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Edin Dzeko to stay at Man City for another 4 years

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Edin Dzeko Credit: PA

It has been confirmed that striker Edin Dzeko will be staying at Manchester City for another four years.

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The captain of Bosnia Herzegovina has signed a contract extension that will keep him in a blue shirt until the summer of 2018.

This comes after David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany also committed their long term futures to the club.

Suarez: I'll never bite again

Luis Suarez has pledged that he will not bite again after finally being formally unveiled by new club Barcelona.

The Uruguayan has been banned from football for four months after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez Credit: PA Images

"I say to all the fans: don't worry because I won't do that anymore," the Associated Press quoted the striker as saying.

Asked during a press conference at the Nou Camp what he was doing to ensure no repeats of the incident, Suarez said: "I am speaking to professionals - the right professionals," he added

Asked whether he should have apologised earlier for the bit on Chiellini, he added: "I don't like having to go back.

"That's something that happened and afterwards I was really depressed and didn't feel like doing anything.

"But then I spoke to my psychologist and he said I had to face it and say sorry.

"I did that and now I would rather focus on the present which is Barcelona."

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Rojo hints at Manchester United move

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo has suggested his move to Manchester United is imminent, describing it as a 'dream' to play for the Old Trafford club.

The Sporting Lisbon player has emerged as a key target for United manager Louis van Gaal, with reports suggesting United will pay £16million for Rojo while sending Portuguese winger Nani back to his former club on a one-year loan deal.

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Marcos Rojo in action at the World Cup for Argentina Credit: PA Images

In an interview with the radio station Continental in his homeland, quoted in several national newspapers, Rojo said: "It's a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal.

"I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily."

United's move for Rojo has been complicated by a row between Sporting and his a third-party ownership group, while the 24-year-old player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.

"There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe," Rojo said.

"If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club."

Burnley boss: we need strength in depth

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who led the Clarets back into the top-flight last term, was not too disheartened by the defeat, which came in front of a noisy capacity crowd at Turf Moor.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho Credit: PA Images

"Chelsea have quality in all areas," said Dyche.

"We kept going, which is important. The will and demand is there. "We have a strong mentality. Ian Holloway said last year we had the strongest jaw in the division.

"We know it is not a sprint, it is a marathon and it is going to be a tough marathon."

Dyche has brought in seven new players this summer, but he feels more additions are needed.

He said: "We need to build a squad. It is not just a starting 11. We are carrying light numbers. We definitely need strength in depth."

Morrison to be released from prison after granted bail

Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison
Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison Credit: PA

Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison is set to be released from prison after a judge granted a bail application.

Morrison, 21, was remanded in custody last month after he was charged with two counts of common assault.

Midfielder Morrison, who moved to West Ham United from Manchester United in 2012, was arrested on Sunday July 27 after police were called to an address in Peel Green, Salford, in the early hours.

It followed reports that a 19-year-old woman had been assaulted outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre.

A 39-year-old woman also claimed she had been attacked.

Morrison is due to appear at Manchester magistrates court again on Thursday.

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Lambert cuts short holiday to begin pre-season training

Rickie Lambert signs for boyhood club
Rickie Lambert signs for boyhood club Credit: LFC

Rickie Lambert has cut short his holiday to begin pre-season training.

The striker reported to Melwood one week earlier than he was required to, following his trip to Brazil as part of England's World Cup squad.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at the club's training complex, he said:

"Probably for the first time in my career I've been looking forward to pre-season - and it's not bad for a 32-year-old to be saying that!

"I was itching to get back, be with the lads and play football. It's good. It's my second day and I'm enjoying it. It's hard, but I'm feeling good.

"This [early start] is what I have to do now; it's no longer a choice for me, really. I know my body and know what I've got to do, to get into the same shape as everybody else and it tends to be that I need to do a little bit more."

– Rickie Lambert, talking to Liverpoolfc.co.uk

Blackpool cancel pre-season trip over lack of players

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Blackpool FC website Credit: Blackpool FC website

Blackpool FC have cancelled their pre-season trip to Spain because they do not have enough players.

It is just three weeks to go until the start of the new season and the current squad list on the club's official website shows just eight players and no goalkeeper.

Chairman Karl Oyston has held emergency talks with new manager Jose Riga in a bid to end their transfer stalemate.

Louis Van Gaal 'excited' by Man United challenge

Louis van Gaal Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal says he is relishing the opportunity to manage Manchester United after leading the Netherlands to third place at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The 62-year-old Dutchman is refusing to go on holiday and will have just two days off at home before officially taking charge this week.

He told MUFC.co.uk: "That is no problem for me, I don't need a holiday”

“It's great to have such an exciting challenge. To work daily with young people is something that I don't need time off for."

He added: “I hope at Man United I can do my best. I will do my best. Whether that's enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case.”

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