Kasper Schmeichel a possibility for Denmark

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Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is targeting an extra-quick return to action after having successful surgery on a hernia injury.

Schmeichel went under the knife on Monday after being forced off during the Foxes’ 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday, when the long-standing problem flared up again.

The Denmark international pulled up after making a clearance and was replaced by summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler. NaijaBet.com

After the game, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said the surgery had always been planned for the start of the international break.

Schmeichel was not expected to miss any Premier League games, but he has now opened up the possibility of playing for his country this weekend after being retained in Denmark’s squad.
Denmark play Liechtenstein in a friendly on Wednesday before beginning their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Armenia.

Attached to a picture of him giving a thumbs-up in a hospital bed, Schmeichel wrote on Twitter: “Operation went well. Recovery starts now! I’ll do everything in my power to be fit for our game vs Armenia on Sunday.”

Arsenal set to release Jack Wilshere on loan

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Arsenal are prepared to allow Jack Wilshere to leave the club on loan this season to get regular first-team football.

Wilshere has been limited to two Premier League appearances off the bench so far this season after his pre-season campaign was slowed by a knee injury.

Arsenal have two days to find a suitor for Wilshere with the transfer deadline looming – the summer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday.

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Arsenal to release Serge Gnabry permanently to Bayern Munich

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Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry is set to sign for Bayern Munich on a permanent deal before being loaned to Werder Bremen, according to Sky Germany.

Sky sources reported earlier in the window that Gnabry was being offered to clubs on loan, but that manager Arsene Wenger wanted the Germany international to sign a contract extension. NaijaBet.com

But it is understood Bayern Munich have since agreed a permanent deal with Arsenal for the 21-year-old winger.

Gnabry signed a five-year deal with Arsenal in 2013 and it is understood most of the Bundesliga have been interested in signing the player.

Gnabry has been playing for Germany at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, having represented his country at every youth level from U16 to U21.

He spent a portion of last season on loan at West Brom but made just three appearances and was subsequently recalled by Wenger, who believes the youngster has a future at the Emirates.

Gnabry joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old from Stuttgart in 2011 and has made 18 appearances, including five starts in the Premier League.

He made his last appearance for the Gunners against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 in 2014.

Moyes pulls out to search for goalkeeper

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Manager David Moyes is racing to recruit a goalkeeper before the summer transfer window closes on Wednesday after first-choice shot-stopper Vito Mannone was ruled out for at least three months with an elbow injury.

Sunderland had been reported to be interested in a move for Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart but appear set to miss out on the 29-year-old, who now seems destined for a season-long loan deal with Italian side Torino. Naijabet

Moyes fielded academy graduate Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton and despite making a string of smart saves, the 22-year-od was at fault for allowing a tame Jay Rodriguez shot to squirm under him for the equaliser.

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Robert Lewandowski sets new Bayern Munich record

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Robert Lewandowski has become the quickest player in Bayern Munich’s history to reach 50 Bundesliga goals.

Lewandowski, 28, scored a hat trick Bayern’s 6-0 demolition of Werder Bremen in their opening game of the league campaign to reach the half-century mark. NaijaBet.com

The Poland international now has 50 goals in only 64 league appearances for the Bavarian side, reaching the milestone quicker than Roy Makaay (67 games), Mario Gomez (71) and Gerd Muller (83)

His form has led Mats Hummels, a teammate at Borussia Dortmund and now Bayern to call him “the best striker in the world.”

Hummels said: “Robert came up with some amazing performances for us at Dortmund. He’s the best striker in the world.”

Neuer echoed those comments, adding: “He’s a real weapon and a killer in the penalty box.”

Lewandowski, who has only missed three league games in the past two campaigns, was top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 30 goals, including five in a nine-minute spell as a substitute against Wolfsburg.

However, he played down his exploits in the season-opener, saying “everyone expects me to score goals.”

