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Liverpool’s Adam Lallana out for two months

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana out for two months

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London - Liverpool will be without midfielder Adam Lallana for "a couple of months" due to a thigh injury, the Premier League club announced on Friday. The England international, 29, sustained the injury during Liverpool's friendly match against Atletico Madrid in Munich on Wednesday. "This is certainly not news we would have wanted," manager Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool website. "Unfortunately, the damage is such that it will likely mean Adam is out for a couple of months not weeks, so I think we can pretty much rule him out of August and September. Beyond that we will monitor and wait and see. "He is a boy with a world-class attitude to everything professionally and he has always come back in good time from injury setbacks since I have been here, so we will see." Lallan...
Neymar: PSG sign Barcelona forward for world record 222m euros

Neymar: PSG sign Barcelona forward for world record 222m euros

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Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona. The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016. He will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year - 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week - before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m. Neymar said he has joined "one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe". "Paris St-Germain's ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings," he added. "I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates." The French side have arranged a news conference for 12:30 BST on Friday. Neymar will the
Liverpool lose to Atletico Madrid in Audi Cup final

Liverpool lose to Atletico Madrid in Audi Cup final

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Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the pre-season campaign after losing 5-4 on penalties in the Audi Cup final against Atletico Madrid in Munich. The game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Roberto Firmino's spot-kick cancelling out Keidi Bare's first-half opener for the La Liga side. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson saw his penalty saved by Miguel Angel Moya in the resulting shootout. And Filipe Luis stepped up to net the decisive spot-kick. Jurgen Klopp's side reached the final of the four-team competition after beating hosts Bayern Munich 3-0 o n Tuesday, while Atletico progressed with a 2-1 win over Napoli. Liverpool, who won the Asia Cup last month, will now prepare to face Athletic Bilbao in Dublin in their final friendly match before their league campaign...
Man City sign Kyle Walker for £45m

Man City sign Kyle Walker for £45m

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Manchester City have completed the signing of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker for an initial £45m on a five-year deal. Walker made 183 Premier League appearances in eight seasons at Spurs and has won 27 England caps. The deal for the defender is worth £50m, including £5m of add-ons. “I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” said Walker. “Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world.” He added: “I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.” Walker, who will wear the number two shirt, is expected to travel with City on Monday for their tour of the USA. City boss Guardiola released three full-backs at the end of last season, including both right-sided players – Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna. He misse
Liverpool consider Gelson Martins over Salah

Liverpool consider Gelson Martins over Salah

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Liverpool are in talks with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for forward Gelson Martins as they fear being priced out of a move for Roma's Mohamed Salah. Reports in Portugal claim Martins, 22, is the Reds' latest target as talks over Salah stalled after Liverpool's opening offer of £28m was rejected. Roma are believed to want even more than the £40m touted as the original price tag for the 24-year-old Egypt international - leaving Liverpool to consider moving on alternative targets unless the Italian side compromise. Liverpool are understood to have now made contact with Sporting for Portugal international Martins, who has a release clause of about £50m. But this is likely to be negotiable as Sporting have not automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage and are fa
Chelsea clinch title thanks to West brom win

Chelsea clinch title thanks to West brom win

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Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions as Michy Batshuayi's late goal gave them the victory they required to secure the title at West Brom. It looked as though Antonio Conte's side might be forced to delay the celebrations as they were frustrated for long periods by the resilience and organisation of the Baggies. But the mood changed and the title was won with eight minutes left as substitute Batshuayi, who had previously endured a season of struggle after his £33m summer move from Marseille, ended a scrappy passage of play by steering a finish high past Ben Foster. The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea's fans as manager Conte was tossed high into the air by his squad. The Italian can now set his sights on emulating compatriot Carlo Ancelotti's 2010 f
Jose Mourinho to rest players against Arsenal

Jose Mourinho to rest players against Arsenal

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will rest players for Sunday's Premier League trip to Arsenal. United's 1-0 Europa League semi-final first-leg win at Celta Vigo on Thursday was their 10th game since 1 April. With Mourinho's side lying fifth in the Premier League, the Europa League could represent their best chance of reaching next season's Champions League. "The players that have accumulated lots of minutes are not going to play next weekend," said Jose Mourinho. Marcus Rashford's free-kick gave United victory in Spain, along with an away goal to take back to Old Trafford for next Thursday's second leg. If United reach the final in Stockholm on 24 May, it will be their 64th game of the season. Their stretched squad received a boost in Spain, with defender ...
Novak Djokovic parts with coaching team before Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic parts with coaching team before Madrid Open

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Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic has parted company with his entire coaching team, including Marian Vajda, who has been with him through almost all of his career. Novak Djokovic believes this "shock therapy" will help him achieve better results. The world number two says he will be on the tour alone until he finds the right person to take over as head coach. Boris Becker, himself a six-time Grand Slam winner, left after three years as the 29-year-old's coach in December. The Serb next competes at the Madrid Open, with the men's first-round draw to take place on Friday afternoon. A statement on Djokovic's website said he and coach Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic had "mutually agreed" to "end their successful and long-t...
Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool to rename Anfield’s Centenary Stand after club legend

Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool to rename Anfield’s Centenary Stand after club legend

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Liverpool are to rename Anfield's Centenary Stand in honour of club legend Kenny Dalglish. Dalglish, 66, scored 172 goals in 515 appearances after joining the club in 1977, becoming player-manager in 1985. The Scot won a total of eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups and five League Cups in his first spell at the club, which ended in 1991. He returned as manager in 2011, winning the 2012 League Cup, and is currently a non-executive director. "His name is synonymous with our club, with our home and the city of Liverpool," said owner John W Henry. "Now it will be as visible as it is palpable." Anfield's Centenary Stand (far side here) was known as the Kemlyn Road stand until 1992 Dalglish was manager at the time of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989,...
Francesco Totti: Roma captain to retire from playing

Francesco Totti: Roma captain to retire from playing

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Roma legend Francesco Totti is to retire from playing at the end of the season, the club's new sporting director Monchi has revealed. The 40-year-old forward and club captain has scored 307 goals in 783 appearances since making his Roma debut 24 years ago. He will become a director at the club he has served all his career. "There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year," Monchi said. "Then he will continue as a director. I want him on my side because he is Roma and can teach me what Roma is," the Spaniard added. Roma's final game of the season at home to Genoa on 28 May will be his last. Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma. He was widely expected to quit playing last summer but si...