The collapse of Premier League referee Bobby Madley's marriage 'led to his shock resignation'

The refs’ organisation announced on Thursday that Madley, 32, quit after deciding to move “due to personal circumstances”. The internet went into meltdown, with thousands repeating wild speculation as to what was behind his decision. His family called the rumours “utter rubbish” but confirmed he and wife Rachel, 34, had split after two years of marriage. Madley, from Halifax, West […]

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Hazard can become best player in world says Sarri – depending on one thing

Maurizio Sarri admits he feared Eden Hazard was going to quit Chelsea this summer. With the Belgium superstar being courted by Real Madrid, new Blues boss Sarri thought he might not get the chance to work with the talisman. Sarri had to wait until Hazard, 27, returned from the World Cup to talk to him, but ­insists his biggest star […]

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Carabao Cup draw in full as Premier League teams enter competition

Southampton will take on fellow Premier League side Brighton in the second round of the Carabao Cup. That was the only all-top flight clash in the southern section as Premier League teams entered the competition for the first time. Jamie Vardy will face his former side Fleetwood after Leicester were drawn at home to the League One side. Exeter will […]

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Increasingly influential Arteta fast emerging as Man City’s Guardiola successor

When Manchester City faced Arsenal at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, Mikel Arteta could easily have found himself in the home dugout. After Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign in north London was brought to an end, the Spaniard – a former Arsenal captain – was touted as a candidate for the top job. Indeed, Arteta […]

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Liverpool reject loan offer from Serie A side for midfielder

Liverpool have reportedly rejected an offer from Torino for midfielder Marko Grujic. The Serie A club wanted to take the midfielder on loan for the forthcoming season with a view to completing a £9million permanent deal next summer. But according to Goal, Liverpool are holding out for twice as much for the 22-year-old. Jurgen Klopp is also believed to be […]

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Man United star Juan Mata is a target for Spanish giants

Juan Mata will reportedly be top of Valencia’s transfer wish-list next summer. The Spaniard spent four years with the La Liga side before joining Chelsea in the Premier League in 2011. He went on to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United but is set to be a target for Valencia at the end of the season, according to […]

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Kevin De Bruyne opens up about Jose Mourinho fallout

Kevin De Bruyne has told of the moment he "lost patience" under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. The midfielder was a key man for Manchester City in their Premier League winning campaign last season. But his first spell in England wasn’t quite as successful. He played just three times for Chelsea in 2013 before then Blues manager Mourinho dropped him. In […]

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The huge numbers behind Wilfried Zaha’s new contract

Wilfried Zaha has become Crystal Palace’s best-paid player ever, after signing a stunning new ­five-year deal worth £130,000 a week. The fresh terms are the ­second in a year for the Ivory Coast forward, who signed a five-year deal last summer. Zaha was a key man in ­Palace’s escape from ­relegation, and his value to the club has now been […]

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Pep Guardiola admits he fooled his way to Manchester City’s record-breaking title triumph

Last season City were the first side to earn 100 points as they won the Premier League — 19 points ahead of rivals Manchester United in second. But Guardiola, a serial trophy collector in Spain and Germany, revealed: “I’m going to tell you something that is absolutely true: I don’t have all the answers! “Often when I don’t know something, […]

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