Guardiola on Aguero: “he ll die scoring”

Sergio Aguero is on the verge of becoming Manchester City’s top goalscorer and Pep Guardiola joked the striker will “die scoring goals.”

The Argentina international is just one goal from equalling the 78-year record of Eric Brook, who scored 177 goals for City in the 1930s.

“He has to be proud and City has to be proud,” said Guardiola. “Being a long time in one place and breaking the record is so fantastic. I’ll try to help him score more goals. The record is going to be broken. Where? I don’t know. Maybe at home would be better.

“He has the character to score goals,” Guardiola said. “He had it in the past with Argentina, his mother and father gave him that talent. He will die scoring goals; there is no doubt about that.”


Gareth Barry equals Ryan Gigg’s premier league appearance record

Gareth Barry equalled the Premier League appearance record on Saturday in West Brom’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.
The 36-year-old drew level with Ryan Giggs’ mark of 632 games at kickoff at The Hawthorns having made his top-flight debut in 1998.
He is now in line to break Giggs’ record when the Baggies go to Arsenal on Sept. 25.
The game against West Ham was also

Barry’s 600th start in the division — 29 ahead of his nearest rival, David James.

Barry told the club’s programme before the game:

“The idea of being the first player to start 600 Premier League games and equal Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record is hard to take in.
“You don’t really think about these milestones when you’re playing, you just look to keep playing well every week, do a job for your club and stay in the team.

“Naturally I’m very proud to achieve those things today but hopefully I can keep clocking up the games for a while yet. Looking at the stats, to have started 599 out of 631 so far, that is a bit surprising because that’s a pretty good percentage.
“It’s nice for my family and something to make them proud. It’s one of those for a few years down the line yet, once I’ve finished playing and I can look back on it all — while I’m resting some tired legs.
“I think there’s gas in the tank yet. While I can still perform at that level and enjoy it all, I’ll keep on doing it. I feel good, I’m told all my stats are up there with those of the younger players so that’s all promising.”

Barry made 365 appearances for Aston Villa, after making his debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998, before playing 132 times in the top flight for Manchester City.

He featured 131 times for Everton and has so far played four games for West Brom after signing for around £800,000 in the summer.

He also won the title with Manchester City in 2012 and earned 53 England caps, getting praise from Baggies boss Tony Pulis before the match.

Between November 2004 and August 2010 he made a run of 207 appearances without being a substitute.

“It is a wonderful achievement, we have only just had him a few weeks,” he said. “I have always rated him as a player but you don’t realise how good he is until you actually work with him. Managers who have had him for longer periods are better versed talking about Gareth than myself.
“But he has been absolutely fantastic for us. He is a great lad off the pitch, he has mixed in really well with the rest of the lads and has been our best player in nearly all the games we have played so far.
“He is a top person and a top player. You don’t play that many games without being extremely useful.”

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germaine overtake Manchester United as World’s most expensive football squad

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have both overtaken Manchester United as the world’s most expensively assembled football squad
City have the most expensive squad in football history, according to research group CIES Football Observatory, after their summer spending meant that the total cost of their squad is £775m.
That is marginally higher than the squad cost of PSG, though the permanent signing of Kylian Mbappe may change that next summer.
United’s squad was assembled for a cost of just £712m, seeing them drop from top spot after selling Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney over the last 12 months.

Premier League teams fill six of the top 10 positions:

1) Manchester City (£775m)
2) PSG (£772m)
3) Manchester United (£712m)
4) Chelsea (£585m)
5) Barcelona (£571m)
6) Real Madrid (£452m)
7) Juventus (£427m)
8) Liverpool (£397m)
9) Arsenal (£378m)
10) Tottenham (£328m)
Selected others:
11) Bayern Munich (£318m)
12) Everton (£316m)
13) AC Milan (£287m)
20=) Crystal Palace (£203m)
20=) Southampton (£203m)
22) Leicester City (£194m)
23) West Ham (£182m)
25) Newcastle United (£147m)
28) Watford (£142m)
32=) West Brom (£115m)
32=) Stoke (£115m)
34) Swansea (£113m)
40) Bournemouth (£112m)
42) Burnley (£92m)
49) Brighton (£70m)
53) Huddersfield Town (£56m)

Aleksandar Kolarov joins AS Roma from Manchester City 

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has joined Serie A club Roma on a three-year deal for a fee of £4.5m.

The 31-year-old, who played 247 times for City, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his seven years with the club.

The Serbia full-back moved to City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010.
Kolarov becomes the latest defender to leave City this summer, following Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna out of the club.
“I am extremely happy to be here,” he said. “I will give 100% and more for Roma. My objective is always the same: to win.”

On leaving City he added: “When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long.

“Today is the day I have to say goodbye. For me, it’s a very sad day. I am proud that I was part of making City the club that it is.”
Kolarov will now join up with the Italian club in Boston as they continue their pre-season tour of the United States.

PSG confirm the sign of veteran defender Dani Alves on a two-year deal 

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Brazil international defender Dani Alves.
Alves negotiated his release from Juventus at the end of June and had been expected to come to the Premier League with Manchester City.

But the 34-year-old was approached by PSG last weekend and will instead ply his trade in France’s Ligue 1 after signing a two-year deal.
The formal Sevilla and Bacelona,34, defender become the  30th Brazilian to play for the Ligue 1 club.

“I’m extremely happy to sign for PSG,” Alves said at his unveiling. “In recent years, I have been able to gauge the incredible growth of this club, which has become a European football powerhouse. It’s very exciting to now be part of this great project! In all the clubs where I have played, I have always given my best to help my teams achieve as much as possible. Believe me, I am coming to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many fans around the world. We’re going to share in some great times, I’m certain of that.”

“If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I apologise to them. However, I have come here to become a champion.”

PSG are looking to bounce back from missing out to Monaco on the domestic title last season and Alves brings experience of almost constant success with him to the French capital.

He won six La Liga and three Champions League titles in his time at Barcelona and helped Juventus to Serie A and Coppa Italia glory in his one season in Turin.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “Daniel has not only been one of the best defenders in the world for a dozen years, he is also a favourite figure for football enthusiasts across all continents.

“His drive and energy will bring a lot to our squad and our fans will love his rage to always be conquering.

“By choosing PSG, Dani has proved the vitality and attractiveness of our project.”

Alves has signed in time to be part of PSG’s International Champions Cup squad in the United States this summer and takes some pressure off of positional rival Thomas Meunier’s recovery from surgery on a left ankle problem before the end of last campaign.

Dani Alves snub Manchester City for PSG 

​Dani Alves is near completion of a move to Paris Saint-Germain after weeks of reports that the defender was set to join Manchester City.

The Brazilian was released from the final year of his contract with Juventus last month with a view to being reunited with Pep Guardiola at City, but instead is set to sign a two-year contract at PSG, according to multiple reports.

The 34-year-old was pictured having a medical in Paris on Tuesday, and L’Equipe reported he should be introduced this week before PSG leave for its U.S. tour.

Alves worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the Champions League twice and La Liga three times in an extraordinary four years for the coach.

Amid his departure from Juventus, the right-back went so far as to say: “Everyone knows about my admiration for Pep Guardiola,” and City were eager to sign him, but the mutual attraction appears to have come to naught.

City are still without a senior recognised right-back after releasing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy at the end of the their contracts.

Leicester agree deal in principle with Manchester City for Kelechi Iheanacho 

​Leicester City have agreed a deal in principle with Manchester City for the transfer of striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
The fee could rise to £25m for the 20-year-old but there are a number of contractual issues still to address – including whether or not there will be a buy-back clause, allowing Iheanacho to return to the Etihad for a fixed price in the future.
Iheanacho has to resolve a dispute over image rights with his former agent before any new contract can be signed.

