Borussia Dortmund new home kit “Pure Emotion”

Puma revealed the new Borussia Dortmund home kit for the 2016/17 season, inspired by the motto “Pure Emotion”. The passion shared by the players and fans is a feature of BVB that sets them apart from many in football, with every season kicking off a new emotional adventure.

The new home shirt aims to inspire courage and confidence on the pitch and terraces, to draw on the successes of the past and to look to the future.

In traditional yellow, the shirt has a fashionable eye-catching look through its dynamic black block stripe design. The contemporary feel is complemented by additional stripes in a dot pattern and a black, offset Puma formstrip on the shoulder. The modern round neck collar completes the look and the extended back ensures a better fit.

Additional details include the embroidered club emblem, the Puma Cat logo as well as the jersey sponsor displayed on the front. The traditional “Dortmund” lettering is emblazoned on the rear.

The BVB players will be well-equipped on the field a functional level – high-quality polyester material ensures exceptional comfort. Mesh inserts integrated on the sides, and the drycell technology developed by Puma reliably transport moisture outwards and guarantee optimum breathability.

BVB’s exciting winger Marco Reus said: “I think what Puma has developed is absolutely fantastic. I am a big fan of the design with the stripes. I have also talked to some of the boys from the team and they are all very happy with the jersey. We are looking forward to the new season and we will give everything we can.”

EURO 2016 : Lewandowski leads Poland squad

Poland coach Adam Nawalka on Thursday unveiled his provisional 28-man squad for Euro 2016 led by Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Poland compete in their third straight European Championship in France from June 10 to July 10 where they are drawn in Group C alongside Germany, Ukraine and Northern Ireland. Naijabet.com

Nawalka rewarded players who proved themselves during qualifying where Poland scored 33 goals, finishing just behind Germany, who they beat for the first time 2-0 in Warsaw.

Nawalka will cut his squad to 23 on May 30.

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth/ENG), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City/ENG), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma/ITA), Przemyslaw Tyton (VfB Stuttgart/GER)

Defenders: Thiago Cionek (Palermo/ITA), Pawel Dawidowicz (Benfica/POR), Kamil Glik (Torino/ITA), Artur Jedrzejczyk, Michal Pazdan (both Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Bartosz Salamon (Cagliari/ITA), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Lechia Gdansk)

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Fiorentina/ITA), Kamil Grosicki (Rennes/FRA), Tomasz Jodlowiec (Legia Warsaw), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla/ESP), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan), Krzysztof Maczynski (Wisla Krakow), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny/RUS), Filip Starzynski (Zaglebie Lubin), Pawel Wszolek (Hellas Verona/ITA), Piotr Zielinski (Empoli/ITA)

Strikers: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/GER), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax/NED), Artur Sobiech (Hanover/GER), Mariusz Stepinski (Ruch Chorzow)

Lack of energy and injuries cost Arsenal title – Cech

Overall fatigue and long-term injuries to key players combined to end Arsenal’s pursuit for the Premier League title this season, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said.

Arsenal, who won their last league title in 2004, made a strong start to the season and were top of the division at the end of December, but lost out to champions Leicester City and are currently third in the table behind Tottenham Hotspur going into the last match of the campaign.

“It was a very strange season in a way,” Cech, who signed from Chelsea in the close season, told the club website (www.arsenal.com).

“If you look at the number of injuries we had, it is not a big number compared to previous years or compared to other clubs. It’s not a big difference but unfortunately for us, every time we’ve had an injury, it’s been long-term.” Naijabet.com

Midfielders Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all had long spells on the sidelines, while striker Danny Welbeck, who made his first appearance of the season in February, faces nine months out after suffering a second serious knee injury against Manchester City on Sunday.
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City boss Pellegrini urges caution to hold on to UCL spot

Manuel Pellegrini has urged caution ahead of Manchester City’s final match of the season at Swansea City on Sunday after his team were handed a reprieve in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Fourth-placed Manchester City need one more point, thanks to a vastly superior goal difference, after rivals Manchester United failed to capitalise on their game in hand when they lost 3-2 at West Ham United on Tuesday. Naijabet

“Maybe after the Arsenal game everyone thought we were eliminated,” said Pellegrini on Thursday in reference to last weekend’s 2-2 home draw.

“But now it has flipped around the other way so we must be very careful,” he told his last news conference as City manager before Pep Guardiola takes over the City hot seat.

Since joining in 2013 the Chilean has won the Premier League, two League Cups and guided the club to their first Champions League semi-final, but they have disappointed in the league this season.

