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Lavezzi denies racism after slant-eyed pose provokes outrage in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has issued an apology through his Chinese club after publicity photos showing him in a slant-eyed pose caused outrage on social media.

Lavezzi, who joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hebei China Fortune last year from Paris Saint-Germain, landed in hot water over the weekend as photos emerged with the 32-year-old smiling and pulling the corners of his eyes back.

Lavezzi denies racism after slant-eyed pose provokes outrage in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has issued an apology through his Chinese club after publicity photos showing him in a slant-eyed pose caused outrage on social media.

Lavezzi, who joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hebei China Fortune last year from Paris Saint-Germain, landed in hot water over the weekend as photos emerged with the 32-year-old smiling and pulling the corners of his eyes back.

Rooney says he wants to stay at Man United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney wants to remain at Old Trafford next season despite his lack of playing time under manager Jose Mourinho, he said on Wednesday.

Rooney, 31, has made only 22 starts across all competitions this season and has been linked with a move to either the Chinese Super League or former club Everton.

Costa should ignore China talk, says Chelsea boss Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned Diego Costa to ignore speculation about a potential move to the lucrative Chinese Super League and focus on firing Chelsea to the Premier League title.

Reports this week claimed Tianjin Quanjian had agreed a deal with the Premier League leaders to sign the volatile Spain striker.

Ashley Young determined to make most of Manchester United chance

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Ashley Young insisted he still had “fire in my belly” after getting back into the first team at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old former England international has made just 13 starts for Jose Mourinho’s men so far this season and was linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window.

Cologne reject 50 mn Chinese offer for Modeste

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they rejected a bumper offer of 50 million euros ($54 million) from China for prolific French striker Anthony Modeste - but admit he could move to the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old has scored 22 of Cologne’s 37 goals this season to leave his side sixth in Germany’s top flight.

Cologne reject 50 mn Chinese offer for Modeste

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they rejected a bumper offer of 50 million euros ($54 million) from China for prolific French striker Anthony Modeste - but admit he could move to the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old has scored 22 of Cologne’s 37 goals this season to leave his side sixth in Germany’s top flight.

Carlos Tevez scores on Chinese Super League debut

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez scored on his Chinese Super League debut for Shanghai Shenhua as he started repaying wages that have reportedly made him the world’s best-paid player.

The former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker struck from the penalty spot and had a hand in two others as Gus Poyet’s team beat Jiangsu Suning 4-0 on Sunday.

Carlos Tevez scores on Chinese Super League debut

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Shanghai (AFP) – Carlos Tevez scored on his Chinese Super League debut for Shanghai Shenhua as he started repaying wages that have reportedly made him the world’s best-paid player.

The former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker struck from the penalty spot and had a hand in two others as Gus Poyet’s team beat Jiangsu Suning 4-0 on Sunday.

Everton boss Koeman open to Rooney return

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London (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman paved the way Tuesday for Wayne Rooney’s return to the club of his youth by saying he would make the side “stronger”.

Last week Rooney said he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

Everton boss Koeman open to Rooney return

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London (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman paved the way Tuesday for Wayne Rooney’s return to the club of his youth by saying he would make the side “stronger”.

Last week Rooney said he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

Mourinho happy with Rooney’s decision to stay

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho confirmed Wayne Rooney will be in Manchester United’s League Cup Final squad against Southampton after the club’s record goal scorer declared he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season.

United manager Mourinho was impressed with the way England forward Rooney handled rumours of a possible lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

Mourinho happy with Rooney’s decision to stay

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho confirmed Wayne Rooney will be in Manchester United’s League Cup Final squad against Southampton after the club’s record goal scorer declared he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season.

United manager Mourinho was impressed with the way England forward Rooney handled rumours of a possible lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

I’m staying at Manchester United says Rooney

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain insisted he was remaining at Old Trafford.

I’m staying at Manchester United says Rooney

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain insisted he was remaining at Old Trafford.

Rooney says he’s staying at Manchester United

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain insisted he was staying put at Old Trafford.

Rooney says he’s staying at Manchester United

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney said Thursday he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain insisted he was staying put at Old Trafford.

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Mourinho gives no guarantees on Rooney future

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was coy on questions over Wayne Rooney’s future at the club as he confirmed the striker was still not fit enough to return for their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne.

There have been rumours that Rooney, who is no longer an integral part of the United side under Mourinho, could eventually leave for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

Chelsea to hold Costa talks at end of season

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte is “confident” Diego Costa will remain with Chelsea, even though talks over the striker’s future with the club will have to wait until the end of the season.

Last month saw Costa, Premier League leaders Chelsea’s leading scorer this season with 15 goals, linked to a lucrative move to the cash-rich Chinese Super League.

Chinese superclub Evergrande to end foreign signings

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande have announced plans to field a Chinese-only squad by 2020, official media said on Tuesday, in a surprise turnaround after years of success based on big-money foreign signings.

Evergrande have won the Chinese Super League for the last six season, plus the AFC Champions League in 2013 and 2015, with the help of mainly South American firepower and top foreign managers.

Andre Villas-Boas promises ‘special night’ for SIPG boss

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas on Monday said his team must deliver silverware after the club spent big pre-season including their high-profile signing of Oscar.

SIPG begin their AFC Champions League campaign next week after Oscar, their 60-million-euro signing from Chelsea, helped them reach the group stage with a goal on debut in the play-offs.

Andre Villas-Boas promises ‘special night’ for SIPG boss

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas on Monday said his team must deliver silverware after the club spent big pre-season including their high-profile signing of Oscar.

