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Bundesliga: Lewandowski sets new record as Bayern Munich thrash Bochum 7-0
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Bundesliga: Lewandowski sets new record as Bayern Munich thrash Bochum 7-0

Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season with a 7-0 thrashing of Bochum on Saturday with Robert Lewandowski scoring for a record 13th consecutive home league game. Lewandowski is the first player to score in 13 consecutive home league games, according to Bundesliga. Joshua Kimmich netted twice while Lewandowski poached a second-half goal to claim another league record as Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all scored for Bayern. Bochum’s Greek defender Vasilios Lampropoulos scored a first-half own goal at the Allianz Arena.
‘I feel very Nigerian’ – AC Milan star Tomori
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‘I feel very Nigerian’ – AC Milan star Tomori

  The centre-back insists he is happy at AC Milan and is in constant communication with Tammy Abraham who joined AS Roma AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori says he feels Nigerian owing to his upbringing as a child. The 23-year-old Canadian-born English footballer opted to represent England at senior level, and to date, he has represented the Three Lions once. The centre-back featured against Kosovo on November 17 during the 2020 Uefa Euro qualifiers. In a recent interview, the defender went on to explain the meaning of his name and his feelings.      
Varane talks up Ronaldo benefit at Man Utd & hopes to recreate Ramos partnership with Maguire
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Varane talks up Ronaldo benefit at Man Utd & hopes to recreate Ramos partnership with Maguire

  The World Cup-winning defender believes working with the iconic Portuguese on a daily basis will raise collective standards at Old Trafford Raphael Varane believes working with Cristiano Ronaldo on a daily basis helps to make you a better player, with Manchester United set to benefit from the Portuguese's presence after taking him back to Old Trafford. The Red Devils pulled off a stunning coup during the summer transfer window when returning the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to English football 12 years on from seeing him depart for Real Madrid. Despite now being 36 years of age, Ronaldo has hit the ground running with three goals through his opening two games for United, and Varane believes the all-time great will help to raise collective standards in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ...
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...
Jannik who? How ‘the new Pique’ Salisu is helping Southampton forget
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Jannik who? How ‘the new Pique’ Salisu is helping Southampton forget

  After a season of adaptation at St Mary’s, the Ghana defender is beginning to demonstrate his worth, to rave reviews and interest from abroad Transfer interest from Barcelona is hardly the ringing endorsement it once was, with the Spanish giants in such an uncharacteristically weak position following a half-decade of financial mismanagement. However, perhaps the biggest marker of how much Mohammed Salisu has come on since his move to Southampton in the summer of 2020 is the fact that the Catalan side, according to Los Fichajes, have earmarked him as a replacement for none other than Gerard Pique. That’s the same Pique who, in the minds of many, is lined up for at least an ambassadorial role at the club on the basis of his commitment and quality of service over close to 15 ye...
Tomori reflects on ‘crazy’ start with Abraham and Mount that kick-started Chelsea careers
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Tomori reflects on ‘crazy’ start with Abraham and Mount that kick-started Chelsea careers

  Only one member of that trio is still at Stamford Bridge, with the other two now in Italy with AC Milan and Roma AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori is delighted to see former Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham thriving alongside him in Italian football, with the pair having come a long way from humble beginnings alongside current Blues star Mason Mount. Three England internationals emerged out of the academy system at Stamford Bridge after proving their worth in the youth ranks and in loan spells. Only Mount is still in west London with two ex-colleagues now turning out in Serie A. Abraham is enjoying a dream start to life under Jose Mourinho after completing a summer switch to Roma.      
‘Hakimi’s dream is to play for Real Madrid again’ – Ex-Inter boss Conte sees ‘world class’ potential in PSG star
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‘Hakimi’s dream is to play for Real Madrid again’ – Ex-Inter boss Conte sees ‘world class’ potential in PSG star

