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Midfielder signs new Man United contract

Michael Carrick is staying put. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a new one-year deal at Old Trafford, according to Paddy Crerand.

The former United defender told MUTV that veteran midfielder Carrick will stay on in Manchester following the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

Something that happened today that nobody has mentioned, and I'm delighted that he has signed another contract: Michael Carrick. He's signed a contract for another year.

There was a situation where it looked as if his contract was up at the end of this year and that was it, but from what I'm gathering he's there for another year.

– Paddy Crerand


Gareth Bale can help Wales win Euro 2016 - King

Andy King says Gareth Bale will be the best player at Euro 2016 Credit: PA

Andy King believes Wales can defy the odds at Euro 2016 after the midfielder landed the Premier League title with 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester.

Wales are 80-1 to become European champions when making their first major tournament appearance for over half a century. And the midfielder believes the sky is the limit for the Welsh, who he feels have an edge over rivals in France thanks to having the tournament's best player in their ranks.

King has been part of one of football's greatest ever surprise story this season, and now he feels Wales can emulate Leicester's success at the Euros, with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale leading the way after he helped his own club win the UEFA Champions League.

Gareth is probably the best player in the tournament in many people's opinion, so why can't we go there and do something? We are confident we can do that.

We've got to win six or seven games compared to 38 (with Leicester). Eighty-to-one against 5,000-1. You know which one you would rather back.

We are a talented group and I believe we have the best player in the tournament.

It's been a dream season, but ask me again in six weeks and I hope I will give you an even better answer.

– Andy King

Regrets over Man City exit announcement - Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini regrets the timing of his announcement Credit: PA

Departing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he has regrets over his decision to announce mid-season he was leaving.

The Chilean is in the final few days of his reign at the Etihad Stadium after the club revealed in February he would be replaced by Pep Guardiola.

Pellegrini decided to go public with the revelation he was to leave just minutes before City officially confirmed a new man would take over in the summer but in hindsight he accepts it had a detrimental effect on his players, as he told the Guardian.

At the time City were second, just three points behind Leicester, but they immediately lost three matches in a row in all competitions and eventually finished fourth, 15 adrift of the champions.

After Guardiola said he was coming to England it was my decision (to go public) because all the media was talking about Guardiola here, Guardiola in Arsenal, Guardiola in Manchester United. It was not fair for all managers - when everyone knew he was coming here.

If I ask if I would do that again... I have some doubts. Yes. I am very self-critical about what I do. Always. I don't want to use (this) as an excuse but it was so difficult to work after that - not for me, for the players.

It's impossible to know if it was the right decision but when you see the consequence of losing immediately three games in a row, when you are winning the last five or something....

The most difficult thing in a group is when you break something. Something was broken in that moment.

– Manuel Pellegrini


N'Golo Kante happy to stay at Leicester City for now

Leicester City's N'Golo Kante says he is happy to stay at the club for now Credit: PA

In-demand Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante insists he is happy at the Premier League champions - "for now".

The 25-year-old's stunning debut season in the top flight helped the Foxes become shock runaway champions, finishing 10 points clear of Arsenal.

Kante joined from Caen for £5.6 million and was nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award, which went to Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez.

Arsenal, Paris St Germain and Juventus have all been linked with the Paris-born player, who only made his France debut in March.

But Kante, part of Didier Deschamps' France squad for a Euro 2016 campaign which begins with group games against Romania, Albania and Switzerland, remains focused on his international duties.

For now, I am happy at Leicester, I do not pay too much attention to everything that is said. For now, I am in Leicester and I focus on the Euros.

I think that my season at Leicester surprised everybody. People liked to see a new Premier League champion. We had a magnificent season. And then, my debut with France went well. Maybe my journey also helps compared to other people who come from amateur football.

I try to stay the same. I am not aware that my personality is different.

– N'Golo Kante

Police and FA searching for Wembley trouble-makers

The FA are searching for Millwall fans who caused trouble at Wembley. Credit: PA

The Football Association and Metropolitan Police are continuing to search for a number of Millwall fans who caused trouble during the League One play-off final.

Barnsley's return to the Championship after their 3-1 win over the Lions on Sunday was overshadowed by trouble during and after the game.

A group of Millwall supporters attempted to break into the Barnsley end at Wembley, forcing a number of supporters to move to stay out of the way as the violence broke out and the club has vowed to hand out lifetime bans to anyone found guilty.

Fifteen arrests were made outside the ground but there have been no arrests with regards to the trouble inside Wembley.

The FA is working with members of both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those who were involved in the disturbances and issued a statement surrounding the issue.

The FA condemns the disorder caused by a small number of fans at the League One play-off final between Barnsley and Millwall at Wembley Stadium.

We will work closely with the clubs, the Football League and the Metropolitan Police to identify those involved and take appropriate action.

We would like to take this opportunity to praise the actions of our stewards and the police, who responded responsibly under provocation.

– The FA

England lucky to have top keeper in Joe Hart - Forster

Fraser Forster says Joe Hart is one of Europe's best keepers. Credit: PA

Southampton's Fraser Forster admits England are "lucky" to have one of Europe's best goalkeepers in Joe Hart - even if that puts an even bigger barrier in the way of his own international hopes.

The Manchester City stopper is Roy Hodgson's undisputed number one and, barring injury or suspension during Euro 2016, Forster and Burnley's Tom Heaton are both destined for a watching brief in France.

Hodgson is due to name his final 23 for the tournament on Tuesday, but as the only goalkeepers in contention, all three know they will be included and Forster suggests England will have one of the continent's finest shot-stoppers at their disposal in Hart.

He's obviously a fantastic keeper and I think he is showing year in, year out, for Man City and England how good he is. He works really hard and it is obviously important as a group of keepers we pressure him and try to catch him up, but he has been fantastic how he has played in some of the Champions League games this year, making big saves in big moments.

For me he is a top keeper in Europe. You look how good his distribution is, how good his shot-stopping is and how he makes big saves at big moments and we are very lucky to have him.

You have to be ready because as a keeper you never know. The perfect example of that was in Germany when Jack (Butland) got injured. You just have to train as hard as you can and be ready in case that moment comes along.

That won't be an issue for me. You're used to being number one at your club and that is how we train and it is just important we approach it and you are ready in case.

– Fraser Forster
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