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De Bruyne eyes move to 'big European club' as Man Utd wait in wings

Kevin De Bruyne. Credit: Marius Becker/DPA/PA

Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has put reported suitors Manchester United on red alert after saying he plans to one day leave the German outfit for a "big European club".

"My biggest ambition is to come out for a big European club," the Belgian international, 23, admitted. "One I can win trophies with. As much trophies as possible."

Man Utd have been linked with a £30m summer move for the former Chelsea man, who has been in superb form this season.

Busquets agrees new Barcelona contract

Busquets is staying with Barcelona. Credit: PA

Sergio Busquets has reached an agreement to sign a contract extension with Barcelona until June 2019, the Primera Division giants announced on Thursday.

The Spain international, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, will put pen to paper on his new deal on Friday.

A statement from Barcelona read: "FC Barcelona have reached agreement with Sergio Busquets to extend his contract with the club until June 30th 2019, with an option for a further year after that.

"The contract will be signed on Friday lunchtime in the club offices at the Camp Nou."


Liverpool's Henderson identifies Costa as the man he'd love to beat in a 50/50 challenge

After their little 'tiff' on the field recently, Liverpool's Jordan Henderson reveals Diego Costa is the man he'd love to beat in a 50/50 challenge.

Boxer Amir Khan turned interviewer as he grilled Henderson on his football career, training, nutrition and who his favorite boxer is - watch the video above.

Watch Liverpool and Everton live on ITV this evening

Royal approval for Monaco win at Arsenal

Monaco's shock Champions League victory at Arsenal on Wednesday has been given a royal seal of approval.

Prince Albert of Monaco celebrates at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was in north London to witness the principality club's 3-1 triumph, was surprised and thrilled by the result.

"It's a historic night. Everything went wonderfully. We saw a very determined, well-organised AS Monaco side," he told the Ligue 1 club's website.

"I never thought that one day I'd see the scoreboard at the Emirates Stadium read 3-1 to AS Monaco. It's the kind of game that gives you hope for the end of the season and for the future."

Beckham reveals Sir Alex told him to shave off his Mohawk in Wembley toilets

Sir Alex didn't approve. Credit: PA

David Beckham has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him to shave off his Mohawk haircut just an hour before Manchester United were due to play Chelsea in the Charity Shield.

Sir Alex put a whole new spin on his 'hairdryer treatment' by telling Beckham to go to the toilets in the stadium and shave off the hairstyle.

Beckham told the Graham Norton Show in an episode to be broadcast on Friday night: "I was in the dressing room with an hour to go before kick off when Sir Alex Ferguson saw it and made me shave it off.

"I said no at first and then I saw his face change very quickly so I went and shaved it off in the toilet.

"He was very strict. It was the reputation of the club, he wanted all the players to look professional and he felt it wasn’t the right look. We were playing at Wembley too, so he kind of had a point!"

Beckham played the game in 2000 with a shaved head. Credit: PA

Stats: Chelsea campaign in Jose's head?

Jose Mourinho's belief that there is a campaign against his Chelsea side doesn't appear to be backed up by the statistics.

Mane man: Sadio on the end of the most fouls this season. Credit: PA MatchStory

In fact, Chelsea's opponents commit the fewest fouls per card than all but one other Premier League side. Could this be another example of a subtle mind-game played to perfection by the Portuguese boss?

On numerous occasions Mourinho has pointed out that Hazard is a target of the opposition's bruising tactics, so much so he has asked for bigger shin pads. This time, his manager has a point: the Belgian playmaker has been fouled 75 times so far this season, accounting for more than a quarter (26 per cent) of the 288 infringements suffered by Chelsea.

Yet his team are far from victimised. Seven other clubs have suffered more fouls than Chelsea this season and their opponents see the referee reach for his pocket for every 4.4 fouls on average, with only Tottenham's opposition receiving stricter treatment (4.2).


Flores leaves Getafe after less than two months

Quique Sanchez Flores has stepped down as coach of Getafe after less than two months in charge of the Primera Division outfit.

The 49-year-old tactician made the surprise announcement at a press conference in Madrid on Thursday.

Sanchez Flores told the Spanish media: "I would like to announce today my decision to resign as coach of Getafe.

"This is a personal decision, a product of a vital reflection in order not to repeat situations that in the past did not make me happy."

Charlton to investigate 'sex' video

Charlton say they will be looking into the incident. Credit: PA

Charlton Athletic are investigating footage that appears to show a couple having sex on the club's pitch.

The video, that has been shared widely online, shows footage of a man and a woman on the centre spot of a football pitch.

The description on the video claims the incident took place in South London at The Valley stadium, with the pair having broken into the ground at night.

A Charlton spokesperson told Press Association Sport the club knew nothing of the incident, adding: "There will be a club investigation."

Nani open to Man Utd return saying he loves the club

Nani has been in form for Sporting Lisbon. Credit: PA

Nani has opened the door to a possible return to Manchester United after admitting he still "loves" the club and is in regular contact with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The winger revealed Woodward has been in touch to congratulate him on his good form at Sporting Lisbon and the midfielder appears open to the possibility of staying at United once his loan at Sporting expires.

I love Manchester United. The only decision I made (last summer) was to play more and be me again, because I lost a lot of things there last season due to injuries and the change of manager.

You never know the future, it depends on a lot of things. If United want me to stay then with a different mentality I think we can work well next season but there are a lot of things to discuss and see.

– Nani speaking to the Guardian.
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