Chelsea Battle-hardened Giroud boosts Conte and Chelsea Dom Farrell 08:20 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Olivier Giroud Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Premier League Morata Antonio Conte The French striker was in the wars on his full Blues debut, winning the admiration of his head coach and the Stamford Bridge faithful Antonio Conte hailed the contribution of Olivier Giroud after the France striker marked his full Chelsea debut with an all-action display against West Brom.Eden Hazard’s excellent brace either side of a Victor Moses 63rd-minute strike got the Premier League champions back to winning ways with a 3-0 triumph, repairing some of the damage done by the heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.Giroud produced a classic piece of target-man play to set up Hazard’s opener after a tricky opening for Chelsea, underlining precisely why Conte was eager to sign him in January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We must be pleased for Giroud’s performance. It was the first time he has played from the start for us,” Conte said at a post-match news conference.”He needs to improve but to have a point of reference like Olivier is very important.”Giroud is coming back from a muscular problem so it’s important he goes into our idea of football, into the right position. The first goal was a clear example of our idea.”Alvaro Morata was a shock inclusion on the Chelsea bench after almost a month out with a back injury and the Spain international turned in a lively half-hour cameo after replacing Giroud, who hobbled out of the action with a bandaged head – the price of a bruising tussle with West Brom’s centre-backs.”We must be very pleased because Morata played very well in the last 30 minutes, with great personality and speed,” Conte said.”Now the most important thing for us is that these two players find their best physical condition.”Morata has suffered for a month with this pain in his back and I hope we’ve solved this situation.”Match-winner Hazard was similarly buoyed by Chelsea’s bolstered options in the forward line.”He’s a great target man,” he said of Giroud in an interview with Sky Sports. “Maybe one of the best in England, so when we pass the ball we can go around him.”Not just me but Pedro, Willian and others. He’s a good point of reference.”We have him, Alvaro, I can play striker also … but yeah, he’s a good target man.”
Transfers Seri concern for Chelsea & Arsenal as Napoli talks confirmed Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 07:51 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Napoli Chelsea Arsenal Serie A Premier League The Nice midfielder’s agent has revealed that transfer talks have been opened with the Serie A suitor despite strong links to Premier League sides The battle for Jean Michael Seri continues, with the man being heavily linked with Chelsea and Arsenal revealed to be in transfer talks with Napoli.The Nice midfielder has been attracting interest for some time, with the 26-year-old one of several players to have caught the eye for the Ligue 1 surprise package in 2016-17.Seri was a regular again last season, racking up 41 appearances across all competitions, with his composure and battling qualities drawing plenty of admiring glances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A switch to the Premier League has been mooted, but suitors in Serie A have also joined the chase and moved to the front of the queue.Seri’s representative, Franklin Mala, told Radio Kiss Kiss when quizzed for an update on his client’s future: “We are in talks with Napoli and he’s tempted by the idea of wearing the jersey.“He would really like to play for Napoli and Carlo Ancelotti could get the best out of his characteristics.”Mala has previously admitted to there being “possibilities” for Seri in England – with the midfielder currently under contract at Nice until the summer of 2019.Barcelona and Manchester United have also been linked with the Ivory Coast international in the past, with his holding qualities allowing those around him to flourish.Napoli, though, are likely to push hard for a deal as they prepare to bid farewell to Jorginho.The Italy international remains a target for Premier League champions Manchester City, although one bid from the Etihad Stadium has been knocked back and discussions regarding that deal appear to have reached stalemate.
