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METALS-Copper stumbles towards eighth consecutive weekly loss

(Updates with closing prices)

By Peter Hobson

LONDON, June 7 ( ) – Copper prices were set for their eighth straight weekly fall after trade disputes, signs of slowing global economic growth and disappointing U.S. jobs data weakened the demand outlook for metals.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) traded down 0.2% at $5,799 a tonne in closing rings, down 0.5% this week.

Copper has fallen by about 14% from an April high of $6,608.50 after hopes of a quick U.S.-China trade 上海夜生活网deal faded and U.S. President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods.

A run of poor economic data continued on Friday with figures showing a sharp slowdown in U.S. jobs growth.

An increase in risk appetite among investors this week has lifted global stock markets from recent lows and helped to support copper prices, said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen.

“But we are not out of the woods yet,” he said. “We need to see data reducing recession fears or implying lower supply (of copper). Until we see that, copper is likely to struggle.”

CHINA HOLIDAY: Volumes were subdued, with Chinese markets closed for the Dragon Boat Festival.

TRADE WAR: President Trump said he would decide whether to impose tariffs on at least $300 billion of Chinese goods after a meeting of G20 nations later this month.

Washington has, however, granted Chinese exporters two more weeks before imposing a set of previously announced tariffs.

MEXICO: U.S.-Mexico talks were set to resume on Friday as Mexican officials push to avert U.S. tariffs due to take effect next week.

CHINA STIMULUS: China, the largest consumer of metals, announced measures to revive slumping car sales. The governor of its central bank said there was “tremendous” room to make adjustments if the China-U.S. trade war worsens.

GERMANY: Industrial output and exports fell sharply in April.

DOLLAR: The dollar was heading for its biggest weekly fall since February 2018, helping metals by making them cheaper for buyers with other currencies.

POSITIONING: Speculators’ net short position in LME copper has expanded to 9.8% of active contracts – the largest since September, according to broker Marex Spectron.

CODELCO: Unions at Chile’s huge Chuquicamata copper mine agreed to extend negotiations with operator Codelco in the hope of averting a strike.

LEAD: LME lead closed down 3.1% at $1,832 a tonne but was up about 1.5% on the week after a major smelter halted production and declared force majeure.

LEAD SPREAD/STOCKS: The premium for cash lead over the three-month contract MPB0-3 fell to $11 from a more than two-year high of $39 earlier this week. A premium suggests tight nearby supply. MPBSTX-TOTAL

OTHER METALS: LME aluminium finished down 0.7% at $1,764 a tonne, zinc closed 0.7% lower at $2,484 and tin slipped 0.1% to $19,225.

Nickel was not included in closing rings but was down 0.5% at $11,620 in electronic trading.

All but tin were down this week.

Fed officials see risks in weaker inflation expectations, trade row

WASHINGTON ( ) – A drop in the consumer outlook for inflation and intensifying trade tensions drew caution from Federal Reserve officials on Monday as policymak上海夜生活论坛ers faced fresh market volatility and a renewed set of risks.

While Fed officials have largely discounted the trade war so far as unlikely to derail the U.S. economic expansion, officials emphasized Monday that a protracted tit-for-tat battle between the United States and China was a different matter that might require a Fed response.

“If the impact of the tariffs – and whatever financial market reaction to those tariffs is – causes more of a slowdown, then we do have the tools available to us, including lower interest rates,” Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, a voter this year on Fed rate policy, said in an interview with .

While Rosengren said he was “not necessarily” expecting a rate cut to be necessary, the market sell-off Monday was deep and potentially disruptive to the Fed’s core expectation that interest rates will remain on hold for some time to come.

Major U.S. equity markets were down between 2% and 3.5% on Monday, while bond investors sharply increased their bets that the Fed would be forced to cut rates this year. A closely watched spread between long- and short-term bonds turned negative, seen by some officials as a sign of weakened market confidence in the economic outlook.

After the collapse of U.S.-China talks last week and the threat of tariffs ratcheting ever higher, there was more reason to believe the tensions will last a while.

