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Crystal Palace boss to step down

Roy Hodgson will leave his role as manager of Crystal Palace F.C. at the end of this season. Hodgson’s final match in charge of the Eagles will be at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday, his 162nd competitive match in the Palace dugout.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has taken full responsibility for Thursday’s early exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Spanish third division side Alcoyano but says the upset is “not a disgrace.”

Zinedine Zidane leaving Real Madrid

With two games left to wrap up the season, Zinedine Zidane has already told the Real Madrid first-team squad that he will leave the club and won’t stay on as coach for next year.
Manchester United have started to devise a market strategy for the upcoming transfer window as the season approaches the final stage.

Report: Manchester United ready to offload four first-team players to fund summer spending

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to clear the decks to accommodate new arrivals, with United continually linked with some of Europe’s most exciting prospects.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has hit back at speculation he’s demanded in excess of £180,000-a-week to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester ‘interested’ in Tammy Abraham this summer

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has just reported that Leicester City are one the sides ‘interested’ in signing out-of-favour Chelsea star Tammy Abraham this summer.

Eric Bailly ready to reject Manchester United contract offer

Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, is ready to reject any new contract offer.
Folarin Balogun celebrates after guiding in his second Arsenal goal to set the seal on a sixth win out of six in the Europa League this season. Ryan Byrne-INPHO-REX-Shutterstock

Folarin Balogun close to signing new Arsenal contract

Folarin Balogun is close to signing a new long-term contract with Arsenal.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored his first Premier League hat-trick in the 5-0 hammering of bottom placed Sheffield United on Sunday.

Leicester City announce decrease in turnover to £150 million in financial report

Leicester City Football Club have announced a decrease in turnover to £150 million its financial results for the year-ending – the first published measurement of the impact of COVID-19 on the Club’s finances.
Joan Laporta celebrates winning the 2021 Barcelona presidential election (Image c-o FC Barcelona)

Lionel Messi congratulates new Barcelona president

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has congratulated Joan Laporta, after he emerged as the club’s president.
Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund chief expects Erling Haaland stay

Borussia Dortmund’s head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl expects in-demand forward Erling Braut Haaland to remain at the Westfalenstadion for the 2021-22 campaign.
Bruno Fernandes has called for disappointing Manchester United to win at all costs, insisting it doesn't matter how we play.

Manchester United to hand Bruno Fernandes new contract

According to The Sun, the Portuguese midfielder has been the best player in the last two campaigns for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stuttering side but is way behind in the earnings charts.
Barcelona’s Spanish forward Ansu Fati looks on from the sideline during a friendly football match between FC Barcelona and Nastic at the Johan Cruyff stadium in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona, on September 12, 2020. (Photo by Pau BARRENA - AFP)

Manchester United had £130 million offer rejected for Barcelona prodigy in the summer

With the Catalans in financial distress, Manchester United hoped to test the waters with a bid for the prized asset. However, Barca were nowhere close to sanctioning a sale for their young prodigy.
Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal has upset Xavi Hernandez over claims regarding the Al Sadd coach.

Xavi: Everyone sees me as a Barcelona coach

Speculation regarding further change in the dugout at the Liga giant has intensified on the back of a humbling 4-1 defeat to Kylian Mbappe-inspired Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Mason Greenwood has signed a new contract at Manchester United

Mason Greenwood signs new four-year deal with Manchester United

Mason Greenwood has put pen to paper on a new contract with Manchester United which will keep him at the club until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.
Ahmed Musa

West Brom decide against Ahmed Musa move

The Super Eagles captain has been looking for regular first-team football ahead of the Super Eagles’ latest round of AFCON qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho which take place at the end of March.
Aston Villa John Terry Chelsea

John Terry: How I sacrificed my Chelsea place for Nathan Ake

Aston Villa number two coach, John Terry, has revealed how he gave up his place at Chelsea so Nathan Ake for him to get a first-team shot.
Wilfred Ndidi ended his Premier League goal drought as Leicester City defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Tuesday evening.

