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The international break is always an unwelcome guest. Generally it arrives just as Spurs have suffered a defeat, or announced some bad news. This year we lost to Liverpool at home and had to endure a deadline day rather quieter than usual, but was it r…
Jack Wilshere has taken to Instagram to welcome his England team-mate and new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck to the Gunners while on international duty with Roy Hodgson’s squad.
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Lewis Holtby has wasted no time in getting to know his new team-mates by trained with the Hamburg squad after completing his a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
Nigeria international Ejike Uzoenyi has earned the praises of Pitso Mosimane after making his debut for Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
Uzoenyi was a second-half introduction against AmaZulu this weekend when the Brazilians were comfortably 2-0 ahead in their Premiership clash at Loftus Stadium.
The former Enugu Rangers winger had a moment of brilliance that almost lead to his side’s third goal with 76 minutes on the clock when he rounded his marker and put the ball across the face of goal, although team-mate Elias Pelembe could not get a touch to it.
For Mosimane, though, his performance was more than adequate, with the coach waxing lyrical about his new signing.
“Ejike shows class when he came in. He’s not fit, you could see,” the Sundowns coach said, when speaking about the tricky winger.
“But at that time the game is dead, so you give him a run so he can get the feel. He showed some class, he’s a good football player,” he concluded.
Uzoenyi has left to join the Super Eagles squad for Friday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo.
A football fan ‘bent it like Beckham’ when he ran onto the pitch and took a free kick during West Ham United against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, according to the judge in the case.
The Tanzania Football Federation insist they have not received any communication from their Kenyan counterparts regarding a supposed joint bid to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Last week, the Kenyan Football Federation announced they had approached the Confederation of African Football over staging next year’s continental showpiece, along with East African neighbours Tanzania and Uganda.
However, the TFF insist they are unaware of any official contact from the Kenyans, with TFF secretary general Celestine Mwesigwa telling Daily News: “As I speak to you now, TFF has not received any official communication from Kenya, therefore, I can not comment on the issue.”
Hosting rights for AFCON 2015 are back up for grabs after Libya were forced to withdraw due to political instability in the country, although they have been earmarked to stage the 2017 event.
Barcelona have confirmed that defender Dani Alves will leave the club once his contract expires at the end of the season.
There had been speculation that the Brazil international would depart the club during the recently-closed transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool touted as possible destinations.
However, no such move materialised and Alves will spend the season at the Camp Nou before leaving for pastures anew at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Talking at a press conference, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said: “We are very happy that Dani Alves has stayed here [this season].
“Both sides have agreed that his contract will finish in 2015.”
The 31-year-old joined Barcelona from Sevilla for a fee of €38 million back in 2008, and has gone on to win four La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and two UEFA Champions League medals.
The Catalans, who start a two-window transfer ban in January, have already prepared for Alves’ departure by signing Douglas Pereira from Sao Paulo last Friday.
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has express his relief despite watching two possible deadline day moves fall through.
Both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers were keen to sign the 23-year-old before the transfer window slammed shut on Monday but were unable to agree personal terms with the Italian, who was reportedly asking for £90,000 a week.
The Italy international now looks set to endure a period of limited opportunities at Anfield, with Daniel Sturridge and international team-mate Mario Balotelli both ahead of him in the pecking order on Merseyside.
However, Borini looks happy with his decision to stay and fight for his place at Anfield and took to Twitter to express his apparent delight.
“Finally the madness is finished!” the former Roma forward wrote on Twitter.
“I protected the MAN and the player that I am today, taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn’t want it.
“And I’m VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!”
Argentina international Angel Di Maria has revealed that he delayed his move to Manchester United following the intervention of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 28-year-old winger, who recently sealed a British transfer fee record switch to the Premier League outfit, has admitted he was close to joining the Red Devils ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
He ultimately stayed and fought for his place at the Bernabeu following the purchase of Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a world record transfer fee.
