Football legend Pele speaks from hospital after being readmitted to Intensive Care Unit

Pele has taken to social media to tell fans he is doing well despite ‘a little step back’ in his recovery after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from his colon earlier this month.

The three-time World Cup winner was expected to return home shortly after he left intensive care at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. However, he returned the ICU on Friday.

Pele has, however, since taken to Instagram to inform his followers that he has ‘received visits from family members’ and that he is ‘continuing to smile every day’.

“My friends, I am still recovering very well. Today I received visits from family members and I continue to smile every day. Thank you for all the love I get from you,” Pele said on Instagram.

Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento also took to Instagram with a photo of the pair to reassure fans that her father was already on the road to recovery following the procedure in September.

AC Milan star Tomori breaks silence on returning to Chelsea, his Nigerian root (how he learnt Yoruba language), relationship with Tammy Abraham, Mount

Fikayo Tomori has responded to the possibility of returning to the Blues in the future, hoping that AC Milan can win the Champions League ‘like Chelsea’.

Tomori joined Milan on a permanent deal from Chelsea in the summer. He had spent six months on loan at San Siro before joining the Serie A giants permanently.

The English defender is a product of Chelsea academy, where he grew up with Tammy Abraham, who is not just a simple former team-mate but also a close friend of him.

“We speak almost every day, we played for Chelsea since we were seven years old, we managed to get to the first team. Growin up, you want to get there, but you are not sure if it’s going to happen,” Tomori told DAZN as ciited by Football Italia.

“When I scored my first goal, he scored a hat-trick, it was the best day for us. Mason [Mount] scored as well, it was crazy.”

Does he dream of returning to Chelsea with Abraham?

“I don’t know, I love Milan, I love being here, Chelsea was a big part of my life, 15-16 years. I think I managed to have that dream. Play at Stamford Bridge, play in the Premier League and the Champions League. Right now I am really happy in Milan.

“We are back in the Champions League, everything is really positive, hopefully like Chelsea, we can win it.”

Tomori made his senior England debut when he was a Chelsea player, but he made his first international with Canada U21 team.

“I was born ther [in Canada] e and I moved to England at a young age, but when I was young, I used to go every year to Canada,” the 23-year-old said.

“I have family and friends there. I saw both sides, when it’s hot and when it’s cold. I think of good things, I played for the national team as well.

“The first game was against Mexico in Mexico City and the following March, we played against England in England.

“There was plenty of my teammates, Ola Aina, Charlie Colkett, Marcus Rashford, many of us were at Chelsea, we also won the game, I remember that very well.”

Chelsea do not have an option to re-sign Tomori in the future, while they could take Tammy Abraham back to London from Roma by paying €80m by 2025.

In the summer, Abraham joined the Giallorossi in a €40m deal, signing a five-year deal with the Giallorossi.

On his Nigerian root, he said:”I am Nigerian descendants. My first name means ‘God filled me with joy.’ It’s a phrase, In Nigeria, parents often choose a phrase to name their child.

“I feel very Nigerian. When I was little my parents spoke to me in Yoruba, the ethnic group I belonged to. My favorite food is Jollof rice, kind of stew rice; I don’t know how to describe it, but it is a very delicious dish, very African and very nice.”

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Injury crisis rocks Tottenham ahead of Chelsea clash, manager cries out “it’s really painful, it’s too early to say for Sunday”

Spurs face an injury crisis up front with Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn doubtful for Sunday’s home Premier League game with Chelsea.

Already without South Korea superstar Son Heung-Min, boss Nuno Espirito Santo saw two more forwards pick up injuries in tonight’s 2-2 draw at Rennes.

It means that aside from central striker Harry Kane, Spurs have just Dele Alli and Bryan Gil available in supporting roles.

And it could force Nuno to change shape yet again, having seen a midfield diamond flop against Crystal Palace last weekend.

The Spurs boss said: “It’s really painful, it’s too early to say for Sunday.

“The physios are working with them. It’s been terrible, I must be honest.

“Let’s not hide behind nothing. After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.

“We scored then we lost control. We played a good team who caused some problems.

“It is hard to judge the game, I think we finished well. Rennes were a hard team to play but the attitude was good.”

(Watch Video clips) Napoli, Leicester City supporters clash at King Power Stadium as Victor Osimhen steals show in Europa League match

Leicester’s Europa League clash with Napoli descended into violence in the King Power stands at the end of the match.