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Touch Football Australia’s official footwear supplier, X-Blades has another great deal for the Touch Football community, this time on their brand new Speed boots. Until Friday, 25 October, you can get free delivery on your pair of Speed boots, pictured above, when you purchase them on the X-Blades online shop. To take advantage of this great deal, please follow the link below and use the code ‘TFASP’ at the checkout:www.bladesfootball.com.au. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for more great deals from X-Blades. Related Filesxblades_free_delivery_promo-pdfRelated LinksX-Blades Speed Promo
The NRL will celebrate a decade of the Harvey Norman Women in League Round this weekend (Round 22) at a time when female participation in all forms of League continues to be the fastest growing category in the game. It also provides a fitting connection to salute the wonderful contributions women and girls of all ages have made to the sport of Touch Football over an enduring period. The Harvey Norman Women in League Round is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the over 450,000 women who have direct connections to the game. This includes players, coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers across all forms of the game, across Touch Football and Rugby League communities. Touch Football Australia, CEO and NRL Women in League Committee Member, Colm Maguire recognised the fantastic contributions women make to Touch Football week-in and week-out, and looks forward to highlighting the achievements and sharing in the celebrations this week. â€œWhat a wonderful initiative to be part of showcasing the great contributions that women make across both codes, but particularly highlighting Touch Footballâ€™s leading ladies who will feature as part of the celebrations this week,â€ he said. â€œWith near parity participation with males across the country, we are blessed as a sport to have such an incredible female base; extending from schools, to the park and through to administrators and volunteers at all levels. â€œAnd, in terms of higher level representation, from our wonderful Australian athletes who play such a vital role as ambassadors at the national level, but also to our female role models at the highest levels of the sport in terms of our leadership group and at Board level. â€œAnd, in keeping with the theme of â€˜firstsâ€™ and milestones this week, we are so very proud to acknowledge Anita Hagarty as our sportâ€™s inaugural female Chairperson; leading and driving our various participation and promotion/profile growth initiatives from the top.â€ Hills Hornets Touch Associationâ€™s (Sydney) very own Zali Mitchell featured last week alongside a number of the gameâ€™s most high profile women in The Sunday Telegraph, to celebrate 10 Years of Women in League. The 10 year-old junior Touch player, spoke of her relatively short time in the sport and what the partnership between the NRL and Touch Football means to her and fellow girlsâ€™ players. â€œI have only been playing Touch Football for three years and the biggest change has been that more of my friends are now playing Touch and following Rugby League teams. Being in the NRL-Touch Football television advertisement last year was exciting and showed that girls can play too.â€Among the group was CEO of Touch Footballâ€™s whole-of-game partner, Harvey Norman, Katie Page, the driving force of the Women in League initiative since its inception in 2007. â€œEach of these groups of women (at all levels) must remain the foundation of why Women in League exists and who it seeks to support. Female influence, participation and perspective is required across the code if it is to expand and thrive. “The Australian sporting landscape is highly competitive – no sport or code can afford to neglect the role women can and do play. This is a vital consideration that must remain a constant, consistent priority.â€ Page and Mitchell were joined by a number of NRL club and player and media representatives, including Channel Nineâ€™s, Yvonne Sampson who Zali was lucky enough to spend some time with. Sampson spoke on her own position anchoring the State of Origin and Sunday Footy Show and just how far women have progressed through the game in the last decade: â€œThere is such a strong contingent of women that now make key decisions in the game; women such as Rebecca Frizelle who sits on the board of the Titans and Raelene Castle, the CEO of the Bulldogs, are examples of highly influential in the game, which is great.â€ Sampson also spoke on the importance of younger female participants, including those from Touch Football: â€œHaving Zali along was also great as so many young girls just like her hold the keys to the future.â€ For all information on #WomeninLeague Round visit the Touch Football Australia website and social media channels and NRL.com/womeninleague. Check out the profiles on our Australia Womenâ€™s Open Players and Ladies Who Leagueâ€™s ‘Five women in footy you need to meet’ feature including TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty. A number of aligned activities will be conducted through the week including a womenâ€™s exhibition Touch Football match at half-time of the Storm vs Rabbitohs match this Saturday night at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Set of Six â€“ WIL Fast Facts 302,400+ girls and women participating in Touch Football across Australia at some level (including referees, coaches, administrators, etc.) Female participation is the fastest growing area of the game, up 27% on 2015. More than 5,200+ registered female volunteers involved in the game across Australia At a board level, the TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty is joined by the NRLâ€™s one female commissioner (Catherine Harris) and New South Wales Rugby League has one female board member (Deborah Healey). Across the 16 NRL clubs, there are 13 female board members, including two Chairwomen (Rebecca Frizelle, Gold Coast Titans and Marina Go, Wests Tigers). Related Filesnrl_wil_mr-pdf160802_women_in_league_media_release_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksHN Women In League Round 232,800+ girls and women playing Touch Football across Australia 2,000+ female coaches, sports trainers and referees involved in the game across Australia
