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Pep Guardiola: Spying Is A Part Of Club Culture

Jan 18, 2019 3:45 PM

In response to the controversy surrounding "Spygate", Pep Guardiola stated that spying on opponents is a part of footballing culture everywhere else but England.

"In other countries everybody does that. They are open. When I was training in Munich there were people on the mountain [overlooking training] with cameras and long lenses watching what we were doing. Everybody does it. It's the culture of all the clubs, not just the previous ones where I worked. It was a part of the club," said Guardiola.  

Guardiola added that he's never spied with Manchester City. 

"I'm not going to send someone to Huddersfield if that is the question."

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, IQ

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James Rodriguez Won't Leave Bayern During January Window

Jan 18, 2019 11:26 AM

James Rodriguez has rejected a move from Bayern Munich and will stay with the club until at least the end of the season.

James has six months left on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, but could extend his stay with Bayern.

Arsenal and Napoli have been interested in James.

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Tags: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Loan, Misc Rumor

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Liverpool Signs Andy Robertson To Five-Year Extension

Jan 18, 2019 10:06 AM

Andy Robertson has signed a five-year deal with Liverpool.

Robertson joined Liverpool from Hull 18 months ago on a £8 million transfer.

Robertson follows Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez who have who have all signed new contracts in the last six months.

“I hope to achieve success as a team over the course of this new deal,” Robertson told liverpoolfc.com. “This club demands trophies and too long has probably passed without trophies. So I hope to help bring another couple to this club and help push in that direction because the fans demand it and the club demands it, so that’s what we aim to give.

“We came close [reaching the Europa League and League Cup finals in 2016 and Champions League final last year] but it’s about taking that next step and hopefully getting a winner’s medal around your neck. As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me – I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that.”

Mark Dobson/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Barcelona With Rumored Interest In Carlos Vela

Jan 17, 2019 6:20 PM

Looking for short-term depth at the striker position, Barcelona are rumored to be interested in Carlos Vela.

Vela fits manager Ernesto Valverde's criteria of being able to play all three positions across the front line with an ability to finish. 

Barcelona are short on strikers after Munir left the Catalan club to join Sevilla.

Moisés Llorens/AS

Tags: Barcelona, Los Angeles FC, Transfer Rumor

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Sevilla Announce Signing Of Munas Dabbur

Jan 17, 2019 6:16 PM

Sevilla have signed Munas Dabbur from Red Bull Salzberg.

The 26-year-old striker will join the Spanish club this summer.

Dabbur has scored 20 goals in 30 matches for Salzberg this season. 

Rocío Guevara/Marca

Tags: Sevilla, Official Transfer

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Jose Mourinho: Clubs Need To Modernize Footballing Structure

Jan 17, 2019 6:10 PM

Jose Mourinho stated that football clubs need to re-organize their structure to handle modern players.

"Everything good I did with players is not news anymore. News is when you have problems. In modern football there is a problem between the coach and the player," said Mourinho. 

Mourinho called for a liaison between the manager and the player to help deal with potential confrontations. 

"We are not in a time anymore where the coach, by himself, is powerful enough to cope and to have a relationship of education and sometimes confrontation with players who are not the best professionals. The club must have an owner, a chief executive, a sports director and then a manager. This is a structure that can cope with all the problems that modernity is bringing to all of us. A club must be very well organised to cope with all of these kind of situations where the manager is only the manager and is not trying to keep the discipline or trying to educate the players."


BBC Sport

Tags: Manchester United, IQ

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Alvaro Morata Agrees To Personal Terms With Atletico Madrid

Jan 17, 2019 5:50 PM

Alvaro Morata has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid over the winter transfer window.

Morata's move from Chelsea to Atleti is contingent on the Spanish side's ability to sell Nikola Kalinic.

The Morata deal comes on the back of Chelsea's pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain. 

BBC Sport

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Transfer Rumor

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Barcelona Prepared To Sell Malcom If They Receive $47M+ Bid

Jan 17, 2019 10:41 AM

Barcelona is prepared to sell Malcom during the January transfer window if they receive an offer of at least €41 million ($47 million).

Barcelona paid €41 million for Malcom last summer.

Malcom was set to join Serie A side Roma from Bordeaux until Barca swooped in with an eleventh-hour bid.

Ernesto Valverde, however, didn't want the player.

