UCL: Group H results – Ronaldo scores twice to condemn APOEL; Kane’s brace help Tottenham beat Dortmund and break Wembley woes

Real Madrid 3 – 0 APOEL Nicosia
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

  • Real Madrid 3 – 0 APOEL Nicosia

Champions League holders Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 in Group H on Wednesday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo straight back in the goalscoring groove.

Ronaldo is currently serving a domestic ban for pushing the referee after being sent off in the Spanish Supercopa clash with Barcelona last month.

But the Portuguese superstar scored twice on his return – taking his Champions League career goals tally to a record 107 – and Sergio Ramos added a spectacular overhead kick.
The breakthrough came on the counter-attack in the 12th minute as Isco ran past a series of defenders before laying the ball off to Bale, whose low cross through the box came perfectly to Ronaldo, who made the finish look easy.
Madrid were soon dealt a blow however, when Mateo Kovacic injured himself while passing and was replaced by Toni Kroos.
Ronaldo came close to adding a second goal in the 34th minute but couldn’t turn a sliding effort on target, and early in the second half came inches from scoring when his volley hit the crossbar and came down on the goalline.
The Portuguese star pleaded with the fourth official, though goal-line technology showed that only about half the ball had crossed the line.

But his second did come five minutes later after Roberto Lago was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, and Ronaldo despatched the penalty.
Sergio Ramos added a third goal in the 61st minute after Bale’s header took a high deflection, and the defender adjusted his body to put the ball into the net with an overhead kick.

Real Madrid have won their first game of a Champions League season played at Santiago Bernabeu in each of the 11 times they have started the campaign at home.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more home goals (55) than any other player in Champions League history (Lionel Messi, 54).

Ronaldo has scored more penalties (12) than any other player in Champions League history (Lionel Messi, 11).

  • Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund to get their Champions League campaign off to a positive start and end their winless run at Wembley.

Kane’s instinct in front of goal was the difference as Spurs were largely forced on the back foot by an impressive German side who dominated territory and possession.

His first goal – a rising angled finish following a determined run down the left – capped a frantic opening 15 minutes in which Son Heung-min’s opener from an angle was cancelled out by a superb curling finish from Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko.

The England forward’s second was a low finish inside the far post on the hour mark to give his side the edge they needed as they overcame the threat of their dangerous and relentless opponent.
However, the home side ended the game with 10 men as defender Jan Vertonghen was shown a second yellow card for catching Dortmund substitute Mario Gotze with a swinging arm.

The visitors can point an accusing finger at the officials, who ruled out a perfectly good goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for offside.

This is just the second win of Tottenham’s tenancy at Wembley, which includes all of last season’s home Champions League group stage games and two Premier League matches this campaign.

The victory leaves them second in Group H behind Real Madrid.

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Tottenham sign Juan Foyth from Estudiantes

Tottenham have announced the signing of Argentina youth international Juan Foyth from Estudiantes.

The 19-year-old defender has represented his country at Under-20 level and links up with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino in north London.

Foyth, who has signed a five-year deal with Spurs, is likely to feature for their youth side and be seen more as one for the future by Pochettino.


He becomes Tottenham’s third new recruit in the space of a week after the club-record signing of defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax and Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Foyth is expected to be followed into Spurs by Paris St Germain full-back Serge Aurier, with the Ivory Coast international closing in on a move to the Premier League after being granted a work permit.

Stoke City sign Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer on a five-year deal

Stoke have completed the signing of defender Kevin Wimmer from Premier League rivals Tottenham for £18million.

The 24-year-old Austria international has agreed a five-year deal with Mark Hughes’ Potters. Manager Hughes told the club’s official website:

“Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have at my disposal.

“We put a real emphasis on trying to enhance the defensive areas of the squad this summer and we feel that we have been able to do that.”

Wimmer becomes Stoke’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window. He strengthens their defensive options further following the earlier arrivals of Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma and Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi.

Wimmer said the opportunity to work with Hughes was a big factor in his decision to join the club.

“I had some really good conversations with the manager and they were important for me,” he said.

“He is a very good manager and I like the way he approaches the game. His style of play suits the way I like to play too – he likes his defenders to be able to play out with the ball.

“I am just so happy to be at Stoke now because I really wanted to come here, to a club with such big tradition, so I feel really good and am very excited about meeting up with everybody and getting ready for the matches ahead.”

Wimmer, who has won eight caps for his country, began his career in his homeland with LASK Linz before moving to Cologne in 2012.

He helped the German side win promotion to the Bundesliga in 2014 and left for White Hart Lane the following year.

The centre-back made 31 appearances during his two seasons under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, including 15 league outings.

His final Tottenham game came in a 4-0 victory over his new club in February. Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said:

“He has been in huge demand this summer having shown his qualities in the Premier League during his two years with Tottenham Hotspur, so we are delighted that he has chosen to continue his career here at the bet365 Stadium.”

Wimmer could make his Potters debut in the home game with Manchester United on September 9.

Tottenham complete club-record signing of Davinson Sanchez

Tottenham have completed the signing of defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax in a reported club record £42m deal.

The 21-year-old Colombia centre-back has agreed a six-year deal subject to receipt of his work permit.

