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    Roy Keane jokes Leicester City stars were dropped because they watched ‘A League of Their Own’ in dig at Jamie Redknapp

    ROY KEANE delivered a hilarious deadpan joke at Jamie Redknapp’s expense while analysing the disciplinary breach at Leicester City.The Cork native and Redknapp have developed a bit of needle in their back and forths in the Sky studio over recent months.
    Redknapp has been a team captain on the light-hearted quiz show from day one
    🗣️ “I’m led to believe they were caught in a hotel room watching A League of Their Own”Vintage from Roy Keane on why Maddison, Perez and Choudhury were absent from Leicester’s match-day squad 👏🤣 pic.twitter.com/C9lcPzRzfU— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 11, 2021

    And Keane took the opportunity presented by the more serious situation surrounding Foxes’ aces being dropped by Brendan Rodgers to get a great one-liner in out of the blue that was aimed at his colleague.
    He said: “(Brendan’s) clearly disappointed with their behaviour.
    “I’m led to believe they were caught in a hotel room watching A League of Their Own.”
    Earlier in the broadcast the banter over Redknapp’s role in the sports quiz show had been teed up by host Dave Jones.
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    He asked Micah Richards if he’d be on it soon, to which the former England defender confirmed before Jones asked the same of Roy.
    A blunt ‘no’ followed though with how much he looks to be revelling in his grumpy TV persona nowadays who knows if he couldn’t be convinced to make a guest appearance at some point.

    After all, no one would have predicted he’d be joining Instagram and yet he’s developed a massive following on the social media platform after just two months.
    Regarding Brendan Rodgers’ decision to drop James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury for their crunch clash with Champions League qualification rivals West Ham, it’s believed the call came down to the three attending a house party along with injured teammate Harvey Barnes.
    Leicester missed Maddison’s creativity in particular at the London Stadium, where Jesse Lingard’s double and a Jarrod Bowen strike sent The Hammers into the top four and just one point behind The Foxes. More

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    PSG offered Neymar private jet, hotel chain shares and to put his name on Eiffel Tower in secret Ibiza transfer meeting

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN offered Neymar a private jet, hotel chain shares and to put his name on the Eiffel Tower in an unsuccessful attempt to sign him in 2016.The French club’s owner Nasser Al Khelaifi was desperate to bring in the Barcelona star and reportedly launched the cash at him during a meeting in Ibiza.
    Neymar stunned the football world by leaving Barcelona for PSGCredit: Getty
    This is how Paris welcomed the Brazilian superstarCredit: EPA
    But despite the stunning bonuses included in the transfer, Neymar turned down the chance to join PSG and instead signed a new contract with Barcelona.
    Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar’s former agent told L’Equipe: “In the summer of 2016 we met in Ibiza, Neymar, his father, Nasser Al Khelaifi and Olivier Letang, the sports director of the PSG.
    “It was on the top floor of a hotel, nobody saw us. Neymar earned €11 million and Nasser offered us €26m.
    “We asked him €40m and he told us that he would study it, that he would give him shares in a hotel chain, a private jet and that he would put his name on the Eiffel Tower. A madness.”
    Ribeiro states that Financial Fair Play coupled with the fact that the player did not want to join PSG at that time scuppered the deal.
    But of course just one year later the Brazilian did move to the French capital for £198m – and the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the club’s red and blue with ‘Welcome Neymar Jr’ written alongside.
    According to reports, Neymar has agreed a pre-contract agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to extend his stay until 2026.
    The Brazilian forward, 29, was repeatedly linked with a sensational return to Barcelona last summer.

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    A reunion with Lionel Messi was thought to be on the cards.
    But Telefoot1 state a deal is in place between Neymar and his current employers to continue his career at the Parc des Princes.
    He signed a five-year deal in the French capital when he made the £198million switch from the Nou Camp in 2017.
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    Top 10 most valuable free agents with likes of Daniel Sturridge, Diego Costa and Wilfried Bony available for nothing

