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‘Herrera died in the dressing room’ – PSG boss Tuchel singles out midfielder for praise after Rennes win
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‘Herrera died in the dressing room’ – PSG boss Tuchel singles out midfielder for praise after Rennes win

The former Borussia Dortmund boss hailed the efforts of the Spaniard while he also picked out Angel Di Maria for his ability to respond to adversity Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has given special praise to midfielder Ander Herrera after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Rennes. The Ligue 1 champions were depleted for their match against the side that lay third in the league, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marco Verratti just some of the players out due to injury. Herrera, though, stepped forward and created a goal for Angel Di Maria, who was widely hailed as the man of the match after finding the net twice. For Tuchel, however, the former Manchester United central midfielder merited singling out.
Chelsea boss Lampard ready to send Kepa away on-loan
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Chelsea boss Lampard ready to send Kepa away on-loan

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to send Kepa Arrizabalaga away on-loan. The Sun says Chelsea are ready to send Kepa out on loan after landing Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy as their new first-choice. While Chelsea insisted no decision has yet been taken on Kepa's future, it is understood that Frank Lampard will assent to the Spaniard leaving on loan before next month's deadline. Kepa, 25, has struggled to live up to the world record £71m fee Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao to land him as Thibaut Courtois' replacement in 2018. He fell out of favour last term after a series of high-profile errors before the lockdown. And while the Spaniard regained his place at the outset of Project Restart, he lost it again to Willy Caballero for the FA Cup semi-final and Final.
Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig
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Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig

The Spaniard is viewed as a future prospect at Camp Nou but his short-term future could lie elsewhere Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he should leave the club on loan. Puig, 21, has been linked with a move from Barca, and played no part in Saturday's 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at Camp Nou. The young midfielder joined La Masia in 2013 and made his La Liga debut in early 2019 before making 12 appearances in all competitions for the first-team last season.  
Man City threaten Chelsea plans for Leicester defender Ben Chilwell
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Man City threaten Chelsea plans for Leicester defender Ben Chilwell

Manchester City are interested in Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell. City have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Chilwell, says the Telegraph. Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen on signing the 23-year-old but Pep Guardiola could be set to rival the west London club once the transfer window reopens this summer. Guardiola has played Benjamin Mendy the most at left-back, with Oleksandr Zinchenko also filling in, but the Spaniard is keen to strengthen the position with the capture of Chilwell. However, the Foxes are said to value Chilwell higher than they did Harry Maguire, who was sold to Manchester United for £80million last summer
‘At times it seems surreal’ – Mata admits he still isn’t used to playing for Manchester United
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‘At times it seems surreal’ – Mata admits he still isn’t used to playing for Manchester United

The Spaniard says he is "so proud" to follow in the footsteps of some of the legendary Red Devils that came before him at Old Trafford Juan Mata has admitted that he is still isn't used to playing for Manchester United, describing his experience at one of the world's top clubs as "surreal". Mata completed a £37 million ($47m) move to United from Chelsea in January 2014, ending a hugely successful three-year spell at Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old became a Champions League and FA Cup winner with the Blues, establishing himself as one of the finest midfielders in Europe in the process.
Guardiola’s work at Barcelona was easy, the team was already complete, says former team-mate Stoichkov
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Guardiola’s work at Barcelona was easy, the team was already complete, says former team-mate Stoichkov

A Blaugrana legend has questioned the Spaniard's legacy at Camp Nou, insisting Frank Rijkaard was the man who assembled the star-studded 2008 squad Hristo Stoichkov has expressed his belief that Pep Guardiola's "work was easy" at Barcelona, with the team already complete when he was handed the managerial reins. Guardiola was given the top job at Camp Nou in 2008 after a successful spell in charge of the B team, replacing Frank Rijkaard in the hot seat. Barca won an unprecedented treble in Guardiola's first season in charge, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Carlos Puyol all at the peak of the powers.
‘Arteta must be shown patience’ – Spanish boss needs time to complete ‘long-term project’, says ex-Gunners forward Baptista
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‘Arteta must be shown patience’ – Spanish boss needs time to complete ‘long-term project’, says ex-Gunners forward Baptista

A former Emirates Stadium favourite believes the club's current manager is capable of turning the team's fortunes around in the coming years Mikel Arteta can be successful at Arsenal if he is shown patience, according to Julio Baptista, who thinks the Spaniard will need time to complete his long-term project in north London. Arteta inherited the managerial reins at the Emirates Stadium from interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg back in December, after spending the last three years as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City. The Gunners endured a nightmare start to the 2019-20 campaign under Unai Emery, who was drafted in to succeed legendary boss Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018.
Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer
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Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer

The Spanish head coach cannot see the Brazilian superstar making his way back to Camp Nou amid the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic Barcelona boss Quique Setien has ruled out the possibility of Neymar returning to the club from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window. Neymar joined Barca from Santos as a promising youngster back in 2013, and quickly managed to live up to his potential alongside a whole host of world-class players at Camp Nou. The Brazilian attacker won eight major trophies during his time at Camp Nou, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League, while combining with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form the most deadly front three in European football.
Martinez: De Bruyne has matured into an exceptional player
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Martinez: De Bruyne has matured into an exceptional player

