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AFP

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

I’m staying at Atletico, insists Griezmann

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann intends to stay at the Spanish club next season amid ongoing speculation about his future, the striker told French television station TF1 on Sunday.

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico, all the more so since the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a transfer ban that means the club will not be able to sign any new players until January next year as a punishment for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18.

Wenger signs new two-year Arsenal contract

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London (AFP) – Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his future.

Wenger has presided over a gruelling season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend.

Arsene Wenger signs two-year contract with Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his future.

Wenger has presided over a challenging season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend.

Arsene Wenger signs two-year contract with Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his future.

Wenger has presided over a challenging season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend.

Kylian Mbappe ‘exceptional’, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Kylian Mbappe’s “exceptional” breakout season on Friday as speculation mounted that the Monaco starlet has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid.

Friday’s edition of the Madrid sports daily Marca said that the 18-year-old Mbappe has indicated his desire to join the reigning European champions.

Kylian Mbappe ‘exceptional’, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Kylian Mbappe’s “exceptional” breakout season on Friday as speculation mounted that the Monaco starlet has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid.

Friday’s edition of the Madrid sports daily Marca said that the 18-year-old Mbappe has indicated his desire to join the reigning European champions.

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’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.

Neuer says no contact with City’s Guardiola

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has poured cold water on the latest speculation that he could be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season.

The 30-year-old, Germany’s first choice goalkeeper since the 2010 World Cup, has a Bayern contract until June 2021.

Jose Mourinho ‘convinced’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to remain at Old Trafford next season despite speculation linking the Swedish striker with one last big-money transfer, he said on Friday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has been a revelation in his first season in England, scoring 20 goals, and is expected to trigger the option of extending his contract by a year.

Jose Mourinho ‘convinced’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to remain at Old Trafford next season despite speculation linking the Swedish striker with one last big-money transfer, he said on Friday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has been a revelation in his first season in England, scoring 20 goals, and is expected to trigger the option of extending his contract by a year.

Barca chief relaxed despite Messi speculation

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez insists he is sure Lionel Messi will sign a new deal with the Catalan giants despite continued speculation over the five-time World Player of the Year's future.

Messi has just 18 months left on his current contract and would have no shortage of lucrative offers should he decide to leave the club where he has spent the entirety of his glittering career.

Barca chief relaxed despite Messi speculation

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez insists he is sure Lionel Messi will sign a new deal with the Catalan giants despite continued speculation over the five-time World Player of the Year's future.

Messi has just 18 months left on his current contract and would have no shortage of lucrative offers should he decide to leave the club where he has spent the entirety of his glittering career.

Manchester United ready for Stoke exorcism

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United's visit to Stoke on Saturday offers the chance to exorcise some bad memories as Jose Mourinho's side look to reel in the Premier League's top four.

United's lowest point of last season came in this fixture when, amid fevered speculation about Louis van Gaal's future as manager, they performed woefully and slipped to a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat.

Manchester United ready for Stoke exorcism

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United's visit to Stoke on Saturday offers the chance to exorcise some bad memories as Jose Mourinho's side look to reel in the Premier League's top four.

United's lowest point of last season came in this fixture when, amid fevered speculation about Louis van Gaal's future as manager, they performed woefully and slipped to a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat.

Gerrard hints at LA Galaxy departure

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Paris (AFP) Former England star Steven Gerrard has hinted his time with LA Galaxy may be up with a post to Instagram suggesting he will shortly leave California.

Recent weeks have seen speculation mount that the 36-year-old former England skipper could be mulling a possible coaching role at former club Liverpool or even take a playing role at Celtic.

Gerrard hints at LA Galaxy departure

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Paris (AFP) Former England star Steven Gerrard has hinted his time with LA Galaxy may be up with a post to Instagram suggesting he will shortly leave California.

Recent weeks have seen speculation mount that the 36-year-old former England skipper could be mulling a possible coaching role at former club Liverpool or even take a playing role at Celtic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic dodges Man U speculation

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday refused to comment on speculation he is set to join Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho is on the verge of becoming the new manager.

Ibrahimovic, 34, said he knew where he would be playing football next season having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season, but would not say where that will be.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic dodges Man U speculation

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday refused to comment on speculation he is set to join Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho is on the verge of becoming the new manager.

Ibrahimovic, 34, said he knew where he would be playing football next season having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season, but would not say where that will be.

Turner Sports

Could Turner Sports’ strategy for the Champions League be an over-the-top subscription play?

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Among soccer fans, there has been much anticipation about how Turner Sports will broadcast the UEFA Champions League when they begin coverage in the late summer of 2018.

At the same time, there’s also been a lot of speculation about what channels Turner Sports will use to distribute the games to soccer fans throughout the United States.

Could Turner Sports’ strategy for the Champions League be an over-the-top subscription play?

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Among soccer fans, there has been much anticipation about how Turner Sports will broadcast the UEFA Champions League when they begin coverage in the late summer of 2018.

At the same time, there’s also been a lot of speculation about what channels Turner Sports will use to distribute the games to soccer fans throughout the United States.

Chelsea

Diego Costa: Chelsea and the fans are losing patience. He MUST deliver a big performance against Tottenham.

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The speculation surrounding Diego Costa's immediate future has become the focus of attention once again. Chelsea are reportedly losing patience, the Chelsea fans are losing patience and he MUST deliver a big, big performance tomorrow at Wembley.

