RB Leipzig 'want to keep both Angelino and Patrik Schick this summer'

RB Leipzig ‘want to keep both Angelino and Patrik Schick this summer but coronavirus pandemic could force club to choose between the two’

  • Angelino and Patrik Schick have impressed on loan in Germany with RB Leipzig
  • They have helped their team secure a spot in Champions League quarter-finals
  • Leipzig would ideally look to keep hold of both players in the summer window 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

RB Leipzig are looking to keep both Angelino and Patrik Schick on their books this summer but they might not get their way due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports.

Angelino and Schick, on loan from Manchester City and Roma respectively, have impressed since joining Leipzig on a temporary basis – helping the club reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time ever.

But according to German publication SportBILD, the coronavirus pandemic could force Julian Nagelsmann’s side to choose between the two as they cannot afford to keep both players.

Angelino has impressed at RB Leipzig since his loan move from Manchester City in January

Patrik Schick has proved a nuisance up front for the Bundesliga outfit so far this season

Angelino has been quick to adapt to the style Nagelsmann wants to play, playing an instrumental role as Leipzig knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League.

Since his January loan move, the left back has featured seven times in all competitions for Leipzig, scoring once.

Meanwhile, Schick has impressed up front playing alongside star man Timo Werner following his loan move from Roma in September 2019.

The Czech Republic international has netted seven goals and created two assists in 18 matches across the Bundesliga and Champions League.

A tough decision awaits Nagelsmann as soon as the suspension of football due to the coronavirus crisis comes to an end. 

The loanees have quickly adapted to Julian Nagelsmann’s energetic style of play





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Rashford opens up on potential Man Utd link-up with transfer target Jadon Sancho

Marcus Rashford has opened up on the transfer speculation linking Jadon Sancho with a move to Man Utd.

The pair have linked up previously on England duty, with Sancho now expected to return to UK shores this summer to test his talents in the Premier League.

United are one of the lead candidates to seal a deal for the Borussia Dortmund star, and are reportedly prepared to break their club transfer record.

And Rashford has been buoyed by the rumours and admitted he was keen on the idea of Sancho linking up with him and striker partner Anthony Martial in United's attack.

Speaking on an Instagram Q&A with Bleacher Report, Rashford said: "It obviously would be good, Sancho's a great player, a new generation player.

"It's definitely exciting to watch him become the player he's becoming.

"Hopefully we can all play together that would be good."

Asked what it was about Sancho that set him apart, Rashford added: "He plays off the cuff, he's creative, imaginative, I think they're the things you need to do to be world class."

Dortmund have made it clear they will not accept anything less than their asking price for the winger despite the current economic uncertainty.

Sancho is valued at around £100-120million, which would significantly eclipse the £89m United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.

United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to go all-out to sign Sancho and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

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Redknapp: Kane could leave if Tottenham aren't pushing to win things

Harry Kane could leave Tottenham if Jose Mourinho’s men are not ‘pushing to win things’, warns Harry Redknapp who tips England star to replace Sergio Aguero at Manchester City

  • Harry Kane’s Tottenham future is in doubt with a top four spot looking unlikely 
  • Pundits and former players have urged him to seek a move away to win trophies 
  • Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp fears the club risk losing their talisman
  • He believes Kane won’t stay unless the team are challenging for silverware
  • The forward admitted he wouldn’t stay with his boyhood club ‘for the sake of it’ 

Tottenham forward Harry Kane won’t be content to stay at the club unless they begin to challenge for silverware, according to the man who gave him his debut.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says the club risk losing their star man to a top club like Manchester City unless they show the same amount of ambition as him and bring in quality players.

A shadow of doubt has been cast over Kane’s future in north London with Jose Mourinho’s men losing their grasp on a top four spot and Champions League football looking out of their reach for next season.  

Harry Kane’s Tottenham future is shrouded in doubt with Spurs slipping in the top four race

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp fears the club face a battle to keep hold of him

Spurs are also out of the FA Cup and Champions League, meaning there will be no trophies for Kane to lift in this campaign, although he has reiterated that he wants to give Mourinho more time to bed in his ideas. 

But Redknapp says the club must do more to ensure Kane stays long term. The coronavirus crisis hitting football will make it hard for Tottenham to splash the cash this summer, and he said that might play into Kane’s mindset. 

