Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Angel Gomes will sign new contract

Angel Gomes is close to committing his future to Manchester United by signing a new contract, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Gomes is out of contract in 12 days’ time and could leave as a free agent after 18 months of protracted talks over a new deal.

Solskjaer said he was hopeful the 19-year-old attacking midfielder will now stay after an apparent breakthrough in negotiations but insisted he would not hold it against the player if he opted to leave at the end of the month. 

“He’s a top kid we’ve had at the club for so many years,” the United manager said. “We’ve offered him a deal and hopefully he’ll take that and if not I wish him all the best. From what I understand it’s not too far away — if not we’ll wish him all the best.”

Gomes played a notable role during United’s pre-season tour last summer but struggled to make much headway when the season started and a combination of his contract stand-off, injuries and poor form saw his opportunities dwindle.

He has made six appearances this term — half from the substitutes’ bench — but he remains highly thought of by Solskjaer, who hopes he will follow in the footsteps of his close friend, Tahith Chong, by ending speculation over his future and signing.

 In March, winger Chong, 20, whose contract had also been due to expire in June, signed a new two-year contract with United with the option of another 12 months.

 Earlier this month, United announced that Nigeria striker, Odion Ighalo, had extended his loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua until January 2021, with Solskjaer expressing delight that the Nigeria striker will remain on board for another six months. 

 “We’re delighted Odion is staying with us, we had a good conversation with his club and he’s made a great impact,” he said. “It’s very pleasing, he’s another option, he’s a goalscorer and in and around the dressing room he’s great.”

3:47PM

No Grant Hanley for Norwich when they return against Southampton

Norwich City will be without captain Grant Hanley and defenders Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann when they resume their Premier League campaign against Southampton, with the trio ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, manager Daniel Farke said on Thursday.

Midfielder Marco Stiepermann, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week but has since returned two negative tests, will also miss the clash against Southampton on Friday.

Hanley, 28, missed almost four months of action at the start of the season due to groin and hernia surgeries, while Byram and Zimmermann have not featured since Norwich’s 1-0 defeat by Liverpool in February.

“I have to confirm it’s the end of the season for Byram. We hoped he’d be back in June but he has had a setback in his rehab. Hanley is also out for the season as he requires surgery on a hamstring injury,” Farke told reporters.

“Stiepermann has been allowed to rejoin training. He will not be involved tomorrow, but we hope he can be a topic in the next game.”

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3:15PM

Brendan Rodgers hails condition of Leicester’s veteran title winners

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the continued impact of experienced trio Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Eldin Jakupovic, who have agreed one-year contract extensions with the club.

Foxes captain Morgan is heading into his 10th season at the King Power Stadium and the title-winning skipper has agreed an extended deal until June 2021, as has fan-favourite Fuchs and reserve goalkeeper Jakupovic.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League restart at Watford on Saturday, Rodgers said: “I think their contributions have been outstanding in different ways.

“Off the field it’s so important that you have a strong spirit as a club and you’ve got outstanding senior professionals, and all three of them come into that bracket.

“Wes speaks for himself – wherever and whenever he’s played for me he’s been absolutely top class.

“Obviously he’s taken more of a role on the bench this season but he’s still instrumental and absolutely vital for the spirit of this club – and that honesty and leadership he gives is absolutely crucial.” 

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2:33PM

‘It’s an honour to have Marcus’: OGS tips Rashford for leadership roles for club and country

“It’s an honour to have Marcus and what he’s done during this lockdown,” the United manager said. “He’s been unbelievable, when he can help so many people that need it, so many kids. He’s taken from his own experience when he was a kid.

Read more from James Ducker, who was at United’s pre-match press conference today.  

2:05PM

Paul Hayward: Chelsea’s recent victories in the transfer market send signal to rivals that Abramovich still means business

On and off the pitch, Chelsea have scored highly in the 100-day hiatus, from serving 115,000 free meals and opening up one of Stamford Bridge’s hotels to NHS workers to adding Werner to Hakim Ziyech (both pictured below) on their list of exciting young talents. Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi were already at Frank Lampard’s disposal before he signed a player with 26 goals from 32 Bundesliga games this season.

Read Paul’s full piece on Abramovich’s place at Chelsea here.  

