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Walter Sabatini: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Not Be Going To Bologna

Dec 9, 2019 1:21 PM

Bologna sporting director Walter Sabatini said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be joining the club over the winter window.

“Ibrahimovic will not be coming to Bologna. He has made other choices," said Sabatini.

Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a return to Milan.

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Tags: A.C. Milan, Misc Rumor

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Julian Nagelsmann Turned Down Dortmund Opening

Dec 9, 2019 1:12 PM

Julian Nagelsmann opened up about managing Barcelona one day with Ernesto Valverde under pressure at the club.

“I have said it many times. Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club. But this is not the only club that is attractive,” said the 32-year-old RB Leipzig manager.

Nagelsmann also said that he had an opportunity to manage Borussia Dortmund, but turned down the job due to timing.

“It is true that there was an interest (in him, from Borussia Dortmund). In football, time and form are always the key, and that did not fit, so I was not going to join Dortmund. The timing was not appropriate, and Borussia did not want to wait.”

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Tags: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Misc Rumor

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Max Allegri: I Will Not Coach Until Next Season

Dec 6, 2019 6:44 PM

Max Allegri ruled out the possibility of coaching this season amid rumors of his connection to Arsenal.

Allegri also remarked on Pep Guardiola's possession-based football, saying that teams should stop trying to replicate his Barcelona squads.

"We have been falsely following Guardiola for 20 years. Pep found the exception; it is not a football for everyone. That historic Barcelona was born of great players who pressed high and pushed the opposition defences [back] into their area. The midfielders move forward and your defence can reach the middle third. But to do that you must have [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi [Hernandez] and [Lionel] Messi on your team," added Allegri.

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Tags: Arsenal, Misc Rumor

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Brendan Rodgers Signs Extension With Leicester Amid Arsenal Rumors

Dec 6, 2019 5:24 PM

Brendan Rodgers has signed a contract extension with Leicester City through the 24-25 season.

Rodgers had been linked to the Arsenal job.

Rodgers has Leicester in second place in the Premier League since joining from Celtic in February.

“When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey,” Rodgers said after signing the new deal.

“I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the club build for the future … I’ve inherited an outstanding team of staff that are dedicated to progress and improvement and we have a group of players that are a joy to work with every day.”

The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Liverpool, Misc Rumor

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Patrick Vieira Not Considered Candidate For Arsenal Manager Job

Dec 5, 2019 9:41 PM

Patrick Vieira is not considered a top candidate for the managerial vacancy at Arsenal.

Vieira is a club legend and currently manages Nice. Vieira is keen on getting the job but some of his team's recent performances have raised questions. 

Mikel Arteta, Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri, Brendan Rodgers, Eddie Howe and Marcelo Gallardo have all been mentioned as candidates to permantely replace Unai Emery, who was sacked last month.

Arsenal wants to give Freddie Ljungberg an opportunity to make a positive impact on the club.

 

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, Nice, Misc Rumor

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Everton Fires Marco Silva As Manager

Dec 5, 2019 5:46 PM

Everton has fired Marco Silva as manager and placed Duncan Ferguson in charge on an interim basis.

Silva was hired by Everton in 2018.

David Moyes is considered the leading candidate to replace Silva, though Tim Cahill is also under consideration.

oyes has been championed for some time by the chairman, Bill Kenwright, despite his poor track record since leaving for Manchester United.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

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Everton Considering Hiring David Moyes

Dec 5, 2019 12:10 PM

David Moyes is being considered for a return to Everton. Moyes left Everton for Manchester United in May of 2013 to replace Alex Ferguson.

Marco Silva replaced Sam Allardyce as manager in the summer of 2018. Everton faces a potential relegation battle.

Moyes was fired by United after 11 months and suffered relegation as manager of Sunderland in 16-17. Moyes hasn't worked since leaving West Ham at the end of the 17-18 season. Moyes also worked for Real Sociedad after United.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Everton, Misc Rumor

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Brendan Rodgers On Arsenal Rumors: Why Would I Leave Leicester?

Dec 3, 2019 12:56 PM

Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his commitment to Leicester City amid rumors of a potential move to Arsenal.

"The message is clear and it has been and probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here," said Rodgers.

Rodgers' contract with Leicester runs through the 2022 season.

“I’m very happy, so I’ve no need to look elsewhere. And I think logic would tell you – and I know that sometimes in your world it’s not always logical, this gossip and speculation – but why would I want to leave Leicester City at this moment in time? I’m working with a young group of players with so much potential, they want to improve and want to develop.”

Paul Doyle/Football Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Leicester City, Misc Rumor

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Mauricio Pochettino Says He Intends to Return To Europe

Dec 3, 2019 12:29 PM

Mauricio Pochettino said he had several attractive opportunities to return to management following his dismissal from Tottenham.

Pochettino added that he was looking forward to returning to Europe.

"I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future. At my age I don't need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me," said Pochettino.

The Argentine has been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.

ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor

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Chicharito Open To MLS Move

Dec 2, 2019 2:05 PM

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez said he was open to eventually coming to MLS, citing the improvements in the league.

"MLS is a league that is improving. It is an opportunity. Every league is an opportunity," Chicharito told the LA Times.

The 31-year-old striker, currently the all-time leading goalscorer in Mexico, has scored 1 goal this season with Sevilla.

ESPN

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Watford Fires Quique Sanchez Flores As Manager

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Arsenal View Mauricio Pochettino As Candidate For Manager

The Athletic/David Ornstein

Arsenal Fires Unai Emery As Manager

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Luis Enrique Calls Out Robert Moreno For Disloyalty

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Jose Mourinho Rules Out Possibility Of Spurs Selling Harry Kane

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Klopp: Mauricio Pochettino Will Be Candidate For Any Job He Wants

ESPN

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Not Bothered By Mauricio Pochettino Rumors

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Mauricio Pochettino Linked With Bayern Munich

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Unai Emery: Granit Xhaka Wants To Return To Arsenal

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Mauricio Pochettino Nearly Left Spurs Before 19-20 Season

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Pini Zahavi Pitched Daniel Levy On Jose Mourinho Three Weeks Ago

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Roma In Talks With Potential American Investors

Football Italia

Lille Sporting Director Luis Campos Linked With Tottenham Move

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Jose Mourinho Being Considered As New Tottenham Manager

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Tottenham 'One Year Too Late' For Julian Nagelsmann

Raphael Honigstein/The Athletic

Luis Enrique Returns As Manager Of Spain

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Mauricio Pochettino Airs Transfer Strategy Grievances To Daniel Levy

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Pep Guardiola Could Return To Bayern Munich, Says Agent

Josť Carlos Menzel/As

David Moyes, Carlo Ancelotti, Gennaro Gattuso Linked With Miami Job

Amalia Fra/As

PSG Owners Close To Purchasing Leeds United

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