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  • Collymore: Only Messi and Ronaldo have b...

    Former England international Stan Collymore has claimed that only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had better careers than Wayne Rooney in the past decade. Rooney became Manchester United's record goalscorer on Saturday when he netted his 250th goal for the club, having p...

    Collymore: Only Messi and Ronaldo have been better than Rooney

    Former England international Stan Collymore has claimed that only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had better careers than Wayne Rooney in the past decade. Rooney became Manchester United's record goalscorer on Saturday when he netted his 250th goal for the club, having previously broken Bobby Charlton's record to become England's highest ever scorer. Pogba trolled by hilarious Stoke post SInce moving to Old Trafford in 2004, the Liverpool native has won five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2007-08. Collymore believes Rooney's achievements in the past 10 years single him out as one of the best players in the world. "If you take out the big two, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he has had as good a career as anybody in the world over the last decade," the former Liverpool forward wrote in his Daily Mirror column. "You don’t break Sir Bobby Charlton’s England or Manchester United’s goal records without being something very special. "So huge congratulations to Wayne Rooney for achieving both, for a fantastic career that has seen him win virtually every trophy." Despite the claim that he has one of the best careers in club football, Collymore has been less than impressed with Rooney's showings for the Three Lions. Rooney was named in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2004, but despite appearing at five major tournaments since then, has flattered to deceive as England never reached further than the quarter-finals stage. "It is a little disappointing that we couldn’t see him at his best for England in terms of winning trophies or getting to finals and semi-finals," the three-time England international said.

  • David Silva lifts lid on what Man City p...

    David Silva says Manchester City players enjoy the "intense" games during Pep Guardiola's training routines. Guardiola has come under criticism this season as his side sit 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 22 games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Tottenham....

    David Silva lifts lid on what Man City players like about Guardiola training style

    David Silva says Manchester City players enjoy the "intense" games during Pep Guardiola's training routines. Guardiola has come under criticism this season as his side sit 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 22 games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Tottenham. While results may not be going their way at times, Silva has revealed that the squad are happy with life on the training field and that how they train depends on how many days they have between matches.  "If we've got more days available to just train, they usually are much tougher but otherwise it's more about recuperating," he told Dugout. "So it does just depend upon how many days we have available to train. "When we break into a small game at the end of the sessions, that's what we all like. Short games, full of intensity are what the players usually like best. "You just have to focus on that next game and recuperate well so you can win the next one." Silva has been utilised in the centre and on the left wing for City this season, stating that it is acting through the middle that comes more naturally to him. "I try to play the ball quickly between the lines which is a style of play I have to adapt in my particular position. "I try to improve that aspect of my game and instantly pick out players further up the pitch than me like the wide men and the strikers. That's how I always try to play. "I think that by playing centre midfield in the middle of the park I'm doing something which comes naturally to me. One of the things I did well as a young kid was to link well with the rest of the team so I reckon it's something which is natural for me." In 20 games in the Premier League for City this season, 31-year-old Silva has scored one goal and set up a further four. According to Opta’s stats, Kevin De Bruyne is the only player in the team to have created more chances than Silva, with the Belgian making 65 to the Spaniard’s 44.

  • 'People talk a lot without knowing anyth...

    David Luiz has hit out at those who have questioned Diego Costa’s commitment to the Chelsea cause in recent weeks, saying “people talk a lot without knowing anything”. The Spain international has dominated the headlines at Stamford Bridge, and not just for his performances on th...

    'People talk a lot without knowing anything' - David Luiz hits out at Diego Costa critics

