TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus organise signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey next weekby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have organised a signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for next week.Sky Italia says the Wales international will fly out after Juve have played Milan in the Italian Super Cup on January 16.Ramsey, off contract in June, has agreed terms with Juve worth €7.5m per season over five years.He will sign his pre-contract with Juve, but see out the season in London.Ramsey will start training with Juve in July.
Arsenal legend Merson: Wenger prioritised himself over Ramsey & other free agentsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEx-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prioritised extending his own contract over his players, according to Paul Merson.The club legend was expressing his rage at Arsenal’s decision to allow Aaron Ramsey to become a free agent this summer.And Merson thinks some of the blame must go to Wenger.The former Gunners star told Sky Sports: “It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down.”It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.”In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.”Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!”I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Crouch: Arsenal blundered not signing N’Zonziby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch says Arsenal blundered not signing former Stoke City teammate Steven N’Zonzi.N’Zonzi, who is currently on loan at Galatasaray from Roma, spent six seasons in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before joining Sevilla in 2015.Crouch said, “I have wanted Arsenal to address the defensive balance of their side for years and never understood why they didn’t buy Steven N’Zonzi. “Steven played with me at Stoke and he would have been perfect to provide protection in midfield.”He ended up going to Sevilla for £7million and it was madness Arsenal allowed that to happen.”The best sides spot their deficiencies and address them to progress.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Taylor Harwood-Bellis full of pride making Man City debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTaylor Harwood-Bellis is full of pride after making his Manchester City debut.The 17 year-old featured in the Carabao Cup win over Preston.Now the teenager hopes to kick on and remain in manager Pep Guardiola’s plans for the rest of the season.”Make sure I stay in the manager’s mind,” Harwood-Bellis replied to the Manchester Evening News when asked by Man City what his goals were for the rest of the season.”Stay training with the first team and just kick on, do the best that I can.”It’s a dream come true to play for this club. Dream’s been there since I was five or six. Playing for the fans with these players is amazing, I loved every minute of it.”It’s always your goal when you’re coming through the academy to make the first team, I wasn’t expecting it, I knew I’d have to work for it but to make my debut here tonight has just been unbelievable.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lampard delighted with response of fans to Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is delighted with the response of the support to his young players.Lampard has reiterated that his young Chelsea side are taking positive steps forward and this has been highlighted in the past two performances at Stamford Bridge. The Blues lost to Liverpool before thrashing Grimsby in the League Cup.”I was happy because I think everyone in the stadium had the same feeling,” said Lampard.”Fans will always react to desire, fight and work ethic, and we were showing those things. They want to see players who give everything and want to play for this club. The young players have definitely brought a different dimension as well and there’s no doubt the fans are loving seeing them come through.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea youth coach Cole: Lille spell good for meby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole has spoken of his time with Lille.The Blues meet LOSC in the Champions League tonight.”We missed out on the title but qualified for the Champions League again, which was the goal when I arrived because Lille are a big club,” he told chelseafc.com. “Their new stadium is amazing, they have an incredible youth system and a fantastic training ground. The club is the real hub of the city so it’s a great place to play football and I have fond memories from my time there.”Ligue 1 is a strong league and I found it tough physically, as well as learning a lot tactically during my time there. Since I’ve left, the team have been a bit up and down. The French league is a different animal now and finishing second is almost like winning it because PSG are so strong.”
TagsSerie A NewsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton striker Hornby: Bolasie convinced me about KV Kortrijkby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Fraser Hornby says a chat with Yannick Bolasie convinced him about a move to KV Kortrijk.Hornby was sent out on loan to Belgian side KV Kortrijk for the 2019/20 campaign.”I had never heard of Kortrijk before (but) I knew about the existence of the Jupiler Pro League,” Hornby told Knack Weekend.”When I learned of KV Kortrijk’s interest, I looked up things like the club’s past, who played here and after an enlightening conversation with trainer Yves Vanderhaeghe, who clearly explained his plans for the team and me, I thought it was a great opportunity to come here.”I also checked with Yannick Bolasie about the Jupiler Pro League and told me that I would be surprised about this competition. When he arrived at Anderlecht, he was also surprised about how intense this competition is.”After a few days of training at KVK, I immediately knew what he meant: the level here is high, the coach is demanding, I am now even more convinced that I have made a good choice, here I will be challenged again.”
