Everton legend Leighton Baines has returned to the club in a coaching capacity having retired as a player in the summer. The 35-year-old had announced his retirement from football to club officials shortly before the last game of last season. Leighton Baines took the decision as he was unselfish despite the request from Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, for him to stay on as the left-back back-up to first choice Lucas Digne.
His last game as an Everton player was the 3-1 loss to Bournemouth on the final day of last season in the Premier League. The England international played the final 20 minutes of that game.He played 420 games for the Toffees during a 13-year playing career at Goodison Park.Leighton Baines signed for Everton in 2007 as he left WiganAthletic to join the club. In addition to his playing career at both WiganAthletic and Everton, Leighton Baines was capped 30 times by the England national team. Read More
Nantes are close to signing highly rated Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella. The youngster is set to leave Anfield in order to get first team football.
Chirivella, 23, is expected to turn down a five-year deal with the Reds and move on this summer following interest from the French outfit. According to French tabloid FootSur7, a deal has been done with Nantes with the player undergoing a medical at Nantes a few days back. They also report that Chirivella has signed a three-year deal with Nantes as he seeks first-team football.
LA Galaxy are interested in signing Leighton Baines of Everton for free in the summer. The club recently announced the arrival of Chicharito is going for another big name signing as they consider the experienced defender as an ideal addition to their squad.
Baines, 35, may fancy the move to the less demanding American game to finish his excellent top-flight career. Sources close to the player will be traveling to California to check the details of the deal and should his family give consent, he will make the move this summer.
Leighton Baines is set to mentoring the young lads in the Everton dressing room. He has signed a new 12-month contract with the club this summer and is one of the senior-most players in the Everton dressing room.
This will be his 13th
campaign with the Liverpool based club. Baines, 34, plays as a left-back in the club. While talking about signing a new contract, Baines said that he gave it quite a thought on how much he can offer to the club. He wanted to stay only when he can help the team. He was always mindful of that and never wanted to overstay his welcome. He will compete with Lucas Digne for the position of left-back in the team.
Wilfred Zaha transfer to Arsenal has dominated the news in recent days as it has been reported that the player wants a move to the club. However, the transfer looks like one that could get drawn out through the summer.
According to latest reports from England Arsenal have offered an initial bid of £40 million for the player which was flatly rejected by the club. Crystal Palace value the attacker more than any player on their team and expect a transfer fee of £80 million.
It is suggested that Palace believe that Zaha as the best player in their team should go for a higher fee than the £50 million United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Arsenal have a reduced transfer budget of £40 million due to the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and this is likely to be a major factor in the transfer.
The Premier League has seen its fair share of excellent defenders in the past decade. This are players that are excellent in joining up with the attack and also capable of defending opposing wingers. There have been many leftbacks to have graced the league in that period but only a few have been able to take control of their position and light up the league
The Everton left-back was for many years regarded as the best attacking left back in the league. capable of overlapping runs as well as putting in dangerous crosses Baines was a premier left back. In this era of leftbacks having to work as a fullback and also as an emergency wingback the 32-year-old excelled in both roles.
Taking setpieces was like cake to the England International as he regularly delivered dangerous set pieces for the likes of Fellaini and Tim Cahill over the years. He still holds the record for the most freekicks scored by a defender in the past decade. Baines is one of the Premier League all-time greats in the Left-back position
The defender of Everton named Leighton Baines has struggled a lot for appearances in this season at the Goodison Park, with the impressing performance of Lucas Digne. The contract of Baines at the club of Everton is about to come to an end within a few months, and he has barely made any appearances in this season for the club.
The arrival of Lucas Digne at the Goodison Park has resulted in the replacement of Banies in the defense of Everton, and his task of coming back to the team of Silva seems to be a lot difficult. It can be considered as a herculean task for him. Lucas has emerged as the best player so far in this season for the club of Everton, with the signing of summer rapidly adapting to the football’s Premier League.
Marco Silva reckons the reason why Everton has managed to perform consistently in the English top tier this season is because there is a great atmosphere in their camp and everybody is in a great frame of mind, everybody understands his role and everybody is willing to do what’s needed for the team’s success.
According to Silva, the coordination between the players that is there on the ground is very, very important, but what happens off the ground is important too and off the ground, the spirits are really high. To be able to accomplish big things and to be able to land trophies, it’s important that each and every player in the squad puts in the hard yards and prepares himself in the best way possible and he is glad that nobody in the camp is shying away from the hard work.
Everton’s summer signing Richarlison is keen to make a quick impression with the Toffees during the upcoming Premier League season. The Brazilian arrived from Watford earlier last month and he has since been one of the club’s standout performers during pre-season despite the results not going their way.
Speaking to reporters, Richarlison cited that he wants to score his maiden Toffees goal at the earliest possibility in order to show off his pigeon dance. Meanwhile, the attacker refused to speak about the speculation related to close friend Yerry Mina citing that the issue should be dealt with the Colombian’s representatives.