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas pens new dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has signed a new deal.Marca reports Navas has renewed his contract with the club for an extra year, taking his new deal to June 2021.The Costa Rican has fallen out of favour since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois and, since the appointment of Santiago Solari as head coach, his minutes have dwindled further.But it’s emerged he signed the contract a few weeks ago and he will earn five million euros net per season; negotiations had been going on since Los Blancos’ tour of the United States in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nigeria coach Rohr lifts lid on Chelsea pair Abraham, Tomoriby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNigeria coach Gernot Rohr admits Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is set to be capped by England.Abraham’s Chelsea teammate Fikayo Tomori is also eligible to represent both England and Nigeria – as well as Canada.”They are both interesting players, but we have made our immediate plans without Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori,” Rohr told BBC Sport.”They are not interested in discussing their international options at the moment and we need to respect that.”It is also significant to note that Abraham has been assured that he will be in the England squad.”He added: “Tomori is a very good friend of our player Ola Aina (former Chelsea and England youth international) and he said he does not want to discuss this for now.”We have to focus on what we have and not lose focus about what people say all the time.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mata: Man Utd will win trophies with Solskjaerby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to turn things around at the club.Mata, who is preparing to face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday, believes the club are going in the right direction despite their stuttering start this season.“I think that when the club says we’re going to take time and the manager as well, we don’t believe it’s going to be too long,” the Spaniard told a pre-match press conference.“I think this club, since I’ve been born, has always been winning. [Ole] has won here a lot as a player and, for me, personally, I have been here for a few years already and won a few things, but obviously, my aim in my mind is only to win something important with United.“I believe that during my time here as a player we can do it.“Obviously, we know other teams are doing things well and playing very good football, but I think that winning a trophy with United is possible and that, now, in the final part of my career, is my biggest opportunity.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mount: Tomori can do everythingby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount is full of praise for his young teammate Fikayo Tomori.The latter has emerged as a sensation for the Blues in defence this season.The 19-year-old has less senior football experience compared to Mount and fellow youngster Tammy Abraham.But he has proven that he has the raw talent and adaptability to shine at the elite level.”It’s not just the past week, it’s last year as well, how well he did. I’m very close to Fik so my opinion is he can definitely get up there and get in the team. He’s definitely good enough,” Mount told reporters about Tomori. “You can see by his performances.”He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s confident on the ball. You never know what can happen.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Luis Suarez closing on new Barcelona recordby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Luis Suarez is closing on a new club record.The Uruguayan is about to enter the history books of FC Barcelona. With the two goals he scored on Wednesday against Inter Milan in the Champions League, El Charrúa has accumulated a total of 182 goals with the Blaugrana.Now he has a shot at the mythical striker of the twenties and thirties, José Samitier, who scored 184 goals in his career at Barcelona. Samitier is the fourth highest goalscorer for the club.Ladislao Kubala is third on 194, then César Rodríguez second on 232, and teammate and friend, Leo Messi with 603.
Liverpool captain Henderson slams Bulgaria coach Balakovby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson slammed Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov after he refused to outright condemn racist behaviour directed towards England in Sofia on Monday night.Play was stopped twice during the match – an eventual 6-0 win for England – because of racist chants from the home fans, but Balakov said after the match that those allegations must be ‘proven’.”I had a few words with the manager. It wasn’t acceptable – something needs to be done,” the Liverpool captain told Sky Sports News.”He needs to apologise now, really, on behalf of the team and the fans. He knows what was going on. He was asking me what the problem was.”When I told him he knew what was going on, it was baffling how he didn’t, really. Hopefully he looks back and apologises because anyone watching that game would be disgusted really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
IG/ohhkillem_oneD’haquille “Duke” Williams was a breakout star at wide receiver for Auburn last year. Williams caught 45 passes for 730 yards—good for an impressive 16.2 yards per catch—and five touchdowns for the Tigers last season. With Sammie Coates off to the NFL, Williams figures to be Auburn’s top target in 2015, and he’s made some serious gains in the weight room, based on his most recent Instagram post.Last season, Auburn listed Williams at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds. One fan asked Williams about the weight gain, but Williams asserted that he only has 8-percent body fat.6-foot-3, 232-pounds is incredibly impressive for a wide receiver, especially if it doesn’t have a negative impact on his speed. Heed his warnings, SEC defensive backs, it might be a rough year for opposing secondaries. [AUFamily.com]
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Parker Boudreaux, a four-star offensive tackle in the 2016 class, committed to Notre Dame earlier this week. It was a pretty extravagant announcement. In a video for Bleacher Report, the 6-foot-4 offensive lineman pulled a 16,000-pound truck to reveal the school of his choosing. Miami freshman defensive lineman Scott Patchan was apparently not a fan of the announcement. Patchan called Boudreaux the “biggest tool I’ve seen in a while.”Patchan and Boudreaux could meet on the field Oct. 29, 2016, when Notre Dame and Miami play in South Bend, Ind. We’d be OK with that.
