Mother wants Ramos at Madrid

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE Sergio Ramos’ mother Paqui Garcia says she doesn’t expect her son to leave Real Madrid and play for Manchester United, top Spanish daily AS has reported. “Real Madrid above all,” said Paqui when approached by the La Sexta cameras. Smiling at the wheel of her car and warning that she was in

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Juve free Vidal for Arsenal move

BY OUR CORRESPONDENT Arturo Vidal is on the throes of realising his dreams of playing in the Premier League, with reports in Italy stating Juventus have allowed the France midfielder to make £21m switch to Emirates. Calciomercato says the Italian club are pushing for the transfer to happen, as they bid to shift his salary

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Chelsea table £35.5m plus Oscar for Pogba

BY OUR CORRESPONDENT Reports in Italy state Chelsea have offered £35.5million plus Oscar to sign Juventus star Paul Pogba, who also heavily linked with Manchester City and FC Barcelona. The Blues, who are believed to be in talks with Pogba’s agent over a move, are pushing hard to sign the Frenchman. And Sport newspaper in

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Morientes tips Benítez for Real success

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE Fernando Morientes expects new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez to hit the ground running at Bernabeu. The former France striker who has just been named coach of the club’s third team told Marca that the Brazilian will by no means suffer any shocks because he knows the club inside out. “He knows

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Stoke seek to replace Moses

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE Stoke City have been left to assess their various wing options, with Tottenham Hotspur seemingly serious about signing Victor Moses. The Nigeria international has returned to Stamford Bridge after serving out his season-long loan, but Stoke desire to engage him on a permanent basis due to his impressive showings. Despite being thrice

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LvG explains why he chose Schneiderlin

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE The need for a defensive-minded central midfielder led Manchester United to Morgan Schneiderlin, says Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has identified the holding midfield role as a key position, which led him to so many options last summer before settling for Danny Blind from Ajax two days before the deadline. But Michael

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Cech joins Arsenal, writes Chelsea fans

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE Petr Cech Monday ended his 11 years at Stamford Bridge by sealing a long-term move to Arsenal for around £11 million. His transfer has been expected for the past few weeks after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich gave Cech permission to join a rival. The 33-year-old who unfortunately found himself playing a second

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New York agog over Pirlo arrival

GODWIN AIKIGBE The New York City faithful were Sunday thrown into feral jubilation by the arrival at their home ground of new signing Andreas Pirlo. Fans jostled with cameramen at the Yankee Stadium to catch a glimpse of the legend who arrived to make official his transfer that will have him play alongside Frank Lampard

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No Roma contact for Casillas-agent

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE Iker Casillas’ agent Carlo Cutropia says Roma have not contacted him about the player. The rumours are still rife in Italy about Roma’s supposed interest in the goalkeeper, with LaRoma24.it quoting Cutropía as saying: “We are flattered by Roma’s interest” as the headline, soon had many Italian tongue wagging. But the agent

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