Manchester United Top Real Madrid, Barcelona In World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams Of 2018 ( Full List)

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Manchester United Top Real Madrid, Barcelona In World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams Of 2018 ( Full List)

Forbes has released the list of world’s 50 most valuable sports teams of 2018 and topping the list is American football team, The Dallas Cowboys for the third straight year at $4.8 billion.

English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United come second at $4.12B, while Real Madrid have moved up from fifth to third at $4.088B and Barcelona sit at fourth on $4.064B.

The Premier League club are worth an incredible £3.16 billion according to the magazine.

Here are the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams:

1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion, 14% (NFL)

2. Manchester United, $4.123 billion, 12% (Soccer)

3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion, 14% (Soccer)

4. Barcelona, $4.064 billion, 12% (Soccer)

5. New York Yankees, $4 billion, 8% (MLB)

6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion, 9% (NFL)

7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion, 9% (NBA)

8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion, 10% (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.3 billion, 6% (NFL)

10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion, 19% (NBA)

10. Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion, 5% (NFL)

12. Bayern Munich, $3.063 billion, 13% (Soccer)

13. San Francisco 49ers, $3.05 billion, 2% (NFL)

14. Los Angeles Dodgers, $3 billion, 9% (MLB)

14. Los Angeles Rams, $3 billion, 3% (NFL)

16. Chicago Cubs, $2.9 billion, 8% (MLB)

17. San Francisco Giants, $2.85 billion, 8% (MLB)

17. Chicago Bears, $2.85 billion, 6% (NFL)

19. Boston Red Sox, $2.8 billion, 4% (MLB)

19. Houston Texans, $2.8 billion, 8% (NFL)

21. New York Jets, $2.75 billion, 0% (NFL)

22. Philadelphia Eagles, $2.65 billion, 6% (NFL)

23. Chicago Bulls, $2.6 billion, 4% (NBA)

23. Denver Broncos, $2.6 billion, 8% (NFL)

25. Miami Dolphins, $2.575 billion, 8% (NFL)

26. Green Bay Packers, $2.55 billion, 9% (NFL)

27. Boston Celtics, $2.5 billion, 14% (NBA)

27. Baltimore Ravens, $2.5 billion, 9% (NFL)

29. Atlanta Falcons, $2.475 billion, 16% (NFL)

30. Manchester City, $2.474 billion, 19% (Soccer)

31. Pittsburgh Steelers, $2.45 billion, 9% (NFL)

32. Seattle Seahawks, $2.425 billion, 9% (NFL)

33. Minnesota Vikings, $2.4 billion, 9% (NFL)

34. Oakland Raiders, $2.38 billion, 13% (NFL)

35. Indianapolis Colts, $2.375 billion, 9% (NFL)

36. Brooklyn Nets, $2.3 billion, 28% (NBA)

36. Carolina Panthers, $2.3 billion, 11% (NFL)

38. Los Angeles Chargers, $2.275 billion, 9% (NFL)

39. Arsenal, $2.238 billion, 16% (Soccer)

40. Houston Rockets, $2.2 billion, 33% (NBA)

41. Los Angeles Clippers, $2.15 billion, 7% (NBA)

41. Arizona Cardinals, $2.15 billion, 6% (NFL)

43. New York Mets, $2.1 billion, 5% (MLB)

43. Kansas City Chiefs, $2.1 billion, 12% (NFL)

45. Jacksonville Jaguars, $2.075 billion, 6% (NFL)

46. Chelsea, $2.062 billion, 12% (Soccer)

47. Tennessee Titans, $2.05 billion, 2% (NFL)

48. New Orleans Saints, $2 billion, 14% (NFL)

49. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1.975 billion, 10% (NFL)

50. Cleveland Browns, $1.95 billion, 5% (NFL)

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Neymar is happy to rebuff interest from Real Madrid and remain at Paris Saint-Germain, but only if the French club make him feel like the most important player at the club. Kylian Mbappe, born and raised in Paris, will return to PSG as the golden boy of French football having helped Les Bleus to World Cup glory but Neymar feels as though he is still the Ligue 1’s side prized asset. (El Pais)

Real Sociedad have ended their interest in Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard, 32, has one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates. (Mundo Deportivo)

Thiago Alcantara wants to return to Barcelona. The reported Manchester United transfer target has spent five trophy-laden years with Bayern Munich, but the 27-year-old has reportedly asked the Bundesliga club to grant his wish of returning to Barca. Bayern are open to selling the Spain international. (AS)

Juventus have stepped up their interest in Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin. The Uruguay international has a £17.8m release clause in his contract, which expires next summer. The Serie A champions have already made a significant move in the transfer market this summer, securing Cristiano Ronaldo’s services from Real Madrid for £105m. (Diario AS)

Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Adrien Rabiot ahead of a potential swoop for the PSG midfielder. The midfielder’s contract expires next summer and is keen on the idea of embarking on a new chapter with the Catalan giants. (Diario Sport)

Italy

PSG remain clear favourites to sign Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan. The Rossoneri are under pressure to sell players following Financial Fair Play breaches and the French champions may well oblige by swooping for the experienced Italy international, who has also attracted interest from Manchester United. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Ronaldo is working hard to maintain his fitness while on holiday so he can be ready for the start of the new Serie A season. The Portugal striker has been given an extended break following the World Cup and will miss most of Juve’s pre-season matches. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as head coach, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has stepped up his pursuit of Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani. Sarri has hinted that the Blues need to add a quality centre-back while Higuain has been targeted as a potential replacement for Alvaro Morata, whose future remains unclear. (Corriere dello Sport)

France

Bordeaux forward Malcom is edging closer to Everton. The 21-year-old Brazilian was missing from the Ligue 1 club’s training session on Wednesday as his representatives attempt to secure a move to the Toffees. Malcom emerged as one of the hottest properties in France last season after scoring 12 goals in 38 games for Les Girondins. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Robert Lewandowski wants a meeting with Bayern Munich bosses amid reports linking him with a move away from the Bundesliga giants. The 29-year-old striker endured a difficult World Cup in Russia, failing to score as Poland finished bottom of their group and has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent days. (Sport BILD)