Captain Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva will miss the trip to the Liberty Stadium while left back Aleksandar Kolarov is a fitness doubt.

Bayern hope to get stronger next season under Carlo Ancelotti

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich will lift the Bundesliga trophy for an historic fourth consecutive time on Saturday – with their rivals predicting they will get even stronger next season under Carlo Ancelotti.

Bayern’s home match against Hanover 96, who are already relegated, will be Guardiola’s last at the Allianz Arena before he takes over at Manchester City next season.

It promises to be a festive occasion in Munich and Guardiola will be a prime candidate for the traditional ‘beer shower’ when the Bayern squad are presented with over-sized glasses of beer to start the party after the final whistle.

Under Guardiola, Bayern have dominated Germany’s top flight over the last three seasons by starving their opponents of possession.

His successor Ancelotti will inherit a star-studded squad which will be further boosted by new signings Germany defender Mats Hummels and 18-year-old Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

Bayern splashed out a reported €73 million to sign the pair on Tuesday from Borussia Dortmund and Benfica respectively as they sent out a clear statement to their rivals both in Germany and across Europe.

“One should never be resigned, but it’s clear that with their new signings and with the team they already have, Bayern have taken a few more steps ahead of all the teams in the Bundesliga,” said Wolfsburg’s Germany winger Andre Schuerrle. Naijabet.com

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Monaco hope to hold on to UCL spot

Monaco must avoid a slip-up on the final day of the French season on Saturday or risk losing out on a Champions League berth at the expense of local rivals Nice.

The principality club have been in the top three since December but have stumbled in recent weeks and a 6-1 trouncing at Lyon last weekend effectively ended their hopes of finishing second and sealing automatic Champions League qualification.

Monaco host mid-table Montpellier at the Stade Louis II knowing that a three-point deficit to second-placed Lyon coupled with a far inferior goal difference means they must instead focus on making sure of third spot, which carries with it a berth in the Champions League third qualifying round.

Leonardo Jardim’s side, quarterfinalists in Europe’s elite club competition last season, must win to be sure of a podium place.

Otherwise, Nice, two points back in fourth with a better goal difference, can capitalise by beating Guingamp in Brittany.

“In the last match we took a big blow. We lost, that’s the way it is, but we have remobilised and got back down to work,” said Jardim, who insisted third place is where his team belong.

“Lyon finished second last year and are second now. Paris are first again. We would be doing the same as last year by coming third.” Naija and Bet

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Zidane praised for “breathing life back” to Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Marcelo says the club needed new direction after stuttering under Rafael Benitez and has praised Zinedine Zidane for “breathing life back” into the team since taking over as coach in January.

Newcastle United’s relegation from the English Premier League on Wednesday completed a miserable season for Benitez who was sacked by Real barely six months into the job.

The Spaniard left with Real third in the table, four points off the top of La Liga.

Frenchman Zidane has cut the gap on leaders Barcelona to a single point going into the final games of the season at the weekend, and has led the team into an all-Spanish Champions League final with Atletico Madrid later this month. Naijabet

“The coach has helped us a lot and breathed life back into us,” Marcelo said in an interview with sponsors Bwin. “We all spoke and we knew we had to change something.

“We’ve changed and it’s been for the best. Many things have changed for the better.”

Real head into Saturday’s game at Deportivo La Coruna in their best domestic form of the campaign, having won the last 11 matches.

“I don’t like talking about numbers but the truth is we’re really happy with Zidane,” Marcelo said. “He’s a great coach.”

Dortmund signed France’s young player of the year Ousmane Dembele

Borussia Dortmund signed France’s young player of the year Ousmane Dembele from Rennes on Thursday, the German club fighting off strong English Premier League interest in the teenage forward.

Dortmund called the 18-year-old “one of Europe’s most sought after talents” in a statement announcing the transfer on a five-year contract.

The Bundesliga side did not give a figure for the deal, but German media said the fee was in the region of 15 million euros (£11.8m, $17.1m).

British media had earlier reported that Liverpool were ready to offer £28 million for the France under-21 international, who was voted Ligue 1’s young player of the year last weekend.

Dembele, born in Normandy, has been a revelation for Rennes this season, scoring 12 goals and and five assists since making his debut in November.

“Ousmane can play nearly every position in attack,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s website. Naijabet

“He is strong one-on-one, he can play with both feet, he is good at nutmegging and dribbling, and he is fast and dangerous in front of goal.”

