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Vilde Boe Risa ‘constantly considers’ leaving Man Utd

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Manchester United midfielder Vilde Boe Risa has admitted she is considering leaving the club due to a lack of playing time, which is threatening her prospects with the Norway national team ahead of the 2023 World Cup.

Boe Risa joined United in July 2021, and had been a transfer target during Casey Stoney’s tenure. But by the time a deal was eventually arranged, Stoney had resigned and the club was in the process of appointing Marc Skinner, who has since implemented a different playing style. The midfielder subsequently saw limited minutes during her debut season in Manchester.

The issue of a lack of playing time has persisted this term, despite the summer departure of fellow midfielder Jackie Groenen to Paris Saint-Germain, and she has seen just 47 minutes of WSL action this season.

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“[Game time] is something Hege [Riise] is quite keen on and something I’ve had too little of at the club,” Boe Risa has told Norwegian media outlet NTB.

“I feel that I am really driven in training and such and hope for more playing time eventually. I have to be patient a little longer before I think about what the future holds.”

Asked whether she could move on from United, the club she supported as a child, the player admitted: “It is certainly something I constantly consider whether it might be relevant. And then I’m under contract. I think United will probably be a bit difficult, because they want to have me as a player at the club. The coach wants to use me. It’s really just that he hasn’t used me enough.”

Boe Risa was previously dropped by Norway manager Hege Riise for the September international break. She admitted the snub stung at the time, and added that it had been suggested to her by the national team coach that she might need to rethink her club career to warrant a place in the squad.

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The 28-year-old, who previously won a Swedish league title with Kopparbergs/Goteborg, was also initially left out of the October squad but was later recalled when other players withdrew injured.

Skinner has previously praised Boe Risa’s ability on the ball, which has seen her show flashes in a United shirt of what she is capable of, while suggesting that the defensive side of her game is what is responsible for her lack of first team opportunities.

“Vilde has an unbelievable brain and vision. What I’ve asked her to do, and what I asked last season, was for her to have time to adapt to this league. We’ve looked at defensive body position on the training field, how she defends the game as well as attacks the game,” Skinner explained.

“We know what she has with the ball and she has the brains without the ball…she now just has to practice and keep practicing. With Vilde, once she snaps this defensive control into place, she obviously has the talent to unlock any defence [in an attacking sense].”

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Boe Risa is due to be out of contract at United at the end of the season, but the club holds an option to extend that deal by another year that would prevent her becoming a free agent until 2024.

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Monterrey signs midfielder Jordi Cortizo from Puebla

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Rayados de Monterrey have signed midfielder Jordi Cortizo from Club Puebla, ahead of the 2023 Liga MX Clausura. 

He joins the Guadalajara team on a four-season contract, according to Diego Armando Medina of TUDN.

“I have been delighted since the opportunity to come here was given, I always knew that I had to make a leap to these big leagues with one of the biggest clubs in Mexico,” Cortizo said of his transfer. 

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Cortizo kicked off his professional career with Queretaro in 2017, recording four goals in 76 appearances over the course of three years before seeing stints with Tijuana and Puebla. He managed well in Liga MX, but it wasn’t until the 2022 Apertura that he became a standout. 

The offensive midfielder recorded five goals in 20 overall matches to inspire Puebla to eighth on the table and the Liguilla quarterfinals. 

Overall, Cortizo has 12 goals in 149 Liga MX appearances. 

“They are going to see a player who always tries, that will never fail, who will go for the ball, will try to play, propose offensive play, go forward and who will always give himself up for the club. It is my dream to be champion of the Liga MX, there is no better option today than to be sitting here and with this squad to achieve it,” he said.

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Cortizo stands as the first signing under new Monterrey president Jose Antonio Noriega, who replaced Duilio Davino  following the team’s elimination from the 2022 Apertura. Upon his arrival, Noriega insisted he needed to evaluate the team’s needs before making drastic changes. 

But the arrival of Jordi Cortizo will now set off the several moves already planned. 

The 2023 Liga MX Clausura kicks off on January 6.



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Club America sign defender Israel Reyes from Puebla

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Club America has finally signed defender Israel Reyes from Club Puebla.

He stands as the team’s first reinforcement ahead of the 2023 Liga MX Clausura, joining on a four-year contract.  The Mexico City team reportedly paid $4.5M for Reyes, after he established himself as one of the most promising defenders in the Mexican league.

Reyes kicked off his professional career with Atlas in 2019, before quickly securing a loan deal to Puebla. After 19 games with the Franja, the team exercised his purchase option to make Reyes a staple of the backline. 

But it wasn’t until the 2022 Apertura that he became a standout in the Mexican league. The 22-year-old managed three goals in 17 games of the 2022 Apertura, inspiring Puebla to eighth place in the regular season and the Liguilla quarterfinals. 

Overall, he recorded six goals in 76 appearances with Puebla before joining Club America.

Internationally, the player holds one cap with the Mexican national team. He made his debut on December 8, 2021, coming on as a substitute in the 68th minute of a friendly against Chile.

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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

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England vs Senegal: Confirmed lineups

On Sunday, England and Senegal, their opponents in the last-16 of the World Cup, square off at Al Bayt Stadium in a battle for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Three Lions take on the Lions of Teranga, who advanced to the knockout stages thanks to a crucial intervention from their captain, in a first-ever meeting after Gareth Southgate’s team defeated Wales to win Group B.

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England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson, Bellingham; Saka, Foden, Kane.  

Senegal XI: E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; Ciss, N. Mendy; Diatta, Ndiaye, Sarr; Dia. 

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