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Manchester Derby not Title decider – Owen

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Manchester City could go 11 points clear at the top of the Premier league table with victory over archrivals and second placed Manchester United when the two lock horns at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola and his team have absolutely taken the league by storm this season, as they are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Premier League.

They head to Old Trafford on the back of a run of consecutive victories spanning 13 matches (a joint Premier league record), but former Liverpool and Man United striker Michael Owen is of the opinion that even with victory over Man United, the Premier League title race will still be very much on.

“I think City were quite a few points ahead last season and didn’t go on to win it and actually Chelsea went on to win it at an absolute breeze, so definitely nothing is going to be decided so soon”, Owen said. “I think it will be a huge game but I don’t think it will be a decider so soon in the season. via Goal.com

Owen who has experienced the Manchester derby as a player when he grabbed a 96th minute winner as United triumphed 4-3 in a memorable clash at Old Trafford in September 2009, believes even though City are in brilliant form it is still a very long season and things can change at any point in time especially considering the quality of the chasing pack.

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Why I am a better goalkeeper, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has explained that he has become a better goalkeeper since joining the Reds in the summer.

Alisson Becker joined Liverpool from AS Roma with a world-class fee of about £68 million and has since settled to become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

According to the Brazilian, he has been able to settle well at the Merseyside club with the help of the goalkeeper John Achterberg who has impacted his experience and knowledge in him.

Achterberg joined Liverpool in 2009 after hanging his boot from professional and active football.

Alisson stated that he is now calm and relax on the pitch by the help of the goalkeeper trainer as he has learnt a lot on how to improve on the pitch.

He added that the relationship between himself and the goalkeeper coach has been in such a way that they learn from each other and they have both been developing in training.

Meanwhile, he praised second choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for helping him settle also in the team having been around for a while.

However, Alisson has been rated as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe having conceded few goals so far this season.

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Confirmed! Abramovich to keep Kante with new deal in coming weeks, reveals how

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Chelsea are jealously keeping their powerhouse and French midfielder N’Golo Kante from other suitors with a new and improved deal, if reports coming from France are to go by.

According to L’Equipe, Kante will join the clique of the Premier League highest earners with the new deal that will be handed to him in the coming weeks.

The 2018 World Cup winner has been very instrumental in Chelsea’s progress under the new manager Maurizio Sarri and he is believed to be interesting big clubs who are willing to lure him away with bumper offers.

French outfit Paris Saint Germain and Spanish giants Real Madrid are reported to have indicated interest in the player and the West London side are not ready to take the risk of losing the former Leicester City midfielder.

Michael Potts of the Daily express had revealed that Kante earns about £120,000 per week but reports, as revealed by Gary Jacob, says the French midfielder would be offered a whooping sum of £290,000 per week in the new deal.

The Italian manager has identified Kante as one of his most important player knowing that he has played virtually every minute for the West London side since the beginning of the season.

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£150m Player Dismisses Man United Transfer Rumours

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Juventus forward Paolo Dybala has debunked rumours linking him with a transfer to Premier League giants Manchester United.

The 25-year-old Argentine international star dismissed the transfer reports on a possible transfer to Old Trafford in his recent interview with the Daily Mirror.

Several media reports had linked the Red Devils with a possible £150m bid for the Juventus player.

Dybala revealed that his long-term future is at Juventus rather than with Manchester United.

He further stated that his focus is to win more titles with the Italian Serie A giants.

Paolo Dybala showed a glimpse of what Manchester United have been missing when he scored the only goal of the game in the Champions League clash between Juventus and Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was a Matchday 3 game at the Theatre of Dreams in front of the Manchester United faithfuls.

Since joining Juventus from fellow Italian side Palermo, Dybala has scored 74 goals in 154 appearances for the club.

He was the poster boy of Juventus until the arrival of Portuguese tactician Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

The former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United winger signed for the Italians during this summer’s transfer window after an initial fee of €100m was agreed for him.

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Olivier Giroud says he was ‘forced’ out of Arsenal, reveals who

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has stated that he was ordered to leave his former North London side in the 2017 summer by God.

Giroud who did not enjoy his last days at the Emirates Stadium owing to his unsatisfactory performance revealed how difficult life was for him at Arsenal before he moved to the other side of London.

The Frenchman was unhappy that he was already replaced before he was gone after former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger signed Alexandre Lacazette from French outfit Lyon.

Giroud who was threatened with the arrival of his fellow countryman stated that he had to pray for a direction on how to go about it before he was asked to leave.

However, the World Cup winner has failed to impress since joining the Stamford Bridge but he is positive that he made the right decision to move away.

Giroud has not delivered convincingly as a striker this term in terms of goals but manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed delight with the player stating that the former Arsenal man has helped the team with his assist.

Meanwhile, Giroud expresses delight to be playing alongside Belgium star Eden Hazard as he described him as the best player in the world.

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Clubs Fighting For Eric Bailly Signature Revealed

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Man United defender Eric Bailly could be on his way out of the club in the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start as from January 1.

The Ivorian international centre-back has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho in the new campaign thus leading to reports of a transfer away from the Theatre of Dreams.