Spurs’ previous record was the £30m paid to Newcastle for France midfielder Moussa Sissoko in 2016.

Sanchez becomes the Premier League club’s second summer signing after goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga joined from Southamptonon Wednesday.

He joined Ajax from Atletico Nacional in June last year on a five-year deal and made 32 appearances for the club.

Tottenham sign goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton

Tottenham have signed Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton.

The 25-year-old has signed a five-year deal and is reunited with former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

Gazzaniga also becomes Pochettino’s second signing of the summer transfer window following the club-record arrival of Davinson Sanchez.

He will provide further back up to Tottenham No 1 Hugo Lloris with Michel Vorm already at the club.

Gazzaniga had not featured for Southampton this season and his last appearance for the club came in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in December 19.

He spent last season on loan at Spanish Segunda side Rayo Vallecano, keeping 11 clean sheets in 32 appearances as they finished in 12th place.

Tottenham sign Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez on a cub-record six-year deal

Tottenham have announced the signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit.

The 21-year-old Colombian centre back has put pen to paper on a deal until 2023 for a reported club-record £42million fee.

He is the first player to join Spurs this summer and his arrival comes after much debate about the club’s transfer policy during the off-season.

In a statement, Tottenham said:

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with AFC Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical and work permit.

“The Colombia international, 21, has signed a contract with the Club until 2023.”

The fee is believed to eclipse the previous club record of £30million which Spurs paid Newcastle for midfielder Moussa Sissoko last summer.

Sanchez joined Eredivisie side Ajax in June last year on a five-year deal after leaving Atletico Nacional in his homeland.

He played in last season’s Europa League final, which Manchester United won 2-0, and was named Ajax’s player of the year in May.

Sanchez said:

“I would like to thank the coach, management, players and fans of Ajax. It is a great move for me to come here to develop my career.

“I am very excited to be signing for such a famous club as Tottenham Hotspur. “I am looking forward to working with Mauricio Pochettino and the players and meeting everyone there.”

Sanchez has represented Colombia at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels before making his senior debut in November last year, and has two international appearances.

EPL results – Lukaku scores twice as United cruise; Champions Chelsea shocked by Burnley; Liverpool held by

SUNDAY

  • Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Romelu Lukaku announced his arrival at Old Trafford by scoring twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as they embarrassed West Ham.

Jose Mourinho’s team were a constant threat against a poor Hammers side, offering excitement and encouragement to their supporters on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Lukaku, a £75m summer signing from Everton, put the Red Devils ahead with a rising drive off the post after racing onto Marcus Rashford’s pass.

The Belgium international doubled the lead after half-time, glancing in a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s inswinging free-kick.

United teenager Rashford curled against the inside of Joe Hart’s left-hand post before substitute Anthony Martial ended the match as a contest with a slick finish.

There was still time for a fourth, however, as Paul Pogba curled in from distance.

The Hammers offered little going forward in a passive performance, although new signing Marko Arnautovic did flick a header onto the top of the home crossbar at 2-0.

The Red Devils have now lost only one of their 14 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford, while West Ham’s season began with a record 11th defeat.

  • Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham made a winning start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as 10-man Newcastle endured a difficult return to the top flight.

The Magpies, promoted as winners of the Championship last term, had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off early in the second half for standing on Dele Alli.

The Spurs attacker then put his side ahead with a close-range finish before Ben Davies finished off a neat move for Tottenham’s second.

It was a harsh re-introduction to life back in the Premier League for Newcastle, who were relegated from the division at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Rafael Benitez’s side did not really threaten Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal until late on, Christian Atsu forcing the goalkeeper into a low save and Ciaran Clark going close with a volley from 12 yards.

Instead, Spurs could have added to their lead as Harry Kane, last season’s Premier League top scorer with 29 goals, struck the post in injury time.

SATURDAY

  • Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were down to 10 men with 14 minutes gone when captain Cahill was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Steven Defour, and they fell behind with 24 minutes gone as Sam Vokes guided the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

Burnley’s lead was doubled when, with a little over five minutes remaining until the break, Jack Cork set up Stephen Ward to hammer home, and it was 3-0 before the interval when Vokes scored his second with a header.

Marcos Alonso had an effort saved by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton early in the second half before Alvaro Morata was brought on for Michy Batshuayi, and Alonso had a free kick saved soon afterwards.

Morata dived to head home his first Premier League goal from a Willian cross and bundled the ball home moments later only to see an offside flag deny him.

Fabregas then saw red for a second booking — but David Luiz pulled another one back to set up a frenetic finish in which Burnley’s Robbie Brady hit the post and Morata failed to touch home late on.

There was no Diego Costa (on his way out), no Eden Hazard or Pedro(injured) and, after 24 minutes, no Cahill, exposing the decisions to let Nathan Ake join Bournemouth and fellow defender Kurt Zouma go on loan to Stoke.

Cahill’s red card ended Jeremie Boga’s shock debut early, as he was replaced by Christensen, and handed the initiative to Burnley, whose three-goal salvo added disbelief to the list of negative emotions ripping through the home support.

  • Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Wayne Rooney scored on his Premier League return to Everton as they beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening fixture of the season.

