For the past few months, Chelsea has seriously been attempting to lure John Stones into Stamford Bridge but have failed on doing so as Everton is trying to keep hold of the young defender for as long as possible.
Chelsea has launched a string of increasing bids which started from of £20 million and their last one was of £30 million but all of these offers have failed as Everton does not seem to be interested in selling their promising young defender.
A few days ago there was an incident which occurred that lifted the hopes of the fans of Chelsea as it was announced that John Stones handed in a transfer request and all signs were pointing towards John Stones becoming a Chelsea player but the Premier League club later responded by saying that this was a mistake and Stones didn’t mean to do that.
Everton’s Roberto Mancini spoke about the current situation involving John Stones and the Spanish manager told the media:” “Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. The fans, they’re going to play an incredible role in helping John to settle in and to get back to being fully focused on winning football games for Everton’’ (more…)
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has revealed that he took a U-turn upon his decision to quit Sunderland largely because of his wife being convinced by the club. Advocaat has signed a one-year contract with Sunderland just a few weeks after deciding to quit the club.
He has already achieved legendary status amongst the fans after guiding them to yet another season in the Premier League when all hope seemed lost at the time of his appointment. The 67-year-old said at the end of last season that he would retire from the game, but he has now extended it for one more year.
Advocaat has been used to winning titles throughout his managerial career, but he will now be hoping to avoid another season of a relegation battle at Sunderland. The black cats have so far not made any serious moves in the transfer window. The situation with regard to signing attacking players could be much clearer in the next few weeks when Adam Johnson learns about his fate. The Sunderland winger has been charged with child sex abuse after reportedly having had an affair with a 16-year-old. He is currently able to play for Sunderland, but faces a jail sentence if found guilty. (more…)
Blackpool manager Lee Clark saw his team relegated from the Championship after a 1-1 draw with Reading during the weekend.
This was yet another disappointing campaign for the club, but the supporters were always confident of avoiding relegation. They have now slipped to the third tier of English football for the first time since 2007. This resulted in a lot of fans turning up against the owners, who have been singled out as the reason for this relegation. The club’s brief moment in the sunlight came in they were promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs.
However, it is reported that the club did not invest the huge windfall that they have since received in terms of television money. They relegation to third tier is likely to cause a huge change within the club in order to get back to the top divisions. Despite those items, manager Clark reckons that it may be difficult to win back some section of supporters who have completely turned against the club and its owners. A large sets of supporters were not even prepared to watch the match against Reading after Blackpool went on the verge of relegation following Rotherham winning against Brighton and Hove Albion. (more…)
Ronald Koeman knows that Chelsea would be hurting quite a lot after losing their pre quarter final tie in Europe versus Paris Saint-Germain and they would be firing from everywhere this weekend when they take on Southampton at their home ground.
The Chelsea fans are a little annoyed at the moment as they had not expected that Champions League elimination, not at such an early stage for sure. They are having a go at the club management.
Jose Mourinho is being absolutely slammed, but, according to Koeman, the Blues boss does not give a damn to the criticism.
Koeman was Mourinho’s colleague when both of them were working alongside at Barcelona.
There is mutual respect between the two and it was clear from the way Koeman spoke about his counterpart in the pre match press conference.
The Southampton manager was quoted as saying, “The greatness does not come without criticism. If you are world class, you are going to have to deal with negatives as well and knowing Jose, I am sure he would not be flustered a single bit. He does not mind people coming at him”
“And, I don’t think this defeat in Europe has harmed his reputation. He has a lot of achievements to show in his CV and he has also earned respect of the players over the years. Whichever player he has worked with would be impressed with him. You go and ask anyone and you would get the same thing to hear.” (more…)
Paul Pogba at the age of 21 is making a name for himself at a huge scale as the French midfielder was named as the best young player during the 2014 World Cup and he is regarded to be as one of the best young players in the entire world.
MassimilianoAllegri has even tipped Paul Pogba to one day become the next big thing as a player that is only capable of leading his club but also his country as there has never truly been a French player who can even compare to ZinedineZidane but Pogba could be that player.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the clubs that have seemed to be most interested in signing the French midfielder from Juventus and the coach of the Italian team has already admitted in saying that if a good enough offer is launched for Pogba then he could leave Juventus. (more…)
Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo has claimed that the Brazilian national team are slowly evolving under new boss Dunga, who is in charge of the team for a second spell.
The former World Cup winning captain returned to the national team job after the Brazil FA sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari following a very disappointing tournament. Dunga has immediately tried to ring the changes may recalling a number of important players and also youngsters were new to the team. Players like Kaka and Robinho are some of the names who were absent at the World Cup but have featured in the recent squads announced by Dunga. (more…)