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Cristiano Ronaldo Interview: Man United must aim for ‘top 3’

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Currently seventh in the Premier League, eleven points from the podium, Manchester United must aim for a place in the top three of the Premier League, said Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday in an interview with Sky Sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo Interview: Man United must aim for ‘top 3’ - Naija News 247
Cristiano Ronaldo Interview: Man United must aim for ‘top 3’

“Manchester United have to win the league, or finish second or third. I don’t see any other ranking for” the club, the Portuguese star told the English channel.

“In my heart, I do not accept that our mentality leads us to aim less than the top three in the Premier League ,” he added.

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With 31 points taken in 19 matches, the Red Devils are still eleven points away from Liverpool, third and who played one more game, and twelve from Chelsea, second with two outstanding games for united.

“I think sometimes in order to build something good you have to destroy a number of things. “

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Since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick on the bench, in place of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at the end of November, Manchester United have taken thirteen points out of 18 possible.

The 1-0 defeat at home against Wolverhampton, on the last day, slowed down the beautiful series.

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To start again, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has radical ideas:

“I think that sometimes, to build something good, you have to destroy a number of things. ” “New year, new life.

“I hope that Manchester will be able to live up to where people expect it, especially the supporters.

We are able to change things now,” he said.

“I don’t want to be at this club to fight for sixth or seventh place. I’m here to try to win and to be competitive. I think if you change your mindset you can do great things”, encouraged CR7 again.

However, the team seems to have difficulty in assimilating the precepts of its new coach and the qualification against Aston Villa in the FA Cup (1-0).

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“It takes time, but I’m sure he will do a good job (…) Since he arrived, I think some points have improved, but he needs time,” said Ronaldo , while Manchester will find the Villans at home on Saturday in the league.

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

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The group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon is now over. The qualifying countries are now fixed. Here is the complete program of the knockout stages of the CAN.

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 – 🇬🇦 Gabon

Second in group A, the selection of “Kamou Malo” will challenge the “Panthers”, who finished 2nd in group C, on Sunday January 23 (5:00 p.m. WAT), in Limbé Stadium.

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Nigeria 🇳🇬 – 🇹🇳 Tunisia

Leaders of Group D with three wins in three games, Super Eagles of Nigeria to face the “Carthage Eagles”, Sunday, January 23 (08:00p.m WAT), in Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon.

Guinea 🇬🇳 – 🇬🇲 Gambia

Naby Keïta’s team will meet Gambia, which will play for the first time in its history in the round of 16 of the African Cup, on Monday, January 24 (5:00 p.m. WAT) , in Bafoussam.

Cameroon 🇨🇲 – 🇰🇲 Comoros

The locals will face the Cœlacanthes , who have also qualified for the 8th of a CAN for the very first time in their history, on Monday, January 24 (8:00 p.m.) , in Yaoundé.

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Senegal 🇸🇳 – 🇨🇻 Cape Verde

The Teranga Lions finished first in Group B and will face Cape Verde, third in Group A, on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.) in Bafoussam.

Morocco 🇲🇦 – 🇲🇼 Malawi

Leaders of Group C, Vahid Halilhodžić’s men will face the Flames on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.), on the lawn of the Yaoundé stadium.

Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 – 🇪🇬 Egypt

It is the shock of these round of 16. The winners of Algeria will be opposed to Egypt of Mohamed Salah, Wednesday January 26 (17:00 ), in Douala.

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Mali 🇲🇱 – 🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea

First in Group F, the Eagles of Mohamed Magassouba will meet Equatorial Guinea, who have won two of their three group matches, on Wednesday January 26 (8:00 p.m.) , in Limbé.

The round of 16 of the African Cup is knockout. The winners of these matches will therefore qualify for the quarter-finals, which will hold on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January.

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“I am not a man who cheats” – Sidelined, Ousmane Dembélé replies

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This Thursday morning, the Frenchman was not selected for the Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao. The Catalan club’s executive director says Dembélé must leave the club as soon as possible.

Ousmane Dembélé
Ousmane Dembélé

Mateu Alemany, Barca’s technical director, also says Dembélé isn’t involved enough in the club’s project.

Following these remarks and the agitation in recent days, even in recent weeks around his situation at the club, Ousmane Dembélé wanted to express himself and clarify things, in a long message posted on his Instagram account .

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Here is the statement:

“As of today, I will answer with sincerity and without giving in to any blackmail. I am not a man who cheats and even less a man who has a habit of giving in to blackmail”.

“For 4 years, I have only read things said about me without taking the trouble to justify myself. For 4 years, slander is frequent. For 4 years, people speak in my place, they lie shamefully with for only goal, the intention to harm me. For 4 years, I made the choice never to answer, never to justify myself. Was it a mistake? Certainly. As of today, this is over From today, I will answer with sincerity and without giving in to any blackmail. I am 24 years old and like any man, I have faults, imperfections. I have known complex moments, wounds , I was affected by the Covid. Without any training, the coach called on me and I always answered present… without batting an eyelid. Answer present simply as I have always done because it is my passion”, explains the French international.

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My field is football, simply playing football, sharing moments of joy with my teammates, with our supporters. Above all, let’s focus on the essentials: winning.”

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Official: FIFA reduces the number of possible loan players per club

This Thursday, several decisions on changing the rules, particularly on the transfer side, were announced by FIFA.

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This Thursday, several decisions on changing the rules, particularly on the transfer side, were announced.

Official: FIFA reduces the number of possible loans per club - Naija News 247
Official: FIFA reduces the number of possible loans per club

Indeed, measures have been taken to change the regulations from the summer transfer window 2022 in order to reduce the number of loan players.

The number of loans will be reduced significantly over the next few years, although this does not concern players under 21 or club-trained players at the moment.

Naija News 247 gathered that, From 2024, clubs will be restricted to six players loaned-in and six loaned-out at one time. Under 21s and club-trained players will be exempt.

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These are therefore new rules made to prevent clubs from accumulating players and then lending a large number without there necessarily being a sporting logic.

It can also limit certain agreements that “distort” the market a little with several sales made to set up loans.

There were clubs more than twenty players loaned per season (especially in Serie A), it was of course far too much.

The rules include:

The requirement of a written agreement defining the terms of the loan, in particular its duration and financial conditions. The agreement should include a minimum loan duration, and a maximum loan duration – being one year.

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A ban on sub-loaning a professional player who is already on loan to a third club.

A limit on the number of loans per season between the same clubs. At any given time during a season, a club may only have a maximum of three professionals loaned out to a single club and a maximum of three professionals loaned in from a single club.

There will also be restrictions on a club’s total number of loans per season and to ensure that this is implemented smoothly, there will be a three stage transitional period.

From July 1 to June 30 2023, clubs may have a maximum of eight professional players loaned out and eight loaned in at any given time during a season.

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From July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, that number will be cut to seven professionals.

And finally, from July 1 2024, the same configuration that will again be slashed to six professional.

However, the incoming regulations will not apply to players aged 21 and younger. Club-trained players will also be exempt from these limitations.

FIFA say the objective of the new rules are to ‘develop young players, promote competitive balance and prevent hoarding’.

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