Valencia crisis deepens as players refuse to accept wage deferral

If the sales of Ferran Torres to Manchester City as well as Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin to Villarreal weren’t a big enough sign that Valencia are once again in crisis, news that players left at the club aren’t being paid is only making a bad situation much worse.

According to Cadena Cope and cited by Football Espana, Valencia’s remaining club captains, Rodrigo Moreno, Jose Luis Gaya and Jaume Costa met with president Anil Murthy to speak about the lack of any form of salary payment since June.

As if that weren’t bad enough, a suggestion that the players accept IOU notes for now, essentially because the payment will be delayed and may not be made at all, hasn’t been received well by the dressing room.

MARCA, cited by Football Espana note the expiry dates of the IOU’s as being September 2021, meaning that it could be up … Read the rest

Arthur Melo to be released early?

A report from Spainish newspaper La Vanguardia suggests Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo will terminate his Barcelona contract early in order to begin training with Juventus.

The 24-year-old refused to return to training with Barca earlier this month, prior to their Champions League elimination at the hand of Bayern Munich.

Initial reports suggested his decision to remain in Brazil would result in a hefty fine and possible sanction from the club, with Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu condemning Arthur’s decision:

“We reached an agreement for him to complete the season here, in both league and Champions League games,

“He is an important player, and he should be here to help the team. But he has made the decision not to come back.

“This is an unacceptable act. This is why we are exploring our options, and will open up a case against him, as there is no justification for his absence.” Source:

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Did Quique Setién not keep his words?

Before and right after joining Barcelona, Quique Setién shared all sorts of promising words, but he did not walk the walk. What went wrong for Quique at Barça? Is it his fault?


Press conferences are not always positive events. They are all talk, and they often bite the speaker in the behind whenever matches and results don’t go their way. Recently, Arturo Vidal opened his mouth before the Bayern game, saying that Barça is the best team in the world and that the Bavarians shouldn’t be too cocky. His manager, Quique Setién, knows a lot about press conferences. The Cantabrian coach has some history in such pressers.

Before joining Barcelona, Quique Setién was every culés‘ fantasy because of what he said publicly. From Johan Cruyff’s tactics to his boldness, Setién mesmerised a fanbase that watched him in a few games with Lugo, Las Palmas and Real Betis. It happens … Read the rest

AASQ #78: CushCore, Nukeproof, Ride Panzer, Rimpact & Vittoria tackle MTB Tire Insert Tech!

We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are some questions you might not want to ask your local shop or riding buddies. AASQ is our weekly series where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise. This one covers tire inserts! Hit the link at the […]

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Marco Andretti Continues Dominance, Edges Dixon to Indianapolis 500 Pole

Despite wind gusts upwards of 15 mph or more, Marco Andretti becomes the first Andretti in 33 years to win the pole position for the 104th Indianapolis 500 with a four lap average of 231.068 mph.

The qualifying order was decided with the slowest of the fast nine going first, meaning Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Takuma Sato was the first driver out to set a time. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner had an incredibly consistent performance that would put him on pole for majority of the session with a four-lap average of 230.725 mph. He would end the session third, his best ever Indy 500 starting position.

Sato’s teammate Graham Rahal went out second, and fought a loose car all run. On his last lap, Rahal had to get out of the gas in turn one on his final lap, killing his average. He would finish eighth with a … Read the rest

Cecchinato, Rodionov Lead Challenger Return To Todi

This week, as the ATP Challenger Tour kicks off its long-awaited restart, players have descended on the scenic town of Todi in central Italy. After a two-year hiatus, the Internazionali Di Tennis Citta Di Todi is back for a 12th edition.

The Challenger 100 event is one of two stops on the circuit, as professional tennis returns on the clay of Todi and Prague. Located in the Umbria region, the Tennis Club Todi 1971 is nestled at the base of the hilltop town and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding municipality.

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This week, seven players in the Top 150 of the FedEx ATP Rankings are competing in Todi, led by top seed Roberto Carballes Baena. Three-time ATP Tour champion and former World No. 16 Marco Cecchinato leads the Italian charge along with third seed Federico Gaio.

Carballes Baena opens against 21-year-old Jurij Rodionov, while Cecchinato faces … Read the rest

Raul Sanllehi’s departure can spark a new era at Arsenal

How do you become the most important executive at a football club like Arsenal? Given the size of the organisation, the scale of the job, and the requirements of it, and the amounts of money involved, you would imagine there is rigorous process to ensure you are the best possible candidate of the many who would be interested in such a position.

But what if you’re lucky, in the right place at the right time? What if there was no rigorous process, and when the previous guy left, he recommended you and the owners just said ‘Ok, sounds good’?

It’s a bit simplistic, but that’s essentially how Raul Sanllehi became the most powerful man at Arsenal. It didn’t happen overnight. Originally brought in by Ivan Gazidis, he was part of what was supposed to be a balanced, coordinated executive trio headed by the former CEO. Sven Mislintat arrived at more … Read the rest

Shaqiri hints at Liverpool stay in new interview: “It’s going to be an exciting season”

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he may stay with the Reds for the upcoming season, after reports linked him with a move away.

The Swiss international joined the reigning Premier League champions from Stoke City in 2018 and has been a very useful squad player since.

Jurgen Klopp surely wouldn’t want to lose a player of Shaq’s quality, and his latest interview with LFC journalist Glenn Price suggests he’s staying.

Everybody is excited to play again and to defend the season we had last season,he told the club’s official website while on training duty in Austria.

It’s very difficult but we try to achieve again a lot of things and we want to win a lot of games. We have the capacity, we have the team who is still hungry and wants to win many titles.

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Video: Chelsea target Reguilon bags fine assist for Sevilla vs Man United as Suso scores

In the 25th minute of Sevilla’s Europa League semi-final tie against Manchester United, the Andalusian outfit were back on level terms after a brilliant counter-attack.

Star full-back Sergio Reguilon showed his marauding style as he was played in behind with a well-worked one-two, the Spaniard then drilled the ball across the box.

United ace Brandon Williams was well out of position, leaving Suso free to slot the ball into the back of the net at the far post to cap off a well-worked move from Sevilla.

According to ESPN, Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign the ace, he’s enjoyed a wonderful campaign whilst out on loan at Sevilla, with the talent valued at around €25m.

Take a look at Sevilla’s equaliser below:

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Blaise Matuidi: ‘Sarri surprised me’

Blaise Matuidi explained his reasons for leaving Juventus this summer and revealed former coach Maurizio Sarri surprised him during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old midfielder agreed to terminate his contract with the club by mutual consent in order to David Beckham’s Inter Miami following three successful seasons in turin.

“The time had come for a change of direction,” Matuidi told L’Equipe newspaper, “The first contact with Inter Miami was in December, but at the time, I said it was too early in my career, as the Euros were coming up, and we didn’t have all these COVID problems. The way I saw it, I’d obviously stay at Juve.

“When they called me again in June, the context had changed. Staying in quarantine made me realise I had to think about my family and spend more time with them. I looked back over my career and thought, what else are you … Read the rest