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Invictus Games could move beyond London

Prince Harry takes part in an exhibition match of wheelchair rugby during the Invictus Games in London Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Following the success of this year's Invictus Games, which end this evening, Prince Harry has said it could possibly move out of London for a follow-up event.

The stands have been full, with crowds turning out to support competitors, many of whom have missing limbs or other serious injuries.

Harry launched the contest earlier this year, after being inspired by a similar initiative in the US, and he hopes it will support competitors' rehabilitation and raise awareness of those injured serving their countries.

The Prince said yesterday he was "over the moon" by how the Games had gone and suggested it could be staged next year outside of London.

He said: "We've now got America showing interest in 2016 and Canada showing interest in 2017 so the question is what do we do next year?

"I personally, along with a couple of other people on the board, would love to keep it in the UK, maybe head north whether it be Glasgow, whether it be Sheffield, whether it be Manchester."


Music stars line up for Invictus closing ceremony

Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs performing during V Festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire earlier this year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Acts including the Foo Fighters and the Kaiser Chiefs will take to the stage tonight for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in London.

The competition was organised by Prince Harry after he was inspired by a similar event in America.

The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams and Military Wives Choirs are among the other acts to feature on the bill.


Danny Welbeck "not up to standard" at Manchester United

Danny Welbeck joined Arsenal on the last day of the transfer window. Credit: PA

The Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has said the club agreed to sell the England striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal because he did not have the goalscoring record of other strikers at the club.

Welbeck joined the Gunners right at the end of the transfer window after United brought in Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. He scored ten times for United last season.

"With Danny Welbeck, yes, he was here from when he was nine. After coming back from Sunderland he has played three seasons for Manchester United. But he doesn't have the record of Van Persie or Rooney, and that is the standard."

– Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United Manager

Welbeck could get his first game in an Arsenal shirt against Manchester City on Saturday.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois signs new contract

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year contract, the club confirms.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Credit: PA

I'm very happy with this new deal, it's really nice to have signed this new contract for five years. My future was already sorted but it's nice to know I'm going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games.

– Thibaut Courtois

The news brings into doubt Cech's future at Stamford Bridge, with manager Jose Mourinho preferring Courtois at the start of the campaign. The 32-year-old Czech Republic goalkeeper has faced unfamiliar circumstances this season, beginning the season on the substitutes' bench.

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