“If it’s the worst-case scenario and it’s ever-increasing tariffs for an extended period of time, that could change things, that could have a real effect on U.S. GDP growth,” Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said on CNBC.

Traders and analysts on Monday said the volatility is likely to continue.

“You cannot game what two leaders…are going to do from day to day,” said Anthony Saglimbene, global market strategist with Ameriprise Financial Services in Troy, Michigan, of the high-stakes standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

RATE CUTS BACK ON RADAR

Fed officials have been careful to say that nothing yet has changed their core outlook, which envisions rates to be held in their current range of between 2.25% and 2.5% until either growth demonstrably weakens and inflation falls further, justifying a rate cut, or faster inflation makes higher rates warranted.

As the trade war intensified over the last few days, however, traders in the federal funds futures market have moved decisively in favor of expecting a Fed rate cut in coming months. Data from the CME Group now sees the Fed cutting rates in October, with a near 10 percentage point shift since Friday in the probability of a rate reduction at that Fed meeting.

The pressure on the Fed could come from several directions. Economic growth overall could slow if the tariff wars continue and global trade declines; “wealth effects” could directly impact business and household confidence and spending if the stock declines continue; higher costs could hit company profits, and discourage hiring.

A further complication for the Fed: The inflation outlook among U.S. consumers dipped sharply in April, countering Fed policymaker hopes that inflation dynamics will improve and the pace of price increases soon rise toward their target level.

Survey data released by the New York Federal Reserve on Monday showed consumer expectations of the inflation rate over the next year fell to 2.6% from 2.82% in the March survey. The nearly quarter point drop was the third-largest since the survey was launched in mid-2013. The outlook for inflation over the next three years also fell, to 2.69% from 2.86%, evidence that medium-term expectations have also weakened in recent weeks.

Following the Fed’s most recent meeting, Chairman Jerome Powell and others said they felt recent weak inflation readings were driven by “transitory” factors that would disappear over time and allow overall inflation to rise.

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But a drop in inflation expectations is another matter, and could be evidence that households and businesses are losing faith in the Fed’s ability to deliver on its inflation goal – a worrying development for central bankers who feel their ability to keep expectations set around their inflation target is critical to meeting the goal.

As of the Fed’s last policy statement on May 1, officials said they felt expectations remained stable.

While consumer surveys are discounted by some officials as overly influenced by things like changes in gasoline prices and other costs that consumers closely monitor, some broader market expectation measures have also shifted. Since late April, for example, a St. Louis Federal Reserve measure of the inflation rate expected five years from now, based on trading in different types of bonds, dipped to 1.9% from 2.1%, a sign traders also see weaker inflation ahead.

As clock ticks, Senate seeks way to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON ( ) – Plans to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a dispute over funding for women’s healthcare group Planned Parenthood could be overcome.

With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10 weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Known as a continuing resolution, or CR, this approach was gaining traction, said senior senators from both parties.

Meanwhile, the White House budget office began working with government agencies on shutdown plans.

“Prudent management requires that the government plan for the possibility of a lapse,” a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement, emphasizing that the White House believes there was still time to prevent a shutdown.

The Senate’s CR approach may fail if conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives stand by their threat to oppose any spending plan that preserves federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is under attack over allegations that it improperly sells aborted fetal tissue.

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats oppose defunding the group, which has said it has done nothing wrong and blasted the allegations as deceptive and unfair.

“Given the president’s opposition and Democrats’ opposition, at some point I anticipate there will be a clean CR,” said Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid largely concurred saying, “We’re going to move to a clean CR on Thursday.”

There were no signs, however, that House Republicans would go along with this plan. Abortions are a small part of Planned Parenthood’s services, making it a perennial target for anti-abortion forces among conservative Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote on Thursday on a CR keeping federal agencies funded through Dec. 11 and giving Congress time to work out a longer-term budget deal.

McConnell’s measure would try to strip the portion of Planned Parenthood funding from discretionary programs. Democrat上海夜生活s were expected to block that version of the bill.

