Silva extends Man City offer to 2025

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva’s spectacular form this season was rewarded with a new six-12 months deal on Wednesday.

The Portuguese playmaker has arguably been the English champions’ player of the yr so far, scoring 9 goals in 40 appearances.

“It can be an honour to lengthen my deal with Manchester City,” Silva said in a club assertion.

“This club delivers every little thing a player wants to fulfil their ambitions and there’s nowhere else I want to be.

“As shortly as I listened to City preferred me to stay more time, my head was made up. I love the club, the manager, the players and the fans.

“The model of football we play below excites me, and I am decided to win extra trophies.

City presents me the greatest likelihood of carrying out that.”Silva has already gained a Premiership League title and two League Cups due to the fact becoming a member of from Monaco for a noted 43 million ($56 million) in 2017.

And far more could quickly comply with as the 24-year-old was on focus on in City’s 7- thrashing of Schalke on Tuesday as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s men continue to be on training course for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season as they also lead the Premier League by a point from Liverpool and face Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

“Below the steering of Pep and the backroom personnel we have right here, we be expecting to see him create into a person of the world’s finest players around the coming yrs,” mentioned City‘s director of football Txiki Begiristain.

“Bernardo is an remarkable expertise, so presenting him a new deal and making sure he spends the most effective decades of his vocation with us was a quite effortless decision.

“We are constructing a side that will give a system for sustained accomplishment. Bernardo fits neatly into our strategy.”

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Samuel Umtiti: Celebration unrelated to Barcelona contract predicament


Roma compounded their faults at the back with two own goals as Barcelona took a 4-1 initial-leg direct at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona was in a position to find a way against Roma in spite of the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets not staying at their finest.
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Roma compounded their faults at the back with two own goals as Barcelona took a 4-1 initial-leg direct at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti states his goal celebration in the course of Wednesday’s 4-1 Champions League quarterfinal initial-leg win more than Roma was not linked to his present-day contract predicament.

Umtiti, joined to a move to Manchester United, heightened speculation more than his long run when on international responsibility past 7 days by pointing out that his present-day €60 million release clause was “not a great deal.”

That declaration arrived amid studies that he was hunting for a substantial shell out rising from the Camp Nou board.

Right after pressuring Roma defender Kostas Manolas into an own-goal early in the second 50 percent, Umtiti ran in the direction of the cameras grabbing the badge on his shirt. He advised beIN SPORTS after the game that only some of the media speculation more than his long run was proper.

“It was not a [special message], I [just] needed to say that I love this club,” Umtiti stated. “I have practically nothing a great deal else to say. I just stick to actively playing and undertaking perfectly on the pitch. That is the most critical for me. That is what I will keep trying to do. The relaxation is matters that appear out in the press — some true, some untrue — but I target on football.”

Umtiti, under contract right until 2021, has been an achievement since his €25m arrival in 2016. Barca has not long ago been joined with Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet as a possible substitution should really Umtiti leave this summer.

In the meantime, Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta refused to be drawn on his long run ideas when speaking to beIN SPORTS on Tuesday night.

Iniesta, 34 in May, is reportedly set to decide in advance of the conclusion of the season regardless of whether this is to be his past at the Camp Nou.

“At the instant when I have to make the announcement, you will then know what it is,” Iniesta stated when asked if he could clarify his imagining.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde stated this 7 days he would not attempt to impact a determination the veteran had earned the appropriate to make himself.



Gernot Rohr extends his contract with Nigeria until 2020 – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 09:00

Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has penned a new two-year deal until 2020.

The Nigerian Football Federation has decided to tie down the German manager after masterminding their qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup with one game to spare.

Rohr was appointed on an initial two-year contract in August 2016 until 2018, taking over a team in turmoil following Sunday Oliseh’s reign.

Announcing the contract extension, NFF boss Amaju Pinnick said the federation was impressed by Rohr’s work ethic.

“When we saw the draw for the World Cup, we knew we were condemned [by a tough group] and we determined that we must overcome it,” Pinnick quoted by ESPN.

“The first thing we identified was that we needed a new coach so we reached out to Arsene Wenger, to Gerard Houllier, and one name kept coming to the fore: Rohr.

“Now we have no regrets about hiring him and he has proven himself not just by qualifying for the World Cup, but with the foundation he is laying for our team, which now has young players from the age of 19, [he is] doing well.

