Premier League power rankings: Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson selected as 14th best player

22 Jul

The new Premier League season is close to being upon us and we can’t wait at talkSPORT as we prepare to bring you more live football than ever before.

It’s the greatest league in the world and to celebrate its impending return, we have compiled a list of the 20 players we expect to shine the most in the top-flight in 2019/20.

talkSPORT will bring you more than 100 LIVE Premier League commentaries next season
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A team of talkSPORT experts have offered insight, numbers have been crunched and one player will be revealed every working day – with the winner of talkSPORT’s Premier League Power Rankings announced on Friday, August 9, before Liverpool kick-off the new season against Norwich City.

14: Ederson – Manchester City

Questionable tattoos aside, there’s no fault we can find with Manchester City’s number one, Ederson.

The Brazilian has been a revelation since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in July 2017 from Benfica. A £35m signing, he’s become priceless for Pep Guardiola.

Equally as comfortable with his feet as he is with his hands, you could probably stick him in midfield and he’d still do a top job.

Ederson cost Man City £35million – and he has been worth every penny
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After a fantastic first season at the club, the 25-year-old was even better in 2018/19.

He kept twenty clean sheets in the Premier League, earning him a spot in the PFA Team of the Year, whilst he also saved a penalty as City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup.

There’s few better goalkeepers in world football than this man and, with such a solid glovesman between the sticks, who would bet against City clinching a third straight title?


Number 15: Christian Eriksen

Number 16: Andy Robertson

Number 17: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Number 18: James Maddison

Number 19: Luka Milivojevic

Number 20: Jack Grealish


A new player will be revealed every day on talkSPORT’s social media accounts with the full verdict from our panel of experts over on talkSPORT.com. Tune in for more debate on our selections on Drive from 4pm.

Premier League power rankings: Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen picked as 15th best player ahead of 2019/20 season

22 Jul

The 2019/20 Premier League season is almost upon us and we can’t wait at talkSPORT as we prepare to bring you more live football than ever before.

It’s the greatest league in the world and to celebrate its impending return, we have compiled a list of the 20 players we expect to shine the most in the top-flight in 2019/20.

talkSPORT will bring you more than 100 LIVE Premier League commentaries next season
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A team of talkSPORT experts have offered insight, numbers have been crunched and one player will be revealed every working day – with the winner of talkSPORT’s Premier League Power Rankings announced on Friday, August 9, before Liverpool kick-off the new season against Norwich City.

15: Christian Eriksen – Tottenham

The Danish playmaker is one of  the classiest players in the Premier League.

A stylish passer with wonderful technique who always seems one step ahead of those around him, and a dead-ball specialist with an eye for goal, it’s little wonder that Eriksen has courted the interest of Real Madrid.

Eriksen has been outstanding for Spurs since arriving from Ajax in 2013
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In 35 Premier League appearances last season, Eriksen netted eight times and created a further 12 goals. He also played a crucial part in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final, which ended in heartbreak at the hands of domestic rivals Liverpool.

At 27 and with just one year left on his Tottenham contract, the Ajax academy product has admitted he could be up for a new challenge.

But with Real’s interest as yet failing to materialising into a concrete offer it looks likely he will stay at Spurs for one more season at least – not only good news for the north London club but the Premier League to.


Number 16: Andy Robertson

Number 17: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Number 18: James Maddison

Number 19: Luka Milivojevic

Number 20: Jack Grealish


A new player will be revealed every day on talkSPORT’s social media accounts with the full verdict from our panel of experts over on talkSPORT.com. Tune in for more debate on our selections on Drive from 4pm.

 

Mauricio Pochettino ‘doesn’t know’ if Tottenham are in talks to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid

21 Jul

Mauricio Pochettino insists he has no idea if Tottenham are in for Gareth Bale.

The Real Madrid forward has been told he can leave this summer, with Zinedine Zidane revealing the Welshman is in negotiations with an unnamed club over a transfer.

Bale is not wanted by Zinedine Zidane
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Tottenham have been credited with an interest in their former player and, while Pochettino hasn’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing Bale, he says it is in Daniel Levy’s hands on whether the club make a move for the 30-year-old.

Speaking to reporters after Tottenham’s 3-2 International Champions Cup win over Juventus in Singapore, Pochettino said: “At the moment I don’t have any information from my chairman.

“I do not know if it is us or another club. It is the job of my chairman to build the best possible club.”


Harry Kane scores sensational goal from HALFWAY LINE as Tottenham beat Juventus in pre-season friendly


Bale has always made it clear he wants to stay at Real Madrid, and is contracted to the club until 2022.

