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first_imgManchester United have reportedly held talks to sign Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are adamant Ainsley Maitland-Niles is going nowhere before the transfer deadline and have rubbished rumours he could be set for a sensational move to Manchester United.Maitland-Niles was on the brink of a £30million switch to Wolves earlier this summer but Mikel Arteta made it clear that the versatile 23-year-old remained a key part of his plans for the future after an outstanding performance in the Community Shield.Reports this week suggested Arsenal and Arteta had backtracked on this stance, with United holding advanced discussions to land Maitland-Niles in a £20m deal plus bonuses and add-ons. Arsenal respond to rumours Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be joining Manchester United The England youngster was linked with Wolves earlier this summer (Picture: Getty)In an interview with BT Sport last month, Maitland-Niles heaped praise on Arteta and revealed how the Spaniard had given him the confidence to go out and express himself on the pitch.‘It’s fantastic, the manager gives so much belief in me and tells me to express myself and show the world how good I am,’ he said.‘It helps when you’re on the pitch so that’s all I can ask for.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe youngster said he was confident that Arsenal winning the FA Cup last season was a sign of things to come under Arteta.‘He made it clear when he came in that he wants to do things his way,’ Maitland-Niles added.‘Everyone needs to be on board and I think everyone’s done fantastic to be behind him as a manager and be together as a team.‘It showed at the end of the season when we picked up that trophy.‘I think the way he’s doing things is fantastic.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Why Mikel Arteta has held back new Arsenal signings Gabriel and William SalibaMORE: Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s agent responds to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain rumours Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Comment Arteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:14FullscreenArteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-arsenal-beaten-3-1-liverpool-2258966/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After all, the Gunners are looking to raise funds for either Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and have been listening to offers for a number of their first-team stars, including Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to Goal, Maitland-Niles is not on this list of players up for sale and Arsenal have brushed off the latest reports surrounding the England international as ‘pure speculation’.The Red Devils have also distanced themselves from rumours of a possible agreement for Maitland-Niles and are instead pursuing a deal for Porto left-back Alex Telles.Porto are demanding a fee of £18m for Telles and have turned down United’s two opening bids for the Brazil international. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img“Senegal have a magnificent team. There are young players, a lot of whom have played in France and now in England.”Having waited for the call that never came, Koulibaly was astounded to hear France coach Didier Deschamps cite his name in an interview on French television last year when asked about players who he was monitoring.“I was watching the programme without really paying attention and then I heard my name. He must have missed something. I don’t blame him for it,” said Koulibaly, who is now focused fully on helping the country of his roots.Runners-up in 2002, Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations before.However, the presence of players such as Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Sadio Mane, Moussa Sow and Koulibaly in their squad means they are one of the favourites going into this year’s tournament in Gabon.In a Group B also containing much-fancied Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, Senegal should at least make the knockout rounds, something they failed to do in Equatorial Guinea two years ago.“Our common objective is to get past the first round,” admitted Koulibaly, who has shaken off an injury to make the squad, after an audience with President Macky Sall.Finishing ahead of Algeria would be no mean feat, and the sides will meet each other in a likely group decider in Franceville on January 23.The Fennecs of Algeria have a star-studded front line, but none of them will relish coming up against Koulibaly, a player revered at Napoli and described by club legend Diego Maradona as a “phenomenon”.After modest beginnings at Metz, the defender starred for Genk in Belgium, earning himself a move to Napoli in 2014 when Rafa Benitez was still in charge of the Italians.Koulibaly did not initially believe the Spaniard could possibly be interested in him, saying: “I thought it was a friend joking around.”But the move happened and the player’s stock has risen to such an extent that English Premier League leaders Chelsea have been linked with a mega bid of £50 million for his services.Nevertheless, his presence in Gabon allied with Napoli’s continuing involvement in the UEFA Champions League means any transfer will surely have to wait until the end of the season at least.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted he waited and waited for the call to come from France before choosing to play for Senegal, and does not regret his decision for one second.The powerful 25-year-old centre-back was born in France and represented the country of his birth at under-20 level, but he accepted the call from coach Aliou Cisse in September 2015 to help the Lions of Teranga qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.“I waited for a long time for a call-up for Les Bleus,” says the Napoli star. “I know there was a possibility at the time of my arrival at Napoli, but I have made my decision now and I don’t regret it.last_img read more