    DANIEL STURRIDGE is still without a club after leaving Trabzonspor last year, despite boasting 77 Premier League goals and two Champions League medals to his name.And the former Liverpool star isn’t the only talented player currently without a contract.
    There are some quality players up for grabs for nothing
    In fact, Transfermarkt values suggest that there are 13 free agents that would currently be worth at least a seven-figure fee.
    They reckon that the most valuable current free agent is Brazilian attacker Alex Teixeira – worth £6.3million.
    The talented star, 31, snubbed interest from Liverpool to move to Jiangsu Suning from Shakhtar in 2016, and capped off his time in China by winning the CSL title last season.
    He has been without a club since his contract expired at the end of 2020, however, with Jiangsu unfortunately subsequently folding.
    With 73 goals and 43 assists during his time in China, Teixeira could be a useful acquisition on the cheap for an ambitious side.
    Diego Costa is also a free agent, having not found a new club after being let go by Atletico Madrid mid-season.
    The 32-year-old former Chelsea star may bring some baggage, but did score two goals in seven LaLiga appearances earlier this term.
    If fresh, fit and motivated, the Spain international could be very useful for a potential suitor – hence his valuation of £5.4m.
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    Daniel Sturridge last played for Turkish side Trabzonspor in 2020Credit: Getty
    Atletico Madrid ditched Diego Costa earlier this seasonCredit: Reuters
    Alex Teixeira won the CSL last seasonCredit: AFP

    Former Leicester winger Ahmed Musa didn’t have the best time at the King Power Stadium.
    But the livewire still boasts decent pedigree, having scored at two World Cups – including a brace against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
    The 28-year-old last played for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.
    Transfermarkt have Musa valued at £3.6m – level with 31-year-old former Montpellier Ligue 1 title winner Younes Belhanda.
    The playmaker scored eight times this season for Galatasaray, but had his contract terminated last month by the Turkish giants.
    Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has decent pedigree, having made 140 LaLiga appearances across spells with Villarreal, Espanyol and Deportivo Alaves, as well as winning 54 caps for Ghana and briefly turning out for Celtic.
    But following Jiangsu’s closure, he finds himself without a team at just 30, having played for the Chinese champions last season.
    Daniel Sturridge is rated at £1.8m, the same as former Rostov, CSKA Moscow and Udinese attacking midfielder Roman Eremenko – as well as 29-year-old former Inter Milan and Southampton flop Saphir Taider.
    Ahmed Musa has scored four World Cups for NigeriaCredit: AP:Associated Press
    Belhanda had a decent spell in TurkeyCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Mubarak Wakaso had a brief spell at Celtic in the 2014-15 seasonCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow
    Left-back Konstantin Rausch, 31, who has won nine caps for Russia, is available having left Dynamo Moscow in December.
    And a couple of former Premier League stars are valued at just £1.35m.
    Ex-Chelsea Champions League winner Ramires, a former team-mate of Teixeira at Jiangsu between 2016 and 2019, left Palmeiras in November – and at 34 could offer a team an experienced option.
    Wilfried Bony’s career has taken a downward turn since his £28m move to Manchester City in 2014.
    He returned to Swans two years later, but underwhelmed in his second spell at the Liberty.
    Bony, now 32, was last seen in British football training with League Two Newport County in 2019, before joining Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
    He played in the Middle East for ten months, and has been a free agent since November.
    Ex-Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic and Norwegian winger Gustav Wikheim round off the list.
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    Ramires left Chelsea for Jiangsu in 2016Credit: AFP – Getty
    Wilfried Bony trained with Newport County in 2019
    Jozo Simunovic made 126 appearances for Celtic before leaving last summerCredit: EPA
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    Man Utd led by Leicester in Boubakary Soumare transfer race as Tottenham also keep tabs on 22-year-old Lille midfielder

    LEICESTER are reportedly ‘confident’ of beating Manchester United and Tottenham to the signature of Boubakary Soumare.The Frenchman, 22, has been a key part of Lille’s title bid with the Ligue 1 leaders three points clear of Paris Saint-Germain.
    Boubakary Soumare has once again caught the eye of Premier League clubsCredit: Getty
    Having made a name for himself at Stade Pierre-Mauroy after leaving PSG as a youngster, he has aroused the interest of several teams.
    Newcastle failed with a £35million bid for Soumare in the January of last year.
    And Premier League outfit Leicester are the latest to make their interest known with just over a year left on his contract.
    According to the Star, the Foxes are hunting down a deal worth around £30m.
    Bolstering the side for Champions League football will be a priority for Brendan Rodgers’ side, if they qualify for the competition.
    Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham left the team on the brink of losing their top-four spot, with similarities to last season’s collapse.

