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Seamus Coleman commits to Everton – thoughts

Seamus Coleman commits to Everton - thoughts 1

Seamus Coleman has agreed to a contract extension at Everton and is now committed to the club until the Summer of 2019. “With how much I love playing at Everton, I was delighted to get the chance to sign another contract. I’ve been at Everton five years now and I love everything around the place.(…)

Discussing Antonio Valencia’s new Manchester United contract

Discussing Antonio Valencia’s new Manchester United contract 0

Manchester United announced this morning that Antonio Valencia has signed a new contract and is now committed to the club until June 2018. That’s surprising, not least because by that time Valencia will be 31 and presumably past his prime. Some players transition well into their thirties and adjust seamlessly to their own physical decline(…)

Wanting to see Wayne Rooney leave Manchester United

Wanting to see Wayne Rooney leave Manchester United 0

The consensus in the press seems to be that Wayne Rooney will sign a new contract with Manchester United and commit himself to the Premier League club well into his thirties. That’s good for United, and even better for an embattled David Moyes. Modern contracts are flimsy, and they act more to protect a player’s(…)

Michael Carrick, unwarranted distrust, and his new Manchester United contract 0

This is very good news for Manchester United. Maybe not so much for the cluster of fans who still don’t really ‘get’ Michael Carrick and who continue to trash the midfielder at every opportunity, but in real-world terms this is a good day for the club. Carrick has signed a new contract, and is committed(…)

Adnan Januzaj, his new Manchester United contract, and the end of the scaremongering 0

I told you it was all rubbish. ESPN is reporting that Manchester United have signed teenager Adnan Januzaj to a new five-year contract, ending any speculation that he would be snatched away by Barcelona at the end of the season. A word on that ‘speculation’: this is a really good example of opportunistic journalism -(…)

Discussing Michael Dawson and his new contract at Tottenham 3

It was announced today that Michael Dawson has signed a new contract at Tottenham, and that he is now tied to the club until 2016. For someone who was supposedly surplus to requirements twelve months ago, that Dawson has managed to make himself integral to Andre Villas-Boas’ plans is quite a testament to his personality.(…)

Luis Nani’s new Manchester United contract: who blinked?

Luis Nani’s new Manchester United contract: who blinked? 0

Luis Nani has signed a new five-year Manchester United contract, bringing to an end a long-running stand-off between the club and the player’s representatives. What you have to ask in this situation, is what changed - and whose stance softened? By all accounts - and this is speculation, so be careful with it - the(…)

Applauding Luke Shaw for signing his new Southampton contract

Applauding Luke Shaw for signing his new Southampton contract 1

It’s actually really nice to be able to write this kind of story for once: Luke Shaw has agreed terms with Southampton on a new five-year contract. Excellent decision. How often do we see a player prematurely jump at the opportunity to move to a bigger club once his talent receives the faintest bit of(…)

What Frank Lampard’s new contract offer means in relation to Chelsea

What Frank Lampard’s new contract offer means in relation to Chelsea 1

This is a speculative piece based on common-sense, and it’s not pretending to be anything else. The general consensus seems to be that Chelsea have relaxed their stance and offered a new one-year contract to Frank Lampard, thus bringing to an end the dullest and most relentless sub-plot to the 2012/13 season. How dare a(…)

Fulham’s Brede Hangeland: Season statistics

Fulham’s Brede Hangeland: Season statistics 1

Fulham fans can breathe easier, because Brede Hangeland has finally signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2015. Given that the Norwegian would have been a free-agent in the Summer, and that at 31 Hangeland only has a few more years left at the top of the game, there were(…)

Yaya Toure’s plausible exit route from Manchester City

Yaya Toure’s plausible exit route from Manchester City 0

Yaya Toure’s agent insists that his client’s agitating over a new contract at Manchester City is not about money - instead, he claims that the Ivorian international is upset over a perceived lack of respect from the club’s coaching staff. A new contract will help that, apparently - I don’t know how - but Dimitri(…)

Luis Nani’s future at Manchester United still uncertain, regardless of rising stock

Luis Nani’s future at Manchester United still uncertain, regardless of rising stock 0

Wilfried Zaha is heading for Old Trafford in the Summer, and that will almost certainly mean that someone in his position at the moment will be left out in the cold. For the last six months, primarily because of the player’s long-term absence from the first-team, it’s been assumed that Luis Nani would be the(…)

Why David Moyes should stay at Everton 3

I’m going to make this point in hope rather expectation, because you suspect that resources are going to play a big part in deciding David Moyes’ future, but he should seriously consider staying where he is. The counter arguments for that are all obvious: other clubs could offer him significantly larger transfer budgets, a bigger(…)

Arsenal fans getting played by stories of a new contract for Wenger

Arsenal fans getting played by stories of a new contract for Wenger 1

If I’m wrong about this, then I promise to apologise. The Sun have run a story today, an EXCLUSIVE! no less, regarding Arsenal’s intention to offer a new contract to Arsene Wenger. Sorry, I’m not buying it. This story has all the symptoms of antagonistic journalism. Arsenal have just had a dreadful result, will probably(…)

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