Sevilla sign striker Hernandez on three-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Spanish side, Sevilla, have signed Mexican striker, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, from West Ham United on a three-year deal on transfer deadline day, the two clubs announced on Monday. Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed but British media reported the La Liga club paid around eight million pounds ($9.82 million) for the 31 year-old who had less than a year left to run on his contract with the London club. “West Ham United can confirm that striker Chicharito has joined Spanish Primera Division club Sevilla on a permanent basis,” the Premier League club said in a statement. It added: “The Mexican’s transfer ends a two-year stay in east London, `during which he scored 17 goals in 63 games in Claret and Blue.” The Mexico international, who also played for Manchester United and Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, is no stranger to La Liga, having played for Real Madrid on a season-long loan in the 2014-15 season. Hernandez is the 14th recruit of the close season for Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla, who are third in the league standings after three games.Tags: Javier ‘Chicharito’ HernandezSEVILLAWest Ham Unitedlast_img

EPL: Chelsea face Brighton hurdle

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Brighton vs. Chelsea Venue: Amex Stadium Kick off: 1:30PMChelsea make the trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon looking to strengthen their grip on fourth position in the Premier League standings. While Chelsea have been hampered by their lack of consistency since the arrival of Frank Lampard, the presence of the club legend has also played a pivotal part in the team’s ability to frequently bounce back from setbacks with significant wins. During a period where they have lost at home to Bournemouth and Southampton without troubling the scoresheet, Chelsea have recorded maximum points at the grounds of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. To some degree, witnessing his players perform with class against Spurs and sheer desire versus the Gunners will frustrate Lampard, who did not hide his disappointment after the previous defeats at Stamford Bridge. Nevertheless, the Englishman will at least feel optimistic for the future as the club look to close the gap on second and third place, while also defending their hold on fourth position. While achieving Champions League football for next season has become the natural priority target, Lampard will feel that this side is capable of more if they can maintain a high level over a prolonged period. Most of the attention this season has been focused on a misfiring backline and a youthful attack, but Jorginho reiterated his importance to the team and squad in general at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Despite the Italian being fortunate to remain on the pitch during the closing stages, his presence after his introduction settled the Blues down at a time when their opponents could have effectively ended the game as a contest. The performance creates a selection dilemma for Lampard going forward, although it is one which he will like having when no-one in his squad is producing the consistency he is demanding. Chelsea travel to the south coast having now won seven of their 10 away matches in this season’s Premier League, although that record will not intimidate Graham Potter’s Brighton squad. While the Seagulls have only registered four wins at the Amex Stadium from 10 attempts, their style of play has regularly caused problems for their opponents this season, regardless of their position in the table. That said, Brighton desperately needed their success against Bournemouth at the weekend after falling to within a defeat of being pulled into the bottom three. There is the perception that Brighton are a team on the up under Potter, something which may be the case, but a four-match winless streak had highlighted the need for results over displays which are easy on the eye. The manner of the victory over the Cherries delivered both of those aspects, with Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy scoring brilliantly-taken individual goals to get off the mark for the season. With more breathing space to work with, Potter will now hope that his players can replicate that performance four days later against Chelsea, who outplayed them at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign. There is also the added motivation of trying to record back-to-back Premier League wins for just the second time this season – something which has not been achieved since the start of November. Given that Chelsea have also not put together successive triumphs since October 26, the opportunity is there to get another three points on the board, which would ultimately leave Brighton not far away from the top 10. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Bissouma, Propper, Trossard, Mooy, Jahanbakhsh, Maupay. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.Tags: AMex StadiumBrightonChelseaFrank LampardPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Newcastle plan Emmanuel Dennis move

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Leeds, Everton battle for €40m Dennis Crystal Palace want Eze, Osayi-Samuel Leeds to rival Wolves for Emmanuel Dennis Newcastle have made a bid to sign Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis, according to Eurosport’s Manu Lonjon. After an impressive season so far with Brugge, in which he starred in their Champions League campaign – scoring twice against Real Madrid, Dennis has been linked with big moves away. Reports in France, as cited on Leicestershire Live, back in November claimed that Leicester City had held talks over a move to sign the player. Elsewhere this season, Dennis has scored five times in 11 league starts for the Belgian outfit. The final third is certainly one area of the squad that Steve Bruce must look to strengthen this month. A number of supporters were left furious with summer signing Joelinton after his performance in the FA Cup against Rochdale recently. Pressure has been mounting on the Brazilian striker, who has scored just one league goal since his move from Hoffenheim. Only Watford have scored fewer goals in the bottom half of the Premier League table this season and bringing in another forward to support Joelinton would further bolster the club’s chances of survival this season.Tags: Club BruggeEmmanuel DennisLeicestershireManu Lonjonlast_img read more

