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Official: Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu extends Racing Genk contract until 2024
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Official: Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu extends Racing Genk contract until 2024

Belgian First Division A side, Racing Genk have announced that Paul Onuachu has signed a new deal. The Nigerian has agreed a one-year contract extension and he's now tied to the Limburg club until the summer of 2024. Onuachu has been rewarded with a new lucrative deal less than a week after scoring his 50th goal for Racing Genk, against Rapid Vienna in the opening round of matches in the UEFA Europa League. The 27-year-old made it 51 goals in 79 appearances after coming off the bench to net another winner in a league match against Sint-Truidense VV at the weekend. He has been a success since joining Racing Genk from FC Midtjylland in August 2019 for a fee of six million euros. Last season, Onuachu mustered 33 goals in the Belgian First Division A, a feat that earned him th...
‘Osimhen hard to catch in open space’ – Napoli’s Spalletti sings striker’s praise after Udinese thrashing
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‘Osimhen hard to catch in open space’ – Napoli’s Spalletti sings striker’s praise after Udinese thrashing

The 22-year-old Super Eagle scored his first Serie A goal of the season as the Partenopei moved top of the 20-team table on Monday Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti has described Victor Osimhen as a “really strong player” after his display led the team to demolish Udinese 4-0 in a Serie A fixture on Monday. The Nigeria international scored his first Serie A goal of the season at Stadio Friuli in the 24th minute before Amir Rrahmani netted the second in the 35th minute, and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute with Hirving Lozano finishing the job in the 84th minute. Osimhen’s goal came just three days after he helped Napoli to snatch a 2-2 draw against Leicester City in the Europa League fixture as he scored a brace at King Power Stadium.  
VAR rules out Ndidi and Lookman goals as Leicester City lose to Brighton & Hove Albion
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VAR rules out Ndidi and Lookman goals as Leicester City lose to Brighton & Hove Albion

The Nigerians were on target against the Seagulls, nonetheless, their potential goals were chalked off as the Foxes bowed to Graham Potter’s men Wilfred Ndidi and Ademola Lookman were left disappointed by VAR's offside decisions as Leicester City lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion in Sunday’s Premier League encounter. The duo thought they had scored for City but their potential goals ultimately didn't count. The Seagulls have climbed to third in the English elite division log having claimed their first Premier League win over Brendan Rodgers’ men. Heading into the fixture, Leicester had settled for a 2-2 draw against Napoli in Thursday’s Europa League encounter. Even at that, they were aiming for a positive result having silenced Norwich City 2-1 in their last away encounter....
Awoniyi’s Union Berlin surrender unbeaten Bundesliga run to Borussia Dortmund
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Awoniyi’s Union Berlin surrender unbeaten Bundesliga run to Borussia Dortmund

The Nigerian striker was on parade for the Iron Ones as they were silenced by Marco Rose's Black and Yellows on Sunday evening   Taiwo Awoniyi’s Union Berlin saw their unbeaten start in the Bundesliga come to an end following Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The Nigeria international – who boasts of three league goals in the 2021-22 season – could do nothing to stop their rampaging hosts. Having bowed 3-1 to Slavia Prague in Thursday’s Europa League encounter, Urs Fischer’s men travelled to Signal Iduna Park with the ambition of returning to winning ways.
Daka set for ‘new surprise role’ as Leicester City get ready for Brighton test
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Daka set for ‘new surprise role’ as Leicester City get ready for Brighton test

The 22-year-old saw his effort ruled out for offside by VAR on Thursday but he is in line to face the Seagulls Zambia international Patson Daka could be set for a new role at the club as revealed by manager Brendan Rodgers. The 22-year-old finally made his full debut for the Foxes as they battled to a 2-2 draw against Napoli in their Europa League fixture at King Power Stadium on Thursday night. During the match, Daka, who joined Leicester from Red Bull Salzburg at the start of the new campaign, found the back of the net in the 59th minute after being set up by Youri Tielemans but VAR interjected to rule the strike out for offside.  
‘Referee was harsh against Ndidi’ – Leicester City’s Rodgers unhappy with officiating vs Napoli
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‘Referee was harsh against Ndidi’ – Leicester City’s Rodgers unhappy with officiating vs Napoli

