February 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

Thierry Henry Steps Down As Manager Of CF Montreal

Feb 25, 2021 2:55 PM

Thierry Henry has stepped down as manager of CF Montreal.

"It is with a heavy heart that I've decided to take this decision," Henry said in a news release. "The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children.

"Unfortunately due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the U.S. again for several months will be no different. The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids. Therefore, it is with much sadness that I must take the decision to return to London and leave CF Montreal."

Henry was named manager of Montreal in November 2019.

"Thierry's departure is unfortunate and premature because this was very promising, but he informed me of his desire to be back with his family because the situation was and remains very difficult for both him and his family," said CF Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard. "I want to thank him, first on a human level because he led the players by example last year by being away from his family, but also from a sporting level and for what we have built together since his arrival. We wanted to elevate this club and we are on the right track. The process of finding a new head coach is already underway and I will be looking for someone who is aligned with the philosophy we have implemented."

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Tags: Montreal Impact, Misc Rumor

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Ole Gunnar SolskjŠr Remains In Touch With Erling Haaland

Feb 24, 2021 10:44 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjær admitted he remains in touch with Erling Haaland, who has been a target of Manchester United in the past. United as close to sign Haaland in 2019 but he instead moved from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund.

Solskjær managed Haaland at Molde. 

Solskjær was asked his opinion of Haaland and whether he would like him at United. “When you have had kids and players through as a coach, you follow them and I keep in touch with Erling,” he said. “It’s great to see him become the player he has become and [how] he works to improve all the time. He’s a Dortmund player – we just wish him well there and let’s see what life will bring later on.

“You know I can’t speak about Erling because he’s at Borussia Dortmund, and it’s disrespectful to talk too much about it, apart from that I know him and I speak to him. Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago? Everybody would say you would take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player.”

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Bayern's Jamal Musiala Chooses Germany Over England

Feb 24, 2021 10:41 PM

Jamal Musiala has decided to play for the Germany national team instead of England after a talk with head coach Joachim Low.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder became the youngest English scorer in the Champions League when he netted for Bayern in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Lazio in Rome.

"I have a heart for Germany and a heart for England," Musiala told Germany's ARD Television. "I thought about it a lot but at the end I listened to the feeling that it is the right decision to play for Germany."

Musiala played almost his entire youth career at Chelsea before joining Bayern in 2019. Musiala was born in Stuttgart. 

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Tags: Bayern Munich, England, Germany

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Barcelona Increase Interest In Alexander Isak

Feb 22, 2021 11:02 PM

Barcelona have intensified their interest in signing Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad. 

Martin Braithwaite has been Barca's only No. 9 since September, when they sold Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid in a deal that could be worth up to €11 million.

Isak, 21, is a player who has been on the club's radar for a while and his performances since moving to Spain in 2019 have impressed Barca scouts, who believe similarities between Real Sociedad and Barca's playing styles would ease his adaption.

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Tags: Barcelona, Real Sociedad, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Jamal Musiala, Bayern Agree To New Five-Year Contract

Feb 21, 2021 4:23 PM

Jamal Musiala and Bayern Munich have agreed to a new five-year contract.

The 17-year-old's current contract runs out in the summer of 2022.

Musiala spent eight years at Chelsea's academy before moving to Bayern.

He could earn up to $140,000 per week for his new deal. 

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Terms Agreement

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Jorge Sampaoli Agrees To Become Marseilles Manager

Feb 21, 2021 4:08 PM

Jorge Sampaoli has agreed to become the new manager of Olympique Marseilles through the 2023 season.

Sampaoli replaces Andre Villas-Boas in the role.

Sampaoli, who won the 2015 Copa America with Chile, is currently managing Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. 

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Tags: Marseille, Terms Agreement

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City Hasn't Engaged Lionel Messi On Contract

Feb 19, 2021 10:32 AM

Manchester City have not opened transfer talks with Lionel Messi and will allow him to decide his future with Barcelona before considering formal negotiations.

City chiefs have been angered by reports the club have already tabled an offer to Messi ahead of a possible free transfer move.

Messi has been free to talk to clubs outside Spain since January but sources have told ESPN he has not yet made a decision on where he will play next season and his representatives have not held talks over potential moves.

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

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Christian Pulisic, Chelsea To Decide His Future In Summer

Feb 19, 2021 10:30 AM

Thomas Tuchel would like Christian Pulisic to remain with Chelsea, but admitted "no decisions" have been made about his future with the club.

A lack of match time has fueled speculation about Pulisic's place with Chelsea. 

"Yes, today, clearly yes, but it is not only my point of view," said Tuchel when asked if Pulisic has a future with Chelsea. "We have to see. For me, clearly yes because Chelsea bought Christian for a reason, for his quality, for his potential, and it is our job to bring out the best in him.

"He proved in many weeks that he has the level to be a Chelsea regular player, to have a big impact in this club. It's a challenge now to hold this level, to improve and to maintain the level and keep improving."

Pulisic has struggled with injury issues since arriving at Chelsea in 2019.

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Tags: Chelsea, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann Involved In On-Field Argument

Feb 17, 2021 9:16 PM

Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann had an on-field argument during Barcelona's 4-1 loss in their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain. 

Pique was playing in his first match since November due to a right knee injury. 

Pique screamed at his teammates to "keep the f---ing ball longer" as they prepared to defend a corner. Griezmann responded by telling him to calm down.

"F---ing hell, Grizi," Pique shot back. "No. M-----------. We're suffering. We've been [pinned] back for five minutes. F---ing hell, we're running like crazy."

Griezmann replied: "Don't shout at me, m-----------! I am suffering as well and I am running like crazy."

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LA Galaxy Sign 15-Year-Old Alex Alcala

Feb 17, 2021 9:09 PM

The LA Galaxy have signed midfielder Alex Alcala to a contract at the age of 15.

Alcala has been training with the Galaxy Academy since 2020 and this will be his first professional contract. 

"Alex is a young talent who we are pleased will develop in a professional environment," LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese told the club's official website.

"We believe that the structure and resources that we will provide him will allow him to continue to grow as both a player and a person. We look forward to Alex representing our club."

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Tags: LA Galaxy, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mason Greenwood Signs Extension With Manchester United Through 2025

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David Alaba To Leave Bayern Munich At End Of Season

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Marco Rose Named As Dortmund Manager For Next Season

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Bayern Munich Officially Sign Dayot Upamecano To Five-Year Deal

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Jurgen Klopp Concedes Title Following Leicester City Loss

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Orlando City SC Officially Sign Alexandre Pato

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Leicester City Loses James Justin For Season With Torn ACL

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Austin FC Signs Tomas Pochettino As Designated Player

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Chelsea Drops Out Of David Alaba Pursuit With Real Madrid Deal Close

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Pep Guardiola Says Ederson Could Take Penalty Kicks

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Sergio Ramos Out Six Weeks Following Knee Surgery

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Pep Guardiola To Confront Jurgen Klopp Over Two-Week Break Claim

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Chelsea Hope To Beat Real Madrid To Sign David Alaba

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Liverpool Won't Be Allowed To Travel To Leipzig For UCL Match

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Jesse Lingard Joins West Ham On Loan From United

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