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Premier League newcomer {statorium_player pid=6868 text="Bruno Guimaraes"} has spoken about his first three months in the league with {statorium_team tid=10 text="Newcastle United"}.

The Brazil international, 24, joined Newcastle from {statorium_team tid=61 text="Olympique Lyonnais"} in the French Ligue 1 after the French club initially denied the reports. After a brief period of adaptation, the Brazilian is now one of the first names on Eddie Howe's team sheet.

He has been pivotal to their rise back to mid-table places since the turn of the year, following an embarrassing start to the season under Steve Bruce. Newcastle now sit in 10th place after an impressive 2022 where they have outperformed every club in Europe's top five leagues.

Guimaraes has played 14 games for the Magpies in that period, scoring four and assisting one. He is fast becoming a fan favourite but has admitted that the adaptation was very difficult.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil about his adaptation to life in English football's top flight and Howe's influence on his adaptation, the former Flamengo man said: "It was a difficult adaptation, completely different. It is the hardest league in the world, without a doubt.

"The first two weeks were very difficult, but I had confidence in the coach. He talked to me a lot, said he wanted me to understand how the Premier League works, he wanted me to start some games on the bench.

"It was good for my adaptation, even at the beginning without understanding much, because when you arrive, you already want to play anyway. And it was no different for me. He told me I was going to play, he asked me to calm down, he told me to talk to everyone."

Howe gets praise from former Sunderland man

Former Sunderland man Don Hutchison has also heaped praise on Howe for the way he has incorporated the new signings into the side and gotten the team firing on all cylinders again.

Howe was given the job when Newcastle were five points from safety, but his role did not come with much expectations as the club earmarked him to be the manager if they end up getting relegated. The club believed Howe could pull off a promotion the next season following his job at Bournemouth, from where he was let go a few seasons ago.

Now, the Magpies have gone on to win 10 of their last 15 games, 14 of which Guimaraes played and performed excellently in.

Hutchison, a boyhood Newcastle fan, praised Howe while on pundit duty with Premier League Productions. “I put on social media a couple of weeks ago (saying) the job that Eddie Howe has done is remarkable and I got hammered," he said.

“(People said) ‘Yeah, but he spent £100million ’ What do you expect? He has spent his way out of trouble!’ Try telling that to the Newcastle fans who are watching Joe Willock and (Jacob) Murphy and Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton and Ryan Fraser - who have all improved under Eddie Howe.

“Kieran Trippier has been injured for a month. (Bruno) Guimaraes didn't start for five or six games when they bought him. Alright, they spend a bit of money but the upturn in their performances and their character and how good they are all of a sudden… the feel-good factor is back.”

{statorium_player pid=40 text="Christian Eriksen"} has come out with an interview following the events that occurred over the summer while representing Denmark at the Euro 2020 tournament.

The midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest as Denmark faced Finland in their {statorium_season sid=40 text="Euro 2020"} opener in Copenhagen last June. Eriksen fell to the ground and looked to be passing out but quick thinking from Simon Kjaer and the solid work from the medical staff on the pitch led to his life being saved.

Fans, players, coaches, clubs and pundits poured out heartfelt emotions towards the Dane's situation and his home country of Denmark honoured him in a big way during the tournament.

Denmark went on to reach the semi finals of the tournament, using Christian Eriksen's situation as motivation, much to the happiness of the midfielder. However, they were denied a third place playoff as UEFA changed the rules of the tournament before it began.

Since then, the former Tottenham Hotspur man has been in slow and steady recovery, and finally feels ready to play football again.

"It was quite extraordinary", Eriksen says of the show of affection received

Eriksen opened up about the incident in an interview with Danish TV channel DR 1. He said: "It was amazing that so many people felt the need to write or send flowers.

"It had an impact on so many people and they felt the need to let me and my family know. That made me very happy.

"At the hospital, they kept saying I'd receive more and more flowers.

"It was weird because I didn't expect people to send flowers - because I died for five minutes.

"It was quite extraordinary, but it was very nice of everyone and it's been a big help to me to receive all those best wishes. And people still write to me.

"I've thanked people I've met in person, I've thanked the doctors, my team-mates and their families in person.

"But all the fans who have sent thousands of letters, emails and flowers or who come up to me in the street - both in Italy and Denmark - I thank them all for the support that I got from all over the world that helped me through this."

Eriksen has offers from the Premier League, agent claims

The 29-year-old midfielder, who was contracted to Internazionale at the time, had to leave the Serie A title holders due to laws preventing anyone with a heart issue from participating in active sport in Italy.

