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Football News: Review Of The Day 10th February 2020

Review Of The Day 10th February 2020
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Pablo Piatti has joined Toronto FC on a free transfer from Espanyol.

Atletico Mineiro have paid over £1.5m for Jefferson Savarino from Real Salt Lake.

Watford have loaned teenage Serbian forward Filip Stuparevic to Vozdovac.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Donovan Wilson has signed for Macclesfield Town on a free transfer from Burgos.

Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Serbian defender Ranko Veselinovic on loan from Vojvodina Novi Sad.


Injury Round-Up

Borussia Dortmund have been hit by another injury blow, with Marco Reus already out of their Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain, now Julian Brandt has joined him on the sidelines. Dortmund have revealed that Brandt has torn an ankle ligament.

Lille dismiss fears that Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has suffered a broken leg. Lille manager Christopher Galtier said: "He (Osimhen) has no broken femur. He had to receive treatment off the pitch and I think he has a muscle injury. The length and severity of his injury will be determined after tests are carried out on Saturday."

Bayern Munich youngster Adrian Fein, currently on loan with Hamburg, has suffered a fractured cheekbone in a clash of heads. Fein will need surgery to repair it.


Celtic Announce Profit

Scottish champions Celtic have revealed a pre-tax profit of £24.4m for the final 6 months of last year. This was an increase of £5.6m over the same period in 2018. The sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal, for around £25m, helped them to a player trading profit of £7.1m. Chairman Ian Bankier said: "Crucially, we continue to commit substantial funds to our football department. Salaries have increased over the same period last year and in the summer and winter transfer windows 2019/2020 we invested in 10 new player registrations. By almost all key footballing measures, performance has improved relative to the same period last year."


Rose Claims He Was Not Given A Chance

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Rose has gone out on loan to Newcastle United and claimed Mourinho did not give him a chance to prove himself. Rose said: "I do feel I wasn't given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backlineI did want to play for him. I knew after a month [of Mourinho joining] I was never going to play. It was difficult going out to train knowing I wasn't going to play. It's not worked out, but full respect to him and what he's doing at the club. He took over with the club 12 points adrift of Chelsea [now in fourth place] and now it's four. I have to be honest, I thought I would continue playing."


Ighalo Left Out Of United Training Camp

Manchester United's new signing, Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, has been left behind in the UK while the rest of the squad head for a training camp in Spain. The 30 year old loanee from Shanghai Shenhua arrived at the end of the January window from China and United feared travel restrictions, due to the coronavirus outbreak, might stop him from being able to return to England after the trip. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "He might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them. But the risk [of border restrictions tightening] we don't want to take."


Dutch And Belgians Call Off Games

A number of matches in Belgium and the Netherlands have been postponed due to the oncoming Storm Ciara. A Dutch FA (KNVB) statement explained: "It is irresponsible to play football in those weather conditions. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has announced Code Orange for the entire country on Sunday due to the approaching Storm Ciara. The storm is expected to increase in strength as the day progresses, rising to gusts of wind with a force of 120 kilometres per hour. It has been decided to remove the games from the programme." The Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United was also a casualty, though 35 miles down the road Sheffield United were able to beat Bournemouth. There was also a game called off in the Bundesliga.
Full list of cancelled fixtures:
Dutch Eredivisie:
FC Utrecht v Ajax
AZ Alkmaar v Feyenoord
Sparta Rotterdam v ADO Den Haag
FC Emmen v FC Twente
Belgian Pro League:
Standard Liege v Club Brugges
Royal Antwerp v KRC Genk
Waasland-Beveren v KV Kortrijk
Belgian Proximus League:
Westerlo v Lokeren
English Premier League:
Manchester City v West Ham United
German Bundesliga:
Borussia Moenchengladbach v Cologne


Season Tickets Key To Adebayor Deal

Paraguayan club Olimpia Asuncion have claimed that a deal is agreed "in principle" to sign former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor if they sell enough season tickets. Club president Marco Trovato told a press conference: "If by Monday, there is additional 20,000 season ticket holders [to reach 35,000], Emmanuel Adebayor will be an Olimpia player and be presented on Wednesday. This is our challenge, our objective, my commitment as well as that of the management, for the supporters of Olimpia. Everything is in principle." Adebayor himself posted on social media: "Hello, I'm Emmanuel Adebayor. Become a member so we can see each other in Olimpia soon." Olimpia's current captain is Adebayor's former Manchester City teammate Roque Santa Cruz.


Bielsa Takes The Blame

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has taken full responsibility for his side's current poor form. Bielsa told the BBC: "Clearly if you have good players and they give their all on the pitch, the conclusion is clear. I have to understand that it is myself who has to find the solutions. I'm prepared to find solutions to turn this negative situation into a more positive one."


Moreno Praise For Slimani

After on-loan Leicester City striker Islam Slimani scored the winner for Monaco, the manager, Roberto Moreno, said: "He is a great player, I said it as soon as I arrived in Monaco [December 28]. We have an incredible attack with top-level players. I am very happy that he scored, at the same time the team went to great lengths, like Jovetic and Keita."


Mallorca Coach Caught Make Racist Gesture Towards Own Player

Japanese international teenage striker Tekefusa Kubo came off the bench at Espanyol for Real Mallorca to find himself at the centre of a racism storm. The 18 year old, who is on loan from Real Madrid, was warming up down the sidelines when an injury made the club decide to bring him on as a substitute. One of Mallorca's coaches called him back by making a gesture which looked to be racist.

Written by Tris Burke February 09 2020 22:18:14


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