Bookies across the UK think Cristiano Ronaldo is going to Manchester United.
Skybet currently has Ronaldo odds on at 1/12 with Manchester City in second place with odds of 6/1. City’s odds have changed dramatically after a well respected source confirmed that the team has dropped out of the race.
Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano has been on Twitter to reveal all of this in the last few minutes.
While Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has been in direct contact with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, no official bid was ever lodged for the player nor were personal terms agreed between both parties.
Speaking on United’s involvement, Romano wrote on social media: “Manchester United have been in direct contact with Jorge Mendes since yesterday night for Cristiano Ronaldo comeback.
“Now board talking about figures of the deal, potential salary & also fee for Juventus.”
All of this happened at the same time Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær had his say on the matter, stating: “Cristiano is a legend of this club, the greatest player of all time if you ask me.
“I was fortunate enough to play with him. I coached him when I got my job. Let’s see what happens.
“We’ve always had a good communication. Bruno has been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him.
“If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows WE ARE HERE”.
It was revealed at around 1.30pm today that Ronaldo had boarded his private jet in Turin alongside his agent, ready to leave the country. Now it seems the entire sporting world is fixated on the direction of that flight.
With nothing yet confirmed, one thing is for sure, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus and is looking for a new club.
Will that club be in Manchester? Only time will tell – but things are moving very quickly, and the red half of the city are waiting with baited breath.
All Premier League players to be given mandatory sexual consent training
It has been confirmed that the Premier League has introduced mandatory sexual consent training for all players and staff.
Ahead of the 2022/23 football season starting this weekend, and following what has been a recent string of high-profile cases and enhanced police action in England involving top-flight footballers, the Premier League has made the decision to introduce mandatory sexual consent training for all players and staff in what has been described as a “long-overdue step in the right direction”.
The training sessions – which were first reported by the Telegraph – are part of a wider safeguarding education programme that was updated and developed after the Sheldon report, and are set to address healthy and respectful relationships, and include understanding harassment and consent.
The Sheldon report was an independent review into historical child sexual abuse in football.
It revealed “significant institutional failings” by the Football Association (FA), and said the organisation “did not do enough to keep children safe”.
The mandatory sexual consent training sessions are also being introduced after a coalition of women’s groups sent an open letter to the FA and Premier League back in February that urged them “to confront a culture of gender-based violence”.
As well as mandatory training, the coalition – which made up of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, The Three Hijabis, and Level Up – also asked for Premier League clubs to “adopt clear sexual misconduct policies and protocols”.
They also wanted clubs to sign a charter “to tackle unacceptable behaviour”.
The coalition met with the Premier League in March and June – however, according to BBC Sport, the groups have said the FA has not yet engaged with them.
Speaking on the confirmation by the Premier League that mandatory sexual consent training is to be given to Premier League players and staff, Andrea Simon – Director at End Violence Against Women Coalition – said: “Today’s announcement is a long overdue and important first step in the right direction.
“Gender-based violence is a pervasive and systemic issue that must be addressed across the football industry as a whole, with urgent and coordinated action.”
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Where to watch the football in Manchester this summer 2022
Considering Manchester’s a city obsessed with football, surprisingly, it’s not always the easiest place to find somewhere good to watch the match.
We’ve been inundated with messages asking us where to go this summer, so we’ve knuckled down and done the leg work for you – digging out some of the best spots in Manchester to watch the football outside (and in) this summer.
Keep reading to find out where you should be booking for all the upcoming Premier League fixtures. This piece will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.
Kicking off the launch of the Premier League in style, Joshua Brooks is going all out with giant beer pitchers, a massive 3m wide screen and pizzas courtesy of its new kitchen resident Tanto Amore.
With club nights raging on in its basement from early evening, you can even make a whole night of it – going down for the footie, then staying on for a boogie.
Manchester’s new-ish giant sports bar Box is, of course, screening the football this summer.
The huge venue has screens all over the place, so you’ll never be far from the action if you pick the Deansgate bar to watch all the action.
This Castlefield gastropub has it all: canal-side dining, plenty of outdoor seating and loads of big screens for showing the football. With room for 250 outside alone (and that’s not including the balcony), there’ll be plenty of space for fans to watch the action, weather permitting. If the heavens do open, there’s room for another 300 inside.
Binary Bar is a reliable spot for sports fans in Castlefield, showing all the sports fixtures this summer – footie included. As well as a good selection of pints and a classic cocktail menu, they’ve also got a kitchen service up burgers, pizzas, wings and wraps.
Hotel Football & Cafe Football
With it proudly being Manchester’s “home of the Euros” and also owned by the Class of 92, naturally, you’d expect Old Trafford’s Hotel Football to be showing all the important matches this summer.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes
With a couple of tables always left open for walk-ins, this Mount Street sports bar is a decent shout if you’re looking for somewhere to catch the game last minute. Bringing the inside out, all outdoor seating comes with a guaranteed good view of a TV screen. What more do you want?
Aussie sports bar Walkabout is not short of big screens to watch the match on this summer. Whether you support Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal or any of the other big boys, Walkabout will be showing all the fixtures live so you don’t miss any of the action.
Showing the fixtures all summer, Yates is another solid go-to for sports fans looking for big screen action and affordable drinks. From the Premier League to the World Cup 2022, if there’s a match you want to see you can trust that Yates will be screening it.
With BT Sport and Sky Sports access, you can watch all televised Premier League matches and the top European action from UEFA Champions League, Europa League and more at O’Neills. Tables here are available to book in advance, and there’s even a Carling Score Predictor game on its app allowing you to win prizes if you guess correctly.
Bavarian party bar Bierkeller isn’t just all steins and oompah, it’s also a great place to catch the match. The shooters sports bar boasts a whopping 20 TV screens, plus a massive projector screen and a large LED superscreen – so no matter where you’re sat, you won’t miss a thing.
The Crown and Anchor
This popular family-run pub on Hilton Street will be showing all the football fixtures this summer. Grab a seat in its cute little enclosed courtyard beer garden or up on the roof terrace, and load up on homely grub from the kitchen – washed down with some of the city’s most reasonably-priced bevs.
This beer bar and microbrewery on First Street has some lush beers on draught, many pumped straight out of the brew tanks in its cellar, and decent grub too. They’ll be showing all the football this summer, but to secure a table you’ll need to book by email.
Offering a strong selection of craft ales, beers and ciders, The Dockyard at Media City will be screening all the Euros fixtures this summer. Advance bookings are recommended.