L’equipe names Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio world’s best U-21 player ahead of Dele Alli and Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has topped a list of the world’s best players 21 or under compiled by French newspaper L’Equipe.

Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli is in second place, with PSG star Kylian Mbappe third and Barcelona new boy Ousmane Dembele fourth.

Completing the top 10 are AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan, Manchester City attacking duo Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner.

The Madrid forward was one of five Spanish youngsters who made the cut alongside teammates Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo (15th and 31st) with Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler (40th) and Real Sociedad defender Mikel Oyarzabal (44th) also included.

Elsewhere for English clubs Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) and Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) were named 19th, 25th and 26th.

Celtic and Leicester City both had two players named with Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney picked for the Scottish champions and Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi selected for the former Premier League winners.

In order to be eligible for the poll, players had to be born after January 1, 1996.

Scouted Football provided the full list of 50 players, with Rashford and Alli England’s only entrants:

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Diego Costa regrets way in which he left Chelsea after sealing Atletico move

Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having “special affection” for people at the club.

The 28-year-old striker finally agreed a move back to Atletico Madrid earlier this week and arrived in the Spanish capital on Friday, ending weeks of exile in Brazil.

Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but his stay ended in acrimony as he refused to return to the club after being informed by text message that he was not in Antonio Conte’s plans.

But Costa will not let his final few months sour his time at the club.

“I didn’t want it to unfold as it did,” the Spain international told journalists at Madrid airport, as reported by Marca.
“I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea.
“I don’t want to have an ungrateful attitude towards Chelsea, because I was also very happy there and played in a great team.”
Costa will look to restart his career in familiar surroundings as he is back at the club he served with distinction between 2010 and 2014.

Although he will not be able to play until January due to Atletico’s transfer embargo, Costa is raring to go at a place he calls home.

“Atletico Madrid is my home and here I am,” he added.
“I am very happy. [The negotiations] went on too long, but there was a happy ending in the end.
“Now I’m waiting to see my team-mates and to train.
“I am not as unfit as some have been saying.
“There won’t be a lack of determination on my part and I’ll give my best, as has always been the case.”

Bundesliga result: Bayern struggle without Neuer – champions blow two-goal lead

Bayern Munich 2 – 2 Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich blew a two-goal lead at home as they were held by Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Wolfsburg, in new coach Martin Schmidt’s second game in charge, survived a couple of early corners, but frustrated their hosts for much of the first half.

After 10 goals in their three games following their shock loss to Hoffenheim, a Bayern side featuring Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Lewandowski struggled to continue that free-scoring form.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty, his 11th goal in nine games this season, and Arjen Robben made it 2-0 with a deflected strike.

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich – deputy for the injured Manuel Neuer – fumbled Maxi Arnold’s 25-yard free-kick into the net.


Daniel Didavi headed in a late equaliser as Bayern stayed second.

Ligue 1 results: Falcao bags brace to hit double figures as PSG maul Lille; Balotelli on target as Nice rally to draw at home

Nice 2 – 2 Angers
Lille 0 – 4 Monaco

Lille 0 – 4 Monaco

Radamel Falcao took his season’s tally up to 11 Ligue 1 goals – after only seven games – with a double as champions Monaco beat Lille.

Stevan Jovetic scored his first goal for the club, following his summer move from Inter Milan, striking from 20 yards.


Rachid Ghezzal swept home a second goal from Almamy Toure’s cross to double their lead after half an hour.

Falcao headed in a third soon after the break and then scored a penalty.

Lille boss Marcelo Bielsa is already under pressure with just one Ligue 1 win so far, after being appointed in the summer.

Monaco are behind leaders Paris St-Germain on goal difference.
They visit Montpellier on Saturday.

Nice 2 – 2 Angers

Mario Balotelli scored a penalty as Nice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Angers.
Les Aiglons went 2-0 down inside 34 minutes but Italy forward Balotelli’s spot-kick — his 15th goal in 15 Ligue 1 matches at Allianz Riviera — reduced the deficit before half-time and an Ismael Traore own goal saw Nice equalise with 11 minutes remaining.

Mateo Pavlovic gave Angers the lead after 12 minutes when he headed in a free-kick at the back post and Yoann Andreu’s precise cross from the left allowed Cameroonian Karl Toko Ekambi to double the visitors’ advantage.

Balotelli slotted home a 39th-minute penalty after Thomas Mangani was controversially adjudged to have handled and another set-piece denied Angers as Traore headed a corner into his own net.

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Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly ready to do battle for a 15-year-old Valencia wonderkid.
Spanish youngster Ferhat Cogalan has been attracting interest throughout Europe, with Galatasaray and AC Milan also keen on the talented attacker.

United are still keeping a close eye on Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

Manchester City fear they will be beaten to the signature of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez by big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

Zinedine Zidane wants to sign Alexis Sanchez for Real Madrid in January, according to reports in Spain.

Karim Benzema has said he wants to retire as a Real Madrid player after winning more titles with the Spanish giants.

Linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer, Angel Di Maria was quite happy to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has called on UEFA to deduct points from overspending clubs, saying Paris Saint-Germain’s owners “laugh” at fines.

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has a back injury that will sideline him for at least another month.
Mings has missed Bournemouth’s past two games, victories over Brighton in both the Premier Leagueand Carabao Cup.

Talks between Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Real Madrid are progressing well.

PSG and Juventus are set to battle it out for Monaco star Fabinho this January.

AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma has revealed that he snubbed Real Madrid because he “feels at home” in Milan.

AC Milan are close to reaching an agreement for the signing of Nicolò Canalicchio, 16, who is contracted with Serie B side Ternana at the moment.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he no longer dreams of moving to Real Madrid.

Neymar will not be in the Paris Saint-Germain squad for the trip to Montpellier on Saturday because of a minor foot injury.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Kieran Gibbs was not offered a new contract to stay at Arsenal but believes he should be proud of his career at the club.

Manchester City are hopeful Ilkay Gundogan will be back in action after the next international break after his injury fears were eased.

