Chelsea and Manchester United offer new deals to starlets

Jordan Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not leave Manchester United and Chelsea, respectively, anytime soon, as the former is expected to be handed an improved deal and the latter has already signed his. Loftus-Cheek, who has made 13 appearances for the Blues so far, signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge which will keep him at the club until 2021, according to Sky Sports. The 20-year-old made his debut in a Champions League encounter against Sporting Lisbon in December 2014 and enjoyed his first taste of Premier League action a month…

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Fans welcome Manchester City star’s “great gesture” [Tweets]

Manchester City won their first trophy of the season by beating Liverpool on penalty kicks during the final of the Capital One League Cup at Wembley. Vincent Kompany celebrated the Citizen’s triumph with his team-mates, but only after he had comforted the players of the Reds, a “great gesture” that was welcomed on Twitter. Class act here from Kompany. #lfc pic.twitter.com/GEZiMzeei6 — Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) 28 februari 2016 Kompany immediately went round the Liverpool team offering his commiserations when he could’ve celebrated. Legend pic.twitter.com/RrVidhaqgf — Thomas (@TomMCFC_) 28 februari 2016…

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Tottenham, Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp register some remarkable stats

The Premier League has seen a total of 27 matchdays so far, while the Capital One League Cup has a winner. Time to look at some remarkable stats, which involve Tottenham, Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp. The Spurs are fighting for their first English top flight title since 1961, and they are down just two points from Premier League leaders Leicester City after beating Swansea 2-1 during the weekend. Now, Tottenham have won their last six league matches and they are aiming to win a seventh one when they…

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Revealed contract deals huge blow to Premier League giants’ transfer hopes

After revealing the contracts of the likes of Mesut Ozil, David De Gea, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, Football Leaks has now published the contract of Alvaro Morata’s transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus. The 23-year-old forward moved to Turin in 2014 for a £15.7 million transfer fee, which is confirmed in the contract, signing a five-year contract with the Serie A champions. The notorious Portuguese side now reveals that Los Blancos have just 16 months, namely until July 2017, to activate the Spaniard’s buy-back clause. If they do, Real would have to…

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Manchester United starlet breaks record, Louis van Gaal flops [Video’s]

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in an absolute cracker at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal and Jordan Rashford providing the highlights. Rashford scored the Red Devils’ first two goals, in the 29th and 32nd minute of play. The first one was a rocket shot, leaving Petr Cech without any chance to save it. The second one was a strong header, wich was placed out of reach of the Arsenal goalkeeper. Vier doelpunten in je eerste twee wedstrijden voor @ManUtd?, er zijn er die slechter debuteren… #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/Q6bDylax9I — Play Sports…

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Man Utd vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming for a third Premier League win in succession to boost their title hopes as they head to Manchester United, who need to find a run of form quickly if they are to bridge the widening gap to the top four. There was an air of resignation around manager Louis van Gaal after his United side lost at Sunderland a fortnight ago in a game where they were quite simply outfought by a team that seemed to just want the points more. It left the Dutchman to…

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Tottenham vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Having embarked on a sensational sequence of results to move into title contention, Tottenham will be after their sixth Premier League win in a row against a Swansea City side that is still much too close to the drop zone for comfort. An FA Cup exit at the hands of London rivals Crystal Palace has been the blot on the copybook for Spurs of late as their surging run shows no signs of stopping any time soon, brushing aside Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday despite starting the game…

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Liverpool vs Man City – Capital One Cup Final Preview

It promises to be a titanic tussle at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp aims to win his first trophy as Liverpool boss as they contest the Capital One Cup final with Manchester City, who are looking to win the competition for the second time in three years. Success in 2014 was Manuel Pellegrini’s maiden piece of silverware at City and this one could well be his last, as it has already been confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Currently fourth…

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Arsenal and Chelsea are active on the transfer market

Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with a number of transfer rumours this season, and it looks like both Premier League giants are not done being active on the market. The Blues are considering a move for Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, but could be put off by the £20 million asking price. Meanwhile, they are fearing John Stones will join Manchester City, according to The Daily Mail. Next, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are all monitoring Sergio Busquets’ contract situation at Barcelona. The midfielder has asked his current club…

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World class acts in the Premier League: Wickham’s goal, Mannone’s save and Antonio’s celebration [Video’s]

This weekend’s Premier League action provided football fans around the world with some amazing stuff on the pitch. However, three world class acts stood out. The first one comes from Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham. The Eagles were down 3-0 at the half, but made a run for a draw after the break, with Wickham scoring twice. His second goal, coming in the 80th minute, was an absolute beauty! The second one comes from Sunderland’s Vito Mannone. The Black Cats suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham, but the…

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Stoke City made fun of Aston Villa star with hilarious tweets

On Saturday, Stoke City beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, with Marko Arnautovic scoring both goals for the home team, while Leandro Bacuna hit the net for the Villans. The Potters, therefore, were entitled to make a joke, with Villa’s defeder Joleon Lescott being the victim. The 33-year-old came under criticism when he posted a picture of a £121,000 Mercedes on his Twitter account just one hour Villa’s 6-0 defeat against Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/F1TynC1kTb — Joleon Lescott (@JoleonLescott) 14 februari 2016 Lescott later claimed that he sent the post by mistake, when he was driving and his phone…

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Claudio Ranieri has no problem benching Leicester star amid transfer speculation

