Gotze out for the season

Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder, Mario Gotze, will not play this season according to news on the club’s official website. The German international was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder back in February, and news coming from the club today has stated that he will, at best, be able to join training by the early summer. Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was positive about the World Cup hero’s condition. “BVB wishes Mario Götze a fast recovery,” he said. “Also in the name of their ten million fans.” Gotze moved to league rivals Bayern…

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Ibrahivomic to face three-match ban

After admitting to a charge of violent conduct, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been hit with a three-match suspension, according to the FA’s official website. The striker was involved in a rather nasty incident with Bournemouth left-back Tyrone Mings during the United vs Bournemouth game on Saturday, an incident that saw both parties receive yellows, instead of deserved reds, and another Bournemouth player, Andrew Surman, receive his own marching orders. This suspension means that the Swede, who has scored an impressive 26 goals for the Manchester side already this…

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Five managers most likely to land the Barcelona job

Following Luis Enrique’s decision to step down from his position as Barcelona manager earlier this week, a host of candidates have been lauded as possible replacements for the job that is regarded as one of the most difficult in the world of sports. Here, we take a look at the five most likely managers to hold press conferences at the Camp Nou come June. Want to put a bet on who is going to be the next Barcelona manager? Check out cool betting tips at Football Tipsters. Ernesto Valverde @ 3/1 Probably the…

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Ibrahimovic tables new contract demands

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has demanded a reported two-year contract extension with a pay rise, according to a report from Mirror Sport. The former Swede international moved to Old Trafford last summer amidst suggestions that he has passed his peak. However, he has proved to be United’s best player this season. Manager Jose Mourinho, back in December, expressed his desire to extend Ibrahimovic’s current one-year deal. However, news resurfaced this past week that implied that the Swede is not quite as keen on the extension as his manager—at least not on the…

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Luis Enrique to resign at season’s end

EXCLUSIVA MD: ¡Luis Enrique anuncia al equipo que no renovará! https://t.co/xLZxjX31fy vía @ffpolo pic.twitter.com/ZyczYwzMwK — Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) March 1, 2017 Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has announced his decision to depart from the club at the end of the season. Enrique, 46, switched jobs from Celta Vigo to Barcelona in 2014 and lifted the treble in his first season at the Spanish club. In his second season, however, he found such success hard to replicate, as his side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals against local…

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Liverpool star set for summer exit

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set for a summer exit from the club, according to a report from the Telegraph. Sturridge has found opportunities hard to come by under Jurgen Klopp, with the German preferring to use Brazilian Roberto Firmino or Divock Origi for their work rates and movement. The England international has scored only two goals this season in 14 league appearances, of which only five have come as starts. According to reports, the Englishman will hold discussions with his manager to figure out his future at the club,…

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Rooney wanted by Premier League club

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has publicly expressed his interest in Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney. Rooney, subject of intense rumors in the recent past linking him to a shock move to China, came out to declare his intention of staying at United, at least for the moment, but it would seem that the Everton manager has other plans. Koeman, when asked by Sky Sports about the possibility of a Rooney return to his boyhood club, minced no words. “I still think Wayne Rooney is playing at a high level and…

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Sanchez wants out – Report

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Alexis Sanchez has told members of staff at Arsenal that he wants to leave the club this summer. (John Cross) — From The Stands (@FromTStands) February 25, 2017 Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez has informed club staff that he wants to leave the club during the summer, according to John Cross of Mirror Online. The 28-year-old has carried his team at times this season, with his newly found central free-roaming role allowing him to express his more attacking abilities, a fact backed up by his nigh-insane statistics so far—20 goals and…

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Roberto Mancini turns down Leicester job

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has rejected the Leicester City job, according to a report from Sky Sports. Leicester, on Thursday, announced their parting with manager Claudio Ranieri, much to the chagrin of managers and pundits in the Premier League alike. The Italian, last season, achieved, arguably the greatest feat in modern football, leading the Foxes to a historic league title. Their fortunes have turned for the worse this season; however, with their form since the start of the season—failing to score a single league goal—ensuring that they sit 17th…