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Everton sack their manager Roberto Martinez – report

Roberto Martinez’s three-year spell in charge of Everton is over, media reports said on Thursday.

The Spaniard has come under increasing criticism this season after a mediocre Premier League season that has left them 12th in the table.

According to the reports, Martinez failed to take training on Thursday ahead of the final game of the season against Norwich City on Sunday while the BBC and Sky Sports television said he had been sacked.

The team reached the semifinals of the League Cup and FA Cup but Martinez’s side have under-performed in the league despite boasting a squad many regard as Everton’s best for many years.

Everton have won just one of their last 10 league games and some fans turned on the manager after they lost 4-0 to local rivals Liverpool last month. Naija and Bet

Banners calling for him to be sacked have appeared at recent games and a protest was planned for Sunday’s finale.

Martinez gained a reputation for an attractive football style in previous stints at Swansea City and Wigan Athletic.

He won the FA Cup with Wigan but the club were also relegated in the same season before he joined Everton in 2013, taking over from David Moyes.

Everton finished fifth in his first season in charge but struggled to back that up last term when they were down in 11th.

They have managed only five home league wins this season.

Tottenhem manager Pochettino, signs new contract to 2021

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract extension until 2021, the club said on Thursday, ending media speculation the Argentine could be tempted elsewhere.

Pochettino’s side will finish as top flight runners-up for the first time since 1964 if they beat Newcastle United on the final day of the season on Sunday, having pushed Leicester City hard for the title.

“We have seen Mauricio bring a tremendous spirit and ethos to our club and embrace the attacking style of play with which we have always been associated,” chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement.

“He has built a squad of youth and experience and this season we have seen football played at the highest level, quite sublime at times.”

Former Argentina defender Pochettino joined Tottenham in 2014, having impressed at Southampton, and has created a fast and powerful side with a backbone of young English players such as Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli. Naijabet.com

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Hazard back to his best

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said Eden Hazard was back to his best after the midfielder scored a stunning goal in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Belgium international, who was named PFA Player of the Year last season, has struggled for much of the current campaign, scoring his first league goal against Bournemouth last month.

Since that strike, Hazard has racked up four goals in his last four league games, including the sumptuous curler that secured a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on May 2 and ensured that Leicester City won their first top-flight title. Naijabet.com

“Hazard was terrific and has been growing in fitness for some weeks,” Hiddink told British media. “It’s good to see. He had to suffer a lot with injuries this year but I’m very happy he’s back.”

The draw at Anfield was overshadowed for Chelsea fans by concerns over the future of the club’s 35-year-old skipper John Terry, who was missing due to a suspension and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Fans held aloft banners calling for Terry to stay, and Hiddink revealed that the club had made contact with the skipper, although he did not reveal the nature of the discussions.

“Let’s wait (and see) what happens,” the Dutchman added.

“There was contact (between Terry and the club) but because I was focused on the game, I have not heard the results of that.

“Hopefully both are wise parties. We will see regarding his near future, let’s hope for the best.”

Leicester dominate Premier League player nominations

Leicester City footballers look set to sweep this year’s individual awards after five were named in the 10 nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season.

Playmaker Riyad Mahrez, the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Player of the Year, was joined by Football Writers’ choice Jamie Vardy, midfielder N’Golo Kante, keeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan. Naija.com

Leicester claimed their first top-flight title last week and lead the table by 10 points from Tottenham Hotspur going into the final weekend of the season.

Tottenham trio Harry Kane, PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld also made the list of nominees along with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet.

Fifa president to visit Zambia

World football governing body Fifa president Gianni Infantino has accepted an invitation to visit Zambia in 2018.

He will visit the country to grace the 25th anniversary of the Gabon Air Crash that killed 18 members of the Zambia national football team in 1993.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga, who is in Mexico City where FIFA is having its congress, disclosed Infantino will visit Zambia after next year.

“We are delighted that the FIFA president has accepted my invitation to come to Zambia in 2018 after we had fruitful discussions with him on various developmental issues,” Kamanga said.

“He has expressed confidence in our leadership and wants Zambia to succeed with its football development programmes.

“Fifa has further agreed to send a legal team to help us revise our constitution in line with their directive for us to reduce the FAZ electoral college by 30th September.

“Other than that, we also discussed the possible funding of our reconvened annual general meeting later this year and there has been a willingness by Fifa to help.”

Kamanga, who is attending the FIFA congress for the first time since his election in March, also met up with Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou. Naija and Bet

He says he is happy with how both Infantino and Hayatou welcomed him in the football family.

