Roberto Firmino doubt for Liverpool clash with Bayern Munich due to virus

Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after missing training on Monday with a virus. Firmino is the fourth Liverpool player to fall ill since the start of the month, following a warm-weather trip to Dubai in January. Liverpool have since taken advantage of their exit from the FA Cup to travel to Marbella, but it has seen Firmino fall ill on their return. Dejan Lovren also missed training and will have a last-minute fitness test on a hamstring injury. Klopp gave an injury…

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FA charge Jurgen Klopp over ‘bias’ West Ham referee comments

Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool’s Premier League match at West Ham last week. Klopp suggested after the 1-1 draw on Monday, February 4, that Friend’s performance had been affected by an assistant referee’s mistake for Sadio Mane’s goal. Mane’s opener stood despite Reds team-mate James Milner being clearly offside in the build-up. Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want…

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Manchester United hit with twin blows with Lingard and Martial injuries

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will both be out for between two and three weeks due to injury. Both players had to be substituted during Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and neither will be available for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea. But Alexis Sánchez – who reportedly picked up a knock after colliding with the linesman before he even came on the pitch in mid-week – is in contention to play. “I think they [Martial and…

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Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey miss out on BATE trip

Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have not been included in the squad to face BATE Borisov in their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday. Ozil has returned to full training after recovering from illness but has not travelled to Belarus for the match. Ramsey, who on Monday signed a £400k a week deal to join Juventus in the summer, misses out with a knee injury. 🔜 #UEL Here's our travelling squad for @FCBATE 📋 pic.twitter.com/gsthwX3qNA — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 13, 2019 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka are back after…

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Loftus-Cheek and Alonso to miss Chelsea’s Malmo tie

Chelsea will be without the services of left-back Marcos Alonso and the midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek when they take on Swedish side Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie. Left-back Alonso has been rested by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with Emerson Palmieri likely to deputise. Midfielder Loftus-Cheek has suffered a recurrence of a back problem. Malmo have not played a competitive game since the Europa League group stage ended in December, as the Swedish league runs from April until November.

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Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and staff

Manchester United paid Jose Mourinho and his staff £19.6m in compensation following his sacking in December. United revealed the figures in their second quarter financial results. Mourinho was sacked after a run of poor results, culminating in a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, that left them 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League. Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 10 of his first 11 games before Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat by Paris St-Germain. Within the financial results, which were released to the New York Stock Exchange, it said: “Exceptional items for…

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Manchester United hit with UEFA charge over Di Maria bottle incident

Manchester United have been charged by UEFA after a section of their supporters threw objects towards Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford. Former United player Di Maria was jeered by the home supporters right from the start of the match, having endured an underwhelming spell at the club in the 2014-15 season. It was his first return to Old Trafford since leaving for France in 2015 and he went on to have a major impact, setting up both PSG goals as they ran out…

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Declan Rice switches international allegiance to England from Ireland

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England. Rice, 20, has won three senior Republic of Ireland caps, all in friendlies, having played for his grandparents’ country since under-16 level. In August the Londoner said he needed time to decide his future, as winning a competitive cap for the Republic would have tied him to the country. pic.twitter.com/L6Du9X8wNd — Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 13, 2019 “This has been an extremely difficult decision,” he said. Rice, who has made 59 appearances for West Ham, has excelled this…

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Jadon Sancho delays Dortmund’s London flight after forgetting passport

Borussia Dortmund’s flight to London for their Champions League encounter against Tottenham on Wednesday was delayed after England winger Jadon Sancho forgot his passport. The 18-year-old realised his mistake when he arrived at the airport and needed to return home. Dortmund have arrived in England and will train at Wembley on Tuesday before the first leg of the last-16 tie. The 18-year-old has been in better form on the pitch this season, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances. Sancho scored the first as Dortmund drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim on Saturday.

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Jose Mourinho to host Champions League show on Russian channel RT

Manchester United’s ex-manager José Mourinho is to host his own show on Russian TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, the station says. Mourinho, 56, will provide analysis of Champions League games in the fortnightly football programme. “I’m going to talk about football on RT. What else did you think I was going to do?” he says in a promotional video. As the world discusses what’s next for Jose Mourinho, we have the answer…https://t.co/2kGsQ7OSFC #JoseMourinho #ChampionsLeague #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/Utki5qGCg8 — RT Sport (@RTSportNews) February 11, 2019 Mourinho worked as a…

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey agrees massive wage deal to join Juventus in the summer

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has agreed a mammoth £400,000 a-week deal with Italian champions Juventus, according to a BBC report. “The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract that will see him join the Italian champions as a free agent, ending his 11-year spell with Arsenal. “Ramsey passed a two-part medical in January, having picked Juve following talks with a host of European clubs. “He will be the highest-earning British player ever based on basic salary. “The Wales international’s Arsenal contract expires on 30 June and the Gunners will receive no…

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Paul Scholes takes first step into management with Oldham

Paul Scholes has taken his first step into football management after being named manager at Oldham Athletic. The former Manchester United and England midfielder, 44, has signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with the team he supports. He was cleared by the English Football League to take the role, despite holding a 10% stake in Salford City. Here's the news you've been waiting for… Latics Appoint Paul Scholes As New Manager! #oafchttps://t.co/Kc4O6jLvxa — Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) February 11, 2019 “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t feel excited about the team,” said Scholes.…

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Emiliano Sala’s body identified by HM Coroner following plane crash

