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Spanish Free Agent Trains With Manchester United

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is to train with Manchester United, the club have announced. The 32-year-old, a free agent after leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, will first continue his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament at United before training with the first team. A statement from the Old Trafford club said: ” Manchester United manager Louis van …

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Lampard’s Manchester City Loan Deal Could Be Extended

Frank Lampard has an outside chance of recovering from injury ahead of Manchester City’s visit to another of his old clubs West Ham on Saturday. The 36-year-old missed the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow after being carried from the field on a stretcher against Tottenham last Saturday, but his injury is not a serious one. It is understood he …

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West Ham Boss Hopes To Have Star Striker Back

Sam Allardyce believes West Ham’s record-signing Andy Carroll could be fit and ready to play again in “two to three weeks”. The Hammers splashed out £15million to sign Carroll permanently in June 2013 but the England striker has started only 12 Barclays Premier League matches during an injury-ridden 16 months at Upton Park. The powerhouse centre forward missed the first …

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Diving Controversy: Swansea Boss Sticks To His Guns

Garry Monk felt patronised by the comments aimed at him as the fall-out from Swansea’s controversial defeat at Stoke last weekend shows no sign of ending. The Football Association contacted Monk on Thursday to “seek his observations” after the Swansea manager claimed Victor Moses cheated by diving to win a penalty for the Stoke equaliser and criticised referee Michael Oliver …

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Stoke Boss Defends His Player Accused Of Diving

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is concerned Victor Moses may now get an unwarranted reputation after being labelled ‘a cheat’ by Swansea boss Garry Monk. Monk has been asked to explain his remarks by the Football Association after claiming Moses “should be done for diving, for cheating” in the wake of winning a penalty in Stoke’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League home …

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West Brom Hoping To Hang On To Exciting Prospect

West Brom sensation Saido Berahino is too mature to have his head turned by interest from the Premier League glamour clubs, according to boss Alan Irvine. Berahino made a name for himself last season with a goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Since then he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s hottest prospects, and added to …

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Chelsea Chief Executive Quits Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have announced Ron Gourlay is to leave his role as chief executive of the Stamford Bridge club. The Scot, who previously worked with Manchester United and sportswear manufacturer Umbro, departs on amicable terms to seek new opportunities. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club announces that Ron Gourlay, after 10 successful years at the club including five as …

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Former Manchester United Boss Talks About Premier League Managers

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the “formidable” Louis van Gaal to restore the club’s fortunes. The 63-year-old Dutchman is currently attempting to revitalise United after replacing David Moyes at Old Trafford in the summer. Writing in his updated autobiography, Ferguson described Van Gaal as “a good choice”. He said: “Louis, who took the job, is what …

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Souness: Liverpool’s Balotelli Needs Attitude Adjustment

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes misfiring striker Mario Balotelli has to undergo a personality change to survive at Anfield. The Italy international was hauled off at half-time against Real Madrid after another lacklustre performance and with his side 3-0 down in their Champions League tie. He may have compounded the criticism coming his way by swapping shirts with opposing …

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The Magic Of The Unofficial World Cup

Everyone has heard of the FIFA World Cup but here Conor Heffernan gives us his insight into how it’s predecessor, the Unofficial World Cup came about. When Germany lifted the World Cup for the 4th time last summer, it was the twentieth time a team had done so. Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been a fixture in the international footballing calendar. …

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Crystal Palace Boss Warnock In Trouble After Outburst At Referee

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his post-match comments following the home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday. Warnock appeared to infer that referee Craig Pawson was using double standards by not booking John Terry yet cautioning a Palace player for a similar offence. The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged that …

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Chelsea Boss Assesses Striking Options Ahead Of Old Trafford Visit

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy’s declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders’ clash at Old Trafford. Remy scored the opening goal in Tuesday night’s 6-0 Champions League Group G win over Maribor before departing with a groin injury which saw …

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French International Free Agent Signs For Sunderland

Former France international Anthony Reveillere has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the season, the club have confirmed. The 34-year-old full-back, who has been training with the Black Cats in recent weeks, is a free agent after being released by Italian side Napoli during the summer. Reveillere began his career at Rennes, but enjoyed his most successful spell with Lyon, …

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Big Sam Not Worried About Contract Situation At West Ham

Sam Allardyce insists he is not worried about being offered a new contract at West Ham despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Barclays …

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Sunderland skipper Looks For Redemption Against Arsenal

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged his team-mate to pay back the club’s fans in the best way possible – by beating Arsenal on Saturday. The Black Cats players this week offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the trip to Southampton last weekend and witnessed a humiliating 8-0 Barclays Premier League defeat. However, the 33-year-old …

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Will Barcelona Get A Trouncing In El Clasico?

The first Clasico of the season takes place this weekend, but are Barcelona up against it? Ian O’Cuinneagain dicusses. Real Madrid are flying lately. New signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos are adapting their characteristic attacking instincts to include defensive duties. It’s compelling to see how Carlo Ancelotti is honing his superstars to think collectively and play as a group, a …

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Alonso Proving To Be A Bayern Munich Bargain

With Xabi Alonso settling into his new surroundings at Bayern Munich with ease, Sarah Fitzpatrick looks at just how much of a bargain the 32-year-old is.  Bayern were hit by a massive blow in the summer when key midfielder Javi Martinez suffered a cruciate ligament injury and were left without options to fill in the midfielder’s position after selling Toni …

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Tottenham Boss Insists Defender Is Happy At White Hart Lane

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since arriving from Ajax in 2012, yet has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team berth this term. Vertonghen’s place …

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