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Guardiola has enviable options but Manchester City’s flaws on flanks | Ed Aarons

Bournemouth exposed defensive failings in Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kyle Walker but City still have ominous depthHow exactly do you beat a team like Manchester City? It’s a conundrum that has outfoxed all but a select group of managers over this and the …

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Yakou Méïté: ‘People think they can say what they want, even if it’s racist’

The Reading striker was racially abused on social media after missing a penalty – and decided to publish the messagesEven 24 hours on Yakou Méïté is struggling to comprehend the events of Sunday afternoon. “I was happy because we had won but personally…

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Eddie Hearn warns Andy Ruiz Jr to honour Saudi venue for Joshua fight

• Ruiz said: ‘We’re going to bring rematch back here in the US’• Tyson Fury backs world champion to repeat his June victoryEddie Hearn has warned Andy Ruiz Jr he must honour the contract for his rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia after the Mex…

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Eddie Hearn warns Andy Ruiz Jr to honour Saudi venue for Joshua fight

• Ruiz said: ‘We’re going to bring rematch back here in the US’• Tyson Fury backs world champion to repeat his June victoryEddie Hearn has warned Andy Ruiz Jr he must honour the contract for his rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia after the Mex…

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Liverpool’s Adrián keen to make the most of his unexpected ascent

Goalkeeper to face Chelsea in European Super Cup final in place of injured Alisson after signing in at Anfield last weekIt’s not quite up there with Watford’s Gary Plumley but when Adrián takes his place in goal for Liverpool in the European Super Cup …

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Mark Prince: ‘Kiyan represents all those kids who are buried too early’

QPR’s ground is to be named the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium after the charity set up by his father in memory of his murdered 15-year-old son, a former QPR youth player“I’ll feel the whole spectrum of emotions,” admits Dr Mark Prince. “But more than…

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Wilfried Zaha could play against Everton despite transfer snub, says Hodgson

• Forward set to feature against club who tried to buy him• Luka Milivojevic signs new four-year contractRoy Hodgson is planning to utilise Wilfried Zaha against Everton in some capacity on Saturday despite admitting the Ivory Coast forward “is not jub…

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Roy Hodgson confirms Zaha will stay at Palace but ‘beef is with owners’

• Ivory Coast forward handed in transfer request• Hodgson says Zaha must honour long-term contractRoy Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha will not be leaving Crystal Palace this month after no clubs matched their valuation of the Ivory Coast forwa…

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‘Trying to destroy careers’: Ravel Morrison defends Berahino from Johnson criticism

• Former England defender said Berahino ‘had wrong mentality’• Striker expected to join Zulte Waregem after Stoke releaseRavel Morrison has hit out at Glen Johnson after the former England defender criticised Saido Berahino for having “the wrong attitu…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 17: Tottenham

After reaching the Champions League final, there is an appetite for silverware at Spurs being driven by their ambitious manager. Can Mauricio Pochettino’s side finally make the breakthrough?Guardian writers’ predicted position: 3rd (NB: this is not nec…

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David Luiz in line to join Arsenal after sitting out Chelsea training

• Brazilian defender has two years of contract left• Chelsea are likely to ask for around £20mDavid Luiz could be on his way to Arsenal after he did not train with the rest of Frank Lampard’s squad on Wednesday, with Chelsea believed to be open to lett…

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Crystal Palace tell Everton they will not sell Wilfried Zaha for less than £100m

Everton offered £70m plus McCarthy as well as Tosun on loanZaha unlikely to submit transfer requestCrystal Palace have rejected Everton’s new offer for Wilfried Zaha and insisted that they will not accept less than £100m for the Ivory Coast forward. Re…

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Virgil van Dijk warns Harry Maguire that record price means pressure

• Manchester United’s new man world’s most expensive defender• Liverpool’s Van Dijk was previous holder after move in 2018Virgil van Dijk has warned Harry Maguire that his new status as the world’s most expensive defender will increase the weight on hi…

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Nicolas Pépé must learn at Arsenal that football is not fun … it’s his job

Arsenal have agreed a record £72m deal for the winger and with that comes a responsibility to be more serious, says his dad “I never even thought about that,” admitted Nicolas Pépé in November. “Now, in modern football, it’s going fast. I did not see m…

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Idrissa Gueye set for PSG medical as Crystal Palace reject Everton’s Zaha bid

• Senegal international to complete £32m move this week• £52m offer for Zaha rejected by PalaceIdrissa Gueye is set for a medical with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday as the Senegal midfielder moves closer to completing his move from Everton to the Frenc…

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Manchester City accused of being ‘disrespectful’ by Chinese state media

• Xinhua news agency says tour was ‘commercial obligation’• City played matches in Shanghai and NanjingManchester City have been accused of being “disrespectful” and “arrogant” by China’s state-run press agency after their appearance at the Asia Trophy…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi set for Chelsea talks over future amid Bayern interest

• Representatives to discuss new contract in coming days• Lampard says Hudson-Odoi ‘can be a big player for us’Callum Hudson-Odoi’s representatives will hold talks with Chelsea in the next few days to discuss his future at Stamford Bridge after head co…

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Tottenham omit Rose from Asia tour ‘to explore opportunities with other clubs’

• England defender expected to leave after omission• Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kévin Nkoudou also left outDanny Rose has been omitted from Tottenham’s party for their pre-season tour to Asia “to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs” as …

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Christian Eriksen running short of options for future away from Spurs

Only a handful of sides have the resources and stature to attract the midfielder and he could end up staying at Tottenham“In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona. Call it the Marc Overmars route,” Frenkie de Jon…

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Football rumours: John Terry to take over at Newcastle United?

Today’s tell-all is weighing up its optionsA penny for John Terry’s thoughts. It only took one season in the Derby dugout for his old mucker Frank Lampard to be summoned back to Stamford Bridge for the top job. And that was after missing out on promoti…