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baut Courtois was delighted with his performance for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal, with Courtois making three exceptional saves.Courtois said, “Tonight’s was an important matchd off talk of interest from Tottenhcontent_imgam this month.The Canaries meet Tottenham later tonight.”People say it but it is generally true: I am just focused on my football, turning up for each game and being 100 per cent ready and working as hard as I can i, we had to win to

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Alonso boost for Bolton

Bolton defender will make his long-awaited return to action on Tuesday when the club’s reserve side takes on .The left-back has not played since he picked up a foot injury in the 2-1 win over Blackburn back in December.But the former Reafender Matt Lowton says they won’t sit bcontent_imgack against Wolves today.Wolves face a quick turnaround with their Europa League exploits taking focus on Thursday evening. “It’s difficult with the Europa League, which we experienced last year,” he told thel Madrid man will hopefully move a step closer to being available for ‘s first-team selection if he comes through the trip to face Everton’s second-string.The 21-year-old told his Twitter followers: “Playing reserves tomorrow vs Everton away. Cant wait to get some gamipzig attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg has been offered to Manchester United.BILD says United have been offered the chance to sign Forsberg for a bargain £17m, but there may be a hitch.Forsberg has grown frustrated at a lack of game time with Leipe-time under my belt!”

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Exclusive – Bruce: ‘Neville had the least talent but the most desire’

has praised ’s determination after the Manchester United captain announced his retirement from the game.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show the manager claimed that Neville wasn’t the most talented youngster but was the committed.Bruce watched Neville progress through the youth system and emerge as a first team player at Old Trafford.The former captain said: “He’s played 600 odd times for United, he’s won Championship after Championship, he’s been impeccable both on the pitch and off it, yet there are still people who have a pop at him.“It’s probably part of the Manchester United thing but no body can argue that he wasn’t single minded enough. Of all the young kids coming thorough at that time he was the Maurizio Sarri saw improvements after their 2-1 defeat of SPAL.Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener, on target for the 11th Serie A game in a row, with Aaron Ramsey’s lob before an Andrea Petagna penalty.“It’s the same situation we had in the last least gifted of all of them but he had sheer determincontent_imgation to succeed.“He’s played 85 times for his country and can you remember him having a bad game for England or Manchester United for that matter. He’s had a wonderful career and yet there is that stigma about him, it must be the Manchester United thing.“Everybody knew that Phil was the most talented of the brothers but once he had the chance to get into the first team, he grasped it and never looked bay’s Copa America semi-final against Lionel Messi and Argentina.Alisson managed to stop Barcelona star Messi in the Champions League for the past two seasons, with Liverpool and Roma.And he knows Selecao must be on point to make it to the final.”I havck. I don’t think anybody displaced him for the next ten, twelve, thirteen years.”

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Reading 0-0 QPR: Bore draw relegates both clubs from the Premier League

Reading and Queens Park Rangers have been relegated to the Championship after playing out a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.The Premier League’s bottom two came into this clash knowing they needed a miracle to escape the relegation zone.But both sides showed just whycontent_img they have struggled so much this season as they produced a game which was littered with mistakes and which failed to produce any clear-cut chances.The stalemate leaves Reading and QPR nine points adrift of 17th-placed Aston Villa with three games to play.And with Villa or fellow strugglers Wigan guaranteed at least a point on the final day of the season when they meet at the DW Stadium, Reading and QPR are consigned to the Championship.QPR had gone closeArsenal and Tottenham are eyeing Middlesbrough centre-back Nathan Wood.However, the Daily Star says Burnley are leading the chase.Ambitious Boro want at least £9m to let him leave the club.Arsenal and Tottenham played out a 2-2 draw last weekend. The 17-year-old is yet to feature for Boro but is highly rated by the Championship side.st to finding the breakthrough when Esteban Granero narrowly directed a free-kick over, while Adel Taarabt wasted two decent attempts.Pavel Pogrebnyak had the hosts’ best chance when he picked up Jobi McAnuff’s pass before cutting inside Jose Bosingwa and bendingr at Turf Moor against his will.Dyche knows that the club will always have to field interest in their rising stars.”It’s part of the reality of the club,” Dyche told Lancs.live. “We’re not giants in the Premier League.”We can’t pay the wages that oth an effort just inches wide of Green’s post.But neither team provided the moment of class needed to take the three points, to leave both sides sharing the heartache of relegation.

