Fears Hazard may miss Euros, Leeds mourn death of Lorimer – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool transfer news

Fears Hazard may miss Euros, Leeds mourn death of Lorimer – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool transfer news

LEEDS are mourning the passing of former Scottish star Peter Lorimer, who scored 151 goals at Elland Road.

Meanwhile Roberto Martinez fears Eden Hazard may miss Euro 2020.

Meanwhile Arsenal have reportedly entered the race for Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    HOME COMFORTS

    Man Utd outcast Sergio Romero has been enjoying more time at home in Argentina with his family ahead of his expected Old Trafford exit this summer.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recalled the 34-year-old to the club’s Premier League squad last month in a surprise move.

    But the out-of-favour keeper has been reunited with his loved ones over the past few days.

    Wife Eliana Guercio revealed his return to Argentina with a photo showing his ripped stomach muscles and the message: “Guess who arrived?’

    And she gave her Instagram followers a chuckle with a follow-up video showing Sergio jumping into their swimming pool to save their drowning dog after it fell in as he cuddled their other two pets.

    One fan joked ‘another great save by Sergio Romero’ as he dived into the water to help it to safety.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    RIP PETER

    Leeds' all-time top goalscorer Peter Lorimer has tragically passed away at the age of 74.

    The Whites legend scored 238 goals in 705 games in all competitions for the club.

    He remains the youngest player to have donned the Leed shirt after making his debut on September 29, 1962 aged just 15 years and 289 days.

    A club statement read: "Peter’s contribution to Leeds United will never be forgotten and his passing leaves another huge hole in the Leeds United family.

    "He will always remain a club icon and his legacy at Elland Road will live on.

    "Our thoughts are naturally with Peter’s wife Sue and the rest of his family at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Peter."

  • Jake Lambourne

    CARL IT OFF

    Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos said Liverpool winger Mo Salah 'won't even get close' to Sergio Ramos in their Champions League clash.

    He said: "Salah isn't even going to get close to Sergio. It will be an incident that will be talked about a lot."

    Before adding: "We're going to play against a good team.

    "The first match is at home, and Real Madrid's form is much better, they must decide the tie at home.

    "The important thing is that Zidane has all his players ready, and that the injured ones come back as quickly as possible."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROMAN'S EMPIRE

    Roman Abramovich has defended his record for sacking Chelsea managers.

    The Russian billionaire sacked Frank Lampard in January – the 10th manager to get the axe in his 18-year reign at Stamford Bridge.

    And Abramovich, in a rare interview with Forbes, insists he has no issues over his revolving door policy.

    He said: "I think we are pragmatic in our choices. And we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions.

    "I hope it also says something about the clarity of the long-term ambition of the club.

    "Those who join understand the objectives both on the pitch, as well as the wider positive role the club plays in the community."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PREM STAR FRAUD

    Former Premier League ace Claus Lundekvam is to appear in court in Norway next month accused of benefit fraud.

    The ex-Southampton captain, 48, is alleged to have falsely claimed dole while working on TV.

    Lundekvam, who made 357 appearances for The Saints from 1996 to 2008, will appear in the dock in Bergen on April 1.

    Prosecutors say the ex-Norway international defender received 523,000 kroner – about £44,000 – by submitting false declarations.

    He allegedly claimed he worked 454 hours from January 1, 2017, to April 28, 2019.

    However, he is accused of actually being in employment for 2,609 hours – meaning he was not entitled to claim that much.

    He has been working as a soccer pundit for Norway’s TV2 station.

    Former Southampton star Claud Lundekvam has been charged with benefit fraud
  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing to get Paul Pogba signed up on a new contract and keep him at Old Trafford.

    The club-record £89million signing returned from a ten-game injury absence to score the winner against AC Milan on Thursday night and send Manchester United into the Europa League quarter-finals.

    French World Cup winner Pogba has only one year left on his deal and boss Solskjaer said: “Of course we’ve got discussions and talks.”

    Those talks are around a new four-year deal with the option of a further year to take Pogba, 28, towards the end of his career.

