Soccer Wiretap

Sergio Ramos Plays Down Altercation With Teammate

Oct 22, 2018 9:54 PM

Sergio Ramos had an altercation on the training ground with Real Madrid teammate Sergio Reguilon.

"Although it may not seem like it, they are quite common situations, but it is not an excuse, my reaction should not have been that," Ramos wrote on Twitter.

"We always go full, right, Regui? In the end team victory together."

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho Denies Having Interest In Real Madrid

Oct 22, 2018 9:52 PM

Jose Mourinho has denied having interest in returning to Real Madrid.

Reports in Spain have claimed Mourinho has been identified as a replacement for Julen Lopetegui.

Mourinho's deal currently ends in the summer of 2020.

“No. My future is here – I have a contract and until the final of my contract I only think about Manchester United. I am happy to stay here longer than that.”

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor

Lionel Messi Out Three Weeks With Fractured Arm

Oct 20, 2018 6:02 PM

Lionel Messi will be out approximately three weeks with a fracture in his right arm.

Messi was injured when falling awkwardly in Saturday's 4-2 win by Barcelona over Sevilla.

Messi will miss next week's El Clasico, which he hasn't missed since 2007.

The Guardian

Tags: Barcelona, Injury

Julen Lopetegui Not Fearing Being Fired By Real Madrid

Oct 20, 2018 3:18 PM

Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Levante but Julen Lopetegui said he's not fearing for his job at this time.

"That is the last thing I am thinking about," he said. "The players do not deserve this punishment. The dressing-room is down after a defeat at home -- football has been unjust with us.

"I am just thinking about lifting them for the important Champions League game on Tuesday [against Viktoria Plzen] where we can turn this dynamic around."

Lopetegui said Madrid were attacking well but lacked fortune in front of goal. "We had 34 or 35 shots at goal, 14 on target, nine corners, four balls off the woodwork, a goal disallowed," he said.

"Stats do not count much in football -- it is goals that count. But we attacked a lot, and attacked very well. I am sure that football will soon start giving to us what it is taking away at the moment."

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor

Mauricio Pochettino Calls On Spurs To Sign Players In January Window

Oct 20, 2018 3:13 PM

Mauricio Pochettino is calling for Tottenham Hotspur to make several signings in January.

Spurs didn't add a single player during the summer window.

"In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.

"I've tried to explain before what happened in the summer, the circumstances. But if you say to me we were so clever and are geniuses because we didn't sign [anyone], and now after nine games it's the best ever start in the Premier League, I'm not going to be the kind of person to say: 'Yes, we are geniuses.'

"We couldn't sign for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign. I think it's maybe a coincidence, or we worked a lot, or because we're clever, but to be honest always you try to sign.

"Now January will come and we're going to try to sign. I think it's not only us -- all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.

"We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club."

Ben Pearce/ESPN

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Tata Martino To Become Manager Of Mexico

Oct 19, 2018 10:44 AM

Gerardo "Tata" Martino has a verbal deal to take over as Mexico's next national team boss in December.

Martino is currently manager of Atlanta United and was previously manager of Argentina and Barcelona.

Due to his contractual status with Atlanta United, Martino cannot officially sign a new contract with Mexico until after the MLS season concludes.

Eric Gomez/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta United, Mexico, Misc Rumor

Bayern President Criticizes 'Disrespectful' Germany Reporting

Oct 19, 2018 10:20 AM

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has criticized the German media for "disrespectful reporting."

Bayern are currently sixth in the Bundesliga table.

Some in the media suggested Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels had become part of Germany's current problems.

Hoeness said it was "time the most important club in Germany took a clear stance" and added that they "will no longer respect disrespectful reporting."

"I am lost for words [over] what I had to read about Manuel Neuer," Rummenigge said. "If I have to read 'old boys football' about our centre-backs Hummels and Boateng, then I can only say one thing -- are you serious?

"No-one wastes any thoughts on values like dignity and decency. Polemics have no limit any more. This is true for media, pundits and most of all for pundits who once played football here."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Germany

Kylian Mbappe Interested In Playing In Olympics

Oct 18, 2018 11:22 AM

Kylian Mbappe has said he wants to star for France at the Olympics in 2020.

