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English Premier League giants Liverpool are already readying a new and improved contract to Andrew Robertson in coming days, according to reports.

Andrew Robertson has been a major part of the manager Jurgen Klopp’s team which makes the club want to keep him at all cost so as to secure his future at the club as well as scare away suitors that may come seeking for his signature.

The quality in the Scotland international made it that Spanish star Alberto Moreno was limited to the bench as he was pushed down the pecking order in the Reds team.

Andrew Robertson is a Premier League product from Hull City, from where he joined the Reds in 2017 for a fee of about £10 million but that has not stopped from being the big player at such a big club like Liverpool.

So far this season, he has made a big impact at the club and has been able to give 4 assists in the 16 games under his belt so far this season.

However, Andrew Robertson has got a contract with Liverpool until 2021 but with a new contract in sight, he could well stay at the club much longer as well as have his £35 million release clause increased.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Man Utd Target Unsure Of Tottenham Stay

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed the uncertainty surrounding his future at the North London club amidst the transfer rumours linking him with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Alderweireld told Sky Sports that his focus is on Tottenham Hotspur at the moment but he does not know what the future holds for him.

The Belgian international centre back initially had few months left on his Tottenham Hotspur contract but the club has exercised the extra year clause to take him till 2020 at the club.

With the extra year activated, the 30-year-old now has a £25m release clause in his Spurs contract.

The aforementioned release clause can be activated by potential suitors when the transfer window reopens this summer.

Premier League giants Manchester United are long-term admirers of Toby Alderweireld dating back to the start of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur were able to rebuff the interest of Manchester United in Toby Alderweireld.

The Red Devils still retain an interest in his but there are other defensive targets on their shortlist.

Italy-based defenders like Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar and Fiorentina player Nikola Milenkovic have all been touted as possible defensive reinforcements for Manchester United.

Toby Alderweireld has played 38 times for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

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Ronaldo Has Nothing To Prove – Teammate

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Portuguese international right-back Joao Cancelo has disclosed that teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing to prove ahead of his return to national team football.

Former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Portuguese national team setup for the first time in nine months ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying games with Ukraine and Serbia.

At a news conference on Monday, Joao Cancelo welcomed Ronaldo back into the Portuguese national team fold before adding that the 34-year-old has nothing to prove to anyone.

His last appearance came at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Ronaldo’s last game for Portugal was the last 16 clash with South American nation Uruguay.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal.

Joao Cancelo is also a club teammate of Ronaldo as both players are on the books of Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

Ronaldo was in devastating form in his last game for the Old Lady as he almost single-handedly dragged them into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

He netted a hattrick to give Juventus a 3-0 win over Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 tie.

The result was enough to give Juventus a last eight spot via a 3-2 aggregate win.

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Ex-Man Utd Defender Apologises For PSG Rant

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Former Manchester United defender Patrick Vieira has apologised for his homophobic rant against French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

PSG had earlier condemned the former Red Devils left-back after he mocked the club in the wake of their Champions League exit at the hands of Premier League giants Manchester United.

After the game, Patrice Evra posted several videos on social media as he mocked PSG for their capitulation against the Red Devils.

Evra was at Parc des Princes as his former club secured a last eight spot in the Champions League by overturning a first leg deficit.

PSG had beaten Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford in February with two second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe and were the overwhelming favourites to qualify for the quarterfinals.

However, Manchester United had other ideas as they believed they could turn the tie around despite being written off by a lot of people.

In the end, Manchester United won the second leg 3-1 earlier this month to advance on the away goals rule at the expense of their French opponents.

Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in the first half before strike partner Marcus Rashford scored a last-minute penalty to send his team into the next round of the competition.

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17-Goal Attacker Focused On Lille Despite Arsenal Transfer Rumours

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Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is maintaining his focus on the French Ligue 1 club despite transfer rumours linking him with several major European clubs including Arsenal.

The in-form Pepe has been in superb form for the better part of the last two seasons and his quality has not gone unnoticed with the big boys of European football.

Apart from the Gunners, German champions Bayern Munich, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the Ivorian international player.

He spoke to Canal+ about his future and the aforementioned transfer rumours.

The 23-year-old revealed that his focus is to continue playing well for Lille before adding that his representatives are in charge of transfer issues.

Nicolas Pepe scored 14 goals for Lille in the last campaign as the former French champions escaped relegation from the top flight.

The Ivorian attacker has scored 17 goals and provided eight assists in the French Ligue 1 this season.

His goals have propelled Lille to one of the Champions League places.

Lille are in second position on the French Ligue 1 table at the moment.

Lille owner Gerard Lopez has already warned his potential suitors that they will have to pay at least €50m to sign him this summer.

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Ex-Arsenal Attacker Targets Silverware At Man United

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Former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez has disclosed that his target at Manchester United is to win silverware with the club.

Alexis Sanchez became a Manchester United player in January 2018 after joining the Red Devils from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez and Mkhitaryan basically swapped clubs during the winter transfer window of last season.

Since his transfer to Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez has endured a frustrating time at the club.

The former Barcelona and Udinese player talked about his Manchester United career in a chat with Inside United as he revealed that he wants to win trophies at Old Trafford.

In addition, Alexis Sanchez said that he wants to make Manchester United fans happy and that he was distraught after the FA Cup final loss to Chelsea last season.

Sanchez and Manchester United enjoyed a good run to the FA Cup final before they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea.

Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game from the spot after the Belgian international player was fouled by Phil Jones in the box.

Alexis Sanchez has scored just five goals in 41 appearances in all competitions since his transfer and he’s presently recovering from a knee injury sustained during the 3-2 home win over Southampton last month.

