British players who have played in Spain, including Gareth Bale, and David Beckham, and Gary Lineker

22 Jul

Kieran Trippier said goodbye to English football when he left Tottenham Hotspur to join Atletico Madrid.

The full-back goes to the Wanda Metropolitano for a fee believed to be in the region of £20million.

Trippier signed a four-year contract with Atletico

But Trippier is not the only British player to leave England and try their luck in LaLiga. has taken a look at how British players have fared after deciding to play in Spain.

John Aldridge (Real Sociedad)

He was not welcomed by the club’s fans when he joined from Liverpool in 1989 but Aldridge became a firm favourite when he left two years later.

The former striker scored 33 goals in 63 LaLiga appearances and was part of an excellent English trio with Dalian Atkinson and Kevin Richardson in the 1990/91 season.

Steve Archibald (Barcelona)

The former striker joined Barca from Tottenham in 1984 for a fee of £1.8million and helped the Spanish club win the LaLiga title in his first season and also made it to the European Cup final in 1986.

However, restrictions on fielding foreign players meant Archibald had to leave the club in 1987 as Barcelona opted to play Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes ahead of him.

Gerry Armstrong (Real Mallorca)

He made a name for himself in Spain when he scored for Northern Ireland against the Spaniards during the 1982 World Cup, which was held in Spain.

And Armstrong got a move to Real Mallorca in 1983, spending two years there. He is now a pundit on Spanish football.

Gerry Armstrong goal v Spain in 1982
The goal against Spain was arguably Armstrong’s most memorable moment in his playing career

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

The Welshman completed his world-record at the time £85million move to Real Madrid in August 2013 and his time in Spain’s capital has been mixed.

While Bale has won many trophies there including four Champions Leagues, he’s been in a constant battle to win over the Bernabeu faithful who have never really taken to him.

And it looks like his Real Madrid career is coming to an end with Zinedine Zidane saying the club is working to make his transfer away happen.

Bake in action for Real Madrid
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David Beckham (Real Madrid)

Golden Balls completed his much publicised move to the Bernabeu in 2003.

Beckham had an up-and-down time at the club, being in a constant battle to try and stay in the first-team.

It ended well for him though, as Beckham played a huge part in Real Madrid wrestling a LaLiga title off Barcelona in 2006/07.

Beckham was a fully fledged Galactico for four seasons

Stan Collymore (Real Oviedo)

He played for ten different clubs but his time at Real Oviedo is the least memorable part of Collymore’s 11-year career.

The England international made just three appearances for the Spanish club before announcing his retirement from football in March 2001, aged 30.

Laurie Cunningham (Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano)

The former winger got a dream move to Real Madrid from West Brom in 1979 and spent five years in Spain’s capital, winning one LaLiga title and two Copas del Rey.

Following spells at a number of English clubs, Cunningham returned to Spain in 1988 and moved to Rayo Vallecano in 1988. His life came to a tragic end a year later after being killed in a car crash.

Mark Hughes (Barcelona)

There was a great deal of anticipation when Hughes joined Barca from Manchester United for £2million in 1986 but things never quite worked out for him.

The Welshman was brought in to form a strike partnership with Gary Lineker but Hughes could only manage four goals in his only season at the Nou Camp and he eventually made a return to Old Trafford in 1988.

Alan Hutton (Mallorca)

After effectively being frozen out of Aston Villa’s team, right-back Hutton opted for a new challenge in the Spanish island of Mallorca.

He was unable to save Mallorca from LaLiga relegation in the 2012/13 season and duly went back to Villa that summer where he once again struggled to nail down a place in the first-team.

Hutton did reasonably well in his short stay in Mallorca

Charlie I’Anson (Elche Illicitano, Elche, Alcorcon, Oviedo, Valencia B, Granada, Murcia)

The centre-back was tipped to thrive abroad when he moved to Spain from Grimsby Town in 2012.

And I’Anson has stayed in Spain since but has played for seven different clubs, failing to live up to his hype.

