It seems like the holiday season starts earlier every year. So too does the seemingly never-ending saga of potential exits from Arsenal. Manager Arsene Wenger seemed to open the door for both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to leave in the winter so that the club can get some money for them, but today he said neither will leave:
“For me, they stay until the end of the season -- that's what I decided at the start of the season. They go into the final year of their contract.”
This, of course, is a similar statement to what Wenger said over the summer transfer window, and neither ended up leaving, despite a deadline-day chance for Sanchez to leave for Manchester City. Sanchez and Ozil can both leave for free in the summer, so this is not the last time that we will hear about the possibility of them being sold, and not the last time Wenger will be asked about whether they will be sold, and then if they will just leave.
Real Madrid ready to launch January move for David Luiz after he drops down Chelsea pecking order under Antonio Conte
Real Madrid reportedly is getting ready to launch a bid for Chelsea’s David Luiz after he has fallen out of favor with Antonio Conte. Luiz was dropped for the Manchester United game and then got to watch West Brom and Liverpool from the bench, and has already been ruled out against Swansea. Madrid reportedly look at the 30-year-old as a versatile player who can be a center back or a defensive midfielder, and would give Luiz the playing time he needs to keep his World Cup roster spot with Brazil. While a move away from Stamford Bridge may make sense for Luiz, it’s strange to think of him moving to Real Madrid.
Perhaps Toronto FC is not done racking up the awards from the regular season yet. Not only do Toronto have the Supporters’ Shield, the largest point record in MLS history, and the Coach of the Year in Greg Vanney, but Vanney says that the MLS MVP should also come from Toronto. The Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award is to be announced Monday, and the five finalists include Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco. Competing with Giovinco are Diego Valeri, Miguel Almiron, Nemanja Nikolic, and David Villa, so he may actually be a long shot to win the award, with Villa and Valeri considered favorites. Toronto also has the likes of Michael Bradley, whom Jesse Marsch said he considers the MVP of the league after he had his best season in MLS yet. It would make sense if Giovinco is named the MVP after his team’s historic season, but this may be one award Toronto does not walk away with.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Jupp Heynckes, Bayern’s interim manager named after the firing of Carlo Ancelotti, will leave the club at the end of the season and not stay on for the long-term. Heynckes, manager of Bayern when they won the Champions League a few years back, has led Bayern to a resurrection in form, and has since had rumors around him that he may stay after the end of the season. After the team lost to Borussia Monchengladbach, Heynckes said he will not stay, and Bayern’s CEO confirmed that the team will be looking for a new manager.
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