Belgium

Everton are interested in signing Belgium international Adnan Januzaj. The 23-year-old former Manchester United forward has found form again with Real Sociedad and has attracted interest from new Toffees boss Marco Silva. (Het Nieuwsblad)

Thibaut Courtois is expected to complete his transfer to Real Madrid in the coming days. The Chelsea goalkeeper has agreed personal terms with the Champions League winners and will put pen to paper on a four-year deal. Real will pay around £35m for the 26-year-old. Chelsea have targeted Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel as a Courtois’ replacement. (Het Nieuwsblad)

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Liverpool Complete World Record £65M Signing Of Brazil Goalkeeper Alisson From Roma

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Liverpool have signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson in a deal that makes the 25-year-old the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Liverpool have announced the signing of Brazil international Alisson from Roma for a reported £65million, a deal that smashes the record for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper previously held by Gianluigi Buffon since 2001

Roma’s initial asking price for Alisson was £90m, quoted to Liverpool back in January but they decided to settle for a deal closer to £75m, and that the player was keen on a move to Merseyside.

Liverpool will pay £56m up front for Alisson, with £2.2m of that going to his former club, Internacional.

A further £9m could be paid in add-ons, which are dependant on Champions League qualification as well as Premier League and European wins.

Upon signing with the Reds, Alisson told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning.

“In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family.

“You can be certain that I’ll give my all.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the signing, saying he needed to have a conversation with the club’s owners but they were on board with the move.

“At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers – then it’s not a long thought, to be honest, it’s only that you need to have a little talk with the owners!” Klopp told the club’s website. “They were quite excited, so we did it.”

However, Klopp dismissed concerns over Alisson’s price, citing the realities of the market.

“I think it’s something we have to do,” he added. “He has nothing to do with the price, we have nothing to do with the price, it’s the market, that’s how it is and we will not think a lot about it.

“It shows the value of goalkeepers, of course, in this moment. It will happen a lot in the next few weeks I guess and that’s it, so we are really happy to have him here now.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD <!–london evening standard–>

  • Chelsea have added Gianluigi Donnarumma to a three-man short-list including Kasper Schmeichel and Petr Cech as options to replace keeper Thibaut Courtois. The club are resigned to selling Courtois to Real Madrid for £35.5m but won’t let him go until they bring another goalkeeper.
  • Daniele Rugani is set to become Maurizio Sarri’s second major signing following the arrival of Jorginho last weekend. The 23-year-old defender is set to be given a five-year contract worth £77,000-a-week when he moves from Juventus for a fee of around £44.2m.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

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  • Everton boss Marco Silva has allayed concerns over Theo Walcott’s ankle injury – and hopes he will play some part in Portugal this weekend.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

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  • Newcastle United made two contract offers to Rafa Benitez during the close season – but neither contained all of the assurances the former Liverpool boss feels are needed to take the club forward.
  • Newcastle United have postponed an outgoing loan deal for Sean Longstaff, according to reports on the south coast.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

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  • Cheltenham Town have rejected Sunderland’s bid for Mo Eisa. Sunderland submitted a bid of over £1million for the 24-year-old striker who the Black Cats have targeted to add firepower to their attack.
  • Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has revealed the club could play a couple of trialists in their friendly against St Mirren on Saturday.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

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  • West Brom will try and snap up goalkeeper Simon Moore for a fee ‘considerably less’ than what Sheffield United paid for him two years ago.
  • Ipswich Town received a substantial bid thought to be from Birmingham City for Bartosz Bialkowski – but the goalkeeper didn’t want to leave. That’s according to the club’s manager Paul Hurst who secured the 31-year-old on a new long-term contract on Monday.

EXPRESS & STAR

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  • Wolves’ summer signing Raul Jimenez can’t wait to immerse himself in Nuno Espirito Santo’s style of football.

THE SENTINEL

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  • Port Vale boss Neil Aspin is considering having another look at Cristian Montano as part of a back three after trying out the 26 year old in that role at Halifax on Tuesday.

THE DAILY ECHO

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  • Sofiane Boufal continues to be left out of Saints’ 2018/19 preparations, with the Moroccan searching for a move away to find regular football next season. The 24-year-old is not wanted by Saints manager Mark Hughes after the two allegedly had a bust-up last season following Boufal’s refusal to warm-up during a 3-2 defeat at St Mary’s in April.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

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  • The youngsters who travelled with the Clarets first team to Ireland will remain with the senior set-up during the early weeks of pre-season.

LEICESTER MERCURY

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  • Islam Slimani is close to returning to Sporting Lisbon on loan, according to reports in Portugal.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

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  • Cardiff City remain hopeful of sealing a deal for Marko Grujic this summer, but progress on confirming a second consecutive loan spell in South Wales has so far been frustratingly slow.

NOTTINGHAM POST

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  • Owner Alan Hardy has not ruled out making a “special signing” before the loan window closes as he admitted Notts County’s permanent transfer business is finished.

THE PINK UN

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  • Norwich head coach Daniel Farke feels there could be a final twist to City’s summer trading – with potentially two out and two in.

EVENING GAZETTE

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  • Martin Braithwaite is due to return to Rockliffe Park next week, Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has confirmed. The striker was on World Cup duty in Russia with Denmark so has been allowed to report back after his club-mates.

THE BOLTON NEWS

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  • Bolton remain in the hunt for Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke despite his escalating price tag, The Bolton News understands.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

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  • Lee Clark has admitted he showed “poor judgement” taking on the manager’s job at Blackpool and speculated where his stock would be now had he not taken on the role.

THE ARGUS

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  • Brighton are keen on Sheffield United centre-back Jack O’Connell as they aim to finalise their squad for the new Premier League season.
  • Brighton are weighing up loan moves for their younger players – including Jordan Maguire-Drew.