Having fallen out with people at the club over a lucrative move to China once, Diego Costa has become the focus of an improved offer to the club AND a ridiculous salary offer which is reported to be £650,000 per week.

Chelsea midfielders future thrown into doubt after he cries off sick and goes home!

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The future of Oscar at Chelsea has remained under scrutiny for much of the season with what happened on Saturday not helping to calm speculation. Oscar, due to be named on the bench, went home sick with Stomach problems before the game.

This was reported by Mark Worrall on the CFCUK stall outside Fulham Broadway ninety minutes before kick off:


Interesting to see Oscar driving past the cfcuk stall heading away from the Bridge.

AUSTIN, COSTA AND FALCAO - CHELSEA'S NEW STRIKE FORCE NEXT SEASON?

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It's been another week of speculation and rumour for all of us. All sorts of names are being linked with moves in and out of our club but I wanted to get your thoughts on what is being reported as our new strike force for next season.

Diego Costa.


First and foremost like all of you, I am pleased that Diego Costa has come out and played down the recent speculation that he was unhappy in England because he was unable to settle.

English Premier League

Top four spot to give Arsenal chance to sign Ibrahimovic?

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There was a lot of speculation about whether the Swedish striker would thrive in the English Premier League this season, with his age and supposed lack of mobility as well as the need to adapt to a different style of football all brought up as possible obstacles, but I think most Arsenal fans will have [.

CHELSEA'S BIGGEST TALENT TELLS CONTE: "I'M STAYING AT CHELSEA!"

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Much has been said of Eden Hazard this season and not much of it has been positive. Despite speculation over his future, reports state that he has told Antonio Conte his plans for next season!

Personally, I have never known a player to divide opinion as much as he has this season after what we can all agree has been a nightmare for him personally and for Chelsea Football Club.

CHELSEA EXODUS - No surprise to the speculation however, there's a long way to go.

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With Guus Hiddink admitting that at present, relegation could be a realistic threat this season based on our league position and current form, the press have moved into overdrive talking of a mass Chelsea exodus at the end of the season. There is still a long way to go between now and then.

As with any side struggling in the Premier League in addition to the threat of no Champions League football next season, there is always going to be increased speculation over their immediate futures and all sorts of rumours will appear between now and the end of the season.

Report: Chelsea have fired Jose Mourinho

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Three days of rampant speculation has resulted in the inevitable. Jose Mourinho, seven months after claiming his third Premier League title, has been relieved of his duties as manager of Chelsea FC. The BBC were the first to report the news.

Mourinho's job has been the subject of speculation all season, with Chelsea having issued an unprecedented vote of confidence in early October as the team lingered in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Report: Chelsea have fired Jose Mourinho

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Three days of rampant speculation has resulted in the inevitable. Jose Mourinho, seven months after claiming his third Premier League title, has been relieved of his duties as manager of Chelsea FC. The BBC were the first to report the news.

Mourinho's job has been the subject of speculation all season, with Chelsea having issued an unprecedented vote of confidence in early October as the team lingered in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Argentine Striker linked with Chelsea - AGAIN

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Expect all sorts of rumour and speculation to come between now and the close of the January transfer window. Gonzalo Higuain is being linked with Chelsea yet again!

Granted, he is a top player, scores goals and already has eleven goals to his name this season so far. He had emerged as a major talent during this time at Real Madrid where for some reason, he could not establish himself as the main striker despite an incredible scoring record.

Sam Allardyce refuses to listen to suggestions he’ll be replaced at West Ham

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Sam Allardyce insists he is turning a blind eye to any speculation over his future at West Ham and is remaining calm about his contract situation.

The Hammers boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has already said he is happy to wait until then to open talks over extending his four-year tenure at Upton Park.

Sam Allardyce refuses to listen to suggestions he’ll be replaced at West Ham

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Sam Allardyce insists he is turning a blind eye to any speculation over his future at West Ham and is remaining calm about his contract situation.

The Hammers boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has already said he is happy to wait until then to open talks over extending his four-year tenure at Upton Park.

The Rest

Are the Dynamo interested in Colombian-international attacker?

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With an international spot open and Matt Jordan scouting in Argentina, speculation is (reasonably) rampant.

On Friday, the Houston Dynamo made a roster move: they waived oft-injured center back Agus, a Spaniard who has not played a minute this year after making eight starts in 2016. Having turned 32 last month, he didn't seem to have had much of a future role with the Dynamo, so the move wasn't completely surprising.

Major Link Soccer: Mallory Pugh to be introduced today

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After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old will finally play for an NWSL club.

Seattle

It was a great weekend for the Seattle Reign. After demolishing the Washington Spirit 6-2 on Saturday, the Reign have taken the top spot in Power Rankings.

Haley Kopmeyer is up for Save of the Week for her late game reaction save that kept the Spirit to just two goals on the afternoon.

Clint Dempsey’s back and he looks great

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All signs point to the Sounders player getting back to his best.

Last year about this time we wondered about Osvaldo Alonso, especially after the Sounders actively shopped him in the offseason. This led me to write this about Alonso's fate at the time.

While not the same, this off-season had a lot of speculation about Clint Dempsey.

Two Thoughts On Fire v Crew

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The Fire fought back from an early deficit, took the lead, but ultimately failed to hang on, and they shared the points with Columbus on Thursday at Toyota Park. Here are two quick thoughts about the match.

Pauno ain't playing the kids
Speculation has been raised in the media on whether Veljko Paunovic would provide playing opportunities to his younger, less experienced players once the Fire were officially eliminated from the playoffs.