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By November 07, 2018
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    Former Manchester City and Arsenal star Samir Nasri is training with West Ham as he prepares to return from a doping ban.

    Nasri was originally banned for six months after he received a drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016 while on loan at Sevilla, which UEFA said contravened rules laid down by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

    An appeal against the initial sanction by UEFA's ethics and disciplinary inspector resulted in an extended suspension in August, which was backdated to July 1 2017, meaning he was unable to train with a professional club until the start of November.

    West Ham had long been linked as a potential destination for Nasri upon the end of his ban given the presence of Manuel Pellegrini, whom he played for at City.

    Omnisport understands Nasri first linked up with the Hammers on November 15 as he builds up his fitness in order to return to action at the start of January.

    Nasri last played in a competition match on November 26 last year, turning out for Turkish club Antalyaspor in a 1-0 defeat to Fenerbahce.

    The 31-year-old is reportedly trying to prove his fitness in an attempt to earn a six-month deal worth £80,000 per week.

     

  • Guardiola warned over derby clash comments Guardiola warned over derby clash comments

    Pep Guardiola has received a warning from the Football Association after discussing referee Anthony Taylor prior to the Manchester derby.

    Manchester City boss Guardiola was asked in his pre-match news conference whether he thought the fact Taylor hails from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, was significant in terms of how he would handle the fixture.

    After being told the official supports Altrincham, Guardiola said: "So no problem. He is going to try to do the best job like we try to as managers and football players.

    "Even with VAR there will be mistakes but it'll reduce that issue. Taylor is going to try to make a good time.

    "The important thing is focusing on our game and knowing which opponent we are going to face and that's all.

    "Hopefully they can make good decisions for both sides and [it will] be a good game, like all of England and parts of Europe are going to watch us and that is an important pleasure.

    "The referee doesn't want to make a mistake but knows that everybody around the world is going to watch him and he doesn't want to make mistakes. That is pretty sure.

    "But if after he's a fan of United or City, everybody can be a fan wherever he wants, so no problem."

    FA rules prohibit managers from discussing the match official in any way.

    Omnisport understands Guardiola has received a warning but avoided an FA charge.

    Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez was in October fined £60,000 by the FA for comments made before referee Andre Marriner oversaw their match against Crystal Palace.

    Palace winger Wilfried Zaha suggested he would have to get his leg broken by an opponent for a red card to be brandished following a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on September 15, at which Marriner was the fourth official.

    Speaking ahead of his Newcastle's 0-0 draw with Palace the following weekend, Benitez said: "Marriner will not have this in the back of his head."

    The FA deemed Benitez's words "constituted improper conduct and/or brought the game into disrepute".

  • Modric not deserving of Ballon d'Or – Cavani Modric not deserving of Ballon d'Or – Cavani

    The Ballon d'Or should go to a France player and not favourite Luka Modric, according to Edinson Cavani.

    Modric is seen as the frontrunner for the award in what is expected to be the first year since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will not claim the prize.

    The Real Madrid midfielder played a key role in their third successive Champions League triumph and starred as Croatia reached the final of the World Cup, where they were beaten 4-2 by France.

    His exploits saw Modric win the FIFA Best Men's Player award, but Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay striker Cavani believes Madrid defender Raphael Varane, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and his PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe are all more deserving of the Ballon d'Or after inspiring Les Bleus to glory in Russia.

    "Varane may well be there, Griezmann, Mbappe... I think a Frenchman should win, there are other players who could, but it should be a Frenchman, they have won the World Cup," Cavani told RMC.

    "Modric has had a great season, but his team-mate Varane won the Champions League and the World Cup, Modric was a finalist and had a great campaign, but Varane deserves it more."

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