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Bayer Leverkusen star, Tella stakes claim for Super Eagles shirt

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Nathan Tella, the winger from Bayer Leverkusen, has expressed his eagerness to represent Nigeria in international football. Although he was born in England to Nigerian parents and is eligible to play for the English national team, Tella has disclosed that his aspiration is to play for the Super Eagles.

In an interview with the German publication Bild, the 24-year-old player stated, “I’ve always said for the last three or four years that Nigeria is a big part of my life – even though I’ve been an ‘England boy’ from London all my life. If I had the opportunity to play for Nigeria, I would be more than happy and would readily accept it. I’ve already discussed this with my parents and friends.”

Tella made a notable move to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen from Southampton during the summer, securing a transfer for a club record fee of €20 million. The versatile winger is gradually settling into his new environment.

He acknowledged the importance of putting in hard work to catch the attention of Nigeria’s head coach, Jose Peseiro, stating, “You’re not simply handed a call-up, you have to earn it. I want to prove myself here if given the chance to play. I aim to continue my development, contribute to the team and the club. If an international call-up comes my way, that would be an added bonus,” Tella added.

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Europa League: England legend thumbs up hat-trick hero, Lookman

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England legend Alan Shearer praised Ademola Lookman for his outstanding performance in the UEFA Europa League final. Lookman scored a hat-trick, leading Atalanta to a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night, ending the club’s 61-year trophy drought.

The Nigeria international was unstoppable, opening the scoring in the 12th minute with an assist from Davide Zappacosta. He then dribbled past Granit Xhaka and unleashed a powerful shot for his second goal 14 minutes later. Lookman completed his hat-trick with a superb finish 14 minutes from the end.

Shearer lauded Lookman’s performance after the game, saying, “Atalanta brilliant again tonight. Lookman wow, what a hat-trick,” in a post on X.

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JUST-IN: Mauricio Pochettino Quits Chelsea  

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Mauricio Pochettino has parted ways with Chelsea FC by mutual agreement after a two-day meeting with the club’s leadership, including sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, and co-owner Behdad Eghbali.

The decision was made following the club’s end-of-season review, which began on Monday. Despite his departure, Pochettino leaves with his reputation intact and a significant compensation package.

Chelsea will now seek a young and progressive coach to replace him, with potential candidates including Sebastian Hoeness, Michel, Kieran McKenna, and Enzo Maresca. Pochettino’s departure marks the third permanent head coach to leave under the current ownership, following Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.

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EPL: Arsenal’s co-chairman, Kroenke makes promise to Arteta ahead of title decider

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Arsenal’s co-chairman, Josh Kroenke, has promised that the team will continue to grow stronger, regardless of whether they win the Premier League title on Sunday.

The Gunners are two points behind Manchester City heading into the final fixtures. Mikel Arteta’s squad can only clinch the championship if they defeat Everton and City drop points against West Ham.

In his programme notes for Sunday’s season finale, Kroenke wrote: “While we are undoubtedly proud of the progress we have made, I want to be clear that no one at the club will stand still.

“Regardless of today’s outcome, we are all working behind the scenes to push us forward – always forward.

“There is so much that we want to achieve, both domestically and in Europe, and we are focused on creating exciting new stories and chapters that build on the history of Arsenal Football Club.”

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