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Drinkwater training with Villa

Danny Drinkwater will continue to train with Aston Villa, despite reports suggesting his training ground bust-up with Jota would see a loan spell cut short, according to the Daily Mail.

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The Chelsea midfielder's relationship with Jota has been described as "amicable", with the 30-year-old joining his team-mates as they prepare for the Premier League's resumption.

The Englishman - who arrived at Chelsea in a £35million transfer from Leicester in 2017 - has made just four appearances for Villa since making the switch in January.

EUROPEAN NEWS

Hazard to win a Ballon d'Or with Madrid?

Eden Hazard will succeed at Real Madrid and has the ability to win the Ballon d'Or, believes Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez.

The forward has made just 15 appearances for Madrid following his switch from Chelsea, scoring just one goal in a campaign blighted by injury.

Hazard has played just 15 times for Los Blancos since his summer switch from the Blues, scoring only one goal, in a campaign blighted by injury.

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But with Hazard working to be ready for La Liga's resumption, Martinez is sure he will come good.

"Hazard will succeed," Martinez told Cadena SER. "Sometimes you need a difficult start at your new club to really give everything you have inside and to understand what a club like Real Madrid means.

"Fans can rest easy, because he will mark an era. There are no players like him, he can win the Ballon d'Or."

Icardi on the verge of PSG deal

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are edging closer to completing the signing of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to Di Marzio.

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While Icardi actually has a purchase option in his loan deal, PSG want to negotiate new terms due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is reported an offer of £45million, alongside £9million in bonuses may be accepted.

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

Poch prioritising a Premier League stay

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he cannot rule out a move abroad but reveals he is prioritising staying in the Premier League.

Pochettino was sacked as Tottenham manager in November, with clubs now free to appoint the Argentinian without paying compensation after his gardening leave ended on May 19.

And while Pochettino has been linked with both Newcastle and Real Madrid, he says his decision will be based on the project, rather than the location.

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"Of course in my mind, I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project rather than the country," Pochettuno said.

"It’s about the club and of course the people – the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London.

"I am not going change [my feelings] now because I am not involved in the Premier League. Because I am no longer the Tottenham manager, I am not going to change my vision.

"I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot. Of course, it’s one of the options. Of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.

CHELSEA NEWS

Willian open to temporary Chelsea stay

Willian is willing to temporarily extend his Chelsea stay as the Premier League looks to complete its season, although his long-term future remains up in the air.

Chelsea have just one month to agree such an extension with the Brazilian after thee Premier League set a deadline of June 23.

London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have both been linked with the 31-year-old of late.

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“It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years,” the winger told Esporte Interativo.

“The situation is difficult because of this. I really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay]. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.

“I have a clear head and I'm focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let's see what happens.”

ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal in for Tagliafico

Arsenal are prioritising a move for a left-back this summer and are hopeful of signing Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, according to The Sun.

With limited options in defence, youngster Bukayo Saka has deputised as a left-sided full-back for much of the current campaign, and boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly keen to make sure that doesn't happen next season.

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Tagliafico - who has emerged as one of Europe's most consistent left-backs since arriving at Ajax in 2018 - is believed to be interested in a move to the Emirates.

The Gunners face significant competition, however, with a number of clubs reportedly tracking the 27-year-old.

EUROPEAN NEWS

Sylvinho also yearning for Neymar back at the Camp Nou

Former Barcelona left-back Sylvinho has echoed Quique Setien's sentiments and has backed his compatriot to return to Camp Nou.

"There are lots of conditions behind it, like the financial aspect," he told Cadena SER. "But who is to say Neymar won't return?

"He is a very complete player, extraordinary. I love those kid of players – they make your eyes light up. His individual quality is... mamma mia!"

EUROPEAN NEWS

Setien would 'love' to work with Neymar
Following an abundance of talk linking Neymar to former club Barcelona, coach Quique Setien says he would love to work with the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

The Brazilian left for PSG in a world-record deal in 2017 but has emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona again this summer.

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"Without doubt, I would love to be able to coach Neymar one day," Setien said in an interview with beIN SPORTS.

"Absolutely. He is a player who is at an exceptional level, nobody can place that in doubt.

"i have already fulfilled the dream of coaching the best in the world, which is Leo [Messi]. As for those who could come in, we'll have to see, but I would be delighted."

MAN UTD NEWS

Grealish could play for 'any of the big clubs'

Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neil believes Manchester United target Jack Grealish has the ability to play for "any of the big clubs".

Grealish has starred for Villa this season, scoring seven goals and providing six assists despite his boyhood club sitting 19th in the Premier League table.

United have been linked with an £80million move this summer, and O'Neil insists Grealish would have no issues adapting to a club of such stature.

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"On Grealish’s future, that’s difficult to say," He told Stats Perform News. "He’s a big fans’ favourite and Villa is his football club as well.

“Does he have the ability to play for Manchester United? Certainly, the natural talent to play for any of the big clubs – there’s no question about that."

He added: "He’s very strong; he’s much stronger than he was five years ago, a quality player, hard to rob."
Griezmann not for sale

Spanish giants Barcelona have no intention of selling Antoine Griezmann this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The forward's position is reportedly "non-negotiable", despite rumoured interest from both Premier League clubs Chelsea and Newcastle, alongside recently confirmed French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

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The 29-year-old - who has scored 14 goals in 37 appearances for Barcelona since making a £107million move last summer - is said to be desperate to win the Champions League with the Catalan club.
ARSENAL NEWS

Essien in awe of Arsenal target Partey

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has named Arsenal target Thomas Partey as a player he would love to have played alongside.

