Messi said I can have number 10 -Turan

GODWIN AIKIGBE— Barcelona new signing Arda Turan has jokingly said Lionel Messi had agreed to give him the club’s number 10 jersey. According to Marca, the former Atletico Madrid playmaker cracked the joke in an interview with Turkey’s ‘NTV Spor’, “He said if I wanted the number 10 shirt, it was mine” said Turan, who

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‘Ronaldo not injured but…’

BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON— Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez said Cristiano Ronaldo is not injured but suffering twinges. The Portugal forward was left behind in Spain as the rest of the team departed for Norway for Sunday’s friendly with Valerenga, but Benitez assured that the player will be ready for the season’s opener against Sporting. “Cristiano

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Ighalo, Apkom, Ujah on Target

GODWIN AIKIGBE— Jude Ighalo, Chuba Akpom and Anthony Ujah scored for their various European clubs on Saturday, giving new Nigeria boss Sunday Oliseh some hopes in his rebuilding process. Ighalo, who was on target for Nigeria in their recent 2-0 African Cup of Nations defeat of Chad in Kaduna, marked his Premier League debut with

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Liverpool Will Prove a Point at Stoke-Rodgers

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE— Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is confident his highly fortified side can lay down the marker in Sunday’s season’s opener at Stoke City. The Reds came to 6-1 annihilation on the same trip last season but the Irishman believes the reverse could be the case this term during Friday’s press conference. “Life is

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Firmino Revved Up for Stoke City Trip

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE— Liverpool new signing Roberto Firmino is fired up for his Premier League debut at Stoke City on Sunday. The striker, who joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim in the summer has offered early signs of what to expect of him at Britannia Stadium at training sessions and pre-season games says he cannot wait to

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Wenger: EPL Title Race Unpredictable

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE— Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the Premier League title race is like cookie no one knows where it will crack and stated that every top team are under pressure. Wenger is confident his players can cope with the expectation when they kick off their top-flight campaign against West Ham United on Sunday.

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Matic: I’m Ready, Prepared for New Season

BY INNOCENT AMOMOH— Chelsea midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic is looking forward to a return to competitive action this afternoon as the Blues begin their Premier League title defence against Swansea at Stamford Bridge. Matic, who made 49 appearances during last season and rewarded for his impressive performances by being one of six Chelsea players named

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