Sammy Lee (Osasuna)

The pint sized midfielder is best known for his time at Liverpool but Lee had a three-year spell with Osasuna during the twilight years of his playing career.

Lee made just 28 appearances in three years (1987-90) for the club but it would have been more had he not sustained a serious knee injury in 1989.

Gary Lineker (Barcelona)

The former England man is still looked back on fondly by Barca fans and with good reason.

Lineker scored 48 goals in 128 appearances for the club with 21 of them coming in his first season.

Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker, two of Britain's finest strikers in the 80s, in Barcelona colours
Lineker had a significantly better time in Catalonia than Hughes

Steve McManaman (Real Madrid)

He was a real fan’s favourite at the Bernabeu, winning the supporters’ favourite player award twice in his four years at the club.

McManaman also won a number of trophies at Real including two Champions Leagues but was shifted as a result of the club’s ‘Galacticos’ policy.

Michael Owen (Real Madrid)

Three years after winning the Ballon d’Or in 2001, Owen completed his move from Liverpool to Real Madrid.

He scored 16 goals in his only season with the club having played second fiddle to Raul and Ronaldo before getting shipped out to Newcastle in August 2005.

Michael Owen scored 13 LaLiga goals in his only season at Real Madrid
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Jermaine Pennant (Real Zaragoza)

Another Liverpool player who swapped Merseyside for Spain was Pennant.

He was only there for one season but perhaps the most memorable moment from his time there was how the former winger needed to be reminded after returning to England that he’d accidentally left his car at a Spanish train station for several months.

Patrick Roberts

The Manchester City man is currently on loan at Norwich but had a season-long loan spell at Girona in 2018/19.

However, it was a pretty forgettable time for striker Roberts, who failed to score a single goal and Girona were relegated from Spain’s top flight.

Roberts’ spell in Spain did not work out

Vinny Samways (Las Palmas, Sevilla, Algeciras)

Ex-Tottenham midfielder Samways had a pretty long stay in Spain, playing for three different clubs.

He moved to Las Palmas in 1996 before joining Sevilla in 2002. He then went to lower league club Algeciras via Walsall in 2004 before retiring from the game a year later.

Jonathan Woodgate (Real Madrid)

He went to Madrid with plenty of pedigree but Woodgate’s time at the Bernabeu was a total disaster.

Injury prevented him from making his debut for a year and his first game for Real saw Woodgate score an own goal and receive a red card.

And just when he started to get in good form in his second season he got more injuries which would cost him a place in England’s 2006 World Cup squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo makes kid’s day with high five during Juventus’ match against Tottenham

21 Jul

Being one of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo obviously has supporters all over the world.

And the Juventus star made the day of a young fan during an International Champions Cup match against Tottenham in Singapore on Sunday.

Ronaldo scored in the game before making the young fan’s day
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It’s not clear how the boy got all the way to the dugout, but he approached his idol and had a brief conversation with him and some of his team-mates during the match.

The cameras then caught Ronaldo and the boy high five-ing. Below you can see the video.

Ronaldo and the Bianconeri were left disappointed at the end of the game though as they were beaten 3-2 by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Ronaldo did get on the scoresheet to put Juve 2-1 up before being substituted off and having his moment with the young fan.

But Lucas Moura’s goal and Harry Kane’s stunning strike from the halfway line sealed the win for Spurs.

Liverpool team news: Predicted line-up for pre-season friendly against Sevilla

21 Jul

The second in the trilogy of Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures in the USA gets under way on Sunday night when they face Sevilla at Fenway Park in Boston, kick-off 11pm.

It comes less than 48 hours after the Reds faced Borussia Dortmund, a game which saw the Bundesliga side win 3-2.

Liverpool were beaten by Dortmund despite goals from Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster

Manager Jurgen Klopp is therefore expected to make wholesale changes to the team that started in Indiana.

Other than the result against Dortmund, Liverpool have made a decent start to their summer campaign with convincing victories over Tranmere and Bradford.

More and more of Liverpool’s first-team players are becoming available for selection, however, there are still opportunities for the club’s young stars to impress the boss.

