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Mauricio Pochettino has received ‘good offer’ from Newcastle, says Ossie Ardiles



Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted back into management at Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino has been made a ‘good offer’ to return to management with Newcastle United and it is a ‘firm possibility’ that he will take it, according to Ossie Ardiles.

Pochettino has been out of work since being dismissed by Tottenham in November, but has been linked with a host of high-profile roles since then.

With the Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle imminent, the Magpies have joined the race to sign Pochettino, and despite the Argentinian being linked with clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, St James’ Park is a genuine possibility for his next destination.

His countryman, fellow Spurs icon and north London resident, Ossie Ardiles has spoken to Pochettino about his future and confirms that Newcastle have made an offer, which he is considering.

‘He is linked with Newcastle United,’ Ardilles told Argentinian website Infobae.

‘When he spoke directly to that club there were many first-rate people involved who made him a good offer and he had a contractual relationship with Tottenham.

‘Last Tuesday his situation was unlocked and he is free to coach.

‘Because of this, he is going to listen to offers again, but Newcastle is a firm possibility for returning to management.

‘He will take his time to think and to wait for everything to unfold.

‘He is one of the top three coaches in the world. He can manage wherever he wants. Here, or in Spain, in France or Italy.

‘But he really likes managing in England. There are not many clubs where he could go and give himself the luxury of doing that.

‘There are some very big teams that want him – and one of them is going to be the chosen one.’

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Pochettino has confirmed that he would like to stay in England, where he and his family are settled, but has not ruled out a move abroad.

‘I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project rather than the country,’ Pochettino told the Guardian. ‘It’s about the club and, of course, the people, the human dimension.

‘We are so open. Of course, we love England and the Premier League. I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. It’s one of the options and, of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.

‘At the moment, my idea is to stay here, live in London – myself and my family. It’s going to be difficult [to take a job in another country] but not impossible.’

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Manchester United news: Bruno Fernandes raves over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League final performance



Bruno Fernandes has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Fernandes has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo and says the Juventus star played a huge part in one of the ‘most important games in the history’ of Manchester United.

The Portuguese playmaker joined United from Sporting Lisbon in January, mirroring the move that Ronaldo made in 2003.

Fernandes has made a fantastic start at Old Trafford and cited Ronaldo’s success at the Theatre of Dreams as part of his decision to join United, when he had offers from elsewhere.

The 25-year-old is an international team-mate of the Juventus forward and Fernandes heaped praised on Ronaldo for his success with the club during his six-year stay at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo scored his 42nd goal of the season against Chelsea in the final (Picture: Getty)

Asked which game in the club’s history that the website should look back on, Fernandes told ‘I think from history I have maybe one game – the Champions League final [2008] when Cristiano [Ronaldo] scores with the header.

‘After this, he misses a penalty, I think it’s the same one right, against Chelsea. This one. I think it was a great final and for Cristiano it was one of the best games yet. Because he scored an amazing goal with a header. He doesn’t jump, he flies.

‘After this, he missed the penalty but at the end United won the Champions League and at the end we see him crying on the ground because he won the Champions League. It was one of the most important games in the history of Manchester United.’

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Fernandes has made a fast start to life at the club, scoring four goals.

The Portuguese playmaker scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win against Watford in February and he says he would also like to go over that match again, as it was an important one for him personally.

‘The game I would like to watch would be the game where I scored my first goal, against Watford, because I want to feel – not exactly how I would feel in the game – but I can feel the game,’ said Fernandes.

‘I can feel the atmosphere and everything when I score. I can have the motivation to keep training and keep the focus on the return of the game.’

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Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta targets William Saliba’s team-mate Wesley Fofana



Arsenal scouts have been impressed with Wesley Fofana (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are keen on following up the signing of William Saliba by signing the Frenchman’s St Etienne team-mate Wesley Fofana.

The Gunners snapped up Saliba last summer and agreed to let the defender spend the season on loan in France, before moving to north London for the 2020/21 season.

Saliba arrived in a deal worth £27m and Arsenal have continued scouting the defender this season to keep an eye on his progress.

Saliba joins Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)

Though Saliba has been the focus, scouts have picked up on the improvement of his centre-back partner Fofana and the Daily Express claim Arsenal want to sign the 19-year-old.

The defender’s come through the ranks at St Etienne and he’s impressed in his 14 appearances this term.

The cancellation of Ligue 1 means St Etienne have narrowly avoided relegation but they remain under severe financial pressure.

The club are therefore seeking a replica of the deal they agreed with Arsenal for Saliba, which would enable them to keep Fofana for an extra season but in full knowledge they they will receive a fee at the end.

AC Milan and Everton are both touted as rivalries for Fofana’s signature.

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Bruno Fernandes practises free-kicks with Man Utd teammate Diogo Dalot in extra sessions



Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot are gearing up for Manchester United’s Premier League restart (RHEliteCoaching/Getty)

Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot are working together in extra training sessions as Manchester United’s players step up their preparations for the Premier League’s return.

With the Premier League aiming to return on June 20, United’s players returned to Carrington this week for the first time in over two months since the coronavirus lockdown.

United’s players trained at staggered times in small groups at Carrington and observed social distancing throughout their sessions.

But Fernandes and Dalot are keen to hit the ground running when the Premier League gets back under way and both players have teamed up with RH Elite Coaching in Manchester to take part in extra sessions to improve their sharpness.

In one video, Fernandes and Dalot exchange short passes with their coaches before the £67.7 million January signing took a shot at goal.

In another clip, Fernandes was filmed practising his free-kicks and penalties, which included his run-up that ended with a hop before he struck the ball.

Since arriving at United, Fernandes has made an immediate impact with three goals and four assists in nine appearances.

Dalot, meanwhile, has made just 10 appearances for United this season as his campaign has been heavily disrupted due to injury.

Once the Premier League gets back under way, Fernandes could be lining up alongside Paul Pogba and the Portugal international admits he is relishing the prospect.

‘I know Paul from Juve, because I played against him in Italy. And believe me, it’s really hard to play against Paul,’ Fernandes said in a Q&A with United last month.

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‘Because I play in midfield, I mark him. We play in the same line, so it’s really difficult to play against Paul, because he has power, he has technique.

‘It’s difficult to find a player like Paul: big, strong and technical. It’s difficult to find a player like this, and he has a lot of qualities. I hope he comes [back] soon.’

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