Laurens backs Giovani Lo Celso to prove a success at Tottenham

ESPN pundit Julien Laurens has backed Giovani Lo Celso to prove a success with Tottenham Hotspur this season. The Argentina international joined the north London giants on a season-long loan from Real Betis on transfer deadline day, but the club have the option of landing him permanently for a club-record £60m fee next summer.

Higuain’s agent and brother says the striker will remain with Juventus

The representative of Gonzalo Higuain has said that the Argentine will remain with Juventus for the remaining two years of his contract. The 31-year-old fell out-of-favour under manager Max Allegri after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer and he thereafter spent loan spells with AC Milan and Chelsea respectively.

As such, he had been touted to secure a permanent departure from the Bianconeri but that stance has changed in recent weeks with the striker reuniting with Maurizio Sarri at a third separate club. Writing on his official Twitter account, Higuain’s brother Nicola reaffirmed that the striker’s desire to honour the remaining length of the Bianconeri contract, he wrote: “Gonzalo will only play for Juventus in Italy. Two years contract remains and it will be respected.”

Guardiola hails legendary Aguero after winning goal against Burnley

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has once more described Sergio Aguero as a legend after the Argentine scoring the only goal during the recent Premier League meeting against Burnley. The Citizens faced a must-win situation against the Clarets to return to the top of the standings and they managed to do so with Aguero coming up with the winner which was decided through the Goal Decision System.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola praised the qualities of the Argentina international, who has come up with important goals during the course of his Citizens career. He added that he has been pleased with the reaction from the team since their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

Ever Banega hopeful of playing for Argentina at Copa America

Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega has spoken about the prospects of returning to the Argentina national team before this summer’s Copa America. The 30-year-old has been out of contention for his country since the World Cup last year but he remains optimistic of making a comeback before the continental competition starts in Brazil.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “If one day I am called up, I would welcome it. I see myself for the Copa America but not for the World Cup in Qatar, no. We value everything that we did because it cost us a lot. We always went forward and I can’t take anything away from us. We all wanted the same thing but it wouldn’t happen. Now there’s a new road and hopefully it goes well.”

Robert Pires says the Premier League golden boot race is between Aguero and Salah

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes the Premier League golden boot is likely to be decided between Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah this term. Aguero is currently leading the scoring charts with 18 goals but Salah is right behind the Argentine alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane with 17 goals apiece.

Speaking to Bwin, Pires pointed out Aguero and Salah as the main contenders for the golden boot. He added that Aguero has been the better performer when it comes against the top-six but Salah should still provide stiff competition in the race for the accolade, he said: “I think the race to the golden boot is between Salah and [Sergio] Aguero.

FRANCO DI SANTO JOINS RAYO VALLECANO

AudaxItaliano. In his maiden season, 2006/2007, he registered 26 goals in 76 matches, including a goal in six matches in the Copa Libertadores.

Also, the following year in 2007, he recorded 12 goals in 17 games for the Chilean club, including a goal in the Copa Sudamericana.

Eden Hazard excited to play alongside Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea

Belgium international Eden Hazard is looking forward to playing with Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea. The Blues have endured a mixed Premier League campaign where they have struggled to find a regular goalscorer upfront but there could experience a change in fortunes with Higuain making the loan switch from Juventus.

In a report covered by Evening Standard, Hazard said that the club are missing a striker of Diego Costa’s calibre and this has hampered them over the past 18 months. The Belgian added that he likes to play with top players and is looking forward to working alongside Higuain, who has been a genuine goalscorer throughout his professional career.

Franco Di Santo Out And Not Just From The Derby

Franco Di Santo had missed out on the TSG Hoffenheim because of his performance. Revierderby is going to miss Franco Di because of an injury. The striker from FC Schalke is likely to be fit to play against Bayer Leverkusen on 19th December is the last game played at home this year.

Franco Di Santo had been absent for the starting of the Schalke Team Training Week to prepare for the Revierderby. Domenico Tedesco, the coach has said that the striker is surely going to miss the match Borussia Dortmund because of an injury.

Domenico Tedesco insists Schalke lacked cutting edge against Borussia Dortmund

Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco believes his team lacked the cutting edge during the recent Revierderby against Borussia Dortmund. Schalke had come into the game with a 19-point gap over the runaway leaders and they could not prevent the deficit from increasing after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of their cross-town rivals.

Speaking after the game, Tedesco highlighted that Dortmund were the better team during the game and his side should have defended much better before the goals conceded in either half, he said: “Well done to Dortmund. We started the game well enough and had some control – but then we were suddenly behind. We should have defended both of their goals much better. We had more possession in the first half and had a decent pass completion rate. Our biggest problem at the moment is our lack of cutting edge. We need to be more dangerous, our crosses aren’t good enough as they just aren’t finding anybody in the box.”

Argentina president remains confident of Lionel Messi return

Argentina president Claudio Tapia has indicated that he is confident of Lionel Messi returning to national team duty despite excluding himself from recent call-ups. The Barcelona superstar was heavily criticised after the country’s poor showing at the summer World Cup and since then, he has decided to make himself unavailable indefinitelyfor national team duty.

As a result, there have been plenty of question marks where Messi would consider a return to international football but Tapia has stressed that the country need to be patient regarding the forward’s position, he said: "I have no doubts that he will return to play [with the national team]. We have to let him be and give him the time he needs. We have to continue the way we are. "I'm completely calm, knowing that he, more than anyone, loves the national team jersey. I don't put a time to his return. We have to let things flow and it will happen when it has to happen. We cannot be hasty."

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