Conservative Republicans have called for an end to the group’s current funding of about $500 million a year, mostly from Medicaid healthcare reimbursements independent of annual spending bills. McConnell’s bill would attack a much smaller portion, about $50 million.

Manchester City target Laporte

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has now become subject of a club-record £57m deal for Premier League side Man上海夜生活论坛chester City.

According to the BBC, the 23 year old Frenchman has been long admired by Manchester City Pepe Guardiola and the club now appear to be willing to meet the release clause for the centre-back. No deal has yet to be concluded but the transfer is expected to be completed before Wednesday’s transfer windows deadline.

Should the transfer be made it will eclipsed the record fee that City paid for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne back in 2015.

Laporte joined Bilbao at the tender age of 16 and has gone on to score 10 goals in 222 appearances for the Basque club and is regarded as one of La Liga’s most promising young defender’s. He has yet to feature for the senior side on French national squad, but has featured 19 times for France at under-21 level.Opinion: Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot at FC Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Due to his level of success at River Plate, we will tell you why Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot to coach FC Barcelona in…

With the questionable fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany and the evident lack of confidence Guardiola appears to have in Eliaquim Mangala, Laporte’s timely arrival will certainty provide Guardiola a valuable option in central defence.

Also being linked to City is West Brom captain Jonny Evans. But it appears more likely that Evans will move to either Arsenal or Leicester City, as it appears City will only make a move should Mangala leave before the January transfer window closes.

Allardyce insisted that he can’t influence Barkley’s future

Ross Barkley is said to leave Everton – and his manager, Sam Allardyce, insisted that the future of the young Englis上海夜生活hman is in his very own hands and it’s up to him whether he will decide to stay or to try something new.

Barkley’s contract is about to expire the upcoming summer and Sam Allardyce insisted that he wants to keep him at the club – but he also knows that he will have a very little influence on that. This decision is entirely up to the youngster and his future is insecure – Arsenal and Tottenham have been said to be interested in bringing him and they are expected to renew their interest this winter.

The former Crystal Palace coach spoke about his unclear situation as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I don’t think it’s in our hands at the minute, it’s in Ross’ hands I think. He knows the door is open if he wants to talk about staying. It’s never going to be the case where the door is going to be shut, it’s always going to be open. Whether he chooses that route or not will determine what happens. Who knows in January?”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

The manager also knows that Everton have to continue working hard: “Not at all. There’s 20 games to go and 20 games where we have to try and continue our run of being undefeated if that’s possible and to try and pick up as many points as we can.”

In the end, Sam Allardyce claimed that there is still a room for improvement: “There’s no room for complacency, I said that before the Swansea game, we certainly saw that with our first-half performance when we nearly came in at one-nil down and we had not played that well. There’s still a long way for us to develop and play and get better. While the results have been the most important thing and made us very comfortable, our performances I hope are going to improve week in, week out.”

Tour\u00e9 to remain at the Etihad

Even though the midfielder is not getting enough play time at the Citizens, he will not be leaving the club, claims his agent.

Yaya Touré will remain at Manchester City during the January transfer window, according to his agent Dimitry Seluk.

The Ivorian has six months left on his contract with the Citizens and will likely stay at the club to secure yet another Premier League title. Even though he does not get sufficient playing time, having made only eight appearances this season, Touré will not exit anytime soon.

“Everything is good at Man City. He will 100 percent stay at City in January,” Seluk told Sky Spor上海夜生活网ts News.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

“He wants to be a three-time champion of the Premier League, but he is also enjoying using his experience to help the young players at the club.

“During the Leicester Carabao Cup game, he had more appearances for City than all of the other starting players.”

The Citizens have the chance to create a 15-point gap between them and second-placed Manchester United on Wednesday and many believe that Pep’s team has already won the Premier League with no signs of slowing their pace down.

