Bayern Munich president threatens BOYCOTT of Germany national team if Manuel Neuer is dropped for Marc-Andre ter Stegen

25 Sep

Bayern Munich’s president has sensationally threatened to stop their players from joining up with the German national team if Joachim Low drops Manuel Neuer for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Goalkeepers Neuer and ter Stegen have been in a war of words recently, with the Barcelona stopper expressing his upset at a lack of opportunities with Die Mannschaft.

Neuer’s place as Germany’s No.1 appears to be under threat
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Neuer is Germany’s No.1 and was viewed as the best keeper in the world for a number of years, including when they won the World Cup in 2014.

However, injury and a dip in form has seen Neuer’s star wane and led to suggestions that Ter Stegen could replace him between the sticks.

Ter Stegen recently said it was a ‘big blow’ to him to not feature on the pitch in recent internationals.

But Uli Hoeness issued a strong message by vowing to stop Bayern players from linking up with the national team if Low opts to switch his goalkeeper.

“Before that takes place, we won’t be sending any more national players,” Hoeness told Sport Bild.

“We will never accept that there will be a change here.”

Hoeness went on to say that he will not consider meeting with Low to discuss the matter while also saying what to do about former Borussia Monchengladbach star Ter Stegen.

He added: “He’ll [Low] already hear what we’ve said, his ears will ring.

Ter Stegen and Neuer are in competition for the No.1 jersey
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“You put Mr Ter Stegen in the corner and tell him clearly that it doesn’t work like that.”

Low has angered senior figures at Bayern in recent months for dropping Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, who has since rejoined Borussia Dortmund.

Philippe Coutinho: Bayern Munich is ‘more of a family’ than Barcelona and Liverpool

18 Sep

Philippe Coutinho is enjoying life at Bayern Munich and says it’s ‘more of a family’ than his previous clubs, Barcelona and Liverpool.

The Brazilian endured a nightmare spell at the Nou Camp having joined for a mega £142million fee from the Premier League giants in January 2018.

Philippe Coutinho is spending the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich
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The German champions have an option to buy Coutinho for £109.8million following the end of his season-long loan.

The 27-year-old rejected a late move to Tottenham in the summer transfer window, while Liverpool turned down the opportunity to sign their former star again.

Coutinho is now settled in Germany, having made three appearances for Bayern to date.

“The first few days they showed me the facilities, I met my team-mates, the coaches,” he told Sky Sports.

“Every day I feel a little better, I am very happy. Bayern are more of a family than my old clubs.

“I know there’s the atmosphere of Liverpool, but it’s even more of a family here.”

Bayern begin their Champions League campaign against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night.

Jadon Sancho: Manchester United held talks over summer transfer for England star, confirms Borussia Dortmund chief

17 Sep

Manchester United held talks with Borussia Dortmund over a possible transfer for England ace Jadon Sancho in MARCH.

The Premier League giants were the ‘super club’ Dortmund chiefs had previously revealed they met with to discuss a possible transfer for the 19-year-old winger.

Jadon Sancho has three goals and four assists in five games for Borussia Dortmund so far this season
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The revelation was confirmed by sporting director Michael Zorc during the Inside Borussia Dortmund documentary, the latest edition of Amazon’s ‘All of Nothing’ series which first followed Manchester City.

Sancho, who will be in Champions League action against Barcelona tonight, has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League.

His sensational emergence and glittering performances in Germany have alerted the likes of Man United and his former club Man City, who reportedly have a buy-back option for the winger.

In the show, Zorc confirms a meeting took place with United representatives over a possible deal for Sancho, but also insisted he was confident the 19-year-old would stay.

Speaking in a meeting with fellow Dortmund chiefs Matthias Sammer, Sebastian Kehl and chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke, he says: “A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United, both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants.

“A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant.

“But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.

“But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer.”

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Sancho reportedly remains one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets and there are rumours they could launch a £100m bid to land him in January.

The Reds Devils were also given hope a deal could be done, with the youngster recently refusing to rule out a possible return to the Premier League, admitting he ‘wouldn’t mind’ moving back to England.

