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Mourinho puts exit rumours to bed

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Premier League giants, according to reports on Thursday.

The deal was confirmed on the club’s official website, with a statement that revealed the Portuguese manager has signed a contract that will see him remain at Old Trafford until at least 2020.

He signed a 3-year contract on arrival back in 2016 and earlier this season after a statement where he revealed it was impossible to end his managerial career at United, rumours of a possible summer exit started to swirl in the press with PSG named as his preferred destination.

Despite addressing the issues on a number of occasions in press conferences, the stories persisted citing his continued stay at the prestigious Lowry Hotel as a key hint of his proposed departure.

However, on Thursday, the stories were put to bed finally, as the manager signed a contract extension with Man United.

With the official statements from the club and Chief Executive Ed Woodward stating the club’s satisfaction with their manager’s achievements so far, with his Europa League title win (a first for the club) being on the top of that list.

The manager on his part thanked the club, it’s fans, staff and players for their support and again reaffirmed his commitment to the cause of bringing more trophies to Old Trafford as well as his desire to stay for a long time.

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Hazard sends “hold on” message to Real Madrid

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It has been established that English Premier League outfit Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard could be on his way to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

The Belgium international star Eden Hazard has refused to commit his future to the West London side which places him on the way out of the club.

A number of clubs came knocking for the star player having known his availability but the Bernabeu outfit seem to have won the race with claims that an agreement has already been reached with Eden Hazard.

According to Marca, Los Blancos seek Eden Hazard as a replacement for star player Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club at the end of the season to Italian Serie A outfit Juventus.

However, the latest report hints that the Belgium international is preparing to join the Spanish side but has told Madrid to keep it cool until the end of the season as he needed to concentrate on his game.

However, the West London side are already in search of a replacement for the Belgium international playmaker as they wish to bring in a new playmaker.

Meanwhile, the Blues are desperate to land a striker because of the lack of cutting edge in the team as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have run dry of goals.

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Jurgen Klopp reaches out to United fans

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English Premier League leaders Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made his thoughts out on the rivalry between his side and the Manchester United team.

Both teams have got a long history of rivalry but this time around they seem not to be even with the Merseyside club sitting on top in the Premier League table while the Red Devils are struggling in the sixth position.

United had a very slow start of the season under their former manager Jose Mourinho but that has since changed since his sack with new interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returning them back to winning ways by securing six wins in six games.

On the other hand, it has been a sweet journey for the Reds as they finished second in the league table and they are on the verge of winning it this season as they are currently on top of the log.

This remains a thing of concern for the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who is of the opinion that the Red Devils fans will be after his side because of their feat so far this season.

According to him, Unite fans are desperate to see their title push collapse as they will prefer any other team to win the title than his Reds team.

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Ex-Zenit chief reveals big Sarri ‘s secret in Paredes’s pursuit

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It is no longer news that English Premier League outfit Chelsea are keen on the signature of Russia topflight outfit Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.

It is reported that a bid has been tabled by the West London side for the star midfielder with talks expected to be opened in coming days after an agreement has been reached between both parties.

According to the report, the Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is at the forefront of the push for Leandro Paredes and is ready to do all within his powers to have him join the Stamford Bridge.

However, former Zenit St Petersburg chief Oreste Cinquini revealed that the Chelsea boss has been a long term suitor of the star player.

According to him, the Italian boss made an attempt for Leandro Paredes when he was in charge at Napoli but the deal failed along the way as both sides failed to agree on terms.

The former Zenit’s sporting director Cinquini revealed that Argentina international went ahead to make the decision to join the Russian side, snubbing the English Premier League side.

However, talks with Zenit are ongoing with a deal expected to be sealed before this January winter transfer window.

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I prefer Bayern to Arsenal – star player confirms

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Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez has decided to stay at the club despite the strong interest from several European clubs including Arsenal.

This was confirmed by the ESPN who claimed that sources close to the player revealed that he wants to stay at the Allianz Arena until the end of the season at the minimum and that Bayern would like to keep him at the club.

Earlier reports had claimed that North London giants Arsenal were keen on a move for him in the current transfer window in the bid to strengthen their creative options.

It was further revealed that the Gunners can sign the Colombian international playmaker on loan for the remainder of the season for just £3m.

The said fee is for the remaining six months on the two-year loan deal that he signed with the Bavarian giants whom the former FC Porto and AS Monaco player joined from Champions League holders Real Madrid at the start of the last campaign.

Bayern Munich were said to have paid a whooping sum of £11.5m for the loan deal with an option to buy him permanently for £37m this summer.

It remains to be seen whether the German champions will take up that option (buying him outrightly).

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Nicholas Asks Unai Emery To Sell THREE Players

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Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas has called on manager Unai Emery to sell three members of the playing squad at the club including the controversial Mesut Ozil.

German playmaker Ozil has been hugging the headlines for weeks after falling out with Unai Emery having failed to adapt to the new tactics/methods introduced by the Spaniard.

Mesut Ozil has been left out of the Arsenal squad for tactical reasons on several occasions including last weekend’s 1-0 away defeat at the hands of London rivals West Ham United in the Gunners’ last Premier League game.

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas spoke about the Arsenal squad while he was doing his punditry job on Sky Sports as monitored by the Metro.

He told the Gunners boss to sell the aforementioned Ozil and the defensive duo of Shkrodan Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny.

