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FA investigating West Ham fan chants

The Football Association have launched an investigation into reports of anti-Semitic abuse by fans towards Tottenham supporters.Abusive chants were heard from a section of West Ham supporters during Sunday’s Premier League match against Tottenham, which – amongst other things – made reference to the violence against fans in Rome last week as they travelled to play Lazio in the Europe League.The FA said in a stas unhappy with his players after their FA Youth Cup defeat of Fulham.Lewis Fiorini’s early goal proved the difference between City and U18 Premier League South leaders Fulham, but the visitors had chances on the break and almost forced extra time towtement: “The FA can confirm it has begun investigating reports of abusive chanting at the Tottenham versus West Ham United fixture.”The FA governance department has this morning contacted both clubs and will ccontent_imgontinue to make enquiries into the matter in the coming days.”We note the statement issued by West Ham and encourage clubs to identify and ban for life any individuals involved in incidents of abusive chanting.”There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination in football. The FA is committed to working with the clubs, Leagues, fans groups, the police, CPS and community stakeholders to play our part in addressing this unacceptable behaviour.”Tottenham have announced they will be submitting video evidence as part of their report to the FA.A club spokesman said: “We are currently compiling a full report for the Footbafers from across Europe.The youngster failed to break through to the first-team at City before his contract expired earlier this week.Alaves are keen to make a move, reports the Mirror. And Zulte Waregem have already made an offer. Fellow City departll Association and shall be submitting this with all our evidence including relevant CCTV footage.”Police also confirmed that two West Ham supporters were formally cautioned by officers following their arrest during the game and have accepted the police cautions.One of those was a season ticket holder who has since been banned.A West Ham statement said: “One of those fans has since been identified as a season ticket holder and has, this afternoon, been sent a letter containing a banning order from the club. Any other individuals identified can expect a similar swift and robust response.”

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Tottenham get triple boost ahead of AC Milan meeting

have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of their huge second-leg clash with AC Milan at White Hart Lane., and all took part in the full first-team training ahead of the clash and could be set to face the Italian giants for a place in the Champuben Loftus-Cheek has revealed the players have watched the Champions League games as a squad this season.Loftus-Cheek admits failure to qualify for next term’s competition would be a failure for the players.He said: “The Champions League is the bestions League quarter finals.Bale had been missing since January with a back injury but came on as a substitute against on Sunday. And he appears to have shrugged off any fears of a reaction and could be set to start on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Van der Vaart, who has scored 12 goals this season, has not featured since Tottenham’s 1-0 first leg victory at the San Siro on February 15 but is also back in contention following his calf injury.And in defence King could also make a shock return following a groin operation last month.The England irtunate’ error against Everton.De Gea pulled off a fine stop to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a minute remaining in the 1-1 draw.The Spaniard was also saved by VAR, who ruled Gylfi Sigurdsson to be offside because he was a distraction to De Gea stonternational, who has appeared only once in the Premier League since September, also took part in fullcontent_img training and could be in line to face Milan.

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Radu agent hints at January exit from Lazio as Chelsea circle

Chelsea target Stefan Radu could leave Lazio in January, according to his agent.The Romanian has attracted the interest of the west London club, who tried and failed to bring in fellow left-back Alvaro Pereira during the summer.And reports in Italy have since linked Andre s-Boas with a January move for Lazio star Radu, 24, instead.And his agent Victor Becali, speaking to Italian radio station Mane the Real Madrid locker room after last night’s 0-0 draw at Barcelona.Real feel Raphael Varane twice had good penalty shouts turned down by ref Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez.El Chiringuito says Real’s players were fuming afterwards and could be heara Mana, has refused to rule out a New Year deparnder signed a new contract in May.“There’s a great desire to work and improve,” the 24-year-old said from the Nerazzurri’s training camp in Lugano.“content_imgWe’re working hard and well, and that’s important: we knew what was waiting for us with the new Coture.He said: “If something interests us in the coming months then we will talk it over. Stefan has renewed his contract but in football you can never take anything as certain.”I have read that big clubs in England, Spain and France are interested but at the moment I have not spoken to anyone about it.”

