Tue 17 Jan by Nick Said




“There is at least one offer on the table from a European club that goes above the buyout as instructed by the [Premier Soccer League] Dispute Resolution Chamber. That offer is not subject to appearances in order to reach the buyout amount, it is a guarantee of the buyout amount.” – A statement by Paul Mitchell, agent for want-away Mamelodi Sundowns star Keagan Dolly, says The Brazilians’ contentious buy-out clause in the contract of his player has been met, putting the ball in the Chloorkop club’s court.


"I have no individual targets because that I did already, after three months in England. After I conquered England – it took three months!" – Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is never shy to give himself a pat on the back.


"You [the media] asked me who was the favourite and I answered Zimbabwe. You all laughed. But in this group, there is no small team. I hope that this point against Algeria will motivate my players to do better against the next game against Senegal." – Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa says his side do not deserve the minnow tag in an African Nations Cup Group B that also contains Tunisia and Senegal after his side drew their opener 2-2 with Algeria.


“It is awful for my players. I said to the players to be positive because they have done fantastic things in this season but didn't always get what we deserve. I think all managers can say this, though." – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the biggest defeat of his managerial career, a 4-0 loss to Everton.


“We are in joy. Despite the difficulties of the country, we qualified [for the Nations Cup]. We knew that Gabon was an excellent team. We also know that they have the best player in Africa and Europe [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang]. We have our limitations, but we came here with ambition. We will try to go as far as possible. This is a very difficult competition.” – Guinea-Bissau coach Baciro Candé after his side snatched a 1-1 draw at hosts Gabon in the African Nations Cup.


“Very difficult ... never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but in this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.” – Cristiano Ronaldo says the dugout isn’t for him.


"What pleased me most of all was seeing the fans so happy and reading the letters people sent to us from all over the world. That showed me that it wasn’t just about sport and that we could touch people from other walks of life. People said: ‘If Leicester can win the Premier League, everyone can fight for good things in life, even when the chances of success are slim’." – Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri recounts the effect his team’s shock Premier League win had on people all around the world.