The body recovered from the plane wreckage on the sea bed of the English Channel has been identified as Emiliano Sala. Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21. The Piper Malibu aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning – and a body was recovered from the wreckage on Wednesday. A Dorset Police statement on Thursday night read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019,…

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Phil Jones signs new Manchester United deal until 2023

Phil Jones has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Manchester United that will keep him at the club until 2023. United, who signed Jones from Blackburn in 2011, have the option to extend the centre-back’s contract by a further 12 months. After signing the deal, Jones said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club. “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare…

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Eden Hazard hints at Real Madrid move yet again

Eden Hazard has once again fuelled rumours of a departure from Chelsea after revealing a “decision” regarding his future had been made, with Real Madrid thought to be his preferred destination. “I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision,” Hazard told the French radio station RMC. The interview was originally recorded two months ago as part of a documentary about his career, but it was only released this week. Speculation over Hazard’s future has been rife with the player admitting in November over a conflict in…

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West Ham launch investigation into alleged racist abuse against Salah

West Ham are investigating after a video emerged of a fan racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday’s 1-1 draw at London Stadium. Egypt striker Salah, 26, was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner. The footage, taken by a fellow fan, shows expletives directed at Salah including about his Muslim religion. In a statement, West Ham said they have “a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour”. It continued: “We are an inclusive football club. Anyone…

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Jose Mourinho accepts suspended prison sentence for tax fraud

Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence and agreed to pay a €2.2m (£1.9m) fine after admitting tax fraud while he was coach of Real Madrid. The former Manchester United manager appeared at Madrid’s provincial court on Tuesday, where he confirmed a plea deal over charges that he had defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of €3.3m by failing to declare revenues from image rights in 2011 and 2012. Prosecutors had accused Mourinho, 56, of using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to…

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins PFA Player of the Month award for January

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the PFA’s Player of the Month award for January. The Egyptian international scored three goals in four games – including a brace against Crystal Palace at Anfield in a 4-3 win. His other goal for the Reds came in a 1-0 away win at Brighton as Salah’s penalty settled the game in the visitors’ favour. ✨ @MoSalah has been voted PFA @BristolStMotors Fans' Player of the Month for January! 🏆 #PFAFansAward @LFC pic.twitter.com/eCt9IOXZed — PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) February 4, 2019 The 26-year-old was…

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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez to have surgery on leg fracture

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is to have an operation on the leg fracture he sustained against Burnley in December. The England center-back, 21, was taken off after 23 minutes following a challenge with Clarets captain Ben Mee. He was initially ruled out for up to six weeks and is expected to feature again this season – but Liverpool have put no timescale on his recovery. “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow,” said Gomez. Gomez had made 18 appearances for the Premier League leaders before…

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Manchester United confirm Marouane Fellaini exit to China

Marouane Fellaini has left Manchester United to join Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng on a permanent deal. Fellaini, 31, travelled to China on Thursday to discuss personal terms – having already undergone a medical – after the two clubs reached an agreement in principle. The midfielder has been at Old Trafford since being signed from Everton by David Moyes in 2013 and was an important figure during Jose Mourinho’s reign. Huge thank you to everyone I have worked with during my time @ManUtd. I have made some great friends…

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Crystal Palace sign Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea

Crystal Palace have signed Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan until the end of the season. The Belgium international, 25, had been on a season-long loan at La Liga side Valencia. Batshuayi – who had been linked with a loan move to Tottenham or Everton – has scored seven goals in 32 Premier League appearances for the Blues. 🦇 Batsman Returns to London! Welcome to the Palace, @mbatshuayi 👊 #CPFC 🦅👉 https://t.co/GXoBd1Ujhn pic.twitter.com/eVQgrN8uD5 — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 1, 2019 “This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace,” said…

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Newcastle break transfer record to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United

Newcastle have broken their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United for around £20m. It breaks the previous record of £16m that was paid to Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005. Almiron, 24, scored 13 goals last season as Atlanta won the MLS Cup for the first time. The attacking midfielder previously played for Cerro Porteno in his home country and Argentina’s Lanus. He has scored 21 goals in 62 league appearances over his career. #WorAlmirón pic.twitter.com/AtBDpct8eO — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2019…

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Anthony Martial signs contract extension at Manchester United till 2024

Anthony Martial has signed a new Manchester United contract, committing him to the club until 2024, the club has announced. It marks a remarkable turnaround for a player who was seemingly on the verge of leaving the club last summer after publicly falling out with former manager Jose Mourinho. However, he has been in fine goalscoring form this season, with 10 goals in all competitions so far, and the renewed attacking verve United have shown under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has seen him among several in the squad to play with…

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Denis Suarez joins Arsenal on loan from Barcelona

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the rest of the season. The 25-year-old arrives with an option to buy for the north London club, should manager Unai Emery decide he wants to retain the Spaniard beyond the summer. Suarez played under Arsenal manager Unai Emery during a loan spell at Sevilla. Finally, the notification you’ve all been waiting for 😉 Welcome to Arsenal, @DenisSuarez6 👋#HolaDenis 🔴 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2019 “We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us,”…

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Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini agrees terms with Chinese club

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed personal terms with Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng with a view to moving before the January window closes, according to reports. United are refusing to say whether a fee has been agreed for the Belgium player, who signed a new deal in 2018. Fellaini, 31, was the first major signing of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, joining for £27.5m on deadline day in the 2013 summer transfer window. The Chinese transfer window closes on 28 February. Fellaini signed a fresh two-year contract at Old Trafford last…

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