Tottenham have confirmed their seventh signing of the summer, bringing in Destiny Udogie from Udinese on a five-year deal. Spurs fans will have to wait to see their new right-back in action however, as he will spend the rest of this season on loan in Serie A.
Udogie, 19, played 35 times for Udinese in Serie A last season, scoring 5 goals and assisting twice. He was initially on loan from Hellas Verona before his current side made the deal permanent for £3.6m this summer. Although Spurs did not mention a figure, Fabrizio Romano set the fee at €18m (£15.14m) meaning a nice profit for Udinese.
Djed Spence arrived at the club this summer and will compete with Emerson Royale and Matt Doherty for a place this season, but Udogie will back himself to win minutes next campaign. Highly-rated and already playing top level football, this looks like a smart investment from Spurs. Even if he does not develop into a starting right-back, he should retain his value at such a young age.
Frank Lampard announced that he would leave Chelsea after 13 years at the club on this day in 2014.
Speculation had been rife over the England international’s future, with his contract running down in west London, and the former West Ham midfielder confirmed in a statement that he had played his last game for the Blues.
Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 after six seasons at Upton Park and went on to make 648 appearances and become the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 in all competitions.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Lampard won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.
“When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success,” Lampard said.
“This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience.
“Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone.
“All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them.
“All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way.
“The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.”
Lampard spent the following season with Manchester City and then one campaign with New York City before announcing his retirement as a player.
He subsequently managed Derby, Chelsea and Everton before a second spell at Stamford Bridge on a caretaker basis in 2023.
In just 40-odd steps, the world’s top male sprinters motor through the 100-metre dash.
Rohan Browning, the fastest man in Australia, has shed light on a key biomechanic change he’s working on in a bid to overhaul his first step.
The 25-year-old from Sydney is honing in on his first stride as he sets his sights on reaching Olympic and world championship finals, winning medals at major championships and cracking the 10-second barrier, even though it’s a mark the “Flying Mullet” considers a “myth”.
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Browning will next test his new-look start at Italy’s Florence Diamond League on Saturday morning (AEST).
“I’ve been rejigging a few different parts of my race, the main one being my start. I’ve changed my start and made it much more efficient. I’ve chopped the length of my first stride and tried to contact the ground a little quicker and am just focusing on accelerating really efficiently,” Browning told Wide World of Sports.
“It’s something I’ve worked on since before the (2021 Tokyo) Olympics, but it’s something that we have made more significant changes to since the (2022 Birmingham) Commonwealth Games.
“It just takes a long time to motor-pattern that and get used to it because your body always reverses to old habits. (It’s about) getting comfortable changing what you’re used to.
“I’ve benefitted a lot from really good biomechanic help through the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Athletics Australia. I’ve been working really closely with Emma Millett, who’s the biomechanist at NSWIS. She’s been such a crucial part of our team.
“We do a lot of video analysis, everything’s pretty high-tech, we use Optojump (an optical measurement system), the Laveg, which is a velocity gun, so everything is really tracked and we make sure to use that data in the most effective way possible.”
The Tokyo Olympics semi-finalist described his revamped start as a “week-to-week thing” and said he was encouraged by his execution at the Australian national championships, held across March and April in Brisbane, when he stormed to gold in 10.02 (0.0 wind).
“I think on the Australian circuit it wasn’t quite clicking, but I knew there was a model that if I could pull it off it would work and would really lift the ceiling of what I’m capable of running,” Browning added.
“I think the national championships was the first sort of glimpse of what that new model is capable of producing. I felt like the national championships was the first time that it sort of clicked and it came together properly.”
Browning will be taking on an incredible field in the Florence Diamond League, which includes the American trio that finished on the podium at the 2022 world championships in Eugene: Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Bromell.
Making up the rest of the field are Jamaican great Yohan Blake, reigning Commonwealth Games champion Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya, South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Italian Samuele Ceccarelli.
Reigning Olympic gold medallist Marcell Jacobs was set for a mouthwatering duel with Kerley but withdrew this week due to a back injury.
At the Australian national championships, Browning strung together his quickest sequence of 100-metre times at a single meet, clocking 10.18 (+0.4), 10.17 (+0.1) and 10.02 (0.0).
At Yokohama’s Golden Grand Prix on May 21, he posted 10.11 (+1.5) and 10.10 (+0.4). The only man who beat him was Kerley.
The standard is 10.00 for August’s world championships, to be hosted by Budapest, and the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Browning’s legal personal best remains the 10.01 (+0.8) he ran at the Tokyo Olympics, but recent results suggest he’s a great chance of bursting through the 10-second barrier in Europe this year — and maybe even in Florence on Saturday.
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