    With the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic few would be able to afford a player United valued at £180m when he was on the market two summers ago.

    But they do not want to let him go even if there is a bid after what he showed when he came on as a half-time substitute in the San Siro — and scored the game’s only goal three minutes later.

    Solskjaer said: “When you see Paul playing like he did against Milan, when you see him come back training, it shows how much he cares for us and how much he enjoys playing and how much we can benefit from having him here.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MARTINEZ CONTINUED

    "I feel his situation can be solved a lot earlier than the Euros but only when Eden goes from day to day, we will see the final answer.

    "Eden is in good spirits. He has moved quite quickly from the disappointment of not being on the pitch to seeing the next target.

    "He has a clear focus of getting himself fit as quickly as he can and it is our responsibility to support him so he can achieve that.

    "Knowing Eden and what we are dealing with is a player that has never been injured in his career and this is a real shock and something new and there is a lot of uncertainty around that.

    "But in terms of the injury, I feel very positive that we can get to see the best Eden Hazard well before the Euros."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ED'S GONE?

    Roberto Martinez concedes he does not know if Eden Hazard will be fit for Belgium's Euro 2020 glory bid this summer.

    The Real Madrid attacker, 30, suffered a muscle injury last week – his eighth major fitness issue since moving to the Spanish giants in an £89m move from Chelsea in 2019.

    Hazard believes his injuries link directly to an ankle problem after he had a metal plate inserted following an operation a year ago.

    Hazard will not undergo surgery following medical advice but when asked if the Red Devils' talisman will be fit for the Euro finals, Belgium boss Martinez said: "There's still a long way to go.

    "Rather than setting a timeline all that matters is to measure every day and to see that Eden is on the right path to get back to full fitness.

    "It would be wrong and gambling by anyone to try to imagine if Eden is going to be fully fit or not."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RONDERFUL NEWS

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Serie A player of the year for 2020 after scoring 31 goals in 33 games for Juventus.

    The Portugal forward, who helped the club to a ninth consecutive league title, got the nod following a vote by players, referees and coaches.

    Ronaldo, 35, said: “I would like to thank my team-mates, who made this award possible. And to all the players who voted for me.

    "Consistency, confidence in my strength, hard work and passion for the game are the secrets to enjoying football, as well as motivation and discipline.

    "Without which you can’t think about carrying on playing when you’re 35, 36 or 40.”

    Cristiano Ronaldo was named Serie A player of the year for 2020Credit
  • Jack Figg

    FOOTBALL ROUND-UP

    Timo Werner and Edinson Cavani are in the transfer spotlight as their clubs face huge FA Cup quarter-final ties.

    Chelsea's mis-firing striker Werner is reportedly keen to reject any swap involving Borussia Dortmund goal sensation Erling Haaland.

    And Manchester United frontman Edinson Cavani, 34, is said to have held talks with Argentine giants Boca Juniors amid speculation he is unhappy in England.

    Champions League quarter-finalists Chelsea are at home to Sheffield United in the FA Cup last eight tomorrow lunchtime, with Europa Cup favourites United visiting Leicester later that afternoon.

    Today, though, the focus is on Championship side Bournemouth hoping to stun South Cast rivals Southampton, before Everton host Manchester City.

    Meanwhile, it's claimed Chelsea are in negotiations with Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, 36, on extending his £110,000-a-week deal.

    But SunSport exclusively revealed centre-back Eric Bailly plans to snub his new United contract offer after being left out of Thursday's Europa League triumph at AC Milan.

    And Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans is rated a £34.3million target for Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

    Finally, United have agreed a £235million, five-year shirt sponsorship deal with TeamViewer from next season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FINNISH YOUR DRINKS 

    Teemu Pukki is such a star in Finland he has a cocktail named after him — and parties held in his honour.

    And the striker is surely going to be responsible for quite a few hangovers over the coming months.

    Teemu Pukki is hoping to be responsible for a few hangovers over the coming months

    First, he looks certain to help shoot Norwich back into the Premier League and then lead the hopes of his nation in this summer’s Euros.

