Samir Nasri's potential return to the Premier League with Everton certainly wouldn't be dull
'From time to time, I'm a jerk... I'd prefer to say everything I think, even if it means I'm not liked, even if it means I sound arrogant and a little p****,' said the French star.
Given the trail of rancour and general controversy Nasri has left during a career of largely unfulfilled potential, plenty within the game would agree with him.
Everton are considering signing Samir Nasri when he completes a doping ban next month
The French midfielder's career has been full of rancour, turbulence and controversy
It makes the possibility of Nasri, 31, following an 18-month suspension for a doping violation, signing for Everton next month a spicy prospect.
Quite whether Nasri has learned valuable lessons from sitting on the sidelines for so long after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic on Boxing Day 2016 remains to be seen. The general track of his career suggests he may not.
Nasri was on loan at Sevilla from Manchester City when he visited the private medical company Drip Doctors in California while on holiday.
He had been pointed in their direction by his Maryland-based former girlfriend Dr Sarabjit Anand after complaining of feeling ill and vomiting.
Drip Doctors co-founder Jamila Sozahdah came to Nasri's LA hotel room and injected 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components.
Nasri posed with Drip Doctors co-founder Jamila Sozahdah after receiving the treatment
He had been playing for Turkish club Antalyspor having left Manchester City in 2016
According to Drip Doctors, their treatments are designed to 'jump-start muscle, tissue and stress recovery.'
Unfortunately what nobody seemed to realise is that World Anti-Doping Agency rules state there is a 50 millilitre infusion limit per six-hour period for active athletes.
Had Nasri not posed for a photograph with Sozahdah, later shared by Drip Doctors for publicity, he might have got away with it.
There then followed a bizarre episode in which Nasri's Twitter account was hacked and a string of explicit messages apparently from Nasri left in the comments section of the Drip Doctors post.
One read: 'U also provided me a full sexual service too right after. So guys make sure you get this service. This w**** came and f*** the same night.'
The posts went on to accuse Nasri of cheating on his then-girlfriend Anara Atanes before the player finally regained control of his account and said it had been hacked.
Sevilla tried in vain to get a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Nasri but this was rejected by UEFA, who gave him an initial six-month ban later extended to 18 months following an unsuccessful appeal.
Nasri 'headbutts' Jamie Vardy as Leicester knocked Sevilla out of the Champions League
Nasri angrily described Vardy as a 'cheat' after apparently playacting to get him sent off
The ban was backdated to July 1, 2017 meaning Nasri, who had played eight matches for Turkish club Antalyaspor in the interim, is a free agent and can return to training with any club next month.
But really all this was just the latest in a litany of daft decisions that has seen the boundless early promise of Nasri's career unrealised.
There was a real buzz around the player when he arrived at Arsenal from Marseille for £12million in the summer of 2008.
He was then 20 but Arsene Wenger had been tracking his progress since he scored the winning goal against Spain in the 2004 Under-17 European Championship final.
'We are delighted to be signing Samir. He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player,' effused Wenger.
Nasri was still young and raw, but hardly a novice having made 166 appearances for Marseille after cracking their first-team pretty much as a schoolboy.
He gained a reputation as a pin-sharp midfielder, nimble in possession of the ball and blessed with a box of tricks to wrong-foot opponents.
His peak at Arsenal came during the 2010-11 campaign when the Gunners threatened to challenge Manchester United for the Premier League title before falling away predictably to fourth.
Nasri was one of the most exciting talents in French football when he played for Marseille
Arsene Wenger had tracked him for many years before he signed for Arsenal in 2008
Nasri scored 15 goals that year in an exciting midfield also containing Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, the highlight being a 2-1 first-leg win over Barcelona - then the best team in Europe - in the Champions League last-16.
His performances that season attracted the interest of nouveau riche Manchester City and he duly joined them late in the 2011 summer transfer window for £25m.
Having enjoyed their best season for a while and already smarting from the return of Fabregas to Barcelona a week earlier, many Arsenal fans questioned Nasri's timing and motivations for joining City.
Reports that Nasri had doubled his wages at City probably answered that question and he didn't help himself by taking a parting pop at the Emirates Stadium faithful.
