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Cedric agrees new four-year Southampton contract

Cedric Soares has committed his future to Southampton by signing a new four-year contract with the club.

The new deal will keep Soares at St. Mary's until 2020 following a successful first season that saw him feature in 27 matches.

There had been rumours linking the right-back with a move away from the south coast this summer, and talk of his departure only intensified following the signing of Jeremy Pied.

But Soares has instead decided to commit his future to the Saints after helping Portugal to glory at Euro 2016, with compatriot Jose Fonte also expected to accept an improved contract offer at Southampton in the coming days despite interest from Man United and Arsenal.

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Aitor Karanka full of praise for West Brom's Tony Pulis

Karanka doesn't understand any criticism Pulis received. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka admits he cannot understand the criticism West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis attracts given his track record.

The two men will go head-to-head in the Premier League on Sunday when the Spaniard takes promoted Boro to the Hawthorns hoping to do what the Baggies have done in recent season and establish themselves as a fixture in the top flight.

Pulis had his detractors during his long and distinguished spell in charge at Stoke, and found himself in the firing line once again during the second half of last season with his side struggling for results.

However, Karanka holds him in the highest regard and believes the statistics speak for themselves.

He said:

You look at his numbers. Since the first day I met him, he has shown me he is a gentleman and his job is there.

He has never been relegated in I don't know how many games in the Premier League, so for that reason, he has all my respect and I wish him all the best - after the game on Sunday.

– Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

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Casillas and Fabregas overlooked by new Spain boss

New Spain coach Julen Lopetigui has named his first squad and has left out goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Casillas and Fabregas have been left out of the squad. Credit: Spain

Casillas, who has a record 167 caps for his country, was unseated as number one by David de Gea at Euro 2016 and could now find his international career at an end.

Lopetigu, who replaced Vincente del Bosque, has named De Gea, Pepe Reina and West Ham's Adrian as his three keepers for the friendly against Belgium and World Cup qualifiers with Liechtenstein.

Lopetegui is adamant the door is still open to Casillas, though, saying: "I understood I had to speak with him. I was very honest with him. He still very close to us.

"It will be a pleasure to work with the goalkeepers. There is no kind of interference with my list. My only interest is the national team.

"All the players who have been called up have been analysed live. I have spoken with Del Bosque. We are neighbours and friends and have talked about everything."

Chelsea midfielder Fabregas is another notable omission, but team-mate Diego Costa returns after a flying start to the season. Manchester United's Juan Mata and Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez also return after missing Euro 2016.

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