Pochettino rules out move for Rossi as Italian looks to prove fitness

Following reports on Thursday linking Giuseppe Rossi with a move to Tottenham, Coach Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a move for the Italian-American in his weekly press conference. After being asked about the reports, Pochettino said: “There are many names that appear in every transfer window. I think he is another name to add on the list but it is only a rumour. We have not considered him.” The Spurs manager will be without star striker Harry Kane for up to 10 matches with an ankle injury, while Heung-Min Son will…

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Mousa Dembele joins Chinese side Guangzhou R&F from Tottenham

Tottenham have reached an agreement to sell Mousa Dembele to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, subject to international clearance. The 31-year-old Belgium international had not played for Tottenham since November due to an ankle injury and had been chasing a move to China since the summer. Tottenham made the decision to allow Dembele to leave now so they receive a transfer fee, with the player’s contract set to expire at the end of the season. We have reached agreement with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F for the transfer…

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Harry Kane out for at least six weeks with ankle injury

Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane will be out for at least six weeks following an ankle injury picked up in the weekend’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United. “Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday’s match,” a club statement read. “He will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.” Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that @HKane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained…

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Why Alvaro Morata is not the answer to Chelsea’s lack of goals

Back when at Real Madrid, he was the future of the Santiago Bernabeu, and indeed of Spanish football.  In 2012/13 he had made his breakthrough under Jose Mourinho, making regular appearances and even starting in el clasico, playing a key role in a 2-1 victory, and made 12 league appearances that year, netting twice. 2013/14 saw further progress, 23 league matches, scoring 8 goals as Carlo Ancelotti joined the club and Morata found his place in rotation with Karem Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria and an emerging…

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech annnounces end of season retirement

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during a hugely successful 11-year spell with Chelsea. He moved to Arsenal in 2015 and went onto win another FA Cup in 2017. Announcing his decision to retire on Twitter on Tuesday morning, the player, who also won 124 caps for the Czech Republic, wrote: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it is 20 years since…

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David Wagner and Huddersfield part company by ‘mutual consent’

David Wagner has left his role as Huddersfield manager by mutual consent with the club bottom of the league. The German, 47, took over as Terriers boss in November 2015 and led them to promotion to the Premier League in 2017 via the Championship play-offs. Huddersfield were one of the favourites for relegation last season but Wagner guided them to a 16th-place finish. However, they have struggled this term and are eight points from safety after taking 11 points from 22 games. Town chairman Dean Hoyle called it a “sad…

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Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi joins Sevilla in cut-price deal

Sevilla have signed Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi for a fee of €1.05m (£937,000). The 23-year-old’s Barca contract was due to expire at the end of the season, allowing their La Liga rivals Sevilla to sign him on a cut-price deal. After confirming his departure, Barcelona said: “The club would like to thank Munir El Haddadi for his dedication and commitment and wishes him all the best for the future.” Munir made 56 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 12 goals for the club. During his time at the Nou Camp, Munir…

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Cesc Fabregas joins Monaco from Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco, managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, on a three-and-a-half year deal. The 31-year-old Spaniard captained the Blues in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest on Saturday and was in tears as he applauded fans at the final whistle. He joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014, having played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011. Fabregas described the move as “a new project”, calling it a “great honour”. “I’m here to help the team, I’m looking forward to…

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Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp win Premier League December awards

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and defender Virgil van Dijk have both won Premier League awards for December. Klopp has landed the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award after guiding Liverpool to seven wins from seven matches in December, ensuring the Reds started 2019 top of the table. Liverpool earned victories over city rivals Everton and Burnley in the first week of December, following that up with wins against Bournemouth, Manchester United, Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal. “It’s nice, the icing on the cake,” said Klopp upon receiving his award. “It…

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Dejan Lovren handed one match international ban

Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November. Lovren posted a video on Instagram where he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15. He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers. Uefa said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary…

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Manolo Gabbiadini to move from Southampton to Sampdoria for £10.8m

Manolo Gabbiadini has agreed to rejoin Sampdoria for £10.8m and so end an unhappy spell at Southampton. The 27-year-old striker will fly to Italy on Thursday before undertaking a medical test in Genoa the following day. Gabbiadini signed for Southampton in January 2017 from Napoli in a £14.6m deal and he made an explosive start at St Mary’s, scoring six times in his first four matches – including two in the EFL Cup final defeat by Manchester United. He would go on to score only six more goals and, after coming on as a late substitute…

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Mohamed Salah once again named African Footballer of the Year

Mohamed Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year for a second successive year. Salah beat fellow nominees, his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday. The Egypt forward edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 Caf member associations. “This award is very big for me, I love it because I saw it when I was young and I always had a dream to win it one…

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Tottenham confirm new stadium won’t be ready until at least mid-March

Tottenham will stay at Wembley until at least the end of February as their wait to move into their new stadium goes on. Spurs’ Premier League home games with Watford, Newcastle and Leicester will all be at the national stadium as the finishing touches are put on their 62,000-seater home. The Champions League last-16 home leg with Borussia Dortmund on February 13 will also be at Wembley. Chairman Daniel Levy has apologised to Tottenham fans and hopes to provide a further update in the next few weeks. Levy said on the club’s…

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Bayern Munich to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this summer

Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this summer. The club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said the 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal, with reports suggesting the Bundesliga sides have agreed a transfer fee of around €35m. Summer signing Benjamin #Pavard set to join @CorentinTolisso as the second 2018 World Cup winner in the #FCBayern squad 🏆 ➡️ https://t.co/0bXOS3qCcb pic.twitter.com/IxyEtya1nu — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 9, 2019 Salihamidzic announced the deal at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, with Pavard’s contract…

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Mousa Dembele set to leave Tottenham for Beijing Guoan in £11m move

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is on the brink of completing an £11m move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan. The Belgium international, 31, is out of contract in the summer and has not played for Spurs since injuring his ankle against Wolves in November. Chairman Daniel Levy is keen to trim players from manager Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. Striker Vincent Janssen is also likely to leave during the January window. Dembele has made 243 Premier League appearances in total, scoring 12 goals and making 12 assists, having joined Spurs after two…

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Toni Kroos ruled out for up to a month with muscle problem

Real Madrid fear midfielder Toni Kroos will miss a month of action after suffering a torn adductor muscle against Real Sociedad. The German international limped out of the closing moments of Sunday’s defeat against La Real and joins a growing injury list at the European champions. “Following tests carried out on our player Toni Kroos today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg,” read a Madrid statement. “His recovery will be monitored.” Next up…

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Barcelona secure Jean-Clair Todibo signing for summer

Barcelona have beat off stiff competition to secure the signature of Jean-Clair Todibo, the club announced. The in-demand Toulouse defender will join the club on a free transfer this summer. Todibo is into the final six months of his contract at the Ligue 1 club and the deal will see him remain in France this campaign before moving to the Camp Nou in July. Last week, El Mundo Deportivo claimed the Blaugrana were in ‘pole position’ to sign the player who has not featured for the Ligue 1 club since November,…

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Pepe makes return to Portuguese football with Porto

FC Porto have confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid defender Pepe on a two-and-a-half year deal following his exit from Besiktas. The central defender has agreed a contract until the summer of 2021 with the Portuguese champions, who are currently in the last 16 of the Champions League. The 35-year-old won two league titles with Porto in a stint between 2004 and 2007, before subsequently joining Madrid, where he won two La Liga crowns and three Champions League titles. Pepe 🔵⚪ Bem-vindo a casa / Welcome home / Bienvenido…

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Egypt beats out South Africa to earn AFCON 2019 hosting rights

Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced. Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid, by 16 votes to one with one abstention at a Caf executive committee vote in Senegal. Original host nation Cameroon was stripped of staging duties in November because of slow preparations. Egypt has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June. It will be the fifth time Egypt, which won the tournament when it last hosted…

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Tata Martino named Mexico national team manager

Mexico got its man, announcing on Monday it has hired Gerardo “Tata” Martino to manage the men’s national team. The length of the deal is yet to be announced, though the Mexican federation stated that Martino will be the man to lead El Tri “on the way to Qatar 2022”. Martino takes over a team that has been remarkably consistent in recent history. El Tri have qualified for the last seven World Cups and been eliminated at the round of 16 stage of each of them. That has set off…

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Stoke City sack manager Gary Rowett after eight months in charge

Stoke have sacked manager Gary Rowett after just eight months in charge. The Potters were among the favourites for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship this season but have underwhelmed and currently lie 14th in the table, eight points off the play-off spots. Rowett’s coaching staff have also left the club, leaving Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy to take temporary charge of the first team. A Stoke statement read: “The club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months. “A…

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Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Arsenal have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners. The two sides met in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in 2015 when Danny Welbeck scored the winner against his former side as Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford. Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford. League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third…

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Leicester midfielder Iborra moves to Villarreal for undisclosed fee

Leicester midfielder Vicente Iborra has joined Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old Spaniard joined the Foxes from Sevilla in July 2017 after winning the Europa League three times. Iborra made 37 appearances, scoring four goals, but started only three league games this season. He was given permission to return to Spain for family reasons and now moves to Villarreal, who are 17th in La Liga and are managed by Luis Garcia. 🚨¡¡NUEVO FICHAJE!!🚨 ¡¡El Villarreal 💛 llega a un acuerdo con el centrocampista @Iborra_Vicente hasta 2023!! https://t.co/SMDnqhq7gG pic.twitter.com/zqcp6VfYkS —…

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Adrien Rabiot agrees Barcelona deal to leave Paris Saint-Germain at end of season

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has reached an agreement to join Barcelona at the end of the season, according to several media reports. Rabiot, a product of PSG’s academy, is said to be receiving in the region of £9m-a-year at the Camp Nou, plus an additional £9m signing bonus. With his deal at PSG due to expire at the end of the season, Rabiot is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with another club. Barcelona released a statement last week to confirm their interest in the France international, but denied…

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Real Madrid sign Brahim Diaz from Manchester City

Spanish teenager Brahim Diaz has signed for Real Madrid from Manchester City on a six-and-a-half-year contract. The 19-year-old midfielder joined City from Malaga aged 14 in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances, but has played only four times this season. The Spain Under-21 international’s most recent outing came in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Leicester last month. 👋 Welcome to @realmadrid, @Brahim Díaz!#WelcomeBrahim | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Eh2VLy6xYN — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 6, 2019 Real, who lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday and are fifth in La Liga,…

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