Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target unhappy with bit-part Real Madrid role

first_img Denis Cheryshev Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev admits he ‘wants to play more’ as speculation grows over a January move to the Premier League.The Russian international has struggled to make an impact under Rafael Benitez this season after excelling on loan at Villarreal.And that has led to speculation linking the winger with a move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.That looks even more likely after Cheryshev admitted ‘communication is poor’ with Benitez as he was called up by Russia for games with Portugal and Croatia.“You do everything for the better,” he told Marca.“This is what happened and I have no regrets. I have no problem with Benitez, but it’s true that communication is poor.“I don’t agree [that my morale is low as a result]. I’m in good spirits.“Of course you want to play more, but the situation isn’t easy. You have to be strong and look forward.” 1last_img read more

Mignolet is the weakest no.1 in the PL’s top 10 and could cost Liverpool this season

first_imgSouthamptonFraser Forster Crystal PalaceAlex McCarthy Liverpool are enjoying themselves at the moment.The fun factor is back at Anfield after a run of six wins in seven games, culminating in that 6-1 annihilation of Southampton as they cruised into the League Cup semi-final.Jurgen Klopp has instilled a palpable confidence within his squad since he succeeded Brendan Rodgers as manager back in October, with the likes of Lucas Leiva and Alberto Moreno playing like men possessed.Unfortunately there is one glaring weakness that may prove the Reds’ Achilles heel in their bid to maximise their lofty season ambitions under Klopp’s stewardship.Simon Mignolet initially endeared himself dramatically to Liverpool fans on his club debut back in 2013, saving a last-minute penalty in a 1-0 home win against Stoke.But since then his Reds career has been littered with costly errors, often undermining good work in front of him or being part of a collective defensive incompetence.Klopp offered his backing to the Belgian keeper this week after he gifted Bordeaux a goal via an indirect free-kick when he inexplicably held onto the ball illegally for 22 seconds in a Europa League tie at Anfield. Leicester CityKasper Schmeichel 2 LiverpoolSimon Mignolet Manchester CityJoe Hart TeamGoalkeeper 2 ArsenalPetr Cechcenter_img TottenhamHugo Lloris “Simon Mignolet is one of the smartest keepers I’ve had. He’s still young enough to develop. He is very open,” expressed the German.Whether those comments were tongue-in-cheek, considering Klopp’s hilarious outburst at Mignolet’s expense to a journalist in his post-match press conference, remains to be seen as there was certainly nothing ‘smart’ about it.Mignolet had the audacity to protest his innocence but, in truth, his inexcusable mistake nearly cost a slightly off-colour Liverpool side the game and subsequently progress in the competition.His shot stopping is his saving grace but when the hallmarks of a modern day ‘keeper transcend far beyond the ability to make saves it is his shortcomings in other departments that expose his frailty.With the ball in the air or at his feet he injects a sense of uneasiness into both his players and the fans. We have seen a couple of times this season already, such as in home games against Norwich and Crystal Palace, his inability to deal with crosses effectively which has ultimately cost Liverpool four points. They are four points that would put them level with Arsenal in fourth.The Premier League boasts some of the best goalkeepers in the world. Here is how the top half of the table currently looks – plus champions Chelsea – along with their respective number ones. Manchester UnitedDavid De Gea West HamAdrian EvertonTim Howard Simon Mignolet ChelseaThibaut Courtois Reds fans would probably offload Mignolet for any of the names on that list, aside from perhaps an ageing Tim Howard at Everton. Chelsea also have the capable Asmir Begovic in reserve if, as has been the case this season, Courtois is injured. Add Stoke’s Jack Butland and that’s arguably 11 better alternatives than Mignolet in the Premier League alone.No ‘keeper has kept more league clean sheets than the Belgian in 2015 (14) but that is a highly deceiving statistic. The Reds have allowed their opponents the fewest shots on target (42) from any top tier side so far this season, so Mignolet’s accolade is mainly testament to an emerging defensive surety following the shambles that ensued at times under Rodgers.If fresh reports this week are true. then the club are set to offer Mignolet a bumper new contract. On one hand, the deal could have a galvanising effect on the 27-year-old similar to the one Klopp has precipitated upon so many of his new charges since his arrival. On the other, rewarding him after a string of unconvincing displays could harbour a sense of accomplishment when Mignolet has a lot of work to do.There’s no denying there are better alternatives out there. Several Bundesliga goalkeepers are viable options for Klopp to mull over in January, namely Timo Horn at Cologne. The German’s reticence to do so may be his downfall.If Liverpool truly want to compete both domestically and in Europe they must look to upgrade. Joe Hart, Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, David De Gea and Hugo Lloris – the first choices of the club’s closest rivals – are in a completely different league to the Belgian.The harsh truth is Mignolet is a liability and Liverpool are persisting with him at their peril. It would be a shame if they fell short this season because of his ineptitude.DIETMAR HAMANN HAILS SIMON MIGNOLET AS ONE OF PREMIER LEAGUE’S TOP THREE GOALKEEPERSDANNY MURPHY RUBBISHES CLAIM LIVERPOOL’S SIMON MIGNOLET IS ONE OF PREMIER LEAGUE’S BEST GOALKEEPERSTHE BEST GOALKEEPER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE – REVEALEDlast_img read more

