Anger: Gareth Bale fed up at Real Madrid and may leave…

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Gareth Bale appeared destined to leave Real Madrid. However, an injury to Marco Asensio and a few other first-team players meant Los Blancos did not have the liberty to sell the Welshman and thus held on to him.
This does not mean everything is all fine between the player and the club. In fact, according to the latest rumor, the former Tottenham star is eyeing a Santiago Bernabeu exit, with a recent incident leaving him frustrated and wanting out.
According to AS , it was Zidane’s decision to snub him for their Champions League clash with Club Brugge. Despite being a starter for the Spanish giants from the beginning of the season, the French manager decided to leave out the Welshman for their first European home game of the season.
As a result, Bale was forced to watch the game from the stands as Los Blancos had to fight from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 to avoid an embarrassing defeat. Gareth returned to the lineup in their next game, the 4-2 win over Granada, but that did little to help change the attacker’s mind.
He feels unwanted by the manager and lacking support from the club. Zizou stated that the 30-year-old was not in his plans during the summer. Now, the winger is “angry” and “fed up” in the words of Guillem Balague.
The Welshman will likely be linked with an array of clubs once the transfer window reopens. However, whether a top European side can afford to match his current wages are doubtful.

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Transfers: Manchester United may sign five new players

Ryan Giggs says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs five new players to revive Manchester United.
United, who visit Newcastle, live on Sky Sports on Sunday, have taken only nine points from seven games to make their worst start to a top-flight campaign for 30 years.

Solskjaer’s side have not scored more than one goal in a match since an opening-day win over Chelsea – and hopes of a top-four spot at Old Trafford appear a distant prospect.

Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James were recruited this summer at a cost of £145m, but United legend Giggs says much more is needed for the club to recapture past glories.
“They need another four or five players,” the Wales manager said.
“He (Solskjaer) has bought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight (altogether).

“But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.
“The culture has changed and what he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.”
Steve Bruce, another one of Giggs’ former United team-mates, has his own problems at Newcastle with the Magpies in the relegation zone.

‘He’s doing incredibly’ – Azpilicueta says he knew Abraham was ready for Chelsea

With his latest goal against Southampton taking him to nine for the season, the young striker has earned high praise from his club captain

Cesar Azpilicueta says that he knew Tammy Abraham was ready to make an impact for Chelsea this season, with the young striker taking his tally to nine in all competitions after scoring against Southampton on Sunday.

Though Frank Lampard’s side have made a mixed start to the campaign and are currently fifth in the Premier League, Abraham has been a source of optimism in testing circumstances.

Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA after they were found guilty of breaching rules relating to signing overseas players under the age of 18, leaving them with an uneven squad and an unfamiliar reliance on academy graduates.

With his latest goal against Southampton taking him to nine for the season, the young striker has earned high praise from his club captain

Cesar Azpilicueta says that he knew Tammy Abraham was ready to make an impact for Chelsea this season, with the young striker taking his tally to nine in all competitions after scoring against Southampton on Sunday.

Though Frank Lampard’s side have made a mixed start to the campaign and are currently fifth in the Premier League, Abraham has been a source of optimism in testing circumstances.

Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA after they were found guilty of breaching rules relating to signing overseas players under the age of 18, leaving them with an uneven squad and an unfamiliar reliance on academy graduates.

That has represented a huge opportunity for Abraham, however, along with the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made his first Premier League start against Southampton after a long lay-off with a ruptured Achilles.

The Blues ran out 4-1 winners at St Mary’s, Abraham opening the scoring with an improvised lob from long range.

Club captain Azpilicueta talked up Abraham’s contribution, saying: “I had confidence in him because I have known him since he was quite young.

“Every time I saw him his work ethic was very good. Last season he had an amazing spell at Aston Villa, he was a key player for them, he scored a lot of goals. 

“I knew he was ready for us and for the Premier League. As soon as he arrived he worked hard and wanted to help the team.

“Strikers live for goals so it’s great for him. He’s doing incredibly well and he scored an amazing goal. I’m very happy for him and I’m sure he can give us a lot more happiness in the future.”

“WE DON’T CREATE ENOUGH CHANCES TO WIN A GAME OF FOOTBALL” SOLSKJAER EXPLAINS WHAT WENT WRONG IN NEWCASTLE DEFEAT

The fallout to Manchester United’s defeat by Newcastle United is continuing as we enter the international break.
United succumbed to their third loss in eight
Premier League games at the beginning of the new season, going down 1-0 on Tyneside following another dour display.
Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal for the hosts on his top-flight debut and United are not back in action until league leaders Liverpool visit
Old Trafford on October 20.
“We’re unhappy with the results and it’s the results that bring out the mood of everyone,”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “And I’ve got to say sorry to the fans that we’re not winning games.
“But that’s down to starting a rebuild and this is not a similar situation to when I was sat here after [the 4-0 defeat at] Everton last year, when I felt people had given up, and they don’t give what they have for the shirt. These boys give everything for the shirt and we’ll get there again.”

