It’s nice to have a guy that we can really relate to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.