Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi becomes first Premier League player with coronavirus

first_img“Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines.”These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.”Chelsea said they would discuss their upcoming games, starting with Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, with Premier League officials on Friday.Two Arsenal fixtures — Wednesday’s game at Manchester City, and away to Brighton on Saturday — have already been cancelled because of the virus. Chelsea’s players and coaching staff were ordered into isolation as Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first Premier League player confirmed to have the new coronavirus late on Thursday.The news casts the viability of this weekend’s games further into doubt after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive, also throwing their team into lockdown.”Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for coronavirus returned this evening,” a club statement said. Hudson-Odoi displayed cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then. His test result was returned on Thursday night.The club said despite testing positive, the 19-year-old was “doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Willian speaks out on Chelsea future amid transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal

first_imgWillian speaks out on Chelsea future amid transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal Willian scored in Chelsea’s win over Man City (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are now firmly in the driving seat when it comes to qualifying for Champions League football and opened up a five-point gap between them and United.Despite the huge win, Frank Lampard warned his players the fight wasn’t over with seven games left to play.‘It’s a big three points for us, but we’re in a battle here,’ the Chelsea coach said.‘It’s not going to be decided by that game. It’s a nice result that will give us confidence, but the consistency that we produce to the end of the season is what will define us this year if we are to get the finish we want to have.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m not getting carried away. We can get better. We can be better on the ball.‘We can have more possession. It’s one of the only games in which we didn’t have the lion’s share of possession but we have to accept that tonight and be happy with the result.‘We had to work a lot off the ball, as you do with Pep Guardiola teams and Manchester City. ‘The way the lads showed the work ethic and focus throughout the game, how dangerous we were; we had the better chances in the game.’ Frank Lampard congratulates Liverpool on league winTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenFrank Lampard congratulates Liverpool on league winhttps://metro.co.uk/video/frank-lampard-congratulates-liverpool-league-win-2199250/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Frank Leboeuf reserves special praise for ‘fantastic’ Christian Pulisic after Chelsea beat Manchester CityMORE: Manchester United make contact with former Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga over shock transfer moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentcenter_img Coral BarryFriday 26 Jun 2020 6:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Willian’s deal expires soon (Picture: Getty)Willian has suggested he could yet stay at Chelsea after attracting transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.The Brazilian appeared certain to leave when his contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 season and several of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals are vying to secure his signature.But after agreeing a short-term deal to see out the remainder of the campaign with Chelsea, Willian hinted he could stay at Stamford Bridge.‘I want to finish the season well if I go, or maybe I can stay,’ he told the club website after Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know but what I want now is to play well and for Chelsea to finish in the top four.’AdvertisementAdvertisementHe added: ‘We know teams that come from behind want to win to go in the top four as well so we have to do our job.’Willian scored a crucial penalty against City on Thursday to make sure of three vital points. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal target Chelsea’s Michael Essien on deadline day

