Soccer Wiretap

Diego Simeone Believes Antoine Griezmann Could Be Convinced To Stay

Apr 18, 2018 5:27 PM

Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid can convince Antoine Griezmann to remain with the club this summer.

Last summer, Griezmann considered a move to Manchester United before signing a new deal with Atleti. 

Barcelona has recently been linked with Griezmann and are prepared to pay his €100 million release clause.

"We want the best for Griezmann," Simeone said. "We must make him see that this team can keep growing, I hope we can do that. That things are real, not just words. If we keep fighting with Barcelona, and until the final of the Europa League, we will see that each year we do something good. We must give him all the tools so that, when he needs to decide, he inclines towards staying with us."

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Everton Seeks Feedback From Supporters On Sam Allardyce

Apr 18, 2018 10:53 AM

Everton has been seeking feedback from their season ticket holders and club members on the job Sam Allardyce has done as manager.

The question about the team manager is part of a wide-ranging survey designed to shape the club’s engagement strategy with supporters. 

On Allardyce supporters are asked to rate his performance on the basis of: “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff of Everton eg, in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team.” Ratings range from zero – “completely disagree” – to 10 – “completely agree.”

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Everton

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Five City Players Headline 17-18 PFA Premier League Team Of The Year

Apr 18, 2018 10:33 AM

Manchester City has five players on the 17-18 Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League Team of the Year.

Defenders Nicolás Otamendi and Kyle Walker, midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva and forward Sergio Agüero were named to the team.

Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane are the other forwards on the team.

Tottenham Hotspur have three selections in Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.

David De Gea is the keeper and only member of Manchester United while Marcos Alonso is the selection at left back.

The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Personal Award

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Mauricio Pochettino: It's Dangerous To Scout Players In The World Cup

Apr 17, 2018 11:23 AM

Tottenham Hotspur hope to act early on the summer transfer market as the World Cup will complicate both the timing and prices.

“It is so dangerous to go and scout players in the World Cup," said Mauricio Pochettino. "If a player plays well you will have a lot of competition and how are you going to sign him? Sometimes you need to anticipate, to think, ‘OK, this player can be good for us’, but you need to sign [him] before the tournament starts. We are thinking and trying to anticipate because it will be difficult if not.

“It’s not all about money in football, that is true. But it helps. As a coach you can have ideas about football but then you need the principal actors to deliver this idea. We are competing in a different way to Manchester City. At Tottenham we have to be brave, to believe, to work harder than other clubs that are at our level.”

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, World Cup

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Sergio Aguero Undergoes Knee Surgery

Apr 17, 2018 11:05 AM

Sergio Aguero has undergone surgery on his knee.

Aguero could miss the rest of Manchester City's season and his fitness for the World Cup with Argentina is in doubt.

Aguero entered in the 76th minute of City's defeat against Manchester United on April 7, was caught by a strong challenge from United's Ashley Young.

ESPN

Tags: Argentina, Manchester City, Injury

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PSG Denies Reports Of Agreement With Thomas Tuchel

Apr 16, 2018 5:31 PM

Nasser Al-Khelaifi has dismissed reports that Paris Saint-Germain have already signed Thomas Tuchel to a contract.

Multiple reports have indicated Tuchel already has a deal in place to replace Unai Emery as manager.

Tuchel left Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season.

"If we had signed with someone, we would have announced it to you," Al-Khelaifi told Canal+. "Today we have a coach who was on the pitch. We are very honest; we have a coach today who works with us, with a contract until the end of the season.

"Let's be positive tonight, we've done a lot of positive things. We're champions, it's a wonderful thing, I thank everyone.

"And the season is not over yet, there is the cup to win. The Champions League is our big goal, but it's not easy. We work hard, but the other clubs do it too. We are very proud today."

As.com

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

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Andres Iniesta Believed To Already Have Deal In China

Apr 16, 2018 1:12 PM

Andres Iniesta is believed to have already secured a deal to sign in the Chinese Super League.

As many as four clubs have submitted significant financial offers to Iniesta.

The switch is believed to include an agreement for his management team to organize a series of children's soccer camps.

Iniesta has spent his entire career with Barcelona, coming up with their La Masia academy.

Moises Llorens/As.com

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor

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Jurgen Klinsmann: US Set Back Several Years By Not Qualifying For WC

Apr 16, 2018 10:14 AM

Jurgen Klinsmann said the United States' failure to qualify for the World Cup will set the country back for years.

Klinsmann was fired as manager of the United States in November of 2016 and replaced by Bruce Arena.

"It's been set back by several years," Klinsmann said. "That was a huge disappointment. The qualification really was never in doubt, but then the lads had a blackout versus Trinidad & Tobago. They only needed a point, were too sure of that and underestimated that final match."

Klinsmann insisted that "despite that low point, the football [in the U.S.] is still on the rise."

