Southampton not planning to sell top players in the summer

Southampton’s Head of Football Development Les Reed says the club have no plans to sell any of their best players in the summer, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez likely to attract interest from a host of interested suitors, reports Sky Sports. The South Coast club could be losing Morgan Schneiderlin, with Tottenham and Arsenal having confessed a minor interest before. The French midfielder has once again shone for the Saints, and was unfortunate to have missed out on being named in the PFA Team of the…

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Fowler: Brendan Rodgers will win the title with Liverpool

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes Reds manager Brendan Rodgers will win the Premier League if he keeps his job past this summer, reports Sky Sports. Liverpool’s poor end of season form continued with a 1-0 away defeat to Hull City, which has all but ruled out their chances of finishing in a Champions League spot in the Premier League table, and manager Brendan Rodgers finds himself under pressure in position. The Merseysiders look on course to finish outside of the top-four, but did finish second in the league in…

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Newcastle manager to meet supporters involved in weekend altercation

Newcastle manager John Carver will meet the supporters he was involved in an argument with during the Magpies defeat to Swansea City on the weekend, reports Sky Sports. The North-East club have endured a woeful run of form in recent weeks, losing seven Premier League games in a row. And with Newcastle’s top-flight status in doubt following their consecutive defeats, supporters have become angry at interim manager John Carver. The United fans feel the club are going backwards in his hands, and aren’t convinced the coach can turn their form…

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Arsenal monitoring Lyon forward Lacazette

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Lacazette has 26 goals in 30 games in Ligue 1 this season, helping his side to run neck-and-neck with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain. PSG have a game in hand on Lyon but they are currently level on points, Lyon in first place through goal difference. Manager Arsene Wenger is said to be a fan of the 23-year-old product of the Lyon academy and he could be used as a partner for France international Olivier Giroud.…

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Mourinho wants more Chelsea players in PFA team

Jose Mourinho has questioned the number of Chelsea players named in the PFA Team of the Year, the Daily Telegraph has reported, and said the XI wouldn’t win the Premier League title because it doesn’t include Cesc Fabregas. There were six Chelsea players voted into the team by their fellow professionals – John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, who was also crowned the PFA Player of the Year at Sunday’s awards ceremony. Mourinho – who admitted he is biased in his assessment –…

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Real Madrid planning swoop for Chelsea’s Mikel

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, according to Football Espana. Mikel, who moved to Stamford Bridge in 2006 after a protracted transfer wrangle involving Manchester United has made more than 300 appearances for the Blues, scoring five goals and winning the Premier League, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League. But only 14 of those appearances have come this season amid competition from the likes of Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Ramires for midfield places in…

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Baines tips Everton teammate Stones for the top

Everton left-back Leighton Baines believes John Stones has all the qualities necessary to reach the very highest level, the Daily Mail has reported. Baines singled out Stones after the England international scored in the Toffees’ 3-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday, netting his first goal for the Merseyside club on the occasion of his 50th appearance. James McCarthy opened the scoring for Roberto Martinez’s side and Kevin Mirallas rounded it off either side of Stones’ first-half contribution. Stones, part of an Everton defence that has kept four clean sheets…

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Arsenal close to Chelsea, insists Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side are not far behind the level of Premier League leaders Chelsea, the Daily Mail has reported. The Gunners and the Blues drew 0-0 on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium, the result maintaining the 10-point gap between the sides, who each have five league games left to play. Chelsea can take the title from current champions Manchester City with wins in their next two games – against Leicester City in midweek and Crystal Palace at the weekend but Wenger believes there isn’t a great…

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Terry: Arsenal style won’t win Premier League

Chelsea captain John Terry has said the style of play preferred by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger isn’t what’s required to win the Premier League title, the Guardian has reported. The Blues and the Gunners played out a goalless draw at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with the home fans vocally critical of the approach taken by visiting manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea conceded possession to Arsenal, who proved unable to break down the visitors, the point meaning Chelsea need five more from their final five games of the season to seal…

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Liverpool manager Rodgers hints at Depay interest

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hinted of interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay when asked if the Merseyside club were going to make an approach this summer, reports Sky Sports. The Dutch international has enjoyed a fantastic season in the Eredivisie, helping Eindhoven to the league title. He’s been in fire form in front of goal, which has led to interest from the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool feel confident they can convince a player of his calibre to the side, but also need to ensure they…

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Hull vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City can move four points clear of the relegation zone with a victory over Liverpool, who are looking for just a second win in six games in all competitions. Some of the Tigers’ better performances this season have not been rewarded with as many positive results as they would have felt they deserved, so there was much relief on Saturday when a Dame N’Doye double earned them a crucial win at Crystal Palace; a game which they dominated for long spells. It was a timely return to form for…

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Shearer: Newcastle in real danger of going down

Football pundit Alan Shearer, an ex-Newcastle striker and manager, believes his former side could be relegated this season following their woeful run of form in 2015, reports Sky Sports. Newcastle were recently defeated 3-2 by Swansea City, which was their seventh consecutive loss in the Premier League. Manager John Carver blamed his players following the result, and believes the club’s fortunes are out of his hands if they can’t perform. But the reality of their situation is starting to become clear, as United move closer and closer to the drop…

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane named PFA Young Player of the Year

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was named PFA Young Player of the Year following a fantastic season with the Londoners that saw him scored 30 goals in all competitions for the first time since the early 90s, reports BBC Sport. Kane, 21, only became a regular in the first-team in November, but has since been in prolific scoring form for the Londoners. Manager Mauricio Pochettino started to name him as the lone striker in the side, and the academy starlet has more than vindicated the decision. This season, he’s scored 20…