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman walks the sidelines as he coaches against the Lamar Cardinals in the second quarter at TDECU Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 42 to 0. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)There was an Ohio State reunion in Houston, Texas Monday night.Former Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller caught up with his former backup quarterback, Kenny Guiton, and his former offensive coordinator, Tom Herman.All three former Buckeyes are now stationed in Texas’ biggest city. Miller’s a rookie wide receiver for the Texans while Herman is Houston’s star head coach and Guiton is a graduate assistant under him.“Family reunited.”Family reunited. Great to have @BraxtonMiller5 stop by and reconnect with @CoachTomHerman and @CoachGuiton #GoCoogs pic.twitter.com/bCTmoX1xig— Derek Chang (@dchang10) August 30, 2016Guiton talked to us earlier this summer about his relationship with Miller and if they still keep in touch.Yeah, definitely man. I’m in a group chat with him and like 20 of my other guys from O-State. I definitely had to hit him up and say congrats to him, now he’s coming to my city. I went up to his (city) for college and now he’s coming down to mine. And he’s wearing (my college number) 13, so I had to talk to him about that. But man, he’s so focused right now, I let him have his time to focus up. But yeah, our group chat, we talked a little bit and we talk personally (too). He’s telling me how training camp is going and soon we have to link up.Well, they’ve linked up. Could Ohio State and Houston link up in a bowl game at the end of the 2016 college football season?Both programs start their ’16 campaigns on Saturday.Ohio State is hosting Bowling Green while Houston is facing Oklahoma.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United can line up to attack Tottenham without being naive defensively ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash.United have won all of their five matches since the Norewegian was appointed until the end of the season in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking, but the new boss faces his biggest test so far as his side travel to Wembley to face the team sitting third in the league.The Old Trafford side appear to have found a good balance under Solskjaer, scoring 16 times and conceding just three since his arrival in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And although he promises to keep attacking against their opponents, he does not expect them to risk being caught out at the back.”When you play against a good team you have got to defend. You have to earn the right to win a game of football,” he said on SoccerAM.”We’re not going to go gung-ho and be naïve but Manchester United is about attacking football.”We’ve got to go there and attack the game, we have to win to stand a chance of passing them in the league. We go there to take three points.”Walking out at Wembley with a Manchester United shirt on, that brings the best out in quite a few players. Hopefully we can see that.”United’s return to form has revived their chances of competing for a place in European competition next season, as they sit three points behind Arsenal and six adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.And Solskjaer believes his players have what it takes to keep impressing and finish higher than expected.”They know they are good players, they are playing for Manchester United,” he added. “If we all stick together and do our best every single day we might just surprise a few with the way we could end the league.”As a former player of Sir Alex Ferguson’s, the current Red Devils boss was asked what he learned from the legendary figure during their time together.”The hunger to improve, the hunger to win. To get up next morning, if you win or lose, to try and improve the club,” he replied. “He is the best ever, I would be stupid to not try and learn from him.”
Barcelona have denied reports that Neymar’s father has called club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to guage interest in a return for his son. Reports have emerged in recent days that the player’s father and agent Neymar Santos Sr. reached out to Bartomeu, with his son hoping to return to Camp Nou. Neymar moved from Barca to PSG in the summer of 2017 in a world-record €222 million deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Brazil star helped PSG to a domestic treble in 2017-18, but has been consistently followed by reports that he is unhappy in the French capital. Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid have also been linked with a shock move for the 26-year-old. In a press conference on Tuesday, Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives denied that any conversations have taken place between Bartomeu and Neymar’s father. “That’s not correct,” Vives said when asked about the purported phone conversations.”But we don’t speak about calls or conversations made in the private aspect,” Vives added. “Neymar is a great player but he has a contract with PSG and there’s not anything else to add.”We never speak about players with a contract with other clubs and Neymar is one of them. He took a legitimate decision to leave, a decision which we didn’t share, and there’s not much more to say.”He has a contract and many obligations with PSG; we are only thinking about the great players we have right now.”Vives also commented on the status of manager Ernesto Valverde, whose future with the club beyond this season is up in the air.”We are very happy with Valverde, he is a great coach and he is doing a great job,” Vives said. “He has a contract and we are very calm, we have to let him work.”
