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Chelsea have confirmed that captain John Terry will leave the club at the end of the season. The 36-year-old made his first appearance for the Blues in 1998 after progressing through the club’s youth ranks, and has gone on to make 713 appearances, winning the Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups with the club. But the former England captain will not see out his career at his boyhood club after confirming that he will move on in the summer transfer window. “After 22 years there is so much to say…

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he took responsibility for failing to motivate his side in Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United. The Blues lost 2-0 at Old Trafford and are now just four points ahead of Tottenham at the top of the table, having led by 10 points in March. “We didn’t play a good game and United deserved to win the game,” said Conte. “They showed more desire, more ambition, and more motivation. In this case the fault is of the coach.” The Italian added he had not been able to “transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this game”. Spurs…

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera gave Manchester United a deserved victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford. Rashford gave the Reds the perfect start with a composed finish inside seven minutes before Herrera’s deflected shot found the net early in the second half to secure a memorable win. It was just rewards for an impressive display as United extended the unbeaten run in the league to 22 games since being beaten by the Blues in October to maintain the pursuit of a top-four finish. For the visit of his former club, Jose Mourinho made four changes…

Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have been nominated for both the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year and young player awards. They join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on the shortlist for the main prize. Michael Keane, Leroy Sane and Jordan Pickford are up for the young player of the year award, alongside 2016 winner Dele Alli. The winners, voted for by PFA members, will be announced on 23 April. Women’s Super League champions Manchester City have three players on the shortlist for the women’s award, with the City trio of Lucy Bronze, Jane Ross…

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is planning talks about a new contract with winger Wilfried Zaha once the club secure Premier League survival. Zaha, 24, signed a five-and-a-half-year deal when he rejoined the Eagles from Manchester United in February 2015. He scored in Saturday’s win at top-flight leaders Chelsea to leave them four points above the relegation zone. “We would love to keep Wilfried,” said Parish on BBC Radio 5 live. “We will talk to him as soon as we’re safe.” Zaha switched international allegiance from England to Ivory Coast last year and played in the 2017 Africa Cup of…

Arsenal’s Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi has expressed his hope that teammates Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil stay with the club. The two players could well be on their way out of the Premier League team, with their contract negotiations put on hold until the European summer. With the future of manager Arsene Wenger also uncertain, the Gunners cannot afford to lose two senior players. Iwobi has expressed his respect for the players in question and hopes that they will sign new deals with the London side. “As you can see from stats, goals and chances they create they are key…

Manchester City have been fined £35,000 by the Football Association for their players’ behaviour during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on 19 March. The club admitted to a misconduct charge for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. It followed an incident “in or around the 50th minute”, when referee Michael Oliver awarded Liverpool a penalty. James Milner scored from the spot, with Sergio Aguero equalising on 69 minutes. Both Gael Clichy, who was penalised for a raised boot on Roberto Firmino, and David Silva were booked after Oliver pointed to the spot. BBC

In a revealing interview with The Players’ Tribune, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has opened up on the impact Reds team-mate Wayne Rooney has had on his career. After being called up by Gareth Southgate last week, Rashford is currently preparing for England’s upcoming friendly with Germany and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, before returning to action with United at the start of April. It’s been a rapid and remarkable rise for the youngster, who has been reflecting on his connection with the Three Lions, starting with the moment he received his first England shirt – one which featured Rooney’s…

Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire have announced the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Manchester United. The former Germany captain is reportedly set to join up with his new teammates and head coach Veljko Paunovic, early next week. The move to the United States ends a nightmare spell for the World Cup-winning midfielder at Old Trafford, who’s been on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s squad this season and at one point, banished to train with the club’s academy. Nonetheless, the signing of the 32-year-old is a major coup for the Men in Red who’ve finished last in their conference over…

Jamie Vardy has claimed he has received death threats to his family since Leicester City took the shock decision to sack Claudio Ranieri. The Leicester striker, currently on international duty with England, said on Monday that attempts were even made to run his wife and children off the road when his wife was driving. Vardy said some of the reports around the time of Ranieri’s dismissal had not helped, insisting once again that he could not have been part of an alleged players’ coup in the wake of their Champions League match in Seville because he was ‘actually sat in…

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