Neymar hails ‘phenomenon’ Kylian Mbappe after Lyon rout

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has hailed Kylian Mbappe as a ‘phenomenon’ after the Frenchman bagged a fabulous quadruple during the second half of the 5-0 triumph over Lyon. The teenager has been building up his reputation over the past year and he created another headline moment over the weekend after bagging four goals against Lyon in the space of just 13 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Neymar was appreciative of the efforts for the World Cup winner and remains hopeful that he can continue to perform at the same level for the long-term, he said: “For me, he's a phenomenon. I hope it will continue like that for several years because football will thank him.”

Neymar Disclose His Three-Man Shortlist

Neymar, the Brazilian superstar footballer, has named the three players whom top his shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or Award. Neymar feels these three should come in the final.

Whilst the FIFA Best Men's Player Award was contested by Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric (and was eventually picked up by Real Madrid’s Luka Modric), just one of that trio makes it into Neymar’s chosen selection for the more prestigious Ballon D’Or Award - the PSG striker thinks Cristiano Ronaldo (now at Juventus, with Neymar rumoured to be taking his place) should definitely be on the list.

Paris Saint-Germain president frustrated with Neymar’s Real Madrid speculation

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has admitted that he is frustrated with the constant speculation linking Neymar with a potential move to Real Madrid. The Brazil international joined Les Parisiens in a surprise world-record switch from Barcelona last year but he has since been regularly linked with a return to La Liga.

Speaking on the issue, Al-Khelaifi admitted that he is frustrated with the uncertainty created in the media regarding Neymar’s future and he has discussed the same with Los Blancos, he said: “It's a bit frustrating if we're being realistic because it's not fair for other clubs or anyone to speak with our players. We don't like it at all and we spoke about it with Real Madrid at one moment. We have a good relationship with them and they respect PSG, and I hope that this is true.”

Neymar named Brazil captain

Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar has been named as the permanent captain of the Brazilian national team. Indeed Tite has changed his previous policy of rotating Brazil captains and has instead chosen to give the permanent captaincy to Neymar.

Neymar said that this is an honor for him and that he will give his best in order to help the team progress. Neymar has been the target of critics following his theatrics and fake injuries at the last World Cup and said that this will be the right opportunity for him to change.

Wayne Rooney Surprised by Everton Exit

Wayne Rooney says that he is still dark when it comes to the reasons behind Everton deciding to let him leave after just one campaign at Goodison Park. The Everton icon returned to Goodison Park last summer on a free transfer from Manchester United. After having left the club as a promising teenager, Rooney made the return to the former stamping ground as a hero after having won every major honour in club football. However, his second spell at Everton was not rosy since he was shuffled around the park by two managers and he was ultimately let go by the club in acrimonious circumstances.

Rooney made the switch to the MLS outfit DC United and he is about to make his debut for the club. In the 2017-18 campaign with Everton, Rooney came up with 11 goals in all appearances. The 32-year-old has claimed that this record is extremely good for the player who spent majority of the campaign playing in the midfield. After starting out with Ronald Koeman, Everton made the managerial change to bring in Sam Allardyce midway through the campaign as poor results forced the Dutchman out of the club.Allardyce, though, was persistent when it comes to using Rooney in the midfield – even when he has scored goals throughout his career.

Wayne Rooney praises Jordan Henderson for World Cup showing

Former England international Wayne Rooney believes Jordan Henderson has been the stand-out performer for the Three Lions during the course of the World Cup. Henderson featured in every game for Gareth Southgate’s side barring one where he was rested but his efforts could not propel the team beyond the semi-final stage.

Regardless of this, Rooney has put his former club rivalries aside to praise his compatriot, who has been highlighted by many as the country’s best player throughout the World Cup, he said: “Jordan Henderson has excelled as Liverpool captain, helping them to the Champions League final. And I actually thought he was England's best player throughout the World Cup.”

Marco Silva opens door for Wayne Rooney stay

Everton manager Marco Silva has opened the door for Wayne Rooney to stay beyond the summer. The former England international has strongly been linked with a move to DC United but so far, the MLS club have yet to sort out a transfer fee with the Toffees. As such, Silva is open to working alongside Rooney next term and suggests he wants a team with youth and experience.

He said: “It is always good when you have this balance. Some experience, some young players, some fresh players as well but I cannot tell you if the squad is too old or not - it's not fair for me.For me, in football you don't have age. If an 18-year-old player is better than the other or deserves to play more than the other then he will play more than the one who is 29 or 30. But it is not fair to the player who is 32, 33 if he is better than the other if I don't play him because he is 32, 33.”

Tim Howard: Wayne Rooney will make DC United a better team

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard believes Wayne Rooney would make a defining impact in the MLS, should he make the move to DC United. The former England international has experienced a mixed first season on his return to Everton and he is currently understood to be assessing his Toffees future.

As such, Howard has discussed the possibility of Rooney plying his trade in the United States and feels his former Manchester United teammate would improve DC United regardless of his age, he told the Washington Post: “The idea isn’t whether a player is of a certain age; it’s whether they are motivated and whether they are driven to come here and perform, help a team and ultimately buy into it. Wayne will be fine. When a player starts to get older, you want to utilize him in the right positions to get the most out of them. So that will be up to Benny Olsen to figure out where he bests suits the team.”

Bill Kenwright Confirms Wayne Rooney Took A Paycut

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has confirmed that Wayne Rooney took a 50 per cent pay cut on his Manchester United wages in order to seal a return to Goodison Park last summer. The 32-year-old had been on a £300,000 weekly salary at Old Trafford and he had to agree upon half the package to realise his comeback with his hometown club.

Cenk Tosun Glad To Have Joined Everton To Play Alongside ‘Legend’ Wayne Rooney

Everton winter signing Cenk Tosun is pleased to have joined a bigger club after failing to secure a move to Crystal Palace earlier in the summer. The Turkey international was on the radar of the Eagles at the start of the season, but unfortunately, the south London outfit could not finalise a deal with Besiktas.

As a result, the Turk had to wait until the New Year to seal his Premier League move, but he is glad to have joined the Toffees. Speaking on TRT Spor, the 26-year-old highlighted that he is content with the proceedings at his present club, and spoke fondly about Wayne Rooney, who has helped him to settle in Merseyside.

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