A man who worked with the Morocco international defender at San Siro believes his career path will lead back to Santiago Bernabeu Achraf Hakimi's dream is to play for Real Madrid again claims Antonio Conte, who worked with the Paris Saint-Germain right-back at Inter. The Morocco international ended up at San Siro after being allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu, initially on loan to Borussia Dortmund and then in a permanent deal to the reigning Serie A champions. Madrid native Hakimi made just 17 competitive appearances for the Blancos, but his stock has soared elsewhere and Conte expects a homecoming at some stage.      
‘It’s wrong’ – Elliott supports Struijk after Leeds lose red-card appeal over tackle on Liverpool midfielder
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‘It’s wrong’ – Elliott supports Struijk after Leeds lose red-card appeal over tackle on Liverpool midfielder

  The teenager suffered a serious injury after a strong challenge from the Whites defender, but he has moved to try and absolve him from any blame Liverpool's Harvey Elliott has come out in support of Pascal Struijk after Leeds United lost their appeal against his red card in Sunday's Premier League clash between the two teams. Struijk was sent off for a strong challenge on Elliott in the second half of Leeds' 3-0 defeat at Elland Road, which left the midfielder with a dislocated ankle. Replays showed that the defender won the ball, but the Whites have seen their bid to get the red card overturned rejected, which has prompted an empathetic reaction from Elliott.      
PSG & Real Madrid keeping tabs on Rudiger’s Chelsea contract situation as Blues may not meet his demands
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PSG & Real Madrid keeping tabs on Rudiger’s Chelsea contract situation as Blues may not meet his demands

The Blues are still interested in signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde amid uncertainty over the future of the Germany international Chelsea have opened talks with Antonio Rudiger over a new contract but remain cautious over his demands, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid keeping an eye on the situation. The two European giants will be able to sign the Germany international in January on a pre-contract agreement, with the defender's current deal expiring in the summer of 2022. Despite interest from abroad, Goal can confirm that the 28-year-old would be happy to stay put in west London as long as his contract demands are met, with Rudiger believing this will likely be the last big-money deal of his career.
Mendyl: Morocco international on target as Gaziantep collect first league win
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Mendyl: Morocco international on target as Gaziantep collect first league win

  The Atlas Lion scored at the death to ensure his team collected their fourth point in as many top-tier matches   Morocco international Hamza Mendyl was on target as Gaziantep claimed a 2-0 win in the Turkish top-tier at home against Antalyaspor. GFK had not collected a win since the league began, and had initially collected a draw and two losses. It explains why the Monday night game was vital for them, and playing at home was a massive advantage. The first 45 minutes were a struggle for both teams owing to a failure to take the limited chances created. The defenders cleared the danger very well when tested.
Edouard double as Palace Stun 10-Man Spurs
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Edouard double as Palace Stun 10-Man Spurs

Odsonne Edouard scored twice on his Crystal Palace debut as Patrick Vieira's side secured an emphatic 3-0 win over 10-man Tottenham at Selhurst Park. The striker, an £18.5m signing from Celtic on Deadline Day, scored his first just seconds after coming off the bench in the 84th minute then netted his second, and Palace's third, in stoppage time. Earlier, the depleted visitors had been reduced to 10 men when defender Japhet Tanganga received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes early in the second half, the first for a shoulder-barge on Zaha, who was also booked in the subsequent melee, and the second for a late lunge on Jordan Ayew. Palace were still searching for a breakthrough at that point despite dominating from the start of the game, and it arrived in the 76th minu...
Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to sign Kounde before transfer window closed
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Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to sign Kounde before transfer window closed

The Blues ultimately fell short in their pursuit of Sevilla's France international, but did sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed his side aimed to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde prior to the close of the summer transfer window. The Blues ultimately failed to prise the 22-year-old away from Sevilla, with the Liga side holding on to their highly-rated France international. Chelsea did manage one deadline-day addition from Spain, signing Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on loan.
David Luiz’s new club after leaving Arsenal revealed
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David Luiz’s new club after leaving Arsenal revealed

