Real Madrid star Dani Carvajal reveals ambitions to play in the Premier League

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Is a switch to England on the cards?

Dani Carvajal has ambitions to play in the Premier League before retiring.

The Real Madrid defender, 26, came through the youth system at the Bernabeu and has spent his whole career with the Spanish giants – bar a season-long loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen in 2012/13.

In an interview with Libero magazine, Carvajal admits he has contemplated moving abroad and England is his preferred destination.

“I do think about it and I am clear that I want to play in the Premier League,” he said.

“It is an experience that I really want to have. I don’t want to be left wondering what it would be like.

“But, on the other hand, I would like to spend my whole career here, which would be something very nice too.

“It is true that (with) Qatar, China… we should not trick ourselves, it is about money. I would really like to experience the Premier League, but we will see.”

Carvajal’s current deal runs until 2022.

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Winners and losers from the Premier League as Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette shines

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Two-goal salvo: Alexandre Lacazette.

The last round of fixtures before the international break was one to savour, with dramatic action affecting both ends of the Premier League table.

Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool and Chelsea’s convincing victory over Southampton mean all three sides are level on 20 points, with Arsenal and Tottenham also picking up three points to remain within touching distance.

Manchester United’s stunning comeback from two goals down against Newcastle to win 3-2 lifted them into eighth place behind Wolves and Bournemouth, who picked up victories over Crystal Palace and Watford respectively.

In a bottom-half clash, Brighton narrowly overcame West Ham to give themselves some breathing space at the bottom, whilst Huddersfield, Newcastle and Cardiff are still searching for their first win of the league campaign.

So, who caught the eye and who had a match to forget? Here are our winners and losers.

Winners

  • Alexis Sanchez – Manchester United

Manchester United made a dreadful start to see themselves two goals behind against Newcastle inside ten minutes, but an incredible second-half performance saw the Red Devils pick up the three points.

Sanchez came off the bench and immediately made an impact as the Magpies could not handle the Chilean’s intensity and energy.

His powerful late header from Ashley Young’s cross nestled into the top corner, sending the home fans wild. This was an impressive cameo from Sanchez, who has been the subject of much criticism since moving to Old Trafford last January.

Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 6, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

United fans are starting to see the best of Alexis Sanchez.

  • Callum Wilson – Bournemouth

Wilson and Josh King have formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in the top flight and this was proven as they annihilated Watford. Wilson’s pace, trickery and finishing ability wowed the crowd at Vicarage Road.

Wilson found the net and provided an assist, taking his total goal tally in the league this season to three.

With Wilson playing with such confidence, it could only be a matter of time before he gets a call-up from England manager Gareth Southgate.

  • Arsenal

The Gunners arguably scored the goal of the season in the 5-1 win over Fulham as Aaron Ramsey nonchalantly flicked the ball into the far corner, whilst Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two each.

It was the perfect weekend for the north London side, who extended their winning run to nine matches in all competitions to move two points away from the top of the table.

The rest of the league should be worried about the lethal partnership between Lacazette and Aubameyang, who are playing with immense confidence.


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  • Christian Kabasele – Watford

The 27-year-old defender simply could not handle the fluidity of the Bournemouth attackers and saw himself sent-off just after the half-hour mark.

He picked up his second yellow for bringing down King inside the penalty area and after that, the Hornets were blown away.

Watford are now without a win in four consecutive league games and after making a strong start, they are worryingly beginning to slide down the table.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth is fouled by Christian Kabasele of Watford inside the penalty area, leading to a Bournemouth penalty, and a second yellow card, and therefore a red card for Christian Kabasele during the Premier League match between Watford FC and AFC Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on October 6, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Clumsy display: Christian Kabasele.

  • Wes Morgan – Leicester City

Morgan makes his second appearance of the season on the losers list and for the same reason as before – a red card.

The centre-back was consistently clumsy against Everton and picked up two yellow cards as the Foxes fell to a 2-1 defeat against Marco Silva’s men at the King Power Stadium. Yet another suspension for the Leicester captain.

  • Crystal Palace 

More wasteful finishing from Palace against Wolves means that they are yet to score a goal at Selhurst Park in the league this season.

Roy Hodgson’s side are beginning to worry their fans and only have one win from their last seven league games.

Things are only going to get tougher for Palace, who face Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in their next league fixtures. The Eagles should be braced for a messy relegation battle this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Matt Doherty of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on October 6, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

It has been a campaign of struggle for Palace on home turf.

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FA set to investigate comments made by Jose Mourinho after Newcastle win

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Mutual respect: Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez.

The Football Association is to investigate comments made by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as he walked along the touchline after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Newcastle, Press Association Sport understands.

Footage from Saturday shows Mourinho saying something – at one point while looking into a camera – as he headed towards the tunnel following the conclusion of the Premier League contest at Old Trafford.

The FA can issue a touchline ban if the language is found to be ‘offensive, insulting or abusive’.

United secured victory thanks to a dramatic late fightback after going 2-0 down early on, with Juan Mata scoring in the 70th minute, Anthony Martial in the 76th and Alexis Sanchez in the 90th as their four-game winless streak in all competitions came to an end.

Ahead of the match, senior figures at the club strongly denied a report from the previous evening that Mourinho would be sacked over the weekend, regardless of the outcome of the game.

Mourinho also made a gesture with his right hand while speaking, pointing with his little finger.

The 55-year-old, who claimed after the match that he was the subject of a “manhunt”, said when asked what the gesture means: “It is a finger. Smaller than the others, but it is a finger.”

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