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Ainsley Maitland-Niles ready to ‘kiss goodbye’ to Arsenal as he tells Arteta to play him or sell him in transfer window

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AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES has admitted it may be time to ‘kiss goodbye’ to Arsenal if he is not a part of their plans next season.

The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles is none the wiser about his Arsenal future[/caption]

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The versatile star is yet to hear from Mikel Arteta after his West Brom loan ended[/caption]

And despite the Baggies getting relegated, the England international impressed and has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

But first a decision on his future with parent club Arsenal must be made – and Maitland-Niles has revealed not received ANY contact from Arteta or technical director Edu.

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He told the Telegraph: “If I was to get a phone call from someone at Arsenal and they said they’d like a meeting tomorrow, then it would be easier that way.

“They can tell me whether they’ve got plans to play me in the future or if they want to sell me.

“I’ve heard they want to make some space [in the squad] and some money so I’m not sure.”

Maitland-Niles joined Arsenal at six and progressed through the youth ranks to make his first-team debut in 2014 aged 17.

If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that

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He revealed he joined West Brom to stop himself ‘rotting away’ on the bench and is now looking for an answer on his future in north London.

He added: “I want a decision. I want some clarity. And then hopefully I can get to work with whoever I need to get to work with.

“Whether that is finding a new club or whether that is carrying on with my training. I would like some kind of indication of what is happening. Where they [Arsenal] see me.

“If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that.

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“Maybe they still want to do something and things could change. If not, there’s always other teams.

“It would be easier to do it now than waiting for pre-season to kick in and everything is super busy.

“And they can’t answer their phones because they are doing too much work. You know how the football world works.”

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Benzema injury LATEST, Van de Beek out for Holland, Ben White called up to England Euro 2020 squad

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KARIM BENZEMA has handed world champs France a scare by limping off injured in their 3-0 Euro 2020 warm-up win over Bulgaria.

The striker appeared to be hurt following a challenge with Bulgarian defender Ivan Turitsov during the first half.

The veteran tried to play on but soon went down and signalled he could not continue as he hobbled off favouring his right knee in the 37th minute at the Stade de France.

Meanwhile Man Utd’s Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of the entire tournament for Holland.

The Dutch are already without injured captain Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen, who tested positive for Covid.

And on the home front, Gareth Southgate has confirmed Ben White will replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in his 26-man England squad.

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Kyle Walker has highest estimated energy bill in England squad thanks to £3m mansion, pool, fish tank and waterfall

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KYLE WALKER has the highest estimated energy bill of all footballers thanks to his luxury £3million home, according to research.

The England defender boasts a swanky Cheshire pad featuring a pool, fish tank and waterfall.

Kyle Walker pays more than any other footballer for his energy bills at an estimated £16,200 per year
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Paul Pogba is paying a small fortune on bills at his home, including to light his indoor football pitch[/caption]

And according to research from Uswitch, Walker pays an estimated £16,200 per YEAR just on energy bills.

The Manchester City star’s massive pad features six bedrooms, a football-themed games room and a hot-tub.

All in all, Walker pays roughly 15 TIMES the national average on his gas and electricity bills, according to the study.

Fortunately for the former Tottenham star, he earns a staggering £110,000 per week, meaning he can pay off his annual energy bill with almost a single day’s work.

Walker’s team-mate for club and country, John Stones, comes second in the list.

The Three Lions ace pays around £15,900 a year thanks to his sauna, cinema, leisure complex and heated indoor pool which costs £5,000 per year alone.

Manchester United team-mates Paul Pogba and David De Gea come in third and fourth respectively.

Pogba pays an estimated £14,300 per year on amenities such as his indoor football pitch with electronic scoreboard and LED lighting.

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De Gea’s amenities including his pool force him to pay roughly £14k per year on bills[/caption]

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De Gea shells out roughly £14,100 annually thanks to his outdoor pool, gym, cinema, tennis court and electric security gates.