“That is why, as we launch this fan engagement platform, I am proud and happy to announce that we have extended Rohr’s contract for another two years, and paid him his wages until December 2017.”

Rohr’s new deal means this is the first time that a Super Eagles coach has had his contract renewed before a World Cup as Pinnick launched the NFF’s campaign to take 100 fans to Russia

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Faouzi Ghoulam – Crocked Algerian to receive contract extension? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 19:00

Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam is reportedly close to receiving a contract extension with Napoli, having suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.

The 26-year-old picked up a serious ACL injury while playing for Napoli against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday.

Prior to the injury, Ghoulam was very much a hot property in the transfer market, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus said to be keen on signing the Algerian – either in the January transfer window, or at the end of the current season.

This is because Ghoulam is set to be a free agent in June 2018, when his contract at Stadio San Paolo expires.

However, Calciomercato reports that Napoli and Ghoulam are now close to agreeing a new deal for the Fennec Foxes player, which would secure his future at the club and end transfer speculation.

In the meantime, Ghoulam will be focused on recovery, having undergone surgery on his knee, and will be keeping an eye out for Algeria’s results in matches against Nigeria and the Central African Republic in the international break.

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Faouzi Ghoulam to sign new contract despite Premier League interest? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 17:00

Faouzi Ghoulam could still sign a new contract with Italian side Napoli, despite reported interest from Premier League giants such as Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Algerian has thus far refused to sign new deal in Naples, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The 26-year-old is one of Europe’s most highly-regarded left-backs and has become a top performer since his move to Italy from Saint-Etienne in 2014.

Ghoulam’s status at Napoli has drawn interest from Manchester City and Liverpool, while the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have also been linked with the North African.

However, Goal reports that Napoli are “increasingly confident” that Ghoulam will sign a new five-year contract with the club.

The deal will include a €40m release clause, which can only be triggered by foreign clubs. This will dissuade Napoli’s Serie A rivals, such as Juventus and Roma, from signing the player.

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Andrés Iniesta’s lifetime Barcelona deal: a salute – UEFA Champions League – News

From academy graduate to midfield metronome in the all-conquering Barcelona and Spain sides that broke record after record, Andrés Iniesta was on Friday has given a lifetime contract by the club with which he has won 28 trophies and counting. takes a look at what makes the 33-year-old so special.

What they say:

“Over the last 20 years I can’t remember players as good or complete as Iniesta. It’s incredible, he never messes up play, he’s the most complete in the world. Maybe he misplaces just one pass in the whole game.”
Former Italian international Dino Baggio

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“He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever seen play. For his quality, for everything. For being a good guy, for being a legend, he doesn’t need a Ballon d’Or. He’s incomparable because he’s very different. He has an elegance and incredible class that makes him different to everyone else.”
Former Barcelona team-mate Neymar

“Nobody is like Andrés Iniesta, neither in our squad nor in world football; that’s the problem.”
Former Barça boss Luis Enrique on dealing with Iniesta’s injury absence

Current tally:
International caps: 121 appearances, 12 goals
UEFA club competition: 132 appearances, 11 goals
Liga: 418 appearances, 34 goals

UEFA Champions League (4): 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
UEFA Super Cup (2): 2011, 2015
FIFA Club World Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015
Spanish Liga (8): 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
Copa del Rey (5): 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
Spanish Super Cup (6): 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
FIFA World Cup (1): 2010
UEFA EURO (2): 2008, 2012
U19 EURO (1): 2002
U16 EURO (1): 2001

Claims to fame:


  •  Joined Barcelona at the age of 12 after catching the eye of scouts for local club Albacete.
  • Iniesta admits he “cried rivers” the day he left for La Masia and struggled being separated from his parents.
  • His childhood idol Pep Guardiola witnessed a 15-year-old Iniesta playing for Barça’s youth teams. Stood next to Xavi Hernández on the sidelines, Guardiola said: “You will retire me, but this kid will retire us both.”
  • He also has eight Liga crowns, five Copa del Rey and three FIFA Club World Cup titles.


  • Iniesta won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012, and was also chosen as the Best Player of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League.
  • Iniesta has been chosen in the users’ Team of the Year six times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), the most selections ever in midfield.


