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Jose Mourinho ready to hear from Newcastle after Benitez exit

September 21, 2019
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Jose Mourinho is ready to hear from Newcastle United after it was confirmed manager Rafa Benitez was leaving the club.

The Mirror says Mourinho, who is aware of the interest has told friends the Newcastle job is one that he would consider seriously.

He has always had a soft spot for the Geordies, since working with his mentor and Newcastle icon Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona in the 1990s.

Mourinho left Manchester United in December with the club languishing in sixth in the Premier League.

He was also axed by Chelsea in his previous job in England but he had great success in two spells at Stamford Bridge before then.

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Rafa Benitez to walk out of Newcastle and wait for Premier League offer

September 20, 2019
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Rafa Benitez intends to remain in England if he decides to leave Newcastle United at the end of the month.

The Toon manager’s contract expires at the end of the month.

The Daily Mail says there has been minimal progress in discussions at the end of the season and Benitez is resigned to the fact that his time at the club is over given the longstanding inability to agree on how best to approach in the transfer market.

Barring a dramatic turnaround in relations, there is unlikely even to be talks this week and Benitez’s contract will simply expire at the end of the month.

At present the Newcastle manager has a lucrative offer from Dalian Yifang but is more likely simply to stay in England with his family and see how the coming months unfold.

Manchester United target Issa Diop set for crunch West Ham talks

September 18, 2019
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Issa Diop is set to enter talks with West Ham about his future.

Diop’s representatives are due to have talks with West Ham next week, says Sky Sports News.

Diop is happy at West Ham despite interest from Manchester United.

He signed a five-year contract last summer after joining from Toulouse for £22million.

PSG are also watching developments closely.

​Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin set to miss start of next season

September 15, 2019
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Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin could miss the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

The Spanish star is experiencing problems with a knee injury that he suffered in January.

He underwent an operation at the time, but was expected to recover in six to nine months.

But the Evening Standard indicates he will not be back in time for pre-season, which means he could miss one to three months of the new season.

The Gunners do not want to rush the 24-year-old as they fear a re-injury.

Everton not interested in Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen

September 12, 2019
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Everton are not interested in signing Jasper Cillessen.

Claims in Spain said the Toffees were keen on Barcelona’s back-up goalkeeper.

Now Mundo Deportivo reports the Merseyside club are happy with Jordan Pickford.

Cillessen has publicly revealed his desire to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

West Ham United have also been touted as a possible destination.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho hails Sadio Mane: A complete player!

September 10, 2019
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Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says Sadio Mane was key to him eventually settling at Anfield.

Fabinho says Mane has been crucial to his personal turnaround.

“Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,” he told the Reds’ official website.

“His technical ability goes without saying, he always makes a difference for us.

“He’s a complete player – he gives you the option of a short pass or a long ball, he contributes to the build-up and creation of play as well. He’s a great player in amazing form, which is really important for his confidence.

“Off the pitch I chat with him quite a bit as we both speak French, my French is still better than my English. He’s a great lad. Sadio has been a really important player for us this season.”

Manchester City ready to hand fullback Kyle Walker new deal

September 8, 2019
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Manchester City are ready to hand fullback Kyle Walker a new deal.

The Sun says Walker and Aleks Zinchenko are set to be given new deals after playing starring roles in Manchester City’s domestic treble-winning season.

The defensive duo featured predominantly throughout the campaign and now look set to be rewarded for their efforts.

Right-back Walker has three years left on his current contract but could see that extended beyond 2022.

The former Tottenham full-back will see his wages rise above the £150,000 he currently earns at the Etihad.