Leicester Stay Resolute on Harry Maguire & Ben Chilwell Amid Manchester Clubs’ Interest

?Leicester City will look to stand firm in the face of considerable interest in defenders Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell from Manchester United and Manchester City this summer

After his celebrated exploits for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Maguire has been a rumoured target for ?United, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen for Ed Woodward to poach the ?Foxes star last summer.

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Meanwhile, Chilwell, who has earned himself six caps for the Three Lions since making his debut in September last year against Switzerland, is high on Pep Guardiola’s wishlist at ?Man City, even with his newfound £40m evaluation following his step up to the international stage.

However, according to the ?Mirror, Leicester are adamant they will not relinquish any of their key players this summer, as Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha looks to continue his father’s legacy of standing firm in the transfer market. 

Vichai, who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident last October, was heralded for holding onto Jamie Vardy amid considerable efforts from Arsenal to sign the striker, as well as keeping hold of Riyad Mahrez until he finally received a club-record bid of £60m for the winger from City. 

Alongside the defensive duo, fellow Englishman James Maddison has also been heavily linked with a switch, with Tottenham sniffing around the young attacking midfielder, but he is another man that the 2015/16 champions will play hardball on.


And manager Brendan Rodgers has the utmost confidence they will do just, responding to talk over the interest that a number of sides hold in his key players by calmly declaring: “They may well do. But it doesn’t worry me. It happens.

“With Khun Top [Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha], it is all pretty straightforward. It allows me to work in the club how I would want to and that was obviously very, very important [in the decision to join].”

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Sadio Mane ‘Seduced’ by Prospect of Working Under Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid Prepare Offer

Sadio Mane’s future at Liverpool could be in doubt as a report from Spain suggests he is tempted by a move to Real Madrid to link up with Zinedine Zidane.

The Senegal international has been one of the outstanding performers in the Premier League this season, already achieving a personal best goal tally (with 17 to date), and his displays have piqued Zidane’s attention.

Marca label the forward as ?Los Blancos’ top target this summer, ahead of the likes of Kylian Mbappe, while the Madrid-based outlet claims the player himself could be enticed away from Liverpool due to the lure of playing under the legendary Zidane.

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The report claims that Mane will not discuss his future until the end of the season, as the Reds continue to fight for the Premier League and ?Champions League, but is ‘seduced’ by Zidane’s attention despite an attachment to current boss Jurgen Klopp.

Marca also claim that Los Blancos’ interest is likely to turn into a ‘concrete offer’ for the 26-year-old. However, with his current contract running until 2023, a price is not mentioned, while Liverpool are unlikely to be willing to sell without a fight.

Zidane has been a fan of Mane for some time it seems, with the Frenchman apparently interested in the forward during his previous spell as Real Madrid boss. ?Another recent report from Marca claims the desire for a quick player who can grab the game by the scruff of the neck is the reason for Madrid’s interest in the former Southampton man.

Sadio Mane

With Liverpool teammates Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino occasionally struggling to replicate last season’s form, Mane has shone and his goals have helped Liverpool maintain their title charge into March, while his brace against Bayern Munich in the Champions League showed his ability to produce on the biggest stage.

In addition to Mane, Real Madrid have also been linked with the likes of Eden Hazard, Neymar, Paulo Dybala and several others as the plan a summer makeover after a hugely disappointing season.

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Phil Foden to Reject Offers From Germany Despite Game-Time Frustrations Under Pep Guardiola

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has voiced his frustrations at a lack of game-time this season, but is nonetheless expected to stay and fight for his place in the City midfield. 

The 18-year-old signed a new six-year contract at the Etihad earlier this season, but has managed just 96 minutes of football across ten appearances in the Premier League, with his last start coming in the FA Cup victory over Newport County last month – when he scored twice.

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Speaking to ?Goal after starting for England under-21s against Germany during the week, Foden said: “?It’s good just to get some minutes, you know, because at my club I don’t really get many.

“It’s just good to get out there and play football. I am still young, 18 years of age, so to get minutes was good for me. I lost quite a bit of fitness but it’s coming back slowly.

“That was due to not playing. I have been trying to do extra after training but it’s nothing like playing a game, it’s totally different. Hopefully I can get it back.”

His frustrations naturally led to some speculation surrounding his future, but reports from the ?Mail among other places suggest he has decided against following in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps, and will stay to fight for his place in the side – regardless of how tough a battle that may seem. 

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He faces competition from the likes of Bernardo and David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Fabien Delph for places in the central positions, so it’s understandable why football has so far been hard to come by as ?City maintain their charge towards an unprecedented quadruple of trophies. 

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Yeovil Town Ladies to Enter Administration After Continued Financial Struggles

?Yeovil Town Ladies will soon be going into administration, following a season full of financial problems for the club.

The Women’s Super League side have had a difficult season in the top flight, having sat bottom of the table for the majority of their campaign. The Glovers were also deducted ten points by the Football Association, all but condemning them to the Championship.