‘Masters of doing the impossible and bottling the simple!’ Gooners slam shambolic side

first_img Arsenal players look dejected 1 After watching Leicester City lose, Arsenal fans were rubbing their hands with glee. It would mean a victory would take them top of the Premier League.Instead, the Gunners were battered by a Southampton side who were up for the fight on Boxing Day, resulting in a 4-0 victory over the title challengers.Arsenal supporters were, understandably, distraught and the reaction was vociferous on Twitter as their team blew their chance to take pole position.You can see how they reacted below…last_img

Insider Trading: Spurs interested in Toulouse forward, Ayew latest, Newcastle’s double swoop and more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man in the know reviews the January transfer window so far, as we are now beyond the halfway point.He provides the Newcastle latest, with details on where the Magpies are in terms of a move for Saido Berahino from West Brom, who they appear keen to sign.Another Englishman on the Tynesiders’ radar is Tottenham’s Andros Townsend as Steve McClaren continues to eye home recruits, who all come at a premium.Warren says Spurs are interested in Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder but they face competition from Ligue 1 side Marseille.Across London, West Ham are looking to tie up two deals, with Leeds United’s Sam Byram close to signing on at Upton Park, and Slaven Bilic hopes to return to Turkey to tempt 30-year-old Burak Yilmaz away from Galatasaray.Andre Ayew could be making a Premier League move to the north with Sunderland and Liverpool showing interest and the Reds could use a player or two as a makeweight.Finally, we have the latest on Steven Naismith’s Norwich move, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Jerome Sinclair, the Championship latest, Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore and much more.Here are the latest talkSPORT stories from beat Chelsea and West Brom to signing of £4.5m Italy starletChelsea ready to take huge loss on £21m summer signing Baba RahmanNewcastle transfer news: Florian Thauvin to join Marseille once Andros Townsend deal is completedWest Ham to table £6m bid for long-standing target Burak YilmazTottenham have £23m bid rejected for Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez – ReportsLiverpool transfer news: Striker bid rejected, Ajax starlet wanted and late swoop for Barcelona man plannedLiverpool’s Lazar Markovic will not make decision on future until summerManchester United transfer report: AC Milan told they can sign Marouane Fellaini for £19mlast_img read more

