‘I’d never turn down Nigeria’ – Sheyi Ojo ready to ditch England for Super Eagles

Reims winger Sheyi Ojo has stated his readiness to honour Nigeria’s invitation to the national team if they come calling now.

The 21-year-old has represented England at all youth levels from the U16 to U21 and was a key member of the squad that won the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup in South Korea.

Ojo, who was born to Nigerian parents in Hertfordshire, has revealed that he would ‘never turn down’ the three-time African champions but rather think about the call before making his decision.

“To be honest, I don’t know much about it [Nigeria interest], but if they call me I’d be honoured to go to Nigeria,” Ojo told BBC Sport .

“It’s obviously a massive nation. I’m just really focused on club football at the moment, but I’m excited for the future, both club and country.

“My parents are originally from Nigeria as well, so they know a lot about it. They’ve always been keen on the idea [to represent Nigeria] but so far I’ve mainly been focusing on club football.

“It’s starting to get to the time where I have to start thinking about my future. And of course, if Nigeria were to call me now it would be an honour.

“Of course, if I was to get selected I’d definitely think about it, I’d never turn down Nigeria.

“I’m from Nigeria originally so it’d be an honour, likewise with England as well. If I keep doing well, opportunities will come by for club and country.

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“It’s not really something I’m thinking about at the moment but you never know what could happen in the future.”

Over the years, the Nigeria Football Federation have convinced ex-England youth internationals with Nigeria descent – Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Sone Aluko, Ola Aina – to turn out for the country.

The Liverpool loanee who moved to the French Ligue 1 on a season-long loan this summer could also join the growing list of England-born players in Gernot Rohr’s set-up.


‘Ola Aina’s goal is to return to Chelsea’ – Agent

‘Ola Aina’s goal is to return to Chelsea’, according to agent Emeka Obasi.

Prior to his loan move to Torino in the summer, the young defender signed fresh terms with the former Premier League champions.

Also, his deal with the Serie A side included an option to make the move permanent at the end of his current loan contract. But his agent has said his aim remains to get back into Maurizio Sarri’s team at Stamford Bridge.

“He is very happy with the minutes he has had so far, he hopes to do better and better,” Obasi told Radio Marte.

“He met Sarri in his retreat, his goal is to return to Chelsea.”

Also on the Nigeria international opting for Torino, the agent said Walter Mazzari’s experience in the Premier League eased the decision.

“He had several options, the boy wanted to try something different. He had some offers in the Bundesliga, but he liked the prospect of Italy.

“He chose il Toro because of the strong desire of Mazzarri, who strongly wanted him.

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“We knew Mazzarri because he had experiences in England, his call was fundamental when he called him he explained how he would put him in the team and how he would help him to improve.”

Aina was on parade for 77 minutes, playing in a right wing-back role as Torino suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Napoli. Sunday’s appearance was his fifth in Series A since his loan switch.


Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Beckham holds preliminary talks with Zidane over Miami job

The former Real Madrid boss could be the team’s first head coach

David Beckham has held preliminary talks with Zinedine Zidane over becoming the manager of his Inter Miami franchise in MLS, reports the Mirror.

The expansion team begins play in 2020, and has been linked in the past month with an attempt to lure Lionel Messi to join them when they start play.

Zidane would like to stay in Europe, but the longer he goes unemployed, the greater the chances of Beckham pulling off a surprise hire.


‘Gotze a good fit for Liverpool’ – Grosskreutz urges Klopp reunion for struggling Dortmund star

Mario Gotze may be struggling to get back into the Borussia Dortmund team, but the midfielder would be “a good fit for Liverpool”, according to former team-mate Kevin Grosskreutz.

The 2014 World Cup winner returned to his roots at the Westfalenstdion in 2016 after spending three years with Bayern Munich.

Big things were expected of the 26-year-old star once he was back in familiar surroundings, but a homecoming has become something of a disaster.

Gotze has struggled for form and fitness since re-signing for Dortmund, with a midweek Champions League outing against Club Brugge representing his first start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Former club and international team-mate Grosskreutz feels a fading presence needs a switch to reignite his spark, with Liverpool a logical step due to the presence of Jurgen Klopp.

He told Sky Deutschland: “I’m very sorry for Mario Gotze at the moment, because stuff is written about him – and only him – every day.

“In Bruges, for example, the whole team didn’t play well.

“Maybe it would be good for him to go abroad in the winter to find a bit more peace and bring his career back on track.

“Klopp knows him quite well, he would be a good fit for Liverpool.”

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Grosskreutz, who tasted World Cup glory alongside Gotze four years ago, added: “Of course he has to deliver performances on the pitch. His head is not completely free at the moment.

“I never expected his career to experience such a phase.”

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Grosskreutz is not the first to have advised Gotze to look elsewhere for regular game time, with former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus having done likewise.

“His form, which he had before the 2014 World Cup and included his winning goal in the final, is behind him,” Matthaus said.

“For him, you would have to invent a system at Borussia Dortmund that does not exist right now.”


Alonso quashes Real Madrid return rumours by airing Chelsea ambition

Marcos Alonso claims to be “happy here at Chelsea” after sparking talk of a possible return to Real Madrid.

Born and raised in the Spanish capital, the 27-year-old left-back began his career on the books of his hometown club.

He was forced to go in search of regular first-team football elsewhere, with that career path eventually leading him to Stamford Bridge in 2016, but a second stint at the Santiago Bernabeu has been mooted.

Alonso has, however, suggested that his long-term future lies in west London.

He has already tasted Premier League and FA Cup glory with Chelsea, as well as making his senior international debut for Spain, and has told Sky Sports: “I feel good. I’m enjoying the new manager, I’m enjoying my team-mates, I’m happy here at Chelsea

“I’m obviously still hungry for more. It’s going to be a tough season, lots of teams are fighting for everything but I want to win all the titles we are playing for.

“For that we have to work hard and I have to be ready for tough times.

“It’s never easy to get the points at the beginning of the season and even more with a new manager. We are still on our way to where we want to get.

“I think we are doing well and getting points but we still have to improve and we still have to play better. If we do this we will be up there fighting for every title.”

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Alonso has helped Chelsea to make a faultless start to their 2018-19 campaign, collecting five Premier League wins and an opening victory in the Europa League group stage.

He has contributed one goal and two assists to that cause, with their a determination on his part to offer even more as he chases down a standing as the best left-back on the planet.

“That’s why I came to Chelsea,” Alonso added.

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“When you come to one of the top teams in the world with some great players, you can fight for that spot and that’s what I try to do.

“I want to keep improving and to work hard to be one of the best. I want to score more goals, I want to give more assists, I want to do more tackles.

“Everything I can do to help is good for the team and good for myself.”