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BREAKING NEWS: Bernardo Silva pens long-term Manchester City extension

By Sports Desk March 13, 2019

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has agreed a new contract running until 2025, the Premier League champions have announced.

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    Kieran Trippier admits he has struggled to match his World Cup form for Tottenham this season, although he insists injuries have played a part.

    The 28-year-old remains a key member of Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side despite enduring a season in which he has been short of his best.

    A groin injury kept Trippier on the sidelines for much of last November and he has only just recovered from a gluteal strain in time to figure in the England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

    Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate showed faith in Trippier, selecting him despite his struggles for form and fitness, and the full-back hopes to repay that trust.

    Trippier said: "I've picked up a lot of injuries and there's been games when I've looked back and watched, and thought, 'I could have done this better', 'I could have done that better'.

    "It's all about learning, but I admit I could have done a lot better. I am here now, and I need to try to impress to try and start for England and try and do the best I can with every opportunity I get between now and the end of the season."

    The euphoria of Trippier's goal for England in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia seemed a distant memory when he scored an own goal in Tottenham's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in February.

    A month earlier, he missed a penalty in a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace that sent Spurs out of the FA Cup, but he does not think his efforts in Russia last year have cast a shadow over his season.

    "Obviously, it's a long World Cup getting to the semis and stuff," said Trippier. "The Premier League comes around straight away, but it's what we do. It's our job.

    "People can say the World Cup is the reason why, but for me personally I don't think it was. I think it's just one of those things - you pick up injuries."

  • Gabriel Jesus: Post-World Cup most difficult moment of career Gabriel Jesus: Post-World Cup most difficult moment of career

    Gabriel Jesus said post-World Cup was the most difficult moment of his career, while the Manchester City and Brazil striker insisted his stagnated form is normal.

    Jesus endured a rough Russia 2018, with the City star criticised after not scoring a goal throughout the tournament as Brazil lost in the quarter-finals.

    Ahead of Brazil's international friendlies against Panama on Saturday and the Czech Republic three days later, Jesus discussed his World Cup woes.

    "It weighs nothing on me today, but it was very difficult to assimilate," Jesus told reporters. "My family and friends have helped a lot. 

    "I do not live this moment today because of my poor form, but because of the great phase of [City team-mate Sergio] Aguero. 

    "When I play I help the team. In the post-Cup I still thought a lot, it was my most difficult moment as a player. But I overcame it, I worked, I conquered my space again. That shook me only at the beginning of the season, has not shaken for a long time."

    Jesus hit the ground running at Premier League giants City following his arrival from Palmeiras in 2017 – scoring seven goals in 10 league appearances.

    The 21-year-old backed that up with 13 Premier League goals in 29 games as City won the title last season, though he has managed only six goals in 23 for the champions this term.

    "I've talked a lot with my family and my friends. I had a very good time in my career and life, I came and got things very fast," Jesus said. "Today I think I had a break and I think it's normal.

    "I'm 21, I do not have to rush things. Today I live a phase that I'm a reserve and seeking ownership in my club. I'm looking for a space against a guy who is the club's top scorer, Aguero, who has helped a lot.

    "I'm working day by day and trying to recover my space. I had an injury two weeks ago and I was 10 days off. And now coming back, I'm trying to recover, it's a decisive phase, I want to help my team to win the title."

  • Chelsea star Hazard 'not working' on Real Madrid move Chelsea star Hazard 'not working' on Real Madrid move

    Eden Hazard said he is "not working" on a transfer to Real Madrid as he tries to win the Europa League, though the Chelsea attacker did not completely rule out a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.

    Hazard has long been linked with Madrid and speculation over the Belgium international's future has intensified following Zinedine Zidane's return to the Spanish capital as head coach.

    The 28-year-old star is contracted to Chelsea until 2020 and he appears no closer to extending his contract with the Premier League side at Stamford Bridge.

    Hazard has made no secret of his "dream" of playing for Madrid, however, the former Lille man is focused on claiming European silverware and finishing in the Premier League's top four before season's end.

    "I'm not working on that right now," Hazard told VTM News when asked about a move to Madrid.

    "I want to shine with Chelsea for a few months and try to win the Europa League.

    "This week I think about the Red Devils [Belgium] and then back to Chelsea. Then we'll see."

    Hazard – preparing for Belgium's Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia on Thursday and Cyprus three days later – added: "We can win the Europa League - we must win the Europa League, or finish in the top four to play in the Champions League next year.

    "The supporters expect that, the staff expect that and the players expect that as well.

    "When I am back at Chelsea I just think about that. I don't think about what can happen in two, three, four, five months. I don't know, we'll see."

    Hazard has scored 16 goals this season, with 13 of those coming in the Premier League as Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea sit sixth, three points adrift of fourth position.

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