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‘I want to continue here’: Man United dealt transfer blow in long running pursuit of Frenkie de Jong

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Frenkie de Jong has dealt Manchester United a big transfer blow, admitting that he ‘wants to continue’ at Barcelona, according to reports.

Erik ten Hag has been a long-standing admirer of the Dutch midfielder since he coached the 25-year-old at Ajax, and had reportedly been very keen on acquiring the central midfielder last summer.

With his contract expiring in 2026, De Jong ultimately opted to stay at the Camp Nou for another season.

Speculation around a potential move to Old Trafford has been building again recently with SportsMail reporting last week that Man United would be ‘reigniting’ their interest to sign him.

Yet, De Jong has now extinguished those rumours, claiming that he ‘wants to succeed’ at Barcelona.

‘Last summer I was always calm as I knew I would stay at Barça and I never changed my mind,’ De Jong said in an interview with RAC1 when asked on a potential move to the Premier League.

‘I always dreamed of playing for Barça and I want to succeed here. I want to continue here.’

It will come as a big blow for Ten Hag, who’s side are set to battle it out this summer against Liverpool and Chelsea as they all look to enter the market for a new midfielder.

The Dutchman was supposedly keen on moving to United, and had told the United coach that he wanted to join the club as he was interested in playing alongside former Madrid man Casemiro in Erik Ten Hag’s midfield.

Yet, despite Barcelona’s poor recent form in Europe, he admitted he was benefitting from playing at the base of Xavi’s new midfield system alongside Sergio Busquets, Gavi and Franck Kessie.

‘This new system benefits me,’ he said. ‘I’m playing more in the base of midfield, which is where I feel most comfortable. I have more freedom.’

He also claimed that playing next to Sergio Busquets in the Barcelona midfield gave him ‘a lot of peace of mind’.

‘He [Busquets] gives the team a lot of peace of mind, he is very safe with the ball and defensively he is much better than people think. He cuts a lot of balls, wins practically all the duels, and helps me a lot.’

De Jong has cemented his position in Xavi’s starting XI, making 32 appearances for the club across all competitions, and has bagged himself two goals in the league this season.

And it appears he has been working closely with his manager to improve his overall game.

‘With Xavi I have to continue and improve because every player has room for improvement,’ he said on the former Barca playmaker. ‘Xavi helps me a lot, all the coaches have helped me in some way. With Xavi we look at videos and he helps me.’

While things in the league have been going well for the Blaugrana, with Xavi’s side sitting top of LaLiga – nine points clear of their rivals Real Madrid, their form in Europe has left a lot to be desired.

After being knocked out of the Champions League, Barcelona were undone by Man United, following a 2:1 defeat at Old Trafford (4-3 on aggregate).

On their European struggles, De Jong disappointingly admitted that his side had underperformed this year, despite having a good squad.

‘I expected to go much further in the Champions League and in the last two years we haven’t made it past the group stage,’ He said. ‘We have to do much better and this year we had a squad to do it, so we assume that it was our fault, we hope that next year we will do better.’

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2026 WCQ : “We have huge respect for Comoros” – Chris Hughton

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Black Stars Head Coach, Chris Hughton says the results in the past against Comoros have zero significance on the game later today [November 21] at the OmniSports Stadium in Moroni in the ongoing 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Hughton’s assertion comes on the back of the last meeting between the two countries where Ghana got kicked out from the 2021 AFCON held in Cameroon following a 3-2 defeat to Comoros in the final group.

In his pre-match press conference, Hughton reiterated the team’s desire to win the game against Comoros and further expressed the team’s readiness to clinch all three points.

We have big respect for Comoros, they are a good team, but the results in the past have no significance.

It’s about the present, not the past.

I think as a football nation, they have come a long way, they have made very big steps and i congratulate them on that.

For now our preparations are not for the World Cup or the AFCON but it is for the game against Comoros. It is one game at a time.

