Rooney might quit England after 2018 World Cup

Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday, when he will set a new record for an England outfield player, ahead of David Beckham, by winning his 116th cap. Naija and Bet

“Come Russia I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football, my mind is made up,” said Rooney, who was reappointed England captain by new manager Sam Allardyce on Monday.

“Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England so I’m going to try to enjoy these two years and hopefully I can end my time with England on a high,” he said.

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Gent confirm signing Rabiu Ibrahim

Belgian club KAA Gent have completed the signing of Nigerian midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old creative midfielder joined The Buffalos from Slovakian champions AS Trencin on Tuesday after passing his medical test and has already been described as “an elegant player” by the club.

“KAA Gent has today completed the transfer of the 25-year-old Nigerian central midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim. Rabiu comes from the Slovakian side AS Trencin,” the club announced on Tuesday.

The Belgian outfit, which also have another Nigerian, Moses Simon, also signed from AS Trencin, believes that they have landed a player “with great technical ability.”

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Barcelona manager delay contract extension talks

Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique have agreed to put off talks on a contract extension until early next year, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said.

Luis Enrique is in his third season in charge of Barca and recently said he would only consider his future at the end of the campaign when his current deal runs out.

Barca are determined to keep the 46-year-old, who has won eight trophies out of a possible 10 in his two years as coach, beyond next year.

“We will not discuss Luis Enrique’s renewal now or at Christmas,” Bartomeu said. Naija and Bet

“The right time will be in February or March as he said that he didn’t want to talk about it until the end of the season.

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Arsenal sign new striker from Perez La liga

Arsenal have signed striker Lucas Perez from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old netted 19 goals in all competitions last season, including a run of seven goals in seven successive games to equal the record of former Brazilian striker Bebeto.

Perez, who also scored in Deportivo’s opening La Liga win over Eibar this season, will fit into Arsenal’s possession based football, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

“He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs, Wenger said.

“He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”

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No Napoli return for Edinson Cavani – Aurelio De Laurentiis

Napoli do not need Edinson Cavani to return to the club as he would struggle to fit back into the team, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Uruguay international Cavani spent three years in Naples before his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

The Serie A side were linked with bringing the 29-year-old back from the Parc des Princes following Gonzalo Higuain’s €90m move to Juventus this summer.

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Luis Alberto bid accepted by Liverpool

Liverpool have accepted a £6m bid for Spanish winger Luis Alberto from Serie A club Lazio, according to Sky sources.

Lazio will pay £4.3m up front, with an additional £1.7m due to Liverpool if certain criteria are met. There is also a 30 per cent sell-on clause in the deal.

The 23-year-old attacker will now travel to Rome to finalise personal terms in readiness for the new season.

Liverpool signed Alberto for £6.8m from Sevilla three years ago but he has started just two games in that time and has been loaned to Malaga and Deportivo

Kasper Schmeichel a possibility for Denmark

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is targeting an extra-quick return to action after having successful surgery on a hernia injury.

Schmeichel went under the knife on Monday after being forced off during the Foxes’ 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday, when the long-standing problem flared up again.

The Denmark international pulled up after making a clearance and was replaced by summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler.

After the game, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said the surgery had always been planned for the start of the international break.

Schmeichel was not expected to miss any Premier League games, but he has now opened up the possibility of playing for his country this weekend after being retained in Denmark’s squad.
Denmark play Liechtenstein in a friendly on Wednesday before beginning their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Armenia.

Attached to a picture of him giving a thumbs-up in a hospital bed, Schmeichel wrote on Twitter: “Operation went well. Recovery starts now! I’ll do everything in my power to be fit for our game vs Armenia on Sunday.”

Arsenal set to release Jack Wilshere on loan

Arsenal are prepared to allow Jack Wilshere to leave the club on loan this season to get regular first-team football.

Wilshere has been limited to two Premier League appearances off the bench so far this season after his pre-season campaign was slowed by a knee injury.

Arsenal have two days to find a suitor for Wilshere with the transfer deadline looming – the summer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday.

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Arsenal to release Serge Gnabry permanently to Bayern Munich

Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry is set to sign for Bayern Munich on a permanent deal before being loaned to Werder Bremen, according to Sky Germany.

