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22 Jul 19
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Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a shock move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty) Jens Lehmann insists Arsenal would be able to find a suitable replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the striker completed a shock move to Manchester United this summer. Gabon international Aubameyang has scored 41 goals in 65 appearances for Arsenal since signing from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. Despite emerging as a key player for Arsenal boss Unai Emery, the 30-year-old has been linked with a summer move, with a number of Chinese clubs said to be interested in a deal. Manchester United has also been raised as a potential destination for Aubameyang as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer searches for reinforcements ahead of his first full season in charge of the Red Devils. [metro-zone-post-strip] Asked about the speculation linking Aubameyang with a move to Old Trafford, former Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann told DAZN: ‘If you finish fifth [in the league] you can sell players. ‘If he was to go to United, a new player would come in who could do better. Arsenal’s goal shouldn’t be to finish fifth or sixth.’ Arsenal looked on course to qualify for the Champions League last season before tamely falling away towards the end of the campaign and ultimately finishing fifth. The Gunners then missed the opportunity to gain Champions League qualification by losing the Europa League final to Chelsea. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann (Picture: Getty) Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Lehmann, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time with the Gunners, added: ‘All of the guys playing for Arsenal are good but they need to win something. ‘They were in the Europa League final last season and lost. Obviously it would have been good if they had won it. ‘Their finish in the league season was disappointing as well. Even though they had the chance to secure fourth place, or even third place, they didn’t. ‘The club is in a situation right now where no one knows the direction that it is supposed to be going in.’ [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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Antoine Griezmann completed a £107m move to Barcelona last week (Picture: Getty) New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann insists he would ‘love’ to play with Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette and says Liverpool ‘deserve’ to win the Premier League. Griezmann shares a dressing room with fellow France international Lacazette while the pair are on international duty. The 28-year-old, who completed a £107m move to Barcelona last week, believes he now has the ‘best player in the world’ as a team-mate in Lionel Messi. But Griezmann would also like to link up with Lacazette at club level, telling Sky Sports: ‘I would love to play with Alexandre. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘He’s a friend of mine, we played together in the national team. He’s an amazing player, has a lot of talent.’ Griezmann has been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United over the past five years but says the English club he admires most is Liverpool ‘because of the fans’. And the Frenchman says Liverpool ‘deserve’ to win the Premier League, having finished as runners-up on 96 points last term. ‘They deserve to win the Premier League, hopefully one day they will win it again,’ Griezmann said. Griezmann would ‘love’ to team up with Alexandre Lacazette (Picture: Getty) Liverpool ‘deserve’ to win the Premier League, according to Griezmann (Picture: Rex Features) On the speculation linking him with a move to England before he clinched a move to Barca, Griezmann added: ‘I was having a lot of fun in La Liga. ‘We have one thing the Premier League does not – the sun.’ Griezmann netted an impressive 133 goals in 257 appearances in his five-year stint at Atletico Madrid and will hope for more success at Barcelona. ‘I hope I will have an important role, I want to be an important player for the team and help in whatever way I can,’ he said on his current club. ‘As long as I enjoy playing with my team-mates and give it all on the pitch, it doesn’t matter.’ [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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Steve Waugh says Jason Roy ‘deserves’ a chance in England’s Test side (Picture: Getty) Steve Waugh says Jason Roy ‘deserves’ a chance in England’s Test side (Picture: Getty)Steve Waugh insists there is ‘no reason’ Australia cannot retain the Ashes in England this summer. Former captain Steve Smith led the Baggy Greens to a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the last series 18 months ago but the Australian team has gone through some major changes since that triumph. Smith was axed as skipper and he and David Warner both received 12-month bans for their part in the ball-tampering scandal, leaving Tim Paine in charge of the national team. Australia were beaten by Pakistan and India following Smith and Warner’s suspensions before returning to winning ways in Sri Lanka at the start of the year. The Baggy Greens won the last series 4-0 (Picture: Getty) Joe