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Steven Gerrard Wants Aston Villa To Be Playing In European Club Competitions Again

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Aston Villa travel to Anfield on December 11 in the Premier League; When gotten some information about his desires for carrying accomplishment to Villa Park, Steven Gerrard said: “Long haul I figure the club might want to be back on an European level”

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Steven Gerrard needs Aston Villa to play in European club contests again and has subdued any promotion encompassing his previous club Liverpool by saying his new position isn’t a “stepping stone” to managing at Anfield.

In his first question and answer session as Villa supervisor in front of the club’s conflict with Brighton on Saturday, the previous Rangers manager said it was an “honor” to have taken up the job and feels “amazingly pleased” to be a lead coach in the Premier League.

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His first task will be to redress the club’s helpless run of structure, with the now-Norwich lead coach Dean Smith having been sacked after five sequential losses with Villa two points over the relegation places.

After games against Crystal Palace (November 27), Manchester City (December 1) and Leicester City (December 5), the Liverpool legend will make a trip to Anfield to confront Jurgen Klopp’s side on December 11, yet Gerrard rushed to quietness any fervor encompassing a re-visitation of his previous club.

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Gerrard said: “as far as Liverpool, again I don’t figure this public interview ought to be about some other club however Aston Villa, I think we need to recognize our allies.

“I think everyone knows all around the world what Liverpool means to me but my focus is very much on Aston Villa. I’ve said that I am all-in and I can promise our supporters that that’s the case.

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“I think first and foremost it’s an extremely proud moment from a personal point of you, it’s a real honour to be the manager of this football club.”

Probably the best player in Premier League history, Gerrard gets back to the English first class league six years in the wake of calling time on his retirement at Liverpool, for whom he showed up somewhere in the range of 1998 and 2015.

He has recently spoken with regards to his fantasy to deal with his childhood club one day.

Resolving questions again about his longstanding relationship with one of Villa’s first class equals, Gerrard said: “Everybody knows all throughout the planet how Liverpool affects me however my emphasis is on Aston Villa.

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“You will never hear me say that it is a ‘stepping stone’ [to managing Liverpool]. For me, I am really proud and honoured to be in this position.

“I am all-in. I will give this job everything that it needs for it to be a success. I will be 100 per cent committed and I don’t think there’s anything wrong in football to have dreams and aspirations.

“They have got a world-class coach who they are very happy with. If he was to sign a lifetime deal right now, I would be very happy for them and him.”

Villa, European Cup champs in 1981/82 and Super Cup victors a year after, last arrived at the knockout phases of an European club competition in 2009 under Martin O’Neill when he coached them to the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

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While Gerrard demonstrated that further improving the Villa’s league position is his main goal, the new lead coach demands the club can satisfy its potential at a mainland level later on.

Gerrard joined Villa following three-and-a-half years at Rangers, who he says he left with a “weighty heart” in the wake of finishing Celtic’s nine-year rule as Scottish Premiership champions.

“I don’t think it’s the right time now to put any specific date on that but for me more importantly it’s about focusing on the short-term which is Brighton at the weekend, we need to start winning football matches again and moving up the table.

“We’ve got a challenging game at the weekend so I don’t really want to look too far ahead of that, but with the players we have got in the squad, we should be higher than where we are.

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“So it’s one step at a time and we need that win as soon as possible.”

Notwithstanding feeling bitterness towards leaving Ibrox, Gerrard concedes the chance to oversee in the English first class was too nice to even consider turning down.

The 41-year-old said: “Albeit the last seven to 10 days have gone very rapidly, it’s been a truly cheerful time for me in light of the fact that the chance to be back in the Premier League and the chance to be near my family were the two principle motivations behind why this was the right move for me.

“I pretty much knew what I was going to do because I knew it was the right move for me. The chance to be back in the Premier League, the best league in the world, to compete against the best coaches, against some of the best players. I’ve missed the Premier League and it’s great to be back.

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“I think we’ve got a fantastic academy here, some fantastic staff that are doing a good job there. I have looked in from afar with the U23s side and the youth teams and they’re full of talent.”

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EPL: I’ll be surprised if he starts matches at Manchester United – Rio Ferdinand on Eriksen

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Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has said that Christian Eriksen will force his way into the squad but will not play ahead of Bruno Fernandes.

Eriksen, whose contract with Brentford has just ended, has reportedly verbally agreed to move to Old Trafford and will be signing a three-year contract at the club.

Erik ten Hag is eager to fix Eriksen into Man United midfield with the departure of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard this summer.

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Ferdinand believes the former Tottenham and Inter Milan star will be a welcome addition to the squad.

However, the former England defender questions whether the Denmark international will get into the team ahead of Bruno Fernandes since the two occupy the same role on the pitch.

“I think Christian Eriksen is a squad player. He doesn’t come as a starter, I would be very surprised if he comes into Manchester United as a starter,” Ferdinand told Five.

“I think he’ll come in and play a particular role in and around it.

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“The position he is likely to occupy will be similar to Bruno Fernandes and I don’t see him taking him out of the team.”

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EPL: Real reason Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t returned to Man Utd training Revealed

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Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has explained why Cristiano Ronaldo has not returned for pre-season training with the club.

Speaking on his FIVE YouTube Channel, Ferdinand insisted that a family member of Ronaldo is having health issues.

The 37-year-old is yet to show up at Carrington ahead of the new season, amid talk he has requested to leave United this summer.

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But Ferdinand said: “I’ve been seeing people being a touch disrespectful. The way that people are questioning ‘he’s not here’ and the hysteria surrounding it. A member of his family is not well, so he’s not at training.

“This is the most consummate, most professional athlete that we’ve seen on these shores. The most professional athlete we’ve seen for over 15 years and people are questioning this guy’s professionalism and why he’s not at the training ground.

“Yeah he might want to leave, he might not be happy with certain things at the football club, but in terms of professionalism, this guy is training where he is – we’ve seen the pictures.

“His family are there, he needs to be where they are and you have to respect that. Simple as. Could it have been communicated better by the club? Probably.”

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EPL: Chelsea striker seeks to dump club ahead of pre-season

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Representatives of Chelsea striker Armando Broja have told the club that their client will push to leave Stamford Bridge if he is not included in the pre-season tour.

Broja was at Southampton on loan last season and scored nine goals during his time with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

Newcastle United, Everton, Southampton and West Ham are all queuing up the 20-year-old’s signature.

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Chelsea are considering a £30 million offer for Broja, while West Ham have also opened talks with the Blues.

Albanian TV report that Broja’s entourage has made it clear to Chelsea that the striker would want to leave Stamford Bridge again if Thomas Tuchel makes it clear that he is not part of his plans for the upcoming campaign.

Broja is due to hold talks with Tuchel and co-owner Todd Boehly when he begins pre-season training.

Chelsea’s pre-season tour begins with a training camp in Los Angeles, United States, while their first fixture is against Club America in Las Vegas on July 16.

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Transfer: Lewandowski agrees three-year deal with Barcelona

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Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski has agreed a three-year contract with Barcelona.

This claim was made by respected transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano.

According to Romano, this agreement has been in place for months now and the only thing left is for both clubs to strike a deal.

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“Nothing has changed in Robert Lewandowski’s mind. He’s still convinced on Barcelona as next club after personal terms agreed months ago on a three year deal, no negotiations with any other club as of now.

“Barcelona will contact FC Bayern again soon,” Romano tweeted.

Lewandowski has one year left on his current deal with the Bundesliga champions and has publicly declared his desire to leave this summer.

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