Top Football News Today – December 30th 2016

By  Football Pulp - 30 December 2016

 

Ronaldo rejects Chinese advancements!

Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo's super agent, says that the superstar has rejected an offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League Club which would have paid him over €100 million per year. The club also made a €300 million bid to Real Madrid for Ronaldo's transfer.

 

Klopp praises Pep Guardiola

Klopp praised Pep Guardiola's decision of choosing to join Premier League saying that "he could have gone somewhere easier."

"He came here with open eyes. He could have had easier jobs in easier leagues, that is for sure," the German told reporters ahead of the clash at Anfield.

"He could have gone anywhere but he wanted to come here. He was probably 100 per cent aware of the big challenge. He knew he had a wonderful squad at Barcelona and a wonderful squad at Bayern but he had big influence on the way they played football. If you go to Barcelona as a new manager they will tell you: 'By the way, don't forget, we play like Pep Guardiola played.' That's the biggest influence you can have."

Liverpool plays Manchester City this weekend in a clash which will no doubt be exciting.

Lucas Silva returns to action

After 8 months of speculation, Lucas Silva has finally returned to the playing field. He was diagnosed with a heart problem and was close to retirement. However, future tests came positive, allowing the mid-fielder to start working on his rehabilitation and return to playing.

Premier League hasn't met expectations this season: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss criticized the quality of Premier League this season, saying that it has not lived up to the hype surrounding the arrival of several big-name managers.

"Overall it was a very promising Premiership with the best managers in the world who are competing, and it promised to be an exceptional year, and until now I think it was disappointing on all levels," Wenger said on Friday at his news conference ahead of Sunday's game against Crystal Palace.

"Because the Premier League has not produced the games that I remembered, and I'm convinced that in the second part of the season, the level and the spectacularity of the league will go up."

Arsenal currently ranks 4th, preceded by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, all of whom are under new managers.

Zidane embraces James Rodriguez

During Real's training session yesterday, Zidane showed his bright side to the cameras when he happily embraced and patted James Rodriguez, ending all rumors regarding the rift between the two. James announced his intention to leave after the Club World Cup final citing lack of playing time at Madrid.

Zlatan believe United can still win title

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the brink of another notable scoring landmark in his remarkable career and believes his goal glut can propel Manchester United to the Premier League title. If he scores against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford this Saturday, he will have netted 51 goals this calendar year, equaling the best tally of 2016 recorded by any striker in Europe's top five leagues.

"I'm happy, but I could be happier," Ibrahimovic said in an interview.

Asked if United could still win the title, he said: "I think so…we had our moments where the results haven't been what they should have been after good performances, but we are still there and we have been closing the gap. So, hopefully, the other teams can do some mistakes and close the gap even more. We are working hard for it, believing in it, we are here to win. We have no excuses, we are here for what we are able to do and that's win a title."

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