Manchester City  trio make loan switch to NAC Breda

With their path blocked at the Etihad Stadium, the trio will head to the Netherlands looking to get important minutes under their belt.Manchester City have allowed Thierry Ambrose, Paolo Fernandes and Pablo Mari to link up with NAC Breda on loan for the 2017-18 season.

Ambrose is a 20-year-old forward who was tipped for big things at City before injury stunted his progress.

Fernandes is another exciting prospect, with the 18-year-old having contributed 13 goals and seven assists to the City cause in Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League competitions last term.

He too will be getting his first taste of senior action in Holland

Mari will be seeking to kick-start his career.

The Spaniard took in time with Girona FC in 2016-17, but was afforded few opportunities.
All three City starlets will be gracing the Dutch top-flight next season after NAC secured promotion back to the big time with a play-off victory over NEC Nijmegen.

Juventus confirm imminent release, as Manchester City move nears

​Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.
Alves won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during Guardiola’s four years in charge at the Camp Nou before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer, despite having 12 months on his Barca deal.

He helped the Italian team to a league and cup double and playing a crucial role in driving them to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.
He struggled initially in Serie A and fractured his fibula in November, which sidelined him for almost two months, but he returned to action at the start of February and went on to make 33 appearances, scoring six goals and collecting seven assists.

Alves’ relationship with the club began to deteriorate after the defeat in Cardiff, however, and his recent behaviour has angered supporters.
Last week Alves said in an interview with Brazilian TV that Juventus forward Paolo Dybala needs to leave the Serie A giants one day in order to improve as a player.
On Monday he further baffled fans by posting a picture of his boots from Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juve in the 2015 Champions League final on his Instagram account, and Marotta revealed Alves has asked for a way out of his two-year contract with the club.
“Dani Alves has decided that he wants to change his surroundings, so we will come to a mutual agreement and we wish him luck,” Marotta told reporters on Wednesday.

“There has been no break-up with Dani, but motivation is fundamental for any footballer.”
Chelsea have also had a bid rejected by Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, according to  Marotta.

Dani Alves set for talks with Manchester City

Dani Alves is ready to hold talks with Manchester City and Chelsea after reportedly coming to an arrangement with Juventus on his contract.

 Alves is understood to be close to agreeing a £100,000-a-week contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Brazilian full-back signed a two-year deal, with an option to extend with Juve last summer after leaving Barcelona, but the 34-year-old has managed to terminate his deal in Turin.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, claims Alves has “asked to resign his contract” and will soon be free to negotiate a move away from Serie A with Man City and Chelsea both keen on his services.

Alves’ agent had a meeting with Juventus on Monday and made the club aware of his client’s desire to leave after just 12 months in Turin.

The defender is believed to be keen to link up again Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona – a coach he has claimed is a “genuis”.

“If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’,” Alves wrote for the Players’ Tribune website ahead of the Champions league final last month. “He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
Man City were reported to be preparing a £5million bid for Alves, but now the player will move on a free transfer after Juve and Alves came to an agreement on his remaining 12 months.

It is not clear whether Alves had to buyout his Juventus contract, but he will likely demand a big signing on fee from his new suitors, which will likely negate any fee he stumped up to Juve.

Former Wigan and United coach Warren Joyce appointed new coach of Melbourne City

Melbourne City have officially unveiled Warren Joyce as their new head coach, with the experienced boss welcomed to the City Academy on Monday.
Melbourne City are part of the City Football Group, run by Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners.

Joyce, 52, has experience both as a player and later a manager in England and Belgium, including a spell coaching Leeds United’s reserves, two years at Royal Antwerp, eight years at Manchester United reserves, and as manager for Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
Joyce, 52, has been out of work since being sacked by the Latics on 13  Marchafter four months in charge.
The former Bolton, Preston and Hull midfielder arrives in Melbourne as players begin their pre-season training, and will work alongside assistant coaches Michael Valkanis, Joe Montemurro and goalkeeping coach Joey Didiluca.
“I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution,” Joyce said of his appointment.
“The people at the club, their vision and their values together with the opportunity to help develop and build this team to its full potential meant that this was an offer which was impossible to turn down. I can’t wait to get started.”

Simon Pearce, vice-chairman of Melbourne City, added: “In Warren Joyce, we have a manager with a long and distinguished footballing career, who has proved himself, in many different environments, as both a pragmatic manager and a versatile, driven coach.

“His career achievements, and the many coaching partnerships he has had in the past, suggest an ideal cultural and tactical fit for Melbourne City.”
Melbourne City won the Australian Cup last season but sacked coach Michael Valkanis after a poor A-League play-off campaign ended with elimination by Perth Glory.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid exit rumours 

  • ​Manchester United are lining up a sensational £183million, three-player deal with Real Madrid.

  • Manchester City have reportedly  contacted Cristiano Ronaldo amid  speculation he is set to quit Real  Madrid.
  • Chelsea have also emerged as surprise contenders for Ronaldo, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to pay a world-record fee for the 32-year-old.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to bid €140M and make Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive player in history, on a salary of €30m per year.
  • Real Madrid say it would take a £350m deal to allow forward Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club, which they expect to deter Paris St-Germain and Manchester United.
  • But Ronaldo’s advisers say a fee of 150m euros (£131m) will be enough, with the player wanting a “fresh challenge”.
  • Real president Florentino Perez has told Portugal forward Ronaldo that he will not stand in his way if he wants to leave the Spanish champions.
  • Ronaldo will only stay at Madrid if the club agrees to pay his disputed £13m tax bill.
  • Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is considering possible destinations for his client, while Real, who are yet to receive any bids, believe the 32-year-old may have a change of heart in time.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been called by Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane and pleaded with him to stay

Manchester City  complete the signing of goalkeeper Ederson Moraes

Manchester City have wrapped up the signing of goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for 40m Euros (£34.7m).

City needed to resolve third-party ownership issues before confirming their new acquisition on Thursday morning and the 23-year-old will officially join on July 1 on a six-year deal.

He will become City’s fourth Brazilian alongside Fernandinho, Fernando and Gabriel Jesus.

“I like everything about Manchester City,” Ederson told City’s website. “This is a great club, the league they have here in England and they have amazing fans and they play splendid football.

“I have always had the dream to play in English football and now I’m going to make it true.
“With Pep Guardiola, City are growing more and more. He is putting in place a young team for the future. Those were important factors in making my decision.

“Manchester City has an amazing squad. I think they managed to have a good season. Next season, we will have to be focused to achieve the goal of winning trophies.”
Ederson originally joined Benfica as a 16-year-old but was released after two years to spend time with Portuguese lower-league side Ribeirao before returning to Rio Ave.

He returned to the Estadio Luz in the summer of 2015 and went on to win two league titles and three cups with the Lisbon-based side. The goalkeeper was called up by Brazil in March but has yet to be capped.

Manchester City confirms Guardiola as their next coach

Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager next season on a three-year contract, the club have announced.
The club’s surprise statement ends considerable speculation linking them with outgoing Bayern Munich boss Guardiola and over Pellegrini’s future.

