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    Mohamed Salah is earning £1million a WEEK at Liverpool claims star’s lawyer – but it’s still well short of Saudi offer

    LIVERPOOL winger Mohamed Salah is earning over £1million-a-week, his lawyer and adviser has suggested.Salah, 31, penned a new three-year deal with the Reds last summer following extensive talks with club chiefs.
    Mohamed Salah earns £1million-a-week, his adviser has claimedCredit: EPA
    He had initially been expected to leave Anfield after the two parties failed to reach an agreement on wages.
    A resolution was found at the end of the 2021-22 campaign and the winger has since picked up a reported £350,000-a-week from the club in wages alone.
    However, new comments from Rammy Abbas, Salah’s lawyer and adviser, have shed further light on the saga.
    Both Abbas and Salah contibuted to a Harvard Business School study based on the Liverpool star’s contract negotiations.
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    At one point in the study, which has been seen by The Guardian, Abbas claimed that talks had “broken down”.
    He also suggested that the club would have to match the winger’s substantial demands if they were to keep him.

    The lawyer said: “We are still very far apart. Mohamed isn’t going to throw away his contract because of a 5% difference in what we are asking for and what they are willing to give – it is much more than that.”
    He then revealed that his top client would rake in more than £1m-a-week, including money from high-profile endorsements from the likes of Adidas and Pepsi, if Liverpool were to meet the demands – which they eventually did.
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    Abbas added: “If we find a way to get Liverpool to agree to the salary we have in mind and if Mohamed performs at a level he has achieved in the past seasons, we conservatively expect the total amount received by Mohamed and the image rights companies over the next few years from both his playing contract and his image rights contracts to be somewhere between €54m [£46.8m] and €62m [£53.7m] per year.”
    Although the study does not outline exactly how much Salah’s current deal is worth, he is understood to be Liverpool’s highest earner.
    Despite that, the Reds are at risk of losing the Egypt international in January amid mega-money interest from Saudi Arabia.
    Al-Ittihad launched a last-minute £150million bid for him on transfer deadline day, but it was turned down.
    Club chiefs are now said to be bracing themselves for another bid in the new year.
    SunSport understands Salah would earn more than Cristiano Ronaldo if he were to move to Saudi – with CR7 raking in around £173m-a-year – which is over £3m-a-week. More

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    Forgotten former Man Utd star, 33, signs for Greek minnows after lasting just TEN DAYS at previous club

    FORMER Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has signed for Greek Super League side Kifisia.Schneiderlin, 33, arrived at the club earlier this week and has now been officially announced as a Kifisia player.
    Morgan Schneiderlin has joined Greek side KifisiaCredit: Getty
    The midfielder left Konyaspor just 10 days after joining the club this summerCredit: Getty
    He could make his debut during Kifisia’s league match against Aris on Sunday.
    The midfielder initially joined Turkish side Konyaspor on a free transfer in August, but his contract was mutually terminated after just 10 days due to “family reasons”.
    An official statement from the Super Lig side read: “Professional football player Morgan Schneiderlin, whose transfer we have announced recently, conveyed to our management that he wanted to leave due to family reasons.
    “As a result of the consultations and evaluations, our club approached Morgan Schneiderlin’s request positively and terminated his contract by mutual agreement.”
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    Prior to his move, Schneiderlin enjoyed a short stint with Western Sydney Wanderers after being loaned out by OGC Nice.
    He’d spent two-and-a-half years with the French side prior to that loan and made 59 appearances across all competitions.
    During the peak of his career, the defensive midfielder spent 12 years in England.
    He joined Southampton in 2008 when the South Coast club were in the Championship.
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    They then dropped down to League One, before Schneiderlin helped them return to the Premier League in 2012.
    The Frenchman signed for Man Utd in 2015, where he won the Europa League and the FA Cup during his two year stint before joining Everton in 2017.
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    John McGinn forced to apologise live on TNT after dropping clanger during interview ahead of Aston Villa vs Brighton

    JOHN MCGINN was forced to apologise to Unai Emery after letting slip details of his team selection for the clash with Brighton.Aston Villa host the Seagulls in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday.
    John McGinn apologised during his TNT Sports interviewCredit: TNT Sports

    Ahead of the game, McGinn was interviewed by Jules Breach and Peter Crouch live on TNT Sports.
    However, during their conversation, he gave away details of Emery’s line-up twice, prompting him to say sorry to the Villa boss.
    Having played at left-back in the midweek Carabao Cup loss to Everton, McGinn was asked what his favourite position is.
    “My favourite position?” he replied. “Up front. Get me up there running about.
    “I quite like the inside right position, you might see me in there today. I don’t know if I’ve given that away but I quite like changing it.
    “It shows that the manager trusts me and I’m enjoying it definitely.”

