Rafael Benitez Provides Injury Update After Key Duo Limp Off During Southampton Victory

?Rafael Benitez has provided an injury update on Miguel Almiron, while Fabian Schar was also forced to limp off during Newcastle’s 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.

The win all but secured the Magpies’ Premier League status for another year thanks to Aoze Perez’s hat-trick, however the game was marred by the loss of two key players at St James’ Park, as new signing Almiron suffered a hamstring strain and Schar also picked up an unknown injury.

Speaking after the match, as quoted by ?ChronicleLive, Benitez confessed that the Paraguayan might not return before the end of the season, cutting short the 25-year-old’s campaign after an impressive start to life in the ?Premier League.

“It is his (Almiron) first injury of this type. He was doing well and the fans love him,” the Spaniard said.

“He was working very hard, and it is not easy for a player who was doing well in another country, at a massive club in front of 52,000 fans, to then get injured and maybe have to be out for the rest of the season.”

The injury sustained to Swiss defender Schar is not yet known, and a prognosis on whether he will return for any of ?Newcastle’s remaining three league matches is yet to be decided.

While Almiron is likely to miss his club’s final fixtures, the injury is not considered to be serious enough and he should be available for his country’s involvement in the Copa America this summer.

Miguel Almiron

Despite failing to score or assist in his ten Premier League matches, Almiron has won the hearts of Magpies’ supporters with some impressive displays in Benitez’s forward line, while Schar has cemented his role in Newcastle’s defence with some commanding showings as well as scoring some fine goals in the north East.


Massimiliano Allegri & Cristiano Ronaldo Respond to Rumours of Summer Exit From Juventus

?Massimiliano Allegri has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘the future of Juventus’ after rumours of a possible exit from the club arose following their Champions League failings.

Despite taking a 1-1 draw away from the first leg in Ajax, the Bianconeri fell to a 2-1 home defeat in the second leg to knock the Serie A side out at the quarter-final stage.

?Ronaldo scored both of ?Juventus‘ goals in the tie, however their disappointing exit resulted in speculation mounting that the Portuguese star would look to leave the club in the summer. However, such discussions were quickly put to bed by Allegri, who confessed their star player is as disappointed as the rest of the team regarding their Champions League exit.

“Ronaldo is the future of Juventus,” he said (via ?Marca).

“He is an extraordinary player who has had a great season and he’ll have a great one next year. He is relaxed, even though he is disappointed like we all are. We’ve exited a competition we thought we could win.”


Juventus wrapped up the ?Serie A title on Saturday with a comeback victory over Fiorentina, and in doing so the Turin club became the first team in Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 or the Premier League history to win eight consecutive league titles.

Furthermore, in securing the crown, Ronaldo became the first ever player to win the league title in England, Spain and Italy.

Regardless of their domestic success, there was still major disappointment surrounding their exit from Europe’s biggest club competition, having been backed by many as favourites to lift the crown this season. However, it seems as though the player himself has sought to put an end to speculation about an exit, with his focus solely on Juventus.

“For me, there is only Juventus,” Ronaldo is quoted as saying in Tuttosport, as per ?Calcio Mercato.

Despite securing the title, the Old Lady still have five matches left to play in the league, with a trip to face Inter on the cards next Saturday.


Wilfried Zaha at Centre of Transfer Battle Between Tottenham & PSG as Ligue 1 Giants Plot £65m Bid

?Tottenham have joined the race to sign Wilfried Zaha in the summer with PSG ready to splash the cash to sign the wantaway Crystal Palace forward.

The Ivory Coast international has once again expressed his desire to leave Selhurst Park with the 26-year-old desperate to play Champions League football next season.

With ?Zaha’s position now clear, PSG are ready to pay £65m to bring the player to the French capital. But according to the ?Express, however, ?Tottenham are ready to hijack such a bid in an attempt to keep the player in London.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been closely monitoring the Ivorian’s progress this season, sending scouts to watch the player on numerous occasions, being impressed with the resulting reports.