Liverpool look set to suffer a potential transfer blow, with Inter Milan ready to hand Reds target Zinho Vanheusden a new three-year deal.

Emre Can has vowed to add more goals to his game as he looks to help get Liverpool’s season back on track.

Manchester United will miss out on signing Atletico Madrid strikerAntoine Griezmann,26, as the France international has decided to stay with the La Liga side.

Gareth Barry has revealed that Ronald Koeman “wasn’t happy” when he asked to leave Everton this summer.

Former Arsenal coach Laura Harvey is in contention to succeed Mark Sampson as England women’s manager.

Kurt Zouma admits he wants Stoke City to beat his parent club Chelsea at the bet365 Stadium.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson will start summer signing Mamadou Sakho at Manchester City on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha has said Crystal Palace’s decision to sack Frank de Boer after just four Premier League games is a sign of the “ruthless” nature of football.

West Ham will auction shirts worn in this weekend’s London derby to raise money in aid of the Mexican earthquake.
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, 29, is leading the #YoXMexico initiative alongside international team-mate Miguel Layun.

Chelsea and on-loan Swansea striker Tammy Abraham reject Nigeria

Chelsea and England U21 striker Tammy Abraham has told the FA he remains available for selection and has rejected reports he wants to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria.

Abraham, who has also represented England at U18 and U19 level, was born in London but is also eligible to play for Nigeria through his father.
The Chelsea striker – currently on loan at Swansea – admits meeting Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), after the Swans’ 0-0 draw with Tottenham at Wembleylast weekend.

But Abraham has released a statement confirming he remains committed to England.

“Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance,” said Abraham.
“I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.

“However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.
“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”

Zidane, Allegri and Conte shortlisted for final Best FIFA Men’s Coach award – Mourinho, Guardiola miss out

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri were on the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.

The final three were cut down from an initial list of 10, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, boss of rivals Manchester City, among the names to be dropped.

Juventus head coach Allegri won Serie A and the Coppa Italia last season, with defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final denying him a historic treble.

Zidane led that Madrid side, who also triumphed in LaLiga, while Conte tasted Premier League glory in his first season in England, having taken over a side who had ended the previous campaign in 10th.

As well as Mourinho and Guardiola, the other bosses initially nominated to subsequently miss out on the final three are Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Leonardo Jardim, Joachim low, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone and Tite.

Claudio Ranieri was named Best FIFA Coach of the Year in 2016 after Leicester City’s stunning Premier League triumph, with Zidane and Portugal’s Fernando Santos the other finalists.

Coach of the year

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Antonio Conte (Chelsea)

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

FIFA awards: Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar up for Best FIFA Men’s Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year.

Messi and Neymar claimed the Copa del Rey with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award after leading the Italian club to a sixth successive Serie A title, a third-straight Italian Cup success and a runner-up finish in the Champions League.

He was joined by Real Madrid shot-stopper Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri were on the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.

The women’s player of the year award will be contested between Venezuelan striker Deyna Castellanos, American midfielder Carli Lloyd, and Lieke Martens, who helped Netherlands to the Euro 2017 title.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on October 23.

Player of the year

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Neymar (PSG)

Goalkeeper of the year

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Coach of the year

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Antonio Conte (Chelsea)

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

FIFA women’s coach of the year

Nils Nielsen (Denmark)

Gérard Prêcheur (Lyon)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

FIFA women’s player of the year

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Carli Lloyd (United States/Houston Dash)

Lieke Martens (Netherlands/Barcelona)

FIFA fan award

Borussia Dortmund supporters

Celtic supporters

FC Copenhagen supporters

Puskas Award

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas)

Alejandro Camargo (Universidad de Concepcion)

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela U-17)

Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Aviles Hurtado (Tijuana Xolos)

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)

Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka FC)

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson named coach of Belgian club OH Leuven

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been named head coach of Belgian second-tier side OH Leuven.

King Power International own both clubs so Pearson, 54, will again be working with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who sacked him as Foxes boss in June 2015.

His Leicester exit came one month after he had guided them to unlikely Premier League safety in the 2014-15 season.

Since then, his only other job has been a 14-match spell in charge of Derby County between May and October in 2016.
OH Leuven sit fourth in the eight-team Belgian First Division B.

They have won only two of their six league matches this season and Pearson replaces Dennis van Wijk, who had been in charge since January.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive of King Power International, said: “Nigel is an incredibly good manager with a wealth of knowledge, good people skills and a strong winner’s mentality. He will put OHL on track for the next few years.”

Pearson added: “I know how to develop the club and I’m looking forward to contributing to it. The club has many good players and a good staff that guides them. I can not wait to work with them and achieve our goals.”

During his career in England he also managed Carlisle United, Southampton, Hull and was in charge of Leicester for 289 matches over two spells.


In his second stint as Foxes boss, he guided the club to the Championship title in 2013-14 and Premier League survival the following season, but was then dismissed with a club statement saying “fundamental differences in perspective exist between us”.
He was involved in several high-profile incidents, including calling a journalist an “ostrich”and clashing with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur.

Pearson was replaced by Claudio Ranieri, who took the side Pearson had largely assembled to the Premier League title in his first season with the Midlands club.

Carlos Teves takes swipe at Chinese Super League

Shanghai Shenhua striker Carlos Tevez has launched an attack on the capabilities of Chinese footballers, claiming those playing in the country will not be able to reach the top “even in 50 years.”
The Argentine has spent the last nine months in China after joining Shenhua on a lucrative two-year contract from Boca Juniors in January,
“In South America and Europe, players learn to play football when they’re kids, but not here,” Tevez told SFR Sport. “So technically they are not very good.
“Their football is very different. The fans treat it very differently as well. And I don’t think they are going to get to the same heights, not even in 50 years.”
Tevez, who has played for European clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, has endured a difficult spell in the Chinese Super League amid constant rumours of an impending return to his homeland.
He has played just 13 times in the league and scored only three goals, having struggled with a persistent calf injury, while Shenhua have languished in the lower reaches of the standings.

Gus Poyet recently quit as Shenhua boss with the team in 12th place, a disappointing return for the club after they finished in third position last season.

