Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has praised both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he said that he’s lucky to witness their quality.
Chiellini praised the two extraordinary football players in a chat with Sky Sports Italia.
According to the Italian international center-back, he’s lucky to live in the same age as both Messi and Ronaldo.
He went on to compare the two players with tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have dominated the tennis court for the better part of the last fifteen years.
Giorgio Chiellini praised Ronaldo and Messi after the former rescued a point for Juventus in their Turin Derby league clash with Torino.
Ronaldo and Juventus could only play a 1-1 draw at home to their city rivals after the Portuguese superstar scored an 84th-minute header to cancel out the first half strike from Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic.
Torino would have ended a 24-year-wait for an away win if not for the timely intervention of former Manchester United player Ronaldo.
The goal took Ronaldo’s all-time club tally to 601 goals with 101 goals coming via his head.
Lionel Messi had earlier reached 600 goals for his club after he netted a brace for Barcelona in their Champions League semifinal tie with Liverpool.
With the help of his brace, Barcelona were able to establish a 3-0 lead at the end of the first leg at the Nou Camp.
EPL Clubs placed on Lionel Messi alert
Emerging reports from Spain hints that Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be leaving the Nou Camp at the end of the season.
It is claimed that the Argentina international is unhappy with the media reports that fingered him as the man behind the sack of the club manager Valverde in January.
This, according to the report has forced the World best player to call off contract extension negotiations with the Catalans as he will be seeking to leave.
It is also claimed that Messi is angry over the lack of quality in the Barcelona team, a reason that may force them to lose the La Liga title to rivals Real Madrid.
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This development has placed English Premier League clubs on alert as they will be seeking to land the star player.
Supposedly, clubs like Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool will not mind the idea of Lionel Messi in their team in the coming season.
However, Man City could have the advantage of the relationship between manager Pep Guardiola and the Argentine international. It is believed that Messi will seek to work with his former boss again.
Meanwhile, talks about Messi’s destination have not been made public as it is expected that Barcelona will hold talks with him to pacify and calm the situation.
Notwithstanding, Messi would be shaming critics who have come after him severally for not trying other leagues and teams like his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Antonio Conte to return to Chelsea for this player
Emerging reports reveal that Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte is already making plans to snap up Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea with discussions between the two clubs already ongoing.
The Blues defender has not been a regular at Chelsea having had just 13 starts this season because he has not been favoured by manager Frank Lampard.
Emerson Palmieri has already hinted he could return to the Italian Serie A outfit after finding life uneasy in England with a reunion with Italian boss, Antonio Conte possible.
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Conte is a big fan of the Chelsea defender and we will not forget that the Italian boss signed him to Chelsea in 2018 for a fee of £18 million. There are could still be a reunion between them.
The Inter Milan boss has been making efforts to rebuild the team and beat off competition from Juventus. He has, therefore, been busy with buys especially after securing Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, and Christian Eriksen. He seems not to be stopping at that.
Should Antonio Conte succeed with a deal for Emerson Palmieri, he will be the second from Chelsea after Nigerian international Victor Moses. This will help him have familiar faces at the club to make the building of the team easy.
EPL: Man United fans can’t wait to get this Pogba news
There seems to be some good news coming from Man United after ESPN reports that Paul Pogba is now happy at the club and will be ready to extend his contract anytime soon.
The France international returned to the Old Trafford from Italian Serie A outfit Juventus in a deal worth £89.3 million in 2016, with the deal expected to end in 2021.
Of course, talks of a new deal would be starting anytime soon and there is no need for worries with ESPN confirming that the World Cup winner will be willing to extend his deal.
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It would be recalled that the early years of Paul Pogba at Man United was filled with controversies and the reign of former manager Jose Mourinho was the height of it. The midfielder had made his wish to leave known, citing Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid as his preferred destination because of manager Zinedine Zidane.
However, the coming of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed everything as they have built a good working relationship both on and off the pitch. Pogba is reportedly happy with the development and no longer interested in a move away from the club. Howbeit, Pogba is likely to remain at the Old Trafford much longer with the hope of winning titles.
EPL: Arsenal to meet £70m target tomorrow
North London outfit Arsenal will be meeting their long term target Adama Traore but not on the discussion table as usual. They will be meeting on the pitch when the Gunners file out against his Wolverhampton Wanders side in the English Premier League match on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
The Gunners will only hope to see a massive win to stand the chance of playing in the Europa League next season but more to it is that they will be served the opportunity to access their target, in what will look like a trial for the player.
