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Solskjaer Names Players that will miss Tottenham, Man Utd Clash
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Solskjaer Names Players that will miss Tottenham, Man Utd Clash

Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named the players that will miss his side’s away Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. According to Solskjaer, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are not ready to play against Jose Mourinho’s side because they are yet to get full match fitness due to injury. “Yeah we have got a couple of injuries,” Solskjaer was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying. “Axel will probably be missing, and Phil Jones will be missing [Man United’s clash against Tottenham]. Apart from that, I would say everyone else is available for selection.” He added: “During Pre-season you want to give everyone a chance, everyone the same opportunity to stake a claim for the team. “Eve...
Nigerian Player James Olayinka Joins Northampton Town on Loan
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Nigerian Player James Olayinka Joins Northampton Town on Loan

Nigerian midfielder James Olayinka on Monday joined League Two side Northampton Town on loan from Arsenal football club of England. Premier League giants Arsenal, who rate the Nigerian midfielder very highly have confirmed that the loan is subject to regulatory processes and will remain at his new club till the end of the season.              Arsenal confirming the news on it's official website, said; "The 19 year-old midfielder joined the club aged seven, and has progressed through our youth development ranks, making his Premier League 2 debut at the start of the 2018/19 season at just 17." "Olayinka’s progress was rewarded with a place in the first team squad's mid-season trip to Dubai in March 2019. He also travelled on the pre-season tour of the United States in July, where...
Oshoala Scores Again As Barcelona Qualify For Final Of The Catalunya Cup
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Oshoala Scores Again As Barcelona Qualify For Final Of The Catalunya Cup

Asisat Oshoala scored her 8th pre-season goal as Barcelona defeated CE Seagull 5-1 in the semi-final of the Copa Catalunya. The Catalans will play against Espanyol in the final on Saturday. Goals by Alexia (2), Aitana, Marta T. and Oshoala gave Barcelona an easy victory. Barca dominated from the beginning of the match and Alexia Putellas put them ahead in the 5th minute. The Seagulls almost equallised via a freekick, but it was Barca that extended the lead as Aitana put them 2-0 ahead helped by an assist from Falcon. Barca had the lion's share of possession and Marta Torrejón took advantage of a rebound from the opposition goal to put the Cules 3-0 ahead in the 22nd minute. Despite changes by both teams the scoreline did not change until an impeccable cross shot by Alexia Putel...
Napoli 0 Barcelona 4: Griezmann off the mark as Catalans turn on the style
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Napoli 0 Barcelona 4: Griezmann off the mark as Catalans turn on the style

Antoine Griezmann got his first Barcelona goal as they eased past Napoli in their final pre-season game. A stylish second half from Barcelona saw them sweep aside Napoli in Michigan to claim a 4-0 friendly win on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann got his first goal for the club since his €120million move from Atletico Madrid, in between strikes from Luis Suarez. Ousmane Dembele added a fourth against Carlo Ancelotti's side, who lost the first friendly meeting in Miami 2-1 on Wednesday and were simply no match for the Catalans here once they fell behind.
Emery tells under-fire Mustafi he can leave Arsenal
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Emery tells under-fire Mustafi he can leave Arsenal

The Gunners defender has been linked with Monaco and could still move with the European transfer window open throughout August Unai Emery admits he has told Shkodran Mustafi that he can find a new club. Arsenal’s head coach has used the German defender sparingly during pre-season, with Calum Chambers now ahead of him in the pecking order. Chambers and Sokratis are expected to start at St James’ Park on Sunday when Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway at Newcastle, just as they did against Barcelona at the Camp Nou last weekend during the Gunners’ final pre-season game.
Lukaku In Milan Ahead Of Probable Inter Move
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Lukaku In Milan Ahead Of Probable Inter Move

