?Major League Soccer have confirmed that
?Major League Soccer have confirmed that
The Potters paid a club record €24m to sign the midfielder from Porto in 2016, having spent just six months in Portugal before being moved on to the bet365 in the January transfer window after struggling to settle.
Regarding the move, the 26-year-old told RMC Sport: “These days I have a bit more experience. I probably should have thought more about certain things, but it’s in the past. The worst choice of my career was to come to Stoke. I could have been more patient at Porto, try to adapt to the league. The most regrettable choice is probably the Stoke one.”
After making a good start in the Premier League, helping Stoke to a ninth placed finish in the 2015/16 season, Imbula’s poor start to the following campaign saw him fall out of favour with then-Potters manager Mark Hughes.
The defensive midfielder made just 28 appearances for Stoke before loan spells with Toulouse and Rayo Vallecano. Imbula looked to have found his home in Spain after scoring a stunning long-range winner in his debut, but that ended up being his only goal for the club as they were relegated from La Liga last season.
On his current situation the France Under-21 International said: “I’m still at Stoke. I started training back on 1st July. We agreed I would train with the Under-23s. I’m waiting for a medium to long term project to try and restart my career and find the same pleasure I had in Spain last year.”
Imbula last found success in the 2014/15 season under now-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille. Forming an effective partnership with Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Dimitri Payet, Imbula helped the Olympians to a fourth-place finish.
Responding to questions of a potential return to France, where he helped Guingamp achieve promotion to Ligue 1 and was named Ligue 2 Player of the Year in 2013, Imbula said: “Ligue 1, I’m interested, I’m open to all projects, there are contacts with some clubs.
“My desires? Find a club that will trust me in the medium or long term, a project in which I will be able to settle. These last two-three years, I’ve moved a lot, I’d like to settle down, have some stability.”
?Gary Neville has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has four or five players in his Manchester United squad who don’t want to be at the club.
After a disappointing end to the 2018/19 campaign, Manchester United fans were promised a squad overhaul by the Norwegian, though it didn’t really come to fruition during the summer transfer window.
Following the Red Devils’ draw with Wolves on ?Monday Night Football, pundit and former United right back Neville told Sky Sports that the club still need to sell a number of players – some of whom the club are actively trying to get rid of.
Starting with Alexis Sanchez, who is on the verge of joining Inter, he said:
“Romelu Lukaku didn’t want to be there. It’s a phased transition at the club. There’s four or five that don’t want to be there – he needs t
Despite what was promised after the woeful loss to already relegated Cardiff City on the closing day of the last Premier League season, only four players have departed Old Trafford – three of which were due their contracts expiring.
Another of those players the club are still reportedly looking to sell is central defender Marcos Rojo. The Red Devils
Other potential departures include the controversial Paul Pogba
As much as Solskjaer won’t want to lose one of his key men while he’s unable to recruit a replacement due to the British window being closed, the ?Red Devils have been forced to drop their asking price from £182m to £146m as Real Madrid continue their pursuit of the Frenchman.
?Barcelona have confirmed that the newly built
The Premier League is a funny place. It just is. There’s an ocean of LOLs out there, just waiting to be had. And we, the public, just need to mine it, or fish it, or whatever.
Anyway, how does a run-through of all these funnies and memes and LOLs and ROFLs out there in the English football world sound? Good? No? Oh, you’re joking. Funny.
Ohhh, how much fun was had. We all knew it was coming. Though what that ‘it’ was remained slightly unknown. Was it a love story? Was it a rivalry? In the end it was simply magnificent. Spellbinding. It was…EVERYTHING. And it was bloody meme-worthy, too.
For the record, Guendouzi has since said: “I prefer my hair. It is more beautiful.” Which is spectacular. But is it true?
ICYMI, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and his subordinate Sergio Aguero
Thankfully, the good folk on Twitter were quickly able to turn this sentiment around, making it funny once more. Now, the above ‘funny’ is actually in Spanish (I think?), because the English version was a bit, err, risque. Now, this version could be equally, err, riesgo? But ignorance is bliss, you know, so enjoy.
Which brings us nicely on to VAR. Ah, you’ve gotta love VAR. You literally have to. It’s incredible. What a piece of kit. Pure drama. Pure agony. Pure ecstasy. All wrapped up in one nice, tidy ‘geek box’
The best new law this season is the one that states a player entering the VAR room is a straight red.
The Premier League’s VAR room is in Stockley Park, 13 miles from the nearest PL ground. Any player making it there during a game to moan about a decision deserves a medal. pic.twitter.com/cLD9hs9s48
— Conor Pope (@Conorpope) August 20, 2019
This was important for a myriad of reasons.
A) Jeremy Clarkson’s slip into the ‘footballer’s performances are based on the length/colour of their hair’ corner/abyss is the most on-brand move since Richard Keys left for Qatar.
B) WHAT A BURN.
C) The brazen delivery of a hairline joke when you yourself look to be on a potentially slippery slope is the kind of bravery we need to be seeing on a daily basis if this world has any chance of survival, IMHO.
Okay, so not a meme and not from the Premier League, but it is relevant. It is also true – just look at that masterpiece and tell me it doesn’t deserve Ferenc’s recognition.
Most importantly, telling an organisation like FIFA – with all the weighty baggage that comes with it – to grow up will never not be funny. Never.