David Luiz is set to sign for Flamengo after leaving Arsenal as a free agent. According to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, the defender has reached a verbal agreement with the Brazilian club. Luiz will sign a deal with Flamengo, which will keep him at the club until December 2022. Romano tweeted: “David Luiz to Flamengo, verbal agreement reached and here we go! “The Brazilian centre back has accepted the contract proposal until December 2022. He’s now set to join Mengão. “Paperworks time now. Mission: winning the league also in Brazil.” Luiz played two years at Arsenal after joining from Chelsea, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield.
Sao Paulo part ways with Dani Alves over wage dispute
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Sao Paulo part ways with Dani Alves over wage dispute

The veteran Brazilian has left the Serie A outfit, in the latest twist in a long-running saga between the two sides Sao Paulo say that they have released Dani Alves after the defender refused to play for the club amid a dispute over his pay packet. The veteran Brazilian, who returned to play in his home country in 2019 following a prolific decade-and-a-half spell in Europe, has parted ways with the Serie A outfit. It is the latest twist in a long-running saga between club and player, one intensified in the wake of the right-back's gold-medal victory with the Selecao at the Olympics last month.
Arsenal team news: White & Partey set to return for Norwich clash as Gunners seek Tomiyasu work permit
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Arsenal team news: White & Partey set to return for Norwich clash as Gunners seek Tomiyasu work permit

Mikel Arteta is welcoming an England international defender back from quarantine, while an all-action midfielder has shaken off an ankle injury Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Ben White and Thomas Partey will come back into contention this weekend for a crunch clash with Norwich. The Gunners, who remain without a point or a goal in the Premier League this season, are due to play host to the Canaries at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Mikel Arteta desperately needs to find inspiration from somewhere, and two big-money signings are set to aid his cause by returning to the fold from enforced absences
Ronaldo warned about challenges he will face at Man Utd
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Ronaldo warned about challenges he will face at Man Utd

Former Manchester United defender, Mikael Silvestre, has warned Cristiano Ronaldo he must learn a “difficult” lesson on his return to the club. It has been at least 12 years since Ronaldo last played for the Red Devils. During that time he has played with Real Madrid and Juventus and gone on to become one of the best players in history. However, at 36, Silvestre has urged Ronaldo not to overwork his body. “The difficulty is for Cristiano to accept that he will have to get some rest, he’s still playing for Portugal. Yes, he wants play all the time but he needs to know when to take his foot off the gas which is difficult. “I’ve been there myself and you still think you can train as hard as a 20-year-old and you can’t and the reality is you have to rest so you can peak during...
Chelsea fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool
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Chelsea fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool

Chelsea have been fined £25,000 by the FA for failing to control their players during their 1-1 Premier League draw at Liverpool. Referee Anthony Taylor sent off defender Reece James after a goal-line handball, with Mohamed Salah equalising from the penalty spot. The Chelsea players were incensed by Taylor's decision to dismiss James, with the Blues feeling the ball had deflected off the England star's thigh onto his arm. "Chelsea FC has been fined £25,000 for two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 which occurred during their Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Saturday 28 August 2021," read an FA statement   Chelsea fined ?25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool "The club admitted failing to ensure that its players conducted themselv...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde are Nigeria’s biggest threat to Qatar – Solomon Kwambe
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde are Nigeria’s biggest threat to Qatar – Solomon Kwambe

Regardless, the Super Eagles defender is upbeat about the three-time African champions’ chances of reaching the global football showpiece Solomon Kwambe believes Cape Verde pose the biggest challenge to Nigeria’s 2022 Fifa World Cup ambitions. The Super Eagles lock horns with the Blue Sharks in continuation of their qualifying campaign on Tuesday at the Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena in Mindelo. Both teams settled for a 0-0 draw in their only meeting played in 2013 en route to Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa.      
Pique drops retirement hint in Barcelona future vow
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Pique drops retirement hint in Barcelona future vow