He has featured in just seven games in all competitions in this campaign, including five Premier League games.

According to the publication from the Daily Record via caughtoffside, two North London giants could go head-to-head for him.

Arsenal and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur have been repeatedly linked with a move for the former Villareal and Espanyol player.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United would be willing to sanction his sale to one of their rivals for the top four places in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to move him and Argentine international star Marcos Rojo on in a bid to free up space for a new centre back signing during the upcoming transfer window in January.

Players like Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar and Tottenham Hotspur centre back Toby Alderweireld have all been linked with the Red Devils.

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Finally Chelsea agree to send star player out on loan

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Chelsea have agreed to send star player Callum Hudson Odoi on loan in the coming January transfer window.

The 18-year-old young lad has been seeking for first-team football at the Stamford Bridged but he will have the chance to get it outside the West London club.

Callum Hudson Odoi’s loan move is designed by manager Maurizio who wants the player as well as others to go out to secure a level of experience outside the club since they will not have that level of opoortunity at the Stamford Bridge.

Attempt was made by the Italian manager to keep the player and that was the reason why he listed Callum Hudson Odoi in the starting lineup for the Community Shield in August where he played about 59 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

There are suggestions that Callum Hudson Odoi will head to either Germany, Australia or Netherlands where he can get quick developments before returning back to the club.

The Blues have got a number of young talents within that age grade but Ross Barkley has been able to beat off all competitions to make the first team.

The young lad stood in the gap for Belgium star Eden Hazard while he was away as a result of back pain.

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Again, Liverpool Chelsea have to battle for this ‘defensive minded goal poacher’

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Liverpool will have to battle Premier League rivals Chelsea and Man United for the signature of Italian winger Federico Chiesa according to reports.

The Anfield side have been tipped to be ahead of others in the move for the Florentina forward who will be allowed to leave the club in the nearby future but on a worthy price.

However, the West London side Chelsea are also reported to be making big moves to snatch the player off Liverpool’s hook while Serie A sides Napoli and Juventus are also linked to the player.

But a bid for the service of the winger by the Italian giants are reported to have been turned down which gives the Reds an advantage to go all out for Federico Chiesa’s signature.

Meanwhile, the English Premier League giants are making efforts to add quality to their squad with the manager Jurgen Klopp seeking to win his first title at the Anfield since joining from Borussia Dortmund about three years ago.

The German manager has admitted that finishing second in the Premier League and Champions League will mean no medal for his side, hence there is a need to win something to be able to confirm the club as a big one.

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Sergio Ramos reveals the player who is frustrated at Liverpool

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Spanish giants Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has unwittingly stated that Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is frustrated and has exhibited it through what he says.

Sergio Ramous made this claim in reaction to the statement credited to the Liverpool defender which says he makes many more mistakes than he does.

Lovren also made the claim to prove that he is one of the best players in the world having stated that he makes fewer mistakes than the player who is highly rated as one of the best in the world.

The Spanish defender in his reaction stated that he will not give a reply to the Liverpool player as he noted that he was not ready to be in the Newspaper for such reasons as rift and outburst.

He expressed surprise on why his peers made such a damning comment of him, wondering if Lovern could be speaking out of frustration or whatever reason.

According to Ramos, he is more interested in what he wins on the pitch and cares less about what happens afterwards because it will only serve as a distraction to him.

However, Liverpool can boast to be one of the best in the defence having recorded more clean sheets than any other team in Europe this term.

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The Overwhelming Favourite Club To Sign Aaron Ramsey Revealed

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Bavarian giants Bayern Munich have emerged as overwhelming favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the end of his contract in North London.

According to the report from the Independent via the Daily Star, the German champions have made a breakthrough in talks with his representatives and are confident that they have won the race to sign the highly coveted player.

Bayern Munich are among a host of European heavyweights interested in the 27-year-old.

Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan have also been mooted as possible destinations for the Welsh international playmaker.

Aaron Ramsey is the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad after over a decade at the club but his time in North London is almost up following the Gunners’ decision to withdraw their contract offer for him in September.

He has made over 300 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions.

Ramsey was a regular under former manager Arsene Wenger but he has seen his playing time reduce drastically under the new managerial regime of Unai Emery who was appointed as the Arsenal manager in the summer.

Despite his reduced game time for the team, Aaron Ramsey has scored once and provided four assists in the new league campaign.

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Arsenal Face Italian Battle For £26m-rated Forward

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2006 Champions League finalists Arsenal have to see off competition from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma in their bid to sign Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

According to the publication from popular English media platform Daily Star, Arsenal are ready to make a move for the Spanish international player in January.

Lucas Vazquez is said to be frustrated with his lack of playing time at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and is open to a move away from the club.

The 27-year-old Real Madrid Academy graduate is behind the quintet of Isco, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Mariano and Karim Benzema for the forward positions at the club.

A bid of around £26m would be enough to prise him away from the Spanish capital club according to the aforementioned publication.

He could be a direct replacement for injured Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck.

England international player Welbeck is almost certain to miss the rest of the season after he broke his ankle last week Thursday.

He sustained the injury during the Europa League home game against Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium.

The Group E clash ended in a goalless draw.

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