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BREAKING NEWS: De Gea & Pogba out of Man United v Liverpool

By Sports Desk October 16, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed David de Gea and Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

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    Brescia president Massimo Cellino expects Mario Balotelli to leave the club at the end of the season as the striker "no longer has his head with us".

    Balotelli signed a three-year deal with hometown side Brescia last year but his time with the Serie A strugglers has been plagued by numerous off-field issues.

    The Italy international was involved in a training-ground spat with former head coach Fabio Grosso in November and was told he could leave the club in January after falling out with Cellino.

    He remained at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti but failed to score in six matches before the coronavirus-enforced shutdown and is reported to have skipped training on Tuesday.

    And Cellino is anticipating a parting of the ways between Balotelli and Brescia, who are are nine points from safety with 12 games to play.

    "I try to avoid legal action and the Balotelli case was blown out of proportion because there's no football and little else to talk about," he told Telelombardia

    "He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted. It's not necessarily different to what he's always done in his career – he's just a bit anarchic.

    "His contract is automatically annulled in case of relegation into Serie B, so with all probability he'll be a free agent next season, considering our status."

    Balotelli has five goals in 19 appearances for Brescia this season and Cellino acknowledges the high-profile move has not gone to plan.

    "[Former boss] Eugenio Corini cared for him, he allowed some lateness to slide, a few training sessions at a low tempo. We are disappointed, perhaps he will be too," he added.

    "We didn't sign Balotelli just as a media coup, we really did believe he could've given us an important contribution on the pitch. 

    "I thought, because I like him, that he could create something new for himself in Brescia. We are disappointed in him."

  • Coronavirus: EFL announces three positive tests in Championship, Fulham confirm two Coronavirus: EFL announces three positive tests in Championship, Fulham confirm two

    The English Football League (EFL) has revealed the latest round of coronavirus tests carried out across Championship clubs produced three further positive results.

    A total of 1,030 players and staff members from England's second tier were tested over the course of a 72-hour period between Monday and Wednesday.

    The results were announced on Thursday, with the three positive tests coming from two clubs.

    Fulham confirmed two of the positive tests were from their players, who will now self-isolate as per EFL regulations.

    "After the second round of league-wide testing for COVID-19 completed by Fulham FC players and staff this week at the club's training facility, we can confirm that two players have tested positive for Coronavirus," read a club statement.

    "Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance."

    Hull City, who had the only two positive cases in the previous round of testing, confirmed they did not have any this time around.

    "Hull City can confirm that none of its players or staff are included in the three new positive results," the Tigers said.

    "The two individuals who tested positive in the first round of testing last week continue to self-isolate at home as per government and EFL guidelines."

    Only players who have tested negative are permitted to enter training grounds.

    Championship football remains on hold due to the pandemic and no fixtures have been played in the 2019-20 season since March 8.

  • I didn't get any of my transfer targets – Van Gaal says he was let down by Man Utd I didn't get any of my transfer targets – Van Gaal says he was let down by Man Utd

    Louis van Gaal has criticised Manchester United's transfer strategy during his time in charge and says he is proud of what he achieved at Old Trafford.

    The Dutchman succeeded David Moyes as United boss in 2014 and lasted two seasons before being sacked, two days after victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.

    United spent big on Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind ahead of Van Gaal's first season, while Radamel Falcao joined on loan.

    However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach has claimed he did not get any of his first-choice targets after inheriting an "outdated" squad.

    "Manchester United did not have the qualities to become champions and had an outdated selection with 10 players over 30, five over 35," he told Voetbal International. 

    "So I told them I was going to rejuvenate and which players should come. I didn't get one of those. 

    "Then you end up in a different segment and as a coach you have to push your boundaries. You don't expect that at the richest club in the world.

    "A turnover of £600million and you can't buy the players you need. You should buy number one and not number seven. 

    "Of course, the selling club also thinks: If you are so rich, you also have to pay the highest amount imaginable for a player. That was what happened with transfers. 

    "Then you have to do with the numbers seven or eight on your wish list. For which you actually pay way too much money, on which the coach is judged and convicted."

    As well as lifting the FA Cup in his second season, Van Gaal got United back into the Champions League in 2014-15 following their struggles under Moyes.

    A failure to finish in the top four in 2015-16 and complaints over his style of football ultimately cost the 68-year-old his job, but he ranks his achievements with United as the best of his career. 

    "I am an optimist. You have to disappoint me more than once if I want to close the door," he said. "Everyone gets a second chance with me. 

    "Despite those disappointments, Manchester United did win the FA Cup. Manchester United has actually been the greatest achievement of my career."

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