    So cocktails all round.

    ‘The Pukki’ consists of Finnish vodka, sour apple liqueur, apple puree and lemonade — while ‘The Canary’ is vodka, peach liqueur and orange juice.

    And Norwich were selling them for ten Euros at a ‘Pukki Party’ they staged in Helsinki to celebrate Finland’s qualification to the Euros for the first time in their history.

    Pukki laughed: “I bet it was great to drink that day and they sold loads.”

    So the burning question is what would the Canaries striker drink at a ‘Pukki Party’? He said: “Well, now isn’t the time for drinks — but I prefer Finnish beer.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    HAALAND OF HOPE AND GLORY

    Erling Haaland got the ‘dream’ Champions League draw he wanted — against boyhood favourites Manchester City.

    And Pep Guardiola warned his Etihad side the Borussia Dortmund hotshot is one of the best strikers in the world.

    Haaland, 20, grew up supporting City — as his dad Alfie was on the books when he was born — and is expected to be a top target for them in the summer.

    Until recently he was an active member of Citysnakk — a Facebook group for Scandanavian supporters of the club.

    But now he will look to end their European dreams in next month’s quarter-finals.

    Boss Pep said: “The numbers speak for themselves, he’s one of the best in the world at his age.

    “I saw very few games but I’ve seen highlights and the numbers are impressive. I know the quality of him and I think everyone does.”

    Asked if he will look to sign him in the future, Guardiola added: “He’s a player for Dortmund. I don’t like it when people talk about our players, so you understand I cannot answer this question.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BAILLY SET TO SNUB UTD DEAL

    EXCLUSIVE: Fed-up Eric Bailly plans to snub his new Manchester United contract offer after being left out of the Europa League win over AC Milan.

    The Ivory Coast central defender was upset and furious at being overlooked again by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having played in the first leg last week.

    Bailly’s frustrations with his boss have grown over recent months.

    But his omission from the squad for Thursday’s win was the final straw.

    And it has led 26-year-old Bailly to confirm to pals he will tell United he has no interest in signing the 12- month extension he was due to agree next week.

    A dressing-room insider said: “Eric has had enough now.

    “He simply doesn’t feel wanted or respected by the manager.

    “Eric doesn’t believe he gets any answers or explanation about the way he is treated and feels he is the easy option to leave out.

    “It’s a real shame because Eric always tells us he loves the club and feels the respect of the fans.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WOE'S A MOURINHO

    EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham's players are ‘miserable’ as Jose Mourinho faces a fight to save their season — and his job.

    And the Spurs manager has risked further damage by accusing some of his flops of being there just for the money.

    Mourinho is still reeling from their Europa League exit at Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday when they threw away a 2-0 first-leg lead.

    SunSport understands things have got so bad at Spurs that the atmosphere at the training ground has been described as ‘miserable’.

    One insider also claimed it is “not a happy camp” as they get ready to face Aston Villa in the Premier League tomorrow.

    Mourinho, 58, said: “It was one of the most difficult nights of my career. I don’t know if it’s the most difficult one.

    “I’ve had in Europe moments of big pain but pain caused by what football is. I lost two Champions League semi-finals on penalties. It hurts you. Maybe still bleeding.

    “But the passion for football, the respect for your job is something that hurts me deeply.

    “And today I have this very bad feeling. This very bad feeling because maybe for some people in football, football is a job or a way to make money. “For me, it’s much more than that. That’s what I never lose — the basics of football, which is the passion, the heart, the desire.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAKING EMILE OF MY NAME

    EXCLUSIVE: He may have one of the hottest names in English football right now – but that has not stopped many from spelling Emile Smith Rowe wrong.

    The unusual lack of hyphen in his double-barrelled surname has caught out many journalists, let alone fans waxing lyrical about the wonderkid on social media.

