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Andre Villas-Boas – Tottenham Did Not Keep Promises

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, failed to keep his promises regarding new signings. Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed his side of the story about his departure from Tottenham a year ago. Villas-Boas, currently the head coach of Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, spent 18 months at Spurs before being replaced by Tim Sherwood. The Portuguese claims that Tottenham failed to acquire the targets he had chosen to replace Gareth Bale, who left the club to join Real Madrid for a world record £85.3m. Villas-Boas also suggested that the director of football, Franco Baldini, might be on his way out of the club. “The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately [Luka] Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified such as João Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damião,” he told Portuguese television. “These were promises that were not kept. I […] Read more »

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Liverpool are slowly getting better, Rodgers insists after win over Bournemouth

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the Capital One Cup quarter-final win over Championship side Bournemouth yesterday as his side put in a good first half display and did enough in the second half to qualify for the semi-finals. The Ulsterman revealed in the post-match interview that his side were slowly getting back to their best after a disappointing string of results in the last few months, “It was a tough game coming here. “I know the Championship well enough and I know Eddie [Howe] well enough to know that he produces good footballing teams. “They are a team that has been working very well. So for us to come and dominate and score the goals we did was very pleasing. “Despite the result at Old Trafford, I saw moments in our game that I thought were good [against Manchester United]. We created a lot of chances, so I can certainly see signs of us getting back to where […] Read more »

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Di Maria Voted Argentine Player Of The Year Ahead Of Messi And Aguero

Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina’s foreign-based player of the year. Manchester United‘s Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina’s foreign-based player of the year by the country’s sports journalists, beating Lionel Messi to the award. Di Maria, who joined Manchester United for a club record £60million fee this summer, won the Olimpia de Plata (Silver Olimpia award) at a ceremony on Tuesday after pipping Messi to the prize. Di Maria helped former club Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup in May and Argentina reach the World Cup final, which he missed through injury, in Brazil and has made an impressive start to his career in England. He was given the Olimpia de Plata at a ceremony on Tuesday, where he was celebrated for his successes for both club and country. In a pre-recorded message, as the player was in Manchester after a night out with his team mates, Di Maria spoke of the honor at winning the […] Read more »

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Arsenal Injury Update: Mesut Ozil Closing In On Return To Action

Mesut Ozil says he’s missing playing football as he nears the end of his lengthy injury spell. Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil is eager to return to training “as soon as possible” after missing the last 10 weeks of the campaign due to a knee injury. After an inconsistent debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium following his £42m move from Real Madrid, the German international was expected to become the leader of the team during the current season. But a partial ligament tear suffered earlier in the season following the defeat at Chelsea in October, has seen him missing the last nine Premier League games, and as well four Champions League matches. Recent reports claimed that the 26-year-old is expected to return to action early next year. Ozil has now claimed he is working hard to shorten the process. He has not featured since suffering a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint against Chelsea on […] Read more »

Manchester United-Radamel Falcao Keen To Extend Stay

Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao insists he wants to sign a long term contract with the Red Devils, but feels that the decision on his future will depend on the amount of playing time he gets with the English club. The Colombian international was brought to Old Trafford on a season long loan for £6 million from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco as a deadline day transfer in the summer this year, with an option of making the deal permanent for £43.5 million at the end. But his stint in the Premier League so far has been marred by injuries and an inconsistent form. A muscle problem in October followed by some discomfort in the calf has kept the player out of important fixtures, with the 28-year-old making a mere three league starts so far and has just one goal to his name. Manager Louis van Gaal has regularly given priority to Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, and James Wilson […] Read more »

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Arsenal Agree Terms To Sign Polish Wonderkid – Report

Arsenal have agreed personal terms and convinced the parents of Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik to sign from Legia Warsaw. Arsenal are closing in on 16-year old Krystian Bielik, who is dubbed as the ‘new Patrick Vieira’, after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the player and his parents. Arsene Wenger had offered €2 million to sign the Polish midfielder. It is believed that the player’s current club, Legia Warsaw, have accepted the offer and Bielik may become an Arsenal player soon. Reports suggest that Bielik and his parents visited Arsenal and their facilities last week, and Arsene Wenger and the rest of the Arsenal staff have reportedly convinced the family to settle down in London. According to some Polish reports, Arsenal have also agreed personal terms with the player, which will see the youngster earning much more than he currently does at Legia Warsaw. The reports suggest that Bielik, who currently earns around £125 a week, will earn close to £2000 […] Read more »