It was a fairy-tale return to his boyhood club as Rooney headed home the winning goal in the added minute of injury time in the first half, and sealed the three points for the hosts.

The Toffees had drawn their last four opening day matches but managed to hold out for the victory against a Stoke side who had very few clear-cut chances, with Xherdan Shaqiri almost snatching a draw late on, only to be denied by a superb Jordan Pickford save.

  • Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Liverpool conceded an injury-time equaliser as they were held 3-3 at Watford in their Premier League opener.

Mohamed Salah looked to have netted a winner on his Liverpool debut, but Miguel Britos headed home from point-blank range in the dying moments to secure a share of the spoils.

Liverpool — without Philippe Coutinho, who was ruled out with a back injury amid intense speculation over his future — fell behind on eight minutes, with Stefano Okaka taking advantage of some poor defending from a corner to head past Simon Mignolet.

Sadio Mane hit back on 29 minutes, but Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses were exposed again as Abdoulaye Doucoure slotted in for 2-1.

Liverpool turned it around early in the second half, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the penalty spot after Salah was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 55 minutes and then Salah nudging home.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.

Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.

  • Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion made another set piece pay as they opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

The visitors produced plenty of neat football throughout, but were unable to create much threat and fell behind after 31 minutes when Ahmed Hegazi headed in a Chris Brunt free kick.

Jermain Defoe came on for Bournemouth after the break, replacing Benik Afobe, but the former Sunderland striker had little to work with as West Brom held firm.

  • Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Two goals in three minutes set Huddersfield up for a dream start to life in the Premier League as they defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Tom Ince missed an early chance to give the Terriers the lead when he sent a bouncing effort from Tommy Smith’s cross straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey.

But they were ahead after 23 minutes when Palace failed to deal with an Aaron Mooy corner and the ball deflected in off Joel Ward — and with Palace rocking Mooy crossed again and Steve Mounie headed home. Palace made a half-time change, with Andros Townsend coming on in place of Luka Milivojevic, and Christian Benteke almost pulled a goal back — but Huddersfield made sure when Mounie struck again.

  • Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Southampton suffered a frustrating afternoon as they were held 0-0 at home by Swansea City.

Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Roma edge Tottenham in New Jersey

Tottenham 2-3 Roma

Roma came out 3-2 winners against Tottenham in the ICC after a frantic finale in New Jersey in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A Diego Perotti penalty on 13 minutes handed Roma the early lead after Cameron Carter-Vickers had handballed, before Spurs were denied a clear penalty of their own when Tottenham old boy Federico Fazio appeared to foul Harry Kane in the second half.

Kane then went close from an angle having been put through on goal shortly, before Cengiz Under slotted home for 2-0 in the 70th minute to make it 2-0 to the Serie A side.

But Tottenham produced a brave fightback with Harry Winks (87) and Vincent Jansson (90 1) looking to have earned Mauricio Pochettino’s side a point.

Winks’ goal came after the young midfielder managed to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle three yards out after Janssen’s poked effort had come off the post.

But Janssen wasn’t to be denied and he scored an excellent equaliser with a fine near-post finish following Kevin N’Koudou’s cross from the right.

However, all their hard work was undone when Roma raced up the other end and won it just a minute later, as Marco Tumminello turned home from close range from Kevin Strootman’s cross.

Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier signs new five-year deal 

​Kieran Trippier has signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham, the club have announced.

The right-back, who played in nine of the club’s last 11 Premier League games, agreed a new deal last month, but he has now penned the contract.

Trippier, 26, will start the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice right-back after Kyle Walker’s big-money switch to Man City.

“I am delighted with my new deal. It’s a great achievement for myself and I’m delighted to get it signed.

“I always believed that I can play at the top level and I have been working hard even when I’ve not been playing,” Trippier told Spurs TV.

Bury-born Trippier arrived at White Hart Lane in 2015 from Burnley for a fee of £4million.

Clinton N’Jie leaves Tottenham for Marseille on a two-year deal 

​Tottenham forward Clinton Njie is to join French side Marseille on a permanent deal after the two clubs agreed a deal.
The Cameroon international, 23, was on loan to the Ligue 1 club last season, scoring four goals.

Njie joined Spurs from Lyon in 2015 for a reported £10m, but did not start a single Premier League game for Spurs and 14 appearances in all for the club, though he suffered a serious knee injury in December 2015.
Tottenham tweeted: “We have reached agreement with @OM_Officiel for the permanent transfer of Clinton Njie. We wish Clinton all the best for the future.”

Federico Fazio joins Roma on a permanent deal from Tottenham


Roma have agreed a deal to sign central defender Federico Fazio from Tottenham.

The 30-year-old Argentina international spent last season on loan at the Serie A outfit, making 48 appearances, and the Giallorossi have now made the move permanent.

Fazio joined Spurs from Sevilla in 2014 but found first-team action hard to come by at White Hart Lane and spent much of the last 18 months out on loan.

Tottenham said in a statement: “We have reached agreement with AS Roma for the permanent transfer of Federico Fazio.

“Federico joined us in August 2014 from Sevilla and went on to make 32 appearances in a Spurs shirt before returning to spend half of the 2015-16 season on loan with the Spanish side.

