Football news LIVE: Chelsea AXE senior exec Damian Willoughby TWO WEEKS into job as X-rated texts leaked – latest | The Sun

Football news LIVE: Chelsea AXE senior exec Damian Willoughby TWO WEEKS into job as X-rated texts leaked – latest | The Sun

CHELSEA have sacked their commercial director Damian Willoughby amid claims of sexual harassment and X-rated tweets – just two weeks after appointing him.

The Blues confirmed Willoughby's dismissal after football finance agent Catalina Kim provided "evidence of inappropriate messages".

The Telegraph say Kim produced texts showing that Willoughby asked if she was naked and introduced sex as a subject, whilst he also posted an alleged sexually-explicit video.

She also said he suggested he would arrange a meeting with Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano if she agreed to be “naughty”.

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  • Alex Cole

    More on England's stay

    Not only do they have the option to surf, play golf, watch movies in the cinema or even take scuba diving courses.

    But Banana Island also boasts a bowling alley, a fitness centre, a tennis court, a water park and the option to engage in a wide range of water sports.

    Wags can also let their hair down at the resort's private beach where they can partake in beach football, volleyball or badminton.

    Or they can alternatively stay in their lounger and watch the sunset.

    However those that were looking forward to sipping on a few cocktails will be left disappointed.

    That is because Banana Island is an alcohol-free environment.

  • Alex Cole

    England Wags go bananas for World Cup

    England Wags will be staying in luxury during their time at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after booking in at Banana Island.

    The partners of Gareth Southgate's squad have chosen their accommodation for the global tournament which kicks-off in November.

    According to the Daily Mail, the English and French Wags will be living in paradise for the World Cup.

    The resort boasts £6,000-a-night chalets, which have been built on stilts in the Arabian Sea.

    Those are the priciest rooms available, with the villas home to five bedrooms – perfect for those travelling with their children.

    Just 25 minutes on a boat from the Doha seafront, the wives and girlfriends will be spoiled for choice with an abundance of activities at their disposal.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea look for new sporting director

    Chelsea have reportedly turned their attention to bringing in Leeds United’s Victor Orta or Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten as new sporting director.

    Christoph Freund has confirmed that he has snubbed the Stamford Bridge club to stay at RB Salzburg.

    He revealed last night that he was "proud" to hold talks with the Blues about a similar role but claimed leaving his Austrian club was "out of the question".

    Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to have a sporting director in place before the January transfer window.

    The American had to conduct the Blues' summer business by himself but wants an expert to work alongside new manager Graham Potter.

    Now a fresh report from The Telegraph states he has the two other targets in mind.

  • Alex Cole

    United duo together on international duty

    Brazil duty calls for Manchester United stars Casemiro and Antony.

    They will face Ghana on Friday.

  • Alex Cole

    Pep in Venice

    Pep Guardiola has been pictured taking in the Venice scenery with his Cristina Serra.

    The Manchester City boss was spotted touring Venice as many of his players jetted away for international duty.

    Guardiola, 51, has overseen an unbeaten start to the season for his City team as they look to win a third title in a row, a feat previously achieved by only Sir Alex Ferguson.

  • Alex Cole

    Scotland's selection headache for Ukraine tie

    Steve Clarke faces a defensive selection headache ahead of his Scotland side's match against Ukraine tonight.

    Captain Andy Robertson has been a known absentee since before the squad was announced, as were the likes of John Souttar and Liam Cooper.

    Grant Hanley has also just pulled out, leaving Clarke with fewer defensives options than he would've hoped for.

    Clarke has managed to find a system that suits both Robertson and Kieran Tierney, despite them both being natural left-backs, and the one extended run they had in the team helped Scotland to the Euros and then the World Cup play-offs – only for Tierney to miss the crucial winner-takes-all tie.

    What Clarke now must consider is whether to change from the back three/five to a back four; does Scott McTominay have to deputise in defence again despite featuring for Manchester United in midfield; and does he keep faith with some of his core players who at club level are either in poor form or not even playing regularly?

  • Alex Cole

    Man Utd eye Benfica ace

    Erik ten Hag is eyeing Benfica ace Goncalo Ramos to boost Manchester United’s firepower.

