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GUARDIOLA CONFIRMS KELECHI IHEANACHO’S EXIT FROM MAN CITY AS IS SET TO JOIN LEICESTER CITY FOR £25MILLION

Man City coach, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that young Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho is set to leave the club, with Leicester City set to complete a £25million move for the Owerri native.

Kelechi Ihenacho has scored 12 goals in 46 Prem games for the Citizens and despite limited starts he still scored eight goals in 30 appearances last season but has informed the club he wants to leave if he won’t be guaranteed playing time with clubs like West Ham, Everton and Leicester City circling for the striker’s signature.

Guardiola omitted Iheanacho’s name from his club’s pre-season tour of the United States alongside Fernando, Fabian Delph and Wilfried Bony so that the player can complete his move this week.

Guardiola admitted: “Kelechi’s a young player. It’s not easy for him.

“He needs to play at that age and that’s why he, and the club decided it was best for him (to leave).

Kelechi Iheanacho made his professional debut with Manchester City on August 29, 2015, in a match against Watford. That same year, he was a featured member of the Nigerian team that competed at the U-20 FIFA World Cup.

He was born and raised in Imo, Nigeria.

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FORMER NEWCASTLE MIDFIELDER, TIOTE, DIES, AGED 30, AFTER COLLAPSING DURING TRAINING

Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.

In his seven years at United the Ivory Coast player made over 150 appearances, including three last season.

He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.

“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.

“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”

Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McClaren.

Tiote, a defensive midfielder, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m.

In February 2011, he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.

He joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.

‘A true professional and above all a great man’

A statement from Newcastle said: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30.

“The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: “It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.

“In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.” 

REAL MARDID MERCILESSLY TRASH JUVENTUS 4-1 TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Big Congrats: Real Mardid Mercilessly Trash Juventus 4-1 To Win The UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo Scores 2 Goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid defeated 10-man Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to retain their Champions League crown.

Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy with their sixth triumph in the competition – and 12th when you include it in its former guise of the European Cup – three of those victories coming in the last four years.

A thrilling first half saw Ronaldo put Madrid ahead, becoming the first player to score in three different Champions League finals in the process.

Mario Mandzukic equalised for Juventus with a spectacular overhead kick that will live long in the memory.

But Madrid dominated the second half as Juve collapsed, Casemiro scoring with the help of a huge deflection before Ronaldo made sure of the victory from close-range, ensuring he finishes above Lionel Messi as the competition’s top scorer this season.

Any hopes of a Juventus comeback were ended when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off 18 minutes after coming on, the winger receiving a second yellow card for a clash with Sergio Ramos, before Madrid substitute Marco Asensio put the icing on the cake in the last minute.

Having also secured LaLiga glory, the win seals a famous double for Zinedine Zidane in his first full season at the helm, with Madrid the first side since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back European crowns.

Juventus, who had been seeking a treble after winning Serie A and the Coppa Italia, have now lost five straight finals since last tasting continental success back in 1996, including two of the last three, having also lost to Barcelona in Berlin two years ago.

IHEANACHO BECOMES NIGERIA’S MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER AT £24MILLION

Kelechi Iheanacho will undergo a medical tomorrow with English Premier League side West Ham after Manchester City accepted a bid of £24m for his transfer to the hammers.

The price West Ham are paying for his services makes him the most expensive Nigerian player as his fee eclipsed the 20 million pounds Chanchung Yatai paid for Odion Ighalo for his transfer from Watford.

Iheanacho will team up with West Ham on a permanent deal, with Manchester City having the option of buying him back after two years according to reports gathered by Owngoalnigeria.com editorial team.

The 20 year old lost his spot at Manchester City following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, who pushed him further down the pecking order leading to the forward missing out on some of the matchday squad of manager Pep Guardiola.

His move will be officially announced tomorrow after a medical which will take place in France, where he is on duty with the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the games against Corsica and Togo.

CAMEROON BEAT EGYPT 2-1, TO WIN THE 2017 AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS

Cameroon came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 and seal a fifth Africa Cup of Nations in a thrilling, edgy final.

