Declan Rice is 'a Chelsea boy' – Tuchel, Messi SLAMMED, Eden Hazard to Fenerbahce – transfer news LIVE

CHELSEA remain top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Next up they head to West Ham, and Thomas Tuchel has reminded fans that Hammers star man Declan Rice is a lifelong Blues fan, amid transfer speculation.

In the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp's side showed no mercy on out-of-form Everton as Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory over their big rivals.

And the agent of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa has shot down rumours linking the Brazilian to the Premier League.


Get all the latest football news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Joshua Jones


    Chelsea can soar four points clear if they beat West Ham in today's early Prem game at Stamford Bridge. 

    But Liverpool at Wolves and, in the late match, Manchester City away to Watford can then cut the deficit.

    Elsewhere, Newcastle will move off the bottom if they beat fellow strugglers Burnley.

    And Southampton can move further clear of danger if they sink Brighton in the South Coast derby at St Mary's.

    Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick must wait another 24 hours to launch his reign as Manchester United interim boss, at home to Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon.

    Cristiano Ronaldo could miss out due to a knee injury sustained when celebrating his decisive second goal in Thursday's 3-2 defeat of Arsenal.

    But Rangnick insists legendary frontman Ron CAN play the pressing game he is expected to bring in.

    The German also claims his main tactical role will be to restore 'balance' to a talent-packed team.

    Off the pitch, Arsenal are thought to have a five-striker wishlist for next summer, when established stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could depart.

    Everton's £60million-rated England hitman Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the stand-out name, alongside Dusan Vlahovic, Ianis Stoica, Luka Jovic and Alexander Isak.

    Finally, Tottenham chief Antonio Conte claims striker Harry Kane is undroppable over Christmas – despite Spurs facing NINE matches in 28 DAYS.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United fans might have been thrilled by the 3-2 win over Arsenal but Ralf Rangnick winced.

    Thursday’s Old Trafford game summed up the rollercoaster the club has been on — now Rangnick believes it is time for calm and control.

    The new interim chief said: “Against Arsenal we conceded two goals, we needed three to win the game.

    “If you look at the total number of goals conceded, it averages almost two per game. This is just too much.

    “My approach is to help the team to get more balance, more control of the game.

    “The Arsenal match was exciting for the fans but, even for myself as the future coach, those are not the kind of games that we need every day.

    “Football, for me, is to minimise the coincidence factor and have control in order to gain control of a game.

    “This is football, what it’s about. This is my approach and I’m out to help these outstanding, talented players try to keep away from their own goal.”

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    Thomas Tuchel has stepped up his efforts to get under West Ham's skin ahead of a big London derby.

    Despite a £100m price tag, the Hammers star has been heavily linked with a moves to Chelsea and Man Utd.

    And Tuchel was keen to remined the East Londoners that Rice is a lifelong Chelsea fan who came through the Blues academy.

    He said: “I am absolutely aware that he is a Chelsea boy and he comes through the academy and he is very close to our guys."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arsenal are in need of a striker and have been linked with several names across Europe ahead of the January transfer window, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    The Gunners have improved their form in recent weeks but Thursday’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United exposed the need for a new front man.

    Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was substituted after missing a glorious chance but his replacements Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah failed to make the impact Mikel Arteta was looking for.

    Nketiah has reportedly told the club he will leave at the end of the season when his contract expires with Nice, Crystal Palace and Borussia Moenchengladbach said to be keen on the youngster.

    Lacazette is in the same position regarding his current contract and he revealed his agents will begin looking for his next club in January.

    And with Aubameyang struggling in front of goal – he has scored just three league goals from open play this season – Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards.

    Here are five players the Gunners could try to sign.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin
    Dusan Vlahovic
    Ianis Stoica
    Luka Jovic
    Alexander Isak


  • Ian Tuckey


    Model Camila Kendra appears to be in the lap of luxury after moving on from F1 ace Lewis Hamilton — and putting Chelsea star Ben Chilwell in pole position.

    Camila, 27, shared snaps from plush surroundings, and eagle-eyed fans recognised them as the England full-back’s home.

    Camila Kendra looks sizzlingly hot as she takes a dip in the ocean

    Chilwell, 24, has also been quick to like her pics. One pal said: “Ben thinks they get on swimmingly.”

    Camilo was also seen at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground after their 4-0 demolition of Juventus in the Champions League last month.

