Drinkwater can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that midfielder Danny Drinkwater is free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses.
The 28-year-old has completely fallen off the radar under Sarri, having made his only Blues appearance of the season in the Community Shield back in August.
Drinkwater signed for Chelsea from Leicester City in September 2017 for a £35 million ($45m) fee, and featured sparingly in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
Under Antonio Conte, Drinkwater made 22 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season.

Nigeria end 2018 as 44th best in the world

Nigeria finished 2018 ranked by Fifa as the 44th best footballing nation in the world.

The world football governing body released the December's standings on Thursday with Gernot Rohr's men unmoved from the position they had in November and October.

Nigeria had an eventful year having played at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia but were eliminated from the tournament in the group stage after managing a win [vs. Iceland] and two defeats.

Mourinho breaks his silence after Man United exit

. I am proud to wear Man U badge - Mourinho

Breaking: Man United Sack Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United following their disappointing start to the season.
The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost five times in 17 matches, leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.
That follows a summer transfer window in which Mourinho routinely complained about a lack of signings, with the Portuguese unable to persuade the club's hierarchy to sign a new centre-back.

Rashford rubbishes Man Utd's underdog tag ahead of Liverpool clash

Marcus Rashford has rubbished suggestions that Manchester United head to Liverpool as underdogs on Sunday.

United travel to Anfield this weekend having won just one of their last four games in all competitions.

A 4-1 win over Fulham in their last Premier League fixture was followed by a disappointing 2-1 Champions League reverse against Valencia.

Liverpool, meanwhile, beat Napoli 1-0 in midweek, and have yet to lose in the top-flight this season, sitting one point clear at the top of the Premier League.

Juventus 'more of a family' than Real Madrid - Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has described Juventus as "more of a family" than Real Madrid and has praised his new team-mates' humility.

  The 33-year-old swapped the Spanish capital for Turin in July, claiming he left Madrid after nine years because he no longer felt as valued as he did when he arrived in 2009.

  Ronaldo has helped Serie A champions Juve open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table after 15 games of this season, while they have already qualified for the Champions League's last 16 too.

Post-World Cup slump over, says Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku believes he has finally emerged from his post-World Cup slump, with the Manchester United striker revealing he had to shed muscle to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

  After a promising first season at Old Trafford, the 25-year-old has strugged to make an impact in front of goal amid what has been a largely frustrating second campaign under Jose Mourinho.

I felt I wasn’t rated on ‘weird’ Arsenal past - Iwobi

Alex Iwobi has opened up on his trying time at Arsenal, when the north London outfit showed less interest in tying him down to a deal.

  Iwobi, then aged 16 and featuring in England youth setups, was told he could leave the club and had started reviewing offers from other teams, including a visit to Crystal Palace.

"My situation was weird,” Iwobi said in an Arsenal matchday programme interview, per The Sun.

  "There were three of us at the time and we were basically told 'stay if you want, or if not you are free to go.

Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or to end Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi duopoly

Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric has claimed the 2018 Ballon d'Or at a ceremony in Paris.
It is the first time since 2007 that the award has gone to a player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

CAF woos South Africa to host Nations Cup, dumps Cameroon

Following the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripping Cameroon of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) hosting rights at the weekend due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece, there are indications that South Africa may step in to organise the competition.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, confirmed that the CAF wants South Africa to host AFCON 2019, at short notice.