Real Valladolid sign Ben Arfa

first_imgRelatedPosts Rennes want Fikayo Tomori, £25m for Mendy Neymar, Di Maria, Paredes test positive for COVID-19 Neymar reflects on Champions League defeat Real Valladolid have signed former PSG midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa terminated his agreement with Rennes and signed for Valladolid on Tuesday to the end of this season. A France international, the midfielder has played 388 official matches and scored 73 goals for Lyon, Olympique Marseille, Newcastle, Hull City, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes. Valladolid have also signed Almeria striker Sekou Gassama. Gassama has penned terms to 2024 and will immediately join Fuenlabrada on-loan to the end of the season. He played for Real Valladolid Promesas for the 2014/15 season.Tags: Hatem Ben ArfaPSGReal ValladolidRennesSekou Gassamalast_img read more

Mayweather: I’m finished with boxing

first_imgRelatedPosts Sexual assault: McGregor awaits physical test, video evidence Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge Mayweather’s ex-babe died of fentanyl overdose Floyd Mayweather has dismissed claims that he could come out of retirement and insisted that he is “finished with boxing”.There have been suggestions that Mayweather, who beat Conor McGregor in his last fight in 2017, could return to the ring to take on Adrien Broner. However, Mayweather played down such claims and says that he doesn’t want to face fighters who “sell out little arenas”.Mayweather told Fight Hype: “These are just rumours. I’m retired. I’m finished with boxing. I stay in shape.“I am not retired from business. Would I fight with McGregor? People make $370 million. I make that in one night. I made over $320 million twice. It only took me 36 minutes or 28 minutes, something like that.“If this guy [Broner] wants to fight Floyd I say ‘you guys sell out little arenas and do some little baby moves, not bad, but I’m older and a lot wiser, meaning I don’t want to end up like my uncle Rog. A lot of fighters don’t know when to give up.“Even the fight with McGregor it was smart on my behalf and smart on his behalf. I can make more money than any other fighter.” Mayweather revealed that he is enjoying being retired but did suggest that he could return for a fight against a fighter who sells out big arenas.He said: “Even if we did it again it’s entertainment and it’s business. I’m not boxing – no boxing at all.“I’m done, I’m retired and I love my life. I enjoy being retired.“If I see an opportunity and have a little fun and make $600 million – why not.“If I was to come back why would I fight a fighter that only sells out little cities?” Mayweather has taken part in 50 fights during his career, winning all of them.He is one of the greatest boxers ever having won 15 major world titles.Last month Mayweather revealed his desire to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Roger and become a trainer.Tags: Adrien BronerConor McGregorFloyd Mayweatherlast_img read more

Lewandowski is Germany’s ‘Footballer of the year’

first_imgRelatedPosts Record-breaking Lewandowski sparkles as Bayern Munich win again Bayern down Dortmund, close on Bundesliga title Thomas Muller extends Bayern deal until 2023 Polish forward Robert Lewandowski has been voted Germany’s “Footballer of the year” for helping Bayern Munich to a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble.Kicker magazine announced Sunday that Lewandowski received 276 votes in a poll among sports journalists for the prize, significantly more than his next-placed teammates Thomas Müller (54 votes) and Joshua Kimmich (49). The 32-year-old Lewandowski finished the past season as top scorer in the Bundesliga (34 goals), German Cup (six) and Champions League (15).“I worked hard on my performances and for the whole team, which played brilliantly, nationally and internationally,” said Lewandowski, who scored 55 goals in 47 competitive games last season.Bayern coach Hansi Flick was voted “coach of the year” for his part in helping the Bavarian powerhouse to the treble.Tags: Bayern coach Hansi FlickGermany’s Footballer of the yearJoshua KimmichLewandowskiThomas Mullerlast_img read more

Arsenal promise ban for banana thrower

first_img A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating after a banana was thrown on to the pitch from the away section of supporters during the Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal match at White Hart Lane on Sunday March 3rd. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue to try to identify the suspect.” Arsenal and Spurs both warned before the match no anti-social behaviour would be tolerated at what is one of the most heated fixtures in the English football calendar. Arsenal say they operate a zero-tolerance policy towards any such act, and will therefore ban anyone who is found guilty of throwing the banana. Another point of controversy in Sunday’s game came when Emmanuel Adebayor was briefly taunted about the deadly gun attack he survived in Angola. Meanwhile, Tottenham captain Michael Dawson thinks there is no better player in the world right now than Bale, who scored his 49th goal for the club against the Gunners. The strike was his 20th of a fine season, which has seen him compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Some critics, including Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, claim Bale is not in the same class as Ronaldo, who has scored 33 goals for Madrid this season, and three-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, but Dawson disagrees. “Gaz is up there with Ronaldo and Messi in terms of ability – he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment, and probably the best in the world for me right now,” Dawson said in a promotional interview for Topman. “Some of the things he does would have Ronaldo blush. His goal this season against Norwich where he picked the ball up in his own half and dribbled past all those players before having the calm and composure to put in the bottom corner… He’s been brilliant and credit to him.” Arsenal have vowed to ban for life the fan who threw a banana at Gareth Bale on Sunday. Police confirmed on Monday that they had launched an investigation after an Arsenal supporter threw a banana at Bale as he went to take a corner in the 27th minute of Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane, which Tottenham won 2-1. The Police are examining CCTV footage to see if they can identify the person who aimed the fruit at the Tottenham star. Spurs have also agreed to help the police with their enquiries. Bale is sometimes targeted by opposing fans, who often chant that the player “looks like a chimp”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mancini baffled by City dismissal