“We wish Federico all the best for the future.”

Manchester City sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham for a world-record equalling fee for a defender

​Manchester City have signed Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker on a five-year deal.

City have paid £50m for the 27-year-old – a world record-equalling fee for a defender.
The £50 million for the right-back, surpasses the £47.5m that City paid Everton for John Stones a year ago.

David Luiz’s 2014 move to Paris Saint-Germain from Chelsea also reportedly could have reached £50m after bonus clauses, following an initial £42m fee.

Walker, 27, has signed a five-year deal and will join up with City’s first-team squad on Monday when they fly out on their preseason tour to the United States. He will wear the No. 2 shirt.

Pep Guardiola identified the England international as a top target after allowing right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna to leave on a free transfer at the end of last season.

City stepped up their interest after missing out on the free transfer of Dani Alves, who opted to move to Paris Saint-Germain instead after leaving Juventus.
“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker told City’s website. “Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”
Txiki Begiristain, the Club’s Director of Football, added: “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch.

“We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular.

“I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”
Walker made 31 league starts under Mauricio Pochettino last season as Tottenham recorded their highest top-flight finish since the 1962-63 season.

The right-back recorded five assists for the Premier League runners-up, the joint-most for a defender in the division alongside Bournemouth’s Adam Smith and Spurs team-mate Kieran Trippier, who made six of his 12 appearances from the bench.

Walker also ranked highly among chances created by defenders and his 75 dribbles attempted was only less than Cherries full-back Smith (87) and Watford’s Jose Holebas (88).
Walker, who joined Spurs from Sheffield United in 2009 and made 183 Premier League appearances, added: “I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”

Chelsea plan huge bid for Tottenham’s Dele Alli

Chelsea are prepared to make a mammoth bid for Tottenham star Dele Alli.

The report claims that Antonio Conte is desperate to bring the playmaker to Stamford Bridge, despite his price tag being over £80million.

That valuation means that the Blues would likely have to pay a world-record fee for the England international, especially when considering he plays for a major rival.

Indeed, chances of signing the PFA Young Player of the Year look slim, but the potential to win consistent silverware is what Chelsea are hoping will tempt him across the city.

Tottenham Hotspur launch new Nike kit for 2017/18 season

Tottenham have revealed their new home and away kits for 2017/18, after confirming a new “multi-year” deal with Nike.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld modelled the club’s new home strip, which will be worn for the first time competitively at the International Champions Cup later this month.

The major change to the white strip with navy trim sees the Spurs crest – comprised of the famous cockerel motif atop a football – enclosed in a shield design.
“Spurs” is knitted into the back of the round neck, while the numbers “2017” and “2018” are knitted inside the left and right cuffs to reference the season that lies ahead at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will don the new strip when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in Orlando on July 22, while their new away kit will get a pre-season airing against Manchester City in Nashville on July 29.

Nike’s first away kit for Spurs is navy blue with white detailing, while goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will wear head-to-toe green.

Both strips utilise Aeroswift innovation, which Nike says wicks sweat, dries faster and results in the “lightest and fastest” football kits they have produced.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Nike, one of the world’s leading brands,” chairman Daniel Levy said after confirming the switch from Under Armour to Nike.

“Nike is committed to partnering with us both at home, at a time when our new stadium scheme is the catalyst for the regeneration of Tottenham, and globally, with our growing fan base mirrored by Nike’s worldwide reach.”

Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier signs new five year contract extension 

Kieran Trippier has signed a five-year contract extension with Tottenham.

The 26-year-old’s previous deal still had three years left to run but Spurs have improved his terms and extended them until 2022.

Trippier, who signed from Burnley in 2015, enjoyed a superb season in 2015/16, rotated with right-back Kyle Walker and breaking into the England fold with an international debut against France earlier this month.

Trippier has made 41 appearances for Spurs since his £3.5m move from the Clarets, including 13 starts across the Europa and Champions Leagues.

Tottenham’s  Heung-min Son  to have surgery 


Tottenham forward Son Heung-min could miss the start of the new season after fracturing his arm in South Korea’s World Cup qualifier against Qatar.

Son, 24, landed awkwardly during a challenge on Tuesday and will undergo surgery on his right forearm on Friday.

Neither the club nor the Korean FA indicated how long Son will be out for.

Latest Football News 

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    • Alvaro Morata, 24, could complete his £65m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United by early next week.
    • Gareth Bale, 27, is not looking for a move from Real Madrid despite Manchester United’s interest in him.
    • Arsenal are among those keeping a close eye on Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United.
    • Manchester City will try to fund half of their summer transfer spree with a planned £130m clearout, led by goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, and striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, for whom the Blues aim to get £25m each.
    • Crystal Palace will challenge West Ham to the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

    • Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager.
    • Manchester United have not made an official offer for Andrea Belotti and are having doubts about the Torino striker’s €100 million (£88m) buy-out clause.
    • Jose Mourinho has been nicknamed “Daisy” by his Manchester backroom staff, in reference to the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, because the Portuguese boss is always getting a lift to the training ground.
    • Liverpool must pay Roma £35.5m if they want to sign 24-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah.
    • Chelsea will request £10 million from Liverpool in compensation for Dominic Solanke.
    • The Reds are offering £3m, which is below Chelsea’s initial valuation of £8m, but they have increased that even further after his vital role in England’s U20 World Cup win.

