There’s So Much To Talk About!

With the World Cup 2018 less than a fortnight away, getting transfer deals done is difficult.

But it will be even harder once the nations are in Russia so many clubs are keen to finalise some signings in advance – particularly before the valuation of possible targets soar during the month-long showpiece.

Whatever happens over the next three months, there will be one constant – speculation.

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Jorginho stays with sports betting favourites Napoli

Napoli has rejected £44m bid for Jorginho from Manchester City

In Serie A, Manchester and Milan have an obvious tie-in right now.

Reliable but unspectacular full-back Matteo Darmianseems set to leave Manchester United, where he is largely surplus to requirements, after a three year-spell and head to the Italian champions Juventus, who are also reportedly on the verge of signing Emre Can from Liverpool.

However, it could be one in, one out via Manchester, although Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he has rejected an offer from Manchester City for midfielder Jorginho and the English champions, now managed by Carlo Ancelotti, may need to up their offer.

Its Milan which is making the most noise at the moment.

Is the club set for another big summer spending spree or will sanctions be imposed with the club under investigation for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations?

Coach RinoGattuso has made it clear he is looking to sign players with ‘desire,’ ‘experience’ and ‘mentality’ who understand they are playing for a ‘glorious club.’

Jose Reina has been tipped with a move from Napoli, while Colombian striker Radamel Falcao admits it is ‘an honour’ to be linked to Milan who secured a return to the Europa League but underachieved given their investment.

Gatusso did guide them to the Coppa Italian final of course but that ended rather embarrassingly.

Is the man to restore them to their former glories?

It’s all about two star names in La Liga right now – one a manager and one a player.

After Zinedine Zidane shocked Real Madrid by resigning, less than a week after winning his third-consecutive Champions League, speculation has resurfaced linking Mauricio Pochettinowith the job.

He admits he is ‘so happy’ at Tottenham, where he has just signed a new contract, although admits when Real come calling ‘you have to listen’.

Antoine Griemann's future to be known after World Cup 2018

Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann said his future would be known before the World Cup

Across the Spanish capital, it’s all about one player.

Antoine Griezmann says his future will be decided before the start of the World Cup.

The Atletico Madrid star has been tipped to move to champions Barcelona but Atletico are desperate to keep the French talisman.

Financial fair play regulations were arguably the only issue which prevented Griezmann moving on last summer and the mega wealthy Paris St Germain are also struggling with them in La Lique.

Midfielder Javier Pastore could be sold as the club attempts to comply – the 28 year-old has been linked with a £17.5 million move to West Ham.

It would be a familiar route which was taken by his former team mate in January when Lucas Moura departed the Parisians for Spurs.

Lyon livewire Nabil Fekiris also being linked with a move to England and Liverpool, yet is supposedly being targeted by Bayern Munich as well.

Talking of which, new coach Niko Kovac is supposedly keeping a close eye on a defensive midfielder too.

What price Omar Mascarell, who already has experience of the Bundesliga, moving to the Allianz Arena?

There is much to ponder right across Europe.



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Pochettino quashes Real rumours

Mauricio Pochettino, who signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham last week, has played down rumours linking him with Real Madrid.

The former Southampton boss is believed to be Real's first choice to succeed Zinedine Zidane, who resigned on Thursday just five days after leading the Spanish side to their third consecutive Champions League title.

Pochettino insists he is happy at Spurs and has been quick to confirm that there is no clause in his contract that would permit him to speak to the La Liga side.

The Argentine said: "When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them. Although in this case it doesn't depend on me. I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here.

"Right now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the things that are being said. There will be lots of rumours, lots of things said, but I have no news from Real Madrid."

However, earlier this year, Pochettino refused to rule out managing Real when asked directly if he could succeed Zidane.

The 46-year-old has been in charge at Tottenham since 2014 and has guided the club to three consecutive top-three finishes and to the last-16 of the Champions League this season.

Joachim Low, the Germany manager, is thought to be another name on Real's shortlist, although he has a contract with the 2014 World Cup winners until 2022.

Pochettino is 5/4 to be Real Madrid's next permanent manager while Low can be backed at 16/1. Meanwhile, Spurs are 16/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title.

