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FA Cup sponsors Emirates to renew the deal after U-turn over the agreement’s worth

FA Cup title sponsors Emirates are set to allay fears that they will end their tie-in with the famous old trophy by signing a new deal, which will run until 2021. The airline were considering walking away when their three-year contract expires next May. It is understood there have been concerns within the company that, two years into their current deal, the competition still is not widely referred to as the Emirates FA Cup. But, after a U-turn, an announcement that they have signed up for a further three-year cycle ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Lyon president admits Giroud interest – but he wants to be Gunners’ main man

Olivier Giroud has told the Lyon president he still wants to be the No.1 striker at Arsenal next season. The Ligue 1 club are interested in signing the France striker if the Gunners buy Alexandre Lacazette. But Olympique Lyonnais chief Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed there has been no offer from Arsenal yet – and the price will be at least £57m with Atletico Madrid still interested. Giroud lost his starting place as centre-forward at the Emirates last year – and now risks slipping further down the pecking order. Giroud had ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
The Championship is a “very easy” league says Yorke – and Aston Villa owner Xia agrees

The Championship is NOT a difficult league according to Dwight Yorke - and Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia agrees. The former Manchester United hit man has branded the division "very easy" after spending six months storming to the title with Sunderland in 2005, as first reported in the Birmingham Mail. Incredibly, Villa chairman Xia concurs. Villa finished 13th in the second tier last season despite splashing in excess of £70m throughout the season after they were relegated from the Premier League. Dwight Yorke celebrates winning the Championship in 2007 with ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Lampard on Conte, Lukaku and Chelsea getting back on top in Europe

Frank Lampard has backed Antonio Conte to lead Chelsea to more glory next season. After speculation that the Italian would leave Stamford Bridge, Conte is now staying. And Lampard – who scored 210 goals for Chelsea in more than a decade at the club – believes Conte and his squad can handle the extra demands of Champions League football as well push for successive Premier League titles. Lampard conceded that the absence of European football helped Chelsea's cause last season as they were crowned champions. “Chelsea were very strong last year ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Rooney will love it in China if he goes there from United, says his old England boss Eriksson

Sven Goran Eriksson has lifted the lid on life in China — and told Wayne Rooney he will be treated like a king if he quits Manchester United to play there. Rooney, currently on holiday in Spain, is contemplating calling time on his 13-year Old Trafford career after losing his first-team place last season. The 31-year-old forward has also lost his England shirt and is at a career crossroads, with China a possible big-money destination. And well-travelled Swede Eriksson insists the Far East IS a viable option for ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
United fans begging Mourinho to make Herrera captain with Rooney’s influence waning

Jose Mourinho is looking for a new captain – with fans clamouring for Ander Herrera to replace Wayne Rooney. Manchester United boss Mourinho has been inundated by mail urging him to give the job to 27-year-old Herrera, who was presented with the Supporters’ Player of the Year honour by fans at the glitzy end-of-season awards dinner. Becoming skipper could complete a tasty double for the popular Spaniard, who is in advanced talks over a new £140,000-a-week deal running to 2021. As things stand, Herrera can talk to overseas clubs in ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Chelsea urged Swansea-bound Abraham to snub Newcastle over concerns about the city’s famous nightlife

It Geordie Shore is turning into a problem for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. The city’s reputation as a partying hotspot has seen the promoted Magpies miss out on a prime transfer target. Television dramas and drunken antics in the city’s Bigg Market and Quayside has seen Chelsea advise their young striker Tammy Abraham against joining the Toon. Benitez was desperate to land the England Under-21s striker on a season-long loan after he shone in the Championship when farmed out to Bristol City, but faced competition from Swansea and ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Stoke could have signed £30m Man United new boy Lindelof for just £200,000

Stoke missed out on a £30million windfall when they ignored Victor Lindelof — and now the young Swede is set to become an identikit Jose Mourinho centre-half. That’s the view of the man who tried to persuade the Potters to part with just £200,000 five years ago and take a punt on the then-teenage defender. But the Staffordshire club allowed Lindelof to slip through their fingers. And now Craig Honeyman, the agent who attempted to push through the deal, says Mourinho’s £30m signing has everything necessary to ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Benitez increasingly frustrated as Newcastle fail to seal summer deals

Rafa Benitez is feeling increasing frustration at promoted Newcastle over the club’s lack of transfer activity. Tensions are rising on Tyneside, with manager Benitez unhappy after missing out on a string of targets. The role of owner Mike Ashley is once more under the spotlight and Toon fans are warning that their jubilant return to the Premier League could prove a false dawn unless signings are made — and quickly. Newcastle missed out on Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham on loan this week — the England Under-21 international is being farmed out to Swansea ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017
Entire Russian 2014 World Cup squad ‘under investigation in doping probe’

The entire Russian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is being investigated as part of a doping probe, it has been claimed. A report in the Mail on Sunday says all 23 players involved in the side, plus a further 11 current professional footballers, are on a list of more than 1,000 'people of interest'. State sponsored doping of Russian athletes has been the biggest scandal in sport over the past decade, but this is the first time football has been linked. A FIFA spokesman confirmed ...

Date Posted,June 24, 2017