Wilfred Ndidi nominated for Leicester City Goal of the Month award

Wilfred Ndidi has been nominated for Leicester City’s January Goal of the Month award.
Former Real Madrid defender Pepe erupted into tears after seeing his Porto team-mate Nanu knocked unconscious during their game against Belenenses.

Pepe weeps as Porto team-mate Nanu is knocked unconscious

Former Real Madrid defender Pepe erupted into tears after seeing his Porto team-mate Nanu knocked unconscious during their game against Belenenses.
Alisson Becker has been ruled out of Liverpool's game with Brighton tonight.

Alisson Becker ruled out of Brighton clash with illness

There is no indication yet as to the exact nature of the Brazilian’s illness, or indeed its severity, but it represents another major headache for manager Jurgen Klopp, ahead of what will be a pivotal few weeks at home and abroad for the reigning champions.

Danny Drinkwater leaves Chelsea to join Kasimpasa on loan

Drinkwater has ventured abroad for the first time in his professional career, with the Super Lig club snapping him up on a short-term deal set to run until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Fulham are in talks with Serie A club Torino over a permanent deal for Nigeria defender Ola Aina.

Fulham’s Ola Aina ready to prove point vs Chelsea

Saturday's clash at Craven Cottage reunites Aina with his former club where he spent over 11 years before he joined Torino permanently in June 2019 and he is hoping to prove a point against Chelsea.
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Everton - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - August 23, 2019 General view after the match REUTERS-Eddie Keogh

Aston Villa v Everton postponed due to coronavirus concerns

Aston Villa’s home match against Everton on Sunday has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Midlands club, the Premier League said on Thursday.
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his transfer to Bayer Leverkusen

Timothy Fosu-Mensah completes £1.8 million move to Bayer Leverkusen

The 23-year-old defender leaves Old Trafford having made 30 first-team appearances over the past six-and-a-half season – but just three this season.

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France's President Emmanuel Macron bumps elbows with Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi before the opening session of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies, in Paris, France, May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

France, African leaders push to redirect $100 billion in IMF SDR reserves by October

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday a summit in Paris on Africa financing had agreed to work towards persuading rich nations by October to reallocate $100 billion in IMF special drawing rights monetary reserves to African states.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Katsina judge kidnapped inside court

Witnesses told Daily Trust that the attackers broke into the court around 3pm on Tuesday and abducted the judge identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

James Ibori loot: Delta asks federal government to return recovered fund to state

Delta State Government on Tuesday reacted to receipt by the Nigerian government of the £4.2 million first tranche of the Ibori loot from the goverment of the United Kingdom.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Kaduna strike: Northern governors call for calm

The Northern Governors Forum, has called for calm and dialogue between Kaduna State Government and organised labour, to resolve the ongoing warning strike by workers in the state.

Senator decries shortage of personnel in fighting security challenge

Sen. Kashim Shettima, Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, has urged the Federal Government to recruit additional security personnel towards tackling current security challenges in Nigeria.

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has arrested one James Mbah in Ebonyi, who claimed to be its staff.

NSCDC parades 11 suspects for ‘theft’, ‘rape’ in Ekiti

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ekiti Command, on Friday paraded 11 suspects for alleged theft, burglary, cyber bullying, rape and conspiracy.
The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.

Anglican Bishop: Criticisms against open grazing ban selfish, primitive

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Oru in Imo State, Rt. Rev. Godffrey Chukwunenye has hit out at those criticising the southern governors’ ban on open grazing and support for restructuring, saying that such criticisms were selfish and primitive.
Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe

President Buhari greets Obi of Onitsha at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe on the occasion of his 80th birthday, commending the royal father’s unwavering dedication to Nigeria’s unity and development.
Hansi Flick gave a vague response on his future at Bayern Munich amid links with the Germany job following their Champions League elimination on Tuesday night.

Hansi Flick under no pressure over Germany coaching job decision

Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said on Friday he was in no rush to decide on a possible job as German national team coach.

Taraba: Over 4000 displaced after weekend attacks

A weekend attack on some communities in the Bali local government area of Taraba state by suspected herdsmen has displaced over 4000 persons.