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Love Island first look as competitors arrive at luxury villa

The new competitors are arriving ahead of the big Love Island launch on Monday – but here is a sneak peek of the luxury villa ahead of the new series being aired on ITV.

Love Island host Laura Whitmore is seen in this ITV teaser showing off the newly-decorated Majorcan villa, which has some new features and a make-over for the 2021 series.

The familiar outdoor beds are back for those cosy chats, and there is also the usual swing seat for when islanders want to pull someone away for a “cheeky chat”.

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The outdoor kitchen is emblazoned with the motto ‘Eat, Sleep, Crack on, Repeat’ and there is a new ‘selfie mirror’ for group shots.

Love Island competitors Liberty Poole, Sharon Gaffka, Kaz Kamwi, Faye Winter and Shannon Singh

Competitor Aaron Francis arrives at the Love Island villa

The bedroom has been updated with some interesting wall art which is sure to get viewers talking, and the lounge has a ‘dog house’ bed for islanders who find themselves in trouble with their other halves.

The popular ‘hide-out’ is back for when couples are allowed some alone time.

It’s presenter Laura’s first time in the iconic Majorcan villa, after last year’s series took place in South Africa, with a January ‘winter’ version due to Covid restrictions.

Inside the Love Island villa

The Love Island villa which will be hosting the 2021 show

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Laura is a relative newbie to the Love Island team, after being brought in last year after regular much-loved presenter Caroline Flack tragically took her life in February 2020.

She was seen jetting into the island yesterday with her newborn daughter and mum. Partner Iain Stirling is signed up for the voiceovers as usual but he is believed to be recording them from their UK base over Covid travelling restrictions.

This will be series seven of the show and it is expected to last somewhere between six to eight weeks.

Inside the Love Island 2021 villa

The new crop of singletons was unveiled this week and range in age from 21 to 26, and hail from all corners of the UK.

Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

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Emi Buendia to Aston Villa to be announced on Sunday with Arsenal to miss out on transfer

Emi Buendia to Aston Villa to be announced on Sunday with Arsenal to miss out on transfer

“If we do sell one, it’s going to be a club record deal,” Webber said.

“It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it.

“That will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole better as well. We’re really relaxed on that front.”

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has also admitted it was unrealistic for the club to keep hold of the likes of Buendia.

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Harry Kane gives 'farewell' lap as Tottenham fans beg him to stay after Aston Villa loss

Harry Kane gives 'farewell' lap as Tottenham fans beg him to stay after Aston Villa loss
Harry Kane was one of a handful of Tottenham players who stayed on the pitch to clap the fans after the disappointing defeat by Aston Villa on Wednesday night. Spurs slipped to a 2-1 loss against Villa in front of 10,000 home supporters as their hopes of securing European football took a hit.

Tottenham started the brighter of the teams and took the lead when Steven Bergwijn took advantage of a mistake from Marvelous Nakamba to smash a powerful shot into the top corner after just eight minutes.

But that was as good as it got for Ryan Mason’s side, who struggled for any rhythm as Villa dominated the chances.

Dean Smith’s side were level after 20 minutes when Sergio Reguilon somehow managed to slice Nakamba’s hopeful cross past Hugo Lloris to score a calamitous own goal.

And after Villa spurned a few good openings, Reguilon was once again involved in gifting them what turned out to be the winner.

The Spurs left-back failed to clear the ball on two occasions, with his charged-down pass dropping to Ollie Watkins, who did well to beat Lloris at his near post from close range.

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Spurs were booed off at half-time by their own fans, who had returned to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time in 14 months following the easing of coronavirus lockdown statistics.

Things didn’t improve after the break, with Villa actually spurning further opportunities to make the game safe and Kane quiet up the other end.

Defeat saw Tottenham remain on 59 points, level with Everton, who beat Wolves 1-0, ahead of their final match of the season against Leicester on Sunday.

