Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Barcelona Striker 'Agrees Transfer' Back to Former Club Valencia Following Failed Camp Nou Spell

​In anticipation of a summer move that all parties want to see happen, Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer is making the necessary preparations for a return to his former club Valencia. Having made just 50 appearances and contributing 15 goals for the Catalonian giants since his move from Los Ches in 2016, it appears that Alcacer is getting his wish and returning to the club where he made his name. In January ​Alcacer expressed his desire to rejoin his old side - a desire that should come to...

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End of Season Review: Atletico Madrid's Report Card From the 2017/18 Campaign

Atletico Madrid managed to finish inside La Liga's top-three for the sixth successive season and qualify for the Champions League. Despite European silverware, it's been a year which has produced mixed performances and results for Diego Simeone's side and especially outside of Spain. So, following the conclusion of the 2017/18 Spanish campaign, here is a look back at Los Colchoneros' season.  Atletico finished the season in second place with 79 points, three more than third-placed Real Madrid...

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Borussia Dortmund Confirm Captain Marcel Schmelzer Will Hand Over Armband Next Season

Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer will step down from his role as the club's captain next season, the Westphalian side have confirmed. Schmelzer has skippered the side for the last two years, taking over the armband following Mats Hummels' departure to Bayern Munich in 2016. The 30-year-old has been the 17th captain of Borussia Dortmund since the inception of the Bundesliga in 1963. But following a mixed campaign at the Westfalenstadion, where Schmelzer has often missed out on a...

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Arsenal Confirm Appointment of Unai Emery as New Manager

​Arsenal have announced the appointment of former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery following weeks of intense speculation. The 46-year-old ​emerged last night ​as the shock frontrunner for the Emirates Stadium top​ job, after the Gunners board opted against pursuing former player and current Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta. The confirmation of his appointment brings to a close one of the most protracted managerial sagas in recent times, with a host of names having been linked with the...

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Man Utd Stopper Ruled Out of Argentina's World Cup Campaign With Knee Surgery Required

​​Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer's World Cup finals through injury. The 31-year-old (via ​BBC Sport) requires surgery to correct a long standing knee problem, meaning the 94-cap keeper will now miss the showpiece event in Russia. Romero, who acts as understudy to David De Gea at Old Trafford, was expected to be Argentina's first choice keeper once more, having started the ​World Cup final defeat to Germany back in 2014. Romero's injury will be seen...

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REVEALED: Who Are the Strongest English League Clubs at Home Over the Last 10 Years?

Manchester City and Manchester United have the best home records of any of the 92 clubs in the Football League over the course of the last decade, demonstrating the collective strength of Manchester since the start of the 2008/09 season. Research provided by Your-Promotional-Code.co.uk can reveal that Manchester City, whose mega rich cash injection in the summer of 2008 perfectly coincides with the period in question, have taken 443 points at the Etihad Stadium over the last 10 seasons -...

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'I Feel Important Here': Real Madrid Star Isco Quells Rumours Surrounding His Bernabeu Future

​​Real Madrid star Isco has quelled rumours surrounding his Santiago Bernabeu future, by insisting that he feels 'valued' by the club. It had previously been reported that the Spanish international was unhappy with his role in the Real Madrid squad (quotes via ​The Sun):   "When a footballer doesn’t feel like he has a leading role and consistent playing time with his club, the national team gives him life. Isco was involved in more goals (14) than any other Real Madrid midfielder in La Liga...

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Unai Emery Hints at Imminent Arsenal Appointment After Post Appears on Official Website

Unai Emery appears to have revealed a deal to appoint him as ​Arsenal manager has been finalised, after a post appeared on his official website stating his pride at joining 'the Arsenal family'. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss, ​who was replaced by Thomas Tuchel last week, is overwhelming favourite to take the position at the Emirates Stadium, after flying in for talks on Monday.  The three-time Europa League winner looks to have jumped the gun of his impending arrival however, after the...