  The Super Eagle was sent off as the Italian heavyweights came from two goals down to force a draw Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is unhappy with the sending off of his player Wilfred Ndidi in the 2-2 draw with Napoli on Thursday's Europa League assignment at King Power Stadium. The Nigeria international was sent off late in the game after he was adjudged by Portuguese referee Tiago Martins that he had committed a second bookable offence, adding to the yellow card received early in the first half. But the decision did not go down well with the tactician who felt it was harsh and the referee was not great.        
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 ...
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...
‘Lingard holds the cards’ – Man Utd star could still join West Ham in January, hints Pearce
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‘Lingard holds the cards’ – Man Utd star could still join West Ham in January, hints Pearce

  The Hammers assistant coach has expressed his belief that the midfielder is "too good a player to be sat on the outside" at Old Trafford Stuart Pearce has hinted that Jesse Lingard could still join West Ham in January, claiming the Manchester United star "holds all the cards". Lingard returned to United in June after a successful six-month loan spell at West Ham, where he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League games to help David Moyes' side qualify for the Europa League. Moyes openly admitted that the Hammers were eager to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal, but they failed to do so before the summer deadline, and his assistant has suggested that the midfielder made the wrong choice over his future.      
Sinclair slams Man United star for refusing to leave, rejecting new deal
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Sinclair slams Man United star for refusing to leave, rejecting new deal

Former Premier League star, Trevor Sinclair has questioned Manchester United midfielder, Jesse Lingard’s ambitions after the England player reportedly turned down a move to West Ham before rejecting a new contract at his parent club. Lingard helped West Ham to a place in the Europa League and got himself back into the England squad after joining the London side on loan. And the Hammers came back this summer to sign him on a permanent basis but the 28-year-old turned down the move. He said he wanted to stay at Old Trafford and prove his worth to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. But Sinclair believes the England international should have grabbed the opportunity to move to West Ham for good. Sinclair said he is confused why Lingard opted...
Tuchel offered Chelsea player to London rivals on transfer deadline day
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Tuchel offered Chelsea player to London rivals on transfer deadline day

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, offered Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Premier League rivals West Ham on transfer deadline day, talkSPORT reports. Loftus-Cheek has made 82 appearances for the Blues’ first team since he stepped up from the academy in 2015. The midfielder has scored 12 goals and won a Premier League and Europa League winners’ medal. Loftus-Cheek has however only reached double figures of appearances in two seasons at Stamford Bridge. He has also spent two of the last four campaigns out on loan. The 25-year-old impressed at Crystal Palace during the 2017-18 season, before spending the 2020-21 campaign on loan at relegated Fulham. Chelsea were willing to offload Loftus-Cheek for this season as well and offered him to London rivals West Ham on deadline day. West Ham,...
Ademola Lookman: Leicester City sign winger from RB Leipzig
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Ademola Lookman: Leicester City sign winger from RB Leipzig

The Super Eagles prospect will represent Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes in the 2021-22 campaign after moving from the Bundesliga Leicester City have announced the signing of Nigeria prospect Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig on loan. Following his inability to tie down a regular place in the Bundesliga outfit’s first team, the former England youth international was shipped to Fulham for the 2020-21 campaign. This season, however, he will feature for the King Power Stadium outfit who will be participating in the Europa League this season.  
Stephane Mbia: CF Fuenlabrada sign midfielder from Wuhan
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Stephane Mbia: CF Fuenlabrada sign midfielder from Wuhan

The 35-year-old has returned to the Spanish league where he is expected to help the second-tier outfit gain promotion to La Liga CF Fuenlabrada have confirmed the signing of Stephane Mbia from Chinese side Wuhan on a one-year contract. Following this development, the 35-year-old returns to Spain after seven years. The former Cameroon international enjoyed a fruitful spell at Spanish side Sevilla – a team he helped win back to back Europa League titles. For Fuenla, they recruited the experienced African to help their bid in securing promotion to the Spanish elite division at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.  
Europa League group stage draw confirmed
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Europa League group stage draw confirmed