Spurs fans were understandably frustrated throughout the match, with Kane, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and substitute Gareth Bale unable to conjure an equaliser.

As well as making their feelings known about the performance, supporters sang the popular “he’s one of our own” chant for Kane, which carried greater meaning amid rumours linking their star player with a move away from the club.

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Kane has reportedly told chairman Daniel Levy he wants to leave this summer, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all said to be interested.

One young family held a placard which said: “Harry & Dele, My favourite players, Please Don’t Ever Leave Spurs”, while another supporter’s read: “Harry Kane. Tottenham Legend.”

After the final whistle – when Spurs were booed once again – Kane, Bale, Lloris, Son, Alli, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Toby Alderwerield stayed on the pitch, walking around to applaud their fans in every stand for the first time since March 2020.

Having suffered a disappointing defeat – their 12th in 37 league games – Kane looked downbeat, leaving some to wonder whether this might be the last time they see the 27-year-old striker play for the club in the flesh.

He is contracted to Spurs for another three years and is yet to hand in a formal transfer request, but if the club receive an offer in excess of £100million, then it will surely test Levy’s resolve.

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Harry Maguire injury update after Aston Villa win

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Harry Maguire injury update after Aston Villa win
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out after his side’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday and offered an update on Harry Maguire‘s injury. The Red Devils fell behind in the first half courtesy of Bertrand Traore’s powerful strike. But goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani ultimately gave the visitors victory.
Traore struck in the 24th minute to put Villa ahead, capitalising on some woeful defending from Victor Lindelof to find the net.

But United were a side transformed after the interval, turning on the style to claim all three points and boost their hopes of finishing second in the Premier League table.

Fernandes got the comeback rolling by scoring a penalty, converting his effort from 12 yards after Paul Pogba had been fouled inside the area.

Greenwood then put United ahead, expertly beating Emiliano Martinez with a fine low drive.

And Cavani made the points safe late on, with the Uruguay international scoring his eighth goal in seven matches with a pinpoint header.

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Solskjaer also praised Maguire by saying: “Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of, the minutes he’s played.

“His fitness is very good – he’s robust. But, today, it looked like the boy landed on him and he twisted his ankle.

“I don’t know how serious it is. He might be available on Tuesday, he might not.”

Luke Shaw was also happy after the game, admitting Solskjaer inspired the win with his half-time team talk.

“Going 1-0 down in the first half we knew it was going to be a hard game and we have been in this situation so many times – second half we came back much better,” he said.

“That’s a positive but we need to start the first half better than we normally do. Maybe we’re not ready for the game but we have the quality and can’t keep counting on second-half performances.

“He (Solskjaer) said exactly what I have just said, we have been in this situation a lot of times, we have the quality, are a fit team and we always believe. When we got the first goal I felt we were going to win.

“We are just focusing on ourselves, even more so we look at the City result and we are disappointed with the points we have let go this season. We have two games in four days, we need to be ready.”

Goalscorer Greenwood added: “It is some achievement.

“We don’t really want to go behind but it gives us a little boost to come back and get the win.

“It was well improved [in the second half]. Ole said his bits in the changing room. It seemed to pay off.

“To be on the main stage and scoring important goals like today, it means a lot.

“We just concentrate on ourselves, we take it game by game. We want to get as many points as we can and keep the pressure on.”

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was enraged, however, venting his fury at the decision to give United a penalty.

“I don’t think anybody knows, everybody is confused how Raheem Sterling can go through and have four or five touches on him last night and not get a penalty, then one touch here and it is a penalty – it looked a pathetic decision to me, but he goes down, similar to Old Trafford and last season here,” he said.

“Ollie Watkins has got sent off for a second yellow, there is no way the referee can tell me he is convinced he hasn’t been touched.

“I just don’t understand the decision-making of the officials and more importantly at Stockley Park.

“It looks like now he has to get hurt to win the penalty – is it enough contact for a penalty, no.”

