'Very promising', 'Great news'- Some Everton fans react to exciting club statement

'Very promising', 'Great news'- Some Everton fans react to exciting club statement – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton have confirmed that Farhad Moshiri has decided to increase his shareholding in the club.
The majority shareholder owned 49.9 percent of the club initially and he splashed out on another 18.7 percent through Blue Heaven Holdings Ltd.
The latest acquisition will take his shareholding to 77.2 percent no later than July 2019.
Everton fans seem quite happy and excited about the news of Moshiri’s latest commitment towards the club. The Toffees will need investment in order to compete in the league and Moshiri taking over the majority of the shares will only benefit them financially.
The majority shareholder has invested heavily in the squad since taking over and the Toffees will be hoping to have an impressive season this year.
Everton have started well under Marco Silva and the fans will be expecting them to challenge for the Europa League places.
Silva has signed the likes of Richarlison, Gomes, Bernard and Mina this summer and he will be under pressure to deliver a strong finish in the Premier League.
Here is how the Everton fans reacted to the club statement on Moshiri.

Good man who cares for the club, and wants to see success. Well in
— ItsToffeeTime (@ToffeeIts) September 11, 2018

Then he buys all shares and splits them with usmanov 👍
— me (@toffee_7) September 11, 2018

Further share purchases by Mr Moshiri reassures me that Bramley Moore is a goer and for the right deal for the club.
— Graham Woodhouse (@yankface1) September 11, 2018

This is very promising for the future 💰💰💰
— Horacio Hornblower Jnr the 3rd (@frannyefc76) September 11, 2018

Cheeky little birthday present cheers Everton!!
— Chuffinhambone (@Chuff84) September 11, 2018

Just hanging on to it for his mate 👀
— Jimmy Donnellan (@donemelons) September 11, 2018

All hail…
— Stu (@rossiwithani) September 11, 2018

@leedixon1878 @PGJ9 Total dominance now! Can see us winning the Prem within 2 years.
— Chris Jones (@chris83jones) September 11, 2018

Great news
— JP (@jpcoogan81) September 11, 2018

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Full-back “in contact” with Arsenal over a contract extension, supporters will be delighted

Full-back “in contact” with Arsenal over a contract extension, supporters will be delighted – originally posted on Sportslens.com

As reported in the Evening Standard, Nacho Monreal revealed he’s “in contact” with Arsenal over a contract extension. The full-back is a long-serving fan favourite who joined from Malaga in January 2013 and has gone on to make 215 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, winning three FA Cups and three Community Shields. His future has been in doubt recently, however.
We reported on Tuesday that Barcelona were looking at Monreal as cover for Jordi Alba, which could lead to an offer when the winter transfer window opens in January, but Monreal said he has no plans to leave the club and hopes to instead commit his long-term future to Arsenal, saying: “At the moment we are talking with the club.
“I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal. I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”
Supporters will be delighted to hear Monreal isn’t going anywhere as he’s become very important to Arsenal in recent years. Last season, the 32-year-old made 28 appearances in the Premier League, seven in the Europa League, two in the League Cup and one in the Community Shield. This campaign has seen Monreal feature in three of Arsenal four league games.
At the time of his 2013 arrival, the Spanish international was competing with Kieran Gibbs for a starting place but he made the left-back spot his own and even impressed as a makeshift centre-back. He could prove very useful under Unai Emery.
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Arsenal could lose 17-year-old, Bundesliga and Serie A clubs interested in ‘next Kyle Walker’

Arsenal could lose 17-year-old, Bundesliga and Serie A clubs interested in ‘next Kyle Walker’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal could lose right-back Vontae Daley-Campbell, with clubs in the Bundesliga and Serie A interested in his signature. The 17-year-old, who has been touted as the ‘next Kyle Walker’, is highly-rated and could have a bright future in football. He’s represented England at youth level and has already featured for Arsenal’s reserve side on one occasion.
Daley-Campbell has interest from RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 from the Bundesliga, in addition to Sassuolo and Atalanta of the Serie A – with his suitors believing him to have the potential to become a dynamic full-back capable of dominating the flanks. The Standard don’t believe he’ll push for a move away from Arsenal, but young English starlets have been opting for moves abroad in recent seasons if their contracts have been left unchecked.
Arsenal have seen Marcus McGuane (Barcelona), Stephy Mavididi (Juventus) and Chris Willock (Benfica) all move abroad, so they might be fearful of losing another talent if he loses faith with the youth coaching set-up. Reiss Nelson was convinced to stay at the club amid interest from Hoffenheim, but whether the same can be said of Daley-Campbell remains to be seen.
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Celtic favourite to agree new deal in “next couple of weeks”, fantastic news for Rodgers

