Liverpool verlängert mit Alexander-Arnold

Der FC Liverpool setzt auch in Zukunft auf Eigengewächs Trent Alexander-Arnold. Der englische Nationalspieler unterschrieb bei den Reds einen Vertrag bis Sommer 2025, wie er selbst über die Sozialen Medien mitteilte.

Die Rückennummer 66 bleibt bis mindestens 2025 in seinem Besitz: Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

Die Rückennummer 66 bleibt bis mindestens 2025 in seinem Besitz: Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

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Seit 2004 hat der Rechtsverteidiger alle Nachwuchsmannschaften der Reds durchlaufen, im Oktober 2016 folgte der Sprung zu den Profis. “Es ist der einzige Klub, den ich jemals wirklich gekannt habe. Es ist großartig für mich und meine Familie, so lange hier zu sein und noch länger hier zu sein”, meint Alexander-Arnold, der mit Liverpool 2019 die Champions League und 2020 die englische Meisterschaft gewann.

Insgesamt kommt Alexander-Arnold bereits auf 179 Pflichtspieleinsätze für seinen Klub. Hinzu kommen 13 Länderspiele für England. Die Europameisterschaft verpasste er aber aufgrund einer Oberschenkelverletzung, die er sich in der Vorbereitung auf die EM zugezogen hatte.

Arsenal verpflichtet Wunschspieler White

Der FC Arsenal hat am Freitag seinen neuen Abwehrspieler Ben White präsentiert. Der 23-Jährige war der Wunschspieler der Gunners und erhält beim Premier-League-Klub einen “langfristigen Vertrag”.

Zusammen mit Trainer Mikel Arteta (li.) und dem Technischen Direktor Edu (re.) präsentiert Ben White sein neues Arsenal-Trikot mit der Rückennummer 4.

Zusammen mit Trainer Mikel Arteta (li.) und dem Technischen Direktor Edu (re.) präsentiert Ben White sein neues Arsenal-Trikot mit der Rückennummer 4.

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Über genauere Transferdetails wollte der FC Arsenal keine Angaben machen. In den britischen Medien wird jedoch übereinstimmend von einer Ablösesumme von 50 Millionen Pfund (knapp 60 Millionen Euro) für den EM-Teilnehmer (ohne Einsatz) spekuliert. Selbst bei der Vertragsdauer sprach der Achte der vergangenen Premier-League-Saison lediglich von einer “langfristigen” Zusammenarbeit.  

Arteta findet es “großartig”

“Ben ist ein junger englischer Spieler mit einer großen Zukunft. Er ist defensiv sehr stark, gut am Ball mit einer großen Passreichweite”, sagte Arsenals Technischer Direktor Edu. Auch Coach Mikel Arteta freut sich über den Neuzugang: “Ben war ein Top-Ziel von uns, und es ist großartig, dass wir seine Verpflichtung abgeschlossen haben.”

Bei den Gunners nimmt der von Brighton & Hove ausgebildete Profi in der Hierarchie der teuersten Transfers den dritten Platz hinter Nicolas Pepé und Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ein.  

Over to you Ole, a title challenge is the minimum requirement now – The Warm-Up

WEDNESDAY’S BIG STORIES

Title challenge or bust for Solskjaer?

The signing of Raphael Varane is huge for Manchester United, and huge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Bringing in Jadon Sancho was exciting, but Varane’s arrival could be even more significant.

The Frenchman is one of the world’s best defenders, and has been for many years. And the news of his arrival comes just days after Solskjaer signed a contract extension at the club.

That means that this season is absolutely huge for the United manager now. No longer will it be enough to secure top-four finishes with some occasional decent performances while utilising a scattering of young players.

The arrival of Sancho and Varane means a title challenge should be the expectation, and now we’ll learn whether Ole is really the manager to pull the club back to the summit.

Alderweireld bids adieu

It was the spring of 2019 when Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham fans to expect a “painful rebuild” if they were to sustain the period of relative success he’d overseen in north London.

Daniel Levy didn’t listen then, but two disappointing seasons and a toxic Jose Mourinho tenure later and he’s finally come around to the idea.

Spurs fans best hope that it’s not too late.

Toby Alderweireld is the latest big name to leave north London, ending a six-year stay in which he made 243 appearances at the heart of the Spurs defence.

The 32-year-old has gone for an end-of-career pay packet (with half an eye on selection for next year’s World Cup) and joined Al-Duhail in Qatar, and he will go with the blessing of Tottenham’s supporters after a spell that coincided with the club’s most successful spell in the Premier League era. And that was no coincidence.