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Fantastic Foden stars once more as Man City beat Villa to close in on title

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Now he can pick whoever he wants for the Euros, Gareth Southgate must have had a wide smile beneath his mask.

Then again, who would not be grinning when watching the impudent talent of Phil Foden.

If you would like a young player to wipe the scowl from the face of football, look no further than this diminutive genius.

It is no exaggeration to say Foden is rapidly becoming as important to Manchester City ’s creative output as Kevin de Bruyne, who missed this one with an ankle injury.

Not only did he cancel out John McGinn’s opener with a tidy right-footed volley, he played a part in the build-up to his goal with a left-footed laser of a pass.

Phil Foden was mesmerising once again against Aston Villa
Phil Foden was mesmerising once again against Aston Villa

His array of talents appears to be expanding by the game. He is not only in Southgate’s squad, he is in his starting team.

Unlike John Stones, you suspect.

There is evidence some of City’s most influential players have hit a flat spot. And spots of mediocre form do not come much flatter than when they belong to Stones.

Talk about feast or famine, Rolls-Royce or a three-wheeler.

He was not the only defender at fault when McGinn helped home Ollie Watkins’ clever pass after barely 20 seconds but his attempt to intercept Tyrone Mings’ routine pass was risible.

But that turned out to be the least serious of his crimes. His late, high challenge on a relatively unthreatening Jacob Ramsey obviously looked a lot worse on VAR and Pep Guardiola’s vehement protests might have had some reasonable grounds.

Gareth Southgate will have been less impressed with John Stones after he was sent off in the first-half
Gareth Southgate will have been less impressed with John Stones after he was sent off in the first-half

But the fact is that it was ill-judged and reckless. It was daft.

And Stones has those moments.

In fact, considering the circumstances, it looked even sillier, City having taken the lead when Rodri met a cute Bernardo Silva clip with an equally cute header.

But after referee Peter Bankes was told to go to his monitor – effectively being told to send Stones off – just before half-time, City’s task looked to have become unexpectedly tougher.

Having said that, Villa’s eleven versus City’s ten is probably a fair match and so it proved.

Especially when one of those ten is Foden, who promptly levelled matters up once again – this time in terms of personnel – by drawing two yellow-card fouls out of a thoroughly tortured Matty Cash.

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Manchester City are edging closer to a third Premier League title in four years
Manchester City are edging closer to a third Premier League title in four years

But if Guardiola expected the levelling of numbers to restore a significant degree of City comfort, he was wrong.

Stones’ departure, and Aymeric Laporte’s subsequent introduction, had disrupted their rhythm and although Foden continued to threaten, they had to be content to grind out the narrow win, albeit retaining the majority of possession.

There is now nothing narrow about their lead at the top of the Premier League, which now stands at eleven points.

The sailing towards the title might not have been as serene as most expected but with the likes of Foden in this sort of form, they are still cruising to glory.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp details dressing room anger after Aston Villa win

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp details dressing room anger after Aston Villa win
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up after his side’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday. The Reds went into the game looking to boost their chances of securing Champions League football for next season. And they did just that, scoring in the closing stages to take all three points.
Liverpool fell behind against Aston Villa, with Ollie Watkins opening the scoring in the 43rd minute.

The England international, who recently scored on his Three Lions debut against San Marino, struck a low effort that snuck under the body of Alisson Becker.

Liverpool had a goal from Roberto Firmino chalked off for offside as they hunted a crucial equaliser.

But they levelled through Mohamed Salah, with the Egypt international then sparking a terrific turnaround.

And, in the closing stages of the game, they took all three points through Trent Alexander-Arnold to spark jubilant celebrations on the touchline.

It was a massive result for Liverpool, who are set to relinquish their Premier League title to Manchester City.

And, speaking after the game, Klopp admitted his players were far from happy in the dressing room at half time – while also hailing Alexander-Arnold for his winner.

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“We dominated the game but we made one mistake and concede a goal,” he said.