    • Birmingham City have made a contract offer to former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, according to Blues boss Harry Redknapp.
    • Leicester have teamed up with rock band Kasabian to produce a new fashion range, which combines rock and roll and football.
    • The Foxes are set to offer Hull defender Harry Maguire a £20.8m contract, which will earn the 24-year-old £80,000 a week over five years. (Sun)
    • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
    • Turkish side Fenerbahce are reportedly planning a double bid for Leicester City forwards Jamie Vardy, 30, and Ahmed Musa, 24.
    • Basaksehir vice-president Mustafa Saral has said Tottenham and Manchester United target Cengiz Under, 19, is the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
    • Arsenal have made a €12 million bid for Fenerbache defender Simon Kjaer.
    • Hector Bellerin hopes Barcelona will continue to try to sign him from Arsenal after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

    • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will one day become boss of the France national side, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.
    • Danilo will stay at Real Madrid next season after telling the club he is ready to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
    • RB Leipzig are trying to hold off interest from Manchester City and Barcelona two of their youth team stars.
    • Central midfielder Erik Majetschak, 17, has attracted attention from Manchester City, while striker Niklas Kuhn is coveted by Barcelona.
    • Former Borussia Dortmund bossThomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Southampton
    • Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer are the two names on the shortlist to replace Claude Puel.
    • Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in an international friendly on Friday.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo said “sometimes the best answer is to be quiet” in the wake of allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax office of £14.7m.
    • Fernando Torres, 33, has rejected a big-money offer from Mexican side Queretaro to stay at Atletico Madrid for another season.
      • If midfielder Marco Verratti wants to play for Barcelona next season, the 24-year-old will have to take an active role in forcing through his exit from Paris St-Germain, according to the French club.

      • Michael Keane reportedly “changed his mind” over re-signing for Manchester United once he learnt Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two centre-backs.
      • Anderson Talisca believes he could be set for a move to Manchester United this summer after claiming Jose Mourinho “has a love” for him.
      • Paul Pogba used Instagram to show off his latest haircut, which appears to be a mixture of the French national colours and Chinese symbols.
      • Everton will begin discussions in Italy regarding possible summer transfers, with one of their scouts naming AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, 30, and Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, 26, as potential targets.
      • Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, 26, is reportedly hoping for a move back to Italy this summer, despite interest from Celtic.

      • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has targeted a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
      • Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has said he will have to “sort” through his offers this summer, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both keen on the 18-year-old.
      • Paris-Saint-Germain boss Unai  Emery has admitted his side’s  interest in signing Kylian Mbappe
      • PSG have reportedly pulled out of their proposed deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after deciding his €70million was ‘too expensive’.
      • Liverpool target Emre Mor has been given permission to speak to other clubs amid reports there are offers on the table for the youngster.
      • LA Galaxy are eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Ospina.
      • Arsenal remain determined to resist any offer from Manchester City or Chelsea this summer for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.

      • Emre Can is poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool.
      • Can is believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that will tie him to Anfield until 2021 and the Germany international is all set to sign up.
      • Juventus have offered €35million to Sevilla to sign Steven N’Zonzi but will move for Emre Can if they fail to reach an agreement.
      • Juve are hoping to complete a  deal for Pescara’s Mamadou  Coulibaly.
      • PSG are huge admirers of  Manchester United target Ivan  Perisic and have demanded the  Croatian winger as part of Inter  Milan’s plans to sign Lucas Moura.

      • Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has told Juventus he wants to join the club.
      • Bayern have slapped a €50m price tag on Douglas Costa amid interest from Juventus and Tottenham.
      • AC Milan are to consider including a €105million release clause in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal.
      • Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who is being linked with Arsenal and West Ham, is expected to agree a move to Marseille.
      • Everton target M’Baye Niang is being linked with a move to Torino.
      • Malaga could look to replace Everton target Sandro Ramirez with Swansea forward Borja Baston.
      • Roma are emerging as leading candidates to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice.
      • Napoli are ready to reluctantly accept an improved Chelsea bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Blues reportedly ready to bid €60m in the coming days.
      • Diego Costa’s brother claims the Chelsea striker has had “a lot of offers” to leave the Premier League champions this summer.
      • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
      • An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.
      • Federico Allende, a defender for lower-division club Sport Pacifico, bragged in a radio interview about using the needle several times against strikers from top-division club Estudiantes.
      • Kyle Bartley is being heavily linked with a move to Middlesbrough, with reports suggesting Garry Monk has already spoken to the Swansea player about a move to Teesside.
      • Rangers are poised to end their hunt for a director of football by appointing Manchester City academy director Mark Allen to the role.
      • The Italian referee who made history by giving the first video-assistant red card in international football to France’s Raphael Varane against England on Tuesday night got the protocol wrong and bungled the decision.
      • FA Cup replays are set to be ditched and the competition may soon be a midweek event.

      Harry Kane wins PFA fans’ Premier League player of the Season award

      Harry Kane has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Season award, ahead of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

      Over 49,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, and Kane, who finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, came out on top with 16,378 votes ahead of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who received 13,515 votes.

