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Steve Roberts has been in the sports industry for over 20 years and is currently as MYSPORT99 Chief Sports Editor.
Xavi delivers verdict on Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future

Xavi delivers verdict on Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future

Online Betting Malaysia - Xavi has backed Lionel Messi to sign a new contract and stay at Barcelona beyond the expiry of his current deal in the summer. Messi broke Xavi's all-time appearance record for the club on Monday evening but there are growing fears that his time in Catalonia may be coming to an end, despite new president Joan Laporta's public confidence that an agreement can be struck But Xavi, currently in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd and who has been fiercely linked with the hot seat at Camp Nou, is hopeful Messi will soon put speculation behind him, arguing that he needs the club, as much as Barça need their captain. He told BeIN Sports: “Hopefully [he'll stay]. I think Barcelona needs Messi and Messi needs Barcelona. “It is a matter of time, so let’s see, but hopef...
Manchester United in new contract talks with Eric Bailly

Manchester United in new contract talks with Eric Bailly

Sports Betting Odds - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that the club are in talks with Ivorian defender Eric Bailly over a new contract. Bailly's current deal is set to expire in 2022, and there have been doubts over whether he would be offered fresh terms. Injuries have plagued his time at Old Trafford, limiting him to a bit-part role this season. Despite joining Manchester United in the summer of 2016, Thursday's 1-1 draw with AC Milan was only Bailly's 100th appearance for United, but Solskjaer admitted that the centre-back has had to learn how to cope with his physical playstyle. "We have started talking to Eric and his representatives so Eric is keeping fitter for longer and you can see his performances as well," Solskjaer said (via the Daily Mail...
Jose Mourinho expects Harry Kane to be fit to face Arsenal

Jose Mourinho expects Harry Kane to be fit to face Arsenal

Online Betting Malaysia - Harry Kane was taken off in the final 10 minutes of Tottenham's 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday and was later seen on the touchline with ice on his knee; Jose Mourinho: "Let's see the reaction tomorrow but I am sure he will be fine". The England captain continued his sensational season with both goals in the last-16 first-leg win against the Croatian side, but was taken off in the final 10 minutes and was later seen on the touchline with ice on his knee. He looked to be moving better at the full-time whistle and Mourinho says it would take something special to keep Kane out of a game he loves playing in. Asked whether he will be fit for Sunday, Mourinho said: "I hope so, I believe so. It is a big match, only big problems stop him to be there. Let's ...
Manchester City will not pursue Kylian Mbappe transfer due to wage demands

Manchester City will not pursue Kylian Mbappe transfer due to wage demands

Online Betting Malaysia - Manchester City are not actively pursuing the signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe due to the wages he would likely demand in a transfer to the Etihad Stadium. The 22-year-old's contract in the French capital is due to expire in the summer of 2022, and has consistently been linked with a move away. Mbappe's wage demands are said to be extremely high, and The Athletic now report that they are beyond City's limits and they will not follow up on their interest in him. Manchester City chiefs are focussed on making the club 'financially sustainable' and so any transfer fee paid for Mbappe, along with a lofty salary, would contradict the philosophy in place and could upset the dressing room dynamic at the club. City's desire to work with...
Barcelona yet to make contact with Mikel Arteta about coaching job

Barcelona yet to make contact with Mikel Arteta about coaching job

Online Betting Malaysia - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has so far not had any contact with anyone connected to Barcelona, despite being linked with a return to his boyhood club to replace current coach Ronald Koeman. Koeman has come under pressure at Camp Nou this season as a result of poor La Liga campaign up until the New Year. His team also face certain Champions League elimination at the round of 16 after a heavy first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and are tasked with overturning a 2-0 Copa del Rey semi-final aggregate deficit against Sevilla. With Barca set to name a new president in the coming days and the club as a whole in desperate need of a fresh start, it would not be surprising to see Koeman out of a job in summer. Arteta, regardless of difficulties he is enco...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to miss Man Utd first leg in Europa League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to miss Man Utd first leg in Europa League

Online Betting Sites - AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to miss next week’s reunion with former club Manchester United in the Europa League last 16 because of a thigh injury the veteran Swede suffered while in action in Serie A against Roma on Sunday. Milan won the game but Ibrahimovic limped off the pitch early in the second half and proceeded to sit on the bench with an ice pack on his left thigh. It is unclear how long the 39-year-old will be sidelined for, although the Daily Mail reports that he will be assessed again in 10 days’ time, the day of the game at Old Trafford. That makes his inclusion in that contest unlikely, while for now he is also a doubt for the return leg a week later. Ibrahimovic has already missed 11 games through injury so far this seas...
Jadon Sancho becomes youngest ever player to record 50 Bundesliga assists

Jadon Sancho becomes youngest ever player to record 50 Bundesliga assists

Online Betting Sites - Jadon Sancho became the youngest player ever to record 50 Bundesliga assists on Saturday, as he almost single-handedly dragged Borussia Dortmund to victory against Arminia Bielefeld. The 20-year-old endured something of a frustrating start to the season, with the months of speculation surrounding his possible future at Manchester United seemingly having an adverse impact on his performances. Having waited 11 games to open his Bundesliga account for the season, the England international finally notched his first goal of the season in January and since then he's been in scintillating form. Four lads in j̶e̶a̶n̶s̶ Dortmund 🖤💛 pic.twitter.com/OxJWvYsOKx— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 27, 2021 In his last ten leag...
Jurgen Klopp’s injury update on Diogo Jota, James Milner and Fabinho

Jurgen Klopp’s injury update on Diogo Jota, James Milner and Fabinho

Online Betting Malaysia - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Diogo Jota's condition looks 'promising' ahead of a potential return to action, but was less optimistic over Fabinho and James Milner - both of whom are expected to return to training on either Saturday or Sunday. The Reds travel to Sheffield United on Sunday looking to put their dire recent form behind them. The Merseyside derby defeat to Everton was their fourth Premier League defeat on the spin, so a trip to the basement side comes at a convenient time. Injuries have been a major contributing factor to the collapse of their title challenge, but things may pick up soon. Long-term absentee Jota has been back in training this week, and could add goals to a team who have scored just twice in the league since r...
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals he remains in touch with Erling Haaland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals he remains in touch with Erling Haaland

Online Betting Sites - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he keeps in touch with Erling Haaland, with Manchester United continuously linked with the Borussia Dortmund striker. Solskjaer and Haaland worked together during the former's time in charge at Molde in the pair's native Norway and the United boss attempted to sign the forward before he swapped RB Salzburg for Dortmund in January 2020. Haaland's star has risen further since his switch to the Bundesliga and he is currently one of the most in demand young players in world football. United and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for the 20-year-old, and his agent Mino Raiola stated on Wednesday that just ten clubs can afford his client - four of which are Premier League teams. Any potential Solskjaer-Ha...
Luis Suarez reveals Barcelona sold him because he was ‘not good enough’

Luis Suarez reveals Barcelona sold him because he was ‘not good enough’

Online Betting Malaysia - Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez has revealed he was offloaded by Barcelona in the summer after the Catalan giants claimed he was no longer good enough to perform at the highest level. Suarez was unceremoniously booted out of Camp Nou last summer, with Juventus leading the race for his signature for months, only for Atletico Madrid to swoop in late and seal a £5.5m deal to land the Uruguayan. Since joining Atletico, Luis Suarez has bagged 16 goals in 20 La Liga appearances, enough to see him tied with Lionel Messi at the top of the league's scoring charts, which has left Barcelona with egg on their face as Suarez confessed to France Football that they felt he was not capable of such form. “What really bothered me was that they told me that I was old ...