Zaha is the highest paid player at ?Palace, earning around £130k per week, with PSG ready to offer Roy Hodgson’s star an increased pay packet to ensure he plays in Ligue 1 next season. Meanwhile, Spurs have been constantly linked to the player in recent windows although do not possess the same spending power as the French side.

In an Eagles side that have struggled in the ?Premier League this season, Zaha has managed eight goals and a further three assists in a disappointing campaign for the club, who currently sit in 14th.

Should Hodgson’s side cash in on their star player in the summer it would free up substantial funds for the club to invest themselves, however they would surely be unwilling to let their second highest scorer this season leave south London.

Wilfried Zaha

Palace are not mathematically safe from relegation yet but are eight points clear of 18th place Cardiff ahead of their trip north of the capital to face Arsenal on Sunday.


Mike Phelan Set to Quit Role at Man Utd With Michael Carrick & Kieran McKenna in Line for New Deals

?Mike Phelan is prepared to quit his job as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United assistant as Michael Carrick looks set to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

It has been yet another season of significant change for the Red Devils as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm before recently being handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis, and the Norwegian will bid to take United back to the top next season.

Movement in ?United’s coaching setup has not stopped at the top post, though. Both Michael Carrick and fellow coach Kieran McKenna were part of the coaching staff under Mourinho and, according to the ?Mirror, the pair are set to sign new deals at Old Trafford imminently.

However, whilst Carrick and McKenna are set to prolong their support for Solskjaer in his bid to turn United’s fortunes around next term, long-serving assistant boss Mike Phelan looks set to quit his current role.

Like Solskjaer, Phelan also represented United during his playing days, albeit more briefly in the early 1990s, but spent 15 years as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson before he previously departed Old Trafford in 2013.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,Mike Phelan,Michael Carrick

The 56-year-old later returned to the club in December last year as an assistant to Solskjaer in the Norwegian’s initial caretaker role, but appears unlikely to prolong his latest spell with United, having not extended his deal at Old Trafford.

Phelan is on secondment from his role as sporting director at Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners, and is likely to resume his position there should he opt against staying at Old Trafford next season, though it is suggested he would take a similar position at United.

The Red Devils are currently in search of a sporting director to support chief executive Ed Woodward, with the club seeking a figure capable of leading a more rigorous player recruitment drive across the first team and academy setups at the club.


Chelsea Reject £10m Bid From Brighton for Rising Star Reece James Following Impressive Loan Spell

?Chelsea have rejected a £10m bid from Brighton for rising star Reece James after the defender’s loan spell at Wigan came to an end.

James has enjoyed a fine season at the DW Stadium and has been identified as a top target by Brighton scout Dan Ashworth, with the Seagulls bidding to hand the England U20 international his chance in the Premier League.

Despite what is a considerable bid for a young star who is as yet untested at the top level, ?The Sun reports that ?Chelsea have flatly rejected ?Brighton’s £10m offer for James, as the Blues view the 19-year-old as an ideal alternative to Cesar Azpilicueta.

Though the youngster would provide initial backup for the Spaniard, James could potentially prove to be the 29-year-old’s long-term successor.

The rising star is unlikely to feature in Chelsea’s senior setup before the end of the current campaign, but he could well feature more prominently under Maurizio Sarri should the Italian opt to offload compatriot Davide Zappacosta.

Reece James,Jack Clarke

The Italian has hardly been given the opportunity to establish himself as a key figure in the Blues’ backline, but the full back has not particularly impressed when given the chance since arriving from Torino in 2017.

Chelsea’s impending transfer ban would mean that the west Londoners could not sign a replacement for Zappacosta if they decide to sell him in the summer, though it appears that James is viewed as an internal solution.

It is suggested that the Blues’ plans would also come as a setback to ?Crystal Palace, who had identified James as a potential replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Eagles right back has been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park after enjoying his own breakthrough season.

James, who was named in the Championship team of the year, is apparently happy to wait for Chelsea to make a decision on his future, though it could largely depend on whether or not they are able to dip into the transfer market in the summer.