Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter has signed a new contract running to 2025.

The club have confirmed the 44-year-old has extended his deal by two years along with assistant Billy Reid, first-team coach Bjorn Hamberg and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay.

Speaking to Brighton's website, Potter said: "I've had a tremendous welcome from everyone connected to the club — staff, players and fans — and have found it very easy to settle.

"The infrastructure, support and everything associated with the club is first class, and I'm pleased with what we have been able to do already, but there is still a way for us to go.

"I'm thrilled that the club have liked what they've seen so far, in a relatively short period of time, and have already shown an added confidence in what we are trying to do.

"I hope that this is just the start of what will be another successful period in our history, and I'm extremely grateful that the club have made this long-term commitment."

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said: "We've been really pleased with the start Graham has made as head coach since joining us in the summer, and I'm delighted he and his staff have committed to these new long-term contracts.

"Together with his backroom team, he has continued the club's progress of recent years and brought a different approach with a new style of play, which has been embraced by players and supporters alike.

"In the summer we unveiled a new long-term vision for us to become an established top-ten Premier League club, and we feel even more strongly that Graham as a bright, energetic and innovative head coach, is the right man to lead us there."

Potter was appointed as successor to Chris Hughton on a four-year deal in May, having impressed in charge of Swansea City.

Brighton have taken 15 points from 13 Premier League games in 2019-20, including wins over Watford, Tottenham, Everton and Norwich City.

Jurgen Klopp is "not worried" about Mohamed Salah's ankle injury and hinted the Liverpool forward is in line to feature in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Napoli.

Salah was an unused substitute as the Reds won 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, and Klopp indicated the rest has helped with the Egypt international's recovery.

Since picking up the injury during Liverpool's win over Leicester City in October, Salah has been on a reduced training schedule and opted out of international duty while Egypt played Kenya and Comoros in November.

Asked about Salah's situation ahead of the Napoli game, Klopp told a news conference: "Really good, [he] looked really good in training yesterday especially, after the game.

"Yesterday we didn't do too much so we'll see, but I'm not worried about it."

Klopp also provided an update on Joel Matip's knee injury, which has kept the 28-year-old defender out of action for over a month.

Matip's last appearance came in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 20 and Klopp refused to put a date on his return.

"This week is an important one, we will build, we have to measure the improvement of the healing with a scan probably," said Klopp.

"And then we will see how it is. From that moment, we can make decisions.

"It's nothing you can rush, you just have to wait. Our body is like this from time to time. So nothing new really about him."

Liverpool can make sure of progress to the Champions League knock-out phase with a win against Napoli, who beat them in the opening round of group games in September.

Yet Klopp warned his players against the temptation of looking forward to what for them might be a dead rubber against Salzburg in December.

The Reds are top of Group E, one point clear of Napoli and five ahead of Salzburg with two group games left to play.

Klopp said he is focused on his reigning European champions getting a result against Carlo Ancelotti's men, whose form has dipped in the last month.

"The biggest mistake we could make is thinking about what would happen if we win it," said Klopp. "That's the target, but it's the same for Napoli - if they win the game, they're through as well.

"I expect them to be really strong. They are a sensationally good football team. Yes, they didn't have the results they'd expect in the last couple of weeks, but they might feel a kind of relief that they can feel free in a game like this."

Antonio Valencia insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can overcome recent hiccups and build a formidable Manchester United.

United drew 3-3 at Sheffield United on Sunday, the result leaving them ninth in the Premier League after 13 matches.

Mauricio Pochettino's sudden availability has increased the level of scrutiny on manager Solskjaer, a popular appointment when he took the job on a full-time basis in March.

Valencia was club captain at the time and continues to believe the under-pressure Norwegian will prove a success, pointing to his association with the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

"He knows what a United player should be: he must have character, personality, the heart of a winner," Valencia, now with LDU Quito, told The Athletic.

"United need to get this feeling back. When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived, he came with Ferguson traits; tactically, the mentality, the players felt more free and he gave us more confidence. When the decision was made to keep him permanently, it was absolutely what the players wanted.

"He has been there less than a year. He is putting together a team to compete. I have no doubts he will do that.

"He is a very good coach, he knows what he wants, he is a disciple of Ferguson's school, he is bringing these lessons to a new generation of players."

United's form has been hurt by Paul Pogba's prolonged absence due to an ankle injury.

Transfer rumours linking Pogba to Real Madrid have resurfaced amid another frustrating campaign at Old Trafford, his fourth since returning from Juventus.

Valencia said: "He is a star... but he can be a bigger star. Paul needs the definitive love of a manager. There are players who have a lot of talent but need to feel important and to have the manager by their side.

