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Gossip: Guardiola, Pogba, Seri, Bale, Mourinho, Ghoddos, Pardew, Donnarumma

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed a new contract with the club worth nearly £20m a year until 2021, a £3m increase on his current deal. (Mail) Guardiola is risking a touchline ban if he wears a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia during Manchester City’s game against against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. (Times – subscription required) Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not believe Pep Guardiola has brought a higher level of football to the game in his spells at…

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VAR: Decisions need to be made quicker, says former referee Chris Foy

FA Cup: Mata’s goal ruled out by VAR at Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is suffering from “teething problems” and decisions need to be made quicker, says ex-Premier League referee Chris Foy. The use of an off-field official to help make decisions for the first time has produced mixed feedback so far. Sunday’s Carabao Cup match between Manchester City and Arsenal will be the first major English final to use VAR. “We need to get the basics right with VAR and iron out problems…

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Sol Campbell: Grimsby Town interested in job application from ex-England defender

Sol Campbell is looking to start his managerial career Grimsby would be interested in speaking to former England defender Sol Campbell about their vacant managerial position. Campbell, 43, had talks with League One Oxford recently and has said he is “one of the greatest minds in football”. Grimsby sacked Russell Slade earlier this month and are 18th in League Two. “I’m surprised we haven’t heard from Sol. He said that clubs aren’t taking a punt on young managers. We’d have a chat with him,” chief executive John Fenty told BBC…

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Gossip: De Gea, Bale, Mourinho, Pogba, Sterling, Salah, Darmian

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, is set to commit his future to Manchester United by signing a new deal, ruling out an imminent move to Real Madrid. (Times – subscription) Real Madrid are monitoring Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, 23, who is yet to begin formal talks with the Premier League leaders about a contract extension. The England international’s deal expires in 2020. (Mirror) Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba feels harshly treated by Mourinho and wants to feel valued again. (Mail) Man Utd v Chelsea: Your combined XI Select…

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Gossip: Courtois, Pogba, Maguire, Moro, Ranieri, Benzema

Real Madrid want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, to delay agreeing a new contract until April, when they plan to choose between signing him or Manchester United’s Spain international David de Gea, 27. (Telegraph) Belgium international Courtois has said his agent will listen to any offer from Real Madrid. (Mirror) Paul Pogba’s agent has offered the Manchester United midfielder to some of Europe’s top clubs. The 24-year-old Frenchman was a substitute for United’s Champions League draw with Sevilla on Wednesday. (Sports Illustrated) England central defender Harry Maguire, 24, is ready…

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Ander Herrera: Man Utd midfielder could have bad injury, says Jose Mourinho

Ander Herrera had returned from injury after missing games against Newcastle and Huddersfield Ander Herrera could have a “bad injury”, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the midfielder was substituted in Wednesday’s Champions League goalless draw at Sevilla. The Spaniard picked up a muscle injury 17 minutes into the last-16 first-leg tie and was replaced by Paul Pogba. Herrera had returned from injury after missing games earlier in February against Newcastle and Huddersfield. “It didn’t look like he was fully fit,” said Mourinho. “I think he has a bad…

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Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool side beat Nicky Butt’s Man Utd in Uefa Youth League

Steven Gerrard and Nicky Butt were former England team-mates Liverpool Under-19s, managed by former Reds’ captain Steven Gerrard, beat Nicky Butt’s Manchester United 2-0 to progress to the Uefa Youth League quarter-finals. Wales forward Ben Woodburn opened the scoring at Tranmere’s Prenton Park with a first-half header. Rafael Camacho’s stunning long-range strike made sure of the win late on. Liverpool will play Manchester City in the last eight on either 13 or 14 March. Former England midfielder Gerrard, who made 710 appearances for Liverpool in his 17 seasons at the…

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Gossip: Pulisic, Moyes, De Vrij, Jorginho, Arthur, Doucoure

Chelsea face fierce competition from Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old US winger Christian Pulisic. (Mail) West Ham are ready to offer boss David Moyes a two-year deal in the summer if he keeps the Hammers in the Premier League – and the Scot is already looking at player recruitment for next season. (Express) Lazio’s Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij, 26, is ready to switch to the Premier League this summer and is keen on joining Manchester United, but Everton and Arsenal are also interested. (Mirror) United are also interested…

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