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Manchester City seal £60m deal for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez

• Long-term target signs five-year contract at Etihad• Mahrez: ‘City are redefining the English game’Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, the 27-year-old costing a club record £60m that could rise to £75m with…

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Losing a World Cup semi-final: ‘One of the biggest regrets you can have as a player’ | Jamie Jackson

Until Wednesday night’s game in Moscow, only 23 Englishmen have ever played in a World Cup semi-final. Trevor Steven was one of the dozen who did so in Turin in 1990Trevor Steven is one of only 23 Englishmen to play in a World Cup semi-final and he pai…

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Manchester City poised to sign Riyad Mahrez for club-record £60m

• Pep Guardiola makes breakthrough in talks with Leicester City• Champions return for winger after being priced out in JanuaryManchester City are optimistic Riyad Mahrez will be unveiled as their £60m record signing by Friday, after they made a breakth…

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Manchester City close in on £43m move for Napoli’s Jorginho

• Midfielder expected to complete transfer this week• City remain in pole position for £60m Riyad MahrezPep Guardiola hopes to sign Jorginho in time for the start of pre-season training on Monday, with Manchester City and Napoli close to finalising a d…

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‘Valderrama literally jangled’: England’s 1998 clash with Colombia

England won the countries’ last World Cup meeting 2-0. Graeme Le Saux, who played that day, recalls the game and facing an opponent whose ‘hair had its own gravitational field’The challenge for Gareth Southgate’s England against Colombia at Spartak Sta…

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Manchester United hopeful Marouane Fellaini will make U-turn and sign deal

• Fellaini understood to have told Belgium colleagues he will stay• Midfielder had been expected to leave after refusing termsManchester United are hopeful a breakthrough has been achieved in negotiations with Marouane Fellaini and that the midfielder …

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José Mourinho targets Porto full-back Diogo Dalot for Manchester United

• Manager sees Dalot as potential successor to Antonio Valencia• Dalot made debut last season and has release clause of £17.5mJosé Mourinho is hopeful of making Porto’s Diogo Dalot his first signing of the summer. Manchester United’s manager is targeti…

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Mourinho on red alert with Manchester City not interested in Gareth Bale

• Manchester United closely monitored Bale last summer• Striker’s injury record not a concern for MourinhoManchester City have cleared the way for Manchester United to revive their interest in Gareth Bale as the Premier League champions are not interes…

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Fabian Delph cleared to fly home during World Cup for birth of third child

• Delph also vows to take Yorkshire Tea bags to World Cup• Phil Jones is in a similar position to Delph and can also returnFabian Delph has been given permission by Gareth Southgate to fly home from the World Cup to be at the birth of his third child, …

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I texted Joe Hart after he missed out on World Cup squad – Jack Butland

• I know he’s devastated to miss out, Stoke keeper adds• Butland got to know his hero at Birmingham City in 2009Jack Butland was “gutted” for Joe Hart after the Manchester City goalkeeper was omitted from England’s World Cup squad, with the Stoke No&nb…

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Manchester City will have to pay Leicester in region of £75m for Mahrez

Considerable add-ons will supplement basic fee of £60mGuardiola turned to Mahrez after Sanchez joined United Manchester City will have to pay a basic fee of £60m for Riyad Mahrez, with Leicester City also to demand considerable add-ons which could push…

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Pep Guardiola considers making move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

• De Ligt could replace Vincent Kompany at Manchester City• Highly-rated 18-year-old has been capped by NetherlandsPep Guardiola is monitoring Ajax’s highly-rated 18-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Ko…

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West Ham landing Manuel Pellegrini has the look of a managerial coup

The Chilean has succeeded with a variety of budgets and his attacking style should help to soothe the disquiet at West HamWest Ham United may just have pulled off the summer’s managerial coup by appointing Manuel Pellegrini, affectionately known as Thi…

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Pep Guardiola revives interest in signing Riyad Mahrez

• Mahrez almost joined Manchester City in January• Guardiola also keen to sign Napoli midfielder JorginhoPep Guardiola has revived his interest in Riyad Mahrez, with Manchester City’s manager having continued to monitor the Leicester forward following …

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José Mourinho targets summer move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld

• Manchester United manager wants to revamp his defence• Belgian open to move having failed to agree new Spurs dealJosé Mourinho is targeting Toby Alderweireld as part of the Manchester United manager’s intended revamp of his defence this summer, with …

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Alexis Sánchez admits he has struggled to adapt at Manchester United

• Chilean scored just three times since joining United in January• ‘I’ve found it hard to adapt to the style of play’ says SanchezAlexis Sánchez has admitted he has struggled to adapt to José Mourinho’s style of play since joining Manchester United fro…

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Ander Herrera: My future is the FA Cup final. I want to be here next season

Manchester United midfielder has struggled for an automatic place in the first team but he scored the winner in the semi-final and is keen to continue in that veinAnder Herrera has a self-possession that allows rare honesty when he is asked how Manches…

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Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City points total may never be repeated

• City finished season with 100 points, a first in English top division• De Bruyne says this team better than Arsenal’s 2004 InvinciblesKevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City’s feat in reaching 100 points may be impossible to repeat, though he says t…

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Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal make offers to Melayro Bogarde

• Teenager is nephew of former Dutch international Winston• Liverpool and Chelsea are also monitoring Feyenoord defenderManchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all offered contracts to Melayro Bogarde, nephew of former Chelsea defender Wins…

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Manchester City want Raheem Sterling to stay a long time, Pep Guardiola says

• England international scored 23 goals during impressive season• Manager hopes Sergio Agüero will stay with championsManchester City have held discussions with Raheem Sterling regarding a new contract, though the expectation is an agreement will not b…