Honours and Challenges: Vela, Pochettino and the All-NBA

The footballing world is undergoing a lot of changes as club football winds down and World Cup 2018 makes its quick approach. One of the most talked-about topics is the squads of the favourites to win the competition.

Mexico aren’t looked upon to make a run all the way to the World Cup final, but Carlos Vela is confident that the CONCACAF Qualification leaders have what it takes to make a lot of noise in the competition. He is more than sure that El Tricolor have the quality players and the heart to take on the world’s best and win the entire competition.

Mauricio Pochettino and the NBA occupy the rest of the day’s sports news and updates. us will go in depth to discuss these trends and bits for you.

Mauricio Pochettino stays as Tottenham boss

Mauricio Pochettino vows to win more football games with Spurs after signing new five-year deal

Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a series of successful finishes in the ever-competitive Premier League. While Harry Kane, Dele Alli and the rest of Spurs have much to do with the success, Mauricio Pochettino is also highly praised for his footballing acumen.

The Argentine boss has led Tottenham to three successive Champions League places ever since taking over the club in 2014. The past four years have been incredibly successful for the club that they have no qualms about keeping Pochettino until 2023.

Pochettino saw the two years remaining in his contract extended. His first team-coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez also saw their terms prolonged.

“I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the club’s history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium,” said Pochettino.

Now that they have secured their manager for the foreseeable future, Pochettino can now focus on building his team and finding the right men to help him topple the Manchester giants. He will be closely watching the World Cup to scour for talents he can pick up for Tottenham.

Vela: Mexico can beat Germany in World Cup 2018

Betting odds suggest Mexico has the chance to win against Germany

Carlos Vela believes Mexico can beat anyone in the world

Speaking of which, a lot of eyes will be on Germany. The 2014 champions will be squaring off against very strong teams, and fans will be interested to see how far the Nationalelf can go.

However, Carlos Vela warns Germany and the rest of their competition in Group F that El Tri will not just lie down and take a beating.

Mexico are far from favourites to make it through the group stages, given the quality of players Germany and Sweden have. However, Vela believes that the lads Juan Carlos Osorio called up to the squad are more than capable of beating Germany in Russia.

“[Germany is one of the best teams in the world, but Mexico has the chance to win that game,” the LAFC striker told reporters. “We have to play like [we can win] against any opponent. It doesn’t matter if it is Germany, Haiti or Portugal, we want to win and we intend to work towards that.”

Mexico definitely have the quality to back up the attacker’s words. Marco Fabian, Andres Guardado, Chicharito and Carlos Salcedo are among the players that are named by the El Tri manager for the squad. If things go their way, they could definitely see themselves escape the group stages.

James, Harden lead All-NBA First Team

Betting tips suggest LeBron James could win the award for the fifth time

Rockets James Harden & Cavs’ LeBron James headline the All-NBA first team

The NBA released their All-NBA Awards in the midst of very competitive Conference Finals being played in the East and West.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Houston Rockets guard James Harden were unanimous inclusions to the team. Anthony Davis retains his spot from the previous season, and Kevin Durant returns to the First Team after only reaching the Second Team in 2016/17.

The most notable absence from the First Team is Russell Westbrook, who is relegated to the Second Team. Damian Lillard’s tremendous play for the Portland Trail Blazers earned him a spot amongst sports writers and broadcasters to the illustrious club.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and DeMar DeRozan join Westbrook in the Second Team, while the Third Team is comprised of Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, Victor Oladipo and Stephen Curry.

The King and the Beard are probably taking the news differently. Harden is probably somewhat celebrating the honour with his team-mates after taking a commanding 3-2 lead in their Conference Finals series against Durant’s Warriors.

Meanwhile, James is probably shrugging this honor to the floor. The Cavaliers are on the brink of elimination against a Kyrie Irving-less Boston Celtics, and that definitely leaves a bad taste in his mouth. We can be sure that LeBron will carry his team to try and defy logic once more. After all, his career has been built on breaking expectations.



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Pochettino commits to Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino has put an end to doubts about his future by signing a new five-year contract at Tottenham.