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Real Madrid in for Monaco duo

Real Madrid are interested in acquiring the services of Monaco duo Kylian Mbappė and Bernardo Silva, according to reports by Spanish newspaper Marca. Mbappė, 18, graduated from the club’s academy and made his debut back in December 2015. He’s cemented his position on the team, developing a devastating partnership with Colombian striker Radamel Falcao—one that has seen 35 goals scored across all competitions, an integral factor in an impressive Monaco attack that is arguably the most impressive on the continent. Bernardo Silva, 22, technical and effective, possesses a playing style…

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Adam Lallana pens new contract

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, yesterday, officially signed a contract extension at the club. The 28-year-old has been one of Jurgen Klopp’s best players this season, with his tally of seven goals and seven assists in all competitions keeping the Reds afloat at times this season. “I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular. Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing – but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the…

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Wayne Rooney set for summer exit, Arsenal named as possible destination

Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney is set for a summer exit, according to a report from the Times After reports earlier in the week had claimed that the United forward was set to leave the club before the pending closure of the Chinese transfer window, sources stated that the club record goalscorer would not leave, an opinion shared by manager Jose Mourinho. This morning, however, new reports from the Times claim that the Englishman will, in fact, stay at the club, but only until the summer, at which point the…

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This season’s FA Cup promises to be one of the best in recent history

Following Arsenal’s closely contested 2-0 win away at Sutton on Monday, this year’s FA Cup quarter-final lineup is almost done, with the odd one out being the clash between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town. Pep Guardiola’s City could only get a draw at Huddersfield on Saturday, and now have a replay at the Etihad on the cards. In the event of City beating Huddersfield, a result that is widely expected, the quarterfinals of the FA Cup this year will feature five of the six teams currently in the Premier League.…

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Premier League regular moves to the Middle East

Now confirmed – Mark Clattenburg to quit as Premier League referee to go to Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/VznlSezDwS — Richard Conway (@richard_conway) February 16, 2017 English referee Mark Clattenburg has left the Premier League to join the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, an official announcement by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) states. Clattenburg, although a divisive public figure, is without any doubt the most recognisable figure among his peers, evidenced by his role at the FA Cup final, Champions League finals, and UEFA Euros final, all within a period of…

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Verratti confirms Paris-Saint Germain future

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has reiterated his desire to remain at the club, Foot Mercato report. “The coach knows the Catalan team well, and he deserves praise for this performance. He worked perfectly. Everything went exactly in the direction we planned,” the Italian said, following their 4-nil thrashing of Barcelona yesterday. “I’m happy to attract the interest of other big clubs, but I do not want to change. I am part of a great project, and we want to become one of the three best teams in Europe.” In a…

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Jesus out for up to three months

#JesusGabriel ruptura del 5to metatarsiano. Estará entre dos y tres meses inactivo. Mala suerte la del @ManCity esta temporada. — Vero Brunati (@verobrunati) February 14, 2017 Following Man City striker Gabriel Jesus’s 15th minute substitution against in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night, reports have claimed that the Brazilian forward will be out for up to three months. The 19-year-old, who moved to City in the January transfer window from Brazilian side Palmeiras, has impressed in his five appearances so far for the club, scoring three and assisting…

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United target turns down contract extension

Bakayoko has turned down an extension with Monaco. There is tension on the issue. https://t.co/NSLYiFvjx6 — Daniel Feliciano (@dmf180593) February 12, 2017 Manchester United target Tiemoué Bakayoko has reportedly refused to sign a contract extension with his club AS Monaco. His current deal with the Ligue 1 club expires in 2019. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder was reportedly identified by United manager Jose Mourinho as a transfer target during the January transfer window, with sources listing him as a possible replacement for club veteran Michael Carrick. Bakayoko has been one of…

