Man City re-signing? Gundogan’s agent says “nothing has been agreed with any club”

Manchester City and Ilkay Gundogan have reportedly reached an agreement on a new contract, but his agent says nothing has been agreed.

City are just one step away from the ‘treble’. In the league, they pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Arsenal, and in the FA Cup final, they lifted the trophy with a 2-1 win over Manchester United. Now, if they win the Champions League final against Inter Milan, they will become the second English club to win the “treble” after Manchester United’s 1998-99 treble.

The victory over United was crucial to City’s quest for the treble, and Guendouane was at the center of it. Gundogan joined City from Dortmund in the summer of 2016 and was Pep Guardiola’s first signing for the club. He struggled with injuries and acclimatization early on, but quickly established himself as a key midfielder.

Guendouane has been a consistent player since the 2017-18 season. He played around 30 EPL games each season, anchoring City’s midfield. City won the league title in four of the last five seasons, from 2017-18 to last season, thanks in large part to Guendouan.

This season was no different. Guendouane started all 31 league games and helped City pull off a thrilling upset over Arsenal at the end of the season. It didn’t end there. Starting in the FA Cup final against Manchester United, Gundogan scored a multi-goal performance and was a key contributor to the win.

With the Champions League final still to come, City are keen to re-sign Guendouane. Transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano wrote on social media on Friday, “City’s offer to extend his contract is still valid. It is until the summer of 2024, with an option for a one-year extension. It was already proposed two weeks ago. We are waiting for Guindoan’s final decision.”

However, nothing has been agreed yet.

Guendouan’s agent told Romano exclusively: “Nothing has been agreed with City. Also, nothing has been agreed with any other club, the recent news is not true. Guendouane is focused on the Champions League final 안전놀이터.”

Kim Min-jae-Kim Young-kwon A-match without ‘2 KIM’… Klinsmann, “Opportunity for new players”

The national team will have to make do without Kim Min-jae (Napoli) and Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai) in defense.

The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, announced a 23-man roster on Friday morning ahead of a pair of friendly A matches in June. South Korea will play Peru and El Salvador on June 16 and 20 in Busan and Daejeon, respectively.

Compared to the March A-Match roster, the biggest change is in the defense. In March, Klinsmann had just been appointed when South Korea played Colombia and Uruguay, and the Korean Football Association (KFA) selected the roster based on the roster for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, so this June’s A-Match roster is effectively Klinsmann’s first.

The seven defenders on the roster are Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung), Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Ahn Hyun-beom (Jeju United), Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka), Kim Joo-sung (FC Seoul), and Park Ji-soo (Portimonense). Ahn is earning his first national team call-up, while Seol Young-woo has played zero A matches and Kim Joo-seong has played one A match. 먹튀검증

Existing core defender Kim Min-jae is scheduled for basic military training in June. Kim Young-kwon was injured in a K League match. The Korean national team will have to deploy a defensive Plan B for the two friendlies.

“As a national team coach, it’s difficult to deal with military training and injury variables,” Klinsmann said. There will be a lot of changes in the defense from March. I want to continue the continuity of the national team’s tactics, but it will be difficult in June,” said Klinsmann.

“Injuries to existing players can open doors for other players. It’s my job to bring out the best in new players. I’m sorry for the players who didn’t make the squad due to injury, but I hope the new players do well.”

Klinsmann traveled to Europe during the season, including Italy, to meet with European players, including Kim Min-jae. “Kim won the Italian Serie A,” Klinsmann said. It’s a proud moment for me as a Korean coach. It will be an incredible memory that he will never forget,” he congratulated Kim.

‘Hermann KKKKKK’ Yankees beat Dodgers for second straight day

The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight day to extend their winning streak to two games 안전놀이터.

The Yankees won 4-1 on Friday (May 5) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Yankees started with a lineup of Glavier Torres, Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton, Willie Calhoun, DJ LeMahieu, Jake Bauers, Isaiah Keiner, Palepa, Kyle Higashioka, and Anthony Volpe.

The Dodgers’ batting order was Mookie Betts-Freddie Freeman-Will Smith-Max Muncy-J.D. Martinez-David Peralta-Miguel Vargas-Chris Taylor-James Outman.

The score remained 0-0 until the sixth inning. It was the Yankees who broke the tie. In the top of the seventh, back-to-back singles by Bowers and Kainer-Palepa put runners on second and third with no outs and an infield grounder by Higashioka scored the first run.