THE STAR

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  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder expects to shortly discover if several of his transfer targets, including Sam Gallagher and Ben Woodburn, will be allowed to leave their parent clubs on loan.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD <!–london evening standard–>

  • Chelsea have added Gianluigi Donnarumma to a three-man short-list including Kasper Schmeichel and Petr Cech as options to replace keeper Thibaut Courtois. The club are resigned to selling Courtois to Real Madrid for £35.5m but won’t let him go until they bring another goalkeeper.
  • Daniele Rugani is set to become Maurizio Sarri’s second major signing following the arrival of Jorginho last weekend. The 23-year-old defender is set to be given a five-year contract worth £77,000-a-week when he moves from Juventus for a fee of around £44.2m.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

<!–liverpool echo–>

  • Everton boss Marco Silva has allayed concerns over Theo Walcott’s ankle injury – and hopes he will play some part in Portugal this weekend.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

<!–newcastle chronicle–>

  • Newcastle United made two contract offers to Rafa Benitez during the close season – but neither contained all of the assurances the former Liverpool boss feels are needed to take the club forward.
  • Newcastle United have postponed an outgoing loan deal for Sean Longstaff, according to reports on the south coast.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

<!–sunderland echo–>

  • Cheltenham Town have rejected Sunderland’s bid for Mo Eisa. Sunderland submitted a bid of over £1million for the 24-year-old striker who the Black Cats have targeted to add firepower to their attack.
  • Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has revealed the club could play a couple of trialists in their friendly against St Mirren on Saturday.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

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  • West Brom will try and snap up goalkeeper Simon Moore for a fee ‘considerably less’ than what Sheffield United paid for him two years ago.
  • Ipswich Town received a substantial bid thought to be from Birmingham City for Bartosz Bialkowski – but the goalkeeper didn’t want to leave. That’s according to the club’s manager Paul Hurst who secured the 31-year-old on a new long-term contract on Monday.

EXPRESS & STAR

<!–express & star–>

  • Wolves’ summer signing Raul Jimenez can’t wait to immerse himself in Nuno Espirito Santo’s style of football.

THE SENTINEL

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  • Port Vale boss Neil Aspin is considering having another look at Cristian Montano as part of a back three after trying out the 26 year old in that role at Halifax on Tuesday.

THE DAILY ECHO

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  • Sofiane Boufal continues to be left out of Saints’ 2018/19 preparations, with the Moroccan searching for a move away to find regular football next season. The 24-year-old is not wanted by Saints manager Mark Hughes after the two allegedly had a bust-up last season following Boufal’s refusal to warm-up during a 3-2 defeat at St Mary’s in April.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

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  • The youngsters who travelled with the Clarets first team to Ireland will remain with the senior set-up during the early weeks of pre-season.

LEICESTER MERCURY

<!–leicester mercury–>

  • Islam Slimani is close to returning to Sporting Lisbon on loan, according to reports in Portugal.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

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  • Cardiff City remain hopeful of sealing a deal for Marko Grujic this summer, but progress on confirming a second consecutive loan spell in South Wales has so far been frustratingly slow.

NOTTINGHAM POST

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  • Owner Alan Hardy has not ruled out making a “special signing” before the loan window closes as he admitted Notts County’s permanent transfer business is finished.

THE PINK UN

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  • Norwich head coach Daniel Farke feels there could be a final twist to City’s summer trading – with potentially two out and two in.

EVENING GAZETTE

<!–evening gazette–>

  • Martin Braithwaite is due to return to Rockliffe Park next week, Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has confirmed. The striker was on World Cup duty in Russia with Denmark so has been allowed to report back after his club-mates.

THE BOLTON NEWS

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  • Bolton remain in the hunt for Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke despite his escalating price tag, The Bolton News understands.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

<!–blackpool gazette–>

  • Lee Clark has admitted he showed “poor judgement” taking on the manager’s job at Blackpool and speculated where his stock would be now had he not taken on the role.

THE ARGUS

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  • Brighton are keen on Sheffield United centre-back Jack O’Connell as they aim to finalise their squad for the new Premier League season.
  • Brighton are weighing up loan moves for their younger players – including Jordan Maguire-Drew.

THE STAR

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  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder expects to shortly discover if several of his transfer targets, including Sam Gallagher and Ben Woodburn, will be allowed to leave their parent clubs on loan.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Maurizio Sarri plans to kick-start his Chelsea overhaul by selling Tiemoue Bakayoko.
  • Arsenal boss Unai Emery is preparing a £44m bid for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman.
  • David Seamen believes Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will end up joining a top-six side in the Premier League.
  • Real Madrid are closing in on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Chelsea set to cash in on the Belgium international.
  • Chelsea have opened talks to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
  • Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea are all interested in AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci.
  • Huddersfield are on course to complete an £18m double swoop for Monaco striker Adama Diakhaby and Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe.
  • Islam Slimani is being offered an escape from Leicester by his former club Sporting Lisbon.
  • Everton are lining up a bid to bring Adnan Januzaj back to the Premier League.
  • Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a move for Bayern Munich pair Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara.
  • Henri Lansbury has been given a chance to resurrect his Aston Villa career as he’s too expensive to sell.
  • Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha are on Everton’s radar as Marco Silva looks to overhaul his squad.
  • Steven Gerrard insists he won’t hesitate to shell out on a new striker if his struggling Rangers attackers don’t get their act together.
  • Neil Lennon has branded Celtic ‘presumptuous’ for discussing John McGinn joining them.

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READ: Full Transcript Of Maurizio Sarri’s First Press Conference As Chelsea Manager

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Opening statement

“It is really a pleasure for me to be here in London, the Premier League and at the moment the best championship in the world. I am happy to be here at Chelsea. I am sorry that my English is not so good, and didn’t want to have the press conference today as I don’t want to say anything wrong. I hope I will be able to do it in a few weeks. Sorry again and thank you.

