Neymar agent dismisses United speculation

It was reported by The Sun that United had produced a ‘discreet approach’ to Barca concerning the possible availability of Neymar, but the Brazilian’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro has ruled out the prospect of his client leaving the Nou Camp.

“There is nothing. He has 3 years left on his contract,” Ribeiro told GloboEsporte.

“The British newspapers are extremely speculative. Barcelona have by no means thought of selling Neymar and he’s extremely delighted there.”

Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013 and has established himself as a essential player for the Catalans.

Nonetheless, he will miss Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday as he recovers from mumps.

“From now on we’ll see his evolution and how he responds for the physical demands we place upon him,” stated Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.

“He is just starting the season and can must undergo a normal recovery method. His evolution will dictate when he are going to be prepared to play. One particular, two, 3 weeks. I do not know.”

McClaren refutes Monk’s accusation

Newcastle had been lowered to ten men just before the break just after Daryl Janmaat was shown two yellows for separate fouls on the Ecuadorian winger and Swansea manager Monk initially praised the referee for seeing the rough remedy given to one particular of his players.

“You could see their tactics was basically try and kick him (Montero), and complete credit for the referee for spotting it straight away,” Monk stated immediately after the game.

Nonetheless, Newcastle boss McClaren rejected Monk’s claim and insisted his group usually do not strategy to hurt teams within this way.

“We haven’t got a team capable of performing that and I don’t consider the game represents that now,” mentioned McClaren.

“Our team is usually a football group, not kickers, so I would dispute that.

“As usually, you make your presence identified for your opponent, which we did, but there was one particular tackle also many.

“I believed the red card was harsh, he was a extended way from goal and it was just a little tug. I thought the referee could have been lenient.”

McClaren then added: “We’ve discovered absolutely nothing currently aside from we need to keep 11 players on the field.

“I do not consider you could judge us on that game and that overall performance, which can be a shame.

“It’s type of a waste of a game when we must understand regarding the players and how we go about issues.”

Ranieri: We endure and fight together

In spite of doubts becoming cast more than Ranieri’s suitability inside the King Power Stadium hot seat, the Italian has now overseen two wins in his opening two matches as Leicester boss.

The Foxes took the lead through new signing Shinji Okazaki’s initial aim, with Riyad Mahrez ensuring that Dimitri Payet’s finish for the Hammers was a mere consolation.

Ranieri was fast to play down expectations right after his side climbed towards the top of the primitive league table, insisting he would rather “maintain a low profile”.

Speaking to reporters just after the game, he stated: “I appear at the table after which I say ‘okay, us six points’.

“That is essential for us, to not be top rated in the league. That is definitely for other individuals, not me. I do not believe an excessive amount of.

“I appear at my players, I train my players…they will win, they can draw, they’re able to lose. But now we have six points which can be pretty, crucial for us to keep ourselves and play in that league.

“I want to sustain a low profile. We can not feel we’re leading in the league. We have six points that is certainly critical for us.”

Ranieri was impressed with his side’s defensive resolve in surviving an onslaught in the household side right after Payet’s second-half strike, saying his side “suffer and fight together”.

“In the second half we suffered a great deal.

“First half we played effectively; ball around the floor, play quickly, two touches and I believe we surprised West Ham. Afterwards it was regular, West Ham play at house, choose to draw the match, and we conceded loads of the pitch to them.

“We endure after which I watched my players suffer and fight together. And that is it. They are afraid, I did not know, but now I am very satisfied for all the performances.”

“All the match was great for us,” he added, speaking to BBC Sport. “We are playing well. All the players play like a team, they play together with the ball on the ground and it’s crucial to raise our stamina and fitness, as well as our mentality.

“We are operating extremely challenging together with the defensive line. I’ve quite good players in front, really speedy however it is very important we all keep together.

“I did not desire to defend also deep but if you see your players go deep it is greater to help them with their mentality.”