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Review of the Day
Tariq Lamptey has signed a new long-term deal with Brighton & Hove Albion, which runs until 2025.
Kai Wagner has signed a new deal with Philadelphia Union despite being linked with West Ham United.
Bolton Wanderers have signed Ben Jackson from Huddersfield Town and Zack Elbouzedi from Lincoln City on loan.
After leaving Grimsby Town during the week, James Tilley has signed for Crawley Town on a free transfer.
Kal Naismith has signed for Luton Town following his release by Wigan Athletic.
Free agent left back Matthew Foulds has signed for Bradford City.
Max Watters has signed for Cardiff City from Crawley Town.
Queens Park Rangers forward Bright Osayi-Samuel has agreed a pre-contract to sign for Fenerbahce in the summer on a free transfer.
Mesut Ozil is in Turkey to have a medical ahead of a move to Fenerbahce.
Alfred Duncan has joined Cagliari on loan from Fiorentina.
1.FC Cologne have released Danish defender Frederik Sorensen.
Spanish midfielder Roberto Olabe has joined Tondela on loan from SD Eibar.
Union Berlin have taken Leon Dajaku on loan from Bayern Munich.
Former Cardiff City, Fulham and Birmingham City winger Kerim Frei has joined FC Emmen from Basaksehir.
Scottish full-back Chris Cadden has joined Hibernian from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew.
Crystal Palace have released German flop Max Meyer.
Venezuelan winger Freddy Vargas is joining FC Dallas on loan from Deportivo Lara with a view to a permanent move.
Petar Brlek has made a free transfer from Genoa to NK Osijek.
Aston Villa’s Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has signed for Hajduk Split on loan.
Veteran defender David Abraham has joined CA Huracan on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Olympique Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that there is interest from the Premier League in his star midfielder Morgan Sanson.
Tottenham Hotspur are clearly preparing the ground for Gareth Bale leaving the club again after their official channel, Spurs TV, broadcast a video of manager Jose Mourinho telling a story to his coaching staff about a conversation he had with Bale. Mourinho told them that he had asked Bale: “You want to stay here? Or go to Real Madrid and play no football?”
West Ham United manager David Moyes has denied that the club have had contact from either Manchester United or Chelsea over a move for much coveted midfield lynchpin Declan Rice.
Werder Bremen forward Niclas Fullkrug has been ruled out for “several weeks” due to a lateral ligament and capsule tear in his right ankle. The 27 year old suffered the injury in training and is expected back at the end of February.
French defender Dan-Axel Zagadou has suffered another injury setback. The young Borussia Dortmund central defender has torn muscle fibre and will be out for several weeks. Zagadou’s injury issues have seen him start just 8 matches, after starting the season injured.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi showed his increasing frustration at Barcelona as a he receives his first-ever red card while playing for the Catalans in a shock 3-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish SuperCup. Messi’s straight red was shown for violent conduct after VAR spotted him throwing a punch off the ball as Barca’s miserable season shows no signs of improvement.
SportsTotal Breaks Up
The SportsTotal agency is splitting up after 14 years. The three principal agents, Volker Struth, Sascha Breese and Dirk Hebel are going separate ways after a conflict between Hebel and the other shareholders. The company currently represents 95 players, including RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.
