Fonseca wants Mkhitaryan stay, Salah’s World Cup woes explained and more

The Serie A club want to prolong the Armenian’s stay at Rome, and their coach has also expressed his wish to see Mkhitaryan stay beyond the current year.

Paulo Fonseca is eager to prolong Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s stay in Rome and claims that the Giallorossi will hold talks with the player before his loan spell ends in the summer.

The Armenian playmaker signed for Arsenal in a swap deal that included Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United during the winter transfer window in 2018. He had since appeared in 39 league appearances for the Gunners, scoring 8 goals, but made the temporary switch to Roma at the beginning of this season.

He has seemingly managed to reignite his creative spark, and Fonseca is confident that both clubs and player will manage to come to an agreement that will allow him to extend his stay. “I want Henrikh to stay and I think he wants the same too. He is a great player but before I say anything else, we must remember that we have to talk to Arsenal too.”

Fonseca wants to see the Armenian midfielder remain at Stadio Olimpico
Mkhitaryan has found form again while at Olimpico. Copyright: imago images / LaPresse

Top News 2: Image rights disagreement led to Salah's poor WC

Key star missing from Liverpool training
Copyright: imago images / Agencia EFE
A former EFA sporting official has lifted a lit on Mohamed Salah‘s poor showing during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, saying a difference of opinion over the use of his image rights threw him off balance.

Hazem Emam, who served as a official of Egypt’s football association, is convinced that the Liverpool winger’s dispute with former EFA president Hani Abu Reeda proved to be a major distraction. Egypt subsequently crashed out in the group stage during the 2018 showpiece, losing all three games.

At a recent interview with television channel OnTime Sports, Hazem Emam further elaborated the issue, adding: “We made a mistake in not asking Salah before using his image on the national team aeroplane. This proved to be a bad influence on the boy and he stopped celebrating his goals at the World Cup after that.”


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Top News 3: 'I want a trophy before the season ends' - Sergio Ramos aiming more silverware

The Real Madrid stalwart has set his eyes on more silverware when the season returns
Sergio Ramos wants to finish the season with a trophy. Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Wire

The Real Madrid defensive stalwart wants to lift a trophy along with his teammates, but he is aware that he might have to wait before public health is guaranteed.

Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos is excited at the prospect of winning a trophy with his team before the end of the season, but admits that patience is needed while the world copes with the coronavirus. Clubs in Spain are reportedly close to returning to training duties and rumours are circulating that the season could restart as soon as June.

Real Madrid are still competing on two fronts, chasing Barcelona in La Liga while also still alive among the Champions League’s last 16 teams. Their captain evidently misses being on the pitch, but is prepared to wait a little bit more.

“As a professional, I am looking forward to getting back on the football pitch, playing again and competing with my team, both domestically and in Europe. But, until this situation is 100% behind us, we can’t allow to slip up, we must follow the guidelines at all times in order to win this battle with the virus.”

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