CRISTIANO RONALDO is reportedly growing tired and angry at Real Madrid team-mate Isco
The Spaniard is struggling to break into the Real Madrid first team this season, despite the departure of attacking counterpart James Rodriguez.Isco netted a hat-trick in Spain’s 6-1 win over Argentina earlier this week to stake his claim for some minutes under Zinedine Zidane.But the midfielder has failed to replicate those sorts of performances in a Madrid shirt this season.
And according to Diario Gol, Isco’s recent showings have annoyed Bernabeu team-mate Ronaldo.
The Spanish publication claims the 33-year-old wants the Madrid ace sold this summer.
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Diario Gol report Ronaldo only wants players who are happy to assist him on the field.Ronaldo, along with team-mate Sergio Ramos are said to be angry at Isco’s attitude in games of late.However, Ramos is reportedly keen to see Isco remain at the club.
The Spain star defended his fellow countryman after the Spain clash, when Zinedine Zidane was criticised by Isco.
The former Malaga star bemoaned the fact he wasn’t playing regularly in La Liga.
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“I do not know if he has expressed himself badly, I have not listened to him, but Isco is a great player and both Zizou and [Julen] Lopetegui have trusted and trust him, for me, he is a very important player in Madrid and the national team,” he said.”We are different players in the team and in the national team, there are many nuances that make you change, you do not play in the same way, you enjoy football and life, the decisions it deems convenient.”
Jose Mourinho and Luke Shaw’s relationship at Manchester United has been complicated
The 22-year-old left-back started United’s FA Cupquarter-final win against Brighton before the international break, but he was hauled off at half-time – frustration compounded by his manager’s post-match comments.
Reports have suggested the England international will leave Old Trafford this summer after a dressing room bust-up.
However, Shaw is in line to be involved against Swansea on Saturday and could even start if Ashley Young does not overcome his knee complaint.
“If he’s available or unavailable, Luke Shaw is always an option,” Mourinho said.
“Ashley Young was available to play against Brighton and I started with Luke Shaw, so that’s not a problem.”
Young is a doubt due to the issue he sustained towards the end of England’s midweek 1-1 draw with Italy, while back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero is out for a “few weeks” after suffering a collision on Argentina duty.
Daley Blind is back in training after injury but not available to feature against Swansea, but Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay are in contention.
However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is obviously one less option for United after completing his move to the LA Galaxy.
“He’s a huge, big player that top football, European football, is losing now – and will lose forever because he will not be back to this level of football,” Mourinho said.
“But it’s fantastic for him in this period, I think it is a fantastic way for him not to go from being a player to being a former player. I think this period with Galaxy, these couple of years, probably will be very good for him and American football.”
Sol Campbell’s agent has revealed the defender turned down an ‘absolutely astounding’ offer from Barcelona before making a controversial switch to arsenal
Back in 2001, the England international allowed his contract at White Hart Lane to expire, and controversially moved down the Seven Sisters Road to local rivals Arsenal.
Sky Andrew, Campbell’s agent, has revealed the defender also had another proposition on the table – to join LaLiga side Barcelona.
Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs Show on Wednesday, Andrew exclsuively revealed: “He received an absolutely astounding offer from Barcelona, even in today’s market it’s outstadning.
“It was many times more than what he would have got at Arsenal.
“But all the way along, because he was so focused on what was best for his football career (and I was saying ‘you have to do what is best for your football career’) what transpired in the end was that Arsenal was the best place for him to go and play football.
“No time before that was he considering going to Arsenal because when you’ve got every top club in the world after you, and his position was ‘I’m not talking til I’ve got it sorted out with Spurs.’”
When Campbell eventually returned to his former club with the Gunners, he was met with banners bearing the name ‘Judas’ and a racous atmosphere.
However, despite no longer being adored by the Lilywhites, Andrew told Hawksbee and Jacobs about the presonal turmoil the move caused the centre-half.
“He obviously at that time just wanted to stay at the club,” he added.
“He was trying to find a way to stay at the club, but in the end it didn’t work out.
“And then, when the decision was made, that it was the bets place foir him to play his football, it still wasn’t easy.
“Even the night before, and this is an exlcusive for you guys, we still wasn’t sure it was gonna happen [sic]”
Almost seven years after his first victory over Grigor Dimitrov, Jeremy Chardy finally registers his second.
Flash back to 2011: Grigor Dimitrov, a hotly rated 19-year-old prospect finally making progress at the tour level after claiming his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title, is playing his third Grand Slam main draw at Roland Garros. Jeremy Chardy, at 24 years old, is making his own tour-level inroads but comprehensively outplays the Bulgarian, winning in three easy sets.
Fast forward to 2018: Top 5 in the world, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titlist and Nitto ATP Finalschampion, Dimitrov came into his Miami Open presented by Itau matchup with Chardy having won the three meetings following their Roland Garros encounter. However, the unseeded Frenchman would ultimately play well above his ranking, claiming victory over his esteemed opponent 6-4, 6-4 in one hour, 24 minutes.