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Claudio Ranieri will have no problem benching Riyad Mahrez if the Leicester City star begins to get carried away by transfer speculation, according to The Daily Mail. The Foxes are enjoying an historical season, leading the Premier League after 26 matches, gaining 53 points and scoring 48 goals in the process. While Jamie Vardy has been Leicester’s topscorer with 19 goals, Mahrez has been the team’s best playmaker and catalyst, scoring 14 goals but also providing 10 assists so far. Not surprisingly, the 25-year-old has courted interest from several European top clubs,…

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Leicester vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will be aiming to hit back from just their third Premier League defeat of the season when they host a Norwich City side that hovers precariously above the bottom three having picked up one point from their last six games. A week after going to the home of Manchester City and taking them to the cleaners with a devastating display, Leicester looked capable of doing the same to another title rival in Arsenal as Jamie Vardy’s penalty put them ahead at half-time after an open, though closely fought…

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Southampton vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Two of the Premier League’s most in-form sides meet at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday as Southampton aim for a sixth win in seven games against Chelsea, who are unbeaten since the middle of December. There was little to choose between the sides in Southampton’s most recent outing away to Swansea City, but the restoration of their defensive resolve brought about by Fraser Forster’s return to fitness went a long way towards proving the difference, while it was Shane Long who made the telling contribution at the other end. The…

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Stoke vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be hoping to produce some kind of response to their shambles of a performance against Liverpool when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to face mid-table Stoke City. After a difficult period which saw them suffer three heavy defeats in the league and go out of both domestic cup competitions in quick succession, few seemed to give Stoke much hope of getting a result ahead of their last game away to Bournemouth. But there they served a reminder of their quality, making light of their shortage of…

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Watford vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be determined to increase the gap between themselves and the drop zone when they face FA Cup quarter-finalists Watford, who are just four points away from the magic 40-mark. Manager Quique Flores opted to rest several of his players for last weekend’s tie at home to Leeds United, but an own goal early in the second half was enough to see them through into the last eight of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition and further enhance what has been a tremendous season for the Hornets. Aside from…

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West Brom vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be desperately looking to end their awful run of results in the Premier League by winning away to fellow mid-table side West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s late kick-off. The home side were in need of a victory themselves last time out in the top-flight when they travelled to Everton, and in a fashion typical of a Tony Pulis team, they delivered the goods right when it mattered. They had to withstand almost constant pressure throughout the 90 minutes, but a performance characterised by rock-solid defensive organisation and a…

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West Ham vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

A resurgent Sunderland will be after a second straight win which they hope will lift them out of the bottom three, but Sam Allardyce sees his side face a tough test away to his former club West Ham United. The hosts have not lost at home since back in August, and after their quick-fire comeback to earn a point away to struggling Norwich City they continue to fire on all cylinders. Last weekend they produced a brilliant attacking display to thrash Blackburn Rovers of the second tier and make it…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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Twitter reacts to Premier League classic in Europa League

Liverpool – Manchester United, that’s the ultimate clash in the round of 16 in the Europa League. Both Premier League giants will face each other on March 10 and March 17, competing for a spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Inevitably, Twitter exploded when the fixture was decided: WATCH: Jurgen Klopp reacts to @LFC‘s draw against @ManUtd. More here: https://t.co/cO0MqYBlLD #SSNHQ https://t.co/95hgIveX69 — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) 26 februari 2016 Liverpool v Manchester United. Suddenly the Europa League becomes VERY important. — John Cross (@johncrossmirror) 26 februari 2016…

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Manchester City skipper surprisingly wanted by Italian top club

It would be a shock if Vincent Kompany decided to leave Manchester City during the summer of 2016. But reports in Italy suggest the Belgian skipper is a wanted man. According to Italian sports news outlet Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma have put Kompany on top of their wishlist in order to strengthen their defence next season. The newspaper believes the 29-year-old would be a big dream transfer for the Romans, but they are planning to stay in touch with the Citizens to see if the centre-back could become available when…

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Premier League classic in Europa League, bad draw for Tottenham

Three English clubs were represented in the Europa League draw for the round of 16, and two of them will face each other, while Tottenham drew Borussia Dortmund. What a turn of events at Nyon, where the draw took place. Without any country restrictions, all teams could be matched up with each other. For example, Athletic Club de Bilbao was drawn against fellow Primera Division team Valencia, Gary Neville’s squad. But Liverpool against Manchester United? That’s a draw no one expected. The Reds eliminated German side Augsburg by beating them…

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Liverpool opponent celebrates European loss at empty Anfield [Video]

Augsburg fought hard but ultimately came up short at Anfield, losing 1-0 to Liverpool and therefore being eliminated from the Europa League on a 2-1 aggregate. Still, the German club’s fans stayed at the stadium in support of the players, who made the kind gesture of going wild one last time before returning to the Bundesliga once and for all this season.

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Antonio Conte expected to sign Chelsea contract soon

Antonio Conte is expected to sign a three-year deal to take over as Chelsea manager within the next 10 days, according to Sky in Italy, and as reported by Sky Sports. The current Italian national team and former Juventus boss has been linked to the Blues for awhile, together with current Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, among others. Simeone was reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea, while Allegri is set to sign a new deal with the Serie A champions. But now, it…

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Europa League stats: Neville’s Valencia and Manchester United youngster break records

It was a glorious Europa League evening for English football. Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham secured their place in the round of 16, while Gary Neville coached Valencia to a record. The Spanish club beat Austrian side Rapid Vienna by 4-0, while they had already beaten them 6-0 at home. Therefore, Valencia beat their opponents 10-0 over two matches, the biggest aggregate win ever since the UEFA Cup was renamed Europa League before the 2009-2010 season. Valencia beat Rapid Wien with the biggest aggregate score (10-0) in a two-legged tie…

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