Hazard not interested in sentiment on Lampard’s Chelsea return

Eden Hazard won’t be holding back when he comes up against Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s record goal scorer this weekend returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester City in a match that pits the top two of the Premier League against each other, ESPN has reported. Lampard spent more than a decade at the Bridge but left in the summer of 2014 when his final contract expired, having set a new record for goals in his final season at the club. He initially appeared bound for MLS and New York City…

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Kane expected to sign new Tottenham contract

Tottenham Hotspur have moved to tie down Harry Kane after the striker’s breakthrough season, with ESPN reporting terms have been agreed to keep the youth team product at White Hart Lane until 2020. Kane signed a new contract with Spurs in August 2014 but has since forced his way into the starting XI of Coach Mauricio Pochettino. Kane has made 32 appearances this season for the London club, scoring 18 goals, having previously been sent on loan to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City. The 21-year-old was part…

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Old Trafford faithful sweating on Man United contracts

Although Manchester United supporters have been increasingly optimistic over the last couple of months, many amongst the Old Trafford crowd are feeling more than a little agitated at the developing contract situations, with David de Gea a prime concern, reports Oli Coates… There is little doubt that Louis Van Gaal has brought a sense of optimism to Old Trafford, yet a couple of issues are increasingly agitating Manchester United supporters. The desire for the Dutchman to abandon the three centre-backs is well-documented, but a slightly more concerning situation has developed…

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Mancini invites Man City’s Toure to Inter

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would welcome a reunion with Yaya Toure at Inter as Football Italia reports Mancio claiming Serie A is the next step for the well-travelled Ivory Coast international. Mancini was in charge at the Etihad Stadium when Toure left Barcelona for City in 2010, having spent the previous three seasons in Catalonia. Toure began his professional career in Belgium with Beveren, spent time in Ukraine with Metalurg Donetsk, had a year in Greece at Olympiakos and moved to Ligue 1 with principality side Monaco before…

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Wenger backs Arsenal new boy Gabriel to thrive

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes new signing Gabriel Paulista has the characteristics necessary to be a success in the Premier League, explaining to the club’s official website official website why he signed the Villarreal defender. Gabriel’s move was confirmed on Wednesday having left Brazilian club Vitoria for La Liga in the summer of 2013, helping the Yellow Submarine to sixth in the Primera at the time of his departure. Wenger revealed it was the ease with which Gabriel settled at El Madrigal that in part convinced him to make an…

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Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado could be signed in time to face Manchester City this weekend

According to the Express, Chelsea’s pursuit of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado could well be completed in time for the Colombian to face Manchester City in the Premier League on the weekend. Chelsea’s bid to sign the 26-year-old is being stalled until Andre Schurrle is sold from the London club to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. The Blues forward should make around £25M, which will be used to trigger Cuadrado’s release clause at Fiorentina. If movement can be made with Schurrle’s deal to sign for the Wolves, Cuadrado could well be pushed through…

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Arsenal new-boy Gabriel Paulista wants title success during his time at the Emirates

New Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista has said he wants to help the side win the Premier League title while he‘s playing for the Londoners, reports the Express. The 24-year-old is highly-rated, and was a regular in the Villarreal side prior to his exit. He’s a Brazilian centre-back, who reads the game very well, and is dominant in the air. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Paulista, and believes he could be an important player in the future. And the ex-Villarreal man is confident he can play his…

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Manchester United reignite interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels

According to the Express, Manchester United could look to reignite their interest in Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels before the January transfer window shuts. The German international, 26, has endured a testing season with the German Bundesliga side, with Dortmund currently in the relegation zone at the mid-point to the campaign. But with the promise of Champions League football potentially under threat next season, their top performers could well leave. Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is a keen admirer of the centre-back, and has been searching for a commanding…

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez rules about signing a Samuel Eto’o replacement

According to the Express, Everton won’t sign any replacement for Samuel Eto’o, after the Cameroonian international was sold to Sampdoria, said manager Roberto Martinez. Eto’o left to join the Italian Serie A side, which has somewhat left a striker void, with only Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone the only realistic options in attack. But manager Roberto Martinez has no intention of bringing in any new player, and has praised the crop of attacking talent he has. “Because Arouna Kone is fit I do feel we don’t need anyone to replace…

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Real Madrid to wait for David De Gea’s contract to run down at Manchester United

According to the Telegraph, Real Madrid are considering waiting for David De Gea’s contract to run down with Manchester United, as the Spaniard’s deal expires in 18 months. Real Madrid have been linked with De Gea for well over a year, with their own long-serving shot-stopper Iker Casillas considering a move away from Spain. Manchester United recently signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, which has led to rumours about De Gea’s future. With no contract extension being signed, his exit is being spoken about as a possibility, and despite having…

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Liverpool interested in Porto’s Ruben Neves

According to the Express, Liverpool are looking to sign Porto midfielder Ruben Neves for a fee said to be around £28M. The 17-year-old holding midfielder has made 10 league appearances for Porto this season, scoring one goal. He’s featured in the Champions League too on three occasions, and has drawn comparison to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets. “He is fantastic with the ball at his feet, he knows how to position himself and he’s aggressive. He’s similar to Sergio Busquets,” said former Barcelona man Cristian Tello. Neves would reportedly set Liverpool back…

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Crystal Palace in bid for former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi

According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace are considering signing ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi on a free transfer this month. The 33-year-old is being targeted by Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, who was formerly of Newcastle during Ameobi’s spell in Tyneside. The Eagles have been desperate for attacking reinforcements, and Ameobi would provide a target man-like threat going forward, meaning he could bring others into play. He’s not the most prolific of forwards, so the key would be to ensure he has good support from the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Jason…

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side deserved Capital One Cup semi-final win

