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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to prolong his footballing career

Former Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to call quits on his playing career despite his recent release from Manchester United.


The 35-year-old celebrated a Europa League and EFL Cup double with the Red Devils last season while bagging 28 goals in the process.

The veteran striker initial had his doubters prior to his switch to the Premier League, but he proved everyone wrong after he made a robust start to maiden English campaign. At 35, most players would be eyeing a potential coaching role, but Ibrahimovic has managed to keep up his fitness to earn himself a regular role in the starting lineup.

Ibrahimovic sustained a double cruciate ligament damage during the Europa League quarter-finals against Anderlecht, and this eventually played a part in his release from Old Trafford. The big Swede underwent a successful surgery following the injury, but the club were not willing to wait for his recovery which could only be complete in January next year.

The former Paris Saint-Germain posted a picture on Instagram last week where he teased the fans with a video of him kicking the ball, and agent Mino Raiola hints that the veteran still has two years in him in European football, he said, via Metro:”Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100%.” Read Full Post…

JESSE LINGARD SIGNS NEW DEAL

Manchester United have extended the deal with Jesse Lingard.


The club and the player’s rep agreed to a four-year deal with an option of an extra year. The new deal will see Lingard earn three times his wages in the range of £100,000 a week.

Lingard had a year on his former deal before both parties agreed to extend it. The home-grown talent joined the club’s academy when he was seven years. He developed with the youth team, getting his first pro deal in 2011.

The 24-year old established himself in the first team under former manager Louis van Gaal. His previous experiences at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton and Derby County helped him grow. He had his debut in the senior team against the Swans on the opening day of the 2014/15 season. Since then he has gone on to play 70 times and scoring 11 goals.

“Manchester United has always been a big part of my life. I have been with the club since the age of seven and I feel great pride every time I pull the shirt on. Read Full Post…

BAYERN STAR BLASTS GUARDIOLA’S MANAGEMENT METHODS

Bayern Munich star Holger Badstuber has blasted his former manager Pep Guardiola for his management style when he was in charge at Allianz Arena.


Badstuber revealed that the Spanish tactician did not show any genuine interest in him during his stay at Bavaria. During the three year reign of Guardiola, Badstuber was mostly injured; the 27-year old says that he is only realizing how he almost felt abandoned by the Catalan when he was the boss.

“Our current coach likes to exchange opinions with the players, and so the conversation goes back and forth. That’s good too. With Pep, it was different. I would have to approach him because if I want to have a discussion then I will go looking for it,” Badstuber told Sky Deutschland.

Badstuber claims that under the current coach at Munich, players are shown more interest unlike when Guardiola was in charge at the club. Guardiola was the manager of Barcelona before his eventual move to Germany. He won honours with the club locally, but couldn’t advance much in European football during his three-year reign. He currently manages Manchester City and has been enjoying a decent run so far.
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Jon Moss had as poor a day yesterday

Jon Moss had as poor a day yesterday as a match referee can have on a Football pitch.

It’s safe to say that it was his decisions which drove the match rather than the players’ skills.


But, still, neither of the two managers, whose teams were involved in the game, came up with critical remarks against him.

Claudio Ranieri just avoided commenting on the issue at all and left it upon others to form an opinion.

Slaven Bilic, on the other hand, was vocal in the fact that Moss’s last decision that is to provide the Foxes with a penalty kick snatched the match out of the Hammers’ hands, but, he added that it’s normal for the referees to be influenced by thousands and thousands of public screaming around them demanding a decision in their favour.

According to Bilic, from Moss’s perspective, the fact that some of his earlier calls in the game had displeased the spectators supporting Leicester, he might have looked to balance it out with that penalty to the hosts. But, that’s where one has to go a little easy on match officials as coping with the pressure of the home crowd anywhere in England is hard. Read Full Post…

Middlesbrough are only two points behind the table leaders in the Championship

Middlesbrough are only two points behind the table leaders in the Championship. A major factor towards this impressive form has been winger Stewart Downing.

After spending the last couple of years at clubs like Liverpool, Aston Villa, and West Ham, the 31-year-old decided to return to the place where it all began for him – Middlesbrough. Several years ago, the club were in the Premier League and had an exciting winger in the form ofDowning. The player now returns to the club as an experienced professional keen to get the club back to the top division.

He has been such an influence in the results thatmanager Aitor Karanka has termed him as the best player in the division. This is a huge praise but the player has the capability to live up to the expectations.Downing’s form nosedived when he moved to Liverpool but he once again regained the self-confidence when he came to West Ham.Downing was a major part in Sam Allardyce’s successful campaign with West Ham for a couple of years. Winning the championship, though, is an altogether different prospect with competition being intense. This year, the likes of Hull City, Derby County, and Brighton are expected to be in contention for the top spot. Read Full Post…

Abou Diaby has finally made his way away from Arsenal

Abou Diaby has finally made his way away from Arsenal, a club where he spent so many frustrating seasons.

The 29-year old playmaker has joined Olympique de Marseille on free transfer.

While, he is quite excited about the new chapter of his career that’s about to open, he is also quite regretful of the fact that he could not prove himself as a player at the Emirates Stadium.

He stayed over there for quite a long period, but, regular injury setbacks just did not let him settle down.

In 9 years, Diaby just played 125 league games in Arsenal t-shirt.

He had been seen as a potential superstar when he was signed back in 2006 and upon his arrival, it was believed he would turn Arsenal into quite a force, but, not even a single season went by in which Diaby put on the kind of show that was expected off him.

In his first press conference at Marseille, Diaby reflected on his time at Arsenal and expressed his regrets about how it unfolded. Read Full Post…

Neil Lennon has managed to rescue Bolton from the brink of relegation

Neil Lennon has managed to rescue Bolton from the brink of relegation and he has managed to put them into the arms of safety.

Despite this, he is looking for more from his players when they take on Blackpool during the weekend. This will be great opportunity for Bolton to once again confirm their status in the Championship next season. Blackpool have been very poor throughout the campaign and they are on the verge of relegation. It would take nothing short of a miracle to see them in the Championship next season. As a result, the players are likely to be down and dead by the time they take to the field against Bolton.

Lennon wants to take this as an advantage for his team. Since the 2-0 win over Millwall, the club has gone too matches without a victory. Clubs in the relegation zone picking up points mean that there is a slight hint of Bolton being relegated this campaign. Lennon wants to end the doubts once and for all by getting a comfortable victory over Blackpool. The end to the campaign will be a difficult one for the former Premier League outfit, as they are up against the likes of Norwich City and Bournemouth. These clubs are chasing promotion and are on a great run of form. Read Full Post…