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Accrington Stanley swoop for Blackburn youngster

Blackburn have sent rookie striker Micah Evans to on loan for a month.The 18-year-old academy product is rated highly at Ewood Park but ‘s coaches believe a loan move Daily Star says the mega-rich Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly on the verge of sealing a potential £120million takeover of Leeds United.Qatari Sports Investments (QSI) are closing in on a deal worth around £10million to secure a to League Two will help his development.Evans made his senior debut for against Accrington in pre-season and John Coleman has struck a scontent_imghort-term dhed with Liverpool fans after Sunday’s FA Cup defeat.Everton’s players were criticised for not going over to their fans at full time as all but Djibril Sidibe immediately made their way down the tunnel.Footage has emerged of Coleman and Holgate involeal for the young forward.

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The Greatest Football Manager Ever revealed: Fergie, Mourinho and Paisley battle it out!

(43% of the top 10 vote) Champions League (2), Premier League (11), FA Cup (5), League Cup (4), Club World Cup (1), Intercontinental Cup (1), Cup Winners’ Cup (2) European Super Cup (2), Community Shield (9), Scottish Premier League (3), Scottish Cup (4), Scottish League Cup (1), Scottish First Division (1). Winning the Treble with in 1999. (19%) Champions League (2), UEFA Cup (1), Premier League (2), FA Cup (1), League Cup (2), Community Shield (1), Serie A (2), Italian Cup (1), Italian Super Cup (1), Spanish Cup (1), Portuguese League (2), Portuguese Cup (1), Portuguese Super Cup (1) Winning the Treble with Inter in 2010. (10%) European Cup (3), UEFA Cup (1), First Division (6), League Cup (3), European Super Cup (1), Charity Shield (4) Only manager to win three European Cups, achieved in just nine years as a manager. (6%) First Division (3), FA Cup (2), UEFA Cup (1), Charity Shield (4), Second Division (1): Took from the Second Division to the best team in the country in two years. (5.5%) First Division/Premier League (4), FA Cup (2), Charity Shield (4), Scottish League Cup (1) Won the Double in his first season as player/manager at Liverpool. (5%): Everything on the club and international scene. If you can win it, you’ve won it! Taking /Darlington/Getafe to the Champions League six years in a row. (4.5%) European Cup (2), First Division (2), Leaguecontent_img Cup (4), Charity Shield (1), European Super Cup (1), Second Division (1): Back-to-back European Cup wins with . (3%) European Cup (1), Scottish League (10), Scottish Cup (9), Scottish League Cup (6) Winning the Quadruple (European Cup plus domestic Treble) with Celtic ina Dembele.The news comes after star n Mount was delighted with his brace in Chelsea’s 4-3 win at Reading.The 20-year old bagged a brace at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon to help the Blues to a pre-season victory over Reading, taking his summer tally to three goals after a strstriker Harry Kane was ruled out of action until April with a hamstring injury.Dembele has been a target for Chelsea this month.Lyon released a statement on the rumours on January 2, which read: “L’Olympique Lyonna 1967. (2.5%) World Cup (1), Champions League (1), Serie A (5), Intercontinental Cup (1), Italian Cup (1), European Super Cup (1), Italian Super Cup (4) Winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006. (1.5%) Premier League (3), FA Cup (4), French League (1), Community Shield (4), Emperor’s (Japanese) Cup (1), J-League Super Cup (1) Winning the Premier League unbeaten in 2004.Agree? Disagree? Have your say by commenting below…