Celtic favourite to agree new deal in “next couple of weeks”, fantastic news for Rodgers – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has revealed he will agree a new deal in the “next couple of weeks”, which is fantastic news to the supporters and manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 33-year-old’s existing contract expires next summer but he will be extending his stay at Parkhead after holding talks with the club before the international break.
Brown said to STV: “Me and the club we are speaking. There is no problem between myself and the club. They know I’m going to sign. There (are) no issues whatsoever. It’s just a matter of time for us to get it done.
“We first started talking just before international break. It will be done in next couple of weeks hopefully. I still feel I’ve got a good few years left in me. That will be part of the discussion. I think two or three years easily. I feel fit and I feel good.”
Signed from Hibernian in 2007, the Scotland international has gone on to make 478 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 95 goals.
The central-midfielder has won eight Scottish Premiership titles, four Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups during his 11 years at Parkhead and could add to his trophy cabinet this season.
Celtic are currently second in the division with nine points from their first four games this season, having beaten Livingston (3-1), losing to Hearts (0-1), Hamilton Academicals (1-0) and Rangers (1-0).
Brown has hardly missed a game in any competition under Rodgers, making 123 appearances since the ex-Liverpool boss took over in May 2016. Neil Lennon is the only manager he’s racked up more games for (163) in his career.
This season, Brown has made 13 appearances in all competitions – six in the Champions League qualifiers, four in the Premiership, two in the Europa League qualifiers and one in the League Cup.
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Right-winger could join Manchester United, move depends on Real Madrid squad status

Right-winger could join Manchester United, move depends on Real Madrid squad status – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Don Balon, Gareth Bale could join Manchester United if he’s unhappy with his squad status at Real Madrid. The Welsh international was linked with a move away from Los Blancos this summer due to frustration over a lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane. However, the ex-Real boss stepped down, meaning Bale has a fresh slate with new boss Julen Lopetegui which could convince him to stay – so long as he’s regularly selected.
With Cristiano Ronaldo having left Real for Juventus over the summer, Bale is hoping to become the key player in attack this season. The 29-year-old, who joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, has gone on to make 193 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 151 goals. Bale has impressed this season, contributing four goals in three Liga outings, so he’s hopeful of keeping his place in the starting lineup.
Should he be dropped for a lengthy period, however, the right-winger might consider his options. Don Balon revealed that Manchester United made a £222m bid to Real and offered Bale a contract worth £22m-a-year 12 months ago to procure the Welshman’s signature but were rebuffed in their efforts. It appears he’ll be staying at the Santiago Bernabéu for the time being.
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Chelsea and Arsenal miss out as Champions League fat cats get richer

Chelsea and Arsenal miss out as Champions League fat cats get richer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The teams competing in this year’s Champions League are set to receive a massive 38% increase in prize money.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are the Premier League’s representatives this season and each is in line for a bumper windfall.
UEFA will pay out €1.95 billion to the 32 clubs across the course of the tournament, highlighting its importance to Europe’s top teams.
Liverpool earned around €78m for their run to the final last season and that income proved pretty handy during this summer’s transfer window.
However, as with many things UEFA related, they have ensured that the rich will get even richer with the way they have structured their payments this season.
A new coefficient ranking has been introduced on the basis of the performance of each of the competition’s participating clubs over a ten-year period. The total amount of €585.05m allocated to coefficient payments has been divided into ‘coefficient shares’, with each share worth €1.108m.
The lowest-ranked of the 32 teams will receive one share, while the second lowest will receive two shares, the third lowest will receive three shares and so on.
As noted by respected football business blogger, Swiss Ramble, this puts even more income into the coffers of Europe’s top clubs.

This new revenue distribution method clearly benefits traditional big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona at the expense of clubs from countries with large TV pools (i.e. England and Italy). Lack of qualification has hurt #CFC and #AFC, who are ranked 6th and 9th respectively. pic.twitter.com/oIID4IqtHZ
— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) September 10, 2018

When you consider that Atletico Madrid earned €27m for winning last season’s Europa League, it shows just how much money the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have missed out on by failing to qualify for the Champions League.
As the Gunners have found out to their cost in recent times, it becomes increasingly difficult to attract top players if you are not playing in Europe’s top club competition.
Chelsea were fortunate this summer to hang onto most of their top stars, with Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as the club’s new manager undoubtedly playing a part in that.
However, the Blues can ill-afford another season out of the Champions League if they are to remain as a major player in the European game.
While Chelsea and Arsenal are left to feed off Europa League scraps this term, the other four members of the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ will happily be laughing all the way to the bank.
The Champions League gravy train shows no signs of slowing down just yet.
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Forget the little clubs, UEFA plans are great news for the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal

Forget the little clubs, UEFA plans are great news for the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal – originally posted on Sportslens.com