Tanguy Ndombele is yet to make a decision on where his future lies, with the Lyon midfielder continuing to be linked with the likes of Manchester rivals United and City.At 22 years of age, the youngster has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football.Premier League giants are not the only ones said to be shooting admiring glances in his direction, with La Liga champions Barcelona also mooted to be among his many suitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ndombele is aware of the mounting speculation surrounding him.He is, however, doing his best to ignore it for now.A starting role was handed to him by France boss Didier Deschamps on Sunday as the World Cup holders claimed a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia.After that contest, he was once again quizzed on his future and told Le Progres: “As I told my agents and the club, I’m not fixed yet, I did not make a decision.”Ndombele is expected to have plenty of options to consider when the next transfer window opens.One of those is to remain at Lyon, with an exciting young squad having been pieced together by the Ligue 1 outfit.He added: “Of course I could see myself staying with Lyon, the club will be in the Champions League.“But I’ve not asked the question to stay or not and I’ve not spoken with the new staff.”Ndombele is one of several Lyon players to be generating transfer talk.His current employers are aware that they face a fight to retain the services of prized assets.They will not be standing in the way, though, of any player that has the opportunity to further themselves elsewhere.With that in mind, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas as admitted that he would be willing to discuss a deal for Ndombele with domestic rivals Paris Saint-Germain.He has said: “I am in negotiations with the biggest European clubs and I revived the PSG talks myself to tell them to make sure not to feel excluded.“I thought it was time to give PSG direction because PSG will gain more to use French clubs.“If PSG aligns with the proposals we have and Tanguy agrees, obviously it would be nice if he goes to PSG.”
Gareth Bale represents a “risk” for Manchester United, but former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen believes he is one worth taking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Wales international is in danger of becoming an outcast at Real Madrid.He has been used to promote the Blancos’ new home kit for 2019-20, but questions remain as to whether he will ever grace that strip in competitive action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Zinedine Zidane took to overlooking the 29-year-old towards the end of last season, with summer transfer talk building as a result.A return to the Premier League has been mooted, with moves to either United or former club Tottenham considered to be the most likely options for Bale.Meulensteen, who once worked as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, believes a rebuilding Red Devils side could be tempted to take a punt on a player who has lost his way but still boasts proven pedigree at the very highest level.The Dutchman told talkSPORT: “You would obviously talk about bringing in a high-profile player, but is Gareth Bale still at his best?“We all know he’s had his fair share of injuries, so it’s always a risk.“But, on the other hand, a top-notch Gareth Bale is a really good asset for Manchester United.“He brings power, he brings pace and he can create and score goals.“It’s a bit difficult to see where he is at the moment, though.”Bale made 42 appearances for Real Madrid across the 2018-19 campaign – his best return for four years.He also recorded 14 goals, passing 100 for the Blancos in the process, but his appetite for the game has been questioned and his representatives maintain that a long-term deal in the Spanish capital will be honoured.It is becoming increasingly difficult to see how he could stay put, with some reports going as far as to suggest that Bale could even be made available for a loan as Zidane seeks to move him out and free up space for the likes of Eden Hazard – who has signed in a €100 million (£88m/$112m) agreement from Chelsea.
With the transfer window in England now closed, it’s time to take stock of just how much some clubs spent over the summer.From a promoted club desperate to prove they belong in the Premier League to sleeping giants determined to wake from their slumbers, some big sums have once again been spent over the off-season.Whether that money will guarantee success, however, only time will tell. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Read on for the Premier League’s top 10 spenders of the summer…
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is “honoured” to be considered a candidate for the Ballon d’Or, and believes the voters will make the right decision, but insists he is only focused on improving and serving as an example for younger players at the club.Formerly the most expensive defender in world prior to Harry Maguire’s £80 million ($97m) move to Manchester United, Van Dijk proved worth every bit of his hefty fee last season.Van Dijk helped lead a Liverpool defence which conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League, en route to a club-best 97 points finish, as well as their first Champions League crown since 2005. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Netherlands captain also helped see the Oranje to the Nations League final, though they fell at the last hurdle to Portugal.Van Dijk’s marvelous 2019 has seen him mentioned as a possible Ballon d’Or candidate – something no defender has managed since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.But Van Dijk insists while it is privilege to be mentioned among the candidates, he does not have a say in the results and is only focused on improving his game.“Obviously, I’m honoured to be mentioned as a candidate to win the Ballon d’Or, but the only way I can influence it is to just focus on playing well,” Van Dijk told reporters.“I don’t have a vote, but I am sure that the guys who do will come up with the right decision when the time is right. If I am picked, then I will be very honoured. But, if I’m not picked, then it won’t be the end of the world.“Everyone has their opinion, but I feel good, I feel fit and I can keep improving.”Van Dijk started the new season well, scoring a goal in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Norwich City on Friday.But the centre-back says he is not satisfied, aiming to improve on his performances as an example for the young players who are looking to come through the Liverpool academy and progress into the first team.“There is still plenty to improve,” Van Dijk said. “The only thing I want to do is keep working and keep giving everything I can in every game.“In training, as well, I want to be an example for all the players that are coming through the ranks at Melwood.“But I must keep getting better. Everyone can get better. That’s how I feel and that’s what I want to do.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web