No decision has been made by the experienced defender on whether 2021-22 will be his final season, but that may end up being the case Gerard Pique has hinted that the 2021-22 campaign could be his last, with the World Cup-winning defender vowing to retire as a Barcelona player. Spells at Camp Nou are set to bookend a remarkable career for the 34-year-old centre-half, with time in the famed La Masia academy ranks followed by a four-year stint at Manchester United. Pique has been back at Camp Nou since 2008, taking in 568 appearances for Barcelona, and as talk builds of him becoming a possible club president of the future, thoughts are starting to turn towards life after football.
Christensen drops Chelsea contract hint as he enters final year of current deal
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Christensen drops Chelsea contract hint as he enters final year of current deal

The Danish defender is only tied to terms at Stamford Bridge through to the summer of 2022, but an extension could be on the cards Andreas Christensen has hinted that his time at Chelsea could be extended beyond the summer of 2022, with the Danish defender optimistic his contract situation "looks good". As things stand, the 25-year-old is due to become a free agent next summer when his current deal expires. However, Christensen is in favour under Thomas Tuchel and talks are being held regarding fresh terms for a man enjoying being in the trophy hunt with the Champions League winners.
Our transfer window is over’ – Salernitana chief denies move for David Luiz after sealing Ribery deal
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Our transfer window is over’ – Salernitana chief denies move for David Luiz after sealing Ribery deal

The Serie A newcomers will not be making any further additions despite reports linking them with the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Salernitana sporting director Angelo Fabiani has denied reports the club are interested in signing David Luiz. Rumours had suggested the Serie A side were ready to offer the 34-year-old a route back into football after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season. Fabiani, however, says the club's transfer business is now complete following the arrival of former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.
‘Don’t make such a fuss’ – Boateng defends Alaba after kissing Real Madrid badge
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‘Don’t make such a fuss’ – Boateng defends Alaba after kissing Real Madrid badge

The Austria international caused a stir in Germany when he was pictured planting his lips on his new club's badge at his unveiling Jerome Boateng has defended former Bayern Munich team-mate David Alaba after the defender was criticised for kissing the Real Madrid badge. Alaba moved to the Spanish side on a free transfer this year and was pictured kissing the badge on the jersey when he was unveiled as a Madrid player. Bayern president Herbert Hainer expressed his "surprise" at seeing the Austria international do so after spending 13 years and winning 10 Bundesliga and two Champions League titles with the German giants.        
Troost-Ekong reaches milestone in Nigeria win over Liberia in World Cup qualifier
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Troost-Ekong reaches milestone in Nigeria win over Liberia in World Cup qualifier

The Watford centre-back played a crucial role to help the Super Eagles go top of Group C with maximum points Nigeria vice-captain William Troost-Ekong became the 26th player to win a 50th cap for the national team on Friday in the 2-0 win over Liberia in their Group C World Cup qualifier. Kelechi Iheanacho's brace at the Teslim Balogun Stadium took his international tally to 11 goals as he closes in on Jay-Jay Okocha and Julius Aghahowa's mark of 14 goals in the national team colours. The Watford defender was happy with the win as he reached the milestone for the West African nation.      
Arsenal defender Bellerin in talks over Real Betis transfer
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Arsenal defender Bellerin in talks over Real Betis transfer

The Gunners right-back could seal a loan move away from the club before Tuesday's 11pm transfer deadline Hector Bellerin is in talks over a deadline day move away from Arsenal. The right-back has spent the summer looking for a transfer, with the Gunners open to letting him leave after more than a decade at the club. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been interested, but Bellerin is now closing in on a loan move to Real Betis for the season.
Rio Ferdinand names first team star Man United must replace immediately
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Rio Ferdinand names first team star Man United must replace immediately

Rio Ferdinand has said that Brazilian midfielder, Fred lacks skills in positional control and decision-making to be in Manchester United’s squad. He wants the club to sign an upgrade to play at the base of midfield. Fred has been in Manchester United first team since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the team. The South African has made 124 appearances for Solskjaer’s side but has never really won over fans and pundits since arriving in the Premier League. But the former Manchester United defender feels the Brazil international lacks positional awareness. “Fred, his attributes physically to be able to cover the ground and make tackles are really good,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE. “In that role, for me, you need someone who can orchestrate. Not only with ...
Football ‘just too easy’ for Van Dijk, says ex-Liverpool man Lawrenson
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Football ‘just too easy’ for Van Dijk, says ex-Liverpool man Lawrenson