Sky sources reported earlier in the window that Gnabry was being offered to clubs on loan, but that manager Arsene Wenger wanted the Germany international to sign a contract extension.

But it is understood Bayern Munich have since agreed a permanent deal with Arsenal for the 21-year-old winger.

Gnabry signed a five-year deal with Arsenal in 2013 and it is understood most of the Bundesliga have been interested in signing the player.

Gnabry has been playing for Germany at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, having represented his country at every youth level from U16 to U21.

He spent a portion of last season on loan at West Brom but made just three appearances and was subsequently recalled by Wenger, who believes the youngster has a future at the Emirates.

Gnabry joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old from Stuttgart in 2011 and has made 18 appearances, including five starts in the Premier League.

He made his last appearance for the Gunners against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 in 2014.

Moyes pulls out to search for goalkeeper

Manager David Moyes is racing to recruit a goalkeeper before the summer transfer window closes on Wednesday after first-choice shot-stopper Vito Mannone was ruled out for at least three months with an elbow injury.

Sunderland had been reported to be interested in a move for Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart but appear set to miss out on the 29-year-old, who now seems destined for a season-long loan deal with Italian side Torino. Naijabet

Moyes fielded academy graduate Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton and despite making a string of smart saves, the 22-year-od was at fault for allowing a tame Jay Rodriguez shot to squirm under him for the equaliser.

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Robert Lewandowski sets new Bayern Munich record

Robert Lewandowski has become the quickest player in Bayern Munich’s history to reach 50 Bundesliga goals.

Lewandowski, 28, scored a hat trick Bayern’s 6-0 demolition of Werder Bremen in their opening game of the league campaign to reach the half-century mark.

The Poland international now has 50 goals in only 64 league appearances for the Bavarian side, reaching the milestone quicker than Roy Makaay (67 games), Mario Gomez (71) and Gerd Muller (83)

His form has led Mats Hummels, a teammate at Borussia Dortmund and now Bayern to call him “the best striker in the world.”

Hummels said: “Robert came up with some amazing performances for us at Dortmund. He’s the best striker in the world.”

Neuer echoed those comments, adding: “He’s a real weapon and a killer in the penalty box.”

Lewandowski, who has only missed three league games in the past two campaigns, was top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 30 goals, including five in a nine-minute spell as a substitute against Wolfsburg.

However, he played down his exploits in the season-opener, saying “everyone expects me to score goals.”

Chelsea yet to submit bid for Marcos Alonso – Fiorentina

Fiorentina’s director of sport Carlos Freitas says there has been no approach for any of his club’s players amid speculation linking Chelsea with a bid for Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea are in the market for a centre-back this summer and Marca reports that they are ready to pay €25 million for former Spain youth international Alonso, while Sky Sports has said they are in advanced talks for the versatile 25-year-old.

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Hart set to join Torino on loan from city

England goalkeeper Joe Hart looks set to clinch a much-needed loan move from Manchester City before the transfer deadline as he is to undergo a medical at Serie A side Torino according to reports. Naijabet

The 29-year-old – whose hopes of a move to another English club seemingly evaporated when Everton said they were not interested last week – has been permitted by the Football Association (FA) to temporarily leave the England camp preparing for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Slovakia.

Hart, who has been England’s first choice goalkeeper since 2010, has been the most high profile casualty since the arrival at City of Pep Guardiola as manager.

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Rooney remains England captain under Allardyce

Wayne Rooney will remain England captain going into the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Monday.

The 30-year-old striker, who also captains Manchester United, has been England’s skipper for the past two years.

He will don the armband under Allardyce for the first time on Sunday when England launch their attempt to reach the next World Cup in Russia with a game against Slovakia in Trnava.

“Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue,” Allardyce said.

“Wayne’s record speaks for itself. He is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers. All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team.”

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Loew eyes youngsters for Confed Cup to prepare for 2018 WCup

Germany coach Joachim Loew is aiming to blood some younger players at next year’s Confederations Cup with an eye on defending the World Cup in 2018.

