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! 🔥🎯— 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 conference 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

Friday July 12th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City only needed five innings to win their opening tournament softball game last night, a 10-0 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock in Class 4A Region 3 quarterfinal round play, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. McKenna Mentink fired a five-hit shutout, striking out six, and had the game-terminating RBI with a single in the bottom of the fifth. Mason City plated five runs each in the third and fifth innings to improve their record to 17-21 on the season. The Mohawks will travel to 15th-ranked Webster City on Saturday night for the regional semifinal, a game you’ll hear over on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB starting at about 7 o’clock. On the other side of the bracket, 4th-ranked Charles City will host Waterloo East on Saturday night after East beat Decorah 5-2. === SATURDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, — Class 1A district baseball at Newman — Northwood-Kensett vs. North Iowa at 5:00 PM — Newman vs. Belmond-Klemme at 7:00 PM– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Class 4A softball regional semifinal — Mason City High at Webster City — 7:00 SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic. Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, Diaz birdied four of the first holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five in the bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run. The 32-year-old Mexican player is winless on the PGA Tour. IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced on Thursday that Bakari Evelyn has signed with the University of Iowa.Evelyn, a native of Detroit, is a graduate transfer from Valparaiso University and has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining. Evelyn, who is the first graduate transfer for McCaffery at Iowa, played the last two seasons with the Crusaders (2017-18) after playing as a freshman at Nebraska in 2016.“We are thrilled to have Bakari join our program,” said McCaffery. “He’s a veteran who can play multiple positions. He can score and defend. Bakari will bring a presence to our program that we are excited about.”Last season at Valparaiso, Evelyn competed in 32 games, including 14 starts. He tied for first on the team in 3-pointers made (48), ranked second in assists (68) and fifth in scoring (8.4 ppg). Evelyn netted double figures 14 times, including nine of the first 12 games. He led the team in steals and assists in six games, and scoring three times. Evelyn led all scorers with a season-best 27 points in a win at George Washington.As a sophomore in 2017-18, Evelyn was a Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team selection and was named co-MVP of the Savannah Invitational. He was the only Crusader to start all 32 games, ranking second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and first in assists (93).“I’m excited to finally be able to join the team and get to work with the guys to learn and prepare for the upcoming season,” Evelyn said. “I chose Iowa because of the relationship I developed with coach McCaffery and (Sherman) Dillard and for the opportunity to wear the Black and Gold. It feels great to be part of the Hawkeye family.” — Post-season baseball starts Saturday night with district quarterfinals in Classes 1A and 2A:== Class 1A District 4 at Newman (games on KGLO)5:00 — North Iowa vs. Northwood-Kensett7:00 — #1 Newman vs. Belmond-Klemme== Class 1A District 4 at Sheffield5:00 — Central Springs vs. West Hancock7:00 — North Union vs. West Fork== Class 1A District 5 at St. Ansgar5:00 — North Butler vs. Riceville7:00 — #7 St. Ansgar vs. AGWSR== Class 1A District 5 at Rockford5:00 — Janesville vs. Clarksville7:00 — Nashua-Plainfield vs. Rockford== Class 2A District 3 at Forest City5:00 — Lake Mills vs. Crestwood7:00 — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura vs. Forest City(New Hampton and Osage receive quarterfinal round byes)center_img — Regional semifinal round games take place tonight in Classes 1A, 2A and 3A. All games start at 7:00 PM:== 1A Region 8Newman (21-13) at #6 AGWSR (19-6) (7:00 on KGLO)North Butler (21-7) at #9 Bishop Garrigan (27-6)== 2A Region 5North Union (15-16) at #8 Central Springs (26-7)East Sac County (12-17) at South Central Calhoun (11-12)== 2A Region 7Osage (15-18) at St. Ansgar (24-7)Hudson (16-18) at #1 North Linn (37-4)== 3A Region 4Clear Lake (10-14) at #6 Waterloo Columbus (33-4) (7:00 on KRIB)Iowa Falls-Alden (8-22) at #15 New Hampton (28-7) THIS WEEKEND:=== FRIDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, — Class 1A softball regional semifinal — Newman at AGWSR — 7:00– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Class 3A softball regional semifinal — Clear Lake at Waterloo Columbus — 7:00 — high school baseball regular season games ThursdayNewman 8, Cedar Falls 5Clear Lake 6, Iowa Falls-Alden 3Charles City 6, Denver 4last_img read more