Everton winger Oviedo to miss rest of the season

Everton will be without left-sided utility man Bryan Oviedo for the rest of the season, Sky Sports has reported, as the injury-hit Costa Rica man has broken his toe. Oviedo, who has only recently recovered from a hamstring problem, broke a metatarsal in training ahead of his return from the muscle injury, having been due to turn out for the Toffees’ Under-21 side against local rivals Liverpool on Thursday. The injury occurred in training and Oviedo will now miss Everton’s final four Premier League fixtures of the campaign – against…

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Man City coach Vieira targeted by Marseille as Bielsa replacement

Ligue 1 Marseille have identified Manchester City’s head of elite development Patrick Vieira as a candidate to be their new Coach, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Vieira, who played for City under Roberto Mancini, winning the Premier League title with the Italian to add to his three league medals claimed during his Arsenal days and the five Serie A winners medals he took from his time in the peninsula with Juventus and Inter, has made clear his desire to take charge of a senior team one day. The 38-year-old former…

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Mourinho hails ‘magnificent’ Chelsea

Jose Mourinho spoke proudly of his Chelsea players after they moved to within three points of the Premier League title by beating Leicester City, Sky Sports has reported. Leicester took the lead shortly before half-time through a Marc Albrighton goal but Chelsea responded after the interval, Didier Drogba drawing the Blues level before John Terry and Ramires sealed the victory. Chelsea can now clinch the title by beating Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they are 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal. City have only four…

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Pearson: Leicester didn’t deserve Chelsea defeat

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes the 3-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea was harsh on his players, Sky Sports has reported, arguing their performance deserved more. The Foxes took the lead moments before half-time through a Marc Albrighton goal but the Blues recovered after the interval, equalising via a Didier Drogba goal before John Terry and Ramires sealed the victory. Chelsea are now one win away from sealing the league title while Leicester are left a point outside the bottom three, having played a game more than 18th-place…

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Gil wants clarification over Aston Villa future

Carles Gil is seeking talks with Tim Sherwood over his Aston Villa future, the Daily Telegraph has reported, after failing to win a place under the new manager. Gil moved to the Premier League from Valencia in the January transfer window, signed by Sherwood’s predecessor, Paul Lambert. Gil joined in the middle but Lambert was sacked a month later and Sherwood has largely overlooked the former Spain Under-21 international, whose only appearances under the ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss have come in the defeat to Stoke City, where he played an hour,…

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Tottenham want Southampton’s Schneiderlin in part-exchange deal

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to offer £20m and either Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli to Southampton in return for France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, the London Evening Standard has reported. Spurs face competition from capital rivals Arsenal and Chelsea but are said to be confident Schneiderlin will choose to move to White Hart Lane over the Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge. The 25-year-old has been a Southampton player since a 2008 move from Strasbourg, joining when the Saints were in League One and rising through the leagues on the south…

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Depay denies rumours linking him with Manchester United

Heavily-coveted PSV Eindhoven and Dutch forward Memphis Depay has denied holding talks with Manchester United over a summer move. The young star of the Eredivisie says “there is no truth” in the rumours linking him with a return to play under ex-Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, reports ESPN. The 21-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning the league with PSV and finishing as the division’s top scorer. He’s improved upon last season, and interest has risen in his services as a result. Liverpool and Manchester United are two sides who…

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Everton midfielder James McCarthy dismisses exit claims amid transfer speculation

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has denied reports that he’s looking to leave the club in the summer, with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with his signature in recent weeks. The Republic of Ireland international says his immediate future will be at Goodison Park, reports ESPN. McCarthy, 24, has been one of few positives of Everton’s season, as the Merseysiders have struggled for form throughout the campaign, which has seen them in the bottom-half of the Premier League table for the majority as a result.…

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey says finishing second would be progress this season

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes finishing second in the Premier League this season would be real progress, and proof the club are going the right way under manager Arsene Wenger, reports ESPN. The Gunners recently earned a 0-0 draw at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea, and are currently level on points with second-placed Manchester City in the table. Arsenal have been in fantastic form in 2015, and are ending the season strongly in a bid to finish runners-up. It would be their highest Premier League finish for a decade,…

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Mourinho: Club owner Abramovich is happy with our style

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refuted claims that the club owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t like the style of football on display under the Portuguese coach, and suggests he wants to win as much as the rest of the side do, reports ESPN. The Premier League leaders have received a lot of criticism following their 0-0 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates last week, with supporters chanting “boring, boring Chelsea”. And further reports were suggesting owner Roman Abramovich hasn’t been pleased with their perceived negative style on the pitch, as he…

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Coquelin: We can win titles with Giroud

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has refuted claims from former Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry that the Olivier Giroud isn’t good enough to win the Gunners the Premier League, and believes the French international to have all the attributes to deliver honours to the Emirates, reports ESPN. Henry was very critical about Arsenal following their 0-0 draw against Chelsea, and believes they still need four players to come in to change their fortunes around. The former striker labelled their need for a goalkeeper, defender,midfielder and striker, adding that their current centre-forward…

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the owners “will support” bid to sign marquee talent

After Liverpool suffered a 1-0 away defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium, manager Brendan Rodgers believes the club owners will help him sign marquee talent in the summer to reclaim the goals they have lost following the sale of Luis Suarez and injury problems suffered to Daniel Sturridge, reports Sky Sports. The Reds boss has been criticised heavily in recent weeks, with Liverpool’s form spiralling at a crucial part of the season. They lost back-to-back to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, and have since dropped points…

