Rudiger tipped to leave Chelsea, Newcastle next manager LATEST, Madrid beat Barcelona in El Clasico – transfer news

CHELSEA thrashed Norwich on Saturday as Thomas Tuchel's men continued their fine recent form.

We've the very latest on Antonio Rudidger's future, with reports suggesting he could be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

And Real Madrid took the spoils in El Clasico, beating Barcelona 2-1 to heap more misery on Ronald Koeman.

Stay up to date with all the latest from around the clubs with our live blog…

  • Ian Tuckey

    WINKS DROPPED AFTER VEILED ATTACK

    Harry Winks missed Tottenham’s 1-0 away loss to West Ham after appearing to take a dig at Nuno Espirito Santo’s selection comments before the match.

    The midfielder – who featured in the team’s clash with Vitesse Arnhem – was omitted from the squad that notched up a fourth defeat in nine Prem games. 

    And the defensive midfielder, who has ten senior England international caps, made 30 Spurs appearances last term notching up two goals and two assists.

    However, the player who has made six appearances across all competitions so far this term is reported to be a target for Newcastle United following a Saudi Arabia-backed £305million takeover of the Toons.

    It is thought the midfielder is eager to play first-team football on a regular basis.

    Winks told Sky Sports: “We want to win for Tottenham, to win games and pull in the same direction. But when you’re not playing regularly, it’s difficult to get that confidence as a team.

    “But it’s important everybody knows we are fighting to play for Tottenham.

    “The motivation is to get into the team and perform regularly but – like I keep saying – if we don’t perform when we get chances, it’s down to us.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SUB POGBA SENT OFF

    MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 5: Half-time sub Paul Pogba has a yellow card for a nasty foul on Keita upgraded to a straight red by ref Anthony Taylor thanks to VAR.

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SALAH TREBLE! MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 5

    Jordan Henderson set up Mo Salah to clip home Liverpool’s fifth goal on 50 minutes.

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    XAVI IN BARCA BOSS HINT

    Barcelona legend Xavi believes he can coach ‘any team in the world’ after two-and-a-half years as a manager.

    The 41-year-old has had a trophy-laden introduction to coaching with Qatari side Al Sadd.

    He made the claims before the Qatari cup final penalty shootout triumph against Al Rayyan on Rayyan on Friday.

    As reported by Marca, he said: “Yes, I feel ready to coach any team in the world.

     

    “When they offered me it, I’d only been a coach for three months, but now it’s different. I have more experience and I’m learning a lot here.

    “I want to tell everyone that I’m very happy in Qatar and my idea is to keep achieving success with this team.”

    He’s already won the Qatari title, as well as two Qatari Cups and two Qatari lead cups.

    The Spaniard has also won the Qatari Super Cup and Qatari Stars Cup.

  • Ian Tuckey

    2ND HALF UNDER WAY: MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 4

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV: UTD CAN’T HANDLE PREM ELITE

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville claims Liverpool’s 4-0 half-time lead at Old Trafford proves their defence can’t handle the Prem elite.

    The pundit told Sky Sports: “This is the first super team they are playing against and they are getting pulled apart.

    “I said it before, half decent teams are scoring goals against them, proper teams will batter them.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 4

    Mo Salah sidefooted home Liverpool’s fourth goal five minutes into first-half stoppage time from Jota’s pass.

    That’s the first time EVER in the Premier League United have trailed 4-0 at the interval.

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON ‘COULD’VE BOUGHT BRENTFORD OR CHARLTON’

    Brazil legend Ronaldo claims he was offered the chance to buy either Brentford or Charlton.

    But the iconic ex-footballer instead opted for Spanish side Real Valladolid.

    Ronaldo, 45, was one of the game’s greatest strikers, scoring 352 goals in 518 games.

    He played for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and both Milan clubs, and won TWO World Cups with Brazil.

    In 2018, Ronaldo went on the hunt to take over a football club, having previously invested in now-dissolved American side Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

    And he was presented with opportunities to take over Brentford or Charlton.

    However, both sides required huge sums of investment.

    And Ronaldo instead opted to remain in Spain with Valladolid, where he is now president with 82 per cent of club shares.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 3

    Mo Salah made a small piece of history as Liverpool made a huge mockery of United’s defence.

    The striker snapped up a rebound from his own shot to leave the Red-faced Devils 3-0 down on 38 minutes.

    Salah has now scored in ten games in a row and become the first Liverpool player to net in three successive matches at Old Trafford.

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 2

    Diogo Jota easily slotted Liverpool’s second on 13 minutes as they look in total control against a United side in al sorts of problems at the back.

    Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw got in a tangle. with Naby Keita latching onto the ball on the fringe of the area.

    He fed Trent Alexander-Arnold down the right to roll in Jota, Keita having stroked the opener.

    Liverpool stayed in command after that.

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: MAN UTD 0 LIVERPOOL 1

    Naby Keita rounded off a brilliant Liverpool move with the fourth-minute opener.

    But United were opened up worryingly easy.

    Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah teed up Keita to calmly stroke home.