‘Listen, Harry is an ambitious boy,’ he told Sky Sports. He’s a fantastic professional, a great lad, and he wants to play and he wants to win things,’ 

Kane has been superb since making his Spurs debut in 2011 but has been linked with a move 

They [Tottenham] need surgery in the summer, but are they going to be spending any money? Is anyone going to be spending money now in the next year or two and going for big transfers?

‘He’ll be looking at that and thinking “hang on”.

Redknapp managed Tottenham between 2008 and 2012 – securing their first top four finish in the Premier League era. He introduced Kane to the world in a Europa League game against Hearts in 2011. 

Redknapp stressed he sympathised with Spurs fans about the prospect of losing Kane, who has netted 181 goals for the club, but admitted he could see him playing for Manchester City and would be the perfect replacement for Sergio Aguero when he eventually leaves the Etihad. 

Redknapp says the England captain would be a great player for any top club in the world

He suggested Kane could be a replacement for Sergio Aguero when he leaves Manchester City

‘And what a player he would be for one of those top clubs. I don’t want to see him leave Tottenham and nor do Tottenham fans but what a centre-forward he would be for Man City for instance with Aguero coming to the end.

‘He’d be a great signing for anybody. He’s a great player and a great professional – hopefully he’ll stay at Tottenham but he won’t stay unless he sees them pushing to win things.’

Kane, who has played nearly 300 games for Spurs since getting off the mark for his boyhood team, echoed Redknapp’s comments on the weekend, insisting that he wouldn’t remain with the club ‘for the sake of it’.

‘I love Spurs. If I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or moving in the right direction, I’m not someone who would stay just for the sake of it. I’m an ambitious player. 




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Zlatan Ibrahimovic willing ‘to walk away’ from AC Milan months after returning

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the verge of walking away from AC Milan just months after returning to the San Siro.

The Swede is thought to be disappointed by changes to the club's hierarchy.

Chief football officer Zvonimir Boban has been shown the door, a decision that has not been well received by Ibrahimovic, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

Boban was crucial in sealing the 38-year-old's return to Italy and this summer's recruitment was going to be done with him in mind.

Ibrahimovic played for Milan for two years between 2010 – 2012 before heading to PSG.

In that time he scored 56 goals in 85 games as they won Serie A – their only league triumph in the past 16 years.

Since returning he has netted four times in ten outings with Milan languishing in mid-table but issues behind the scenes continue to surface.

Had the Swede been able to lead an unlikely charge towards the Champions League he would've triggered a contract extension.

Maldini has previously said: "There's a six-month contract with an automatic renewal clause in case we reach the Champions League.

"Otherwise, we'll put ourselves round the table with him. With Ibra, there must always be an open dialogue and this exists, otherwise he would not have come in the first place."

But the Milan legend, who is currently employed by the club, could be the next man axed by CEO Ivan Gazidis.

He has struggled to work with the former Arsenal chief and is aware of how confrontation with Gazidis ends.

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Eddie Howe becomes first Premier League boss to take voluntary pay cut

EXCLUSIVE: Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe becomes the first Premier League figure to break rank and take a voluntary pay-cut to his £4m per year wages… but stars keep their full salaries for now

  • Eddie Howe has decided to take a voluntary pay cut amid coronavirus crisis
  • The Bournemouth boss becomes the first Premier League figure to break ranks
  • Howe earns around £4m a year but will take home less during Covid-19 outbreak
  • Chief executive, technical director and Howe’s assistant have also taken big cuts 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has become the first Premier League figure to take a voluntary pay cut from his £4million-a-year wages amid the coronavirus crisis.

The League Managers Association, Professional Footballers Association, the Premier League and EFL have been locked in talks with a view to reaching a united agreement over pay reductions.

But Howe, together with chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes and assistant boss Jason Tindall have broken ranks to take significant pay cuts for the period of time Covid-19 continues to rip through the football calendar.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has become the first Premier League figure to take a pay cut

The Cherries manager has decided to take a voluntary cut amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis

Sportsmail can also reveal that at least 50 non-playing employees have been furloughed in recent days.

However, the Cherries will continue to pay the remaining 20 percent of salaries to those who have been furloughed to ensure employees still receive 100 percent of their wages.

The Cherries want to ensure that every employee still has a job once the disruption to English football is over.

People who have been furloughed are those who cannot complete their jobs during the football suspension, for instance club shop workers.