New coach Wu Jingui claimed Tevez was too out of shape to feature for Shenhua after his appointment as Poyet’s replacement, only to introduce him as a second-half substitute in the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Shanghai SIPG, a game in which the forward scored.

Shenhua, however, can still qualify for next year’s Asian Champions League if they win the Chinese FA Cup. They take on second division Shanghai Shenxin in the second leg of the semifinals next week, with Shenhua holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

Dani Alves hit back at Diego Forlan over Neymar-Cavani comments – “shut your trap”

Dani Alves has told Diego Forlan to “shut your trap” after the former Uruguay international criticised the Paris Saint-Germain right-back over his part in the set-piece dispute between Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Neymar and Cavani had a disagreement over a second-half free kick in PSG’s 2-0 win over Lyon on Sunday, with Alves seemingly taking the ball off Cavani and handing it to his fellow Brazilian Neymar. The duo also argued over who should take a later penalty, which Cavani went on to miss.


That led Forlan to come out in defence of his Uruguayan compatriot Cavani, with the former Manchester United man telling Radio Sport 890: “What doesn’t make any sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani and then gives it to Neymar as if he were his b—-.

“Cavani deserves respect. He has been scoring goals for years, taking penalties. There has to be respect. Neymar would not have done that with [Lionel] Messi. He didn’t want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.”

Alves then took to Twitter to offer a response to Forlan, while also saying that the penalty that Neymar and Cavani argued over should have been his.

He wrote: “I don’t know what match you were watching, but for your information, I didn’t take the ball away from any of my teammates. It was just the opposite, it was taken from me!
Alves added: “And also for your information, the last penalty kick for PSG was mine. So shut your trap and stop making drama in my name.”

Alves was reported to have organised a dinner earlier this week that was attended by both Neymar and Cavani — something that pleased PSG boss Unai Emery.

“I like that the players dine together,” Emery told a news conference. “I am happy because it is good for the players to be together outside of matches and to speak together. They have trained well this week. I think that it was a good thing.”

There were also reports that Neymar and Cavani argued in the dressing room after the win over Lyon, though Emery played down talk of a rift existing between the two.

“They are both competitive players and they want the best for the team,” he said. “I insist that there is a good relationship there. There may have been some conversations during the match but there is harmony between them. In the end, what we want is to find the best individual and collective relationships.”

Emery had said after the Lyon clash that Neymar and Cavani would need to sort out between themselves who should take any future penalties.

The PSG boss has backtracked on those comments, saying he will decide, though he refused to reveal who he has chosen.
“Edinson and Neymar will take the penalties. Who is the first kicker? Who is the second? I will take that decision,” he said. “I spoke with both of them before the match and this week — individually and collectively. Both players must take responsibility, they are capable of that.
“The most important thing is that the penalties get scored. To know who will take the first or the second penalty, I have already spoken with the players. We will wait and see if we get a penalty this weekend.”

La Liga results: Levante beat Sociedad to go above Real Madrid; Villarreal held by Espanyol

Villarreal 0 – 0 Espanyol
Celta Vigo 1 – 1 Getafe
Levante 3 – 0 Real Sociedad

Defender Chema Rodriguez scored an early contender for goal of the season asLevanteeased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Real Sociedad.
Rodriguez opened the scoring in sensational fashion, firing a 20-yard left-footed volley into the top corner on the stroke of half-time.
Jose Luis Morales then doubled the home side’s lead from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been fouled in the area with 15 minutes remaining.
Sociedad’s Diego Llorente was dismissed after 88 minutes following a second bookable offence before Enis Bardhi completed the victory with a fine free-kick shortly afterwards.

The crushing win takes newly-promoted Levante above Real Madrid and up to fifth in the table.

Villarreal were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The hosts went into the match on the back of successive victories following two defeats in as many of their opening matches. But the Yellow Submarine were unable to muster up a hat-trick of consecutive wins despite having more of the ball and 14 shots to Espanyol’s 10.

Villarreal move up to eighth in the table while Espanyol, who managed their first victory of the season with a 2-1 success against Celta Vigo on Monday night, are 16th following their hard-fought point.

Angel Luis Rodriguez Diaz salvaged a point for Getafe with a late strike at Celta Vigo as the game ended 1-1.
Uruguayan Maxi Gomez, the 21-year-old who arrived atCelta Vigoin the summer, continued his fine form by opening the scoring for the hosts.

Gomez, who scored twice in his side’s opening-day defeat to Real Sociedad, took his La Liga tally for the season to an impressive four from the opening five matches with his 25th-minute strike.
But Diaz scored with just four minutes remaining to rescue a draw for the newly-promoted side.

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Chelsea failed with a final-day offer for Bayern Munich star Rafinha, the Brazilian has admitted.

Chelsea’s sale of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid means the club have made nearly £500m by selling players they no longer need since January 2014.

Roma striker Edin Dzeko wants a reunion with Wolfsburg in January.

Inter are planning to sign Samir Handanovic to a contract extension to ward off interest from Liverpool.

AC Milan and Inter are interested in signing Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic and will do everything they can to sign him next summer.

Juventus are still interested in signing Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
Monaco have slapped a €60m price tag on the player.

Manchester City fear Paris St-Germain are now favourites to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who is out of contract next summer and is reported to want £400,000 a week in wages.

Chelsea’s sale of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid means the club have made nearly £500m by selling players they no longer need since January 2014.

Chelsea and Everton are weighing up offers for Edinson Cavani amid reports he will look for a way out of Paris Saint-Germain, while Napoli are also interested

Manchester United have contacted the agent of Brazilian star Lucas Lima over a January move to Old Trafford, his representative has claimed.

Liverpool and Manchester United have reportedly been alerted to the possibility of signing Napoli star Dries Mertens after details of his exit fee were published in the Italian media.
The player’s exit clause has been set at a rather low €30million – a fee hardly likely to scare off potential suitors.

Paul Pogba, 24, has being ordered to take a 10-day holiday by Manchester United ahead of his rehab for a hamstring injury.

