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More from James Jennings now, the 32-year-old left-back who is now out of contract after his deal with National League side Wrexham expired yesterday.
“There’s not been a great deal of clarification from the governing bodies on when we’re going to be back in training,” he told 5 Live Breakfast.
“You’ve got to feel for the clubs as well because they’re facing difficult times. They’re going to be taking cuts in sponsorship and commercial revenue so they’re not really in a position to be sorting out their budget and doing their retained list [of players], knowing the players they’re going to be bringing in.
“It’s a bit like any other industry at the minute; it’s challenging times, not just for footballers. We’re facing decisions on whether we’ll be kept at the club. Financial cuts are no doubt going to be happening across all levels so we’ve just got to stay positive, stay pragmatic and hope it gets sorted out.”
Ayan: Favourite free transfer? Who other than our very own James Milner. Player. Model professional. Leader.
Hard to put a price tag on that.
From brilliant business to the simply bizarre moves, we want to hear about your favourite free transfers of all time this morning.
Former Tottenham and Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone says he still feels like he has “a lot to offer on and off the field” as he seeks a new challenge following his departure from Championship side Derby.
Aberdeen have confirmed that one of their players has tested positive for Covid-19, but is asymptomatic.
The first-team player is now self-isolating and none of his team-mates, coaches or any other training ground staff have returned a positive test.
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Left-back James Jennings, 32, was released by National League side Wrexham yesterday and has spoken to 5 Live Breakfast about now being a free agent.
“A lot of players lower down the leagues tend to be in a position like this every season, with having short-term contracts,” he said. “There isn’t much security of two or three-year deals, like you get higher up the football pyramid.
“It’s not uncommon, but with the position we find ourselves in, not knowing when the start of the [2020-21] season is going to be, it puts a bit more doubt in your head and uncertainty. It’s more challenging, a fear of the unknown. We don’t know when we’re going to be back in training or what club’s that going to be at.”
Southampton defender Maya Yoshida is one of the many footballers who is now a free agent.
It’s the start of July and naturally there will be plenty of players whose contracts come to an end yesterday and are now without a club.
With many leagues still completing fixtures postponed by the pandemic, it’s just another complication in what has been a very challenging season.
But those players are now up for grabs so this morning we want to hear about your favourite free transfers of all time – from the brilliant bits of business to the simply bizarre moves.
How about Juventus landing Andrea Pirlo for nothing? James Milner’s switch to Anfield? Jay-Jay Okocha trading Paris St-Germain for Bolton?
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Finally from today’s newspapers, the Mail describes teenage striker Mason Greenwood – the scorer of the opening goal in Tuesday’s win at Brighton – as Manchester United’s ‘trump card’.
As well as Tuesday’s Premier League action, the Guardian mentions how Leicester have said they can safely play the club’s fixtures at the King Power Stadium, despite the enforced local lockdown in the city.
Brighton boss Graham Potter admits the better won on Tuesday but says he was pleased with the response his side showed in the second half.
Visiting goalkeeper David de Gea had to make a flying save to deny Aaron Connolly as the Seagulls remain in 15th place, six points above the relegation zone.
When Bruno Fernandes arrived at Manchester United, he joined a team who had been jeered off by their own fans in a home defeat by Burnley days earlier.
It was the low point in the club’s season, their fourth defeat in seven Premier League matches.
The atmosphere at Old Trafford was called “toxic”, the performance an “embarrassment” and United’s squad was “the worst in the last 30 years” after that result on 22 January.
But just one signing later, United are a side transformed. They are the league’s form team in the eight matches since Fernandes’ arrival and the doom and gloom has lifted completely.
Here’s more from Shamoon Hafez on how Fernandes has sparked United’s transformation.
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Bruno Fernandes rounded off Manchester United’s victory with a well-taken volley to take them back above Wolves (on goal difference) and within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea.
After watching Mason Greenwood score the opening goal in Tuesday’s victory at Brighton, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “The players have reason to be confident because they are playing fantastically. There is quality in that team, our players are fit and we have competition for places now.
“We know Mason Greenwood can score goals like this but he is getting stronger, lockdown helped him. He had time to fill out and you can see the benefit from it. He will be exciting to follow.
“I’ve got more than one game-changer. We have some top players and Bruno [Fernandes] has come and been fantastic. He has brought that winning mentality with him, that 99% is not good enough – it has to be 100%.”
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Bruno Fernandes earned most of today’s headlines, but Mason Greenwood was also back in the goals for Manchester United.
The 18-year-old striker is now up to 13 goals from 40 first-team appearances this term. Not a bad return at all in his first full season as a professional.
The Mirror there has the latest on Leroy Sane, with Manchester City having agreed to sell the winger to Bayern Munich in a deal that could earn them £54.8m.
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From the Special One to ‘Special Bru’. The early signs are that Fernandes will have a much more enjoyable spell with Manchester United than his compatriot Jose Mourinho.
Bruno Fernandes has had some impact at Old Trafford. Since joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon during the winter transfer window, the Portuguese midfielder has scored six goals in 13 games and he’s yet to lose a game as a United player.
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So beginning with today’s newspapers, Bruno Fernandes was dubbed a ‘smiling assassin’ after scoring his first double for Manchester United.
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Manchester United brushed Brighton aside with a vibrant all-round display on Tuesday as their pursuit of a Champions League place gathered further momentum.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side totally dominated the contest and extended their unbeaten run to 15 games to move up to fifth in the Premier League, two points adrift of Chelsea.
Teenager Mason Greenwood bamboozled Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk with quick footwork and drilled in an accurate opener for the visitors.
United were ruthless in the final third as midfield playmaker Bruno Fernandes netted via a deflection, then volleyed in to finish a swift counter-attack, leaving Brighton in 15th place, six points above the relegation zone.