Trent Alexander-Arnold welcomes Jadon Sancho to Liverpool

Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold has welcomed Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho to Anfield.

Alexander-Arnold, who is a close friend to Sancho, wants the 20-year-old to make a transfer move to join Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Lasgidi Reporters had reported that Liverpool, alongside Man United and Chelsea are also interested in signing Sancho from Dortmund this summer.

“If he [Jadon Sancho] comes to Liverpool, he would make our team better,” Alexander-Arnold told Michael Dapaah on Instagram live.

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“So I would be more than happy for him to come.

“I played with him for England, and he is a special, special, special, special talent.”

Sancho has been impressive for Dortmund since he joined the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City in 2017.

Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and what lies ahead at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Mauricio Pochettino has got Tottenham Hotspur fans talking again following his comments about the club and a potential return in the future

Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho. (Image: (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images))Mauricio Pochettino dominated the headlines on Wednesday and it wasn’t only Newcastle United fans talking about him.

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Reported to be the club’s number one target to replace Steve Bruce in the hotseat if the £300milion takeover at St James’ Park is completed, the Argentine was also on television in the evening as he appeared on BT Sport.

With all Toon Army supporters desperate for the 48-year-old to be questioned over the job on Tyneside, it was what he said about former club Tottenham that got people talking.

“It was an amazing journey that finished the way no one wanted it to finish,” he said about his exit in November as Jose Mourinho replaced him at the helm.

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“But deep in my heart, I am sure our paths will cross again. From the day I left the club, my dream is to be back one day and to try to finish the work we didn’t finish. We were so closing to winning the Premier League and Champions League.

“But of course I am looking forward to moving on and I am so motivated for the next project.

“But deep inside I want to go back because the fans are so special. Maybe in five years, maybe in 10 years, but before I die I want to manage Tottenham.

“I want to feel what it means to win one title with Tottenham because the fans are amazing, all the love we received was amazing and that is a good opportunity to pay back all the love they showed us from day one.”

Given the club’s struggles this season with both Pochettino and Mourinho in charge, his comments struck a chord with all Tottenham fans and many are now looking forward to the day he walks back in through the door at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Whether that be in five years, ten years or even further down the line, he seems intent on finishing what he first started in 2014.

Pochettino made supporters dream again after previous mid-table mediocrity as he transformed the club from European challengers to Champions League regulars in no time at all with an attractive brand of football to boot.

His Tottenham squad was built on a family atmosphere and he came agonisingly close to ending their trophy drought by almost getting his hands on the Premier League title and Europe’s top prize.

You cannot blame supporters for dreaming again especially after how this season has gone when they should have built on reaching the Champions League final last June, yet it is about the here and now.

Spurs have the best stadium and training ground in the country and trophies must follow.

Although Mourinho may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he has so much of experience of winning silverware on a regular basis and that’s exactly why Daniel Levy lured him to the club.

The 57-year-old’s contract runs out at the conclusion of the 2022/23 season but that doesn’t mean it will be the end of him in N17 going on his comments from his very first press conference back in November.

Luke Shaw is proving Jose Mourinho wrong at Manchester United

Man Utd defender Luke Shaw had a challenging relationship with Jose Mourinho at times but is now back in the team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Luke Shaw“Every player can play bad but when you see ‘please Mr, take me from the pitch’. That is what I thought.”

That was the damning verdict then Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave explaining the substitution of Luke Shaw after his side had laboured to a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in March 2018.

Mourinho described favourite Nemanja Matic as an ‘island of personality, desire and control’ in a post-match interview whereas Shaw was hauled off at half-time in the latest public shaming by his manager.

Football players are criticised on occasion by their manager in the media in the hope it will produce a positive reaction on the pitch. Mourinho has been known to call out a number of his own players during his career and Shaw was no exception.

Two years on, however, and Shaw’s role at Old Trafford has gone from untenable to almost undroppable and the 24-year-old is playing some of his best football under the less abrasive Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Southampton youth product’s road to redemption at United has hardly been plain-sailing though.

You would be forgiven for thinking he had turned the corner last season after scooping both the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards at the annual club celebration night in May.

It had been a turbulent season for United who had gone through a managerial change and such stark differences in results.

Shaw had remained one of few consistent performers after regaining trust under Mourinho and picked up three player of the month awards.

But the left-back lost his place in the side again early this season after two muscle injuries meant he couldn’t return until late November.

Brandon Williams, the young, fearless academy graduate seized his place in the first-team with a ruthless edge in defence and more intent going forward.

Shaw needed to adapt upon his return and provide an alternative option for Solskjaer in an unfamiliar left centre-back position.

The new role the Norwegian has entrusted Shaw with when United are facing more offensively dangerous sides has been a revelation.

