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Alan 12:18 Mon Nov 26
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France forward Ousmane Dembele, 21, has asked to leave Barcelona in the January transfer window and his departure could allow 26-year-old Brazil striker Neymar to return to the Nou Camp from Paris St-Germain.(Goal)

PSG will face competition from Juventus for Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28. (Sun)

Manager Marco Silva says Everton plan to test Barcelona's resolve over a permanent move for 25-year-old midfielder Andre Gomes, who is on a season-long loan at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, has ruled out a move to Paris St-Germain, but they 27-year-old says he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer. (Canal+, via Goal)

Milan director Leonardo has been in talks with Chelsea over 31-year-old Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Englishman Gary Cahill, 32, and fellow centre-back and Denmark international Andreas Christensen, 22. (Sport Mediaset, via Football Italia)

Manchester United sent scouts to watch 19-year-old West Ham defender Declan Rice - who qualifies for both England and the Republic of Ireland - in the Hammers' 4-0 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday. (Metro)

Southampton intend to give manager Mark Hughes time to turn the club's form around, despite the Saints only winning once this season. (Telegraph)

Barcelona's Spain left-back Jordi Alba says he has not been offered a new contract at the club, leaving the 29-year-old's future uncertain. (ESPN)

Manchester United may wait to sign 22-year-old Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini after discovering a release clause can be triggered at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Chelsea and Arsenal both want to sign Manchester United's out-of-favour Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 22, in January. (Sun)

Liverpool's 17-year-old English forward Bobby Duncan, cousin of Reds legend Steven Gerrard, is a target for German clubs Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. (Mail)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he will not rule out a return to Serie A in the future if he is unable to win trophies at St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz, 31, says Blues manager Maurizio Sarri has been angrier after victories than after Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Tottenham. (Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the pressure from title rivals Liverpool is keeping his side motivated in their Premier League title defence. (Standard)

Everton and Republic of Ireland right-back Seamus Coleman, 30, has described his side's record against Liverpool as "embarrassing" before next weekend's Merseyside derby. (Express)

Santos' Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa, 22, could be ready for a new challenge with the Toffees after a disappointing loan spell at Inter Milan.(Tutto Mercato Web - in Italian)

Sweden defender Mikael Lustig, 31, is set for talks to decide if he has a future at Celtic.(Daily Record)

Leicester captain Wes Morgan, 34, has called for talks with referees over the inconsistency of decisions. (Leicester Mercury)




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Having come on as a substitute and bagged a last-minute equaliser as Barcelona rescued a point against Atlético Madrid over the weekend, Ousmane Dembélé rather veered off the script suggesting he is thoroughly fed up with life at the Camp Nou. In recent weeks the 21-year-old has been criticised for his questionable time-keeping, poor diet and the number of man hours he spends in front of the telly-box playing video games and is today reported to have asked Barcelona if he can leave in January.

Liverpool have been tentatively linked with the former Borussia Dortmund winger, but his departure could hasten the mooted return of Neymar to Ernesto Valverde’s side. “For all the issues, he’s scored FIVE massive, decisive, result-changing goals this season,” tweeted Sid Lowe, the Guardian’s señor in Spain on Saturday, while the player’s manager said he is a talented player and “we have to help him succeed”.

Having long been linked with a potential move to Real Madrid, weekend speculation declared that Paris Saint-Germain could be the next port of call for disillusioned Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. And despite another evening of lumbering around ineffectually before being hauled off by José Mourinho on Saturday, Paul Pogba is wanted by both Juventus and Inter. The Milan side may offer Milan Skriniar and Ivan Perisic, both targets of Mourinho, in exchange for the Frenchman. According to the Mirror, Mourinho is also hoping to lure Marko Arnautovic to Old Trafford and is apparently prepared to pay £50m for the Austrian who will be 30 next April. Good luck getting that one past the bean-counters, José.

Milan have firmed up their interest in taking Cesc Fàbregas off Chelsea’s hands and the word on the street in Italy is that their director, Leonardo, has discussed a January move for the Spanish midfielder and his fellow Stamford Bridge bench-warmer Gary Cahill.

The turn of the year may also see unwanted Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira leave Old Trafford for either Arsenal or Chelsea. The Brazil international has struggled for game time under Mourinho and has not played a single minute since his last appearance as a late substitute during his team’s draw at Stamford Bridge over a month ago.






Football London

Manuel Pellegrini press conference: Every word on Man City loss, Arnautovic injury and Masuaku

Here is what the manager had to say after seeing his side thumped 4-0 by Manchester City

By Sam Inkersole

You created plenty of chances today but just couldn't score and Man City were ruthless

In football, to win you must score. That is why I think that it is difficult for me as a manager, there are a lot of things that were useful for us in this game. Like it is not easy to create so many clear chances against Manchester City.

Unfortunately for us, I think we were very weak in defending, slow crosses in the box without any danger. We cannot lose our markers.

They are different goals and Manchester City have so many goalscorers and very good players but I think those kinds of goal were too easy for them.

Were you disappointed at the defending for those three first half goals?

Yes.
Disappointed because they are all different crosses. Maybe one is a fast cross into the box, another arrived from the second line and they scored, another they were allowed so much time in the box to score. A movement or two or three passes and they score, it is too easy.

If we conceded maybe because we attacked too much and left a lot of space, but if you review them, we had seven or eight defenders there.

How is Marko Arnautovic?

Marko finished with a pain at the end of the game. We will see tomorrow.

Do you think your team was intimidated by Man City today?

If you review the game before they scored, most of that part of the game we were playing near their box, we were not intimidated.

I think one of the good things we had today as a team was to have the personality that when when you are losing 3-0, it is very easy to concede more goals and to play with disorder. I think that the team was absolutely convinced in what we must do for the whole game. We didn't lead 2-0 or 3-0 of course, but we continued to create many chances at least to score some goals.

Did the team lose spirit when 3-0 down at half time?

No no, the best thing we had as a team today was that we kept playing in the exact same way, trying to score goals and we create two clear chances in the second half.

It is not easy when you are losing 3-0 against Manchester City to do it but two things I am happy with today was the personality to play and to continue playing in the same way from the first minute until the end. Losing 3-0, normally you give up and they didn’t, never.

You took Masuaku off early after his struggles...

I analyse the game tomorrow, maybe when you as a manager decide your team it is because for different reasons you think that is the best starting XI, every player can have a bad day.

I think we had too many problems in that side, I think that Cresswell...they are both playing the same amount of games. That was not a change because he was responsible for the goals because we also lose the marking in the middle of the goal. I think we had too many problems in that side.

Do you think Man City will win the league?

It is difficult to have your feelings what will happen in six months. They have a very good team and are playing very well.

They have a very good team and it is difficult to create chances, that is why they have so few goals conceded - which is also why I am happy because we created a lot of chances. But always will be a team involved in the competition, if they are going to win it or not it is hard to say.

Which player do you want from City?

I had the honour to work there three years, we won titles I think that they are Manchester City players, I am worrying about and happy with the players I have at West Ham, trying to improve every week.

That is why I am disappointed for the goals today but I am happy because I think we are going to improve more playing this way than we did just waiting for big teams to score. We must be more calm, take chances and pay more attention defending.

None at all?

That means I am very happy with the players at West Ham.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 6:33 Mon Nov 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...
Diplomatic Pellegrini...
Glad he didn't slam The players...

Thanks Alan 1:16 Mon Nov 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad dog 1:10 Mon Nov 26

Mad Dog 1:10 Mon Nov 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alan





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