Wayne Rooney has hired an ex-Manchester United bodyguard known as ‘Big Ginge’, who has been driving him to Everton training after his two-year driving ban.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has allocated £180million on new players in Januaryand wants to sign one attacker and one defender on the back of their disappointing start to the season. Forwards Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala and Timo Werner all in their sights, while Bayern Munich star David Alaba and Athletic Bilbao ace Aymeric Laporte are also reported targets

Manchester City scouts were in attendance last night as Lazio suffered a 4-1 defeat to Napoli. City have been linked with a move for €70m-rated Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Manchester United have earned more than half a billion pounds for the second successive year, with a record-breaking revenue of £581.2m.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola insisted Yaya Toure remains an important part of his squad after the midfielder’s 300th game for the club.

West Ham sent scouts to watch SPAL defender Francesco Vicari on Wednesday night ahead of a possible January swoop.

Arsenal have made an approach to sign 19-year-old Marseille defender Christopher Rocchia.

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says the club are no longer interested in signing West Brom’s 29-year-old centre-back Jonny Evans, who was linked with them this summer.

Liverpool are plotting a move for 18-year-old Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

Leeds’ versatile defender Conor Shaughnessy has signed a new four-year deal with the Sky Bet Championship club.

Aston Villa are one of five Championship clubs reported to be keeping tabs on Rangers’ Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, 21, following a goal-laden beginning in Scotland that has seen him score eight times in 10 games.

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, crashed his car on his way home from training – but escaped serious injury.

Before he left for Chelsea, striker Alvaro Morata, 24, warned Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that manager Zinedine Zidane’s preferential treatment of players would hinder the La Liga champions this season.

Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has revealed that he wants to get into management when he finally hangs up his boots.

Romelu Lukaku knows Manchester United fans “meant well with their songs” but hopes everyone can move on from chanting Kick It Out called “racist”.

Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele has revealed he will be back “in two months” time after suffering a torn thigh muscle.

Jeremy Mathieu claims Neymar quit Barcelona for PSG to give himself a chance to win the Ballon d’Or.

Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla have all joined Newcastle, Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the race to sign £17.5m-rated Besiktas star Cenk Tosun.

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has admitted his club have held talks over a possible deal for Genoa’s teenage sensation Pietro Pellegri. The 16-year-old is also wanted by Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Beppe Marotta says the Italian club will be powerless to prevent forward Paulo Dybala leaving for Barcelona if the 23-year-old wants the move.

Diego Forlan calls Dani Alves Neymar’s bi***

Former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has weighed into the simmering row at PSG between Edinson Cavani and Neymar by insisting his fellow Uruguayan deserves more respect.

The PSG attackers are at loggerheads after Alves snatched the ball off Cavani so Neymar could take a free-kick during their recent win over Lyon.

“He [Cavani] deserves respect,” Forlan told Uruguayan radio stationRadio Sport 890. “He has been scoring goals for years and taking penalties, there has to be respect.”

Forlan continued: “Neymar would not have done that to [Lionel] Messi. He did not want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.
“It’s a problem between Neymar and Cavani, those things happen on all teams.”
Forlan was also critical of Dani Alves’ part in the row and added: ‘What does not make sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani but gives it to Neymar as if he were his b****.”

Burnley sign former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard

Burnley have signed former Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old Denamrk international was a free agent after leaving Preston at the end of last season.

Lindegaard had been training with the Clarets and Sean Dyche has added the player to his squad after injury sustained to Tom Heaton.

Heaton will be out for months “rather than weeks”, according to Dyche after he had surgery on a shoulder injury he sustained in the recent 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

“I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in nicely here,” Lindegaard told Clarets Player HD.
“It seems like an honest place and a very hard-working place and I appreciate being a part of it.
“I have seen the first two games Nick has played and he’s done very well. I have a lot of respect for that.
“I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line.

“I feel good physically and I still want to play. I come here with a good spirit and I have a lot of enthusiasm for getting started.
“I sensed from the first day I came in there was a good atmosphere, that things are in a good place, and it has paid off with a good start to the season.”

Lindegaard will wear shirt number 22 and provide back up to Nick Pope and Adam Legzdins.

Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid for sale of Diego Costa

Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish club.

Atletico will pay more than £50m for the Spain international, who will now have a medical in Madrid and discuss personal terms.
Chelsea will not be subsiding his wages after he has signed for Atletico.

A Chelsea statement read:

“Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.

“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”

Costa refused to return to Chelsea’s Cobham training base this summer, instead remaining in Brazil in hope that Atletico could strike a deal to bring him back to Madrid.

Atletico failed to push through the move before the transfer deadline, safe in the knowledge that Costa would not be able to play for them until January due to the club’s transfer ban.
Costa has not played for 98 days since he appeared for Spain in a World Cup Qualifier against Macedonia in June.

The two teams play each other next Wednesday in the Champions League.

He scored 58 goals in 120 appearances for the Blues, including 20 in the Premier League last season as Chelsea won the title.

Bundesliga results: Dortmund stay perfect to top league; Cologne lose to suffer worst start

FC Cologne 0 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg 1 – 1 Hannover 96
Hamburger SV 0 – 3 Borussia Dortmund
Hertha Berlin 2 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
Mainz 05 2 – 3 Hoffenheim

Peter Bosz became the first manager in Bundesliga history to guide his side to a clean sheet in his first five games as Borussia Dortmund beat Hamburg 3-0 to remain top of the table.
Goals from Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic took them to 13 points.
This leaves them a point better off than Bayern Munich, who beat Schalke 3-0 on Tuesday.
The victory was also Dortmund’s 750th in the history of the competition.
Aubameyang, last season’s top Bundesliga scorer, headed against the post from an Andriy Yarmolenko cross before Japan midfielder Kagawa slotted in from close range in the 25th minute.
Aubameyang got on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute, finishing off a quick Dortmund break and he should have scored another when he had only keeper Christian Mathenia to beat soon after.
Pulisic made sure of the three points with his shot going in off the post.

