Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Courtois made to delete Chelsea goodby letter

Thibaut Courtois has been forced to delete an online farewell message hours after completing a move to Real Madrid.

Courtois note on facebook: "Hello CFC Family. With these few words I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a special place in my heart. I was only 19 years old when the club showed a great belief in my abilities. The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true. The decision to first send me away (to Atletico Madrid) helped me to grow into a goalkeeper fit for Chelsea FC.

"When I returned, I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two titles, a League Cup and a FA Cup!

"A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and amazing moments with, both on and off the pitch. The team would never be successful without the help of all the other members who are devoted to the players and the club, such as the medical department, kit men and all the others who I can't thank separately

"Last but not least I want to thank the fans for their great support over the years. I hope you understand that being closer to my kids was considerable in my decision. I wish you all the best for the future."

According to The Sun, the post was deleted just 30 minutes later, following a "barrage of abuse" from "a large number of angry" Blues fans.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Southgate: I´m glad it´s not the World Cup yet!

Gareth Southgate questioned the role of VAR in Italy's equaliser. England debutant James Tarkowski was adjudged to have fouled Federico Chiesa inside the area, albeit replays showed the defender appeared to accidentally stand on the substitute's foot. Still, referee Deniz Aytekin pointed to the spot after reviewing the footage, allowing Lorenzo Insigne to draw Italy level in the 87th minute. "I’m glad it’s not a World Cup!" Southgate told ITV Sport. "I think the ruling is clear and obvious [errors] and I don't think that was clear and obvious. It's one you can debate forever. "It looks like Tarkowski stands on him, but that’s in the motion of running and it looks like he was on his way down anyway. "It's designed to stop the deliberate handball or something like that. I think the referee had a good view. "I don't think with incidents like that it [VAR] is going to clear things up 100 per cent. An obvious handball or offside, things like that, but anyway we have to get on with it." "The first five minutes we were very sloppy. After that we settled into the game and probably created more chances than we have done in a lot of matches," Southgate added. England's next game is against Nigeria on June 2nd, before hosting Costa Rica five days later in their final friendly before travelling to Russia.

De Bruyne happy with Belgium progress after big win

De Bruyne feels Belgium are improving in good time for the World Cup after a commanding 4-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Belgium were dominant from the off and secured a comfortable victory through a Romelu Lukaku brace and goals from Michy Batshuayi and midfielder De Bruyne. "The second half was better than the first," said De Bruyne. "The way we put pressure was more organised, it was better. "I thought this was a good test to continue to grow. It may not have been an important game, but of course you want to win. This way you create a mentality in which you want to keep winning. "This was also much better than the previous two matches we played." "With Belgium, I now play in a position where I do not get many goals," he said. "But in the last 10 to 15 minutes, I started to play a bit higher [getting a goal and an assist]. "My job is to let the team run as a defensive midfielder. The people in front of me are more than good enough to make the difference."

Meza angry after Spain humiliation

27 March 2018 Maximiliano Meza was "angry" with his Argentina debut after Jorge Sampaoli's side suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Spain. Meza replaced Messi as Argentina's number 10, but he was unhappy with his first experience of international football. "I wanted to enjoy it, but I'm angry about how the game was lost," Independiente's Meza told TyC Sports. "Internally we will talk to try to correct the errors. There are things to improve. "We have to have the correct mentality and keep working, because that way we get ahead. "In the [pre-match] news conference Jorge said that Spain was one of the best teams. "In the first half, not playing so well, we had chances to take the lead and we were also able to draw, but we could not."

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Football Gossip: Today's biggest gossip from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and beyond

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Transfers - Done Deals- July 2017

The summer transfer window is formally open as of 1 July, although many clubs have been arranging to sign players since the end of last season. Signings from June, can be found on the June 2017 editions of this page while you can see who each club has let go at the end of the 2016-17 season on our released player round-up. For all the latest rumours check out the gossip page.