    Follow the match action and reaction with our live blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KIMMICH SNUBS VACCINE BUT DENIES HE’S ANTI-VAXXER

    Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has rejected suggestions he is an anti-vaxxer after admitting he is yet to be vaccinated against Covid.

    The 26-year-old voiced his concerns about the long-term effects of the vaccine.

    News emerged over the weekend that Kimmich was unvaccinated, despite the Bundesliga claiming in May that 94 percent of players across its top two divisions had been jabbed.

    He told Sky Sports Germany: “I have concerns about the lack of long-term studies. I am of course aware of my responsibility.

    “I follow all hygiene measures and get tested every two to three days. Everyone should make the decision for themselves.”

    However he did go on to reveal he hasn’t ruled out having the vaccine in the future.

    Kimmich continued: “I find it a shame that there is only vaccinated and non-vaccinated in this debate. Non-vaccinated then seems to equal corona denier or anti-vaxxer. 

    “But there are other people who just have concerns, whatever their reasons, and I think we should respect that as long as they also stick to the measures.

    “I’m not saying categorically that I won’t get vaccinated, I just still have some concerns.

    “It is absolutely possible that I will get vaccinated in future.”

    Former long-standing Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has weighed in on the situation, urging the Germany star to be vaccinated due to being a ‘role model’.

    As reported by Mundo Deportivo, he said: “First of all, I would like to tell Kimmich that as a Bundesliga player he is a role model.

    “I know him too as a great person. Of course, it was a surprise that he was not vaccinated.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON ANOTHER LEVEL TO MO

    Graeme Souness claims Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘on another level’ to Mo Salah – if you compare their overall careers.

    But on current form the pundit would pick the Liverpool striker, 29, over 36-year-old Mancheser United’s frontman.

    Ronaldo and Salah square off on Sunday in a crunch Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

    United need to win to keep pace with their fierce rivals, while a win for Liverpool will see them go within one point of table toppers Chelsea.

    Ronaldo has enjoyed a fine start to his second Red Devils spell, scoring six goals in eight games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    However, Salah has been in even better form, netting 12 times in 11 matches.

    Souness has now revealed he would pick Salah over Ronaldo if choosing a team to put out today.

    But based on longevity in the beautiful game, the Liverpool icon insists Ronaldo remains head and shoulders above his counterpart.

    Souness told Sky Sports: “You can’t compare the two, it’s not just about the last three months.

    “There is an argument for Salah being the best player in the world in these three months of the season.

    “Ronaldo has got an argument, Ronaldo could sit in any room with any player from any generation and say I’ve been the best player in the history of the game.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: WEST HAM 1 TOTTENHAM 0

    Michail Antonio prodded the Hammers into the top four with the only goal on 72 minutes from Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

    But Spurs, who dropped to sixth, had a handful of fine chances, notably when Lukasz Fabianski, tipped Harry Kane’s header over.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL REPORT.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: BRENTFORD 1 LEICESTER 2

    Youri Tielemans’s early worldie and James Maddison’s first goal since February fired Leicester above Brentford into ninth place in the Premier League.

    Mathias Jorgensen headed Brentford’s temporary equaliser on the hour and thehome side pressed for a winner after that.

    But the Foxes snatched victory on the break 13 minutes later, Tielemans and Patson Daka supplying Maddison to drill home.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    DAKA SNUBBED PLAYSTATION FOR FOXES’ HISTORY LESSONS

    Classy Patson Daka snubbed the chance to play PlayStation for ten days – because he wanted to read up on Leicester.

    The Zambian striker, 23, needed to quarantine after joining the Foxes for £23million this summer from Red Bull Salzburg.

    And boss Brendan Rodgers revealed the forward declined the offer of endless gaming and instead opted to educate himself on his new city.

    The Leicester boss said: “When he came in and had to do his quarantine he was going to be stuck indoors for ten days.

    “The club were great in asking him what he wanted – tellies, PlayStations or whatever else in his room.

    “He didn’t want anything. Just some books. He wanted to read, find out about Leicester. He probably read Jamie Vardy’s book maybe.

    “He is just such a great guy, full of life and loves being here. His game is going to continually improve.

    “He has a natural ability to sniff out a goal and that will be proven here in the Premier League.

    “Since he came into the club, he’s not stopped smiling and he’s not stopped working. He’s in pole position to learn and he’s a clever guy, so he watches Jamie, of course he does.

    “But his talent is his talent, that’s what he does, he runs in behind, he finishes left foot, right foot, and he has a wonderful enthusiasm for the game. He’s a natural goalscorer like Jamie.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RUDI AWAKENING TO SUMMER EXIT

    Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger is tipped to leave next summer, according to reports.

    And it’s claimed that he’ll join one of Juventus, Manchester City, Tottenham or Paris Saint-Germain.

    The German appeared to have one foot out the Stamford Bridge door 12 months ago, prior to Frank Lampard’s sacking.

    But he looked a man reborn following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, playing a big part in the club’s Champions League triumph.

    His contract is set to expire at the end of this season.

    And despite his success under compatriot Tuchel, Rudiger is yet to extend his stay in West London amid claims he wants to double his £100,000 a week salary.