    The Sun told earlier this year how Camila posted a photo from the home of race ace Hamilton, 36, and was seen in some of his clothes.

    Camila – born in the Dominican Republic – recently split up with Tyler Cameron, from US reality show The Bachelor, after eight months.

    The Sun has approached Chilwell for a comment.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Alex Ferguson once pitched up at a young Raphael Varane’s house to convince him to sign for Manchester United.

    And the then-18-year-old was ‘very, very interested’ in making the move to Old Trafford from boyhood club Lens.

    But a phone call from the great Zinedine Zidane soon changed that, with the France legend convincing him Real Madrid should be his preferred destination.

    Varane told the Telegraph about Ferguson’s visit: “It was a shock. To be honest, I was waiting in my house and looking out of the window to see if he was really coming. 

    “When he came, I didn’t speak English. My mum speaks perfect English, so she was the person who spoke more with him. 

    “It was a discussion about how he saw me, how he could have a project with me and how he could help me to grow as a person and player. 

    “It was very, very interesting and a very big experience for me.”

    Varane eventually signed for Madrid rather than United – but then moved to Old Trafford in a £41million deal this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Barcelona boss Xavi leapt to the defence of Lionel Messi by saying it was 'footballing justice' his former team-mate won the Ballon d'Or.

    Messi picked up the award for the seventh time as he controversially pipped Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

    On the night, Barca youngster Pedri won the Kopa Trophy, presented to the best player under the age of 21 and women's Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas.

    Xavi, 41, said: "The first thing I want to do is to congratulate Alexia Putellas. Also, I congratulate Pedri for the Kopa Award.

    "Messi's win is footballing justice.

    "We can also think that others might deserve it, but the moment they open the envelope and they say Messi won it then it's fair."

    Five of Messi's Ballon d'Or wins came while playing with midfield icon Xavi.

    But it was his first as a PSG player, following his summer move to the French capital and emotional Nou Camp exit.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester City keeper Ederson targets his 100th clean sheet – at Watford tomorrow – insisting his 'passing style' comes naturally to him.

    Opta say the Brazilian has an unrivalled pass completetion rate for a stopper of 90% when opposition players are within three metres of him, with Spurs' Hugo Lloris next on 75%.

    And Ederson told Sky Sports: "Nowadays, having a goalkeeper with good feet is essential in any team that likes to build up play from the back.

    "I just play naturally. It's a matter of concentration. If a goalkeeper misses a pass, there is nobody there who can help you.

    "The goalkeeper is key in our team because we can't make any mistakes in the build-up.

    "But my team-mates offer me a lot of options for the pass, so I'm very relaxed."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has tipped Michael Carrick to be a ‘really good manager’ after he quit the club following victory over Arsenal.

    Carrick was placed in temporary charge of United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime after last night’s game, Fernandes backed Carrick to have a future in management.

    He said: “I’ve said to him I was really mad to be off on his first game and I tell him now at the end of this game.

    “But honestly for me Michael can be a really good manager in the future if he gets that chance.

    “He knows how to speak, he knows a lot of football.

    “He was one of the great players that not a lot of people talk about. For what I have seen he can be a top coach.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    New Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick insists his squad does not need MORE players – and he will hold off plans for newcomers until Christmas.

    Rangnick said: ‘We haven’t spoken about new players and it’s not the time to speak about new players.

    “It’s the time to get to know the current squad in detail. This is the major focus for the next couple of weeks, to get to know the players that we have currently.’

    “The squad is definitely not too small, there are enough players in the squad.

    “Maybe at Christmas or after Christmas, there will be a possible time to speak about possible transfers in the winter.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Crystal Palace are hopeful Patrick Vieira will be in the dugout at Manchester United tomorrow despite an ‘urgent family matter’.

    Eagles boss Vieira was called away from training yesterday morning, with assistant manager Osian Roberts taking over.

    Unless circumstances change, Vieira is expected to be back for training today and take the team at Old Trafford.

    Roberts, the former Wales No2, said: "Patrick was in as normal for training.

    "Unfortunately, he received a phone call and had to leave immediately to attend to an urgent family matter.

    "Obviously my thoughts are first of all with Patrick and the family. The staff have rallied round to make sure the training has been seamless.

    "The players have been professional in the way they’ve applied themselves so we had a good session and all the plans are in place.

    “It makes a big difference when Patrick is not here. He’s our leader, the manager, and you always want him at the helm leading matters.

