- It’s been a good week for Southampton, who stood up against Liverpool
- They refused to sell Virgil van Dijk, despite the player’s love for Jurgen Klopp
- England bowler Mark Wood has shown his class at the Champions Trophy
- Nolito is pushing to leave Manchester City and even hit out at the weather
It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s IAN LADYMAN reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold.
Can’t help feeling Virgil van Dijk may still end up at Liverpool but at least Southampton have taken a stance against the practice of tapping up players that is now so widespread nobody really tries to hide it any more. On that note, there is at least one other prominent club that knows Liverpool have recently been ‘all over’ their player but are not minded to do anything about it.
After Southampton’s principled stance Virgil van Dijk will not be joining Liverpool… for now
The former England midfielder is still going strong at Fulham at the age of 36 but his publicly-stated desire to move into management at some stage has not gone unnoticed. Premier League clubs including his old friends at Tottenham are watching closely with a view to offering him a place on the first rung of the coaching ladder.
Hard not to like a bloke who can bowl at 90mph off a five-pace run-up, gives it a biff when he bats and usually has a smile on his face. Not sure about some of that dancing in the outfield – you will only look daft when you drop one – but we might just have a surprise star of the Champions Trophy in our team. Keeping him fit for the Ashes this winter is vital.
With his fast bowling and sense of humour, Mark Wood has lifted England’s ODI cricket team
Hard to object to the Spaniard’s complaints about the Manchester weather given that the heating was on here during election night. But the fact that Manchester City player admitted in an interview that he can barely speak any English was more damning. How can players expect to settle in a foreign town if they haven’t the confidence even to say good morning to the postman?
Nolito had a big moan about the Manchester weather and wants to leave the club
If the Chelsea manager really did tell Diego Costa by text message that he was no longer wanted, it’s hard to believe the volatile Spaniard didn’t reply in kind. But perhaps the best comeback would simply have been: ‘Who is this? I don’ t have this number in my phone…’
Superb effort by Real Madrid to retain the Champions League and hard to begrudge the presence of their families on the big night. But making the defeated Juventus players wait for half an hour to collect their loser’s medals while they posed for pictures with wives and children was just wrong. I blame UEFA. I usually do.
Real Madrid’s post-match Champions League celebrations were a little much for Juventus