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‘That’s where I want to be’ – West Ham star drops a hint regarding his future

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has admitted that he dreams of playing Champions League football. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, and the player’s admission that he wants European football will certainly worry the Hammers faithful. He said (via Daily Mirror): “To have that Champions League music playing, that’s where I want to be. “It’s special – I can’t really describe it to be honest. As a kid, it’s your dream – first of all to play in the Premier League, but to be competing for the Champions League (as well). “You know West Ham, people say (we’re) a mid-table club and last three seasons we’ve been battling relegation. But this, what we’re doing now, has always been there. It was just about when. We’re on fire. “We’re on course...

Villa star reveals vile abuse from season ticket holder that made him quit Twitter

Aston Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi quit Twitter following a torrent of abuse he received for missing a chance against Everton last season. The winger was in full support as the footballing world boycotted social media platforms last weekend as a pledge to cut out online hate, racism and other forms of discrimination, and he is hoping that such protests will help bring change and sanity to the internet. El Ghazi scored just four Premier League goals last term but has already doubled that tally this season, playing a huge role in Villa’s attempt to break into the European places. The Dutchman has bagged match-winning goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Everton this term and will be keen to keep impressing going forward. El Ghazi’s lack of consistency for Villa attracted v...

Ancelotti reportedly big admirer of Real Madrid-linked £25m man as Everton plot move

Everton are considering a summer move for Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, according to the Mirror. With the Cottagers staring at relegation in the face, the £25 million-rated Cameroon international is expected to remain in the top-flight and is not short of suitors. Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer of Anguissa’s style of play and reckons he could help add some dynamism and steel to Everton’s midfield. The 25-year-old has also been a creative outlet for Fulham this term, weighing in with three assists in 32 Premier League games. Anguissa spent last season on loan at Villarreal following Fulham’s relegation at the end of his debut campaign in England, and he reportedly attracted interest from Real Madrid. Sportslens View The midfield powerhouse has what it takes...

Tactical Analysis: How Chelsea halted Manchester City’s Premier League title party

Just over three weeks after their FA Cup semi-final success, Chelsea faced Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with the hosts having the chance to seal the Premier League title with a victory. The two sides were fresh after midweek Champions League semi-final successes – against Paris Saint-Germain for City and Real Madrid for Chelsea – but with wholesale changes to the line-ups (nine for City and five for Chelsea), this was no dress rehearsal. Psychologically, though, this was a significant battle, and Chelsea came away with a crucial win (for their top-four hopes, too) after going a goal down in the first half. The match was filled with plenty of controversies, but we will strictly restrict ourselves to focusing on the tactical aspects of the clash. Manchester City in poss...

Aston Villa and Everton have made enquiries for 22-yr-old midfielder

Aston Villa and Everton are thought to be keen on signing the Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumaré. The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting midfield talents around Europe right now and the likes of Leicester City are thought to be interested in signing him as well. According to footmercato, the Foxes are currently leading the race to sign Soumaré this summer but the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Everton have made enquiries for the player as well. Soumaré was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League at the start of the season as well and it remains to be seen whether his suitors can bring him to England next season. The Frenchman can operate as a central midfielder and in a holding role. He has the potential to develop into a world-class...

Journalist claims Leeds want Chelsea attacking midfielder, NUFC keen too

According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United all want to sign Chelsea attacking midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan this summer. Chelsea. Conor Gallagher wants to give it a go under Tuchel next season. Tat will be a disappointment to Leeds, Palace and Newcastle who all want him on loan. — Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 9, 2021 However, the Englishman is hoping to convince Blues manager Thomas Tuchel that he deserves a chance in the first-team and is keen to give that a go next season. Gallagher is currently on a season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion and has weighed in with two goals and two assists in 26 Premier League games this term. The Baggies are inching closer to relegation, but the attacker is expected to remain in the top-flight ...

Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham vs Everton

Everton will face West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.  Ahead of the match, former Liverpool defender turned popular football pundit, Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for the Hammers. Everton suffered a big blow last week in their race for the European spot after they lost 2-1 against Aston Villa at Goodison Park. The Toffees are going through a bad spell at the moment, having managed just one win in their last eight games in all competitions. West Ham defeated Everton in their corresponding fixture and Lawrenson believes that the Hammers will get another similar result today. The Hammers, on the other hand, returned to winning ways last week after beating Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor. He said to BBC Sport: “West Ham were very impressive when they beat Burnley last weekend...

Journalist claims Villa are leading the race for defender Liverpool & Solskjaer want

Aston Villa are leading the race for Dundee United defender Kerr Smith, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon. Aston Villa. Lead race for young Scott Kerr at Dundee United. Man U Liverpool Leicester and Southampton all had a look. — Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 9, 2021 Manchester United, Liverpool, Leicester City and Southampton are also interested in signing the 16-year-old. However, it appears that he is keen on moving to Villa Park ahead of other places this summer and a deal in the region of £500,000 could be sealed in the coming weeks. Smith has played thrice for Dundee in the Scottish Premiership this term, and that is very impressive given his age. Villa are looking to have one of the best youth teams in England, and have recently made some top recruitment to that effect. W...

Everything you need to know about 2020/21 Championship Play-Offs

The 2020/21 EFL Championship campaign approaches the ultimate stage, with four sides preparing to discover their fate in the upcoming play-offs. Premier League football is at stake as only one team goes up, leaving the remaining three stuck in the second division for another year. Designed as a mini-tournament that kicks off after the completion of the regular season, the Championship play-offs are arguably the most lucrative matches in English football. Considered the most valuable single football fixture on the planet, the Championship play-off final earns the victor at least £135 million in the name of Premier League promotion. Furthermore, if immediate relegation was avoided the following season, the play-off final winner receives an additional £130m. So there are approximately 26...

Leeds make contact with young defender’s club, Celtic in the race as well

Fleetwood Town teenager Josh Feeney has recently attracted plenty of interest from Premier League clubs. According to Daily Mail, Leicester City, Leeds United and Aston Villa have all contacted the League One club regarding the talented defender. Scottish giants Celtic are thought to be keeping tabs on the 16-year-old who has already made his mark in Fleetwood’s first team. He has also been called up for international camps by England and Scotland at under 16 level. SL View: An impressive future prospect Feeney is rated highly by the League One club and has a big future ahead of him. His suitors will be hoping to snap him up this summer for a reasonable price and nurture him into a first-team star over the next few seasons. The report from Daily Mail adds that Celtic could have an advantag...

Key Leeds duo on the bench, Spurs star keeps place, Blues midfielder ruled out

The 35th round of fixtures in the Premier League features some crucial matches at both ends of the EPL table. We’ll update this story with reports, results, highlights and the latest Premier League standings throughout the weekend. The action got underway on Friday evening as Leicester City went head-to-head with Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium. The Magpies upset the odds with a superb 4-2 victory – Callum Wilson (2), Joe Willock and Paul Dummett got the goals. Leeds United ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at home to Tottenham Hotspur – Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo were on the scoresheet. Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze were on target as Crystal Palace triumphed 2-0 at Sheffield United. Manchester City will have to wait to clinch the title after losing 2-1 at hom...

Report: Everton could re-ignite interest in securing signature of £14m PSG target

Everton reportedly could look to sign a new striker in the summer transfer window. According to reports from Tuttomercatoweb (h/t Liverpool Echo), several clubs including Everton are interested in securing the services of Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee this summer. Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan and Rome are also monitoring his progress. Everton were linked with Zirkzee in the January window, with Sky Sports reporting that the Toffees were in talks to land the exciting Bayern Munich youngster. However, he joined Italian club Parma on loan instead. The Italian side have been relegated from Serie A this season, and it is doubtful that they will be triggering his £14 million option-to-buy clause to sign him permanently from Bayern. Everton are back in the frame for his signat...