Manuel Lanzini speaks out about his injury ahead of West Ham return

Close to his West Ham return

West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has been speaking about his time on the sidelines after a long-term injury problem ahead of his return to the team.

The Argentine was one of West Ham’s most influential players when he was on the pitch and it was a huge blow for them when he got injured.

He broke his knee just before the World Cup after being included in Argentina’s squad for the competition.

Though, that is all behind him now and he’s looking to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

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‘I want to be on the pitch as quickly as possible’

The Argentine has been speaking about his time out with the pitch and admitted he missed being away from the club.

Now he’s working to be available soon.

“I missed West Ham, I missed the players, all the West Ham staff and the training ground, so I’m happy to be back,” Lanzini explained to West Ham’s official website. 

“Now, I am feeling good. It was very hard when my knee was broken before the World Cup.

“Now I am thinking of the future and now I am happy.

“My knee is feeling very comfortable and stable and this is very important.

“I am taking things day by day and I am feeling good, comfortable and stable and I am ready to keep going like this and we will see.

“Now, I am working on the bike with the Bosu [balance trainer] and am doing activation and work on my quadriceps and hamstring, all in the gym.

“I think about this every day. I want to be on the pitch as quickly as possible, but I also know that the injury was bad so I need to stay calm and take things day by day. We will see what happens in the future.”

Good news for Manuel Lanzini & Andy Carroll before Everton

West Ham have also commented on Lanzini.

Richard Collinge, head of West Ham’s medical department, has been speaking about injuries.

He has spoken about Lanzini’s return and also Andy Carroll.

Click here to see what he had to say. 

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PSG news: Kurzawa undergoes back surgery

After an operation on a herniated disc, the left-back could miss the rest of 2018

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed full-back Layvin Kurzawa has undergone back surgery.

The 26-year-old had an operation on a herniated disc at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital after complaining of pain during training.

Although PSG would not put an estimate on his recovery period, there are reports in France he could be sidelined until 2019.

“Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa underwent surgery on a lumbar herniated disc on Wednesday September 12,” the club said in a statement.

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“The surgery was successfully conducted by Professor Pascal-Mousselard from the orthopaedic department of the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital.

“The length of his convalescence will be established in light of the post-surgery evolution of the injury.”

Kurzawa made 20 appearances in Ligue 1 last season but is yet to play under head coach Thomas Tuchel, who was appointed in May.

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Who is Giovanni Simeone? The son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego is Argentina’s new scoring star

A trademark header against Guatemala marked a sterling introduction to international football for a player who is battling to the top

It was the surname everybody wanted to see back in the Argentina set-up. The identity of its bearer, however, was rather unexpected.

While the Albiceleste faithful will have to wait some time longer to see Diego Simeone line up on the team’s bench as he continues to thrive at Atletico Madrid, his son Giovanni has completed a roundabout route to the national team that culminated in a thrilling headed debut goal for the young Fiorentina hotshot. Just 10 more to go and he will have equalled the record of his father in 106 Argentina appearances!

One might say that Gio had been groomed for success. Shortly after helping an experimental Argentina side – the likes of Lionel Messi, Nicolas Otamendi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria were all left at home for this current FIFA window – under the gaze of interim coach Lionel Scaloni cruise to a 3-0 win over Guatemala, the striker shared a poignant family photo.

Not for the Simeones, of course, stock album pictures of chain restaurants, theme parks and days in the countryside. Gio featured out on the pitch with his illustrious father decked in the Argentina colours.

“How exciting! What can I say… just keep fighting for your dreams,” he wrote on Instagram in a tribute to his father on that most auspicious of days. It is not just El Cholo’s example as a warrior on the field that the new Argentina cap has followed. Simeone Jr. received his break in the River Plate academy back in 2008, when at the tender age of 13 he followed his father when the latter took up the coaching job at the Buenos Aires giant.

