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Kevin De Bruyne not fussed if Manchester City sign Lionel Messi or not

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After Belgium’s match against England, De Bruyne was asked about City possibly trying to bring the forward to Manchester next term.”I’m really not bothered, if I’m honest,” De Bruyne to Sky Sports. “If he does come, then it’s good for us, but if he doesn’t there are enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with.”

The Manchester City’s director of football, Omar Berrado, recently hinted that they would be interested in signing Messi if he decided to not renew again at Barcelona next year. “We could look in to the signing,” Berrado said at the weekend. After failing to secure the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s services in the summer, there isn’t much hope that the Manchester City hierarchy could get the job done for next season. On the contrary, De Bruyne has faith in the current squad and believes it’s not the time to be talking about possibly signing the Barcelona star.

De Bruyne did reveal though that he still hasn’t reached an agreement with the club over a new contract. “I’m very happy at the club,” De Bruyne stated. “I can tell you that right now I haven’t spoken once with the team, so I don’t know why people are saying that I’ve made a decision.”

Manchester City haven’t made the best start to the Premier League season, having only picked up four points from a possible nine and currently sit in 14th place. De Bruyne and co. will have to pick up their form quickly if they want to challenge current title holders Liverpool for the trophy this season.

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Arsenal Lose At Home To Leicester For The First Time In The EPL As Vardy Scores

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Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score a customary goal against Arsenal and send Leicester to within a point of the Premier League summit with a first win at the Gunners’ home since 1973.
Vardy, 33, had missed two games with a calf injury but was reintroduced after a largely sterile opening hour at Emirates Stadium and promptly ended a 262-minute Leicester goal drought in the league.
The former England international headed home fellow substitute Cengiz Under’s smart pass to bring up a remarkable 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal in 12 appearances. Only Wayne Rooney, with 12, has more goals.
Until Vardy’s arrival Leicester had barely threatened but they have now won their opening three away league games for the first time.
Arsenal were disappointing and, despite dominating possession and having 12 shots on goal, never looked like seriously testing Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as they slipped to a first home league defeat of 2020.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticised the decision to disallow an Alexandre Lacazette header for offside early in the first half.
“I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.
“They caught us with space at the back and in that moment we lost the game.”
The scourge of Arsenal
Four summers ago Arsenal tried to prise Vardy away from Leicester and he continues to pile on the regret with every game.
He had only 11 touches after replacing Dennis Praet, but still scored the winner and was only denied a second by the head of Bernd Leno as he raced through on goal late on.
Leicester lined up with no forward at all in his absence, with winger Harvey Barnes nominally playing up front, and their lack of cutting edge meant James Maddison had all four of their efforts, all from outside the area, before number nine Vardy came on.
Their improvement was as marked as it was predictable with Vardy on the field, and it was no surprise when they grabbed the lead.
Youri Tielemans’ excellent pass over the top freed Under, and he squared for the free Vardy to score with a stooping header.
There is no more clinical player in the Premier League. Vardy has scored six goals from just nine shots this season – 20 fewer than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and one fewer than the champions’ full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Last season Leicester capitulated from a position which seemed certain to deliver Champions League football, when they were 14 points ahead of Manchester United at the start of February. Could they seal the deal this time around?
Predictable Gunners firing blanks
Arsenal thought they had scored in the opening minutes when Lacazette headed in from a corner, but Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were both offside.
From that point Arsenal controlled the game for the most part, but, despite Kieran Tierney raiding with intent down the left, they struggled to bust open the organised visitors.
Arsenal had 11 shots in the first half but Schmeichel’s only save of note came from the one effort after the break, pushing out a decent volley from Hector Bellerin.
Aubameyang, who has now gone five Premier League games without a goal for the first time, was largely anonymous.
Thomas Partey made a much-vaunted full league debut in midfield but was not alone in failing to shine as Arsenal moved the ball painfully slowly at times.
They have scored only eight goals in six league games this season. They have managed fewer at this stage in one of the previous 20 campaigns, when they scored five goals in 2015-16.

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Tottenham nowhere near Real Madrid team yet -Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho says free – scoring Tottenham are nowhere near his record – breaking Real Madrid team just yet.
Spurs have scored 31 goals in their last nine games in all competitions with Harry Kane and Heung -min Son leading their attack . Mourinho’ s La Liga- winning Real Madrid side scored 121 goals on their way to the title in 2011 / 12 , accumulating 100 points and conceding 32 goals .
“ In Real Madrid , I had amazing , amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way, ” he said ahead of the trip to Burnley , live on Monday Night Football .
“ I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here but we need to give stability to the team because the team needs stability in the back to feel solid , confident – to ( be able to) have a go . So we need to find that balance.
“ Let’ s say that it is a team thing, it ’s not just about individuals . We need to be able to play with all these attacking players and have the team with everybody ready to be organised defensively and not to give space to the opponent .
“ And behind, we need to improve in some details – that ’s obvious .
“ You look to our squad and incredible quality and numbers and options from midfield to attack and we are trying to find solutions and we are trying to be organised. ”
On criticism labelled towards him for the pragmatic style of play Mourinho adopted at Manchester United and in his first season at Spurs, the Portuguese added : “ Depends on the team . They cannot say that about my Real Madrid team that scored 121 goals in the league. ”

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Vardy rock arsenal as Leicester go fourth

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Vardy was only fit enough for the bench after a calf injury, but Brendan Rodgers sent the Leicester striker on with 30 minutes left and he responded with his sixth goal of the season.

The 33-year-old has made a habit of tormenting Arsenal and has now scored 11 goals in 12 Premier League games against them.

Leicester climbed up to fourth place after ending a run of two successive league defeats.

Arsenal are languishing in 10th after a second consecutive league loss following their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will have been disappointed by his team’s lack of cutting edge.

The principle problem is a sudden dip in form for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon forward is without a goal in his last five league games, although he did net against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday.

Aubameyang has scored just once in the league this season, hardly the kind of form Arteta would have hoped for after handing him a lucrative new contract in September.

Arsenal’s ability to challenge for a top four place rests on Aubameyang leading the charge and so far this term he has been a flop.

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