Ramsey uncertain over new Arsenal contract

Aaron Ramsey has “yet to come to an agreement” with Arsenal over a new contract as he enters the final year of his current deal with the club.

As new Gunners boss Unai Emery prepares his squad for the new season with International Champions Cup matches in Singapore, Ramsey told reporters his future remains uncertain but said talks over a new contract are underway.

Injuries kept Ramsey sidelined for parts of 2017-18 but the Welsh midfielder nevertheless made 24 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, scoring seven goals.

When asked whether Emery was involved in the negotiations over a new deal, Ramsey said: “No conversations with Unai on the contract. That has been dealt with by the club.

“I’ve had a few conversations with him about the way we want to play.”

Ramsey, who joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2008, indicated that he is keen to remain in north London and said clarification on the issue should be forthcoming before the start of the season.

“We’ve yet to come to an agreement,” he said. “I still have a year left and it is a great feeling to play here.

“I’m looking forward to that. If something is to happen, we’ll see in the coming few weeks.”

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech feels reassurances over his future would help Ramsey to focus on finding his best form in 2018-19, and named the Wales international as one of the club’s best players.

The Czech shot-stopper, who is in a similar situation with one year remaining on his own contract, was asked about Ramsey’s prospects and said: “That’s a private matter for the club and the player.

“Obviously we would like to keep all the best players with us. Hopefully his situation will be sorted out as quickly as possible.

“It’s more for the player that he has the feeling that his situation is resolved and he can purely concentrate on the game.

“It’s been two or three weeks since Aaron started training, he’s been in top form, working really hard, so we can see it doesn’t affect him at all. As I said, it’s better for him if the situation is resolved quicker, we will see.”

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Bayern Munich respond to rumours about Man Utd-target Thiago

Bayern Munich have ruled out selling Manchester United-linked Thiago Alcantara during the summer transfer window.

The midfielder, 27, has been linked with a big-money switch to Old Trafford in a bid to boost the Red Devils’ chances of winning the Premier League this season.

However, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rubbished speculation linking Thiago with a move away.

He told Abendzeitung: “Thiago is an important player for us and we have never once articulated the thought that he should leave the club.

“There has never been anything to the story whatsoever.”

New Bayern boss Niko Kovac has also expressed his hope that Thiago will remain at Bayern, though he said he could not offer a “guarantee”.

Kovac said: “I first want to get to know him. I hope and believe that he will play for Bayern [this season].

“But I can’t give a guarantee. We have to wait until the end of August.”

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Goal reported earlier this month that Man City had ruled out making a move for Thiago this summer.

The Spain ace had also been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium after Pep Guardiola’s side missed out on signing Jorginho, who opted for a move to Chelsea instead.

It would have seen Thiago link up again with Guardiola, with the pair having worked together at Barcelona, but the English champions are not aiming to sign the Bayern man.

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Premier League Betting: Goals for Manchester City as United look to build fortress in 7/2 dabble of the day

It could be another season of Manchester clubs taking all the headlines in the Premier League.

City, of course, romped to the league title in record-breaking fashion by becoming the first team to hit 100 points and their 106 goals is also the most by any team ever.

United finished second behind their rivals, albeit by 19 points, but did log their best goal difference in five years.

This campaign could well be no different and dabblebet are offering 7/2 (4.50) that City are able to score 90 or more goals and the Red Devils concede fewer than 25 times.

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Pep Guardiola’s men had few problems finding the net last term and had netted a whopping 61 times by the end of 2017, thanks to a devastating period early on when they scored 24 times in just five games.

Sergio Aguero was responsible for 21 strikes in just 25 appearances across the season, with Raheem Sterling finally showing his worth with 18 goals and Kevin De Bruyne adding 16 assists.

A repeat looks in the offing as £60 million Riyad Mahrez joins the fray, with the Algerian looking to build on the 12 goals and 11 assists he recorded in the Premier League last term with Leicester City.

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The Red Devils did not find the net with the consistency which they would have liked but conceding just 28 times, by far the second-best defence in the league, meant they were able to finish second.

The heroics of David de Gea and his 115 saves, the most of any top six side, was the underlying reason why United finished so high and another such season from one of the best in the world would not be out of the question.

United have twice conceded fewer than 25 times in a Premier League season and should they improve their defence, there is little to suggest that their backline will not be even sterner than last term.

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Mourinho: Man Utd new boy Fred is not a replacement for Carrick

Jose Mourinho says Fred is not a direct replacement for Michael Carrick, but adds the Brazil ace could be a key player in Manchester United’s midfield this season.

The playmaker joined the Red Devils from Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk last month for £52.5million ($70m).

He is yet to feature for United in pre-season after World Cup duty with the Brazilian national team.

The 25-year-old will be a welcome addition to United’s midfield this term following the departure of Michael Carrick, who retired at the end of last season to take up a coaching role at the club.

But Mourinho believes Fred will bring creativity and flair to the centre of the park – and something different to the long-serving midfielder.

“Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and even Ander Herrera are physical and strong players, he told reporters.

“We think having a player like Fred in the squad – who is more technical, more quality of passing in short spaces – he can maybe connect [with] the attacking players.

“He could be an important player for us, but let’s wait. Michael Carrick is Michael Carrick and there is no successor.”

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United continue their pre-season campaign on Wednesday when they host Serie A side Milan in Pasadena.

The Red Devils have played out two draws against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes so far.

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Emery reiterates Arsenal could make one more signing before transfer window closes

Unai Emery has reiterated Arsenal could make one more signing before the transfer window closes.

The Gunners have been busy in the summer market, bringing in five new signings already as Emery prepares for his first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have arrived to strengthen Arsenal’s backline, while midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have also joined.

Emery says he is pleased with Arsenal’s business so far but admits the club are “looking” at the market to see if there is an opportunity to add one more new face.

“I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve,” he told the club’s official website.

“I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking.”

Arsenal boss Emery has made the signing of a fast, direct winger his main priority in the final few weeks of the window, Goal understands.

The north Londoners have been linked with Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman in some quarters, but the Frenchman has since rubbished the speculation.

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When asked whether he was certain to be playing for Bayern in the upcoming season, Coman replied: “Normally, yes.”

When asked to clarify his comments, the France international said: “Normally means normally. I am at Bayern now. I extended my contract for five years, so normally I will stay here.

“I had no contact [with] Arsenal.”

Arsenal face a tough start to the 2018-19 Premier League season with clashes against champions Manchester City and Chelsea coming in their first two games.

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