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Result: Fulham lose heavily to Lyon in France

Fulham continue their preparations for the 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a 4-0 defeat to French giants Lyon. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 21:55 UK Fulham continued their preparations for the 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a 4-0 defeat to French giants Lyon at Stade Pierre Rajon on Saturday night. The club’s record signing Jean-Michael Seri made his debut for Fulham, while in-demand youngster Ryan Sessegnon also started for the Cottagers. It was Lyon that kicked things off in France, and former Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay had the game’s first half-chance in the ninth minute, but his strike was deflected behind. Stefan Johansen had Fulham’s first serious effort of the night, but his low strike sailed just t...

Ander Herrera: ‘Manchester United fans important to David de Gea’

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that the ‘love of the club’s supporters’ has helped keep David de Gea at Old Trafford. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 21:32 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 21:32 UK Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has claimed that the ‘love of the club’s supporters’ has helped keep fellow Spaniard David de Gea at Old Trafford. De Gea has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and came close to joining the Spanish giants in the summer of 2015 before the deal fell through at the final moment. Los Blancos continue to be credited with an interest, but it seems that Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is now their number one target having failed to convince De Gea...

Agent: ‘Simon Mignolet will leave Liverpool’

The agent of Simon Mignolet reveals that that the Belgian goalkeeper is looking to leave Liverpool this summer. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 21:18 UK The agent of Simon Mignolet has revealed that that the goalkeeper is looking to leave Liverpool in this summer’s transfer window. Mignolet, 30, lost his position to Loris Karius in the second half of last season, and now finds himself further down the pecking order following the arrival of Alisson Becker at Anfield. Barcelona have been credited with an interest in the Belgium international, and his agent Nico Vaesen has revealed that “the next few days will be decisive” in the stopper’s future. Vaesen told Walfoot: “It doesn’t change the situation [Alisson’s a...

Defending champion Jordan Spieth has share of lead at The Open

American Jordan Spieth has a share of The Open lead courtesy of an excellent third round at Carnoustie. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 21:05 UK American Jordan Spieth has a share of The Open lead courtesy of an excellent third round at Carnoustie. Spieth – bidding to become the first man since 2008 to retain the Claret Jug – posted a six-under 65 to sit at nine under alongside Xander Schauffele and his housemate Kevin Kisner after day three. Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood are both currently on five under, while Tiger Woods – without a major since the 2008 US Open – is also in contention alongside McIlroy and Fleetwood courtesy of his lowest round at a major since 2011. Kevin Chappell birdied the last to post a 67 and finish ...

John Hartson: ‘Arsenal still way behind rivals’

Former Arsenal forward John Hartson claims that the Gunners are still “way behind” their rivals in the transfer market. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:50 UK Former Arsenal forward John Hartson has claimed that the Gunners are still “way behind” their rivals in the transfer market. Stephan Lichtsteiner, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira have all arrived at the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Unai Emery making moves to improve his squad. Hartson, however, has said that his former side are still currently unable to compete for the best players in the world following a difficult period. “Arsenal fans are going to have to be patient for a couple of seasons, not demanding such success because I be...

Claude Puel: ‘No offers for Kasper Schmeichel’

Leicester City boss Claude Puel says that the Foxes have received no offers for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:37 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:37 UK Leicester City boss Claude Puel has said that the Foxes have received no offers for Kasper Schmeichel. The 31-year-old, who impressed for Denmark at the 2018 World Cup, is believed to be a transfer target for Chelsea in this summer’s transfer window. Leicester have already signed Danny Ward from Liverpool this summer, and it had been suggested that the goalkeeper would be a replacement for Schmeichel. Puel, however, has revealed that he is desperate to keep the stopper at the King Power Stadium. “I am not troubled about this,” Puel told...

Chris Hughton ‘happy with Brighton & Hove Albion squad’

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton hints that his summer business is finished. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:25 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:25 UK Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has hinted that his summer business has been concluded. The Seagulls have brought seven new players to the club since the end of last season, with Yves Bissouma, Bernardo, Florin Andone, David Button, Percy Tau, Leon Balogun and Jason Steele all arriving. Hughton has revealed that he is pleased with the club’s summer activity, and will only further add to his squad if the right opportunity comes up. “We are happy with what we have got and we will only bring in [players] if we feel it is right for the team and right f...

Wayne Rooney makes full debut for DC United

Wayne Rooney will make his full debut for DC United in Saturday’s MLS clash with Atlanta United. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:12 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 20:13 UK Wayne Rooney will make his full debut for DC United in Saturday’s MLS clash with Atlanta United. Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer completed a move to DC United at the end of last month, and made his debut for the MLS outfit as a substitute in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps. Rooney has been named in his new team’s starting XI for their clash with division leaders Atlanta, however, leading the line in a 4-1-4-1 formation for the Washington club. The XI. @WayneRooney picks up his first MLS start in Atlanta....

Yerry Mina’s agent confirms Everton talks

The agent of Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina reveals that he has held talks with Everton over a potential move for his client. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:59 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:59 UK The agent of Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina has revealed that he has held talks with Everton over a potential move for his client in this summer’s transfer window. Mina joined Barcelona from Palmeiras during the January transfer window, and made six appearances for the Catalan club in the second half of the campaign. Barcelona have since brought Clement Lenglet to Camp Nou, however, and it is understood that Mina could be available for transfer. Jair Mina has confirmed that he has held talks with Everton over a move to the Premi...

Riyad Mahrez delighted to make Manchester City debut

Algerian attacker Riyad Mahrez says that it felt “very good” to make his Manchester City debut. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:49 UK Algerian attacker Riyad Mahrez has said that it felt “very good” to make his Manchester City debut. Mahrez joined City from Leicester City earlier this month, and appeared for the first time for his new club in their 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Chicago. Despite the defeat, Mahrez – who played 73 minutes of the pre-season friendly – was pleased with his own performance. “I feel very good. It was a good game. We had some good moments. The most important thing was to get some minutes, to run and try to play the way City plays,” Mahrez told City’s official webs...

Ray Parlour: ‘Danny Welbeck a bargain at £15m’

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour says that there will be plenty of takers for Danny Welbeck if the Gunners decide to sell the forward. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:37 UK Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that there will be plenty of takers for Danny Welbeck if the Gunners decide to sell the forward in this summer’s transfer window. Welbeck, 27, has played over 100 times for Arsenal since a 2014 move from Manchester United, and he enjoyed his best scoring season for the club last term. The England international is reportedly surplus to requirements under new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, however, and could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer. Parlour has claimed that there will be plenty of clubs looking at Welbeck if he is ...

Craig Bellamy: ‘Manchester United cannot afford Gareth Bale’

Craig Bellamy claims that Manchester United ‘cannot afford to pay Gareth Bale’s wages’ amid speculation that the Welshman could leave Real Madrid. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:25 UK Former Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy has claimed that Manchester United ‘cannot afford to pay Gareth Bale‘s wages’ amid speculation that the Welshman could leave Real Madrid this summer. Bale, 29, has long been linked with a return to the Premier League, and admitted after the 2018 Champions League final that he could leave the Bernabeu ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. United are believed to have a long-standing interest in the Welshman, but Bellamy has played down suggestions that his countryman could move to Old Trafford. &...

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