1:15PM

Manchester City players confident Eric Garcia’s injury not as bad as first feared 

By Mike McGrath

 Eric Garcia of Manchester City receives medical treatment during during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad stadium in Manchester, Britain, 17 June 2020


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Pep Guardiola was “very concerned” after the 19-year-old was carried off in a neck brace against Arsenal but it is understood he talked to team-mates before going to hospital for concussion tests.

It is hoped the teenager’s injury will not rule him out for a long period despite the initial worry over the collision with City goalkeeper Ederson in the final stages of the 3-0 win.

Garcia required lengthy treatment and was given oxygen as he was carried off after several minutes with physios. 

He is likely to be given time to rest even if his injury is not long-term, which means he will need checking before it is decided when he will be available again. City face Burnley on Monday before a midweek fixture with Chelsea. 

Garcia was a shock selection from Guardiola for City’s first game back. He was selected ahead of Nicolas Otamendi, while John Stones was not in the matchday squad. 

The Spain Under-21 international made his Premier League debut earlier in the season in his third campaign after arriving at City’s Academy from Barcelona. His appearances before that were in the EFL Cup. 

Guardiola picked him in his starting line-up for consecutive games, against Sheffield United and Everton, around the New Year fixtures and picked him to partner Aymeric Laporte against Arsenal this week. 

Fernandinho, who came off the bench against Arsenal, can step in at centre-back should Stones miss out again when City face Burnley on Monday evening, and Kyle Walker has played there in a three-man defence.

1:11PM

David Luiz’s Arsenal future to be resolved this week, agent says

David Luiz’s Arsenal future will be one of “several issues” resolved by the club in the coming days, the superagent Kia Joorabchian has said.

Joorabchian, who represents Luiz, said the delay in sorting the defender’s contract extension has been because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Read the latest news on Luiz’s future here.  

12:15PM

Sheffield United ‘ghost goal’: Why did Hawk-Eye fail, why did VAR not correct it and what happens next?

What on earth happened with that, eh? Read the breakdown of the strange, bizarre and unprecedented incident here

Orjan Nyland of Aston Villa fumbles and pulls the ball from being the line but Referee Michael Oliver calls a no goal as the goal line technology fails during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park on June 17, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom


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12:07PM

Solskjaer Hopeful Gomes will sign new contract

By James Ducker

Angel Gomes is close to committing his future to Manchester United by signing a new contract, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Gomes is out of contract in 12 days’ time and could leave as a free agent after 18 months of protracted talks over a new deal.

Solskjaer said he was hopeful the 19-year-old attacking midfielder will now stay after an apparent breakthrough in negotiations but insisted he would not hold it against the player if he opted to leave at the end of the month. 

“He’s a top kid we’ve had at the club for so many years,” the United manager said. “We’ve offered him a deal and hopefully he’ll take that and if not I wish him all the best. From what I understand it’s not too far away — if not we’ll wish him all the best.”

Angel Gomes of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on June 08, 2020 in Manchester, England.


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Gomes played a notable role during United’s pre-season tour last summer but struggled to make much headway when the season started and a combination of his contract stand-off, injuries and poor form saw his opportunities dwindle.

He has made six appearances this term — half from the substitutes’ bench — but he remains highly thought of by Solskjaer, who hopes he will follow in the footsteps of his close friend, Tahith Chong, by ending speculation over his future and signing.

 In March, winger Chong, 20, whose contract had also been due to expire in June, signed a new two-year contract with United with the option of another 12 months.

 Earlier this month, United announced that Nigeria striker, Odion Ighalo, had extended his loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua until January 2021, with Solskjaer expressing delight that the Nigeria striker will remain on board for another six months. 

 “We’re delighted Odion is staying with us, we had a good conversation with his club and he’s made a great impact,” he said. “It’s very pleasing, he’s another option, he’s a goalscorer and in and around the dressing room he’s great.”

11:18AM

Signing Timo Werner is latest evidence of Chelsea’s front-foot approach to transfer market

Matt Law’s analysis of Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s transfer strategy at the moment is well worth a read if you want to understand what goes on behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea had scouted Werner in the Champions League last-16 victory over Tottenham Hotspur and ultimately decided he was capable of bringing his stunning Bundesliga form to the Premier League.

