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  • Kessie couldn't turn down Chelsea but dr...

    Franck Kessie has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for most. The midfielder has been linked with various clubs over the course of the season due to his starring role for Atalanta, with the Serie A side said to have rejected offers for him in January. C...

    Kessie couldn't turn down Chelsea but dreams of Manchester United move

    Franck Kessie has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for most. The midfielder has been linked with various clubs over the course of the season due to his starring role for Atalanta, with the Serie A side said to have rejected offers for him in January. Chelsea and United have both been touted as having an interest in him and he admitted he had been flattered by the Premier League sides, though his team-mate Alejandro Gomez believes the Ivory Coast international is on his way to Roma. Kessie, though, says he knows nothing of a move to the capital unfolding and admitted that he would love to end up at Old Trafford. “I did not hear any rumours around Roma, as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and so focused only on playing,” the 20-year-old told Tuttomercatoweb. “I like the Premier League and in particular Manchester United, the club I dream of playing for. “Chelsea? That is also a big club, nobody would turn them down, but I dream of United.” Kessie is contracted to Atalanta until 2021 and has scored seven goals in 21 games in all competitions this term.

  • 'I don't see him hanging about' - Schole...

    Man Utd legend Paul Scholes and former England icon Michael Owen are in agreement that Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Old Trafford. The Red Devils' all-time top scorer has been a bit-part player this season and has been linked with a big-money move to China as a result. And w...

    'I don't see him hanging about' - Scholes & Owen discuss Rooney's Man Utd future

    Man Utd legend Paul Scholes and former England icon Michael Owen are in agreement that Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Old Trafford. The Red Devils' all-time top scorer has been a bit-part player this season and has been linked with a big-money move to China as a result. And with playing time limited, former team-mate Scholes doesn't see the England skipper hanging around for much longer. “I don't know if he should go but I think he'll want to go,” BT Sport’s football expert Scholes said.  “Wayne is a player who wants to play football every week, whether it's a big game or a small game - he wants to play. This'll be hurting him at the minute, not being selected for the bigger games. “He might have played in this game [vs Saint-Etienne] if he was fit – I think he would have. He'll get frustrated and I don't see him hanging about if he's not playing in the big games.” .bts_videojs_iframe_container { position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.25% !important; margin-bottom: 15px; }.bts_videojs_iframe_container iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; border: 0px; } Having played alongside the 31-year-old for both club and country, Owen agrees that Rooney will not be content with making cameo appearances - even in the twlight of his career. “Jose will know that he's frustrated and wants to play all the time, I'm pretty sure he'll be having a word in the manager's ear,” Owen said. “If Ibrahimovic is scoring goals like he is - and there's other players that are playing really well - you can understand why he's not getting more of a look in at the moment. “But, even though he's 31, he's still got that childlike enthusiasm for the game. China has come in and changed the whole market – where else can he go? “He is getting on and he will be looking at his future and his family's future. “China changes everything. If he's going to go, I think that's where he'll go.” BT Sport is your home of unmissable live football from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Visit btsport.com for more info.

  • 'Some teams are beaten before kick-off' ...

    Eden Hazard believes Chelsea's fine home record this season has some opponents beaten before the game has even kicked off. Lallana signs new Liverpool deal The Blues lead the Premier League table by eight points, having won 11 of their 12 home games this term - in stark contras...

    'Some teams are beaten before kick-off' - Hazard hails Chelsea's super home form

    Eden Hazard believes Chelsea's fine home record this season has some opponents beaten before the game has even kicked off. Lallana signs new Liverpool deal The Blues lead the Premier League table by eight points, having won 11 of their 12 home games this term - in stark contrast to last season, where Chelsea tasted victory only five times in front of their own fans. And Hazard has welcomed the return of the fear factor at Stamford Bridge, suggesting the league leaders are able to win matches without playing well on their home turf. "Yes, [the home record] is significant," he told the London Evening Standard. "It's difficult for the opponent to come here and win games. "Do I get that feeling that some teams are beaten before kick-off? Yes. We are playing better than last season. It's a little like two years ago when we won the league. Leipzig may face CL ban "I remember the second part of the season back then - sometimes the team didn't play well, but we always scored at least one goal and Thibaut Courtois would make at least one good save, like against Arsenal." Hazard also praised the influence of the Chelsea supporters in their home turnaround. "We are in full confidence here on this pitch," he continued. "You know the fans bring everything, they support us.  "I remember against Tottenham earlier in the season when they scored, but the supporters kept going, they kept singing. It's great and we feel very good on this pitch. CSL side confirm Rooney approach "We know everything can happen in football, but we have self-belief and that is very important in football." And the Belgium international expects that a continuation of Chelsea's fine form at Stamford Bridge will be key to wrapping up the league title. "We are also good away from home, that's why we are first in the table," Hazard added. "But obviously it's a completely different challenge when you play at home compared to away.  "We just need to keep the same concentration. It's more difficult to play away because of the fans, but we are ready, we are professional. We can deal with the pressure. Everything is going good. "We know if we want to be champions, in our home stadium we have to win most of our games. We can't say all 19 because we have already lost to Liverpool, but we have to win 16 to 17 because it's our place. We are ready to deliver."