"I think Solskjaer restored that to him."

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has thanked former manager Jose Mourinho for giving him the tools to succeed in English football.

Mourinho raided Saint-Etienne to sign the then-teenage centre-back during his second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The pair spent 18 months together before Mourinho moved on in December 2015 and his departure led to a downturn in playing time for Zouma, who was sent to Stoke City and Everton for season-long loan spells.

The five-cap France international returned to Chelsea this term and credits Mourinho with laying the foundation for his development into a first-team regular.

"Mourinho opened the door to England for me. I was only 19 when I arrived. I was young," Zouma told France Football.

"He gave me confidence by playing me in big games with a lot of intensity. He was the one who showed me what football in England was like.

"The coach is a man who hates losing. He taught me to hate defeat.

"Thanks to him, I was able to flourish at Chelsea. He gave me a lot of things and taught me a lot. I thank him."

Mourinho is now head coach at Tottenham, while Zouma is a regular in the Premier League under new Blues boss Frank Lampard.

Chelsea have adapted quickly to their former midfielder's methods, winning eight of 13 league games to sit comfortably inside the top four.

Zouma said: "He is a coach who is really close to us. It shows that he was still a player until recently. He talks to us a lot, participates a lot in training.

"When we work defensively on corners, he's the one who shoots.

"You should see the precision he has... it's amazing. He has so many qualities with his feet. He is still very strong."

Keeping faith with the under-fire Unai Emery could have serious ramifications for Arsenal.

According to reports, club chiefs fear key players will question their long-term futures if Emery remains in charge.

Two star attackers are already said to be stalling on new deals with Arsenal sliding down the Premier League.

 

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Arsenal are at risk of losing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper reports the pair have shown little interest in signing contract extensions as a direct consequence of poor results and concerns over Emery's "conservative" methods.

Arsenal have failed to win any of their past six games in all competitions and are facing the prospect of another season outside the Champions League, a problem for the likes of Lacazette and Aubameyang.

 

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- Marco Silva's position at Everton is in peril but he could remain in charge until after the Merseyside derby on December 4, according to the Daily Mail. The Toffees lie 16th in the Premier League following a 2-0 home loss to Norwich City.

- Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is likewise feeling the pinch. The Telegraph reports the Spaniard is "on the brink" of becoming the club's second managerial casualty of the season.

- Manchester United are set to trigger a 12-month extension to Timothy Fosu-Mensah's contract, claims The Sun. The Dutch defender is due to become a free agent at the end of the season.

- New MLS franchise Inter Miami are discussing the possibility of making Patrick Vieira their inaugural head coach, says CBS Sports reporter Roger Gonzalez. Vieira is currently in charge of Ligue 1 club Nice.

- Serie A side Roma are tracking Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, according to Tuttomercatoweb. The French midfielder scored a vital Europa League goal against Lazio earlier this month and could be the subject of a January transfer bid from their Serie A rivals.

Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi scored first-half goals to end Aston Villa's three-match losing run in the Premier League, as they beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Steve Bruce's return to Villa Park.

Bruce was sacked by Villa in October 2018, just over four months after losing the Championship play-off final, and he had little to celebrate in Monday's clash.

Martin Dubravka produced a fingertip save to keep out Douglas Luiz's 25-yard drive but was beaten by Hourihane, the midfielder whipping a free-kick around the wall and into the net.

Villa quickly added a second through El Ghazi, who turned in Hourihane's set-piece delivery from close range for his third league goal of the season, though only after a VAR check for offside.

Allan Saint-Maximin, Isaac Hayden and substitute Andy Carroll all tested Tom Heaton in the second half but Newcastle, who had won back-to-back matches ahead of the trip to the Midlands, could not find a way through.

A first home league win in seven attempts against Newcastle lifts Villa up to 15th, just below their opponents.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be "selfish" and push to sign experienced players in the January transfer window, according to club legend Gary Neville.

The Red Devils sit ninth in the Premier League table following a thrilling 3-3 draw away at Sheffield United, leaving them nine points adrift of the top four.

Solskjaer has delivered just four wins from 13 league matches this term and pointed to a lack of experience for his side's latest setback at Bramall Lane.

The Norwegian has put faith in a number of young players across his 11 months in charge, but Neville has urged his former team-mate to recruit more experienced heads if he is to save his job.

"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to go and spend the club's money in January, for himself," Neville said during Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show. "He has to go and spend the club's money on two or three experienced players, he must demand it.

"He's not going to be there to see the fruits of the labour that he's putting in, the foundations he's laying, because there's a lot of good young players out on that pitch, that I actually enjoy watching."