    According to Gianluca DiMarzio, it is ‘difficult’ to see the 28-year-old penning a new deal.

    Instead, he tells German site Wettfreunde, Rudiger ‘will join’ either Juventus, City, Spurs or PSG.

    Despite uncertainty surrounding his future, Rudiger has remained a regular for the Blues this season.

    He has started all but one game in all competitions, even scoring against one of his potential suitors in Spurs.

    Last month, boss Tuchel urged Rudiger to ‘find a solution’ and resolve his future.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CARRA: IF UTD LOSE, TITLE DREAM IS OVER

    Manchester United will be ‘100 per cent out of the title race’ if Liverpool beat them today, says Jamie Carragher.

    The Red Devils have stuttered in recent weeks, losing Prem matches to Leicester and Aston Villa, as well as drawing at home to Everton.

    Pressure is mounting on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Wednesday’s unconvincing 3-2 victory over Atalanta only offering brief respite.

    The Norwegian, 48, admitted this week that his team are still playing catch up to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

    And Carragher reckons that their title hopes will be completely over if they lose today.

    He told Sky Sports: “You mentioned before about if Liverpool win, is that United out of the title race.

    “One hundred per cent that is United out of the title race.”

    The Red Devils go into the clash four points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table.

    And they are already eight points off league leaders Chelsea, with recent poor form leaving them having to play catch up already.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOODI-SAN PARK?

    Everton are keeping tabs on Inter Milan ace Alexis Sanchez ahead of the January transfer window.

    According to Inter Live, Toffees boss Rafa Benitez is a fan of Sanchez and would like to add him to his depleted squad.

    They reckon that the Merseysiders will offer out-of-favour striker Cenk Tosun in exchange for the forward.

    The Chile international enjoyed a brilliant run at Arsenal but struggled at Manchester United

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FOX IN THE BOOKS

    Classy Patson Daka snubbed the chance to play PlayStation for ten days – because he wanted to read up on Leicester.

    The Zambian striker, 23, joined the Foxes in a £23million transfer this summer from Red Bull Salzburg.

    But upon his arrival, he needed to quarantine.

    And Brendan Rodgers revealed the forward declined the offer of endless gaming and instead opted to educate himself on his new city.

    The Leicester boss said: “When he came in and had to do his quarantine he was going to be stuck indoors for ten days.

    “The club were great in asking him what he wanted – tellies, PlayStations or whatever else in his room.

    “He didn’t want anything. Just some books. He wanted to read, find out about Leicester. He probably read Jamie Vardy’s book maybe.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DOUBLE DEAL

    Dinos Mavropanos and Matteo Guendouzi will leave Arsenal on permanent deals next summer, according to football.london.

    Mavropanos is currently out on loan with German side Stuttgart, who have an obligation to buy him for £2.5million in the summer.

    That is invalid if the club are relegated, something that is unlikely with the club currently 13th.

    Guendouzi meanwhile is enjoying his time in the South of France with Marseille.

    The club also have an obligation to sign him for £9.5million if they avoid relegation.

    Arsenal do have the option to recall him during the loan, but after a public spat with Mikel Arteta that seems highly unlikely.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    KIMM ON

    Bayern Munich could reportedly demand that Joshua Kimmich is vaccinated after he publicly stated he hadn’t been jabbed.

    As per Mundo Deportivo, former Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “First of all, I would like to tell Kimmich that as a Bundesliga player he is a role model.

    “I know him too as a great person. Of course, it was a surprise that he was not vaccinated. That has now led to a huge discussion.

    “In February this year I suggested that it would be wise to vaccinate footballers as soon as possible, as they are role models for everyone else. That is why I have been horribly criticised. Now it has changed a bit.

    “What Joshua does is very responsible because what he does is wait to see if there are any long-term side effects for himself, but as a role model, it would be better if he was vaccinated.

    “I am convinced that he will soon be vaccinated because he is a totally responsible player.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    THAT’S RUD

    Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger is set to leave the club next summer, according to reports.

    And it’s claimed that he’ll join one of Juventus, Manchester City, Tottenham or Paris Saint-Germain.

    According to Gianluca DiMarzio, it is ‘difficult’ to see the 28-year-old penning a new deal.

    Instead, he tells German site Wettfreunde, Rudiger ‘will join’ either Juventus, City, Spurs or PSG.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ZOU ARE YA

    West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has claimed facing Harry Kane ‘doesn’t bother’ him.

    The 26-year-old has compared the England skipper to Hammers hero Michail Antonio, who has enjoyed a stellar start to the campaign.

    He told the Evening Standard: “I face Michail in training every day, so coming up against Kane does not bother me at all.”

    But Zouma did go on to insist Kane is: “A very dangerous player. He can score from every position. If you leave him room he can shoot from everywhere and score.

    “He is accurate, very dangerous, one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He’s scored a lot of goals.

    “You never know what can happen with him. You always have to be focused and concentrated and tight on him.

    “But a game is not about one player, it is about the team, the way they play, the shape. You have to be even more focused on them, but you cannot change your style, the way you prepare for the games.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    WEST HAM VS TOTTENHAM XI

    And here’s how West Ham and Tottenham are going to line up today.

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