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Iker Casillas may be a little shocked to not be included in Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for his country’s upcoming games, but that sentiment isn’t shared by everyone, including Espanyol’s Diego Lopez. A fantastic save from the latter ensured that Espanyol left the Estadio Benito Villamarin with three points, and the ex-Milan goalkeeper faced reporters to explain his own thoughts on La Roja’s goalkeeping situation after the game. “I am not surprised, I believe that he is just another player and there is a lot of competition,” Lopez told Cadena SER’s El Larguero show. “Everyone has to work in the same…

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has extended his contract with the club until 2022. The 27-year-old joined the Spanish club from Tottenham Hotspur on a six-year deal in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85m. His team-mates Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have also extended their deals this month. The Spanish club confirmed the Welshman would speak to the media on Monday afternoon. Source : BBC

Crowd trouble marred West Ham’s EFL Cup fourth-round home win over Chelsea, with police making seven arrests. Plastic bottles, seats and coins were thrown during the Hammers’ 2-1 victory at London Stadium as hundreds of supporters clashed and riot police entered the concourse. It is the latest outbreak of disorder at West Ham’s new ground this season. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic called the behaviour “unacceptable”, adding: “We are totally against it as a club.” The Premier League club says it will ban any fans involved for life and is confident it can identify those responsible via its high-definition CCTV…

Brazil legend Carlos Alberto, the captain of the 1970 World Cup-winning side, has died aged 72. He scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history in the 1970 final against Italy, rounding off a sublime team move with a powerful low finish. Right-back Alberto was capped 53 times by Brazil and won domestic titles with Fluminense and Santos, for whom he made more than 400 appearances. He died in Rio de Janeiro following a heart attack. Alberto was named in the world team of the 20th Century in 1998 and the Fifa 100 for the greatest living players…

Wales forward team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo are on the shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player. Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gianluigi Buffon have also been named on the list. France Football magazine is revealing the 30-man shortlist in bunches of five players every two hours throughout Monday. Fifa ended its association with the award last month. The award has been given by France Football every year since 1956, but for the past six years it became the Fifa Ballon d’Or in association with world football’s governing body. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the award last…

That Togolese footballer, Emmanuel Adebayor converted to Islam is no longer news. The news had gone viral and the Aston Villa bound striker had also confirmed it. Adebayor has now come out to fully address the issue by giving reasons why he converted to Islam. He justified his new found faith by saying Muslims are like Jesus and also described them as” truer followers of Christ”. Below are his reasons for turning into a Muslim 1. Jesus (pbuh) taught that there is only One God and Only God should be worshipped as taught in Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29. Muslims also…

The Brazilian has finally put pen to paper on a new deal at Camp Nou, committing him to the club for another four and a half years  Barcelona have confirmed Neymar has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until June 30, 2021. Neymar’s buyout clause is now €200 million, increasing to €222m next June and a year later rising to €250m. He’s set to be paid €115m before tax by Barca across the next five seasons, although he’d be expected to sign another contract extension if he remains at the Liga club until 2021. The Brazil international,…

Marco Borriello is the “best Italian striker” and should go to the World Cup in 2018, his agent declares. The Cagliari striker has eight goals in nine games across all competitions this season, and his representative feels he’s being overlooked. “Marco is a champion,” Andrea D’Amico proclaimed, speaking to Tuttomercatoweb. “He has intution, technical ability, tactical skill and the ability to read the game. Right now he’s the best Italian striker, he changed the game at San Siro [against Inter]. “He’d have done well wherever he went, he’s found the right environment at Cagliari, but he’s a champion in the…

Fresh from signing a new contract to keep him at Real Madrid until 2020, Luka Modric has admitted that he always knew he would be a success at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. A hugely important part of the squad that won last season’s Champions League, the Croatian has become a firm favourite in the Spanish capital; delighting Los Blancos supporters with his high-energy brand of technical football. And upon signing his new deal, Modric suggested that he was well aware when he signed for the club in 2012 that he’d be able to fulfil his obvious potential in Madrid. “There…

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri insists “I’m not worried”, despite a raft of injuries ahead of the Lyon game. Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic have not made the trip to France for tomorrow night’s match, while Claudio Marchisio is not yet ready to return after a cruciate ligament injury. “I’m not worried,” Allegri shrugged in his pre-match Press conference. “We can’t do anything other than play the players who we have available. This can happen during the course of a season, and every year there will be a period where you’re missing maybe three or four players. “No-one would want this…

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