SIPG begin their AFC Champions League campaign next week after Oscar, their 60-million-euro signing from Chelsea, helped them reach the group stage with a goal on debut in the play-offs.

International football

Reports: Leaked Documents Reveal Ezequiel Lavezzi Is The Highest Paid Player In World Football

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No wonder he's grinning fromoreja to oreja, for it's been revealed that Ezequiel Lavezzi is the highest paid footballer in world football.

According to the latest waveof football leaks from... err,Football Leaks, Lavezzi is currently raking in £798,000every sodding week while playing for the aptly named Hebei China Fortune.

Shanghai Shenhua Fans Peeved After Carlos Tevez Misses Match Through ‘Injury’ Only To Be Spotted At Disneyland (Photo)

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It's largely fair to say that Shanghai Shenhua aren't really getting their money's worth out of Carlos Tevez at the moment, four months into his Chinese Super League sojourn.

The 33-year-old striker has made just four appearances Shenhua since joining in late December, scoring one goal a penalty in a 4-0 win over Jiangsu Suning last month.

Chelsea

20-goal star finally breaks silence over his future, Chelsea fans will be happy with his comments

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for a while now.

The 28-year-old forward has finally opened up about his future and has revealed that he will be the one to decide his next move and he also dismissed reports of a summer move to China being agreed.

Chelsea Turned Down 90 Million Offer For Diego Costa

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According to SFR Sport in France, Chelsea striker Diego Costa was subject to a huge offer from China last month, which led to his falling out with Antonio Conte.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who are managed by World Cup and Ballon D'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, are reported to have offered Chelsea £90 million for the Spain international.

Flummoxed: Oscar Leaves Chinese Linesman In Heap On Ground With Silky Cruyff Turn (Video)

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Looks like Oscar is having a whale of a time out in China, with the diminutive Brazilian's fleet-footed trickery already laying waste to all who gaze upon it.

Indeed, as well as jinking past defenders, the Shanghai SIPG man also left a poor, flummoxed linesman with two sprained ankles during a recent game.

From Chelsea to China through Middlesbrough, 5 January transfers that could still happen

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The January transfer window is almost closed for another season but there is still enough time for some last-minute deals to materialise in the footballing world. But which deals are most likely?...

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Shandong Luneng Taisha 2017 Nike Home Kit

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With Brazilian internationals Gil andDiego Tardelli and former Barclays Premier League strikersGraziano Pellè andPapiss Cissé on their roster,Shandong Luneng Taisha FC are expected contend for the 2017 Chinese Super League title. The three-time league champions are back in action in their traditional orange home kit for the recently started CSL season.

Beijing Guoan FC 2017 Nike Home Jersey

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Featuring Brazilian international midfielder Renato Augusto, Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC recently released their 2017 home kit from Nike China. The former Chinese Super League champions are once again in their traditional home green hits with yellow detailing. The 2017 shirt features halves in two shades of green on its front with a series of horizontal [.

Shanghai SIPG 2017 Nike Home Kit

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Managed by former FC Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham boss André Villas-Boas and featuring Brazilian internationals Hulk and Oscar, Shanghai SIPG are among the contenders for the 2017 Chinese Super League and AFC Champions League titles. The well-funded clubrecently launched their 2017 home kit from CSL outfitter Nike.

Guangzhou Evergrande 2017 Nike Home Kit

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Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club has released their 2017 home kit from Nike. Managed by Brazil World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and featuring internationals such as Paulinho,Ricardo Goulart (both Brazil) and Jackson Martinez (Colombia), the Chinese Super League champions of the last six seasons are back in action in their usual [.

Manchester United

Reports: Wayne Rooney May Depart For China Next Week If He Misses Out On Man Utd’s EFL Cup Final Squad

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Cutting the cheese: Wayne Rooney's last act as a Manchester United player?

Having failed to trouble the Manchester United starting line-up for several weeks, rumours have once again begun to churnthat Wayne Rooney will be heading off to China before the Super League's transfer window shuts next week.

Mourinho: I Will Not Force Rooney Out Of Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of forcing Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United, adding that "you have to ask him" about a potential move to China.

The United captain has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with a number of clubs reportedly hopeful of convincing him of completing a switch before next Tuesday's Chinese transfer deadline.

The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Totti, Eriksen, World Cup 2030 and more

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One of the game's best appears close to retirement while one star's agent discussed ongoing transfer rumors.

New Roma sporting director Monchi says Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season and take up a new role with the club. (REPORT)

Christian Eriksen's agent says the player's sole focus is on Tottenham, not on reported interest from Barcelona.

Friday Kickoff: Suarez, Wenger, Maradona and more

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Spain's governing body upheld a striker's suspension despite an appeal while one manager says he isn't feeling the heat this weekend.

Luis Suarez's ban was upheld by the Spanish federation, meaning the Barcelona striker will miss the Copa del Rey final against Deportivo Alaves. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he does not feel pressure regarding his job, but the Arsenal manager did admit that the club's season is at stake this weekend against Hull City.

Sweden international joins Sounders

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Gustav Svensson will provide much needed depth at defensive midfield.

The one glaring hole in the Seattle Sounders' roster was filled on Monday when the team officially announced the signing of defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson. The 29-year-old gives the Sounders a veteran presence to offset what was starting to look like an exceptionally young bench

Svensson spent last year starting 28 of 30 matches for Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, who finished sixth in the most recent campaign.

Union open training camp, Jonathan Spector signs with Orlando City: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/25/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union open training camp
Faf Picault and Adam Najem in camp as trialists; Oguchi Onyewu with team for "training stint."

MLS News

Giovinco to ‘talk to Toronto' about Chinese Super League offer
The Italian's agent has suggested some money is on the table from the Far East.