1 Mario Balotelli had offers from clubs in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain after deciding to leave Liverpool this summer, according to his agent Mino Raiola.In the end the striker ending up moving to Nice on deadline day after he was allowed to depart Anfield on a free transfer.However the Italian’s representative has now revealed that his client could have gone to any of Europe’s top five leagues.“Nice was not a last resort for Mario. He had many offers,” Raiola told Sport Mediaset.“There were alternatives in Italy, in Germany, in England, in Spain, but we chose this. The French league is interesting and is played offensively.“The national team is something that Mario likes a lot, but today he should focus on Nice and their performance.” Mario Balotelli
1 The 28-year-old has been made available by the Gunners this summer Deportivo La Coruna have not given up hope of signing Arsenal forward Lucas Perez – but admit they are running out of time to land the Newcastle target.The Spaniard is looking for a way out of London this summer after being stripped of the No.9 shirt and falling down the pecking order.Deportivo La Coruna, who sold Perez to Arsenal for £17m only a year ago, are keen to bring the 28-year-old back to La Liga.However, the Spanish club are struggling to meet the Gunners’ reported £13m asking price and talks are rumbling on.Deportivo La Coruna’s president, Tino Fernandez, has now confessed time is running out to sign Perez – but he has not given up just yet.“We can’t wait much longer and are looking at other options,” Fernandez told the Galicia en Goles radio show.“We are in August and it is an important position and whilst nothing is impossible, we have a [financial] limit.“I will not speak of figures but we have done all we can and understand the importance that I believe Lucas can have in this team next season.“This is a very difficult negotiation but if I didn’t think there was a chance I would say so.“If we are still in the race it’s because we believe there’s a possibility and we will continue to fight because the truth is the player is looking forward to joining us.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF shining Latest Football News Loving all this speculation surrounding Poch, just let’s us know how good our manager is, but get one thing straight, he’s Spurs and won’t be going anywhere, don’t read his refusal to talk about other clubs business as he could go, that’s just the gentleman he is, LOVE HIM X— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) December 19, 2018He further allayed fears by saying there is no need for Tottenham fans to be concerned about Pochettino’s potential departure. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Pochettino has been a long-term target of Manchester United’s no dice Mauricio Pochettino will NOT leave Tottenham Hotspur for Manchester United, Spurs legend Micky Hazard claims.The Argentine is one of the favourites to become the Red Devils’ next permanent manager following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Former United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken charge of the Old Trafford club on an interim basis until the end of the season, with a new manager to be installed during the summer. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Zinedine Zidane, the former Real Madrid boss, joins Pochettino on United’s shortlist, while the likes of Antonio Conte and Eddie Howe have also been linked with filling the Old Trafford hot seat.Howe is also reportedly being watched by Tottenham, who have started work on a succession plan should Pochettino leave north London at the end of the season. None— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) December 19, 2018Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday morning, with the club 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and looking unlikely to secure a top four finish.Solskjaer will take charge of his first match as caretaker manager on Saturday evening, against former club Cardiff. talkSPORT will bring you full commentary of the clash LIVE from Wales, kick-off 5:30pm. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 huge blow MONEY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED The Argentine ‘wants to be considered‘ for the Manchester United job as he is said to believe it is an opportunity that is too good to turn down.However, former Tottenham midfielder Hazard doubts such reports, claiming Pochettino will not leave north London any time soon.He wrote on Twitter: “Loving all this speculation surrounding Poch, just let’s us know how good our manager is, but get one thing straight, he’s Spurs and won’t be going anywhere, don’t read his refusal to talk about other clubs business as he could go, that’s just the gentleman he is, LOVE HIM X”. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’
Liverpool are now equal with Manchester United as English football’s most decorated club following their Champions League triumph.Jurgen Klopp’s men were crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid. Getty 2 Liverpool and Man United are the joint-most decorated clubs in England Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a two-minute penalty 2 A penalty from Mohamed Salah and a late Divock Origi strike sealed a historic victory for the Reds and gave Klopp his first trophy with the Anfield club.The victory also bears significant consequences for English football too, as the Merseyside outfit now have equalled their bitter rivals Man United’s trophy haul.Both clubs have now racked up 42 major honours, with the Old Trafford club winning two more league titles than Liverpool but with three Champions League titles less than the Reds.