It looked like it would be an evening to remember for the Foxes as goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes put them 2-0 up.

But a brilliant double from Victor Osimhen secured a point for Napoli, and there was worse to come.

Wilfred Ndidi was sent off in the dying minutes before violence erupted between the two sets of supporters.

A bust-up involving around 20-30 fans was sparked and involved plastic bottles being thrown.

Police were called in to calm things down as a group of Leicester fans scrambled over safety netting to attack Napoli supporters.

An appeal went out over the King Power’s speaker system asking fans to “respect your club” by “moving away from the segregation line”.

Other reports claim that there were clashes between Napoli ultras and Leicester City fans before and after the 2-2 Europa League draw.

Simone Guadagno of CalcioNapoli24 shared video of the ugly scenes as supporters had running battles in the street outside De Montfort University before kick-off.

They were seen using belts and chairs as makeshift weapons.

There were not meant to be any Napoli ultras travelling for this game due to COVID restrictions, but some managed to either make the trip or came from other countries.

The problems continued inside the King Power Stadium, as after the final whistle, local police formed a cordon to push back Napoli supporters who were celebrating the comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.

According to local reporters, the incidents started when Leicester fans threw plastic bottles at the Napoli supporters, trying to breach the segregation line.

Romelu Lukaku likened to ex-Brazil free-scoring star

Brazilian legend, Kaka, thinks that Romelu Lukaku is the best striker in the world and has similar traits to former Inter Milan striker Adriano.

Lukaku completed a move from Inter to Chelsea in the summer for a club record fee worth £97.5million and has made an immediate impact in his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Following a dominant performance against London rivals Arsenal in August – where he found the net on debut – Lukaku helped the Blues to all three points on the weekend after scoring two very well taken goals against Aston Villa.

His early season form is reminiscent of his MVP 2020/21 season in Milan where he helped Inter to win the Scudetto for the first time since 2010.

With Lukaku no longer in the picture in the Serie A, Kaka, an AC Milan legend, thinks that Inter will struggle without him, and his old team could benefit from that.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via sempreinter, he said: “I think it could be the right time for Milan.

“They have continuity, while the others have each lost something – Juventus no longer have Ronaldo, Inter will have to spread goals out in the team without Lukaku.”

Kaka continued by explaining that Lukaku reminds him of his former Brazil teammate, Adriano – with whom he won the FIFA World Cup in 2002 – and that the Belgian is now the best striker in the world.

“Romelu [Lukaku] is number one, he reminds me of Adriano at his best – physical strength, intelligence, speed. A year ago Milan took the lead after the first Derby, then Inter took it back and won deservedly.”

(WATCH VIDEO) Reece James house burgled, shares shocking CCTV clips showing how robbers break into house to steal his medals

Chelsea star Reece James has revealed shocking CCTV of the moment “cowardly” thugs broke into his home and stole his football medals.

The 21-year-old footballer said the group of robbers broke into his house on Tuesday and snatched a safe containing his Champions League, Super Cup, and Euro 2020 medals.

James shared a number of CCTV clips of the shocking burglary, showing four suspects walking up the driveway of his home and shining torches into the house.

One video shows the group struggling to open the electric gates to the property as they lift a huge safe out of the house and roll it across the driveway.

The Chelsea defender shared the clips outside his home as he appealed for fans to help “identify and turn in these low life individuals”.

He added: “I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.”

James confirmed in a statement on Instagram he wasn’t at home at the time and he is “safe and well”.

He said he was devastated by the theft of the medals, but added: “These medals were won representing Chelsea and England – honours that can never be taken away from me whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it.

“Nevertheless, I am appealing to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and turn in these low life individuals who will never be able to rest easy as the evidence is mounting against them.

“The police, my advisers and Chelsea FC (and many others) are all behind me as we have firm leads on who the perpetrators are.

“We are closing in on them. Luckily, no one was present during the break in but I want to let all of you know I am safe and well.

“I really do appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my misfortune and I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.”

Koeman’s job on the line as Barcelona President holds emergency meeting after club’s heavy defeat to Bayern Munich

Joan Laporta is said to have held an emergency meeting of sorts on Wednesday morning on the back of Barcelona’s heavy defeat to Bayern Munich.

The Blaugrana lost 3-0 at home in their Champions League opener, Thomas Muller opening the scoring before Robert Lewandowski scored a brace.

