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Roma striker says Jose Mourinho has taught him how to play more aggressively

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Abraham left Chelsea to move to the Italian capital in the summer and has hit five goals so far this season.

A dip in form for Roma has coincided with a barren spell for Abraham, with just one goal in his last eight games.

“I felt the sooner I settled in the better and started learning different types of football and different styles. I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully, I can keep up the level of performance I need to stay in the team.

“Of course (the World Cup) was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels, and hopefully, I can keep striving on.”

Abraham came off the bench to replace hat-trick hero Harry Kane in Friday’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Albania at Wembley.

He now has nine caps and two goals for England and will be hoping for a rare start when England faces San Marino on Monday night, knowing a draw would guarantee them a place at next year’s World Cup.

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“Yes, of course, I’m always someone who backs myself and believes in myself and you have to be ready because anything can happen in football,” he said when asked if he is determined to become the go-to man to replace captain Kane when needed.

“(Kane is) phenomenal. Everyone is so delighted for him, especially on the bench, every time he scored. It just shows that he’s world-class.

“He got into certain positions where the odds are not in his favour, apparently, but he puts them away like he always does.

“You know he’s striving and striving and trying to get better every game. He’s someone I really look up to and hopefully, he can get many more.”

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Barcelona set 2week deadline for $131m star to decide future amid Manchester United, Liverpool links

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Dembele, who just has six months left on his current deal with Barcelona, has not signed an extension yet and will be free to negotiate with other clubs from January.

It is reported that Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has been purposely delaying contract talks by asking for clarification about Dembele’s role at the club.

The Catalans suspect the former is looking to offer his client to the highest bidder.

However, Dembele has since struggled to live up to the price tag, mostly because of his injuries that have ruined his journey so far at Camp Nou. 

Dembele, who came off the bench in Barcelona’s previous two fixtures, has so far played only three competitive matches for Barcelona this season and is yet to go on the scoring sheet.

Dembele is still just 24 and former Al-Sadd boss Xavi believes the player is still capable of big things and wants to help him rediscover his form.

The France national moved from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona at $131 million ahead of the 2017-18 season.

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Lionel Messi wins record seventh men’s Ballon d’Or

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Messi, who left Barcelona as a free agent to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, was presented with the award for best men’s footballer in the world on Monday night in Paris after another record-breaking 12 months for club and country.

“I’m really proud to win the France Football Ballon d’Or once again,” said Messi. “It’s incredible to win it for the seventh time.

Messi, who wore a sparkly dinner jacket at the ceremony in Paris, collected the honour for a record sixth time in 2019 – one ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo – before the awards were cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Poland international Lewandowski, 33, who was widely expected to win last year, finished second after scoring 38 goals in 30 league games for Bayern in 2021.


Meanwhile, Jorginho finished third after a standout year in which he helped Italy to glory at the delayed Euro 2020 after lifting the Champions League trophy with Chelsea in May.

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was the highest-ranked England player for the men’s award, finishing 15th, with compatriots Mason Mount, Harry Kane and Phil Foden 19th, 23rd and 25th respectively.

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Wasafibet – Diamond Platinumz launches new betting company, partners with Odibets

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Diamond has officially launched the new betting company dubbed WasafiBet at a ceremony that brought Bongo elites together.

Through his Instagram he launched WasafiBet on Friday, November 26, and captioned it “Pesa lipo.

Due to his massive following, it was established shortly after unveiling the product with over 10K followers in hours.

The betting company’s Instagram page and Twitter handle gained more than 10,000 followers in less than one hour after Diamond’s launching.

WasafiBet Instagram page hints that the company have an association with a Kenyan betting company Odibets.

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