The Black Stars of Ghana can go top of Group I with a win against Comoros in the second group game against the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Hughton’s men head into the clash with 3 points from the first group game against Madagascar at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

It will be the fourth meeting between the two countries after they last met in the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.

For the FIFA World Cup qualifiers – this will be the second time the Black Stars will face Comoros.

The first leg of the 2015 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi under former Coach Avram Grant.

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Bofoakwa Tano handed temporary home ban by GFA

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The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association has ordered a temporary ban on Bofoakwa Tano FC from using the Sunyani Coronation Park as its home venue with immediate effect.

This decision has become necessary due to the unfortunate incidents after the Match Day 11  match between Bofoakwa Tano FC and Nsoatreman FC played on November 19, 2023. 

The decision is in accordance with the GFA Premier League Regulations  Article 14(2) which states among other things “the GFA may order the closure of any league centre where the safety of clubs, Match Officials or Spectators cannot be guaranteed.”’

The Competitions Department is therefore advised to determine the venue for the Club’s subsequent home matches in accordance with Article 14(3) Premier League Regulations. 

However, This order is without prejudice to the determination of the pending case before the Disciplinary Committee which has been charged to hear the case in accordance with the relevant Regulations.

The GFA notes the unacceptable conduct of the supporters of the home team, Bofoakwa Tano FC and condemns same, without any reservations, the violations of the provisions of the GFA the Safety and Security Regulations and the Premier League Regulations which took place at the match.

The GFA Prosecutors have been tasked to study all the video evidence and the match reports and prefer appropriate Charges immediately and for the Disciplinary Committee to sit on this matter expeditiously.

The GFA demands that Bofoakwa Tano FC shall immediately assist the Regional Police to cause the arrest of the persons involved in this attack on the away team, and the holding of the match officials hostage, without fail, in accordance with the promise given by the clubs to the Inspector General of Police in our engagement with the leadership of the Ghana Police Service.

The Association has instructed the Competitions Department to fix the venues for the upcoming home matches of Bofoakwa Tano FC, until the case is determined, with due regard to the distance to be travelled by the away teams (note that matches can be fixed at the home of the away team if required).

All clubs are to take note and comply strictly with the Safety & Security Regulations and the GFA Disciplinary Code.

The GFA wishes to sound a strong note of caution to all members (especially all clubs) that the slightest harassment or attack on Players, Team Officials, Match Officials (Referees, Match Commissioners, GFA Cameramen and women, Venue Media Officers, the sports media) shall be dealt with severely and swiftly.

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How French Ligue 1 side Le Havre introduced their latest signing, André Ayew

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Ghana star Andre Ayew has made a sensational return to French football, signing for Ligue 1 side Le Havre on Saturday.

The 33-year-old attacking midfielder was presented to the Stade Oceane crowd ahead of Le Havre’s match against AS Monaco, marking his first appearance in the French top flight since leaving Olympique Marseille in 2015.

Ayew joins Le Havre as a free agent, having recently left Premier League side Nottingham Forest. His signing is a major coup for Les Ciel et Marine, who are currently seventh in Ligue 1 following their promotion from Ligue 2.

He will bring a wealth of experience to the squad, having played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Swansea City, West Ham, Fenerbahce, and Al Sadd.

Ayew’s arrival at Le Havre is significant not only for the club but also for the Black Stars with less than two months until the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Ivory Coast.

Ayew will join his Black Stars teammates for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Madagascar and the Comoros Islands next week after signing his contract. His vast knowledge of the French league and his impressive goal-scoring record make him an asset to both club and country.

Le Havre fans are thrilled to see Ayew don the club’s colours, and they will be eagerly anticipating his debut. The former Marseille star is set to compete with Lille OSC loanee Mohamed Bayo for a starting spot in the team.

With Ayew’s expertise and leadership, Le Havre will look to consolidate their position in Ligue 1 and potentially mount a challenge for European places.

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