The Netherlands international has recovered from long-term injury and is already showing signs of being back to his best Football is “just too easy” for Virgil van Dijk, says former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, who believes the “Rolls-Royce” of a centre-back is also bringing the best out of his defensive team-mates. Van Dijk is back at the heart of the Liverpool defence after recovering from a serious knee injury that caused him to miss the majority of last season. The 30-year-old looks to be back to his best form already after helping the Merseysiders to an unbeaten start to the campaign as they look to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester City.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Hoffenheim star Akpoguma ruled out of Nigeria squad
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Hoffenheim star Akpoguma ruled out of Nigeria squad

The three-time African champions are a man down ahead of their outing against the Lone Stars on Friday Hoffenheim have ruled Kevin Akpoguma out of Nigeria’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying matches against Liberia and Cape Verde after he tested positive for coronavirus. The 26-year-old is among the 30 players summoned by Gernot Rohr for Friday's match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and next week's trip to Cape Verde. Akpoguma’s club in Germany announced that the defender, even though he is fully vaccinated, will immediately go into quarantine which rules him out of the trip to the West African country for the crucial World Cup qualifiers.  
Chelsea’s move for Kounde collapses
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Chelsea’s move for Kounde collapses

Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde has fallen through, with the Premier League club unwilling to meet Sevilla’s new valuation. The Athletic reports that the LaLiga unexpectedly hiked Kounde’s price up. The 22-year-old appeared set to join the Blues this summer with Chelsea and Sevilla reaching an agreement over a £43million fee for the defender. However, the move is set to hit the rocks, with just hours before the summer window slams shut. Earlier reports had suggested that Sevilla’s new price for Kounde was £68.5m, which is much closer to his release clause. Others claim the price has increased by £12.8m. Chelsea have now decided not to increase their offer and will elect to stay with their current defensive options until the January transfer window. Despite selling Kur...
World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Ghana add Celta Vigo’s Aidoo and Poland-based Yeboah to South Africa trip
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World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Ghana add Celta Vigo’s Aidoo and Poland-based Yeboah to South Africa trip

Four new players have been called up to join the Black Stars for their trip to Johannesburg on September 6 Celta Vigo defender Joseph Aidoo and Wisla Krakow attacker Yaw Yeboah are among four additions to Ghana’s squad for their upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifier against South Africa due to the coronavirus-forced unavailability of England-based players named on the original 30-man roster. Germany-born duo Daniel Kofi Kyereh and Braydon Manu, both uncapped, have also been called up for the first time. The four new players are set to take the places of the England-based quintet of Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford FC), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC) and Andrew Yiadom (Reading FC) for the September 6 fixture away in Johannesburg....
Tuchel singles out one player, explains Kante’s removal in Chelsea draw with Liverpool
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Tuchel singles out one player, explains Kante’s removal in Chelsea draw with Liverpool

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has singled out ‘super talented’ defender Andreas Christensen for praise after the Den put up an extraordinary performance against Liverpool on Saturday. The German also provided an injury update on N’Golo Kante. Chelsea took an early lead through Kai Havertz’s header at Anfield and looked very dangerous in the attack but the game flipped on its head after Reece James was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor. Liverpool was also awarded a penalty, which Mohamed Salah scored, with Chelsea forced to play the rest of the game with 10 men. Tuchel’s men showed character and fought hard to earn themselves a point from the game. “Andreas has been very strong for us from day one. He started in the central position and finished the game in the right posi...
Real Madrid’s Odriozola completes Fiorentina loan move
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Real Madrid’s Odriozola completes Fiorentina loan move