The draw for the group stage of this season’s Europa League was conducted on Friday. The event took place in Istanbul, Turkey a day after the Champions League’s version was made. Leicester will face Napoli, while Celtic will come up against Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencváros. Monaco are in Group B along with PSV, Real Sociedad and Sturm graz. 2021/22 Europa League group stage draw Group A: Lyon, Rangers, Sparta Praha, Brøndby Group B: Monaco, PSV Eindhoven, Real Sociedad, Sturm Graz Group C: Napoli, Leicester, Spartak Moskva, Legia Warszawa Group D: Olympiacos, Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Antwerp Group E: Lazio, Lokomotiv Moskva, Marseille, Galatasaray Group F: Braga, Crvena zvezda, Ludogorets, Midtjylland Group G: Leverkusen, Celtic, Real Betis, Ferencváros...
Champions League group stage: Messi’s PSG face Man City, holders Chelsea paired with Juventus and draw in full
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Champions League group stage: Messi’s PSG face Man City, holders Chelsea paired with Juventus and draw in full

The Argentine will take on his former mentor Pep Guardiola with his new club after being closely linked to a City move himself Paris Saint-Germain will take on Manchester City in one of the biggest ties of the Champions League group stage, while holders Chelsea will face Juventus and Barcelona and Bayern Munich will also square off following Thursday's draw in Nyon. In a draw that produced a host of blockbuster clashes, Inter's meeting with Real Madrid in Group D also stood out. Manchester United, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to gain revenge over Villarreal after being paired with their Europa League final vanquishers.
Onyekuru makes Olympiacos debut in Europa League win over Slovan Bratislava
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Onyekuru makes Olympiacos debut in Europa League win over Slovan Bratislava

The Super Eagles winger came off the bench to play in front home fans for the first time at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskak Henry Onyekuru made his Olympiacos debut in their Uefa Europa League victory over Slovan Bratislava 3-0 on Thursday. The commanding win helped the Greek giants put one foot in the Europa League group stage. Onyekuru replaced Mathieu Valbuena in the 74th minute for his maiden competitive in Greece. Prior to his introduction, Guinea's Aguibou Camara and Senegal's Pape Cisse gave the hosts a two-goal lead with efforts in the 37th and 52nd minutes respectively.
Arnaut Danjuma: Villarreal sign Bournemouth winger
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Arnaut Danjuma: Villarreal sign Bournemouth winger

The Spanish elite division side has confirmed the signing of the Super Eagles prospect from the Cherries Europa League kings Villarreal have announced the signing of Arnaut Danjuma from English Championship side Bournemouth. After two seasons at Dean Court, the 24-year-old winger joins the Yellow Submarine on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. With this move, Danjuma – who is eligible to represent Nigeria at the international level – will remain at Estadio de la Ceramica until 2026.  
Arsenal board told to sack Arteta, appoint Conte immediately
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Arsenal board told to sack Arteta, appoint Conte immediately

Former England striker, Darren Bent has called on Arsenal to sack Mikel Arteta immediately and replace him with former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte. The Gunners finished outside of the top six last season, suffered a dismal Europa League exit at the hands of Emery’s Villarreal and have started the new campaign with a 2-0 loss to Premier League newcomers, Brentford. Bent said it is ‘tough’ to watch the club’s demise, urging the club to sack the Spaniard if they have the chance to appoint Conte. Conte won Premier League and FA Cup trophies during his spell at Chelsea, and guided Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season. “It’s tough to watch,” Bent told talkSPORT when asked about the situation at Arsenal. “The performance against Brentford was poor, they were bullied. I...
Moyes insists West Ham ‘won’t be selling £100m players’ amid rumours linking Rice with Chelsea & Man Utd
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Moyes insists West Ham ‘won’t be selling £100m players’ amid rumours linking Rice with Chelsea & Man Utd

The Hammers boss is determined to keep his squad intact as he seeks to improve on last season's sixth-place Premier League finish David Moyes has insisted that West Ham "won't be selling" the players that they "value at £100 million" amid ongoing rumours linking Declan Rice with Chelsea and Manchester United. Moyes guided the Hammers to their joint-highest Premier League finish in 2020-21, with a sixth-place berth securing Europa League football. A number of players stood out in a stellar year for West Ham, most notably Rice, who went on to play a key role in England's run to the Euro 2020 final and now finds himself attracting attention from two of the biggest clubs in the country.  
Leicester defender Fofana confirms he broke his leg against Villarreal & is set for lengthy absence
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Leicester defender Fofana confirms he broke his leg against Villarreal & is set for lengthy absence

The centre-back was stretchered off in the Foxes' 3-2 victory over the Europa League holders and faces a long period on the sidelines Wesley Fofana has confirmed that he suffered a broken leg in Leicester City's pre-season win over Villarreal, with the Frenchman admitting that he does not know when he will return. The centre-back was stretchered off with what was later confirmed as a fibula fracture during Brendan Rodgers' side's 3-2 win over the Europa League holders at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday. Now, the defender has taken to social media to thank well-wishers for their support while vowing to return even stronger after what is set be a lengthy absence.
UEFA Announces 2021/2022 Europa League Draws [See full fixtures]
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UEFA Announces 2021/2022 Europa League Draws [See full fixtures]

  The 2021/2022 UEFA Europa League play-off draw took place on Monday, 2 August 2021. The Europa League play-off draw was streamed live via UEFA’s website at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The teams were drawn into ten fixtures, with the winners advancing to the group stage. The fixtures will be finalised on 10 and 12 August with the completion of the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Below is the Europa League play-off draw: Randers (DEN) vs Galatasaray (TUR) / St Johnstone (SCO) Rapid Wien (AUT) / Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) vs Zorya Luhansk (UKR) Jablonec (CZE) / Celtic (SCO) vs AZ Alkmaar (NED) Fenerbahçe (TUR) vs Neftçi (AZE) / HJK Helsinki (FIN) Mura (SVN) / Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) vs Sturm Gr...
UEFA Super Cup: Only 13,000 can attend Chelsea vs Villarreal in Belfast
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UEFA Super Cup: Only 13,000 can attend Chelsea vs Villarreal in Belfast

Next month’s European Super Cup match between Chelsea and Villarreal in Belfast can be attended by up to 13,000 fans, the European continent’s football ruling body UEFA said on Friday. UEFA said ticket applications for the Aug. 11 game at Windsor Park have started. It added that all ticket-holders require a negative coronavirus test to enter the stadium and supporters from abroad are subject to local coronavirus regulations. The curtain-raising Super Cup brings together winners of the last Champions League (Chelsea) and Europa League (Villarreal).
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Europa League 2021/2022 Play-off Draws: All you need to know

The 2021/22 UEFA Europa League play-off draw will take place on 2 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw, which features 20 teams, will commence at 13:00 CET. The 20 teams include six teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round champions path, five winners from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round champions path, six teams entering at this stage and three winners from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round the main path. The teams are seeded and drawn in accordance with the Club Competitions Committee principles for guaranteeing that six clubs eliminated from the UEFA Champions League champions path are drawn against each other. The winners of the ten fixtures will join 11 teams given direct entry t...
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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 draws released [See full fixtures]

Olympiacos, Ferencváros, Midtjylland and Dinamo Zagreb are among 20 teams who have been guaranteed a spot in the group stage of one of UEFA’s three club competitions. This follows their victories in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round ties on Wednesday. In the second legs, PSV Eindhoven completed a 7-2 aggregate win over Galatasaray, while Crvena zvezda and Sparta Praha both overturned first-leg disadvantages to qualify for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Celtic were dumped out by Midtjylland. The Scottish giants have been sent packing for the group stage again, after recent exits against AEK Athens, Cluj and Ferencvaros The third qualifying round fixtures will be played August 3rd & 4th and 10th. League path PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjy...
Wayne Rooney Explains why he Snubbed Man Utd Fans During Preseason clash with Derby
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Wayne Rooney Explains why he Snubbed Man Utd Fans During Preseason clash with Derby

  Derby County manager, Wayne Rooney has assured Manchester United supporters that there are no hard feelings, after he snubbed calls to give them a wave during the pre-season friendly game with Derby County. Rooney was facing his former club for the first time since becoming a manager. United won thanks to goals from Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri, while Derby pulled one back late through Colin Kazim-Richard in the second half. Wayne Rooney escapes relegation with Derby County It was just the second time United’s fans have been able to watch their side, following the trip to the Europa League final back in May. When asked if it was special to come up against his old side, he told RamsTV: “Yeah of course, it’s a club I’ve got huge ties with, I spent 13 years ...
Giroud breaks silence after leaving Chelsea
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Giroud breaks silence after leaving Chelsea

