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Football News: Review Of The Day 31st December 2021

Review Of The Day 31st December 2021
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Review of the Day


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Metz have given goalkeeper Marc-Aurele Caillard a new deal running until 2024.

Veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon has signed a contract which expires in 2024 with Heart of Midlothian.

Young defender Warmed Omari has extended his deal with Stade Rennais until 2026.

Former Swansea City keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt has a new deal with AIK which will end in 2025.

Borussia Moenchengladbach youngster Jordan Beyer signed a new contract which will run until 2026.

West Bromwich Albion youngster Taylor Gardner-Hickman has signed a contract which will end in 2026.



Young German goalkeeper Lennart Grill has returned to Bayer Leverkusen at the end of his loan spell with Brann in the Norwegian Eliteserien.

Experienced striker Ramon Abila has left Major League Soccer side DC United to return to Boca Juniors after his loan ended.

Tottenham Hotspur keeper Alfie Whiteman has returned from his loan at Degerfors in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Brazilan defender Ruan has returned to Sassuolo after his loan spell with Gremio came to an end.

MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps are strengthened by the return of Theo Bair from his loan with Norwegian side HamKam.

Finnish left-back Niko Hamalainen has left Los Angeles FC to return to Queens Parks Rangers following a loan spell.

Corinthians forward Matheus Davo's loan with Philadelphia Union has come to an end.

Udinese forward Felipe Vizeu has returned to the Serie A side after finishing a loan with Yokohama FC in Japan's J1 League.

Indiana Vassilev is back with Aston Villa after a loan with Inter Miami.

French striker Lois Diony's loan with Red Star Belgrade has ended and he is back with SCO Angers.

Teenage midfielder Caden Clark's loan spell with New York Red Bulls has come to an end and he is back with parent club RB Leipzig.

Riley McGree is back with Charlotte FC after a loan with Birmingham City.

Canadian midfielder Liam Fraser has returned to parent club Toronto from a loan to fellow MLS side Columbus Crew.

TSG Hoffenheim have Bruno Nazario back at the Bundesliga club following the end of his loan to Brazilian side America MG.

Gustavo Vallecilla has left Cincinnati to return to parent club SD Aucas after the end of his loan spell in Major League Soccer.

Also leaving MLS is Jovanny Bolivar, who has returned to La Guaira from DC United.

Minnesota United have Thomas Chacon back in their ranks following his loan to Liverpool FC of the Uruguayan Primera Division.

OGC Nice have Danilo Barbosa back following a loan to Palmeiras.

Brazilian midfielder Camilo has returned to Olympique Lyonnais following a loan to Cuiaba-MT.

Tom Edwards loan spell with New York Red Bulls has ended and the 22-year-old is back with Stoke City.

Former Everton goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has joined Brentford on loan from sister club Midtjylland with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Celtic sign Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, on loan from Yokohama F Marinos, former Leeds United forward Yosuke Ideguchi, from Gamba Osaka, and Reo Hatate from Kawasaki Frontale.

Oxford United will keep former Liverpool youngster Herbie Kane on loan for the rest of the season after paying a fee to have a recall clause removed from the contract with Barnsley.


Injury Round-Up

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been forced to drop out of Nigeria's AFCON squad after all, following a positive test for CV.


Managerial Changes

Gary McSheffrey has been confirmed as the new manager of Doncaster Rovers after a spell in caretaker charge of the club.


Disciplinary Charges

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has hit out at comments made by his striker Romelu Lukaku as it "brings noise the we don't need". Lukaku had said in an interview pre-recorded a few weeks ago that he would like to return to Inter Milan in the near future, just a few months after leaving them to rejoin Chelsea. Tuchel said: "I don't like it. But I don't want to make more out of it than it actually is. It is very easy to take lines out of context. To be honest I don't like it because it's noise we don't need. We need a calm environment and focus and it does not help. I don't feel him unhappy. I feel the exact opposite. If you asked me yesterday morning I would say that he is absolutely fine. That's why it's a surprise but I am the wrong person to ask. We can take the time to try to understand what is going on because it does not reflect the daily work, the daily attitude, the daily behaviour Romelu shows here." Lukaku has also said that he is unhappy with being left out of the Chelsea team in recent weeks, following an injury lay-off.

Nigeria have claimed that Watford have refused to release striker Emmanuel Dennis for their AFCON squad. The African nation may have left it too late to inform the Hornets of his call-up after a change of manager meant Dennis was added to the squad late in the day.

QPR and Bournemouth have both been charged by the Football Association following a melee between the two sets of players at the end of their Championship game on Monday. Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley have been charged for a similar reason following their 0-0 draw in League One on Wednesday.


Pandemic Problems

Sunday's match between Southampton and Newcastle United has been postponed.

Norwich City's trip to Leicester City on Saturday is off.

To try and avoid games being called off late while fans are travelling to the games, the English Football League has removed the requirement for clubs to test their players on matchdays. A spokesperson said: "Over the past week, it has become clear that the requirement for matchday testing has caused significant concern and uncertainty at clubs as well as seriously affecting supporters. The league revisited the matter with its medical advisors and, after careful consideration, which included dialogue with a significant number of club doctors, it was determined that the requirement for matchday testing would be removed, except for those individuals who display Covid symptoms. Daily testing will continue on non-matchdays with clubs following updated red protocols which remain our biggest protection against the transmission of Covid."


Chelsea Make Big Loss

Despite winning the European Champions League, Chelsea have announced post-tax losses of £145.6m for the year ending 30 June 2021. Turnover was up to £416.8m, from £387.8m thanks to a rise in broadcasting revenue, but a lack of crowds in the stadium and lowered player sales caused the loss according to the Londoners. The accounts also confirm that Chelsea owe more than £1bn to companies related to owner Roman Abramovich.

Bristol City have also reported a loss, this time a pre-tax one of £38.4m for the same financial year. It is up £28.3m over the previous year's loss of £10.1m. CEO Richard Gould called the losses "extremely serious" and wrote on the club's website: "Operating without crowds for a whole season has not only had a huge negative effect on revenue but has also resulted in crashing the transfer market and player trading, upon which we have been heavily reliant."


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Written by Tris Burke December 31 2021 16:34:04


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