'The City supporters are really passionate and it reminds me of Marseille,' he said. 'Arsenal have good fans but they are not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates... that's what you want as a player, a good atmosphere.'
The peak of Nasri's Arsenal career came in the 2010-11 season as they challenged for the title
But Nasri would leave the Gunners under a cloud to join Manchester City in 2011
Nasri then described City as 'the club of the future' but it's fair to say his personal contribution to their vision was a minor one.
He struggled to settle in, distracted by turbulence in his international career. His Euro 2012 campaign with France ended with a sweary tirade at a journalist at Donetsk Airport after their quarter-final exit to Spain - 'there, now you'll be able to say I was badly brought up' - and a three match ban from the French Football Federation.
When Didier Deschamps left him out of his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Nasri reacted by calling him a 's*** manager' on Twitter. That killed his France career stone dead at 41 appearances and five goals.
International duty had long been a chore for Nasri, who had few kind words for his homeland and the general public, much preferring the relative tranquility of life in England.
Nasri poses as he is unveiled as a Manchester City player following his £25m move
He won two Premier League titles with City but performances entered into a decline
'It is not a good thing. If you are from a [Muslim] community, it's even worse. France changed a lot. I don't like it. I love England.'
Unfortunately, England didn't really love him. Although he won the Premier League and League Cup with City in 2014, Nasri's effort and reward gradually diminished. The stellar performances of his early career became few and far between.
'I would like to give him a punch. Because a player like him should play like today always,' said Roberto Mancini after he turned in a match-defining performance against Newcastle in 2014.
Injuries further limited his appearances and Manuel Pellegrini didn't especially rate him. Pep Guardiola less so, hence the loan to Sevilla in August 2016.
Nasri larks around with Mario Balotelli on the training field during City's 2012 title pursuit
It was during that season Nasri was sent off in Sevilla's Champions League last-16 defeat to Leicester City for 'headbutting' Jamie Vardy.
Obviously Nasri couldn't keep his mouth shut: 'For me, he [Vardy] is a cheat. Because if he was a foreign player, you, the English press, would say he is a cheat. Play the game like a man.'
If he does come to Everton, any meeting with Vardy will be very interesting indeed. Not to mention, matches against Arsenal and Manchester City.
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ummer and left for West Ham after being told he would have a limited role under new manager Unai Emery.</p><p>Ramsey now finds himself in a similar situation with his contract set to end next summer.</p><p>It is understood Arsenal and Ramsey came to an agreement but the deal was taken off the table by the club due to concerns over a rising wage bill.</p><p>It means unless the two parties can find a solution, Ramsey will be sold in January or leave on a free transfer next year.</p><p>Ramsey has signalled his intention to remain at the Emirates until the end of the campaign.</p><p>Ramsey’s place in Emery’s starting XI is far from assured.</p><p>And Wilshere believes his former team-mate should be looked at as a future Arsenal captain and hailed his quality.</p><p>“They could do with someone like him. We know what he can do for the club.</p><p>“For me he’s a future Arsenal captain. I know he loves the club.</p><p>“It’s difficult for me to comment on because I’m not there but I do know he’s a great player – if it was me I know I would want to keep him around.</p><p>“He’s a great guy to have around. He’s been at the club so long and knows it inside out.</p><p>“If you look at what he’s done for the club too.</p><p>“We went into the first team in the same year. He came from Cardiff and I came from the youth team.</p><p>“We automatically clicked because we were both young and new to that sort of environment.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
res for his second coming as an England cricketer.</p><p>The 32-year-old had already been handed a first Test call-up for next month's series against Sri Lanka, but arrived on the island earlier than expected after being added to the one-day squad following Liam Dawson's withdrawal.</p><p>Having spent eight years entirely off the England radar, winning the last of 14 limited-overs caps in February 2010, the all-rounder enjoyed a revelatory season for Kent and now stands on the cusp of being a three-format international.</p><p>Joe Denly insists age is nothing but a number as he prepares for his Sri Lanka tour</p><p>Denly, pictured winning PCA player of the year award, has spent eight years off England's radar</p><p>That is quite the new beginning for a player just 15 months younger than Alastair Cook, who retired last month after a glittering 12-year career.