Tielemans reveals why he joined Leicester amid Man Utd links

first_imgYouri Tielemans has revealed his desire to push through a transfer before the start of pre-season was a big factor in his decision to ignore rumoured interest from Manchester United and join Leicester permanently.The Foxes signed the 22-year-old from Monaco for a club record fee of £40 million ($50m) on Monday, following his impressive loan spell at the King Power Stadium last season.The Belgium international spent the last sixth months of the 2018-19 campaign with Leicester and he managed to contribute three goals and four assists in 13 Premier League appearances. 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 A number of top European clubs were thought to be chasing Tielemans’ signature this summer, including Man Utd, but he opted to continue his development in familiar surroundings.The midfielder’s agent reportedly expressed a desire to wait and see if Paul Pogba left Old Trafford before making a final decision on his future, but his client wanted to link up with a new squad as soon as possible.Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Tielemans explained that he had his heart set on Leicester ever since the international break at the start of June.”I gave myself some time to think about it but after the international break it was clear to me I wanted to come [to Leicester],” said Tielemans.”The second part of the season went very well for me and the team and I wanted to keep playing at a positive club with a lot of ambition and potential.”I wanted to make pre-season with the club I was going to play for next season which is why we got the deal done and I’m really happy to be here.”Tielemans became the third new arrival at Leicester this summer, after Ayoze Perez and James Justin were also lured to the King Power from Newcastle and Luton respectively.Brendan Rodgers is shaping a squad capable of challenging for a place in the Premier League’s top six, with one of two additional signings expected before August.United, meanwhile, have been frustrated in the market so far and missed out on a few high profile targets, but have at least managed to bring in Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a combined total of £65 million ($81m).Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may also be forced to offload a few key stars, with Pogba’s future at the Theatre of Dreams still very much up in the air as Real Madrid plot an approach and Romelu Lukaku the subject of interest from Serie A giants Inter.last_img read more

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West Ham pre-season: Friendlies, transfers & PL fixtures

first_imgThe 2018-19 season may still be fresh in the mind but for West Ham, they will already be plotting how to improve their standing come 2019-20.Manuel Pellegrini took the Hammers to their best Premier League finish since 2016, guiding them to 10th with a points haul of 52, claiming victories over top six opposition such as Tottenham and Arsenal.However, a dismal cup run that saw them eliminated in the fourth round of both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup – to Wimbledon and Spurs respectively – means there is still much room for improvement. 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? Ahead of the upcoming campaign,  Goal  takes a look at the Hammers’ pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.West Ham pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 11 SCR Altach 4:30pm / 11:30am Cashpoint Arena, Altach Jul 17 Manchester City* 1:30pm / 8:30am Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing Jul 20 Newcastle United 11am / 1.30pm Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai Jul 27 Fulham 3pm / 10am Craven Cottage, London *Part of the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy West Ham kick off their 2019-20 pre-season preparations with a quick trip to Austria enroute to a spell in China, before they return home to London for a derby encounter.Their first friendly match is against SCR Altach on July 11, in the western state of Vorarlberg, before they head east for the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy.There, they will face Manchester City on July 17 in Nanjing – and depending on their result, they will subsequently face either Newcastle United or Wolves in either the final or a third-place match on July 20They then return back to the United Kingdom, when they make a short trip across the capital to face Fulham , who are preparing for life back in the Championship, on July 27.West Ham 2019-20 transfer activity Manuel Pellegrini West Ham UnitedWest Ham have already announced that they will release a dozen players, who will bid farewell to London Stadium ahead of the new campaign.Only one player so far has found a new home, with academy product Jay Mingi making the short trip to Chalton Athletic.That means major faces like Andy Carroll and Adrian are on the lookout for a new club following the conclusion of their careers with the Hammers.There has already been an incoming arrival however, with the Irons confirming that they have signed goalkeeper Roberto from Espanyol.A Spain youth international, the 33-year-old has been bounced around La Liga as well as Portugal and Greece for much of his career and will hope to make a more permanent home in London upon his arrival.The club completed the record signing of forward Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in July.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date GK Roberto Espanyol Free Jul 1 MF Pablo Fornals Villareal £24m Jun 14 GK David Martin Millwall Free Jun 3 FW Sebastien Haller Eintracht Frankfurt £45 Jul 17 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date GK Adrian Released N/A Jul 1 DF Mason Barrett Released N/A Jul 1 FW Andy Carroll Released N/A Jul 1 MF Kevin Dalipi Released N/A Jul 1 MF Moses Makasi Released N/A Jul 1 FW Toni Martínez Released N/A Jul 1 MF Jay Mingi Charlton Athletic N/A Jul 1 MF Samir Nasri Released N/A Jul 1 DF Vashon Neufville Released N/A Jul 1 DF Josh Pask Released N/A Jul 1 FW Odysseas Spyridis Released N/A Jul 1 MF Noha Sylvestre Released N/A Jul 1 West Ham 2019-20 Premier League fixtures West Ham discovered their Premier League schedule on the morning of June 13, when the 2019-20 season fixtures are released.Games will kick off on August 10 with their entry into the Carabao Cup later that month when they join the competition in the second round.The Hammers will get their Premier League season underway against Manchester City at 12:30pm on August 10 at the London Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Zidane responds after Bale scores in win over Arsenal