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Man United given green light in pursuit of PSV star

Manchester United have been given the green light to move for Kevin Strootman in the summer after the player’s agent revealed: give us all Salomon Rondon this summer.Newcastle United, where Rondon was on-loan last season, and West Ham are chasing the Venezuela striker.“We’re quite happy to say that we will sell Salomon,” said Dowling.“We don’t want a player that’s had a season li call in May.Sir is a keen admirer of the Dutchman and was linked with a £15m move for the midfielder back in the transfer window.United’s lack of a sturdy midfield presence is well documencontent_imgted, hence the interest in the PSV star, and Ferguson is monitoring the Dutchman once again.AC Milan are also keen on the 22-year-old and they have been linked with a January move for him, although as talkSPORT recently revealed, he is likely to remain in the Eredivisie for the duration of the season.However, beyond that his future is uncertain and agent Chiel Dekker believes a switch could be possible next summer.”My online company Baidu, is to show all 380 LaLiga games during 2019-20 season, reports SportBusiness.IQiyi will broadcast the games on sports platform iQiyi Sports, as well as produce original content, match highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.Yo client could leave in January? Absolutely not. There’s nothing in that,” he told Calciomercato in Italy.”We are only in October – the only thing I can say is to call me back in May.”

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Pardew angered by Newcastle board’s failure to land him a striker

has admitted his disappointment with chiefs for failing to land a big-money striker in the summer.Pardewgreatest players in Chelsea’s history during his long and illustrious career, Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract.The 41-year-old, who left Derby County, said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as hea has been chasing a number of forward targets since ’s sale to in January after the club promised to reinvest all the £35million generated from his move., Modibo Maiga and Mevlut Erding were all on Pardew’s shortlist but the Newcastle board failed to complete deals for any of them, leaving the Magpies with a strike quartet of , , and .And that has angered Paronardo Bonucci admits this Juventus team are experiencing something new as they find themselves in a genuine title fight.The 32-year-old says the Old Lady are using the festive period to “recover” after defeat in the Supercoppa and trailing at the dew, who said: “With the the time scale we had, we should have got a striker.”But there are difficulties in today’s market, especially with young strikers who have got potential. That’s what we were targeting and that’s the hardest type of player to get.”‘The board found it very difficult and went up some paths that were dead ends. I’m disappointed because it would have made the jigsaw complete.‘I’ll be thecontent_img first to admit I was upset on the day, and the day after and the day after that. But that’s me done now.”

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West Brom showing interest in Kidderminster striker

wich Albion are keeping tabs on Kidderminster Harriers hotshot Jamille Matt, despite the scontent_imgtriker only making five appearances all season.Jamaica-born Matt has recently returned from a frustrating nine-month absence due to issues with his work permit but he manager Jose Mourinho says Ryan Sessegnon proved his quality in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich.19-year-old Sessegnon scored Spurs’ only goal of the game, his first for the North London club.Mourinho told BT Sport: “That is his quality, that i has slotted straight back into the team with an impressive hat-trick against league leaders Newport County at the weekend.Kidderminster chairman Mark Serrell has confirmed a number of clubs have shown an interest in the 23-year-old, including Premier League West Brom who are currently flying high in sixth.Northampton Town and are also showing an interest in Matt, who could be available for a cut-price fee iReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says a move to China is off the table.Ramos has stated he had an offer from China earlier this year.”Yes, the offer of China was on the table,” said the defender. “I have never imagined going there. I never asked for n January because he is out of contract in the summer.

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Former Man United star moves back to Argentina

Gabriel Heinze, the former defender, has completed his return to Argentinian club Newell’s Old Boys from Roma.The 34content_img-year-old, who earned 71 caps for Argentina, has signed a two-year deal with the club he first left in 1997.Heinze, who picked up one league title and one league cup during his time atBissaka are urging Crystal Palace to sell him to Manchester United.United’s £35million bid has been rejected by Palace, who are keen to keep the right-back.The stand has left Wan-Bissaka frustrated as he looks to seal his summer switch. The 21 year- Old Trafford, was made surplus to requirements at Roma this summer by new coach Zdenek Zeman.He has also turned out for Valladolid, Sporting Lisbon, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid and Marseille since maeague matches overseas, meaning all domestic league games must now be played in their native countries and nowhere else.The news will come as a frustration to LaLiga, who have been trying to organise a league game abroad for some time now.FIFA’s deciking his professional debut in 1996.

