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Manchester United step up interest in Benfica ace Joao Felix?

A report claims that Manchester United had scouts present for Benfica’s 4-1 win over Santa Clara on Saturday as they continue to keep tabs on in-demand ace Joao Felix.

Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Rennes

Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Arsenal ahead of their Europa League last 16 second leg clash with Rennes on Thursday.

Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Dynamo Kiev

Sports Mole rounds up the latest Chelsea injury and suspension news ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last 16 second leg against Dynamo Kiev.

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Club information: Real Madrid – Sports Mole

Club information page for Real Madrid Football Club. Full name: Real Madrid Club de Futbol Nicknames: Los Blancos, Los Merengues, Los Vikingos Founded: March 6, 1902 (as Madrid Football Club) Stadium (capacity): Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (81,044) Most appearances: Raul (741) Most league appearances: Raul (550) Most goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (450) Most league goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (311) Biggest win: 11-1 vs. Barcelona (Copa del Rey, June 13 1943) Biggest league win: 11-2 vs. Elche (February 7 1960) Biggest defeat: 1-8 vs. Espanyol (La Liga, March 5 1930) Highest transfer fee paid: £86m – Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur (September 1, 2013) Highest transfer fee received: £88.5m – Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus (July 10, 2018) Honours La Liga (33): 1931–32, 1932–33, 1953–54, 19...

Club information: Barcelona – Sports Mole

Club information page for Barcelona Football Club. Full name: Futbol Club Barcelona Nicknames: Barca, Blaugrana Founded: November 29, 1899 Stadium (capacity): Camp Nou (99,354) Most appearances: Xavi (769) Most league appearances: Xavi (505) Most goals: Lionel Messi (581) Most league goals: Lionel Messi (404) Highest transfer fee paid: £105m – Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool (January 6, 2018) Highest transfer fee received: £198m – Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain (August 2, 2017) Honours La Liga (25): 1929, 1944–45, 1947–48, 1948–49 , 1951–52, 1952–53, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1973–74, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18 Liga Mediterranea (1): 1937 Copa del Rey (30): 1909-10, 1911-...

Ferguson hails Harrison as ‘one of the greatest coaches’

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Eric Harrison as one of the “greatest coaches of our time” after the former youth team boss and mentor to the much-vaunted Class of ’92 died at the age of 81. Harrison, responsible for forging the fledgling careers of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville among others, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. He was awarded an MBE for services to football just over 12 months ago. “Eric’s contribution to football and not just at Manchester United was incredible,” said Ferguson. “When I came as manager I was lucky enough to have Eric on the staff as head of youth development, so I got to see the work he did and not just with the Class of 92 but with all the young players. “He built character and determination in those young ...

Chelsea want Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea consider an approach for Zinedine Zidane as the speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly considering an approach for Zinedine Zidane as speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues to gather pace. Sarri only took charge of Chelsea last summer following a successful period with Napoli. The Blues made a strong start to the campaign, but their Premier League form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, which has seen them drop out of the Champions League positions. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and the odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea assistant Gianfran...

Blues will figure it out – Pulisic

Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic is backing his new club to come good by the time he joins them from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. The Premier League side signed the 20-year-old for £58million in the January transfer window and immediately loaned him back to the Bundesliga leaders. Pulisic is keeping a close eye on events at Stamford Bridge, which have seen Maurizio Sarri come under increasing pressure, particularly in the wake of the 6-0 humbling at Manchester City on Sunday, which saw Chelsea drop to sixth in the Premier League. The winger has got faith that things will turn around in west London. “It’s tough for me to say,” Pulisic said. “They’ve had some tough results but I know they’re going to work it out. “They’re a great team with great players and a good coach. So they’re goin...

Manchester United ‘make enquiry about Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic’

Manchester United reportedly make an enquiry about the availability of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern. Manchester United have reportedly enquired about the situation of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Rakitic has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the season after talks over a contract extension stalled. The 30-year-old’s agent has ruled out the possibility of his client leaving the Spanish champions this summer, but that has not prevented clubs from keeping tabs on his situation. Spanish publication Sport reports that Manchester United have now joined Chelsea in the race for Rakitic’s signature, having both asked about his availability. Other European giants such as Juventus, Inter Mila...

Former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison dies aged 81

Eric Harrison, the former youth team coach of Manchester United’s Class of 92, has died aged 81. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. We are extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. pic.twitter.com/vS94a8MKxr — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 14, 2019 Appointed by then United manager Ron Atkinson in 1981, Harrison mentored a number of other high-profile youngsters including Mark Hughes, Norman Whiteside, Wes Brown, David Platt and Darren Fletcher. His greatest success came under Sir Alex Ferguson with the...

Barcelona ‘put Jordi Alba contract talks on hold’

The future of Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba remains uncertain after talks over a contract extension once again stall with less than 18 months remaining on his deal. Barcelona have reportedly put Jordi Alba‘s contract talks on hold despite the full-back having less than 18 months remaining on his current deal. Alba remains an integral part of Ernesto Valverde‘s side at the Camp Nou, featuring in 32 of Barcelona’s 37 outings across all competitions so far this season. However, talks over an extension to his current deal have so far proved fruitless, with two rounds of negotiations failing to make any progress prior to the latest impasse. Marca reports that the two parties have not been in contact for the past month after the discussions stalled once again, leaving the futu...

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