During a secret pre-lockdown trip to Germany to meet the player, his agent and his family, Lampard outlined his vision to the 24-year-old, making it clear that Chelsea are not only aiming to qualify for the Champions League each year but are determined to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City and start winning titles again.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard


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10:45AM

Amazon announce streaming details and further matches

Amazon have announced that fans in the UK will be able to watch the games live on streaming service Twitch, as well (obviously) as on the Prime Video app on connected devices, with no membership option required. “Prominent Twitch streamers” will also “co-stream” the games, with more details on who and, exactly what, to be announced. 

The Amazon games will have the usual mixture of punditry and commentary, with Gabby Logan, Roberto Martinez and Lee Dixon doing pre-match build-up. The commentary team features Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury and Ally McCoist. You can also use the ‘Stadium Atmosphere’ feature on the Prime app, so it won’t sound like a game being played in a school sports hall. 

So far, their games available on free-to-air look like this: 

  • Crystal Palace vs Burnley, June 28, 8pm
  • Everton vs Southampton, July 9, time TBD
  • Watford vs Newcastle, July 11, time TBD 
10:12AM

BBC announces that PL game between Southampton v Manchester City to be shown live on free-to-air

The match takes place on Sunday July 5 at 7pm and will be shown live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It follows on from two other Premier League games that the BBC have announced will be shown for free. 

The BBC kick off their Premier League coverage this Saturday, with Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace at 7.15pm, followed by Norwich and Everton on June 24. 

9:58AM

Chelsea complete £47.5m signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

Matt Law with the latest news on that one here. He’s thought to be on £170,000 a week. More to follow. 

Timo Werner of Leipzig looks on during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Red Bull Arena on June 17, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany.


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9:41AM

Worryingly familiar performance saw Arsenal blighted by problems that predate Mikel Arteta’s arrival 

Sam Dean saw many issues with Arsenal last night that were already there before Arteta was appointed. Not good news as their push for the top four places looks increasingly unlikely. 

For Arsenal the most troubling aspect of a difficult night was not so much that they lost the game, but the way they lost it. A defeat at Manchester City is no disgrace, given the obvious gulf in quality, yet the manner of the loss, with David Luiz at his calamitous worst, felt worryingly familiar given their progress under Mikel Arteta.

Read his whole column here.  

8:58AM

Could Rashford’s triumph be just the start of a new period of change?  

Sam Wallace writes about the over the increasingly prominent activism of Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling. 

The first choice that Rashford and Sterling have made is not to do nothing. For black athletes, as Jordan discovered, and Obama reflected, the pressure is immense. The expectation is first for success, both of the sporting kind and commercially, and then when that is achieved, so the larger question muscles its way in. What more can you do?​

Read his full column here.  

8:36AM

‘The world made more sense again’

Here is Paul Hayward’s column on the Premier League’s return. And a little taster:

Eleven minutes into the Manchester City-Arsenal game, Kevin De Bruyne surged half the length of the field and swept the ball beautifully to Raheem Sterling. The world made a tiny bit more sense again.

Evidence of the Premier League’s return was written all over Jack Grealish’s battered ankles and the story of a goal-line technology howler at Villa Park, 41 minutes into a game that ended a 100-day hiatus. It was also there in glimpses of creative football further north.

7:35AM

‘I was mystified… more flexibility is needed’

Keith Hackett’s view on the Hawk-Eye howler

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has good reason to feel that technology unfairly denied him a precious victory last night.

It was clear that his side deserved a goal when the Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland bundled the ball over the line. I was mystified to learn afterwards that none of the seven Hawk-Eye cameras in the ground had a clear view of the incident.

I was the head of the PGMOL, the body in charge of the game’s officials, when goal-line technology was introduced and we prepared then for just such a scenario: when the ball is behind the goal post and shielded from view by players.

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Chris Wilder speaks to the officials at full-time

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That it failed to work last last night suggests something is seriously wrong with the system and, if I was still in charge, I would be demanding a full explanation this morning.

The gaffe also exposed a sadly familiar shortcoming with VAR protocols, namely, that match referees are not being encouraged to use pitchside monitors.

The referee Michael Oliver could easily have cleared up the situation by doing so last night. As it was, Paul Tierney, the VAR, should have notified Oliver anyway that a mistake has been made.

Instead the PGMOL hid behind the argument that seemed to suggest the VAR would intervenes only if OIiver’s watch “buzzes” to indicate a goal.

Clearly, more flexibility is needed to ensure correct decisions. As it stands, such vague statements are just creating confusion.

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