But he has been told in no uncertain terms that he is not part of Zidane’s plans at the Bernabeu and a summer transfer now seems certain.S

Speaking on Saturday after leaving Bale out of the Real squad to face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Houston, Zidane said he a deal to sell Bale can be struck soon “for everyone’s sake”.

Bale looks to have little choice but to leave Real this summer or face a season on the sidelines
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Zidane said: He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play.

“We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.

“We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.

“I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done. I have to make decisions. We have to change.”

Zidane’s comments left Bale’s agent infuriated, with Jonathan Barnett branding the Real Madrid boss a ‘disgrace’ for his treatment of his client.

Having joined Real for a then-world record £85million fee from Tottenham in 2013, Bale has helped the Spanish powerhouses win four Champions League titles, LaLiga and a host of other trophies.

Barnett said: “Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”

He added to BBC Wales: “We’re working on a few things. Gareth is a Real Madrid player but if he does leave it will be his own decision, not Mr Zidane’s.”

Harry Kane scores sensational goal from HALFWAY LINE as Tottenham beat Juventus in pre-season friendly

21 Jul

It’s only pre-season, but Harry Kane already looks on top form.

The Tottenham striker scored an absolutely sensational last-gasp goal against Juventus on Sunday, to earn his side a 3-2 victory in the International Champions Cup clash.

Spotting Wojciech Szczesny off his line, Kane struck a first-time shot from the halfway line which flew into the back of the Juve net.

It was a remarkable strike worthy of winning any game.

Check it out below…

 

Tanguy Ndombele takes just one minute to become hit with Tottenham fans with assist against Juventus

21 Jul

Tottenham fans got their first glimpse of Tanguy Ndombele on Sunday – and he didn’t take long to make an impression.

The French midfielder became the Premier League club’s record signing when he completed a £55million move from Lyon earlier this month.

France international Ndombele joined Spurs from Lyon in July
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He was named on the bench for the pre-season clash with Juventus in Singapore on Sunday before being introduced for his debut on 64 minutes.

Spurs were trailing 2-1 at the time -Cristiano Ronaldo having put the Italian champions ahead after Gonzalo Higuain had cancelled out Erik Lamela’s opener.

But a minute after Ndombele’s introduction, Tottenham were level, with the midfielder the creator of the equaliser.

Intercepting a cross-field pass in the Juve half, the 22-year-old drove forward and played an inch-perfect pass through to Lucas Moura in the box, which he duly stabbed home.

Ndombele then went close to scoring just moments later, firing narrowly wide from long range.

The exciting cameo from the Frenchman had supporters feeling enthused about their new signing and the club’s prospects this season.

He’s certainly got a lot to live up to!

Steve Bruce ‘more straight’ than Rafa Benitez and has been ‘breath of fresh air’, hails Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey

21 Jul

Jonjo Shelvey says Steve Bruce has been a ‘breath of fresh air’ at Newcastle United and has urged fans to give him a chance.

The appointment of the former Sunderland boss as the successor to Rafael Benitez has not been greeted with universal approval on Tyneside, despite the fact he is a boyhood fan of the club.

Bruce’s appointment as Newcastle boss has not gone down well with the majority of fans
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Bruce has arrived at a time of considerable unrest after the departure of Benitez, the failure to keep key players Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon and continuing uncertainty over a potential takeover.

But midfielder Shelvey was immediately impressed by Bruce when he joined the squad at the Premier League Asia Trophy this week and felt his influence showed in Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Ham in Shanghai.

The 27-year-old said: “It feels like a club that is moving on a bit, I think we’ve got to do that. Rafa isn’t here anymore, we need to get on with it.


Steve Bruce appears to joke to Newcastle staff ‘shall we f*** off now?’ as his side beat West Ham in pre-season friendly


“Steve has come in and it’s been like a breath of fresh air. The fans need to give him a chance because I think, if they do that, if we play like we did on Saturday, we will do well week-in, week-out and they won’t have any reason for complaint.

“I think Steve is more straight with you. As soon as he came in, all he expects is that you work hard. If you work hard you will be fine. That’s what we need to do.”

Shelvey has welcomed the appointment of Bruce as manager
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Shelvey insists there is plenty of character in the team and believes they can prove the doubters wrong.

He said: “We’ve constantly been told we are not good enough. People have kept telling us we were going to go down, but we’ve proven them wrong and we stayed up both times.

“The main motivation is to stay up, that’s the first target. We need to stay in the Premier League. We don’t want to drop down into the Championship, it’s getting harder and harder to get out of it.

