Deschamps explains why he left Arsenal's Lacazette out of his latest squad

Deschamps explains why he left Arsenal's Lacazette out of his latest squad – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has once again been left out of the France squad by manager Didier Deschamps.
The Gunners star has 13 goals and eight assists in 35 Premier League appearances and five goals and two assists in nine Europa League games this term.
The World Cup winners face France Squad to face Bolivia in a friendly and Turkey & Andorra in the Euros 2020 qualifiers.
Lacazette was excluded in favour of Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder, and Deschamps has explained the reason why the 27-year-old was left out this time.

Didier Deschamps on leaving Alexandre Lacazette out of his latest squad: “There is no reason why we won’t seem him again soon. I had a difficult choice to make. [Ben Yedder] has scored an enormous amount of goals this season.”
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 21, 2019

Ben Yedder scored 18 La Liga goals and assisted nine others in the just-concluded campaign, and that impressive return was enough to hand him a call-up ahead of the Arsenal star.
Lacazette last featured for France in 2017 and could only make the standby list for last summer’s World Cup squad.
With Deschamps constantly snubbing him, it remains to be seen if he has a chance of making next summer’s European Championship squad.
It will take a very impressive 2019/20 campaign for him to break into the Euros squad and add to his 16 caps.
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Report: West Ham owners have told Pellegrini what to do to spend more

Report: West Ham owners have told Pellegrini what to do to spend more – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to football.london, West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has been told by the club’s joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold that he needs to raise more funds if he wants to spend more this summer.
The Hammers splashed the cash (£90million) on eight players last summer, and were rewarded with a top-ten finish in the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.
The club are looking to secure the Europa League places at the end of next season, and Pellegrini has to make some additions to his squad to have a chance of doing so.
Gold and Sullivan are said to be ready to open the chequebooks again this summer, but aren’t looking to spend anywhere near what they spent last summer, and the Chilean boss will have to sanction the sales of some players surplus to requirements to raise additional funds.
It remains to be seen which players will be sold this transfer window, but striking duo Lucas Perez and Javier Chicharito Hernandez could be on their way out, while the future of Marko Arnautovic at the London Stadium isn’t particularly certain after he tried to force an exit in January.
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Ian Wright tears into UEFA as Henrikh Mkhitaryan misses out on Europa League final

Ian Wright tears into UEFA as Henrikh Mkhitaryan misses out on Europa League final – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel with the squad to Baku for next Wednesday’s Europa League final with Chelsea.

“We’re very disappointed to announce that @HenrikhMkh will not be travelling with the squad for our #UELfinal against Chelsea.”
Full statement 👇
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 21, 2019

The Armenian international is “ineligible” to visit Azerbaijan as there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Armenians are barred from entering Azerbaijan, and the midfielder’s safety can’t be guaranteed should he travel with Arsenal.
Gunners legend Ian Wright has expressed his disappointment at UEFA for the development, and here is how he reacted on Twitter.

Absolute disgrace from @UEFA. How is this allowed to happen?! 😡😡😡😡😡 It’s all lip service!!! You don’t actually care about the fans or the players!! https://t.co/9MPDQPjD7M
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) May 21, 2019

Mkhitaryan has been one of Arsenal’s key players in the Europa this term, assisting thrice in 11 appearances.
Manager Unai Emery’s plans have been dealt a huge blow as a result, and he will now have to find a way to beat Chelsea without the input of the 30-year-old who scored and assisted during his side’s 3-2 loss to the Blues last August.
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West Ham owners aim thinly-veiled dig at Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham owners aim thinly-veiled dig at Tottenham Hotspur – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United finished the 2018-19 English Premier League campaign in tenth position following 15 wins, seven draws and 16 defeats.
A top-ten finish was expected after manager Manuel Pellegrini arrived at the London Stadium last summer, and the Hammers achieved it brilliantly with a 4-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on the last day of the season.
West Ham’s joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold are delighted with the Chilean’s first season in charge of the club, but they couldn’t help but aim a thinly-veiled dig at Tottenham Hotspur in a statement on the club’s official website.
“This time last year, we made a strategic decision to invest significantly in the football operation, appointing a world-class manager and backing him with the largest transfer budget in our history, the first step in a long-term plan that remains on schedule and heading in the right direction,” they wrote on WHUFC.com.
“Manuel Pellegrini and his players have produced some magical moments, marvellous performances and memorable victories – most recently in a certain part of north London! – and, above all, have created a spirit and identity that we believe all Hammers fans have genuine faith in.
“There is great anticipation and excitement about what lies in store for next season, and everyone is looking forward to the challenge of further improving our Premier League position.”
West Ham recorded some impressive results against the league’s powerhouses, but Gold and Sullivan surely take more delight and pride in their side being the first team to hand Tottenham defeat in their new stadium.
The Hammers were brilliant from start to finish at the North London stadium, and Michail Antonio’s 67th-minute strike proved to be the difference, ending Spurs’ run of four consecutive wins in their new ground.
The performance and result highlighted how much West Ham have grown under Pellegrini, and the club chairmen will be hoping he can guide them to the Europa League places next season.
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"Or we’re going to be selling them" – Arsenal managing director fires warning

