Changes to Champions League rules agreed on Thursday could see Europe's top nations having up to five teams in UEFA's top club competition
– Newcastle United chief executive Derek Llambias
Everyone connected with the Club was disappointed to finish where we did last season, particularly on the back of such a fantastic year prior to that.
Our discussions on Wednesday were very constructive and we pinpointed a number of factors that contributed to a season which fell below expectations.
We are now looking forward and are entirely focussed on the forthcoming campaign, with the expectation of at least a top-ten finish in the Premier League.
– Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand
Who wouldn't want to play in this fantastic team in front of 75,000 fans every week?
It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.
I can now fully concentrate on my club career, which has worked well for me over the past few years.
This is a great team to be part of and we are now moving into a new era, which is very exciting.
I have met with David Moyes and I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club.
AC Milan have completed the permanent signing of defender Cristian Zapata from Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.
The Colombia international, 26, moved to San Siro on a season-long loan last summer and his performances for the Rossoneri - who finished third in Serie A - have earned him a three-year contract in northern Italy.
Chelsea and Manchester City will pay their respects to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado in tonight's match at Busch Stadium in St Louis.
One dollar (around 66p) from every ticket sold will be donated to the Oklahoma Recovery Fund - set up by baseball side the St Louis Cardinals and Relevent Sports in order to assist children affected by the tragedy.
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The NE is a special place to play and will always be close to my heart. I wish the club and my teammates all the best for the future.From @19tmb on Twitter:
Titus Bramble has confirmed he will be leaving Sunderland when his contract expires at the end of next month.
The 31-year-old defender said his farewells in a series of messages posted on his Twitter account today.