The new deal keeps him with the club until 2023 and means that he will be the manager leading the club to their new home at a rebuilt White Hart Lane next season.

After going close but ending the past two seasons without any silverware, there were concerns that the Argentine may have been enticed away.

However those doubts have been allayed and Pochettino said he was delighted to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal.

He said: "I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium.

"This is a special club – we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this club deserves."

His chairman Daniel Levy spoke of his delight at the news, adding: "We have been on an extraordinary journey and the times ahead look even more exciting as the club enters the next phase in its history."

Spurs are 16/1 to win the Premier League next season while Manchester City are 4/7 to be champions for a second successive year. Spurs are 4/5 to finish in the top four again and seal another season of Champions League football.

Pochettino's backroom staff have also signed new deals to remain with the club.

Pochettino took charge of Spurs four years ago and secured top three finishes in the league the past three seasons.

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Pochettino reveals window pain

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino claims the Premier League's new transfer deadline will give European rivals an advantage over English clubs.

After years of debate, the top flight clubs agreed to shorten the transfer window this summer so it closed before the season gets under way on 11th August instead of the final day of the month.

The move was designed to prevent clubs having players who start the season in one manager's plans only to then move on two weeks later, usually giving the selling club no time to find a suitable replacement.

However, Pochettino is not a fan of the move because he expects top foreign clubs to try and scupper their English Champions League rivals by making bids for their star men after the Premier League window has closed.

Pochettino, who will no doubt have to fight to keep star striker Harry Kane at Spurs this summer, told The Mirror: "That would be one of the concerns for everyone.

"It is not the way they are going to behave – how they make the offer, or do anything.

"But every single player is going to react in a different way. It is a massive advantage for the rest of Europe.

"We will see how it works, but you have the risk that things will happen and it will be difficult for you to react.

"I don't believe that it is a good idea to finish the transfer market before Europe does."

Meanwhile, Liverpool are 6/5 to strike a blow for English clubs by winning the Champions League final in Kiev next Saturday, while Spanish giants Real Madrid are 4/6 to make it three successive final victories.

Pochettino keen to take risks

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he will hold talks with chairman Daniel Levy about the future direction of the club.

The former Southampton boss has indicated that the only way Spurs can progress to the next level is if they strengthen their squad this summer.

Spurs beat Leicester City 5-4 at Wembley on Sunday as they finished third in the Premier League, having been fifth, third and second in the previous three campaigns.

However, Pochettino has failed to win a trophy during his time with Spurs and he has called on the club's hierarchy to "take risks" so that they can move on to the next level.

"We need to talk a lot between us and the club. I think I have a very clear idea of what we need to do," he said. "I don't know if the club will agree with me or not, but we are going to talk next week to create what I think we need to do together again, to try to improve.

"That is a little bit up to Daniel [Levy] and the club, of course, to agree with us because, after four years, I think we need to assess that period if we want to compete for big, big trophies.

"I think all that we achieved until today is fantastic but it will be so important to create again. I think it's a moment for the club to take risks and try to be competitive.

"I am sure Daniel is going to listen to me and of course we can create together to help the team to move on."

Spurs are 12/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title while Manchester City are 40/1 to remain unbeaten next season in the top-flight.

Spurs warned to remain focused

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino insists that the final game of the season is his top priority, not worrying about what will happen over the summer.

With a top-four finish and Champions League football assured for next season, Spurs head into the final game of their Premier League campaign against Leicester City with the pressure slightly off.

However Pochettino is not about to let either himself or his players be distracted by off-field matters, with the future of centre-back Toby Alderweireld the focus of much attention.

"I think now we need to focus on finishing in the best way. Finishing third is the most important thing now," Pochettino told reporters.

"Then from Monday we will talk about all that is going to happen next season. That is the moment, now is not a moment to talk about individual situations.

"We are going to be ready from the moment we finish the season to talk about the important things for the next season of course."

Twenty-nine-year-old Belgium international Alderweireld, who has a year left on his current contract, has been far from a regular since his recovery from a serious hamstring injury, sparking talk of a possible summer move away from Spurs.

He joined Tottenham in the summer of 2015 from Atletico Madrid, having impressed in the previous season while on loan at Southampton.