The defender is keen to accumulate more first-team minutes in Serie A, while his departure could open the door for Kylian Mbappe's arrival at Madrid Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola will play the 2021-22 season on loan in Serie A with Fiorentina, the clubs confirmed on Saturday. Odriozola, 25, has found first-team opportunities hard to come by since moving to the Bernabeu in 2018 from Real Sociedad. And he will now hope to feature regularly in an ambitious Viola side, who have looked to strengthen their squad during a busy summer in Florence.
Police arrest Second man in Relation to Benjamin Mendy’s alleged Rape Case
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Police arrest Second man in Relation to Benjamin Mendy’s alleged Rape Case

Cheshire Constabulary have confirmed that a second man has been arrested as part of an inquiry into allegations of rape against Manchester City player, Benjamin Mendy. Mendy, 27, appeared in court on Friday, August 27, after being charged with three counts of rape on the same date in October last year and a fourth offence earlier this week. The defender is also accused of touching a woman sexually in January this year. All the alleged three victims are over the age of 16. The four offences are all alleged to have happened at the Frenchman’s home in Prestbury, Cheshire. In a statement Cheshire Constabulary said: "We can confirm that we have arrested a second man, age 40, in connection to an ongoing investigation into sexual offences at an address in Cheshire. "The man was a...
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...
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.
Manchester City defender Mendy denied bail after appearing in court to face charges of rape and sexual assault
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Manchester City defender Mendy denied bail after appearing in court to face charges of rape and sexual assault

The defender arrived at Chester Magistrates' Court in a police van on Friday morning, with no pleas entered before the judge Benjamin Mendy has been denied bail after he arrived at court with a police escort on Friday to face charges of rape and sexual assault. It was confirmed on Thursday that the Manchester City defender was being held in custody and is accused of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault. The 27-year-old arrived at Chester Magistrates' Court in a security van with a police car alongside. His case was heard in the early afternoon, at which the district judge ruled that he should be held in jail until next month.  
Ballon d’Or: Silvestre Reveals Cristiano Ronaldo Prediction
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Ballon d’Or: Silvestre Reveals Cristiano Ronaldo Prediction

Former Manchester United defender, Mikel Silvestre has claimed he told Cristiano Ronaldo he would win the Ballon d’Or in future when they played together at Old Trafford. Ronaldo joined United as an 18-year-old from Sporting CP for just £12million in 2003. The Portugal captain went on to establish himself as one of the greatest players in the Red Devils’ recent history. Silvestre was among those to notice his immense potential right from the very start. “Ronaldo was just making the step from teenager to man. He was still built like a teenager and also played more like a teenager. “He sometimes overdid it and made the wrong decisions. Cristiano created many chances and took them all on, but it took some time and a lot of shouting from the coach and his teammat...
Peprah and Ndah: Orlando Pirates confirm signings of Ghana and Nigeria internationals
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Peprah and Ndah: Orlando Pirates confirm signings of Ghana and Nigeria internationals

The duo has joined the Buccaneers on long-term deals as the club prepares for their 2021/22 Caf Confederation Cup campaign Orlando Pirates have announced the signings of Nigerian defender Olisa Ndah and Ghanaian marksman Kwame Peprah. Ndah and Peprah have joined the Soweto giants from Akwa United and King Faisal respectively as the club reinforces its squad in the current transfer window. Pirates released the following statement on the official website on Thursday afternoon:
Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao
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Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao

The Germany-born centre-back is yet to play for the Indomitable Lions since his last outing in 2015 Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao has explained Liverpool defender Joel Matip is not interested to revive his international career. After playing for the Central African nation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and two Fifa World Cup tournaments (2010 and 2014), the 30-year-old turned down subsequent invitations to join the national team. Matip first played for the Indomitable Lions in a friendly match against Italy in March 2010, and he scored their only goal at the 2014 World Cup which was in a 4-1 loss to the host country, Brazil.
Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics win UEFA award for saving Eriksen’s life at Euro 2020
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Denmark captain Kjaer and team medics win UEFA award for saving Eriksen’s life at Euro 2020

