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Stiliyan Petrov not offered playing contract at Villa

Stiliyan Petrov not offered playing contract at Villa Credit: PA

Stiliyan Petrov has been told he would not be handed a playing contract at Aston Villa, but instead would be offered a different role.

Boss Roberto Di Matteo praised Petrov’s integrity, determination and character and has offered him the opportunity to remain at Bodymoor Heath in a different role.

Di Matteo said:

Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us. I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the Club.

Stiliyan is going to discuss this with his family before coming back to us.

– Roberto Di Matteo

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Leicester defender Fuchs quits internationals

Austria captain Christian Fuchs has announced his retirement from international football following the team's exit from Euro 2016.

The Leicester defender announced in a video on his Facebook page that the 78th cap he won in the team's defeat to Iceland in their final Group F match would be his last.

Christian Fuchs captained his country. Credit: PA

"I want to let you know that the game against Iceland was my last in red-white-red," said the 30-year-old.

"I am very proud of the 10 years that I have spent with the national team. I did everything with passion and, as I said, I am very, very proud."

Fuchs joined Leicester from Schalke at the start of last season, playing a key role in their remarkable Premier League title triumph.

Austria disappointed in France, finishing bottom of their pool with just one point from three games.

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Peterborough United goalkeeper Alnwick signs new deal

Ben Alnwick is staying at Posh. Credit: PA

Peterborough United goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 29-year-old joined Posh in 2014 and has gone on to make 80 appearances for the club.

Alnwick has previously played for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Norwich City.

I am delighted. He is one of the best keepers in the league in my opinion and I am pleased he has signed for the next three years.

He has come back in great shape, he is trim, looking ready to go and I am really happy that we have been able to get this done.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager
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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.

Vardy misses out on starting place for Wales game

England manager Roy Hodgson has named an unchanged line up for today's Euro 2016 Group B game with Wales. Meaning once again Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is named as a substitute.

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Watford reject Leicester bid for Deeney

Watford have rejected a bid from Leicester City for their striker Troy Deeney, reported to be between £15-20 million.

Deeney scored 15 goals for Watford last season. Credit: PA

The Birmingham-born forward scored 15 goals for Watford last season as they successfully retained their place in the Premier League after promotion.

Deeney could be seen as a potential replacement for Jamie Vardy who is thought to still be considering a move from Leicester to Arsenal.

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