"Or we’re going to be selling them" – Arsenal managing director fires warning – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal have failed to cash in on some of their most prized possessions in recent transfer windows as a result of their contracts running out.
Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck will leave the Emirates for free at the end of the season, joining the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere, who left for Manchester United and West Ham United respectively without a transfer fee.
Arsenal are ready to prevent such losses from reoccurring going forward, and managing director Vinai Venkatesham has revealed that players who have two years left on their contracts will either have to agree to a renewal or be sold.
“When we are selling players we need to maximise the funds we get to reinvest in the team. We need to be really disciplined when we are dealing with senior players who are not towards the end of their careers,” he told the club’s official website.
“So that means we have to start making the difficult decisions when they have two years left on the contracts. We’re either going to renew those contracts or we’re going to be selling them.
“We’re going to have to be brave in those decisions because we can’t be in a situation where we’re allowing players to walk out of the door for free unless they are coming towards the end of their careers.”
Around eight first-team players, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have two years left on their contracts, and there is set to be lots of renewal talks this summer.
Cash-strapped Arsenal have to win the Europa League to earn the Champions League qualifications money in order to have sufficient transfer funds, and manager Unai Emery will be hoping to inspire his side to victory when they face Chelsea in Baku.
The Gunners need to boost their squad in the transfer window in order to challenge for silver and the top-four next term, and it will be interesting to see how they go about it.
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"Why will United keep him?" – Guillem Balague delivers the latest on the Pogba-Madrid links

"Why will United keep him?" – Guillem Balague delivers the latest on the Pogba-Madrid links – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester United are hoping to hold on to French midfielder Paul Pogba despite Real Madrid’s keen interest in his services this summer, but it seems a £160million bid from the Spanish giants might be too much for the Red Devils to turn down.
That is what transfer expert Guillem Balague thinks, and the journalist also believes the World Cup winner doesn’t exactly fit the type of profile manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants in a player.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane still has Pogba on top of his summer transfer wishlist, but it remains to be seen if Los Blancos are ready to break the bank for his signature.
“Let me tell you the last on (Paul) Pogba, (Zinedine) Zidane continues to say he’s the one I want, he thinks he may have to play with two holding midfielders, and will allow Pogba to play in front of them, that will be the plan,” the Spanish football expert said on his official YouTube channel.
“Very expensive! Manchester United keep saying they are not selling, I’m starting to think that for the kind of profile of player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants, Pogba isn’t needed, so if Real Madrid are serious and want to put £160million on the table, I wonder if Manchester United will basically listen.
“Inside the camp, he’s a good leader in good moment, not so much a good leader in bad moments, and right now, they need is a leader that overcome all the difficulties and takes everybody in the direction Solskjaer wants. I’m not sure Pogba is that kind of guy, and if he’s not, why will Manchester United keep him”
Pogba has two years on his current contract, but Solskjaer isn’t willing to hold on to any player interested in leaving, according to The Sun.
However, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward doesn’t want him to leave as United’s status as a huge global brand could take a hit should such a player departs, and the Frenchman might be forced to hand in a transfer request.
Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is relishing the chance to compete with Pogba should a summer move work out, and it will be interesting to see how the United star fare in such a star-studded midfield.

