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Luiz happy the risk of coming ‘home’ to Chelsea paid off

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Cobham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea defender David Luiz admits he took a risk leaving Paris St Germain to come ‘home’ but as he prepares for the FA Cup final, having already won the Premier League, it’s a gamble which he believes has reaped dividends.

The 30-year-old Brazilian was a firm favourite in Paris, an established and respected part of a successful team which won back-to-back domestic ‘trebles’ during his two-year stay in the French capital.

Europa League victory lifted Manchester – Ferguson

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s Europa League victory gave the city a boost just two days after a devastating suicide bomb attack left 22 dead and dozens injured, claimed legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

United beat Dutch side Ajax 2-0 in Sweden - goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealing an emotional win and a place in the Champions League next season - to deliver some joy to the city that saw pop concert goers as young as eight killed by the blast.

Europa League victory lifted Manchester – Ferguson

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s Europa League victory gave the city a boost just two days after a devastating suicide bomb attack left 22 dead and dozens injured, claimed legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

United beat Dutch side Ajax 2-0 in Sweden - goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealing an emotional win and a place in the Champions League next season - to deliver some joy to the city that saw pop concert goers as young as eight killed by the blast.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Newcastle sign Ghana star Atsu permanently

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ghanaian international midfielder Christian Atsu’s performances for Newcastle United in regaining their Premier League status earned him a permanent move from champions Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old - who scored five goals in 32 Championship appearances as the Rafael Benitez-coached Magpies topped the table - signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Chelsea’s John Terry dismisses criticism over controversial farewell

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Cobham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Defiant Chelsea captain John Terry on Wednesday brushed off criticism of his controversial farewell substitution at Stamford Bridge which caused a furore in the English media.

The 36-year-old central defender - who will leave Chelsea in the close season after 22 years at the club - was given a guard of honour by his teammates last weekend when he was substituted after 26 minutes (the same as his squad number) during a 5-1 final-day victory over Sunderland in the Premier League.

Mourinho says Manchester victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Mourinho says Manchester attack victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Mourinho says Manchester attack victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Manchester attack overshadows Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on United’s Carrington training pitches west of Manchester city centre and said the club had been deeply affected by the tragedy.

Manchester attack overshadows Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on United’s Carrington training pitches west of Manchester city centre and said the club had been deeply affected by the tragedy.

Manchester attack scars Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

United manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on the club’s Carrington training pitches to the west of Manchester city centre.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Ayew nods West Ham to victory at Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Andre Ayew scored a second-half winner and made the other with a backheel as West Ham finished a disappointing Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at Burnley on Sunday.

Sam Vokes scored his 10th goal of the campaign to hand Burnley the lead at Turf Moor on 23 minutes, but Sofiane Feghouli responded with a swift equaliser for the Hammers.

Pogba returns to score goal packed with emotion for Machester United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba proved his fitness, and scored a goal which he dedicated to his late father, as the youngest Manchester United line-up in Premier League history ended the season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Josh Harrop, one of four full league debutants in Jose Mourinho’s side, opened the scoring although the manager was clearly more interested in safeguarding players ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League Final against Ajax in Stockholm.

Pogba returns to score goal packed with emotion for Machester United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba proved his fitness, and scored a goal which he dedicated to his late father, as the youngest Manchester United line-up in Premier League history ended the season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Josh Harrop, one of four full league debutants in Jose Mourinho’s side, opened the scoring although the manager was clearly more interested in safeguarding players ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League Final against Ajax in Stockholm.

Rampant Manchester City seal third place

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into next season’s Champions League as they took third place in the Premier League thanks to a 5-0 rout of woeful Watford on Sunday.

Needing a point to be certain of qualifying for the Champions League, Vincent Kompany put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only five minutes at Vicarage Road.

Rampant Manchester City seal third place

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into next season’s Champions League as they took third place in the Premier League thanks to a 5-0 rout of woeful Watford on Sunday.

Needing a point to be certain of qualifying for the Champions League, Vincent Kompany put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only five minutes at Vicarage Road.

Kane hits hat-trick as Tottenham sign off in style

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane helped himself to a second hat-trick in four days as ruthless Tottenham Hotspur smashed relegated Hull City to end the Premier League season in style.

