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Mourinho backs early close to transfer window

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed calls for the Premier League to close its transfer window before the season starts, rather than at the end of August.

Several English top-flight clubs have called for the move in order to minimise disruption once the season gets under way and they are due to vote on the proposal at the start of next month.

Henderson ‘can’t influence’ wantaway Coutinho

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Hoffenheim (Germany) (AFP) – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted Monday that he is powerless to influence Philippe Coutinho’s thinking, after the Brazilian reportedly submitted a transfer request on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are in Germany ahead of Tuesday’s first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim and Coutinho, who has a back injury, did not travel with the squad.

Henderson ‘can’t influence’ wantaway Coutinho

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Hoffenheim (Germany) (AFP) – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted Monday that he is powerless to influence Philippe Coutinho’s thinking, after the Brazilian reportedly submitted a transfer request on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are in Germany ahead of Tuesday’s first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim and Coutinho, who has a back injury, did not travel with the squad.

Neymar: PSG move ‘one of my most difficult decisions’

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar said Friday joining Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer was “one of the most difficult decisions” he has had to make as he looked forward to the challenges ahead with his new club.

“In Barcelona I had adapted well to the city and the team. I had friends there and it has not been easy,” the 25-year-old Brazil superstar admitted at a press conference at PSG’s Parc des Princes on Friday.

‘Intuition’ tells Pique Neymar will stay with Barcelona

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Washington (AFP) – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said on Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.

“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.

‘Intuition’ tells Pique Neymar will stay with Barcelona

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Washington (AFP) – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said on Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.

“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.

Japan’s Honda arrives in Mexico, speaking Spanish

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Pachuca (Mexico) (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda surprised journalists by speaking passable Spanish as he gave his debut press conference Tuesday at his new club, Mexico’s Pachuca.

The 31-year-old, who signed with the Mexican first-division club last week after a three-year stint at AC Milan, amused sports reporters covering his arrival in Mexico by greeting them with a nearly accentless “Hola a todos” (hello everyone).

Rodriguez not here to replace Mueller – Bayern Munich coach

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Shanghai (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti rubbished suggestions on Tuesday that James Rodriguez was signed to replace misfiring German international Thomas Mueller.

The Colombian last week joined the Bundesliga champions from Real Madrid on a two-year loan that some have interpreted as a threat to Mueller, who is coming off the back of a poor season by his high standards.

Defoe breaks down over terminally ill Lowery

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London (AFP) – England striker Jermain Defoe burst into tears at his unveiling by Premier League side Bournemouth on Thursday, as he revealed his ‘best friend’ Bradley Lowery had only a matter of days to live.

Defoe, 34, and six-year-old devoted Sunderland fan Bradley were one of the bright lights of the Premier League last season with the close relationship they formed.

Bertrand Traore leaves Chelsea for Lyon

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Lyon (AFP) – Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore has joined Lyon for 10 million euros (£8.8m, $11.2m) on a five-year deal, the French club announced on Monday.

Chelsea will earn 15 percent of any profit from a future sale of the player and the English champions will have first refusal on Traore should he eventually move on, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said at a press conference to announce the signing.

Bertrand Traore leaves Chelsea for Lyon

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Lyon (AFP) – Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore has joined Lyon for 10 million euros (£8.8m, $11.2m) on a five-year deal, the French club announced on Monday.

Chelsea will earn 15 percent of any profit from a future sale of the player and the English champions will have first refusal on Traore should he eventually move on, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said at a press conference to announce the signing.

Forget what I did at Leicester, says new Nantes coach Ranieri

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insists his incredible achievements at Leicester City count for nothing now that he has taken over at sleeping French giants Nantes, where he was unveiled as their new coach on Monday.

“I have missed being out on the pitch. But we must forget what I did at Leicester.

Troubled Ronaldo gets Madrid court date

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes deepened Tuesday when the star striker was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.

Ronaldo, 32, said to have vowed that he would never play for Real Madrid again, was ordered to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.

Troubled Ronaldo gets Madrid court date

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes deepened Tuesday when the star striker was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.

Ronaldo, 32, said to have vowed that he would never play for Real Madrid again, was ordered to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.

Bosz unveiled as new coach of Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Dutchman Peter Bosz has been named as the new coach of Borussia Dortmund, the German giants announced on Tuesday.

“Peter Bosz is the new BVB Head Coach. Contract will last until 2019,” Dortmund said on their Twitter account, announcing the appointment.

Bosz, 53, arrives from Ajax after leading the Dutch side to the final of the Europa League, where they lost 2-0 to Manchester United last month.

Bosz unveiled as new coach of Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Dutchman Peter Bosz has been named as the new coach of Borussia Dortmund, the German giants announced on Tuesday.

“Peter Bosz is the new BVB Head Coach. Contract will last until 2019,” Dortmund said on their Twitter account, announcing the appointment.