Partey - who has spent his entire career at Atletico Madrid - has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks and is reportedly open to a transfer.

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The Ghanaian, who has a buy-out clause of around £45million in his Atletico contract, has featured in 24 of Atletico's 27 league games this season and has been a standout player for Diego Simeone's side.

"Thomas is such a good player. I’d have loved to play with him," Essien, who plays for Azerbaijani club Sabail, told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala.

"He is a young and talented player making waves in Europe. He is one player I’d liked to play alongside but it will never happen."

MAN UTD NEWS

Giggs heaps praise on James

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has heaped praise on youngster Daniel James, who has impressed since making a £15million switch from Swansea last summer.

After a lightning start, James' form certainly took a dip, the midfielder scoring four goals and providing seven assists in 37 games in all competitions.

Giggs believes the 22-year-old will prove to be a big player for United, however.

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“Dan's not only a talented player,” Giggs said on the MUTV Group Chat. “He’s a really good character and a solid lad. He wants to improve and that’s what I’ve seen over the last 18 months.

“Every time I went to watch him at Swansea, he was getting better and better and he’s had a great start to his United career. He’s a United player as well and someone who United fans will enjoy watching. He’ll beat men, he’ll make things happen and, of course, he has that devastating speed."

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

Bale 'could lead a rejuvenated squad' at Newcastle

Brazil legend Rivaldo insists Gareth Bale could "lead a rejuvenated squad at Newcastle, with the Welsh wizard continuing to be linked with a move away from Real Madrid.

With Newcastle potentially on the brink of a big-money takeover, The Magpies have been linked with the former Tottenham winger.

Rivaldo believes Bale's Madrid career is coming to an end, but believes he has another venture in him before eventually moving to the MLS.

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“I still think Gareth Bale has something left to show in European football at 30-years-old, before moving to the MLS,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

“I believe his career at Real Madrid is coming to an end. The club no longer trusts him to be a decisive player after some internal problems in the last few years.

“At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could lead a rejuvenated squad to a good Premier League campaign. He could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money."

MAN UTD NEWS

Mata wants long-stay at Man Utd

Juan Mata insists his Manchester United career is not at its end, revealing his pride as he approaches a milestone of appearances.

The Spaniard is approaching his 250th appearance for The Red Devils after arriving from Chelsea in 2014, scoring 48 goals and providing 42 assists in 249 games.

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Speaking in a video on United's Twitter account, Mata said: "It feels like it has gone very quickly, it feels like time flies. I didn't know it was going to be my 250th game, but I feel proud.

"When you play your first game you feel like you are in a new beginning, a very exciting moment in your life playing for this club. I don't want to stop here, I want to keep going and going, and keep adding games in a United shirt."

MAN CITY NEWS

Man City in the hunt for Havertz

Manchester City have joined the battle for the highly coveted Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, according to The Sun.

Manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly sent scouts to watch the youngster, while Havertz is said to be keen on a move away from Germany.

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City will face significant competition from a number of Premier League rivals, however, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool also scouting the midfielder.

After his impressive double on the Bundesliga's return, all eyes will again be on Havertz as Leverkusen take on Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow.

ARSENAL NEWS

Arteta the 'perfect match' for Pepe

Former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere insists Mikel Arteta is the "perfect match" to get the most out of Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners broke their transfer record in signing the 24-year-old last summer but the Ivory Coast international is yet to take the Premier League by storm, scoring just four goals and providing six assists in 24 league games.

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“You can see he has unbelievable potential, talent and quality," Aliadiere told Goal. "Technically, he can do incredible stuff, but the simple things, sometimes he doesn’t do them spot on.

He added: “I think Mikel could be the perfect match for Nico because he will not let him get away with things.

“As a player, Mikel was all about quality and simplicity. You can’t miss a simple pass if you are five yards away because that costs goals and points."

Heskey's Liverpool wishlist 

Former England and Liverpool forward Emile Heskey has picked out four players he would love to see Liverpool sign this summer. Some are more obvious than others...

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

"I'm going to patriotic and say that Sancho would be great, being an England player and an entertaining player as well. I would say someone like that would be great to get on the wing and terrorise defences."

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Heskey's Liverpool wishlist 

Former England and Liverpool forward Emile Heskey has picked out four players he would love to see Liverpool sign this summer. Some are more obvious than others...

Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad)

"Liverpool’s recruitment is very specific, they’ll be looking at years down the line and Llorente is only 26. Having someone like Llorente come in and give a solidness as well as the experience is great."

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CHELSEA NEWS

Kepa to return to Spain?

Spanish outlet Sport say Chelsea 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could return to LaLiga to join Valencia this summer.

Frank Lampard has seemed less than convinced by his number one, and although reported target Manuel Neuer has signed a contract extension at Bayern Munich, the Blues have also been linked with Ajax's Andre Onana.

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Heskey's Liverpool wishlist 

Former England and Liverpool forward Emile Heskey has picked out four players he would love to see Liverpool sign this summer. Some are more obvious than others...

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

"He’s unbelievable and for such a young lad who is taking everything by storm, he’s taking everything in his stride.

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"He’s one of those players who doesn’t worry or think too much and he just does what needs to be done. If he played alongside [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane playing on the wing with Firmino as another option, he would be outstanding.

"He will only grow bigger, confidence-wise, he’ll only get wiser with the way that he plays and he’ll only get cuter with the way that he finishes. The sky is the limit, so it’s up to him to keep that momentum going, because it’s not easy to keep it going."

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