Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#SoccerChat256 group updates - December 28, 2016

[28/12, 11:05 a.m.] Former England star Paul Gascoigne has been hospitalised with a head wound after allegedly being kicked down stairs during a drunken brawl on Tuesday night.

According to an apparent eyewitness on the scene, Gascoigne was "spitting, making racist remarks and groping women, all while throwing around pound notes and stating his dad has cancer" before being "kicked down the stairs by a guy whose friend got slapped by him".

He's been hospitalised for overdosing on drink and drugs, admitted to rehab on numerous occasions, arrested for drink driving, and convicted of assaulting a railway security guard in Stevenage.

[28/12, 7:52 p.m.] *Tranfers News*

Swansea have made 46-year-old Wales manager Chris Coleman their top target to replace Bob Bradley. (Daily Star)

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is also in the running to take over at the Welsh club. (Daily Mail)

Leicester will give manager Claudio Ranieri more than £30m to spend in the January transfer window. (Telegraph)

The Foxes have already agreed to sign 20-year-old Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in a deal worth up to £18m from Belgian club Genk. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce could make Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs, 27, his first signing at Selhurst Park. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss David Moyes will resist Allardyce's efforts to sign his 34-year-old striker Jermain Defoe. (ESPN)

Chelsea have made a £21.3m bid for 20-year-old Atlanta midfielder Franck Kessie. (France Footbball - in French)

Daily Express leads with the sacking of Swansea manager Bob Bradley
Manchester City's Joe Hart, 29, and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, 23, are on Chelsea's list of potential replacements if current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois leaves for Real Madrid in the summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 29, has refused a loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United defensive target Victor Lindelof, 22, is set to sign a new contract with Benfica that will take his buy-out clause over £50m. (Daily Mail)

Toulouse have rejected an £8.5m bid from West Ham for their 25-year-old striker Martin Braithwaite. (RMC Sport - in French)

Newcastle are interested in signing 24-year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, the Magpies might be scuppered in their hopes to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 20, with Chelsea keen to loan the midfielder to a fellow Premier League club. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Juventus and Paulo Dybala, 23, are yet to reach an agreement over the Argentine striker's contract extension. (

Cardiff striker Marouane Chamakh, 32, has opened talks with Qatari club Al-Arabi. (Mirror)

German club RB Leipzig, second in the Bundesliga, are interested in 18-year-old Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

The Chinese Super League is hoping to lure Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. (Mirror)

Eden Hazard was "still drunk" when he scored a hat-trick in his final game for Lille after a farewell night out before leaving for Chelsea in 2012, according to a former team-mate. (Independent)

Arsenal's 30-year-old striker Olivier Giroud is yet to sign an extension to his contract which expires next season, but says he would be happy to do so despite not having featured regularly this term. (Guardian)

Watford's 'Harry the Hornet' mascot will not face disciplinary action from the FA over the mocking 'dive' gesture he made towards Crystal Palace's 24-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha on Boxing Day. (Telegraph)

Manchester United will reject January loan offers for 21-year-old French forward Anthony Martial, with Sevilla said to be interested. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham turned down a £650m takeover bid from drinks company Red Bull in the summer, according to the son of co-chairman David Sullivan. (Independent)
[28/12, 7:53 p.m.] Sammy: Antoine Griezmann: "I got much credit for my Euro's but in reality it was all Olivier Giroud's work carrying me, I thank him a lot" (L'Equipe)

Mesut Ozil: "I love assisting players, and I want to go back to it with Giroud up front, Alexis is making my stats look sub par" (BILD)

Arsene Wenger: "Would I have retired in 2014 without Giroud's backheel assist? Most likely. I thank the best target man in Europe"( L'Equipe)

Aaron Ramsey: "I thank Giroud a lot reviving my career when it looked dead in 13/14, that backheel assist gave me an easy tap in" (BBC Wales)

Jerome Boateng "When I played Arsenal at the Emirates the reality is I just couldnt deal with Giroud" Best hold up play I've ever seen" (BILD)

Nicolas Otamendi: "I've faced Messi, Cristiano, Suarez, Neymar and none were as physically challenging as facing Giroud" (Marca)

[28/12, 7:54 p.m.] #GlobeSoccer awards Gala #Kooora WINNERS
  1.Cristiano Ronaldo  wins Globe Sport 2016 Player of the Year
  2. Florentino Perez wins Globe Sport's "Best President of a football club" for the year 2016
  3. Real Madrid wins Globe Sport's 2016 "Best Club of the Year" award
  4. Mark Clattenburg presented with the 'Best Referee of the Year' #GlobeSoccer Award
  5. 'Best Chinese Player of the Year' by @SinasportsChina is Zheng Zhi #GlobeSoccerAwards
  6. 'Best @Kooora GCC Player of the Year' goes to Omar Abdulrahman
  7. 'Best @Kooora GCC Club of the Year' goes to Al Hilal FC
  8. Samuel Eto'o presented with #GlobeSoccer 'Player Career Award' @setoo9
  9. 'Best Agent of the Year' #GlobeSoccer Award goes to Mino Raiola
  10. 'Best Arab Player of the Year' by @Kooora goes to Mohamed Salah
  11. 'Best Coach of the Year' #GlobeSoccer Award goes to Fernando Santos of @selecaoportugal, the Portuguese National Team
  12. Unai Emery presented with 'Special Award" from the President of @FIFAcom Giannin Infantino _ #GlobeSoccer

[28/12, 7:54 p.m.] *Real Madrid has been named the world's best club*

​The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has announced its top 13 clubs of the year.​

*RANKING 2016*

1- Real Madrid(Spain)
165 points

2- Atletico Madrid(Spain)
148 points

3- Manchester City(England)
124 points

4- Chelsea(England)
106 points

5- Bayern Munich(Germany)
92 points

6- Barcelona(Spain)
88 points

7- Paris Saint- Germain(France)
72 points

8- Juventus(Italy)
66 points

9- Leicester City(England)
51 points

10- Arsenal(England)
45 points

11- Mamelodi Sundowns(South Africa)
37 points

12- Sevilla(Spain)
24 points

13- As Monaco(France)
12 points
[28/12, 7:59 p.m.] Mourinho on Pogba: "He is the best midfielder in the world." [gffn]

[28/12, 7:59 p.m.] Mourinho: “If the perception change, @paulpogba can win Ballon D'or as he is a midfielder that will score more and more goals."

[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Mourinho: "I think he has conditions to score goals. But he is a midfield player. The best midfield player in the world.”

[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Mourinho: "@HenrikhMkh was completely open and completely understood the difference between me and others coaches he has had."
[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Mourinho: "He worked a lot without playing. He was phenomenal & people realised that the time spent outside was good for him to improve."

[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Sammy: Mourinho: "I think Martial is very very young, people forget, and last season #mufc played completely differently to how we do today."

[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Mourinho: "He was basically playing up front. The team had lots of possession and were waiting to put the ball for him to score a goal."
[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Mourinho: "This season it is more difficult. This season is more difficult, he needs a little bit of time to improve I think.”

[28/12, 8:00 p.m.] Mourinho on @WayneRooney's chances for Saturday: "I don't think so. I hope so. I have my doubts. Muscle injury. Deep muscle."

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