Nicholas is certain that Arsenal can get buyers for Ozil from the Chinese clubs if West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic is attracting strong interest from a club in the Chinese Super League.

He also asked Unai Emery to release club skipper Laurent Koscielny and sell Shkrodan Mustafi as he tried to rebuild his defence.

The ex-Arsenal player had earlier said that he has already lost hope on a top-four finish.

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Arsenal Will Spend Money On Transfers This Summer, Journalist Reveals

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Experienced journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that Arsenal will spend money on transfers during this summer’s transfer window.

Arsenal have been in the spotlight for the better part of the January transfer window after club manager Unai Emery told reporters at a press conference that the Gunners don’t have money to spend on signings this month and that they can only sign players on loan.

The revelation from the Spanish tactician has led to an uproar amongst the Arsenal faithful who are at a loss as to why senior club officials can’t spend money on a playing squad crying out for reinforcements.

Guillem Balague via his transfer show monitored by Football London explained that Arsenal spent a lot of money in the last two transfer windows and that has handicapped the club in a big way in the current transfer window.

The Spanish La Liga expert went on to say that Arsenal will spend money on players in the summer.

Arsenal spent £70m on the quintet of Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno last summer and the spendings were preceded by a club-record transfer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last January as well as the big wages handed out to both Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first few months of 2018.

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Bad news for Sarri as Paris Saint-Germain join Leandro’s race

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Paris St-German have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race to sign Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes, that’s according Sky Sports.

The Blues were said to be interested in the star player this month as Sarri looks for Cesc Fabregas’ replacement but this report will surely be a disappointing one for him.

The Ligue 1 Champions are believed to have tabled a £31m offer for the Argentine player who joined the Russian side from Empoli in 2017.

Considering the free-spending nature of the Parc Des Princes outfits, Sarri stands a very slim chance of beating the French side to the player’s signature this month.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have their eyes on this year’s Champions League trophy and they are doing everything possible to achieve their ultimate goal, even if it cost them a whole lot of money.

They set a new record when former manager Unai Emery signed Neymar from Barcelona for £200m last winter but the Brazilian couldn’t help them progress to the semi-finals of the competition during the previous season.

Tuchel’s strikers are in fine form and they can score goals against any team in Europe, nonetheless, the manager believes there’s a need to upgrade his midfield setup before the competition resume next month.

As much as it appears the Blues will miss out on Leandro’s signature, it’s not over yet because Abramovich might add to his already-made £30m offer so as to defeat PSG in the race for the 24-year-old defensive /attacking midfielder.

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25m-rated Chelsea player on his way to Juventus

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English Premier League side Chelsea left full-back Emerson Palmieri is reported to be heading to the Italian Serie outfit Juventus in this winter transfer window.

Emerson Palmieri has been out of favour in the Blues team and he hopes to find a new life should a deal fall in place for him to the Italian Serie A outfit.

Juventus have big need for Emerson Palmieri and they hope to land him in this winter transfer window with manager Max Allegri keen to have him as a replacement for Leonardo Spinazzola who is currently in bad form.

Emerson Palmieri joined the West London die last summer for a fee of £18 million from another Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma but has yet to find enough expression in the Maurizio Sarri team knowing that he has not had enough time.

Despite seeing only 11 games so far and scoring a goal across all competition, Emerson Palmieri is tipped to be a big potential and he is expected to improve better when he secure regular playing time.

It is therefore unsure if the West London side will be ready to part ways with Emerson Palmieri at the moment know g that they have got big need for options in the team.

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Confirmed!! Spain deal for Chelsea star collapses

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It has been revealed that English Premier League side Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will no longer leave the club for Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

Alvaro Morata has been linked away from the Stamford Bridge as he has fallen out with manager Maurizio Sarri for his poor form which was no longer acceptable.

A number of suitors came knocking for the former Real Madrid player but Sevilla were believed to be leading in the race with Alvaro Morata’s agent flying in from Spain to hold discussions with tee Blues on the matter.

However, latest reports according to Sevilla chief Joaquin Caparros reveal that a move for Alvaro Morata collapsed as talks were not successful between both clubs.

It was hinted that the deal failed to fall through as a result of financial commitment which the Spanish side cannot afford for the star player.

This, therefore, means that Alvaro Morata will remain at the West London side or rather have a move to other destination should an offer be made.

Meanwhile, the West London side are believed to be preparing the announcement of Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain who will come in to replace Alvaro Morata at the Stamford Bridge.

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Liverpool, Chelsea to fight for Italian striker

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English Premier League duo, Liverpool and Chelsea have emerged as potential clubs for Italian Serie A outfit Lazio striker Ciro Immobile, with both sides hoping to finalize a deal for him before the end of the winter transfer window.

Reports in Italy claim that the Premier League duo have made their interest known with negotiations about to be opened in coming days.

Chelsea are expected to part ways with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and they have been keen to land a cover for him with Ciro Immobile emerging as a target.

So far, Ciro Immobile has been able to score 80 goals in 112 appearances for the Italian Serie A side which makes him one of the best strikers in the league from the past season.

Ciro Immobile has had 35 caps for the Italian national team and has been able to pull 13 goals as well which gives him the right credentials to fit into the Premier League big guns.

Suggestions are that Liverpool are placed at a better advantage knowing that they currently sit top in the Premier League table and stand the chance of winning a title but the West London side have continued to struggle to seal their fourth position for a Champions League qualification.

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