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Mario Balotelli signs one-year Nice contract

Nice striker Mario Balotelli has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The Italian, 26, scored 15 goals in the French Ligue 1 last season as Nice finished third to reach the qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Balotelli signed on free transfer from Liverpool in August 2016, two years after a £16m move…

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Alberto Moreno: Liverpool reject Napoli bid for defender

Liverpool have rejected an £11m bid from Italian side Napoli for Alberto Moreno – and will demand £15m for the Spanish defender. Moreno, 24, is also wanted by former club Sevilla in La Liga, while Serie A giants AC Milan and Inter Milan have expressed an interest in the left-back. Liverpool will insist on £30m…

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Bahia’s Lucas Fonseca performs hilarious dive, gets sent off

Lucas Fonseca had already been booked in the 24th minute, so clearly had to be careful if he wanted to play out the rest of the match. But he got himself caught up in trouble just six minutes later, after pathetically falling to the ground following a reaction to his poor challenge from Flamengo forward Paolo…

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Bayern Munich target Brandt staying at Bayer Leverkusen

Julian Brandt has ruled out a transfer to Bayern Munich, insisting he will stay at Bayer Leverkusen to help the club recover from a disappointing season. The winger’s father and agent had to deny reports a move to join Bayern had been agreed in April and now the 21-year-old himself has revealed he will be staying…

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Cristiano Ronaldo needs time ‘to reflect’ on Real Madrid future

Cristiano Ronaldo will take time to reflect on his Real Madrid future after the Confederations Cup, according to his friend Luis Campos, Lille’s sporting director. The Portugal international, whose national side will meet Chile in the semi-finals of the competition in Russia, was, according to reports in Spain, buoyed by words of support from Madrid…

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Jose Mourinho pays tribute after the death of his father

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to his father Felix, who has died at the age of 79. Portuguese club Belenenses have confirmed Felix’s passing, writing on their website: “At this particularly difficult moment, and on behalf of the entire Belenese family, the football club sends all his family and friends, especially his…

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D.C. United player has red card reversed after Philadelphia opponent defends his cause

In the 74th minute of D.C. United’s Eastern Conference clash with Philadelphia Union, the Argentine playmaker appeared to haul down Haris Medunjanin with an inconspicuous foul on the sidelines. But referee Sorin Stoica showed Acosta a straight red card, a punishment which didn’t appear to fit the crime. But after a few moments of confusion, Acosta stayed…

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Man Utd must wait a year for Talisca, say Besiktas

Besiktas say Manchester United will not be able to sign Anderson Talisca from Benfica because they have activated a clause to loan him for another season. Attacking midfielder Talisca said earlier this month it was his dream to play for United and claimed Jose Mourinho wanted to sign him. But Umut Guner, president of Besiktas’ transfer…

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Carrick not thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo reunion at Man Utd

Michael Carrick insists he is not thinking about a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo following suggestions the Portugal great is keen on a return to Manchester United. Ronaldo, Madrid’s record goalscorer, only signed a new five-year-deal last November, but is reportedly seeking to leave the Spanish capital following accusations he defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of…