Connect with us

Sports

It’s difficult for Messi to remain at Barca, says father

Published

on

images 14 It’s difficult for Messi to remain at Barca, says father

Jorge Messi , father and agent of Lionel Messi , says it will be “ difficult ” for his son to stay at Barcelona.
Messi senior landed in Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of talks with the club’ s president Josep Maria Bartomeu about the striker’ s intention to leave this summer.
Messi senior flew in from the Argentine city of Rosario, landing at the private terminal in Barcelona’ s El Prat airport on Wednesday morning .
Asked by reporters about the possibility of Messi staying, Jorge Messi said , “ Difficult” . He was then asked how he sees his son ’ s future at Barca , to which he replied , “ Difficult , difficult ” .
When the prospect of joining Manchester City was put to him , he said , “ There’ s nothing yet . ” It was suggested he had spoken already to City coach Pep Guardiola . “ I didn ’t talk to Pep , ” Jorge Messi said . “ Not to anyone . ”
Jorge Messi will be hoping to unblock the stand – off between Barca and his son , which threatens to descend into an expensive and bitter legal battle if a resolution cannot be found .
The 33- year – old striker boycotted Barcelona’ s first pre- season training session on Monday , as he tries to force his way out of the club he joined as a 13 – year – old .
Messi also failed to attend a coronavirus test at Barcelona’ s training ground on Sunday.
Yet Barcelona insist their captain will only depart if his 700 – million – euro ( $833 million ) release clause is activated, a stance that has been backed up by La Liga , who say that release clause still applies .
But Messi and his lawyers argue he is allowed to go for free this summer according to another clause in his contract , which they claim was triggered on August 25 when a burofax stating Messi ’ s intention to leave arrived at Camp Nou.
If Messi joins another club but loses in court , he could be liable to pay the 700 million euros Barcelona are owed.
Abu Dhabi – owned Manchester City are the firm favourites to sign Messi , not least because of his previous success with City coach Pep Guardiola . Inter Milan , Juventus and Paris Saint – Germain are also interested .

Continue Reading
Comments

Sports

UCL : Chelsea Vs Sevilla Today At 8pm

Published

on

Chelsea vs Sevilla prediction tips 1349699 UCL : Chelsea Vs Sevilla Today At 8pm

Chelsea have no new injury concerns for the Sevilla match. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is a doubt after missing the game against Southampton with a thigh injury sustained on Senegal duty.
Left-back Marcos Alonso remains suspended following his red card against Bayern Munich last season.
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui will again be without forward Oussama Idrissi and centre-back Jules Kounde.

Continue Reading

Sports

PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera

Published

on

images 55 2 PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D'or - Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “has everything” to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, says former team-mate Ander Herrera.
The Paris St-Germain midfielder is preparing to face his old club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday.
Herrera, 31, who left Old Trafford in 2019, said: “There is no other like him – one on one, box to box.
“He has everything to win the Ballon d’Or if his club fights for major trophies.”
World cup winner Pogba, 27, has made four appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the League Cup fourth round.
Herrera moved on after winning four trophies in five years at United and the Spaniard says the current side is more “mature” than the one he played in.
“There is a lot of talent, more consistent” Herrera said. “Also with [midfielder] Bruno Fernandes, they have definitely improved.
“United are progressing. They have signed the right players, I don’t think they are going backwards.”
The last time the sides met, in the last 16 of the Champions League in March 2019, a young United side overturned a 2-0 deficit to qualify for the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Paris, which included an injury-time Marcus Rashford penalty.

Continue Reading

Sports

Mueller’s form fuels calls for Germany recall

Published

on

download 8 Mueller’s form fuels calls for Germany recall

Thomas Mueller can further fuel appeals for him to be recalled by Germany when Bayern Munich launch their Champions League defence at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday behind closed doors .
Having managed a record 21 assists in the Bundesliga last season, Mueller has continued his sparkling form by scoring five goals and creating four more so far in 2020 / 21 .
The 31 -year -old netted twice in a 4 -1 win at Arminia Bielefeld last Saturday when Robert Lewandowski also grabbed two goals for Bayern .
His latest eye -catching club performance has prompted fresh hopes of a Germany recall for Mueller, who was dropped by Joachim Loew from the national set -up in 2019 alongside Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels .
Now Bastian Schweinsteiger has joined fellow former Bayern and Germany players Didi Hamann and Lothar Matthaeus in calling for Mueller to be reinstated.
“ If I was national coach , Mueller as well as Boateng would be in the national side , ” Schweinsteiger , 36 , told Monday ’s edition of German magazine Kicker.
Schweinsteiger helped win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil alongside Mueller, who knows he still has plenty to offer Germany after 100 internationals and 38 goals for ‘ die Mannschaft ’.
“ Everyone can see that I am in good form . Let’ s just see what happens ,” Mueller told broadcaster ZDF on Saturday , yet Loew has so far showed no signs of reversing his decision .
Last month, Mueller became the most successful German footballer of all time — surpassing Schweinsteiger ’s record of 26 titles — when Bayern won the German Super Cup as he lifted a trophy for the 27 th time in his career .
After an early season plagued by tired legs and defensive wobbles, Bayern will need Mueller’ s creativity against an Atletico side who have conceded just one goal in four games so far this season.
Bayern , who won their first ever European Cup against Atletico back in 1974 , will begin their Champions League defence behind closed doors.
– Kimmich return -The Bavarians have a perfect record at home against Diego Simeone ’s side , having twice beaten them in Munich in 2016 .
Yet Atletico knocked Bayern out of the semi -finals in 2015 / 16 and the German side remain wary of their Spanish opponents .
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer warned that Atletico are a “ strong team ” who were “ uncomfortable” to play against .
“ The good thing is that the game is on Wednesday , so we have an extra day to prepare ,” said the Bayern captain .
After having less than a month between last season’s Champions League final and the first Bundesliga weekend , Bayern’ s relentless schedule has continued apace .
Wednesday ’s game will be their third in six days , while further Champions League fixtures against Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow mean Bayern have midweek and weekend games in each of the next three weeks.
The physical strain and the need to rotate has led to a few early -season hiccups .
Bayern suffered a shock 4 -1 defeat to Hoffenheim last month, and needed a late Robert Lewandowski penalty to seak a 4 – 3 win over Hertha Berlin before the international break .
On Saturday , Flick criticised his team for a poor second half performance , after individual errors led to a goal for Bielefeld and a red card for Bayern ’s Corentin Tolisso .
They can ill – afford a repeat against Atletico.
Others have also noted Bayern ’s lapses in concentration at the back , which has seen Neuer let in five goals in four league games so far .
Matthaeus has accused the champions of being “ passive ” and “ vulnerable” at the back this season.
Joshua Kimmich should bring more stability to Bayern’ s midfield , with the Germany midfielder expected to return after he missed last weekend ’ s game to be with his wife , who is expecting the couple’ s second child .
“ Joshua is very important for us against Atletico. I hope he can play ,” Flick told Sky .

Continue Reading

Trending