Manchester United’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku arrived in Milan early Thursday to undergo medical tests ahead of his likely transfer to Inter, Italian media reported. “Lukaku is ours” chanted Inter Milan ecstatic fans who turned out at the airport to welcome him on his arrival during the night. The 26-year-old has not played a single minute of United’s pre-season campaign as talk of a transfer to the Serie A intensified, with Inter Milan the hot favourites. Italian newspapers have said the fee could be 65 million euros ($73 million), plus bonuses of around 10 to 13 million euros. Sports newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport said Lukaku travelled to Milan with his agent and friend Federico Pastorello and was to undergo stringent medical tests on Thursday. Inter coach Antonio Cont...
Liverpool beat Lyon 3-1 in Geneva to end pre-season
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Liverpool beat Lyon 3-1 in Geneva to end pre-season

The Reds had a terrible start when keeper Alisson, in his first friendly game, dropped a simple cross and then fouled Moussa Dembele - with Memphis Depay scoring the penalty. But Roberto Firmino spun and fired an equaliser, before Joachim Andersen's own goal from Ki-Jana Hoever's cross. Harry Wilson smashed in a fantastic 25-yard strike after the break. The result gives Liverpool a morale boost going into Sunday's Community Shield with Manchester City. They had failed to win in their previous four friendlies against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Sporting Lisbon and Napoli. It was a first pre-season game for Alisson, Brazil team-mate Firmino and Egypt's Mohamed Salah, who all returned to training on Monday after the Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations respectively. Senegal's...
Real Madrid 5-3 Fenerbahce: Benzema Scores Hat-trick In Audi Cup Clash
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Real Madrid 5-3 Fenerbahce: Benzema Scores Hat-trick In Audi Cup Clash

Striker Karim Benzema scored a stunning Hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated fenerbahce 5-3 in a thrilling Audi Cup match today. The Spanish giants have managed to take third place in the Audi Cup after the goal-heavy clash at the Allianz Arena. Real's bad pre-season initially seemed to take another downward turn after Gary Rodrigues put Fenerbahce ahead in the first 10 minutes, but Benzema soon levelled the game, turning the ball home from close range. And then the French striker leaped highest from a free-kick from the right in the 27th minute to head past Altay Bayindir and find the bottom corner. Vinicius Junior missed a chance to send Real further ahead from an Eden Hazard pull-back, striking the ball over the bar, and the youngster would regret it minutes later. Howev...
Still NO Win In Pre-season, Real Madrid Can’t Find Right Direction Under Zidane
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Still NO Win In Pre-season, Real Madrid Can’t Find Right Direction Under Zidane

Tottenham beat Real Madrid 1-0 in Munich as the Audi Cup got underway on Tuesday afternoon. Zinedine Zidane's side failed to bounce back from an embarrassing 7-3 defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid, going down to Harry Kane's winner midway through the first half. Madrid have looked out of sorts throughout the pre-season campaign, and although they were slightly sharper than their last outing, concerns over their readiness for the new season will continue to circulate. Here are five things we learned from Real Madrid third pre-season loss. Real Madrid not the real Real just do not look like Real. Aside from short bursts, they were seen off by Tottenham, who admittedly have more miles in their legs. One minute Luka Modric was blasting shots wide, the next Karim Benze...
Gervinho bags brace as Trabzonspor hold Parma
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Gervinho bags brace as Trabzonspor hold Parma

The Cote d’Ivoire international scored twice as the Yellow and Blues were forced to share the points with the Black Sea Storm Gervinho scored both goals for Parma in their 2-2 draw with Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor in a pre-season friendly game on Saturday. The 32-year-old forward, who notched in 11 league goals last season for the Yellow and Blues, continued from where he stopped with an impressive performance against Unal Karaman’s side. Gervinho opened the scoring in the 16th minute of the encounter but the lead was short-lived as Joao Pereira levelled for the Black Sea Storm six minutes later.
Kelechi Iheanacho nets brace in Leicester City’s stalemate with Rotherham United
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Kelechi Iheanacho nets brace in Leicester City’s stalemate with Rotherham United

The Nigeria international’s double was not enough to help the Foxes claim victory over the Millers at the New York Stadium Kelechi Iheanacho scored both goals for Leicester City in their 2-2 stalemate with League One side Rotherham United in a pre-season game on Saturday. After ending his 11-month goal drought against Cambridge United on Tuesday, the forward continued with a brilliant performance at the New York Stadium. The 22-year-old Nigerian international put the Premier League side in front with his well-taken effort inside the area in the 11th minute.
James not afraid of ‘rough treatment’ in the Premier League after Tottenham tackles
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James not afraid of ‘rough treatment’ in the Premier League after Tottenham tackles