Infantino will be the third serving president to visit Zambia after Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter.

Newcastle and Norwich relegated from Premier League

Newcastle United and Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League on Wednesday as Sunderland secured their survival with a one-sided 3-0 victory over Everton.

Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone’s first two goals for the club and a Patrick van Aanholt free-kick took Sam Allardyce’s side four points clear of danger with one game remaining.

Norwich returned to the Championship a year after promotion despite a 4-2 win over Watford, while Newcastle, Sunderland’s arch rivals, will play in the second tier for the first time since 2010.

“It’s the attitude of the players who absorb the pressure and deliver a performance like that,” Allardyce said in an on-pitch post-match interview.

“That’s what’s happened over the past 10 games — only one defeat. It’s pretty miraculous. To the lads and all the staff, thank you very much.”

It is the fourth season in a row that Sunderland have pulled off a late escape to avoid relegation and it guarantees the northeast club top-flight football for a 10th consecutive season. Naija and Bet

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Buffon, Barzagli sign new contract until 2018

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with the Italian champions until 2018, they said on Wednesday.

Italy captain Buffon, 38, and international team mate Barzagli, 35, have helped Juve win five straight Serie A titles, having made 35 and 30 appearances respectively this season.

“I hope that my fantastic story with this club will go on and bring even further success,” Buffon told a news conference. “I’m immensely proud in the faith Juventus have placed in me once more.”

Barzagli added: “Even at this age, I still have room to improve and this is the best place for me to do so.”

Buffon indicated earlier this year that he planned to retire after the 2018 World Cup, which would be his sixth. He and Barzagli helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup.

Buffon joined Juventus in 2001 and became captain in 2012 following Italy great Alessandro Del Piero’s move to Sydney FC.

He has made 458 appearances for the club, known as ‘The Old Lady’ and won nine league titles, including two that were stripped from Juve over the Calciopoli corruption scandal. Naijabet

Buffon set a Serie A record of 974 minutes without conceding a goal as Juve won 4-1 against local rivals Torino on March 20 .

The much-travelled Barzagli has made 150 appearances for the club after joining from Vfl Wolfsburg in 2011.

On Saturday, Juventus face 15th-placed Sampdoria in their last league game this season before being crowned champions.

Messi equals Koeman mark in scoring direct free-kick at Barca

Almost everything Lionel Messi does looks effortless but the Barcelona forward insists a lot of practice goes into trying to perfect the free-kicks which have contributed a sizeable chunk of his goals this season.

The 28-year-old Argentine has scored seven goals from direct free-kicks in this year’s La Liga, the latest in Sunday’s 5-0 triumph over Espanyol.

Messi now has 23 goals from free-kicks in his career at the club, equalling the previous record of former Barcelona star Ronald Koeman.

“Yes, the truth is that we train for this,” he said in an interview. Naijabet

“We work on how to move so that the ball goes to the right place and also you learn things over the course of your career.”

Messi had to wait until the 2008-09 campaign to take his first attempt from a direct free-kick for Barca, where Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and Xavi Hernandez used to take set pieces.

Koeman’s thunderous right-footed free-kick gave Barcelona a win over Sampdoria for their first European title in 1992 but while the Dutchman focused on power, Messi is more about accuracy.

“To be honest, I like to hit the ball over the players’ wall but from time to time I like to mix it up a little bit so that the goalkeeper doesn’t know where I’m going and I want to keep him confused until I kick,” Messi said.

“I think for that reason, I like to keep the goalkeeper in doubt.”

Messi has scored 37 goals in 43 games in all competitions this season for Barca and the tally can further swell.

La Liga leaders Barca will attempt to clinch the title on Saturday at Granada and will then play in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on May 22.

Benzema’s return from injury will boost Real Madrid

Karim Benzema is returning to full fitness at just the right time for Real Madrid, who will play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.

Coach Zinedine Zidane was relieved to see the Frenchman come back from a hamstring problem and score in Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over Valencia, a result that kept Real just a point behind Barcelona with one game to go in the race for the league title.

“He’s not been at 100 percent for a while. We’ve seen that it wasn’t easy for him physically,” Zidane told Real’s website.

“(Against Valencia) he coped with it well and without any problems. We’ve got two games left. He’s getting better every day and he’s not feeling any discomfort from his last injury.” Naijabet.com

Benzema has missed 15 games this season through injury but has still scored 28 goals in 34 games in all competitions — close to his record of 31 goals in the 2011-12 campaign, the year Real last won La Liga.

