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BREAKING NEWS: De Bruyne could miss up to six weeks, Guardiola confirms

By Sports Desk January 22, 2021

Manchester City will be without influential midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for between four to six weeks, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

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    Broja is enjoying a productive loan spell at Vitesse in the Eredivisie, with nine goals in 20 league outings making him the top-scoring teenager in Europe's top 10 leagues - the top flights in the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Belgium and Greece in addition to the established big five under UEFA's country coefficients.

    The 19-year-old made his Chelsea debut last March, coming off the bench in a 4-0 win over Everton.

    He hopes it will prove to be the start of a memorable career at Stamford Bridge, with hotshot Drogba the man he is aiming to eclipse.

    "Nine goals and two assists is good but I am never satisfied," the Albania international told Goal. "I want to get more goals and assists to keep tallying them up.

    "I have played over 1,000 minutes and I have 11 goal contributions. It is not bad but I want more goals and assists. I want to do more."

    Broja explained how seeing the likes of Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard as he was coming up through the youth system at Chelsea provided inspiration.

    And it is the Ivorian forward whose footsteps he wants to follow, with Drogba having scored 104 Premier League goals for the club, putting him second behind Lampard (147).

    He said: "I was like: 'Wow! That's Frank Lampard, Drogba or John Terry right in front of me' when I would see them around.

    "I loved to take pictures with them because I wanted to be them. I wanted to be in their shoes at the top level.

    "Now I am approaching the age they were when they were playing, I want to try and surpass Drogba. It might not be easy, but that's my mentality and how I am feeling."

    Broja's next chance to impress is in Tuesday's KNVB Beker semi-final against VVV-Venlo and, should he help his side into the final, he will doubtless want to emulate Drogba's exploits in showpiece matches.

    Drogba scored nine goals in 10 finals for Chelsea, while in 2007 he became the first player to net the decisive effort in both the League Cup and FA Cup finals in the same season.

    The powerful forward also made his presence felt on the European stage, scoring a club-record 36 Champions League goal to underline the scale of the challenge Broja has set himself.

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    David Beckham's Inter Miami are trying to woo Cristiano Ronaldo to MLS.

    Ronaldo, 36, is contracted at Juventus until 2022, but his next move is seemingly already a discussion point.

    And MLS could suit nicely if Beckham has his way.

     

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    Beckham is speaking to Ronaldo's representatives about a move to Inter Miami, according to todofichajes.com.

    The Portugal international is understood to be interested by the challenge of joining the club in the United States.

    The financial contract would be massive for Ronaldo but he may potentially make the move next January, lowering the transfer fee, given the MLS runs from March to December.

    Lionel Messi was reportedly previously sounded out about a possible US switch.

     

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    - The Express are reporting that Gareth Bale's recent form upturn means Tottenham are now keen to sign him permanently, with the Welshman having joined on loan from Real Madrid. Subsequently, the funds availed from a permanent transfer could enable Madrid to enter the fray for Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

    West Ham, Leicester City, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa are among the list of clubs interested in Tammy Abraham if Chelsea deem him surplus to requirements, according to The Telegraph.

    - The Star claims the Hammers are also keen on two other young English strikers; Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah and Brentford's Ivan Toney.

    - Deportivo Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco is being pursued by Premier League pair Leeds United and Southampton, according to todofichajes.com.

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    City are 12 points clear in the Premier League title race, while they are also still alive in the Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup as they pursue a possible four trophies in 2020-21. 

    Portugal international Dias, 23, joined City from Benfica in September and has been a key figure in their outstanding campaign, making 32 appearances in all competitions and scoring in Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham. 

    "What makes the team is all of us," Dias said. 

    "Everyone brings a special attribute, but the team survives because all of us are good and have the right mentality. 

    "We have that infinite ambition of all of us wanting to win. I have never seen this in any team or club like I am experiencing now. 

    "This desire of everyone wanting to be a part of it and wanting to be on this top level and win more and more and more, that is what makes this team."

    He also pointed to the influence of manager Pep Guardiola, who has revived City this season after an underwhelming 2019-20 campaign where they were Premier League runners-up and won only the EFL Cup.

    Dias said Guardiola's experience and knowledge had helped instil City's winning mentality.

    "Pep is definitely one of the most important roles in all of this," Dias said.

    "The way he makes us believe in each game, the solutions he gives us so we can achieve more than our opponents and that will always be a turning point; the quality of the players in our team, if they are smart enough to understand what he is saying, what he wants.

    "But major credit to him and to see what he sees in our opponents to give us the way through."

    City are at home to Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday.

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