He has brought assurance and poise in the back three when in possession, and is seldom beaten in the air.

That confidence has also transferred into Shaw’s play at left-back, helped by his growing understanding with captain Harry Maguire.

He has started all eleven games in the unbeaten run United have been on since January.

Shaw’s resurgence under Solskjaer can be best illustrated by his performance in the 2-0 Manchester derby victory last month.

A controlled aggression alongside Maguire and Victor Lindelof was key in thwarting City’s advances in the opening exchanges. But it was the 15 minute period at the end of the game where he truly proved his worth to the United boss.

Pep Guardiola turned the heat up by bringing on Riyad Mahrez on the right-flank and the match-up with a resilient but tiring left-wing back in Williams was looking ominous.

Williams was ultimately sacrificed in the 78th minute with Eric Bailly slotting in at centre-back and Shaw switching to mark Mahrez.

Shaw nullified the fresh and elusive Algerian’s growing impact by standing him up and remaining resolute in what was his third start within the week.138208672551

His recent revival can be noted down as another success story for Solskjaer who saw him spend many months in the wilderness under the old regime.

“He had a good performance but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him,” the relentless Mourinho once said in an unusual back-handed compliment after a draw against Everton.

But the now liberated Shaw is visibly enjoying his football and finally proving to his former manager and large sections of the fanbase that he can become a reliable fixture for United.

Jose Mourinho: Tottenham boss wants 2019/20 Premier League season to finish

Mourinho exclusively tells Sky Sports News: “I miss football. I miss our world.”

In an exclusive interview with Jose Mourinho the Tottenham head coach showed us how he has been volunteering at the club’s stadium, and he revealed he has been living with several members of his coaching staff since lockdown.When Jose Mourinho arrives at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, masked and carrying vegetables, it’s a picture of the ‘new normal’.

In football’s absence, he is volunteering to help harvest fresh produce from the club’s training ground. He delivers it to the stadium, where it is distributed to those in the local community identified as most in-need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“I miss football,” the Spurs head coach tells Sky Sports News, now seven weeks since he last took charge of a match here.

“But I prefer to say I miss our world, like I think we all do. Football is just part of my world. But we have to be patient, this is a fight that we all have to fight.”

Spurs’ stadium has already opened its doors to patients of North Middlesex Hospital’s Women’s Outpatient Services. It leaves Mourinho feeling “strange and emotional” when he walks in the dressing room.

“You try to visualise what the normal day is here, the pre-match, the match, after the match, then you come here and just see an incredible hospital facility,” he says. “I think it’s just fantastic.”

Football remains suspended indefinitely in England, but imagining its return offers “light at the end of the tunnel” for Mourinho.

The Premier League will hold further talks this week as it targets a return behind closed doors in June. Sport will only resume when the government is satisfied its own measures are in place.

When it does, Mourinho wants to finish the 2019/20 Premier League season.

“If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us,” he says.

“It will be good for football, for the Premier League.

“If we play football behind closed doors I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors. With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching. So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all.”

‘Kane, Sissoko, Bergwijn no longer injured’

Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn have all recovered from their long-term injuries, but Mourinho is uncertain how long it will be before they play once football does return.

“For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury, and when the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training,” he says. “I don’t know, they don’t know, we have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level.”

Mourinho accepted he was wrong to hold a personal training session with Tanguy Ndombele in a public park earlier this month. Training is focused on individuals though Spurs have made “a number of pitches” available to players at their Hotspur Way training centre this week.

“It’s a positive feeling for the boys to have the chance to smell grass again,” he says.

‘I prefer to think I’ll have a fourth PL title’

Mourinho has been living with three other Spurs coaches during lockdown. He says “time flies” as they spend most of their days working, leaving little time for cooking.

“I’m the fried egg specialist,” he says. “The other guys are a bit better than I am.”

The difficult period has given Mourinho pause, though. He admits he is “watching matches I never did in my life”.

Thursday marks the 15-year anniversary since he first won the Premier League title when Chelsea beat Bolton 2-0 in 2005. But he doesn’t get bogged down in dates.

COVID-19: Mourinho gives verdict on restarting Premier League season

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said that finishing the 2019/2020 Premier League season would be good for everyone.

Lasgidi Reporters recalls that the Premier League is currently suspended indefinitely, with nine matches remaining due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe.

Mourinho, who was criticized earlier this month after he broke UK government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown rules by holding a training session with three of his players, is keen to get back to business again, but only if it is safe to do so behind closed doors.

“If we play the remaining nine matches this season, it will be good for every one of us,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“It will be good for football and the Premier League.

“If we play football behind closed doors, I would like to think that football is never behind closed doors. With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching.