    Ramos, 21, has hit eight goals in 12 games this season, prompting United to make contact with his representatives.

    He is valued around £25million by Benfica, which United would not go above — despite the player reportedly having a £100m release clause.

    The Portuguese Under-21 star was linked to Newcastle in the last window as Eddie Howe searched for a striker — and he is also being tracked by Bayern Munich.

    However, United boss Ten Hag does not have a big transfer pot for January, having gone over budget this summer. But there is still recognition of the urgent need for another forward.

    Injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have exposed how short they are in that department, with Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, their only recognised and fit striker.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING FOOTY FANS

    England fans can drink beer during matches at the World Cup in Qatar – as long as it’s non-alcoholic Budweiser Zero.

    The news comes after it was revealed alcoholic lager will cost around £13-a-pint when the event starts in 60 days.

    Ticket holders will be able to buy pricey pints within the stadium perimeter before and after matches.

    But while the match is in progress and at half-time, Budweiser Zero will be the only beer on sale for around £6-a-pint.

    Ivan Toney, who could be playing in front of England fans in Qatar, blasted Arsenal as "cringey".

    The international new boy enraged the Gunners by posting “Nice kickabout with the boys” after his Brentford side beat them 2-0 last season.

    That tweet was repeated by Alexandre Lacazette when Arsenal defeated the Bees at the Emirates last term — and again by Gabriel when his team won 3-0 at Brentford on Sunday.

    But striker Toney — called up by England for the first time before Friday’s clash with Italy — said: “Once was funny but the second time was a bit cringey.

    “I bit my tongue, I wanted to reply, I wanted to nibble.

    “But fair play to them, they played very well. They are a different Arsenal side to what we played before. They are doing well.”

    Transfer guru Christoph Freund has confirmed he’s snubbed Chelsea to stay at RB Salzburg.

    The RB sporting director says he was “proud” to hold talks with the Blues about a similar role but leaving his Austrian club was “out of the question”.

    And despite the next transfer window being MONTHS away, Arsenal are eyeing a move for a midfielder.

    Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindstrom has landed himself on the radar of the North London club.

    The 22-year-old helped the German side win the Europa League last term.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Toney slams ‘cringey’ Arsenal 

    Ivan Toney branded Arsenal “cringey” for their Twitter jibes.

    The England new boy enraged the Gunners by posting “Nice kickabout with the boys” after his Brentford side beat them 2-0 last season.

    That tweet was repeated by Alexandre Lacazette when Arsenal defeated the Bees at the Emirates last term — and again by Gabriel when his team won 3-0 at Brentford on Sunday.

    But striker Toney — called up by England for the first time before Friday’s clash with Italy — said: “Once was funny but the second time was a bit cringey.

    “I bit my tongue, I wanted to reply, I wanted to nibble.

    “But fair play to them, they played very well. They are a different Arsenal side to what we played before. They are doing well.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    World Cup beer drinking catch

    England fans can drink beer during matches at the World Cup in Qatar – as long as it’s non-alcoholic Budweiser Zero.

    The news comes after it was revealed alcoholic lager will cost around £13-a-pint when the event starts in 60 days.

    Ticket holders will be able to buy pricey pints within the stadium perimeter before and after matches.

    But while the match is in progress and at half-time, Budweiser Zero will be the only beer on sale for around £6-a-pint.

    But thirsty Three Lions fans have been warned not to sup alcohol outside designated areas – and not to attempt to smuggle their own booze into the Muslim country – risking fines and deportation if they do so.

    A FIFA spokesman said its goal was “catering for those who wish to enjoy an alcoholic drink while being respectful towards the local culture”.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Malacia not ‘stressed’ by Shaw competition

    Manchester United summer signing Tyrell Malacia was not “stressed” about competing with Luke Shaw for the starting left-back spot.

    The 23-year-old says he knew what his “qualities are” and knew his time would come.

    And when he was called upon by Erik ten Hag, he took it.

    Malacia told Rijnmond: “I wasn’t stressed then. I know what my qualities are.

    “I knew that, in the end, I would be a good competitor for that position.

    “If I got that one chance, I would have to grab it.

    “It didn’t work out (in the first two games), so then the manager made the choice to let me start against Liverpool.