But how will they line up against the LaLiga side?

Below you can see’s predicted Liverpool XI for their match against Sevilla.

Klopp should name a much-changed Liverpool side due to the quick turnaround

In goal there shouldn’t be any change, however, with Simon Mignolet expected to start as Alisson Becker is still on holiday following his Copa America success with Brazil in the summer.

The defence should have a more familiar feel to it. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk all came on as substitutes so don’t be surprised if they’re given starting slots as Klopp looks to give these players the match fitness they need ahead of the new season.

Andy Robertson could start at left-back but Klopp will be keen to ascertain who he should have as a back-up option in case the Scotsman becomes unavailable in the season.

Van Dijk helped steady the ship when he came on in the second-half against Dortmund
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Yasser Larouci has given a good account of himself so far, starting all three pre-season matches but there are other options including 19-year-old Adam Lewis.

James Milner and Fabinho have featured heavily in pre-season so are due a rest, meaning Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, who both came on as substitutes against Dortmund could start against Sevilla.

Attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sat out training on Saturday so he may not be risked considering he came back from a long-term injury towards the end of last season. Adam Lallana didn’t train with the main group.

This could spell an opportunity for Ben Woodburn, who is the youngest player ever to score for Liverpool, to make a name for himself in the senior squad.

Will Rhian Brewster add to his goalscoring streak against Sevilla?

There will probably be changes up front too. Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have started all three pre-season matches so should be rested for Sevilla.

However, pre-season goal machine Rhian Brewster could keep his place to add to his tally of four strikes, however, it would be surprising if the young striker played more than 45 minutes.

Either side of Brewster on the front three could be Divock Origi, who has some experience on the left as well as academy player Curtis Jones.

However, Jones may sit slightly deeper than Brewster and Origi as he is a midfielder.

Lys Mousset: Sheffield United break transfer record again with signing of Bournemouth striker

21 Jul

Sheffield United have broken their transfer record for a third time this summer after completing the signing of Lys Mousset from Bournemouth.

The striker, 23, has signed a three-year deal at Bramall Lane and the Blades are believed to have forked out £10million for his services.

Mousset struggled for first-team football at Bournemouth

Mousset follows Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson in breaking United’s transfer record and is their fifth signing of the summer, with Phil Jagielka and Ravel Morrison also coming in.

On United’s latest signing, manager Chris Wilder said: “Lys is big, quick and a different type of threat at the top of the pitch to what we already have.

“I think he will prove to be a great fit for us and the fact that he selected us above other options shows he’s hungry to do well.

“It is a fantastic bit of business for us in the current market and we are looking forward to him joining up with the squad.”

The Frenchman began his career with local club Le Havre.

Mousset joined Bournemouth from Le Havre in 2016 for a reported £5.7m, but was mainly restricted to the role of substitute.

He made 50 appearances for the south coast club and was in competition with the likes of Callum Wilson and Josh King.

Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster tipped to have a good season by Jadon Sancho – ‘He’s a great player’

21 Jul

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster has been backed to have a good season by fellow Englishman Jadon Sancho.

Brewster has been in excellent form this summer, scoring in all of Liverpool’s pre-season matches so far including a penalty against Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund in America on Friday night.

Brewster has scored four goals in three matches for Liverpool this summer

The 19-year-old has been given opportunities up front because Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have had extended breaks due to international duty.

Sancho, who enjoyed a fabulous breakthrough season with the German club in 2018/19, was also playing in the match which Dortmund won 3-2.

He earned call-ups to England’s senior squad and Sancho suggested his former England Under-17s team-mate could have a good 2019/20 campaign.

On Brewster, Sancho said: “I have played with him. I know how good he is. He causes defenders nightmares.

Sancho says he knew Brewster was going to score the penalty he took against Dortmund
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“He is a great player. I feel like he is at the right club, he is developing and he is still so young. He is developing and that is the main thing. Just give him the time and patience and you will see.

“I played with him a lot for England and he scored a lot of goals for us and I have assisted him. It’s a good thing for us to have someone like him.