Hoffenheim climbed to third, on 11, after recovering from a two-goal deficit to snatch a 3-2 stoppage-time win at Mainz thanks to Mark Uth’s late winner
Danny Latza and Yoshinori Muto had put Mainz aheadm before Nadien Amiri annd Sandro Wagner drew Hoffenheim level.

Hanover 96 failed to keep pace and dropped to fourth after their 1-1 draw at Freiburg.
Nil Petersen’s late goal for the host cancelled Martin Harnik’s 65 minute goal.
Niederlechner missed a penalty for Freiburg.

Cologne made it five losses in a row, their worst Bundesliga start in the club’s history, after their 1-0 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt, courtesy of a Sebastien Haller’s first half penalty .

Bayer Leverkusen lost to Hertha Berlin 2-1 at the Olympiastadion.
First half goals by Mathew Lecke and Salomon Kalou ensured that Julian Brandt late goal was a mere consolation.

Seria A results: Napoli, Juventus, Roma, Milan WIN

Benevento 0 – 4 Roma AC Milan 2 – 0 SPAL 2013 Cagliari 0 – 1 Sassuolo Genoa 1 – 1 ChievoVerona Hellas Verona 0 – 0 Sampdoria Juventus 1 – 0 Fiorentina Lazio 1 – 4 SSC Napoli Udinese 2 – 3 Torino Atalanta 5 – 1 Crotone Napoli came from behind to beat Lazio to maintain their winning start to the Serie A season and go top of the table. Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij had given Lazio the lead before Maurizio Sarri’s side roared back. Kalidou Koulibaly, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens turned the match on its head before Jorginho’s stoppage-time penalty sealed a fine win. Napoli have a maximum 15 points from five games, the same as championsJuventus. It is 27 years since Napoli last won the Serie A title, when Diego Maradona played for the Naples club. Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko scored twice for Roma in a 4-0 win against bottom club Benevento – their ninth consecutive away victory in Serie A. Dzeko, top scorer in Serie A last season, has five goals in four games this term. Le Streghe were still seeking their first ever Serie A point after four rounds, having scored one goal and conceded 10, but were wracked by injuries to Amato Ciciretti, Andrea Costa, Marco D’Alessandro and Luca Antei, as well as coming off a 6-0 defeat to Napoli. Roma got back on track at the weekend, beating Verona 3-0, but Radja Nainggolan, Patrik Schick, Rick Karsdorp and Emerson Palmieri missed the trip. This was the first competitive meeting between the sides and Vid Belec got down well to smother a Dzeko header on Bruno Peres’ cross from the right. Benevento should’ve taken the lead on 17 minutes when Massimo Coda went on the counter and rolled across for Danilo Cataldi, who somehow missed the target from the edge of the box. They were made to pay, because moments later Roma broke the deadlock. Aleksandar Kolarov surged down the left, shrugging off Ledian Memushaj, and rolled across for Dzeko to tap in from a yard. Another similar move from Maxime Gonalons almost found Dzeko in the same position, but this time Achraf Lazaar intercepted. Dzeko also hit the near post from just inside the penalty area, pouncing on a rebound. Coda cut inside from the left to drill wide of the upright, but Roma doubled their advantage. Bruno Peres got down the right undisturbed from a splendid Gonalons through ball and rolled across for Dzeko to tap in, but Fabio Lucioni got his toe there first to put through his own net. Benevento’s flanks were in serious trouble, as Roma players regularly waltzed to the by-line, with more chances for Dzeko and Diego Perotti. AC Milan are fourth after beating SPAL 2-0. Both Milan’s goals came from the penalty spot by Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie. Milan were scarcely tested by their visitors and will be disappointed that their dominance was not rewarded with a more flattering scoreline. Rodriguez scored his first goal for the club after Nikola Kalinic had been hauled down in the box in the first half, while Kessie converted from the spot after he’d been felled by Felipe in the 61st minute. Vincenzo Montella’s side have now won three straight games in all competitions following their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Lazio, and will be full of confidence ahead of this weekend’s trip to Sampdoria. Mario Mandzukic scored as Juve won 1-0 again Fiorentina, who had Milan Badelj sent off. This has always been a bitter rivalry, not helped by Federico Bernardeschi making the switch to Turin this summer. Juve rested Gigi Buffon, Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro among others, giving a chance to Wojciech Szczesny, Stefano Sturaro and Rodrigo Bentancur in a bid to maintain their perfect Serie A record this season. The Viola were on back-to-back wins, but had just two 1-1 draws in the last nine visits to Turin, since a 3-2 victory in March 2008. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Mandzukic’s goal early in the second half but Juventus wasted a series of chances to extend their lead. Massimiliano Allegri’s side now move second in Serie A with just goal difference separating them with league leaders Napoli. Verona stopped the slide with a point and a clean sheet, as they successfully neutralised the Sampdoria attack thanks to two Antonio Caracciolo goal-line clearances.

Emile Heskey hit out at Oxlade-Chamberlain’s full debut performance

Emile Heskey has expressed his frustration after Liverpool’s £35m summer recruit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a full debut to forget for the Reds on Tuesday.

The versatile England star joined the Reds on deadline day for from Arsenal but has had to wait patiently for a first start, which finally came in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match at Leicester on Tuesday.

The Merseysiders lost 2-0 to the Foxes as Oxlade-Chamberlain played the full 90 minutes but made little impact.

“Disappointing,” Heskey told Sky Sports, when discussing the player’s full debut. “Sometimes you forgot he was even playing in the game.
“You expect him to be all-action up and down that wing and we didn’t see it.
“Creating chances, running at the defence.
“In all fairness, I’ve got to give it to Ben Chilwell because he played a blinding game today.”

Newcastle goalkeeper turns Brighton move to permanent deal

Goalkeeper Tim Krul has turned his season-long loan from Newcastle to Brighton into a permanent deal.

The Holland international, who made his Albion debut in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth, has signed a one-year contract with Chris Hughton’s Premier League side.

The deal brings to an end Krul’s 12-year association with Newcastle and means he is now eligible to face his former club when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

“Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club and wish him and his family well for the future,” read a statement on Newcastle’s website.