An official club statement read: “Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.
“The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.
“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.
“Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the club.”
The news was announced at the end of a standard press conference to preview Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League game at Sunderland.
First Pellegrini, who signed a one-year extension to his original three-year contract last summer, announced his departure and that was quickly followed by the club statement.
Pellegrini said: “Before we finish I will tell you that I talked with the club and I will finish my contract on the original date in June. We extended the contract one year more but with the clause that one of the club or me may not use that extended contract. So, I will finish here on the original date, June 30.
“There has been a lot of speculation about things, but they (the club) are not doing anything behind me. I knew this one month ago. I don’t think it is good to have speculation about different things. I prefer to finish (by announcing) today – that is why I have told the press and told the players. I told the club two weeks ago that I would do it.”
Chilean Pellegrini, 62, succeeded Roberto Mancini as City boss in 2013 and guided them the Premier League and Capital One Cup success in his first season.
They failed to defend their title last season but remain alive in four competitions this term.
One interesting aspect of City’s statement is the admission that the talks with Guardiola began in 2012 – at a time when City had secured the Premier League title under Mancini on a dramatic final day of the season.
It was in the summer of 2012 that Guardiola opted to take a sabbatical from coaching before joining Bayern in time for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Guardiola announced just before Christmas that he would leave Bayern at the end of the season, with the German giants simultaneously confirming that former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him.
City had always been perceived as favourites to win the race for his signature, with City football director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano having worked with Guardiola at Barcelona.
But Chelsea – who sacked Jose Mourinho in December after a dreadful start to their title defence – had also been linked with Guardiola along with Manchester United, whose manager Louis van Gaal is under pressure after some mediocre performances this term.

Chelsea back to the top of Premier League wage bill table

Chelsea have returned to the top of at least one Premier League table after annual figures revealed they have overtaken both Manchester clubs in terms of salaries paid to players.

The 2014-15 figures, which have been made available on Companies House, show that Chelsea are the biggest payers in the top flight once more after losing that position to Manchester City in the 2011-12 season.
The club, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, reported a total wage bill for last season rose to£215.6 million, up£25m.

The salary bill for their leading rivals last season saw Manchester United’s at£203m, Manchester City’s at£193.5m and Arsenal paying out£192.2m on wages. Both Manchester clubs reported a drop in overall wages last season.

Chelsea announced in November the club had made a net loss of£23.1m on turnover of£314.3m — down£5.1m — but said they were well within the boundaries for complying with UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

The full annual figures reveal however that the club made a£42m profit on players trading, through selling Romelu Lukaku, Andre Schurrle and Ryan Bertrand — and despite bringing in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. In the 2013-14 season Chelsea made a£65m profit in player trading.

The accounts also show that Abramovich injected funding to Chelsea via the club’s parent company to the tune of£46.7m last season, and£57.1m the previous year. The accounts state: “However.. part of the debt has been converted into equity during the year via the allotment of ordinary shares.”

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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world football’s most powerful leaders.


Chelsea captain John Terry has said Mourinho lost his job because it was not possible to “get rid of a lot of players” but said he is still not ruling out a top-four finish this season.


Lionel Messi declared Barcelona are the “best team in the world” after becoming Club World Cup champions with a 3-0 win against River Plate in Sunday’s final.

Messi, 28, returned from a kidney issue to start the game in Yokohama against Copa Libertadores champions River, and opened the scoring after 33 minutes with a fine finish from Neymar’s header down.

Luis Suarez scored twice more after half-time as Barca added a fifth trophy to the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Supercup titles already won in 2015.


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Real Madrid named Most Valuable Club in the World

Real Madrid have been named as the most valuable football club in the world by marketing experts, who placed Manchester United second and Manchester City fourth.
Premier League clubs occupied five of the top 10 positions and eight of the top 20 in the London School of Marketing rankings — a sign of the financial power of the English top flight.
Reigning European champions Barcelona were ranked third, with Bayern Munich the fifth and last club deemed to be valued at more than £1 billion.

Real, who have won a record 10 European Cups, were valued at £2.070bn, followed by United, at £2.050bn and Barcelona at £2.007bn.

City were deemed to be worth £2bn, the valuation quoted when a Chinese company paid £265 million for a 13 percent stake in their parent company, City Football Group, earlier this month.

It means their value has risen 94 percent since Sheikh Mansour’s 2008 takeover, although the Abu Dhabi owner has also invested more than £1bn in the club.

Chelsea were placed sixth, Arsenal, seventh and Liverpool eighth, with Tottenham (13th), Newcastle (18th) and West Ham (19th) all in the top 20.

There are four Italian clubs, three Spanish, three German, one French and one Turkish in the top 20.

Top 20 (value in million pounds):

1. Real Madrid – £2,070m
2. Manchester United – £2,050m
3. Barcelona – £2,007m
4. Manchester City – £2,000m
5. Bayern Munich – £1,492m
6. Chelsea – £870m
7. Arsenal – £832m
8. Liverpool – £624m
9. Juventus – £531m
10. AC Milan – £492m
11. Borussia Dortmund – £445m
12. Paris St Germain – £403m
13. Tottenham Hotspur – £381m
14. FC Schalke – £363m
15. Inter Milan – £279m
16. Atletico de Madrid – £277m
17. Napoli – £224m
18. Newcastle United – £222m
19. West Ham United – £196m
20. Galatasaray – £187m


UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Results

Group A
Cristiano Ronaldo made record by scoring four times (and 11 in the group stage), Karim Benzema three goals and Mateo Kovacic scored once as Real Madrid white-washed minnows Malmoe FF 8-0 at the Santiago Bernabeau.
This is the first time two players had scored hat tricks in the same Champions League game, with Real winning Group A and tying a group-stage record margin set by Liverpool in 2007.

Paris Saint-Germain had already secured the runners-up spot in Group A and defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0.
Lucas Moura provided the opening goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the box in the 57th minute before Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second late on.

With just three points in the group stage, Shakhtar still finished third and secured a spot in the Europa League thanks to their head-to-head record over Malmo.

Group B
Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Anthony Martial gave United the lead in the 10th minute.
But United were only ahead for two minutes when Naldo flicked to beat David De Gea and level the score at 1-1.
Wolfsburg took the lead following a delicious 11-pass move that was finished by Vierinha.
A late own goal by Josuha Guilavogui gave United hope but Naldo found the net shortly after to earn a 3-2 win and send the injury-hit three-time European champions out.
Without seven first-team regulars, Van Gaal was forced to hand defender Guillermo Varela his full debut.
The hosts lived up to their nickname of Die Wolfe and hounded United like a pack of aggressive wolves.

Wolfsburg won Group B while United settle for a spot in the Europa League.

PSV rallied to defeat CSKA Moscow 2-1 to finish runners-up and move on ahead of Man United.
Sergei Ignashevich provided the Russian side a 76th-minute lead, but Luuk de Jong equalised two minutes later before Davy Proepper found the winner four minutes from time.

Group C
Luciano Vietto had a goal and an assist to help Atletico Madrid win Group C with a 2-1 victory at Benfica.
Vietto assissted Saul Niguez to score in the 33rd minute, then scored himself in the 55th minute.
Konstantinos Mitroglou got one back with a shot off the post for Benfica, who advanced as group runners-up.

Galatasaray drew 1-1 with FC Astana to secure their spot in the Europa League.
Selcuk Inan scored for the Turkish giants in the 64th minute to cancel out Patrick Twumasi’s opener moments earlier.

Group D
Manchester City qualified for the Champions League last 16 in first place in Group D after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling scored two and set up another goal as Manchester City produced a late surge to beat Borussia Monchengladbach.
City had trailed after the Germans replied to David Silva’s early strike through Julian Korb and Raffael but Raheem Sterling turned the game around late in the second half with two goals and Wilfried Bony added the final gloss.

With Juventus losing at Sevilla, the result was enough for City to leapfrog the Italians to the top of Group D while Monchengladbach slipped to the bottom and missed out on a Europa League spot. Sevilla earned a spot in the Europa League.
Fernando Llorente’s goal in the 65th minute was the only scoring.

