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.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can to take step towards Juventus move after Champions League final

Can is just days away from all-but sealing his move away from Liverpool.Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will travel to Italy just days after the Champions League final against Real Madrid for a medical ahead of his much-anticipated move to Juventus, according to reports.

The front-page of Tuttosport on Wednesday leads with the story that Can is expected in Turin next week to complete a much-anticipated move to the Serie A champions.

He is expected to sign a five-year deal worth between €6m and €7m a year, making him the club’s second best paid player behind Gonzalo Higuain.

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Juve expect the examination at their J-Medical headquarters to be a mere formality having monitored the fitness of the Germany international, who has not played since mid-March due to a back problem.

Can, 24, trained on Monday however ahead of Liverpool facing Real in Kiev and Juventus officials are confident the injury is not severe having already conducted their own tests.

Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out Can featuring in the final this weekend despite his impending departure to Juventus, after five months of talks between his representatives and Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

Emre Can is on the verge of completing his move to Juventus from Liverpool (Picture: Tuttosport)The ex-Bayer Leverkusen star is understood to have been subject to interest from Real, while former club Bayern Munich and Premier League champions Manchester City have also shown an interest.

But the prospect of being a central figure at the Juventus Stadium was too good an opportunity to turn down.

Fellow German Sami Khedira is said to have played a central role in convincing Can to move to Serie A after speaking in glowing terms regarding the club’s winning mentality.

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It remains to be seen whether Can will start the latest chapter in his fledgling career as a European champion as Klopp deliberates over whether to include him in his matchday squad.

Amid intense speculation regarding his future, Can has not played for Liverpool since the 5-0 win over Watford on 17 March but his return to fitness means he is in contention to play in the showcase final.

Having made six appearances in the competition for Liverpool, Can would be eligible for a medal if the Reds do indeed prevail in the Ukrainian capital.

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How can I watch the Champions League final for free through BT Sport and YouTube?

Can Mohamed Salah inspire Liverpool to Champions League glory? (Picture: Getty Images)The world will be watching this Saturday night as Liverpool and Real Madrid contest the 2017/18 Champions League final in Kiev.

With both teams full of attacking flair it looks certain to be a memorable contest in Ukraine, and you will not want to miss out if you haven’t been lucky enough to go the match yourself.

Obviously the match is being shown in the UK, but thankfully, it is also being shown for free!

Here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the contest…

Real Madrid go into the match as favourites (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Champions League final?

Liverpool and Real Madrid meet at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Saturday, 26 May with kick-off at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is the match on?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Jurgen Klopp can make history in Kiev (Picture: Getty Images)But how can I watch it for free?

BT Sport have generously decided to let you stream the match without a subscription.

You can do so through their YouTube channel, on the BT Sport app and on the BT Sport website.

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Pete Oliver, managing director for marketing and sales at BT Consumer, said: ‘This season we have shown some absolutely amazing games and have had some of our biggest games to date with our UEFA Champions League viewing figures up by 47 per cent this season.

‘The final is set to be a classic and we can’t wait to bring it to football fans across the UK.’

What are the Champions League final odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Real Madrid 6/5

Liverpool 21/10

Draw 11/4

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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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Zinedine Zidane reveals if he’d swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Real target Mohamed Salah

Is Ronaldo better than Salah? (Picture: Soccrates/Getty Images)Zinedine Zidane would not entertain talk of swapping Cristiano Ronaldo for Mohamed Salah, despite the latter being linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

The former World Cup winner is looking to mastermind a third consecutive Champions League win as Real manager, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool standing in his way.

When the two sides collide on Saturday in Kiev, two of world football’s biggest stars this season will go head-to-head in what promises to be a fabulous final.

Salah has enjoyed a remarkable debut season with his new club in the Premier League, scoring 43 goals in all competitions for the Reds.

Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Ors, banged in 41 goals, including a stunning 15 in the Champions League.

Salah has been linked with Real Madrid (Picture: CameraSport via Getty)

Zidane would keep CR7 (Picture: AP)Despite being 33, he remains Real Madrid’s talisman and Zidane insists that he would not let the Portuguese leave in exchange for the Egyptian.

When asked if he would swap Ronaldo for Salah, he replied: ‘No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players.’

Zidane also rubbished suggestions that Liverpool would be more determined to succeed.

When asked if Klopp’s men are more hungry, he responded: ‘I can’t tell you about the opponent. I don’t know what they are.

‘What I can say is that we will have the same desire as always. This club is what it is: the same enthusiasm, dedication and desire as always. And nobody can take that away or tell us that we are less hungry than others. No-one.

‘We are Madrid and this club is what it is. We always want more and we will give everything to try to do it in the best way.’

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Arsenal close to signing Barcelona wonderkid Joel Lopez

Joel Lopez is set to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for Barcelona youngster Joel Lopez.

Lopez, 15, has been with Barcelona since the age of seven but the promising full-back is set to secure a switch to the Emirates this summer.

Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football relations, joined from Barca at the beginning of the year and it’s believed the Spaniard has been behind the move for Lopez.

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According to Goal, Liverpool were also interested in landing Lopez but Sanllehi persuaded the teenager to choose north London.

Barcelona offered Lopez a contract but young defender rejected it and has set his sights on England.

Raul Sanllehi (left) has been behind Arsenal’s bid to sign Joel Lopez (Picture: Getty)

Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011 (Picture: Getty)The highly-rated Lopez will initially join the Gunners on schoolboy terms before putting pen to paper on a professional deal when he turns 16 next year.

Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a 16-year-old back in 2011 and the right-back has gone on to make 162 appearances for the club.

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Lopez will hope to make a similar impact should he complete a move to Arsenal in the coming weeks.

MORE: Liverpool midfielder Emre Can ‘doesn’t deserve’ to face Real Madrid in Champions League final

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can ‘doesn’t deserve’ to face Real Madrid in Champions League final

Can trained on Monday ahead of the game after over two months out of action. (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been advised to omit Emre Can from his squad for this weekend’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Germany international is out-of-contract at the end of the season and is expected to complete a long-anticipated move to Juventus after Saturday’s showcase in Kiev.

Can had been locked in talks with Liverpool over a possible extension but looks set to make-way for Naby Keita, who already has an agreement in place to move to Anfield this summer from RB Leipzig.

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A back injury has prevented Can from playing since mid-March, but having trained on Monday he could be in contention to face Real in what would be a fitting Liverpool swansong.

However, with his move to Juve seemingly just days away, ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge doesn’t want Can anywhere near the club’s preparations for the final.

‘I’m not sure I want Emre Can in the squad for the Champions League final on Saturday because his heart isn’t at Liverpool,” he told Liverpool Echo.

‘It’s a tricky one for the manager. Do you use his experience now he’s fit or do you turn to people whose future is at the club?

Klopp has refused to rule out Can playing a role in Kiev. (Picture: Getty Images)‘A lot of fans wouldn’t want Can on the bench. The club has had a custard pie from him and his agent.

‘He’s been part of the journey to this final but he certainly doesn’t deserve to start against Real Madrid.

‘Why does he want to leave? Money. Is the Italian league better? No. Juventus are a huge club but Liverpool have won the Champions League more times than them. I would question the advice he’s been getting but if he wants to go this summer then go.’

Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum made up Liverpool’s midfield in both legs of the semi-final victory over Roma but they could be broken up if Can proves his fitness before the weekend.

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Klopp confirmed the ex-Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen man was in contention to feature during his pre-match press conference on Monday when he was also pressed on Can’s future – but produced a flat-batted response.

‘No clue. [That’s] not important in the moment, to be honest,’ he said.

‘In this moment, he is 100 per cent here and that is the only thing I’m interested in. Anything else, I really have no idea but that’s not important to me at the moment.’

Mohamed Salah wouldn’t get in Real Madrid’s team, claims Vicente Del Bosque

Mohamed Salah will be a marked man against Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Former Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque claims Mohamed Salah wouldn’t ‘improve’ Real Madrid and says the Liverpool star wouldn’t get a game at the Bernabeu.

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday and Salah will be a marked man after his incredible season at Anfield.

Salah’s scored 44 goals for the Reds this term following his arrival from Roma and he was crowned PFA Player of the Year for his sensational debut campaign.

However, Del Bosque claims Madrid have the best squad in Europe and Salah wouldn’t get in their starting XI.

Del Bosque guided Madrid to two Champions League titles (Picture: Getty)‘Real Madrid have a great squad — they are the best club in Europe at the moment and must show that on Saturday,’ said Del Bosque.

‘I don’t see even one Liverpool player who would improve Real Madrid, not even Salah.’

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Salah will be Liverpool’s danger man in Ukraine but Madrid star Marcelo says Real can’t afford to concentrate just on the Egyptian.

‘Every game is different and Liverpool aren’t just all about Salah,’ said Marcelo.

‘They’ve also got Firmino and Mane. They’ve got several players who are capable of changing the complexion of a game, particularly in finals, and we’re aware that we can’t afford to focus on one single player.’

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Lyon president sends warning to Liverpool over Nabil Fekir transfer

Nabil Fekir has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have been sent a warning by the Lyon president as they continue to be heavily linked with a summer move for Nabil Fekir.

Fekir, 24, has emerged as a top target for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and recent reports claimed a deal to bring him to Anfield was close to completion.

But Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas says ‘nothing is done’ and has told Liverpool they must be prepared to break the bank to secure a deal.

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France international Fekir has enjoyed a stunning season in Ligue 1, scoring 23 goals and providing nine assists in all competitions.

‘There has been no contact with Liverpool or any other club so we haven’t discussed the future,’ Aulas told SFR Sport.

‘I know that Nabil, now that we have qualified for the Champions League, would really like to stay, so we will discuss things calmly.

Jurgen Klopp wants to strike a deal with Lyon for the Frenchman (Picture: Getty)