“Then we score the equaliser but it’s ruled out for offside. At half-time it wasn’t the best mood, you can imagine but the words were OK.

“I didn’t have to lift them too much, they knew if we continue to play like we did we would create chances again. We dealt with their game really good. It was massive, it felt massive to win. A real relief.

“We were there, we defended well, we were constantly in the creating mood without having 20 clear-cut chances. We needed that win today, these three points feel big.

“We can stop that chat about Trent, everyone agrees that he is an outstanding player. It’s Gareth Southgate’s decision what he does for the squad but we don’t have to talk about it every week. We don’t have to justify the players’ status every week.

“We have to put the other teams under pressure. Everyone knows that when we get on a run we are dangerous.”

Contrastingly, Villa boss Dean Smith was disappointed – saying his side deserves at least a point.

“We deserved a point, we were better in the second half after not being great. But we lost the second half 2-0, football does that to you sometimes,” he said.

“We had a lapse in concentration, we had some good opportunities and didn’t have that final pass in the final third.

“We’ve come to Liverpool, knew how they would play and how determined they were to put things right at Anfield but it’s disapopinting to concede so late.

“Ollie Watkins played well again, he’s got four goals against the champions but we leave with nothing.

“Douglas Luiz’s English isn’t the best. The doctor thought he said he had double vision but when he came off the translator came down and cleared it up and he was ok to carry on.”

Liverpool goalscorer Salah was relieved at the final whistle, saying: “Finally! It was a great game, tough game but we won the game and that was the most important thing.

“We have lost a couple of games here and mentally it was like ‘oh no, not again’ but we did a good job second-half.

“It’s hard not to win at Anfield for a couple of games, we also missed a couple of chances in the first half and we were thinking ‘not again’ but the second half we managed to play good.

“It’s really important to win. I think there are only seven games left? So it’s really important. We want to play Champions League next year but we just need to focus on each game and try and win them all and hopefully, we can be in that fourth place.”

James Milner added: “I think many things but it was important to win, it was an important performance- it wasn’t our best by any means. Decision seemed to go against us but that’s the way it is. We have to stick it out and find a way.

“Aston Villa are a good team, we know that from the first game. They have got good players, they are well organised and they are tough to beat – so it’s important that we got that win.

“It’s nice to be in and around the Champions League spots but the most important thing is we concentrate on ourselves and try and get back to that consistent level. We need to take it in and keep improving and keep moving forward as a team.”

Sitting in the Sky Sports studio, Graeme Souness praised Liverpool – though insisting they ‘huffed and puffed’ their way to victory.

“They did huff and puff at times,” he said.

“It was an effort for them. It wasn’t the silky free-flowing stuff we’re used to seeing from them. A staggering fact that Liverpool hadn’t won in Anfield in 2021.

“They’ve got away with it today, a great strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold – who didn’t have the best of games – great finish.

“Wicked right foot. What he’s doing in that position you’ll have to ask him.”

On the winning goal from Alexander-Arnold, he added: “He gets himself in midfield, here. He thinks ‘wait a minute, I’m out of position’. He has to look back, ‘should I go back? No I’m on here’.

“You think the chance is gone, this is why he ends up at left-back. Ends up with Trent here, ball out of his feet and that is a great strike.

“He’s got a ridiculously good right foot. Whips it with pace, around players and the goalkeeper can’t see much of the ball.”

Dean Smith relieved after Aston Villa finally end unwanted Premier League record

Dean Smith is relieved Aston Villa no longer have the fewest points from losing positions in the Premier League[1] after their Fulham[2] fightback.

Smith’s men ended that sorry statistic by recovering to beat Fulham 3-1 at home on Sunday.

They had previously gained just a single point this term after going behind back in December at Chelsea[3] in a 1-1 draw.

Villa hadn’t come from behind to win previously in the top-flight since January 2020 against Watford[4].

