Kevin de Bruyne massive doubt for Euro 2020 after suffering TWO broken bones, Harry Maguire set to be fit for England
31st May 2021

KEVIN DE BRUYNE could miss out on Euro 2020 for Belgium after suffering two broken bones in the Champions League final.

Meanwhile Matthijs de Ligt has clarified previous comments stating that he had turned down the coronavirus vaccine.

And Harry Maguire is increasingly confident of being fit for England vs Croatia.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    BALE RETIREMENT

    Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who spent the season on loan at Tottenham, was recently linked with early retirement.

    Reports from Spain have claimed that Bale is considering negotiating a payout from Real and could even retire from football altogether after Euro 2020, where he will play for Wales.

    However, the Wales international's agent Jonathan Barnett has poured cold water on this speculation with an explosive statement.

    Barnett told talkSPORT when asked about the matter: "Sorry, don’t speak about rubbish reporting"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    STAYING RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be leaving Juventus in the upcoming summer transfer window after Euro 2020.

    That is according to Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez who confirmed that the Portugal international, who was linked with a return to Manchester United, will stay in Turin.

    Rodriguez made that statement as she was filmed walking in the street in Spain.

    She was asked: “Is Cristiano staying at Juventus or not?”

    After a moment’s silence she turned to the camera filming her and replied: “He’s staying”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAGUIRE UPDATE

    Harry Maguire seems confident of featuring in England’s Euro 2020 kick-off match against Croatia on June 13.

    Maguire suffered an ankle injury against Aston Villa and has since been in a race against time to be fit for the summer's Euros.

    According to the Daily Mail, however, the centre-back's progress is looking good and there is confidence that he will be fit in just two weeks.

    The Red Devils are reportedly set to meet Maguire on Monday for a fresh check-up, with the results once again beamed to Gareth Southgate’s physios.

  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE UPDATE

    Manchester United are reportedly set to double Real Madrid star Raphael Varane’s wages at Old Trafford.

    Real are going to sell Varane if he opts to snub a new contract offer at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    According to ABC, Los Blancos are ready to make decisions regarding captain Sergio Ramos, who was omitted from Spain's Euro 2020 squad, and the France international after confirming the signing of David Alaba.

    Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritised a centre-back signing to partner up with England international Harry Maguire in defence, and Varane poses as his top preference

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAM-THING SPECIAL

    Manchester United are looking to bring West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone back.

    United have placed Johnstone at the head of their wishlist if David De Gea or Dean Henderson go in the summer.

    The Baggies might cash in after their relegation to the Championship as the England international is also one of their top earners.

    The 28-year-old made 37 appearances this season and was one of the few West Brom aces who impressed during a turbulent campaign

  • Kostas Lianos

    DE LIGT CLARIFICATION

    Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt clarified his recent comments regarding the coronavirus vaccinations.

    De Ligt previously suggested that he is not keen on taking the jab as "it is not mandatory" and "you should be in charge of your own body".

    However, the Netherlands international took to Twitter and insisted that he is indeed in favour of the vaccines and will have it soon.

    De Ligt tweeted: "In my recent interview, I was not clear with my response. In order to clear any doubts: I am absolutely in favour of the COVID-19 vaccination and will take it as soon as possible."

  • Kostas Lianos

    DE BRUYNE INJURY

    Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne suffered a serious injury during the Champions League Final and had to be substituted.

    De Bruyne collided with Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger close to the hour-mark and hobbled off the pitch with an apparent head injury, which also gave him a black eye.

    There is still no update on his condition but last night's clash raises some serious questions regarding the attacking midfielder's fitness ahead of Euro 2020.

    Belgium boss Roberto Martinez will be counting a lot on the 29-year-old in the country's hope of winning the trophy in the summer

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TRUE ART-IST

    England international Raheem Sterling has previously praised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, with whom he worked at Manchester City when the Spaniard was Pep Guardiola's assistant.

    The Gunners are reportedly interested in sealing a deal with Sterling ahead of the summer transfer window following rumours suggesting he will be offloaded by City.

    The star forward previously said: “[Arteta is] a person that had a lot of say here [at City]. The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well.

    “So I knew once he went into Arsenal that it would be a great opportunity for him but also he would definitely implement what he wanted to bring in.

    “And he’s a person that will put his foot down and not let things slide as you can see with the boys at Arsenal. They know if they don’t run they are most likely not going to play”

  • Kostas Lianos

    STERLING/MAHREZ SALE EXPLAINED

    Manchester City appear likely to sell Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez ahead of the summer transfer window.

    England international Sterling and Mahrez failed to shine in the Champions League Final, which saw Chelsea being crowned two-time European champions in Porto.

    Arsenal as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona are currently monitoring the situation.

    According to Metro, City boss Pep Guardiola is pulling out all the stops to fund potential high-profile moves for the likes of Tottenham star Harry Kane, Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland and Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish.

    Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte may also be sold in the next couple of months

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    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Liam Cooper believes Scotland can make history at Euro 2020 by getting beyond the group stage for the first time ever.

    He said: “It’s massive for us to get off to a good start but there’s a hunger and desire to make the nation proud. We carry that on our shoulders.

    "Can we break new ground by getting out of our group? Why not believe? We see how hard we work every day."

    Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has revealed that he still has to request permission to talk to Jude Bellingham from the player's parents.

    Southgate said: “We have to make sure we look after all the players but I have to talk to his dad to talk to Jude, on a child protection basis.

    “That is still the process, yet he is a first-team player who is playing at a massive club in Europe.

    “It is a reminder of how young he is. He deals with things really maturely but we must never take that for granted."

    Netherlands defender Matthijs De Ligt has clarified his comments about Covid-19 vaccine and says he will get the jab “as soon as possible”.

    A short message on Twitter read: “In order to clear any doubts: I am absolutely in favour of the COVID-19 vaccination and will take it as soon as possible.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    HEY JUDE

    Jude Bellingham is still so young, Gareth Southgate has to ask the midfielder’s dad for permission to speak to him.

    But Southgate believes Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation — and fellow English ‘exiles’ Jadon Sancho and Kieran Trippier — can bring extra know-how to England’s bid for Euro 2020 glory.

    Bellingham will not turn 18 until midway through the tournament but is set to make the cut when the Three Lions manager trims his squad down to 26 on Tuesday.

    Southgate said: “We have to make sure we look after all the players but I have to talk to his dad to talk to Jude, on a child protection basis.

    “That is still the process, yet he is a first-team player who is playing at a massive club in Europe.

    “It is a reminder of how young he is. He deals with things really maturely but we must never take that for granted.

    “He is a very mature boy but at times you forget how young he is.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    GERMANY INJURY CONCERN

    Bayern Munich duo Leon Goretzka and Niklas Sule could miss Germany's opening match at Euro 2020, against France.

    There are doubts over whether they will get up to speed over the next couple of weeks, having failed to completely train with the squad.

    Joachim Low confirmed in the press conference that Goretzka will join the squad on Tuesday, having trained at home in recent days.

    The German central midfielder will have individual sessions when he reports at training camp before joining other teammates on the pitch.

    Goretzka missed four of Bayern Munich's last six league games, while Sule has been plagued by a muscle injury in recent weeks, reducing him to just 72 minutes since the beginning of April.

  • Kealan Hughes

    I WANT DE JAB

    Juventus superstar Matthijs De Ligt insists he has NOT declined to take the Covid-19 vaccine and will get the jab "as soon as possible".

    The Holland centre-back went on social media to clear up controversy after suggesting he was against the treatment as it was "not mandatory" and he wanted to "be in charge" of his own body.

    A short message on Twitter read: "In my recent interview, I was not clear with my response.

    "In order to clear any doubts: I am absolutely in favour of the COVID-19 vaccination and will take it as soon as possible."

    The 21-year-old had coronavirus himself contracted the coronavirus in January – missing two games as he recovered.

    De Ligt has now linked up with Holland ahead of this summer's Euros.

  • Kealan Hughes

    KROOS IN QUARANTINE

    Germany are still waiting for Toni Kroos to join the camp after the midfielder's coronavirus infection.

    It has been two weeks since Kroos tested positive but he has still not returned a negative test.

    Germany have a warm-up friendly against Denmark on Wednesday and another against Latvia on June 7 before starting their Euro 2020 campaign against France in Munich on June 15.

    Kroos could feature in the warm up games as his infection is not thought to be serious.

    Germany manager Joachim Low has provided an update on his situation. He said: “Yesterday he was still positive and for as long he remains positive, he has to stay in quarantine.

    “As soon as he gets a negative test result on one day, he'll set off on the journey to us. He's already had light symptoms, though they were last week."

  • Kealan Hughes

    "NO" SAYS LÖW

    Meanwhile, Joachim Low's future after the tournament has become a little clearer thanks to an update from journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.

    The Germany boss has denied rumours linking him to the vacant managerial position at Real Madrid.

    He said: "No, I won’t be manager of any club this summer," which means the 61-year-old could be due for a well earned rest after Euro 2020.

    Low has been in charge of Germany for 15 years, having been part of the set-up since 2004, when he first joined as assistant manager.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GERMANS UP AND RUNNING

    The Germany squad took to the pitch as part of their preparation for Euro 2020 today.

    Joachim Low named a 26-man squad that includes a variety of Premier League stars, including Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who have not yet joined the camp due to the Champions League final.

    The tournament is Low's last chance to win silverware with his national team, as Hansi Flick has been confirmed to take over after the Euros end.

    Low will be hoping his squad bounces back from the disappointment of exiting the 2018 World Cup in the group stages, and will surely be aiming to go all the way this time around.