Root’s England also proved too strong for Sri Lanka over Christmas, but then suffered a disappointing series defeat in the West Indies. Asked to assess Australia’s chances of defending the Ashes, Waugh said: ‘They have had great preparation. ‘The Australia A team have been over here, we have a lot of players and we have been using the Dukes ball in our domestic cricket for the last 12 months. ‘No stone has been left unturned. There are no excuses. Australia have enjoyed a fine preparation for the series (Picture: Getty) ‘We have a really good squad and it has actually been strengthened by the fact Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft haven’t been there as it has presented opportunities to others. ‘We have good depth and there is no reason we can’t win. There are selection decisions to be made but we are not short of options.’ England are also confronted by some difficult selection decisions but appear set on selecting Jason Roy at the top of the order. Despite emerging as a key figure in England’s one-day team over the past four years and helping the team win the men’s World Cup for the first time, Roy is still awaiting a Test cap. England will attempt to win back the Ashes against Australia (Picture: Getty) Waugh is unsure whether Roy, 29, has the ‘technique’ and ‘mental toughness’ to transfer his skills to the longer format but says the Surrey batsman ‘deserves’ to be given a chance. ‘I haven’t seen enough of Roy to comment too much – I don’t know how tight his technique is if the ball is moving – but I guess he could be like Warner,’ Waugh told Sky Sports. ‘He has freedom in one-day cricket with restrictions in the field and the mind-set is different. He has the talent to do well but does he have the mental toughness to do well? ‘We’ll find that out but, if you are picking purely on talent, he deserves to play.’ [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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Frank Lampard took over at Chelsea earlier in the month (Picture: Getty) Olivier Giroud has revealed what Frank Lampard has ‘repeatedly’ told the Chelsea squad since his appointment as manager. Blues legend Lampard became Chelsea’s first English boss in over two decades when he signed a three-year contract with the club earlier this month. The former England midfielder had enjoyed a productive first year in management at Derby County, taking the club to the Championship play-off final where they lost to Aston Villa. Lampard has experienced all three results in his first three games in charge of Chelsea as the club prepare for the 2019-20 campaign with pre-season fixtures both at home and abroad. [metro-zone-post-strip] And Giroud has revealed that Lampard has hammered home several points to the squad and is keen for the players to ‘play without fear’ and to ‘show personality’ on the pitch. The French striker told Chelsea’s official website: ‘It seems very clear that he wants the best from us. ‘He wants to help us improve and he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. He’s a competitor, he wants to win every single game. ‘We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well. Olivier Giroud has offered an insight into new Blues boss Lampard (Picture: Getty) ‘This was the first time I’ve played with Christian [Pulisic], with Mason [Mount] and with Kenedy so obviously it will take time but we feel good. ‘We believe in the gaffer because he’s the right man for this situation. ‘He repeats every day that we have to take responsibility and we have to show personality. ‘He’s insisting a lot on this kind of stuff, playing without fear but with confidence. I think we will learn quickly.’ #winningteam🏆 in training! 💪 Just getting ready for @FCBarcelona tomorrow! ⚽ @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/p8dsUfhAvt — Mateo Kovačić (@Mateo_Kova23) July 22, 2019 Under former boss Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season while lifting the Europa League trophy. The Blues finished 26 points behind eventual champions Manchester City but Lampard says the team must make it their target to win the league. ‘The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus,’ said Lampard. ‘Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them. ‘So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Rudiger and James, and I think we have a competitive squad. ‘I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players. There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference. ‘It will be the players who make the difference. So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.’ [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/22/juventus-ready-sell-paulo-dybala-manchester-united-one-condition-10441353/” title=”Juventus ready to sell Paulo Dybala to Manchester United on one condition”]
22 Jul 19
