Man Utd & Chelsea to Challenge Italian Giants in Race for Liverpool’s Midfield General

Liverpool will have a tough time convincing Emre Can of committing his future to Anfield after it emerged that Manchester United and Chelsea would go toe to toe with Juventus in trying to sign the 23-year-old next summer.

The German international is out of contract in 2018 and is yet to confirm where he will be playing next season. After an incredible start to the season that saw Can score a Champions League brace against TSG Hoffenheim, he has attracted interest from José Mourinho’s United and the reigning Premier League champions, Chelsea, according to Tuttosport (via the Liverpool Echo).

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Can has been believed to be on Juventus’ radar for some time now and there was even talk of a possible deadline day move, however, a transfer didn’t materialise and the Old Lady looked set to snap up the powerful midfielder next summer.

Bayern Munich are also poking their nose in the German’s future, potentially looking to resign Can just four years after allowing him to join Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen in a £4.5m deal.

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Initially struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League, Can has grown into one of the most dominant midfielders in Europe since arriving on Merseyside in 2014. With a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad next season all but confirmed, Can has a number of options to consider before deciding where he’ll be playing club football next season. 

The prospect of Can lining up with Naby Keita and Philippe Coutinho next season is a mouthwatering prospect for Liverpool fans, however, the lure of Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge could be enough to convince Can of a future away from Anfield.

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Diego Costa Left Out of Chelsea’s Champions League Squad as Doubt Over His Future Continues

?Diego Costa has been left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad as speculation over his future at the club continues.

The Blues opted to include just Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi as their forward options with Costa yet to return to the club from his extended summer break in Brazil.

New signings Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater are included, as are youngsters Jake Clarke-Salter and Kyle Scott.

Third choice goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho also made the cut, as well as midfield duo Kenedy and Charly Musonda.

Though Costa has been left out of the Champions League squad, he was included in Antonio Conte’s 25-man Premier League selection.

But the situation does not appear to be close to a resolution, with the Spanish forward having missed out on his desired move to Atletico Madrid before the close of the transfer window.

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Chelsea will play Atletico in the group stage of the Champions League, as well as Serie A side Roma and Azerbaijani club Qarabag.

Any possibility of a dramatic, Diego Costa focused clash between the two sides is now gone, although it remains to be seen how his future will be resolved in the coming weeks.

Chelsea are believed to be determined to bring the rebellious forward back to the club from his exile, and ensure that he sees out the terms of his contract.

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Hazard Full of Praise for Antonio Conte While Simultaneously Insisting They Aren’t ‘Friends’

Chelsea’s Belgian winger Eden Hazard has praised manager Antonio Conte and has insisted that the Chelsea squad is happy working under this Italian – however, Conte isn’t seen as a friend by Hazard.

NetBet Sport reports that the 26-year-old loves Conte’s enthusiasm on the touchline but wants to keep his relationship with the Italian professional, according to the Daily Mail.

“You know on the bench, he has got a lot of energy moving along the sidelines and shouting instructions, but I think we need this personality in the squad to win football games,” Hazard said. “I think we have got one of the best managers in the world. So we are really happy with him.

 

 

“I have a good relationship with all my managers,” he continued. “You know we train every day together and we can talk together and laugh together. So yes absolutely we have a good relationship, I wouldn’t say “friends” because it is difficult to be friends with your manager so I wouldn’t say that but we have a good relationship.”

 

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Hazard also appeared to have a subtle dig a Tottenham when talking about who Chelsea’s title challengers would be, failing to mention the Lillywhites in a list of teams in contention for Premier League glory this season.

“It’s not just one team, I think all of the teams have got really good players: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City and good managers as well. So we will see…”

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Chelsea Star Hails Madrid & Zidane Amid Continued Speculation He’ll Ultimately Play in Spain

Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has lifted the lid on a potential move to La Liga, claiming that a switch to the ‘special’ Spanish league isn’t outside the realms of possibility.

Hazard has long been linked with both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and the Belgian winger has always maintained that he is happy in west London. While the 26-year-old has continued that trend in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, he hasn’t exactly slammed the door shut on a future expedition to Spain.


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“?At the moment I’m good in England.” Hazard said, “I play in one of the best teams, but yes, the Spanish League is special…why not one day? Of course, for the moment I’m here.”

“I think now, at this moment, Real Madrid is the best team in the world. They have won everything and have good players, a great coach … Now, the Champions [League] is very difficult to win. It happens as in the Premier [League], anyone can win. You never know.”

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After grooming the ego of the titanic Real Madrid, Hazard went on to discuss their legendary manager, Zinedine Zidane. The Belgian international became the latest in a long line of people to compliment the Frenchman’s ability as both a player and coach:

“He has won everything both player and coach. It’s a special type. Everyone knows him as a player. When we thought of football we thought of Zidane because he could do anything on the lawn. Even now, off the field, he has achieved great things. It is magical and I am very happy to see you in the field.”

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Hazard now seems fully recovered from his three month lay-off from a fractured ankle after scoring in Belgium’s 9-0 drumming of Gibraltar. 

News of his return will have gone down well with the Chelsea faithful, who are yet to see him play in the Premier League this season.

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Ex-Sunderland Boss David Moyes Admits Even Antonio Conte Couldn’t Have Saved Club From Relegation

?Former Sunderland manager David Moyes has admitted that even Antonio Conte couldn’t have prevented the Black Cats from relegation to the Championship last season.

Sunderland finished bottom of the Premier League table with just 24 points to their name, and Moyes resigned following a hugely disappointing campaign.

And the Scotsman has now reflected on what was a “tough season”, in which his side won just six league games.

“I think Harry Redknapp got it right when he said Antonio Conte couldn’t have kept up Sunderland last season,” Moyes told the Daily Mail.

“It was a squad that was not at Premier League level. And a squad that had been beaten up a few times and come very close to relegation before. It needed refreshing, but it wasn’t possible because of the finances we had available.

“I wasn’t aware of all the issues Sunderland had — the amount of debt, the players they had to pay back, I wasn’t aware of that. And I wasn’t aware of the detail in some of the contracts players had, in terms of being able to leave and so on.

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“It was a tough season. Not what I expected. And it was disappointing because I wasn’t able to get the results that maybe in years gone by I would have done. But I think there were mitigating circumstances.”

Despite the disappointment of his time with Sunderland, that followed difficult spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad, Moyes expressed his desire to make a return to management.

“Look at Manchester United,” he said. “It’s taken them a few hundred million to get them in a good order. At Real Sociedad, we kept them up, we did the job we had to do there. The only one that looks a little bit out of sync is Sunderland. And it was probably the hardest to take. I think my record of losing two games in a row was minimal.

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“I’d go back to the training ground, find a way. But last year I couldn’t get it to work, and it was getting me down because I was losing. That was my first relegation and I hope it’ll be my last.

“In the end my decision to resign was both difficult and easy. There’s a sense of wanting to get it right. I want that winning feeling again.”


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