    David Luiz has hit out at those who have questioned Diego Costa’s commitment to the Chelsea cause in recent weeks, saying “people talk a lot without knowing anything”. The Spain international has dominated the headlines at Stamford Bridge, and not just for his performances on the field. Pedro: Perfect Costa happy at Chelsea He sparked a storm ahead of an away date with Leicester City when reports emerged of an apparent big-money offer from China and a training ground bust-up with fitness coach Julio Tous. Costa played no part against the Foxes, but claims of a back complaint laying him low did little to curb the rumours surrounding his future. He was, however, returned to the Blues side with a bang against Hull City on Sunday, as he netted his 15th Premier League goal of the season for Antonio Conte’s table-toppers. After finding the target, Costa’s celebration suggested he was growing tired of idle gossip and David Luiz says that sentiment is shared by those who work alongside one of the finest forwards in the business on a day-to-day basis. No talk, all action: Costa sends message "That’s his [Costa] job, to score goals, and he works on that every day," the Brazilian defender told SFR Sport. "He does his job very well. He’s a great player who’s in fantastic form right now. "He’s playing well, and I’m happy for him because sometimes people talk a lot without knowing anything, and he’s had to go through that. But it’s normal people talk about the best players in the world, Diego is one of them. "I don’t know. Things were normal. Everyone has offers, everyone has things to talk about. He’s happy, always wants to play football, that’s what’s important for me." Conte basks in Costa recall Conte has sought to play down the speculation throughout a potential distracting saga, and he too had words of praise for Costa on Sunday after seeing him silence his critics in the best possible way. He said: "I think [for] Diego, the most important thing is he scored. The celebration is good, but the most important thing is he scored."

  • Extended Southampton stay on the cards f...

    Southampton youngster Josh Sims has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club. The 19-year-old winger is a product of Saints' esteemed youth system and made his debut in November's 1-0 win over Everton. Puel: Captaincy no Van Dijk bribe Sims has ...

    Extended Southampton stay on the cards for Sims

    Southampton youngster Josh Sims has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club. The 19-year-old winger is a product of Saints' esteemed youth system and made his debut in November's 1-0 win over Everton. Puel: Captaincy no Van Dijk bribe Sims has eight first-team appearances to his name for Claude Puel's men and joins fellow academy graduated Harrison Reed, Sam McQueen and Jake Hesketh in penning extended terms at St Mary's this season. "I'm absolutely delighted to sign a new contract with the club," Sims said. "I'm really happy that the club have put faith in me to offer me a new contract. "I can't really put into words how good it has been recently, but I just need to push on now and continue my progress. "I can’t see why you wouldn't want to sign here. This is definitely the club for me to help me progress and aspire to be like some of the other academy graduates to have come through."

  • Mata hurt by career first in Man Utd dra...

    Juan Mata admits he endured a frustrating afternoon at Stoke City on Saturday, with the Manchester United forward recording an unwanted career first. The Spain international was among the goals at the bet365 Stadium, but unfortunately he netted at the wrong end. Evans: Rooney i...

    Mata hurt by career first in Man Utd draw with Stoke

    Juan Mata admits he endured a frustrating afternoon at Stoke City on Saturday, with the Manchester United forward recording an unwanted career first. The Spain international was among the goals at the bet365 Stadium, but unfortunately he netted at the wrong end. Evans: Rooney is far from finished Mata broke the deadlock in the Premier League fixture, turning an Erik Pieters cross past David de Gea in the 19th minute. The 28-year-old is now a seasoned veteran, having made over 500 appearances for club and country. He had, however, never scored an own goal prior to his most recent outing, with Mata conceding that little went his way against the Potters. He wrote in a blog on his personal website: “The game left me with a bitter taste. “Firstly, we didn’t win. We created chances to get the three points and it makes us mad to see that the ball just doesn’t go in. Stoke troll Pogba and Man Utd “It’s especially frustrating when you are so unlucky as to score an own goal, when you’re trying precisely to avoid that. “I don’t remember when was the last time that I scored an own goal; in fact I believe this is the first one. “I know it goes with the territory but when it happens to you it hurts. Anyway, this is football and, as always, we have to stay determined and motivated, and carry on.” Mata was rescued on the day by his club captain, with Wayne Rooney’s late free-kick snatching a point for United and seeing him break the club’s all-time goalscoring record. Ibra: Rooney deserves more respect “I want to congratulate Wayne once again,” Mata said of a man who now has 250 goals for the Red Devils. “He’s become the top goalscorer in the history of the club and I’m so happy for him. I’m sure that he will keep scoring many more goals and improving his amazing stats.”

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