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  • Bellerin admits Arsenal fan taunts force...

    Hector Bellerin has once again played down links to Barcelona and admitted that abuse from Arsenal fans forced him to “man up”. The Spanish full-back was among those to face criticism as the Gunners saw their 2016-17 campaign start to unravel. Wenger reveals toughest ever perio...

    Bellerin admits Arsenal fan taunts forced him to 'man up', but has no plans to leave for Barca

    Hector Bellerin has once again played down links to Barcelona and admitted that abuse from Arsenal fans forced him to “man up”. The Spanish full-back was among those to face criticism as the Gunners saw their 2016-17 campaign start to unravel. Wenger reveals toughest ever period He slipped out of Arsene Wenger’s starting XI on the back of the terrace taunts, as Arsenal sought to emulate the success of Chelsea by switching to three at the back. Rather than hide, though, Bellerin claims testing times have made him stronger, with everyone entitled to their own opinion. “It's something you've got to deal with,” he told the Daily Mail ahead of a FA Cup final clash with Chelsea. “When you win you're going to get fans chanting your name and when you don't do great they're going to give you stick. “Fans were coming to me after saying: ‘Hector, it wasn't directed at you, it was the whole team, you were there because you had a throw-in and the situation put you there’. “But, whatever way, it is part of football and I understand. I am a football fan, I've watched football my whole life. When my favourite team didn't do well I'd get angry. Sanchez wins award, Ozil snubbed “In that sense, I understand the fans in that situation. They need to pour their anger on me. Fair play. In that game, for example, I wasn't playing at my top level. I need to man up and deal with it. “You get the perks of football and the cons. That's one of the things that's going to happen. When you're angry you can say something you don't mean. Everyone's got their opinion and sometimes it's going to hurt.” The criticism of Bellerin fanned the flames of intense transfer talk regarding mooted interest from Barcelona. The 22-year-old has long been linked with a return to his roots but, having committed to a contract at Emirates Stadium through to 2023, he insists that he has no intention of heading home. “I signed my contract for a reason,” said Bellerin. “I signed it because I wanted to be here. I wouldn't have done it otherwise. Wenger plans to give away cup medal “Arsenal is the club that gave me the chance to be a professional and since the first time I met with the boss he's always said if I progressed the right way I could be an Arsenal player for a long time. “I've been here nearly six years and I love London. I'm still discovering the city. “The other day, I was out in the car in east London thinking I'd never been there before. That's what I like about the city.”

  • Fellaini prepared to suffer broken bones...

    Marouane Fellaini says he would break bones for Jose Mourinho after emerging as a key figure at Manchester United. The Belgium international has not always seen his skill set embraced at Old Trafford since completing a £27.5 million move from Everton in 2013. He has often being...

    Fellaini prepared to suffer broken bones for Mourinho as he plans Man Utd stay

    Marouane Fellaini says he would break bones for Jose Mourinho after emerging as a key figure at Manchester United. The Belgium international has not always seen his skill set embraced at Old Trafford since completing a £27.5 million move from Everton in 2013. He has often being accused of embodying what United became in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, with the club seen to have deserted their footballing roots. Darmian wants Man Utd stay Fellaini has, however, taken on an important role under Mourinho in 2016-17 and is grateful to the Portuguese coach for having restored confidence in his ability both from himself and those in the stands. The 29-year-old, who made 47 appearances in all competitions this season, told hln.be: “When I feel that people trust me, I’m prepared to do everything. “If I have to break my foot for him [Mourinho], I’ll do it. That’s me. Even when I’m in pain, I play.” Fellaini will form part of Mourinho’s plans once again in 2017-18, having seen a 12-month extension option in his contract triggered. He is, however, looking past that point and hopes fresh terms will be tabled at some stage which allow him to further extend his time with the Red Devils. Griezmann denies Utd reports “Now I am here at Manchester United, I'm in and want to stay here,” Fellaini added. “I work every day with great players, with great staff, at a great club and I'm happy to be here and try to give everything for this club.” Fellaini figured in all three of United’s 2016-17 trophy triumphs, with the Belgian gracing the Community Shield, EFL Cup final and Europa League final.

  • Hazard unfazed by comparisons to 'leader...

    Chelsea star Eden Hazard is unfazed by where he ranks among the world's best but believes greater leadership can move him closer to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The story behind Diego Costa's rise Hazard, 26, is widely considered one of the best players in the world, alt...

