Newcastle counting on new players

Rafael Benitez believes that the performance of the new players will determine whether Newcastle will be able to mount a serious push for promotion.

The Spanish manager believes that Newcastle United has a good chance to get back to the Premier League, but it is important that each player plays their part.

Although some players have left the team following their relegation Rafael Benitez has brought in some new faces and believes that they can help the team reach their objectives. He said that it is normal for some players to want to play in the Premier League or abroad but he will need to count on those that are staying. He believes that there are players that would want to stay with the team and to fight in order to bring the team back to the Premier League.

At the moment he wants to develop a good team spirit within the club and also help the team improve tactically. He admitted that it would be tough to play in the Championship, but they will have to prepare well. He said that it is a new competition for them and that there will be new clubs that there will be facing.

For Rafael Benitez, it is possible for Newcastle United to win their promotion but the players should be prepared to fight for it. He said that playing in the Championship is all about fighting and that the players should be ready physically and mentally. He stated that it is no use complaining about the players that have left the team and that fans should get behind the new players that have just joined the team. Benitez believes that the new players have the potential to improve the team and that they should be able to help the team fight for promotion.

BARCELONA CHIEF SAYS NO TO FUNES MORI DEAL

There have been speculations that Spanish champions Barcelona want to add Funes Mori to their squad ahead of the coming campaign but the club’s chief has confirmed that the club will not sign the player this summer.


Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez said the club will be tracking the progress of the player but will not bid for him to join them just yet.

Scouts from the Liga champions were watching the player when he was in action for Argentina against Venezuela in the Copa America quarter-finals, leading to reports that an offer could be made this summer. The Barcelona chief confirmed that he would keep an eye on the player on his form but quashed talk of a deal in the current transfer window for the 25-year-old. Fernandez told Sport:
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“He’s a good player and we’ve known him well for a long time, but we’re not going to sign him this summer,” the director said effectively all speculations. Funes Mori played a brilliant debut season for Everton in the last campaign. He made 28 Premier League appearances Goodison Park and scored four goals.

On the other hand, the club is reported to be having issues with Neymar, according to reports from Spanish paper ABC. The report mentioned that Neymar’s agent and his father wants the star player to leave Barcelona in light of all the transfer troubles since he joined the club. They want him to sign for Real Madrid and start on a clean slate. If Real Madrid wants to sign the player, they would need to meet the release clause for the player which is €190 million. Another clubs interested is French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

There are other reports that the star player could sign an extension with the Catalan giants as Real Madrid are not in a hurry to sign him, given the alternatives they have. Alvaro Morata and Paul Pogba are still heavily linked with the club.

Barcelona planning for life after Dani Alves

Dani Alves will be 34 years old next year, and it will be hard to imagine Barcelona giving their long-serving right-back a new contract.


For this reason, Barcelona will have to start planning for a replacement at the moment itself.

One possibility will be Hector Bellerin. The latter has come through the ranks at Arsenal and has established himself as a first-team player. Given that he is a former Barcelona academy player, he may appear to be the obvious player to fill the void that will be left by Alves. However, you should expect Arsenal not to give up on their player easily especially now that they are not a selling club anymore. Bellerin is an established player for the Arsenal defence, and it will be hard to find them allowing him to leave their team.

Another possibility for Barcelona will be CesarAzpilicueta. The Chelsea player is currently frustrated playing on the left side of the defence, and it is likely that a good offer coming from Barcelona may tempt the defender to make the move to Spain. However, it is very unlikely that Chelsea will let the player go, and we will have to wait for the arrival of Conte to find out how he is going to structure his team. Continue reading “Barcelona planning for life after Dani Alves”

Nisbet: Keep Rangers Scottish

Former Rangers player Scott Nisbet has urged the Rangers coach to keep ties with their Scottish roots by signing local players. He agrees that Rangers need to strengthen during the summer, but he believes that Mark Warburton should also give chances to Scottish players.

Mark Warburton is keen to improve Rangers during the summer, and he has already made a couple of stunning signings. Indeed, he has successfully convinced Joey Barton to sign for Rangers amidst interest from a couple of Premier League clubs. Among other players that have already signed for Rangers, we have Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks, and John Windass. Continue reading “Nisbet: Keep Rangers Scottish”

Victor Valdes joing Pep at City

There is news that Victor Valdes might join Manchester City in the summer. The player who played under Pep Guardiola while he was the Barcelona manager will love to be reunited with his former manager. Guardiola, who will be taking charge of Manchester City next season, is interested in bringing Valdes to the club in order to bring some competition to Joe Hart.

The goalkeeper who is currently available on a free-transfer after being released by Standard Liege will be glad to return to the Premier League after enduring a poor spell at Manchester United. Indeed, the Spain international has had a miserable career with Manchester United where he only managed to make two appearances in the first-team. Continue reading “Victor Valdes joing Pep at City”

Barcelona in danger of being caught by rivals

Just a few games ago, it was believed that Barcelona already won the Spanish title.

Indeed, they were leading the table with a 8 points lead over Atletico and a 12 points lead over Real Madrid. But with only 1 point in a possible 9, Barcelona has found their lead being cut off to only 3 and 4 points over Atletico and Real Madrid.

The latest defeat has been in the hands of Real Sociedad where Barcelona has always found it hard to win during recent seasons.

Real Madrid’s coachZinedine Zidane had previously already conceded defeat in the title race and suggested that the title was already won by Barcelona. Atletico Madrid’s coach Diego Simeone, on the other hand, has always claimed that they were not in the title race. But the recent run of results from Barcelona has blown the title race wide open, and any of these three teams can still claim to win the title.

This poor run of form has started with the draw against Villareal. In this match, Barcelona was leading 2-0 at some point, and they conceded two goals only to draw the game. After that, it was their poor performance in the Classico where they were beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid on their home ground despite having opened the score. Continue reading “Barcelona in danger of being caught by rivals”

Villarreal managed a stunning comeback

Villarreal managed a stunning comeback after forcing Barcelona to surrender a two-goal lead to draw the match 2-2.

When the Catalan club took a two-goal advantage in the match, it seemed well beyond the reach of Villarreal. After all, the team were without a win in the last three games and were looking devoid of confidence. However, Villarreal have shown that they have been in the mix to the Champions League qualification spots for a reason. Ivan Rakitic scored the opening goal for Barcelona after 20 minutes before Neymar’s penalty gave them a two-goal lead just before half-time.

The comeback, however, started in the second half when Villarreal pulled one back through Bakambu. Defender Jeremy Mathieu’s own goal a few minutes later saw equality return to the game. Even though Barcelona had numerous chances in the match, they were unable to get the crucial winning goal. The dropped points have seen Real Madrid close the gap to just 10 points with the two teams set to face each other after the international break. However, Luis Enrique is not worried about dropping points in such a tight contest. He accepted that his team could have lost the game had it not been for some good fortune. Hence, he is untroubled by the dropped points. Continue reading “Villarreal managed a stunning comeback”