Group A
Paris Saint Germain 2 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid 8 – 0 Malmoe FF

Group B
PSV Eindhoven 2 – 1 CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg 3 – 2 Manchester United

Group C
Benfica 1 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Galatasaray 1 – 1 FC Astana

Group D
Manchester City 4 – 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Sevilla 1 – 0 Juventus

Capital One Cup: Quarter Final Results

Manchester City qualified for the Capital One Cup semifinals with a 4-1 win over Hull City, courtesy of goals from Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho and a Kevin de Bruyne’s brace.

Andrew Robertson scored a consolation goal for the the Tigers.


Everton also made it through with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough thanks to goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku.


Stoke were 2-0 winners at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Ibrahim Afellay and Phil Bardsley secured the victory.

This is Stoke’s first League Cup semifinal appearance since 1971-72, the year they raised the trophy.


In today’s fixture, Southampton will host Liverpool for the final Semi-final spot.


Manchester City 4 – 1 Hull City

Middlesbrough 0 – 2 Everton

Stoke City 2 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday



Southampton v Liverpool

Latest Football News

Chelsea are lining up a bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller as they look to replace Diego Costa. The German was linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United throughout the summer.


Costa is expected to return to the Chelsea starting XI for the Premier League game against Bournemouth on Saturday despite making his frustrations clear at being dropped to the bench for the draw at Tottenham.


Manchester United’s hopes of signing Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have been given a boost – by the forward’s mother! Dolores Aveiro wants her son to return to Old Trafford instead of join Paris Saint-Germain.


Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is in the last year of his deal at Stamford Bridge and Inter are ready to pounce by offering him a lucrative contract.


Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona will compete to sign Basel’s 18-year-old Switzerland forward Breel Embolo in January.


Joao Moutinho could leave Monaco for Juventus in the winter transfer window as the Serie A side are concerned by the persistent injury issues in their midfield.


Ligue 1 side Lille are seeking further attacking options in January and could make a bid for Ciro Immobile, who is on loan at Sevilla from Dortmund. A more realistic target, though, is Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran.


Wolfsburg are very interested in 19-year-old Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer, who’s contract runs until 2020.


Jeremie Boga has not played regularly for Rennes since moving to the Ligue 1 side on loan, and Chelsea are ready to conduct a meeting with the Bretons in order to get their youngster more game time.


Arsenal are set to be without crucial attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla for next week’s crunch Champions League clash with Olympiacos. The duo were injured in Sunday’s draw with Norwich City.


Arsene Wenger has revealed that in 2014 Arsenal just missed out on a deal to sign 19-year-old French winger Kingsley Coman, who is currently impressing on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus.


Stoke’s England goalkeeper Jack Butland is not for sale at any price, says Potters boss Mark Hughes.


Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move for Butland by declaring that he is happy with Simon Mignolet as his No. 1.


Arsenal were unable to beat Norwich on Sunday but during the match their midfielder Santi Cazorla became the first person to complete 1,000 successful league passes this season.


Sergio Aguero had some reassurance for Manchester City fans by tweeting:”For everyone asking, I’m fine. It’s just a harmless bump on the heel. Thanks, all of you, for the support!”


Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has met Status Quo at the Manchester Palace Theatre leg of their European Tour. City posted on Instagram:”Zab meets his musical heroes!”


Chelsea have submitted a planning application to rebuild Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat stadium.


The Blues fear they are stuck with flop striker Radamel Falcao until the end of the season as Monaco have no desire to take him back in January.


Brazilian striker Neymar’s Ballon d’Or nomination has earned former club Santos £1.4m as part of the deal that took the 23-year-old to Barcelona in 2013.


Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is set for showdown talks with coach Louis van Gaal as he believes his progress has been stifled since his move to Old Trafford 18 months ago.


Southampton want to sign England Under-21 winger Solly March for about £7.5m from Championship side Brighton.


Newcastle United want to sign 1860 Munich striker Rubin Okotie in January. The Austrian impressed their scouts by scoring a hat-trick last weekend.


Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will have to sell before he can buy any new players in January, despite the club’s position in the relegation zone.


Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 34, has not ruled out finishing his career in Major League Soccer in the United States.


Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage says Manchester United should sign striker Jamie Vardy, who broke the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League matches at the weekend. Speaking on the Monday Night Club, the former Wales international said: “If I was Manchester United I would buy Vardy. He would offer pace.” Listen here


France legend Zinedine Zidane was famously sent off for headbutting in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy and now his son, 17-year-old goalkeeper Luca, has suffered the same fate in Real Madrid’s youth game against Atletico Madrid.


Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann answered a Twitter appealfrom 10-year-old Archie Palmer, who wanted a Reds player to visit his friend Myles Hemsley, who has been diagnosed with Leukaemia, in hospital.


Premier League clubs paid out nearly £130million to agents last year – a £15million increase on the year befor, with Liverpool paying most.

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Benzema pictured wearing a white hooded top while arriving the police station.
Benzema pictured wearing a white hooded top while arriving the police station.

Paris St-Germain are confident they will beat Manchester United to the £100m signing of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all want to convince Pep Guardiola, 44, to turn his back on Bayern Munich and be their next manager.

United and Liverpool are both keen to sign 18-year-old Danish forward Emre Mor, who plays for FC Nordsjaelland.

Arsenal look likely to be without both Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny for Sunday’s North London derby at the Emirates.

Both defenders missed Wednesday night’s damaging 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are all set to leave Arsenal this summer, according to reports.

The Gunners are weighing up a January bid for Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, 31.

David Wagner, 44, will reject the chance to again link up with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and instead succeed Chris Powell as Huddersfield manager.

And Klopp is prepared to hand former captain Steven Gerrard, 35, a role at Anfield looking at the club’s ‘long-term strategy’.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, returning to the club is the “last thing” Klopp needs.

Manchester City have denied speculation they could make a January loan move for Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, who plays for their sister club New York City.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been placed under formal investigation in France in connection with an inquiry into an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.

Madrid are targeting €40 million-rated midfielder Lucas Biglia, who reportedly came close to joining Manchester United in the summer.

Chelsea have made a €4 million bid for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic but Inter are also in the race.

There is “no chance” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will leave the club, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all monitoring Inter striker Mauro Icardi.

Monaco will make a second bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, following a failed £10m move in the summer.

Monaco used Twitter to deny they have made an approach for Jose Mourinho after shareholder Alessandro Proto claimed the Ligue 1 side were interested in appointing the Chelsea boss.

Thomas Vermaelen has revealed Arsenal couldn’t wait to get rid of him and has admitted he was “stunned” to discover Barcelona wanted him.

West Ham have suffered “a blow” with the news that Diafra Sakho has suffered a ruptured thigh muscle.

Manchester United are keen to bolster their attacking options following their recent goal drought, with Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez on their shortlist.

United sent scouts to Belgium to watch Valencia trio Shokdran Mustafi, Jose Luis Gaya and Andre Gomes as the Liga outfit were beaten by Gent.

AC Milan and Inter are among the Serie A clubs monitoring Cesena midfielder Stefano Sensi, the 20-year-old who has drawn comparisons to Marco Verratti.

Silvio Berlusconi is understood to be personally carrying out negotiations to sign Franco Vazquez from palermo, having seen AC Milan miss out on Paulo Dybala to Juventus last summer.

Inter reportedly sent scouts to the Santiago Bernabeu last night to watch Jese Rodriguez during the game against PSG.

Jurgen Klopp has made Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen one of his primary targets having previously tried to sign him at Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham are monitoring Gent pair Laurent Depoitre and Moses Simon. Depoitre, 26, has scored six goals in 14 games for the Belgian league leaders while 20-year-old Simon is a Nigeria international who can play across the forward line.

Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is challenged to name team-mates from descriptions by fans – and correctly selects himself as the answer to the question of who the best free-kick taker in the Premier League is.

Despite their lack of goals this season Newcastle may allow striker Ivan Toney, 19, to leave the club on loan. Wolves and Burton Albion are both keen on a move.

Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to rule out a move for free agent Emmanuel Adebayor after the former Tottenham striker was linked with a short-term move to Watford.

Leicester are keeping tabs on Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik.

Michu is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to terminate his contract at Swansea City having not represented the club for 19 months.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has slammed Ashley Young for what he considered a dive to try and win a penalty against CSKA Moscow.

Bayern Munich’s official Twitter feed revelled in their side’s 5-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, marking Thomas Muller’s opening goal – their second – with a single-word post: “Mullered.”

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Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 24, is seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is increasingly concerned about Hazard burning out at Chelsea and would welcome him moving to the Bernabeu.

Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “looks like he’s begging for the sack”.

John Terry says everyone is behind Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and he would “take this squad over any” after the draw in Dynamo Kiev.

Reds owner John Henry will get his first glimpse of life under new manager Jurgen Klopp when he attends Thursday’s Europa League tie with Rubin Kazan at Anfield.

Italian reports suggest new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to push through a deal – said to be worth €18m – for Inter centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.

Klopp is said to be a big fan of Ajax’s Anwar El Ghazi and could make a January swoop for the 20-year-old winger.

Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United to go all-out to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Dutch coach is concerned by his striking options and plans to bid again for the England forward after a summer advance was rejected.

United have been handed a blow in their mission to sign Brendan Galloway, as the left-back is said to be on the verge of signing a new deal with the Toffees.

Arsenal are preparing a €45 million (£33m) offer for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.

Inter have opened talks with Valencia over a move for Sofiane Feghouli.

Paris Saint-Germain have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. United have also been linked with a swoop for veteran centre-back Pepe.

Carlo Ancelotti has been backed to be successful as manager of Bayern Munich by Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos amid reports linking the Italian with the Bundesliga giants.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has cooled speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool to be reunited with Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool and Serbia winger Lazar Markovic says he “did not have a good relationship” with former manager Brendan Rodgers although the 21-year-old is unable to cut short his loan spell with Fenerbahce and return to Anfield.

FIFA has confirmed that Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and senior vice president Angel Maria Villar have been investigated for wrongdoing and their cases have been passed to the adjudicatory chamber for a verdict by the ethics judge.

Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has accused world football’s governing body of sabotaging his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter after its ethics committee banned him for six years.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, is set to be offered the chance to end his career in America’s Major League Soccer – with their sister club New York City.

Meanwhile, City are in discussions over a potential deal for 15-year-old midfielder Victor Moura, who’s nicknamed Vitinho. from Brazilian club Corinthians.

City and Spain winger Jesus Navas, 29, has played down the possibility of a return to his former club Sevilla.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino plans to rest 22-year-old England striker Harry Kane during a hectic run of fixtures to avoid adding to his injury list.

Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that his brother is likely to be working as a policeman at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on Thursday where Spurs face Anderlecht in the Europa League.

Tim Sherwood could be a key factor in Emmanuel Adebayor’s next move, though the Villans manager’s own future may need cleared up first.

Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish took time out from the club’s difficult start to the season to attend Disney On Ice in Birmingham. He posted a picture of the action on his Twitter account with the message “At Disney On Ice with my little sister and cousin.”

Swansea City responded to speculation that manager Garry Monk had not turned up to training by joking on Twitter that the 36-year-old’s doppelganger must have been working with the players instead.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho took his children to an indoor play centre along with the families of team-mates Lucas and Philippe Coutinho. Sakho posted a picture of himself on Twitter as he went down a slide.

Liverpool have parodied American President Barack Obama’s ‘Hope’ poster from his 2008 election campaign with their programme cover for Jurgen Klopp’s first home game in charge against Rubin Kazan.

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he holds no grudge against Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – despite being sacked after just eight months in the job at St James’ Park.

  • Jose Mourinho has been given a boost in his wish to add to his squad in January with new that Juventus could offer £16m to make Juan Cuadrado’s loan move permanent.
  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be keen to bring in Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola if the Blues part company with current boss Jose Mourinho.
  • Barcelona have no intention of selling Brazil forward Neymar, 23, to Manchester United even if they bring in Paris St-Germain frontman Ezequiel Lavezzi, 30.
  • Spanish reports claim Barcelona will sent more scouts to watch Robin van Persie play in the Europa League, but will also be keeping tabs on a total of five Ajax youngsters.
  • Former Brazil international Lucio has told “good friend” and fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho, 23, to stay at Liverpool and reject Barcelona.
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering whether to recall winger Lazar Markovic, 21, in January from his season-long loan at Fenerbahce.
  • Manchester United are watching 19-year-old Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, who is also being monitored by Chelsea
  • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side will be at a disadvantage for Sunday’s derby with Manchester City as they are in Moscow in the Champions League, with their rivals at home.
  • Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is considering making Paul Bracewell his assistant after failing to persuade Southend boss Phil Brown to take the role.
  • Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela, 23, says he has never wanted to leave the club, despite being consistently being linked with a move away.
  • Bournemouth failed to land Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe in the summer but a loan move for the 33-year-old in January could be a possibility.
  • Raheem Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward says the 20-year-old forward should “probably” still be a Liverpool player, but adds there was an “underhandedness” and “sly remarks” during contract negotiations before his summer move to Manchester City.
  • Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has forgiven Arsene Wenger for calling him a diver, and believes the Arsenal manager is “unique” in world football given all he has done in London.
  • Bayern’s team bus was involved in a minor crash when it reversed into a parked vehicle at their London hotel during their preparations for the Arsenal game. QPR’s Loftus Road costs more than 30% more to run than neighbours Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
  • Sepp Blatter’s authorisation of a payment to fellow FIFA executive Michel Platini without a written contract was a “classic conflict of interest,” FIFA’s financial compliance head Domenico Scala told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

UEFA Champions League Results

Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.

Group A

The clash between group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid ended in a barren draw.

Both teams had six points from their first two matches coming into Wednesday’s match, but Real leads with a superior goal difference.

Malmo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Shakhtar have lost all three matches, and may even struggle to progress into the Europa League by finishing third after a goal from Malmo striker Markus Rosenberg gave the hosts a win that should have been by a wider margin.

Group B

Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow to keep the light on for a Champions League last 16-spot, on their return to the city where they lifted the Champions League in 2008.

United initially froze on a sub-zero night in the Russian capital, gifting CSKA Moscow a penalty when Martial handled in the box.

Seydou Doumbia converted the follow up after David de Gea had tipped Roman Eremenko’s spot-kick on to the post, but Martial ensured the match ended in a 1-1 draw with a second-half diving header.

Wolfsburg now lead the group as second-half goals from Bas Dost and Max Kruse helped Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.

Group C

Atletico Madrid made light work of Astana with a 4-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon to stay top of their group.

Saul Niguez found the back of the net with a clever back-heel to put the hosts on their way, before Jackson Martinez got on the scoresheet just a few minutes after he had seen a goal disallowed due to offside.

Oliver Torres made sure of the result with a third for Atletico, finding the back of the net after being played in by Gabi, with Denis Dedechko then firing into his own net late on to make it four.

Galatasaray came from behind to pull off a 2-1 victory against Benfica.

Benfica got off to a flying start as Nicolas Gaitan edged them ahead inside two minutes with a dinked finish.

Selcuk Inan soon equalised from the penalty spot, though, before Lukas Podolski completed the turnaround 15 minutes later.

