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Shakhtar warn absent stars

Shakhtar Donetsk have warned six players who have refused to return to the troubled city they may face sanctions for being absent without permission.

The players - Alex Teixeira, Fred, Dentinho, Douglas Costa, Facundo Ferreyra and Ismaily - decided against flying back to Ukraine following Saturday's friendly against Lyon in France because of concerns over the conflict which is raging in the region.

Players have contracts that they have to abide by. If they do not come, I think, they will be the first to suffer.

Each of them has a minimum release clause, which is tens of millions of euros. If someone wants to reduce this amount by a million, then such a decision is our right. There won't be a clearance sale!

Hopefully, the mind and heart will prevail over misunderstanding, and the players will not follow temptation and fear. Especially since there is nothing to fear.

We are ready to provide security. We will not take risks and in any case we won't bring players to dangerous places.

– President Rinat Akhmetov

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Levante boss in dark over Keylor Navas future

Levante coach Jose Luis Mendilibar says he is in the dark regarding the future of coveted Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Navas has been linked with a €10m move to Real Madrid following his impressive form at the World Cup but no move has been confirmed.

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Keylor Navas enjoyed a brilliant World Cup for Costa Rica. Credit: PA

Mendilibar told pro-Real paper Marca: "Nobody has told me anything about Keylor. He's still ours.

"I don't know him personally, but they tell me he's a great professional… It's close to the date for his return and I only hope that things are resolved before then."

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Remy on brink of £8.5m Liverpool switch

Liverpool are set to sign France striker Loic Remy, 27, from QPR, for a fee reported to be in the £8.5m ballpark. The Reds' bid activated a release clause in Remy's contract.

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Loic Remy in action for France at the World Cup in Brazil. Credit: PA

Loanee Remy played for Newcastle United last season, scoring 14 Premier League goals and enhancing his reputation as a top-class finisher.

The Frenchman will discuss personal terms and then have a medical before completing his move to Anfield.

Robson: Manchester United needed a big defender like Bruno Martins Indi

Bryan Robson believes Dutch hard man Bruno Martins Indi would have been an ideal signing for Manchester United.

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Bruno Martins Indi signed for Porto after the World Cup. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old centre-back joined Porto from Feyenoord this week after enjoying a solid World Cup under new United boss Louis van Gaal.

"He really impressed me in Brazil, especially against Argentina when they were up against it," Robson said.

"He had a really good tournament. He had a big presence on the pitch and we need someone like that."

Rumour: James Rodriguez flies to Madrid - to finalise Real Madrid move?

Someone snapped World Cup star James Rodriguez apparently getting on a flight from Medellin in his native Colombia to Madrid (see Tweet below).

What can it mean!? It means Real Madrid could play with a front four of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Golden Boot James and Karim Benzema next season.

Sound a tad cavalier? Well, they would be protected in midfield by World Cup winners Toni Kroos (a new signing of course) and Sami Khedira. Not too shabby.

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