Neymar and Marquinhos won gold medals with Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Mbappe won the World Cup for France this year.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Tags: France, Paris Saint-Germain

Luke Shaw Signs Five-Year Extension With United

Oct 18, 2018 11:20 AM

Luke Shaw has signed a new five-year extension to remain with Manchester United until June 2023.

Shaw's existing deal was due to expire next summer after United triggered a one-year extension at the end of last season.

"Since I came to United it's been a whirlwind four years that have passed so quickly," he said. "I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club.

"I want to thank everybody that has stood by me and shown me huge support - the management, my team-mates and the fans. I want to let everyone know that I will give everything I have to repay them and deliver success over the years to come. I'm still very young with a lot more to learn and I can't wait to continue my progress under Jose Mourinho."

Shaw has been given a significant increase on his £100,000-a-week wages after becoming Jose Mourinho's first choice left-back this season.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Signing

Shad Khan Backs Out Of Deal To Buy Wembley Stadium

Oct 17, 2018 1:54 PM

Shahid Khan has canceled a proposed £600 million acquisition of Wembley.

Khan is the owner of Fulham and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

At a non-voting council meeting last week, where some insiders said the overall sentiment was broadly supportive, some members voiced strong opposition in principle to selling the national football stadium. The former Premier League chairman, Sir David Richards, a non-voting council vice-president who called the proposal “scandalous” in April is understood to have been one of those who voiced opposition.

That division was cited by Khan as his key reason for withdrawing the offer.

David Conn/The Guardian

Arsene Wenger Prepared To Begin Managing Again In January
Arsene Wenger says he's received inquiries from clubs all over the world.

The Guardian

Romelu Lukaku Open To Playing In Italy Someday
Romelu Lukaku is in his second season with Manchester United following his 75 million move from Everton.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Luke Shaw Discussing Extension With United
Luke Shaw's deal expires in the summer and the club do not hold any extension clause.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Usain Bolt Offered Two-Year Contract From Unnamed European Club
Usain Bolt scored two goals for Central Coast Mariners of Australia's A-League.

Stephanie Brantz/ESPN

PSG Interested In Arsene Wenger, Monchi For Sporting Director Job
Antero Henrique's future as sporting director is in jeopardy.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Monaco Hires Thierry Henry As Manager
Thierry Henry had previously been linked with the job at Aston Villa.

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Crew To Be Sold To Group Keeping Club In Columbus
Anthony Precourt will reportedly continue to pursue launching an MLS club in Austin.

Ian Thomas/Sports Business Journal

Eden Hazard Rules Out Leaving Chelsea For Real Madrid In January
Chelsea is attempting to sign Eden Hazard to an extension.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Leonardo Jardim Parts Ways With Monaco
Thierry Henry is considered the favorite to replace Leonardo Jardim.

The Guardian

Real Madrid Interested In Transfer For Raheem Sterling
Real Madrid has yet to formally approach City on a transfer for Raheem Sterling.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Juventus Rules Out Trying To Bring Back Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba played for Juventus from 2012 to 2016.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Jose Mourinho Seeking Major Spending In January
Jose Mourinho was expecting to spend in the region of 100 million.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Arsenal Signs $391M Kit Deal With Adidas
Adidas will take over from Puma who signed a five-year deal of their own to replace Nike.


Eden Hazard Torn Between Chelsea, Real Madrid
Eden Hazard has made it clear he is happy at Chelsea, who hope to secure him on new terms worth around 300,000 a week.

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

John Terry Announces Retirement
John Terry captained Aston Villa last season and the club would like him to join their coaching staff.

The Guardian

Report: Manchester United Set To Fire Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has alienated players, fans and staff of United with his divisive approach.

David McDonnell/Mirror

Xavi Hernandez Doesn't Feel Ready To Become Manager Of Barcelona
Xavi Hernandez said he's not prepared to manage Barcelona despite comparisons to Pep Guardiola.


Nike Expresses Concern Over Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Allegations
Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract with Nike worth a reported $1 billion.


City's Bus To Take Different Route To Anfield
At least one window was smashed on the trip through streets that were filled with thousands of fans.

Press Association

Jose Mourinho Feels Let Down By Lack Of Support From United
Jose Mourinho feels undermined by the United hierarchy.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian