TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta denies he’s in talks with Antonio Conte.The former Chelsea boss is being linked with Luciano Spalletti’s job at Inter.Marotta said, “I said Spalletti is a very good Coach, who did well throughout his career, so we’ve got to let him work. “I want to underline he too came to Inter last season, climbed into some important positions after a long time out, so must be left to work with calm.“It is up to the club to make the right moves on the market and work with the Coach and all together to form a winning project.”
AC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone says working with Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for his development.Higuain is on-loan at Milan from Juventus this season.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say FIGC president Gravina open to suspending Serie A after San Siro incidentsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina admits Serie A could be suspended after shocking incidents around Inter Milan’s win over Napoli.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“It’s something we’ll consider,” Gravina told Il Messaggero.“Now we need to take a moment and coordinate ourselves: we have a problem of public order and as such it must be managed, as well as the fact of playing or not.“I’m worried about this surreal climate. I’m not a psychologist, but it’s clear that some of the players were very nervous at San Siro.“Right now I’m in a period of reflection because what happened was very serious. We’ll hear from the ministry and CONI and then we’ll decide.“We’re verifying whether there were three calls and no stop, but it seems only one was made. Today the prosecutor will intervene and say his piece, but what happened was very bad.“The players were too nervous on the field. The referee will write what he thought, but if he made some mistakes then he’ll also be looked at.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitutionby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker was forced off at half-time against Wolves due to injury.The defender was substituted for Aleks Zinchenko during the interval of the 2-0 defeat.”Kyle could not continue in the second half,” he said.”The first half all the dangerous situations we created were from Joao. On the left side he was the most brilliant player on the team.”Kyle had an infection in his stomach. He didn’t train so well, he lost a lot of weight and he made an incredible effort to play because we needed fast players with the problems we had backwards because we knew we needed to make the build up with three in the back and not four. But at half-time he said he didn’t feel good so we make the change.”
Liverpool legend Carragher apologises to Evra: Not enough courageby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has apologised to Patrice Evra for wearing a t-shirt in support of Luis Suarez after their race row.Ex-Liverpool striker Suarez was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Evra in December 2011.Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 before his Liverpool team-mates including Carragher backed the Uruguayan by wearing the ‘Suarez 7’ T-shirts in a warm-up at Wigan.Carragher and Evra were both pundits on Sky’s Monday Night Football and the former Liverpool centre-back admitted: “Apologies. There is no doubt we made a massive mistake. That was obvious. As a club we got it massively wrong.“I didn’t have enough courage to say I’m not wearing it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN/SmithESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is in a bit of hot water again, this time for a perceived sexist comment he made on SportsCenter Thursday night. Smith, while doing a highlight of the Women’s World Cup, commented that Germany’s defenders didn’t want to “mess their hair up” while defending a free kick (which leveled the game) against Norway. Smith’s choice of words, which don’t even make sense given the replay, offended a number of people, including some of his ESPN colleagues.Here’s video, if you haven’t seen it:Kate Fagan, ESPNW writer, was among those who weren’t thrilled. There were others too.What happens when you’re uneducated about something, don’t get educated, but talk about it anyway? –> http://t.co/ZthyoQHhts— Kate Fagan (@katefagan3) June 12, 2015Smith has since apologized for his comments in a four-part Twitter message. 1-of-3: Folks, as usual, something I’ve said is gaining steam so let me address this right now: on @SportsCenter, doing highlights, I made a— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015Flip comment in fun about a women’s soccer team not wanting to mess up their hair. Obviously, my comments were in poor taste. I have nothing— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015But the utmost respect for athletes of all genders — Especially since most are better than I’ll ever be — so please KNOW I’m very sorry.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015I apologize. It certainly was not my intent to offend anyone.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015It remains to be seen as to whether ESPN will suspend Smith. It wouldn’t be the first time.[The Big Lead]
Big 12.The Big 12 dropped some interesting news Friday, announcing that starting in 2017, the league will bring back a conference championship game, despite the fact that it is staying at 10 schools. It was also announced by commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the league is considering moving to two five-team divisions and keeping its round robin scheduling. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make a ton of sense – you aren’t alone. College football fans and analysts are mocking the league for what seems like a pointless exercise. Why have divisions if you already play every other team? Couldn’t that potentially leave the league without its two best teams in the title game?What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless https://t.co/En2GE7PZ9D— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016“two five team divisions”One one hand, that’s dumb.On the other hand, the Big 12 East featuring WVU, ISU, Kansas, KSU, and someone.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) June 3, 2016So the Big 12 is going to five-team divisions. What is the point if the league is still playing a round-robin schedule?— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) June 3, 2016If the Big 12 is going to have divisions, here’s how I recommend splitting the teams. pic.twitter.com/AYwXG73eeE— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 3, 2016“Sorry, TCU, we know you and OU both finished 8-1 in our round robin, but 6-3 WVU is going to the title game b/c they’re further north.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 3, 2016Entire idea of a championship game was because all teams did not play each other in bloated leagues..— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) June 3, 2016Love that the Big 12 is switching from round robin to two 5-team divisions with 5 crossover games.— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) June 3, 2016The only thing that will make the Big 12’s potential 5-team divisions better is to name them Leaders and Legends— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) June 3, 2016@MattBrownCFB axis and allies— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) June 3, 2016We’ll see if the Big 12 changes its mind. This likely isn’t the last we hear on this topic.
Chelsea are hoping Callum Hudson-Odoi can be persuaded to remain at the club amid mounting interest from Bayern Munich.Goal revealed on Thursday that the talented teenager is now the subject of a £30 million ($37.5m) bid from the Bundesliga giants.That is the third approach to have been received at Stamford Bridge and interest is expected to be maintained through to the summer window. 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? Chelsea are not about to bow to pressure when it comes to the 18-year-old forward they are still looking to tie to fresh terms, with Zola eager to see the youngster remain in west London.The Blues legend, who is now assistant to Maurizio Sarri, told reporters of the speculation surrounding Hudson-Odoi’s future: “I know Bayern are interested in him, but we are as well.“We have had a contract with him for a while and we will see what the player wants.“He has not played what he wanted. I have told him it is not a waste of time, because you are pushed to do more and I hope he uses this time in a wise way. He will be a very good thing in football.“I understand he has requests but I believe that he has a bright future.“For 18 years old, he has a lot of potential. You have to understand the journey is not finished, he has to have a good attitude. It is not important he plays straight away, it is about developing. He has to keep an open mind to improve.“I believe we can help him, develop him and I believe he has a future in this club.”Hudson-Odoi has taken in six senior appearances this season, with a Premier League bow made off the bench during a Boxing Day clash with Watford.He has opened his goal account, during a Europa League date with PAOK Salonika, and Chelsea supporters are hoping to see more of him.Regular game time would help to convince a highly rated talent that he is in the right place for his ongoing development, but Zola has urged patience from all concerned.Quizzed on the frustration being felt by fans and the player, the Italian added: “I understand that. We would be happy to see an academy player come through but it is not easy for anyone.“He is still in a period that he is showing a lot of potential, but there are top players in front of him.“It is about patience. He has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn sometimes.“Now it is important to get better. Not about why he isn’t playing 20 games, he has to just get better.”
Luis Enrique’s continued absence is not a problem for Spain, according to captain Sergio Ramos.Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was not on the sidelines for Friday’s 4-1 win over Faroe Islands in Euro 2020 qualifying, and has not been a part of Spain’s camp since missing the victory against Malta in March due to a family emergency.Assistant Robert Moreno confirmed that the Spain coach had been in constant contact with his team, however, as La Roja prepare to take on Sweden in Group F on Monday. 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? And Ramos, who was taken off at half-time in Friday’s victory after opening the scoring early on, insists that the team are fully focused despite Luis Enrique not being present.”The subject of the coach is delicate and we have the utmost respect,” said Ramos.”His absence is important, Luis is the skipper of the ship, he has a lot of personality, he guides us very well.”But we also have to reward his staff, they are very good professionals. We try not to notice his absence, we are going to try to let it not affect the group. He wants the team to win and not to talk about his absence.”[Moreno] leads the way while Luis Enrique returns and he does it very well, he is very capable, he is assuming the role in a humble way.”Ramos broke the record for featuring in the most international victories for Spain with his appearance on Friday, overtaking former team-mate Iker Casillas.”To beat a record is a huge joy, football is a collective sport but at the individual level you are happy,” added Ramos.”It is always a nice reward for work, perseverance. After beating a great friend like Iker, it was a tremendous joy, I still feel very excited and eager to keep going.”Spain are top of Group F with three wins from as many games and are two points ahead of Sweden.
Ivan Rakitic continues to ignore the transfer talk which surrounds him at Barcelona, with it his intention to remain at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.Speculation regarding a move elsewhere is nothing new for the Croatia international.He has been linked with leading sides across Europe for some time now, with the likes of Manchester United and Inter having been credited with interest in the past. 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? Rakitic has always turned a deaf ear to the rumours, with the 31-year-old midfielder fully committed to a contract at Camp Nou.He is not about to alter that stance, despite seeing more gossip sparked during the current window.Quizzed on the latest reports, Rakitic told reporters while on pre-season duty: “My idea is very clear, I want to stay at Barca.“[Transfer talk] is a situation I’m used to. It happened to me last year.“I’ve spoken with the club and the coach and we have the same idea, for me to stay at Barca.“We’re open to everything, as always, but my intention is to stay. I have two more years on my contract and I want to keep enjoying myself at Barca.”With Rakitic experienced now to ignore any potentially distracting stories about his future, he claims that speculation is no longer a source of frustration for him.He added: “It doesn’t annoy me.“I know that football works like this and it makes me proud because if other teams want me it’s because I’m doing things very well. I’m calm.”Rakitic is currently tied to a deal with Barca until the summer of 2021.It has been reported that he is eager to thrash out fresh terms, allowing everybody to bring the unwelcome exit talk to a close.He is, however, no closer to putting pen to paper, with no discussions having been held as yet.“I spoke with the president on various topics and now the club has other things to do before thinking about [my new contract],” added Rakitic.“The president wants to create a good squad so that the fans can enjoy Barca.”Josep Maria Bartomeu is currently in the process of bringing fresh faces into Camp Nou, with Antoine Griezmann the marquee addition of the summer as speculation continues to suggest that Neymar could be brought back to Catalunya from Paris Saint-Germain.