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The underrated brilliance of Gareth Barry

Everton have made an excellent start under their new manager Roberto Martinez. Many people, including Everton fans themselves, predicted it would be a difficult season following David Moyes’ move to Old Trafford. However, the toffees appear to have adapted well under the charismatic Spaniard and it is difficult not to take note of their fine form thus far.  There is still a long way to go however, and any serious judgments regarding the success of Everton’s transition under Martinez will have to wait until at least the end of the season, more likely even longer.

Absolutely crucial to Everton’s success this season has been the role played by Gareth Barry. The England international has been absolutely exceptional and at this rate, deserves to be going to the World Cup ahead of some of the players currently in the England set up. Barry was brought in on loan in what has… Continue reading →

Klopp commits to Dortmund

“Dortmund is the perfect place at present,” – Klopp

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will stay at the club until 2018.

Klopp signed a two year contract extension, to end the swirling rumours of his departure – having been linked to a move to both Chelsea and Manchester City during the summer.

Yet there was little doubt in Klopp’s mind that the Westfalstadion was the best place to be.

“It’s so important in life to be at the right place at the right time. And for me, Dortmund is the perfect place at present,” Klopp said to Dortmund’s official website

“I was honoured that one or two top international clubs felt we’re doing a good job. But to be honest, I’m not the kind of person that constantly wonders if the grass isn’t greener on the other side.”

The German joined Dortmund in 2008, and has won the Bundesliga title… Continue reading →

Paper Talk 31st October

Arsenal are considering making a bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid, 25, in January with manager Arsene Wenger having followed the centre-back’s progress over the last 18 months.

Full story: Metro 

 

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been offered a £5 million-a-year deal by Toronto FC in an attempt to lure the 31-year-old England forward to the MLS, but they face competition from QPR.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

 

Blackpool are worried they could lose £8 million-rated winger Tom Ince for as little as £155,000 if he moves abroad. Ince, 21, a free agent at the end of the season, can start talking to foreign clubs in January.

Full story: Daily Mail 

 

Defender John Souttar, 17, has turned down a move to Sunderland despite Dundee United’s decision to accept a £600,000 offer.

Full story: Daily Star 

 

Liverpool are monitoring 18-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Amartey, who plays for… Continue reading →

Ashley Young: I wanted to get out there and impress

Out of favour England Star, Ashley Young, has vowed to gain back his managers trust after making his first start for over a month in Manchester United’s League Cup win yesterday

Young made his first start for the Red’s since their derby thrashing to neighbours Manchester City in September and hopes his strong return to the side has seen him back in David Moyes’ train of thought.

After a not so dazzling display at the Etihad, the 28-year-old, was substituted early in the second half, but, as his United team eased their way to victory in their Capital One Cup quarter-finals last night, the England International looked to be back in impressive form.

Young told MUTV: “I have not played since the City game. I have been waiting my time and I wanted to get out there and impress. I felt I did well, I enjoyed that game. We will… Continue reading →

Balotelli in shock move to Chelsea?

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli could make a shock return to the Premier League with Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.

 

Despite the forward’s famous argument with Mourinho in 2009, Mino Raiola told Tika Taka on Italia 1;

“Balotelli and Jose Mourinho could be reunited because they know each other and they didn’t leave each other with hate.”

“There was a not very nice incident between them, but they parted company on good terms.”

“They have remained in contact and there is mutual respect. I know Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani will not agree, but Mario is a great striker. That is for certain and he could perhaps be that at Chelsea.”

 

The former Manchester City striker seems to have calmed down a lot since his return to Serie A. Now his agent feels he could return to England. Balotelli has scored six goals this season for club and country… Continue reading →

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