A massive £50million offer for Karim Benzema could kick off a deal involving four clubs and two other big names.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 19:38 GMT
"Before he went to Man United, we were offered him for £6million, and he chose United ahead of us," said Sullivan.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 19:06 GMT
'Lionel Messi almost joined Chelsea, Ronaldinho almost joined Manchester United, Yaya Toure almost joined Arsenal'.
The word 'almost' is one of football's most overused phrases and it's use is unlikely to come to a halt any time soon - as West Ham owner David Sullivan has proved with his latest revelation on a television show.
Sullivan made the extraordinary claim that during his time as Birmingham City owner he was offered Ronaldo for £6million, but the player turned the Blues down and joined Manchester United instead.
Real Madrid star Ronaldo is expected to retain the coveted Ballon d'OrRead More »from Cristiano Ronaldo almost joined Birmingham City before Manchester United move, says David Sullivan
Two of the Premier League's most outspoken bosses have come up with textbook rants, while Everton are in dire need of a dour Scot to fix their defence.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 18:49 GMT
1) Playing twice in 48 hours is not conducive to good football
Nobody likes to hear pampered millionaire managers or players whingeing about the festive fixture list, and the frantic schedule makes the English game unique. But it is undeniable that if you make professional players complete two matches less than two full days apart, the standard is going to suffer. If it leads to unpredictability like Manchester City's meltdown against Burnley, then maybe that's for the better. But the Premier League was not a place for fans of quality football on Sunday. Manchester United and Tottenham playedRead More »from 7 Truths: Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho moan as Man City melt down
18-year-old St Mirren star Stephen Mallan scored his first ever goal in senior football as his side beat Dundee 3-1 away from home.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 16:30 GMT
A talented young player scored a magnificent goal on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership
18-year-old St Mirren star Stephen Mallan scored his first ever goal in senior football as his side beat Dundee 3-1 away from home.
Mallan scored a beautiful second clinching goal after 69 minutes after picking the ball up, driving forward, beating several players and unleashing a superb 22 yard curling shot past Kyle Letheren in the Dundee goal.
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27-year-old Song says he was keen to move back to the Emirates Stadium, as was Fabregas, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did not want to sign either of them.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 15:50 GMT
West Ham midfielder Alex Song says he was keen to return to Arsenal in the summer, as was Cesc Fabregas who later joined Premier League table toppers Chelsea from Barcelona.
Song, who is on loan at Upton Park from Catalan giants Barça, left north London for Spain in 2012 but was allowed to leave the Nou Camp in the summer, eventually signing for Sam Allardyce's West Ham side.
27-year-old Song says he was keen to move back to the Emirates Stadium, as was Fabregas, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did not want to sign either of them.
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The French duo were selected to start at Upton Park with Coquelin coming in for injured Czech maestro Tomas Rosicky who scored against QPR on Boxing Day.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 14:28 GMT
Arsenal supporters have vented their frustrations at Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman opted to play Mathieu Flamini and youngster Francis Coquelin in midfield against West Ham.
The French duo were selected to start at Upton Park with Coquelin coming in for rested Czech maestro Tomas Rosicky who scored against QPR on Boxing Day.
23-year-old Coquelin was recently recalled from a loan spell at Charlton earlier than expected after several injuries to Arsenal's midfielders.
Able to play in defensive midfield or at full-back, Coquelin was named in German magazine SportBILD as one ofRead More »from Coquelin-Flamini midfield pairing leaves Arsenal fans outraged on social media
Should Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli have been sent off for SHOCKING tackle on Michael Carrick?
The French midfielder was booked for a potential leg-breaking challenge on Manchester United's Michael Carrick.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 14:08 GMT
Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli walked away with just a booking after a shocking tackle on Manchester United's Michael Carrick.
The Frenchman earned the game's first yellow card of the match in the first half but many fans on social media were convinced it should have been much more.
An unchanged United side completely dominated the game at White Hart Lane but couldn't find a breakthrough against an stubborn defence and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Should Stambouli have been sent off for his challenge on Carrick? Let us know in the commentsRead More »from Should Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli have been sent off for SHOCKING tackle on Michael Carrick?
The Ivory Coast international is honing his yoga skills and maintaining his fitness in New York.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 13:44 GMT
Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has followed in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs and Daniel Sturridge by becoming the latest professional footballer to add yoga to his training regime.
The Ivory Coast international, who now plays in Germany for Hertha Berlin, is spending part of his winter break vacation in New York where he is honing his yoga skills and maintaining his fitness over the next few weeks.
Yoga trainer Caley Alyssa has been working with Kalou and his older brother over the past few days, and the striker's leg strength is evident by the photos he uploaded to Instagram.
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Shaw is reportedly renting Ronaldo's Cheshire mansion which is worth in the region of £3.85million.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 13:24 GMT
Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional footballer, model, philanthropist and now LANDLORD to Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, if reports are to be believed.
The Real Madrid star put his Cheshire-based mansion on the market when he joined the Spanish giants in 2009 but after failing to sell it, has decided to rent it out to United's £32m summer signing Shaw.
19-year-old Shaw is believed to be paying the Portugal international £7,000 a month for the mansion which has an indoor swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and wine store area.
"It’s a stunning house. Luke absolutely loves it andRead More »from Manchester United defender Luke Shaw paying Cristiano Ronaldo £7,000-a-month
Barcelona have revealed a psychedelic and floral-based jersey for the 2016/17 season.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:54 GMT
Barcelona have revealed a psychedelic and floral-based jersey for the 2016/17 season.
Mundo Deportivo published the eccentric story, claiming the shirt will cost up to 183 euros (£143) but a discount of 25 cents (20p) will be applied if a supporter purchases two shirts.
Sounds like a wind-up? Well, it is. The tale is an 'Inocentada' - an elaborate fib told on the Spanish equivalent of April Fools' Day.
It's certainly one of the best April Fool-type pranks we've seen in recent years - although the fake kit still isn't as bad as some efforts we have seen.Read More »from Barcelona reveal crazy-looking jersey for 2016/17.. but there's a reason behind it