But recent reports from Germany have also claimed the winger has already agreed a lucrative new contract to commit his future to Dortmund which would double his wages to around £10m-per-year.

There’s no wonder clubs are lining up for the England sensation.

No player in Europe’s top five leagues has produced more assists in league football than Sancho since the start of last season – 18.

He has also produced six in six appearances for Dortmund this term, as well as three goals.

Premier League’s most valuable XI includes Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham stars… but how does it compare to LaLiga and Bundesliga teams?

12 Sep

Earlier this week it was revealed that Manchester City have become the first club in football history to build a squad worth over a staggering €1billion.

Pep Guardiola’s side is one of the strongest in the world, with a host of sensational attacking players like Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling backed up by a stronge backline that boasts players such as Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte and Ederson.

Raheem Sterling is now worth more than double the £49million Man City spent on him four years ago
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But how many City stars make it into the most valuable XI of current Premier League players?

talkSPORT have dug through transfermarkt.co.uk’s valuation data to create the most pricey XI for the Premier League – and we decided to have a look at Europe’s four other top leagues as well.

Find out below which division can claim to have the most valuable XI…


Premier League most valuable XI – total market value = £1.04billion

Allison (Liverpool) – £72m

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £72m

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £81m

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £67.5m

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £54m

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £90m

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £90m

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £135m

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £117m

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £126m

Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £135m

There are no real surprises in the Premier League’s most valuable XI, possibly with the exception of there being more Liverpool players (4) than those from Manchester City (3).

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah are valued the highest out of all Premier League players, both at £135m.


LaLiga most valuable XI – total market value = £934.9million

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – £90m

Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) – £45m

Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) – £63m

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – £63m

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) – £45m

Saul (Atletico Madrid) – £81m

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) – £76.5m

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £135m

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £90m

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £135m

Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – £117m

Once again, it is no real surprise to see Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating, with no player from outside Spain’s big three making it into the most valuable XI.

Lionel Messi and new Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard are the most expensive players in the squad, both valued, like Salah and Kane in the Premier League, at £135m.


Serie A most valuable XI – total market value = £644.3million

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – £49.5m

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) – £22.5m

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – £67.5m

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) – £67.5

Alex Sandro (Juventus) – £40.5m

Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) – £63m

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) – £58.5m

Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – £54m

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – £76.5m

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £81m

Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) – £67.5m

Five Juventus players feature in the most valuable XI for Italy’s Serie A, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite the inclusion of the Portuguese forward, the Serie A XI has a relatively low overall value and does not feature a single player worth more than £100m.


Bundesliga most valuable XI – total market value = £624.8million

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – £16.2m

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – £63m

Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich) – £54m

Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) – £63m

David Alaba (Bayern Munich) – £49m

Thiago (Bayern Munich) – £63m

Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) – £45m

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – £90m

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – £81m

Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund) – £45m

Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – £58.5m

England wonderkid Jadon Sancho is the most valuable player in the Bundesliga XI, with the teenager already worth £90m.

He is one of only four players in the XI not contracted to Bayern Munich, along with his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Julian Brandt.


Ligue 1 most valuable XI – total market value = £677.5million

Anthony Lopes (Lyon) – £22.5m

Thomas Meunier (PSG) – £27m

Marquinhos (PSG) – £58.5m

Thilo Kehrer (PSG) – £31.5m

Layvin Kurzawa (PSG) £15.75m

Marco Verratti (PSG) £67.5m

Houssem Auoar (Lyon) £40.5m

Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – £40.5m

Pablo Sarabia (PSG) – £36m

Neymar (PSG) – £162m

Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £180m

Perhaps the only surprise is to see that PSG have only eight players in this most expensive XI – rather than eleven!

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both feature, being valued at £180m and £162m respectively. They are the two most valuable players in the world right now, according to transfermarkt.

Jadon Sancho: Manchester United held talks over summer transfer for England star, confirms Borussia Dortmund chief

11 Sep

Manchester United held talks with Borussia Dortmund over a possible transfer for England ace Jadon Sancho in MARCH.