    “Then you have to turn up.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Forest secure 23RD summer transfer 

    Steve Cooper has made goalkeeper Adnan Kanuric his 23rd summer signing for big-spending Nottingham Forest.

    The 22-year-old has been training with the Reds' first team after his contract with FK Sarajevo expired in July and he has impressed enough to earn a contract.

    Forest issued a short statement to confirm they had signed the Bosnia and Herzegovina Under-21 keeper, who is expected to challenge third-choice Jordan Smith for his Under-21 shirt.

    It stated: "Nottingham Forest is pleased to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Adnan Kanuric. Welcome to The Reds, Adnan!"

    Austrian-born Kanuric will want to target Forest's experienced back-up keeper Wayne Hennessey who signed a two-year-deal in July.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Depay reveals WHY he snubbed transfer

    Manchester United and Tottenham target Memphis Depay claims he snubbed summer moves as he relished fighting for his place at Barcelona.

    Depay was reportedly offered to Chelsea BEFORE they signed fellow Barca frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Holland star told ESPN: “Other clubs came and then you just look at your options. I decided to fight for my chance here.

    “I was the top scorer of Barca with Aubameyang. I love competition and I don’t walk away from it. I enjoy being at Barca.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Freund CONFIRMS he has snubbed Blues

    Transfer guru Christoph Freund has confirmed he's snubbed Chelsea to stay at RB Salzburg.

    The RB sporting director says he was "proud" to hold talks with the Blues about a similar role but leaving his Austrian club was "out of the question".

    Freund said: "Yes, it's true that Chelsea wanted me and we had talks.

    "When such a big club asks it not only honours me and the work of Salzburg.

    "It is of course a circumstance that entails personal considerations. 

    "But I've come to the conclusion I'm in the best hands with Salzburg and that a change is out of the question for me."

    But he admitted: "I was thinking about the Chelsea director job as I have been proud of the interest shown by such a top club."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Gunners eye Lindstrom

    Arsenal are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindstrom, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old helped the German side win the Europa League last term.

    According to 90min, Arsenal are keen on the versatile midfielder to bolster their options in the middle of the park.

    The Denmark international, who scored five goals across all comps last term, has a market value of £15million.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Wanda Nara’s spending revealed

    Mauro Icardi and wife Wanda Nara splurged £440,000 PER MONTH as they lived the high life in Paris.

    That is according to Argentine journalist Augusto Tartufoli, who revealed details of the couple's mindboggling spending habits.

    He said: "They were used to a standard of living in which Wanda spent approximately 400,000 to 500,000 euros to live.

    "Her entourage explains that this money goes towards the house in Milan, the international schools their children attend and so on."

    Tartufoli went on to explain that Icardi earned almost £9m per year while with Paris Saint-Germain.

    However, the pair will be forced to tighten their belts following Icardi's move to Turkey.

    Wanda Nara helped plough through £440,000 per month in FranceCredit: INSTAGRAM/Wanda Nara
  • Joshua Mbu

    Pochettino open to Nice

    Ex-Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to joining Nice, according to reports.

    The Argentine was let go by the Parisians in the summer following a poor European campaign.

    And according to Foot Mercato, Pochettino could be returning to management with Nice.

    Poch would like a move back to England but he is open to taking over Nice's project.

    The French club will meet with the manager today.

  • Joshua Mbu

    England set for Euro 2024 nightmare

    England must pull off a Nations League rescue job over the next week to stay in the top tier for next month’s Euro 2024 qualifying draw.

    Uefa confirmed the 53 remaining nations – Germany qualify as hosts while Russia have been banned – will be placed in two groups of either five or six teams, with the top two qualifying automatically.

    But the seeding groups will be determined by the final standings in the Nations League, with Gareth Southgate’s side facing relegation after two draws and two defeats in June.

    It means the Three Lions probably have to beat both Italy and Germany to get into the top 10 in the standings and stay as first seeds, although the penalty for being a second seed is not likely to be too severe.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Carlos ‘agreed’ Chelsea transfer

    Legendary full-back Roberto Carlos has revealed that he came "very close" to joining Chelsea in 2007.

    The Brazilian icon's glittering Real Madrid career was coming to an end after 527 appearances and 13 trophies – but at 34 many people still thought he had something to offer.

