Spain national team manager warns Chelsea outcast Diego Costa

Julen Lopetegui and Diego Costa

Diego has been warned to forget about playing for Spain at next year’s World Cup unless he resolves his future. The Chelsea striker, 28, remains in exile in Brazil as he tries to force through a move to Atletico Madrid. Spain boss Julen Lopetegui fears Costa needs to be playing regularly before he can be…

Chelsea spoil for battle with Manchester City over Italian wonderkid

Conte and Guardiola

Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in Genoa’s 16-year-old striking sensation Pietro Pellegri after Inter, Milan and Juventus, according to Football Italia. The centre-forward already found the net on his Serie A debut in May against Roma, then came off the bench to bag a brace in Sunday night’s 3-2 defeat to Lazio. It is…

Antonio Conte set to offer Kenedy role against Nottingham Forest

Kenedy

Kenedy is poised to play his first game for Chelsea since being sent home from China in disgrace. The Brazilian caused outrage during Blues‘ tour to the Far East by posting a string of offensive messages, including one captioned: “f***ing China”. Both he and Chelsea issued grovelling apologies – but reportedly still face the threat…

Tension grips Manchester United as wonderkid stalls over signing first professional contract, with Barcelona circling

Jose Mourinho

Reports in England claim Manchester United are sweating on the future of wonderkid Angel Gomes, who is being tracked by Barcelona. Gomes was set to pen his first professional contract on his seventeenth birthday last month. However the deal is still on the table waiting to be signed, but the teenager is able to walk…

Antonio Conte turns to Andreas Christensen as David Luiz serves three-game ban

Chelsea-6-0-Qarabag

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has confirmed he will turn to 21-year-old Andreas Christensen to fill the void in defence while David Luiz serves a three-game ban. Luiz was shown a straight red card by referee Michael Oliver for a rash tackle on Arsenal left back Sead Kolasinac with just three minutes remaining of their goal-less…

2017 WAFU Cup of Nations: Nigeria sail into semi finals after beating Ghana (Match Report)

2017 WAFU Cup of Nations: Ghana 0-2 Nigeria

Super Eagles team B displayed so much grit and purposefulness to defeat Ghana by 2-0 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the on-going 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations on Monday night. The Nigerians came out smoking having garnered just 2 points from their two previous matches against Guinea and Mali in Group A, and…

Antonio Conte defends David Luiz over red card during Arsenal clash

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte defended David Luiz following the Chelsea player’s late sending off for a reckless challenge on Sead Kolasinac. For the third consecutive game against Arsenal, the Blues were reduced to 10 men after referee Michael Oliver showed Luiz, who had already been booked, a straight red card for an 87th-minute lunge on the Gunners’…

Atletico Madrid make final offer for Diego Costa as striker sells fleet of cars

Diego Costa

Reports in Spain claim Atletico Madrid have made a final offer of €55m upfront plus a further €10m in variables as they seek to conclude a deal for Diego Costa. The reported fee would make the 28-year-old would Atletico’s most expensive ever signing and would allow him to begin playing for the club in January…

Wayne Rooney banned from driving, apologizes for drink-driving

Wayne Rooney

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been handed two-year driving ban and 12-month community order after pleading guilty to drink-driving. He was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the early hours on 1 September. According to BBC, the 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours…

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