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‘Why I Refused Arsenal and Tottenham Offer for 2014 W/Cup’ – Vincent Enyeama Reveals



‘Why I Refused Arsenal and Tottenham Offer for 2014 W/Cup’ – Vincent Enyeama Reveals

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has revealed the reason he refused signing for Arsenal and Tottenham while he was at the peak of his career.

Enyeama, a Nations cup winner with Nigeria, went to Israel after leaving Nigeria, joining Bnei Yehuda in 2005 before moving to Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2007 where he spent four years.

He then went to France in 2011, spending seven years at Lille where he won the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé prize of Best African player in League 1, in 2014.

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Enyeama shone for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup with his most memorable performance the 1-0 loss to Argentina where he denied Argentina and in particular Lionel Messi several opportunities to score.

After the tournament, Arsenal reportedly wanted to sign the goalkeeper and now Enyeama says he rejected Arsenal and Tottenham because of one specific reason.

Arsenal wanted me for second choice, but I was not interested. I also had an offer from Tottenham that wanted me for second choice also and I wasn’t interested; ..

Enyeama told ESPN

It was after the 2006 Nations Cup and then again around the 2014 World Cup. When I turned them down, that is when they [Arsenal] took David Ospina.

For me, I was at the stage where I preferred playing even if it was for one of the smallest teams. That is what the agents that were involved told me. That Arsene (Wenger) wanted me but he is not so sure because of my height and things like that.

People have their choices and I respect their choices.

Vincent Enyeama

Enyeama also said he wonders why he never signed for British club Bolton Wanders despite going for a trial at the club in the early 2000s.

“I am still wondering why I didn’t sign. It was a trial that went so well,” he continued.

“They even told me I was going to get jersey number 35. All that was left was just to do the medicals.

“I was supposed to be number three, because Bolton had two goalkeepers already, with Jussi Jaaskelainen as number one.

“But I don’t regret it because it gave me the opportunity to go to Israel. I am so happy that I went to Israel because it opened doors for me.”

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Harry Maguire Arrives Court after he was arrested for ‘Punching Police Officer’ on Greek Island of Mykonos (Photos)



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Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire arrives at court after he was arrested for ‘punching police officer’ on Greek island of Mykonos

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire has been pictured arriving at court following his arrest in Mykonos for ‘punching a police officer.’

The 27-year-old England international was detained along with two other men after an altercation outside a bar in the early hours of the morning on the Greek island. He was later transferred to Syros island where he was pictured heading into court as police confirmed punches were thrown.

Greek police confirmed on Friday the captain, 27, was “verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him” after the trio rounded on cops.

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Spokesman Petros Vassilakis added: “All of the three were arrested but during the effort to do so, the other two, including the football player, got violent also.

“They threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them.

“I can’t tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police.”

United issued a statement on Friday morning which read: “The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.

“Contact has been made with Harry and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities. At this time we will be making no further comment.”

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire arrives at court after he was arrested for

The former Hull defender will reportedly face a charge of aggravated assault.

Local report said he was involved in an altercation with other British tourists last night. When the officers tried to intervene, three men including the England international allegedly fought back physically and verbally while resisting arrest.

As a result, they were detained in the early hours of Friday August 21, and led away in handcuffs.

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Manchester United Dazed by Sevilla as De Jong and Suso Lead Comeback



Manchester United Dazed by Sevilla as De Jong and Suso Lead Comeback

MANCHESTER UNITED have been dazed by Sevilla who have fought back after Bruno Fernandes’ early penalty.

The Portuguese’s early strike in Cologne came from United’s 22nd penalty of the season.

Manchester United’s remarkable run of penalties continued when Bruno Fernandes converted from the spot in their Europa League semi-final against Sevilla in Cologne on Sunday.

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However, goals from Suso and De Jong gave the Spaniards the edge in the Europa League semi-final.

United were utterly dominant at the start of the second half, but some brilliant defending and some outstanding saves from Bounou kept them at bay, before a lapse in concentration from Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof at the back allowed substitute De Jong to prod Navas’ right-wing cross home from close range!

Ultimately, however, the penalty from Fernandes wasn’t enough on the night as Sevilla turned around the early deficit to advance past United with a 2-1 win.

It finishes 2-1 to Sevilla, who are into the Europa League final!

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Xavi Agrees to Replace Quique Setien as New Manager of the Club for £5.4 Million Deal



Xavi Agrees to Replace Quique Setien as New Manager of the Club for £5.4 Million Deal

Xavi is set to become Barcelona manager from the beginning of next season, with a report in Spain claiming he’s already agreed to take over from Quique Setien.

Things at Barcelona are not in a good place right now, having recently lost top spot in La Liga to their rivals Real Madrid, and on Thursday night it was reported that Lionel Messi was ready to leave the club after next season.

However, the club may already be taking steps to try and keep the forward, according to Mundo Deportivo journalist Francesc Aguilar, the Barcelona icon ‘Xavi’ has agreed to take over the club next season.

The tweets from Aguilar say the former Barca midfielder doesn’t want to take over until after the Champions League in August but there is an agreement in principle.

“In the agreement between Barça and Xavi to train the Barça club from next season, the calls of several important members of the squad would have had great weight, asking Xavi to take the step, who had his full support.” Aguilar tweeted.

Quique Setién, is a Spanish professional football manager and former player who is the manager of La Liga club Barcelona. As a player, he played in the central midfield position.

Setien, 61, has been under intense pressure since replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, and there are speculations that the club’s board have already decided to sack him in order to pave the way for Xavi. 

According to Mundo Deportivo, a “firm agreement” has been finalized and it would see Barcelona pay Xavi, 40, a bumper £5.4million per year. He is expected to take up the reins at the end of the season.   

Part of the reports yesterday about Messi’s potential departure centered on the lack of a successful project on the pitch and some claimed the Argentine wanted either Xavi or Ronald Koeman as the next manager.

Seeing his former teammate, and the man who helped assist him on a lot of occasions, become the new boss could help persuade the club’s all time top scorer to stay beyond next summer.

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