Malcom has made just 10 appearances in all competitions, with six of them coming as a substitute.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Manchester City To Sign 18-Year-Old Ante Palaversa

Jan 16, 2019 7:54 PM

Manchester City have reached an agreement to sign Ante Palaversa from Hajduk Split.

The transfer fee for the 18-year-old midfielder is believed to be in the range of $9 million. 

Palaversa has drawn comparisons to Toni Kroos for his calmness in possession and ball-playing ability. 

Fabrizio Romano and Aleksandar Holiga/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, Official Transfer

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Marcelo Bielsa: 'I Observed All Rivals We Played Against'

Jan 16, 2019 7:51 PM

In responding to spying accusations leveled at him by Derby County, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa stated in a press conference that he had a spy observe training sessions of every opponent this season. 

“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents. So why did I send someone to watch them? Just because I thought I wasn’t violating the norm. All the information I need to clarify [my tactics] I gather without watching the training session of the opponent … but we feel guilty if we don’t work enough. Watching it [the opponents training] allows us to have less anxiety and, in my case, I am stupid enough to allow this kind of behaviour,” explained Bielsa.

Bielsa presented a power point of his tactical preparation against Derby. He maintains that what he did is not technically illegal.

“Regarding what I’ve done it is not illegal. It’s not specified, described or restrained. It’s not seen as a good thing but it is not a violation of the law. Although not illegal it’s not necessarily the right thing to do. But the wrong things you do are not done with bad intention or an intention to cheat."

The Football League and FA are currently investigating the spying allegations. 

Louise Taylor/The Guardian

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Karim Benzema To Miss Two Weeks Following Finger Surgery
Benzema will have the operation after Real Madrid's match against Sevilla.

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Frenkie De Jong Reportedly Chooses PSG Over Barcelona
The transfer fee for the 21-year-old is rumored to be in the range of $85 million.

Joshua Sutter/Barca Blaugranes

Atlanta United Signs Josef Martinez To Five-Year Extension
Josef Martinez was MLS MVP last season and has scored 54 goals in 60 MLS matches.

ESPN

Chelsea Confident Of Signing Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain is on loan with AC Milan from Juventus.

Dominic Fifield, Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Mario Balotelli Set For Marseille Move
Balotelli hasn't played since early December after falling out with Patrick Vieira.

BBC Sport

Neymar Most Valuable Player In World According To Study
The study also ranked Manchester City as the world's most valuable club.

ESPN

Austin FC Announced As 27th MLS Franchise
Austin FC are set to begin play in 2021.

ESPN

Head Of Recruitment Sven Mislintat To Leave Arsenal
Sven Mislintat was initially appointed in November 2017 by Ivan Gazidis.

Amy Lawrence/The Guardian

Neymar: Timothy Weah Can Be One Of Europe's Top Attackers
Weah is currently on a six-month loan at Celtic.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Trent Alexander-Arnold Out For Month With Knee Injury
Liverpool will be without Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip in defense.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Harry Kane Out Until March With Ankle Injury
Kane is set to miss both legs of Tottenham's round of 16 match-up against Borussia Dortmund.

Matt Law/The Telegraph

Petr Cech Announces He'll Retire At End Of Season
Petr Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea.

The Guardian

Real Madrid Have Initiated Contact With Krzysztof Piatek
Piatek has scored 13 goals in Serie A this season.

AS.com

Pep Guardiola On Relationship With De Bruyne: 'He Knows Where I Am'
De Bruyne has started just six matches this season due to knee injuries.

BBC Sports

David Wagner Leaves Huddersfield Town
Wagner's side took just 1 point in their last 9 matches.

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Harry Kane May Be Out At Least One Month With Ankle Injury
Tottenham are already short on attackers in losing Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Santiago Solari: 'Nothing Personal' In Dropping Isco And Marcelo
Solari started five players under 22-years-old in their 2-1 win to Real Betis.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Mauricio Pochettino Concerned Over Harry Kane Injury
Kane and Moussa Sissoko were both injured in their 1-0 loss to Manchester United.

BBC Sport

Manchester United To Consider Gareth Southgate For Manager Role
United are becoming more convinced that Pochettino will remain at Spurs.

Sam Wallace/The Telegraph

Monaco Looking to Add Michy Batshuayi On Loan
Batshuayi has previously worked with Thierry Henry with the Belgium national team.

Matt Law/The Telegraph

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