Hart wants permanent move away from Manchester City

Joe Hart has acknowledged he may need to leave Manchester City permanently to resurrect his career.

Hart has recently had loan spells at Torino and West Ham, but was unable to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s 23-man-squad for the World Cup in Russia.

The 31-year-old made his first appearance for City since 2016 in a pre-season friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but says he wants to go to a club where he is the number one goalkeeper.

“I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that’s obvious,” he said.

“I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup – and look where that got me.

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“I’m experienced. I’ve played at the highest level for a long time and done a lot of things in the game. I need to be an important player at a club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move.

“I’ve got a year left and I’m not going on loan again because my situation has changed. I need to feel part of something.

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“It’s difficult when you’re on loan, especially when you’re not a young player who people may have sympathy for. I’m older and being who I am and what I am, I’m there to be shot at.”

Hart has made more than 300 appearances for Manchester City since joining the club from Shrewsbury in 2006.



New Barcelona signing Lenglet happy not to be playing against Messi

New Barcelona signing Clement Lenglet has admitted he is happy he will no longer have to play against Lionel Messi and the Spanish heavyweights.

The 23-year-old completed a €36 million (£32m/$42m)  to Barcelona earlier this month and will add defensive depth to the Catalan giants.

Lenglet joins Dani Alves, Seydou Keita and Adriano in crossing from Sevilla to the current La Liga champions in recent years, and is pleased to now be playing on the same team as stars such as Messi.

“I am really happy to be here, because I don’t have to play against them now,” he joked to Barca TV.

“Messi is the best in the world. He dominates games easily and can score at any moment from wherever he wants.

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“If you have some luck, you can stop him a little bit, but then someone else catches you out.”

The French defender is hopeful he can adapt quickly to life at Camp Nou, and believes the quality of player in Barcelona’s squad should ease that transition.

“When you play with good players, the adaption is a little bit easier and here every player is at the top level,” he said.

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“Barça’s philosophy is to bring the ball out from the back and it’s the only club in the world that plays this way. Everyone has told me how incredible the city is, too, and that when you sign for Barça you never want to leave.” 

Lenglet should feature for Barcelona in their pre-season tour of America, with many of their stars still on holiday after the World Cup.



Martinez sets one record, closes in on another in Atlanta win

Josef Martinez can’t stop scoring for Atlanta United. 

The Venezuelan scored three times on Saturday in a 3-1 win over D.C. United, securing his sixth MLS hat trick, a new record for the league. 

Atlanta trailed early on in the match, with Wayne Rooney helping spark a counterattack for D.C. that saw Zoltan Stieber put the visiting side in front inside 10 minutes. 

But Martinez was on hand to level the scored on the half-hour mark, heading home bravely to send the clubs to the break level. 

The second half would see more of Martinez. 

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His second strike came 54 minutes in with a free header at the back post and he rounded out the scoring in the 73rd after a bit of good fortune. 

Despite being just over halfway through his second season in MLS Martinez has surpassed Stern John and Diego Serna, who both had five hat tricks in their time in the league, to set the record. 

Martinez has now scored 22 times in 2018 and sits just five goals shy of the MLS single-season scoring mark held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips. 

The forward has 12 matches left in the season to set the all-time mark. 


Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea warn Madrid over Hazard

Chelsea warn Madrid over Hazard

Chelsea have made it clear to Real Madrid that they won’t be bullied into selling Eden Hazard, according to the Mirror .

The Blues are adamant that even a massive £170 million ($223m) offer would not be enough to lure their star man away. 

Hazard has two years left on his deal, and despite the player hinting that it might be time to move on the club are adamant that they will not be forced into letting him leave. 

Man Utd make Martial decision

Manchester United are ready to trigger a one-year option on Anthony Martial’s contract, even if the French forward pushes for a move away, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The 22-year-old has been frustrated by a lack of playing time at Old Trafford, with his agent saying last month that he was ready to leave the club. 

But United do not want to sell this summer, and it is unlikely that they will receive an offer that tempts them to let the forward leave. 

Richarlison fee includes ‘peace deal’ 

Everton’s record £50 million ($66m) fee for Brazilian star Richarlison includes a deal to make peace with Watford over new boss Marco Silva, according to the Mirror

Silva was sacked last year after a poor run of form coming soon after Everton’s approach for the manager, which caused a rift between the two sides as Watford filed a complaint to the Premier League. 

