Video: Diego Costa shows his wild side, again

Chelsea striker Diego Costa once again showed his wild side while modelling the new Spain shirt, produced by Adidas. The out-of-form forward will don the new kit in Euro 2016 in France next Summer, and may well feature before that against England on Friday night. ¿La quieres? Who wants it? #BeTheDifference @adidas_ES @sefutbol https://t.co/uDg4pESpaO — Diego Costa (@diegocosta) November 12, 2015 ¿La quieres? Who wants it? #BeTheDifference @adidas_ES @sefutbol https://t.co/uDg4pESpaO — Diego Costa (@diegocosta) November 12, 2015

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Alderweireld wants Southampton future settled

Toby Alderweireld, the Belgium international defender who has spent the season on loan at Southampton from Atletico Madrid, has told BBC Sport that the Premier League club are at the front of the queue for his permanent signature and wants his future settled quickly. Alderweireld had only been at Atletico for a year before leaving for the Saints, joining from Ajax in the summer of 2013 and failing to win a regular starting place under Diego Simeone as Los Colchoneros reached the final of the Champions League, losing to Real…

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Pellegrini to remain Man City manager

Manuel Pellegrini will remain in place as Manchester City manager, the Guardian has reported, despite the club failing to defend their Premier League title, and rumours linking Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola with the position. It has been speculated that Guardiola could be tempted to the Premier League by City in part due to the presence of a number of his former Barcelona colleagues in senior management positions at the Etihad Stadium – Txiki Begiristain is the director of football and Ferran Soriano is the chief executive. But Guardiola is…

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Baines to miss final two Everton games

Everton will be without Leighton Baines for the final two Premier League fixtures of the season – against West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur – after the club’s official website confirmed the defender has had ankle surgery. Baines was substituted in the Toffees’ last outing, a 2-0 home defeat by Sunderland, and manager Roberto Martinez revealed earlier this week that the England international was to see a specialist over his ankle complaint. Martinez has since added that Baines has gone under the knife and the recovery period means he won’t be…

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Green and Ruddy on Chelsea wanted list

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has identified the two goalkeepers in contention to replace Petr Cech at the Premier League champions, with the Daily Telegraph reporting Queens Park Rangers custodian Robert Green and John Ruddy of Norwich City are in the running. Cech is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after a year playing back-up to Thibaut Courtois, who was installed as first choice by Mourinho following his return from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Cech had previously been the No.1 for the duration of his 11 years…

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Houllier backs departing Liverpool captain Gerrard for management

Gerard Houllier believes Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will one day succeed in management, BBC Sport has reported. Gerrard is to leave the Reds at the end of the season, moving to MLS side LA Galaxy, and will make his final appearance at Anfield this weekend when Liverpool host Crystal Palace. Gerrard has to date made more than 700 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring almost 200 goals, and has never worn the shirt of another club. Houllier was Liverpool manager when Gerrard made his debut in 1998, as a late…

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Everton left-back Baines to see ankle specialist

Everton have sent left-back Leighton Baines to see a specialist in an effort to get to the bottom of the ankle injury that forced him off in the defeat to Sunderland, Sky Sports has reported. England international Baines was replaced late in the 2-0 reverse by Luke Garbutt, himself only recently returned from a spell on the sidelines, and Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the need for an expert to investigate the issue. “We’re going to find out a bit more in the next two days,” Martinez said. “It…

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Bony: Toure needs to stay at Man City

Wilfried Bony has called for Yaya Toure to reject offers from elsewhere and commit his future to deposed Premier League champions Manchester City, Sky Sports has reported. Toure’s future at the Etihad Stadium has regularly come under question dating back almost a year, with the midfielder’s agent recently revealing the ex-Barcelona man was ‘90% certain’ to leave the club. A reunion with former City manager Roberto Mancini, at his old club Inter, has been mooted, but Bony hopes his Ivory Coast colleague remains where he is. “I talk to him…

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Stoke midfielder Adam aiming for Scotland return

Charlie Adam hopes to use his good end-of-season form for Stoke City to regain a place in the Scotland squad, BBC Sport has reported. Adam has become a regular presence on the score sheet in recent weeks with four goals in his last six games, helping the Potters into the top half of the Premier League table. Among Adam’s goals was a spectacular effort against champions Chelsea, beating Thibaut Courtois from around the half-way line. The former Rangers, Blackpool and Liverpool midfielder was previously out-of-favour under Stoke manager Mark Hughes…

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Allardyce to reject West Ham extension

Sam Allardyce will turn down any offer to extend his West Ham contract and leave the London club this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph. Allardyce’s current deal expires at the end of the season and though the Hammers board have made initial efforts to tie down the manager for the long-term, Allardyce has rejected the approach and is expected to leave after three years at Upton Park. The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers boss is thought to have an offer from an English club – possibly London…

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Young and Cleverley close to England recalls

Manchester United winger Ashley Young and Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley – on loan from United – are being considered by England manager Roy Hodgson for a recall to the national team, the Daily Mail has reported. Hodgson is considering his squad for the summer internationals against the Republic of Ireland, a friendly, and the Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia. England are currently top of Group E with 15 points from a possible 15, scoring 15 goals and conceding only once, and Slovenia are in second place, six points adrift.…

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Swansea goalkeeper Fabianski delighted with performance on Arsenal return

Lukasz Fabianski revealed he was pleased to return to former club Arsenal and help Swansea City claim a victory with a series of saves, Sky Sports has reported. Fabianski kept goal and a clean sheet as the Swans saw off the Gunners through Bafetimbi Gomis’ late goal, given by the goal line technology system as David Ospina tried to claw the header back from behind the line. Gomis, a second half substitute, scored with five minutes to play of a game dominated by the home side. Arsenal recorded two-thirds of…

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QPR striker Austin wanted by Newcastle and Southampton

Charlie Austin is expected to leave Queens Park Rangers this summer after the club was relegated from the Premier League and the Daily Telegraph reported Newcastle United and Southampton are among the clubs interested in the striker. QPR’s return to the Championship was confirmed on Sunday after a 6-0 defeat by deposed champions Manchester City, Chris Ramsey’s side bottom of the table with 27 points, nine points adrift of safety with only two games to play. QPR are facing a legal battle with the Football League over alleged Financial Fair…

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Liverpool closing in on Burnley striker Ings

Liverpool are moving closer to the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings, the Daily Telegraph has reported, after the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League. Ings’ proposed move to Anfield will come when his Burnley contract expires at the end of the season and, as Ings is 22, a fee will be decided by tribunal as it is for all players under 24. The former Bournemouth striker has been at Turf Moor since a 2011 move from the Goldsands Stadium, scoring 42 goals in 128 games, including 10 in…

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Arsenal boss Wenger frustrated by Swansea defeat

Arsene Wenger admitted he was ‘frustrated’ by Arsenal’s home defeat to Swansea City, telling Sky Sports that the team’s poor finishing in front of goal and mistakes in defence contributed to the three dropped points. Bafetimbi Gomis scored for Swansea after coming on as a second half substitute in a match dominated by the Gunners, who recorded two-thirds of possession and 23 shots to Swansea’s eight, but couldn’t find a way past their former goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Gomis found the back of the net with five minutes to play while…

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Fabregas: Hazard can match Messi

Cesc Fabregas believes Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard can reach the level of his former Barcelona colleague Lionel Messi, ESPN has reported. Hazard was named PFA Player of the Year as he inspired the Blues to the Premier League title, scoring the goal that clinched the silverware in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Hazard saw his penalty saved by Julian Speroni but converted the rebound with a header to give Chelsea the three points required to see off the lingering challenge of Arsenal and Manchester City. Fabregas was asked by…

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Chelsea in swap-deal talks with Atletico Madrid for Koke

Premier League champions Chelsea will try to tempt Atletico Madrid into selling Spain international midfielder Koke by offering cash plus former Rojiblanco left-back Filipe Luis, the Daily Express has claimed. Luis was part of the Atletico side that claimed the Spanish title last season, forming Diego Simeone’s regular back four with right-back Juanfran and centre-backs Diego Godin and Miranda. The Brazilian followed Diego Costa from the Vicente Calderon to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014 but has struggled to have the same impact as the striker, making only a…

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Rodgers: Liverpool on the right path

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has moved to defend his record in the job after a banner calling for his departure and the return of Rafael Benitez was flown over Anfield, the Guardian has reported. The message, reading ‘Rodgers out Rafa in’ was sent over the Merseyside club’s ground prior to the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and was reportedly paid for by ‘Liverpool season ticket holders.’ Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League table following the victory against struggling QPR, four points behind fourth-place Manchester United and…

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Neville: Arsenal close to Premier League title

Former England international Phil Neville believes Arsenal aren’t far away from a genuine Premier League title challenge, BBC Sport has reported, the ex-Manchester United and Everton defender pinpointing the goalkeeper’s position as a crucial area to improve. Arsenal are currently third in the table behind already-crowned champions Chelsea, drawing level on points with last year’s title winners Manchester City by virtue of their 3-1 win at Hull City, and have a game in hand. The Gunners are though 13 points adrift of the London Blues and, with four games and…

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Newcastle players ‘afraid of playing at home’

Newcastle players have asked their families not to attend matches at St. James’ Park out of fear of the crowd’s reaction following a run of eight straight defeats that threatens the club’s Premier League future, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Magpies lost 3-0 away at Leicester City on Saturday and, after the weekend’s results, are in 15th position, two points above the bottom three. Sunderland, who occupy the last place in the relegation zone, have a game in hand – against Arsenal – and would overtake Newcastle, Hull, Leicester…

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Man Utd to offer Valdes and cash for Lloris to replace De Gea

Manchester United will approach Tottenham Hotspur for Hugo Lloris should they lose David De Gea to Real Madrid, the Daily Telegraph has reported, and will offer cash plus Victor Valdes for the France international. Champions League semi-finalists Madrid have long been mooted as a possible destination for De Gea, who joined United from Los Blancos’ city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011. The 24-year-old has gone on to make more than 170 appearances for United, winning the Premier League title in 2012-13 and breaking in to the senior Spain squad, but…

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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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