Three Bosses Who Could Be the First Premier League Manager to Go in 2018-19

With the 2018-19 Premier League campaign underway, sooner or later there’ll be a managerial casualty. It’s become one of those certainties like death and taxes. The transient life of a football manager or head coach means departures from top-flight clubs are inevitable, but who is looking prominent in the so-called sack race? If you thinking of having a bet on this market with bookmakers, remember the boss doesn’t have to be sacked to count. They can resign or leave by mutual consent – what some might say is just a…

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Victor Moses retires from international football with Nigeria

Chelsea winger Victor Moses on Wednesday announced his shock retirement from international football with Nigeria. Moses made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in February 2012 away in Rwanda. The debut indeed took a year before it happened due to a prolonged delay by FIFA in confirming his international switch of allegiance having already represented England at youth level, and a late minute withdrawal from a pair of international friendlies in 2011. The 27-year-old stated his desire to focus on his club career…

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Wilfried Zaha signs new deal to become highest earner at Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha has committed his long-term contract future to Crystal Palace by signing a new contract and in the process becomes the highest paid player in the club’s history. The new contract which contains no release clause will take Zaha until the end of the 2022/23 campaign and is believed to be worth £130,000/week. Zaha’s importance to Palace cannot be overstated with Roy Hodgson’s side failing to secure a single point in his absence last season. The Ivory Coast international scored nine times last term as Palace overcame a difficult…

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Atletico Madrid ease past rivals Real to win 4-2 in Uefa Super Cup

Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramps penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute…

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David Ospina joins Napoli on loan deal from Arsenal

David Ospina has joined Napoli on loan with the Italian club having the option to buy the goalkeeper from Arsenal on a permanent basis. Ospina had fallen down the pecking order at the Premier League club following the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2m this summer. With Leno and Petr Cech expected to battle it out to be new manager Unai Emery’s first choice goalkeeper, opportunities would have been few and far between for Ospina. The Colombian international joined Arsenal from Nice in July 2014 for £3m after impressing for…

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Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne suffers knee injury in training

Manchester City have been dealt a major blow in their title defence as midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday. De Bruyne was immediately sent for tests on suspected ligament damage but later appeared with his teammates in Manchester at the premiere of All or Nothing, a documentary about last season’s champions to be aired on Amazon Prime, on crutches and with his right knee heavily strapped. The extent of the injury is still unknown although there are fears the Belgian international could be out…

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Roma sign World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla

AS Roma have completed the signing of Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla on a four-year contract in a deal that could be worth up to £27.3m. The midfielder, who won the World Cup with France this summer, played for Sevilla for three years having joined from Stoke City. Nzonzi, 29, had been linked with a move to Arsenal in July for a reunion with Unai Emery with whom he won the Europa League in 2016 and was most recently linked with a switch to the Camp Nou with Barcelona. Roma however…

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