“I would like to use the Confederations Cup as a tournament based on the future,” said Loew, hinting that some of his senior players would be rested for the competition.

“For the Confederations Cup, not all our players will be available. That’s why I see that tournament based on the future, one in which I’ll be able to bring in young players.”

Loew has already brought in three inexperienced players who lost to Brazil on penalties in the final of the Rio Olympics for Wednesday’s friendly against Finland and World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo on Sunday. Naijabet

Attacking midfielders Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) and Max Meyer (Schalke 04), and Hoffenheim defender Niklas Suele “will definitely have the chance of playing Wednesday”, Loew said.

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PSG will bounce back – Unai Emery

The reigning French champions have slipped to fifth in the table after a convincing defeat on Sunday, but the coach is certain they will come back stronger after the setback

Unai Emery was not too downbeat following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock loss to Monaco, confident the Ligue 1 champions will learn from their experience away from home.

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Andre Schurrle pulls out of Germany squad

The attacker picked up a back problem in the weekend’s Bundesliga fixture against Mainz, but he may not be replaced by Joachim Low

 Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schurrle has been forced to pull out of Germany’s upcoming friendly and World Cup qualifier due to injury.

Schurrle complained of a back problem following Dortmund’s 2-1 triumph over Mainz in their Bundesliga opener on Saturday.

The injury means he will not feature in Germany’s friendly against Finland in Monchengladbach or in the World Cup qualifier away to Norway on September 4.

A statement released by the German Football Association (DFB) said coach Joachim Low has not yet decided if he will call up an injury replacement.

Sturridge decision nothing but tactical – Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there was nothing more than a tactical change behind him leaving Daniel Sturridge on the bench against Tottenham on Saturday.

Sturridge admitted his frustration at being used in a wider role during the 2-0 defeat by Burnley last weekend and, after scoring twice in the EFL Cup in midweek, he was omitted from Klopp’s starting line-up at White Hart Lane.

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Rashford is an important player for United – Rooney

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney believes Marcus Rashford has a bright future ahead of him for both club and country.

Rashford made an instant impact for United last season, and was rewarded by a call up into the England squad for Euro 2016.

The 18-year-old made an impression again on Saturday when he came off the bench to net the only goal of the game against Hull City in his first Premier League appearance of the new season.

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Rashford must work hard to earn England recall

Marcus Rashford needs to play regular first-team football for Manchester United if he is to regain a place in the England squad, according to national manager Sam Allardyce.

Rashford, 18, made his first appearance of the season for United as a substitute at Hull City on Saturday and tapped in a 92nd-minute winner to give Jose Mourinho’s side a 1-0 victory.

But his lack of game-time saw him drop down to England’s Under-21 squad and Allardyce says he will not earn a senior recall if he is not in United’s first team.

“If he’s breaking into Manchester United’s team, he will be in my squad,” Allardyce said.

Southampton break club-record to signs Boufal

Premier League club Southampton smashed their transfer record on Monday to swoop for Lille’s Morocco international midfielder Sofiane Boufal.

Boufal, 22, agreed a five-year contract with the Saints and is reported to have cost £16 million ($20 million/ 18 million euros).

Southampton’s previous record signing was Dani Osvaldo, who cost £15 million from Roma in 2013. Naijabet

“I’m very, very happy to sign for Southampton and I am really excited to play in St Mary’s Stadium in front of the fans,” Boufal told Southampton’s website.

“Southampton showed big interest in signing me, and I can see that this club is the best place for me to continue my progression as a footballer.

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Leicester eager to enjoy Champions League debut

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said the club will look to enjoy competing against Europe’s elite in their Champions League debut.

The English champions were drawn in Group G along with Porto, Club Bruges and FC Copenhagen in the Champions League after winning the English top-flight title for the first time in their history.

“We’ll take anyone. We will always give it our all and it’s a new experience for us so we’re going to go out and enjoy it,” the 29-year-old told British media on Monday.

“They will obviously be doing their homework on us because they won’t have seen that much and we’ll be doing exactly the same.” Naija and Bet

The England international scored his first league goal of the season as Leicester beat Swansea City on Saturday to get their opening win of the campaign.

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