Alderweireld’s departure follows hot on the heels of Erik Lamela and Danny Rose. And whether or not Harry Kane makes his much-rumoured move away from Spurs later this summer, the squad now barely resembles the one that finished top three in the Premier League for three straight seasons.

Whether this new Spurs generation can reach such heights is doubtful. But the rebuild needed to happen and, even though it’s two years late, at least Levy has finally figured it out.

IN OTHER NEWS

If you’re booed off in a pre-season friendly then you know the relationship with the fans is broken.

That was the reality for Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United, who trudged down the tunnel at half-time of a warm-up game against Rotherham to a chorus of boos from the few travelling fans.

Bruce’s side may have gone on to draw the game 1-1, and a pre-season match by its very nature is more about fitness and giving test runs to tactical plans than the result. But to be booed by the club’s own fans before the season has even started is a sign of things to come as unrest continues to fester amongst the fanbase.

IN THE CHANNELS

Erik Lamela never became the player that Tottenham Hotspur hoped they were signing back in 2013.

But Lamela loved Spurs. And as a result, much of Spurs loved Lamela. For after all, football (and sport in general) isn’t truly about the raw numbers and success on paper, it’s about entertainment and how it makes you feel. And players like Lamela certainly make you feel.

The legendary broadcaster Michael Parkinson summer this whole thing up perfectly in an interview with Irish outfit Second Captains in 2014 when he said:

It’s not war, or death, or famine – it’s not that at all. It’s the opposite of that. It’s to persuade us of a life outside of that… that’s why sport’s important.

And whether it was through a rabona, a reckless challenge, a sharp elbow challenge or an eleventh unnecessary ball-roll in succession, Lamela captured the attention of the Spurs fans.

It was probably time for Lamela to move on from Spurs, although it would be little surprise if he tears it up for Sevilla – he certainly has the talent to do so.

But his departure has also given Twitter the chance to do what it does best:

RETRO CORNER

The ongoing men’s football tournament at Tokyo 2020 offers a chance to relive one of the great campaigns in Games history.

HAT-TIP

Gigi Wijnaldum has opened up on the extent of the abuse he received in England, much of which he says came from Liverpool’s own fans.

The open and honest interview has been met with a predictably toxic reaction. And it is that reaction that is the centre of Melissa Reddy’s feature column for the independent in which she calls for fans to “just listen”.

We beg footballers to swerve the cliches and to give us an authentic window into the people they are. Wijnaldum told us how he felt and we told him he’s wrong. We took his words and twisted them as his defence for leaving to earn the money he deserves at PSG, on a contract that offers him and his family security for the next three years.

Read the full article here

COMING UP

The second round of Champions League qualifying continues this evening, with Celtic the headline British club in action. The Bhoys’ hopes are hanging in the balance following a 1-1 draw at home to Midtjylland in the first leg.

Premier League

Manchester United sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid

A DAY AGO

Premier League

So, er, what now JT? – The Warm-Up

YESTERDAY AT 07:41

Opinion – Parker: The pressure will be on Sancho, Varane and Trippier to perform

Paul Parker thinks each of Manchester United’s expected summer signings will need to hit the ground running – they’re all under pressure in their own way.

Take Jadon Sancho. He is expected to join from Borussia Dortmund in the next few days, all being well, and he’ll need to link up quickly with his new teammates.

I haven’t been jumping up and down like others about his arrival because I’m yet to see enough from him to prove he’s what United need. But he should still be putting pressure on Marcus Rashford.

Transfers

PSG aim to sign £50m Pogba this summer – Paper Round

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We need to see if he can play on the left wing – not the right – and consistently be able to go inside and outside his man, because they’ve not been getting enough of that from Rashford. If he can do that, then it’s a step forward for United as an attacking team.

Looking at the cost of the player, United will expect him to be contributing from the start of the season. They’ve also waited long enough for him to arrive, so there may be a lack of patience where he is concerned.

When I’ve seen Sancho play, I’ve often seen him on the left, and that’s where the team’s weakness is. Mason Greenwood deserves to start the first game of the season with his form compared to Rashford’s. The big games need to have Greenwood starting, and Rashford hasn’t done anything near enough to be ahead of him at the moment.

Rashford mentioned a shoulder injury as one of the reasons he’s struggled of late, but you’re either injured or you’re not. If you need to mention it, then you go and get it sorted out. Football is different now, players will be given the time to properly recover with doctors willing to step in and protect them from being rushed back. A shoulder injury seems like an easy out when his form isn’t good.

