September 2018 - Soccer Wiretap

Benjamin Mendy Facing Uncertain Future At City

Sep 28, 2018 5:02 PM

The future of Benjamin Mendy at Manchester City is uncertain following an argument with Pep Guardiola.

Mendy is sidelined with a metatarsal injury and unavailable for Saturday's Premier League match against Brighton.

Guardiola has been annoyed by Mendy's behavior.

Sources have also said Guardiola was furious with Mendy on Sunday when the player reported three hours late for treatment at the training ground.

Asked about Mendy at his prematch news conference on Friday, Guardiola said: "Yes, he was late. I have spoken to him.

"They [the players] know that they have to be here on time."

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Paul Pogba's Agent To Hold Talks With United In November

Sep 27, 2018 5:34 PM

Paul Pogba's agent will hold talks with Manchester United over his future in November.

Pogba has been at United since rejoining from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £89 million in 2016 and Mino Raiola wants to meet the club to establish whether they would be willing to let his client go in January or next summer. 

Raiola also wants to see whether Jose Mourinho will remain as manager of United in November.

United did not contemplate selling Pogba last summer when Barcelona made an offer of £45 million plus the players Yerry Mina and André Gomes.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Germany Wins Right To Stage 2024 European Championship

Sep 27, 2018 10:32 AM

Germany has won the right to stage the 2024 European Championship, beating out Turkey.

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium will host the final of the 24-team tournament.

The nine other cities that will be used for games are Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.

Turkey’s bid was marked down for needing to upgrade airports, railways, roads and stadiums, particularly at a time when its economy is struggling. 

The Guardian

Tags: Germany

Gareth Southgate To Sign Extension Through 222

Sep 26, 2018 6:30 PM

England is set to sign Gareth Southgate to a four-year contract extension on improved terms through 2022.

The governing body has moved to secure Southgate on terms that would increase his basic annual pay, believed to be around £1.8 million, to nearer £3 million. 

Southgate had been relaxed about his contract situation.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: England, Misc Rumor

United Players 'Angry, Frustrated' With Jose Mourinho

Sep 26, 2018 10:57 AM

Several of Manchester United's senior players are "angry and frustrated" with Jose Mourinho's man-management this season.

Sources say Mourinho's decision to strip Paul Pogba of vice-captaincy is merely the latest episode to bemuse the team.

Pogba was absent from the team as United were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Championship outfit Derby County on Tuesday night.

A source who is close to Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, has said they believe Mourinho has lost his greatest asset: the ability to cajole, read and relate to his players.

United's management remain supportive of Mourinho despite only a handful of players now fully behind him.


Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

Spurs Hope To Be In New Stadium By Christmas

Sep 25, 2018 6:35 PM

Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Tottenham Hotspur will move into their new stadium by Christmas.

Spurs have now gone 500 days without a match in their own ground.

“I am confident,” Pochettino said of the opening of the new White Hart Lane. “This year. I am confident. I had some private conversation with Daniel [the chairman]. I think they are confident. They are working hard to try to find the solution. I hope before Christmas we can play. That’s my wish.”

Pochettino says discussions with Levy are a daily occurrence, but the subject of the stadium, for which the chairman has endured criticism, is not always an easy topic to broach. “Sometimes he tells me, sometimes I open the conversation and say: ‘Daniel, how is the stadium?’ and sometimes it’s tough to explain. But, yes, we hope, and we heard before [that this is possible], I am very confident before the year. I hope after that comment Daniel doesn’t kill me tomorrow.”

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho Tells Paul Pogba He Won't Captain United Again

Sep 25, 2018 2:26 PM

Jose Mourinho has informed Paul Pogba he will not captain Manchester United again due to their strained relationship.

The news was delivered to Pogba and the rest of the players at United's Carrington training ground on Tuesday. Pogba criticized Mourinho for a lack of attacking football in United's 1-1 draw against Wolves.

Pogba caused controversy after the opening-day win over Leicester by suggesting he would be fined if he said what he wanted about his situation at United.

