Spurs Ready to Sell Toby Alderweireld As Player’s Relationship With Club Continues to Deteriorate

Tottenham star defender Toby Alderweireld could be on the brink of an exit, according to reports coming from Belgium.

The centre-back has been at loggerheads with the club over a new deal for some time now, and HLN have suggested that the North London side are now looking to offload him for £50m, before a contractual clause allowing him to depart for as little as £25m comes into play.

Alderwiereld is currently on international duty with the Belgian national side, and Roberto Martinez has indicated that the player is fit and ready to play, despite not being used by Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham for a spell.

HLN are claiming that Spurs are no longer pushing for Alderweireld to sign a new deal as it has become clear that the divide between what they’re willing to pay and what the Belgian actually wants is too great to accommodate a compromise.

Daniel Levy isn’t willing to go over the 120,000-a-week cap at the club, but Alderwireld wants something in the region of 180,000, as well as bonuses likened to what Virgil van Dijk is raking in at Liverpool.

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The club are prepared to sell the defender, according to the source named above, who have gone as far as claiming that he will say that everything is fine at the club should he be questioned over his future whilst on international duty.

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??Spurs are understood to be quite keen on keeping Alderweireld, yet they aren’t willing to give into his wage demands and would rather let him go for a £50m fee in the summer.


Lionel Messi Hints at Retirement From International Football if Argentina Fail at 2018 World Cup

?Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi has hinted that he will retire from international football once and for all if La Albiceleste flop at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

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Argentina qualified for the World Cup finals in Russia following a tumultuous qualifying campaign whereby they finished third in the CONMEBOL table behind Brazil and Uruguay, only two points clear of Chile, who eventually missed out on reaching the finals.

However, a contingent of top class players across all positions has always put the Argentina squad in a favourable position with regards to their performance at the World Cup, and the finals in Russia will be no exception.

Messi has announced his retirement from international football once before, following their? loss in the 2016 Copa America final at the hands of Chile, although the Blaugrana superstar reversed his decision soon after.

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But at 30 years old, the 2018 World Cup could prove to be Messi’s last chance to claim the prize that so painfully eluded him in Brazil four years prior.

Speaking to La Cornisa on YouTube, Messi said: “We feel that, if we won’t win the World Cup in Russia, the only way will be to give up the national team.

“I dream of winning the trophy in Russia. My wish is to live something similar to Brazil 2014. You can do everything OK and fail, like Argentina in Brazil.”

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‘Cancer of Barça’: Camp Nou Legend Xavi Recalls Harsh Criticism He Suffered Early in His Career

?Ex-Barcelona midfielder Xavi may have left the club as a legend in 2015 as a winner of 17 major trophies in 17 years – including four Champions League titles, but the Camp Nou icon has recalled it wasn’t easy as few initially believed he could play in the same team as Andres Iniesta.

Xavi had broken through from the junior ranks to the first-team by 1998. He was later famously told by club captain Pep Guardiola that while he had the ability to retire the skipper, the new kid Iniesta was so good he would eventually retire them all.

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“People used to tell me that I was the cancer of Barça, that I did not have the ability to play for this club. That with me, we would never win the Champions League,” Xavi explained in a lengthy interview with SoFoot.com.

“They said that Iniesta and I were incompatible,” he added.

Iniesta was handed his first-team debut for Barça in 2002 by manager Louis van Gaal, the same coach who had blooded Xavi during an earlier spell in charge. For a while it looked like it would have to be one or the other, but all that changed when Frank Rijkaard arrived in Catalunya.

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Things also clicked on the international stage under the leadership of the late Luis Aragones.

“Iniesta and Xavi together on the ground? It was ‘impossible’ until the arrival of Rijkaard and Aragones,” Xavi recalled. “It was them who made us play together for the first time. They believed in us and we made them proud. Fortunately we won titles. Without that, we’d have been killed. It’s the football business.”

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Although Xavi played no part in the final and had suffered with injuries earlier in the season, Barça won the Champions League in 2005/06 and both player were crucial in the years that followed, especially as the likes of Mark van Bommel, Deco and Edmilson moved on.

On the international stage, Xavi and Iniesta were key members of Aragones’ Spanish side that broke the country’s 44-year drought to win Euro 2008. Further club success followed when Pep Guardiola took up Rijkaard’s mantle at Barça and put even greater focus on home-grown players, while Vicente del Bosque added a World Cup and Euro 2012 to Aragones’ legacy.

Between 2009 and 2012, both players were Ballon d’Or finalists on five occasions between them, with Iniesta finishing second and Xavi finishing third in 2010.

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“You should bear in mind that once you become a professional, you will get exposed,” Xavi explained, but it was the doubters who were wrong.

“What’s funny about football is that everyone thinks they understand it. There are many people who think they know football, but all they do is criticise and criticise. That’s why it is essential to have clear ideas.”


Twitter Reacts as Lionel Messi Shows Off His Dance Moves After Goal Against Athletic Bilbao

?Fans have reacted brilliantly after seeing Lionel Messi show off his dance moves when celebrating a goal against Athletic Bilbao.

The Argentinian is well known for being magical when it comes to having the ball at his feet, but he proved on Saturday that he has got magical dance moves too. 

Messi starred yet again for Barcelona in their ?2-0 win over Bilbao, scoring with a delightful finish in the 30th minute to put his side in complete control. He then proceeded to show off his dance moves to the Camp Nou, and people were quick to react.

??The 30-year-old is not known for his outrageous celebrations and fans were left a little confused as to what the meaning was behind Messi’s new found urge to boogie. 

Gerard Romero revealed on Twitter that Messi’s amusing celebration was in fact a tribute to team mate Luis Suarez who was watching the game in the stands due to a suspension.

His latest goalscoring exploits put Messi onto 25 league goals for the season and his Barcelona side now sit 11 points clear at the top of La Liga.

It looks like Messi will take Barcelona to yet another domestic title and after his stunning display in the Champions League against Chelsea on Wednesday, will be eyeing up another Champions League to add to his vast trophy collection.

It will be interesting to see if Suarez and Messi continue their dancing exploits when Suarez is back on the pitch. Will we see them on Strictly one day?

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The 9 Players Who Have Bagged 4-Goal Hauls in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues This Season

A hat-trick is one thing, but a four-goal haul in a single game is even more special.

That is something that has been managed on nine occasions in Europe’s top five leagues.

These are the players that have done it…

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

19th September 2017 vs Eibar

Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul against Eibar back in September included his second hat-trick of the season having already bagged a treble against Espanyol just a couple of weeks earlier.

Messi leads the way when it comes to La Liga scoring on 25 for the campaign, although he faces stiff competition if he is to retain his European Golden Shoe as the continent’s top scorer.  

2. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

6th January 2018 vs SPAL

Serie A minnows SPAL were on the receiving end of a four-goal haul from prolific striker Ciro Immobile in January, a game that Lazio won 5-2 as they fight for a Champions League place.

Immobile has rediscovered his best form since returning to Italy in 2016 after disappointing spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla in Germany and Spain respectively.  

3. Neymar (PSG)

17th January 2018 vs Dijon

Having scored regularly in his first few months with Paris Saint-Germain following a €222m move from Barcelona, Neymar stepped things up even more when he bagged four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Ligue 1 minnows Dijon in January.

His debut season has already finished as a result of a broken foot.  

4. Sergio Aguero (Man City)

10th February 2018 vs Leicester

Sergio Aguero scored a Premier League hat-trick for Manchester City against Newcastle in January, but went one better just three weeks later against Leicester by scoring four.

It was his third Premier League hat-trick of this season alone, while the Argentine is also no stranger to mega hauls. He scored four in one game against Tottenham in October 2014, and five in another against Newcastle in October 2015.  

5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

28th February 2018 vs Leganes

After a slow first half of the season by his own standards, Antoine Griezmann has stepped up his scoring in a big way since January and has scored 12 goals in his last 10 La Liga games.

Four of those came in just one outing against Leganes at the end of February. Remarkably, the Frenchman had actually scored a hat-trick against Sevilla just three days earlier as well.  

6. Alassane Plea (Nice)

11th March 2018 vs Guingamp

Nice forward Alassane Plea became the first French player to bag a four-goal haul in Ligue 1 in more than 10 years when he was in prolific form against Guingamp earlier this month.

But even after his four-goal haul, Plea has still only scored 10 times in the league in total so far this season and had found the net just once in 10 Ligue 1 outings prior to facing Guingamp.

7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

17th March 2018 vs Watford

Just when Liverpool fans thought Mohamed Salah couldn’t any better, the Egyptian forward bagged four goals in one game against Watford at the weekend.

Salah now has 28 for the Reds in the Premier League this season and is just three short of matching Luis Suarez’s 31-goal tally in 2013/14. He could also become the first Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in all competitions in a single season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.  

8. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

18th March 2018 vs Sampdoria

Mauro Icardi is having his best season yet in an Inter Milan shirt and saw his Serie A goal tally boosted to 22 after netting four times against Sampdoria at the weekend.

They were Icardi’s first goals since returning from a recent injury absence, while his prolific early season form had largely deserted him in the few weeks before that layoff as well.  

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

18th March 2018 vs Girona

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible recent run of goalscoring form when he netted four against Girona in La Liga at the weekend, the eighth straight game in all competitions in which he has found the net.

It was also his 50th career hat-trick. Ronaldo is now onto 22 league goals for the season and has 37 in all competitions, a tally matched by no other player in Europe’s top five leagues.