Sunday, May 19, 2019

VINCENT KOMPANY LEAVES MANCHESTER CITY


Vincent Kompany played his last game for Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Watford. The defender has decided to call time on his 11-year association with the Club having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields. In total, he has played 360 times, scoring 20 goals.
 
Paying tribute to Kompany's huge contribution to the Club's success, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany.
 
"He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supremely talented squad. "A booming voice in the dressing room yet a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him. "I am not sure he expected to lift the Premier League trophy on four occasions during his captaincy but he will be remembered and revered whenever this period of unprecedented City success is spoken about by future generations.
 
"His leadership, intelligence and determination have seen him adapt brilliantly to playing under four different managers and overcome some debilitating injuries. He is a special character who has answered every demand the club has made of him. "We now look forward to celebrating his testimonial match in September so that we can properly celebrate his City contribution. He will always be part of the City family." Commenting on his decision, Kompany said: "As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out. I feel nothing but gratefulness.
 
I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club. I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester. "I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up. "Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome. "I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands."

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A number of sides are said to be mulling over summer moves for the Ivory Coast international, but the Eagles will not budge on their asking priceWilfried Zaha is a man in demand, with Manchester United and Tottenham said to be among his many suitors, but Crystal Palace will not sell him for “less than market value”.Various price tags have been mooted for the Ivory Coast international.He is tied to a contract through to 2023 that was only signed last summer, so his current club are under no pressure to sell.


The former Blues midfielder believes those at Stamford Bridge have lost players with the personality that made them so successful in the past
 
Chelsea have been accused of lacking leaders by John Obi Mikel, with the former Blues star considering Maurizio Sarri’s squad to be short of inspirational figures.
Back when the Nigeria international graced the books at Stamford Bridge, a number of talismanic figures lined up alongside him.
John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were iconic performers who set the standard for those around them.

Zaha price tag warning sounded to Man Utd, Tottenham and any other suitors of Palace winger


A number of sides are said to be mulling over summer moves for the Ivory Coast international, but the Eagles will not budge on their asking price
 
Wilfried Zaha is a man in demand, with Manchester United and Tottenham said to be among his many suitors, but Crystal Palace will not sell him for “less than market value”.
Various price tags have been mooted for the Ivory Coast international.
He is tied to a contract through to 2023 that was only signed last summer, so his current club are under no pressure to sell.

Simeone 'proud' of departing quartet as Atletico prepare for new chapter


Atleti potentially said farewell to four long-serving players in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Levante but their head coach is excited about the future
 
Diego Simeone was "proud" of Atletico Madrid's departing players as he all but confirmed the end-of-season exits of full-backs Filipe Luis and Juanfran.
Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann had already confirmed on Tuesday that he intends to leave the Wanda Metropolitano ahead of next season amid rumoured interest from La Liga rivals Barcelona.
Diego Godin is also on his way out, with Inter expected to be his next destination, while Filipe Luis and Juanfran do not appear likely to sign new contracts.

Allegri open to offers but could take year out after leaving Juventus


The Italian tactician has revealed that he will be leaving his current role at the end of the season, but he is yet to decide what he will do next
 
Massimiliano Allegri will consider offers from other clubs after July 15 as he looks ahead to life after Juventus but will not rule out the possibility of taking a break from football.
Juve announced on Friday that the 51-year-old, who led the club to five consecutive Serie A titles during his five years in Turin, would be leaving after the 2018-19 season concludes next weekend.
Allegri had been linked with Manchester United prior to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer securing the full-time manager's job, while Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also said to be interested.

Tottenham told they 'must listen' to Pochettino as exit talk builds once more


The Argentine Champions League finalist is being linked with other major roles, with his current employers being urged to meet his demands
 
Tottenham have been told they “must listen” to Mauricio Pochettino, with Danny Rose aware of the need to ensure that a highly-rated coach remains in north London.
Speculation surrounding the Argentine tactician has started to surface once more.
Spurs have secured another top-four finish in the Premier League, moved into a new home and reached the Champions League final.

Marc Overmars: Hakim Ziyech will leave Ajax in summer


The Morocco international’s impressive performances for the Sons of the Gods have seen him linked to several European clubs
 
Ajax Amsterdam sporting director Marc Overmars has announced that their star winger Hakim Ziyech will be allowed to leave the club when the transfer window opens in the summer.
The forward has been outstanding for the Sons of the Gods this season and recently won the club’s Player of the Season.
The 26-year-old scored 21 goals and provided 24 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions this season, including five goals in the Champions League.

