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Celtic’s Rodgers rules out Arsenal move

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Saturday distanced himself from speculation he could succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss.

“There’s nothing really in it. I have always said I’m extremely happy here,” Rogers told BBC Scotland.

Wenger announced on Friday he will step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners.

Celtic’s Rodgers rules out Arsenal move

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Saturday distanced himself from speculation he could succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss.

“There’s nothing really in it. I have always said I’m extremely happy here,” Rogers told BBC Scotland.

Wenger announced on Friday he will step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners.

World Cup in mind, Brazil obsesses over Neymar’s injury

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – In Brazil, the land where football is king, Neymar’s foot injury has unleashed sharp emotions and concern, rumors and speculation about the star player upon whom so many hopes rest for World Cup victory in Russia.

“We just might have lost the World Cup last Sunday,” one radio commentator, Milton Neves of Bandnews FM, said early Wednesday.

Wenger ‘amazed’ at speculation over Arsenal future

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger on Wednesday said he was “amazed” at fresh speculation over his future as he prepares his team to face Manchester City just days after Arsenal’s League Cup final humiliation against Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Frenchman has come under sustained fire since an abject display in Sunday’s 3-0 hammering at Wembley but must now lift his team to take on the Premier League leaders on Thursday.

Wenger ‘amazed’ at speculation over Arsenal future

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger on Wednesday said he was “amazed” at fresh speculation over his future as he prepares his team to face Manchester City just days after Arsenal’s League Cup final humiliation against Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Frenchman has come under sustained fire since an abject display in Sunday’s 3-0 hammering at Wembley but must now lift his team to take on the Premier League leaders on Thursday.

Guardiola hoping Mahrez makes Leicester return at City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants Riyad Mahrez to make his Leicester return against the Premier League leaders on Saturday despite continued speculation linking the Algerian to City.

Mahrez returned to training on Friday having spent nine days away from the Foxes without permission following Leicester’s refusal of City’s reported offer of £50 million plus a player.

Guardiola hoping Mahrez makes Leicester return at City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants Riyad Mahrez to make his Leicester return against the Premier League leaders on Saturday despite continued speculation linking the Algerian to City.

Mahrez returned to training on Friday having spent nine days away from the Foxes without permission following Leicester’s refusal of City’s reported offer of £50 million plus a player.

Conte committed to Chelsea despite Italy interest

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists speculation over his job will not derail his attempt to get his struggling Chelsea side back on track in the fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The English champions need to bounce back from a humiliating 3-0 home thrashing by Bournemouth on Wednesday, which put further strain on Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy, after the Italian described his preparations for the match a ‘disaster’ due to a busy few days of transfer business before the January window closed.

Conte committed to Chelsea despite Italy interest

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists speculation over his job will not derail his attempt to get his struggling Chelsea side back on track in the fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The English champions need to bounce back from a humiliating 3-0 home thrashing by Bournemouth on Wednesday, which put further strain on Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy, after the Italian described his preparations for the match a ‘disaster’ due to a busy few days of transfer business before the January window closed.

Mahrez worth over £100m to Leicester – Puel

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London (AFP) – Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez could be worth even more than £100 million (112 million euros) if he leaves Leicester City at the end of the season, Foxes manager Claude Puel said on Monday.

“It is speculation and we cannot respond to all the speculation with information,” Puel told a press conference.

Klopp quashes renewed talk of Coutinho sale

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho was genuinely injured for Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Burnley as he laughed off talk of the Brazil forward joining Barcelona.

Coutinho missed Monday’s Premier League fixture at Turf Moor with a thigh injury amid a backdrop of speculation over a move to the Nou Camp in the January transfer window.

Klopp quashes renewed talk of Coutinho sale

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho was genuinely injured for Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Burnley as he laughed off talk of the Brazil forward joining Barcelona.

Coutinho missed Monday’s Premier League fixture at Turf Moor with a thigh injury amid a backdrop of speculation over a move to the Nou Camp in the January transfer window.

Conte keen not to lose Hazard and Courtois

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte wants both Belgian star duo playmaker Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to remain with champions Chelsea despite speculation they would like to move to Spain.

Hazard’s father told a Belgian newspaper his son doesn’t wish to commit to a new contract - he still has over two years left on his present one - because of apparent interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Conte keen not to lose Hazard and Courtois

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte wants both Belgian star duo playmaker Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to remain with champions Chelsea despite speculation they would like to move to Spain.

Hazard’s father told a Belgian newspaper his son doesn’t wish to commit to a new contract - he still has over two years left on his present one - because of apparent interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Mourinho ready to cut fringe United players

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho will allow any unhappy fringe player to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window, which will spark speculation over the futures of the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Mourinho adopted the same policy in the last winter transfer window when he agreed to requests from Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay to leave the club to pursue regular first-team football elsewhere.

Messi to end career at Barca after extending deal to 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi hopes to end his career at Barcelona after ending months of speculation on Saturday by signing a contract extension to 2021, sealing an agreement reached in July, the club announced.

Barca had said in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.

Messi to end career at Barca after extending deal to 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi hopes to end his career at Barcelona after ending months of speculation on Saturday by signing a contract extension to 2021, sealing an agreement reached in July, the club announced.

Barca had said in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.

Messi finally signs Barca extension to 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended months of speculation when finally putting pen to paper on Saturday to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2021, the club announced, making official an agreement reached in July.

Barca had announced in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.

