Victor Wanyama breaks silence on Manchester United and Liverpool transfer talk

Wanyama only made eight league starts last season but did feature in victory over United. (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has no plans to leave the club despite links with Liverpool and Manchester United.

The 26-year-old missed large swathes of last season with a knee problem but upon his return in January made just seven Premier League starts during the second half of the campaign.

As a result, Champions League finalists Liverpool and Premier League and FA Cup runners-up United have both been linked with a move for the Kenya international, according to The Daily Mail, and he could be available for around £40m.

Mourinho has been linked with a move for him (Picture: Getty)But Wanyama has dismissed such speculation and aims to come back stronger next season after an injury-ravaged term.

‘I don’t respond to rumours and all those are rumours to me, I still have a contract with Spurs and that is what I want to see through’ Wanyama told Goal.

‘I did not have a good season with the team because of injury and my aim now is to work hard during this break and return for next season even stronger and help them perform even better.

‘I am happy at Tottenham and I am committed to the team. I am not aware of anything [regarding a move away] and I am very fine and happy where I am.’

Since moving to north London from Southampton in 2016, Wanyama has made 71 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham but is yet to nail down a regular first team place under Mauricio Pochettino.

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When does the transfer window open and close over summer 2018?

Transfer speculation over Willian is already rife (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season may be over, but we still have the Champions League final and World Cup to look forward to, not to mention the usual summer excitement surrounding transfers.

Thankfully we are being treated to actual football this summer, but that won’t stop the hype around which players are coming and going from all the major leagues across the world.

Speculation is already rife over the future of some players and we can expect some huge deals to go down this summer, but when can they be done?

Here is everything you need to know…

Will Anthony Martial be on the move this summer? (Picture: Getty Images)When does the transfer window open?

The transfer window is already open!

Yes, it was officially unlocked and pushed ajar on 17 May, but this is only for domestic transfers.

International transfers can only be made from midnight on 8 June (when FIFA’s Transfer Matching System opens).

Emre Can looks likely to leave Liverpool (Picture: PA)When does the transfer window close?

The window closes at 5pm on 9 August.

This is earlier than in previous years as clubs wanted to avoid disruption after the season starts on 11 August.

However, they can still sell players to foreign clubs after this deadline, until the deadlines in other countries are reached.

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to face Manchester United in Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead Real Madrid to more European glory (Picture: AP)Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted Liverpool remind him of Real Madrid, but insisted his side would soon be Champions League kings again.

Real are the favourites for the showdown this weekend, with Liverpool aiming to win their first Champions League trophy since 2005.

Ronaldo, a former Manchester United player, accepts Liverpool have a powerful attack and Real will need to be at their best to beat the Reds.

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But, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner expects Real to be triumphant.

‘Finals are always special occasions. I would have preferred it to be Manchester United,’ Ronaldo said.

‘But Liverpool deserve respect. We’re not going to have it easy. They deserve to be in the final.

Liverpool have a free-scoring front three (Picture: Reuters)‘They remind me of Madrid three or four years ago. Their three front players, they’re very quick… they are powerful in attack and I respect them.

‘But Madrid are better. We have to play to our level, but we also have to respect the opposition.’

Ronaldo spent six years at United and still has a hero reputation at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

(Picture: AP)United were knocked out in the last-16 of this season’s tournament after losing their home tie against Sevilla.

Liverpool beat Roma in the semi-final to earn their place alongside Real and will be hoping talisman Mohamed Salah can fire them to victory.

Real and Liverpool go toe-to-toe in Kiev at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, with the Los Blancos aiming for their third consecutive Champions League victory.

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Ruben Neves refuses to put career at risk with transfer to Liverpool or Manchester United

Ruben Neves is attracting interest from big Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty)Ruben Neves has insisted it is not the right time in his career to move club.

The Wolves star has been linked with a switch to Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks after helping his side gain promotion to the Premier League.

