Annoying news for Chelsea as N’Golo Kante update confirms another hamstring injury for star in worryingly recurring issue

According to French publication L’Equipe, N’Golo Kante will return to Chelsea on Friday after suffering a hamstring injury whilst away on international duty for France.

The 29-year-old played the entire 90 minutes of Les Blues’ disappointing 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday, but will now miss the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

L’Equipe report via a statement published by the French Football Federation (FFF) that Kante felt ‘pain’ in the hamstrings on his left leg at the end of the game.

It’s added that medical examinations undergone by the midfielder revealed a ‘small lesion’, leaving Kane to return to West London tomorrow.

Kante only missed four games with a hamstring blow in January of this year, this blow signals the continuation of a worryingly recurring issue for the world-class defensive midfielder.

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La Liga president on Messi situation: I want him to stay

The La Liga president, Javier Tebas has claimed in his latest interview with Diario AS that Lionel Messi is “the best player in history” and has urged the Argentine to continue with FC Barcelona.

The race for La Liga has lighted up in recent weeks. With leader Atletico Madrid dropping points, the chasers, especially Barcelona have put their foot on the accelerator and have reduced the gap to just 4 points.

Even though we could be in for one of the best finishes to a Spanish domestic season, the focus undoubtedly remains on the future of the best player the league has ever produced.

Lionel Messi, having expressed his desire to leave Barca at the beginning of the season has since chosen to stay and see out the last year of his contract. However, his future remains up in the air and several European giants are closely monitoring the situation.… Read the rest

Arsenal ace speaks out on possible summer transfer after a lack of playing time

Arsenal do have plenty of attacking options, but it still feels like there could be a major overhaul in that area in the next year or two.

Aubameyang is the undisputed starter when everything is going well but he’s had some discipline and form issues, while he’s also getting into his final prime years so he’ll need to be moved on.

Alexandre Lacazette isn’t far behind so a decision will need to be made on him soon, Folarin Balogun could still leave in the summer as his future is unclear and Gabriel Martinelli is always either injured or stuck to the bench.

It’s also easy to forget about Eddie Nketiah who hasn’t really been seen in recent weeks, and a report from Goal has looked at his situation.

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Laporta’s campaign manager comments on Mbappe rumors

The international break has given Ronald Koeman much-needed time to discuss his future roadmap with the newly elected board. Signings are an integral feature of any future plan. It’s pretty obvious that after the first round of meetings, which took place yesterday, rumors will float around.

However, this time it’s a statement from Lluis Carrasco that’s turning heads. Carrasco was the campaign manager of ‘Estimem El Barca’. He tweeted that there are chances that Mbappe’s entourage might be fed up with the Madrid rumors and look for a future elsewhere. The Catalan philanthropist also said that he might look for a future with Lionel Messi and multiple delightful young players at Barcelona.

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Joan Laporta makes decision over Ronald Koeman’s future as Barcelona manager

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has given Ronald Koeman the vote of confidence, despite his shortfalls in La Liga and the Champions League, according to Todo Fichajes.

Koeman endured a difficult start to life at the Nou Camp, but was hardly helped by the situation surrounding Lionel Messi’s future and Josep Maria Bartomeu’s leadership.

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As time passed, and the Dutchman had more time to work with his squad, things improved. Much of that is thanks to the introduction of younger players into the first-team squad. They’ve been like a breath of fresh air.

Pedri in action for Barcelona.

Barcelona players will bid farewell to the feast of high-paid contracts

The club and the players celebrated the return of Joan Laporta with an emphatic victory over Real Sociedad. Due to the International break, the manager Ronald Koeman, Technical Secretary Ramon Planes, and the newly-elected Barca President Laporta will have their first round of meetings. Reportedly these meetings will be to draw broad contours for the next season.

One major issue which will be discussed is the continuity of several marquee players. Due to Barcelona’s infamous financial condition, a roadmap to solve the financial condition was a major point in the election agendas of all three candidates. The newly elected board will have to look for avenues to solve the situation.

Astronomical wage bill

A very critical issue during the Bartomeu administration was the astronomical wage bill. The ill-willed leak of Lionel Messi’s contract showed the enormous wage he receives. However, it’s only a part of the problem. Reportedly, … Read the rest

Ben Chilwell hilariously trolls Chelsea teammate on Instagram after questionable photoshoot

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has ruined teammate Mason Mount in the Instagram comments section after Blues golden boy did a pretty questionable photoshoot.

Chilwell only signed for Chelsea in the summer, but with several members of the England setup already on the club’s books, he seemingly had no problem settling in and making friends.

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One those players we are referring to is Mason Mount, whose meteoric rise at Stamford Bridge has earned him recognition from Gareth Southgate, with the midfielder now looking likely to start at the European Championships in the summer.

Mason Mount is now a full England international.

Report: Laporta waits for the perfect moment to offer Messi a contract extension

With Joan Laporta’s official inauguration as the president of Barcelona out of the way, it’s time for the new board to tackle their biggest and most immediate challenges, head-on.

While most of them have to do with the renewals of certain players and identifying the ones that can be offloaded in the coming summer, the bigger picture for Laporta’s crew is to make the club as a whole financially sustainable, once again.

Something that will go a long way in achieving that is locking down the club captain, Lionel Messi for as long as possible, and as per the latest reports by ESPN, Laporta is waiting for the perfect moment to make a formal offer to the Argentine.

From branding to merchandise, to broadcasting deals and match revenues, there are a lot of factors involved when it comes to keeping a football club, economically stable. While Messi’s exploits on … Read the rest

Video: Lionel Messi finishes off beautiful tiki-taka goal as Barcelona hit Real Sociedad for six

Lionel Messi scored his second goal of the night just a few minutes from the full-time whistle against Real Sociedad.

Barcelona are very much in the hunt for the La Liga title, but they needed a performance like the one they’ve produced tonight to really affirm their credentials as potential champions.

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Real Sociedad are a good team, with Barcelona fortunate enough to catch them on a bad night, but the attacking play from Ronald Koeman’s men has been absolutely sensational from start to finish.

With Barca already having five goals on the board heading towards the 90th minute, Messi decided that he wanted he wanted to sign off for the international break with a brace.

Antoine Griezmann speaks following 6-1 victory: It’s Koeman’s turn to buy the drinks

Following what was Barcelona’s arguably best performance of the season, birthday-boy Antoine Griezmann spoke in the post-match press conference. The 30-year-old scored the game opener, and after that, it literally rained goals.

“I did not celebrate out of respect for my former team. I wouldn’t have been here without them. The image that we showed today proves that we are capable of fighting for the league title.

“We knew this was a very difficult pitch, from the beginning we started with a lot of concentration, and we wanted to score,” said the Frenchman. The Anoeta has always been a difficult away game indeed, particularly this season in which Real Sociedad has one of the best defensive records in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

Griezmann did not mention to credit Ronald Koeman, who seems to have all the support of the dressing room:

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