Salah’s rise to stardom caught me by surprise, says ex-Chelsea team-mate Mikel

John Obi Mikel has been surprised by the Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s development since they played together at Chelsea.

The pair spent two years together at Chelsea after Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel in 2014.

But in February 2015 the Egypt star was loaned to Fiorentina before spending the 2015-16 campaign at Roma, who signed him outright in the summer of 2016.

The forward excelled with the Giallorossi and soon ended up back in England, joining Liverpool in 2017.

Atletico Madrid striker, Costa, handed six-month prison sentence, fined for tax fraud

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of more than €1 million (£813,000/$1,127,000) after failing to declare payments of over €5m earned from his 2014 move to Chelsea.

The striker was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday, but Spanish law states that non-violent crimes with a punishment of under two years' imprisonment can instead be resolved with a fine for first-time offenders.

I was an ‘accidental’ football star, says Eto'o

‘I had to hide in order to play’: Samuel Eto’o reveals his parents did not let him play football until his dad accidentally saw a game in which he starred… before he was given a ‘pass’ to keep pursuing the sport'
The Cameroon football star, Samuel Eto’o, has revealed how he used to hide from his parents when he played football growing up.

I don’t use juju, says Ighalo

By Valentine Amanze

Man Utd extend Ighalo's loan until 2021

Manchester United have struck a deal to extend Odion Ighalo's loan move from Shanghai Shenhua until January 2021.

Ighalo joined United in January, going on to score four goals in eight appearances in all competitions prior to the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Nigeria international had only been due to stay until May 31, yet United have now agreed to keep him at Old Trafford until January 31 next year.

Replacing Kante at Leicester was scary, says Ndidi

Super Eagles defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has said that he felt the pressure when he replaced N’Golo Kante at Leicester City in 2016.
Ndidi who has more than held the position positively is rated as one of the best players for the Foxes this season and has attracted quite a number of interests from clubs like PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
“The pressure I had was that Leicester just won the league. Kante left and they were looking for a replacement. Seeing this whole situation, it was very scary for me.

Solskjaer hopeful Shanghai Shenhua will extend Ighalo’s loan deal

Shanghai Shenhua are open to allowing Odion Ighalo to remain at Manchester United until January.
United remain in talks with the Chinese club about extending Ighalo’s loan which currently ends on Sunday.
Border restrictions may prevent Ighalo from returning to China in time for the start of the new season in June.
If he can’t return, the club will look to bring in a temporary replacement.
Shanghai Shenhua’s original stance was that they would only agree to extend his loan if an obligation to buy was incorporated into the deal.

Nigeria can’t win 2021 AFCON – Gernot Rohr

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said it is hard for his team to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations because they are not the best team on the continent.
The German tactician recently agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal to continue his work as the handler of the three-time African champions, putting to bed speculation around his future.

Osimhen a perfect replacement for Ighalo ― Iwobi

Everton winger Alex Iwobi believes Victor Osimhen can replace Odion Ighalo in the national team, with the experienced Manchester United striker calling time on his international career shortly after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ighalo was in red-hot form in his last one year as a Super Eagles player but the Lille wonderkid has performed excellently since stepping into his shoes, scoring four goals in as many matches.

Premier League: The complete schedule for the remaining fixtures

By Omnisport

After what will have been a three-month absence, the Premier League is set to restart on June 17.

The first games following the coronavirus pandemic will see Manchester City take on Arsenal and Aston Villa play Sheffield United, before a full round of fixtures begins on June 19.