The 28-year-old striker has found the back of the net in 20 of his 34 appearances for Real in the 2015-16 campaign, scoring six more goals than last season. Cristiano Ronaldo is Real’s leading scorer in the league with 33 goals.

Benzema is expected to start Saturday’s league season finale at Deportivo La Coruña.

Mahrez is Leicester’s player of the season

Riyad Mahrez was voted Leicester City’s player of the season by the club’s supporters on Tuesday, while French midfielder N’Golo Kante was voted best player by his team mates.

Mahrez racked up 17 league goals and 11 assists to help the Foxes win their first-ever Premier League title.

He picked the 3-2 come-from-behind win over Aston Villa in September and February’s 3-1 away victory over Manchester City as his favourite games of the season.

“It feels good,” the 25-year-old Algerian forward told the club’s website. Naijabet

“It’s good to be voted for from the fans. I’m very happy. We just know we’ve done something crazy — something unbelievable.”

Mahrez, who joined Leicester from French second division side Le Havre in 2014, paid tribute to the club’s supporters after being handed his award.

“The stadium is very amazing,” he added. “The fans are close to us and I feel very good here to play. I just want to say thank you to all the fans — I hope they support us every year.”

Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy, who was named player of the year by the Football Writers’ Association earlier this month, won the goal of the season award for his tremendous long-range strike in the 2-0 home win against Liverpool in February.

Oscar ready to prove worth under new manager next season

Brazilian Oscar says he deserves a second chance at Chelsea under incoming manager Antonio Conte, after a poor campaign for the midfielder and growing uncertainty surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old has failed to build on promising form last term during Chelsea’s Premier League winning season, and has found the net only three times for ninth-placed Chelsea this term.

“It’s been very difficult for me. I’m coming from two or three seasons of doing well, but I was one of those players who got injured at the start of the season,” Oscar said. Naijabet.com

“(The new manager’s arrival) is great for the players. Obviously you have to prove yourself… It will be a breath of fresh air to the team and everyone’s excited to prove their worth to be here.

“I haven’t been very happy because I haven’t been playing very much but, with the new coach coming in, it’s a fresh beginning for everyone.”

With 35-year-old captain John Terry likely to depart at the end of the season, Oscar paid tribute to his team mate.

“His future is down to him and Chelsea to decide what’s best. Obviously I want him to stay but it’s down to them,” Oscar said. “He’s a great leader.. he will know what’s best for his future and whatever he decides I’ll be happy for him.”

Guus Hiddink’s men face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday and bring an end to their woeful campaign when they host champions Leicester City on Sunday.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is on course for another landmark

Luis Suarez could become Barcelona’s highest scoring Uruguayan in Saturday’s La Liga match at Granada, having equalled in only two seasons what compatriot Ramon Alberto Villaverde Vazquez aggregated in his decade-long stint with the club.

The 29-year-old’s brace against Espanyol in Barca’s 5-0 triumph last Sunday saw him reach 81 goals for the Catalans to equal the record of Villaverde Vazquez who had joined the club in 1954 and played 10 seasons, scoring 81 goals in 224 games.

In only his second season at Barcelona, Suarez has struck 50 goals in all competitions this season to help the team remain in contention for a domestic double, overtaking his previous record of 49 for Ajax in the 2009-2010 campaign.

“He is very intelligent,” Barca coach Luis Enrique said on the club website.

“Sometimes relying too much on one player can hurt you, but if the team plays its game, Luis – who is lethal in the area – will have plenty of chances to score goals. It’s not just the goals, it’s the way the team plays that lets him score.” Naijabet

More goals are expected from Suarez, who has found the back of the net in four successive league games, netting 11 goals while setting up four more in that spell.

With 37 goals scored so far, four more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and with one La Liga game remaining, Suarez is on the verge of clinching the Pichichi award as the top scorer in La Liga.

Since the 2008-2009 season, when Diego Forlan won it for Atletico Madrid, the award has gone to either Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

 

Ranieri ready to sign new contract with Leicester City

Leicester City will discuss a possible contract extension with manager Claudio Ranieri at the end of the season as a reward for his role in the club’s maiden Premier League title victory, vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has said.

Italian Ranieri took over from Nigel Pearson on a three-year contract in July and Leicester are keen to offer him improved terms and tie him down to a long-term deal in the wake of his spectacular achievement.

“At the end of the season we will talk about that (extending Ranieri’s contract) with him,” Srivaddhanaprabha told British media.

