Rodgers regrets impending departure of ‘special’ Maguire

first_imgMaguire becomes United’s third summer signing following full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.His arrival — provided he agrees personal terms and passes his medical — should provide United with the leadership and authority that has been missing from their defence.They conceded 54 goals last term, only West Ham and Watford of the top 13 Premier League clubs let in more.Maguire will give manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a surfeit of central defenders in taking the total to seven, although Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is out of action till December with a knee injury.Maguire made 69 Premier League appearances for Leicester and signed a new five-year contract with the Foxes last September.United’s transfer business is unlikely to stop there with a potential swap deal involving Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala joining them from Juventus and Belgian international Romelu Lukaku moving to the Italian champions.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Harry MaguireLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Harry Maguire, described as a “special player” by Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, is set to become the world’s most expensive defender after Manchester United agreed to pay a reported fee of £80 million ($97 million).The 26-year-old central defender –coveted by United since he starred as England reached the World Cup semi-finals — is to undergo a medical at United over the weekend.“The clubs have agreed (a fee) and there’s still some work for it to go through,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.“He’s a special player, he’s not a player that of course we would want to lose.“He’s a top-class player, he’s a good man as well, and everything about Harry over the course of this pre-season, he knows there has been interest over the summer and he’s been super professional.”Maguire’s fee out-strips Dutch international Matthijs van Ligt who in July moved to Juventus from Ajax for a combined fee of 75 million euros plus 10.5 million euros of add-ons.De Ligt’s compatriot Virgil van Dijk cost Liverpool £75 million when he moved from Southampton in January 2018.Maguire’s value has soared in five years, costing Hull just £2.5 million when they signed him from Sheffield United in 2014 — Leicester then snapped him up in 2017 for £12 million.last_img read more

Chelsea star reveals mother reduced to tears after severe racial abuse

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 8vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5ov2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mygvzd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3v3rWould you ever consider trying this?😱3tCan your students do this? 🌚d72e3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Racism is a massive issue in football, and several dark skinned players of the game have been sufferers. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been one of the most recent victims of racial abuse, and the forward has recently said that it caused his mother to weep.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesBack in August, the Blues forward was targeted by racist fans on social media after he missed the penalty kick against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul.Soon following the match, the 21 year old was swarmed with xenophobic attacks on Twitter, and it went to such extent that the club gaffer, Frank Lampard himself went into disgust, and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy took strong action against the perpetrators.Advertisement In a recent interview the Chelsea youth graduate revealed that the attacks caused his mother to burst into tears.“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears. You know, she’s just thinking: ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused.” Tammy spoke to CNN International.Advertisement “For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.” the youngster added.Soon after the vile incident, Manchester United forwards and fellow countrymen Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were two of the several people that came forward to support Abraham.Chelsea are taking on Wolves this Saturday at the Molineux Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more