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Derby battle to win despite looming points deduction
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Derby battle to win despite looming points deduction

Max Bird celebrated his 21st birthday with a stunning strike that put crisis club Derby on course for a 2-1 win over Stoke. The midfielder unleashed an unstoppable shot from distance before Curtis Davies doubled the lead with a header. Derby, set to go into administration and incur a 12 point deduction, were by far the better side in the first half but Stoke hit back in the second. Former Derby winger Tom Ince pounced to give the visitors hope and Derby had to withstand fierce pressure to hold on for a morale-boosting victory. Despite the club's dire financial position, there was a defiant mood among the home fans and Derby responded with a positive start. Ravel Morrison created the first chance in the fourth minute when he played in Lee Buchanan but his shot was blocked a...
Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal
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Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports. Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea. The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June. However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract. It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe. But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back. The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United. David Alaba arrived at the ...
Rudiger does not have many reasons to leave Chelsea – Tuchel
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Rudiger does not have many reasons to leave Chelsea – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said Antonio Rudiger “not many reasons” to leave the club. Rudiger has entered the final months of his current contract and will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be monitoring the situation of the German defender. It is understood that talks between Rudiger and Chelsea have stalled. But Tuchel insists he is relaxed about the player’s future. “I hope that they find a solution but it’s not only between coaches and players. “It’s between the club and the player’s agent. “He plays excellently for a long time – very consistent [and] at a very high level. I feel him very calm, very focused and it’s obviously not a distraction for him. “So give...
Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash
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Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash

Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper, Karl Hein, has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The North London club disclosed this in a statement via their website on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday. The statement read in part, “Young goalkeeper Karl Hein has signed a new long-term contract with us. “The 19-year-old, who made his non-competitive first-team debut in July in the pre-season match at Hibernian, was also a member of the first-team matchday squad six times in the Europa League last season. “Hein is a full Estonia international and has now made 10 appearances for his country.” Hein made his full international debut for Estonia in September 2020 in a Nations League match against Georgia. He kept a clean sheet against ...
Hassan Abdallah appointed as Heartland FC coach
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Hassan Abdallah appointed as Heartland FC coach

Heartland Football Club has announced Hassan Abdallah as new Chief Coach for next season. Coach Abdallah was selected among the pool of coaches that applied for the job. The former player of Kano Pillars, Abiola Babes, Ranchers Bees, Gombe United, Sharks, Calabar Rovers, Rangers International will replace Fidelis Ilechukwu who left the Club at the end of last season. Abdallah put pen to paper for a two-year contract with the Naze Millionaires and he’s in Owerri to meet the mamagement and players.. As a Coach he has had stints with Katsina Spotlight, Kano Pillars and the Flying Eagles of Nigeria in 2005. He served with the U-20 national team at the U-20 world cup in 2019 in Poland as the Scout. He is currently the chief scout of the U-17 National team (Golden Eaglets).
EPL: Solskjaer reveals Man Utd’s decision on Lingard’s future
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EPL: Solskjaer reveals Man Utd’s decision on Lingard’s future

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said the club is determined to keep Jesse Lingard. Lingard’s contract expires at the end of the season. This means the 28-year-old will be free to talk to clubs abroad as early as January. The United academy product impressed on loan at West Ham last season and returns to the London Stadium with United on Sunday. However, he has fallen down Solskjaer’s pecking order and was at fault for the late goal the Red Devils conceded in their 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday. But Solskjaer said: “He’s got this season left of his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad, and we see him as a United player in the future as well. “We really want to see the best of Jesse this season and we hope to se...
Dyche signs new four-year deal at Burnley
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Dyche signs new four-year deal at Burnley

Sean Dyche has committed his future to Burnley by signing a new four-year contract at the club. The 50-year-old is the longest-serving boss in the Premier League having been at Turf Moor for nearly nine years and he has now committed his future to the Clarets until the summer of 2025. Dyche said: "It is nice to be able to get this deal completed and now look towards the future of this football club, and its constant evolution. I have a strong affinity with the area and our supporters after so many years here and I look forward to putting in the hard work needed to keep the club moving in the right direction. "It was an important summer for us to add talent and depth to the team, but the work doesn't stop there. As a club we're about developing and improving players and the en...
Nottingham Forest sack coach Chris Hughton
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Nottingham Forest sack coach Chris Hughton