In a statement released to Sportsmail, Bournemouth’s board of directors confirmed: ‘As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to gather pace, there are far more questions than answers regarding its effects.

‘One thing is for certain, however; the wellbeing of our employees, supporters, local communities and everyone around the world is of far greater significance than football matches.

There is no football being played and Bournemouth have become first club to make their move

There is no script for moments like this. No tactics and no set plays to find a winning formula.

‘But as a board we are continually looking at ways to ensure the future of the club and our employees is protected when the season returns.

‘With this in mind, the club’s chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes, manager Eddie Howe and assistant manager Jason Tindall have all taken significant, voluntary pay cuts for the entirety of this uncertain time.

‘We have also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be temporarily furloughed, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

‘These measures have been taken to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period, not only in football but for businesses in all industries across the world.

A further 50 members of non-playing staff at Bournemouth have been furloughed

‘Furloughed employees – all of whose roles have been affected by the closure of Vitality Stadium and the club’s other sites – will be on leave for a minimum of three weeks under the UK government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, which is currently set to run until Sunday, May 31.

Affected staff can be recalled to work after a short notice period, if necessary.

Throughout the entirety of this time, they will continue to receive their full salary, with the club committing to topping up each furloughed employee’s wages to 100 per cent of their normal pay, while claiming back 80 per cent of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, as per government guidelines.

‘Furloughed staff will continue to have their benefits – including pension contributions – paid by the club, and holiday entitlement will accrue during this period.

‘We are also offering training schemes to allow furloughed staff to continue their development while on leave, and we look forward to welcoming these employees back to their roles as soon it is possible for the club to fully function again.

‘In this time of great uncertainty, our thoughts are with those who are affected by this virus and those who are caring for them.’





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Alexander Nubel can learn under Manuel Neuer at Bayern, insists Kahn

‘He has the chance to develop and learn’: Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn convinced summer signing Alexander Nubel will arrive as back-up, rather than as a replacement, for veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

  • Alexander Nubel has already agreed a five-year contract to join Bayern Munich
  • There were some fearing that the move signalled the end for Manuel Neuer
  • But Oliver Kahn, now on the club board, believes that Nubel will be the back-up 

Oliver Kahn has suggested that Manuel Neuer will remain No 1 at Bayern Munich despite the arrival of Alexander Nubel from Schalke this summer. 

Neuer’s long-term future at the Allianz Arena has been thrown into doubt with rising star Nubel having already agreed a deal to join the club on a five-year deal. 

But Kahn, now on the Bayern board, believes Neuer will still get the nod, allowing Nubel to develop under him in his first season at the club.  

Manuel Neuer will act as a mentor for new goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, believes Oliver Kahn

The 23-year-old will make a free transfer to Bayern when he leaves Schalke in the summer

Kahn was 38 when he hung up the gloves for Bayern and so with Neuer currently 34, the club legend is convinced he will remain as the primary option.  

‘In general, as I have shown myself, goalkeepers can of course play into old age, but maintaining a high level is a great challenge,’ Kahn told Sport Bild.

‘In Alexander Nubel, we get a highly talented goalkeeper, who has the chance to develop and learn behind Manuel Neuer. 

Kahn, who retired with Bayern at the age of 38, says Nubel will develop as Neuer’s deputy

‘Not many have the opportunity to work with the best goalkeeper in the world every day.’ 

Similarities have been drawn between the two goalkeepers given that Neuer emerged at Schalke before transferring to Bavaria back in 2011.  

There has been reported interest from Chelsea in Neuer, at a time considered the finest goalkeeper of his generation, but Kahn’s comments suggest he remains very much in Bayern’s plan moving forward – even with the arrival of Nubel.  




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Bruno Fernandes opponent describes what playing against Man Utd star is like

Craig Cathcart has opened up on what defending against Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes is like, admitting he's "quality".

Watford defender Cathcart came up against Fernandes recently, when the Red Devils ran out 3-0 winners over the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

Portugal international Fernandes opened the scoring on the day from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box.

Fernandes then turned provider, setting up Anthony Martial to make it 2-0 before Mason Greenwood put the icing on the cake 15 minutes before the end.

Revealing what the Watford squad made of United's January signing, Cathcart told the Manchester Evening News: "I think we were all very impressed.

"The thing that impressed me most was that he always looks forward. He always gets the ball and his first thought is to pass forward and create chances, which maybe they [United] were missing before.

