Archive | March 2, 2017

Luis Enrique to step down as Barcelona coach at end of season….

Luis Enrique

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season, saying he needs to “rest”. The 46-year-old, in his third season in charge of Barca, was speaking after their 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon. He won the Champions League as part of the treble in his first year and led them to a domestic double last season. But they are on the verge of elimination from the Champions League after losing 4-0 to Paris St-Germain in the last-16 first leg. “It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think,” said Enrique, who will leave at the end of his contract this summer. “I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years.

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Victor Moses extends Chelsea contract….

Victor Moses

Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses has signed a two-year contract extension to commit himself to Stamford Bridge until 2021. There feelers the new contract will see Moses earning £75,000 per week.  Moses, 26, who spent the previous three seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham respectively, has become a regular under manager Antonio Conte. “I feel very excited,” said Nigeria international Moses. “I’m enjoying my football and we have a good manager here that has given every single one of us confidence.” Moses, who signed from Wigan for a reported £9m in August 2012, has played 28 times, scoring four goals for the Blues this season. He has started every Premier League game since being deployed as a right wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation in a 2-0 win away to Hull on 1 October. Chelsea have won 16 out of 19 league games since that victory and are 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Nigeria release squad for Senegal and Burkina Faso friendlies….

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has released a 25-man squad for this month’s friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso. John Mikel Obi, Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo were not included, to allow them settle properly at their new clubs in the Chinese Super League. Nigeria face Senegal on March 23 before taking on Burkina Faso four days later at the Hive, home ground of Barnet Football Club.

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