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Andre Villas-Boas insists Gareth Bale will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer despite Real Madrid's very public pursuit of the coveted Tottenham forward.

"We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club," the Tottenham manager is quoted as saying in the Madrid-based newspaper Marca, and one would assume that this assurance played a major factor in AVB turning down the advances of Paris St-Germain. Hanging on to Bale is only one piece of the puzzle - Spurs must also improve the current squad, but at this point in time they have yet to make a signing.
Source: The Guardian
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 05:52:00 AM

Kevin de Bruyne will miss tomorrows’ Champions League tie against Celtic and the upcoming Premier League clash at White Hart Lane but the in-form City star could be back "shortly" after the international break.

De Bruyne travelled to Barcelona on Sunday with teammate Vincent Kompany to meet with Dr Ramon Cugat, "the best doctor in the world" according to Pep Guardiola. Initial reports had suggested that De Bruyne would miss around a month but speaking ahead of Wednesdays’ Battle of Britain at Celtic Park, Guardiola was able to provide a positive update on the 25-year-old: "Kevin is not a big injury - in two and a half or three weeks, maybe he will be ready." Jesus Navas or Leroy Sane are favourites to replace De Bruyne as City aim to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season against the top-flights only other unbeaten side.
Sep 27 - 5:42 PM

It is understood that Wayne Rooney will not be recalled to the Manchester United starting 11 to face struggling Stoke City this Sunday.

However, he is expected to start this Thursday in the Red Devils' Europa League clash against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford. This all comes after Rooney was suddenly dropped by Jose Mourinho last weekend in the Premier League as United beat champions Leicester 4-1. A comprehensive victory which highlighted some of the reasons why Rooney should be on the field. The fact that United scored as a result of three corners from Daley Blind being just one of those - their conversion rate from them with Rooney taking was considerably lower. Chris Smalling has insisted that Rooney is still United's 'main man', but is he Jose Mourinho's?
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 27 - 5:44 PM

Sunderland have been dealt another blow after a scan revealed Manchester United loanee Adnan Januzaj damaged ankle ligaments during the 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old was replaced with just five minutes remaining on Saturday but when the injury actually occurred isn’t evidently clear. Januzaj was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge in the first half, however, he managed to continue until Victor Anichebe was introduced as the game was drawing to a close. Januzaj will join long-term absentees Seb Larsson, Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone in the treatment room while his injury serves as another major setback for David Moyes who is still searching for his first competitive win. Wahbi Khazri is poised for recall having spent much of his season warming the bench.
Sep 27 - 4:39 PM

Isaac Success came on and provided a second half spark but he couldn't inspire his team to a victory as Watford fell to Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.

The Nigerian showed exceptional dribbling prowess upon his introduction but it wasn't enough as his shots went agonizingly close while his crosses failed to find teammates in position to do anything. For much of the match, getting close to a productive attack would have been an improvement. All across the pitch, the Hornets were a shadow of the group that dominated Manchester United last weekend. They were late to the ball and appeared to be out of ideas when they did have it. Ighalo and Deeney were isolated and ultimately provided little threat. Once the Clarets scored, first through Jeff Hendrick and then Michael Keane, the result was pretty well assured.
Sep 26 - 5:01 PM

Jeff Hendrick appeared to be everywhere, Steven Defour assisted on both goals and Burnley surprised Watford 2-0 at Turf Moor on Monday.

The Clarets continue to be their limited but organized and tenacious selves but Steven Defour has proven to be a solid spark from midfield and, on this day, that was more than enough. Neither goal will be up for Goal of the Week let alone Goal of the Year but the three points are huge for Sean Dyche's side as the battle to avoid relegation appears to have many entrants. Hendrick and Defour were the major stories along with Michael Keane who scored his first-ever Premier League goal to provide Burnley the insurance goal they needed down the stretch.
Sep 26 - 4:58 PM