</p><p>He arrived in Kandy on Wednesday morning, hours before England took a 2-0 lead in the ODI series, and is keen to make up for lost time.</p><p>'I know I'm 32 now, but for me that's just a number, I feel as ready as I ever have and I still think my best years are ahead of me,' he told talkSPORT.</p><p>'The thought never came into my mind (that it was over). If I wasn't selected it would have been a case of trying to get better and trying to improve on my performances.</p><p>'Hopefully there's lots more runs and wickets to come.'</p><p>Denly's highest ODI score was the 67 he made on debut against Ireland in 2009, an innings that occupied 111 balls.</p><p>That kind of strike-rate would be considered positively pedestrian by current standards, but Denly has moved with the times too - reinventing his game on the domestic T20 circuit.</p><p>Denly's highest ODI score was the 67 he made on debut against Ireland in 2009</p><p>'It has changed, it was a long time ago when I was last involved and a lot's happened since then,' he said.</p><p>'White-ball cricket especially has developed and changed, the way people approach it. There's some steady players and some steady teams around, none more so than England.</p><p>'Watching the England team develop over the last few years, watching them rise to No 1 in the world you think it's going to be a tough gig to get involved.</p><p>'It's my training session tomorrow so there's a chance there to try and make an impact, but the team is playing brilliant cricket and are on the back of two very good wins. It's up to me to stake a claim where I can.'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
esday night as they were left with no buyer after Shahid Khan sensationally withdrew his £600million offer.</p><p>In a major defeat for FA chief executive Martin Glenn and chairman Greg Clarke, Fulham's American billionaire owner pulled out of the deal in anticipation of a vote against the sale by the FA Council next week.</p><p>The FA will now assess how to tackle what they consider is a crisis in grassroots football after Khan's withdrawal.</p><p>Fulham owner Shahid Khan has sensationally withdrawn his offer to buy Wembley</p><p>Wembley insiders insisted there was growing support for a deal with Khan among members of the 127-strong council. But Khan appears to have got cold feet and pulled out when it seemed Clarke would not get the 'significant majority' he wanted for the deal to proceed when the council were to vote next Wednesday.</p><p>FA sources insist this will not lead to the resignation of Glenn or Clarke, with the FA hierarchy now focusing on how they address the issue of poor facilities in the amateur game across the country.</p><p>Indeed, on Wednesday night the FA did not entirely close the door on the deal itself, and Khan concurred that he would be interested in buying Wembley in the future if there was wider support for a deal.</p><p>'Selling Wembley would have put the situation in the FA's control,' said one FA source on Wednesday night. 'Now it becomes much more complicated because of the need to find a solution in tandem with the game's major stakeholders.'</p><p>Last winter 50,000 matches were postponed because of bad pitches. According to FA research taken from the Institute Of Groundsmen, only one in three grass pitches are of adequate quality.</p><p>Khan said that his £600m offer was 'seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be'</p><p>Sports minister Tracey Crouch MP said she was 'very disappointed' by Khan's decision because the deal represented 'a huge opportunity to boost funding into the development of and maintenance of artificial and grassroots pitches up and down the country'.</p><p>In a statement issued on Wednesday, Khan said: 'I've been clear publicly as well as in my correspondence with the FA Council that it would require a proper partnership, with the full and enthusiastic commitment of all involved, to maximise the benefits to the FA and game of football by way of 100 per cent private ownership of Wembley.</p><p>'At this moment, following last week's FA Council hearing, it appears there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin that the FA chairman has required.</p><p>'The intent of my efforts was, and is, to do right by everyone in a manner that strengthens the English game and brings people together, not divides them.</p><p>Khan has not ruled out returning with a new offer for Wembley in the future </p><p>How Sportsmail kept you ahead of the game... since April we've been on top of Wembley deal</p><p>'Until a time when it is evident there is an unmistakable directive from the FA to explore and close a sale, I am respectfully withdrawing my offer.</p><p>'I cannot rule out revisiting the opportunity at another time when perhaps the FA family is unified in its views.</p><p>'Wembley is a national treasure, one I would care for and respect for generations. I recognise the passion many people have for Wembley and what it means to English football.'