Gareth Southgate denies Chelsea rumours: I am committed to England

first_imgEngland national football team manager Gareth Southgate has no hankering of leaving his duty for any club as he said he is committed to England.”I’m committed to England, simple as that. I don’t need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive. There’s no way that I would leave England at this point in time, to take any job,” quoted Southgate as saying.With this, Southgate swept away all the speculation regarding his move to Chelsea and said he is focusing on European Championship and making England a best possible team.”The only thing on my mind is that we’ve got a European Championship next summer and we’ve got to keep improving to be the best possible team we can be for this country. My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England,” he said.Apart from shedding light on his future, Southgate also opined over his assistant Steve Holland’s future saying that he too will stay.”I’m sure that at some point in the future [Holland] is going to want to be a manager and take that opportunity. I don’t believe that would be now, because he is very committed to the work we are doing, looking forward to next summer,” Southgate said.Southgate even heaped praise on Holland calling him the “best assistant” in the country.”He’s the best assistant in the country, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m very fortunate to have him with me,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | Eden Hazard signs 5-year contract deal Real Madrid worth 100 million eurosAlso Read | Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation – statementAlso Seelast_img read more

Pep: No need for Aguero apology

first_imgSergio Agüero ‘Why should he apologise?’ – Guardiola backs Aguero after car accident Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 05:40 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Premier League Guardiola The manager has no interest in policing his Man City players during their spare time after the striker was injured in Amsterdam Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero does not owe him an apology after a midweek night out in Amsterdam left his top scorer with a broken rib from a car accident .Premier League leaders City travel to Chelsea on Saturday, sitting three points above Antonio Conte’s reigning champions at the summit.Man City 9/1 to beat Chelsea 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But their preparations were dealt a big blow when a taxi carrying Aguero as a passenger drove into a lamp post on Amsterdam’s De Boelelaan at around 11 p.m. on Thursday night.The 29-year-old was initially treated at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam before travelling back to Manchester on Friday to be assessed by City’s medical staff.Guardiola will now be forced to make do without Aguero, who is one goal away from equalling City’s all-time scoring record, but he refused to condemn the Argentina star for travelling abroad on a day off to attend a concert by Colombian pop star Maluma, 48 hours before a pivotal match.”Why should he apologise to me?” Guardiola said.I’m home in Manchester after an exam by club Drs. It’s a broken rib. Hurts, but I’m fine, fully focused on recovery. Thank you all! — Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) September 29, 2017 “No [he does not need to]. And Mendy too?” he added in reference to left-back Benjamin Mendy, who he confirmed will be out until April next year with a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament sustained during last weekend’s 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.The media’s focus was trained upon Aguero who, even though he has not always been an automatic first choice during Guardiola’s tenure, found a staunch ally in his manager on this occasion.”I don’t want to know what my players do,” he said. “They are fathers, they have a full responsibility on their shoulders – on and off the pitch.”I have a private life, my family. I am concerned with what they have to do on the pitch. That’s all.”I don’t know what the supporters think. Some of them can be upset, some not. At the end it’s fortunate the injury is not bad. He is healthy. Accidents happen, he’s alive.”Sergio is mature enough to know exactly what he has to do.”Similarly, Guardiola refuted the suggestion that a late night so close to a key game would have hindered Aguero, irrespective of his unfortunate choice of taxi driver.”Our players’ physical condition is top. They work amazingly,” he said. “Our athletic preparation is perfect.”We trained 11 a.m. not 8 a.m., so he had enough time to rest.”Going to surgery with @JeseRodriguez10 !! what a small world — Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 29, 2017 Chelsea beat City at home and away in the league last season – Conte becoming the first man to inflict such a punishment upon Guardiola during his esteemed coaching career.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is keen to see how his revamped squad respond and will not allow Aguero’s absence to serve as an excuse.”We want to become a big club, I’ve been at two amazing clubs in my life – you have to overcome this situation,” he said.”If we start to complain we’ll never reach the step we want to get to. I prefer to play with men who are strong.”I would like to play with Sergio because we are strong with him, but he’s not there. No complaints. The big clubs do it – they overcome the difficult situations.”If people are saying we can’t do it now, forget about it. We’ll never reach what we want as a club in the next five or six years.”While Guardiola has an array of attacking talent to step into his forward line as Aguero recuperates, being without Mendy’s buccaneering displays from left-back could prove to be the more punishing loss.”We can’t replace him,” his manager conceded. “In the way he plays, the way he goes up and down the sides you can’t replace him.”We have to do it in a different way. There is no replacement here but also all around the world.”Nobody has the energy Benjamin has. His mood on the pitch and in the locker room.”But we have other qualities in other players and have to find a balance with them.”last_img read more