Emre Can will ‘give everything’ at Liverpool despite Juventus talks

Emre Can insists he will be fully committed to Liverpool for the rest of the season despite speculation over a move to Juventus.

The Germany international’s contract expires at the end of 2017-18 season and there has been no breakthrough in talks over an extension.

Juve director general Giuseppe Marotta confirmed this week that the Serie A champions want to sign the player, who is allowed to reach a pre-contract agreement with a club outside the Premier League.

Although it looks likely his future lies away from Anfield, Can says he will give his all to help Liverpool achieve their goals this term.

“I still have a contract here until the end of the season,” he told Sky Sports News.

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“I give everything for the club, I will try to give everything for the club.

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“The rest is down to my agent, and I’m just responsible for performances on the pitch.

“Of course, if I have a contract I will always give my best, or I will try to give my best.”

Can has made 18 top-flight appearances this season, scoring once.


Heynckes slams ‘selfish’ Aubameyang amid Arsenal transfer talk

Jupp Heynckes has slammed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for being “selfish” at Borussia Dortmund and insisted he would refuse the chance to sign players who only want to follow their own goals.

Aubameyang’s relationship with the Dortmund hierarchy appears to be at breaking point, with the Gabon international being strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

The striker incurred the wrath of club officials by missing a team meeting before last weekend’s 0-0 Bundesliga draw with Wolfsburg, resulting in head coach Peter Stoger dropping him from the squad.

Stoger revealed on Thursday that he had spoken with the striker and things appeared to have been cleared up, but later that day Aubameyang was left off the squad list for Friday’s trip to Hertha Berlin – sporting director Michael Zorc suggesting he was not entirely focused.

Aubameyang is said to be attempting to force through a move to Arsenal and Heynckes believes such behaviour reflects the lack of morality in the money-obsessed world of modern football.

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When asked at his news conference about football’s decline in terms of morality, Heynckes said: “That exists all along, but at the moment there are totally different dimensions, I see that very critically.

“I think footballers are very privileged, all the more if you see how hard many people have to work for their salary. So, I think professional ethics and morals belong to this. You have to see what’s going on in the society.

“Things which happened with Aubameyang and [Ousmane] Dembele I see very critically. The clubs which sign those players have to be aware; they [Aubameyang and Dembele] could do the same to them.

“I would refuse to sign such players. Football is a team sport; you can’t just be selfish and follow your own goals. You have to think about the fans as well.

“We have to pay attention so that the fans don’t turn their backs on us and football.

“If I see that Arsenal was not really successfully in the last years but their tickets became more and more expensive, that’s a problem. In Anderlecht our fans protested against the ticket prices – and they were totally right.”

With respect to the Aubameyang’s situation, Heynckes does not necessarily believe that forcing the player to sit out is the right course of action, though he cannot imagine a player behaving in such a way at Bayern.

“I don’t think punishing players is the solution,” he said. “It’s not really feasible to put a player in the stands for a year.

“You have to come to terms with the player, talk to them and make it clear that they’ve a responsibility to not just look at their account at the end of the month and clap.

“You need guidelines in a club to make it clear that what you do and don’t accept, that’s the case at Bayern.

“I won’t say it never happens at Bayern, but I cannot imagine it.”


Brighton break transfer record for £16m Locadia

Brighton and Hove Albion have parted with a club-record fee reported to be in the region of £16 million to sign PSV striker Jurgen Locadia.

The forward has penned a deal until 2022 at the Amex Stadium, as Chris Hughton looks to add goals in the Seagulls’ attempts to retain their Premier League status.

Brighton are 16th in the table, three points above the drop zone, but only rock-bottom Swansea City have scored fewer than their 17 goals this term.

Locadia arrives on the south coast with nine goals to his name in 16 Eredivisie outings this season.

Hughton told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to have signed Jurgen, and pleased to welcome him to the club. 

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“He is a player we have been aware of for some time, and it’s been no secret we have wanted to add a striker of his type.

“He is a strong, powerful and quick centre-forward, with a real eye for goal and will increase our attacking options in the second half of the season.

“Jurgen already has a prolific goal record with PSV in the Dutch top division, and it is one we hope he can continue here with us in the Premier League.”


