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Harry Kane won’t stay at Tottenham ‘just for the sake of it’

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said on Sunday that he could leave the Premier League club if the team does not progress in the right direction as he wants to win trophies “sooner rather than later.”

Kane has scored 181 goals for Spurs in all competitions — averaging 30 goals a season since his breakthrough into the starting lineup in 2014 — but he is yet to win a trophy with the London club.

The England striker signed a six-year contract extension in 2018 that would keep him at Spurs until 2024 but admitted in an Instagram Q&A with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp that he could not guarantee he would stay if the club was not successful.

“I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of them things. I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it,” Kane said.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better. I want to become a top, top player, so it all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team.8

“So, it’s not a definite ‘I’m going to stay there forever’ but it’s not a no either.”

The closest Kane has come to winning a trophy was in the League Cup final in 2015 and the Champions League final last season, with Spurs losing to Chelsea and Liverpool, respectively.

The England striker signed a six-year contract extension in 2018 that would keep him at Spurs until 2024 but admitted in an Instagram Q&A with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp that he could not guarantee he would stay if the club was not successful.

“I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of them things. I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it,” Kane said.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better. I want to become a top, top player, so it all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team.

“So, it’s not a definite ‘I’m going to stay there forever’ but it’s not a no either.”

The closest Kane has come to winning a trophy was in the League Cup final in 2015 and the Champions League final last season, with Spurs losing to Chelsea and Liverpool, respectively.

Liverpool deserve Premier League title if season cancelled – Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF that Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-placed City, the current holders, which has left them just two wins away from the title.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“For me, that would be OK, yes,” Gundogan said, after being asked whether Liverpool should be handed their first top-flight title for 30 years should the season not be completed.7

“You have to be fair as a sportsperson,” he added, while conceding that it was a difficult decision for football authorities given the impact that the cancellation of the season would have at both ends of the table.

“There are different opinions. For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn’t be nice if it was cancelled now,” he said.

The Premier League season has been suspended until April 30, but it is looking increasingly likely that the date may have to be pushed back further.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Germany international Gundogan also said he would be open to taking a pay cut should English clubs follow the likes of Juventus and Borussia Dortmund in asking their players to accept reduced wages so non-playing staff can be paid.

“Of course I think it’s OK, that goes without saying, [but] there’s been no discussion in England yet,” Gundogan said. “Perhaps that’s because the English clubs are a bit financially stronger than the clubs in Germany at the moment.

“I don’t know who has the final say in that decision. On the other hand, if a player says, ‘no, I don’t want that, I worked hard for it, I get my salary,’ then it can go in the opposite direction.

“For me personally, it would be OK, but, to be honest, you have to be tolerant, and if there are players who are against that, then that’s also an acceptable situation.”

Ighalo’s Man United future uncertain amid coronavirus crisis – sources

Odion Ighalo is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United with his loan deal set to expire on May 31, sources have told ESPN.

The striker moved to Old Trafford in a short-term transfer from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of the January window.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The agreement would have covered United’s campaign until after the Europa League final on May 27, but that has now been thrown into doubt after the Premier League and European club competitions were suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus crisis.8

As things stand, the Premier League are committed to finishing the season even if it means playing games through the summer and beyond. But unless Ighalo’s loan can be renegotiated, the Nigeria international will have to leave on May 31.

Officially at least, United hold his registration until June 30 when the transfer window is due to re-open in China. However, with no agreement for the player to be at Old Trafford beyond the end of May the deal would need to be renegotiated. United would also need special permission from FIFA to keep the striker beyond July 1, when all loans across Europe’s major leagues expire.

With the UK placed under lockdown by the government on Monday, there is no indication yet about when the season might be able to resume.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Former Watford striker Ighalo has been a success since arriving at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in just eight appearances.

The boyhood United fan has scored on each of his three starts against Club Brugge, Derby County and LASK Linz.

Man United optimistic of keeping Pogba beyond summer- sources

Manchester United are optimistic Paul Pogba will remain at the club beyond the next transfer window and doubt whether any of Europe’s elite clubs can afford the midfielder, sources have told ESPN.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has said he “wants to take a great player to Real Madrid” sparking more speculation the Spanish giants are set to bid for the France international.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Juventus are also interested in re-signing Pogba but there are significant doubts over whether either club could finance a deal, even if the 27-year-old insists he wants to leave Old Trafford.7

Pogba has a contract until June 2021 but United can also trigger a clause to extend it for another 12 months until 2022.

Real Madrid were put off by the £180 million asking price last summer and while privately United accept Pogba’s value will dip with time running out on his contract, they still value their record signing at more than £100m.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

As well as the transfer fee, Real Madrid and Juventus would have to put together a hefty wage packet of around £300,000-a-week to seal a deal.