Dortmund boss does not see Real as Champions League favourites

Even though his side lost 3-2 to Los Blancos on Wednesday, Borussia’s manager was unimpressed by his opposition.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz is not convinced that Zinedine Zidane’s team is the team to beat if you want to challenge for the Champions League trophy this campaign.

Dortmund managed to get back from a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday through Aubameyang’s brace only to get denied a point by Lucas Vazquez’s later winner. The g上海夜生活网ame itself meant nothing for either side as Tottenham Hotspur made no mistake in their last fixture and eased their way with 3-0  win over APOEL, while Real Madrid had already secured the second seat in their group.

However, Bosz insisted it was hard to tip Real Madrid as the team to beat this season since he was left unimpressed by their showing on the pitch.

“After today’s game, I don’t know if it is possible to say that Real Madrid are the favourite to win the Champions League,” Bosz said during his news conference as quoted by Goal.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

“They were not very strong tonight.

“Although, it is true that they rested many players and they are one of the favourites.”

The German outfit will now join the Europa League after finishing third in their group and their boss admitted it felt disappointing leaving the Champions League early on.

“We wanted to continue in the Champions League,” Bosz added. “Now we will put everything we have into the Europa League.

“When the injured players return we’ll improve. We still have to improve our level of performance, today went very badly. We showed at times that we can play football very well.”

Lampard has his doubts about Bakayoko

Frank Lampard is becoming quite upset with the performances of Tiemoue Bakayoko as the Chelsea legend claimed that the Frenchman is “falling asleep” during the matches and he has to improve his work rate.

Bakayoko was part of yesterday’s squad when Chelsea was playing against Atletico Madrid – and to be said, he basically gave the lead to the guests. He failed to track Saul Niguez before the first goal of the game in the 56th minute and Chelsea failed to secure the top spot in the group also because of that failure. And Frank Lampard started to blame the midfielder’s concentration during the games.

The former England international spoke about Bakayoko after the match as he said, according to ESPN: “He sleeps. His concentration goes and at this level, you sleep for a second and it’s an easy goal for Atletico. I don’t know with Bakayoko. I think it’s well documented that he hasn’t settled quickly at Chelsea and English football in the Premier League as well and he has to come to grips with that.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that the former Monaco player has to improve as Conte has got options how to replace him: “A moment’s sleeping today doesn’t work so he needs to improve but he’s [Antonio Conte] got options. [Danny] Drinkwater will play as well but hopefully, Bakayoko will improve.”

In the end, the former Chelsea and Manchester City player insisted that the potential opponents for Chelsea in the knockout stage are going to be tough: “Obviously PSG, we’re all talking about them and Barcelona, we all know what they have to offer. Chelsea fans will realistically look at Besiktas [as the easiest opponent] but it’s a draw so who knows, and again who knows where all these different teams are. Even if Chelsea do draw one of the bigger teams then what a game and if you’re going to win this competition you have to beat 上海夜生活the big boys.”

Pep denies disrespecting Spurs

The Catalan believes Pochettino simply misunderstood him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola disagreed with Mauricio Pochettino’s statement that he disrespects Tottenham Hotspur. During a post-game interview with the Citizens boss after City’s 0-1 win over Chelsea, Pep assessed the potential title rivals by saying: “We’re in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season. We have [Manchester] United and the Harry Kane team, who scores every game two or three goals.” – quoted by FourFourTwo.

It is no secret that Harry Kane has been tremendous for both club and country as he netted a total of 13 goals during September, scooping the Premier League player of the month award. Yet, Pochettino was seemingly offended by Pep’s words as he described Guardiola’s statement as ‘sad’: “I know Pep very well and when he is excited, after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman. The situation didn’t affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people.” Pochettino said, according to the Guardian.

However, Guardiola has tried to make things right with Spurs boss, insisting he never meant to be disrespectful, but simply was misunderstood.

I’m disrespectful?” he responded during a press-conference as quoted by Goal.Berbatov: It’s not the right time for Pochettino to move George Patchias – Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t think it’s the right time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave Tottenham Hotspurs or for him to join the likes of Madrid…

“I think Mauricio, for the times we’ve met each other and the times I spoke with him… maybe my English is not quite well.