Easy for Chelsea as Demichelis and Caballero have ‘mares in 5-1 thrashing

first_imgIn the end it was easy for Chelsea, as they tore an inexperienced Man City to shreds, winning 5-1 at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup.City handed five debuts to Bersant Celina, David Faupala, Aleix Garcia, Manuel Garcia and Tosin Adarabioyo but did well to hold the Blues back in the first half where Diego Costa and Faupala ensured it was even at the break.But goals from Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore ensured Chelsea’s victory in a game they dominated from start to finish.They enjoyed more possession and as a result were almost ahead early on through Pedro.The winger combined superbly with Cesc Fabregas and his curling shot from a tight angle beat Caballero but hit the post.Costa finally broke the deadlock with ten minutes to go when Hazard’s cross found the striker unmarked inside the six-yard box.It was easy for Costa, but Man City responded instantly through Faupala and there was still five minutes until half-time when Caballero was called into action to deny Pedro and keep the score level.Chelsea continued to pile the pressure on but it was all square at the break.However, there was barely two minutes on the clock in the second half when Willian made it 2-1, latching onto Hazard’s pass and slotting it past Caballero from the edge of the goalkeeper’s six-yard box.And the 34-year-old Argentine was again powerless when Cahill was given space in the area and the defender made no mistake when a ball from Hazard landed at his feet 12 yards from goal.And then Hazard soon won and converted the resulting free-kick when he was brought down by Demichelis with just over 20 minutes to go.City’s centre-back was booked and the Belgian fired the ball over the ball the assembled wall and into the bottom corner for the Blues’ fourth of the game.Pedro and Costa were taken off shortly afterwards to rousing ovations with Oscar and Bertrand Traore coming on.Oscar had the opportunity to make it 5-1 from the penalty spot after more clumsiness from Demichelis, who this time brought down Traore.However, Caballero palmed the penalty away, but Chelsea were not done and Traore hit the post minutes later before getting on the score sheet.The 20-year-old appeared not to know much about it, though, when he flicked Oscar’s cross over Caballero and into the net.Not that he cared, as he ran off to celebrate a second goal for Chelsea in eight days. 1 Chelsea players celebrate Diego Costa’s goal last_img read more

Exodus to grow as fires rage on

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In San Diego County, authorities placed evacuation calls to more than 346,000 homes, said Luis Monteagudo, a spokesman for the county’s emergency effort. Based on census tracts, the county estimates that approximately 560,000 people were ordered to leave, said Ron Roberts, chairman of the San Diego Board of Supervisors. Fires in the San Bernardino Mountains forced the evacuation of entire communities surrounding the resort area of Lake Arrowhead. Thousands of people, including hospital patients, were forced to flee advancing flames that leaped through the mountains, burning one home after another, destroying at least 425 and threatening as many as 10,000 more, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gina Sampson. Together, the Slide Fire and the Grass Valley Fire destroyed at least 300 homes in the San Bernardino Mountains and left fire officials concerned of a repeat performance of the Old Fire of 2003 that burned down the hillside into the city of San Bernardino. Mandatory evacuations were called from Crestline to Snow Valley – a 19-mile stretch of two-lane road that runs along the rim of the mountains. • For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SAN DIEGO – Deadly, wind-whipped wildfires have triggered the largest evacuation in state history, prompting more than 500,000 people to flee ahead of flames that destroyed more than 1,800 homes and continued Tuesday to threaten tens of thousands more. The number of people joining the mandatory exodus – and the number of homes destroyed – was expected to grow as new fires started and others continued to burn a path toward the sea through populated communities. “This is the largest mass evacuation of a natural disaster in California history,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’re in the midst of a real dogfight to save as many structures as we can,” Steve Seltzner, U.S. Forest Service battalion chief, said around 12:30 p.m. in Running Springs. “We’re losing structures even as we speak.” The concern later turned to Highland, where voluntary evacuations were called early Tuesday afternoon. Officials feared the Slide Fire would burn down the mountains and into the eastern part of the city. In Orange County, a fire chief lashed out at state officials, saying air support, such as tankers, might have helped control fires early on, before they burned homes, if it had been available. It wasn’t because so many fires struck California almost simultaneously beginning last weekend. “There is not enough resources to go around … because of the number of fires that are going on in our state right now,” said Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. He said a dozen firefighters battling blazes in the Irvine and Lake Forest areas had to deploy emergency shelters, a last resort when they are surrounded by flames, or take cover in buildings. “They should not have had to do that,” he said. “If we’d had the resources earlier to take care of those lines with hand crews, we wouldn’t have been in that situation.” Prather’s comments came minutes before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, touring fire damage in Lake Arrowhead, promised more help, including more people and equipment. When asked about the fire chief’s critical remarks, the governor said: “I’m not aware of that.” Berlant defended his agency’s actions, saying it had gone on high alert late last week and shifted resources to the San Diego area in advance of the forecasted Santa Ana winds. On Tuesday, the fire agency took the additional step of suspending the closing of fire season in Northern California, a maneuver allowing it to send virtually every state fire engine, some from as far as 800 miles away, to battle the Southern California fires. Caravans of fire engines could be seen rolling down Interstate 5 more than 500 miles and a day’s drive from the closest blaze. Meanwhile, in San Diego County, site of the only death so far, another 530 homes were reported damaged. Besides the one person killed by the flames, the San Diego medical examiner’s officer listed four deaths as connected to the wildfires. Three were people in their 90s who died from natural causes; the fourth was a woman who died after falling at a restaurant. All are considered fire-connected deaths because they occurred during or after evacuations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Yagman could be sentenced to prison today

