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2023 Transfer: Top 5 World-Class Footballers Who Are Currently Clubless

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Some famous footballers are currently without a club even though most top leagues across the world have halted their transfer window while some are on the verge of doing so.

According to the arrangement of the world football governing body, FIFA, all summer transfer windows of its member federations must be halted on or before September 20.

Elite leagues in Europe ended their 2023 summer transfer window on September 1. The Saudi Pro League will close its transfer window today, September 7. The Turkish league will end its transfer window on or before September 17.

Despite this, some famous footballers who are currently without a club or out of contract with their most recent clubs, are yet to land a new side.

Below are the top five famous footballers who are currently without a club:

1. David De Gea

David De Gea is one of the most famous footballers who is currently without a club despite still looking sharp for elite football. The 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper was Manchester United’s top-choice goalkeeper until his contract expired on June 30, 2023.

United attempted to renew his contract but due to Erik ten Hag’s lack of interest in his style of goalkeeping, the negotiations dragged until his contract expired.

Even after that, the goalkeeper who was ready to accept a pay cut to remain at Old Trafford, waited for the club to make up their mind until he grew impatient and decided to leave the club, especially after the arrival of Cameroonian goalkeeper Adre Onana from Inter Milan.

2. Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard used to be one of the most famous footballers in the world especially when he was at Chelsea. But his highly celebrated move to Real Madrid in 2019 marked the beginning of his downfall in the game.

After a series of injuries forced him to the bench, season in and season out, Real Madrid and the 32-year-old Belgian forward decided to part ways at the end of last season. Since then, no club has made a concrete effort to sign him as he has reportedly started contemplating his retirement.

3. Jesse Lingard

Manchester United academy graduate, Jesse Lingard used to be seen as one of the future mega superstars in the game.
But his form dropped forcing Manchester United to send him on loan to West Ham United where it looked like he had rediscovered his talent.

West Ham tried to give him a permanent deal but the 30-year-old attacking midfielder decided to return to Manchester United to fight for a place in the team.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t and decided to leave Old Trafford for Nottingham Forest in 2022. Forest didn’t waste time to let him go after the end of last season and he is hoping for a new club to date.

4. Phil Jones

Phil Jones spent his lengthy career at Manchester United sitting mostly on the bench. In his 12 years at Old Trafford, he managed to play 169 Premier League games as a defensive midfielder or defender due to lingering injury issues.

United finally allowed the 30-year-old defender to leave the club at the end of last season and he is currently contemplating retirement or accepting any suitable offer which seems not to be forthcoming.

5. Danny Rose

Danny Rose is the oldest player on this list. The 33-year-old English left-back made his name at Tottenham Hotspur between 2007 and 2021.

Things went south for him when he decided to move to Watford ahead of the 2021-2022 season. He decided not to follow the club into relegation at the end of the said season and has remained without a club since then.

Most pundits anticipate that the 29-capped England international will announce his retirement from football before the end of this year.

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Breaking: Enugu Rangers Emerge NPFL Champions

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Enugu Rangers on Sunday emerged champions of the 2023/2024 Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) champions.

The team emerged as NPFL champions after defeating Bendel Insurance 2-0 in front of their home fans in Enugu.

Kenechukwu Agu put Rangers ahead after 32 minutes in the game, and Chidiebere Nwobodo increased the home team’s advantage after 65 minutes on the clock.

The win cements the top spot for the Enugu-based side, and their final game of the season, which is away to already relegated Gombe United, would be a mere formality.

Details later…

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NFF Breaks Silence Over Finidi George’s Resignation

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The head of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Gusau, has told newsmen that he is unaware of Super Eagles coach, Finidi George’s reported resignation.

Naija Latest Gist reports that Finidi George made headlines on Saturday morning after reports of his sudden resignation surfaced on the internet.

The embattled Super Eagles coach had stepped down after the NFF declared its intention to bring in an international expert as the Super Eagles’ new coach, following their poor showing in the 2026 World Cup qualifying rounds.

The Eagles have only managed to score three points out of a possible 12, landing them in fifth place in Group C, which has cast doubt on their chances of qualifying.

Their poor performances have angered the nation’s football-loving population, who are still reeling from the team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The announcement by the NFF on Thursday sparked a variety of reactions, with some Eagles supporters urging the federation’s board and George to step down.

Reports suggest that George is furious over the NFF’s decision to meet with the sports minister two days prior, without addressing the issue of players arriving late to training and the NFF’s lack of effort to rally support from Nigerians in Ivory Coast for the Eagles’ match against Benin Republic on last Monday.

The reports also indicate that George resigned from his position as the Eagles’ coach this morning (today).

However, when asked about the news making the round on Saturday, Gusau said he was unaware of George’s decision to let go of his appointment as Super Eagles coach.

“Not yet aware,” Gusau reportedly told The PUNCH in a chat on Saturday, June 15.

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Transfer: Galatasaray Makes Fresh Offer For Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi

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Galatasaray, the reigning champions of the Turkish Super Lig, are intensifying their efforts to secure the services of Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi.

Naija Latest Gist reports that Ndidi is set to become a free agent by the end of the month, and negotiations are ongoing between Leicester City and the midfielder regarding a potential contract extension.

Renowned transfer expert, Nicolo Schira, has reported that Galatasaray has put forward a three-year contract offer to Ndidi, possibly extending it for another year.

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder has been a key player for Leicester City since he arrived in 2017.

However, with his current deal expiring soon, Ndidi appears to be considering a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Reports from Fanatik suggest that Leicester City has struggled to persuade Ndidi to commit his future to the club, opening the door for Turkish teams to enter the race for his signature.

Apart from Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Besiktas are reportedly interested in securing Ndidi’s services.

Trabzonspor, looking to strengthen their attacking and midfield options, have shown interest in Ndidi and Paul Onuachu.

The Black Sea Storm are determined to sign Ndidi and have presented an attractive offer, including a significant signing bonus.

On the other hand, Galatasaray has strongly proposed a three-plus-one-year contract to entice Ndidi to choose them over other potential suitors.

Ndidi’s consistent performances at Leicester City have made him a highly sought-after player in the transfer market.

Last season, the Nigerian player played 36 matches, scoring six goals and providing six assists for the Foxes.

In addition to his club contributions, Ndidi has been a key player for the Nigerian national team, featuring prominently in their recent FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

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