    And it turns out that Jose Mourinho, then in his first spell at Stamford Bridge, was one of them.

    Speaking to Goal in 2020, he said: "I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn't work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.

    "But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.

    "It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon.

    "Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn't work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.

    "It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Joshua Mbu

    Russia BOOTED out of Euro 2024

    Russia have been booted OUT of the next European Championships because of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

    Uefa’s ruling executive committee agreed to exclude Russia from next month’s qualifying draw as a direct response to the continuing invasion of their neighbouring state.

    It comes after Russia were also kicked out of the World Cup play-offs, when Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic all refused to play against them in protest.

    All Russian sides have been banned from European club competitions this season as Europe unites against Vladimir Putin’s regime.

    And now Uefa has made its most significant decision by confirming Russia’s name will not be alongside the other 53 European nations – Germany qualify automatically as hosts – when the qualifying draw is made in Frankfurt on October 9.

    In a statement, Uefa confirmed: “All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022 which has further been confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 15 July 2022. 

    “Russia is therefore not included in the UEFA European Football Championship 2022-24 qualifying draw.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Murphy on West Ham's woes

    Ex-Premier League footballer Danny Murphy has weighed in on West Ham's poor start to the season.

    Murphy says after acquiring big names in the summer transfer window, boss David Moyes must release the handbrake if he's to get the best out of his squad.

    The Hammers have just one league win from seven, falling to defeat five times and playing out a draw against Tottenham.

    Murphy told talkSPORT: "The way West Ham play, which has been consistent and has got them success, has to involve if he wants to integrate new people like Paqueta, because he needs the ball.

    "He’s not particularly someone you are going to see the best of if he plays in a side that drops off teams and plays counter and sits deep because they went to Everton and they gave them too much respect.

    “I know they are hard to beat and I know they work off a good foundation, he [Moyes] always has, so you can’t throw that out of the window, but there are certain games against certain opposition where you can be a bit more on the front foot.

    "If you’re going to sign Cornet, Paqueta, people like Scamacca, I think they have to be a little bit more adventurous and try and play a little bit more on the front foot.

    “Last season, what they did was phenomenal, but they were a bit of a surprise package for everyone. I don’t think too many people expected them to do as well as they did.

    "I think other teams have now as always, seen the way they play and adapted when they now play West Ham, give them a bit more respect.

    "I think that doesn’t help the situation because it’s a change when you are coming up against opposition who are now giving you respect.”

    Credit: Rex
  • Joshua Mbu

    Does Nwaneri get paid?

    Ethan Nwaneri made his professional debut for Arsenal at the weekend in the 3-0 win over Brentford.

    However, the 15-year-old’s meteoric rise has led to questions over how much he is paid.

    Players cannot sign a professional contract until they turn 17.

    Nwaneri is yet to even leave school, with his GCSE exams scheduled for next year when he will be 16.

    He is unable to earn a weekly salary while in education, according to The Mirror.

    Once he leaves school Nwaneri will be able to sign scholarship forms.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal interested in Locatelli

    Arsenal have renewed their interest in Juventus star Manuel Locatelli.

    According to CalcioMercato, the Gunners have renewed their interest in Locatelli after failing to sign a central midfielder over the summer.

    Mikel Arteta’s side saw a trio of deadline day bids rejected for Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz, while interest in Leicester ace Youri Tielemans never materialised into a bid.

    Massiliano Allegri and Juve have lost patience with the 24-year-old Italian and are now consequently prepared to offload him

  • Kostas Lianos

    Knighton's United takeover latest

    Potential Manchester United buyer Michael Knighton revealed his aim to submit a bid is "moving forward as planned".

    Knighton tweeted: "Thank you ALL for the wonderful messages of support. There is much going on behind the scenes.

    "Things are moving forward as planned.

    "I apologise I can't be on this platform more, just bogged down in meetings.

    "God bless & every good wish to all of you. Yr support is greatly appreciated"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Tielemans addresses transfer speculation

    Leicester star Youri Tielemans doesn't regret staying despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

    Tielemans said: “I’m not going to speak too much about my contract situation at the moment.

    “I didn’t leave Leicester in the summer as I always said the project had to be the right one.

    “Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret [staying]”

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