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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be part of Roberto Martinez’s first squad since taking over as Portugal manager, ending speculation of an impending international retirement.

Antonio Valencia gave Manchester United a glowing reference on midfield star Moises Caicedo before his bargain £4.5m move to Brighton in 2021, but his former club failed to act on it.

Aston Villa’s new inner-city academy is expected to be completed in August, marking another important milestone in the club’s ambitious plans to help attract the best Midlands talent.

Gianni Infantino has compared his campaign to win the FIFA presidency in 2016 to Rwanda’s recovery from the 1994 genocide that saw ethnic violence kill more than half a million Rwandans.

Gavi’s status at Barcelona has been thrown into new doubt with the 18-year-old’s contract registration now at risk of being invalidated.


Manchester United are ready to enter the bidding war for Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham with a transfer fee understood to have been set by the German club at a minimum £110m.

Gareth Southgate is concerned he will have to start selecting England players from the Championship if homegrown numbers in the Premier League continue to drop.

Ben Stokes will head to the Indian Premier League as planned but will manage his chronic knee complaint carefully because of England concerns over his fitness for the summer’s Ashes series.

Crystal Palace are to hold talks early next week over whether to dismiss Patrick Vieira

Qatari bidders left Old Trafford yesterday feeling optimistic about buying Man United after 10 hours of talks with brokers and executives.


LaLiga president Javier Tebas has revealed Barcelona could be relegated to the Segunda Division in the wake of corruption charges they are facing over alleged payments to officials, although he does not believe they are guilty.


Former England left-back Danny Rose has started training with National League side York City as he continues his search for a new club.

Mike Dean has been left off Howard Webb’s list of Premier League VAR officials for a fifth successive week.

Arsenal fans fear Folarin Balogun has decided to switch his international allegiance to the United States after being omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad despite his red-hot form on loan with Ligue 1 club Reims.

Thierry Henry has rejected the chance to take over as the manager of the France women’s team according to local reports.

Chelsea are ready to back N’Golo Kante despite his injury record as he closes in on a new deal.

Thierry Henry reportedly wants the vacant USA manager’s job.

Sean Dyche is in no rush to rescue Dele Alli from his loan spell in Turkey after reports say the midfielder has been banished from the Besiktas squad.

Solly March will follow Adam Lallana and Caicedo by signing a new deal for Brighton.


Former Liverpool star Jose Enrique believes the Anfield club already have a deal in place to sign Bayern Munich’s former Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch in the summer.

Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici is reportedly not in favour of the club bringing Mauricio Pochettino back if Antonio Conte is sacked.


Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to sign Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez over Napoli’s Victor Osimhen in the summer as he would better suit the Dutchman’s style of play.

Crystal Palace could make a managerial move to replace Patrick Vieira if they fail to show any signs of improvement against Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Dele Alli’s troubled spell in Besiktas has plumbed new depths after boss Senol Gunes reportedly banished him from the first-team squad and told him to watch the remainder of the season from the stands.

Brentford’s players will not land any bonuses if they secure European football for the first time in the club’s 133-year history, with only a top-four finish triggering a financial windfall.

Napoli’s controversial president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made the astonishing admission he is “proud” of the club’s supporters who set fire to cars, threw projectiles and clashed with police before Wednesday’s Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

DC United boss Wayne Rooney says the club is waiting for a work permit to complete a loan deal for Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien.

Patrick Vieira is fighting for his job at Crystal Palace as the club remain winless in 2023.

Gareth Southgate has warned the drive for equal pay in the women’s game does not represent economic reality- he said the players won’t be paid the same until the game can attract the same sponsorships and TV money.

Brentford’s players will not receive any bonuses if they make history and take the club to its first European competition.

Sheffield Wednesday have been told that Hillsborough’s safety certificate has now been changed to include a capacity reduction.


Manchester United have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in being credited with an interest in Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha according to reports in Portugal.

Virgil Van Dijk fears Liveprool could struggle to land their top targets this summer if they don’t finish in top four.

Antonio Conte believes Spurs will not sack him while they are still in contention for a top-four finish.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants equal prize money for the Men’s and Women’s World Cup in 2026 and 2027.

Man United hope to ramp up the bidding war for the club after potential bidders were given a tour of Old Trafford and Carrington yesterday.


Former Rangers star Craig Moore claims the Ibrox side turned down the chance to sign Georgia forward Khvicha Kvaratshkeila before he shot to super-stardom with Napoli.


Julian Alvarez has signed a one-year extension with Manchester City, committing to the club until 2028

Stefan Bajectic’s debut sesaon for Liverpool is over due to an adductor injury


Steven Gerrard is down to the final two candidates to become the new manager of Turkish side Trabzonspor.

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