Emery wanted Arsenal to sign Zaha

Unai Emery has revealed that he had the preference of signing Wilfried Zaha ahead of Nicolas Pepe when he was the Arsenal manager. The north London side were heavily linked with Zaha’s signature during the 2019 summer transfer window but ultimately, they opted to sign Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal from Lille.

Pepe has not been consistent in his debut season in the Premier League but he has still impressed in stages and has bagged four goals and six assists from 24 appearances. Speaking to Goal.com, Emery revealed that Zaha was his preferred target to strengthen the squad, given his vast experience playing in the Premier League. He added that the club went with Pepe with a view to long-term success, the Spaniard told: “We signed [Nicolas] Pépé. He’s a good player but we didn’t know his character and he needs time, patience. Continue reading “Emery wanted Arsenal to sign Zaha”

AJAX ACE REJECTED BARCELONA MOVE IN JANUARY

Ajax attacker Dusan Tadic was a subject of transfer from Barcelona during the winter transfer window. Barcelona were said to be keen on taking the player to Camp Nou on loan till the end of the season, as cover for the injured Luiz Suarez.

According to De Telegraaf chief, Valentijn Driessen, he said the 31-year-old Serbia international wanted the move as he knew that will probably be his last and only chance to represent the Camp Nou giants, he also stated he doesn’t expect Barcelona to make a follow-up move for the player in the summer.

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Serbia May Reach the Top 16: Southgate

Gareth Southgate is the manager of the England football team. He believes that there won’t be much difference between the qualifying teams. There are eight to ten teams who are majorly in the structure for winning the Euro 2020. One of the favorites this year will be The Three Lions as always after they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup last year. Even though they will be playing against Croatia, the team which was responsible for knocking them out in Group D. Czech Republic is also in the same group. One more team from the playoffs among Serbia, Norway, Scotland, and Israel will join the previous teams of Group D.

As this tournament is spread over 12 countries, England will be in an advantageous position as they will play all their group games in Wembley. In fact, they will also play their semi-final and final games at the same place, only if they advance to those levels. Southgate was a part of the England squad of 96 that reached the semis. When asked about that time, he said that they have played against both the teams before and playing at Wembley always gives them a special feeling to them. He added that England has an idea about the quality of the midfielders that Croatia has. They have a fixture that is at a top-level.

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CAN PULISIC WIN HIS PLACE IN THE TEAM

The curious case of Christian Pulisic has dominated the news as the well sought after forward has been relegated to a bit-part role since making his big-money move from Dortmund. The forward was expected to play a big role under Frank Lampard but appears not to convince the Blues Legend of his qualities.

Pulisic is known for his pace, dribbling, and ability to score goals but this has not been shown since making his move this summer. His case is similar to that of Salomon Kalou who played for the club about a decade ago.

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Chelsea needs to replace Hazard

Former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou has stated that Chelsea needs to replace Eden Hazard if they want to challenge for trophies next season. He said that Hazard is a world-class player and that it will be difficult for Chelsea to find a like for like replacement for the Belgium international.

He said that not only they will have to replace their best player they will also need to find a new manager after the departure of Sarri.

Salomon Kalou said that it is important that an appointment is made as quickly as possible so that the manager can have enough time to build a team to compete in the Premier League. The former Chelsea player that Chelsea runs the risk of falling behind teams such as Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester United and even Arsenal if they do not invest in new players.

He believes that at the moment there is not a single player that can replace Eden Hazard and that they will have to use this money wisely in order to strengthen the team.

There are rumors that Frank Lampard will be the one that will manage Chelsea next season. Salomon Kalou said that Lampard is a really good person as a player but he still has to prove himself at the highest level. He said that there are plenty of rebuilding to be done at Chelsea and it is important that you have an experienced manager in this situation.

He said that the Chelsea team is really behind teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City and that they will need more than one transfer window if they want to catch up these teams in terms of development. For him, it is important that a manager is appointed as quickly as possible to help the team progress.

Chelsea needs to replace Hazard

Former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou has stated that Chelsea needs to replace Eden Hazard if they want to challenge for trophies next season. He said that Hazard is a world-class player and that it will be difficult for Chelsea to find a like for like replacement for the Belgium international.

He said that not only they will have to replace their best player they will also need to find a new manager after the departure of Sarri.

Salomon Kalou said that it is important that an appointment is made as quickly as possible so that the manager can have enough time to build a team to compete in the Premier League. The former Chelsea player that Chelsea runs the risk of falling behind teams such as Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester United and even Arsenal if they do not invest in new players.

He believes that at the moment there is not a single player that can replace Eden Hazard and that they will have to use this money wisely in order to strengthen the team.

There are rumors that Frank Lampard will be the one that will manage Chelsea next season. Salomon Kalou said that Lampard is a really good person as a player but he still has to prove himself at the highest level. He said that there are plenty of rebuilding to be done at Chelsea and it is important that you have an experienced manager in this situation.

He said that the Chelsea team is really behind teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City and that they will need more than one transfer window if they want to catch up these teams in terms of development. For him, it is important that a manager is appointed as quickly as possible to help the team progress.

CHELSEA DEFENDER REJECTS MASSIVE OFFER

Chelsea transfer ban by FIFA has seen the Blues currently hampered by their inability to proceed with transfers despite the club lodging an appeal to the decision.