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End of Season Review: Chelsea's Report Card From the 2017/18 Campaign

A turbulent and largely frustrating season at Stamford Bridge ended in joy at Wembley on Saturday, with the FA Cup Final victory over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. However, as unfortunate as it is to say, the FA Cup trophy can't paper over the cracks like it used to - just ask Arsene Wenger - and there were more than a few cracks in Chelsea's 2017/18 upholstery. Here is their report card. A title defence that kicked off with a nine-man home defeat to Burnley, and was pretty much dead in...

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Liverpool Fans Far From Happy as Stoke Goalkeeper Is Linked With a Move to Anfield

​Liverpool fans are far from happy with the recent rumour that the Reds are interested in signing relegated ​Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland. ​​ The 25-year-old - who will be on the plane to Russia with England this summer - endured a difficult campaign with Stoke as he was part of the squad which got relegated ending the Potters 10-year stay in the top flight. Since relegation, Butland has been linked with a move to a number of Premier League clubs, and the Independent reported that...

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Sevilla Assistant Coach Set to Join New West Ham Boss Manuel Pellegrini's Coaching Team

​Manuel Pellegrini is back in the Premier League following his Manchester City exit two years ago. The Chiliean tactician, who won the Premier League title with the Etihad side and led them to their first and only Champions League semi-final, was replaced by current boss Pep Guardiola in 2016. Title-winner Manuel Pellegrini is back in the #PL with @WestHamUtd ⚒ More ➡️ https://t.co/piZcwwvuZF pic.twitter.com/YxfBbyHDhE — Premier League (@premierleague) May 22, 2018 But, following a stint in...

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Manchester United 'Open to Sale' of Fan Favourite Forward But Hold Firm on Selling to Direct Rivals

​Anthony Martial's creep towards the ​Manchester United exit door is gathering pace, as a report claims that the Red Devils will entertain offers for the 22-year-old forward this summer.  ​Sportsmail claims that Martial, who has had something of a troubled season in 2017/18, is at 'a crossroads', with his place in the United side looking insecure while the first team remains under the management of Jose Mourinho. While United will listen to offers for Martial, they are keen for him not to go...

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Rafael Benítez: ‘Liverpool can do it but they have to manage the pressure’

Rafael Benítez reflects on his greatest night in Istanbul and says before the final against Real Madrid on Saturday that a sixth European Cup is not beyond the Anfield club

Rafael Benítez has already selected the shirt he intends wearing on Saturday evening. “It’s grey,” says Newcastle United’s manager, deadpan.

Considering that some of the best years of Benítez’s life have been spent representing Liverpool and Real Madrid, publicly choosing red over white, or vice versa, would represent a diplomatic gaffe to make even Boris Johnson blush.

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‘Proud to be part of the Arsenal family,’ declares Unai Emery’s website

• Website of former Paris Saint-German coach says deal is done
• 46-year-old yet to be confirmed as Arsène Wenger’s successor

The man who is set to be named as the new Arsenal manager has already joined the club – according to Unai Emery’s official website.

On Tuesday evening www.unai-emery.com suddenly showed an image of the former Paris Saint-Germain coach on a red background next to the Arsenal badge with a message declaring: “proud to be part of the Arsenal family”.

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Ivan Gazidis has won Arsenal power battle but Arteta was a gamble too far | David Hytner

Arsenal’s chief executive will add Unai Emery to his ideal management structure after carrying out a meticulous coup

Ivan Gazidis met the higher-ups at Real Madrid in August 2013 with the intention of signing one player – Ángel Di María. The Spanish club would not sell and, what was more, they told the Arsenal chief executive he could not have anybody.

Then Gazidis’s stars aligned. Over at the Real training pitches the club’s new manager, Carlo Ancelotti, told Mesut Özil he would not be assured of a starting place. Özil threw his toys and, rather abruptly, Gazidis was told he could take the Germany superstar, which he did.

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