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‘Fighting my demons alone’: Wilfried Zaha reveals Manchester United ‘hell’

• Crystal Palace forward says he wasn’t given enough support• Zaha says he has no regrets over choosing Ivory CoastWilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United of failing to give him adequate support following his £10m transfer in 2013, with the Crystal…

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‘Fighting my demons alone’: Wilfried Zaha reveals Manchester United ‘hell’

• Crystal Palace forward says he wasn’t given enough support• Zaha says he has no regrets over choosing Ivory CoastWilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United of failing to give him adequate support following his £10m transfer in 2013, with the Crystal…

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Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million sup…

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Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million sup…

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Manchester United show a glimpse of what they can do against Watford

Manchester United haven’t often showed their potential under José Mourinho, but the pieces might be falling into place as their Champions League campaign beginsFor 15 minutes on Saturday, Manchester United supporters were given a glimpse of what might …

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‘It’s quite a good recipe’: how one school produced three Chelsea players | Ed Aarons

Callum Hudson-Odoi is the latest to make it into Chelsea’s first team from fee-paying Whitgift, which hosted its first football match a little over two decades agoWhitgift School, with its manicured playing fields, is an unlikely alma mater for on…

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Unai Emery denies rift with Mesut Özil after Arsenal midfielder left out

• Arsenal manager says Özil was ill for West Ham match• Emery dismisses reports Özil stormed out of training sessionUnai Emery has strongly denied reports that Mesut Özil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the 3-1 victory over West Ham after a trainin…

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Curious tale of Milan’s short-lived owner, a vulture fund and a barbecue

Li Yonghong and his collapsed €740m takeover of Milan went quiet until the businessman resurfaced at a family get-togetherHis name, as one journalist put it, is now “just a sad and bad memory” for Milan supporters. Less than two years after Li Yonghong…

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Manchester City hopeful Kevin De Bruyne could return in two months

• Belgium midfielder’s knee injury less serious than first feared• De Bruyne travelled to Barcelona for further tests on ThursdayManchester City are hopeful that Kevin De Bruyne could return from his knee injury within two months after the Belgium midf…

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Could La Liga’s US venture revive idea of 39th game in Premier League? | Ed Aarons

The English top flight has no plans to follow Spain’s lead by playing matches abroad but the American company behind the 15-year deal is determined to change that“I have a cupboard full of models as to how it could and couldn’t work,” Richard Scudamore…

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The big exodus: why are young English players moving abroad? | Ed Aarons

Jonathan Panzo’s decision to swap Chelsea for Monaco is the latest example of a promising English prospect seeking first-team football abroad rather than at the club that nurtured themIan Rush blames it all on Kenny Dalglish. “I didn’t actually say Ita…

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PSG expect European excellence after letting Thomas Tuchel make his mark

The French club should retain their Ligue 1 title but their German coach will be under pressure to break new ground in the Champions League“He did not want to sing at the hotel so he will do it here in front of you,” exclaimed Marquinhos as Paris Saint…

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Kepa set to take flight as one of the world’s best young goalkeepers

The one-time Spain international with a passion for birdsong quickly moved past early uncertainty about his own talent to attract world-record interest from Chelsea“They’re going to throw me out, I think they’re going to throw me out,” said Kepa Arriza…

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Jack Grealish denied Tottenham transfer after Aston Villa reject £25m bid

• England Under-21 midfielder frustrated by decision• Tottenham now expected to move onto other targetsJack Grealish appears unlikely to be allowed to leave Aston Villa this month after the club’s new owners backed out of a deal to sell him to Tottenha…

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Sampdoria sign Ronaldo: Vieira completes £6.2m move from Leeds

• England Under-21 midfielder signs five-year deal• Vieira becomes fifth English player to sign for SampdoriaRonaldo Vieira has become the latest England youth international to move overseas after completing his £6.2m move to Sampdoria.The 20-year-old …

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Crystal Palace close to signing Cheikhou Kouyaté and Jordan Ayew

• West Ham midfielder Kouyaté set for medical ahead of transfer• Jaïro Riedewald set to move to Swansea as part of Ayew dealCheikhou Kouyaté and Jordan Ayew both look set to complete moves to Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson steps up his recruitment drive…

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The day Lilian Thuram turned into a goalscorer supreme for France | Ed Aarons

A mistake by the classy defender allowed Croatia to take the lead in the 1998 World Cup semi-final but he quickly atoned“It was what I call my Miles Davis moment,” revealed Lilian Thuram in 2007. “Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body …

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Golden boys: the World Cup’s best XI of players aged 23 or under | Ed Aarons

France’s Kylian Mbappé is a shoo-in and three Uruguayans, one Nigerian and an England player also make our teamAwarded for the first time in 2006, Fifa’s best young player award is usually a hotly contested prize to honour the best player aged 23 or un…

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‘It hurts a lot’: Harry Kane vows England will be back after defeat

• Captain posts emotional message on social media• Jadon Sancho says watching England was ‘an inspiration’Harry Kane has admitted England’s defeat against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final “will hurt for a while” as Gary Lineker led the tributes to G…

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Croatia motivated by England’s lack of respect, says Luka Modric

• Real Madrid midfielder says media underestimated his side• ‘They should be more humble and respect their opponents’Luka Modric has accused English journalists and pundits of showing a lack of respect to Croatia’s players and admitted his teammates ha…