Chelsea could struggle to keep Giroud beyond January
As Athleticism Simon Johnson exclusively reported earlier today that Olivier Giroud will look to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window if his playing time does not increase.
Giroud has only made one start this season, in the Carabao Cup loss to Tottenham in September.
The France international believes his playing time needs to improve if he is to retain his place in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the European Championships next summer.
Championship clubs could be entitled to five substitutes from the end of November
After a discussion of the potential change last week, clubs were given until early this week to indicate whether they would support a return to five substitutes per game. A clear majority seems to be in favour.
Championship sides – and their Premier League counterparts – were allowed to make five substitutions during the ‘Project Restart’, but that was down to three at the start of the 2020-21 season.
A formal vote will still need to be taken before the rule is changed.
Antonio Conte reveals he was close to signing Van Dijk and Lukaku at Chelsea
In an interview with The Telegraph, former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed he was close to making some key signings at the start of the 2017-18 season.
“I asked for two players and we were very, very close after winning the league,” Conte said. “One player was Romelu Lukaku, the second player was Virgil van Dijk, and those two players were very, very close.”
Conte has since linked up with Lukaku at Inter Milan, with whom he wanted to replace Diego Costa after winning the Premier League in 2016-17.
Marcus Rashford is working on a new book with Athleticism Carl Anca
Rashford will work with Carl on publishing YOU ARE A CHAMPION: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice and Be the BEST You Can Be in May 2021 under a book deal with Macmillan Children’s Books.
The Manchester United striker will also collaborate with performance psychologist Katie Warriner.
The book will be an illustrated non-fiction title aimed at young people, with stories from Rashford’s own life throughout.
Lauren James handed England first call-up to youth team
Manchester United’s Lauren James has been called up for Phil Neville’s latest England squad for the first time. It comes just a month after older brother Reece made his England debut for the men’s team.
Experienced heads Millie Bright, Abbie McManus, Izzy Christiansen, Fran Kirby and Katie Zelem have all dropped out of the squad, which will not play any matches after the cancellation of friendlies against Norway and Germany.
Meanwhile, Rinsola Babajide, 22, and Lotte Wubben-Moy, 21, have also been called up to Neville’s youth camp.
Wilfried Zaha names Ronaldinho as his idol
In an exclusive interview with Athleticism Matt Woosnam, Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has revealed Brazil legend Ronaldinho was his childhood idol.
“When you look at it, it’s the complete package,” Zaha said. “The entertainment package.”
Zaha spoke at length about his own game, including how he dribbling as a youngster, playing in different positions and how he assessed his opponents. To read the full interview, go further below.
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