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Southampton confirm trio to leave the club

Ramirez was frozen out by current boss Koeman. Credit: PA

Southampton have confirmed the departure of £12million midfielder Gaston Ramirez.

The Uruguay international was a club-record signing for Saints in 2012 but started just 28 matches in four years at St Mary's.

Ramirez was frozen out by current boss Ronald Koeman and spent last term on loan with Hull before ending the current season at Middlesbrough.

Newly-promoted Boro are understood to be keen on signing the 25-year-old permanently after he scored seven goals in 15 Championship starts.

Veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is also out of contract but is in talks over a new role behind the scenes at the club.

The 39-year-old joined Saints when they were a League One club in 2006 and had a testimonial last week.

Young goalkeeper Will Britt, who suffered with injuries during the 2015/16 campaign having made six Under-21 appearances the previous season, has also left the club.


Lukaku hints he will leave Everton this summer

Romelu Lukaku will no doubt be in demand across Europe. Credit: PA

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he wants to leave the club over the summer in order to further his career.

The 23-year-old Belgium frontman scored 25 goals this season for the Toffees and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea.

"I'm at a point where I have to make a good career choice," Lukaku is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

"We have a new investor at Everton and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles.

"I have had a very good season, but it is time for me to write myself a CV. That is why I play football.

"I got that trophy-winning mindset from Chelsea.

"People in Belgium don't see me playing for Everton, but I am respected by fans, managers and experts like Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry."

Ronaldo wants Mourinho to succeed at Man Utd

Ronaldo and Mourinho at Madrid. Credit: PA

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo would like to see Jose Mourinho bring the good times back to Manchester United but has dismissed a possible return to Old Trafford.

Mourinho is closing in on a deal to become the new manager at United and Press Association Sport understands talks continue with intricacies such as image rights believed to be being worked on.

The Red Devils won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal this season but missed out on a place in the Champions League, contributing to the Dutchman losing his job.

Ronaldo said in an interview to be shown by the La Sexta TV station in Spain and quoted in The Sun: "He's already signed, hasn't he? I think it's good. If it's something United wanted I think it's good.

"I hope Manchester United get back to being what they were because it's an impressive club but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit.

"And it hurts me seeing United like that because it's a club that I carry in my heart. I wish Mourinho can carry them back to the top."


Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric joins Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim have completed the permanent signing of Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric.

Kramaric impressed while on loan with the Germany side. Credit: PA

The Croatian striker joined the Bundesliga side on a temporary basis in January but has now signed a deal that will keep him at the club until June 2020.

The former Dinamo Zagreb forward will be looking to shoulder the goalscoring responsibility left by Kevin Volland, who has signed for league rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

The 24-year-old scored five goals in 15 appearances during his loan spell in the second half of the 2015-16 season for Hoffenheim.

His performances in the German domestic league were enough for him to be called up for Croatia's provisional Euro 2016 squad.

Exeter's Waldrom ruled out of Premiership final

33-year-old England back-rower Waldrom suffered damage to his medial ligament. Credit: PA

Thomas Waldrom will miss Exeter's Aviva Premiership final clash with Saracens after being ruled out for 12 weeks with a knee ligament injury.

The 33-year-old England back-rower suffered damage to his medial ligament in the closing stages of Saturday's 34-23 league semi-final victory over Wasps.

Exeter will face Premiership title holders and Champions Cup winners Saracens in their maiden league final at Twickenham on Saturday, with 28 coachloads of fans making the journey to London.

Flanker Don Armand admitted four-cap England back-rower Waldrom has been "really upset" by the injury blow, but vowed Exeter will now bid to lift the title in his honour.

"It's really horrible for someone like 'Tank' especially, who puts so much time and emotion into the team and you can see that by the way he plays," said Exeter flanker Armand.

"We're definitely going to miss him. He's been really upset this week and that just shows what the team means to him.

"There are definitely boys playing for him, as extra emotion and motivation."

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