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Man United set for another USA tour

Manchester United were in America last year. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal will take his Manchester United squad on a pre-season tour to America once again.

The trip will season the Red Devils face Barcelona, PSG, Club América and San Jose before it ends on 29 July.

It will be a shorter tour this summer after Van Gaal complained about the extensive commitments last time around.

Leeds owner Cellino cleared to attend final game

Massimo Cellino has caused a lot of controversy. Credit: PA

Massimo Cellino has been given permission by the Football League to attend Leeds United's final game of the season at Elland Road against Rotherham.

Cellino's ban from having any executive influence at Leeds does not expire until May 3, the day after the Rotherham game, but the club's request for the Italian to watch the match has been granted.

The Football League confirmed to Press Association Sport that they had authorised Cellino to attend as long as he does so as a spectator and does not "fulfill any role that would lead to him being defined as a relevant person under League regulations".

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Arsenal target rules out leaving Lyon in summer

Nabil Fekir is happy where he is. Credit: PA

Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir says he won't be leaving the Ligue 1 this summer, despite speculation about a move to the Premier League.

Fekir, who has two France caps, has been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks, but the midfielder is adamant he is happy at the Stade Gerland.

I feel very good here. There is everything in Lyon, my family, my friends.

The staff and my team-mates have confidence in me. We have a young squad, there's a great atmosphere. That's also what makes us strong right now.

I want to stay at Lyon to build on my season, while hoping that we qualify for the Champions League. There is everything for me to stay in Lyon, it's the club of my heart. I want to help it go as high as possible.

I hope I'll be a Lyon player next season. There's no reason I won't be. I'm still a young player, I need to progress in an environment where I feel good. There is everything in Lyon.

– Nabil Fekir

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Pearce wants patience over Newcastle signings

Karl Darlow will move to Newcastle in the summer. Credit: PA

Stuart Pearce has urged Newcastle fans to be patient with impending arrivals Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles as they attempt to get to grip with the Premier League.

The 24-year-old keeper and the central defender, 21, were signed by the Magpies from Nottingham Forest in a joint deal for an undisclosed fee in August last year before immediately being loaned back to the Championship club for the season.

Well, they are both outstanding lads, without question. Their character is first-class. However, I don't think they are ready yet to go straight into the Premier League.

Both the club and the fans will have to give them time and encouragement. They are potential rather than the finished article.

Darlow more or less played in my first team regularly, but Lascelles not quite so much. He will require a bit more time.

However, from their point of view the move is ideal. They weren't about to play for a Premier League club staying at Forest, but now hopefully they are.

– Stuart Pearce speaking to The Journal

Belgian defender critical after heart attack

Lokeren defender Gregory Mertens is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, his club doctor has said.

Mertens collapsed during a reserve game on Monday against Genk and was treated on the pitch by medical staff from both clubs before being transferred to hospital.

Gregory Mertens collapsed during a reserve game. Credit: PA

Everything points to a cardiac arrest.

I am in constant communication with the treating physicians in Genk. The state of Gregory is still critical.

– Club doctor Kris Peeters speaking to Nieuwsblad.be

His condition is very critical. Gregory is in a medically induced coma, his heart function has been taken over by a machine.

The fate of Gregory is in the hands of the hospital. We hope for a miracle."

– Lokeren spokesman Herman Van de Putte speaking to sporza.be

Belgian defender recovering after collapse

Lokeren defender Gregory Mertens is recovering in hospital after reportedly suffering a heart attack during a match.

The Belgium under-21 international collapsed during a reserve game against game and received treatment on the pitch.

Gregory Mertens has played for Belgium under-21s. Credit: PA

"Our defender was immediately assisted by the medical team of Sporting Lokeren and KRC Genk," a statement read.

"He was transferred to the hospital in Genk.

"Sporting Lokeren sympathises with the family and hopes for a positive outcome."

Chelsea's Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was one of many footballers to off their support on Twitter.

"Keep fighting Gregory," Courtois said.

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