Group D

Kevin De Bruyne’s stoppage-time goal earned Manchester City a crucial 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium.

Adil Rami own goal after Yevhen Konoplyanka’s earlier strike saving them from another possible home defeat.

But as the game moved into four minutes of added time, De Bruyne scored the winner as he guided a shot into the bottom corner.

Juventus dropped their first points of the campaign following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Group A

Malmoe FF 1 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Paris Saint Germain 0 – 0 Real Madrid

Group B

CSKA Moscow 1 – 1 Manchester United

Wolfsburg 2 – 0 PSV Eindhoven

Group C

Atletico Madrid 4 – 0 FC Astana

Galatasaray 2 – 1 Benfica

Group D

Juventus 0 – 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Manchester City 2 – 1 Sevilla

Latest Football News


Spanish champions Barcelona continue their search to replace Pedro on the flanks, reports claim Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi has made it on to the Blaugrana’s shortlist.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is to meet with Robert Lewandowski’s agent, Cezary Kucharsky, to gauge whether a deal to bring the Bayern Munich striker to Anfield would be possible

Lewandowski has poured praise on Liverpool’s appointment of “perfect fit” Jurgen Klopp and says they are the “optimal club” for the German.

Klopp has said Liverpool need no more than “two strikers” in the light of a season-ending injury for Danny Ings.

Eddie Howe has signed a new contract to remain as Bournemouth manager beyond 2018.

The 37-year-old was already committed to the club for the coming two and a half years, but has negotiated a lengthier stay – believed to be until 2020 – after a clause in his previous contract was activated by their recent promotion.

Jose Mourinho says he will appeal against the £50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban imposed on him by the FA.

Mourinho was sanctioned for comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton in which he said referee Robert Madeley was “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty.

Memphis Depay looks set to be dropped by Louis van Gaal for Manchester United’s trip to Everton on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero will be out of action for four weeks, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.

The Football Association has suspended its support for Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency.

Jose Mourinho, 52, is fighting to stay in control of the Blues dressing room, with a significant number of players becoming unsettled by his public criticism of individuals in the team and his backroom staff.

Chelsea should have sacked Jose Mourinho and replaced him with Jurgen Klopp, the newly installed Liverpool manager, according to former Blues midfielder Craig Burley.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s future at the club is in doubt after he angered club owner Randy Lerner by criticising Villa’s transfer business in the summer.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 65, has suggested he will step down as manager in 2017 – 21 years after taking over.

Angry Arsenal supporters criticised manager Wenger’s European record at an annual general meeting.

Reports claim the Gunners have joined Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign Leverkusen starlet Hakan Calhanoglu. At just 21 years old, the German-born Turkey midfielder looks a sound investment.

Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been linked with Ajax’s 19-year-old central midfielder Riechedly Bazoer. His current contract in Amsterdam runs until 2020.

Fresh reports also claim Arsenal are the latest side to be in the frame for a January move for Real Madrid attacker Jese. Inter, Dortmund, Leverkusen and a raft of other sides have been linked with the speedy 22-year-old.

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is also unhappy with Allardyce, who suggested Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win “had nothing to do” with Benitez. The Spaniard responded by saying Allardyce’s opinion “does not have a lot of value”.

Both United boss Louis van Gaal and Pochettino are watching Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, 22.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, 43, has been studying film of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund teams to give Spurs the edge over Liverpool on Saturday.

Manager Steve McClaren is confident Newcastle United’s directors will remain loyal to him as he attempts to recover from an appalling start to the season.

Newcastle will not make an emergency goalkeeper signing until January despite losing Tim Krul, 27, to injury until the end of the season.

Alan Pardew, 54, says he is fully focused on his job as Crystal Palace boss but admits the thought of taking charge of England one day is enticing.

Southend United boss Phil Brown rejected the chance to work as an assistant to Sam Allardyce at Sunderland because he wants to reach 1,000 games as a manager.

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald has ruled out linking up with new Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light. McDonald was assistant to Allardyce at West Ham United.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is considering upping an offer to buy his players pizza if they secure a first clean sheet of the season. “Maybe the pizza isn’t enough. Maybe I will have to push the boat out and offer them a real slap-up meal,” said the Italian.

Former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson, 43, is set to be named new manager of League One Doncaster Rovers on Friday.

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 26, says he has had the worst year of his career since his transfer from Swansea.

City are to ask their fans if they want to change the club’s badge.

Manchester United look set to be miss out on Athletic Bilbao’s France Under-21 defender Aymeric Laporte who is ready to join Barcelona next summer.

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 32, could move to Barcelona in January to act as back-up for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Chelsea have offered £60m to play at Wembley for four years – hindering Tottenham’s chances of playing there while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.

Stoke and England defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, completed his first 90 minutes for his club’s reserve team on Thursday since a back operation in August.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26, will not be sold to a bigger club in the January transfer window despite his good start to the season, says boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 26, will use criticism from former manager Sam Allardyce to earn an England recall, says current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. Allardyce criticised Carroll’s attitude in a new book.

Everton fans have hit back at former Crystal Palace and QPR manager Neil Warnock after he said on BBC Radio 5 live that Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, “can’t defend, he can’t take responsibility in his own half”.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, 18, has thanked fans for their support after also being ruled out for the season with a knee injury. “Tough time for me, but already working towards coming back stronger. Hard work starts now. Thank you for every message,” Gomez tweeted.

“Gutted for @IngsDanny.He will come back stronger,” wrote Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin on Twitter after learning his former Burnley team-mate had been ruled out of Liverpool’s season with a knee injury.

A non-League football match kicked off 30 minutes late – because the referee forgot that he was in charge.

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Jose Mourinho will offer to shake the hand of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when they meet on Saturday

The uncertainty surrounding the futures of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, who both have less than a year remaining on their current contracts, is reportedly affecting the Chelsea dressing room.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has undergone a second operation on his broken leg in Holland.

Louis van Gaal has revealed Luke Shaw is in ‘good spirits’ and could return to England on Saturday to continue his recovery from a broken leg.

Van Gaal is weighing up three replacements for the injured Luke Shaw as he looks to rebuild United’s left flank after the “big loss” of seeing the full-back ruled out for most of the season.

Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo or Ashley Young are being considered to take over from the England international.

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez says he is optimistic about Gareth Bale’s current calf muscle injury — while not ruling out asking Wales manager Chris Coleman to allow the €100 million forward to sit out his country’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers

Former Barcelona director and presidential candidate Toni Freixa has claimed the club could register a new player to replace the injured Rafinha as the transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA has expired — paving the way for an early debut for Arda Turan or Aleix Vidal.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has insisted that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit enough to start in back-to-back matches.

Manchester City’s new-look attack of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva will start together for the first time in Saturday’s Premier League match against West Ham.

Wayne Rooney missed Manchester United’s last two matches with a hamstring problem, but will be able to start at Southampton on Sunday.

Liverpool have announced that defender Mamadou Sakho has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Sakho moved to Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 and wore the captain’s armband for the first time in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League draw in Bordeaux.

The six children of the late Malcolm Glazer will be paid £2.5m each a year as a dividend, as the majority shareholders of Manchester United.

Southampton will offer Ronald Koeman a new contract amid interest from the Dutch FA in making the Saints boss Netherlands head coach.

Borussia Dortmund have inserted a clause in the Ciro Immobile loan deal which stipulates Sevilla has to buy the striker if he makes a certain number of appearances for the Spanish side.

Inter striker Rodrigo Palacio reportedly plans to follow Carlos Tevez and return from Serie A to Boca in January 2016.

