Twitter Reacts as Reports Claim Rafa Benitez Was ‘Given no Warning’ to News of Newcastle Exit

What a horrible, horrible day it’s been for Newcastle fans – and that’s saying something.​

What seemed to be a summer full of promise only a month ago, when the Bin Zayed group announced their interest in buying the club, has turned into a nightmarish hellscape that shows no signs of abating. 

Yep, instead of the ​Toon Army giddily wondering what number Kylian Mbappe will be donning at St James’ Park next season, they’ll have to deal with the rumours of whether it will be Garry Monk or Roy Keane to become the next manager of the club.

When the news broke on Monday afternoon, it’s safe to say fans were less than pleased.

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​​But more intrigue was to follow, as several journalists claimed that Benitez only learned that he would not be getting a new contract when the news broke on TV.


​​However, Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards claimed Benitez had refused to meet owner Mike Ashley over hashing out a new deal, so couldn’t have been surprised by the news.

​​I’m sure the full details of this monumental cock-up will come to light in the coming weeks, but for now one can only sympathise with the plight of each and every Newcastle fan. 

This sucks. #AshleyOut.

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Genk Winger Leandro Trossard ‘Agrees Terms’ on Five-Year Deal With Brighton

​Brighton are reported to have completed the signing of KRC Genk winger Leandro Trossard on a five-year deal, for a club record fee in the region of £18m. 

Graham Potter’s side have been ​reported to be closing in on a deal for the Belgian over the past 24 hours, as the new manager continues to shape his side ahead of his first season in charge, with Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke signing up earlier this month. 

The deal is yet to be confirmed officially by the club, but ​Sky Sports have reported that the deal is done, with the player ‘agreeing terms’ over an £18m move. 

The 24-year-old will travel to the south coast of England to complete a medical, and will join his new team-mates for pre-season training soon after. 

The signing represents something of a scalp for Brighton, as Trossard had previously been touted for a move to Arsenal, after a stellar season in Belgium in which he scored 22 goals and registered 11 assists in 47 appearances on the way to winning the Juliper Pro League with Genk.

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He established himself as one of Belgian football’s most exciting talents, and the magnitude of the deal signals a statement of intent from Potter, who joined the Premier League side from Swansea earlier in the summer.  

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Norwich Confirm Signing of Swiss International Josip Drmic on Three-Year Deal

​Norwich City have completed their second signing of the summer, as striker Josip Drmic joins from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal.

The Swiss international struggled for game-time in the Bundesliga last season due to an amalgamation of injuries, but managed to net twice in his five appearances before leaving the club upon the expiry of his contract.

Speaking to the ​Canaries’ website, the 26-year-old admitted that a conversation with international team-mate and current ​Norwich defender Timm Klose swayed him on the move, while noting his enthusiasm to get going in the Premier League.

 “Now everything is done, I’m very happy. I had very good conversations with Stuart Webber and with the head coach Daniel Farke.

“I was talking also to Timm Klose [teammate with Switzerland]. We had a long conversation as I had a lot of questions and he spoke very, very positively about the club.

“I’m very excited to be playing in the ​Premier League. I cannot wait because I’ve heard a lot of things from my colleagues in the national team who have played in the Premier League.

“For me it’s something new. It’s a new opportunity with new challenges and I’m very happy that I’m so close now to playing in the Premier League. I cannot wait to start.”

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Alex Morgan Hits Out at ‘Reckless’ Spanish Tackling After USWNT Win Physical World Cup Clash

USWNT star Alex Morgan has hit out at Spain’s ‘reckless’ tackling against her and her teammates in Monday night’s Women’s World Cup round of 16 tie in Reims, which the US won 2-1. 

Both of the American goals came from the penalty spot – one in the first five minutes, and the other 15 minutes from time when the game was getting tight after Jennifer Hermoso’s equaliser and Spain’s intense pressing. 

Morgan and her attacking teammates bore the brunt of the physical nature of the Spanish gameplan, the tournament’s top scorer saying after the game: “I think that they wanted to be more aggressive, which they showed. 

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“We got a lot of free kicks out of it and could’ve capitalised more than we did, and at the end of the day the penalties showed their physicality, and at times they were quite reckless.”

She added: “I don’t remember them being this physical [when we played them in January], this aggressive, this reckless in challenges. That was different, I wasn’t expecting that but we were able to capitalise on that with penalties.”

The player who came out of the came with the nastiest battle wound, though, was Spain midfielder Vicky Losada – who was barrelled into by Sam Mewis immediately after the US kicked off following Spain’s equaliser. 


Mewis caught Losada in the face with her knee as the former Arsenal player fell, leaving her with a prominent black eye which forced her to be substituted off just half an hour into the match. 

“It was a physical game,” Losada admitted after the match, “but we showed can also play that kind of game and I’m very proud of the team. We’ve played a really good game, a really serious game. I think we deserved more, but sometimes football ends like this.”

The US will play France in the quarter-finals in Paris on Friday. 

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USWNT Captain Megan Rapinoe Hoping for ‘Total Shitshow’ World Cup Quarter-Final Against France

​Megan Rapinoe has admitted she’s hoping for a ‘total shitshow circus’ of a spectacle for the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday, after her team squeaked through their round of 16 game against Spain. 

Jenni Hermoso scored the first goal against Jill Ellis’ side in the tournament in just their ninth minute, picking up on a defensive mix-up to curl home sweetly from the edge of the box and make things nervous for the reigning champions. 

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It wasn’t until a controversial penalty 15 minutes from time that the US secured the win, a second nervy game in two nights for the tournament’s two favourites – who will meet in Paris on Friday. 

Speaking after the game, Rapinoe said: “Hopefully it’ll be a complete spectacle! Just an absolute media circus, I hope it’s huge and crazy, that’s what it should be. This is the best game, it’s what everybody wanted. We want it, they seem up for it, all the fans are up for it. 

“Maybe there’ll be a pretty even split in the stadium, we’ve been travelling pretty deep in this World Cup. I hope it’s just a total shitshow circus, it’s going to be awesome. These are the biggest games you dream about as a kid.”

Rapinoe scored both of the US goals from the penalty spot, but struggled to make an impact on the game from open play, admitting: “Not a great game for me personally, their right-back did a great job and I think I only beat her once one-on-one. 

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“We just stayed in it. It was hot, but this is like 30º(F) cooler than any NWSL game we play in for about five months straight, so the heat wasn’t too much of a factor for us.”

The US will play France at the Parc des Princes at 20:00GMT on Friday. 

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