    “But we have a responsibility in this unfortunate circumstance that we do everything correctly to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible until he is back with us.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    COMMENT: There is nothing West Ham would like more than throwing a spanner in the works of Chelsea’s title tilt – and Declan Rice poses the biggest threat to Thomas Tuchel’s side, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The Blues have been on a roll domestically having not tasted defeat in the league for over two months, so they should be confident of notching up another victory on Saturday.

    But the Hammers possess a player in Rice who is capable of knocking the leaders out of their stride and leaving them at risk of following Liverpool in becoming surprise casualties at the London Stadium this season.

    Injuries and form have left Tuchel with little option beyond Jorginho in midfield, and when he is on song he makes the European champions tick with his intelligent use of the ball.

    But without the protection of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic or sometimes Reece James alongside him, Chelsea do have a little vulnerability through the midfield against combative opponents.

    The much maligned Scott McTominay and Fred were able to compete in the recent draw with Manchester United, and in Rice and Tomas Soucek it is arguable West Ham are far better equipped in that area.

    Though the Hammers have looked leggy in the last couple of matches, the atmosphere of the London derby will ensure they will be right at it this weekend and Rice and Soucek will be on a hunt and destroy job in midfield.

    The England midfielder is the player Chelsea and Manchester United could both do with most in terms of squad strengthening, for good reason.


  • Ian Tuckey


    Romeo Beckham held up a signed Cristiano Ronaldo shirt after joining dad David at Old Trafford to see last night’s 3-2 defeat of Arsenal.

    Romeo, 19, who plays for his father’s Fort Lauderdale side, was all smiles as he had a signed No7 shirt from Ronaldo.

    The number is special to Beckham, 46, who wore it during his legendary time at Old Trafford, before a 2003 transfer to Real Madrid.

    And it was actually Ronaldo, 36, who inherited the iconic United jersey after he joined from Sporting Lisbon that same year.

    The Portugal legend followed in Beckham’s footsteps in 2009 with a then-record £80m to the Spanish capital.

    After nine seasons in Spain, Ronaldo then spent three years with Juventus before this summer making an emotional return to Manchester.

    He has 12 goals in 16 games since being re-signed by his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was later sacked.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Thomas Tuchel has rubbished the idea he wasn’t involved in the decision to bring Saul Niguez to Chelsea.

    The Spain midfielder on loan from Atletico Madrid has mainly been an unused sub.

    But the German hit back: "A club signing? No, we don’t do this. Until now we didn’t do club signings and coach’s signings.

    "We do signings because we decide together because we believe it’s a good pick and a good addition to the squad, and this was exactly the case.”

    Saul started against Watford in the Blues’ 2-1 victory on Wednesday but was taken off at half-time.

    Tuchel added: “I think every single player needs his time to adapt and Saul needed his time. He competes with a lot of high quality players in midfield.

    “We need to understand him a bit better, not in terms of language, but in terms what is his real strength, the detail of the player, what can he add to the squad, where is his maybe unique quality and it was not easy.

    “I guess it’s the first time he plays for another club than Atletico, he comes from the academy there, and we have to accept the style of the game is so different from Spain to here.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    As the saying goes, you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper… and these No1's have provided us with some eccentric moments, writes JON BOON.

    In between the sticks for Manchester United, David De Gea conceded the most bizarre goal against Arsenal, when his own team mate Fred trod on his heel, leaving him on the deck as Emile Smith Rowe volleyed in from the edge of the area.

    The controversial goal was allowed to stand with referee Martin Atkinson failing to blow the whistle before the ball crossed the line to stop play.

    But that's not the only bizarre moment involving the keeper as SunSport looks back at some classic incidents…


    Former Blackburn goalie Tim Flowers' unfortunate error always appears on blooper shows.


    On a beach, a beach ball is lots of fun. But on the football pitch, it's a potential hazard for goalkeepers

    Just ask ex-Liverpool and Spain keeper Pepe Reina, who saw a shot from Sunderland striker Darren Bent deflect off one past him in a 1-0 defeat in 2009


    It's the most remarkable save you'll ever see.

    England were hosting Colombia in 1995, in what ended up being a drab 0-0 draw.

    However, it was livened up by madcap Rene Higuita's now infamous scorpion kick.


    He's behind you!

    Clearly, Shay Given didn't get the memo that 6ft 2in centre forward Dion Dublin was sneakily hiding behind him.

