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Rodgers: No need for Raheem replacement

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers say there is "not a need" for a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers says there is 'not a need' for a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Sterling became the most expensive English player when he joined Manchester City for £49m.

The Reds had already secured the services of Brazilian Roberto Firmino who was touted as a like-for-like replacement, but Rodgers seemed to deny this.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website on the club's tour of Australia, Rodgers said:

It's not so much [about] a direct replacement for Raheem, it's just about improving the squad. We've brought in a number of really good players and you add that to what we've already got and the balance in the team looks strong. There's not a need, I didn't feel, for a direct replacement for Raheem.

– Brendan Rodgers, Manager Liverpool

Man Utd goalkeeper's 'respect' tweet

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has tweeted a cryptic message after allegations he refused to play in reserve games.

Valdes has been left out of the club's pre-season trip to America, when asked why, Utd Boss Van Gaal said: "He is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy.

"When that is the case, there is not a place for a player.

"Last season, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United.

"When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out."

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Man City close in on Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph

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Manchester City are closing in on their first signing of the summer in the form of Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph.

The 25-year-old only signed a new four-and-half-year deal in January but included in that agreement was an £8million release clause which appears to have been triggered by the two-time Premier League champions.

Delph did not fly out with the rest of the squad on Thursday for their training camp in Portugal and the arrival of Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye late on Friday increases the chances of a swift conclusion to any transfer.

Bury wonder kid scores at Barcelona's Nou Camp

Crobyn Murray from Bury is already being compared to David Beckham after curling a free-kick into the top corner at the Nou Camp. The youngster is only 7 years old.

The goal at the world famous stadium in Barcelona came whilst he was playing for his team Woodbank Juniors in a specially arranged tournament for British youth teams. It's just one of a number of performances which have turned the heads of many of the Premier League’s top clubs.

And the Whitefield youngster already has several long-term offers on the table as North West giants battle each other for his signature.

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Trippier thanks Burnley fans as he signs for Spurs

Full-back Kieran Trippier as thanked Burnley fans as he completes a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old right-back, is believed to have had a £3.5million release clause, leaves Turf Moor after four years.

He thanked the Clarets' fans on Twitter.

Manchester United target Kane happy at Spurs

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is "flattered" to be linked with Manchester United but insists he is happy at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane says he is happy at Tottenham Credit: PA Images

The 21-year-old has been linked with a big-money summer switch to Old Trafford after scoring 31 goals in all competitions for Spurs last term.

That included 21 in the Barclays Premier League, second behind only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, in his first full campaign in the top-flight.

With United said to be at the head of a list of suitors, Kane, who is currently on duty with England Under-21s, admitted he was aware of interest but is content to remain in north London.

"I've seen there's interest but that's all I know," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"It's flattering for other clubs to maybe be interested but I'm happy at Spurs and I'm looking forward to the future."

When he was asked whether it would be hard to turn down United, Kane replied: "Tottenham are a big club and that's the way people have got to see it.

"I'm at a big club now, I'm enjoying my football and I'm looking forward to next season."

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