Neville, who won eight Premier League titles in his career, added: "Ole's going to have to be selfish, he's going to have that ruthless streak that a [Jose] Mourinho has, or [Antonio] Conte has, and spend the club's money to protect himself.

"Put two or three experienced players in amongst that group and they could come alive."

Manchester United battled back from two goals down to lead 3-2 on Sunday, only for Oli McBurnie to score a late equaliser for the hosts, which Neville claimed further proves his point about a lack of leaders in the team.

"I've come to conclude two things. One, they haven't got senior players setting the standard of them, letting them know the expectation of what is required in a football team. 

"They haven't got the leaders and the people around them. When I first broke into the team, I had people who set the standard.

"There is one more big thing - they don't know how to approach a Premier League away game, they don't understand that it's different playing at Old Trafford than it is away from home and they haven't got the experience or maturity."

Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham last week and has been strongly linked as a contender to replace Solskjaer, but Neville is unsure whether it is time to make a change.

"Personally, two and a half years ago when Louis van Gaal got sacked by Manchester United, I said Mauricio Pochettino should have been appointed before Jose Mourinho, so I can't sit here now and say he won't be the right person for the football club.

"But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed eight months ago, the club have taken a different track."

Jose Mourinho has compared Tottenham's Champions League final defeat last season to an unsuccessful moon landing.

Under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs suffered a 2-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool in their first ever Champions League final.

Mourinho, who won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010, was appointed as Pochettino's successor last week and accepts the defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side might still be having a lingering impact on his new players.

Speaking ahead of his first Champions League clash in charge of Spurs against Olympiacos on Tuesday, Mourinho said: "I love this competition as much as everyone in football. It's something that everybody dreams of winning. Not everyone has the privilege of being a Champions League winner which I was happy enough to do.

"If Mauricio says that [losing the final affected the players] then he's been here and he's sharing his feelings. It's like landing on the moon but you don't do it. Look at Liverpool, who had the frustration of not winning and then the next season they reached the final and won it.

"Every Champions League campaign there are details around your success or failure like how many times I lost on penalties or in the last minute. Details make the difference.

"In my case, the season where I lost the semi-final on penalties [to Bayern Munich in the 2011-12 season] with Real Madrid I think that was the strongest Real Madrid team of the past 15-20 years. We won the league but lost on penalties because three of the best penalty takers in the world, Kaka, [Sergio] Ramos and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, missed. We were the best team.

"As for Spurs last season, they had little details for them. VAR was with them and the Lucas [Moura] goal in Amsterdam. To arrive in the final is an achievement but not history."

Tottenham will qualify for the last 16 with victory over their Greek opponents at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Mourinho says he will not start thinking about the possibility of getting his hands on the trophy until later in the competition.

"With these boys I will never be afraid of any Champions League match," he added. "We need to qualify. It's only when my teams arrive in the quarter-finals that I start thinking that we have a chance. In this moment we are far from it."

Dele Alli has revealed he went to see Mauricio Pochettino after he was sacked by Tottenham, conceding he blamed himself for the Argentine's dismissal.

Spurs relieved Pochettino of his position last Tuesday, after a dismal start to the season saw Tottenham sit 14th with 14 points from 12 Premier League games.

Jose Mourinho was appointed as Pochettino's successor less than 12 hours later, with the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager overseeing a 3-2 win over West Ham in his first match in charge.

England midfielder Alli impressed in Saturday's triumph, but confirmed he had been upset by the news of Pochettino's sacking.

"I think it's so clear what Mauricio meant to the players. He was here for five years. He helped me grow a lot," Alli told a news conference ahead of Tottenham's Champions League meeting with Olympiacos - their first home game under Mourinho.

"I came here as an 18-year-old and had my ups and downs here and he's helped me through all of them. As soon as I found out the news I was very upset, but I wanted to speak to him.

"It was just a conversation between two friends. I've seen him more than I've seen my own family in the past five years so it's been very tough for me. But things change all the time.

"We have a job to do, we've got to keep moving forward, but he's going to be someone I stay in contact with. It'll be different because he's not my manager but he's an amazing person who's helped me not just in football but my life as well.

"We spoke a lot about football when he was here, but I was very upset. I couldn't wait to speak to him and to see him. I think it was just important. Our conversation wasn't too much about football."

Alli acknowledged it was difficult not to feel guilty over Pochettino losing his job.

"I would be lying if I say I didn't blame myself when it first happened rather than looking at the bigger picture," Alli said.

"We've had some amazing journeys together, we grew together, all of the coaching staff and the players. We achieved a lot in terms of where we've come from and we're all very thankful.

