New LA Galaxy midfielder and USMNT mainstay Jermaine Jones is hoping he can clarify Tim Howard’s controversial comments about dual nationals. Howard said Wednesday that there were commitment issues with some of the dual nationals on the United States squad, adding that players like Jones and Fabian Johnson were great for the team. Jones answered those thoughts on Thursday, labeling them “dangerous stuff”. From ESPNFC’s Doug McIntyre: “With all the respect for Timmy, I feel it’s not if you’re half American or full-American. It’s more what you have in here [taps his chest]. “If you go on the field and you give everything for this country, then of course sometimes there’s a situation where you’re
Lionel Messi's father has told Cadena Ser "there is no danger" that his son will not renew his contract with Barcelona, despite rumours over his future. The Spanish radio station claims negotiations with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu over a new deal have already started, and early indications are positive. Neymar, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano have all put pen to paper on new deals at the Nou Camp in recent months but Messi is yet to follow, despite his current contract expiring at the end of next season.
It’s becoming something of a January tradition. A few rumors, a big money signing, a Premiership manager bemoans China’s ability to outspend on players. In 2016, it was Ramires and Wayne Rooney. This year, Oscar (for £51 million) and Carlos Tevez (possibly £70 million) have gone; Diego Costa is the subject of rumors, and Yaya Touré reportedly turned down a huge offer to play in China. Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, said this week that China is paying “crazy money” and it “looks like they broke the market.” Tevez will earn a reported £615,000 per week. That does seem crazy. Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. But should the football leagues and major clubs