The Dodgers tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on Martinez’s solo shot to left. In the top of the eighth, the Yankees put runners on second and third with a walk to Rizzo, a double to left-center by Stanton, and a grounder to second by Cabrera to regain the lead, 2-1. The Yankees took a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth on Wolf’s two-run homer to left.

Yankees starter Domingo Hermann pitched 6⅔ innings of four-hit ball (one homer), one walk and six strikeouts to earn the win. Wolff was the only player on the team with a multi-hit game, including a home run.

Dodgers starter Bobby Miller pitched well, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, but didn’t get much help from his offense.

Last Booster for Hangzhou–‘Minus 2G’ ERA of 0.96, NC’s Young-Gyu Kim

For left-handed reliever Kim Young-kyu (23-NC Dinos), it’s been an unfortunate “Game 2” of giving up big runs.

Kim pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen against the LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Thursday to earn his eighth hold of the season. He has allowed one run in six and one-third innings in his last seven games. Lowered his ERA to 3.92 (9 runs in 20 and two-thirds innings) from 4.34 before the game. The game was notable because it was a “washout” game after two previous blowouts.

In 20 appearances this season, Kim has pitched 16 games without allowing a run. He finished 80% of his appearances without giving up an earned run, but his ERA fluctuated in the 4-run range after the two big losses. Coincidentally, both games were against LG Electronics. He gave up four runs in the first inning against Jamsil on April 19 and three runs in the first inning against Changwon on April 2. With seven runs in just two games, 77.8% of their season total (nine runs) came in LG games 먹튀검증.

If you take out the two big games, his season ERA is 0.96 (two runs in 18 and two-thirds innings). That’s as good as any left-handed pitcher in the league, but when you add in his two LG starts, the picture changes. It’s encouraging to see that he’s lowered his ERA to the low 3s from a high 6s in mid-May. His batting average (0.178) and walks allowed per inning (WHIP-1.11) are both excellent for the season. As he gains experience, he’s becoming more competitive.

Kim Young-gyu was named to the preliminary roster for the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) announced in late April last year. There are 24 left-handed pitchers in total. Among the specialized bullpen resources, Baek Seung-gun (SSG Landers), Kim Jin-wook (Lotte Giants) and Choi Ji-min (KIA Tigers) stand out. With so many young left-handers in the league, the competition has intensified. When you look at the individual stats, Kim Young-kyu has his own ‘strengths’. He’s a hard-throwing left-handed bullpen arm that tops out at 150 mph. He has pitched 63 innings for four straight years, starting in 2019. His Inherited Runner Scored Percentage (IRS), a bullpen metric that tracks inherited runners, is as low as 21.4% (3/14) this year.

In an interview with this publication in April, Kim said, “I have no experience with the Taegeuk mark. It’s natural for every Korean player to want to wear the national team jersey. I’m greedy.” Since then, LG Electronics has suffered two major blunders that greatly deteriorated his personal performance, but he has gotten back on track and significantly lowered his detailed indicators. On the fourth day, LG Electronics restored its pride with a ‘sulshin’ to showcase its competitiveness.

‘Here we go’ Benzema confirms move to Al-Ittihad…and Ronaldo foe

After 14 years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is heading to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.

“Benzema has signed the main documents to become an Al Ittihad player,” transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano reported on social media on Friday, adding, “Here we go”. This is Romano’s signature phrase for definitive information.

메이저놀이터“The deal is valid until 2025, but it includes an option to extend the contract,” Romano went on to explain.

Benzema will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. “Our captain, Benzema, has agreed to end a spectacular and unforgettable time as a Real Madrid player,” the club said in an official statement on Thursday. Benzema, whose contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season, has decided to part ways with the club rather than extend his contract.

“Benzema has received a €400 million ($563 million) offer from Saudi Arabian champions Al Ittihad for a two-year contract starting in January,” ESPN reported on Jan. 1. “Benzema was initially reported to have agreed to a contract extension with Real Madrid earlier this month, but the situation has changed.” “Benzema’s future could lie with the Saudi club,” said Spanish outlet AS, adding, “The deal with Al-Ittihad is in its final stages. Real Madrid are also expected to formalize Benzema’s move,” said a source close to the deal. Benzema’s departure to Saudi Arabia was also reportedly confirmed when it was revealed that “Benzema asked Ronaldo what life is like in Saudi Arabia.”