The 29-year-old joined Newcastle from Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2005.

He went on to make 184 appearances for the Magpies and also had loan spells with Falkirk, Carlisle, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.

Joe Ledley joins Derby on a free transfer

Derby have signed Wales international midfielder Joe Ledley on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old had been without a club since his release by Crystal Palace at the end of last season and has now joined the Rams on a short-term deal until January.

Ledley, who has made 507 career appearances and scored 64 goals, will be available for Derby’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham on Saturday.

Gary Rowett’s County side currently sit 15th in the table and were thumped 4-1 at Bristol City in their last game.

La Liga results: Real Madrid slip on Ronaldo’s return; Atletico edge Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Leganes 0 – 0 Girona
Deportivo La Coruna 1 – 0 Alaves
Real Madrid 0 – 1 Real Betis
Sevilla 1 – 0 Las Palmas

Antonio Sanabria scored a 94th-minute winner as Real Betis shocked Real Madrid to win at the Bernabeu in La Liga for the first time in 19 years.
The 21-year-old dived onto Antonio Barragan’s cross to head past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Zinedine Zidane’s side dominated for large spells, but Cristiano Ronaldo was among the home players to waste chances as Real produced 27 efforts on goal.
It leaves the European champions seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Ronaldo, returning from a five-game ban,was making his first La Liga appearance of the season, but saw a back heel cleared off the line before Antonio Adan saved a long-range effort from the Portugal forward.

Wales forward Gareth Bale gave Ronaldo arguably the best opportunity to open the scoring with a low ball across the area, but the 32-year-old sliced over.
Luka Modric had earlier hit the side netting after a driving run from inside his own half, while Bale was denied from a clever flicked effort.

But for all the hosts’ dominance, they were left open at the back and were handed a warning when Sanabria saw his tap-in ruled out for offside late on.
Moments later the former Barcelona youngster made no mistake as Real were again caught short, scoring the winner to send Betis above their hosts to sixth in the table.
It was the first time Betis have won at the Bernabeu since Finidi George scored in a 1-0 win in October 1998 and brought to an end Real’s all-time Spanish record of scoring in 73 successive games.
Los Blancos are yet to win at home in La Liga this season, having drawn with Levante and Valencia.
The defending champions have now taken just eight points from five matches on the young season. They are seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who throttled Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals as Atletico Madrid extended their unbeaten league start to five matches with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.
Atletico, unbeaten in six games in all competitions this season, broke the deadlock through Correa 10 minutes into the second half and Carrasco added a second in the 73rd minute.
Bilbao, who slipped to a first home defeat of the season, squandered a first-half penalty when Aritz Aduriz’s spot kick, for Filipe Luis’ foul on Raul Garcia, was saved by Jan Oblak.
Bilbao midfielder Garcia struck a late consolation for the Basque side in the second minute of time added on.

Former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas fired the only goal as second-placed Sevilla closed the gap on Barcelona to two points after a 1-0 home win against Las Palmas.
Navas lashed home a shot into the top corner from outside the penalty area and from a tight angle in the 83rd minute as Sevilla extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight games in all competitions.

Portuguese defender Luisinho’s solitary goal clinched Deportivo La Coruna a 1-0 home win against fellow strugglers Alaves.
Luisinho fired home in first-half stoppage time to secure Deportivo their first league win of the season and lift them out of the bottom three.
Deportivo goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon denied Alaves an equaliser early in the second half when he saved winger Burgui’s angled drive in the bottom corner.
Alaves, who stay second from bottom, and Malaga have both lost their first five league games.

Leganes drew 0-0 at home against Girona, but were grateful for the woodwork in the 73rd minute when visiting defender Juanpe’s header hit the crossbar.

EFL ‘Carabao Cup’ draw: United go to Swansea; Tottenham host West Ham

The fourth-round draw for the Carabao Cup was made after last night’s fixtures with the holders Man Utd drawn away at Swansea.

Holders Manchester United will travel to Swansea.

Jose Mourinho’s side beat Championship Burton 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to secure their place in the draw.

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland 3-0 – to Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham host London rivals West Ham at Wembley and Manchester City entertain Championship Wolves.

Arsenal will also welcome Championship opposition to the Emirates in the shape of Norwich.

Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City, Leicester host Leeds and Bournemouth face Middlesbrough at home.

The fourth-round draw took place on familiar turf – and at a reasonable hour – in the Sky Sports studios in west London, rather than its controversial trip to Bangkok or the bizarre decision to hold it in Beijing in the early hours of the morning.

The ties will take place during the week commencing October 23.

Full draw:

Leicester v Leeds
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough

Chelsea v Everton
Manchester City v Wolves
Swansea City v Manchester United
Arsenal v Norwich City
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Bristol City v Crystal Palace

EFL cup: Rashford’s brace; Sane’s brace; Batshuayi’s hat-trick as the ‘big boys’ progress

Arsenal 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Chelsea 5 – 1 Nottingham Forest
Everton 3 – 0 Sunderland
Manchester United 4 – 1 Burton Albion
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 2 Manchester City

Marcus Rashford scored twice as holders Manchester United overpowered Burton Albion at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Championship Burton made nine changes and fell 1-0 down when Rashford dinked the ball over keeper Connor Ripley.
England forward Rashford made it 2-0 with a 20-yard finish before Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot found the net.
Anthony Martial added the fourth from a Rashford assist, Lloyd Dyer scoring a stoppage-time consolation.
United will play away at Swansea City in the fourth round.
Keeper Sergio Romero made his first start since United’s Europa League final triumph against Ajax in May, while Michael Carrick captained the team on his first appearance of the season.
Rashford and Juan Mata were the only two players who started the 4-0 win over Everton last Sunday to make the team, but there was still no starting place for Luke Shaw.
Shaw came on at the start of the second half by which time United were 3-0 ahead.