Keita's fitness the subject of surprising Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations update


The Liverpool midfielder is nursing a thigh injury but is being tipped by Guinea to be ready for international duty, and potentially European action
 
Naby Keita has been the subject of a surprising fitness update from Guinea, with it suggested that the Liverpool midfielder could be ready for Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations duty.
The 24-year-old suffered a thigh injury during a continental clash with Barcelona on May 1.
After seeing him limp out of the action at Camp Nou, Jurgen Klopp suggested that Keita could be sidelined for up to two months.

Meet the first Man Utd manager to truly understand the club since Ferguson


Casey Stoney has led United's women's team to success in their first season having demanded the best from the moment she got the job
 
This time 20 years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson was in the middle of masterminding the achievement that would cement his name among the greats of the game. Manchester United’s treble success in 1999 is the 10-day period for which the pre-eminent manager will forever be best remembered.
While the Scot’s long list of triumphs are never likely to be repeated, United have been left searching desperately in the six years since Ferguson’s retirement for a manager who can represent the values which made the club so great for so long.
In 2018 they found one. Whereas David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho unsuccessfully tried at various stages to stamp their own imprints on the club, when United went about recruiting a head coach for their new women’s team they hit the jackpot first time.

See The ONE CONDITION Sanchez Will Decide To Leave Man United



Alexis Sanchez, will leave Manchester United this summer only on the condition that Old Trafford executives will not pay off his contract, according to Andy Mitten. Mitten is the United We Stand fanzone editor.
Sanchez failed miserably to live up to expectations since arriving at Old Trafford.
He struggled under Jose Mourinho, and become more maligned under Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
The Chilean international has three years left on his contract, believed to be worth £500,000 a week.
The wages which include: bonuses and image rights, are creating a dilemma for United who want to sell their flop.
Mitten broke down the difficulty of the task the club faces, having handed him the most lucrative contract in their history.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, the United aficionado said,
“If you look at Alexis Sanchez, he’s not worked out.
“He used to be a good player, he’s not been a good player for Manchester United. And he’s not really got a future at Manchester United.
“But what he does have is a massive contract; he’s the best-paid player in the Premier League.
“It’s getting him out of that contract [which is difficult]. To pay him off would cost an absolute fortune.”

See The Goalkeeper Man United Want To Sign To Replace De Gea



Manchester United have submitted a bid to sign Ajax goalkeeper, Andre Onana, the Daily Record reports.
United have been in talks with David De Gea, over a new contract but nothing has been agreed yet.
De Gea has just one year remaining on his current contract and would be free to negotiate with teams in Europe from the start of January.
The Spain international is demanding a significant increase on his current deal, that would see him earn parity with Alexis Sanchez, who earns a basic salary of £400,000 a week.
But United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is not willing to match De Gea’s terms and is now actively seeking replacements.
The club has submitted a bid for Onana, but Ajax have rejected the offer.
United are also unwilling to meet Ajax’s asking price for Onana and are considering Barcelona goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, as an alternative signing.
Cillessen, who joined Barcelona from Ajax, is valued in excess of €25m (£22m).

WILL IT HAPPEN?? Pep Guardiola Speaks On Man City Signing Griezmann



Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has joked that they could not afford Antoine Griezmann, ruling out a move for the France international.
Griezmann has informed Atletico Madrid that he wants to leave after five seasons, with Barcelona favourites to land the player.
City are set to bring in three or four new faces during the summer, but Guardiola ruled out a move for the 2018 World Cup winner.
“For the people of Barcelona, I say: ‘Don’t worry, guys.’ Manchester City is not going to buy Antoine Griezmann, we cannot afford him.
“For the people of Barcelona, don’t worry. We are not interested in Griezmann,” he told a news conference ahead of the FA Cup final against Watford.

Pressure of the Bernabeu gives Courtois 'more desire to play well'


It has been a difficult debut season for the goalkeeper, but he insists Zinedine Zidane's side are improving ahead of next season
 
Thibaut Courtois believes that he is thriving under the pressure of playing for Real Madrid despite Los Blancos' difficult season.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois signed for Madrid following an impressive showing for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup but his first campaign at Santiago Bernabeu has been a turbulent one.
Courtois has made 27 La Liga appearances in total so far this term, though he lost his place in the side when Zinedine Zidane succeeded Santiago Solari, with Keylor Navas preferred.

