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Declan Rice: West Ham midfielder declares for England over Republic of Ireland

Declan Rice played in Republic of Ireland friendlies against Turkey, France and the United States last year West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England. Rice, 20, has won three senior Republic of Ireland caps, all in friendlies, having played for his grandparents’ country since under-16 level. In August the Londoner said he needed time to decide his future, as winning a competitive cap for the Republic would have tied him to the country. “This has been an extremely difficult decision,” he said. Rice, who has…

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Aaron Ramsey: Arsenal midfielder signs £400k-a-week deal to join Juventus

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Juventus in the summer in a deal that will earn him over £400,000 a week. The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract that will see him join the Italian champions as a free agent, ending his 11-year spell with Arsenal. Ramsey passed a two-part medical in January, having picked Juve following talks with a host of European clubs. He will be the highest-earning British player ever based on basic salary. The Wales international’s Arsenal contract expires on 30 June…

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Paul Scholes: Oldham Athletic name ex-Man Utd midfielder as manager

Paul Scholes won 11 Premier League titles with Manchester United Paul Scholes has been named manager of League Two club Oldham Athletic. The former Manchester United and England midfielder, 44, has taken his first managerial role, signing a one-and-a-half-year contract with the club he supported as a boy. There were concerns his 10% stake in Salford City, the National League club he co-owns, would prevent him from taking charge of the Latics. But he was cleared to do so on Friday at an English Football League meeting. Salford could be…

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Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea midfielder joins Monaco

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco. The 31-year-old Spaniard captained the Blues in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest on Saturday and was in tears as he applauded fans at the final whistle. He joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014, having played 303 times for Arsenal between 2003 and 2011. Fabregas won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup in 501 appearances in English football. More to follow. Source link

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Aaron Ramsey: Juventus leading race to sign Arsenal and Wales midfielder

Aaron Ramsey has made 356 appearances for Arsenal since joining in 2008 Juventus are leading the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey when his contract expires at the end of the season. The 28-year-old’s current preference is to join the Italian champions but, contrary to some reports, he has yet to make a final decision and will continue to consider offers from a number of Europe’s leading clubs. It is understood his boyhood dream was to play for Barcelona but despite preliminary talks that option will not be pursued.…

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Andres Iniesta: Former Barcelona midfielder criticised for posing with two people in blackface

Andres Iniesta posted the photo on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has been criticised after posting a photograph of himself with two people in blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations in Spain. Iniesta, 34, posed with his wife, two of his children and a group dressed in costumes related to Three Kings Day. Two of the group are painted black – the role of Balthazar is often played by a white man in blackface in Spain. Iniesta, who plays for Vissel Kobe in…

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Franck Ribery: Bayern midfielder fined over angry Salt Bae tweets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ribery was criticised for posting a video of himself enjoying a gold-covered steak German football club Bayern Munich has fined its midfielder Franck Ribery after he posted a series of angry and profanity-laden tweets. The French player, 35, was responding to criticism after he shared a video of himself enjoying an expensive steak coated with gold. He hit out at “jealous” people and said he owed nothing to the “haters”. The club’s sporting director did not specify how much Ribery had been docked but…

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Aaron Ramsey: Arsenal midfielder in talks with Bayern, Inter, Juventus, PSG & Real Madrid

Aaron Ramsey, left, has won three FA Cups during his time at Arsenal Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will hold talks with five of Europe’s leading clubs in January ahead of leaving the Gunners when his contract expires next summer. The 28-year-old is able to negotiate and sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides from 1 January, prior to exiting the Emirates Stadium as a free agent when his current deal finishes on 30 June. Ramsey will consider moves to Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid. Contrary…

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Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder is happy now – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on ‘surreal’ first win at Old Trafford Paul Pogba “is happy now” after returning to goalscoring form for Manchester United, says interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The midfielder – who had a fractured relationship with previous boss Jose Mourinho – scored twice in Wednesday’s 3-1 home win over Huddersfield. That followed two assists in a 5-1 win at Cardiff in Solskjaer’s first game. “I was very pleased for him and the whole team. He loves football and has a big smile,” said the new manager. Pogba has…

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Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder insists he was ‘not tired’ at the start of the season

Kevin de Bruyne (right) returned for Manchester City against Everton on Saturday Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne insists he “wasn’t exhausted” at the end of last season, despite concerns from manager Pep Guardiola. The Belgian, 27, has started only twice for the Premier League champions this season after suffering two significant knee injuries. Guardiola said last week that the player had started the season “tired” following the World Cup in Russia. But De Bruyne says he “felt OK” to return after the summer. Guardiola felt De Bruyne making 52…

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