Chelsea steamrolled Nottingham Forest 5-1 in the third round of the Carabao Cup as Eden Hazard shone on his first start of the season.
Hazard had previously made only substitute appearances this season after breaking his ankle over the summer but looked in rude health on Wednesday night as goals from Kenedy, Charly Musonda and a hat-trick from Michy Batshuayi sent Chelsea through at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte has yet to win a domestic cup competition as a manager and used this game to give his fringe players a run out, including youngsters Musonda and 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu, who came on with 30 minutes to go.
On the 13th anniversary of Forest legend Brian Clough’s passing, the Sky Bet Championship side were blown away by the Premier League champions, although they did fire a late consolation through Tendayi Darikwa and hit the crossbar at 2-0 through Kieran Dowell.

Two goals from Leroy Sane secured Manchester City their place in the Carabao Cup fourth round with a narrow victory over West Brom.
Sane’s ruthless finishes either side of Claudio Yacob’s close-range strike were enough to send the visitors through despite a valiant display from West Brom.
Victory for Guardiola’s men was slightly marred by yet another injury to Ilkay Gundogan, who was forced to limp off after as he crumbled to the ground following a heavy challenge from Yacob in the 58th minute.

Theo Walcott scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal edged past Doncaster to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Arsenal dominated the opening 45 minutes and took a deserved lead into the break following Walcott’s 25th-minute strike.
Doncaster put up a much better showing in the second half and went close to an equaliser late on when Liam Mandeville’s shot deflected wide and Andy Buttler’s header hit the crossbar, but the Gunners held on to book a home tie in the next round against Norwich.

Two goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped Everton beat Sunderland 3-0 in the Carabao Cup third round at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
The forward opened the scoring with a neat finish seven minutes before the break, before doubling his side’s lead six minutes into the second half.
Substitute Oumar Niasse then completed the scoring on 82 minutes as the Toffees got back to winning ways after four straight defeats without scoring.
Nikola Vlasic and Sandro Ramirez both flashed volleys into the side-netting in the early stages, but just as the home fans were starting to voice their frustrations, Everton made the breakthrough.

Latest Football News

Cristiano Ronaldo has advised Real Madrid to beat arch-rivals Barcelona to the signing of Manchester United teenager Angel Gomes.

Real Madrid have targeted Harry Kane as the long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, and are ready to pay £120million to land the striker.

Real president Florentino Perez has drawn up a five-man shortlist to replace their record-breaking goalscorer Ronaldo, who at the age of 32, is in the autumn of his career.
Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski have all been mentioned as possible targets.

Jose Mourinho is planning an offer for Alexis Sanchez in a bid to convince him to join Manchester United.

Everton have punished Wayne Rooney for his drink-driving incident by fining him two weeks wages, but there is a positive twist.
The money that Everton will fine Rooney with will all go to the clubs charity, Everton in the Community.

Wayne Rooney will still be offered the chance to become a Manchester United ambassador despite admitting drink-driving.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba credits Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes as the two players who have had the biggest impact on his Old Trafford career.

Barcelona are hoping to beat Bayern Munich to the signing of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.

AC Milan want to beat Chelsea and Manchester United to the signing of Genoa starlet Pietro Pellegri by agreeing a January deal.

Liverpool were willing to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and had lined up Thomas Muller as his replacement.

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to move to the Premier League.

Athletic Bilbao winger Inaki Williams has revealed that he was pleased to be linked with a move to Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano has been chosen by UEFA to host the 2019 Champions League final.
Atletico’s new stadium only opened on Saturday for their 1-0 La Liga win over Malaga, but has now been selected to stage European club football’s biggest game next season on June 1, 2019.

Manchester United target Ivan Perisic has no release clause in his new contract, Inter Milan have confirmed.

Manchester City have been using the persuasive powers of Brazil midfielder Fernandinho to help secure their transfer targets.

City striker Gabriel Jesus is set for a new deal, with the club preparing to double the 20-year-old’s wages to £150,000 a week.

Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said there is no rift between Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Lazio have reportedly named their asking price for Manchester City and Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Werder Bremen will sign U.S. under-20 international attacker Josh Sargent when he turns 18 in February.

FIFA has launched an investigation into Chelsea’s recruitment of youth players, it has been revealed.

Liverpool could lose Emre Can on a free because they cannot agree on a release clause with the midfielder.

Arsene Wenger has signalled a clear desire to offer Jack Wilshere a new contract if he proves his fitness by admitting that it would be “a dream” for the midfielder to finally realise his potential with Arsenal.

Arsenal are eyeing a possible January move for PSG man Julian Draxler.

Burton Albion midfielder Matty Lund says he twice turned down moves to Manchester United.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eased any worries over Ilkay Gundogan’s fresh injury scare last night.

Head coach Antonio Conte says Chelsea need David Luiz to play against Atletico Madrid with a broken wrist.

Arsene Wenger has admitted he once fell short in efforts to bring midfielder Gareth Barry to Arsenal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes he still has a future in the game. The 33-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

Former Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant managerial position at Birmingham City.

Former Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli is among more than 30 applicants for the manager’s job at Chesterfield.

Barcelona players showed their support for team-mate Ousmane Dembele, who has had hamstring surgery, by wearing shirts featuring the message ‘Courage Ousmane’ before their match against Eibar.

England Women’s head coach Mark Sampson has been sacked after information came to light about his conduct during his time at Bristol Academy.

Real Madrid top 55-man shortlist of FIFA Team of the year

A 55-man shortlist for a FIFA Team of the Year has 12 Premier League-based players included on it.

Real Madrid lead the nominations for FIFPro’s World 11, with 13 players named.

FIFPro and its affiliated player associations polled 25,000 professional footballers to put together a long list of names that will eventually be shortened to name a side consisting of a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.

The 2016 World 11 featured five Madrid players and four from Barcelona, but Los Blancos’ tally of 13 named in the 55-man list is a record.

Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are the only British players included.

Tottenham and England striker Kane has enjoyed a fine 2017, scoring 34 times in all competitions for club and country, while Bale won the Champions League and La Liga with Real Madrid.

Despite the lack of British talent on the list, a total of 12 Premier League players made the cut, including six Manchester United players.