Neves was a massive investment for Wolves at over £15million last summer, a Championship transfer record, and his performances have already peaked the interest of bigger clubs.

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But the 21-year-old believes he is right to stay at Wolves and does not want to rush his development.

He said: ‘Right now it’s not good for me to risk a way out. I feel very good at Wolverhampton, I have no reason to leave because I’m going to play in the best league in the world.

‘The fans already know me, the club too, and everyone knows what I can do.

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‘I had a great year and I love playing in Wolverhampton, so I have no interest in going out, because it’s the best for me and for my future.’

Neves is considered one of the brightest young stars in Portugal, but missed out on a spot in his country’s World Cup squad.

The news will be a blow to Neves who was involved in Portugal’s recent friendlies, but he has been given some advice by a Portugal legend, Deco.

Neves cost Wolves over £15million (Picture: PA)He told Sky Sports: ‘He’s doing his career step by step. Normally when a player is doing well, everybody says he needs to change to a big club, but I think he’s doing his job. He needs to wait, he’s young.

‘He did well in the Championship when people maybe believed that would not be possible. If I was him I would just relax now and enjoy the Premier League.’

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Ryan Giggs hopes Real Madrid ruin Liverpool’s Champions League dream

Wales manager Ryan Giggs hopes Real Madrid beat Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Ryan Giggs admits he will be hoping for a Real Madrid victory when they face Liverpool in next week’s Champions League final.

Real, who have won the competition for the past two years, face Jurgen Klopp’s side in Kiev on May 26.

Liverpool’s run to the final has seen them beat Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the knockout stages, while Real Madrid knocked out PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

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Wales star Gareth Bale will be looking to lift a fourth Champions League trophy next week and Giggs, his international manager, hopes he succeeds to get one over Liverpool.

The Manchester United legend said: ‘I shouldn’t say this but yeah I hope so [Bale wins the Champions League]!

‘No obviously for Gareth, to win it four times, forgetting about the Liverpool aspect.

Liverpool have enjoyed a superb run in Europe (Picture: Getty)‘There’s a lot of Liverpool supporters in here aren’t there! I’m sat next to one!

‘For Gareth personally, to win it four times will be magnificent. It would be an unbelievable achievement.’

The Champions League final will be contested between two attacking teams with an abundance of star players and Giggs expects a classic.

‘It’s a fantastic game,’ he added. ‘Two clubs that have got brilliant history of course in the European Cup, Champions League.

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‘It’s a fascinating game, a lot of quality on the pitch, especially in forward areas.

‘So I’m looking forward to watching the game and seeing who comes out on top.’

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, says Ander Herrera. (Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League.

The Spain international is preparing to face the Belgian this Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season at Liverpool, while the Egyptian also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot with his record-breaking 32-goal campaign.

But Herrera believes Hazard should still be considered the division’s best player.

‘For me, Hazard is the best player in the league,’ the United midfielder said on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

Mohamed Salah is considered the Premier League’s best after his impressive season. (Getty Images)

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‘In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.’

Herrera also believes his United teammate David De Gea is comfortably the best goalkeeper in world football.

‘For me, David is the best by far,’ said Herrera.

‘I think he has something that comes from god.

‘God chose him in the goal and god chose Messi on the pitch.

Herrera says David De Gea is easily the best goalkeeper in the world. (AFP/Getty Images)‘You cannot train what he did against Liverpool [at Anfield].

‘You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put the hand out, you cannot train it.

‘You can train when he receives the ball from the left defender and he passes the ball to Antonio Valencia pefect.

‘You can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

‘He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.’

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Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool & Spurs: Which Champions League pot can each club be in?

The group stage draw for 2018/19 will take place at the very end of August (Picture: Getty)With four Premier League teams now assured of their place in next season’s Champions League, clubs can begin thinking about who they might play in next season’s competition.

Unlike previous seasons, all qualified clubs from the big four leagues – Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga – will go straight into the group stage, avoiding the play-offs entirely.