What happened to Ronaldinho made me sad – Maradona

Football icon, Diego Maradona, has said that what happened to Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, in Paraguay made him sad.

Lasgidi Reporters recalls that Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were arrested in Paraguay in early March, for allegedly using fake documents to enter the country.

Ronaldinho left prison after 32 days when Judge Gustavo Amarilla decided that the former Brazilian international and his brother can live in a hotel in Asuncion, while they await trial on their charges.

But Maradona has now leaped to the defense of Ronaldinho and insisted that the former AC Milan star is not a criminal.

The Argentina legend believes the 40-year-old is innocent, adding that the former attacking midfielder maestro only went to Paraguay to work.

“What happened to Ronaldinho made me sad, he is not a criminal, he only went to work in Paraguay,” Maradona told the Argentine newspaper, El Dia de La Plata.

“His mistake is being an idol; it seems. He is my friend, and I support him to the death.”

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho breaks silence on his real age

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, has finally responded to fans and pundits who have made a joke of his real age over the past few years.

Lasgidi Reporters recalls that Uzoho, who was the youngest player at age 19 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, was criticized on social media over his real age, as most people believe he was older.

But, Uzoho has now said that people who doubt his real age don’t know him.

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The 21-year-old said this when he appeared as a guest on the Super Eagles Instagram live session on Tuesday, AOIFootball reports.

“I was smallish back then in 2013 when I participated in the World Cup with the U17 National team. I later went to Aspire Academy, where I learned a lot.

“My looks and body build changed when I started using the Gym and was working out seriously.

“If a lot of people see my picture back then, they won’t even talk about my age, but I don’t really bother because they don’t know me,” Uzoho said.

Uzoho is currently on loan at Cyprus club, Omonia, from Deportivo La Coruna.

Aubameyang set for Arsenal exit as club make remarkable decision

Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have one foot out of the Emirates doors after news emerged that the Gunners have ‘pulled the plug’ on his contract extension talks.

The Gabon international, 30, has been the one consistent shining light in what has been a frustrating couple of seasons for the Gunners.

His clinical finishing has often been the sole factor keeping Arsenal within touching distance of the European qualification spots, and he was even rewarded with the club’s captaincy earlier this season.

His contract in North London expires in the summer of 2021, however, and with no new contract thus far materialising, a host of Europe’s elite clubs began to monitor the situation.

Now, a report from British newspaper the Daily Express has sensationally revealed new hope for the lengthy list of suitors with the news that Arsenal have ‘pulled the plug’ on talks over fresh terms.

The article notes that their decision centres around their desire to recoup a fee for the striker ‘rather than lose him for nothing.’

Despite being 30 years old, Aubameyang remains as deadly in front of goal as ever and a figure around the £56m mark has been touted as necessary to secure his signature.

Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and a Robin van Persie-esque switch to Man Utd have all been speculated, but the Express reveal the frontrunners are Serie A powerhouse Inter Milan.

Antonio Conte’s side are expected to struggle to be able to hold on to their prized Argentine asset Lautaro Martinez, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination in a blockbuster new forward line.

His exit would pave the way for Aubameyang’s arrival by not only freeing up a spot in the starting eleven, but also by generating more than enough cash in order to meet Arsenal’s £56m valuation.

Former Chelsea boss Conte is described as being ‘keen’ to bring Aubameyang to the San Siro, while the player is reportedly ‘ready to listen to what he has got to say.’

Aubameyang’s £200,000 per week pay packet is one sticking point Inter must overcome, though the club are believed to be confident of hashing out an agreement for the man Conte ‘badly wants’ in his squad next season.

His exit would leave a goalscoring void at the spearhead of Arsenal’s attack, and one name speculated as a possible replacement is Real Madrid frontman Luka Jovic.

Jovic has struggled to get to grips with La Liga since his summer switch from Benfica, and pundit Rio Ferdinand isn’t convinced the Serbian the type of player the Gunners should pursue.ADVERTISING

Speaking in an Instagram Q&A, the former England international said (via the Express): “[Jovic] is someone who could add something to Arsenal but I don’t think Arsenal need a player in that position.

“Arsenal need centre-halves. They need centre-halves who can defend and play as well.

“I played against Arsenal teams with the likes of Sol Campbell and Tony Adams. I don’t see that now. They have many good footballers but you need a blend.

“Why are they going for Jovic when they need to be looking at centre-halves?

“Arsenal is a fantastic club, what a club. But they need to get it right in other areas of the pitch.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s transfer promise will delight Arsenal fans amid Chelsea links

The Arsenal striker has been linked with a shock summer transfer to Chelsea as well as Manchester United with just over a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is challenged by Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unlikely to join Chelsea or Manchester United, if his previous comments ago are anything to go by.

