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Football transfer rumours: Oblak to Manchester United? Butland to Villa?

Today’s fluff knows the value of a good goalkeeperWhat the heart wants, the heart may, possibly, could-at-the-last-minute get. That’s the message swirling around planet football as it emerges Jan Oblak is keen to leave Atlético Madrid and join Manchest…

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Spurs’ Dele Alli insists he improved last season despite fewer goals and assists

• Tottenham midfielder endured injury-hit campaign• ‘Defensively, in possession, I’ve improved on that,’ says AlliDele Alli insists he became a better player last season despite his overall numbers – appearances, goals and assists – suggesting otherwis…

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Real Madrid announce signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88.5m

• Deal, subject to medical, could rise to £130m with add-ons• Belgian will sign five-year deal and earn £400,000 a weekReal Madrid have announced the signing of Eden Hazard on a five-year deal. The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Thursday on…

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Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool look well set to avoid the curse of the runner-up | Sachin Nakrani

On four previous occasions the club have followed a tilt at the title with a season that has proved to be largely disappointingBefore Liverpool’s game against Wolves on Sunday, the eye was drawn to a new item of clothing being offered by the merchandis…

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The revolution will be televised: as the season ends, the age of VAR is nigh | Sachin Nakrani

Sunday’s Premier League games will be the last without video assistant referees, who are busy prepping for next seasonSunday’s round of Premier League matches are not only the last of the season but the final ones before video assistant referees – VARs…

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All the game can share in English clubs’ dizzying European glory | Sachin Nakrani

Premier League lockout of European finals has a global dimension that should not be ignoredGeorge Sephton has been Liverpool’s stadium announcer for 48 years and is such a part of the furniture there that he is known as The Voice of Anfield. His is a l…

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From Foster to Mitrovic: my Premier League unsung XI of the season

A team of players whose contribution to the 2018-19 campaign has either gone under the radar or not been fully appreciatedYes, it’s time for another Premier League team of the season. This one is a little different, however, containing as it does not t…

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Emiliano Insúa: ‘It was sad for me to leave Liverpool. I wanted to stay’

The Argentinian full-back is happy at Stuttgart but regrets how his time at Anfield ended – quickly due to a combination of Roy Hodgson and Paul KoncheskyAs Liverpool supporters prepare to watch their team face Barcelona in a Champions League semi-fina…

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Leon Mann: ‘We need people in power to show they care about diversity’

The former BBC and ITV presenter has become a campaigner for greater BAME representation in British sports media and is determined to see radical change to a stark issueLeon Mann tells a story which, by his own admission, is as depressing as it is amus…

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Mauricio Pochettino still buzzing after Tottenham’s dramatic win

Spurs manager had hardly any sleep after ‘an amazing, crazy and unbelievable night’ but is ready to do it all again at Manchester City on SaturdayIt was a gloriously warm afternoon in Enfield. The sun was out and the air was still, and it made for a pa…

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‘Spurs are still in a dream,’ says Mauricio Pochettino after triumph over City

• Manager hails win but urges side to focus on Etihad league game• Pochettino ‘optimistic’ for semi-final but says Ajax favouritesThe day after the night before, Mauricio Pochettino claimed his players were “still in a dream” and had yet to fully come …

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Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani

We look at Tottenham’s meeting with Ajax and Barcelona versus Liverpool, plus key dates and oddsThe tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football – beautiful, wild, unpredictable football – happened and now …

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Callum Hudson-Odoi unfazed at making big step up for England

The winger already feels at home in a squad where talented young players are turning convention on its headSteven Gerrard tells a story in his first autobiography, published in 2006, that illustrates just what an overwhelming experience it can be for a…

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Plans finally in motion to ease train pain of match-going supporters

Following campaigning, the government has agreed to help fans left out of pocket after their rail travel to and from games is hit by TV schedulingJames Longworth waited and waited but then, on 15 January, decided he could wait no more. The Burnley supp…

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Golden Goal: Steve McManaman for Liverpool v Celtic (1997)

The midfielder was the Merseyside club’s most consistent attacking threat for a decade and dazzled in GlasgowIf there is a phrase that sums up Steve McManaman’s time at Real Madrid, a four-year spell in which the Spanish club won La Liga and the Champi…

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino defends record after ‘egos’ comments

• Manager says Spurs can compete with Real Madrid in future• ‘It’s about improving every season,’ says PochettinoMauricio Pochettino has sought to clarify his claim after Tottenham’s FA Cup defeat by Crystal Palace that winning trophies only “builds eg…

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Olivier Giroud supports Maurizio Sarri’s criticism of Chelsea players

• ‘We know we need to do more,’ says Giroud• Gonzalo Higuaín may start against Sheffield WednesdayOlivier Giroud has insisted Chelsea’s players do not have an issue with the criticism Maurizio Sarri levelled against them following the defeat by Arsenal…

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Jan Vertonghen: current Tottenham side deserves ‘so many trophies’

•Belgian says it would be a ‘big shame’ if silverware eluded Spurs•Roy Hodgson: trophies are not football’s be-all and end-allJan Vertonghen has said it would be a “big shame” if Tottenham’s current generation of players do not win a trophy.Spurs trave…

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Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm

• Kamara allegedly involved in fight at training ground• Incident comes after run-ins with Aleksandar MitrovicFulham’s Aboubakar Kamara has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following allegations of a fight at the club’s Motspur Park tra…

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Paul Pogba’s ‘pace and power’ stresses need for rethink over BAME coverage | Sachin Nakrani

Language used to describe Frenchman’s revival highlights importance of the debate sparked by Raheem SterlingIt is just over six weeks since Raheem Sterling caused a stir on an otherwise sleepy Sunday morning. Dogs were being walked and churches were be…