The winger was the target of a few tough tackles against Spurs, but it is not something that worries him ahead of the new season Manchester United winger Daniel James is not afraid of receiving some "rough treatment" in his first season in the Premier League. The 21-year-old was subjected to some tough tackling in the 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Tottenham, twice by Moussa Sissoko, and Mauricio Pochettino apologised for his team's behaviour after the match. James was also something of a target in pre-season wins over Inter and Perth Glory, his pace causing particular problems during what has been an impressive first few weeks as a United player.
Asensio’s post-Ronaldo nightmare: How it all went wrong for Real Madrid’s boy wonder
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Asensio’s post-Ronaldo nightmare: How it all went wrong for Real Madrid’s boy wonder

The winger was set for a more prominent role again under Zinedine Zidane, but has been hit with a devastating ACL blow just two games into pre-season Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid provided a lifeline for many of those case aside by Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. Isco and Marcelo were expected to be two big winners from the move , having both fallen out of favour when the 47-year-old coach initially left in the summer of 2018. Marco Asensio was another. The young winger had been deployed in a less favoured left wing role which he felt didn’t get the best out of him.
Bayern Munich 1-0 AC Milan: Goretzka scores winner in Giampaolo’s bow
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Bayern Munich 1-0 AC Milan: Goretzka scores winner in Giampaolo’s bow

Marco Giampaolo oversaw defeat in Milan's pre-season opener as Leon Goretzka's 48th-minute goal guided Bayern Munich to victory on Tuesday. Leon Goretzka scored the only goal of the match as Marco Giampaolo's first game in charge of AC Milan resulted in a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the International Champions Cup. Giampaolo arrived from Serie A rivals Sampdoria after Gennaro Gattuso stepped down as head coach of Milan at the end of the 2018-19 season. And Giampaolo oversaw defeat in Milan's pre-season opener as Goretzka's well-taken 48th-minute goal guided Bayern to their second ICC victory.
Neymar Finally Reports Back To PSG, Pictured In Gym
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Neymar Finally Reports Back To PSG, Pictured In Gym

Neymar has finally reported back to Paris Saint-Germain a week late after controversially failing to show up for pre-season on time. The Brazil star has attracted heavy interest from former club Barcelona after struggling both on and off the pitch since his staggering £198million move in the summer of 2017. And talks of a move away from Paris intensified after he failed to turn up to pre-season when called upon last Monday. But a week on, the 27-year-old has finally rejoined his PSG team-mates and he was seen taking part in an intense gym session at the club's state-of-the-art training base. Neymar, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury that ruled him out of Brazil's Copa America-winning campaign, was seen grimacing as he undertook conditioning tests on Monday af...
PSG Vow To Take Appropriate Action As Neymar Fails To Show Up For Pre-season
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PSG Vow To Take Appropriate Action As Neymar Fails To Show Up For Pre-season

The statement by the Ligue 1 champions is the latest in a tumultuous summer for the Brazil star. Paris Saint-Germain have vowed to take action after Neymar failed to report to pre-season training, the club have announced. A PSG statement read: "This Monday, July 8, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was summoned for the resumption of activities of the professional group of Paris Saint-Germain. "Paris Saint-Germain found that the player Neymar Jr did not show up at the agreed time and place, without having been authorized by the Club in advance. "Paris Saint-Germain deplores this situation and will take the appropriate measures resulting from it."
Barcelona face Arsenal in friendly as Asisat Oshoala returns to former club
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Barcelona face Arsenal in friendly as Asisat Oshoala returns to former club

The Spanish giants will be pleased to take on the English outfit as the Nigerian return to the club where she developed Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala will be wearing a smile after Arsenal confirmed a pre-season club friendly against Barcelona on Monday. The prestigious game between English Women Super League champions and Uefa Women's Champions League finalists will take place on Wednesday, August 14 at Meadow Park. For Oshoala, she will be reuniting with her former side for the first time since she left in January 2017, after a season spent with the North London side.
Leicester City Manager Speaks On Kelechi Iheanacho’s Future
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Leicester City Manager Speaks On Kelechi Iheanacho’s Future