The defender, along with several medical personnel, have been honoured for their efforts in a harrowing situation at the summer tournament Simon Kjaer and several medical officials have been given the 2021 UEFA President’s Award for their efforts in saving Christian Eriksen's life. Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark's opening game of Euro 2020 against Finland, with Kjaer and the stadium's medical staff reacting quickly to help resuscitate him on the pitch. Kjaer helped begin CPR on the field, with Denmark's medical team joining the on-site staff to perform more and use a defibrillator to revive the 29-year-old.  
Chelsea defender Zappacosta completes permanent transfer to Atalanta
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Chelsea defender Zappacosta completes permanent transfer to Atalanta

The 29-year-old will return to his native country after spending four seasons on the Blues' books Davide Zappacosta has departed Chelsea to join Atalanta on a permanent transfer, both clubs have announced. The 29-year-old defender joined the Blues in 2017 from Torino and has spent the past two seasons on loan in Serie A with Roma and Genoa. Zappacosta will now return to Atalanta, the club where he made his Serie A debut in the 2014-15 season.  
Martial told he has ‘gone backwards’ at Man Utd as Ferdinand also takes aim at Jones
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Martial told he has ‘gone backwards’ at Man Utd as Ferdinand also takes aim at Jones

The former Red Devils star wants to see a French forward deliver on potential and a versatile defender head through the exits Anthony Martial has "gone backwards" at Manchester United, claims Rio Ferdinand, while Phil Jones has been told that he should have left Old Trafford "ages ago". With the summer transfer window still open, there is plenty of speculation to be found regarding potential comings and goings in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad. France international forward Martial has been the subject of regular rumours, with the 25-year-old still struggling to convince as a central striker in his seventh season with the Red Devils.  
You’re a waste of time, leave Old Trafford now – Rio Ferdinand blasts Man United star
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You’re a waste of time, leave Old Trafford now – Rio Ferdinand blasts Man United star

Former Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand, has told the club’s forgotten defender, Phil Jones to find another club. Ferdinand believes the England defender is now a waste of time at Old Trafford and should have left Manchester United ‘ages ago’. He blasted the player for blocking a Manchester United academy player from being part of the first team. After being sidelined with a knee injury for over 18 months, Jones made his comeback in United’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley last week. He participated in United pre-season training this summer and is targeting a return to the first team. “He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE. “He’s had too many injuries… I was in th...
Koulibaly: Spalletti inspired 10-man Napoli to ‘painful’ victory in Serie A opener
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Koulibaly: Spalletti inspired 10-man Napoli to ‘painful’ victory in Serie A opener

Despite Victor Osimhen's expulsion in the first-half, the Parthenopeans scored two second-half goals to start the season with a win Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has credited manager Luciano Spalletti for their 2-0 victory over Venezia in their Serie A opening game on Sunday. The hosts suffered a huge blow after Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen was shown a straight red card in the 23rd minute for violent conduct. His sending off made Napoli play the majority of the encounter with 10 players, but they still came out on top with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Eljif Elmas in the second-half.
Agbadou on target as KAS Eupen defeat Leuven
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Agbadou on target as KAS Eupen defeat Leuven

The Ivorian defender popped up to score the fourth goal as his side registered their second win in the Belgian top flight Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Agbadou scored his second goal of the season as KAS Eupen roared to a 4-1 win against Leuven in a Belgian Pro League match on Saturday. Despite playing away from home, Eupen took the lead in the 32nd minute courtesy of Smail Prevljak, before Julien Ngoy doubled their lead in the 39th minute and Konan Ndri made it 3-0 in the 56th minute. The Ivorian defender then scored the fourth in the 80th minute and despite the home team snatching a goal in the 83rd minute courtesy of Levan Shengelia, Eupen defended well to return home with maximum points.  
Pique goes off injured in Barcelona clash with Athletic Club
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Pique goes off injured in Barcelona clash with Athletic Club