  Olivier Giroud on Friday, confirmed his Chelsea exit in an emotional farewell message to the club and its supporters. The Blues have agreed a deal with AC Milan for Giroud. And the France striker is already in Milan, where he will undergo medicals before signing a two-year deal. Chelsea will get a transfer fee of around £2million for the 34-year-old. Giroud agrees deal to leave Chelsea Although AC Milan are yet to confirm the deal, Giroud wrote on social media: “To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments. “I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart. “Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent. Love Oli G.”
Coach Simeone extends Atletico Madrid deal until 2024
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Coach Simeone extends Atletico Madrid deal until 2024

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has extended his contract until 2024, the La Liga champions announced Thursday. The Argentinian, who won the domestic double in 1996 with the club during a five-year spell as a player and arrived at Atletico as coach in 2011, has signed through until June 30, 2024. During Simeone’s tenure as coach, Atletico have won eight titles, including two La Liga crowns (2014, 2021) and two Europa Leagues (2012, 2018), while the club has also lost two Champions League finals against Real Madrid (2014, 2016) in that time.
Vidic tells Man Utd captain Maguire he has to win trophies to reach the top level & scores him 8/10
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Vidic tells Man Utd captain Maguire he has to win trophies to reach the top level & scores him 8/10

The defender has been a key player for the Red Devils since his arrival from Leicester but has been warned he must help them win major silverware Former Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic says captain Harry Maguire must win trophies if he is to be considered a top defender. Maguire joined United from Leicester in 2019 and has been a mainstay in the first-team ever since. The 28-year-old captained the Red Devils to second place in the Premier League and the Europa League final last season, but former Serbia star Vidic says he will have to do even better.
EPL: Maurizio Sarri Regrets leaving Chelsea for Juventus
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EPL: Maurizio Sarri Regrets leaving Chelsea for Juventus

  Former Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has regretted leaving Stamford Bridge for Juventus in 2019. Sarri, who is currently the manager of Serie A side Lazio, admitted he made a ‘huge mistake’ by forcing his Chelsea exit. He also revealed that Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, was desperate to keep him at the club, despite his desire to return to Italy. The 62-year-old guided Chelsea to success in the Europa League in his single season at the West London club. But his style of play was widely criticised by Chelsea fans and the Italian ended up leaving the Blues after just one year at the club. “At Chelsea, I made a huge mistake and that was wanting to return to Italy at all costs. “Marina tried stopping me from leaving Chelsea, I had this desire to retur...
Guendouzi reveals concern for Arsenal as midfielder closes in on Marseille move
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Guendouzi reveals concern for Arsenal as midfielder closes in on Marseille move

The Frenchman hopes the Gunners can bounce back under Mikel Arteta, while he looks set to depart the club this summer Matteo Guendouzi says he is worried about the situation at Arsenal following their miserable season. The Gunners will be absent from European competition in 2021-22 after finishing eighth in the Premier League last season and only reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League. Mikel Arteta's team are aiming for a stronger campaign in the English top flight next term and Guendouzi hopes they can finish in the top four to secure a return to the Champions League.
Victor Moses reacts after leaving Chelsea on permanent transfer to new club
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Victor Moses reacts after leaving Chelsea on permanent transfer to new club

Former Nigerian international, Victor Moses has reacted after leaving Chelsea on a permanent transfer to Russian Premier League club, Spartak Moscow. Moses penned a two-year contract with Spartak Moscow on Friday after the Russian club triggered a clause that allows them to sign the winger permanently following their qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League. Reacting, the 30-year-old said he loved every moment playing for Chelsea, adding that he left the Blues with memories that he would cherish forever. Moses wrote on Instagram, “After 9 fantastic years and 128 games for Chelsea, I’ve now officially left the club to join Spartak Moscow on a permanent transfer. “I have loved every moment playing for Chelsea and leave with memories that I’ll cherish forever, inc...
Chelsea announces Victor Moses’ departure
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Chelsea announces Victor Moses’ departure