“I knew the penalty was going in as soon as he put the ball in his hands. I’ve seen him do it all the time, top corner. I just knew what was coming. He spends time after training, practising and practising his technique.

“I always used to see him out on the pitches. Penalties, free-kicks, he took them all.”

Can Brewster follow in Sancho’s footsteps and have a breakthrough season?
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Sancho and Brewster are good friends and were part of England’s squad that won the Under-17s World Cup in 2017 and the former Manchester City youngster explained how they help each other with the mental side of the game.

Sancho added: “We have got a special connection, you know? We went to the Euros and then we went to the World Cup.

“We message each other and tell each other to keep going and keep believing.”

Jurgen Klopp’s men are back in action when they face Sevilla in Boston on Sunday evening.

Transfer news and football gossip: Bale receives HUGE offer, De Gea contract, Manchester City winning race for ‘new Messi’

21 Jul rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…

Beijing Guoan are set to offer Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale a deal to become the highest-paid player in Chinese football history – (FULL STORY)

Laurent Koscielny has moved one step closer to leaving Arsenal after reportedly agreeing personal terms with Rennes – (FULL STORY)

Manchester United are set to sign Harry Maguire after reportedly agreeing an £80million fee with Leicester for the defender – (FULL STORY)

David de Gea has agreed a new six-year contract with Manchester United which will make him the world’s highest paid goalkeeper – (Sunday Telegraph)

United are in advanced talks with Lille over a £70million deal for Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, who has also been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton this summer – (The Sunday Times)

Newcastle are weighing up a move to re-sign Andy Carroll. The 30-year-old, who left the Magpies for Liverpool in 2011, is a free agent after being released by West Ham in June – (The Sun)

De Gea looks set to become the highest-paid keeper in the world

Arsenal man Alex Iwobi has denied reports he will consider leaving the club if they sign £80million-rated Wilfried Zaha but admits he’ll have to fight for his place in the first-team – (FULL STORY)

Meanwhile, the Gunners are on the verge of completing the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid – (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City appear to have won the for Argentine midfielder Thiago Almada, currently playing for Velez Sarsfield in his home country. The Premier League champions are reportedly considering a £16m deal for the 18-year-old, who has been dubbed the ‘new Messi’ – (Sun on Sunday)

Crystal Palace and Liverpool are in talks over the potential transfer of right-back Nathaniel Clyne. The Englishman, who played on loan at Bournemouth last season, is viewed as the ideal replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka – (Mail on Sunday)

Sheffield United have broken their transfer record for the third time this summer after signing striker Lys Mousset from Bournemouth (FULL STORY)

Tottenham are set to fend off competition from Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund to sign Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon. They are prepared to offer £25m for 19-year-old, as a potential replacement for PSG target Danny Rose – (Sunday Express)

Spurs have also been told they’ll have to fork out £67million to sign Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 23, this summer – (Evening Standard)

Will Carroll make a return to his boyhood club Newcastle?

Saint-Etienne’s defender William Saliba, 18, will have a medical at Arsenal on Tuesday before completing his £28million move to London – (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is interested in £30m-rated Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, but the Magpies are only prepared to offer £15m for the 19-year-old – (The Sun)

Tottenham and Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen is set to complete a move to Mexican side Monterrey early next week – (Football.London)

Paris St-Germain are ready to put forward an improved bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye – (Daily Express)

Watford are in talks with French side Rennes over a potential deal for 21-year-old Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr – (Sky Sports)

Sheffield United and Aston Villa are both monitoring Brentford striker Neal Maupay’s situation. The 22-year-old is one of the Blades’ key targets this summer – (The Sun)

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners fans are convinced Everton Soares will sign after developments on Instagram

20 Jul

Arsenal fans could be forgiven for thinking Brazil forward Everton Soares will join the Gunners this summer after two separate developments on Instagram.

Everton’s wife Isa Ranieri, uploaded a picture on her Instagram of the Brazil forward learning English words and phrases, while it also emerged new Arsenal signing Gabriel Martinelli followed him on the social media site.