English Championship club Nottingham Forest on Thursday announced they had sacked manager Chris Hughton after a dismal start to the season. Forest are bottom of the second tier and Wednesday’s home defeat by Middlesbrough left them without a win from any of their first seven league matches. “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager,” the club said in a statement. “The club would like to place on record its appreciation for Chris’ efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure. “Steven Reid will take temporary charge of the first team as interim head coach.” Former Newcastle and Brighton bos...
Champions League: Michael Owen names favourite clubs to win trophy this season
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Champions League: Michael Owen names favourite clubs to win trophy this season

Former Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has named Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United as the favourites clubs to win the Champions League ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. Owen feels all the four Premier League clubs are far ahead of other clubs to win the Europe top-flight competition this season, including the PSG, despite the French Ligue 1 giants having Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The former England international said this while giving his verdicts on Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe combination as PSG drew 1-1 with Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Messi started PSG’s opening Champions League group game against Club Brugge on Wednesday night in a front three with Neymar, Mbappe, but none of the club’s all-star forw...
Transfer: Ronaldo’s agent came to Man City – Fernandinho
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Transfer: Ronaldo’s agent came to Man City – Fernandinho

Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho, has claimed the club had a “considerable chance” of signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Ronaldo instead completed a stunning £20million move to Manchester United from Juventus on deadline day. However, there was a lot of speculation that the 36-year-old might head to the blue half of Manchester before United jumped in and finalized a deal. Fernandinho has now confirmed that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was at Etihad Stadium to hold initial talks. Asked how close City came to landing Ronaldo, Fernandinho told ESPN: “I think there was a good, considerable chance. I think his agent was here at the club renewing the contracts of Ederson, Ruben Dias, seeing the situation of Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo. “Obviously, if you’re there at ...
Dybala reveals upcoming Juventus contract talks after Malmo win
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Dybala reveals upcoming Juventus contract talks after Malmo win

The Argentine's current deal expires at the end of the year, but his club is prepared to make him their central figure in Turin Paulo Dybala revealed that he is expecting to resume negotiations with Juventus over a new contract after leading the Italian giants to a comfortable Champions League win on Tuesday. The Argentine netted from the penalty spot during a 3-0 victory over Malmo, with Alex Sandro and Alvaro Morata joining him on the score-sheet. It was a welcome return to form the Juve, who have struggled to impress so far in Serie A following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dani Alves ‘leaves Sao Paulo two years after joining the club; claims he is owed £2.6 million
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Dani Alves ‘leaves Sao Paulo two years after joining the club; claims he is owed £2.6 million

Dani Alves has left Sao Paulo after two years at the club amid a pay dispute with the Brazilian side. The 38-year-old joined his boyhood club on a free transfer in August 2019 and became the best-paid footballer in South America after leaving Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. But MARCA reports the Brazil international has now left the Brasileirao outfit because he has not been paid in full for either of his two seasons, and that the club still owes him £2.6million (€3m). The club then stated via The Mirror: 'We were informed by his representatives that Daniel Alves will not return to Sao Paulo until there is an adjustment of the financial debt that Sao Paulo has with the player.' Alves' deal was due to run until December next year, but the Brazilian is now a free agent once a...
Former Chelsea and Senegal Striker Demba Ba Retires from football at 36
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Former Chelsea and Senegal Striker Demba Ba Retires from football at 36