      Hazard, who scored 16 goals and grabbed five assists, finished third with 8,412 votes ahead of Alexis Sanchez (6,727), Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (3,507) and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (955).

      The top six were chosen by our expert panel, which includedSky Sportspundits Paul Merson and Peter Beagrie, Mike Riley – general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke – chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

      And it is Kane who has come out on top thanks to your votes, which have been verified by an independent party.

      The 23-year-old scored 29 goals and provided seven assists to help Tottenham finish second behind champions Chelsea – their highest Premier League finish.
      Kane finished as the league’s top scorer for a second successive season and his performances also saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

      EPL results: Final day – Champions Chelsea  cruise on Terry’s farewell match; Arsenal win but miss out of Champions League; Kane nets a hat trick- wins Golden boot

      ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      • Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Premier League champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to break the Premier League record for wins in a season, as captain John Terry waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge.

      With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

      The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

      Blues legend, Terry, who has spent 22 years at the club but will leave this summer, played 26 minutes after starting his second match in a row and was replaced to a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his team-mates.

      Willian’s equaliser  had already cancelled out Javier Manquillo’s third-minute strike by that point, and Eden Hazard and Pedro scored after the break to put the hosts in control.

      Substitute Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late double to seal a record-breaking 30th Premier League victory this season.

      It was the perfect prelude to the lifting of the trophy after the match and for Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

      • Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Harry Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season after scoring a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed Hull 7-1 on the final day.

      The striker, who netted four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, followed up with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

      Dele Alli made it 3-0 before half-time and, after Sam Clucas pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, Spurs finished with a flourish.

      Victor Wanyama headed in before Kane completed his hat-trick and Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld scored their first Premier League goals of the season.

      Kane wins the Golden Boot award with 29 goals, four more than nearest rival Romelu Lukaku.

      And the rout concludes another impressive campaign for Spurs, who finish second behind Chelsea on 86 points with just four defeats and a club-record 26 goals conceded.

      Hull, meanwhile, drop to the Championship with uncertainty over the future of Marco Silva, who was serenaded by fans throughout the match in a bid to keep him at the club, with  talks planned next week.

      • Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

      City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counters-attacks.

      The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

      Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a shocking display.

      Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.

      • Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Liverpool secured their Champions League return as their initial nerves turned to jubilation and relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield.

      With top-four rivals Arsenal ahead at Everton, Liverpool were impotent in attack and twitchy at the back for most of the first half.

      But Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post.

      Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable cushion to ride out to full-time.

      With Manchester City thrashing Watford, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.

      • ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season.

      Arsene Wenger’s side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia. He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

      Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

      It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

      The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

      The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger’s future will be made.

      • Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

      Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

      The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

      Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind.

      With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

      He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

      Palace’s best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker’s towering header struck the foot of the post.

      Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish – their second successive season outside the top four – while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

      • Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Southampton” miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

      The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond’s lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

      The striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

      Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel’s side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary’s.

      His side end the season eighth, with their lowest points tally since 2012-13, while Stoke finish 13th, their lowest finish since the same season.

      • Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

      Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot at the end of Lys Mousset’s driving run.

      Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half.

      Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani’s blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

      The Cherries – who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year – end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.

      • Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

      Having secured survival a week earlier, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner.

      Swansea improved after the interval and equalised as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club, before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left.

      A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.

      Whereas the Baggies’ second-half decline was symptomatic of their fading fortunes at the end of the season, Swansea’s late revival was representative of their inspired run-in.

      • Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      West Ham ended their season with an away victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

      Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross.

      The hosts’ lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

      Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes’ shot on to the crossbar.

      The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.

      EPL  result – Kane hit four as Tottenham crush Leicester city

      ​Leicester City 1 – 6 Tottenham Hotspur

      Harry Kane bagged four goals to take him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts as Tottenham thrashed Leicester 6-1.

      Though Chelsea ended their Premier League title hopes last week, there was no let-up from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who won for the 25th time in the league this season.

      Kane helped himself to two predatory goals from close range before rattling in twice from 20 yards in the last few minutes to move to 26 league goals for the campaign.

      Son Heung-min also scored fine goals either side of half-time, volleying in Dele Alli’s masterful pass, and bending in from 25 yards after a swift counter-attack.

      Leicester, who are yet to make a decision on manager Craig Shakespeare’s future, played their part in an entertaining game.

      Ben Chilwell momentarily sparked hopes of a fightback by making it 2-1, but the Foxes ultimately had no answer to this in-form Tottenham side.

      Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino wins April Manager of the month award

      ​Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has won April’s Manager of the Month award – his first this season.

      The Argentinian helped Spurs to six consecutive Premier League victories as his side chased down Chelsea for the title last month, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once.

      That goal came in a 3-1 triumph at Swansea – one of three away victories that also included 1-0 wins at Burnley and Crystal Palace.