The Gabon international, who has been a huge hit in north London following his move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, has seen his future plunged into doubt as he has just over a year left on his contract.

Despite turning 31 in June, Aubameyang is one of few players in the Gunners squad who could be sold to generate funds and increase Mikel Arteta’s summer transfer budget.

Just like with Aaron Ramsey and many players gone by, the north London outfit find themselves in a position where they risk losing their top scorer for free next summer if they don’t cash in on him when the window reopens.

That’s if they can’t tie him down to a new deal and recent reports suggest it’s not looking so good in that regard.

The Daily Mail claim that Arsenal have halted contract talks with Aubameyang and will listen to offers this summer, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Man United and Inter Milan all linked with the striker.

In addition, the report claims that Aubameyang is looking for an increase on his £200,000-per-week salary next season to make up for the lack of Champions League football.

It’s likely that Arsenal fans would rather avoid a repeat of Ashley Cole as well as Robin van Persie being sold to a direct rival in 2006 and 2012 respectively.

But would Aubameyang actually consider a move to one of the Gunners’ rivals?

Well judging by his comments about not playing for Borussia Dortmund or Saint-Etienne’s rivals Bayern Munich or Lyon, it would appear that he would not consider either move.

“I’ll never go to Bavaria, that’s for sure. That would be too hard for the Dortmund fans,” he said in January 2017. “No matter what they offer me, I would say no. Absolutely no way.

“I’ve played for St. Etienne and the fans told me I should never go to Lyon. So I didn’t go.”

That transfer promise will give Arsenal fans at least a glimmer of hope of keeping Aubameyang away from Chelsea and United, even if it means he’s sold abroad.

With that said, the Gunners no.14’s father appears to have called for his son to commit his future to north London outfit with a message on social media.

One Arsenal fan account on Instagram posted an image of Aubameyang signing his original contract with the club back in January 2018, with the caption: “You know what you have to do bro.” To which his father reposted on to his Instagram story.

Premier League completion ‘probably not realistic’, says Dutch FA president

Chances of completing the season are slim,’ says Just SpeeSeason in the Netherlands was declared null and void on Friday

 Just Spee added: ‘The English season will need a number of weeks to complete and I doubt there will be enough time.’ Photograph: Andy Rain/EPAThe president of the Dutch football association has cast doubt on the feasibility of the Premier League playing matches behind closed doors in June, even as the British government suggested it might be possible for some sports to resume within a few weeks.

Senior government officials including chief medical officers will meet with medical directors of the major sports over the next few days to discuss the challenges each face in returning to action, in the belief that televised events would provide a boost to national morale. The move was a “quickening of the pace” and aimed to restore sporting competition “within weeks”, according to the BBC.

Eredivisie cancels season without any champion, relegation and promotion

The Premier League is talking to UK rights holders Sky and BT Sport over how many games might be broadcast in June and on what payment basis, though Just Spee, who made the difficult decision to declare the season in the Netherlands null and void on Friday, believes it might be over-optimistic to imagine the English season could be played to a satisfactory conclusion.

The KNVB president said: “The UK will hold on to a sliver of hope as long as it is there, but in reality the chances of completing the Premier League season are slim.Advertisement

“The English season will need a number of weeks to complete and I doubt there will be enough time. Seeing what is happening with things getting postponed week by week it is probably not realistic.”

The Dutch FA may still face legal action from certain clubs adversely affected by the decision to scrap the season with no champions, promotion or relegation. That consideration is at the forefront of English minds as the various interested parties try to find a way forward through the lockdown.

The problem in both countries is the difficulty of reaching cross-party agreement on any particular strategy, with some clubs suited by early closure and some with every reason to want to play on. When the 34 clubs that form the top two divisions in the Netherlands put the matter to a vote there was no clear majority for any solution, so faced with a hopelessly divided meeting Spee and the KNVB board decided emergency leadership was necessary and forced through an unpopular policy.

While other countries are making tentative plans for a return of fixtures behind closed doors, many are still worried about the safety aspects involved.

The Spanish players’ association has requested clarity on the coronavirus testing programme. “It will take a lot of testing to be declared safe, and other groups in society might need the testing more than we do,” a spokesman said.

In the event of behind closed doors games going ahead in this country there is also the fear that fans will gather outside stadiums or in public places in contravention of social distancing rules, a particular concern on Merseyside with Liverpool within touching distance of their first title in 30 years.

Spee doubts the English season will resume on the pitch, though he does agree that a 25-point lead means Liverpool deserve to be declared champions. “We could not do that in the Eredivisie, because there was no team so far in front,” he said. “It is not the same when Liverpool is so way out compared to the rest, but you also have to take on board what the rest of society is going through. Should we really be talking about champions in such a year?”