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Report: Real Madrid will announce the signing of Spurs star after Champions League Final

Report: Real Madrid will announce the signing of Spurs star after Champions League Final – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Spanish outlet Chiringuito, Real Madrid are waiting until after the Champions League final before officially announcing the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

🚨¡INFORMACIÓN de @JaimeAstrain!🚨 “ERIKSEN será JUGADOR del REAL MADRID tras la FINAL de Champions”. #ChiringuitoMadrid pic.twitter.com/XATbAIpmpv
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) May 20, 2019

The Denmark international has been routinely linked with a Santiago Bernabeu switch with what seems like forever, and it won’t come as a shock if a summer move eventually materializes.
Eriksen has just a year left on his Spurs contract, and he has rejected an extension as he is keen on leaving for Madrid this summer.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has earlier claimed that the 27-year-old Tottenham star is only waiting for Los Blancos to make a move, and that the Spanish giants are interested in landing him as a replacement for the ageing Luka Modric.
The North London outfit and Liverpool will face-off in an all-English Champions League final on June 1, and regardless of what happens, the game could be Eriksen’s last in a Spurs’ shirt.
The former Ajax star was signed for £11.5million in August 2013, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders on the planet, scoring 49 league goals in 206 appearances for Spurs.
Eriksen was named in the 2017-18 PFA Team of the Year following an impressive campaign, and he will be looking to draw the curtains on his Tottenham career on a superb note by leading his side to Champions League glory against the Reds.
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Report: Everton and Wolves to battle over 12-assist title-winning right-back

Report: Everton and Wolves to battle over 12-assist title-winning right-back – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Sun, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in a summer move for £10million-rated Benfica right-back Andre Almeida.
Alongside the Premier League duo, Leicester City, Southampton and Brighton are also keen on the Portuguese who helped his side to this season’s Primeira Liga title with 11 assists and two goals in 33 appearances, but his preference is said to be a side in the top-half of the table, leaving the Saints and Seagulls with a slim chance of landing him.
Everton need a quality cover and competition for 30-year-old Seamus Coleman, and Almeida looks like a perfect fit.
Manager Marco Silva will strengthen his squad this summer in order to challenge for the Europa League places next season, and securing the services of a defender capable of adding goals and assists to the team makes sense.
Wolves also need squad depth for next term after qualifying for the Europa League, and Almeida could be tempted to link up with the Portuguese contingent at the club.
The 28-year-old, who is keen to test himself in the English top-flight boasts of four Primeira Ligas, two Portuguese Cups, four League Cups and two Super Cups with Benfica, and will most likely prefer to join a side that can challenge for silverware.
It’s a profile Everton and Wolves both fit given their ambitions, and it will be interesting to see who wins the battle for his signature.
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Newcastle make decision on midfielder's future amid interest from PL giants

Newcastle make decision on midfielder's future amid interest from PL giants – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff is all set to receive a bumper new deal at the club.
According to a report from Mirror (via HITC), the Magpies have decided that the youngster will be rewarded for his performances this past season.
The Newcastle player had his breakthrough season and he will be looking to build on this experience next season.
He is already an important player for Rafa Benitez and the decision to keep him at the club with a long term deal will certainly please the fans.
Longstaff has a big future ahead of him and Newcastle will be hoping to hold on to him during his peak years. The midfielder has massive potential and losing him now would be catastrophic for the club.
The 21-year-old has been linked with Manchester United this summer but he should look to keep his head down and work on his game now.
A big move wouldn’t be ideal at this stage of his career. Furthermore, Benítez is the ideal manager to develop him.
If he keeps improving with time, he will get many more chances to move to a top club in future. For now, he needs to be patient and focus on his development.
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Opinion: Pochettino an admirer of €30m attacker, Spurs must steer clear of him

Opinion: Pochettino an admirer of €30m attacker, Spurs must steer clear of him – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is being linked with a move away from the club once again.
The Croatian has been linked with a Premier League move for a while now and it seems that Tottenham are keen on the player now.
According to a report from FCInterNews (translated by SportWitness), Tottenham is an option for the 30-year-old but the Londoners won’t make a move before the Champions League final.
The report adds that Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of the player.
Perisic is a good player whose style of play will suit Tottenham but he is nearly past his peak and the Londoners should look elsewhere.
Pochettino must look to invest in a quality young player instead. Someone like Bergwijn or Neres would fit them perfectly and would be a better investment.
Perisic is 30 years old and he will only regress from here on. Apparently, the player is valued at €30-35m.
It will be interesting to see what happens this summer but signing Perisic would be a gamble for Tottenham.
Furthermore, Daniel Levy has never been keen on older players. Therefore, a move seems quite unlikely to begin with.
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