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard named PFA Player of the Year

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has been named PFA Player of the Year, after lighting up the Premier League with some fantastic performances over the course of the campaign, that could well culminate in his side sealing the title in due course, reports BBC Sport. The Belgian international, 24, has scored 13 goals and made eight assists for the Blues this season, and has been consistent over the entire length of 2014/15. He’s shone in the big games, and bagged crucial goals to push his side closer to the Premier League…

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Newcastle manager John Carver unhappy with abuse from own supporters

Following Newcastle’s defeat to Swansea City, manager John Carver gave his view on the supporters’ reaction to him and the players. He feels he’s being unfairly treated by the fans and wants a way of being better protected from the abuse suffered, reports BBC Sport. Newcastle United have been in woeful form since the New Year, and their recent defeat against Swansea City was their seventh consecutive Premier League loss. They have been spiralling down the table, which has led to real unrest from the fans, and interim boss John…

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Rodgers: Sturridge could be out for the season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed striker Daniel Sturridge could be missing for the rest of the season, as the England international continues to struggle with injury problems surrounding his hips and thighs, reports BBC Sport. The 25-year-old has played just 752 minutes of Premier League football this season, but has impressively still scored four goals and made two assists. He’s been unable to shake off his injury woes all through the campaign, however, which has meant Rodgers cannot risk him in games even if he thinks he’s close to making…

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Neville: United were toothless in Everton defeat

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was critical of Manchester United’s performance in their 3-0 away defeat to Everton this afternoon, labelling their showing “toothless” after a third consecutive defeat in Everton’s backyard, as well as their second in as many games in the league this season. Manchester United found themselves behind early on to the resurgent Toffees, who finished the day in the top-half of the Premier League. United’s hopes of finishing in the top-two took a hit following their surprise defeat, and after the game manager Louis van Gaal…

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Carragher: John Terry should be a PFA Player of the Year nominee

Sky Sports pundit, and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea centre-back John Terry deserved to be a PFA Player of the Year nominee following his performance at the heart of the backline against Arsenal. Terry, 34, has played alongside Gary Cahill in the defence for the majority of the season, and has been the most consistent despite his advancing age. The former England international shone this weekend against Arsenal to help earn a goalless draw to keep their unbeaten run going, as well as moving a step closer to…

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Mourinho responds to “boring” criticism following Arsenal stalemate

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took a dig at Arsenal after their supporters were heard chanting at him following their 0-0 draw against the Gunners at the Emirates stadium, reports BBC Sport. Chelsea ground out a 0-0 draw away from home which put them closer to sealing the Premier League title, but Arsenal supporters weren’t pleased with the game, and felt their London rivals were dull to watch. They were heard chanting their frustration about the Blues’ performance after the game, and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opted to defence his Premier…

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Wenger: We should have finished Chelsea off

After Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger felt his side could have taken all three points at the death, noting a chance from playmaker Mesut Ozil that wasn’t taken, reports BBC Sport. Arsenal only mustered one shot on target in their London derby against Chelsea, which fell to the German international, and was tame into the hands of Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. It summed up their performance in truth, as while Arsene Wenger’s side enjoyed most of the possession in the game,…

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Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Gunners held as Chelsea take a step closer to the title

Arsenal were made to settle for a draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, which meant manager Arsene Wenger is still winless against Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in their 13th meeting, reports BBC Sport. Chances were at a premium all game, but it was the visitors who posed more threat in front of goal. Ramires spurned a close range opportunity, as the Blues showed real attacking threat at the Emirates, despite not starting the game with a recognised striker. Jose Mourinho’s men were stoic in defence, however, which…

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Van Gaal: Everton defeat inevitable following poor warm-up

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side’s defeat to Everton on Sunday afternoon was inevitable following their poor warm-up before the match. The Dutch coach said he had a bad feeling before the game, which assistant manager Ryan Giggs was said to have shared, reports BBC Sport. Manchester United enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in their trip to Goodison Park, but struggled to create chances of quality, and were ultimately second-best where it mattered. Everton deserved their victory, and appeared to have more energy in all areas…

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez revels in “comfortable” win over Manchester United

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was delighted with his players’ performance, as the Blues pulled off an impressive 3-0 home win against Manchester United at Goodison Park, reports BBC Sport. The Merseysiders were the better team over the 90 minutes, without boasting the majority of possession throughout Sunday’s game, and they were ruthless with their opportunities in front of goal. James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas did the damage for the home side, and United had no answer. The 3-0 loss means Louis van Gaal’s men have suffered back-to-back defeats…

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Everton 3-0 Man Utd: United suffer back-to-back defeats in the Premier League

Everton ran out comfortable winners against Manchester United this afternoon, with goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas earning the Merseysiders a valuable win in their hopes for a top-10 finish, reports BBC Sport. The Blues took an early lead through James McCarthy, following a swift counter attack that saw the midfield fed through on goal and expertly finishing past the onrushing David De Gea. It set the tone for the first-half, as United were second best to every ball, and failed to create clear cut opportunities to…

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal can keep their faint hopes of winning the Premier League title alive by beating leaders Chelsea, for whom three points would leave them on the brink of their first top-flight crown since 2010. Given that they have won eight games in a row and are playing some sparkling football, the Gunners will see this as their best chance of yet of ending manager Arsene Wenger’s barren run against counterpart Jose Mourinho, with the Frenchman having not beaten his rival in 12 attempts. A moment of real fortune sent them…

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