Has the delay made it harder for you plan?

“No. I was not planning anything. I had to solve a situation with Napoli so I was not planning anything. I knew that Chelsea could be interested but then the situation was resolved a few days ago, so there are preparation difficulties and I have to solve them with my staff.

The challenge ahead. Did you speak to Carlo Ancelotti?

“Well for me this is a difficult challenge, but a fascinating one. I know it will be very difficult and here we have the strongest coaches in the world and players in the world. I know tt is difficult, but I have not asked anyone anything, honestly. I want to have this experience by myself, including mistakes. The Premier League is different to Serie A, because the Premier League is better. In Italy it is better tactically, but here there are stronger players. However, need to have fun to do well and I have noticed that in the last year something changed in the Premier League. It is not a typically English squad in terms of player but this has given me confidence. I know it will be difficult.”

Courtois, Hazard, Willian staying? What about players coming in?

“Well clearly we would always like to keep the strongest players, this is what any manager and club wants to do. We will have to see how the transfer market goes. But I want to clarify I feel I am more of a field manager, a pitch manager than a general manager. I think I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market. I don’t want to talk about it, I am not that interested in it. I think our task as managers is about growing the players we have.”

Do you have to win trophies to keep your job?

“I don’t know and I am not interested. My goal is to have fun as long as I am here and be competitive in all competitions until the end. In life the biggest gift you may receive is have fun while you do your job. Few people have this and I hope it manages to happen to me.

“Sometimes yes, sometimes not. I think it is better not to whinge, but to enjoy.”

Will there be more entertaining football at Chelsea?

“I really hope so. Clearly football can be entertaining or not but much depends on the players. A good manager, if he has strong players, there has to be a lot of physicality and technical play. This depends on the characteristics about the final squad. I think if a team has fun often the fans do too. This is very important and then there is the high level objectives, but we must start by having fun. This is important for us and our fans.”

Did you leave Napoli on bad terms and with Aurelio De Laurentiis?

“I have a wonderful memory of Napoli, I love the people there and always will. If we didn’t part ways well with the club and the president, then I think mistakes have been made on both ways. Maybe the president misinterpreted some silences of mine, but this was the result of some uncertainties. For someone who thought it was time to go, but I was heartbroken. That is it. I think that over the next few years we will overcome this.”

How far away is the team from your philosophy and did you speak to Antonio Conte?

“I don’t want to be influenced by nothing and no one, or by judgements that have been made by people from a certain point or from a certain prospect. Antonio has reached incredible results here, he is an extraordinary manager. Clearly I play in a slightly different way so it will take time with the squad. This is a post World Cup time so many players will have to come back from the World Cup, it will take time to build a slightly different way of playing. All the good things Antonio Conte did must be left and not be changed, but it is also true that today’s football these are the timelines, it is very important also to know how to impose ones own football philosophy in shorter times, shorter than the past.”

Kalidou Koulibaly high of praise for you, how much time do you need before we see your style of football?

“Well it depends. In my previous experiences a few years ago I needed a long time. Once I needed three months, and I resisted thanks to the club’s far-sightedness, last time, because in Napoli we suffered in the first three matches and then started along a positive path. I hope I have improved and that this initial time has got shorter and that the quality of the players will see results while we are building the team.”

What is the first thing of Sarri that you will introduce to Chelsea?

“I do not want to change anything in the club’s philosophy but I think in the past years this has been one of the best clubs in England and in Europe. I want to bring my philosophy on the pitch. I always start from something. Ours is not a sport, but a game and anybody who plays a game starts doing that when they young, it is fun. The child in each of us must be nurtured because this often makes us the best. The professional aspect also brings out the best of us, but 99% of the time, not 100%. So to create a play that is fun is the first thing to obtain a style of play that is a very high level squad.”

What players do you want to bring in?

“I cannot name names, because I don’t know who they are. I spoke with the club and said that ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our central midfield for a certain type of play. Otherwise they are a very high level. At the end of the transfers it will be up to understand which type of game is the most suitable for the final squad. I cannot claim to come here change 20 players, I must adapt to Chelsea and the players and then we will see if we change some thing in my game, because the squad is making me play a different game because of their characteristics.”

What have you learned from Pep Guardiola?

“Well he is a class act, a champion and a genius. It is difficult to explain what his insights are. Clearly in the first year he had some difficulties as well, however 100 points in PL is an extraordinary feat, maybe something that cannot be repeated. We are talking about a genius and the first step is to fill in a gap, which was clear last year. A year before it was in favour of Chelsea. I hope last year was an occasional gap and not a structural one and we will work to make sure it was an occasional one.”

How did the job come about, did you speak to the club?

“Until a few days ago I did not speak with the club. Through my representative and my lawyer I knew there could be an interest and a possibility, but I wasn’t sure. I met the members of the club over the last few days, the end of last week. The club has not asked me anything. They asked me to build a season where we have to be competitive in all competitions. To do that we have to get to March or April in all competitions, this is the first step and then during the season we will see the specific objectives. For the time being we have spoken about this.”

Have you spoken to Roman Abramovich and his visa issues, transfer budgets and nothing has changed

“Well this is something where our owner is an extremely reserved person. I don’t want to start a work relationship with him by speaking about private things. I think that this is an extremely private relationship and I would also hope this relationship is respected, also given the characteristics of our owner.”

Gary Cahill’s future and English players?

“Well a number of English players is imposed in the players’ list so there will be English players. I never want to make this distinction, I am not bothered about nationality. They are neither English, French or other nationalities, they are strong or not strong. They are not young or old, they are strong or less strong. In respect to Cahill he can still give us a lot. In keeping the English players, in my experience in Italy something must be left. One of the teams that had the highest number of Italians was Juventus and their structure lead to important results. I think in multi-ethnic squads and the English ones, the teams of other countries we should respect a very long tradition. I think this is right.”

Response to previous homophobic and sexist comments.

