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Alex Song On His Decision To Join Barcelona

When Barcelona offered me a contract, and I saw how much I would earn, I didn't think twice. I felt my wife and children should have comfortable lives once my career is over. I met Barça's sporting director, and he told me I would not get to play many games, but I didn't give a fuck — I knew that now I would become a millionaire. I wanted to rub shoulders with the big boys. I could shop wherever I wanted and have crazy nights out. I would go to training and see Thierry Henry – the King — turn up in an absolute gem of a car. I told myself I wanted the same car at all costs.

Martial Denies Refusing To Be In Man United's Squad After Rangnick Throws Him Under The Bus

Anthony Martial has denied refusing to be in Manchester United's squad for Saturday's Premier League game against Aston Villa after interim manager Ralf Rangnick said the Frenchman did not want to be involved.

The 26-year-old forward has started only two league games this season and has not featured since a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Dec. 2. Martial's representative has said he wants to secure a move in January to get more game time.

United are struggling for players due to injuries, COVID-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations but Martial played no part in the 2-2 draw with Villa.

Interview: Sierra Leone Coach Hoping AFCON Participation Starts New Era For Team

Sierra Leone are hoping to prove competitive and lay the foundation for future qualification as they compete at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in a quarter century, coach John Keister said.

Having last qualified for the 1996 edition in South Africa in only their second appearance at the finals, the west African country returns hoping to become a more regular participant, according to their Manchester-born coach.

Romelu Lukaku Dropped From Squad After Striker Admits To Being Unhappy At Chelsea

LONDON - Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was left out of the squad to face Liverpool at home on Sunday after saying he was dissatisfied with his role at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old, who signed from Inter Milan in the close season for a club-record $132 million, told Sky Italy recently that he was unhappy with manager Thomas Tuchel's system. Lukaku also said he would like to return to Italy at some point in his career.

Asked about the Belgian international's comments ahead of the Liverpool game, Tuchel said they were "not helpful."

A Little Bird Told Me That PSG's Locker Room Is Divided By The Navas-Donnarumma Debate

After months of continually fanning the flames in Paris, it looks like the tabloids have finally gotten their wish: a frosty, passive aggressive relationship between PSG goalkeepers Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma that's threatening to divide the dressing room.

Palmeiras President Asks Fans To Stop Sending Money To Her Bank Account For New Striker

SAO PAULO - The new president of Brazilian club Palmeiras appealed to fans to stop sending money to her personal bank account on Thursday, a day after the details were revealed at her inauguration ceremony.

Leila Pereira, who was last month elected Palmeiras’ first female president, was surprised when her social security number and home address were read out at Wednesday’s event.

A few hours later, Pereira said supporters were sending her money to buy a new striker, using a popular direct transfer application called PIX.

Ronaldo Gives Furious Response To ‘Lies’ About Ballon d’Or Rivalry With Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at comments made by Ballon d'Or organizer Pascal Ferré, saying the editor-in-chief of France Football "lied" about his rivalry with Lionel Messi.

Ferré told the New York Times on Friday that Manchester United forward Ronaldo's sole ambition was to retire with more of the awards for the world's best player than Messi.

Jesse Marsch Jokes About Using 7-Man Backline Vs. PSG, But Maybe He’s Not Joking

Jesse Marsch’s first season as RB Leipzig manager was always going to be full of growing pains. He had impossibly large shoes to fill in replacing Julian Nagelsmann — who led Leipzig to the 2020 Champions League semifinals, becoming the youngest-ever coach to reach that stage — and Marsch inherited a side in transition with Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer following Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich while Ibrahima Konaté signed with Liverpool.

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