Former Chelsea and Senegal striker, Demba Ba has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36. Demba Ba made the announcement via his social media accounts almost a month after he left Swiss Super League club Lugano. In a post on Twitter, Ba wrote: "It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career. "What a wonderful journey it has been. Beside all the sweat and tears I have faced, football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my teammates on and off the field , this will forever remain in my head and heart. "I wanna thank everyone I've crossed paths with and helped me grow, every club and manager for given me an opportu...
Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries
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Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp has come out to explain why the club refused to let their Brazilian players travel to Brazil last week to represent their countries . Brazil on Wednesday, September 8, announced they had instructed FIFA to ban their players from playing in their league's after premier league club's made the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil citing covid-19 concerns. Liverpool players, Alisson Becker and Fabinho might not play for Liverpool against Leeds on Sunday, September 12, following the FIFA ruling but Klopp has now come out to defend the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil. Klopp is still in the dark over the availability of his stars ahead of the trip to Elland Road but feels the cl...
Barcelona are lucky to have Depay after Messi exit – Eto’o
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Barcelona are lucky to have Depay after Messi exit – Eto’o

The Dutch star joined the Camp Nou outfit on a free transfer in June and he has made a fine start in La Liga with two goals in his first three matches Samuel Eto’o said his former club Barcelona are lucky to have Memphis Depay after they lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-German in August. Depay joined Ronald Koeman’s side from Lyon on a two-year contract and he has instantly established himself as one of their key players. Following his impressive pre-season outing with the Blaugrana, Depay has contributed two goals and an assist in Barca's first three La Liga matches of the season.
Arsenal want to win Champions League within two years – Odegaard
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Arsenal want to win Champions League within two years – Odegaard

Arsenal playmaker, Martin Odegaard, has said the club wants to win the Champions League “within a couple of years”. The Gunners have not played in Europe’s biggest club competition since 2017. This season, they failed to qualify for any European competition entirely. Odegaard, who has signed a permanent deal with Arsenal this summer, is however confident that they will begin their rise again. When quizzed on his ambitions, he told Sky Sports : “To get the club up the table, near the top of the league and fight for European football and fight for trophies. “I think for this season obviously we want to get back to European football. That will be important for us, the players, the club and the fans. “Then hopefully with time, win trophies, Champions League an...
Solskjaer Reveals how Ronaldo Demanded no.7 shirt from Cavani
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Solskjaer Reveals how Ronaldo Demanded no.7 shirt from Cavani

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that it was Cristiano Ronaldo who phoned Edinson Cavani and asked about wearing the no.7 shirt on his return to the club. Cavani has been wearing the shirt which Ronaldo wore during his first spell. However, following the 36-year-old’s arrival from Juventus, he spoke with Cavani and asked to take it back. Cavani will now wear the no. 21 shirt which became vacant after Daniel James joined Leeds United. Solskjaer said: “It’s one of these things that Edison has been remarkable, played really, really well last season. Cristiano rang Edinson and they spoke with each other. “To pass up his shirt, it just shows the respect he’s got for Cristiano but also Cristiano speaking to Edinson shows the respect the...
Awaziem: I did not have to think about Alanyaspor move
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Awaziem: I did not have to think about Alanyaspor move

The Super Eagles defender has expressed his enthusiasm to help the Bulent Korkmaz’s men achieve their objectives this season Nigeria international Chidozie Awaziem has vowed to give everything towards helping Alanyaspor achieve their goals. The 24-year-old joined the Turkish Super Lig side on loan from Portuguese club Boavista until the end of the 2021-22 campaign. Awaziem's presence is projected to boost the club’s backline after losing two of their last league games in the current campaign.
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Look at PSG & Mbappe!’ – Muller defends Bayern transfers & tells rivals they weren’t forced to sell

The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig this year, leaving them struggling this term Thomas Muller has defended Bayern Munich's summer transfer raids on their rivals, pointing to Paris Saint-Germain and their retention of Kylian Mbappe as proof that teams are under no obligation to sell. The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig, drafting both Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer into their ranks at the Allianz Arena. While Bayern have begun the season unbeaten, Leipzig have won just one of their first three games - but Muller says that any accusation of sabotaging rivals is preposterous.
Look at PSG & Mbappe!’ – Muller defends Bayern transfers & tells rivals they weren’t forced to sell
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Look at PSG & Mbappe!’ – Muller defends Bayern transfers & tells rivals they weren’t forced to sell