And, it appears that Ronaldo played a crucial role in the talented winger sticking it out for another year in the Spanish capital.
Di Maria told ESPN Radio: “The truth is that I have a great relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and I stayed at Madrid last season thanks to him.
“I left Madrid in the best possible way, by winning La Decima [10th European Cup crown]. In my farewell letter, I said exactly how I felt from the first day at the Bernabeu.
“I am grateful to Manchester United for meeting Madrid’s demands. But I don’t feel any extra pressure because I’m the most expensive player in the Premier League.
“The Premier League is more physical and about strength, whereas Spain was more about football. It’s a very strong league, though. Van Gaal has told me to try to adapt as quickly as possible.”
Gombe United star players Chigozie Agbim, Suleiman Usman and Adamu Mohammed have given head coach Austin Eguavoen their full backing after guided the club out of the relegation zone.
Eguavoen took charge of the Desert Scorpions after the midway break in the season, and has since helped the side up the standings to the safety of 14th place.
Speaking to the official LMC website, the Gombe trio praised the former Nigeria international coach, giving him their full support to continue at the club.
“I’m happy working with coach Austin. He’s so experienced and knowledgeable,” goalkeeper Agbim said. “He has also shown that coaching goes beyond just tactics, and selection on the pitch. It was a good decision to bring him to Gombe United.”
Midfielder Usman added: “The results are now showing because he is a top-class coach. I’ve worked with a number of coaches as a player but he is in a class of his own. I believe we will finish the season strongly under him as coach.”
While top scorer Mohammed said: “He is a very good. He has brought confidence to us and the team too. There is competition in the team since he came, and that is good for us. Now we are confident.”
Gombe have won four and lost two of their six matches since the former Super Eagles defender took over the reins for the second round of fixtures.
Tottenham correspondent Ben Pearce reflects on Spurs’ summer transfer business after the window closed last night.
Former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan believes that the club have lost their way following the departure of Danny Welbeck and the arrival of a host of big-money signings.
Welbeck secured a £16 million move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, ending 13-year association with the club which he joined as an 11-year-old.
The England international’s exit means that Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans are the only remaining regulars in the United squad that are products of the club’s famed academy, while youngsters Reece James and Tyler Blackett have also featured this season.
Such a scenario is a far cry from the successful team of the 1990′s and early 2000′s which boasted a host of homegrown players, including the famed ‘Class of ’92′.
Phelan feels that Welbeck’s exit is a sad day for the club, and illustrates what appears to be a change in philosophy.
“They have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit,” Phelan told BBC Sport.
“Now, rather than produce, it may be the case where they are buying in.
“Someone like a Danny Welbeck has been part of United’s identity and that has been broken.
“What will happen in the future now, nobody knows but that thread has been broken now.
“There is always the start of something and maybe this is the start of a new way of doing things at Manchester United and maybe that is the way football is going,” he added.
“Is it better to look at the instant rather than the future? It is a difficult one because youth is always the future, we all have to start somewhere and you just hope that product of youth can develop in the Premier League.”
New United boss Louis van Gaal has showed he is not scared to spend big, splashing out £151.5m to bring in Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo on permanent deals, while Radamel Falcao has joined the club on loan.
Tottenham and England’s Under-21s have received a blow after it was announced that Eric Dier has picked up an injury, the severity of which is as of yet unknown.
The Football Association reported that after joining up with Gareth Southgate’s side on Su…
The summer transfer window is over for another year with every club making deals right up to last night’s 11pm deadline.
Benjamin Stambouli says he had a lot of transfer options to consider before Tottenham Hotspur came in for him and he did not hesitate to move to White Hart Lane.
The limited activity of Tottenham on the final day of the summer transfer window is a clear indication that Spurs are relying on last summer’s signings coming good under new manager Mauricio Pochettino in the 2014-15 season. While all the clubs around Tottenham have spent extravagantly, even Everton have invested to strengthen their team this […]