first_imgOver the years, Yagman has represented plaintiffs, at times successfully, who accused the LAPD of brutality in civil cases in which he often called a parade of city officials to the stand. He was selected as special prosecutor in the case against FBI agent Lon Horiuchi over the siege by federal agents in the area known as Ruby Ridge. More recently, he represented a Guantanamo Bay inmate who argued he was being unfairly detained. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Venice civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman, who often sparred with the Los Angeles Police Department and represented unpopular defendants, could be sentenced by a federal judge today for tax evasion and other offenses. Yagman, 63, was convicted by a jury in June of 19 felonies, including bankruptcy fraud and 17 counts of money laundering. He has been free on $100,000 bond. At yesterday’s four-hour, 30-minute sentencing hearing, Yagman portrayed himself as a remorseful, yet sloppy lawyer, blaming his criminal acts on pain medication and grief over his relatives’ deaths. Yagman said he thought it wasn’t a crime to file tax returns but not to pay taxes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter his 1998 suspension by the State Bar of California, Yagman had three surgeries on his back and was taking the drugs Vicodin and prednisone, he said. The drugs made him paranoid when the Internal Revenue Service began demanding back taxes, he said. As a result, he didn’t pay the taxes he owed. “That was stupid,” Yagman said. “That was my fault.” The deaths of an aunt and uncle in late 1999 sent him into an emotional tailspin, leaving him unable to deal with his financial problems, he said. Yagman also said he took more than $700,000 from his elderly relatives in order to invest for them in the stock market. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson called Yagman’s explanations “difficult to swallow.” last_img read more


first_imgDonegal business guru Sir Gerry Robinson is back on the box urging people to take stock of their lives before they pop their clogs – and pulling in 1.75 million viewers.The multi-millionaire presents “Can’t Take It With You” , a six-part series on BBC2 on Fridays that examines the importance of making a will, emotionally and financially.The Raphoe-based businessman said: “Writing a will is not really about the process of getting it down in black and white, it’s about dealing with emotional issues within families, which is absolutely bloody difficult.” Mr Robinson said it was not the amount of money or valuables being bequeathed but about making sure that what you leave behind feels right for those who are receiving it.He added: “You can get pretty hurt by the fact that, you know, she got the silver spoons and you only got the glasses.“The content of a will often comes as a total surprise to the surviving family members, and then there’s nobody to go to. If you sort it out when you’re still alive, you have the chance to explain.”In the UK 70 per cent of Britons haven’t made any provision for what should happen to their assets when they die. “If you don’t leave a will, it’s a flaming mess for whoever’s left behind,” said Robinson.The programme hopes to be able to help people face the issues surrounding making a will and guide them with sound advice.Sir Gerry is assisted by top lawyer Sue Medder, who sets out the legal options in various scenarios.The next show airs on BBC 2 on Friday January 28th.GERRY ROBINSON’S NEW SHOW RAKES IN MASSIVE AUDIENCE was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgUlster Bank has confirmed it is to close nine branches around the country, including a sub office in Lifford.The branches are in South Mall in Cork; Granard in Co Longford; Pearse Road in Sligo; Clane in Co Kildare and Kimmage and Inchicore in Dublin.The three sub offices are in Clara in Co Offaly, Enfield in Co Meath and Lifford in Co Donegal. Staff were told of the development this morning. The bank said there will be no job losses as a result.The closures are part of an announcement made this time last year to reduce the number of branches from 214 to between 175 and 185. The bank currently has 199 branches.Ulster Bank said it is closing the outlets due to changing consumer behaviour.ULSTER BANK TO CLOSE ITS LIFFORD SUB OFFICE IN COST-CUTTING MEASURES was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiffordulster banklast_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Monday, March 28

first_imgListen back as Paul and Andy bring you the best bits from this special Bank Holiday Monday Hawksbee and Jacobs show!last_img