“People make mistakes. One of these was made when I was angry, the other was not a mistake because it was a journalist with whom I shared jokes with for three years, it was misconstrued. These were mistakes, that is for sure. I think that those who know me very well cannot define me in this way, not homophobic or sexist or racist, absolutely not. I am an extremely open person and I do not have these kinds of problem and I hope to show this when I work here and live here. These mistakes were made and when someone makes a mistake they have to apologise and accept that some allegations could be made by the press. A professional and ethical approach is very important, more than apologies. I hope you get the chance to know me better and I hope you will forget about this very quickly.”

Mourinho called himself the special one, what you call yourself?

“I would like everyone here and in the club and my players, all of you just to call me Maurizio. Just Maurizio.”

What do you think about Mourinho?

“He has won everything and I think that is enough for a manager. He has won everything many times, with different clubs and I think someone who has this track record does not need a description. We are talking about a top level, world level coach and manager. I esteem Guardiola and the other managers, my playing philosophy is closest to Guardiola, but I really appreciate both of them in the same way.”

Have you contacted the World Cup players?

“I don’t think so, honestly. Clearly the players you are referring to are very high level players and I would like to keep them in my squad. But a telephone call without looking at them in the eyes would not give me any certainty. I would like to meet these players face to face to understand them and what the best thing is to do for everyone. Before that I would also like a player to come on the pitch for four and five days with me to have a clear idea on what the situation is.”

Talked about having fun, Hazard, looking forward to working with him?

“I was not talking about having fun in a press conference, I would like to have fun on the pitch and during the week and during the training sessions and I want to have fun and win matches.

“Hazard is a high level player and I think he is one of the top two or three European players. Obviously I would like to have fun during the week with him, this would mean very good results and we will have been very competitive at the end of the season. I hope I will manage to improve him, this is very difficult given he is at a very high level.

“With Mertens it is different. Dries had always been an external striker, everybody thought by necessity that he became a very high level player. We are talking about two very high level players. Dries has improved with me but started at a lower level to Hazard. I hope I will improve Hazard too, but this will be very difficult.”

Did you have concerns coming to a club who fire their managers early? Why will it be different here to win a trophy?

“If I was someone who always worried probably I would do another job. Our job means risks but also a lot of satisfaction. What happened at Chelsea in the past does not concern me. I am not afraid, I don’t want to be afraid.

“With respect to the rest, while it is true I haven’t won anything but I have been in Serie A three years and think apart from Juventus nobody has won anything. For three years in a row we had records with club points. In the first year 81 points, 82 was another record and 91 was as well.

“I think that we have worked very well and the difference in working well and winning is often minimal. I hope I will be able to fill in this gap with this club, the difference between doing well and winning. I hope so.”

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Chelsea New Manager Maurizio Sarri Speaks About The Future Of Eden Hazard And Thibaut Courtois At The Club

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New Chelsea manger Maurizio Sarri said that he is “bored by the transfer market”.

Chelsea key players Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have both been strongly linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, and it has been reported that Real Madrid are prepared to pay £150m+ to sign the pair this summer.

Sarri – speaking at his first official press conference – insisted that Chelsea “would like to keep the strongest players”, but refused to offer any guarantees over the futures of Hazard and Courtois.

“Clearly we would like to keep the strongest players. This is what any manager and club wants to do. But we will have to see how the transfer market will go over the next few days,” Sarri told reporters.

“I am much more of a pitch manager than a general manager. I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market. I don’t want to talk about the transfer market and I’m not that interested in it. Our task as managers is growing the players that we have.”

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Jose Mourinho Reveals When Manchester United New Signing Diogo Dalot Will Make His Debut

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that summer signing Diogo Dalot will not be ready to make his debut until September, 2018.

Manchester United spent around £19m in order to sign Dalot from Porto, and the youngster is expected to compete with Antonio Valencia for a place at right-back.

Jose Mourinho has now revealed that Dalot is still recovering from a knee injury, despite being taken on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

The 55-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: “Dalot is injured; we knew that but we didn’t want to lose him because of that.

“He is recovering really well. We think he can start training with the team when we go back to England. He will not be ready for the start of the season but we think he’ll be ready for September.”

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Valencia’s Manager Marcelino Rewarded With One-year Contract Extension

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Valencia manager Marcelino has signed a new contract with the club which will keep him until 2020, the club have confirmed.

Marcelino took over at the beginning of last season with Valencia in turmoil having finished 2016-17 in 12th place for the second consecutive campaign, he however turned their fortunes around and led them to a Champions League finish within 12 months.

“Valencia CF has this Wednesday reach a total agreement with Marcelino Garcia Toral for the one-year extension until June 30, 2020 of his contract as first team manager,” a club statement read.

Former Spain Under-21 international Marcelino started his coaching career in 1997 with Lealtad at the age of 32. In 2003, he took the top job at Sporting Gijon, before winning the Spanish second tier with Recreativo three years later.

His stock began to grow and, in 2011 he was named manager of Sevilla, where he spent a season. It was in his next role, at Villarreal, that he truly showed his managerial nous.

Marcelino took over at El Madrigal in January 2013 with the club in the Segunda Division and guided them to promotion back to La Liga. He transformed the club and, in 2015-16, they reached the Europa League semifinals and qualified for the Champions League play-offs with a fourth-place finish.

He began his coaching career with Sporting’s ‘B’ team and moved up to the Gijon side’s first XI

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Prior to taking the Valencia job he had directed at the likes of Recreativo, Racing Santander, Zaragoza, Sevilla and Villarreal, spending three seasons at the latter up to 2016.

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Real Madrid Will Sign ‘Magnificent’ Players This Summer – Florentino Perez

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that the club will make some big signings during the transfer window, insisting “our great squad will be strengthened with magnificent players.”

Real Madrid have not made a major signing since singing James Rodriguez after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, along with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, have been linked to the club

Speaking as new right-back Alvaro Odriozola was presented on Wednesday, Perez referenced the club having won the last three Champions League titles before suggesting that the squad would be further added to.

