Bayern target Sane sidelined for up to seven months

first_imgPep Guardiola is expecting Leroy Sane to be sidelined for up to seven months with knee ligament damage and has refuted claims that the winger was looking for a move away from Manchester City.As the transfer deadline for Premier League clubs drew ever closer, a switch to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich was mooted for the Germany international.AdChoices广告Those in Bavaria openly admitted that he would be happy to take the 23-year-old back to his homeland, but discussions never got very far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream That is because City were reluctant to part with a player of considerable potential and saw him pick up an untimely injury which brought any exit talk to a close.Sane was laid low during a Community Shield clash with Liverpool and is likely to be out of action until well into 2020.Asked for an update on the highly-rated forward’s condition and when he could come back into contention, Guardiola told reporters: “I don’t know. Normally these kind of injuries, six to seven months.“Hopefully in February or March he can come back with us.”Guardiola added when quizzed on the Bayern speculation: “I didn’t think he was leaving. He didn’t tell me he wanted to leave, he played the pre-season.“Unfortunately it’s incredibly bad news because in three seasons we have had three ACLs.“He’s a young player, hopefully he will recover well. He is in the best hands possible. All the people here are going to try to help him in the tough moment because he will feel alone after a few months.”City have already confirmed that Sane is due to go under the knife as he prepares to set out on the long road to recovery.They said in a statement released on Thursday: “He has undergone testing throughout the week, with a specialist doctor travelling to Manchester for further examinations to understand the extent of the injury.”Leroy will have surgery in the coming week. Manchester City will provide Leroy with all the support and guidance he needs, and everyone connected with the club wishes him a quick and full recovery.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Falcao & no keeper in Jorginho’s dream 5-a-side team

first_imgChelsea midfielder Jorginho has been asked to piece together his dream five-a-side team, with the Italy international making a rather odd selection.There is no shortage of quality within his choices, but one rather glaring omission.Maybe it is the Brazilian flair in the blood of the Imbituba-born star that has him favouring an all-out attack approach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He certainly sees no need to worry about defending after naming no goalkeeper.So, with nobody between the sticks, those operating outfield will need to be good on the ball and clinical in the final third.Fortunately for Jorginho, his side would boast those qualities in abundance if they ever took to the field.That is because he has called upon a number of fellow South Americans and colleagues at Stamford Bridge.Asked during an Instagram Q&A hosted by Chelsea’s official account to pick his dream 5-a-side team, Jorginho said: “Okay, so my team would be as follows.“We’d have no goalkeeper, because we just want to enjoy football so we will all play outfield!“Then I would include myself, because it’s my team, and I’ll have Emerson and Willian in there too, my team-mates.“I would also pick Radamel Falcao and Robinho to finish the side. Not bad, hey!”Radamel Falcao MonacoEmerson and Willian are two Brazilians alongside Jorginho in west London, while the nomadic Robinho is now on the books at Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir.Falcao, meanwhile, is still a prolific presence at Ligue 1 side Monaco, despite the Colombian striker seeing more questions asked of his future this summer.Jorginho faced similar at one stage, with Maurizio Sarri having headed for the exit at Chelsea.The 27-year-old has enjoyed considerable success under the Italian, but has insisted that his career should be judged in tandem with the coach now at Serie A champions Juventus.Jorginho has said: “I was a little sad seeing people thinking I arrived here only because of [Sarri].“I arrived here because of my hard work, my day to day work, my sacrifices. It’s a challenge for me to show the fans that thanks to my work it’s why I got here.“I want to take this opportunity to have a good season and also for my name to be recognised by Jorginho who plays for Chelsea, not Jorginho who only works with Sarri.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘He speaks perfect Spanish, he’s just shy’ – Bale critics panned

first_imgFormer Wales boss Chris Coleman has taken aim at Gareth Bale’s detractors at Real Madrid, insisting that suggestions that the attacker refused to learn Spanish at a high level in order to better integrate with his team-mates is simply not true.Bale’s Madrid career has been one of dramatic highs and depressing lows with the winger scoring a plethora of incredible – and important – goals for the club during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, while also never truly being accepted by the club’s fanbase.There are those that claim the disdain from the Blancos’ followers stems from an inability to speak fluent Spanish, as well as allegedly keeping to himself off the pitch rather than socialise with team-mates. Indeed, the 30-year-old has been jokingly dubbed ‘The Golfer’ amongst the Madrid squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But Coleman, who was Bale’s national team boss from 2012 until 2017, insists that his former charge speaks Spanish perfectly and that, as a shy individual, prefers to keep his personal life to himself and do his talking on the football pitch.“I saw John Toshack saying Gareth hasn’t given enough of himself to the public in Madrid,” Coleman told The Athletic . “Well he’s never done that. It’s not his character. When he comes home he plays golf, stays with his family, in his little circle.“I just thought it was unfair when people were picking him apart. He should do this, do that. No, be yourself. If he’s not happy in his head he won’t be right on the pitch.“I’ve been with Gareth in Madrid, in a restaurant, and he’s speaking perfect Spanish, ordering food, greeting people. He was very polite, but it’s his own space. He has done all his talking on the pitch. He is the most decorated foreign import from the UK.”Coleman also added that, given the right circumstances, Bale has no issues in spending recreational time with his team-mates.“At the Vale [Wales’ training base] we introduced a massive room for the players,” he said. “Pool, table tennis, darts, PlayStations, golf on to the screen. The atmosphere was brilliant and Gareth was in the middle of it with all the lads. “He’s not looking over his shoulder, nobody is taking a picture of him. He is quite a shy person, Gareth. The only time he is not is on the pitch.”last_img read more

UN electoral needs assessment mission arrives in Haiti

The mission from the UN’s Electoral Assistance Division in the Department of Political Affairs will remain in Haiti for 10 days, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard. The Electoral Division provided technical assistance to Haiti from 1990 to 1991, 1994 to 1997, 1999 to September 2000. It said it was “unable to fulfil a request for technical assistance for the Presidential elections on 26 November 2000 due to the political situation in the country.”