Hertha Berlin 1 Borussia Dortmund 1: Kagawa equalises in Aubameyang’s absence

Borussia Dortmund felt the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Shinji Kagawa rescued a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin to prevent a first Bundesliga defeat of Peter Stoger’s reign.

Aubameyang was left out of the squad for the trip to the Olympiastadion, with sporting director Michael Zorc questioning the striker’s mentality and Andre Schurrle deputising in attack.

But Zorc described reports the Gabon international is close to joining Arsenal as “rubbish” in a pre-match interview, with no “concrete” offers having been made for Dortmund’s top scorer.

Davie Selke’s fifth Bundesliga goal of the season gave Hertha a deserved lead in the first minute of the second half, the striker prodding home Valentino Lazaro’s right-wing centre.

Dortmund lacked a cutting edge with Aubameyang missing but they salvaged a point thanks to a second-half goal from Kagawa, whose back-post header moved his side up a place to third.

Substitute Alexander Isak set Jadon Sancho up for a fine late chance to snatch all three points but the Englishman could not find the bend required to curl his shot inside the far post, leaving Dortmund with one win in their last six away league games.

Without Aubameyang, the first Dortmund chance fell to Kagawa after 13 minutes, but he could only direct his header over the crossbar from a right-wing Christian Pulisic centre.

Marvin Plattenhardt scored the winner in this fixture last season with a rocket of a free-kick and the Germany left-back went close to repeating the trick, but his 25-yard effort was just too high.

With Hertha well on top, Plattenhardt then delivered a dangerous left-wing corner that defender Niklas Stark headed narrowly wide.

Dortmund were struggling for rhythm on a boggy Berlin pitch and Sancho should have fired at goal when he found space, only for the youngster to try and fail to pick out a team-mate.

And Hertha scored the goal their first-half performance deserved within a minute of the restart.

Selke stretched to convert a fine Lazaro cross from close-range, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos caught out of position in the Dortmund penalty area and Roman Burki unable to keep the shot out, despite getting a touch on the striker’s finish.

After 55 minutes, Dortmund finally forced a save from Thomas Kraft – filling in for injured Rune Jarstein – Pulisic’s powerful drive tipped over the crossbar by the goalkeeper.

Ondrej Duda thought he had added a second goal for Hertha but the offside flag correctly denied the Slovakian, the decision proving key as Dortmund levelled after 70 minutes.

Sancho’s persistence was key as the attacking midfielder earned his first Bundesliga assist, crossing at the second attempt for an unmarked, stooping Kagawa to nod home.

Teenagers Sancho and Isak combined to devastating effect down the left wing with eight minutes remaining, but the former Manchester City trainee skewed wide with the goal at his mercy and Andriy Yarmolenko saw last-gasp penalty appeals waved away, despite heavy-handed marking inside the penalty area, ensuring the spoils were shared.


No Man Utd return for Chicharito as Besiktas close on €8.5m deal

Javier Hernandez is close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas in an €8.5 million deal, Goal understands.

The Mexico international only returned to English football in the summer of 2017, with the Hammers acquiring the former Manchester United striker from Bayer Leverkusen.

They invested £16 million in a proven Premier League performer, and handed him a three-year contract.

That agreement is, however, set to be broken after just six months, with a switch to Turkey about to be made.

A return to Old Trafford had been mooted for Hernandez, with Jose Mourinho in the market for support and competition to Romelu Lukaku.

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The 29-year-old will not be getting that opportunity, though, as Besiktas have leapt to the front of the transfer queue.

The Turkish side’s chairman, Fikret Orman is in London and holding advanced talks with West Ham regarding Chicharito.

With an agreement now close, the hard-working frontman will soon be in a position to open a new chapter in his career.

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It is understood that a contract worth €3.5m-a-year will be put to Hernandez, with Besiktas prepared to spend big in order to make a high-profile addition following the sale of Cenk Tosun to Everton.

Hernadez is best known for his time with United, but he also spent a season on loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid while with the Red Devils and has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been.

If he is to leave West Ham, then he will depart having netted four times in 20 appearances.