Eden Hazard Reveals that Chelsea Rejected Real Madrid Transfer Offer

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard turned a lot of heads a week ago when he referred to Real Madrid as his dream club. With a current contract that expires in summer of 2020, Hazard’s remarks restarted the transfer saga that was widely covered during the summer window.

While those remarks created a lot of concern within Chelsea supporters that the 27-year-old Belgian could leave, what he’s said now should conversely reassure them that he’s going to stay put. (For the record he has since confirmed that he’s staying in west London during the January transfer window)

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Chelsea Boss Maurizio Sarri Reveals Extreme Intensity of His Match Preparation

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It’s pretty hard not to root for Maurizio Sarri once you learn the extent of his work ethic, and the sacrifices that go along with that. Sarri is a classic Horatio Alger story, as he clawed his way up the managerial ladder one peg at a time. The Chelsea manager came over from Napoli in Serie A this summer, but he’s spent some time managing in Serie C.

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Northwestern PK Drew Luckenbaugh Raising the Bar By Developing New App

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Northwestern’s back-up placekicker Drew Luckenbaugh was thrust into duty this week when first-stringer, Charlie Kuhbander went down with an injury. Luckenbaugh’s first career field-goal attempt Saturday went about as poorly as possible.

He anticipated his initial attempt, a 42 yard effort, with so much gusto that he actually kicked it before it was fully placed, and the result was an unsightly line drive that barely left the ground — and ended up nowhere near the goalposts.

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Liverpool FC News: Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum

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It’s another dull international break, when there isn’t much news and when there is, it’s related to injury concerns. Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday against Huddersfield Town. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the Liverpool FC news stories making the rounds on the internet on this Sunday fun day.

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Romelu Lukaku Lists Juventus Players United Should Be Concerned with Beyond Ronaldo

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By some global power rankings, Juventus is the best team on Earth right now. While Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously the headliner, the Italian powerhouse has so much more beyond him and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is well aware of that.

The serious issues that surround Ronaldo off the pitch, the criminal allegations being made against him, obviously overshadow anything related to football at this point. It hasn’t slowed down Ronaldo on the pitch though, as he’s still scoring goals for the Serie A juggernaut.

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Paul Pogba Shows Off Amazing Skills in Training Session (Video)

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba showed off his amazing skill set while on international duty with France. Pogba posted the following video four hours ago on his Instagram account, in which he was filmed doing kick ups during a Tuesday training session with Les Bleus.

Watch below as Pogba whips his leg over and around the ball repeatedly. Maybe the most entertaining part is when France manager Didier Deschamps passes by completely unaware as to what is going on behind him. You can also hear a fair amount of applause, but it’s not clear what that is in reference to:

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Arsene Wenger Believes Aaron Ramsey Has the Upper Hand in Contract Talks

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Two days ago Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey let it be known publicly that he will not be leaving the club in January. He also expressed his wishes to stay beyond the expiration of his contract, which happens in June. 

The 27-year-old Welshman said he thought a deal on a new extension had already been reached, and he was thus surprised to learn that talks with the club had collapsed. Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who stepped down in May, was the man in charge when the club signed Aaron Ramsey in 2008.

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Northwestern Deny Nebraska Cornhuskers, Scott Frost First Win of the Year; in Tweets

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Congratulations to the Northwestern Wildcats, on their overcoming a double digit deficit to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers and deny them their first win of the season. The Cats claimed the NU Bowl 34-31 in OT. Nebraska coach Scott Frost came extremely close to achieving his first win as the leader of his alma mater, but that milestone will have to wait.

If they can’t knock off the Fighting Flecks of Minnesota next week, then perhaps it will happen October 27th versus Bethune-Cookman. The home team now improves to 2-6 in the last 8 games of this series, and Saturday marked the first home win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Northwestern program history.

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Amid Injury, Mohamed Salah Withdraws From Egypt Camp and Returns to Liverpool

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Saturday brought an update on the status of Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, who suffered what has been deemed a muscular injury last night while on international duty with Egypt. Salah hobbled off in the 88′ of the Pharoahs’ 4-1 win over Swaziland in an Africa Group of Nations qualifier.

Saturday saw the release of a statement from the Egyptian Football Association that indicated Salah’s leaving the national side, and returning to his club.

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Jose Mourinho Scouts Serbians Milinkovic-Savic, Milenkovic for January Window

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Jose Mourinho was in the house Thursday night to see Serbia beat Montenegro 2-0, but no, he wasn’t there for a love of UEFA Nations League group stage competition. Mourinho, reportedly feeling confident enough in his job status to start planning a January transfer window shopping spree.

On the list of targets are two Serbian Serie A stars, the first of which is Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The midfielder expressed his happiness that Mourinho was in the crowd to observe his skills and abilities, but cautioned against reading too much into it.

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Eden Hazard Says He Hopes to Play for Jose Mourinho Again

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The second spell at Chelsea didn’t end well for Jose Mourinho as it truly epitomized the proverbial “third season syndrome” with which he is synonymous. Mourinho was sacked in December of 2015, after the team fell to very low in the table, and he consistently threw his players under the bus.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has taken partial ownership for all that went wrong that campaign, and even expressed some guilt over it. In a very revealing interview with Belgian newspaper HLN (quotes via Sky Sports), he said it was the only bad season of his career, and he regretted how things ended with Mourinho.

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Dortmund Defender Manuel Akanji Dreams of Joining Manchester United

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Young Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji moved to BVB from Basel in the January transfer window and he’s already established himself as a key cog in their machine. However, he’s already talked about the next time he might switch clubs, or at least where he would like to go if given the chance.

Akanji, who has already seen some time wearing the captain’s arm band for the Bundesliga side, revealed that he has been a Manchester United fan since he was a child, and he hopes to join the team some day.

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