The Premier League giants were the ‘super club’ Dortmund chiefs had previously revealed they met with to discuss a possible transfer for the 19-year-old winger.

Jadon Sancho has three goals and four assists in five games for Borussia Dortmund so far this season
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The revelation was confirmed by sporting director Michael Zorc during the Inside Borussia Dortmund documentary, the latest edition of Amazon’s ‘All of Nothing’ series which first followed Manchester City.

Sancho, who will be in Champions League action against Barcelona tonight, has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League.

His sensational emergence and glittering performances in Germany have alerted the likes of Man United and his former club Man City, who reportedly have a buy-back option for the winger.

In the show, Zorc confirms a meeting took place with United representatives over a possible deal for Sancho, but also insisted he was confident the 19-year-old would stay.

Speaking in a meeting with fellow Dortmund chiefs Matthias Sammer, Sebastian Kehl and chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke, he says: “A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United, both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants.

“A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant.

“But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.

“But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer.”

Jadon Sancho scored his first two England goals in his eighth cap against Kosovo
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Sancho reportedly remains one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets and there are rumours they could launch a £100m bid to land him in January.

The Reds Devils were also given hope a deal could be done, with the youngster recently refusing to rule out a possible return to the Premier League, admitting he ‘wouldn’t mind’ moving back to England.

But recent reports from Germany have also claimed the winger has already agreed a lucrative new contract to commit his future to Dortmund which would double his wages to around £10m-per-year.

There’s no wonder clubs are lining up for the England sensation.

No player in Europe’s top five leagues has produced more assists in league football than Sancho since the start of last season – 18.

He has also produced six in six appearances for Dortmund this term, as well as three goals.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals how he ended up drunk in a truck full of chickens after Borussia Dortmund’s 2011 Bundesliga title win

7 Sep

Jurgen Klopp has revealed how his celebrations for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title win in 2011 descended into anarchy.

The charismatic German somehow found himself hitching a lift back to civilisation in the back of a truck carrying hundreds of chickens.

Dortmund won the title by eight points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, thanks to the magic of Mario Gotze and the goals of Lucas Barrios.

Jurgen Klopp had the celebration party of a lifetime to celebrate Borussia Dortmund’s title win in 2011
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So Klopp decided to let his hair down as part of the celebrations, only for it to get really out of hand.

“I was really wasted which may have been noticeable in some interviews,” Klopp recalls in the new Amazon Prime documentary on Borussia Dortmund, as per The Sportsman.

“And I don’t remember much that makes any sense.

“I’m not sure if I ever told anyone. I actually woke up on a truck in the garage. All alone. I remember that, but I have no idea about the hours before that.

Klopp gets doused in lager by Lukasz Piszczek
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“I woke up, climbed out of the truck and found myself in a big factory hall. Then I walked across the yard and saw the silhouette of a man.

“So I whistled because I can whistle quite loudly and I noticed the silhouette slowed down a little. So I waited and saw Aki Watzke (Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund CEO). So Aki and I were the only people on this huge yard.”

But the story does not end there.

Realisisn the desperation of their situation, Klopp and Watzke decided to hitch a ride. But due to the closure of the roads due to the parade, the duo had to pay €200 to be driven by a man carrying hundreds of chickens in his truck.

“Aki held up an old Mercedes on the road,” Klopp added.

“It was a Turkish fella in a station wagon. And Aki says ‘Take us to the Italian’. “No I won’t drive you there. So Aki reaches into his pocket, finds 200 euros and says ‘You will.’ He sees the money, “OK”.

“Aki sits in the front, I sit back. I kept slamming my head into the side, I was a little tired. And I kept hearing ‘cluck, cluck, cluck’ What’s going on here? I thought I dreamed it. But I didn’t. The trunk was full of chickens.”

Forget Boris and Jo Johnson – The top 10 brothers in football, including the Toures and the Nevilles

6 Sep

Boris Johnson will continue to campaign for an election he is yet to successfully call, after a torrid day where his brother RESIGNED from Government while describing being torn between family and ‘the national interest’.