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has insisted that Kelechi Iheanacho remains in his plans for the 2019/2020 season. Iheanacho has only scored twice in 35 appearances across all competitions this season. Rodgers has however mapped out plans to help the 22-year-old improve on his performances next season. “Yes he is [part of my plans. “He’s just had his first season adapting to a new club. Then when you’re playing or challenging one of the best strikers in the league, it’s difficult. “Kel will come back into pre-season, have a really good pre-season, gain more confidence, work hard and hopefully come out of that with a renewed motivation to show his qualities,” Rodgers told Leicester Mercury. Iheanacho has been limited to nine Premier League starts this season, as h...
Pogba Refuses to Submit Visa for Man Utd’s Preseason Tour Amid Real Madrid Interest
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Pogba Refuses to Submit Visa for Man Utd’s Preseason Tour Amid Real Madrid Interest

Paul Pogba is yet to submit a visa application to join Manchester United’s pre-season tour of China this summer, fuelling speculation he is ready to force through a transfer to Real Madrid. The news broke on Spanish television show, Jugones, that Pogba declined to hand over his passport to the Chinese Consulate this week, despite the rest of his teammates doing so. It was immediately presumed that this was a power play from the Frenchman, who is reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford and wants to leave the club. However, the Evening Standard reports that United are relaxed about the situation and have attributed it simply to “passport issues”. The club still fully expect Pogba to apply for his visa before the end of the season and are counting on him being involved in the tour ...
Chelsea Midfielder Barkley Likes Personal Impact To New Signing
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Chelsea Midfielder Barkley Likes Personal Impact To New Signing

Ross Barkley believes that he is like a new signing for his club Chelsea. Barkley has been very impressive under manager Maurizio Sarri this season. Many had written off his Chelsea career after injury and form issues last term. But he has bounced back and is eager to get more game time in the coming weeks. The English attacking midfielder said in the Evening Standard: "I'm in a totally different frame of mind this season. "When I first arrived, I was excited to join a massive club, with the ambition to achieve success. But I came here with a long-term injury, so I had to focus on just getting my body right and getting back to normal. "Then I had a few niggles, so it was a bit stop-start. I knew then that this season was going to be my time, and that I would be more like...
Liverpool Goalkeeper Kelleher Handed Ireland Boost
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Liverpool Goalkeeper Kelleher Handed Ireland Boost

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is training with the Republic of Ireland's senior squad. Kelleher trained with the senior Ireland squad on Friday afternoon. The 19-year-old joined Martin O'Neill's side as they build up for the international friendly against Poland on Tuesday. Kelleher has been a regular member of the first-team training squad at Melwood recently and featured for the Reds during pre-season. The Cork native also signed a new contract with the club last month  
Real Madrid Offer Mateo Kovacic To Chelsea To Help Smooth Thibaut Courtois Sale
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Real Madrid Offer Mateo Kovacic To Chelsea To Help Smooth Thibaut Courtois Sale

Real Madrid has offered to loan Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea in order to persuade them to sell Thibaut Courtois, according to Sky sources. Kovacic has struggled to secure a regular first-team place at Madrid since joining from Inter Milan in 2015, and has been told he can leave the Bernabeu this summer. Madrid is prepared to allow the 24-year-old midfielder to join Chelsea on a season-long loan in an effort to persuade the Blues to sell Courtois. Madrid are keen to sign the Belgium international, who has failed to return for pre-season training at Chelsea amid the speculation surrounding his future. Courtois was due for talks with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri on Monday but failed to report for training. Sky Sports News understands Chelsea will not allow Courtois to leave this summe...
Etebo Makes First Stoke City Debut In Pre-season Game Defeat To Bochum
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Etebo Makes First Stoke City Debut In Pre-season Game Defeat To Bochum

