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Mesut Ozil staying England for next season

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil's future has been subject to intense speculation and now latest reports claim that the German superstar has made up his mind as to where he wants to play next season. Manchester United and Barcelona were among the favourites to sign the playmaker and it now seems that Ozil has told his friends which club he would prefer to play in after his contract runs out at Arsenal. Instead of going to Spain to play for Barcelona, the 29-year-old has decided to stay in England and play for Manchester United under Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.
Although Arsenal have tried desperately to make Ozil sign a new contract, talks have come to an impasse and it seems more than likely that the German superstar will be strutting his stuff at Old Trafford next season.There were talks that Arsenal had offered a whooping £275,000/week contract to keep Ozil at the Emirates. However, the offer of making him Arsenal's highest ever paid player was seemingly not enough a…

Real Madrid qualified for FIFA Club World Cup

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The UAE Champions Al Jazira pulled off a surprise by beating both Auckland City and Urawa Red Diamonds to make it through to the Semi-finals, while the European Champions Real Madrid received a bye into the Semi-finals, in search of their third Club World Cup title.
The European Champions were made to earn their win in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday by the spirited UAE Champions Al Jazira. The host took the lead in the first half but Ronaldo and Bale struck in the second half to send Real into the Saturday finals against Gremio.
Zidane fielded a strong team with Ronaldo, Modric, Isco, Marcelo and Benzema in the starting eleven while Al Jazira made a solitary change on the left wing.

Real Madrid replacing Karim Benzema with 22-year-old striker

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Los Blancos President, Florentino Perez, is in the market for a striker to replace Karim Benzema, and had previously shortlisted the likes of Mauro Icardi and Timo Werner. However, given Werner's 'auditory issues' and Icardi's much-publicised fallouts with teammates, Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to sign Portugal teammate Andre Silva from AC Milan. Andre Silva seems to have become the favourite to replace Benzema - without making mention of the fact that he already dovetails well with Ronaldo.
Andre Silva popped around youth systems in Portugal, before joining FC Porto as a junior in 2011, aged 15. After some stellar seasons with the B team, Silva was given a regular run with the first team under Julen Lopetogui, with plenty of hype surrounding his performances for the senior side. It resulted in AC Milan parting with a massive fee of €40 million in the summer, with the Rossoneri also handing the youngster their iconic #9 shirt.

Red Devil preparing €100m bid to sign multiple Catalan stars

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Manchester United are all set to steal Barcelona duo Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto away from the La Liga giants. The Red Devils are well aware that they do not stand a chance into tempting Barcelona to sell, and thus will have to trigger both players' release clauses. Jose Mourinho reportedly is happy to part with €100 million for the pair, as Umtiti's release clause is a paltry €60 million, while Roberto can be had for €40 million.



Barcelona parted with €25 million ahead of the 2016/17 season for the Umtiti's services, and has quickly become one of the Blaugrana's mainstays in defence. Meanwhile, Sergi Roberto came through the ranks at Barcelona, with Pep Guardiola giving the then 18-year-old his debut in the 2010/11 season.


Umtiti is reluctant to leave mid-season, so as to not jeopardize his spot in the French national team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Manchester United are thus keen to price the defender away in January, since Barcelona may tie him…

FIFA Club World Cup 2017: 5 records that could be broken

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Defending Champion Real Madrid already made history by becoming the first side to qualify for the annual tournament for two successive years, here are some more records that are there for the taking. #1 Real Madrid can become the first side to retain the trophyLos Blancos, having won two back-to-back Champions League titles, now have a chance to rewrite history by going all the way in Abu Dhabi and become the first team to retain their illustrious world championship.



The likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, AC Milan all boast multiple Club World Cup titles, but nobody could win it twice in a row. And that's perhaps because they couldn't win the Champions League consecutively. Simple as that.
 #2 Ronaldo can become the all-time top scorerWith five goals in the competition's history, he currently leads the all-time scoring charts jointly with Barcelona counterparts Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. But with two games now in hand, Ronaldo can make the rec…

5 Possible transfer for Real Madrid in January 2018

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When Real Madrid won the Champions League final in 2017, after winning the league just a few weeks prior, most thought it was a beginning of a new era where the Los Blancos would dominate the world of football for years to come.And why wouldn’t they think that? After all, Zinedine Zidane had assembled a squad that was capable of beating any team in the world and the best bench strength among them all. Six months down the line and here we are. Madrid are 8 points behind the league-leaders, Barcelona, and are about to face PSG in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Given the erratic nature of their form, it seems as though the Blancos need at least a couple of signings in January.And here are 5 players that they could sign during the winter transfer break…
#5 Mauro Icardi - Inter Milan#4 Kepa Arrizabalaga - Athletic Club#3 Gabriel Barbosa - Inter Milan#2 Andre Silva - AC Milan#1 Mariano Diaz - Lyon

I hope football does end up paying me in 2018: Messi

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The "wounds" of 2014 will probably never heal, admits Lionel Messi but the Argentine superstar is hopeful that 2018 will bring with it the World Cup that football "owes" him. Among the greatest of the game, the 30-year-old Barcelona icon has still not forgotten the heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
"I don't know if they are ever going to heal. We are just going to have to live with it. It is going to be there forever. The World Cup is a very happy memory and a bitter one too because of how it ended, how it all worked out. But it's always going to be there," Messi said in an interview to 'FIFA.com'. Argentina went on to lose a couple of Copa America finals to Chile after that, fuelling the criticism that Messi has under-achieved with the national team.


But the touch artist silenced his critics by single- handedly guiding an under-performing Argentina to the 2018 World Cup main draw. Reminded of that st…