    Soumare, who has over 100 appearances for Lille and 12 for France Under-21s, is also said to be catching the eye of United and Spurs.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be preparing for a busy summer window with a new centre-back and striker hotly tipped to be arriving.
    While Jose Mourinho have been linked with a surprise move for Marouane Fellaini amid their hunt for a midfielder.
    Soumare rejected a move out of Lille in January and boss Christophe Galtier praised how the player has dealt with speculation over his future.
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    The 54-year-old said in February: “At every transfer window, we talk about him.
    “I know that he was in demand this winter, but he was very clear with the president, he wants to continue with us.
    “The competition, the transfer window, the situation has not always been easy for him, but I think he has greater clarity in his mind.”
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    How Chelsea could line-up against Porto with Thiago Silva getting immediate recall and Havertz and Pulisic in attack

    CHELSEA prepare for their second leg against Porto with one foot in the Champions League semi-final. Despite both ties being played at a neutral ground in Seville, the Blues take in a 2-0 away goals advantage.
    How Chelsea could line-up against Porto
    After firing four past Crystal Palace and keeping a clean sheet against Porto, again Thomas Tuchel has some tough decisions to make.
    Kai Havertz was excellent as a false No9 at Selhurt Park, opening the lead and creating for Christian Pulisic, who scored twice too.
    The pair, alongside playmaker Mason Mount, will expect to keep their place for the European clash.
    That would mean benching Timo Werner again, despite the German being preferred to Pulisic in Spain last week.
    But the American’s double, Havertz’s performance and Mount’s consistency means they are all primed to play.
    Although should Tuchel sense some tired legs, Werner is available to start on either flank, or through the middle.
    Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham have both made the bench in the last two matches and compete for a place up front.
    Winger Hakim Ziyech is also an option on the right, highlighting Tuchel’s strength in depth.

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    In midfield, N’Golo Kante was benched at Palace, suggesting he could have been kept out in order to preserve him to play against Porto.
    It would leave Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho – Man of The Match in the first leg – contesting to partner Kante.
    At wingback, Ben Chilwell scored an important second for Chelsea against Porto and also started against the Eagles.
    His form could make him a favourite to keep his place, but Marcos Alonso is ahead of Emerson should there be rotation on the left.
    Callum Hudson-Odoi was influential at Palace, but Reece James is expected to return to the right.
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    Hudson-Odoi is still in with a shout to remain in the back five, or even move further up the field in the front three.
    At the back, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger were solid against Palace, despite Christian Benteke’s consolation goal in the 4-1 win.
    Thiago Silva was suspended due to his red card against West Brom, but is available for the Champions League.
    His experience on the big stage means, despite his recklessness in the league, he could be favoured over Zouma or Rudiger.
    Andreas Christensen picked up an injury recently and missed the trip to Palace, and it is not confirmed whether he is in the squad for Porto.
    Edouard Mendy can expect to keep his place in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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    PSG ‘keen on Jadon Sancho transfer if Kylian Mbappe fails to renew contract’ in huge blow to Man Utd

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN will reportedly move to sign Jadon Sancho if star striker Kylian Mbappe fails to pen a new contract.Mbappe’s current deal with the French champions – who he joined in August 2017 – is set to expire next summer.
    Kylian Mbappe’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summerCredit: Getty
    Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly identified Jadon Sancho as a replacement for Kylian MbappeCredit: Rex
    The France international has flirted with a move away from the Parc des Princes and has shown little sign of committing his long-term future to the Parisians.
    And with Mbappe not making his intentions for the future clear, The Athletic claims PSG have identified England international Sancho as a replacement for the World Cup winner.
    PSG’s reported interest in signing Sancho will be a blow to Premier League big boys Manchester United.
    The Red Devils are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, who they tried to sign last summer, and are said to still be interested in acquiring his services.
    United will be hoping Mbappe pens a new deal with PSG in order to avoid a battle with the Qatari-owned club.
    Talks are ongoing between the Ligue 1 giants and Mbappe’s representatives.
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    And PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic the 22-year-old will pen a new deal with the club.
    When asked about the recent speculation surrounding Mbappe’s future, the Argentine said: “It’s something we are used to.
    “When we talk about top clubs and top players like Kylian Mbappe who is at international level, there will always be rumours.
    “The most important thing is that Kylian is quiet.
    Mauricio Pochettino is confident Kylian Mbappe will sign a new deal with PSGCredit: AFP
    “He is quiet and focused on the team and helping them achieve their goals.
    “Kylian is very mature, despite his age.
    “Both club and player are trying to come to an agreement that will see Kylian stay with us for a long time.
    “It’s the desire of the club and we are working on everything.
    Jadon Sancho recently returned to training following a muscle injuryCredit: AFP

    “You cannot control what happens outside. Does it have any effect on the players’ performance or the atmosphere of the team? Zero, no consequences.”
    News of PSG’s supposed interest in signing Sancho comes after the winger’s return to training ahead of Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Manchester City.
    The former City academy star completed sprints and ball drills during an individual session at Dortmund’s Brackel training centre on Sunday.
    Dortmund will welcome Pep Guardiola’s side to the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
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    Tottenham considering social media boycott after Son Heung-min suffers ‘abhorrent’ racist abuse following Man Utd loss