The Manchester City and Belgium international star had been enjoying a remarkable season before the coronavirus shutdown Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez says that Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has matured into a “exceptional player”. The Spaniard says that De Bruyne, who was on course to set a Premier League record in assists before the coronavirus pandemic halted play in England during March, has elevated his performance levels due to a renewed maturity in his game and is now one of the outstanding stars in the sport. Martinez stated that he felt the change in the former Chelsea star’s performance was most evident against Real Madrid as City fought back from one down to overcome the Spanish giants in the first-leg of the clubs’ last-16 Champions League clash, with ‘...
Juventus willing to use De Ligt to trump Liverpool for Torres
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Juventus willing to use De Ligt to trump Liverpool for Torres

Liverpool are battling Juventus for exciting Valencia talent Ferran Torres. Tuttosport says Juventus have upped the ante in their pursuit of Torres as the Old Lady look to get a jump on Liverpool in their bid to land the 20-year-old this summer. Torres has emerged as a target for a number of clubs with his dazzling performances at the Mestalla this season. The Spaniard has netted six goals and provided seven assists in his 35 outings for the club this campaign. Liverpool have been heavily linked with the £53million-rated star, but Juventus are looking to steal a march on their European rivals. Juve are looking to throw Mattia De Sciglio or Daniele Rugani into a deal for the 20-year-old.
Chelsea should stick with Kepa says Bosnich
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Chelsea should stick with Kepa says Bosnich

Record signing has struggled for form this season but has been backed to succeed by ex-Blues keeper, who also played for Manchester United Chelsea should stick by Kepa Arrizabalaga, says former Blues goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who also believes that the Spaniard has shown his mettle since being dropped by Frank Lampard. The Chelsea manager caused quite a stir towards the end of the winter period after dropping his club's record £71 million signing after a spell of bad form. Willy Caballero came in for five games but Kepa returned for the last two matches ahead of a stoppage in play due to the coronavirus outbreak. There are rumours that Chelsea could enter the transfer market to replace Kepa with Ajax's Andre Onana, AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma and Bayern Munich's Manuel N...
‘He’s the best I’ve seen’ – Guardiola hails Silva as Manchester City beat Bournemouth
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‘He’s the best I’ve seen’ – Guardiola hails Silva as Manchester City beat Bournemouth

The club legend marked a milestone game with two assists as the champions picked up a valuable win on the south coast Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola lauded David Silva as one of the best players he has ever seen after the Spaniard starred in his 400th appearance for the club, a 3-1 win at Bournemouth. Silva started in an attack-minded midfield as both Fernandinho and Rodri were left on the bench, with City's approach ultimately paying dividends. The 33-year-old split open the Bournemouth defence to set up Raheem Sterling to make it 2-0 to the Premier League champions, while he also claimed an assist for Sergio Aguero's second goal.
‘Once a red always a red’ – Alonso hoping to follow in Klopp’s ‘fantastic’ footsteps at Liverpool
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‘Once a red always a red’ – Alonso hoping to follow in Klopp’s ‘fantastic’ footsteps at Liverpool

The World Cup winner is making a first move into coaching after hanging up his boots and admits ties to Anfield could one day lead him back to England Xabi Alonso is pleased to see “fantastic” Jurgen Klopp working wonders at Liverpool but admits that he is “once a red always a red” and will not be ruling out a return to Anfield as a coach in the future. The World Cup winner is taking his first steps into senior coaching with Real Sociedad’s B side, having previously spent time working in Real Madrid’s youth system. At 37 years of age, the Spaniard acknowledges that he has much to learn.
‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing
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‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing

The Spaniard is capable of matching the Brazilian's consistently high level of performances, according to his Etihad Stadium team-mates Aymeric Laporte and Ederson are already confident Rodri is the right man to provide competition to Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield. City lacked a genuine alternative to key man Fernandinho in the holding role last season, who is approaching the twilight years of his career at 34. Guardiola identified the need for defensive-midfield cover during the summer transfer window and Rodri has since arrived from Atletico Madrid in a club-record £63 million ($76m) deal.
Man Utd youngster Henderson the ready-made De Gea replacement
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Man Utd youngster Henderson the ready-made De Gea replacement

The young goalkeeper continues to catch the eye, and United are set to tie him down to a longer-term deal ahead of a return to Sheffield United In many ways, everything that could have gone wrong for England’s Under-21s in their European Championship opener against France on Tuesday did go wrong. They conceded two penalties, had a man sent off and were denied a brave point by a calamitous late own-goal from Manchester United target Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, there was one man still on the Old Trafford payroll who came out of the game with his reputation further enhanced as Dean Henderson’s string of key stops, including an excellent penalty save to deny Moussa Dembele, underlined his wonderful growth as a top-class goalkeeper. Being a goalkeeper at Manchester United has not b...