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I’m Desperate To Sign Cavani, Says Xavi

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Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez has responded to claims that Barcelona is interested in acquiring the services of Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani.

The former Barcelona midfielder hailed the Uruguayan as a ‘great player’ but refused to be drawn on Barcelona’s transfer link with him.

Cavani is sidelined due to injury and has made just 8 appearances for Manchester United this season.

The 34-year-old was convinced by sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extend his stay with United at the end of last season.

Reports emerged during the week that the Uruguayan International is now intent on making the move to Barcelona at the end of the season.

However, Xavi confirmed that the Catalan side is keen on bolstering their squad in January and in the summer but concedes that the club’s financial situation ‘is not great’.

“The club is trying to strengthen the squad, and if we need to strengthen the squad with players coming in some will have to leave,” Xavi told the Spanish press on Friday.

“We’ll see what situation we’re in, what we can do, our financial situation is not great so we’ll see how we manage all these things.

“The club is trying to make something work and they are working very hard. But the reality is what it is.

“I’d rather talk about the players that we have and in case we do get a player in January I’ll talk about perhaps more specific types of players we need in each position and if there are any players that will adapt to us.

“I’m not going to talk about names now, I’ll talk about the players we have now and tomorrow’s important game.”

Asked about a move for the veteran Uruguayan striker, Xavi replied: “You didn’t hear what I said before, right? You haven’t been paying attention!

“I think he’s a good player, but I’d rather talk about the players who are here, who are important, who need the love of the fans and from us as well. But yes, Cavani is a great player.”

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Hazard Rejects Move To Chelsea

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Eden Hazard has turned down a move to Newcastle United, despite Real Madrid accepting an offer of £33.4million, plus £8.3m in add-ons, according to El Nacional.

The 30-year-old has endured a miserable time in Spain since he arrived from Chelsea in 2019 for an initial fee of £88 million.

Hazard’s form has been hampered with a series of injuries and a lack of form.

As a result, the Belgium captain has fallen down the pecking order, with Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo preferred by Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is believed to have accepted an offer of €40 million (£33.4 million), plus €10 million (£8.3 million) in add-ons, from Newcastle.

However, Hazard has snubbed the Magpies’ approach, insisting he will only leave for a ‘big’ club, such as Chelsea.

The Blues have long been linked with a reunion with Hazard, who shone at Stamford Bridge over his seven-year spell, scoring 110 goals and providing 92 assists in 352 appearances for the club.

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Chelsea Are Completely Out Of Premier League Title Race, Tuchel Admits

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has admitted they are now in a race to finish in the Premier League top three.


According to the German, he never imagined being 13 points behind leaders Manchester City in the title race.

Tuchel says he is not happy with the situation, but claims he is comforted with the Blues in the Carabao Cup final, still in the Champions League and FA Cup.

He will also travel with his squad next month for the Club World Cup.


When asked whether when he took the job he would have thought being 13 points behind was good enough, Tuchel said: “No, of course not. We would never have accepted that before. Never. But this is the reality now and just because it is like this, not everything is bad.


“If you think that to tell the story that way, it is fair enough and we can take it. We know what we do and we know what we are up for. At the moment we are 13 points behind and we are in a race of top three.

“So this is the situation and from there we go. But we would not have accepted it one year ago. I would not have accepted it four weeks ago and I did not accept it when we arrived at City in the moment that we are.


“That is what makes us and I am absolutely comfortable to not accept it because I work for Chelsea and we play for Chelsea, so when we play, we play to win.”

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Oliseh Tips Cameroon To Lift AFCON 2021 Title, Gives Reasons

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Former Nigeria head coach, Sunday Oliseh has named Cameroon as a credible ‘title contender’ at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).


Oliseh said the 2021 AFCON host nation, Cameroon, is strong, aggressive and well organized.

The former Ajax and Juventus midfielder also said that Cameroon is fun to watch with their captain Vincent Aboubakar, who has netted five goals at the tournament so far.

Cameroon was the first country to qualify for the 2021 AFCON round of 16 after victories over Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.


The Indomitable Lions finished on top of Group A with seven points after playing a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde on Monday.


In a tweet via his Twitter handle after Cameroon drew with Cape Verde, Oliseh wrote: “Tall, strong, solid, aggressive, compact, hosts & relatively well organized! The indomitable Lions team, though at times static & not so nimble-footed, is definitely in my opinion, a credible title contender and Fun to watch with Aboubakar. AFCON is heating up!!”

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