    TOTTENHAM are discussing what to do about social media after Son Heung-min became their latest star to suffer racist abuse online.The South Korean star was abused following Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League home defeat by Manchester United.
    Son was the subject of horrific racial abuse after Spurs’ defeat on SundayCredit: Getty
    It came a week after his team-mate Davinson Sanchez was subjected to racist posts following a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
    Spurs said in a statement: “Another matchday and more abhorrent racial abuse suffered by one of our players.
    “This has again been reported to the platforms and we shall now undertake a full review alongside the Premier League to determine the most effective action moving forward.”
    Son scored to put Tottenham ahead in Sunday’s defeat after he was involved in an incident with United midfielder Scott McTominay which led to the visitors having a goal disallowed.
    Championship Swansea announced last week they and all their players and staff were coming off social media for seven days in response to their stars being racially abused.
    The Swans were joined by Birmingham and Scottish champs Rangers.
    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday his club were also considering a boycott after Colombian Sanchez suffered the same.
    While Liverpool, in a statement, said racist abuse on social media “cannot be allowed to continue” after Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane were targeted.

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    Son was left incredibly emotional during a post-match interview after Spurs’ loss on Sunday.
    He said: “I’m really disappointed about this afternoon, I really don’t know what to say. I’m really sorry about it, I feel really bad.
    “I’m really not bothered about the goal.
    “I really wanted to win because in the last game I came on at half-time, back from injury, we were leading and drew.
    “I wanted it, really really. I don’t know what to say.”
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    Man Utd would not even be in TOP HALF of Prem if games finished at half-time as incredible comeback record is revealed

    MANCHESTER UNITED staged yet another stunning comeback on Sunday afternoon.The Red Devils’ tempers threatened to boil over on the stroke of half-time after Spurs took the lead just moments after Edinson Cavani’s controversially disallowed goal.
    Man United would be in dire straits if matches were played over only 45 minutes
    Manchester United were comeback kings on the road yet again in North LondonCredit: Getty
    But they channelled it perfectly in the second half, producing one of their finest 45 minutes of the season to sweep aside Jose Mourinho’s awful Spurs.
    And while it’s easy to point out Tottenham’s incredible knack of throwing away leads this season, having now dropped 18 points from winning positions, there are two sides to this coin.
    United have repeatedly given themselves work to do on the road this season, falling behind to Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton, West Ham, Sheffield United, Fulham, West Brom and now Spurs on the road.
    But they have shown incredible powers of recovery, having picked up a remarkable 25 points from these matches.
    In fact, if games finished after 45 minutes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would be in dire straits.
    They’d be sitting just 12th in the table, with a measly 38 points from 31 games.
    United have only been winning at the break seven times this season.
    And in this half-time table, they would he behind the likes of Brighton, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got one over his under-fire predecessorCredit: AFP
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    Spurs, on the other hand, would be second – with eight more points than they currently have.
    As it happens, United’s comeback kings status hasn’t managed to propel them into the title race just yet.
    But Solskjaer will be delighted with the ability to rescue points – although he would hope to not have to see it utilised so much moving forward.
    Following last month’s international break, the Norwegian found his side trailing Brighton at Old Trafford at the interval.
    And after the eventual 2-1 win, he admitted to lighting ‘fireworks’ at the break: “Sometimes after international breaks it takes time, and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at half-time.”
    He then added: “Hairdryer? Sometimes you just have to raise your voice, sometimes you keep calm and composed, it doesn’t really matter what I did today, what matters is that we got the half-time to talk things through.
    “Sometimes it’s louder than other times. Sometimes you can actually get your message across and speak slowly and not so loud. It doesn’t really matter what I did today.”
    At half-time the message was clear: just keep calm, no need to panicScott McTominay on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s half-time team talk
    As for yesterday, midfielder Scott McTominay revealed that Solskjaer calmed them down at the break.
    He told Sky Sports: “The way the game went, we went in at half-time frustrated.
    “At half-time the message was clear: just keep calm, no need to panic. We know that we have good character in the team and against a really difficult team, so we’re happy.
    “Sometimes that’s the way football goes. For the first 30 minutes by our standards, we were not good enough but we dominated the whole second half to be fair.”
    Scott McTominay and his pals were ‘calmed down’ by boss Solskjaer at half timeCredit: Getty
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