“We are aware of the level of demands which this team is subject to,” Perez said. “We are Madrid and we always want more. We must strengthen the present and the future. This is a great squad and it will be strengthened with magnificent players.”

French sports outlet RMC has claimed that Hazard has a verbal agreement with Madrid, although no deal has been reached with Chelsea. Teammate Thibaut Courtois is also reported to be close to a €35m switch to the Bernabeu.

Madrid have spent around €40 million on former Real Sociedad defender Odriozola, 22, an unused squad member with Spain at the World Cup. Some reports had claimed that Barcelona also approached the Basque youngster, who Perez said had made the right decision in moving to his club.

“A top player is arriving, who many other clubs wanted,” he said. “But [Odriozola] was very clear where he wanted to play. Thank you for choosing Real Madrid, you have shown your winner’s DNA by choosing the most demanding club.”

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Liverpool Expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain To Miss ‘Majority’ Of 2018-19 Season Due To Injury

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Liverpool have confirmed that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to the majority of the 2018-19 football season as he continues his recovery from knee ligament damage.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp even went as far to say “it will be a bonus” if the 24-year-old plays at all.

Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his knee during Liverpool’s Champions League semifinal with Roma in April and underwent successful surgery eight days later.

The Merseyside club say a timescale for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recovery was not revealed at time because the 24-year-old did not want the developments to distract his teammates from their run towards the Champions League final.

“It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website,

“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it.

“I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback — it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.

“It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.

“His surgery — which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma — has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.

“But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.”

“It is so important — because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons — that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed. Ox is completely on board with this approach,” Klopp added. “He is such an outstandingly good person and someone who even when not playing is integral to the heartbeat of Melwood.

“I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain made 42 appearances during his first season at Liverpool following his £40 million move from Arsenal.

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Gianfranco Zola Appointed Chelsea’s Assistant Manager

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Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of club legend Gianfranco Zola as new manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistant coach.

Gianfranco Zola returns to Chelsea, where he won the enduring love of The Blues supporters with seven spectacular years as a player from 1996 to 2003

“For me it is an amazing thing,” Zola told Chelsea’s website. “I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful. It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure.”

Zola and the rest of the coaches joined the new Chelsea boss and his squad in flying to Australia on Wednesday evening, a matter of hours after Sarri was unveiled to the assembled British and international media at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea face Perth Glory in their first preseason friendly at Optus Stadium on Monday, before returning to Europe to participate in the International Champions Cup.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic is a Manchester City transfer target, but they would need to fork out a hefty fee for the midfielder with Barcelona also interested. (Tuttosport)

Roma are already preparing for life without Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, who is a long-term Liverpool transfer target. Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola and Robin Olsen of FC Copenhagen have been sounded out as possible replacements. (Corriere Dello Sport)

Juventus are looking to add Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan centre back Diego Godin to their ranks ahead of the new season. Sporting director Fabio Paratici is targeting the 32-year-old defender who has a £18m release clause. (Sportitalia)

Juventus winger Marko Pjaca is subject of West Ham transfer rumours. The Irons have been busy in the market already this summer under new manager Manuel Pellegrini and are also looking at the Croatian. He is considered surplus to requirements after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and will command a fee of just over £14m. (Tuttosport)

Chelsea have agreed a deal with CSKA Moscow midfielder Alexandr Golovin. The 22-year-old impressed for host nation Russia at the World Cup and looks set to move to the Premier League under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. (Matteo Pedrosi)

Spain

Real Madrid transfer target Thibaut Courtois could be announced as a Los Blancos player in the coming days after a £31 million fee was agreed. The Belgian goalkeeper’s contract at the West London club expires at the end of this season, so they are eager to cash in now to avoid losing him for nothing next summer. (Marca)

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will join Juventus as an advisor. The Italian giants are desperate for Champions League success, and have acquired the services of Ronaldo and Zidane in an attempt to bring the trophy to Italy. The pair were key to Real Madrid’s recent back-to-back triumphs in the competition. (Libertad)

Germany

RB Leipzig are interested in signing Everton’s Ademola Lookman on a permanent deal after the English youngster spent last season on loan at the Bundesliga club. They are being put off by the current £18 million asking price, which Everton are unlikely to lower as they look to keep hold of the 20-year-old. (Bild)

Portugal

Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba is a target for Portuguese champions Porto. The Champions League club have shown interest in the 23-year-old but are eager to get him for less than the £8 million asking price. (A Bola)

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

CSKA Moscow president Evgeniy Giner has warned Chelsea they must beat rivals if they are to secure the signing of Aleksandr Golovin.
Fulham are closing in on a deal worth close to £20m for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos says Henrikh Mkhitaryan can be one of the best players in the Premier League if he rediscovers the form of his final season at Borussia Dortmund.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United target Gareth Bale has admitted it is ‘great to be back’ with Real Madrid amid speculation around his future.
MEN Sport understands Alex Sandro is on a list of defensive targets admired by Jose Mourinho but there’s nothing at this stage to suggest that a deal is imminent.
Lee Grant has joked that former Stoke City team-mate Darren Fletcher told him ‘who to avoid speaking to and who to cosy up to’ in the United dressing room.
Man City are reportedly monitoring a move for Roma youngster Cengiz Under.
Man City are set to be offered the opportunity to sign Thiago Alcantara in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Jurgen Klopp insists he has never thought about taking over as Germany manager – despite the nation’s early exit at the World Cup.
Former Everton star Tony Cottee believes Michael Keane has the potential to replicate Harry Maguire’s brilliant rise to the England squad.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Rafa Benitez summed up the transfer window when he joked he’d spent “two months on the phone” following his frantic pursuit for new players.
Rafa Benitez is hopeful that managing director Lee Charnley will deliver another new signing before Newcastle United’s trip to Portugal.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Promising forward Luke Molyneux has agreed terms on a new deal at Sunderland – and he has eyes on a first-team spot.
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has offered an update on the future of Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji, tweeting: “he has requested not to come back – no we are not paying his wages.”
Jack Ross has praised Mo Eisa’s ‘outstanding’ goalscoring record after Sunderland launched a £1m bid for the Cheltenham Town striker

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Florian Jozefzoon, a target of both West Brom, Wolves and Leeds, is edging closer towards an exit from Brentford.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom have told Newcastle to stump up the cash if they want to sign Salomon Rondon.

