FURIOUS Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch without shaking hands with Chelsea players

A furious Cristiano Ronaldo was seen storming off the pitch at the end of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw away to Chelsea yesterday.

Jadon Sancho opened the scoring for Man Utd at Stamford Bridge, before Jorginho’s penalty earned the home side a point.

Ronaldo didn’t start the game and clearly didn’t seem happy with the decision of caretaker manager Michael Carrick as he quickly left the pitch at the end of the game without shaking hands with Chelsea players.

The Portugal international seemed to be shaking his head and muttering to himself, which we also saw from him after another game earlier this season.

Barcelona defender might leave the club after eight seasons with the first team

While the Ousmane Dembele contract saga continues to dominate the headlines, the situation of versatile Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto has gone a bit under the radar.

The 29-year-old, who was named the fourth club captain for this season after Lionel Messi’s departure, is also in the final year of his contract and talks over a new deal have not progressed, reports Mundo Deportivo.

A product of the La Masia youth setup, he made his senior debut in 2010 but became a full-fledged member of the first team from the 2013/14 season. Having started out as a midfielder, the Spaniard morphed himself into a right-back in recent years and has been a handy utility player for the club.

To date, he has amassed 316 appearances for Barca, bagging 12 goals and 37 assists. However, his importance within the team has been receding with each passing season, while injuries have also hampered … Read the rest

Worrying-looking stats could actually give Man United cause for optimism about life under Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United are not a very Ralf Rangnick-like team at the moment, the stats suggest.

An intriguing report from The Athletic shows just how big a job Rangnick would have on his hands upon taking over at Old Trafford, with the current crop of players seemingly not at all used to the kind of demanding style of the highly-regarded German tactician.

See below for The Athletic’s graphic, which illustrates just how far behind Man Utd are at the moment in terms of doing the things Rangnick tends to expect from his teams, though could there also be a hint of optimism in the data?

Right up there in the top three slots are Liverpool and Chelsea, managed by Rangnick-influenced Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, respectively.

Both these teams have been among the best in Europe in recent times, and are battling it out for the Premier League title this season.… Read the rest

Three talking points from Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez led Barcelona to their first away win of the season at La Ceramica. The performance on the night was far from satisfactory, but luck sided with the Catalans in the tense encounter.

A flattering scoreline saw Barcelona win the game 1-3 even though it could have easily been three for the hosts.

Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong and Phillipe Coutinho were on the scoresheet, with two goals coming in the closing minutes of the game.

The win takes the Blaugranas to seventh spot in the standings, seven points behind leaders Real Madrid, who also have a game in hand. After an eventful night, these are the three main talking points.

1. Poor refereeing steals the headlines once again

La Liga has never been known for its refereeing decisions, and the trend continued on Saturday. The officials made questionable calls throughout the game, frustrating both the managers and the … Read the rest

Manchester City rule out defender leaving in January

After securing a transfer from relegated Bournemouth to Manchester City last summer, defender Nathan Ake was handed a Premier League lifeline. However, after struggling to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans, the Dutch centre-back, who has barely featured, has now been tipped to move on. However, according to recent reports, the Citizens are expecting to be competing on at least two fronts during the second half of the season and will therefore block any January approaches.

That’s according to a recent report from Football Insider, who claims the Citizens would prefer to retain Ake as they eye both Champions League, as well as Premier League glory.

Ake, 26, made the switch from the south coast to the Etihad last year in a deal worth £40.7m.

However, after making 21 appearances, in all competitions, including just 12 Premier League starts, it is undeniable that the role Ake plays under … Read the rest

Ferran Torres set to become Barcelona’s superstar signing

With the January transfer window just a little over a month away, Barcelona have sprung into activity in the transfer market. After all the talks of them wanting to sign Raheem Sterling, Dani Olmo, Kingsley Coman and various other forwards, it seems like the Catalans are going after Manchester City’s Ferran Torres.

Indeed, Diario AS is reporting that the Catalans have had their sights on the former Valencia ace for quite some time now and have been quietly working in the shadows to get him from the Premier League champions.

It is claimed that Barca have been secretly saving up money to make one superstar signing to lead the new project under the recently-appointed manager, Xavi Hernandez. And, it is Torres that has been chosen as the man to spearhead the new era at Camp Nou. The 21-year-old has become the priority for the club, with no Plan B being … Read the rest

Zinedine Zidane apparently confirmed according to PSG owner’s ‘cousin’

The plot thickens in the European managerial merry-go-round involving Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

It’s believed that Mauricio Pochettino would jump at the chance to replace Ole Gunnar Solskajer in the longer-term at Old Trafford, but in order to do that, PSG need to have line up a replacement.

Talks between the Ligue Un giants and Zinedine Zidane were reported by multiple outlets, including MARCA, and it would appear that those have reach a successful conclusion.

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Tweets from Khalifah Bin Hamad Al-Thani, who alleges to be the cousin of PSG’s owner, suggest that the deal is done.

The issue is that Al-Thani’s identity has never been properly verified, leading many to believe … Read the rest

Barcelona in negotiations with Manchester United to sign experienced forward

Barcelona’s search for a new centre-forward ahead of the January transfer window is not a secret.

With Sergio Aguero indefinitely sidelined and possibly even retiring due to the unfortunate heart condition and Luuk de Jong out of favour under Xavi Hernandez, the Catalans are in urgent need of a new player to fill in as the No. 9 for the second half of the season.

There have been talks held over a move for FC Basel’s Arthur Cabral, but Fichajes is now claiming that Barcelona also have Manchester United star Edinson Cavani on their radars and are already in negotiations with the Premier League giants over a possible January transfer.

Despite being 34 years old, Cavani has shown that he can be a valuable addition to any team at this level. Having joined United last year on a free transfer, the Uruguayan played a key role in them finishing second … Read the rest

Conte keen to bring Man Utd star to Tottenham after also making him a transfer target at Inter Milan

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is reportedly keen on a potential transfer move for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.

The Ivory Coast international has not been a regular for Man Utd after some unconvincing form, but it seems Conte rates him highly.

The Italian tactician was supposedly interested in signing Bailly for Inter Milan when he was manager there, and he now wants him at Tottenham as well, according to the Transfer Window Podcast.

Spurs could do with making changes to their squad after an inconsistent start to the season, and Conte will no doubt be keen to put his own stamp on this struggling squad he’s inherited from Nuno Espirito Santo.

Eric Bailly in action for Manchester United

“I will have an important role at Barcelona when I return”: Brathwaite issues verdict on his recovery

Two months ago, Barcelona released an official statement stating that Martin Braithwaite has suffered a patellofemoral injury to his left knee. The Danish international was forced to undergo surgery as a part of his recovery and faced a long time on the sidelines.

It was expected that Barcelona would manage with the backups in his position. However, Sergio Aguero’s medical condition and Luuk de Jong’s poor form have not helped the Blaugranas case.

Despite showing visible improvement under Xavi Hernandez, the team have struggled in the forward department. Chances have been created, but not taken in the games.

The recent clash against Benfica was a testament to this, for Barcelona drew despite being the dominant of the two teams.

Yet, a good piece of information for Barcelona is that Braithwaite is nearing fitness. Though he is still far from the final stages of recovery, he could return before the end … Read the rest