Bosz, 53, arrives from Ajax after leading the Dutch side to the final of the Europa League, where they lost 2-0 to Manchester United last month.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Cristiano Ronaldo postpones UK appearance after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has postponed a schedule appearance in London on Saturday following the Manchester terror attack.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, once a Manchester United player, had been due to promote SIXPAD training gear at a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday.

Man Utd cancel Europa League press conference after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Manchester United cancelled their pre-match press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday ahead of the Europa League final after a bomb attack in Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

“Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night and the effect that this has had on everyone here at our club and within our city, we have decided to cancel this evening’s pre-match press conference in Stockholm,” United said in a statement, on the eve of the final.

Man Utd cancel Europa League press conference after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Manchester United cancelled their pre-match press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday ahead of the Europa League final after a bomb attack in Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

“Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night and the effect that this has had on everyone here at our club and within our city, we have decided to cancel this evening’s pre-match press conference in Stockholm,” United said in a statement, on the eve of the final.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino pledges immediate future to club

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London (AFP) – Tottenham fans can look forward to at least another season under charismatic Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino after he committed himself to staying on on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old - who cut his coaching teeth first in La Liga with Espanyol and then at Premier League side Southampton - told a press conference he could not leave even if he wanted to as there is no buy out clause in his contract.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino pledges immediate future to club

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London (AFP) – Tottenham fans can look forward to at least another season under charismatic Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino after he committed himself to staying on on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old - who cut his coaching teeth first in La Liga with Espanyol and then at Premier League side Southampton - told a press conference he could not leave even if he wanted to as there is no buy out clause in his contract.

‘We have won nothing yet’ Zidane warns Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid must hold their nerve in the La Liga title run-in coach Zinedine Zidane warned on Tuesday ahead of the catch up game against Celta Vigo.

Real are level on 87 points with bitter rivals Barcelona but because Barca enjoy a better head-to-head record Zidane’s charges need four points from their two remaining ties with Vigo and Malaga at the weekend.

Argentina defender Demichelis to retire

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Madrid (AFP) – Malaga’s Argentina international Martin Demichelis announced Monday he will retire after next weekend’s final match of the season, a La Liga title decider for opponents Real Madrid.

“Alas, this day arrives for all of us. I’ve been thinking about it for a while because I’ve always been concerned about the end of my career as a professional footballer,” Demichelis told a press conference.

English Premier League

Rafa Benitez Refuses To Be Drawn On Mike Ashley’s Words

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In his press conference, this afternoon for the game at Huddersfield Town on Sunday, Rafa would not be drawn about Mike Ashley's interview last week with Sky Sports. That's when he said [...]

Rafa Benitez Talks About The Threat Of Huddersfield Town

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Rafa Benitez had just given his press conference for the game at Huddersfield Town on early Sunday afternoon. Huddersfield did really well last Saturday when they easily beat Crystal Palace away 3-0 [...]

Jose Mourinho Confirms Double Injury Boost

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Jose Mourinho has spoken at his pre-match press conference today to give a team news and injury update to MUTV. We travel to Swansea City tomorrow lunchtime for the opening game of this weekend's Premier League action after completing last... Continue Reading →

Rafa Benitez Not Happy With Shelvey – He Let Everyone Down

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Rafa Benitezwas not too happy after the game today because we lost a game we needn't have lost if Newcastle had kept their discipline on the field. And as it turned out [...]

Jim Curtin

Is Blake for sale? Sort of, but…

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Jim Curtin weighed in on Andre Blake's transfer prospects after the goalkeeper's impressive Gold Cup, as well as one prime prospective replacement.

Curtin’s press conference: homegrowns and swan songs

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. The coach touched on two Union players' selection in the MLS Homegrown game, the friendly with Swansea City, and the club's overall first half of the season.

Curtin’s press conference: Red Bulls, injuries, and influx of youth

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's Friday press conference. He touched on Maurice Edu's health, the loss in the U.S. Open Cup, and the play of his young midfielders.

Highlights from Jim Curtin’s Press Conference

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Jim Curtin talked about Derrick Jones' red card, the back four, Deshorn Brown and more in Wednesday's press conference

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin talked about a wide range of topics, looking back at the 2-0 loss to New York Red Bulls on Sunday and forward to a league match against D.

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Rafa – My Commitment Is 100% With Newcastle – I’m Focused From First Game To The Last

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Rafa Benitez had just given his press conference for the game at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Rafa has come out and told everybody he is 100% committed to Newcastle [...]

Kreis lashes out at refs after Orlando City loss

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Following his team's loss on Wednesday night, Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis couldn't hold his tongue any longer.

After the final whistle blew in the Lions' 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, Kreis had simply had enough and lashed out against the referees of not only this match, but multiple matches this season at home, during the team's press conference.

CS Herediano manager says Philadelphia Union have made Elías Aguilar a formal offer

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The Costa Rican No. 10 may be joining the blue and gold

Elías Aguilar's manager says the Costa Rican midfielder has received a formal offer to join the Philadelphia Union.

Club Sport Herediano manager Jafet Soto brought up the subject in a press conference on Wednesday, according to a report in LaPrensaLibre.