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Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembele turned down Liverpool approach

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Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele have told FourFourTwo magazine that they both turned down approaches from Liverpool. 

Pulisic, a long-standing target for Liverpool, said he was the subject of a €13 million bid in the summer, while Dembele says he met with manager Jurgen Klopp before agreeing his transfer to Dortmund from Rennes.

Klopp is an admirer of Pulisic, 18, who joined Dortmund’s academy when the German was in charge, but the U.S. international recently extended his contract until 2020.

« I have respect for Klopp and I know him — he was very welcoming to me here — but I was never really thinking about going to Liverpool, » Pulisic said.

« Dortmund have given me everything. If I work very hard here I will play and I love this club. »

Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic were both the subject of interest from Liverpool.
Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic both chose Borussia Dortmund over Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Dembele, added that Klopp tried to take him to Anfield during a meeting in Paris, with Premier League champions Leicester City also interested.

However, Dortmund eventually won the race to sign 19-year-old.

« I saw Klopp in Paris but I told him I’d made up my mind to sign for BVB, » the France international said.

« I made the decision a long time ago, so going to Leicester was out of the question. »

Source: www.espnfc.com

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Nigeria drop to 50th position in latest FIFA ranking

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– Nigeria have dropped to 50th position in the November FIFA ranking

– The former African champions also dropped to 8th position in Africa

– In October, Nigeria were ranked 41st in the world, and 5th in Africa

Despite finishing their 2018 World Cup qualifiers unbeaten, and also beating Argentina 4-2 in their last international friendly, the Super Eagles have dropped to 50th position in the latest FIFA ranking.

World football governing body (FIFA) released the November edition of the ranking on Thursday, November 23, and Nigeria are now 50th in the World and occupy 8th position in Africa.

This latest FIFA ranking is expected not to go well with many Nigerian fans who are expecting the Super Eagles to go up considering their recent matches.

In October 2017, Super Eagles were ranked 41st in the world and 5th in Africa, and many Nigerian will definitely ask themselves the yardstick FIFA are using for their ranking.

Nigeria have also dropped to 8th position in Africa, the Super Eagles were ranked 5th best in the last edition of the FIFA ranking.

Super Eagles drop to 50th position in latest FIFA rankings

Super Eagles drop to 50th position in latest FIFA rankings (photo: FIFA)

Germany are the best football nation in the world according to the November FIFA ranking, while Argentina that lost to Nigeria in their last match occupy 4th in the world.

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Previously, NAIJ.com had reported how the Super Eagles defeated Argentina in their last international friendly in Russia.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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Morocco extends Herve Renard’s deal until 2022

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The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has handed national team coach Herve Renard a new contract which will expire in February 2022.

RMFF opted to lock the French manager down after leading the Atlas Lions to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, for the first time since 1998.

The 49-year-old former Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire coach’s target is to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as well as qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

« Renard’s contract guarantees him to work under the best conditions until 2022 and with different objectives, » the BBC quotes Fouzi Lekjaa of FMF.

« By agreeing the deal we are demonstrating our faith in Renard beyond the World Cup.

« We are saying that we believe that Renard is the right man to take us forward. »

Source: www.africanfootball.com

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Breaking: Robinho sentenced to 9 years in prison!

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Italian justice has sentenced Robinho, who is currently playing at Atletico Mineiro, to 9 years in prison for raping a nightclub in Milan in 2013.

Robinho will he go to jail? The Brazilian star, who played in Europe under the colors of Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan and now turns 33 Atletico Mineiro, is in any case in the sight of the Italian justice , who has sentenced him to nine years in prison, reports Thursday the press transalpine.

The international auriverde (100 caps, 28 goals) has received such a penalty from the court of Milan for a case of sexual assault, which goes back several years, when he played under the colors of the club rossonero. Robinho was in fact convicted of raping a 22-year-old Albanian girl. Facts committed in January 2013 in a discotheque of the Lombard capital with five acquaintances.

Already in 2009, the Brazilian trained in Santos, then Manchester City, was arrested by the British police in a rape case, before being released on bail, then cleared. Robinho was not present at the hearing this time and is currently in his homeland. @ Sports

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