*Major honours counted as season-long competitions (Charity/Community Shield and UEFA Sup Cup not included), and no one-off competitions tallied towards total. European trophies include: European Cup/Champions League, Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup/Europa League and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Only top flight league titles are counted as major honours. Meanwhile, Klopp couldn’t bottle up his emotions in the aftermath of his side’s victory, claiming it may well be the best night of his life.The German also hit back at his side’s critics and sang a version of Salt-N-Pepa’s classic song Let’s Talk About Sex.“There are always a couple of people who can tell you ‘yeah but they didn’t win’”, he said in an interview with Norwegian TV channel Via Sport.“So now, let’s talk about six baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about six.”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his team’s resilience as they held on for a 1-0 triumph at Aberdeen.A classy half-volley from Tom Rogic in the 23rd minute was enough to earn Celtic a victory at Pittodrie which took the Scottish Premiership champions 10 points clear of the Dons with a game in hand.Celtic had chances to extend their lead either side of the break but Stuart Armstrong missed the best one and Joe Lewis pulled off good saves from Scott Sinclair, Rogic and Moussa Dembele.That allowed Aberdeen to come back into it, with substitute James Maddison causing problems, and Celtic survived some difficult late moments. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes felt they should have had a late penalty for Jozo Simunovic’s pull on Graeme Shinnie. But after Shinnie stayed upright Erik Sviatchenko denied the Dons midfielder with a sliding tackle, before Celtic’s Danish defender was grateful to Craig Gordon for keeping his header out of his own net five minutes into a hectic period of injury-time.Rodgers said: “It was a great win for us. Tough game, that. Derek has done a great job here galvanising the club. “Any game I listened to over the years as a young supporter on the radio and watched here at Aberdeen, it’s always been a tough game and Celtic came here and lost twice last year. So a brilliant win for us in many aspects. “I said to the players a few weeks ago, you have to learn to win 1-0 because you are not always going to score four or five or six goals.“But if you have got that spirit and collective mentality to fight, then it gives you a great chance in any game.“The game should have been out of sight, we scored a very good goal and had two big chances in the first half and then that opening 15 minutes of the second half we created opportunities we needed to be more clinical with.“And of course when you don’t score it can become a wee bit hairy at the end.”
St Mirren will take on Welsh outfit The New Saints in the Challenge Cup semi-final.The Buddies secured their place in the last four after beating Ayr United 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a double from John Sutton.The New Saints secured their spot thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Livingston in West Lothian.Championship pair Dundee United and Queen of the South will meet in the other semi-final at Palmerston Park. The ties are set to be played on February 18/19.
Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke saw Youssouf Mulumbu score the winner against Celtic and then revealed the midfielder was close to leaving the club during the transfer window.Mulumbu struck the only goal of game, consigning Celtic to their second league defeat of the season and adding to the momentum at Rugby Park under Clarke. The 31-year-old’s arrival in November to join his former boss has been key to Killie’s form but Clarke revealed after the match that Mulumbu’s stay in Ayrshire could have been short-lived. Bordeaux were near to signing the midfielder but the deal collapsed, leaving the Kilmarnock boss relieved.“There was a deal that fell through, fortunately,” he said. “It could have happened – but somebody was looking after us. “You never know what to expect from the transfer window but I was hopeful. Once a club came sniffing there was always the possibility that we could lose him “I said it was important not to lose key players during the window and so credit to the club that we managed to do that and you’ve seen his qualities. “You guys probably don’t know him as well as I know him, I know him very well so it didn’t surprise me, the only thing that surprised me was the goal. He is not a prolific scorer. “It was a good performance from us. With a little bit more quality and composure we could have made it an easier last five minutes for the coach. “You always know Celtic will get once chance and at the end they had a shot on target.”
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Ahead of its expected launch on February 1, Microsoft’s upcoming Lumia 650 phone has been leaked by a third-party online retailer in the UK. The Lumia 650 which is now available for pre-order from MobileFun UK has been leaked in all its glory, along with pricing specifics. According to the website, Microsoft’s business-centric Lumia 650 will cost buyers (in the UK) GBP 199 which roughly translates to Rs 19,400.As per the seller, the yet-to-be-announced Lumia 650 has a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution and 294ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. The 4G LTE-capable phone runs Windows 10 Mobile OS out-of-the-box. It sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and is backed by a 2,000mAh Li-ion battery. Connectivity options include: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, Micro USB and GPS. The Lumia 650 is being said to be Microsoft’s last Lumia phone . The company is also secretly working on a high-end Surface phone as we speak. It recently launched the Lumia 950 and 950XL smartphones which are both flagship phones, probably the last ones of the Lumia lot.Microsoft will reportedly launch the Lumia 650 on February 1. According to previous reports, the Lumia 650 is expected to rock Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 or 212 processor under the hood and support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0.