The Prime Minister visited Scotland on Friday, to drum up support among voters, as opposition leaders continue their talks over how to prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

Boris and Jo Johnson have endured quite the falling out in Parliament
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The PM’s continued campaigning comes after a day of unwelcome events saw Jo Johnson quit as a senior minister attending meetings of his brother’s Cabinet.

The pro-EU Johnson described facing ‘unresolvable tension’ and being ‘torn between family loyalty and the national interest’.

But Boris Johnson maintained his uncompromising stance on Brexit, saying in a televised speech that he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than go to Brussels to ask for a further delay.

Although rare, sport often offers siblings the chance to bury any lingering issues from childhood and build successful bonds.

Despite the ongoing rifts between Boris and Jo, we thought it apt to celebrate the footballing siblings who went from teenage tykes to winning trophies.

Check out the top ten below.

10. Filippo and Simone Inzaghi

Filippo enjoyed the more decorated playing career, but Simone is proving to be a better manager thus far
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‘Pippo’ made a name for himself as the archetypal poacher, a Fox in the Box whose six-yard strikes helped him win two Champions League titles, three Serie A titles and the World Cup in 2006.

For brother Simone, his playing career was relatively modest and he remained firmly in his brother’s shadow.

However, his move into management has seen the roles reversed, with Simone coming into a world of his own and he has been in charge of Lazio since 2016. Filippo was in charge of former side AC Milan, but has struggled and has just been appointed as manager of Benevento.

9. Lars and Sven Bender

The midfielders played for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany together
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12 minutes is the only difference between the twins, with Sven slightly older. As youngsters, both trained at TSV Brannenburg before both moved to 1860 Munich in 2006.

However, the older brother moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2009 and the siblings were separated as Lars moved to Bayer Leverkusen. The duo enjoyed mixed success at their respective clubs, with Lars earning the captaincy of Die Werkself, while Sven reached the Champions League final in 2013.

Thankfully, Sven brought his eight-tenure with Dortmund to an end in 2017 and the pair form part of Leverkusen’s defence.

8. Frank and Ronald de Boer

The brothers literally followed one another around for their entire career, featuring for Ajax, Barcelona, Rangers, Al-Shamal and Al-Rayyan before retirement
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Another set of twins, there have arguably never been a pair who impacted the game as much as the De Boers. Technically gifted, both began their careers at Ajax in 1988 and became key components of Louis van Gaal’s successful side.

They then followed Van Gaal to Barcelona for £22million, but their successful first season was prove to be a one-off. Both brothers joined Dick Advocaat at Rangers, before seeing out their careers in Qatar.

Frank was a ball-playing centre-back, while Ronald was a goal-scoring midfielder.

7. Eden and Thorgan Hazard

While Eden is currently the more successful of the two, Thorgan is making a name for himself in Germany
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For fans of the Premier League, former Chelsea star Eden will need no introduction. But the stage may soon be set for Thorgan to usurp the Real Madrid winger.

After lighting up the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, the 26-year-old moved to Borussia Dortmund in the summer and is a regular with Belgium alongside his brother, the captain.

Thorgan has started the season for Dortmund alongside the likes of Jadon Sancho, while Eden’s start at the Bernabeu has been far from plain sailing. Questions about his fitness and even his weight have plagued the 28-year-old since he arrived in Spain.

6. Rio and Anton Ferdinand

Both came through the fabled West Ham academy, but Anton never reached the same heights as Rio
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After seeing Rio depart for Leeds United for a world-record £18million in 2000, West Ham fans were convinced they would have to wait years to see another centre-half come through the ‘Academy of Football’.

However, just a few years later brother Anton came through and displayed the same composure on the ball as well as the outstanding physical attributes which his elder brother had become fabled for.

But it was Rio who enjoyed the more glittering career, moving for another world record fee to Manchester United and winning six Premier League trophies and the Champions League, amassing 81 caps for England as well.

5. Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara

Arguably the best sibling duo still playing the beautiful game today
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In terms of pure technical ability, these two may just be the best thanks to their World Cup-winning father Mazinho and their education at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.

