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Stoke hope to tie down Arsenal and Liverpool target

Asmir Begovic has a choice to make. Credit: PA

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes says the club are hopeful of getting Asmir Begovic to sign a new deal.

The Bosnian goalkeeper, who has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal, has a contract that runs to next summer and Stoke believe they can match his ambitions.

Clearly Asmir is a terrific goalkeeper and we are very keen to keep him at the club.

I think when you've got extremely good players it is only natural that there will be speculation about their future.

These players are also very ambitious and I include Asmir in that. He is a very focused, very talented and very ambitious young man.

He wants to make sure he can play at the very best levels his abilities will enable him to and to have a very good and successful career in the game .

We hope that we can fulfil all of those things at Stoke City.

– Tony Scholes speaking to The Sentinal

Arsenal forward makes 'silly' comment in French media

Who will score more goals this season? Credit: PA

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has told Frence media outlet RMC Sport that he wants to score more goals than Alexis Sanchez this season in what he describes as a "silly" comment.

The Gunners pair have 13 goals apiece in the Premier League while Sanchez has bagged two more than Giroud's 17 in all competitions.

Speaking during the international break, French striker Giroud said:

I'm not going to say something silly because it'll be reported, but why not finish ahead of Alexis?

We push each other, we're on 13 goals, and I would like to score some more to help the team achieve its objectives.

– Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

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Man Utd suffer blow as Brazilian joins Real Madrid

Real Madrid have signed Danilo for £23m. Credit: PA

Man United have suffered an early blow to their transfer plans for next season after defender Danilo agreed to join Real Madrid.

The Brazilian full back opted for the Spanish giants despite concrete interest from United, and will leave Porto in the summer for a fee around £23m.

Madrid confirmed last night:

Real Madrid and FC Porto have reached an agreement over the transfer of Danilo, he will join the club next season and has a contract until 30 June 2021.

– Real Madrid statement

Former Man United assistant resigns after defeat

Carlos Queiroz has stepped down as Iran coach after their 3-1 loss to Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday night.

Where will Carlos go next? Credit: PA

The former Real Madrid and Portugal boss has reportedly been involved in a dispute over income tax with the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI), and chose to make their friendlies this weekend against Austria and Sweden his last matches in charge.

Speaking after Tuesday's loss, he said on the FFIRI website: "After four years of work with the national team, I am proud of the team and the individual players...

"Now I am sad to leave the team, but that's life and I'm happy to be moving forward."

Queiroz, 62, became Iran coach in 2011 and qualified them for the 2014 World Cup.

After the tournament, he signed a new deal which was due to run until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Plane fault forces England squad to stay in Italy

Roy Hodgson and his players will be sticking around. Credit: PA

The England football team will need to stay in Italy for an extra night after their plane suffered a technical issue.

It is now hoped that the team will be able to return to England on Wednesday morning, which could annoy a few club managers.

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