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Leeds sell minority stake of club to San Francisco 49ers' investment group

Leeds have sold a minority stake in the club to the San Francisco 49ers' investment group. Credit: PA

Leeds have sold a minority stake in the club to the San Francisco 49ers' investment group.

Reports say the NFL franchise have invested £10million in the Sky Bet Championship side.

"This strategic partnership enables Leeds United to align with and gain invaluable expertise from the owners of one of the biggest global sports entities," said Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.

"The 49ers are an innovative, successful organisation and we are delighted to have access to such a rich source of business and sporting expertise.

"This exciting partnership builds on the foundations we have laid down at the club in the last 12 months and we can assure supporters that the funds invested will go towards improving results on the pitch."

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Collins and Evra both leave West Ham

West Ham have confirmed defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra will leave the club Credit: PA

West Ham have confirmed defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra will leave the club when their contracts expire on June 30.

Centre-back Collins, who will be 35 in August, made 214 appearances over two spells with the Irons, while Frenchman Evra, 37, signed a short-term deal in February and played five times.

West Ham joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said in a statement on the club's website: "We would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the outstanding service James has given West Ham United down the years."

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Andres Iniesta signs for Japanese side Vissel Kobe

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Vissel Kobe. Credit: PA

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Vissel Kobe, the Japanese club have announced.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing the curtain down on his brilliant Barcelona career.

The 34-year-old playmaker left the Catalan giants after landing his ninth LaLiga title with the club. He also secured a host of other honours, including four Champions League triumphs.

A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Iniesta captained Barcelona during his final three seasons at the club.

Vissel Kobe, coached by Takayuki Yoshida, sit sixth in the Japanese top flight after 15 games of their season, already 15 points behind runaway leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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