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Spurs beaten by Juventus in Melbourne

Tottenham were defeated 2-1 by Italian champions Juventus in their pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lamela was on target for the Premier League side. Credit: Reuters

Spurs, who travelled to Australia without Harry Kane and the remainder of their England contingent but gave starts to new signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Dominic Ball was dispossessed in the sixth minute and the mistake was immediately punished when Paulo Dybala struck the opener.

Another error - this time a poorly-cleared corner - enabled Medhi Benatia to nod home the second shortly after.

It was now Juventus' turn to get caught in midfield and Erik Lamela reacted with a fine finish into the bottom-right corner.

Lyon confirm £30m Arsenal bid for Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal have made a £30m offer for Alexandre Lacazette. Credit: PA

Olympique Lyonnais have confirmed they received a £30m bid from Arsenal for French striker Alexandre Lacazette this week.

But the French club released a statement on Twitter today denying claims the Gunners returned with an improved offer of £40m – a rumour circulating in the French media this morning.

Instead, Lyon claim they have not responded to Arsenal's initial bid because they are keen to keep to French international striker on board.

The club statement read:

Olympique Lyonnais denies categorically having received a £40m offer from Arsenal for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as Le Progrès stated in its issue this morning.

The club regrets once again that the publication has not bothered to contact them before publishing the false information which creates confusion on the day we publish annual turnover of £183m, up 111% compared to 2014/2015.

The reality is that the Arsenal made ​​an offer of £30m which Olympique Lyonnais did not respond to for one reason only: OL wants to keep Alexandre Lacazette because he is irreplaceable and one of the major leaders of Bruno Genesio's group.

– Olympique Lyonnais statement

Arsenal target advised to avoid joining the Gunners

Ranieri does not want to lose his star man. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri has told Riyad Mahrez he is much better off at Premier League Champions Leicester than Arsenal.

The Leicester manager wants Mahrez to follow Jamie Vardy's lead of snubbing a move from the Premier League champions.

Ranieri has repeatedly said he expects last season's PFA Player of the Year to stay at the King Power Stadium having already lost N'Golo Kante to Chelsea.

He said: "I think Mahrez for us is very important as our light. If he goes in another big team, there are so many lights, so many stars, why? Stay with us, it's much better, much better. He's our champion. If he goes in another team, there are so many champions.


Fleetwood boss Pressley resigns

Steven Pressley has departed. Credit: PA

League One Fleetwood Town have confirmed manager Steven Pressley has quit the club just 11 days before the start of the season.

The decision was made this morning following a meeting.

It was agreed it would be best to take the club in a different direction.

– Fleetwood Town statement

Five Russian athletes banned from Rio

The five Russians won't appear in Rio. Credit: PA

Five Russian sprint canoeists have been banned from the Olympic Games after being implicated in doping irregularities, the International Canoe Federation has announced.

The ICF ruled five sprint canoeists - Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaia, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov - ineligible to compete at the Games, but stopped short of issuing a federation-wide ban.

Pochettino dismisses Spurs exit rumours

Mauricio Pochettino isn't off to Argentina. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Tottenham following speculation linking him with the vacant Argentina job.

The 44-year-old, a former Argentina international, was reportedly on the shortlist to succeed Gerardo Martino, who resigned as head coach of the national side after last month's Copa America final defeat to Chile.

But Pochettino, having led Spurs to a third-place finish in the Premier League last term, wants to stay at White Hart Lane.

I think the speculation is normal because I am an Argentinian coach at a top club in England.

There are a lot of rumours that appear in the media but I am happy at Tottenham and for that reason, this is not the right moment.

– Mauricio Pochettino
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