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Warnock worried about the state of refereeing in the Premier League

Queens Park Rangers manager has hit out at referee Leetus have made contact with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Sarri is a candidate for the Juve job after Max Allegri announced he would step down at the end of the season.Gazzetta dello Sport says the Bianconeri see Sarri as their best option, even though Probert after he failed to disallowed ’s strike for a handball in the build-up.The ea striker lashed the ball home after 14 minutes but appeared to control ’s cross with his arm.And the Super ’ boss was annoyed that such a blatant handball could be allowed to go unpunished in the Premier League.“In the olden days my dad would have said he took the lace out of it but unfortunately there are no laces in [balls] now,” said Warnock.“Anybody that knows the game [knows] that is a handball. There is no way [Danny Graham] scores that goal if he doesn’t control ailed his players after an amazing 7-2 rout of Lecce.Lecce were acontent_imgctually 2-0 ahead before La Dea steamrolled them – with Duvan Zapata hitting a hat-trick.“We are proud that we are able to fight back and keep going. When Lecce went from 0-2 to 2-2, it and gain an advantage.“The referee saw it. He said it was a handball but it wasn’t intentional. I don’t see that at all and at this level you expect them to get the big decisions like that right.“And when they’ve got an answer and it’s totally wrong I worry about things at times.”

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Sir Alex Ferguson denies claims Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has decided to retire at the end of the season

Manchester United manager Sir has denied claims that has decicontent_imgded to retire at the end of the season.The 38-year-old was reported to have told friends he will be quitting theerest.Juventus and Napoli have been linked with the Spaniard.Alberto Botines told Sky Italia, “At the moment, he’s focused on the team’s commitments.“He comes from a bad injury and is returning to his usual level. He likes Italy, there’s already game for good next summer.Ferguson, however, insists the former England international, who was persuaded to come out of a be blocked from watching live Premier League matches on illegal streaming sites from the 2019/20 season following a court order, reports, /.As reported by The Irish Times a ruling in the country’s Commercial Court granted Football Association Premie short-lived retirement at the start of the year, would have let him know of any such plans.”I would be surprised if Paul had spoken to someone without speaking to me – and he hasn’t – so we can dismiss that,” said Ferguson.It’s also been suggested that this could be 39-year-old ‘ final season and that is on his way out of Old Trafford.But Ferguson added: “Ryan could play for another year or two. Rio has been terrific. The speculation comes from our policy of only giving older players one-year contracts.”

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Liverpool fall behind AC Milan in race to sign teen Brazil star

Liverpool have fallen behind AC Milan in the race to sign highly-rated Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas.The Serie A side’s technical director Marco Branco has reportedly met with the 19-year-content_imgold’s agent, Juan Figer, to discuss a move to the San Siro, taking the Italian club to the head of the queue for the prospect’s signature.The youngster’s Brazilian club are not looking to do business in January but could be open to a summer deal, if the price is right.Lucas has hit three goals in eight games for hclub” with Rafa Benitez at the helm.The Spaniard has yet to extend his contract which will expire next month.Perez told the Chronicle: “That’s the idea.”We all want him to stay as it’s something good for the club.”We became a better club from the dayis b Spain and France are to be played behind closed doors because of coronavirus concerns, reports BBC Sport.La Liga announced its ruling will affect the next two rounds of fixtures while the French league said fans will be banned until 15 April.La Ligaoyhood club already this season and has already played ten times for the Brazil national team.Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will look to land Lucas and link him up with current Samba star Pato.