  • Played at every level for Spain’s junior sides from U16 to U21.
  • Won the UEFA European Under-16 Championship in 2001 before helping La Rojita lift the U19 title 12 months later.
  • A mainstay in the national team, he was pivotal as Spain won a historic treble of titles, with UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012 triumphs being sandwiched by the 2010 FIFA World Cup win.

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  • In 2008 he was selected in the team of the tournament, play every game as Spain went on to defeat Germany 1-0 in the final. He went one better at UEFA EURO 2012 as he was named player of the tournament.
  • In 2010 he scored the winner in extra time as Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 to claim their first World Cup. In celebration he ripped off his shirt with the message “Dani Jarque, siempre con nosotros” (Dani Jarque, always with us) as a tribute to his friend, the former Espanyol player who sadly passed away a year earlier

What you might not know:

  • Despite becoming a national hero in 2010, Iniesta almost missed the World Cup through injury. How different things might have been had Vicente del Bosque not gone with his instincts.
  • Despite being Barcelona club captain, there is footage of a young Iniesta bashfully admitting to TV cameras he grew up a Real Madrid fan.
  • A big cinema fan, Iniesta had a cameo role in Spanish film ‘Quien mató a Bambi’ (Who killed Bambi – while it sounds nasty, we are assured it’s a comedy) in which he is pictured on the football pitch – where else?
  • Made his Spain debut at the ground of Albacete; his first club.

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  • While Iniesta himself is regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time, he has never hidden his admiration for former team-mate Xavi: “There’s not enough words of praise for Xavi. I can’t find high enough praise to explain what he represents as a player and person”

He says …

“Me a hero? No! I feel very loved, obviously. The fans show some their support all the time. But a hero is someone who has to fight against a disease or has to emigrate in order to feed their children. I’m privileged to be able to play football and sometimes I’m lucky enough to make people happy.”

What he might achieve yet:

  • This season will be looking to add to his 28 club trophies (which might have been more had he not missed the 2009 Spanish and UEFA Super Cups injured) and after an impressive 100% start in the Liga and UEFA Champions League, you would not be surprised if he did, with a fifth European Cup (only one off the competition record) a possibility.
  • Old mate Xavi has the all-time Barcelona record appearances (767). In second on 639, Iniesta will be determined to get as close as possible to his former team-mate and keep third-placed Lionel Messi (594) at bay.
  • Next summer’s World Cup is in his sights, while a third title with Spain at UEFA EURO 2020 is not beyond the realms of possibility.

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Faouzi Ghoulam’s contract stance encourages Liverpool – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 13:00

Napoli’s Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam looks more and more likely to leave the club, with Liverpool one of the teams hoping to secure his services.

The 26-year-old Fennec Foxes defender has thus far refused to sign a new contract with the Italian side, meaning he will become a free agent midway through 2018.

The Daily Mail reports that Ghoulam was one of the most monitored defenders in European football last season, with a host of elite clubs enquiring about his services.

Liverpool were one of the biggest names to express an interest in the Algerian, with the Reds and manager Jurgen Klopp having persistent problems establishing a first-choice left-back.

Mario Giuffredi, the agent of Napoli player Mario Rui, said: “I don’t think Ghoulam will renew with Napoli, and it’s enough to think that in four months he’ll be able to sign for whoever he wants for nothing.”

Despite his refusal to sign a new deal, Ghoulam remains a regular for the Naples club.

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Idrissa Gueye set for new contract with Everton – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) in action against Everton‘s Idrissa Gueye (L) during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Everton FC at Old Trafford in Manchester, Britain, 04 April 2017. EPA/NIGEL RODDIS

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 12:00

Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye is set to enter talks with Everton over a new contract.

The Daily Mail reports that the Teranga Lions player has drawn attention from Premier League heavyweights Arsenal with his impressive performances for the Toffees.

Gueye has been one of Everton’s best players since signing from Aston Villa just over a year ago and manager Ronald Koeman has said the midfielder deserves a pay rise.

Gueye’s current contract with Everton runs to 2020, and he celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday.

“It’s true that we are in talks with him about a new contract,” said Koeman in the lead-up to Everton’s Europa League match against Apollon this evening.

“I’m really happy with him. I think he had a big impact with his aggression in the midfield last season.”

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