    Noticing McGinn had hinted where he would be playing, Breach joked we can expect to see him on the inside right.
    The Scotland international added: “I’ve given it away. I apologise to the manager.”
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    McGinn has shown his versatility since joining Villa in 2018, playing across the midfield as well as at full-back and on the left of a front three.
    Named club captain in the summer, he has appeared in all 10 of their matches across the league, Carabao Cup and Europa Conference League.
    The 28-year-old even chipped in with a goal in the win over Everton back in August. More

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    Man Utd star reveals bizarre text he sends girlfriend before every match to which ‘she can’t respond’

    FACUNDO PELLISTRI has revealed he sends his girlfriend the same bizarre text before every match.The Manchester United winger explained that “she can’t respond” to the message or he will send it again.
    Facundo Pellistri has revealed the text he sends his girlfriend before every matchCredit: Getty
    Pellistri sends girlfriend Cami Garcia three heart emojisCredit: instagram / @facupellistri
    Pellistri and his girlfriend Cami Garcia have a private relationship but have been known to share loved up snaps on social media.
    The couple documented their travels this summer as they jetted off on holiday before the Uruguayan returned for pre-season.

    Speaking this week, Pellistri has now revealed he sends her a text as part of his pre-match routine.
    The 21-year-old has a number of matchday rituals, which includes sending Cami three heart emojis.
    Pellistri added that she cannot reply and if she does he will send the same message again.
    Asked about his pre-match rituals, he explained: “I have a lot of them, I think all footballers have them.
    “I put my two socks next to each other to see which one is longer, and I put the longer one on my right foot.
    “I also send messages to my family and my girlfriend makes fun of me because I always send her the same messages: three heart emojis, then another.
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    “And she can’t respond, if she does , I send the message back to her. That’s how I prepare for a match.”
    Pellistri has made three substitute appearances for United so far this season.
    The youngster also started their Champions League opener against Bayern Munich and the Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace.
    He will also be hoping to be involved against Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
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    Former Premier League star became a lumberjack after retiring and host of TV show ‘Dangerous Leisures’

    KLAS INGESSON became a lumberjack and TV host after retiring from football.The former Sweden international had a brief spell in the Premier League during the 1990s.
    Klas Ingesson became a lumberjack and TV host after retiringCredit: Getty
    Ingesson’s career saw him play in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and France, along with an eight-month stint at Sheffield Wednesday.
    During his time in England, the midfielder scored twice in 18 appearances.
    He later spent time managing Elfsborg in his native Sweden but it was his other two post-career jobs which shocked fans.
    After hanging up his boots, Ingesson worked as a lumberjack and even hosted his own TV show.
    The ex-footballer presented Swedish programme Dangerous Leisures, which saw him take a look at some of the world’s deadliest jobs.
    His show saw him explain these jobs as well as demonstrating how to do them safely, including working with chainsaws.
    As for his career as a lumberjack, he told “I don’t think there is a more manly profession than being a lumberjack.
    “However, it was probably more so in the past. Now there are machines to everything and the job is not as heavy duty any more. Too bad in a way, as it is good for your health.”
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    After working on Dangerous Leisures, Ingesson was sadly diagnosed with cancer in 2009 but would make a full recovery.
    He then returned to football with Elfsborg, managing their under-19s before taking charge of the first-team.
    Ingesson’s cancer would tragically return in 2013, though, and he passed away a year later aged just 46.
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    I’m a former Premier League star and played for Barcelona but I had double life as a SPY during my career

    GHEORGHE POPESCU played for Tottenham and Barcelona but also lived a double life as a spy.The former Romania international starred for some of Europe’s biggest clubs during his career.
    Gheorghe Popescu played in the Premier League for TottenhamCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    Popescu also had a double life as a spy during his playing careerCredit: Getty
    However, it was his role as a government informant in his home country that is arguably the most striking detail from his playing days.
    Popescu was first recruited by Romania’s secret police force, the Securitate, whilst playing for Universitatea Craiova in the 1980s under the former Communist regime.
    At the time, U Craiova were the biggest club in Romania without an affiliation to a government body.
    The Securitate spent much of the decade attempting to bring down Steaua Bucharest, who were backed by the army.
    Popescu even spent a season on loan at Steaua from U Craiova, winning a league and cup double with the club.
    He has justified his actions by claimed he had signed a document in 1985 promising to ‘defend the national interests’ of the late dictator Ceausescu — who was executed on Christmas Day 1989.
    According to The Guardian, Popescu’s spy past may have caused him some conflicts of interests during his career.
    It did not limit his success on the pitch, though, as he was named Romanian footballer of the year six times.
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    The defender also won 115 international caps, scoring 16 goals and representing Romania at three World Cups and two European Championships.
    As for his club career, Popescu won both the UEFA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup, having spells with PSV and Galatasaray as well as his stints at Barcelona and Spurs.
    During his sole season in England with Spurs, he made 23 Premier League appearances, scoring three goals.
    Popescu later played in Italy and Germany either side of a return to Romania with Dinamo Bucharest before retiring in 2003.
    He is now the president of reigning Romanian champions Farul Constanta, who are owned and managed by Gheorghe Hagi.
    In 2021, the club merged with Viitorul, who had been founded by Hagi, who is also Popescu’s brother-in-law. More

