Man Utd transfer news: Neymar discovers Cristiano Ronaldo plan - report

The Portugal international has been heavily linked with a stunning return to Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Ronaldo, 33, is said to be unhappy at the Bernabeu, with Real’s all-time leading goalscorer demanding a bumper pay rise to stay in La Liga.

They say the Brazil international is in regular contact with Florentino Perez - and the Real president is keeping Neymar informed on Ronaldo’s future.

Man Utd transfer news: Red Devils could land Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo this summer

United have been busy in the transfer market this summer, with Mourinho signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto right-back Diogo Dalot.

Red Devils boss Mourinho is desperate to spend big in the coming weeks after watching Manchester City storm to the Premier League title this season.

Mourinho is keen to make at least three more signings this summer, with the Special One eyeing a new centre-back, another central midfielder and a back-up striker to put pressure on Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford.

Real talisman Ronaldo would be able to lead the line at United under Mourinho next season.

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June 24, 2018

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    by injury and fitness issues, and Mourinho has publicly criticised the 23-year-old left-back on several occasions.</p><p>Manchester United's Luke Shaw says Jose Mourinho is supportive of him at Old Trafford</p><p>Manchester United's players and staff made time for supporters on Wednesday afternoon</p><p>Ander Herrera and Juan Mata sign autographs for United supporters at their training camp</p><p>One supporter took a selfie with United goalkeeper Sergio Romero in Los Angeles</p><p>The former Southampton player is entering the final 12 months of a four-year contract still facing an uncertain future at United. But Shaw remains determined to claim a first-team place, and feels that Mourinho still has faith in him following talks with the manager.</p><p>Asked if it is disappointing to have to prove himself four years after joining United for £30million, he replied: 'Yes of course it's disappointing. I look back over the last years and I haven't really had a massive run in the team.</p><p>'It's annoying for me to say I need to prove myself. But I know what I can do and that's why I'm still here. I'm sure that's what the manager thinks.</p><p>United's players were put through a number of light training drills on Wednesday afternoon</p><p>United will take on Club America in their first pre-season match during their time in the US</p><p>United's preparations for the new season have been well underway since last week</p><p>'I don't think I would still be involved right now if the manager didn't believe in me. I've had a good chat with him and I look forward to the new season and getting back to my best.'</p><p>With a number of United's first-team squad on holiday after the World Cup, and Daley Blind returning to Ajax, Shaw is determined to seize his opportunity to impress Mourinho on the club's five-match tour of the US.</p><p>United face Club America in Phoenix in the early hours of Friday morning before playing San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.</p><p>'Of course, I'll look at it like that,' added Shaw. 'Not just for me, there are opportunities for all the players. The next five games are all about fitness, but I want to try and prove to the manager that I can be in his team, not just in these games.</p><p>'When everyone comes back and everyone is fit and ready, I still want to be that first name on the team sheet. It's time for me to show him over the next four weeks what I can do and why I deserve to be in this team.'</p><p>Gary Oldman (left) poses with United boss Jose Mourinho at the club's training base</p><p>The Hollywood actor received new United shirt with 'Oldman' on the back from Ander Herrera</p><p>The London-born actor has his photo taken with midfielder Juan Mata in LA on Tuesday</p><p>Shaw has done his best to convince Mourinho by going on a training trip to Dubai before reporting for pre-season training. He returned to Carrington last week looking leaner, having faced criticism over his weight in the past.</p><p>His fitness has also been severely impacted by the horrific broken leg he suffered in September 2015, and damaged ligaments in his foot in May 2017 that required surgery and meant he was little more than a passenger on tour this time last year.</p><p>Asked about the trip to Dubai, he said: 'I did it a few seasons back with Adnan (Januzaj). Coming into pre-season it was the best I've ever felt. I felt like I needed it because the last few years I've not had a proper pre-season.</p><p>Chris Smalling and Shaw pose for photos with Oldman in Los Angeles</p><p>Oldman smiles with Joel Pereira (L), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (C-R) and Anthony Martial (R)</p><p>'Obviously the one I came back from after my injury I had problems, and the last two I haven't really managed to get a whole pre-season together.</p><p>'A year ago today, I was injured and doing rehab. Now I look at it as a full pre-season for me, and right now things are going really well. I feel really strong and good. I need to keep that up going into the season and prove to people why I'm here.'</p><p>Meanwhile, United's players got a few surprises on Wednesday afternoon as they were met by a number of fans at their training camp in Los Angeles.</p><p>Wednesday was about making time for supporters and signing memorabilia.</p><p>Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Sergio Romero were all spotted stopping for supporters as the United team warmed down. 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	Jose Mourinho hopes Paul Pogba understands why he shone at World Cup

