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Ajax’s Dusan Tadic: ‘You cannot buy happiness. Inside I feel rich’

The forward on turning down a ‘crazy’ offer from China, the semi-final defeat by Spurs and why he is grateful to SouthamptonAfter four years in the Premier League with Southampton Dusan Tadic wanted to go to only one club. From a young age he dreamed a…

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Liverpool’s Pep Lijnders: ‘Our identity is intensity. It comes back in every drill’

Jürgen Klopp’s assistant on designing training, playing paddle tennis with the manager and why James Milner inspired himLong before Liverpool reached last season’s Champions League final, preparations for a possible showdown in Madrid were being made b…

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Liverpool’s Pep Lijnders: ‘Our identity is intensity. It comes back in every drill’

Jürgen Klopp’s assistant on designing training, playing paddle tennis with the manager and why James Milner inspired himLong before Liverpool reached last season’s Champions League final, preparations for a possible showdown in Madrid were being made b…

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Ronald Koeman creates clarity as Netherlands rediscover their mojo | Arthur Renard

Oranje manager has overseen the team’s revival and his squad face England in the Nations League with a new sense of unityIt has been only a year since the Netherlands and England last met but to Ronald Koeman it must feel like an age. At the time, he h…

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Louis Saha: ‘I really liked playing football but this is a real challenge’

The former Manchester United and Tottenham striker’s desire to make a difference has led him down an unusual path after hanging up his boots

It is inevitable, yet so many footballers seem unprepared for it. The end of a player’s career is a key moment – a huge change – and how he deals with it will shape the rest of his life. Many players struggle. Gone are the routines of daily training, the adrenaline of the matches, the interaction with team-mates and club staff, and the adulation from fans. There is a massive void to fill.

It is an enormous challenge that requires a different set of skills to the ones used on the pitch. Some players stay in football and become pundits or coaches; there are those who turn their focus to charity work and others who struggle to fill their days; and then there are those who are busier than ever. Louis Saha falls into that final category.

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Nathan Aké on Watford, Mourinho and the Chelsea loanees’ WhatsApp group

The Dutchman has exceeded his own expectations at Watford after joining on a season’s loan from Chelsea but is waiting to see whether he has a future at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte

In the lobby of Watford’s training ground sits a familiar figure. On a sofa at the back of the room is Paulo Ferreira, the former Chelsea full-back and Champions League winner who is now “assistant loan player technical coach”. His job is to keep tabs on the 34 individuals the club has out on loan at the moment and he has just spoken to Nathan Aké, who is developing well under the wing of Quique Sánchez Flores at Watford.

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Holland’s Riechedly Bazoer set to face England with help from Bergkamp

Dutch teenager ready to win third cap after tutelage from Ajax coaches who include the former Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp

The past two years have not been kind to the Dutch national team. They have gone from World Cup semi-finalists to missing out on a competition that it seemed easier to qualify for than not. But, while the players will have to watch the expanded 24-team tournament from their living rooms this summer, there is hope for the future. As always, Holland is producing some wonderful talents and arguably the biggest of them all, Riechedly Bazoer, is in line to win his third cap against England.

The 19-year-old holding midfielder – who has drawn comparisons with Frank Rijkaard and Clarence Seedorf because of his mature playing style – has emerged as one of the most sought-after young talents in Europe. Milan, Juventus, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona have reportedly watched him in action and his agent and brother, Irchandly, is busy taking calls from clubs inquiring about his services.

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