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Barcelona Transfer News: Andres Iniesta Desires to Retain Lionel Messi

Andres Iniesta believes Lionel Messi is "fundamental" to the future of Barcelona and hopes his team-mate resides at the Camp Nou for many years to come.<p>Both players are rightfully regarded as living legends in the Blaugrana's history, but while Iniesta's influence is waning, Messi continues to set …

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Is Lionel Messi even good anymore?

The legendary forward is just not the same player he once was.<p>Before the season started, there were questions swirling over Lionel Messi. After his injury problems and public disagreements with Tata Martino last year, many theorized Messi was in a downward spiral. The public "feud" with Luis …

David Luiz: I didn't leave Chelsea because of Mourinho issues

The Basque coach was removed on Wednesday against the players' wishes and leaves La Roja in turmoil ahead of their opener against Portugal on Friday<p>Spain's World Cup preparations are in chaos. The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that coach …

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Brooklyn Beckham Promoted to Arsenal's U18 Squad Despite Still Being Just 15

It would seem that Brooklyn Beckham might just have the talent to live up to his dad's famous surname.<p>David's son is currently trying to make it in Arsenal's academy, and the early signs appear to be good.<p>This weekend, Brooklyn was promoted from the club's U16 team to their U18 squad, according to …

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Rodgers sets sights on Liverpool winning Europa League

The Reds face Besiktas on Thursday in their last-32 first leg after dropping out of the Champions League and the manager is keen to prove his side's growth with silverware<p>Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stands by his ambition to win a trophy this season and believes the Europa League presents the …

Hector Bellerin Overtakes Theo Walcott as Arsenal's Fastest Player

Theo Walcott has had some ups and downs at Arsenal, but he could always lay claim to being the club's fastest player.<p>Until now, that is.<p>He has been overtaken in quickness by young Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin, who has "whitewashed" speed tests at the club, according to James Cambridge of the</i> …

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic told to hide tattoos in Champions League clash with Chelsea

PSG manager Laurent Blanc unhappy with Swedish star's celebration after scoring in French league<p>Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been told to keep his tattoos to himself in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash with Chelsea.<p>The PSG striker peeled off his shirt after scoring against Caen on Saturday in …

Eden Hazard: Leaving Chelsea for PSG move was never an option

Eden Hazard has told French TV that there was never any chance he would move to Paris Saint-Germain.<p>Hazard, 24, was linked with a big-money switch …

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund lead global Bundesliga boom

German football's boom is permeating overseas. According to a recently-published report from the German Football League (DFL), Bundesliga matches can …

Wigan's Juan Carlos Garcia diagnosed with leukaemia

Honduras international diagnosed with leukaemia, Championship club announces<p><b>Wigan Athletic</b> defender Juan Carlos García has been diagnosed with leukaemia, manager Malky Mackay has revealed.<p>The <b>Championship</b> club announced last week that the 26-year-old Honduras international had developed a blood …

Keith Hackett: FA sending out wrong signals with Ivanovic let-off

REFEREE'S COLUMN: The Chelsea star escaped action for grabbing James McCarthy's neck, and the former officials chief believes Jose Mourinho may have played a part<p>By Keith Hackett of You-Are-The-Ref.com<p><b>IVANOVIC LET-OFF SHOWS TRANSPARENCY PROBLEM IN FA'S REVIEW PANEL</b><p>When I was in charge of the …

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal confirms he wants to sign a midfielder

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he is looking to sign a midfielder, possibly in the summer transfer window.<p>After allowing …

Frank Lampard reveals he would have 'enjoyed Melbourne City challenge' had Manchester City not used midfielder

Manchester City veteran Frank Lampard would have been open-minded about move to Australia – a place he has never before visited<p>Frank Lampard has admitted he could have spent this season in Australia had he been offered the chance to play for <b>Manchester City</b>’s sister club, Melbourne City.<p>The …

Danny Ings should forget Real Socieded - next year he could be at Manchester United

Burnley striker is in danger of damaging his own career prospects if he opts for a move to Spain when there is genuine interest from Old Trafford and Liverpool<p>Danny Ings could conceivably be <b>wearing the colours of Manchester United</b> or Liverpool next season, so the Burnley forward risks taking his …

Chelsea's Costa bemoans exaggerated reaction to challenges

LONDON (Reuters) - Under-fire striker Diego Costa, set to return for Chelsea’s Champions League tie at Paris St Germain on Tuesday following a three-match ban, believes his on-field challenges sometimes provoke “exaggerated reactions”.<p>Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates his goal during their English …