Nigeria midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, made his first appearance for English Championship club, Stoke City who fell to a 2-0 defeat to German Bundesliga 2 outfit, VFL Bochum in a pre-season friendly. The match played at the OB1 Arena on Wednesday saw Etebo who started the game on the bench joined the fray 20 minutes before full time. He came close to reducing the deficit for the Potters five minutes from time, but his superb effort from distance fizzled just wide. Vitaly Janelt scored both goals for Bochum in the game. Janet broke the deadlock for the German side in the 24th minute. He found space inside the penalty area and let rip a thunderous half-volley which went into the roof of the net. He produced a moment of magic in the 44th minute as he skipped past three Stoke City ...
Rohr Praises Iwobi, Says Pre-Season Form Key For Eagles Vs Cameroon
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Rohr Praises Iwobi, Says Pre-Season Form Key For Eagles Vs Cameroon

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that his players need to accelerate their pre-season form to the level Alex Iwobi has attained before the big World Cup qualifying clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on September 1 in Uyo. Reacting to Iwobi’s super goal for Arsenal against Benfica in the Emirate Cup on Saturday, Rohr urged all his players to raise their game during the pre-season to get the nod to play against Cameroon next month. “I want all my players have to up their game during this pre-season to merit an invitation for the World Cup clash with Cameroon. The season starts on August 11 in Europe and there won’t be enough time to assess the players based on league form,” Rohr told a Nigeria Football Federation official who does not want to be named. Source-Co...
No Show For Sadiq Umar As Roma Pip Tottenham 3-2 In Pre-Season Tie
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No Show For Sadiq Umar As Roma Pip Tottenham 3-2 In Pre-Season Tie

English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-3 to Italian Serie A side Roma in a pre season tour played at the Red Bull Arena in the United State of America. Roma were two goals up until the 88th minutes when Spurs drew level, but just when it appears the game was going to end in a stalemate, Tumminello scored what ended as the winner one minute before full time. The game had two Nigerian players on the bench for Roma with Sadiq Umar who has found the back of the net in the Italian Serie A side last two pre season games joined on the bench by his childhood friend and Nigerian teammate at Roma Nura Abdullahi. It is the first time that 19 year old Nura has been listed in any of their pre season games this season, a sign of how well he has recovered from the injury setback ...
Moses Celebrates Return To Action With Chelsea
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Moses Celebrates Return To Action With Chelsea

Super Eagles star Victor Moses is delighted to return action with Chelsea for pre-season having spent his summer break recovering from a toe injury and missing Nigeria matches. Moses featured for the first half for Chelsea who spanked London rivals Fulham 8-2 in a pre-season friendly at Cobham on Saturday. An hat-trick from Willian and a brace each from Michy Batshuayi and Loic Remy coupled with a goal from Cesar Azpilicueta from the spot sealed an emphatic win for the Blues. Moses, who was impressive for the Blues playing as a wing-back last season, tweeted after Saturday’s game: “Good to get back on the pitch today with the lads. Pre-season well under way #CFC.” The Nigeria international is expected to be included in the Blues squad to depart London on Tuesday for their pre-s...
Ambrose Finally Joins Hibernian For Pre-season
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Ambrose Finally Joins Hibernian For Pre-season

Nigerian defender, Efe Ambrose, has finally joined his Scottish Premiership club Hibernian for pre-season after going AWOL. According to Edinburgh Evening News, Ambrose returned on Thursday following an extended period of absence, with the player saying it was due to “personal reasons”. Hibernian boss, Neil Lennon who expressed displeasure over Ambrose’s late arrival for pre-season, stated that he is pleased the defender has finally joined up with his teammates. “Efe is back,” Lennon said. “He was supposed to be in on Monday but he had a bit of a personal issue to attend to so he is back in the building and there was a full explanation for it. “He may not be ready for Saturday (against Montrose in the Scottish League Cup) but he should be ready for Ross County game on Friday. ...
Lacazette Scores First Arsenal Goal In Friendly Win
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Lacazette Scores First Arsenal Goal In Friendly Win