Complete list of clients:
Julian Nagelsmann (manager) – RB Leipzig
Julian Kudala – VfB Stuttgart
Ryan Longman – AFC Wimbledon
Kim Falkenberg – retired from playing
Tobias Levels – retired from playing
Nico Perrey – 1.FC Duren
Sascha Riether – retired from playing
Benedikt Howedes – retired from playing
Oliver Kirch – retired from playing
Matthias Lehmann – retired from playing
Eugen Polanski – retired from playing
Manuel Junglas – free agent
Mladen Petric – retired from playing
Srdjan Lakic – retired from playing
Stefan Reinartz – retired from playing
Luca Burger – ZFC Meuselwitz
Jannik Bruhns – free agent
Vincent-Louis Stenzel – Rot-Weiss Oberhausen
Leon Burger – Eintracht Braunschweig
David Nieland – Freiburg
Dominik Becker – Werder Bremen
Adrien Koudelka – Augsburg
David Siebert – 1.FC Nuremberg
Jannis Heuer – VfL Wolfsburg
Davide Itter – VfL Wolfsburg
Marvin Obuz – 1.FC Cologne
Nils Quaschner – free agent
Dominic Maroh – KFC Uerdingen 05
Julian Krahl – 1. FC Cologne
Michael Rensing – free agent
Stefano Celozzi – free agent
Lucas Cueto – Viktoria Cologne
Alexander Groiss – Karlsruhe SC
Niklas Lomb – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Marc Lamti – Hannover 96
Luke Hemmerich – Wurzburger Kickers
Sebastian Muller – Arminia Bielefeld
Stephan Salger – TSV 1860 Munich
David Kopacz – Wurzburger Kickers
Eren Derdiyok – Pakhtakor Tashkent
Rocco Reitz – Borussia Moenchengladbach
Jomaine Consbruch – Arminia Bielefeld
Stefan Thesker – Holstein Kiel
Marcel Risse – Viktoria Cologne
Matthias Bader – Darmstadt 98
Felix Kroos – Eintracht Braunschweig
Reinhold Yabo – Arminia Bielefeld
Dennis Diekmeier – Sandhausen
Akaki Gogia – Union Berlin
Jonas Meffert – Holstein Kiel
Tim Handwerker – Nuremberg
Nicolas Seiwald – Red Bull Salzburg
Levent Mercan – Schalke 04
Josip Drmic – Norwich City
Simon Terodde – Hamburg
Gonzalo Castro – Stuttgart
Daniel Brosinski – 1.FSV Mainz 05
Keanan Bennetts – Ipswich Town
Ron-Robert Zieler – FC Cologne
Luca Itter – SpVgg Greuther Furth
Finn Ole Becker – St Pauli
Andre Hahn – Augsburg
Jannes Horn – FC Cologne
Robert Glatzel – Cardiff City
Marcel Hartel – Arminia Bielefeld
Salih Ozcan – Cologne
Lukas Klunter – Hertha Berlin
Bastian Oczipka – Schalke 04
Omer Toprak – Werder Bremen
Amos Pieper – Arminia Bielefeld
Timo Horn – Cologne
Marc Oliver Kempf – Stuttgart
Flavius Daniliuc – OGC Nice
Lars Stindl – Borussia Moenchengladbach
Ismail Jakobs – Cologne
Marco Richter – Augsburg
Erik Thommy – Stuttgart
Robin Knoche – Union Berlin
Dominik Kohr – Eintracht Frankfurt
Danny da Costa – Eintracht Frankfurt
Mark Uth – Schalke 04
Dominque Heintz – Freiburg
Niklas Stark – Hertha Berlin
Hannes Wolf – Borussia Moenchengladbach
Maximilian Mittelstadt – Hertha Berlin
Fabian Schar – Newcastle United
Philipp Max – PSV Eindhoven
Luca Waldschmidt – Benfica
Amadou Haidara – RB Leipzig
Suat Serdar – Schalke 04
Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund
Niklas Sule – Bayern Munich
Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig
Neymar Admits He Considered Retirement
Paris Saint-Germain’s most expensive signing ever, Neymar, has admitted that he nearly gave up football due to the dislike he gets from so many. The Brazilian told Giffer: “Once I got to the point of wondering if I wanted to keep playing football, since people don’t like it. I went home one day with a hot head and then I began to remember everything I did to get here. The love that I have for football it calms me down and that brought me back to reality. I am a person who easily handles pressure, that is why I am the 10th of the Brazilian team, PSG and I am simply Neymar. I am very grateful to represent teams like PSG and Brazil. I know I have to give 100% when I play because that’s what everyone expects.” It is like he gives with one hand, talking about retirement, then takes it away with the other. You can tell it is a Monday!
Vidal In Kiss Storm
Inter Milan, and former Juventus, midfielder Arturo Vidal was caught in the middle of a social media storm after being caught on camera kissing the Juventus badge ahead of the match between Inter and Juventus in Serie A. The Chilean star embraced his friend and former teammate Giorgio Chiellini ahead of the match and then kissed the Italian’s chest. Vidal said after the game: “My intention was never to kiss another team’s badge. The kiss was a show of affection for a brother, with whom I had wonderful years together and we love each other. I respect my team, our fans and the people who trusted me to defend and continue to grow the history of this beautiful club and I’ll give my soul for that! Forza Inter.” The storm had blown over by the time he commented as Vidal scored the first in Inter’s 2-0 win over the reigning Italian champions.
Written by Tris Burke January 18 2021 06:09:01