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Sevilla prepare new contract for Sampaoli €1.5m release clause amid Barca interest

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli tops Barcelona’s list of potential Luis Enrique replacements - and has a meagre €1.5million release clause in his contract. The Argentine coach has led three-time back-to-back Europa League winners into La Liga title contention this season, his first in European football. His side face Premier League champions Leicester in the last 16 of the Champions League this week, and their attractive, all-action attacking style has earned Sampaoli a host of plaudits across the continent. And with Luis Enrique coming under increasing pressure in Catalunya, ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Rangers plan to have new boss in charge BEFORE Old Firm clash with Celtic

Rangers plan to have an interim manager in place to assist Graeme Murty for the Old Firm clash with Celtic in three weeks. The Daily Record reports the Ibrox board will step up the search for a new full-time boss this week, after Mark Warburton left the club two weeks ago. But they plan to appoint an interim manager to help under-20s coach Murty if the man they want on a permanent basis not available immediately. Rangers have drawn up a list of half a dozen candidates for the roles ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Oxlade-Chamberlain insists win over Sutton can get Arsenal back on track

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted Arsenal see their FA Cup win over Sutton as a major confidence boost - even though they struggled to overcome their non-league opponents. Gunners midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain confessed the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich left Arsenal desperate for a victory to get their season back on track. They now have a ten day break until their next game at Liverpool on Saturday week and they could not afford another slip-up as the FA Cup is their last realistic hope of silverware. Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I think the only thing you ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Man City cannot be compared to Man United and Liverpool, claims De Bruyne

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has admitted the Blues cannot be compared to fierce rivals Manchester United or Liverpool at present. Pep Guardiola's side are bidding to better last year's semi-final appearance in the Champions League as they prepare to host Monaco at the Eithad on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their last-16 tie. United and Liverpool have eight European Cups between them, and De Bruyne concedes it may take half a century for City to be seen at the same level as their counterparts. “People talk about teams like ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Rooney should snub Chinese riches and STAY in the Premier League, says ex-Man United star

Paul Parker has urged Wayne Rooney to save his professional pride and quit Manchester United – for another Premier League club. United's all-time record goal-scorer has gone from captain and team leader to having a walk-on part under boss Jose Mourinho this season. Former United and England defender Parker - a two-time Premier League winner under Sir Alex Ferguson - reckons Rooney is suffering on the sidelines and the time has come for the 31-year-old striker to rescue his dignity and leave the club this summer. But ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Giggs hails “unbelievable” Zlatan and compares him to United legend Cantona

Ryan Giggs has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic's form since joining Manchester United in the summer. The veteran Swede has scored 24 times this season, with three of those efforts coming in a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne last week and another coming against Blackburn on Sunday as he came off the bench to fire United into the FA Cup quarter-finals. He's quickly established himself as United's talisman and Giggs sees very obvious similarities between him and Old Trafford favourite Eric Cantona. "I think there's similarities because of that confidence they have in their own ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Sanchez’s “mind made up” as Arsenal star looks set to leave this summer

Chief Mirror Football writer John Cross believes Alexis Sanchez's "mind is made up" and that the Arsenal star will leave the north London side this summer. The Chilean's contract runs out at the end of the 2017/18 season and the Gunners are still yet to agree a new deal with the 28-year-old. Sanchez has arguably established himself as Arsenal's best player over the past two seasons and has relished in the central striker role this term. The Gunners star has already netted 17 Premier League goals this campaign, eclipsing his totals ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Everton Luiz vows to STAY in Serbia after vile racist abuse left him in tears

Everton Luiz has vowed to continue playing in Serbian football despite racist abuse bringing him to tears whilst playing for Partizan Belgrade last weekend. The Brazilian was abused during the fiery encounter with fierce rivals Rad Beograd last Sunday with what the player describes as monkey chants. The 28-year-old insists he wants to fight against racism though and show his abusers that he is stronger. "That hasn't passed my mind. I need to show them that we are stronger," Everton told the Mail. "We can't simply choose to run ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Champions League BACK on terrestrial TV? Channel 4 plot incredible takeover bid

Channel 4 are set to bid for Champions League rights in an attempt to bring live European football back to terrestrial TV. The UK rights for the continent's biggest football tournament are up from grabs this month with BT Sport looking to retain their exclusive coverage of the competition. But, according to the Telegraph, Channel 4 bosses are planning to bids for 17 matches per season under the new three-year deal. BT Sport will compete with Sky Sports for the majority of the Champions League rights with offers that ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017
Wenger showing no signs he will quit Arsenal this summer, insists Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez insists that Arsene Wenger has shown no signs that he will stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season. The Gunners got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup on Monday night. Perez's cross deceived everybody in the box and found the bottom corner of the net to open the scoring before Theo Walcott doubled the advantage in the second period with his 100th Arsenal goal. It was a welcome tonic for Arsenal and Wenger, ...

Date Posted,February 20, 2017