Substitute Vincent Aboubakar swept in the winner two minutes from time, flicking the ball over defender Ali Gabr and thumping it home.

Nicolas Nkoulou had earlier equalised for Cameroon, rising highest to power home a header on the hour mark.

The equaliser cancelled out Mohamed Elneny’s opener on 22 minutes with a beautifully taken near-post strike.

Dangote says he will buy Arsenal Football Club in “three to four years”  

Chairman of Dagote Group of Company, Aliko Dangote,has said he wants to buy Arsenal Football Club within “three to four years”.

Dangote, who is Africa’s richest man, is a lifelong Arsenal supporter and is reportedly worth $10.9million.

The 59-year-old businessman has often spoken about his desire to acquire the Premier League club , but it seems he now has a plan.

“Maybe three to four years,” he told Bloomberg Television when asked when he intends to buy the club.

“The issue is that we have more challenging headwinds. I need to get those out of the way first and start having tailwinds. Then I’ll focus on this.”

Dangote pointed out his success in business, as proof that he is the right man to transform Arsenal’s fortunes.

“It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual,” he said.

“It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around.

“I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team. Right now, with what we’re facing, over 20billion dollars of projects, I cannot do both.”

Stan Kroenke is Arsenal’s major shareholder with 67.05%, while Russian billionaire, Alisher Usmanov, owns 30.04%.

RONALDO SETS RECORD AS HE SCORES AN HATTRICK HELPING REAL MADRID WIN FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday set a new record as he became the first

player ever to score a hat-trick in a FIFA Club World Cup final match.

Ronaldo fired a hat trick as Real Madrid came from behind before securing an extra time comeback win in the final match of the FIFA Club World Cup. .

It almost went bad for the 11-time UEFA Champions League winners as Gaku Shibasaki cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener and put the Japanese side in front as they headed for an unlikely upset.

But Ronaldo stepped up and netted a hat-trick, his 40th Real Madrid hat-trick, in remarkable fashion to secure a 4-2 win and the Club World Cup for the Zinedine Zidane tutored side. .

Ronaldo has had a remarkable week – won Ballon D’Or on Monday, scored his 500th club goal on Thursday and won the Golden Ball of the World Club Cup with a record hat-trick in the final. .

It has equally been an outstanding year as the Portuguese won the Champions League, European Championship and Ballon d’Or in 2016 and ended the year with yet more glory now with FIFA Club World Cup.

CRISTIANO RONALDO OFFICALLY CROWNED BEST FOOTBALLER IN THE WORLD AS HE WINS BALLON D’OR FOR THE FOURTH TIME

Cristiano Ronaldo capped a brilliant year by being crowned winner of the Ballon d’Or for a fourth time in Paris on Monday night.

The Portugal and Real Madrid forward topped the poll of 173 journalists worldwide to take home France Football magazine’s coveted award ahead.

In doing so he beat out the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and perennial rival Lionel Messi.

The 31-year-old, who was not there to collect the award in person due to Real Madrid’s Club World Cup commitments, described his latest triumph as ‘a dream come true.’

“I never imagined winning this trophy four times,’ he added. ‘I’m really happy and fulfilled.

When it’s the first time, the emotion is always special. But I I feel today like I did in 2008.

I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.

As you can imagine I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball, I am so happy.”

VICTOR MOSES WINS PFA FANS’ PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD

​Chelsea’s Victor Moses has been named the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for November.

Moses, 25, has impressed for the Blues this month, featuring in all three of their games — victories over Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur — to help them to the top of the Premier League table.
The Nigeria international, who has been converted from a winger to a wing-back by Antonio Conte this season, scored the winner as Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday.

Moses has excelled since being deployed at wing-back in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation, playing in all seven of the consecutive league victories following the Chelsea boss’ decision to change systems.

Big Congrats to Him!

Moses’ prospects of establishing himself at Chelsea looked bleak before this season, having spent the last three campaigns out on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham respectively.

Moses received 18,756 of the 40,000 votes to win PFA’s monthly award, ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nordin Amrabat, Victor Anichebe, Sergio Aguero and Matt Phillips.