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Adebayor has no future at Spurs, says Pochettino

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Emmanuel Adebayor he has no future at the London club after the Togo striker turned down a chance to leave in the recent transfer window.

Adebayor rejected moves to Aston Villa and West Ham United and Pochettino told reporters on Friday that the striker, who has been left out of Tottenham’s Premier League and Europa League squads, was unlikely to play again.

The languid forward earns around 5 million pounds ($7.71 million) a year according to media reports and is now set to pick up his pay cheque despite playing no role in the team.

“I was very clear with him, we had a conversation before the end of last season and I explained my idea,” Pochettino said.

“I don’t need to explain much more, I think it is clear he is not in my idea, in my mind or in the plans for the future of Tottenham.

“In football it is about the present and tomorrow, it is not about yesterday. In football it all runs quick and changes everyday, the more important thing is that I was clear with him and clear with the situation.”

Adebayor has also fallen out of favour with Togo coach Tom Saintfiet, who likened him to a bad date and said this week that the 31-year-old had failed to respond to a call-up for an African Nations Cup qualifier.

“If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman,” Saintfiet said.

“For me, it is clear that he is a player who does not want to play for his country any more.”

Tottenham have endured a poor start to the campaign, drawing three of their first four games to leave them 16th in the standings.

They visit Sunderland on Sunday still searching for their first victory of the season.

Pochettino could hand a debut to Son Heung-min who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in August and scored a hat-trick for his country South Korea during the international break.

“Son scored three goals in his game for the national team and arrived on Monday and trained very well all week,” Pochettino said of the 23-year-old.

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2022 World Cup: FIFA announces new date for kick off

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FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will now kick off on Sunday, November 20, rather than the initially scheduled date of Monday, November 21.

The first game will now be between the host nation Qatar and Ecuador instead of Senegal’s match against the Netherlands.

This means the tournament will be extended to 29 days, with the final taking place on Sunday, December 18.

FIFA confirmed this on Thursday, in what was a unanimous decision by a committee comprising FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and presidents of the six continental soccer bodies.

“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.

“The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country,” FIFA said in a statement.

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Rashford takes decision on joining PSG

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Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has decided to rule out any possibility of leaving the club to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

PSG are strongly interested in signing Rashford from Man United this summer.

The French Ligue 1 champions have held talks with Rashford’s representatives and want to bring the England international to the Parc des Princes.

But according to Daily Mail, Rashford has now responded to their approach by saying that he is happy at Man United and that his priority is to stay at Old Trafford this summer.

The report added that Man United are relaxed over the situation – despite the fact that Rashford’s contract is set to end on June 30, 2023.

Rashford has scored 93 goals in 304 games for Man United.

The 24-year-old has helped Man United win the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League since he made his debut back in 2015, having progressed through the club’s youth ranks.

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Aguero warns Guardiola against selling Man City star

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Former Argentina striker, Sergio Aguero, has warned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City against selling Bernardo Silva this summer.

Aguero said Silva is a great player, adding that he would be surprised if City under Guardiola let the Portugal international leave the Etihad this summer.

Silva has been linked with a move to LaLiga giants, Barcelona, this summer.

“Bernardo is a great player. He carries the ball, he sacrifices, has quality to assist and score goals, and he can play in different positions,” Aguero told Stake.

“It would surprise me if City let him go. He’s a player who contributes a lot every season, but everything is possible.

“If he finally arrives at Barca, then he’ll be someone who can be key to the possession game that Xavi likes.”

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