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West Ham are confident that the club can lock down Declan Rice to a new deal, according to the Mirror.

The two sides remain apart as Rice’s camp holds out for a £30,000-per-week deal after previously being offered £15,000 per week plus incentives.

Rice has three years left on his current deal. 


Both Pogba and Mourinho could leave Man United, claims Redknapp

The rift between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba at Manchester United could culminate in both player and manager leaving Old Trafford, according to Jamie Redknapp. 

Reports have abounded over the apparently uneasy relationship the pair share, which has come to a head following a home draw against Wolves. 

Pogba fired that United were obliged to “attack, attack, attack” in front of their own fans, comments that did not sit well with his famously fractious boss. 

Now Mourinho is said to have told Pogba he will never again captain the club while he is on the bench, having worn the armband several times this season. 

And Redknapp believes the feud could lead to the pair leaving United within the next year. 

“It’s not helpful. It’s a loaded answer. I get it, I do get it and I’m sure it’s something the players talk about in the dressing room,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham player said to Sky Sports

“But I don’t think it helps. Don’t say it to the press, say it to the manager,

“The truth is, after he won the World Cup, he’s not had a rest. It’s an ideal chance to give him a rest tonight. The fact he isn’t playing tonight shouldn’t be untoward.

“I don’t think they will both be here next year – maybe neither!”

Despite playing such a pivotal part in France’s World Cup victory, Pogba has struggled to reproduce that form in United colours on a consistent basis both before and since the international tournament. 

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In Redknapp’s eyes, responsibility for that failure also lies with his manager. 

“I don’t think they are getting the best out of Pogba but he has to do more himself. Modern players need to look in the mirror but the manager has to take responsibility,” he added.

“Jurgen Klopp gets the best out of his players, Pep Guardiola gets the best from his players, but there is a lot of wasted talent here.”


‘We want him to be upset’ – Cahill attitude impresses at Chelsea as Zola promises first-team chance

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola says he understands Gary Cahill’s concerns and insists the defender will get a chance to impress Maurizio Sarri this season.

The England international admitted last week that he may seek to leave Stamford Bridge in January after failing to earn a first-team place under new Blues head coach Sarri.

The former Bolton and Aston Villa defender only made his first competitive appearance of the season as a substitute against West Ham last weekend but could make his first start against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game at Anfield, Zola refused to criticise Cahill for going public about his concerns.

Conversely, Zola said he was encouraged by the defender’s reaction as it highlighted his commitment to the club.

The Italian also cited Cahill’s late return to pre-season after the World Cup as one reason behind his lack of competitive action and promised the defender he would get his chance.

“First of all, whether he plays or not tomorrow, it won’t be a reflection of what you’re saying,” said Zola when asked about Cahill’s apparent desire to leave.

“It’s totally understandable that Gary is upset. We want him to be upset. It means he cares. But he’s a top professional and is doing everything correctly.

“He just needs to be patient. He came back late, and the players were doing well. He will have his chances, and then it’s down to him to take his chances in the best way.”

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Cahill revealed he was considering his Blues future after Thursday’s Europa League win over PAOK, where he was an unused substitute.

“I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people,” Cahill said following his side’s win in Greece, as quoted by the Mirror.

“I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January]. Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.”


I hope Cahill stays at Chelsea – Giroud

Olivier Giroud hopes that Gary Cahill will stay at Chelsea despite the club captain claiming he might leave in January .

Antonio Rudiger’s injury against West Ham led to Cahill’s first appearance of the season as he stepped off the bench at the London Stadium, but the England international has failed to even make the majority of his side’s match day squads in 2018-19.

Cahill had a major role in Antonio Conte’s back three when the club won the Premier League and FA Cup over the past two campaigns, but Maurizio Sarri has not found a use for the 32-year-old after switching back to a back four.

Giroud was a fringe player at Arsenal before moving to Chelsea, but after standing out for the Blues, was chosen as France’s leading striker at the World Cup.

And he has been impressed by Cahill and is hopeful he will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond January.

“We have a lot of good players who can play in the starting XI,” Giroud told reporters. “The problem is we have four-five centre backs and the coach made his choice. Gary is not in a good position because it is quite tough for him, he doesn’t play so much.

“I understand that he wants to play more. At one stage I was the same and I didn’t like that. We are happy when we are on the pitch. I think his heart is still in Chelsea and hopefully we will keep him because we need him. He needs to be happy, that is the main thing.

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“But I hope he stays because he is important for us, he is a very good player. He’s been at Chelsea for six years, he is one of the faces of Chelsea and one of our captains. We need him.”

Cahill could be in line to start Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Liverpool at Anfield, with Rudiger missing training after coming off injured.

The cup game is followed by a Premier League match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Sarri’s side look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.


Vinicius needs to leave Real Madrid – Salgado

Vinicius Junior needs to leave Real Madrid on loan in order to develop his game, Miguel Salgado has argued.

The Brazilian arrived at Santiago Bernabeu in the summer amid great fanfare, but has failed to make an impression in Julen Lopetegui’s plans thus far.

While the 18-year-old has been in impressive touch for the reserve side and received a first call to the senior squad for the weekend’s 1-0 victory over Espanyol, he finds himself well down the pecking order, particularly as Mariano Diaz has started to catch the eye after scoring against Roma in the Champions League last week.

Salgado is fearful that the €45 million (£40m/$53m) price tag upon the former Flamengo player’s shoulders has weighed heavily upon him and believes that perhaps making an escape from the Spanish capital could be the wisest move.

“We have to think about what we should do with him now,” he told UOL. “There’s exaggerated pressure on the coach and the player. You have to stay calm and wait for your chance little by little. And maybe he should look for a strong team in Spain where he can play without so much pressure but with more minutes.

“Pressure isn’t good for young players. And he’s got a lot of it. Real Madrid is not just any team – it’s a team that’s under a different kind of pressure. 

“The boy cost €45m when nobody knew him and is a player who has done well for the second team by showing something different from the others. He’s spectacular at dribbling and in terms of his speed. There’s no doubt he’s a great investment for the future.”

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Salgado believes that Vinicius should use Marcelo as his role model.

“He reminds me of Marcelo when he first signed,” he continued. “He was a kid and nobody had high expectations about him. He arrived at the same time as Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuain and was the least known.

“At the beginning, he suffered a lot, mainly defensively, but was very good in attack. We spoke with him and knew he’d adapt. He knew how to wait for his moment. But he didn’t have the pressure of Vinicius and didn’t suffer from him.”