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Petrov 'so happy' to join Aston Villa training

Stiliyan Petrov Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia Stiliyan Petrov is returning to Aston Villa.

The former Villa captain will take part in pre-season training at first-team level.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he will travel with the group to Austria and join the squad at their training camp.


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Defender Paul McGinn joins Chesterfield FC

Paul McGinn Credit: PA

Chesterfield FC have made a fourth pre-season signing with defender Paul McGinn joining on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old, who will officially join the club on July 1, is a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Dundee.

McGinn will join fellow new recruits Kristian Dennis, Jon Nolan and Ched Evans when the players report for the start of pre-season training on July 4.

"Paul's arrival will greatly strengthen the level of competition for a place on the right-hand side of defence. He is very athletic and comes highly recommended."

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield FC chief executive
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Cornell joins Northampton Town as Clarke heads for exit

David Cornell (left) has joined Northampton Town, but Ryan Clarke is heading to AFC Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Swansea City goalkeeper David Cornell on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old Welshman has agreed a two-year at Sixfields.

Cornell has been a free agent since he was released by Oldham Athletic earlier this summer.

He will now compete with Adam Smith for the number one jersey.

David is a good signing for us.

He will come in to challenge and compete with Adam Smith and he has knowledge and experience of playing at this level.

He has a good pedigree and I'm sure he will fit in well in the dressing room.

I think he was unfortunate to have been released by Oldham but hopefully their loss can be our gain.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, veteran 'keeper Ryan Clarke has left Northampton to join fellow League One side AFC Wimbledon.


Jamie Vardy will start for England

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will start for England in tonight's match against Slovakia.

He will be hoping for a repeat of his success in England's match with Wales last week, where he scored the team's equaliser.

England went on to win that game 2-1. They just need to draw tonight to guarantee making it through to the last 16.

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Wenger believes Jamie Vardy will stay at Leicester

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he expects Jamie Vardy to stay at Leicester.

The Frenchman appears ready for defeat in his chase for the striker after the Gunners triggered his £20million release clause.

Vardy is currently with England at Euro 2016 and scored in their 2-1 win over Wales on Thursday. He has insisted he would not make a decision on his future until after England's involvement in France ended.

Arsene Wenger believes Jamie Vardy will stay at Leicester City Credit: PA

But Wenger, in an interview with Chinese TV, said he believes the 28-year-old is ready to remain loyal to last season's shock Premier League champions.

He said: "Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he will stay at Leicester."

Leicester made a counter offer to Vardy, who only signed his most recent contract until 2019 in February, to try to convince him to stay at the King Power Stadium, although it is understood they could not match Arsenal's deal.

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