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  • Brown loaned to Brighton after signing C...

    Chelsea have confirmed that Izzy Brown has been loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion after signing a new contract with the Premier League champions. Brighton 5/4 to be relegated in 2017-18 The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Huddersfield Town as they earned promotion thro...

    Brown loaned to Brighton after signing Chelsea contract

    Chelsea have confirmed that Izzy Brown has been loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion after signing a new contract with the Premier League champions. Brighton 5/4 to be relegated in 2017-18 The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Huddersfield Town as they earned promotion through the Championship play-offs, will spend 2017-18 on the south coast after extending his Chelsea deal until 2021. Brighton boss Chris Hughton said of the forward: "The natural progression for Izzy, having enjoyed such a successful season in the Championship last season, was to step up to the Premier League and we are delighted he will be doing that with us, here at Brighton. "He is a player with great potential and will bring a different dimension to our attacking options for the season ahead, alongside our existing strikers." Brown, who began his career with West Brom, has made only one senior appearance for Chelsea and had loan spells with Vitesse and Rotherham United prior to joining Huddersfield. He follows team-mates Tammy Abraham (Swansea City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) and Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) in moving on loan from Chelsea to other clubs in England's top flight.

  • VAR would have ruled out 'Hand of God' g...

    Diego Maradona has thrown his backing behind the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and conceded the system would have seen his "Hand of God" goal against England ruled out. Maradona etched himself into the history of the World Cup at the tournament in Mexico in 1...

    VAR would have ruled out 'Hand of God' goal, Maradona admits

    Diego Maradona has thrown his backing behind the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and conceded the system would have seen his "Hand of God" goal against England ruled out. Maradona etched himself into the history of the World Cup at the tournament in Mexico in 1986. Argentina 17/2 to win 2018 World Cup As he rose to challenge England's Peter Shilton, the Argentina captain used his hand to flick the ball past the goalkeeper and give his side the lead. The mercurial playmaker went on to score a sensational second that proved crucial in La Albiceleste's 2-1 quarter-final victory, Argentina going on to lift the title. With the VAR system - which was used during the Confederations Cup and will be available during the upcoming Bundesliga campaign - Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser would have been able to check the validity of Maradona's iconic goal, and the 56-year-old knows it would have been chalked off. "I thought about it and, sure, that goal wouldn't have stood if technology had been around," Maradona told FIFA.com. "And I'll tell you something else: at the 1990 World Cup I used my hand to clear the ball off the line against the Soviet Union. We were lucky because the referee didn't see it. "You couldn't use technology back then, but it's a different story today." "It's not just my goal in '86 that wouldn't have counted," Maradona added. "Let's not forget that England won the World Cup in '66 with a shot that didn't go over the line.  "Then it happened to them in 2010, when [Frank] Lampard's shot crossed the line against Germany but wasn't given. England had the ball and scored the goal they deserved, but Germany grew in confidence after that and it changed the match completely." And Maradona believes now is the time to embrace technology to reduce the danger of controversy at future tournaments. "There have been lots of incidents where World Cup history would have been different if technology had been used. It's time to change all that," he said. "People used to say that we'd waste a lot of time, that it would cause a lot of annoyance. But that's not the case. "People get annoyed when something that shouldn't be given is given, or when you have a goal wrongly disallowed.  "Technology brings transparency and quality, and it provides a positive outcome for teams who decide to attack and take risks."

  • Depay back to Man Utd? Dutch winger quiz...

    Memphis Depay has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding a possible return to Manchester United just six months after leaving for Lyon. The Netherlands international brought a frustrating 18-month stint at Old Trafford to a close during the winter transfer window when he co...

    Depay back to Man Utd? Dutch winger quizzed on Old Trafford return prospects

    Memphis Depay has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding a possible return to Manchester United just six months after leaving for Lyon. The Netherlands international brought a frustrating 18-month stint at Old Trafford to a close during the winter transfer window when he completed a £21.6 million move to France. Get Lyon at 18/1 to win Ligue 1 title He was allowed to take on a new challenge after making just eight appearances under Jose Mourinho, and 53 in total following a 2015 arrival under Louis van Gaal. Depay struggled to make his mark in England, but the door has been left open for him to return to United should he rediscover his best form in the future. Quizzed by TuttoMercatoWeb on whether he has given any thought to such a switch, the 23-year-old said: "No, to be honest. It’s not in my thoughts. "I’m very focused on Lyon, and I’m very happy about my choice, and I don’t think of anything else other than to do the best for this team." Despite offering him limited game time over the first half of the 2016-17 campaign, Mourinho admitted upon Depay’s departure that he would continue to monitor the forward. Depay ends 2016-17 on highest high He said: "Potentially, he is a very good player. "I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him, he did well. He knew him well from the national team, when he was young in the World Cup he had flashes of top quality. "He was playing well in Holland but not the same here, but he was showing very good things. "He didn't succeed in his 18 months but he is very young, so I think it is very important for the club to keep control of this talent, and we all wish he plays very well at Olympique Lyon and why not come back, because everyone really likes him." WATCH: Memphis' new rap song While he was quick to head for the Old Trafford exits once transfer talk escalated, Depay is reluctant to speculate on whether former team-mate Anthony Martial could do likewise this summer. The France international is not a guaranteed starter for United and has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A outfit Inter – potentially as part of a deal to take Ivan Perisic in the opposite direction. On those rumours, Depay said: “Anthony is a great player, no doubt, and he is also a great person, I cannot do anything but wish him the best for the continuation of his career." Depay did start to find form after linking up with Lyon in the New Year, with five goals netted in 18 appearances – including an audacious effort from the halfway line against Toulouse in March.