The defender lasted just 30 minutes before he had to be replaced by Ronald Araujo after hurting his calf Gerard Pique went off injured in the first half of Barcelona's La Liga match against Athletic Club. The centre-back went down after an aerial duel with Alex Berenguer at the half-hour mark of the clash in Bilbao. He was taken off shortly afterwards and replaced by 22-year-old Ronald Araujo.
Amartey: Leicester City boss Rodgers praises Ghana star ahead of West Ham United clash
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Amartey: Leicester City boss Rodgers praises Ghana star ahead of West Ham United clash

The Foxes trainer assesses the output of the 26-year-old defender so far early into the season Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the performance of Ghana defender Daniel Amartey as the club continues to battle with the fitness of centre-back options Jannik Vestergaard and Jonny Evans. In the absence of first choice right-centre-half Wesley Fofana, who has been ruled out of action until the New Year following an injury in pre-season, Amartey has emerged as the preferred partner for Caglar Soyuncu in the heart of the Foxes’ defence. His chances for first-team football was also boosted by the late arrival of new signing Vestergaard and injury to Evans.
Chelsea announce deal for Miazga ahead of Arsenal Clash
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Chelsea announce deal for Miazga ahead of Arsenal Clash

Chelsea have confirmed that defender, Matt Miazga, has joined LaLiga club, Alaves, on loan. The Premier League giants disclosed this in a statement on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday evening. Miazga joined Alaves after extending his Chelsea contract. “Matt Miazga has extended his Chelsea contract and completed a loan move to Alaves,” Chelsea’s statement read. “The 26-year-old central defender heads to northern Spain to join a side that finished two places clear of safety last season. “A USA international, Miazga signed for Chelsea in January 2016 from New York Red Bulls, where he had progressed through the ranks and made his senior debut at the age of 18.” Miazga made two appearances for Chelsea following a winter arrival, away at Aston...
Okumu features as KAA Gent suffer Rakow Czestochowa defeat in Europa Conference League
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Okumu features as KAA Gent suffer Rakow Czestochowa defeat in Europa Conference League

The towering Harambee Star played for 90 minutes as his Belgian side suffered a slim defeat away in Poland Kenya international Joseph Okumu featured for 90 minutes but could not stop KAA Gent from losing 1-0 against Rakow Czestochowa in the Europa Conference League play-off first leg fixture on Thursday. It was defender Andrzej Niewulis who gave the Polish side the slim advantage heading into the return leg after rising the highest to power home from a header in the 64th minute at Stadion Miejski. Okumu, who had scored the goal that helped the Belgian side to progress to the play-off after a 3-2 aggregate win against Rigas FC a week ago, was handed a start in the game and played for the entire 90 minutes.
Chelsea to start Chalobah contract talks after Tuchel takes him off loan list
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Chelsea to start Chalobah contract talks after Tuchel takes him off loan list

The Cobham academy star is set to fully graduate into the first-team this season after taking his chance under the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has met with Trevoh Chalobah to tell him that he is no longer available for loan and that he wants his future tied up at Chelsea. Clubs like Lille, Valencia and Club Brugge have all expressed an interest in signing the 22-year-old defender on loan but are set to be knocked back. Having had the meeting, the Blues chiefs now need to meet with his representatives to extend a contract that has less than two years left to run.
Ikpeazu scores again but Odubajo sees red as 10-man QPR pip Middlesbrough
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Ikpeazu scores again but Odubajo sees red as 10-man QPR pip Middlesbrough

The Uganda forward continued his fine form in front of goal while the Anglo-Nigerian defender was given marching orders in the second half Uche Ikpeazu scored his second Championship goal of the season on Wednesday but it was not enough to save Middlesbrough from a 3-2 loss against 10-man Queens Park Rangers. After opening his goal account for Boro in their 2-1 win over Bristol City last Saturday, Ikpeazu continued from where he stopped with the opening goal at the Riverside Stadium. The 26-year-old stepped forward to convert from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and the effort separated both teams for the first 45 minutes.  

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