They didn’t look like getting anything against Fulham when Aleksandar Mitrovic put the visitors ahead in the 61st minute.

But Villa hit back to win with a double from sub Trezeguet before Ollie Watkins added a third in a devastating late nine-minute spell.

Now they have retrieved four points , double the amount of Fulham, and the same as Brighton[5], Crystal Palace[6] and Sheffield United.

Asked about Villa’s lack of points after going behind, Smith replied: “It has been mentioned before and was something we had been aware of.

“It is really pleasing and we have done well to change that.

Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted to see his side finally come from behind to win in the Premier League this season

“Normally we keep clean sheets and win football games.

“But we have come from behind for the first time and won a football game.

“I think the only point we gained before that was at Chelsea.”

It was all achieved without talisman Jack Grealish who was due to return against Fulham after six games out with a shin injury.

But the star experienced discomfort in the area again in training on Saturday and pulled out.

It was a big blow for Villa but boss Smith was pleased to see Villa’s other internationals, including England newboy Watkins, step up.

Smith added: “We believe we have a quality squad.

“There is no doubting Jack makes that a lot better with the quality of player he is.

“But Bertrand Traore went away and helped Burkina Faso qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

Watkins rounded off the comeback against Fulham with Villa’s third

“Ollie scored for England and John McGinn scored three for Scotland.

“We believe we have quality players here, it is just about them showing it on the pitch.”

All of Smith’s substitutes played a big role in the Fulham victory, especially for Villa’s second goal when striker Keinan Davis crossed for fellow sub Trezeguet.

Smith added: “The impact of the subs pleased me most.

“Keinan came on and did really well as did all the subs including Trezeguet with his goals.

“It will give Keinan a big boost.

“He hasn’t had too many minutes on the pitch but I just felt our energy levels had dropped and we needed two upfront.

“That ball for Trez’s second was a superb ball and will give him a big boost of confidence that is for sure.”

References

  1. ^ Premier League (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Fulham (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chelsea (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Watford (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Brighton (www.mirror.co.uk)
  6. ^ Crystal Palace (www.mirror.co.uk)

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Gareth Southgate must avoid Jack Grealish Euros mistake – England need Aston Villa star

Gareth Southgate must avoid Jack Grealish Euros mistake - England need Aston Villa star
I know it’s a busy day Up There but a quiet Easter Sunday prayer should anyone be available. Please God, let Gareth Southgate’s list of horrible phone calls not include Jack Grealish.
Grealish has a mind which contains a Pandora’s Box of possibilities and a tool box which can turn those thoughts into reality for England but out of sight can become out of mind. With Grealish absent from Southgate’s most recent international squad because of injury, there is a danger that the England manager’s attention may have shifted elsewhere.

Southgate had to be dragged kicking and screaming to include Grealish in the first place back last September, remember.

But if the Poland victory showed anything – apart from that some prayer space also needs to be reserved ahead of the Euros for John Stones good days – it was that England need Grealish. Not as a starter but as a match-turner off the bench.

It took 86 minutes for England to bring on a substitute against the Poles. That was Reece James for Phil Foden as Southgate moved to a back five to shore up the defence after Harry Maguire had just given them the lead.

Up until then, with England chasing a goal which stubbornly refused to come, nothing.

Southgate considered his alternative options but rejected them all. The outcome justified his decision to stick rather than twist but looking forward it is a concern.

It was a substitute – Eder – whose goal won Portugal the Euros against France in extra time five years ago. This time around, with an expanded five permitted per team, bench firepower is likely to be even more important.

The lack of incendiary options at Southgate’s disposal at Wembley on Wednesday night makes the case for Grealish for the Euros unanswerable.

He is a lock picker who can pull a tiring defence to pieces.

His form for Aston Villa before the shin injury which has kept him out of the club’s last six games has been outstanding. For England too he has more than looked the part.