Chelsea yet to submit bid for Marcos Alonso – Fiorentina

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Fiorentina’s director of sport Carlos Freitas says there has been no approach for any of his club’s players amid speculation linking Chelsea with a bid for Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea are in the market for a centre-back this summer and Marca reports that they are ready to pay €25 million for former Spain youth international Alonso, while Sky Sports has said they are in advanced talks for the versatile 25-year-old. NaijaBet.com

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Hart set to join Torino on loan from city

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England goalkeeper Joe Hart looks set to clinch a much-needed loan move from Manchester City before the transfer deadline as he is to undergo a medical at Serie A side Torino according to reports. Naijabet

The 29-year-old – whose hopes of a move to another English club seemingly evaporated when Everton said they were not interested last week – has been permitted by the Football Association (FA) to temporarily leave the England camp preparing for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Slovakia.

Hart, who has been England’s first choice goalkeeper since 2010, has been the most high profile casualty since the arrival at City of Pep Guardiola as manager.

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Rooney remains England captain under Allardyce

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Wayne Rooney will remain England captain going into the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Monday. Naijabet.com

The 30-year-old striker, who also captains Manchester United, has been England’s skipper for the past two years.

He will don the armband under Allardyce for the first time on Sunday when England launch their attempt to reach the next World Cup in Russia with a game against Slovakia in Trnava.

“Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue,” Allardyce said.

“Wayne’s record speaks for itself. He is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers. All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team.”

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Loew eyes youngsters for Confed Cup to prepare for 2018 WCup

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Germany coach Joachim Loew is aiming to blood some younger players at next year’s Confederations Cup with an eye on defending the World Cup in 2018.

“I would like to use the Confederations Cup as a tournament based on the future,” said Loew, hinting that some of his senior players would be rested for the competition.

“For the Confederations Cup, not all our players will be available. That’s why I see that tournament based on the future, one in which I’ll be able to bring in young players.”

Loew has already brought in three inexperienced players who lost to Brazil on penalties in the final of the Rio Olympics for Wednesday’s friendly against Finland and World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo on Sunday. Naijabet

Attacking midfielders Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) and Max Meyer (Schalke 04), and Hoffenheim defender Niklas Suele “will definitely have the chance of playing Wednesday”, Loew said.

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PSG will bounce back – Unai Emery

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The reigning French champions have slipped to fifth in the table after a convincing defeat on Sunday, but the coach is certain they will come back stronger after the setback

Unai Emery was not too downbeat following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock loss to Monaco, confident the Ligue 1 champions will learn from their experience away from home.

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Andre Schurrle pulls out of Germany squad

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The attacker picked up a back problem in the weekend’s Bundesliga fixture against Mainz, but he may not be replaced by Joachim Low

 Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schurrle has been forced to pull out of Germany’s upcoming friendly and World Cup qualifier due to injury.

Schurrle complained of a back problem following Dortmund’s 2-1 triumph over Mainz in their Bundesliga opener on Saturday. NaijaBet.com

The injury means he will not feature in Germany’s friendly against Finland in Monchengladbach or in the World Cup qualifier away to Norway on September 4.

A statement released by the German Football Association (DFB) said coach Joachim Low has not yet decided if he will call up an injury replacement.

Sturridge decision nothing but tactical – Klopp

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there was nothing more than a tactical change behind him leaving Daniel Sturridge on the bench against Tottenham on Saturday.

Sturridge admitted his frustration at being used in a wider role during the 2-0 defeat by Burnley last weekend and, after scoring twice in the EFL Cup in midweek, he was omitted from Klopp’s starting line-up at White Hart Lane. NaijaBet.com

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Rashford is an important player for United – Rooney

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Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney believes Marcus Rashford has a bright future ahead of him for both club and country.

Rashford made an instant impact for United last season, and was rewarded by a call up into the England squad for Euro 2016.

The 18-year-old made an impression again on Saturday when he came off the bench to net the only goal of the game against Hull City in his first Premier League appearance of the new season.

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Rashford must work hard to earn England recall

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Marcus Rashford needs to play regular first-team football for Manchester United if he is to regain a place in the England squad, according to national manager Sam Allardyce.

Rashford, 18, made his first appearance of the season for United as a substitute at Hull City on Saturday and tapped in a 92nd-minute winner to give Jose Mourinho’s side a 1-0 victory.

But his lack of game-time saw him drop down to England’s Under-21 squad and Allardyce says he will not earn a senior recall if he is not in United’s first team.

