Brentford boss Thomas Frank speaks out on future of Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Said Benrahma

first_imgBrentford boss Thomas Frank speaks out on future of Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Said Benrahma Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jul 2020 7:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Advertisement Said Benrahma’s performances have helped take Brentford to the brink of promotion to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Brentford manager Thomas Frank admits it is only ‘natural’ a player of Said Benrahma’s ability is being linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea, but insists the player is happy with the Championship club. The performances of the Algeria international have played a pivotal role in the Bees’ promotion charge. With two games of the Championship season remaining, the ambitious west London club remain in with a shout of reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history following a run of eight successive victories. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has already added Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to his forward line ahead of next season but was last week linked with a move for the former Nice winger.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Algerian Messi’ was earlier this week also linked with a move to Arsenal who will be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this summer. Frank, however, insists the player remains fully focused on the task at hand ahead of this weekend’s must-win fixture at Stoke.ADVERTISEMENT‘I haven’t heard anything from my co-directors of sport,’ he said. ‘I don’t know anything and if I haven’t been told anything then I don’t think it’s true. It’s a rumour. Saïd Benrahma – that is sensational! ✨What a goal from Brentford’s star man! 🔥🎯 pic.twitter.com/pFKDe0gAMw— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) July 11, 2020 Man Utd v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:05FullscreenMan Utd v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-utd-v-chelsea-frank-lampard-press-conference-2212624/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Arsenal target Brentford winger Said Benrahma as Chelsea open talksMORE: Brentford winger Said Benrahma ‘congratulated’ on Chelsea transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. ‘He’s enjoying his football at Brentford and we’ve a big aim to go for so I think it’s easy to know this isn’t true.’‘No, he is fine,’ he added when asked whether the speculation is likely to turn the head of Brentford’s prize asset. ‘It won’t affect him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If we’re doing well in the Championship – and you get it with any club that is doing well – players attract attention. That is natural.’Benrahma, 24, joined Brentford two seasons ago from Nice and is valued at around £35million. Advertisementlast_img read more

Masai Ujiri on Raptors losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency: ‘There’s no time to go out and cry’

first_img“Everybody feels very confident,” Ujiri added. “Our team is set up very well, and we’re confident with the guys that we have and obviously going forward, we have the requirements of what a team needs to tackle what’s next.”I know the young guys on our team will develop. We’ve created a place where people want to come to play.”Leonard led the Raptors to their first NBA championship this past season, defeating the Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals. The three-time All-Star played an integral role, averaging 30.5 points with 9.1 assists per game during the postseason. “This is the NBA and this is how it works. I always say there’s no time to go out and cry,” Ujiri told reporters. “You can’t hide under a table and cry. Honestly, I’ve lost no sleep, I’m not disappointed. It’s on to the next.”I’m telling Raptors fans and everybody: Don’t lose one day of sleep, one second of sleep. We’re gonna be just fine.” Related News Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: ‘No way’ star was signing with Lakers Ujiri explained that he was confident that Toronto would retain the NBA Finals MVP through free-agency negotiations, but also said that he’s not naive to how the process works.  “Free agency doesn’t change. He definitely has our blessings. He gave it everything while he was with us and we really appreciated that,” Ujiri said. “I communicated with him afterward and it was very good. We got a great deal out of this, we won a championship so we’re happy.”I appreciate what the process was and I know free agency, this was not my first rodeo, so things are going to go up and down and this was a different kind of free agency. It was high stakes and we understood that.”Ujiri said multiple times that he’s confident with where the Raptors stand now, and the focus will shift to developing their young players. Raptors coach Nick Nurse: ‘Can’t blame’ Kawhi Leonard for leaving Raptors president Masai Ujiri isn’t losing any sleep over losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency. In his first public comments since Leonard reportedly signed with the Clippers on a three-year, $103 million contract in free agency, Ujiri expressed the utmost confidence in his organization as he reiterated Toronto will be fine without one of the league’s best players. Paul George pens emotional farewell to Thunder after Clippers tradelast_img read more