United’s Rafael could be out for up to a month

Manchester United defender Rafael could be out for a month with a hamstring injury sustained during Sunday's 2-0 Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic. The 23-year-old pulled up with the problem during the victory over the Latics at Wembley, limping off after just 16 minutes to be replaced by Chris Smalling. And after watching the Red Devils secure

Gareth Bale absent from Spurs’ friendly against Espanyol

Andr├® Villas-Boas said that┬áGareth Bale┬áhad been under no "obligation" to report to White Hart Lane for┬áTottenham Hotspur's 1-1 friendly draw against Espanyol┬áon Saturday because of injury as the Wales forward's proposed transfer to┬áReal Madrid┬ácontinued to cast its inescapable shadow. Bale's no-show for the club's only home fixture of the pre-season was

Quagliarella rejects EPL offers

ItÔÇÖs reported Fabio┬áQuagliarella┬áhas turned down all Premier League offers, including Sunderland and Norwich City. The┬áJuventus┬áforward is on the market after the arrival of Carlos┬áTevez┬áand Fernando┬áLlorente, valued at approximately┬á┬ú7m. The last few days have seen reports┬áNorwich City and then Sunderland┬áhad approached┬áJuve┬áwith proposals. However, Sport Mediaset claim this evening that┬áQuagliarella┬áhas given a clear response to

Alessandro Matri to choose between Napoli and Liverpool?

ItÔÇÖs reported Alessandro┬áMatri┬áheld a summit with┬áJuventus┬ádirectors and Coach Antonio┬áConte, as he has offers from Napoli and Liverpool. The striker is on the market along with Fabio┬áQuagliarella┬áand has been given a Ôé¼12m┬áprice-tag (approximately ┬ú10.5m). According to Sport┬áMediaset,┬áMatri┬ámet with directors┬áBeppe┬áMarotta, FabioParatici┬áand Coach┬áConte┬áto discuss his future. The summit took place at the┬áVillar┬áPerosa┬átraining ground after the traditional

Claudio Marchisio: I’m staying at Juventus

Juventus┬ámidfielder Claudio┬áMarchisio┬ápledged his future to the club and explained away their summer results. The┬áBianconeri┬ácelebrated┬áÔÇÿJuventus┬áDayÔÇÖ at the┬áVillar┬áPerosa┬átraining camp today with a game against the Primavera youth team. ÔÇ£This is a special day and the fans never stayed away, even when things werenÔÇÖt going so well. ItÔÇÖs wonderful to feel them so close to

Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic, RVP wins community shield for United

As the flashes and fireworks went off, Nemanja Vidic lifted the Community Shield, waving it towards the jubilating┬áManchester United┬áfans. Vidic then turned to his left, looking for David Moyes, who was holding back, behaving like a quiet, unobtrusive guest at someone elseÔÇÖs party. MoyesÔÇÖs reluctance to bask in the warming reflection of

Barcelona bid £23m for Spurs defender

Barcelona are continuing their pursuit of a highly-rated center-back, reportedly offering £23 million for Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws and reported by The Daily Star. The Belgian international, who arrived from Ajax last summer, has been in exceptional form since establishing himself as one of

Liverpool fall to Celtic in Dublin

Liverpool were handed their first loss of the preseason after going down 1-0 to Celtic. It was a great atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. There's a strong mutual respect from the two clubs, and both share the tradition of singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" before matches. Amido Bald├® scored the

I’m headed to the Bridge

Wayne Rooney has told his Manchester United teammates he will be joining Chelsea, according to Sources. A source close to the England striker reportedly told the broadcaster that Rooney, 27, is convinced he is headed for Stamford Bridge and has informed his Old Trafford colleagues of his impending departure. Chelsea have had

Pep gets debut win

Bayern Munich ease to win on Pep Guardiola's Bundesliga debut Bayern Munich began their Bundesliga title defence with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach to give Pep Guardiola victory in his first league game in charge. Bayern won the title by 25 points last season and looked in control as

Arsenal down Manchester City 3-1

Arsenal today beat Manchester City in pre-season friendly A Theo Walcott-inspired Arsenal prepared for the start of the season with a 3-1 friendly win against Premier League rivals Manchester City. The Gunners took an early lead when the 24-year-old forward chipped over Joe Hart when played in by Aaron Ramsey. Walcott