The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig this year, leaving them struggling this term Thomas Muller has defended Bayern Munich's summer transfer raids on their rivals, pointing to Paris Saint-Germain and their retention of Kylian Mbappe as proof that teams are under no obligation to sell. The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig, drafting both Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer into their ranks at the Allianz Arena. While Bayern have begun the season unbeaten, Leipzig have won just one of their first three games - but Muller says that any accusation of sabotaging rivals is preposterous.
Ka3na welcomes Tega to the club of women who engaged in “aggressive cuddling” while in the Big Brother Naija house
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Ka3na welcomes Tega to the club of women who engaged in “aggressive cuddling” while in the Big Brother Naija house

Ka3na has welcomed Tega to the "club" for women who engaged in "aggressive cuddling" while on the Big Brother Naija reality show. Recall that Ka3na, a married woman, had intercourse with Praise, a man who was engaged, while they were in the Big Brother Naija house. When she granted an interview after her eviction, she claimed there was no sex and it was just "aggressive cuddling". She later admitted during the reunion that they had sex. She has now taken to Twitter to welcome Tega to the "aggressive cuddling" club. This comes after Tega, a married mother, carried on an intimate relationship with housemate, Boma, on the show.
Lingard rejects new Man United contract
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Lingard rejects new Man United contract

Manchester United forward, Jesse Lingard, has rejected a new contract at the club, according to ESPN. Lingard is seeking assurances about his first team prospects this season. The 28-year-old is into the last months of his current deal and has been offered an extension. However, Lingard has turned down United’s initial approach and is keen to ensure he will get the opportunity to play regularly before making a decision about his future. If a new contract is not agreed with United, he will be able to leave as a free agent at the end of the season. Lingard will also be able to negotiate with clubs outside England from January. The England international is determined to find regular football in order to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead...
Saul Niguez reveals Promise Tuchel made to him before Chelsea Move
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Saul Niguez reveals Promise Tuchel made to him before Chelsea Move

Saul Niguez has revealed that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, promised he will play in his preferred midfield role if he joins the club. The 26-year-old arrived on a one-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day. During his time under Diego Simeone, Saul was deployed in various positions across the pitch. The Spaniard has been used as a No.10, wing-back and almost everywhere in between. Speaking on Twitch, Saul said: Chelsea has promised me to train in my position [midfield], but to play we will see. To return to certain roles that I do not play in now – that is the most important reason for my decision. “This transfer is a step out of my comfort zone for me. I believe that you will see a new Saul in a new [better] place.” ...
EPL: Enjoy the win – Keane mocks Arsenal after Saka’s goal for England
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EPL: Enjoy the win – Keane mocks Arsenal after Saka’s goal for England

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane mocked Arsenal following England’s win over Andorra on Sunday. Keane aimed a dig at the Gunners after their winger, Bukayo Saka scored in England’s 4-0 win over Andorra. “I’m sure he’s going to enjoy the win because he’s not getting many at club level,” he said. Saka, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday, headed in the last goal in England’s 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley. Arsenal sit bottom of the Premier League table having lost their opening matches of the new season without scoring a single goal and the Manchester United legend was very happy to mock Saka’s club. “Football’s all about dealing with disappointments. He had a tough summer, he’s reacted well, seems a good kid,” Keane said on ITV. “Obviously a nice...
I was not happy at Arsenal – Willian opens up
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I was not happy at Arsenal – Willian opens up

Willian has admitted he was unhappy at Arsenal, in his first interview since leaving the club. The Brazil midfielder agreed to terminate his three-year contract with the Gunners and has now signed for Corinthians. His departure from the Emirates came only one year after he arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea. Willian found the back of the net just once in 37 appearances. The 33-year-old is now relieved to have put his time at Arsenal behind him. “I really thought a lot, together with my family and close people. Unfortunately, my time at Arsenal was not good, I wasn’t happy at the club. “I don’t need to go into details, but I wasn’t happy and I thought that returning to Brazil was the best option. “I studied some other opportunities, but I wanted to return to Cori...
What Ronaldo’s return will do to Man Utd’s team – Pogba
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What Ronaldo’s return will do to Man Utd’s team – Pogba

