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All three Premier League clubs could use a young holding midfielder with some upside and Clement Chantome could be the answer for any of the three.

Chantome has been on the books at PSG since he was 13 years old. He has been capped once by France and has played with the PSG senior team over 150 times. Despite these accomplishments and his status as a local boy made good he may be one of the valuable pieces that comes available as PSG's pocketbooks have swelled. Everton could use him as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, WBA could use him as a major upgrade and Fulham need to get younger and fill the gap left by the departure of Mahamadou Diarra.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimović has vowed to come back "even stronger" after Manchester United confirmed he suffered a serious knee ligament injury during Thursdays Europa League win over Anderlecht.

Although he continues to be assessed, initial reports suggest Ibrahimović has torn his anterior cruciate ligament while he also sustained damage to his meniscus, potentially ruling him out for around 12 months. Stories on Sunday indicated that the out-of-contract 35-year-old may not play again, but a post from his personal Instagram account poured cold water on the very notion by stating he is not ready to give up just yet: "I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far, I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when it's time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon." Jose Mourinho will step up his search for a replacement this summer with the latest reports linking United with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Source: Reuters UK
Apr 24 - 1:50 PM

N'Golo Kante has seen his hard work recognized across the league after taking home the PFA Player of the Year award.

The French international has enjoyed a stellar last two seasons as he looks to become the first player since Eric Cantona to win consecutive Premier League titles with two different clubs. After arriving in a £32 million move from Leicester City, Kante has been the engine of a revamped Chelsea side under manager Antonio Conte. Said Kante: "To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me. It means the world to be chosen and it's been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it's a great honour."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 24 - 11:33 AM

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has added another PFA Young Player of the Year award to his growing trophy case.

The emerging superstar has seen no signs of a sophomore slump, recording 16 league goals and seven assists for second-place Spurs this season after winning the award last season since arriving from MK Dons. And at 21 years old, they may as well name the trophy after Alli with three more years of eligibility for the Young Players Award, which saw him beat out Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku among others. "I'm extremely proud. It's a great honour for me - obviously the second year in a row - but I've still got a lot to do, I've got to keep working hard. I've got to keep improving."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 24 - 11:42 AM

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hopeful that he will be fit for selection before the end of the season.

The Spaniard underwent surgery on a groin injury in March, and manager Jose Mourinho had ruled him out for the remainder of the season. However, in his weekly blog, Mata posted a more upbeat prognosis, revealing that he will be back with the team soon: "But the truth is I’m feeling much better now and I hope to be back with the team soon, to try to help in the last spell of the season. I hope so, because that’s all I want: being always available to help and to contribute as much as I can, both on and off the pitch," he explained. This will come as welcome news to Man Utd, who are struggling with a mounting injury list as they continue to fight on two fronts for Champions League qualification.
Apr 24 - 9:55 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has stated that he will rotate his side again for Thursday's Manchester derby.

United's squad is depleted from injuries and struggling with fatigue, according to Mourinho, which means he is forced to spread out the game time across his squad. Hence, he made eight changes last weekend for the win over Burnley after the victory over Anderlecht three days previously in the Europa League. Eric Bailly is the only Man Utd player to have completed both games. Mourinho emphasised that United are aiming to win the Europa League, and he views rotation as to achieving that feat: ""We cannot give the club the Premier League, we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League and we have to put everything on it... So I will rotate players again, I will give rest to some players again and let's see what we can do.
Apr 24 - 10:07 AM

Southampton will have Spanish defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu available for their match against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Romeu, 25, has been hugely important to Southampton's defensive strength this season in spite of losing Jose Fonte to West Ham and Virgil Van Dijk to injury. He has been very effective in controlling the space in front of the back four, making tackles and interceptions at a higher rate than any of his teammates. Romeu will presumably retake his place in the starting XI on Tuesday when the Saints visit Stamford Bridge after serving a two match suspension for accumulating ten yellow cards this season. His manager has lauded him in his pre-match press conference, comparing him to PL Player of the Season N'Golo Kanté: ""I think he’s not far off Kante," Puel said. "If we see the quality of his games since the beginning of the season, for me, he [Romeu] is not far off Kante because he’s very consistent and every game he gives good performances, with consistency and quality."
Apr 24 - 7:56 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the man of the match as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to advance to the FA Cup final.

Arsenal started slowly against Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's men had the better of the possession and chances in the first half. As Arsenal tried to assert themselves it was Oxlade-Chamberlain, switching between the center of the park and a right wingback role, who was their brightest performer. After City went up 1-0 on a lightning-fast breakout it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who got them back in it with an excellent cross that found Nacho Monreal whose odd man rush saw him unmarked in the penalty area. While The Ox had been substituted by the time Alexis Sanchez pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box for the winner, it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who stood out the most for the Gunners as they booked their third FA Cup finals appearance in the past four seasons.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 23 - 12:52 PM

There was nothing Burnley could do against an in-form Manchester United in a 2-0 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday.

Despite facing a Manchester United defense down three starters, one that has played three games in the last seven days, Burnley couldn't even manage a shot on target against Jose Mourinho's stalwart side. The Clarets have only one win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but they still kept their distance with a five-point lead over the bottom three. Defender Ben Mee left the match at half-time with an injury while striker Daniel Agyei came on late as Sean Dyche looks to get the youngster more playing time as he enters the final year of his contract with rumors linking him to Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:00 PM

Burnley's penchant for results at home hit a wall today, as they conceded two unanswered goals to Manchester United in a 0-2 final.

The match began in typical Turf Moor style, with Tom Heaton making a couple of big saves in the first 20 minutes while the Claret attack were creating chances, mainly by Robbie Brady, who delivered several crosses over the contest. Andre Gray look the likeliest to finish one of those chances, but the Clarets failed to find an end product. Meanwhile, the fortress that is Turf Moor was penetrated, first on a swift counter-attack and then a second goal was conceded after a loose ball in front of Heaton was smashed in by Wayne Rooney. That put the match out of reach as United were in cruise control throughout the second half. Five points above relegation, one imagines Burnley may need at least one more positive result in their final four matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:34 AM

It's difficult to imagine Manchester United this season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but a familiar face helped to fill his shoes.

In a 2-0 win against Burnley, Wayne Rooney made a surprise cameo appearance in the starting lineup after only just returning from a month sidelined by various injuries to his aging ankle, and the Manchester United captain reminded fans that he can still deliver with a goal in the 39th minute, pouncing on a saved shot from Anthony Martial for his third goal of the season. But it was Martial who stole the spotlight, scoring a goal and recording an assist after also returning to the starting lineup for Marcus Rashford, who started and played 120 minutes on Thursday in Europa League.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:10 AM

Manchester United close the gap to one point between themselves and crosstown rivals Manchester City for the coveted fourth spot in the table after a comprehensive 0-2 win over Burnley.

The two sides traded blows over the first twenty minutes, with United having the edge in the middle of the pitch. After a couple of attempts were stopped by Tom Heaton, United broke through on 21 minutes, when Ander Herrera led a counter attack, picking out Anthony Martial who slotted home for just his fourth league goal of the campaign. The Red Devis then doubled their lead before halftime, with Wayne Rooney smashing in a loose ball after Martial initially delivered a shot on target. United focused on error-free football and protecting their lead in the second half, which they did successfully. The stage is now set for a huge Manchester derby on Thursday night.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:19 AM




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