That means, even if Liverpool fail to win the Champions League, they will still go straight into the group phase courtesy of their fourth place league finish.

There are already 21 teams from around Europe who have secured their place in the group stages (out of 26 automatic qualifiers, and 32 total), and more who will play in the qualifying rounds, and the pots are starting to take shape…

POTS AS THINGS STAND

Pot 1

BarcelonaBayern MunichManchester CityJuventusParis Saint-GermainLokomotiv MoscowWinners of Champions League Winners of Europa League

Pot 2

Borussia Dortmund (89.000)Porto (86.000)Manchester United (82.000)Shakhtar Donetsk (81.000)Napoli (78.000)?????????

Pot 3

Roma (64.000)Schalke (62.000)CSKA Moscow (45.000)???????????????

Pot 4

Valencia (36.000)Club Brugge (29.500)Hoffenheim (14.285)???????????????

Pot unconfirmed

Real Madrid (160.000)Atletico Madrid (138.000)Benfica* (80.000)Basel* (71.000)Tottenham (67.000)Liverpool (62.000)Salzburg* (55.000)Ludogorets Razgrad* (37.000)PSV* (36.000)Celtic* (31.000)

The champions’ pot (Pot 1) is complete, aside from the identities of the winners of the Champions League and Europa League. As none of the four clubs involved in the two finals are their domestic league’s champion, there will only be six title winners in the first pot; last season, the Europa League winner was not seeded in pot 1, while Real Madrid had won the title, meaning Portugal and Ukraine both got a spot in the champions’ pot.

Manchester City and Manchester United are the only Premier League teams locked into their pots at present. Pep Guardiola’s side are seeded in pot 1 for the very first time – meaning they avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus – while United will be in pot 2 once again, and will no doubt be hoping they draw Lokomotiv! All teams in the ‘unconfirmed pot’ with an asterisk need to come through qualifying to make the group stage.

The final four guaranteed spots in the group stage will go to: the second-placed team in France (currently Monaco – 57.000), the fourth-placed team in Italy (currently Lazio – 41.000), the champions of Turkey (currently Galatasaray – 29.500) and the champions of Czech Republic (currently Viktoria Plzen – 33.000).

HOW LIVERPOOL CAN AFFECT TOTTENHAM’S POT

If Liverpool win the Champions League, they will be seeded in pot 1 (Picture: Getty)Both Liverpool and Tottenham will have to wait until after the Champions League final to learn which pot they will be in. If the Merseysiders – who have a lower coefficient than Tottenham – win the competition they will leapfrog them into pot 1. If they lose, they will be in pot 3. Not only do Spurs need Real Madrid to win, but they also need their neighbours Atletico Madrid to triumph in the Europa League final. Atletico have a mammoth coefficient score while Marseille’s is less than Tottenham’s.

If both Liverpool and Marseille (who are one point outside the third and final Champions League place in Ligue 1) win their respective finals, Spurs will be in pot 3. If only one of those teams triumphs, then Spurs can still sneak into pot 2 if both Benfica and Basel – the only two teams with higher coefficients – get knocked out in the qualifying rounds.

WHEN IS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW?

Incredibly, the preliminary round draw for the Champions League – which features teams from Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar and Kosovo – takes place before the World Cup has even started, with matches scheduled in the middle of the tournament. The first qualifying round, which will involve Celtic, also overlaps with the World Cup, though the play-off proper is not until the end of August.

No Premier League clubs will have to worry about that, though, with all four sides going straight in the group stages. The draw for the group stage will take place on Thursday August 30th in Monaco, not the usual location of Nyon, with the first matches played in the middle of September.

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Mohamed Salah reveals first thing Jose Mourinho said to him after joining Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has revealed a message from Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Mohamed Salah says he has spoken to Jose Mourinho twice since moving to Anfield and has revealed the Manchester United boss said he was ‘happy’ that the Egyptian was thriving on Merseyside.