“We don’t want to keep going down and coming back up again. We are too good for that. We need stability and we need to stay in the Premier League for a long time.”

Shelvey actually had a chance meeting with Bruce while on holiday over the summer and is now looking forward to working with the former Manchester United defender.

He said: “I saw him in the summer in Portugal and we said hello. Obviously I didn’t know he was going to end up being my manager, so it’s a good thing I did stop and say hello.

“He deserves a bit more credit than he gets. Even within two days, look at the difference from the other day. You won’t find many people who don’t speak highly of Steve.”

Steve Bruce ‘more straight’ than Rafa Benitez and has been ‘breath of fresh air’, hails Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey

21 Jul

Jonjo Shelvey says Steve Bruce has been a ‘breath of fresh air’ at Newcastle United and has urged fans to give him a chance.

The appointment of the former Sunderland boss as the successor to Rafael Benitez has not been greeted with universal approval on Tyneside, despite the fact he is a boyhood fan of the club.

Bruce’s appointment as Newcastle boss has not gone down well with the majority of fans
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Bruce has arrived at a time of considerable unrest after the departure of Benitez, the failure to keep key players Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon and continuing uncertainty over a potential takeover.

But midfielder Shelvey was immediately impressed by Bruce when he joined the squad at the Premier League Asia Trophy this week and felt his influence showed in Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Ham in Shanghai.

The 27-year-old said: “It feels like a club that is moving on a bit, I think we’ve got to do that. Rafa isn’t here anymore, we need to get on with it.


Steve Bruce appears to joke to Newcastle staff ‘shall we f*** off now?’ as his side beat West Ham in pre-season friendly


“Steve has come in and it’s been like a breath of fresh air. The fans need to give him a chance because I think, if they do that, if we play like we did on Saturday, we will do well week-in, week-out and they won’t have any reason for complaint.

“I think Steve is more straight with you. As soon as he came in, all he expects is that you work hard. If you work hard you will be fine. That’s what we need to do.”

Shelvey has welcomed the appointment of Bruce as manager
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Shelvey insists there is plenty of character in the team and believes they can prove the doubters wrong.

He said: “We’ve constantly been told we are not good enough. People have kept telling us we were going to go down, but we’ve proven them wrong and we stayed up both times.

“The main motivation is to stay up, that’s the first target. We need to stay in the Premier League. We don’t want to drop down into the Championship, it’s getting harder and harder to get out of it.

“We don’t want to keep going down and coming back up again. We are too good for that. We need stability and we need to stay in the Premier League for a long time.”

Shelvey actually had a chance meeting with Bruce while on holiday over the summer and is now looking forward to working with the former Manchester United defender.

He said: “I saw him in the summer in Portugal and we said hello. Obviously I didn’t know he was going to end up being my manager, so it’s a good thing I did stop and say hello.

“He deserves a bit more credit than he gets. Even within two days, look at the difference from the other day. You won’t find many people who don’t speak highly of Steve.”

Arsenal on verge of signing Spain international Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid

21 Jul

Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

The Gunners play Real in the US on Tuesday and it is understood the two sides are close to an agreement that will see the 22-year-old move to the Emirates Stadium on loan for the 2019/20 season.

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Ceballos has made 56 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring five goals
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Ceballos, capped six times by Spain, has not been able to hold down a regular starting spot since joining Real from Betis for £15million in 2017.

He is still valued highly by the Spanish giants but will be allowed to spend next season at Arsenal to continue his development.

Having lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus, Unai Emery has been keen to land another creative midfielder and Ceballos fits the bill.

Ceballos celebrates winning the European Under-21 Championship with Spain this summer
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Arsenal are also hopeful of signing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and are on the verge of sealing a deal for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, while they also continue to retain an interest in Wilfried Zaha.

The Gunners have had two bids rejected for Tierney – the latest worth around £25million – but expect to reach an agreement with the Scottish giants.

Saliba, meanwhile, is joining from Saint-Etienne for a fee of around £27million, although he will immediately return to the French to spend next season on loan.


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Saint-Etienne president Bernard Caiazzo confirmed that an agreement with Arsenal is close over the weekend. everything is going through with the Gunners and he will be loaned straight back.

Caiazzo said: “Everything is on track with Arsenal. William will spend next season with us.”

Arsenal have so far only signed Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli in a £6m deal but Emery assured supporters following the 3-0 pre-season win over Fiorentina on Saturday that deals were coming.

“I only want to sign three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our squad,” he said.

“There are a lot of names and the club is working. Edu is very close to me every day and also with Kroenke family.

“I want to send a message to all our supporters that we want to do the best squad possible.”

