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Dimitri Payet Reveals Why He Had To Leave West Ham United

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Dimitri Payet of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

This time last season Dimitri Payet could do no wrong. He was adored by the West Ham United fans and was well on his way to earning his place in the France squad as Euro 2016 rapidly approached. Twelve months on and Payet will never be welcomed back at West Ham after forcing through a return to Marseille in the …

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Offers Words Of Encouragement To Martial

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Anthony Martial of Manchester United takes on Sebastian Prodl of Watford during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on February 11, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Anthony Martial’s return to the Manchester United starting XI will have been warmly welcomed by Red Devils supporters. The Frenchman’s pace and guile offer an extra element to their attack, an element that can’t be expected to come from Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. While many pundits have been quick to assign the reason for his call-up to Jose Mourinho’s change …

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Wenger’s Tenure At Arsenal Has Been Laced With Success, But Is The Romance Gone?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: An image of Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal is displayed on the match programme using the names of former Arsenal players during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As a lover of English football, there’s something romantic about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s tenure in north London.  The man will undoubtedly go down as one of the great managers of English football. Wenger is a manager of unquestionable moral certainty in an era of football which is rife with financial doping. He’s someone who has professed his passion for English …

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Liverpool Legend Gerrard Admits Pogba’s Potential Is One Scary Thought

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action against Grant Leadbitter (L) and Marten de Roon (R) of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on December 31, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

English football has always had some of the sport’s most venomous rivalries between clubs but there really aren’t that many that even come close to the animosity shared between the supporters of Manchester United and Liverpool, the country’s two most successful teams. It’s a relationship built on years of back-and-forth success between the two sides and while United’s dominance over …

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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger Responds To Mathieu Debuchy Claims

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

On Thursday, in an interview with L’Équipe, Mathieu Debuchy revealed that his relationship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had deteriorated, claiming the 67-year-old allegedly blocked transfers to other clubs. Debuchy told the French publication that he and Wenger ‘acknowledge each other’ but ‘nothing more.’ And that the Gunners boss refused to allow him leave last January for Manchester United. “I wasn’t playing a lot, it was …

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European Superpower Readying £40m Bid For Liverpool’s Coutinho

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Daryl Janmaat of Watford chases Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield on November 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Just one day before Liverpool’s crucial clash with Stoke City, Reds fans will be waking up to some terrible news.  According to the Express, Paris St. Germain are putting together a £40 million bid to tempt Philippe Coutinho to the French capital – a revised offer following their £22 million bid last summer. The report goes on to say that the Brazilian …

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Manchester United Target Griezmann In No Doubt Where His Future Lies

Manchester United

Reports earlier this month, via the Daily Star, suggested that France international Antoine Griezmann could be Manchester United’s next major investment but comments emerging on Tuesday from the man himself have cast doubt over these rumours.  Talksport contributor Pilib de Brun claimed the Old Trafford outfit are ‘very confident’ of getting their man and will trigger his £83.5 million release clause at Atletico Madrid …

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Returning Chelsea Defender Ready To Make An Impact

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND- October 31: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League 2 match between Everton U21s and Chelsea U21s at Haig Avenue Stadium on October 31, 2016 in Southport, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is nearing match fitness and preparing to slot straight into Antonio Conte’s 3-man defence, as reported by the Daily Mail. The defender has of course been unavailable for selection since he underwent surgery for a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained last February. The Frenchman had earned a myriad of plaudits before this, his combination of pace …

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Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ Legend Looking To Return To Club

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal and ex-Arsenal player Robert Pires in discussion during an Arsenal training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group F match against Bayern Munich at London Colney on November 3, 2015 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

There are few names that Arsenal fans respond to as warmly as that of Robert Pires. The Frenchman was a linchpin of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team, and by the end of his career at the London outfit he had won three FA Cups and two Premier League titles. The club have not known such success since he and his ilk departed and …

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Manchester United: How Does Mourinho Solve The Pogba Conundrum?

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Jose Mourinho started life as manager of Manchester United with the problem of what to do with an ineffective Wayne Rooney hanging over his head. He dealt with it in time by relegating the club captain to the bench. Rooney’s performance levels were so bad United fans would have liked to see him dropped weeks earlier, but Mourinho kept him …

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Watch: PSG’s Aurier Embroiled In Controversy Again Following Bizarre Celebration

Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier (top) heads the ball next to Mali's Diadie Samassekou during the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Ivory Coast and Mali at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on October 8, 2016. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

What can one say about PSG’s flying full-back, Serge Aurier? He constantly defies explanation. In his latest newsworthy act, the Ivory Coast international saved the life of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia in a World Cup qualifier. Aurier acted quickly and decisively to prevent Doumbia swallowing his tongue after being knocked unconscious in a collision with Lamine Kone. Recognising the danger, …

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Manchester United In The Hunt For South American Striker [Report]

HULL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KCOM Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The transfer deadline day clock is ticking as clubs scramble to get deals done in time ahead of Wednesday’s 11:30pm cut-off point. While some managers are sweating on getting moves over the line, it appeared all would be quiet at Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho expecting a subdued week as all his business was done earlier on in the window. The …

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Watch: Ten Of The Most Memorable Moments From Euro 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Dimitri Payet of France celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It may not have been the most memorable of tournaments but Euro 2016 still provided us with some unbelievable moments. Here we look back at the stories that captured the imagination of the football world during June and July. _____ 10) Dimitri Payet’s late strike versus Romania The scoreboard reads 1-1 in the Stade de France, this is not how the …

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Opinion: Shift In The Culture Of Portuguese Football Led Them To Their Greatest Victory

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The comparisons between Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory and their most painful defeat at Euro 2004, at the hands of Greece, are irresistible, poetic even. The unfancied underdog puts in a display of grit and determination to defeat the tournament hosts, an opposition with arguably superior technical quality and skill. Except this time, victory was to be Portugal’s. But it is …

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Real Madrid Switch Transfer Focus From Pogba To His France Teammate

N'Golo Kante

Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and will instead look to sign his international teammate N’Golo Kante from Leicester City this summer, according to ABC (via 90min.com) The midfielder arrived at Leicester City shortly after the appointment of Claudio Ranieri last summer, in a remarkable £5.6 million deal from Caen. Frenchman Kante earned widespread praise for …

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Manchester United Want To Sign Both Pogba And His International Teammate [Report]

Manchester United

Manchester United are widely expected to accelerate their interest in France midfielder Paul Pogba once Euro 2016 comes to a close this evening. However, despite readying the reported £100 million it will cost to get Pogba back, ESPN report that United and Jose Mourinho are not finished upgrading their midfield, with PSG man Blaise Matuidi also on the shopping list regardless of whether …

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