22.09.2022
Chelsea target Jonathan Clauss has revealed why he snubbed summer transfer in favour of Marseille

Marseille defender Jonathan Clauss has admitted that he did not want to join Chelsea in the summer transfer window for the sake of moving to the Blues.

Chelsea had a busy summer window, spending over £270million on new players such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The London club were also reportedly interested in signing the former RC Lens right-back on a cut-price deal as his contract at the Ligue 1 club was ending at the end of the current season.

The 29-year-old had impressed in his two years with Lens as he became one of the best full-backs in France as well as becoming an international under Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.

Clauss instead opted to remain in Ligue 1 and moved to the Stade Velodrome on a three-year contract to play with Marseille in a £7.8m transfer.

The defender admitted that his desire for first-team football was one of the reasons that he did not move to Chelsea as well as the fact he did not want to join the club just so he could say he has been a player at Stamford Bridge.

Clauss told Info Sport: ‘I didn’t want to sign for Chelsea to one day say I signed for Chelsea.

‘It was really to try and keep playing, to discover the Champions League. Marseille ticked all the boxes I was looking for.’

Since signing for Marseille, Clauss has been a regular fixture in the team, having made ten appearances in all competitions under manager Igor Tudor.

The club are currently second in Ligue 1, having won six of their eight league games this season, two points behind current champions PSG.

Chelsea however have started the season in poor form and are currently in 7th place in the Premier League. The Blues have also replaced manager Thomas Tuchel with Brighton boss Graham Potter.

Clauss has joined a number of former Premier League players at the Stade Velodrome, such as former West Ham star Dimitri Payet, Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares and former Gunners like Matteo Guendouzi, Alexis Sanchez, Sead Kolasinac.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is also on loan at the French club.

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    Derek Chisora crashed Tyson Fury’s ringside interview with talkSPORT at the Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker event on Saturday night to offer him out to a ‘bare-knuckle fight’.

    The pair were in talks to face each other earlier this year but negotiations fell through after Fury claimed that Chisora ‘price himself out’ of the deal. Now, for the first time since the breakdown in communication, both men came face to face in a heated altercation.

    In a video uploaded by talkSPORT, Chisora said: “I’m here in Manchester, I’m here. You said come to Manchester and I’ll fight you bare-knuckle and I’m here.”

    Fury replied: “Why didn’t you sign the contract then?” Del Boy fired back: “No, you didn’t send me a contract.”

    Fury accepted Chisora’s challenge, adding: “I will fight you bare-knuckle if you want, no problem. Any time, any place, anywhere. Listen you got two million and you refused it.” That was in reference to the £2million Chisora was offered to face Fury for a December showdown.

    But Chisora once again affirmed that Fury had not sent the contract, to which Fury continued: “I didn’t need to send it, you declined two million.”

    Fury then added that he would fight Chisora if Anthony Joshua doesn’t sign the paperwork for their all-British showdown. “Listen, if you wanna fight? If your man don’t fight, I will definitely fight you next,” said The Gypsy King.

    Chisora and Fury fought each other on two occasions in 2011 and 2014 with Fury winning both contests. In their last outing, Fury became only the second man to stop the iron-chinned veteran with a tenth-round retirement victory.

    For a long time, the pair had been good friends but their relationship turned sour after Chisora predicted that Dillian Whyte would knock out Fury ahead of their fight in April. Taking exception to Chisora’s comments, Fury threatened to punch his fellow countryman in the face in an X-rated rant and negotiations for a fight in late 2023 began.

    Fury is expected to face Joshua next on December 3 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. However, with AJ yet to send over his completed bout agreement, the Mancunian is growing increasingly frustrated and has set his rival a deadline of Monday to sign the contract otherwise he has threatened to ‘move on’ to another opponent.

    Mahmoud Charr is believed to be the most likely replacement although a fight with Chisora may also suffice if an agreement can be reached this time.