Arsenal's record signing, Alexandre Lacazette, scored on his first outing in an Arsenal shirt in a 2-0 win over Sydney. Lacazette, a 68th minute substitute, scored in the 83rd minute.. Per Mertesacker opened the scoring after four minutes and Arsenal made ten substitutes after 68 minutes to give everyone a work-out. The score would have been higher but for Sydney keeper Andrew Redmayne, who made a string of great saves, including one from Danny Welbeck’s second half penalty. New signing Kolasinac also enjoyed an impressive debut.
Hibernian To Sanction Efe Ambrose For Missing Pre-Season
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Hibernian To Sanction Efe Ambrose For Missing Pre-Season

Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose will most likely be sanctioned by his Scottish club Hibernian after he failed to resume for the pre-season training, his coach Neil Lennon has disclosed. The manager said Ambrose was given an extended summer break, but Lennon revealed he can’t get in touch with the player who ought to have returned to work by now. “There’s no sign of Efe, so he is in a bit of trouble. I can’t get a hold of him at all. He was given a wee bit of time off but he is pushing the boundaries now,” Lennon reported. “The sooner he is back, for his sake, the better. “It will be discussed behind closed doors so he’s got that to look forward to when he gets back.” The former Celtic player has missed all of Hibernian’s pre-season games. Ambrose signed a two-year deal after...
Onazi Rejoins Trabzonspor For Pre-Season, Ends Transfer Agitation
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Onazi Rejoins Trabzonspor For Pre-Season, Ends Transfer Agitation

Super Eagles vice-captain Ogenyi Onazi has joined up with his Turkish club Trabzonspor in Hungary for pre-season ahead of the forthcoming season. This latest development ends the speculations he will leave the club over unpaid wages, it was also gathered. The 24-year-old, according to his agent Ayodele Makinwa, has received assurance from the club that his outstanding salaries will be paid. Onazi reportedly terminated his deal with Trabzonspor last week after being owed three months salaries. Makinwa said “He has resumed pre-season with Trabzonspor and the issue has been resolved. We just hope it does not reoccur again.” Onazi joined Trabzonspor on a four-year deal from Italian side Lazio last summer for a reported fee of €3.5m. He scored twice and provided one assist in ...
Iheanacho Included In Man City’s Pre-Season Squad
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Iheanacho Included In Man City’s Pre-Season Squad

Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, will be part of Manchester City’s squad for its pre-season tour of the United States despite reports linking him away from the club. As City’s manager Pep Guardiola plans for a clear-out, Iheanacho is reportedly on the radar of West Ham United, Leicester City and other European clubs. The Super Eagles forward announced his arrival on the big stage during the club’s pre-season tour three years ago and had been part of the first team squad since then. The former Nigerian under-21 hero scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Citizens but has found playing time under Guardiola difficult to come by last season. However, his inclusion in Guardiola’s team for the tour of America did not give a clear indication on his future at the Etihad Stadium ...
Emenike Yet To Seal Move As Olympiacos Depart For Pre-Season Training In Belgium
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Emenike Yet To Seal Move As Olympiacos Depart For Pre-Season Training In Belgium

Emmanuel Emenike has yet to complete his transfer to Olympiacos just as the Greek champions departed for pre-season training in Belgium. Emenike arrived Athens yesterday morning and he is expected to undergo a routine medical after which he will sign for Olympiacos. The 30-year-old Nigeria striker is surplus to requirement at Fenerbache and he is close to signing a two-year deal with Olympiacos after they agreed a 2.5 million Euros transfer fee with the Turkish giants. A squad of 24 players flew out to Belgium Wednesday morning and will train there till July 16 during which they will play pre-season friendlies against Lokeren and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. ‘The Reds’ are also preparing for the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League.
Man United Need Tough Pre-Season Fixtures – Sir Alex Ferguson
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Man United Need Tough Pre-Season Fixtures – Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United’s pre-season fixtures against Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid will provide the perfect preparation for big games next season. United will travel to the United States for their summer tour, with two friendlies against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake before International Champions Cup (ICC) fixtures against Premier League rivals City and both Spanish sides. United, who will also play Valerenga and Sampdoria at the start of August, will return to the Champions League next season after winning the Europa League and Ferguson says it is important for Jose Mourinho’s side to face the best in the world ahead of the new campaign. “The great thing about United is you’ve got to accept the challenge of beating the best,” Ferguson told the club’...