Chelsea manager wants Eden Hazard’s contract situation to be sorted

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the Blues must act on the contract situation of Eden Hazard in the near future amid the constant speculation linking him with Real Madrid. The Belgium international has openly admitted his ambition of playing for the European champions over the past year and this has increased speculation regarding his future with his Blues contract expiring in 18 months’ time.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Sarri stressed that the club must solve the Belgian’s contract saga in the forthcoming months, although he has no power on his side to influence the attacker’s decision, he said:"I think we have to solve the problem. If we want to plan the future, we have to solve this problem.I don't know [what Hazard is thinking], but I think that it's time to decide. I have not the power to do this. "I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch."

Barcelona eyeing shock swoop for former Chelsea star

Spanish heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly planning a surprise winter approach for Zenit St Petersburg defender Branislav Ivanovic as they seek to overcome the concerns at the heart of the defence. The Catalan giants have managed to recover of late with Samuel Umtiti returning from a lengthy knee injury but there remains the lack of depth with Thomas Vermaelen still on the sidelines.

Amidst this, the Spanish champions have been linked with several high-profile players to fill the void but according to Goal.com, Ivanovic has been highlighted as a cut-price to fulfil the role. The former Serbia international presently has only eight months remaining on his existing deal with Zenit but the club are likely to exercise the option of a one-year extension.

Chelsea manager refuses to discuss club’s title prospects

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has refused to discuss the club’s prospects of challenging for the Premier League title this season. The Blues have got off to a flying start with eight wins and three draws from their opening 11 matches and the run of results sees them within two points off league leaders Manchester City.
Despite this, the Blues are only considered the third favourites for the title among the bookies and speaking to TalkSPORT, Sarri has admitted that the Blues may not have an easy path ahead to match the reigning champions, he said: “No! I thought that the first two months could be very difficult for me. I’m very lucky to work here the same as I did in Naples.

“I think in this period of the season, it’s very important for us to stay close to the top. We knew very well at the beginning that there was a gap – the gap between us and the top last season was 30 points and it’s very difficult to cover this gap in only six months. We’re trying to do it but we know it will be very difficult. I think this record [longest unbeaten record for a new PL manager] is not because of the coaching, it’s because of the team.”

Jose Mourinho about to Watch Montenegro vs Serbia Clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under a lot of pressure to turn around a start to the campaign at the club, but there are widespread suggestions that he may be sacked in the next few weeks. However, it does not seem to hinder his plans to scout for new players who may be fit for featuring in the United red. It has been revealed that Mourinho will be making a trip in order to watch a game between Serbia and Montenegro in the UEFA Nations League.

Mourinho was able to breathe a sigh of relief after watching his United team get a 3-2 victory over Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Despite falling 2-0 down in the first half, United came up with a stunning comeback in the second half. It was a remarkable comeback that keeps Mourinho in the job at least for a few more weeks. The Portuguese has come under a lot of criticism for singling out players, defensive tactics, and being at war with the board for lack of support in the transfer market. Since the start of the campaign, it has been downhill for Manchester United who have also been playing like a team without confidence or creativity.

Lazio director confirms contract talks withSerbian midfielder

Lazio director Igli Tare has confirmed that the club are close to sorting out fresh contracts with Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The duo were unquestionably the top performers for the club during the course of the 2017/18 season and Tare has indicated that an announcement over an extension could be made by the end of the month.

Speaking to reporters, Tare said: “It’s a matter of days for Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic’s contracts. The agreements have been there for a while and I think it’ll be finalised at the start of next week. It has been a difficult start to the Serie A season for Lazio, who scraped 1-0 wins over Frosinone and Empoli after losing to Napoli and Juventus. I agree that we’re in a position that we are not accustomed to being in, as we were always surprise outfits, whereas this year we declared that we wanted to be protagonists.”

Aleksandar Mitrovic secures permanent move to Fulham

Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic has made the permanent move to Fulham from Newcastle United. The 23-year-old spent the second half of the previous season on loan with the Cottagers where he was influential towards their promotion and he has now joined them for a club-record fee of around £22m.

“I’m very glad and happy and proud to finally be here and officially become a Fulham player. I’m happy to the moon and back. I have love for the fans. They’re amazing fans and I have a really good connection with them. This is a big club and last year we made history, we did big things, and I want to continue this. We want to keep making big things, and with all the fans behind us I think we can go far,” he told the club’s official website.

Aleksandar Mitrovic Signs for Fulham on a Permanent Deal

Fulham were able to complete the signing of Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle United for a fee valued at around £ 22 million. The striker came up with a return of 12 goals in just 20 games for Fulham when he was on loan at the club last season. These goals are very crucial factor behind getting Fulham back into the top division through the play-offs. Since then, Fulham have been actively pursuing the signature of the 23-year-old striker, who played with former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the World Cup 2018.

He was brought to Newcastle for around £ 14.5 million in 2015 but he has failed to settle at the club.
There are suggestions that Fulham are taking a risk for a player who was able to come up with a strong return of goals only in the Championship without doing the same in the Premier League. However, Fulham are extremely confident in their new signing and the goals are crucial for the club if they are to survive in the top division. In the first half of 2017-18, Mitrovic was able to come up with five appearances but this was followed by a tremendous second-half with campaign. Newcastle have been actively looking at replacements forMitrovic in the last few weeks and they seem to have finalised on Yoshinori Muto from Mainz 05.

Fred: Nemanja Matic will be a ‘great teammate’ at Manchester United

Fred spoke fondly about Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic shortly after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the group stage of the World Cup. Matic played the entire game for the Serbians who witnessed an exit from the global tournament but Fred nevertheless hailed the midfielder after he swapped shirts with him following the game.

In a report covered by ESPN, Fred said: “It was a nice chat with him, he welcomed me for coming to the great club that is Manchester. We exchanged shirts, too, he will be a great teammate.It's a big change, but I have not stopped yet ... It still hasn't set in, I'm very focused here on the World Cup.I do not think much about it, but it's a great club in Europe, it's one of the biggest, so I'm very happy for that.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek fancies England’s chances of winning the summer World Cup

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes England have a good chance of winning the summer World Cup with the ‘frightening talent’ within the group of players. The 22-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Crystal Palace last term and he is now expected to play a key role for the Three Lions after being picked in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Speaking to reporters, Loftus-Cheek admitted that the Three Lions have the capability to spring a surprise at this summer’s World Cup despite their average record at major tournaments of late, he said: “I think it would be stupid to rule us out. In training, you look about at the talent and it's frightening. I think we have a good chance. The squad is so young but so good at the same time. If we can deliver when it matters – and the boys can do that – we could have a really good tournament.”

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic sees more of Yaya Toure in him

Serbia international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has said that he could become a future playmaker and compares himself to Yaya Toure than Zinedine Zidane. The Lazio midfielder has been compared with France great Zidane by several publications around Italy but the 23-year-old has revealed his preference to play at the heart of the midfield.

Speaking to FIFA.com, the Serbian said: "I see myself as more of a Yaya Toure. I think that I'm in a really good place right now. Pressure? I love pressure, it gets the best out of me. That's when I feel the best and give maximum on the pitch – those who know me can confirm that. "I am absolutely ready for Russia. If I need to earn the trust of the head coach [Mladen] Krstajic, I will do my best to justify that."

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