THE SENTINEL
Stoke City made a big-money move for defender Vlad Chiriches, according to multiple reports in Romania and Italy.
Gary Rowett is investigating the loan market, with a certain degree of caution, as he looks to bring in recruits who can make a difference to his starting XI.

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Report: Chelsea Considering Re-signing Petr Cech From Arsenal If Thibaut Courtois Leaves

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Chelsea are considering bringing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech back to the club as first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is now reportedly close to joining Real

“Chelsea considering re-signing Petr Cech if/when they sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid,” Solhekol tweeted. “Chelsea also interested in Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Liverpool have made big move for other Chelsea target Alisson.”

RMC Sport Tuesday yesterday afternoon that Chelsea have accepted a €35m bid from Real Madrid for Courtois , who will sign a four-year deal in the Spanish capital.

The Golden Glove winner told reporters he will listen to Chelsea but isn’t prepared to accept their current wage offer after his commendable World Cup campaign.

“I will go back and I will see what they want and how they say it,” he remarked. “Obviously, with this World Cup, I think what was on the table is different than what I can have.

“In this World Cup, I have ignored all the speculation, all the rumours. But now, in the next few days, I will have a chat with my agent and see what Chelsea told him, and then we will talk. But I feel happy at Chelsea, it’s not that I necessarily want to leave.”

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Report: Juventus Rule Out Zinedine Zidane’s Appointment

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Italian giants Juventus have reportedly indicated that they have no intention of appointing Zinedine Zidane as Football director

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Juventus were considering bringing in Zidane in an advisory role after his exit from Real Madrid.

However, according to Spanish paper AS, The Serie A champions have said that they are happy with their current technical lineup which features Czech Republic legend Pavel Nedved.

The previous report had said that Zidane would work alongside current sporting director Fabio Paratici, but it appears that no move is in the offing.

Zinedine Zidane would have been reunited with a club that he played for during his playing career and would have again linked up with Cristiano Ronaldo once again

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Chelsea worth £31m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
  • Maurizio Sarri plans to ditch £40m flop Tiemoue Bakayoko to kick-start his Chelsea overhaul.
  • Manchester United have emerged as favourites with the bookies to sign Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
  • The FA are seeking rivals to Shahid Khan’s £1bn Wembley bid to ensure the national stadium is not undervalued.
  • West Ham will upgrade their training centre as manager Manuel Pellegrini is unimpressed with the current set-up.
  • Rafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle are being blown out of the water in the transfer market by their Premier League rivals.
  • Leicester are weighing up a £15m move for Getafe central defender Djene.
  • Bournemouth are ready to spend £57m on World Cup stars Jefferson Lerma and Diego Laxalt
  • Crystal Palace are closing in on the £12m capture of Sassuolo striker Khouma Babacar.
  • Tottenham are set to push Jack Grealish’s transfer through as Mauricio Pochettino wants him on their US pre-season tour.
  • Zinedine Zidane is set for a sensational return to Juventus after walking away from the Real Madrid job.
  • Manchester United’s new replica kit is the most expensive ever, a full adults’ version costing a staggering £183.
  • Newcastle have had a loan bid for striker Salomon Rondon rejected by West Brom

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Former Arsenal Midfielder Ray Parlour Supports Jack Wilshere’s Decision To Quit Arsenal For West Ham

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has admitted that he is “gutted” after Jack Wilshere left the club to join West Ham

Jack Wilshere brought to an end his 17-year Arsenal career last week, leaving on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

West Ham signed up the England international on a three-year deal, and Parlour praised Wilshere for pursuing regular first-team football rather than taking the easy option to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

“Jack Wilshere has made a big decision and it was his to make. He met the manager and realised he might have been third or fourth in the pecking order. As a player who has missed so much football, he needs to play,” Parlour is quoted as saying by PA.

“I’m gutted that he’s left because I would love to see him still in an Arsenal shirt, but I’m really pleased he’s gone to a club to play football because there is nothing worse than training hard all week and then sitting in the stands.

“West Ham have got a very good signing there. We always look at his fitness record, but if he can stay fit we all know how good he is. That is what West Ham have to manage now.

“He is going to be their main man in midfield and will get a lot of game time. He is a magnificent player – there are only two players I’ve seen as youngsters come straight through to the first team that I have thought, ‘These are going to be top, top stars’. One was Jack and the other Cesc Fabregas.”

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Report: Chelsea Agree To Sell Thibaut Courtois To Real Madrid For £35m

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Chelsea have reportedly agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid this summer after accepting a €35m bid, according to reports.

Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove Award at the just concluded World Cup following several impressive outings between the sticks, With Real Madrid having lost out in the chase to sign Manchester United’s David de Gea, they have now switched their attention to the Chelsea goalkeeper

RMC are now reporting that the transfer to Madrid is a done deal, with the Blues having accepted €35m for the stopper, who will sign a four-year deal with Los Blancos.

“€35m agreement between Chelsea & Real Madrid for the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, 4-year contract, according to RMC,” Get French Football News tweeted.

Thibaut Courtois recently suggested that The Blues would likely have to improve their wage offer if they want him to stay as his performances in the 2018 World Cup have increased his value.

“I will go back and I will see what they want and how they say it,” he said after the tournament ended. “Obviously, with this World Cup, I think what was on the table is different than what I can have.

“In this World Cup, I have ignored all the speculation, all the rumours. But now, in the next few days, I will have a chat with my agent and see what Chelsea told him, and then we will talk. But I feel happy at Chelsea, it’s not that I necessarily want to leave.”

