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Football News: Review Of The Day 18th May 2018

Review Of The Day 18th May 2018
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Review of the Day


Buffon Considering Offers

After confirming his decision to leave Juventus at the end of the season, 40 year old legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon has said he is considering some "interesting proposals" from teams. Buffon told "Saturday will be my final match for Juventus and to end this journey with two cups and with the entire Bianconeri world by my side will be very special. What will I do next? For now I only know that I will play a game on Saturday. Until a few days ago it was certain that I would stop playing. Interesting proposals have now arrived. I'm proud to have played to the best of my ability right up until now, with performances which befit both myself and this club. I make this decision in a calm and happy state of mind, which is not to be taken for granted for a sportsperson. The most exciting proposal for my career off the pitch has come from the president. Next week, after a few days to reflect, I shall make up my mind and follow my best instincts. If my future lies off the pitch, it will be necessary to undergo a training course in order to understand the right path to take and what role I could occupy."


Winks Signs New Spurs Contract

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has put pen to paper on a new five year deal. The 22 year old has missed almost the entire second half of the season with a troubling ankle injury. Young US international defender Cameron Carter-Vickers also signed a new deal, though his runs until 2021, two years shorter than Winks.


Bradford Release Four

Bradford City have let four players go, including veteran full-back Tony McMahon. Lukas Raeder, Rouven Sattelmaier and Nicky Law were also let released.


Portugal Name Squad

The Portugese World Cup squad has been named and a number of players from their Euro 2016 winning squad have missed out. Unsurprisingly Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches have not made the cut, along with Nani and Eder.
Portugal Squad:
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)
Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting)
Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)


Transfer Round Up

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda's loan spell to Celtic has been cut short. Musonda joined the Glaswegians on an 18 month deal in January, but struggled badly up in the SPFL. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: "He was a joy to work with, wanted to learn, but he's at the age where he needs to be playing week-in, week-out and unfortunately I couldn't promise him that. I met with Chelsea on Monday. Charly's contract was set in that there was a review at the end of the season, whether they wanted to take him back. The idea for Charly to come out [on loan] was to play as many games as he possibly could. Between us both we were thinking he may not get the games that they would like him to get for next season. My job when I bring in young players is to give them the environment, and hopefully give them as much game time as I possibly can. If that doesn't happen then of course we don't own the player. He's a terrific young player. I think the level the team has been playing at has been difficult at times for Charly to get in. But there's no doubt he's a talent and I'm sure next year he'll go on and hopefully get the games that he wants."

Celtic's Glasgow rivals Rangers have signed Scott Arfield on a free transfer from Burnley. The 29 year old Canada international has signed a 4 year contract.

Scott Brown has signed for Port Vale on a 2 year deal. Brown's contract with Wycombe Wanderers is up in the summer.

Southend United have added winger Sam Barratt on an undisclosed fee from non-league side Maidenhead United.

Accrington Stanley's out of contract keeper Aaron Chapman has signed for Peterborough United on a 2 year deal for next season.

Rhys Bennett is set to swop Mansfield Town for Peterborough United at the end of the season on a free transfer.

Johnny Mullins has joined Cheltenham Town following his release from Luton Town.

Stevenage sign defender Luther Wildin on an undisclosed fee from Nuneaton Town.

Midfielder Luke Joyce has joined League Two side Port Vale after rejecting a contract extension offer from Carlisle United.

Brendon Daniels has also signed for Vale, this time from National League North side Alfreton Town, on a 6 month contract.

Preston North End have paid an undisclosed fee for midfielder Ryan Ledson from Oxford United.

Shaun Miller returns to Crewe Alexandra after his release from Carlisle United. The striker began his career with the Railwaymen.

Full-back Andy Yiadom has left Barnsley to join Reading on a free transfer.

Burnley defender Tom Anderson has agreed a deal to join Doncaster Rovers after his contract expires in the summer.

Suat Serdar has signed for Schalke 04 from 1. FSV Mainz 05. The young midfielder has agreed a contract until 2022.


Porn Barons Make Fresh Promises To Break

In a long-standing tradition of making overblown promises, which they then later break usually, West Ham United owners have promised to appoint a big name to take over from David Moyes. Joint chairman David Sullivan said: "This is an exciting time for our football club. We are preparing to appoint a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game." This followed on from a Hammers statement which said the club was "extremely confident of appointing a high-calibre first-team manager, who has a proven record both in the Premier League and European football".


France Choose Their World Cup Squad

The big 'surprises' were that Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette missed out.
France squad:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)


Wenger Backs Arteta To Succeed Him

Arsene Wenger has publicly backed Mikel Arteta as having "all of the qualities" needed to succeed him as manager of Arsenal. Wenger told BeIn Sports: "He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club. Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly. I believe it is important they make their choice in an objective way and after made that decision I will support him."


Wilshere Believes He Should Have Been In The England Squad

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Arsenal's always-injured Jack Wilshere believes he should have been in the England squad for the World Cup. Wilshere said (no doubt through a cloud of cigarette smoke and over 20 pints of wife beater): "It goes without saying, I'm incredibly disappointed. I believe I should be in the squad! However, I have to respect the manager's decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament. I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation."


Pep Signs New Man City Contract

Manchester City have tied manager Pep Guardiola to a new deal with the club, which keeps him there until 2021. Guardiola said: "I am so happy and excited. It's a pleasure to work here. I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players - and I feel good."

Written by Tris Burke May 20 2018 20:54:29


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