“I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference. Never.

“When I said ‘Harry Kane’s team’ it was because of上海夜网 the fact Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals. I know very well that Tottenham is not Harry Kane alone.”

Preview: Leicester – Manchester City

Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking to consolidate their position today as they travel to face 12th-placed Leicester.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

A revived Leicester face the runaway league leaders from Manchester in this game. The home side have found their stride and are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League (PL) games, after suffering 4 defeats in their first 6 matches.

Manchester City are breaking records left, right and centre at the moment. Since the 5th of April, the Citizens have played 27 games, winning 20 and drawing 7! Virtually unstoppable so far in the PL, they have won 10 of 11 so far, scoring a staggering 38 goals (3.45 goals per match on average).

Although City are superior in the scored goals department, the teams share a penchant for goals in their matches – only 2 of 22 matches involving these teams have ended with under 1.5 goals.

Sergio Aguero, who recently became Manchester City’s all time top scorer, continued his fine form with another goal against Arsenal before the international break… where he scored goal no. 35 for Argentina, putting him above Diego Maradona in the national scoring charts! Naturally, he is the PL top scorer at the moment, with 8 goals.Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best playe上海夜生活网rs of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Just a word of warning! Aguero was hospitalised after a half-time incident during Tuesday night’s friendly with Nigeria. He has undergone medical tests and has been cleared for this game. “Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks,” according to a club spokesperson.

Despite all the plaudits coming their way, City have one of the worst disciplinary records in the league so far, accruing 2 red and 20 yellow cards, a contrast to the squeaky clean Foxes, who’ve only seen 12 yellow cards all season.

Missing players

Leicester: R. Huth (ankle injury), M. James (Achilles tendon injury), Ad. Silva (unregistered)

Manchester City: B. Mendy (knee injury), N. Otamendi (suspension), V. Kompany (doubtful).

Preview: Manchester United – Newcastle United

Manchester United are second in Premier League, eight points behind rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils will receive the visit of 11th-placed Newcastle United today at Old Trafford.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Manchester United, who in the last 4 matches have seen their neighbours Man City pull 8 points away at the top of the league, welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford confident that their home form will see them through (8 straight wins in all competitions).

The teams managers, José Mourinho and Rafa Benitez, have had 16 tactical duels so far. ‘The Special One’ so far holds a slight advantage, having beaten Benitez’ teams 7 times (D4 L5).

Those looking for long odds will have to look further than a home side clean sheet today. Newcastle have only managed 3 goals in 5 away matches, while David de Gea and Manchester United are yet to concede at home in the Premier League this s上海夜生活eason!Ryan Giggs reflects on changing Daniel James Nedim Maric – Daniel James moved from Swansea to Manchester United in an unlikely transfer which raised many eyebrows.A jump from English second division to the senior…

The September 10, 2016 was the last time Manchester United suffered defeat at Old Trafford (2-1 against Manchester City) – they have played 38 games since then.

Newcastle will have to be wary of powerful striker Romelu Lukaku in this match. The big Belgian might not have scored in his last 7 games (PL), but will find consolation in his stats against ‘The Magpies’: 5 goals and 4 assists in 8 matches so far. Lukaku did score 3 goals during the recent internationals and the goal on Tuesday against Japan was his 31st for Belgium, making him their all-time leading scorer.

Missing players

Manchester United: Z. Ibrahimovic (doubtful), M. Carrick (doubtful), P. Jones (doubtful), M. Rojo (doubtful)

Newcastle United: P. Dummett (thigh injury), M. Merino (lower back injury), C. Atsu (doubtful), J. Lascelles (doubtful).

Pastore doesn’t want to leave PSG

Argentina international Javier Pastore claimed he is “not thinking about a transfer”, despite possibly not getting enough playing time to become a regular starter for his country next year in Russia

Javier Pastore has fallen down the pecking order at Parc des Princes, but claims he doesn’t want to move from Paris Saint-Germain.