As for Raphael Varane, I’m not expecting him to wow people. Not because he doesn’t have the talent, but because we all know what he’s done. We’ve seen what he’s won for Real Madrid and that he’s played for France. One thing I’d say is that at Real he has had a great partner to lead him in Sergio Ramos.

But he’s another one who has to start well. Because of his pedigree, people will expect him to slot in and be an immediate upgrade on Victor Lindelof. What he’ll have to show is physical and mental toughness – exactly what Lindelof lacks.

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When you have a poor central defender alongside a better one, it unbalances the side. This United side has been unbalanced for a while. Varane’s arrival would be a chance to build a side on something stead. Something that the fans believe in, but the players behind and in front of him. For the goalkeeper that has been a huge issue for years.

Once you get that, you can compete as Manchester United. Any top side can talk about their central defence. At City you have Ruben Dias, and the form he inspired in John Stones. People might discuss centre forwards, but you have to have quality centre-backs and goalkeepers. You don’t achieve a lot without them.

Kieran Trippier, it’s interesting where he will play, because Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be under pressure. The thing about Wan-Bissaka is that when he isn’t there, people will realise how important he is. As well as Trippier has done at Atletico Madrid, to come back at United is completely different.

The players aren’t as disciplined as they are under Diego Simeone. It will be hard for him to adjust right away at United.

Transfers

Spurs preparing bid for Ings, Lingard wants United chance – Transfer Notebook

YESTERDAY AT 10:48

Transfers

‘We want a strong squad’ – Solskjaer offers update on Sancho transfer

18/07/2021 AT 15:06

Premier League player arrested over alleged child sex offences

A Premier League footballer has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

The player, whose identity has not been revealed due to legal reasons, is a regular at international level. He was arrested by Greater Manchester Police on Friday and has been released on police bail.

“Officers arrested a 31-year-old man on Friday 16 July 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences,” read a statement from the police force.

Premier League

Guehi swaps Chelsea for Palace, relishing link-up with Vieira

YESTERDAY AT 19:22

“He is on police bail pending further enquiries.”

The player’s club, also unnamed, said in a statement to the Mirror: “The club can confirm it has suspended a first-team player pending a police investigation.

“The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.”

Premier League

‘We’re going to have some new faces arriving’ – Arteta feels new Arsenal signings close

17/07/2021 AT 21:38

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Inter confirm interest in Bellerin and Telles

17/07/2021 AT 20:44

'He is such a strong character' – Arteta backs Saka to bounce back

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been in contact with Bukayo Saka, and has tipped the teenager to bounce back from his Euro 2020 heartbreak.

Saka saw his effort saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, as the Azzurri beat England in the final at Wembley on a penalty shootout.

The Arsenal youngster was in floods of tears after the match, while he was subjected to disgraceful racist abuse on social media.

Premier League

Arteta rules out Arsenal exit for Smith Rowe

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Saka is now taking a deserved holiday, but he has already spoken with his manager.

Asked whether he had been in contact with Saka, Arteta told Sky Sports News: “Yes, I have. We all have, I think, spoken to him, sent messages.

He will be fine. He is such a strong character. He has received a lot of love and support from world football, not only with Arsenal but the national team and all the English fans because he doesn’t deserve anything like [what] he has been through.”

Arteta believes the 19-year-old will learn from the experience of losing the Euro 2020 final.

“In football, you want to be part of the greatest, you have to know today, at 19, that you lose more than you win unfortunately in this game and there are no exceptions to that rule,” Arteta said.

Fans cover vandalised Rashford mural with love hearts and messages of support

Arsenal have started their pre-season preparations and after losing to Hibernian on Tuesday, they will meet Rangers on Saturday.

Premier League

‘There’s no excuse’ – Arteta unhappy after Arsenal loss to Hibernian

9 HOURS AGO

Transfers

‘It’s nice’ – England star White responds to Arsenal transfer links

26/06/2021 AT 21:26

Tierney signs new long-term Arsenal deal

Kieran Tierney has signed a new contract with Arsenal, the club have announced.

The 24-year-old Scottish international arrived from Celtic and has nailed down the left-back position as his own since his 2019 arrival.

He has an FA Cup winners’ medal to his name and is one of the most consistent players under Mikel Arteta in what is a difficult period for the club.