first_imgWELCOME to Frenetic Friday, the last day of the summer transfer window and the last chance for clubs to snap up some last-minute bargains and/or offload some of that unwanted stock that’s been sitting around for months just gathering dust.But enough of Marouane Chamakh. Let’s begin with the Daily Mail’s extraordinary claim that Arsenal – who remain hopeful of dumping Chamakh on Turkish club Besiktas and Nicklas Bendtner on Juventus – have contacted Chelsea with a view to bringing midfielder Michael Essien to the Emirates.Apparently Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified the 29-year-old Ghana international as the sort of no-nonsense defensive midfielder who will give his side a greater physical presence.The Mail says “strides have been taken” to negotiate a season-long loan deal for the Blues man, similar to the deal that last season saw Yossi Benayoun move from the Bridge to the Emirates. Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is believed to be happy with the idea now that Essien is a bit-part player at the Bridge.Everton had earlier in the week made a play for Essien but the Mail reports that the move fell through on Thursday with neither the Toffees nor Chelsea able to agree on the terms of the proposed deal.Elsewhere and The Sun is just one of many papers to report that Andy Carroll’s “Anfield agony” is over. The 23-year-old striker is leaving Liverpool for West Ham, who have persuaded the Reds to let Carroll join them with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season. Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool in January 2011 in a £35m deal, but the England frontman will leave Merseyside for just £1m. If he and the Hammers get on then the London club will pay Liverpool a further £16m next May.“It’s great to be at West Ham, I just can’t wait to get started now,” said Carroll. “I want to be playing games and hopefully scoring goals.”Meanwhile The Guardian claims that Liverpool will look to fill the gap left in their ranks by Carroll’s departure with the signing of Daniel Sturridge today. The Reds are hopeful of securing a loan deal for the 22-year-old striker in the coming hours.Speaking on Thursday night after his side had defeated Hearts in the Europa League, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Hopefully tomorrow we can do some work and get something complete because we certainly need it. I am hoping for one or two. We need one, that’s for sure.”The Guardian says that one player Liverpool look unlikely to land is Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. The American says it’s “highly unlikely” a deal will be done before tonight’s 11pm deadline because Liverpool can’t meet Fulham’s asking price of £7m. Finally, the Mirror claims that there will be comings and goings at Manchester City today as the Sky Blues wave goodbye to Nigel de Jong and welcome Maicon.Apparently the former will be heading to AC Milan while Inter Milan right-back Maicon will be travelling in the opposite direction in a £3m deal.The 31-year-old South American is tipped to sign a two-year deal worth £90,000-a-week, while Dutchman de Jong will join AC Milan in a deal the Mirror says comes in at around £3.5m.The capture of Maicon follows City’s signing of Swansea striker Scott Sinclair, the 23-year-old agreeing terms with the Premier League champions and the Swans also happy with the £8m deal. ·last_img read more

Fans praise ‘world class’ Pogba as France reach World Cup final

first_imgPaul Pogba vs Belgium:100% take-ons90% pass acccuracy4 tackles won3 chances created3 aerials won2 fouls won2 clearances1 shotTop class. #mufc [Squawka] pic.twitter.com/P0t1c9e1cU— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 10, 2018 Pogba put in an inspired showing I said a few days ago that Kanté and Pogba make my World Cup XI. I say it again. They have been so consistent, especially in the knockout phase. A golden duo, they complete each others in every possible way. And they’re still in their mid 20s! France can be proud.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) July 10, 2018 The media probably won’t mention it, but Paul Pogba has genuinely been exceptional all tournament. He’s completely put the ‘he’s too flashy’ and ‘he can’t handle defensive responsibility’ debates to bed. Was class again tonight, both in possession and without it. Mature display.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) July 10, 2018 Paul Pogba casually dropped a world class performace in a World Cup semi-final and bossed 65% of the pitch.My midfielder ❤️ pic.twitter.com/48XewpCO7r— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) July 10, 2018 Rio Ferdinand on Pogba: “We all know how good he is on the ball. His work rate and defensive discipline, I loved his intensity, he knew his job and his intensity was top drawer. I love him as a a player.” #mufc [BBC]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 10, 2018 Paul Pogba has been absolutely incredible this game.— Tom Coast (@thcoast) July 10, 2018 1center_img Pogba’s been utterly fantastic.— EiF (@EiFSoccer) July 10, 2018 One of Pogba’s best games ever, the Man of the Match for me. Spectacular showing. Superb all around.🔝 @paulpogba— Arjun Pradeep (@IndianRegista) July 10, 2018 [email protected] superb again tonight also @paulpogba very very impressive. #FRABEL #Russia2018— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 10, 2018 Paul Pogba was the centre of attention as always during France’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday night.However, this time the Manchester United midfielder was much discussed for a positive reason – as the result of a magnificent performance. [email protected] is a #WorldCup finalist!!!Well in, Paul 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/FH4cQoziJa— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018 Despite some underwhelming periods during his time at Old Trafford so far, Pogba has told a different story at the 2018 World Cup.The French midfielder set the defensive standards for his countrymen alongside the likes of N’Golo Kante and Raphael Varane against Belgium, as his side shut out the Red Devils’ ‘golden generation.’Social media reaction to Pogba’s performance saw him receive a great deal of adulation, you can see the best tweets below.last_img read more