Pogba was open to a move away from United this past summer.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Luka Modric Wins FIFA's The Best Award

Sep 24, 2018 4:23 PM

Luka Modric has won FIFA's The Best award for 2018, ending the decade-long streak held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo and Messi had won every FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and The Best in 2016, since 2007 when Kaka was victorious.

Modric was critical in Real Madrid winning the Champions League again this season as well as leading Croatia to the World Cup Final.


Tags: Croatia, Real Madrid, Personal Award

Mario Gotze Advised To Join Liverpool To Save Career

Sep 24, 2018 10:27 AM

Mario Gotze has been advised to join Liverpool to revive his career.

Gotze returned to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016 and has struggled with injuries and illnesses.

"Maybe it'll do him a world of good to leave Bundesliga in the winter, move abroad where it's all a bit quieter and where he knock his career into shape again," Kevin Grosskreutz told Sky.

"Jurgen Klopp knows him well. He'd be a good fit at Liverpool."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Ander Herrera Prefers To Remain With United Amid Interest From Barca

Sep 24, 2018 10:22 AM

Ander Herrera prefers to remain with Manchester United despite interest from Barcelona.

Herrera's contract with United expires this summer.

Herrera is prepared to snub other offers to stay at the club he joined from Athletic Bilbao for £30 million in 2014.

Herrera played for current Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde at Athletic.


Rob Dawson/ESPN

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

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Unsure About Future With LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals in 22 games.


Rafael Benitez Running Out Of Patience With Newcastle
Rafa Benitez said last season's 10th place finish was a miracle.

Louise Taylor/The Guardian

Vinicius Jr. Called To Real Madrid's Squad For First Time
Vinicius has not been called into the first-team squad for a game since he moved to Spain in the summer.


Sergio Aguero Signs One-Year Extension With City Through 2021
Sergio Aguero will be 33 when his contract expires.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Red Card, Could Miss Old Trafford Match
Cristiano Ronaldo had never received a red card in 154 Champions League matches.

The Guardian

FIFA Attempting To Limit Transfer Market
FIFA wants to limit the prices clubs could pay for players and diminish the role of agents in the market.

Tariq Panja/New York Times

David Moyes Interested In United States Job
David Moyes has been out of management since saving West Ham United from relegation last season.


Raheem Sterling, City Reach Impasse In Extension Talks
Raheem Sterling wants to become one of City's best-paid players, with a rise to a basic of £220,000 at least.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

PSG Contacts Real Madrid Over Constant Neymar Speculation
PSG has grown frustrated by the speculation of Real Madrid acquiring Neymar.

Robbie Dunne/ESPN

Maurizio Sarri Open To Chelsea Hiring John Terry As Assistant Coach
John Terry spent last season at Aston Villa.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

City Not Concerned Over Raheem Sterling's Extension Talks
Raheem Sterling is in the final two years of his contract with Manchester City.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Pep Guardiola Insists Kevin De Bruyne Not For Sale
Kevin De Bruyne signed a new contract in January that keeps him with Manchester City until 2023.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Manchester City Announce Revenues Of $656M
Manchester City had been the fifth-highest revenue earner in the world last season.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Real Madrid Have $432M Available To Spend On Galactico
Real Madrid could have interest in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Marco Ruiz/

AC Milan Hopeful Of Hiring Ivan Gazidis From Arsenal
Ivan Gazidis has been identified as Milanís No 1 target by the president Paolo Scaroni.

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

UEFA Approves Third European Club Competition
The new European competition would reduce the number of participating clubs in the Europa League from 48 to 32.

Alberto P. Sierra/

Sigi Schmid Steps Down As Manager Of LA Galaxy
Dominic Kinnear has been named LA Galaxy Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season.

RealGM Staff Report

Zinedine Zidane Expects To Return To Managing Soon
Zinedine Zidane has been linked with Manchester United.

Ian Holyman/ESPN

Paul Pogba, United Pause Talks On Long-Term Extension
Paul Pogba is two years into the five-year deal he signed when he returned from Juventus in 2016.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Real Madrid's Revenue Hits Record $869M For 17-18
The increase marks an 11.3 percent rise from last year as they earned an extra Ä76.3 million.

Robbie Dunne/ESPN