Paul Pogba has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo to “raise the level of the team” after he returned to Manchester United. Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford 12 years after he left for Real Madrid. During his first spell, he netted 118 goals in 292 appearances, winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy. Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for United at home against Newcastle this Saturday. Pogba expects the 36-year-old to raise the standards at the club. He told Telefoot: “It’s always a pleasure to play with the best, it’s a plus for the players to be able to train with a great player. “He’s going to raise the level of the team.”
I never wanted to join Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez
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I never wanted to join Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez

Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez has said that he never wanted to join the club back in 2010 when they came to sign him. The goalkeeper said he wanted to stay at Independiente in Argentina. Arsenal signed Martinez as a teenager from Argentina. He went on to spend 10 years in London and made only 38 first team appearances in that time. He left north London on a string of loan spells, turning out for Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe and Reading. The goalkeeper finally proved his worth to Arsenal during the 2019-20 season when he made 23 appearances and winning the FA Cup. He then left for Aston Villa at the end of the season as he looked for – and found – guaranteed first team opportunities. The 29-year-old sai...
Ronaldo breaks shirt sales record in 24 hours
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Ronaldo breaks shirt sales record in 24 hours

Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey has become the biggest selling ever in a 24-hours period on the online shop run by Fanatics, the Mirror reports. This is just in a matter of hours after the No.7 shirt went on sale and Manchester United have had the biggest day of online sales ever on a single sports merchandise site outside of North America. Following Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, there was one question mark over the shirt number the forward would wear. Before his return, the shirt was occupied by Uruguayan international, Edinson Cavani and it was unclear if the South American would be willing to give it up or if the league management would provide special dispensation for Manchester United to switch numbers. The Premier League, however, granted United’s special r...
Ex-Chelsea, Man Utd striker, Falcao returns to LaLiga
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Ex-Chelsea, Man Utd striker, Falcao returns to LaLiga

Radamel Falcao has returned to LaLiga, after Rayo Vallecano confirmed his signing on Saturday. The 35-year-old striker joins the newly-promoted club following a two-year spell in Turkey with Galatasaray. Falcao came through the youth system at River Plate, before making his senior debut back in Colombia with Lanceros Boyaca. He then returned to Argentina with River Plate, before securing a move to FC Porto four years later. Falcao first played in Spain with Atletico Madrid, where he arrived from Porto in 2011. He then joined Monaco, from where he went on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea before moving to Galatasaray in 2019.
EPL: What Thomas Tuchel told me about playing for Chelsea first team – Trevor Chalobah
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EPL: What Thomas Tuchel told me about playing for Chelsea first team – Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea starlet Trevor Chalobah has revealed what manager, Thomas Tuchel told him about becoming a first team player at the club. The youngster said he was surprised when the German gaffer told him he was going to be staying with the first team this season. The youngster was a surprise inclusion in Chelsea starting line-up against Palace in their Premier League opening fixture. The 22-year-old spent the last three seasons on loan at Ipswich, Huddersfield and Lorient. He was widely expected to be sent out for a fourth season with Chelsea having several experienced players in the same position. “I spoke to the manager between the Palace and Arsenal games and he told me he wanted me to stay, so I moved over to the first-team building that week,” he told Chelsea FC. “It was a...
Ronaldo handed No. 7 at Manchester United
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Ronaldo handed No. 7 at Manchester United

The former Juventus and Real Madrid has received his favourite number, with Edinson Cavani moving to No. 21 to accommodate him Manchester United have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo will don his favourite No. 7 shirt for the 2021-22 Premier League season. Ronaldo's blockbuster return to Old Trafford from Juventus was one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window. And the club have now unveiled his new shirt, inherited from Edinson Cavani, who switches to 21, as he awaits a second 'debut' with the Red Devils.    
Cavani vs Ronaldo: Di Maria blasts Man United over No.7 jersey Obsession
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Cavani vs Ronaldo: Di Maria blasts Man United over No.7 jersey Obsession