In a statement on the club’s official website, they said: “Yeovil Town Ladies has accepted the decision of the FA to impose sporting sanctions on the club due to the financial difficulties which were announced earlier this month. The club therefore recognises that it will not be playing in the FA Women’s Super League next season.”

The ?FA confirmed that the WSL side have notified them of their intention to appoint an administrator. 

Yeovil have been struggling financially all season, since they became a full-time, professional club before the start of the season. The Glovers now sit bottom of the league with minus six points, having recorded just one win all season against Everton last November.

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Earlier this month, the club were forced to make cuts to their staff in a bid to keep their financial status healthy. As well as this, Yeovil are now considering reverting back to part-time status in an effort to keep the club alive.

In their statement, they added: “The club would like to thank the fans for their incredible support this season and would ask if they could please continue to get behind it and make the final games a celebration of how far it has come and join in the next stage of its development.

“The club is now looking forward to establishing itself in the Championship next season and once again building its future on and off the field.”

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Yeovil are 15 points off safety with five games to go, and would need to win all of their remaining games as well as rely on Everton and Brighton to lose all of their remaining games to survive any chance of survival.

This would be the third consecutive season the Glovers have finished bottom of the top flight, though their first relegation from the division due to there being no relegation in 2017 and the FA club licensing process in 2018.

With Yeovil travelling to the Toffees on Sunday afternoon, a defeat or even a draw would officially seal their relegation and send them down to the Championship.

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Manchester United Coaching Staff: Profiling the Key Men in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Team

Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager on a three-year contract as the club looks to finally return to the pinnacle of English and European football.

But the Norwegian isn’t alone in his efforts and is backed at Old Trafford by an experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff.

Here’s a look at who each member is and what they have done in their careers…


?Mike Phelan

Mike Phelan,David Wagner

Formerly first team coach and later assistant manager at United for 12 years under Sir Alex Ferguson, Mike Phelan made his return to Old Trafford when Solskjaer was appointed caretaker boss back in December.

It was a welcome move, with Phelan a vital presence during arguably the most successful period in the club’s history in the late 2000s and early 2010s. His departure in 2013 is certainly still a factor many point to in the failed transition from Ferguson to David Moyes.

Phelan was himself a former United player in the early 1990s, knows Solskjaer very well and has the invaluable experience to help the Norwegian grow in his role as permanent boss.

Between 2013 and his return last December, Phelan had spells at Norwich and Hull, while he was appointed sporting director at Australian club Central Coast Mariners last summer. It is a role he said just this week he would like to try and continue doing alongside his job at United.


Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick hung up his boots after 12 years as a United player at the end of last season and made the immediate step into coaching to join Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff.

With ties to United rather than Mourinho, Carrick was retained when the Portuguese was sacked in December and has continued to develop as a coach in recent months.

The 37-year-old former club captain is popular with the players and that strong rapport allows him to pass on advice and years of experience.

“I think Michael now is progressing really well. He’s finding his feet in the organisational side of it, and he’s got a great opinion on the game and has been an exceptional player,” Phelan said of Carrick in a ManUtd.com article in January.


Kieran McKenna

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A coaching reshuffle following the departure of Mourinho’s long-term assistant and ally Rui Faria last summer saw the promotion of Kieran McKenna to the first team coaching staff after previously leading the club’s Under-18 team.

The Northern Irish coach joined United from Tottenham, where he held a similar youth team role, in 2016 and has overseen the development of talents like Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood, all of whom have been seen in the first team under Solskjaer.

At just 32 years of age, McKenna is the youngest member of the main coaching staff, but he still boasts plenty of experience after learning his trade at Spurs and is very highly rated.


Mark Dempsey

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A long time ally and assistant to the Solskjaer, Mark Dempsey was brought in as an extra first team coach just a few days after the Norwegian was appointed caretaker manager.

Manchester-born Dempsey was a former United trainee, playing once for the first team in 1985, and coached in the academy, where it seems he first crossed paths with Solskjaer.

He later embarked on a coaching career in Norway in 2009 and soon linked up with Solskjaer as an assistant at Molde in time for the 2011 Norwegian season. After two league titles and one domestic cup, Dempsey then followed Solskjaer to Cardiff in 2014.

He set out on his own and managed several clubs in Norway and Sweden, either side of a short second spell back with Solskjaer at Molde, before getting the United call in December.


Emilio Alvarez

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United hired Emilio Alvarez in the summer of 2016 as goalkeeping coach, with the Spaniard specifically appointed as a result of his longstanding relationship with David de Gea.

After seeing his own playing career cut short aged 30, Alvarez is credited with developing a young De Gea at Atletico Madrid in 2009 as the stopper took his first steps at first team level.

He is also known to be close friends with De Gea off the pitch and is also said to regularly socialise with fellow Spaniards Juan Mata and Ander Herrera as well.

A Manchester Evening News report notes that the four are ‘committed students of the game’ and share common interests, including each supporting a different club in the Spanish second tier.


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