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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been urged to join Liverpool (Picture: Getty) Gareth Bale has been urged to join Liverpool after Zinedine Zidane admitted he wanted Real Madrid to sell the Welshman. Despite winning four Champions League titles since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2013, Bale has been unable to win over Zidane, who returned to the club last season. The legendary French manager said over the weekend that Bale was ‘very close to leaving’ Real Madrid. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be considering moves for the 30-year-old forward but Paul Ince believes he should join Liverpool. [metro-zone-post-strip] The former Liverpool, Manchester United and England winger told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘For me, if Liverpool could afford him, he should go to Liverpool. ‘If you look at the front three, they have played all summer so how much rest are they going to get before the season starts? ‘Bale can play on the right, he can play left and he can play central. They have got Origi and Shaqiri but are they good enough? ‘It can’t be about money for Bale, he needs to go to a team who can win things – the European champions, the team that finished second in the Premier League.’ Zinedine Zidane wants Bale sold this summer (Picture: Getty) Zidane publicly criticised Bale during his first spell as Real Madrid manager and appeared to essentially end his career at the Bernabeu last weekend. Explaining why Bale was left out of Real’s pre-season friendly defeat to Bayern Munich, Zidane said: ‘We hope he leaves soon. ‘It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team. ‘I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.’ [metro-zone-post-strip] Zidane added: ‘I have to make decisions. We have to change. The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation. ‘The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will – and it’s a good thing for everyone.’ In response to Zidane’s comments, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told AFP: ‘Zidane is a disgrace – he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.’ Bale has scored 102 goals in 231 appearances for Real Madrid since signing from Tottenham six years ago. [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/22/virgil-van-dijk-reveals-area-still-needs-improve-liverpool-10441918/” title=”Virgil van Dijk reveals the area he still needs to improve for Liverpool”]
22 Jul 19
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Arsenal have agreed a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos (Picture: Getty) Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019-20 season. Ceballos, 22, has made 56 appearances for Spanish giants Real Madrid since signing from Real Betis two years ago. The Spain international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in a battle to secure his services. Arsenal have won the race, however, and reached an agreement with Real Madrid on Monday to sign Ceballos on a one-year loan deal. The Gunners are also set to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty) BBC Sport also say the Gunners are finally set to clinch a £27million deal for Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba. The 18-year-old defender will cost around £27m and will return to the French club on loan next season before joining up with the Gunners next summer. Tottenham had also been linked with a move for the teenager but Saliba is said to have chosen to join Arsenal instead. Ceballos, meanwhile, will bolster an Arsenal midfield that will be without Aaron Ramsey next season. The experienced Wales international joined Juventus last month. Unai Emery says the Real Madrid midfielder is a ‘very good player’ (Picture: Getty) Asked about Arsenal’s deal for Ceballos on Monday, manager Unai Emery said: ‘We were speaking about the possibility to sign one player for line. ‘We had different names. The club was working on that. ‘Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid. ‘He played very well in the Under-21s, his national team won the competition. He is one eight and 10 player.’ [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been criticised by the Manchester United hero (Picture: Getty) Paul Ince has taken aim at Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard. Much has been made of United’s defensive fragility under Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Ince reckons the club’s forwards are not much better. Midfielder Paul Pogba was United’s top goalscorer in the Premier League last season with 13. Ince, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said: ‘You’ve got Marcus Rashford who scored 11 goals last year and gets a new contract… [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘Jesse Lingard was diabolical last year, he really, really was. Then there’s Alexis Sanchez. They got nothing out of Sanchez whatsoever. ‘So as much as we’re talking about the defence and Chris Smalling and Harry Maguire, surely we’ve got to be looking at who’s going to be playing up top. ‘We need to be looking at that because attacking-wise they’re not great. ‘Martial? He’s a fizzy drink. He pops now and then. One moment he’s great, one moment he’s not.’ Paul Ince was critical of Manchester United’s attackers (Picture: Getty) Solskjaer hopes to make Leicester City and England defender Maguire his third summer signing, having already secured deals for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Red Devils are expected to welcome many more additions through the doors at Old Trafford, particularly if Pogba and Romelu Lukaku depart. Pogba has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid but fellow midfielder Juan Mata hopes he commits his future to Manchester United. ‘We all know Paul and he’s a fantastic midfielder and he’s a very good guy, very positive, good influence for everyone,’ Mata said. Ince compared Anthony Martial to a fizzy drink (Picture: Getty) ‘I think he’s happy, he brings everyone together. ‘But I cannot speak for other people. I cannot speak for myself, for my present and my future in the club. ‘And obviously as a team-mate, and as a friend also, I would like him to stay and to be happy because he is a very good player for us, but I cannot say much else.’ Manchester United kick-start their 2019-20 Premier League campaign against Chelsea on August 11. [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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Virgil van Dijk has revealed how he can still improve for Liverpool (Picture: Getty) Virgil van Dijk has revealed the area he still needs to improve despite helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season. Van Dijk enjoyed a sensational campaign at Anfield, winning the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award after his heroics in the Premier League and Europe. The Dutch defender became the most expensive defender in history when he joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 and has more than justified his £75m price tag. But Van Dijk will demand more from himself next season and says there is still ‘more to come’ from him in a Liverpool shirt. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘Obviously, it is a big honour to be named as one of the favourites to win such a prestigious award but what can I do? I just get on with playing,’ he told BBC Sport. ‘I am very hard on myself. I know the slightest loss of concentration, the slightest mistake will be punished. I try to limit it as much as possible. ‘I have always been very critical of myself and I like the people around me to be critical too. And they are, the manager is as well, which is a good thing. ‘I have improved since I joined Liverpool. Last year I am very satisfied with the fact that I played so many games on a consistent level, I am very proud of that fact. Van Dijk helped Liverpool win the Champions League last season (Picture: Getty) ‘On a critical part I could have done more on attacking set-pieces, been more dangerous. It is not easy, I try to work on it. ‘I feel there is still more to come. That comes from playing games. In my position it is all about experience as well. Playing games, staying fit, and that will hopefully bring success for the team.’ Liverpool finished as runners-up in the Premier League last term despite amassing 96 points across a hugely impressive campaign. And Van Dijk fears Liverpool may need to match that haul to challenge Manchester City for the title again next season. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘You have to do a similar number again, look at City they are a fantastic team,’ the star defender added. ‘Every Liverpool fan dreams of the Premier League. Everyone is waiting for it. We were so close last year, unfortunately it didn’t happen but the only thing we can do is go for it. ‘There are so many games. Our December period is a madness, basically. Last season we lost only one game, we did everything we could but City were just a little bit better than us. ‘We have to respect that as well. We are going to try and do even better than last year.’ [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/22/cristiano-ronaldo-will-not-face-rape-charges-following-las-vegas-allegation-10441909/” title=”Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges following Las Vegas allegation”]
22 Jul 19
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Manchester United could sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus (Picture: Getty) Juventus are reportedly ready to sell Paulo Dybala to Manchester United – providing the Premier League club meet their £70m-£90m valuation. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already bolstered his squad with the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer and is closing in on an £80m deal for Harry Maguire. But the Red Devils boss is aware that further additions are needed as he attempts to bridge the gap to Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Liverpool. Solskjaer is a known admirer of Dybala and the Daily Mail say he will try to sign the Argentine playmaker should Romelu Lukaku or Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford. [metro-zone-post-strip] Both Lukaku and Pogba are keen to secure summer moves, with the former being heavily linked with Inter Milan and the latter desperate to sign for Real Madrid. It is claimed Solskjaer has identified Dybala as the player to replace either Lukaku or Pogba and believes the 25-year-old could develop into a key player for Manchester United. Juventus are ready to listen to offers for Dybala and are prepared to sanction his move to Manchester United if the Premier League giants table a suitable offer. The Mail say Dybala, who has spent four successful years in Turin since signing from Palermo in 2015, is valued between £70m and £90m. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of the Argentine playmaker (Picture: Getty) Manchester United are not the only club monitoring the Argentina international’s situation and Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are also poised to make moves. The Red Devils finished sixth last season and Solskjaer will be desperate to see improvements during his first full season in charge of the club. Solskjaer looks set to make England defender Maguire his third signing of the summer after United made a breakthrough in talks with Leicester City. Manchester United are also being linked with moves for Nicolas Pepe and Bruno Fernandes but are not believed to be interested in signing Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale. [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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Shane Warne has picked his Ashes teams (Picture: Getty) Shane Warne has picked his Australia and England teams for the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series. England will bid to complete an unprecedented double this summer by following up their World Cup triumph with victory in the Ashes. Joe Root‘s side were beaten 4-0 by Australia 18 months ago but will be buoyed by their recent success at home against the Aussies, having won the last four series held in England. The first of five Tests starts at Edgbaston on August 1, before the teams battle it out at Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval for possession of the urn. [metro-fact-box title=”Shane Warne’s England Ashes squad” colour=”green” icon=”exclamation”] Jason Roy Zak Crawley Jonny Bairstow Joe Root Ben Stokes Jos Buttler Ben Foakes Moeen Ali Jofra Archer Stuart Broad James Anderson Mark Wood [/metro-fact-box] Australia legend Warne has selected World Cup winners Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. Kent’s rising star Zak Crawley is also included, as well as Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes and experienced fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Rory Burns, who opened for England in the winter series against Sri Lanka and West Indies, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid are notable absentees. Key members of Australia’s World Cup squad in David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are included in Warne’s Baggy Green team. [metro-fact-box title=”Shane Warne’s Australia Ashes squad” colour=”orange” icon=”exclamation”] David Warner Marcus Harris Usman Khawaja Steve Smith Travis Head Matthew Wade Tim Paine James Pattinson Pat Cummins Nathan Lyon Mitchell Starc Josh Hazlewood [/metro-fact-box] Batsmen Marcus Harris, Travis Head and Matthew Wade are also present in an XI captained by Tim Paine. Bowlers James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood feature. Both England and Australia will hope to be part of an Ashes series which lives up to the memorable 2019 World Cup. ‘I just hope that it’s an entertaining series first and foremost for people watching,’ England record wicket-taker Anderson said this week. ‘We’ve got a lot to live up to after that World Cup. ‘That’s what both sides want to do – play entertaining, positive cricket. If you asked both sets of players, they will say the Ashes is the pinnacle for them in Test cricket. ‘There’s always some added spice around it, some extra bit of niggle and stuff like that on the field, which is really exciting and makes for good viewing.’ [metro-zone-post-strip]
22 Jul 19
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In the continued absence of a City Council Conservation Officer, the Coventry Society has concerns for the future of another listed building in the city facing the ongoing pressure for the expansion of Coventry University. This is in the context of powerful Coventry City councillors who have demonstrated an unsupportive attitude to the city’s post-war […]

21 Jul 19
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Manchester United will reject the chance to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reject the chance to offer Gareth Bale an escape route from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports. Bale has won four Champions League trophies and a La Liga title at Real Madrid but his six-year spell at the Bernabeu appears to be drawing to a close. The Welshman has been committed to staying at Real despite his recent struggles at the Spanish club, but Zinedine Zidane reiterated this weekend that he wants the player sold. ‘Bale is very close to leaving,’ Zidane said after Real Madrid’s pre-season defeat to Bayern Munich. ‘We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team. ‘I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done, I have to make decisions, we have to change. ‘The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation. The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will, and it’s a good thing for everyone.’ Bale’s agent subsequently blasted Zidane, leaving his future at the club unclear. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in securing his signature. Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty) Manchester United have also been heavily linked with Bale over the past three years but Solskjaer has rejected the chance to sign the Wales international. The Evening Standard says Solskjaer’s desire to reduce the age of an ageing squad he inherited from Jose Mourinho means United will not be exploring the possibility of signing Bale, 30. Zidane may have been hoping to use Bale as bait in his attempts to bring French World Cup winner Paul Pogba to the Spanish capital. The Real Madrid boss is desperate to sign Pogba but Manchester United are holding out for a staggering £170m offer and will dismiss the chance of a part-exchange deal involving Bale. [metro-zone-post-strip]