Victor Moses left Chelsea to complete a permanent move to Russian club Spartak Moscow on Friday. Moses made 20 appearances for Spartak during his loan spell last season. “Victor Moses has today completed a permanent transfer to Spartak Moscow. The move brings to an end to the Wideman’s nine-year Chelsea career,” a statement on Chelsea’s website said. The 30-year-old spent nine years with the Blues but struggled to break into the team in recent seasons. After joining Chelsea in 2012 from Wigan, Moses finished with 128 appearances for the Blues. He scored 18 goals and won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Europa League. As well as Spartak, Moses had loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke, West Ham, Fenerbahce and Inter Milan during his time with Chelsea.
Amad Diallo picks out preferred position at Man Utd but 18-year-old is ‘ready for everything’
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Amad Diallo picks out preferred position at Man Utd but 18-year-old is ‘ready for everything’

The highly-rated Ivorian youngster is hoping to see regular game time for the Red Devils, but he does face fierce competition for places Amad Diallo has picked out his preferred playing position at Manchester United, but the 18-year-old forward says he is "ready for everything" in a bid to see more competitive game time. The highly-rated Ivorian was acquired by the Red Devils in January, with a deal put in place with Atalanta during the summer transfer window of 2020. Diallo has taken in Premier League and Europa League outings under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is ready to challenge the likes of Mason Greenwood and Daniel James for his favoured role on the right flank.
Chukwueze: It is surprising Villarreal want to let him go – Boudet
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Chukwueze: It is surprising Villarreal want to let him go – Boudet

The Super Eagle has made 92 appearances for the Yellow Submarines, scoring 12 goals in the process Football expert Francois Miguel Boudet is surprised Europa League champions Villarreal are willing to let Samuel Chukwueze leave in the ongoing transfer window. The 22-year-old attacker joined the Spanish outfit in 2018 and has since made 92 appearances, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played a crucial role in helping the team lift the Europa League last season but Unai Emery sees him as surplus to requirements. French side Olympique Marseille have been linked with the player.
‘Offensively, Ajax were 10 times better than Spurs’ – De Jongh welcomes away goal rule abolishment
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‘Offensively, Ajax were 10 times better than Spurs’ – De Jongh welcomes away goal rule abolishment

The Dutch coach hopes Africa will follow suit and make changes to encourage offensive football, after changes to European competitions Coach Hendrik Pieter de Jongh has welcomed the decision by Uefa to abolish the away goals rule from European competitions, with the rule change being put into place in time for the start of the 2021-22 season. The away goals rule has been used for over half a century but will no longer decide knockout matches in Uefa club competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League. "I find the new changes good since teams are playing home and away," de Jongh, who is former Swaziland coach
UEFA abolishes away goals rule as major Champions League and Europa League change announced
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UEFA abolishes away goals rule as major Champions League and Europa League change announced

The law has been in place since 1965 but will now no longer be used to help decide knockout ties, starting from the 2021-22 season UEFA has confirmed the away goals rule will be abolished from European competitions, with the change being put into place in time for the 2021-22 season. The away goals rule has been used for over half a century but will no longer be used to decide knockout matches in UEFA club competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin explained the rule now "runs counter to its original purpose" and stated his belief that it dissuades teams from playing attacking football.
Tottenham rebuffed in Lopetegui approach, confirms Sevilla president
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Tottenham rebuffed in Lopetegui approach, confirms Sevilla president

The Premier League outfit's hunt for Jose Mourinho's successor continues after they were unable to secure the services of the Europa League winner Tottenham have been rebuffed in their attempts to persuade Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui to north London, per the club's president Jose Castro, leaving the former's search for a new manager in further limbo. The Premier Legaue outfit's attempts to procure a successor to Jose Mourinho has proven a particularly difficult endeavour so far, over two months on from the Portuguese's dismissal from his duties. Having approached and discarded numerous contenders, Lopetegui, who guided Sevilla to a fourth-place finish and Champions League football last term, looks to have been their latest target - but Castro insists his coach is not going anywhere...
Inter put Kostic swoop on standby as Lazio & Roma join race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star
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Inter put Kostic swoop on standby as Lazio & Roma join race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star

The Serie A champions will likely face competition from two of their main rivals for the Serbian winger Inter have put their planned swoop for Filip Kostic on standby, Goal can confirm, with Lazio and Roma now set to join the race to sign the Eintracht Frankfurt star. Kostic has firmly established himself as one of the most important members of the Frankfurt squad since moving to Deutsche Bank Park from Hamburg in 2018, helping the club compete at a high level in both the Bundesliga and Europa League.
Eden Hazard Doesn’t Work Much, he’s an awful Trainer – Mourinho
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Eden Hazard Doesn’t Work Much, he’s an awful Trainer – Mourinho

  AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has criticized Eden Hazard, claiming the Real Madrid midfielder is an amazing player, but could be better if he was not an “awful” trainer. Mourinho worked with Hazard for two and a half seasons at Chelsea. During their time together, they won the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup. Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019, but has to justify his €100 million (£86m/$121m) amid a series of injuries. “He is an amazing player with awful training. “You can only imagine what he could be with a super professional attitude in training. “In the end, he is an amazing kid, he is an incredible family man, he looks like he doesn’t belong to this generation of players, he’s very quiet and is totally focused on family, on kids,...
Maguire ‘further ahead than we dared’ says Southgate as England prepare for Scotland clash
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Maguire ‘further ahead than we dared’ says Southgate as England prepare for Scotland clash

The Manchester United star is a cornerstone of the Three Lions' defence since the Russia 2018 World Cup but has been sidelined since May with injury Harry Maguire's recovery from an ankle ligament problem is "further ahead than we might have dared to hope", says Gareth Southgate, as England prepare to face Scotland in their second match of Euro 2020. The Manchester United defender, a mainstay of the Three Lions' backline under Southgate since cementing his position during the 2018 World Cup, has been out of action since early May, after sustaining the injury in the Red Devils' 3-1 Premier League win over Aston Villa. Having missed his club's Europa League final defeat against Villarreal, hopes had seemed slim that Maguire might feature at all for his country during this summer's rea...
I have one Year Left at Man Utd – Pogba
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I have one Year Left at Man Utd – Pogba

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has confirmed he has one year left on his current contract with the club. Pogba also claimed he had not been offered a new deal by the Premier League side. “I have one year left on my contract, everybody knows it. “I know that the club is … well there has not been yet a concrete offer,” Pogba told a press conference. Pogba however admitted he went on holidays immediately after the Europa League and wasn’t able to sit down with United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward. There are fears at Old Trafford, that the Frenchman will run down his contract. The 28-year-old moved from Juventus to United for €100 million in the summer of 2016, having left the Premier League giants on a free for Juve four years earlier. Po...
Lazio Coach, Sarri names Kepa in Transfer wishlist
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Lazio Coach, Sarri names Kepa in Transfer wishlist

  New Lazio manager, Maurizio Sarri, has included Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, on his list of transfer targets this summer transfer window, according to Alfredo Pedulla, an Italian journalist. Sarri coached Kepa during his time at Chelsea. The Italian also included Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the list. Sarri had a great relationship with Napoli goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, but he is now willing to add Kepa to his squad ahead of next season. The 62-year-old takes over from Filippo Inzaghi, who had been with Lazio for the last five seasons. Lazio will be in the Europa League next season after finishing sixth in the Serie A table this season.
Former Chelsea and Juventus boss Sarri named new Lazio manager
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Former Chelsea and Juventus boss Sarri named new Lazio manager

The Italian manager has taken charge of the Serie A club after spending one season away from the game Maurizio Sarri has been named Lazio's manager, the club announced on Wednesday. The 62-year-old former Chelsea and Juventus boss will take over following the departure of Simone Inzaghi, who was recently hired by Inter. Lazio finished sixth in Serie A last season and will play in the Europa League next season. Editors' Picks
Maguire sets Man Utd ‘put it right’ challenge after missing out on major silverware
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Maguire sets Man Utd ‘put it right’ challenge after missing out on major silverware

The Red Devils captain failed to get his hands on a trophy in 2020-21, with his domestic season ended by an ankle injury Harry Maguire and Manchester United ended the 2020-21 campaign empty-handed, with the club captain at Old Trafford challenging the Red Devils to "put it right next season" as they seek to end a barren spell on the trophy front.Four years have passed since Jose Mourinho delivered Europa League glory back in 2017. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided his side to the final of that competition this season, while also securing a runner-up finish in the Premier League, but expectation is high in Manchester and more is demanded from an ambitious outfit.
Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr
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Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr

  Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that he is not convinced of his players’ abilities to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. According to Rohr, most of his squad members do not play for the top clubs in Europe, like their African counterparts. “They (other African countries) have players playing in the best teams in Europe, we don’t. “Our players are playing in lower clubs. We don’t have these players like Egypt, like Senegal, like Ivory Coast who are playing in the biggest clubs. Our players are playing in clubs who are not the best ones. “Only Samuel Chukwueze won the Europa League with Villarreal. All others are fighting to stay in the league or are fighting to be starting players. “When you see the world champions, Fran...
Why we Extended Giroud, Silva’s Contracts – Chelsea
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Why we Extended Giroud, Silva’s Contracts – Chelsea

  Chelsea has explained why the club extended the contracts of Olivier Giroud and Thiago Silva. The reigning Champions League winners extended both Giroud and Silva’s contracts by a year on Friday. Giroud’s current deal was due to expire at the end of this campaign, but an extension means the Frenchman’s three-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford continues for another year. Chelsea also exercised an option to extend Silva’s contract by one year, taking his time at the west London club into a second season. Explaining why Chelsea extended both players’ contracts, the club’s Director, Marina Granovskaia, told Chelsea’s website: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goal...
‘The cold facts are Liverpool are behind us’ – Ferdinand gives verdict on Man Utd’s season
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‘The cold facts are Liverpool are behind us’ – Ferdinand gives verdict on Man Utd’s season

The former Red Devils defender believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be happy with a second-place finish and urged them buy a centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United "got what they wanted" this season having climbed above Liverpool in the table but urged his former side to "recruit well" this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men claimed second place in the league and were five points ahead of the Merseysiders - a vast improvement on the 2019-20 season, when the Red Devils finished 33 points behind their rivals. Despite falling short in the Europa League final, Ferdinand feels there was definite progress made at Old Trafford and believes the signing of a centre-back should now be a priority.
Man Utd Identify new Goalkeeper to Replace De Gea after Europa League defeat
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Man Utd Identify new Goalkeeper to Replace De Gea after Europa League defeat

  Manchester United are ready to swap goalkeeper David De Gea for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, according to the UK Sun. De Gea was the centre of attention on Wednesday night, as United lost to Villarreal on penalties. The Spaniard failed to save any of the spot kicks and then missed the decisive one as Unai Emery clinched his fourth Europa League title. Oblak is regarded as one of the best stoppers in the world and could solve the ongoing question over who will become first choice at Old Trafford. Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to offload De Gea, in a bid to drive down Oblak’s £70million asking price. United have also signed Tom Heaton on a free transfer, bringing the 35-year-old back to the club after several years away.
Europa League Highest Goal Scorers this Season Revealed [See top 19]
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Europa League Highest Goal Scorers this Season Revealed [See top 19]

  Following the conclusion of this year’s Europa League on Wednesday night, below are the top goal scorers in the tournament this season. Recall that Villarreal defeated Man United 11-10 on penalties to win this year’s Europa League after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes in Gdansk. Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, Lille’s Yusuf Yazici and Roma’s Borja Mayoral are on top of the goal chart with seven goals each. Below are UEFA Europa League top scorers this year: 7 goals – Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Pizzi (Benfica), Borja Mayoral (Roma), Yusuf Yazıcı (LOSC Lille). 6 goals – Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal), Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United), Mislav Oršić (Dinamo Zagreb), Munas Dabbur (Hoffenheim), Paco Alcácer (Villarreal), Edin Džeko (Roma). ...
Europa League final: Prize money for Villarreal, Man United revealed
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Europa League final: Prize money for Villarreal, Man United revealed

  UEFA will pay Villarreal €8,500,000 (£7.5m/$10m) for winning this year’s Europa League ahead of Manchester United. The Europe top football governing body will also pay Man United €4,500,000 (£4m/$5m) for losing the Europa League final to Villarreal, Manchester Evening News reports. Villarreal defeated Man United 11-10 on penalties to win the Europa League after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes on Wednesday night. Gerard Moreno and Edinson Cavani scored for Villarreal and Man United respectively in Gdansk. Below is the full prize money’s breakdown for the 2020/21 Europa League: Winners – €8,500,000 Runners-up – €4,500,000 Semi-finalists – €2,400,000 Quarter-finalists – €1,500,000 Round of 16 – €1,100,000 Round of 32 – €500,000 Group winner...

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