    So, the Irishman decided to roll the ball out in front of him as he prepared to launch the ball forward for Newcastle in a game against Coventry City during the 1997-98 season.

    Cue Dublin pouncing on the loose ball and sweeping it home.


    Spare a thought for his rival, Ben Foster because no goalie wants to be scored against by his opposite number.

    But that's exactly what happened to the Watford shotstopper, when ex-Spurs star Paul Robinson unleashed a monster free kick from deep in his own half in a game from 2007.


  • Ian Tuckey


    Sergio Ramos almost incurred the wrath of Paris Saint-Germain fans after posting an online blunder.

    The Spaniard, 35, has played just once for PSG since his summer switch.

    His sole appearance came against St Etienne last weekend, completing the full 90 minutes.

    And clearly excited at being back involved, the centre-back shared some video footage of himself in training this week on Instagram.

    Unfortunately, he decided to use a backing track on the clips – he chose 'Jump' by Van Halen.

    Unbeknownst to Ligue 1 newcomer Ramos, the tune is used by bitter rivals Marseille to welcome their players on the pitch.

    It is a big no-no for any PSG player to associate themselves with the song, so Ramos quickly deleted the video.

    The fixture between the two teams is often marred by unsavoury scenes – on and off the pitch.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Jose Mourinho donned traditional garb to impress an Uzbek delegation at the Roma training ground.

    The Portuguese coach – who took over at the Stadio Olimpico last summer – welcomed the VIPs dressed in a chapan coat.

    The visitors were in town to meet Roma’s Uzbekistan striker Eldor Shomurodov, who signed from Genoa back in August.

    And they gifted the Special One a traditional knife – called a pichok.

    Uzbekistan is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

    Shomurodov joined Mourinho in the Italian capital in the summer and has scored once in 12 Serie A appearances.

    He has played up front so far this season alongside England international Tammy Abraham.

    The ex-Chelsea star has been outscoring his attacking partner, recently finding the net against Torino.

    That followed the brace he scored against Europa Conference League opponents Zorya Luhansk – including a stunning overhead kick.

    Roma currently sit fifth in Serie A, one point ahead of Fiorentina, Juventus and Bologna.

    They next face a blockbuster meeting with reigning champions Inter on Saturday evening.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Callum Wilson hit out at Newcastle’s pre-season under Steve Bruce – claiming they weren’t fit enough for the first game.

    The Magpies are still without a win at the foot of the table and Wilson believes they were undercooked against West Ham.

    Callum Wilson slams Newcastle pre-season training under Steve Bruce and says they weren’t ready for first game

    Newcastle started on fire with Toon's No 9 putting them ahead at St James’ Park but ran out of steam and lost 4-2.

    And Wilson reckons the summer preparations under Bruce – replaced by Eddie Howe after leaving in October – have handicapped them.

    Speaking with Hammers star Michail Antonio on the The Footballer’s Football Podcast, he said: “I'd say first game of the season, we weren't fit enough in terms of being ready for a Premier League fixture

    “We weren't fit enough and we weren't in the right place.

    “The longer the game went on the more you overran us which probably boiled down to not being as fit as what we should have been.

    “The way the game went it started turning into a basketball match.

    “You attack, we attack, you attack, by the time it's the third attack I'm thinking 'Boy I can't go on that run again because I haven't got the energy.'

    “Whereas you boys [West Ham} were like boom, boom, boom, keep going. That's the difference.

    “The pre-season is massive for the way it sets you up for the season.”

    Wilson, 29, played under Howe at Bournemouth – and he knows pre-season would have been very different under the ex-Cherries boss.

    He added: “We had players that had Covid which hampered our pre-season but, I know when I've done a pre-season with Eddie (Howe), it's been all football-based with the ball."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Tottenham could extend Hugo Lloris’ contract by a further year, according to reports.

    The Frenchman, 34, confirmed in September that negotiations hadn’t begun, despite his current deal expiring in the summer.

    But according to Tutto Mercato, the possibility of an extension is growing after Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club.

    They claim that Lloris could stay at Spurs, even if they try and recruit Jordan Pickford from Everton.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ralf Rangnick has explained why he joined Man United after rejecting Chelsea last season.

    He said: “”At the time, when Chelsea contacted me, they only talked about the option to become interim manager for four months.

    “We’re talking about six and a half months [at United] and we also have a two-year advisory role.

    “If Manchester United contact you for such role then you can’t turn it down.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Tottenham chief Joe Lewis owns a luxurious Bahamas golf resort that is playing host to the Hero World Challenge this week.

    The resort in Albany, New Providence has welcomed a number of golf stars to the event with £2.6million up for grabs.

    There are several Ryder Cup stars participating in the competition, including Rory McIlory, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.

    The event is being hosted by The Tiger Woods Foundation on a course designed by legend Ernie Els.

    The resort features a 7,400-yard course and includes a clubhouse with a grill room, men’s and ladies locker rooms, a golf shop, an 18-seat media and movie theater as well as a 400-yard driving range.

    Harry Kane infamously spent some time there last summer – reporting late for training as he soaked up the Caribbean sun.

    Kane and his family enjoyed a blissful week in Albany courtesy of Lewis.

    The Spurs owner – worth a staggering £3.64bn – co-founded the slice of paradise with golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, as well as music star-turned-actor Justin Timberlake.


  • Ian Tuckey


    Patrice Evra blasted the Ballon d’Or after Lionel Messi pipped Robert Lewandowski to the top award.

    Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or title but Evra, 40, claimed that was down to corruption with Lewandowski more deserving of the award. Video

    The Polish striker – who netted 48 goals for Bayern Munich last season – was instead awarded the inaugural Striker of the Year award at this week’s ceremony.

    Evra said on Instagram: “They have to create a trophy for him [Lewandowski] because they feel guilty.

    “They know it is corruption so people open your eyes, open your eyes!

    “I am no one to say who deserves it or not but I think everyone agrees with me and I see the comment ‘robbery!robbery!robbery!’

    “People don’t agree, I’m sure if I posted something saying who deserves the Ballon d’Or Lewandowski or Messi, Lewandowski would win.

    “So what’s happened, what’s the football fan? Why are we lying to them?

    “My message is against those massive corrupt organisations in footall. Enough is enough. You won’t fool me.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has tipped Michael Carrick to be a ‘really good manager’ after he quit the club following yesterday’s 3-2 defeat o Arsenal.

    Carrick was placed in temporary charge of United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime after last night’s game, Fernandes backed Carrick to have a future in management.

    He said: “I’ve said to him I was really mad to be off on his first game and I tell him now at the end of this game.

    “But honestly for me Michael can be a really good manager in the future if he gets that chance.

    “He knows how to speak, he knows a lot of football.

    “He was one of the great players that not a lot of people talk about. For what I have seen he can be a top coach.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Pep Guardiola could move to New York City FC -part of the City Football Group – when he leaves Manchester City.

    And plans are being prepared to take Guardiola 50, to the Big Apple, according to 90min.

    The City boss could be keen on the move after spending a year in New York on sabbatical after his Barcelona exit.

    Last month Guardiola praised NYCFC and the work the club has done to promote football in the city, such as its mini-pitch project.

    He said: “I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City during my career.

    "It’s a city I love deeply and over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand New Yorkers’ passion for football.

    "Young people want to play and need a place to play.

    "The fact that there are now 50 new football pitches throughout New York City because of NYCFC and our group is amazing and will make a big difference in the lives of young people.

    "I have said it for many years, I believe there is an incredibly bright future for football in the U.S. and amazing projects like this one will play a part in helping to produce the next generation of young American talent.

    "All over the world, I’ve seen how football can change lives; it brings people together like no other sport – and I’m very proud that our Group has played a part in using our sport to bring people together and give young people more places to play the game we love here in Manchester and around the world.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United want New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber to be Ralf Rangnick’s new assistant.

    SunSport understands that United have made contact with the Austrian in the last few days over a move to Old Trafford as Rangnick begins his six-month reign in the hotseat.

    However, United would have to buy Struber out of his current contract with New York, which has two years left having joined from Barnsley in October 2020.

    It is unsure how quickly United would be able to get Struber to Manchester, despite the fact the regular MLS season finished last month.

    Rangnick, 63, and Struber, 44, know each other very well after working together at Red Bull Salzburg – the former as director of football and the latter as a youth team coach.

    And following the departure of interim boss Michael Carrick from the club, Rangnick is keen to have people around him with the same footballing and coaching philosophy.

    Rangnick rates Struber highly, and has watched him develop into one of the game’s most talented young coaches.

    Struber spent the majority of his career playing for SV Austria Salzburg – before their Red Bull takeover – and then was a part-time youth team coach at the club while also working in sales at an insurance company.

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