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TODAY’S HOTTEST FOOTBALL NEWS: Red Devils Freeze Pogba Contract Talks, Ronaldo Replacement: Real Madrid Told To Sign Mbappe – Not Neymar PLUS MORE…

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Manchester United have postponed contract talks with Paul Pogba.
That’s according to ESPN FC, who claim the Red Devils were planning to open preliminary discussions with Pogba and renowned agent Mino Raiola in September.
Pogba, 25, still has three years remaining on his £290,000 per week contract and United executives were eager to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
However, with questions over the club-record signing’s happiness under Jose Mourinho over recent months – United have decided to freeze negotiations until the situation is resolved.
ESPN FC report that the World Cup winner is not pushing for a January move to Barcelona, but could be tempted should the Catalan giants renew their interest.
It’s also claimed by sources close to the player that Pogba’s recent comments are not designed to secure a pay rise.
ESPN FC continue to say that Manchester United are NOT worried about the situation because of the one-year extension option embedded in his current contract and had originally hoped to initiate talks early because of agent Raiola.  (express.co.uk)

Ronaldo replacement: Real Madrid told to sign Mbappe – not Neymar

REAL MADRID would be better off signing Kylian Mbappe to replace Cristiano Ronaldo than breaking the bank to land Neymar, according to Steve McManaman.
Ronaldo left the Bernabeu in July to join Italian champions Juventus, a transfer which saw the Spanish giants pocket £105m.
Real were expected to make a marquee signing to replace the Portuguese and were linked with moves for Paris Saint-Germain’s star strikers.
However, the reigning European champions surprisingly opted to re-sign Mariano Diaz from Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Should the option to sign Mbappe or Neymar arise in the future, McManaman believes his old side would be better served buying the France international, who he reckons will play at the highest level for the next decade.
“If Neymar comes, the situation will be difficult, because he previously played for Barca. I know Florentino [Perez] really wanted him,” the former Real and England midfielder told Goal.
“But when you need a reliable star figure for the next ten years, I think you have to bring in players like Mbappe. He’s only 19 years old and seems to be a rising star.
“If I had to choose, I would go with the future, so I’d say Mbappe [as the ideal replacement for Ronaldo].”
Real’s decision not to replace Ronaldo – their record goalscorer – with a big-name player has led many to question their transfer policy, but not McManaman.
“Madrid are actually spending a lot of money this summer but didn’t replace Ronaldo with a superstar. They brought in [Thibaut] Courtois, brought back Mariano, and a promising young Brazilian [Vinicius Junior],” he added.
Real president Perez will face a difficult task to lure Mbappe away from the Parc des Princes in the future as the 20-year-old hitman has his heart set on staying in the French capital.  (express.co.uk)

‘I was wearing the Real Madrid shirt… Wenger changed my mind – Pires

ARSENAL legend Robert Pires has lifted the lid on why he ended up at Highbury in 2000 even after he was pictured in a Real Madrid shirt. Pires joined Arsenal from Marseille 18 years ago having established a reputation as one of the top players in France.
And over the course of the subsequent six seasons he helped the Gunners win four trophies and reach a Champions League final.
Pires is fondly remembered by Arsenal fans for his efforts prior to his move to Spain with Villarreal.
And he’s now revealed how Arsene Wenger played a key role in luring him to north London despite interest from Real.
“One day, I met the Spanish journalists and I was wearing the Madrid shirt,” Pires told Arsenal Player.
“Some journalists took the picture of me because the people in Spain thought it would be nice as they thought I was signing for Real Madrid.
“The problem was that maybe two or three days after the picture, I called Arsene Wenger and he changed my mind.
“That’s why I signed for Arsenal and it was the best decision I ever made.”
Pires admits his decision to snub Real’s advances was questioned by people close to him.
“For me, the first destination was Madrid because Madrid is, even now, one of the best clubs in the world,” Pires added.
“Some people, after my decision, especially in my family, told me I was crazy because Madrid is the best club in the world.
“I said: ‘Yeah, maybe’ but I called Arsene Wenger, talked a lot with him and he changed my mind.
“That’s why I signed for Arsenal in 2000. “It was a great decision.”
Pires paid tribute to Wenger after the veteran Frenchman announced he was leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the end of last season.  (express.co.uk)

Pogba to Barcelona: Man Utd alter transfer stance as Mourinho eyes replacement

PAUL POGBA could be allowed to join Barcelona with Manchester United less opposed to selling the midfielder and Jose Mourinho eyeing up a replacement, reports claim.
Pogba has experienced mixed fortunes since returning to Old Trafford in 2016 but is widely accepted to have failed to justify his £89m price tag.
The France international has laboured at times this season and was powerless to prevent back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Tottenham.
Paul Pogba’s inconsistency on the pitch has come amid speculation of a rift between himself and United boss Mourinho.
And he poured fuel on the transfer rumours fire on Thursday by hinting he could look to leave Manchester once again.
“My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months,” Pogba said.
United have deemed Pogba priceless since re-signing him due to his obvious talent and considerable commercial value.
And that resolve was tested over the summer as Barcelona lined up the 25-year-old as one of their principal targets.
However, The Independent indicate United’s stance has altered with their position on Pogba being unsellable “already loosening”.
Pogba is said to be eager to call time on his United career a second time in order to head to Spain with Barcelona.
And United might “seriously consider” an offer around the £200m mark if he was to make his desires clear to them.
That would also involve Barcelona abandoning their usual policy of courting players in the media by getting straight to business.
Mourinho would apparently not be opposed to the idea of selling Pogba, on whom he splashed out a then-world-record fee.
And the Portuguese is thought to have lined up a direct replacement for him in the form of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic has forged a reputation as one of Serie A’s top midfield talents over the past couple of years.
And it would take a sizeable portion of the fee United would secure for Pogba in order to prise him away from Lazio.
Liverpool signed Keita in the summer from German side RB Leipzig, securing an agreement back in January before splashing out a massive £48million to land their man.
The 23-year-old has made a positive start to his Reds career, helping them win their first four Premier League matches.  (express.co.uk)

Ander Herrera swoop

AC Milan are looking to sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, reports claim.
The Spanish midfielder, who was signed from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, has entered the final year of his contract and is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford.
Italian website Calciomercato claim Herrera, 29, is wanted by AC Milan, who view him as a viable alternative to Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and PSG star Adrien Rabiot.
The report adds that Herrera is “completing a move elsewhere” and AC Milan believe they could take advantage of his contract situation by securing him on a cut-price deal in January.  (express.co.uk)

‘I want to manage Liverpool… Steven Gerrard will challenge me for the job’

HARRY KEWELL wants to manage Liverpool – and he thinks Steven Gerrard will challenge him for the job.
Kewell and Gerrard were team-mates when Liverpool pulled off the greatest comeback of all time in the 2005 Champions League final.
The pair have since both moved into management with Kewell at League Two Notts County and Gerrard at Rangers
Aussie Kewell, 39, rescued Crawley Town from League Two relegation last season and he has similar problems to deal with at Notts County after replacing Kevin Nolan.
But that hasn’t stopped him having lofty ambitions of managing one of Premier League big boys.
Kewell said: “Why wouldn’t you want to manage Liverpool?
“Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world. It would be a huge honour. I’m sure I’m going to have a lot of challengers for it.
“The biggest challenger would probably be Steven (Gerrard). He’d be the first one that they would want to have.
“But why not set yourself a goal and try and get to that level?”
Kewell has chosen to do things the hard way by learning his trade in the lower leagues.
He started his coaching career as Watford under-23 coach before moving to Crawley and now County. (express.co.uk)

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Villa’s Bamweyana Hasn’t Won A League Game In 5 Games, Fans Bitter

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HAVING drawn his fifth game in nine games, coach Douglas Bamweyana may be sacked at SC Villa who are fighting relegation in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Bamweyana took the SC Villa job in November last year. He has only managed to win two games, lost two and drawn five.

Angry Villa fans threw tables at Namboole and called for his sacking. “Banweyana may lead us into problems like he did at Express so management must be careful we are tired of his dull tactics,” one angry fan said.

Bashir Mutanda scored for SC Villa and Alfred Onek got an equalizer for Bright Stars who put up a wonderful display as the game ended 1-1. Villa are 12 and three points off the relegation zone which is worrying Jogo fans. Villa have not won a game in the last five games of the league. They take on Vipers, tomorrow a game that is anticipated by many as a cracker on and off the pitch.

 

Last five games played by Villa:

Paidha 0 – 0 SC Villa

Villa 0 – 1 BUL              

Police 2 – 2 SC Villa             

Nkambi Coffee 2 – 0 SC Villa

URA 1 – 0 SC Villa        

SC Villa 1 – 1 Bright Stars

 

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Sports Writer

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Express Fans Call For Kisala’s Sacking, Chairman Kiwanuka Assures Tactician Of His Job

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HAVING lost to Police FC by 2-0, Express FC fans have started calling for the sacking of tactician Kefa Kisala.

Police beat Express with inform Juma Balinya on the score sheet and Ruben Kimera. This means that Express have only won two games in their last six encounters.

Police have not lost a game in the last four encounters. They were last beaten by KCCA FC.  Express is tenth on the table with 21 points then Police is seventh with 24 points.

However, the Chairman Kenneth Kiryowa Kiwanuka, has denied the talk of sacking Kisala saying, “It is not true that we have sacked our coach when we make a decision we will communicate officially.”

 

By Kussam Kalema

 

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SAD!! Kaizer Chiefs Sends ‘Jajja Walu’ Packing After Only 17 Games

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Cranes star Godfrey Walusimbi alias “Jajja Walu” has been told to pack his bags and leave South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
Walusinbi fell out of the pecking order at Kaizer Chiefs after the arrival of Ernst Middendorp at the start of December, with Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya establishing him self as new left back.
Kaizer Chiefs officially announced on the their twitter page that they have parted ways with the left back who joined the team from Gor Mahia of Kenya.
“Walusimbi opted to go back home to Uganda. We would like to thank him for his contribution to Kaizer Chiefs and wish him all the best,” Kaizer Chiefs stated on their twitter handle.


Walusimbi arrived at the start of the current season but his stint at the Amakhosi has been very short. He made 17 apperances for the club.
Walusimbi is among the most talented left backs you can ever admirer but his professional career is questionable especially when it comes to discipline.

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Sports Analyst

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