Goalkeeper Joe Hart says his loan move to West Ham United from Manchester City was aimed at getting regular playing time at club level to ensure he continues to be first choice for England. The 30-year-old, who has 71 caps and made 348 appearances for City, appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Pep Guardiola and spent last season on loan at Torino. "I've said before, there's absolutely no chance I'd play for England without playing for a team," Hart told Sky Sports.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hinted star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may return to the club next season. Recovering from a knee injury, Ibrahimovic, 35, is a free agent after United opted against renewing his contract at the end of June. The Swedish striker proved critics wrong by scoring 28 goals in all competitions in his first season at the Premier League giants.
Barcelona are said to be “increasingly confident” of adding Philippe Coutinho despite Liverpool’s insistence he is not for sale. Coutinho, 25, has become the main man at Anfield over the past season and although Jurgen Klopp has reaffirmed the Brazilian playmaker is not going anywhere, Sky Sports in the UK is reporting that Barca still believe a deal can be done. The Spanish giants are said to be readying a bid of $116 million for Coutinho to test Liverpool’s resolve after an earlier bid was reportedly turned down, while reports in Spain suggest that Coutinho has already agreed personal terms with Barca over a move. Barcelona’s push for Coutinho could suggest that Neymar’s potential world-record