West Ham deal for Lassana Diarra off, says Allardyce

The 29-year-old, who has previous spells at the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid, has been training with the Hammers, but the club are unable to get clearance to confirm the move<p>Sam Allardyce said administrative difficulties have prevented West Ham from completing the signing of Lassana Diarra on a …

Angel Di Maria back to his best in Man United's win over Burnley

With two headed goals from Chris Smalling and a penalty from Robin van Persie, Manchester United reclaimed third place in the Premier League with a …

Falcao would cope with Manchester United exit says Jorges Mendes Monaco

Falcao will sign for one of the best clubs in the world should he not remain at Manchester United, his agent Jorges Mendes has told ESPN …

Chelsea 1 Everton 0: Willian seals it at the death for Chelsea

Chelsea persevere against stubborn Everton to grab crucial win for Premier League title race<p>These are not the performances of which memories are made but these are the results upon which titles are built. This was a night when <b>Chelsea</b> showed their perseverance, pounding away at an Everton defence in …

Manchester United 3 Burnley 1: five things we learned, as Danny Ings outclasses Louis van Gaal's strikers

Danny Ings, a £1m signing from Bournemouth, looks superior to the £50m plus strikeforce of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford<p><b>1. Danny Ings looks better than any of United’s strikers</b><p><b>Burnley</b>'s 22-year-old striker has had a very impressive first season in the <b>Premier</b> …

Arsenal Transfer News: Lukas Podolski Return, Fabio Coentrao Bid Leads Rumours

Lukas Podolski is set to return to Arsenal in the summer after failing to impress Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan, according to <i>Tuttosport</i> (h/t Jamie Anderson of the <i>Daily Star</i>).<p>Podolski joined the Italian outfit on loan in January after struggling for first-team opportunities at Arsenal. Anderson …

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Raymond Verheijen urges Aaron Ramsey to leave club and save his career

Former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen has accused Arsenal of negligence for Aaron Ramsey's latest hamstring injury which may see him out of …

Newcastle’s John Carver urges action against Crystal Palace coin thrower

A furious John Carver urged the authorities to take action against the Crystal Palace fan who threw a coin at the Newcastle United captain, Fabricio Coloccini, which he said might have blinded him.<p>The flashpoint occurred as Newcastle’s players celebrated Papiss Cisse’s goal during Wednesday night’s …

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Manchester United injury news: Louis van Gaal reveals knee injury to defender Phil Jones

Manchester United have suffered yet another injury blow after Louis van Gaal revealed that defender Phil Jones has picked up a knee injury during …

Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid's leader, says Ancelotti

The Italian has underlined the importance of the Ballon d'Or holder in the Madrid dressing room and expects him to keep playing at the highest level …

'Milner has to decide' - Pellegrini urges midfielder to stay at Manchester City

The England international is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, despite the efforts of the Premier League champions<p>Manuel Pellegrini has urged James Milner to sign a new contract and commit his future to Manchester City.<p>The Premier …

Jose Mourinho threatens to walk out of press conference over Branislav Ivanovic headbutt claims

Chelsea manager angered by questions over Serbian defender's behaviour towards end of stormy win over Everton<p>Jose Mourinho threatened to walk out of his post-match press conference following Wednesday's 1-0 win over Everton after being angered by questions over an <b>alleged headbutt by his Chelsea</b> …

Darren Fletcher reveals Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded him to move to West Brom

Darren Fletcher could have stayed at Old Trafford and coasted towards retirement, but he is determined to start playing regular football at West Bromwich Albion<p>Darren Fletcher will begin a new chapter in his career this weekend, admitting he consulted <b>Sir Alex Ferguson</b> before ending his 20-year …

Watch: Derby County football fan tries to punch Nottingham Forest player on pitch

Derby County supporter attacks Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson seconds before the end of Saturday's game<p>Footage has emerged of a <b>Derby County</b> fan running onto a football pitch and appearing to aim a punch at a <b>Nottingham Forest</b> player during an East Midlands derby match on Saturday.<p>The …

Derby County v Chesterfield: match preview

A Derbyshire derby between the county’s two long-serving League clubs is a rare thing indeed – this is the first meeting of the sides separated by 21 miles for 29 years, and they have not been paired together in the FA Cup since 1948. Spireites supporters will be encouraged by the news that Steve …

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