West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that Dimitri Payet wants to move away from the club this month. The 29-year-old France international has only scored two goals in 18 Premier League games this season and has been linked with former club Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and several Chinese Super League sides. Payet was superb for the Hammers last term as they finished seventh in the Premier League, but Bilic has now admitted: “We have a situation with a player, Payet.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he remains relaxed as to whether Germany international Mesut Ozil will extend his stay with the club. Ozil’s current deal expires at the end of next season and Wenger hopes he will follow the example of Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny who all signed new long-term contracts with the Gunners on Thursday. “Hopefully we will find a conclusion very quickly with Mesut,” he said
Soccer – Wenger relaxed about Ozil’s future
Andy Murray is into the second round of the Australian Open but was made to work hard by Ukrainian Illya Marchenko. Despite a resilient performance for Marchenko, it was the world number one who prevailed in the end as he managed to win 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in two hours and 47 minutes.
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Tennis – Murray made to work for Aussie progress
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels his side might well be out of the Premier League title race after their 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday. With Chelsea securing a 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday the Citizens, who are 12/1 with bet365 to win the Premier League title, now find themselves 10 points off the pace
Soccer – Guardiola doubts City title challenge
Rafael Nadal was happy with his victory over Florian Mayer but the former world number one insists he can improve further. The Spaniard overcame Mayer in straight sets in the first round of the Australian Open. Nadal is currently ranked as the world number nine after struggles with various injuries in recent seasons, but he believes he can move back up the rankings over the course of 2017 and is upbeat on his chances in Melbourne
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Tennis – Nadal satisfied with Mayer win
Un De Sceaux’s connections believe having star jockey Ruby Walsh on board for Saturday’s Clarence House Chase at Ascot could be the factor that tilts the race in his favour. Un De Sceaux is 8/11 ahead of the Ascot race with bet365 and Ar Mad can be backed at 2/1. Colm O’Connell, son of Un De Sceaux owner Edward, said: “I think the big thing we have that the others don’t is Ruby Walsh.
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Horse Racing – Ruby key for Un De Sceaux
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce is hoping that he will be able to confirm the signing of at least one new player before this weekend’s Premier League clash with Everton. Palace will entertain Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup later this month after Christian Benteke came off the bench to score twice in a 2-1 third round replay victory against League One side Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday. It was Allardyce’s first win since he succeeded Alan Pardew in the Selhurst Park hot-seat last month, and he said after the triumph against one of his former sides: “The most important thing now is getting the players ready for Everton.
Soccer – Allardyce seeks reinforcements
It is not inevitable that Dimitri Payet will leave West Ham in this January transfer window, according to boss Slaven Bilic. The 29-year-old France international has stressed that he no longer wants to play for the Hammers and is keen on returning to his former club Marseille because his wife and children have not been able to settle in London. Payet is currently out of Bilic’s first-team plans while the situation remains unresolved, but the Croatian tactician does not seem ready to let him leave without a fight
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Soccer – Bilic not giving up on Payet
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his side to maintain their push for possible Premier League title success this season. Spurs currently lie in second place in the table, five points adrift of leaders Chelsea, with a high-profile visit to Manchester City next on the agenda
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Soccer – Pochettino issues title challenge
Mesut Ozil has suggested that he will wait to see if manager Arsene Wenger agrees a new deal at Arsenal before deciding whether to stay at the club beyond summer 2018. The 28-year-old Germany international midfielder, who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013, is entering the final 18 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and the club are keen to tie him and fellow influential team-mate Alexis Sanchez down to new deals
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Wenger key to Ozil deal