Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has admitted that his client would be open to a move to Italy if the 34-year-old midfielder doesn’t agree a new deal at Manchester City. The former Barcelona man is out of contract at the end of the season although the Ivorian star is expected to be offered a new deal by Pep Guardiola. Toure - who joined City in 2010 for a fee of around £24 million - is keen for a quick resolution to his City future but the Sky Blues will not decide on new contracts until after Sunday’s Premier League finale away at Watford, with Champions League football still not guaranteed. ‘Italy is a beautiful country which he likes a lot. The standard of life is very good and Serie A is very competitive,’ Seluk told TMW. ‘At the moment, there is nothing definite or anything already underway with any club in particular, but...
Coach of Manchester City Pep Guardiola is hoping out of favour Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho will leave the club permanently in the summer as opposed to the option of leaving on loan. Iheanacho has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, but his impressive statistics in front of goal has made him a top target for most teams in Europe. German clubs Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund have sounded out his representatives while West Ham and Everton have also inquired from his representative if he will be willing to join them this summer. Any deal for Iheanacho will most likely be a deal that involves the 20 year old leaving the club permanently with Guardiola needing the cash to fund some of his top target this summer, without necessarily dragging the club into problems with UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. For now a fee of £20m has...
As the European league season winds up, StarTimes is set to bring live actions of the German Bundesliga from the various match venues this weekend to the living homes of football loving viewers. One of these matches will feature league leader Bayern Munich and AS Freiburg clash at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, May 20th. The match, expected to generate the usual passion will see the team described as the Bayern behemoth and already lifting the league trophy as it is seated comfortably on top the league table with 79 points and equally leading a 10 points gap ahead the closest rival will hosts the sixth on the table, Freiburg, albeit have not much to worry except the facts that it’s not in their DNA to let the home fans down with exciting and entertaining football. Freiburg, also described as Bundesliga’s most clinical team from the city of Freiburg currently in...
Plateau United ended the first stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2016/17 season two points clear at the top of the log and the club’s Manager, Kennedy Boboye is confident they will sustain the run of good form to clinch their first ever league title. In a buoyant light-hearted mood, Boboye declared to those expecting the club to slip up to keep waiting. “I know many are not expecting us to remain there (on top) but all I will say is ‘we will see’. I don’t make predictions. I don’t brag. All I will say is ‘keep watching’, he said. Only a few would have predicted Plateau United leading at the halfway mark but their steady run which saw them off the top spot only on twice or thrice is a pointer to the steel in the team to achieve success. The pre-season favourites were Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Rivers United and...
Zinedine Zidane has followed up an amazing playing career with what has the makings of being an equally impressive run as a manager. His first season in charge of Real Madrid produced a UEFA Champions League title, and he is on the verge of a potential Champions League-La Liga double in his second year. It is a level of managerial success that wasn’t expected, at least not so quickly. Not even by Kaka, who knows him and Real Madrid well. “When I was there, I had (Zidane) as a second coach for (Jose) Mourinho, and he started doing very good but I think it’s a big surprise for everybody,” former Madrid star Kaka told Goal . “He was an amazing player, and he’s smart, he’s intelligent, but the results he’s been having this season is incredible. He can win the league and he can win the Champions League, so it’s very, very...
English Premier League champions, Chelsea have told the representatives of on loan Nigerian defender the amount it will cost for the player to leave the club permanently this summer. The Nigeria senior international has already voiced out his unwillingness to return to the team, unless he is guaranteed a spot in the first team following a fairly successful loan spell with Turkish side Alanyaspor. Omeruo has been ever present for newly promoted Alanyaspor with his performances earning him two man of the match award, and he has shown his versatility by impressing in the defensive midfield role‎. His performances have led to offers from teams in Turkey, Italy and Germany but the 23 year old centre back who is contracted to Chelsea until the summer of 2019 won’t come cheap. Interested parties have been told by Chelsea to cough out a fee in the region of 7 million pounds for the centre back...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna & Acho Abimaje, Jos  …As Dolphins Rule Kaduna Plateau United FC over the weekend, emerged winners of the Plateau State FA Cup, after a deserved 3-1 win over eternal rivals Mighty Jets in a pulsating final played at the Rwang Pam Stadium. Ibeh Johnson scored a brace, one in each half, after Kabiru Umar had drawn the Jets level and gone on to dictate the pace of the game. Jets’ Buhari Musa, who proved a handful for Plateau United’s defence, gave the Jets the lead when he positioned himself in the box to guide the ball into the net, after Bitrus Wash’s header towards goalkeeper John Gaadi did not go to plan. However, the second half saw the Peace Boys bring their experience to bear, as they dominated the second-half, but could not go the whole yard, no thanks to poor finishing. Both teams would now represent the state in the...
Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) FC’s forward Stephen Odey, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho are three of the 25 players invited by the Super Eagles’ technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, for the planned camping programme in France and the international friendly match against the Corsica Senior National Team later this month. The three-time African champions would open camp in Corsica on May 24 and then play against the Corsican side two days later, before moving to Paris for the second-phase of the camping programme ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, LEADERSHIP Sport has learnt. The Eagles, unbeaten in a competitive game at senior level by South Africa since that country returned to international football 25 years ago, would go up against them again at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, June 10, 2017. While Wolverhampton Wanderers’...
Leadership Editors ...FIFA overturned his initial 4-match Ban for Argentina On Appeal Lionel Messi has reportedly rejected an opening contract offer from Barcelona worth around £29million a season, according to sources in Spain. The Argentina international is in no hurry to renew his deal at the Nou Camp and is particularly keen to get the right offer following recent bumper renewals for Neymar and Luis Suarez. Barcelona have been given some encouragement from Messi’s camp that he will end up extending his stay with the club, despite the first offer being knocked back, according to AS. The 29-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of next season, so Barcelona will be eager to resolve the situation before too long as top clubs around Europe are likely to step up their interest if his deal remains unsigned. Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona, scoring an astonishing 502 goals in 579 appearances to establish himself...
DICKSON AGBO Hull City's hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation suffered a body blow after goals from Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe condemned them to a 2-0 home defeat by already axed Sunderland on Saturday. The result left Hull one place above the drop zone in 17th on 34 points from 36 games, two more than 18th-placed Swansea who were hosting Everton later in the day. Right back Jones headed in a 69th-minute opener against the run of play and Defoe bundled in the second goal in stoppage time, although video replays showed he was offside when a free-kick from the right was delivered into his path. Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford enjoyed a superb afternoon as he pulled off a string of excellent saves, denying Sam Lucas, Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez as Hull pressed forward relentlessly but were let down by poor finishing. The defeat was also Hull manager Marco Silva's first at...