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Pogba Reacts To Ralf Rangnick Appointment As New United Manager

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has welcomed with open arms the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager, The Athletic reports.

Rangnick is expected to be appointed the club’s interim boss soon and may be in charge of United’s next game against Arsenal on Thursday or the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Pogba is currently out of action after sustaining a thigh injury while on international duty with France.

The World Cup winner is currently in Dubai where he is continuing his recovery but is said to be ‘enthused’ by the news coming out of Old Trafford.

Pogba, according to the report, has received ‘positive feedback’ about the German from contacts in the game and is looking forward to working under him.

United won one and drew one of their last two games since they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and handed the role to Michael Carrick as caretaker boss.

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Allen Onyema Promises Super Eagle 10M Per goal, 50M if they Win the Trophy!

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The Super Eagles are just only one game into their campaign for a fourth African Cup of Nations trophy, but signs of the good things that will happen to the players and their officials have started showing.

Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0 in their opening match on Tuesday and for that feat, the team got ₦10 million from the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema. The airline boss says his gesture is not one-off.

Onyema, who addressed the team during half-time of the encounter with Egypt, promised to reward them with ₦10 million for every goal they score, adding that they will get a further ₦50 million if they win the trophy.

He reminded the players that they are representing over 200 million Nigerians and urged them to give their best to win the trophy.

Onyema said: “We believe in what you can do because you have the strength as a team. Remember what I told you during the qualifying series. You are carrying the hopes and aspirations of over 350 ethnic nationalities of our beautiful country. You’re playing for the unity of Nigeria.

“This is your time to play your part in cementing the unity of this nation, as Nigerians from North, South, East and West will celebrate in unison. Do us proud and when you come back with the cup, I’m going to give you ₦50 million.”

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Chelsea Record £145.6m Loss Despite Champions League Success

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European champions Chelsea announced Thursday an annual loss of £145.6 million ($196.7 million, 173.5 million euros) for the year to June 30 2021 despite their Champions League triumph.

The London club were crowned kings of Europe in May following a 1-0 win over English rivals Manchester City in the Champions League final in Porto.

But while their turnover rose from £387.8 million to £416.8 million thanks to an increase in broadcasting revenue, Chelsea said they still made a loss after playing games with no crowds because of Covid-19, with a reduction in profits on player sales also damaging their balance sheet.

Chelsea continue to be backed financially by Fordstam Limited, a company controlled by club owner Roman Abramovich, with their accounts saying “the company is reliant on Fordstam Limited for its continued financial support”.

The Blues added that under a “severe but plausible downside scenario of football being played behind closed doors in December 2021 and January 2022” it would be reliant on additional funding from Chelsea FC PLC, with further funds needed if the financial impact of Covid-19 were even more severe.

Chelsea said Thursday they have signed three players for a total of £109.7m — striker Romelu Lukaku, goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and midfielder Saul Niguez, on loan from Atletico Madrid, since June 30.

In the same period, Chelsea added they had sold 13 players for a combined £103.7m. They could also receive a further £16.4m if outstanding clauses in previous transfers are all met.

Russian billionaire Abramovich purchased Chelsea in 2003 and has overseen the most successful era in the history of the club, including five English titles and two Champions League crowns, with the Blues completing a league and FA Cup double in 2009/10.

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Arsenal Manager Arteta Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Mikel Arteta isolating after contracting coronavirus for a second time; Arsenal boss also fell ill at the beginning of the pandemic; he will isolate for at least one week in line with public health protocols

Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Spaniard, who also contracted the virus in March 2020 prompting the shutdown of football at the start of the pandemic, is now isolating.

Despite the positive test, the Arsenal manager is still planning to speak to the media from his home on Thursday to preview the match against City.

A statement from the club read: “Mikel Arteta will miss our match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for Covid-19.

Former Premier League players Danny Mills and Phil Babb assess the coronavirus crisis in the top-flight after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid-19
“Mikel is isolating in line with Government guidelines and we wish him well.”

Arteta will face an isolation period of one week. At present, people who receive negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven of their self-isolation period – with tests taken 24 hours apart – no longer have to stay indoors for a full 10 days.

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