Benzema’s arrival at Al Ittihad will see him play alongside his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who parted ways with Manchester United last November ahead of the World Cup, joined Al Nasr in January.

Saudi Arabia is planning Vision 2030, an economic and social reform project, and one of its goals is to host the 2030 World Cup. It is hoping to win votes by co-hosting the tournament with Egypt and Greece. To that end, Saudi Arabia bought Newcastle United and will sponsor the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Club World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. For the same reason: to make their domestic leagues more competitive. Clubs in their own leagues are using their “oil money” to pursue world stars, like Al Nasr, who bought Ronaldo. Al Hilal, who are chasing Lionel Messi, is a prime example, but several former stars have been linked to Saudi teams, including former Spain internationals Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, who have been linked with Barcelona.

Benzema has scored 354 goals for Real Madrid, second only to Ronaldo (450) in the club’s history. His 648 appearances for Real Madrid are fifth all-time behind Raul, Iker Casillas, Manuel Sanchis, and Sergio Ramos.

“Benzema will say goodbye to the Real Madrid fans and then leave for Saudi Arabia,” Romano reported.

Cho finally breaks his ‘silence’ “I don’t think it’s a slump, it’s just one of those flowing goals.

Cho Kyu-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai) finally broke his scoring ‘silence’.

Jo Kyu-sung and Moon Sun-min scored consecutive goals to give Jeonbuk a 2-0 win at home against Ulsan Hyundai in the 16th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on 3 March. With 21 points, Jeonbuk is now in sixth place, one point ahead of Daegu FC, who are without a game.

Cho Kyu-sung started the game from the bench. At the start of the second half, he took the field in place of Hapa Silva. After his substitution, Cho worked hard to create attacking chances, moving between the flanks and the centre, and rattled the Ulsan goal with a deflected header from Jun Amano’s cross in the 38th minute. In second-half stoppage time, Moon Sun-min scored the winning goal.

After the game, Cho Kyu-sung said, “We’re quite far behind Ulsan, but our pride was on the line and we really wanted to win, so I’m glad we were able to score and win. I didn’t think about anything after scoring the goal 스포츠토토.”

Cho Kyu-sung’s goal was his second in the league. It was his first goal in about three months since he scored against Suwon Samsung on 5 March. He said, “It’s been a long time since I scored, but I didn’t feel like I was in a slump. I thought it would come one day, and I think it was better than the other games because I scored in the Hyundai Derby,” he said, “I thought I just had to do my job. I thought it was natural for the fans to criticise me, and it was natural for me to show a good performance, but I thought I should prepare well,” he said calmly.

On the 5th, the national team’s roster for the June A match will be announced. “Of course, I’m a striker, so it’s natural for me to score goals. I knew Coach Klinsmann was here after the game. I hope the coach thinks well of me,” he laughed.

Acting coach Kim Doo-hyun said, “It would have been an important game for Cho Kyu-sung to gain confidence and change the flow.” “I think it was one of those goals that just flowed,” Cho Kyu-sung replied.

Blocking 3-15…Deliveries pushed back, women’s volleyball loses third straight shutout to VNL

South Korea women’s volleyball suffered its third straight 0-3 defeat at the 2023 Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

Head coach Cesar Gonzalez’s side fell to the USA in straight sets, 0-3 (16-25, 25-27, 11-25), in their third match of VNL Week 1 in Antalya, Turkey, on 4 April. Pyo Seung-ju led the way with 11 kills, but lost the battle in front of the net, including blocking. Her blocking record was a dismal 3-15. She also had no service points. It was the third consecutive match in which South Korea failed to win a set, following losses to Turkiye on the 1st and Canada on the 3rd. It was their 15th consecutive VNL loss, dating back to the last tournament when they lost all 12 matches.

Korea played well until the middle of the first set, but the middle blocker (centre) line quickly gave up the serve, and the spikes of the left and right attackers became dull, allowing them to be blocked continuously. They also committed seven unforced errors.