Messi finally signs Barca extension to 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended months of speculation when finally putting pen to paper on Saturday to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2021, the club announced, making official an agreement reached in July.

Barca had announced in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.

Messi extends Barcelona contract until 2021

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended months of speculation when finally putting pen to paper on Saturday to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2021, the club announced, making official an agreement reached in July.

The Spanish giants had announced in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.

Socceroos coach Postecoglou quits ahead of football World Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Coach Ange Postecoglou announced Wednesday that he will not take Australia to the World Cup next year, ending weeks of speculation about his future after a lengthy qualification campaign.

“After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroo coach,” an emotional Postecoglou told a press conference in Sydney.

Coleman hints he could stay on as Wales manager

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Paris (AFP) – Chris Coleman indicated on Thursday that he could stay on as Wales manager, saying he doesn’t see upcoming friendlies against France and Panama as “the end of anything”.

Wales failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup after a 1-0 home loss to the Republic of Ireland last month, leading to speculation that former Fulham coach Coleman would resign despite taking the team to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Arsenal’s Wenger admits no progress on Sanchez contract talks

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Sanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Monaco coach Jardim evasive on Mbappe talk

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is not worried by the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of star striker Kylian Mbappe amid reports that he is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am not going to talk about conjecture. I am staying focused on my work and helping my team to evolve,” Jardim told reporters on Friday.

Monaco coach Jardim evasive on Mbappe talk

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is not worried by the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of star striker Kylian Mbappe amid reports that he is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am not going to talk about conjecture. I am staying focused on my work and helping my team to evolve,” Jardim told reporters on Friday.

Neymar keeps silence on return to Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris.

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I’m staying at Real Madrid’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware, ending weeks of speculation about his future.

“To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.

Barkley’s Everton football future clouded by surgery

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Liverpool (AFP) – England midfielder Ross Barkley underwent groin surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the start of the Premier League season amid ongoing speculation over his future.

Everton said the 23-year-old is set to be sidelined for around four weeks after missing the club’s pre-season trips to Tanzania and the Netherlands.

Aguero going nowhere says Guardiola

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Houston (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Wednesday he had no plans to sell Sergio Aguero but confirmed the club was in talks with “three or four” potential new signings.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester City’s Houston derby with Manchester United on Thursday, Guardiola attempted to draw a line under speculation about Argentina striker Aguero’s future.

Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alludes to Arsenal speculation on social media

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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has written a cryptic social media post amid speculation that he could sign for Arsenal. The...

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If Alexis CAN fire Arsenal to EPL title would he STAY?

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After all the speculation and concern from Arsenal fans about whether or not we would be saying goodbye to our star performer Alexis Sanchez during the current transfer window, it is looking ever more likely that he will not be going anywhere for the time being, although there are still a few weeks of the [.

Chelsea

Antonio Conte slams speculation of his future and demands more respect.

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Antonio Conte has hit back at his critics in the press who continue to speculate of his position as manager at Chelsea. He has demanded more respect for what he has achieved here so far.

It really is a joke to be honest but I guess part and parcel of the mindset of the press these days.

Alvaro Morata: Of course I would go back to Real Madrid

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Alvaro Morata will never close the door on a return to Real Madrid, but he wants to have a "great career" at Chelsea before departing.

The Spain international striker has made a strong start to life at Chelsea following a reported £70million move from Madrid, scoring eight goals and supplying three assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.

Conte Blames Language Barrier For Talk Of Premature Exit

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Antonio Conte has now says that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea before the end of his contract. The Italian is committed to the champions until 2019 but appeared to fuel speculation of an earlier departure with a recent interview in Italy in which he was quoted as saying:

'Not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long.

Rumours

Thibaut Courtois: Once again while away from Chelsea with Belgium, speculation of his future intensifies.

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When there is a break for International Football you can always rely on three things. Firstly speculation regarding the future of Antonio Conte. Secondly, the future of Eden Hazard and like clockwork, thirdly the same of Thibaut Courtois.

It frustrates the life out of me it really does.

Obsessed: Some Liverpool Fans Are Conducting Forensic-Level Private Investigations Into Virgil Van Dijk Transfer Rumours

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With this current transfer season proving sillier than ever, it's perhaps understandable that some football fans have been driven to the very edge of lunacy by the constant whirling maelstrom of bullshit.

Indeed, it would appear that a handful of Liverpool fans though they are far from alone in their endeavours have been pouring hundreds of man-hours into conducting their own private investigations into the club's ongoing pursuit of Virgil van Dijk.

The Rest

Get to Know: Philly’s 2018 Draft Picks

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Welcome to Chester/Bethlehem, Mike, Aidan and Matt!

So, the MLS SuperDraft just ended! For those of you unfamilar or, if you want to try and get a head start on some potential Bethlehem Steel players for next year (speculation of course) here's your primer on the Union's third and fourth round picks.

The World Cup draw starts the story

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 4, 2017) US Soccer Players – The World Cup draw is set. What comes next is six months of speculation. Which teams will advance? Can Germany repeat as champion? Can Brazil capture a sixth World Cup trophy? Will newcomers Iceland and Panama make any impact?

Luke Shaw alludes to transfer speculation ahead of Spurs game

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Wednesday Kickoff: Edinson Cavani willing to work with Neymar, Keylor Navas unfazed by speculation and more

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While two teammates appear set to work together for the good of the club, one big-name goalkeeper isn't looking over his shoulder despite rumors indicating he should be.

Edinson Cavani says that he and Neymar don't have to be friends as long as they play like professionals and lead the PSG attack.