“If he’s breaking into Manchester United’s team, he will be in my squad,” Allardyce said. Naijabet.com

Southampton break club-record to signs Boufal

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Premier League club Southampton smashed their transfer record on Monday to swoop for Lille’s Morocco international midfielder Sofiane Boufal.

Boufal, 22, agreed a five-year contract with the Saints and is reported to have cost £16 million ($20 million/ 18 million euros).

Southampton’s previous record signing was Dani Osvaldo, who cost £15 million from Roma in 2013. Naijabet

“I’m very, very happy to sign for Southampton and I am really excited to play in St Mary’s Stadium in front of the fans,” Boufal told Southampton’s website.

“Southampton showed big interest in signing me, and I can see that this club is the best place for me to continue my progression as a footballer.

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Leicester eager to enjoy Champions League debut

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said the club will look to enjoy competing against Europe’s elite in their Champions League debut.

The English champions were drawn in Group G along with Porto, Club Bruges and FC Copenhagen in the Champions League after winning the English top-flight title for the first time in their history.

“We’ll take anyone. We will always give it our all and it’s a new experience for us so we’re going to go out and enjoy it,” the 29-year-old told British media on Monday.

“They will obviously be doing their homework on us because they won’t have seen that much and we’ll be doing exactly the same.” Naija and Bet

The England international scored his first league goal of the season as Leicester beat Swansea City on Saturday to get their opening win of the campaign.

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Thierry Henry Relishing Belgium role

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Thierry Henry believes Belgium can “make history” if they fulfil their potential and is eager to work on their mentality after being announced as Roberto Martinez’s assistant.

The former Arsenal striker will be working with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku when he meets up with the Red Devils ahead of the friendly against Spain and the World Cup qualifier away to Cyprus.

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United good form important are ahead of City’s derby – Rooney

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Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League has helped the club build momentum before the derby clash against Manchester City, striker Wayne Rooney has said.

Marcus Rashford slotted in a winner in stoppage time against Hull City last weekend to ensure that Jose Mourinho’s side were tied at the top of the Premier League on nine points after three league games.

However, Rooney, who scored in United’s 3-1 victory against Bournemouth in their opening league game, urged his team not to take their foot off the pedal against City, who also remain unbeaten this season.

“It’s early but you want to try to build momentum and especially going into the international break,” Rooney said. Naijabet.com

“To go there with three wins is important and with the next game being Man City it was a big win for us, even though it’s so early in the season.

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Ozil made me join Arsenal – Shkodran Mustafi

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Soon-to-be Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi revealed that German national teammate Mesut Ozil convinced him to join the London club from Valencia.

The former Everton centre-back is set to be unveiled as an Arsenal player this week after Arsene Wenger admitted that the club are sorting out the paperwork to finalise the deal.

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Leicester coach impresses with Amartey display

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Ghana defender Daniel Amartey put up a good show for Leicester as the Foxes defeated Swansea 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Amartey, who was starting only his first game of the season, paired up with Danny Drinkwater in midfield to break up play and initiate attacks.

Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri, who has been tinkering with the second midfield slot alongside Drinkwater after starting Andy King and Mendy, seems now to have the perfect partner for Drinkwater after Kante’s departure. Naija and Bet

Amartey played an instrumental role in the Foxes’ opener, putting in a well-timed tackle before playing a one-two with Drinkwater, who sent a lovely weighted pass to Jamie Vardy.

It was an all-round display for Amartey who showed athleticism and combativeness in the middle of the park as the Foxes won only their first game of the season. This was only the second start for Amartey since joining Leicester in January.

 

Rakitic score to earns Barca victory in Bilbao

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Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header maintained Barcelona’s 100 percent start to the La Liga season as the champions withstood a wave of late pressure to win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Rakitic finished off an excellent team move after 20 minutes, but with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez uncharacteristically wayward in front of goal, Athletic nearly grabbed a point when Benat Etxebarria’s free-kick flew just wide late on.

Barca join Real Madrid and top-of-the-table Las Palmas as the only sides with two wins from their first two games. Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid are already four points off the pace after disappointing draws against newly-promoted Alaves and Leganes.

“The games here are always very similar,” Rakitic told BeIN Sports. Naijabet

“It is very intense, there is a lot of pressing. Both teams played well, but in the end we deserved the win.”

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