Any accusations of nepotism were quickly brushed aside. Diego lasted just 12 months in the River hotseat, leaving with the bizarre distinction of having finished in both first and last place in the same calendar year with the same club (the Argentine Primera Division at that time featuring two short tournaments of 19 games per season). Gio, however, stayed and fought for his place, and was handed his first-team debut just months after his 18th birthday in 2013 after shining throughout the club’s youth divisions.

Simeone’s time in the intensely competitive Argentine top flight was solid rather than spectacular. Starved of first-team football at River, after two years and just 35 games on the Millonario fringes he made the brave choice to kick-start his career at the less fashionable Banfield. Gio also laid down a marker in the 2015 South American Under-20 Championships, smashing nine goals in nine to lead Argentina to the crown – Angel Correa, now starring under Simeone Sr. at Atletico was another star of that side.

Still, and despite two decent terms with Banfield, when Genoa swooped for the youngster in 2016 it was still largely on his evident potential rather than his statistics in front of the net.

Happily, and just like the old man, he took to Serie A like a duck to water. Naturally rangy, almost waif-like in his six-foot build, Gio has worked incessantly to build himself up and avoid being bundled off the ball, a fate that blighted him all too often while still learning his trade in Argentina.

At Genoa and now Gabriel Batistuta’s old stamping ground of La Viola he averages a more than respectable goal every three games and so far in 2018-19 has beaten the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain in opening his Serie A account.

Could we one day see father and son team up at Atletico? Diego, sadly, believes not. “He is a kid who has what it takes to play with me, but unfortunately I will never take him with me,” the coach told COPE .

“I don’t want to say never, but… it is very difficult to have your son in the dressing room, for him and for the relationship. If in five or six years he earns a much higher profile than that which he has now then we are talking about something else. He is playing out his career in the best way possible.”

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For Argentina, too, Gio faces an uphill battle to stay in the nation’s long-term plans. Sergio Aguero and Higuain are still around, proven scorers at the elite level, while among the next generation Icardi – preferred by Scaloni for the rather more competitive friendly on Tuesday against Colombia while Simeone made a late cameo off the bench – and his Inter partner Lautaro Martinez (ruled out of the US tour due to injury) are considered slightly ahead of Simeone, who cuts a more static traditional figure compared to that pair’s more dynamic skillset.

Still just 23 though, he has everything required to build on that positive debut and cause further headaches for the next Argentina coach when it comes to picking the Albiceleste’s centre-forward for the next four years ahead of Qatar 2022. And one thing is for certain: having grown up under the fiercely intense wing of father Diego, Gio will never lack the hunger and drive to succeed.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to open ‘CR7’ hotel in Paris

The luxury accommodations will be the sixth outpost of the Juventus star’s chain, a co-venture with Portuguese group Pestana

Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he will open the sixth edition of his “CR7” hotel chain in Paris in 2021. 

Currently the Portuguese superstar has two “CR7” hotels open: one in LIsbon and one in Funchal, his hometown and capital of the island of Madeira.

The two Portuguese hotels, which opened in 2016, are set to be joined by three new outposts in 2020: Madrid, New York and Marrakech.

And the Juventus star’s empire will grow the following year with a 210-room hotel in Paris, set to be located on the “Left Bank” of the city on the southern side of the Seine River. 

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Like the other five hotels, the €60 million (£53m/$70m) venture in Paris will be a 50-50 investment between Ronaldo and the Portuguese hotel group Pestana.

“It is quite expected that the Pestana CR7 brand will move to Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world,” Ronaldo said in a press release.

Before he moves into the business world Ronaldo has plenty left to achieve on the field, with the Juve star recently earning the joint-top rating in the soon-to-be-released video game FIFA 19.

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England fans told to keep believing in Gareth Southgate’s men

Keep backing the Three Lions

Harry Maguire has told England’s supporters to keep on believing in the team.

The defender noted that the feel good buzz after the summer simply has to carry on.

England suffered mixed fortunes during the international break, with a loss to Spain and then a win over Switzerland.

