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EPL: He wants to come to Old Trafford – Rio Ferdinand tells Man Utd who to sign

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Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has backed the club to sign Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong because the midfielder has intentions of coming to Old Trafford this summer.

Ferdinand also believes Manchester United still have a good chance of signing De Jong, or else they would have distanced themselves from the situation.

Man United are trying to sign De Jong and it is believed Barcelona are willing to accept their offer, but the Dutch star wants to stay in Spain.

De Jong previously played under new Man United manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax.
“If Man Utd had an inkling that he was not looking to come to Man Utd, I don’t think they would still be in the race,” Ferdinand tells Mirror Football.

“I don’t think they would be in the conversation – they would distance themselves straight away.

“The fact Man Utd have not distanced themselves – and the relationship Erik ten Hag will have with Frenkie de Jong from their time together at Ajax – says to me the player still has the intentions to come to Man Utd.

“But the situation is not as clear cut as that, as we can see. For me, it’s not ideal. Man Utd have got a couple of problems going on at the moment in the transfer window. Man City and Liverpool, [it’s been] plain sailing. They have got their business done, they’re fine, they are working towards the start of the season from a much cleaner base.”

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Beyond Limits Insists on NPFL Participation Despite Ownership Controversy

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Beyond Limits Football Academy has reaffirmed its qualification to play in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) next season, despite controversy surrounding its ownership.

 

The club’s rapid promotion from the Nigeria National League (NNL) has raised eyebrows, particularly since its owner, Kunle Soname, also owns NPFL club Remo Stars.

 

The league’s legal framework prohibits an individual from holding significant interests in multiple NPFL clubs (Clause 5.0).

 

However, Beyond Limits’ media head, Dimeji Oshode, maintains that the club’s management is separate from Remo Stars’, despite shared ownership.

 

“Beyond Limits will definitely play in the NPFL next season,” Oshode stated. “We have different managements, with distinct CEOs for both clubs.”

 

The league management body has yet to comment on Beyond Limits’ promotion, which appears to contradict the league’s rules.

 

The situation raises questions about the club’s eligibility to participate in the NPFL.

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Senator Salisu Promises To Partner SWAN On National Sports Festival Success

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The Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Senator Shuaib Afolabi Salisu has promised to partner the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Ogun State Chapter to ensure the success of forthcoming National Festival tagged ‘Gateway Games 2024″.

 

Senator Salisu gave the promise while addressing the sports journalists at the birthday ceremony of the Executive chairman of Obafemi Owode Local government, Hon. Adesina Ogunsola held in Abeokuta.

 

The lawmaker who described the partnership with Sports Writers as crucial to the overall development of sports in the country encouraged them to do everything within their power to ensure that the biennial event in Ogun State becomes a force to be reckoned with.

 

Salisu who underscores the importance of Sports as a tool for youths empowerment, maintained that the association must begin to create more awareness about the preparedness of the state government.

 

He, however, assured that, he would create a window of entertainment and engagement for the youths during the festival as the Senator representing Ogun Central.

 

“I’m going to do something with SWAN to see what we can do in central to support the National Sports Festival, but we must have a window in Ogun Central to see what we can do. I am promising you that, I’m going to partner with you to see what we can do with you. It is your pride that the NSF is successful, Salisu charges SWAN

 

“If there’s anything you believe I can do and also serve as an interface between you and the government of the state in order to make the event very memorable, please don’t hesitate.

 

“Because at the end of day for you as Sports writers as well, your pride will be that the best organized national sports festival takes place in our state, in a state where you are practicing your trade, so don’t let us wait for whatever the shortcomings to now begin to report and do analysis that we’re doing low levels, in fact, let us be proactive enough.

 

“In fact , if you have a position paper to say this is the position of Sports Writers of Nigeria on how to make the NSF a success, write it and let me have it, I promise to pass it across to the governor.”

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Germany Coach Julian Nagelsmann Backs Manuel Neuer Amid Goalkeeper Debate

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Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has expressed his support for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, despite a recent blunder in the team’s final Euro 2024 tune-up match against Greece.

 

Neuer’s mistake allowed Greece to score the opening goal, but Germany went on to win 2-1.

 

Nagelsmann is standing by his decision to keep Neuer as the starting goalkeeper for the Euros, saying, “He has my trust. He’s made three world-class saves, which undoubtedly not everyone makes. It’s not an accumulation of mistakes.”

 

The media has been questioning Neuer’s form, with some calling for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to replace him. However, Nagelsmann is not concerned, saying, “I absolutely don’t care what is discussed in the media.”

 

Team-mates Maximilian Mittelstädt and Pascal Gross have also shown their support for Neuer, with Mittelstädt calling him “the backbone of the team” and Gross saying “I am thrilled how good he is.”

 

Despite the debate, Germany is looking to take momentum into the Euros, with captain Ilkay Gündogan saying, “We start the European Championships with a good feeling, but there is no team that you beat 4-0 or 5-0 anymore.”

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