Diego Aguirre is without a club since leaving Internacional and is the main name in the frame to replace Enderson Moreira at Fluminense.

Porto are closing in on a move for 27-year-old Argentina midfielder Ricky Alvarez, who is on loan at Sunderland from Inter Milan.

Everton could make a move for 23-year-old Empoli forward Riccardo Saponara in January.

Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya, 20, and are considering paying his release clause.

A Spanish XI would not lift the Premier League title, according to Chelsea’s Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Champions League-chasing sides will need fewer points than usual to secure a Premier League top-four spot.

Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury will elevate Liverpool’s game to “a new dimension”, having seen evidence of a rapport in training between the England striker and summer signing Christian Benteke.

The Football Association has confirmed it is looking into a complaint that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho used abusive language toward club doctor Eva Carneiro during an incident in the opening 2-2 draw with Swansea last month.

Manuel Pellegrini is confident that Vincent Kompany has put his injury problems behind him, even though Manchester City’s captain is sidelined again.

Arsenal’s parent company has posted a profit of £24.7 million and a cash reserve of £193.1m in its latest set of published figures.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has admitted that he regrets leaving the club as well as joining Chelsea instead of Manchester United.

Swansea City are unconcerned about Dutch club FC Utrecht going to the Court of Arbitration of Sport over money they claim is owed to them from goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s transfer to Tottenham.

Andros Townsend’s partner was duped into thinking he’d been fined by Tottenham after seeing a screenshot from a video game on Twitter.

  • With Rafinha having torn his ACL, Barcelona are said to be weighing up a January swoop for Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. The midfielder extended his contract with BVB, but could be tempted to leave for the Liga champions.
  • Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin learned how to speak English by watching Only Fools and Horses.
  • Saints Manager Ronald Koeman has denied reports that he is set to sign a new contract with the club.
  • Koeman wants fans to give Morgan Schneiderlin a warm reception when he returns to St Mary’s on Sunday.
  • Louis van Gaal has urged Manchester United to beat Southampton on Sunday for Luke Shaw.
  • Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 24, says Jose Mourinho spoke to him only twice during their time together at Chelsea.
  • City are set to announce a club record turnover next month and overtake their rivals United in the financial stakes for the first time.
  • Jose Mourinho has backed Eden Hazard to bounce back to his brilliant best – but warned he’s ready to axe the Belgium superstar if he doesn’t.
  • Mourinho will deny claims he used language referring to gender towards team doctor Eva Caneiro.
  • Rafael Benitez has called Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Real Madrid’s most important player’ but urged him to use his gifts for the good of the team and not just for personal glory.
  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will not be making an appearance at the Dakar car rally in South America – despite assertions from race organisers.
  • Slaven Bilic believes Dimitri Payet can be West Ham’s answer to Manchester City schemer David Silva ahead of the clash between the two teams.
  • Steve McClaren has described Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham as “like a car crash.”
  • Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew claims the club received no offers for Yannick Bolasie in the summer.
  • Mark Hughes says he has been protecting Bojan from the doubters, resisting the temptation to throw him into action despite Stoke’s winless start to the season.
  • Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has compared winger Riyad Marhez to the cartoon character Road Runner.
  • Wayne Rooney has spoken of his love of boxing, but admits his club would probably not be too happy if he was to spar.
  • West Brom will make a decision on whether they sign Ricardo Vaz Te next week.
  • PSV Eindhoven defender Hector Moreno and Phillip Cocu visited Luke Shaw in hospital in Holland.

UEFA Champions League Results

Manchester United's Luke Shaw tackled by PSV Eindoven defender Hector Moreno in UCL
Manchester United’s Luke Shaw tackled by PSV Eindoven defender Hector Moreno in UCL

In Group A, Real Madrid cruised past Shakhtar Donetsk as Cristiano Ronaldo recorded another successive hat trick, after an opener by Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo now has 80 goals in the Champions League, overtaking Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who plays on Wednesday.

Taras Stepanenko was sent off for a second yellow card for a sliding tackle on Sergio Ramos shortly after the break.

Real Madrid have announced that Ramos dislocated a shoulder.

Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane all leave the game because of injuries.

Also in Group A, Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boyhood club Malmo FF.

Angel Di Maria scored his first goal for PSG just four minutes in, and Edinson Cavani headed home Ibrahimovic’s pass

Manchester United’s return to Europe after a year away ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat away to PSV Eindhoven in Group B, with Hector Moreno and Luciano Narsingh scoring after former PSV’s player, Memphis Depay’s opener.

The result was made all the worse for United by a broken leg to defender Luke Shaw, who was stretchered off in the first half.

Shaw underwent surgery on his broken leg on Tuesday night, with the latest diagnosis suggesting he faces a minimum of six months out.

PSV Eindhoven defender Hector Moreno is “so sorry” after his tackle led to Shaw’s injury.

In the second Group B match between Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow ended in a 1-0 victory for the German’s with Julian Draxler providing the winning goal, his first for Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg were disappointed with the attendance for their first Champions League match in nearly six years, with CEO Klaus Allofs asking: “Where are all the people?”

A brace from Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win away to Galatasaray in Group C.

Also in Group C, Nicolas Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou scored in the second half to give Benfica a 2-0 win over newcomers FC Astana.

In Group D, Manchester City, like their City neighbour United, fell to a 2-1 loss at home- after controversially taking the lead- to last year’s runners-up Juventus in Group D.

Mario Mandzukic brought the game to a level and Alvaro Morata

scoring the winner.

Sevilla were awarded three penalties in a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the other game in Group D.

Kevin Gameiro scored his first just after half-time, and though he missed a second opportunity from the spot soon after, Ever Banega made no mistake in making it 2-0.

Yevheniy Konoplyanka added a third six minutes from time for last year’s Europa League winners.

Group A

Paris Saint Germain 2 – 0 Malmoe FF

Real Madrid 4 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Group B

PSV Eindhoven 2 – 1 Manchester United

Wolfsburg 1 – 0 CSKA Moscow

Group C

Benfica 2 – 0 FC Astana

Galatasaray 0 – 2 Atletico Madrid

Group D

Manchester City 1 – 2 Juventus

Sevilla 3 – 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Manchester United top list of money-wasters


Manchester United are guilty of wasting the most money on transfers with the now-departed Angel Di Maria and Marouane Fellani the two biggest flops, according to a transfer survey.

TheSoccerexTransfer Reviewstudied the value of Premier League players signed within the past three years who failed to play 50 per cent of their club’s total minutes last season. Premier League clubs spent £885.85m on new players this summer – a 14 per cent rise on last year.

The report concluded that United’s rarely-used players amounted to the most expensive in the division with over £117million of talent left rotting on the sidelines for much of last season. Heading that list was Argentina playmaker Di Maria, who arrived from Real Madrid for £59.7m. The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal last August and made an encouraging start to life at Old Trafford scoring three league goals in his first five games, but his form dipped badly soon after and he failed to score again in the league after October 2014. He made 27 Premier League appearances for Louis Van Gaal and missed more than half of his team’s playing time and was last month sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £44million – a near £16million loss.


Belgian international Fellaini has also been deemed an expensive mistake by the study with the 27-year-old restricted to the substitute’s bench for much of last season. Fellaini was a last-minute transfer deadline day buy from Everton for £27.5million in 2013. The former Standard Liege man has only made one appearance in the league this season and has chalked up just 43 Premier League appearances since his arrival two years ago.

The survey found £560million worth of players signed by Premier League sides over the last three seasons were used in 50 per cent or less of the total minutes of their club’s season.

