Pulisic wants Messi here, Freiburg open up about offer, Willian told to leave in Chelsea news and gossip roundup….
Christian Pulisic admits he would ‘love’ to play alongside Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi at Chelsea.
Pulisic arrived last summer after agreeing a move to Stamford Bridge last January, and despite some decent performances, he has not made the kind of impact that many fans would have liked to see, but many believe he will come good.
Next season fans are expecting to see the very best of the American International, especially as he will be free of injury and fully rested, but he has now opened up and admitted that he would love to play alongside Messi at the Bridge
Messi is regarded as one of the best players in history, having scored a staggering 627 goals in 718 appearances for Barcelona and helping the Spanish club win ten La Liga titles and the Champions League four times.
The Argentine hero, who has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times, is unlikely to ever leave Barcelona and looks set to finish his top-level career with the Spanish giants, but Pulisic insists he would ‘love’ for Messi to join.
Asked who he would ‘love’ to play alongsid, Pulisic said on the Daily Express: ‘That’s tough, man! ‘I mean Figo was my favourite player growing up but I definitely wouldn’t mind having [Lionel] Messi on my team. Can I choose both?’
Speaking to the official website Pulisic also revealed Portugal legend Figo was his ‘first footballing idol’.
He added: ‘My first footballing idol was definitely Luis Figo. He’s someone I looked up to when I was younger. ‘The first shirt I owned was a Luis Figo jersey and I remember wearing it when playing football with my dad in the basement at home back in Hershey.
‘In fact, my nickname then was actually Figo! My dad started it and sometimes he even still calls me it now.’
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists he is confident legendary goalkeeper and shock Chelsea target Manuel Neuer will sign a new deal.
There has been alot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Frank Lampard is keen to sign a new stopper in the summer transfer window as he has not been impressed by the performances of Kepa, who has struggled between the sticks.
Before coronavirus put a temporary stop on Premier League action, the boss had banished Kepa to the bench and promoted veteran keeper Willy Caballero to the starting XI in his place.
And that has led to some speculation in the media suggesting that we are ready to make a move and try to bring in a new stopper at the end of the season, to make sure that they have a more reliable stopper between the sticks for when next season starts
Neuer has spent almost a decade at Bayern Munich, playing close to 400 games for the German club and winning seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, but there are reports that Bayern have signed a younger stopper for next season, meaning that he may be forced to sit on the bench.
However, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, Bayern have opened up and announced that they believe the legendary German will not leave the club and will eventually sign a new contract at the club.
‘We both know what we have in each other,’ the Bayern Munich chief told BILD.
‘And under these circumstances I am optimistic that we will find a solution in the end and that Manuel Neuer will sign a new contract.
‘We have the world’s best goalkeeper and we have already won everything with him.’
Chelsea midfielder Willian has been urged to leave the club at the end of the season, by one of his former coaches.
There has been talk that he could be leaving at the end of the season as reports in the media have suggested that we may not be willing to offer him a new contract because of his age, and may be willing to let him leave the club on a free transfer, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona eyeing up a possible deal
But despite his impending arrival in the summer, recent reports even claimed the transfer will not impact Willian, and that the club and the stars representatives were still in talks to try and agree a deal that would allow him to stay at the club for the next few years, but that was not the case.
The Brazilian himself came out and admitted that his time at the Bridge was coming to an end as talks had stopped over a new deal, and with the COVID19 stopping all football, no contract seems to be in sight for Willian.
Brazil international Willian spent six seasons at Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in his career and his manager while in Ukraine, Mircea Lucescu, believes it may be time for him to leave west London, the Romanian boss told TutuJuve
‘He has been at Chelsea for many years and perhaps it is time for a change. ‘The London club fell in love with his performances when they faced us in the Champions League.’
Asked whether he would recommend Juventus to Willian, Lucescu added: ‘Absolutely, yes. ‘I would be very happy if Willian had to choose Juventus. It would be exceptional to see him wearing that shirt.’
If and when Willian leaves the club will be a sad day as he has been a great player for us over the past few seasons.