The decider was the second set. The Koreans took advantage of their opponent’s shaky serve-receive. KGC Ginseng centre duo Jung Ho-young and Park Eun-jin supported the scoring with their serves and front-of-the-net play, while setter Kim Dain added to the scoring with an exquisite two-step passing paint. Kim Mi-yeon, who was rated as a backup outside hitter (left side) before the tournament, fulfilled her role as the ‘gun’. Korea seemed to have won the first set in this VNL as they increased their lead to five points (23-18) ahead of set point.

However, back-to-back errors against a high US blocking wall and digging pressure led to Kang So-hwi’s attack being blocked by opposite hitter Daniel Coutino to tie the set. Korea regained a one-point lead at 24-23 when Moon Ji-yoon made an unforced error and conceded a deuce, and at 25-26, Park Eun-jin’s mobile attack was blocked by her opponent to force a second set.

Korea started the third set with their momentum slipping away. At one point, they rallied with defensive intensity, but a series of blocking and service errors saw them fall back. They dropped the set by the largest margin of the match.

“I hope we can get one win in every series,” said Korean coach Han Yoo-mi before the tournament began. South Korea has one match left in week one, against powerhouse Thailand. 메이저사이트

One step to the treble…’FA Cup winners’ City beat Man U 2-1 with Gundogan multi-goal display to return to top flight for first time in four seasons

Manchester City has won the FA Cup.

Manchester City won the English FA Cup final for the 2022-23 season against Manchester United 2-1 on penalties at Wembley Stadium in London, England, at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The victory marks City’s return to the top flight for the first time in four seasons and their seventh FA Cup title.

City fielded a full starting lineup, with the exception of cup-competition regular Stephan Ortega. Kyle Walker, Juventus Dias, Manuel Akanji, John Stones, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, and Elling Holland started. 토토사이트

City had the laughs from the start. In the first minute, from the kick-off, a ball sent in from the back at once was headed down by Holland. Viktor Lindelof was unable to clear the ball off the line and Gundogan took advantage with a stunning volley to open the scoring. The official time of the goal was 13 seconds.

After Gundogan’s goal, City took a clear lead. City continued to attack. In the fourth minute, from a free-kick, De Bruyne’s header was met by Rodriguez, but it went just wide of the target. In the sixth minute, Grealish’s shot was underpowered. City continued to pound away. 17th minute, Holland shot straight at De Gea. 21st minute, Holland’s shot was wide.

With City unable to add to their tally, the momentum started to shift in United’s favour. Relentlessly attacking the City defence, United eventually levelled the score. In the 33rd minute, Grealish committed a careless handball foul on Aaron Wan Bissaka inside the penalty box.

After checking the video assistant referee (VAR), the referee awarded a penalty kick (PK). Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take the spot kick and slotted home the equaliser. The first half ended 1-1.

City took the lead again. In the sixth minute of the second half, Der Bruyne’s free-kick was met by Gundogan at the back post, who volleyed home with his left foot. After City’s goal, the game resumed as it had in the first half, with City dominating possession, but United’s defensive concentration was not easily broken.

Desperate for an equaliser, United brought on Scott McTominay, Alejandro Garnacho and Baudelaires in a bid for a miracle, but it was not to be. City lifted the FA Cup trophy for the first time in four years. After the game, City manager Pep Guardiola broke down in tears of emotion.

Having won the Premier League and the FA Cup, City are now just one step away from the treble. All that remains is the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final against Inter Milan on 11 November. City have always aimed to reach Europe’s top flight since Sheikh Mansour took over, but have fallen short each time. There is no better chance than this time.

‘QS overwhelmingly No.1’ starters with five no-hitters, also thankful for ‘lowest No.1’ scoring support

They say baseball is a starting pitcher’s duel, but you can’t win if you’re not scoring runs. The Kiwoom Heroes, the team with the most runs scored this year, piled up another bunch of runs and continued their ignominious record of “eight games without a win” against the SSG Landers.

On the 3rd, Kiwoom lost 1-2 to SSG Landers in an away game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season at SSG Landers Field in Michuhol-gu, Incheon, Korea. The loss was their third in a row, leaving Kiwoom in eighth place in the league with 21 wins and 32 losses.

The performance was not much different from the previous day, when the team led until the eighth inning before giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose 2-3. The day before, Kiwoom got a quality start from starter Choi Won-tae, who pitched 6⅔ innings, including 5⅓ perfect innings, giving up two hits (one home run), one walk and striking out six. However, he gave up the tying run to Choi Jeong in the seventh and the game-winning hit to Kim Sung-hyun in the ninth.

