Frank Lampard set to become Norwich boss, Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa CONFIRMED, Declan Rice EXCLUSIVE, Chelsea latest

STEVEN GERRARD has been CONFIRMED as Aston Villa's new manager after the departure of Dean Smith.

The ex-Rangers boss has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Villains.

Meanwhile, his ex-midfield partner for England Frank Lampard looks set to be joining Norwich as their new manager, reports suggest.

We've also got all the latest on a potential transfer for Declan rice as well as updates from Chelsea, who are eyeing a swoop for Attila Szalai in January.

Get all the latest football news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Justin Lawrence

    RON BOD

    Manchester City ace Ferran Torres has revealed he looks to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo as his physical and nutritional inspiration.

    Torres reckons Ronaldo changed how footballers treat their bodies which has led him to get a personal trainer and nutritionist.

    Speaking to El Desmarque, Torres said: “He [Ronaldo] is my point of reference.

    He has changed football in terms of nutrition, taking care of yourself, investing in your body.

    “This is a long-term process in which what you do today has repercussions for tomorrow. Football is more physical, and you have to be prepared."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SPURS SLUR

    Former Arsenal chief David Dein has revealed that Patrick Vieira’s first words in English was a Tottenham slur.

    Dein brought Vieira to Arsenal in 1996 along with ex-boss Arsene Wenger.

    And to get Vieira accustomed to life in London, Dein got the retired midfielder an English teacher to help the Frenchman master the language.

    But Dein got a shock when he checked in on Vieira a few weeks later to see how he was getting on.

    Dein recalled: “After a couple of weeks I went down to the dressing room and I said: ‘Patrick, can you speak something in English?’

    “He said ‘yes Mr. Dein’. I said: ‘What can you say?’ He looked at me and he said: ‘Tottenham are [explicit].’

  • Justin Lawrence

    FEELING FRANK 

    Frank Lampard s set to be appointed Norwich City's new manager.

    The Canaries sacked Daniel Farke on Saturday – just hours after he guided them to their first win of the season.

    Lamps held conversations with the Carrow Road board on Monday and has now agreed to take over the Premier League's bottom club.

    It is his first job back in the dug-out since he was axed by Chelsea in January following his 18-month stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.

  • Justin Lawrence

    TEAR GERRKER

    Steven Gerrard has bid farewell to Rangers with a heartfelt post to Instagram.

    The Liverpool legend was confirmed as Aston Villa boss today after a successful three years north of the border.

    n an emotional post to Instagram, Gerrard said: "I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone associated with Glasgow Rangers, especially the fans, for the love and support you've all shown me during my time in Scotland.

    "Winning "55" will always hold a special place in my heart – each and every one of you played a part in that and, believe me, there will be many more to come.

    "I hope in time you can understand and accept my decision to move on but I honestly fell in love with the club and will always follow the team.

    "Once a Ranger, always a Ranger #55"

  • Justin Lawrence

    FOOTBALL REVOLT

    The Prem and other leading European leagues have joined forces with fan groups in a bid to block forced changes to football.

    Supporters Direct Europe boss Antonia Hagemann said the tie up with the European Leagues umbrella group was a move to “save European football”.

    The two sides agreed to work together to protect domestic football structures, governance of the international game and inclusion and diversity.

    Jacco Swart, managing director of European Leagues, said: “Fans are a key stakeholder in football.

    “It is a natural step to converge and work together to protect domestic football in the interest of all professional leagues and their clubs and fans across Europe.”

    Hagemann added: “Fans and leagues share common principles and we now want to put them into action. This relationship is crucial. To save European football we all need to work together.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOPE UTD

    Marcus Rashford says lack of education is to blame for the racist trolling he and other players get on social media.

    Rashford was targeted along with Manchester United teammate Jadon Sancho and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after all three missed penalties in the Euros final shoot-out against Italy in the summer.

    Rashford, said: “I think educating ourselves on, and championing other, cultures can only benefit our understanding. Discrimination usually stems from a lack of education. It’s a defence mechanism.

    “Instead of stigmatising differences, we should be celebrating them. How boring would the world be if we were all the same?

    “Books are a great source for us to highlight different characters and better understand background and journey.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOLIDALE

    Aaron Ramsdale has revealed England's heroes were treated to an incredible 'lads holiday' during their Euro 2020 campaign – including a private Ed Sheeran gig.

    The Three Lions reached the final only to lose to Italy on penalties.

    But Arsenal stopper Ramsdale, 23, has recalled the amazing treat day they enjoyed between their final group game against Czech Republic and last 16 win over Germany.

    The England ace – pushing Jordan Pickford for the No1 jersey amid a red-hot run of form – revealed their St George's training facility was turned into the perfect play area for big kids.

    He even revealed the national team FaceTimed Tom Cruise before being treated to an advanced screening of Top Gun: Maverick.

  • Justin Lawrence

    PLEASED AZEEZ

    Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has praised Portsmouth loanee Miguel Azeez for scoring his debut goal for the club.