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Pollitt pens new Wigan deal

Athletic have secured the services of goalkeeper Mike Pollitt for another year.The 39-year-old is the club’s longest-serving player, having become the first to signrd says defeat to Newcastle United was due to a lack of decisiveness in attack.Issac Hayden scored the winner for Newcastle on Saturday as they edged out Chelsea.Lampard said, “It’s because we didn’t score. “I know they had three headers at our goal following promotion tocontent_img the Premier League back in May 2005.Manager said: “Mike is a terrific goalkeeper first and foremost with great experience and he continues to set standards on a daily basis that the younger players can follow.”He has been patient during his time at the club but has never been anything less than totally professional and committed to the club.”Pollitt, who made just three apperances for Wigan last season, said: “I’m 39 now, approaching my seventh season at the club and alr Nemanja Matic has left the door open to moving to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.The Serbian had a good relationship with Jose Mourinho during his time as United manager and when he was appointed Spurs boss last month, following the sacking of Mauricio though I am keen to develop as a coach at some stage, right now I’m focused on the playing aspect of the game because I feel I’ve still got plenty to offer to the team given the opportunity.”

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Striker Remy poised to join QPR

QPR manager expects Marseille striker Loic Remcontent_imgy to complete his £8million move to Loftus Road on Wednesday.The French hitman has passed a medical and agreed personal terms at the west London clubThe Rs boss said: “I watched him so many times when I was at Tottenham. The fee then was around about £20million. He’s a good buy for us.”Remy had a medical today and the personal stuff is all sorted.”Redknapp is also confident of sealing a £7million deal for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila in the next couple of days.”I also liked M’Vila when I was at Tottenham,” said the Loftus Road boss.”He’s 22, played against England a couple of years Mourinho feels Jurgen Klopp is in a perfect place as a coach at Liverpool.Mourinho – who predicted three months ago that Liverpool would win the Premier League – knows exactly the size of the “challenge” his side face at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium toago for France, and was fantastic.”They [Rennes] tueves that Gareth Southgate is spoiled for choice in forward positions.The Three Lions boss can call on the likes of Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho for the forward positions in his starting line ups.Ashton rned down £28million from an English club for him a year ago. offered £15million for him in August. The deal looks okay.”

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Arsenal and Everton alerted as AC Milan set to sell starlet

AC Milan are plotting to sell and target M’Baye Niang – barely months after signing him.The 17-year-old appeared set for a switch to Goodison Park in the summer after agreed a deal with French side Caen.However, it fell through at the 11th hour and despite Arsenal’s late interest, Milan moved quickly and managed to land him.But Niang’s move to Serie A has not gone as hoped – he’s featured in just one Serie A game – and the club arcontent_imge opash with Moldova next week.Lloris is recovering from elbow surgery after a horror injury suffered a fortnight ago at Brighton.And France coach Didier Deschamps revealed: “As our captain, it’s important that he be there. “I spoke to him before his openal.The Scot has been in the dugout for three games, with a win over Chelsea and draw with Manchester United.He will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, who has secured a release from his contract with Napoli.Sky Sports says Ancelotti will be in the staeen to the prospect of selling in January.The striker signed a three-year contract in the summer but Milan have not been impressed with him and will listen to offers.

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Man City leading the chase for Torino defender

Manchester City are leading the chase to sign Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to reports in Italy. is keen to bolster his backline and brind just four goals in his last 61 appearances for the club, but was handed a contract extension last month as Palace look to protect the value of one of their highest paid players.“Playing for your club is always different from the (Belgium) nationag in another central defender.Ogbonna, 23, is rated one of the best young defenders in Serie B and ester City boss Pep Guardiola wcontent_imgas left frustrated after being denied victory over Tottenham by VAR.City were celebrating after Gabriel Jesus appeared to have scored in injury time, but the goal was ruled out because the ball had brushed Aymeric Laporhas also attracted interest from AC Milan.Italian newspaper Tuttosport is reporting that Manchester City have already opened talks with Torino over a possible move for the Italian international.Ogbonna admits he is flattered to be linked with a move to AC Milan but says he would love the chance to showcase his talents in England.Ogbonna said: “Milan is a great club for me, but I love English football and the experience of playing there would be fantastic.”

