Mourinho: Valencia the best right-back in football

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia is the best right-back in football. United triggered a one-year contract extension for the 31-year-old this week, tying him to the club until 2018. Initially signed as a winger in 2009, Valencia has established himself as a key cog in Mourinho’s defence, making 23 starts across all

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Costa wants to stay at Chelsea, reveals Conte

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is available to face Hull City and wants to stay at the club despite reported interest from the Chinese Super League, manager Antonio Conte says. Costa sat out last weekend’s 3-0 victory at Leicester City following a reported disagreement over a back injury, with talk of a move to Asia gathering

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Begovic could leave Chelsea – Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could reluctantly allow goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to leave the club during the January transfer window. Begovic has served as a back-up keeper at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Stoke City in 2015, with Thibaut Courtois having established himself as the club’s first choice. Reports on Friday suggested Bournemouth had seen a

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Gerrard returns to Liverpool as academy coach

Steven Gerrard has returned to Liverpool as a full-time academy coach. Liverpool announced the appointment of their former captain on Friday after he retired last November following an 18-month spell with LA Galaxy. The Reds revealed Gerrard would “serve as a coach at the youth complex in Kirkby, operating in a wide-ranging role in the

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Joel Matip Now eligible to Play

Liverpool FC can confirm that all charges against the club and its player Joel Matip have been dismissed by FIFA following confirmation this evening from world football’s governing body. The club had requested FIFA to provide guidance on Matip’s eligibility after a complaint had been made by FECAFOOT to FIFA concerning the player’s purported call-up

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