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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.”

Real Madrid boss defends Cops del Rey exit

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.”
Pep Guardiola has sensationally revealed why he’s committing his long-term future to Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City won’t sign any players in January transfer window

The Blues have won five successive games, including an impressive 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend, and are now sitting just two points behind current leaders Manchester United with a game in hand.
Chelsea are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, in the New Year.

David Alaba’s father addresses Real Madrid links as defender nears Bayern Munich exit

David Alaba's father has addressed reports linking the exit-bound Bayern Munich defender with Real Madrid.
2. A number of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Alex Iwobi’s performance as the Toffees beat Arsenal 2-1 at Goodison Park this weekend.

Alex Iwobi keen to become Everton key player

Nigeria winger Alex Iwobi is determined to make his stay at Everton a successful one.
Spanish premiere Liga has celebrated Samuel Chukwueze’s first league goal of the season for Villarreal.

Samuel Chukwueze listed among Africa’s top wonder-kids

Super Eagles and Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze has been rated among the six young players from Africa origin or background destined to shake the world this year with their outstanding performances.
Lai Xiaomin, former chairman of one of China’s four ‘bad banks’ established in the late 1990s, pleaded guilty in August to bribery and corruption. PHOTO - HANDOUT-AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE-GETTY IMAGES

China sentences ex-banker to death for corruption, bribery

The former chairman of one of China’s biggest state asset management firms was also accused of bigamy. Chinese President Xi Jinping says he is trying to stamp out corruption.
Olivier Giroud has admitted that his current situation at Chelsea is worrying, and says he'll have to make a decision on his future in January.

Olivier Giroud: I really want to win the Premier League

Olivier Giroud has revealed his burning desire to win the Premier League this season and insists that Chelsea still have a chance to join the title race.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Edinson Cavani that he must bide his time before securing regular starts for Manchester United.

Manchester United boss: Edinson Cavani must wait to secure regular starts

Three days earlier, Cavani played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win at Everton in the Carabao Cup, a game in which he scored the Red Devils’ first goal on 88 minutes to set them on their way to a place in the semi-finals.
Pedri is Barcelona's main signing for the current season. The Spaniard joined for six million euros plus variables. And part of those variables, four million euros, will be paid before the end of the season.

Barcelona to pay four million euros in variables for Pedri

Pedri is Barcelona's main signing for the current season. The Spaniard joined for six million euros plus variables. And part of those variables, four million euros, will be paid before the end of the season.
Mikel Arteta is making really unusual decisions, according to Martin Keown, who says the Arsenal boss cannot afford to make any more mistakes heading into the new year.

Martin Keown: Mikel Arteta making really unusual decisions

Mikel Arteta is "making really unusual decisions", according to Martin Keown, who says the Arsenal boss cannot afford to make any more mistakes heading into the new year.
Chelsea are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, in the New Year.

Bayern Munich resigned to losing David Alaba

Bayern Munich are resigned to losing Premier League-linked David Alaba, according to Oliver Kahn, who has admitted that the defender is "looking around".
Bruno Fernandes has helped to make Manchester United “watchable” again, says Dwight Yorke, with the Portugal international midfielder helping to raise the game of the Red Devils as a collective.

Gary Neville: Bruno Fernandes has transformed Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes has "transformed" Manchester United, according to Gary Neville, who feels the €55 million (£50m/$67m) midfielder has all the qualities of a club captain.
Soccer Football – Champions League – Round of 16 Second Leg – Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – August 7, 2020 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

France Football name ‘all-time’ Ballon d’Or dream team

Chosen by a jury of 140 journalists (our invitation must have got lost in the post) the dream team was revealed on Monday, and it’s bound to raise a few eyebrows.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has arguably fallen into the Jose Mourinho trap and needs to sort things out before they get out of hand.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must avoid Jose Mourinho’s mistakes to succeed

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has arguably fallen into the Jose Mourinho trap and needs to sort things out before they get out of hand.
Paul Pogba could be back in contention for Manchester United’s clash against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night.

Paul Pogba vows to continue to fight for Manchester United

The 27-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola recently claimed that his client’s time at Old Trafford is “over” and urged the 20-time English champions to sell the France international in the next transfer window.
FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

U.N. chief urges leaders of every country to declare ‘climate emergency’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis.
Frank Lampard says he's not under pressure to play Kepa, and has admitted that Edouard Mendy is now a permanent fixture in the net after his bright start to life at Chelsea.

Frank Lampard: Edouard Mendy now ‘permanent fixture’ in Chelsea team

Frank Lampard says he's not under "pressure" to play Kepa, and has admitted that Edouard Mendy is now a "permanent fixture" in the net after his bright start to life at Chelsea.
Paul Pogba (left) celebrates scoring his stunning equaliser (Julian Finney-PA)

Paul Pogba says it took him a ‘long time’ to recover from coronavirus

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has admitted it took him a "long time" to recover physically from coronavirus and that he "couldn't run" during the first game of the season.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ready to walk away from Arsenal this summer if he does not figure in Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans.

Axed Arsenal defender agrees Olympiakos deal

Gazzetta dello Sport says Sokratis has pulled out of talks with Lazio to enter negotiations about a move to Olympiakos.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

MURIC calls for dialogue over tribal clashes

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for dialogue over tribal clashes in Oyo State and appealed to the Federal Government to apply caution in handling the fragile situation.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

SERAP asks Nigerian government to publish details of N729 billion payments for poor residents

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, has been asked by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to “publish details of proposed payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians.
FILE PHOTO - Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, November 6, 2019. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw-File Photo

Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin

Dutch police have arrested the alleged leader of a large Asian drug syndicate who is listed as one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives and has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
A healthcare worker receives a dose of COVISHIELD, a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a school converted into a vaccine centre at Sanand, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India to give homegrown coronavirus vaccine in seven more states this week

India said it will administer homegrown coronavirus vaccine COVAXIN in seven more states from Monday as it seeks to inoculate 30 million healthcare workers across the country.