Unsurprisingly, the defeat has not gone down well with Barcelona fans, or indeed the men currently in charge of the club.

In fact, according to Sport, via Football Espana, Laporta held a meeting with board members Mateu Alemany and Rafa Yuste straight after the game.

It’s reported the meeting went on until the early hours of the morning, with none of the three men leaving Camp Nou until 2am.

Just what the meeting was about remains to be seen, and it is not expected that any rash decision will be made on Ronald Koeman on the back of this defeat.

But news of the meeting will be further cause for the Dutchman to sit uncomfortably, even if he has been dealt a poor hand.

Putting up a good fight against Bayern was always going to be a tough task after losing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann this summer, and it must be said that there was a degree of fortune for two of the three goals.

“We are really happy that he is really helping everyone”- Jorginho talks about his Chelsea teammate

Jorginho’s believes ex-Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has arrived at Chelsea armed with the qualities to become a huge hit.

Italian midfielder Jorginho revealed his international team-mates tipped him off about Lukaku’s attributes long before he signed.

Lukaku’s 30 goals for Inter Milan last season helped them win the Serie A title.

And he has picked up straightaway by scoring four in four for Chelsea since a £97.5million move.

Jorginho said: “They said that he works a lot, he can help a lot, he tries to talk, he works hard.

“We are really happy that he is really helping everyone.

“That’s what everyone does here, we try to help each other — and he came with the right mentality, working and trying to help.

“So I’m really happy for him as well because he works so hard during training and deserves every goal. A big impact is well deserved.”

Antonio Conte touted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United job

Antonio Conte could be open to a sensational return to the Premier League, according to reports.

The Italian, who took Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017, has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan at the end of last season.

Conte won the Italian giants their first Serie A title in 11 years but then departed after disagreeing with club bosses.

He was then interviewed for the position as head coach of Tottenham over the summer, only for those talks to break down.

It is now being said that he would be open to taking the managerial role at Manchester United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was to be sacked.

However, it is not thought he would be interested in replacing Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

Sky Sports reporter Gianluca Di Marzio said: “He would only accept a winning project. So I don’t think he would accept Arsenal and that is why he said no to Tottenham.

“I think he would only accept if say Manchester United called.”

(Watch Highlights on Video) Liverpool coast to victory after first half scare as AC Milan score two quickfire goals (Match Report)

Liverpool led and went behind before eventually beating AC Milan who are returning to the Champions League after a seven-year absence .

Milan put up a remarkable battle at Anfield, fighting back from a goal down and parrying a penalty to lead 2-1, but were eventually beaten 3-2 by Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool scorcher.

Divock Origi was a surprise starter and looked rusty, scuffing an Andrew Robertson cross wide in the opening minutes, with the hosts getting off to an extremely aggressive start.

It felt inevitable that Liverpool would break through and Trent Alexander-Arnold skipped away from Rafael Leao down the right, his attempted cross taking a deflection off Fikayo Tomori to wrong-foot Mike Maignan.

Moments later, Tomori had to fling himself in the way of Mohamed Salah’s strike, after the Egyptian had turned Theo Hernandez inside out.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty when Diogo Jota’s shot was deflected by Ismael Bennacer’s outstretched arm. However, Maignan made the save on both Salah’s spot-kick and the Jota rebound.

Maignan palmed a Salah half-volley over the bar, but Milan managed to weather that early siege and once the tempo and intensity of the Liverpool press dropped, the game was transformed.

They equalised when Leao’s slide-rule pass released Ante Rebic to strike it first time into the far bottom corner.

Just one minute and 48 seconds later, Milan had taken a 2-1 lead, as Leao went on another strong run, his pass to Rebic took a deflection, but the Croatian knocked it back across for Brahim Diaz to fire in from 12 yards.

Milan had the ball in the net again straight after the restart when a corner was not dealt with and Simon Kjaer tapped in, but the offside flag was up during the build-up.

Moments later, Liverpool equalised, as Salah completed a give and go with Divock Origi, flicking it past Maignan off the outside of the boot as it bounced.

Olivier Giroud was unleashed off the bench for the last half-hour, but Liverpool restored their lead with a stunning strike from Jordan Henderson. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box, where he let it bounce and smashed an unstoppable effort into the near bottom corner.

Giroud couldn’t keep his header on target from a Theo Hernandez cross, while Kjaer’s glancing header on a corner was gratefully smothered by Alisson before Brahim Diaz could pounce.