    19-year-old Azeez, who’s on loan from Arsenal got on the scoresheet for Pompey against Crystal Palace’s under-21s, and took to Twitter to celebrate his achievement after the game.

    Azeez posted “Win, goal, assist, last night.”

    His goal caught the attention of Lacazette who chipped in with three smiling face emojis and love hearts.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SCOT THIS TIME

    Scott McTominay will miss Scotland’s World Cup clash against Moldova tomorrow after picking up an injury.

    It’s been revealed that the Manchester United midfielder has picked up a throat infection that will keep him out of the tie.

    However, reports suggest that McTominay could be back in the Scotland squad by the weekend if he recovers.

    McTominay’s absence will be a huge loss for Steve Clarke’s side as the 24-year-old scored the winning goal in Scotland’s previous World Cup tie last month against Israel.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO RETURN

    Dani Alves' return to Barcelona is set to be BLOCKED by LaLiga chiefs as they do not believe the claim his salary will be ONE EURO.

    The Brazilian full-back enjoyed eight supremely impressive years at the Nou Camp between 2008 and 2016.

    And, despite the Catalan giants' current financial crisis, they are keen to try and secure his return at the age of 38.

    However, according to Esport 3, LaLiga are expected to refuse Alves' second spell at Barcelona as they do not accept the club's proposal that his wage will be just one euro.

    The links with a second stint at Barca come two months after the ex-Juventus and PSG man had his Sao Paulo contract ripped up.

  • Justin Lawrence

    KOP24

    Steven Gerrard has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Aston Villa.

    The former Rangers boss, 41, was confirmed as Villa's new manager on Thursday morning.

    He has put pen to paper on a contract which could see him stay at Villa Park until the summer of 2024, according to Sky Sports' Andrew Dickson.

    Coincidentally, that is also when Jurgen Klopp's contract expires at Liverpool.

    First Gerrard will have to impress with Villa after they invested heavily in the squad last summer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SIGN POGBA

    Liverpool legend Steve McManaman has urged Real Madrid to sign Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.

    Pogba’s contract runs out next summer so McManaman reckons the Frenchman won’t be a gamble for Los Blancos.

    And the 28-year-old will also bring a fresh pair of legs to Real’s ageing midfielder, according to McManaman.

    The ex-Real ace told Horseracing.net: “It’s an easy move for Real Madrid to take him. You’re getting him on a free so you’re really not taking much of a gamble.

    “So you take into account what you have in the team -they’ve got Luka Modric who’s 36, Toni Kroos is into his thirties, Casemiro will be 30 in February.

    “That’s what you’re looking at. Of course you’ve got a number of players in and around the squad as well. I don’t think it would be a big issue to bring Pogba in.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT HAPPY

    Virgil van Dijk has declared war on Arsene Wenger – insisting: Your World Cup plans will wreck players’ health.

    And the Liverpool defender said he and his Kop teammates will hold showdown talks with the former Arsenal boss.

    VVD said: “A meeting is planned for the near future between Liverpool players, including myself, and Arsene Wenger.

    “It is to do with the plan to stage the World Cup finals every two years, and we will give our opinions as players.

    “I think that when senior players from Liverpool and other clubs give their opinions, the authorities have to listen to us.

    “The numbers of matches are piling up. On the one hand, playing in games is the greatest thing we can do.

    “But we also need to take a good look at players’ health and safety, and the gap between the end of one season and the start of another.

    “That is in order that everybody can recover properly.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    TYL HIM UP

    Arsenal are keen on a move for RB Leipzig’s American sensation Tyler Adams.

    The versatile 22-year-old has a reported release clause of just £32.25million.

    And according to German outlet SportBILD the Gunners are keeping a close eye on the midfielder.

    Arsenal were linked with Adams in the summer but after splashing the cash on the likes of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale a move never materialised.

    However Mikel Arteta and Emirates chiefs are now eyeing another swoop for their long-term target.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SAK SPEED

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has teased England teammate Kyle Walker about being faster than him.

    Walker posted an image of himself and Saka on Instagram, and it seemed they were competing for who was the fastest.

    He captioned the post: “Had to give him a head start!”

    Saka posted in the comment section and joked that he beat his national teammate in the race.

    He commented: “You lost bro” with laughing emojis.

  • Justin Lawrence

    STEVIE GLEE

    Steven Gerrard has officially been named Aston Villa's new manager – with the former Rangers chief to be backed in the January transfer window.

    The 114-cap former England midfielder has replaced Dean Smith as manager after his sacking following a FIFTH consecutive Prem defeat at Southampton.

    The Kop icon has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park and will be in charge for the first time next Saturday at home to Brighton.

    Gerrard said: “Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.

    “In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.

    “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club. Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart.

    "I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ATT WILL DO

    Chelsea have reportedly agreed a £20million fee to sign Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai.

