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Football News: Review Of The Day 22nd October 2020

Review Of The Day 22nd October 2020
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Former Liverpool youngster Matty Virtue has signed a 2 year contract with Blackpool.

A quartet of Barcelona players have signed new contracts with the Catalan club with a short-term salary reduction due to the financial impact of coronavirus on the club. 33 year old former Manchester United centre-back Gerard Pique has extended his deal until 2024 with a 500m euro buyout clause. French centre-back Clement Lenglet and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong have extended until 2026 and German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen's new deal runs until 2025.

Hellas Verona centre-back Alan Empereur has signed a 2 year deal with the club.

Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Herrera has agreed a 3 year contract with 2 year option with CA Osasuna.



In Major League Soccer Nashville SC have signed Handwalla Bwana from Seattle Sounders in exchange for Jimmy Medranda and up to $250,000 in General Allocation Money.

Moussa Konate has signed for Dijon for £2.16m from Amiens.

Teenage Canadian defender Ryan Lindsay has returned home to sign for Canadian Premier League side York9 FC from Slovakian side FK Pohronie. Also joining York9 is Argentine winger Mateo Hernandez from Club Atletico Colon.


Injury Round-Up

Oldham Athletic boss Harry Kewell is to self-isolate for 10 days after he tested CV positive.

Standard Liege have been hit by a CV outbreak which has seen three players, Nicolas Raskin, Moussa Sissako and Michael-Ange Balikisha, as well as goalkeeping coach Jan van Steenberghe, test positive. Sissako's pair of housemates are also Standard players and the duo, Damjan Pavlovic and Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba, are also in quarantine.

Serge Gnabry is another to test positive. The 25 year old former Arsenal winger is currently in quarantine and will be missing from the Bayern Munich squad until after the weekend at least.


Managerial Changes

Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee has returned to the helm of the Kenyan national team for a second time, replacing Francis Kimanzi, who left by mutual consent on Tuesday.


Disciplinary Charges



Fuchs Hoping To Reignite International Career

Cameroonian midfielder Jeando Fuchs is hoping that his move to Dundee United from Alaves will allow him to add to the two Cameroon caps the 23 year old has already won. Fuchs said: "If I play well here my manager in Cameroon calls me, because he needs players in the team at a good level. Before, I didn't play in Spain. I have come here because the manager said he wanted to teach me, because I need to develop my football for progress, because I am a young player, I have a lot to learn."


Hibs Defender Joins Common Goal

Hibernian's young defender Ryan Porteous has signed up with the charity Common Goal to pledge at least 1% of his salary to charity. The 21 year old has pledged his money to help promote gender equality in football, with the money being used to help support grassroots projects for young female players. He is the first homegrown SPFL player to sign up, though Rangers defender Leon Balogun is also a contributor to Common Goal.


Jose Denies They Are Spursy

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has denied that his team are 'Spursy' after they let a 3-0 lead slip to West Ham United at the weekend. Mourinho said: "We can play 50 more matches and it's not going to happen again. I don't want to be sticking on this. No stories about 'Spursy' and this kind of thing. We just need to defend better from set-pieces. We are a team in evolution. I believe that nobody played better than us with the ball. Which is a big evolution from last season. We are a very exciting team to watch. And that's the DNA we want to have. Is that enough to win football matches? No. Of course we need to play for a result and we have to learn how to do it."


Man United Lose £70m

Manchester United's latest financial figures showed a drop of £70m in expected revenue in the year up to 30 June 2020. The period included the shut down during the height of the pandemic and saw overall revenue drop by 18.8% to £509m from £627.1m, though in part the drop was down to a failure to qualify for that season's Champions League. The Red Devils had still expected to make £580m in their previous year's estimate. On the back of the results, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward called on the UK government to allow fans back into football grounds: "If people are allowed to sit in a plane for hours, or in the cinema, or even watch football in a cinema why not outside in a stadium environment which is professionally managed and controlled."


Ireland Replace Kiwis

Following New Zealand's decision to withdraw from a proposed Wembley international friendly due to be played on 12th November, England have had to find new opponents. The Republic of Ireland, who face Wales three days later in the Nations League, have stepped in as replacements.


Ozil Unhappy With Gunners

German midfielder Mesut Ozil has hit out at Arsenal's lack of 'loyalty' after being left out of the club's squad for both Europa League and Premier League. Ozil wrote on social media: "I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being. Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. I've always tried to remain positive from week to week that there's maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That's why I kept silent so far. Before the coronavirus break I was really happy with my development under our new coach Mikel Arteta - we've been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level. But then things changed, again, and I was no longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club. No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my eighth season at Arsenal end like this. I can promise you that this hard decision won't change anything in my mindset - I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice." Also left out of the squads is Greek centre-back Sokratis.

Written by Tris Burke October 22 2020 07:56:03


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