1.Manchester United £117m

2.Tottenham £100m

3.Manchester City £53.3m

4.Liverpool £50.4m

5.Arsenal £34.3

6.Chelsea £32.8m

At the opposite end of the scale the study rated Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez the most profitable signing after he played 86 per cent of Arsenal’s minutes in 2014/15 – more than any other recent signing in Europe’s top five leagues. The former Barcelona man was a £35million recruit from the Nou Camp last summer and he had a fantastic debut season in the top flight, scoring 16 times for the Gunners.

Meanwhile, United trio Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, who spent most of last season injured, played just 55 per cent, 48 per cent and 33 per cent of the minutes respectively last season.



Barcelona will hope to retain to their title, while Real Madrid will be hoping for an 11th European success. Premier league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal have trick fixtures.

Manchester City who have had tough draws in the last four seasons of the Champions League, were selected in Group D with last season’s finalists Juventus, Europa League winners Sevilla, and Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Manchester United return after last year’s absence, and have a relatively easy group consisting of PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and German side Wolfsburg.

Chelsea are in Group G and Jose Mourinho will have a reunion with former side Porto, whom he took to Champions League glory in 2003.Mourinho has won neither of his two trips to his old club.The Group also have Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Arsenal also face a tough task in Group F against Bayern Munich. The Gunners have being knocked out by Bayern in two out of the last three UEFA Champions League seasons.They have easy with the other two opponents ; Greek side Olympiacos – who are in the middle of a match-fixing scandal – and Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.

Real Madrid are up against PSG Group A, and are joined Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo.Real bid to win an 11th European Cup.While, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who began his career at Malmo, will get the chance to return to Sweden and his boyhood club.

Holders Barcelona are in Group E along with Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov from Belarus, as they seek to retain the trophy they won in Berlin in June.

Kazakhastani Champions and Champions League debutant Astana, are in Group C, along side Benfica, Atlético, Galatasaray.


2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage draw

Group A:

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmö

Group B:

PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moskva, Wolfsburg

Group C:

Benfica, Atlético, Galatasaray, Astana

Group D:

Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Mönchengladbach

Group E:

Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov

Group F:

Bayern München, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb

Group G:

Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kyiv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H:

Zenit, Valencia, Lyon, Gent

Group stage dates

Matchday one: 15–16/09/14

Matchday two: 29–30/09/14

Matchday three: 20–21/10/14

Matchday four: 03–04/11/14

Matchday five: 24–25/11/14

Matchday six: 08–09/12/14

Latest Football News

Fellaini for striking role
Fellaini for striking role
  • Louis van Gaal has revealed he intends to use Marouane Fellaini in a number nine or 10 position this season.
  • Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed talk that 23-year-old Brazil forward Neymar, a reported Manchester United target, could be sold.
  • Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli said he has always had AC Milan in his heart after passing a medical ahead of rejoining the Serie A side.
  • Liverpool made a “major mistake” in signing Italy striker Mario Balotelli, says former Reds defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
  • Chelsea winger Marko Marin is to finally leave the club on a permanent deal and sign for Trabzonspor in Turkey.
  • Turkish club Besiktas claim they have agreed to sign Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, from Manchester United.
  • Chelsea will make a fourth and final offer worth £40m for Everton defender John Stones after the 21-year-old England international handed in a transfer request.
  • Zenit St Petersburg will resist any attempt by Chelsea to sign Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay if they pursue the 28-year-old as an alternative to Stones.
  • Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, faces a fine for missing media duties after making his MLS debut for Montreal Impact.
  • Everton have bid £5m for Tottenham’s Argentina defender Federico Fazio, 28, after Stones asked to leave Goodison Park.
  • Barcelona could beat Arsenal and Everton to the signing of Dynamo Kiev’s Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 25.
  • Everton have turned their attention to Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard after failing in their bid to sign Andriy Yarmolenko.
  • Arsenal are close to completing a deal to sign Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin after failing to bring Karim Benzema to the Emirates Stadium Wenger will wrap up a £16 million deal for Sevilla destroyer Grzegorz Krychowiak. Arsenal are in the market for a holding midfielder and have been tracking the Poland international all summer.
  • Juventus have given up on signing Julian Draxler and are now looking to sign Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, though they can only currently afford to take him on a season-long loan deal.
  • City defender Jason Denayer, 20, is deciding whether to join Galatasaray or Marseille on a season-long loan.
  • Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne, though they do not want him to leave Wolfsburg until 2016, when he would move to the French capital for €80 million.
  • United have joined rivals City and German champions Bayern Munich in the race to sign Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne. Having missed out on Pedro to Chelsea, Louis van Gaal still has money to burn and wants the Belgian star.
  • Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel wants to sign Mainz defender Jo Hoo Park. Mainz believe the transfer request is too close to the deadline and are demanding €5 million, but BVB feel that is too much.
  • Tottenham will make an improved offer of £23m plus add-ons for West Brom’s 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino after having two previous bids rejected.
  • West Brom will move for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, if they do finally allow Berahino to leave The Hawthorns.
  • Spurs are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi, 25, who is not wanted at the Bernabeu.
  • Manchester United have held talks over a £10.9 million deal for Alexandre Pato, who looks set to join an English club before the transfer window closes. Chelsea, Stoke City and Sunderland are also linked with the forward.
  • United have reignited their interest in Borussia Dortmund midfield Ilkay Gundogan, but have been rebuffed by the German side. Louis van Gaal is still keen to add reinforcements in midfield but BVB have rejected their new bid.
  • Marseille are reportedly set to announce the loan signing of Real Madrid youngster Lucas Silva, who has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Southampton this summer.
  • Roma director Walter Sabatini is in London to close a deal with Aston Villa for midfielder Adem Ljajic’s proposed move to the Premier League.
  • West Ham want to sign a striker by this weekend and will make a decision on either Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor or Juventus’s Simone Zaza.
  • The Hammers are set to make a second bid of €8 million for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz having already had a €5m offer rejected by the Turkish outfit.
  • Tottenham are keen on signing Saint-Etienne midfielder Jeremy Clement. Spurs hope to add a new defensive midfielder to their ranks but the Ligue 1 side will not let the former Rangers man leave without signing a replacement first.
  • Spurs winger Erik Lamela, 23, is in talks with Serie A side Inter Milan, according to the Argentine’s father.
  • Nicolas Gaitan has rejected a move to Al-Ahli in favour of a transfer to Manchester United
  • David Moyes is hopeful of closing a deal for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi despite the interest of Southampton and Tottenham.
  • Tottenham are ready to loan out forgotten defender DeAndre Yedin
  • Southampton target Virgil van Dijk says he will consider offers from other clubs after Celtic failed to make the Champions League proper.
  • Kenny Jackett revealed after Wolves’ 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Barnet that the club have rejected another bid from Norwich for Benik Afobe. Norwich will have to pay £14 million if they want to sign Afobe this transfer window.
  • Norwich boss Alex Neil refused to confirm reports that Bournemouth target Lewis Grabban stormed out of the team hotel on Tuesday night.
  • Watford have opened talks with French club Rennes over a £8m move for their 22-year-old midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
  • Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, star of Gladiator, has ruled out a takeover bid for Championship side Leeds United – the team he supports – in a series of tweets.
  • Leeds United are looking to sign Leicester City defender Liam Moore, with Uwe Rosler watching the centre-back play in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory against Bury
  • Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, 35, will be a future manager at Anfield, according to his LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
  • League Cup ties should go straight to penalties instead of extra time, says Cardiff manager Russell Slade. The Bluebirds lost 2-1 against MK Dons after 120 minutes on Tuesday.
  • Dwight Gayle is keen on a move from Crystal Palace to Norwich, but the Canaries are baulking at the £10m price tag
  • Charlton could move for former Liverpool and Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant