Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini plays down Yaya Toure exit rumours

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down rumours linked midfielder Yaya Toure with a summer departure from the Etihad stadium. The Ivorian international’s agent recently claimed he was “90% certain” that Toure would leave at the end of the season, but Pellegrini believes otherwise, reports Sky Sports. With Yaya Toure having endured a disappointing season by his standards, coupled with his advancing age, many felt Manchester City would put him up for sale then the current campaign comes to a close. Italian Serie A side Inter Milan, manager by…

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Mourinho: Roman Abramovich doesn’t need to worry about my future

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down any talk of his leaving the Londoners at the end of the season, and insists he will remain at Stamford Bridge for as long as club owner Roman Abramovich needs him, reports Sky Sports. Chelsea recently sealed the Premier League title in Jose Mourinho’s second season of a second stint with the London club, and is eyeing up even more trophies for the foreseeable future. The Portuguese coach is reported to be undergoing talks this summer to extend his deal at Stamford Bridge,…

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew full of praise for Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has praised winger Wilfried Zaha for his fine run of form in the Premier League since making the permanent move back to the Eagles from Manchester United, whom they face this weekend in the division, reports Sky Sports. Zaha, 22 endured a difficult time when making the move from Selhurst Park to Manchester United in 2013, with ex-United boss David Moyes having barely used him throughout his debut season at Old Trafford (2013/14), eventually sending the England international out on loan to Cardiff City and…

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Hughes: Begovic still has a future at Stoke City

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes goalkeeper Asmir Begovic still has a future at the Britannia Stadium, despite the Bosnia-Herzegovina international having been dropped from the match-day squad for a refusal to sit on the bench, reports Sky Sports. Hughes opted to give young promising goalkeeper Jack Butland a rare start for Stoke in the Premier League recently, and inform Begovic that he would be on the substitutes’ bench as a result. But the highly-rated shot-stopper refused to be a sub, and was left out of the match day squad…

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Swansea City manager Garry Monk to hold talks with Michu this summer

Swansea City manager Garry Monk will be holding talks with Spanish forward Miguel Michu at the end of the season, with a view to potentially integrate him back into the side ahead of the new campaign, reports Sky Sports. Michu has been on loan with Italian Serie A side Napoli for the entire season, leaving the Swans last summer to pursue a side in Europe, following his impressive scoring exploits in his short time at the Liberty Stadium. But things haven’t gone well with Rafael Benitez’s side, as Michu has…

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Mourinho admits he’ll miss Steven Gerrard when he leaves the Premier League

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has recently revealed he will miss Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard when the England international leaves the Merseysiders at the end of the season to join MLS side La Galaxy, while also admitting he’s tried to sign him with three of his four former clubs, reports Sky Sports. Mourinho enjoyed his most successful and notable period as a manager with FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. In his first stint at Chelsea – between 2004 & 2007 – he came close to signing Gerrard from…

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Redknapp: Guardiola taking Bayern backwards in Europe

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has failed to take the club forward since his arrival at the Allianz-Arena in the summer of 2013, with Barcelona having recently earned a convincing 3-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against the German giants. Guardiola was managed of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, where he won 14 trophies. After a short sabbatical, the Spanish coach left to join Bayern Munich, who at the time had won the treble (German Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokal)…

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Swansea’s Jordi Amat out for the season with foot injury

Swansea City defender Jordi Amat has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his metatarsal. His injury means manager Garry Monk is thin on options in his defence ahead of their next Premier League game to come against Arsenal, reports Sky Sports. The Spaniard has been a bit-part for the Welsh club this season, and has hardly featured in 2015. When he has played he’s struggled, but in recent weeks has been filling a void with injuries to key players in the City backline. Amat has…

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Manchester United agree deal to sign PSV’s Memphis Depay

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have agreed a deal with Dutch Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven for heavily-coveted forward Memphis Depay this summer, with the 21-year-old set to make the £25M pending a medical. Depay was linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, but always viewed Manchester United as his more ideal destination, given manager Louis van Gaal had looked after him in the Netherlands national team before. The PSV man has enjoyed a standout campaign, winning the title under manager Philip Cocu, while scoring 21 goals in 28 league games.…

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Yaya Toure 90% certain to leave Manchester City this summer

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is said to be destined for an exit from the Etihad stadium this summer. The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, and has attracted interest from a host of sides in Europe, which should see him out of the Premier League at the end of the season, reports Sky Sports. Toure’s latest season started badly, with the player in dispute with Manchester City over what he believes were lapse birthday celebrations. The experienced box-to-box man has struggled with consistency…

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Gareth Bale “not for sale” from Real Madrid this summer

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will not be sold this summer, claims the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett, who questioned why his client would ever want to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, let alone suggesting no side in Europe are willing to meet the asking price likely to be required, reports Sky Sports. Bale, 25, has endured a disappointing second season with Real Madrid, drawing criticism from pundits and supporters alike. Against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final, the Welsh international was hauled off in the second-half, and was heavily criticised for…

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Ivanovic: Mourinho is always three games ahead of the opposition

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes manager Jose Mourinho is always so many steps ahead of the rest of the competition, which is why the Blues won the Premier League so emphatically. The Serbian international says Mourinho never steps thinking ahead, reports Sky Sports. Chelsea have sealed the Premier League title with games to go, and they haven’t lost to a side in the top-five of the division all season. The Blues have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, and have displayed impressive defensive performances to gain…

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Mourinho’s hunger should see Chelsea retain the Premier League title

Sky Sports pundit Ed Chamberlain believes Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be hungry to retain the Premier League, which should put the Blues as favourites to win next season’s title. While Chelsea sealed this season’s Premier League crown emphatically and with some ease, given the large points gap between them and the rest of the field, Chamberlain doesn’t believe they will have as easy a time in topping the table. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are all expected to improve following respective lucrative summers, which should mean healthy…

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Spain’s professional league looking to prevent La Liga suspension

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) and the Spain professional league (LFP) have been embroiled in an ongoing dispute over new regulations brought in to equally distribute TV revenue. It led to the La Liga season being suspended by the RFEF, but the LFP are looking at preventing the move, reports Sky Sports. The Spanish La Liga season is coming to a close, with three games left for the sides in the top-flight. The title race is between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the Catalan giants currently two points clear. There’s…

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Henry full of praise for former teammate Lionel Messi following Champions League performance

Ex-Barcelona striker Thierry Henry lauded Lionel Messi’s performance in Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final clash against Bayern Munich, questioning what defence can keep the Argentine quiet when he’s on top form, reports Sky Sports. Lionel Messi produced a masterclass performance for the Catalan giants against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp, scoring two goals and setting up a third. His opening goal was fired in at the near past from the edge of the area, with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer taken for surprise. His second was true brilliance, weaving past…

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Chelsea’s Gary Cahill targeting the Champions League next season

After winning the Premier League title somewhat comfortably in the end, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill wants the Londoners to go all the way in the Champions League next season. It’s one trophy that has alluded manager Jose Mourinho in his time at Stamford Bridge, and something he’s now failed to deliver in his five seasons with the Blues, reports Sky Sports. Mourinho was forced to watch his predecessors succeed in European competitions with Chelsea before he made his return, with fan-favourite Roberto Di Matteo winning the Champions League in months…

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez won’t risk Pienaar

Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he won’t rush midfielder Steven Pienaar back to fitness, with the South African international a doubt to feature in the Toffees remaining three Premier League games, reports Sky Sports. Martinez would prefer the 33-year-old focusing on being 100% for the 2015/16 season, rather than risking injury by featuring in their last three games. Pienaar has endured a difficult season, making just one appearance for the Blues since December. He was once a key player in the side, but has seen the likes of Kevin Mirallas,…

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Manchester United’s Phil Jones ready to return to the first-team

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has revealed he’s ready to return to the first-team, after having recovered from an ankle injury. The England international recently played over an hour in a reserve fixture for the Red Devils, and was an unused substitute in their weekend defeat to West Brom, reports Sky Sports. The 23-year-old has suffered with injuries all through the season, which have limited his game time, but he believes he’s in good shape to make a return for Louis van Gaal’s side. The United manager could well utilise…

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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere targeting the title next season

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the Gunners finishing second in the Premier League could be the platform to push for the title in 2015/16. The England international says Arsenal’s 2015 form is proof they can challenge the best for the league crown, reports Sky Sports. A recent 3-1 win against Hull City saw Arsenal enjoy their eight victory in their last nine Premier League games, and boosted their chances of a top-two finish. It would be their best position in the division for a decade, and would be a springboard…

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African billionaire Aliko Dangote interested in buying Arsenal

According to Sky Sports, African’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is interested in buying Arsenal. The Nigerian business is reportedly worth £10Bn, and has been linked with the London club years ago when a former director sold her shares in 2010. Stan Kroenke, who is the club’s majority shareholder, has no intention to cut his ties with Arsenal. Neither does Alisher Usmanov, who has a 30% stake in the side. The Gunners are certainly looking an attractive proposition of late, with manager Arsene Wenger having led the side to back-to-back FA…

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Burnley’s Ashley Barnes admits survival is slipping out of their hands

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has recently admitted that the Clarets are in a precarious position in the fight for Premier League survival this season, with Sean Dyche’s men relying on other teams to lose around them to give them a hope of retaining their top-flight status, reports Sky Sports. Burnley are currently rock bottom of the Premier League after 35 games this season, with 26 points to their name. They are eight points adrift of safety, with only nine points available from their remaining matches. As a result, they need…

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Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne says he’s happy at St Mary’s and waiting on a deal

Despite rumours suggesting Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne would be one of the first players out of the club in the summer, with both Manchester United and Chelsea showing an interest, the England international has said he’s happy at the South Coast, and is hoping of signing a new deal, reports Sky Sports. Clyne has been outstanding for Southampton since signing from Crystal Palace, and is now regarded as one of the Premier League’s best fullbacks. The England defender is enjoying the best period of his career, and his form certainly…

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Hull City’s Steve Harper calls for no protesting on Saturday but support for the team in relegation battle

Hull City goalkeeper Steve Harper has pleaded with the supporters for an end to the protests aimed at club owner Assem Allam, and instead wants the fans to cheer on the Tigers in their survival push this weekend, reports Sky Sports. Hull have been struggling in the Premier League this season, after looking comfortably away from safety for long periods earlier in the campaign. Their poor form comes while owner Allam is still planning on changing the name of the club for marketing reasons, and supporters have understandably rejected the…

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Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini pens latter to disgruntled supporters

Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has written a letter to the Magpies supporters following their poor run of form in the Premier League that threatens to see them relegation in the coming weeks if their fortunes fail to change, reports Sky Sports United recently lost 3-0 to Leicester City on the weekend, while finishing the game with nine men. It saw Newcastle dragged into the relegation dogfight, and was their eight consecutive defeat in the Premier League. They finished the weekend just two points above the drop zone with three games…

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Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge undergoes hip surgery

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had hip surgery in the United States to fix his recurring injury problem that has blighted his season. The England international revealed that the surgery went successfully, and his manager is hoping that will put an end to the ongoing issues he’s had throughout the campaign, reports Sky Sports. Sturridge has been limited to a handful of starts in the Premier League with Liverpool this season, as manager Brendan Rodgers has looked to avoid exacerbating his injury problems when he did come back to fitness.…

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