Video: New Everton signing Moise Kean insists he did not leave Italy due to racism

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Moise Kean has extra motivation to shine for Everton following the reaction from fans since he joined the club.

The 19-year-old Italy forward completed a switch from Juventus on Sunday on a five-year contract.

In April, Kean was subjected to racist abuse from the stands in a 2-0 Serie A win at Cagliari.

When he scored the second goal late on he stood facing the crowd with his arms spread, something he later posted an image of on Instagram, with the caption: “The best way to respond to racism #notoracism”.


A JustGiving page was created on Sunday which said it was to fund a banner for Goodison Park that will “show Kean we are a family at Everton and united against racism.”








On Tuesday afternoon it had over 200 supporters, with the the total raised more than £2,500 – the target had been £1,000.





When asked about that at a press conference on Tuesday, Kean said: “It is beautiful. Racism is horrendous and we have to fight hard against racism. I’m going to repay the fans for all they do for me.


“I am feeling even more motivated and willing to repay them by training at 100 per cent of my ability and giving the maximum I can.”


Regarding the general sense of excitement among Everton supporters over his arrival that has been evident on social media, Kean added: “I’ve had a look and I think fans should be repaid on the field, giving 100 per cent of my ability to repay them, playing as good as I can, at the best of my ability.”



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Wayne Rooney reveals he turned down several other offers for Derby player-coach stint

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Wayne Rooney will join Derby as player-coach in January, 2020.

Wayne Rooney said he had plenty of offers as he sought a return to England but the opportunity to work as a player-coach under Derby manager Phillip Cocu was “too great to turn down”.

The Rams on Tuesday completed a surprise move for the former England captain, who will join Derby in January 2020 on an initial 18-month contract that allows him to continue his playing career but also build his credentials as a future manager.

Rooney, who admitted his family’s situation was key to the decision to cut short his American adventure, will see out the MLS season with DC United before heading to Pride Park.

“There were other clubs making offers and enquiring about me but I made the decision to come here and that was it, I wasn’t going to go back on my decision,” Rooney said.

“The opportunity to come back to England and play, but also to take up a coaching role with the club and work under Phillip, was too great for me to turn down.”

Rooney has made no secret of his ambitions to move into management once his playing days are over, but insisted he still has plenty to give on the pitch.

“Firstly I’m a player,” he said. “I feel I’ve got a lot of quality I can bring to the squad.

“First and foremost I’m coming to play and to help the team, and second I want to learn off Phillip and his staff, to gain experience for when I do stop playing and go on to that next step.”

The intensity of the Championship fixture list could come as a shock to the 33-year-old’s system after 18 months in the United States, and Rooney admitted he may not be able to play every match.

“Football is what I have done my whole life and what I love,” he said. “I will keep playing until my body says I can’t anymore.

“I’m a player who knows their body. I’m experienced enough to know if I need to sit out a game.”

Rooney has seen a number of his former England team-mates move into management of late, most recently Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, but said that was not the source of his own ambitions.

“I think it’s great to see them going into management but it’s not just about what they’re doing now,” he said.

“This is something I always had as an ambition to do. It’s great these young English managers are getting opportunities.

“Over the last 15 or 20 years we’ve not seen so many great ex-England players coming through so it’s great to see them doing that.”

Indeed, Lampard was the Derby manager until he moved to Chelsea earlier this summer, and Rooney’s arrival alongside that of Cocu continues owner Mel Morris’ approach of appointing high-profile names in pursuit of returning the club to the Premier League.

Morris said the deal to sign Rooney would benefit Derby both on and off the pitch, and said the contract had already led to a “record-breaking sponsorship deal” with the club’s existing shirt sponsor 32Red.

While no direct link was confirmed, it is notable that Rooney’s squad number at Pride Park will be 32.

That may be key in helping Derby pay Rooney’s wages while remaining within Financial Fair Play rules.

“We’ve maintained all along that we want to be compliant with FFP and I don’t see anything in this deal that would change that,” Morris said on TalkSport.

Though Rooney will cut short his United contract, Derby will not be required to pay a transfer fee as the American club accepted his request to be allowed to return to England.

“After speaking to Wayne and understanding his difficult situation of being so far away from his family, we have accepted that this is the best decision for all parties,” the club’s co-chairmen Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien said in a statement.

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny set to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux

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Arsenal‘s Laurent koscielny is set to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in a deal worth a reported £5million, PA understands.

The Gunners captain will have a medical at the French club before the deal is confirmed.

The club and koscielny were thought to be in talks over a new contract but it is understood the defender was keen to return to France.

This summer koscielny refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour to the United States and put in a request to have his contract terminated to allow him to join another club, which was rejected by the Gunners.

The Frenchman joined Arsenal in 2010 from Lorient and went on to make 353 appearances, and was awarded the captaincy in the 2016-17 season.

With the departure of koscielny, Arsenal will be in the market for a defender and have been linked with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.

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