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  • 1 час, 8 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Andy Murray denied Novak Djokovic Laver Cup wish but Roger Federer might be delighted

    Andy Murray has been denied his wish of playing alongside Novak Djokovic in the Laver Cup today (Sunday), although his desired Serbian team-mate has revealed that he is the ‘worst’ on the team to play with in the two-vs-two matches. Instead, Murray will play with Matteo Berrettini as Team Europe look to retain their crown at the O2 Arena.

    The pair will take to the court on Sunday in the day session to take on Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock. Team Europe currently head into the final day of the competition with an 8-4 lead, with Roger Federer waiting in the wings to see if he will bow out on a win.

    Federer was unable to secure a victory on Friday night in his doubles match with Rafael Nadal, losing to Francis Tiafoe and Sock, meaning that he will conclude his illustrious career with a defeat. Though an overall win in London would certainly make up for that for the 20-time Grand Slam winner, so he may be pleased to hear that Murray will not be playing alongside Djokovic in the crucial three-pointer.

    Speaking before it was announced that he would play with Berrettini, Murray said: “Me and Novak Djokovic would be a good one (pair), but, yeah, if we don’t, whoever steps out on the doubles court, yeah, is going to be a top team. Obviously, it will be fun to play with Novak again.

    “2006 feels like a long time ago (smiling). We were chatting about that last night. I had hair, like, out here. It would be fun to do that.” However, Djokovic will be thankful to hear that he will not be taking part in another doubles match at the O2 after saying: “I’m probably the worst doubles player on the team, so I don’t know if I would get picked.

    “If we get a chance to play, we hopefully win the match, because we lost both [of the last two].” Although a partnership of Murray and Djokovic would certainly have provided box office entertainment, the focus on Sunday is to secure the two victories required to enable Team Europe to lift the trophy on the night.

    The Laver Cup has been packed full of emotion due to Federer’s retirement, with Rafael Nadal notably unable to hold back the tears as the reality sank in that he would not be taking to the court with his long-term rival again. Djokovic, too, was visibly emotional on Friday, while Murray too had a touching moment with the Swiss after a long embrace.

    And the Scot has revealed that the last few days have led to him thinking about retirement more than ever, having been questioned about whether Federer’s decision could spark a flurry of big announcements.

    He said: “I have thought a lot about my own career and the matches that I played and talked to the guys, Roger, Rafa, Novak, about the matches that we played against each other, and I have never done that consistently or as much as we have the last few days.”

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  • 1 час, 8 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Roy Keane in ‘most Roy Keane moment ever’ in Man Utd legends game as he pushes team-mate

    Despite it being 17 years since he hung up his boots, Manchester United legend Roy Keane showed in a legends match that he is still the same figure he used to be. The Red Devils icon shoved away team-mate Ronnie Johnson as he attempted to hand over the captain’s armband against Liverpool at Anfield.

    United were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool in the second leg of the Legends of the North Clash at Anfield, with the match finishing 5-2 on aggregate after they also played at Old Trafford. Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring for the away side early on when he rolled back the years to fire home a fantastic volley.

    But Liverpool, managed by Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and John Aldridge, soon bounced back early in the second half when Mark Gonzalez slotted home to continue his good form in the fixture. The Reds then snatched a late winner when Florent Sinama-Pongolle pounced on a loose ball in the United box to win the match.

    Though one of the moments of the match was when TV pundit Keane entered the fray to a chorus of boos, which he soaked up with glaring stares into the stands. Soon after, he found himself palming away team-mate Johnson, who was keen to honour the 51-year-old with the captain’s armband after his success in the role as a player.

    Johnson quickly got the message that Keane wasn’t having it and the players dispersed, though Keane will have been hoping for a more positive influence as he was unable to strengthen the United midfield prior to Liverpool’s late winner. The former Nottingham Forest star enjoyed plenty of success at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League on seven occasions and the Champions League once, with his influence in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side instrumental.