21 Jul 19
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Jofra Archer was an integral figure in England’s World Cup-winning squad (Picture: Getty) James Anderson has backed Jofra Archer to become a Test star after helping England’s one-day team win the men’s World Cup for the first time in history. Archer only became eligible to play for England in March but the Barbados-born fast bowler soon made his mark on international cricket, taking 20 wickets throughout the World Cup. Just two players – Mitchell Starc and Lockie Ferugson – claimed more scalps than Archer during the tournament and the 24-year-old held his nerve to bowl the super over in an incredible climax to the final against New Zealand. England are ready to hand Archer his Test debut in the first Ashes clash at Edgbaston and Anderson is confident he can develop into a top player in red-ball cricket. James Anderson has backed Archer to be a success in Test cricket (Picture: Getty) ‘If a young guy comes into the team you try and help them settle, allow them to be comfortable and play in the way they want to play,’ England’s record wicket-taker said. ‘He hasn’t played much international cricket, but he’s played quite a lot of franchise cricket around the world, which has given him good experience and exposure to the best players in high-pressure situations. ‘But still, to come into a World Cup final and deliver under that sort of pressure was amazing to see, especially for such a young guy. ‘That for me just shows he’s got a great future ahead of him.’ Before the 2019 Ashes series starts on August 1, England face Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord’s. Both Anderson and Archer are expected to sit out of the match due to minor injuries. Archer bowled the super over in the World Cup final at Lord’s (Picture: Getty) Anderson, 36, will participate in the ninth Ashes series of his career this summer as England bid to reclaim the urn following the 4-0 defeat to Australia 18 months ago. ‘I just hope that it’s an entertaining series first and foremost for people watching,’ Anderson said. ‘We’ve got a lot to live up to after that World Cup. ‘That’s what both sides want to do – play entertaining, positive cricket. If you asked both sets of players, they will say the Ashes is the pinnacle for them in Test cricket. ‘There’s always some added spice around it, some extra bit of niggle and stuff like that on the field, which is really exciting and makes for good viewing.’ [metro-zone-post-strip]
21 Jul 19
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Arsenal expect to sign Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos ahead of Tottenham (Picture: Getty) Arsenal expect to beat north London rivals Tottenham to the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, reports say. Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his squad at the Emirates this summer following a campaign in which the Gunners tamely fell away to miss out on a top-four spot. In Emery’s first season in charge, Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League – one point below fourth-placed Spurs – and lost the Europa League final to fellow London rivals Chelsea. Emery wants to strengthen his squad with a number of signings and has identified Spain international Ceballos as a top target. [metro-zone-post-strip] Talented midfielder Ceballos has made 56 first-team appearances for Real Madrid since signing from Betis in 2017 but is open to a loan move in order to gain more experience. The 22-year-old has attracted interest from a number of European clubs this summer but Arsenal are confident they will win the race to secure his signature, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal have held talks with Real Madrid as well as Ceballos’ representatives and expect the Spaniard to pen a one-year loan deal in north London in the coming weeks. The Gunners are also expected to clinch a £28million deal for teenage defender William Saliba, with reports suggesting he will undergo a medical at the Emirates this week. Unai Emery is keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty) Saliba will reportedly return to Saint-Etienne on loan before joining the Gunners next summer. Asked whether he’s happy to wait a whole year for Saliba, Emery said this weekend: ‘Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution. ‘Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players. ‘We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad but only, only I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.’ Emery added: ‘There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul [Sanllehi]. We speak every day. Here we spoke with the Kroenke family. ‘I want to send a message to all our supporters – we’re very happy to be here with a lot of Arsenal supporters and are very impressed – we are working and preparing and we want to make the best squad possible. ‘Our ambition and motivation is with all the supporters.’ [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/21/gareth-bale-reacted-zinedine-zidane-real-madrid-transfer-comments-10435844/” title=”How Gareth Bale reacted to Zinedine Zidane’s incredible Real Madrid transfer comments”]
21 Jul 19
