ARSENAL DEFENDER JOINS NICE ON LOAN

France centre back William Saliba has left Arsenal to sign for OGC Nice on loan for the rest of the season. William Saliba had to return to his native France after failing to convince Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta that he’s ready to play first team football for the Gunners. The 19-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for Arsenal in the first half of the season though he was not registered for Europa League football. The young France central defender was registered for the Premier League, but he didn’t make the list for the Europa League.


William Saliba was hailed as one of the best young centre backs in France when Arsenal paid £27m to sign him from Saint Etienne in the French Ligue 1 almost two years ago before spending the following season on loan at the same club. When Arsenal signed the France junior international in the summer of 2019, sending him back to Saint Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign was one of the conditions that the Gunners had to fulfil to sign the player.
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LYON RUN UNDER THREAT FROM PSG

Lyon are the form team in the top flight league in France after a run of four straight wins but that would be on the line when they travel to Paris to take on Champions League finalists and league holders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the standout fixture of week 14 in the French Ligue 1. Lyon have benefitted from playing fewer games in the last two months as they are not one of the teams representing France in either the Champions League or the Europa League.


Ahead of the clash with PSG at the Parc des Princes this weekend, Lyon have won their last four games in the topflight league in France and that has taken them to within two points of their next opponents who are the league leaders. more

FRANCE HANDS MARCUS THURAM HIS FIRST NATIONAL CALL-UP

 

France has handed Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Marcus Thuram (the son of World Cup winner Lilian) his first call-up to the senior national France squad as Didier Deschamps also includes Kylian Mbappe despite the star having an injury that could take him out for some weeks.


Didier Deschamps, the French coach, who won the 1998 World Cup with Marcus’ father, has seen the player rise through to the ranks with the France national team and has now given him his first senior call-up. Thuram, aged 23, has been impressive for Borussia Monchengladbach this season, playing in both the Champions League and Bundesliga.
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Griezmann Needs To Win Over Barca Fans With His Performance

 

French footballer Antonio Griezmann is having difficulties at the game andthe current season for him at Barcelona was tough. Even though he had interests from Premier League and PSG, he decided to stay at Spain and he believes that in next season he will be able to retain back his form and will be able to play as he did in Atletico Madrid. He was not included on the team in the match Athletic Bilbao.


Griezmann was brought to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid on a five-year contract for €120 million. But he has failed to perform at Barcelona to bring out the performance he had at Atletico.
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Mbappe Should Look Out For a Competitive League, Says Luka Modric

 

Croatian footballer Luka Modric has said that Kylian Mbappe should leave Ligue 1 if he wants to bring out the best game in him. He caught the attention of the clubs while playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018 and was transferred to PSG from AS Monaco for a large amount of transfer fee.

Kylian Mbappe has grown to be one of the best forwards of football. With his performance at the 2018 World Cup, everyone has praised him to be the new star of football. In PSG, he has found his own place even amid the presence of players like Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
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Rio Ferdinand sends advice to Paul Pogba on his future

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has advised midfielder Paul Pogba to clear doubts regarding his future with the Red Devils. The France international has been injured for most of the current campaign and he has been restricted to only seven appearances in the Premier League – out of which only five have been starts.


Despite his reduced involvement, there has been much speculation regarding his future with super-agent Mino Raiola confirming that he has spoken with Juventus over his client’s situation. Speaking to Sky Sports, Ferdinand said that he is a fond admirer of Pogba and he has a good talking relationship with the 27-year-old.
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Barcelona star Luis Suarez approves Lautaro Martinez approach

Barcelona star Luis Suarez has said that he is open to the prospect of Lautaro Martinez making the move to the Camp Nou this summer. The Argentine has already netted 16 goals in his second season with Inter Milan and reports have claimed that the Blaugrana are looking to trigger the £96m release clause on his contract.

Speaking to RAC1, Suarez acknowledged that Martinez is a very talented striker, having adapted to the demands of Italian football. He added that the Argentine can’t make the decision to join the Blaugrana but he would personally prefer the club to sign a young striker, who can succeed him in the long-term.

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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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