Copa America winner Everton could be joining Arsenal this summer
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Signing £36million rated Everton would be welcomed news for Arsenal as it looks like they are being priced out of a move for Crystal Palace hotshot Wilfried Zaha.

Below you can see a video of Everton trying his hand at the English language as well as a picture showing that Martinelli has followed the 23-year-old.

Is this a sign that Everton is on his way to the Emirates Stadium?

Everton is set to be the club’s second summer arrival after Martinelli, 18, signed from Brazilian club Ituano.

Gremio man Everton confirmed earlier this week that he had received a lucrative offer from an unnamed club amid reports Arsenal had sent a club doctor to Brazil to carry out his medical.

He was part of Brazil’s Copa America winning squad earlier this summer and he even scored a goal in the final against Peru.

Below you can see the best tweets from these Arsenal fans eagerly anticipating Everton’s arrival.



Senegal 0-1 Algeria: Freak goal gives Riyad Mahrez and co win Africa Cup of Nations

19 Jul

Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1990 after securing a 1-0 triumph over Senegal.

Baghdad Bounedjah’s strike inside two minutes, an effort which took a big deflection off Salif Sane was all that separated the two sides in Cairo.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and his Algeria team-mates celebrate at the end of the game

Senegal, who last made the final in 2002, thought they were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty in the second-half for a handball only for it to be overturned after a VAR review.

It means the wait for Senegal, whose star player is Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, for a first AFCON crown goes on while Algeria have won it for the second time.

However, it was Mane and co who were the better side but M’Baye Niang and Rais M’bholi were unable to convert their two best chances.

But the decisive moment of the game came when there was a reversal of the decision to award Senegal a penalty on the hour mark.

A cross by Ismaila Sarr struck Adlene Guedioura’s arm and referee Neant Alioum gave the spot-kick, however, he quickly indicated that a VAR review was under way.

And after watching replays on the pitch side monitor, which clearly showed Guedioura’s arm being by his side, Alioum changed his mind.

It was the correct decision but the result was harsh as Algeria won the final despite only managing one shot on goal.

Mane and Senegal’s wait for a first AFCON crown goes on

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu having medical at RB Leipzig ahead of possible loan move – reports

19 Jul

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu has reportedly undergone a medical ahead of a proposed loan move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Ampadu has made one Premier League appearance for the Blues and manager Frank Lampard confirmed earlier this week that the midfielder would go out on loan.

Ampadu looks set to be another British youngster to try their luck in Germany

The 18-year-old was linked with a move to Aston Villa but Sky in Germany claims that Ampadu will actually be joining Leipzig.

He was not included in Chelsea’s squad for their pre-season tour of Japan in anticipation of the move.

Ampadu is set to become the next name in the growing contingent of young British talent seeking first-team opportunities in the German top flight.

The likes of Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman, Rabbi Matondo, Reiss Nelson and Reece Oxford have all enjoyed success in the Bundesliga.

Ampadu would join Lookman, who is keen to make his loan move from Everton to Leipzig permanent.

Ampadu poses with Chelsea’s away kit but he won’t wear it if he spends the season at Leipzig

However, Ampadu appears to still have a future with his club, having signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge in September 2018.

Transfer news: Brighton star Anthony Knockaert having medical at Fulham

19 Jul

Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Championship club Fulham.

Sky Sports News claims that the Frenchman is having a medical with the Cottagers.

Knockaert could be about to end his three-year stay at Brighton

It is understood both Brighton and Fulham have agreed a price for Knockaert, believed to be in the region of £15million.

He will not be involved in the Seagulls’ pre-season match tomorrow, which is actually against Scott Parker’s men at Aldershot.

Fulham, who were relegated from the top flight last season, are anxious to recruit wingers this summer following the exits of Ryan Babel and Andre Schurrle.

They are also expected to lose teenager Ryan Sessegnon, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham.

Knockaert has scored five goals in 63 appearances for Albion.

He has proved himself in the second tier having been a central part of Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League during the 2016/17 season.

He also scooped the Championship Player of the Year award in the same season.