DROGBA WANTS CHELSEA RETURN FOR SALAH

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba hasadvised Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah to make a return to the club. Didier Drogba talked up Salah going back to Chelsea in a chat withAl-Axis TV. The former Blues striker said that he will tell Salah to leave Liverpool and return to Chelsea if he’s selfish.

Egyptian international Salah was in the Chelsea squad for a few years on the back of his transfer from FC Basel in 2014. Salah was sold to AS Roma in the Italian Serie A after three years at Stamford Bridge upon his return from loan spell at Fiorentina. He had spent the second half of his debut season at Fiorentina before Roma signed him on loan for the entireduration of 2015/16 season. He moved to Roma permanently from Chelsea at the end of his loan spell at the club.

Speaking further about Salah, Ivorian legend Didier Drogba said that the Egyptian international would make any team better.Salah and Liverpool are yet to reach an agreement over a new contract withhis current deal set to expire next summer. The Reds could lose his services for free at the end of this season.

Salah has not allowed the his contract dispute to affect the performances on the pitch as he has scored 17 goals in 17 Liverpool games in all competitions.

He has 11 goals in 12 Premier League games and six goals in five Champions League games this term. Salah is the leading goalscorer on the Premier League scene this season and he has four more goals than the nearest challengers for the Golden Boot Award. Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Leicester City star Jamie Vardy have seven goals each in the league this season. The Egyptian national team talisman is the overwhelming favourites to secure another Golden Boot Award for himself.

FEYENOORD SECURE SECOND SPOT BEHIND AJAX

Feyenoord have sealed second spot behind leaders Ajax Amsterdam on the Dutch Eredivisie standings after the slim win over Heracles in their outstanding game. Hosts Feyenoord were initially scheduled to take on Heracles in Rotterdam as part of the week four fixtures, but the game was postponed due to their participation in the European Conference League.

Luis Sinisterrawas a thorn in the flesh of the Heracles defenders and the attacker thought he had given Feyenoord the lead in the 13th minute only for it to be ruled out for a foul in the build-up. Two minutes later, Heracles took the lead thanks to the horrible pass from LutsharelGeertuida as Sinan Bakis fired home to give the visitors the lead. Heracles thereafter held on to the advantage until late into the first half when Sinisterra level proceedings for the home side off an OrkunKokcucross. It was a big blow for Heracles who had earlier lost attacker Ismael Azzaoui to a serious knee issue in the half and also weathered the storm via the decent opportunities that came the way of TyrellMalacia, GuusTil and Bryan Linssen.

The late goal from Sinisterra in the first half ensured that Heracles and Feyenoord went into the break with a goal apiece.

In the second half, Delano Burgzorg wasted an opportunity to edge Heracles ahead again and he was made to rue the missed chance when Sinisterra completed his brace to win the game for Feyenoord. The second goal of the game from Sinisterra on 69 minutes gave Feyenoord a 2-1 home win over Heracles.

Feyenoord are in a three-horse race for the Dutch Eredivisie title this season alongside Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven. The slender win over Heracles move Feyenoord above PSV into second spot behind summit recipient Ajax Amsterdam.

Ajax Amsterdam have one more point than Feyenoord in second place and two more points than PSV Eindhoven. Ajax Amsterdam have 33 points, while Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven have 32 points and 31 points respectively. All the three teams have now played 14 games. 

CITY FAVOURITES FOR EVERTON CLASH

Holders Manchester City are overwhelming favourites to pick up three points ahead of their Premier League clash with Everton when club football resumes later this month. This is according to the soccer betting odds from various soccer betting sites.

Manchester City have surprisingly been struggling at home in recent games and the Everton encounter gives them the opportunity to make things right.

Pep Guardiola and his City players started their Premier League campaign at home with two successive 5-0 wins over Norwich City and Arsenal. It must be established that Arsenal played the majority of the game with ten men after Switzerland national team star Granit Xhaka was sent off for a dangerous foul on Manchester City fullback Joao Cancelo.

Since the victories over Arsenal and Norwich City, Manchester City have won just one of their three Premier League games and the run has seen them play second fiddle to leaders Chelsea. The Premier League champions are three points off Chelsea at the summit after eleven (11) matches.

In the first of those three games at the Eithad Stadium, Manchester City were forced to a goalless draw by Southampton despite being massive favourites according to soccer betting sites. The Southampton game was followed by the straightforward 2-0 win over Burnley who are in the bottom three.

Manchester City were big favourites for the home clash with Crystal Palace as revealed by various soccer betting sites.  In the end, Guardiola and his men were stunned by the Eagles.

Ivorian international Wilfried Zaha and England junior international Conor Gallagher were a thorn in the flesh of the Manchester City defence. The two players were on the scoresheet as Crystal Palace secured a 2-0 away win over the Citizens who had Spanish defenderAymeric Laporte sent off for hauling Zaha down when he was through on goal.

PREMIER LEAGUE TARGET REJECTS NEW DEAL

Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne has turned down a new contract offer from the Italian Serie A club. The news of the rejected contract offer was confirmed by his agent, VicenzoPisacane in a chat Italian media portal II Roma amidst transfer rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League.

Pisacane revealed that Napoli want Insigne to take a 50% pay cut from his £80,000 weekly salary for him to sign a new deal at the club.

Newcastle United, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with a move for the Italian international who won the Euro 2020 tournament with his country. Insigne was an important player in the Italy attacker as they beat the Three Lions of England on penalties to win the tournament after the two teams scored a goal apiece at the end of 120 minutes.

Last month, Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli expressed his conviction that the long-term future of club skipper Insigne is with the Italian Serie A leaders. According to him, Napolicaptain Insigne won’t walk away from the club after ten years, 114 goals and 411 games.

Italian publication Calciomercato revealed that the new owners at Newcastle United are eyeing a cut-price deal for Insigne ahead of the January transfer window. The Italian forward has less than a year to run on his existing Napoli deal. His current contract with the Italian football club will expire at the end of this season.

The Everton interest in Insigne was confirmed by another Italian publication, Tuttosport. It was stated that the Toffees are leading the race for Insigne under the stewardship of former Napoli manager, Rafael Benitez. Everton appointed Spanish tactician Benitez in the summer and his choice didn’t go down well with the Everton fans.

Everton are at the forefront of the race to sign Insigne, but the recent appointment of Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur could change the situation in favour of the North London club.