Angel Di Maria has attacked Manchester United, accusing the club of being obsessed with the No.7 jersey. The Argentine said he never cared about inheriting Manchester United’s iconic No.7 shirt when he joined the club. The No.7 jersey has been synonymous with a series of totemic players including at the club such as Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and more recently Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo returned to the club after 12 divided between Real Madrid and Juventus. And now the former Premier League Champions have written to the league management, asking for permission for Edinson Cavani to change his squad number to allow Ronaldo wear the No.7 again. Di Maria, a former Man United star who also played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, admits he failed t...
People think I’m always injured’ – Hazard determined to prove his worth to Real Madrid
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People think I’m always injured’ – Hazard determined to prove his worth to Real Madrid

The Spanish side considered offloading the Belgium international during the transfer window but he hopes to show his true value to the club Eden Hazard is determined to prove his worth to Real Madrid as he hit back at claims that he is always injured. The Belgium star has been plagued by injuries since he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Chelsea in a €100 million deal (£88m/$112m) in the summer of 2019. Due to his lack of playing time and Madrid's desire to sign Kylian Mbappe, Hazard was deemed a sellable asset by the Spanish giants in the summer transfer window and was linked to Juventus as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Transfer deadline: I’m disappointed’ – Gary Neville slams Man United star for refusing to leave Old Trafford
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Transfer deadline: I’m disappointed’ – Gary Neville slams Man United star for refusing to leave Old Trafford

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has slammed Jesse Lingard for refusing to leave the club this summer. Neville said he is ‘disappointed that the England star remained at Old Trafford and feels he will only play a very small role at the club this season. The 28-year-old enjoyed a brilliant loan spell at West Ham last season scoring nine goals and laying on four assists in 16 appearances. He is now part of reintegrated into the first-team squad despite West Ham trying to make the deal permanent. However, Neville doubts the player’s decision and feels Lingard, and several other fringe players at United should have left for the benefit of their own careers following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and others this summer. “I’m disappointed for Jesse Lingard that he’s not...
Ronaldo reveals former manager who convinced him to return to Man Utd
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Ronaldo reveals former manager who convinced him to return to Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo has said legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was the “main key” behind his decision to return to the club. The 36-year-old has completed a sensational return to Old Trafford, after spending three years with Juventus. Ronaldo spent six years under Ferguson before departing for Real Madrid in 2009. However, the two men have remained close and Ferguson spoke to the player in the days before his return to the Theatre of Dreams. “As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key. “I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon. For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. “He helped me a lot, he taught me many things. In my opinion of course he ha...
Transfer deadline day: Saul Niguez reveals who convinced him to join Chelsea
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Transfer deadline day: Saul Niguez reveals who convinced him to join Chelsea

Saul Niguez has admitted that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, convinced him to join the club He also noted that the opportunity to play in midfield once again was key in his decision to join the Blues. Saul arrives at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan with an option to buy. The deal was finalized in the final hours of the summer transfer window on Tuesday. Speaking on his Twitch channel following confirmation of the move, Saul said: “I don’t know if I would endure a season like last year or two years ago. I know I could have been happy for a few days or a few weeks at home. “But I needed to find myself again and the possibility of Chelsea arose, a true European champion. It is the most complicated thing, the decision to leave, because I am leaving alone without my w...
Juventus complete Ihattaren signing from PSV and loan wonderkid to Sampdoria
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Juventus complete Ihattaren signing from PSV and loan wonderkid to Sampdoria

The 19-year-old impressed after coming through the Dutch club's youth system and has opted for a switch to the Italian top-flight Juventus have confirmed the signing of Mohamed Ihattaren from PSV in a deal understood to be worth around €6 million (£5m/$7m) and have sent the attacking midfielder on loan to Sampdoria. The 19-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Turin side. Ihattaren, who made the 2021 NXGN top 50 list of the best wonderkids in world football, will spend the 2021-22 campaign on loan at fellow Serie A side Sampdoria.  
Spurs sign Barcelona defender Emerson
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Spurs sign Barcelona defender Emerson

Tottenham signed Barcelona defender Emerson Royal in a deal worth a reported £25 million ($34 million) on Tuesday. Brazil right-back Emerson agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League club after spending the last two seasons on loan at Real Betis. The 22-year-old will provide competition at right-back, with Japhet Tanganga, Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier also battling for that spot in Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. Emerson featured for Ponte Preta and Atletico Mineiro before his move to Europe in 2019. A joint-deal with Barcelona and Real Betis saw the defender switch to La Liga, initially with the Seville-based side where he was a regular during the last two seasons. Emerson, who featured for Brazil at this year’s Copa America, officially linked up Barca for the firs...
Solskjaer Reveals what he expects from Ronaldo as Man United Announce player’s return
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Solskjaer Reveals what he expects from Ronaldo as Man United Announce player’s return

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed what he expects from ‘special’ Cristiano Ronaldo after the club confirmed the Portuguese’s return on Tuesday. Manchester United officially confirmed Ronaldo’s return on Tuesday and Solskjaer said the signing of ‘very special’ Ronaldo highlights the club’s ‘unique’ standing in world football. The former Real Madrud and Juventus forward signed an initial two-year deal with his former club. Ronaldo spent six years at United winning many trophies before joining Real Madrid for a then-world record fee. Solskjaer played with Ronaldo in his final season before retiring in 2007 and the Norwegian admits he’s almost ‘lost for words’ to describe the Portuguese superstar. “You run out of words to describe Cristian...
James to leave Man Utd after Ronaldo’s arrival
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James to leave Man Utd after Ronaldo’s arrival

Manchester United and Leeds United are in talks over a deal for Daniel James, ESPN reports. It is not yet clear if he will be leaving on loan or permanently. James arrived at Old Trafford in 2019 from Swansea City. He started two of United’s first three games of the season and was set to stay at the club. However, the 23-year-old is concerned about his game time, following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho this summer. Leeds have long been admirers of James and came close to signing the forward before he joined United. United value James at more than £20 million having paid £15m for him in 2019. James has made 74 appearances for United, scoring nine goals.
I’m sorry – Willian begs Arsenal fans as he departs for Brazil
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I’m sorry – Willian begs Arsenal fans as he departs for Brazil

Willian has apologised to Arsenal fans for not living up to their expectation at the club. The Brazilian tore up his contract at the Emirates Stadium and now set to leave the club. In a lengthy statement after his exit was confirmed by Arsenal, the Brazil international apologised for his disappointing one-year spell. The Brazilian still had two years remaining on his £200k-a-week contract, but decided to forgo it as he rejoins boyhood team Corinthians. The Brazil international also had a message for those who think he joined Arsenal for the sake of money. Willian scored just one goal for Arsenal having arrived at the Emirates on a free transfer from Chelsea back in August 2020. “I would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity they have given to me and for the warm...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister is slammed for her ‘attack’ on Juventus after saying Man United were ‘deserving’ of the footballer
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister is slammed for her ‘attack’ on Juventus after saying Man United were ‘deserving’ of the footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo's sister has been heavily criticised by the Italian press for attacking Juventus club following her brother's sensational return to Manchester United. The Premier League confirmed last Friday that the 36-year-old is returning to Old Trafford, 12 years after he left for Real Madrid in a then-world record transfer. On Monday, he completed his medical in Lisbon ahead of the move. Ronaldo has spent the past three seasons with Juventus, where the Portuguese failed to help deliver a much-desired Champions League triumph for the Italian giants. Katia Aveiro, the elder sister of Ronaldo, has angered the Italian media after she appeared to make a disparaging comment about the club on Instagram. The 44-year-old posted a mocked-up image of Ronaldo returning to Manche...
Barcelona cannot compete with PSG, Man Utd – Koeman
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Barcelona cannot compete with PSG, Man Utd – Koeman

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted they cannot compete with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United in the transfer market. Lionel Messi left Barca for PSG as a free agent this summer, after the LaLiga side could not afford to register his contract with the league body. The French side have also brought in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum. City has spent £100 million on Jack Grealish, while United are set to add Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, after the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Barca has added Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, both on free transfers and cannot spend much, as they are in debt which totals around €1.35 billion. “On the one hand, I understand ...
We are a football club, not a bank!’ – Haaland to PSG rumours shut down by Dortmund director Zorc amid talk of €200m bid
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We are a football club, not a bank!’ – Haaland to PSG rumours shut down by Dortmund director Zorc amid talk of €200m bid