</p><p>Glenn said: 'We fully respect his decision. Mr Khan believed that his offer to buy Wembley would release funds to help improve community football facilities and that it would be well received by all football stakeholders. </p><p>'At a recent meeting with Mr Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated.</p><p>'Wembley is an iconic venue that is revered around world and it will continue to thrive under the ownership and direction of the FA.</p><p>The 67-year-old Khan is worth £5.2bn and also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars </p><p>'There has been much deliberation on both sides and it has undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue that community football facilities in England need significant investment.</p><p>'We will continue to work together to identify new and innovative ways of investing in community football facilities in the future.'</p><p>The statistics would suggest investment in grassroots football is significant. The Premier League, the FA and the government fund the Football Foundation, which would have distributed the money raised by the sale of Wembley to invest in artificial and grass pitches as well as other community facilities.</p><p>The deal falling through is a major defeat for the FA chief executive Martin Glenn (left) </p><p>Over the last 18 years the Premier League have invested £302m into the Football Foundation, with the FA adding £299m and the government £273m. </p><p>But it is not enough, and it was why there was support for the sale of Wembley from England manager Gareth Southgate and former FA technical director Howard Wilkinson. Last week Wilkinson described it as a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' when he urged the FA Council to vote in favour.</p><p>There was, however, concern among councillors about how the money would be distributed by the Football Foundation, and traditionalists such as Gary Neville opposed the sale, advising a parliamentary committee to consider other funding models.</p><p>Gary Neville was among the notable critics of the proposed sale of Wembley </p><p>A statement from the Football Foundation said the deal falling through 'should come as a huge disappointment to community footballers everywhere'.</p><p>It added: 'Football participation in this country is huge. Unfortunately, those who play the game as a sport, simply for the love of doing so and for the health benefits, are having to put up with a stock of community football facilities that is in a shameful state. </p><p>'This would have been a once in a lifetime opportunity to make considerable inroads into probably the most pressing issue facing football in this country.'</p><p>The opposition from the FA Council hasn't been Khan's only headache in the last week. Former Fulham employee Craig Kline has made a series of claims of racism, corruption and fraud at the club, all of which Khan has strenusously denied. 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ea sit second in the top flight, unbeaten and level on 20 points with Manchester City and Liverpool.</p><p>Juan Mata is looking forward to coming up against his former club Chelsea on Saturday</p><p>Mata spent a successful three-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge, making 135 appearances and scoring 33 goals for the club before joining the Red Devils in January 2014.</p><p>And the Spanish midfielder admits he is looking forward to the 'special' return against a rejuvenated Chelsea side led by new manager Maurizio Sarri.</p><p>'I know many players and people from the backroom staff there. Cesar Azpilicueta is a very good friend from the time I was playing there.</p><p>'David Luiz is still there, Willian's still there. Eden Hazard, who is a good friend, and Gary Cahill... so there are still some players there I know.'</p><p>The Manchester United star is expecting a very tough test against a rejuvenated Chelsea side</p><p>Following Chelsea's disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, Chelsea have started off this season in fine fashion.</p><p>The Blues have won six and drawn just two of their opening eight games of the 2018-19 season, scoring 18 goals in the process.</p><p>And Mata is not surprised at all by their upturn in form ahead of the crunch encounter on the weekend. </p><p>'I believe they have a good team, a good squad and they have a squad full of quality players, experienced players,' said Mata. </p><p>'They have players like Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas. They signed Jorginho who fits perfectly with Sarri's style, so I'm not surprised with the way they are playing, because I think they have the players to play like that.'</p><p>The Spanish midfielder enjoyed a successful three-and-a-half seasons playing for the Blues</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
