English Premiership

Di Maria wanted too much money to stay at Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti has been discussing comings and goings at Real Madrid, with Angel di Maria demanding too much to stay. The Argentina international brought a four-year stay at Santiago Bernabeu to an end over the summer when completing a British record £59.7million transfer to Manchester United. Real were reluctant to part with one of their most creative influences, but refused ...

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Pep Guardiola keen on future Man Utd manager role

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Pep Guardiola would like to manage Manchester United in future, according to a new book on the Bayern Munich coach. Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau, a close friend of Guardiola, is the author of ‘Pep Confidential’ which gives the inside track on the 43-year-old’s first season in charge of the Bundesliga giants. Perarnau claims Guardiola was first attracted to the Old Trafford position ...

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“Patience for Atsu will bring rewards”- Martinez pleads

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Christian Atsu can deliver high returns if he is given time to grow in to the English game. The Black Stars winger is on loan with the Toffees from Chelsea but he is yet to score high marks in terms of performances. Despite that, Martinez is sure the former Porto winger will get it right ...

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Thibaut Courtois defends Chelsea over head injury

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended Chelsea’s medical staff for their handling of his head injury during the game against Arsenal. The Belgium international suffered the blow in a collision with Alexis Sanchez during the 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on October 5, which left him dizzy and bleeding from one ear. Courtois was initially cleared to continue by Chelsea doctor ...

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Lukas Podolski still part of Arsenal’s plans – Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Lukas Podolski remains part of his plans amid talk of a January transfer. The 29-year-old was part of the Germany squad over the summer that tasted World Cup glory in Brazil. He has had little to celebrate at club level, though, with a bit-part role being endured at Emirates Stadium. Podolski has aired his frustration ...

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Lukaku convinced Everton move was right choice

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Romelu Lukaku admits to having considered other options over the summer, but believes Everton are ‘perfect’ for him. Once it became clear that the Belgium international was looking to make a permanent move, and that Chelsea were willing to listen to offers, clubs from across Europe made their interest known. Serie A title holders Juventus, a club that could offer ...

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Emre Can snubbed Bayern Munich to join Liverpool

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Emre Can has revealed that he turned down the option of returning to Bayern Munich in favour of joining Liverpool. Having graduated out of the academy ranks at the Allianz Arena, the Germany U21 international was still being closely monitored by Bayern over the summer. They had included a buy-back option in the deal which took him to Bayer Leverkusen ...

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LVG ‘doing the right thing’ at Man Utd – Sir Alex Ferguson

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Louis van Gaal is “doing the right thing” by building his own team at Old Trafford. Speaking to MUTV,  Ferguson backed the Dutchman’s decision “to clear the decks” at the club. Ferguson said: “He’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that.” Van Gaal spent more than £150m on new players during the ...

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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson close to new deal

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he does not see a problem in agreeing a new deal at Anfield. Henderson, 24, was named the Reds’ vice-captain last month and is viewed as the long-term successor to current skipper Steven Gerrard. The Englishman has less than two years to run on his current deal and the club are hoping to tie in ...

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Lallana hits out at “false” claims over Liverpool move

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Adam Lallana has hit out at false claims that he refused to play for Southampton in order to force a move through to Liverpool. Lallana spent 14 years at the south coast club and played a key role in the club’s rise from League One doldrums back to the top-flight. The 26-year-old captained the side to an eighth-placed Barclays Premier ...

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