“We will sit down together and when we talk about something, it’s long term, not just until September. I like people to work for me when they are happy and enjoy working with the group of people.” Naija and Bet

Srivaddhanaprabha, son of Leicester’s billionaire Thai owner Vichai, reiterated the club’s commitment to keeping their best players and strengthening the squad in the close season.

Speculation has mounted in the days following Leicester’s remarkable title triumph that the likes of midfielder Riyad Mahrez, midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante and top scorer Jamie Vardy may be lured away by bigger rivals in England or Europe.

“We will try everything that we can to build the team and to secure the same group of players and add some quality,” Aiyawatt added.

“I have to talk to all of the scouts when they give me the lists. I have to talk to Claudio about which player he wants. I always support, always.”

West Ham to issue life bans for Manchester United bus attackers

West Ham will issue life bans to any fans found responsible for attacking the Manchester United team coach before Tuesday’s game at Upton Park.

A window on the bus was smashed and the kick-off delayed by 45 minutes as a result of the trouble.

“We are aware that there were some supporters outside the Boleyn Ground who didn’t act in an appropriate way,” a club statement read.

The Football Association also condemned the “unsavoury incidents”.

It added: “We will work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to fully investigate these matters.” Naijabet

West Ham eventually won the Premier League match 3-2 in what was their final game at the ground before moving to the Olympic Stadium.

The club statement continued: “It was an extraordinary night full of extraordinary moments in front of extraordinary fans, 99% of whom behaved impeccably and were a credit to the club.

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‘Granada won’t lie down against Barcelona’

Granada goalkeeper Andres Fernandez said his team will not roll over in their final La Liga game of the season against title contenders Barcelona on Saturday, despite having nothing to play for.

Granada have spent the past months fighting relegation but sealed their top flight status on Sunday with a 4-1 win at Sevilla.

Barcelona are one point clear of second-place Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and need a win at Granada to seal a 24th league title, with Real visiting Deportivo La Coruna at the same time.

“If I were a Barca player I wouldn’t be focusing on the opponent, I’d be thinking we have the ability to beat anyone, but we won’t lie down against Barca,” Fernandez said. Naija and Bet

Granada went into their penultimate game of the season one point above the relegation zone and potentially needing to beat Barcelona to stay up.

Victory at Sevilla and results elsewhere guaranteed their safety.

“It was a tremendous relief to guarantee survival and we’ve tied everything up before the Barca game,” he added.

“We’re going to prepare for the game against Barcelona with normality. We’re going to treat it as a party, we’re going to enjoy it and we’ll be under no pressure no matter what happens. A final victory in front of our fans is the best way to finish the season.”

West Ham beat Manchester United in farewell thriller

Manchester United endured a pre-match bus attack and post-match demoralisation as their Champions League hopes were harpooned by a 3-2 defeat at West Ham United on Tuesday.

After United’s bus was pelted with missiles en route to the ground, they came from behind to lead 2-1 as Anthony Martial’s brace negated Diafra Sakho’s 10th-minute opener for West Ham.

But Michail Antonio equalised before centre-back Winston Reid smuggled a header past visiting goalkeeper David de Gea in the 80th minute to bring the 2 398th and final game at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground home to a crashing crescendo.

United manager Louis van Gaal said that the pre-match scenes had affected his younger players, saying: “It’s not the first time that it happens, but I have a long experience in football. There are players who don’t have experience.

“It shall have an influence, but I don’t think we have to look for excuses.”

The result left United in fifth place in the Premier League and means that they can only pip Manchester City to fourth place if they win at home to Bournemouth on Sunday and City lose at Swansea City. Naijabet

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Bayern Munich confirm Hummels signing

Borussia Dortmund have agreed to sell Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich, effective from the start of next season, his club said on Tuesday.

Both teams have agreed the terms of the transfer, which should be completed in coming days subject to a medical, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co said in a statement to the stock exchange.

The club gave no financial details.

Hummels, a 27-year-old central defender who played over 200 games for Dortmund, has 46 international caps for Germany and was in the side that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Naija and Bet

Dortmund are second in Germany’s Bundesliga, with Bayern already crowned champions.

#Rummenigge: “Mats is one of the world’s best centre backs. He will increase the quality of our team even more.”— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 10, 2016

TRANSFER COMPLETE! #FCBayern have also signed @matshummels, with the centre back agreeing a contract until 2021 too! pic.twitter.com/YShoT9dlL9— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 10, 2016