‘My sons asked me to play in England, but this time I’m the boss’ – Zlatan on Man Utd renewal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that it was his two sons who persuaded him to test himself in the Premier League, but warns that he’ll be the one deciding whether to stay at Manchester United next season.
“My two kids wanted to see me play in England,” he told reporters. “I had my mind somewhere else, but then Jose called, we have a special relationship, and it was basically ‘Just tell me what number I should wear!’
“But I will not play one game by being Ibrahimovic from what I did before. If I don’t perform, if I don’t bring the results, I go, because I will not be like other players playing because they had a great career and because they are who they are.”
And, when asked what he does with his 32 winners’ medals, he answered in his own inimitable style.
“They’re in the museum… I have a house only for the medals!”
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The Arsenal boss today turned down an offer to be the highest paid manager in all of football.
An unnamed Chinese club offerd Wenger £30 million a year, double the salary of the current highest-paid manager, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
Arsenal have offered Wenger £10 million a year for the next 2⃣ years.
Wenger has promised not to retire at the end of the year, but it is not clear whether he intends staying at Arsenal.
After a week of intense speculation linking him with a move to the Chinese Super League, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could yet start the EFL Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.
The 31-year-old England forward, skipper for both club and country, had been tipped in many quarters to leave the Premier League ahead of the transfer window closing in China on Tuesday.
He reiterated his commitment to United in a statement on Thursday and, with fellow attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan ruled out due to injury, the club’s record goalscorer might find himself in the starting XI at Wembley Stadium, despite having fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.
“Without Mkhitaryan, if we want to play with a number 10, obviously Wayne, this is his position. This is where he was playing many matches with us. So he is an option for me. A final is a special match and he’s an option for me,” said Mourinho.
Leicester have parted company with boss Claudio Ranieri following their 2-1 Champions League defeat at Sevilla on Wednesday — just nine months after he won a shock Premier League title.
Ranieri leaves with the champions just a point above the relegation zone and, here, we look at the possible contenders to replace him at the King Power Stadium.
🔰 Roberto Mancini
🔰 David Wagner
🔰 Roy Hodgson
🔰 Frank De Boer
Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata
Juan Mata has defended Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba and says he cannot be expected to match the achievements of fellow superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pogba returned to Old Trafford for a world-record transfer fee of €105 million after four seasons at Juventus, and has sometimes struggled to live up to the high expectations at United.
“When the big transfer comes and the expectations are high, sometimes people lose perception of reality,” Mata said.
Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo looks on at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE / AFP / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
“We are not machines. Messi and Ronaldo are the only two [that can score every game]. There is no more.”
Pogba will be looking to lift his first major trophy with United when they take on Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
Manchester United have been drawn against Russian club Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho’s men reached the knockout stage with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Saint-Etienne, having finished runners-up in their group, and they are the only Premier League club remaining in the competition after Tottenham were eliminated on Thursday.
Europa League last 16 draw in full:
🔰Celta Vigo vs Krasnodar
🔰APOEL vs Anderlecht
🔰Schalke vs Borussia Monchengladbach
🔰Lyon vs Roma
🔰Rostov vs Manchester United
🔰Olympiacos vs Besiktas
🔰Gent vs Genk
🔰Kobenhavn vs Ajax.
Most points gained in the EPL history : 95 (Chelsea)
Fewest goals conceded in the EPL history: 15 (Chelsea)
Most goals scored in the EPL history : 103 (Chelsea)
The only team who hold the
UEFA Champions League
and the Europa League simultaneously by winning the 2011-2012 Munich final and
2012-2013 Amsterdam final.
The only team from London who has won the UCL
Chelsea had Petr Cech who has kept the most number of clean sheets in the EPL
Chelsea had Frank Lampard who has scored the most number of goals from the mid field in the EPL history
Chelsea have JOHN Terry who is the most goal
scoring defender in the EPL history.
Five times ballon d’or winner
Leo MESSI has not been able to score against Chelsea so far ,
not even a penalty.
The first team in the football
history who defeated Bayern
Munich in a UCL penalty shoot
Sir Alex Ferguson has lost against Chelsea more than any other teams in the world.