‘Really hard’ – Dallas opens up on playing through bereavement

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‘Really hard’ – Dallas opens up on playing through bereavement

Leeds United utility man Stuart Dallas has opened up on playing through bereavement following the death of one of his closest friends.

The 30-year-old felt it was important to “crack on” and continue playing despite his loss.

He withdrew from the Northern Ireland squad for the September international break to grieve but continued to play for .



And Dallas has now opened up about the effect of the loss.

“In football, when something like that happens, you don’t get time to grieve,” he told BBC Radio West Yorkshire ).

“We’re here to do a job,” he said. “I represent a lot of people when I play for this football club and I don’t want to let anybody down.

“It was tough, I’m not going to lie, it was really hard. These things make or break you.

“It’s important that you just continue to crack on and play through it.”

Dallas added: “Thankfully I’ve got a good family, my wife and kids around me, good teammates, and a good club to help me through these challenging times.

“I appreciate the love and support I’ve had from everyone about the club.

“At times like this, you realise how special the people inside the club and certainly the fans outside it are.”

Meanwhile,  despite Leeds’ difficult start to the 2021/22 season.

The Whites sit 17th in the Premier League, as they have just seven points from their nine outings. Their only victory came at home against Watford.

“To be honest, he [Bielsa] hasn’t changed much,” Phillips said.

“He’s always the same person whether we are winning or losing. He doesn’t make us feel more or less comfortable, he has always been very honest with us and adamant, talking a lot about the way we want to play.

“He never wants to change that so he has always been the same, telling us what we need to do and how we get better.

“It’s very special to see all the fans.”

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Arsenal, Spurs linked striker signs new long-term Inter contract

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Arsenal, Spurs linked striker signs new long-term Inter contract

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has signed a new five-year contract at the San Siro, the Serie A club have announced.

Martinez came through the ranks at Argentinian side Racing Club. He scored 27 times from his 60 appearances for them.

Inter paid around €22.7million (£19.2m) to sign him in 2018. He has already played 144 times for the Italian side.



Martinez has 54 goals and 21 assists for the Milan club. He has scored five goals from his nine Serie A outings this season.

Arsenal and Spurs were both interested in the forward during the summer. It was reported that agreed to sign Martinez for £60m, but the move was not completed.

And the Argentina international has committed his future to Inter, penning a long-term contract extension that will keep him with the Italian giants until 2026.

Elsewhere, Jermaine Defoe has named Manchester City as his “team to beat” in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea sit at the top of the pile on 22 points with Liverpool one point adrift of Thomas Tuchel’s men and City a further point behind in third.

Despite the Blues leading the Premier League table and Liverpool’s impressive 5-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, Defoe still reckons City are the best team.

“I still think that Manchester City are the team to beat,” told TheWinnr.com.

“Watching people saying they don’t have a number nine – they played with a false nine all of last season, without a proper number nine, [Sergio] Aguero didn’t play and they won the league.

“For me, I still feel like they are the team to beat, with the options that they’ve got, the quality that they’ve got, bringing in Jack Grealish – [Raheem] Sterling doesn’t even start! And the know-how, they know how to do it.

“I know Liverpool are looking good, and the front three are frightening – I think the front three of [Roberto] Firmino, [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane are back to where they were before – but I still think that Man City are the team to beat.”

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