yet after his victory inside the boxing ring over the Irishman back in August 2017.</p><p>Floyd Mayweather has claimed he will fight Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov</p><p>The American made the sensational claims while shopping in Beverly Hills over the weekend</p><p>'After me and Khabib lock up, me and McGregor we gonna lock up again.'</p><p>The 41-year-old had recently challenged Nurmagomedov to 'come to my world' and step into the boxing ring after the Russian called Mayweather out following his UFC 229 victory over McGregor in Las Vegas.</p><p>They have had a continuous war of words on Instagram following UFC 229, with the Russian posting an animated video of him knocking out Mayweather with one punch.</p><p>Nurmagomedov beat McGregor with a fourth-round stoppage in Las Vegas at UFC 229</p><p>Mayweather is expecting a nine-figure check from a potential fight with Nurmagomedov - and he believes a rematch with McGregor would be just as successful. </p><p>'I'm ready to go out there and get the job done and entertain. </p><p>'Cause me and McGregor was real entertaining. I gave people what they wanted to see.' </p><p>Mayweather has not fought since his 10th round victory against McGregor in Las Vegas over a year ago.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
and sit second on goal difference ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester United.</p><p>They have been extremely reliant on Eden Hazard though with the Belgian winger having a hand in 10 goals in his first eight appearances.</p><p>Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have failed to click into gear up front, scoring just twice between them.</p><p>And he’s pinpointed one of their former stars as being exactly the sort of player they need.</p><p>"What they could really do with is a player like Diego Costa up front!</p><p>"That must be frustrating for Chelsea knowing they let a player like him leave."</p><p>"Giroud and Morata aren't going to score the goals to put them out of sight in games," Merson said.</p><p>"At the start of the season, we'd have said if Chelsea can get in the top four, it's a good season, and I think that's still the case."</p><p>"I’ve learned many things from last season. It was very difficult for me," Morata said.</p><p>"I left home to play the World Cup and I wasn’t included in the squad anyway.</p><p>"Now that my two sons are born I can control my emotions a bit better, both the positive and negative ones.</p><p>"I’d like to be happier when I play, I need to score more goals in order to be happier.</p><p>"I wasn’t depressed but I didn’t live my situation very well.</p><p>"People used to love me, I scored seven goals in the first seven games at Chelsea.</p><p>"Then I got injured and I was playing even if I was feeling pain.</p><p>"There was lot of tension and I didn’t want to speak to anybody.</p><p>"One day my wife told that I wasn’t handling the situation in the right way.</p><p>"I was angry because I thought she was against me too."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
cord a first victory of the season when Brighton arrive at St James' Park on Saturday.</p><p>The Magpies have won just once in their last 14 games in all competitions – a 3-0 win over Chelsea on the last day of 2017/18 – and have only picked up two goalless draws in the Premier League so far.</p><p>Boss Rafa Benitez knows his side must perform against Brighton, who were promoted to the top flight in the same season as Newcastle.</p><p>The Magpies will be without Ciaran Clark after the Republic of Ireland defender picked up an injury while training with his national team.</p><p>Captain Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez will partner each other in defence with Florian Lejeune a long-term absentee.</p><p>Paul Dummett also pulled out of the Wales squad nursing a knock and could be kept out of the Brighton game, with Javier Manquillo ready to start in his place.</p><p>The biggest headache for Benitez is up front following Yoshinori Muto's impressive first start for his new club since joining from Mainz in the summer.</p><p>The Japanese international has since picked up an injury problem and will need to prove his fitness ahead of the clash otherwise Salomon Rondon will get the nod.</p><p>The on-loan West Brom striker is yet to score for Newcastle in the Premier League this season but has shown glimpses of his target man abilities.</p><p>Benitez will make a late call on the strikers after assessing their fitness, though Muto is more likely to be given another chance to shine if he has recovered.</p><p>Tensions are expected to be high on Tyneside following a fresh wave of protests at owner Mike Ashley.</p><p>It is not known whether the Sports Direct tycoon will attend the fixture after returning to the stands last month for the first time since May 2017.</p><p>(4-4-1-1) Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Perez; Muto.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