  • 'He told me to f*** off twice' - Wenger'...

    The FA have published the written reasons behind Arsene Wenger's four-game touchline ban that he received for clashing with the officials during a Premier League meeting with Burnley. Wenger vented his fury at fourth official Anthony Taylor and even pushed the latter in the tunn...

    'He told me to f*** off twice' - Wenger's x-rated touchline rant revealed

    The FA have published the written reasons behind Arsene Wenger's four-game touchline ban that he received for clashing with the officials during a Premier League meeting with Burnley. Wenger vented his fury at fourth official Anthony Taylor and even pushed the latter in the tunnel area as he argued his case. RUMOURS: Barca want Bellerin The Gunners had looked as though they would draw the game with Sean Dyche's Burnley, before Alexis Sanchez scored a penalty in the final moments to secure a 2-1 win. Wenger had already reached boiling point by then, though, with the FA report revealing that he twice told Taylor to "f*** off", while he also accused him of being "dishonest to his federation" and twice pushed the official. The statement begins: "In his report the Match Referee, Mr. J. Moss stated... 'In the 92nd minute of the game, following the award of a penalty against Arsenal, I was informed by Mr Taylor that he had been confronted by Mr Wenger in the technical area. "He informed me that despite being warned to consider his conduct, Mr Wenger stated to Mr Taylor 'You are dishonest to your federation!' Mr Taylor told me that he told Mr Wenger that this was not acceptable to which Mr Wenger replied “f*** off”. "After the penalty kick was scored I walked over to the technical area and asked Mr Wenger to leave the area for inappropriate conduct. "I restarted play as Mr Wenger reached the tunnel mouth. Mr Taylor will be adding his report which will include further misconduct following Mr Wenger’s dismissal, which I did not witness." Taylor's account of events continues: "Following the award of a penalty kick against his team in approx. 92nd min, Mr Wenger left his technical area to confront me in disagreement at the decision. "Before he said anything I said 'think carefully before you say anything'. He responded by saying 'you are dishonest to your federation'. I considered this to be questioning both mine and the referee, Jon Moss’s integrity and impartiality. "I stated to Mr. Wenger that such a comment was not acceptable and he told me to 'f*** off' on two separate occasions. Once Burnley had taken the penalty and before the game restarted I informed the referee, Jon Moss, what Mr Wenger had said and he subsequently dismissed Mr Wenger from the technical area. Sutton reveal Arsenal's amazing gift "Initially Mr Wenger wanted to return to his technical area and I had to ask him again to leave the vicinity as required. He then chose to stand at the opening of the tunnel. I again approached him and asked him to go to the dressing room area. "At this point Mr Wenger pushed me twice and I had to ask the security staff present to escort Mr Wenger to the dressing room area. At the conclusion of the match Mr Wenger visited the officials changing room and apologised to myself and Mr Moss for his earlier actions."

  • Tottenham legend King encourages Alli to...

    Former Tottenham captain Ledley King believes it is important Dele Alli keeps his "edge", even if other teams target the England international. RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd Alli has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his Spurs debut in August 2015, scoring 23 goals in all ...

    Tottenham legend King encourages Alli to keep his edge

    Former Tottenham captain Ledley King believes it is important Dele Alli keeps his "edge", even if other teams target the England international. RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd Alli has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his Spurs debut in August 2015, scoring 23 goals in all competitions and becoming an regular under Mauricio Pochettino. However, he has also encountered a number of disciplinary problems with 15 bookings across his 80 appearances, while he also served a three-match ban for punching West Brom's Claudio Yacob last season. While this record has made the 20-year-old midfielder an easy target for opposition players, King is pleased with the way Alli has dealt with the added pressure. "People will have looked at his record and will have targeted him in terms of trying to get around him, frustrate him and rile him," King told the London Evening Standard. "There will be games where he does get frustrated — as we all do — but he is still young and is learning to deal with the pressures of being a top player in the Premier League. That can take time. "He has made progress on that front — he has only five yellow cards this season. What you don't want to do is lose that edge he has. Most of the best players have that edge about them — it tends to come from what they've been through or where they grew up. "Dele has it and you want him to keep it, but he has to be careful, too. He can't jeopardise the team for one silly moment and he has been a lot better at that this season. "You still want him to show that toughness — you want to send a message to your opponents that you are not afraid. It doesn't matter if they kick or foul you, you get up and keep coming back at them, because it won't put you off your game. I would never force out Rooney - Mourinho "Dele has shown that already and there are now signs he can control his temperament along with it, doing the business on the pitch." Alli has scored 11 league goals in this campaign, already bettering his tally from last term, while Tottenham are third in the table.  

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