      At home, Tottenham thrashed both Bournemouth and Watford 4-0 before a 2-0 victory in the last-ever north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, which will be demolished at the end of the season to make way for their new 61,000-seater stadium.
      The run came to an end in their first game in May – a defeat to West Ham all but ending their title hopes – but Pochettino’s team remain on course to finish second – their highest-ever finish in the Premier League – with a record points tally.
      Pochettino last won the Premier League Manager of the Month award in February 2016.
      The Spurs boss beat Marco Silva of Hull City, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare and Antonio Conte of Chelsea to the manager’s award.

      Tottenham’s Heung-min Son win April Player of the Month award

      Tottenham winger Heung-Min Son has been named Player of the Month for April, his second monthly award of the season, after he won the accolade in September.

      Son beat teammates Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen as well as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, Sergio Aguero of Man City and Manchester United’s Eric Bailly to the player’s award.
      The South Korea international scored five goals during Spurs’ winning run, including two goals in the home win over the Hornets.
      “I’m really thankful to my team-mates,” Son told Tottenham’s official website. “This is my second time [winning the award] but I’m not finished with my second – I want to get a third one.

      “It’s not just for me, I think it’s for everyone and I’m really proud of the way we played in April. We won against Arsenal, I scored many goals, we fought in every game and we conceded just one goal in the league so it’s just an unbelievable thing and I have good memories of April.

      “It’s very special and I’m really, really thankful to everyone who voted for me – the Tottenham fans, the Korean fans – it makes it a special moment for me. I want to just keep going really hard now.”

      Preview: Tottenham Vs Liverpool

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      At Anfield, the Klopp-mania has swept through the city and now it is time for the Jurgen Klopp era to begin. His track records certainly suggest that Liverpool fans will be in for a fun ride. Dortmund were a breath of fresh air with their playing style and ultra pressing game.

      However, this will be no easy game against a Spurs side that is gradually finding its feet after a slow start. Manchester City were their last victims at home at White Hart Lane and with Eriksen in fine form, this is a team capable of deflating all the optimism the new German manager has brought with hm. The “normal” one will be hoping for a good start.

      Liverpool is aiming for their 6th consecutive win over Spurs and have scored 18 goals in the last 5 meetings between the sides, conceding just 4 goals in those games. The timely return of Daniel Sturridge should be a boost to this side but he has however failed to score against the North London side since he moved to Merseyside. Tottenham has built a good and solid defensive unit so far and are yet to lose in their last 7 league games and also have the best joint defensive record in the league, allowing just 7 goals this season. The London side will want to prevent a 6th consecutive defeat in the hands of their opponents, a feat only Newcastle has managed to inflict on them.

      Team News

      Tottenham

      Tottenham are facing an injury crisis in midfield with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb out injured. Eric Dier who has starred in midfield this season is also suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season. That means inexperienced Tom Carroll or Musa Dembele could start. Son Heung-Min and Alex Pritchard remained sidelined with injuries.

      Liverpool

      Jurgen Klopp will look to Divock Origi and Sturridge for goals following a cruciate ligament injury to Danny Ings. Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are also sidelined but they should be back in full training in one week. Joe Gomez is also ruled out with a cruciate ligament tear and is joined on the injury list by Jordan Henderson. Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is available for selection after recovering from a groin problem.

      Preview: Sunderland Vs Tottenham

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      Both sides head into the weekend still in search of their first league win of the season. If there is one opponent Spurs will want at this time, it probably will be Sunderland as they are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings between the sides. Sunderland’s poor start can be attributed to a host of factor, one of which is a series of comical defending. Tottenham, however, have sometimes in recent away games left their scoring boots at home.

      Tottenham’s start to the season has been poor by their standard. They threw away a 2 goal lead at home to Stoke and Harry Kane’s form has been nowhere what it was last season. The success of the London club will depend on the ability of the Englishman to regain his goal scoring form and the supporting cast to lend a hand.

      Dick Advocaat will be encouraged by his attackers’ showing in the 2-2 draw away at Aston Villa and the recent acquisition of Fabio Borini provides more reasons for optimism. But doubts still linger about the ability of his defence. Kaboul was expected to bring in some much-needed calmness and experience to that backline but that hasn’t materialized yet. The Black Cats have already shipped in 10 games this season with defeats at Leicester City away and home to Norwich City particularly disturbing. They have somewhat steadied the ship but they will know that they need to quickly convert recent draws to win in order to avoid another relegation dogfight.

      Team News

      Sunderland

      Fabio Borini is in line for his second debut for the Black Cats after signing from Liverpool. However, on-loan DeAndre Yedlin is ineligible to play against his parent club. Jordi Gomez and Adam Johnson are back in training but are unlikely to feature due to a lack of match fitness.

      Tottenham

      Son Heung Min is available to make his premier league debut  but Eriksen misses out due to a knee injury. Mousa Dembele is sidelined as well with a foot problem.

      Preview: Leicester City Vs Tottenham

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      Harry Kane scores in the last meeting between the sides

      If the league had started on April 1 this year, Leicester City would be top of the league. They have carried on their fairytale run which saw them comfortably avoid relegation last season even though they were rooted to the bottom of the table for a very long time. A change of manager has not altered the positive feeling at City and they are one of 4 teams with a 100% record this season. Consecutive victories over Sunderland and West Ham mean that there is genuine optimism that this season will not contain another struggle to avoid relegation.