Now, Maguire has told the fans a positive attitude is key, and that will help Gareth Southgate’s men going forward.

Standard Sport report he said: “We don’t want to undo all the good work from the summer. We want to keep the buzz around the team going.

“We want to keep the fans behind us. The backing we had in the summer was unbelievable and we were really thankful for that.

“It was a big reason why we were 

so successful. It really spurred us on to do well and we want to keep that on our side. We go into every game looking to win them. Switzerland will give us a different test, they are a top 10 team in the rankings and had a great World Cup.”

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 03: John Stones, ang3a and Harry Maguire of England celebrate victory during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Harry Kane concerns

One huge concern for England is Harry Kane.

It’s been repeatedly mentioned that the forward has played a huge amount of games in the last couple of seasons.

Add to that the fact Kane is now looking shattered, both mentally and physically, and the concern has increased.

He was rested for the majority of the game against Switzerland, but came on towards the end.

Now, he will return to Spurs where he will once again be the leading man.

Spurs are also without Son, who has just come back from the Asian games, and it’s not thought the forward will be risked against Liverpool.

See also: David Luiz ‘enjoying’ life under new Chelsea boss Sarri

Man United worry: Jose Mourinho ‘doesn’t trust’ Marcus Rashford

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Man Utd news: Paul Pogba vs Jose Mourinho – are fans siding with Jose?

The midfielder has had lots to say recently but none of it has suggested he will be at Manchester United for long, and fans are concerned

Manchester United have won twice and lost twice this season, but even the victories have been quickly forgotten because of the ongoing Paul Pogba soap opera.

The French midfielder had just been described as a “monster” by his manager Jose Mourinho after a man of the match-winning display in the 2-1 win over Leicester City just four days after returning for pre-season training but Pogba himself followed up by cryptically stating: “There are things that I cannot say; otherwise, I will get fined.”

United then suffered reverses to Brighton and Tottenham but just as the pressure on Mourinho appeared to be intensifying, they won 2-0 at Burnley in their final fixture before the international break on an afternoon filled with showings of unity between the players, the fans and the manager. Harmony, it appeared, was being restored.

Except it took Pogba no time at all to throw another spanner in the works. By the middle of last week, he was telling the French press that there are no certainties about his status as a United player.

“My future is currently in Manchester,” he said. “I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months?”

This was hardly Pogba nailing his colours to the Manchester United mast. In football parlance, he was inviting speculation, fanning the flames amidst talk that Barcelona and Juventus are both keeping a keen eye on developments.

While the theory has again been promoted that his agent Mino Raiola promised Pogba that he would sort a big-money move to one of Real Madrid and Barcelona after a few years on a lucrative deal at Old Trafford, the current state of affairs is doing the player no favours in terms of creating the favourable environment in which to perform.

It is certainly not winning him much support among the fan base.




Pogba’s latest message was that there “will always be just rumours” but if indeed he does envisage himself remaining with Manchester United for the longer term, then he can remain in full control of the speculation by simply shutting it down.

Telling Telefoot “For as long as you don’t see me like that with the [Barcelona] shirt, it’s not official,” while miming a presentation ceremony is not committing yourself to your current club.

Telling people you fear being fined if you open up is not committing yourself to your current club. United fans deserve more than they are getting from Pogba in terms of his willingness to prove his head is where it ought to be.

While some of his more disappointing performances on the field have been exaggerated since he arrived at United, he has not delivered a consistently high enough standard for the supporters to mass behind him at a time when they cannot be certain what his motivations are.

All the while, Mourinho’s charm offensive with the crowd is helping to alienate Pogba.

There have clearly been some issues between player and manager, and, while there is nothing to say that there has to be an exemplary relationship, sides are being taken amongst the fan base.

The general consensus is that Mourinho will not be around forever given his track record, but still it appears many would gladly see the player out before the manager.