"He's brought that bit of quality and cutting edge to the final third and since he's come in their performances have been much better, from what I've seen."

Cathcart wasn't the only Watford player who spoke out about Fernandes from that game.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster, who gave away the penalty when he fouled the Portuguese, admitted he was surprised by his speed.


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Football legend’s grandson found dead aged 21

The grandson of Celtic legend Billy McNeill has been found dead, his family has confirmed.

Matthew McCombe vanished on March 14 while on holiday in Amsterdam, Holland to celebrate his 21st birthday.

Matthew's heartbroken mum Paula took to Facebook on Wednesday morning to confirm the tragic news that her son's body had been found.

Paula wrote: "It is with great sadness that we are announcing our son Matthew McCombe's body was found this morning.

"Matthew was much loved by all and our hearts are broken.

"We would like to thank everyone who has helped in the search for Matthew and for the love, compassion and kindness that has been extended to us since our arrival in Amsterdam.

"As a family we would kindly ask for our privacy to be respected in these sad times."

Matthew's dad Charlie made a television appeal in Holland for information on his son's whereabouts just last weekend.

On Dutch TV, Charlie said: "For some reason, we don't know why he left the hotel room at 6.15am. I had a text at 1.36am. I'd asked him earlier, 'How was it?', and he text back saying, 'Class night'."


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Rodrygo claims Pele helped convince him to make Real Madrid move

‘I visited Pele’s house and he gave me his blessing:’ Rodrygo claims Brazil legend helped convince him to make Real Madrid move

  • Rodrygo made £40m move from boyhood club Santos to Real Madrid last year
  • Forward admits Santos and Brazil legend Pele gave him blessing to leave
  • 19-year-old has had a mixed first year at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane

Rodrygo claims Pele gave him full approval to join Real Madrid after visiting the Brazil legend at his home.

The Madrid starlet moved to the Bernabeu in the summer in a deal worth £40million (€45million) from Santos where he had come through the ranks.

Likewise Pele also became a star at Santos where he spent the whole of his major career, scoring 619 goals in 638 appearances between 1956 and 1974.

Rodrygo states Brazil legend Pele gave him his blessing for a move to Real Madrid last summer

Rodrygo admits his 79-year-old compatriot is one of the biggest influences in his career along with another Santos legend Nemyar, but that he also has an appreciation for Cristiano Ronaldo and Robinho.

‘Cristiano and Neymar are sources of inspiration for me, I am a big fan of them, he told DAZN.

‘Pele, Neymar and Robinho mean a lot to me and also to my favourite team, which is Santos. Neymar is the player I followed the most but I had the chance to meet all three of them.

Rodrygo joined Madrid from Santos, where Pele spent his major career between 1956 and 1974

‘Before I completed my signing for Real Madrid I visited Pele’s house and he gave me his blessing,’ 

Rodrygo started the season in good from for Zinedine Zidane’s side, with the 19-year-old netting a hat-trick in a 6-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray.

However his first-team minutes have dried up since the turn of the year, and he has started to feature more in the reserve Castilla side.

Despite a bright start, Rodrygo has been on the fringes of the Madrid squad in recent times

Despite this, the forward praises Zidane over the way he has handled his early days at Madrid.

‘I have a very good relationship with Zidane,’ he added. ‘He knew when the time was right for me to step on the pitch in order to get me ready.

He helps me, gives me good advise and tells me where and how should I improve my game. He also tells me when I do something the right way.’




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Dani Ceballos speaks out over his future amid Arsenal uncertainty

Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has refused to commit his future to the club beyond June 30.

The Spaniard is due to return to Real Madrid this summer but the coronavirus outbreak means the Premier League is due to finish a lot later than planned.

Doubt exists over several loan deals and players who have contracts expiring at the end of June.

Ceballos has already tried to cut short his stay in north London before Mikel Arteta urged him to prove his worth at the Emirates.

But the 23-year-old has said he is in the dark over where he will be playing his football come July 1.

"I finish my contract on June 30. I would have to play for Arsenal, I don’t know how [it would work],’ he said in an interview with El Chiringuito.

"The relationship of the future would be irresponsible for me to speak about.

"The most important thing will be to be important for my new team. I came to Arsenal to be important and in less than a month it has disappeared [because of coronavirus]."

Ceballos was a standout in last summer's U21 European Championship and saw plenty of suitors line up for his signature.


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