Athletico Head Coach Simeone Extends Contract

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has extended his contract with the capital club until 2019, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena SER. The 47-year-old Argentinian had shortened his contract from 2020 to 2018 after his side’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last year. But Cadena SER reported on Tuesday that he had “reached an agreement with Atletico to extend his contract by an extra year”, without giving further details. Since cutting the length of his contract, Simeone has repeatedly stated his desire to stay…

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Adam Smith Signs New Deal With Bournemouth

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League club on Tuesday. Smith has made 113 appearances for Bournemouth since his arrival from Tottenham in 2014. The 26-year-old right-back played a key role as Eddie Howe’s side consolidated their place in the top-flight over the last two seasons. “I’m delighted. I’m settled in the area and get along really well with the lads,” Smith said. “There is nowhere else I want to be at this moment. Everything is going well for me both on and off…

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Jose Mourinho Says Manchester United Are ‘Better Equipped’ To Win Premier League

Manager Jose Mourinho, in an interview with BBC sport says Manchester United are “better equipped” to win the Premier League this season but have to be “much, much better” to challenge for the Champions League. He said: “This season is going to be more difficult but I think we have better conditions to fight for the Premier League.” “I think this season we are a little bit better equipped. We are against fantastic teams, against amazing investments. “But I believe in our group, in our spirit, in our empathy, in…

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African Nations Cup Expanded, Moved To June/July

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The African Nations Cup will be moved to June and July and the size of the competition will grow from 16 to 24 finalists from the next edition in 2019. These decisions were made by the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) executive committee on Thursday. Radical changes to Africa’s leading competitions were formalised as CAF’s executive committee met in Rabat . The committee adopted recommendations made at a wide-ranging symposium in Morocco earlier in the week. Other decisions taken at the meeting included the awarding of the 2021 and 2023…

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Neymar Reportedly Tells Barcelona Teammates He Plans To Join PSG

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Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is all but a done deal, according to Le Parisien. The Brazil international is with Barca on their preseason tour of the U.S. and has supposedly told selected teammates he plans to leave for PSG, a step that is seen as “decisive” in making this happen. What’s more, the report adds that members of Barcelona’s hierarchy are resigned to the transfer, which is likely to be the most expensive ever, taking place. This follows news on Thursday night that Barcelona have grown tired of the…

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How My Wife Saved My Life – Kanu

Ex-Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo and his wife, Amara, reminisce what transpired before his second heart operation. Kanu first had an open-heart surgery in 1996 after a routine medical examination at Inter Milan revealed a heart valve defect. The Arsenal legend said Amara saved his life and then nursed him back to health. 30-year-old Amara said her husband’s hammering heartbeat kept her awake and that she could not shake the feeling that something was not quite right. She insisted that her husband got it checked immediately She recalls, “His heartbeat sounded…

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Chelsea Legend Agrees To Join Aston Villa

Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, has agreed to join Aston Villa, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Terry has reportedly told other interested clubs, that he has decided to join Villa and the move is expected to be finalised over the weekend. Villa have been leading the chase for the 36-year-old, with Steve Bruce keen to bring the former England star to Villa Park for next season. Terry became a free agent after leaving Chelsea at the end of his contract this summer. He opted to leave…

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Chelsea Agree £29m Fee With Roma For German Defender

Chelsea and Italian club AS Roma have agreed a fee worth a potential €38m (£33.3m) for German defender Antonio Rüdiger. The Germany defender is now expected to fly to London next week to undergo a medical and complete the transfer. Roma had been holding out for €45m for Rudiger, who they signed permanently from Stuttgart last summer. The Serie A club has now accepted a package that will see the Premier League champions pay an initial €33m (£29m) with an extra €5m (£4.3m) in bonus payments. Rudiger, who will face Chile…

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Mahrez Agrees to £35m Move to Arsenal

Algerian international and Leicester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez has lost hope on a possible move to Barcelona and will sign for Arsenal after clubs agree a fee. At the start of the summer it had been rumoured that the Catalans were coming for the Algerian winger but they never quite made it to the King Power Stadium and consequently, claims the Star, Mahrez is ready to accept Arsenal’s advances. Apparently new Barca manager Ernesto Valverde wants Marco Verratti ahead of the Leicester wideman and so the four-year contract that has reportedly been…

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Manchester City Offer Arsenal Aguero-Sanchez Swap Deal

Manchester City are prepared to offer Sergio Aguero to Arsenal in a swap deal that could help them sign Alexis Sanchez this summer. Reports suggests that City manager, Pep Guardiola, has made the Chile international his top target this summer, as he seeks make a mark in English football in his second season. Guardiola has been chasing Sanchez – who scored 24 goals and provided 10 assists in the Premier League last season – since before the end of the season. Talks with Arsenal have stalled so far, with the Gunners unwilling to…

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