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Lamela out for the season due to hip surgery

Erik Lamela has made just nine Premier League appearances this season. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the rest of the season, the club have confirmed.

The 25-year-old Argentinian requires surgery on the hip injury which has kept him on the sidelines since November.

Erik Lamela is to undergo surgery on his hip on Saturday. This will result in Erik returning to action next season.

The Argentina international has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation process following the injury in November.

The player has achieve d a good level of function, however he has been unable to reach the stage required to make a full return to training.

Therefore, following ongoing extensive consultation with specialists, surgery has been agreed by all as the best course of action.

– Tottenham statement


Ibrahimovic confirms Man United extension talks

Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for United this season. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he is holding talks with Manchester United over the possibility of spending another season at Old Trafford.

The Sweden international has scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for United this season, and has an option to trigger a second year on his current contract.

Let’s see what happens, we are talking. I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.

I’m enjoying being at a a fantastic club, without doubts, one of the biggest clubs in the world with a great coach [Jose Mourinho].

I knew him before [from our time at Inter Milan]. He’s a winner, he’s the perfect coach for this club.

Being a Manchester United player... I don’t know how many people have that possibility but I am a Man United player.

People wanted me here, I chose the club. I chose the best English club, that’s the way it works.

– Ibrahimovic to the Manchester Evening News

Vauxhall to end Home Nations sponsorship in 2018

Vauxhall have sponsored England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2011. Credit: PA

Vauxhall will end a seven-year sponsorship deal with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when its current agreement expires after the 2018 World Cup.

The car manufacturer has been the leading partner of the Home Nations since 2011 but revealed in a statement issued to Press Association Sport that all four links will be severed next year.

England announced their 2014 World Cup squad at Vauxhall's headquarters in Luton, with the British car maker playing a major role in media activities and across social media platforms - especially at last summer's European Championships where England, Wales and Northern Ireland all competed.

Vauxhall said in its statement that it had "agreed to explore other opportunities to continue its relationship with the FAs beyond the conclusion of the existing contracts".


Ozil accuses Arsenal critics of singling him out

Ozil's form has drawn fierce criticism during Arsenal's torrid recent run. Credit: PA

Mesut Ozil says he is always singled out unfairly when Arsenal struggle despite his track record of success during an illustrious career.

Arsene Wenger has come under severe pressure from Gunners fans following a run of five defeats in eight matches in all competitions, with Ozil's slump in form becoming a particular focus for many frustrated supporters.

The Germany international has contributed five goals and four assists in the Premier League this season, and believes his achievements with Real Madrid and Germany should earn him a little more credit from his critics.

People know what I have achieved. That I am a World Cup winner, played for Real Madrid, set up 20 goals last season [in all competitions].

When the team's on a bad run, somebody needs to be singled out, sadly most of the time it's me.

– Mesut Ozil to reporters

Leicester sacking the biggest shock of my career, admits Ranieri

Ranieri was sacked last month with Leicester 17th in the Premier League, to be replaced by assistant Shakespeare. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri has admitted news of his dismissal as Leicester manager came as the biggest shock of his coaching career.

The 65-year-old Italian was removed from his post in February, nine months after leading the Foxes to an unexpected Premier League title.

Ranieri has kept a low profile since, but addressed the subject of his departure when he appeared on stage this week at Rebibbia prison in his homeland in a ceremony to honour regional football coaches in Italy.

Thinking of Leicester, the first thing that comes to mind is the sense of surprise, even more than bitterness. I have been through a lot in my long career, but never anything like this.

It was a shock, but in the end these things are part of football.

– Claudio Ranieri in Gazzetta dello Sport

Ranieri also confirmed he will comment more fully on his sacking when he appears as a pundit on Sky Sports on April 10.

Until that day I will not talk. Because everything took place in England and it seems fitting to talk in England.

– Claudio Ranieri in Gazzetta dello Sport
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