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Liverpool’s Glen Johnson to leave the club at the end of the season

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is expecting to be leaving the Merseyside club when his contract comes to an end this summer, with the experienced right-back admitting there have been no talks on renewing his deal with the Reds, reports Sky Sports. The England international has been on the periphery all season under manager Brendan Rodgers, and his form has been poor when he has featured too. Johnson admitted that the two parties haven’t discussed terms on a new deal, and that the writing has been on the wall all through…

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Zouma: We focus on the points not performance

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma says the Premier League champions-elect are more focused on gaining results through their defensive style than they are trying to satisfy the crown with attacking play, and such a style has been justified as they are two games away from winning the title, reports Sky Sports. The French centre-back has most notably operated as a makeshift holding midfielder to provide a man-marking job on opposition teams’ danger man at times, which has also seen Chelsea adopt a negative formation to come away with a result. Most…

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Pearson: I will ask Cambiasso the secret to beat Mourinho

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson did reveal he would speak to midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to try and work out the secret to beat Jose Mourinho when the Foxes lock horns with his Chelsea side tonight, given that the two worked together during their time with Inter Milan, reports Sky Sports. The Argentine international won the treble with Mourinho at Inter in 2010, and is currently playing for Leicester City after being made available on a free transfer last summer. He’s long wanted to play in the Premier League, and has…

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Bruce: We are capable of beating Arsenal too

Following Hull City’s impressive 1-0 home win against Liverpool on Tuesday night, manager Steve Bruce is targeting Arsenal in their next Premier League, and believes the Tigers can earn another result against a top side in the division in their fight for survival, reports Sky Sports. Hull City defender Michael Dawson scored the only goal of the game to earn City three points at the KC Stadium, and to finish the day one step closer to safety. Steve Bruce’s men have spent the majority of the campaign in the lower…

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Mourinho: No team will consistently dominate the Premier League

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes there won’t be any dominance from one side in the Premier League as there has been with Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and Juventus in the Italian Serie A, reports Sky Sports. The Portuguese coach is currently on course to win the Premier League with Chelsea, and many have tipped the Londoners to win it again in 2015/16. But Mourinho doesn’t feel any side in the English top-flight can dominate the division for multiple seasons, as the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester…

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Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli suffers gashed foot following Hull defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed striker Mario Balotelli suffered a gash foot in the Reds’ 1-0 defeat away to Hull City on Tuesday night, which could potentially keep him out of action for the next few days, reports Sky Sports. The Italian international was somewhat culpable for the winning goal scoring by Hull City’s Michael Dawson, and was substituted in the 65th minute following his injury. He was seen with an ice pack to his foot following the incident, and is caps what has been a miserable season for the…

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Hull City 1-0 Liverpool: Dawson goal boosts Tigers’ survival hopes

Hull City defender Michael Dawson scored the only goal of the game, as the relegation-threatened side took a big step on the road to survival in the Premier League by seeing past top-four hopefuls Liverpool at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night, reports Sky Sports. City took the lead in the first-half through the former Tottenham centre-back. Michael Dawson scored his first ever goal for the Tigers, heading home from an Ahmed Elmohamady cross. Liverpool were poor throughout against the Tigers, and struggled to breakthrough the resilient backline. A lack…

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Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud talks up title hopes for next season

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes the Londoners can win the Premier League title next season if they can stay free of long term injuries to their key players, reports Sky Sports. The French international was one of many players who spent a large portion of the season sidelined with injury, and has been on fire in front of goal ever since he returned to the fray. Arsenal are ending the season strongly, and could be in line to finish runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League table come May. Giroud…

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Leicester vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Wednesday evening sees a significant game at both ends of the Premier League as Leicester City aim to move clear of the drop zone by taking something against Chelsea, who are just two wins away from the title. Just one minute of football at Turf Moor on Saturday encapsulated the turnaround in fortunes for Leicester, with Jamie Vardy’s close range winner coming just seconds after they saw a penalty missed at the other end. Three enormously vital points moved them out of the bottom three for the first time since…

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Christian Benteke won’t leave Aston Villa in the summer, says agent

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out of making a big-money move away from the Midlands club in the summer, according to his agent Eric Kismet, reports Sky Sports. The Belgian international, 24, has enjoyed an incredible turnaround in form under new manager Tim Sherwood, which has seen his stock rise once more. Benteke has endured a difficult time with the Villans after a fantastic breakthrough season in 2012/13 that saw him score 19 Premier League goals. He’s continued to hit double figures in his two following seasons,…

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Pearson: We haven’t achieved anything yet

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has talked down his side’s chances of surviving in the Premier League, insisting that his players are yet to achieve anything until the season comes to a close, reports Sky Sports. Four consecutive wins in the Premier League has seen Leicester City salvage their season, and they face Chelsea this week with a chance to extend their gap above the relegation zone. Victory against West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, and Burnley sees the Foxes being tipped to challenge Chelsea at the King…

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Peter Crouch considering management when he hangs up his boots

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has revealed his plans to become a manager when his playing days come to an end. The England international will undergo the required coaching badges next season, and feels working with so many managers will help him succeed, reports Sky Sports. The veteran striker, 34, has no immediate plans to retire as a player, but wants his transition from player to coach to be seamless. He will work on his badges next season as a result, and is hoping his vast playing experience with a…

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