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    winning the World Cup this summer, but Jose Mourinho couldn't resist issuing a word of caution to Manchester United's erratic midfielder yesterday.</p><p>Mourinho hopes that Pogba can carry his success with France over to his club career after crowning an impressive tournament in Russia with the decisive goal in the final against Croatia.</p><p>However, the United boss believes his £89million record signing must first of all appreciate why he was so effective for Didier Deschamps' team if he is to hit the same heights for United. </p><p>Midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates with the World Cup after winning it with France in Russia</p><p>'I hope he understands why he was very good,' said Mourinho, whose relationship with Pogba grew increasingly strained last season.</p><p>'That's the point about his performance level and contribution to a winning team, is to understand why he was so good - especially in the second part of the competition where he was absolutely brilliant.</p><p>'To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing. It's difficult to say that winning the World Cup is not good for a player's career. It's amazing, it's fantastic.'</p><p>Pogba is one of a number of World Cup stars absent from United's tour of the US which kicks off in the early hours of Friday morning against Club America in Phoenix.</p><p>Mourinho admits that he is worried about having so many key players unavailable for the start of the new season, and is unhappy that the Premier League are making United play in the opening fixture of the new campaign at home to Leicester City on Friday, August 10. </p><p>Their problems have been compounded by the absence of Alexis Sanchez here in America, and Mourinho admitted that he doesn't know if the Chile international will be able to join his team-mates after being denied a visa over his recent conviction for tax fraud in Spain. </p><p>Jose Mourinho watches his Manchester United team train as they prepare for the new season</p><p>'It's really bad, really sad,' he added. 'It's not good for him, for me, for the team, for the organisation of the (International Champions) cup. It's not good for anyone.</p><p>'But there is no-one to blame. The club is making the effort and I have to respect the US authorities in their process of visas.</p><p>'Hopefully he join us later because it could be important to work with (Anthony) Martial, Alexis and (Juan) Mata who are the players we have in attack for start of the season. No (Romelu) Lukaku, (Jesse) Lingard, Marcus Rashford. So if Alexis is not working with us for 20 days, it would be really bad.</p><p>'The pre-season is very bad and then we have to play in the Premier League. The broadcasters were not nice to us with the Friday match which complicates more things, so I'm worried.'</p><p>At least, United should have new £52million signing Fred available for the start of the season to fill the gap left by Pogba after Mourinho revealed that the Brazil midfielder will fly out to join the tour next week with David De Gea and Nemanja Matic.</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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    drink in both hands wearing a pair of swim shorts as the waves from the sea wrapped around his ankles.</p><p>Mohamed Salah shared a picture of himself relaxing on the beach on his Twitter profile</p><p>Salah was forced to miss the opening game as he recovered from the shoulder injury which had curtailed his Champions League final in Kiev.</p><p>He returned for the final two group games against Russia and Saudi Arabia, scoring both times, but could not prevent his country losing twice.</p><p>The 26-year-old will be well rested, however, ahead of the start of the new Premier League season next month.</p><p>Salah scored twice for Egypt at the World Cup but they departed without winning a game</p><p>He signed a new long-term contract earlier in July to become the highest paid player at the club on £200,000-a-week. </p><p>Salah scored 44 times in his debut season at Anfield, including a record-breaking 32 in the Premier League.</p><p>He is set to join up with his team-mates for the first time this pre-season when they jet off to America ahead of games against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United. </p><p>The Egyptian enjoyed a stunning debut season at Anfield scoring 44 times in all competitions</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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	Barcelona continue pre-season build-up without World Cup stars

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    esday as their players who had been absent from this summer's World Cup were put through their paces in 30°C heat.</p><p>New signing Arthur Melo was among the stars who trained under the scorching sun in Catalonia.</p><p>Spaniards Sergi Roberto and Denis Suarez, who failed to make their nation's squad for Russia, were also in attendance.</p><p>Barcelona training took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Wednesday afternoon</p><p>Only players who did not go to the World Cup in Russia were involved in Wednesday's session</p><p>Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde (centre) oversaw the training session in Catalonia</p><p>Sprinklers were used to treat the dry ground while players trained in temperatures up to 30°C</p><p>Arthur looked sharp as he completed sprinting drills while wearing a sleeveless top.</p><p>Roberto arrived at the session when he hitched a ride on the back of a golf buggy. </p><p>Lucas Digne and Clement Lenglet were back at work in Barcelona while fellow Frenchmen Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele enjoyed extra time off after helping their country to a famous triumph in Russia.</p><p>Barca's pre-season fixture list begins on July 28 when they face Tottenham in Pasadena.</p><p>Their trip to the USA then continues with games against Roma in Arlington and Milan in Santa Clara.</p><p>New signing Arthur Melo looked sharp as the midfielder took part in a sprinting exercise</p><p>Brazilian Arthur, who recently signed for Barca from Gremio, wore a sleeveless vest in training</p><p>Spanish right back Sergi Roberto (left) arrived for training on the back of a golf buggy</p><p>French players Lucas Digne (left) and Clement Lenglet (second left) trained side by side</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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	'Mate send me your dentist's number': Jack Wilshere comments on Luke Shaw's pearly whites

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    ly had his say on Luke Shaw's new set of pearly white teeth.</p><p>Luke Shaw first revealed his new look last week when he arrived at Carrington for training</p><p>Shaw is now in the US with Manchester United on their pre-season training camp</p><p>Jack Wilshere couldn't resist commenting on Shaw's new pearly set of white teeth</p><p>Wilshere, however, didn't have his say until Shaw posted a second photo on Wednesday.</p><p>The United left back posted an image of himself working hard during the third day of a training camp in Los Angeles.</p><p>Wilshere, who is preparing for the new Premier League season with his new club West Ham, had to leave a comment.</p><p>With three smiley emojis showing teeth attached, Wilshere wrote: 'Mate send me your dentists [sic] number.' </p><p>Both players are likely to face each other when West Ham host the Red Devils on Saturday, September 29. </p><p>Shaw pictured speaking to the media on Wednesday after United's latest training session </p><p>Shaw and Wilshere could meet again when West Ham host the Red Devils in September</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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	Hugo Lloris greeted by thousands of fans on Nice homecoming

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    orters as he made a speech from the balcony at City Hall.</p><p>Accompanied by family including wife Marine and children Anna-Rose and Giuliana as well as the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, Lloris proudly lifted a trophy of an eagle - the city's emblem - with a football balanced on its wing.</p><p>Thousands of fans in Hugo Lloris' hometown of Nice came out to applaud the goalkeeper</p><p>France's World Cup-winning captain, accompanied by his wife and the mayor, holds a trophy</p><p>Lloris, who was also joined by his daughters, addresses the crowd from a City Hall balcony</p><p>It was certainly a tournament to remember for Lloris, who started in all but one of France's seven matches in Russia, keeping clean sheets against Peru, Uruguay and Belgium.</p><p>The 31-year-old was selected ahead of Golden Gloves recipient Thibaut Courtois in FIFA's official team of the tournament, despite committing an awful blunder in the final victory over Croatia.</p><p>France led 4-1 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium with just over 20 minutes left to play when Lloris momentarily took leave of his senses and attempted to outwit Mario Mandzukic but succeeded only in making it easy for the striker to reduce the deficit. </p><p>The glory of a World Cup triumph - Les Bleus' second and first for two decades - soon banished memories of that howler, however, with Lloris hoisting aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy.</p><p>Lloris waves to the assembled crowd as his wife, whom he married back in 2012, applauds </p><p>He basks in the adoration of France fans with Marine and children Anna-Rose and Giuliana</p><p>He held the coveted cup as the French squad were welcomed home by an estimated 500,000 people lining the Champs-Elysees during the unforgettable celebrations before attending a reception at the official palace of President Emmanuel Macron.</p><p>Lloris, said to have previously agreed to go on a pub crawl in Nice if France won the World Cup, will now take a well-earned break before returning his focus to club football at Spurs, who reported back for pre-season minus their World Cup stars last week.</p><p>Pochettino's side, who move into their new stadium in September, are scheduled to jet off to the United States later this month for a pre-season tour that includes International Champions Cup matches against Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan.</p><p>They round off pre-season in Girona on August 4 before beginning the new Premier League campaign away to Newcastle seven days later.</p><p>Lloris, who reportedly agreed to go in a pub crawl in Nice if France won, makes a speech </p><p>The Tottenham stalwart also attends a media conference alongside mayor Christian Estrosi</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 July 18, 2018
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	Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says Jozo Simunovic can have no complaints

    Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says Jozo Simunovic can have no complaints

    laints about his red card against Alashkert as the Celtic boss began patching together a defence for Rosenborg.</p><p>The Croatian international was sent packing for a wild, high boot on Brazilian striker Jefferson just 11 minutes into a 3-0 win over the Armenians that saw Celtic go through 6-0 on aggregate.</p><p>The defender will miss the home leg against the Norwegians on Wednesday - with the possibility of an additional ban if UEFA's disciplinary committee see fit.</p><p>Jozo Simunovic was sent off after only 11 minutes into Celtic's 3-0 win over Alashkert </p><p>With Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata yet to return from World Cup duty and Marvin Compper injured again, Rodgers is struggling to piece together a central defence for the second qualifying tie.</p><p>But he had no issue with Romanian ref Horatiu Fesnic's decision to send Simunovic packing - claiming the outcome was almost inevitable in Europe.</p><p>'In European football it's always difficult when your foot is that high,' said Rodgers.</p><p>Simunovic was sent off for a wild and high boot on Alashkert's Brazilian striker Jefferson</p><p>'I thought the referee could have kept him on the pitch and given him a warning because I don't think it was intentional.</p><p>'The ball was popped back at him quickly and he's raised his boot which has caught their player.</p><p>'It was the same player who elbowed Kieran Tierney in the face.</p><p>'He tried to cushion the header back to his team-mate and it's come back to him quickly. It was just an impulsive thing really, he was going for the ball.</p><p>'But in European football, you normally get punished for that.' Concerned at his lack of options ahead of next week's home match, Rodgers might now have to accelerate bringing either Lustig or Boyata back into the side.</p><p>'It gives us a problem but that's all it's been for us. Every pre-season there is always an issue with centre-halves.</p><p>Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said Simunovic could have no complaints after being sent off</p><p>'Marvin has a problem with his adductor, so we'll see how that is, but it's highly unlikely he'll be available.</p><p>'With Boyata, I don't know - I'll need to assess that over the next few days.</p><p>'With Mika, it's a possibility but we have to respect he's been at the World Cup and played a long season.' Asked if he hoped Simunovic would learn from his error, Rodgers said: 'Hopefully. The important thing was how we dealt with it, we were really calm and weren't flustered, we still tried to attack the game. We put James Forrest, who was brilliant, at right-back and we still looked to have that intent to attack.' Celtic now face Rosenborg for a second successive season having met them in the penultimate qualifying round a year ago.</p><p>'They were two tight games the last time we played,' said Rodgers.</p><p>'They'll come here and be compact, like last year, and we have to be patient. It will be a tough game out there.' Two-goal Moussa Dembele hobbled off on Wednesday but Rodgers confirmed it was due to tightness in his hamstring as opposed to an injury. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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	Is this the dirtiest tackle of all time? Player sent off for drop kicking opponent

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    back into the swing of things and building preparations for the upcoming season.</p><p>But for some teams across Europe there's just no let up with the 2018-19 season already underway.</p><p>Bryan Melisse catches Mate Patkai with a double-pronged drop-kick style tackle</p><p>The F91 Dudelange defender was making a clearance before following through on an opponent</p><p>The Frenchman shapes to collide straight into the midriff of his Hungarian opposite number</p><p>The incident happened in stoppage time as the Luxembourg side were beaten by Videoton</p><p>Bryan Melisse of F91 Dudelange was shown a straight red card for a horrendous two-legged kung fu kick on Videoton's Mate Patkai.</p><p>The Luxembourg outfit crashed to a 2-1 defeat in Hungary, confirming their exit from the competition - with no help from their French defender.</p><p>Heading out 3-2 on aggregate and with the second leg in stoppage-time, Melisse let his frustration get the better of him.</p><p>A long ball was pumped upfield by the Videoton goalkeeper, and as Melisse went to send the ball back with interest he proceeded to follow through and drop kick Patkai right in the midriff.</p><p>The referee marched over towards Melisse and brandished a straight red card for the tackle</p><p>Melisse was berated as he made his way off the pitch in the Champions League qualifier</p><p>To nobody's surprise the referee promptly marched over and brandished a red card.</p><p>His team-mates protested and even Melisse seemed a little non-plussed by the incident before shoving an opposition player and arguing with others before sloping off down the tunnel.</p><p>The incident conjured up memories of Nigel de Jong's infamous karate kick lunge on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final, though he escaped with just a yellow. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 July 18, 2018
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	Ian Poulter owns 14 Ferraris and says he's in top gear for The Open