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    Forgotten Arsenal ace whose only Premier League game was at start of 49-match unbeaten run was forced to retire at 27

    RYAN GARRY’S only Premier League appearance came at the start of Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten streak.The Gunners academy graduate was later forced to retire aged just 27.
    Ryan Garry made one Premier League appearance for ArsenalCredit: Getty
    Garry came through the Arsenal youth system and won the FA Youth Cup in 2001 before being promoted to the first-team.
    The centre-back went on to make two senior appearances under Arsene Wenger, with one of those coming in the league.
    Garry played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal thrashed Southampton 6-1 at Highbury in May 2003.
    Reflecting on his debut in 2018, he told Planet Football: “I remember going to the hotel before the game; the pre-match meeting was based around a player I would be marking, a French winger named Fabrice Fernandes.
    “He was their best player and I was going to have to stop him.”
    A hat-trick from Jermaine Pennant, two goals from Robert Pires and a Thierry Henry strike brushed the Saints aside to kickstart an historic run for the Gunners.
    Arsenal would go on to avoid defeat in their next 48 matches, including the entirety of their Invincible 2003/04 title triumph.
    Garry would never play for the club again, though, learning that summer that he had been playing with multiple stress fractures to both shins.
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    He left the club on a free transfer in 2007, joining Bournemouth and ending his eight-year spell with Arsenal.
    His injury woes continued, however, and he ultimately hung up his boots in 2011 aged just 27.
    Garry immediately transitioned into coaching, first with the Cherries’ reserves side.
    He has since worked with both Arsenal and England’s youth set-ups and is currently part of the Young Lions’ coaching team.
    Still only 39, Garry was appointed England under-18s manager in August, with Premier League icon Emile Heskey serving as one of his assistants.
    Garry was forced to retire aged 27 due to injuriesCredit: Getty
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    Mauricio Pochettino issues warning to Chelsea stars after ace seen out partying while injured

    MAURICIO POCHETTINO has told Chelsea star Noni Madueke and his young team-mates to buck their ideas up off the pitch.A video of Madueke, 21, partying at a Mayfair nightclub emerged after the international break, when the winger had missed Chelsea’s game at Bournemouth due to a muscle injury.
    Mauricio Pochettino issued a warning to his playersCredit: Getty
    Noni Madueke has not featured for Chelsea since September 2Credit: Getty
    Madueke was left out of the squad last week’s Carabao Cup win over Brighton, with Pochettino saying it was not due to an injury but his “choice”.
    And the Argentine has now spoken with Madueke about the footage of him on a night out and warned that he and other young stars need to change their behaviour.

    Pochettino said: “It is clear. This video, we were talking about that with him.
    “It is a thing that we need to avoid. All the players need to know that when we are a player of Chelsea to try to avoid these things.
    “It wasn’t a big issue but we always need to avoid these types of situations.
    “It is really clear that he needs to avoid it.
    “But he is recovering from the national team and we will see if he is fit and can be involved and selected.
    “But we talk about what you are asking me because it is a thing that the young players need to improve on.
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    “Not only him. Many, many players need to be professional and to have respect because of the badge we have here.”
    Unruly youngsters could prove a problem for Pochettino given Chelsea’s plan to only buy younger players under the ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
    The average age of Chelsea’s senior squad is just above 23, meaning the former Spurs manager will want to get a grip of any unprofessional behaviour quickly.
    Madueke, who arrived from PSV Eindhoven in January for £35million, has two goals in 15 appearances for Chelsea since joining.
    Despite Madueke’s indiscipline, Pochettino has been impressed with his efforts to force his way back into the side following injury.
    He added: “In my opinion he is working really hard to get the levels that we want after his injury.
    “He came back from the international break maybe 10 or 12 days ago.
    “Now he feels well and he is recovered. Now he is trying to get fit to be on the same level as the team.”
    Pochettino is considering recalling Madueke to the squad for Monday’s west London derby against Fulham.
    Midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka, who suffered a knee injury following a flying start to the season, has returned to training and is expected to be on the bench at Craven Cottage.
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