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Shane Lowry celebrated his victory at The Open (Picture: Getty) Shane Lowry claimed his first major championship with a six-shot victory on 15 under at The Open. The Irishman held a four-shot lead going into the final round and kept his composure in challenging conditions to shoot a one-over 72. England’s Tommy Fleetwood finished second on nine under. ‘This feels like an out-of-body experience,’ Lowry, 32, said. Lowry clinched his maiden major championship victory (Picture: Getty) ‘I can’t wait to wake up on Monday morning and find out what it’s going to feel like then. It’s just going to be incredible.’ Lowry became the sixth Irishman to win a major championship, following in the footsteps of Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke. McDowell, reacting to Lowry’s victory at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush, said: ‘I couldn’t be more proud of you, Shane. ‘I always knew you had it in you. You’re an unbelievable player. You’re a great ambassador for the Irish game and the European game. “Shane, I couldn’t be more proud of you – see you for a pint!” 🎥 via @Graeme_McDowell pic.twitter.com/NyBz1o0oga — The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 21, 2019 ‘Enjoy yourself. Hopefully see you soon for a pint. So proud of you. Love you bro.’ Former European Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn, added: ‘There is not much to say except, Shane, you were amazing this week! ‘I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching The Open as much as this one.’ Lowry, meanwhile, added: ‘I suppose I talked to my caddie Bo a lot today, I said ‘I cannot stop thinking about winning, holding the claret jug’. ‘He just said, ‘stay focused’, and what a job he did today. I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and feel what it feels like it is phenomenal.’ To shoot 72 (+1) in those conditions with the pressure of trying to win @TheOpen and your first major is so impressive!! Big congrats @ShaneLowryGolf Champion golfer of the year 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏆 — Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 21, 2019 There is not much to say except..@ShaneLowryGolf You were amazing this week!!I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching an @TheOpen as much as this one.☘️☘️☘️ — Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 21, 2019 Fill that Claret Jug with Guinness immediately!!! Congrats @ShaneLowryGolf – what a win🏆 #championgolferoftheyear — Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) July 21, 2019 Big congratulations to Irishman @ShaneLowryGolf on winning his first major at The Open today.To win it, and to do so on Irish soil, the first time the event has been held here, has got to feel DAMN good!Never underestimate an Irishman on home soil!Congrats my man 🇮🇪 — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 21, 2019 Congratulations to @ShaneLowryGolf on winning The Open Championship. A truly wondrous and seemingly nerveless performance in front of his home supporters. Incredible scenes. What a triumph. What a day for Ireland. Well played. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 21, 2019 [metro-zone-post-strip]
21 Jul 19
Metro
Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to sell Gareth Bale (Picture: Getty) Gareth Bale has been left ‘annoyed’ by what he sees as ‘disrespectful’ comments made by Zinedine Zidane over his Real Madrid future. Bale’s career at the Bernabeu appears to be drawing to a close after Zidane said the Welshman was ‘very close’ to leaving the club. The four-time Champions League winner was left out of Real’s 3-1 pre-season defeat to Bayern Munich in Houston on Saturday. Following the match, Zidane said: ‘We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.’ In a remarkable press conference, Zindane, who returned to Real Madrid during the 2018-19 season, added: ‘I have to make decisions. We have to change. ‘The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation. ‘The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will – and it’s a good thing for everyone.’ Zidane had admitted he wants Bale to leave this summer (Picture: Getty) Bale’s agent subsequently hit out at Zidane, calling the legendary Frenchman a ‘disgrace’ for his treatment of a player who has starred in four Champions League triumphs. And The Times say Bale is also ‘annoyed’ by the comments and is now exploring the possibility of a summer transfer. Despite enduring a mixed spell at Real Madrid and being subjected to harsh criticism by the club’s fans last season, Bale had been committed to staying at the Bernabeu up until this weekend. But the Wales international may now be forced to seek a new club, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain believed to be interested in securing his services. [metro-zone-post-strip] Former Wales international Dean Saunders has also criticised Zidane and branded the Real Madrid manager ‘disgraceful’. ‘I think they’re disgraceful quotes about a player who has won the Champions League four times,’ he told talkSPORT. ‘I know Gareth, I have worked with him. He’s one of the nicest lads you’ll meet. ‘He’s a nice lad and I don’t think he deserved that. He’s trying to get him out of the club but it surprised me.’ [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/21/arsenal-captain-laurent-koscielny-agrees-personal-terms-controversial-transfer-10435571/” title=”Laurent Koscielny agrees personal terms with Rennes over controversial Arsenal transfer”]