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    tion to win the Claret Jug was so plain it was written all over his face. Or, more usually, his trousers.</p><p>What a contrast with the contented figure who's been plotting his way around Carnoustie these past few days. The 42-year-old has earned himself an extended lifeline at the top of the game with his stunning comeback over the past 12 months, and he's determined to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.</p><p>Asked if winning the Open would tick the last box in his illustrious career, he replied: 'I really don't need to win any tournament from now on. I'd like to, but I don't need to put myself under any pressure. If I stopped tomorrow, I'd have a few beers and be quite happy with what I've achieved. </p><p>Ian Poulter looked relaxed on Wednesday during a practice session ahead of The Open</p><p>Forty-two-year-old Poulter signed autographs for fans who had gathered at Carnoustie</p><p>'After all I went through for two and a half years, to come through and be where I am today, I'm happy. I don't need to tick any more boxes. Life's all good. I've got a great family, I've got enough money, I've got enough toys. I get invites to the Royal Box at Wimbledon, I go to the grands prix, and take my kids. I've ticked nearly every box I could possibly tick.'</p><p>Poulter admitted it was all so different in the past. Remember those Union Jack trousers he wore one year? Or the time at Muirfield when he turned up in an Austin Powers Jag? Or the slacks with the Claret Jug down one leg?</p><p>'I was fired up and energetic when I was young because I wanted to go out and do it,' he said. 'I put myself under loads of pressure and I probably took myself out of it a number of times because I was trying too hard.</p><p>'Now I went to the US Open last month, I was plodding around, and I found myself on the leaderboard. I'm enjoying my golf again because I don't need to force it.</p><p>'When you're 200th in the world and you have to force your way back in, that's when the game becomes hard. Now it's good, it really is. Why do I have to win the Claret Jug? </p><p>'If it doesn't happen I'm hardly going to sit back and think, gee, what a terrible life I've got. Sure, there's a bit of money there and I need a few quid because my lifestyle's expensive. But I couldn't wish for anything better than the life I've got.'</p><p>Poulter's emergence from the depths reached a peak in April, when he won the Houston Open after holing a 25ft putt on the 18th hole to force a play-off. His subsequent win in extra holes for his first strokeplay victory in America not only got him in the Masters the following week but opened doors for the rest of the year.</p><p>Eccentric Poulter (pictured left in 2004 and right in 2005) is known for his outrageous attire</p><p>It took him from 51st in the world to 29th, the position in which he still finds himself after a sustained period of relaxed, solid golf that has seen him post top-30 finishes in all of his subsequent nine events in Europe and America. It's a body of work that makes him a real sleeper pick this week, and particularly given his love of links golf.</p><p>'It's going to be tricky with the fairway traps in play after all the good weather but I enjoy the challenge, and the support of the crowd,' he said.</p><p>As for his 'toys,' he's now up to a collection of 14 Ferraris but they are investments rather than playthings. 'I've obviously got an expensive taste in cars but the fact is they're a very solid investment,' he said. 'I like to think I'm smart with my money. I've got 14 collectibles and they're doing nicely.</p><p>He's toned down his wild fashion sense in recent years — as illustrated by Wednesday's attire</p><p>'I'm not a dealer because I've only sold two, but I'm pretty educated on my values and if something comes up at the right price I'm in a position to buy and sell.'</p><p>That's for the future but now he's just outside the eight automatic spots for Europe's Ryder Cup team with three big-money tournaments to go, but it's inconceivable that he wouldn't get a wildcard, if necessary.</p><p>This week, it is his other favourite event. No Claret Jug on his trousers and no outlandish predictions, but given the form he is in and the place he is at in his life, don't rule him out making a few back pages in the exciting days ahead.  </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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