    Emile Smith Rowe is not sure why his name doesn't have a hyphen

    The unfazed Arsenal star, 20, tells SunSport: “I’m not too bothered by it, to be honest. I actually kind of like it, even though my mum is fuming! She doesn’t like it when people put it in.

    “I haven’t really asked why there is no hyphen. She’s just said it’s not meant to be there. I’m not too sure. It is what it is. I don’t mind!”

    Asked if the difficulties his headteacher mum Fiona has had organising home-schooling throughout the pandemic gives him perspective, Smith Rowe replied: “Definitely.

    “I know how much hard work it is. My mum and dad have always taught me to stay grounded and humble.

    “All the kids at her school know that I play for Arsenal. When everything is finally over, it’ll be great to go and see them. It’s always something I wanted to do.”

    The 20-year-old is also loving the healthy competition with close pal Bukayo Saka – and feels it's pushing the pair to new heights for club and country.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH’ TO GET KANE

    Manchester United must “move heaven and earth” to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, says Robbie Savage.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly in the summer market for a new, out-and-out frontman.

    Harry Kane is just the type of striker Man Utd need, says Robbie SavageCredit: Reuters

    But if Spurs show any willingness to cash in on Kane then Manchester City and Real Madrid are expected to show major interest too.

    Nonetheless, pundit Savage believes United should chase Kane if Borussia Dortmund goal sensation Erling Haaland proves out of reach.

    In his column for The Mirror, Savage said: “I’ve said before that United are a top-class centre-forward away from being truly frightening, so I’ll say it again. 

    “If he can’t get Haaland, new director of football John Murtough should go all-out to bring Kane to Old Trafford. Move heaven and earth for him.” 

  • Ian Tuckey

    REDS WON'T BE EASY, SAYS ZZ

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is predicting an epic Champions League quarter-final tussle with fellow traditional giants Liverpool.

    The Reds put aside their mediocre Premier League campaign to see off RB Leipzig in the last 16 with 2-0 wins home and away.

    And Zidane said: “We know the difficulties of the game. At this level all the teams are very good and very difficult.

    “It will be a very demanding match too. Liverpool are physically going to demand a lot from us.”

    “It will be a good match between two teams that have won many Champions."

  • Ian Tuckey

    KOP FLOPS TIPPED FOR SUMMER CHOP

    Jurgen Klopp is tipped to offload at least three Liverpool under-achievers this summer.

    Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain top the apparent list of vulnerable players.

    But the Independent suggest other stars could go too as Premier League champions Liverpool struggle to even finish in the top four this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PIOLI SORRY TO UTD

    AC Milan boss Stefano Piolihas apologised to Manchester United after a row with coach Kieran McKenna.

    The Italian boss got into an argument with McKenna as his side was beaten in the Europa League on Thursday night.

    Tensions threatened to boil over following the full-time whistle after a comment made by McKenna, with Pioli also annoyed by his perceived time wasting.

    According to Italian media, 34-year-old McKenna told Pioli “good team,” with the ex-Fiorentina gaffer taking offence at what he said.

    Corriere dello Sport report that Pioli responded: “Good team my a***.

    “You are nothing but an a******. Your sister has a good team.”

    But speaking on Friday to Italian news agency ANSA, Pioli apologised for his words.

    He said: “I’m sorry for the reaction I had, it won’t happen again. I congratulated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I was angry with his assistant.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON THE WAY?

    Real Madrid star Marcelo has teased fans that rumoured Manchester United target Cristiano Ronaldo could return to the Bernabeu from Juventus in the summer.

    Speculation has been rife that Los Blancos could re-sign the 36-year-old, with the Portugal international reportedly keen to make the switch.

    With just a year remaining on his deal in Italy, it has been claimed that Juve could cash in on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season.

    Amid the ongoing rumours, left-back Marcelo has hinted that Ronaldo could be in line for a shock return.

    The Brazilian commented on an Instagram video of him and Ronaldo celebrating after the victory against the Reds in Kiev three years ago.

    Captioning the post, 433 said: “That @marcelotwelve @cristiano connection @realmadrid.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    EBOUE LAUNCHES ACADEMY

    Ex-Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is launching a football academy in his native Ivory Coast.

