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Aston Villa close to deal for striker Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov could be on his way to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Aston Villa could pull of a surprise move for Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov on deadline day.

The Bulgarian has plenty of experience in the Premier League have played for Spurs and Manchester United.

Berbatov is already in Birmingham, but will need to complete a medical in order to get his move back to England.


Bernardo Silva extends Monaco contract until 2020

Bernardo Silva has extended his contract with Monaco until 2020.

Silva has committed his future to Monaco. Credit: PA

The Portugal left winger, who scored in ASM's season-opening 2-1 win over Nice on Saturday, has been with the club since the start of last season when he signed an initial loan deal from Benfica.

That was made into a permanent deal midway through the season and just eight months later, and on his 21st birthday, he has signed a one-year extension to his stay in the principality.

"I am very happy to extend my contract with Monaco," he told the club's official website.

"It is the club that has allowed me to show my worth and discover the Champions League.

"It's a very special day for me. I will give my all this season to help the team be as competitive as possible and achieve their goals."

Monaco's royal family welcomes heir to throne as twins born

Church bells rang, cannon shots were fired and the ships in the harbor sounded a welcome to celebrate the birth of twins for Monaco's royal couple. Princess Charlene gave birth on Wednesday to a boy and a girl, the royal couple's first children.

According to Monaco's Constitution, the boy, named Jacques, will be first-in-line to the throne, and not his twin sister, Gabriella.

"The Princess and the children are doing well," a royal announcement said.

The royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier - born to Charlene, 36, and Prince Albert II, 56 - are heirs to the centuries-old Grimaldi dynasty that rules the wealthy principality.

Prince Albert is the son of the late Prince Rainier III and actress Grace Kelly, who set aside a career in Hollywood to become Princess Grace. She died after a car crash in 1982.


Princess Charlene of Monaco expecting first baby

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene have said the baby is expected to be born before the end of the year. Credit: Piovanotto Marco/ABACA/Press Association Images

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have announced they are expecting their first child, who will be heir to the throne of the tiny principality.

The couple, who wed in 2011, released a short statement describing their "immense joy".

Albert, 55, has fathered two children prior to marrying the South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene, but neither has a claim on the throne because they were born out of wedlock.

The couple's baby will replace Albert's older sister, Princess Caroline, as heir to the throne.

Rosberg wins as Germans dominate F1's Monaco GP

Nico Rosberg (front centre) had begun on pole ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton (front right). Credit: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Germany's bumper sporting weekend has continued with Nico Rosberg claiming victory in Formula 1's flagship Monaco Grand Prix ahead of his countryman Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was third, ahead of Rosberg's Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren's Jenson Button was the next best placed Brit in sixth, while Paul Di Resta was ninth in his Force India and Marussia's Max Chilton finished 14th.

Today's race came after German football giants Bayern Munich were crowned UEFA Champions League winners.

They beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the competition's first final competed by two teams from the Bundesliga.