Bellingham's vile social media abuse, Arteta hails Arsenal star Odegaard – Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool transfer news

JUDE BELLINGHAM, 17, is the latest football star to receive vile racist abuse on social media in yet another low for the Silicon Valley apps.

Meanwhile Mikel Arteta has hailed Martin Odegaard for taking Arsenal to "another level".

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  • Joe Brophy

    FINN-ISHED WITH ENGLAND

    Getafe star John Joe Patrick Finn has chosen to play for the Republic of Ireland over England, according to Irish Under-21 coach Jim Crawford.

    He said: "I’ve been speaking to John Joe and his mother numerous times and he certainly wants to play for the Republic of Ireland.

    “Unfortunately, he picked up an injury a couple of days ago and is out for 10 or 12 days. That’s a little bit of a disappointment for us and John Joe.

    “But the most important thing is that John Joe gets himself fit and back playing again. We had a lot of conversations over the last number of weeks and they’ve all been positive.

    “I’ve no doubt for the next window, if everything is fine, we’ll have John Joe onboard.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ODE TO JOY

    Arsenal have been made even-money to land Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal this summer.

    Ladbrokes released their odds on the Real Madrid prodigy to be a Gunners player at the start of the 2021-22 season.

    Alex Apati said: "Odegaard has more than proved his worth since joining Arsenal on loan, and all eyes will now be on whether or not the Gunners can make his move a permanent one."

  • Joe Brophy

    THAT’S RICH

    Chelsea will be ‘scary’ next season if they sign Erling Haaland, believes Micah Richards.

    He told the BBC: “I think they’ve got absolutely everything. They’ve sorted their defensive problems.

    “The only thing to add that little bit of icing to the cake would be a striker. They’ve put Werner in there, they’ve put Havertz in there.

    “It seems like they’ve not really cracked that offensive aspect of the game.

    “I’m not going to speculate. If you put Haaland in this team, they’ll be scary next season.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SICK ABUSE

    Jude Bellingham has received support from the Football Association after the England teen star was subjected to racial online abuse.

    Bellingham, 17, shared a screenshot of a vile Instagram message following Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw against Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

    England tweeted: "We continue to be disgusted by the discriminatory abuse our players – and others across the game – are being subjected to online. Something needs to change. We stand with you, @BellinghamJude”

  • Joe Brophy

    WORK OF ART

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hailed Martin Odegaard after he played a starring role in their dramatic 3-3 draw against West Ham.

    Arteta was left singing his praises following the full-time whistle, as he told the Arsenal website: “I think he had an incredible performance.

    “He was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he effected the game and again he showed how much he wants to win.

    “When everyone was a little bit trembling, he gave us that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.

    “I love talented and creative players that all the time are willing to take that ball and make things happen, that are mobile and also hard-working. He is one of them.

    “We have some others with different qualities but it’s true that Martin is now giving us a different level on certain things that we didn’t have.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HAARD EXIT

    Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland – with the striker set to QUIT this summer if Borussia Dortmund miss out on the Champions League, according to reports.

    The Norwegian wonderkid, 20, showed his frustration on Saturday as he stormed off the pitch following his side's 2-2 draw with Koln.

    And now, AS have claimed Haaland could walk away from Dortmund this summer, with Man Utd and Real Madrid poised, if they miss out on a seat at Europe's top table.

    The Spanish publication has even claimed Haaland has spoken to his agent, Mino Raiola, to make it crystal clear he wants to quit if Champions League football is off the table at the Westfalenstadion.

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