It was more of the same today. Chung had the best performance of the day, pitching six innings of no-hit ball, striking out six and walking none. It was a flawless performance that could have been called perfect if it weren’t for a pair of wild pitches and a throwing error by the second baseman.

But even with the no-hitter, Kiwoom couldn’t relax. Opposing starter Oh Won-seok was pitching just as well as Chung Chan-heon (six innings and one run). A close pitching battle with a small margin of victory can put pressure on even the leading team, and Kiwoom couldn’t help but be reminded of the previous day’s upset loss and the fact that their opponents had been absolutely dominant this season. Before the game, Kiwoom head coach Hong Won-ki commented on the previous day’s loss, saying, “Our extra goal came too late. If we had scored a little earlier, it would have played a big role in our victory, but because of the late extra goal, we were still winning, but I think we felt like we were being chased.”

Through two days, Kiwoom had the most wickets in the league (428) but fewer goals (203 – fifth in the league). Unlike last year, when the centre-fielders like Lee Jung-hoo and Yasiel Puig were called upon at a high rate in scoring opportunities, there was no solution in sight this year.

As a result, the starters had a goal support of 3.82, the worst in the league. But even this was not to be believed. On the day, Kiwoom failed to capitalise on four chances, including two outs in the third, no outs in the fourth, two outs in the seventh, and two outs in the ninth. The starters’ run support was even lower at 3.77, and they eventually gave up a tying solo shot to Jeon Eui-san in the eighth and a walk-off hit to Kim Min-sik in the 10th to repeat the previous day’s nightmare.

Kiwoom pitchers have made the most quality starts (33) in the league this season. That’s a far cry from the second-placed Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions, who have 22. It’s a commanding lead. The lack of run support has resulted in a start-winning percentage of just 39.6 per cent (8th in the league). 스포츠토토

However, Kiwoom’s pitchers are more grateful than frustrated with their batters and talk of a one-team effort. Ariel Furado, who took the loss despite giving up two runs in seven innings against Gocheok Lotte on 27 March, said, “The batters feel sorry for me (because of the lack of run support). But baseball is a team sport. I was just grateful that I didn’t make any mistakes.”

Choi Won-tae, who did not get the win despite pitching 6⅔ innings of one-run ball, including 5⅓ perfect innings, against SSG in Incheon on the 2nd, said, “Winning is not something I can do. Rather, I’m more grateful that my teammates played really good defence. When the team is struggling, it’s more important for us to win than my individual performance. The more we win, the more the fans cheer for us, and the more they come. Right now, I’m just determined to throw as hard as I can to help the team win.”

Kim Ji-chan marks comeback with multi-hit performance…”The game went as well as I thought it would”

Samsung Lions’ Kim Ji-chan shared his thoughts on his comeback game.

Kim started at second base in the ninth spot in the lineup against the Hanwha Eagles at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on March 3. He went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. With Kim batting in the bottom of the order, Samsung defeated Hanwha 7-2.

Kim’s bat danced throughout the game. In his second at-bat of the fifth inning, Kim registered a comeback hit. With two outs, he lined a single to right off Felix Peña. In the eighth inning, he completed his multi-hit game with a single to right off Jung Woo-ram, and in the ninth inning, he reached base on a passed ball.

Returning from a hamstring injury, Kim made his presence felt from the first game. He was still fast, covering ground all over the field, and his hitting was so fluid that it didn’t feel like he was missing a beat. After the game, Kim said, “It always feels good to win. I went down to the second team for a while and came back up, but I’m even happier to win,” he smiled.

As expected, the game went well. “I tried to do the same thing with my batting,” Kim said, “and it worked out well because I did what I thought. It’s been a long time since I’ve played, so I tried to be aggressive, and my batting went well.”

Despite his nagging hamstring injury, it wasn’t a big deal this time. “I actually didn’t think it would be too bad this time. I thought it would be fine after a day or two of rest. I didn’t go to the second team because I was in a lot of pain, so I trained right after the pain subsided,” he said, expressing confidence in his physical condition.

He vowed to continue to work on injury prevention. “I work hard to prevent injuries, but my body doesn’t listen to me. I try to pay attention to the training part, and I work hard in my own way. Still, I feel like I can’t help it. When I’m sick, I try to rest, and when I’m well, I try to work hard to maintain my physical condition.”