    Keane would lead by example in the centre of the park with tireless performances, though those days are certainly behind him as he has revealed that he is ‘embarrassingly’ unfit. Speaking earlier this year, Keane told the Off the Ball podcast: “I’m not fit. I’m far from fit. My fitness levels are actually very, very embarrassing.

    “Just because I’ve not put on loads of weight doesn’t mean to say I’m fit. I wouldn’t really be able to do any running. Put it this way, I’ve been invited a number of times over the last few years to play legends games or whatever you want to call it.

    “I’d find it really difficult because I wouldn’t be able to get around. Too many injury problems. I try to have a decent diet obviously and I’m wary of putting on too much weight, but I certainly wouldn’t be fit enough to go on any sort of run.”

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  • 1 час, 55 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Australian legend Drew Mitchell admits Wallabies have arrogant perception after loss to All Blacks

    In the wake of the Wallabies 40-14 drubbing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday evening, Aussie rugby legends have explained where it is going wrong for the much-maligned side.

    Australia could not rebound from the controversial heartbreaker in the first Bledisloe Cup match, and instead put in an error-riddled display to go down to New Zealand by 26 points at Eden Park in Auckland.

    It’s a venue the Wallabies haven’t won at since 1986 – and some pundits suggested the side capitulated in the face of patriotic Kiwi support, and were overawed by the imposing All Blacks.

    Ex-Wallabies star Justin Harrison, however, refused to believe it was because the All Blacks have more pride in their jersey.

    ‘I think it’s important to recognise that New Zealand don’t have a mortgage on the jersey and national pride when they lose or win Test matches and they have fear of losing,’ a fired-up Harrison told host Alanna Ferguson on Stan Sport’s post-match coverage.

    ‘Every single time you take a Wallaby jersey onto the field, you have the same amount of pride in wearing that jersey.’

    The towering lock, who earned 34 caps for Australia, said the rollercoaster ride for Wallabies supporters wasn’t due to a lack of passion for the green and gold jersey from the players.

    ‘What we’re searching for is a team that has consistency … we had some adversity thrown at us, we had over 25 missed tackles and we had over 13 or 14 handling errors,’ said Harrison.

    ‘Now that is not a lack of pride and a lack of knowing what it means to wear the Wallaby jersey.’

    Harrison’s concerns about the Wallabies alarming lack of consistency was echoed by coach David Rennie after the match.

    ‘We were shaded in all areas tonight. We know when we’re at our best, we can compete with anyone. But we’ve got to be in and around 100 per cent every week,’ said the disappointed Wallabies coach.

    Rennie has been under relentless pressure ever since being appointed to the top job in November, 2019.

    Australia continues to show flashes of brilliance – namely stirring wins against both Argentina and South Africa earlier in the Rugby Championship, when all the odds were stacked against them.

    On paper, however, it doesn’t look pretty.

    In the 29 games since Rennie took charge of the side, Australia has won just 11 of 29 matches.

    Every time they seem to take one step forward in their development, they take three steps back: much like we’ve seen across the last two Bledisloe Cup games.

    Of course many fans will still be ropeable that referee Mathieu Raynal’s controversial penalty seemingly cost the side a certain victory in game one of the Bledisloe Cup.

    Harrison’s fellow Wallabies great and Stan Sport commentator, Drew Mitchell, said he had a theory as to why Australia never appears to get the rub of the green.

    The side are – rightly or wrongly – perceived as ‘arrogant or maybe whingers.’

    ‘Look, if there is a perception, then perception is reality,’ Mitchell said on the Stan Sport’s broadcast when asked about Australia’s reputation for arrogance.

    ‘If that’s the perception the ref is holding, let’s just assume they do … look, I’m guilty of it, we’re all guilty at times of whingeing because we’re emotionally invested in this.

    ‘When there is a 50/50, of course, you’re going to go to the bias where you’re emotionally invested. Last week I was against Mathieu Raynal because emotionally I felt like we got the wrong rub of the green.

    ‘It does work against you,’ added Mitchell.

    Mitchell then pointed to a few examples in Saturday night’s loss that would appear to back up that perception.