It has become apparent that the club has to keep all their star players ahead of next season but reports from the media reveal that some players have been offered massive contracts to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chief among this news is that Brazillian defender David Luiz has rejected a contract worth €40 million to move to Qatar. According to Yahoo news, Luiz was offered athree-year contract worth €220,000 a week to make a move to Qatar. The 31-year-old defender is in the final months of his contract and has been locked in negotiations with the Blues this season.

Chelsea have a policy of not issuing contracts of more than a year to players over the age of 30 and Luiz reportedly wants a two-year deal. The Brazilian has looked rejuvenated under the stewardship of manager Maurizio Sarri after falling out of favour with former coach Antonio Conte last season.

It is understood that Luiz feels that he is too young to leave the top European leagues as he wants to feature in the 2022 World Cup for Brazil. It was also reported that he had rejected an offer from Brazillian side Palmeiras who want to bring the player back to his native Brazil.

Luiz is a fans favourite at Chelsea due to his trophy-laden time at the club over two stints.  Sarri has been able to pair the flamboyant defender with tough tackling German Antonio Rudiger this season.

It remains to be seen if both parties would agree on a new contract before the end of the season. If a deal is not reached by then we could get more rumours of the player moving to another club in the summer.

Salomon Kalou Says He Loves to Play Against Borussia Dortmund

Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou in an interview that he relishes the prospect of adding more to his 4 goals in 7 Bundesliga matches against Borussia Dortmund. Kalou has scored twice as Dortmund was held by Hertha to a draw of 2-2 on 9th match day. He is confident enough that he will be able to help his side out for claiming a prize scalp. They are also known to have taken down Bayern Munich, the defending champions in 2018-2019 at Olympic Stadium.

While discussing the clash with Dortmund, he said it is always great to play against them. Dortmund is playing under Favre and thus, there are making a lot of chances while scoring many goals. He says that the match is going to be an open one. Kalou says that they like that kind of game as they are also able to score. Both these teams can score goals and thus, he feels that it is going to be a good game.

He goes on to say that there aren’t any easy matches when it comes to Bundesliga. It can be seen that Bayern lost against Hertha and Dortmund lost against Augsburg. Players have to give in their 100% in each and every game. He says that they are not going to focus on Borussia Dortmund going through a difficult time at present. They will have to concentrate on their own game and try to play well. According to him, if they approach the game in this manner then they will be able to win against Dortmund.

Kalou has scored the first 2 goals of the season in their first game against Borussia Dortmund. He says that Dortmund is a team that is never going to sit back and will defend all through the game. Given an opportunity, they will attack.

KALOU LOSES BIG BET TO HIS TEAMMATE

Salomon Kalou has reportedly lost out on a bet with his teammate Ondrej Duda. The Ivory Coast international had challenged Ondrej to a bet at the beginning of the season. According to the terms of the bet,Kalou would give the striker a Rolex Watch if he scored 8 goals in the season.

 

 

Duda won the bet last weekend when he scored a brace in Hertha BSC  3-1 victory over FC Nurnberg in taking his goals to nine for the season. Kalou laughed about the bet during the post-match interview with Bild and insisted that he would honour the deal.

Duda is understood to not be interested in the Rolex watch and has plans to sell the watch and donate the money to charity. He, however, is pleased to have reached the milestone and thanked Kalou for motivating him with the bet.

Kalou meanwhile is still going strong for the German side and has eighteen appearances for the club this season. The 33-year-old former Chelsea star has had less success since leaving  Chelsea but is remembered fondly in the Stamford Bridge for his role at the club.Kalou was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 2012. Hertha sits seventh in the Bundesliga after their latest victory on Sunday.

Salomon Kalou Reckoned That Jordan Can Help Nigeria At 2019, AFCON

The former striker of Chelsea, Salomon Kalou has asked the Football Federation of Nigeria (NFF) to take another move for his teammate at Germany’s Hertha Berlin, Jordan Torunarigha. Kalou recently made this big statement regarding the inclusion of Jordan in the team.

The former striker who earned a good name with Cote d’Ivoire before he quit his international duty, made a statement that Jordan Torunarigha is in great form and is going through the best phase of his career. He believes that the Super Eagles can do a wonderful job and can do well too if they will have the defender on their cards at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations to be held in 2019.

Jordan, 21-year-old lad has 3 goals in his name for Hertha Berlin in just 25 appearances since he made his debut for the club of German Bundesliga and he played the first match for his team against the FC Ingolstadt in the month of February in 2017.

He has total 26 overall cops in his name for Germany for Under16, Under18, Under 19, Under 20 and Under 21 teams, and thereafter he trained with the squad (senior) ahead of World Cup, 2018.

The coach of Eagles, Gernot Rohr approached the defender, Jordan Torunarigha and asked him to play for Nigeria at the similar Mundial, but the young lad rejected the offer and said that he wants to prove his talent for Germany. However, Salomon had urged the Nigerian Football Federation to approach the youthful defender once again, who he believes that he is a good boy and a fantastic player. Kalou said “I reckon that they will be able to convince Jordan to play for Nigeria but currently he is playing awesome for Hertha Berlin, which is very important.