first_img The former Inter Milan boss was dismissed on May 13 – the anniversary of the previous season’s dramatic Barclays Premier League title success – after three days of mounting speculation over his future. Quoted in Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Mancini said: “Even now, (almost two months) later, I still do not understand why. It is still painful, I admit. I think I deserved more respect for what I had done for Manchester City.” Press Association Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini remains baffled by his sacking, claiming he deserved more respect for what he achieved at the club.center_img He added: “In three and a half seasons with my staff, I believe I did an extraordinary job. The club had not won a (league) title for more than 40 years. I won a championship title, FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the worst season – the last one – I lost a final and I came second (in the league). “The numbers are clear. This sacking still does not have a reason. The Arabs called me and said to me ‘in three years we want the title’, and I won it in the second year. And then I rebuilt a club that was not at the top level of football. Evidently, chairman Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) must have had in his head some situations that were not true.” Mancini pointed a particular finger of blame towards chief executive Ferran Soriano, saying: “For him, I was a person too big (within the club). He and I did not speak the same language and I do not mean Italian, Spanish or English.” Mancini’s final season at the Etihad Stadium was also notable for the sale of Italy striker Mario Balotelli to AC Milan, seemingly marking the end of a tempestuous relationship between the pair. The 48-year-old gave Balotelli considerable support during their two and a half years together in Manchester, despite voicing his frustration on numerous occasions – and a training-ground bust-up four weeks before his departure. “By that time, I understood that in England he was not very well any more,” Mancini said. “He – like (Liverpool forward Luis) Suarez – was targeted by opponents, referees, the public. “Sure, he has not done anything to avoid certain situations. I love him, but I have not heard from since he arrived at Milan.” last_img read more

Chelsea duo left out of Spain squad

first_imgSpain boss Vicente del Bosque has left Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and Juan Mata out of his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Finland. Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke keeps his place, having been a surprise choice last time, as do Real Madrid new-boy Isco and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez. Coming back in after missing out last time are Barcelona midfielder Xavi and Atletico striker David Villa, while Villa’s club-mate Mario Suarez is handed a chance to impress. World champions Spain play Finland in Helsinki next Friday, defending top spot in Group I, and have a friendly against Chile on the following Tuesday. Spain squad: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Napoli), Victor Valdes (Barcelona); Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Ignacio Monreal (Arsenal), Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Mario Suarez (Atletico Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Roberto Soldado (Tottenham), Pedro (Barcelona), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona). Neither player was included for the recent friendly against Ecuador, and with Torres and Mata unable to earn permanent places in Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s early team selections there has been no recall for the pair. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is also again out of favour, with Del Bosque staying faithful to Iker Casillas, Jose Reina and Victor Valdes. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rooney hurt by United form

first_img For Rooney, though, the players need to do their bit. “We all have to step up,” he told a number of national newspapers ahead of Sunday’s away game with Aston Villa. “It hasn’t been good enough of late and we all have to come forward and show why we were champions last year and do better. We have a good run of games now and hopefully we can do that.” Rooney is one United player who could be admonished of blame for United’s form. The England international has been the club’s stand-out player this season, but still considers himself culpable. “It’s not about me, it’s about the team. If the team isn’t doing well then my form is not important – we have to do well as a team and roll our sleeves up and really pull ourselves together,” he added. “It’s not nice (the table). We are all proud players and it’s not nice being there. It hurts. Hopefully there will be a reaction.” Much has been said about the transfer business Moyes did in the summer and how much he is expected to do in the forthcoming window. Some have criticised the Scot for his dealings, with others claiming United no longer spend big, but he is adamant that the money is there for him to freshen things up should he so wish. The champions currently sit ninth in the Premier League and are nine points behind Everton who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot. With David Moyes still adapting to life in Sir Alex Ferguson’s place as manager, the transition has been a long one and questions have been asked of where United are heading on and off the field. Press Association “We can definitely find the money for a big deal, 100 per cent,” he told national newspapers. “I know that because the money was available this summer. We were very close to a major, major signing, and if it had gone through it would have definitely shown what the club is worth. “We didn’t do it in the end, we didn’t quite get there because players had chosen other clubs or made different decisions, but we were close to a couple of major signings and we didn’t miss out because of money, that’s for sure.” With United’s pursuit of a top-four spot currently off-beam, questions have been asked in some places as to how the club’s owners would react if Moyes and his players fail to qualify for the competition next season. Moyes was dubbed as ‘the chosen one’ after being picked for the job by Ferguson and former United defender Gary Neville believes Moyes should remain, no matter what. “My view is simple: David Moyes deserves to have the same period of time that every Manchester United manager has had,” he wrote in the Mail on Sunday. “I don’t care what Chelsea or Real Madrid do in sacking their managers after winning trophies. “Manchester United should be different and stay true to their values. And even if United didn’t qualify for the Champions League, which would be a huge disappointment, I would maintain that view.” Wayne Rooney is “hurt” by the way Manchester United’s title defence has started and has told his team-mates they need to start delivering.last_img read more