Although the midfielder said he doesn’t think about leaving the French club in January, Pastore admitted he needs to play more to be in Argentina’s squad for next year’s World Cup.

The 28-year-old moved to Paris from Palermo before the 2011-2012 Ligue 1 season had started and was one of the first big names PSG signed after the club’s Quatari revolution.

The playmaker’s first 4 years were successful in Paris, however, he has been struggling to become a regular starter since 2015 due to injuries and inconsistent performances.

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The 28-year-old knows he needs to play more ahead of t上海夜生活he World Cup but says he doesn’t see a reason to leave Unai Emery’s team.

“I think it’s normal that I player wants to play all the time, but it’s the coach’s decision,” Pastore told reporters.

“If I can play as I did [against Nantes] then I’ll be fine. I also need to try not to have any more injuries.”

“I want to go to the World Cup, but if the boss sees I’m not playing then it’ll be difficult for him to pick me,” he added.

“But I’m not thinking about a transfer. I want to give my best for the club.”

The midfielder has been linked with Sevilla, but when asked whether he would join the Spanish side if he were to leave, he replied: “It’s more likely that I’ll go to Italy.”

Christensen on Chelsea’s loan system

Andreas Christensen says he likes Chelsea’s loan system, as it contributes to the development of young talents

The Denmark international believes it is crucial that youngsters find the “perfect environment” to improve their skills and become the best version of themselves.

Andreas Christensen has talked up the pathways into Chelsea’s first team via their stockpiled youth ranks as domestic-based Blues fans look for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham to make the grade at Stamford Bridge, GOAL reports.

Both Abraham and Loftus-Cheek made their debuts for England in the international break, as they have impressed Gareth Southgate with their performan上海夜生活网ces on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

Many feared that Loftus-Cheek couldn’t develop himself at a speed he should have, as the 21-year-old midfielder didn’t really have a breakthrough performance for Chelsea.

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The Denmark international has spent two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach before he returned to London, where he is now a regular first-team player under Antonio Conte this season.

Christensen sees no reason why other talented young lads can’t walk the same path as he did.

“It’s different for every player,” the Danish told Sky Sports. “I was in the right place at the right time, everything just clicked, and it was perfect for me.”

“That’s the most important thing for the players that go out on loan. They have to find what’s working for them and the perfect environment for them to develop,” he added.

“When I was on loan I took the opportunity to come back to London sometimes to watch the games and go into the dressing room after so everyone knew what was happening with my career which was a good feeling,” Christensen concluded.

Pogba believes in Manchester United

Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba claims he would stop playing if he thought his side were unable to win the Premier League title this year

Despite their 8-point deficit to local rivals Manchester City, United still have a shot at the league title, claims Pogba.

The French midfielder returned to Old Trafford after being out for two months due to an injury he picked up against Basel in September.

Jose Mourinho’s men were not playing to the best of their knowledge without Pogba, but now that he returned, the Red Devils have defeated Newcastle United in a 4-1 game.

Despite Guardiola’s men looking unstoppable sometimes, Pogba has refused to write off his club’s chances.

“The season is very long, of course. If I don’t believe that, I’d stop playing,” Pogba told BBC Sport, when asked whether he believes in United’s chances.

“If I don’t believe we can still win the league, I better stop. I’ll leave my boots and stop playing football cause I’m a believer we keep figh上海夜网ting,” he added. Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Pogba’s successful return wasn’t the only good news for the Red Devils in the victory as Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net for the first time in the Premier League since a win over Crystal Palace on September 30, GOAL reports.

Pogba was happy to serve his team-mate with an assist once again and went on to praise Lukaku’s abilities.

“I come back and Romelu scores again? I like that,” the Frenchman added.

“We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of talented players. We have to trust each other.”

The midfielder said the Belgian striker is the best in England, and United had never doubted that.

“Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League. We know his quality. We know everything. We don’t worry about him.”

“And at the end, we see the result,” Pogba concluded.

