Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ranieri close to signing new deal

Claudio Ranieri is close to agreeing a new £3 million-a-year deal with Leicester City. The three-year extension should be signed in June.
Ranieri will be rewarded for his remarkable season with a significantly improved deal and official confirmation is expected next month.
Negotiations between Ranieri and the Leicester board are said to be “progressing well” and it is thought a three-year extension will be on the table.
He signed a deal worth around £1.5 million a year when he was appointed in July but Leicester have moved quickly to offer him a new contract that will double his money.
Ranieri is attending this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, after returning from the club’s post-season tour of Thailand, and talks are set to conclude in the next few weeks.

Reading eye Stam as manager

Reading are considering appointing Jaap Stam as their new manager after sacking Brian McDermott. The former Manchester United defender left his role with the Ajax academy at the end of the season.

Conte will refuse to sell Willian to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford but is set to be denied by his former side, who have no intention of selling their Player of the Year to a rival.
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will refuse to allow Willian to join Manchester United but is happy to let Oscar to leave this summer.
Jose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with the Brazilian but Conte does not want to risk upsetting fans by selling the club's Player of the Year.
The Blues are, however, keen to see Juventus target Oscar move on with Juan Cuadrado set for a second chance at Stamford Bridge.

I'll stay at Chelsea

The Belgium international says he is not thinking about his future currently but has admitted it would be difficult to leave Stamford Bridge after a poor season for the Blues.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, but will not make a final decision on his club future until after Euro 2016. The 25-year-old endured a difficult season in 2015-16, making 25 Premier League starts and scoring only four goals having netted 14 in 38 during the 2014-15 campaign. And recent speculation has suggested that he may be poised to end his four-year stint at the club, with former boss Jose Mourinho reportedly interested in taking him to Manchester United.
Hazard, however, appears keen to stay put and confirmed that he has already briefly talked to incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, with the two set to meet in person on June 13 when Belgium take on Italy in their Group E opener. "We spoke together a little," said the Belgium international. "We just said we'll shake hands at the end of the [Belgium v Italy] game; it's as simple as that. "And, of course, so far yes, it means I stay.
But in football we are never sure of nothing. I cannot tell you yes at 100 per cent and tomorrow I leave; that's uncool. We never know. So far I am focused on the Euros and I am getting ready for them, then I'll think about Chelsea. Hazard, who will skipper Belgium at Euro 2016 in the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany, also went on to reveal that he would find it hard to leave Chelsea on the back of such a disappointing campaign.
"For sure it will be very complicated for me to leave like that, after such a bad season," he said. "I want to end well in Chelsea, so far, I can say I'm almost at 100 per cent [to stay]."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mesut Ozil is happy at Arsenal and will discuss a new contract with the club after Euro 2016.

Newspaper reports on Thursday suggested Ozil had delayed talks with the Gunners. Germany international and the club had always intended to negotiate a new deal after the conclusion of Euro 2016, and not before. While in Dubai last week, Ozil said: "I still have two years contract with Arsenal, as you know, and we will be in talks with the club and we'll see what happens in the future. "But as I said, now I'm concentrating on Euro 2016 in France, which is very important for me and my team after the last World Cup. Then later on, I will see what I do with Arsenal."