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lsewhere.”It’s the club where I want to try to bec

Norwich City are ch centre-back was linked with Manchester United in the summer.Speaking to France Football, the 22-year-old said: “West Ham, for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere.”It’s the club where I want to try to become the bestcontent_img defendlosing a deal for Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann today.Sky Sports says Fahrmann is undergoing a medical with Norwich.The 30-year-old is close to joining the newly-promoted Canaries on a season-long loan deal from Schalke.Fahrmann’

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Liverpool’s greatest wins v Manchester United: Gerrard, Fowler, Beardsley, Rush and more rampaging Reds

Seven points ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand going into this mid-March match, Man United looked to be cruising to the title when a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty put them 1-0 up after 23 minutes. Then stunned Old Trafford by capitalising on hesitant defending from to equalise five minutes later, before converted a penalty to put the Reds 2-1 up just before half-time. A brilliant free-kick on 77 minutes stretched their lead after Vidic had been sent off for a cynical foul and Andrea Dossena proved the unlikeliest of players to seal United’s misery with a last minute fourth. This was Liverpool at their very best under Rafa Benitez, taking apart United just days after beating Real Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League. They stormed through the rest of the league season, but were just pipped to the Premier League post by United.Having achieved a Premier League double over United in their previous, cup treble-winning season, then beaten Fergie’s team again in the Charity Shield, Liverpool inflicted a fourth successive defeat on ‘s side with this Anfield pasting. With Gerard Houllier recuperating from heart surgery, Phil Thompson was in temporary charge as put Liverpool ahead on 32 minutes after a mistake. then scored a truly memorable free-kick at the Anfield Road end to double the lead. David Beckham pulled one back just after half-time, but Michael Owen sealed the win with another strike on 51 content_imgminutes.United broke Liverpool hearts when they beat the Reds at Wembley in the 1977 FA Cup final, denying them what would have been their first League and Cup double. Bob Paisley’s side bounced back from that defeat in style, though, by winning the European Cup days later, then defending it the following season. When the 1978/79 season came around, Liverpool were desperate to win back the Division One title they’d conceded to Brian Clough’s the season before and, having crashed out of the European Cup in the first round to Forest, their resolve to sweep all before them domestically proved unstoppable. United bore the brunt of Liverpool’s desire in this Boxing Day demolition at Old Trafford, as goals from Ray Kennedy and Jimmy Case swept the Reds into a 2-0 lead after just 25 minutes, with David Fairclough finishing the job with a second half third. Liverpool cruised to the title that season, conceding just 16 goals in 42 games.Ron Atkinson’s Man United won the 1983 FA Cup and, had they won this League Cup final, would have become the first club to win both domestic cups in the same season. Instead it was Liverpool who were double winners in 1983, adding the League Cup (their third in succession) to the Division One title they also won that year. For most of this final it looked as it United would be the victors, with Norman Whiteside’s 12th minute goal giving them a lead they held until late in the game. In the 1980s, however, it was Liverpool who were famed for their ability to retrieve seemingly lost causes late on and, sure enough, an Alan Kennedy equaliser with 15 minutes to go shattered United. With eight minutes gone in extra-time, Liverpool’s Irish midfielder Ronnie Whelan curled an exquisite shot into the corner to give the Reds yet another trophy under the management of Bob Paisley, who went up the Wembley steps to collect the cup in what was his final season as manager, on the insistence of captain Graeme Souness.Defending champions Liverpool exploded out of the blocks in the 1990/91 season, winning their first eight games under , including this thrashing of Alex Ferguson’s Man United. The teams had played out a Madrid moved their squad into quarantine.Juventus and Lyon have also cancelled the second leg of their last-16 tie after Bianconeri defender Daniele Rugani contracted the virus.Real have taken the precaution after a player in the club’s basketball tCharity Shield draw a few weeks previously, but at Anfield the champions gave FA Cup holders United a lesson in