Field living his dream with West Brom

Sam Field has got his whole career ahead of him and he seems to be sure that he wants to spend the major part of it in West Bromwich Albion as he signed a new contract with his beloved club.

It wasn’t a hard decision for the youngster as he was a season-ticket holder and he can now expect to be part of the squad on the pitch. He said that he feels honoured to be given this chance and he believes that he will play as much as possible with the Baggies.

The youngster, who has supported this club his whole life, said, according to wba.co.uk: “It’s always an honour to play for West Brom so to get another year is just fantastic. The more years I can spend here the better. I’m dead chuffed!”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t sto上海夜生活pping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He was obviously very happy with his new contract as he claimed: “It wasn’t one that I took much time to dwell over. I’m delighted to get it done and sorted now. I’ve been here since I was seven. The dream has always been to play in the First Team and hopefully over the next couple of years I get to do so more and more.”

Field also hopes that he will be given a chance to play more minutes for his side: “To start playing regularly now is the next stage of my development. I’ve had two games at the start of this season and we managed to win them both which is brilliant. Hopefully, I can get a run towards the end of the season. If not it might be going on loan, get some games and more experience. Hopefully, in the years to come, it’s fighting for a regular spot in the team.”

He can definitely have a bright future with West Brom – will he fulfil his huge potential?

Mourinho compares his side’s latest victory with Real Madrid’s loss

It was a big night for Tottenham Hotspur as they beat Real Madrid 3-1 at home – but José Mourinho was also happy with that because this result made his Manchester United’s last win even more valuable.

The Red Devils are second in the Premier League table but José Mourinho has been criticized for his defensive style of play – but now, he insisted that it has its reasons. Real Madrid showed that it’s not possible to win against teams like Tottenham if you don’t have proper tactics and Mourinho managed to do so just a few days ago.

The Portuguese tactician spoke about this connection as he said, according to ESPN: “I know that it is a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason, similar performances for some clubs are magic, are examples of brilliant tactics and amazing attitude from the other players and for other teams the same kind of performance becomes conservative, becomes negative, becomes s上海夜生活o many adjectives.”Jamie Carragher puts Chelsea over Manchester United and Arsenal Nedim Maric – In an uneventful derby, last night, Manchester United and Arsenal both got point each.Top four-fight this season looks like it’s going to be between…

The former coach of Real Madrid or Chelsea also added: “Honestly, just as an example, Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1, Tottenham beat Real Madrid 3-1, Tottenham didn’t score against Manchester United so at least a little bit of credit my players deserve. It is just a change of normal training time because I want to be there and I cannot be in the morning so I have to change the timings.”

His team are still without Fellaini and Pogba and he doesn’t think they will be fit for the match against Chelsea: “We have to wait a little bit. Normally a press conference is a bit later in the week. I am not very optimistic but I don’t want to lie. I don’t want you to say I lie when I said no chance of recovering so I just say two more days to confirm my expectations.”

Alves: “Leaving Barca wasn’t easy”

Dani Alves talked about his decision to leave Barcelona and he admitted that it wasn’t easy for him at all – he also talked about the strain it put on some relationships as he left his beloved club.

It was a successful part of his career as Dani Alves won every trophy he could imagine with Barcelona but it was time to move on – and he decided t join Juventus. He helped the Italian side to win the Scudetto and to get to the Champions League final, while in the end of the season, he decided to sign a new deal with PSG.

The Brazil international talked about his departure from Barca as he said, according to Goal: “It was a combination of a few factors. I have many friends at PSG, my partner had lived in Paris and she adores the city, and the club has huge ambition to evolve and get bigger. Sure, I was hypnotised by the idea of working with Pep Guardiola once more. I was hypnotised by it and not looking around me at all of the other options available.”Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

He added: “I had already taken the decision to join Juventus without looking around first and it kind of harmed some people close to me. It wasn’t very easy to find a flight from Turin to see my kids in Barcelona. For my partner it was also harder to find work – there were not as many job opportunities for her in Turin.”

