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As we discuss whether Bastian Schweinsteiger’s “last club in Europe” comments could mean a move to the United States (or Canada… or China), how about some rumors about an American making a move in Europe?
The Stoke Sentinel claims Mark Hughes is interested in bringing Christian Pulisic on loan from Borussia Dortmund, which would conveniently for USMNT fans put the youngsters in direct contact with veteran leader Geoff Cameron.
BVB boss Thomas Tuchel used Pulisic often toward the end of last season, and the six-times capped 17-year-old scored two goals in 12 matches for the German giants.
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Stoke has plenty of talent in attack with Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri, and others, and we’re not sure Tuchel would want Pulisic going to a place where he wouldn’t start regularly. He could have that at Dortmund.
Pulisic has also been linked with Red Bull Leipzig, Liverpool, and CSKA Moscow in recent weeks. A Champions League or Europa League club could be more intriguing to Dortmund, who have added a load of attacking talent since Pulisic burst onto the scene last season. Those additions — Mario Gotze, Ousmane Dembele, and Andre Schurrle — would’ve affected Pulisic’s status in the food chain (no shame at all, either).
We told you last night that Phil Jones remains in Jose Mourinho’s plans, and the London Evening Standard says Jones will not wind up at Arsenal, regardless of the interest or wallet of Arsene Wenger.
That’s because longtime rival Mourinho has no interest in helping out Wenger, and also sees a chance for the out-of-favor center back to have a future at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City will be without Eliaquim Mangala and Samir Nasri, according to reports. Mangala is being targeted for a loan by Napoli, who is also trying to hold onto Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly ($80 million). Several outlets continue to play with the idea that Nasri could head to Besiktas.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is taking the high road when discussing his lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho, and is also fueling fire in Major League Soccer’s rumor mill (along with China, India, and Qatar).
Schweinsteiger, 32, has trained with United’s U-21 side under Mourinho and has also retired from Germany duty.
He took to Twitter on Wednesday to talk to his fan about his “current situation”, saying that United was a dream of his and that he will not be moving to another club in Europe.
Many have speculated that Schweinsteiger could come to Major League Soccer, a league that impressed him when Bayern Munich played the MLS All Stars last summer.
If that happened, who could do with a little “Schweiny”?
- Atlanta United — You think Carlos Bocanegra doesn’t know the value of a steady, veteran presence in the middle of his park?
- New England Revolution — Remember what the Jermaine Jones signing did for a struggling and off-balance Jay Heaps squad?
- DC United and Chicago Fire — This has less to do with need or fit, and more to do with me wanting to see two fan bases getting deserved excitement. And lest we forget that Chicago was done wrong in the Jermaine Jones saga.
Tony Pulis sounds a bit defensive — pun half-intended — about West Brom’s loss to Northampton Town in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
His Baggies have started the season 1-1, winning at Palace and losing versus Everton, but the loss in a Cup competition is obviously stinging the veteran manager.
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Pulis, 58, started a lineup that should’ve won comfortably, and the team went for it against the League One side in 2-2 (PKs, 4-3) match.
“I wish Northampton all the best. They worked really hard and kept at it.
“If we have come here and didn’t open them up and didn’t play well then you can slaughter us, but we did that. We’ve not hit the back of the net and that’s what you have to do.
“I understand supporters – if you’re not winning you’re not going to be happy, whether it’s me or another manager.”
Pulis is 22W-23D-25L as West Brom’s manager, but has done well on the whole with the club. Perhaps his style of play is frustrating, but he’s also brought in weapons like Matty Phillips and Brendan Galloway this year and is attempting to spur the club into something a bit more exciting. His comments have us wondering, though, if he’s feeling a bit of heat.
A Premier League player is set to be punished by English football authorities for discriminatory comments he made on social media more than four years ago.
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The comments made by Burnley striker Andre Gray between Jan. 9 and March 11, 2012 appeared anti-gay. They came to light on Saturday, when they were retweeted by other people after he scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley in the team’s 2-0 win over Liverpool. Gray released a public apology after the match.
Gray was charged with misconduct on Tuesday by the Football Association, which said the alleged comments “were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”
Gray said in his apology “the tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now.”
“I have experienced a lot over the past four years and have had to take responsibility for a number of things in my life which has enabled me to mature and grow as a person since that time,” the 25-year-old Gray said.
“I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I’ve done in the past and realize I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I’ve worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time.”
Gray said he wanted to clarify that he was “absolutely not homophobic” and to “ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended.”
The FA said Gray had until Aug. 31 to respond to the charge.
“He has moved a long way in life,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said Tuesday. “He’s made that clear with an apology and also to remind the club, `It’s four years ago, I’m a different person.’
“A lot has gone on in his life to get him where he’s got to, I think he made that clear. It was authentic what he said (in the apology).”
Gray was the top scorer in the second-tier League Championship last season, helping Burnley achieve an immediate return to the Premier League.