English Premiership

Chelsea re-signs Drogba on a free transfer

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 Striker Didier Drogba has re-signed for Chelsea on a one-year deal. The Ivorian, 36, won 10 trophies at Chelsea from 2004 to 2012 and was a free agent after leaving Galatasaray. Manager Jose Mourinho had earlier said the striker “belongs” at Stamford Bridge – but said any deal would be made “in a non-emotional way”. Drogba told Chelsea’s official site:  ...

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Yaya Toure confirms he is staying with Manchester City

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Yaya Toure has quashed speculation that he wants to leave Manchester City. Toure has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions this summer, amid reports of a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s hierarchy, but the Ivory Coast international was quick to reassure the City faithful. “There has been a lot of speculation but they’ve ...

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Mathieu Debuchy joins Arsenal from Newcastle

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Arsenal have completed the signing of right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee. The 28-year-old has agreed a long-term contract with the Gunners after ending an 18-month spell at St James’ Park. Debuchy has 25 international caps for France and represented his country at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. “He is a quality defender who has good ...

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Van Gaal ready for “difficult challenge” at Man United

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Louis van Gaal admits he faces a “difficult challenge” but insists he will do his utmost to restore glory to Manchester United. As the club’s new manager faced the media for the first time at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said he has realised within two days the magnitude of the club and the size of the task ahead of him. ...

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We did everything we could to keep Suarez – Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez prior to his move to Barcelona. The Catalan giants announced on Wednesday that the controversial Uruguayan was “100 per cent” a Barca player, although the striker was conspicuous by his absence at a press conference due to his four-month FIFA ban from all football-related activity after ...

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Besiktas confirm Ba signing

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Demba Ba has completed his move from Chelsea to Besiktas, the Turkish club and player have confirmed. Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle United in January 2013, the Senegal international has scored 14 goals in 51 games for the Blues. The 29-year-old soon fell behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order, however, and the arrival of ...

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Chelsea agree deal with Atletico Madrid for Filipe Luis

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Chelsea have announced that they have reached agreement with Atletico Madrid over a fee for left-back Filipe Luis. The 28-year-old Brazilian will complete a move to Jose Mourinho’s team as long as personal terms can be agreed. Luis will give Mourinho the extra option he needs at left-back following the departure of the experienced Ashley Cole, who was allowed to ...

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Liverpool complete £20m signing of Lazar Markovic

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Liverpool have completed the £20m signing of winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica on a “long-term deal”. The 20-year-old helped Benfica win the Portuguese title last season after joining the club from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2013. “I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players and all connected to the club,” he told Liverpool’s ...

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Van Gaal starts work as new Manchester United manager

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Louis van Gaal finally starts work as new Manchester United manager on Wednesday morning and will put his players through their paces as he gets to know the club’s Carrington training ground. The 62-year-old declined the opportunity to take a holiday after the Netherlands’s World Cup campaign and has instead decided to get straight down to business in Manchester, a ...

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