The former Valencia full-back also claimed that there were many more decisive factors: “There were lots of things to consider, and 上海夜生活网they drove me to PSG. Guardiola was the main reason, above all others, that I was considering going to play for Manchester City. In the end, there was an opportunity to join some very good friends at PSG, in an incredible city and at a club that has great potential. I know I can help to add some positive things to this club that go beyond football. It made more sense for me to pick Paris over Manchester on this occasion, but I don’t hide my admiration for Pep and my will to play in the Premier League in the future.”

Ventura could not help applauding Isco

Italy lost 3-0 to Spain, but Isco’s performance left even his opponents in awe.

Italy’s manager Giampiero Ventura revealed that there was nothing he could do, but applaud Isco following the Spaniard’s sensational individual performance.

Spain won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at the Bernabeu on Saturday, with the Real Madrid star putting of a stunning performance during the first half. Isco’s showing was also backed by two goals and a ridiculous nutmeg against PSG midfielder Veratti.

“I could not help but applaud him when I saw him, he was a rival, but I am a lover of the beautiful things of this sport,” said Ventura after Italy’s loss, according to Goal.Top 5 best La Liga players from these mid-week fixtures Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After the sixth fixture in the Spanish La Liga, we have to talk about the Top 5 performers from the mid-week action in Spain.The…

“It was nice to see Isco live. He is a great player who did incredible things, you just have to think about the technical manoeuvre of the nutmeg he did in midfield, he left two opponents red-faced, then in the second half between three opponents and you do a nutmeg, that means he has incredible class, obviously上海夜生活网 superior to the rest of the players.

“But not just Isco, there were other players with a lot of class too. You have to be humble to recognise it and we have to work in order to be competitive.”

Below you can see Isco’s nutmeg on Veratti.

https://youtu.be/FB55PNmwMX4

Chiellini to miss Italy’s clash with Spain

The Italian central defender will miss his team’s clash with Spain on Saturday, due to injury.

As reported by Marca, Chiellini suffered a calf injury in training an上海夜生活网d has already left the Italian squad. Squadra Azzurra will have to face Spain without one of their best defenders, in a match that will be decisive for the first spot in group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Italian Soccer Federation announced that the player will return to Turin, to undergo further investigations and treat the injury with the medical staff of his club. Therefore, Chiellini will miss both the match against Spain and the one against Israel on Tuesday.

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Spain captain Sergio Ramos anticipated the clash in the pre-match press conference: “Italy are a great side, not just in defence, although they have always been renowned for being solid and difficult to beat, but they also have a lot of quality in attack.

Tomorrow so much is at stake, we’re playing for the right to be at the World Cup, but we’re at home, at the Bernabeu, which is an imposing stadium and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of support.

It’s going to be a special day for football fans, it’s one of the best games to see in the world, but we’ll try and stick with our usual playing philosophy to try and get the three points.”

PSG plan world record bid for Gareth Bale

The Parisian club is going through changes after a failed season, and their new sports director is chasing ambitious targets.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 14, 2017.

According to the Spanish press, Real Madrid have received a huge offer for Gareth Bale. If the bid will be accepted by Florentino Perez, Pogba’s transfer fee record would then be broken.

It is rumoured that PSG are ready to pay up to €190m for the services of the Welshman. It’s the same amount that the French club had ready for the transfer of Neymar. But the chances of a transfer of the Brazilian are very small, so the Parisians are now targeting Bale.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup e上海夜生活网xit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

If Perez will allow Gareth Bale to leave, this would probably ensure him the funds and the need to push for the transfer of Kylian Mbappe, who Real Madrid have long been targeting.

But PSG are not the only club interested in the services of Gareth Bale. Manchester United are also monitoring the Welshman’s situation and Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of the ex-Spurs player, for whom Real paid €100m in 2013.

Gareth Bale has scored seven goals this La Liga season, being out with injury for a long period. He has also scored twice in Champions League. His current contract with Real Madrid runs until 2022.