  • Liverpool not scared of making big bids ...

    Jurgen Klopp says the ballooning transfer fees in football will not inhibit the work Liverpool want to do in the summer window, but the club will recruit surgically and not for the sake of appearances. The Reds have already surpassed their record spend with the initial £36.9 m...

    Liverpool not scared of making big bids for the right players, says Klopp

    Jurgen Klopp says the ballooning transfer fees in football will not inhibit the work Liverpool want to do in the summer window, but the club will recruit surgically and not for the sake of appearances. The Reds have already surpassed their record spend with the initial £36.9 million signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma, and have been foiled in their efforts to make RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita one of the biggest purchases in Premier League history. Odds on LFC to win the league The German side rejected a £66m offer for the midfielder last week, which equalled the Bundesliga benchmark for a transfer fee, and have refused to negotiate at any price. Another proposal for the Guinea international will not materialise unless Die Roten Bullen alter their hardline stance. Latest LFC transfer rumours Liverpool, meanwhile, were prepared to make Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world, before having to publicly apologise and end interest in Klopp’s priority rearguard target due to a tapping-up fiasco. The centre-back, who has informed Southampton he is unavailable to feature for them as he wants to depart St. Mary’s, has not been included in their squad for a pre-season training camp in France. Saints maintain that the 26-year-old is not for sale, but Liverpool will be primed should they decide to do business rather than keep an unhappy player. The Merseysiders, who have also added Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke and left-back Andy Robertson to their roster ahead of 2017-18, have demonstrated a willingness to sanction huge outlays this summer for players they are confident will enhance their approach. “We are not afraid of big numbers at the club, we are not afraid to spend,” Klopp told Goal as part of an exclusive interview. Mane and Ings boost for LFC “But we have to do the right things, look at the right players and negotiate with the right clubs.” The 50-year-old explained the club’s strategy in the window as Liverpool look to further advance in the new campaign, having finished in the top four during the German’s first full season in charge at Anfield. “There’s two possibilities to strengthen the squad: one is to get better players, the other is to get players with similar quality to what you have,” Klopp said. “It’s difficult to get better players, because the ones we have are already really good. If you get the same quality, then the age group that they’re in means that very big steps are possible for everyone - the new players and the ones already at the club. “That’s what then gives the push in the performance, that’s what we’re looking for.”

  • Lukaku addition makes Man Utd 'frighteni...

    Manchester United boast “frightening” firepower, according to Luke Shaw, with Romelu Lukaku joining an already star-studded unit. The Red Devils struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with a lack of cutting edge costing them vital points in the battle for a top-fou...

    Lukaku addition makes Man Utd 'frightening' going forward, says Shaw

    Manchester United boast “frightening” firepower, according to Luke Shaw, with Romelu Lukaku joining an already star-studded unit. The Red Devils struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with a lack of cutting edge costing them vital points in the battle for a top-four finish. Back Man Utd to beat Barca with dabblebet However, chances were created and Jose Mourinho will be hoping for more end product this season, with his options further bolstered by the £75 million addition of Lukaku. The Belgium international has been acquired to complement the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Shaw of the opinion that United now boast an enviable collection of forward-thinking talent. He told MUTV: "You look at the pace and skill we have up top and the finishing ability and it’s frightening. "The attacking players have shown a lot of quality on tour, especially when you look at Rom’s goal against City. It wasn’t an easy finish and Marcus has been in great form too and has scored a few goals. “Micki's also scored and played how he always plays and Martial – wow, the skill for the goal [against Real Madrid] was fantastic. Dazzling assist sparks Martial's summer "You can’t forget Jesse as well; for me, Jesse is my standout player so far on this tour. He’s everywhere and always willing to set up the play and chip in with a goal or an assist. Hopefully all the boys can carry on doing their thing." Lukaku and Co have been catching the eye during United’s pre-season fixtures in America, with one more game to come against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. Another fresh face, Victor Lindelof, has also been introduced to the fold while in the United States, with Shaw impressed by the speed in which the new arrivals have settled into the squad. The England international defender, who is currently nursing his way back from injury, added: "Romelu and Victor have settled in very well. 'Lindelof isn't guaranteed games at Utd' “It’s good for Rom as he knew a few of the players before he came so it was pretty easy for him to settle and Victor was new to the group but he has settled really well and he’s enjoying it. “The main thing now is to build up fitness and make sure everyone is in peak condition for the start of the season." United’s first competitive fixture of the 2017-18 campaign will see them face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8, before they open the new Premier League season at home to West Ham the following Sunday. 

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