The issue is complicated further by concerns surrounding finances in football relating to the coronavirus crisis and the implications for broadcasting deals while major league and European club competitions are suspended indefinitely.

Pogba is training at home while United’s Carrington training base remains off limits to the majority of players and staff.

The squad were due to return on April 10 but that is now unlikely after the British government imposed a nationwide lockdown on Monday night that will last for the next three weeks.

Pogba has been limited to just eight appearances in all competitions this season after suffering metatarsal and ankle injuries. He has not played a competitive game since United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day but was due to return to first team training just before the Premier League was suspended on March 13.

Coronavirus: Ex-Man United star Fellaini latest to test positive

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been diagnosed with the coronavirus following his return to China, the Belgian’s Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng announced on their official website on Sunday.

Fellaini, who joined Shandong last January from the English Premier League side, returned to the country on Friday and was placed in immediate 14-day self-isolation upon his arrival in the city of Jinan where he was then tested.nfl cheap jerseys nike

A statement read: “The official test confirmed that Fellaini tested positive for the coronavirus during his quarantine observation period. The player’s body temperature has been normal and he is comfortable. He has received further treatment at a designated medical institution.

“The club will do its best to cooperate and provide help for the player’s treatment and rehabilitation, and wishes for his swift recovery.4

“Fellaini has expressed his gratitude to the fans and his friends at the club, adding that he will get better soon and be stronger than ever when he returns.”

Chinese football has been hit hard by the outbreak, with the start of the Chinese Super League pushed back indefinitely from its intended Feb. 22 start date.
Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala has tested positive but has no symptoms, the Serie A club said on Saturday, making him the third Juve player to be infected so far. Fellow Juventus teammates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi both tested positive for the virus earlier this month.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel, a player for the same club, have both contracted the coronavirus, while the former president of Real Madrid, Lorenzo Sanz, has died at the age of 76 after contracting the virus.

Fellaini scored 22 goals in 177 appearances for Manchester United, from 2013-19. His former club, along with Manchester City, have donated £100,000 between themselves to help the vulnerable during the pandemic.

Coronavirus crisis could keep Liverpool target Werner at Leipzig

The coronavirus crisis could keep Liverpool target Timo Werner at RB Leipzig, the club’s sporting director Markus Krosche has told Sport1.

Germany attacker Werner is under contract at Leipzig until 2023, but has a release clause worth in the region of €55 million which allows him to leave the Bundesliga side this summer.

Last month the 24-year-old dropped strong hints that he could leave for Liverpool as it would “be a good fit.”

However, with the impact of the coronavirus crisis on football and transfers yet unknown, RB Leipzig sporting director Krosche told Sport1 that he believes the Germany international could stay at the club.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Sport 1 claimed that Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City were all prepared to trigger Werner’s release clause, but Krosche now believes that “everything is possible.”

“We can’t say how the transfer market will develop. We are starring into a very foggy crystal ball. We don’t know how our resources will be and what options other clubs might have,” Krosche said.

Last week, German football league (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert warned that several Bundesliga clubs might no longer exist after the pandemic subsided. Seifert called the current situation “existence-threatening” for at least half of the 36 clubs making up the upper two tiers.nfl cheap jerseys nike

However, Krosche said he believes financial constraints will not only be of concern to German clubs.

“England has similar problems like us. To bank on clocks running differently there just because they have investors is wrong,” he said.

“Investors also have economic constraints. The crisis does not only hit our branch but has a worldwide impact. Today, we are not able to gauge if the current numbers [transfer fees] are sustainable in six months from now.”3

Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi making ‘great progress’ from coronavirus – Lampard

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who became the first Premier League player to test positive for the coronavirus, is making “great progress” in his recovery, manager Frank Lampard said.

The 19-year-old’s positive test last week prompted the London club to partially close their Cobham training centre, with the first-team squad and coaching staff asked to self-isolate as a precaution.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

“I’m happy to say that in Callum’s case, he has made great progress and almost feels his usual self, which is obviously the news we all want to hear,” Lampard told the club’s website.2

“I’m aware that not everyone can or will recover from this virus, so I urge the football and sporting community to continue to act responsibly and look out for the health of others.”

The league has been suspended until April 4 because of the outbreak that has virtually shut down world sport.

Globally, the outbreak has infected over 190,000 people and killed more than 7,500.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

“We still don’t know when competitive football will restart, but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment,” Lampard added.

“We all miss football but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society.”

Football’s coronavirus void makes you appreciate every moment of the game

The last professional football we watched together, before the coronavirus emptied the streets and the stadiums, was the 70th minute of Liverpool’s home leg against Atletico Madrid last Wednesday in the Champions League. The Reds were up 1-0 when my son Sam and I had to leave for his indoor footy final. We turned off the TV, the screen went black, and Sammy grabbed his boots, out the door.