But although they are both gifted midfield players., that is where the similarities end. Thiago opted to play for Spain and is sponsored by Nike. Rafinha plays for Brazil and is sponsored by adidas.

Mazinho’s career took him across the globe, resulting in his sons’ multicultural upbringing. Thiago was born in Italy and then he moved to Spain at the age of five.

For Rafinha, he was born in Brazil and failed to quite hit the heights of his older brother, currently spending the season on loan at Celta Vigo from Barca while Thiago lights up the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.

4. Michael and Brian Laudrup

Michael won league titles with Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as a European Cup,. but Brian won the 1992 European Championships with Denmark
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Before Christian Eriksen became the darling of Denmark, the Laudrup brothers were the pride of Scandinavia, with their elegance and poise on the ball mesmerising.

Michael was arguably the more successful of the two, league titles with Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as a European Cup. In fact, he was named as the Best Danish Footballer ever in 2006.

But younger brother Brian played a crucial role in  Denmark’s 1992 European Championships win and became a cult hero at Chelsea and Rangers during the latter stages of his career.

3. Sir Bobby and Jack Charlton

Both men won the World Cup with England in 1966 but Bobby went on to become the nation’s all time top scorer
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Although the two brothers are no longer particularly close, their journey from the small mining town of Ashington to World Cup glory in 1966 is truly remarkable.

Bobby, the short and dynamic attacker, was a complete contract to Jack’s unerring centre-half. But the duo were brought up in an impoverished life where they only had one another at times.

As the final whistle blew on that scorching afternoon at Wembley against West Germany, Bobby headed straight for his older brother.

“Nobody can ever take this moment away from us,” he told Jack as they embraced, tears streaming down the younger sibling’s face.

2. Phil and Gary Neville

Sister Tracey was head coach of England Netball and their dad is called Neville…seriously
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The duo began their footballing careers in Bury as two tykes who just wanted to kick lumps put of each, as brothers naturally do. Older brother Gary was the more physically advanced of the two and broke into the Manchester United team first.

But it was Phil who took his brother’s right-back spot for the 1996 FA Cup Final, before being left out of England’s 1998 World Cup squad.

Phil left for Everton and became club captain, before both ended up at Valencia during an ill-fated management spell. The younger Neville is now managing the England Women’s team, while Gary can be heard airing his views on football in his role as a pundit.

1. Kolo and Yaya Toure

The best footballing brothers, let’s hope Yaya doesn’t expect a cake for the accolade
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So iconic are the Toure brothers, the fan favourite song meant for them transcended football and was soon being performed on the strips of Magaluf and Malia.

After older brother Kolo earned a move to Arsenal, it seemed natural Yaya would follow. But Arsene Wenger passed on the chance to sign the midfielder and he wound up at Barcelona.

Meanwhile Kolo got a lucrative move to Manchester City and convinced Roberto Mancini his brother was the man City needed.

While neither man will have wanted to leave the Etihad in the way they did, the impact the Toure brothers had on the Premier League was huge Kolo was a key part of the Gunners’ 2004 ‘Invincibles’ team while Yaya will be remembered as one of the greatest midfielders to ever grace these shores.

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho was offered to Man City over the summer… but Pep Guardiola REJECTED him

6 Sep

Man City were offered Philippe Coutinho over the summer but Pep Guardiola rejected the chance to sign the former Liverpool star.

Coutinho was put on the market by Barcelona following a disappointing year-and-a-half at Camp Nou, having struggled to live up to his £142million transfer fee.

He eventually joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan with the German champions able to buy Coutinho outright for around £110m during the length of the deal.

Coutinho took little time after joining Bayern before indulging in certain local delicacies
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A host of England’s top clubs were said to be keen on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Premier League, with Tottenham, Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal all reportedly going in for Coutinho throughout the summer.

But one Premier League team were certainly NOT interested in Coutinho – Man City.

According to Marca, the reigning champions were offered the chance to sign Coutinho, but head coach Pep Guardiola said ‘no’ to the Brazil international.