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Taiwo Awoniyi Signs New Contract Extension With Liverpool

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Liverpool have signed Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi to a new long-term contract.

Taiwo Awoniyi, 20, joined Liverpool in 2015 and spent last season on loan in Belgium with Royal Excel Mouscron, where he scored 10 goals and assisted four others.

A statement on the Reds’ website reads: “Taiwo Awoniyi has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC.”

The player has said that he feels excited now having signed a new deal with the club, especially after an ‘amazing year’.

“I feel excited and I feel very happy,” he declared after putting pen to paper. “It has been three years since I first came to Liverpool. So far, so good. The last year was the best for me, it has been an amazing year so far.

“I just have to keep working hard each year and I believe one day the dream will come true.

“Thanks to my family, who have been so supportive. I’m very glad and excited about this contract and hopefully to have an even better year.”

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Highly-rated Liverpool Youngster Rhian Brewster Finally Signs New Contract Extension With The Club

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UEFA Champions League Semi-finalist Liverpool have announced that highly-rated youngster Rhian Brewster has signed a new long-term deal with the club

Rhian Brewster, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in January, has been at Liverpool since the age of 14 after leaving Chelsea’s academy, and he’s now looking forward to a senior career at Anfield.

“Rhian Brewster has committed his long-term future to Liverpool FC by signing a new deal with the club,” the Reds announced via their official website on Tuesday.

“The 18-year-old put pen to paper on the contract at Melwood today, where he is continuing rehabilitation from an ankle ligament injury suffered in January.”

Brewster told the club’s website that he had been wanting to sign a deal for a very long time and he feels great after finally having done so.

“It feels great. I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time now and I think it’s the right moment for me and my family,” he declared. “I’m looking forward to getting back fit and making some appearances.

“Since I got here the club has been amazing to me and treated me like family. It seems like I’ve been here my whole life, to be honest. It’s coming up to my fifth season now. I [still] remember my first training session. It’s amazing and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Daily Rounup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will only sanction the sale of Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale if Romelu Lukaku moves in the other direction. (Don Balon)

And the European champions are closing in on the signing of another Premier League-based Belgian – Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper could complete a £31m switch to the Bernabeu in the next few days. (Marca)

If Barcelona are unable to agree a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot they will turn their attention to Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch club are reluctant to part ways with the gifted 21-year-old before next summer, but Barca believe a bid of £44m will convince them to sell now. (Marca)

Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Real Madrid are also interested in De Jong but the Dutch youngster has eyes only for Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)

Fulham have made a £1.3m offer for Espanyol goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez, 32, as they look to further bolster their squad for their return to the Premier League. (Lacontra Deportivo)

Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has played down talk of a move for experienced Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal. (Mundo Deportivo)

Atletico Madrid are on the verge of completing the signing of AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic. The 30-year-old, who had a two-year spell with Blackburn Rovers earlier in his career, was sent home from the Croatia World Cup squad after refusing to come on as a substitute in a group game against Nigeria. (Marca)

Italy

Chelsea have identified Roma goalkeeper Alisson as their top target to replace Courtois, should the Belgian sign for Real Madrid. However, the 25-year-old Brazilian, valued at £62m by the Italian club, prefers a move to Liverpool as the Merseysiders can offer Champions League football this coming season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

France

Monaco are closing in on the signing of CSKA midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, previously reported to be a Chelsea transfer target, although the French club are yet to agree a fee for the impressive 22-year-old playmaker. (L’Equipe)

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New Manchester United Jersey To Cost 91,000 Naira

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Fans of Manchester United will have to pay a hefty  fee of £192 if they wish to purchase the club’s full ‘authentic’ home strip for the 2018-19 campaign.

Manchester United unveiled their new kit on Tuesday morning to mixed reviews ahead of the start of their pre-season campaign in the United States.

Reference to the 140th anniversary of the club being founded is made with a train track graphic on the front of the shirt, with United originally being known as Newton Heath Railway Cricket FC.

Purchasing the kit in full will not come cheap, though, as supporters will pay a combined £192.85 to get their hands on the shirt with a name on the back, shorts and socks from the Adidas website.

A replica version, meanwhile, will cost £126.85 from United’s official kit supplier when it goes on sale later this week.

A statement released by the Old Trafford club read: “The latest jersey marks 140 years since the club was founded, with a train track graphic referencing United’s original name; Newton Heath (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) Cricket and Football Club.

“The team was originally formed in 1878 by the Carriage and Waggon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath and initially played games against other departments and rail companies at their home ground at North Road, Manchester.

“In 1892, the club entered the English First Division – the highest league in the country at the time, before changing its name to the now world-renowned Manchester United in 1902, and moving to the iconic stadium of Old Trafford in 1910.”

Richard Arnold, group managing director at United, added: “There are many great moments in this club’s fantastic history, and none more so important than the year the club was founded, back in 1878.

“This shirt from adidas pays homage to the year we were founded, and marks 140 years of footballing success.”

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Jose Mourinho Hails Juventus For Signing Cristiano Ronaldo

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Jose Mourinho has congratulated Juventus for the remarkable achievement of  signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Juventus pulled off a major coup last week by completing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for £100m who had previously been tipped with a return to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has praised Juventus for persuading the Portuguese forward to join, while also claiming that Serie A is now a real force once again.

“We see three dimensional football. Everyone will look to Italy for Cristiano, to Spain for [Lionel] Messi and England for the Premier League,” he told Teleradiostereo.

“The Spanish League no longer has the two best players in the world. Now one’s in Spain and the other’s in Italy. The Premier League is the most competitive league with the best players.

“At this time, Serie A has become the most important championship in the world. Everything can change in football, the prospects of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma now change, and now Juve is much stronger with Cristiano.

“They are more motivated by the signing, they are contributing to the quality, attention and excitement of Serie A. For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.”

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