The winger played under Mourinho at Chelsea but made just 19 appearances before being sent on loan spells to Fiorentina and Roma.

Salah eventually joined Roma but Liverpool signed him for £34million last summer and the Egyptian was crowned PFA Player of the Year for scoring 44 goals in 51 appearances for the Reds this term.

Mourinho has attempted to absolve himself from the blame of letting Salah leave Chelsea but the Liverpool star claims the Special One is happy that he’s been a success at Liverpool.

Salah played just 19 times for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘I did meet him twice – in our match here at Anfield [Liverpool vs Manchester United] and in the other match in Manchester,’ Salah told Egypt Today.

‘He told me that he is happy with what I am doing. So, I thanked him. We didn’t talk much; I just said ‘hi’ to him and he told me that he was happy for me.’

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Salah broke a long-held record on the final day of the Premier League season for most games in a 38-match season.

His goal against Brighton meant he ended the season on 32 league goals and meant he pipped Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award.

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City make offers to Feyenoord teenager Melayro Bogarde

A number of Premier League clubs wants to sign Melayro Bogarde, right (Picture: Getty)Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have all made contract offers to Melayro Bogarde, the teenage nephew of former Chelsea player Winston.

The talented defender will be in a position to sign his first professional deal when he turns 16 later this month and Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring the situation, according to The Guardian.

Bogarde is rated as one of the most promising young players in Europe and Pep Guardiola, the Man City manager, is said to see similarities between him and John Stones, who he signed from Everton two years ago.

Manchester City, who wrapped up the Premier League title last month, have invited Bogarde and his family to visit their Academy but United and Arsenal have also tabled similar proposals.

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The teenager is rated highly by coaches at Feyenoord (Picture: Getty)United will hope good relations with Feyenoord puts them in a better position than their domestic rivals – the club signed Tahith Chong from the Dutch side in 2016.

With a number of Premier League clubs interested in securing his signature, Bogarde is expected to decide on his next destination after considering which team will give him the best chance of eventually progressing to the first-team.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all believed to have scouted the youngster extensively this season, while RB Leipzig are also known admirers.

The player’s uncle Winston earned 20 international caps with Netherlands and had a spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.

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Arsenal to submit bid for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic when summer transfer window opens

Andrija Zivkovic has impressed since signing for Benfica in 2016 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to submit an official offer for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic when the summer transfer window opens, according to reports.

Zivkovic, 21, has made an impressive impact at Portuguese outfit Benfica since signing from his boyhood club Partizan Belgrade in 2016.

The Serbia international’s performances helped Benfica win the domestic title last season, while he featured in the Champions League this term, facing Manchester United in the group stage.

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But with Benfica’s title defence set to end in failure – Porto lead the standings by seven points ahead of the final day of the season – the club plan to have a clear-out and sell a number of players.

Zivkovic is no stranger to Premier League interest – he was scouted by Manchester United and Liverpool last season – and he has now caught the attention of Arsenal.

According to Sport Witness, the Gunners will make an offer for Zivkovic once the summer window opens, having been impressed on a number of scouting missions.

The Serb was linked with Manchester United and Liverpool last year (Picture: Getty)

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It is claimed the player’s entourage are excited about the possibility of signing at the Emirates and that he has a release clause written into his current contract worth around £53million.

Arsene Wenger is set to leave Arsenal after 22 years this weekend and he believes the club only need to make ‘two or three’ signings to compete for the Premier League next season.

The Gunners will finish sixth this season, having also missed out on the top four last year.

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Speaking after his departure was confirmed last month, Wenger said: ‘I want to say this team has quality.

‘Two years ago we finished second in the league, last year we made 75 points, won the FA cup, won the Charity Shield, we were in the League Cup final we are in semi-final of Europa League.

‘So these players have quality, hopefully we can show that again before end of the season. Convinced in the future with two or three additions this team can fight for the championship.’

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