UEFA want to introduce a third European club competition from the 2021/22 season? Well isn’t that good news?
Under the new format, the Champions League, Europa League and the new competition would each have 32 teams.
The idea is supposedly to give smaller nations more opportunities to play European football. It’s not. Ultimately, as with most schemes dreamt up by UEFA, it’s all about the money.
More European games equals more television revenue equals more money in UEFA’s coffers.
But just how much appetite will there be for a third competition?
As things stand both the Champions League and Europa League both have lengthy preliminary rounds in order to whittle down the teams to 80 across the two competitions.
A third competition would see 16 teams who normally would have headed down the Europa League route placed in the new tournament.
A further 16 sides would more than likely feature the sort of teams who usually struggle to make it out of the preliminary stage in the Europa League.
This season has seen stellar names like Maccabi Tel Aviv, Brondby, Gent and Burnley fail to progress to the Europa League group stage.
Hands up who’d want to watch any of that quartet do battle in a third-rate European competition?
Aside from UEFA looking for yet another way to milk fans for every last penny they can lay their hands on, this new competition smacks of them looking for a way to protect the interests of the bigger clubs.
UEFA already allows clubs who finish third in their Champions League group to drop into the Europa League for the knockout stage. No doubt they’ll come up with a similar crazy plan to do the same with the third competition.
Suddenly clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan and others will have yet another safety net to protect them against failure.
The whole idea further devalues European competition.
Many fans would love to see a return to the days of the European Cup (for champions only), the UEFA Cup (for teams who finish 2nd to 4th in their league) and the Cup Winners’ Cup (for teams who win their main domestic cup competition).
All three competitions worked well under that format, but financial greed ultimately brought about their demise.
A third competition for third-rate teams has zero appeal. Burnley versus Maccabi Tel Aviv on live television? EastEnders’ ratings will go through the roof.
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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles reveals how Rafa Benitez has improved him

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles reveals how Rafa Benitez has improved him – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles believes that manager Rafa Benitez has helped him to become a better player.
Benitez and Lascelles are believed to work well together and both figures have attracted praise for the work that they have done at the club during the past two seasons.
Benitez appointed Lascelles as club captain ahead of the 2016-17 Championship season.
The Toon Amy went on to win the Championship that season and they also managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League last season despite having to work on a shoe-string budget as compared to most of the other clubs in the English top-flight.
The two once again have to put in the hard work this season.
The Magpies have started the season poorly having taken just one point from their four League games played so far.
They face a tough test against an in-form Arsenal side on Saturday.
Lascelles who many tip to receive an England call-up in the near future as praised Benitez for the work that he does however.
As quoted by The Chronicle, he said: “He’s always correcting small things with me and talking to me.”
“He will tell me to watch clips of various players to improve my game. He’s by far the best manager I’ve worked with – he’s very easy to talk to and his door is always open.”
“You can tell he’s managed at the highest level, and every day it’s like playing in front of a new manager because he has authority and commands respect immediately. “Players want to impress him in training because of his stature and what he’s achieved during his career.”
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England boss Southgate raves about Leicester City star

England boss Southgate raves about Leicester City star – originally posted on Sportslens.com

England boss Gareth Southgate believes that Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is one of the best in Europe.
Maguire has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League during the past two seasons.
He also impressed while on duty for England during the 2018 World Cup as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals.
The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
However, he eventually agreed to a new contract with Leicester last week.
If Maguire continues his progress however, it would be very surprising if he does not move to a club that can offer him the chance to play in the Champions League in the near future.
Nevertheless the new deal would be a huge boost for the Foxes.
They will now not have to sell in a rush and if they do, they will certainly be in to receive an hefty amount of cash.
While reflecting on Maguire, Southgate said as quoted by The Express: “I was first and foremost delighted he was fit and available,”
“The reason for that being when I was watching him during last season I knew that on the biggest stage he’d be able to perform and excel.”
“I was so pleased he was going to have the opportunity to do that and he delivered.”
“He’s a superb defender, he’s really effective in both penalty boxes and the way that he brings the ball forward and can use the ball is as good as anything in Europe, in my opinion.”
“I think he proved to himself as much as anything that against some top players and some top teams in the lead-up to the finals, during the finals and again Saturday night that he can compete with the very best.”
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Left-footed midfielder ‘will not go to Manchester United’, Zidane could be to blame

Left-footed midfielder ‘will not go to Manchester United’, Zidane could be to blame – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez ‘will not go to Manchester United’. The Colombian international is currently on loan with Bayern Munich until 2019 but has no intention on making the move permanent with the German Bundesliga outfit either. He’s more likely to return to Real next summer and try to forge a starting place in the first-team.
Manager Zinedine Zidane has been linked with Manchester United as a replacement for Jose Mourinho, but James has no intention of following the former Real boss to Old Trafford, given he struggled for playing time when the pair were working together. Bayern have a buying option on the 27-year-old next summer, but the midfielder has lost his place in the side, so a permanent deal looks unlikely.
James has made two appearances in the Bundesliga this season but has racked up just 18 minutes of playing time. He has three options next summer: join Bayern, return to Real or join United. The Red Devils have been linked with his signature for some time, potentially as a replacement for wantaway forward Anthony Martial. Don Balon believe Real will have James’ services after this season, however.
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