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Monday Kickoff: Van Gaal, Ronaldo, Chelsea and more


A weekend filled with jaw-dropping goals and physical derbies has come and gone, but there is still plenty of news and transfer chatter making the rounds as we kick off the new week. Here is a rundown of the stories making headlines this Monday morning:

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he “cannot fulfill” the club’s expectations following his side’s most recent loss vs. Southampton. (REPORT)

Real Betis defender Francisco Molinero took exception to a alleged kick by Cristiano Ronaldo during his club’s 1-1 tie against Real Madrid on Sunday, saying: “It was an ugly gesture by Ronaldo to kick out with his leg.” (REPORT)

Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez will become the new president of CONMEBOL, replacing Juan Angel Napout, who was arrested and extradited to the U.S. (REPORT)

Chelsea forward Loic Remy, 29, wants to finalize a loan away from the Blues because he is reportedly frustrated with his lack of minutes. (REPORT)

Man United director David Gill expressed his concern with the club following the Red Devils’ loss on Saturday, saying: “Clearly we all hoped the results would be better and everyone is disappointed with that … undoubtedly it’s been a season of under-achievement.” (REPORT)

Barcelona is reportedly hoping to add Nolito Agudo on loan until the end of the season, with an option to to move over on a permanent basis, but Celta Vigo wants the Spanish giant to pay his €18 million release clause. (REPORT)

Both Sergio Busquets and Arda Turan missed Monday’s training session with Barcelona due to a fever. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace forward Connor Wickham was charged by the English Football Association after being involved in an act of violent conduct with Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen. (REPORT)

Chelsea is close to finalizing the signing of Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato on loan. (REPORT)


U.S. Under-20 midfielder Joel Sonora joined German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart’s reserve team on Friday, with his contract running until 2018. (REPORT)

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team lost in the Aegean Cup final, 3-1, to hosts Turkey on Saturday. (REPORT)

The Chicago Fire re-signed midfielder Razvan Cocis and added versatile Portuguese player João Meira, as well as completed their coaching staff. (REPORT)

U.S. Under-17 midfielder Christian Pulisic scored a goal and played all 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s friendly 3-1 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Sunday. (REPORT)

According to Hertha Berlin CEO Michael Preetz, American centerback John Brooks will not be sold during the January transfer window. (REPORT)

What do you think of Van Gaal’s comments? Should Ronaldo be punished for his kick?

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