Karius opens up on UCL final nightmare, Kante prefers London stay and more


Karius regrets the way he dealt with criticism in the aftermath of his UCL final performance

Karius cost Liverpool in the UCL final, conceding two avoidable goals
Loris Karius had a nightmare showing in the UCL final against Real Madrid. Copyright: imago images / MIS

The on-loan Beşiktaş goalkeeper is adamant that a concussion was the sole reason behind his shocking performance in the Champions League final in 2018.

Loris Karius said that his Champions League final experience was a huge learning curve for him, especially in the way he deals with criticism, while he's also unsatisfied with how his errors were perceived by the media and the football world.

The German goalkeeper started in the European showpiece in Kiev, with Liverpool reaching their first European final since 2007. That proved to be a costly decision, however, with Karius practically gifting the win to Real Madrid with two goalkeeping shockers.

Looking back at the event in an interview with Sport Bild, Karius concluded: "I can honestly say that I've learned quite a lot since then! I also carry regrets at not dealing with the whole criticism more aggressively in public as some of the reactions were greatly exaggerated and over the top."

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Kante isn't planning on leaving Chelsea anytime soon

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Kante made his name at Leicester before making the switch to London. Image Copyright: imago images / eu-images

The World Cup winner has no intentions of leaving the London giants anytime soon, saying he'll only leave Chelsea if he feels like he's being "forced out" of the club.

N'Golo Kante maintains that his full focus is on his current club, amid multiple rumours in the media linking him with a summer move to both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He's already missed 20 games of Chelsea's current season due to persistent hamstring, knee and ankle injuries.

There is also the fact that several rising stars have emerged in the first-team squad this season. Billy Gilmour's recent performances, Ruben Loftus-Cheek's return from injury as well as options like Ross Barkley and Mason Mount suggests that Frank Lampard has plenty of options to fill the midfield void.

Kante, who is also Chelsea's highest paid player with a weekly salary of £290,000 ($362k) per week, would hardly accept a place on the bench. However, given his status among his team-mates and the way he's settled in London, we can expect to see him a few more years in a Blues shirt.

Leroy Sane reportedly in talks with several 'absolute top clubs'

Sane has long been linked with a move to Bavaria
Leroy Sane has long been linked with a move to Bayern Munich. Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Wire

The speedy winger has long been linked to complete a move away from the Citizens. Sane only has a year left on his current contract so a summer move is likely to be on the cards

Damir Smoljan, Leroy Sane's representative, has claimed that several "absolute top clubs" have approached him regarding Sane's availability. He believes that the winger can achieve his dream of conquering Europe with Bayern Munich.

The German international was approaching a return to soccer after stepping up his rehabilitation from the cruciate knee ligament injury which he sustained back in August until the coronavirus outbreak called a brief halt to proceedings.

Smoljan claims the interest from Germany is not the only one that they have been receiving. "Bayern is the only club in Germany that Leroy can imagine as his next career choice, as it would allow him to achieve his UCL dream. The interest from the Bavarians is no secret but we have also received inquiries from a lot of top clubs."

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