Meanwhile, Spurs are 1/3 to sign off at Wembley with a win on Sunday, while they are 15/2 to claim a 2-0 victory over the Foxes, with Harry Kane priced at 4/9 to score at any time.

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Next step tough warns Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino believes his Tottenham Hotspur side need to win a trophy to take the next step in their development, but has warned it will not be easy.

The Argentinian was speaking after seeing a Harry Kane goal secure a 1-0 win over Newcastle United which was enough to ensure Spurs will be playing Champions League football again next season.

And head coach Pochettino, while proud of what has been achieved at the club during his tenure, accepts that there is plenty more hard work ahead of his team are to turn promise into silverware.

He told reporters: "The first step is always to be competitive, reduce the gap with the top four. That was the challenge four years ago.

"Now after 23 years in the Premier League this is the first time Tottenham are above all the London clubs.

"Then next is to win a trophy, but you need to build. We are not a club that won a lot in the last few years.

"To create a winning mentality is to build step by step and then to be competitive with the big sides. Today I am thinking to try to enjoy what we achieve, tomorrow who knows."

The win over the Magpies lifted Spurs up to third place in the table, leaving Liverpool and Chelsea to chase the final Champions League spot on the final day of the season.

Meanwhile, Tottenham end their campaign at home to Leicester City and are 2/7 to finish with a victory, are 15/2 to win the game 2-0 and are available at 9/1 to claim a 3-0 triumph.

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Pochettino sets sights on third

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged his side to regain their focus in the battle for third.

Spurs were surprised 1-0 by West Brom on Saturday, their third defeat in five outings in all competitions and are set to face Newcastle on Wednesday.

Fortunately for Pochettino, a number of his side's top-four rivals have struggled for form in recent weeks and a win against the Magpies would see Tottenham leapfrog Liverpool into third, with the Reds seemingly distracted by their Champions League fortunes.

With ailing Leicester to come on Sunday, the battle to finish behind the Manchester clubs is in the Lilywhites' hands but they are unlikely to be afforded any more slip-ups.

Champions League qualification was seen as a minimum requirement at the start of the campaign and although it has been a decent season, questions remain as to how this precocious young Tottenham team will continue to develop.

Pochettino has himself been forced to reaffirm his commitment to the club and has had his future questioned due to his side's struggles to progress in the big games.

After Saturday's poor showing at The Hawthorns, the Argentine admits he is keen to see a response against the Magpies on Wednesday.

"It is in our hands to be third," he said. "I feel disappointed over the way we lost three points last weekend but we need to move on and be focussed."

Tottenham are 2/11 to win Wednesday's game, with the draw 15/2 and Newcastle 16/1.

Spurs can be backed at 1/12 to finish in the top four, with Chelsea 7/2 and Liverpool 1/10.

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Pochettino retains top-four belief

Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Tottenham will still secure a top-four Premier League finish despite their defeat at West Brom.

Spurs were hopeful of pulling further clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with a win against bottom club West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

However, the Baggies snatched the three points in stoppage time courtesy of Jake Livermore's close-range goal to move them off the foot of the table and maintain their slim hopes of avoiding the drop having look doomed a month ago.

Spurs remain in fourth and are five points clear of Chelsea who do have a game in hand.

And Pochettino fully believes that his side will get over the line and qualify for the Champions League as they prepare to host mid-table Newcastle and Leicester at Wembley in their remaining fixtures.

The Argentinian said: "I don't believe it's a wake-up call.

"If we need, after 36 games, someone to say 'hey, come on, we need to win, we need to be professional and play with the right attitude'we need to go deeper and assess why.

"Everyone can see the game, we dominated but if you are not clinical in front of goal it's always open.

"We didn't create enough chances, maybe we created more (than West Brom) but we're a team who need to create more to have the capacity and then to score."

"It's still in our hands so we need to work hard in the next two games but it's our chance to be in the Champions League next season," he added.

Spurs, who are 1/12 to finish in the top four, are available at 2/11 to defeat Newcastle on Wednesday night, while the Magpies are priced at 14/1 to pick up the three points and the draw is 11/2.