Going back to Jesse Lingard and he hit back at being dropped by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite being the ‘fittest’ player at Manchester United last season.
The Red Devils boss dropped the midfielder, 28, ahead of football’s pandemic shutdown and gave him little game time despite the midfielder’s pleas.
He told BT Sport: “During the lockdown I started recapping a lot of games to see where I did well, getting that fire in my belly and drive again to go and kick on because it would have been easy for me to fall off and take the easy option out.
“But a person like me who’s been through a lot and knows the game, I can’t just give it up like and I’ll always go out with a fight.
“I came back one of the strongest and fittest after the lockdown and I didn’t get my chance that I was waiting on.
“But the whole time I was there and not playing I was doing extra training and keeping on top of my fitness for when the time was right.
“So for me it’s about working hard and staying dedicated, and I went back to basics.”
Chelsea could be closing in on signing Paris Saint-Germain youngster Kays Ruiz-Atil, a wonderkid dubbed as the club’s “new Lionel Messi.”
After appointing Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new manager, Chelsea is believed to be working on bringing Ruiz-Atil to Stamford Bridge as well, French outlet Foot Mercato reported.
According to the report, the teenager found opportunities hard to come by under PSG’s new coach Mauricio Pochettino and has expressed his desire to play under Tuchel at Chelsea, having been handed his senior team debut by the German manager.
Ruiz-Atil’s future at PSG has become uncertain despite his potential, and the report adds that “a meeting” between his representatives and the Blues is expected to take place soon.
The 18-year-old hasn’t made a single first-team appearance since Pochettino’s arrival, and with his contract set to expire in July, the outlet revealed that is he likely to opt-out.
Tuchel was evidently the only manager who has trusted Ruiz-Atil with all his senior appearances at PSG came under the rein of the former Tottenham boss.
Prior to being linked to Chelsea, Ruiz-Atil has already set the record straight with the reigning Ligue 1 champions regarding what he wants for his career.
On his Instagram post last year, the midfield sensation hinted at the possibility of taking his talents elsewhere by divulging his current situation at PSG to the public.
According to Ruiz-Atil, should he feel that PSG doesn’t think he’s ready to take on bigger challenges, he would happy to leave.
“If PSG doesn’t want me to train with the pros, there are other clubs. It will not end at PSG,” Ruiz-Atil wrote as cited by ibtimes.com.
Even more interesting, Ruiz-Atil has already earned comparisons to six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi at an early age.
Apart from both being honed at the famed “La Masia” academy, the pair also seems to have an identical playing style.
Like Messi, Ruiz-Atil is also a crafty ballhandler who can also utilize both his feet. He also somewhat resembles the Barcelona captain’s savvy playmaking skills.
Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner were on the scoresheet as record-signing Kepa Arrizabalaga made his first Premier League appearance since October 17.
And Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for two of his struggling stars.
He said: “It’s helped me that someone can scream at me in German – Timo’s a really good guy, has a good idea of the football we want to play and when we have more and more training sessions with him we will get better and better.
‘I am very happy Kepa continued with a second clean sheet in a row, to let him build up his rhythm and confidence. Edou will be in goal from now on because he recovered physically and mentally.
“Edouard is the No 1 and that is clear. This was clear before the game and it stays like this.”
Barcelona fans are setting off fireworks outside PSG’s team hotel, in an attempt to prevent the French side’s stars from sleeping.
The relationship between the two sides has been strained at best, since Barcelona’s stunning 6-1 Champions League victory over the Parisians, followed by the subsequent £200million Neymar deal.
With PSG in town, The Sun reports, the LaLiga side’s fans wanted to cause some disruption.
But things have reached breaking point this season, given PSG’s very public pursuit of Lionel Messi.
Speculation over the Argentine’s future has loomed large over Barcelona’s season.
But with PSG in town, their fans wanted to cause some disruption of their own.
In video footage captured by El Chiringuito, large cracks can be heard reverberating through the Catalonia sky, just by where PSG happen to be staying.
This follows the less than hospitable welcome that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi received upon his arrival earlier today.
In more footage, fans can be heard shouting: “Son of a b***h! Thief! Let go of Messi, thief!”
PSG have not been shy of expressing their interest in the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, with Mauricio Pochettino, Neymar and Angel Di Maria having all made admiring noises – while France Football mocked up a front page image of Messi in a PSG shirt.
This led to Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman furiously criticising the ‘disrespectful’ French giants.