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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans Juventus swoop for defender Alex Sandro – EXCLUSIVE

Juventus have indicated that they are willing to cash in on the Brazilian wing-back who has failed to sign a new contract. The Blues spent the whole of last summer trying to tempt the Italian giants into selling the £70million rated star. But they found that their £55m bid for Sandro was snubbed and the player has suffered a slump in form as a result. Juventus now feel that they will have to do business when the transfer window opens at the start of next month. They will however wait…

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Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho facing uncertainty over future at Old Trafford

Mourinho goes to The Hawthorns amid simmering unrest at the club following last week’s defeat by Manchester City – and the unsavoury bust-ups that followed it. And with the £30million Armenian midfielder Henrika Mkhitaryan the latest star to clash with the volatile Mourinho, critics in Old Trafford’s corridors of power are understood to be seriously considering whether there should be a change at the top. Some behind the scenes were privately critical of his appointment in the first place and now fear that the controversies that blighted his reign at…

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David Luiz issues Chelsea transfer ultimatum after Antonio Conte talks – EXCLUSIVE

Brazilian Luiz was dropped by Conte after a disagreement between the two over tactics following Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Roma in Rome in October, and his reaction to being substituted in the home game against the Italians. The flamboyant centre back then picked up a knee injury and has been out of the Chelsea side now for three weeks. But he could be ready for a return on Saturday when Chelsea face Southampton at home (3pm). Luiz, now 30, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real…

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims his stars are exhausted because of Blues chiefs

Conte, whose side were given a tough Champions League tie yesterday when drawn against Barcelona in the last 16, is unhappy that his squad are so tired, with Alvaro Morata forced to miss tonight’s trip to Huddersfield after being the latest to suffer with fatigue.  And he has pointed to the summer tour of Asia as a reason they are so shattered. In another thinly veiled dig, he was also keen to insist that he is the club’s head coach and transfers are not his responsibility. “It’s difficult because to…

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Champions League draw in full: Chelsea vs Barca; Man Utd, City, Spurs, Liverpool fixtures

Chelsea avoided a clash with Paris Saint-Germain during the draw in Nyon, Switzerland. But they were instead paired up with La Liga champions Barcelona. Manchester United were given a tie against Spanish side Sevilla. And Tottenham have been matched with Serie A side Juventus. Juve are struggling in their domestic league but have proven strong opposition so far in Europe. Spurs will play in Turin in the first leg before the return fixture at Wembley. Liverpool will play 2004 Champions League winners Porto – and will likely be happy with…

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Celtic Europa League draw: Hoops get Zenit in last-32

The Hoops secured their place in the knockout stages of this season’s competition having dropped out of the Champions League. Brendan Rodger’s men finished third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich and crucially ahead of Anderlecht. Celtic could be drawn against any club that finished as runner-up in their Europa League group. They could be pitted against a team that dropped out of the Champions League despite the fact they shared that route into the tournament. More to follow.

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Champions League draw: Who can Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham get?

All five English teams qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League this season. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all topped their respective groups. But Chelsea finished second in their group to set up a potentially tricky clash with one of European football’s elite sides. The draw takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland today. And the 32 teams are split into group winners and runner-up. Group winners: Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto,…

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Arsenal news LIVE updates: Sanchez and Ozil replacements found, Mustafi blow, team news

Arsenal news live updates: Follow below for the latest from the Emirates Sunday December 10 Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil replacements 09:50: Arsenal will go after Thomas Lemar again and chase a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Gonzalo Guedes, reports claim. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are widely expected to leave the Emirates at the end of the season. And according to the Mail on Sunday, Guedes has been viewed as an ideal replacement. It is also reported a move for Lemar, whom the Gunners tried to sign the last…

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on battle with Lionel Messi and Neymar

The Real Madrid forward scooped his fifth accolade at a star-studded ceremony in Paris on Thursday night. And that put him level with Barcelona ace Messi, who he’s fought it out with in La Liga since moving to the Bernabeu from Manchester United in 2009. Ronaldo and Messi’s battle has long been talked up as being between the two best players in football history. And Ronaldo has now revealed he’s got no intention of dropping out of it anytime soon. “I hope to play at this level for a few…

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to award after Real Madrid double

The Portuguese forward enjoyed another stellar season at the Bernabeu in 2016/17, netting 42 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. And his form was integral to Zinedine Zidane’s side securing glory in La Liga and the Champions League, their second successive success in Europe. Ronaldo has tonight seen his performances for Real in 2017 recognised with a fifth Ballon d’Or award of his career going his way. The top gong puts the former Manchester United star level with Barcelona and Argentina ace Messi, who’s finished second in France Football‘s…

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