Transfers

Sancho set to complete Man Utd move after rejecting Dortmund deal – Paper Round

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Speaking on the club’s official website, Arteta welcomed the news.

“This is great news for us today,” he said.

“As manager of the club, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff and the entire staff, it’s a pleasure to work with Kieran.

“His quality, energy, commitment, and professionalism, not only on matchdays, but every day in training are always at such a high level.

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“Kieran gives us so much extra strength both defensively and offensively and it’s great to know that he’ll be with us for the long term. Since his move from Celtic, his work ethic and quality has ensured that he is already one of most exciting players in the Premier League and a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the pitch.

“I know all the fans will join me, the players and staff in looking forward to seeing KT playing in an Arsenal shirt for a few more years!”

Tierney said: I’d just like to thank you for all the support, as always. Can’t wait to get started next year.”

Transfers

Dortmund in talks to sell Haaland and Sancho – Paper Round

YESTERDAY AT 21:50

Liga

Odegaard confirms he is returning to Real Madrid

YESTERDAY AT 19:00

Opinion: Man United need Pogba to succeed at Euro 2020 – so they can sell him

Manchester United and France might both want Paul Pogba at his best at Euro 2020, but for United that may see him leave Old Trafford this summer – that would not necessarily be a problem.

The 28-year-old midfielder has produced some of his most consistently effective football since his second transfer to Old Trafford. Over the course of the season he teamed up well with Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and his other teammates as United were able to charge into second place with some capable football. They were hardly dominating the best sides, and they still came up short against Villarreal, but this was the best United have played since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

In part, that was because of Pogba’s contributions on the pitch, and the relative lack of fuss that Mino Raiola was causing. He was not especially disruptive, and much of that is probably due to the manner in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has elected to handle the French player. Some might wish he were more adversarial with players who might come across as feckless or uncommitted, but realistically any antagonism won’t wash.

Transfers

Real Madrid target Everton’s Calvert-Lewin – Paper Round

YESTERDAY AT 22:39

Jose Mourinho may, for example, have correctly judged that Pogba could offer more and didn’t want to, whatever the mitigating factors there are for his underperformance. But whether he dropped him, goaded him or ignored him, he got nothing in return. There was no wish from Pogba to prove the Portuguese wrong, because he could simply sit on the sidelines and instruct his agent to try to force a move elsewhere. He was still getting paid, after all. Ed Woodward regarded Pogba as an asset that could not be sacrificed, and it was easy for the player to wait for the inevitable sacking of Mourinho instead of changing his habits.

Solskjaer’s approach has been to grin and accept any hassle. It might rankle internally, but pragmatically, there is nothing to be gained from causing more agitation in public. Let things slide, and focus on what can be handled.

Reports over the past few days have suggested that Raiola has talked to Paris Saint-Germain about a move to the French capital. For the player, this makes sense. His ideal club, Real Madrid, can’t afford his wages. Juventus, thought to be his second choice, can offer no great chance of European success. PSG, however, are one of the few teams who would be able to hand over huge sums of cash in his direction, and over the next year or two should be able to challenge for the Champions League. League titles are more or less assured. In Mauricio Pochettino there is a manager who is content to work with players rather than attempt to bully them, and in Leonardo there is an executive who is generally prepared to side with players above the wishes of any manager.

Deschamps: Hungary had a ‘formidable advantage’ against France

PSG also need a win for their fans. If Mbappe is to leave this season or next, then Pogba would be ideal in many respects. He is famous, he is popular in France, and he has the capacity to be excellent. He would fit in and give the side what they need, creativity from deep as well as self-assuredness. Assuming United are willing to take a hit on the valuation they had previously stuck by, he may even work within their financial fair play constraints.

The choice for United then is to get rid of Pogba now, or let him walk for nothing next season. As much as he has improved, he is not the heart of the current team. With Jadon Sancho set to arrive, he wouldn’t even be the most famous. It would be sensible to let PSG offer £30-40 million now and pay for some of the Sancho fee that way. The alternative is to allow his presence to become disruptive again.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Pogba has shown that, not unreasonably for a player with a short career, his focus rests mainly on what he needs from his life. There would be no need to strain if he wanted to keep himself fresh for whichever team comes next. If Manchester City and Liverpool are again battling for the league title, there will be no race for a trophy that Pogba will be motivated by, for one last impressive season.

