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New Cristiano Ronaldo statue unveiled in India and supporters are split



Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured in India courtesy of a statue which has been erected in the western state of Goa – but fans are split over whether it should have gone up in the first place.

Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game and returned to United for a second spell in the summer.

Football is hugely popular in Goa and officials hope the statue of Ronaldo will inspire young people.

But critics say local players should have instead been recognised, with a string of current and former India internationals coming from the region.

Detractors also point to the fact that Goa is a former Portuguese colony and this year marks 60 years since the state was liberated.

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“To erect a statue of a Portuguese footballer this year is sacrilegious,” right-wing activist Guru Shirodkar told the IANS news agency. “We condemn this.

“There are many freedom fighters in Goa who have been insulted.”

A local Goan was also quoted as saying: “Very disappointed to hear of the statue of Ronaldo being erected.

“Learn to take pride in our own icons like Samir Naik and Bruno Coutinho.”

But others are in favour of the statue and have lauded it.

Local lawmaker in the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, Michael Lobo, tweeted a photo of himself with the statue.

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“For the love of football and at the request of our youth we put up Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue in the park to inspire our youngsters to take football to greater heights,” he wrote.

Football has become well-liked in a string of states across India, with many people taking an interest in the Premier League and other competitions. But cricket remains the most popular sport in the country.

Ronaldo has won a plethora of trophies during his illustrious career and has continued to excel in the Premier League this season at the age of 36.

The forward won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup during his first spell in England and lifted his first Ballon d’Or under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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He then moved to Real Madrid, where he went on to win four more Champions League trophies, another three Club World Cups and two La Liga titles. He also picked up four more Ballon d’Ors in Spain.

He won two Serie A titles during three years with Juventus, before signing for the Red Devils under previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ronaldo also won Euro 2016 with Portugal and is the highest international goalscorer in the history of the game after striking an incredible 115 times for his country.


Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar




Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante




Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report




Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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