  • Kealan Hughes

    READY TO GO

    England players have started to convene in the north-east as Gareth Southgate’s European Championship preparations get under way.

    The Three Lions manager last week named a 33-man provisional squad for this summer’s rearranged Euros, which he will have to trim down to 26 names on Tuesday.

    Available squad members reported to Rockliffe Hall in the north-east on Saturday, kicking off a nine-day camp that takes in the warm-up friendlies against Austria and Romania in Middlesbrough.

    England captain Harry Kane was among the arrivals, as were Jesse Lingard Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Kieran Trippier, amongst others.

    Jordan Henderson also linked up with Southgate’s squad as the Liverpool skipper looks to prove his fitness, having been ruled out since undergoing groin surgery in February.

  • Kealan Hughes

    CZECHED OUT

    The Czech Republic have vacated Scotland's Oriam base camp as their preparations for Euro 2020 have been disrupted by Covid regulations.

    They were due to train in Edinburgh but will instead base themselves in Prague, and travel to and from the UK for each of their Group D matches.

    Scotland's opponents had planned to stay and train at Oriam for the Euros, and had booked the facility – which is Scotland's regular base – before they qualified for the tournament.

    That forced Steve Clarke's team to change their plans and they arranged to stay and train in Middlesbrough, roughly equidistant from Hampden and Wembley where Scotland will play their group games.

    A statement read: "The Czech national team will spend the whole UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in Prague instead of the basecamp in Edinburgh as it was planned originally.

  • Kostas Lianos

    COLE PREDICTION

    Former Chelsea ace Joe Cole believes Manchester City will be feeling most of the pressure in the Champions League Final.

    Cole also expects the Blues' young stars, some of which will play for England in Euro 2020, to shine bright.

    Cole told Football London: “Where Chelsea and Man City are at the moment, the pressure is on Man City.

    “You can see they are the better side over the course of 38 games but the club are so hell-bent on winning this trophy [Champions League] that the pressure is always mounting.

    “For Chelsea, you’ve got young players happy to be there in the sense that it wasn’t expected this year. This was a transitional period.

    “But they can go out there and win the game with talent all over the park. That is where I think the psychology of the game will be”

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREAL COMPETITION

    Manchester United are facing competition from local rivals Manchester City over Aston Villa star Jack Grealish’s signature.

    According to the Daily Mail, City are prepared to make Grealish English football’s first £100million player.

    In fact, the Citizens have made the England international their priority signing in midfield ahead of next season.

    If such a move for the 25-year-old goes through, the Premier League champions would break the current British transfer record of £80m for Harry Maguire, who joined United from Leicester in 2019.

    City boss Pep Guardiola is also said to be a big admirer of Grealish

  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE REACTS

    Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane remains coy about his future and focuses on the upcoming Euros with France amid interest from Manchester United.

    Varane said: “This is not the time to talk about my future, I am focused on the selection, on this Euro, it is normal and logical to ask the question and for my part it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines.

    “We are all human beings. We can think about it. As for my personal case, I am focused on the objectives that we have in the France team, it is not a subject that I will discuss every day in my room at Clairefontaine.

    “I am focused on my goal, and now is not the time to discuss it. If I have to talk about it, it will be directly with the people concerned.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    O-KAY FOR NOW

    Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan took a slight knock during the last training session before tonight's Champions League Final against Chelsea in Porto.

    Gundogan came together in a challenge with Fernandinho and was slow to get back to his feet.

    The star midfielder left practice before many of his team-mates and looked to be in slight discomfort as he went down the tunnel.

    No official announcement has been made about his fitness yet but that is something Germany manager Joachim Low will be keeping an eye on ahead of Euro 2020

  • Kostas Lianos

    KANT COUNT HIM OUT

    Chelsea star N'Golo Kante looks set to start in tonight's Champions League Final against Manchester City.

    That is great news for Blues boss Thomas Tuchel as well as France manager Didier Deschamps.

    Kante has overcome a hamstring problem, which means he could start at the Dragao and will be fighting fit for Euro 2020.

    Deschamps will be counting on the star midfielder a lot in the upcoming competition

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  • Kostas Lianos

    VACCINE DE-CISION

    Juventus star and Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt has decided not to have a coronavirus vaccine even though he tested positive for COVID-19 in January.

    De Ligt told ESPN: "I have not taken a vaccination, it is not mandatory.

    "I think you should be in charge of your own body. The risk of infection is always there.

    "I try to come into contact with as few people as possible outside the Dutch national team"

  • Kostas Lianos

    BERGWIJN EXIT

    Tottenham ace Steven Bergwijn could leave the club during the summer transfer window.

    That is according to De Telegraaf, who claim that Bergwijn is looking to reignite his career after missing out on an international call-up by Netherlands manager Frank de Boer ahead of Euro 2020.

    Ajax appear keen to sign the forward in the summer and help him regain his groove.

    The Eredivisie champions are willing to pay around £12million but Spurs want closer to £21.5m

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