Hudson-Odoi wanted, Pogba move a fantasy, Magical Solskjaer message in Liverpool, Man United Monday ews and gossip
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Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola hopes Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at the club, amid Bayern Munich and Liverpool speculation.
Hudson-Odoi is now considered one of the most esciting talents in world football and Chelsea do have big hoped for his future, but there has been alot of transfer talk that German Champions Bayern are desperate to sea a deal and have offered arund £36 million to try and secure a deal.
Liverpool are also in the hunt to try and secure a move for Odoi, with reports the Reds have approached Chelsea about a possible move this January, which was swiftly rehjected by the Blues.
But after Hudson-Odoi scored as the FA Cup holders advanced with a 3-0 fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, Zola hopes that wont he his last goal for the club, telling the Sky Sports website: “We want him to stay as well, we were singing too.
“He has a contract. We believe in what he can do for this team. I don’t think there are many 18-year-old players around Europe that are are playing as much as him in a big team.
“If you look at Juventus, all the big teams, they don’t have many 18-year-old players playing like we do. That shows that we believe in him, we think he can be an important player for us, so we will see what happens.
“We can do as much as we can do. From our point of view he has a lot of strong players next to him. But we still find the space for him to play.
“Did he look like he didn’t want to play? Yesterday in training he scored a fantastic goal.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought something “magical” to Manchester United, according to the Times Jonathan Northcroft.
United were on the downward spiral under ex-boss Jose Mourinho and United had the make the decision to sack the special one and replace him with Solskjaer, who was just supposed to come in and hep steady the ship until the end of the season.
But the former Red Devils striker has not only steadied the ship, but has transformed the club and has now won eight games on the spin, getting a number of players back to their best and bringing that positive vibe back to the club.
And Northcroft of The Sunday Times says Solskkaer has done a magical job at United since taking over, and could be a cheaper alternative to Tottenham boss Maurizio Pochettino.
“They’re probably patting each other on the backs in the United boardroom and saying how clever it was plotting this great interim manager experiment which is working so well,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“It’s been an enormous stroke of luck and it’s put them in this incredibly good position where, when Mourinho went they were looking at a very difficult expedition to try and get Pochettino from Spurs – which I think may be what they still try and do – but I think they’ve got another candidate that is doing so exceptionally well.
“There is something that seems magical about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being Manchester United manager, something that seems to fit.
“You don’t have to be a United fan to smile when you see him, but there is substance to it. It’s not all smiles, patting people on the back and telling them to go and enjoy themselves –
“He knows what it took to win trophies in Sir Alex Ferguson’s era and he’s using the playbook that brought a lot of success. Against Arsenal he talked about the structure of the defending that was better than before.
“He had a gameplan to have bodies defending the box and then breaking really quickly, which they did time and again in Fergie’s era and won games.
“As long as he keeps doing what he was brought up to do under Ferguson, keeps this feel-good factor and really expensive players as happy as they are, he just becomes more and more unarguable as a candidate, and given how difficult it would be to get Pochettino, you could save yourself a lot of bother and £50m in compensation by going for what’s in front of you.”
Massimiliano Allegri says it is ” fantasy” to think Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could make a move back to Juventus.
Pogba has been the subject of intense transfer speculation for the past 12 months, with constant rumours linking him with a move away from the Club.
The Frenchman struggled to adapt to the playing style of ex-boss Jose Mourinho and constantly fell out with the Portuguese boss, with the former Chelsea man frustrated at the club record signing’s performances.
Juventus, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG have all been linked with the Frenchman, but the Italian giants hold a special place in Pogba’s heart and that is where many people believe he could end up.
The midfielder enjoyed four successful years at Juve after joining the club as a youngster from United in 2012, but Allegri has rebuffed claims he could re-sign for Juve.
“Oh my… you [journalists] have such fantasies,” the Juventus head coach said on Sky Sports news.
“I think that a return of Pogba to Juventus is very, very unlikely.
“I will not deceive myself, I think it will be really hard to see Pogba come back.”