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£43m Arsenal Target Confirms Lyon Interest

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Lille forward Nicolas Pepe is one of the most sought-after young players on the European football stage having attracted the interest of several clubs in the continent.

Major European clubs including Arsenal are keen to sign the Ivorian international player.

The 23-year-old has been in sensational form for Lille since the start of this campaign.

He has scored 18 goals and also provided 11 assists in 32 games in all competitions.

Nicolas Pepe has been speaking about his long-term future at Lille amidst the intense transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

In a chat with Canal+, Pepe confirmed that he could have left Lille for fellow French club Lyon last summer but he opted to stay at his current club due to the promise he made to manager Christopher Galtier.

Lille are expected to cash in on Nicolas Pepe when the transfer window reopens in the summer with clubs like Arsenal and German champions Bayern Munich keen on his signature.

Recently, Lille owner Gerard Lopez confirmed that the player is attracting the interest of Premier League clubs before adding that it will take at least £43m to prise him away from the club.

Apart from Arsenal and Bayern Munich, French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Liverpool have also been linked with the young winger.

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Arsenal Loanee Cleared After Head Injury Scare

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Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina has been cleared by doctors after he sustained what looked like a head injury during an Italian Serie A game at the weekend.

The Colombian shot-stopper is on a season-long loan deal at Napoli from North London giants Arsenal and he suffered the aforementioned injury during Napoli’s home clash with Udinese.

He initially suffered a brutal collision with Udinese attacker Ignacio Pussetto before the Colombian national team goalkeeper collapsed towards the first half of the Serie A game.

Ospina was treated on the pitch after the collision with Argentine striker Pussetto.

The Arsenal loanee was taken to hospital on Sunday and he has been released after doctors cleared him as confirmed by Napoli.

David Ospina has played 21 games for Napoli since he joined the club from Arsenal on a temporary deal until the end of the season.

The former Nice player requested for a loan transfer from Arsenal at the start of this season after the Gunners signed a new goalkeeper.

Arsenal signed Bernd Leno from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £22m.

The signing of Leno pushed David Ospina to the third position on the goalkeeper’s pecking order at Arsenal behind Bernd Leno and ex-Czech Republic international star Petr Cech.

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Man Utd Plot Loan Exit For 23-Year-Old Arsenal Target

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly plotting a loan transfer out of the club for Red Devils midfielder Andreas Pereira.

According to the publication from The Sun, Manchester United are ready to let Andreas Pereira leave the club on loan if he signs a new four-year contract to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils.

Andreas Pereira, 23, was linked with a move to Arsenal before and during the January transfer window but those transfer rumours have cooled down in recent weeks.

Apart from the Gunners, the Belgium-born Brazilian international was also touted as a possible transfer addition for West London giants Chelsea, West Ham United and Spanish club Valencia.

Andreas Pereira initially had few months left on his Manchester United contract before the club activated the additional year clause in the contract to take him till 2020.

Manchester United want to tie him down to a long-term deal at the club.

Andreas Pereira has figured heavily in the Manchester United team more than ever under the guidance of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He scored his first goal for the club during the comeback win over struggling outfit Southampton last month.

Andreas Pereira started the second half fightback by scoring the equaliser for Manchester United who had to overturn a 1-0 deficit to beat the Saints 3-2 in their Premier League clash in February.

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Arsenal Eyeing Summer Move For In-form Monaco Loanee

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Premier League giants Arsenal are plotting a summer move for AS Monaco attacker Gelson Martins according to reports emanating from the media in Portugal.

Popular Portuguese newspaper A Bola claim that the Gunners want to sign the in-form Gelson Martins when the transfer window reopens this summer.

The Portuguese international player was at Sporting Lisbon until he joined Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid at the start of this season.

Gelson Martins was part of the 23-man squad that represented Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

The European champions didn’t have the best of tournaments after they were knocked out of the competition at the last 16 stage via a 2-1 defeat to South American nation Uruguay.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani was the hero for Uruguay with his two goals against Gelson Martins and his Portuguese teammates.

Shortly after the World Cup in Russia, Gelson Martins cancelled his then contract at Sporting Lisbon before joining Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

His transfer to Atletico Madrid is being investigated by world’s football governing body, FIFA.

Gelson Martins didn’t have the best of starts at Atletico Madrid and that prompted him to leave the club for French club AS Monaco on loan.

He has been in good form for Monaco since his loan transfer to the club.

The Portuguese winger has scored three goals in his first seven games for Monaco.

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Champions League: Barcelona Overwhelming Favourites vs Manchester United

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has tipped Barcelona to navigate past Manchester United in their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Five-time European champions Barcelona were drawn against three-time European champions Manchester United following the last eight draw held on Friday.

Reacting to the draw in an interview monitored by popular media platform Goal, the Spurs boss revealed that Manchester United will pose a threat to the semifinal bid of the Spaniards before adding that Barcelona are a level above Manchester United at the moment.

Manchester United will host Barcelona at Old Trafford in the first leg on April 10 before the Catalan giants entertain their English opponents for the second leg on the 16th of April.

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the managerial job at Manchester United in the last few months but current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to keep the position permanently.

Former club striker Solskjaer was appointed the interim Manchester United manager in December shortly after Jose Mourinho was sacked unceremoniously.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has impressed a great deal since taking the job.

He has suffered just three defeats from the 19 games managed by him.

Mauricio Pochettino will also have his hands full in Champions League quarterfinals after Spurs were drawn against Manchester City in what could be termed as a Premier League Derby.

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