first_imgMax Verstappen fastest in both Friday practice sessions on ice-like Istanbul Park circuit; Charles Leclerc second in Practice Two, ahead of the Mercedes; Lewis Hamilton, who can clinch seventh title at Turkish GP, 0.8s off the pace in fourth By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 13/11/20 1:41pm

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 31 Aug 2020 5:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.2kShares Berkhamp advised Van de Beek to join United (Picture: Getty)The former Arsenal forward was Ajax’s assistant manager as Van de Beek made his way through the ranks in Amsterdam and the midfielder dates the forward’s daughter, Estelle.Bergkamp is said to have advised the midfielder to move to Old Trafford and Van de Beek was minded to take his advice, given the 51-year-old struggled in Italy before shining in England with Arsenal. The former Inter Milan ace was fond of the midfielder during his time at the Johan Cruyff arena, with former manager Frank De Boer revealing just how much Bergkamp rated Van De Beek.‘Dennis started talking enthusiastically about a talent in his youth team. It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age. That was the signal for me to keep an eye on that guy. That was Donny,’ said De Boer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityVan de Beek is set to become United’s first signing of the summer but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to make at least two further additions.Jadon Sancho, the 20-year-old Dortmung winger, remains the club’s priority but negotiations are at a standstill due to United’s reluctantance to meet the Germans’ £108m asking price.Elsewhere, Solskjaer hopes to sign a centre-back to partner Harry Maguire.RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is a leading target but a deal for Sancho is United’s current priority. MORE: Lionel Messi fails to show up for Barcelona training Advertisement Comment Donny van de Beek is set to join Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp was instrumental in Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United over the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.The Dutchman was absent from Netherlands training this afternoon as he undergoes a medical in Amsterdam ahead of a £40.3million move to Old Trafford.The 23-year-old had looked set to join Real Madrid before the global pandemic hit but the La Liga giants attempted to renegotiate a price for Van de Beek that reflected the financial downturn. Ronald Koeman managed Van de Beek during his time as Holland boss and he was keen to sign the midfielder after being appointed Barcelona manager a fortnight ago.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Manchester United stole a march on the La Liga giants by agreeing a fee on Saturday and Sky Sports claim Bergkamp’s role was pivotal. Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp convinced Donny van de Beek to join Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

first_img Five consecutive league victories have set up a tantalising clash at home to Arsenal which, if they win, would take Everton within a point of the fourth-placed Gunners with a match in hand at home to Crystal Palace. While a top-four finish is far from assured McCarthy admits the incentive could not be more evident for players now as they look to avenge their FA Cup quarter-final exit last month. Everton midfielder James McCarthy believes the lure of Champions League qualification will only harden their resolve to succeed in the last six weeks of the season. “Arsenal at home is going to be a big one,” the Republic of Ireland international told evertontv. “I’m sure the fans will come out in their numbers, hopefully we can put things right from last time we played them and push for that Champions League spot. “They put us out of the cup and it is never nice to get beat. It’s going to be a big ask but we will give it our best shot. “It’s in the balance and if we want it, it’s there in front of us, we can go and give it our best shot. “As a squad we believe we can do it but there is a long way to go. “You need to enjoy the occasion and the challenge. If you don’t then you are in the wrong game to be fair.” Manager Roberto Martinez thinks his side, who have progressed significantly in his first season in charge, have learned much in the last couple of months. “I don’t think it goes down to the cup game (against Arsenal), if I’m honest I think it goes a little bit further than that,” the Spaniard told the Liverpool Echo. “We had two outstanding performances (both ending in 1-0 defeats) against Spurs and Chelsea and couldn’t reflect that in the scoreline. “It was a real focus of the group to learn from that and a maturity to know how to affect scorelines when you play well. “It’s fair to say in the last five league games we have not been fantastic in every game but we have found a way to be competitive and know what to do during the game and make sure the results have been positive. “We are delighted with the return of points at this stage of the season and we have another 21 points to fight for. “We have four fixtures at home and we are very excited about that. “We know Arsenal are a phenomenal side but we will give it everything we’ve got and the support of our fans will make a difference.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgGhana midfielder Andre Ayew must apologise to the Black Stars technical team and players within seven days or face serious sanctions from the Ghana Football Association (GFA).The Marseille player reacted angrily to being substituted during Saturday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi in Lilongwe.According to a reporter from Happy FM who was at the game, Ayew uttered unpleasant words directed at the coaching staff to register his displeasure with his satisfaction.The son of the legend Abedi Pele also gestured angrily before refusing to shake team manager Sabahn Quaye and his team-mates on the bench.This prompted a meeting between the technical team led by coach Kwesi Appiah and management of the Black Stars after the game to examine the incident.Ayew has now been given a one-week ultimatum to apologise to the technical team and the players or he will face serious sanctions. “We met and have decided to give him one week to apologise so we are waiting for that and if he fails to do so, then we will take the necessary actions,” the President of the Ghana FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi told Accra-based Happy FM.Ayew’s actions have received widespread condemnation in the local radio stations since journalists who returned from the game in Malawi have reported the incident.With the Africa Cup of Nations approaching the Ghana coach is seeking to clamp down on any acts of indiscipline to foster unity in the squad.Players like Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan were previously punished after they broke the Black Stars code of conduct.last_img read more