England Stars React to Horrific Racist Abuse During Bulgaria Victory

​England’s emphatic 6-0 win over Bulgaria on Monday evening was marred by horrific racist abuse from the Bulgarian supporters.

A section of the home support could be heard making monkey chants towards the likes of Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford, whilst some were even seen making Nazi salutes throughout the game, which was halted twice by the referee to try and deal with the situation.

England chose to remain on the pitch after several instances of abuse and stormed to victory. After the game, many players took the opportunity to make their voice heard on the incidents.

Mings, who was captured on TV asking the assistant referee whether he could hear the abuse, told ​BBC Radio 5 Live after the game: “I am very proud of everyone for the decisions we made.

“I went to ​Harry Kane first. He spoke to the manager, who then spoke to the fourth officials. Everyone was aware of it but we ultimately let our football do the talking and didn’t get distracted by anything.

​​“Just before the end of the first half the appropriate next step was to return to the changing room. We made a common-sense decision to play the remaining few minutes and decided at half-time.

“Everybody made the decision. The manager, the team, the supporting staff. We spoke about it at half-time and we dealt with it and escalated it in the right way.

“I am proud of how we dealt with it and took the appropriate steps. I could hear it as clear as day. It doesn’t affect me too much. I feel more sorry for those people who feel they have to have those opinions.


“It was a great night for me personally. It was a really proud moment in my career. I hope everyone enjoys this moment and it isn’t overshadowed.”

On a more positive note, it was a fantastic performance from England, who bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Czech Republic in triumphant fashion.

​Rashford, ​Ross Barkley, ​Raheem Sterling and Kane combined to net all six goals and fire England three points clear at the top of Group A, and the Three Lions remain on track to seal qualification for Euro 2020.

For more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!


Chelsea Send Scouts to Watch Wonderkid Emanuel Vignato Ahead of Potential January Transfer Battle

​Chelsea are one of many European sides who have stepped up their interest in Chievo Verona wonderkid Emanuel Vignato.

The 19-year-old winger broke through into the senior team towards the end of the last Serie A season and has remained a key part of their side following their relegation to Serie B.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s ​Nicolò Schira, ​Chelsea sent scouts to watch the teenager in action in the 1-1 draw with Salernitana in late September, and they are currently preparing themselves for a potential transfer battle to sign him.

Schira notes that ​Bayern Munich, ​Milan and ​Inter are all following Vignato as well, so signing him may not be straightforward for Chelsea, not least because of their current transfer ban.

As it stands, the Blues are banned from signing new players until the end of the season after breaking FIFA’s regulations about recruiting youth players, but there is an optimism around Stamford Bridge that that punishment will be lifted in January.

Chelsea are believed to have ​spoken to agents to let them know that they intend to be back on the market by the time the winter window arrives, and it looks like Vignato could be one of the Blues’ top priorities.

The youngster, who has been capped at Under-20 level for Italy, is primarily a right winger, but he has operated in a more central role this season for Chievo, who are struggling towards the bottom of Serie B.

He has long been identified as a potential star for the future. Vignato was prolific at youth level for Chievo, but he is yet to really find his feet in senior football, registering just one goal and two assists in his 21 appearances for the first team.

Emanuel Vignato,Roberto Mancini

Nevertheless, Vignato could provide some more depth on the wing for Chelsea, especially considering veteran wingers ​Pedro and ​Willian both find themselves out of contract at the end of the season.

As will Vignato himself, so he certainly could be available in a cut-price deal in January.

For more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!


Zinedine Zidane Handed Huge Injury Boost as 3 Real Madrid Stars Return to Training

Real Madrid have welcomed James Rodríguez, Ferland Mendy and Brahim Díaz back to training ahead of their clash with Real Mallorca.

The trio have all been sidelined through injury in recent weeks, adding to manager Zinedine Zidane’s injury woes this season.

However, as noted by ​Marca, all three returned to first-team training on Monday and are now expected to be available to feature in some capacity against Mallorca on Saturday.

Madrid are most confident of being able to include ​Rodríguez in the matchday squad. The Colombia international has been battling a calf injury and has been restricted to just working in the gym during the international break, but now appears to have shaken off the issue.

Díaz could also be included in his first squad of the season, but there are doubts whether Mendy will be ready to return in time for Saturday’s game.