Gareth Bale’s next club: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Tottenham? Where will Real Madrid star move to

21 Jul

It appears as though there is no way back for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.

The Welshman has continually made it clear he wants to stay at the Bernabeu, where he has won four Champions League titles in six years.

Real Madrid – 8/11 to retain the services of Gareth Bale
Bale has had huge success at Real Madrid but is no longer wanted
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But Bale is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans and the Real boss confirmed on Saturday he was hoping that the 30-year-old would leave the club imminently.

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has since branded Zidane as ‘disgrace’ for his treatment of the former Tottenham star and confirmed he is working on getting his client a move away from the Spanish capital.

But Bale’s sky-high wages – he earns around £600,000 per week – means few clubs will be able to afford him.

So, where next for the forward? talkSPORT.com takes a look at the likely destinations for Bale, including bookmakers’ odds.

Tottenham

A return to Spurs has been mooted, although this appeared to be shut down by his agent earlier this week.

Amid rumours Daniel Levy was working on a deal to bring Bale back to the club, Barnett told talkSPORT: “I don’t comment on rubbish.”

However, Barnett’s comments came before Zidane’s bombshell statement on wanting Bale out of Real Madrid – so his stance could now change.

Spurs are unlikely to get anywhere near Bale’s current salary, but a loan move could suit all parties. Tottenham are a best-priced 16/1 (Bet365) to be next Bale’s next club.

Bale scored 55 goals in 203 appearances for Tottenham between 2007 and 2013
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Bayern Munich

This is a move that makes complete sense. The German giants are one of the few clubs who could afford to get anywhere near Bale’s current salary and are also in need of another wide forward, with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both having departed at the end of last season.

Speaking earlier this week, Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara said he would welcome the Wales international to the Allianz Arena with open arms as he is a ‘top player’ who would strengthen the squad.

Bayern are a best-priced 3/1 (Paddy Power) to be Bale’s next destination.

Manchester United

Bale has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and would be a statement signing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is overseeing player overhaul this summer.

However, Solskjaer has stressed that he wants to build an energetic, young squad and having brought in two hot prospects, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a move for Bale would represent a huge shift in strategy.

Real Madrid, though, are eager to sign Paul Pogba – so could a swap deal be on?

United are a best-priced 9/1 (Bet365) to be Bale’s next club.

Any Chinese Super League club

China continues to make a big play to bring Europe’s top talent to the country and Bale would be a stellar signing for any Super League club. Unlike with most clubs across Europe, Bale’s staggeringly high wages will not be a problem for most Far East sides.

A Chinese Super League side to be Bale’s next club is a best-priced 2/1 (BetFair).

Paris Saint-Germain

The French giants have not shown an interest in Bale in the past but that could change, with Neymar set for the exit.

PSG have the funds to do a deal and, should Neymar get his move back to Barcelona, they will likely want to bring in another forward.

Neymar wants to return to Barcelona
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Bale’s Champions League experience could appeal to PSG as they remain desperate to win the competition after so many disappointing early exits.

The French giants are best-priced at 20/1 to be Bale’s next club (William Hill).

*Odds taken from OddsChecker using various bookmakers and correct at time of writing. Prices may have since changed.

Gareth Bale’s agent slams Zinedine Zidane as a ‘disgrace’ and confirms Real Madrid star set for transfer

21 Jul

Zinedine Zidane has been branded a ‘disgrace’ by Gareth Bale’s agent as the Welshman heads for the exit door at Real Madrid.

Speaking on Saturday, Zidane said that he ‘hopes’ Bale leaves Real soon and expects him to seal a transfer away from the Bernabeu imminently.

Manchester United target Gareth Bale is ‘very important’ to Real Madrid, insists manager Zinedine Zidane
Zidane wants rid of Bale at Real Madrid
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After leaving the former Tottenham star out of Real’s matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in Houston, Zidane said:“He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play.

“We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.

“We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.

“I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done. I have to make decisions. We have to change.”

Bale’s six-year stay at Real is coming to an end
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Zidane’s comments and harsh treatment of Bale have not gone down well with the player’s agent, Jonathan Barnett.

Bale has won four Champions League titles at the Bernabeu since joining Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a then-world-record £86million.

Barnett said: “Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”

He added to BBC Wales: “We’re working on a few things. Gareth is a Real Madrid player but if he does leave it will be his own decision, not Mr Zidane’s.”

Bale is likely to have a string of clubs interested in securing his services, with Manchester United continually linked with a move.

But, speaking to talkSPORT earlier this week, Barnett rubbished claims he could rejoin Tottenham.