a flying at the top of the Premier League.</p><p>But Conte remains out of work and is now among the favourites to take over at Real Madrid with Julen Lopetegui struggling after replacing Zinedine Zidane.</p><p>But his appointment would depend on Chelsea finally agreeing a settlement with Conte for his dismissal - or the Italian walking away from what he would be owed.</p><p>Madrid are said to have spoken to Conte’s people about his availability in case things get worse with Lopetegui, who has won just half of his first eight La Liga games.</p><p>But Conte remains in a legal battle with Chelsea over the remainder of his contract.</p><p>Conte feels he was sacked unfairly having led the Blues to the title in his first season and the FA Cup in his second, but Chelsea are digging their heels over a pay off.</p><p>Conte’s final season at Chelsea was a difficult one with talk of broken relations between him and the board.</p><p>He wanted greater backing in the transfer market after winning the title and voiced his discontent publicly.</p><p>Chelsea were also annoyed with Conte’s handling of Diego Costa, who he essentially sacked by text message last summer.</p><p>Costa then refused to return to the club and was finally sold to Atletico Madrid, but Chelsea believe he would have been worth more had Conte not told him he wasn’t in his plans.</p><p>Conte was expected to be sacked straight after the FA Cup final win over Manchester United but ended up taking some of the first pre-season session as the situation descended into farce.</p><p>He was finally dismissed on July 13 with a 61-word statement under a month before the start of the new season.</p><p>It meant when Sarri was appointed on the same day he had little time to prepare his players for the campaign - particularly those like Eden Hazard who had been at the World Cup.</p><p>However Sarri has managed to guide Chelsea to 20 points from eight games and has them level with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the league.</p><p>They face Manchester United on Saturday as former boss Jose Mourinho comes back looking to save his job.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
four years ago and his title challenge has once again fallen to pieces this campaign.</p><p>Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of wrapping up the double for Mercedes and he leads Vettel by 67 points in the standings heading into this weekend’s US Grand Prix.</p><p>That would be one year before his current deal is due to expire.</p><p>They add that Vettel feels “isolated" at Maranello as he is continuing to lose support from the hierarchy.</p><p>Italian media have recently slammed Vettel for his performances.</p><p>And the criticism has got that bad Hamilton has stepped in to ease some of the pressure on his rival.</p><p>“I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian," Hamilton wrote on social media.</p><p>“You simply cannot imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level, for any athlete at the top of their game that is.</p><p>“It is to be expected that being humans we will make mistakes but it is how we get through them that counts."</p><p>However, Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has recently given his public backing to Vettel, but it is unclear if he will show the same faith if results do not improve within the next 12 months.</p><p>"I know that the situation looks impossible but our job sometimes is to challenge the impossible," Arrivabene told Sky F1.</p><p>"This is what we're going to try to do. "We win and we lose together.”</p><p>Vettel won the World Championship for four consecutive years between 2010 and 2013.</p><p>But he has struggled to replicate the form of old in the red of Ferrari.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
old at Old Trafford after two chastening seasons under Mourinho.</p><p>United are expected to announce the deal ahead of their trip to Shaw's boyhood club Chelsea at the weekend.</p><p>Luke Shaw arrives at training on Thursday, where he is understood to have signed a new deal</p><p>The contract, worth upwards of £150,000 a week, completes a dramatic turnaround at United</p><p>The left back is understood to have penned his fresh terms, making him one of the world's highest-paid defenders, at Carrington on Thursday morning.</p><p>Discussions have been ongoing for a number of weeks, with Shaw's performances a definite highlight of a difficult start to the season.</p><p>Mourinho has constantly criticised the England international during his time in charge but cannot help but be impressed by his upturn in form.</p><p>United assured Shaw over the summer that they had decided against pursuing interest in other left backs and the club's hierarchy want him to become a mainstay.</p><p>Shaw struggled under Jose Mourinho at first, but is now a mainstay in the manager's team </p><p>He's been one of United's standout performers this season and has now committed his future</p><p>The former Southampton man has worked tirelessly to prove Mourinho wrong, evident by his fitness regime during the close season earlier this year.</p><p>United's head of strength and conditioning, Gary Walker, joined him out in Dubai and the defender has not looked back since, missing just two games so far.</p><p>Attention now switches to contract extensions for a number of others, including winger Anthony Martial and David De Gea, both of whom have one-year extensions waiting to be triggered.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>