"Sure, there are a lot of things to catch up on: In the youth academies, in the universities, in cross-linking the pieces," Klinsmann said. "But MLS is stable after 20 years. It has role-model character. It has a backbone, mostly thanks to [league founder] Phil Anschutz. He kept things together when they could have fallen apart.

"By now, MLS has caught up in the infrastructure. What happened in U.S. soccer in the past 20 years, that is a bit like a fairy tale. It still needs patience, but the league's getting stronger with every year."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: United States, World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Suggests He'll Play In World Cup

Apr 16, 2018 10:11 AM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave his strongest suggestion he plans to play for Sweden in the World Cup.

Ibrahimovic has posted on his official Twitter account: "The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga ["sky high" in Swedish]."

Ibrahimovic retired from international football following Sweden's 1-0 loss to Belgium in Euro 2016.

MLS will observe a nine-day break during the World Cup, from the opening match on June 14 running through June 22. Sweden have group-stage matches against Germany on June 23 and Mexico on June 27, with the Galaxy resuming play at the San Jose Earthquakes on June 30.

ESPN

Tags: LA Galaxy, World Cup

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City Clinches 17-18 Premier League Title With United's Loss

Apr 15, 2018 3:27 PM

Manchester City have clinched the 17-18 Premier League title following Manchester United's surprising loss to West Brom.

City missed an opportunity to clinch last Saturday when they lost to United at home.

“You can’t take them for granted – I’ve been lucky to win three but there have been so many I’ve missed as well,” said Vincent Kompany. “Today I’m happy and I suppose my team-mates will roll their eyes a little bit but I kind of want to see what the reaction is going to be now. I’ve never retained the title and I want to see if this team has got it to carry on and be even more successful.”

He added: “I had that feeling when I woke up this morning but I don’t like to wait and see a team lose so it was a little bit of a different experience today. West Brom are a good team and they don’t deserve to be that low and as they stuck into the game you realised that something could happen. It was a set piece and a lovely goal from Rodriguez so thank you. It was a great feeling.”

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City

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Wolverhampton Secure Promotion To Premier League
Chinese owners Fosun have spent heavily to help Wolves achieve promotion.

BBC

Sergio Ramos Won't Be Suspended For Entering Tunnel
Sergio Ramos was suspended for the second leg of the quarterfinal at home to Juventus.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Arsenal-Atletico, Marseille-Salzburg In Europa League Semifinals
The competition is Arsenal's only realistic opportunity to qualify for the Champions League.

Stuart James/The Guardian

Real Madrid-Bayern, Liverpool-Roma Drawn For UCL Semifinals
Mohamed Salah will play against his former club in the tie.

The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp Not Fearing Chance Of Mohamed Salah Leaving Liverpool
Mohamed Salah has become one of the world's best players since his transfer from Roma last summer.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Barcelona's Camp Nou Renovation Given Go-Ahead
The capacity of Camp Nou will be increased from 99,354 to 105,000.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

United In Quandry On Expanding Old Trafford
The current capacity of Old Trafford is 74,994 and United would like to expand it to 88,000.

PA Sport

Real Madrid, Bayern, Roma, Liverpool Advance To UCL Semifinals
Real Madrid nearly suffered the same fate to Juventus as Barcelona did to Roma the previous day.

RealGM Staff Report

United Plan On Rejecting All Offers For Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford signed a four-year contract in 2016 that will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2020.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Danny Drinkwater May Look To Move On From Chelsea
Danny Drinkwater was acquired for £35 million.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

FIFA Offered $25 Billion For Control Of Two Tournaments
FIFA has never sold control of its events to the highest bidder, and never to an investment fund.

Tariq Panja/New York Times

Agent: Gareth Bale, Real Madrid Still Love Each Other
Gareth Bale is not thinking any differently about his future with Real Madrid despite falling down their pecking order.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Report: PSG Still Considering Other Managers Beyond Thomas Tuchel
PSG hasn't ruled out Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Fernando Torres Confirms He'll Leave Atletico Madrid
Fernando Torres has made just three starts this season.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Antoine Griezmann Denies Report Of Transfer To Barcelona
A report indicated Barcelona is prepared to pay Antoine Griezmann's release clause with Atletico Madrid.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

Pep Guardiola Claims Agent Offered Paul Pogba To City In January
Manchester United wouldn't consider selling Paul Pogba to Manchester City.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Bayern Win Sixth Straight Bundesliga Title
Bayern has now won the Bundesliga 28 times.

Associated Press

Real Madrid Has Higher TV Ratings In Spain Than Barcelona
Barcelona is averaging 1.217 million viewers per match compared to 1.256 million for Real Madrid.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Pochettino: Daniel Levy's High Salary Revelation Good News For Spurs
Daniel Levy earned £6.013 million during the 16-17, which was more than any player on the club.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Kevin De Bruyne Only Spoke To Jose Mourinho Twice At Chelsea
Kevin De Bruyne joined Wolfsburg in 2014 and was sold to Manchester City for £55 million after Chelsea sold him for only £18 million.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN