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After rewarding Jack Grealish with a new contract, Aston Villa are set to discuss a new deal for defender James Chester, according to the Telegraph.

Chester was the subject of interest from Stoke City over the summer and has 18 months left on his current contract.

Grealish signed a five-year deal on Monday, which will see his previous salary more than doubled.


African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Sunderland part ways with Didier Ndong

Sunderland part ways with Ndong

Didier Ndong has been sacked by Sunderland for a breach of contract, the League One club announced.

The Gabon international had not turned up for training at all this summer with any given reason following the club’s relegation from the Championship.

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Al Ahly plot loan return for Sobhi

Egyptian champions Al Ahly are planning to re-sign their former player Ramadan Sobhi on loan from Huddersfield Town in January, Albawaba reports.

The 21-year-old has struggled to make his way into David Wayner’s squad this season since his arrival from Stoke City in June.

Sobhi is currently recuperating from a knee injury and has managed just six minutes of Premier League action so far this season. 

Aina aims for Chelsea return

Ola Aina’s goal is to return to Chelsea at the end of his season-long loan with Torino next year, his agent Emeka Obasi disclosed.

Aina’s deal with the Bulls includes an option to buy but the Nigeria international has his eyes fixed in Maurizio Sarri’s team at Stamford Bridge.

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Ojo to dump England for Nigeria

Reims winger Sheyi Ojo has stated his readiness to honour Nigeria’s invitation to the national team if they come calling now.

The 21-year-old who was a member of England’s U20 World Cup winning squad revealed that he would ‘never turn down’ the three-time African champions.

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Moukandjo retires from Cameroon duty

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo has been forced to retire from the national duty by comments made by coach Clarence Seedorf.

Seedorf snubbed players in the Chinese Super League for his first competitive game and made some remarks about them which prompted the 29-year-old to call time on his international career.

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West Brom to sign Sako on short-term deal

West Bromwich Albion are ready to strengthen their attacking force with the signing of free agent Bakary Sako on a short-term contract, according to Daily Mail .

The Malian forward has been training with the Baggies since he left Crystal Palace following the expiry of his contract at the end of last season.

However, Darren Moore is looking to boost his side’s chances of gaining promotion to the English top-flight with the 30-year-old who scored six goals in 19 matches in the 2017-18 campaign.

West Brom are placed third in the Championship with five wins from nine games.

Fulham plot £18m Cornet swoop

Fulham are preparing to make an £18 million bid for Lyon forward Maxwel Cornet in January, the Sun reports.

The Cottagers are ready to open talks for Cote d’Ivoire international who was on their radar this summer. 

Cornet’s starring role for the Lyon this summer has convinced the Premier League club after helping the Ligue 1 side stun Manchester City In Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League outing.

Lille confirm Barca interest in Pepe

Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed Barcelona’s interest in Nicolas Pepe, and suggests the club may be forced to sell him in January.

Pepe has scored four goals already this season, including a stunning hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Amiens, with reports claiming Manchester United are among the clubs to be keen.

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Leeds United monitor Kasimpasa’s Diagne

English Championship outfit Leeds United are still interested in signing Kasimpasa attacker Mbaye Diagne in January, reports Turkish Football .

After failing to land the Senegalese forward this summer, the Elland Road outfit are keen on the services of the 26-year-old who is understood to be valued at a bargain £3.6 million.

Diagne has been in top form in the Turkish Super Lig this campaign with seven goals in five league games for the Apaches.


Messi and Ronaldo lead FIFPro World XI as Salah and Neymar miss out

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have both been named in the FIFPro World XI, but Mohamed Salah and Neymar did not make the cut.

World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and N’Golo Kante were included with Manchester United star Paul Pogba missing out.

Kante’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard features in a four-man forward line, with David de Gea the only other Premier League star included.

The Manchester United man was curiously included in goal ahead of Thibaut Courtois, despite the Real Madrid and Belgium shot-stopper winning the Best Goalkeeper gong earlier in the ceremony.

Salah was another to miss out, having made the three-man shortlist for Best Player which was eventually won by Luka Modric.

Modric, who won the Golden Ball at the World Cup for his performances in Croatia’s run to the final, is named in midfield with Real Madrid team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo also in the side.

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Messi and Ronaldo were not in attendance to be recognised as they opted to skip Monday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

FIFPro World XI in full : David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo.


Modric defeats Ronaldo and Salah to be crowned FIFA’s The Best of 2018

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been named the Best Men’s Player at The Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday evening, fighting off competition from fellow nominees Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

The award caps off an incredible year for Modric, who won his fourth Champions League title with Real Madrid in May, before leading his country to a World Cup final in July and being crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last month.

The Best Men’s Player of the Year award, formerly named the Fifa World Player of the Year, has long been dominated by both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but Barcelona forward Messi failed to make the shortlist for this years award for the first time since 2006. Neither player was present in London on Monday.

Modric’s other accolades from last season include him being awarded the Golden Ball for his performances during the 2017 Club World Cup, whilst the former Spurs man was also included in the Champions League team of the season for a third consecutive year and named the best midfielder in the competition for a second consecutive year.

Juventus forward Ronaldo had won the two previous Best FIFA awards before this year, but was beaten to this years crown by his former Real Madrid team-mate and also missed out of the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award to Modric last month.

Luka Modric

The Portugal star was nominated after playing a vital part in a third successive Champions League title for Real Madrid last season. He was top scorer in the competition with 15 goals and netted 44 goals altogether for Los Blancos in 2017-18, before moving to Juventus in a deal worth a reported €100 million (£90m/$118m).

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was nominated after a remarkable year that saw him score 44 goals in 52 games in his debut season with the Reds, after arriving from Roma in June 2017.

The Egyptian icon came up against both Modric and Ronaldo in last seasons Champions League final but was forced off early after suffering a shoulder injury in a coming together with Sergio Ramos. He recovered in time to represent his country at the World Cup in Russia, but was unable to guide them past the group stages.

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Salah was rewarded at Monday’s ceremony with the Puskas Award for best goal of the past year .

France coach Didier Deschamps was crowned Men’s Coach of the Year, while football legends lined up to criticise Messi and Ronaldo for their notable snub of the FIFA event.

Five-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner Marta (pictured, top) won the Best Women’s player award, having been runner-up last year.


‘Ronaldo & Messi The Best snub is disrespectful’ – Football legends line up to slate duo’s FIFA award absence

Fabio Capello, Diego Forlan and Davor Suker were among the football legends to criticise Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for skipping out on Monday’s FIFA’s The Best Awards.

Messi and Ronaldo were not in attendance in London with the Portuguese star skipping out despite being nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo has won each of the last two iterations of the award while earning honors twice when the award was the FIFA Ballon d’Or and one further honour as FIFA World Player of the Year.

Messi, meanwhile, claimed four Ballons d’Or as well as one FIFA World Player of the Year honour.

“The absence of Ronaldo and Messi? It is a lack of respect, for the players, for FIFA and for the world of football,” Capello told TVE ahead of the ceremony. 

“It is possible that they won too much and do not like to lose. In life you have to be good when you win and when you lose.”

Former Uruguay and Manchester United forward Diego Forlan was also critical, citing what he sees as a lack of respect for the event and their status as role models.

“It’s a pity. Messi attended the gala last year and he didn’t win,” said Forlan. “It’s a pity if it happens the same with Ronaldo than in the UEFA gala.

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“It’s an event of every player and it’s important to be here. No matter who wins. A player has to show with his attitude and actions, because they are a model for the world”.

Suker, who finished behind Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian star Ronaldo in the 1998 FIFA World Player of the Year voting, also called the duo our for a lack of sportsmanship.

“You have to be a gentleman when you win, but also when you lose,” said the former Croatian star.