Some are wondering whether Sir Alex Ferguson was right all along about Raiola leading Pogba down a murky path. Others are starting to believe they will never see the sight of the 25-year-old lifting a Premier League title with the club he claimed was his home when he returned from Juventus in 2016.

Either way, the very fact that there is conjecture and recrimination in the air once more is down to what Pogba has had to say since returning from a World Cup-winning summer. But is the talking about to stop? Or is the midfielder simply paving the way for a move away from Old Trafford?

If Pogba wants to stay at Manchester United, he has some work to do to repair the relationship between himself and those fans who are starting to doubt his commitment.

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Manchester City news: Sergio Aguero feels best he has in years following knee surgery at end of last season

Keyhole surgery on his knee last April has left the Argentinian forward feeling pain-free and strong for the first time in years

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero feels the strongest he has in years following successful knee surgery at the end of last season.

The Argentina international had an operation on a troublesome issue in April and missed his side’s final six Premier League matches of 2017-18.

The 30-year-old has started this term in encouraging form, though, scoring twice in the Community Shield win over Chelsea before netting a hat-trick in the 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield Town.

Although he has failed to score in City’s three other league games to date, Aguero is feeling the benefit of playing pain-free for the first time in years. 

“Honestly, I feel fantastic,” he said, as quoted by City’s official website. “Dr Cugat did amazing work with my knee and now I don’t feel any sort of discomfort.

“During the past few years, I felt pains at times and when last season came to an end, we decided it would be best to start treatment. And the results were very positive.

“I’m not sure if this is the best start of a season for me, but it’s the best I’ve felt in years. It shows in my game. The challenge now is keeping up this level, and I’ll be working non-stop to maintain it.”

City resume domestic action on Saturday, when they host last season’s Championship play-off final winners Fulham.

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Pep Guardiola‘s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Wolves last month and Aguero is keen not to underestimate another of the promoted teams.

“They have a long-standing tradition in England of being a good footballing team and now they’ve won a place back in the Premier League,” he said.

“It’s no secret this is one of the most competitive tournaments in the world, played at the highest of levels, so it doesn’t matter if they are fresh from promotion or not – they’ve earned their place here.”

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Manchester United, Juventus or PSG – where next for Zinedine Zidane?

The former Real Madrid boss has revealed that he would like to resume his coaching career soon and Old Trafford could easily be his next destination

During his playing day, Zinedine Zidane typically let his football do the talking. Twelve years after retirement, though, eight words were all that were required to set the footballing world aflutter. 

“I am definitely going to coach again soon,” he told Spanish television station RTVE. “It’s what I like doing and it’s what I’ve done my whole life.” 

Barely three months after he led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title – an achievement unprecedented in the modern era – it seems that the icon has his batteries recharged and is ready for a new challenge.

Where that challenge lies, though, is less clear.

As former team-mate Claude Makelele explained, such is Zidane’s pulling power due to the incredible success he enjoyed both on the field and in the dugout, he can “go where he wants”. 

Or almost. A vacancy must be available. And, of course, it is impossible to imagine the hero of France’s 1998 World Cup success going anywhere other than one of the game’s biggest names.

The widely held feeling is that he is destined one day to lead the national team, though Didier Deschamps’ decision to stay on after helping Les Bleus to a second world crown in the summer means that any plans Zidane has in that regard will be pushed back until after Euro 2020 at the earliest, barring unforeseen circumstances.

In Italy, there is a belief that Zidane could succeed Massimiliano Allegri at the helm of Juventus.

Having attained iconic status in Turin, it is a move that would surely appeal to the former playmaker; not least because Cristiano Ronaldo, a player he knows so well from his time in Spain, is now leading the Bianconeri attack. 

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Paris Saint-Germain have also been mentioned in dispatches, though Zidane’s heritage as a proud Marseillaise complicates a potential deal due to the frosty relationship that citizens of the port city have with those in the capital.

If it were to come off – and it is not a possibility for now due to the recent appointment of Thomas Tuchel – it would be a controversial move.