United and England star Jesse Lingard completes the top five at £14,000, with his indoor pool and cinema the biggest energy-guzzlers.

Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate, Marcus Rashford and Gareth Bale all pay over £10,000 per year for their energy, the study predicts.

And Jordan Pickford completes the top ten at £9,400 per year.

Among former stars, England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney leads the way with a £15,900 yearly bill thanks to his orangery, bar, TV room, snooker room, cinema and wine cellar.

That’s more than David Beckham (£11,400) despite the Three Lions legend’s plunge pool, steam room and sauna.

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Daniel James out to banish Man Utd Europa League final heartbreak and take Euro 2020 by storm with Wales pal Gareth Bale

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DAN JAMES is out to banish the painful memory of Manchester United’s Europa League final heartache at the Euros.

The Wales winger, 23, scored a penalty in the Red Devils’ 11-10 shoot-out defeat to Villarreal last month.

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Daniel James (right) is hoping to bounce back from Europa League heartbreak[/caption]

But James admitted he and his potless United team-mates were left ‘gutted’ after returning from Poland empty-handed.

Now the prospect of a first Euro finals appearance in Saturday’s Group A opener with Switzerland in Baku is driving him on again.

James said: “It was gutting for all of us really. For me and a lot of the other players it’s not the end of our season. In football you just have to get back up and get on with it.

“Thankfully we don’t have to wait until next season to do that and we can go into the Euros and a different environment and look forward to getting back out on the pitch which is what we all want as players.”

The 20-cap wideman is an integral part of Wales‘ attack alongside captain Gareth Bale.

James has started all of Wales’ 16 competitive fixtures since he made his international debut in a friendly with Albania in November 2018.

But James was picked in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting eleven just 18 times out of United’s 61 games last season.

Yet the ex-Swansea attacker, who moved to Old Trafford for £15million in the summer of 2019, dismissed the notion his performances have been better for Wales than United.

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James added: “I wouldn’t say so. I think I’ve had great games for United as well.

“Maybe the Wales ones stick out a little bit more. I may have got a few more assists for Wales. It’s been a little bit more consistent than it has been at United.

“For every player, you want a consistency of games.”

James’ spot-kick in the Gdansk final could prove handy if Rob Page’s Wales can reach the knock-out stages.

He said: “It went fine but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I was a little bit nervous. I was confident to go and step up.

“For me you have to put yourself in those moments because it’s going to happen in your career and you have to put yourself forward. Thankfully it went in the back of the net. It could be [useful] at the Euros.”

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Wales’ mix of youth an experience has generated optimism within the camp[/caption]

Speedy James hopes to tear up the Euros with his lightning pace. And he believes Wales’ opponents will be fearful of their attacking weapons including Bale and the fit-again duo of Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks.

James said: “Whoever is put on the pitch attacking-wise, we’ve got a great group and will definitely be feared.

“It’s one of the first times everyone has been in the squad. David and Aaron have had injuries over the past two years but when they have come into the squad they have been unbelievable.

“I’ve only played for Wales with Aaron once or twice and he scored two goals against Hungary.

“For us it’s just brilliant that everyone is involved. I know the Euros was supposed to be last summer and everyone was gutted but it’s great for the players who are now all fit and we have a full squad this time and we’re all raring to go.

“Any team with pace is feared. In tournament football there are going to be times where we will have to sit back, especially with the hot weather, and then go on the break. It’s a great attribute to have throughout the team.

If we want to hit teams on the break we have to win the ball back in the right areas to get those chances.

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“I have freedom but the way we defend is from the front and it’s so important. If we want to hit teams on the break we have to win the ball back in the right areas to get those chances.

“I’ve definitely matured as a player but I still have to do my defensive duties.

“Me and Gaz have played both wide positions before and if we play on either side we’re ready and we know our job and roles. Just being on the pitch is great for me. I’d play anywhere.”

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