The match was closely contested in the first set, with both players holding their serves with relative ease. Chardy, using his topspin-laden forehand, would pound away at the Dimitrov backhand, bending it until it finally broke to give him the set. The second set was much of the same, with Chardy surging ahead with similar tactics and breaking at the same moment to earn his first win over his opponent since 2011.
After a slow start to the season, the 31-year-old’s win over the No. 3 seed marks his eighth of the year. He matched his five double faults with five aces and only faced – and saved – one break point throughout the match.
He advances to face the winner of Milos Raonic and Diego Schwartzman, who take to court later Sunday evening to contest the final match of the day on Stadium court.
SPOKANE — To look at its resume alone, Notre Dame‘s accomplishments this season could be seen as business as usual for the historically dominant program.
After a fifth consecutive ACC regular-season title, the Irish (32-3) earned a top seed in the NCAA Tournament for a seventh consecutive season. They have played in the tournament each of the past 23 years.
Of course, this year has been anything but normal.
Four Irish players are sitting out after suffering injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament in their knees, all in the past calendar year. Three of those injuries – Mychal Johnson, Mikyala Vaughn and Lili Thompson – have occurred since the fall, leaving Notre Dame with seven healthy players on scholarship entering Monday’s Elite Eight matchup with No. 2 seed Oregon at Spokane Arena (6 p.m.).
In addition, post Kathryn Westbeld is nursing an injured ankle and scored four points with six rebounds in 32 minutes in Saturday’s Sweet 16 win over Texas A&M. On Sunday, Westbeld said she “feels a little bit better each day.”
“I think with the limited bench that we have,” coach Muffet McGraw said, “it makes it difficult for them.”
To reach the program’s first Final Four, the Ducks (33-4) must use their depth – what coach Kelly Graves has called one of the team’s strengths – as an advantage.
In its Sweet 16 victory Saturday, Oregon’s bench players outscored those from Central Michigan, another team with a short rotation, 15-2. Notre Dame’s starters contributed 84 of its 90 points against the Aggies.
“I always feel like we have an advantage when it comes to depth,” Graves said. “We really do play a deep bench, sometimes not a ton of minutes.
“…We’ll always try to use that as an advantage. I love our bench. I trust our bench.”
Forward Oti Gildon, who grew up in Spokane and became a five-star recruit at local Gonzaga Prep, has been instant offense off the bench in the postseason with 32 points in 64 minutes. She also grabbed seven rebounds in Saturday’s 83-69 win over Central Michigan. Post Mallory McGwire is a dangerous shooter with her foul-line jumper her calling card.
The attrition has hurt how many guards Muffet can play, in particular. There is no scholarship guard she can insert off the bench.
The Ducks are led by national player of the year candidate Sabrina Ionescu who, along with Lexi Bando, gives Oregon a pair of players among the nation’s top-20 in three-point accuracy. UO leads the country in three-point shooting despite making just 35 percent of its attempts from deep Saturday.
The 68-year-old has been in charge of the north London club since being appointed in October 1996, a total of nearly 22 years.
However, this season has been one of the most testing in his tenure at the club, with dissenting voices calling for him to leave growing more raucous by the week.
Although the Frenchman accepted responsibility for poor performances, he didn’t want his age to count against him.
Wenger said in an interview with beIN SPORTS: “Look, when you age… you focus on doing well for your club and ignore all the rest.
“The older you get, the more it becomes age discrimination. I accept if the results are not good enough then you have to take the consequences
“But overall that perpetual thing how long you been at a club, how old you are, I find that a bit difficult to take. But all the rest I have to accept because I am in a public job and have to make results and I accept I will be judged on results.
“I am maybe naive enough to believe that with the time going on, with perspective and context will stand out what I have done for my club and not so much the result of the last game or how much I will be applauded when I stop one day.”
It has been 14 years since the Gunners lifted the Premier League trophy, and the team are currently sixth and 13 points off the Champions League places.
Although Europa League success this campaign would mean a return to elite European competition next year, it is a competition the Gunners have never won.
Despite the pressure, Wenger wishes to at least see out his contract, which expires in 2019.
“I’m a little bit fed up of all that modern thing about completely taking care of image,” he added.
“I’ve always worked my whole life about with the idea of who you are rather than how you look so I’m not too concerned about that.”
The direct clash with Juventus will be our final for the Scudetto
They will need his goals at Napoli to keep the ambitions of the Scudettoalive. Dries Mertens spoke at the press conference from the retreat with the Belgian national team, with whom he is involved with in friendlies. With regard to the Serie A, the attacker expressed himself saying: “The direct clash with Juventus will be our final, so I want to be in the best shape in the last nine days that remain. Winning the championship with Napoli would be fantastic”.
The experience in the Serie A has encouraged growth for Mertens as a person and a player: “Italy has improved me. With Belgium it is more difficult to play in the role I have at Napoli, but the important thing is to be ready”
On the Belgium squad selections: “Each of us must know how to put aside our will for collective interest. Nobody likes to sit on the bench but the desire to do well can make the difference. The group is full of energy – we are hungry for victories and each of us would like to take the field. Saudi Arabia is waiting for us on Tuesday.”