    According to CNN Turk, he will sign a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge and join up with Thomas Tuchel's squad in January.

    Szalai, dubbed the Hungarian Virgil van Dijk, is expected to earn an annual salary of around £3.4m.

    He will likely be the eventual successor to 36-year-old Thiago Silva as the Brazilian's contract comes to an end in the summer.

    Szalai's valuation has soared since joining Super Lig giants Fenerbache from Cypriots Apollon Limassol in January – for just £1.8m.

  • Justin Lawrence

    TCHOU ON THAT

    Chelsea are monitoring Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni but several clubs are interested in the youngster, according to reports.

    Monaco are now looking for £42million to let him leave but that fee could rise once again, according to Tuttosport.

    And Chelsea could be rivalled in their transfer bid by Juventus, who have reportedly entered the race to sign the 21-year-old.

    Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid are also said to be keen on Tchouameni.

    With more than two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract, Monaco possess a good deal of negotiating power.

    And given multiple clubs want Tchouameni, the French outfit could use that to drive up their asking price even further.

  • Justin Lawrence

    GOING FOR GAZ

    Antonio Conte wants to bring Gareth Bale back to Tottenham for a third spell, according to reports.

    The Welshman's contract expires in the summer but there is a chance Spurs may move in January, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda.

    He told El Chiringuito TV: “Daniel Levy would like to take a Real Madrid player who is always injured.

    “He wanted to sign Eden Hazard, but Conte has told him ‘no’ because he knows him from when he trained at Chelsea and says that he has little intensity and that he is not a very hard worker.

    “The most striking thing is the player that Conte has asked Levy to take him to London. He is Gareth Bale.

    “Bale ends his contract at the end of the season, but in winter he would not be free.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT HAPPY

    Gary Neville has slammed Premier League bosses for decision to not support homeless charity Shelter.

    Top-flight clubs were hoping to back Shelter’s #NoHomeKit initiative by all wearing their change kits on Boxing Day.

    However, while the Football League has confirmed their support, the Premier League has said it goes against their rules.

    Their stance infuriated Neville who raged on Twitter: “Imagine refusing a request to raise money and awareness for homelessness.”

    But the ex-United star reckons Prem sides can change the league’s bosses mind and force them to ‘u-turn’ like prime minister Boris Johnson.

    Neville added: “A Johnson-like U-turn on its way if the clubs push hard!”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOWE AMBITION

    Eddie Howe has revealed that he felt Newcastle was the perfect fit for him upon becoming their new boss.

    Howe believes his and the Toon's ambitions align and he can't wait to get going on Tyneside.

    speaking at his first press conference, he said: "Everything just felt right.

    "The pull of the club is huge, the size and the history of the club and obviously the new ambitious plans. I just thought it was the perfect fit for me."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SHAW’S IDOL

    Manchester United ace Luke Shaw has revealed that ex-Chelsea star Ashley Cole was his idol growing up.

    Cole was the Blues’ No.1 left-back when Shaw was a kid, and the sight of him bombing up and down the wing at Stamford Bridge was a huge inspiration for the United defender.

    Shaw told Fan Nation: “With Ashley Cole, I looked up to him. He was one of the best left-backs in the world for a number of years.

    “(He) obviously played for England and I used to go to Chelsea games when I was younger and watch him and with me being a left-back.

    “I always looked up to him and wanted to be like him because if I could be anything like him then you know you are doing something right."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SAK SUPPORT

    Bukayo Saka has praised Arsenal team-mate Emile Smith Rowe for his England call-up.

    Rowe will get the chance to shine for the Three Lions in next week’s international break, and Saka reckons the midfielder deserves it after the form he’s been in for the Gunners.

    He said: “I think he deserves it. He has been playing extremely well for Arsenal, especially this season he is really starting to have an effect on games, scoring goals for us and winning games for us.

    “I’m really happy for him, I’m really happy he is here and I hope he can kick on and have a fantastic week, hopefully continuing his club form here (with England on the international stage) as well.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    TRANSFER BLOW

    Juventus have made signing Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic a priority, according to reports.

    The news is a blow to Arsenal, who are reportedly keen on the striker following his good form this season.

    Juventus have multiple attacking transfer targets, including Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, but according to Tuttosport Vlahovic is at the top of their shortlist.

    The Serbian, 21, has scored 10 goals in 12 games this term, eight of which have come in Serie A.

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOP BOY 

    MANCHESTER UNITED have made Brendan Rodgers their top target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it's been claimed.

    The Norwegian's long-term future at Old Trafford is still in major doubt, despite the brass' seemingly unwavering faith in him.

    But embarrassing defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have reportedly prompted the Red Devils to identify potential replacements for their former striker.

    And the Daily Star claims club chiefs want Leicester City boss Rodgers to take charge of the Old Trafford dugout.

    And they're said to be confident of acquiring his services.

    It's claimed a release clause in Rodgers' contract – which permits him to leave for a Champions League club – has given United confidence in landing their man.

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