United find themselves, as a result, in the same position as Didier Deschamps. With a set of national teams full of players who appear disjointed and discombobulated by the previous pandemic played entirely through coronavirus restrictions, no one team seems a clear favourite. For France, Pogba could emerge as a title-winning inspiration after their dispiriting struggles against Hungary. It would be bittersweet for United, but it might be the best way to engineer a move for PSG to make a move for a hero’s homecoming, one that allows everyone to move onto better things.

Transfers

Raiola meets PSG president to discuss Pogba move – Paper Round

19/06/2021 AT 05:29

Euro 2020

Rudiger escapes punishment for Pogba ‘nibble’, Arnautovic banned for one game

16/06/2021 AT 13:32

Fabio Silva ya corre más que Cristiano Ronaldo

Si Cristiano Ronaldo ya llegó realmente joven a Old Trafford, Fabio Silva, el último talento de la cantera del Oporto, está dispuesto a batir sus récords de precocidad en Inglaterra. Silva fichó este verano por los Wolves a cambio de 40 millones de euros sin llegar a acumular 1000 minutos como profesional en Portugal. Una apuesta arriesgada que esperan en el Molineux que de sus frutos.

De momento, el luso ya se ha convertido en el más joven en marcar con el Wolverhampton superando a Rayan Ait-Nouri con su gol de penalti ante el Burnley, aunque este sirviera apenas para maquillar el resultado en los últimos minutos ya que los lobos perdieron por 2-1 en Turf Moor. Además, Silva también rompió un récord de precocidad de Cristiano Ronaldo. El ex del Oporto superó a la antigua estrella del Manchester United al convertirse en el goleador portugués más joven en Inglaterra con apenas 18 años y 155 días. El de Madeira lo consiguió ante el Portsmouth en la jornada 11 de la 03/04, cuando tenía 18 años pero con 114 días más que el ahora nueve de los Wolves.

Este gol, según datos de Opta, también mete a Fabio Silva en el segundo jugador más joven en marcar desde los once metros en Inglaterra solo superado por uno de los talentos más precoces de las islas, Michael Owen, que lo hizo con 17 años de edad con la camiseta del Liverpool.

Después de nueve encuentros disputados con el conjunto naranja, Silva abrió su cuenta particular en la Premier League. En noviembre marcó sus primeros tantos con los Wolves en la EFL Trophy contra el Doncaster Rovers, donde ganaron por 1-2 gracias al doblete del punta de Porto.

El Leipzig blinda a Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann es el niño prodigio de los banquillos. En sus dos temporadas en el banquillo del Leipzig, ha convertido al equipo en uno de los ogros de la Bundesliga. Incluso, es tan espectacular el salto de calidad del equipo bajo sus órdenes que ha clasificado en este 2020 al Leipzig más allá de la fase de grupos de la Champions por segunda vez en su historia. La temporada pasada ya jugó las semifinales del torneo.

Sus éxitos no pasan desapercibidos. En el pasado ya rechazó una oferta del Bayern porque se había comprometido con los de Leipzig cuando aún era entrenador de Hoffenheim, pero ahora las llamadas para ofrecerle equipos no paran. El técnico alemán, de 33 años, tiene contrato hasta 2023 y no tiene cláusula de salida. El Leipzig sabe del interés que despierta su entrenador entre los grandes clubes de Europa y son tajantes sobre una posibe marcha. Nagelsmann no se mueve. Así lo ha expresado en Sky Sport Germany, el director general del club alemán Oliver Mintzlaff: “Les puedo asegurar que Julian será nuestro entrenador la próxima temporada. Se siente bien, ha construido un gran equipo. No hay necesidad de hacer las maletas. Estamos totalmente relajados”, advirtió sobre el CEO germano. El Borussia Dortmund había sondeado al Leipzig para fichar al entrenador como sustituto de Lucien Favre, pero se encontraron la puerta cerrada.

Se espera verano caliente en el Leipzig

No es la primera vez que llaman a su puerta. Gran parte de clubes de la Premier le tienen en gran consideración. Manchester United, Arsenal, incluso, City tienen su nombre en lo más alto de sus listas de futuribles técnicos. El PSG es otra de los posibles interesados en Nagelsmann. Hasta el Liverpool tienen al alemán como principal candidato para sustituir a su compatriota en caso de que Jurgen Klopp se marche en un futuro cercano lejos de los reds. Ya se barajó esa opción cuando el puesto de Joachim Löw se tambaleó en la Mannschaft y Klopp era el favorito para sustituirle. El Leipzig ya ha movido ficha y no dejará salir al técnico, pero no sabremos cuanto tiempo podrá aguantar. Nagelsmann volará del RB Leipzig