Football notebook: Coman extends with Bayern, Evra on the rampage, Gueye suspended while on AFCON duty, more-ZellaNews

Another week of the January switch window is winding down, but enterprise continues to circulate with Lucas Digne becoming a member of Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa revolution and Chris Wood becoming a member of Newcastle United from Burnley in the previous few days in the decide of the Premier League offers. Elsewhere throughout Europe, Kingsley Coman, Nabil Fekir and Samuel Umtiti have all signed new contracts while Laurent Koscielny has been knowledgeable that he has performed his closing match with Girondins de Bordeaux.

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Coman extends with Bayern

The 25-year-old had been heading towards the closing 12 months of his contract, however the German giants moved quick to motion a four-year extension till 2027.

“I’m very blissful as a result of FC Bayern are one in all the greatest golf equipment in the world and I do know we nonetheless have numerous huge alternatives and massive objectives right here,” he stated. “Everything is ideal right here. My finest years as a footballer are nonetheless forward of me, and I’m glad I’ll be spending them at FC Bayern.”

Why it issues: The Frenchman was beginning to appeal to curiosity from former membership Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona amongst others and Bayern needed to keep away from a repeat of the David Alaba state of affairs which noticed the Austria worldwide be part of Real Madrid on a free.

Koscielny frozen out by Bordeaux

The former France worldwide has been faraway from the struggling Ligue 1 outfit’s senior squad and the 36-year-old ex-Arsenal man is undecided about whether or not to retire.

“I took it very arduous,” Koscielny instructed L’Equipe. “It was a proper slap in the face. But I’m a fighter, I’ll proceed to struggle and do what it takes to remain at the prime stage and assist the squad. This summer time, the membership’s lawyer requested me to postpone my wage in order that the membership may signal gamers and I stated, ‘no downside’ and left the cash. It was essential that we strengthened to be aggressive.”

“I ask myself those self same questions, however (retirement) could be the straightforward means out,” he added. “I would like a while to suppose. I’ll sit down quietly and chat with the people who find themselves essential to me, and we’ll make the finest resolution for everybody.”

Why it issues: Owner Gerard Lopez’s monetary points are extreme and don’t solely affect Bordeaux but in addition Mouscron in Belgium’s second tier with the gamers there going on strike over his lack of ability to pay them in current months.

Fekir stays with Betis

The Frenchman and the Spanish outfit have confirmed a brand new deal till 2026 with the 28-year-old at present one in all the key figures in the Seville-based aspect’s rise to 3rd in the La Liga desk with 18 objectives and 17 assists in fewer than 100 appearances for Betis.  

Why it issues: Fekir follows Sergio Canales, Borja Iglesias, and Manuel Pellegrini in signing improved phrases just lately. Los Verdiblancos may flip themselves right into a everlasting fixture at the prime of Spanish soccer if they will preserve their stars and usher in a couple of extra at Estadio Benito Villamarin with UEFA Champions League qualification potential at current.

Evra on the rampage

The former Manchester United and France man has been selling his new e-book in the French media of late and took goal at Kylian Mbappe and Didier Deschamps in addition to claiming that “each membership has at the very least two homosexual gamers” and that Lilian Thuram “thinks he’s Malcolm X as a result of he reads and wears glasses.”

“Kylian has superb manners,” Evra stated of Mbappe. “I wish to see him off the rails. He is simply too molded for me. I like him however he’s too ‘clear’ which hides one thing. When he speaks, I hear a politician.”

“After the 2018 World Cup, I went to Didier’s home in La Turbie,” stated the 40-year-old. “We spoke. He teased me by putting his World Cup and Euro medals in entrance of the TV and instructed me: ‘You can contact them, however you’ll by no means win them.’ He by no means complimented me, however I do know that he actually appreciates me. I used to be his thermometer in the dressing room.”

“I’ve performed with homosexual gamers,” Evra added. “They opened as much as me one-on-one, however they had been in any other case scared to talk about it. Every membership has at the very least two homosexual gamers. If you say it in the soccer world, although, you’re accomplished.”

Why it issues: Truly, the quotes do not likely matter as a lot as the former participant would really like them to. However, a few of Evra’s opinions have the potential to be damaging to his former teammates and coaches while his view of Mbappe simply provides to the troublesome picture that the ex-Juventus and AS Monaco man has artfully cultivated.

Gueye suspended

Olympique de Marseille’s Pape Gueye is at present on Africa Cup of Nations obligation with Senegal however was unable to function towards Guinea on Friday attributable to a FIFA ban.

“He had an administrative concern simply earlier than kick-off,” defined Senegalese boss Aliou Cisse. “Five minutes earlier than the recreation, we had been instructed that FIFA have suspended him over the switch case between OM and Watford. His lawyer instructed us in the morning however the affirmation solely got here simply earlier than kick-off. That is why we eliminated him from the squad listing.”

Why it issues: There have been rumblings about this concern from 2020 for a while and now there are repercussions for participant, membership and nation which may drag on and probably derail the 22-year-old’s season and AFCON.  


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