    The 37-year-old has been working with his old club Galatasaray's academy in Turkey since retiring as a player in October 20202

    Eboue said: "Today I have left football and stopped playing, but I want to use what I have learned in football to help the young guys," said Eboue.

    "To give them my knowledge. Without that help there would be no Emmanuel Eboue so thanks to their help and thanks to Jean-Marc Guillou because he helped me in the [ASEC] academy."

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE’S INSIDE MOLDE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn to his old club Molde for inside info on Manchester United’s quarter-final opponents Granada.

    Old Trafford chief Solskjaer told United’s website: “Well, it’s another difficult tie of course.

    “They’ve done well in La Liga and we know we’re up against a team that will be technically very good and tactically very good.

    “They beat Molde so they must be very good! ‘Yeah I’ll ring them [Molde] and get the reports as well, but we’ll do our own homework.

    “I know that the analysis side and the scouting side in Molde do a very thorough job as well and I’ll watch those two games back of course because I just want to see Molde play again as well!

    “It’s the first time they [Granada] are in Europe and of course it’s a new experience for them and hopefully we can end it here. “

  • Ian Tuckey

    EURO PROBE

    UEFA have confirmed they have launched an investigation into 'incidents' during Rangers' clash with Slavia Prague.

    The Gers were knocked out of the Europa League last night after losing 2-0 at home to the Czech side.

    But the game was marred by allegations of racism against Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela after he whispered something in Glen Kamara's ear.

    However, the Czech club subsequently denied the accusation and alleged the Rangers star attacked Kudela after the match.

    And Uefa have now confirmed they will investigate in a short statement on their website.

    It read: "In accordance with the Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct an investigation regarding the incidents that occurred during the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SK Slavia Praha on 18 March 2021.

    "Further information regarding this investigation will be made available in due course."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SLAVIA FILE ASSAULT CLAIM

    Slavia Prague have filed an assault complaint to Police Scotland amid an alleged Glen Kamara 'punch' incident, it has been confirmed.

    The Czech side have denied all wrongdoing and have dismissed that their player Ondrej Kudela racially abused Kamara on the pitch in the last-16 Europa League tie.

    Connor Goldson runs after Ondrej Kudela on an explosive night at Ibrox
    Rangers boss Steven Gerrard exchanges words with Kudela

    The Slavia player provoked a furious on-field reaction from Kamara after whispering something in his ear during last night's encounter.

    Gers boss Steven Gerrard later revealed that Kamara told him he'd been subjected to racial abuse by the 33-year-old.

    He also said Rangers were called LIARS after Kamara told him he was racially abused by the Slavia Prague player.

    The Czech outfit totally deny the claims that Kudela made such comments, instead saying that Finnish star Kamara assaulted him after the match.

    Slavia chiefs claimed that the Light Blues midfielder punched Kudela in the head. They went on to sensationally suggest that Gerrard witnessed the alleged attack.

    And now, they have reported the alleged incident to Police Scotland – further claiming that the 'attack' was premeditated.

  • Ian Tuckey

    THIA-NO GO

    Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Thiago Silva to extend his £110k-a-week contract.

    The 36-year-old recovered from a rocky start following his free transfer move from Paris Saint-Germain last summer to become a key man in the Blues defence.

    Thiago Silva, 36, is in talks to extend his Chelsea stay

    The Brazilian has featured 21 times for Chelsea this term and his leadership qualities as well as his performances have impressed many.

    Now it seems the veteran, who is currently sidelined, is already in discussions to remain in West London for at least another year.

    That is according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who says Chelsea are ‘working hard’ to secure his future.

    And he added that the Blues are expecting Silva’s ‘final decision’ in the coming weeks.

    The star will become a free agent at the end of the season and Thomas Tuchel refused to give much away when quizzed earlier on the situation.

    The Blues boss said: “On his contract, it is too early. It’s not the right surroundings to speak about it. It’s between him and the club and we will speak about it together.”

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