After reaching their first cup final in eight years, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side were fully deserving of their clash against Chelsea at Wembley, reports Sky Sports. Tottenham progressed from the two-legged semi-final by beating Sheffield United 3-2 on aggregate. Their second leg clash nearly went to extra time after the Blades mounted an incredible comeback, but a late goal from the Londoners broke United hearts in the final few minutes of the game. Pochettino was delighted that his men finally got over the line. “I am very…

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Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen says to his teammates “just give me the ball”

After popping up with yet another late goal against Sheffield United, which sent Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final to face Chelsea, Christian Eriksen has told his team to “just give me the ball”, reports BBC Sport. The Danish international scored twice against Sheffield United, the first goal from a free-kick, and the second a low finish from close range that went in via the post. Eriksen has popped up late with a lot of goals this season, and he jokingly suggested his teammates should give him the ball…

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Sheffield United 2-2 Tottenham: Eriksen sends Spurs into the Capital One Cup final

A late goal from Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen saw the Londoners into the Capital One Cup final, but they were give a scare by Sheffield United, reports BBC Sport. The Dane opened the scoring in the 28th minute, curling a free-kick into the top corner to set the visitors on their way. They appeared to have successfully seen the game off in the second-half, but Sheffield United were resilient, and got their rewards for their fight. Substitute Che Adams scored two goals in two minutes to ensure the game would…

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Chelsea striker Costa hit with violent conduct charge

The Football Association has charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct after appearing to stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, BBC Sport is reporting. The Spain international has until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge, but he is now likely to miss Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash with title rivals Manchester City due to suspension, as the standard punishment for a violent conduct charge is a domestic three-match ban. The incident involving Can took place in the 12th minute…

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Arteta signs new contract with Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a new 12-month contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of next season, Sky Sports has reported. The Spaniard had entered the final few months of his current deal and is out of action until April after undergoing surgery to repair damage to his ankle. He has been at the Emirates Stadium since August 2011 when he joined from Everton. In that time, he has helped them end a nine-year trophy drought with the 2013-14 FA Cup, and has made…

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Aston Villa given boost in pursuit of Man City’s Sinclair

Aston Villa’s pursuit of Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is back on after the Premier League champions agreed to lower their asking price, according to the Birmingham Mail. Manager Paul Lambert appeared to admit defeat over the weekend as the Villans struggled to meet Man City’s valuation, but the demands have now been lowered and the West Midlands side are hopeful that a deal could be completed by the weekend, although there is still plenty to be done before the transfer goes through. It is likely to be a permanent…

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PSG considering loan move for Adebayor

Paris St. Germain are eyeing the possibility of launching a bid to take Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan until the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail. The 30-year-old has struggled somewhat this season, his third since making his loan move from Manchester City permanent in 2012. He has recently returned from a leave of absence, and has found himself in and out of the starting XI with Roberto Soldado and the in-form Harry Kane often preferred. After being surprisingly made captain for the Capital One Cup…

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Former Portugal star Figo enters race for FIFA presidency

Portuguese legend Luis Figo has entered the race to become FIFA president and challenge long-serving incumbent Sepp Blatter, the Daily Star has reported. The 42-year-old former attacking midfielder had a distinguished career, winning two Spanish titles each with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and winning the Champions League with the latter. He ended his playing days with Inter and helped them win four successive Serie A titles, and also won the World Player of the Year award for 2001. Blatter, who has been in control of football’s world governing body since…

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Chelsea boss Mourinho fined for ‘campaign’ claims

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 by the Football Association for claiming that there is a ‘campaign’ to influence referees into giving key decisions against his side, writes BBC Sport. He made the claim following the 1-1 draw away to Southampton on December 28, during which the Blues were controversially denied a penalty when Cesc Fabregas appeared to be upended by Matt Targett. The Spaniard was booked for diving by official Anthony Taylor, a decision which Mourinho described as a ‘scandal’. “The media, commentators, other managers are all…

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Roma sign Newcastle United defender Yanga-Mbiwa on permanent deal

Serie A side AS Roma have signed Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for £5.5M following his loan spell with the Italian outfit, reports Sky Sports. The 25-year-old joined Roma on loan from Newcastle in September, after struggling to make a real impact in the Premier League. He has impressed enough during his time in Italy to earn a permanent deal, with Roma currently chasing the title. He played 20 games for Roma, which automatically meant, as per the contract, that Mbiwa would join on a permanent basis as a result. The…

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino won’t drop Vorm for FA Cup blunder

Ahead of Tottenham’s Capital One Cup clash against Sheffield United, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Michel Vorm will keep his place in goal, despite the FA Cup mistake that saw Spurs eliminated by Leicester City, reports ITV Football. Vorm started between the sticks against the foxes in the FA Cup clash, but made a costly error that cost the Londoners dearly. They were eliminated from the competition as a result of their crumble, but Pochettino won’t drop him as result, and has backed the former Swansea man against Sheffield United…

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Chelsea make contact with Sergio Ramos’ agent

Chelsea have made contact with the agent of Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos to sound out a potential shock move to West London in the near future, the Daily Express has claimed. The 28-year-old defender is in no hurry to extend his contract which runs out in 2017 but reportedly wants a more rewarding deal. Ramos is said to be waiting for Madrid to put him on a similar pay level to stars Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema – and has already turned down the first offer from the club. While…

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Martinez coy on Everton January business

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has expressed frustrations with the January transfer market but refused to rule out any deals before its close, the Liverpool Echo has reported. The Toffees saw Samuel Eto’o depart for Italian side Sampdoria on Tuesday having only signed for the club during the summer. Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar have both been ruled out for an undefinable period of time along with goalkeeper Tim Howard. Martinez believes that the winter window offers little “value for money” but did not rule out any transfers before its end…

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