      The Midland club may have lost Estaban Cambiasso on a free transfer but they have moved quickly to bring in experienced and proven Gohkan Inler from Napoli. If he has the same impact the Argentine had, it will prove to be an inspired signing. Spurs on the other hand, have had a disappointing start to the season and will want to get their season up and running. If they fail to get their first win soon, they risk been left behind by those challenging for European places. The London club do have a good record against the Foxes and have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in the last four meetings between them.

      In spite of their good fortunes against the Foxes, they will know that all that will count for nothing and their contrasting fortunes this season will give Leicester some confidence going into this game. Spurs squandered a two goal lead last weekend against Stoke in a game they should have won considering they had built up a significant lead. The Foxes will be hoping that the North London Club will visit bearing similar gifts.

      Claudio Ranieri has maintained the optimism around the King Power stadium. Another win will go a long way in maintaining that. Their style of play has been brilliant too. They easily dismantled Sunderland on the opening day before beating West Ham without too much discomfort in a game that was expected to be tricky. Spurs will have to be wary of the threat the opposition poses and will look to Harry Kane to continue his impressive goal scoring record against Leicester.

      Team News.

      Leicester City

      Gokhan Inler is in line for his debut while Matty James is ruled out with a knee problem.

      Tottenham

      Andros Townsend (ankle) remains a doubt for Tottenham while striker Clinton N’Jie who signed from Lyon last weekend could feature for the first time.

      Preview: Tottenham Vs Stoke

      Tottenham and Stoke go in search of their first league win of the season following opening day defeats against Man United and Liverpool respectively. Stoke have however been informed that their £12m signing Xerdan Shaqiri will not be allowed to make his league debut due to a suspension gotten in Italy while playing at Inter Milan.

      Both sides will be harbouring hopes of qualifying for European football at the end of the season but will be aware that they need to get their season up and running if they are not to be playing catch up so early in the season.

      Tottenham will be looking for better results this season against the visitors having lost both of their Premier League games against Stoke last season. They also had a player sent off in both games (Vlad Chiriches and Kyle Naughton).

      Charlie Adam, who has turned out to be a crucial player for Stoke, has had mixed fortune in his previous games against Spurs. He has scored three times but has been sent off twice in seven Premier League games in these encounters.

      Tottenham will be looking to Harry Kane to lead the way. The striker is in line for his 50th Premier League appearance in this match and has scored 24 goals in 49 PL games; and will look to join an elite group which contains 15 players who have scored 25 goals in their first 50 Premier League appearances.

      Team News

      Tottenham

      Hugo Lloris is set to start for Tottenham after head coach Mauricio Pochettino reported a fully fit squad. Andros Townsend and Danny Rose are also back in contention, while Alex Pritchard marked his return from injury with two goals for the Under-21s against the Toffees. Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor have not been given squad numbers and may be on their way out of the club. Roberto Soldado who flopped during his time in English football has completed a move back to Spain where he will join Villareal.

      Stoke

      New signing Xerdan Shaqiri misses out due to suspension. Arnautovic and Marc Wilson participation remains doubtful after the pair missed last Sunday’s home loss to Liverpool due to thigh and ankle problems respectively. Peter Odemwingie (hamstring) and Bojan Krkic are unlikely to take part as well due to injuries. Ryan Shawcross faces between two and three months on the sidelines following back surgery.

      Preview: Manchester United VS Tottenham

      The post Alex Ferguson era has not gone according to plan. Manchester United will however be hoping that it will be third time lucky this season as they begin at home to Spurs, a side who have had some success at the Theatre of Dream in the last 3 years.

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      Van Gaal will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s opening day defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford. The Dutch coach has overseen a £230 million outlay since his arrival at the club in a bid to return the English giants to the top of domestic and European football. The Di Maria experiment may have failed after one season but there remains lingering doubts about the future of David De Gea. Man United’s success in this game and during the course of the season will be dependent on the form of their captain Wayne Rooney, who will be expected to provide the goals following the departure of Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao. He will be buoyed by his impressive scoring record against the opposition against whom he has scored 10 goals in 15 league appearances for United. The Red Devils will be hoping that their captain stays fit as they are one injury away from having James Wilson and Javier Hernandez leading the lines.

      Tottenham will be hoping that their midweek games against Real Madrid and AC Milan at the Audi Cup does not prove to be too much of a problem against a United that have continued their spending spree. Spurs have a particularly good recent record against the Red Devil as they have only been beaten once in the last six games between the two sides. However, their last visit to Old Trafford ended in a 3-0 defeat and Pochettino will be hoping for a better result and performance this time. There is so much uncertainty about the future of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado but they will know that their success this season will be dependent on Harry Kane carrying his last season exploits into the new season.

      Team News

      Manchester United

      United are set to give debuts to three of their big summer signings: Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin while Bastian Schweinsteiger could miss out due to lack of match fitness. Rojo will also miss out for the same reason. The Spanish goalkeeper will not play amid ongoing interest from Real Madrid.

      Tottenham Hotspur

      Spurs have gone on to bolster their defence and Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier will all be hoping to feature in a new-look defence. Hugo Lloris could start in goal after making a return in the midweek friendly win over AC Milan. Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend are doubt for the season opener due to injuries.