Premier League news and talking points
Totti: Salah is one of the world’s best players
Roma and Italy legend Francesco Totti believes former team-mate Mohamed Salah is already one of the world’s best footballers – but can get even better.
Totti, who retired last summer, played alongside Salah for two years at the Italian club before the Egyptian signed for Liverpool. This season Salah has scored 30 goals in 36 matches and Totti has praised the forward for his superb form.
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Totti told the Daily Mirror: “The level he is playing at at the moment, he is one of the best players in the world – and I think he can and will get even better.
“I know him well, he is a good friend and wants to keep improving... He does all the right things, he trains hard, he works hard, he listens to the coaches – that’s why, as good as he is playing at the moment, I think maybe there is even one more level in him.”
Eriksen: Spurs are hitting top form
Christian Eriksen believes Tottenham are flourishing. Quoted by Sky Sports, the Danish midfielder told the Spurs website: “I don’t know what it is about this time of year but it’s probably all about how we train – we work hard, especially in pre-season and we really pick up this time of year. All I know is the team feels very confident and we’re going in the right direction. We started the season well, had a dip and now we’ve really built up again over the last few months.”
Cahill in danger of losing England World Cup spot
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill could miss out on selection for England’s World Cup squad because of his poor form, The Times reports. The 32-year-old was dropped by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for the Champions League match against Barcelona and the Times says that England boss Gareth Southgate shares the concerns over Cahill’s recent displays.
Premier League transfer news and gossip
Pogba’s agent contacts top European clubs
Paul Pogba’s relationship with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hit the headlines over the past week. Today Sports Illustrated reports that the midfielder’s agent is trying to manoeuvre a summer transfer for the French star. A source with “first-hand knowledge” says that super-agent Mino Raiola has been in contact with a number of top European clubs, but Sports Illustrated says “nobody is biting” so far.
Maguire commits future to Leicester
Harry Maguire says his future lies at Leicester City, according to The Sun. The England defender is a £50m target for Manchester City but the 24-year-old “believes the Foxes are on the up and he wants to be part of it”.
Sanchez rules out move to Real Madrid
Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez wants to stay at the London club despite reports that Real Madrid are ready to offer him a lucrative deal to move to Spain. Sanchez, 21, cost Spurs £41m last summer and sees his immediate future in the Premier League. He told the Daily Mirror: “I do not think about money or where it is. Right now, here in Tottenham I am very good. I am playing every three to four days. I am being important in the team. As big as Madrid is, no matter how big a team are, that has won what they have won, if the conditions are not favourable for me, unfortunately I cannot accept.”
Wenger wants Welbeck to stay at Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants striker Danny Welbeck to sign a new contract. Welbeck has come back from serious knee injuries and Wenger told the Daily Mail: “I want to keep him because he has gone through a torrid time and come out well. I like him because he can play left, right or up front, and for his quality.”
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