Zaha signs new Palace deal, Ospina possibly off to Napoli, De Bruyne picks up knee injury

Good morning, happy Thursday. Sorry, but today’s blog will be a quick one because I was up late this morning. That hasn’t happened in a while! I was up a bit later than usual last night and I didn’t have the best night’s sleep so I struggled to get up. It’s alright though, it’s not the end of the world. I’m just going to go for a quick round-up of the news instead of going in-depth about something.

Wilfried Zaha signs new deal

Crystal Palace announced yesterday that Wilfried Zaha has signed a new contract at the club, that runs until 2023. That is amazing news for the Eagles, as he is their best player by a long, long way. He must be the best player playing outside the top six. I can’t think of any off the top of my head anyway. It’s so important for Palace that they have tied him down because he’s so important to them. He dragged them through games on his own at times last season and really helped when it looked like they would be in a relegation battle.

Of course, signing a new contract doesn’t mean he’ll stay until 2023, but it puts Palace in a much better position. Even if it does come to the point where they feel they have to sell him, at least they’ll get what he’s worth. With so much time left on his contract, they won’t be under pressure to let him go, and they can do so on their terms. I look forward to seeing him again this season. Hopefully his team mates help him out a bit more and he has a little bit less pressure on him.

David Ospina/Simon Mignolet to Napoli

The Napoli president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, said yesterday that Napoli are interested in signing David Ospina from Arsenal or Simon Mignolet from Liverpool. On talks with Arsenal, he said, “there are still some differences on the requests.” That seems to have been sorted now though, because reports say that Ospina is over for a medical. We could see more announced today. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see either of those ‘keepers leave their clubs. They both signed new goalkeepers in the summer and they’ll now be seen as surplus to requirements.

Kevin De Bruyne

Man City announced yesterday that Kevin De Bruyne injured his knee in training. A short statement on their website said:

Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday.

The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin’s condition in due course.

As soon as I saw that I was worried. I thought that if it was just a small problem, they wouldn’t have felt the need to release a statement. But it’s not a small problem, so they released a statement to warn people of the bad news that’s coming. Reports emerged saying that he will miss between two and four months. We’ll more than likely find out more from Man City today, so we’ll hope it’s not too bad.

Seeing a player getting injured and missing a significant amount of time is never good. I’m sure there are some Liverpool and Man Utd fans that are celebrating the news, but I don’t think that’s right and I don’t agree with it for a second. It’s never nice to see somebody suffer like that. Maybe if the player is an absolute wanker you could say that they deserve it and you’re happy you won’t have to look at their ugly face for a while, but De Bruyne definitely doesn’t fall into that category.

Man City do have plenty of depth in their squad, but this is a big loss regardless. They have the likes of Ilkay Gundogan or Bernardo Silva that can come in, or they could even move Riyad Mahrez centrally and play Raheem Sterling out wide. De Bruyne isn’t quite a number 10 like Mahrez or Silva would be, so Gundogan is probably the most realistic replacement. Even though they have enough cover, nobody can replace the quality he gives you. City will be a little bit worse without him, that’s for sure. Maybe the injury won’t be as bad as feared, and he’ll only miss a few weeks. Let’s hope for that anyway.

Burnley

Burnley are in Europa League qualification action tonight. They welcome Istanbul Basaksehir to Turf Moor for the second leg of their third qualifying round tie. The game is finely balanced at 0-0. I would be surprised if Burnley didn’t have enough about them to get the job done tonight. I really don’t know a thing about the Turkish side they’re playing, so I really can’t say anything else about them.

That’s it for today

As you might have guessed from the heading, that’s it from me for today. Sorry it’s a bit shorter than usual, but 850 words really isn’t that short anyway. Any news doing the rounds will be on Twitter, and I’ll be back here tomorrow with more. Have a good Thursday.

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