Everton boss admits it was logical for Lucas Digne to secure France return

Everton manager Marco Silva believes it was quite logical that Lucas Digne would return to the national team reckoning after becoming a regular for the Toffees during the current campaign. The France international faced heartbreak after he missed out on the summer World Cup with Les Bleus who went on to secure the global crown.

Thereafter, Digne made the decision to join the Toffees from Barcelona in the quest for regular gametime and his performances during the opening weeks of the campaign has been sufficient to earn him a recall. Speaking to reporters, Silva said: “He was a substitute (for Russia). Lucas was with us for many selections. I understand his disappointment (for not being including in the 2018 World Cup squad. He was very often with us. He changed clubs after Barcelona where he had very little playing time. He has more (playing time at Everton) and it seems logical for him to come back.”
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Chelsea confirm signing of World Cup finalist on loan

Chelsea have confirmed that they have signed Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan as part of the agreement which has witnessed Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid on a permanent basis. The Croatia international has played a back-up role during his three seasons at the Bernabeu but he has the opportunity to earn regular gametime having made the switch to west London.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Kovacic said: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”
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Paraguay continue their rebuilding

Paraguay interim coach Gustavo Morinigo said that the national team is continuing their rebuilding process with the friendly against the United States. The South American team lost the game 1-0 but showed lots of good things during the match.

Paraguay just as the United States will not be present at the next World Cup in Russia and both teams are busy building a team that will allow them to participate in the next major tournament.
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Julen Lopetegui Excited To Watch Andres Iniesta At World Cup

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui is looking forward to the opportunity of watching Andres Iniesta at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. The midfielder is due to celebrate his 34th birthday next month but he has shown no signs of slowing down with another top notch performance against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final last weekend.

Iniesta scored a stellar goal in the thumping 5-0 win over the Andalusian outfit and shortly after, he received a standing ovation from both set of supporters as he was substituted from the pitch. Speaking after the game, Lopetegui was impressed by the midfielder’s showing and he is hoping that the veteran can keep up the good work in the lead-up to the summer World Cup. Continue reading Julen Lopetegui Excited To Watch Andres Iniesta At World Cup

Jack Butland Eyeing England’s Number One Spot

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is reportedly eyeing England’s number one role ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 24-year-old has been one of the shining lights for the Potters this term, despite them lingering in the Premier League drop zone with just nine games remaining in the season.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Butland admitted that he has his sights on the global tournament in Russia, where he is hoping to become the first-choice shot-stopper, he said: “It’s impossible to get away from. It’s a World Cup year. It’s impossible not to turn a corner and see something about the World Cup or hear something about the World Cup. It’s in your mind, it’s something I am excited about. I hope to be a part of it – but I have always said that doesn’t happen if I am not putting in performances week in, week out for Stoke and playing at the highest level.”
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