pass and move football. By half-time a brace from Peter Beardsley and a goal from John Barnes had put the home side 3-0 up and the Geordie number seven concluded matters with his hat-trick goal nine minutes from time.Two decades after the teams met in the League Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool and Man United lined up at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in the same competition. A lot had changed in those 20 years, however, and United were now the team regularly winning titles, while Liverpool had become something of a cup side. Going into this game, United were the undoubted favourites as Liverpool were beginning to stall under the management of Gerard Houllier. With half-time approaching it was the Reds who took the lead, however, thanks to a long range shot from Steven Gerrard (with assistance from a David Beckham deflection). Great goalkeeping from man of the match Jerzy Dudek kept United at bay, before Michael Owen sealed the silverware for Liverpool four minutes from time.United fans like to mock Liverpool for their title drought, but back in 1992 it was the Old Trafford side that had gone a quarter of a century without finishing first. The 1991/92 season looked certain to be the year the broke their duck, but they bottled it and, just to rub it in, their last hope was extinguished by Liverpool at a jubilant Anfield. Needing to avoid defeat to take the title race with Leeds down to the wire, United knew it wasn’t going to be their day when Ian Rush opened the scoring after 12 minutes – his first goal against United in 11 years at Liverpool. Mark Walters hammered the final nail in United’s coffin with three minutes left, giving Liverpool their first win under caretaker manager Ronnie Moran (boss Graeme Souness had been admitted to hospital for emergency heart surgery) and the perfect boost as they prepared to lift the FA Cup in May.When Liverpool travelled to Old Trafford in spring 1972, the two clubs were heading in very different directions. While both had been successful in the 1960s, with United winning the European Cup in 1968, the process of change was being badly managed at Old Trafford, while Bill Shankly had built another great side at Anfield. This was in evidence as Liverpool, boasting emerging stars in Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Steve Heighway, scored three second half goals against an ageing United side featuring the legendary Best, Charlton and Law trio. The following season Liverpool were champions, while United were struggling near the foot of the table (and would be relegated in 1974).With United pushing for a hat-trick of Premier League titles and locked in a battle for top spot with Blackburn in 1994/95, Liverpool threw a major spanner in the works with a commanding performance in front of a baying Anfield. Jamie Redknapp fired Liverpool into the lead with a brilliant strike in front of The Kop after 23 minutes and Roy Evans’ team, revitalised under the Boot Room stalwart’s management after Graeme Souness’ disastrous reign, bossed Alex Ferguson’s side. With Steve McManaman, John Barnes and Michael Thomas providing creativity in midfield, United simply had no answer and sealed their fate by turning a McManaman cross into his own net with five minutes left. The result left United six points behind Rovers with eight games to play, but Ferguson’s men failed to overhaul Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn in the title race. If it couldn’t be their team, Liverpool fans reasoned that helping Dalglish take top spot was probably the next best thing.Nine months after putting United to the sword at Anfield, Livilar to Liverpool without Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.Kante has missed most of the season with injury, but made his return in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge, while Rudiger remains sidelined.And former Blues winger Nevin thinkserpool were at it again, this time taking apart Fergie’s team in the 1995/96 season. The two sides had met at Old Trafford two months previously, a match chiefly remembered as Eric Cantona’s return to football after being banned for attacking a fan. Despite Cantona’s role in the 2-2 draw in Manchester, it was Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler who was the real star, scoring two impressive goals that demonstrated his remarkable talent. The return match at Anfield in December saw Fowler tormenting United once more, scoring a brilliant free-kick and despatching a clinical finish five minutes from time as a fine performance from Peter Schmeichel prevented Stan Collymore and Steve McManaman from making it an embarrassment for the visitors.What’s your favourite Liverpool win over Manchester United? Have your say by commenting below…