first_imgZinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale’s goalscoring performance against Arsenal but insisted nothing had changed with the Real Madrid outcast.Bale came off the bench to rescue Madrid in the International Champions Cup, scoring from close range to bring his side back into the match after they trailed 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Tipped to leave Madrid this summer, Bale sat out the loss to Bayern Munich, with Zidane confirming after the match that the club were looking to offload the winger this summer.  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? That sparked a war of words between the club and the player’s representative, with agent Jonathan Barnett​ calling Zidane “a disgrace​” before the Real Madrid boss insisted that he had not disrespected the Wales international.Zidane also claimed that Bale did not play against Bayern because he didn’t want to, leading to suggestions that he may have played his last game for the club.But he was surprisingly involved in Maryland after Zidane claimed the 30-year-old was close to departing the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring early in the second half to spark a comeback in a match that Madrid eventually won on penalties.Despite scoring in the game, Zidane insists nothing has changed in terms of Bale’s future, leaving open the possibility that the former Tottenham winger could be on the move before the start of the new season. Asked about Bale’s performance on Tuesday, Zidane – who saw Nacho Fernandez sent off in the ninth minute for a handball – told reporters: “He has played a good game and I am happy for him. As I am for everyone.”He is with us and we will continue working. We played well 10 against 11 and were better with 10 against 10. I don’t know what will happen. He wanted to play and the other day he didn’t.”I haven’t talked to him. He has trained normally and that’s why he played. Nothing has changed, you know what the situation is like.”The club’s ICC commitments for the year will come to an end on Friday, when they take on rivals Atletico Madrid in New Jersey before heading to Germany to play in the Audi Cup.They will face Tottenham in the semi-final of that pre-season competition on July 30 before another friendly clash with RB Salzburg on August 7.Zidane and his side kick-off their 2019-20 Liga campaign with an away fixture against Celta Vigo on August 17.last_img read more

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TV Channel Update For The Auburn-Washington Game

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Update: The Auburn-Washington game will be starting at 3:40 p.m. E.T. on ABC everywhere outside of Ohio and Oregon.ABC will switch to the Auburn-Washington game at 2:40 CT for everyone outside of Ohio and Oregon.— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) September 1, 2018Earlier: Auburn and Washington highlight college football’s afternoon slate Week 1. The Tigers and the Huskies are set to meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, Ga.The Auburn-Washington game is scheduled to be televised on ABC. However, weather delays in the Ohio State-Oregon State game have caused some problems.It’s not looking like the Auburn-Washington game will be starting on ABC, at least nationally.We’re now past the 3:30 p.m. start time on ABC and the Ohio State-Oregon State game is still being shown on ABC.Auburn and Washington fans are, unsurprisingly, freaking out a bit when it comes to their game.“What’s the tv plan for Auburn-Washington since Ohio State-Oregon State still has two quarters to go??” everyone is wondering, as highlighted by Allen Smith.What’s the tv plan for Auburn-Washington since Ohio State-Oregon State still has two quarters to go?? #CFAKickoff @AuburnFootball @ESPNCFB— Allen Smith (@alnsmith521) September 1, 2018ESPN and ABC have yet to issue an official update on the Auburn-Washington TV channel situation.It seems likely that the game will start on an ESPN channel (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN News) until the Ohio State-Oregon State game finishes up on ABC.Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

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Former NFL Exec “Wouldn’t Be Shocked’ If Kyler Murray Returned To Oklahoma

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)It’s no secret Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has a major decision to make. The star quarterback signed with the Oakland Athletics after the team made him the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.Oakland reached an agreement with Murray, allowing him to play football for the Sooners this season. However, after Oklahoma’s berth into the College Football Playoff, many wondered if Murray would either take his talents to the NFL or return to Oklahoma to finish what he started.Murray and the Sooners lost to Alabama in the Orange Bowl and after the game the star quarterback said this year was “not satisfying.”Longtime NFL analyst and executive Gil Brandt made a bold prediction for Murray. He “wouldn’t be shocked” to see Murray back on the Oklahoma sideline in 2019.Two things I wouldn’t be shocked if they happened in 2019:1. Kliff Kingsbury was an NFL HC2. Kyler Murray returned to OU— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 3, 2019Oklahoma fans would be thrilled with the return of the Heisman Trophy-winner. Would Murray spurn the Athletics to return for another year of college football?We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

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