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller suffered an injury today.Braxton Miller, a first-year wide receiver out of Ohio State, suffered an injury to his right shoulder in today’s game against the Green Bay Packers.The injury is to the same shoulder Miller hurt while playing for the Buckeyes, an injury that forced him to move from quarterback to wide receiver.#Texans WR Braxton Miller (shoulder) is questionable to return.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 4, 2016Braxton Miller is still down on the field. Landed very hard on shoulder— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 4, 2016Braxton Miller was on ground for a while. Now up and walking with trainers. Hit ground hard after drop. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) December 4, 2016Here’s to a speedy recovery.
Arsenal have been told to “pay the money” and stop “messing around” in their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha, with former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce believing that a deal can be done.The Gunners are continuing to make the Ivory Coast international winger a top target for the summer transfer window.All efforts from Emirates Stadium to get an agreement in place have so far been rebuffed, with Palace reluctant to part with another prized asset following the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Allardyce, though, believes Arsenal can get their man if they accept that a fee of around £80 million ($100m) is now the going rate for a player of Zaha’s pedigree and ability.The ex-Eagles boss told talkSPORT of a long-running saga: “Pay the money. Time’s running out and the window is going to shut.“If Manchester United are having to pay £90m for a centre-half, which is what they’ve been quoted for [Harry] Maguire, then this £70/80m price tag being put on Zaha is well worth it in light of the market we’re operating in today.“Wilfried is proven at this level and he’d be a massive success at Arsenal. He’s ready, but Arsenal need to stop messing around like they are the minute.”Allardyce worked with Zaha during his brief stint at Selhurst Park in 2017 and feels the 26-year-old, who previously flopped when making a high-profile switch to Manchester United, is ready to take another step up the ladder.He added: “Wilfried is in his prime – there’s not too many players like him about.“Steve [Parish] won’t like me saying this, because I’ve got a lot of respect for the man and for what he’s done for Crystal Palace, but if Wilf doesn’t leave very shortly then he never will.“He’s ready now to move on now, so Arsenal just need to get the deal done.”Zaha has netted 35 goals across 180 appearances, while 21 assists have been registered across the last two seasons in Premier League competition.Arsenal’s other targets include Celtic’s young full-back Kieran Tierney and Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos, expected to join on loan to strengthen the Gunners’ midfield options.
As the college football world waits to learn what (and when) Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knew about the 2015 allegations of domestic violence against Zach Smith, we’ve got an update on the legal situation between the former Buckeyes wide receivers coach and his ex-wife Courtney.Smith is facing a criminal trespassing charge stemming from an alleged incident back in May. Last Friday, Courtney Smith was granted a domestic violence civil protection order against her ex-husband.ESPN’s Dan Murphy reports Thursday that while both Zach and Courtney were due in court on Friday, the hearing has been pushed until September to facilitate an “expedited” discovery process.It’s unclear which day the hearing will be re-set for.Quick update from Columbus. Zach Smith was due in court tomorrow along with ex-wife, Courtney. That hearing has been pushed until September so both sides can conduct an expedited discovery process.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 2, 2018The Dayton Daily News obtained a quote from Zach Smith’s attorney Brad Koffel, who contends Smith did nothing wrong. Obviously, it’s only one side of the story.“They were texting each other as to where to meet,” Koffel said. “She told him to meet at their apartment complex clubhouse. He drove there. She wasn’t there. He dropped the son off at her apartment. She was waiting for him with her cell phone out and took a picture of him in her driveway. He left. Then she called the Powell police and said it was trespassing. She never presented a shared parenting plan to the police department.She never presented a shared parenting plan to the Delaware Prosecutor’s Office, and a criminal complaint was filed against Zach. He was never arrested. He went to the Powell (police department) to pick up the criminal trespassing complaint. At no point did he violate the shared parenting plan, and we entered a not guilty on June 5. That’s it.”Wednesday, Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates a report released by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, which contends the Ohio State head coach lied when he said he didn’t know about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against Smith.