David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku are the United men included, alongside Chelsea trio David Luiz, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutino and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

No players from Manchester City make the cut, however.

The final 11 will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 23.

The 55 players on the list are:

Goalkeepers
Gianluigi Buffon – Italy, Juventus
David De Gea – Spain, Manchester United
Keylor Navas – Costa Rica, Real Madrid
Manuel Neuer – Germany, Bayern Munich
Jan Oblak – Slovenia, Atletico Madrid

Defenders
David Alaba – Austria, Bayern Munich
Jordi Alba – Spain, Barcelona
Dani Alves – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Jerome Boateng – Germany, Bayern Munich
Leonardo Bonucci – Italy, Juventus/AC Milan
Dani Carvajal – Spain, Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellini – Italy, Juventus
Diego Godin – Uruguay, Atletico Madrid
Mats Hummels – Germany, Bayern Munich
Phillipp Lahm – Germany, Bayern Munich/retired
David Luiz – Brazil, Chelsea
Marcelo – Brazil, Real Madrid
Javier Mascherano – Argentina, Barcelona
Pepe – Portugal, Real Madrid/Besiktas
Gerard Pique – Spain, Barcelona
Sergio Ramos – Spain, Real Madrid
Thiago Silva – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Samuel Umtiti – France, Barcelona
Antonio Valencia – Ecuador, Manchester United
Raphael Varane – France, Real Madrid

Midfielders
Thiago Alcantara – Spain, Bayern Munich
Sergio Busquets – Spain, Barcelona
Casemiro – Brazil, Real Madrid
Philippe Coutinho – Brazil, Liverpool
Eden Hazard – Belgium, Chelsea
Andres Iniesta – Spain, Barcelona
Isco – Spain, Real Madrid
N’Golo Kante – France, Chelsea
Toni Kroos – Germany, Real Madrid
Nemanja Matic – Serbia, Chelsea/Manchester United
Luka Modric – Croatia, Real Madrid
Mesut Ozil – Germany, Arsenal
Paul Pogba – France, Manchester United
Marco Verratti – Italy, Paris Saint-Germain
Arturo Vidal – Chile, Bayern Munich

Forwards
Gareth Bale – Wales, Real Madrid
Karim Benzema – France, Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain
Paulo Dybala – Argentina, Juventus
Antoine Griezmann – France, Atletico Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden, Manchester United
Harry Kane – England, Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Lewandowski – Poland, Bayern Munich
Romelu Lukaku – Belgium, Manchester United
Kylian Mbappe – France, Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi – Argentina, Barcelona
Neymar – Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal, Real Madrid
Alexis Sanchez – Chile, Arsenal
Luis Suarez – Uruguay, Barcelona

Real Madrid Karim Benzema signs new four-year contract

Real Madrid striker and reported Arsenal target Karim Benzema has agreed a new contract with the LaLiga champions.

The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on an extended deal to keep him at the Bernabeu until June 2021.

Benzema, who had two years remaining on his existing terms, becomes the latest player to prolong his stay with Los Blancos after Isco, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal did so in the past week.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Real Madrid C. F. and Karim Benzema have agreed an extension to the player’s contract, binding him to the club until 30 June 2021.”
Benzema has long been the subject of transfer stories linking him to Arsenal, with a story in the Spanish press this week claiming that Madrid were considering selling the France international to the Gunners.


Benzema joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 and has won 14 major trophies with the club, including two LaLiga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Copa del Rey crowns.

La Liga: Four goals by Messi as Barcelona crush Eibar; Zaza the hat-trick hero in Valencia’s mauling of Malaga

Valencia 5 – 0 Malaga
Barcelona 6 – 1 Eibar

Lionel Messi scored four goals as La Liga leaders Barcelona maintained their 100% start to the season with a big win against Eibar.
Messi converted a penalty to give the hosts the lead before Paulinho headed in a second.
Denis Suarez then struck from a rebound but Sergi Enrich made it 3-1 with a near-post finish.
Messi scored twice within a minute before exchanging passes with Aleix Vidal for a late fourth.
The win means Barcelona are top with 15 points, five clear of second-placed Sevilla but having played a game more.
Messi is once again enjoying an impressive run of form in front goal.
The Argentina forward has scored nine goals in his past four La Liga appearances with his four on Tuesday moving him to a total of 301 at the Nou Camp in 13 years.

Former West Ham striker Simone Zaza scored a hat-trick inside nine minutes as Valencia beat Malaga 5-0.
After Santi Mina opened the scoring, Italy international Zaza scored between the 54th and 63rd minutes to put Valencia in control.
Substitute Rodrigo then finished from Goncalo Guedes’ clever backheel to complete the win.
Valencia move up to third in La Liga, six points behind Barcelona.

Bundesliga results: Bayern beat Schalke to go top; Leipzig lose to Augsburg

Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 0 VfB Stuttgart
Augsburg 1 – 0 RasenBalls port Leipzig
Schalke 04 0 – 3 Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg 1 – 1 Werder Bremen

James Rodriguez scored one goal and made two on his first Bundesliga start as Bayern Munich eased past Schalke.
Midfielder Rodriguez, on loan from Spanish side Real Madrid, tucked in his side’s second goal at the front post.
The Colombian’s cross was handled by defender Naldo, and striker Robert Lewandowski netted a penalty.
Rodriguez saved his best for the third, cutting inside two defenders before dinking the ball over the Schalke defence for Arturo Vidal to finish.
Sven Ulreich was in goal for Bayern after news emerged earlier in the day that number one Manuel Neuer will be out until Januaryafter surgery on his broken left foot.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side go top of the table with four victories from five games, but Borussia Dortmund can overtake them if they beat Hamburg on Wednesday.

On-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi scored his first goal as Wolfsburg drew 1-1 at home to Werder Bremen.
Bremen levelled through Fin Bartels.

Raffael scored a brace as Borussia Mönchengladbach took all three points against VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday evening.

Augsburg continued their impressive start when a fourth-minute goal from Michael Gregoritsch gave them a 1-0 win over last season’s runners-up RB Leipzig.