He’s 12 years old and plays; I’m 46 and coach. Our Team Navy had won the league and now faced our archrivals, Team Purple. I felt like we were going to win. Sam was less certain. He warned me on the drive that he might cry if we lost, and I couldn’t be mad if he did.

By the time we took to the turf, my phone informed me that Liverpool were up 2-0 in extra time, and I relayed the score to Sam. He’s been Liverpool for most of his young life, his first season as a genuine fan having ended with Steven Gerrard’s slip. There would be no falling short this year.nike jerseys nfl cheap1

Sam played the way a storm eats the shore. He scored two quick goals to give us our own 2-0 lead. “Let’s go!” he shouted, pumping his little fists. His feet barely touched the ground.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Football had lifted us to the happy heights it has always taken my beautiful boy and me. It is our principal shared experience. I play and coach and write about it. Sam plays and talks and dreams about it. We know each other so well, we love each other so well, in part because we know and love the same thing outside of ourselves.

But then Team Purple came on. I felt helpless to stop them. All our kids tried. We just couldn’t hold them back. In minutes, our 2-0 lead turned into a 5-3 loss.

After, we elbow-bumped the victors rather than shaking their hands, a small concession to the bug that was surely about to run its minimal course. I gave out silver medals and told Team Navy’s boys and girls how much I had loved watching them play. More elbow bumps, except for Sam. He came in for a hug.

Then I checked my phone again, and Liverpool had also lost somehow, 3-2, a reality almost too strange to digest in the minutes before our entire reality became an impossible fiction. I showed Sam, and now he came in for another hug. It had been a very bad hour for the family business.

Sam left the arena with his mum. I had another game there later that night, this time as a player, old even among other old men, and I sat in the quiet and waited for it to begin. I had no idea what was coming. None of us did. By Friday, everything would be stopped.

Atlanta United signs JJ Williams to replace injured Josef Martinez

Atlanta United acquired forward JJ Williams on Monday to help replace injured star Josef Martinez.

Williams, 22, had been on loan with Birmingham Legion FC of the USL Championship after being waived last month by Columbus Crew SC.nfl nike jersey cheap

Williams played in seven games with three starts as a rookie with Columbus in 2019. He made 23 appearances with Birmingham and scored seven goals.6

“JJ is someone that had been on our radar over the offseason and we’re pleased to add him to our roster,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He is coming off a strong season with Birmingham and will provide additional competition to our attack.”

Williams was the No. 18 pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft following three seasons at the University of Kentucky.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Martinez, the 2018 league MVP and Golden Boot winner, suffered a torn right ACL in Atlanta United’s season opener on Feb. 29.

How Thierry Henry is trying to resurrect his coaching career in MLS

Thierry Henry is annoyed. He grimaces. He extends his hands for emphasis, palms to the sky. It is a look the world has seen before.

Since the start of a 20-year playing career that included spells at some of the world’s most important football clubs, Henry has held his teammates, the journalists who covered him, and even his managers to the highest standards. He has been quick to express frustration with anyone who wasn’t good enough, didn’t try hard enough or, once, who didn’t push in his chair after a news conference.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Whether he responded with a word or a gesture, it was never hard to tell what he was thinking. He packed an entire narrative into a turn of the hands, a roll of the eyes. “He could score an amazing goal,” says Dennis Bergkamp, who played alongside Henry at Arsenal, “and then a moment later he’d be angry with someone for not passing the ball correctly. That’s the way he was.”

Henry experienced exactly that disappointment with the New York Red Bulls, where he spent the final 4½ seasons of his career. In 2013, the Red Bulls amassed the best regular-season record in MLS. Then they immediately lost their home-and-home conference semifinal to bottom-seed Houston. It wasn’t fair, but it was the system. “Those are the rules,” he says.nfl nike jersey cheap

So too is the structure that allows teams to sleepwalk through the regular season and flip a switch when the playoffs start. Or worse, lose every game and show up the next year ready to play again, rather than getting relegated as in nearly every other league in the world.3

“What happens if you lose?” he asks. “Nothing! Nothing happens. You’re still in MLS, or the NBA, or NFL, or whatever. The rules allow you to just let it go. You shouldn’t let anything go. In Europe, it’s unacceptable. It would never happen. It shouldn’t happen.”

He sighs. “But you have to know where you are,” he says.

A little more than a year ago, Henry was in Monaco, ending a managerial stint that was as short — three months — as it was disappointing. He’s back in MLS now, trying to rehabilitate his reputation while managing with a distinctly different frame of reference. Henry won nearly everything a player can win, but the Impact have been the model of a mediocre franchise, with only three trips to the playoffs in eight MLS seasons, and seven head coaches during that time.

Henry’s task is clear. If he can do a credible job for a couple of years, he’ll put distance between Monaco and his next job. “It could take him back on the managerial ladder in Europe,” says Craig Burley, the former Scotland international and current ESPN commentator.