Perhaps the likeliest path leads him to Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho is embroiled in what has become his trademark third-season slump. With two wins from four Premier League matches and the manager’s behaviour increasingly erratic, ‘Mou’ is currently the bookies’ favourite to win the sack race. 

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Zidane’s words will certainly have piqued the interest of CEO Ed Woodward, whose relationship with his manager has grown increasingly difficult following a transfer window in which target after target was missed and the defence not reinforced at all, despite a glaring need to do so.

United certainly match the calibre of club that would interest Zidane, and if he is indeed looking to get back into the managerial game as “soon” as he suggested, it would appear to be the logical choice.

On the field, Zidane was an illusive and mercurial character, capable of doing the unexpected. Now we must bide our time to see if he is as unpredictable in the dugout.

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Nabil Fekir calls for questions over Liverpool move to stop

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Fekir moving on with his career

Lyon star Nabil Fekir has called for questions over his failed Liverpool move to stop, claiming ‘there are things that must be accepted.’

The Frenchman was fully expected to join Liverpool before the World Cup in Russia but that move fell through. 

Then after the competition, it was again expected that the player would join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Though, despite a move seemingly being revived after the competition, it fell through again.

That was even after the player reportedly undertook his welcome interview and medical.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Nabil Fekir shoots a free kick at goal of France and of Ireland during the International Friendly match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on May 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Time for the questions to stop

Now, even despite the move falling through, Fekir is still being asked about it.

A couple of weeks ago the player was talking about the move, explaining it was ‘ancient history’.

“Yes, the failed Liverpool move has been totally digested,” he explained, as quoted by ESPN.

“These things can happen. That is how it is. You have to move on — it is ancient history.”

When you read that, you would think that is the end of that until at least the January transfer window.

However, that doesn’t look to be the case after Fekir was asked about the move again this week.


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Now, he’s taking a sterner view with the media and has claimed that ‘we must stop at this’ in regards to questions over the failed move.

He also revealed that the failed move is ‘straight out’ of his head.

‘What happened with Liverpool is straight out of my head, I turned the page,’ Fekir explained this week, as quoted by the Daily Mail. 

‘We must not stop at this, we must move forward. There are things that must be accepted.’

Jamie Carragher praises Liverpool over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer

One player who did join Liverpool over the summer is Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss star has made a decent start to life at Anfield and Jamie Carragher has been praising his former club over signing him.

Click here to see what he had to say. 

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Juventus transfer news: Paulo Dybala will leave in January, claims Zamparini

The Palermo owner says the Juve star has offers from Spain and England, and expects a move due to his lack of playing time

Paulo Dybala will leave Juventus in January and already has offers from clubs in Spain and England, Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini has claimed.

The forward started his side’s Serie A opener against Chievo last month, but did not play in the 2-0 win over Lazio and only managed 10 minutes off the bench in the 2-1 victory against Parma prior to the international break.

The 24-year-old has also found life difficult at international level in recent months, having been left out of Argentina‘s last two starting line-ups after being omitted from their World Cup squad.

Zamparini, who sanctioned Dybala’s move to Juve from Palermo in 2015, has hit out at head coach Massimiliano Allegri for his treatment of the player and backed him to move to La Liga in the next transfer window.

“Every time he is left out, it makes me want to cry,” Zamparini told RMC Sport. “He’s on the bench because of Allegri. Allegri should come to Palermo and win the Scudetto.

“Two years ago, I sent Dybala a message and advised him to go to Spain, not Italy

“He’ll leave, because Juventus want to get €120 million. In January, I think he’ll leave for Spain. He has offers in Spain and England.

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“Juventus have a lot of champions and it’s obviously a reason to cry when a phenomenon like him is not playing.”

Barcelona have been linked with Dybala in the past, while Real Madrid were rumoured to be interested after they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve in a €112m deal.

Manchester United are also said to be considering an offer, possibly as part of a deal that would see Paul Pogba return to Turin, with the midfielder reportedly keen to move back to the Serie A champions.

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