    ‘You look at the way the ref spoke to Nic White today when he told him ‘If that was directed at me, you’re going off the field’. Ask me again, was it reinforced further? ‘Be really careful, be really careful’,’ he said, when describing player-referee interactions.

    ‘Those types of interactions with referees give you an insight as to how they feel or how they position themselves against these players or teams.’

    That wasn’t the only example of perception seemingly being reality.

    Raynal was adamant he made the right call despite drawing the ire of (almost) the entire rugby world in Australia’s heartbreaking loss on September 15 – the first match of the Bledisloe Cup.

    When explaining his controversial decision to Australian skipper Nic White, his words drew the ire of Wallabies players and supporters.

    Raynal’s language implied the threat to his ego appeared to be the greatest motivation for his decision to blow a penalty – which would .

    ‘Nic (White) I’m sorry, you know exactly what I wanted,’ he could be heard saying on the vision, which was released by Stan Sports.

    ‘So that’s not fair what you did at the end, you just run the time and you know exactly. If you think I’m not capable to give a scrum, you’re making a mistake.

    ‘So now you know it.’

    For now, the perception does appear to be the reality.

    The Wallabies will look to put the disappointing finish to the Rugby Championship behind them, with a gruelling European Tour set for October and November.

    They’ll face Scotland in October before a quartet of tough Tests against France, Italy, Ireland and Wales in November.

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  • 1 час, 55 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Socceroos beat New Zealand by two goals in final football friendly ahead of 2022 World Cup

    The Socceroos will head to the World Cup as winners after a youthful side overcame New Zealand 2-0 in their final friendly ahead of Qatar.

    Graham Arnold blooded a pack of youngsters at Auckland’s Eden Park – a venue the Wallabies famously haven’t won at since 1986 – but the squad’s oldest outfielder, striker Mitch Duke, grabbed the first goal.

    Jason Cummings then converted a penalty after fine work from fellow debutant Garang Kuol, giving Arnold plenty to think about as he mulls his World Cup squad.

    With Thursday night’s XI that beat the All Whites 1-0 spared the trip to New Zealand, Arnold said he wanted to use the match to find his ‘Plan B’ for Qatar.

    He offered Harrison Delbridge a full debut while Kuol, Cummings – aka the Cumdingo – Ryan Strain, Cameron Devlin, and Keanu Baccus all got their first taste of senior international football.

    The match might have been a friendly but there was plenty at stake for both sides.

    The Socceroos, two months out from Qatar, were each competing for places in the 26-man squad, while the All Whites were playing at home for the first time in five years.

    It was surprising then that the first half was so tepid; perhaps the result of nerves, or playing on a surface chopped up by Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup Test.

    Disappointingly for the bumper crowd of 34,985, hometown hero Chris Wood was taken off after half an hour, complaining of a side strain.

    The Newcastle United striker spent his afternoon signing autographs for fans, rather than playing for them.

    The Socceroos were inexperienced but had time on the field previously; eight of the team were past or present Melbourne City players, while nine featured in Australia’s 2-0 defeat of Argentina at last year’s Olympics.

    Despite the links, there was little understanding shown between teammates in a stop-start first half.

    Oli Sail had one save to make – an early effort from Riley McGree’s drive – as Australia struggled for industry or creativity.

    Nathaniel Atkinson and Mat Leckie provided an outlet down the right, but to little effect, with Denis Genreau particularly wasteful in the middle.

    Marco Tilio produced a horror miss as halftime loomed, sidefooting wide with the goal at his mercy after Duke’s centre.

    After a lacklustre first 45 minutes, the Socceroos returned full of spark.

    Tilio drew a fine save from Sail before Connor Metcalfe served up a curling cross for Duke to head home on 54 minutes, giving Australia a deserved lead.

    With five fresh debutants inserted into the contest, the game opened up, and Kuol helped win it with his pace.

    The 18-year-old stole the ball in his own half and raced through on goal, the ball eventually falling to Cummings – whose shot was saved by the outstretched hand of Liberato Cacace.