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Houllier’s Villa rebuild to begin with French midfield starlet

is about start his Aston revolution with the signing of Gueida Fofana.The French manager brought success to in 2001 by signing a number of foreign stars who he helped establish and he is set to start the same rebuilding process at Villa Park.Villa have just suffered their fifth Premier League defeat in six games and look set to face a relegation battle in the second half of the season.Houllier has already agreed a deal to allow S to sit tight at Wcontent_imgest Brom.Tied to the Baggies until 2020, La Provence says OM sports chief Andoni Zubizarreta wants to take the Venezuela international in a Bosman deal next summer.Such a deal is remote, however, with West Brom eager to cash in.A cateven Sidwell to leave the club in January and looks set to follow, with 19-year-old La Havre midfielder Fofana coming in to help replace them.The France youth team player is close to sealing a move to the to play for Manchester United.Both players have solidified themselves as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred defensive pairing this season.But United hero Parker believes they are not up to the standard of their successful predecessors.”Harry Maguire a Midlands, according to French sports paper L’Equipe, for a fee of around £1m with the French club including a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal.

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Swansea set to revive interest in ADO Den Haag midfielder

ea City are considering reviving their interest in ADO Den Haag midfielder Jens Toornstouraged in their interest in Napoli striker Arek Milik.Gazzetta dello Sport says Milik will consider leaving Ncontent_imgapoli at the end of this season after negotiations over a new contract reached an impasse this week.The Poland international’s contract is sra, reports Voetbal International.The Welsh club, who have monitored the midfielder for a year, came close to signing the 23-year-old last summer but the deal fell through after former manager moved to . Current boss opted to pursue other transfer targets instead.Toornstra, who has been capped by Holland at Under-21 level, can play in the centre of midfield and on the wing.And, according to reports in Holland, he is once again attracting admiring glances from Swansea.Should he move to the Liberty Stadium he would become the fifth Dutch member of Michael Laudrup’s squad, with , , and Jonathan de Gvid De Gea.The Spaniard has agreed to a £350,000-a-week deal in principle.However, there is a new contract clause being introduced by the club which has irked De Gea and other United players.A 25 per cent pay cut will be kick in should United fail tuzman already at the club.

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Wenger: No fears over Mannone

insists he has no fears about throwing into the Champions League spotlight on Tuesday night.The Italian will deputise for ancontent_imgkle injury victim against Montpellier, and Wenger is confident the keeper has the mental strength to cope with the occasion.Mannone has alreadsea’s move to buy outright Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.The Blues are close to signing loan flop Kovacic for £45million in a permanent deal.Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio claims Lampard will make the Real Madrid midfielder his fiy kept two clean sheets this season, at Stoke and , while filling in for Szczesny – a marked contrast to his last European performance for the , when he produced a calamitous display in the defeat at Olympiacos last December.But Wenger has no issues with throwing Mannone straight into the action at Stade La Mosson.”Vito is very close [to the Arsenal number one jersey], and k.Sky Sports says Everton will seek to appoint Pereira as their new manager before Sunday’s trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.Negotiations have continued over the past seven days, with Everton willing to offer the 51-year old a three-yehe gets another opportunity now,” said the Frenchman.”He has belief and he has the mental strength to deal with that.”

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Pardew targets winning finish to outstanding season

manager has targeted a win against next week to finish an outstanding season for the club.Speaking after their 2-2 draw against Chelsea, the Newcastle boss spoke of finishing the season on a high in order to give themselves a target to beat next season.And sitting 12th in the table on 45 poPSG coach Thomas Tuchel has hinted he believes he’s set to be replaced.Departing Juventus boss Max Allegri is being linked with the job.And Tuchel says: “Honestly, I’m quite worried that I keep getting asked these questions. “It feels like everyone knows something that I don’t.“Do yoMariano Diaz does not fancy a move to Arsenal.Real Madrid are keen to offload the striker in order to raise funds for other transfers.Arsenal have been offered the striker for just £18m, despite Real paying £30m for Diaz only a year ago.However, AS says Diaz would prefer to stay in Spain and fight for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.Roma and AC Milan are also monitoring the 25-year-old.u have information? Should I be worried? I know anything can happen in football…”ints Pardew insisted they must try to claim a top ten finish to round off an impressive first season back in the Premier League.He said: “It’s been a good campaign for us no matter what you say.“If we get a win next week it will be an absolutely outstanding season all round and for everyone at the club that’s very, very important.“Next year we have to beat that total and to do that will probably give us a top eight finish.“We’re secontent_imgtting our own standards. Hopefully in the summer we can do some trading and have a little bit more quality.”