'We want him' - Guardiola eager for Sane to sign new deal amid Bayern interest


The winger has been linked an exit, the club's manager is keen to keep one of his young stars, who will still be forced to fight for his place
 
Pep Guardiola has no plans to allow Leroy Sane to leave Manchester City, as he aims to bolster the Premier League champions' squad in the off season.
Sane found himself on the fringes of City's team at times this season, with Guardiola often preferring Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in the wide positions.
The Germany international has still amassed 46 appearances across all competitions, scoring 16 goals and providing 10 league assists.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Anthony Joshua Steps Into His Multi-Million Office In Miami


Nigerian world heavyweight champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua shows off his mult-million office in Miami, USA.
Anthony Joshua is currently in Miami, Florida training heavily, in his video he shared online, he wrote: "My home away from home".
Watch Video of Anthony Joshua inside his office that looks like a whole warehouse.
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Man United Interested In Signing This Newcastle Youngster



Manchester United are interested in signing Newcastle’s young midfielder Sean Longstaff, Sky Sports News understands.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on adding young, home-grown talent during the summer transfer window as he looks to rebuild the squad.
Newcastle say they have had no approach from United and that 21-year-old Longstaff is not for sale.
Longstaff signed a new contract at St James’ Park in December that runs until 2022, but Sky Sports News understands that was to reward him for first breaking through into the first team.
Now that he has become a more regular feature under Rafael Benitez, there are expected to be discussions over another new deal this summer, which would bring him more in line with the salaries of other first team members.
Longstaff made nine appearances during his debut season in the Premier League, but it was cut short after the central midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury during Newcastle’s defeat to West Ham.
The young prospect, who came through the club’s academy system, scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory against Burnley in February.

Brazil’s Formiga to become the first footballer to participate in seven World Cups


Brazil's 41-year-old international Formiga will become the first footballer to participate in seven World Cups.

The midfielder was named in the squad for the women's tournament in France. The Paris St Germain star shares the record of six World Cups with Homare Sawa, who led Japan's women to their World Cup triumph in 2011.

If Formiga plays in France, she will also become the oldest to appear in a women's World Cup.

In the men's tournament, three players have played at five World Cups - Mexico's Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal and Germany's Lothar Matthaus.

Formiga, whose first World Cup finals appearance came in 1995 as a 17-year-old, will be joined by several other well-known faces in the Brazil squad, including Marta, the six-times World Player of the year.

Marta is the top scorer in the history of the women's World Cup with 15 goals

Wrestler and model, Ashley Massaro dies after being found unconscious at home


WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro has died at the age 39 from undisclosed, but non-criminal causes after being rushed from her home on Long Island to a hospital on Thursday morning.

The wrestler and model was a WWE Superstar from 2005 to 2008, and rose to even greater notoriety among a mainstream audience after appearing on the cover of Playboy.

The WWE organization released a statement in response to Massaro's death, offering their condolences to the fighter's family and friends.

'We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,' the statement read.

Massaro had one daughter, Alexis, who will turn 19 years old in July.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office told DailyMail.com a spokesperson would not be available until Friday morning to answer questions related to Massaro's cause of death.

Real Madrid Named Most Valuable Brand In World Football



Real Madrid value has risen by 27% over the past year and the club has become the first in the world to receive 750 million euros in ticket revenue.
Real Madrid have been named the most valuable brand in world football, MySportDab reports.
Los Blancos are now worth 1.646 billion euros and overtakes Manchester United (1.472 billion euros) into first place on the list.
Real Madrid value has risen by 27% over the past year and the club has become the first in the world to receive 750 million euros in ticket revenue.
“Real Madrid have shown this year who truly reigns supreme in the world of football,” said Bryn Anderson, director at Brand Finance.
“They triumph not only as the most valuableand strongest brand but their enterprise value and stadium are also ranked second to none.
“The most successful club in the history of European football is finally reaping the benefits of decades of spectacular on-and-off-pitch performance.”
The rest of the top 10 is dominated by Premier League sides with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the illustrious group.
English clubs dominate that list with 43 per cent of total brand value.
The Bundesliga follows closely behind with 13 clubs but ultimately ranks behind La Liga for combined brand value.
As for other Spanish clubs in the top 50, Atletico Madrid stay in 14th, Sevilla have risen 13 places to 35th, Athletic Club drop to 45th, Villarreal climb to 47th and Valencia are 48th.

Ahmed Musa win Saudi Professional League title with Al Nassr

Nigeria's Ahmed Musa and Moroccan duo Nordin Amrabat and Abderrazak Hamdallah have won the 2018-19 Saudi Professional League title with Al Nassr.

Hamdallah's brace steered Rui Vitoria's men to a 2-1 win over Al Batin on Thursday to maintain their spot at the summit with a point lead over second-placed Al Hilal.

The brace stretched Hamdallah's tally to 34 goals after 26 games to finish as top scorer in the Saudi top-flight.

Last summer signings Musa and Amrabat were also in action for the final game of the season but they could not add to their tally of seven and five league goals respectively.

Al Nassr will be looking to build on the win when they host Iranian side Zob Ahan on May 21 for their final AFC Champions League group fixture.



Barcelona star Lionel Messi awarded with Creu de Sant Jordi for his services to Catalonia

Lionel Messi has added another award to his glittering collection after being handed the 'Creu de Sant Jordi' for 2019.

The Argentina forward has followed in the footsteps of Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff by picking up the award which recognises individuals and institutions who have served Catalonia and the protection of the region's identity.  

The award, which was created in 1981, is the second-highest civil distinction handed out by the Catalan regional government and is annually awarded to multiple recipients.

He is however not the first Barcelona player to be anointed with the Creu de Sant Jordi.

The late Dutch great Cruyff, who starred for Barcelona as both a player, from 1973-78, and coach, between 1988-96, was among the individual recipients in 2006.



Frank Lampard and his players celebrated with fans at The Kings Head pub, spends £2,800

A bill has emerged online appearing to show the cost of Frank Lampard's celebrations alongside his Derby County players after they booked their spot in the Championship play-off final. 

Lampard's side managed to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first-leg to beat Leeds 4-2 away on Wednesday and book an eagerly-anticipated Wembley showdown with Aston Villa on May 27.

Following the final whistle, a jubilant Derby celebrated in style with their travelling fans at The Kings Head pub, and on Thursday a picture was shared online showing a bill for £2,800 at the same venue. 

It has not been confirmed that it was Derby's players and staff who spent the money, but the caption of the viral photo read: 'Lampard's bar bill good lad.'



Real Madrid complete signing of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic


Real Madrid have reportedly completed the signing of striker Luka Jovic for £52.4million.

Jovic has been hugely impressive on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt this season, with the German club having recently exercised an option to sign him permanently from Benfica this summer.

As reported by Sky in Germany, Real are now set to bring in Jovic on a five-year contract as they look to bolster their resources as part of a summer rebuild.

Frankfurt will pay Benfica around £10.5m of the transfer fee, as reported by Sky Sports. 

Jovic has been excellent this season - he has scored 27 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions, and helped Frankfurt to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. 

Now it seems that the Serbia international is set for Real, who are determined to improve upon a campaign that sees them 18 points adrift of leaders Barcelona going into the final day of the campaign.

Juventus agree personal terms with controversial striker Mauro Icardi


Juventus have reportedly agreed personal terms with Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

The 26-year-old would only leave Inter for the Serie A champions this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. 

Icardi has agreed a contract worth £135,000 a week with the Turin-based side plus bonuses.

But the two Serie A sides are yet to agree on a fee as the Old Lady want to offer Douglas Costa in exchange but Luciano Spalletti's side want straight cash. 

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has long been a fan of Icardi and is likely to push hard to sign him.

After the FA Cup final I'll answer God's call to become a pastor - Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes


The days are ticking by and Heurelho Gomes hasn't heard a thing. No hint, no inkling, no wink of reassurance about a decision that has been taken as a foregone conclusion up in the clouds.

'There are 11 of them coming on planes,' he tells Sportsmail. 'That is six brothers and four sisters. My mum, she is coming too.

'They are flying here from Brazil. The only one who is not is one of my brothers. He cannot make it, but the rest, they are coming. They all expect me to play. Me? I expect nothing, my friend.'

With that comes the warm laugh of a warm man whose life as a goalkeeper is '99 per cent' certain to end with Saturday's FA Cup final, whether he gets the gig or not.

What the 38-year-old has planned for his second life will be every bit as interesting, and possibly even more so, but first Gomes has to deal with the countdown. The not knowing.

The uncertainty over whether he will start for Watford against Manchester City at Wembley, just as he started the previous five rounds, or whether Javi Gracia will go with Ben Foster, who played every minute of every Premier League game.

One is the first choice, one is the romantic choice, even if we know Gomes's capabilities, reliability and the dynamics of the modern squad make him more than that.

Foster himself says Gomes should start, and most neutrals with a beating heart want the same, as will a hefty chunk of Watford fans for their first final in 35 years - but then there's Gomes himself.

'People might not believe it but, really, if Ben plays I am cool with this, 100 per cent,' he says. 'I have been told nothing by no one about who it will be. I will probably find out in the meeting on the morning of the game and I will be cool either way.

'People will think I'm just saying this but no. This is a team. I am part of it but I am not it. In my contract it doesn't say I must play finals or every game. If someone is ahead of me I respect it.

'If my job is to play in this final I will be prepared. If my job is to not play I will still be prepared to play and I will do everything I can to help Ben. That might sound like something people do not believe, but please, believe me, that is the full truth. My joy is the team's joy. I want to help in any way I can.' He's that kind of guy.

Helping is what Gomes does. Always has done. In a basic sense, and in the parlance of football, that meant helping Cruzeiro to a league and cup double in Brazil in 2003 and helping PSV Eindhoven to four straight Eredivisie titles between 2005 and 2008.

In a deeper form of the term, helping is what he has done in the 11 years in England when he has not been winning trophies.

It is reasonably well known that the big friendly giant from Brazil has been a one-man welcoming committee and adjustment bureau for new arrivals from South America to his Premier League clubs.

Tony Pulis and Middlesbrough part ways after missing out on play-offs


Middlesbrough have parted with boss Tony Pulis, after this season's failure to win promotion to the Premier League.

The club announced that the 61-year-old's contract, which was reported to end this summer, would not be extended.

Pulis met with chairman Steve Gibson in the aftermath of the campaign in which the Teessiders finished a point outside the play-off places.

Pulis, who took over in December 2017, led Boro to the play-off semi-finals last season but lost to Aston Villa.

Missing out on promotion will have a knock-on effect on Middlesbrough's finances for 2019-20.

This season marked the end of their two-year run of parachute payments from the Premier League, following relegation in 2016-17.

Gibson said: "I'd like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months. He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.

"Two years ago we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony's arrival.

"Over the past 18 months Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect the Championship fair play criteria.

"He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition."

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars draw closer to playoff spots


The two former league champions secured favourable results away from home to boost their push for places in the Super Six
 
Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars have maintained their second spots in Group A and B of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following favourable results on Thursday.
While Lobi forced Rivers United to a 1-1 draw at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, Pillars got the job done in Damaturu where they beat the already relegated Yobe Stars 1-0.
In the game played in Port Harcourt, Kunle Odunlami’s own goal in the 26th minute had given the Pride of Benue the lead before Stanley Eguma’s men got the leveller just after the hour mark through Adebambo Ademola.

‘Inter are a top club’ - Thomas’ agent suggests player could be leave Atletico Madrid

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The 25-year-old midfielder may be set to play his final game for the Rojiblancos against Levante on Saturday, according to his representative
 
Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey’s agent has suggested that the player could be on his way to Inter this summer.
The midfielder has been linked with a move away from La Liga in recent months, and his agent has confirmed that Inter could be the club where Thomas ends up playing next season.
“I can say that right now, I haven’t talked to anyone, even if Inter are a top club,” said agent Daniel Jimenez, speaking to Passione Inter .
“There’s a €50 million (£43m/$56m) release clause in his contract, a figure that’s cheap for a player like Thomas.”
The 25-year-old has three goals and four assists in 31 Liga games this season, but he has started just 21 of those.
Jimenez was, however, quick to cool any suggestion that a deal had been done for his client.
“We’ll wait for the season to end and then we’ll see.”
Thomas featured for Atletico in his youth and turned out for Atletico B before receiving a call up to the first team in 2013.
The Ghana international has subsequently won the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup with Atletico and has a Champions League runners’ up medal to his name after losing out to fierce rivals Real Madrid in the 2015-16 final at San Siro.
He featured in this season’s Champions League as Atletico were beaten by Juventus in the last 16, but that may have been his European farewell for the club, who are reportedly allowing him to leave this summer.

Tower of Power’ Mewis states her case in USWNT midfield


The midfielder has come on strong recently to present U.S. head coach Jill Ellis with a selection dilemma
 
Sam Mewis had just scored two goals in last weekend’s friendly against South Africa when Megan Rapinoe was asked about her teammate’s impact on the field.
Before she answered the question, Rapinoe smiled and instinctively replied with the team’s nickname for their imposing midfielder.
“The Tower of Power.”

Chelsea Finally Decides on Stretching Gonzalo Higuain’s contract



Chelsea have finally decided not to extend the contract of on-loan striker, Gonzalo Higuain, during this summer’s transfer window.

Higuain joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January. His contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire this summer.

Chelsea have the option of extending Higuain’s loan deal by a further season for £15.7million, or sign the striker for £31.6 million.

However, Daily Mail is now reporting that the West London club will not take either option.

The report claimed that the 31-year-old will return to Juventus after Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29 in Baku.

Higuain has scored just four goals in 12 starts and two substitute appearances for Maurizio Sarri’s side this season.

Yaya Toure joins Chinese second tier side Qingdao Huanghai


Manchester City legend, Yaya Toure, 36, is scheduled for a medical at Qingdao Huanghai after leaving Greek club Olympiakos six months ago.

Toure was targeted by the China League One side after an injury to their captain Juan Verdu.

Qingdao are top of the division and want the Ivorian to help them seal promotion to the China Super League.

Toure recently denied claims from his agent Dimitri Seluk that he had retired, insisting he had another couple of years left in him.

And finally getting to the Far East now looks likely after resisting approaches earlier in his career.

Kingsley Coman poses in front of his McLaren

Bayern Munich's France winger, Kingsley Coman posed in front of his McLaren 570S Spider.



Mauro Icardi and wife Wanda Nara poses naked in saucy photoshoot +18

Argentine forward Mauro Icardi showed interested clubs how good his ball control is as he straddled his stunning wife and agent Wanda Nara in a saucy photoshoot.

The 26-year-old and the blonde bombshell, 32, have sent social media wild recently with a series of up-close-and-personal black and white snaps.

The latest picture proves the ongoing transfer speculation surrounding Icardi hasn't affected his confidence after he knelt down in the nude to embrace his wife.

Wanda, who is dressed in black in the image, previously sent her fans into a spin when she shared a snap of her thrusting her boobs against the striker's midriff.

The model, who was previously married to Icardi's former team-mate Maxi Lopez, is no stranger to posting x-rated pictures of the two online.

The 32-year-old posed for a naked photograph earlier this month after she treated herself to a new £150,000 Mercedes.




Griezmann Reveals Player that Should win Next Ballon D’Or



Atletico Madrid ace, Antoine Griezmann has backed Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, to win the next Ballon D’Or.

Griezmann, who is set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, believes his fellow country teammate, Pogba, has the potential to clinch the Europe top individual prize.

According to him, the 26-year-old will soon dominate world football.

“Paul is a great guy. Because of his over-exposure in the media, his transfer fee and his spectacular style of play, everything he does is scrutinised,” Griezmann was quoted by Mirror UK as saying.

“All the lights are trained on him. The press is very demanding with him, sometimes too harsh in my opinion. You can get the feeling that everything just slides off him, but it’s not the case.

“I suggested that he shouldn’t pay too much attention to what’s said about him and that he should just get his head down.

“He is such a hard worker, a remarkable player. And he’s someone who needs to feel loved.

“The media, even though they are doing their job, should encourage this more. People shouldn’t forget that he’s only young.

“He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Paul has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or one day.”

Paul Pogba visits Mecca during Ramadan

Pogba embarked on a pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city in Saudi Arabia following the end of the football season.

It is not the Frenchman's first visit, having made the trip at the end of the last two seasons as well.

He shared a pair of pictures from his visit on Instagram, alongside the caption: 'Never forget the important things in life'.