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City set to spend world record fee for Alli

Manchester City are set to break the world record for Dele Alli, according to a report from the Express. Alli broke into the Tottenham team last season following his transfer from League One side MK Dons in the summer of 2015. The fiery 20-year-old won the PFA Young Player of the Year award at the end of last season after he set the league on fire with impressive displays, his ten goals and eight assists in the league helping Spurs on their way towards a third place finish. The England man…

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Zouma to discuss Chelsea future at season’s end

Kurt Zouma admits “there will be discussions” regarding his Chelsea future once the 2016-17 campaign comes to a close.[L’Equipe] — Chelsea (@ouggi) February 10, 2017 Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has announced his decision to discuss the terms of his future at the club come season end, L’Equipe report. Zouma, 22, seemed to had finally found his place under Jose Mourinho, but the sack of the Portuguese manager and a subsequent injury against Manchester United last season meant that he was laid out for months, missing the Euros in the process.…

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Juventus join race for Sanchez

Juventus have joined the race to acquire the signature of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, with odds on his move rated by Italian betting site Calcio Tips, suggesting a move could be a real possibility. Sanchez’s contract runs out in June 2018, but he has failed to reach an agreement with the North London club on a contract extension, with sources citing a discrepancy in wage demands. The 28-year-old Chile international has been in scintillating form for the Gunners this season, with 17 goals and 8 assists in the league this season…

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Liverpool set sights on Brandt and Gray

Liverpool are monitoring Leicester City’s young forward, Demarai Gray, according to reports by the Daily Mail. Gray, 20, has been in impressive form for the Foxes, making the most of his substitute appearances for the club this season, with a goal and three assists in 626 minutes in the league, a testament to his effectiveness. The pacy Englishman would serve as the perfect foil to Sadio Mane from the left-wing as his directness plays right into Jurgen Klopp’s brand of high-paced attacking football. Gray is highly-rated and it wouldn’t come…

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United make profit, club debt up by 27%

BREAKING: @ManUtd's net debt as of December 31 increased by £87.2m to £409.3m. #SSNHQ — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) February 9, 2017 Manchester United, this morning, announced the details of their books for the last quarter, with the club recording operating profits in the region of £37.6M, Sky Sports reports. Also relevant is a rise in the club’s net debt over the year, a 27% increase ensuring that United owe £87.2M more than they did at the end of 2015. This is said to be caused by the fall…

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Allegri vague over supposed Arsenal offer

Reports from the Express last month claimed that Arsenal had contacted Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri with an offer that would see him take over from Arsene Wenger at the end of the season. The Italian manager has refused to confirm or deny them, ESPN reports. “I won’t deny or confirm anything. I am in sync with the club, now we have to focus on winning,” Allegri said to Mediaset Premium. “At this time of the season the media always says I’m leaving, even when things are going really well.” While…

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Lallana set for mega Liverpool contract renewal

Liverpool are to tie Adam Lallana down for peak years with a£150,000-a-week contract until 2021. — Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) February 8, 2017 Liverpool are set to offer star midfielder Adam Lallana a mega contract extension that will see him earn £150k per week until 2021. Lallana, 28, has been, debatably, the best player in the team this season, with an impressive seven goals and seven assists in all competitions showing his immense value to Jurgen Klopp’s side. The midfielder, who was recently voted as England’s best player, is in the…

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Bill Gates rejected offer to buy Liverpool, court papers reveal

World’s richest man Bill Gates was offered a chance to buy Liverpool but the billionaire refused the offer, Sky Sports reports. Liverpool, in 2010, were at risk of bankruptcy and the club creditors took the case to court, against the wishes of then owners Hicks and Gillett, leading to the club being eventually purchased by John W. Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox. The information was recently revealed in court documents from the ongoing case between the Royal Bank of Scotland and former co-owner George Gillett. According to the…

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