An Inter statement after both parties agreed on a mutual contract termination read: "FC Internazionale Milano announces that an agreement has been reached for the consensual termination of Christian Eriksen’s contract.

“The club and the entire Nerazzurri family embrace the player and wish him the best for his future.

“Christian was a key figure in our march to the Scudetto – a team effort which Eriksen contributed to with his vision, intuition, passing, assists and goals, including some big ones.”

Now a free agent, Eriksen has been training at his boyhood club Ødense Boldklub in Denmark and in Switzerland when in Italy with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) fitted to him, as he looks for a way back into professional football.

Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots told Daily Mail that his client has offers to get back on the pitch, however.

Schoots said: "It is going really well for Christian. He had all the checks just before Christmas and the results were so good that we expect him to be involved in a group training with a team some time later in January.

"But I would prefer Christian to talk about this himself and he will do so very soon.

"Christian is very ambitious. Italy is one of the only countries with these regulations. 

"In other countries it is very different. His contract with Inter has been terminated and now we can look forward."

Eriksen has eyes set on World Cup

Despite his near-death experience, Eriksen has no intention of hanging up his boots.

Speaking in the interview with DR 1, he said: "My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play.

"That's been my mindset all along.

"It's a goal, it's a dream. Whether I'll be picked is another thing. But it's my dream to come back.

"I'm sure I can come back because I don\t feel any different. Physically, I'm back in top shape.

"That's my goal and it's still some time away. So until then, I'm just going to play football and prove that I'm back at the same level."

Former {statorium_team tid=7 text="Manchester United"} U-23 goalkeeper Paul Woolston has given his first interview since officially retiring from the sport in March.

The 23-year-old suffered a debilitating hip injury which kept him out of action for a very long time, and which after assessment by doctors, was revealed to have permanently hindered his ability to play football again.

This led to his heartbreaking retirement last month, after only just making it into the Manchester United first team dynamics from the U-23 squad.

Woolston, who is still recovering, spoke with BBC Sport on the injury which required two operations in March and April of 2020 and a lengthy rehabilitation period to get him to be able to walk again at the very least.

The Newcastle academy product revealed the specialists who monitored his recovery told him the condition was so severe that he may require a hip replacement by the time he clocks 25, and could still develop difficulties walking in the future regardless of the hip replacement.

"I completely zoned out," Woolston told BBC Sport. "Is he talking about me? Is this real? Surely this is wrong? It can't be me. It can't be right.

"The advice of the specialists was that if I continued for another two years, my way of life would be totally different, that I would struggle to walk.

"It would be a full hip replacement at the age of 25. From there it is a long road. It was simple things like, if I am lucky to have kids in the future, I didn't want to say: 'Sorry, I can't do it because I have ruined my hip'."

Man United playing key role in Woolston's recovery

Woolston has been receiving lots of support from Manchester United, however. The club has helped him financial management classes, is helping him with his coaching badges, and has also provided him with mentoring sessions with some of the club's senior players and staff.

Before his retirement, he was also offered words of support and encouragement by United's three senior goalkeepers, David de Gea, Dean Henderson and Lee Grant.

Woolston was full of praise and gratitude for the role United was playing in his recovery and their support in helping him shape the next phase of his life.

He also spoke of how he had to pull himself together to be able to talk about his struggles despite his finding it difficult to come to terms with.   

"It took a while to deal with it," he continued to BBC Sport. "At the start there was lots of 'why me?,' 'what have I done wrong?'. I wasn't wishing it on anyone else but it was: 'Why couldn't it happen to someone else?'

"I was right at the start of my career. It hasn't really started. It was like: 'Why? Why has it stopped my dreams coming true?'

"Once I fully understood what I needed to do, it was easier to know why instead of blaming myself and others. It is something that happened. It is life. It is tough. It is difficult. But there is not much you can do."

"It is quite scary [life outside football]," he added. "But it is also quite exciting. There is a world out there I haven't even dipped my toe into.

"I have a determination to succeed and that will never change. In two years' time I want to be starting to make a name for myself. I know it is not going to be easy. It is a difficult road and it takes time but I will come back.

"Mentally I want to be in a good place. I will be settled hopefully and using every bit of experience and advice to make me the person I want to be."

Sky Sports Italy have released a teaser of an interview with Chelsea striker {statorium_player pid=184 sid=112 text="Romelu Lukaku"} whose comments have sent shockwaves throughout the Chelsea fan base.