As such, Everton are willing to pay an inflated price for the Brazilian to bring a resolution to the issues surrounding Silva. 

Man Utd nearing deal for Rochdale teen

Manchester United are nearing a deal to snap up Rochdale teenager Daniel Adshead, the Mirror claims. 

The 17-year-old is being watched by a number of Premier League clubs, but impressed in a closed training session with Man United’s U23s and is nearing a £1 million move to join Jose Mourinho’s side. 

Klopp plays down Pulisic links

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is a big fan of U.S. national team and Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, but played down a possible move for the teenager.

Pulisic has been consistently linked with a move to Anfield to play under Klopp, who was with the Bundesliga side when the winger was making his way through the youth ranks. 

And while Klopp believes the future is bright for Pulisic, he doesn’t seem to believe the time is right to make a move for one of BVB’s top prospects.

Read his full comments right here on Goal!

Napoli chief slams Sarri

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused former coach Maurizio Sarri of trying to take his “whole team” with him to new club Chelsea.

De Laurentiis replaced Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season, a punishment for taking too long to make his mind up about his future.

Read his full comments on Goal!

West Ham’s £20m Vida bid rejected

West Ham have had a £20 million bid for Domagoj Vida rejected by Besiktas, according to Turkish outlet Aksam (via Sport Witness ).

The Turkish side will hold out for around £23m for the Croatia star, who is also drawing looks from Everton and Liverpool 

Arsenal nearing deal for Sommer

Arsenal are in advanced talks with Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer, the Express claims. 

The Gunners have already landed one goalkeeper this summer in Bernd Leno, but Unai Emery wants to continue to add pieces to his squad ahead of the new season. 

Neymar confirms PSG stay

Neymar has affirmed he will not be leaving Paris Saint-Germain to become Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor at Real Madrid, as he wished the striker ‘good luck’ at Juventus. 

The Brazil star has been constantly linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu despite sealing a world-record transfer to France less than 12 months ago.

Read his comments on Goal !

Roma considering Cech move

Roma are considering a move for Petr Cech to replace departed goalkeeper Alisson, The Sun reports. 

Roma’s sporting director Monchi believes the club could use some experience at the back and thinks the Arsenal goalkeeper would be a great option to bring a calming influence to his young defence. 

Barcelona make £55m Willian bid

Barcelona have made a bid worth over £55 million ($72m) for Chelsea star Willian, according to  Sky Sports .

The Spanish champions have improved on their previous two bids as they look to lure the Brazil international to Camp Nou.

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Barca and Chelsea are still in talks over a potential deal for Willian, who had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Man Utd plot £65m Maguire move

Manchester United are readying a £65 million ($85m) bid for Leicester defender Harry Maguire, reports the Daily Mail .

The Red Devils remain in the market for reinforcements at centre-half and consider a man who impressed for England at World Cup 2018 to be an ideal addition.


‘Whatever bulls*it you say, no one forgets’ – Klopp defends spending comments

Jurgen Klopp insists his 2016 comments criticising the eagerness to splash the cash in modern football are still true despite his own lavish spending in recent times at Liverpool.

When Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2016, Klopp was critical and adamant he would “even do it differently if I could spend that money”.

But since then, Liverpool have made Virgil van Dijk and Alisson the most expensive defender and goalkeeper of all time, while the club have also spent more than £40million each on Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Fabinho.

And following the signing of Alisson on Thursday, Klopp’s 2016 quotes resurfaced and were put to him in a news conference, drawing a fiery response.

“That’s a problem, whatever b******t you say, no one will forget it,” Klopp told reporters on Saturday.

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“It’s still kind of true. I couldn’t have imagined the world could have changed. £100m [for Pogba] was a crazy number, but since then the world changed.

“We signed the most expensive goalkeeper, there will be a few nice transfers [made by other clubs]. It’s not about pushing through my thoughts on that and not paying big money, if Liverpool aren’t successful we have to work.

“To improve a squad like this costs money. So far it’s a really good year for us, pretty successful last year.

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“Still we need to replace players – Emre Can left, good business bringing Fabinho in. [Xherdan] Shaqiri, we saw him play in the World Cup. I know Stoke were relegated, but he had a lot of good games.

“We don’t care what the world think, like Manchester United didn’t care what I thought.”