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Jose Mourinho hits out at Romelu Lukaku, tells Belgian to explain why he joined Everton

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Don’t make Mourinho angry… you won’t like him when he’s angry.

Too late Romelu Lukaku, the damage has already been done.

Chelsea’s forward, who is on loan at Everton for the season, has repeatedly stated he has had no contact with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho since joining the Toffees earlier this season. The bustling forward also stated that he is ‘out to prove Moruinho wrong’ for letting him leave Chelsea on loan.

Lukaku has scored seven times in eight league games for Everton and his chatter is beginning to irritate the man who supposedly sent him out on loan. During his pregame press conference on Friday, before Chelsea play Southampton on Sunday, Mourinho hit out at the young Belgian forward.

“Romelu likes to speak. He’s a young boy who likes to speak,” Mourinho said. “But the only thing he didn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan. That’s the only thing he never says.”

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Unperturbed at causing a potential rift with the 20-year-old Belgian international, Mourinho kept going.

”And my last contact with him was to tell him exactly that. I said ‘Why do you never say why you are not here?”

On a mission now, Mourinho urged Lukaku to come clean and tell everyone why he went on loan to Everton, rather than stay and fight for his place in Chelsea’s starting lineup.

”So it’s something he should talk about because he likes to speak,” Mourinho continued. “It’s something he should say, the reason why he’s not with Chelsea and is in Everton.”

What is this big mystery Mourinho wants Lukaku to unveil?

Hopefully we’ll find out sooner rather than later what the cryptic Portuguese manager, who is the king of mind games, is going on about. Lukaku is scoring goals for fun at Everton and Chelsea’s lack of in-form or healthy strikers — Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have all struggled — is causing plenty of fans and pundits to question Mourinho’s decision to let Lukaku leave on loan and why he can’t recall him in January.

The Belgian netted twice in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool and loving life as a big fish in a medium sized pond with the Toffees, just like he did during his season-long loan with West Brom in the 2012-13 campaign.

However there’s a bee in Mourinho’s bonnet and Lukaku is the only man who can remove it. Tread carefully now, Romelu.

How the youngster reacts now will determine his future at Chelsea as Mourinho is likely to be around as manager for quite some time. Then again, it seems as though Lukaku’s future at Stamford Bridge is already in serious doubt.

Probably best he’s out on loan, although Chelsea could certainly use his goals to propel them to the Premier League title…

West Ham loses ex-Hammer of the Year Cresswell for four months

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Aaron Cresswell was one of the stalwarts of the last two Premier League campaigns, a good crosser capable of lung-busting runs and the occasional brilliant shot.

So it’s a significant blow for West Ham United to be without him for the next four months.

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Cresswell has played in 75 of the Hammers’ 76 PL matches since arriving from Ipswich Town in 2014, and was injured in a 50/50 play against Karlsruher SC this weekend.

He may not need surgery to repair the knee ligaments, but is out nonetheless.

From WHUFC.com:

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke explained that Cresswell had undergone a scan and will consult a specialist in central London early next week. The medical team will then take a decision whether or not the defender requires surgery.

“Whatever course of action we decide to take, Aaron faces a period of rest, followed by treatment and rehabilitation and he will be out for a period of between three and four months,” said Vandenbroucke.

Left back isn’t a position of strength for most teams, and West Ham doesn’t look to be an exception.
Vandenbroucke also issued an update on Manuel Lanzini, saying the club won’t know his status until the attacker returns from Argentina duty. Lanzini was injured with Argentina’s Olympic team while preparing for the Games in Rio.

 

Borchers ruptures achilles tendon, leaving Timbers without best back

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10:  Nat Borchers #7 of Portland Timbers passes the ball against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half of their MLS match at StubHub Center on April 10, 2016 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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FOX analyst Stu Holden said it right after it happened, and it’s true: Nat Borchers has torn his achilles tendon and is out for the season.

The Portland Timbers back with the big burly beard was injured late in the first half, and had to be stretchered off the pitch. Amobi Okugo took his place for the rest of the match, which finished 2-1 to the Galaxy.

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It’s a big blow for the Timbers, whose regular season struggles are an annual occurrence. The 2015 MLS Champions are currently in the West’s seventh position, and Borchers has been one of their best players in each of the last two seasons.

Borchers is 35, and in his second season with the Oregon set after 211 appearances for Real Salt Lake.

The achilles is a brutal injury to return from at any age. Whenever, he’s done Borchers will exit MLS in the select company of winning an MLS Cup for at least two different teams in separate decades (2009-RSL, 2015-PDX).

Aubameyang admits there’s one club that could move him: Real Madrid

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund is tackled by Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is among the best strikers in the world, and somehow doesn’t get as much praise as his peers.

If he ever gets his dream transfer, that would certainly change.

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Aubameyang, 27, is contracted to Borussia Dortmund until 2020, but admitted there’s a club that could make him antsy.

The reigning African Player of the Year — he of the 39 goals in 46 matches last season — is loving his time at Borussia Dortmund. That said, Real Madrid.

From EUROSport:

“The only club to leave Borussia Dortmund for is Real Madrid. But not now.

“Sometime I want to play for Real Madrid, which is one of my big goals in my career. But at the moment everything is great.”

Aubameyang could approach otherworldly numbers next season — we’re thinking 50-plus goals — with the additions of Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle to BVB’s already strong squad (which did lose Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mats Hummels this offseason).

And with Ousmane Dembele in the fold and looking very good, perhaps BVB is prepared to reap the rewards of an Aubameyang sale after this season?

Big day in Stoke: Potters capture Joe Allen and Egyptian prodigy

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Stoke City got one for now and another for the future on Monday, announcing the purchase of Joe Allen from Liverpool and Ramadan Sobhi from Al Alhy.

Allen, 26, had been with the Reds since 2012 after more than a decade in the ranks of Swansea City. The midfielder helped Wales into the semifinals of EURO 2016.

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Swansea was linked with matching Stoke’s bid, but Allen moves onto a new home at the Britannia Stadium.

From Stoke City’s site:

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Joe is a player that Mark has admired for a considerable amount of time. Therefore when we became aware of the possibility of bringing him to the Club it was something that we were determined to do.

Sobhi, 19, is a lesser known entity full of promise. At 19, he already had six caps and a goal for Egypt, and has made 71 appearances with 17 goals for Al Alhy in the Egyptian Premier League.

The fee could reach $7 million with incentives.

From Stoke City’s site:

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed a player of Ramadan’s undoubted quality and potential. He’s a special young talent who is excited about the prospect of making an impact in the Premier League and we’re looking forward to giving him that platform.”

Stoke has quietly been amassing assets for some time, and made a strong push last season before finishing ninth. If Allen can combine well with Giannelli Imbula, perhaps Stoke can continue its rise up the PL pecking order.