England striker Kane finishes with 29 league goals, winning the Golden Boot ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Kane hits hat-trick as Tottenham sign off in style

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane helped himself to a second hat-trick in four days as ruthless Tottenham Hotspur smashed relegated Hull City to end the Premier League season in style.

England striker Kane finishes with 29 league goals, winning the Golden Boot ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Llorente ensures Swansea end season on high note

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Fernando Llorente’s 10th goal in his last 11 home appearances sealed Swansea’s come from behind 2-1 win over West Brom to end a turbulent Premier League season on a bright note on Sunday.

The 32-year-old former Spanish international striker added to Ghanaian Jordan Ayew’s goal to extend Swansea’s unbeaten run to five - taking 13 points from a possible 15 - which came at the most opportune time to save them from the drop.

Llorente ensures Swansea end season on high note

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Fernando Llorente’s 10th goal in his last 11 home appearances sealed Swansea’s come from behind 2-1 win over West Brom to end a turbulent Premier League season on a bright note on Sunday.

The 32-year-old former Spanish international striker added to Ghanaian Jordan Ayew’s goal to extend Swansea’s unbeaten run to five - taking 13 points from a possible 15 - which came at the most opportune time to save them from the drop.

Mourinho names Man Utd’s youngest ever Premier League line-up

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho selected Manchester United’s youngest ever Premier League starting line-up as he rested his senior stars for Sunday’s domestic season finale against Crystal Palace.

With United due to face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, Mourinho made no attempt to conceal his desire to keep his key players fresh for the Stockholm showpiece.

Guardiola wants more goals from Manchester City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has warned his players they must be more clinical in front of goal or they will fail to close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur next season.

And the Manchester City manager also hopes that Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will help in that aim by shedding his tag as the Premier League’s nearly man in the goalscoring stakes.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

Special Kane not for sale, vows Pochettino

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insists there is no chance Harry Kane will be allowed to leave Tottenham after his “special” striker’s four-goal blitz in the 6-1 rout of Leicester.

Kane is odds on to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season thanks to his lethal display at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

Special Kane not for sale, vows Pochettino

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insists there is no chance Harry Kane will be allowed to leave Tottenham after his “special” striker’s four-goal blitz in the 6-1 rout of Leicester.

Kane is odds on to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season thanks to his lethal display at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

Kane moves into top gear to be leading scorer

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane’s first ever four-goal haul propelled him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with the Tottenham striker in the “driving seat” to finish top scorer when the final league games are played on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, whose goals along with a double from Korean star Son Heung-min saw this season’s runners-up hammer last year’s champions Leicester 6-1, added he hoped Hugo Lloris could also win the Golden Glove for the least goals conceded when they round off their league season at relegated Hull.

‘Don’t kill me’ for playing kids, begs Mourinho

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says the Premier League’s unwillingness to help Manchester United prepare for their Europa League final will force him to pick youth players against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

United finish their league campaign against Palace at Old Trafford before facing Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm next Wednesday, a game they must win to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Romero at the ready in Manchester United stalemate

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Romero displayed some eye-catching pre-Europa League final form by saving a penalty as Manchester United drew 0-0 at Southampton in their penultimate Premier League game on Wednesday.

United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will start against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday and his early save from Manolo Gabbiadini helped the visitors stop the rot after successive losses to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Romero at the ready in Manchester United stalemate

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Romero displayed some eye-catching pre-Europa League final form by saving a penalty as Manchester United drew 0-0 at Southampton in their penultimate Premier League game on Wednesday.

United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will start against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday and his early save from Manolo Gabbiadini helped the visitors stop the rot after successive losses to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Mazzarri to step down as Watford manager

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Walter Mazzarri’s tenure as Watford manager has ended after just one season as the club said on Wednesday he would be leaving after Sunday’s final Premier League match against Manchester City.

The 55-year-old Italian - who replaced Quique Sanchez-Flores after he was fired at the end of last term - has endured a poor end of season although they put up a spirited performance in the 4-3 defeat by champions Chelsea on Monday.

Mazzarri to step down as Watford manager

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Walter Mazzarri’s tenure as Watford manager has ended after just one season as the club said on Wednesday he would be leaving after Sunday’s final Premier League match against Manchester City.

The 55-year-old Italian - who replaced Quique Sanchez-Flores after he was fired at the end of last term - has endured a poor end of season although they put up a spirited performance in the 4-3 defeat by champions Chelsea on Monday.