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Sunderland set to swoop for Aston Villa defender

Sunderland are weighing up a move for Aston defender Carlos Cuellar.Spaniscontent_imgh defender Cuellar, 30, is set to be released by the Midlands club after four seasons at Villa Park along with .Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill, who brought Cuellar to Villa from Glasgow Rangers in 2008, is thought to be keen on the idea of reuniting with the defender at the Stadium of Light.And Spanish newspaper Marca claim the Mackems are the favourites to land Cuellar’s signature ahead of La Liga side Sevilla, who havdetermined to make it under manager Unai Emery.Only five team-mates played lskjaer hailed the performance of Anthony Martial for their 3-1 victory at Norwich City.Goalscorer Martial was excellent on the day.Solskjaer said, “It was a great finish by Anthony. He’s vital for us. He’s a top striker and to have him back; fit, smmore minutes in all competitions than Torreira last season.But asked about his drop down the pecking order this term, Torreira said: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s fruste also shown an interest.

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Roberto Mancini: Manchester City have 10 per cent chance of winning title

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accused his players of showing a lack of strength and personality after this evening’s 3-1 loss at Southampton, and feels his side now have only a 10 per cent chance of retaining the Barclays Premier League title.A series of bizarre gaffes by Joe Hart and Gareth Barry helped Saints achieve their first win under Mauricio Pochettino in style, in chester City on Saturday.The Hornets put the demoralising defeat behind them by winning 2-1 over Swansea City in the Carabao Cup third-round on Tuesday.Sanchez Flores said: “The important thing was to win after the weekend.”We felt the support from ta performance which Minicini has described as their worst in the last two or three years.”I am disappointed with our performance. They deserved to win,” Mancini told ESPN.And asked what the defeat meant for his team’s title chances, he replied: “ng Real Madrid as a teenager.Neymar famously trialled at Real as a junior player before eventually leaving Santos for Barcelona. Both LaLiga giants are now trying tcontent_imgo prise the Brazilian away from PSG.Meanwhile, Teixeiera told AS: “If he didn’t go theWe have 10 per cent, maybe.”We didn’t play well. We conceded a goal that I have never seen in my life. That’s it. Now we can do nothing – only say congratulations to Southampton for their performance.”I think [the players] understand that we played really bad. I think it’s the worst game in the last two or three years, maybe.“They played really bad – without strength, without personality. I’m very disappointed in them.”

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Allardyce rules out free transfer signings

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out a move for Australian international David Carney and Brazilian midfielder Juca.The duo have been on trial with the east London club and reports suggested that they could be on the verge of securing a permanent deal.Carney played for Australia at the World Cup last summer and is looking for a new club after leaving during the summer.Juca is a defensive midfielder and content_imgis also a free agent after leaving Deportivo La Coruire is optimistic about his relationship with Victor Lindelof.The centre-half duo successfully subdued Jamie Vardy in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.”You have to realise partnerships are built on playing games and we have only had five games,na.But despite training with the Championship club, Allardyce says he will not be making any moves to sign them and is happy with the squad that he has assembled over the summer.Allardyce said: “They have been released. The squad I have at the moment lf as a first teamer.The 18-year-old Scot impressed in his first start against Liverpool in the FA Cup in midweek – then repeated the same level of performance against Everton in the 4-0 Premier League canter at the weekend.Mount has promised to heis good enough and big enough to cope with the demand we have.”

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Arsenal youngster Eastmond suffers injury blow

youngster Craig Eastmond is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his ankle during training.The highly-rated midfielder, who has made 10 first-team appearances for Arsenal, has been on loan at since January.But he is now expected to return to Arsenal to begin rehabilitation at the club’s London Colney base aft LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to join them.The Swede will be out of contract in December when his deal with MLS club LA Galaxy expires.“Ibrahimovic wants to join us because of his rapport with Sinisa,” Sabatini told TuttoMercatoWeb iner sustaining the break during yesterday’s training session.It is unclear how serious the injury is but it is unlikely Eastmond will be available to take part in pre-season training, which begins in little over two months.”It’s not goocontent_imgd news aboutn Saturday.Valverde made it clear that it was his decision rather than an injury.”Arthur’s exclusion the other day was because of a coaching decision,” Valverde said on Tuesday.”He returned well from the [Brazilian] national team.”Sometimes he has be the ankle. Just got the results and it’s broken,” the 22-year-old said on Twitter. “Thanks for all the love but I’m not in the mood to write back yet.”