Lukas Podolski has repeated his frustrations at being kept on Arsenal’s bench, heightening speculation he may leave in January’s transfer window.
“I like London, I like the club, but I don’t like the situation,” he told German magazine Kicker having again watched as a substitute as the Gunners lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United. “I’m not some clown who can sit out his contract in the stands.”
Mario Balotelli has hit out again at the British press by accusing the media of fabricating stories about him.
The 24-year-old has faced heavy criticism for his performances for Liverpool this season, while his private life has also been scrutinised in newspapers since his return to England.
“I know that if people like or don’t like me, they will read what is written about me,” Balotelli told BeIN Sports.
After making a slow start to the 2014-15 Premier League season, Lukaku has returned to the form that saw Martinez spend a club-record £28million to make the Belgium international’s stay at Goodison Park permanent.
Lukaku scored the opening goal in Everton’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United on Saturday.
The former Chelsea front man has now found the back of the net in three of his past five Premier League fixtures and Martinez believes the 21-year-old has the potential to be the best striker in the world.
Paul Pogba feels nothing other than three points will do for Juventus in their make-or-break UEFA Champions League trip to Malmo.
Italian champions Juve visit Sweden on Wednesday in third place in Group A after their dramatic 3-2 win over Olympiacos last time out.
That victory put Massimiliano Allegri’s side level on points with the Greek team, who travel to pool leaders Atletico Madrid this week, and kept their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.
Manuel Pellegrini allayed concerns over the fitness of Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Bayern Munich.
The strike duo missed training on Monday to spark talk that they could miss Tuesday’s crunch clash with Bayern in Champions League Group E.
But when asked about the absence of Aguero and Jovetic, City boss Pellegrini said in a press conference: “Both of them are in the squad list.”
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick gave a hint that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi won’t be fired by his board, but rather they might send him for a refresher course abroad.
Upon announcing the sacking of Keshi a month ago, Pinnick revealed the coach and his assistant turned down the opportunity to go for refresher courses to be sponsored by the board.
Bartholomew Ogbeche scored his ninth goal of the season in SC Cambuur’s 3-1 win over Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.
The 30-year-old who was yellow carded in the 58 minute but put the game beyond the hands of their host with eight minutes to go to put scores at 2-1.
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has denied having a problem with Emmanuel Emenike.
“It has been brought to my notice that some persons are saying I and Emmanuel Emenike are not on speaking terms. It makes me laugh because I don’t even understand why anyone would say anything like that,” Keshi told supersport.com.
“It is simply not true. Emenike is like my son. I gave him a chance to play for the national team and will never stop encouraging him.
One of the leading scorers in the just-ended Nigeria league Emem Eduok has revealed he is likely to quit for a club overseas.
“I don’t think I will be playing in the Nigeria league next season. I will be seeking for greener pastures so as to take my career to the next level,” said Eduok, who finished as second highest scorer in the league with 20 goals.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will not defend their crown in Equatorial Guinea next year after they drew 2-2 at home to South Africa on Wednesday.
Nigeria finished a disappointing third in Group A with eight points, while Congo advanced on 10 points after they won 1-0 in Sudan with a second-half goal by Francis Nganga.