Nightmare for Spurs as Brighton beat them to increase pressure on Poch

Aaron Connolly scored twice on his first Premier League start as Brighton increased the pressure building on Mauricio Pochettino, thrashing Tottenham 3-0 at the Amex Stadium.
Tottenham came into the game low on confidence already following their 7-2 midweek mauling at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but their problems deepened in only the third minute when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was subsequently stretchered from the field after suffering a nasty arm injury , gifted Neil Maupay Brighton’s opener.

Pochettino’s side were second best throughout the first half and Brighton deservedly extended their lead in the 32nd minute thanks to Connolly’s close-range finish.
Spurs’ dreadful afternoon was complete when the impressive Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld before finding the far corner to extend Pochettino side’s winless run on the road to 10 Premier League matches, stretching back to January.

A second straight defeat in five days leaves Pochettino, who insisted he would not walk away from Tottenham before the game , facing further scrutiny with his side now seventh and 13 points behind league-leaders Liverpool heading into the international break.
However, the gloom has lifted at the Amex Stadium with Graham Potter, whose side are up to 13th, leading his side to just their second win of the season and a first win at home since March.

Pochettino would have wanted to see a strong opening from his side as they attempted to bounce back from their midweek humbling, but he got nothing of the sort as Spurs made a shocking start on the south coast.

 Klopp expects warm welcome for Rodgers on Liverpool return

Jurgen Klopp believes Brendan Rodgers will receive a warm welcome on his first return to Anfield as an opposition manager but is warning that Leicester will ensure it is “not a friendly game”.
Almost four years to the day since being sacked by Liverpool, the Northern Irishman will bring his high-flying Foxes to Merseyside for a top-of-the-table encounter.
“The reception will be good, from my side and from the supporters I think as well, but still it is not a friendly game and that’s what we want to make sure,” the Liverpool boss said at his pre-match conference on Friday.
“We are there to perform as well and hopefully that’s what we will do.”
Leicester head into the weekend after a 5-0 victory over Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium last Sunday.
Liverpool are top of the table with a perfect seven wins out of seven Premier League matches this season and are on a winning run of 16 consecutive league matches.
Klopp praised former Celtic boss Rodgers for the job he was doing at Leicester, who are third in the Premier League table, seven points behind Liverpool.
Asked whether the Foxes had the potential to challenge for a spot in the top four, Klopp replied: “It looks like, 100 per cent. It looks like. There is no difference to other top-six teams apart from maybe the name.”
“Of course, it is not forbidden to show up in the top four,” he added. “There are no reservations made and everyone who is ready for that will fight for it. And they will fight for it until the end.”
If Liverpool are to extend their winning run, Klopp knows nullifying the threat of Jamie Vardy could be key.
The striker has scored seven times in nine appearances against the Reds and already has five in the Premier League so far this season for Leicester.
“In general he is an incredible player, for years already, and if he gets the service he will be a proper threat and we have to make sure that will not happen that often. It works in the first place to avoid these passes,” said Klopp.
“We know about his speed obviously, but it is more about timing, so we need to be in the right place at the right moment to defend him. There is no alternative to that.”

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Chelseas’ Abraham may take Kane’s England spot’

Tammy Abraham has “really good attributes” and the Chelsea striker should target Harry Kane’s England starting berth as his “next step”, says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The in-form 22-year-old, who has scored seven goals in seven games for Frank Lampard’s side, was named in the England squad on Thursday for the European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Abraham, whose call-up came almost two years after his first, is one goal behind Sergio Aguero in the top goalscorers in the Premier League so far this season and Hasselbaink says he must now look to replicate his domestic form on the international stage.
“As a young boy when you dream of being a footballer you want to play at the highest level and the highest level is England,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News .
He has to try to get [Harry] Kane’s position. It is not easy but that is going to be the next step.
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“He has been called up. He is going to get the chance and he has to compare himself with the best [striker] and that is Kane at the moment.
“He has to try to get Kane’s position. It is not easy but that is going to be the next step. He has been invited for the England national squad. Now can you make that place yours?
“The only way is to do well for Chelsea, keep on scoring and when you go with England show that you can do it on that level as well.”
Gareth Southgate praises Chelsea’s youth setup and explains why he’s called up Tammy Abraham
Academy product Abraham has had loans at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa in the past three years but a transfer embargo during the summer and Lampard’s determination to trust the youth has benefited him.
Abraham, who scored his first Champions League goal in the club’s 2-1 win at Lille on Wednesday, will look to continue his rich vein of form in Chelsea’s final game before the latest international break against Southampton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League

AC Milan are considering the possibility of signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window


Giroud has been a bit-part player at Chelsea this season and has not played a minute of Premier League football since the end of August.
He also remained an unused substitute in Chelsea’s win over Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night and is down the pecking order under Frank Lampard.
There are suggestions if his situation does not improve, the striker is likely to consider the option of escaping Chelsea in the January transfer window.
And according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.it , he could have suitors in Italy in the form of Serie A giants AC Milan once the window opens in January.
The Rossoneri are in the market for a striker and are keeping tabs on a number of players ahead of the winter window.
The club are yet to take any concrete measures, but Giroud has been suggested as a player they could look to sign in January.
And if he continues to warm the bench at Chelsea, the striker could welcome the chance to move elsewhere in the new year.

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