The Frenchman has struggled with a muscle injury since September and was not initially expected to be fit for the game. Madrid may opt to keep him on the sidelines for a little while longer in the hope that he recovers in time to face ​Barcelona on October 27.

Los Blancos are believed to be doing something similar with ​Toni Kroos. The German has begun training by himself after recovering from a muscle injury, and ​AS state that he may be ready to return in time for El Clasico.

Zidane is already sweating over the fitness of both ​Luka Modric and ​Gareth Bale, who picked up injuries during the international break and are in danger of missing the match at Camp Nou.

Zinedine Zidane

Despite a challenging start to the season, Real actually find themselves top of ​La Liga and they are undefeated in their eight league games this season. 

With Barcelona close behind in second, El Clasico looks set to be a pivotal fixture in the season, and it appears as though Real will have the majority of their squad available for the game.

For more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!


Barcelona Remain Keen on Fabián Ruiz But Signing New Striker Is Top Priority

​Barcelona are still keen on a deal for Napoli midfielder Fabián Ruiz, but they are not prioritising a move for the Spaniard – as they would prefer to focus on signing a new striker.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut season in Naples, but it was his stellar performances in the summer’s Under-21 European Championship which saw Fabián fire his way onto the radar of a number of European giants.


​Barcelona were one of those sides tracking him after the conclusion of the tournament and, according to ​AS, they still remain keen, but their abundance of central midfielders means recruiting Fabián is not currently a top priority.

They will instead focus on bringing in a new striker, having drawn up a ​seven-man shortlist of potential replacements for ​Luis Suárez which includes the likes of ​Kylian Mbappé and ​Harry Kane.

Barcelona are also ready to move for a new centre-back if Samuel Umtiti cannot shake off his lengthy injury struggles but, once those two positions are taken care off, they will then turn their attention to midfield.

As it stands, Barcelona have plenty of central midfielders at their disposal, although the club expects that number to drop significantly by the end of the season. 

The likes of ​Ivan Rakitic, ​Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets could all grow frustrated with their reduced role this season, and the departures of all three would certainly leave Barcelona light in that department.

Rakitic is expected to be the first out the door. ​Calciomercato claim that both ​Manchester United and ​AC Milan are willing to offer the Croatian an escape route in January, which could accelerate Barcelona’s pursuit of Fabián.

Ivan Rakitic

When they do decide to act on their desire for a new central midfielder, the ​Napoli man is expected to be near the top of their wish list, given Barcelona have followed him for over four years already.

However, at the minute, Barcelona feel as though there are more urgent matters to attend to, but they are still expected to pursue Fabián – particularly if rumoured interest from rivals Real Madrid comes to fruition.

For more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!


Massimiliano Allegri Eyes Reunion With Patrice Evra If He Takes Over at Manchester United

​Former Juventus manager is keen to reunite with Patrice Evra at Old Trafford if he becomes the Manchester United boss in the near future.

Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure after an abysmal start to the season, and it has been speculated that the Norwegian could soon be relieved of his duties if his side fail to improve.

United have picked up just nine points from their opening eight Premier League games, and sit 12th in the table.

Massimiliano Allegri,Patrice Evra

Allegri is believed to be a leading candidate for the role, and the ​Daily Mail claim that, if he got the job, he would want to work alongside Evra once more. The Frenchman is a popular figure at Old Trafford, and he forged a strong bond with Allegri when the pair combined to win two ​Serie A titles with ​Juventus.

​Tottenham are also considering a move for Allegri should Mauricio Pochettino leave the club, but it appears as though he has begun making plans to take over at ​United instead. 

Allegri has reportedly promised Evra that he would be included in his backroom staff at Old Trafford, although in what capacity is currently unclear. Trusted assistant Marco Landucci would likely join Allegri in Manchester, so Evra may operate more as a coach.

Regardless of the specific role, Allegri is keen for someone with Evra’s knowledge of both United and English football to come in and help him as he adjusts to life in the ​Premier League.

The former left-back recently took to ​Twitter to post a photo of himself alongside Allegri during ​Spurs’ 7-2 loss at home to ​Bayern Munich.

Bringing Evra in would certainly be a popular decision amongst United fans. Between 2006 and 2014, he racked up 379 appearances for the Red Devils, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

If United want to return to that level of success, then they may have to part ways with club legend Solskjaer, and Allegri appears to be waiting in the wings.

For more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!