Lukaku rejoined {statorium_team tid=8 text="Chelsea"} from {statorium_team tid=108 text="Inter Milan"} for £97.5 million in the summer, ten years after he left the club to seek more opportunities.

The striker has scored a decent seven goals in 18 appearances for the Blues but has struggled to show his Inter form due to injuries, COVID-19 and Thomas Tuchel's tactics.

The 28-year-old striker spoke to Matteo Barzaghi of Sky Sports Italy about his feelings following the move from Inter, his time at Chelsea, and his love for Italy.

“After two years in Italy, where I worked so hard at Inter with the fitness staff and nutritionist, I feel better than ever,” the former Manchester United man.

“However, I am not happy with the situation at Chelsea, that is normal. I think the coach chose to play a different system, I just have to not give up, keep working and be professional. I am not happy with the situation, but I’m a hard worker and I mustn’t give up.”

Lukaku apologises to Inter fans

Inter supporters turned on the 28-year-old and called him a ‘traitor’ for asking the club to accept Chelsea's transfer offer.

Lukaku has always wanted to return to Stamford Bridge and didn't hesitate to take the chance when it came knocking.

Now Lukaku has expressed some regrets on the way the transfer player out and apologised to the fans of the Nerazurri.

“It wasn’t meant to happen like that," Lukaku said. "The way I left Inter, the way I communicated with the fans, this annoys me, because this might not be the right time to say it, but back then it didn’t feel like the right moment either.

“Now I think it’s right to speak, because I said that I will always have Inter in my heart and I genuinely hope to one day go back to play there. I am in love with Italy, this is the time to let people know what really happened, without bad-mouthing anyone, because that’s not my style.

“I want to apologise to Inter fans, because I think the way I left should’ve been done differently. I should’ve spoken to you first, because the things you did for me, for my family, my mother, my son, those will stay with me for the rest of my life.

“I really, genuinely from the bottom of my heart hope to come back to Inter, not at the end of my career, but while I am still at the level to win more trophies.”

{statorium_team tid=66 text="Paris Saint-Germain"} chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has defended his club's business model to BBC Sport.

Al-Khelaifi, chairman of Qatar Sports Investments, acquired PSG in 2011 for €70 million and has since spent billions on the club to remodel it into the European Super power it currently is.

The club is enjoying its most successful period under the ownership of Al-Khelaifi's group, winning titles every year in France and attracting the best players from all over the world.

The French league has also seen marked improvement and interest from the rest of the world as a result of the players that PSG have been able to attract to the club.

However, PSG have negatively affected the transfer market in recent times due to their modus operandi which entails outspending every other club in the transfer market.

Clubs tend to use PSG as bargaining chips to hike the prices of players and many have spoken against the way in which the club spends in the transfer market.

The business mogul spoke to BBC Sport in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday and he was asked about his business model.

Al-Khelaifi says the model has benefitted football and in turn questioned the business models of other clubs.

"Imagine there was no investment over the past few years. Football would have collapsed, I promise you," he said to BBC Sport.

"We are an investment fund. We bought the club for €70 million. We have since received offers in the multi-billions. This is the brand we built as a real investment - across men's and women's teams. People criticise because it is sovereign wealth.

"What about other forms of ownership - is the private equity takeover of sport about social good? What about clubs leveraged to the sky by private individuals - is that good? Barcelona is a fan-owned club with €1.5bn debt - does that work?

"Our investment in PSG also doesn't just help one club. Imagine PSG were not in the French League. Where would the league find an investment fund to invest €1.5bn, which goes to the small clubs to invest?

"When you look at the full picture of what we are doing, it has raised the level."

The spending of PSG and other wealthy clubs have led to UEFA's introduction of Financial Fair Play rules to limit how much clubs can spend on transfers and wages. An update to the current rules is proposed to takeoff from 2025.

Still, a few concerns exist over PSG whose funding comes from a state. Al-Khelaifi addressed this issues to BBC Sport as well.

"This process started long before I became ECA chairman. Second, the ECA is all about collective leadership - our ExCo, our vice-chairmen, our executive board - many decision making bodies, all transparent, all involving clubs of all sizes," said Al-Khelaifi.

"Do you think, even though I am chairman of ECA, that one club can do something that the other 246 clubs and all the other stakeholders don't want?

"It is madness - but people like to think I have some master plan, it fits the set narrative.

"As a club chairman, if you told me there was a salary cap, I would be the first one to sign."