"You can't help but feel a bit to blame because we were out there, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. Now as players, we have a new manager here and we owe the club a lot as well - we have to make sure we get back in good form and win games."

Jose Mourinho has ruled out a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he has the "best striker in England" at his disposal in Harry Kane.

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to the north London club after Mourinho was swiftly announced as Mauricio Pochettino's replacement last week.

The pair briefly worked together at Inter during the 2008-09 season before linking up again at Manchester United in 2016.

Speaking ahead of his first Champions League game in charge of Spurs against Olympiacos on Tuesday, Mourinho poured cold water on suggestions he could swoop for the 38-year-old free agent.

"I have more than a connection [with Ibrahimovic]," he said. "He's an amazing player, amazing guy, but I would say no chance.

"We have the best striker in England. We have one of the top two or three strikers in the world.

"A striker of Zlatan's dimension...obviously in his late 30s but still a striker that can play at any club in the world.

"[But] it doesn't make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane."

Tottenham confirmed Ben Davies is unavailable for Tuesday's game after sustaining an ankle injury against West Ham at the weekend, but Tanguy Ndombele and Jan Vertonghen both took part in training on Monday.

Spurs are five points behind Group B leaders Bayern Munich but will qualify for the last 16 if they overcome their Greek opponents at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

 

 

Pep Guardiola has conceded he is uncertain if Mikel Arteta will remain as his assistant for much longer amid reports of Arsenal's interest.

Former Gunners midfielder Arteta joined Guardiola's backroom staff in 2016 and has become highly thought of as an assistant coach as Manchester City have stormed to domestic dominance.

Arteta, who spent five years at Arsenal after signing from Everton in 2011, was linked with taking over from Arsene Wenger in 2018, only for Unai Emery to be appointed instead.

Despite a run to the Europa League final last season, ex-Paris Saint-Germain coach Emery has failed to impress, with reports suggesting he is on the brink of dismissal following a poor start to the campaign.

Arteta has again being referenced as a front runner for the job should Emery leave his role.

And, while emphasising his wish for Arteta to remain at City, Guardiola acknowledged it may be difficult to keep his compatriot on board beyond the end of the current campaign.

"Emery is manager of Arsenal," Guardiola told a news conference when asked about the reports linking Arteta with a return to north London.

"Of course [Mikel] will be a manager sooner or later, if I was in his position, an assistant coach as young as he is [I'd want to be a manager too], but now we're going to finish this season. In the future I don't know what's going to happen.

"I would like [Mikel] to stay with us as much as possible. Manchester City has an incredible value for a person to work at this club for the future, but personal life is personal life, professional desires are professional for each person.

"Everyone, not just me, is more than satisfied to have him here, but what happens at the end of the season, I don't know."

Guardiola also claimed Arteta's managerial credentials were clear from early on in their working relationship, believing the midfield role which both he and Arteta occupied in their playing days provides the ideal platform for a coaching career.

"He was an incredible player, normally with a holding midfielder they have a vision of all the pitch," Guardiola said. 

"The holding midfielder is an incredible lesson during your career as a player to learn what happens. You don't need to go to [coaching] school, he was so clever in that.

"More than that he is an incredible human being, work ethic, he works a lot. I said after a few months we were together that this guy would be a manager sooner or later. He is already a manager, he works like a manager.

"That is why we're satisfied to have him here."

Sergio Aguero will miss the Manchester derby with a thigh problem sustained in the win over Chelsea, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Aguero was forced off with the injury in the 77th minute of City's 2-1 victory in the Premier League on Saturday.

Guardiola informed reporters after the match that he believed Aguero's injury was "bad" but could not provide any further details.

However, in his news conference to preview City's Champions League meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola confirmed Aguero will be out of action for several weeks, meaning the striker - who has scored nine league goals this term - will miss the clash with Manchester United on December 7.

"Yes," Guardiola responded when asked if City would be without Aguero for the derby.

"He will be out for a few games, don't know exactly [how long], a few weeks, but he'll be out."

Guardiola was unable to pinpoint Aguero's exact issue, but suggested the problem was a muscular one in the striker's thigh.

"Exactly where I don't know, his [thigh] tendon, at the front."

Gabriel Jesus is set to lead City's line in Aguero's absence, with the 22-year-old Brazil international, who has five goals in all competitions so far in 2019-20, confident he can grasp the opportunity to shine.

"I'm not happy because Sergio is injured. I don't like my friends being injured but I work here every day and I'm ready to play, because I want to improve so yes, I'm ready," Jesus said.

"It's not easy [to wait]. I'm a guy who wants to play, wants to work and improve. I don't feel happy because I want to play but I respect everything and keep working.