    Cummings stepped up for the resultant penalty, dispatching it strongly to the bottom right corner, and perhaps booking his place to the World Cup.

    Cummins explained afterwards how he felt on the park. ‘Absolutely buzzing,’ he said. ‘I was chomping at the bit. I just wanted to get on the pitch.’

    Manager Graham Arnold was very happy with how the young team performed.

    ‘I’m really proud of those young boys,’ Arnold said on Network 10.

    ‘I’ll go back and review it and have a close look at things before I’d say publicly. But it’s just refreshing to see the young faces, their energy was fantastic. It’s great that they’re knocking on the door.

    ‘I wanted this to happen, I wanted to have [selection] headaches. I didn’t want to be sitting at home, and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, where am I going to get players from?’ They’ve shown me today, we can do it,’ said Arnold.

    Socceroos fans on social media had largely positive things to say about the team’s performance – especially in the second half.

    ‘Interesting to see the mindset shift in the second half, need to see that aggressive line at the World Cup from the opening minute. Kuol and Cummings probably booked their spots alongside Devlin and Metcalfe,’ said one Twitter user.

    ‘Much better second half from the Socceroos, get Cummings and Kuol on the plane to Qatar!’ added another.

    ‘Seriously we need to get Mathew Leckie to Captain the Wallabies. First Aussie Capt to win at Eden Park in a while,’ joked a third.

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  • 1 час, 55 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Penrith Panthers skipper Isaah Yeo slams South Sydney Rabbitohs star after sickening NRL hit

    Panthers skipper Isaah Yeo has slammed Rabbitohs flyer Taane Milne for his brutal stiff-arm on prop Spencer Leniu, which landed the winger a six-game ban – but a World Cup loophole could mean he misses just two NRL games.

    Trailing 24-12 in the final quarter, Leniu burst through Souths middle when Milne came in from his wing and took out the young gun with a high shot.

    Milne’s finals track record has plagued him all season, having been sin-binned twice against the Roosters in their elimination win.

    Former NRL star Braith Anasta called out the winger, saying ‘is that the worst shot you have ever seen? That was a shocking tackle.’

    Post game Penrith lock Isaah Yeo blatantly labelled the tackle as a lazy arm, which visibly disgruntled Leniu.

    ‘He’s a tough thing,’ Yeo said of Leniu.

    ‘He’s not going to stay down. He’s usually chipping blokes if they stay down. He’s obviously not going to stay down for no reason. It copped him flush.

    I feel like he got warned last game Taane too. It’s happened a couple of times now. He had every chance to drop his arm or make contact somewhere else but he flushed him in the head.’

    Mline was sent off after his illegal shot, which flared up Leniu on the sidelines, giving shades of the Adam Blair and Glenn Stewart brawl of Brookvale in 2014.

    Fox League pundits jumped in on the hot discussion, roasting Milne’s poor tackle attempt.

    ‘It was awful and stupid and puts everyone under pressure, it also alleviates any sort of comeback,’ Corey Parker said.

    ‘Seriously, that tackle got outlawed in 1980, if he says that he is not thinking it is even worse,’ Gorden Tallis added.

    Yet, given Milne’s selection in the Fijian World Cup side, he could serve four games of the ban at an International level.

    Fiji are pencilled in to play a warm-up game against England and then take to their Cup campaign with three pool games.

    Milne was the first player to be sent off in a preliminary final since North Sydney’s Gary Larson and Canberra’s John Lomax in 1994.

    Fellow banned NRL stars Jared Warea-Hargreaves and Lindsay Collins have also worked around the loophole.

    Rooster Collins was granted the Prime Minister’s XIII clash against Papua New Guinea as part of his four-game ban, for a nasty hip drop back in round 24.

    Hardman Hargreaves will be free to play in the Kiwi’s final pool game.

    Souths loss is their fourth preliminary exit in five years, a hard pill to take given they were leading 12-0 30 minutes in.

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