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Football news LIVE - Grealish flattered by transfer speculation

Football news LIVE - Grealish flattered by transfer speculation
By Eurosport

8 hours agoUpdated 7 hours ago

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19:15 - Liverpool v West Ham - live!

Video - 'Liverpool v Real Madrid and Barcelona for Lille striker' - Euro Papers


18:50 - No distractions, says Pique

Barcelona's players will not let the club's off-field problems affect them when they face Napoli away in Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg tie, defender Gerard Pique said.

Barca fans waved handkerchiefs and called for club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign during Saturday's 5-0 La Liga win over Eibar.

"I think this is being given too much importance," Pique told reporters. "We will concentrate on what we control, which is what happens on the pitch. The rest is noise and when the team is doing badly the noise is greater. But it's part of sport.

"The results are the important thing and they have kept this club going over the last few years. We know that the waters will not be calm if the results are not good. This match is too important to be thinking about other things."

18:15 - Tonight's football

We have live text commentary tonight of Liverpool v West Ham in the Premier League.

16:55 - Lampard in rondo with his squad

A bit of light relief all round as Frank Lampard throws himself into training with his Chelsea squad.

Video - All smiles as Lampard throws himself into Chelsea training session


16:00 - Inter to play tie behind closed doors

The BBC report Inter Milan are expected to play their Europa League last-32 match against Ludogorets behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Four Serie A clubs, including Inter, postponed their games at the weekend. Inter are also due to face Juventus in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday.

15:40 - Smalling facing 'interesting decision'

What does the future hold for Chris Smalling?

He's currently on loan at Roma from Manchester United but is uncertain what his next move will be in the summer.

"We will see at the end of the season what the plan is," the defender told Sky Sports. "When I first came it was exciting and a bit daunting, but considering how I have settled in and the love I have felt from the fans and all the people in the Rome, there will be an interesting decision to make at the end of the season."

15:00 - Van Persie recommends striker for Utd

Following on nicely from the below, Robin van Persie has suggested Manchester United should sign Edinson Cavani.

The former United striker told Sport Bible: "Edinson Cavani. I would definitely go for Cavani. He's very fit, he's a proven goalscorer, a goal machine, he has proven it at Napoli, PSG and Uruguay. With him, if he starts, he will get you 25 goals a season."

Edinson Cavani is out of contract in the summer

Edinson Cavani is out of contract in the summerGetty Images

14:20 - Cavani reflects on 'difficult' January

Edinson Cavani admitted January was a 'difficult' month after coming close to leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani was linked with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, but ended up staying in Paris and scored his 200th goal for the club at the weekend.

'It's a very special moment after a difficult month in January," he told Canal+. "But I'm here to give my best and try to have a great season with the team...We have to push again and I hope to continue to make beautiful things here."

13:45 - Punish City but don't relegate them

The majority of Premier League clubs reportedly do not want Manchester City to be relegated as punishment for their FFP breaches.

City have already been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons and fined €30 million by UEFA.

According to The Athletic, most Premier League teams want City to be punished domestically but think relegation would be a "step too far".

13:15 - Liverpool battle Real and Barca for Lille striker

In today's Euro Papers, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly very keen to sign Lille striker Victor Osimhen.

However, Liverpool face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona for the signing...

Video - 'Liverpool v Real Madrid and Barcelona for Lille striker' - Euro Papers


12:40 - Tuchel defends 'human' Neymar

It's been a busy few weeks for PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel on the PR front, and yesterday he was defending Neymar following a red card against Bordeaux.

Neymar was involved in a heated exchange with the referee after being shown a second yellow card and then appeared to sarcastically applaud the officials.

"We have to talk about the whole situation," said Tuchel. "He is nervous and he reacts. It is human. He must not, but it is human. And the Bordeaux player does not even get a yellow card."

12:10 - 'Make CL, Zlatan stays'

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini says there is an automatic renewal clause in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract if the club qualify for the Champions League.

Ibrahimovic signed a six-month contract when he joined in January.

"With Ibra his contract is six months with a clause inserted of automatic renewal in case we make it into the Champions League," Maldini told Sky Sport Italia. "If we don’t, it’s only natural that we will all sit at the table with him."

Milan are currently seventh in Serie A, nine points outside the top four.

11:30 - Rodrygo banned for Clasico

The youngster only has himself to blame really though, having earnt a suspension for an overzealous celebration which led to a dismissal in a reserve team game. Whoops.

11:00 - Guardiola's rallying call

Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to show their "personality" when they face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

"We have to show our personality. I know that my players, myself, all the club want to fight until the end for this title," said Guardiola, whose side have never progressed past the semi-finals and have been banned from the competition for the next two years.

"It's the real test. The kings of this competition against one team who aren't used to playing these kind of games much, as our best performance was one semi-final.

"But if you want to do that (win the title) you have to face these teams sooner or later... you have to beat Madrid, you have to beat Barcelona, you have to beat Bayern Munich. You have to beat the big, big teams."

Pep Guardiola has urged City to fight for the Champions League

Pep Guardiola has urged City to fight for the Champions LeagueGetty Images

10:30 - Mourinho confusing siege mentality with just moaning

Damning stuff in today's Warm-Up on Jose Mourinho moaning about his striker shortage. As well as a bit of Arsenal, Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard.

10:10 - Rudiger says 'racism won'

Antonio Rudiger says "racism won" after nobody was punished for allegedly racially abusing him at Tottenham in December and he was then jeered by some Spurs fans on Saturday.

"It’s sad,” said the defender after Chelsea beat Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. "I don’t know why they would. Maybe it’s because I voiced about the racism. If you boo me because of that then you are poor people. I am sorry. This is a sign that we have a very big problem.

"At the end of the day I am alone in this case because I am the one who has to swallow this. With the win it makes me feel a bit like, yes OK, but it makes me feel like it will always be like this. For me, in this case, racism won."

9:45 - Fernandes like 'Scholes and Veron'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared January signing Bruno Fernandes to Paul Scholes and Juan Sebastian Veron after he impressed for Manchester United yesterday.

Fernandes scored the opening goal in a 3-0 win over Watford and then set up the following two goals to leave Solskjaer purring.

"He has done fantastically. He is showing his personality, he's a Manchester United character who wants to step out at Old Trafford, wants the ball all the time, wants to control the rhythm, help out his team-mates and conduct the play. The way he took the penalty was fantastic.

"He's a bit of a mix between Scholes and Veron to be fair, the temperament of Veron and a lot of the quality of him and Scholes."

Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring against Watford

Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring against WatfordGetty Images

9:20 - Grealish flattered by transfer speculation

Jack Grealish looks set to be a wanted man in the summer, with Manchester United among the clubs reportedly interested in his services.

And he has fanned the flames a little by suggesting he is flattered by the transfer talk.

"Of course it's nice. Who doesn't like to be talked about in a nice way? But, to be honest, I try and take everything with a pinch of salt.

"I had it all five years ago when I broke through and I was getting talked about a lot. I was 19 years old, going online reading about myself and I couldn’t believe it...It is nice to read and nice to listen to, but I don’t let it get to me too much, because I know how quickly it can change."

9:00 - Good morning

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Video - 'Liverpool v Real Madrid and Barcelona for Lille striker' - Euro Papers


Video - Liverpool v Real Madrid and Barcelona for Lille striker - Euro Papers