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Ibrahimovic continues injury rehabilitation in gym as he bids to earn United deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stepped up his injury rehabilitation as he bids to earn a contract at Manchester United. The Swedish striker was released by United earlier this summer after just one season with the club. Ibrahimovic suffered a knee ligament injury in April, ruling him out of the rest of the campaign. And with Jose Mourinho leaving the door open for a possible return, Ibrahimovic has continued his recovery in the gym. The 35-year-old uploaded a clip of him completing leg exercises alongside the caption: "Power is nothing without control."Ibrahimovic ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Morata arrives in London ahead of club-record £67m Chelsea move

Alvaro Morata has revealed Cesar Azpilicueta convinced him to join Chelsea as the Real Madrid striker closes in on a £67m move. The Blues missed out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but have moved quickly to land a replacement for Diego Costa, who has been frozen out of the first team by Antonio Conte. The 24-year-old landed at Heathrow airport ahead of his medical with the Blues and explained Cesar Azpilicueta helped convince him to swap Madrid for London. "It's the best club," Morata told Sky Sports News when asked why he ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
City fans face having to subscribe to MUTV to watch United friendly in Houston

Manchester City fans will have to subscribe to Manchester United's MUTV channel to watch the pre-season derby between the two sides. City and United will face off in Houston in the early hours of Friday morning as they gear up for the new Premier League campaign. The encounter is the first derby match to be held outside the UK. But any City fans wanting to watch will have to subscribe to MUTV, as they are the only rights holders for the game in the UK and Ireland. That means they will ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Mourinho says United won’t be held to ransom by clubs demanding inflated fees

By David McDonnell in Houston Jose Mourinho has insisted Manchester United will not be held to ransom by clubs and pay silly prices for players. Mourinho wanted to sign Eric Dier this summer, but United refused to meet Tottenham's £60million valuation of the England midfielder. United have also struggled to reach agreement with Inter Milan over a fee for Ivan Perisic, with the Italian club wanting £49m, some £10m above United's valuation. Against that backdrop, Mourinho criticised the willingness of clubs to pay exorbitant fees for average players in a grossly ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Prem chief Scuadmore admits he still wants a round of fixtures abroad

Premier League supremo Richard Scudamore has admitted would still like to see a round of fixtures being played abroad during the regular season. With the Asia Trophy proving a massive success here in the Far East, the League’s chief executive revealed that while the idea has been taken off the table, the will to accommodate fans on the other side of the world remains. Scudamore first introduced the idea back in 2008 but saw the plans dropped after a tidal wave of opposition from fans, FIFA and UEFA. Huge interest ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Rashford insists he and Lukaku can fill the void left by Ibrahimovic and Rooney

Marcus Rashford insists he and Romelu Lukaku can fill the void left by the departures of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic was released by Manchester United after suffering a cruciate ligament injury that has ruled him out until December, while Rooney has rejoined boyhood club Everton after 13 years at Old Trafford. And Rashford, who scored twice in United's 5-2 win over LA Galaxy in the opening game of their US tour, is convinced he and new £75million signing Lukaku can form a strike partnership to ease ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Arsenal goalkeeper Cech says Gunners are in good shape despite pre-season tour issues

Petr Cech insists Arsenal's players are getting in good shape despite the problems on their pre-season tour. They have faced sweltering temperatures in the late 30s and humidity in China on top of a sickness bug that has gone through the camp and struck down Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker and Sead Kolasanic. Arsenal beat Bayern Munich on penalties in Shanghai and have now flown into the smog of Beijing ahead of Saturday's friendly with Chelsea at the Bird's Nest Stadium. But Arsenal keeper Cech says the double sessions and ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Shelvey insists he is a better player for Newcastle’s year in the Championship

Jonjo Shelvey is returning to the ­Premier League a ­better man. The Newcastle ­midfielder reckons a ­season being targeted by Championship hard-men has toughened him up – even if the Toon’s ­relegation from the top-flight last year did cost him his England place. At one point, he was banned for five matches for racially abusing Wolves’ Moroccan international Romain Saiss – an ­accusation the 25-year-old ­vehemently denies. It’s an issue Shelvey addressed as he spoke at the Dublin launch of the club’s third kit, saying: “We deserve to be back — just like ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
We must IMPROVE on last season’s title triumph in new campaign demands Kante

Antonio Conte has been warned nothing less than winning major trophies is good enough for Chelsea, writes John Cross in Shanghai. Conte’s new contract, improved its terms rather than ­extended its duration, feels more like a compromise than a ringing endorsement of a manager who led them to the Premier League in his first season in charge. But Chelsea is a club with a unique ability to turn success into a crisis and it is clear the glory of winning the title in May is forgotten. Midfielder N’Golo Kante insists the players know ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017
Barkley out for a month after groin surgery and faces more uncertainty over future

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has undergone groin surgery - hindering his chances of a move away from the club. Barkley did not travel to Holland with his teammates for the pre-season tour amid growing uncertainty over his future. He is unlikely to play again for a month, meaning he will miss the start of Everton's Premier League and Europa League campaigns. The 23-year-old is yet to sign a new deal at Goodison Park and has been told he will be sold if he doesn't pen an extension.Ross Barkley and ...

Date Posted,July 19, 2017