Francis Coquelin looks set to spend to a number of weeks on the sidelines after injuring his knee during a dominant Arsenal display against Chelsea at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder failed to shake off the after-effects of a brave block at the edge of his area leaving him unable to continue. Coquelin has started all but one of Arsenal's Premier League games this season but this latest setback could mean an extended period out: "He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom," mused Arsène Wenger. "That's the negative of the day." The Arsenal boss was referencing a medial knee ligament injury suffered in November last year which keep Coquelin out for two-months. Fortunately, the Gunners have an adequate replacement in the form of Granit Xhaka, although with the news that Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss out again this weekend, they can’t afford too many more injuries.
Source: The Guardian
Sep 26 - 4:51 AM

Crystal Palace were forced into a slight switch of personnel for Saturdays’ trip to the Stadium of Light following injuries to key players.

Alan Pardew had made a raft of changes for the midweek EFL Cup match at Southampton [eight in total], but of the three first team regulars who played, two left St Marys’ injured ruling them out of the Sunderland game. Ever-present [and joint top scorer] Scott Dann limped off after just 19 minutes due to a muscular problem while Wilfried Zaha completed the match but minor hamstring discomfort meant the winger did not travel to Wearside. Fortunately, the Eagles were still able to secure three-points despite finding themselves 2-nil down after an hour. Christian Benteke grabbed a last-gasp winner deep into injury time leaving the Black Cats firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Sep 26 - 5:13 AM

Last weekend's huge win against Leicester got United back to winning ways but it also highlighted even more of Daley Blind's versatility and class.

Blind was dropped for the Watford game, but bounced back with a superb performance at left back in Luke Shaw's absence. His ability to read the game and skillfully attack make up for his lack of pace - his link up play with both Pogba and Rashford was clinical. Blind also nullified Mahrez in the first half before he was hooked off, building off his success in the game's early duels. Lets not forget his corner taking too, three of United's goals came as a result of Blind corners. This will probably strip Rooney of this duty too, and allow United properly utilise their big, physical squad.
Sep 26 - 7:14 AM

Jon Flanagan is still waiting to make his first league appearance for Burnley after arriving on loan from Liverpool this summer.

Sean Dyche insists that Flanagan is "in contention" and "training with the group" but it is unclear as to why, after nearly eight weeks with the club, he has yet to make an appearance in league play. He did feature for the Clarets in their EFL Cup tie with Accrington Stanley a month ago, so one would assume he is up to fitness by now. The whole idea behind his loan move was that he would be assured more playing time than if we would have remained with Liverpool, but so far that has not been the case. Perhaps we will see a glimpse of him this evening when Burnley host Watford, but for now, he is off the fantasy radar.
Source: HITC Sport
Sep 26 - 7:16 AM

Sean Dyche revealed that Ashley Barnes will miss Burnley's Monday night match against Watford, but insists that the forward his close to returning to contention.

According to Dyche, Barnes is "still struggling" but that it is "nothing too serious." With Andre Gray absent until Week 10, it leaves Sam Vokes as the only real option to lead the line for the Clarets. We should see then the same 4-5-1 formation that Dyche went with last week, unsuccessfully, against Leicester City, with Steven Defour playing an advanced role "in the hole". Burnley have shown little to attract investment in fantasy leagues but Vokes and Defour could deliver nice returns this evening considering Burnley are playing at home against a side that has yet to register a clean sheet.
Source: HITC Sport
Sep 26 - 7:22 AM

Southampton comprehensively outplayed West Ham at the London stadium, heaping even more pressure on Slaven Bilic.

The 3-0 scoreline actually served to flatter West Ham, who were dreadful for long periods of the game, mustering a single shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. They sit in the relegation zone on 3 points. Charlie Austin opened the scoring with yet another goal, a left footer into the bottom corner after a Bertrand cut-back. Austin next put Tadic in one on one with a through ball, the Serb passed by Adrian without touching the ball. Ward-Prowse added a deserved third in injury time. If the Saints were as clinical as they should be, they could have had 7. Lanzini and Noble were particularly disappointing for the Irons, though Antonio and Payet also failed to influence the game too much.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 25 - 12:56 PM





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