The Westfalenstadion chief has reiterated that the club have no plans to sell the Norwegian striker this summer Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has shut down rumours linking Erling Haaland to PSG amid talk of the French club submitting a €200 million (£171m/$236m) bid. A number of top clubs across Europe have been credited with an interest in Haaland over the last few months, including Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. PSG are the latest club to throw their hat into the ring despite the fact that Dortmund have publicly insisted that the 21-year-old is not for sale on a number of occasions, and Zorc is expecting the speculation to increase before the summer market closes on August 31.
Rio Ferdinand claims Cavani has handed No 7 shirt to Ronaldo
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Rio Ferdinand claims Cavani has handed No 7 shirt to Ronaldo

Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Edinson Cavani has given the number 7 shirt to Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to Old Trafford on Friday after informing Juventus that he wanted to leave the club. United officially announced that Ronaldo would be returning to Old Trafford 12 years after he left the club in a then record move to Real Madrid. Ronaldo is nicknamed CR7 and has won the No.7 shirt during his first spell at Old Trafford and Real Madrid. However, the shirt is being used by veteran forward, Cavani. Now Ferdinand, who was one of the Man United die-hards that spoke to Ronaldo to convince him to snub City, has hailed Cavani for giving up the hallowed jersey. But he further pointed out that Ronaldo might not be...
Chelsea defender Christensen close to new four-year contract
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Chelsea defender Christensen close to new four-year contract

The Blues centre-back has found a breakthrough in his talks with the west London club and is set to extend his deal Chelsea have agreed a new four-year contract with Andreas Christensen, which includes a club option to keep him for an extra year beyond that. The 25-year-old's current deal was set to expire in less than a year and had he failed to agree with Chelsea, he would likely have left the west London club. However, after two months of talks, the Denmark international has finally come to terms with the Stamford Bridge outfit over a new deal which will see him increase his salary.
Baba Rahman: Chelsea extend Ghana defender’s deal and loan him out to Reading
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Baba Rahman: Chelsea extend Ghana defender’s deal and loan him out to Reading

The 27-year-old has left for the EFL Championship after strengthening his affiliation with the Blues Ghana defender Abdul Rahman Baba has extended his contract with Chelsea and promptly headed out on loan to EF: Championship side Reading, both clubs have announced. The 27-year-old left-back is set to spend the entire season with the Royals, his fifth loan club away from the Blues since a 2015 move from Bundesliga side Augsburg. It is, however, his first club in England away from Stamford Bridge.
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Cristiano Ronaldo bids farewell to Juventus after joining Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has posted an emotional farewell to Juventus supporters after leaving the club. Manchester United have agreed to re-sign Ronaldo in a £19.4million deal, with his three-year spell at Juventus coming to an end. On Instagram Ronaldo posted a video of some of his most memorable moments in a Juventus shirt which was accompanied by a message. Ronaldo wrote: 'Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. 'I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I'll always love the city of Turin until my final days. The 'tifosi bianconeri' always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. 'In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achiev...
Joe Cole lists Man City’s benefits in signing Cristiano Ronaldo
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Joe Cole lists Man City’s benefits in signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Chelsea winger, Joe Cole, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a better signing for Manchester City than Tottenham star, Harry Kane. Joe Cole pointed out that Ronaldo scored more goals than even Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A last season. He added that he cannot wait to see the Portugal superstar return to English football. “I’d love to see Ronaldo back in the Premier League, I’d love to see him back, what a player,” Cole told talkSPORT “I backed Chelsea for the title and I said the only way I’d stick asterisks on that is if Harry Kane went to Man City – but I think Ronaldo is an even better option for them. “Financially, commercially and most importantly you’ve got to remember he outscored Romelu Lukau in Serie A last year – he’s not a normal 36 years old! “I think he...

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