"I have to do it all of the time because I am at a big club with big players and a big manager so I have to work and improve as much as possible."

Despite playing second fiddle to Aguero, Jesus insists he has no regrets over moving to City in January 2017.

"When I decided to come to City I knew it was going to be hard because we have Sergio who is the top scorer of the club and scores every game, I knew this," Jesus added.

"I have a chance to play under Pep, with top players here at a big club so that's why I came, to enjoy it and to learn."

N'Golo Kante says he rebuffed interest from Paris Saint-Germain because he is happy at Chelsea.

Ligue 1 champions PSG have long been linked with the France international and reportedly tried to sign him following his impressive displays at the 2018 World Cup.

The move never materialised and Kante, considered one of the Premier League's best midfielders, is now in his fourth season at Stamford Bridge.

He signed a new five-year contract with the club in November 2018 and has no plans to leave.

"Sometimes you don't really know where you want to go, but you know what you already have," Kante told Canal+ when asked about PSG's interest.

"I knew I was at Chelsea and I felt good at Chelsea. On top of that, it was a footballing decision.

"I felt good in London and I felt happy in this project and therefore I am happy to stay here."

Kante joined Chelsea in 2016 following a season with Leicester City, where he won the first of his two Premier League titles.

The 28-year-old scored for the third time this season in the Blues' 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

The battle for Jadon Sancho's signature looks set to begin.

Four high-profile clubs in England and Spain are reportedly monitoring the teenager, one of Europe's brightest prospects.

Aggrieved with recent events at Borussia Dortmund, Sancho could now seek a new home for next season.

 

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Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid are the "leading quartet" of suitors for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to The Athletic.

Former club Manchester City have also asked to be "kept informed" following a string of events that have upset the 19-year-old England winger, notably his first-half substitution in the 4-0 Klassiker loss to Bayern Munich earlier this month.

Sancho's representatives are said to have deemed that move "disgraceful", paving the way for his Dortmund departure at the end of the Bundesliga season.

 

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Paul Pogba's prolonged absence for Manchester United is part of a concerted effort to force through a January transfer to LaLiga giants Madrid, claims Spanish journalist Paco Gonzalez. Pogba, not sighted since September, is recovering from an ankle injury.

- According to Calciomercato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is weighing up a move to AC Milan. The 38-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving MLS outfit LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic has been linked to Bologna, Tottenham, Napoli and Perth Glory.

West Ham are considering replacing Manuel Pellegrini with Chris Wilder, reports The Mirror. The Hammers are languishing 16th in the Premier League after 13 games, while Wilder's Sheffield United are riding high in sixth. Chris HughtonDavid Moyes and Rafael Benitez are reportedly among the other candidates should West Ham lose patience with Pellegrini.

- Wolves defender Owen Otasowie is wanted by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Bundesliga team Schalke, reports The Sun. 18-year-old centre-back has also been watched by Liverpool and Arsenal.

- The Mirror reports Aston Villa are leading the race to sign Rhian Brewster on loan in January. Brewster, 19, has been unable to break his way into Liverpool's Premier League plans this term. The report states Villa face competition from Crystal PalaceLeeds United and Swansea City.

Jurgen Klopp urged Liverpool to stop relying on late goals following the physically taxing 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino prodded home an 85th-minute winner at Selhurst Park to preserve the Premier League leaders' eight-point advantage over second-placed Leicester City.

Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead early in the second half, before Wilfried Zaha equalised eight minutes from full-time.

Firmino's intervention means the European champions have now snatched vital points with goals in the 85th minute or later from four of their past six league fixtures.

"You can't take it for granted," Reds boss Klopp told reporters.

"I don't like to talk about it. I understand why you are asking. It's not like 'very good, seven minutes to go, let's start winning now'. That's not what we are like.

"We don't think about it, we just know. We have had four years together. I know a lot about my team. 

"I know what we want, I know what we have to do for it. But we're not the only team who knows that. It was difficult fitness-wise at Palace because there were so many different things.

"We know a lot, but we don't know exactly what the boys have been doing with their national teams. They are nine or 10 days away with their national teams. That's a lot of sessions."

Liverpool forged their fruitful habit last season, notably squeezing past Tottenham and Newcastle United in the final weeks of an absorbing title battle with Manchester City.

Andy Robertson, scorer in a thrilling turnaround against Aston Villa earlier this month, admitted decisive goals must start to come earlier.

"Scoring late is good and enjoyable but we would much rather be 2-0 or 3-0 up and see out the game," the left-back said.

"We cannot keep relying on it but it is good we have that mentality and we did not panic because we have been in this position so many times.

"I think that is why we took control of the game and scored the winner."

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