Daily Mirror had reported that the Gunners were keen on the winger in April but a bid has not been tabled for the player. The winger already has a price tag of £70 million for any suitor.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed the threat the player will pose to his team, stressing that he has got incredible potential especially when he gets the ball on time which makes stopping him difficult.
In case the Gunners become convince about Traore’s quality, the challenge in securing his signature will be his price tag because the Gunners will not be able to meet with such a demand unless a negotiation is done.
However, Arsenal still have Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette to boast of in their attack which makes Traore an option and not a necessity.
EPL: Klopp reveals three things that must happen after City defeat
Liverpool are English Premier League current champions and nothing at the moment can change it, not even the 4-0 defeat they suffered against Man City on Thursday night at Etihad.
No thanks to the brace by Kevin De Bruyne and gaols by Phil Foden and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that caused heavy pain on the Reds team.
It was obvious that Liverpool were disappointed in the defeat and manager Jurgen Klopp could not hide his feelings when he said the result wasn’t expected. However, he noted that certain things will now happen after the defeat, stressing that his team will surely see to that.
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Firstly, he stated that results are important and his side will see that they win their remaining six games to the end of the season. According to him, the remaining games are the reason why his team has been training hard despite winning the title.
Secondly, there is a bid to beat the 100 record points already set by Man City in previous seasons to be able to gain more pride but Jurgen Klopp stressed that they will not be forcing that to happen. Liverpool now have 86 points which means they can still earn 100 points before the end of the season.
Lastly, Klopp seems to be planning some form of revenge when he said “we will see next season”, meaning he is already looking forward to another meeting between the two clubs.
EPL: Man United’s fate decided
Man United’s fate in the English Premier League has been decided by Harry Redknapp but it is left to the Red Devils to accept or not and largely dependent on their performance on the pitch.
The Red Devils enjoyed a 3-0 win in their last game, making it 15 games unbeaten across all competitions.
According to Harry Redknapp, the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team can still finish third this season ahead of Chelsea and Leicester City, going by their recent form.
United are now 5th in the EPL table with 52 points after 32 games making them two points behind Chelsea.
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Harry Redknapp noted while speaking on MUTV that Leicester City have started struggling and same applies to Chelsea while United are in fine form, looking stronger by each game.
Man United signing Bruno Fernandes has been praised for helping to improve the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team by stabilizing the midfield and connecting well with players like Paul Pogba.
Should Man United continue in their fine form with the six games left, Harry Redknapp’s prediction will just be on point.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at the Old Tradford, he has been making efforts to prove a point with a title win but that is yet to happen, a qualification to the Champions League will be helpful to him.
Arsenal make final decision on Thomas Partey
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been mostly mentioned in Arsenal’s transfer rumours ahead of the summer window with suggestions that he is highly needed.
It is also claimed that the Ghanian player is keen to part ways with the La Liga outfit, favouring a move to the English Premier League with Arsenal as his preferred destination.
Arsenal have got Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torriera but none of them have been able to keep the defence secured as needed and Partey has already proven that he can handle the job for Mikel Arteta.
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However, the Gunners seems not interested in dragging a possible deal for the player and have decided to enter negotiation for a fee.
A £45million price tag has been slammed as his release clause which the Gunners might not be able to pay, especially after announcing a £27.1 million loss last year.
With the North London outfit now ready to step up their chase of the star player, there is a need to open negotiations with Atletico Madrid to have the fee reduced.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will seek to focus on their bid to secure a spot for Europa League qualification if they cannot make the Champions League and that will require concentration and hard work.
Amidst transfer speculations, Salah makes confession of where his heart lies
Since Egypt International, Mohamed Salah joined Liverpool, he has been the wish of every team and there is no doubt about interests for him from clubs across Europe.
After helping Liverpool to win the Champions League last season, Salah played a massive role in delivering the EPL title with seven games to spare.
The Reds have now won the EPL title for the first time in 3 decades, a feat that cannot be forgotten in a hurry.
With interests coming from several quarters, Mohammd Salah has opened up on what his future will look like and what lies ahead of him.
He made it clear that he loves to remain with Liverpool for a long time, with no intention to leave soon despite the speculations.
Salah expresses his happiness over his team’s victory in the EPL challenge, stressing that the atmosphere has changed with everyone happy.
This is a clear message to all known and unknown suitors that it is impossible for the former AS Roma player to switch away from the Anfield anytime soon.
Liverpool are keen on keeping all their players ahead of next season as they do not have any plan to add to their squad in the coming summer window.