The highlights reel flick which nonplussed Thomas Meunier against Belgium in November was high-class showmanship but with a purpose. It won Grealish and England space. That level of imagination and implementation could make all the difference at the Euros.

Southgate’s insistence he will select an attacking-minded 23 with a maximum of eight defenders sounds promising.

His reservation, if he is thinking of Grealish as an impact player rather than a starter, is how a sub tag will sit with an individual who is used to being a leading man rather than a support actor.

The England manager already knows his preferred 23 but it will be subject to adjustment for injuries before it has to be confirmed publicly on June 1.

They can strike anywhere at inconvenient moments as Grealish has found. But while his six-week absence has no doubt been a personal frustration and sapping for Aston Villa, it may prove a blessing in terms of a summer international tournament.

When others are on their knees after congested domestic seasons Grealish, who is slated to return today for his club against Fulham, should be in good shape for England.

A fresh Grealish trotting onto the pitch, socks round his ankles with half an hour left and a tournament in the balance?

No defence in Europe will want to see that.

My England XI to face Croatia in the opening game of the Euros: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; J Henderson, Foden, Mount; Rashford, Kane, Sterling.

Substitutes: D Henderson, Pope, Chilwell, Mings, Coady, Walker, Rice, Sako, Grealish, Ward-Prowse, Calvert-Lewin, Sancho.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho delivers loaded message to players after Aston Villa win

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho delivers loaded message to players after Aston Villa win
A calm and reflective Jose Mourinho delivered what appeared to be a loaded message to his players after his Spurs side won 2-0 at Aston Villa. The Portuguese boss was pleased with the reaction he received from his players following the embarrassing Europa League capitulation at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in midweek.
He decided to shake things up at Villa Park and opted for a change of system as he paired Carlos Vinicius with Harry Kane up top.

It was a move he did not live to regret as both were on target for the visitors to keep their top-four hopes alive following a 2-0 victory.

Harry Winks and Matt Doherty were left back at home while Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld missed out through illness.

Young guns Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon both impressed as Spurs recorded a clean sheet while Lucas Moura also caught the eye in attack.

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“We had the right attitude. We changed a few things but this is not about tactics but attitude. The players gave everything. We saw fatigue but this is a match where had to give everything. We need this attitude every match.”

Mourinho struggled to accept his side’s performances in the defeats to Arsenal and Dinamo and felt they could have left more on the field.

However, at Villa Park he saw a group of players committed to the cause that were fighting for the badge.

“You need time to develop this [squad harmony],” he added.

“I want to be proud of my players regardless of the result. During my career I was proud of my players after defeat many times. I was not proud last week. I want to be proud every time.”

Kane struck his 27th goal of the season and was also satisfied with the response to Thursday’s disaster in Croatia.

“The last few games we haven’t been good enough so we had to bounce back with a win. We had fallen short of our standards,” he said.

“You saw today, people putting their bodies on the line. We are going to need more of that.

“Going out of the Europa League in that fashion was embarrassing for us as players.

“The only way we can give back to the fans and to the club is to get back out there on the pitch and show what we are made of. I think we did that today.”

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho’s unhappiness with Daniel Levy emerges before Aston Villa

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho’s unhappiness with Daniel Levy emerges before Aston Villa

Speaking last summer, Trippier opened up on his move away from Tottenham and admitted he was hurt at being forced to leave the club behind.

He told the Beautiful Game podcast: “I had mixed emotions throughout the season. Injuries played a massive part (on my form). I told them I needed surgery.

“I could have been less selfish, playing-wise. But I couldn’t help it that I was getting picked most of the games.

“I was playing some of them at 60 or 70 per cent. Maybe I should have taken a step back, but we had City in the Champions League, Ajax…you want to play in these games.

“In March, April, I heard – through people I trust – they tried to offload me, offering me to clubs. So you’re getting mixed messages. If I play I’ll give my best, but that’s why I pulled the manager in pre-season and asked if I’m part of his plans.