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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.

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.

Dortmund insist Aubameyang not for sale

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday moved to end speculation about the future of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, by insisting the Gabon international is going nowhere.

Aubameyang, who scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga last season, has been linked with big-money moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.

Wenger expects Arsenal player Giroud to stay with Gunners

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Sydney (AFP) – Arsene Wenger says he expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Arsenal this season despite speculation over how he will fit in following the record signing of fellow French striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Giroud, the reported off-season target of Premier League rivals Everton and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, was among the goalscorers in the Gunners’ 3-1 pre-season win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Saturday.

Wenger expects Arsenal player Giroud to stay with Gunners

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Sydney (AFP) – Arsene Wenger says he expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Arsenal this season despite speculation over how he will fit in following the record signing of fellow French striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Giroud, the reported off-season target of Premier League rivals Everton and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, was among the goalscorers in the Gunners’ 3-1 pre-season win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Saturday.

Football: Japan’s Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico’s Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future.

The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy.

Football: Japan’s Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico’s Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future.

The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy.

Costa given extra time off with Chelsea future uncertain

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa has been permitted by Premier League champions Chelsea to miss the start of pre-season training on Monday, fuelling speculation he is set to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spanish international is still keen on a return to Atletico despite them not being allowed to field new players until January because of a transfer ban.

Costa given extra time off with Chelsea future uncertain

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa has been permitted by Premier League champions Chelsea to miss the start of pre-season training on Monday, fuelling speculation he is set to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spanish international is still keen on a return to Atletico despite them not being allowed to field new players until January because of a transfer ban.

Arsenal fans must get behind Wenger, says chief executive Gazidis

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London (AFP) – Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Friday urged fans to cease their heckling of Arsene Wenger and unite behind the long-serving manager.

Despite speculation about his future the 67-year-old French coach finally signed a new two-year contract after the end of last season in which Arsenal finished fifth.

Arsenal fans must get behind Wenger, says chief executive Gazidis

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London (AFP) – Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Friday urged fans to cease their heckling of Arsene Wenger and unite behind the long-serving manager.

Despite speculation about his future the 67-year-old French coach finally signed a new two-year contract after the end of last season in which Arsenal finished fifth.

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.

Real Madrid

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.

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.

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

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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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has seemingly acknowledged the speculation over his future ahead of this weekend's clash with Tottenham...

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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.

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 [.

Wood extends contract with Hamburg

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Bobby Wood has reportedly been a transfer target for several clubs scattered throughout Europe, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward put an speculation to rest by committing his future to Hamburg on Saturday.

Hamburg announced on Saturday that Wood has signed a new deal to remain with the club until 2021.

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.