Guardiola can already call upon a host of excellent midfield and attacking players, and clearly he did not believe Coutinho would improve his superb team.

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Coutinho’s move to Bayern was completed in the middle of August, and he’s so far played twice for the Bundesliga champions without scoring or assisting a goal.

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho was offered to Man City over the summer… but Pep Guardiola REJECTED him

6 Sep

Man City were offered Philippe Coutinho over the summer but Pep Guardiola rejected the chance to sign the former Liverpool star.

Coutinho was put on the market by Barcelona following a disappointing year-and-a-half at Camp Nou, having struggled to live up to his £142million transfer fee.

He eventually joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan with the German champions able to buy Coutinho outright for around £110m during the length of the deal.

Coutinho took little time after joining Bayern before indulging in certain local delicacies
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A host of England’s top clubs were said to be keen on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Premier League, with Tottenham, Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal all reportedly going in for Coutinho throughout the summer.

But one Premier League team were certainly NOT interested in Coutinho – Man City.

According to Marca, the reigning champions were offered the chance to sign Coutinho, but head coach Pep Guardiola said ‘no’ to the Brazil international.

Guardiola can already call upon a host of excellent midfield and attacking players, and clearly he did not believe Coutinho would improve his superb team.

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Coutinho’s move to Bayern was completed in the middle of August, and he’s so far played twice for the Bundesliga champions without scoring or assisting a goal.

John Barnes on Jadon Sancho’s racism admission: ‘Give up football, go into the real world and see what real discrimination is about’

3 Sep

John Barnes has told Jadon Sancho to ‘go into the real world and see what real discrimination is about’ after the England star admitted seeing players racially abused makes him question why he plays football.

The 55-year-old has suggested footballers, due to their privilege and wealth, don’t know what real racism and discrimination is.

Jadon Sancho says racism in football will destroy players’ love for the game
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Barnes joined talkSPORT on Tuesday and spoke passionately about the many cases of footballers suffering abuse from supporters and online since the start of the season.

Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is the latest player to be targeted, with Cagliari fans making monkey noises at the Belgian as he scored a match-winning goal for new club Inter Milan over the weekend.

Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma are among the other players who have been recently abused by online trolls, which has reopened the debate on how to better combat racism in football.

But Barnes says it will always be a problem for the game as long as it is present in society and insists clubs, governing bodies and authorities have ‘got it the wrong way around’ in their fight against it.

And he has called for footballers to use their voices to fight the issue of racism and discrimination in wider society, not just in their own sport.

“We have to get it out of society before we can get it out of the game,” Barnes said on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast.

“It’s impossible to get it out of the game as long as it exists in all walks of society.

“As with homophobia and sexism, you can’t target any one industry, you can’t target Hollywood with Harvey Weinstein and say, ‘well if he goes to prison there’s got to be no more sexism’.

“It’s ridiculous. We’re doing this the wrong way round!

“These incidents will keep on happening until we get rid of racism in society. It exists in all walks of society, in which football is just one.”

Barnes also issued his response to Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho, who has said players will start falling out of love with football if it racial abuse continues.

He added: “You love football because of the game, not because of some idiot who is going to shout at your from across the street.

“If Jadon is going to fall out of love with football, let him give up football and let him go into the real world as a young black man without an education and without being able to play football, then he’ll see what it’s really like to be a black person who is racially abused.

John Barnes has suggested wealthy and privileged footballers don’t know what real discrimination is
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“As much as footballers want to talk about how terrible it is for them, look at what’s happening in the black community of kids without an education and who haven’t got jobs.

“If he thinks that’s bad [the abuse of footballers], let him go into the real world and see what real discrimination is about.

“We’re now coming full circle, we’re trying to get something to change so lets get these black superstar footballers to tell us what we should do and tell us how terrible it is for them.

“What they should do is use their voice to talk about discrimination where it really hurts people in the inner cities with kids who can’t get jobs or opportunities.

“He’s signed a nice new contract, is he willing to give that contract up because he’s falling out of love with football? I don’t think he is.

“Let’s not get it blown out of proportion.”