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EPL: Real Reason Kurt Zouma Left Chelsea For West Ham – Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has given the real reason Kurt Zouma left the Blues for West Ham United last summer transfer window.

Zouma, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 under Jose Mourinho’s regime, hardly cements his place in the heart of Chelsea’s defence under a succession of managers.

The centre-back spent time out on loan at the likes of Stoke City, Saint-Etienne and Everton in a bid to get his career back on track.

Zouma had started to make significant progress under former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, but after he was sacked in January, the 26-year-old struggled to win the faith of Tuchel.

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The France international was left out of the team which won the Champions League at the end of last season.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday afternoon, Tuchel said the performances of Trevoh Chalobah in pre-season influenced Chelsea’s decision to allow Zouma to move on.

“We replaced him [Kurt Zouma] with Trevoh because we had the trust in Trevoh,” Tuchel was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying.

“Until this moment, we couldn’t allow him to go, because of course, we are selfish, and we have to see if we have a strong squad, but you have to see the situation of Kurt also, and his point of view.

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“He is a strong, experienced Premier League player and he suffered from the decision for [Cesar] Azpilicueta in the back three, for Andreas [Christensen] and for Toni [Rudiger] in the back three as direct competitors to his place, so he had not enough minutes for his status and quality and for where he wants to be in this time of his career.

“We had many talks about it during the pre-season and reflected on his and our positions, the more we got to know Trevoh we thought maybe if Kurt arrives with the wish constantly to go, he can.

“For many weeks, there was not an offer that interested him, so it was always clear. For me, I love Kurt and I told him I love him. I said we don’t need to do these talks because I am happy if you stay, even if Trevoh comes in.

“I said you are a top-quality player and you have to fight for your place and you always have a chance to play, but it is hard competition.”

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Zouma has started all of West Ham’s last ten Premier League games and scored the winner in a 3-2 win over Liverpool last month.

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Arsenal Completes Signing Of Gabriel Jesus From Man City

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus for a fee of around £45 million ($54 million), the London club announced on Monday.

Jesus, who scored 95 goals in 236 appearances for City, has signed a “long-term contract” with Arsenal after deciding to leave the Premier League champions in search of more regular first-team action.

The Brazil international is reunited with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before he took charge at the Emirates Stadium.

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“I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature,” Arteta said.

“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”

Jesus was expected to fall down the pecking order at City had he stayed for the final year of his contract as the champions have bolstered their striking options with the signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

Admitting Arteta’s presence at the Emirates was influential in his decision to join the Gunners, Jesus said: “We spoke a couple of times about the club, the players, the project and the future.

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“I believe 100 percent in Mikel. I had a very good time with him before, he’s a very good guy and a very good coach as well.

“He helped me a lot. We would always stick together after the training sessions and do some finishing or something.

“He’s a very intelligent guy and was an amazing player, so if he knows something he can teach me or the young players.”

Arsenal have let senior strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leave the club for free in the past six months.

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Despite handing Eddie Nketiah a new five-year deal, Jesus is expected to lead the line for Arteta’s men as the Gunners aim to end a six-year absence from the Champions League.

The 25-year-old won four Premier League titles among eight major honours during his time with City after joining them in January 2017.

Arsenal have already strengthened Arteta’s squad with the signings of Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, Brazilian teenage forward Marquinhos and American goalkeeper Matt Turner.

According to reports, they have also had a bid for Leeds winger Raphinha turned down, but are expected to return with an improved offer for the Brazilian international.

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WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons, Banyana Banyana rekindle rivalry in Group C opener

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Perennial rivals, the Super Falcons of Nigeria and Banyana Banyana of South Africa will lock horns at the Prince Heritier Moulay El Hassan stadium on Monday (today).

The Group C encounter is expected to set the tone for bigger things to come at the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco.

Holder, Super Falcons are targeting a tenth title in Morocco while, Banyana Banyana are keen to emerge champions for the first time.

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Nigeria defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalties in the final four years ago in Ghana.

The South Africans have, however, won the last two of their three meetings between the two teams.

Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis emphasized the importance of getting a good result in the opening game of the competition.

“The first game of the tournament is always the biggest game and this makes it even better because it’s against defending champions Nigeria and because it is Nigeria, the game is bigger than what it is supposed to be,” Ellis told a press conference ahead of the game.

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“We want to start well and we know it is going to be a tough encounter. They are not Champions for nothing,” she added.

“They have been consistent over the years and that is one area that we need to improve on; to be consistent in our performances and be classified amongst the best.

“It’s all about the three points at the moment and getting the tournament to a good start,” added Ellis.

The highly anticipated encounter will kick-off at 6pm Nigeria time.

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EPL: Tuchel don’t want him – Chelsea legend advises Boehly on player to sign

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Chelsea legend, Frank Lebeouf has advised the new leadership of the club under the guidance of Todd Boehly not to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar.

Lebeouf instead wants Boehly to sign Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, adding that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, doesn’t want Neymar at Stamford Bridge.

According to him, Chelsea needs to sign Ronaldo over Neymar because the Blues need someone to score and be more clinical.

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Neymar and Ronaldo have been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.

Speaking to ESPN, Lebeouf said: “I would pick Ronaldo because they need someone to finish the actions and score and be more clinical.

“Neymar is not going to happen, I don’t think Tuchel wants him because he had so many issues when he was the coach of PSG.”

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Transfer: Totti opens up on Ronaldo’s potential move to Roma

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AS Roma legend, Francesco Totti has claimed to be aware of the ‘reality of the current situation’ of Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s links with the Italian club.

Ronaldo has communicated with Man United that he wants to leave Old Trafford should an agreeable offer come from another club.

The Portugal captain scored 24 goals for Manchester United last season across all competitions.

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Man United’s failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and failure to sign new players so far in the transfer market thus have seemingly made Ronaldo look for another club.

Ronaldo, 37, is being linked with many big European clubs, including Roma, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Totti said that he never believed in Ronaldo’s potential arrival at Roma.

Totti said: “To be honest, I never believed in Ronaldo to Roma, because I know the reality of the current situation.”

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However, Totti believes Paulo Dybala, who recently left Juventus, should have been approached by Roma’s board.

He added: “Dybala was possible, very possible. However, other things happened then and the idea vanished. He will go elsewhere.”

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