Antoine Griezmann admits he must adapt after Barcelona switch

France international Antoine Griezmann has admitted that he must adapt to the tactical system at Barcelona following a slow start to the season. The 28-year-old made the switch to the Blaugrana from Atletico Madrid over the summer but he has since produced a mixed bag of performances with just four goals and three assists from 11 league appearances.

Speaking after Les Bleus’ 2-1 win over Moldova in a Euro 2020 qualifier, Griezmann acknowledged that he knew the difficulties behind the move to the Camp Nou and he must learn to adapt to the left-wing position, he told: “I am still learning a lot, and I knew that coming to Barcelona would be difficult. If I play centrally, then I feel more balanced. I have played up front in that position for many years, and now I must adapt.”

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Southgate explains Tomori’s maiden England call-up for Euro 2020 qualifiers

England manager Gareth Southgate has said that Fikayo Tomori’s selection for the Three Lions resulted from the fact that he has been performing consistently over the past year. The young centre-back made his breakthrough under manager Frank Lampard in late August and he has since been an undisputed starter in the Premier League and Europe.

Schmeichel says Paul Pogba is the problem child for Red Devils

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has said that Paul Pogba is the problem child in the Red Devils setup, given he does not have a definite role in the starting lineup. The France international has been with the Red Devils for the past three years and during this period, he has been regularly swapped between the different midfield positions.

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Nemanja Matic backs Paul Pogba to remain with Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has backed Paul Pogba to remain with the Red Devils despite the regular speculation regarding his future. The France international has been regularly touted to make the move to Real Madrid this summer but that has certainly not happened with Los Blancos yet to come up with a reasonable offer.

Speaking to reporters, Matic spoke about the importance of the midfielder to the club and stated that the squad would be happy with the Frenchman’s stay. However, he refused to rule out the potential departure of the former Juventus man by suggesting that anything can happen during the closing stages of the English transfer window.

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Neville says Manchester United don’t need to keep Paul Pogba

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said that the Red Devils are not in a compulsion to keep hold of any player and they can afford the departure of midfielder Paul Pogba this summer. The France international was the club’s best performer last term with 16 goals and 11 assists and he has since suggested that he could pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville acknowledged that United are a better team when Pogba features in the centre of the park but the club need to sort out the future of players, who are not aligned with the club’s ambition for next season, he said: “They don’t have to keep any player. Manchester United are a better team when Paul Pogba plays but if players don’t want to be at the club – that doesn’t mean Pogba, he may want to be at the club – you have to get everybody onside and aligned with where you’re going. Ultimately, that’s the first thing Ole had to do – to work out who was going to be ready for the club moving forward. I’m still unsure on many players.”

Pogba has been associated with a potential move to Real Madrid this summer and that speculation has been further fuelled with him acknowledging that he may want a fresh challenge after three years at Old Trafford. Nonetheless, he won’t come on the cheap for the 13-time European champions and they may have to pay at least £130m to convince the Red Devils into a sale.

Pogba has two years remaining on his United contract but the club have the option of extending the deal for another 12 months. As such, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side still have sufficient time to negotiate a new contract and they may not necessarily part ways with the midfielder this summer unless a transfer request is placed.

Solskjaer confident Paul Pogba will stay with the club next season

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Paul Pogba will be staying put with the club next season. The France international had recently revealed his ambition of playing for Real Madrid and reports have since linked him with a potential move to the Bernabeu during the summer.

Speaking in a press conference, Solskjaer was asked whether the midfielder would be at the club next season and he answered the question confidently saying: “I think he will be here next season. Paul has done fantastic for us. We want him to do well. He is a leader in the dressing room. If I could guarantee I would say yes. You can’t guarantee but I think he will be.”
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Real Madrid boss heaps praise on the qualities of Paul Pogba

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on the qualities of midfielder Paul Pogba and suggested that the Manchester United midfielder would be welcome to join the club in the future. The France international recently revealed his dream of plying his trade for the European champions and reports have since constantly linked him with the Bernabeu giants.

In a report covered by BBC Sport, Zidane said that he is an admirer of the Frenchman’s abilities, given he is strong with both the offensive and defensive sides of his game. He added that he cannot comment on the speculation regarding the midfielder’s future but would welcome the chance to sign him in the future.
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Robert Pires believes Paul Pogba has no reason to leave Manchester United

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Paul Pogba has no reason to leave Manchester United in the summer after managing to turn around his fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The France international was inconsistent with his performances during the first half of the season under ex-boss Jose Mourinho and there were instances where he was barely featuring off the bench.

However, his fortunes have reversed with the departure of the Portuguese and under interim boss Ole, he has probably enjoyed his best spell in the United shirt. Speaking to Bwin, Pires said that Pogba has always had the potential to become a world-class midfielder and he has eventually realised the same with Ole at the helm.
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FRANCE CAPTAIN SPEAKS ON EMPTINESS AFTER WORLDCUP WIN

Hugo Lloris was the first of his France team-mates to lay  his fingers on the most coveted trophy in world football, after their superb run at the football mundia.The return to normality was always going to present a unique challenge. The question ‘what is next’ presents itself.According to Hugo Lloris the  answer to the question is straightforward enough: you go home, and you celebrate the World Cup victory with your country. Though, it is not so easy Psychologically. Lloris who is known as a level-headed character, a goalkeeper who does not get carried away with the highs or too brought down by lows, but even he found himself flattened by the emotional side of winning football’s ultimate prize.

When speaking to the media he said after the World Cup, the next two or three days there is a lot of celebration, a lot of obligation, towards the country, towards the French Federation, towards the fans and afterwards there is a feeling of emptiness Mentally and physically because It’s a long tournament which demands a lot of energy and a lot of emotion.
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Angel di Maria fancies Kylian Mbappe to become future Ballon d’Or winner

Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria believes teammate Kylian Mbappe has the attributes to become a future winner of the Ballon d’Or. The Frenchman has made great strides over the past 30 months and he managed to build his reputation further after contributing four goals en route to Les Bleus’ World Cup glory.

Speaking to reporters, Di Maria described Mbappe as a ‘phenomenon’ and said that the 20-year-old has great potential to go on to win the Ballon d’Or crown, he said: “Kylian is a phenomenon. Since his exit from he has grown a lot as a player and produced an extraordinary World Cup. “If he continues like this, surrounded by team-mates with great potential, he will evolve further and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or.”
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France And FIFA Signed An Agreement On The Development Of African Football

The governing body of football, FIFA along with French Football Federation is known to have signed an agreement that is aimed to develop football in Francophone Africa.

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, and Noël Le Graët, the FFF boss hopes that the deal is going to contribute to the Forward Program of FIFA when it comes to technical support. This is the first agreement for FIFA. It is important and symbolic. Moreover, it is an example that others are going to follow as said by Infantino in Paris during the signing of the agreement.
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