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Leeds sell minority stake of club to San Francisco 49ers' investment group

Leeds have sold a minority stake in the club to the San Francisco 49ers' investment group. Credit: PA

Leeds have sold a minority stake in the club to the San Francisco 49ers' investment group.

Reports say the NFL franchise have invested £10million in the Sky Bet Championship side.

"This strategic partnership enables Leeds United to align with and gain invaluable expertise from the owners of one of the biggest global sports entities," said Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.

"The 49ers are an innovative, successful organisation and we are delighted to have access to such a rich source of business and sporting expertise.

"This exciting partnership builds on the foundations we have laid down at the club in the last 12 months and we can assure supporters that the funds invested will go towards improving results on the pitch."

Emre Can included in Liverpool's 24-man squad

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been included in Liverpool's 24-man. Credit: PA

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been included in Liverpool's 24-man squad for this weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

It could be the last time the Germany international, who has regained full fitness having been sidelined with a back injury since late March, features for the club as his contract expires next month and he has so far turned down all offers of an extension.

Youngsters Curtis Jones, Nat Phillips and Rafael Camacho are also included in the party.

The Reds trained at Melwood on Thursday ahead of their scheduled flight to Kiev from Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the afternoon.

They will hold an hour-long open training session in the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Friday evening after Jurgen Klopp and two players have undertaken their pre-match press conference.

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Collins and Evra both leave West Ham

West Ham have confirmed defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra will leave the club Credit: PA

West Ham have confirmed defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra will leave the club when their contracts expire on June 30.

Centre-back Collins, who will be 35 in August, made 214 appearances over two spells with the Irons, while Frenchman Evra, 37, signed a short-term deal in February and played five times.

West Ham joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said in a statement on the club's website: "We would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the outstanding service James has given West Ham United down the years."

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