    Hazard unfazed by comparisons to 'leaders' Messi, Ronaldo

    Chelsea star Eden Hazard is unfazed by where he ranks among the world's best but believes greater leadership can move him closer to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The story behind Diego Costa's rise Hazard, 26, is widely considered one of the best players in the world, although below two clear standouts in Messi and Ronaldo. While the Belgium international has little interest in the discussion, he said Barcelona great Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo were leaders. "People are always talking, I don't care about that. I try to be the best I can," Hazard told UK newspapers. "In the world I'm not alone — they have some good, good players. I don't know if I am top five, top 10, top 20. It's not my target. I just want to enjoy my football. "Players like Ronaldo and Messi are leaders. They are people that want to be better every day. That's why they are at the top for the last 10 years. "They need to prove — we all need to prove — every day, but I don't think too much about that. I just concentrate on myself, on football, on the pitch, on the training ground. Then I will see." A two-time Premier League champion, Hazard can add the FA Cup to his collection when Chelsea face Arsenal in Saturday's final. With John Terry leaving Stamford Bridge at season's end, Hazard said the next generation of Chelsea players had a chance to step up. "The last 10 years in Chelsea, it was great," he said. "They won a lot of trophies, now it's like a new generation. Frank Lampard is finished, Didier Drogba is finished, Ashley Cole, John Terry now. So it's a new generation. "We have a couple of leaders — I try to be one on the pitch. All of the players, they are ready, they are 100 per cent. We will see."

  • Bernardo hoping to learn from Manchester...

    Bernardo Silva says he cannot wait to learn from David Silva after joining his superstar namesake at Manchester City from Monaco. The 22-year-old completed his move, reportedly worth £43million, on Friday as City waste little time starting their transfer business for 2017-18. M...

    Bernardo hoping to learn from Manchester City star namesake Silva

    Bernardo Silva says he cannot wait to learn from David Silva after joining his superstar namesake at Manchester City from Monaco. The 22-year-old completed his move, reportedly worth £43million, on Friday as City waste little time starting their transfer business for 2017-18. Mbappe: Buffon deserves to win Ballon d'Or He becomes the second Silva in Pep Guardiola's squad and, as well as sharing the same name, has had his style likened to the Spain playmaker and could be his long-term successor. Bernardo Silva described his new team-mate one of the world's top players and is eager to pick up as much as he can from the 31-year-old. "David Silva is one of the best players in the world," the Portugal international told City's website after sealing his transfer.  "I look forward to learning from him and to see what he can teach me. "To have this opportunity is fantastic. I look forward to playing with him.  "When I was a kid I was looking at him and some other players, now to have the chance to play with them is great." Bernardo Silva leaves Monaco after helping Leonardo Jardim's men to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000, a decision he concedes was a tough one to make. "Playing for Monaco has been a great experience," he said.  "I was a little bit surprised by how quickly I adapted to French football. We had a lot of Portuguese players and a Portuguese coach that helped me a lot as well. "Of course, it will be a little difficult to leave Monaco. It is true that in Monaco this season we did some fantastic things.  "To win a title against PSG is not easy in France, to arrive in the semi-finals of the Champions League was fantastic. "But this summer will be a good time to leave. We are champions and it was good to be part of Monaco. I am very grateful for everything but now I am looking forward to being part this new project in my life." Monaco beat City in the Champions League last-16 this season and Bernardo Silva relished the experience of playing at the Etihad Stadium, despite his side losing that thrilling first-leg clash 5-3. He said: "We were not pleased about the score because we didn't win that game, but it was a great match with two teams that wanted to play football and score goals.  "In the end, I think both teams played a fantastic game. To play here at the Etihad was special."

  • Darmian wants Manchester United stay

    Matteo Darmian suggested that he is happy to remain at Manchester United, but stated now is not the right time to talk about his future. The Italy full-back struggled to break into Jose Mourinho's starting XI in the early stages of the season and has consistently been linked wit...

    Darmian wants Manchester United stay

    Matteo Darmian suggested that he is happy to remain at Manchester United, but stated now is not the right time to talk about his future. The Italy full-back struggled to break into Jose Mourinho's starting XI in the early stages of the season and has consistently been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. No rest for Dybala and Higuain However, Darmian was a regular feature towards the end of the season and played a crucial role in the Red Devils' 2-0 Europa League final victory over Ajax on Wednesday. And the 27-year-old, who has two years to run on his contract, hinted that a transfer away is not on his mind. "I have a contract with United for two more years and I am feeling well here," Darmian told Gazzetta dello Sport. "This is maybe not the moment to talk about my future, having just won the Europa League." United, who finished sixth in the Premier League, threw all their efforts into winning the Europa League in order to secure Champions League football and Darmian was thrilled the gamble did not backfire. "It was hard to make it to the final, but it gives a lot of satisfaction when you win the trophy," he added. "It was the first time for Untited to win this trophy, we have made history."

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